Month: July 2019

Good Morning Mission to Urban Art

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Right now it is 58° with a high of 70° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block: Hampshire to Potrero,  17th to Mariposa.You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.Photo by Lee Pickett 0% Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett center_img Photo by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee PickettPhoto by Lee Pickett Photo by Lee Pickettlast_img read more

Advocates Say Tenants Maintain Right to Return at Burned Building

first_imgAdvocates for the tenants who were displaced by a fire at Mission and 22nd streets last year held a press conference Friday to affirm that tenants do in fact have the right to return.“The tenants in this building have not lost their rent control rights. These tenants maintain their right to return,” said Tommi Avicolli Mecca of the Housing Rights Committee. “I am feeling confident that this building will never lose rent control. And the community is going to make sure that it never loses rent control.” The city has ordered that the building be torn down to street level, sparing the basement, but the Department of Building Inspection said that although the word “demolish” appears several times in in the order, it actually will require the owner to get an “alteration” permit for the demolition.   Advocates said that technicality – an alteration permit versus a demolition permit –  means the original building will still exist and therefore it will remain under rent control and local laws governing the right to return. Advocates for the business tenants would also like to see an agreement that allows business tenants to return as well. “This building is an ecosystem…so many of the people that live in the building actually worked in it as well,” said Gabriel Medina of the Mission Economic Development Agency, who called for assistance for the businesses to be able to return as well.Medina also affirmed the tenants’ continued right to return.“We saw permits without any notification to the residents to the businesses to the neighborhood that this building was going to be potentially demolished,” Medina said. “And we had to make sure and we’re happy to make sure that they have 100 percent right of return.”But Medina also pointed out that it can take years for a damaged building to be repaired. Tenants who have been relocated to Treasure Island or Parkmerced or other temporary housing have one additional year to stay in those locations – making it imperative for action to be taken quickly on the building.“If this goes on the way it’s been going in this case, it could be two three four five years,” Medina said. “And we all know, it’s hard for people to try to hang on to a home that they deserve and they have a right to come back to.”Supervisor David Campos said that his office would try to find new housing for the tenants once their tenure in their temporary apartments runs out.An attorney representing the owner of the building, Hawk Ling Lou, did not immediately return a call for comment as to Lou’s intentions for the property. Advocates are now demanding that the city take decisive action on the building. They called for the city to take over the building under eminent domain and build affordable housing in its place. Luis Granados, executive director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, said the nonprofit would still like to buy the site from Lou and build affordable housing there while still allowing the tenants to return at their previous rent. “This landlord is a bad actor,” said Supervisor David Campos. “I think the city has to explore every single option with the possibility of actually taking this building over.”“This is, for us, an icon  building,” said Roberto Hernandez, an organizer with Our Mission No Eviction. Hernandez also called for the District Attorney to file criminal charges against Lou. The District Attorney’s office said Tuesday that no case was ever presented to the office for a charging decision. 0%center_img Tags: 22nd Street fire • Affordable Housing • Fires • rent control Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Missions Historic Fire Truck on View

first_imgThe firefighters of SFFD Station #7 at Folsom and 17th Streets brought out their historic truck – a 1935/36 Mack Truck – for their 150th anniversary and it will be on view today,  the 110th year since the great 1906 earthquake.The truck’s bell was hand-cast and the ladders hand-made in San Francisco. The Fire Department’s  ladders are still hand-made here in SF.  Thanks Station 7!Here is a schedule of today’s events.  Tags: Fires • SFFD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img

