The government is facing calls for a fundamental

first_imgThe government is facing calls for a “fundamental rethink” of its approach to Access to Work (AtW), after new figures showed the number of disabled people receiving support through the employment scheme fell last year.At its peak, in 2009-10, under the last Labour government, AtW was supporting more than 37,000 disabled people a year, but this plunged under the coalition to 30,780 by 2011-12.In the following three years, the number of claimants slowly climbed back towards its peak, but the figures released this week show they fell again last year, from 36,780 in 2014-15 to 36,470 in 2015-16, with the numbers of existing and new claimants both falling.The government has said that Access to Work is crucial to achieving its promise to halve the disability employment gap, and has pledged to spend about £123 million a year on the scheme by 2020, compared to about £100 million presently, supporting an extra 25,000 people a year.But Deaf and disabled campaigners have consistently warned of the “weekly battles” many claimants are facing to continue receiving support through the scheme.Ellen Clifford, a spokeswoman for the StopChanges2ATW campaign, said the new figures were “of little surprise”.She said: “At the StopChanges2ATW campaign we continue to hear on a weekly basis about the battles individual Deaf and disabled people are facing and what some are describing as ‘willful incompetence’, with forms continuously lost, resulting in delayed payments.”She said Access to Work was “extremely effective” and had been shown to make a profit for the Treasury.But she said that the way it was being run was adding “an additional layer of difficulties on top of the everyday workplace discrimination and barriers to employment that Deaf and disabled people face”.She said: “There is a clear ideological position underpinning this approach which considers that anyone accessing taxpayer’s money should have to continually and extensively justify their need for it while [the government tries] to reduce individual awards.“All of this is counter-productive to a disability employment support programme that works.“If the government are serious about halving the disability employment gap and improving the reach of Access to Work then they should start listening to Deaf and disabled people and rethink their fundamental approach to it.”Disabled activist David Gillon said that for the AtW figures to drop at the same time the government was reporting more disabled people moving into work “strongly suggests that employers are cherry-picking those disabled people with minor restrictions on working and that those with more fundamental access issues remain as excluded from the workplace as ever, if not more so”.He said the figures showed that the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) “ever increasing bureaucracy around AtW, and a bureaucracy aimed at restricting claims, not enabling them, is having an ever more strangling effect on the scheme”.Gillon said that he and other disabled activists with a focus on employment issues have long argued that the government’s Disability Confident campaign – which urges employers to “see the ability, not the disability” – is “simply encouraging employers not to consider the access needs of disabled potential employees”.He said: “These new AtW figures would seem to confirm that this is now happening.”And he said that the only possible explanations for a fall in AtW claimants nearly two years into a period of post-recession growth were either “incompetence or design”.According to the Office for National Statistics, there were 3.335 million disabled people in jobs in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of about 120,000 on the same period in 2015.Gillon said: “That the Tories took a benefit that actually showed a 1.4:1 return on investment, slashed it, and continue to make it harder than ever to access, suggests that they continue to hold a deep-seated ideological contempt for the scheme and the idea of supporting disabled people into work, even when it should make substantial sums of money for the Treasury if left to flourish unhindered.”A DWP spokeswoman said there had been a fall of less than one per cent in the number of AtW users and the department was “continuing to work with jobcentres, businesses and local organisations to promote the scheme”.She said: “As the scheme is demand-led, the figures reflect this and therefore vary year on year.”She said the figures showed an increase in the number of people with hearing and sight impairments, learning difficulties and mental health conditions claiming AtW, as well as record numbers of AtW recipients aged between 16 and 24.She said: “The spending review in the autumn announced a real-terms increase in funding, starting in 2016-17, to raise numbers helped by this demand-led service by 25,000 by the end of the parliament.“In order to meet this commitment, we are promoting the scheme through Disability Confident, as well as working with jobcentres, businesses and local organisations to increase awareness.“We’re committed to closing the disability employment gap: just last week the government accepted all of Paul Maynard MP’s recommendations on improving accessibility of apprenticeships [to people with learning difficulties].“This includes better promotion of Access to Work to these groups.”last_img read more

