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Archive for May, 2013

Leaders will wait for full report before deciding on SROs

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A professional security company has recommended that School Resource Officers remain in New Hanover County elementary schools, but the recommendation alone is not enough for local leaders.

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ONLY ON 3: Memo from UNCW chancellor to Board of Trustees regarding sports demonstration

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (ONLY ON WWAY) — The following memo was sent by UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller today to the university’s Board of Trustees regarding a planned demonstration Wednesday against a proposal to kill five athletic programs. We have requested an interview opportunity with the chancellor but haven’t heard back…

Members of the Board:

Tomorrow around noon we expect a group to assemble outside Trask Coliseum to make their voices heard about the IARC’s recommendations to eliminate 5 UNCW sports.

We all know there are deep feelings whenever the discontinuation of any program (athletic or academic) is contemplated. As the committee noted in its statement last week, they felt these recommendations were their only option after exhaustively analyzing the data at hand. They were not in an easy position, nor, I recognize, are you all, as you continue to field questions from the community. Like the committee, I feel deep compassion for those student-athletes and coaches facing the possible elimination of their programs. The reaction has been both expected and appropriate, and I have a great deal of respect for the perspectives being offered both publicly and privately.

I want to reiterate that I appreciate your understanding and support of our process, and most importantly, I welcome your continued input as I further digest the IARC’s recommendations. We will not wait for our next meeting in August to discuss this matter; I expect we’ll follow up with you very soon to lock down timing. I am in constant contact with our leadership team to carefully examine the report and all relevant data. It is critical that we focus on the long-term future of the university as we consider the important recommendations in this report. We owe that to everyone involved.

Thank you all for your great service to UNCW.


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FIRST ON 3: CFPUA chief offered job in Florida

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The only leader the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has ever have may be on the way out.

CFPUA CEO Matt Jordan has completed negotiations to become the new GM for Tampa Bay Water in Florida, according to a news release from that utility. The release says Tampa Bay Water’s Board of Directors will consider Jordan’s contract at its June 17 regular board meeting. Pending board approval, Jordan will start work on July 8.

Jordan has been the top man at CFPUA since the utility started operations in the summer of 2008.

“We at CFPUA have seen the report in the Tampa Times and can acknowledge that Mr. Jordan is in line for the General Manager’s position with Tampa Bay Water. Mr. Jordan is still the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority until further notice,” CFPUA spokesman Mike McGill said in a statement. “It is the nature of the water and wastewater industry for top managers to be considered for leadership positions with larger utilities and Mr. Jordan informed Board Chairman Jim Quinn of his intention to interview for the Tampa Bay Water position earlier this year.”

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CFPUA’s CEO tapped as general manager for FL water agency

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Cape Fear Public Utility's Chief Executive Officer, Matt Jordan, has been offered a position in Florida as the new general manager for Tampa Bay Water, according to a news release from a Tampa Bay Water spokesperson.

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Poll: Teens migrating from Facebook to Twitter

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations.

Teens told researchers there were too many adults on Facebook and too much sharing of teenage angst and inane details like what a friend ate for dinner.

“The key is that there are fewer adults, fewer parents and just simply less complexity and less drama,” said Amanda Lenhart of the Pew Research Center, one of the study’s authors. “They still have their Facebook profiles, but they spend less time on them and move to places like Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.”

In the poll, 94 percent of teens who are social media users have a profile on Facebook — flat from the previous year. Twenty-six percent of teen social media users were on Twitter. That’s more than double the figure in 2011 of 12 percent.

In what is likely a concern to parents, more than 60 percent of the teens with Twitter accounts said their tweets were public, meaning anyone on Twitter — friend, foe or stranger — can see what they write and publish. About one-quarter of kids said their tweets were private and 12 percent said they did not know whether their tweets were public or private.

Teens are also sharing much more than in the past.

More than 90 percent of teen social media users said they have posted a picture of themselves — up from 79 percent in 2006. Seven in ten disclose the city or town where they live, up from about 60 percent over the same time period. And 20 percent disclose their cell phone number — up sharply from a mere two percent in 2006.

At the same time, teens say they’ve taken steps to protect their reputations and mask information they don’t want others to know. For example, nearly three-quarters of teen social media users have deleted people from their networks or friends list.

The researchers surveyed 802 parents and their 802 teens. The poll was conducted between July 26 and September 30, 2012, on landline and cell phones. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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