A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The chancellor’s decision to pump billions of pounds into universal credit will not halt the “humanitarian crisis” that will be caused by its systemic flaws, disabled activists have warned.Philip Hammond announced in this week’s budget that he had found £1 billion – spread over five-and-a-half years – to ease the delayed “managed migration” process that will see about three million claimants of “legacy” benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) moved across to the new universal credit.He also promised another £1.7 billion a year to pay for more generous work allowances for universal credit, which combines six income-related benefits into one.Hammond began his speech on Monday by making it clear that his budget was “unashamedly” intended to help “hard-working families… people who get up early every morning… the strivers, the grafters and the carers”.Managed migration will begin next year but will affect only about 10,000 people in 2019, before accelerating in 2020.One of the flaws of universal credit repeatedly raised by critics is the length of time – at least five weeks, usually – that a claimant has to wait before they receive their first payment.Among the new managed migration measures detailed in the budget documents are that claimants of income-related ESA, jobseeker’s allowance and income support will receive an extra two weeks of those payments during the transition to universal credit, but only from July 2020.There will also be a cut, from October 2019, in the maximum rate at which universal credit advance payments can be paid back, from 40 per cent of the standard living costs allowance to 30 per cent; and, from October 2021, there will be an increase from 12 to 16 months in the length of time DWP will take to claw back these advance payments.Budget documents also reveal that the much-delayed rollout might now not be completed until June 2024, rather than the end of 2023, once a “six month contingency” for further possible delays is taken into account.Hammond also announced that the amount that disabled people and households with children can earn before their universal credit begins to be withdrawn – known as the work allowance – will rise by £1,000 a year from April 2019.This will mean that those affected will keep up to £630 a year, with the measure eventually costing the government an extra £1.7 billion a year.Bob Ellard, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, which is campaigning to scrap universal credit altogether, dismissed any suggestion that the budget signified an end to austerity.He said: “While tax cuts for the rich took priority, Hammond did at least find some money to appease Tory MPs’ complaints over universal credit.“It will make little real difference to claimants, however, as universal credit will still be the cause of a humanitarian crisis in this country, whatever last-minute tinkering the Tories do.“And the elephant that wasn’t allowed into the room was the extreme poverty that many disabled people are living in, even before being forced to transfer to universal credit.”Disability Rights UK said that “while these changes may be positive all are subject to delay and overall do not remove universal credit’s delivery and design problems”. Dr Victoria Armstrong, chief executive of Disability North, said her organisation witnessed the “devastating impact of the roll out of universal credit on a daily basis”. She said: “Whilst in principle the idea to have a universal benefit could be seen as a step forward, we have seen it be used as a vehicle for cutting basic income for disabled people.  “Not only that, the way that it has been administrated is not fit for purpose, for example the unacceptable waits, pushing people further into poverty, the use of food banks. Disability North have so many examples of this.  “Therefore, we broadly welcome the £1 billion to manage the migration process, but much of this should not be thrown at the DWP, or even Citizens Advice, but should be going to local, user-led organisations like ours so that people can be supported to understand and access the system (including digital access) and appeal incorrect decisions.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said: “Pumping big money into a model failing because it is overly-simplistic and over-reliant on technology won’t solve its problems.“Disabled people are among those worst affected by this government’s failing policies and politics.“It’s just hoping that continuing attacks on Labour’s leadership and talking up the end of austerity will keep the punters sweet, long enough.“We just have to hope that UK democracy is not yet so damaged that the Tories will get away with it again at the next election.”In a blog published the day after the budget, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the new chair of DWP’s social security advice body, the social security advisory committee, welcomed the “positive steps” on universal credit announced in the budget, but said the managed migration process was still “enormously ambitious”.He said his committee was concerned that the government’s plans “load an unreasonable level of risk onto the claimant” and added: “We fear that, in too many cases, they may be adversely impacted by the proposals or fall out of the social security system entirely.”Disabled activists have repeatedly warned that universal credit is “rotten to the core” with “soaring” rates of sanctions and foodbank use in areas where it has been introduced.In June, a report by the National Audit Office said DWP was failing to support “vulnerable” claimants and was unable to monitor how they were being treated under universal credit.And in July, employment minister Alok Sharma was asked by MPs on the Commons work and pensions committee why the benefits of hundreds of sick and disabled universal credit claimants were apparently being sanctioned, even though they should not have had to meet any of the strict conditions imposed by the system.In the same month, further concerns were raised by the committee about disabled people with high support needs who need to claim universal credit and face the possibility of strict conditions – such as being forced to carry out hours of job searches every week – as they wait for a work capability assessment.*For further details on the universal credit changes in the budget, see this blog by the Child Poverty Action Group’s Josephine Tuckerlast_img read more

