Organisations that represent disabled people from

first_imgOrganisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.last_img read more

Ford GoBike again eyes the 24th street BART plaza

first_img 0% Tags: 24th Street BART • bikes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For his part, Arguello confirmed that he met with Ford GoBike, but said it’s too soon to tell if the 10-month stalemate will be broken. “We’re in discussion. We still need to meet with the full council and our allies in the Excelsior and the East Bay to brief everybody on the discussion and see what everybody thinks.” And, Arguello implied that Ford GoBike may have competition. “We’ve met with another bike-sharing company for the past six or seven months.” In the meantime, Jean Walsh and Alex Garcia, staff from Ford GoBike’s San Francisco office, canvassed the vendors at the 24th street BART plaza last week and got some interest and mild support. While Ford GoBike has steadily increased its fleet in San Francisco since June of 2017, including 26 stations in the Mission, one location has eluded the service: the 24th Street BART station. The 24th Street BART station is considered a prime location. To that end, Ford GoBike has re-launched its efforts to add two new stations at or near what is popularly known as the heart of the Mission. While Ford GoBike decides where to put the stations, it has has been surveying the community, canvassing plaza vendors and meeting with Erick Arguello, co-founder and president of Calle 24, the merchant-and-cultural association that scuttled plans for Ford GoBike’s expansion into the 24th Street corridor last August.Back then, Arguello cited concerns about the rapid rate of change in the neighborhood, the loss of parking spaces and worries over data collection. Motivate, which operates Ford GoBike in the city, has since said that it is not collecting data. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address “I haven’t had anyone tell me, ‘don’t put bike stations here,’” Garcia noted. Walsh, director of external relations for Ford GoBike and a fluent Spanish speaker, sees the outreach as part of a process. “We’re talking to people at the plaza to find out how they feel about bike share and to find out where we might be able to put a station in this area to connect with BART,” Walsh said. The two possible sites at the 24th Street BART station are on the street, or on the plaza, which is where the docks are located at the 16th Street BART. Street docks are less popular because they generally mean giving up parking spaces.  The site for a second 24th Street station, according to Ford GoBike’s website, might be in front of the Mission branch of the public library. “Calle 24 wants to revitalize this plaza, and we support that,” Walsh said. “Our question is: how does bike sharing fit in with that vision? We want to hear from the vendors, artists and others, who are here all the time and use this plaza, what they think.” Millie Lopez, who has sold jewelry on the plaza for three years, nodded her head when asked if she supported a bike station on the plaza. “I’ve seen people on them,” she said. “They look good!” She was confused by the membership structure. “Is it a rental bike?” she asked Garcia. Walsh explained the pricing structure, including the low-income “Biking for All” membership, which offers a $5 yearly membership available to all who qualify. “That’s nice!” Lopez said. Walsh said an April 6 survey drew 620 responses, including 321 from Mission residents and 30 Mission businesses. Seventy-seven percent of the Mission residents who responded supported Ford GoBike stations at the 24th Street BART plaza, according to Walsh. “The closer the connection to the BART entrances, the better. I support taking any parking necessary to expand bike share,” wrote one survey taker. Roughly 20 percent did not support installing docks on the BART plaza, or on the street.Mayra Madiz, a Mission resident, wants Ford GoBikes in the Mission. “As a Latina Mission resident who does not own a car and who relies on public transportation to move around the city, I’m a strong supporter of the installation of bike share stations near BART stations,” she wrote in an email. Public bikes at 24th Street, she added, would cut her daily commute by 30 minutes and be more affordable and healthier than taking taxis.Of the 30 Mission-based business owners who responded to the survey, 19 supported new bike stations at the BART plaza, including 18 who also supported on-street docks. According to Walsh, a typical on-street station converts 3-4 parking spaces into docks that have the capacity for up to 27 bicycles.  