VIDEO SF Mission Districts Duc Loi Invites 1000 to Lunch

31 July 0

first_img Tags: thanksgiving Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today. 0%last_img

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City of light City of magic A bizarre frigid sporting parade far

31 July 0

first_img 0% Thedisgruntled men wore brown paper bags over their heads and grasped cans of beer openly in their hands — which, for those drinking in public, is the exact opposite of how it’s supposed to go. This did not escape the notice of a pair of passing cops, who directed the literal sad sacks to pour their drinks onto the ground.They wordlessly obeyed, emptying the Pilsners at the base of the imposing sculpture of Jim Brown in mid-juke. And, in short order, the yellow puddles reflecting the text on the pedestal — Thank you, Cleveland — froze stiff. The Cuyahoga River was also frozen stiff on Saturday, and far from combustible. Much of Lake Erie was glacial, and many locals worried this odd and controversial parade around the football stadium on its South bank would be beset by obnoxiously cold weather. But, lo, it warmed up to nine whole degrees.This is just not something you’d see in San Francisco. Separate and apart from the notion of water (or beer) freezing here, we just take ourselves a little too seriously for something like this. In Cleveland, this is what you do when the football team occupying an alarmingly central slot in area residents’ psyches goes 1-15 in 2016, inducing its beleaguered coach to promise this won’t happen again — then proves him honest by going a clean 0-16 in 2017. You throw them a parade. Cleveland is a remarkably affordable city. A parade permit runs just $25. And so, under the disbelieving eyes of the bronze relief busts of the great Cleveland players of yore ringing this stadium, an estimated 3,200 people showed up in weather colder than a San Francisco freezer for what was billed as the “Perfection Parade.” It could have been a rancorous, sloppy affair — but it wasn’t. It was the champagne bottle popped to mark historic, transcendent, ridiculous, surreal success in the department of failure. It was a means of showing up Browns management for despoiling this team without taking — to many — the abhorrent step of boycotting and abandoning it. It was, believe it or not, a positive event and a catharsis: a party, even. Lost on nobody was that this was the only sort of party these fans could have. If there are American analogs for the “Perfection Parade,” none immediately come to mind (It was cold. I am still thawing). But, in feudal, 19th-century Japan, disillusioned masses held large, surreal, costumed dancing festivals and shouted fatalistic chants that roughly translate as “why not?” and “what the hell!” Watching a parade float in which a man pantomimed retching into a Cleveland Browns-colored toilet, inducing a wave of glee from the crowd, that vibe was there: Why not? What the hell!Someone unironically asked the band to play some Skynard — Cleveland is not San Francisco — and it did. This was a festive occasion. “Today,” said Kevin Beard as he collected donations for the local food bank, “we can’t lose.”Photo by Joe EskenaziIn San Francisco, we  do not have the same manner of ingrained, perverse pride in negative assumptions about our home region. Quite the opposite, in fact.  In 2014, the San Francisco 49ers — the team that once played in Kezar Stadium, where kids who clipped Christopher Milk coupons got in free and could collect and return seat cushions for a penny apiece — decamped to a publicly funded McMansion stadium in Santa Clara. We are now confronted by a ridiculous situation: In a “home” game for the 49ers vs. the Oakland Raiders, the home team plays nearly three times as far from San Francisco as the road team. The Niners’ long-gestating move was yet another indicator of the locus of Bay Area power shifting south. It was yet another mark of change in a rapidly changing region.In short: It was not a wholly football-related situation. Browns management, stung by the spectacle of this parade, may yet get its act together. The team will win another game or even many games or even a title. But the 49ers will never again return to San Francisco. Nor will many of their fans. What the hell. They used to take their low-riders and go cruising. “All day and all night,” recalls Mission lifer Roberto Hernandez. This team used to be something special, and his neighborhood was the place to be when they won it all.Photo by Joe Eskenazi.