Inclusive education campaigners are supporting par

first_imgInclusive education campaigners are supporting parents and their disabled children today (Thursday) as they take part in marches around the country to highlight the special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding crisis.Parents are calling for reform of the SEND system, increased funding, and improved accountability and assessment, as well as an end to a culture which “encourages the blaming, shaming and dismissal of parents of young people with SEND”.Marches are set to take place across England and Wales, in more than 25 locations including Liverpool, Yorkshire, Sussex, Birmingham, Derby, Reading and Widnes, with one leading to the handover of a petition in Downing Street.The SEND National Crisis campaign has been set up by two parents of disabled children, and it has been backed by The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), which said disabled pupils had been increasingly excluded from schools and pushed out of mainstream education.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said: “The funding cuts are creating rife disablism and disability-related discrimination in our mainstream education system.“For the first time in history, more disabled pupils with [education, health and care plans] are being educated in special schools than in mainstream ones.“This needs to stop right now – this government has a duty to promote inclusive education among disabled pupils.”Nadia Turki, one of the founders of SEND National Crisis, said: “We have decided to act instead of repeatedly say the words ‘we need to do something’.“I’ve been saying this for almost two years now and nothing has changed to the effect of making a positive difference to education provisions and access for disabled children and young people.“We believe that now is the time to stand together and let our voices and the voices of our young people be heard.”She added: “This crisis is leaving thousands of individuals emotionally and physically exhausted due to the direct failings of our local authorities and the discrimination faced when trying to access their fundamental right to an education.“There are so many of us struggling and battling an unfair system for our children or the people we care for and it is an exhausting process that hammers us into the ground daily.”Next month, ALLFIE is also supporting a judicial review case being taken at the high court by three families with disabled children.The families believe inadequate government funding is not allowing councils to fulfil their legal obligations to support disabled pupils.ALLFIE wants the court to make “an explicit declaration” that the government’s level of funding of SEND is unlawful because it fails to provide the support that disabled pupils need to “flourish within mainstream education on a par with their non-disabled peers”.It also wants new guidance that will make it clear that the government has to ensure sufficient funding for schools and councils to fulfil their legal duties to “promote the presumption of mainstream education free from disability-related discrimination”.In response to plans for the march, children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Our ambition is for every child, no matter the challenges they face, to have access to a world class education that sets them up for life.“Funding for the high needs budget is a priority for this government and we know that councils and schools are facing pressures – that’s why in December, we provided an extra £250 million up to 2020 to help manage these costs.“This takes the total amount that we have allocated for high needs funding to £6.3 billion this year, compared to £5 billion in 2013.“At the same time, the education secretary has been clear that we are working closely with the sector as we approach the spending review, we have launched a call for evidence to make sure the funding system is getting money to the right places at the right time and we are revising the SEND code of practice to improve ways to identify and meet special educational needs.”His department said it also planned to spend £31.6 million to train more educational psychologists, who play an important role in identifying special educational needs and contributing to education, health and care needs assessments.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

