One of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.
HERE are another four players who will be touring Australia with the Saints Academy in October.Lewis Fairhurst is a hooker or scrum half who signed from Hindley ARFLC.Matthew Fleming is a centre who signed from Bold Miners having previously played at Warrington RU.Liam Forsyth is a centre or Wing from Bold Miners.Lewis Hatton is a second row who signed from Clock Face.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:Abtec T Tiling Ltd The Hookery Brook SP Gas North West WirehouseACS Construction Stack Computer Solutions Hills Packaging LtdFlemings Ropes & TwinesBedford Packaging Limited Bridgewater High School Endorsement St Cuthberts High SchoolAnother four players will be introduced tomorrow.Meet the Players #1Meet the Players #2Tour News
Please note these tickets are subject to availability and are located in Blocks H and I, both of which will hold Wigan Warriors supporters as well as Saints fans.These tickets are on a first come first served basis and cannot be purchased online.All other areas of the Totally Wicked Stadium are SOLD OUT for this evening’s match.For info or to book any of these tickets please contact the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium on 01744 455052.The Ticket Office is also open up until kick-off.
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk surprise his longtime friend and her family with a fully renovated kitchen, living room and bathroom in their North Carolina home. (Photo: HouzzTV) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk recently surprised his longtime friend and her family with a renovation of her Wilmington home.According to a news release, Hawk met Kerry Overman decades ago when she started dating and married his best friend, Ray Underhill. When Underhill passed away in 2008 after a long battle with brain cancer, Hawk committed to helping his family both as a close friend to Overman and as their children’s godparent. – Advertisement – Hawk said renovating Overman’s house was a way to give the family something meaningful. He used Houzz to transform their kitchen, living room and bathroom into a more functional and bright space that honors Overman’s rustic style with help from PBC Design + Build from the Houzz community.“I’m so thankful to be a in this family’s life and it was a huge honor for me to renovate their home,” said Hawk. “I used Houzz to pull together the entire project from finding a local design-build firm with great reviews and sharing ideas with them to buying the ideal products and furniture we used. When Ray passed, I vowed to help Kerry and her family however I can and I am proud that we were able to create such an open, modern and functional space perfect for their close-knit family.”WATCH THE EPISODE BELOW:Related Article: Crews to break ground on Aloft Hotel in downtown Wilmington
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Less than two months after opening a new bridge in New Hanover County is already in need of attention.The Lords Creek Bridge on River Road just opened on June 4.- Advertisement – $1.6 million was spent to replace the original bridge, which was built in 1974.Lords Creek Bridge on July 31, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)Now, the road that connects to the new bridge is beginning to sink creating a small crack between the bridge and road.The DOT is investigating.Related Article: Wilmington debris cleanup could cost $20 millionBrian Rick with the NCDOT released this statement:“Some of the roads along the waterways have poor, compressible soils that extend very deep below the surface. It is difficult to predict how these soils will react when there is an existing road already there, such as this location, and we add a minimal amount of additional embankment (weight) onto it, in order to raise the elevation of the bridge. We take measures to minimize these impacts, but the engineering for some of these unknowns is very challenging. In most cases where these poor soils are present, the settlement is negligible, but sometimes it is more extensive, unfortunately. The crack that is present here is strictly a settlement issue. The bridge itself is on a very deep pile foundation and is not a concern.”
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (Press Release) — Planning department staff have inspected every Carolina Beach public beach access to assess damages caused by Hurricane Florence. Seven (7) accesses have been determined unstable or destroyed, and will be closed for public use until repairs are completed. A list of closed beach access locations is listed below:1. Sea Oats2. Sand Fiddler3. Sand Dollar4. Seahorse5. Sandpiper6. South Carolina7. AlabamaFive (5) beach access sites will require maintenance and/or sand reinforcement, and remain open at this time. Please exercise caution when using the following public beach access locations:1. Oyster Shell2. Boardwalk Beach Access Points3. Ocean4. Texas- Advertisement – All other public beach crossovers were minimally impacted from the storm. However, there are several sand-style access points that may have steep drop-offs due to erosion (escarpment). Please exercise caution when using these sites.Please note that it is unlawful for any person to traverse or travel upon any frontal sand dune at any location other than a designated walkway or pathway. Beachgoers should not walk or climb on any portion of the dunes to gain access to the beach.If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 910-458-2978
Also on the agenda is a possible distillery, but Benson says it is in it’s very early stages and no details have been released.The town is also looking to clarify what is allowed to operate as a taxi, specifically how electric or low speed vehicles can be used.Benson says the meeting is to get additional information to make an appropriate provision for them.Related Article: Chef’s legacy lives on with another donation to CFCC FoundationThe meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. Joyner Marina (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council meets Tuesday night and there are several interesting things on the agenda.Mayor Joe Benson says the town will consider a hearing on a floating bar at Joyner Marina. However, no details have been released yet.- Advertisement –
Road closure (Photo: MGN Online) SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this week regarding the proposal to convert a Brunswick County intersection into an interchange.The proposed project is at the intersection of US 17 and N.C. 211, otherwise known as Ocean Highway and Southport Supply Road Southeast.- Advertisement – The NCDOT says the project is needed due to the volume of traffic at the intersection. A study verified the need for an interchange, which will include building two bridges.That study was part of a project submitted by the Cape Fear Area Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Brunswick County and NCDOT.More information of the proposal can be found at the NCDOT Public Meetings website.Related Article: CFMB nightly closures could continue until Memorial Day weekendThe public meeting will be held Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Brunswick Senior Center, 101 Stone Chimney Road S.E. in Supply.There will not be a formal presentation, but residents can drop in any time during the meeting to learn more about the proposal, have questions answered and talk with NCDOT representatives.The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or may be done by phone or email no later than June 17.For additional information or to submit comments, contact NCDOT Project Manager Brian Harding, P.E. at (910) 341-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or consultant Project Manager Alison Nichols at (704) 940-4725 or email@example.com.
