Month: July 2019

Film Review Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in Company Town

first_imgBut the more compelling moments of the 77-minute doc are those following two native San Franciscans as they walk around transformed neighborhoods. Joe Fitz Rodriguez, the leftist “On Guard” columnist for the San Francisco Examiner, strolls with the filmmakers down Clarion Alley and Valencia Street, calling the Mission District “ground zero” of anti-gentrification struggles and “everything San Francisco loves about itself.”“This is it,” he says, standing at 24th and Mission streets as the cameras pan to the Chinese food store across the street, a nearby joyeria, and the BART Station. “This here, is it. San Francisco in turmoil, San Francisco at a crossroads.”Fitz Rodriguez takes the filmmakers to a Clarion Alley mural with hundreds of blue dots representing evictions in the city. One dot, he says, pointing to a spot in the Castro, is his grandfather. Explaining the eviction, Fitz Rodriguez says his grandfather was Ellis Acted, he had cancer, and he died “in a place that was not his home.”“It infuriates me to this day that he was moved out of his home, the home that is where all of my family’s memories are, where all of us came and had so much love, it infuriates me to my absolute core that he had to die in a place that was not that place,” he says, staving off tears. “It just gets me angry,” he says.Jeffrey Kwong, a campaign volunteer for Peskin during the election whom Snitow and Kaufman follow through Chinatown, has a different, equally San Franciscan story. He, his parents, and his younger brother grew up crammed into a Chinatown single-room occupancy hotel, sharing a bathroom and kitchen with five other families.“It’s really just barebones. An entire floor would share this one bathroom,” he says, opening a small one-toilet, one-sink room.Hotels in Chinatown are “getting converted one by one,” he says, often evicting tenants for nonsense: drying clothes outside the window, for instance, or putting up Chinese New Year’s greetings on their doors. Interviewing one SRO resident, who lives with plastic containers stacked from floor to ceiling, socks hanging from the ceiling to dry, and every inch of her room used up, Kwong asks what would happen to her if she were told to move from her small room.“I’ll be homeless,” she says.Instead of delving into data on the true impact of Airbnb on the housing market, the film relies on personal anecdotes and criticism of the tech execs. The titans of tech industry don’t come off well.Ron Conway, the billionaire Airbnb investor and mega-donor for Ed Lee — who he calls his “tech-friendly” mayor in a snippet — and mayoral ally Christensen says the effects of short-term rental on the housing supply are entirely made up. Alongside his big political spending, he hopes to mobilize tech workers to vote, vote, vote in city elections, presumably for his well-funded candidates.Brian Chesky, the founder and CEO of the $30 billion giant Airbnb, says that home sharing rentals may well be “one of the great inventions in human history.“ The company’s head of policy, Chris Lehane, Bill Clinton’s former “master of disaster” and crisis communications expert, states the bed-and-breakfast is so large no army could stop it.But it is Airbnb, not its skeptics, that’s raising an army. The day after defeating a ballot measure that would have regulated short-term rentals, the corporation announced it would organize political clubs across a hundred cities in the country to fight regulation attempts, a tactic that has those in the film — and Snitow and Kaufman — extremely worried.“These companies are exploiting the personal information of their consumers for political ends,” says Peskin. Snitow and Kaufman said in an interview with Mission Local last week that corporations wielding user data was a troubling development for unknowing consumers.Still, the film is most successful when it tells the tales of a city under gentrification, not when delving into policy debates. It shies away from housing, where the real solutions to the city’s problem’s lie, and admonishes tech industry honchos for doing what all business people do: back a winning horse, and make sure that horse has a laissez-faire market ideology.The political victories of the Peskin-Christensen election may prove fleeting after all. In a week, San Francisco will have another election, and the power balance on the Board of Supervisors is up for grabs once again.The fear of those in rent-controlled Victorians in the Mission District or living in 300 square feet Chinatown SROs, however, are here to stay.“Company Town” has showings at the Roxie Theater until November 9 and the Elmwood Theater in Berkeley until November 3. It will also be playing at the Smith-Rafael Film Center on November 6, featuring a discussion with the filmmakers. 0% Tags: Airbnb • evictions • films • gentrification • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists packed into a sold-out premiere of “Company Town,” a new film looking at the year-old election between Peskin and Julie Christensen, which ended up shifting the balance on the Board of Supervisors from the moderates to the progressives with Peskin’s victory.The documentary, from the veteran husband-and-wife pair Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, uses the local election as a lens for analyzing — and criticizing — the influence of corporate overlords who have taken to playing in San Francisco’s political sandbox and throwing around buckets of cash. The race between Peskin and Christensen takes center-stage, the filmmakers following both candidates during the heavy weeks of their campaign as the poll numbers swing from a slight Christensen lead to a Peskin blow out of 52-44 percent.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Mondays Rou

