Month: July 2019

Progressives Propose Alternative Density Program

first_imgSupervisors Aaron Peskin and Eric Mar announced forthcoming legislation on Tuesday that would allow developers to build denser, taller buildings on certain lots around the city if the buildings are fully affordable.The forthcoming legislation – announced at a press conference on Tuesday – is an alternative proposal to the widely discussed Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program, which would allow private developers similar height and density benefits for increasing the percentage of affordable units in a project.The alternative plan would only grant a two-story height and density increase to projects that are fully affordable, which are often built by nonprofit developers with public financing. The added height and density would make building affordable units more economical for the developer, Peskin said.That’s a full story less than the original density bonus proposal gave to fully affordable housing projects, which would be able to rise to three stories above height limits. 0% Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Under the original law, developers get an additional two stories above height limits and other density bonuses if they build an additional 18 percent of affordable units — above the 12 percent required by city law — on-site at middle-income levels. Most of the units in those projects would remain market-rate, however, and even some of the below-market-rate units were deemed too expensive by opponents of the law. Those 18 percent of units would be open to households making between 120 and 140 percent of area median income, or $129,250 to $150,800 a year for a family of four. That income requirement prompted a cry of “ethnic cleansing” earlier this year when opponents said that the law would create unaffordable units in minority neighborhoods like the Western Addition and Bayview-Hunter’s Point and further displacement.Fully affordable housing projects — which would get a three-story bonus under the original proposal and a two-story bonus under the alternative — are reserved for those making 60 percent of area median income or less, which comes to $64,600 a year for a family of four.Peskin and Mar’s alternative proposal would include a stipulation that affordability requirements be based on a neighborhood’s median income, rather than the generally higher regional income. That would ensure that units built in a neighborhood be affordable to local residents, proponents said. Their proposal promotes “equity and equitable development without displacement,” Mar said. “We are not against development. I support development that is…not for the 1 percent or the 11 percent, it’s for all of us,” Mar added, referencing a statistic that only 11 percent of San Francisco residents could afford to buy a median-priced home in the city.It also restricts developers from destroying any existing housing or displacing any neighborhood-serving businesses, a point of contention with the original bonus law. The original law was amended to prohibit the destruction of any housing units and allows businesses to seek relocation assistance from the city.Fred Sherburn Zimmer, with the Housing Rights Committee, emphasized the importance of building exclusively affordable, rather than market-rate, housing. She said displacement is exacerbated by the construction of market-rate housing, negating the effect of including affordable units in market-rate developments. She cited a flood of eviction notices and rent increases she observed after the proposal of a large market rate development at 16th and Mission streets. “If you build 10 affordable units and displace 100 low income tenants, we don’t get shit, let’s be honest,” Sherburn Zimmer said. She also characterized market rate homes as investment options or pied-a-terres for the wealthy. An investigation by 48 Hills found that some 39 percent of condos in 23 new buildings were owned by absentee owners, and a SPUR report found that more than 9,000 units citywide were only occupied occasionally as vacation homes.The city has identified some 214 locations city-wide — ranging from gas stations to parking lots to single-story buildings — on which construction could proceed without the destruction of any existing housing.But critics of the alternative say the new proposal is counterproductive if the goal is to incentivize housing production and mitigate the city’s affordability crisis.Supporters of Proposition C joined Supervisor Peskin at his press conference promoting an alternative density bonus program.Sonja Trauss, the founder of the pro-development San Francisco Bay Area Renter’s Federation — SF BARF — backed the original law because it would nudge private developers to boost the percentage of middle-income housing in their projects and create more housing overall, she said.The alternative “defeats the purpose of most of the Affordable Housing Bonus Program,” she said. She called for the city to study the housing that would be built under both proposals and guessed that the alternative would result in far less new construction.“It’ll just be way fewer houses,” she said. “It removes all the incentive for private developers to offer middle-class housing.”Trauss also took issue with the protection of businesses. She understood why upending commercial tenants would be undesirable and said she sympathized with those that lose their leases. In the midst of the city’s current housing crisis, however, decisions must be made on whether to prioritize housing production or the existence of low-lying businesses, she said.“If you choose not to tear down a one-story commercial and don’t build 100-200 units, that’s a choice you’ve made,” she said. “That’s displacement.”Tim Colen, the director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, said he had not yet studied the alternative proposal but was cautious. Conferring added density on fully affordable projects is a desirable policy, he said, but the alternative proposal would do little to push private developers to build more middle-income housing. “Is it going to incentivize anyone to say, ‘Oh wow, this is a huge opportunity, I’m going to start building?’” he said. “We’re skeptical.”Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, admitted that the new law is narrow but said the original proposal gave too much to private developers in return for too little. The new proposal would be targeted, he said, and could be expanded if successful.“You can’t just throw an idea at the wall and hope that the market will give you its best shot,” he said. “[This is] an alternative to the overall package, and it’s a much narrower program that’s been fine-tuned.”The original bonus program will be heard by the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors on June 6, while the alternative will be introduced to the board sometime before then. last_img read more

