David Cameron’s new government will include a campaigning disabled MP and a former minister for disabled people from the last time the Tories had an absolute Commons majority, 18 years ago.The prime minister announced this week that Robert Halfon, the disabled MP for Harlow, had been appointed a vice-chairman of the Conservative party, but also a minister without portfolio and member of the Cabinet.Halfon (pictured) is known as a campaigning MP – with successful campaigns on cuts to fuel duty and to tax on bingo – and was previously parliamentary private secretary to the chancellor, George Osborne.The new minister for disabled people is the North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.Tomlinson, who did not respond to a request from Disability News Service for an interview this week, does not appear to have a significant previous interest in disability issues.He was a member of 25 all-party parliamentary groups in the last parliament, including groups for heritage railway, Taiwan, speedway, the video games industry, beer, libraries, betting and gaming, and family businesses, but not the all-party disability group.His website points to his success in parliament on issues such as school sport, business, banking, libraries and housing development, but not disability.Tomlinson was previously owner of a marketing company and is also a former nightclub manager.But despite his lack of a track record on disability issues, Tomlinson’s constituency office in Swindon appears to be far more accessible than that of his predecessor as disabled people’s minister, Mark Harper, who has become the government’s chief whip.A member of staff in the office in Swindon that Tomlinson shares with Swindon South MP Robert Buckland – on the first floor of a building with a lift – said accessibility had been one of the “top priorities” when they chose the location.She said: “It was high on my agenda and their agenda. It had to be accessible to all.”Meanwhile, Cameron has appointed a veteran former minister for disabled people to lead the government’s health and care reforms.Alistair Burt was minister for disabled people between 1995 and 1997, and was a popular Foreign Office minister in the coalition, before being sacked in 2013 following parliament’s vote against military action in Syria.He said in a statement: “I am honoured to have been entrusted with an important portfolio spanning care and health services.“There are some huge tasks awaiting for the department and the wider system, not least the delivery of aspects of the Care Act, the better integration of health and care services, and the enhanced attention to be paid to the provision of mental health support.“The work done within the areas for which I am responsible touch on the lives of many people, and I believe it is an extraordinary sector full of remarkable individuals.“I am looking forward to listening to those involved and doing all I can to ensure the government plays its full part in the further development of vital services.”Cameron also appointed the former education secretary Michael Gove – who has previously spoken out in favour of reintroducing the death penalty – as his new justice secretary, with responsibility for scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a new bill of rights.And the new employment minister, replacing Esther McVey – who lost her seat last week – is a similarly divisive figure, the right-wing Witham MP Priti Patel, an economics graduate and former communications executive who served as exchequer secretary to the Treasury in the last government, and has also spoken out in support of the reintroduction of capital punishment.Patel said in a statement: “Employment and earning a salary gives families security and our long term economic plan will continue to reward work.“I look forward to working with Iain [Duncan Smith] and others to deliver our manifesto and help more people into employment.”Duncan Smith remains as work and pensions secretary, with responsibility for the government’s welfare reform programme and finding another £12 billion a year in cuts to social security spending.Lord [David] Freud remains as welfare reform minister.
0% Tags: Business • Election 2015 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The fund is essentially a grant program. It would offer $500 per full-time employee to qualifying businesses, capped at $50,000 a year. The fund also creates an incentive for landlords. If a landlord of a legacy business agrees to give that business a ten-year lease, they could get some $4.50 per square foot of property from the city, up to $20,000 per year for the landlord.The city controller estimates that some 7,500 businesses qualify for the legacy business distinction. If funds were given to all these businesses, the controller says, within 25 years the city could be paying businesses and landlords some $94 million annually.The cost is debatable, as is figuring out which businesses deserve money from the city. Mission Local sat down with Supervisor David Campos earlier this week to talk about it. Campos wrote the measure and has a few key explanations about supporting local businesses. Here’s that conversation: Big decisions are on the horizon for San Francisco: City elections are Tuesday of next week, and they’re gearing up to be contentious and close. While the mayoral race and certain propositions like the Mission moratorium and Prop. F have received the lion’s share of the attention, the less controversial measures have received less, even though they will have a big impact on the Mission and city-wide.On this week’s radio program on BFF.fm, we took a look at one measure in particular: Proposition J, known as the legacy business fund.Proposition J would create a city fund from which annual grants could be allocated to small businesses that are struggling to pay rent. Any small business? No. To qualify, a business must be 30 years old, or 20 years old but facing a serious risk of displacement.Still, that’s a big pool. A lot of of San Francisco’s small businesses are facing significant rent increases as their leases expire – Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy in the Mission, for example.