Angry SF Residents Face Off With Police on Crime

first_imgSome 30 Mission residents who crowded into a monthly police meeting held Tuesday grilled the neighborhood’s police captain and supervisor about their plans to address what residents described as a clear increase in criminal activity on their streets that has left them fearful.The group blamed the police and city officials for being ineffective in prosecuting sex workers and dismantling homeless tent encampments that have cropped up on the Mission’s sidewalks. It was one of the largest monthly meetings in the last year.“It’s never been this bad, I’ve never felt this fearful,” said one attendee, who has lived at her home near 20th and Capp streets for some 50 years and said that police have done little to discourage prostitutes from working on her block.“The ladies out there are getting much more aggressive – isn’t prostitution [illegal] still?” the woman wanted to know.  0% Tags: crimes • David Campos • homeless • Mission Police Station • police • prostitution Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img While prostitutes and homeless campers are not new to the Mission, many of the neighbors alleged that their presence has increased notably in recent months and is conducive to criminal activity. Mission Police Captain Daniel Perea and the Mission’s supervisor, David Campos, assured residents that every available resource was being used to ensure the community’s safety – still, Tuesday’s meeting ended with much frustration and few solutions. “At every meeting, we are told the same things,” said David Hall, who co-owns the bar Shotwell’s, located at the corner of 20th and Shotwell streets.Hall said that in the last three weeks, prostitution on his block has spiked “to the highest I’ve seen in the 10 years I’ve been here,” and that the surge has impacted his business negatively.Others also described  “a line of 20 to 40 prostitutes” who surface on “every night of the week” to work the poorly lit sections along Capp Street and Shotwell Street.  The women attract customers that “triple daytime traffic” on those streets, one neighbor said.Residents wanted to know why more arrests weren’t being made, and pointed to a lack of foot patrol officers assigned to comb residential corridors.  Perea said police were focusing on the clients of the prostitutes and are responding to upticks of “crime and violence” in the neighborhood with “organized operations and focused enforcement.” Earlier this month, Perea said that a DUI checkpoint was erected at South Van Ness and 20th streets in an effort to deter would-be Johns.“These people should not have to be afraid in their own homes,” said Perea.Other residents said that the increasing visibility of tent encampments in their neighborhood made them uncomfortable.  “I walk down Folsom Street everyday to work, and everyday I see drug use,” said one Mission resident. “Why is that allowed to exist?”Both Campos and Perea told residents that unless a crime was being committed, more policing would not solve issues such as homelessness.  The root causes, they said, need to be properly addressed. “You have to understand what’s happening citywide and why the Mission becomes basically the dumping place, ground zero,” said Campos.  “You can’t just put people in jail, because they get out and get back onto the streets. You need to give them options and that’s what we are working on.”The city’s efforts earlier this year to relocate its homeless population away from Super Bowl festivities and a sweep of a major encampment on Division Street in February placed some 100 homeless people in shelters and ushered dozens of others to other areas.Earlier this year, Campos introduced legislation to open six more Navigation Centers, or full-service homeless shelters, citywide. Campos turned to Perea as he explained that his office is not in charge of patrolling the neighborhood for criminal activity, but to ensure that the police department “has the resources it needs.”“The first question I ask the captain every single time I talk to him is, ‘do you have enough resources?’” He said. “I’m open to passing whatever law is needed.”But Perea said that inadequate resources aren’t the issue. “I have a boss and if I need something I ask him for it and I get it,” he said. To attendees who asked for more foot patrol officers, Perea said that officers must be paired up, and that expending those resources is indeed a challenge.“We can’t just have one officer. We need two out together given what’s going on in the country right now,” he said, calling it a “safety issue.”But Campos sided with the neighbors in calling for more beat officers in his district.“I think it’s better to have [officers] walking a beat than in the car,” he said, adding that his office has backed Mission Police Station financially in support of foot patrols. And that money is being put to use, said Perea. “We have foot beat officers out at 16th and Mission [streets],” he said.  “A lot of that is over-time money that the supervisor is speaking about, and that is being used. But it goes fast.”That didn’t appease the community members.They asked for speed bumps to be installed on streets frequented by sex workers and for the prosecution of homeless campers who are visibly breaking the law.“There are people who won’t go to [Jose Coronado Park] because there are so many bad people there,” said Dolores Reyes, owner of the restaurant San Jalisco, at 20th and South Van Ness.  “These people are outside with music, bottles…I have seen the police go by and they don’t do anything.”Others said they were ready to depart from the Mission.“I’m ready to shut down my freaking bar,” said Hall, although Shotwell’s other owner did not corroborate this statement.Another female attendee echoed his concerns. “I’m ready to sell my house,” she said. The evening also offered a confrontation between District 9 supervisorial candidate Joshua Arce and Campos, whose seat Arce is vying to win. “No disrespect to Supervisor Campos, but for the past eight years he and his staff have been a disaster for the Mission,” said Arce, who handed out his business cards and invited the attendees to further discuss their concerns with him. “We are meeting and planning for what we are going to do in January to change things up at City Hall,” he said.But Campos fought back. “It’s one thing to talk about it and another thing to do it,” he said and called Arce “the mayor’s candidate.”  “We have actually passed laws to force this administration to do something.” last_img read more

