Assault with a Coffee Mug and Arson

first_img Tags: crimes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 19-year-0ld male was struck in the head with a coffee mug Thursday at 8:15 p.m. after he confronted a driver who nearly hit him and his friend as they crossed the street at 16th and Potrero.The victims told police that a woman driving a white, four-door Mercedes approached and almost hit them. The 19-year-old yelled at the driver and then entered a nearby McDonalds, but returned to confront the 30-35 year-old woman.The driver then threatened the young man before getting out of her car and throwing water into his face. As the confrontation escalated, the woman hit the victim over the head with a coffee mug, scratched his face, and then fled the scene in her vehicle.At 2:00 a.m. today, officers responded to an arson report on 26th and Lilac Streets and found a garbage can set on fire. There were no injuries and fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A witness described the suspect as a male in his 20s, but no arrest has been made. Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. center_img 0%last_img read more

Frank Altamirano spent 32 years in a cell for killing a man

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address It was about 8:30 on a chilly December morning when the body hit the floor. Nobody said a thing; a man face-down on the gray tiles of the Civic Center BART station is not an uncommon sight. People kept moving. He stayed still. But there was one person who stopped. Sometimes it only takes one. The commuter mistook Frank Altamirano for a cop and flagged him down. Altamirano is not a cop. He’s an elevator attendant. But that wasn’t important. What was important was that, when the commuter asked Altamirano if he had any Narcan, the answer was “yes.” Altamirano saw the needle next to the prone man’s bag. He checked for a pulse. There wasn’t one: “He was starting to change colors,” he said. center_img Altamirano, 56, is a burly Mission native with broad shoulders and a linebacker’s build; he flipped over the dying man and plunged the opioid-reversal spray into his nose. “You could literally see his heart start beating again,” he said.Paramedics bundled the overdose victim off to the hospital. Altamirano stood to the side and watched him go. Saving a man’s life is a profound experience. For anyone. But for Altamirano, it goes deeper than that. Very few of us can demark the point in time when our lives come full circle. Altamirano can.“I had to have compassion for this man,” he explains, “because of the damage I have done.”Frank Altamirano’s day starts at 4 a.m. He bounces between Powell and Civic Center stations, and often spells his workers with shifts in the elevators. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez“In all actuality,” Altamirano tells me, “I should have stayed there. I should have at least tried to revive him. Call an ambulance. But I cared more about myself. So I took off.” We’re tucked away in the corner of the Civic Center station on an easy-to-miss wooden bench, not far from the restrooms that no member of the public has had the pleasure of using since Sept. 11, 2001. Altamirano missed 9-11. He missed three 49ers Super Bowls and three Giants World Series and relatives being born and dying and everything in-between. We’re not talking about the December 2018 morning he made a man’s heart start beating again. We’re talking about the November 1985 night when he did the opposite. By the time he got back to his home on Valencia Street, the cops were already there. They knew who he was, they knew where he lived — and they knew what he did. “The moment I put my key in the door, they had guns drawn on me,” he recalls. “And my mother was looking through the window. The last thing she saw was people pointing guns at me and putting me into the police car. I had to apologize to her for that.” There have been many apologies. “I ruined two families that day.”Like The Fonz, Frank Altamirano’s office is in a restroom. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.An easier question to answer than what drugs Altamirano was on that night might be: what drugs wasn’t he on? They were drinking. They were smoking weed. There was some PCP. Maybe a little cocaine, too. And, after all that, his Mission crew meandered its way down to Marina Green. This was a normal place to end up, after you’d done all of the above, to meet up with your neighborhood pals. And continue doing all of the above. “You knew the faces. Especially everyone who grew up in the Mission, you’d come down there to cruise. So you knew the people from the Excelsior. Daly City. Crocker Amazon.” And, on this night, South City. Out-of-towners were not warmly welcomed. Words were exchanged. And then more. When Altamirano approached a car full of South City folk, he says he thought a man named Abel Valle was reaching for a weapon. He wasn’t. But Altamirano did. He slashed at Valle with a knife, and stabbed him in the heart, killing him. Valle was only 20 years old. His daughter was an infant. Valle would never see her grow up. But Altamirano would. Through the years, there she was, in the front row of his parole hearings.  