Dolores Park denizens torn over how to protest Crissy Field rally

first_imgUpdate: Saturday’s Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally at Crissy Field has been canceled by its organizers. Instead, the group will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Square Park in the Western Addition. The Loved Up counter-rally will be held as scheduled.Neighbors and denizens of Dolores Park said Thursday that they are torn on how to effectively protest Saturday’s “Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally” at Crissy Field: show up at Crissy Field and potentially risk their safety, or dance at the counter-rally in Dolores Park. Fears about the safety of peaceful protest were stoked after an attack left one woman dead during an Aug. 12 counter-protest of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Saturday’s Crissy Field “Freedom Rally” will begin at 2 p.m. Several counter-protests are planned throughout the city Saturday, including the one at Dolores Park, called “Loved Up,” which begins at noon and asks people to “…join together to protest in the universal language of ‘shake yo ass.’”  Tags: dolores park • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “I might end up at Dolores,” said Craig Parton, 52, whose house overlooks the park. “But it feels like I wouldn’t be doing much work.” Parton said the conflicts in Charlottesville, Virginia, hit him especially hard because he’s from Virginia, and he’s recently felt more compelled to demonstrate for racial justice. He feels risks should be taken for serious matters like the recently emboldened white supremacist movement. Dancing, he said, might not cut it. “It’s like saying, ‘let’s eat cake to fight racism,’” he said. “Is that, like, a joke?” Claire Rose, 22, was standing in front of the park talking to park-goers about social justice for Amnesty International. “[A dance counter-rally] could boost morale for people, but if it doesn’t have a clear message, then it might gloss over the urgency of what’s happening,” she said. “How will you know people aren’t just showing up for the dancing?” Alina, 21, who declined to give her last name, said that she believes in peaceful counter-protest, but she’ll most likely be at Crissy Field. “Both are important,” she said. “Part of me is about not showing up because I don’t want to give those idiots attention, but it’s important to have ordinary people go [to Crissy Field] to put up a united front.” Loved Up will join with another counter-event later in the afternoon at Harvey Milk Plaza, called “Come Together.” Both rallies will join forces and march toward Civic Center, where the “Peace, Love, and Understanding” concert — another counter-protest — will take place. Talia Korbenbrot, 43, was sitting at the Dolores Park playground with a friend and her friend’s child. She likes the idea of a fun, peaceful counter-protest. “Having people show up without the potential for violence is great,” she said. “Get all the attention off the hate.” Sidney and Sergio were sitting at a picnic table near the park entrance playing their guitars. Sergio, who comes from Brazil, wondered why it takes a racist rally to incite action. “You find people who are racist as fuck everywhere,” he said. “Why aren’t we talking about that more?” “If you have something where you have people dancing over here, juggling fire over there, giving a blow job over there — then what’s the point?” said Sidney. “If you have one, major voice everyone can hear, then maybe you can be effective.”     The two police officers who were patrolling the park weren’t allowed to say whether there would be increased police presence at the park on Saturday, but police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca said that the police department will have a presence at the park and will be monitoring it closely. “How large of presence will depend on what’s going on at the park, and what else is going on in the other parts of the city,” he said. Counter-Rallies near Crissy FieldNon-violent Resistance to Fascism (San Francisco Queer Resistance) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsMarch Against Hate to Crissy Field (San Francisco Against Hate) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsResistSF Counter Rally (Resist SF) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crissy Field BeachAnti-racist Rally (Brown Lives Matter) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 490 Marina Blvd.Alternative Counter-EventsPeace, Love and Understanding Noon to 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza Come Together (Juanita MORE!) Noon to 5 p.m., Harvey Milk PlazaLoved Up Noon to 5 p.m., Dolores Park Human Banner (Together We Will) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ocean Beach Stairwells 3-6 last_img read more

