A disabled man has to be dragged up the stairs to

first_imgA disabled man has to be dragged up the stairs to his second-floor flat by his personal assistant because of his local council’s failure to rehouse him in safe, accessible accommodation.Robert Carver – who is paraplegic – has also been told by his GP, nurse, occupational therapist and psychologist that he needs 24-hour-a-day care, but his council has given him just 28 hours a week.The inadequate care package means that for two days a week he is left on his own in the inaccessible flat in Hove, Sussex – up two flights of stairs – with no access to food or water, or the ability to toilet or clean himself, even though he is incontinent.Even on the days that he does have support from his personal assistant (PA), he is alone with no support from 5pm – or even earlier – until noon the next day.Brighton and Hove council has been asked repeatedly over the last two years to provide him with a proper support package and find him a ground-floor flat with an extra bedroom for an overnight care worker, but has failed to act.Carver’s flat is at the top of two flights of narrow, steep stairs, and the building has no lift, so the only way he can get to his flat when he returns from one of his many health appointments is to be dragged up the stairs by his PA.Because of the appointments he needs to attend, he only has enough PA support for five days every week.Carver, a former artist and designer, said he was at his “wit’s end”.His flat is “tiny and cramped” and none of the doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair, so he has to be “pulled around on the floor like an animal” by his PA if he needs to move to another room (pictured).The bathroom is so cramped that he has to throw himself in the bath, or be thrown in by his PA.He said: “All of this means that I am constantly damaging my bones and joints. This damage is so bad that my doctors are refusing to embark on new treatments which could ease my condition until I have more suitable accommodation.“No-one should have to live like this.”A council spokesman said in a statement: “Our adult care team is continuing to work with NHS colleagues to try to make sure Mr Carver receives the care and support he needs at any given time.“We are aware that his condition has deteriorated and that the nature of his condition is that his needs are variable.“We also recognise that Mr Carver’s current accommodation is unsuitable, and he is in our top priority banding for alternative accommodation.“We have recently acquired some emergency accommodation that has wheelchair-adapted units, and we are hoping to move Mr Carver on an interim basis in the next couple of weeks.“Unfortunately there is an acute shortage of accommodation available that is suitable to his needs.“Since March we have only had two wheelchair-accessible properties become available in social housing and had other households in equal need who had been waiting longer.”When asked by Disability News Service (DNS) why there was no apology in its statement, a spokesman said: “We are sorry that we have not so far been able to offer Mr Carver accommodation that meets his expectations.”He then said that Carver had been offered temporary, wheelchair-accessible accommodation in April, and had turned it down.But Carver said he had turned down the flat in a notorious Brighton property because it was unsuitable, not properly accessible and risked damaging his health even further, while his medical team had “refused point blank” to allow him to be moved there.Yesterday, following approaches by DNS and other media organisations, a council manager emailed Carver to say that “if it is unlikely that you will secure social housing in the imminent future, you will be moved to wheelchair adapted emergency accommodation in the next couple of weeks”.But he told the manager that he would not allow the council to move him into “some dilapidated, damp, further risk to my health emergency accommodation as you have tried this before and were completely and immediately shot down by my medical professionals”.Carver’s story was revealed as the Care Quality Commission today (Thursday) published its annual assessment of the quality of health and adult social care in England, which concluded that the sustainability of the adult social care market was “approaching a tipping point”, with examples of care providers starting to hand back contracts to councils because they were “undeliverable” and local authorities warning of more such cases to come.David Behan, CQC’s chief executive, said: “The combination of a growing, ageing population, more people with long-term conditions and a challenging financial climate means increased need but reduced access.“The result is that some people are not getting the help they need – which in turn creates problems in other parts of the health and care system, such as overstretched A&E departments or delays in people leaving hospital.”last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A police force has been criticised for failing to treat an attack on a disabled woman – who was spat at and left covered with flour by a group of teenagers as she sat on a park bench – as a disability hate crime.Suffolk police is the latest force to face questions over its failure to treat offences as hate crimes when they appear to be motivated by disability-related hostility.Only last month, West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted they had not treated an “utterly barbaric” campaign of violence and abuse directed at a disabled mum and daughter as disability hate crime.The incident in Suffolk, in July, caused widespread outrage after pictures of the aftermath of the assault in Bury St Edmunds – with members of the gang posing for the camera behind the disabled woman as she cowered on the bench – were posted on social media.The woman, who has a mental health condition, had been sat on the bench when she was approached by the group of teenagers.One of them spat on her before the group disappeared and returned 10 minutes later with a bag of flour, bought at a nearby shop, which they threw all over her.Five of the teenagers pleaded guilty last week to charges of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, but the offences were not treated in court as disability hate crimes, which would have seen them handed stricter sentences.One of the five, who is now 18, will be sentenced in December, while four of them – two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old – each received a 12-month referral order and was ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge, court costs and £100 compensation to the victim.A sixth teenager, aged 17, has denied the charge, and will face a trial in February.Suffolk police this week admitted failing to flag the offence as a disability hate crime during its investigation.A Suffolk police spokesman said: “The incident was treated as an assault without injury and the offenders were charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.“It was not treated as a disability hate crime as the incident didn’t reach the necessary charge threshold.”But when asked why the force appeared to have breached national police guidelines by failing to treat the incident as a hate crime from the start of its investigation, the spokesman refused to comment further.A CPS spokesman said: “Tackling hate crime, including disability hate crime, is a priority for the CPS.“In this case we considered whether we could prove that the offenders either demonstrated or were motivated by hostility based on the victim’s disability but concluded that we could not.“This was a distressing incident for the victim and the CPS has successfully prosecuted five people for the threatening and abusive behaviour they displayed.”Stephen Brookes, a former coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network (DHCN), said the force “should have instantly flagged it as disability hate crime”.He said the case was another example of a lack of consistency by police forces, which he said was “not good enough”.Last month, the annual CPS hate crime report showed that the number of disability hate crime cases referred to prosecutors by police forces in England and Wales plunged in 2017-18 by nearly a quarter.The number of disability hate crime convictions also slumped, from 800 in 2016-17 to 564 in 2017-18 (a drop of 29.5 per cent).A report by two watchdogs last month also found that the work of officers on more than half of the disability hate crime investigations examined across six sample police forces – although Suffolk was not one of them – had been found to be “unacceptable”.David Wilkin, a DHCN coordinator, said: “It is vital, for the recognition and prosecution of disability hate crime, that all members of police staff receiving hate crime reports process them appropriately.“The CPS, in its latest report, are concerned that there has been a fall recently in the number of referrals made by the police for hate crimes generally.“Whether a victim or witness reports such an offence, or if the police officer suspects such an offence has been committed, then the offence needs to be flagged for the CPS to take the appropriate action.“It is concerning if, as the CPS suggest, this is not being actioned as disability hate crime victims may not receive the weight of justice which they deserve.”last_img read more

