The governments cruel and unacceptable emphas

first_imgThe government’s “cruel” and “unacceptable” emphasis on linking health and job outcomes in its new work, health and disability strategy will have a significant negative impact on people in mental distress, say campaigners and experts.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health released their joint 10-year Improving Lives strategy last week, and it repeatedly stresses the need to “join up work and health”.The strategy includes proposals across social security, the workplace and healthcare, in response to a consultation that produced about 6,000 comments, including more than 3,000 emails.David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, described the strategy as “ambitious” and said the aim was to secure jobs for one million more disabled people by 2027, increasing the number of disabled people in work from 3.5 million to 4.5 million by 2027.Among the plans on healthcare are to more than double the number of employment advisers sent in to work within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, which provide treatment for people with anxiety and depression.The strategy – which contains the government’s response to last year’s Improving Lives work, health and disability green paper – also says the government is already running trials to test different ways of delivering “joined up health and work support” in settings such as GP surgeries.It claims that “many healthcare professionals recognise that good work generally improves health and act positively on this knowledge”, but adds that there is “more we need to do to ensure this practice is better embedded across all healthcare professions”.And it says it will work with NHS England “to explore opportunities to increase, where appropriate, the focus on work as a route to improved health and wellbeing, and to embed employment outcomes into evaluation measures”.But ‘Rita Bins’, a spokesperson for the user-led group Recovery in the Bin, said the strategy was “more of the same disastrous and cruel work as cure ideology” and represented a continuing emphasis on forcing people off disability benefits.Bins added: “It is also dishonest [because] there are twice as many unemployed people as vacancies, so a million jobs for disabled people would need government to create those jobs, government refuses to do so and its own growth forecast shows it can’t.“So in reality what this means is not a million more disabled people in work, but really a million more disabled people being cut off benefits.”Ellen Clifford, campaigns and policy manager for Inclusion London, said: “Concerns about the dangers of conflating work and health have been ignored, with proposals to put more employment advisers in IAPT and invest in research to support policy linking health and work.”Dr Jay Watts, a consultant clinical psychologist and a member of the campaigning Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy, said the government had been “obsessed with the idea that work is the true goal of life for a number of years”.She said that although the strategy’s intention was supposed to be to “improve lives”, there was no commitment to halting benefit sanctions, despite the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities calling in August for a review of their “detrimental impact” on disabled people. Disabled activists have repeatedly highlighted the deaths of disabled benefit claimants they believe were linked to the government’s sanctions regime, including those of David Clapson and Alan McArdle.And DWP admitted in 2015 that 10 of 49 benefit claimants whose deaths were subject to secret reviews by the department had had their payments sanctioned at some stage.Only last week, DNS reported “shocking” NHS statistics that showed almost half of the people in England claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA), had attempted suicide at some point in their life.Campaigners believe that those figures – uncovered by Watts – highlight the need for DWP to abandon its hard-line approach to forcing disabled people off benefits and into work through damaging rhetoric and unforgiving sanctions, but there was no sign of such a shift in the new strategy.Watts called last week for DWP to start treating ESA claimants with “dignity and respect” and shift from a regime of punishment “to a culture that encourages things like voluntary work which are good for mental health, but too frightening a possibility for many claimants who fear any sign of activity will be used to stop their benefits”.She said this week: “The pressure to pursue work makes many people feel like failures when they are not well enough to work, when there are no jobs available or when they are forced to accept jobs that are demonstrably bad for mental health.“Everyone I speak too feels guilt and shame at not working, with disastrous effects on mental health.“This is a direct cause of the current mental health crisis, and a direct result of government policy that situates the workless as worthless.“Both Improving Lives and evidence from the influential New Savoy Partnership suggests therapists will be under increasing pressure to ‘encourage’ patients into jobs. This is simply unacceptable.“Therapists must not follow the money, but clear the therapeutic space away from any demands other than listening to patients, and focusing on the goals they, rather than the government, set.” One mental health professional has already resigned in protest at links between the organisation she is a member of and the government’s work and health agenda.Patricia Murphy, an independent therapist who practises cognitive behavioural therapy, said on Twitter that she had resigned as a member of the branch liaison committee of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), after almost 20 years serving on various BABCP committees.She said she felt she was being “co-opted to get people back into employment” and was “disappointed and dismayed” that BABCP was “engaging so actively” with DWP.Both BABCP and Murphy had failed to comment on her resignation by noon today (Thursday).last_img read more