“The Safeway lot on 30th and Mission was packed. You could cruise from 14th all the way to Geneva and back. That’s what we’d do. And it would take a long time; it was bumper-to-bumper. Crowds would gather on Cortland and Silver and Excelsior and we would just get so much love. God, it was so much fun. ” As a child, Leroy Bermudez thought these victory celebrations were held every year. At times it sure felt this way. In 1988-89 and ’89-90, it really happened. “It used to get so backed up,” he recalls, “that they’d cruise the side streets.” Since that time the city has been unmade and remade. So many people have offered to buy Bermudez’s home at 19th and Bryant out from under him that he painted it Niners colors — garish red and gold — and dubbed it “The Faithful House” as a sign of his commitment to his city and its team. This would appear, at last, be an example of irony free of diabetics being run down by insulin trucks. By 2013, when Hernandez hosted a barbecue as Colin Kaepernick took the 49ers within five yards of a Super Bowl title, something felt off. His old buddies were all there with their low-riders — “we were ready to go!” But, tellingly, they’d driven them across one or more bridges to be in San Francisco that day. Even more tellingly, Hernandez’s new neighbors called the cops on him with a noise complaint. Twice. Both times Hernandez knew the cop who came to his door from childhood (“Hey, I’m from the barrio”). But he doesn’t know his neighbors and they don’t know him. The men and women you see at low-rider gatherings around town are often decked out in gorgeous, satiny 49ers uniforms. Like the cars they drive, these uniforms are in mint condition; they both signify and celebrate another era. Like the cars — and, increasingly, the drivers — they are of another time and, more to the point, another place. Twoof the sponsors organizer Chris McNeil lined up for the Perfection Parade were the dating sites Farmers Only and Curves Connect, a place for plus-sized couples to meet. Cleveland, again, is a realm that’s very different from the Bay Area. People eat tater tots unironically, shout out “dilly, dilly” in crowds, and make “Make [SOMETHING] Great Again” jokes. These are not revelatory observations. And yet, even knowing how different these regions are, it was jarring to this native San Franciscan how many of the dozens of people I spoke with before, during, and after Saturday’s parade were natives and lifelong residents of Cleveland or parts quite nearby. In fact, all of them were. To a man. To a woman. The pressures displacing low-rider enthusiasts and everyone else in San Francisco do not exist in Northeastern Ohio. Essentially, the people who leave are the ones who want to leave. There are not cavalcades of folks moving in from elsewhere, either. San Francisco’s constant population churn has rendered us a city with an Etch-a-Sketch memory. In Cleveland, however, people remember things. They remember “The Fumble” and “Red Right 88” and, most crushingly, “The Move.” But they remember more. They remember decades of industrial decline and rapid depopulation and race riots and the Cuyahoga River bursting into flames and Mayor Ralph J. Perk somehow lighting his own hair ablaze with an acetylene torch during a ribbon-cutting gone awry. Cleveland, of late, has become a safer, cleaner, and more cultural place to live. But the football team that served as a salve during the bad old days is now itself a source of humiliation, and triggers locals’ mighty inferiority complexes.  But, through it all — economic collapse and regrowth, burning rivers, great basketball and wretched football — there is an expectation of generational stability in Cleveland that is totally foreign to a San Franciscan. It really does render this Browns team something of a family heirloom to be passed from grandfathers to daughters to grandsons. How unexpected it was to walk among these people compelled to take to the frozen streets to protest the abysmal product of the for-profit, publicly subsidized business fleecing them out of their hard-earned money and sullying their shared sense of community — and feel pangs of envy. As the procession hit the Lake Erie side of the stadium, the wind chill factor pushed the temperatures well below zero. Just because these marchers were bereaved didn’t make them saps: There would be only one no-victory lap. Traced on a map, the parade route was, not coincidentally, in the shape of a zero. There were many clever signs on display but perhaps the most clever simply read “I Made a Sign.” Why not? What the hell!  Not far from the frozen beer at Jim Brown’s metallic feet, a fusillade of toilet paper rolls were launched toward thousands of grasping hands, where they were used to swab thousands of runny noses. Streams of toilet tissue were, in short order, draped from every tree like impromptu tinsel. Arctic gusts off the lake sent untold amounts of the spaghetti-like, flagellating strands of paper higher and higher into the clear blue sky. The two-ply streamers circled the stadium hundreds and hundreds of feet above the earthbound procession. Then, like the marchers below, they drifted south, toward downtown, and blanketed the city.Photo by Joe Eskenazi. center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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JON Wilkin believes Rugby League stars can be role

