Month: July 2019

A disabled man died of a heart attack just an hou

first_imgA disabled man died of a heart attack, just an hour after being told that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was threatening to stop paying his out-of-work disability benefits.Alan McArdle (pictured), who had previously been homeless but was living in council accommodation in Slough with the support of a charity, told the friend who had read the DWP letter to him: “They’ve sanctioned my money,” before he collapsed.The government contractor responsible for finding him work, the discredited outsourcing giant Maximus, had reported him to DWP for failing to attend appointments intended to move him towards work, as part of the Work Programme, despite being told about his severe ill-health.Slough’s Labour MP, Fiona Mactaggart, accused DWP of being responsible for her constituent’s death, and told Disability News Service she would raise his case in the House of Commons.McArdle, who had alcoholism and was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, had just come out of hospital following a fall, and had been too unwell to visit the Maximus offices in Slough high street.The impact of the diabetes meant he had no feeling in his arms and legs, and could hardly move.Despite his poor and deteriorating health, he had been placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA), designed for those found “fit” enough to carry out some work-related activity, but not yet well enough for a job. Mandy McGuire, project manager of the charity Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC), who had supported McArdle for 16 years, had told Maximus he was not well enough to attend their appointments.She had already tried repeatedly – but unsuccessfully – to have him placed in the ESA support group, so he would not have to attend work-related appointments.McArdle, who had been homeless and living in a hostel before SHOC found him council accommodation, attended the first couple of appointments in the Maximus offices, but his health and mobility had continued to deteriorate.McGuire eventually found it impossible to transport him to the meetings because his mobility was so poor, so Maximus allowed him to keep in touch by phone.After he had a fall and had to be admitted to hospital, he asked McGuire to explain to Maximus why he had not been in touch, as he was concerned about losing his benefits.But when she called Maximus, she was told: “He hasn’t come in, so we will get him sanctioned.”When the letter from DWP arrived, McArdle was with a friend, who had been caring for him, and read the letter to him.It is believed the letter stated that he needed to provide evidence to DWP to prevent his benefits being sanctioned.McGuire said: “When she read the letter to him, he went a deathly grey colour and complained about pains, and then he collapsed. Within an hour, he was dead.”She added: “He wasn’t a well man. That letter was the final straw.”Mactaggart said it was “shocking” that the only way McArdle could prove he was not well enough to take part in the Work Programme was by dying.She pointed to last month’s refusal by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to commission an independent review into benefit conditionality and sanctions, despite a recommendation by the work and pensions select committee, which she said showed he was “prepared to act with impunity”.She said: “I think it is shocking that the arrogance of the DWP and their belief that they do not have to be held accountable has frankly led to the death of one of my constituents.“I think that the complacency of employment ministers who say that it is wrong to draw a link between the deaths of claimants and the removal of sickness benefits has to be exposed.“This is just another example where the link appears absolutely direct.”She was also scathing about Maximus, which now has a swathe of DWP contracts.Mactaggart said: “Instead of reaching for a sanction as the first step, what you have to do is talk to someone if they cannot get to an appointment.“You have to move your butt, because you are more mobile than they are.”Mactaggart said she had visited Slough jobcentre and had seen what appeared to be targets – written on a white board in the office – for moving jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) claimants off the benefit.After 13 weeks, according to the figures, staff were expected to clear 62 per cent of JSA claimants, and after 52 weeks, 92.7 per cent of claimants.Mactaggart said this would be done either through finding claimants work, or by sanctioning them, and she said she had been told by former jobcentre staff that they would be “sanctioned” themselves – for example, by losing bonuses – if they didn’t meet their targets.The latest DWP figures, released this week, show there were 1,852 decisions taken to apply a sanction against someone claiming ESA in June 2015, compared with 3,113 in June 2014, 1,679 in June 2013, and 976 in June 2012.Mactaggart also pointed to a DWP freedom of information response which revealed that of the 49 secret peer reviews carried out into benefit-related deaths – first exposed by Disability News Service last year – 10 had concerned someone who had had their benefits sanctioned.McGuire said the government’s sanctions regime was “appalling”.She said: “Despite keeping in contact with the jobcentre and Maximus, they just showed no empathy at all.“It’s killing people, it’s quite literally killing people. We are seeing people deteriorate so much where they haven’t had money.”A staff member with Trinity, which works with people who suffer the effects of homelessness, and is closely linked to SHOC, has described in a blog how McArdle collapsed after the letter was opened.She wrote: “They say your life flashes before your eyes before you die. I would hazard a guess that it was his future that flashed before his: losing his home, returning to the streets, perhaps dying there. Does his life matter? It matters to us.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “Our sympathies are with Mr McArdle’s family and friends. However, it’s misleading to link a death to someone’s benefit claim.“We write to all claimants who have not engaged with our support, asking them to get in touch and explain why. This is so they won’t face a sanction if they had a good reason.”A Maximus spokesman said: “We were saddened to learn of the death of Mr McArdle and send our condolences to his family and friends.“Participation in the Work Programme is mandatory for people in the WRAG who are in receipt of ESA.“We make strenuous efforts to inform participants about their obligations and contact them if they fail to show up for arranged meetings.”last_img read more

