Academics have called for a new hate crime act and

first_imgAcademics have called for a new hate crime act and other key legal reforms to address the “huge justice gap” that affects victims of disability hate crime, following a major two-year study.Researchers at the University of Sussex, led by Dr Mark Walters*, have concluded that the way the criminal justice system deals with hate crime is significantly flawed, pointing to “the huge justice gap that exists for hate crime… which especially affects victims of disability hate crime”.The report, Hate Crime And The Legal Process – Options For Law Reform, funded by the European Union’s Justice and Consumers Department, calls for major changes to hate crime law.And it is critical of the government for failing to act, three years after the Law Commission called for a wider review of hate crime legislation in England and Wales, pointing out that the government has still failed to respond to those recommendations.Disability News Service has repeatedly reported on how the criminal justice system has failed to treat cases in which disabled people have been the victims of brutal and degrading assaults – many of them violent killings – as disability hate crimes.The researchers carried out in-depth interviews with senior Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) hate crime managers, judges, barristers, police officers, council staff, hate crime victims and staff at charities that support victims of hate crime.Of about 110,000 hate crimes reported to police every year**, only about four per cent (4,342) result in increased sentences on the basis of “identity-based hostility”, which the report’s authors say shows a “significant ‘justice gap’ for hate crime”.And they say that, despite “a myriad” of inquiries, guidance, research and lobbying by disability groups, much of the criminal justice system refuses to see the way that disabled people are often targeted by criminals as evidence of hostility.Instead, they say, disabled people are often labelled as “vulnerable” victims, a failure which “continues to inhibit the enforcement of laws that are aimed at protecting disabled people from hate crime”.One CPS manager told the study’s authors: “We’re very much trying to knock a square peg into a round hole trying to fit the facts into a form of language in the legislation that is not really designed to fit.”As a result, the authors want new legislation that would make it much easier to prove an offence is a hate crime.Instead of trying to prove a crime was motivated by hostility, they suggest a court should only have to prove that it was committed “by reason of” the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender status.Another of their recommendations is that hate crime motivated by the victim’s disability, sexual orientation or transgender status should be treated in the same way as those motivated by race and religious-based hostility, under the Crime and Disorder Act.This would mean that section 28 of the act – which creates “racially or religiously aggravated offences” – would be extended to offences aggravated by hostility to disability, sexual orientation or transgender status.But the study’s authors say they would like the government to go even further.Because of the “piecemeal” way in which hate crime laws have been enacted over the last 20 years, there are now “different levels of legislative protection” for the current five recognised groups commonly targeted for hate crime.To replace this, they want to bring all existing hate crime laws into a new hate crime act, which would create a new “aggravated” criminal offence whenever there is sufficient evidence of a hate crime.The 214-page report raises detailed concerns about the way the criminal justice system deals with hate crime, particularly disability-related hostility.And it devotes a separate section of the report to disability hate crime, because the authors say that “problems with prosecuting and sentencing disability hate crimes were so prevalent” among the experts they interviewed.They say there is “a vast gap between the way that disability hate crimes are dealt with by the [criminal justice system] compared with other strands of hate crime”.And they say it became clear that “most of the problems preventing the successful application of hate crime law for disability hate crime remain”, four years after a joint criminal justice inspectorate report highlighted the serious concerns.One of the key concerns is the frequent refusal of judges to treat cases where an offender has selected a disabled victim because they are an easy target as evidence of disability-related hostility.Only 11 per cent of disability hate crime convictions result in an increased sentence under section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act, according to CPS figures.This means that, of the estimated 35,000 disability hate crimes reported to the police last year, just 84 – or 0.2 per cent – received a sentence uplift.In most case, the judges increase sentences instead on the grounds of the victim’s “vulnerability”, which the researchers say “can serve to perpetuate a false representation of disabled people as innately weak, and as somehow incapable of caring for themselves”.And they say it is “clear that most judges were yet to share this understanding of disability, or how labelling victims as ‘vulnerable’ can contribute to the marginalisation of many disabled people”.There are also repeated criticisms of police forces, with the study saying that a “significant proportion” of disability hate crimes are not identified correctly by officers, often even when there is “evidence of a disablist slur having been expressed during the commission of an offence”.Some CPS managers said police officers needed to be “more proactive” in producing the necessary evidence, while some prosecutors said some police officers were still not aware of hate crime sentencing laws affecting sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability.The study also says that officers can “overlook or fail to gather evidence” of disability hate crime.The report is less critical of prosecutors, and says that recent training of all CPS lawyers “has helped to improve the prosecution of disability hate crime”.And 12 years after the introduction of laws that allowed for sentences to be increased for hate crime offences – under sections 145 and 146 of the Criminal Justice Act – the study says there is still “widespread lack of awareness” of the measures, particularly among defence barristers and crown court judges.It says that many crown court judges remain “reluctant” to apply sections 145 and 146.The research, and the recommendations, were welcomed by Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network and an adviser to CPS and the Lancashire and West Yorkshire police forces on disability.He said: “We have always said that current UK hate crime legislation significantly fails to fully protect disabled people, whereas it gives better legal support and sentencing outcomes to other targeted people.“We have always insisted that simplification of the legislation of disability hate crime which will give greater clarity and reassurance to those who are targeted is essential and that they will benefit from the protection of better law, for without that robust framework disabled people don’t have a guarantee that being a victim of disability hate crime will lead to enforcement action. “We need the whole criminal justice system, and indeed politicians, to change their poor attitude towards disabled people who experience hatred routinely and make them commit to more consistently recognise the impact of disability hate crime by supporting clearer, stronger legislation and actively contribute to change our society for the benefit of all.”Walters told DNS: “If these options for reform are taken up by the government, I strongly believe that the criminal justice system will be better equipped to tackle the growing problems associated with hate crime in England and Wales.”He added: “There are four main recommendations for law reform summarised in the executive summary.“We recommend that these be considered by the government as soon as possible, in order to improve the operationalisation of the current framework of law.“It is clear that the government’s attentions are currently focused predominately on Brexit negotiation, but given the huge spikes in hate crime that have been recorded since the EU referendum in June 2016, it is incumbent upon the government to ensure that the law can effectively address what is clearly a growing social problem.”A Home Office spokeswoman failed to respond to questions about the content of the report and its recommendations, or the length of time the government had taken to respond to the Law Commission, which she said was the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice, which she said was “considering all of the options outlined by the Law Commission”.But she said in a statement: “All forms of hate crime, including disability hate crime, are completely unacceptable, and we are working hard to protect victims of these abhorrent crimes. “We already have a robust legislative framework to protect people from hate against all five of the monitored strands, including increased sentences where an offence was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s real or perceived disability.”She also pointed to the government’s “comprehensive Hate Crime Action Plan”.The action plan was criticised last year for its “totally disrespectful” and “unforgivable” failure to address disability hate crime.She also said the Home Office was “aware” of the new research.*The other authors were Dr Susann Wiedlitzka, Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bemaph, from the London School of Economics, and researcher Dr Kay Goodall**According to the Crime Survey for England and Waleslast_img read more