Frank Altamirano was paroled in 2017. He never expected to be. “I was already planning my own funeral,” he admits. “After 30 years, you give up hope.”In December, Frank Altamirano saved the life of an OD victim with Narcan nasal spray. He now makes sure he always has some in his pocket. Photo by Joe Eskenazi.Nowadays, Frank Altamirano’s alarm clock goes off every day at 3 a.m. But, truth be told, he’s almost always already up. He lives in a below-market-rate unit only a hop, skip, and a jump from Civic Center BART, and he’s there at 4 a.m. to unlock the gate for the early-morning crew of elevator attendants he supervises. Like The Fonz, Altamirano’s office is in a restroom. He goes through paperwork here, and makes sure his colleagues’ radios are charged. If a co-worker needs to use the toilet, he can do paperwork outside. Altamirano works for Hunters Point Family, the nonprofit that mans the BART elevators at Civic Center and Powell stations as well as the Pit Stop toilets at 24 locations throughout the city. These programs, in fact, work in concert with one another. Instead of using BART elevators as a toilet, now desperate people can be directed to a nearby Pit Stop. Until Altamirano and others inaugurated the attendant program at Powell and Civic Center in May, BART had no idea how many people used its elevators. The statistics the attendants keep are insanely detailed: They denote adults, children, service animals, pets, luggage — and, of course, “feces/urine” and “needles.” Those last two have dropped to zero since May. With an attendant in all four elevators every minute they’re running, nobody is intentionally stalling them to shoot up, take a whiz, or anything else. Lena Miller, the executive director of development at Hunters Point Family, notes that disabled people — who had been forced to roll their wheelchairs through human filth in order to use those elevators — wept with joy at the onset of this program. Some of them had been assaulted between floors. Others had been stuck with stray needles. Altamirano and his colleagues have created a more dignified experience for the men and women who need these elevators, and opened their doors to a broader group of users who merely want them (the number of people bringing luggage into the elevators has roughly quintupled since May). And, at the same time, doors have been opened for the attendants, too.A job with Hunters Point Famly, says Frank Altamirano, is the best thing that could have happened to him. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Growing up in the Mission, Altamirano was a Norteño. But, he says with a wan smile, he had to go to prison to learn what being in a gang was all about. Inside, “it was a strict regimen. Like the military. Sleeping in shifts. Waking up at 3:30.” Synchronized calisthenics in the yard like a kung-fu army in a Bruce Lee movie. Moving dope within the prison walls. Moving smartphones for $1,000 a pop or burner phones for $500 (“even Charles Manson had a phone” in prison, Altamirano notes). All of this required decades of emotional detachment. “I just shut myself off,” he says. “What I learned about my prison experience is, if I’ve known you 15 or 20 years, and I need to hurt you, I can’t have any feelings about it. Don’t take it personal. That’s just the way it is in here.” But that’s not how it is out here. When Altamirano sees his “former rivals” in San Francisco, they shake hands. They exchange information on how to get help and resources. They treat each other like people.  Frank Altamirano gets up at 3 a.m. and works a taxing and mentally challenging job, underground. But he considers himself to be fantastically lucky. Because he can feel again. He can be fully human. Is spending long hours in an elevator uncomfortable for a man who’s been incarcerated most of his life? Altamirano offers a patient grin. He’s asked this question a lot. The answer is complicated. The truth is, Frank Altamirano’s cell is his own mind. At night, his dreams are always about being incarcerated again. He never dreams about being free. That makes it hard to sleep. That makes it easy to get up at 3 — or before 3 most days — and start working. In his mind, he continues to cope with the issues that led him to substance abuse, violence, and doing things he could not undo. That will never end. That’s a life sentence. But, now, he can do more than think. He can do. He can help people. He can even save people.  In the elevator, the door will always open. And you can walk right through. And then, you’re free. last_img read more