THIS is the fantastic new 2012 Away ShirtLaunched

first_imgTHIS is the fantastic new 2012 Away Shirt.Launched to the Founder Members today, the eagerly awaited 2012 away kit is navy blue – matching the brand new ISC training range – and looks great on and off the pitch.As with the home shirt, the main shirt sponsors Ty-phoo Tea have been joined by ODs Designer Clothing on the collar as well as Knowsley Safari Park and Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeves.On its reverse – where you can have your own or your favourite player’s name printed* – are Hattons Solicitors and PSD Vehicle Rental.The shirt is created with a cut and sew construction and made from ‘Vector’ polyester material.And the sewn on St Helens R.F.C. shield logo has been updated to reflect our return home to St Helens.Shirt Prices start at:£29.99 for Toddlers (Sizes 0-4) – saving £3 on 2011 price.£32.99 for Children (Sizes 8-16) £44.99 for Adults (XS -6XL) and Ladies (8-18).You can buy at the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 050 (Option 3) or by logging on to*Please ensure you buy the correct sized shirt as once it is printed it cannot be exchanged. The shirt is sized to be close fitting and slightly shorter so please ensure you order larger sizes if you prefer a looser fit.Your Statutory Rights are not affected.last_img read more

ALEX Walmsley has been banned for one match follow

first_imgALEX Walmsley has been banned for one match following an incident in the fixture with Catalan on Saturday.He was found guilty of Grade B striking in the 79th minute of the match.Catalan’s Eloi Pelissier was also banned for one game for the incident.The Independent Review Panel fined James Roby £300 for a Grade B dangerous contact on Olivier Elima in the 10th minute.The hooker was not banned for the incident.last_img

NATHAN Brown was proud of his Saints after they fo

first_imgNATHAN Brown was proud of his Saints after they fought back to beat Leeds – and go five points clear at the top of the Super League table.Down 12-2 against 12-men, Lance Hohaia put Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook over before tagging on a vital one-pointer following James Roby’s try.“The reality is if you are going to get a victory over Leeds you need to stick in there as they are never dead,” he said. “They fought hard with 12-men and got into a nice lead on the back of Kevin Sinfield’s great game control and kicking game.“I’m proud we hung on in there, we had a lot of defensive work to do but I thought we handled the likes of Hall, Hardaker and Watkins well.“People will talk about the 12, but I thought they were sensational in the first half. They completed at something like 96 per cent. We were under a lot of pressure in that half but we got going in the second and it should be a good learning curve for the team. I’m proud of them.“I’ve not had a good look at Joel Moon’s red card so I can’t really comment and wouldn’t want to. It would take the gloss off Leeds who had a good Challenge Cup victory last week played well tonight. Their players are great ambassadors for the game and Joel isn’t a dirty player. “Mark Percival is ok, that is the key, but it’s unlikely he will play next week under the concussion rules.”He continued: “Louie’s effort and commitment tonight was superb. He was upset with himself for a miss in the first half for Sutcliffe’s try but did well in the second. His form in the back half of the year has been sensational for us and he wears his heart on his sleeve.“I thought our wingers did well too as did Lance. He knows his importance to the team and he’s had a good season.”The win takes Saints five points clear at the top of the table with one victory between them and the League Leaders Shield.“Wherever we finish, first or second, with what we have been through this year and the guys we have not playing now – and how good they are – I’m proud of the guys,” Brown continued. “It’s been hard but they have bought into what we are trying to do and competing hard. We have to expect that from each other and see where it takes us.”Saints will face Warrington on Thursday September 4 at Langtree Park and tickets are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Following the disappointment of the loss to Hudder