Voters Turn Out Early in SF Mission

first_imgOn Alabama Street. Hua-Zang Si Buddhist temple on 22nd StreetDennis Teo says the two most important ballot issues were those concerning education and BART. Photo by Lydia Chávez Monte Sinai Iglesia de DiosJesus Teran. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe church at 22nd and Alabama streets saw a line out the door and around the block in the morning, a poll worker said, but was relatively quiet by lunchtime. Near 2 p.m., a lot of the voters were Spanish speaking and sought translation from a bilingual volunteer.Jesus Teran, who dropped off a mail-in ballot at the polling place, was not overwhelmed by the dozens of local and state propositions on the ballot this year — he knew how to vote on many of them, he said, and simply googled the others.“That really helped,” he said. Of particular importance, he said, was marijuana legalization, the soda tax, the drug price changes, and Proposition O — the life on office space restriction for a major development in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point.“That area needs a little bit to bring it up more,” he said.Donald Trump signs left on the corner of 22nd and Harrison streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Polling Place on Alabama Street near 25th Street. “Some people were here 20 minutes early,” said Jeremy, a poll worker at a garage on Alabama Street.Jeremy, a poll worker outside a station on Alabama Street. “Some people were here 20 minutes early,” said Jeremy. Photo by Lydia Chávez 22nd and ShotwellDavid Werlin at 22nd and Shotwell streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCesar Chavez Elementary School on Election Day. Photo by Lola M. ChavezDavid Werlin, a volunteer for the Ronen campaign, stood at a corner down the block from a polling station at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. He said a steady stream of voters had been coming to the school all day and that it “never really stopped.” Werlin himself said he was most concerned with state propositions, like the death penalty repeal and the extension of the personal income tax, but that his 16-year-old daughter had him stumping for Proposition F to lower San Francisco’s voting age.“She’s more informed of what’s going on than a lot of 30 year olds,” he said. Mission Local will be visiting polling places throughout the day, asking voters and others what local issues stood out for them. Check out our story on where to vote and where to watch the election results.Evening Dispatch – 8 p.m. Voters turned out strongly in the mornings, poll workers said, and in the northern Mission, voters were busy filling out ballots in the evening still, even if the surge may not have been as strong as in the morning.“It’s been busy in the morning, after that it got quiet,” said Scott Wade Bickmore, a poll worker at 15th Street near Guerrero streets who has worked at the polling place for two elections. Community Center in Garfield ParkPolling station at the youth center in Garfield Park. Photo by Lydia Chávez“There were people lined up when we opened,” said Jessica Sanchez, a poll worker at the Youth Community Center who has worked at the center in earlier elections. “It seems like it is going to be as big as the Obama election.” In that election, turnout in San Francisco reached 79 percent. She said the length of the ballot meant that people need more time to vote.Will Ives, a voter who exited the station, said passing the soda tax was particularly important. 0% On 25th StreetAntonio Aquilera, a campaign worker for Hillary Ronen, was handing out flyers. “Locally, I’m really excited about the office of the public advocate,” he said referring to Proposition H, which would create an elective office and agency to advocate for residents. “It’s a different mechanism at City Hall.” Fire Station at 19th and ShotwellNumber of ballots read at 1:05 p.m. at the 19th and Shotwell fire station polls. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe fire station at 19th and Shotwell streets on Election Day. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPoll workers said turnout was high throughout the day, but had come down by lunchtime. Because the polling station is inside a firehouse, a poll worker said the firemen sometimes have to use the lockers near the voting booths — and one fire meant a truck had to be dispatched a few feet from where people were voting.“That was a little intense,” said one worker.Maria Forde, a Mission resident, said the local ballot was a bit daunting, given its length, but she relied on a voters guide she often makes use of.“I used the Pissed Off Voters Guide,” she said, referring to the left-leaning guide.It was the national election that had her the most worried, however. She voted for Clinton “out of necessity,” and said the Trump phenomenon had her curling up in bed, scouring the internet to distract herself.“I had to watch cat videos with my boyfriend just to clear my mind.” Morning Report — 10 a.m.Poll workers in southern Mission District precincts reported today that the early turnout has been strong, with many saying that there were lines when they opened up at 7 a.m.Despite the acrimonious national election, there was a sense of exuberance on the streets where campaign workers proliferated at the edges of the polling stations, handing out literature and talking to voters as they made their way into the polling stations.“We had a pretty heavy rush hour of people going to work,” said Sally, a poll worker at Synergy School on Valencia and 25th streets. “People seem to be upbeat.”The first tabulation of results will come at 8:45 p.m., according to San Francisco election officials. More than half of the city’s voters mail in their ballots and the first results will be this tabulation. Registration in the Mission District is up by nearly 6,000 voters. The most important issue on the ballot Octavio Sajun, “housing,” Veronica Serrano, “education,” and Samantha Peraza, definitely education and funding for City College.” All were on their way to drop off their ballots. Bert Palaez watering his front yard on Alabama Street. Photo by Lydia ChávezFor Bert Palaez who has lived in the Mission District since 1971, the cigarette tax was one of the most important measures on the ballot.A smoker, he still “thinks they should raise it.” It will make people “think about smoking.” And, for himself, he said, it will “make me slow down.” Outside of Synergy School on Valencia StreetKatelyn Gibbons. Photo by Lydia ChávezKatelyn Gibbons came prepared. She had a printed-out sample ballot and her notes on each measure. “It’s super-important that everyone get out to vote,” said Gibbons. For her, the measures on homeless tent encampments, marijuana legalization, and the soda tax were particularly important. She opted for Scott Wiener over Jane Kim, based on Kim’s opposition to Proposition Q that would outlaw tents. The Mission District has what few neighborhoods can claim – an independent news site that doesn’t aggregate, but instead has feet on the ground – reporters who talk to residents, reporters who research and reporters who keep you informed. Our business model is you. Join today. On Alabama and 26th streets.  Cesar Chavez Elementary School. At the legal distance from the polling station at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Supervisor Candidate Joshua Arce was handing out flyers and greeting voters. At the corner of Garfield ParkRobert Alfaro, a campaign worker. Photo by Lydia Chávez“There’s just a slew of important issues,” said Robert Alfaro, who lives on Lucky Street. “We need to keep low-income folks in their homes. We’re trying to make sure we can get jobs in our community.” Alfaro, who was born and raised in the Mission District, said he can remember “when people didn’t want to come here back in the day and now I see people walking their dogs and jogging. They should engage more. I hope as time passes that people will care more about the history of this place.” 22nd Street Rachel Stoltzfus and Emelyn Erickson out campaigning for Proposition S, which will allocate a portion of the city’s tax to arts and homeless programs. Today, given the high turnout of a presidential election year, the polling place needed two extra voter booths to accommodate the surge. But some voters who came during the day, Bickmore said, were able to enjoy the sunlight in a courtyard at the polling place while they filled out their ballots.Outside, a few voters chatted about the election.“One of the things I’m so blessed, is that Hillary is going to be our new president,” said voter Peaches. “Donald Trump, in this campaign, he played this blame game.”“I will be so glad for it to be over so they can put him on the other side of a wall,” concurred another voter, who gave her name as Miss Figgy.At a UCSF building at Folsom and 15th streets, poll worker Ed Chan also said people generally voted in the morning.“They came early,” Chan said. “I guess people wanted to see the results.”Four years ago, he remembered, voters were waiting to vote until quite late in the day.At Marshall Elementary School, on the other hand, there was an evening surge – not enough to form a long line, but enough to fill the voting stations.One 17-year resident of the Mission District voted for the first time on Tuesday. Jean, originally from France, was struck by the range of items on the ballot, from federal to the most hyperlocal.“It’s confusing to realize how much of the process is manual,” he noted. “It relies on extensive education. I expected a more sophisticated process.”For one woman, Ms. D. Smith, the identity of the Mission District was being decided on the ballot.“We don’t want to lose the Mission. I want a location we can identify with.” the Joshua Arce supporter said. “This district gave my African Amercian child an opportunity to go to school here and to speak, read and write fluent Spanish.”Afternoon Dispatch — 3 p.m.Two volunteers for Hillary Ronen’s campaign got a rude greeting Tuesday afternoon when a man pulled up to the corner of 22nd and Florida streets near 1:20 p.m. and began swearing at the volunteers with sexist language.“I don’t talk to bitch-ass women, I only talk to men,” the man said, according to Elizabeth Creely, who was at the corner with another volunteer handing out flyers for Ronen and other candidates down the street from a polling station. Creely said the man drove a silver sedan and had asked the pair where he could vote. When Creely began answering, he swore at her.Elizabeth Creely and Bartek Rost at 22nd and Florida streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez“He came out of the care and starts yelling,” said Bartek Rost, the other Ronen volunteer.“He was going, ‘I’m from the neighborhood,’” said Creely. “Oh so you’re from this neighborhood and that gives you the right?”Creely and Rost called the police after the man drove off and two officers answered the call, meeting with the volunteers at the corner before getting in a patrol car to search around. Yoel Gonzalez on Alabama Street waiting for work.“I can’t vote but I am with Hillary. The other señor is sick,” said Yoel Gonzalez who added that the two most important issues for him are opening up job opportunities and making the roads safe. He said he walks a lot in the Mission and the drivers are often “drunk and don’t know how to drive and don’t stop for the pedestrian.” Joshua Arce, supervisor candidate for District 9.Arce said, he was happy with how the campaign had been going and especially pleased with his endorsement from Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union. Just recently, he said, his family had found photographs of his grandparents working in the fields.Michael Chen, from the new pro-development Yimby (Yes-In-My-Back-Yard) Party was also out in front of Cesar Chavez Elementary School handing out the Yimby Party’s endorsements, which include Arce in District 9.Chen said he was for any initiative that would get more housing in the Mission District.Maria Guerrero, a polling worker at the elementary school, said the turnout so far had been “very good.” At 7:15 a.m., “there was a long line” of people waiting to vote. 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Neighborhood Notes Art films and it is Carnaval Weekend