THE RFL has sent its condolences to the family of

first_imgTHE RFL has sent its condolences to the family of Arthur Thomas, the former St Helens, Wigan and Leigh director who died earlier today aged 69.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “On behalf of everyone involved in Rugby League I would like to send our sympathies to Arthur’s family at this very sad time.“Throughout his life Arthur was very passionate about Rugby League and made an immense and valuable contribution to the sport in the North West.“Having served as Chairman of both Wigan and Leigh, and as a director of St Helens, Arthur was a tireless servant of the game he loved who made a huge difference at all three clubs.“Rugby League and sport generally are poorer for his passing.”last_img

MARTIN Murray will discuss the defence of his WBA

first_imgMARTIN Murray will discuss the defence of his WBA interim middleweight title against Australia’s Garth Wood in an open press conference at Langtree Park this Wednesday.The Saints fan will take on his challenger at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney on December 11.The conference gets underway at 12pm and in attendance with Martin will be Ricky Hatton, Richard Poxon and Andrew Mikhail (Martin’s adviser).Martin has extended the press conference invite to all his fans.last_img

CARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for

first_imgCARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for the next month.The 21-year-old prop forward has played four times for the club whilst also spending time dual registered with Swinton and Rochdale.“Although Carl is in the early stages of his career, he has had a good pre-season and has shown a lot of potential,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “It’s clear he needs to be playing week in week out at the highest level and going on loan to London will give him that chance.”Saints will also have several players ‘dual-registered’ this weekend and these will be announced shortly.last_img

SAINTS were taught a harsh lesson in Catalan as th

first_imgSAINTS were taught a harsh lesson in Catalan as the Dragons handed them a 42-0 loss.They were comprehensively second best all over the park and despite remaining top of the Super League table have a lot of soul-searching to do ahead of next weekend’s clash with Castleford.Their hosts ran in eight tries and to be fair it could have been a lot more as Saints wilted in the blistering heat.Catalans were red hot from the off and would probably count themselves unlucky not to be more than 8-0 up at the break.Saints welcomed Jonny Lomax and Josh Jones back into their starting line up with Willie Manu, Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival returning on the bench but it was the Dragons who looked more cohesive.Nathan Brown’s men started the game well, forcing a knock on but Matty Dawson was bundled into touch from the scrum.Luke Walsh then put pressure on Daryl Millard but he took a high ball very well.Two penalties handed Catalan the advantage though and a high Thomas Bosc kick was collected by Vincent Duport after Tommy Makinson lost the flight of the ball.Bosc wide with the extras.Saints gained a set straight from the re-start as they were fortunately given the ball from a knock on from Olivier Elima that never was.But Paul Wellens’ pass to Makinson – who then put down in the corner – was called forward.. and that was harsh too.Saints looked to be working their way into the game but failed to heed to the warning signs that later became klaxons.Louis Anderson looked to have put down after taking a suspiciously forward pass – but it was denied by the video referee – and then Walsh and Turner combined to keep Morgan Escaré out.Indeed, Saints thought they’d scored when Josh Jones took advantage of a bouncing ball with five minutes to go – but it was denied by the video referee because of a push from the centre.But seconds later another Dragons’ kick to the corner was collected by Michael Oldfield for 8-0 at half time.It was a scoreline that Brown would, on the balance, have been happy with – but the second half was anything but pleasing.For 15 minutes they had a pop at the Catalan line but another kick wasn’t dealt with and Duport collected a bouncing ball to go under the posts.Bosc making it 14-0 with the boot.Ian Henderson bulldozed over on 60 minutes to increase the pain before Pelissier fed Bosc for Catalan’s fifth.Oldfield notched his second; Millard compounded the horror show with another and then the winger’s brace became three – Oldfield getting his hat-trick at the death.Before that final act Alex Walmsley and Eloi Pelissier had a bit of biff under the posts and were given ten minutes to think about what they’d done.Saints stay top – but that is no consolation to the fans who travelled out to Perpignan.As it happened Match Centre.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Duport (2), Oldfield (3), Henderson, Bosc, MillardGoals: Bosc (5 from 8)Saints: Tries: Goals: Penalties: Dragons: 10Saints: 3HT: 0-8FT: 0-42REF: James ChildATT: 9,864Teams:Dragons:2. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 25. Vincent Duport, 18. Daryl Millard; 3. Leon Pryce, 6. Thomas Bosc; 8. Olivier Elima, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 10. Jeff Lima, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 11. Zeb Taia, 24. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 9. Ian Henderson, 12. Louis Anderson, 23. Lopini Paea, 29. Benjamin Garcia.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 24. Gary Wheeler, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 28. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

