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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A freedom of information campaigner has vowed to continue his six-year battle to uncover the grim truth about universal credit and its impact on disabled people and other groups fighting poverty.John Slater has been using freedom of information laws since 2012 in an attempt to force the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reveal the serious flaws at the heart of its new benefits system.Slater, who has an extensive background in software development and programme management in industry, has submitted scores of requests under the Freedom of Information Act in the last six-and-a-half years.But his attempts to secure information that he believes should be publicly available have been repeatedly obstructed by DWP’s frequent breaches of freedom of information laws.He first became intrigued in universal credit in early 2012 after claims from work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith that DWP was going to complete the move to universal credit within just five years, a claim he knew was a “ludicrously short timescale for such a complex programme”.But he was also alarmed to hear about DWP’s plans to adopt an “agile” approach to developing the programme, something that had never been attempted on such a large and complex programme.Agile is a technique used mostly for small IT projects and which relies on flexibility, responding rapidly to change and making frequent and continual improvements.None of these, Slater knew, were descriptions usually associated with DWP, or the ministers in charge of the programme, including Iain Duncan Smith.He therefore began asking DWP questions about Agile, the risks the department associated with the programme and the “milestones” it had set to measure the progress of universal credit, through freedom of information (FoI) requests.But right from the start, the department placed every obstacle it could in his way.In May 2012, Slater told DWP that it had breached its legal duty to respond to freedom of information requests within 20 working days.Although the department responded to his complaint later the same day, it then relied on an exemption under the act, claiming that releasing the information would “prejudice the free and frank provision of advice” or the “effective conduct of public affairs”.Slater did not finally secure all the information he was seeking until April 2016, nearly four years later, following a series of tribunal hearings and appeals. The information he received, he says, “did not show a well-run programme”.He says he has continued to ask questions about the programme for more than six years because he is “stubborn”.“As long as the DWP tries to hide what is really going on within UC, I will keep asking reasonable questions and asking for information that should shine a light on what’s actually happening.”He adds: “I suspect that if the DWP hadn’t fought so hard to prevent me getting the risks, issues and milestones and been so dishonest I may well have stopped after that initial FoI request.”Since that first FoI, most of his requests have initially been refused by DWP, resulting in repeated complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).He has so far been successful in every single appeal he has made to the information rights first-tier tribunal, and in responding when DWP has appealed to the tribunal, including cases when DWP has withdrawn its appeal before the hearing.He also complained to the ICO about DWP’s plans to share the sensitive data of claimants of universal credit with other organisations, which he believed breached the Data Protection Act, and which led to ICO raising “significant concerns” and his own subsequent FoI request which he used to ask DWP what measures it had taken to protect claimants’ sensitive personal data.One of his FoI requests asked if DWP had a schedule or plan to show how the rollout of universal credit would be completed by 2021, as it claimed at the time.He said: “Unsurprisingly, no such plan existed. This meant, in my opinion, that the date was a guess.”One of his latest bids for transparency was launched in April 2017, seeking the information that was provided for regular meetings of the programme board that reviews progress on implementing the universal credit system and whose members are mostly senior DWP civil servants.Like many other requests, its progress has been hindered by refusals, delays, appeals, complaints to the information commissioner, further delays, criticism of the department by the commissioner, and yet more of what he told DWP were “outrageous delaying tactics” and “contempt for the law”.He said: “Given how hard it is to get accurate information about universal credit out of the DWP I asked for the packs of information that the UC programme board get given for their monthly meetings.