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Notes of PostElection Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

first_img Tags: arts • Elections • public spaces Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th Street and Montgomery Street stations mirroring the “Subway therapy” message wall in New York City’s 14th Street station. Notes of support in the 14th St. subway station in New York City. Photo by Evalynn RosadoThe Bay Area group is calling itself Dumbledore’s Army, or DAGuerrillas on social media. MacDonald and co-organizer Tamilla Mir decided to name the project the “wall of empathy” in part as a play on words with the wall that Trump has promised to build between the United States and Mexico. Their wall would unite instead of separate people. MacDonald says she expects to be taking the notes down at the end of the day to prevent them from becoming litter. center_img Not everyone, MacDonald said, was quite ready for empathy. On social media, some saw the project as a call for the marginalized to develop empathy toward supporters of a candidate who had promised policies that would be damaging to them. They called instead for pushback against the president-elect’s policies. But for MacDonald and many others who left messages of empathy on Monday morning, the project is about healing.“This is real grief, psychological grief, and you have to treat that grief before you go to battle,” MacDonald said. “This is also a place to process that anger. You don’t have to be ready to feel empathy for everyone…many of your neighbors you ride BART with are also reeling with shock. This can help get ready for the very hard work that is coming.”For many who left sticky notes of their own on Monday morning, the notes were a welcome reminder of a supportive community.Notes left at 16th Street. Photo by Laura WenusShida Bonakdar, who works at a group home, said many of her friends who are people of color, LGBT, or disabled had to take time off after the election to absorb the shock. She said she worries about backlash directed at her parents, who live in Tennessee, though friends in her hometown have already reached out asking how they can support her family.“There’s a lot of hate right now and it doesn’t feel like there’s much hope, but seeing things like this is a reminder that there are real allies out there… It’s hard to love ourselves when we’re being told we’re not worth it.” Nonetheless, Bonakdar added, “I’m proud to be a person of color, to be LGBT, to work in mental health. I’m not going to stay silent. I’m not going to back down.”Nisha Ajmani said seeing the wall and adding her note felt like it was helping people band together who were alarmed by Trump’s divisive statements on the campaign trail. “People still voted for him in spite of everything he had said and done to minority groups and women,” Ajmani said. “Little things like this are helping me to actually take action.”Commuters read notes left at the Wall of Empathy. Photo by Laura WenusAndresha Oson liked that the piece made commuters stop and look. “People who are writing there are our neighbors who we live next to, who are on BART with us,” she said. “We like to think we’re different out here…but we’re not as isolated as we think. These are our neighbors saying that they love us.”“We are all pretty upset and shocked. This is just a small way we can show solidarity with the groups most at risk.” said Zachary Kazzaz after leaving a note. “I will, and my friends will, continue to stand up and fight…when people’s civil liberties are at risk.”Another commuter, Al Nelson, called the project a “good ray of positivity on this Monday morning.”“I know a lot of people have been feeling kind of hopeless,” Nelson said, adding that the results could be an impetus for further participation in local politics. “There are people right here in our homes hat need help as well.”Wall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezWall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezWall of empathy at 16th BART station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezAt 24th Street BART. A BART rider takes a look and moves on. Photo by Lydia Chávez last_img read more

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YOU can renew your Season Ticket for 2015 simply a

first_imgYOU can renew your Season Ticket for 2015 simply and easily by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by logging on to www.mysaintsseasonticket.comAlready, a significant number of fans have taken advantage of the superb renewal offers ahead of what is sure to be an exciting season.2015 sees the start of a New Era which means every game will count.And your Saints Season Ticket for 2015 will include all home games in the 23 regular rounds plus all home games in the Super 8s phase of the league.As a Saints Season Ticket Holder you are entitled to 10% off all Saints merchandise, 50% off Magic Weekend tickets, Priority Vouchers for major games, Discounted Away Travel, VIP Hospitality Upgrade in the Hatton’s Travel Sponsors Lounge for a discounted price and cashback on the price of your own ticket if you introduce a new adult purchaser.And Junior Season Ticket Holders receive free tickets to all 2015 Saints away Super League games.Why Should You Buy?In the Hattons Solicitors West Stand & Hattons Solicitors/Typhoo Family Stands ‘renewals’ can get up to five games free vs. matchday prices, with a minimum of four free gamesAdult Renewals are the equivalent to just £14.66 per game, with a top-four finish.Junior Renewals are the equivalent to just £3.33 per home game and of course you get all away league games free, subject to availability.In the Totally Wicked North Stand & Solarking South Stand all Renewals can get a minimum of four free games and with a top four finish – and they are cheaper per game than 2014. A Family Season Ticket of three saves more than £200 vs. matchday prices and renewal discounts are at their highest ever rate vs. matchday prices in the new era.Renew before the end of September 2014 and you could win two VIP tickets to the 2014 Grand Final.You can renew and buy your Saints Season Ticket via 10-month or 6-month Direct Debit direct debit too. THE RENEWAL DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31For full details call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or log on to www.mysaintsseasonticket.com and click on the How to Buy section.last_img read more