St Helens Women

first_imgOver 11,200 fans packed into the Totally Wicked Stadium throughout the afternoon and a good sized crowd had stayed behind after the excellent performance by the men’s first team to watch our Women.And Saints superior speed and class was evident from the off as Jodie Cunningham again underlined her stature scoring the first of her hat-trick after only 80 seconds.Rovers knocked on from the kick off and three tackles later found themselves standing watching as Cunningham dummied to her winger as she strolled over on the right.A simple trademark jump out of dummy half saw Tara Jones in at the side of the posts for the second try.Great interpassing down the right saw Naomi Williams in for her first as she started and finished a 70 metre move down the right taking the final pass from Cunningham to go over.Saints continued their point a minute scoring with Cunningham’s second after a fine 90 metre burst from Williams who was caught inches short.To their credit, Rovers responded and were back in it after two quick tries from Zoe Teece and Grace Hepton.Thankfully from the kick off for the second the visitors knocked on and three tackles later Cunningham completed her first half hat-trick.Rovers managed to hold the Saints out for the opening 10 minutes of the second period, but after Emily Rudge scored her first, taking the inside pass from another Cunningham break, the writing was on the wall.Another jump out of dummy half by Jones saw her go 20 metres before passing inside for Zoe Harris to do the final 30.A penalty and two fine Lizzie Gladman drives saw her stopped just short, but from the play the ball Gaskin and Cunningham put Rudge away for her brace.The watching Saints fans were then treated to two great Saints tries finished off by left wing Leah Burke.The first came after another trademark Vicky Whitfield drive dragging one defender fully 20 metres with her. The ball was spread left for Beth Stott to show that she is finding her League feet as she dummied her way to the full back before setting Burke away out pacing the cover and strolling behind the posts.Five minutes later and Stott was at it again down the left this time finding Williams inside who set Burke free to go the final 40 metres to cap a fine 70 metre move.Rovers got a consolation score through Katherine Hepworth, but Williams rounded off Saints win with an eleventh and final try in the corner after Burke and Sarah Lovejoy drives.St Helens Women’s:Team: Jodie Cunningham; Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Beth Stott, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Dawn Akrigg, Pip Birchall, Katie-May Williams, Emily Rudge.Interchanges: Rhianna Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Sarah Lovejoy, Claire Mullaney.Tries: Jodie Cunningham (1, 23 & 36), Tara Jones (9) Naomi Williams (15 & 75), Emily Rudge (48 & 58), Zoe Harris (55), Leah Burke (61 & 65).Goals: Faye Gaskin 5 from 11 .Featherstone Rovers Women’s Team: Grace Hepton; Kayleigh Bulman, Tilly Churm, Shannelle Mannion, Chloe Reynolds; Katherine Hepworth, Chelsea Senior; Brogan Churm, Kelly Smith, Zoe Teece, Jessica Hammond, Natalie Harrowell, Andrea Dobson.Interchanges: Charley Blackburn, Stephanie Grenham, Paige Stevens, Grace Dyke.Tries: Zoe Teece (26), Grace Hepton (33), Katherine Hepworth (72).Goals: Katherine Hepworth 2 from 3.HT: 24-10FT: 54-16last_img read more