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Grocery Outlet Opens With Ribbon Cutting Blessing and Donation

first_imgA discount grocery store has opened its doors to Mission shoppers. Blessed by clergy from the Church of Saints Peter and Anthony and boasting two murals from Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, Grocery Outlet opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning.“That kind of understanding and working with the community in the Latino Cultural District is exactly the type of businesses that we need,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen.Eric Liittschwager, the store owner, also presented the St. Anthony’s food pantry with a $1,000 donation to mark the occasion. Eric Liittschwager getting blessed. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhilip Lesser, president of the Mission Merchants Association, reminisced about a time when the site was a different grocery store. As a child, Lesser said, he used to help elderly people put their groceries in their cars for a few cents. “I hope to see little kids running around here starting their first business enterprises,” he said.The murals span two walls, one facing the parking lot and one facing South Van Ness Avenue. Susan Cervantes, the founder and director of Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, said their themes reflected the local community and its values – among them, food and family.“The familia is so important for everyone here,” Cervantes said. “We want to see more families be able to stay here in the Mission.”The affordability of the items at Grocery Outlet, she and others said, will help counter the skyrocketing costs of living in the city. As a neighbor of the Grocery Outlet in the Portola, another of Liittschwager’s stores, Ronen, too, lauded the store’s affordability.“I am there every single week, and I still cannot believe the prices of the groceries that I’m buying,” she said. “As it becomes harder and harder and as we’re all struggling to survive and to live in the most expensive city in the country, having a grocery store that offers products that we can afford means the world to us. It means the world to my family and I know it’s going to mean the world to families in the Mission.”Liittschwager, a U.S. Navy veteran and former pilot who also worked overseas assisting assisted diplomatic negotiations and international aid and disaster relief efforts, said he would continue to contribute to local causes.“The more stuff you buy here the more money I can give away,” he said, drawing a laugh from the small crowd gathered for the ceremony.He also invited anyone with a cause that needs support to reach out.“If there’s projects you feel are important to you, come to me, approach me, let me know what’s going on,” he said. “It’s a big part of my life.” 0%center_img Tags: Business • food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood says 2013 will be R

