Month: July 2019

Donors to 100K so far antiMark Leno campaign wont be revealed beforeDonors to 100K so far antiMark Leno campaign wont be revealed before


first_imgEmail Address Last week, we noted that millions of dollars are flowing into San Francisco political races, but it’s unclear if voters care who’s writing the checks. And, as if on cue, last week a $100,000 (so far) independent expenditure campaign targeting Mark Leno commenced — and, thanks to gaps between state and local reporting laws, its donors won’t be revealed until after June’s election, even if millions more are spent. Of that $100 grand and change, some $27,000 went to mailers and $72,500 went to online ads stating that “Mark Leno sure is full of baloney,” while depicting his smiling visage on a package of baloney. This is unsubtle, un-nuanced fare, but the twists and turns donors and campaign operatives took to ensure you won’t know who paid for this until after the June 5 election were very subtle and nuanced indeed. That’s because the group putting out these ads, “Voters for a Real Change, Opposing Mark Leno for Mayor 2018” got the $100,000 from another opaquely named group, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco.” And here’s where things get a bit gnarly: Despite its name, and despite the fact it appears to have spent exclusively on San Francisco-related matters, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” is a state committee, not a local one.  As a state committee, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” would have to disclose its donors by May 24, if its giving was related to the state’s June 5 primary. Tags: Elections • Mark Leno • mayor’s race • politics Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But “Safe and Affordable San Francisco” has only given to local, San Francisco races — not state ones. So it won’t have to reveal its donors until July, by which time we’ll have a new mayor and the only recourse for angry voters will be fist-shaking. “This is something that needs to be fixed, regarding the confluence of state and local laws,” said Trent Lange, the president and executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign. “This looks like an attempt by the donors to get around having their names show up by hiding behind a good-sounding front group.” And yet, we do know who at least one of the big donors was — because, it appears, somebody screwed up. On May 12, “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” filed a blank contribution report. What gives? In small text at the bottom, under “reason for amendment,” it notes “remove contribution.” The group seems to have revealed more than it legally needed to, and took attempts to walk that back. But too late: These filings reveal that $50,000 was contributed by the San Francisco Apartment Association PAC — which the group’s executive director, Janan New, confirmed to Mission Local. Our questions about who solicited this donation, and why the SFAA didn’t just give its money directly to the anti-Leno campaign instead of sending money to a Sacramento group to send back to San Francisco, were not quite answered in an e-mail from New. “A group of local Democratic activists solicited this donation to the general purpose committee formed to support a variety of priorities in line with the SFAA’s agenda for this June 2018 election cycle,” she wrote. “The decision was made by our SFAA PAC committee.”Perhaps that answer was shunted to Sacramento and back too, to ensure maximum opacity. “Safe & Affordable San Francisco” was formed in December. Its sole listed principal officer, Shawnda Deane, also serves as treasurer for “Progress San Francisco,” the Ron Conway-affiliated PAC. That PAC has, thus far, sent $200,000 to the firefighters’ union’s pro-London Breed PAC — though Deane’s company is affiliated with many campaigns. Messages for her have not yet been returned.  center_img 0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more


Scores of small business threatened with eviction from Missions ActivSpace building winScores of small business threatened with eviction from Missions ActivSpace building win


first_imgAfter seven months of eviction purgatory, more than 100 small businesses at ActivSpace at the corner 18th Street and Treat Avenue will now be allowed to stay. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that allows scores of massage therapists, tattoo artists, psychotherapists and other businesses that operate outside the building’s designated use — production, distribution and repair (PDR) — to remain on site, so long as they obtain the proper permits. The permits must be obtained 90 days after the ordinance goes into effect, which will be on Aug. 30.  In late January, 52 massage therapists received notice that their tenancy was potentially illegal at the complex, due to a Department of Public Health policy that restricts where massage therapists could set up shop. The law was primarily aimed at curbing sex trafficking.  Email Address Amid the pandemonium of threatening to oust massage therapists en masse, city officials discovered that yet more businesses — hair stylists, psychotherapists, tattoo artists, acupuncturists, and others — had been operating outside the building’s designated use, rendering their status technically illegal as well. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, seeing their displacement an economic disaster in the making, introduced the ordinance weeks later to let them stay. “Closing nearly 100 small businesses on the same block, all at once, would be an economic crisis for the Mission,” Ronen said at Tuesday’s board meeting. It would, she says, exacerbate problems in “a neighborhood already suffering from the displacement of hundreds of small businesses.” Only businesses using their spaces strictly for “office use” must receive special permission from the city’s Planning Commission, via a so-called “discretionary review.” A spokesperson with the Office of Economic Workforce and Development said there are 48 such businesses. Most of the businesses in the building have already begun the process of obtaining the necessary permits, said Ronen aide Carolina Morales. “They have been waiting for the ordinance to pass and for final approval,” she said. The ordinance also tasks the Office of Small Business with helping businesses apply for the correct permits. But not everyone, especially massage therapists, felt they had the luxury of waiting months for the law to pass. Jae Greenman, a massage therapist who was operating at ActivSpace in January during the scare, vacated as she received notices from the Department of Public Health that threatened to fine her $1,000 per day if she didn’t move within 40 days. She knows at least two other massage therapists left ActivSpace after the crackdown.  Greenman said she’s now unemployed. She said it has been nearly impossible to find spaces to do business since legislation passed in 2018 greatly tightened the massage therapy licensing process. “It’s not a happy ending for everyone,” Greenman said of the recently passed ordinance. “It’s a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.” Morales, Ronen’s aide, said she recommends that Greenman, and others who were affected by the situation, contact of the Office of Small Business to assess their options. “She should try,” Morales said.  center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more


