As St Lukes Hospital nears completion neighbors worry about parking and a

first_img 0% Tags: St. Luke’s Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Instead of praising the construction of St. Luke’s Campus for being on time and only months away from completion, neighbors who attended a meeting Wednesday were unhappy about access to an open-air plaza and the possibility of having to give up either parking or a bike lane along Cesar Chavez Street. Paul Klemish, the project director, showed neighbors the plan to widen the sidewalk on Cesar Chavez Street between Guerrero and Valencia streets by four to six feet for a curb extension.“Do you know how the bike lane would be affected?” asked one man in the audience of some 13 who attended the meeting at St. Luke’s Campus. Klemish said he hoped the bike lane would be moved out slightly and not merged with the lane of traffic. However, he said he could not be entirely sure until the city granted him the construction permit.center_img Either the bike lane or street parking would have to go, said Arly Cassidy, a neighbor who works as a city planner for the Town of Portola Valley.Steven Spaid, the construction administrator, and Vahram Massehian, the project manager for CPMC Sutter Health, which owns St. Luke’s hospital, said the bike lane would remain.“So, no street parking,” Cassidy said. “That’s great.” Klemish said that he was still uncertain about the outcome and moved on to talk about the future of the open plaza that would connect 27th Street to Cesar Chavez Street.  The plans show an elevated plaza with a variety of green spaces, with benches for seating and a series of stairways that would allow both community members and patients of St. Luke’s to pass through.In a development agreement with the city, the plaza will replace San Jose Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 27th streets.A rendering of the plaza that connects Cesar Chavez and 27th streets. Illustration courtesy of Sutter Health CPMC.Klemish said the hospital expected to keep the plaza open at all times, but he also did not rule out closing it during specific hours. “I’m really surprised there was not a ramp added,” said Cassidy when speaking of the plaza. Without a ramp, she continued, St. Luke’s would have to allow those in wheelchairs to enter the hospital at any time, so that they would have equal access to the plaza. She assumed that this would be required under the Americans with Disability Act. Spaid said that they had considered a ramp, but ultimately their accessibility reviewer advised that, “there is no accessible requirement for exterior space, only interior space.”“Morally or legally?” said Jesse Nichols, who lives on 27th Street. “Legally,” shouted one member of the audience.“Well,” said Spaid, “legally.”Klemish briefly moved the conversation along, but it eventually returned to plaza access. Spaid said there are some alternatives, such as adding an exterior elevator. And he seemed open to discussing other options.After the meeting, Massehian said he was thankful for the engaged citizens. If this many informed people had shown up to the first meeting for St. Luke’s, he said, “we might have had a slightly different project.” The next opportunity for citizens to shape a project will be in the development of Guerrero Park, which sits at the intersection of 28th Street, Guerrero Street and San Jose Avenue, which will have its first community meeting on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s. last_img read more

The BBC Trust has announced that it has instructed

first_imgThe BBC Trust has announced that it has instructed the BBC to look again at the review of local radio and its original proposals which would have had significant impact on local sports broadcasting.In his announcement, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten gave notice to the impact the proposals would have on Rugby League in particular and instructed the BBC to ensure “ways are found to continue to protect more specialist and distinctive local content out of peak.”He continued, “alongside local news and information, the evening and weekend schedules of many local radio stations carry unique or specialist local content that is of particular value to their audience – for instance sports coverage that has a particular resonance in a particular area such as Rugby League and football.”Specifically, the BBC Trust asked the BBC to review three key areas:To scale back plans for local radio to share programmes in the afternoon;To ensure that local stations have “an adequately staffed newsroom”; andTo protect specialist content outside peak times – for example local sports or specialist music shows.Since the BBC put forward its consultation, the RFL led the campaign on behalf of all sports alongside the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group to ensure that better solutions could be found. The RFL worked with other sports bodies and fans of Rugby League to respond to the consultation – which resulted in more submissions than ever before; the lion’s share of which came from Rugby League fans.On hearing the announcement, RFL Chairman Richard Lewis said: “This is excellent news for fans of all sports and particularly Rugby League which as a community-focused game would have been the worst hit if the BBC’s plans were implemented.“The sports output from BBC local radio stations is one of the defining qualities of a region and we are encouraged that the BBC Trust have listened to the voice of local people and have decided to re-think their proposals. I want to thank the Members of Parliament in the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and all those that took the time to write to the BBC. The voice of Rugby League fans has obviously made a huge difference.“We recognise the difficult situation the BBC faces and appreciate it has to make tough choices, however this review gives us the opportunity to consider other options and I look forward to the RFL and the BBC working together to find a more pragmatic solution.”last_img read more