first_imgRFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood says 2013 will be Rugby League’s most important year since Super League began.“2013 promises to be a hugely exciting year for Rugby League,” he said, “with the widest geographic range of clubs ever taking part across Super League and the Championships, followed by a home Rugby League World Cup in England and Wales, the next international sporting event to be held in the UK after the 2012 Olympics.“I believe 2013 will be Rugby League’s most important year since we made the seismic shift to establish Super League back in 1996. The sporting eye of the nation will be upon the game and this will give us a fantastic chance to showcase this great sport to new audiences. It is vital that we make the most of the chance the year ahead brings to develop for the long term.“I hope all Rugby League fans will take the opportunity a major sports event like a World Cup brings to encourage people, including friends and family, who may not have experienced Rugby League before, to come and sample the atmosphere at one of the matches.“There is an amazing range of fixtures taking place across England and Wales, as well as games in France and Ireland, and I know many people have already taken advantage of the great value packages available, including special offers for clubs and families who want to make group bookings. All the information is at www.rlwc2013.com.“I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered already to be part of the World Cup team. We have had interest from right across the country in being involved and I am sure that, like in London 2012, we will have a wonderful group of volunteers at all our venues.“Ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013 in the autumn we have an exciting season in prospect for Super League and the new-look Championships, as well as the Challenge Cup and Northern Rail Cup.” The new Super League season kicks off in just a few weeks and in a World Cup year, the added incentive for players to stake their claim to be part of their national teams, will only add to what promises to be a highly competitive season. The 2012 season and play-offs showcased how the top teams in Super League are producing thrilling sporting encounters, which are being enjoyed in record numbers, both at games and on television. The regular Super League season saw a 6.7 per cent increase in attendances – the highest aggregate attendance since Super League’s inception in 1996. Our Super League broadcast partner Sky Sports have also experienced record viewing figures during 2012.“There are, of course, challenges ahead and we are very aware of these. We continue to work with clubs, in what as everyone knows is a difficult economic climate, to build for the long term future of the game. While things may move slower than we would like in the current economic situation, it is encouraging for example to see more ground improvements being advanced, with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats the latest team to receive the go ahead for their exciting new stadium plans.“One of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world will see battle commence between England and Australia on February 22 when Leeds Rhinos take on Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Our leading Super League Clubs have a proud record against their NRL opponents and I am sure we will see another high-quality contest in 2013.“In the new-look Championships we will welcome three new Rugby League clubs to the competition, from Gloucester, Hemel Hempstead and Oxford. These new clubs show how the game is expanding outside traditional areas and are part of the RFL’s vision to grow the game across the country. They join a competition, which reaches from North East England to South Wales, and Cumbria to London, and I look forward to an exciting season ahead in both the Championship and Championship One.“In the community game 2013 will mark the second season of the new summer Rugby League calendar, a major innovation undertaken by the governing body to develop the sport. In reviewing the first summer season I am greatly encourage by the positive reaction we have received from so many clubs, covering areas like improved training and playing conditions, a better atmosphere to welcome new players, and other benefits like savings clubs have made on heating and lighting costs. I want to pay tribute to coaches, players, officials, parents and everyone involved in running community clubs for making the switch so effective in 2012.“Finally can I add my congratulations to Paul Sculthorpe, the only man ever to win back-to-back Man of Steel awards, on being awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours List for his outstanding services to Rugby League and charity.“Here’s to a great year in prospect for Rugby League in 2013 and Happy New Year to Rugby League fans everywhere.”You can secure your season ticket for Saints 2013 campaign by clicking here.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham says Saints are enjoying life at