Legislature adjourns as no compromise made to fund research on GenX

first_img Governor Roy Cooper rips into lawmakers who left Raleigh without a compromise to research GenX and other contaminants in the Cape Fear river.“Legislators are going home after doing nothing to protect clean drinking water for NC families,” said the Governor in part on Twitter Tuesday as the House adjourned.Legislators are going home after doing nothing to protect clean drinking water for NC families. North Carolinians deserve action on this, and Republican legislative leaders’ failure to act is unconscionable.— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) February 13, 2018Both chambers passed bills regarding Gen-X research, though not as the bill’s creator would have liked.Related Article: Post-Florence recovery dollars pour into North Carolina“The senate took it and completely gutted it and replaced it,” Republican Ted Davis of New Hanover County said.If you’d like to know what the original version said, look here.The Senate, from the beginning was not sold on Republican Ted Davis’ legislation.“I support everything we can to provide clean water to my constituents, neighbors and family. I personally have serious concerns about the legislation as it does absolutely nothing to provide clean water to our citizens and may lead people to think otherwise,” Senator Michael Lee said when we asked him for comment on the House passage of HB 189 back in January.Senate President Pro Temp Phillip Berger also said it was not on his priority list ending the long session.“I am willing to sit down with any Senator at anytime and discuss the differences between the House bill and the Senate to see if we can come up with some type of resolution,” said Rep. Davis.Republican Senator Mike Lee introduced the revised bill as the Water Safety Act. Unlike Davis’ bill, it takes funding away from the DEQ. Requesting universities to use their technology and experts to research Gen-X instead of doing that through the DEQ.It provides funding to the State Policy Collaboratory to oversee that work. It asks the DEQ to allocate more than $2 million to those efforts. No funding will go to the department.Sen. Lee did add an amendment in the final voting for $813,000 go to the division of Water Resources to study air and water quality that may contain GenX.“People in the Cape Fear region have a right to be angry that legislative leaders have failed to do their duty,” said Governor Cooper who’s full statement on the legislature adjourning is below.“It’s disgraceful that after months of stalling, Republican legislators have gone home without doing anything to protect clean drinking water for North Carolina families. State environmental experts continue to hold Chemours accountable and are using all available resources to track the spread of GenX, and the latest notice of violation announced today shows the urgency. People in the Cape Fear region have a right to be angry that legislative leaders have failed to do their duty and give state scientists the tools they need to deal with GenX and other emerging contaminants.”Now that both chambers are heading home until May, the only way they’d come back to pass funding for research would be if a special session is calledChairman Davis says that will not happen unless they can come to an agreement on the bill.“They’ve went home, so nobody is willing to sit down and negotiate at this point.”Our Andrew James reached out to Senate President Phillip Berger, Senator Bill Rabon, and Senator Michael Lee for comment. Lee’s office told us he was out of the state on family matters and could not comment. Berger’s office told us he was not available. Sen. Rabon requested we get comment from him on a later day. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) –  Four recent spills at the Chemours Fayetteville plant has the state Department of Environmental Quality issuing another violation on the company. It comes as lawmakers stall on approving funding for Gen-X research.The Governor and House members frustrated with the Senate.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Projects proposed to relieve headaches for drivers along busy Wilmington roads

first_img “With the congestion, that’s where you get the road rage,” driver Dori Capps said. “You get people cutting people off, people yelling, screaming. It causes more wrecks.”“Rush hour time. I mean, it takes forever to get anywhere,” driver Jacob Childress said. “I was actually rear ended about two weeks ago on College Road. Guy playing on his cell phone, that was fun. Normally traffic is horrible, people just don’t know how to drive that well to be honest.”The amount of traffic on the road has grown overtime. That’s why the North Carolina Department of Transportation has some changes planned for the heavily traveled road.Related Article: BMW of Wilmington donates to CFCC for automotive scholarships“There’s not that many North South routes in Wilmington, so there’s not a whole lot of options for people,” David Leonard, NCDOT, said. “You have a lot of businesses on the corridor, a lot of signals, a lot of lanes. So it’s just trying to do what we can with what we got there and trying to make it a lot better.”There are a total of six projects. They include improvements around New Centre Drive, converting the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway intersection to an interchange, and a possible interchange at College and Oleander.Some drivers agree something needs to be done as our population grows.“More and more residents are coming down,” Capps said. “Not only with the residents but the tourists that come down on holidays. It is jam packed, congested, sometimes it is bumper to bumper, not even at five o’clock. It used to be only at five o’clock, but now it’s all hours of the day.”A majority of these projects have already been funded, but it will take some time before construction begins. Leonard says only one has not been funded yet.The majority of these projects are expected to start in 2024 and could take up to three years to complete.Click here to read more about the projects. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve ever driven in Wilmington, it’s very likely you’re familiar with College Road.With an estimated 50,000 drivers using it daily, navigating it can be a frustrating experience. However, there could soon be improvements.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County suspends curfew continues relief efforts