Eleven of the businesses did not support either option. “Get your blue gentrifying logos and bikes that commodify the concept of sharing out of the Mission,” wrote one survey taker. Since GoBike’s launch last June, usage of the bikes has been robust, according to the company’s figures. Riders have taken 703,380 trips in San Francisco — 150,393 of those were to or from the Mission. And 22 percent of Ford GoBikes’ annual members have taken advantage of the low-income Bike Share for All plan. Given these figures and the ubiquity of the blue bikes on the streets of San Francisco, Walsh said that the lack of Ford GoBike station near 24th Street BART has been noticeable. “We’ve heard from a lot of people,” she said. “They want to know why there’s this gaping hole in the Mission in our system.” At present, the closest docks are on Valencia just north of 24th Street, with another near 22nd Street and a third on 25th Street near Harrison. Some people, however,  are still resistant to the bikes. “Others tell us to get out of the neighborhood,” she said. “But there’s also lots of ambivalence. We’re just doing our best to talk to everyone.” San Francisco’s original Bay Area Bike Share program launched in 2013 with 35 stations in San Francisco and 700 bikes. The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency jointly spent $9.8 million on the four-year pilot project. According to a report and evaluation of the pilot program, the agencies actively sought corporate funding. Ford GoBike was selected as the funder, and underwrote the expansion of the program to the tune of  $60 million to have Motivate run it.  In June 2017, Bay Area Bike Share shut down, re-emerging later that month as Ford GoBike. For long-time bicycle activists like Chris Carlsson, the lack of public funding is a problem that no amount of community outreach can overcome. A city-owned and maintained fleet, he maintains, would continue the tradition in San Francisco of public transit systems built to serve the city. “Today’s public bike system emulates other systems that have been in place in other cities for a while, and replicates the same problems, corporate sponsorship and advertising being the top of the list,” Carlsson wrote in an email.For now, the private/public method of funding alternate transportation systems remains in place, however. Moreover, it’s growing. By the end of 2018, Ford GoBike plans to locate 7,000 bikes at 546 stations in all sectors of the city. If the proposal for the installation at 24th Street BART is accepted, the location will come equipped with the newest addition to Ford GoBike’s fleet: electric bikes.There’s no date set for the new 24th street BART docks. Depending on the location, either BART or the SFMTA has to officially sign off on the proposal before the installation can begin, and each agency has an approval process.    Jim Allison, BART spokesperson, said BART’s goal is to have 8 percent of its passengers accessing the trains by bicycle by 2022.  Already the agency has partnered with GoBike at 16th Street, and Allison said they “will review/approve any equipment on our property.” If the dock is located on the street, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency will mail notices to all addresses within 250 feet about any pending installation, according to Heath Maddox, senior planner with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Walsh acknowledges some lingering discontent with the service. “Not everyone’s going to be happy,” she said in the plaza. But she also thinks that this time, the overall reaction might be different. “Now people are used to seeing the bikes,” she said. “and we can show that people are using these bikes, and that they are providing a service. And so we’re back to engage in the conversation again.” Related content: Who is taking whom for a ride?, Joe Eskenazi, August 20, 2017.last_img read more

