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SFMTA Puts Bus Reroute On Hold to Weigh Concerns

first_imgThe city’s transit authority has put a contentious reroute of the 33-Ashbury on hold after concerned riders and riders with mobility restrictions voiced concerns that the change would limit accessibility to San Francisco General Hospital.The 33 Ashbury/18th Street currently travels from the Richmond through the Haight, Castro, and inner Mission, finally turning down Potrero Avenue to the hospital. A proposed Muni Forward reroute keeps the 33 on 16th Street past Potrero to the Dogpatch, requiring riders traveling to the public hospital to transfer to the 9 San Bruno.Patients and staff at SFGH, neighbors, and advocates for seniors and people with disabilities have all voiced objections to the plan to take the 33 off Potrero.“I have transferred before, and the 9 is so crowded that when they ask people to move for a wheelchair, people get mad cause you take up a lot of space,” said transit rider Marilyn McCord, who takes the 33 to SFGH every day. “Three times I couldn’t get on. So after the third time, I said I’m never going to take the 22 and then the 9 again.” 0% Opponents of the route change have pointed out that Medi-Cal regulations require that medical services be offered within 10 miles or 30 minutes travel time from a patient’s residence. In compact San Francisco, the 10 mile stipulation presents no problem, but it can be hard for residents to reach their services in 30 minutes using public transportation. Travel times cited in a Department of Health report from 2012 indicated that the average bus trip to SFGH from the Richmond takes 63 minutes. From the Mission, that time is reduced to 31 minutes, and that is without making the proposed transfer to the 9 San Bruno.Ilyse Magy, a resident of 25th and Hampshire streets, the current terminus of the 33, said that she was torn about the rerouting.“Riding the 33, it seems like one of the most inefficient routes in the city. It does crazy loops around and seems like it takes a lot of time,” she said. But she too sees problems with the alternative. “The 9 is one of the busiest bus lines in the city and the population that needs to get to SF General isn’t necessarily going to have a smooth experience on the 9.”What’s more, critics said, a study that showed the 33 didn’t serve any particularly high concentration of low-income or minority riders didn’t take in to account the Potrero stretch, whose riders are mostly underserved riders.Transit authority spokesperson Robert Lyles said the agency had found upon conducting further research that there is a segment of the 33 that serves a high proportion of people who frequently go to the hospital, particularly the Potrero segment.“We put this project on hold so we can look at what the total options are for those who ride the 33. Without the redesign, the Dogpatch is left without service,” Lyles said. “We have to figure out how to best adjust to some of the concerns that we’ve learned, as well as how to figure out the best service for the Dogpatch community.”Under the current Muni Forward plan, the 22 line will eventually run down 16th Street and terminate at Mission Bay. Currently, it turns and serves the Dogpatch instead. The 16th Street corridor through to Mission Bay is currently served by the 55-16th Street line, which is temporary while overhead wires are installed for the 22 line. Leaving the 33 unaltered, but changing the 22 away from the Dogpatch, would leave the Dogpatch without service under the current Muni Forward plans. Rerouting the 33 would have sent it along the route left empty by the 22 reroute.“It may be that the original redesign may stay in place, we don’t know,” Lyles said. “We just have to look at as many options as possible.”Magy, who also is part of the transportation advocacy group San Francisco Transit Riders, said the Riders have no official stance but encourage the transit authority to consider residents’ concerns.“We absolutely support them taking the time to fully take into account public opinion,” she said. “The 33 really is essential to a lot of communities. We’re excited that they’re stopping to take that into account.”Lyles added that any future revisions to the plan would come with an opportunity for riders to weigh in.“Anytime we make changes to a route, remove bus stops, add bus stops they go before our board, the board will vote on the information as it is presented to them,” he said. “Part of anything we present to the board is also open to public comment, so there is a considerable process.”The 33 reroute opponents have also made a video sharing their concerns: Fran Taylor, a reader and community organizer who opposes the 33 re-route, contributed research to this story. Tags: muni • SF General Hospital • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Mission Studio Becomes A Call Center for Clinton