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Monday’s Round 22 Super League match against Wigan Warriors.Anthony Laffranchi returns from compassionate leave whilst Stuart Howarth is recalled for the injured James Roby.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 36. Stuart Howarth, 37. Gareth O’Brien, 38. Greg Richards.Wigan’s 19 man squad is as follows:2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Jack Hughes, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 12. Liam Farrell, 15. Ben Flower, 16. Chris Tuson, 20. Gil Dudson, 21.Scott Taylor, 22. Anthony Gelling, 23. Logan Tomkins, 24. Sam Powell, 26. Dominic Crosby, 29. Greg Burke, 32. Ryan Hampshire.The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee is James Child.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park (Monday only). There will be limited cash turnstiles in the Hatton’s Solicitors West and Totally Wicked North Stands on matchday.Stat Pack:Last 10 Meetings:Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 27 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 30 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)last_img read more

THEO Fages is on the shortlist for the Official Fi

first_imgTHEO Fages is on the shortlist for the Official First Utility Super League Player of the Month.The French half back is nominated for his performances in April which included two stunning tries in the 38-34 win over Leeds.If you feel that Theo deserves to be the First Utility Super League Player of the Month for April – vote here.Each fan who votes will go into a prize draw with one lucky supporter getting the chance to present the First Utility Super League Player of the Month trophy to the winning player.The two players with the most votes will then be considered by a judging panel consisting of representatives from First Utility & League Weekly, where an overall winner will be revealed.Voting is now open, and the April First Utility Super League Player of the Month shortlist is as follows:Theo Fages (St Helens)Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves)Jacob Miller (Wakefield WildcatsMarc Sneyd (Hull FC)Glenn Stewart (Catalans Dragons)Fans have until 3pm May 6 to register their votes for April’s First Utility Super League Player of the Month award.last_img read more

THIS was not only a game for the purist but it was

first_imgTHIS was not only a game for the purist but it was a game for the purist who existed in the late ‘80’s well before Summer Rugby, writes Graham Henthorne.The game was “played” in torrential rain and in a howling gale both of which combined, not surprisingly, to turn the pitch into a quagmire.Consequently, whilst not condoning it, neither side expected anything other than the huge numbers of mistakes made by both sets of players.Inevitably in these conditions the ball and the play tends to be concentrated down the middle in the pack. Fortunately for the Saints we have a handy one of those and a rejuvenated Matty Lees to lead it.However, as with most situations games are won by the side with the best defence and in this respect the Saints were simply awesome holding out for four consecutive sets in our own twenty at one point.This relentless defence coupled with a side which steadily makes yardage out of its own half can easily demoralise the opposition and lead a side to concede penalties. This was exactly what happened today.Whilst the Saints weren’t able to pierce the Giants line the constant pressure saw them continually yield penalties. This, when you’ve as trusty a boot as that of Brad Billsborough behind you, means a constant accruing of points, gradually easing you away from the opposition. All of which is confidence sapping to the Giants.The Giants did manage to pierce the Saints line late on but by that time the Saints were 10 points ahead with enough space to hang on for the win.Assisting Lees in taking the game to the hosts was a back to his best Jorge Lewtas along with Evan Bullen and Josh Eaves. Both wingers John Hutchings and Tom Nisbett along with Cam Brown and Kev Brown from full back continually took the ball away from their own line giving valuable rest to the forwards.Not only was Billsborough’s kicking a difference from the opening game against Leeds but his ability to control the game aided Elliot Jenkins in moving the Saints around the ploughed field.Match Summary:Huddersfield:Tries: Billy HayesGoals: Issac FarrellSaints:Goals: Brad Billsborough 5.Half Time: 0-6Full Time: 6-10Teams:Huddersfield:1. Tyler Mellor; 2. Alex Young, 3. Harry Maders, 4. Jack Richardson, 5. Oliver Jamieson; 6. Josh Pinder, 7. Issac Farrell; 10. Jon Luke Kirby, 9. Jamie Greenwood, 8. Matthew English, 12. Sam Hewitt, 11. Alfie Cooper, 15. Billy Hayes. Subs: 14. Ethan Salm, 16. Lucas Hallas, 17. Ross Whitmore, 19. Reece Boxhall Hunt.Saints:1. Kevin Brown; 2. John Hutchings, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Jordan Gibbons, 5. Tom Nisbett; 6. Brad Billsborough, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Alex Eckley, 12. Owen Smith, 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Jorge Lewtas, 16. Evan Bullen, 17. Joe Sharratt.last_img read more