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Carnaval: The 40th AnniversaryWe’ve prepared a special page of history that you can look at here.  But even better is being a participant — going to the festival tomorrow and, at 3 p.m., enjoying a free performance by Los Tigres del Norte.  The party happens on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Harrison between 16th and 24th streets.The parade takes place Sunday on Mission Street, starting at 9:30 a.m.  Enjoy!center_img Accion Latina presents: New Mestizx Community media and cultural arts nonprofit Accion Latina’s new exhibition “New Mestizx” will open Friday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Curated by Sami Schilf, the exhibit explores the intersections of cultural identity in the Bay Area.Schilf is a San Francisco native, multi-media artist and proud second-generation Mestizx. Her work plays with the tension between dissociation and reclamation of cultural identity, history and importance. The exhibition will take place at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery located at 2958 24th Street. Twilight Tour: Amulet or He Calls it ChaosThe 500 Capp Street Foundation will be exhibiting Twilight Tour: Amulet or He Calls it Chaos on Thursday, May 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition’s home is the David Ireland House and plays with the art and space to create a disorienting yet transformative experience of reality. The foundation takes care of the house belonging to the late artist and uses the space to showcase the art of budding creators. The exhibit includes works by Mathis Altmann, Tony Cokes, Moyra Davey, Katharina Grosse, Rashid Johnson, Sherrie Levine and more. The David Ireland house is located at 500 Capp Street. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $15 for students. Purchase your tickets here.Hecho en Mexico: A Documentary Film SeriesThe Roxie Theater will be presenting the second edition of their Hecho En Mexico series from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16. The series is made up of six documentaries and will be screened throughout the weekend. These films, which showcase the diversity and complexity of Mexican society, have never been shown in the United States. They document the stories of a former beauty queen and socialite, an Aguascalientes rapper, a teacher in remote Chiapas; a special relationship between Baja fishermen on a remote island, an armed indigenous resistance, and a family making one last attempt to cultivate their small plot of land. The filmmakers and special guests will be in attendance for a Q&A session. Tickets can be purchased for $13 at the door. Attendees can purchase an Hecho en Mexico pass for $60 to see all six films, attend the filmmaker Q&A, and a special guest reception on Saturday, June 15. Buy your passes here. Starman — Freddie Burretti: The man who sewed the worldFreddy Burretti and Pop Iconoclast David Bowie were the closest of friends; the latter was also a talented costume designer and stylist. Burretti designed a wardrobe for his genre-defying companion that redefined 1970s British culture and fashion.His exploits are captured in Starman — Freddie Burretti: The man who sewed the world. The screening is Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the GLBT Historical Society. The Roxie Theater is located at 3117 16th St. Buy your tickets here.Youth Speaks Presents: Queeriosity,  Slam Poetry Showcase In honor of LGBTQ Pride month in June, community arts organization Youth Speaks will celebrate by hosting Queeriosity, a free poetry and performance showcase on Saturday, June 8, at the Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. Queeriosity is one of Youth Speaks’ longest-running programs and explores personal and historical narratives that reframe perceptions of language, sexuality and gender. The event features some of Youth Speaks’ leading young voices and Angel Nafis, A New York poet and author of BlackGirl Mansion. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show begins at 7. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Register here. last_img read more

