Police chief Bill Scott talks about his critics and his first 10

first_imgThere’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission Local, you get real news, from reporters and editors who are accountable to you. After all, you know where we live and work. In the Mission, just like you. Keep us reporting, subscribe today.  He acknowledged those critics, and said their input had helped change the force. “Some of the most vocal folks are people who are really concentrating on those very weaknesses and flaws, which make us want to improve — at least me, from a personal standpoint as the chief of police, it makes me want to improve, to do better, because some of it, the most of it, is with very good reason,” he said. “So I don’t see it (criticism) as a concern. I see it as an opportunity. There are a lot of good things out there that can come from people pointing out where we need to improve.”As one example, Scott pointed to the change in the department’s Crisis Intervention Training. Although the department had been doing CIT training since 2011, he said, the criticism made them take a new look at it. Officers traveled across the country to look at best practices and today, he said, SFPD’s crisis intervention training is “on the forefront of that issue.” “That was a result of community input and community displeasure with how we were handling those issues,” he said. “Yes, I think the culture is shifting,” Scott added. “The culture can undermine policies if left unchecked and if it is a negative culture,” he said. “ I won’t go so far as to say this culture is a negative culture in that regard, but it has shifted in a number of ways.” Scott also addressed the issue of accountability, and said that in some instances, the system moved too slowly. So far, only six of the 18 officers allegedly involved in the texting scandal have left the force, he said. The other cases are caught up in litigation. While he said he would like officers held accountable in a more timely process — one that would be fairer to both parties — he said that moving too hastily could be reckless. “You’ve got the organization’s reputation at stake, people’s lives at stake, and that really needs to be thought through,” he said.  In the 50-minute interview, it was clear that Scott, an officer who rose through the LAPD and witnessed its reform from the vantage point of different ranks, is not a leader who goes for the pat answer, but one who engages with the complexity of criminal justice and the changing nature of police work. In the often-fraught relationship between police and communities of color, he saw no easy resolution, but he also offered some ways in which the department and the city could engage with communities of color and at-risk youth. Confronted with the question of the disproportionate number of traffic stops on African Americans, Scott spoke of the cycles of crime that can throw the statistics “out of whack.” Indeed, use-of-force data released by the SFPD for the third quarter of 2017 showed that blacks, who make up less than six percent of the city’s population, made up 24 percent of traffic stops. What’s more, even though the group made up only 24 percent of the stops, they comprised 45.6 percent of searches as a result of those stops. “A lot of these things are so deeply rooted in other issues that what we need to look at is not just the context of the stops, but everything that feeds into it,” Scott said.He said that one of the possible examples of why people of color are disproportionately searched is because they are more likely to be on probation or parole. “Then you have to go back and say, well, how come so many of that group is on probation or on parole?” he said. “It’s kind of a self-feeding, vicious circle.” Scott said he felt the police department can often be the “tip of the spear” in confronting the social inequities foisted onto — and perhaps perpetuated by — the criminal justice system. The department, he said, needs to examine its role. “But you can’t escape the fact that in our society, there are so many issues that feed into what we’re talking about here, let’s not ignore those issues as well,” he said, emphasizing the relationship between inequities in the education system and those of the criminal justice system. “Those numbers are skewed against people of color as well,” he said. “We (the police department) need to own our part of it, but let’s not ignore the rest of it.” To that end, Scott talked about the need to prevent crime through more community organizations and wrap-around services for at-risk youth. The city, he said, is short of those services. He said an abundance of non-violent offenders are introduced into the criminal justice system at an early age with few viable exits.