SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

first_img“The situation in the Mission is out of control. The tent encampment on South Van Ness, on my corner, is out of control,” said Navigation Center supporter Tom Temprano, a trustee of San Francisco City College  who lives half a block away from the proposed shelter and also runs a business in the area. “I disagree that the solution to solving this problem is to do nothing.”Temprano addressed city leaders at the meeting including Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen and the heads of the San Francisco Police Department, Public Works and the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing: “I want you to solve this problem.”“If it’s a band-aid, I’ll take a band-aid over nothing and making it worse,” he said.City officials face the crowd. Photo by Lola M. ChávezThose who attended the meeting hoping to sway city officials to house the homeless elsewhere in the city, may have left disappointed.“The decision has been made,“ said Ronen, adding that the Navigation Center will likely be up and running by June 1 and it will be open from six to nine months.  Last month, Ronen struck a deal with the site’s developer, Lennar Multifamily Communities, to allow city use of the space as a homeless shelter until construction permits for the 157-unit housing project are finalized.Police and fire officials stood by on Monday to manage a crowd that lined the sidewalk outside of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts at 2826 Mission St., which hosted the public forum.Inside, the center’s auditorium was filled well beyond its 180-person capacity – dozens who were turned away at the door were promised a second meeting in the coming weeks by the district’s supervisor, Hillary Ronen, who called for the meeting.Photo by William McLeodOpponents who loosely organized as a neighborhood group under the slogan  “Protect the Mission” came bearing posters that read the “Mission is not a dumping ground.”The Mission District is already home to the city’s first Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., which some critics have blamed for a perceived increase in crime and loitering outside of its doors. With the addition of a second shelter on South Van Ness Ave., a number of them voiced concerns that the neighborhood is unfairly forced to bear the brunt of the city’s “homeless problem.”“Why is this Navigation Center not in the Marina District?” said one speaker who added that she is not opposed to the center per se, but opposes its location. “I walk in the Marina, I walk in the Richmond and everything is clean – no homeless [people]. ”Ronen defended the Navigation Center and said the temporary shelter is only the beginning of her advocacy for economic equity in her district.“Does temporary solve the problem? No, but we have a life and death public health emergency on the streets right now,” said Ronen. “I need to do something right now. I needed to do something a month ago.”Despite the visible opposition, a majority of those who snagged a seat inside of the auditorium advocated for the Navigation Center. All sides, including the city officials present, agreed that the homeless crisis is in part a by-product of the city’s growing wealth gap that is becoming increasingly visible on the city’s streets.“The dumping of homeless people in the Mission –on Division Street, for Super Bowl City…while you guys were building high rise buildings – has caused this problem,” said a critic of the Navigation Center.Ronen said that the shelter’s proposed location is a direct result of the need in the area. Of the some 300 people living without a home in the MIssion, an estimated 150 have found shelter in tent encampments of varying sizes throughout the Mission.With only 8 percent of the city’s shelter beds located in the Mission, the addition of a second Navigation Center – albeit a temporary one – is precisely what is needed to decrease the number of visible tents, and ultimately the dozens of people currently living on the neighborhood’s streets, said Ronen.Still, Some worried that the temporary shelter could become permanent, should the developers face hurdles in their construction timeline.“There is no secret plan to form a permanent Navigation Center at this site,” said Ronen.In an effort to assure the safety of the Navigation Center’s clients and the surrounding residents during this time, a minimum of six staffers would be at the site at all times, said Mohammed Nuru, director of Public Works.Responding to neighbors’ concerns about loitering on the street in front of the shelter, Nuru said that what is currently an empty parking lot at 1515 South Van Ness will be designed as an outdoor space where clients may congregate.Calling the proposal a “great opportunity for us to move in a different direction,” Nuru said that encampment sweeps administered by his department that relocate campers temporarily have been problematic.“It’s a huge problem for our department,” he said. “A lot of resources are being spent.”The San Francisco Police Department has also spent enormous resources in addressing the city’s homeless crisis. Last year, some 10,000 citations were issued to homeless individuals, some ending in incarceration, said Ronen.Police Chief William Scott, who attended the meeting, told community members that his department’s role in addressing homelessness will be one of “collaboration” rather than enforcement.“Part of our past attempt to address this problem has been through enforcement, and we have seen a very ineffective result,” he said, adding that all stakeholders involved in solving homelessness must proceed with “some common sense and compassion.”Mateo, a 17-year-old proponent of the Navigation Center, agreed: “The homeless are there because an institution refuses to acknowledge their existence. Every place is rejecting them and refusing to help them out.” 0% Outside of the meeting. Photo by William McLeodPhoto by Lola M. ChavezSupervisor Hillary Ronen talks to the crowd as other officials look on. Photo by Lola M. ChavezDirector of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru. Photo by Lola M. ChavezTom Temprano. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by William McLeod At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments.At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients on-site access to supportive services – in a vacant lot and electrical building at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. The property will then be developed into mixed-use housing.“People are stepping over homeless people, they are finding needles, this Navigation Center is only going to create a bigger problem because it is not a solution, it is only a patch on the problem,” said one nearby resident.But those who spoke in support for the temporary homeless shelter at a Monday night’s public hearing, said any solution is better than the status quo. 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NATHAN Brown is looking for Saints to build on the