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says Saints are enjoying life at the top of the First Utility Super League table but they must continue to work hard on and off the field if they are to be successful.His words came after the 32-24 win over Warrington last Thursday.“We’re six from six and the players are enjoying their purple patch,” he said. “They are working hard off the field and are a great group of people too.“The systems at this club are second to none. Players enjoy coming into training; they work hard, have a laugh at the right times and work hard at the right times too. That is showing on the field – we work hard for each other.“When our lines are broken, we scramble, defend and do everything we possibly can to stop those tries. When they concede they are visibly upset.“Warrington are a great side and they will compete for everything this year. They beat Leeds convincingly and I knew we had a real challenge on our hands. But I also knew we had the beating of them if we did the right things.“The players handled it well but they made a couple of slack defensive decisions and were stinging from that.“But the scoreline was a little flattering I thought. We got the two points but would have liked to have done it in a grander style.“They got three barge overs and a charge down. They didn’t really earn the right to score – our systems and processes were really good, but we had a memory lapse and got burnt. The players are really hurting from that.“You have to tip your hat to the Wolves though; they are a real attacking threat and took their opportunities.“Having watched it again, across the board we were by far the better team.”Saints head into this Friday’s game at Hull KR seeking their first win in eight games at that venue.It’s a stat that’s alarming to some… but Keiron isn’t too fazed.“Hull KR is always a tough place to go and we know our track record there isn’t the greatest,” he continued. “But we can’t change what has happened there, it is the past and it won’t even come into my thinking in our preparations this week.“It is about what is happening this week and how you mentally prepare for that. I’d like to think we will fight for everything to get those two points. If we prepare well then we will be difficult to beat.“It will be tough to pick a side though. There is a lot competition for places and I don’t just base it on how they play.“It is how they are as a person and how they train. I like players who are the complete package, those who you would want to go to war with.”To see what tickets are now on sale click here.last_img read more

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WHERE has 2015 gone It only seems like yesterday

first_imgWHERE has 2015 gone? It only seems like yesterday that I was enjoying my Christmas dinner in 2014! However, time flies by and here we are at Christmas once again, writes Club Chaplain Paul Johnson.I wonder what Christmas is like in your home?For Rach and I, we go to our Christmas Eve service at tea time, enjoy a meal with friends and then a couple of drinks before settling into a Christmas movie and bed.Christmas Day begins with opening presents, before spending the day celebrating with family – usually including a game or two of Balderdash and feeling very full, after eating enough food for a week!Back in summer, we went on holiday to Kos. We witnessed, first hand, the refugees on the harbour and even had the privilege of helping some young families to safely leave a boat that had landed on our hotel’s beach.It was never scary or intimidating. Rather, it was very sad and challenging to think about the daily life of somebody for them to leave everything and take their chances in a dinghy on the open sea.It got me thinking about the end of the Christmas Story – the bit after the Wise Men have gone home. The bit where Mary and Joseph, fearing for Baby Jesus’ life, flee to Egypt and stay there until things have settled down back home. The bit where God became a refugee!This Christmas, let’s give a thought to those who will be displaced from their homes. Let’s remember those who don’t even have a home. Let’s be on the look out for our family, friends and neighbours, who may need somebody to lift their heads and make Christmas fun for them too.I believe that God loves it when we celebrate. Christmas is meant to be good fun and a time to enjoy being together with those whom we love. Although Jesus wasn’t born on December 25 , it is meant to be a birthday party!So, have a fantastic Christmas which is filled with love, laughter and joy. May 2016 be your best year yet and let’s shout the boys on to an incredible season! Not long left to wait now!last_img read more