“What do you get to try to break that trajectory of getting more deeply ingrained into this life of things that are counterproductive, not only to society but to your own well-being?” he asked. “What do you get?” “I don’t think the capacity has caught up with the idea that there are other ways to treat these symptoms other than prison,” he said. “I don’t think there’s enough community-based organizations that are funded to treat this part of our society — and that’s a huge part of our society.” But the chief recognized that his department needs to do its part in building relationships with certain communities in the city. This, he said, should come through more frequent face-to-face “sitdowns” with young people in at-risk communities, who are often leery of police. “Because when you sit down face-to-face with people as two human beings, and you’re talking about these issues in a non-confrontational setting, it’s a totally different environment, and then you can really get to what some of the issues are,” he said. “That needs to happen a whole lot more.”  Yet building those relationships, he said, is not always easy, as he believes that the department “is doing good community police work,” but the audience for that work is often composed of people who are already inclined to engage with officers. “What’s more difficult is having that dialogue with people that don’t necessarily want to engage or care to engage, because what’s in their mind about law enforcement is negative,” he said. “That’s what’s more difficult.” In terms of general community relations, Scott said that in the next few months residents will be seeing a more standardized way in which their local district stations interact with them. For years, community engagement has been at the purview of the local captains, but now it is a command staff division, and there will be minimum requirements across the city — including monthly meetings, a newsletter and advisory boards. “Where we fell short, according to the assessment report, was that there was not this overarching strategic community policing culture that was being driven from the top of the organization through the organization,” he said. “So that’s changing, and I think the officers are understanding the importance of that.” Finally, Scott addressed questions about the fate of 272 recommended reforms from the U.S. Department of Justice, which in September ended its formal oversight of SFPD’s progress.Later that month, Scott told the Board of Supervisors that, in the Justice Department’s absence, he intends to “replicate and go beyond” the reform structure the federal body put forth. This, he said, means hiring personnel to finish a progress report, as well as a final report that was to be completed at the end of the 18-month reform process.  “Who will take the place of the U.S. DOJ is in the works right now,” he said, noting that the department will “hopefully disclose something in the next couple weeks.” Scott said he’d like to “go beyond” the Justice Department’s structure by contracting several more “follow-up” reports after the 18-month effort is complete. “So we can report as to whether the recommendations that we put in place are really being sustained,” he said. The follow-up, he said, is to “make sure this is not just something we’re doing just to check a box. We’re really trying to change the DNA of the department in a good way.” The interview was part of a collaboration, Covering the Police,  with students from the Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley and included Charlotte Silver, Luis Hernandez, Carlos Mureithi, Zoe Ferrigno, Marian Carrasquero, Nikka Singh, Sam Goldman, Susie Neilson, Emma Schwartz, JoeBill Muñoz, Kaitlin Benz, Mallory Newman, Bo Kovitz and Lydia Chávez. 0%center_img In an interview with Mission Local this week, Police Chief Bill Scott talked about a range of issues, including the culture shift in the force he took over nearly a year ago, the need for more services to keep at-risk youth from falling deeper into the criminal justice system and new minimum requirements for community engagement.Formerly the deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Scott did not arrive at an easy time. “There were a lot of vocal opinions that we needed to improve in a lot of areas, which is why I got here in the first place,” said Scott. “But on the other hand there are a lot of people in this city that think the SFPD is doing a pretty good job, not that we don’t need to improve, but that we’re doing a pretty good job.” Scott’s hiring was precipitated by a series of incidents that put the police at odds with communities of color: a batch of blatantly racist and homophobic text messages exchanged by officers were exposed and a number of controversial police shootings occurred. By May 2016, after police shot and killed a 27-year-old woman — the third officer-involved shooting in one year — Mayor Ed Lee asked for former Police Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.  Still, the city did not completely embrace the new chief. Critics disrupted his swearing-in ceremony in January, and it was no secret that the Police Officers Association preferred an insider. But Scott has proceeded, seemingly resolute in making the SFPD a better force. It’s too soon to tell whether he will succeed in making changes that will endure, and if he will be able to gain the trust of the SFPD’s critics.    Tags: police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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THE Saints v Salford game KO 8pm on Friday Febru

