The brother of a disabled asylumseeker who was br

first_imgThe brother of a disabled asylum-seeker who was brutally murdered by a racist neighbour has joined disabled activists in criticising a “safeguarding review” for failing to expose the “catalogue of injustice” he faced in the years leading to his death.They spoke out during a series of events in Bristol that were held to honour the memory of Kamil Ahmad, and another disabled refugee, Bijan Ebrahimi, who were both murdered by racist neighbours in the city.The memorial included the unveiling at Bristol’s City Hall of a copy of a mural that Ahmad helped create, which will be hung in the building’s foyer, followed by a march through the streets of the city to a nearby venue where campaigners discussed the barriers faced by disabled asylum-seekers and how to fight for change to the systems and agencies blamed for the two murders.Days before the memorial events, the safeguarding review, commissioned by Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board, had concluded that the murder of Kamil Ahmad in July 2016 by Jeffrey Barry “could have been avoided”.The two men had been living in separate flats in the same supported accommodation, but Ahmad had repeatedly told staff and police in the months and years leading to his death that Barry had been threatening and assaulting him and that he did not feel safe.Barry was finally sectioned following growing concerns about his behaviour, which included writing notes threatening to kill a number of people, including Ahmad.But he was released from hospital the following month on the orders of a mental health tribunal. Neither Ahmad nor the police were told of his release.Hours later, Barry attacked Ahmad and stabbed him to death in his own room.Bristol social services – which Ahmad had also told about his fears for his safety – had been about to evict him and leave him destitute on the streets, and only announced that this decision had been reversed the day after he was murdered.Barry was convicted of murder last year and will serve at least 23 years of a life sentence.Kamil Ahmad’s brother, Kamaran Ahmad Ali, who attended the memorial events, told Disability News Service that he was “not happy” with the review, and that both the police and health services had failed to admit their mistakes.He said he wanted what had “happened to me not to happen to anyone else. I can’t get my brother’s life, but we can get that”.But he said he welcomed the memorial events and believed that bringing disabled activists and disabled asylum-seekers together was “a very good thing”.He had earlier said at the unveiling of the picture that his brother’s murder by a “brutal and racist person” was “inhuman” and that “the silence and negligence of the organisations that were responsible for protecting him makes this suffering even harder to bear”.He said: “None of those organisations and institutions managed to protect Kamil’s life from this racist person, otherwise Kamil would have been with us now.“Our request is that those who were in charge of Kamil and people like him should reassess their practice and try to improve their services in order to prevent more lives to be lost.”Three of the main organisers of the memorial events – Rebecca Yeo, a disabled academic and friend of Kamil’s; Ellen Clifford, from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance; and Mike Steel From Bristol DPAC – said the review had failed to expose repeated injustices.In a joint statement, they said they were pleased the review had recognised that Kamil had been subjected to “systemic racism” and had been failed by many agencies in the city.But they added: “There could have been deeper investigation into potentially racist attitudes towards Kamil as an asylum-seeker by services that should have been providing support”.And they pointed out that decisions by Bristol City Council that led to a disabled man with high support needs being assessed as ineligible for support were “barely referred to, let alone questioned” in the review.They also said the review had failed to expose the police’s failure to protect Kamil, who had repeatedly asked for action to be taken in response to Barry’s violence and racist threats.And they were highly critical of the review’s repeated references to Kamil and other disabled people as “vulnerable”.They said: “All humans are vulnerable. People become more vulnerable if barriers are faced getting their rights met.“Kamil was failed by multiple agencies. He died because insufficient action was taken to prevent someone intent on killing him.“That is not a sign of Kamil’s ‘vulnerability’ but of agency failure.”They also said the review appeared to show that “as a service-user and as a refused asylum-seeker, Kamil’s rights to live free from abuse, harassment and fear were denied”.They added: “The repeated communication failures between the NHS, voluntary and private sector services which also contributed to Kamil’s murder are simply not a matter of ‘learning lessons’ or ‘designing new pathways’.“We believe these are a direct consequence of drastic funding cuts, unaccountable commissioning and the impact of service fragmentation on front-line staff.”Bijan Ebrahimi, a disabled refugee who was also brutally murdered by a racist neighbour in Bristol, had also made repeated pleas for the police and other agencies to protect him before his death in 2013.As a tribute to Ebrahimi at the unveiling at City Hall, the city’s first poet laureate, Miles Chambers, read the poem he wrote about the murder.The poem included the lines: “Faith in the police respected British rules and authority/Bijan thought they’d take care of me.”And: “Wake me up, shake me, give my cheek a pinch/Was I dreaming? Was this 1950s Mississippi/Did we just witness a lynch?”Ebrahimi’s two sisters had attended the unveiling and had asked Chambers to read his poem at the event.Alex Raikes, strategic director for the Bristol charity Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), told the unveiling event that both Kamil Ahmad and Bijan Ebrahimi were supposed to be in housing “where they could be safe”.She said that both men had been disabled, and much of their impairments were “hidden, much exacerbated and made worse by the systems they were fighting here in the UK”.She said they had both “believed in authorities and systems and both thought authorities and systems were there for them”, but both had lost their lives to racist murders.Raikes said both Kamil and Bijan had used the system but “were failed because they were not listened to.“The system didn’t listen to them, and worse still it didn’t take them seriously and didn’t really believe in the racism they were suffering.”Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol – who was elected just two months before Kamil Ahmad’s murder – apologised to the relatives of both men “on behalf of Bristol”.He told them: “I do hope you take from today… that both Kamil and Bijan’s lives matter.”He said the city was committed to ensuring that there were people working in its institutions “who are committed to make sure that safety is the norm and is something we can guarantee and it is not an exception” and that “the support around individuals and communities, the response to people raising concerns, is as good as it should be”.Following the memorial events, organisers and representatives of groups that had taken part – including Yeo, DPAC, Bristol DPAC, TUC, Bristol Disability Equality Forum and Bristol Refugee Rights – wrote to Rees and the city’s MPs, calling for urgent action and a meeting with them and Bristol social services.They warned that the failings by agencies that had affected Kamil were “neither unusual nor the result of oversights”.And they said they knew of at least three disabled asylum-seekers with mental health conditions who had been evicted by the city council from social services supported accommodation and left homeless with no support.They said: “It is only a matter of time before we have the next tragedy and then the next apology. “We need urgent action to find a solution to this inhumanity and to turn Bristol’s apology into practical change. “We are fully aware that local authority budgets are in crisis and that social services have to make huge cuts.   “The impact of this needs to be highlighted at a national level but we also need to find solutions at local level.“This is an urgent issue of saving lives, right now in Bristol.”Picture: Kamil Ahmad’s brother, Kamaran, points at the copy of the mural, watched by Bijan Ebrahimi’s two sisters, Marvin Rees (second from left), and one of Kamil’s cousinslast_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn will today launch Labours European