State Sen. Dan Bishop topped nine other candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary, winning 48% of the ballots cast in an extremely low turnout election that drew 9.5% of the eligible voters. He now faces Democrat Dan McCready, as well as Libertarian and Green candidates, on Sept. 10.Bishop’s role as sponsor of a headline-grabbing “bathroom bill” that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people is likely to be a focal point in this repeat race, ordered by election officials who deemed last year’s contest too tainted to stand. And despite the low turnout on Tuesday, the general election could draw a heavy infusion of political cash on both sides because it’s virtually alone on the political calendar this year.The vote count last November showed McCready, a former Marine and Harvard MBA, narrowly losing to Republican Mark Harris. But then, an investigation found Harris ignored warnings and paid a political operative who collected mail-in ballots. Harris opted not to run again.Related Article: US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria moveIn 2016, Bishop sponsored House Bill 2, the law that voided a Charlotte ordinance expanding LGBT rights and prevented similar anti-discrimination rules anywhere else in the state. HB2 was nicknamed the “bathroom bill” because it also directed transgender people to use public bathrooms and showers that matched their birth sex. The measure made waves nationally and prompted boycotts by entertainers, governments and some businesses thinking about moving jobs to North Carolina.Bishop said while voters knew HB2 had his whole-hearted backing, the law was partially repealed in 2017 and is no longer as important as other issues.“People are astonished and amazed and dismayed at what they see coming out of Washington these days from liberal crazy clowns. Socialism. Open borders. Infanticide. 90% tax rates. Having prison inmates vote. It goes on and on,” Bishop told supporters Tuesday night. “And of course, most of all, an incessant drive to impeach the president.”With conflict between President Donald Trump and Washington Democrats heating up after the investigation into Russian support for the president’s 2016 campaign, the four-month contest between Bishop and McCready is expected to serve as a measure of political tides and an open vault for donors.McCready ran a solar-energy financing fund before starting his run for Congress two years ago. He’s built up his name recognition over the extended campaign and had almost $1.6 million in cash on hand as of May 2, according to Federal Election Commission reports.But McCready will be swimming upstream in a congressional district that has been in GOP hands since 1963 and which Trump won by 12 percentage points in 2016. The 9th Congressional District stretches from suburban Charlotte to suburban Fayetteville along the South Carolina border.Bishop accused McCready of refusing to clearly state his positions on public issues during last year’s primary and general elections.McCready “went through two elections without telling anyone where he stood on anything. That ends tomorrow,” Bishop said Tuesday night.McCready last year said he would not support Nancy Pelosi for her top leadership role in the U.S. House. She was elected speaker in January after Democrats took over the House majority. McCready refused during an October debate to rule in or out whether he supported impeaching Trump.But the GOP’s brand also has suffered in the wake of the much-publicized investigation into Harris’s campaign, followed last month by federal charges accusing the state party’s chairman of working with a big-money donor to try bribing North Carolina’s top insurance regulator. Dan Bishop (Photo: NCLEG.net) By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state’s “bathroom bill” against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent’s campaign.- Advertisement –
“I say from the neck up, I’m 30,” Moskowitz sayid. “From the neck down, I know how old I am.”Moskowitz makes it seem like his days in the Army were just yesterday. Decades later, he reflects on his experience.“I don’t think anything that I did is more important as anyone else that put on a uniform,” he said.Related Article: 99-year-old NC veteran finally walks in college graduationHumble is an understatement.From 1943 to 1946, Moskowitz served in the Army in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.“Do you think at 19 years of age I was thinking, ‘Oh I’m going to save the world?’” he said. “I wanted to come home. that’s the name of the game. Do your work. We did our work. Nobody complained.”From the Philippines to Okinawa, Moskowitz has stories that have lasted a lifetime. He is one of the last few left to share the powerful memories.“They sent me out to recover bodies,” he said. “I recovered bodies there. They had armament on them. You wouldn’t believe what they had. I still have a medal that I recovered there.”That Japanese medal is one of several mementos, along with photos, letters and even a flag he used as his diary.More than 70 years later, Moskowitz says it’s not about him, but about the millions of others who fought and sacrificed for our country.On a day like the 4th of July, we typically reflect on those people. Moskowitz says the holiday is different nowadays.“Everything has changed commercially,” he said. “Everything has become commercial. Families just like ours don’t get together.”For Moskowitz, times like these are meant to be spent with loved ones. He says it’s not just about celebrating those who serve.“I want you to celebrate the people that suffer,” he said. “A fellow that goes away and leaves five kids. Or a daughter goes away and the suffering that parents have to go through.”Although he may be one of the fewer than 500,000 World War II vets still alive, Moskowitz says he family goes far beyond. He stays close with many other who served, young and old.After all these years, we asked, what is his key to longevity?“I don’t stop eating,” he said. “I could eat anything but the kitchen sink.”Moskowitz is part of a veteran group that meets every year in Calabash to celebrate fellow World War II veterans. They meet on December 7, which is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the number of older veterans declines more and more each year, one vet in Brunswick County is keeping our history very much alive.96-year-old World War II veteran Alex Moskowitz shared his story, and tells us how things have changed since he was a young man in the Army.- Advertisement –