Pride takes over the city and transgender activists focus on violence at

first_imgWhile tens of thousands of people descend on San Francisco for the party that Pride Weekend has become, the Trans March kicking things off will set a different tone.Members of the city’s transgender community said Friday’s march will have a renewed sense of urgency, as the focus goes beyond the city’s borders to underscore the vulnerability of transgender women immigrants.“The gay parade is like a party; our march is a political statement,” said Victoria Castro, a case manager at El/La, which works exclusively with transgender Latinas.Along with others, Castro, who arrived in San Francisco from El Salvador in January 2017 and is now seeking political asylum, will wear black. Dressing as widows, their vigil will remember all the trans Latinas who have died at the hands of transphobic violence. For Celia Luciano Sagastume, the research coordinator at UCSF’s Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, agreed that the undocumented trans population should be at the top of the community’s concerns.The Trans March traces its origins to 2004, when an anonymous email calling for an increase in visibility circulated in the trans community. In response, a few hundred people gathered in Dolores Park and marched to Civic Center, launching a tradition of a “demonstration trek,” as one reporter dubbed it, through the Mission. In recent years, the march has attracted thousands of transgender residents and their supporters.Trans residents living here, many who fled their home countries because of persecution, remain highly attuned to the violence that impacts the community at the border.Castro wanted nothing more than to get to San Francisco. Sthefany Galante felt the same way about Mexico before leaving in 2001.In their home countries, the hormonal treatment they were able to get on the black market ended up harming their livers. When they came to San Francisco, they were able to get on the right treatment plan.“It’s something beautiful because it’s not harming us anymore,” said Galante.Nowadays, Castro organizes regular workshops where members of El/La write letters to trans Latinas being held in immigration detention centers.The women they work with leave their home countries — El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua — because they lack opportunities for work, education, and adequate medical treatment.A report from 2015 found that about one in 500 detainees held by ICE is transgender. Many are asylum seekers from Central and South American nations.The treatment they encounter at reception centers can be brutal. The vigil at the Trans March will be in the memory of Roxana Hernández, the transgender Honduran woman who died in ICE custody at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico. Hernández, who had HIV, was held in freezing conditions and died from HIV-related complications in May.For Sagastume, the issues of trans immigrants are so important that she considers this march the most important action of Pride Weekend, even though it it takes place in the shadows of Pride. As the Dyke March begins its program in the Mission, she said, people will gather at Embarcadero Plaza to oppose the federal border policy.Castro said that once immigrant women make it to San Francisco, El/La helps them apply for a name change, takes them to court, and connects them with doctors, lawyers and organizations that can support them and make San Francisco home.Up until the recent pressure from the Trump Administration and cost of living struggles, life in San Francisco had become better in the years since the Trans March began in 2004.Notably, city-funded healthcare covers hormone therapy and transgender surgeries; and everyone, including undocumented immigrants, can change their name and gender. In total, the city invests over $1.5 million in annual grants for transgender services, including workforce development programs, community based organizations and harm reduction programs.Since the 2016 election, however, there is increasing alarm about the federal government’s attempts to impact these advances.“There’s a real focus on how the Trump administration is trying to take all our privileges — not privileges, but services — away,” said Nikki Calma, also known as “Tita Aida,” who is the associate director of HIV Prevention and Health Promotion at API Wellness, and helping organize this year’s Trans March.“We don’t feel it directly, but when decisions are made it makes the community get a little paranoid — like these things could be taken away,” Calma added.Clair Farley, a mayoral adviser on transgender issues, says the hostility towards transgender people from the federal government requires increased vigilance in the city.At the beginning of the year, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which would supposedly protect workers from being forced to violate their “deepest moral or religious convictions.” LGBT-advocacy groups fear it could be used to deny gay, lesbian and transgender patients health care.While San Francisco and California have protections against such discrimination, the city has to make sure there is clarity around policies that conflict with the federal government.“We are fortunate that we have protections — local and statewide — on issues of discrimination in health and housing,” Farley says.“A lot of people from around California, the country and elsewhere are moving to San Francisco in hopes of finding a more welcoming environment.”That move, however, has increasing challenges.Once trans immigrants make it here, Sagastume said, they often struggle to afford to live in the city that boasts progressive services.“People travel here to access the services offered here, but it’s nearly impossible to afford to live here, especially if you’re undocumented or an asylum seeker.”Many of the women El/La works with are homeless, sex workers, and undocumented. One wall of their small office on the top floor of the Redstone Building on 16th Street is dedicated to remembering trans Latinas who have been murdered across the country.And while Castro and Galante praise all the ways San Francisco has welcomed them, they say they still face discrimination.A 2015 San Francisco needs assessment found that 60 percent of transgender Latinas felt unsafe walking around the city during the day, while 12 percent of the overall queer population does.A 2012 report found that transgender Californians experienced unemployment and poverty at twice the state average. One in five respondents had been homeless since they first identified as transgender.“I think San Francisco has been the most welcoming,” says Galante, “but we still have to fight.” 0%center_img Tags: LGBT • Pride Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

