Month: July 2019

Pender County Emergency Management The roads suck

Pender County Emergency Management The roads suck

first_img Batson says DOT trucks are doing their best to clear the most traveled roads and will only move on to secondary roads when those are clear.  There are no closures, but no roads are completely clear either.PCEM shared in a Facebook post a warning to drivers:Related Article: Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in fiery FedEx crashBatson says they are hoping for warmer temperatures and for the “sun to do its work.” PENDER CO., NC (WWAY) — Road conditions in Pender County remain treacherous today as the North Carolina Department of Transportation works to clear major roads.“The roads suck!” Fire Marshal Tommy Batson said. “If you don’t have to go out on then please don’t!”- Advertisement – last_img

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City offices and services resume Monday on delayed schedule

City offices and services resume Monday on delayed schedule

first_imgCity crews clear snow from the parking lot at Wilmington City Hall on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The city of Wilmington will resume government operations Monday but on a delay. Here’s what the city said in a release to WWAY:Due to continued freezing conditions on roads, City of Wilmington offices be on a two-hour delay Monday, opening at 10 a.m. The regularly scheduled agenda briefing will begin at 10 a.m. in the 5th floor conference room of the CresCom Bank Building across the street from City Hall.- Advertisement – Trash/recycling pick up will be in service on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. Here is the revised schedule for this week:Thursday and Monday pick-up customers: Trash and recycling will be picked up Monday.Friday and Tuesday pick-up customers: Trash and recycling will be picked up Tuesday.Related Article: Construction underway for new multi-use path near Empie ParkYard waste and bulky item pick-up for Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday customers: will be picked up Wednesday. Bulky items such as couches and refrigerators are picked at no charge for city customers by appointment only – just call 341-7875 to make an appointment.The city hopes to be caught up and resume a regular schedule on Thursday. At this time, extra trash that does not fit in the cart will be picked up at no charge. Just leave the extra bags beside the cart. The city regrets any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the cooperation and patience of our citizens.last_img read more

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Good Shepherd Center asks for bottled water donations

Good Shepherd Center asks for bottled water donations

first_imgGood Shepherd Center (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Water is one of the most basic necessities, and with warmer temperatures on the way it’s especially important to stay hydrated.On Tuesday the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington asked for donations of bottled water.- Advertisement – The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.If you’d like to make a donation to the shelter, a post on the group’s Facebook page says you can drop it off at their location on 811 Martin Street anytime from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Related Article: Mandatory water restrictions lifted in eastern Pender CountyFor more information about the Good Shepherd Center, click here.last_img

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Learn leadership and life skills with 4H

Learn leadership and life skills with 4H

first_img New Hanover County 4-H is offering six 4-H Summer FUN Camps at the extension office at New Hanover County Arboretum. In addition to the six camps, the county 4-H is offering two overnight opportunities. One is the College Week for Teens Tour (July 9-13) and the other is Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville (July 29 – August 3).For more information on these camps or other 4-H programs, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — From baking and gardening to crafts and more, there’s something for everyone at 4-H.4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than seven million youth. 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security. In fact, there’s a group in every county across North Carolina. It is the largest youth development organization in our state.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New Hanover arboretum koi fish pond undergoes deep cleaning

New Hanover arboretum koi fish pond undergoes deep cleaning

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a fan of the koi pond at the New Hanover County Arboretum, you’ll soon be able to see the colorful fish even clearer.Arboretum Director Lloyd Singleton says the koi pond is a big attraction, but over time the water has become cloudy and green making it hard to see the fish.- Advertisement – Over the past few days, arboretum employees, volunteers, workers from Cape Fear Water Gardens, and New Hanover County Parks and Gardens staff have worked to move the approximately 100 fish to a different location, drain and clean the pond.“A big part of the problem has been the excessive organic matter that has accumulated in the water,” Singleton said. “And part of that is caused by excessive fish food. So we’re going to have a new policy on feeding the fish, and make sure that we don’t overfeed them and create the excessive nutrient that causes the green algae growth.”Singleton says they expect to finish cleaning, refill the pond, and put the fish back in Thursday.last_img read more

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Cape Fear Community College showcases their skills in construction for the public