KEIRON Cunningham has been impressed with the wayKEIRON Cunningham has been impressed with the way


first_imgKEIRON Cunningham has been impressed with the way things have gone in pre-season but knows the true test will come when the season starts.The players have been back in training since the beginning of November and have recently left the ‘confines’ of their training facility to try some alternative sessions.Last week the squad visited Cassius Camps in the Lake District and now they are with 42 Commando.“Pre-season is going to plan,” Keiron said. “The new players have integrated well into the squad and the leaders are leading and doing their jobs.“We’re training well and now we’re looking forward to the start of the season.“The trip to Cassius was an away day to break things up a little. It was a tough day in a beautiful setting. It was part of the world I enjoy coming to and the estate owner George is a good friend of mine.“We couldn’t replicate it back home and enjoyed it. They laid on a real challenge for us and the team building was crucial.”You can see a video of the day here.last_img read more


SAINTS paid the price for a disappointing first haSAINTS paid the price for a disappointing first ha


first_imgSAINTS paid the price for a disappointing first half as they went down 24-16 at Leigh Centurions on Friday night.An Adam Swift try just before the interval gave the visitors a foothold in the game at 18-4 but scores from James Roby and Alex Walmsley couldn’t quite overhaul a significant deficit.The damage was done following a disappointing start.Right from the off Saints piled on the pressure but couldn’t break the deadlock – despite forcing a repeat set.And that was as good as it got as five minutes in Saints’ old boy Atelea Vea busted through the defence.Two repeat sets for the Centurions followed and Gareth Hock extended the advantage with a bulldozing run.Ben Reynolds accurate with the boot to make it 12-0 after 11 minutes.Saints dominated the next period of play, kicking deep to twice force Leigh to come off their own line.Danny Richardson looked lively with the ball whilst Adam Swift just couldn’t haul in Jonny Lomax’ pass.And the winger was bundled into touch on the very next play by an important Adam Higson tackle.It took until the 25th minute for Saints to finally cross the whitewash and it came off the back of a lovely move involving Richardson and Lomax.Ryan Morgan latched on to the final pass – but it was agonisingly called back for crossing.Leigh subsequently went up the field, on the back of two penalties, and scored through Jamie Acton.Reynolds making it three from three with the boot.Saints hadn’t had an ounce of luck throughout but a penalty with seven minutes remaining gave them the perfect chance to reply.A strong Lomax run set them up in good field position before Theo Fages linked with Jon Wilkin and Mark Percival to put Swift over acrobatically in the corner.Saints were buoyed by the try and looked to have reduced the deficit further when James Roby put down on the line.But he was adjudged to have been held up leaving the visitors with a 16 point gap at the break.Keiron Cunningham’s men needed a strong start to the second half but an error handed the impetus right to Leigh.Vea stormed onto a ball and plunged over the line too, but was denied the four points for crossing.Saints returned down the field at pace with Swift scorching down the left hand side.Higson’s tackle was perfect once more, but the homesters gave away a penalty that Saints frustratingly couldn’t convert.And on Saints’ next set a superb passing move was halted by some desperate defence.You got the feeling a try was coming and it finally did through the club’s tallisman.Denied in the first half, Roby darted over from close range to make it very much game on.In the final quarter Richardson went close before Cunningham’s men were held up over the line for the third time in the match.Leigh then struck to take the game away from their opponents.Back on for the final 15, Mickey Higham took on the ball from acting half and flew over from 20 metres.Walmsley pulled one back in the 70th minute – goaled by Percival – but they couldn’t force the issue and snatch an unlikely comeback.Match Summary:Centurions:Tries: Vea, Hock, Acton, HighamGoals: Reynolds (4 from 5)Saints:Tries: Swift, Roby, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (2 from 3)Penalties Awarded:Centurions: 7Saints: 15HT: 18-4FT: 24-16REF: Ben ThalerATT: 9,012Teams:Centurions:1. Mitch Brown; 2. Adam Higson, 3. Ben Crooks, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Matthew Dawson; 20. Ben Reynolds,7. Joshua Drinkwater;  8. Gareth Hock, 9. Mickey Higham, 22. James Green, 11. Cory Paterson, 17. Atelea Vea, 13. Harrison Hansen.Subs: 14. Eloi Pelissier, 15. Danny Tickle, 23. Sam Hopkins, 24. Jamie Acton.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 20. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more