Dolores Park style on a Sunday afternoon

first_img 0% If Dolores Park is any measure of where the stylish are shopping, Forever 21 and vintage topped the mentions on a sunny, but windy Sunday afternoon in the park. Here’s some some of the best-dressed among those enjoying park life in Dolores. (Make sure to wear your best looks, as we will be back next Sunday!)Black Nature. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong Zavia: “A clothing brand called Free Official owned by my friend Tyrice.Michael McNeill. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong Vibe: It was the pops of millennial pink that grabbed our attention. Ariance balanced pretty and grungy/punk nicely, with a pink jacket, scalloped-detail black tights, ‘90s side buns, and a choker. Erick’s pink visor was fun and on-trend, and the layering of a cropped “mermaid” embroidered hoodie over a mesh shirt was another on-trend, ‘90s-meets-2017 look.Look inspired by:Ariance: “I don’t really have one. But I mostly shop at Forever 21, and then I kinda just like wear what I like, which is like a bit, kind of like grungy, but it’s kind of like girly too. But there’s not like an actual inspiration kind of thing.”Erick: “I guess mermaid. I mean, it’s my birthday tomorrow, so I’m out having fun, enjoying the weather.”Brands: Ariance: “Just Forever 21, H&M, and Van’s.” Eric: “Mainly Forever 21,” Levi’s(L-R) Chyna Nadine, Georgina Behnam, Brianna Prentice, Tyrice Rashad, Michael McNeill, Raven VanDoren and Zavia Ahmed. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong)Vibe: You are judged by who you hang out with. This can work in your favor, if everyone in the group is dressed stylishly. This whole squad was on point, individually, and as a collective unit. Brianna’s red beret was attention-grabbing, while Georgina’s pinstriped jumpsuit was a fun spring outfit. Even though China was dressed for a theme party, her look was cute, preppy, and tied in with the group’s throwback vibes. The fellas were just as stylish. The looks were totally ‘90s Hip Hop, with primary color combinations that bring to vintage Cross Colours.Brianna Prentice. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongBrianna: “I’m inspired by thrifted, like all vintage clothing.”Georgina Behnam. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongGeorgina: “Usually I do a lot of thrifted stuff, and I like to do like bigger, baggier, androgynous-type things, but today, I’m going for a little classier look, ‘cause the sun is out. And so I thought I’d bring on the jumpsuits.Chyna Nadine. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongChyna: My outfit? Well I’m going to a country club-themed party later, so I had to wear this. But I don’t normally dress like this. But, yeah I’m wearing all my grandma’s clothes right now.Zavia Ahmed.Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong Vibe: Black Nature was the first person we photographed. His bold mix of prints, translated to a bold yet stylish look. It was effortless, relaxed yet fashionable.center_img Look inspired by: “I don’t really know what I’m wearing. I’m just wearing something that I think it just brings something out of me.”Sadie Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: Sadie gave off all the boho, quirky and yet modern vibes you’d expect and want to see from a Dolores Park-goer. She skewed ‘60s, ‘90s and today, all at the same time.Look inspired by: “OMG, I don’t know! Like Hippie, fun, free love. I don’t know!”Brands: Forever 21, Macy’sAlyssa Cuaderno and Diandre Fuentes. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: You could spot Diandre’s pink motorcycle jacket from a mile away. The juxtaposition of a feminine pink jacket, hat (celebrating her upcoming wedding), and sunglasses, against chola-esque Dickie’s and skater Van’s made for a cool, eclectic look. Alyssa was giving off a fisherman nautical style, in a rich ‘70s palette. An on-trend fisherman hat and feminine braids completed the look.Look inspired by:Alyssa: “Fish sticks”Brands: Alyssa: Item from thrift store, item from Portland, pants by Anthropologie, vintage Coach backpack, shoes by “clog store somewhere on Haight Street. Diandre: Party City pink cowgirl hat that says “Bride to Be,” a Zara pink faux leather jacket, vintage Esprit velvet tank, cropped Dickie’s, Van’s sneakersAriance Braggs and Erick Soto. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong Michael: “It’s Free. This is just the sun, I’m shinin’. I don’t know.”Raven VanDoren. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongRaven: “Well, this is a vintage [inaudible word omitted] jacket that was made in San Francisco, and so I’m kind of going with that.”Bronte Hernandez. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: Sitting pretty at the park, Bronte looked model-like in white shorts and a white top with of-the-moment rose embroidery. The look was fresh, young, and pristine.Look inspired by: “I just like white for summertime, so that was the inspiration.”Brand: Forever 21James Echivaria, Christian Castro, Michael Mital Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: The day’s fashions wouldn’t be complete without someone reppin’ the Golden Gate Warriors. James, Christian and Mike were showing their Bay Area pride, and excitement for the NBA Finals to come with Dubs hats, shirts, and championship jersey.Look inspired by: The Warriors, and the team’s roots in San Francisco, Cali Roots FestivalBrand: Warriors gear(L-R) Michelle Li, Crystal Chen and Megan Padilla .Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: Friends who slay together, stay together. Another set of friends that grabbed our attention, these ladies looked like a girl group, with matching distressed jeans and neutral jackets. They even coordinated their drinks.Look inspired by:Michelle: “Well I’m from SoCal, so I thought it’d be really, really cold up here, so  I had to go with the fur, thought it’d be fun.”Crystal: “I wanted to wear flat shoes. I started with the shoes, and then kind of like built up. And I brought the long coat because I thought it was going to be cold, but it cleared up.”Megan: “I was cold and I wanted to match them.”Brands: Michelle: Topshop jacket, Aritzia t-shirt. Crystal: Asos coat, jeans from Nordstrom Rack, Vince Camuto shoesMegan: LF top, Lucky jeansAndrea Guindi. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongVibe: It’s not surprising that Andrea is a stylist. Her look was like a ray of white light that shone at the park. Cute white overalls matched with vintage white boots made for an effortless, but still chic outfit.Look inspired by: “Ooo. I feel like a painter today, but not really any specific inspiration. Just summery and white and comfy.”Brands: Urban Outfitters overalls, Brandy Melville tank, vintage boots(L-R) Ashley Flores, Kaylee Harris, Jordan Myers and Brittany Lebeiko. Photo by Ekevara KitpowsongPhoto by Ekevara KitpowsongWe saw this group of girls looking stylish, and a little tough, while sitting together taking a selfie. They were all coordinated, in black and army green, wearing chic shades, and emanating a badass vibe. One girl was even part of probably the most noted trend in the park today: black leather jackets.Look inspired by:Kaylee: “Honestly, I am into the skater vibes a little bit.”Ashley: “Very relaxed dance teacher vibes.”Brittany: “I just look for casual cute. Yeah.”Jordan: “It’s not mine! It’s Kaylee’s! I don’t know, she picked it out for me.”Brands: Kaylee: Michael Kors sunglasses, Target jacket, H&M top and jeans, Michael Kors bag, Van’s high top sneakers.Ashley: Ray Ban sunglasses, Ashley Outwear jacket, Target t-shirt, Madewell jeans, H&M bag, Converse sneakers. Brittany: Tobi top and shoes, Target jacket, H&M jeans, Urban Outfitters bag. Jordan: Urban Outfitters top, Forever 21 jacket, Target jeans, Pac Sun sunglasses, Adidas sneakers Tags: dolores park • fashion Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighborhood notes Jayn Bee Club closed for rennovations — future unclear and