Hospitals mobilizing to kill legislation that would prevent hospitals from gouging you

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter One of the benefits of Game of Thrones going off the air — especially for someone like your humble narrator, who did not watch the show and writes professionally about politically fraught and challenging situations — is that people no longer feel the need to make GOT references to describe politically fraught and challenging situations. You don’t need to evoke dragons or magic or zombies or hearts, moons, stars, and clovers to describe treachery or cunning or plotting or inaction or indifference or cravenness. That’s just how politics is; that’s just how the political process works.  And yet, the combination of hospital billing and the seamy, transactional world of Sacramento politics does feel like some manner of dark sorcery. And, in this realm, ZSFGH is one of the good actors, or, at least, one of the better actors. It wasn’t out of the goodness of anyone’s heart, but at least ZSFGH has ostensibly disavowed balance billing. Other hospital chains are mounting a full-court press in defense of the status-quo: Chiu says his fellow legislators have copped to him that they’re getting calls on their cell phones from hospital CEOs imploring them to not support AB1611 Some acquiesce. Some don’t. AB1611 passed out of the Assembly, but not with rock star voting totals. There are a lot of abstentions here. You can guess why. On Wednesday, July 10, the bill will have its first Senate hearing, before the Health Committee. This could well be a make-it or break-it affair. The committee is composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans and this bill needs to get five of those nine votes (or, let’s be honest, five of the seven votes). And, yes — Chiu is told his colleagues’ cell phones are still ringing. It remains to be seen whether our elected leaders wish to preserve a status quo in which insured patients can be stuck with crippling bills – a practice  justified as a means to subsidize the uninsured like Conan Mattisson — who are then stuck with crippling bills. When asked how he thinks things will go on Wednesday, Chiu says “I’d be surprised if it gets through committee without a substantial amendment.” He offers a wan grin. “Everything is in flux.” In other words: Hold onto your wallet. “I had no alternative,” says Conan Mattisson. “It was an emergency. That’s why I went to the emergency room.” Photo by Joe EskenaziDavid Chiu’s bill would essentially do two things. One has gotten a good bit of media coverage. The other has not. First off, it would prevent patients from receiving a bill beyond their copay. That’s the part you’ve read about, provided you’ve read about this at all. But Chiu’s bill would also take the likely even more impactful step of standardizing the cost of emergency room procedures. That hasn’t been talked about as much in the media. But the hospital lobby is talking about it a lot — perhaps even on calls to our legislators’ cell phones. Because this is the element the hospital lobby simply cannot abide. To unearth the apocryphal Willie Sutton quote, that’s where the money is. If you eliminate hospitals’ ability to bill patients beyond the copay but don’t address chaotic and unregulated costs of ER procedures, in the end you’re not accomplishing much. The money patients save on the front end can always be extracted on the back end via higher charges and higher insurance premiums. “It’d be like closing the front door and leaving the back door open,” explains Chiu.There’s a lot that’s complicated about health care, but this really isn’t. Hospitals would rather have the ability to charge you an unlimited amount — say the $226 suture kit used for Mattisson’s one stitch — than a regulated, limited amount. “They do not need to justify their charges. They have full discretion,” Ge Bai, a Johns Hopkins professor of both accounting and health management and policy, told us last month. Hospital billing is, bewilderingly, almost wholly unrelated to the actual costs incurred by the hospital.“There are no regulatory forces to limit their ability to set a high charge,” Bai continues. “The charge is coming purely from the hospital and subject to no external forces.”  Even for insured patients, Bai notes, ER billing is a strange pas-de-deux between insurance companies and the hospital in which the latter establishes leverage by setting a ridiculous initial price unrelated to any cost factor or basis in reality, and the former argues them down to a percentage of this ridiculous price unrelated to any cost factor or basis in reality. The loser, clearly, is the patient, whom Bai refers to as “prey” in a predatory system. Chiu’s bill, notably, would constitute “regulatory forces.” Most CEOs with legislators’ cell numbers on speed dial would prefer to not be regulated.  That’s just how politics is; that’s just how the political process works. Come Wednesday, it’ll be clearer if Chiu’s emergency room bill requires an emergency room of its own. Or a morgue.  Update, Wednesday, July 10: Facing long odds, Chiu and Sen. Scott Wiener opted to change AB1611 into a two-year bill. This essentially hits the pause button on the legislation and gives Chiu a year to marshal more support. His other options, neither good, were to push ahead with a losing proposition, thereby forcing the senators to, on the record, kill this bill or accept unwanted amendments. Late last month, we introduced you to Conan Mattisson, a 40-year-old Mission Street resident who inadvertently plunged a knife into his dominant right hand deep enough that he could peer in and observe his tendons moving around. This is neither a healthy nor productive way to spend a Thursday evening. He headed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, received a single stitch in a five-minute procedure, and was sent home. Then the bill arrived: $3,321.  Assemblyman David Chiu tries to sew up loopholes in ER billing this week — but hospital CEOs have lawmakers on speed dial. ZSFGH originally said it needed to surprise privately insured patients with huge bills to make up for treating the uninsured and publicly insured patients. But then it charges an uninsured patient $3300 for one stitch?— David Chiu (@DavidChiu) June 26, 2019 Mattisson is an unemployed former bicycle messenger. He has experienced bouts of homelessness in recent years and has, in the not-too-distant past, been on food stamps. He is also uninsured. Separate and apart from the surreal lunacy of a single stitch costing as much as a new one-bedroom apartment (which is also surreal lunacy, but one thing at a time), this is simply not a cost he can incur. The jarring nature of Mattisson’s story garnered a fair bit of attention — though it’s not clear if anyone at ZSFGH with a capacity to help has done so. One person who might be able to help, however, is Mattisson’s assemblyman, David Chiu. And Mattisson’s plight was of particular interest to him. Following articles from Sarah Kliff, then at Vox, and a series from the Chronicle’s Heather Knight, it was revealed that ZSFGH was, to a particularly onerous degree, engaging in “balance billing” — sticking patients for the portion of their debt that insurance providers didn’t deign to cover. And, because of the way ZSFGH is structured, these could be life-altering sums: Since the hospital is out-of-network for private insurers, even covered patients requiring emergency care were finding themselves stuck with five- and six-digit bills dwarfing Mattisson’s. On the heels of media scrutiny and political pressure, ZSFGH in February publicly disavowed this practice. Chiu has introduced a bill, AB1611, that would require every hospital in the state to follow suit and stop bankrupting patients. To be clear, Chiu’s bill deals with insured patients, not uninsured ones like Mattisson. But the former bike messenger’s ordeal is still germane. “ZSFGH originally said it needed to surprise privately insured patients with huge bills to make up for treating the uninsured and publicly insured patients,” Chiu wrote in a tweet. But then it charges an uninsured patient $3,300 for one stitch? ” Hospital billing, it turns out, is kind of like riding on the 14-Mission: You’d do well to keep a hand on your wallet at all times.  Email Addresslast_img read more

LANGTREE Park will be once again hosting a special

first_imgLANGTREE Park will be once again hosting a special fans forum with Saints Past and Present.Sean Long, Bernard Dwyer, Phil Veivers and Alex Walmsley will be on the panel at the Players Association event on Wednesday September 21 (7.30pm).Priced at £9 (with hotpot), tickets will sell out fast!You can get yours from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.last_img