first_imgTHE Saints v Salford game (KO 8pm) on Friday February 10 is DEFINITELY ON.Saints staff have been working overtime all week with giant covers and heaters to ensure that this historic game takes place.TICKETS ARE ON SALE RIGHT UP TO KICK OFF and 15,000 tickets have been sold to date.Tickets are available from the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 050.You can also log on to www.saintssuperstore.comThe Great Tom Van Vollenhoven visited the Club yesterday and was more than impressed by the stadium as our pictures show.last_img

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SAINTS held their annual Player of the Year Awards

first_imgSAINTS held their annual Player of the Year Awards at Langtree Park last night and James Roby was named Player of the Year.Sponsored by Robinsons, the event saw more than 200 people pack into the Hatton’s Travel Sponsors Lounge to mingle with the first team squad and hear from the likes of Chairman Eamonn McManus and Head Coach Nathan Brown.Pete Emmett MC’d proceedings.Award Winners:Player of the Year: James RobyRunner up: Paul Wellens Young Player of the Year: Matty Dawson Players’ Player: James RobyFounder Members POTY: Paul Wellens Founder Members Young POTY: Mark Percival Under 19s Player of the Year: Lewis Charnock U16s Scholarship Player of the Year: Josh EavesFor a full report of what happened on the evening, plus words from the winners themselves, buy the matchday programme this week.last_img read more

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The game kicks off at 12 noon at the Trailfinders

first_imgThe game kicks off at 12 noon at the Trailfinders Sports club.Saints squad will be chosen from:K Brown, T Nisbet, C Brown, C Follin, J Gibbons, B Billsborough, R Horne, M Lees, J Eaves, E Bullen, A Eckley, M Weldon, C Hazard, J Olmez, P Nash, S Royle, B Sims, C Kellet, S Croston.last_img

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This coupled with coming off the back of the prev

first_imgThis, coupled with coming off the back of the previous loss to Warrington, made the clash with the Tigers’ an interesting proposition.But your Saints came through 24-22The U16s have found it challenging in recent weeks to match the performances shown in the opening rounds of the competition and this game was no exception.The Tigers roared into a 12-point lead in the opening five minutes scoring on successive sets down their left-hand side.The raison d’etre of the Scholarship and Academy competitions is not necessarily to win a championship but is to produce the next supply of Super League players to the parent club.However, if you can do the two at the same time then everyone is happy and the recovery of the Saints over the rest of the half shows a maturity beyond years.They started by repelling the tigers over the next two sets, then in the next ten minutes they gained good field position culminating in a Taylor Pemberton knock-on with the line begging.The fightback started with the introduction off the bench of the two props Will Toone and the rapidly improving Zack Lee. Along with Ben Betts, both had drives which put the Saints on the front foot giving the mercurial Lewis Dodd space to attack the line. He ghosted through a gap to the full-back before feeding Harvey McDaid speeding up in support to open the Saints account.The Saints continued to take the game to the Tigers and on the stroke of the break that man Dodd stepped through the Tigers line and around the full-back to score under the sticks. His second conversion levelling the scores.The call from the coaching staff was to nil the opposition. But that wouldn’t be the Saints, would it?We’d rather entertain the paying the public by mirroring the first half and conceding two tries, the second a fortuitous rebound off a Saints foot, in the opening 10 minutes to fall 22 – 12 behind then coming back to win it.So, let’s start again shall we?Again the fightback started with Will Toone. Two repeat sets on the Tigers line resulted in the big prop taking the ball up well on the first tackle of the third set. Two tackles later and the ball came back to Toone on the burst 20 metres out (well that was his impression – don’t let him measure you up for carpets!), I made it two but whatever the distance the six points put the Saints back in with a shout.On the next set they were level as a fourth tackle chip into Hellfire Corner from Dodd coupled with a great chase from Jack Stephenson forced the Tigers to spill the ball over the line allowing Dodd to touch down for the score.Crucially he missed the conversion leaving the scores level with a quarter of an hour to go.Having been whooping and hollering at their 10-point lead 10 minutes ago it was a much quieter Tigers side which tried manfully to keep the waves of Saints attack out.Firstly, Ryan Appleton had a try disallowed for a forward pass which the locals thought was harsh and then Lewis Baxter knocked-on over the line to keep the scores tied.But with four minutes to go the visitors were penalised for a head high tackle and from 30 metres out to the left of the posts Dodd calmly slotted the winning goal.The Saints were not at their best in this game against a combative Tigers side led by the dangerous left centre Graham Bradley, but they stuck at it and, unlike the Warrington game, found a way to get back into the dog fight.As ever Lewis Dodd was the star but the prop quartet of Jamie Pye, Harry Brooks, Will Toone and Zack Lee laid the platform for the others to play off.This was by no means as good a performance as that against our nearest and dearest earlier in the season but the squad as a whole are growing together and becoming better for it.Match Summary:St Helens U16s:Tries: Harvey McDaid (22), Lewis Dodd (34 & 55), Will Toone (53). Goals: Lewis Dodd 4 from 5.Castleford U16s:Tries: Graham Bradley 3 (3, 5 & 38), Taylor Cartwright (44). Goals: Graham Bradley 3 from 4.Half Time: 12-12 Full Time: 24-22Teams:Saints: 1. Harvey McDaid; 5. Theo Robinson, 3. Jack Taylor, 4. Ben Betts, 2. Ryan Appleton; 6. Taylor Pemberton, 7. Lewis Dodd; 8. Harry Brooks, 9. Keenan McDaid, 10. Jamie Pye, 11. Evan Jones, 12. Lewis Baxter, 13. Ethan Caine. Subs: 14. Paddy Maher, 15. Joe Spencer, 16. Zack Lee, 17. Will Toone, 19. Jack Stephenson.Castleford: 1. Keanu Bean; 2. Leo Marchant, 3. Jack Johnson, 4. Graham Bradley, 5. Harrison Spence-Horton; 6. Bailey O’Connor, 7. Iwan Orr; 8. Sam Hall, 9. Archie Craggs, 10. Myles Tait, 11. Taylor Cartwright, 12. Nathan Carter, 13. Corey Hodgson. Subs: 14. Kieron Lawton, 15. Billy Marsh, 16. Louis Collinson, 17. Lewis Ransome, 18. Jacob Horte, 19. Jack Rowbotham.last_img read more