“I assumed that this was likely to show an accurate view of what was really going on with UC.”Last week, Disability News Service revealed how he had forced DWP to deposit significant numbers of previously confidential documents about universal credit in the House of Commons library as a result of this request.Among those documents, Slater found evidence that appears to show that DWP is planning to transfer more benefits – including the contributory version of employment and support allowance – onto the creaking universal credit IT system.He believes this would place greater stress on the system and expose even more disabled people to the stress and anxiety of having to cope with an online system that is already inaccessible to many of them.He is currently waiting for the ICO to rule on whether DWP should release unredacted versions of the documents deposited in the Commons library, which he believes would reveal even more embarrassing information about the impact of universal credit on the people forced to rely on it.Slater – who has worked closely on his campaigning with Disabled People Against Cuts – believes that universal credit was a “total mess” in its early years, before DWP brought in outside experts to assess what was going wrong.This led to a major “reset” of the programme in 2013, following severe criticism by the government’s own Major Projects Authority.Although Slater suspects it has now improved to some extent, he believes the disaster of the early years of its development means it is never likely to regain that lost ground.He says: “Once something on this scale has gone so horribly wrong, I don’t think you can ever fully recover it and get it to the place it would have been if it had been run properly from the start. I’ve seen this with other programmes and projects.”And he believes the senior civil servants leading on universal credit “are only just waking up to what it means to deliver change on this scale”.But he also believes that DWP has failed to think about the impact of such major reform on the claimants themselves, including sick and disabled people, and “fails to reflect or take account of people’s real lives”.“I don’t think they give a damn about the claimants. I think they are almost seen as a nuisance,” he says.The warnings and concerns of disabled activists, politicians and other professionals suggest he is right.Campaigners have repeatedly warned that universal credit is “rotten to the core”, with “soaring” rates of sanctions and foodbank use in areas where it has been introduced, while, in June, a report by the National Audit Office said DWP was failing to support “vulnerable” claimants and was unable to monitor how they were being treated under universal credit.Secret DWP reviews have already been carried out into the deaths of at least four universal credit claimants that have been “linked to DWP activity”.Disability News Service also reported earlier this month how a man with learning difficulties died a month after attempting to take his own life, following a move onto the “chaotic” universal credit system that left him hundreds of pounds in debt. It is not clear whether this was one of the four deaths reviewed by DWP.And only last week, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, said universal credit had “built a digital barrier that effectively obstructs many individuals’ access to their entitlements”.Slater agrees with this and warns of the “unexpected and unintended consequences” of the rush to rely on an online system, particularly as the numbers moving on to universal credit continue to increase and DWP continues to introduce major alterations to the software that powers the system.He also agrees with Alston’s conclusion that the government’s “test and learn” approach “could treat vulnerable people like guinea pigs and wreak havoc in real people’s lives”.Slater says: “The drive to reduce costs and automate parts of the UC process, especially sanctions, will cause major problems unless the DWP spends the time to think about and talk to people who are using the system.“I think as the UC system becomes more complex and things are automated, we will see more and more unexpected and unintended consequences.“For example, in the recent Panorama program a man was sanctioned because his work coach was away and a meeting couldn’t take place.“If the DWP is going to automate more of the process, this is only going to get worse for people.”He fears that universal credit will never work properly because DWP refuses to listen to claimants, particularly those with the highest support needs and the most complex barriers to using the system.In the meantime, he intends to continue probing the flaws of universal credit with his freedom of information requests.He says: “As long as the DWP keeps trying to present universal credit in an unrealistically positive light, I will keep trying to get information that shows what is actually going on.“This is why we have the Freedom of Information Act.“I don’t like organisations that are dishonest and use their size and power to bully people and impose their will or get away with mistakes that should be made public.”