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State issues notice of violation against Chemours after Genx found in groundwater

first_img Based on the preliminary results, DEQ announced its plans to cite Chemours with a notice of violation. Today’s announcement comes a day after the state initiated other legal action against the company.DEQ and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday also alerted health officials in Bladen and Cumberland counties to the preliminary test results. The state will perform initial testing for people who live near Chemours while requiring the company to produce a comprehensive testing and compliance plan.The two state agencies are also making plans to host an information session from 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at St. Paul’s Middle School to answer peoples’ questions about the groundwater test results from the Fayetteville Works facility.Related Article: Updated consent order requires Chemours to analyze GenX in Cape Fear River“We are taking all necessary steps to address clear violations of state rules and will launch a private well testing regimen for homeowners living near the facility, to determine if the contamination has moved beyond the Chemours facility into well water used for drinking,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “As is our routine when we find violations of groundwater rules on a company’s property, we are reaching out to residents who use wells as their source of drinking water.”Preliminary Test Results from Chemours’ WellsAs part of the ongoing state investigation, DEQ collected groundwater samples from 14 groundwater monitoring wells on the Chemours property in early August. Concentrations of GenX that exceeded acceptable limits were detected in 13 of 14 industrial wells at the plant. Preliminary test results have identified other detections of flourinated compounds.The water samples collected by DEQ in early August at the company’s industrial wells were sent to three laboratories.The preliminary results come from only one of the labs – Gel Laboratories in Charleston, S.C. State officials have not received test results from Chemours that were sent to Test America’s Colorado lab for analysis, and are awaiting final results from the EPA lab in Research Triangle Park. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The state has issued a notice of violation against Chemours after 13 of their 14 groundwater monitoring wells showed levels of GenX that exceed acceptable limits.Preliminary test results released by the state Department of Environmental Quality show concentrations of GenX in wells on Chemours’ Fayetteville Works’ property in violation of state groundwater standards. The wells tested are used for environmental monitoring at the facility and are not a source of drinking water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Carolina Beach preps for annual Beach Ball Drop

first_img The New Year’s Celebration is always held on New Year’s Eve and begins at 9:00 P.M. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don’t miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration.This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase.In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2017 official Christmas card and ornament.Related Article: Child hit by Jeep in Carolina Beach has died from injuries 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) –  Many people in Carolina Beach are getting ready for the Island of Lights celebration.Many of the streets leading to the boardwalk have been closed off to vehicles for the event. No one will be able to get to certain parts of the beach since that is where the fireworks will be set off.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Bridging the gap Wilmington considers Millennial Advisory Committee

first_img Tony McEwen, assistant to the city manager for legislative and intergovernmental affairs, presented the idea of having a Millennial Advisory Committee to city council.He says millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, make up about one third of the work force right now but by 2025 they will make up almost 50 percent of the work force.McEwen says it could benefit the city in many ways to start working with them now.Related Article: Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching“I think it’s important to kind of have an ongoing dialogue and relationship between our elected leaders in our community and again what is a growing part of our demographic population wise,” McEwen said.McEwen says council liked the idea.He will now work on more specifics for the group, like what exactly it will do, before presenting it to council again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How do you reach millennials? It’s a question everyone from parents to businesses have tried to answer for years.Now, the City of Wilmington is considering it after a proposal at this morning’s council agenda briefing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Families left upset with administration after Bladen County high school graduation