Early Morning Fire in SF Mission Displaces 10

first_img 0% Firefighters on site also rescued two people trapped by the heavy smoke.“When Engine 7 arrived on the scene, they saw two people trapped on the second floor balcony,” said fire department spokesperson Mindy Talmadge, saying they may have been prevented from exiting through the building by the smoke. “They laddered to the balcony and brought them down that way.”Chamorro and his wife were asleep when they heard fire alarms and awoke to see smoke in the hallway. He and another resident helped his wife — who has pain in her leg and cannot walk well on her own — down the stairs and out of the building.On Thursday morning, both were allowed back into their unit to gather belongings to store away, but had little idea where they would go next.“Where can we live? What services are available to us?” Chamorro asked. “We are in limbo.”Giulia Pantalone, a resident of one of the unaffected front units, said she was also woken up by “not terribly loud” fire alarms.“We opened up the door and there was smoke in the hallway,” Pantalone said. “We went out the back, which was slightly less smoky.”Residents were told to go across the street to the Walgreens and wait while firefighters battled the blaze, which lasted until 4:26 a.m. Pantalone’s unit suffered no damage “other than from the rain when they left the windows open,” though she did say her apartment had a “smoky odor.”“It’s going to be habitable, it’s just a matter of days and weeks,” she said while gathering up her belongings.The fire is under investigation, but residents said firefighters on site told them nothing appeared suspicious. Landlord Enrique Rodriguez said he has already filed a claim with his insurance and is working “as quickly as [he] can” on getting everyone back into the building.For the back two units, which house some four people, it will likely be some time. Rodriguez said he has “no idea” when exactly, though he promised that “everyone will be able to move back in.”The remains. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.The fire building at 3047 Mission St. The fire was contained to the rear of the building but snaked up to the roof. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local. Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Firefighters arrived shortly after 3:30 a.m. and did not immediately see the fire because it came from the rear of the restaurant. Once they started battling the blaze, the fire ran up a wall and onto the roof, prompting the second alarm. A two-alarm fire broke out at the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez streets at 3:24 a.m. Thursday morning, displacing 10 residents from their four-unit building. The fire originated at the Palace Steak House restaurant on the ground floor of the building, which will be closed for the foreseeable future.“An electrical fire [broke out] at the back of the restaurant,” said restaurant owner Manny Torres. The restaurant suffered extensive fire and water damage, he said, and it could be a year before he re-opens. “Everything is black and burned and destroyed in water… Pretty much I’m going to be closed for a year, but I just opened a new [restaurant] so it’s all good.”Not so for the residents. Utilities have been shut off to the 3047 Mission St. building, displacing its 10 residents until building inspectors complete their investigation. The two back units suffered water and fire damage that the landlord says will require renovation, and tenants there may be out for a year or more.“It’s inevitable,” said Fernando Chamorro of his displacement, “because the fire was through the roof.”last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes MAPP cookies bikes coffee oh my

first_img 0% Prefer to listen? It’s on our podcast — or right here. MAPP is this weekend!The Mission Arts and Performance Project, a monthly neighborhood-spanning event presenting live performances and visual art across media and venues, takes place Saturday, Dec. 2. Events this time include laughter yoga, anticapitalist comedy satire, Scottish soliloquy and more, across seven different venues . You can find the full lineup here. –LW Tons of Valencia news, especially for cyclists:Potential Uber zone test areas revealed, Valencia not among themThe Examiner revealed a list of streets being considered for a pilot program in which Uber and Lyft would get designated curb space for pickups and dropoffs in exchange for sharing valuable traffic data with the city.  Valencia is not among them — nor is any other Mission street. Funding to study protected Valencia bike lanesStreetsblog has this dispatch from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting, where $145,000 was approved to study how to implement protected bike lanes on Valencia Street. The plan is to finish up that study in fall of next year. More on the issues complicating bike lanes here. –LWCookie crawl alert!We’ve got the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association holding their third annual Cookie Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. Let us know if you see any particularly good bargains (or cookies) out there. –LCHow much is that coffeepot in the window?Strolling along Valencia the other evening, your ML reporters came across an apparent newcomer business, Fellow. No clues as to the nature of this business were apparent, except for a display of a few coffee pots in the window.Hoodline, it turns out, has the answer — Fellow is a product-design firm and is opening a showroom and coffee brewing/tasting/etc room in the former Dijitalfix at 850 Valencia. –LWHairball improvements skirt additional reviewPainted bike lanes, soft-hit posts, the removal of ten parking spaces and two loading zones and the addition of high-visibility crosswalks will not be subject to additional environmental impact review, reports Streetsblog. The request for one, brought by the “Coalition for Adequate Review,” was rejected by the Board of Supervisors. –LWJack, Jr. The shuttered former Jack’s, a bar on 24th and Utah streets, has been renovated and now reopened as Junior. Eater has the details of what you’ll find there, but broad strokes: it’s cocktails and locally brewed beers. –LW center_img Tags: Events • MAPP • things to do • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

