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first_imgChanges are coming to Garfield Park and Pool and at a public meeting on Thursday neighbors clashed over a proposed shortening of the existing 100-foot pool, with many arguing it would further crowd an already popular pool.Architects proposed a wall that would effectively shorten the pool to 75 feet and allow for a smaller, shallower recreation swim zone. The pool would be the same, but separated into a lap area and a children and senior swim area.Those opposed advised against any change to a pool that is a “lifeline” for seniors and other pool goers.“There are a lot of people in poor health who rely on this pool,” said one local resident. He argued that city officials should consider installing a second pool instead to keep the swimming lanes their current length. “There will simply be less room,” if the changes are made, he said. Early in the meeting, which followed one in November 2015 which saw other concerns, a woman shot up out of her seat and interrupted a speaker to take a preliminary tally. Holding a clipboard and pen, she asked the crowd to sign their name if they were against the shortening of the pool.“I’d like to collect anyone’s info who is opposed to shortening the pool,” she said.“Excuse me? Could you let her finish?” said another woman, before the conversation moved on.Early on, Bob Palacio, a superintendent of neighborhood services at the Recreation and Parks Department, described the meeting as a relative calm in a national context of confirmation hearings and inauguration protests.“There’s lot of crazy stuff going on in the country and in the world,” he said of the  the 40 odd people crammed into the recreation room at Garfield Park at 26th and Harrison streets to watch a presentation on the project plans. “This isn’t one of them.”That was perhaps wishful thinking.  The yells and interruptions that sometimes dominate local meetings were absent, but lap swimmers argued fervently that a 100-foot pool is a precious resource that should not be shortened. They were met with arguments by parents, many with babies and toddlers in their laps, that a kid’s play area should be created.“I really think it’s important that the features are designed for kids of all ages,” the man, whose first name was Steven, said, emphasizing the “recreation and water safety” aspect of a separate pool area.The project for a revamped pool would expand the clubhouse by building an extension to the building currently on-site and create a courtyard between the new building and the pool building. The courtyard would have tables, a splash zone, and planters, with as-yet undefined art opportunities.“This is one of the places where the cultural heritage of the Mission can be expressed,” said Alyosha Verzhbinsky, a principal at the architecture firm Tef Design, responsible for the design of the project. The pool locker rooms would also be refurbished with new toilets and showers and the recreation room at the clubhouse expanded to twice its size. Publicly-accessible restrooms would be added, separate from the pool and open to all park-goers.But it was the pool itself that drew the most controversy. Many said they themselves learned how to swim in the current pool and did not understand why children need a separate space.Toks Ajike, the project manager with the Recreation and Parks Department, said that after improvements at Hamilton Pool in the Western Addition, the pool saw increased usage of 40 percent. Adding a recreation area for children and seniors, he said, would allow for more city-provided classes and programs that would mean more total pool-time.Sean McGrew, a fourth generation San Franciscan who lives in the Sunset, said the trade-off in pool length was worth it for children to have a dedicated play area. In an attempt to back the project, he said the shorter pool would only mean more laps to be swum.“I think I’d rather have the access than 20 fewer laps,” he said. “This community has a lot of kids in it.”Others had different concerns. One man asked whether a water slide was still being considered for the pool — it’s too “cost-prohibitive,” city staff said. Another wondered whether the increased activity might bring more people who stay at the park into the night and said a curfew should be enforced.“It’s a quality of life issue,” she said. The pool project is a result of Proposition B, a 2012 bond passed by San Francisco voters that allocated $195 million to the Recreation and Parks Department for various spending — including upgrades to the nine pools throughout the city. Balboa Pool is undergoing improvement that will end in 2017. Garfield Pool will follow, with groundbreaking planned for June 2018 to and completion in September 2019. It will be followed by improvements to Rossi Pool in the Richmond.The total cost of the project is estimated at $16.3 million — some $5 million more than initially planned under the bond.Though little was resolved at the meeting, the second of three planned meetings, city officials pledged to take comments into consideration and come back with a more fleshed-out, final proposal before beginning the permitting process.“Nothing’s been decided,” said James Wheeler, a recreation manager with the Recreation and Parks Department. “Nothing’s been decided.” 0%center_img Tags: Garfield pool • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgThere’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission Local, you get real news, from reporters and editors who are accountable to you. After all, you know where we live and work. In the Mission, just like you. Keep us reporting, subscribe today.  0% The YIMBYs are no longer just a scattering of familiar voices at public meetings crying out to build housing and build it faster — now they’re now a real nonprofit and a political movement. At least, that’s how it seemed at the group’s first gala. Here’s a glimpse of the evening:center_img Tags: development • housing • video Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address Tags: mission street • Music Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Ralph Tashjian, a former radio promoter, has seen some shit – good shit, bad shit – well, just all of it. He’s seen, and done, Scarface-esque amounts of cocaine. He has worked with icons like Prince and Madonna. He’s had notable Bay Area rappers lay their guns down on his desk. In 1989, he pleaded guilty to bribing radio stations with cash and cocaine – making him the first person ever to be convicted under a decades-old payola law. As a promoter, he’s “broken” enough hits on the radio to certify him as a legend. “He always got your attention, one way or another,” said former KFRC DJ Dave “Your Duke” Sholin. But that’s so far in the past that Tashjian can comfortably brag about it all, which is exactly what he did on