Commission moves forward on Project Grace with some provisions

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  New Hanover County leaders are moving forward on Project Grace but also weighing the option of renovating the downtown library instead of a complete demolition.Three public meetings were held prior to commissioners making the vote Monday.- Advertisement – County commissioners voted unanimously to draw up an RFP or request for permit so that they can hear from the business community about Project Grace.Now the commission will see how much it would cost to demolish the space between Chestnut and Grace Street to merge the library and the Cape Fear Museum.Commissioners did ask that the RFP give builders an option to quote them on renovating the library.Currently only two thirds of the building is usable.last_img read more

Its cookie time Girl Scout cookies are on sale now

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel DeLites and more! Girl Scouts are out and about in the Cape Fear and ready to sell cookies for their annual fundraiser.Debbie Todd, the Membership Director for Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, and Madeline Fisher, a top selling Cadette, stopped by Good Morning Carolina to talk about what Girl Scouts do and where the money from the cookie sales go.- Advertisement – Last year, Madeline sold 5,005 boxes and donated over 800 boxes to Operation Cookie Drop, which donates cookies to the military.100% of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with the local council and troops. Madeline said the money raised in her troop this year will go towards a 10-day trip to England and Iceland.If you’re debating on what kind to buy, Girl Scout S’mores cookies are back for their second year, along with all of the other favorites.Related Article: Furloughed worker tries to raise money to buy insulinParticipating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a long-time tradition for girls, families, volunteers, and customers. Girl Scouts use cookie sales to help build powerful leadership experiences and make the world a better place.To learn more about Girl Scouts, click here. To learn about joining Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, click here.last_img read more

Wilmington company pitches in to help Chops Deli

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An area sandwich shop is in jeopardy of closing down due to a hefty loan debt. Now, another Wilmington-based business is pitching in to help keep them open.Chops Deli announced over the weekend they will be closing their locations unless they can payback a six figure loan they took out about eight months ago.- Advertisement – Freaker USA has created a custom freaker that features Chops Deli co-owner Brad Corpening.Freaker USA says all proceeds will go to the deli shop.“We need their precious deli sandwiches or we’ll starve!!” the Facebook post stated.Related Article: Kroger, Harris Teeter to phase out plastic bags at all storesThe limited-time freakers are $9.99 online. You can buy one here.Corpening told WWAY on Sunday they started a GoFundMe page and have been trying other methods to raise the money needed.The deli now sits on the chopping block, unless they can raise $100,000 by Wednesday, but that will only go to the downtown location.last_img read more