first_img They also say that the shelter at Hoggard High School will remain open for as long as necessary. Officials say there are more than 400 people at the shelter right now, and they can still accept more people in need.White says people can continue to apply for FEMA assistance at FEMA has been visiting residents at Hoggard to get them signed up for relief.Officials say the county needs to be patient and cooperative to speed up recovery.Related Article: Will Holland’s Shelter Creek recover?Their focus right now is on the water levels, as they keep rising. They urge people to not try to come home until the conditions are safer.Saffo says routes back to Wilmington change on an hour to hour basis. Residents can call the NCDOT for all traffic concerns.“And we are starting to slowly transition into recovery. We still have some worries in the northern part of the county for water rescue, as the waters continue to rise. But we are ahead of that issue and are in the process of acquiring and deploying swift boat rescues as they become necessary,” said New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White.As of Thursday, Duke Energy recorded around 24,000 homes throughout the county still without power. The county also expects to have a better idea of when UNCW and New Hanover County Public Schools will reopen in the coming days.Officials say the most helpful donations right now are cash donations. You can donate at information on meal sites, donation sites, shelters and other relief efforts, you can visit NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County officials say Thursday is their last official press conference. With the improvement throughout the county, the curfew has been suspended as of Thursday.Officials say thousands of cases of water and meals were given out yesterday at the three points of distribution in New Hanover County.Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says county trash pickups will resume Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County duo arrested on drug and gun charges

first_img39-year-old Antwan Damitri King and 42-year-old Christopher Bryant of Tolson Circle each face several drug charges. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — 17 guns, drugs and cash were all seized during a drug bust in Brunswick County.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Shallotte men following a several month long investigation.- Advertisement – 39-year-old Antwan Damitri King and 42-year-old Christopher Bryant of Tolson Circle each face several drug charges.King is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.last_img

TreeFest How to get free tree seedlings in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are you looking to spruce up your garden? Visit Independence Mall on Saturday, January 19 for the 22nd annual TreeFest.The dozens of donated grass and tree species are grown in the North Carolina Forest Service Nursery in Goldsboro and brought right to Wilmington each year.- Advertisement – The kiosk is located right in front of JC Penney’s store front and has been blooming with plant lover since the festival started at 10 a.m. on Friday.“We were not able to have it last year because the nursery was flooded from Hurricane Matthew and the species weren’t available,” said Environmental Educator at Soil & Water Conservation District Elissa Riley. “We did have a little bit of a limited inventory this year, as well, because they are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence.”TreeFest began in 1997, after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed many trees in the area.Related Article: North Carolina’s wild horses expected to survive hurricaneTrees help to protect runoff, reduce flooding and provide oxygen for us to breathe. For a kind donation of $3, you can walk away with a new plant. Stop by early on Saturday before trees run out.last_img read more

New Hanover County first in NC to partner with DEQ for new

first_img It sounds like a simple process.“Basically like taking a pot of clean water and then brewing coffee with it. Our job is to take all of that brown coffee out of there and return it back to its original state, which is clean water again,” said New Hanover County Environmental Management Director Joe Suleyman.They do this by using reserve osmosis, a system New Hanover County installed at the landfill a few years ago. Suleyman says it basically double and then triple checks the wastewater.Related Article: More than 3 million cubic yards of Florence debris converted into free mulchNow the county will partner with the DEQ to test a new sampling protocol.“We know we’re downstream from drinking water opportunities. It’s just to ensure that the PFAS is not being added to from this facility, to ensure that human health is priority,” said New Hanover County Health Director Phillip Tarte.Tarte says this sampling will test for contaminants like GenX.Suleyman says with the RO system, they are even more confident that they are getting rid of these contaminants.“It’s very important that a system like this, treat effectively that kind of wastewater, so we have a high level of confidence that what we’re discharging to the river is good, clean water,” said Suleyman.The sampling will take place in February, with results hopefully available in March. Once the DEQ receives those results, they will be shared with the public. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new day for a local landfill. New Hanover County Environmental Managers announced a new partnership with the DEQ to sample wastewater for chemicals like GenX.The DEQ always samples the water throughout the state, but this time, they will be following a new sampling protocol. New Hanover County will be the first in North Carolina to participate in the sampling.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Intercultural Festival brings the world to Brunswick County