Community organizers disagreed.“I think this is really typical of what the opposition is doing to promote itself as being part of the community without really being part of the community or understanding the community,” said Erick Arguello, co-founder of the Calle 24 merchant’s association. “It’s not just bringing someone who has a brown face.” “Over the past 10 years, I can’t think of a single time they’ve reached out to the community,” said Gabriel Medina, the policy manager of MEDA, who also heads the “Yes on I” campaign. “If they had Latinos on staff, maybe they wouldn’t have to hire ones to speak for them.” Mike Stabile, a spokesperson with Kink.com, refuted that claim, saying the company has “an extremely diverse workforce.”“There was some discussion that Kink doesn’t have Latino employees, which is ridiculous,” Stabile said. Kink.com founder Peter Acworth added in a statement later that the firm has “dozens of Hispanic and Latino employees.”MEDA held an impromptu press conference Wednesday afternoon in front of Kink.com’s headquarters at the Armory to voice their dismay. Participants pretended to apply to be the Latino Mission resident sought in the email.“I’m here to apply for the Latino poster boy position” said activist Chirag Bhakta outside of the Armory. Six Latino men queued up, fake resumes in hand, to “apply,” while five women stood behind them raising “Yes on I” signs. “What are you looking for in the job?” asked Medina, pretending to be an applicant.“A willingness to speak for the 1 percent,” answered Peter Papadopoulos, pretending to be the interviewer. The Cultural Action Network spokesperson asked “applicants” why they would be good “Latino poster boys” and accepted their resumes in front of the Armory’s steps.The historic brick building contains a 40,000 square-foot court that Kink hopes to convert into an events space, a move that would be blocked if Proposition I passes in November. In addition to stalling all market-rate housing the Mission for 18 months, the measure halts the conversion of production, development, and repair spaces, zoning that currently applies to the Armory’s interior court.“We’re in a position to create something like 50 jobs that are living-wage jobs, and we think the PDR conversion is having an unintended effect for us,” said Mike Stabile, a spokesperson for Kink.com. “I don’t think the ordinance as it was written intended for this consequence.”The Armory is in dire straits. The internet pornography company has found it difficult to stay solvent in the age of free internet porn, and its founder, Peter Acworth, told the Chronicle earlier this month that converting the court to an events space is necessary to “make the building affordable.” 0% Acworth even has a backup plan to abandon the building and rent out office space, possibly letting tech firms move into what is a coveted brick-and-timber space, though the company’s spokesperson said that the current plan was to stay in San Francisco.Acworth issued a statement to San Francisco Weekly, saying he had reached out to political leaders about the fate of the Armory under a moratorium.“If Mr. Medina is upset by my lack of contact, I don’t understand why he and these leaders didn’t reach out to me, instead of drafting Prop I behind closed doors,” Acworth wrote. Gabriel Medina and others gathered outside of the Armory in protest of Kink.com’s search for an anti-Prop. I Latino Mission resident. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. Tags: Kink.com • mission • San Francisco Armory Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Controversy arose today over a leaked email that showed Kink.com put out a call for a “Latino Mission resident” to speak out against the Mission moratorium, or Proposition I. The staff-wide email, leaked last night, was sent yesterday as part of a plan by Kink.com to create a campaign video of people not normally associated with opposition to Proposition I, like working-class or Latino residents.“We just put that email out and said ‘Hey, is there anyone who is opposed to Prop. I and do you want to speak to it?’” said Eric Paul Leue, the director of sexual health and advocacy at Kink.com, who sent the email. Leue said he hoped to find Latino Mission residents “who would be willing to say something and would be willing to speak to their opposition” to the moratorium.“I think there is something to be said for looking for a specific person if we think that specific person is underrepresented” in the debate, he added.