San Francisco Planning Commissioners yesterday unanimously approved interim controls on certain developments in the Mission district which put in place additional requirements and review processes for projects seeking approval within the next 15 months. The controls, developed over the course of several months, are intended to counter displacement and an underproduction of affordable housing in the neighborhood. Projects larger than 25 units or 25,000 square feet, dubbed “medium” projects, will now require a Large Project Authorization and projects with 75 units or 75,000 square feet and more, considered “large” will require a conditional use permit.Developers of “medium” and “large” projects will also be required to submit information about the density and efficiency of the housing they are planning and the rates of Ellis and Owner-move-in evictions within a quarter mile radius of the project.Any project that removes an existing rent controlled unit, no matter the size, will be held to higher standards, including proving that it does not convert rentals to other kinds of housing. Projects that are more than one-third affordable housing will be exempt from the extra requirements. 0% Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing moratorium • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The controls are a response to community concern over displacement and a dramatic shift in neighborhood character.“You can’t freeze things in time. There is going to be change. What we need to do is protect the people who live there now,” said Commissioner Michael Antonini.The commission also recommended, after repeated requests from the public, that planning staff be assigned to attend pre-application community meetings that developers are required to hold to receive feedback on their projects from neighbors.“These pre-application meetings are pro forma and somewhat meaningless…the community is completely dependent on the developer for information. It’s a PR show,” said Susan Cieutat, a parent of a student at Marshall Elementary School, which is near the 16th and Mission Street project. “If planning department staff were there, they wouldn’t have to take sides in the battle that may go on there, but it may curb the developer’s impulse to misrepresent their projects.”Rahaim said he had included funding for a staffer assigned to going to those meetings in a budget submitted to the Commission.Opponents of the controls cited concerns over efficiency.Rob Poole, communications coordinator for the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, said it seemed like a bad idea to change the rules for projects that had already been going through the planning process, some for years.“This is not good government,” Poole said. “This doesn’t do anything to help make it easier to build affordable housing, it doesn’t improve the process.”“I’m personally opposed to the interim controls on the basis that it makes it harder and more difficult for nonprofit developers in the Mission to actually produce affordable housing,” said Donald Dewsnup, a realtor and member of the development advocacy group San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation.“I find it interesting that on the list of project subject to the controls… there’s only two projects left on that list where you are not already having discretionary hearings,” said land use attorney Steve Vettel. He called the controls “unnecessary.”Nonetheless, the controls received more positive feedback from public commenters at this meeting than at some of the six previous hearings where the Commission had considered them – possibly in part because of the failure of the much more stringent Mission housing moratorium at the ballot in November, and in part because the controls have been adjusted and expanded since their original proposal.“We see this as another tool that we have in the neighborhood in terms of working towards affordable housing and working to preserve the character of the neighborhood,” said local photographer and filmmaker Lou Dematteis. “We know it’s not a solution, and we will continue to work with the Board of Supervisors” on other approaches.While an original version of the interim controls considered by the Commission grandfathered in certain larger projects, the version passed on Thursday applies to all projects not yet approved.Peter Papadopoulos praised the inclusion of mid-sized projects of 25 units or more in the controls, saying applications for these projects have been increasing.“The accumulated impact of those projects as they accelerate is a little like climate change,” he said.The controls passed also include consideration for small industrial uses – projects proposed for sites that have housed production, distribution and repair businesses in the three years prior to their approval by the planning commission will now also require the developer to provide a discussion of what, if any, similar uses exist nearby.“We do appreciate the effort by department and staff to try to change course or at least to look for tools that could help the department and commission evaluate the true impact of these market rate projects on these communities, on this community in particular,” said tenants rights lawyer J. Scott Weaver. “This is a test. This is the beginning of a process, we’re not claiming a solution. They are interim controls.”“The cost of housing has taken us all by surprise,” said Director of Planning John Rahaim. “It’s timely for us to take a pause and allow you to at least take a higher level of scrutiny to projects in the Mission.”