first_img Tags: election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% With presidential candidate Hillary Clinton almost certain of victory in California – out-polling Donald J. Trump by about 20 percentage points – Democrats in San Francisco’s Mission District may find themselves wondering how they can actually support their candidate. Debra Walker wants them to pick up the phone and call Nevada.“Trump needs to win in Nevada, so if we can beat him there, it’s done.” said Walker.Walker is an artist and a phone bank captain with the Hillary Clinton Campaign. From her studio on the corner of Mariposa and Alabama streets, Walker’s volunteers make weekly calls as part of Clinton’s get-out-the-vote effort. A life-size, cardboard cutout of Hillary Clinton watches over the volunteers who are responsible for reaching the roughly half-million Democrats in Northern Nevada.Nevada is up for grabs in this year’s election, but Walker says that Democrats in Northern Nevada are not a sure thing for Clinton.center_img “I am tentatively hopeful,” said Walker on a recent Thursday evening as some 20 volunteers worked the phones. “The only way we win is to keep going full-on until the end.”At first glance, Clinton’s road to victory in Nevada might seem assured. According to campaign finance data from the Federal Elections Commission, as of September, Clinton has raised about $1.6 Million in Nevada, twice as much as Trump’s $834,000.But, Clinton’s fundraising lead hasn’t helped in the polls. The candidates have been up and down in Nevada, with Trump leading Clinton by a few points in July, Clinton leading Trump in August, and swings back and forth in September polls.There’s no clear advantage, so Walker needs to reach every Democrat in Nevada, and that means mending the fence with Bernie Sanders supporters.“We need the Bernie supporters,” says Walker. “They’ve brought a lot of hope and excitement back into the party.”One of those Bernie supporters is Ruth Lym. At 70 years old, Lym is one of the more seasoned volunteers, but age is of no consequence at the phone bank, where volunteers in their twenties and thirties work side by side with retirees.Ruth Lym trains a new volunteer at the Clinton/Kaine phone bank in the Mission. Photo by Alan TothLym started making calls for the Clinton campaign shortly after the primary. Clinton is a bit too centrist for Lym’s taste, but she was turned off by the “Bernie-or-Bust” contingent of the Sanders camp.“Where are their brains?” said Lym. “Some of them are very young. They don’t remember Nader,” she said, referring to the Green Party candidate in the 2000 election, who cost Democrat Al Gore critical votes.Lym’s anxiety about a progressive third-party candidate siphoning away Democratic votes led her to the phone bank. She finds it difficult to deal with some of the comments she hears from many voters in Nevada who may not be pro-Trump, but are definitely anti-Clinton.One voter in Nevada told Lym that Clinton was a crook, and that the only women who go down in history are criminals. Because of Lym’s frustration with these calls, she prefers to train new callers, rather than make the calls herself.Claire Kim knows this frustration well. Kim, 26, has previous campaign experience working for the Elizabeth Warren for Senate and Ann Kuster for Congress campaigns. When she worked phones on those campaigns, most people were hostile. This campaign is a bit different though. Most of the Democrats she speaks to Nevada are not hostile, they’re just opposed to both presidential candidates.“If I get one good conversation – convince one person to go to the polls, then it’s a good night,” said Kim.Claire Kim working at the Clinton/Kaine phone bank in the Mission. Photo by Alan TothDespite the challenges, most of the volunteers at the phone bank said that they felt obliged to do something more to help the Clinton campaign.“I feel helpless in California, because I know my vote doesn’t really make that big a difference,”said Krista Bangsund.Bangsund, like many other volunteers at the phone bank, joined the effort based on a commitment to social justice. Many other volunteers referenced their worries about Supreme Court justices, or immigration issues. The unifying factor shared by all the volunteers is anxiety over the possibility of a Trump presidency.This party unification based on anxiety is new for Walker – who previously volunteered with both the Clinton and Obama campaigns in 2008. She said that the major difference between that election and this one is that the 2008 campaign was all about hope. This election is all about overcoming apathy.Many voters in Nevada are so frustrated with both parties, that they vowed never to vote again.“I had two men cry when they were speaking with me,” said Walker, “because they were so passionate about government and how it’s gone wrong.”An earlier version of this story misidentified the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee as John Kerry, not Al Gore.  last_img read more