WANT to know whats happening in the Saints Supers

first_imgWANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?We catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.Using Their Heads:Saints fans got themselves ready for the opening night versus Hull FC by snapping up hundreds of hats and caps from the Saints Superstore. With an increased range of hats this year Saints have been able to cater for fans of all ages. Check out the range now.Crystal Clear:Our ever popular Etched Pint Tankards and Whiskey Glasses are now back in stock following a sell-out at Christmas. These make great Gifts for many occasions so check them out now. Cheers!Personalised Car Mats:Saints have recently issued a licence to a Car Mat specialist to supply Personalised Saints Car Mats. Most current car models are available to order. There are different qualities of mats available and Fans can get the Club logo together with their own name, nickname or message embroidered into the mat. This is a great opportunity for a totally unique Saints gift. The good news is that the club benefits from every set sold take a look today.Steve Prescott Foundation:Finally, thanks to everyone who supported the club’s offer to donate £5 to the Steve Prescott Foundation for each shirt printed with ‘Precky’s’ name and number in the week leading up to our match with Hull FC. We printed more than 50 shirts and the Club will make the promised donation to the Foundation shortly.You can buy Saints Merchandise in the Superstore at Langtree Park or by logging on here.last_img read more

First Team Match

first_imgSaints face Salford Red Devils in a Heaven vs Hell clash on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium with kick off at 7:45pm and Costello is again included in Holbrook’s 19 man squad ahead of the game.Costello grabbed his first Saints tries in a hat-trick in the win over Catalans at the end of April and the 21-year-old has been pleased to be given the chance to come into the side.“Yes, I have been very pleased [with the opportunity]. Unfortunately Percy [Mark Percival] got injured, but it has provided a few opportunities for me to go and play and I am enjoying it. It’s going well.“I hadn’t scored before that and to score three in one game I have never done that before for Saints, so yes I was very happy. I am pleased [with my form]. I want to get a bit sharper and improving each week, but I am happy with how it is going.”On Salford, ‘Cozzy’ admits the Saints have done our homework on Friday’s visitors given the dangers they have in their ranks.“Salford are really good side, he continued.“They have lots of dangerous players in their side and we have done a lot of video on them this week. It is about getting up fr the task tomorrow.” Holbrook on @SalfordDevils dangers, @TheChallengeCup draw and a huge to the Saints fans for their support! There’s also an injury update on @Luketommo1 @MarkPercival22 and @LouieMS14 in the link below— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) May 15, 2019Costello is hoping he can retain his place for the Dacia Magic Weekend clash with Castleford Tigers at Anfield on Sunday 26th May where Saints fans can take advantage of the Flash Sale 50% discounted tickets.“It will be massive I am not a Liverpool fan, but it is a mad stadium to play at and it’s different to our usual week to week stadiums, so it will be a big test.”NEXT UP FOR SAINTS AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM IS A HEAVEN VS HELL CLASH WITH SALFORD RED DEVILS ON FRIDAY MAY 17TH WITH A 7:45PM KICK OFF. YOU CAN BUY TICKETS FOR THE GAME ONLINE HERE, OR BY CALLING INTO THE TICKET OFFICE AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM.last_img read more

Bullied student shares emotional plea drums up conversation nationwide

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is a video that is gaining nationwide attention and one you have probably already seen. Student Keaton Jones from Tennessee sharing his tearful experience of being bullied.Over the weekend, Keaton’s mother shared this video on Facebook. Since then it has gone viral getting attention from dozens of celebrities. Keaton asks why bullies do what they do and gives encouragement to others going through the same thing.- Advertisement – It’s a courageous act one Murrayville Elementary School teacher Kelsey Frantz is applauding.“As soon as I saw him start talking there was tears. And it just kind of really hit home for me,” Frantz said.Keaton’s video hitting close to home for Frantz as she too was bullied.Related Article: Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees“That one thing that you may say to someone will stay with that person for the rest of their lives,” Frantz said.That is why Frantz does what she can in the classroom to combat the issue.“One thing that I try to do as a teacher is I want to create that classroom community where everyone feels safe and comfortable,” Frantz said.From reading books about bullying, to centering her lesson plans around the problem, and celebrating acts of kindness, Frantz is hopeful Keaton’s courage widens the platform to not only discuss bullying but try and stop it as well.“I hope he knows that he’s not alone and that this is happening to everyone and when we can come together and realize that this is not okay, this is not how people should be treated,” Frantz said. “That we all have insecurities, we all have feelings but taking them out on other people is never ever the answer.”Frantz says she hopes Keaton’s plea will help continue to raise awareness about bullying across our nation.last_img read more