THE Saints have continued their commitment to yout

first_imgTHE Saints have continued their commitment to youth development with the signing of ten players from their scholarship programme.Luke Thompson, Tom Roughley, Andre Savelio, Lewis Charnock, Greg Richards, Lewis Galbraith, Matt Wood, Matthew Fozard, Jordan Heaton and Ben Parry have all agreed professional terms with the Saints.“This latest crop of talented players have been within our structures for a minimum of 12 months and their signings is a great reward for their efforts, determination and commitment,” Saints’ Head of Youth Mike Rush commented. “They have all progressed in their time with us far and have put themselves in a strong position to push forward towards Super League honours in the next five years.“As ever their development is also a reflection on the volunteer coaches who leave no stone unturned to help these young athletes.”The players are:PlayerPositionAmateur Club Luke Thompson Back Row Bold Miners & Pilkington RecsTom RoughleyHookerPilkington RecsAndre SavelioBack RowLatchfordLewis CharnockFull BackRylandsGreg RichardsPropChorley Panthers & Barrow Island Lewis Galbraith Centre Saddleworth & Oldham St Annes Matt Wood Back Row RylandsMatthew FozardHookerWest BankJordan HeatonScrum Half Ince Rose Bridge Ben Parry CentreChorley PanthersAndre SavelioBen ParryGreg RichardsJordan HeatonLewis CharnockLewis GalbraithLuke ThompsonMatt WoodMatthew FozardTom Roughleylast_img read more

SAINTS go in search of their 17th win of the First

first_imgSAINTS go in search of their 17th win of the First Utility Super League season when they take on Widnes this Friday.Denis Betts’ eighth placed Vikings come to Langtree Park fresh from a 28-12 victory over local rivals Warrington.That puts them three points clear of Hull KR in the playoff hunt and they have a Challenge Cup Semi Final against Castleford in less than three weeks’ time too.For Saints, they are riding high at the summit after running in 11 tries over relegated London.Nathan Brown has called on his charges to make sure they are consistent for longer periods – and Friday’s match is important as they continue to build towards the playoffs.Tommy Makinson and Willie Manu are likely to come back into the reckoning too – with Luke Walsh also having a chance of returning – meaning Saints are close to full strength.And Kyle Amor (pictured) will play his third game in the engine room after returning from injury.It should be a cracker!You can buy your tickets now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Every member of the playing and coaching staff wil

first_imgEvery member of the playing and coaching staff will be in attendance as we kick off the season in style.Guests can enjoy a two-course meal before each one of the squad goes on stage to be presented with their 2018 home shirt from their personal sponsors.MC’d by our lounge host Pete Emmett, we will also hear interviews with several of the players and an extended interview with Justin Holbrook too.Price is £36 for 2018 Members, £42 for Non-Members and you can buy by clicking here, via 01744 455 052 or by emailing sales@saintsrlfc.comThis event is in association with our Principal Partner Cash Converters.last_img

Store selling welding goggles to view eclipse

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1503008828-3e600ec34449d40d0f03d28ee0f6a135d1d24503_fl9-720p.mp4 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) — At this point, it’s glaringly obvious that finding solar eclipse glasses isn’t easy. Many stores are sold out. But you have another option. Fastenal, an industrial supply store in Wilmington, is selling welding goggles with a glass filter lens that meets NASA standards. – Advertisement – It’s a shade 13 filter and the business is ordering more for anyone who wants to view the eclipse. These goggles are flying off the shelves, faster than they can keep them in stock. “I actually went online, did some research and found Nasa.gov has suggested state shade 13 glasses and lenses and so we ordered those and people have been coming in and getting them,” Austin Pope, a Fastenal sales associate, said. The store is currently sold out of goggles. They will get a new shipment in tomorrow for anyone still looking for a way to view Monday’s solar eclipse.last_img read more