Forgotten US Army Veteran Finds Sanctuary on San Francisco Street

first_imgHoward, his face gaunt, his voice clear, said the lack of support he received from the city after his release from the hospital made him feel “kicked to the curb.”“No one had time to see me – everybody was busy or wasn’t in,” said Howard, who often covers his mouth as he talks – a habit that became ingrained when he lost some teeth. “I got totally disappointed.”His luck, however, was in setting up where the taxi had dropped him off – near St. Charles Borromeo Parish at 713 South Van Ness Ave. On that first night, he said, “I laid in a box house I built out of cardboard.”The next morning, he met Father John Jimenez, the pastor of St. Charles. Father John beckoned to Howard, then set up across the street at the school, to move his camp to the sidewalk alongside the parish’s walls.He gave him a tent and told Howard he would be more comfortable there. Since then, Howard has been living in in the shadows of the parish. He he feels safe there.“We allow him to camp here because it’s kind of a situation where the city can’t offer him anything better,” said Jimenez. “He doesn’t get bothered by anybody here.”Howard says that Jimenez provides him with clothing, food, and candles when he needs them. Howard uses the church’s restroom to clean up, but says he limits his time inside the church. “It would be a conflict for the church members,” he said.As it turns out, Howard is also a man of the ministry. Howard found God during his service and became a chaplain’s assistant. That however, failed to protect him from his own demons.He is one of some 215 chronically homeless veterans. Although President Obama pledged to end veteran homelessness by 2015 and increased resources and housing vouchers, some, like Howard, remain on the streets. A 2016 study published by the Department of Veteran Affairs placed the veteran suicide rate at 20 per day in 2014.Photo by Lola M. Chavez“The veteran [homeless] community has more access now to resources than non-veteran [homeless] community,” said Kevin Miller, a spokesperson for Swords to Plowshares, a low-barrier city agency that offers wrap-around services dedicated to housing veterans.Still, while one in three homeless veterans in San Francisco is eligible for the federal vouchers, finding landlords willing to accept them is difficult, Miller says.“We have to find landlords doing it out of the goodness of their hearts, because rent in San Francisco is through the roof,” said Miller. “The vouchers are significantly lower than what they could be getting on the open market.”Failure to ConnectOthers, like Howard, who have suffered trauma in combat or on the streets, are prone to substance abuse and mental illness, and resist services for varying reasons.Amos Gregory, a Mission resident, U.S. Navy veteran, and activist working to end veteran homelessness in San Francisco, explained that having served in the military is a “very unique experience shared by a few.”Many veterans, particularly those who have experienced homelessness for extended periods of time, he said, tend to isolate because of trauma or shame. “To have people out there that actually understand how to find them, connect with them, take the time to gain their trust, and also have the connection to their proper resources is crucial,” said Gregory. In San Francisco, he claims, “that system is broken.”Jake Martin, director of the San Francisco VA Comprehensive Homeless Center, agrees that outreach must be consistent, especially among chronically homeless veterans.“It can take me a year to engage with someone to make them feel like they are okay and safe with me and we can eventually move them into an apartment,” said Martin. “You can’t stop engaging with people.”For the past year, Gregory said he has stepped in to do the work that he says city agencies have failed to do – getting Howard setup for transitioning off the streets and into housing.“He needs a case manager – I’m practically doing that but it’s not my job,” said Gregory, who last week took Howard to sort out his food stamps and helped him to get “his phone up and running.”“You can only get failed so many times by the system before folks give up,” he said. “All these things could be resolved if he had quality case management, someone who cares about him.”Howard said he hasn’t seen his case manager in over seven months.“Nobody comes here, that’s what I don’t understand. I’m right around the corner from the Shotwell [encampment],” he said, referring to a sprawling homeless encampment that occupied a stretch of Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets, and was recently dismantled by the city. The encampment’s residents were moved to shelters – but Howard’s tent, just around the corner, remained.Kicked to the CurbTo draw attention to Howard’s case and to push the issue of veteran homelessness onto the agenda of city leaders, Gregory even camped outside of City Hall.Still, the public shaming failed to result in housing for Howard. Gregory said that after he posted a picture of Howard’s tent online, outreach workers from Swords to Plowshares made contact with Howard. But when he missed two appointments with the organization in August and in October – because he was unable to leave his tent behind for fear of being robbed, he said– the engagement stopped.“Amos is immobile. He can’t leave his belongings for more than 30 minutes or [they are] gone. That’s everything he has,” said Gregory. “So they left a couple of cards there, and just checked him off the list.”Miller, from Plowshares, said that Howard’s case was documented in their system. Both times the organization attempted an intake with Howard, he was a no-show, said Miller.He explained that the organization has a robust outreach program that partners with other city agencies, such as the Homeless Outreach Team and BART to comb neighborhoods for veterans. Once identified, veterans are offered emergency shelter and are later connected to housing, either within the agency’s supportive housing units or through landlords signed up with a federal voucher program known as HUD-VASH.Photo by Lola M. Chavez“We have a fairly low turnover rate under supportive housing,” said Miller referring to the few vacancies.Following Mission Local inquiries, Howard was transported to the organization on Tuesday for another intake. There, he was told that he is on the priority list for housing with the vouchers issued by Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, and is now awaiting approval of his application to meet with a housing specialist.He was offered emergency shelter and a spot at the city’s Navigation Center, and has previously turned down offers for temporary housing, said Miller.Howard acknowledges that he has his own expectations of what his housing should look like.“I want a one-bedroom apartment,” said Howard and, referring to the single room occupancy hotel where he once lived, adds, “I never want to go back to an SRO.”Before becoming homeless, Howard was living in the Mission Hotel, but an eviction put him out on the streets and he was glad for it.“I did not go to court, I did not fight it, I did not want to fight it,” he said, adding that his experience living in the hotel had “burned” him. “In the SROS we have mixed people and their emotions, most of them are unstable. I really wanted to get out of there.”On the streets, Howard also does not do well living with others. He said he’s been ostracized from the Shotwell Street encampment.“I find that being with others, it’s a problem,” he said, adding encampments have “too many people around [that] do nothing but wander from one tent to another. I don’t like all that socializing.”Depending on Howard’s assessment, he could be placed in supportive housing or he will have to find a landlord willing to accept his voucher.Howard is hopeful, but acknowledges that he has grown bitter about being stuck in limbo, and disillusioned by those tasked to help him.“As a vet here the city has done zero for me. It’s pathetic that I had to be out here on the streets as a vet for a year with two casts,” he said. “They knew I was here the whole time. Nobody came by…nobody but the priest.”See the video of Amos Howard talking about his experience here. 0% When Amos Howard left the hospital after an overnight stay, a taxi dropped him off at the corner of 18th and Shotwell streets.Howard remembers heavy rains on that day – his forearms were locked in fresh casts and, already homeless for a year and a half, the 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran had nowhere to go.“They didn’t give me a voucher to go to a hotel or anything, so I said, ‘I guess this is the safest place,’” said Howard, who had ended up in the hospital after someone stole the money he had made recycling cans, beat him up and left him with two broken wrists.That was a year ago. Howard is still on the streets and the story of the last year is filled with failed attempts to reach out to him, some miraculous chance encounters, and a refuge of sorts.center_img Tags: camp • City Hall • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Evergreen Garden – Vietnamese old faithful