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ITS part three of our on the field review today

first_imgIT’S part three of our ‘on the field’ review today – with July, August and September all featured.Please note that some of the Youtube links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant. JulyA trip to Wakefield Wildcats was next with Greg Richards scoring his first ever try for the club in a breathtaking 44-32 win.Mark Percival’s penalty goal handed Saints a 12-10 win over Widnes Vikings before they won their fourth game on the bounce over at Huddersfield Giants 34-18.Jordan Turner announced he was joining Canberra Raiders at the end of the season and it was his partnership with Luke Walsh that was pivotal in the run.Andre Savelio moved on loan to Castleford Tigers – joining Travis Burns (Leigh) and Lewis Charnock (Bradford) with those seeking game time elsewhere. Later in the month Matty Dawson would make a permanent move to Leigh.Saints saved their best performance of the season in probably their most crucial match – away at Wigan Warriors. They dominated their nearest rivals in a stunning 23-4 victory that was built on solid defence.The 19s, coached by Derek Traynor, secured top spot with a 29-16 win over Warrington Wolves and would eventually finish the regular season unbeaten with 20 wins from 20.AugustSaints won their first game of the Super 8s phase with a 20-18 victory over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Jonny Lomax’ score the highlight of a dramatic win. It was their second win on the road in ‘Cheshire’ and their sixth on the run that would secure them a top four spot.Catalans Dragons were dispatched next, 39-16, Swift scoring another four tries. But they lost Luke Walsh and Luke Thompson to controversial bans after the match.Saints announced new deals for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Calvin Wellington, Regan Grace, Ricky Bailey, Jake Spedding, Matty Fleming and Morgan Knowles but celebrations were tempered somewhat by a 25-0 loss at Wigan Warriors.NRL Centre Ryan Morgan put pen to paper on a three-year contract whilst Travis Burns announced he would join Wynnum Manly Seagulls next season.SeptemberSaints comfortably beat the newly crowned cup holders, Hull FC, 31-10 – a result that was “crucial to where we are heading” according to Cunningham – and they backed that up with a 40-16 thumping of Castleford Tigers just six days later.The Reserves completed their season with a 42-10 victory over Halifax – a result that left them top of the unofficial standings with 10 wins from 11 games for Ian Talbot’s side.Back to first team matters another trip to Widnes Vikings brought a 21-8 win, whilst the 19s reached their Grand Final with a stunning 46-6 win over the same team at Langtree Park. Very much deserved too!Saints concluded their 2016 Super 8s campaign with a 32-12 win over Wakefield – Shannon McDonnell grabbing a hat-trick to set up a semi final date with Warrington Wolves.And the 19s capped off a remarkable season in the most dramatic of fashions. Unbeaten throughout the year it took a Danny Richardson penalty in sudden death overtime to hand the side a 22-20 win over Wigan. Watch and enjoyLuke Douglas joined Saints from the Gold Coast on a three-year deal.Sadly, the first team couldn’t emulate the 19s efforts and were beaten 18-10 at the Wolves in the semi final. It was controversial as not only did Warrington have two tries awarded that looked less than clear cut on the video, but Dom Peyroux had one chalked off in the final stages that looked all the world a try…Our review concludes tomorrow with October through to December.last_img read more

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Little River man arrested in Brunswick Co on multiple charges

first_imgThe arrest follows an incident that occurred on October 6 at a home on S. Windward Dr. in Supply where Valenti had been living.During a search of the home, approximately $200,000 in jewelry and electronics, $1200 in fishing equipment, and nearly $35,000 in cash was recovered from incidents that occurred Horry County. Additional charges are expected in both Brunswick County and Horry County.Related Article: CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Driver intentionally hits woman, takes offThis arrest was a joint effort between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County Police Department.Valenti was arrested on October 10 and was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he remains under a $95,000 bond. James Douglas Valenti, Jr. has been arrested for multiple charges including breaking and entering. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a South Carolina man on multiple charges, and have recovered thousands of dollars in cash and property stemming from crimes committed in Horry County.40-year-old James Douglas Valenti, Jr., of Friendfield Terrace in Little River, has been charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property under false pretense, felony receiving stolen goods/property, safecracking, felony possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Valenti also has a fugitive warrant for charges of criminal trespassing, DUI (3rdoffense) and theft by deception/false impression out of Pennsylvania.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New Hanover County neighbors can take part in study on affects of