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Memorial for Alex Nieto Shot by SFPD

first_imgTraduccion en español aquí.The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved 9-1 an ordinance directing the Recreation and Parks department to install a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto at Bernal Heights Park. Supporters of the memorial, friends of Nieto’s parents and advocates who have mobilized around his and other police shootings, burst into cheers at the vote, with advocate and community leader Benjamin Bac Sierra shouting that students from local schools would visit the memorial for years to come. “We are very happy,” said Elvira Nieto, Alex Nieto’s mother, after the hearing. “They supported us with nine votes, that’s more than enough.” Tags: alex nieto • Bernal Heights • Board of Supervisors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Indeed, the memorial ordinance won sufficient support to withstand a mayoral veto.Several longtime supporters of the family who have been active in the effort were moved to tears, though smiles abounded among the group that had gathered to await the vote.Before the decision, Supervisor Mark Farrell’s sole dissent to the ordinance sparked a discussion among the supervisors over whether a memorial to Nieto would overshadow any respect due to police officers.“I cannot support this ordinance today because of the message it’s sending to the men and women of our police department…We don’t recognize the police officers that have been killed or injured in the line of duty,” he said, after saying that he was sorry for the community, especially Neito’s parents.Supporters of the memorial booed and hissed at his vote and London Breed called for silence numerous times to allow him to speak.Other supervisors differed sharply with Farrell.“What’s scary and unfortunate is that we cannot honor a loss of life, period,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “The reality is, if law enforcement or anyone wants to be recognized, all they have to do is ask, the same way that the community has asked.”Supervisor Aaron Peskin called the Farrell’s implied dichotomy the “root of the problem.” “These are not mutually exclusive things. When we get in this dynamic that we cannot honor a citizen of San Francisco who was tragically killed in a hail of bullets, that plays into this whole mentality that is at the root of the problem,” Peskin said. “If The POA knows that we take the loss of life of one of our citizens as seriously as we take the loss of life of one of our officers, that sends a powerful message.”Peskin and Supervisor David Campos both referred to the police union, the Police Officers Association, a group that has been vocally critical of the Board for approving a memorial day for another police shooting victim, Mario Woods.“The argument about supporting or remembering someone being disrespectful to the police…is an argument that was made in the case of a day for Mario Woods. We heard that precisely from the POA. At that time we responded by saying we disagree,” Campos said. “We specifically rejected that false choice.”He said he would tell the officers association, “You don’t serve your members well when you try to make that false choice.”The exact form the memorial will take has yet to be decided, but Bac Sierra, a close friend of Nieto’s and a vocal activist said some words had already been chosen for the the inscription: “Against the violence and injustice of 59 bullets family and community rose to defend honor and promote positive spirit. Amor for Alex Nieto.” Community groups will need to raise the money for the monument, which could influence what shape it takes, though a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz said at a meeting discussing the memorial in November that she would provide low-cost bronze casting. Before anything can be installed, the memorial must also be approved by the Arts Commission.The board’s approval Tuesday is a victory in a long string of disappointments for the family – The District Attorney decided in February 2013 that four officers who shot Nieto did not commit any crime in doing so, and in March a civil jury also ruled that the officers did not use excessive force in the incident. However, the Office of Citizen Complaints has sustained a complaint against one of the officers involved in the shooting for making Facebook comments about Nieto after that trial concluded.Refugio Nieto, Alex Nieto’s father, being interviewed after the meeting. Photo by Laura Wenus last_img read more