first_imgIntercultural fest ‘brings the world to Brunswick County’ (Photo: Kate Cornell) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) – Hurricane Florence pulled a fast one on the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, which is usually held outdoors in September.The 14th festival was rescheduled for earlier Sunday at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia.- Advertisement – It’s purpose is to “Bring the world to Brunswick County” and promote diversity and integration.Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, the chair of this event said “The purpose of [the festival] is to highlight the different cultures here so that we’ll be more understanding, more aware, respect each other, respect our differences and by that we could probably, hopefully live in peace together despite our differences.”Wong-Chong said that she and the volunteers take the entire year to plan the annual event and that they are still going strong, even with the rain check.last_img read more

Murder trial begins for Wilmington overdose crash

first_img Jonathan Hayes (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) Hayes faces several charges, including second degree murder, in the November 2016 death of Mason Richardson.Investigators say Hayes, who was 24 years old at the time, needed multiple doses of Narcan after the crash. Mason Richardson (Photo: Family) 1 of 2center_img – Advertisement – WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The trial of Jonathan Hayes is officially underway. He is accused of crashing into a family’s car and killing a 2-year-old while high on opioids in 2016.Samantha Dooies, assistant to New Hanover County district attorney Ben David, says jury selection began last week and witness testimony started Tuesday.last_img

Police assist in saving a person from suicide – Crisis Resolution Malta

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Crisis Resolution Malta has thanked the Malta Police Force in its assistance to save someone’s life from suicide.This was posted on Facebook by the organisation, which offers individual support to those in need 24 hours a day. This post was directed mostly towards Inspector Melvyn Camilleri, Sergeant Luke, PC1554 and PC459, together with the Police’s Control Room, who aided in saving another life.Read: Mental issues affect 50% of youth as early as 14 years of ageIt was explained that this was possible through the collaboration between Crisis Resolution Malta together with the Police.Crisis Resolution Malta is a team of qualified and trained volunteers who aid and support people who are at risk of committing suicide.Read: “One minute of your time may change someone’s life” – CRMWhat are the warning signs of suicide?Last year, the American Psychology Association (APA) published four key factors which can aid people close to youths to know if the adolescents are at risk. These factors are:Mood swings.Spending an excess amount of time online.Drastic changes in appearances: a person usually starts to take less care of how they look.Youths tend to start regressing academically.Read: Risks of suicide increase during summer – PsychiatristCrisis Resolution Malta is available 24 hours a day, and can be contacted either by phone on 99339966, or by e-mail on read more