first_imgAnother huge portion, so again, about 95% of that came home with us.The BF totally won in the ordering department this night. Evergreen has a Thai food section and a Chinese food section on their menu, which always makes me nervous. How can they do them all well? He ordered Thai garlic noodles, and they were nothing like the Vietnamese garlic noodles we love.Garlic noodles with bbq pork. I had been looking at the sampler – brisket, flank, tendon and tripe – but I hesitated for a split second and the waiter suggested just the rare beef. Which was more than fine. It came with the usual accompaniments – basil, mint, sprouts, and jalapenos – and the broth was really delicious and warming. It wasn’t too 5-spicy, but had a really good depth of flavor, and there was just enough beef. It was way too much food after the crepe – 99% of the phở came home with us, providing us each a bowl for dinner the next night. Phở is one of those gifts that keeps on giving!On our second visit, we shared shrimp spring rolls, or gỏi cuốn, which were nicely fresh and crunchy, with the usual peanut sauce.Shrimp rolls. I had another bowl of soup. I don’t know enough about phở to know the difference, but this particular soup was listed under the Noodle Soup section, as opposed to the phở section.Spicy lemon grass and beef noodle soup. 0% An exceptionally delicious version! I think this is the first time I’ve actually been able to taste coconut milk in the batter. The crepe itself is a nice combo of a shatteringly crispy exterior enveloping a creamy inside. It’s a light dish, filled with sprouts, slices of pork and shrimp, and served with a plethora of herbs and lettuce leaves for wrapping, and nước chấm – that heavenly fish saucy/sweet and tangy sauce for dipping. It’s a messy dish that leaves your hands and face all sticky (or is that just me?) but beaming with pleasure. And it’s deceptively filling; the BF ate maybe a quarter of this and the rest was all mine.For his main, the BF thought he’d ordered his favorite Vietnamese dish, bún thịt nướng chả giò, but apparently he’d forgotten the chả giò part.Bun thit. Bahn xeo. Evergreen Garden Restaurant3100 18th St. (and Harrison)San Francisco, CA 94110Phone: (415) 621-8531 These were fantastic! The dish came with the luscious bbq’d pork. The noodles were slightly crispy and full of that deliciously indescribable wok hei headiness. I would definitely order this again; in fact, I kept eating off the BF’s plate, which is really why most of my soup came home with us, but also, unfortunately, my main dish just wasn’t as good.Lemon grass beef.Lemongrass beef. I don’t know why I went with two lemongrass dishes, but it didn’t matter since the lemongrass flavor in my beef was very faint, and I didn’t realize it came with a giant mound of rice, which I just wasn’t in the mood for. The beef was rather tough too.A shame to end my night this way, but we’d had enough great items to ensure we’ll be back. I love that we tried an old Vietnamese restaurant right under our noses that actually turned out to be our new favorite. The current owner told me he has owned the restaurant for eight years now, but Evergreen Garden has sat in this location, as a Vietnamese restaurant under different ownership, for 20+ years. I also understand they’re popular at lunch, as people like to sit on the outside patio on a nice day. In fact, the BF told me he used to frequent Evergreen back in the late 80s when he was working nearby, as it was always reliable and cheap. It’s a no-frills kind of place, but who needs frills if your food is good?On our first visit together, I ordered a favorite dish, bánh xèo to share. Cold vermicelli noodles with grilled pork, pickled daikon & carrots, and peanuts, also served with nước chấm sauce. But no crispy Imperial rolls on top! He asked the waiter to add one to the dish (who eats just one Imperial roll??) and they fried it up for him. The pork was incredibly flavorful, with a perfect char, and not dry in the least, as some we’ve had. The Imperial roll was crispy and greaseless.I was craving soup, so I ordered the phở táii.Pho tai. I’ve driven by Evergreen for many years and never stopped in. The outside almost looks like someone’s low-slung house, maybe a house that hasn’t been looked after all that well. The neighborhood has picked up a lot in recent years, with the addition of businesses like Mission Cliffs and Heath Ceramics, techy firms, as well as old theater crowds from the Theater Yugen at Noh Space complex. It isn’t fancy, but it seems to be a go-to for people in the neighborhood. I ordered the spicy lemongrass beef, and really, the only difference I could tell was that the broth was a different flavor, and was described thusly: “Bun Bo Hue – vermicelli noodle in spicy lemongrass soup served with beef slices, fresh basil lemon & bean sprouts.” It was all that and more, although not super spicy. It looked like this when all the accoutrements were added:Lemongrass beef noodle. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

THE U16s went one better than their younger counte

first_imgTHE U16s went one better than their younger counterparts with a nine try 48-18 demolition of the Bulls in the second game at Odsal on Saturday.As in the earlier game Coach Eric Frodsham had shuffled his playing staff around giving starts to many of the usual bench personnel.As earlier it too made not a ha’porth of difference as the Saints showed their hosts the way to go.Again the game was over at the break with the Saints already 16 points to the good.A further 20 points in the second half merely cemented the Saints dominance.Led around the park by the half back pairing of Dan Abram and Dave Hewitt the Bulls had no answer to the Saints power and pace.Match Summary:Bulls:Tries: Dom Raper, Jacob Farrell, Brad Peel .Goals: Zak Thompson 3.St Helens:Tries: Dan Abram 2, Adam Saunders 2, Jordan Wakefield, Joe Ryan, Will Weir, David Hewitt, Matthew Whitley.Goals: David Hewitt 6.Half Time: 28-12Full Time: 48-18Teams:Bulls:1. Jarrod Simpson; 2. Ethan Ryan, 3. Zak Thompson, 4. Jacob Farrell, 5. Brad Peel; 6. Nick Gomersall, 7. Josh Greenwood-MacDonald; 8. Liam Whiting, 9. Dom Raper, 14. Josh Lawless, 11. Aaron Levy, 12. Chris Watson, 13. Jacob Brown. Subs: 15. Josh Dickinson, 16. Callam Morris, 17. Connor Dunbar, 21. Joe Lumb, 24. Chester Butler.Saints:1. Raith Stringer; 2. Scott Harrison, 3. Jordan Wakefield, 4. Will Weir, 5. Adam Saunders; 6. David Hewitt, 7. Dan Abram; 8. Robbie Hand, 9. Josh Crehan, 10. Tom Calland, 11. Scott Oakes, 12. Connor Smith, 13. Joe Ryan. Subs: 14. Tom Davies, 15. Matthew Whitley, 16. Olly Davies, 17. Rob Hamon, 20. Dec Flannery.last_img read more