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A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The Welsh government has been criticised for a “ludicrous” and “insulting” failure to address the adult social care funding crisis in a new draft framework on independent living.Action on Disability, its new draft framework and action plan, was put out to consultation this week, and aims to “develop and improve access to help, advice and services for disabled people in Wales”.The plan will eventually replace the Welsh government’s 2013 framework for action on independent living and follows a series of meetings and engagement events with disabled people, disability organisations and other stakeholders.The report says that this public engagement process saw concerns raised about “cuts to social care provision” which had led to “lower allocations” of direct payments, leaving disabled people “increasingly isolated, and the impacts to their wellbeing compromised”.But despite these concerns, the action plan refers only to previous strategies on services for visually-impaired people, Deaf and autistic people and those with learning difficulties, and fails to include any measures to address the cuts to support and the social care funding crisis.This contrasts with its 2013 framework, which included lengthy sections on access to social care, direct payments and personalised support.Of 44 actions supposedly aimed at improving the right to independent living in the new action plan, not one of them explicitly addresses the need to improve the overall access to care and support, although it does promise a review of the aids and adaptations system that supports disabled and older people to live independently in their own homes.Instead, the action plan covers areas including disability employment, higher education – including a planned review of policy on disabled students’ allowance – public appointments, and access to public transport.There is also no mention of social care in the section describing the Welsh government’s “commitments” on independent living, even though it promises to “work for continuous improvement” on how it fulfils its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The failure of the action plan to suggest any measures to address the funding crisis and cuts to support suggests the Welsh government is in breach of the convention’s article 19, which says that governments signed up to UNCRPD should take “effective and appropriate measures” to enable disabled people to live in the community with “full inclusion and participation”.There is also no mention in the document of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), and the Welsh government’s decision to close its interim Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) scheme, which it has been running as a stopgap with UK government transition funding since ILF closed in June 2015.Because of the WILG closure, Welsh local authorities will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients by 31 March 2019.Nathan Lee Davies (pictured), who is leading the campaign to persuade the Welsh government to overturn its decision to scrap WILG, said the failure to address social care in the action plan was “ludicrous” and “insulting”.He said: “They seem like a load of ostriches burying their heads in the sand. It’s just really worrying.“I am disillusioned but far from surprised. It just seems like they are copying what the Tories have done in Westminster, with the same devaluing of disabled people.”He suggested that the Welsh Labour government had simply published a “flimsy” framework document in order to “placate the UN, and to be able to say, ‘look, we are doing something to support disabled people’”.He said that ministers – by closing the WILG – were “washing their hands” of responsibility for social care and handing it to local councils, which could not afford to meet their responsibilities promised under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which Davies said should be renamed the Pie in the Sky Act.Responding to criticisms of the document, a Welsh government official said: “Our ‘Action on Disability: the Right to Independent Living’ framework is a high-level plan covering a wide range of issues in line with our national strategy, Prosperity for All.“A number of the actions in this draft action plan relate to social care; nevertheless we are open to suggestions on how the plan could be strengthened.“We encourage everyone to contribute to the consultation – which we launched this week – to influence our future work to support disabled people as best we can.”Davies has contrasted the actions of the Welsh Labour government with those of the UK Labour party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has publicly supported his campaign to save the WILG, as did members of Welsh Labour at their annual conference earlier this year.Davies is determined to persuade the Welsh government to keep the current system, which allows former ILF-recipients some security by receiving funding from three different “pots”: WILG, local authorities and their own personal contributions.He said that this “tripartite” system had provided the support he needed that led to him being recognised with an honorary degree by Wrexham Glyndwr University for his services to disability rights.He has also been involved with Wrexham football club, Disabled People Against Cuts, and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, as well as writing a new book, and running his campaign and a blog.He also worked with Disability Arts Cymru on a #SaveWILG exhibition of visual art and poetry earlier this year.Davies is now waiting to hear what will happen to his support package when WILG closes.last_img read more

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Jeremy Corbyn has said that the Conservative Party

first_imgJeremy Corbyn has said that the Conservative Party’s claims to care about workers rights are insincere, given their past record.Theresa May had claimed to be committed to protecting and extending workers’ rights in an attempt to get Labour MPs to support her Brexit deal.However, Corbyn said that, for many Tory MPs, weakening workers’ rights is part of the appeal of Brexit.“Just look at the record of the party opposite,” he said, “they attacked trade union rights through the trade union act. They kept this house up all night, opposing the minimum wage in 1997. They’re the party that introduced employment tribunal fees and introduced the public sector pay cap.”“For many of them, Mr Speaker,” he finished, “ripping up rights is what Brexit is all about. Tags:Tories /Labour /Minimum Wage /Conservatives /Worker’s Rights /Trade Unions /Employment Tribunal fees /Corbyn /trade union act / The Conservatives claim they care about workers’ rights.Their record says otherwise. pic.twitter.com/hydBI0u2mv— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 12, 2019last_img read more