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Red Cross in need of blood donations over the holiday season

first_img “The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Maya Franklin, External Communications Manager, Carolina Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.”Patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions, and all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply is available. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To learn more about RapidPass, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 20-Dec. 15Brunswick CountyRelated Article: Dog dies during late night apartment fire in WilmingtonBolivia11/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brunswick Community College, 50 College RdLeland12/1/2017: 2:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Brunswick Forest Community Blood Drive, 2701 Brunswick Forest ParkwayShallotte12/5/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Brendan Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Hwy WestNew Hanover CountyCarolina Beach12/13/2017: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Lazy Pirate Carolina Beach, 701 N. Lake Park Blvd.Wilmington11/20/2017: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Porters Neck Country Club, 8405 Vintage Club Dr11/20/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street11/20/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lowe’s Home Improvement Porters Neck, 191 Porters Neck Rd.11/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street11/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street11/27/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street11/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., University NC Wilmington, 601 S. College11/29/2017: 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2131 South 17th. Street11/29/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street11/29/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2131 South 17th. Street12/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/1/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Hanover County Employees, 320 Chestnut St.12/4/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/8/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/11/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/13/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th Street12/15/2017: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wilmington Blood Donation Center, 1102 South 16th StreetPender CountyBurgaw12/12/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pender Memorial Hospital, 507 E. Fremont12/13/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Pender High School, 5380 Hwy 53 WestHampstead12/4/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hampstead United Methodist Church, 15395 US Hwy 17How to donate bloodA blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. WILMINGTON, N.C. (PRESS RELEASE) — The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time. At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient: RapidPass® – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand. Online appointment scheduling – Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org. – Advertisement – last_img read more

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Truck gets stuck under overpass on McRae Street in Wilmington

first_img The truck was wedged under the overpass, which had a sign posted indicating a 12′ 11″ clearance.The tires of the truck had to be deflated so it could back out the way it came in.While all this was going on, drivers were asked to find an alternate route around the accident by the Wilmington Police Department. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Traffic was detoured Tuesday on McRae Street in downtown Wilmington for a short time when a truck, attempting to drive under an overpass, got stuck.It happened near the intersection of McRae and Bess Streets around noon.- Advertisement – last_img

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Eight lucky couples to receive free Valentines Day weddings

first_imgValentine’s Day 2017 ‘Love is in the Air’ event(Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Eight lucky couples will be selected to tie the knot for free in Downtown Wilmington on February 14, thanks to an event called “Love is in the Air.”The New Hanover County Register of Deeds first held the event on Valentine’s Day in 2017, and is continuing to spread the love in 2018.- Advertisement – Each couple’s wedding will last one hour and will be held in a decorated room with seats for guests, a photographer, and more.Interested couples must have recently purchased a Marriage License, and can sign up online or in person.last_img

