After years of Tory austerity understaffing cuts

first_imgAfter years of Tory austerity, understaffing, cuts and privatisation more patients are waiting longer in A&E and for treatment.And now they want to ditch the targets.Changes should be based on clinical consensus not Downing Street pressure. pic.twitter.com/xVI7ATpE7W— Jonathan Ashworth (@JonAshworth) March 12, 2019 With Brexit negotiations in tatters, the Tories reckon it’s a good day to bury bad news: they’ve scrapped the four-hour NHS waiting time target.Make sure people know. https://t.co/65LVBUS4un— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) March 12, 2019The Labour Party has accused the government of trying to “bury bad news” today, when MPs and the media are distracted by the second meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.Addressing the Commons, Labour’s health spokesperson Jonathan Ashworth said: “You may have seen today that NHS England have announced the trialling of the abolition of the four-hour waiting time target in A&E departments.“The four-hour target allowed the last Labour government to deliver some of the lowest waiting times in history and it hasn’t been met under this government since July 2015 and, indeed, 2.8 million patients waited beyond four hours in A&E last year.“Getting rid of this target should be based on clear medical evidence, not pressure from Downing Street. Would it not have been a basic courtesy for the Secretary of State for Health to come to the House today and offered a statement?”Tags:NHS /Labour / Jonathan Ashworth /last_img read more

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first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Today, MPs will continue the ‘indicative votes’ process, aiming to narrow down the options and find a consensus on Brexit – or at least something that can win a workable majority in the Commons. The motions tabled include ‘no deal’ options, customs union membership, Common Market 2.0 and another referendum. Apparently Labour is putting forward its Brexit plan again, but submitting late so it isn’t on the order paper yet.Hold on, I hear you ask, aren’t those all the alternatives that were voted on last time? Pretty much, but it’s expected that Speaker Bercow will knock out most by selecting only the options that won the most support in the previous round. What are the chances of each? Common Market 2.0 advocates in the Conservative Party are annoyed with their whips for organising hard against the proposal (see tweets by Nick Boles and Ed Vaizey), while the group’s Labour campaigners are “hopeful” (though not exactly brimming with confidence) that their whips will be more helpful than last week. The real focus at this point is on Ken Clarke’s customs union motion, which only lost by six votes on Wednesday, and Kyle/Wilson’s confirmatory public vote idea.Labour’s most hardcore ‘people’s vote’ supporters and those most strongly opposed to a soft Brexit will likely vote against a customs union again, while the SNP and Lib Dems will probably abstain again. But if MPs do give Clarke’s motion a majority when they vote at 8pm tonight, the question is whether the government would accept that softening of its deal.Chief whip Julian Smith has said they should have made it clear, after failing to win the 2017 election outright, that a softer Brexit would be inevitable. And Theresa May told Labour’s Brexit inbetweeners on Friday that she would have accepted their amendment (not selected by Bercow) for MPs to gain control over the shape of the future relationship. Yet shifting towards a customs union would lead to cabinet resignations and seriously damage the Tories: is the Prime Minister really willing to make that move? The only alternatives are no deal and an election, both of which she definitely doesn’t want.Bored of Brexit? You might be interested in a new project: Labour Party Graphic Designers. The collective, which launches its website today, aims to bring together Labour creatives, promote their work and celebrate the best design from our movement, past and present. I spoke to the founder, Kevin, about his plans in an interview that you can read on LabourList now.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /customs union /last_img read more