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The majority of the players are now back in traini

first_imgThe majority of the players are now back in training with just the club’s England contingent to return.“I’m confident with the squad,” the head coach said. “I’m really happy with the new players we have brought in and the younger players who have benefited from the experience they got last season.“Danny Richardson had his first full season in Super League and then you have Matty Lees and Jack Ashworth plus the likes of Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace who are still young too.“The young guys got plenty of game time last year and contributed. That will help us this year.”Holbrook reported that James Roby had surgery on his shoulder in the off-season but is back and in full training.Alex Walmsley is also taking part in pre-season and will have a scan on his neck next week.“Officially, it is similar from our last update,” he continued. “Alex has to get enough bone regrowth to be able to play and he gets a scan and sees a specialist next week. In training he is doing everything asked of him; he is just waiting for the green light to play.“Pre-season is going well and we’re almost back together. Theo (Fages) came in this week and Joseph Paulo has also come in. The England players are due in next Monday.“We started last season really well so there will be a similar build up this time around. It’s about individuals getting to where we want them to be before the team comes together.“The new players coming in will alter how we play slightly but we won’t throw everything out of the window. We won 26 from 30 last season but, with that in mind, we don’t want to do the same as we don’t want the same outcome.“It wasn’t a frustrating season, just disappointing in the end. We had two completely different exits from competitions we wanted to win.“We had won a lot of games before that semi-final with Catalan but we got ambushed. In the other semi-final, there wasn’t a lot in the game. We were leading with five minutes to go so it was disappointing we couldn’t hang on and get it done.”He continues: “It’s early days but I’m excited to see how the season will pan out. You can’t imagine Leeds not being thereabouts and I thought Warrington were really strong last year. Wigan won the comp and then you have Hull, Cas and Catalans too. Everyone looks really strong.“There have been some big signings at some clubs too so I’m expecting it to be another good season.”Tickets for all Saints 2019 Betfred Super League home games – including the blockbusting opener against Wigan on January 31 – are now on sale.You can get yours by calling into the Ticket Office, tel: 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

How will the eclipse affect solar energy production in North Carolina

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “It’s a very strange phenomenon, happens once in a lifetime to a lot of people,” said Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless.Less than two weeks from now, much of the country will experience darkness in the middle of the day.- Advertisement – During this period, solar power companies are forced to make changes.“We’re going to keep the energy grid stable, make sure people enjoy the solar eclipse,” said Wheeless.What you may not know is that North Carolina is a leader in solar power production.Related Article: Sylvia Hatchell stepping down as UNC women’s basketball coach amid investigation“A lot of it is in eastern North Carolina where you have a lot of farmland that was growing tobacco, soybeans over the course of the last 50 years. A lot of those farmers maybe got out of the tobacco business and went into the solar business, so they lease land to solar companies like us and others to build these solar farms,” said Wheeless.On August 21st, companies like Duke Energy will switch from solar to other renewable energy resources like natural gas and hydroelectric.Wheeless says up to two thousand megawatts of solar energy could be lost within a couple of hours. That’s enough to power the homes of a quarter of a million people.“What we’re doing now is planning for what power plants we have in reserve that can come on quickly to take up that slack from solar and then can ramp down when the solar’s coming back up,” said Wheeless.Wheeless says the challenge is keeping the energy grid balanced.“When you lose a lot of solar or power all at once, the grid likes it smooth, so we have to be able to interject new power into the system to make sure the grid is operating evenly and so customers have power regardless, before and after the eclipse,” said Wheeless.So when the sky goes black, you don’t need to worry. Your lights will stay bright.Join us August 21st at 2 p.m. for our special eclipse coverage. It will stream live on our website and our social media platforms so you can take it outside with you and interact with us. You won’t want to miss it.last_img read more

PHOTOS Seniors soak up summer fun during day at Carolina Beach

first_img Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) They set up cabanas for those who may not have wanted to get into the water but still wanted to enjoy time on the sand.For others, they swam along side them as they rode surfboards in with the tide.Related Article: Carolina Beach recognized for wheelchair accessible beachesOcean Cure President Kevin Murphy says it was a great day! Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Ocean Cure is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for those with life challenges and disabilities through surfing. Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Some local seniors had fun in the sun Thursday for Senior Beach Day in Carolina Beach.Ocean Cure took 15 senior citizens from Brightmore of Wilmington out onto the beach to enjoy some sun, waves, and surf.- Advertisement – Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy)center_img Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) 1 of 6last_img read more

One Tree Hill cast members coming to Wilmington for charity bake sale

first_img This weekend, there will be a “One Tree Hill” themed charity event called “Karen’s Café Bake Sale” featuring actors who held roles on the show including Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott), Grace McKenna Holcomb (Jenny Jagelski) and Jaeden Earle (Lydia Scott).Organizers will hold the event in a vacant warehouse which served as the fictional Tric night club featured in the show.The event will be Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.Related Article: Teen who inspired Holden Beach community dies from cancerWith a $175 weekend pass, fans can get one photo with each celebrity guest in attendance, Karen’s cafe mug and a Karen’s cafe dog tag souvenir. Once in the event, guests can buy extra photos, a duo photo with Moira and Barbara, and autographs with each.You can also access the bake sale, food and drinks, and experience Tric and a special recreation of the Red Bedroom Records set.Eighty-percent of the net proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s. The event is hosted by Friends with Benefit Charity events. Click here for tickets to the event. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A three-day event this weekend benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is sure to delight fans of the once hugely-popular teen drama “One Tree Hill.”The series debuted in 2003 and wrapped production in 2011. It was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and on location in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chirp – the new way to share smartphone data