JON Wilkin believes Rugby League stars can be role

31 July 0

first_imgJON Wilkin believes Rugby League stars can be role models by engaging in the State of Mind campaign.The forward thinks that because sporting professionals are so close, it is easier for them to identify and express mental health problems than if they were in a ‘normal’ 9-5 job.“Hopefully, the campaign will be a quirky way of educating players, coaches and just as importantly, the wider public,” he said. “The message isn’t just to professional sports people; it’s to everyone who watches sport and everyone who doesn’t. If alpha-male sportspeople like us can come out and admit they’ve got mental health problems, then the wider public should feel they are able too.“We’re really lucky at Saints because we have such a strong bond and that’s probably the same right throughout rugby league because you put your body on the line for each other. You’re such a tight knit group, we’re all brothers, so we can try to talk about these things.”The England international, who will star in a State of Mind viral video, also said that the session he and took part in will help them to identify problems amongst their teammates.“When we undertook the session, it was about learning how to share your experiences,” he added. “A couple of high profile people within the sport were able to do that – it was about having the confidence to be frank and get it out there.“One key thing is that we are not invincible – even rugby players can be defeated! An important part of your tool kit is your mind and you need to make sure that’s well looked after. We learnt on how to spot someone who is potentially having a little bit of trouble so the session was really useful.“State of Mind is a massive reminder to us on how important your mental fitness is not just for your performance, but for your wellbeing.”Now in its third year, State of Mind explores and promotes initiatives relating to suicide prevention by targeting groups to deliver a range of awareness raising options focusing on mental fitness and resilience.Almost 1,000 players, coaches and support staff from Super League and the Championships, the three professional leagues in this country, have attended State of Mind sessions, with 95% of those attending never having had mental health training before.Sessions continue to be run at Super League clubs in particular focusing on mental fitness to ensure people can manage the ups and downs of life effectively and encourage people to access support if it is needed.More information can be found on the website www.stateofmindrugby.com or on Twitter @SOMRugbyLeague.last_img read more

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THE official launch of the eagerlyanticipated 201

THE official launch of the eagerlyanticipated 201

31 July 0

first_imgTHE official launch of the eagerly-anticipated 2015 season will take place on Sunday February 1 (6.00pm) at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester when, for the first time, fans can take part in the opening celebrations at a fantastic new event – Rugby League Rocks.The 2015 season is set to be a special year for every First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 club and Rugby League Rocks will showcase the skills and personality of many of the sport’s biggest stars.Hosted by former European & Commonwealth champion Iwan Thomas and BBC presenter Mark Chapman, Rugby League Rocks is an all-action show featuring a live set from a top band, dancers, acrobatic performances and the chance for supporters to meet their heroes.Iwan Thomas said: “Rugby League is one of the fastest and most exciting sports out there and what better way to kick-off the new season than a massive event like this for all fans to get involved with and enjoy?“Rugby League Rocks is going to be fantastic and an amazing way to start the 2015 campaign.”Super League General Manager Blake Solly said: “The new season has been a long time coming and Rugby League Rocks will be the perfect opening to what we are sure is going to be a year to remember for fans of every club.“Rugby League Rocks gives supporters a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the sport’s stars and wish them well for the year ahead.”Tickets for Rugby League Rocks at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester on Sunday February 1 cost £10 for adults and £5 for children and can be purchased by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.last_img read more

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LUKE Walsh has been nominated for the Official Fir

LUKE Walsh has been nominated for the Official Fir

31 July 0

first_imgLUKE Walsh has been nominated for the Official First Utility Super League Player of the Month competition for September. If you feel that Luke deserves to be the First Utility Super League Player of the Month for September – vote online here.Each fan who votes will go into a prize draw with one lucky supporter getting the chance to present the First Utility Super League Player of the Month trophy to the winning player. The two players with the most votes will then be considered by a judging panel consisting of representatives from First Utility & League Weekly, where an overall winner will be revealed.The September First Utility Super League Player of the Month shortlist is as follows:John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)Luke Walsh (St Helens)Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves)Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos) Fans have until 2pm on Thursday October 8 to register their votes for the September First Utility Super League Player of the Month award.last_img read more