Man pleads guilty in deadly 2015 Rocky Point crash

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who spent a couple of months behind bars for causing a deadly crash in Brunswick County in 2010, will now spend a decade in prison for killing a man in a fiery Rocky Point crash in 2015.On Monday, Richard Constantineau pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and two other drug charges. In exchange,  the charge of second degree murder was dismissed.- Advertisement – The families of both victims were in court to hear the plea.“There’s no reason I should’ve walked away from those accidents. I continue to pray for both families for the rest of my life,” Constantineau said in the courtroom.He apologized to both families for what he did.Related Article: Wilmington Police arrest woman wanted for allegedly shooting at daughter“The Larson family appreciates the remorse they heard in court today and the apology and I think that while we may never have closure, that may help in moving forward,” Zachary Rivenbark, the Larson family attorney, said.In December of 2015, Constantineau was driving on US 117 just south of NC 133 near the New Hanover County line when he crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. Ronald Larson, of Rocky Point, died in that crash. The truck caught on fire after the accident. Constantineau survived and was taken to the UNC Burn Clinic.Ronald Larson (Photo: Zachary Rivenbark)That’s not the first time Constantineau crossed the center line and killed a driver.In 2010, Constantineau was driving on NC 211 near Supply when he crashed head-on into a car driven by 23-year-old Stephanie Heath. The young woman died just minutes later. Highway Patrol responded to the accident, but troopers did not draw blood from Constantineau, and there was no written evidence from notes or from witness statements that Constantineau was impaired. The hospital did draw blood from Constantineau after the accident. Results revealed he had methadone in his system.In 2011, a judge ruled Constantineau, who was still awaiting trial in Heath’s death,unfit to operate any motor vehicle after a trooper stopped Constantineau in Pender County after he ran his moped into a ditch.He finally pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in 2013.  He spent just 75 days behind bars.But in this latest plea deal, he won’t be getting out in a matter of months. Constantineau received a sentence of between 10 and 15 years in prison, a far cry from the 75 days in jail he received in 2013.“You just learn to live and move on, but it is the first time I’ve heard any remorse from Mr. Constantineau since the death of our daughter and I did appreciate that,” Ray Heath said.The Heath family says they feel the Larson’s pain.“That didn’t end when our trial was over. It’s ongoing. And I think that we will maintain contact willingly to support them as they move through their journey,” Kim Heath said.Constatineau will receive credit for the two years he has already spent in jail and the judge revoked his driving privileges.last_img read more

Police investigating deadly Wilmington shooting

first_imgScene of shooting on June 5, 2018 on 700 block of North 11th Street in Wilmington (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday evening.WPD responded to the 700 block of North 11th Street around 7:30 pm after receiving a ShotSpotter notification of several rounds fired in that area.- Advertisement – Police say the victim died at the scene.The investigation is ongoing.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img

Former Columbus County detective facing more embezzlement charges

first_imgDavid Nobles (Photo: Columbus County Jail) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –The former Columbus County Sheriff’s captain accused of stealing money from an evidence safe faces more charges.David Gerald Nobles, Jr., 52, was arrested on Thursday and charged with five more counts of embezzlement-public official/trustees and two counts of accessing government computers.- Advertisement – He was released the same day after posting bond.The NC State Bureau of Investigation says a new special prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys assigned to the case decided to add counts to the indictment after reviewing the case.In June of 2017, Nobles was indicted after being accused of stealing $3,500 between October 11, 2013 and September 1, 2015.Related Article: Searchers looking for missing man find body in HallsboroSheriff Lewis Hatcher requested an independent investigation after discrepancies were noticed.That investigation led to charges for Nobles, who resigned September 17, 2015 as captain of the Detective Division.District Attorney Jon David referred the case to the Conference of District Attorneys, given Nobles’ prior relationship with the DA’s office.He is scheduled to appear in court next month.last_img read more

Show off your talent to support Wilmington police

first_img To participate you must live in New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick counties.The event will be November 4 at Thalian Hall and money raised will go towards purchasing a new horse trailer for WPD’s mounted patrol.The 2017 Wilmington’s Got Talent event raised $16,000 to purchase a drug dog for theNew Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.“Wilmington Central Rotary is excited to bring back Wilmington’s Got Talent this year aswe feature the many wonderfully talented people and undiscovered entertainers in thiscity. It’s going to be a lot of fun for all involved.” said Louise McColl, Wilmington CentralRotary event chair.To apply, request sponsorship information, or purchase tickets please email LouiseMcColl at mccoll18@bellsouth.net, call (910) 350-1211 or visit our websitewww.wilmingtoncentralrotary.com. Wilmington’s Got Talent (Photo: Wilmington Central Rotary) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you have a talent you want to share with the world? The Wilmington Central Rotary has the perfect opportunity for you.The organization is hosting it’s annual variety show, Wilmington’s Got Talent. Now, they’re looking for performers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Former longtime federal judge in Wilmington dies at 90