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Wilmington firefighter adopts dog rescued during Vance Street home fire

first_img Wilmington Firefighters Pfeffer and Richardson were conducting a primary search of the residence when they discovered Katie in a back room, according to a department public information officer. They say that the dog was trying to hide from the smoke and her body was becoming overcome by the inhalation of the toxic smoke.Katie was rescued and brought outside to receive immediate medical treatment from Wilmington Firefighter Bransford according to WFD public information officer Natosha Vincent.Katie was later transported by Wilmington’s Assistant Chief Tom Robinson to a local emergency animal hospital where she was treated for smoke inhalation. After spending several days in the animal hospital, Katie was discharged Saturday from the hospital and is doing well.Related Article: Deadly California wildfire ‘taking down everything in its path’After being rescued from that burning house by Wilmington’s bravest, this lucky pup has found herself a second chance at life and happiness.She is expected to make a full recovery and is at her new home, with her new owner, Firefighter DeVilbiss, from the Wilmington Fire Department.The Wilmington Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind our citizens of that June is National Pet Preparedness Month.For more tips about how to be “Pet Prepared” for any disaster, go tohttps://www.ready.gov/animals orhttp://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/blog/national-pet-preparedness-month/ Firefighter DeVilbiss with Katie (PHOTO: WFD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – One week ago, Wilmington police responded to a home along Vance Street where they believed an alleged armed robbery suspected was.Wilmington Police arrested 26-year-old Saead El Helo after they say he barricaded himself in a home in South Wilmington. They say before he was taken into custody, El Helo set the home on fire. In that home was a dog named Katie.Katie receiving treatment on scene of the Vance Street fire (PHOTO: Natosha Vincent WFD)- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Celebrate National Lighthouse Day at Old Baldy

first_img Old Baldy was completed on April 2, 1817, making it the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina and the nation’s 13th oldest lighthouse. The lighthouse designated the harbor of the Cape Fear River and the Port of Wilmington. Old Baldy helped in the economic growth of both the lower Cape Fear River and Wilmington.The National Lighthouse Day Festival is on Sunday August 5 and includes a 10k and 5k evening race, children’s games, reenactments, beer, BBQ and more. Festivities kick off at 4 p.m., race registration begins at 6 p.m. and the race is at 7 p.m. To register, click here.For more information, visit the Old Baldy Foundation’s website at oldbaldy.org or follow them on Facebook. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — National Lighthouse Day is celebrated annually by organizations throughout the country on August 7 and this year, you can join in on the fun at Bald Head Island.The Old Baldy Foundation is holding a National Lighthouse Day Festival to honor Old Baldy’s contributions to the area’s history with a festival that the whole family can enjoy.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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100yearold Pearl Harbor survivor attends Wilmington ceremony

first_img Garrish saw the attack on Pearl Harbor firsthand. He says it started off like any other day.“We all had Sunday off, and the biggest problem was what to do with it,” said Garrish.Garrish had no idea that his life and the world would be forever changed that day.Related Article: Oldest US military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at age 106“He was awakened by the noise of the attack, came running out of his quarters on Ford Island, and looked over at the battleship Arizona, and saw the bomb hit,” said World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition chairman Wilbur Jones.Each year, Garrish attends a ceremony of remembrance in Wilmington on the anniversary of the attack.After 20 years of hosting the event, Jones says they decided to switch things up, with a Hawaiian theme.“The setting is 1941, December the 6th, the night before the attack,” said Jones. “It’s the last night of peace for the United States.”After a ceremony honoring survivors and victims of the attack, including three local men who were killed, dozens of attendees were able to take swing dancing lessons, and jitterbug the night away.Jones says we must never forget what happened that day 77 years ago.“It’s a lesson that we must learn from our national security standpoint, we never must let our guard down and be caught unaware again.”Jones says there was another survivor who was supposed to attend, but he got sick and was not able to make it. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday marked the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and remembrance ceremonies are happening all over the country, including right here in the Cape Fear.“Nothing glamorous, nothing Earth shaking. I just happened to be at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack,” said 100-year-old Harold Garrish.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Water outage scheduled Wednesday for some Bolivia residents

first_imgTap water (Photo: MGN) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities in the Bolivia area will experience a water outage Wednesday.Due to construction, consumers from 3843 to 4398 Business 17, Wilson St, Corbett St, Berkley Ave, 27 to 178 Danford Rd, Huron Ln, Knox St, Cox St, Mercer St, Green Lewis Rd, Jones St and James St on Wednesday from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. will be out of service.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Public Utilities and the Division of Water Resources advises that consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.Editors Note: This advisory has been rescinded as of Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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3 in every 1000 inhabitants are lawyers