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) –  Since we first learned about GenX and other chemical compounds coming into our drinking water one question has yet to be answered: how does it affect you, your kids, your family? Now researchers are launching a study that could start to find answers.Scientists will partner with the New Hanover County Health Department in what will be a first ever study to measure how much of GenX is in each and every one of us.- Advertisement – “No one has ever measured GenX exposure in people,” said the lead investigator Dr. Jane Hoppin.We know how much of it is in our water. Now researchers at NC State University are launching a study to find how much and just what GenX and nafion is doing to our bodies.“We’re going to be in Wilmington recruiting people collecting blood and urine samples analyzing the samples giving results back to people,” Dr. Hoppin said.NC State Center for Human Health and EnvironmentRelated Article: Judge finalizes plan for Chemours’ penalty, clean-upMore than a quarter million dollars in federal grant money will fund the study.Everyone interested in participating must meet certain criteria: you must live in New Hanover County for at least a year , be older than 6, also be a man or women who is not be pregnant and you must be a CFPUA customerThey will select four hundred people. Brunswick County is not included, but one couple there filed suit against Chemours and DuPont saying their chemicals caused them to have thyroid disorder. The study will look into that.“We’re going to assess a few common clinical outcomes like lipid levels, glycerol levels and thyroid.”Dr. Hoppin and her team do not expect the study will prove if the compound is linked to all diseases.“We won’t have a big enough sample to look at a rare disease like cancer,” said Hoppin. “But we will get some first clinical suggestions.”It will set a foundation for more research on potential side affects of exposure.“We will be able to know whether people who have lived in Wilmington longer have higher levels in their body,” Hoppin said. “Do men have higher levels than women? Does age play a role? I think that’s where our strength is going to be.”NC State co-investigators include professor of civil construction and environmental engineering Detlef Knappe; CHHE community outreach director Katy May; and William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Toxicology and CHHE director Rob Smart.ECU researchers Suzanne Lea, David Collier and Jamie DeWitt are also co-investigators. The researchers will work with community partners Cape Fear River Watch and New Hanover County Health Department. For more information about the study, click here.last_img read more

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Several more arrested during meth lab bust in Castle Hayne

first_img New Hanover County Sheriffs Office 1 of 9 According to warrants, investigators found digital scales, clear bags, a glass smoking pipe and a metal grinder as well as chemicals used to make meth.Warrants say meth was also found at the home.All were arrested on felony methamphetamine charges. They are in the New Hanover County Detention Facility with no bond. New Hanover County Sheriffs Office – Advertisement – Kerri Torres, Kelly Porcelli, Raymond Hawes, Joshua Register, Tracy Nicole Cagle, Joshua Blain Skutt (Photo: NHSO) CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Several more people face drug charges after the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office busted a meth lab on McGregor Road Tuesday.Deputies arrested Joshua Skutt, Tracy Cagle, Raymond Hawes and Kelly Porcelli at homes on that same road in Castle Hayne.Earlier in the day, they arrested a couple, Kerri Lynn Torres and Joshua Aaron Register. New Hanover County Sheriffs Office New Hanover County Sheriffs Office New Hanover County Sheriffs Office New Hanover County Sheriffs Office New Hanover County Sheriffs Officelast_img read more

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Lifesaving drug program draws mixed responses

first_img “Opioid addiction does not care what you do for a living, where you live, or how much money you have. Anybody can be affected by this. So we want to make sure we have it in the hands of the public, so if someone does need it for a loved one, a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a coworker, they will have what they need.”Carla Turner with health services says she was originally skeptical about providing the drug, until something changed her mind.“I had a coworker that said, Carla, if that was my child that had overdosed, I would want you to do everything you could to save their life. And that really hit home for me,” said Turner.Related Article: Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US“Everybody deserves a second chance. I wasn’t put here to judge anybody. I’m here to protect and save lives.”Some in the community agree that this is a positive thing, while others worry that it could enable addicts to keep using without seeking help.“If they overdose and they’re able to give them this specific drug and it brings them back, then it gives them the opportunity to receive help,” said one local woman.“Some people just can’t be cured of doing something, they’re just so addicted that they need to survive with that drug,” said another.One woman said she would like to see a program created to monitor those who have been treated with Naloxone, to see that they’re getting the help they need.Turner says even if you use Naloxone to treat someone who overdoses, you need to call 911 immediately in case it is not enough to save them. These Naloxone kits are now available free for the community at New Hanover County Health Services(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  A drug credited with saving lives is now available free to the public in New Hanover County. But is it doing more harm than good?The county Health Department recently received $98,000 worth of Naloxone, a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. And they’re putting it into the hands of the community for free.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Construction continues on new orthopedic hospital