Columbus County Disaster Response in need of donations and volunteers

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% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (Press Release) — Columbus County Disaster Response, Inc., a local, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 2000, in response to the devastation caused in Columbus County, by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999, is seeking donations and volunteers to help victims of Hurricane Florence some 19 years later.“What we learned from Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew is that recovery from the devastating effects of winds and flooding from a hurricane is long-term.,” said Kipling Godwin, current President and one of the founders of CCDR.  “It was more than seven years after Hurricane Floyd before recovery was complete,” he added.  Many local residents who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 were still in recovery mode when Hurricane Florence hit causing the same or, in many cases, even worse damage.- Advertisement – Godwin said that a number of churches, nonprofits, businesses, corporations, and foundations have contributed to CCDR in the past for disaster relief.  100% of all donations are used to assist residents of Columbus County with Hurricane preparation and recovery efforts.CCDR hosted the first-ever Hurricane Expo at the Columbus County Fairgrounds in mid-June 2018 with more than 200 attendees.  The group also launched a new website in conjunction with the Hurricane Expo that provides an online resource for disaster preparation and recovery topics.In the wake of Hurricane Florence, CCDR is utilizing the website to receive online donations and to recruit volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts in Columbus County.  Individuals and organizations wishing to support CCDR’s work should visit the website at and click on “Donate” to make a tax-deductible donation using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Diners Club credit or debit cards.Related Article: Will disaster relief move to Florida after Michael hits?To make a donation by check or money order, payable to Columbus County Disaster Response or CCDR, mail it to Columbus County Disaster Response, P.O. Box 1844, Whiteville, NC 28472.  Please do not send cash through the mail.  The organization also accepts prepaid Visa or Mastercard cards, gift cards from Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart that can be used to purchase relief items for storm victims.  They can be mailed to the same address.CCDR is currently not able to accept other in-kind donations, but recommends that anyone wishing to donate new or gently used (in working condition) furniture, appliances, household items, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, bottled water, and shelf-stable food items, contact a partnering local relief organization, Community CPR at (910) 207-6929, to arrange for such a donation.To volunteer to assist with Hurricane Florence relief efforts in Columbus County, visit at and click on the “Volunteer” button on the main Home page.For more information about Columbus County Disaster Response, you may contact Godwin at (910) 840-6743 or email read more

Hawk Yeah 600 graduates added to Seahawk alumni family

first_imgWILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — More than 600 scholars became Seahawk alumni on Saturday afternoon. UNCW spokeswoman said it was one of the most diverse group of graduates in years.Students from the Watson College of Education, and students that studied Sciences and Humanities, Creative Arts, Social Sciences and Graduate Liberal studies in the College of Arts and Sciences crossed the stage with family and friends cheering ready to embark on new journeys either starting their career or continuing their education.- Advertisement – Zoe Greene received her bachelors in biology on Saturday. She says she’s thankful her family was there to support her like they’ve done every step of her education.“It feels great,” Greene said. “Our community went through Florence so we really grew stronger and we’re close with everyone within the system. For UNC Charlotte, I feel like a lot of people today have that in their mind and they’re kind of doing it for them and for themselves.”Congratulations Class of 2019! Good luck on your future endeavors.Related Article: Jury finds ex-Charlotte QB Olsen not guilty of rape chargeslast_img read more

Wilmington Police arrest multiple people on drug charges

first_img D’andre Harper (Photo: WPD) (Photo: Chris O’Sullivan) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Eight people are facing multiple drug charges after a six month investigation by the Wilmington Police Department.On Wednesday, police arrested Alphonso McClendon, 26, after officers searched a 30th Street home off Princess Place Drive and found raw heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.- Advertisement – Larry Richardson (Photo: WPD) Members of the Gang Unit and SWAT Team arrested Shyion Jennings, 19, Jacques LaMarche, 29, D’andre Harper, 30, and Larry Richardson, 56, after searching an Orange Street home on Thursday. Detectives confiscated two guns, crack cocaine, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia.Then on Friday, Detectives searched a home at River Front Place off of Independence Boulevard. Police arrested Darion Graham, 30, Kayla Jackson, 23, and Qwanell Ruffin, 26, after finding raw heroin and more than $17,000 in cash. Police say the three are validated gang members.In addition to the 22 packaged bags of heroin, Wilmington Police say the amount of heroin seized would have made about 40,000 bags of heroin to sell on the street.Related Article: Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US  Jacques Lamarche (Photo: WPD) Shyion Jennings (Photo: WPD) Alphonso McClendon (Photo: WPD) 1 of 8 Darion Graham (Photo: WPD) Kayla Jackson (Photo: WPD) Qwanell Ruffin (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Islamic State claims killing of Canadian geologist in Burkina Faso

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Islamic State carried out the kidnapping and killing of a Canadian citizen in Burkina Faso in January, the group’s weekly newspaper Al-Naba said, claiming responsibility in its latest issue without providing evidence.Kirk Woodman’s body was found on Jan.16, two days after his abduction by a dozen gunmen at a mining site operated by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals in the northeast of the landlocked West African country.Burkina Faso officials said he had been shot, and his body was dumped in an area that the government says is under growing threat from Islamist militants.Prior to the claim made in the Islamic State newspaper there had been no word on who was responsible.In an article trumpeting Islamic State’s insurgencies in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, the newspaper detailed the operation to kidnap and kill the Canadian geologist and showed a photograph of what it claimed was his driver licence.The Islamic State newspaper said “the kidnapping and killing of a Canadian crusader” has increased the West’s interest in “the war of the Mujahideen” in Burkina Faso.Woodman’s body was dumped in the desert by “the Caliphate soldiers”, Al-Naba said, though it put a date on Woodman’s execution using the Hijri, or Islamic, calendar, that would equate to Jan.25 – which would have been several days after the body was found.WhatsApplast_img read more