WANT to know whats happening in the Saints Supers

first_imgWANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?In a new regular slot we catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.Feedback on Saints new kits for 2014 has been very positive. Both shirts have sold very well in the run up to Christmas with the Home Shirt “Red Vee” edging sales. Demand for the Away Kit in Kids’ sizes has exceeded all expectationsPlenty of shirts are currently left in stock to get yourself kitted out for the new season ahead.Hat’s Off To Our Saints’ Fans! The store trialled some new design hats in the run up to Christmas using alternative suppliers and they have proved very popular with fans young and old.Make sure you get yourself all wrapped up for match nights at Langtree Park and beyond.V Is Definitely For Value: 2014 Season Ticket Holders can produce their Season Ticket to obtain 10% off all Saints Kit, Trainingwear and Souvenirs for the 2014 Season. With value like that it makes even more sense to get yourself a Season Ticket.Pro Training Jerseys: Players will be warming up on match nights wearing the latest addition to the ISC Trainingwear range (pictured). This is a similar construction and weight to our replica shirt and the attractive Royal and Carbon design has already proved very popular. This is available in strictly limited in numbers (Adult Sizes only), so get yours now and really look the part.Heroes One And All: The printing machine at Saints Superstore was full steam ahead following the kit launch… and the new squad list… with fans getting their hero’s names firmly fixed to the back of their new shirts.There was also some other stranger printing requests… some of which were censored… and some old faithfuls like “Daddy 1” and “Grandpa” etc.The leader of the pack in terms of the number of shirts printed was Masoe 8, closely followed by Roby 9, and Soliola 11 whilst other new signings Amor 16 and Walsh 7 have already built up a following.We have also seen a significant number of requests for PRESCOTT 1, following the sad passing of ex Saints player Steve in early November.Don’t forget you can get your players name on your shirt next time you visit the store. Even if you have bought it already, we are happy to print using official Super League Letters and Numbers.New Year New Look: We are pleased to announce that a brand new look Webstore is currently in the last stages of production and testing and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2014.Look out for your new look Saints webstore coming soon!last_img read more

OUR Player of the Month networking event continues

first_imgOUR Player of the Month networking event continues this Thursday.Sponsored by Stapleton Derby, delegates can hear from inspirational speakers and congratulate the Player Of The Month before enjoying a session of networking with fellow guests.Then, they are free to watch the side’s final training run through before they take on Huddersfield.The event gets underway at 8:30am with breakfast.To find out more and to book, click here or email Gary Wilton.last_img

EXPLAINER Potential tropical cyclone What does that mean

first_img So what is a potential tropical cyclone is? Well, the answer is pretty simple.The National Hurricane Center created this term to describe systems that they are watching for tropical development over a short time frame. The NHC can start issuing advisories that contain tropical storm or hurricane watches and warnings that could not have been issued under the old system.It’s all in an effort to get information out to the public as soon as possible to keep everyone safe during tropical weather events.Related Article: Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain“All these coastal communities and emergency managers and other partners need lead time,” Steve Pfaff, NWS Wilmington Warning Coordination Meteorologist, said. “So when we have a situation where a storm is developing right near the coast, if we wait until it develops into a tropical depression, then that guidance from the Hurricane Center is gonna be delayed as a result of that policy.”This system is likely to become Tropical Storm Irma in the next 12 to 24 hours, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to our area.See the latest tropical update here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical weather is expected in southeastern North Carolina over the next few days, but there has been some confusion on how that system is being classified.It’s called Potential Tropical Cyclone 10 but is forecast to become Irma.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Comedy show to benefit Oak Island family

first_img Cameron Smith is a friend of the Mylod family, and wants to raise money for their GoFundMe page. The comedy showcase at Dead Crow Comedy will feature Smith as well as six other comedians and improv performances. There will be a $10 donation at the door, 100% of which will go to the Mylod family.The event will start on Tuesday at 7 p.m.Clothing will also be collected at the door. Click here for more information about specific clothing items and sizes. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local comedian and friend of an Oak Island family who lost their home and two family members in a fire is hosting a comedy showcase to raise money for the family.The Mylod family lost their rental home of 20 years in a house fire on August 24. Three people made it out of the home, but Edward Michael Mylod, 56, and his son Casey Mylod, 16, were killed.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Low early voting turnout across the Cape Fear

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Across the Cape Fear Region Bladen and Pender Counties had the highest turn out for early voting.Early voting polls closed Saturday, ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. WWAY reached out to the Board of Elections in our area.- Advertisement – In Bladen County, 12.18% of eligible voters participated in early voting. In Pender County 7.01% participated, in Columbus County 4.71%, in Brunswick County 3.76%, and only 3.32% of voters cast their ballot in New Hanover County. Columbus37,0811,7504.71% New Hanover167,1265,5603.32% Pender40,6852,8547.01%center_img CountyEligible VotersEarly VotersPercentage of Eligible Voters Bladen22,8932,79012.18% Brunswick99,1163,7333.76%last_img