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RICKY Hatton MBE will be at the Saints Superstore

first_imgRICKY Hatton MBE will be at the Saints Superstore on this Wednesday (Oct 30) to promote his book ‘War and Peace’.The Boxing legend will be signing copies of his best-selling autobiography from 1pm-2pm.Retailing at £20, it tells the story of one of British boxing’s true icons.From a Manchester council estate to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton experienced incredible highs in his career, including one of the greatest ever wins by a British boxer, over the IBF Light Welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu.But heavy defeats to two legends of the ring, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, brought him quickly down to earth to face a new set of battles against depression, drink and drugs.Through it all, however, Ricky Hatton has remained the same charismatic, funny, eloquent man – a man who boxing fans have always taken to their hearts.A man who has survived a lifetime of wars both in and out of the ring, and who in defeat has finally found something close to peace.Get along to the store on Wednesday to meet one of sport’s all time greats.last_img read more

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GET yourself along to Saints Superstore at Langtre

first_imgGET yourself along to Saints Superstore at Langtree Park or click here for the perfect Father’s Day gift.We have a large selection of Mugs, Glasses, Wallets, Hats and Caps… plus check out our fab new Limited Edition Faro Leisurewear Range in store or online.Show your Saintly Dad how much you mean to him.Father’s Day June 21 2015last_img

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THE first team and Academy enjoyed their tradition

first_imgTHE first team and Academy enjoyed their traditional Christmas run on the dunes at Formby this year.Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels put them through a gruelling session before they took a dip and wished Saints fans far and wide a Merry Christmas.Mobile users can view the video herelast_img

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HospitalityWe have great deals available on Hospit

first_imgHospitalityWe have great deals available on Hospitality for our remaining games this season.We’ve recently been nominated at the Stadium Experience Awards for Best Hospitality, so we would welcome the opportunity to entertain you and your guests to help you celebrate or secure that new deal for your business.Enjoy great food, excellent Stadium seats and interviews with first-team squad members, former players and finish your evening with a visit from Man of the Match.Places are selling quickly – lounges and boxes for our game with Salford Red Devils have now sold out – so we recommend that you call us to secure your place.AdvertisingPromote your business with Stadium advertising; perimeter boards are available from £250 + vat for the remainder of this season with first-refusal for the 2018 season.Far more effective than door drop leafleting or traditional newspaper advertising as you will achieve much better recall with continued views from an average of 10,000 supporters at each home game.Staff TrainingWe’ve recently launched our business improvement training packages based here at the Stadium using local training provider Executive Solutions.We are here to support your business as you work to develop your staff and their implementation of your strategies. As a professional sporting organisation, we clearly understand the need for regular training and feedback to help improve performance, so let us work with you to achieve your goals.ChristmasEvery business needs to celebrate their successes, so let us help with that too. We have several themed party nights available throughout December to bring a year of hard work to a close with prices starting from just £30 per person.Let us take the stress away and we will organise your night for you, we can also hold private parties for your business for groups between 100 – 350 people. Click here for more information.For Further InformationFor further information click on the link below. Mini-BrochureCall us on 01744 455053 or 01744 455080 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, but if you prefer to email, our address is sales@saintsrlfc.comWe look forward to working with you!Saints Commercial Teamlast_img read more

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Town of Belville commissioner resigns leaving open seat

first_imgBELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — If you live in Belville and believe you can lead, there is a new vacancy on the Town’s Board of Commissioners.Belville Commissioner Pat O’Bryant announced his resignation from the board on Monday, Feb. 26th.- Advertisement – Commissioner Joseph Breault confirms O’Bryant had to make a decision between his job, family and the town. The town is accepting applications from those interested in filling O’Bryant’s seat.The deadline is Thursday March 22. Click here for more information and link to the application.last_img read more

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NHRMC Possible baby abductor arrested

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/Star News) — After reports came out about a woman allegedly trying to abduct babies from hospitals across the Carolinas, an area hospital spokesperson said she has been arrested.According to a New Hanover Regional Medical Center Spokesperson, a woman named Linda Everett faces charges for felony breaking and entering and larceny. The hospital spokesperson says Everett was arrested in High Point, and is out on bond.- Advertisement – Law enforcement believes Everett, 36, was trying to abduct a child from neonatal units across the Carolinas and entered NHRMC without authorization earlier this month, police and the hospital said.RELATED: Woman arrested for being inside NHRMC: ‘I did not go in there to try and kidnap any child’According to a law enforcement bulletin, Linda Mae Everett, 36, is wanted on four warrants from New Hanover Regional Medical Center Police. According to court records, the warrants include three counts of felony breaking and entering and one count of misdemeanor larceny. Everett is wanted on an additional misdemeanor larceny warrant in Brunswick County.Related Article: Just Cut It Barbershop offers haircuts to those with learning disabilities“Everett is believed to be going to neonatal units of hospitals in North and South Carolina possibly in attempts to abduct a child,” the April 13 bulletin states before calling on law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout, according to the Star News.According to Carolyn Fisher with New Hanover Regional, a woman presented herself at the check-in desk on April 5 at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital, where she was denied entry.The woman eventually entered patient care areas without authorization, Fisher said. Seeing she did not have a visitor’s badge, staff alerted New Hanover Regional Medical Center Company Police, who responded and questioned her.NHRMC Company Police later charged Everett with felony breaking and entering based on the unauthorized entry to patient care areas. No patients were injured or endangered.Among other security measures, New Hanover Regional Medical Center requires all visitors, including family members, to the women’s and children’s patient units to present photo identification at the front desk and be issued a visitor’s sticker to wear while visiting. Visitors must also state the name of the patient they wish to see.NHRMC is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff.last_img read more