Latino district reps dont want bike sharing on 24th Street

first_img Tags: bikes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% His group, which oversees the Calle 24 special use district, notified the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to file a complaint. “We had merchants call us – the [JUMP bikes] were placed in existing bike racks. Some cyclists weren’t able to put their bikes in,” he said.The Ford Motor Company-backed GoBike company allows would-be cyclists to rent regular bikes through a smartphone application or Clipper Card. Day passes cost $10 each. Those who qualify for low income programs pay $5 for the first year for a 60 minute ride. JUMP is an electric, station-less bike share program that charges roughly 7 cents per minute for its use. On its website, JUMP states that its “bikes are part of a UC Berkeley research grant focused on understanding how people will use electric bicycles compared to other types of transportation.”While Ford GoBike omitted 24th Street from its massive, city-wide expansion plan that placed some 31 bike dock-stations in the Mission alone, JUMP learned the hard way – Calle 24’s pushback forced the company to pull its electric bikes off the street. An earlier and similar incident in which Chinese-based bike-share company Bluegogo also dropped dozens of dock-less bikes around San Francisco without proper permitting prompted the question of exactly what type of permitting is required for bike-share rentals in the city. In March, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed new regulations that require the companies to obtain a permit and subject them to administrative fees.  “We are requiring JUMP to apply for the station-less bike share permit,” said Paul Rose, a spokesperson for the transportation agency. The permit, he said, stemmed from amendments to the transportation code passed by the transportation agency’s board.“The requirements in the code are intended to ensure that any implementation of this type will be safe, equitable and generally promote the public interest,” he said. Last month, JUMP had planned to roll-out 100 bicycles throughout the city, and placed some on along 24th Street, which the company has since removed. Between 20 and 50 of the company’s bikes remain available in a private network and are “available to Bayview and Mission residents that are affiliated with community groups, nonprofits, or local businesses,” said Ryan Rzepecki, CEO of Social Bikes, which administers the JUMP program.The company filed a permit application on July 10 and is awaiting a response from the city, said Rzepecki.Despite the neighborhood group’s hostility, the bike share entrepreneur said that he has not abandoned plans to provide electric “smart bikes” to the denizens of the Calle 24 corridor. “Ideally, we would like to cover that part of the city but we want to be sensitive to the community’s concerns,” said Rzepecki. “We will continue that conversation when we have more support.” The Mission’s 24th Street corridor, a Latino cultural enclave and special use district, is not keen on bike sharing. It recently blocked Ford GoBike roll-out and before that was the electronic bike-share company JUMP.The Calle 24 group opposes the bike-share companies arguing that they fuel gentrification by catering to newcomers. Moreover, they argue, 24th Street has no bike lanes. “Our community rides bikes out of necessity,” said Erick Arguello, president of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor group. “It’s a very different culture.”“JUMP came out of nowhere,” said Arguello said, dumping  10 to 15 bikes along 24th Street” without proper permitting.center_img 0%last_img read more