In 2018 San Francisco made choices In 2019 well deal with them

first_imgWhile we’re at it, the union that did the most to elect London Breed, the firefighters, will be eagerly awaiting her decision on who the next chief will be (Chief Joanne Hayes-White, whose ouster was openly called for by both the union and Breed in recent years, has announced she’ll retire in early 2019). While we’re at it, it remains to be seen if a board of supervisors elected as neighborhood character types and newly minted State Senate housing chair Scott Wiener’s relentless push for increased density and against local control have put this city’s local and state representatives on a collision course. It’s difficult to come up with a valediction for 2018, an overstuffed year that was to San Francisco political developments what Buca di Beppo is to portion size and sensible interior decor. In short, there was so much loaded onto our plates that, by the time we were halfway through with one course, we’d forgotten what came only just before. There was just too much to get through; it left us all feeling a bit sick. San Francisco held not one but two blockbuster high-stakes elections in 2018. London Breed started out the year as mayor, was unseated, was in June elected by the voting public, saw the voting public spurn most all of her significant wishes in a disastrous November election — but enters the new year as the prohibitive favorite to win a mayoral contest that may or may not feature serious opposition. Our electorate favored local and state representatives with potentially incompatible views on land use and local control; voters here, intriguingly, both reinforced and reproached the status quo. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This was a year that could’ve used an editor. The year 2018 was a consequential one for this city. But, in the distant or even not-too-distant future, it may be seen most of all as an inflection point. San Franciscans were offered a distinct set of personnel and policy choices — two roads diverged in a peninsula… We made our decisions. In the coming year, for good or ill, we will live with them.San Francisco became the worldwide epicenter for needles and feces stories in 2018.City leaders are hoping we don’t win the repeat title in 2019.It was George Carlin who noted that he put a dollar in the change machine, but nothing changed. In San Francisco, donors put millions of dollars into our political machine, but it’s hard to argue all that much has changed. Perhaps that was the point. London Breed was — and is — a compelling politician. There were — and are — compelling reasons to vote for her. But the office-seeker overtly supported by the city’s establishment and its entrenched bureaucracy, and with an inner circle in part cobbled from the last three mayors’ inner circles is not ostensibly the change candidate. Accordingly, the mayor’s most visible actions have come around quality-of-life issues (“She talks a lot about poop on the ground,” confirms a City Hall ideological ally). Quality of life issues are important — hence the term “quality of life” — but it’s not something to storm the barricades over.Thank you to all who have helped us reached our goal for the match campaign. This represents about a quarter of our budget so if you are a regular reader and have not contributed, consider doing so today. We need you. The city now spends a stunning $65 million cleaning its streets. That’s some quality of life right there. So, in the run-up to the 2019 election, it figures that Breed will continue to stress quality-of-life issues, and govern the way she has governed so far — in an even-keeled manner that doesn’t rock the boat, and hasn’t led to sweeping change. Other than departed Department of Public Health boss Barbara Garcia — who resigned after city investigations alleged fiscal impropriety — no city department head has been shown the door. Breed sent a sternly worded letter to Muni director Ed Reiskin after it was uncovered that the transit agency clandestinely took buses and drivers off major routes to run shuttles during the Twin Peaks Tunnel upgrade, inducing a summertime Muni meltdown.Muni officials, cavalierly, did not inform the mayor’s office they were doing this. Nevertheless, Reiskin asked for three months to show benchmark improvements. He didn’t meet them. He’s still on the job. Muni’s transit director, John Haley, would all but certainly still be on the job, too, if he hadn’t been sued by a former underling alleging sexual harassment. Intentionally kneecapping your own transit service and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of daily riders — and, cynically, hiding behind Muni’s hyperbolically crappy reputation — won’t cost you your job in today’s San Francisco. But that will. More than one sports-literate governmental observer likened Breed’s leadership style thus far to the old four-corners offense — a methodical, milk-the-clock strategy for a basketball coach who wants to preserve a lead. If you wanted a mayor who’d take a figurative power washer to the interior of City Hall in addition to applying a literal one to the city’s fetid exteriors, you probably didn’t vote for Mayor Breed. If you have issues with a four-corners style of governance, you probably didn’t vote for Mayor Breed. But she could be mayor for quite some time. San Franciscans were presented with a choice in 2018, and we selected Mayor Breed. Depending upon who files to run for mayor by the June 11, 2019 deadline, the 2018 election may be the last seriously contested mayoral race for many years to come. Proposition C will continue to loom large in city politics and governance in 2019, as a series of court battles determine when and if hundreds of millions of dollars can be directed toward homeless and housing issues. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Personalities don’t transfer. Ideals and beliefs transfer. San Franciscans elected Mayor Breed — and, not insignificantly, like Mayor Breed. But we didn’t like who or what she told us to vote for. Three of the four supervisor candidates she backed lost. And, despite a lived history unlike that of any prior San Francisco mayor, Breed still espoused the Chamber of Commerce position on homeless measure Proposition C, which she adamantly opposed. Some 61 percent of city voters saw things differently. We’ll be sorting through the ramifications and recriminations stemming from these 2018 decisions in 2019 (and beyond). The board of supervisors likely hasn’t had this much potential leverage and power since 2001, following a progressive sweep of Mayor Willie Brown’s handpicked slate. It remains to be seen how this board will govern and what issues our legislators will take up, but this much seems clear — a majority of them owe Mayor Breed nothing.As such, Breed, making amends for her position on Prop. C, has proposed putting $181 million in windfall money toward homeless issues. But nine of the 11 supervisors-to-be have already essentially come out against that plan. So, that’s interesting. Also interesting: Nearly every public-sector union’s contract is up in 2019. Which is, again, an election year — and that may just play into how these deals are cut. Thanks to the leadership decisions we made in 2018, Mayor Breed will be deploying chief of staff (and labor bête noire) Sean Elsbernd to cut these deals — which will, in turn, come under the scrutiny of the labor-backed board of supervisors we just elected. (And if you think the Muni drivers’ union has forgotten that it was Elsbernd who authored the charter amendment that altered their pay structure — they remember).  center_img There will be land-use conflicts. Big money will slosh around the city. There will be a caucus fight. There will be an election. It all may be rather divisive; there will be calls for unity following the caucus fight and election. We’ll drink champagne on New Year’s Eve. Cal will probably lose the Big Game. In 2019, we’ll play the hand we dealt ourselves in 2018. The past informs the present and the present informs the future. Best of luck to everyone in this year. And every year. And while we’re at it, it warrants mentioning that we adopted a Central SoMa Plan in 2018 without resolving exactly how to handle the Proposition M allocations that limit San Francisco office construction. City sources note there are seven or eight major project sites, but only the path forward to build on two or three. Competing developers, jockeying like crabs in a barrel, may in 2019 see fit to shower funds upon the mayor’s re-election campaign and politically favored SoMa nonprofits. Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season w