Updated Gozitan seat fraudulently stolen – former PN Executive President Sammut

first_imgFormer PN Executive President Mark Anthony Sammut said that the result of the vote held in Saturday’s PN executive Council meeting was compromised and that the PN seat “ was not only stolen from the Gozitans but also fraudulently stolen”. Sammut wrote this on a Facebook post at around 21:00h on Sunday.Sammut explained that he had no access to the data and attendance of the menbers, something which only the Asst. Secretary General (Jean Pierre Debono) had. He said that he was informed on Thursday of the meeting which was to be held on Saturday. is informed that the President of the PN Executive calls the meeting and is not ‘informed’ of it. Sammut said that the list of eligible voters was given to him just before the voting started. Sammut said that after the meeting his attention was drawn to the fact that some of those who had voted, had in fact no right t do so.Compiling “The List”Sammut said that in the last 24 hours he had been compiling the list of who was, in effect, eligible to vote and where this right emanated from. He concluded that:David Stellini, who had voted, had lost the right to vote on resigning his parliamentary seat.David Camilleri votes when he was supposed to be only an observer. Sammut said that his name on the voting list could only have been added “by the one person whose conflict of interest in the matter was clear to all”“The result of the ballot is therefore compromised. It appears that the parliamentary seat was not only stolen from the Gozitans but also fraudulently so” said Sammut in his post.Meanwhile, PN MP Jason Azzopardi published on Facebook, not only the list of who voted but also the amendments to the list. It appears that the list was amended by Jean Pierre Debono on Thursday 30th May.Meanwhile, Jean Pierre Debono reacted to the post by Mark Anthiny Sammut. In what has been effectively a Facebook war,Debono said that Sammut was not telling the truth.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

Opposition urges CoE report implementation Azzopardi delighted when badmouthing Malta – Bonnici

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Opposition Leader Adrian Delia and MP Jason Azzopardi urged the government to implement the recommendations of a recent Council of Europe report which condemns the rule of law in Malta and raises concerns about the investigation into the murder of the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. The report prepared by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s special rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt was overwhelmingly approved last week.READ: ‘If Malta cannot or will not correct its weaknesses, European institutions must intervene’ – CoEREAD: Caruana Galizia’s murder planned by ‘people with access to highest corridors of power’; CoE report approvedDelia and Azzopardi spoke during a debate on a Bill introducing amendments to various laws for the better administration of justice.During the debate, Azzopardi highlighted various reasons to call for a public inquiry which is separate to the ongoing magisterial inquiry. A public inquiry would investigate the motive behind Caruana Galizia’s assassination, whether death was avoidable and whether there was political responsibility.During his address in parliament Delia reminded that the former Faculty of Laws dean Kevin Aquilina had described the government proposed changes as ‘parody’. The changes were proposed after the Venice Commission issued an opinion on Malta’s legal system.READ:  Bill on separating AG’s role is a parody of the Venice Commission report – Professor AquilinaREAD: Venice Commission suggests creation of independent prosecutorThe Opposition Leader said that one cannot discuss amendments to existing laws when the system is threatened as a whole. Referring to the CoE report on Malta, Delia said that once again the country was put in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. He said that in other countries including countries like Mongolia, politicians tendered their resignation when they were exposed in the Panama Papers of having off-shore structures. Delia contrasted this with Malta, saying that “here they are given the Prime Minister’s protection”. Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri were both found to have off-shore structures in Panama.Speaking about Bank of Valletta losing its last correspondent bank in US dollars, Delia said that this was a result of bad administration of the country resulting in bad reputation. Delia urged for a solution on this matter before December as it will negatively impact businesses in Malta.READ: USD correspondent bank to cut ties from BOVOpposition MP Jason Azzopardi said that despite all the efforts by government MPs to emend the resolution on Malta, the government had no amendments to make on the references to the Dubai-based company 17 Black.Justice Minister Owen Bonnici described Opposition MP Jason Azzopardi as “delighted” by the outcome of the Council of Europe’s vote last week. Bonnici spoke in parliament during the winding up of the debate on Tuesday.Bonnici said that while Azzopardi who forms part of the delegation of MPs to PACE was “badmouthing” Malta, foreign MPs “were defending Malta”. Earlier during the debate, Azzopardi pointed out that Azerbaijan had voted against the report and resolution, describing the country as the “most corrupt” in Europe.Azerbaijan, a member of the Council of Europe since 2001, has been accused of “caviar diplomacy”, using cash and gifts to buy influence charges first detailed by the European Stability Initiative thinktank in 2012. A critical report on Azerbaijan’s political prisoners was voted down in 2013 by the Council. An independent investigation led to the expulsion of thirteen members of the Assembly, after they were found to have accepted gifts and bribes from the Azeri government in 2018.During the plenary debate at the Assembly, the Azeri delegation took up four speaking slots out of the 20, while Malta’s government MPs only took two when the report on Malta was being discussed and voted on. All six of Azerbaijan’s MPs voted against the resolution.READ: Scottish firm implicated in Azeri Laundromat held an account at Pilatus BankDuring the winding up of the parliamentary debate, Bonnici said that the Opposition did not utter a word on the proposed amendments. He argued that Azzopardi “worked against Malta” and voted for monitoring procedures to be adopted on Malta. According to the Bonnici such procedures have only been employed once on Turkey.The Justice Minister reiterated criticism of Omtzigt, he had drawn criticism of a report which had looked into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine in 2017.Read more:Report on Caruana Galizia assassination and Malta’s rule of law approved by PACE committeeLet’s lobby against Omtzigt’s report – Manwel MalliaPress PM for Daphne inquiry tomorrow – Joint press advocacy letter to EU leadersDaphne’s murder: “She was killed because of her investigative work” – OmtzigtWhatsApplast_img read more