Inside an SF gambling shack the blight the city just cant seem

first_img 0% Theinterior of an alleged Mission Street gambling den looks, to an unsettling degree, just like what you’d think it would. The place seems to have been crafted by Hollywood’s least-creative set designer. The windows here at the former Jhec of All Trades variety store at 4182 Mission St., however, are inelegantly blocked so as to prevent passers-by from casually observing this. Step inside — during the irregular hours when the Day-Glo orange chain isn’t wrapped around the doors — and you discover a dark and spartan interior, largely illuminated by digital spinning fruit on computer monitors.  The folks spending their morning in here appear, similarly, to have been rounded up by Hollywood’s least-creative casting director. Nearly everyone is surly and prodigiously tatted up; both men and women wear white undershirts and knit caps in this stuffy, cave-like series of rooms. It’s stifling and unpleasant here. A number of large, industrial-strength fans circulate the air, but their constant droning drowns out conversations. The man behind the plexiglass cashier’s window in the back is wearing a V-neck white undershirt and what appear to be boxer shorts and no pants. It’s around 10 a.m., he’s groggy, and I may have awoken him. (Neighboring merchants suspect people are sleeping here, as “transients” are often observed at odd hours and in varying states of undress smoking or hanging out on the sidewalk outside). Half-asleep or not, the man behind the window knows better than to blab about gambling or money changing hands with the out-of-place visitor asking potentially incriminating questions. Others don’t. On my way out the door, the only friendly person in the joint offers a big smile and tells me what he surely thinks I want to hear: “You’re going to win — BIG!” Ten months prior to this interlude, a group of even more out-of-place and unwelcome visitors dropped by: the San Francisco Police Department. At a shade before midnight on Nov. 29 of last year, cops kicked in the doors, leading to nine men and women being cited or arrested. Suspected meth, drug paraphernalia and gaming machines were hauled off, as was thousands of dollars in cash. The alleged manager of the operation admitted the money was derived from the gaming machines; the cops alleged this was a den of gambling and dope-dealing. The district attorney, however, deigned to dismiss all charges pending further investigation. The cops were pissed — but these were seen as minor allegations targeting small fry. So the site, like many others on Mission’s Excelsior corridor, remained derelict for months. But, as it always has, the accused gambling parlor reopened after a self-imposed period of dormancy. As you would imagine, this has not been pleasurable for the establishment’s neighbors. Nearby businessmen told me that crowds of off-putting people will “antagonize” anyone who parks in front of the place, implying they would be well-advised to move their car. Discarded 40-ounce and liquor bottles litter the sticky, detritus-filled pavement. Area residents say there’s yelling and carrying on at two or three in the morning, as men and women shout, drink and fight on the streets. In a perfect microcosm of San Francisco life circa right now, a neighborhood pot club has purportedly griped to city officials about the unseemliness of having a gambling den just down the street. Asked if he’s complained to the cops or city government, another neighboring business owner laughed. “Oh, they know,” he said. “The undercover police come in here quite often. They’ll say there’s a stolen car out front and ask if anyone saw who parked it.” In short, everyone knows there’s gambling going on in the casino. City politicians know. Cops know. And criminals know, too. “Gambling shacks,” as San Francisco officials call them, are plentiful in the Mission, the Excelsior, Bayview and Chinatown. This is just one of several on Ingleside Station Captain Joseph McFadden’s radar; another a hop, skip and a jump up the road was recently held up during what the captain describes as a “mah jongg tournament.”  Busting a gambling shack, it turns out, is a bit like stomping on a puddle. In the end, all you do is move the water around. For months, a steaming cup of coffee was stenciled on the Jhec of All Trades’ exterior windows. The place was ostensibly repurposing from a thrift shop to a cafe — like many alleged gambling shacks, this is a licensed business. But what the police and others allege is going on within isn’t what it has the license for (and city records reveal the Jhec has no health-related licenses befitting a cafe). Neighbors noticed the stencil and even noticed coffee machines within the storefront. But they never noticed any coffee being sold. The money, as the man purportedly said, came from the gaming machines.The Jhec, like a slasher-movie villain, keeps coming back. The city, however, has put the stake through the heart of other, even more brazen establishments. In the 4400 block of Mission, a speakeasy that McFadden alleges was Norteño-controlled and housed within a so-called boutique called “The Pink Spot” was shut down. “We used ABC on that,” says McFadden, referring to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. “You have a bigger hammer when you have a state-run agency.” You also have undercover agents that gambling shack purveyors won’t recognize from infiltrating other establishments around this city that they allegedly control. Not even the SFPD knows who’ll be their undercover person until they meet him or her the night of a raid. This is important: at The Pink Spot, sophisticated security cameras spotted approaching police cruisers, inducing management to lock the doors and cut the music. These are complicated operations — and shutting them down is a complicated operation. Arbitrarily hassling gambling shack workers and patrons, McFadden says, would merely result in one establishment decamping and reopening elsewhere. “I tell people from the neighborhood that complain: I could go in right now and raid the place,” he says of the Jhec of All Trades. “But that would only shut them down a couple of months.” You have to catch places in the act. You have to spend aeons of time surveilling. You have to send in undercover operatives. And, even after that, a suboptimal case will be tossed or result in the same folks simply opening up shop nearby (or even in the same site).”“I want to get a good signed felony warrant, get some felonies, and have the judge sign stay-away orders and all the other ramifications that come with that,” McFadden continues. “I want to hit it and hit it right. I want to knock it out permanently.” To do so requires harmony between the SFPD and DA’s office — which, as the aforementioned dismissed case indicates, is hard to come by. It also requires heavy lifting from the city attorney’s office and, often, the FBI, ATF, ABC, DBI and, perhaps, other amalgamations of letters and power we’re neglecting to mention. Former Excelsior Supervisor John Avalos complains that all of this had to be undertaken with minimal oversight from Mayor Ed Lee. “I went to the mayor and said, ‘look, we have a real serious problem here. It’s going to take coordination from your office,’” he recalls. But the mayor, Avalos continues, was “slumped in his chair — a few times. This was a pattern. He couldn’t be bothered.” Authorities suspect that gambling dens across multiple neighborhoods are operated by the same individuals or syndicates. It makes little sense for a single district supervisor to be thrust into a coordinating role, as Avalos claims he was. Maybe, he continues, his successor, Ahsha Safaí, “has had more success with the mayor.” Yes and no. Safaí confirms that he’s never had a discussion with Lee about the spate of gambling shacks littering his district. He has, however, talked to the mayor about how to “aggressively go forward in making the commercial corridor more family serving.” Well, that’s not nothing: In the end, it may not be the heavy hand of the law that kills gambling shacks but the invisible hand of the market. If empty storefronts fill up with desirable businesses, the conditions in which illicit drinking, doping, prostitution and gambling thrive will dissipate. Safaí points out that the former Pink Spot will soon reopen as a cafe; the proprietress lives three blocks away and her husband is a public school teacher. In the meantime, McFadden says he’s asked the DA to “resurrect” the earlier case against the Jhec. Neighboring merchants say the denizens of the gambling shack “are always looking out, looking out for undercover cops. They know they’re under surveillance.” Time will tell if the Jhec is raided again. Time will tell if the cops crap out. Or win — BIG.   center_img Tags: crimes • mission street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Street Food Festival to energize Potrero Power Station on Sunday