Black River rebuilding fundraiser to help hurricane victims

first_img The event will feature a pig pickin’ with food provided by the community and church members including Burgaw Baptist and Burgaw United Methodist.  There will also be a silent and live auction.  Some of items being  auctioned include a boat valued at $12,000, a 2013 car, a week at Topsail, a low country boil for 12, art, sporting goods, antiques and more.Organizers are hoping to have a turnout of 300 with a goal of raising $50,000 to continue to help rebuild lives displaced by Hurricane Matthew.Some of the items donated for the auction. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Burgaw Presbyterian Church is hosting a fundraiser to help families along the Black River in Pender County who are still displaced by Hurricane Matthew.It will be Wednesday, August 16, at 5:30pm at Burgaw Presbyterian Church. The money raised will be donated to the Wilmington Baptist Men who have been helping rebuild homes in the Black River area.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Operation Tourniquet Six arrested for drug gun charges

first_img Wilmington Police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, targeted alleged members of the Bloods street gang in Wilmington.“We are committed to combating these gangs to further decrease gun and drug crimes in the Wilmington area and stamp out the gang activity on its street,” U.S. District Attorney Eastern District Robert Higdon, Jr. said.Several law enforcement agencies came together to discuss the undercover operation.Related Article: Wilmington Police looking for missing man“The investigation culminated in a coordinated take down, carried out by a joint force of approximately sixty law enforcement officers. This included assistance from members of both the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Offices and we’ve made additional arrests this week and we expect more to come,” Higdon said.It was all a part of Project Safe Neighborhoods to reduce gun and gang crime in America.Six Port City men have been indicted on several drug charges, four of which also have pending illegal firearm charges.WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous thanked everyone involved who helped make the streets a little safer.“We work together, we partner together, we put our resources together, and I have to tell you, we’re making a difference,” Evangelous said. “It’s a long road, but we’re making some progress.”Investigators described the six men arrested as “the worst of the worst”. They had a combined three dozen felony convictions prior to this operation.Victor Eugene Dorm (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)29-year-old Victor Eugene Dorm, aka “VI”:– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of powder cocaine– One count of manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack)– Eight counts of distribution and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and/or powder cocaine– Two counts of use and carry a firearm during and in relation to the distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin– One count of use and carry a firearm during and in relation to the manufacture, possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of crack cocaine and possession of the firearm in furtherance of the same– Six counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felonRufus Lamar Parker (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)27-year-old Rufus Lamar Parker, aka “Rudy Parker”:– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocainebase (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine– Six counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaineSylvester Lorenzo Hooper, Jr. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)26-year-old Sylvester Lorenzo Hooper, Jr. aka “Pocket Watch”:– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty-eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) Possession of a firearm by a felon– Four counts of Distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)James Flowers (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)24-year-old James Flowers, aka “Jamaal Greene”, “Chapo”, “Slick”:– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute twenty eight (28) grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of powder cocaine– One Count manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and aiding and abetting– One Count use and and carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearm in furtherance of such crime and aiding and abettingEugene Telphia Grady, Jr. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)31-year-old Eugene Telphia Grady, Jr. aka “Taeo”– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of of cocaine base (crack)– Three counts Distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack)Joseph Anthony Vaught (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)28-year-old Joseph Anthony Vaught, aka “Gotti”:– Distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin– Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five (5) kilograms or more of powder cocaine– Use and carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possession of firearm infurtherance of such crime– Attempted interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting– Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon Operation Tourniquet (Photo: Aria Lipscomb/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An undercover operation has led to six arrests in Wilmington for multiple drug and firearm charges.Crack, heroin and fentanyl are some of the drugs that were being supplied throughout Wilmington in a drug ring that is now dismantled. The sting was part of Operation Tourniquet.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Future brides and grooms attend Wilmingtons Wedding Showcase

first_img One vendor Jonathan Herman said his favorite thing about coming out to these events is reaching out to future clients and giving them exactly what they have always dreamed of.“You know, the reason we got into this is because we love being apart of someone’s most important day of their life. That special feeling that’s just there, it’s a natural high,” By the Sea DJ and Event Planning Owner Jonathan Herman said.Herman said his best advice for brides is to pick vendors you trust, but have fun and enjoy the wedding. There were around thirty different vendors and three mini fashion shows for everyone to enjoy. The Perfect Wedding Planner Magazine Wedding Showcase (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spring is almost here and that means wedding bells. Dozens of future brides attended a wedding showcase and fashion show this weekend to get prepared for the big day.The Perfect Wedding Planner Magazine presented their Wilmington’s Wedding Showcase and Fashion Show. This event was so brides and grooms could meet all the vendors they will need in person.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brazilian Church responds to Venezuelan migrant crisis

first_imgVenezuelan migrants arriving in BrazilVenezuelan migrants arriving in Brazil Solidarity in welcoming Venezuelan migrants is one of the challenges the Brazilian Catholic Church is facing in recent months. Most Venezuelans arrive in the country along the border of Pacaraima, in the state of Roraima, a situation that continues, despite the border being closed. The diocese of Roraima is one of the main centers that receive and welcome these migrants.In recent months the project “Paths of solidarity” has been created, in which the work of Caritas, together with other institutions of the local Church, is fundamental. In other places in Brazil, various parishes, schools, religious congregations are offering to welcome these migrants and offer them alternatives to help them in their lives.Solidarity towards migrantsOne of these experiences is that of the parish of Santa Marta and Santa Paula, in the city of Leme, diocese of Limeira, State of São Paulo. In the statements sent to Fides News Agency by Caritas Roraima, the attitude of the parish priest, Father Isaiah Daniel, who contacted Mgr. Mario Antonio da Silva, Bishop of Roraima, emerges to see how the parish can show solidarity towards Venezuelan migrants.This attitude can serve as an example to dialogue with other requests of public power and local networks, in order to be able to support the Venezuelan family that is welcomed by the parish. Caritas Roraima emphasizes that this experience shows that from parishes, experiences can be realized that transform the lives of concrete people.At the same time, Caritas Roraima expects this type of attitude to lead more dioceses and parishes throughout the country to take on this type of initiative, which until now is not common in many Brazilian dioceses.In this sense, Mgr. Mario Antonio da Silva, in a letter sent to his confreres in the Episcopate, recently highlighted how the commitment that the Bishops themselves made during the 2018 General Assembly is put into practice: to be in solidarity with the many Venezuelan families in Roraima.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