Cape Fear Community College showcases their skills in construction for the public

first_img Librado Hernandez and John Gonzalez explained that there are a ton of benefits to choosing the trade path, and there will always be a need for construction workers.“After we were affected by Hurricane Florence we’ve gotten a lot of work,” Hernandez said. “There’s still places that have not been touched and you know there’s a bunch of houses that have been affected by the hurricane.”“An investment in trades is an investment in the community,” Gonzalez added. “It’s a very sound career. It’s very honest and a very honorable career to choose.”Related Article: Jaded with your job? CFCC offers options for high-demand careersStudents explained that in addition to being sound and honest, it’s also a very secure field. CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College hopes to build a bright future for students considering a career in the construction field.Students at the North Campus showcased their skills on Thursday to educate rising freshmen and the public who may be considering a career in the construction industry.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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PN Petition Process for General Council kicks off – Kristy Debono

PN Petition Process for General Council kicks off – Kristy Debono

first_imgFacebook – Kristy DebonoFacebook – Kristy Debono President of Partit Nazzjonalista’s General Council Kirsty Debono has requested the commencement of the process to call for a General Council. Debonio requested this despite that in a statement she said that 84 out of the 200 signatures that were collected in order to call for an extraordinary General Council are invalid or belong to members who do not possess an updated membership.A spokesperson for PN told Newsbook.com.mt that this means that the General Council has not been called for now. However, he explained that 2019 has not ended yet, and therefore, those who have not paid their 2019 membership can still do so, which would render their votes valid; obtaining the required 150 votes.In a statement, Debono said that she received the petition signed by 200 people to call for an extraordinary General Council. She added that the necessary verification were made so that the process could be changed immediately. Debono stated that however, an extraordinary General Council can be called for if there is a petition favouring this change with more than 150 signatures signed by Council members.She also added that included in the 84 votes which are invalid or do not possess an updated membership, 28 signatures belong to people who did not even have a right to sign as they are not General Council members.According to Debono:“From the 200 signatures that were presented, there are:23 signatures which are invalid as the people who signed do not form part of the General Council5 signatures are also invalid as the people that signed had refused to pay for the membership as requested by them, and therefore they are statutorily not members of the General Council.And it also shows that:14 persons which signed had last paid their memberships in 201741 persons from those who signed had last paid their memberships in 2018An individual case saw that the name and surname of an individual did not agree with the associated identity card number”Read: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceYesterday, 200 signatures were presented in a petition towards Partit Nazzjonalista so that in a week’s time the General Council meets to discuss the motion calling for the resignation of PN’s Leader Adrian Delia.Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to PNWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Girls in ICT Rwanda Take Campaign to Schools

Girls in ICT Rwanda Take Campaign to Schools

first_imgAdvertisement Girls in ICT Rwanda which was formed by about fifteen girls. Its main objective is to tour schools and encourage more girls to take on courses in Information Communication technology (ICT.)  When carrying out school visits, Girls in ICT members speak to teenage girls and encourage them to consider ICT as a career option and also help them to understand and appreciate the importance of developing ICT skills in any career, writes Doreen UmutesiThe Girls in ICT Rwanda launched their annual activity calendar on March 22nd, 2013 at a Networking Night with their guest speaker, Ann Mei Chang, the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the US Department of State.Their activities involve encouraging women entrepreneurs in ICT, visiting schools to talk to girls and encouraging them to take on courses in ICT. – Advertisement – Girls in ICT members speak to teenage girls and encourage them to consider ICT as a career option and also help them to understand and appreciate the importance of developing ICT skills in any career.Akaliza Keza Gara a member of Girls in ICT and Founder of Shaking Sun a multimedia company, said that the government supports initiatives that empower women in ICT.“One of our main goals is to encourage more girls offering ICT courses to join Girls in ICT Rwanda. When I talk to young girls, a lot of them say that they see it as a man’s subject because people we see in the media doing ICT initiatives are often men. Even when they go to school they are surrounded by men so the girls tend to lose interest because they feel they are the odd ones,” Akaliza explains.She also said that there are allegations that women feel intimidated when they are surrounded by men hence women work better when they are surrounded by fellow women.“Girls are just choosing not to take on ICT so as Girls in ICT Rwanda, part of what we do is to encourage and show them that if we took on the ICT course they can do the same. We encourage them to join us as the rallying troupes’ idea. Our target after this year is to find out how many schools we visited and how many girls are offering ICT courses to measure our impact,” Akaliza Discloses.Although Information Technology is considered a male-dominated field, Girls in ICT Rwanda want to break the misconceptions that it is out of bounds for women.Cathy Bishop, Lecturer of ICT at the University of Colorado Boulder said that girls are actually very good at ICT and this can be seen when they get practical.“Misconceptions about ICT being more about Math and physics are limiting and not true. The girls need to think about it differently and believe that they can take on courses in ICT,” Bishop reveals.Kigali Institute of Science and Technology a renown University in the field of ICT this year passed out over 400 graduates, of the 387 who were awarded Bachelors, 90 were female. This is a clear indicator that fewer girls are taking on sciences.According to Clarisse Iribagiza, CEO of a mobile computing technology company HeHe Limited, the biggest challenge for girls not taking on courses in ICT is the way the science and technology subjects are structured in schools.“I studied computer engineering and until they combined it with entrepreneurship where I could see that I could build a programme that can solve a problem in society. Before they did that, I was not sure where I was taking this course besides repairing people’s computers,” Iribagiza expresses.The 25-year-old Iribagiza is also a member of Girls in ICT Rwanda.“For instance, one of this year’s activities is an essay writing competition where girls will write on how ICT impacts their community. This way, they will know that ICT can actually solve problems in society. ICT is a tool that can fast-track you in whatever you do,” Iribagiza says.Rwanda was ranked among the top 10 countries in Africa that are in better suited to benefit from new Information and Communication Technologies by the 2013 Networked Readiness Index, released early this month by the World Economic Forum (Wef) and European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).Credit: New Timeslast_img read more