first_imgJeremy Corbyn will today launch Labour’s European election campaign in Kent, where he is set to promote his alternative plan for Brexit and blame the current “deadlock” on the government.“No one expected us to be holding these European elections, but the government’s complete failure on Brexit means they are going ahead,” the Labour leader will say. “While the government’s incompetence and division on Brexit has created this deadlock, the injustices in our society are deepening. “Labour’s European manifesto, Transforming Britain and Europe: for the many not the few, lays out plans to tackle tax avoidance, environmental harm and the far right across the continent.It will come under significant scrutiny following an internal row over whether the party should commit to backing another referendum in any situation, which nearly half of its MEP candidates have agreed to do.Ultimately, Labour’s ruling body approved a commitment to support another public vote – but only if the opposition cannot secure changes to the current Brexit deal or force a general election, in line with the policy made by conference.Speaking at the University of Kent this morning, Corbyn is expected to highlight Labour’s core message that the “real divide” in the UK is between “the many and the few” rather than Remainers and Leavers.“Whether you’re from Tottenham or Mansfield, Stockwell or Stoke, here in Medway or in Manchester, so many of the problems you face are the same… Labour is the only party with a plan to unite our country to make it work for the many not the few,” the Labour leader will say.“Labour’s alternative plan for Brexit, which protects jobs, living standards and communities, would end the chaos caused by the Conservatives and let us focus on the other big issues facing our country.”The launch will take place in Medway, Kent, where the party gained four seats in the recent local elections. The neighbouring district of Gravesham, taken by Labour from Conservatives who had experienced deep divisions locally, was a key victory last week.Speaking in an area where 64% voted to Leave in 2016, Corbyn intends to explain Labour’s main objective: to reach across the Brexit divide and bring voters together, alienating neither side of the debate.After making it clear that Labour has its own Brexit plan, Corbyn will say: “But we can never accept the government’s bad deal or a disastrous no deal. So if we can’t get a sensible deal, along the lines of our alternative plan, or a general election, Labour backs the option of a public vote.“Labour will address the inequalities that helped fuel the Brexit vote by investing in our communities and people, ending austerity, and creating a fairer society. So whether you voted leave or remain in 2016, I urge you to vote Labour, the party that is determined to bring the many together and take on the entrenched power of the few.”Tags:Kent /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /European elections 2019 /last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes St Francis Fountain turns 100 years old and plans to