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First Team

31 July 0

first_imgThe next game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Hull KR and kicks off at 7:45 pm on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img

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CFPUA offering water treatment plant tour

30 July 0

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — This Saturday, CFPUA is offering tours of the water treatment plant.Right now, there is room for 25 people to sign up for the 10:00 a.m. tour. The Facebook Group, Wilmington’s Stop GenX in our Water, organized the event.- Advertisement – The group says the tour will last an hour.Because there are a limited number of spots, you need to sign up on the event page created on Facebook. Organizers say if the 10:00 a.m. time slot fills up, they can accommodate more tours.Here is a link to the event page on Facebook.last_img read more

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Chadbourn Police Chief resigns after 8 months

30 July 0

first_imgChadbourn Town Hall (Photo: WWAY) CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — The Chadbourn Police Chief is resigning after eight months on the job.Chadbourn Town Clerk Pat Garrell said Police Chief Harry White handed in his resignation on Monday. She said White did not say why he is resigning.- Advertisement – Garrell said White started in August of 2017. She said his last day will be May 3.Garrell said the town has not decided who will take over the position yet.last_img

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Communities still surrounded by water nearly 2 weeks after storm

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first_img Several roads are still washed out in Kelly, leaving some homes on an island.Residents like John Littleton though have not even been able to see their homes yet. He says he has lived here his whole life and has never seen anything like this before.“When Matthew came and did that damage, here we are starting all over again,” Littleton said. “We’ve pretty much lost everything there. We lost vehicles. We lost everything except for what we can wear on our backs technically. Like a lot of us, we’ve got to start all over again from like two years ago.”Related Article: Leland wrapping up Florence debris removalLittleton just managed to recover from Matthew. Now, he says the county needs to find a way to prevent this catastrophic damage from happening time after time. 00:00 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 BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Parts of Bladen County are still in pieces after Hurricane Florence. While flooding has gone down in a lot of areas, but it is going to be long recovery.Homes still have entire lakes surrounding their yards. Crews say a lot of people do have power now.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Photos Three men forming part of a drug importing circle arrested

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first_imgCMRUCMRU The Police have arrested three men that form part of an organised group that imports cannabis and cocaine into Malta to be trafficked over a “substantial scale”.In a press release, the Police said that the arrests were affected following an Anti-Drug Squad operation. Two of the men arrested are of British nationality whilst the third man holds a Maltese nationality even though he was born in England. They were living in Naxxar, Żabbar and Msida and they all fall between the ages of 28 and 37.The Police said that various 2 kilo packets containing what is suspected o be cannabis ready to be trafficked were found in the vehicle of one of the British nationals that resides in Naxxar .A cutting agent was also foundA search in his Naxxar residence uncovered various 2 kilo packages containing white powder. Following analysis, the powder resulted to be some sort of cutting agent that is usually mixed with cocaine to enable traffickers to increase the volume of the substance for further income.Valuable watches The search in the other Briton’s residence in Msida, brought to light €70,000 in cash and two watches with a street value of around €24,000.According to the Police, the three men will be brought in front of Court on Friday or Saturday accused of association, trafficking and aggravated possession of dangerous pharmaceuticals. There is also the possibility that they might also be accused of money laundering. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <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

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Watch Party members will decide – Adrian Delia