a recent Monday from his Mission Street corner office. (He wants to keep his location hidden so artists don’t show up at his door to ask him for help.) 0% He also talked about his new company, Intercept Music, a platform where new musicians can market themselves on social media. The business opened a series-A funding round on June 1, and is seeking $2.5 million, according to Tashjian’s business partner Todd Turner, the owner of Live Chime, which is using its technology for the new product. The company will be based in the neighborhood, and with the flurry of tech activity here in San Francisco, it all comes full circle for Tashjian. The former promoter, now 70, got his start here. “This neighborhood defined my character,” he said. “It defined my confidence, it defined my ability to talk and communicate with people.” For most of his early life, Tashjian’s Armenian-Italian family sold flowers from various spaces along Mission Street. It did business out of the New Mission Market now occupied by Foreign Cinema, and later moved to the corner of 21st and Mission. In the Mission Street of his childhood, beat cops would sit down and have a drink with the merchants, and a man — a “character,” as Tashjian said — would sell the Call Bulletin on the corner. “It just was a different world,” he said. Working for his parents, Tashjian cleaned flowers, displayed flowers and, most of all, he knew how to sell the flowers. “You learn the hustle of living on the street — all was always about making a buck,” he said. “That’s how I was raised.” Members of his family remain part of the neighborhood’s history. His uncle, Dr. Ralph Mancuso, bought a bar in the mid-’60s called The Clock. Yep, Mancuso is the Doc in Doc’s Clock, Tashjian said.“He was a painful dentist, a really painful dentist,” Tashjian said. “That has defined me — the bad side.” Tashjian also learned how to do drugs on Mission Street. “There were some kids who taught me how to smoke weed,” he said. “That wasn’t happening in the Avenues at that point.” With a chuckle, Tashjian remembered he and a kid named Russell Salinas would often light up above his uncle’s namesake, Doc’s Clock. “We would go and smoke weed and deliver funeral flowers,” he said. Then the late ‘60s happened, and Tashjian — after spending enough time in the Haight-Ashbury — got married and fled to Tahoe. He worked ski patrol and even worked at a flower shop. But after fours years, he moved back to the Mission in 1972 to sell flowers with his family.Tashjian’s family flower shop on Mission and 21st. Photo courtesy of Ralph Tashjian.That’s when he started hanging out with record promoters. He would trade the flowers for albums, and in 1972, one of the promoters asked Tashjian and his family to provide the flowers for a float Elton John needed for a concert. They did, and “I wound up becoming really close with everyone at MCA records,” he said. The next thing he knew, he was working for MCA Records. He had no experience, but he said they saw something in him.  “They could detect in my personality that there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do to be successful,” he said. They turned out to be right. In the following years, Tashjian successfully promoted, or “broke,” chart-toppers like Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” and Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting.”“We put that song on the air, and within an hour, our phones were ringing,” Sholin, the radio DJ remembers about “Kung Fu Fighting.” Sholin, who was the last person to interview John Lennon and is now a radio DJ in Bend, Oregon, said that Tashjian’s eccentricities were one of his best assets. “He was one of those people who would be fun to call and let him know we were going to put his song on the air,” he said, noting that Ralph always became excited whenever Sholin agreed to play a record. “He wore his heart on his sleeve,” Sholin added. “You never had to guess what he’s thinking.” Over the course of only a couple years, from 1974 to 1976, Tashjian held positions in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles. He had his tactics to get songs played. Once, Tashjian said, he walked into a radio station with a wheelbarrow full of hundreds of copies of Marvin Hamlisch’s “The Sting” and dumped them on the floor and left. “They wound up playing the record,” he said.Tashjian in the ’70sYet with success came vice: cocaine on the road and in the office — piles of it on coffee tables in penthouse suites. He saw it as part of doing business, but soon, he said,  “I was out of control.” His son, Ralph Tashjian Jr., puts it this way: “He was little unorthodox with the mannerisms in his drinking days.” Ralph Jr., who speaks with the same nasally rasp as his father and now works in finance, says, “none of that ever affected me.” But it affected his father. Tashjian lost his job around 1977, and ended up back in the Mission selling flowers at the shop on Mission Street. On the side, he started Golden Gate Records, though with only marginal success. He spent most of his time soaking in the Mission Street nightlife of the late ’70s.“I was at parties where we were high as can be, and mayors were coming,” he said, declining to mention specifics. But, he said, “mayors.” By 1980, Tashjian was working as an independent promoter — then a new breed of promoters who were seen as hired guns who would do anything to get a song on the airwaves. Like others, he said, Tashjian was encouraged to use money, drugs, and women as bribes. “I put the coke on the record and snuck it off — it’s what was done,” he said. “As long as the record company guys weren’t doing it themselves, they were happy.” This went on for some six years before Tashjian and several other partners were indicted for that kind of bribery — called payola.He traces his downfall to one New York night in 1986. He was at the first-ever Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame dinner, standing in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria in New York with his wife, Valerie, and rock star Ozzy Osbourne. Most important, he was with his boss, Joe Isgro, the head of a team of independent promoters and a dark prince of the business. It so happened that John Gotti, Jr., one of the era’s most high-profile mafiosos, was also at the hotel, and at that moment the mobster was making his way through the lobby, followed by a convoy of federal agents and an NBC news crew. Gotti greeted Isgro. “And then all of a sudden everybody’s asking, ‘What’s the connection?’” Tashjian recalled.  