After Russias glorious World Cup run fans ask – Where was Putin

first_img SharePrint Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERSSputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS As Russia’s World Cup dream ended with defeat to Croatia, some soccer fans noted the absence from the stadium of President Vladimir Putin, who attended only one match in Russia’s best World Cup run since the Soviet collapse in 1991.Putin was at Russia’s opening game against Saudi Arabia but skipped the following four – despite the national side, the tournament’s lowest-ranking, defying expectations and reaching the quarter-finals.“Where has the president got to?” asked Nezygar, a popular news channel on messaging service Telegram.“Tell Putin our guys would have won if he’d come to the game!” fan Pavel Gondarev wrote on social media to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the shootout defeat.Online news site wrote that Russians on social media are “tying themselves up in knots trying to guess where Vladimir Putin might have got to”.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Reuters on Monday Putin had only ever been scheduled to attend the opening and closing games of the tournament. He was minimising attendance because matches “happen when he is at the height of his working day”.“He doesn’t play soccer himself, but naturally like the overwhelming majority of Russians he is a fan. Of course he isn’t obsessive — he can’t be an obsessive fan because he can’t permit himself this — but he likes interesting football,” Peskov said.While Putin sat out the Russia-Croatia quarter-final, his Croatian counterpart, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, was in the stadium, wearing the red and white of the Croatian flag. French President Emmanuel Macron will fly in for the semi-final between France and Belgium, which Putin has no plans to attend.Competing theories in Moscow swirled as to why Putin appeared to have stayed away. Putin, a black belt in judo, is an avid ice hockey fan and The Bell, a Russian media outlet, cited a high-ranking official as saying the reason for Putin’s absence was a simple lack of interest in soccer.One Moscow-based political analyst speculated the real explanation was the wish not to be associated with a Russian defeat, the prospect of which loomed larger as the side faced higher-calibre opponents in the knockout stages.“Vladimir Putin likes to be associated with victories and triumphs, but doesn’t like to be associated with defeats and losses. He’s always had this trait and it has grown with time,” political analyst Valery Solovey said.Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended Russia’s two elimination matches — its win over Spain, which prompted wild partying in the capital, and the quarter-final loss to Croatia.Peskov said Putin had watched the games remotely. Following the loss, Putin invited the Russian players and coach to discuss the World Cup with him and called them heroes, Peskov said.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apple Will Not Jump On The Blu Ray Band Wagon