THE first round of the consultation process on the

first_imgTHE first round of the consultation process on the RFL’s Policy Review has been completed this week, with RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood providing updates at meetings of the Super League and Championships clubs and the Community Board.The RFL is taking a ‘whole game’ approach to the Policy Review which will conclude with the implementation of a long-term strategic plan that ensures the growth and good health of Rugby League at all levels.The Policy Review includes a number of options for league structures, with the aim of delivering the most compelling and sustainable competition framework for the whole sport. They include innovative new thinking about how to approach the restoration of promotion and relegation, within a framework of minimum facility and financial sustainability standards.Wood said: “It was really important that we consulted directly with all parts of the game first as part of the Policy Review process. The interest already shown in these ideas has been very encouraging and I believe these new proposals will produce positive change and innovation across the whole sport.“I do believe that we need to create a pathway into Super League but it is essential that we are mindful of the challenges that a straight re-introduction of promotion and relegation between part-time and full-time leagues would create.“Whilst there is a recognition that the time is right for change, we fully understand the need to avoid destabilising the excellent progress that has been made in recent years.“Consequently, addressing sustainable opportunities for clubs to progress has been at the forefront of our thinking and the reason why we have included a bold new approach to league structures within the Policy Review.“There are a number of key principles that underpin the Policy Review and these include the ‘whole sport’ approach to the process; a proportional distribution of income across the sport; the continued geographic expansion of the game; a fresh approach to the talent development system; and a lighter touch regulatory environment, while maintaining minimum facility and financial sustainability standards.“Inevitably much of the focus will centre around league structures but there will also be important initiatives in the areas of player production and community Rugby League. There is also a clear intention to have a more open sport with increased freedom of movement for players and clubs across all levels.“I think it is important to find the best possible contests taking place at all levels which will both assist the development and retention of talent at club level and benefit our international competitiveness.“We cannot, and should not seek to engineer outcomes other than to provide an environment that allows well-run clubs the best chance of flourishing.”In drawing up the proposals, Wood and the RFL Executive have gained additional insight from commissioned research by sports industry financial experts KPMG, who have assessed the likely impact of how different league structure models operate across a range of sporting environments.The RFL will now undertake further consultation, which will see the game as a whole debating the options and agreeing the way forward.Wood added: “The process so far has been very encouraging and the positive approach being taken is a demonstration of how Rugby League has always looked to innovate and develop throughout its history. I look forward to further detailed discussions with people across the game as we finalise our proposals in the weeks ahead.”The consultation process is expected to continue throughout the summer with any recommendations being voted upon later in the year. Any changes to league structure or licensing can only be implemented after the 2014 season following the expiry of the current licence terms.The RFL had always promised to review the licensing system after two terms.The Policy Review delivers on this commitment as part of a wider look across RFL policies on competition structures and game integration, Super League licensing and promotion/relegation, club sustainability and the appropriate level of RFL support for clubs, youth development and player production systems and Expansion of the sport and the RFL’s responsibility for European development.The proposals put before the meetings of Super League and Championships clubs and the Community Board include a series of options for competition structure from the 2015 season onwards as follows:Option 1: Super League reverts to a 12-team competition and a 10- or 12-team Championship with one club promoted/relegated between the two divisions each year;Option 2: A two-division Super League with each division comprising 10 teams;Option 3: A 12-team Tier One competition and 12-team Tier Two competition that splits into three groups of eight in mid-season.Option 3 would see the 12 teams in each tier play each other once (11 fixtures – comprising 5 home matches per club plus a Magic round) before splitting: the first eight-team division would comprise the top eight clubs from Tier One; the second eight would be drawn from the bottom four in Tier One and the top four in Tier Two; and the third eight from the bottom eight in Tier Two. The clubs in each group would play each other home and away (14 fixtures).Each of the three groups would conclude with a play-offs and climax in a Grand Final/play-off final with final standings at the end of the regular season determining the make-up of Tiers One and Two the following seasonlast_img read more

JACK Ashworth is the latest Academy youngster to p

first_imgJACK Ashworth is the latest Academy youngster to pledge their future to the Club.The 19-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Saints.Jack represented Oldham St Anne’s and also played for Littleborough ARLFC at junior level before making his senior debut with Rochdale Cobras.He was a product of Rochdale’s Service Area Programme and spent time at the Warrington Wolves before injury curtailed his scholarship.The second row centre then began to train with Saints Under 19s as part of the Club’s partnership with Rochdale.In 2013, he became an integral part of the squad with several impressive performances in the back row and at centre.And now he has become a full time professional.Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor said: “Jack has worked really hard since he has been at the club and we have high hopes for him.“He is a big, tough and mobile player who is skillful too.“Jack was at Rochdale and they recommended him to us. He has worked really hard and once he got into our 19s he never came back out.“From where he started from he has done really well and it is a great achievement.“This is where the partnership and dual registration works in ‘reverse’ for us. We probably wouldn’t have known about Jack if it didn’t exist and now we all hope he can go on and have a long career at Saints.”last_img read more