Thousands of books donated to New Hanover County schools

first_img Hundreds of books donated to New Hanover County schools. (Photo: Facebook) 1 of 1 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Library is doing their part as area schools get back into the swing of the school year after Hurricane Florence.According to the county’s Facebook page, the library system donated 550 boxes of books containing about 15,000 books to the New Hanover County schools. – Advertisement – The books were originally intended for the library’s fall book sale, but thanks to the great staff of the library and a partnership with the schools, they will now be available for classrooms and school libraries that need it most.last_img

Man convicted of killing woman injuring two in 2016 shooting

first_imgHenry Spivey (Photo: VineLink) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A man will spend at least the next 20 years in prison for killing a woman and injuring two others during a shooting in 2016.Henry Spivey, 41, of Bladenboro, entered guilty pleas to one count each of Second Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury this week in Bladen County Superior Court.- Advertisement – The charges stemmed from a fight that happened on September 7, 2016 at a home on Lewis Street in Bladenboro.Deanna McGirt, 30, of Pembroke was killed that day.Spivey walked up to McGirt’s boyfriend outside the home and started an argument about a debt ensued between the two men. As McGirt attempted to intervene between the two men, Spivey showed a handgun and fired multiple shots in the direction of McGirt and her boyfriend.Related Article: 911 call: Wife reports armed suicidal husband before police shootingMcGirt, her boyfriend, and another person that was standing inside the doorway of the home were struck by bullets fired by Spivey, who then drove away from the scene.One of the victims managed to dial 911 and EMS and law enforcement arrived to the scene immediately.Within the hour, Spivey was located and taken into custody at the Bladen County Jail.McGirt died at the scene from her injuries while the other two victims were treated and released.The case was investigated jointly by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Bladenboro Police Department.last_img read more

Bladen County elections board vicechair resigns

first_img “Sometimes in life circumstances reach the breaking point especially when your trying to do the right thing,” wrote Lutz to State Elections Board Executive Director Kim Strach. “It becomes even more difficult when your family is drug into the drama plus your own party begins to attack you for compromising and common sense decisions.”Lutz was not reachable by phone on Monday when we attempted to contact him.Lutz remains a registered Democrat and served for several years as the Democratic Party Chair in Bladen County.Related Article: Candidates try to win more votes at Power BreakfastLutz’s resignation was also directed towards Joan Fleming, the Chief Investigator in the investigation of irregularities and potential elections fraud during the November election.“I hereby resign from the Bladen County Board of elections effective immediately,” wrote Lutz. “I regret having to do this but things have gotten way out of hand.”Lutz spoke more in-depth with our Charlotte affiliate WSOC in regards to the issues he has reported in his time at the Board of Elections in Bladen County. You can also read more on Lutz’s affiliation with McCrae Dowless who is now a person of interest in the state investigation of potential elections fraud in the 2018 election. Former Bladen County Board of Elections Vice Chair Jens Lutz (Southeast Realty) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Jens Lutz is out at the Bladen County Board of Elections.The vice chair of the board issued an email resignation into the North Carolina Board of Elections Friday evening.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hurricane recovery round table gives residents access to more help postFlorence

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been almost eight months since Hurricane Florence, but recovery is far from over.Congressman David Rouzer held a recovery round table Monday night to show residents that there is still help, and lots of residents still need help getting back on their feet.- Advertisement – Rouzer wants people to have the chance to learn how exactly they can get help.“Just to know that you need a roof,” Pender County resident Tracy Bennerman said. “It was hard for me to find anybody to do the repairs because they were busy helping people that just didn’t have anything.”Bennerman still considers herself one of the lucky ones after Florence, but she, like many others still needs help.Related Article: Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery“Those of us in elected office have not forgotten about the need that is a direct result of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew too, for that matter,” Rouzer said. “For those that have been affected by both.”Officials from recovery groups across the state came out to talk about the area’s progress. Most importantly, organizations were there to talk one on one with victims.“We are looking at about $20 million of recovery,” said Jennifer Witkowski, who works with the Pender County Long Term Recovery Group. “We are looking at over 3,000 homes that fall under what’s called unmet needs. That means that the people were either having no insurance or not enough insurance to get back to a livable situation.”Witkowski says these numbers are just sad.Rouzer hopes this event, along with proposed legislation, will keep pushing recovery.“In the house this coming week we’re going to have a vote on a disaster recovery bill, which is going to be additional money,” Rouzer said.Bennerman, like so many others are still picking up the pieces, but she’s here to help everyone else.“It means a whole lot to me because I don’t like to see people needy,” Bennerman said. “I’m going to support Pender County.”Pender County Long Term Recovery Group is designed to help people figure out what help they specifically qualify for.last_img read more

NHCS Early Childhood Education Program

first_img Families are eligible to apply if they have a child that is or will be 3 or 4-years-old by August 31, 2019.To apply, families will need to bring:Certified Birth CertificateUp-to-Date Immunization RecordMedicaid, Health Choice or Insurance CardParent /Guardian Picture I.D.Proof of ResidencyIncome Verification for the year 2018Legal Guardianship/Custody papers (if applicable)Summer applications will be accepted Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p. m. at the Dale Spencer Building located at 1802 South 15th StreetRelated Article: New Hanover school board member proposes new redistricting plan NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY)– Director of Early Childhood Education, Shannon Smiles, and Wrightsboro Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher, Kristin Zamorski, sat down with Amanda Fitzpatrick to talk about NHCS Early Childhood Education Program.The program provides services for qualifying children aging from 3 to 4-years-old. The classrooms are child-focused and has the overall goal of increasing the social and cognitive competencies of the children they serve.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Costa ruled out with left thigh injury