Shop Local Disrupted San Francisco Missions depression era facelift

first_imgBehind its modernization is the story of a little-known New Deal program that offered government-insured loans to residential and commercial property owners. Mission Street, in fact, was saved from the ravages of urban blight, during the Great Depression’s unprecedented economic catastrophe because property owners like Louis J. Gernhardt and Jacob C. Strohmaier modernized their storefronts.Newspapers at the time report that The Better Housing Program of improvement loans put 12 to 17 million workers to work in neighborhoods and main streets across the country. It was a national effort to end unemployment by building new housing and revitalizing blighted main streets, where empty buildings with faded signs reading “to let” were a common sight. From 1934 to 1943, the government spent $5 billion to build new housing and overhaul storefronts and commercial buildings on main streets across America.One of those buildings was 2205 Mission St. now abandoned looking and owned by a former Facebook executive. It’s in the final stages of being sold again to a developer who plans to open a medical dialysis site, but the site has been a blight on Mission Street for more than a decade.The Post-Earthquake Boom“Mission Making Rapid Strides In Building Business Structures And Apartments” was the headline in the February 17, 1912 issue of the San Francisco Call. “No better sign of the progress of the Mission District could be given than the recent purchase of the southeast corner of Mission and Eighteenth Streets for a theater site.”Thomas R. Leahy, owner of the Portola Theater on Market Street, planned to open a “high class” theater capable of seating 2,500 people. Leahy, who correctly foresaw the thirst for entertainment in the Mission, purchased two lots and made them one. The ample footprint of the building—147 feet long on 18th street and 65 feet wide on Mission Street— was perfect for a large hall and stage. But Leahy’s timing was off.By 1912, live entertainment was pushed aside by a growing demand for moving pictures. Leahy, who had constructed a one-story wooden building before he realized the theater plan was a bad idea, prudently decided to rent the building instead.Two merchants who knew what the Mission needed—stoves and liquor—rented the space. Stoves were in high demand, along with furniture, as earthquake refugees resettled themselves in the new apartment buildings and single family-homes springing up in the Mission. The 1914 Sanborn Insurance map shows the demand for household goods. Eight furniture stores line Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets.Louis J. Gernhardt, a member and the former president of the Gas Appliance and Stove Fitters union, local 12432, decided to sell stoves. The Mission Stove store’s advantage when it opened in 1912 was offering customers the rare ability to chose among several brands. Gernhardt also had a repair shop in the back of the store. Located next to him was Lotzen’s saloon, run by Hugo Lotzen. A third tenant, a tailor, was wedged between the two businesses.In 1919, Gernhardt took fellow union member Jacob Carl Strohmaier as a business partner. They changed the name of the store to Gernhardt-Strohmaier, signed a ten-year lease— a risky move, since they wouldn’t own the lot until 1921, when Leahy sold it to them for $70,000—and decided they’d outgrown the small wooden store. Demand for stoves was growing. A bigger building would do a better job capturing the business coming their way.Even before buying it in 1921, the owners of the stove store ripped the wooden building down, according to a family history. The store that took its place was a stately rectangular building, far larger and expansive in design. A mezzanine lined the second story, with a skylight centered over the sales floor.Business Card (Gernhardt-Strohmaier Co.), 1922.Paper Printing, 4 x 2.5 in. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California.Gift of Mr. Erwin Strohmaier Porcelain tile was one of the most innovative building materials on the market. Durable, and easy to clean, it was the perfect foil for the large neon sign the partners added—the second largest in San Francisco—which was mounted on the roof. Glowing in neon letters were the words “Universal Stoves,” the brand of stove that the company had sold since opening. A clock tower was built and a “single face” neon clock manufactured by the Pacific Neon Company was installed.The porcelain tile must have reflected the light of the sign and the clock, making a radiant beacon on a clear nights, or glowing softly in the fog. Gernhardt and Strohmaier paid $9,115 for this work, or roughly $158,731 in 2017 dollars. The partners were proud of their new building and celebrated their newly remodeled store in ads they ran in the Chronicle.Erwin Strohmaier doesn’t mention if the founders took out a loan to modernize their building. But, they, like other merchants from Mission Street to Union Square, undoubtedly responded to the call to modernize. This is clear from their ad copy and the re-design of their building. In 1939, the Mission Street Merchants Association was honored by the Chamber of Commerce for convincing 50 businesses in the Mission to modernize.Gernhardt-Strohmaier closed in 1961. The founders had died and the sons wanted to do something other than sell stoves. The store’s façade lasted 75 years until December 2013, when then-owner Guadalupe Hernandez defied the city’s historic preservation standards and removed its historic porcelain façade. The workings of the neon clock are visible; the glass that protected the mechanism shattered long ago and the clock hands are frozen in place. In 2014, Owen Van Natta, a former Facebook executive purchased the building for $5 million. After racking up multiple complaints and three notices of violation, the a developer is in the final stages of purchasing it and plans are underway to make it into a site for medical dialysis.The building of the future now sits marooned in the present. As capital reshapes the Mission, and retail companies struggle to keep their doors open, 2205 Mission St. has only the promise of being renovated – a promise made earlier but never followed through on.Pease, who illustrated the building long ago, hopes it will be restored. “I was glamorized by it,” he said. “They should put it back the way it was. They should fix it.”Advertisement.Related StoriesHistoric building weathers grocery