first_imgHon. James C. Fox (Photo courtesy of Andrews Mortuary and Crematory Market Street Chapel – Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A longtime federal judge who served in Wilmington has died.According to his obituary, Judge James C. Fox died at his Wilmington home Saturday. Judge Fox was 90.- Advertisement – President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Fox to the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in 1982. He served until his retirement in 2017.“Over the years of his service on the bench, federal prosecutors in this district knew Judge Fox to be a keen student of the law, and dedicated to its firm and fair enforcement,” US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert Higdon said in a statement. “He expected the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in his court and any attorney who appeared before him was the better for the experience. He deeply loved the people and places in the Eastern District and worked hard to ensure their business was well-handled in federal court. He will be greatly missed.”Judge Fox is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kate, three children, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.Related Article: Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dead at 77Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Wilmington followed by burial at Oakdale Cemetery.Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Foundation or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.last_img read more

Five people remain at Grand Strand Medical Center after stairs collapse

first_img The remaining were treated and released from the Emergency Department.Grand Strand Medical Center is the only Level I Adult Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the area with specially-trained staff to care for the critically injured.“Our emergency and trauma teams work together with our first responders to ensure our community has the absolute best care possible when any unexpected events happen,” said Dr. Antonio Pepe, Trauma Medical Director for Grand Strand Health. “All of our team members are dedicated to providing a supportive healthcare environment in challenging moments like these.”Related Article: Fishing team tags tiger shark in Brunswick CountyThe extended family of the homeowner was taking a group photo when the steps gave way on Monday afternoon.The house is near the far west end of the island. According to a real estate listing, the house has six bedrooms, seven baths, sleeps 22 and rents for $6,000 this week. Several people were hurt when the steps collapsed at a home in Ocean Isle Beach on May 27, 2019. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) HORRY COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Twelve people were injured when steps leading up to  a deck collapsed on Memorial Day at a home on Ocean Isle Beach.According to a news release, of the 12 patients treated at Grand Strand Medical Center, five patients were treated in the Trauma Center and are all in good-to-fair condition.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Striferidden Italian coalition faces showdown over graft case

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Interior Minister Matteo Salvini looks on next to Italy’s Minister of Labor and Industry Luigi Di Maio at the Quirinal palace in Rome, Italy, June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Interior Minister Matteo Salvini looks on next to Italy’s Minister of Labor and Industry Luigi Di Maio at the Quirinal palace in Rome, Italy, June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File Photo Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement said on Sunday the government would fall unless its coalition partner the League agreed to the sacking of a junior minister caught up in a corruption case.Relations between 5-Star and the far-right League have grown increasingly fraught in the run-up to EU parliamentary elections on May 26, with the two parties acting more like political enemies than cabinet allies.Their growing rivalry triggered an unprecedented spat between the interior and defence ministries as tensions grow over the fate of junior transport minister Armando Siri, who is very close to League leader Matteo Salvini.Siri last month was put under investigation for allegedly accepting a bribe from a wind farm entrepreneur who has been linked to the Sicilian Mafia. Siri has denied wrongdoing, but 5-Star has said he must resign for the good of the government.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to no party and presents himself as the mediator between the two cabinet allies, agreed last week that Siri must go.However, the League, which has surged in the polls over the past year and has easily overtaken 5-Star as Italy’s leading party, has so far refused to back down, saying he has not been charged and not yet had a chance to speak to investigators.The 5-Star’s Barbara Lezzi, who serves as minister for the south, told Il Messaggero newspaper on Sunday that the accusations against Siri were undermining the government, which took office last June promising radical political change.Asked if the coalition would fall if the League refused to let him go, she said: “Yes. I cannot accept that a government undersecretary investigated for corruption should stay on.”There was no sign of a League retreat. Instead Salvini, who serves as interior minister, looked to shift focus with his ministry saying the defence ministry had wrongly tweeted that the navy had thwarted an attack on an Italian fishing boat.The interior ministry accused Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, who comes from 5-Star, of putting out fake news. “The defence minister should act like a defence minister. The Armed Forces deserve much better,” a statement said.The 5-Star said Salvini had “crossed a red line” by using his ministry to attack another for electoral purposes, and said it would not back down over Siri.“Show you have balls in the Siri case and make him quit,” it said in a blunt statement on Sunday.Pointing to recent high-profile crimes, including the shooting of a toddler in Naples, it also suggested Salvini was spending too much time on the campaign trail for the EU ballot and not enough time behind his desk.Several Italian newspapers quoted sources within the League at the weekend as saying they were fed up of working with 5-Star and predicting the government could fall after the May 26 vote.Salvini denied the reports and accused journalists of generating “pointless” controversies. “The government will last for four years,” he told an election rally on Saturday.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Ten best tech innovations in fashion