first_imgFollowing the disappointment of the loss to Huddersfield, Justin Holbrook expects his side to play a lot better in the clash following a ‘normal week’ in terms of preparation.“After the semi-final it was hard for us to get up for it and the players were doing it tough too,” he said. “In hindsight, had we won on Sunday I would have given a rest to some of the players who were tired.“I would never rest players for no reason but there were some signs of fatigue there. We felt the best way to feel better after the cup loss would be to get a win, but we fell just short.“It was probably our worst performance of the year but with good reason. It was disappointing not to be good enough and I know people are now questioning if we are good enough. We want to win every week and want to play well but Friday had a lot to do with Sunday, that’s for sure.“This week feels like a normal week in terms of preparation. Wakefield have always been thereabouts this season and I can’t remember them being beaten easily at all. They are a big side and it is a tough place to go. We know we are in for a tough game.“We know we need to control the ball better though. When you make errors and hand the ball over it makes you look like a different team. If we control it better, then we will start to get back to playing the way we were.”Saints will head into Thursday’s match missing Adam Swift and Ryan Morgan – but on the plus side Regan Grace looks set to return.“Adam has hurt his shoulder again, but the medical staff think it will only be a three-week injury,” Justin added. “Regan will be right to come back after his caulk which is good. Ryan Morgan has had a lot of head knocks so we are giving him a few weeks off. He will see a specialist next week and we will go from there.”Saints could also be without in-form forward Luke Thompson too after he was handed a one-match penalty notice for ‘Other Contrary Behaviour’ after the loss to Huddersfield.The incident occurred when the forward scored his fifth try of the season and in celebration, threw the ball forward.Holbrook said: “We will have a look at the incident. I know the RFL are trying to crack down on throwing the ball in the crowd and things like that, but he didn’t do that.“He scored a try, threw the ball down and it hit the in-goal judge’s leg. It was obviously accidental and done in excitement. We will have a look at it.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.2018 Members can also take advantage of FREE coach travel by contacting the Ticket Office whilst non-Members can access it for just £5.last_img read more

The game kicks off at 745pmThis Seasons Meeting

first_imgThe game kicks off at 7.45pm.This Season’s MeetingsSt Helens 34, Wakefield 30 (SLR19, 29/6/18) Wakefield 24, St Helens 20 (SLR11, 15/4/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 34, Wakefield 30 (SLR19, 29/6/18) Wakefield 24, St Helens 20 (SLR11, 15/4/18) Wakefield 16, St Helens 18 (SLS8-R5, 7/9/17) Wakefield 16, St Helens 41 (SLR23, 23/7/17) St Helens 12, Wakefield 16 (SLR3, 3/3/17) St Helens 32, Wakefield 12 (SLS8-R7, 23/9/16) Wakefield 32, St Helens 44 (SLR20, 3/7/16) St Helens 44, Wakefield 4 (SLR5, 11/3/16) St Helens 44, Wakefield 4 (SLR13, 1/5/15) Wakefield 16, St Helens 20 (SLR4, 6/3/15)Super League Summary:Wakefield won 9 St Helens won 36Highs and Lows:Wakefield highest score: 41-22 (H, 2004) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 64-16 (H, 2005) (Widest margin: 60-4, H, 2005)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWakefield Tries129 (1st)104 (2nd)Goals103 (1st)97 (2nd)Metres34,195 (1st)29,588 (6th)Breaks190 (1st)150 (3rd)Tackles7,962 (6th)7,788 (8th)Penalties167 (11th)184 (6th)Factoids:Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 27 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Jonny Lomax is 10 points away from 500 in Super League.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Trinity: 1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 19. James Batchelor, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Chris Annakin, 25. Ryan Hampshire.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 18 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 14 10 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 13Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 103 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 79 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 50 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 49 7 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 44 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 89.79 (44/49) 2 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 225 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 200 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 116 5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 109 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 104 8 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Betfred Super League table:POSTEAMPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints242130725314411422Wigan Warriors241770597367230343Warrington Wolves241581587416171314Castleford Tigers24158158950485315Huddersfield Giants2412111443641-198256Wakefield Trinity241112161251993237Hull FC2411130547575-28228Catalans Dragons2410131494587-9321Tickets:Tickets for this fixture are now on sale from the Ticket Office only until noon today. They are priced at £21 for adults, £15 concessions (65 and over) and £5 juniors.All ticket prices increase by £3 on matchday.last_img read more

Registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting child

first_img In 2005, Murray was convicted of indecent liberties involving a child under the age of 13 in Duplin County.Deputies arrested Murray at his home on Thursday.He’s charged with indecent liberties with a child, sexual battery, statutory sex offense of a child by adult, and sexual battery.Related Article: Podcast explores events leading up to disappearance of Ebonee SpearsHe is in the Pender County Jail under a $3,000,000 bond.Investigators are looking for other potential victims. If you have any information, call the Sgt. Steve Clinard with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1437. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Willard man on numerous child sexual assault charges.Brent Adam Murray, 37, is accused of molesting a 6-year-old boy.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Turtle hospital offers special care for cold stunned turtles

first_img The 16 new patients flown in from New England are the first this season to be treated at the center after they were cold stunned.“16 little Kemp’s Ridleys and the Kemp’s Ridley’s first of all are absolutely adorable turtles, aren’t they all? But they also happen to be the most highly endangered species of sea turtle in the world today. So when we get 16 of them at one time, what a privilege for us to be able to look after those turtles and try to bring them to health so we’ll be able to release them back to the wild,” Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Director, Jean Beasley said.Cold stunning happens when sea turtles are exposed to cold water or air temperatures for a long period of time.Related Article: Local leaders want loggerhead turtles to be a state animal“Their bodies start to shut down,” Beasley said.Once that happens they lose their ability to move and can develop pneumonia, bone disease, and skin lesions, followed by shock and possibly death if they are not helped in time.“If anyone is walking on the beach or paddling around in the waterway or anywhere that they might see a turtle who’s not moving it could be a turtle that’s cold stunned, not dead. And they might be able to help it,” Beasley said.Beasley added to bring the turtle to a safe area, avoid hot temperatures, and call local experts for help.Depending on their condition the sea turtles will not be released until the water warms up and they are cleared by the hospital vet.Beasley plans on naming all 16 turtles after things in the sky such as stars or planets.If you want to get a look at the cold stunned turtles and check up on how they are doing you can take a tour on Thursdays and Saturdays through December. SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — It is that time of year where sea turtles desperately need our help. 16 cold stunned sea turtles arrived at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Wednesday night.WWAY stopped by to see how the turtles are doing and asked about what you should look out for if you are on the water during winter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNCW student group finalist in national campaign with Camp Kesem

first_img Camp Kesem is a nationwide community driven by passionate college student leaders that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.If the group from UNCW is selected, a new chapter will be launched at the university in the fall.You can vote daily at from January 29 to February 2. Winners will be announced February 9. (Photo: Camp Kesem) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A student group at UNCW has been named one of 13 finalists in a national voting campaign that could bring a new chapter to the school.The purpose of the campaign is to allow the public to select up to seven of Camp Kesem’s newest chapters across the country through online voting.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Love Grove Memorial Bridge opens in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – City leaders cut the ribbon to open a roadway that’s been a long time coming for neighbors in Wilmington’s northside.Neighbors of Love Grove are calling it a historic day for their community.- Advertisement – “Today we are looking at what will be history on tomorrow,” exclaimed Lynda McMillan who has spent years working to see the bridge a reality.The new Memorial bridge is open to vehicles and pedestrians. It’s a day neighbors thought would never come.“There have been lots of projects here in the community itself but this is the one that they really, really wanted,” said Ronald Davis who sits on the Love Grove Bridge committee.Related Article: CFPUA responds to multiple sanitary sewer spills in WilmingtonBuilding the bridge comes as a sign of relief to the community who for decades has only been accessible one way and over train tracks. Love Grove has only been accessible through 11th street since it became a subdivision of north Wilmington. The neighborhood has always been a vibrant African-American neighborhood that has welcomed diverse neighbors in the past years. Neighbors that all lived with the same fear until Sunday.“Many times we wonder if there’s some type of emergency like a fire or somebody has to go to the hospital there’s no other route,” said Joy Williamson who lives in Clarendon Park. “So we are grateful that we have this new route here and this new bridge and we are so thankful for it.”That day finally came in June of 2013 when a train derailed and left Love Grove stranded. It sparked a “no more” mentality with neighbors and that next year, plans to build the bridge were pushed through Wilmington City Council.“I sat at the tracks, in my car trying to get to Georgia, could not get across the tracks because the train had me held hostage,” yelled Lynda McMillan reflecting on the frustration of that day as she was meant to attend her brother’s funeral but was trapped.Nearly five years and more than a year of construction has brought more than a bridge to this neighborhood, but a symbol of perseverance by the community.Those who fought for the bridge hopes the generations after them recognize its symbolism.“It let’s them know that things are worth fighting for just don’t stop,” said Davis.The bridge was made possible by a 2014 bond referendum that put money in the transportation for the $5 million project.last_img read more