30 July 0

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) leader Adrian Delia said the party members are the ones who should decide who will lead the party.Delia said this whilst answering to questions made by journalists following the meeting by the party Executive Committee on Thursday. He added that this authority is stated in the party’s statute and that this is the way that the previous administration wanted things done. He said that decisons have to be commensurate with what the members.In a press release, the PN said that Adrian Delia had proposed for the party’s General Council to meet on Saturday the 27th of July. The Executive Committee has also nominated an Electoral Commission whic is being led by Francis Zammit Dimech to organise, overview and lead the elections. Meanwhile, the Executive Committee unanimously approved Delia’s proposal to appoint Louis Galea as the lead in teh party’s reform process. Galea will be performing these duties on a voluntary basis.Adrian Delia told Newsbook.com.mt that he had said from the beginning that he will take political responsibility for the loss the party suffered during the May 2019 elections. He added that he always wanted the party to be with the people and thought to stay in the leadership to assume the responsibility.He added that in the meeting he realised that it will in the party’s best interest to call of a General Council meeting which will not only go through an electoral process but also provide for a reform in the party’s politics.“Positive dicussion” – Alex Perici CalascioneAlex Perici Calscione said that the Executive Committee meeting went well. He added that the debate wiythin the committee was positive and that everything on teh agenda was taken care of. During the meeting he was also elected President of the Executive Committee.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

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Kenya Online community galvanised to cover elections

30 July 0

first_imgSocial networks will play a key role in the coverage of Kenya’s General Election Advertisement Social networks will play a key role in the coverage of Kenya’s General ElectionOnline focused news agency Storyful and Google are coming together to discuss the role YouTube plays as a tool for monitoring elections around the world, as they prepare to launch a Kenyan elections channel on YouTube.Ory Okolloh, Google policy manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, joined Storyful’s Managing Editor Markham Nolan and selected guests to discuss how YouTube has been used to track elections across Africa, but also in Europe and the United States. The discussion was live streamed online via Google Hangout, with a live audience taking part from Nairobi’s 88MPH startup hub.Since April 2011, Storyful has powered election landing pages for Google, discovering and curating video content from African elections. Storyful has watched Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana through the window of YouTube, and seen each country use amateur video in unique ways to monitor the democratic process. – Advertisement – The 2013 elections in Kenya will be the most closely watched in living memory. With the explosion in social media that has occurred since the last elections in 2007/08, the Kenyan elections can be brought to the world in close to real time via YouTube for the first time ever.“Access has always been a primary focus for Google and all our initiatives around the elections are aimed at organizing information to make it easy to reach,” explained Okolloh, “Through the launch of the YouTube channel, Kenyans will now be able to follow the latest news and trends on the political scene, and engage with each other. Information drives the decisions we make on a day-to-day basis, and we remain committed to and are keen on sharing as much of it as possible with Kenyans.”Storyful will be working to capture the best online footage from Kenya as the country picks its next leader. By maintaining a dedicated YouTube channel for the Kenya 2013 elections, Storyful hopes to bring together all the news, views and grassroots reporting from the Kenyan election trail in one convenient online portal, with playlists capturing some of the most important democratic themes.“The online space is an increasingly important tool for outreach, engagement and reflection during the political process,” Nolan said. “Platforms such as YouTube will become key to leaders vying for elective positions, as well as voters looking for specific information.”The YouTube channel will also host the live-streams of Kenya’s presidential debate series and users will be able to monitor and participate in the conversation using the most popular hashtags in the Kenyan twittersphere.Media, filmmakers, creatives, NGOs, civil society and political parties, who all play a role in producing, distributing and analyzing this information got to interact during the event.The launch comes after Google Kenya unveiled its elections hub, a portal where voters, journalists and politicians can easily track news, trends information related to the elections. The election projects will help empower and inform citizens in the democratic process.Credit: ITNewsAfricalast_img read more

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BuzzFeed CNN YouTube Create Online Video Channel