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa will be out of action after suffering an injury in his left thigh during the club’s Champions League victory over Club Bruges. The former Chelsea striker was substituted in the 69th minute and club officials have yet to confirm for how long the 29-year-old shall be out for.Costa has failed to score a single goal in seven La Liga matches and will definitely miss this weekend’s match against Real Betis. Atletico Madrid are currently in fourth place, two points behind league leaders Barcelona.WhatsApp SharePrint <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

PC Tech cofounder publishes app to Ovi store wins Nokia N8

first_imgAdvertisement Developers and bloggers in Uganda were introduced to Ovi earlier this year, but there was no activity months after the formal launch which took place at Serena Hotel. Nokia organized another meeting with the community to announce some changes in the process of publishing to Ovi which had made it much simpler, and to find out what had hindered developers and bloggers from submitting applications.Ms Dorothy Ooko, Nokia’s Communications Manager for East and Southern Africa then offered a mobile phone to the developer who submitted the 1st application.Joshua Twinamasiko who is the Managing Editor and co-founder of PC Tech Magazine says the process of publishing an application to Ovi Store has become a lot easier than it was at the start. One option is the Ovi App Wizard which doesn’t even require any programming skills. – Advertisement – “All you need is a website or blog with an RSS feed, and in a few steps you will have your application up and running,” Joshua said.About Ovi Ovi by Nokia is the brand for Nokia’s Internet services. The Ovi services can be used from a mobile device, computer (through Nokia Ovi Suite) or via the web. Nokia focuses on five key service areas: Games, Maps, Media, Messaging and Music. Nokia’s aim with Ovi is to include third party developers, such as operators and third-party services like Yahoo’s Flickr photo site. With the announcement of Ovi Maps Player API, Nokia has started to evolve their services into a platform, enabling third-parties to make use of Nokia’s Ovi services. It has some significance in that Nokia is moving deeper into the world of Internet services, where head-on competition with Microsoft, Google and Apple is inevitable. Ovi is the Finnish word for “door”. As of 18 November 2010 there were exactly 3.0 million downloads every day, also 92 developers reached over 1 million downloads for their Applications.last_img read more

Twitter to remove images of the deceased if the family requests

first_imgTwitter Advertisement From now on, Twitter will remove images or videos of the deceased if  family members request them to.This was revealed through a tweet from the company’s spokesman Nu Wexler.The idea was birthed as a result of bullying of Zelda Williams on the social networking site after the death of her father, actor Robin Williams, which led to her quitting Twitter. – Advertisement – Twitter says that its latest move is “in order to respect the wishes of loved ones,” but also hedged that images will be removed only “in certain circumstances.”Immediate family members or other authorized individuals have to send an email to to request the removal of media. However, Twitter says it has to take into account “public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content” and may not accede to every single request that comes in.Source: TNWlast_img read more

This is Microsofts next Lumia Leaked Images

first_imgAdvertisement A prototype of Microsoft’s upcoming flagship Lumia phone have been leaked unto the WPXAP forums.Microsoft has in the past years focused more on delivering mid-range and low-end Lumia devices in the few markets where Windows Phone has managed to find a foothold.If we are to consider the current rumors, the company is expected to launch a new Lumia 950 flagship later this year, together with a Lumia 950 XL phablet. – Advertisement – The leaked image gives us a closer look at one of the new devices.It’s covered in a protective case, meaning the final version might end up looking a bit different. We also see a shot of a USB-C connector for charging, and it appears the phone carries one of Nokia’s 20-megapixel PureView cameras.[Via]last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sat Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.05 HaydockMjjack 7/2 > 9/42.15 LeicesterTrue Mason 7/1 > 7/23.30 RiponZack Mayo 15/2 > 7/2PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD13/2 Swansea City 40/85 Chelsea 7/2 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 28 AprilDAILY SPECIALSBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img