first_imgSAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season with a 28-20 loss at home to Hull FC on Easter Monday.Battered and bruised from their Good Friday exploits, they put in a solid shift – with two youngsters making their bow – but ultimately couldn’t overhaul their opponents with the game locked at 20-20.Saints had led 12-10 at the break.Giving debutants to 19-year-old Jack Ashworth at centre and Ricky Bailey, 17, on the wing, Tommy Makinson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook cancelled out tries from Jamie Shaul and Curtis Naughton.Leon Pryce bagged one against his former employers early in the second half but an Alex Walmsley inspired power run set Jordan Turner away.Saints probably should have closed out the game but Fetuli Talanoa and a late Shaul effort handed Hull the spoils.FC struck first after Saints had produced a decent opening set.Bailey and Matty Dawson went up for a high ball – getting in each other’s way – and on the resultant new set, following a penalty for interference, Shaul ghosted in on the angle.It was hardly the start the home side wanted and on Hull’s next attack they forced two repeats and won a penalty.Saints defended their lines and almost replied when James Roby made a break.The hooker was instrumental in Saints’ first try of the afternoon.On 15 minutes he combined with Lance Hohaia to put Tommy Makinson over.The winger – at full back in place of Paul Wellens – showing great feet to dance past the defence.After a nervy start it was exactly what the doctor ordered because Saints scored on their very next set.Forcing an error they attacked Hull’s 20 and Turner found LMS on the burst for 10-6.Makinson tagging his second conversion of the afternoon.Saints should have gone further ahead but conceded when two penalties handed Curtis Naughton the space to dive in the corner.Alex Walmsley hacked on a Hull error in the 25th minute and put down under pressure – but the referee bizarrely pulled it back for the first indiscretion.Saints couldn’t make a drop out and a repeat set pay on 35 minutes and the home side’s D did the trick on Hull’s next attack.In the second half, Bailey made way for Flanagan with Jones heading into the centres.Hull retook the lead on 46 minutes as Saints, once again penalised, failed to stop the run of Leon Pryce.Rankin added his second conversion of the afternoon but Saints should have hit right back following another wonderful Roby run.He danced through the defence and set Hohaia free, but the chance was lost on the last.Saints weren’t to be denied though and shortly after Jordan Turner showed great strength to get over following Alex Walmsley’s computer game run.He certainly did press X repeatedly!Makinson putting Saints ahead with the conversion.Saints had their tails up but went behind in controversial circumstances.On 65 minutes, Hohaia gets called for a knock on that looked suspect and on the subsequent set Talanoa flew over in the corner off a slightly suspect pass.No matter though as five minutes later Makinson slotted over to level.On 75 minutes Saints had a set that got them right into Hull’s territory. The ball went to ground and within seconds Shaul was under the sticks for his second.Rankin converted and then added a penalty with the clock kicking down to seal the points.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, TurnerGoals: Makinson (4 from 4)Hull FC: Tries: Shaul (2), Naughton, Pryce, TalanoaGoals: Rankin (4 from 6)Penalties: Saints: 6Hull FC: 8HT: 12-10FT: 20-28REF: Robert HicksATT: 11,088Teams:Saints: 2. Tommy Makinson; 33. Ricky Bailey, 22. Matty Dawson, 28. Jack Ashworth, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 16. Lance Hohaia; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 4. Josh Jones, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 25. Andre Savelio.Subs: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Tom Lineham, 19. Steve Michaels, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 20. Curtis Naughton; 6. Leon Pryce, 32. Jordan Rankin; 8. Mickey Paea, 34. Stuart Howarth, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Dean Hadley, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 9. Danny Houghton, 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 23. James Cunningham.last_img read more