first_imgHe said repeatedly, however, that no decision has been made. Zuck Urgent Care moved San Francisco General Hospital’s adult urgent care center will reopen in unit 1E on the 1st floor of the campus’ Building 5 starting next Thursday, Feb. 21. The clinic has expanded to 12 patient beds, including three more patient rooms than it offered in the last building. It is the first clinic to relocate to Building 5 as part of a broader effort to improve patient safety and care by centralizing outpatient clinics on the General Hospital campus.Moms Against Poverty at the Laundry Join Moms Against Poverty, a group dedicated to nurturing and educating underprivileged children, for an evening of “art, wine and community” at the Laundry (3359 26th St.) The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and is free. Overlooked Latinas Opens Tina D’Elia will debut her solo show Overlooked Latinas, which follows two best friends (both played by D’Elia) as they pitch their TV show about “Latinx folks of the past” to an NBC producer. “But like the best telenovelas of the era,” according to Brava’s description of the play, “Angel’s (the protagonist’s) life is about to become unhinged by a whole mess of melodrama.” The play is directed by Mary Guzmán and runs from Feb. 16 to March 3 at the Brava Theater Center Studio (2781 24th Street). Purchase tickets here.The Women’s Building’s new resource clinic  The Women’s Building (2543 18th St.) now has a Resource Clinic that will allow clients to speak one-on-one with the center’s bilingual program specialist. This will make it easier for clients to get connected to the Women’s Building’s many resources, including domestic and sexual violence resources, housing and employment assistance, healthcare enrollment, mental health assistance, school enrollment applications, CalFresh screenings, legal resources, homeless services, and translation services. To make an appointment, call 415-431-1180, ext.11. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img The Jay’n Bee Club at 20th and York will be closed for “cosmetic” repairs until the end of the month. Yet the bar — known for its pizza, salads and cheap drinks — may well be changing hands, according to owner Steve Benazzo, who has been running the establishment for 21 years. After the renovations are complete, a “decision will be made at the end of the month to see what way we go.” “Either I operate it, or have someone else operate it,” he said. “But probably it’ll remain as a restaurant bar.” last_img read more