first_imgWearable technology is the future of fashion. Image Credit: Hc online Advertisement As we continue to move toward a life of constant connectivity, there is no denying that wearable technology is the future of fashion. It only makes sense that we would want our clothes—like everything else— to interact with our devices.We have seen huge advancements in the market for tech-saavy style, especially over the last couple years, and we aren’t just talking about trends for the dudes in Silicon Valley. Designers have joined the movement toward wearables to create stylish pieces that keep us fresh and make our Internet-obsessed lives that much easier.From smart watches to pants that can charge your cell phone, function has become the key to fashion. Thanks to some game changing innovations the ability to control and connect to your clothing is more accessible then ever. Check out our list of the 10 best technological innovations in fashion, so far. – Advertisement – Biometric Smart ShirtsBiometric Smart Shirts. Image Credit: Hexo SkinRalph Lauren is credited with changing the game of wearable tech when it released its smart shirt. The nylon compression tee, developed through a collaboration with OM, is made with thin silver fibers that can track the wearer’s biometrics. The practically invisible sensors detect and record the heart rate, steps, calories burned, breathing, and stress level of the user, and display the information on an app. The customized app will then draw on 10,000 combinations to produce personalized workouts.Phone Charging PantsCharging-jeans-hero. Image Credit: Joes JeansLast year, designer Adrien Sauvage and Microsoft teamed up to design the world’s first pair of phone-charging pants. The wearable chinos, took six months to create, and featured a wireless Nokia charging plate in the front pocket that uses an electromagnetic field to recharge your battery.Since then, other brands like Joe’s Jeans have released denim styles that can also charge your mobile phone simply by slipping the device in your pocket.Google Conductive Fibers Google announced earlier this year that it would be working with Levi’s to develop a new wearable collection titled Project Jacquard. The tech company will turn the brand’s classic styles into tech platforms that act like smart watches.The clothing will have capabilities like sending text messages and silencing your cell phone just by tapping or swiping them. The thin fibers that were originally developed in Japan will eventually be able to be woven into any kind of textile or garment. Levi’s vice president said that he hopes this new technology will allow users to be more physically present. They will officially hit the market next year.Smart WatchesStyles like the Apple watch offer added functionality, such as receiving phone calls and messages. Image Credit: GoogleSmart watches have created a lot of hype around the wearable-tech movement. The release of the interactive watches has already begun to phase out previous innovations in wearable tech like fitness trackers.Styles like the Apple watch offer added functionality, such as receiving phone calls and messages, accessing apps and using Apple Pay, as well as recording the users biometrics.As far as style goes tech companies like LG have released more classic takes on the timepieces so you don’t look like such a techie. Temperature Regulating MaterialsBrands like Under Amour and Nike have introduced these special materials that can respond and control temperature to keep people comfortable, especially while being active.. Image Credit: rackedWhether you’re working out, or just a victim of hot or cold climates, there is nothing better than something that can regulate your body temperature. Brands like Under Amour and Nike have introduced these special materials that can respond and control temperature to keep people comfortable, especially while being active.Japanese retailer Uniqlo has developed a whole line of fashionable basics called Heattech that can retain heat and fight odor during those cold weather months.Bluetooth Enabled Clothing From gloves to hoodies, a series of styles have been developed that incorporate Bluetooth technology. Designer Asher Levine designed a whole collection of pieces that featured microchips, allowing the pieces to be tracked in case they were lost or stolen. When the chip was paired with a phone, it could display the location using Google Maps.Recently, BearTek developed a pair of Bluetooth-enabled gloves that sync to your mobile device or GoPro camera. You can perform commands like answer calls, play music, and lock functionality, just with the touch of a finger.3D Printing 3D printing is one of the biggest and coolest innovations for fashion. Many designers like Iris van Herpen and brands like Nike have showed us the amazing capabilities of the new technology, from designing intricate dresses to football cleats. 3D printing is set to become the future of the fashion industry.Concepts for at home clothing printers have already been developed, which would allow customers to buy digital designs and print them in the comfort of their own home, taking customization to a new heights.Clothes That Make Payments This concept developed by MasterCard and designer Adam Selman hasn’t hit the market just yet, but the idea is game-changing. The dress, gloves, earrings, and sunglasses would be equipped with minichips that contain your credit card information. Users would wave the object in front of a reader to pay for their purchase.The chip would be hooked up to your phone much like Apple Pay or Android Pay. The clothing is set to be available in the second half of 2016.Smart glasses that are enabled with Bluetooth technology.Image Credit: MashableSmart GlassesSmart glasses are one innovation that hasn’t really caught on, but the concept is pretty next level. If they could just nail the style aspect of the frames, there wouldn’t be much not to like about the accessory.With Google Glass, which has already been discontinued, you could take photos, look at a map, and record a video without ever touching another device. But, eyewear company Oakley has recently announced that they are investing in smart glasses that are enabled with Bluetooth technology, and hopefully they can make it more aesthetically pleasing.Solar Panel JacketsTommy Hilfiger Solar Charging Jackets. Image Credit: TommyWearing a bunch of bulky solar panels on your clothing, doesn’t seem like the most appealing thing, But, the technology creates solar power that can do awesome things like charge your phone.Tommy Hilfiger brought solar panels to the mainstream last winter when he released a jacket embedded with them across the back and many other designers have experimented with the panels, creating parkas and dresses that incorporate the solar cells.Luckily, the design for the panels is becoming more thin and flexible, so that we can move more toward creating and sustaining our own energy with our clothes.[COMPLEX]last_img read more