Greyhound Derby Roll Of Honour

first_imgPrevious winners of the English Greyhound Derby with trainer, SP and winning times:NOTTINGHAM (500 metres)2019TOWCESTER (500 metres)2018 Dorotas Wildcat Kevin Hutton (Towcester) 2/1 28.852017 Astute Missile Seamus Cahill (Hove) 28/1 28.92WIMBLEDON (480 metres)2016 Jaytee Jet Paul Hennessy (Ireland) 15/8F 28.222015 Rio Quattro Danny Riordan (Harlow) 5/1 28.242014 Salad Dodger Bruno Berwick (Private) 16/1 28.382013 Sidaz Jack Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 6/1 28.372012 Blonde Snapper Mark Wallis (Yarmouth) 8/1 28.652011 Taylors Sky Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 7/4F 28.17 (Track Record)2010 Bandicoot Tipoki Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 7/2 28.572009 Kinda Ready Mark Wallis (Harlow) 25/1 28.652008 Loyal Honcho Seamus Graham (Ireland) 5/2JF 28.62007 Westmead Lord Nick Savva (Private) 6/1 28.472006 Westmead Hawk Nick Savva (Private) 4/7F 28.442005 Westmead Hawk Nick Savva (Private) 5/4F 28.562004 Droopys Scholes Ian Reilly (Ireland) 7/2 28.622003 Farloe Verdict Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 12/1 28.822002 Allen Gift Claude Gardiner (Hove) 16/1 29.062001 Rapid Ranger Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 7/4 28.712000 Rapid Ranger Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 7/4F 28.711999 Chart King Karl & Ralph Hewitt (Ireland) 8/11F 28.761998 Toms The Best Nick Savva (Milton Keynes) 4/5F 28.751997 Some Picture Charlie Lister OBE (Nottingham) 8/13F 28.231996 Shanless Slippy Dolores Ruth (Ireland) 4/9F 28.661995 Moaning Lad Theo Mentzis (Private) 5/2 28.661994 Moral Standards Tony Meek (Hall Green) 9/4F 28.591993 Ringa Hustle Tony Meek (Oxford) 5/2 28.621992 Farloe Melody Matt O’Donnell (Ireland) 6/4F 28.881991 Ballinderry Ash Patsy Byrne (Wimbledon) 5/1 28.781990 Slippy Blue Ken Linzell (Walthamstow) 8/1 28.71989 Lartique Note Ger McKenna (Ireland) 1/1F 28.791988 Hit The Lid John McGee (Canterbury) 3/1 28.531987 Signal Spark Gary Baggs (Walthamstow) 14/1 28.831986 Tico Arthur Hitch (Slough) 6/4JF 28.691985 Pagan Swallow Phil Rees (Wimbledon) 9/1 29.04WHITE CITY (500 metres)1984 Whisper Wishes Charlie Coyle (Maidstone) 7/4F 29.431983 Im Slippy Barbara Tompkins (Coventry) 6/1 29.41982 Lauries Panther Terry Duggan (Romford) 6/4F 29.61981 Parkdown Jet Ger McKenna (Ireland) 4/5F 29.571980 Indian Joe John Hayes (Ireland) 13/8JF 29.681979 Sarahs Bunny Geoff De Mulder (Hall Green) 3/1 29.531978 Lacca Champion Pat Mullins (Private) 6/4F 29.421977 Ballinska Band Eddie Moore (Belle Vue) 1/1F 29.161976 Mutts Silver Phil Rees (Wimbledon) 6/1 29.381975 Tartan Khan Gwen Lynds (Bletchley) 25/1 29.57WHITE CITY (525 yards)1974 Jimsun Geoff De Mulder (Hall Green) 5/2 28.761973 Patricias Hope Johnny O’Connor (Ireland) 7/2 28.681972 Patricias Hope Adam Jackson (Clapton) 7/1 28.551971 Dolores Rocket Herbert White (Private) 11/4 28.741970 John Silver Barbara Tompkins (Private) 11/4 29.011969 Sand Star Hamilton Orr (Ireland) 5/4F 28.781968 Camira Flash Randolph Singleton (White City) 100/8 28.781967 Tric Trac Ron Hookway (Owlerton) 9/2 291966 Faithful Hope Paddy Keane (Clapton) 8/1 28.521965 Chittering Clapton Adam Jackson (Clapton) 5/2 28.821964 Hack Up Chieftain Percy Stagg (Belle Vue) 20/1 28.821963 Lucky Boy Boy Johnny Bassett (Clapton) 1/1F 291962 The Grand Canal Paddy Dunphy (Ireland) 2/1F 29.091961 Palms Printer Paddy McEvoy (Clapton) 2/1 28.841960 Duleek Dandy Bill Dash (Private) 25/1 29.151959 Mile Bush Pride Jack Harvey (Wembley) 1/1F 28.761958 Pigalle Wonder Jim Syder Jnr. (Wembley) 4/5F 28.651957 Ford Spartan Dennis Hannafin (Wimbledon) 1/1F 28.841956 Dunmore King Paddy McEvoy (Clapton) 7/2 29.221955 Rushton Mac Frank Johnson (Private) 5/2 28.971954 Pauls Fun Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 8/15F 28.841953 Daws Dancer Paddy McEvoy (Private) 10/1 29.21952 Endless Gossip Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 1/1F 28.51951 Ballylanigan Tanist Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 11/4 28.621950 Ballymac Ball Stan Martin (Wimbledon) 7/2 28.721949 Narrogar Ann Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 5/1 28.951948 Priceless Border Leslie Reynolds (Wembley) 1/2F 28.781947 Trevs Perfection Fred Trevillion (Private) 4/1 28.951946 Mondays News Fred Farey (Private) 5/1 29.241945 Ballyhennesy Seal Stan Martin (Wimbledon) 1/1F 29.561944 Not Run 1943 Not Run 1942 Not Run 1941 Not Run HARINGEY (525 yards)1940 GR Archduke Charlie Ashley (Harringay) 100/7 29.66WHITE CITY (525 yards)1939 Highland Rum Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 2/1JF 29.351938 Lone Keel S.Wright (Private) 9/4 29.621937 Wattle Bark Jim Syder Snr. (Wembley) 5/2 29.261936 Fine Jubilee Mrs Marjorie Yate (Private) 10/11F 29.481935 Greta Ranee Arthur Jonas (White City) 4/1 30.181934 Davesland Jack Harvey (Harringay) 3/1 29.811933 Future Cutlet Sidney Probert (Wembley) 6/1 29.81932 Wild Woolley Jack Rimmer (White City) 5/2 29.721931 Seldom Led Wally Green (West Ham) 7/2 30.041930 Mick the Miller Sidney Orton (Wimbledon) 4/9F 30.241929 Mick the Miller Paddy Horan (Dublin) 4/7F 29.961928 Boher Ash Tommy Johnston Snr. (Edinburgh) 5/1 30.48WHITE CITY (500 yards)1927 Entry Badge Joe Harmon (White City) 1/4F 29.01last_img read more