Dozens attend Battleships Beer Bratwursts event

first_img00:00 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — All aboard the USS North Carolina! That is the message Friends of the Battleship North Carolina, a non-profit organization that raises money for the historic ship, are sending out.The group hosted the Battleships, Beer & Bratwurts event at the Iron Clad in Downtown Wilmington Wednesday night.- Advertisement – Dozens came out to enjoy beer, trolly stop, and even a history lesson.The goal was to not only educate people, but to get them to become a member Friends of the Battleship North Carolina.“Putting the Battleship back on the map,” member, Dough Kesling said. “And letting people know that, you know, you can come over and visit anytime. And join and be a part of the historic legacy of the Battleship. It serves as a World War II monitor for all those who served in the state of North Carolina.”Related Article: Have tea time and an afternoon of fun and fairies at Midsummer’s Day Tea PartyThe Battleship does not get any federal, state, or local government funding.It relies solely on admissions, tour, gift shop sales, donations, and the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina.last_img read more

Pair of churches vandalized crimes believed to be connected

first_img The Sheriff’s office says no one entered either church and they believe both churches were damaged by the same people.The investigation remains open and ongoing. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY)  – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s office says two churches had their windows smashed in over the weekend in Brunswick County.Blackwell Chapel AME ChurchThe Sheriff’s Office says unknown suspects used an object to damage several windows at Blackwell Chapel AME Church on Blackwell Road in Leland. Less than a half mile down the road in Belville, two windows were damaged at Providence Missionary Church on Chappell Loop Road.- Advertisement – last_img

Its official UNCW hoops to host UNC travel twice to Chapel Hill

first_img The contract is dated April 2. UNC Athletics Director Larry Cunningham signed it Thursday. UNCW’s Jimmy Bass signed it a day later.It is a three-year, two-for-one series with the Heels traveling to Trask Coliseum during the 2019-2020 season and the two teams meeting once again at the Dean Dome during the 2020-2021 season. No dates have been set for the last two games.The contract calls for a $100,000 “Amount of Guarantee” for the first game to be paid to UNCW. A guarantee is typically paid by the home team to the visiting team. The Amount of Guarantee for games two and three is $0. Any team who breaks the contract owes the other $100,000.Related Article: Laney’s Saniya Rivers named Gatorade NC Girls Basketball Player of the YearA visit by the Tar Heels has long been rumored since UNCW hired C.B. McGrath as head coach last year. McGrath spent 18 years as an assistant under Roy Williams, including 14 years at UNC after four years together at Kansas.UNCW last played UNC in the regular season on New Year’s Eve 2013. That’s when former Tar Heel Buzz Peterson coached the Seahawks at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heel won that game 84-51.Back in November, the two teams were among the four that took part in a jamboree in Chapel Hill to benefit the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The Tar Heels topped the Seahawks in their head-to-head battle. The even also included UNC Greensboro and East Carolina.A match-up this season with the Tar Heels would mean a second game against a major conference team early in the season for the Seahawks. Last month UNCW announced it will host Stanford of the Pac-12 on November 9. The two teams will meet again in Palo Alto, CA, the following season. 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many basketball fans in the Port City will finally see their hoop dream come true.According to a contract between the two schools obtained by WWAY, the North Carolina Tar Heels and UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball teams will meet December 5 in Chapel Hill. No time for the game has been set.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington native announced as 2019 Queen Azalea