owner, former Facebook exec and now anotherSF Art Store Struggles Against E-CommerceSF’s Shop local ethic disrupted by click-here convenienceShop Local Disrupted: Valencia CycleryThe Grocery Store Glass windows ran the length of the exterior. A large black and white sign bearing their names with the slogan “Quality Counts” was mounted under the roof on both 18th and Mission Streets. The store had an element of transparency. Passersby could look inside the tall glass windows, or browse a sales floor that was illuminated in sunlight. A drinking fountain was installed in front of the entrance.The wooden building with its formal angularity and ornamental details like the egg-and dart embossed roof trim, reflected permanence, a quality that mattered in a city that had seen so much destroyed in so little time. An ad in the San Francisco Chronicle captures the pride of Gernhardt and Strohmaier. We are the pioneers in San Francisco in introducing Porcelain enameled stoves and we have reason to be proud, for we have made good. They weren’t exaggerating. The store became the largest stove store on the Pacific coast, according to newspaper reports. “Business kept increasing every year,” Erwin Strohmaier, the founder’s son, recalled in a short history of the store. This changed abruptly when the stock market crashed.The Great Depression & the New Deal’s Better Housing Program When the depression hit, business on main streets across America evaporated, threatening the mass closing of America’s estimated 1.5 million retail establishments. Retail sales plummeted by 50 percent by 1933. By the mid-thirties, 75 percent of the nation’s commercial buildings were in bad shape. Blighted buildings were bad for everyone’s business. The solution to mass unemployment and urban blight came from the Roosevelt administration in 1934: modernize main street.“C of C to back Better Housing Program Here” announced the San Francisco Chronicle on September 1st, 1934. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce had formed the local organization of the Better Housing Program, an offshoot of the National Housing Authority. The program was coming to San Francisco to “stimulate employment in all lines of the building industry.”By 1932, California lost a staggering 70 percent of construction jobs. In San Francisco, where the building trades accounted for almost ten percent of San Francisco’s total labor force, architects, bricklayers and carpenters all faced unemployment, a huge blow to the unions that flourished during the post-earthquake building boom.The idea of the Better Housing Program was simple: it didn’t provide relief, but low-interest loans backed by the federal government. Private capital was “coaxed out of hibernation” and enlisted in the effort to put men back to work, building new homes and re-designing commercial buildings. A public relations campaign was launched with its own literature and slogan, “Modernize Main Street”. Booklets were sent to 8,000 participating cities nationwide.The Chamber of Commerce set itself to the task of convincing property owners to apply for $700,000 in loans and begin the lucrative business of “beautifying the city,” which would bring back “prosperity without taxation.” The real estate pages of the San Francisco Chronicle were drafted into the effort to get hesitant property owners to apply for the loans. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, an “elaborate canvass” of the entire city was announced, with civic organizations, churches, and merchants associations participating, according to newspaper reports of the time.By October 1934, businesses had applied for $400,000 in loans.The Chronicle ran laudatory articles on San Francisco merchants who had modernized their stores. Lachman Brothers, one of the grandest furniture stores on Mission Street, was praised for modernizing and Gernhardt-Strohmaier was saluted too, three years before they undertook modernization.In an October 24, 1934 story entitled “Home of the Range,” applaud Gernhardt-Strohmaier for offering a wide range of stoves and newer gas ranges. “In the true spirit of these modernizing days, Gernhardt Strohmaier offer a reconditioning service declared to be unique on the Pacific Coast.” The gas ranges that were purchased with low-interest Better Housing loans, showed that modernizing efforts weren’t limited to building renovation or redesign.By November, the Chamber of Commerce, declaring the program a success, reported that $800,000 in loans had been pledged, a boom that would create an expected 23,035 jobs. Later in the decade, the program became known as the Credit Modernization Plan, reflecting the emphasis on merchants. By 1936, 47 percent of the low-interest loans were issued to commercial businesses.“In the Thirties, the San Francisco Store was remodeled inside and out,” wrote Erwin Strohmaier. (The company had acquired a second store in Oakland in 1923) The angular edges were smoothed and rounded into a curved exterior made of steel and porcelain.“This kind of material was experimental at that time,” noted Strohmaier in the history. The porcelain enamel was manufactured by the Ferro Enameling Company, in Oakland. The luminous porcelain tile changed the look of the store completely: it was now pale ivory, with maroon and green trim.San Francisco Public Library, 1938. 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In our occasional series, Shop Local Disrupted, we are taking a look at how e-commerce is changing retail in San Francisco. To offer some historical perspective, this piece looks back at a Mission Street revived during the country’s worst economic crisis. The building at 2205 Mission street is striking. Even with shattered windows, and an exterior of weather-stained plywood, the façade that curves gently around the corner of 18th and Mission Streets retains a sense of grandeur. When cartographer Ben Pease sketched it in 1989, the building was still intact.“It was clearly from the era of the mezzanine department store,” Pease said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I could tell it had been something. That stretch of Mission was like a miniature downtown. One side of the street was designed in this slightly exuberant art-deco style.”That style, known as Streamline Moderne by San Francisco City Planners, came to define 2205’s historic designation thanks to the tale of the two men who owned the property from 1912 to 1961 and ran it as the Gernhardt-Strohmaier Stove Store.last_img read more