0% Basketballs in the air, the buzz, the blue, the yellow, the parties.You want to jump into the NBA hoopla, so you need to know something. On the other hand, you don’t care to know too much.For you, and for more serious fans fed up with the local MSM cheerleaders, Mission Local provides the authentic Dubs\Cavs 3.0 Guide for the Perplexed.What is Dubs\Cavs 3.0? For the third straight year (3.0), the Golden State Warriors (Dubs) meet the Cleveland Cavaliers (Cavs) for the 2017 National Basketball Association Championship, a best of seven game series.Where is Golden State?No one knows for sure, but we’re told it’s a parking lot off 580. BART goes there.Is the Third Time the Best?It’s certainly the most over-analyzed.Who’s the Favorite?The Dubs. On Nate Silver’s Five-Thirty-Eight, the advanced analytics give the Dubs a 90 percent chance of winning. Then again, how did those advanced analytics work out for you Mrs. Clinton?Where to Watch in the MissionPretty much anywhere – 16th street has become one big sports bar. The usual suspects, including The Phoenix, Napper Tandy and Big Rec Taproom expect to be bonkers. As will old Mission watering holes like Clooney’s, the 500 Club and Dovre Club. Here’s our map.Who are the Players?Steph Curry #30, Guard, Dubs. At 6’3”, he is the patron saint of short people. He limped through last year’s Finals before flaming out in Game 7. Now he’s got the chance to trash those Curry-choke memes.LeBron James #23, Forward, Cavs. Don’t call him an underdog. Don’t call him not the best player on the planet. Ever. Watch him bulldoze his way to the hoop like an MRAP on meth. Only his preposterous ego can stop him.KD #35, Forward, Dubs. Not Kevin, Not Durant. KD. Watch KD stretch his long limbs in graceful imitation of SF Ballet’s Yuan Yuan Tan. And then, after you put your eyeballs back in, pray that he doesn’t try to go full Diva.Kyrie Irving #2, Guard, Cavs. When LeBron needs a break, the Cavs give the ball to Kyrie. Watch him dance down the lane, dribbling the ball between his legs and everybody else’s. On defense, however, he’ll often be off dancing alone.Klay Thompson #11, Guard, Dubs. A Buddha in basketball shorts. Like it’s all an illusion so WTF. Primary defender against Kyrie Irving? Big deal. In a playoff shooting slump? He seems more worried about taking his dog out for a walk. Klay could be the X factor (or not).Kevin Love #0, Forward, Cavs. Once an All-Star, Love has become another extra on the Cavs who hang around watching LeBron and Kyrie, hoping for a pass so they can shoot. Kevin’s a nice guy, and for a big slow man, he’s a good shooter. In LeBron’s world though,, Love is an afterthought.Draymond Green, #23, Forward, Dubs. LeBron punked him in last year’s Finals, and it cost the Dubs a ring. If anybody’s looking for redemption it’s Green. Watch him steal the show.What to Drink? What to Smoke?We asked our favorite sommelier, M. YB, to suggest a beer and a weed which would pair well with Dubs\Cavs 3.0.For weed, he recommends a hybrid with the energy to get you into the game, but doesn’t make you paranoid or feel weird if sitting next to a Cavs fan. His favorite, Kali Dog, from Leafly, has enough uplifting properties to get you home if things go south.For beer, he recommends a “nice crisp IPA with aggressive hops and a smooth finish.” His favorite brews are Punk or Elvis Juice from Brewdog.What are the Keys to the Series?1. DefenseOnly one team plays great defense: the Dubs. Watch them run around, stick their hands in Cavs’ faces, steal the ball, or bat it away with their long arms. They make as many jaw-dropping plays on defense as on offense.Cleveland’s defense is . . . suspect. Watch them “get physical.”2. 8 x 5The Cavs’ defense works if the refs are on their side (8 against 5).They disrupt the Dubs motion by “getting physical.” Which means mugging, hitting, scratching, holding, clawing, elbowing and kneeing Steph Curry as he tries to get open. Last year the refs didn’t call these glaring fouls. Will they this year?a. Yes. The Dubs have put the refs on notice and the whole world is watching.b. No. The NBA brass has decided the Dubs are such a good team, they’re bad for business.3. TurnoversWith all the running around they do on offense, the Dubs are prone to throwing the ball away. When they do, they can beat themselves. With all the running around they do on defense, the Dubs generate turnovers. When they do, they will destroy the Cavs.4. Triumph of the WillWho wants it more? No doubt Draymond and the Dubs. But desire and will are two different beasts. Last year, LeBron schooled Green in the cunning arts of the will. Let’s see what he’s learned.PredictionDubs in 5. Unless the Russians hack the series.Dubs pack the bars, take the trophyFans Celebrate with bonfire in the streetCavs throw Dubs to the dogsDubs smash and grab Game 3Cavs rock, Dubs roll in game twoDub’s defense steals game one.NBA finals: a guide for the perplexed.Where to watch the gamesThe Mission awaits the finals. Tags: sports • warriors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