30 July 0

first_imgAdvertisement Social news site and meme aggregator Buzzfeed has partnered with CNN and YouTube to create a new online-video channel called “CNN BuzzFeed” that was unveiled yesterday. Chief operating officer Jon Steinberg told the Wall Street Journal that BuzzFeed plans to invest a low “eight-digit sum” over two years in the video platform.The YouTube channel will include archival and current content designed to be shared over social media networks. Steinberg says that BuzzFeed will create around three videos a week, focusing on serious news events.The CNN partnership is the latest in a series of efforts BuzzFeed has made to become a top news source for 18 to 34 year olds, a demographic highly sought after by advertisers. The site’s business model has been a balancing act–its rewrites of popular Reddit posts and pictures of furry animals pull traffic to the ad-based site, helping finance BuzzFeed’s long-form features. – Advertisement – While BuzzFeed already manages six YouTube channels, partnering with a recognized journalism brand like CNN gives the youth-oriented site credibility. In return, CNN gets access to BuzzFeed’s younger users (content from the BuzzFeed-CNN YouTube channel will also appear on CNN.com).The new channel, which will use the mashup video format BuzzFeed is known for, was launched without the support of advertising partners, a strategy that is in line with BuzzFeed’s refusal to rely on traditional display advertising. Instead, it sells and creates sponsored posts designed to be shared over social media.BuzzFeed’s latest round of funding was disclosed in January, when the site announced that it had raised $19.3 million in a Series D led by new investor NEA with existing investors RRE, Hearst, SoftBank, and Lerer Ventures also participating, as well as new investors Michael and Kass Lazerow.CEO Jonah Peretti said in a statement the money would be used to scale up the startup into a bonafide media company: “We have the senior management, board, and investors we need to build the next great media company: socially native, tech enabled, with massive scale. We are all focused on that big goal and raised this capital to move even faster.”last_img read more

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Kampala to host the 2nd annual Social Media Summit

29 July 0

first_imgRuth Aine speaking at the Social Media Summit last year. Advertisement The Social Media Summit Uganda returns this December after a successful event last year.Social Media Summit Africa Limited Director, Collins Mugume confirmed in a statement that they had secured confirmations from the Keynote speakers that would be presenting at the Social Media Summit Uganda event 2015.“We are really excited to have received confirmations from all our keynote speakers for the Summit 2015 event. It reinforces to us the belief that social really does mean business” Mr Mugume said. – Advertisement – “The team is great, Philip and Mark are not new to Uganda but we are really jazzed they are coming down this time round. Bronwen too will be bringing freshness out of South Africa. And Marvin will top it all off with the Tanzanian experience,” he added.The keynote speakers for the 2015 summit event will include among others Bronwen Auret, an entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience in digital publishing, media and marketing. Digital audience, content and connectivity are her lifeblood. She is currently an Executive Board member for advertising agency, Metropolitan Republic and is responsible for developing an integrated digital business across five African countries. She is an outspoken and active advocate for the digital industry.Phillip Ogola is a new media consultant, doing work with UNHCR, Social UN, Social Good, Digital Foot Print and he is the Africa Ambassador for SMW Lagos, and Founder Digital Humanitarian Kenya.Mark Kaigwa is the CEO for NENDO, a Nairobi-based boutique consultancy focused on Strategy and Storytelling for Digital Africa, and He was one of Forbes 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa (2013). He has spent the last 7 years helping global and African businesses, brands and nonprofits use technology to connect with Africans online. He is a consultant, strategist and speaker who likes to get hands-on solving problems and applying ideas that will change the future of this continent and emerging markets. He has a multidisciplinary background with experiences ranging in marketing & communications, design thinking, screenwriting, film production and directing as well as creative direction in advertising.Marvin Bisanga currently Digital Account Manager with AIM group in Tanzania, has worked with the best digital agencies across East Africa from Blu Flamingo in Uganda, to Squad Digital in Kenya. Marvin was also part of the Social Media Summit last year.The Summit this year will focus on the Business of social media; how it can affect the organizations or businesses’ bottom line; generate tangible and measurable value! It will address emerging trends from government, big business, the SME sector, civil society, and the private sector and show how social media is taking center stage in communication strategies, brand engagement as well as expansion and growth.[related-posts]Social Media Summit Africa Limited, the event organizers have stated that the 2nd annual Social Media Summit Uganda event will be held on 3rd December 2015 at the Golf Course Hotel, Kampala under the theme “Social Means Business”.For more information, you can visit the summit website, www.socialmediasummit.ug or follow on Facebook. You can also follow the official Summit Twitter handle and join in the conversation using the #SMUg15 hashtag.last_img read more

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Gates Foundation to fund the first openplatform credit model for education lending