And that, as Tashjian tells it, kicked off a federal investigation that led to him being convicted of bribing radio stations to play records using cash, cocaine, and prostitutes. The scandal did not necessarily slow Tashjian. He said that he was making deals in the Los Angeles federal courthouse between proceedings. He did, however, end up pleading guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of justice. He was the first person to be convicted under the U.S. Payola Statute.Tashjian, however, never set foot in prison. He was sentenced to 60 days in a North Beach halfway house and was slapped with a $100,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. “It was a miracle,” he said, laughing at the memory. Since then, Tashjian says he’s been clean and sober, working in production with clients such as Keak Da Sneak, Mistah F.A.B., and other rappers of the Bay Area Hyphy Movement. Never one to ignore a trend, he’s now trying to find a niche in tech. Already, his Digital Music Universe — a platform where musicians can distribute and market their own music, and essentially promote themselves — taken off in Latin America, but Tashjian hopes to grow the business globally. That will be done through Intercept Music, the social media and marketing platform Tashjian is starting with Todd Turner. He and Turner will be merging Turner’s technology from Digital Music Universe and that of Intercept Marking, a product of Live Chime. Turner said interest in the product has been nearly universal from artists and record companies. “I’m 35 out of 35, and that’s unprecedented,” Turner said, referring to the industry leaders he pitched the idea to before the company’s launch. Tashjian and Turner speak every day, but when the two first connected several years ago, Turner said, “I knew nothing about him other than he knew the industry.” last_img read more

first_imgBY now you will all be aware that certain issues manifested themselves on Friday January 20 2012 in relation to the West Terrace at Langtree Park.It is essential that spectators remain in the stands for which they have purchased tickets.Each stand has its own capacity and we need to steward each stand to ensure that these capacities are not exceeded.It is absolutely imperative that all the gangways are kept clear to enable us to comply with the conditions of the Safety at Sports Ground Act and gain our full capacity.We ask that fans make their tickets available for inspection by the stewards on match nights to ensure we comply with legislation and provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.W.Harris Ground Safety Officerlast_img

first_imgSAINTS know a win this Friday at Huddersfield would see the League Leaders Shield back in their trophy cabinet for the first time since 2008.But more importantly, it would give them a solid foundation as they prepare for the playoffs.It’s not been an easy year for Saints, especially in terms of injuries to key personnel, but the facts are clear – one more point would see them top the table.A superb achievement.“Winning the Shield would be good for the playing group, the fans and the club moving forward,” Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “When I came to St Helens I was brought here for a reason.“We had a lot of older players and had to restructure. This is the first year of St Helens becoming younger and moving into a new era. They will grow over the next few years and the League Leaders Shield would be a good start to what could be a good era over the next five or so years.“All successful sides have a starting point and hopefully this will be a starting point for this group of players.”Saints head into the match at the John Smith’s Stadium having to again restructure following the loss of another key player.Fullback Shannon McDonnell will miss the next six weeks with a broken jaw which thankfully doesn’t need surgery whilst a decision on the fitness of Alex Walmsley will be taken today (Thursday).“Shannon has been really unfortunate and I feel for him,” Brown continued. “He did the injury making a tackle in the first minute and there seemed to be nothing in it. But, injuries like that are part and parcel of the game and we all know how tough it is. Bodies have got bigger, collisions more frequent and as a result injuries like that can happen.“We’ll see how Alex Walmsley fairs this week but we think whatever injury he has will be short term. If we have to move someone to bring someone else in we will do. We feel there are one or two combinations that could do well for us.“Generally after a defeat we have responded well. After the loss in Hull we played some good entertaining football to beat Wakefield and at Leeds we hung on in there, defended like our lives depended on it and our pressure told at the end.“Those wins were big for us and we’ve had some good wins on the road too. We have beaten Leeds, Wigan and Warrington on their own patches.“Huddersfield will present a different challenge to Warrington but it will all come down to the attitude and commitment of the players. Forwards win matches; the outside backs decide by how much.“Both teams have a lot to play for and therefore the intensity and commitment from both will be big.“Huddersfield have been high on ladder for a long period and have maintained that consistency by having a consistent team. We beat them in the Cup and had a good win at Langtree Park and although this match comes under different circumstances I think it will be a high quality game too.”Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was understandably gutted following his side’s semi final defeat at Leeds on Friday.“All year I have been proud of what these boys have done; through all the adversity and injuries we have had they have kept on fighting,” he said. “It’s easy in hindsight but I genuinely believe we were the best side for large parts of the game tonight.“Kevin Sinfield is a great player and he showed that with the 40:20. That was a massive momentum swing as we had control of the game and I thought we would pull away. We had a really good defensive set and then he did what he did.“The momentum was with us and we were gaining more control of the game. The halves were dictating things, Jon Wilkin was good and Kyle Amor was the best player on the pitch by far.“But that’s how things go.“It never is a good thing when you lose a winger but we have players who can move into the centres and I thought Mark Percival did a great job on the wing. But it meant we lost a sub and I couldn’t rotate Mose Masoe and Alex Walmsley like I would have wanted to.“We can’t have any complaints though. We have learnt a lot this year but unfortunately we have not finished on the terms we would have liked to.”He continued: “It was a game worthy of the Old Trafford stage. The system has been brought in to create games like that. It would have been good to be a neutral – it was a great game of rugby.“I am proud of the players with how they have handled things. We’ve had people playing out of position for me all year, it’s just a shame we couldn’t end on a high. We’ve been the bridesmaid twice this year – let’s be the bride next year.“It is difficult to win the Challenge Cup, back up and win the Shield and then get into the Final – it is testament to Leeds because they have done the unthinkable. They have a good shot at it now but Wigan are a good side too and it I’m sure it will be another slug fest like tonight.“All credit to them for doing it – I’m pleased for Brian Mc and the likes of JP, Kylie and Kevin – they are legends of the game.”last_img read more