Disclosure: Mission Local rents office space from the Mission Economic Development Agency. Both the Royal Cuckoo Market and MEDA are paying supporters of Mission Local.The Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th Street near Capp Street now has approval from the Planning Commission to establish a restaurant serving soups and sandwiches, a permit necessary to keep the tiny bar within the market space. The Commission made its decision unanimously, with many citing the difficulty of operating a retail business in today’s market and the need to branch out into serving food and drink, or hosting events. Musicians, in particular, came to show their support of the owners. Chris Siebert, a local musician, said owners Debbie Horn and Paul Miller have long been great supporters of and provided a venue for local musicians at their other location, a full bar on Mission and Valencia streets. “To me, Paul and Deb are local heroes,” he said. “They own a mom-and-pop family business, not a chain. The market is a friendly neighborhood establishment, they serve local folks and employ only local people, most of whom are Mission residents, most of whom are bilingual.” 0% Tags: 19th Street • Business • Mission Economic Development Agency Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Though the Royal Cuckoo Market has been serving beer, wine and small bites at their location at 3368 19th St. since November 2016, after its original permit to serve alcohol was approved, that plan met an obstacle when an anonymous neighbor made a complaint alleging that the bar was illegal. That, in turn, triggered a review by the Planning Department, and opposition from a nonprofit organization across the street.The Planning Commission enacted interim controls in 2016, which require an additional hearing and neighborhood outreach meetings to approve any new restaurant, a definition the market fits because of the type of alcohol license it holds and because of its modest food service.At the outreach meeting, neighbors packed the market. Some expressed dismay at the addition of a new alcohol-selling establishment, especially a restaurant, on the block. At the time of the first meeting, the Mission Economic Development Agency’s Gabriel Medina and the Cultural Action Network’s Peter Papadopulos both raised concerns about ongoing trends in the neighborhood toward “destination” eateries and bars — rather than affordable, neighborhood-serving establishments. They also pointed to ongoing losses of retail space to restaurant conversions, and the fact that restaurant spaces spur higher commercial rents — an issue frequently raised by the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association and other merchant groups.No opponents to the market’s proposed business appeared before the Commission on Thursday, however. Among the supporters was Ani Rivera, executive director of Galería de la Raza on 24th Street and a member of the Mission Bernal Merchants Association.“It is important to think about how we think about the development of our city, but it’s really crucial that we do not target people who are doing good work,” Rivera told the Commission. Plenty of people did emphasize the increasing difficulty of operating a retail business in a changing economic environment where retailers compete, almost in vain, against delivery giants like Amazon.“I think that in that respect, it’s very important for a precedent, because if we’re going to keep the retail spaces vibrant in the Mission, we have to allow creativity to come forward,” said Chris Collins, treasurer of the Mission Merchants Association. “It’s a very challenging time for retail.”It’s familiar problem to the commissioners, too, who have supported retailers that try out new models to get by. “I think that having these hybrid business models that make use of small, older spaces in our commercial corridors is exactly the kind of thing that we want to be encouraging,” said Commissioner Myrna Melgar. “To be a sole proprietor with a family-owned business, you need to have multiple revenue streams,” Commissioner Christine Johnson said. “The idea of a small mom-and-pop that just sells small trinkets or groceries — it’s not viable anymore.”