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Launch party held in anticipation of arts charter school

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  They want to incorporate art in every school subject.Wednesday the Wilmington School of the Arts hosts a launch party to update on where things stand with the charter school.Board members still have an uphill climb to get there but say they’re getting closer and closer to a first for downtown Wilmington. The bell will not ring until 2019 for the planned school.- Advertisement – “All of the current charter schools in New Hanover County are outside of the core city of Wilmington,” said Barry Rice who sits as the chair on the Wilmington School of the Arts board of directors.It’s focus is to eventually teach kids Kindergarten through 8th grade on a Core Knowledge curriculum incorporating art of any kind in every core subject. Something board members say current arts centered schools cannot guarantee.“We’ll be incorporating and integrating all phases of the arts,” said Rice. “Theatre, drama, dance, pottery, drawing, music, choral everything. Snipes doesn’t do that,” Rice added referring to the Snipes Academy that sits as an arts school for New Hanover County public schools.Related Article: Charter school addresses water damage as students returnThey plan to launch the charter school in August of 2019. Right now board members are interviewing and are set to apply for chartered status with the state.It’s not all singing and dancing, the school will teach core subjects but with a twist.“It’s very structured, but it’s structured based on how the students learn,” said board vice chair Jill Hatfield.The idea formed here at Flytrap Brewery with hopes to keep it near the Brooklyn Arts District or downtown to give students exposure to the arts Wilmington has to offer. Rice says several local leaders and business leaders have shown interest in seeing the school come to the area. He adds that initially they will launch a K through 2nd grade school with roughly 80 to 100 students each grade level.last_img read more

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EliStrong Community joins hands and prays for teen battling cancer

first_imgPrayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Nancy Lilly) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A West Virginia teen has touched the hearts of many in Holden Beach.Eli Clark, 14, and his family live in Parkersburg, WV but have been traveling to the Brunswick County coast for several years. Eli was diagnosed with Central Nervous System Neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.- Advertisement – 1 of 5 Doctors say the tumor is growing, so his mom and dad asked him where he wanted to go for vacation. He chose Holden Beach. Through the power of social media and generous donations, the community funded an entire vacation for the Clark family earlier this month.Since his visit, Eli’s family reached out to the Friends of Holden Beach Facebook page to ask for prayers. And just like before, many have come together to offer support hundreds of miles away. Prayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Jessi Viox) Prayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Nancy Lilly) Prayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Jessi Viox) Prayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Jessi Viox) Prayer circle for Elijah Clark, teen fighting rare brain cancer, on August 16, 2018. (Photo: Jessi Viox) About a dozen people, including Jessica Viox and Nancy Lilly, came together Thursday evening for a prayer gathering on the beach. Strangers, friends, locals and visitors held hands to spread a hopeful message.Related Article: Good dog! Griffin the golden retriever earns honorary degreeAnother prayer circle will be held Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at the Holden Beach Fishing Pier. Everyone is invited.last_img read more

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New Hanover Co Wilmington begin curfew Friday night

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are issuing an order for curfews to begin tonight, Friday, September 14, at 10 p.m. Curfews are in effect from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. until further notice.New Hanover County Emergency Management continues to operate the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800.- Advertisement – The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the EmergencyNHC.com website.last_img read more