first_imgAdvertisement With Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPad Mini and a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, this  last week has been a major one for the iPad. Then on Friday, Windows 8 went on sale — making it an even bigger week for Windows PCs.But this newsiest of tech news weeks also turns out to be a reasonably significant one for the Mac. Much of Apple’s Tuesday event was devoted to new models, including a substantial overhaul of the 13″ MacBook Pro with a Retina display, two absurdly thin new iMacs and an updated Mac Mini.After all the presentation and questions;  Harry McCracken of sat down with Apple Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, who did the presenting of new models, and chatted with him about today’s Macs, and how they got that way. Among the many questions Harry asked him was the Blu Ray band wagon, if Apple was going to jump on it. The answer was probably something not too many of you want to hear: barring any unforeseen circumstances, consumers will likely never see the option to have Blu-ray on any Apple machine. – Advertisement – According to Schiller, “Blu-ray has come with issues unrelated to the actual quality of the movie that make [it] a complex and not-great technology. So for a whole plethora of reasons, it makes a lot of sense to get rid of optical discs in desktops and notebooks.”His preferred Blu-ray alternative? iTunes, of course, which lets you buy a movie and then watch it on all your Apple devices.“Our approach at Apple has always been to make products we’re proud to own and use ourselves,” he told me. “…We wouldn’t make something cheap or low quality. When the economy is difficult, people care a great deal about the things they spend their money on. Customers have come to understand that Apple’s products aren’t priced high — they’re priced on the value of what we build into them.”If you are an Apple enthusiast or if you just plain read the news often, you’ll realize that the new ultra-SIM iMac and the new MacBooks with Retina displays have both completely abandoned optical drives as a whole. The Cupertino California company doesn’t seem to be a fan of discs in any shape or form though so it isn’t as if it’s just Blu-ray. Consumers will still fortunately have the option of using a third party external Blu-ray drive and software to view Blu-ray format videos. Unfortunately, you’ll never actually see Blu-ray drives being an option from Apple when building your own Mac online. Source: techlandlast_img read more

Microsoft in Talks to Name Real Madrids Bernabeu

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has confirmed it is in talks with the Spanish football club Real Madrid to acquire naming rights to its Bernabeu Stadium.The 85,454-seat venue is currently named after its former president Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking on Spanish television, the president of Microsoft in Spain said discussions were at an early stage.“They’ve raised… renaming the stadium and we’re only talking about this possibility,” said Maria Garana. – Advertisement – Online reaction to the news included possible new names for the stadium.“At most the stadium will be called the Microsoft Estadio Santiago Bernabeu,” said one forum member.“The Gates Ground?” was a suggestion on Twitter by @HuffPostUK, in a nod to the company’s founder, Bill Gates.Others wondered whether Microsoft would use the opportunity to promote its products.“Will it be called the Surface and feature players like Cristiano RonalDOS?” tweeted @tomwarren from technology news website The Verge.The Surface is Microsoft’s tablet computer and DOS was one of the company’s former computer operating systems.Upset fansThe announcement was not well received by all fans of the club.“I’m a Real Madrid fan, I hate Microsoft forever if they touch anything related to Madrid,” said Haidi Farnoud.If Microsoft are successful in obtaining the naming rights, they will join a group of several other companies whose names are linked to stadiums.In the English Premier League, the airline Emirates has a tie-in with Arsenal, while Etihad sponsors Manchester City’s ground. The German club Bayern Munich play their home matches in the Allianz Arena after signing a 30-year deal with the financial services company.But not all stadium renaming deals have been successful. When Newcastle United changed the name of their ground from St James’ Park to the Sports Direct Arena in November 2011, the local council refused to use the new name on official street signs.At the time, the council said the decision to change the name would “upset the overwhelming majority of fans”.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Google asks Developers not to Build Porn Apps For Chromecast TV Device

first_imgAdvertisement Google yesterday asked developers to write new apps for Chromecast, a dongle device that lets you stream Web content from a tablet, smartphone or PC to your TV, however, it has put a very strong caveat: Google has banned porn apps, along with a long list of other morally dubious things, from Chromecast.Google wants the people who write apps for Chromecast to also obey the rules governing its app store, Google Play. And Google Play clearly forbids porn. It says: We don’t allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material.Google Play also bans things like gambling, hate speech, depictions of violence and illegal activities, all of which applies to Chromecast apps, too. – Advertisement – Any developer who ignores the rules and writes an app with forbidden content, Google reserves the right to cut off the developer’s access to Google’s tech needed to run the app.Google banned porn apps from Glass, too, and when the first porn app was released for it anyway last summer, Google said it would block the app from working on Glass.None of this will stop human beings from doing what human beings like to do with technologies like Chromecast or Glass, if Chromecast proves popular enough with consumers, we’re sure some smart developer will figure out how to sidestep Google’s restrictions for this device, too.Source: www.sfgate.comlast_img read more