PA another captured state institution serving developers interests – Repubblika

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb Repubblika has argued that the Planning Authority is now hostage to the interests of the developer and not the public.The Rule of Law NGO has said that the body which oversees applications for new building developments, ‘is yet another captured state institution, which instead of promoting the common good enables the greedy developers’ illegitimate exploitation of our country’s natural resources.’Repubblika makes these comments in tandem with expressing its agreement for and support of Moviment Graffitti’s upcoming protest taking place on Tuesday.Graffitti to host ‘Protest against the Dictatorship of the developers’Graffitti announced the protest on Saturday as an angry response to “the arrogance of unscrupulous developers” and how they run roughshod over the public’s interests.The protest is expected for Tuesday June 18th starting from St Luke’s Hospital in Gwardamangia at 6pm and end outside the MDA headquarters, ‘to protest the arrogance of Sandro Chetcuti’s lobby,’ Graffitti states.‘Repubblika agrees with Moviment Graffiti that developers do as they please all over Malta, to the detriment of residents who have to face, day to day, noise, dust, road closures, traffic, illegal dumping of waste, physical hazards, and the arrogance of the developers. We have reached a point where construction workers’ lives are being systematically sacrificed as developers ignore health and safety rules.’Repubblika adds that members of its Executive Committee will be attending the protest, encouraging the public to join them.WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda Telecom Rates Are Key To Growth

first_imgAdvertisement Naidu says in order to increase penetration from its current 35% level – the cost of using mobile phones must continue to be reduced.Naidu added that the continued high call rates and the overall cost of mobile phones in the country have limited the growth of the sector, but that with efforts by operators, the country can see a boom to the industry.Naidu says if telecom operators are by the supported Ugandan government and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), mobile penetration can grow by at least 1% monthly. – Advertisement – “A price ceiling affects affordability. Putting rates at Shs2 (less than UD$1) per second will make it too expensive for customers in this era of rising commodity prices. Market forces should be left to control prices,” says Naidu.Uganda has been in the midst of continued price wars, which telecom analysts believe will assist with the growth of the industry. A number of Uganda telecom operators believe the price war will adversely affect their profit margins.“For the customer, it is a positive to have price wars because that means the costs they are charged is reduced and overall, companies should see it as a way of increasing new subscribers,” says Jonathan Yingale, a Kampala-based IT professionalSource: itnewsafricalast_img read more

Thermal Cameras Can Detect Poachers Ebola

first_imgAdvertisement Thermal imaging cameras are gaining in popularity in Africa, because the cost of these kinds of cameras are coming down, whilst the number of usage applications for these devices are going up.Thermal imaging cameras record images of the infra-red radiation (heat) being emitted by the skin to determine threats. The image produced by these cameras consists of a range of colors, with hotter areas represented in red, cooler areas appearing in blue and lukewarm areas in orange or yellow for instance.These cameras have a number of advantages over conventional CCTV security cameras including being able to detect threats in extremely low light (or even complete darkness), and during unfavorable weather conditions like heavy fog, dust, excessive glare from the sun, or thick vegetation in the area being surveyed. In addition, thermal cameras provide a much clearer image compared to conventional imaging solutions and have a considerably longer threat detection range when compared to lower resolution surveillance cameras that make use of conventional optics. – Advertisement – This makes thermal imaging cameras particularly appealing within the property security sector such as within housing- and golf estates, as well as businesses such as a car park or train station for instance where long perimeter fences are used.“Despite an entry-level thermal imaging camera costing in the region of KSh. 249,000, the overall return on investment comes across in the total cost of a company’s security solutions. This, as low cost thermal cameras can cover long distances of between 300 and 400 meters, whereas a company would need up to eight conventional surveillance cameras to cover the same area at an inferior image quality with devices that are more susceptible to a range of environmental factors and conditions,” says Roy Alves, Regional Business Development Manager for Axis Communications.last_img read more

HAC Uganda Named Incubation Prize Winner in ViiV Healthcare Positive Action Challenge