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Interview Googler Elijah Kitaka Talks About Startup Launch

Interview Googler Elijah Kitaka Talks About Startup Launch

first_imgAdvertisement Elijah Kitaka, Program Manager GoogleGoogle recently launched an initiative called Startup Launch which is aimed at helping startups succeed globally. I talked to Elijah Kitaka the Program Manager who runs entrepreneurship in Sub Saharan Africa at Google. Elijah talked to me about Startup Launch, his work at Google and his favorite book among other things. EnjoyLet’s start off with something out of the box, what is the best book you have read and why?I’ll go with Case in Point by Marc P. Consentino. I call it my brain gym; It’s my go to book every time I feel like my brain is not on top of its game. It has lots of great exercises that quickly re-sharpen my brain and get it ready for “battle”. It also helped me a lot when I was interviewing at Google so I’ve had it as a long time companion. It’s one of the top 10 books I recommend. – Advertisement – Tell me about yourself and your current work at Google.I’m in my 5th year at Google currently working as an Program Manager on the Developer Relations team. I run entrepreneurship support in Sub Saharan Africa, through our Startup Launch program, and our Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub partner program.Outside of Google, I’m the creator and 11-year presenter of Jazz Evenings, a weekly show on Radio One FM 90. I’m a co-founder of The Annual Jazz & Soul Safari, a premium sold-out calendar concert now in its 8th year. I spent ~3 years in technology roles in banking at Barclays Bank and Global Trust Bank. I started my career as a Lead Software Developer at True African, now a 14 year old value added services and software development company that I founded in my 1st undergraduate year at university. I hold a Bsc. Computer Science, after dropping out of Bsc. Civil Engineering in my 3rd year. I’m passionate about technology startups / entrepreneurship, creative arts – especially live music.Elaborately Explain the Startup Launch program to our readers.Startup Launch provides startups in all stages with the platform, resources, online content, mentorship and training they need to succeed. From first idea to successful implementation and growth, our mission is to help startups worldwide become successful on the Google Developers platform and open-source technologies.You have worked with startups in Sub Saharan Africa. Why do you think Startup Launch is going to thrive in the region.From a Google-interaction point of view, it’s been difficult for startups to know what support Google can provide them, and how to get this support. Startup Launch aggregates everything we have for startups, and presents it in one place; http://g.co/launch.Why is Google concerned about Startups anyway!Google began as a startup in a garage and we remain a startup at heart. We are strongly committed to supporting entrepreneurship all over the world, and we believe that, with the right support, small ideas can grow into world-changing businesses and organizations.What are some of the Challenges and Lessons you have learnt about startups in Sub Saharan Africa.While tech startups may appear similar on the surface, each startup has a lot of uniqueness. That makes a one-size-fits-all startup program the wrong thing to do. Startups have got different strengths, they are working in different markets or segments, they have different skill and experience levels, varying runway, and so on. We’ve built Startup Launch with this in mind, and have made Startup Launch a hybrid of low touch and high 1-on-1 touch engagement to cater for such nuances.last_img read more

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Its Not What You Know first time bookmaker