first_imgNATHAN Brown is looking for Saints to build on the win over Leeds Rhinos when they face Warrington on Saturday.His charges ran in six tries in the come from behind victory – but that will count for nothing if they don’t continue to improve this weekend.“It was a good end result for as they started well and got to a commanding lead,” Brown said. “Considering what has happened over the past four weeks the guys showed good resolve to hang in there. We were proud of them and now we have to build on that.“We had a fair bit more experience in the side and players in their accustomed positions. We put people back in the positions they have played in the majority of their career or where they have played a number of games and that helped the younger players.“The young kids contributed well I thought. Luke Thompson did it tough early on but his second stint was really good.“It was good to get on the board after a lean four weeks but we have to build on that.”Brown says the squad came through the Rhinos clash in good shape but he isn’t sure if any players will return from injury this weekend.James Roby has a chance but if he isn’t 100 per cent he won’t play.“Warrington have been playing really well and are always hard to beat,” Brown continued. “They have their strengths but we are putting ourselves back together.“We need to focus on tidying up our own areas, getting our backyard in order and building combinations.”Latest ticket information for the Magic Weekend is here.last_img read more

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 12pm.Turnstiles – Open 12:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Catalans counterparts at 12:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 1.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints.Member Offer – You can get a pie and hot drink for £3.50!Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 1.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time -You can win hospitality for two in our 1873 Lounge by taking part in our crossbar challenge which is in association with Hightown Group, Building Better Solutions. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Crabbie’s – Our partners will be bringing their bus and games to the stadium tonight so pop along and try a sample! Also, if you buy two Crabbie’s, you will get a free pair of sunglasses (whilst stocks last).Bucket Collection – There will be a bucket collection for Every Action Has Consequences so dig deep.Minute’s Applause – There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off to celebrate the life of Evan Hawksworth, the Under-14 Stanley Rangers Rugby League player who tragically passed away after sustaining a head injury during a game.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by David Lloyds Knowsley with o2 Business Centre Rainford sponsoring the Match Ball. Our corporate sponsors are Typhoo.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West and Totally Wicked North Stands. The East Stand is closed for this fixture. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are also onsale from www.saintssuperstore.com up until 1pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open from 11am until kick off – our new look trainingwear will also be on sale.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Adam Swift, it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at the game. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.last_img read more

New Hanover County 911 calls rerouted because of fiber cut

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County 911 calls are being rerouted to operators in Brunswick County because of a fiber cut, a spokeswoman says.New Hanover County spokeswoman Jessica Loeper says the phones were automatically rerouted by AT&T, but they were inadvertently diverted to Mecklenburg County originally. She says that was quickly corrected, and the calls are now going to Brunswick County 911.- Advertisement – Loeper says Brunswick County is assisting and dispatching calls at this time. In addition, New Hanover County has three telecommunicators and a 911 supervisor heading to Brunswick County to be able to dispatch all calls for New Hanover County, Loeper said.AT&T is currently assessing the issue, but New Hanover County has plans in place and doe not expect an interruption in 911 service, Loeper told WWAY.An AT&T spokesman did not immediately return a request for more information.last_img read more

Mother and daughter missing police appealing for information

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Police are appealing for information over the whereabouts of Marija Lourdes Bonnici and her daughter Angele Bonnici.Both women were last seen at their home at around 7AM on Tuesday, police have said.Police have also sent out an image of the pair.Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts are to inform the police confidentially on the following numbers 21224001 or 119.Citizens are also asked to inform police at the Zejtun district police station.WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Maltese researchers working on material to help bone defects

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A group of Maltese scientists are researching on a product that could help people with bone defects for the global market.Newsbook.com.mt met with the BioSA team which is made up of researchers from the worlds of engineering and medicine.Prof. Ing. Joseph Buhagiar explained that the aim of the project is to create implants known as scaffolds made out of different materials whose porosity allows bone cells to fit within and therefore fix the defect.He added that this research will take a number of years to materialize, and a consortium has been set up, whose members include the University of Malta and the Orthopaedic department at Mater Dei Hospital with the aim of making a success out of this research.PhD candidate in engineering Christabelle Tonna , told Newsbook.com.mt that the laboratory is currently using sponges who are rather similar to the ones found in most households. These sponges are being covered with a mixture of dust, metal and light glue and put in ovens that reach a temperature of 1,200°C which allows for the original sponge base to disintegrate and the mixture to bind.Currently, the BioSA team is working on an optimal material composition that reflects the rate of bone degradation and self-repair.Dr Luke Saliba, a medical doctor that also specialises in orthopaedic surgery said that the scaffold will provide an alternative for what is currently being used that is allogradt or autograft which involve real bones from the same patient or others.Saliba elaborated that there is still a long way to go for the finalisation of the project and that currently the team is doing cell research and metal corrosion and its effects on the bones.Project BioSA (R&I-2017-037T) is financed from teh Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) through FUSION: R&I Technology Development Programme.Further details on the project can be found on the initiative’s website or Facebook page.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Former Juventus director Marotta joins rivals Inter