first_imgThree in every 1,000 inhabitants are lawyers according to the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard published in April.309 individuals per 100,000 inhabitants are lawyers, ranking Malta in the fifth place after Luxembourg, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.Perceived judicial independence42% perceive judicial independence as fairly good in Malta, while 18% perceive it as fairly bad.The main reason among the general Maltese public for the perceived lack of independence was interference or pressure from government and politicians (16%), interference or pressure from economic or other specific events (15%) and the status and position of judges do not sufficiently guarantee their independence (12%). SharePrint Average length of Money laundering court casesParties in money laundering cases waited on 1465 days on average for the court to deal with their cases in 2017. The data comes from the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard published in April.While no data was provided for Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom, the Maltese courts therefore take the longest in the bloc to deal with money laundering. While Luxembourg took the least number of days in 2016, followed by Estonia, only Latvia was second to Malta in taking long to deal with money laundering cases.Government total expenditure on law courtsThe general government total expenditure on law courts was of €62 per inhabitant in 2017, while in 2016 this amounted to €63. Luxembourg’s general government total expenditure on law courts was €215 per inhabitant, ranking the highest, while for Cyprus this amounted to €30 per inhabitant, ranking the lowest.The EU Justice ScoreboardThe EU Justice Scoreboard is a comparative information tool that aims to assist the EU and Member States to improve the effectiveness of national justice system. The Scoreboard helps in identifying good practices, improvements and potential shortcomings. Trends in the functioning of national justice systems also emerge over time.The 2019 Scoreboard includes new indicators on the authorities involved in disciplinary proceedings regarding judges, in the main management powers over national prosecution services and in the appointment and dismissal of national prosecutors. As well as new overview on how financial resources are spent in each justice system, and a new overview on the standards used in highest courts to improve the quality of judgement, in cooperation with the European judicial networks.Government welcomes reportIn a statement the Government welcomed the EU Justice Scoreboard published by the European Commission, saying that while challenges remain, the report shows that overall the efficiency has improved in Malta’s justice system. The Government said it remains committed to improve the justice system.WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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PL PN rhetoric does not match their action on climate change –

first_imgPexels.com/ Min AnPexels.com/ Min An Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party lambasted Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista for their inaction arguing that this was despite the rhetoric both parties have used throughout the election campaign.In a statement on Friday, the Green Party said that during this campaign the parties are not speaking enough about themes that matter on a European level. AD claimed that PL leader Joseph Muscat and PN leader Adrian Delia were more interested in ‘partisan noise than in discussing the real pressing issues’. AD further argued that while both PL and PN mention the environment and climate change, their rhetoric does not match their action.The Green Party remarked that while the country changed over to using gas in attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Malta has registered an increase of 6.2% in greenhouse emissions. AD argued that this was expected since the Government ignored the transport sector. AD claimed that ‘the government has no longterm vision for clean energy and transport’ arguing that low emission zones were never considered in areas where traffic flow is heavy.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Accra hosts the Ghana Graduates Conference

first_imgAdvertisement The 2nd Ghana Youth and Graduates Conference 2010 is themed – “My Dream for Ghana”. The objective of GGC 2010 is to explore the contributions to socio-economic development in Ghana (and Africa) from the perspective of undergraduate and postgraduate scholars and/or scholars in the early years of their professional careers. It will be a place for discourse and debate on novel approaches to building a better Ghana. The invited audience includes students, faculty, educators and government agencies concerned with education and business development. GGC aims to create and promote a ‘space’ for communicating and nurturing unique ideas and concepts into sustainable projects or business enterprises which have a positive impact on society and future generations. The event will feature workshops on cyber crime and health care on the 23 September and a graduate forum on the 24 September. Graduates from Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda will be presenting novel concepts from their dissertations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Major attractions at the graduate forum include presentations from the graduates of the Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre, the launch of PC Tech Magazine – Africa’s most contemporary technology magazine, and the launch of the Axxhira Chronicles, a project to give a voice to herbal medicine research. GGC 2010 will be hosted at Silverbird Cinema, Accra Mall, Accra, between 8.30 – 4.00pm on 23 and 24 September 2010.  The conference is sponsored by the PearlRichards Foundation and the Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre. Visit the conference website to read more: www.ghanagraduatesconference.com.   – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Google secures new URL shortener domain YTbe