Twitter Looks to Make Money From Ads Aimed at LoggedOut Users

first_imgTwitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in. Advertisement Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it tries to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users.The company said the feature will help it cash in on an additional half a billion people each month, pushing its shares up as much as 7.8 percent to $26.21 on Thursday – their biggest percentage gain in two months.The promoted tweets and videos will be available on Twitter’s desktop website, particularly on people’s profile pages and “tweet detail” pages that highlight specific tweets. – Advertisement – The move will be welcomed by advertisers who have shied away from Twitter saying it doesn’t have enough users, unlike rival Facebook Inc , which boasts more than 1.55 billion monthly active users (MAUs). Twitter has 320 million MAUs.Facebook, which had once struggled to monetize its social networking platform, has been consistently launching tools to capture ad dollars.Twitter had first broached this idea last year when Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto said it would be possible to monetize logged-out users once the company “nailed the consumer experience”.The company has said that ads targeted at logged-out users – or people who view tweets without a Twitter account – would bring in $2.50 in average revenue per user (ARPU). Its logged-in user base brings in more than $4 in ARPU.Twitter has been experimenting under Jack Dorsey – the company’s co-founder who returned as chief executive in October – to make the website more engaging.“The best thing to happen under Jack Dorsey would be the fact that they are going to rethink all aspects of their business,” Monness, Crespi, Hardt, & Co Inc analyst James Cakmak said.“Before it was a case of doing the same thing and hoping things change.”In the few months under Dorsey, Twitter introduced the ‘Moments’ feature, added polls to tweets, laid off about 8 percent of its workforce and rolled out a “buy” button.[related-posts]The company also said earlier this week it was testing a feature where tweets would be sorted by relevance instead of reverse chronological order.The new ads feature was being tested with some advertisers in the United States, UK, Japan and Australia, Twitter said on Thursday. The company plans to roll it out to more markets around the world.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

Facebook has introduced Messenger Lite for Android

first_imgAdvertisement Social media giant Facebook doesn’t want anyone to miss out because of old technology.The company has announced Messenger “Lite” for Android, which is a Messenger app designed for older phones with less memory and less powerful processors.The App was initially launch in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela, but will hit other regions at a later, unspecified date. – Advertisement – The app is similar to Facebook Lite app, and  is aimed at users in emerging markets. It uses less data to mitigate unpredictable network speeds.Messenger Lite can send and receive photos, stickers and links, but there is no communication whether a similar version will be launched for iOS.last_img

JULIE COLLIER Sun Starters Orders

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USC Marshall Supply Chain Student Engagement and More – Los Angeles News