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In a little more than a year, orthopedic services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center will shift over to a brand new facility. The $91,000,000 project will be at the hospital’s primary location, behind the main hospital. Now, work is continuing on stormwater infrastructure and the parking lot. It will allow for expansion of surgical services with orthopedics, orthopedic trauma, specialty surgery and spine services.It is expected to be completed later in 2019.last_img

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Overnight closures planned for Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

first_img The bridge closures are scheduled for Tuesday night and again on Wednesday night.The inspection is done every year starting the Sunday after Labor Day. It was moved up this year to accommodate work already scheduled for the bridge the week of Sept. 10. The annual inspections ensure that cables will remain functional and in good repair for the duration of their life expectancy. The rubber strips are replaced every other year. Cape Fear Memorial Bridge WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Work crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation have scheduled overnight closures for a bridge to allow an annual inspection.A news release Tuesday said the NCDOT bridge maintenance electrical department and the New Hanover bridge maintenance department was scheduled to perform inspection of the aerial cable and to install new rubber insulating strips on the cables.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Woman wanted after allegedly hitting parked car driving away

first_imgPolice are searching for Gertha Johnson Harlee of Leland for a hit and run that occurred in early August. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for Gertha Johnson Harlee of Leland for a hit and run that happened in early August.WPD says Harlee, 58, backed into a parked car in the parking lot of Hanover Center on Oleander Drive on August 8 around 3:15 p.m. while the victim was inside of a business.- Advertisement – The accident caused approximately $1,750 damage to the victim’s vehicle.According to witnesses, Harlee, who had children in her car, drove away, despite being flagged down. When the victim walked out of the business, witnesses alerted her to the crash.Harlee is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, no liability insurance, and failure to see before backing.Related Article: Message led to discovery of 11 kids in New Mexico compoundAnyone with information is asked to call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

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Victim Adoption scammer deserves to have her tubes tied

first_img George asked the victims for money for food, doctors’ appointments and housing needs. But she was not pregnant.Heidi Bessert was one of the many victims from around the country. She thinks George should have to serve even more time.“I wish she would serve way more time than what she actually got. She deserves way more time. Like I wrote in my statement that was read in front of the judge, she deserves to have her tubes tied. She doesn’t deserve to have any more children,” said Bessert.Related Article: Carolina Beach woman pleads guilty in adoption scamBessert and another victim wrote statements and went to George’s court hearing. She says she still hopes to adopt from a credible source one day, but she will never forgive George. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Victims are speaking out after the Carolina Beach woman who scammed people looking for a baby, was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty.Prosecutors say beginning in 2016, Wendy George posted on social media and adoption websites saying she was pregnant and wanted to put the child up for adoption.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Courthouse auditorium in Pender County still closed after hurricane

first_img He says court is being held in various other places and the clerk of court and the DA’s offices have been moved.Woodruff also says the auditorium at the Hampstead Annex had to be gutted. It could also be months before that room is re-opened. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It could be months before at least two important places in Pender County are up and running again after Hurricane Florence.Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff says the county courthouse in Burgaw has been closed since Florence and could be closed for another six to nine months.- Advertisement – last_img

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Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation

first_img Kate Murphy with the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office says these programs are separate from FEMA assistance, but you only have a limited time to apply.“These programs can help property owners essentially build back or mitigate risk against future storms,” said Murphy. “And that can be through acquisition or buyout of the property, elevation of the property, or reconstruction of the property.”The deadline to apply is Wednesday February 6th.Related Article: Fair Bluff residents urged to evacuate as Lumber River risesIf you missed tonight’s session and want to apply, click here to learn more. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County held an information session Monday night on Hazard Mitigation Grant programs from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.The event was meant to teach homeowners, businesses, and community organizations that were victims of Hurricane Florence, what assistance programs are available to them.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Carolina Beach Police vehicle catches fire during busy holiday weekend

first_img Sgt. Hettinger says the incident happened noon Sunday. He says that no officers were injured as a result of the fire.We have reached out to the fire department for more on the investigation. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Vacationers to Freeman Park witnessed a police vehicle catching fire over the Memorial Day weekend.Carolina Beach Police Sgt. Scott Hettinger confirms that a police truck caught fire at Freeman Park. He says the fire is being investigated by the Carolina Beach Fire Department.- Advertisement – last_img