On Monday evening, dozens of opinionated Mission locals attended a combined community meeting and walking tour of 24th Street’s beautiful yet troubled ficus trees — 51 of which have been slated for removal as early as June. According to city officials, the determination comes after years of local complaints about tripping hazards caused by roots breaking through sidewalks, and large branches breaking free on windy days. Chris Buck, a forester for San Francisco Public Works, led the tour, which grew heated when residents demanded an explanation for why their beloved trees have to go. The ficuses create an iconic and lush canopy over the neighborhood, and are nearly 50 years old. Buck explained that the species’ trunk design — “co-dominant, competing stems” is the reason so many ficus trees are struggling health-wise, difficult to maintain, and potentially destructive.Usually, it’s possible to prune an unruly tree by cutting its main trunk stem, Buck explained. But ficus trees are tricky because they have more than one central stem competing for dominance. This means the tree is challenging to maintain, and also prone to splitting, rot, becoming infested by insects — and failing catastrophically. And these potentially dangerous trees aren’t easy to spot. “The trees that look the greenest to the public are, unfortunately, often the ones that are the least structurally sound,” Buck said as the group huddled close, with many gazing sadly at a ficus near the McDonald’s on Mission & 24th streets that’s slated for removal. He assured them that the city had heard the community’s distress in response to the potential loss of the trees, and added that the only trees they planned to cut down were the ones that were in the worst condition.Still, many people who showed up expressed outrage and skepticism over the city’s proposal to remove the trees.“The city just declared a climate emergency,” said one onlooker. “Has any thought been given to how removing so many of these old, giant trees might impact health?” Public Works forester Chris Buck found he had a tough crowd in explaining why 51 ficus trees along 24th Street must be razed. Photo by Annie Berman.Buck countered that, as a result of public pushback, the city had in fact taken 20 trees off the chopping block. These trees would instead be aggressively pruned, in an experimental attempt to preserve them as long as possible. He added that he couldn’t promise that this technique would work; often, aggressive pruning of ficus trees leads to their demise. But he said he’s hopeful that the 20 trees in question would survive for at least another 10 years.Buck laid out a plan to replace many of the ficus trees towering over 24th Street with red maples and ginkgoes, two species with less aggressive roots and a lighter canopy, to let more light in. He said the good news was that, very recently, the city had secured dedicated funding for regular tree maintenance — something that had been a problem in the past. “We’re committed to planting and watering the trees in this corridor,” Buck pledged.If the city has its way, this ficus adjacent to the McDonald’s at Mission and 24th, won’t be long for this world. Photo by Annie Berman.After an hour of walking around and another hour or so of sitting and talking at Alley Cat Books on 24th Street, Buck’s thoroughness seemed to impress some initial skeptics — though it’s still clear that a number of residents remain dead-set against removing these trees, regardless of the city’s rationale. The final fate of the ficus trees will be determined at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in room 416 of City Hall. Members of the public have until then to appeal the decision.The date of the subsequent meeting was rescheduled from May to June following the publication of this article. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address
SAINTS regained the Karalius Cup with a comfortable 16-0 win over Widnes Vikings.Ryan Morgan, Jake Spedding and Theo Fages all crossed in what was the first hit out of the season for Keiron Cunningham’s men.Encouragingly, as much Saints looked balanced from the off, it was the youthful feel of the second half team that would have been most pleasing to the coaching staff.They defended everything a more senior Vikings threw at them, and deserved the plaudits, and the trophy presentation, at the end of the match.Saints almost opened their account three minutes in thanks to the hard work of Matty Smith.His kick to the corner was recycled back to the middle via Tommy Makinson and Jon Wilkin – and the scrum half grubbered through to Fages.But Widnes’ defence beat him to the try by an inch.On nine minutes Saints did score and it was thanks to the number 6.Fages slipped two tackles before drawing his man and sending Morgan over from 20 yards out.Matty Smith with the extras.Fages almost fashioned another chance for himself 20 minutes in but slipped – before Widnes hit back with pressure