first_img Tags: arts • housing • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% St. Francis Fountain turns 100St. Francis Fountain, the diner on the corner of 24th and York street, is hitting the century mark. The ice cream and lunch eatery has been at the same location since 1918, and to celebrate, owner Peter Hood said they’ll be giving the landmark a rest: it will be closing for four to six weeks to revamp the old place, buy new equipment and install new flooring. “It’s like a party, you know?” he said. “When you’re going to have people over, you clean up so when they get there, they say, ‘Hey, nice place!’”   0%center_img Hood is also the general manager of Boogaloo’s, which recently reopened after lying dormant for two years. Having Boogaloos closed was an opportunity to take some staff to his other location, St. Francis Fountain, and have them train there. With Boogaloo’s reopening, Hood said, he’ll have St. Francis staff work at Boogaloos while renovations take place.He said he’s not sure when St. Francis will close, but he’ll post an announcement on the fountain’s website when the time comes. “I might even get back in the kitchen,” Hood said. Housing underway will benefit homelessThe city has selected Mercy Housing and Episcopal Community Services to lead a two-building, 265-unit supportive housing development for homeless and formerly homeless seniors. The city purchased site, currently a parking lot at 1064-1068 Mission, from the federal government. One hundred of the housing units will be earmarked for seniors above the age of 62 dealing with chronic homelessness. The site will also house an urgent care clinic, dental offices, a street medicine unit and homeless outreach services. It is unclear when the project will begin construction, as many affordable housing projects in the city have hung in limbo for years. Brava This weekend, Brava will be hosting a presentation of “Untold,” a theatrical adaptation of the book “Untold Stories” by Kat Cockrill. The production explores the race, gender identities and reproductive rights of women, and will be held in Brava’s new cabaret space.Showtimes: Starts at 8 pm Friday through Sunday at Brava Theater (2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110).Tickets are $0-25. Free classes coming up at ODCTo celebrate Bay Area Dance Week (April 27 to May 6), ODC is offering new students the opportunity to take any three classes for free. Returning students can also take one of the following classes for free: Afro Haitian, Rhythm & Motion Fusion, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Motion Fusion Essentials, Roryography and Salsa Workout. More info here: https://odc.dance/BADW  Celebrating children, books and literacy The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 19th Annual Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros celebration on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, at 23rd and Folsom streets. There will be live music, book giveaways and special performances. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoop performer Cherry Hoops and bubble artist Sterling Johnson. Back again will be the dynamic Master of Ceremonies, Josue Guardarrama, live DJ PakíPayá and more. Here’s a video that will give you a sense of what will happen. Coming up at ODCUncertain Weather, an ode to Climate Change, will premiere on May 5 and 6 at ODC.  The show follows three young people and their canine companion through a meteorological meandering. Showtimes:  1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, at ODC Theater in the Mission. Tickets are $10 for a child, $20 for an adult and $35 for a patron and can be purchased here.last_img read more