Strolling into the past Retracing the steps of a 40yearold Mission District

first_img Email Address Delehanty wished me luck in retracing his steps of 40 years ago. “I have always seen the Mission,” he e-mailed, “as ‘the revolving door into American society.’”There are, perhaps, 10,000 people buried in the minuscule cemetery at Mission Dolores. Some 5,000 are the city’s native inhabitants. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Mission Dolores is made out of mud, yet is as close as this city comes to eternal. And, outside, is a timeless scene. A quartet of paint-splattered workmen rest in its noontime shade and eat oversize hamburgers out of grease-spotted paper bags. These four men are speaking in Spanish, but, roll back the clock half a century or more, give them Irish or Italian lilts instead, snip the seat belts out of their pickup truck and give it a driveshaft you could impale yourself on, and it’s a scene out of an earlier Mission era. There is, as you’d expect, a sense of timelessness within Mission Dolores as well. The ceiling, Delehanty wrote, is one of the most beautiful in all San Francisco. “It looks different when seen straight up than at an angle; then the chevron patterns turn into another design.” That’s still so. And you can still let yourself out the side door, through the tasteful 1978-vintage courtyard, and into the postage stamp of a graveyard.When visiting Mission Dolores, be sure to look up. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Then as now, the gaudiest memorials have been erected to the thugs and murderers and corrupt politicians and brothel-keepers who gave this city its its rough-hewn reputation. There are, perhaps, 5,000 Native Americans resting below, too. In the present day, at least, they are memorialized via a simple tule hut.The former Notre Dame school is now the home of dozens of elderly residents. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Once we leave the dead and rejoin the living, present-day San Francisco veers a bit off Delehanty’s 40-year-old script. Notre Dame School at 347 Dolores St. is still a charming, New Orleans-like structure with ironwork that survived the blaze of ’06, but it’s no longer a school. It’s now a residential facility for the elderly; old people wearing multiple cardigans recline in a scenic garden out back. They smile at the sounds emanating from the playground at the private school next door (tuition: up to $35,360). In the building’s central, three-story atrium, dozens of songbirds flutter about in a 30-foot-high aviary.Continuing along Dolores, the 1920s-era bell on a shepherd’s crook once indicating the old El Camino Real is long gone. You will find, however, a bearded man in a blue tank top and gym shorts veering his electric scooter onto the sidewalk. Be sure to sidestep him. And take care not to be snagged by the selfie stick protruding from his backpack.Dolores “is a very agreeable street to walk along,” wrote Randolph Delehanty. “All the buildings are similar, but each has its unique ornamental treatment. … There are no vast, bleak walls, rather an intricate pattern of doors and staircases.” Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Wandering into Dolores Park at Church Street, one is greeted by an advertisement for canned wine. That wasn’t there 40 years ago. Nor was the lanky man in workout clothes smoking cigarettes and wearing a flowing Daenerys Targaryen blonde wig. Dolores Park is the epicenter of San Francisco’s demographic quake. It is, every sunny weekend, an open-air bacchanal of largely tolerated drinking and smoking under the eye of 12-megapixel crime cameras; for many of today’s San Franciscans, it’s a place to avoid via the Yogi Berra logic: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”Forty years ago, Randolph Delehanty wrote that the ideal time to take this Mission tour would be Sunday at 10 a.m., when “families are on their way to church and the neighborhood is relaxed and happy.”Nostalgia for 40 years ago, however, is to pine for a rougher, grittier and dingier era. Delahanty laments the “ugly little park building” marring the center of this green expanse. And, lo, that’s gone; the bathrooms here are brand new, as is the $3.5 million playground. In ’79, Delahanty summed up the concrete plaza separating the hemispheres of Dolores Park as nothing more than “a target against which to throw beer bottles.” But, on a recent Thursday, nary a shattered bottle was to be found. Perhaps San Franciscans’ aim is getting worse. Perhaps those ads for canned wine are working. Or perhaps this is the inevitable upside of reducing gentrification into a binary.Randolph Delehanty 40 years ago described this plaza as being “stunning” in its ugliness — a “Maginot Line-like emplacement” that principally served as “a target against which to throw beer bottles.” Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Just across Dolores Street, Delehanty directs our attention to the Second Church of Christ, Scientist, which he describes as “competent.” In perhaps the most on-the-nose 2019 element of this tour, this church has been repurposed into a quintet of townhomes, aimed at “the discerning, cosmopolitan buyer who seeks to have privacy, a magnificent luxury home and immediate access to the best of world-class San Francisco.”There’s one left, and it can be yours for $6.2 million. Competent indeed.Randolph Delehanty described the 100 block of Liberty Street as “one of the architecturally richest streets in the Mission.” This seems a safe bet and an understatement. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Wandering down Liberty Street, one sees what might have been. This might have developed into the repository of San Francisco’s most luxurious homes, situated in San Francisco’s most luxurious neighborhood. But, then, Andrew Hallidie went and perfected the cable car, and there went that; instead of this becoming Pacific Heights, Pacific Heights became Pacific Heights. These remain, however, some of the most splendid and grandiose houses in the city. They grow a bit less grandiose, however, as we cede the high ground and approach Valencia.Valencia is, now, a realm of artisanal everything and knit bike-rack cozies. But it was a bleaker place in Delehanty’s day. And before. He notes that it served as the delineation between professional/middle-class homes and flats for the working-class. The two-family houses on stretches like Lexington Street hail from the Reconstruction Era and could, back in the day, be bought by the city’s “mechanic class.”Today these homes are done up in chipper, salt-water-taffy colors. One has a magenta door with a pineapple knocker.In the days of yore, homes like these on Lexington Street were affordable for the city’s “mechanic class.” Also in the days of yore, the city had a “mechanic class.” Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Around the corner, the Mission Street of 1979 was a far cry from its 1930s movie palace and department store heyday. But it was “lively if not immaculate. There are almost no empty shops.” Alas. In 2019, on the stretch of Mission between 21st and 22nd alone, there are half a dozen shuttered stores, stalled construction projects, or vacant lots. At the corner of 22nd is the large scrap of fenced-off dirt and wild fennel left after the 2015 blaze that displaced 60 tenants, killed one, and burned out scads of area businesses (including Mission Local). During the rainy months, a lagoon forms here. You can hear frogs from time to time.“Today, Mission Street and its one-block extensions along the east-west side streets, is still lively if not immaculate. There are virtually no empty shops.” Alas. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.Continuing along Mission, we pass the nine-story Bay View Savings Building, a Brasilia-like structure that is one of the city’s ugliest. It combines much of what Delehanty hates most into one entity: block-like concrete, a lack of synchrony, the “fear and arrogance” of a “riot-proof” ground floor, and a sprawling parking lot. (“The Mission was built with the streetcar system, not the automobile, in mind. The present-day need to accommodate the car has destroyed housing and the area’s visual coherence as well.”)All of that sounds about right today. As does the praise he heaped on the breathtaking Chuy Campesano, Luis Cortazar, and Michael Rios mural at the 23rd and Mission Bank of America building. This structure underwent a heavy renovation that spanned much of 2018, so the mural was covered. But the construction work is complete and the masterpiece is visible once more.“The Bank of America branch here has a superb mural over the banking counter depicting the present-day Latino population of the Mission. It is an exhortation to work, struggle, and study.” Photo by Joe Eskenazi.“We renovated everything that was replaceable,” says Aldo Paniagua, the bank’s relationship manager, with a nod at the mural overhead. “But this is irreplaceable.” Paniagua grew up in the Mission. Before he worked here, he visited this bank as a kid, and ogled this mural. “Every day,” he assures me, “there’s a new detail to see.”Details, details, details. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Delehanty concludes his walking tour at 24th Street BART plaza, in large part, it seems, so you can take transit back to wherever you came from. But leaving the Mission isn’t on my agenda today. Instead, I walk back to Delehanty’s nemesis, the Bay View Savings Building. And, while its first floor may be “riot proof,” there’s nobody keeping you from taking an elevator to the top floor. The view is dazzling. The city’s gentle hills descend into the Mission, which stretches, far as the eye can see, toward the distant, mushrooming downtown and the bridge and East Bay beyond. Additionally, standing atop this hideous tower, you don’t have to see this hideous tower. It’s a glorious day, you’re in the center of the Mission, and it feels like you’re in the center of the world. The complete and the incomplete; the large and the small; the major streets and the side streets; the past and the present — everything spreads out in all directions. There’s a lounge chair on a roof. There’s a group of kids playing soccer. There’s a guy fixing his car in an alley. There’s an earthquake shack-sized cottage, invisible from the street; an outdoor bathtub sits by the front door, and it’s filled with lush and flowering plants. Every day, there’s a new detail to see. Who pees on books? You don’t. I don’t. But somebody must. Because — let me tell you — when scavenging books from streetside cardboard boxes, the smell test is a prudent idea. Since so many folks are decamping from San Francisco these days, and since relatively few of them micturate on their former possessions, you can amass quite a library in this manner. It was likely in this manner that I obtained San Francisco: Walks and Tours in the Golden Gate City by Randolph Delehanty. And this was quite a find. Delehanty is a fun tour guide; he writes with the world weariness and acid wit of an older man but, at the time he penned this book, he was barely 35; he jauntily wrote his dedication to this volume on the feast day of St. Francis, our city’s namesake, in the year of 1979. In the ensuing 40 years, our city, a serial boomtown, has been remade. But there are vast swaths of San Francisco that have simply been repurposed. The Mission falls into both of these categories. There are stretches that have been physically transformed and stretches that remain virtually untouched — yet still feel transformed. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

SAINTS have released a new batch of season tickets

first_imgSAINTS have released a new batch of season tickets for the West Stand.100 have been made available on the Terrace, which is sponsored by Hattons Solicitors, for purchase only in the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.They are priced at £225 for Adults, £140 for Concessions (over 60s) and Young Adult and just £35 for Juniors.Family packages are available – please call into the Ticket Office for information.Proof of age is needed for Juniors and Young Adult season tickets.last_img