first_imgLachlan Coote, Jonny Lomax and James Roby all missed the impressive win over Catalans last week as the young boys came to the fore, whilst Tommy Makinson, who had a slight back problem and Morgan Knowles who was serving a one match ban, did not feature.And Holbrook admitted, although it will be tough to leave some of the impressive young performers out, his senior figures will all, injury permitting, be included in the 19 man squad to be named on Friday ahead of the return clash with Tim Sheens men.“Robes, Cootie, Jonny and Tommy Mak will all come straight back in and I am not completely sure on my 17 yet, but everyone is playing well which is great for us and it will be hard to leave some boys out and that is the hardest part of the job but it is something we have to do.”Holbrook paid credit to the youth set up at the club following their dominant display over the French outfit whilst also singling out Alex Walmsley, leading by example as captain.“It was the right thing to do [to rest players] going into the game off the back of Good Friday and Easter Monday so we had to be smart about it as the players were physically exhausted. It gave us a chance to rest a few and bring the young guys in and we got a great result.“I thought all the young boys were tremendous. I think most of all led by Alex Walmsley at the front. He got to captain the side and he was proud of that and he really led with his actions along with Zeb Taia and I thought both were fantastic with their experience.OH SIT DOWN! OH SIT DOWN! OH SIT DOWN! Sit down next to meeee … Big @engywalmsley leading by example yesterday! #saintsandproud— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) April 29, 2019“We have got a great academy set up here and you need to call upon the young guys especially in these busy times we go through so to have the luxury to have the quality of our young kids [is great] and we knew they would play well, but we did not expect that score-line, but we knew they would be good enough for us to win. Everyone wants to be in our 17 and they are all itching for an opportunity to play in the first team so when they are given the chance they are all playing really well so we have got a really good mix and that is great.”Next up for Saints is a trip to KCOM Craven Park to face Hull KR on Sunday and Holbrook has highlighted the dangerous threat of the Rovers’ halves.“They have been doing it tough with a lot of injuries which is why they have been inconsistent, but they nearly knocked off Leeds at the weekend and they have got experience players like Danny McGuire and Josh Drinkwater to steer them round so we have to make sure we do a good job there and that we are ready to go on Sunday.”Holbrook went on to credit the Saints Community Development Foundation for their work in upping the Totally Wicked Stadium attendance at our triple header on Sunday and you can watch the full interview in the video below.last_img read more

first_imgWilmington, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of people came together Wednesday to give those in the community a traditional Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity for a health checkup.The Word Changing Hearts Ministries hosted the event in Wilmington. Aside from a delicious Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, dessert, and plenty of sides to choose from, people also had the chance to receive free flu shots and health screenings thanks to the New Hanover County Health Department.- Advertisement – The purpose of the event is to provide the community with opportunities they might not have otherwise.“I just think people need to feel loved and know that people love them,” Word Changing Hearts Ministries Pastor, Darwin Murrill said. “People just need to feel loved. There’s still good people in the world that really care about them.”Along with food and checkups, the Phoenix Hometown Hires organization was also there to help those who are unemployed find jobs.Related Article: Free meals, volunteer opportunities available on ThanksgivingThis is the ministries 16th free Thanksgiving meal event and organizers hope to continue the tradition for years to come.last_img read more

first_img During his time at West, he helped lead the Trojans to an overall 18-19 record including a 9-4 season in 2016, the first winning season for west brunswick football since 2009.Coach Williamson tells us he is looking to pursue other coaching opportunities. This announcement comes the same day long time Clinton football coach Bob Lewis retired.In a statement today, West Brunswick High School Principal RhondaBenton said:Related Article: Mideastern Conference releases revised Fall sports schedules“We appreciate his service to the school and look forward to continuedsupport from the community for our program and being involved in thesuccess of our students.” SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — After three years as the head coach for the West Brunswick Trojans football team, Coach Kelly Williamson tells us today he has resigned.Coach Williamson let the school know of his decision to leave the program yesterday morning.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img The board, now chaired by Jeff Gerken, approved the minutes legalizing the previous December special meetings that were held with only three out of the five members in attendance and with commissioner and now board secretary Bill Beer one of that three.The commission also heard from the sanitary district’s executive director Bob Walker. Walker talked about water testing and sampling conducted by the staff. Historically, they have conducted weekly tests for chemical byproducts like PFA, Nafion, Dioxane and the others that were identified by NC State researcher Dr. Detlef Knappe.Chairman Gerken and Vice-Chair Trombley questioned the need for weekly tests citing the fact that the tests cost more than $700 for the water delivery service. The board came to the compromise to change testing from weekly to twice a month. They only requested two more tests be done as they talk with the county to see if the testing by H2GO was necessary. Walker did note that the County had no test results for byproducts like Nafion 1 and 2 as H2GO had.Related Article: 10th annual Bark in the Park attracts four-legged, furry friendsAttorneys addressed the board to give an update on the Town of Belville asset transfer. Simply put, the town maintains ownership of the $11 million in assets of the sanitary district. It cannot though use the assets for anything other than H2GO billings such as more than $2.5 million that was paid for invoices related to the previous work done on the reverse osmosis plant, which now sits idle as work on it is frozen until Leland, H2GO, and Belville complete their injunction case.Belville town leaders have until February the 8th to appeal these current rules and restrictions that were laid out by a Brunswick County judge. LELAND, NC (WWAY) – A crowd of H2GO customers packed the small meetings chambers at the H2GO offices in Leland for the body’s first meeting of 2018.Public comment was mixed, neighbors talking both for and against the plant as well as requesting the board do more to keep promises of safe drinking water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Ellen Davis says her students touch her life in a way she could never have imagined and are a huge part of her heart.