first_img Last Updated Sep 21, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail USC Marshall Supply Chain, Student Engagement, and More – Los Angeles News We’ve rounded up the news you need to know from this week out of the Los Angeles metro.Nick Vyas Builds a State-of-the-Art Global Supply Chain Management Program – News at USC Marshall“Forty years ago, there were 26 mega-cities worldwide. Now there are 70. The globalization cat is out of the bag. But how do we deliver to everyone?”This question of delivery maximization here is asked by Nick Vyas, an Assistant Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business, and Director of the school’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management. From his past roles with now-defunct retail giants like Toys ‘R’ Us and the soon-to-be (you know it’s coming) defunct Sears, Vyas has seen a hefty degree of turmoil in the industry. At the same time, however, he has seen modernized giants like Amazon and Alibaba rise to the top, matching the increased demands of consumers.In a 2017 CIO Review article, Vyas explains, “Big data has certainly changed the supply chain industry. Armed with such information, retailers are able to achieve better revenue positioning because product offers can be instantaneously changed to respond to customer demand shifts.” USC Marshall caught on to the trends early, organizing the Online Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management program in 2013. Fast-forward five years, and Vyas is already seeing commendable improvement. ““We are seeing success,” Vyas says in a recent interview. “One hundred percent of the MS students are in internships. We prep them.”You can read more about Vyas and the USC Marshall Online Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management program here.How Can Campuses Foster Student Success? Management Professor Examines Engagement – Mihaylo Business School NewsA CSU Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business professor of management recently offered some advice on student engagement as a cornerstone of business education at any level.Professor Gerard Beenen has sought to guide Mihaylo students, who will find themselves among 40,000 other CSU Fullerton students, in how to connect within increasingly competitive and challenging conditions.“Large universities like Cal State Fullerton,” Bennen says, “… are facing challenging goals to help students graduate faster … in an era of tighter and tighter state budgets. When students feel connected … they help us achieve these goals. [These] students … are more likely to persist until they graduate. And once they graduate, they’re more likely to give their time and resources to the campus.”Student clubs, of which Cal State Fullerton has 325, serve as a valuable beginning to form connections. But Beenen points out that a wider focus toward common goals is most beneficial. “When we say, ‘Titans reach higher,’ we appeal to a shared aspiration—a superordinate identity—that all of our student clubs can identify with, along with study groups, friendship networks and other informal campus connections.”Professor Beenen is a frequent contributor to The Orange County Register. He has also spoke about his views on student engagement in The Leadership Voice, Mihaylo College’s Center for Leadership’s video series.Bigger Reach, Higher Prices – American Economic AssociationMatt Schmitt, UCLA Anderson School of Management Economist and Professor of Strategy recently remarked upon the state of competition within U.S. hospital systems in the U.S. for the American Economic Association.In 2017, Schmitt observes, the highest number of hospital system mergers in recent history occurred, resulting in higher healthcare prices. This counters the stance of many proponents of consolidation who argue that it reduces competition, thus reducing cost.Two factors may contribute to higher prices: change in management practices after mergers; and speculation on the part of the acquiring hospital. The latter factor is a motivator of merger for many hospital entities.Schmitt analyzed 100 mergers between 2000 and 2010, and discovered that costs rose an average of 6 to 7 percent. The price increase impacted insurers, and the cost to patients is difficult to assess.“In health care … there are several different layers of decision makers, all with potentially competing objectives. [This] research seeks to better understand the economics of these situations and whether policy may have a role to play in improving outcomes,” Schmitt notes.You can read more about Schmitt’s research discoveries here. About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella center_img regions: Los Angeles RelatedMarshall and Infosys Launch Center of Global Supply Chain ManagementThe USC Marshall School of Business has announced at partnership with Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, in launching the new Center of Global Supply Chain Management (CGSCM). The CGSCM will be an industry-academia center focused on establishing a strong industry network, offering a variety of…February 10, 2014In “Featured Region”School v. School: Arizona State v. USCCalifornia or Arizona? Los Angeles or Phoenix? Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business of USC Marshall Business School? It’s not so easy deciding where you should go to school for your MBA degree. There are many elements to consider including the location, cost of attendance, school rankings, post-graduation…April 10, 2019In “Featured Home”Los Angeles MBA Programs that Specialize in Supply Chain ManagementAs businesses grow and develop, it’s up to supply chain managers, or SCMs, to effectively ensure that all goods and services are delivered in a quick, optimized manner. SCMs are the logistical overlords of any major operation—they oversee how all the parts of their product, including raw materials, information, and…November 21, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

LA Judge Orders Halt to Trumps Ban for Immigrant Visa Holders

first_img LA Judge Orders Halt to Trump’s Ban for Immigrant Visa Holders By The Associated Press February 3, 2017 Updated: February 3, 2017 US Passengers arrives during a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 28, 2017. President Trump signed an executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Share this article A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the U.S. government to allow people holding immigrant visas from seven majority-Muslim nations into the United States despite President Trump’s executive order banning them.In a temporary restraining order issued late Tuesday, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. ordered the government not to cancel any validly obtained immigrant visas or bar anyone from the seven nations holding them from entering the U.S.But it was unclear whether the order will have any effect. The State Department ordered all visas from the seven countries revoked on Friday, and the government has maintained that orders similar to Birotte’s do not apply because the visas are no longer valid.The State Department declined comment Wednesday on Birotte’s order, saying it does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more