SF Mission District drag queens fighting Ellis Act eviction

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Richard Padilla, perhaps better known by his drag name, “Renita Valdez,” stood in a long hallway of his apartment at 1779-1781 15th Street Monday evening. He pointed to the constellation of plaques covering the walls that Renita Valdez has garnered throughout the years. “These are my accolades,” Padilla said. “You know, for being a part of the community.” He was particularly proud of ones given to him from former State Sen. Mark Leno and current State Sen. Scott Wiener. This personal Hall of Fame, in fact, has been growing for the last 22 years — the time Padilla has lived here. But now, he, his three roommates, and the resident of an in-law unit downstairs are facing an Ellis Act eviction.  “They just want to get rid of us,” Padilla said. Padilla believes it’s not a simple case of his landlords, Leslie Wan and Brian Keller, wanting to exit the rental market — the nominal purpose of an Ellis Act eviction. “We’re being discriminated against,” he claimed. Although his landlords deny that discrimination is involved — and Padilla says they’ve never explicitly used derogatory terms — the longtime tenant says he has felt an undeniable sense of repugnance from the landlords, who live in the unit above them. “The look of disgust, the look of shielding their children from us when we’re dressed in drag,” he said. “You get that feeling, when people look at you.”He added that Wan and Keller have harassed them by throwing away some of their drag costumes and disposing of furniture in their backyard, where the roommates and their friends would often hang out. “That’s another form of discrimination,” he said. These episodes are only part of an ongoing saga between those residing with Padilla and their landlords. They are detailed in a lawsuit filed last October that alleges the harassment and discrimination. (At one point, the lawsuit alleges, Wan covered her son’s eyes and told him to go upstairs when she saw one of the tenants, Freddie Miranda, dressed in drag.)Although Padilla alleges the landlords have been trying to shoo him out for years — first with an owner-move-in eviction in 2014 that was later dismissed by a judge — the situation came to a head three weeks ago, when Wan and Keller offered all four of their tenants a $50,000 settlement, according to Padilla.“My lawyer laughed and left the room,” Padilla said. “That’s when we knew we had to fight.” A trial is set for November. The tenants have also alerted media outlets, and hosted a press conference in front of their house Monday evening. Logos Branchflower has been living at the residence for the last eight years. The only emotion he could convey was “exhaustion.” Sadly, he said, the feeling was all too common. “We’ve been going through eviction attempts at this house for years,” he said. Before he moved into his house on 15th Street, he said, he had been priced out of his longtime residence in the Castro. He said it was very difficult to find his current living arrangement. “I don’t know where I’d go,” he said, when asked if he would have to leave San Francisco if evicted. Branchflower pointed to his artwork, which seemed to populate every bit of space in his room — paintings, artificial stained glass (tissue paper and foam board), a plethora of Fimo clay votives that line his shelves. He has been working with Fimo since the 1980s, but said he has not been producing much artwork lately. “I’m exhausted,” he reiterated. “It’s hard to do anything when your living situation is in jeopardy.” center_img Email Address,0%last_img read more