“My students,” she says, “are always making me laugh and I learn so much from them.”  As a teacher at Ashley High School she spends her time teaching, reading and even helping some students learn to swim.- Advertisement – When she learned she won the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week she said it “makes those really large moments in the day all the more worthwhile.  We spend a lot of time together and to know that’s how they feel makes my heart go pitter patter.”“I work with children who need social communicative support,”  she says, “so my work lets me see what things I need to adjust in the way I communicate with people and how to make the world a little bit more clear.”Her student Thanasi Papoulias says of Davis:  “Unless someone like her cares a lot about someone like me I wouldn’t be here.  She is the best teacher ever!”Related Article: DA, sheriff ask state to investigate New Hanover Co. Schools’ handling of Kelly allegationsTo nominate your favorite teacher click here.last_img read more

first_imgTrafficking methamphetamine by transportationTrafficking methamphetamine by possession Conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine Felony maintaining a vehiclePossession of drug paraphernaliaPWIMSD methamphetamine During a traffic stop in the area of Dawson and 17th streets, New Hanover deputies found Thompson and Mason to be in possession of approximately 8.1 grams of methamphetamine that was hidden in a secret compartment inside the car.An additional 319 grams of meth was found at a home in Winnabow.Following the arrest, detectives found large scales with methamphetamine residue, hidden traps, safes, false containers, used and unused syringes, smoking devices and plastic baggies used for packaging at Thompson’s home on Cobblestone Drive in Wilmington.Related Article: Authorities investigating 3 found dead in rural GeorgiaThompson and Mason are being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility under the following charges:Thompson:Trafficking methamphetamine by transportationTrafficking methamphetamine by possessionConspiracy to traffic methamphetamine Felony maintaining a vehiclePossession of drug paraphernaliaPWIMSD methamphetaminePossession of methamphetamineFelony maintaining a residence Simple possession SCH IVMason: Rhonda Lee Mason and William Neil Thompson were arrested on drug charges. (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two people were arrested following a joint drug investigation by the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s offices.According to a news release, detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Neil Thompson, 62, and Rhonda Lee Mason, 53, in Wilmington Friday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img The gardens suffered a lot of damage from Florence and lost a lot of plants.The president of the garden club says he hopes this event will help bring the garden back to how it was before Florence.“Especially with the devastation of Hurricane Florence and so forth, this is very important for us to try to reforest a lot of our property here,” Eric Kozen “Not only to the trees, but also the shrubs that suffered a lot of damage as well.”Related Article: Disaster Case Management Program approved for Florence survivorsPlant an Azalea greeting cards are sold at the Airlie Gardens gift shop. Each card is $15 and represents one azalea to be planted this week. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of a Million Azaleas kicked off Plant an Azalea Week Monday morning. Several groups partnered up this morning to beautify the city.The Cape Fear Garden Club, Azalea Belles, and county officials planted dozens of new azaleas at Airlie Gardens.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Miżieb Hunting Reserve / Facebook 1 of 5 Members of the Civil Protection Unit were still taming the fires that enveloped Miżieb on Saturday and told that it might take them up to another two days to extinguish the fires completely. The Federazzjoni Kaċċaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti (FKNK) said they are suspecting arson, whilst the Ministry for the Environment also did not negate the suspects. On Sunday afternoon, the FKNK announced that its reserves on site were being vandalised.FKNK said that it contacted the Police to investigate the garbage that was scattered on site. They stated that no damage, vandalism, vengeance or provocation will stop them from their work or discourage its members in the Miżieb and tal-Aħrax reserves. The federation also insisted that the reserves should have the necessary official surveillance. Miżieb Hunting Reserve / Facebook 1 of 2 This fire seems to be the result of the heat that took over the Maltese isles in the past days. The authorities are appealing to the Local Councils to get rid of the weeds in public and open areas. They are also asking farmers to store their crops before the sun is at its peak.In a press release, FKNK said that the fire enveloped some 50 tumuli of the federation’s reserve. The federation said that members from its sub-committee spent a fairly good amount of hours with the firemen from the Civil Protection Unit and volunteers from St John Rescue Corps trying to control the fires, and its thanks to this joint effort that the fire did not continue to spread.FKNK suspects arsonFKNK also stated that they are suspecting that the fire was started deliberately and filed an official report with the Police.From its end, BirdLife Malta also issued a press release on Saturday in which it expressed its regret for what was going on in Miżieb, and added that it has already written to Environment Minister José Herrera and Ambjent Malta offering its help in the site’s regeneration process. WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “Russian or English?” Chamitoff joked.