first_img 0% Despite — and perhaps even in defiance of — the apocalyptic, smoky haze hovering in the air, culinary business incubator La Cocina will go ahead with its highly anticipated Street Food Festival this weekend, and some of the vendors will be donating all of their profits to fire relief.This year’s festival is of “modest” size, says La Cocina director Caleb Zigas — as many as to 10,000 people could show up at the Potrero Power Station (420 23rd Street) this Sunday to sample the specialties of more than 30 businesses. Zigas and the rest of the organizers wrestled with the idea of holding a celebratory food event while such a disaster was raging, he said, but ultimately decided that they should do it, and raise what they could to help. “We positioned this as a celebration of American food, but it’s really heartbreaking for a lot of us to see people losing their homes and the immediate environmental impacts,” Zigas said. “The generosity of spirit in the businesses themselves was enough for us to be like, okay, we need to find a way to make this happen and feel good about it.” Tags: Events • food • street food • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Ten percent of ticket sales at the door will go to a relief fund, and many individual vendors, some of them low-income and not unfamiliar with disaster themselves, will donate some portion of their profits, ranging from 10 to 100 percent. As always, the street food festival is a massive undertaking — the popular event moved out of La Cocina’s home neighborhood, the Mission District, after 2014 because it had grown too large. But Zigas and the staff found that the crowds could also be too much.“A lot of people coming to the festival were no longer really connecting to the La Cocina story, or our businesses, so we wanted to intentionally scale it back to focus on narrative storytelling and focus on the reason we had launched it,” Zigas said.The goal is to give each person enough time to savor the various tastes and learn about the business owners launching their ventures.One way the incubator is working on doing that is to have food writers and other industry leaders lead small food “tours” of the business at the festival, highlighting those that have grown from very small to very large, or those who are trying new things but haven’t gotten lots of attention in the food scene yet. This year’s theme is that the food on sale here, though it has roots all over the world, is American. “American food is these businesses, the products of these businesses, and their migration and interaction,” Zigas said. To some of the vendors, the event is a chance for a cash boost to take the next big step in their business — securing a food truck, for example. Others do it for the exposure, or just the fun of it. And to some, it’s one of their first experiences with large-scale events..Rosie Ortiz is Mission District native with Puerto Rican roots who is starting her business Mission Boricua through La Cocina. Ortiz, a former case worker and youth mentor who grew up in the Mission but now lives in Richmond, left her job to care for her granddaughter five and a half years ago. She began making empanadas and other Puerto Rican food in her kitchen and offering it through social media — and people were buying. “After that, people were just like, ‘Hey, I want it for this meeting, I want it for this event,’” Ortiz said.Now she runs a catering business and is planning for a food truck by next summer. She recently made an appearance at Carnaval in the Mission, and will be back Sunday at the Street Food Festival.Preparations for Sunday are really ramping up — she’s made about 400 empanadas, 150 rellenos de papa and 100 alcapurrias. As the owner and sole employee of her business, Ortiz has been working since Thursday to make the festival happen.“My eyes don’t want to see another empanada,” she joked, after finishing up Friday evening and getting ready to make the long commute back to Richmond. Still, she called the business opportunity and La Cocina “a blessing.” For her, Sunday will mean a chance to sell out all of her food and, hopefully, to spread some good spirits.“My goal is to make everybody happy … and that my food satisfies them,” Ortiz said. last_img read more