SAINTS Reserves take on their Warrington counterpa

first_imgSAINTS Reserves take on their Warrington counterparts at Langtree Park tonight.The game kicks off at 7:30pm and entry is FREE for Members and just £3 (adults) and £1 (juniors) for Non-Members.Ian Talbot’s squad is:Aaron Smith, Brad Billsborough, Callum Hazard, Calvin Wellington, Dave Llewellyn, Jake Spedding, Jordan Gibbons, Kevin Brown, Brad Pinder, Lama Tasi, Levy Nzoungou, Tom Whittle, Lewis Furlong, Liam Cooper, Olly Davies, Owen Smith, Regan Grace, Ricky Bailey, Ross McCauley.last_img

Southport to accept distribute supplies

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 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 SOUTHPORT, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Southport City Gym located at 211 North Atlantic will begin accepting and distributing supplies to local residents as of Saturday, September 22, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The items residents need are as follows:• Non-Perishable Food• Toiletries• Adult diapers and baby diapers• Baby formula• NEW underwear and socks• First Aid supplies• Water pumps• Cleaning supplies• Bed pillows and blanketslast_img read more

Greenes lead grows after recount protests denied in Columbus Co Sheriffs race

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the race for Columbus County Sheriff may finally be over.A recount of vote expanded the margin of victory for Republican challenger Jody Greene.- Advertisement – After election night Greene led incumbent Lewis Hatcher, a Democrat, by 34 votes. Hatcher requested the recount after Monday’s canvass because the race was within a one-percent difference.A recount that started yesterday morning and ended this afternoon shows Greene with 9,388 votes to Hatcher’s 9,351. The Columbus County Board of Elections voted to certify the 37-vote margin of victory.As soon as the certification was done, the board began considering protests to the election. Some people have called for a whole new vote after a delay in getting ballots to a polling place on Tabor City on Election Day.Related Article: White House: Trump would accept less money for border wallThe board dismissed three of the protests then heard testimony on the fourth.“The first irregularity was, of course, what was already was reported: that voters were turned away because ballots were not available from 6:30 to about 9:00,” witness Marlando Pridgen said. “The second part was that additional people were turned away who actually had verification of registration and were not allowed to cast provisional ballots. Numerous amounts of those.”Just before 5 p.m. the board denied that protest saying there was not evidence to overturn the election results. Some protestors say they plan to appeal the decision.Neither Greene nor Hatcher attended today’s recount of protest hearing.last_img read more

Bladen man who signed affidavit in 9th District investigation arrested on drug

first_img In a sworn affidavit, Eason said he handed his unsealed blank ballot to McCrae Dowless. Eason said in the affidavit he knows Dowless personally. Prior to signing an affidavit, Eason’s story was covered by Buzzfeed.Eason was arrested in a roundup by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.The sheriff’s office posted about the arrest on Monday.Related Article: After another court ruling, NC House back to redistrictingEason is charged with sell/deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for keeping/ selling controlled substances, manufacture/sell/deliver/possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver controlled substance within 1000 feet of school/park and possession of a firearm by a felon.Click here to read more from WSOC. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WSOC) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Eason of Bladenboro on drug and weapons charges.Eason signed an affidavit about the 9th District. He was also included on the McCready campaign’s wish list of people to be subpoenaed for the evidentiary hearing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cant grieve until truth is served – Paul Caruana Galizia

first_imgArkivjiArkivji ‘We cannot begin to grieve until the truth has been served,’ Paul Caruana Galizia has said.The son of the murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia says that it is not normal that his family should have to see legal means to find out the cause of his mother’s death.‘No bereaved family should have to litigate in order to establish the truth surrounding their loved one’s death,’ he writes.His address comes only a day after the family filed a judicial letter signalling their intention to litigate and four days after the Attorney General was informed by legal team led by Mr Tony Murphy of Bhatt Murphy in London.Assassination Daphne: PM, your clock is ticking – Legal advice to familyThis decision is the latest effort by the family to legally request the Maltese government to carry out a public inquiry into Daphne’s murder.Since December 2017, the family has outlined three detailed Legal Opinions explaining the motivation and legal obligations under Articles of European human rights.Caruana Galizia lawyers say Public Inquiry delay, ‘unlawful’Updated: 5 MEPS cosign second letter pressing Commission for public inquiryMalta faces “prevailing ‘law of Omertà’” – Venice CommissionNo action had been taken since, prompting this legal intensification.Efforts have also been made at the European level urging the Maltese government to investigate the murder and the culture and background to Caruana Galizia’s reporting.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Thanks Adrian Delia for continuing the fight for our right to be

first_imgNationalist MEP Francis Zammit Dimech thanked PN Leader Adrian Delia, following Dr. Delia’s announcement that he would be appealing the court’s ruling on the request for the publication of the inquest on Egrant. Zammit Dimech explained how Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had gone back on his word and further explained that the Nationalist Party should take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if need be.Addressing a political activity in Msida, Zammit Dimech accused the government of hijacking the institutions. He explained how PN MEP’s were proud to serve as representatives of the people rather than representatives of those that stole from the people.Francis Zammit Dimech said that he was determined to continue serving with loyalty and working for the good of the country. Dr. Zammit Dimech spoke about his work in the European Parliament including work that led to Maltese YouTubers being paid for the videos they produce and work that led to places of work being free from cancer causing substances. Zammit Dimech also spoke about his work to guarantee the right of the people to be informed through the free press and the protection of whistle blowers.“Maltese agriculture producers are being given the fish but denied the fishing rod” – Peter AgiusPN candidate for the European Parliament Dr. Peter Agius in a Facebook post explained that after 15 years of EU membership, Malta had yet to have a single product registered for EU protection. Dr. Agius further explained that the application for production for the Maltese ġbejna had been pending for no less than 3 years. In contrast, Italy had over 300 different cheeses protected under the DOP regime.“We are importing all that is foreign in Malta but we are forgetting to export that which is Maltese beyond our shores” explained Dr. Agius. He further explained how one could only imagine the possibilities if effort was made to deservedly promote the Maltese product using all the European tools at our disposal for this purpose. Dr. Agius further explained how apart from the Maltese ġbejna there was a whole plethora of unique Maltese products that one could promote including imqaret, pastizzi, sun-dried tomatoes and pickled onions.Agius concluded by insisting that he would work to achieve results for all Maltese and Gozitans.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch Unity should remain the focal point of our movement – Muscat