first_img She grew up in Wilmington and attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where her interest in drama soared to new heights. Venskus’ interest in acting continued as she moved to Los Angeles, California and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009.While attending the Institute, she made her first screen debut in 2007’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. During her time as an actress, Venskus also began her career in film production working behind the scenes as a production assistant on TV shows such as Dexter, True Blood, Bones, Happy Endings, and the widely known 2009 film, The Fast & the Furious.She continued to make appearances on screen with small or uncredited roles before playing her first major role as Precious in 2014’s Let’s Be Cops, which also starred Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. from the popular TV series New Girl.Related Article: NC Azalea Festival committee meets for first time post-FlorenceSince then, she has played many recognizable roles in hit TV shows like Nashville and the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie.If you are familiar with AMC’s The Walking Dead, you will recognize Venskus as Beatrice, who appeared on the show from 2016 to 2018.She is also one of the few actresses to play notable roles in both DC and Marvel Cinematic universes. Marvel fans will recognize her as Agent Piper in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while fans of DC Comics remember her as Agent Vasquez in the CW series Supergirl.NC Azalea Festival Invited GuestsTamera Young- WNBA VeteranTamera Young is an 11-year WNBA veteran and CEO of TY1Gear LLC; graduated from E. A. Laney High School in 2004; inducted into the E. A. Laney Hall of Fame in 2012 where her #11 jersey is retired. Graduated from James Madison University in 2008 majoring in Kinesiology, at that time ranking as the Colonial Athletic Association’s and JMU’s Women’s basketball career scoring leader and no. 2 career rebounder; inducted into the JMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. Tamera is the first female from James Madison University to be drafted to the WNBA; First-round draft pick (#8 pick overall) by Atlanta Dream in 2008; Played nine seasons with Chicago Sky. Currently playing with Las Vegas Aces, (2nd season with Vegas).Grace Boyles- National Cherry Festival QueenGrace Boyles is the 2018-2019 National Cherry Festival Queen. She is 20-years-old and was born and raised in Traverse City. She is currently attending the University of Michigan where she is double majoring in Communications Studies and Creative Writing. Upon graduating, she hopes to combine her education and her love of sports to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. She is humbled and blessed to be able to represent her beloved hometown and the cherry industry.Laura Matrazzo- Miss North Carolina 2018Laura Matrazzo of Chapel Hill earned the title of Miss North Carolina 2018 on June 23 representing the metropolitan area of Charlotte as Miss Metrolina. Collectively, Laura has earned $31,000 in scholarships from participation in the Miss America Organization and graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. Laura passionately advocates for financial literacy in North Carolina with her social impact initiative, “Money Talks: Student-Focused Principles of Financial Management” for which she received the Miss America Community Service Award as well as a Wells Fargo Community Impact Scholarship.Lt. Colonel Allen T. Lamb USAF (Retired)Parade MarshalA native of Lumberton, North Carolina, Lt. Col. Lamb is a highly decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.result of his service to his country, he received two Silver Stars for Gallantry, a Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism on the Battlefield, nine air medals, and a Purple Heart. During his career, he was forced to eject supersonic, unstrapped from his seat. He was the seventh pilot to eject supersonic (the only one unstrapped), one of three to survive and the only one at that time to return to flight status. Featured in Secrets of the Arsenal on the History Channel and in Hunter Killers by Dan Hampton, Lt. Col. Lamb is recognized for his role in Wild Weasel I by destroying the first three surface-to-air (SAM) sites in Vietnam and setting the stage for modern day air warfare.Lt. Col. Lamb currently resides in Wilmington and is married to Frances Roper Lamb, a Wilmington native.Bergen DeLeeuw – 2019 Azalea Festival ArtistBergen’s work reflects a celebration of God’s majesty in all the beauty he has created. Through her art, she brings nature’s small intricacies to the forefront. By layering soft, organic strokes, Bergen seeks to create pieces that invite the viewer to reflect on the simplicities that make life beautiful. Bergen has loved painting for as long as she can remember. Having no formal art training, coming into this vocation has been the result of a lifelong expression. Creating custom work for clients that exemplifies their taste and shares Bergen’s heart has been more rewarding than she ever could have imagined. She is thankful to have work displayed in homes and collections across the United States as well as internationally. Bergen paints from her home studio in Hampstead, North Carolina, which she shares with her husband, Andrew, who serves in the Navy and their two-year-old son who adds happy little strokes to all of Bergen’s paintings. She loves having his tiny hands in all of her work; it reminds her to not take herself too seriously, stop and enjoy life’s beautiful moments, and remember that nothing great is achieved alone.Major General James Everette Livingston, MOH, USMC (Retired)Major General Livingston is the most highly decorated Marine Infantry Officer of the Vietnam War with honors including: the Medal of Honor; Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal, with Combat “V”; Purple Heart, Third Award; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal, Second Award; Navy Commendation Medal, with Combat “V”; Combat Action ribbon, Second Award; and various other service and foreign Decorations. After Major General Livingston’s retirement, he served as a Board Member and Chairman of the National World War II Museum Foundation in New Orleans. He is married to the former Sara Craft, and they have two daughters, Kimberly and MelissaSteffanie B. EasterMrs. Steffanie B. Easter assumed responsibilities as the Director, Navy Staff in June 2018. In her role as Director, she serves as the senior Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) civilian and coordinates enterprise level efforts across the entire OPNAV staff. Principally, Ms. Easter ensures alignment of more than 400 Flag Officers and Senior Executives, providing indispensable advice and support to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy. Mrs. Easter was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2002 and has over 30 years of Federal Service.Manley PopeManley Pope is an award-winning performer, director, writer, producer, and lecturer who began his career traveling the world as a model for fashion’s top designers. He is best known for his breakout role as Devon Whitelaw on the hit FOX television series Sweet Valley High and on Broadway, starring as Roger Davis in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning musical RENT. He is currently Guest Starring on CBS’s Blue Bloods, as the slick and charming bouncer King and CSI Miami fans will recognize him as Rick “V-Ray” Graves, leader of the notorious Crypt Kings biker gang. Manley is a native of Wilmington. Briana Venskus (Photo: NC Azalea Festival) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Azalea Festival has announced the Queen Azalea and Invited Guests of the 2019 Azalea Festival.Queen Azalea is Briana Venskus, an actress and production assistant with a career in film production. She has spent 10 years building her career in film, while also becoming a strong voice for the LGBTQ community in the film industry.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FIRST ON 3 Prosecutors to meet with investigators about Teen Mom dog