first_imgAdvertisement Google has secured a new domain name, YT.be, which it started forwarding to its goo.gl URL shortening service today.Presumably, Google will use the domain name for shortened links to YouTube videos. Today, the company uses another .be domain name to do that, namely youtu.be.Google acquired the domain name, which was originally registered back in May 2003, from a Belgian Internet entrepreneur, but didn’t make its identity known throughout the purchasing process. But you can see Google is the owner of the domain name these days by simply looking up the WHOIS information.It is not yet clear how much Google paid for the domain, but It’s worth noting that Google actually owns an even shorter domain name,g.co, but it only uses it for Google websites – likely for branding reasons. – Advertisement – Google started using goo.gl in December 2009, but only opened it up to the public in September 2010. It’s unlikely to switch to yt.be for all URL shortening (again, for branding reasons) but it is expect the company will start using it for links to YouTube videos.YouTube’s 1 billion monthly users are sharing a ton of videos on social networking sites, where every character counts. On Twitter, approximately 700 YouTube videos are shared every minute – that’s more than 1 million shares per day.If Google switches from youtu.be to yt.be, it would theoretically be cutting the number of characters needed per day to tweet links to YouTube videos down by about 3 million daily, if Twitter weren’t using a t.co wrapper to shorten all Web addressesCredit: TNWlast_img read more

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The Internet of Things Is Uganda Ready

first_imgAdvertisement Every week on a Tuesday am going to be taking my readers on a roller coaster thinking adventure, you can as well create a #RollerCoasterTuesday already, am joking but what I mean to say, every Tuesday am going to be introducing a new topic and If am lucky and you like what I write about, then you can join me as we are asking specific questions about the future of the Tech Industry or any Tech related topics ranging from social media to Telecoms. This might be in Uganda or outside the country.In the hot seat today, we have the Internet of Things (IoT) and I very well know many of you have had about it, and may be some of you have interfaced with it. If you haven’t had about it however, here is my perspective about IoT.Internet of things from my engineering perspective would be a case where sensors and actuators are embedded in objects or things which are connected together via wired or wireless means to the internet. An example would be a wrist band that you monitor you mileage when you are jogging or a thermostat which can regulate your the temperature in your room according to the change in the environment. It can also be any object assigned an IP address and enabled to transfer data over a network. The western world seems to be embracing the Internet of Things but today I question, how ready Uganda is. – Advertisement – The Need:Personally, I would love to control my environment without controlling it, for example if my shoe would be able detect that my feet need to be warm and act accordingly, more so if a billboard display ad that am interested in. I know this might be futuristic but wouldn’t you love that.Going back to Uganda, the economy is spending a lot of money in different sectors, what if we knew when to irrigate our crops or what epidermic was breaking out in western Uganda, what if you walked into KFC and the waitress knew what wings you want to eat before you told her, the possibilities here would be numerous and would save the country and people a lot of time and we would love it.The Possibility:It is believed that by 2020 there will be more than 26 Billion devices connected from smartphones to Smart homes. With the increasing rate of smartphone purchases in Uganda, I believe a given fraction of the population has embraced the high end technologies and it is just a matter of time until we start seeing another wave of smart devices rolling into our homes.The Steps we can take:I will not try to speculate what the government can do in this scenario, but we need to support engineers who are trying to create some of these devices. We should also have incubation spaces that are helping innovators in this space. The tech Giants like Apple and Google and other consumer giants like Nike are leading the innovation around IoT but they don’t know Uganda the way you do.My Question to you:What do you think about this whole wave of Internet of Things, do you think your work would be made easier if you were more aware of the environment around you and If so what are you going to do about it? You might be sitting on the next generation of Technology.  Give us your view and use #RollerCoasterTuesday on social media so that we can catch you views.last_img read more