Columbus Co man wanted for murder after shooting in South Carolina

first_imgOfficers say they identified 20-year-old Quotase Jenrette of Clarendon, N.C., as a suspect in the shooting. (Photo: Horry County Police) LORIS, S.C. (WBTW) – The Horry County Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted for murder in connection to a shooting in Loris in early January.On January 6, one man was shot and taken to the hospital where he later died. According to Spokesperson Krystal Dotson with the Horry County Police Department, police are searching for Quotase Jenrette, 20, of Clarendon, NC.- Advertisement – Jenrette is wanted in connection to a deadly shooting in Loris off Barts Road on January 6, 2018.  Police say Jenrette is 5’8″ around 170 lbs and considered armed and dangerous.Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick, says Kendal Ray, 27, of Loris died at Grand Strand Medical Center the next day from a gun shot wound to the head.If you have seen Jenrette, do not approach him, you are asked to call the Horry County Police Department at (843) 915-8477 or TIPS or by email at CrimeTips@HorryCounty.org.Related Article: NC man allegedly beat puppy to death with shovellast_img read more

Company to stop fumigation operations at Wilmington site

first_imgThe Royal Pest Solutions plant on Sunnyvale Drive in Wilmington. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The Division of Air Quality says a facility in Wilmington will stop fumigation operations and will not pursue an air quality permit that called for increasing the use of the fumigants at the site.The letters came from Royal Pest Solutions, which currently operates at 800 and 810 Sunnyvale Drive, Wilmington, and Tima Capital, the company that had applied for a permit to change the facility to its name and increase the use of the fumigant methyl bromide.- Advertisement – The letters seek state approval to withdraw the draft air permit and cease fumigation operations at the Wilmington location by April 10, after the current inventory of logs is fumigated.RELATED: Doctor concerned with pending permit for fumigation plant“At the request of our landowner, Tima Capital Inc will not be fumigating on this property after Royal Pest Solutions Synthetic Minor Permit cessation of operations and rescission of their permit effective April 10,” said Tima Capital President Timurlan Aitaly in a letter to William Willets, the Division of Air Quality’s permitting chief, and Brad Newland, the division’s regional supervisor. “Therefore, no further permits will be needed by Tima Capital Inc for the sites of 800 and 810 Sunnyvale Drive.”Related Article: The latest from New Hanover County’s noon briefing, Sept. 17, 2018DAQ officials started Thursday making arrangements to withdraw Tima’s draft permit and rescind Royal Pest’s current air quality permit for the facility.Last week, DAQ issued a news release announcing its plans to hold a new public comment period and public hearing to enable additional input for the Tima Capital’s draft air quality permit. The new public comment period came in response to heightened public interest in the permits. The first comment period on Tima’s draft permit ran from Feb. 23 to March 25. While the new comment period had not been announced, DAQ officials have continued to receive comments about Tima’s proposed permit and most of 1,100 comments received since Feb. 23 were opposed to issuing the permit.A second fumigation company, Malec Brothers Transport, LLC, is requesting a new air quality permit to start a fumigation facility in Columbus County. Malec is also proposing the use of methyl bromide. As stated in last week’s news release, the state plans soon to announce a new public comment period and new public hearing for the Malec Brothers draft air quality permit.last_img read more

George Elliott back on his feet 4 months after hitandrun

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s good news to share about an old friend.It’s been nearly four months since a hit-and-run driver hit former WWAY personality George Elliott as he rode his three-wheel cycle early one morning on South College Road in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD) 1 of 4 George Elliott in a 2011 promotional photo. (Photo: WWAY) George Elliott stands along the Wilmington riverfront on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) He says he suffered serious injuries, but the support from the community has been overwhelming and helped him get back on his feet.“You don’t need many reasons to move to Wilmington. The people are it,” Elliott said. “And again proven to me why the people are it, they care! It’s great. The people are just beautiful here.”Elliott, who worked at WWAY from 2011 to 2014, says he will have to deal with some of the injuries to his leg for the rest of his life. He had to have several surgeries to treat his injuries and an infection.Related Article: Police: Man back in custody after escaping from Pender Co. jailPolice are still looking for the driver of the black pick-up or SUV that hit Elliott. If you have any information call Wilmington Police. WPD is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information in the case. Wilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Causeway Cafe closes doors after 32 years

first_img Almost 32 years, but a lifetime of memories for Monaghan. On the day of his retirement it was a packed house.Customers say this place is different from the rest.“It’s rare. It’s something you don’t see in a business, where the owner is there day in and day out,” said Rebecca Dawson, who has been coming to the cafe with her husband since college.Related Article: Work to close lane on Wrightsville Beach drawbridge Tuesday nightMonaghan and the entire community of Wrightsville Beach said goodbye to Causeway Cafe Sunday.The restaurant has become a place where people come from near and far.“Any time anyone came in from out of town came to visit, this was always where we had to go,” said Dawson.Dawson says things just won’t be the same without it. Monaghan spent every day getting to know every customer.“I think I’m very fortunate to have had this loyalty and family atmosphere for 32 years. I would not change a single thing. And that’s pretty good to say after all this time,” said Monaghan.Monaghan says Causeway Cafe grew into something better than he ever expected.Monaghan says it will be nice to finally have a break. He says plans to spend all his free time with his family. Causeway Cafe closed its doors Sunday after 32 years in business. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It is the end of an era for those in Wrightsville Beach. Causeway Cafe closed its doors today after almost 32 years in business.“I started it out as an old southern beach-style restaurant and really haven’t changed it. It is exactly what I tried to accomplished,” said owner David Monaghan.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman arrested after Whiteville bank robbery