THE Dacia World Club Series Forum has SOLD OUTLan

first_imgTHE Dacia World Club Series Forum has SOLD OUT.Langtree Park will host the special World Club Series forum featuring stars from both Saints and the Sydney Roosters.On Wednesday February 17, Lama Tasi and Sean Long will join three Roosters players as well as Adrian Morley, Tommy Martyn and Kel Coslett in a night dedicated to our great game.The night will start at 8pm and will be split into two halves.Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints head to the south of France to do battle with Catalans Dragons later this week and we will be hoping to maintain our 100% start to the season.Fages was forced off after 20 minutes in the win over Hull KR last weekend whilst Roby missed out with a small niggling injury. Walmsley and Taia were all forced to withdraw late on because their partners gave birth whilst Percival was ill in the week.And Holbrook spoke exclusively to Saints TV to provide an injury update ahead of the clash with Catalan on Saturday, (kick off 5pm UK time) as well as reveal that Danny Richardson will get his chance.“Theo will struggle unfortunately. He has tore his oblique. He is a tough little character as we all know so when he had to come off the field I knew it was worse than it looked. He will miss a couple of games,” he revealed.“That will probably give Danny Richardson an opportunity who has been playing well at Leigh so he will come into the side.”Holbrook also admitted he is hoping James Roby will be fit to return and is confident Alex Walmsley, Mark Percival and Zeb Taia will all be fit for the trip to Catalan when we name our 19 man squad on Thursday.“Hopefully Robes will be right and Big Al, Percy and Zeb will all be right to go. It is going to be a really tough game over there and we know what to expect, so we will be ready for it.”last_img read more

Numbers to call to report power outages

first_img Three utility companies provide electricity to residents in the Cape Fear. The following numbers reflect outages as of Monday at 10 a.m.Duke Energy’s website reports the following:Bladen – 8,792Brunswick – 14,848Columbus – 12,449Duplin – 11,124New Hanover – 79,398Onslow – 16,208Pender – 13,560Duke Energy customers should call 800-419-6356 to report outages. You can also report outages online.According to the Four County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) website, only 30 percent of their customers have power. The heaviest outages are in Pender and Duplin counties. Outages in their coverage area include:Bladen – 5,561Columbus – 706Duplin – 5,456Onslow – 96Pender – 7,636Sampson – 3,426Four County EMC customers can call 888-368-7289 to report an outage. You can also report outages on the company’s Outage Map or Four County EMC’s mobile app.Related Article: County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursementBrunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) reports significant outages in Brunswick and Columbus Counties. The outages for their area include:Brunswick – 16,199Columbus – 2,110Bladen – 17Robeson – 69BEMC customers can report outages by calling 1-800-682-5309. You can also report outages online. File Photo WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Utility workers are trying to restore power after Hurricane Florence knocked out power to thousands of residents in southeastern North Carolina. Crews are having to navigate around roads that are closed due to fallen trees and flooding.According to the Associated Press, Florence has left about 500,000 customers without power, most of them in North Carolina. About 467,000 customers were without service in North Carolina, including the Wilmington area, which is surrounded by floodwaters and has been cut off, the AP reports.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Join WWAY for annual OneDay Blitz to help restock Salvation Armys food

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — How does a dozen free fresh Krispy Kreme glazed donuts sound? It’s that time of year again for the WWAY’s One-Day Blitz.WWAY is partnering with the Salvation Army to restock their food pantry again.- Advertisement – If you donate five non-perishable food items to help families in need you get a coupon for a free dozen glazed doughnuts.Last year we broke a record with more than 33,000 pounds of food.This year, we want to break that record!Related Article: Got insurance questions? Get them answered FridayYou can bring your donated food items to the Krispy Kreme on South College Road in Wilmington, Thursday November 1 any time of day.last_img read more

Another telecom operator in Uganda rocked by shareholder rows

first_imgAdvertisement Mr. Philippe Luxcey speaking at Orange Expo 2012 in Kampala. Photo by Albert MucunguziOrange Uganda is reportedly going through a nail-biting period amid claims that shareholders are divided over the future of the company.A local investigative website, The Investigator, reported this week that Orange has been  in the process of raising its share capital by more than a thousand fold to help clear a substantial bank loan and fund its 2013 liquidity needs and repay overdrafts amounting to Shs38Bn among others. Such, according to the report, is on the backdrop of a period of losses posted by the company over the recent years.A Board of Directors resolution passed at its February 25, 2013 extraordinary meeting reportedly resolved that an extraordinary meeting sits urgently, to consider raising the share capital from Shs2.9bn to Shs262bn. This was intended to be achieved by creating twenty six million shares of Shs10 each, the report indicates. – Advertisement – But, Hits Telecom, Orange’s  minority shareholder,  instead rubbishes such rescue moves by claiming Orange has been mismanaged beyond repair.Hits Telecom’s lawyers Byenkya, Kihika and Company Advocates have now filed a case at the Commercial section of the High Court, instead demanding that Orange’s majority shareholder Atlas Belgium Services and its appointed directors Daniel Delestre, Gerard Ries, Bruno Bourgin, Michel Berre, Oliver Froissart, Philippe Luxcey be held responsible for running down the Telecom company.“Hits Telecom shall aver that as a result of Delestre, Gerard, Bourgin, Berre, Froissart, Philippe’s mismanagement and non-compliance to procurement ethics, Orange has been run in unprofitable manner and therefore a wrong has been done to Orange,” Court documents argue.Hits also faults ASB for using its majority shareholding and it’s appointed directors, to award fat contracts to its affiliates, without declaring a conflict of interest, which Hits argues, amounted to a breach of duty of directors to act in good faith.An Orange representative told PC Tech Magazine that the company is aware of such reports coming up in the media, indicated that the company won’t be able to comment at this time as the matter is already in court.Orange Uganda this year launched Orange Money, becoming the fifth operator in the country to commission mobile money services. While the company has struggled to get a foothold of the subscriber base in the country, Orange has performed relatively well in the data market.But the market conditions in the country have been reasonably harsh, with one operator, Warid Telecom, agreeing a takeover deal by Bharti’s Airtel Uganda last month. While tens of licenses have been issued by the regulator, only 7 operators have managed to set up operations.With further rumors of market leader, MTN Uganda considering the takeover of Uganda Telecom, another operator, analysts predict the market may have been too crowded.last_img read more