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Facebooks new tool wants to ease the pain of breaking up

first_imgFacebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the US before deciding whether to offer it to all of its 1.5 billion account holders worldwide. Image Credit: CBC Advertisement Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up.A feature announced Thursday will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover’s posts and pictures in their news feed on the world’s largest social network.Facebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the US before deciding whether to offer it to all of its 1.5 billion account holders worldwide. – Advertisement – The option is designed for people who don’t want to risk offending a former husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend by taking the more extreme step of ejecting or blocking them from their Facebook network.After changing their relationship status on Facebook, people will also be allowed to remove their names from past posts linking them to a former partner.[related-posts]“This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,” Facebook product manager Kelly Winters wrote in a blog post.The breakup protection serves as another reminder of how deeply ingrained Facebook has become in society. More than 1 billion people now hang out on Facebook at least once a day and those who have the network’s addictive mobile application installed on their smartphones tend to visit even more frequently.The Menlo Park, California, company has incentive to try to keep its users as happy as possible. People who become upset with what appears in their Facebook feeds are more likely to avoid coming to the network, depriving the company of the opportunity to collect more information about their preferences and show them ads aimed at those interests.The formula has turned Facebook into a huge success story since Mark Zuckerberg founded the service in a Harvard University dorm room more than a decade ago. Facebook’s market value now stands at $300 billion.[Gadgets]last_img read more

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Googlecom is Unsafe Says Google

first_imgAdvertisement Google.com is a partially dangerous website according to Google’s Safe Browsing Site Status Checker, a Reddit user has discovered. It warns that “some pages on this website redirect visitors to dangerous websites that install malware on visitors’ computers.” The malware, in turn, could steal personal and financial info and so forth.If you looked closely at the bottom of the Site Status Checker, it says “Don’t panic. Users sometimes post bad content on websites that are normally safe. Safe Browsing will update the safety status once the webmaster has cleaned up the bad content.” – Advertisement – According to Engadget, as WP points out, some people might have used Google‘s services to host malicious content, and the checker just can’t single it out.Other popular websites that the Safety Checkers recognizes as “Partially dangerous” include; popular photo sharing site tumblr.com, software development site github.com.The tool isn’t that perfect but it’s always best to exercise caution even if it says that the URL you’re visiting is safe.[related-posts]Use the safety tool to see how safe are the sites you’re visiting.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v Leicester

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t REALLY is a Super Sunday – PROMISE.It doesn’t get much better for armchair football fans and if you’re an armchair football fan that likes rugby as well – don’t plan on moving for around eight hours.The fate of the Premier League MIGHT become clearer by close of play but whatever happens today those Foxy Foxes will still be top of the table – the question today, is really which of their three rivals can step up for the battle? In many ways the most significant game will be Man City v Spurs as both will need to go all out for the win – under any outcome in the midday Arsenal v Leicester City game. Two will really need to become one (cue cheesy Valentines Day pun) from Man City and Spurs.A win for Leicester today would be extraordinary in an extraordinary season but don’t rule it out completely. Forget those merchants who keep peddling lines about ‘bubbles about to burst’. It’s too late for that – bubbles tend to burst at Christmas not in mid-February. When you question them WHY the bubble will burst – they generally have no answers – just can’t contemplate the prospect of small spending 5000/1 Leicester doing the unthinkable.If you’re an Arsenal fan you will simply expect Arsenal to do what Arsenal generally tend to do to Leicester (see stats below) in any old season. Except that this isn’t any old season and there’s more pressure on the Gunners than the pre-match odds of around 3/4 might indicate.Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger said: “They are in a position still where they think that they have nothing to lose. But once you’re on top of the league you can think that now you can lose what you have. And that’s where the nerves come in a little bit. I don’t know how they will respond to that. I believe there is still a long way to go. It was very important for us to win (last) Sunday and I think we are back to our normal level.”Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri countered: “The pressure’s on the others. Tell me why we have pressure? Why must I feel pressure? We just continue to dream with our fans.”Arsenal v Leicester CityPremier League12:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 PREMIER Leicester 2-5 ArsenalFeb 2015 PREMIER Arsenal 2-1 LeicesterAug 2014 PREMIER Leicester 1-1 ArsenalMay 2014 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 2-1 LeicesterDec 2003 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-1 ArsenalJan 2002 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-3 ArsenalAug 2001 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 4-0 LeicesterJan 2001 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 0-0 ArsenalDec 2000 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 6-1 LeicesterJan 2000 FA CUP Leicester 0-0 ArsenalThe key statistic is probably the scoreline from September when Arsenal beat Leicester 5-2 in the reverse fixture – one of just two league losses for Leicester this season.I’m expecting it to be close in the early stages with Arsenal getting a hard earned win. DRAW / ARSENAL at around 4/1 appeals most on the Star Sports HT/FT market.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW/ARSENAL HT/FT for 6 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 17.91 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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