first_img “It completely ruined what should have been a special day. That you can’t get back,” said Jessica Parnell.Parnell was celebrating her daughter who finished 2nd in her class. They came early to find a seat for Jessica’s brother Josh who is in a wheelchair. Cellphone video that Jessica shared on social media shows the school’s principal asking him to move.“The way she acted I just knew I had to let people know because I knew it was wrong,” Jessica said.Related Article: Rainy forecast forces Whiteville High graduation inside Saturday with limited ticketsThe Parnell’s says they asked the Fire Marshal about where they were seated prior to the ceremony beginning and they were not asked to move. In fact, Josh and the family told the principal they would not move. They sat there on the recommendation of a school board member according to Josh. It was not until a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy stepped in that they were given little to no options.“He said ‘I will escort your whole family out if you do not move to the back’,” said Josh Parnell.It left the family embarrassed and in shock. The seats they moved to were behind all of the graduates and Jessica says Josh barely could see his niece give her keynote speech.The Parnell’s were not the only ones rubbed wrong by school administrators that evening. The Paris family also left in shock following the graduation ceremony.“We want to do their best and then show them what it is like to reap the rewards you don’t pull the rug out from under them,” said parent Wendy Paris.Paris’ son wore a JROTC military cord along with a fellow cadet. They walked the stage received the diploma case and everything. However, when it came time to get his diploma, Paris says the school administrator refused to give him it, saying he was not allowed to wear the cord and because of that, his family would have to come by the school Monday to pick it up. Her son had to leave the next day, Saturday, for basic training in the Midwest.Paris’ son during graduation (Wendy Paris)“The only time they’re going to get recognized on graduation day is with those cords,” said Paris, “I have no problem with rules and policies and I have not problem with the consequences, but the way they did it. You know as I said Ms. Kelly saw them in the line before they entered the gym, she saw those cords around their neck, why didn’t she pull them out of the line?”The school system responded to our request for comment saying, “Nationally recognized Academic cords are the only cords allowable or permissible during high school graduation.”A spokesperson went on to list the society cords they accept ranging from Honor Graduates, CTE Completers, National Art Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and the National Beta society.(Wendy Paris)The school returned our request for comment a day after the story aired surrounding the incident with the Parnell family.A school spokesperson told us that Principal Hester, “explained [to Josh Parnell] that the graduates had practiced processing with clearance in front of the doors and bleachers and needed to be able to process into the ceremony as they had practiced. Although sound equipment was set-up along the front of the bleachers, it was located two sections down from the entrance doors and not blocking the processional.”WWAY’s Andrew James reached out school board members as well. We know that board members Chris Clark issued an apology to the Parnell’s as well as Chairman Vincent Rozier reached out to the Paris family issuing an apology.“I don’t want that to happen again to any student,” said Paris.The Parnell’s daughter went before the school administration prior to the ceremony according to family members. The school responded to our request saying, “Ms. Hester explained to the daughter that the school has a floor-level designated handicapped accessible seating section for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.  According to the niece Mr. Parnell said he did not want to sit in the handicapped accessible section.”The school did confirm with us that board member Roger Carroll was in touch with the family prior to the ceremony. They told us, “Mr. Carroll advised Ms. Parnell to talk to the school principal about her concern. Mr. Carroll also told the Parnell’s they could sit out of the designated handicapped section if they wanted but that if they were asked to move they would need to comply or otherwise leave graduation.”We are still waiting to hear from more board members as Paris tells us the chairman ensured her that he would look into the graduation policies. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – A night to celebrate accomplishments left several West Bladen families shocked and embarrassed.Now they’re speaking out in hopes the school board will do something to change how graduations are handled at West Bladen High School. 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Tropical Storm Chris could become a hurricane later today

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Chris continues to meander off the North Carolina coast.Chris is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Monday.- Advertisement – While no direct impacts are expected in southeastern NC, swells generated by Chris will increase and affect portions of the coasts of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states during the next few days.There is a moderate to high rip current risk across area beaches so use extra caution if you plan on swimming.By the middle of the week, Chris will begin to move northeast and bring tropical storm impacts to portions of Atlantic Canada.Related Article: ‘Catching some hell’: Hurricane Michael slams into FloridaWHAT’S UP WITH BERYL?An area of showers and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Beryl is producing locally heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds over the northeastern Caribbean Sea and the northern Leeward Islands.The disturbance is expected to move west-northwestward for the next day or so, passing over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, and over Hispaniola tonight.Conditions could become somewhat conducive for regeneration of a tropical cyclone later this week when the system is forecast to turn northward over the Bahamas and the western Atlantic.last_img read more

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Hampstead Bypass is now fully funded

first_imgHampstead Bypass (Photo: NCDOT) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Commissioner David Piepmeyer says the Hampstead Bypass is fully funded and moving ahead.According to Piepmeyer, the approximately $113 million to build both sections of the 4-lane divided highway has been formally approved.- Advertisement – This clears the path to allow construction to being in 2020 with completion by 2025.The bypass will be 13 miles long when completed.last_img

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Pet Pals Meet this 8yearold black lab

first_img He prefers making his own decisions, but will listen to you if you make a good case. He’d like to be treated as your partner in this adventure called life.The shelter does require a meet and greet before adoption. If you have other dogs they ask that you bring them to meet prior to adopting.To meet her, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon. Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Meet this week’s Pet Pal! The shelter team would describe him as a free spirit, intelligent, independent and clever. He’s looking for the perfect family to call home.He was found in the Kia dealership parking lot on Market St.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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North Carolina Let ballot probe proceed despite GOP lawsuit

first_img Attorney General Josh Stein’s office said the judge should dismiss Harris’ lawsuit rather than declare him the winner because the U.S. House indicated it’s also going to look into allegations that mail-in ballots could have been altered or discarded by a Harris subcontractor.Harris “suffers no harm from delayed certification by the State Board of Elections given that the House of Representatives is not inclined to seat him, no matter the outcome” of the litigation, state attorneys said.The elections board is doing its duty by investigating to assure that the election was held without taint of fraud, corruption or irregularities that may have changed the result, state lawyers said.Related Article: Cohen, ex-Trump lawyer, to testify publicly before CongressBut Harris, in additional court filings, claims he has a clear legal right to be certified as the winner. He also wants a judge to require that the elections board immediately release what its investigation has uncovered so far.“Without those findings, the cloud of suspicion surrounding both the Ninth District election and Dr. Harris’ good name — a cloud entirely of the State Board’s making — will persist,” the Republican’s attorneys said.McCready’s attorneys also wrote to the court, saying that the contest’s conclusion is being held up because a court last month disbanded the old elections board. The court had decided the GOP-led legislature created it with an unconstitutional law. A new elections board is set to begin its work at the end of January, but Republicans refused to go along with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s to appoint an interim body, McCready’s attorneys said.“Harris has an alternative, legally adequate remedy, which is to allow the Board, which will be appointed and reconvene in less than three weeks, to finish its investigation and hold the evidentiary hearing,” the Democrat’s lawyers said. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge should let a ballot fraud investigation play out in the nation’s last undecided congressional race despite a Republican candidate’s lawsuit demanding immediate victory, especially since Congress may ultimately decide the winner, attorneys representing North Carolina’s elections agency said Monday.State attorneys were responding to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by Republican Mark Harris, who narrowly led Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th District race before the investigation started.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Meet Royal Wedding cake baker ahead of Azalea Festivals Chefs Showcase