Meet the Social Media Car that runs on tweets Facebook likes and

first_imgAdvertisement It starts with a social media update, and this sends a signal into the little box in the car that lets it know that it has social fuel and can start running. This is the Social Media Car that has been built by A group of students from Kansas City.The social media-powered car is Minddrive’s brainchild, a Kansas City non-profit which uses experiential learning with at-risk teens. These students re-built a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and converted it into an electric car. – Advertisement – They replaced the original Volkswagen engine with a lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor. Following this, they installed a tablet PC into the circuitry of the car, which monitors the social watts derived from Minddrive’s social media accounts including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and accordingly controls the power flow.social media interactions like hashtagging ‘MindDrive’ on Twitter, liking MindDrive’s Facebook page or posts and commenting on their Instagram photos powers the car. A new Twitter follower brings five watts, liking something on Facebook adds 1 watt.The team is planning to test it out themselves by road tripping from Kansas City to Washington, DC.Credit:  IBN Livelast_img read more

Rapid mobile adoption paving way for cloud in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement A survey conducted by IDG Connect on behalf of SAP Africa has highlighted the fantastic opportunity open to cloud service providers (CSPs) as a result of Africa’s rapid adoption of mobile network technology.This survey, entitled Africa Set for Cloud Market Expansion, sets out the possibility for new revenue streams and business that will be accessible to CSPs that are targeting large enterprise customers during 2014 and 2015.Organisations within South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria appear poised to increase their spending on cloud hosted infrastructure (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) within 2014-2015 and beyond. – Advertisement – According to the survey, the majority of organisations within South Africa, Algeria, Kenya, Morocco, and Nigeria have moved some virtual workloads, applications or services into cloud hosted IaaS, PaaS or SaaS environments, or have started preparing to do so.[related-posts]“There is however, a sizeable minority that has yet to formulate a cloud migration strategy on any meaningful scale,” said Chris Willcocks, director: Cloud and Line of Business at SAP AfricaSouth Africa and Nigeria appear furthest advanced in current adoption, with 30% and 35% of respondents saying they have already made significant progress with cloud implementation strategies, though respondents from these two countries also recorded the lowest number of organisations to have undertaken little or no activity (27% and 24%).At the other end of the cloud adoption spectrum, Kenya experiencing the highest percentage (42%) of respondents whose employers had undertaken little or no activity in terms of cloud migration, substantially higher than the average across all five countries (30%).Currently, fixed telecommunications infrastructure problems relating to the availability, reliability and security of wide area network and broadband links may be partly responsible for the relatively slow take up of cloud within Africa to date.“Although the survey results paint a mixed picture for cloud service adoption in Africa, it does serve to illustrate the extent of the commercial opportunity for CSPs in this territory,” Willcocks said in conclusion.Source: itweblast_img read more

Double Amputee Becomes The First Person With Two MindControlled Robotic Arms

first_imgAdvertisement After losing both his arms in an electric accident 40 years ago, Les Baugh has become the first man to wear and control two robotic limbs simply by thinking about them.Baugh visited  Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in June for two weeks as part of the company’s research to improve its modular prosthetic limbs (MPL). But before he could actually wear the contraption, he needed to undergo a unique kind of surgery, called targeted muscle innervation.The procedure is relatively new, and it “reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand.” This would allow Baugh to control his new limbs just by thinking about the action he wants them to perform. – Advertisement – According to the APL, Baugh was fitted with custom sockets for his shoulders and torso so he could support the arms. After plenty of tests, Baugh was ready to use the finished product: “I just went into a whole different world,” he told the APL.See the video below for details.Credit: BIlast_img read more

Should your NGO be developing a mobile gaming app

first_imgA person playing Candy Crush Saga on a tablet. Image Credit: The Next Web Advertisement Candy Crush Saga, an online puzzle game that challenges the user to match similar candies, has more than 75 million likes on Facebook and at least half a billion downloads on Google Play. Cross-platform availability, “freemium” pricing strategy, continuous levels, and the online game’s casual yet stimulating design is what has contributed to its worldwide appeal.Candy Crush Saga has more than 75 million likes on Facebook and at least half a billion downloads on Google Play. Image Credit: MashableNow, it appears charities looking to raise brand awareness or capture a wider audience are taking notes. After all, the world of mobile gaming has started to catch on in the humanitarian and development industries.Browse through the Apple Store and you’ll stumble upon a number of socially minded games made by or for nongovernmental organizations and foundations. There’s an app to save rhinos made by Swedish digital agency Hello There for the Perfect World Foundation, Sustainaville which works much like Farmville by Save the Children International, and Canadian-based startup Decode Global’s Get Water! in partnership with Charity:Water.Sustainaville gives players the unique opportunity to confront challenges similar to those faced by aid workers and the communities they help in the real world every day. Image Credit: hands-on.gamevice – Advertisement – [Devex]last_img read more