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first_imgAdvertisement The first open-platform credit model for education lending will be funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and developed for Uganda and other nationsOpportunity International last week announced that it has received a $1 million grant to expand its Education Finance (EduFin) initiatives in Uganda and beyond from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The project will develop an open-platform credit algorithm that will rapidly replicate Opportunity’s successful EduFin products for both school-fee and school-improvement loans and ultimately ensure that millions more low-income families in the developing world can send their children to school.Since December 2012, Opportunity’s EduFin portfolio has grown in value by 300 percent but working solely through Opportunity’s brick and mortar banks creates geographic and monetary constraints, and limits further growth. To address this, Opportunity will reach out to socially-focused, national-scale financial institutions to create a new, non-exclusive credit model. – Advertisement – “With this new approach, we aim to de-risk and de-mystify entry into the EduFin space for financial institutions,” Vicki Escarra, global CEO of Opportunity International said. “One or two actors in EduFin are too few. We need every financial institution to help build access to quality education, and to help leverage private investment for sustainable public good.”Opportunity’s fintech partner, MyBucks, will create the systemized credit models for the Ugandan market, where a significant amount of Opportunity’s data on EduFin lending is focused. With expertise in metric-based lending and artificial intelligence, MyBucks will develop the credit-scoring algorithms to make loans more affordable and more accessible for families, and more cost effective for financial institutions. The aim is to eventually integrate the credit models into a nationwide bulk payment platform.“This project will create fully responsive and flexible credit models,” said Nathan Byrd, who leads Education Finance at Opportunity. “That will in turn give families and school administrators in low-income communities access to the same financial services that have typically been reserved for middle and upper income communities. We are excited to partner with the Gates Foundation and MyBucks on this project and to expand our reach to educate even more children in the developing world.”Opportunity has made over 130,000 education loans totaling more than $72.4 million since 2012, impacting more than 1.5 million children and young people across 10 developing countries.Distributed by PRNewsWirelast_img read more

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Jay Y Lee – Chief of Samsung Group Has Denied All Charges

29 July 0

first_imgSamsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Advertisement According to reports by Reuters, South Korea’s Chief of Samsung Group; Jay Y. Lee, on Thursday denied all of a special prosecutor’s charges against him, his lawyer said at the opening of a hearing against him.Lee’s trial, on bribery, embezzlement and other charges, is part of a corruption scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye and rocked the country.Lee, who is being detained at Seoul Detention Centre, was not in attendance. – Advertisement – A defendant’s presence is not required during a preparatory hearing, held to organize evidence and set dates for witness testimony.“It is unclear what kind of order Lee Jae-yong is supposed to have given,” a lawyer defending Lee said during the hearing, using his Korean name.Samsung Group chief, Jay Y. Lee arrives at the office of the independent counsel team in Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiLee’s defense denied all charges against him on his behalf.The Samsung Group has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.Among the charges against Lee, 48, are pledging bribes to a company and organizations linked to a friend of President Park, Choi Soon-sil, the woman at the center of the scandal, to cement his control of the smartphones-to-biopharmaceuticals business empire.[related-posts]last_img read more

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World Cup Wire SUNDAY

29 July 0

first_imgFOR ALL WORLD CUP MARKETS CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the Star Sports World Cup Wire. Our daily 4.30pm update from the trading room at Star Sports with all the moves and offers for this evenings World Cup.Sunday 15 JuneWORLD CUP PRICES5pm7/5 Switzerland 9/4 Ecuador 9/4 DRAW8pm2/7 France 11/1 Honduras 9/2 DRAW11pm1/3 Argentina 8/1 Bosnia Herzegovina 4/1 DRAWWORLD CUP WIRETWITTER SPECIAL: 7/2 ENHANCED TREBLE: SWITZERLAND / FRANCE /ARGENTINA (Max £200) FREE BET: Any correct score or first g/scorer bet a winner you get a FREE BET on the next game (stake match up to £500)DAILY GOALS: 5/4 9 goals or more 4/6 eight goals or less (on the four above games) Above favourites all have been well backedBetting in running throughout – including all the late kick offslast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 25 JulyRACING3.40 ThirskSandsman’s Girl 11/1 > 5/14.40 UttoxeterCross Of Honour 15/2 > 4/17.00 YorkArcano Gold 20/1 > 9/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Sandown Park Saturday