SAINTS fielded probably their youngest side ever a

first_imgSAINTS fielded probably their youngest side ever at this level with 6 making their debut along with 6 with less than 10 games under their belt and yet were still massively too strong for their opponents – recording a 94-0 victory over the North East.The game was a procession virtually from the kick off and developed into a battle with the score board against the clock. Although to their credit the players never once thought of it that way, approaching the job professionally throughout.Lewis Furlong kicked off the 17 try jamboree collecting Regan Grace’s clever knock back of Dave Hewitt’s last tackle cross kick to scoot into the corner. Second tackle from the restart and good footwork from Mike Weldon, making a welcome return after injury, put him through on a 50 metre break, he found Hewitt in support who shipped it out to Calvin Wellington and the big Welsh centre finished in style.Wellington turned provider for Hewitt minutes later providing the pass from which the scrum half twisted over in a tackle for the try.From the kick off a great 40 metre run carrying three defenders from Adam Thompson put the Saints on the front foot. The ball was spread right for Jake Spedding to go 50 metres down the right flank only to be caught with the line in sight. From the play the ball Hewitt jinked over for his second and the Saints were 22 points to the good in the opening 15 minutes.Saints fifth try saw Regan Grace show his paces. The ball was fired out to the wing from a scrum on the Saints 30 and Regan did just enough to outpace his opposite number and the covering defence on his way to the line without really getting out of second gear!This wasn’t just a fantastic display of handling skills. A wonderfully deep clearance kick from Rob Fairclough and a great chase saw the North East picking the ball up on their 5 metre line. Two tackles later and the weight of tackle had forced the error. Four tackles later and a Hewitt long ball saw Spedding in for his first.The pack were making yards down the middle for fun and runs from Chris Worrall, Ross McCauley and Joe Ryan, all impressive off the bench, coupled with an intelligent grubber on the last from Hewitt saw Ben Morris touch down at the sticks.Worrall and Ryan teamed up for the Saints last try of the half on the half hour as the Captain took the pass from his fellow prop after he had committed the full back.If there was to be a criticism at all about the Saints yesterday it’s that in both halves they switched off for 10 minutes at the end of each one.It’s often very difficult to switch back on in the second period after such a dominant display but normal service was most definitely resumed with a divine 40/20 from Hewitt giving the Saints a scrum on the home 15 metre line. Two tackles later and Ryan was strolling under the sticks.On the next set a half break from Wellington put Matt Costello in the clear. He took it on 30 metres before feeding the supporting Weldon to storm the final 30 to the try line for his first try in Saints colours at this level.Worrall and Ryan teamed up again this time to send fellow sub McCauley in at the posts for his first.Wellington showed the defensive side of his game rattling the teeth of his opposite number. Spedding picked up the loose ball and scooted in.McCauley charged over for his second try and then embarked on a series of wonderful examples of strong running centre play. The big prop obviously thought, wrongly, that Lewis Furlong needed a little bit of help down the left and proceeded to terrorise the right flank of the North East Region with some barnstorming runs, scattering would be defenders like pieces of straw on the wind. Worrall and Grace benefitted from these runs, both finishing off moves with tries.Just when the century looked a formality the Saints lost concentration and despite two more tries in the final three minutes from Lewis Furlong and Spedding’s hat-trick try after good work by Josh Eaves and Wellington, it was always going to be just too far away.However, as always this was never about reaching the ton, it was always about attitude and the ability to stay focussed and do your job properly and professionally. That is what this side did even to the expert running of water although the cone boy left a little to be desired!Seriously though, a long trip, a young side and the knowledge that other teams had whipped our hosts could have been a recipe for disaster. But not with this team. What they have done is exactly what they should have done, left the coaching staff with a host of dilemmas as the season progresses.Match Summary:North East U19s:Tries:Goals:Saints U19s:Tries: Jake Spedding 3, Lewis Furlong 2, Calvin Wellington, Regan Grace 2, Dave Hewitt 2, Ben Morris, Mike Weldon, Ross McCauley 2, Chris Worrall, Joe Ryan 2.Goals: Dave Hewitt 4, Rob Fairclough 7, Lewis Furlong 2.Half Time: 44-0Full Time: 94-0Teams:North East:1. Joe Thubron; 35. Lewis Davey, 3. Jake Woods, 4. Jack Williams, 5. Niall Sidney; 29. Zack Clark, 7. Dave Wheetman; 8. Lewis Thompson, 9. Aidan McCallion, 10. Kieran Bruce, 11. Jason Bass, 12. Kane Young, 13. Will Doyle. Subs: 14. Alex Bielby, 15. Ben Hoggart, 16. Alex Taylor, 17. Jonah McIntyre, 18. Jack Midgley.Saints:1. Matt Costello; 2. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 3. Lewis Furlong, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Rob Fairclough, 7. Dave Hewitt; 15. Joe McLoughlin, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Adam Thompson, 11. Lewis Hatton, 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon.Subs: 8. Ross McCauley, 14. Brad Billsborough, 16. Chris Worrall, 17. Joe Ryan.last_img read more

RHINO Gladiator is a unique Mud Obstacle Event tha

first_imgRHINO Gladiator is a unique Mud Obstacle Event that is taking place between Wigan and St Helens on August 13 and 14 this year.It features more than 40 challenges for runners of all abilities over two days and former international rugby stars will be taking part.The event will take place at Shoot Delph Farm – with a 10k event on day one and a 5k and 2k on day two.It really will offer something for everyone and create a community event in Rugby’s heartland!Endurance Sports Ltd created Gelt Gladiator in 2015 with 2,500 runners taking part.The event in Cumbria was the first as part of a Gladiator Mud Run series which offered tough challenges but for all levels of ability including children, beginners and the extreme tough/fit guys.Partnering Endurance Sports in Rhino Gladiator will be former St Helens and Great Britain Rugby League captain Paul Sculthorpe.He will lead the Gladiators on the event days and join Adrian Morley, Ewan Dowes and Garreth Carvell in the challenge.Paul and the Endurance Sports team are proud of what Rhino Gladiator will bring to the area in offering an event that requires team work, effort, determination, desire and stamina which is everything he offered as a player.To complete the course they will need to get past Scully and his team of Gladiators!To find out more click here.last_img read more