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A South Carolina woman is in jail after a bank robbery Friday afternoon in Whiteville.According to a news release, Whiteville Police responded around 3:15 p.m. to a bank hold-up alarm at First Bank at 1104 J.K. Powell Blvd.- Advertisement – On the way officers got a description of a woman they say they later identified as Victoria Neal, of Columbia, SC, who they say was leaving the bank carrying a bag with currency. Two officers saw Neal in the parking lot, caught her and recovered the cash taken in the robbery.Police say no staff or customers in the bank at the time of the robbery were injured.Police took Neal to the Columbus County Detention Center, where she was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was booked under $250,000 bond.Related Article: Man smiles, says ‘Let’s rock’ before dying in electric chairCharges are also pending for a similar style robbery in Loris, SC.last_img read more

The Different Engine Intel left outside

first_imgAdvertisement Over the past half century, Moore’s Law has held up remarkably well—though nowadays it is more an industry target than a prophesy, and therefore a self-fulfilling one at that. Even so, the world has benefited handsomely from the decline in the cost of computing made possible by constant manufacturing improvements that have shrunk the width of semiconductor circuitry from tens of microns (millionths a metre) in the early 1970s to tens of nanometres (billionths of a metre) today.But all good things come to an end. Engineers have long anticipated that Moore’s Law would cease to apply around 2015. By then, the components on a chip will have shrunk to a point where quantum-tunneling effects make it difficult for a processor to function efficiently. Quantum effects start cropping up when critical transistor dimensions become less than 15 nanometers (nm) or so. Intel, which effectively sets the standards for chip-making worldwide, will start replacing its existing 32nm process with 22nm technology towards the end of this year, with 14nm rules expected to follow around 2014. Without some fundamental rethink in chip design, future gains from shrinking circuitry would therefore be problematic.Such a rethink has been underway for over a decade, and is finally ready to go into production. Earlier this month, Intel unveiled a radical three-dimensional chip architecture—the first big change in semiconductor layout in 40 years—that will be produced using its new 22nm process. – Advertisement – Since their inception, integrated circuits have had a two-dimensional planar structure, with a metal gate mounted across a flat conducting channel of silicon. Via its single contact patch, the gate controls the current flowing from the source electrode at one end of the silicon channel to the drain electrode at the other. However, the channel width has shrunk with every new generation of the technology—so more transistors can be packed into the limited space for greater performance. In the process, the gate itself has also become smaller and less effective, allowing current to leak away and impairing the transistor’s ability to switch rapidly between its two states.To get around this performance roadblock, Intel’s new transistor design features a conducting channel in the form of a vertical silicon fence thatstands proud of the surface. That gives the metal gate straddling it three contact areas instead of just one to exert control over the current—a large patch on either side of the fence and a smaller one along the top. The result is less leakage and thus more current flowing when the transistor is in its “on” state (for higher performance). And thanks to the greater gate control, the current is virtually zero when the transistor is in its “off” state (for lower power consumption). Intel reckons chips using its “Tri-Gate” design can switch 37% faster than equivalent processors based on today’s technology, use 50% less juice and yet cost only 2-3% more to make.The Tri-Gate design is to be used throughout Intel’s processor range—from powerful gaming and server chips to humble devices used in netbooks. By