first_imgAdvertisement Currently, this content is limited to pictures, links to websites or 140-character messages, much like its precursor, Twitter. These appear in a feed similar to Facebook’s timeline.The designers, however, have grand designs for the future of their invention and see it revolutionizing the world of social media marketing. It could, they claim, be used to send messages across the radio which prompt related downloads, could be used at events to “chirp” content over the speakers or could even be used to make payments in shops.Chirp is unique in that it can send data to multiple devices in one go, without them needing to be paired. Furthermore, if smartphones are out of network reach when they receive the ‘chirp’, they will remember it for later and download the content once they are back online. – Advertisement – “We are pretty sure this is unique,” chief executive of Animal Systems, Patrick Bergel said.“We solve the problem of having to pair devices to move data. It’s fairly novel to be able to transmit information to anyone who is in earshot – a large number of devices can share the same information at the same time using sound. You can also use it as a device shifting mechanism. In the future you will be able to chirp yourself a link to a map from your laptop.”It is free to use, but companies will be charged a fee for add-on services.Mr Bergel says Chirp’s distinctive sound allows it to work at low volumes in relatively noisy locations such as pubs, clubs or busy streets.It can also work over public address systems or radio transmissions – potentially allowing broadcasters a way to send up-to-date pictures or links to background information; or an advertiser to send coupons or snippets of a song or promotional video.Animal Systems subscribes to a “blacklist” service to prevent users transmitting known pornographic or illegal-content website links. However, it does not plan to moderate other material.The application works by uploading a user’s material to the firm’s servers. The data is then identified with a 50-bit address space: one of trillions of available identifiers. This location is then sent to the sender’s device. When the user presses a button in the app it plays an audio-encoded version of the address.For now Chirp is only available as an iPhone app. An Android version is promised “soon”. Source: BBClast_img read more

Liberia LoneStar Cell MTNs suspension could be security nightmare

first_imgAdvertisement The Heritage from Monrovia reports that management of LoneStar Cell MTN has described plans by Liberia’s Telecommunications Authority (LTA) to suspend its operating license for three days as “a serious security nightmare to the country”.LoneStar Cell MTN’s management is concerned the decision by the LTA to suspend its operations could result in a security nightmare for the country. (Image: Google/ LTA recently announced the suspension of two operational licenses of the telecommunications services provider as “a punitive measure from the Board of Commissioners resulting from LoneStar Cell MTN’s ‘unilateral’ implementation of an ‘unauthorised’ change in its status of its interconnection with Comium-Liberia from May 18, 2012 to May 21, 2012,” the report states. – Advertisement – Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, Corporate Communications Executive at LoneStar Cell MTN, is quoted as saying, “”Imagine the level of chaos that the dismissal of just 40 persons from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) is causing in the country. Moreover, you remove over 5,000 Liberians who are dependent on these jobs, at once. This poses a great threat to national security and we shouldn’t be taking that chance.”According to the LTA the suspension means LoneStar Cell MTN customers can receive calls but not make calls for the duration of the suspension, which, as reported, is scheduled to run from 3 December to 5 December.The regulatory body stipulated that customers in areas that are exclusively serviced by LoneStar Cell MTN will be exempted from the order, but the company will have to pay 25% of revenue generated from such operations to the government of Liberia.However, management at LoneStar Cell MTN have refuted the reasoning behind the suspension and that this action will “jeopardise the business of LoneStar Cell MTN and could destroy some of its major equipment.” The company also stressed concern that it could also result in the loss of its partner, the MTN Group.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

Uganda maintains position in Global ICT rankings

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda maintained its ranking in its usage of ICT-related competitiveness at position 110 out of 144 countries and 14th in Africa, according to the  Global Information Technology Report 2013. The report finds most developing economies still failing to create the conditions necessary to close the ICT-related competitiveness gap with advanced economies.Despite efforts in the past decade to improve information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure in developing economies, there remains a new digital divide in how countries harness ICT to deliver competitiveness and well-being.The Networked Readiness Index, calculated by the WEF and INSEAD, ranked 144 economies based on their capacity to exploit the opportunities offered by the digital age. The ranking capacity is determined by the quality of the regulatory, business and innovation environments, the degree of preparedness, the actual usage of ICTs, as well as the societal and economic impacts of ICTs. – Advertisement – According to the Davos-based Forum, the assessment is based on a broad range of indicators from Internet access and adult literacy to mobile phone subscriptions and the availability of venture capital, adding that indicators such as patent applications and e-government services gauge the social and economic impact of digitization.On the African continent, the top countries are Mauritius (55th with a score of 4.12), South Africa (at 70th with a score of 3.87), Seychelles (79th with a score of 3.80) and Egypt (80th with a score of 3.78), Cape Verde (81st with a score of 3.78), Rwanda (88th with a score of 3.68), Morocco (at 89th with a score of 3.64) and Kenya (92nd with a score of 3.54), Ghana(at 95th with a score of 3.51) and Botswana(96nd with a score of 3.50).A Pdf copy of the rankings can be downloaded here.last_img read more