first_img The North Carolina Azalea Festival will be hosting a public meet and greet with Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery from London. Claire is the baker made famous for baking the royal wedding cake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.The meet and greet will take place on Friday, January 18 from 3-5 pm at One Belle Bakery, 1616 Shipyard Blvd in Wilmington.The meet and greet is free and open to the public. Guests will be able to meet Claire and take photos and get autographs. Guests will also be able to purchase inspired treats made by One Belle Bakery, with opportunities to meet the owner and lead baker at One Belle, Anna Echols.Related Article: Mom to Mom: Easy appetizers to make for your guestsPtak will be featured in North Carolina Azalea Festival’s 2nd annual Chefs’ Showcase, happening Saturday, January 19 at the Hotel Ballast from 1 – 4:30 pm.The Chefs’ Showcase was a new event to the Festival in 2018.The culinary adventure is a seated, 5-course meal with wine pairings, light entertainment, and high-end silent auction items. Notable chefs from our region (and beyond) work together to prepare the dishes.2019 Chefs’ Showcase Chefs:Baker Claire Ptak – Violet Bakery from LondonChef Steve Foote – LM Restaurants Corporate ChefChef William “Kelly” Robey – Hotel BallastChef James Patterson – Sedgefield Country ClubChef Matthew Register – Southern Smoke BBQWith Special guest Anna Echols of One Belle BakeryMeinhold said there are still a few tickets to the Chefs’ Showcase left for $75 at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office or online. This event sold out last year.Get tickets here WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A baker who created a royal wedding cake is coming from across the pond to be a part of this year’s Azalea Festival events.NC Azalea Festival president-elect Steve Meinhold (right) Good Morning Carolina’s Hannah Patrick (left)North Carolina Azalea Festival President-elect Steve Meinhold was on Good Morning Carolina this morning with all of the details.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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More than 500 guests join A Safe Place for fundraising luncheon

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington organization is continuing its mission to help survivors of sex trafficking.More than 500 guests joined A Safe Place members and staff for a memorial to a former member and a panel discussion with current A Safe Place survivors over lunch on Thursday.- Advertisement – Malisa Umstead, the group’s founder and executive director, and Nicole Fairfax, the sister of the member being remembered, agree that a safe place has come a long way since its founding.“It started with just wanting to help somebody else,” Umstead explained. “It’s grown to be bigger than what I could ever have imagined and it’s great. The women in the program are great, our staff is great and we continue to expand to meet the services of the girls who are being identified in our area.”“They’ve been there for her,” Fairfax said. “They have love for her like they’re blood related family and then the dedication luncheon today and the plaque on the building. They’re just family to her.”Related Article: Alex Acosta, embattled labor secretary, defends handling of Jeffrey Epstein caseUmstead said raising awareness is one of the ways we can help put an end to the problem.last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 21 November HORSE RACING12.40 LingfieldKassar 2/1 > evens3.20 FakenhamMercian King 5/1 > 7/23.40 LingfieldI’m Running Late 20/1 > 7/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 29/5 Sevilla 7/5 Liverpool 5/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport ESPN / BT Sport 4K UHD1/8 Man City 18/1 Feyenoord 9/1 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 3evs Borussia Dortmund 5/2 Tottenham Hotspur 13/5 DRAW BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Memorial Tournament

first_imgThis week we are at Jacks place in Dublin Ohio for the 2019 Memorial. Nicklaus designed the Muirfield Village course. He makes tweaks and adjustments to it every year to make it a fresh challenge for the invited field of one hundred and twenty of the world’s top golfers. The course itself is long and the fairways are wide. But if you do stray, the rough is amongst some of the most penal on tour. So, we’re looking for long straight hitters with good scrambling games to get around Jack’s tricky, bunker strewn layout.Blue Horseshoe Loves:Patrick Cantlay – Currently 16/1 with starsports.betSince the Masters Cantlay has been consistently getting close to a win this season. While not particularly long, Cantlay is straight. Stats wise he ranks inside the top fifty in shots gained putting, fourth in shots gained total, and a very impressive first on the tour in scrambling this season. To put it bluntly, this guy is due.Jason Day – Currently 22/1 with starsports.betThis is Jason’s home track. He lives nearby with his family and is a member of Muirfield Village. He has gone close here in years gone past and his recent results of top ten finished suggests he is starting to free himself of some the injuries that have plagued him this year and is returning to somewhere near peak form. If that’s the case Day is a hard man to beat, especially around the greens. He is ranked tenth on tour in strokes gained putting and is plenty long enough to get himself into position to make putts here.Gary Woodland – Currently 33/1 with starsports.betI tipped Gary Woodland at the US PGA Championship as it was a course that required dead straight long ball bombers. Woodland ended up finishing in a tie for eighth, which was an impressive result at what proved to be an extremely testing course. Woodland has gone well at Muirfield in the past including a fourth place finish in 2016. The straight drivers have a history of winning here and given the fact that he is clearly in good form with a tour ranking of seventh in shots gained tee to green, I am going to jump on Gary again.Corey Conners – Currently 125/1 with starsports.betI like the way this kid plays. He has a long languid swing similar to that of Ernie Els. Conners picked up his maiden PGA tour win this season, but something tells me he’s not done yet. The Canadian ranks inside the top fifty in driving accuracy and tenth in shots gained tee to green this season. This course should suit his game and if Conners can get off to a good start and get that rhythmic swing going he is great each way value at 125/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)2pts each way PATRICK CANTLAY at around 16/1 with starsports.bet1pt each way JASON DAY at around 22/1 with starsports.bet1pt each way GARY WOODLAND at around 33/1 with starsports.bet1pt each way COREY CONNERS at around 125/1 with starsports.betEW 1/5 odds, 6 placesPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 221.20 pointslast_img read more