all accounts, the three-dimensional layout will work with 14nm as well as 22nm process technologies, ensuring Moore’s Law continues to apply for at least another four or five years. The design can also be tuned for high speed or low power consumption. For Intel, the latter is currently the most crucial requirement.Intel has over 80% of the market for PC processors, but it is at the back of the pack in the race to power smartphones and tablet computers—the fastest growing sector of the computing business. Here, the front-runner is ARM, a British firm, which has a 95% stranglehold on some parts of the business. ARM, which does no manufacturing, licenses its processor designs to chipmakers around the world. What distinguishes its designs from other mainstream processor chips is their use of an advanced “reduced instruction-set computer” (RISC) approach pioneered by Acorn, another British firm, in the early 1980s. ARM (short for Advanced RISC Machines) was spun out of Acorn in 1990, to create low-power RISC processors for Apple and other customers. To date, over 15 billion ARM cores have been shipped by the company’s 200 or so hardware licensees (see “Send in the clones”, March 11th 2011).What makes ARM processors ideal for the cramped innards of a handheld gizmo is their compact design, low operating temperature and frugalpower consumption. Owing nothing to Intel’s power-hungry x86 architecture, they incur no royalty fees to Intel. Nor do they need to be backwardly compatible with the x86 instruction set used by Intel processors and work alike chips from AMD, VIA and others. That is the key to the design’s low power consumption. The processor in Apple’s iPad 2, for instance, has a pair of ARM cores working in tandem to deliver ten hours of battery life between charges. Three out of five tablets now hitting the stores use similar ARM-based processors.Intel would love to have a bigger slice of the handheld pie, especially now the Apple iPad and other tablets have begun to eat into sales of Intel-powered netbooks and even laptops. With annual sales of only $7 billion, the mobile computing market is still small beer by Intel’s standards—but the business is growing too rapidly to be ignored. Unfortunately, the most miserly Intel processors (the Atom range used in Windows-based netbooks) still consume between two and ten times more power than a typical ARM processor. However, a Tri-Gate chip made on 22nm plant would be a lot more competitive. No question that, if built on 14nm equipment, a Tri-Gate processor optimized for battery life would give today’s ARM chips a run for their money.Challenging them is one thing, but displacing them in a different matter. Intel’s Tri-Gate chips would have to be not merely as good as ARM processors, but significantly better than them, to stand any chance of getting makers of portable devices to ditch their considerable investments in ARM technology and support. It also assumes that ARM and its 700 or so software and hardware partners cease innovating over the next couple of years. That is most unlikely. Indeed, apart from driving power consumption of its cores down below the one-watt level, ARM is now pushing into Intel’s performance territory with multi-core designs. IDC, a market research firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts, expects over 13% of the processors in PCs to be based on ARM designs by 2015.Over the past week, a rumour has been doing that rounds implying Apple is about to abandon the use of Intel processors in its Macintosh computers. The scuttlebut suggests Apple wants to consolidate all its products on processors using the ARM technology used in its iPhones and iPads. Having little concern for backward-compatibility, Apple has made dramatic reversals in its hardware and software directions before—and will doubtless do so again. But it is hard to see Apple making such a move within the next few years, especially now Intel has revealed what its Tri-Gate processors can do, at least in desktops and laptops if not in handheld devices. There, at least, the ARM twisting looks set to continue.Source: economist.com.last_img read more