first_imgJenelle Eason with her dog Nugget (Photo: Jenelle Eason/Facebook) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The case may not be closed on the accusation by a reality show star about the death of her dog.Yesterday the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office issued a lengthy statement explaining why it was not charging former “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans or her husband David Eason in connection with a report from Evans that Eason shot and killed her pet last spring.- Advertisement – Investigators say they searched the couple’s home in May, but could find no evidence of animal cruelty. They also say Evans later told them she made up the story for publicity. That publicity eventually cost her a spot on the long-running reality show.Many people were surprised why Evans was not charged with filing a false report. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman told WWAY “the elements to charge for that were not met.”We then asked District Attorney Jon David, who said yesterday he would have to look into it. He got back to us today.Related Article: Duo wanted for allegedly skipping out on bill at Leland pub“Prosecutors from my office will be meeting with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office next week to review the evidence,” David said in a text message. “I am (unable) to forecast what decisions will be made at that juncture.”We also called Evans and Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene. Neither have returned our message.We will continue to follow what happens and let you know.last_img read more

€100000 to be allocated to researchers and entrepreneurs

first_img SharePrint A total of €100,000 is being allocated to researchers and entrepreneurs following the annual launch of the TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award (TOFSA) on the 12th of April.Entrepreneurs working on ideas for innovative products or services shall be eligible for Seed Funds to assist them in taking their first customer or investment. The past five cycles of TOFSA have aided 25 start-ups and 15 proof-of-concept projects some of which have developed into successful ventures, the Rector of the University of Malta, Prof Alfred J. Vella said.Workshops will to explain the application process and how to draft a proposal will be held on 2nd May for University researchers, and on the 24th of April for entrepreneurs.The funds will be awarded through a process whereby the best applications will be shortlisted for a presentation in front of a panel of judges.  Award winners will also receive mentoring and support for their endeavours through TAKEOFF and the Knowledge Transfer Office.Minister for the Economy Dr Chris Cardona said that there are many successful stories originating from TOFSA, and the visions of researchers are becoming a commercial reality.The deadline for submission of written applications for the 2019 edition of TOFSA is Monday 27th May at noon.This project is a joint investment between the Ministry for Small Businesses and the University of Malta. It is also supported by the University’s Knowledge Transfer Office, TAKEOFF Business Incubator, and the Centre for Entrepreneurship.Last October, the Minister for Tourism announced that the Maritime sector will also be benefiting from more funds for researchers and entrepreneurs through the Seed Funds.Read: Funds for research and entrepreneurship in the maritime sectorWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