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30th annual survey shows Houstonians upbeat about citys future

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: druth@rice.edu30th annual survey shows Houstonians upbeat about city’s futureRice sociologist: ‘Houston is where much of the American story is being written’Despite economic anxiety and concern for the future of the country, most Houstonians perceive an improving quality of life locally and 90 percent believe that Houston is a better place to live than most other metropolitan areas, according to the 30th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey conducted by Rice University. The findings were released today during a luncheon hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The survey showed that Harris County residents have become a little more upbeat in their personal economic outlooks but remain pessimistic about the long-term national prospects. While 26 percent (up from 20 percent in 2010) report improving personal financial conditions, only 31 percent (down from 43 percent in 2007) believe that young people will eventually have a higher standard of living than adult Americans today.“Houstonians clearly feel that the bleeding has stopped, but a robust recovery is not yet on the horizon,” said survey author Stephen Klineberg, co-director of the Kinder Institute. “They are worried about the American future, but they’re feeling better about Houston – about local crime, air pollution and traffic – and they are even more enthusiastic than in past years about the Houston area as a place to live.”Klineberg said that as a city at the forefront of the country’s demographic revolution, Houston offers a glimpse into America’s future, and the survey’s assessment of the city may offer important lessons for strengthening the rest of the country: create policies that moderate the inequalities, nurture a far more educated workforce, develop cities into environmentally and aesthetically appealing destinations, and empower all members of a multiethnic society. Though Texas is a red state traditionally wanting less government, a majority of Houstonians today (52 percent) said that government has a responsibility to help reduce the inequalities between rich and poor in America. Only 45 percent responded that way in 2009. This year 48 percent said that “government should do more to solve our country’s problems,” compared with 36 percent who agreed with that assertion in 1996. Seventy-two percent of the survey respondents said that most poor people in the U.S. today are poor because of circumstances they can’t control, up from 68 percent in 2007 and 52 percent in 1999. Although 86 percent agreed that “if you work hard in this city, eventually you will succeed,” 67 percent also believe that “people who work hard and live by the rules are not getting a fair break these days.” In this year’s survey, 78 percent disagreed with the statement “A high school education is enough to get a good job.” The percent of people who spontaneously mentioned education when asked to name the biggest problem facing people in Houston jumped to 7.6 percent this year from just 1.7 percent in 2009 and 2 percent in 2010.“There’s a new awareness that this is now a high-tech, knowledge-based economy and there aren’t many good jobs for people without a college education,” said Klineberg, a Rice professor of sociology. “Education is more important than ever. Long gone are the days when you could get a job out of high school, work hard and make enough money until you retire. The resources of the knowledge economy are not found in factories; they are situated between the ears of the best and brightest, who can live anywhere.”Houstonians seem willing to do what it takes to attract the best and brightest. Public support for new initiatives to improve the quality of life in Houston has remained firm or grown stronger across the 30 years of the survey. Area residents support measures to enhance the city’s green spaces and bayous, revitalize and preserve urban centers and improve air and water quality.A large proportion of Harris County residents would choose a more urban lifestyle: 52 percent said they’d prefer to live in a single-family residential area, but 45 percent would opt instead for an area with a mix of developments including homes, shops and restaurants. In 2010, 41 percent said they’d prefer a smaller home in a more urbanized area within walking distance of shops and workplaces, rather than a single-family home with a big yard “where you would need to drive almost everywhere you want to go.” “Houston is where much of the American story is being written,” Klineberg said. “It’s here that we’re seeing the patterns that the rest of the country will experience – from the growing interest in walkable urbanism to the demographic revolution. Houston is where the American future is going to be worked out.”The Kinder Houston Area Survey showed that Houstonians’ attitudes toward the burgeoning diversity, which is poised to continue growing rapidly, are conflicted, and younger Anglos are considerably more comfortable with the demographic trends. Asked how they would feel if a close relative of theirs wanted to marry a non-Anglo, just 8 percent of the Anglo respondents this year said they would disapprove, down from 13 percent in 2002 and 23 percent in 1995. Among the Anglo respondents under the age of 30, 93 percent said they would approve of such intermarriage, compared with 69 percent of those 60 or older. Seventy percent of Anglos under 30, but only 35 percent in the older group, said that the increasing immigration into this country today mostly strengthens American culture. Seventy-three percent of the younger respondents, compared with 52 percent of those 60 or older, said they are in favor of granting illegal immigrants a path to legal citizenship if they speak English and have no criminal record. “Houston is where America’s four major ethnic communities – Anglos, Asians, blacks and Latinos – meet in more equal numbers than almost anywhere else in the country,” Klineberg said. “The challenges and opportunities of creating a more unified and inclusive multiethnic society will be seen here first.”The 2011 Kinder Houston Area Survey was conducted by phone between Feb. 17 and March 9 and reached a scientifically representative sample of 750 Harris County residents – including 240 respondents contacted by cell phone. The Survey Research Institute of the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston administered the survey.Through three decades of systematic research, the survey has measured this region’s economic and demographic transformations. No other metropolitan region in America has been the focus of a research program of this scope.To interview Klineberg or receive a complete copy of the survey, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.last_img read more

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Rice study fuels hope for natural gas cars