BRAVE, defiant, breathtaking, classy… Saints edged an epic contest with Leeds at Langtree Park thanks to a last gasp Tommy Makinson try and defence of steel.The winger scored two outstanding tries as Saints defied the odds to win 14-10.Missing nine first team players, Nathan Brown’s young side were strong in defence, played out their sets and were more of a match for their more seasoned opponents.The game was tied at half time after a depleted Saints put in a herculean effort.It was difficult to notice who was down on numbers as the home side ripped in from the off and pulled back a Danny McGuire try with a well-taken Anthony Walker effort.Kevin Sinfield kicked a penalty on 55 minutes but a wonderful try from Tommy Makinson put Saints back in front.Another penalty from the boot of the Rhinos’ captain levelled it up but a Makinson try, fashioned by the superb Lance Hohaia and Jonny Lomax, sealed a memorable win.If there was any evidence that the pain of last season was worth it – it came from the performances across the field from the young players.Saints made a number of changes because of injury and suspension with Greg Richards moving to prop and a bench of Luke Thompson and Joe Greenwood.Andre Savelio also became the 32nd Saints Academy tourist to play Super League.Leeds brought in Chris Clarkson on the bench and Stevie Ward in the centres for the injured Joel Moon.Saints had an early taste of pressure when Carl Ablett lost the ball on Leeds’ first set.The Rhinos then put in a high ball which thankfully went… eventually… dead.Both sides swapped big clearing kicks and then the Rhinos almost broke through when another bomb caused problems in the defence.But on ten minutes Saints won a penalty and nearly got through when Roby chipped ahead.Leeds then forced two drop outs in quick succession but Saints tackled like demons to keep them out.But as the game reached the quarter mark a penalty gave the visitors field possession and Danny McGuire scorched in. It was harsh on Saints who had defended so well and it could have been worse moments later if a set from poor carry hadn’t been defended by Sia Soliola.The home side turned that good fortune to attack and with 15 to go in the match Anthony Walker plunged over after great work from Andre Savelio.Tommy Makinson making it 6-6.It was the simple stuff from Saints that was doing the damage – playing out their sets and producing wonderful kick chase when required.That tactic forced Leeds consistently on the back foot and they had to come out from their own 20.And when it came to the Rhinos’ kicks, Saints did more than enough to repel borders.The video ref chalked one off for Leeds on 38 minutes and that it stayed level at half time.The tight and tense affair continued in the early stages of the second half, with both sides again kicking deep.Defences were on top but as the opening 10 minutes progressed it was clear the momentum was moving in Leeds’ favour.They were making more yards on their sets whilst Saints were just about ticking over.On 55 minutes Leeds forced a drop out – their third of the night – and they had to settle for a penalty to put them back ahead.A controversial drop out brought more pressure for the visitors and another repeat set had them on the back foot again.Saints defended really well and looked to have scored a try when Josh Jones hacked on a loose ball after great passing from his teammates.Yet, it was called back for a knock on earlier in the set.That gave the home side confidence and when Saints won a drop out they made it count.Tommy Makinson flew over in the corner with another one of his specials – even through the video referee took an age to find something to disallow it for.Saints defended another drop out – their fifth – but a harsh penalty gave Sinfield another easy two-pointer.As the game entered its final stages Saints took the wrong option on the last – but asserted enough pressure to ensure when they got the ball back, they would have the best possible chance.And it came from Lance Hohaia who chipped over to Jonny Lomax, who then did the same for Makinson to chase.The winger took an age to put down, but he did and he sent the fans wild.Leeds had 34 seconds left on the clock to strike back but Greenwood collected the short kick off and one hell of a party began on the terraces.The Rhinos were thunderstruck.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Walker, Makinson (2)Goals: Makinson (2 from 3)Leeds: Tries: McGuireGoals: Sinfield (3 from 3)Penalties: Saints: 3Leeds: 4HT: 6-6FT: 14-10REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 13,788 Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 17. Paul Wellens; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 27. Greg Richards, 15. Mark Flanagan, 11. Sia Soliola, 25. Anthony Walker.Subs: 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 23. Joe Greenwood, 28. Luke Thompson, 33. Andre Savelio. Leeds:1. Zak Hardaker; 20. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 14. Stevie Ward, 5. Ryan Hall; 6. Danny McGuire, 13. Kevin Sinfield; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 7. Rob Burrow, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 15. Brett Delaney.Subs: 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 17. Ian Kirke, 18. Chris Clarkson, 23. Brad Singleton.