More than 155 million Indians go to polls in second phase of

first_imgVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Voters across swaths of southern India began queuing up early on Thursday in the second phase of a mammoth, staggered general election in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term.More than 155 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states including parts of restive Jammu and Kashmir. India’s parliament has 545 members.The focus will be on the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to oust Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The BJP secured a landslide majority in the previous general election in 2014, in part by winning sweeping victories in six northern states that gave the party 70 percent of all its seats, said Neelanjan Sircar, an assistant professor at Ashoka University near the capital, New Delhi.“You can never expect you’ll do that again,” he said. “Those seats that you lose, you’ll have to make up somewhere.”Sircar also said the BJP would be looking to make gains in Karnataka.The election began last week and will end next month in a giant exercise involving almost 900 million people. Votes will be counted on May 23 and the results are expected the same day.Modi and the BJP have run an aggressive campaign, playing to their nationalist, Hindu-first base and attacking rivals they accuse of appeasing minorities.Critics say such divisive election rhetoric is a threat to India’s secular foundations.“Communal polarisation is obviously the biggest issue for me,” said Rakesh Mehar, who voted in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru. “And the growing intolerance in the country is what worries me the most.”A firebrand Hindu ascetic from the BJP who governs northern Uttar Pradesh was banned from campaigning for a few days because of anti-Muslim comments, India’s election commission said on Monday.The Congress party is focusing on concerns about rising unemployment and agrarian distress and is staking it campaign on a promise for a generous handout to India’s poorest families.Voters in Bengaluru, once a sleepy retirement town that has been transformed into India’s technology hub, said they wanted lawmakers who would fix infrastructure problems such as traffic congestion and poor water management.“We have been voting every time expecting a change but nothing has come so far. People are talking about national issues,” said Manjunath Munirathnappa. “But only when they fix the local issues will there be progress in the nation.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Updated No one is above the law in cases of sexual abuse

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the document issued by Pope Francis was not only important but was also a clear procedural guide on how to take action when abuse is brought to light. He said that the letter is based on the principles of transparency and accountability as well as empowerment to the communities when the ecclesiastical powers fail to act.Read Also: Pope issues sweeping decree holding bishops accountable for sex abuse or cover upsArchbishop Scicluna was referring to an executive decree issued by Pope Francis on the sexual abuse to minors. The executive decree’You are the Light of the World’ underscores the need for accountability on the part of adults for their care of young and vulnerable people. Archbishop Scicluna said that the Motu Propriu was also innovative in that the term ‘vulnerable person’ was actually being defined. There is also a universal obligation to denounce abuse accompanied by a universal protection of whoever reports such abuse. Archbishop Scicluna said that the document also obliges each diocese to have structures in place to assist not only the reports but also structures to assist the abused and their families to come to terms with the situation and continue with their lives.‘No one is above the law’Archbishop Scicluna said that the second part of the document outlines the way the upper echelons of the church can be investigated. This is an innovation, he said and is meant to give a strong message that there is no immunity in case of abuse and that the leaders are not protected by cannon law. “The Bishops fall directly under the responsibility of the Pope and the message is clear – no one is above the law” said Archbishop Scicluna. The jurisdiction of the state is not being interfered with or tampered with in any way and those are to proceed independently. He said that the Bishops will be given all the help they require from the Vatican given that the work in these cases is not easy at all. He said that the Pope Francis wants people to speak up when there is a misdeed, the information must be protected and the victims must be helped to overcome the abuse.Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, said that this executive decree, also called a Motu Proprio is a procedural document and gives clear outlines on how canon law needs to be followed in cases of abuse. The document refers also to the position of Bishops both when they are accused of abuse as well as when they have to deal with abuse in their diocese. He also gave a detailed explanation of the document. “This document is very important in that it gives a clear outline in the way the information is to be collected, safeguarded and acted upon” said Bishop ArrietaWhatsApplast_img read more

Telkom Kenya Performing Below Expectations

first_imgAdvertisement Barre did not anticipate the current telecoms sector climate to produce major changes in the near future. “Our performance has been below expectations,” says Barre.Telkom Kenya used to be the only telecommunications company with a profitable monopoly, but in recent years the company has been struggling due to the country’s price wars that knocked down the telecom operators’ profits. Currently France Telecom owns about 51% of Telkom Kenya.Barre says the current business climate in Kenya has hurt the company’s prospects for profits ahead of 2013. “When we took over Telkom Kenya, which was in bad shape, we anticipated breaking even in three years, but we have now realised it will take longer,” says Barre. – Advertisement – Telkom Kenya announced the appointment of Eddy Njoroge, a top businessman in Kenya as the new chairman. Part of his role will be to turn Telkom Kenya’s profits around and bring the company back to its former position.Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more