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/12/1222_MDF-2-web.jpgThese examples of metal organic frameworks, which may be suitable for natural gas storage, were discovered through a computer algorithm developed at Rice University. The program explores possible combinations of components that may be used to synthesize the compounds. In these illustrations, molecules known as secondary building units (top left) and organic binding ligands, or linkers (top right) can be used in a chemical process to produce the metal organic framework seen at the bottom, according to the program. (Courtesy of the Deem Research Group/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice study fuels hope for natural gas carsRice University scientists identify metal organic framework candidates for methane storage HOUSTON – (Dec. 18, 2014) – Cars that run on natural gas are touted as efficient and environmentally friendly, but getting enough gas onboard to make them practical is a hurdle. A new study led by researchers at Rice University promises to help.Rather than shoehorn bulky high-pressure tanks like those used in buses and trucks into light vehicles, the Department of Energy (DOE) encourages scientists to look at new materials that can store compressed natural gas (CNG) at low pressure and at room temperature. Cage-like synthetic macromolecules called metal organic frameworks (MOFs) are among the candidates.MOFs are nanoscale compounds of metal ions or clusters known as secondary building units (SBUs) and organic binding ligands, or linkers. These linkers hold the SBUs together in a spongy network that can capture and store methane molecules in a tank under pressure. As the pressure is relieved, the network releases the methane for use.Because there are tens of thousands of possible MOFs, it’s a daunting task to synthesize them for testing. Researchers have turned to using computers to model candidates with the right qualities.A team led by Rice bioengineer Michael Deem went a step further; they used a custom algorithm to not only quickly design new MOF configurations able to store compressed natural gas — aka methane — with a high “deliverable capacity,” but ones that can be reliably synthesized from commercial precursor molecules. And here’s a handy bonus: The algorithm also keeps track of the routes to synthesis.Deem and his colleagues at Rice, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California-Berkeley reported their results this month in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry C.MOFs show potential for applications like drug delivery, sensing, purification and catalysis, but methane storage for transportation is high on the DOE’s wish list, Deem said. “MOFs are being commercialized for methane storage in vehicles now,” he said.The advantages to using MOF as a storage medium are many and start with increased capacity over the heavy, high-pressure cylinders in current use. The Rice study found 48 MOFs that beat the best currently available, a compound called MOF-5, by as much as 8 percent.The program adhered to standard DOE conditions that an ideal MOF would store methane at 65 bar (atmospheric pressure at sea level is one bar) and release it at 5.8 bar, all at 298 kelvins (about 77 degrees Fahrenheit). That pressure is significantly less than standard CNG tanks, and the temperature is far higher than liquid natural gas tanks that must be cooled to minus 260 degrees F.Lower pressures mean tanks can be lighter and made to fit cars better, Deem said. They may also offer the possibility that customers can tank up from household gas supply lines.The Deem group’s algorithm was adapted from an earlier project to identify zeolites. The researchers ran Monte Carlo calculations on nearly 57,000 precursor molecules, modifying them with synthetic chemistry reactions via the computer to find which would make MOFs with the best deliverable capacity — the amount of fuel that can be practically stored and released for use. “Our work differs from previous efforts because we’re searching the space of possible MOF linkers specifically for this deliverable capacity,” Deem said.The researchers hope to begin real-world testing of their best MOF models. “We’re very keen to work with experimental groups, and happy to collaborate,” Deem said. “We have joint projects underway, so we hope some of these predicted materials will be synthesized very soon.”Yi Bao, a graduate student in Deem’s lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, is lead author of the paper. Co-authors are Richard Martin and Maciej Haranczyk of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Cory Simon and Berend Smit of the University of California-Berkeley. Deem is chair of Rice’s Department of Bioengineering and the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering.The DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences, supported the research. The researchers utilized the National Science Foundation-funded DAVinCi supercomputer administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp5123486Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Deem Research Group: http://www.mwdeem.rice.eduBioScience Research Collaborative at Rice: http://brc.rice.edu/home/Images for download:center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/12/1222_MDF-1-web.jpglast_img read more

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Oklahoma Police Detective Shot in Both Arms by Pedestrian

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News The detective was transported to a nearby hospital after emergency crews responded.The officer is believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.The pedestrian, identified as Alfonso Rios, was arrested by police officers, NewsOn6 reported.The detective had an arrest warrant for Rios. An Oklahoma police officer was shot by a pedestrian on Thursday in Clinton, according to reports.According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a detective from the Clinton Police Department was driving a patrol vehicle when he was shot by someone near Third Street and Hayes Avenue. The detective was shot in both arms, KOCO reported. Share this article Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) OSBI: Officer shot by pedestrian while driving in Clinton https://t.co/8kcVOW3PVK pic.twitter.com/GlvGaIs0SH— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) December 8, 2017 Share Oklahoma Police Detective Shot in Both Arms by Pedestrian By Jack Phillips December 7, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 A Clinton Police Officer was shot tonight. Police say the man in this photo is the suspect, Alfonso Rios, who is now in custody. During a traffic stop, police say Rios started shooting at the detective. The detective was taken to a nearby hospital. @NEWS9 pic.twitter.com/EZCleEN5Jn— Tiffany Liou (@tliou) December 8, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Advanced Weapons a NuclearArmed North Korea Could Face