My Healthline Oranges first healthcare hotline in Cameroon

first_imgAdvertisement Orange in Cameroon is looking at expanding My Healthline a simple and reliable service from a professional medical team to other sub-Saharan African countries and extend the scope beyond sexual health, all built on a common Orange Healthcare platform.Orange Cameroon customers will be able to access personalised advice on contraception, HIV / AIDS, sexuality and STDs from specialists by texting 929 between 8.00 am and 10.00 pm on any day of the week.In less than one hour, the service will provide them with reliable medical information at minimal cost (XOF 200 per text message, i.e. EUR 0.25). – Advertisement – Orange will anonymise all questions, then transmit them to a medical service consisting of Cameroonian nurses and doctors. After analysis, the answer produced by the healthcare professionals will be sent back to the customer by Orange.My Healthline provides quick, easy access by text, which allows anonymity and confidentiality. The service is to be provided in French, English and Pidgin (the main local dialect in Cameroon).A service meeting Cameroonians’ requirements With two doctors per 10,000 inhabitants (against 33 in France (1)) and half the population living in rural areas (2), access to medical facilities is currently very difficult in Cameroon.As Orange Cameroon has 6,500,000 customers, My Healthline will be able to reach a large proportion of the population.Orange Healthcare has collaborated closely with the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Orange Cameroon and the Cameroonian Ministry for Health to achieve the best possible fit between the service and local needs. The subjects covered are themes often considered sensitive, or even taboo, on which people need reliable, non-judgmental information.In this way, My Healthline will help to improve preventive medicine throughout the country in partnership with medical professionals.last_img read more