of their own to force a drop out.But the home side’s defence was on top as it was throughout the half whenever the Vikings threatened.Saints probably would have liked to have been further ahead by the time Cunningham began to withdraw the starters but the interchanges stepped up and were unlucky not to increase the lead by half time.They did, however, do just that one minute into the second half.A simple chip through saw Corey Thompson panic under pressure from Regan Grace and Jake Spedding mopped up.The young Saints almost scored again on 55 minutes before Grace and Spedding combined to stop a certain try.Widnes had one chalked off for a forward pass 10 minutes later before Saints put the icing on the cake wth a well worked try.Richardson aimed a bullet of the kick towards the post on the last; it took a richochet and Fages beat the chasers.The try more than underlined a competent Saints performance that shows the club is in good stance for the 2017 season.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Morgan, Spedding, FagesGoals: Smith (1 from 1), Richardson (1 from 2)Vikings:Tries:Goals:Penalties:Saints: 7Vikings: 10HT: 6-0FT: 16-0REF: J RobertsATT: 3358Teams: Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Joe Greenwood, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 15. Adam Walker, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles, 21. Jack Owens, 22. Matty Fleming, 23. Jack Ashworth, 24. Danny Richardson, 25. Ricky Bailey, 26. Jake Spedding, 27. Calvin Wellington, 28. Regan Grace, 30. Jonah Cunningham, 31. Aaron Smith.Vikings:1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Corey Thompson, 26. Tom Armstrong, 4. Charly Runciman, 17. Stefan Marsh; 32. Danny Craven, 7. Tom Gilmore; 15. Gil Dudson, 31. Jordan Johnstone, 10. Jack Buchanan, 12. Matt Whitley, 11. Chris Houston, 19. Macgraff Leuluai.Subs: 5. Patrick Ah Van, 20. Manase Manuokafoa, 22. Ted Chapelhow, 23. Jay Chapelhow, 24. Sam Brooks, 25. Tom Olbison, 28. Ryan Ince, 29. Brad Walker, 42. Danny Walker.
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Several National Weather Offices sent out tweets clarifying what happened a short time later.The National Weather Service office in Wilmington sent out an update around 9:20 a.m. letting people know there was not a Tsunami Warning in effect.A monthly Tsunami Warning test was issued around 830 am by @NWS_NTWC . We have been notified that some users received this test message as an actual Tsunami Warning. A Tsunami Warning is not in effect. Repeat, a Tsunami Warning is not in effect.— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) February 6, 2018 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A test Tsunami Warning is apparently causing some confusion and alarm along the east coast this morning.At 8:30 a.m. the National Weather Service sent out a test Tsunami Warning that apparently led to a push notification on some people’s smartphones. The alert, though read:“…THIS_MESSAGE_IS_FOR_TEST_PURPOSES_ONLY……THIS IS A TEST TO DETERMINE TRANSMISSION TIMES INVOLVED IN THEDISSEMINATION OF TSUNAMI INFORMATION…”- Advertisement –
ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Utilities water customers along Lightwood Knot Road in Rocky Point are advised that due to a leak Sunday morning, water was temporarily turned off to conduct a water main repair.Water service was returned upon completion of the work, but periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.- Advertisement – “Consumers are advised to boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water until this advisory is lifted,” said Kenny Keel, Pender County Utilities director. “This advisory will be in effect for a minimum of 24 hours.”Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.Related Article: Pender County: No drought surcharge as water shortage emergency continuesThis advisory remains in effect until further notice.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a spectacular night along the riverfront in downtown Wilmington, despite some spots of rain here and there, as the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration was held.The rain in the forecast did not stop people from coming out. People came prepared with chairs, umbrellas, tarps and, of course, family and friends to celebrate the special occasion.- Advertisement – Even though there was no concert or street fair this year due to construction in the area people still came out in droves to celebrate our independence.“Man, it’s the best experience,” spectator Ben Richardson said. “I mean there is no better place to watch fireworks here in Wilmington. You know in Carolina Beach we do them on the 3rd of July, but it’s always fantastic to come here and see them on the river. It’s just the best.”Although it rained early on it did not stop the show from going on as the beautiful display of fireworks lit up the sky along the river front to help cap off a great Independence Day in Wilmington.