first_imgPartit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat said that ‘unity should remain the focal point of the movement’ as he addressed party activists gathered outside Partit Laburista Headquarters in Ħamrun.Hours after the first indications were pronounced, Muscat spoke from the party headquarters balcony addressing those who gathered outside. The PL leader thanked those who voted the Labour party in the European Parliament and local council elections. Muscat claimed that what unites the people, is bigger than what separates them, arguing that people want unity.READ: Update: PL wins with 55% of the votes – Prime MinisterIn his speech, Muscat claimed that for the tenth time, Maltese have entrusted the Labour movement with their trust. Describing the win as historic, Muscat said that those who voted for PL have written the political history of the country, since no party had managed to achieve such results.According to Muscat, he was initially wrong when he claimed that the PL won the EP elections with 45,000 in a comment he gave to the state TV, saying that projections now show that the PL won with some 48,000 votes.Speaking about unity, Muscat reiterated that it is the party’s focal point. He urged the activists to remain grounded.READ: LIVE: Follow what’s happening inside the Counting HallREAD: Watch: ‘Our samples show less difference between PL and PN’ – ArrigoWhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

World Environment Day 2019 focuses on air pollution

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Air Pollution was the theme proposed for the United Nation’s annual reminder on the health of our planet in World Environment Day. First celebrated in 1974 to the theme “Only One Earth” WED, this year is being hosted by China.center_img A Year afterFollowing last year’s theme to clean the seas of plactic waste, The International Olympic Committee recalled the launch of that campaign and its success in generating awareness on the excessive use of plastics. The IOC recalled that since then, 11 International Sports Federations (IFs), four National Olympic Committees (NOCs), three of the IOC’s commercial partners and the Japanese town of Ichinomiya – host of the Tokyo 2020 surfing competitions – have joined the initiative. Here are some examples of how we are turning our commitments into action.Air soupIndia, a neighbour of China, is struggling with its air pollution statistics. Recent reports show that the noxious air hanging over India’s towns and cities kills more than 100,000 children under five every year, a damning study published Wednesday for World Environment Day found. India has repeatedly failed to address environmental concerns. Last year a UN report found 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities were Indian.WhatsApplast_img read more

Photos 19 tonnes of litter collected after Isle of MTV

first_imgThe Cleansing and Maintenance Division collected 19 tonnes of litter consisting of plastic cups and cans left on the ground from scores of people who attended the Isle of MTV annual concert on Tuesday.The division’s director Ramon Deguara thanked all those who cleaned the area during the night. He stated that they have managed to clean up the areas of Floriana and Valletta in just a few hours, notwithstanding the huge volume of garbage.Deguara said that the 19 tonnes collected were an absolute record for the division. 1 of 22 WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 S7 Edge and Gear VR now available in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement The Samsung Galaxy S7, one of the most anticipated devices of the year so far is now available in stores in Uganda. Samsung Uganda officially unveiled their new flagship device as well as the “revolutionary edge version” the S7 Edge this morning in partnership with Knight Frank.Speaking at the launch today, Amos Mulago, Samsung’s Country Manager said, “We are very excited to launch this phone on the Ugandan market because it is truly an exceptional device in terms of its design, functionality and cutting edge features”.Mr Mulago went on to mention some highlights including the Snapdragon 820 processor, 30% more battery life than previous version and wireless charging. – Advertisement – Amos was challenged to dip his own S7 in water, and I volunteered a bottle of water which we emptied trying to drown the phone. Fortunately it was fine, and was still working fine by the time we left.The other attraction of the launch event was the Samsung VR gear into which you can plug your phone and get a 360° view of either games or movies. The VR Gear is compatible with all high end Galaxy phones starting from the Note 4 and is expected to cost about $150.For the first 100 buyers of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the VR will be thrown in free of charge.Edwin Abaasa, Product & Training Manager Uganda said his personal favourite feature of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the “inbuilt air conditioner”.“I’m sure many of you have had the misfortune of having a device overheat as you use it, as many devices are prone to heating up. However that problem is in the past now with the Samsung Galaxy S7 which has an inbuilt air conditioner that keeps the phone cool as you use it,” he said.Knight Frank, the property managers of Acacia Mall announced a 10 day Easter Promo which will see 2 lucky winners walk away with a free Samsung Galaxy S7 and Gear.Paul Mwirigi, Head of Marketing at Knight Frank said, “We’re very excited and proud to be the mall of choice for this historic launch. Samsung is an internationally recognized brand with global appeal, it is therefore a natural fit for Acacia Mall which is Kampala’s leading lifestyle and shopping destination”.To participate in the promo, you get a raffle ticket for every UGX 70,000 you spend in the mall. There will be daily “lucky dips” and then a raffle draw on Easter Monday when the winners will be picked.The Samsung Galaxy S7 is also available for purchase at the Samsung exhibition at Acacia Mall, premium MTN and Airtel outlets and a few other select dealers. Very soon it will however be in stock in most shops that usually sell Samsung devices.We shall get our own copy of the device and write a review in due course. However at first glance, the S7 does live up to the hype, and its a device that I’m looking forward to spending time with.last_img read more

Andrew Mwenda Dragged to Court Over Defamatory Facebook Post Allegations About TVO