“How about Italian?” Fincke repliedAll three countries are represented aboard the orbiting shuttle-station complex right now: six Americans, two Russians and one Italian. – Advertisement – Fincke and Andrew Feustel quickly jumped into their 220-mile-high (350-kilometer-high) work, coming just three days after they conducted the second spacewalk of space shuttle Endeavour’s final voyage.“Wow, it’s great to be back outside. We have the most beautiful planet in the universe,” Fincke radioed as he floated out.“Nice view, isn’t it?” agreed Feustel.The spacewalkers hoped to squeeze in a task that fell by the wayside during spacewalk No. 1 last Friday. That excursion was cut short because of a carbon dioxide sensor malfunction in an astronaut’s spacesuit.Before stepping out in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Feustel and Fincke tried a new spacewalk preparation method of light exercise. The technique was aimed at streamlining the astronauts’ adjustment to the lower pressure in their spacesuitsThis is NASA’s next-to-last space shuttle flight. One more spacewalk is planned, then Endeavour will undock from the space station and head home. Landing is set for June 1.NASA will close out the 30-year shuttle program in July with one last flight by Atlantis.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Two former employees of Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, have revealed that the firm tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious.According to them, the highly secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp., AVG Technologies NV, Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers’ PCs.Some of the attacks were ordered by Kaspersky Lab’s co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky, in part to retaliate against smaller rivals that he felt were aping his software instead of developing their own technology, they said. – Advertisement – Both sources who have requested anonymity said they were among a small group of people who knew about the operation.Kaspersky Lab strongly denied that it had tricked competitors into categorizing clean files as malicious, so-called false positives.“Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing,” Kaspersky said in a statement.“Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable.”Kaspersky is one of the most popular antivirus software makers, boasting 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients. It has won wide respect in the industry for its research on sophisticated Western spying programs and the Stuxnet computer worm that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010.The former Kaspersky employees said company researchers were assigned to work for weeks or months at a time on the sabotage projects among which their chief task was to reverse-engineer competitors’ virus detection software to figure out how to fool them into flagging good files as malicious.Kaspersky Lab in 2010 complained openly about copycats, calling for greater respect for intellectual property as data-sharing became more prevalent.In an effort to prove that other companies were ripping off its work, Kaspersky said it ran an experiment: It created 10 harmless files and told VirusTotal that it regarded them as malicious. VirusTotal aggregates information on suspicious files and shares them with security companies.Within a week and a half, all 10 files were declared dangerous by as many as 14 security companies that had blindly followed Kaspersky’s lead, according to a media presentation given by senior Kaspersky analyst Magnus Kalkuhl in Moscow in January 2010.When Kaspersky’s complaints did not lead to significant change, the former employees said, it stepped up the sabotage.[Via]last_img read more

first_imgHuawei’s growth puts it among the world’s top three device manufactures Advertisement This year, Huawei shipped over 100 million smartphones worldwide in 2015, the company announced last week.This milestone cements the Chinese giant’s position as one of the top three consumer device companies in the world. Over the last five years, shipments of Huawei’s smartphones have increased more than 3,000 percent, from 3 million in 2010 to 100 million in 2015. This year’s performance represents an important achievement as Huawei continues to grow and launch several global flagship devices each year that are focused on the premium market and integrate the best in creativity, design, fashion, photography and performance.Huawei’s Growth in Smartphone Shipment“Huawei’s success is not accidental. These results directly reflect the consumer demand for our products, and we’re proud to deliver premium smartphone devices to people around the world,” said  Kevin Ho, – Advertisement – President, Huawei Consumer Business Group Handset product line. “The smartphone landscape is constantly changing as people look for devices that let them extend the boundaries of what’s possible. We look forward to continued growth in 2016 as we expand our product portfolio and partner with some of the world’s top brands to bring the best devices to market.”In 2015 Huawei recorded a 30 percent increase in its mid-to-high-end smartphone shipments, including:Through September, 4 million P8 smartphone shipments, 7.5 million P7 smartphone shipments, and 6.5 million Mate 7 smartphone shipments.The launch of Huawei’s Mate S smartphone, which was sold in 48 countries across Asia and Europe and Europe.Huawei’s Nexus 6P smartphone made in collaboration with Google, which made headway in North America.The Mate 8 smartphone, which was launched in China in November.This success is a result of Huawei’s extensive research and development efforts, diversification across markets, omni-channel strategy and the brand loyalty inspired by its products.Research and Development:Huawei’s expansive R&D efforts set the standard for the most unique and innovative consumer devices to hit the market in 2014. Last year Huawei invested 14.2 percent ($6.3 billion USD) of its annual revenue in R&D while securing 76,687 patents, 18,000 of which apply to Huawei devices.Huawei has established 16 research laboratories in various countries including China, Germany, Sweden, Russia and India. Each R&D center is chosen for a strategic purpose. For example, Huawei’s research institute in Japan focuses on materials and technology, utilizing Japan’s spirit of pursuing perfection. In Paris, Huawei collaborates with the Paris Aesthetics Center to consult French luxury designers to ensure its smartphones reflect the most cutting-edge fashion trends. With R&D as its foundation, Huawei has achieved an important balance constantly improving its product concept, hardware architecture and EMUI user interface.Diversification and Omni-channel Strategy:2015 marked a significant shift in Huawei’s market strategy. While Huawei