Wolves v Crawley

first_imgWolves v CrawleyLeague OneSky Sports 1 7.45pmSKY CAMERAS AT MOLYNEUXI had to do a double take when I saw the live Sky fixture tonight. Wolves v Crawley.My first thought was it must be a cup tie – but it then dawned on just how far Wolves have fallen in the footballing pyramid.The club still receive parachute payments from the FA and are a short price to win League One ahead of Peterborough and Brentford.There might be many more empty seats at Molyneux these days but the club have made a bright start to their new season with 7 points from the first three games and a win for Kenny Jackett’s men see them sitting pretty at the top of the table – for 24 hours at least. Jackett said “It is an opportunity (to go top) and it will be great to play under the lights and in front of the cameras.”“We have to take the responsibility for our performance. If we can put a good performance on, an attacking one, then our fans, we think, will follow and back us and generate the type of atmosphere that any side would want at home.”They should get the win too. Mainly because Crawley’s away form is so poor.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win WOLVES to beat CRAWLEY(-10 points Wednesday)last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Wolves v Leeds United

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Special Gone !!! All the headlines are on Jose Mourin-go but the real football story of the day is Wolves v Leeds in the Championship tonight!I jest (a little) – some of the recent head to heads between these two look like a string of binary code 0-0-1-1-1-0-0-1-1-0-1-0 so I’m not sure what happened last time when Wolves beat Leeds 4-3. Scenes !!Both teams are failing to sparkle this season in mid-table mediocrity. Wolves doing marginally better but their recent form is pretty awful – just two wins from their last 10 games and both of those wins came away from Molineux.Leeds have won three times on the road this season and are playing better form under Steve Evans.Kenny Jackett is expected to name an unchanged Wolves squad from the one that drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.Leeds welcome back captain Sol Bamba after a toe injury but Scott Wootton is set to come in at right-back for Gaetano Berardi who could be out for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury.Wolves v Leeds UnitedChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 4-3 LeedsOct 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-2 WolvesFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 2-2 LeedsAug 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-0 WolvesFeb 2007 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-0 LeedsSep 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 0-1 WolvesDec 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 1-0 LeedsAug 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-0 WolvesApr 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 1-1 WolvesAug 2004 CHAMPIONSHIP Wolves 0-0 LeedsGoing to take Wolves to edge it at around evens with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK WOLVES for 8 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 113.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v West Ham

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hose who backed, or even just watched, West Ham’s sorry exit from the Europa League at the hands of Astra Giurgiu will hardly be in a rush to support them getting anything from their trip to the Etihad this afternoon.West Ham were truly shocking and their long injury list really showed. A ray of the light for them today with the news that Mark Noble is fit again and is in the starting XI.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: “We are all disappointed because it was a big blow [going out of Europe].“But we have to pick ourselves up and show character and quality. It wasn’t very likely for us to win there last season as Manchester City had started great with five wins, 15 points and no goals conceded.“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it again this season.”The only statistic that may give Hammers fans hope is that Man City have only won just one of their last four meetings and this fixture ended 2-2 last season.Plenty of goals have very much been a feature of these two sides recent parings.Man City v West HamPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-2 Man CitySep 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 1-2 West HamApr 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 2-0 West HamOct 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-1 Man CityMay 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 2-0 West HamJan 2014 CAPITAL ONE CUP West Ham 0-3 Man CityJan 2014 CAPITAL ONE CUP Man City 6-0 West HamOct 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 Man CityApr 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Man City 2-1 West HamNov 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-0 Man CitySTARTING XIMan City13 Caballero5 Zabaleta30 Otamendi24 Stones22 Clichy17 De Bruyne25 Fernandinho21 Silva9 Nolito10 Agüero7 SterlingWest Ham13 Adrián2 Reid19 Collins21 Ogbonna26 Masuaku8 Kouyaté16 Noble30 Antonio17 Töre11 E Valencia24 FletcherMan City had a much easier midweek game – cruising to a place in the Champions League group stages and I expect them to be leading at both HT and FT today. That option can be backed at 8/11 with Star SportsRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY / MAN CITY HT/FT for 26 points at 8/11 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +35 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Bob Morton – The Derby Don

first_imgIn other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 61: Churreria Marcos, Calle del Valle Menéndez, 4, 38650 Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Churros, which are Spanish, stick shaped, chocolate sauce, dunking doughnuts, should be on your Food Bucket List, Blog. This ‘Churreria’, is my first stop in Tenerife, and favourite place to eat them. Also served, are superb hotdogs, which they take great, Tom Cruise Cocktail style pride, in dressing. Great fun. V cheap. Fun and family feel. 7.5<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B x Simon Nott has continued on his travels, and this week, met up with Bob Morton; super successful businessman, shrewd Punter, and no less than 3 times Greyhound Derby winning owner. Bob has made a huge contribution and in this interview speaks candidly, but also with such heart, about the sport he loves.Melancholy in Racing, both Horses and Dogs, is tiring. “There’ll never be another Westhead Hawk/Freddie Williams/Vincent O’Brien/Lester Piggott (replace with 1 of any other 50 favourites)”. Yes, there will be. Definitely. And remember, greats, like Bob, and his main-man, Westhead Hawk, are the first to say that they want there to be new heroes too.The Game never stops moving forward. It is too greedy and precocious not to. And if you stop moving with it, quickly, a wave will come over you. WHO WILL BE THE NEXT HERO TO COME TO THE FRONT?last_img read more