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Metsola joins Webers global war on plastic

first_img <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> The Malta launched appeal by leader of the European Popular Party Manfred Weber for a global treaty to ban single-use plastics was today endorsed by PN MEP Roberta Metsola.Weber, during his recent visit to Malta to participate in activities of the Partit Nazzjonalista, said that if he becomes the next President of the European Commission he  will call for a global treaty to ban single-use plastic, to awake a global commitment to this issue just as the Paris Agreement is doing on climate change.In her Facebook post Roberta Metsola said that  after the European Union managed to push through a ban on most plastics, there is now need for a universal treaty to end the environmental disaster caused by single-use plastics.  She added that as Malta led the world on climate change in 1988 at the United Nations, Malta can do so again on plastic.“Let’s make Malta and Gozo the first Mediterranean plastic-free islands but to do that we need to understand that plastic is a global problem that can only be addressed by a global approach”.Watch: Malta should reduce single-use plastics for sake of environment – MetsolaThis is not the first time that the PN MEP has taken a strong stand against the single-use plastics. During an event at European Parliament Office in Valletta last February  she said that reduction of single use plastic was a key part of her work, stating that plastic was damaging marine eco-systems, ‘and causing irreparable damage to Malta and Gozo’s natural environment’.She explained that using alternative methods of packaging or reusable items which reduce the reliance on non-biodegradable single use plastics would be a ‘miniscule almost unnoticeable difference in our lifestyles [that] could make a massive difference.’FILE PHOTO: Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File PhotoCanoeing against plasticsIn early march PD MEP hopeful Camilla Appelgren announced that she was going to canoe around the entire coastline of Malta in a kayak made from recycled plastic, to highlight the issue of pollution in seas. Appelgren is also known for her environmental activism and has founded Malta Clean Up. Due to bad weather the activity was postponed to mid-May or June.Read: PD MEP candidate to kayak around Malta raising awareness on plastic pollutionMicrobes eating plasticsIn February it was announced that Dr. Gabrielle Zammit from the University of Malta is leading research into microbes which have naturally evolved to break down plastic. The team, made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students, are focusing on the breaking down of single-use plastic packaging which is used for a short time, but ends up lingering in the environment “indefinitely”.The research is being financed by the Gasan Foundation.Read: Team of UoM students researches plastic-eating microbesEU measures against single-use plasticsRead: EU agrees to ban throw-away plastics to limit ocean pollutionLast December the European Union decided that throw-away plastic items such as straws and polystyrene cups will be banned in the Union by 2021. Negotiators from the European Parliament and for the 28 EU countries agreed a list of 10 single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives that will be banned. The items include cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers, sticks for balloons and food containers made of expanded polystyrene. For other plastic items, such as food containers and drinks cups and lids, the focus will be on limiting their use and setting clean-up obligations in some cases for manufacturers. SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

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You have determine his sanity when he strangled his partner – AG