Feds will not immediately revoke citizenship of Bissap Baobab owner Marco Senghor

first_img Email Address In addition, the original indictment, filed last year on July 26, called for the forfeiture of assets used or obtained in connection to the alleged offenses.“For now, the bottom line is: He’s no longer being charged for illegally obtaining citizenship criminally,” said Eric Cohen, the executive director of Immigration Legal Resource Center, who reviewed the new filing at Mission Local’s behest.But Senghor is not out of the woods. The one count under which he is now being charged is a felony with a maximum 10-year sentence. Moreover, the federal prosecutors, if they saw fit, could initiate a civil proceeding to revoke his citizenship. “In order for him to be denaturalized now, it would be a civil process,” Cohen affirmed, “and then he would go back to the status he was before he applied for naturalization.”  Senghor is the son of a Senegalese father and a French mother. He emigrated to the United States in 1989 after completing his military service in France. On the morning of August 1 of last year, he was publicly arrested while walking down Mission Street. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was released on bail. Last month, Senghor announced the forthcoming closure of his iconic restaurant and dance hall. He’s in the process of selling the building and liquor license. The federal charges appear to be in connection to Senghor’s obtaining his green card through a marriage that lasted between 2000 and 2003. “If I have to (leave), then I have to be ready,” Senghor told Mission Local last month. Last Thursday, during a hearing in which Senghor was expected to change his not-guilty plea, one of Senghor’s defense attorneys, Jenny Yelin, told Judge William H. Orrick III: “We have reached a deal with the government.” The judge accepted Yelin’s request to reschedule Senghor’s change-of-plea hearing and arraignment to sometime this week, although the date was not specified and no hearing has been formally entered on the judge’s calendar. Regardless, the superseding document with the revised charges was filed on Tuesday. “If his lawyers negotiated this, it’s a pretty good deal,” said Matthew Hoppock, an immigration attorney who has handled several recent denaturalization cases. Hoppock, who is based in Kansas, said he read articles about Senghor’s original indictment, and found the charges to be extremely aggressive. “They were charging him criminally,” he said. “They were seeking asset forfeiture, which is what they do against mobsters.” “I’ve honestly never seen that in any criminal [immigration] case before,” he added. Far more denaturalization cases are tried civilly, he said. Like Cohen, Hoppock said that a future civil denaturalization proceeding vs. Senghor is not out of the cards. “It probably will trigger an immigration proceeding,” he said of the current filing. It’s unclear whether Senghor’s case is a specific result of the Trump Administration’s efforts to ramp up the denaturalization of U.S. citizens — but such cases are certainly on the rise. “There’s no doubt that Trump Administration is accelerating the prosecution of civil and criminal denaturalization cases,” Cohen noted. The stats bear this out: Since President Donald Trump assumed office, the number of denaturalization cases filed by federal prosecutors and the Office of Immigration Litigation has doubled.Niloufar Khonsari, the co-executive director of Pangea Legal Services, which represents immigrants facing deportation, said that denaturalization cases are skewed heavily against immigrants from “Middle Eastern, African, and Muslim countries.” This includes immigrants “who make tremendously positive contributions to our communities.” Senghor declined to comment, and his attorneys did not immediately respond to our inquiries. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against the owner of Bissap Baobab that would have automatically stripped him of his U.S. citizenship and some personal assets.In what appears to be part of a plea deal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California filed a “superseding information” Tuesday containing only one charge of “false claim or statement involving an immigration document” against Marco Senghor, the restaurant and dance club’s owner. “The other claims are now gone,” confirmed Abraham Simmons, a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Those “other claims” were two serious charges of illegally obtaining his American citizenship that included “procurement of citizenship contrary to law” and “procurement of citizenship for a person not entitled to citizenship.” The former charge would have denaturalized Senghor upon conviction, according to experts. last_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS to Saints Season Ticket Holder Cra