Another storm threatens to wash away more beach

first_img The beaches in Oak Island were nailed by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, forcing the entire pier to be replaced.Town officials have also been working to restore the beaches, finishing a renourishment project just back in August.With all the wear and tear on the beach though, some people say after Michael it might need the renourishment more than ever.Related Article: Duke Energy wants customers to help with $760M storm cost“If they don’t repair it, it’s going to be worse and it’s just not going to be a beach at all. It’s going to start coming in and taking everything out,” Jeff Fleenor, TD Eure Marine Construction, said. “So they do have to do the beach repair. They do need to pump the sand back in and make it like it’s supposed to be.”Fleenor has been here with his company since Matthew to repair the pier. He says he does not know how much more the beach can take.WWAY made several calls in to the town manager but we didn’t hear back.One town official says they will keep doing the renourishment project after Michael passes in hopes of repairing the beach. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Just after Oak Island finished a renourishment project on the beach, Hurricane Florence rolled through. Now, the town is assessing damage from the storm while trying to prepare for Michael.It looks like Florence did wear down parts of the beach, but the dunes are still standing. With Michael on its way, the beach could be at risk for even more erosion once again.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Trial begins for man accused of killing exgirlfriend in broad daylight

first_img In March of 2017, witnesses called 911 reporting gunshots in the area of S. 17th St. and Wrightsville Ave. When EMS arrived on scene, they found Williams shot on the sidewalk.Witnesses said Williams was chased around the block of Corbett, who allegedly shot her and then tried to run her over with his car.Witnesses said the couple had a rocky past. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jury selection began today in the trial of a man accused of gunning down his ex-girlfriend on Dock Street two years ago.Joseph Corbett III is charged with first degree murder in the death of Shantell Williams.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Charred dog remains found in Wied ilGħajn a sickening act Deputy Mayor

first_imgFacebook – Janice FalzonFacebook – Janice Falzon Remains of an allegedly burned dog were found in Inwadar in Marsascala.The grim discovery was made by the newly sworn in deputy mayor Janice Falzon who contacted the Animal Welfare and the Police to investigate the gruesome scene in what she suspects are remains of a burned dog in the Inwadar zone of Wied il-Għajn. She described it as “a sickening act”.She added that Animal Welfare will be checking whether the dog had microchip, and the police will be investigating the matter further to check if the act was caught by any CCTV camera, and possibly trace the owner. Members of the Cleaning Department will also be removing the remains.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

Google launches Swiffy tool to convert Flash animations into HTML5

first_imgAdvertisement Simply feed it a .swf file and it will spit out the equivalent HTML5 as a JSON file.While Google says that full Flash-based games won’t work with the converter just yet, vector graphics, embedded fonts, images and timeline animations should work fine. Google has set up a gallery of example conversions and it’s fair to say that they make the leap to HTML5 well.While Google isn’t promoting Swiffy as anything more than an experimental tool at the moment, the tactical advantage for Google of being able to get people away from proprietary formats to its beloved open standards mean that further developments to this converter seem highly likely. As a side effect, Flash-averse Apple should be pretty pleased about this too. – Advertisement – Source: thenextweblast_img read more