Internet providers to begin warning customers who pirate content

first_imgAdvertisement The Center for Copyright Information says a new system will warn users when accounts are used to illegally download contentIt is about to get a bit more difficult to illegally download TV shows, movies or music online.A new alert system, rolling out over the next two months, will repeatedly warn and possibly punish people violating digital copyrights. The Copyright Alert System was announced last July and has been four years in the making.If you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon as your Internet service provider, you could receive the first of one of these notes starting in the next two months. – Advertisement – The Internet provider is delivering the message, but the legwork is being done by the copyright owners, which will monitor peer-to-peer networks such as BitTorrent.They use a service called MarkMonitor, which uses a combination of people and automated systems to spot illegal downloading. It will collect the IP addresses of offenders, but no personal information. The IP addresses are turned over to the Internet providers, which will match up the address with the right customer and send the notification.The warning system is described as a graduated response. First the Internet provider will let the customer know that their Internet connection is being used to download content illegally. The note will include information to steer them away from their life of crime, including tips on how they can download content legally.There will also be tips on securing Internet connections, just in case you were unaware that your neighbor was downloading season three of “Dexter” using your unprotected wireless network.“The progressive series of alerts is designed to make consumers aware of activity that has occurred using their Internet accounts, educate them on how they can prevent such activity from happening again,” the CCI said in its announcement.After the educational phase, the customers will be asked to acknowledge that they received the warning. If they continue to download content illegally, the alerts will threaten mild punishments, such as forcing the copyright violator to read “educational materials,” or throttling their Internet connection so that it is slow, making it harder to download large files.Today’s announcement claims that terminating the Internet service is not one of the options.If a customer feels they are being wrongly accused, they can ask for a review, which will cost them $35 according to the Verge.The entire system will be overseen by an organization called the Center for Copyright Information, which includes content owners, such as the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America, as well as individual members including Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox, EMI and Universal.Each ISP will have a slightly different version of the system.Credit: CNNlast_img read more

Google has started measuring the Quality of ISPs

first_imgAdvertisement Google has launched a ‘Video Quality Report’ that aims to measure the speed of your Internet connection via the quality of the videos being streamed by YouTube.When your ISP receives your video from YouTube, they begin the important job of carrying it across their network to your home. They must ensure there’s enough capacity where they receive the data from YouTube. Otherwise, your video streaming quality will suffer.A poor connection provided by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or congestion in the network could cause interruptions in the video or bad picture quality. – Advertisement – ISPs will be graded as ‘YouTube HD Verified’ if customers of a particular ISP are able to load 90 percent of YouTube videos in 720p and get a smooth playback.This means Google’s video quality report will give an indicator of whether an ISP is providing quality Internet connections — and comes in as a useful measurement for both consumers and companies.The report, however, is only available for Canadians currently. It’s likely that it will roll out to other countries in due time though.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Lenovo Phab 2 Pro is Officially up for Grabs

first_imgThe Phablet sports a 8MP front camera, 16MP rear RGB camera, a fingerprint scanner at its back. Image Credit: Lenovo Advertisement After a long time of waiting for the first commercial product from Google’s Project Tango team; the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro which was supposed to go on sale in August this year, but got delayed till October, before finally getting a November 1 release date, is now up for grabs at the company’s website, for $499.99 (roughly 1.7 million UGX).However, it’s availability in other markets/stores is not known yet.Gadgets 360 reports that, the Phab 2 Pro will be available in Asia-Pacific markets where Lenovo has launched smartphones before; India, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Myanmar. – Advertisement – Lenovo had announced special Tango app store will be ready with 25 apps at launch, with hope to reach 100 apps by year-end.Google during the launch, said over 35 apps have gone live on Google Play, where it is also featuring some of them.Phab 2 Pro users can also easily download the Tango app to see all available experiences.[related-posts]last_img read more

Twitter will be shutting down Dashboard app on February 3

first_imgImage Credit: ABC News Advertisement Just seven months after its launch, Twitter has announced that it will be shuttering Dashboard on February 3, a dedicated app brands can use to manage their various accounts.No specific reason was given, though Twitter did say that all scheduled tweets will still be posted as scheduled and “can be seen/updated from TweetDeck.”The app launched on both iOS and as a desktop app and was a competitor to Hootsuite and Facebook’s Mentions app.In the future, we hope to bring the best features from Dashboard to the broader Twitter community. 2/5— Twitter Dashboard (@dashboardapp) January 10, 2017 – Advertisement – There is no official reason why they are shutting down the app, except a speculation that it could be that Twitter realized it no longer needed to have multiple apps and will instead pour its effort into Twitter Engage, as the sole brand and celebrity app that can be used while on the go.The app was only available as a public beta, and Twitter said that it hopes to bring the “best features” from the app to the broader community sometime in the future.last_img read more