He says the loss to Warrington showed the best and

first_imgHe says the loss to Warrington showed the best and worst of the side this season as they ran up a 14 point lead before losing heavily.“We have been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season and the game on Friday summed up our year,” he said. “You saw the really good side of us and the average side of us too. We were very disappointed after getting into the position we did to concede 30 unanswered points.“The lads were gutted in the dressing rooms but we didn’t help ourselves with errors and our decision making. They scored twice when we had the ball too.“Ideally, you’d have wanted to get into the dressing room at half time at least 14 points up. We played well in that opening 25 minutes and could have had more points.“But you could sense the momentum move towards the end of the half and at 14-6 you’d have wanted to get in, talk and regroup, but they scored again. Then, they started like a whirlwind on the back on another error and ran up the points.”He continued: “We lost Jon Wilkin in the warm up and he was a miss. He is our captain and an experienced talker and leader on the field. It does affect you but we have to be able to handle these things.“We have a no excuse policy here and you have to be able to handle what is thrown at you. Morgan Knowles went well there and did a superb job.”Saints take on Castleford in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this Saturday and will take heart from the last time the two sides met.They handed the Tigers a 26-22 defeat on Easter Monday.“We have to take confidence from what was our best performance of the season,” Derek added. “We played well against Castleford at our place and know we can compete with them. Going to Castleford is probably the toughest ask in Super League at the moment but we know the ability we have. We just have to show it for 80 minutes on the day.“We have a few knocks. Ryan Morgan should be ok and that means we have everyone but Jonny Lomax available to pick from.“Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival will be back too. They came back in on Monday, watched the video of the game with us and then went to sleep off their jet lag. They are quality players, that’s why they were in the England squad, and they will come back in and give everyone a boost.“I was brought up on the Challenge Cup and I love it. It is a massive occasion and a massive honour for the club and the players to get there and hopefully win it.“My first Wembley was in 1972 and I still remember walking up the steps and seeing how big it was. It took my breath away the sheer size of it. I am sure the players would love to put their mark on the history at the club.“We have to go over there, do what we can do for 80 minutes and get into the next round.”Tickets for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Castleford at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle (2:30pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Some residents wait patiently to prepare for Hurricane Irma

first_img Some buildings have planks of wood layered against their windows, and some people who live in Carolina Beach are ready to do their usual hurricane preparation.“We would put the hurricane shutters up. We’d have to move all the furniture in from outside,” Robin Smith said.But many of the homes already prepared are only vacation homes. Some of the year-round residents are hoping the hurricane stays away.Related Article: Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event“You know at this point and time, we’re concerned and we’re watching all of the weather reports. We will make that decision on Sunday when we decide that we have to board up, whether or not we’re going to stay,” Smith said.Some residents say they are hoping everyone is safe and warns anyone new to hurricanes to be careful and cautious.“Be prepared but don’t get too excited and over prepared,” Southerly said.For anyone else in Carolina Beach looking to prepare for impacts, sand will be provided for public use beginning at 9 in the morning, tomorrow. You can find it on Sumter Avenue by the Mike Chappell park tennis courts. You must bring your own bags and shovels. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1504842564-072b9f313e3d72a00803070fc27557965d734f98_fl9-720p.mp4 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 CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Impacts from Hurricane Irma are still days away, but some residents will wait a little longer to start preparing.“At this point, we’re kind of just watching because its still a little early and don’t know when its going to make the turn, whether its going to come up the west side of Florida or straight up the peninsula or the east side,” Chris Southerly said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