Brewery tasting room coming to South Front District

first_img New Anthem Beer Project has been producing beer in the Wilmington area since 2016.Tribute Companies and New Anthem Beer Project announce plans for a 15,000 square foot brewery and tasting room in the South Front District. (Photo: Tribute Companies)Time frames for the new brewery are still unknown, but New Anthem Beer Project Owner Aaron Skiles is quick to appreciate the support Wilmington has shown. “[We] look forward to many years bringing Cape Fear and North Carolina the best craft beer we know how to make”.The brewery will be in the former Capps Industrial Supply warehouse.Related Article: Axe-throwing bar opens in WilmingtonThe District has already caught a buzz with the construction of The Container Building. The multi-use space will be home to 2nd Glass Wine Bar, Yoga Salt Studio, a unique eyeglass boutique, modern office space, and so much more. In addition to The Container Building, New Anthem Beer Project, and Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, a bakery -Love, Lydia, is due to open in early summer at the corner of Greenfield and 3rd Street. 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beer lovers, you can cheers to this news! Tribute Companies and New Anthem Beer Project announced plans for a 15,000 square foot brewery and tasting room in the South Front District.According to a news release, although plans for the new space are still under review the facility will allow New Anthem Beer Project to brew more efficiently, while also creating a second taproom and retail space.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Trio wanted for allegedly charging 25K on stolen credit cards at Sams

first_img If you have any information, please contact WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize these men?Wilmington Police Department say they’re suspected of breaking into a vehicle. Police say they then used the stolen credit cards to charge about $25,000 at Sam’s Club in Wilmington.- Advertisement – The men seen above are wanted for allegedly breaking into car, stealing credit cards and buying thousands worth of items at a Wilmington business. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Wilmington marina developer ordered to pay 860000

first_img Northern Riverfront’s manager, Chuck Schoninger, said Tuesday he does not plan to appeal the judgment and is negotiating with Clancy and Theys.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The developer of riverfront property that includes what is now the Marina Grill restaurant will have to pay a Raleigh contractor about $860,000 in overdue bills and interest, according to a judgment in New Hanover County Superior Court.Judge R. Kent Harrell ruled that Northern Riverfront Marina and Hotel failed to pay its obligations of about $796,000 to contractor Clancy and Theys Construction, which was hired to build two restaurants, Blackfinn and Vida, at 14 and 18 Harnett St., which is north of the Wilmington Convention Center. The judgment said Northern Riverfront will also have to pay about $62,000 in interest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Repairs underway for section of US 421 washed out during storm

first_img NCDOT says this section of highway experienced the worst degree of washout in the state. More than 500 feet of roadway was completely washed away by flood waters that crested almost a week after the rains had stopped in this area, the release states.NCDOT began work this week to open a two-lane, two-way temporary traffic pattern that will open within 30 days. During that time, crews will work toward a permanent solution to repair the damaged road.Other roads, including three primary routes, also remain closed across Highway Division Three, which includes the Wilmington area and nearby counties.N.C. 133 in Brunswick County is impassable near Fifty Lakes Drive due to washout.N.C. 210 in Pender County is washed out between Blueberry Road and the Bladen County line.N.C. 53 in Pender County is closed near Maple Hill between Whitestocking Road and N.C. 50 because of high water and washout.Secondary roads are closed in 28 spots across the division.Related Article: Oak Island bridge to close for months starting MondayRepairs on several of these roads are already underway.Local NCDOT crews, as well as department workers from four other DOT divisions based in other parts of the state, are handling road washout and sign repairs. For bigger repairs, such as U.S. 421, outside contractor companies are being used. 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced its plan for rebuilding the section of U.S. 421 at the Pender-New Hanover line that was heavily damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.The first step is to open it up in a limited traffic pattern within 30 days, according to a news release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Malta Italy agree to cooperate more on migration

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FacebookFacebook Italy and Malta have agreed to cooperate more on migration by embarking ‘on a more intense and systematic consultations’ which include policy aspects related to the management of migratory flows.READ: Watch: ‘Malta and Italy fail to honour migration commitments’The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the talks started following up on a previous meeting held in Rome for which Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela met with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi.The Ministry announced that Italy and Malta will also undertake joint initiatives in the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027.According to the Ministry, the joint initiatives will ensure greater allocations for more incisive action in the cooperation and development of the countries of origin and transit of migration flows.READ: Reform of European asylum laws is ‘much needed’ – Minister FarrugiaWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more