Central Link Project is a major hazard to our health – psychologist

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A medical professional critical of the Central Link Project has asked the Maltese government what it is doing for the care of the Maltese population.In a social media post from Dr Anna Cassar, the clinical psychologist explains how nature is heavily ‘intertwined’ with people’s ‘physical and psychological health.’Thus, she stresses that the, ‘Central Link Project is a major health hazard to all of us but mostly our children.’Dr Cassar’s comments come only days after the controversial approval of the Central Link Project.Our physical and psychological health is intertwined with nature. Stop the thoughtless massacre of our trees, farmland and valleys. The Central Link Project is a major health hazard to all of us but mostly our children. Malta government where is the care?— Dr Anna Cassar (@cassar_dr) July 20, 2019Objectors have said the new infrastructure project which is understood to include 13 new junctions, 7 kilometres of new lanes, along with the approved planting of 220 new trees, will damage the environment and agriculture.Along with worries over widened roads leading to more cars, there are the added worries over the removal of trees and farmland.Dr Cassar’s post concludes by linking to the health benefits of trees.What benefits do trees offer society?US Scientist David Nowak has been researching the importance of trees and jointly wrote a study on their benefits. These are listed below.Reducing heat:Trees are understood to provide shade to buildings as well as open spaces, thus reducing the ground temperatures.Reducing air pollution:Trees naturally absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutant chemicals from the air.Reducing energy emissions:Based on Nowak’s study, trees have the benefit of reducing the amount of energy emissions used to cool down a home or office building. Thus, removing the trees results in more costs for air conditioning.Improving water quality:Trees also have the key aspect of filtering dirty surface water as well as dangerous chemicals like nitrogen and phosphorus.Reducing flooding:Through their bound root networks underground, trees are able to hold soil and earth together, thus preventing soil being washed away on slopes and for water’s absorption into the ground.Reducing noise:Trees can be very strategic when it comes to sound reduction. They are normally placed close to motorways or neighbourhoods to reduce noise. Nowak also points out the key benefit of birds living in trees as a strong psychological benefit.UV radiation:The scientist also outlines that trees play an enormous role in absorbing the majority of dangerous UV radiation (96%).Good for health:Nowak also points out that trees are a major boost to mental and physical health. Adding trees to locations in which people are recuperating helps with recovery. It also acts a stress reliever. More trees also mean fewer deaths, studies show.Aesthetically pleasing:While trees are nice to look at, they also have a strong appeal in terms of buying accommodation. A leafy neighbourhood is far more appealing and more profitable for real estate agents, Nowak states.Read more:Central Link: Our plan uses 60% less agricultural land – PMCentral Link Project: ApprovedWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Twitter error leads to reset passwords confusion among users

first_imgAdvertisement An administrative error, not a wide-scale security attack, caused Twitter to reset passwords, the company statedBecause of an administrative error, Twitter inadvertently reset the passwords for an undetermined portion of its user base.A compromised account prompted Twitter to change a certain number of passwords, though the company accidentally reset the passwords to a larger number of users than it needed to, according to a statement the company issued Thursday on its status page. A company spokeswoman declined to provide additional information about the situation.“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised,” the statement read. Twitter provided no details as to how many of its 500 million users were required to reset their passwords. – Advertisement – Email from Twitter was sent to some users early Thursday morning, Eastern Time. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account,” the email read.The notice left many users perplexed as to if it was a real request, or a forgery from online tricksters. Initially, Twitter offered no additional information on its status page or company blog about the email and what prompted it. A Twitter representative offered no additional information beyond an update posted late morning EST on its status page.The email provided a link to an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) password reset page on Twitter, as well as to a page where users could check what third-party applications have access to their Twitter accounts. The reset page would not let users reuse their old passwords. Twitter provides access to third-party applications with the permission of its users.Source: Infoworld.last_img read more

Microsoft reports a 32 billion quarterly net loss writes down Nokia

first_imgMicrosoft. Image Credit: Advertisement Microsoft Corp reported a $3.2 billion quarterly net loss, its biggest ever, as the company wrote down its Nokia phone business and demand fell for its Windows operating system.The company took a charge of $7.5 billion in the fourth quarter related to the restructuring of its Nokia handset business, which it bought last year.Microsoft’s shares fell 4% to $45.38 in extended trading on Tuesday. – Advertisement – Under chief executive Satya Nadella, the company has been shifting its focus to software and cloud services as demand for its once-popular Windows operating system slows.Sales of Windows to computer manufacturers to install on new PCs fell 22% in the quarter. The company is scheduled to roll out Windows 10 on July 29, a much-awaited launch after a lackluster response to Windows 8.Microsoft wants to generate revenue by building search and gaming into the Windows 10 interface, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said in April.Bing, the company’s online search engine, will be profitable in the year ending June 2016, Hood said on Tuesday.Sales of Windows to businesses fell 21% from the year-earlier quarter, when demand for the operating system had surged after Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP.Revenue from Microsoft’s commercial cloud business, which includes offerings such as Office 365 and Azure, rose 96%, excluding the impact of a strong dollar.Microsoft said it added 3 million subscribers for Office 365 in the quarter, taking the total number of subscribers for the product to 15.2 million at the end of June.The company said this month that it would cut 7,800 jobs, or nearly 7% of its workforce, mainly in the phone hardware business.Microsoft reported a net loss of 40 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30. The company had posted net income of $4.61 billion, or 55 cents per share, a year earlier.Microsoft also took a charge of $940 million related to job cuts announced this month and last year.last_img read more