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first_imgThis year’s Coral-Eclipse, always one of the highlights of the summer calendar, is a tremendously exciting renewal as it gives us the return of Enable, the dual Arc heroine and Breeders’ Cup winner who makes her first start of the season. She is a worthy favourite at 10/11, but if there is ever going to be a better chance to beat her it will be today, on fast ground dropping back to 10 furlongs, even if we are at a stiff track like Sandown.Magical was just behind Enable in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the end of last season and has since won three easy races before running a grand race in defeat at Royal Ascot, when she was outstayed by Crystal Ocean in what became a soft ground slog which suited his stamina more. Today could end up being a speedier test, and Magical, who has the fitness advantage over the Arc winner, will probably never have a better chance of overturning her.Those who fancy Enable are encouraged to back her ante-post to defend her Arc title, as a win here would surely see her shorten up as favourite for that event.There appears to be value in this race and perhaps it is worth also backing Regal Reality, who was an impressive winner of the Brigadier Gerard here. He really improved from his seasonal debut to win that contest so impressively and it’s possible he’s a far stronger horse than the one who was well behind Mustashry, the Lockinge winner who disappointed at Royal Ascot, last season. Zabeel Prince took a maiden Group 1 in the Prix D’Ispahan before he didn’t cut much ice in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.Dancteria and Hunting Horn look outclassed on all form which leaves Telecaster, who didn’t run his race in the Derby, as the other one on the list, but he might be best watched despite a tempting price.Coral-Eclipse 2019Saturday 6th July, Sandown ParkLive on ITV1 HD, and Racing TV HD, from 1:30Earlier on the card in the Coral Charge, Garrus can continue his progression. Stall nine is a worry for him but his closest opposition is also drawn well away from him and the form of his York Listed win has been boosted tenfold by Shades of Blue winning a Listed race, whilst Soldier’s Call was third in the King’s Stand.The trickiest betting challenge of the day is the aptly named Coral Challenge, so two are taken against the field. The first is Via Serendipity, who was third in this very race in 2018 and who bounced right back to form when beating the useful Masham Star by five lengths, and the handicapper’s choice to put him up just 2lbs for that may be very generous indeed. At 13/2, he has enough back class to chance here and looks well treated.The second is Escobar, who doesn’t have such strong recent form (unplaced in three this year) but who is well handicapped based on his best form of last season, which includes a second in this last year. He’s just 4lbs higher than that.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Garrus 3 pts win at 10/3 in 1.50 Sandown at 10/3 with starsports.betBACK Via Serendipity 1 pt each/way in 2.25 Sandown at 6/1 with starsports.betBACK Escobar 1 pt each/way in 2.25 Sandown at 10/1 with starsports.betBACK Magical 2 pt win in 3.35 Sandown at 5/2 with starsports.betBACK Regal Reality 1 pt each/way 3.35 Sandown at 13/2 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 220.89 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post and 3M Golf)last_img read more

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Live on the Web PulitzerPrize Winning Historian James McPherson Reflects on American

Live on the Web PulitzerPrize Winning Historian James McPherson Reflects on American

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first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE:(713) 831-4792E-MAIL: pmontgom@rice.edu LIVE ON THE WEB: PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING HISTORIAN JAMESMCPHERSON REFLECTS ON AMERICAN CIVIL WAR Renowned Civil War historian JamesMcPherson will talk about the ramifications of the War Between the States liveon the Web from Rice University on Tuesday, March 16.McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Battle Cry ofFreedom,” will present “Drawn With the Sword: Reflections on the American CivilWar,” the last in this year’s President Lecture Series. His talk is based on his1996 collection of essays of the same name. The lecture will be carried live at8 p.m. CST from the Grand Hall in the Rice Memorial Center. To listen to the event online at http://www.rice.edu/rtv/, you must use “RealAudio Player,” a free, downloadable software. TheRice site contains a link to the Web page from which the free RealAudio Playercan be downloaded. With the RealAudio Player installed on your computer, simplyclick on the links located at http://www.rice.edu/rtv/. The file will begin “streaming” or sending the speech to yourcomputer. If you need assistance or have questions regarding theRealAudio Player, call Philip Montgomery at (713) 831-4792. ###last_img read more

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