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Saints Season Ticket Holder Craig Lyon who scooped the prize of £300,000 on the National Lottery £3 Bingo Pink Scratchcard.The 31-year-old, who also is Assistant Coach of the under 14s at Blackbrook, bought the winning Scratchcard with £5 he had won earlier in the day on the first Scratchcard he had bought for several months.Craig explained: “For some reason I was feeling lucky on this particular day and I bought a Scratchcard when I went out to work in the morning. I spent £5 and won £5.“Later in the day on my way home from work I called at the garage and still feeling lucky I thought I would spend my £5 winnings on a £2 and a £3 card. I didn’t scratch them straight away, I waited until I got home.”Craig, who is married to Emma, 29, said he started to do various jobs around the house and left the Scratchcards on the side in the kitchen.He added: “It was literally a couple of hours later that I decided to scratch the cards. I scratched the first one and nothing and then I came to the Bingo Pink. It is the first time I have bought a Bingo Pink and I started to scratch it really slowly. I normally rush but for some reason I had a feeling I was going to win so I was doing everything in slow motion.“When I had finished scratching the card and realised I really had won I just could not believe it. I was in a state of shock. I checked, checked and checked again and then immediately called Camelot who confirmed I had actually won. At that point I just started shouting and screaming.”Craig said he immediately jumped in the car and went to Emma’s place of work.“I was so excited and I was shaking. When I arrived at Emma’s work she could not believe it – she wondered what on earth I was doing there. When I told her the news she thought I was joking and it took me about half an hour to convince her it really was true,” Craig added.Craig and Emma, who have a three year old son, Alfie, are now planning a dream family holiday to Disneyland.Craig said: “We were planning on taking Alfie to Pepper Pig World in Southampton as he has always wanted to go there as a substitute for Disneyland as we just thought this would never be possible. But now it is. Alfie is four in March so this will be the perfect birthday present for him.”Craig and Emma, who have been married for nine years and were childhood sweethearts, are also planning to buy a new house.Craig said: “We have been wanting to move for a while but have been saving up. This is something which wouldn’t have been possible for at least five years. Now, with our Scratchcard win, we can make this happen straight away. We will move to somewhere bigger with lots more space for Alife.”Craig said he will also definitely be continuing to keep his season ticket for life at his beloved ground!Craig also plays for Blackbrook Rugby Club and is an assistant coach for the under 14 team.last_img read more

Humpday Health Need a fun exercise for kids Try rock climbing

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In the dying days of summer, you may want to take your kids to burn a few calories before they head back to school. And what could be a more fun way to do so than rock climbing at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington?“Some people can get up that thing in probably less than ten seconds. Other people, it might take a little longer, but either way, it’s fine. Take your time, it’s all about getting to the top,” said Eric Williams, Jungle Rapids’ dry park general manager.- Advertisement – Strap on a harness and hook in. It’s time to do some rock climbing. The wall is a popular attraction at Jungle Rapids. Not only because it’s a blast, but it’s also a good workout.“When you get to a place where the handholds are smaller, relying on your lower body strength and foot placement are gonna be the best ways of getting to the top. When you’ve got big handholds, it’s a whole lot easier to grab on and pull yourself up, so it doesn’t require as much lower body,” said Williams.It would be natural for children to not have the strength or endurance to make the climb, but they’ll always get another opportunity to try.Related Article: The latest from New Hanover County’s noon briefing, Sept. 17, 2018“Kids will either make it to the top, or they won’t. You’ll find out pretty quickly which way it’s gonna go. Once they come down, if they’re exhausted, we have these benches here. They can have a seat, rest up before their next climb and take another shot at it after they’ve rejuvenated,” said Williams.And when they finally hit the bell, it means the world to them.“It’s good for self-esteem with kids when they’re working hard and they accomplish a goal. Just to get to the top and smack that bell. That makes them feel good, so in addition to getting exercise, it makes them feel they’ve had some achievement in their day,” said Williams.So if you’re looking for something fun and fit to do with your kids, try this vertical option instead of a horizontal one.last_img read more