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan seasoned journalist and political analyst, Andrew Mwenda has been dragged to court over his allegations about the identities of people running a pseudo blog, facebook account in the names Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO).Mwenda in his January 29th facebook post named three people including Henry Lugasira (lives in Uganda), Robert Shaka (lives in Canada) and Abbey Semuwemba, who lives in UK as the people operating the account which capitalizes on criticizing the NRM government and all its structures.“I know who writes to them, who gives them info (even when given physically including location – like the Kale Kayihura tapes that leaked) and where this has happened. I also know their links with Kizza Besigye personally and elements of FDC generally,” Mwenda’s facebook post reads in part. – Advertisement – “You do not need to be a rocket scientist to establish the identity of persons behind TVO. For example, four twitter accounts were opened using one email address poliko2010@gmail.com – that of Henry Rugasira (now living in Uganda), Robert Shaka (now a dissident in the USA), Tom V Okwalinga and TVOUganda. Shaka and Rugasira are brothers,” the post further reads.Robert Shaka, one of the people named; through his lawayers of MS Odokel Opolot and company advocates has since run to court accusing Mwenda of defamation and causing malicious damage to his reputation.Mr Shaka demanded that Mwenda pulls down the Facebook post, writes an apology in a newspaper of wide circulation and pays him 300million shillings in damages as well as the lawyers’ fees, or they’d meet in court.“Without any incline of truth or justification, you maliciously, unlawfully and illegally mentioned our client’s name to be among people behind TVO. You defamed our client and in particular, you referred to him as radical extremist and demented psychopathic maniac,” read a letter from Shaka’s lawyers.They further claimed that Mwenda’s publication and description of Mr Shaka caused “public scandal, public odium, shame, contempt, hatred, mistrust and ridicule both locally and internationally,” calling for a public apology.In his response, Andrew Mwenda says Mr Shaka and his colleagues “cannot stand by who they are and defend their beliefs in their own name. So they use pseudo names on social media.”“After exposing his true identity on this page, he cannot look himself in the mirror and admit that he is TVO, the demented psychopathic maniac on Facebook. So he has run to lawyers to save him from his own shame,” Mwenda wrote on facebook.TVO’s identity remains unknown internationally and the Irish High Court on Wednesday allowed Facebook to keep his identity concealed for fear of harassment by the Ugandan government which he opposes and criticizes.last_img read more

Lightning never strikes twice does it

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’ve all heard the football cliché ‘a game of two halves’, but what happened yesterday at Stamford Bridge was, excuse the language, bloody ridiculous.It’s amazing how this game can make you look the village idiot. Having recommended the draw, at 55 minutes it looked inspired with the teams locked at 0-0 but then all hell broke loose.The loss is taken on the chin – but today I’m after some profit – after all it’s a long week ahead.If you’re a believer in lightning striking twice – then you’ll get your stake x 20 returned if Wigan can pull off another FA Cup win against Man City.They caused a shock, not quite of seismic proportions, when beating them in the final last year but certainly gave the money bags side something to think about.It looks as though normal service has been resumed for City this season though, a Carling Cup already safely locked away in the trophy room (and they beat Wigan 5-0 en route to that win) and still (mathematically) chances of the Quadruple – but looking far more like a Treble as Barcelona look to have extinguished their hopes in the Champions League after a 2-0 win at the Etihad.City travel to the Nou Camp in just three days time for the second leg but Manuel Pellegrini has rightly insisted that won’t affect his desire for a win today and avenging the defeat at Wembley last year.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Sep 2013 C One Cup Man City 5-0 WiganMay 2013 FA Cup Man City 0-1 WiganApr 2013 Premier Man City 1-0 WiganNov 2012 Premier Wigan 0-2 Man CityJan 2012 Premier Wigan 0-1 Man CitySep 2011 Premier Man City 3-0 WiganMar 2011 Premier Man City 1-0 WiganSep 2010 Premier Wigan 0-2 Man CityMar 2010 Premier Man City 3-0 WiganOct 2009 Premier Wigan 1-1 Man CityIt could easily be a hammering today – even allowing for the fact that Wigan come here on the back of four straight wins.I’m spreading some shillings on 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0 at respective odds of around 6/1, 8/1 and 9/1…… oh, that’s on City winning by the way !RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)3 points 3-0 CITY at around 6/1 with Star Sports3 points 4-0 CITY at around 8/1 with Star Sports3 points 5-0 CITY at around 9/1 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (MARCH): LOSS 9.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 30.03 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Tottenham

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]lenty of goals for Liverpool is usually the standing order for Liverpool v Spurs.Over the last four head to heads the aggregate is an astonishing:Liverpool 15 Spurs 2Liverpool are odds-on for the win but Spurs are ahead them in the table so far this season and could move into third spot with a win at Anfield tonight. It’s a big match for both sides with Champions League places the priority.Spurs also come into this on the back of gutsy 2-1 win over Arsenal in the North London derby at the weekend and boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to name an unchanged side.For Liverpool Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling are likely to be fit to start after both limped off on Saturday.Spurs have a real force now in Harry Kane who has hit the back of the net 12 times this season and 10 of those goals have come from just nine starts. On the stat you’d happily take odds-on him scoring tonight !!Liverpool v TottenhamPremier League8pm BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2014 Premier Tottenham 0-3 LiverpoolMar 2014 Premier Liverpool 4-0 TottenhamDec 2013 Premier Tottenham 0-5 LiverpoolMar 2013 Premier Liverpool 3-2 TottenhamNov 2012 Premier Tottenham 2-1 LiverpoolFeb 2012 Premier Liverpool 0-0 TottenhamSep 2011 Premier Tottenham 4-0 LiverpoolMay 2011 Premier Liverpool 0-2 TottenhamNov 2010 Premier Tottenham 2-1 LiverpoolJan 2010 Premier Liverpool 2-0 TottenhamA great result on Sunday with the draw between West Ham and Man U and the profit on the column has now soared past 100 points since the start of last year’s World Cup !!!I see no reason to switch from the draw tonight which looks a sensible call at around 11/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 11/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 112.02 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more