first_img SharePrint The mother of a 35-year-old woman, who was allegedly murdered by her partner, has been testifying before a panel of jurors today.The jury, made up of 7 women and 4 men, have been working to gather enough evidence to decide if the 28-year-old male Ivorian national could be considered insane at the time in which the crime was committed.The murder is understood to have taken place in September 2018 in the Paola apartment that both were living in along with Lourdes’ 7 childrenMichael Emmanuel is currently accused of the murder of Maria Lourdes but his pleading insanity initiated a suspension of the case back in April, while evidence was gathered.The Attorney General contested the plea, commencing Emmanuel’s trial this morning.Charles Mercieca addresses the juryAddressing the jury, Charles Mercieca from the Attorney General’s Office said, ‘The prosecution is not here capriciously. We are contesting his plea of insanity. You are here to serve justice, to do justice with the people, with the lady who has no voice here.’‘You have to determine whether he was sane at the time when he strangled his partner, not before, not after, not now.’‘We are saying that he was indeed sane at the time he took her life. You have to determine whether he was sane at the time when he strangled his partner, not before, not after, not now. When he was alone in that room, he knew what he was doing; he knew the consequences of his action. The voice of Maria Lourdes can only be heard through witnesses,’ the official explained.It is understood that Lourdes was found by police on September 15th shortly after her partner reported to police that she could not be woken.Medically not legally insaneThe Attorney General official went to explain to the jury what is classified as insanity medically not legally.‘One can be medically but not legally insane. In a court of law, insanity is the loss of capacity of understanding and knowing the difference between right and wrong.’Not a mad manThe prosecuting lawyer told the jury that Emmanuel was aware of his actions and that Lourdes, ‘was not in a relationship with a mad man, she did not bear children with a mad man.’‘He knew the consequences of his actions. He knew that it was cold, calculated murder. At that fateful point on that night he took a decision which brought us all here today. He had time after the murder to mull over what he had done. He waited until dawn to report to the police.’Scratches and marksAccording to the forensics doctor who examined Lourdes’ body, moving her arm away from face revealed her to have scratches and marks on her neck which showed that she did not die naturally. Asphyxia was considered the cause of death.However, during Emmanuel’s police interrogation, the suspect insisted that he had no knowledge of whom or what caused the injuries.Violence and threatsDuring her evidence given in court, the mother of the victim Mary Lourdes Agius explained how she had witnessed their relationship involving violence.She explained that her daughter had struggled raising seven children, two of which were Emmanuel’s. She described the accused as a good parent to the three children that lived with them and he was working as a plasterer.However, the court heard how the previous year had been fraught by arguments between the couple over money and that Lourdes’ former partner was accessing his children at their flat.The victim’s mother explained that she had advised her daughter not to allow other men to access the flat in order to prevent there being violence.Arguments are also said to have erupted when Lourdes’ used money to pay hair and nail treatments.The mother recalled a very severe incident in which she witnessed her daughter being abused by the accused and then being given an air foreshadowing.‘On Friday it’s you in an ambulance, on Saturday it will be me in a hearse,’ Lourdes reportedly told her mother.‘I was angry. At the time I recalled when, few months earlier, my daughter had ended up at the ITU in critical condition after giving birth to her last child. How could he treat her so?’The accused is then reported to have thrown Lourdes out of her home and to have then told a doctor about the situation she was facing.A report was subsequently made with the police and a request to contact the police if a similar situation occurred in the future.I Love YouThe mother of the victim told the court that the accused had returned to the flat demanding to see his son, in the hours prior to her daughter’s death.Despite warning her daughter not to let him in, she relented and allowed him access.The following day, the accused is reported to have told the mother that Lourdes had gone shopping. However, the mother explained that she gone into the bedroom, kissed her daughter and sensed that she had died. She told her daughter that she loved her. That is understood to be the last time, the mother saw her daughter before police returned to the scene following the accused’ police report.‘I didn’t speak to him after that. Lourdes would not be brought back to life,’ she explained.Sign to kill The witness also explained how during the three weeks prior to the murder, she had noticed a burnt doll on the kitchen roof and a burnt candle. She explains that she began to suspect that something resembling Ouija magic was being usedSpeaking to a priest about the discovery, he is reported to have told the witness to bring Lourdes to him fearing that the symbol forewarned her death or her daughter’s.Her daughter did not heed the advice she explained.During the cross examination, the witness also explained that she found three of her daughter’s teeth on the floor under the bedside carpet, when the police left the scene.The brother of the victim also gave evidence in court explaining that he had his own concerns about the accused but following confrontation with his sister about this, she did not take the comment well. This supposedly forced him to stay away.The trial will continue tomorrow.For the prosecution: Lawyer Matthew Xuereb. Defending the accused are lawyers Marc Sant and Dustin Camilleri.WhatsApp <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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Ericsson launches 3G and Connect To Learn in the Millennium Village in

first_imgAdvertisement Ericsson has provided the network infrastructure and services to bring voice and data communications to the Millennium Village Project (MVP) in Koraro located in a remote part of northern Ethiopia. With access to 3G connectivity more than 4,000 students and their teachers at two schools involved in the Connect To Learn initiative will now have access to modern learning and teaching resources through Ericsson’s cloud-computing solution. In addition, community health workers in the Millennium Villages will be using mobile phones provided by Sony Mobile and broadband access provided by Ericsson to deliver life-saving health care services directly to households to collect health information for improved monitoring.Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson says: “Education is key to ending poverty and ensuring a better life for people. ICT can play a vital role in providing access to quality classroom resources for both teacher and student, and fostering social awareness and global understanding which has become a necessity nowadays in secondary education.“Many of the residents in this area rely on the community clinic for health care, with otherwise little or no access to the most fundamental aspects of health care. Connecting the health clinic in Koraro is one part of a new joint continent-wide campaign that aims to train, equip and deploy one million community health workers throughout rural sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2015, reaching millions of underserved people.” Weidman-Grunewald continues. – Advertisement – The deployment of Ericsson’s cloud computing solution in Connect To Learn at Koraro, Masho Secondary School and Megab Secondary School, includes netbooks and wireless terminals that enable both students and teachers to access educational resources on the Internet, along with basic ICT skills training for teachers.Awash Teklehaimanot, Professor at Columbia University and Director of Millennium Project in Ethiopia said “the Koraro Millennium Village had limited access to communications technologies, however, with the support of Ericsson, the people in Koraro Cluster has benefited from 3G connectivity and Connect To Learn facilities. Students in two secondary schools are connected to the rest of the world using Ericsson donated laptop computers, which will be critical to advance education in the area. Mobile phones are used by community health workers and health extension workers to advance community health efforts. With these facilities and development of our staff, the Koraro cluster will serve as a center of excellence and a model for scaling up of ICT solutions in Ethiopia”Though it is on the decline, still roughly 10 percent of children die before reaching the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010, there were 500 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Many people suffer unnecessarily from preventable and treatable diseases, from malaria, malnutrition and diarrhea to tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.In Koraro, community health workers use the Open MRS (medical record system) and a smartphone-based health-data management system to collect information and report on malaria and other diseases, the number of births, and the incidence of malnutrition and the health status of pregnant women during household visits. Many of these residents would otherwise have little or no access to the most fundamental aspects of health care services.In all, Ericsson has provided connectivity to Millennium Villages in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania Uganda and Liberialast_img read more