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan innovation, the Health Access Connect (HAC) has been named the winner of ViiV Healthcare Connecting to Clinic Positive Action Challenge.The challenge is crafted to encourage new approaches to solving specific but common problems in HIV that limit health, opportunity and rights.Positive Action Challenges are meant to connect experts in HIV and international development communities with solvers and innovators from other fields with an aim to identify innovative solutions that can overcome the common bottlenecks faced in tackling HIV. – Advertisement – HAC is a non-profit organisation that sets up mobile clinics in remote areas of Uganda within resource-limited settings.Their innovative service transports mobile health workers with medicine, equipment and blood samples to and from health centres by adapting and modifying commonly available transportation – motorcycle taxis (bodaboda) – to provide essential health services to communities in need.As part of the challenge, motorcycle riders will transport health workers and supplies to several villages per month, providing local communities with much-needed access to routine check-ups; immunizations; deworming; antimalarial services; and testing, treatment and care for people at risk of and living with HIV.The programme is projected to provide at least 1,050 patients with essential health services in the first year of operation and more than 15,000 by the end of year two, the vast majority of whom are living on less than $2 per day.Up to $50,000 will be awarded upon successful demonstration of proof of concept requirements.The Incubation Prize will collect proof of concept data to assess the long-term sustainability, cost-effectiveness and scalability of the programme in other regions.The micro-financing model employed by HAC will be piloted to evaluate its on-going viability in resource-limited settings to ensure impactful health outcomes are achieved and optimised.last_img read more


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BENS BLOG Ralph Topping – Out of order

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o this week, Blog, the government have gone to the bookmakers, for yet another handout. Coming up with a tax increase, on top of the 15% Gross-Profits Tax, the 10% Levy, and the 23% Corporation Tax. AND, if you’re self-employed, you THEN, in the unlikely event that there’s anything left for you, pay standard income-tax, before ACTUALLY getting to touch any of the money with your own dirty mits.The government don’t approve of roulette machines. They keep telling us this. They spread gambling addiction and ruin lives (correct). But then they want an extra 5% of the book, by putting the tax on them, up from 20% to 25%? Well, surely you want them in society, or not, don’t you? Does it make them okay, and people not addicted anymore, if Lord Snooty, George Osborne, gets an extra earner out of them? Bookmakers are such an easy target, Blog. They have thousands of shops all over the country, that they obviously can’t just move, and this latest tax-rise really is an A-class showing of hypocrisy.The most odd comments of late though, seem to have come from chief William Hill corporate wage-slave; Ralph Topping. In response to the oncoming Point-of-Consumption Tax, he’s told the mugs down at the stock-market: Don’t worry, don’t worry, the weaker opposition will get shaken out first and then we’ll be fine again. The ‘weaker opposition’, Ralph? Do you mean the ‘weaker’ bookmakers, that have actually got a pair of balls between their legs, get licenses in their own name, and play the punters with their own money? Are those the ‘weak’ people you’re referring to? As opposed to those ‘strong’ people that do it with someone else’s money all of their lives, Ralph? Please have some respect for the independent-bookmakers in this country, that actually bring the game a bit of colour, class, and character, rather than just silly computer-apps and low-grade television adverts!!To be fair to Topping, he was one of the few wage-slaves that tried to stick it up the Betfair Bootleggers in the early days, but he’s certainly out of order here.In other news:The government are now softening up in terms of punishments for those who don’t pay their TV-licence. Err, why’s that then? Well, of course, Blog! God forbid, anyone living in the once Great British nation, actually has a RESPONSIBILITY they must act upon, in return for their myriad of ‘entahawmints’!!Over-and-out, B xlast_img read more


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.Tuesday 17 October HORSE RACING2.20 HuntingdonInn The Bull 7/2 > 5/42.40 WorcesterViking Mistress 7/2 > 9/43.30 LeicesterVibrant Chords 11/4 > 2/17.15 KemptonWaqt 8/1 > 4/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport ESPN16/1 Maribor 1/6 Liverpool 13/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 4K UHD8/13 Man City 4/1 Napoli 7/2 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 24/9 Real Madrid 6/1 Tottenham Hotspur 4/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

STAR PREVIEW Woking v Watford

first_imgGeneral view of the FA Cup trophy Those looking for shocks in the FA Cup yesterday got their fill as League One Gillingham beat Premier League Cardiff City, while Championship side Bristol City knocked out Huddersfield Town, but it’s fair to say any sort of result for Woking against Watford today would be a shock for the ages.Non-league Woking are second in the National League South – the sixth tier of English football – and have earned a deserved reward for a long FA Cup road, with three rounds of qualifying followed by wins over Torquay and Swindon.Torquay are the league leaders of the National South and they had to travel to Swindon, currently 12th in League Two, so they deserve plenty of respect and Watford will not want to underestimate their opponents. Woking are on a winning run of four in a row and if there’s one thing they do, it’s score. They have seen 24 goals in their last eight games in all competitions and it’s mid August (or 27 games) for the last occasion when a side kept a clean sheet against them.The potential absence of Max Kretzschmar, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season, is a blow but Jake Hyde has 11 goals this season and Jamar Loza also has the same amount from the wing, including 4 in the cups.All this said, Watford ought to find a way. There’s 110 places between them on the league ladder and Watford should be eyeing up a cup run given their strong first half of the Premier League season, which sees them lying in eighth.Those who are always looking at the Both Teams To Score markets could well note that Watford have kept just 4 clean sheets all season in the Premier League but they went and gave Tottenham a real shakeup when going down only on penalties in the Carabao Cup. That night they started with Heurelho Gomes, Marc Navarro Cecilian, Craig Cathcart, Adrian Mariappa, Adam Masina, Kiko Femenía, Ben Wilmot, Nathaniel Chalobah, Domingos Quina, Ken Sema and Isaac Successs, and it looks very likely that they will put out a similar side.There’s little interest in asking Watford to cover a handicap here, but there could well be plenty of goals. Woking aren’t likely to lie down and the difference between Watford and the hosts should translate into goals, eventually.Woking v WatfordFA Cup 3rd Round14:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD*(Maximum 10 matches)First Meeting between sidesOver 3.5 is 23/20 but if one takes the same price for Over 3.5 Asian goals, then half stakes are returned if there’s only 3 goals in the 90 and that might be the best way to play this game.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Over 3.5 Asian Goals 5 points at 23/20 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 200.55 pointslast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Newcastle v Man U