first_img Share this article Share The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008. (David B. Gleason/Wikimedia Commons) Advanced Weapons a Nuclear-Armed North Korea Could Face By Matthew Little December 7, 2017 Updated: December 8, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion For decades, intercontinental ballistic missiles tipped with a nuclear warhead were the most dangerous thing in the world, all but unbeatable, a threat to global survival.That could be about to change.The $700 billion dollar defense budget Congress sent the President to sign on Nov. 30 gave the defense department some far-fetched sounding research priorities, things like quantum information systems, biological engineering, and genetic enhancement.But other sci-fi sounding weapons programs are reaching maturity, with successful tests giving way to predictable development schedules. Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 13, 2017. Congress gave the Defense Department $700 billion in its last budget as tensions on the Korean Peninsula mount. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Three of those technologies—high-power microwave systems, high-energy lasers, and hypersonic weapons—could have a major impact in the not-too-distant future. Microwave missilesOf the three, microwave missiles are the only ones that could be deployed now.Microwave weapons have the power to destroy electronics but not hurt people, a capability the head of High Power Electromagnetics at the Air Force Research Laboratory, explained at a TedX presentation last year.Division chief Mary Lou Robinson asked the audience to imagine microwaving water or food for one second. It would not affect the food, she said, just as it would not affect a person.“Now…turn your cell phone on and put it in your microwave for one second.”That quick blast would be enough to reset a phone and likely keep it from ever connecting to another wifi network again,“That’s the power of microwaves against electronics,” she said.Robinson’s team has tested a cruise missile outfitted with a high power microwave payload.The missile is designed to fly over enemy installations and blast them with a high-powered microwave burst that shuts down electronics but leaves people alive.The Airforce has successfully tested the weapon and two U.S. officials recently told NBC News they were briefed on it in August.If deployed, the weapon, known as the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project or CHAMP, could fry the electronics associated with a North Korean missile launch.“The capability is real … and the technology can be available today,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Masiello, the former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory, said back in 2014.There are challenges though.Unlike a conventional bomb that announces its impact, microwaves are invisible, leaving field commanders uncertain if their objective was achieved.Syrians walk through the rubble following an alleged bombing by the Islamic State in Marea, northern Aleppo, on April 8, 2015. (Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images) A building bombed by ISIS in northern Aleppo, Syria on April 8, 2015. Microwaves give the military the chance to take out enemy technology without damaging buildings or hurting people. (Zein al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images)Another problem is the limited 700-mile range of the microwave missile which forces the plane that launches it to get dangerously close to the enemy.That limited range was a problem for the military’s other directed-energy weapon program as well.High-Power LasersWhile CHAMP isn’t specifically aimed at ballistic missile defense, other programs are, and Congress wants rapid development.Congress gave the Missile Defense Agency 90 days to deliver “a revised missile defense testing campaign plan that accelerates the development and deployment of new missile defense technologies.”One of those technologies, “lasers mounted on small unmanned aerial vehicles” could provide the Missile Defence Agency with a new and crucial option for taking out nuclear missiles. An X-47B military drone aboard USS George H.W. Bush on May 13, 2013 in the Atlantic Ocean. Congress wants high-powered laser drones capable of taking out ICBMs. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)The current challenge with taking out ICBMs is that they move extremely quickly, reaching speeds up to 11,000 mph, traveling from Moscow to New York in under 30 minutes. Current missile defenses take out ICBMs in the midcourse phase, as they reach the top of their arc in space and begin to descend on their targets. By then, the missiles have already accelerated to a blistering speed and may have deployed their defensive measures like decoys and radar jamming. The best time to take them out has passed. But a drone with a high-powered laser could lurk near enemy missile launch sites and shoot the missile earlier in its flight. Previous efforts to create such a weapon proved unfeasible because earlier chemical laser technologies were too big and too dangerous. “Chemical lasers produce a lot of power, but they take a 747-sized plane worth of hazardous chemicals to produce that power,” Maj. Masiello said in an Air Force communications report just before his retirement last year. The Yal 1A Airborne Laser Aircraft conducts initial ball rotation tests at Western Test Range. The Boeing YAL-1 was a megawatt-class chemical laser mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. The plane and laser proved too large and too costly to be effective in taking out ballistic missiles in their early boost phase but new solid-state lasers are smaller and could be mounted to unmanned drones. (MDA Photo)That problem is solved by smaller solid state lasers that are now producing power that is “operationally relevant” for the Air Force, said the report.“We have completely shifted our focus toward those types of laser systems, said Masiello.The goal is to get a high-powered laser onto a fighter-sized aircraft. If the system is mounted to a drone, they can stay in the air up to 36 hours at high altitudes where the air is thinner and the laser can travel much further.Hypersonic WeaponsWhile lasers and microwaves have important defensive capabilities, hypersonic weapons have potent offensive potential.The United States, Russia, and China are all developing hypersonic weapons. A B-52B launch aircraft lifts off with NASA’s X-43A hypersonic research aircraft attached under its right wing on Nov. 16, 2004, at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  The X-43A was one of the early hypersonic jets. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)Hypersonic missiles travel at a similar speed to an intercontinental ballistic missile but with some important advantages.ICBMs launch up and into space, traveling in a predictable arc, like a football, as they bear down on to their target.Conventional radar and satellite sensors can track them easily and provide enough warning to allow for a counterattack, thus ensuring mutual destruction, the foundation of the nuclear deterrent.If the aggressor only has a few missiles, like North Korea, the warning gives the Missile Defense Agency time for its Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system to track the incoming ICBM and launch an intercept missile to take it out.But hypersonic missiles travel like cruise missiles or fighter jets, flying in a line, within the atmosphere. They can change course and travel at low altitudes.These attributes, combined with their incredible speed, make it hard for conventional radar and warning systems to track them, giving the user the ability to strike an enemy on the other side of the world in an hour, with very little to no advanced warning. An artist concept of the X-51 hypersonic test aircraft in flight. The X-51 reached Mach 5 (3800 mph) during a test flight in 2010. (U.S. Air Force)Many military strategists believe they could change the face of modern warfare.The weapons have been in development for decades, and as the budget notes “the requirements for technological breakthroughs in hypersonics have largely been established.”That means the weapons have a clear development path and Congress wants it expedited, especially because China and Russia are aggressively pursuing them. The budget notes those efforts are proceeding “at an alarming rate that threaten to outpace the United States.”The weapons have huge implications but will have little impact on North Korea in the immediate future.If you enjoyed reading this article, support our independent journalism by sharing it on social media. Asia & Pacific last_img read more

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