President Museveni flags off ICT talents leaving for the Huawei Seeds for

first_imgPresident Museveni flags off the Ugandan ICT specialists who are leaving for a two week ICT course in China under the sponsorship of Huawei Technologies Uganda. Inset are the students, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H.E Zhao Yali and the Huawei Managing Director Stanley Chyn. Advertisement President Yoweri Museveni flagged off the 10 Ugandan ICT talents to take part in the Huawei Seeds for the Future training program in Shenzhen China at the State House in Entebbe on Tuesday 12th April at 4:00pm.This training program is set to start from 16th to 30th April 2016 at the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen China. It is expected to equip knowledge to the Ugandan talents in areas of telecom strategy, ICT industry trends and newest technology and equipment.“I officially flag off the talents for the ICT training course in China”, said H.E. Yoweri Museveni the President of the Republic of Uganda as he waved the Uganda flag. – Advertisement – The program that was announced to the President of Uganda in 2015 during his state visit to China, is expected to see 10 talents every year acquire knowledge in the latest technology in Huawei training centers around the world as confirmed by the Huawei Managing Director Mr. Stanley Chyn at the flag off ceremony.“Your Excellency, we intend to take 10 talents every year to our training centers in China and we know they shall benefit from this program in terms of ICT knowledge transfer”, he said.The program that started globally in 2008 was launched to nurture professionals who are urgently needed to drive development of the ICT industry in countries where Huawei operates.last_img read more

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze to Setup Taskforce to Assess Opportunities on Blockchain

first_imgMinister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze at the Blockchain Conference 2018. Photo Credit: Stanbic Bank UG Advertisement Last week, the Blockchain Association of Uganda together with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance successfully hosted the inaugural Africa Blockchain Conference at the Serena Hotel Conference Center from 23rd to 24th May 2018.The Conference that opened under the theme ‘The Role of Blockchain Technology in Africa’s Transformation’ was attended by over 700 delegates from 23 countries around the world was graced by the former President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.While giving his introductory remarks, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze said the Ministry will appoint an advisory team to study and explore how Blockchain technology can be beneficial to Uganda. – Advertisement – “I have agreed with the blockchain Association of Uganda, that in the coming weeks, the Ministry will appoint an advisory task force of eminent people on blockchain to further assess the opportunities of the technology and challenges, and advise the government on how to harness the technology.” he continued.“Blockchain technology like any other innovation will successfully take root in Uganda. If you push technology away, others will adopt it,” said the Minister.Our team @MoICT_Ug is working closely with private sector to learn more and explore use cases of #Blockchain tech @FrankTumwebazekHappening now #AfricaBlockchainUG— Blockchain Association Of Uganda (@blockchainug) May 23, 2018President Yoweri Museveni who opened the two-day event on Wednesday said there is a need to study the technology more to see how the risks it presents can be reduced and the benefits enhanced.Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Frank Tumwebaze shakes hands with CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao at the Conference. Photo Credit: Stanbic Bank UGNkwame Rugunda, the Chairman of Blockchain Association of Uganda, said Blockchain sits at the fourth stage of Industrial revolution and will significantly redefine our human and social progress because it addresses the critical underlying fabric that defines our human interactions which is Trust.[related-posts]Crypto Billionaire, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of the world’s largest crypto exchange – Binance, that was the biggest sponsor of the Conference – gave a keynote about the opportunities created by Blockchain and specifically cryptocurrencies. Binance is an exchange that processes over $3 billion in crypto trades per day, the largest in the world, according to CoinMarketCap.The topics of discussion included governance, regulation and policy, cryptocurrencies and digital assets, cybersecurity, innovation and technology, and risk and investment opportunities, among others.last_img read more