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PREVIEW Cheltenham Day Three

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ometimes a non runner can feel like a winner at Cheltenham !!No sooner had a published my thoughts for Wednesday and moments afterwards Champagne Fever, the recommended tip became a non runner.If you haven’t checked out the incredible VAUTOUR INSURE offer today – it’s the lead story on the web site.Put simply, if you are considering backing VAUTOUR in the opening JLT Novices’ Chase then it’s a money back insurance offer that you have to grab. Basically, you get your money back if Vautour finishes outside the first three (up to £500) – check the offer page for full details.Also – still time to check out the Cheltenham Preview Videos in the Cheltenham part of the site.And if you’re on course today – don’t forget to pop by and say hello at the Star Sports pitch in the main ring.Today’s feature the World Hurdle looks as wide a renewal as I can remember and I am having a small bet each way on the Sandra Hughes trained Lieutenant Colonel being able to continue his progress. He is one of the few who genuinely look to be improving.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK LIEUTENANT COLONEL for 2 points ew at around 9/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 113.92 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgHORSE RACING1.50 ChesterAllnite 16/1 > 4/12.05 NewmarketIt’s Not Unusual 9/1 > 4/15.15 YorkCopper Knight 9/1 > 6/17.10 WindsorFivetwoeight 8/1 > 4/17.55 RedcarMy Girl Maisie 16/1 > 7/1FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD3/10 Man Utd 9/1 Leicester City 9/2 DRAWChampionship17:30 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event7/5 Nottingham Forest 2/1 Leeds United 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 26 Augustlast_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Watford v Spurs

first_imgThis should be a cracker, although with the Mourinho saga that’s unfolding the simultaneous Burnley v Man U might well have attracted a bigger box office for SKY.Watford have made the perfect 9 points from three games start to the season with wins against Brighton, Burnley and Palace and whilst this is undoubtedly their toughest task to date, confidence will be high and this could be a tricky match for Spurs who have made the same perfect start to the season, their wins coming against Newcastle, Fulham and Man U.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We’re going to play on Sunday against a very good team – a team that’s going to fight and is in a very good moment.“After three games they’re over the moon. Of course if we’re not ready and we believe because we beat Manchester United 3-0 that all is fantastic, I think we are going to crash.”The same fixture finished 1-1 last season and plenty may have this down for a similar scoreline today. If the Hornets are to win, it will become their first league victory over Spurs since 1987.Watford v Tottenham HotspurPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2018 PREMIER Tottenham 2-0 WatfordDec 2017 PREMIER Watford 1-1 TottenhamApr 2017 PREMIER Tottenham 4-0 WatfordJan 2017 PREMIER Watford 1-4 TottenhamFeb 2016 PREMIER Tottenham 1-0 WatfordDec 2015 PREMIER Watford 1-2 TottenhamJan 2012 FA CUP Watford 0-1 TottenhamDec 2008 CARLING CUP Watford 1-2 TottenhamMar 2007 PREMIERSHIP Tottenham 3-1 WatfordOct 2006 PREMIERSHIP Watford 0-0 Tottenham Both sides in great form and something has to give… or maybe not. I’m sticking with the DRAW at 3/1 starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 8pts at 3/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 143.11 points(not including Fourth Test, Test series recommendations and Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

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Global warmings ecosystem double whammy