first_imgIt appears to be a case of New Year, New Manchester United, as they head to Newcastle United tonight with a spring in their step. They have been given a licence to attack under their new boss and they have taken that with aplomb, putting three impressive wins together in just over a week.They have scored 12 goals in those three games and what’s notable is the mood around the club and the team. The Stretford End was roaring as Huddersfield and Bournemouth were systematically dismantled and Paul Pogba led the charge for the second straight week in a row. A simple change in management has allowed the fans to see why he is one of the most expensive players in the world and Pogba scored two goals for the second straight week in a row against Bournemouth and he’s also provided three assists.Marcus Rashford has been let off the leash and was a menace on Sunday, scoring for the second time in three games, and with Antony Martial also seen to much greater effect it’s clear this United side is a different proposition.This is the toughest test they’ve had since changing managers as Newcastle tend to be stiff opposition to break down at home. Rafa Benitez is nervously looking over his shoulder as there have been recent wins for Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff that make the relegation race even tighter and it’s hard to imagine them buying too many players in the January transfer window.That said, they stayed up last season and a comparison with them at this stage show that they are on pace for exactly the same total. They could really have done with holding on for three points at Watford before Abdoulaye Doucoure’s equaliser but they presented a stiff resistance and they have been hard for visiting members of the big six to break down.Newcastle United v Man UtdPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD*(Maximum 10 matches)OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 NewcastleFEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-0 Manchester UnitedNOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-1 NewcastleJAN 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 3-3 Manchester UnitedAUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 NewcastleMAR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-1 Manchester UnitedDEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-1 NewcastleAPR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-4 Manchester UnitedDEC 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-1 NewcastleHowever, they have lost all but one of their six matches against top half opposition and each one of their matches against the top six as well. 2-1 defeats to Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal make that correct score an interesting price at 14/1 but Over 2.5 goals looks the bet at 4/5. Newcastle will aim to sit deep to stifle United but they have the pace now to fashion an opportunity and if they take the lead United will have to come forward.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 5 points at 4/5 with starsports.betBACK 1-2 CORRECT SCORE 1 point at 14/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 202.03 pointslast_img read more

Rice football coach Bailiff Tshirt exchange program Friday

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice football coach Bailiff T-shirt exchange program FridayHOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2014) – Rice Owls head football coach David Bailiff will hold his annual T-shirt exchange at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 19 in front of William Marsh Rice’s statute in the middle of the university’s academic quadrangle.Each year, Bailiff sets up shop in front of Willy’s statue and exchanges with Rice students other schools’ gear for a new Rice football T-shirt.The defending C-USA champion Owls will host Old Dominion for their home and conference opener at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Rice Stadium.Who: Football head coach David Bailiff.What: T-shirt exchange photo op and media availability.When: 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19.Where: William Marsh Rice’s statue, Rice University’s academic quad.In leading Rice to last season’s Conference USA title, as well as a second consecutive bowl game, David Bailiff continues to deliver on his pledge to build a program at Rice that makes its mark on the field, in the classroom and in the community.Entering his eighth season at Rice, Bailiff has twice led the Owls to 10 wins, matching Jess Neely’s 1949 squad for the most in school history. And the Owls’ 41-24 victory over Marshall in the C-USA championship game last year gave Rice its first outright conference championship since 1957. Bailiff has twice led the Owls to two bowl wins (2008 Texas Bowl and 2012 Armed Forces Bowl), and with one more bowl win, he would tie Neely for the most in school history.The Owls can be followed all season long at, on Twitter @RiceFootball1 and on the football Facebook page.-30- Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.This news release can be found at read more