20 Winners Emerge From African News Innovation Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement In May 2012,  Google announced that it would award $1 million to innovative journalists who through digital tools could find new ways to report the news and tell stories.The winners of the Africa News Innovation Challenge were announced at the African Editors’ Forum annual meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on November 28.Here are the winning projects below: – Advertisement – 1. actNOW – GhanaA mobile application that empowers audiences to act on investigative reportage, by providing simple tools for citizens to organize themselves into civic action groups around issues reported by the media, or to petition government or corporations in response to journalistic exposés.2. AdBooker – South AfricaAn open-source, streamlined workflow management system for planning and managing media advertising. It will generate ad rates and manage bookings, artwork production and ad placements.3. Africa Check – South Africa/NigeriaA pan-African, non-partisan and crowdsourced fact-checking service that systematically verifies claims made in media reports. The project is intended to improve the accuracy and quality of reporting by exposing incorrect assertions by sources quoted in the media as well as errors in news stories.4.   africanDRONE (renamed skyCAM) – Kenya/Nigeria A pilot project that establishes Africa’s first newsroom-based “eye in the sky” drones and camera-equipped balloons to help media that cannot afford news helicopters cover breaking news in dangerous situations or difficult-to-reach locations.5. Africa’s Wealth (renamed NewsStack) – Nigeria/NamibiaA project to integrate a new generation of forensic data analysis tools such as DocumentCloud, Poderopedia,Overview and Mapa76, into a unified and reusable journalist toolkit. The kit will be used in a year-long, pan-African investigation by 10 media organizations into the continent’s extractive industries.6. Citizen Desk – MozambiqueThis toolkit that allows news organizations to create a mobile-optimized platform for aggregating, verifying, publishing and rewarding citizen journalism. The platform will be integrated into the widely used Superdesk production management system and serve as a way to incorporate citizen journalism into a news organization’s core workflow.7. Code4Ghana – GhanaThis “kick-starter program” helps Ghanaian media experiment with data-driven journalism. It will provide access to data scientists and programmers, specialized training and a series of public “hackathons” designed to build news tools that take advantage of the new Ghana Open Data Initiative.8. ConvergeCMS – Kenya/Tanzania/UgandaAn open-source and data-optimized editorial content management system and technical support program designed specifically for African media houses. It will help newsrooms centralize and manage content creation, dissemination, archiving and workflows.9. CorruptionNET – South AfricaAn open-source mobile platform that gives citizen reporters a step-by-step toolkit for filing journalistic reports to newsrooms about corruption or other abuses of public resources. The citizens can report using SMS or MXit, Africa’s largest social mobile network.10. DataWrapper – Nigeria/Senegal/TanzaniaAn initiative that establishes a network of full-fledged data visualization desks in forward-thinking newsrooms across Africa. It will help improve the use of interactive infographics and data-driven visual news apps, using the open-source DataWrapper toolkit plus other powerful graphic tools.11. End-to-End (renamed First Mile Crowdmapping) – Liberia/Ghana/KenyaA crowd-sourced reporting tool built on top of the SourceMap.com platform to help African journalists and citizens tell complex investigative stories. This tool will visually map the people, places and events behind the “first mile” of supply chains, so that consumers can understand where goods originate in African industries such as cocoa or logging.12. FlashCast – KenyaThis platform will beam hyper-local news to commuters in taxis and buses, using smart, location-aware LED displays. It also allows the audience to use their mobile or other digital devices to engage in conversation about news items with viewers in other taxis and buses.13. Green Hornet – South AfricaA plug-and-play toolkit for journalistic sources and whistle-blowers, developed in collaboration with the Tor Project for use by investigative reporters in African newsrooms.14. ListeningPost – South AfricaAfrica’s first social media-focused newsroom will produce actionable information from citizen reporters. It will establish a customized Storyful dashboard that aggregates social media posts and will include mobile apps that commission and sell crowd-sourced photos and news.15. MoJo: Keeping media honest by monitoring online journalism – South AfricaA user-friendly toolkit of analytical software for African media-monitoring projects and other civic watchdogs. It will help improve media professionalism by keeping the media honest, detecting online censorship and exposing plagiarism.16. openAFRICA – Kenya/Nigeria/Rwanda/South AfricaA digital document and knowledge management toolkit, coupled with the creation of a pan-African online archive, to house and search documents for investigative pieces. This kit will streamline freedom of information (FOI) requests to government agencies and then use semantic search and analysis tools to help journalists and the broader public assess these documents.17. ODADI (renamed Code4SouthAfrica) – South AfricaAn incubator for watchdog journalism that embeds data scientists and programmers into newsrooms to build new data desks and news APIs. The group will receive additional support from a local civic technology lab, which will provide trainers who help the reporters use data in stories.18. Oxpeckers – South AfricaA narrative mapping project that uses satellite imagery and geographic data analysis in stories to expose cross-border criminals and syndicates damaging the environment through logging, poaching and ecological degradation.19. Wikipedia Zero – Cameroon/Ivory Coast/Tunisia/UgandaAn initiative designed to boost original content from African news media for the new Wikipedia Zero mobile platform that is available free of charge to hundreds of millions of Africans, in 37 African languages, via either SMS or mobile phones.20. ZeroNews – pan-AfricanA simple tool for African news publishers to disseminate their content, free of charge, on mobile channels, including Facebook Zero and various Google platforms, so that they can reach a new generation of mobile news consumers in a cost-effective way.You may find more information from the Africa News Innovation ChallengeSource: TechLoylast_img read more