Samsung Rocks Gesture Control in Windows 8

first_imgAdvertisement The big giveaway that these machines are made for Windows 8 is their touchscreens. Samsung unveiled three new all-in-ones with screens measuring 27, 23 and 21.5 inches  and they all have capacitive touchscreens that support 10-finger touch, as required for Windows 8.Samsung says it prioritized design in the new line, borrowing the same kind of modern-looking stands you may have seen on the company’s new TVs. – Advertisement – They also come with remote controls, and include simple gesture controls as well. No voice control yet, but Samsung says it’s working on it (though maybe not for this generation).The new machines also include an interesting variation on Windows 8, something called the S Launcher. If you feel a tad frightened that Windows 8 throws out the old Windows Start menu, Samsung’s bringing it back.On your Windows 8 desktop, the S Launcher resides right in the middle, so searching your computer for programs and settings is once again just one click away. Here’s Dell’s Answer to the iMac, the XPS One 27The trio falls under two labels: Series 7 and Series 5. The top of the line is obviously the Series 7, a 27-inch beast loaded with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk for storage and discrete AMD Radeon HD 7850M graphics ($1,699).There’s also a 23-inch version of the Series 7, which packs a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, but with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics ($1,099).The Series 5 has just one model, a 21.5-inch machine with a Core i3 processor, 4B of RAM, a 500GB hard disk and the same integrated Intel graphics as the smaller Series 7 ($749).Across the line, the screens are all full HD 1,920 x 1,080 displays. Each model has five USB ports two 3.0 and three 2.0 an HDMI input and output and a three-in-one media card slot. Optical drives and Bluetooth 4.0 come standard. All will be available the same day Windows 8 launches, Oct. 26.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

Facebooks On This Day Brings Back Your Memories From Years Back

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook’s experimented with ways to surface old Memories since 2010. But after seeingTimehop hit 6 million daily users on mobile, Facebook is officially launching a competing nostalgia feature called “On This Day.” It shows users their Facebook posts from the current date in past years, like photos from exactly one year ago, or status updates from four years ago.Rolling out globally over the next few days, On This Day will be accessible from, Facebook’s bookmarks menu, search, News Feed stories, or opt-in notifications on iOS, Android, mobile web and desktop. – Advertisement – While Timehop can dredge up memories from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, Dropbox, iPhoto or your camera roll, On This Day just sifts through Facebook. The social giant’s product manager on the feature, Jonathan Gheller, refused to cite Timehop by name, claiming the feature was inspired because “we see behaviors from our community and we try to build on top of them.”But on my third attempt, when asked if he thought On This Day and Timehop’s features were similar, he said “Yeah, we look at what people do at Facebook. I don’t spend too much time looking at what other people are doing or not doing. I think that you just focus on doing things people want, and doing them as best you can.”Timehop CEO Jonathan Wegener didn’t seem too worried. After hearing about On This Day, he told me “My general feeling is that this is awesome validation that we’re doing something worth doing. One of our investors put it really nicely that if Facebook isn’t playing in your space, you’re probably not doing something worth doing.” He says the move confirms “Timehop is important and old [stuff] is important.”Facebook tells me it has no plans to monetize the feature directly. Still, getting people to tune in to On This Day and reshare posts they find drives engagement and lock-in with Facebook’s News Feed, where people see ads. The company likely hopes that many of its 890 million daily users have never tried or even heard of Timehop, but will enjoy revisiting their old Facebook memories.However, Wegener says “Our mission is broader than just ‘replay your Facebook content.’ It’s to collect your digital history from everywhere.” He concluded “I’m not particularly scared of this feature. I think it’s a really nice nod to what we’re doing.”Starting today and rolling out to everyone worldwide over the next week or so will be a bookmark in the Facebook web sidebar and the mobile site and apps’ navigation menu. Clicking it, the direct link, or Facebook searching “On This Day” will open a feed of status updates, photos and posts you’ve been tagged in from exactly one, two or several years ago. Only you will be able to see these resurfaced posts unless you choose to reshare them with friends.From your On This Day page, you’ll also be able to subscribe to a (typically) daily notification reminding you to check out that date’s nostalgia feed. Gheller gives the example of On This Day showing him photos of his 1.5-year-old child when she was just an infant a year ago, and status updates tagged with him by his pregnant wife two years ago. He says Facebook has “been playing with this idea for a couple of years,” referring back to Memories. It refined this incarnation of the product recently with lots of internal dogfooding and some external testing internationally.After seeing the backlash people had to its Year In Review feature that sometimes surfaced painful memories of ex-lovers and deceased friends, Facebook built special rules into the On This Day algorithm to protect people’s feelings. If it knows you listed someone as your romantic partner, then removed them, it won’t show you posts including them. It will also avoid displaying memories of friends who’ve passed away.Even as I insisted the product looks and acts just like Timehop, Gheller explained why it’s important. “What we realized is that consuming memories from the past and resharing them rewires our relationships…it really reconnects me in a profound and beautiful way.”Via: Techcrunchlast_img read more