experienced excellent results in the mid-to-low-end market, this year it launched a series of premium smartphone to expand its portfolio into the high-end market, attracting attention from consumers across the globe. To meet the growing demand for Huawei devices, Huawei established over ten thousand experience centers and franchised stores in China and will open 1,000 additional stores in 2016. By leveraging brick-and-mortar establishments where consumers can hold and try using the devices, quality online and offline retailers and streamlined distribution channels, Huawei is expanding the reach of its devices to people everywhere.Looking Forward:Huawei employs the world’s most elite engineers and developers to deliver exceptional results. Driven by their passion for perfection, the Huawei team works tirelessly to provide consumers with the best experience and develop products that are truly worth pursuing.2015 signifies an important milestone for Huawei, with its record-breaking domestic smartphone shipments and recognition as a top-three smartphone brand worldwide. Huawei is confident that it will continue to disrupt the global smartphone market in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgDoom&Density. Image Credit: lh3 Advertisement There are tons of mobile apps that are great for wasting time, and some games are the worst offenders. Many mobile games want to nickel and dime you with in-app purchases, and they force you to progress slowly if you don’t pay up.If you want meaty gaming experiences on the go, you probably feel cheated with these apps. Let’s take a different look and examine games that offer a lot of content even though they’re free.While these games are all free to download, not all of them are totally free of in-app purchases. However, these seven titles do not require microtransactions in any way to enjoy; I’ll note which games contain them and what they’re for. – Advertisement – Note: Some of the free titles on Android contain ads but also offer a paid ad-free version. Unfortunately, many of these apps do not have a free version on iOS and must be purchased.Doom & Destiny [Android | iOS] There are some awesome role-playing games (RPGs) on Android, and Doom & Destiny deserves a spot on the list. Despite being made in RPG Maker, it’s a unique title that any RPG fan should try.As a satire of the RPG genre, you play as four nerdy friends who get sucked into an alternate world and have to save it. Common RPG tropes such as taking items from people’s houses, using food to restore health, and using magic to summon attacks are all joked about; this is definitely a game that will make you laugh.Depending on how thorough you are, you could spend 10 hours or more with this game. There’s also some post-game content to check out after you beat the final boss, which is a nice bonus. Overall, if you’re a fan of SNES-era classic RPGs likeChrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI, this game is perfect for you.Note that this game contains some mature content — due to some swearing and innuendo, it isn’t recommended for children.Little Alchemy [Android | iOS] Alchemy is an addicting puzzle game that starts off simple but quickly blooms into something much more complex. You start with four items: wind, water, fire, and earth — by combing these, you create new items (up to 550 in this version!).You’ll have to try tons of different combinations, and while some make sense, others might require a bit of imagination. The developers also have a good sense of humor; items such as Batman or McDonald’s can be created when you find their ingredients.If you like puzzle games and don’t mind a few far-fetched combinations, Little Alchemy will bring you a ton of fun. It’s as easy to play for a few minutes at a time as it is to marathon for an hour.Stardash [Android | iOS] Last year I examined the Mario copycat games on Android; most of them are terrible, but Stardash was one of the awesome alternatives. It’s a game that would have been at home on the Game Boy due to both its graphics and gameplay.In each of the 40 levels, you can earn three stars: one for collecting all the coins, one for beating a specific time, and one for completing the level backwards (which can be tough). There are also four hidden temples to unlock by finding secret keys in each level of a given world. If you try to complete all this game has to offer, it will last you a long time.If you like Stardash, be sure to check out Meganoid (Android | iOS, $2) andMeganoid 2 (Android | iOS) from the same developer — these games are similar in gameplay style and offer a lot of content as well.Fallout Shelter [Android | iOS] Fallout Shelter was unveiled at E3 this year, and while it’s unlike the main Falloutgames, Rachel found it to be worth playing. Instead of wandering around a post-apocalyptic world, you play the role of a Vault Overseer in charge of keeping the people safe and happy.This game isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Fallout or management simulators, you’ll find a lot of depth in managing your citizens, expanding your vault, and sending people out on adventures. Fallout Shelter does contains in-app purchases to give you quicker access to items, but they’re not necessary to advance the game.You’ll probably know whether this is a game you want to spend a lot of time with in the first few minutes of trying it. Once you get going, though, it might be hard to stop.Gurk, the 8-Bit RPG [Android] Gurk is an RPG like Doom & Destiny, but it has an even older feel. With a grid-based movement system and an archaic inventory screen, Gurk feels akin to the first Final Fantasy game on NES.Gurk has a neat battle system where you can choose to move a character or have him attack. Using a swordsman, archer, and wizard, you must defeat strong enemies to progress and find new gear.This game doesn’t give you a ton of direction, so if you get lost easily it might be best to skip this one. As a barebones RPG in a tiny package, it’s a good fit if your phone doesn’t have enough storage space for larger games.You can grab two sequels to Gurk if you want more. Gurk II is available on Android for $1, as well as Gurk III for $3. If you’re on iOS, the only available game is Gurk IIIfor $2.