Career Focus Recruitment at BristolMyers Squibb

first_imgCareer Focus: Recruitment at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals—whether it’s the research & development side of the industry, or the IT, supply chain, marketing, HR or accounting end of things—is an industry that needs responsible leadership as it continues to transform. Fortunately for MBAs, there are a number of programs specializing in pharma and healthcare, with a diversity of openings.Bristol-Myers Squibb is well known for its university recruitment and co-op/internship programs.  With headquarters in New York City, and facilities across the country, BMS places students from some of the country’s leading universities within its ranks. The following is a rundown of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s university recruitment programs. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Recruitment at Bristol-Myers SquibbAccording to its website, Bristol-Myers Squibb help develop “skills and education [that] can help patients prevail over serious diseases,” while offering them vital skills in professional development.The Commercial Leadership Development Program (CLDP) for MBAs, for instance, trains MBAs over a three year period who wish to specialize in marketing and sales. With four separate nine-month rotations, the CLDP immerses students in the commercial aspects of pharma such as: business insights and analytics; commercialization; and international marketing (which features an overseas assignment).CLDPs gain valuable mentorship and a set of skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. Students in this program are in current pursuit of an MBA and set to graduate in spring. They also have three or more years of previous work experience.Additionally, for MBAs with a finance concentration, Bristol-Myers offers an Associate Development program. This track gives students exposure to senior management with immersion in corporate finance, R&D finance, global manufacturing, planning, and analysis.An inside view of the Bristol-Myers Squibb building in Princeton, opened in 2017 / Photo via communitynews.orgBristol-Myers Squibb Development ProgramsTo qualify for the Associate Development Program, students must be proficient in Excel modeling skills. They should possess four-to-six years of demonstrated strength in communication, analysis, and interpersonal skills. Like the CLDP, students in the Associate Development Program should currently be in an MBA program with graduation in the winter or spring.Global Product Development and Supply Associates Program (GPS) for MBAs combines exposure to both manufacturing and corporate settings with training in supply chain, operations, and product strategy. Designed for graduate business students with a science and/or engineering program, the GPS program features four six to nine month rotations. As GPS encompasses a worldwide scope, associates must be able to relocate. Those with a year of experience in industrial engineering, manufacturing operations, supply chain, or process engineering and improvement are encouraged to apply, as are those with dual language proficiency.Also of interest to MBA students is BMS’ Human Resource Leadership Development Program (HRLDP). Boasting a “handcrafted” experience for candidates, the program aims to develop future leaders who hope to establish a strong foundation on which to build their careers. Strong interpersonal skills, a desire to form authentic business relationships, curiosity and an ability to derive insight from data and analytics are all listed as requirements for the program. Prior experience is preferred but not required. HRLDP members complete three 8-12 month rotations.For MBAs with an IT specialty, BMS’ IT Rotational Development Program (ITRDP) offers students experience in research and development, commercial IT, enterprise functions, and other areas vital to the efficient operation of BMS’ technology. ITRDP members interact frequently with senior management and receive multiple opportunities for travel and industry specific events. Program recruits have received their MBA or dual MBA within the past two years, and possess a minimum of four years of work experience.The Research & Development Program offers experience in such areas as R&D strategy and analytics, resource management, business operations, biopharma project management, and portfolio and asset strategy. The program is two years long and it consists of four six month rotations. The employee becomes part of a team made of members from across business and operations functions across the company. Those with experience in general management, and/or business analysis, and consulting are encouraged to apply, and MBAs must have received their degrees before the start of the program.For more information on the Bristol-Myers Squibb development programs for graduate students, you can check out the company’s official website. 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 Last Updated Feb 27, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedRutgers Receives Recognition for Pharmaceutical Management MBARutgers Business School Newark/New Brunswick’s MBA in Pharmaceutical Management earned an accolade from the website Find MBA, which ranked it amongst the top 10 MBA programs for Pharmaceuticals, Health Care, and Biotechnology. The accolade highlights the strength of Rutgers’ resources for MBA students who are interested in pursuing a career…October 4, 2013In “Featured Region”How NAWMBA Supports Businesswomen TodayThe National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) was founded in 1978, and the organization has supported the education and professional development of many women since that time. With student and professional chapters of the organization located in regions all across the United States, NAWMBA has a large network of members…March 22, 2016In “Featured Home”Industry Spotlight: Philadelphia Pharmaceutical CompaniesWhen considering where to go to school for your MBA, the industries located in your school’s region should be a major factor. To help you decide which regions are best for you, we’re beginning an industry series about four of our top metro areas, starting with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and its…January 19, 2016In “Advice”last_img read more