A little bird told us its not long until Cheltenham…

first_imgIf you’re one of Star Sports 2,615 twitter followers then read no further. We are tweeting to the converted.However, if you’re not following us yet, then then you are just a click away.We’re just over a week away from the start of the Festival – not that we are counting.Well, ok, we are counting and it’s 8 days, 12 hours, 52 minutes and 5 seconds at the time of writing.During that time we’ll tweet the latest Star Sports breaking news, promotions and of course during Cheltenham week we’ll be tweeting live from the cauldron of the action – the betting ring at Prestbury Park.Our twitter ID is @StarSports_Bet CLICK HERE to follow us now.last_img read more

A bet in the final race of the Open Meeting

first_imgWE ALWAYS LOVE A HEALTH AND SAFETY STORYBosses at a Swedish hotel made out of ice and snow say they are “a little surprised” – after being ordered to install fire alarms.Tourists flock from all over the world to stay in the vast igloo in the country’s far north, where they sleep on an ice bed in temperatures as low as -8C (18F).Located in the small Arctic town of Jukkasjarvi, the Icehotel is rebuilt every winter but it melts by spring.The first guests stayed at the hotel in 1990, but authorities have this year demanded it put in the alarms for safety reasons.Icehotel The hotel is in the picturesque village of JukkasjarviHotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson said: “We were a little surprised at first, but the reason is that there are things that can actually catch fire, like pillows, sleeping bags or reindeer skins.“To us the most important concern is the safety of our clients, so we will comply.” Cheltenham Open MeetingSundayLIVE ON C4/RUKCHELTENHAM DAY THREE….A third from Legacy Gold in the bumper yesterday. She did hit the front but was over-hauled in the closing stages.The final day of the Open meeting at Cheltenham today and if you are lucky enough to be on course please do pop into the betting ring and say hello to the Star Sports on course team.We can guarantee you a friendly welcome, a good range of offers including our Loyalty Card and most of all strong, competitive prices.I’m sticking with the bumpers and sticking with David Pipe in the concluding Fairlawne – Festival Jockey Club Fine Dining Bumper at 3.50pm.It’s a race full of lightly raced horses full of potential but the Pipe trained Red Sherlock looks the pick of them. He won both of his starts last season at Towcester (by 23 lengths) and then stayed on gamely to beat The Skyfarmer by a head at Ascot.The Skyfarmer looks well above average who has already made a winning start over hurdles and Red Sherlock’s form looks solid.Biggest danger might be the Irish raider Neck Or Nothing who made a winning debut at Punchestown although the second in that race was also held on a subsequent start.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)4 points win RED SHERLOCK at around 2/1last_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.Sunday 21 SeptemberRACING3.10 UttoxeterFond Memory 7/1 > 3/13.55 Gowran ParkOdeliz 4/1 > 11/44.00 PlumptonTriumphant 2/1 > 6/45.00 PlumptonFamousandfearless 2/1 > 5/45.20 HamiltonSlim Chance 6/1 > 4/1FOOTBALLIn the 1.30pm KO money was for Leicester and the DRAW6/4 Man City 2/1 Chelsea 23/10 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Its who you know

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t really was a treat, this morning, to be invited, to The Ivy, by Alan Newman, to the launch of his book; ‘It’s Not What You Know’. Chronicling his life and times, as a bookmaker,‎ (with all profits going to The Peace Hospice, in Hertfordshire THE PEACE HOSPICE WEBSITE).The highlight of the event though, for me, was when Dave Stewart, who helps with the Star Sports website, and also edited Alan’s book, stood up to say a few words. He said something really special, that will certainly stay with me. Alan’s book isn’t just about his life, it’s about the wonderful community of characters; that Greyhound Racing is.IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW by ALAN NEWMAN – available online for £19.95 at: I looked around, I realised that Dave was absolutely right. This was a gathering of people, that really care about the game and had come together. In the room, were friends from; RP Greyhounds, The Greyhound Star, ‎Romford Dogs management, Sky Dogs, not to mention a few Punters (boohhh!!) & Bookies (hoorayyy!!) too! This would not have been possible, in a sport, as far apart, and political, as Horseracing. LET’S NOT LOSE THE WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT GREYHOUND RACING TRULY IS.Over and out, B xlast_img read more