Its Not What You Know first time bookmaker

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o sooner than I had turned 18, I wanted to make a book at a dog track, it was 1958.At that time my father was betting at Wembley, Wimbledon and White City.My father said not yet , you need to have some experience first.Where am I going to get that, I replied.He said, see if you can get a pitch at another track, somewhere that you will be on your own, even a flapping track (a track where anybody can take their dogs under assumed names). At times you had the fastest dogs in the country but only certain people knew who they were. You needed to find out the hard way.I applied to all the dog tracks in the south, the answer was always the same , not at the moment , we will put you on the waiting list.Even today the tracks that are still around I must be on their waiting list as none of them ever came back to me.I asked everyone I knew if they could help me.One day ‘mad’ Sammy Tapper (he got the prefix because of the way he drove his licensed taxi – he would be driving along when all of a sudden he would start singing and in a flash he would take the steering wheel off and put in back on the column. He started and finished before you had time to think) came to me and said that he had heard I wanted to make a book.Yes I said.Ok, we will start at Rayleigh (a flapping track) on Saturday night, the first race is about 10-15 he said.Most of the punters and bookmakers came on from Southend , not that far away, I think the last race there was 9.15 or 9.30.Racing at Rayleigh had to finish before midnight. (Sunday laws).Sam, how can we get a pitch their?Tom Stanley, the owner and I were in the same regiment during the war. He would do anything for me and I would do likewise for him.Saturday arrives and off we go to Rayleigh, in Sammy’s taxi. Also with us were Tony (Sam’s brother) who was the clerk.We parked the cab and started to walk towards the entrance where I stepped on a pile of dog s***, the owners of the greyhounds also parked their vehicles their and walked the dogs, I said it was a lucky omen.On entering, Sam went to find Tom Stanley, after a couple of minutes Sam returns with Tom, after being introduced, he said to me, where would you like to bet, where do the others bookmakers bet I replied , over there he said pointing.Well, me with my great knowledge, surveyed the track. Can I bet there, pointing to the winning line, it was about three yards away from the other bookmakers. Anywhere you want, was the reply.The first race comes along three bookmakers turn up , I remember two of their names, Bennie Berger, Joe (Yiddles) Silver, if anybody can remember the other one, please let me know.Well after the first two races had taken place, I realised that it was not the best position after all,I had not taken a bet.What should I do I asked Sam.MoveWhereAnywhere you wantI really would like to go in-between Silver and Berger. No problem said Sammy as he was picking up the tools.Sam asked Joe and Benny if they would mind moving so I could go between them, sure whatever you want they both replied.Two races went by, I fielded £7 on one and £10 on the other keeping the lot. Yiddles started to talk to me, knowing that this was the first time I had bet. Let me teach you a thing or two, he said, Yiddles became my first mentor on a dog track.Another race went by, I can’t remember how much I took. I broke even on the race,when Yiddles said to me, this could be the race.The race, what do you mean.Well if the dog drawn in trap six is who it is supposed to be, it will come out of the traps last, by the time it gets to the first bend, it will be six lengths in front, when they come round the second bend, it will six lengths behind, by the time it gets to the third bend it will be six lengths in front , when they come round the last bend, it will be six lengths behind, by the time it gets to the winning line it will six lengths in front.Pull my other leg I thought.Ok how will we know ?If the doctor makes a move ,wipe all of the prices off.The doctor and his brother were of Asian descent (anyone remember them). They were well known on dog tracks, their speciality was Open racing. I think they had dogs with all the top trainers and were told when dogs were fancied.I marked up the prices ,the same as the other bookmakers,all the dogs were even money, out the corner of my eye, I saw the brothers move forward to have a bet. I scrubbed my board in a flash, sure enough they backed the six dog , now i am getting good at this game, I made up my mind that unless someone has a bet on another dog Ii will not put up a price for the six dog. Ok, a little old lady has a £2 bet on the two dog, the next bet was £5 on the four dog , the next bet was £1 on the five,here we go, i will put the price of 1/2 the six dog ,sure enough the doctor appears and said £200 the trap six.Em ,emm, emm, it’s different from er,er,err,, i said you can have fifty to win twenty five.Thank you, he said.It was exactly as Yiddles had said. I think they had the dog on a piece of string. I went for another four to five weeks before realising I could earn more at White City on a Saturday night ,without all the hassle.I had bet on 2 races without taking a bet.I had bet on 2 races winning £17.I had bet on 1 race breaking level .I had lost on 1 race losing £17, so after 6 races I was level.Does anybody want to buy a business?On the last 2 races I won £15, we all got a fiver each, I got into bed at 2am. I loved every minute of it.last_img read more

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