first_imgGiuseppe Marotta has announced his appointment as Inter Milan’s CEO in a video message on the club’s Twitter page. Juventus terminated Marotta’s contract last October, bringing to end an eighth-year spell during which the Turin-based side won seven consecutive Serie A titles and are currently one of the most feared sides in Europe.The 61-year-old stated: “‘From today I will be part of the great Inter. I’m very proud and I’m going to have the important role of CEO of the sports area.”Inter Milan haven’t won a trophy since 2011 and are 14 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Doubts over Allegris future at Juventus

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri has so far failed to commit his future to Juventus amid growing speculation that his time with the Serie A giants will end in the coming months.The former AC Milan and Cagliari coach has faced criticism for his squad’s style of play, even though he managed to win 5 consecutive league titles since taking over from Antonio Conte. Allegri has also won 4 Coppa Italia trophies and led Juventus to two Uefa Champions League finals.The 51-year-old is expected to meet the club’s president in June so as to discuss the squad’s future and his own. Despite recruiting Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £99.2m, Juventus fell short in their Champions League quest after losing to Ajax in the quarter-finals.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Pheed The First Impressions of the Newest Social Site

first_imgPheed encourages users to create original content. Users can easily upload video, audio, words, pictures, or even a live stream onto their Pheed Advertisement The social design on Pheed encourages users to create original content. Users can easily upload video, audio, words, pictures, or even a live stream onto their Pheed. One of the first aspects of the site we noticed was the little “copyright this pheed” button at the bottom of each post you make.All the while, we wondered what element set these guys apart from their intimidating list of competitors: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (to name a few). From the moment you goggle the site, their slogan has answered that question: Express yourself.The mere presence of this button serves as a little, constant reminder that you should be posting your own content. The idea of original content on social sites has always been confusing, and Pheed has taken a massive step in offering peace of mind to their users (without making them dig through a mountain of privacy policy pages).Another massive difference with Pheed is their incorporation of easy monetization. By upgrading to a premium account, you can charge others to subscribe to your Pheed. Many uses come to mind for this setup. – Advertisement – Bands and DJs could launch new demos to their Pheed followers before the general public, social marketers could use it like a private “Secrets for Success” mailing list, or it could just serve as a way for internet celebrities to streamline their monetization strategy. Time will only tell if this subscription service catches any traction.Overall, it;s  exciting. You  always get excited when we get a new social UI from Silicon Valley. Over the next few months, we’ll see if Pheed can deliver on the enormous pressure set by their CEO’s statement, “The wheel had to come about before the car.There are stages, like how Friendster came, then MySpace, then Facebook, each one improving on and adding to the format. There was Twitter and now Pheed the evolution of a genre.”Source: socialmediatodaylast_img read more

Tanzania government temporarily halts Digital Migration

first_imgAdvertisement The Tanzanian government has agreed to temporarily halt the second phase of migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting to assess impact of the first phase to the public after a meeting between the ministry for Communication, Science and Technology and the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure on Wednesday.The first phase included seven regions namely Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Arusha. Mbeya was to be the last region in that phase and will have analogue television broadcasting switched off at the end of this month.The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa stressed however that digital broadcasting was inevitable and urged stakeholders to cooperate with the government in implementing the plan. This was while he was speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.“We are now in the first phase of migration which will be concluded in Mbeya at the end of this month after which we will conduct an assessment before rolling out the second phase which will include 14 regions, It has been agreed that evaluation of challenges met in the first phase should be carried out so that the second phase will be rolled out smoothly” Prof Mbarawa said. – Advertisement – Prof Mbarawa also noted that an initial assessment in the remain- ing regions has revealed that analogue television broadcasting is not very common thus it would be easier to introduce digital technology.He said the government is determined to beat the global deadline of June 17, 2015 set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where analogue television broadcast- ing will be switched off completely.The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Peter Serukamba (Kigo- ma Urban-CCM), had on Wednesday advised the government to consider halting the migration in the remaining regions and assess challenges that were met in the first phase.The committee had also asked the government to form a committee from all stakeholders to make an evaluation of the costs incurred by owners of TV stations, and establish whether people really access all free channels.Tanzania became the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to gradually switch off analogue broadcasting on December 31, last year.Credit:Daily Newslast_img read more