[related-posts]Slice It! [Android | iOS] Slice It! is a different kind of game — a geometry puzzle. Your goal is to slice various shapes into equal pieces. While this starts out easy, the game throws more complex shapes and requires more cuts as you progress.With 200 levels, a time trial mode, and a rating system based on how close you were to equal segments, Slice It! offers plenty of content to keep you playing. It’s simple to grasp but offers a lot of tricky puzzles for those who like a challenge. The cutting controls are perfect for touch screens; both kids and adults should enjoy this fun title.Slice It! is totally free on Android. For iOS, Slice It! Begins is free and contains less content than the full $1 version.Commander Pixman [Android | iOS Demo] Another retro-styled platformer, Commander Pixman features 135 levels of sci-fi action. You’ll need to run, jump, and shoot to avoid all kinds of traps and enemies to reach your goal at the end of the level.While mobile controls usually aren’t great, this game makes the best of the touchscreen and gives you natural-feeling controls. If you thought that you couldn’t play a platformer on your phone, this is one to try. As for length, like other games on the list, each level gives a rating based on how fast you complete it, so completionists will have plenty to work on.Pixman features in-app purchases on Android that are only for purchasing extra levels. On iOS, Commander Pixman — First Blood serves as a 20-level demo, while the full version is available for $2.Plenty to Play Unfortunately, many apps available for free on Android cost money on iOS, but there’s still a good selection for either platform. If you’re going on a long trip or just want a game that lasts more than an hour, now you have plenty of games to load up your phone with.[MakeUseOf]last_img read more

first_imgNokia offices.(Image Credit: valuewalk) Advertisement Nokia’s Real-Time Mobile Network Analytics is the industry’s first solution to give operators an end-to-end view of mobile networks from individual subscribers, applications, devices and operating systems, network elements, cells and calls.The analytics link, the performance of applications and devices to network issues in real-time, effectively making every mobile device part of a network test bed.This enables operators to pin point potential causes of service degradation much more rapidly than they can today since they no longer need to consult a myriad of tools and correlate the data from them manually. – Advertisement – “Today, we introduce a completely new approach that meets the needs of modern-day operators by providing on-the-fly correlation of network-wide data and its analysis per application, per cell, per subscriber, per device and even per call. In the future we will extend this capability to support fixed networks and Wi-Fi,” Bhaskar Gorti, President of Nokia’s Applications and Analytics business group said in a statement.The Real-Time Mobile Network Analytics solution integrates three network analytics tools widely deployed by more than 200 operators:Nokia Wireless Network Guardian that provides engineering teams with analytics on applications, network and devices.Nokia Traffica that supports Network Operations Centers by linking application-level analytics to real-time troubleshooting and root-cause analysis in radio and core networksNokia Network Performance Optimizer that provides deeper, call-level analytics.The combination of three network analytics tools, sources data directly from radio access and core networks with fewer tapping points than standard solutions.  This reduces the need to expand interfaces for legacy network probes. It also offers open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that enable operators to use the collected data for their big data strategies.last_img read more

first_imgWinning university students for the Seeds for Future program pose for a group photo at the flagging off ceremony held at Makerere University on Tuesday 14th, May 2019. Photo by : Humphrey Mpairwe/TECH POINT MAGAZINE Advertisement The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has flagged off 10 university student to China under Huawei’s annual Seeds for Future program. The flag off event was held at Makerere University with the Minister as the guest of honor.The event was attended by Huawei Uganda’s MD; Liujiawei, representative Chinese Embassy to Uganda Hon. Chen Huixin, Makerere University VC; Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Permanent Sec. Ministry of Education and Sport; Kakooza Alex, among others.Tumwebaze lauded Huawei for its consistency in skilling and nurturing ICT talent in Uganda. He cited that the efforts of the program since its inception in Uganda. To recall, the program was officially announced during a meeting between Mr. Li Dafeng, Huawei’s Senior VP with H.E President Museveni during his official visit to Beijing. – Advertisement – Tumwebaze noted that after the launch, the program has gained fruit because of the seemingly relatively high rates of employment by its participants.“We are informed that out of the 30 participants of the Seeds for the Future program since 2016, approximately 21 are employed by Huawei and other organizations while 9 are still in school. This therefore is a good program with already notable fruits,” said Tumwebaze.Adding on his remarks, the representative of the Chinese Embassy to Uganda Hon. Chen Huixin noted the ability of ICT in transforming economies through creations of jobs.“ICT has truly transformed our economy, creating jobs for people even in remote places. But this technological trend would never be possible if we did not skill students, professionals and entrepreneurs as a nation,” said Huixin.The Minister said with the available resources today, the students should be skilled. He noted that the gov’t of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports has a program specifically for skilling Ugandans — emphasizing that the gov’t is skilling people to earn.“If you’ve the skill, you’re able to shape it, nature it, incubate it, tailored to solving a problem, and you will surely earn” he said.Minister of ICT and National Guidance; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze speaking at the flag off of the seed for future winners to China at Makerere University on Tuesday 14th, May 2019. Photo by : Humphrey Mpairwe/TECH POINT MAGAZINETumwebaze also called upon Huawei in collaboration with Makerere University to focus on innovations as part of skilling. Hence, helping Ugandans learn how to innovate to grow their businesses and be in position to create job opportunities.Huawei signed an MoU with Makerere to introduce an ICT Academy announcing its initiative to train over 1,000 students free of charge in its established academies.Meanwhile, the winners of the 4th annual seeds for future program are set to depart to China on May 17th for a two-weeks intense education program. The students are to undergo training in the latest technological trends such as 5G, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, among others.Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of ICT and National Guidance Flags off the Huawei Seeds for the Future students to China at Makerere University on Tuesday 14th, May 2019.They will have an opportunity to learn the Chinese Language, visit historical tour(s) in Beijing, to mention a few.last_img read more