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACTS:Jade BoydRice University713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduGreg BortolinDesert Research Institute775-673-7465, m 775-741-3648bortolin@dri.eduGlobal warming’s ecosystem double whammyOne abnormally warm year suppresses carbon dioxide uptake for two yearsPlants and soils act like sponges for atmospheric carbon dioxide, but new research finds that one abnormally warm year can suppress the amount of carbon dioxide taken up by some grassland ecosystems for up to two years. The findings, which followed an unprecedented four-year study of sealed, 12-ton containerized grassland plots at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., are the cover story in the Sept. 18 issue of Nature. “Our findings confirm that ecosystems respond to climate change in a much more complex way than one might expect based solely on traditional experiments and observations,” said study co-author James Coleman, vice provost for research and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice University in Houston. “Our results provide new information for those who are formulating science-based carbon policies.”The plants and soils in ecosystems help modulate the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Plants need CO2 to survive, and they absorb most CO2 during spring and summer growing seasons, storing the carbon in their leaves, stems and roots. This stored carbon returns to the soil when plants die, and it is released back into the atmosphere when soil bacteria feed on the dead plants and release CO2. “This is the first study to quantitatively track the response in carbon dioxide uptake and loss in entire ecosystems during anomalously warm years,” said lead author Jay Arnone, research professor in DRI’s Division of Earth and Ecosystem sciences. “The ‘lagged’ responses that carry over for more than one year are a dramatic reminder of the fragility of ecosystems that are key players in global carbon sequestration.” The four-year DRI study involved native Oklahoma tallgrass prairie ecosystems that were sealed inside four, living-room-sized environment chambers. The dozen 12-ton, six-foot-deep plots were extracted intact from the University of Oklahoma’s prairie research facility near Norman, Okla., to minimize the disturbance of plants and soil bacteria. Inside the DRI’s sunlit-controlled EcoCELL chambers, scientists replicated the daily and seasonal changes in temperature and rainfall that occur in the wild. In the second year of the study, half of the plots were subjected to temperatures typical of a normal year, and the other half were subjected to abnormally warm temperatures — on the order of those predicted to occur later this century by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the third year of the study, temperatures around the warmed plots were turned down again to match temperatures in the control plots. The CO2 flux — the amount of carbon dioxide moving between the atmosphere and biosphere — was tracked in each chamber for all four years of the study. DRI’s EcoCELL facility gave the scientists an unprecedented degree of control over the enclosed ecosystems. Not only could they create the same air temperature conditions from year-to-year, they could also independently control the soil temperature in each chamber — a key feature that enhanced the ecological relevance of the results. Each containerized ecosystem also sat on “load cells,” the type of scales used to weigh trucks on highways. Scientists used the scales to track the amount of water that was taken up and lost by the plants and soil in both normal and abnormal years. Thus, each containerized ecosystem served as a weighing lysimeter, an instrument that’s used to measure the water and nutrients that percolate through soils. The scientists found that ecosystems exposed to an anomalously warm year had a net reduction in CO2 uptake for at least two years. These ecosystems trapped and held about one-third the amount of carbon in those years than did the plots exposed to normal temperatures. Co-author Paul Verburg, also of DRI, explained, “Large reductions in net CO2 uptake in the warm year were caused mainly by decreased plant productivity resulting from drought, while the lack of complete recovery the following year was caused by a lagged stimulation of CO2 release by soil microorganisms in response to soil moisture conditions.” Numerous studies have found that the Earth’s atmospheric CO2 levels have risen by about one-third since the dawn of the Industrial Age. CO2 helps trap heat in the atmosphere, and political and economic leaders the world over are debating policy and economic reforms to reduce the billions of tons of CO2 that burned fossil fuels are adding to the atmosphere each year.The large collaborative study also involved scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno; the University of Oklahoma; the University of New Hampshire; and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

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Ricerun poll Parker leads Locke by 13 percent as Houston mayoral election

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice-run poll: Parker leads Locke by 13 percent as Houston mayoral election nearsWithtwo days till election day, a poll conducted by Rice University’sCenter for Civic Engagement shows City Controller Annise Parker with a13 percentage point lead over former City Attorney Gene Locke. Parkerhas the support of 49 percent of respondents to Locke’s 36 percent.Fifteen percent said they are unsure whom they will support.Thepoll is based on interviews with 442 registered voters in the city ofHouston between Dec. 7 and 9. It has an error rate of plus or minus 4.7percent. It was prepared for KHOU-TV and KUHF-FM.Parker opened her lead by appealing to voters concernedabout taxes and the economy, said Robert Stein, Rice’s Lena Gohlman FoxProfessor of Political Science, who oversaw the poll. She has also beenable to identify her campaign with the popular outgoing mayor, BillWhite, Stein added. Although White, who cannot seek re-election becauseof term limits, has not formally endorsed either candidate, “he has notdistanced himself from Parker,” Stein said.More than half ofthe survey’s respondents were white (53 percent), 29 percentAfrican-American, 10 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Asian and 4 percent“other.” Democrats made up a large plurality with 48 percent, comparedwith Republicans (29 percent) and independents (23 percent).WhileLocke’s campaign has had success in generating a large turnout duringthe early voting period that ended Dec. 8, Parker has increased herstanding among white Republicans and Democrats, Stein said. Parkerleads among Republican voters 55 percent to 29 percent. Locke leadsamong Democrats 51 percent to 41 percent, but Parker has a significantlead among independents (58 percent to 17 percent).Parker andLocke face each other in a Dec. 12 runoff after emerging from the Nov.3 first-round election as the top two voter-getters. The poll data can be viewed at http://ccrd.rice.edu/Mayor-2009/.The University of Houston Center for Public Policy Survey Research Institute assisted with the research. AddThislast_img read more

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