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Scala Sancta in Rome uncovered for the first time in 300 years

first_imgThe marble of Rome’s ‘Scala Sancta’ (‘Holy Stairs’), which are believed to be the stairs that were trod upon by Christ on the day of his death, have been uncovered after almost 300 years being encased in wood.The idea to open the Holy Stairs to the public came when the wood was removed for restoraton and the white stairs beneath were discovered.The stairs will be uncovered for veneration from the 11th April to the 9th June, the feast of Pentecost. Pilgrims who visit the stairs must ascend them on their knees as a sign of piety and reverence but can choose how they wish to pray while doing so. Those who cannot climb on their knees may kneel on the first step and then walk up one of the other staircases to reach the top.The Holy Stairs are held to be those which led to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, and which Christ would have ascended on his way to the trial before his Crucifixion. According to tradition, the stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Former Maltese diplomat Victor Seychell passed away

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion has announced the passing of the former Maltese foreign dignitary Mr Victor Seychell.Mr Seychell had served as Deputy Ambassador (Chargé d’Affaires) in the Maltese Embassy in Rome between 1981 and 1987, as well as forging a number of Malta’s Financial Agreements.Seychell also served as an adviser to two Prime Ministers and a Foreign Minister.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img

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New MOOC Instreamia Offers Language Learning With A Twist

first_imgAdvertisement Scott Rapp and Ryan Rapp are purveyors of a new twist in the MOOC trend, what I’m calling ‘’mini-MOOCs.’’ That is, a startup or professor launching an open online course intended for the masses on their own, without the help of a large university or consortium of universities.Scott, a former Spanish teacher turned computer data systems specialist, is teaching a free Spanish language MOOC course that started in January 2013. It’s a way to test the concept of their Instreamia language-learning startup. The Rapp brothers are a team to watch in the ed tech space.In the Wild West of MOOCs, their experiment shows how some teachers and entrepreneurs see the trend as a way to either make a buck, test an idea, build an audience, market their product or all of the above. In addition to powerhouse MOOC providers out there such as Coursera, edX and Udacity, we are seeing superstar economics professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok launched a MOOC course in development economics at their Marginal Revolution University via their popular blog Marginal Revolution. Similarly, the Rapp brothers are programmers and consultants turned startup entrepreneurs who are launching a MOOC Spanish course to boost their startup, Instreamia. – Advertisement – Scott was a data systems engineer at Deloitte & Touche consulting firm, where he helped Fortune 500 companies re-engineer their systems. He learned Spanish and lived in Honduras once. His brother lived in Japan and learned Japanese. They like learning and teaching languages and had an idea for a product they thought would be better than Rosetta Stone and others on the market.We want to be the experts in blended learning rather than in the consumer markets where Rosetta and others are,’’ Scott says. ‘’The teachers like it. We have interviewed a dozen teachers and administrators.’’ More than 7,000 users (many of them teachers) have signed up to use the product so far and more than 1,500 have enrolled in a Spanish MOOC course Scott is teaching starting this month.About InstreamiaSo they built Instreamia, which uses open source video such as popular music videos in Spanish or other languages to ask you questions and teach you a song. ‘’It teaches you as you go,’’ Scott explained during a recent phone call and software demo. He programmed Instreamia to track when you know a word by listening, reading, writing and speaking. They are launching Instreamia versions in English, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese.The New York City-based brothers have created dozens of exercises to guess the correct translation, write a word, chose a sound for the word. They use a speech tagger that analyzes parts of speech for each word. ‘’It’s an intelligent learning platform that adapts to users needs as they go along,’’ Scott explains. Scott has another startup called BlueCube, which does data systems engineering for large companies.The brothers are waiting on a patent for some of the adaptive learning functions they built into the system. They’ve boot-strap funded ($50,000 or so) the startup so far. They are partnering with Blackboard in coming months to offer Spanish lessons via Blackboard’s Coursesite platform. The Rapps hope to integrate into high schools and colleges with that partnership and charge $30 per classroom of 30 students per year in an asynchronous format.Credit: Edudemiclast_img read more

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