Rice Universitybased OpenStax partners with UK Open Textbooks

first_img Infographic about OpenStax textbook usage worldwide Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Daniel Williamson photo courtesy Jemel Agulto/Rice University Return to article. Long Description-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: courtesy of OpenStax) Daniel Williamson (Photo by Jemel Agulto/OpenStax) OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. It measures success in terms of dollars saved by students who do not have to buy textbooks because they have access to free textbooks. (Image courtesy of OpenStax)More information is available at OpenStax news from Rice:Nearly 1.5 million college students to use free textbooks this school year — Aug. 10, 2017 launches personalized learning tool for college courses — July 10, 2017’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M in coming year — June 27, 2017, OER Commons partner on community hubs — Oct. 11, 2016 Return to article. Long DescriptionDaniel Williamson“The data suggests there is a great and growing need in the U.K. for more books like those published by OpenStax,” said Weller, professor of educational technology at the Open University. “We’ll be exploring how textbooks are chosen by U.K. instructors, what kind of messages resonate with U.K. audiences, how faculty adapt open content to meet their needs and what parts of OpenStax’s process can be generalized for initiatives in other countries. This partnership will help us develop the most-effective strategies for getting resources in the hands of as many students as possible as quickly as possible.”Another early step will be identifying existing communities of U.K. academics and institutions that have already adopted open education resources (OER) like OpenStax’s free textbooks. For example, OpenStax books are already used in more than 100 courses in the U.K. Williamson said early adopters will be a valuable source of feedback as the initiative looks at what U.K. instructors hope to gain from open texts.Read more about the UK Open Textbooks initiative at is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ann and John Doerr, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. For more information, visit Share1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice University-based OpenStax partners with UK Open TextbooksNonprofit textbook publisher launches international initiativeHOUSTON — (Sept. 12, 2017) — Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which already provides free, high quality, openly licensed textbooks to nearly 1.5 million college students per year, is partnering with Open University’s UK Open Textbooks initiative to bring OpenStax’s textbooks to the United Kingdom.The yearlong project is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of its commitment to supporting learning resources that students can download, edit and share. The work is part of an ongoing OpenStax initiative to make its open-textbook model available to students around the globe. OpenStax’s textbooks are expected to save U.S. students more than $145 million in the 2017-2018 academic year, and the publisher is hopeful that its approach can have a similar impact on U.K. students.A 2012 survey by the U.K.’s National Union of Students and the California-based publisher CourseSmart reported that 81 percent of U.K. students thought textbooks should be provided free by their institution; a 2017 survey by Save the Student, the U.K.’s largest student finance website, found that U.K. students spend an average of about $506 per year on textbooks.“Our goal is to bring affordable course materials to as many students as possible, so international expansion is an exciting and intuitive next step for us,” said OpenStax Managing Director Daniel Williamson. “By its nature, openly licensed content is meant for adaptation. This project will allow us to research which pieces of our model work well in an international context and which pieces can best be adapted to meet the specific needs of U.K. students.”OpenStax uses philanthropic grants to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and used in more than 8,500 courses at 4,200 colleges and universities. According to UK Open Textbooks researcher Martin Weller, one of the first things the project will examine is how U.K. institutions and courses differ from their American counterparts. The project will work with OpenStax and the Open Textbook Network to investigate whether these successful models in the U.S. can be adapted to the UK. AddThislast_img read more

Temple Winners Wharton Blockchain and More – Philly News

first_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Summer may be just beginning, but that doesn’t mean class is out for Philadelphia business school news. Here’s this week’s Philly news brief.Fox School Announces Second Annual IMPACT Award Winners — Fox NewsroomThe Temple University Fox School of Business recognized outstanding staff members at the second-annual IMPACT Awards ceremony late last month, honoring staff who demonstrated the ability to collaborate effectively as groups to deliver impactful service, teaching, and research contributions. The awards are also held with Temple’s School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management.This year, 16 groups representing the accomplishments of 70 faculty and 86 staff members earned nominations. The three winners were:The Fox Global Immersion programThe Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy (TUEA)The Fox Center for Undergraduate Advising.Winning groups took home glass trophies, customized merchandise to commemorate the achievement, a special group experience, and financial rewards. To read more about the winners, click here.Penn Launches Strategic Collaboration with Ripple — Wharton NewsThe University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science recently announced the launch of The Ripple Project: a collaboration with blockchain-based global payments leader Ripple that aims to support academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and distributed ledger technology.Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School, proclaimed during the announcement that:“Blockchain represents the fusion of technology and finance spanning schools and disciplines well beyond Wharton. The Ripple Project will transform the way our students and faculty look at blockchain and its potential to change the world. We are thrilled to welcome Ripple’s collaboration as we prepare future leaders who will shape the future of how this dynamic technology is developed to transform fields as diverse as finance, logistics, and healthcare.”Penn is one of only 17 universities around the world partnering with Ripple and its University Blockchain Research Initiative. Each university has the autonomy to determine its own research topics and areas of focus.You can read more about this exciting news here.EMBA vs MBA: Which Is Right for Me? — LeBow NewsThe LeBow College of Business recently published an article to help prospective MBAs choose between their EMBA and MBA programs. The piece compares and contrasts the Experience Level, Class Style, and Curriculum of both programs.MetroMBA has ranked LeBow’s EMBA as one of the best in the Philadelphia metro area. Check out how the two degree programs match up here. regions: Philadelphiacenter_img Temple Winners, Wharton Blockchain, and More – Philly News RelatedVillanova Wins, Wharton and Temple Land Donations, and More – Philly NewsPhiladelphia was up late this week watching the Villanova win its second NCAA Championship in three years, but that wasn’t the only exciting news out of the City of Brotherly Love. Here’s your weekly Philly business school news brief! William P. Lauder Endows the William P. Lauder Wharton Leadership Fellows…April 5, 2018In “Featured Home”Fox School of Business Names Lenfest Professor of Entrepreneurship and InnovationDr Mitrabarun “MB” Sarkar, Professor in the Department of Strategic Management and founding Academic Director of the Global Immersion Program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, has been named the H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Sarkar has been a member of the school’s faculty since…April 18, 2014In “Featured Home”Getting Paid: The Highest MBA Salaries in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia: The City of Brotherly Love—or shove, depending on which out-of-town sports jersey you might be wearing out in public. Jokes aside, Philly’s rep as the “City That Bombed Itself” or a town Vice once described as “an entire population of high school dropouts unite[d] in their worship of a…August 1, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more