JON Wilkin says Friday’s World Club Series date is not only big for the club but Super League as a whole.Saints will face Sydney Roosters in Game One of the 2016 series at Langtree Park.“It is a huge game for the club, Super League and the players here,” he explains. “The younger players in the squad look up to the NRL and the calibre of player here.“But these NRL players are just human and a good performance would be huge in terms of the development of our players.“I’m excited about the Series and I’m sure they will be keenly contested matches. The NRL respect what we do as they are scouring our comp for talent.“We want to show our younger players that our comp has merits and strengths and they can play here rather than over there.”Saints head into the match on the back of defeat at Salford – something they are keen to make amends for.“It wasn’t a great performance and to serve that up in the second round of the season with Friday’s game in mind wasn’t ideal preparation,” Wilkin continues. “We wanted to head into the game with confidence but these things happen in sport and it is part of the job to deal with it, move on and learn from the experience.“The analysis wasn’t pretty but we have a strong focus on this week. It is a chance to regroup.“The focus has to be squarely on ourselves. We won’t do any video or homework on the Roosters because we have to fix up what we do. That is our priority.“We have the ultimate respect for them but it is hard to do homework on a team before a ball has been kicked in their competition. We will look at individuals but the gameplan is pretty simple; we were physically terrible against Salford and that is where we have to be better.“We’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of us playing the Roosters in this fixture. One of the first Saints games I attended was the Challenge in 2003. We were poor that night and this game is one in which we could make some amends for that.”Tickets for Friday’s game, which kicks off at 8pm, remain on sale.Prices are: Hattons Solicitors West Terrace, East Terrace and Family Stands: Adult – £22.50, OAP and Young Adult – £15.50, Junior – £10Solarking South and Totally Wicked North Stands: Gold: Adult – £30, OAP and Young Adult – £22.50, Junior – £12 Silver: Adult – £28, OAP and Young Adult – £20.50, Junior – £12 Bronze: Adult – £25, OAP and Young Adult – £18.50, Junior – £10Are you a group of 20 or more and planning to come to our game? Then contact James Newman on 01744 455081 for great discounted rates.Tickets can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.A package for all three games (Leeds v North Queensland, Wigan v Brisbane) costs £60 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling the Rugby League Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113.
This Season’s Meetings:Warrington 14, St Helens 34 (SLS8-R6, 22/9/18) St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18)Last Ten Meetings:Warrington 14, St Helens 34 (SLS8-R6, 22/9/18) St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18) Warrington 40, St Helens 18 (SLR13, 5/5/17) St Helens 31, Warrington 6 (SLR6, 24/3/17) Warrington 18, St Helens 10 (SLSF, 29/9/16) Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16) St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16) Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16) St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15)Super League Summary:St Helens won 48 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs) Warrington won 13 (includes wins in 2012 and 2016 play-offs) 2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin) Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWarrington Tries157 (1st)134 (2nd)Goals132 (1st)115 (3rd)Metres42,187 (1st)40,544 (2nd)Breaks243 (1st)190 (4th)Tackles9,912 (3rd)9,314 (8th)Factoids:Tommy Makinson is three tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 33 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in a 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba.Wolves: 1. Stefan Ratchford, 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Mike Cooper, 12. Jack Hughes, 13. Ben Murdoch-Masaila, 15. Declan Patton, 17. Joe Philbin, 18. Toby King, 19. George King, 20. Harvey Livett, 27. Josh Charnley, 30. Bodene Thompson, 34. Ben Westwood.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 28 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 24 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 20 4 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 18 6 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 17 8 = Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 10 = David Mead (Catalans Dragons), Regan Grace (St Helens), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 15Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 132 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 94 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 62 4 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 61 5 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 7 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 53 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 48 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 40Goals Percentage: 1 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (10/11) 2 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 89.47 (17/19) 3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 87.27 (48/55) 4 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 86.95 (40/46) 5 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 8 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 82.85 (29/35) 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 82.43 (61/74) 10 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 287 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 232 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 143 5 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 134 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 130 7 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 8 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 114 9 Ben Barba (St Helens) 112 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111Betfred Super League Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints302640895408487522Wigan Warriors302370740417323463Castleford Tigers302091767582185414Warrington Wolves3018111767561206375Wakefield Trinity301316174769651276Huddersfield Giants3013161539750-255277Catalans Dragons3012171596750-154258Hull FC3011190615787-17222Tickets:Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