MTN taken to court for unsolicited SMS

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications provider MTN Uganda Limited have been taken to court by a lawyer accusing it of sending him unsolicited SMS (short message service) texts containing adverts.Magelah Peter Gwayaka filed his civil suit at Nakawa Court in Kampala through Isaac Ssemakadde of Centre for Legal Aid. He wants MTN permanently restrained from sending him the unsolicited texts. The lawyer also wants court to condemn MTN to costs, and also award him damages.He states that he is a registered owner of a SIM-card issued by MTN. He is seeking a court pronouncement that sending unsolicited SMS texts is a violation of his rights.Gwayaka contends that despite numerous requests and complaints he has sent to the company, all has been in vain, straining his communication equipment. – Advertisement – “The plaintiff contends and avers that handling the enormous volume of unsolicited SMS advertisements sent to the plaintiff by the defendant on a frequent and regular basis places a tremendous burden on the plaintiff and his communications equipment,” the plaint states in part.He is holding the telecom company in breach of Uganda’s laws, citing Section 26 of the Electronic Transactions Act and Sections 16 and 25 of the Computer Misuse Act.Gwayaka accuses MTN of mistreatment, saying it is ironical since he is a valued and loyal customer.He further states that the texts are sent without giving him an option to cancel subscription on the mailing list. He states that prior to filing the suit, he extended an olive branch to MTN to find an amicable settlement but that the gesture was snubbed. Court has summoned MTN to file its defence within 15 days from the date of receipt of the court summons.In the summons dated July 11, 2014, the telecom is expected to heed, lest judgment is passed without its input.Source: New Visionlast_img read more

Highway Africa Media Professionals Gather at Rhodes University ahead of Conference KickOff

first_imgSome of the ushers at the information desk Advertisement Some of the ushers at the information deskThe windy “student-city” of Grahamstown in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province was today the destination of many travelers from all over Africa, most of them media professionals, as the City prepares to host the 17th edition of Highway Africa conference.Widely described as Africa’s premier journalism conference, Highway Africa is taking place from 7-8 September at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.For seventeen years the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world. – Advertisement – This year’s conference is themed, Social Media – from the margins to the mainstream, and will explore how Social Media has impacted our lives over the last decade, with specific consideration for how it has affected journalism as a practice, media as a business, and consumption of media, among others.The speakers shall include Uganda’s Charles Onyango-Obbo, now Editor of Mail & Guardian Africa, Bobby Malabie, Group Executive for Marketing at Barclays Africa, Grace Natabaalo (African Center for Media Excellence), Kenyan technology, data and information strategist Daudi Were (Ushahidi) and Songezo Zibi (Editor, Business Day).New Vision (Uganda)’s CEO Robert Kabushenga will also chair a workshop themed, “Working the media – when corporate coms meets editorial”.MTN Continues Long-Running Support for African JournalismIn addition to extending its 13 year relationship with Rhodes University, MTN will be represented in two sessions at this year’s conference. Dr Hanlie Smuts, Head of Digital at MTN South Africa, will join a panel discussion on managing organisational reputation online.MTN will also add its voice to discussions about ‘working in the media – when corporate communications meets editorial’, with Xolisa Vapi, Head of Group Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations, representing the company. As part of the operator’s commitment to the development of journalism in Africa, MTN is also sponsoring a number of journalists from its markets to attend the conference, including New Vision’s Apollo Mukiibi and PC Tech Magazine’s Albert Mucunguzi.“MTN is proud to have the opportunity to support the work of our media. As a telecoms and digital services provider, we are conscious of the needs to enable conversations between families, communities and the global community,”says Chris Maroleng, Executive for Group Corporate Affairs at MTN, as quoted by“We are thus very supportive of this year’s focus at the conference, as it shines the spotlight on social media and the role of journalism, which are both integral to leading debates in our societies”, added Maroleng.Most sessions of the conference will be live-blogged on this website.last_img read more

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