Suspect accused of conspiring with clerk in armed robbery arrested

first_imgJohn Jarrett (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of robbing a gas station with the help of the clerk is now behind bars.Early this morning, John Austin Jarrett, 24, was arrested at the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on Juvenile Center Road.- Advertisement – Investigators say Jarrett conspired with his girlfriend, Kayla Hubble. Hubble worked as a clerk at the gas station.Kayla Hubble and John Jarrett (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriffs Office)The robbery happened on December 27, at the EZ Mart in the 1600 block of Castle Hayne Rd.Investigators say a man dressed in black, armed with a gun, entered the business and demanded cash. he then took off.Related Article: Wilmington insurance agent allegedly embezzled thousands from clientsAfter interviewing Hubble, she was arrested for conspiracy to commit  armed robbery.Jarrett is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.last_img read more

Sunset Beach releases State of the Town

first_imgThe Rules for use of the Town Park were revised; In August, the litigation between the Town of Sunset Beach, Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, LLC and its Surety on the Performance Bond for the enforcement of the Subdivision Improvements Agreement for Jaguar’s Lair was resolved by entry of a Settlement Agreement in the litigation and an Amended Subdivision Improvements Agreement providing for specific completion dates for various requirements of the development; To date, the requirements of the agreement are being met; Ken Klamar was hired as the new Chief of Police; A new pick-up truck for the fire department beach patrol was purchased; Design of a Living Shoreline to protect erosion along the Town Park shoreline of the Intracoastal was approved; Town Hall Parking Lot was repaved; Vacant firefighter positions were filled and three additional firefighters were hired; A grant of $34,450 was received for the design and construction of Living Shoreline. SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  The Town of Sunset Beach takes a look back at all of their accomplishments from last year. From partnering with the NCDOT for construction of bike paths to hiring a new Chief of Police. The town said in the release that they have addressed and accomplished a substantial number of things.Sidewalks for main street were approved, a new fire truck was purchased and multiple grants were received for other projects.- Advertisement – PROJECTS Satisfaction of the grant requirements for the Town Park was completed; In cooperation with NCDOT, bike lanes were approved along Sunset Boulevard to be constructed before this Memorial Day; The Town released the following: “During the calendar year 2017, the Town Staff and Town Council has addressed and accomplished a substantial number of matters. A brief synopsis is as follows:LITIGATION GIS software was purchased; Improvements were made to the interior of Town Hall to include, painting, and re-configuration of offices for the Inspection Department; Related Article: Sunset Beach to join lawsuit against seismic testing, passes resolutionIn November, a Memorandum of Agreement in the litigation regarding the development known as Sunset Beach West was entered which provided that the property would remain in an undeveloped state, similar to Bird Island, which it adjoins, with resolution of commitments required by the State pending and expected to be finalized by the end of May of this year; Sidewalks for Main Street were approved, designed proceeded with completion of construction anticipated this year; The Shoreline Management and Pre-Dredging Analysis proceeded with an additional Shellfish Study, Historical Study, and scoping meetings held with various permitting agencies and decision was made to proceed with a three part dredging application; A project up-date from our consultant is on the agenda for February 20; The Beach Rules for the use of tents and cabanas were revised; PROJECTS FUNDEDcenter_img PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT A Stormwater Infrastructure Study, Management Plan and Capital Improvements Plan was adopted to address stormwater issues; Construction of Bike Paths from Fibbers to the round-a-bout was partnered with NCDOT in connection with the repaving of Sunset Boulevard to be completed this Spring; A $100,000 grant was received for construction of the sidewalks Main Street; An up-dated CAMA Land Use Plan was adopted; Threatened litigation regarding zoning of Riverside Drive and other undeveloped parcels was avoided by rezoning; Beach Access walkways were re-constructed; The position of Stormwater Manager was created and that position was filled by a new hire; 2 new police vehicles were purchased; Repair of the roof of Fire Station #1 was contracted and funded; A new fire truck was purchased; A vehicle for the Inspections Department was purchased; Resident requested paving of Cobia and North Shore Dr. East was approved with paving to be completed this Spring; A new Dump Truck for DPW was purchased; A new Records Management system was purchased; Acceptance of procedure for the use of Credit Card payments was received; Financial Software was up-dated; All of the foregoing was accomplished within the FY 2018 budget with no municipal tax rate increase.2018 “last_img read more