The Trump administration scaled back Obama era regulations, opening up the Atlantic Coast to possible search and operations for oil.The commission joins Surf City in opposing the practice.Town leaders said Pender County leaders have not taken a stance on the issue. TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A second beach town in Pender County votes to show their opposition to offshore drilling off their coastal waters.Topsail Beach Town Commissioners voted 3 to 2 opposing offshore oil drilling.- Advertisement –
2017 NC Rice Festival in Belville (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The upcoming North Carolina Rice Festival has become another casualty of Hurricane Florence.The Leland Tourism Development Authority acquired the Rice Festival over the summer, with the goal to hold a 3-day festival from March 1-3, 2019.- Advertisement – Now, the Leland TDA has postponed the festival until March of 2020.According to a news release, it will allow sufficient time for organization and planning.With the impact of Hurricane Florence felt throughout the region and primary focus of the Town of Leland staff, Leland TDA Board Members, and community at large shifting to disaster recovery, the Leland TDA Board of Directors unanimously agreed that in order to produce the festival that fit the group’s vision, a postponement to 2020 would be the best decision.Related Article: North Carolina Rice Festival has a new homeThe Town of Leland says in addition to allowing more time to plan a great event, the postponement also gives ample time to form an independent non-profit organization tasked with operating the NC Rice Festival as a separate entity. Initial meetings and discussions of potential members to serve on the soon-to-be-formed board of directors will begin in early 2019.The Leland Tourism Development Authority purchased the North Carolina Rice Festival from the estate of WC Lanier, the former festival owner and promoter. With this purchase, and the support of the Lanier family, the Leland TDA Board recognized an opportunity to bring what Lanier started to an even broader audience and include celebration of local history and culture.The festival’s new direction will expand events to three days, adjust venue to multiple Leland locations, switch from a fall festival to spring, and will include neighboring communities, projects, and groups such as the Gullah Geechee.“The North Carolina Rice Festival is the type of destination event the Leland TDA has been looking for,” said Michael Callahan, Leland TDA Board Chair. “It’s an opportunity to draw tourists, build community relations, and explore the history of Leland and the surrounding area, with the potential to grow into a large-scale event in the future. We’re excited to promote the NC Rice Festival and share the heritage and culture unique to this part of Southeastern North Carolina.”As non-profit formation develops and plans for entertainment, attractions and programs are confirmed, the updates will be posted on the NC Rice Festival’s website.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Family, friends, and law enforcement officers gathered Wednesday to remember officers from around the Wilmington area who lost their lives in the line of duty.Wilmington Police Department Chief Ralph Evangelous says the day was for the community to say thank you to our fallen law enforcement officers and remember all the good things they did for the community.- Advertisement – Officials from the Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and state Highway Patrol gathered for a memorial to honor the fallen officers.The names of at least a dozen fallen officers were read and honored with a rose.Evangelous says despite all of the violence, today is a way to say thank you.Related Article: Police search for man wanted in Wilmington hit-and-run“We can’t forget because if we forget, then it’s all forgotten,” Evangelous said. “The community has got to always remember the sacrifice they made. I know that the majority of our community around this entire country appreciate the work that the men and women do everyday. Unfortunately sometimes, all we hear is the negatives, but by far, the vast majority of the population support the efforts that these men and women do everyday and I’m proud of it.”Evangelous says they join a national movement every May to recognize the sacrifices these fallen officers made.Family members of the fallen officers were also invited to the memorial. Evangelous adds at least a dozen officers from all three agencies were honored.
Volunteers and students from the Friends School of Wilmington escorted them back home.Karen Beasley executive director Jean Beasley explained that this is a bittersweet experience.“Every time we have another release I go like this and put my hand over my heart because i don’t know how I still have a heart left,” Beasley explained. “Every one that goes takes a piece of it with them.”Related Article: Police: Man back in custody after escaping from Pender Co. jailJoe Heidel is a volunteer at the hospital. He said that there are easy things we can do for the turtles when we enjoy Surf City beaches as nesting on the island is at a high rate this year.“Picking up trash, taking care of things on the beach, removing things from the beach, lawn chairs, whatever it may be,” Heidel explained. “Keeping in mind that this is a turtle sanctuary.”Beasley reminds us that this is not just about the turtles or the people who helped them, it’s about the whole planet.“This is our home,” Beasley added. “If we don’t protect it, look after it, keep it healthy, not only do the animals suffer, but we suffer as well. Without them there is no us.”Hospital staff and volunteers say it is too early to tell for now, but they believe that this may be a record breaking year for turtle nesting in Surf City. SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The first turtle release of the season from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab Center was cause for a celebration.20 loggerhead and green sea turtles were released in Surf City after months of recuperation at Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehab Center.- Advertisement –