Tickets for annual summer Jewish film festival on saleTickets for annual summer Jewish film festival on sale


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is in the middle of their summer program and they have three films this year to show to the public.The film festival started on August 10 with a documentary called Rock in the Red Zone.- Advertisement – The summer series is their mini festival running until the 24.Barry Salwen, Jewish Wilmington Film Festival co-chair, is excited for the next movies they will be showing at the festival.“We have the people against Fritz Bauer on Thursday, the 17 and then on the 24, the last of the series will be called Moos Se Dutch,” Salwen said. “It’s a comedy about a girl or young woman who is seeking a scene career and she flunks her first audition and she’s a very appealing character and it’s a very enjoyable film.”Related Article: Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to close for two weekendsThe films will be shown at the Thalian Hall main stage on Thursday night at 7 p.m.Tickets are still on sale.last_img read more


Wilmington Christian Academy raises more than 5K for breast cancerWilmington Christian Academy raises more than 5K for breast cancer


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The numbers are in from Wilmington Christian Academy’s 5th annual “Patriots For Pink” volleyball and soccer game.On September 22, the school had a goal to raise $3,000 for Going Beyond the Pink, on behalf of a local man, Tom Kennedy, who is currently battling breast cancer.- Advertisement – At a check presentation Thursday, Joy Wade & Kara Kenan, directors of Going Beyond the Pink were on campus on Tom’s behalf.The ladies got a big surprise when they saw the check!Wilmington Christian Academy surpassed their goal and raised more than $5,000 for the organization.last_img


Leland man to ring in 2018 with a 370734 Cash 5 jackpotLeland man to ring in 2018 with a 370734 Cash 5 jackpot


first_img He bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington. Beatty beat odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 27 drawing.“I couldn’t believe it when I checked the numbers on my cell phone,” Beatty said. “When I told my wife, she was extremely excited.”Beatty claimed his prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $257,665.Related Article: Sunday drive lands Wilmington woman $4M scratch-off prize“I don’t have any big plans for the money,” Beatty said. “I’m sure my wife does though. We’ve been married 39 years, I’ll let her decide.”Draw games like Cash 5 make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. Carolina Cash 5 game. (Photo: NC Education Lottery) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Carl Beatty of Leland is saying goodbye to 2017 with a $370,734 Cash 5 jackpot.“It’s a good way to end the year,” Beatty said.NC Education Lottery check given to Carl Beatty- Advertisement – last_img read more


BCSO Wanted Shallotte man armed and dangerousBCSO Wanted Shallotte man armed and dangerous


first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they say is armed and dangerous.James Ali Pugh, 38, is wanted for two counts each of 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree kidnapping, and assault on a female. He’s also charged with violation of a domestic violence order.- Advertisement – According to warrants, the victim received a domestic violence protective order against Pugh on November 15. Over the weekend, Pugh allegedly went to the victim’s home in Shallotte and assaulted the victim.Warrants also allege Pugh broke into a home around 9 p.m. on Sunday and again at around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning, with the intent to kidnap a woman inside.During the first break in, Pugh allegedly swung at a woman, grabbed her by the shirt and pulled her down.Related Article: Teen shot during drive-by, attempted murder charges against him droppedWarrants claim when Pugh returned a few hours later, he charged at the woman with clenched fists, grabbed her and tried to pull her from the home.Several people were at the home during each break-in.Pugh was last seen in a red car, which is believed to be a Chevrolet Cobalt. He’s also believed to be armed with a gun. If you see him, do not approach him.Pugh is 5’8″, about 160 pounds, black hair, brown eyes and a has a pierced nose.If you know where Pugh is, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777.last_img read more


Pender Pawzapalooza brings family and petfriendly funPender Pawzapalooza brings family and petfriendly fun


first_img At 11:30 p.m., there will be a Pender Pawz Walk along a trail. There is a $5 donation to participate in the walk and a raffle at the end for all Pawz Walk entries. All proceeds from this event benefit the Pender County Animal Shelter!For more information, or to see the pets available for adoption at Pender Co. Animal Shelter, click here. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Whether you have two legs or four, there’s an event next weekend for the whole family to enjoy, pets included!The first ever Pender Pawzapalooza is happening at Rotary Park (100 Industrial Dr., Burgaw) on Saturday, April 14. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be food, vendors, pet adoptions and even an agility course for pets to practice on.- Advertisement – last_img


GenX study leads to more questions than answersGenX study leads to more questions than answers


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Nearly a year and a half after we first learned about the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River, we still know very little about how it affects our bodies.Results of a study were revealed Tuesday night aimed at giving a little more insight. But many who attended seemed to walk away with more questions than answers.- Advertisement – The NC State Center for Human Health and the Environment has revealed results of a study it has been conducting on GenX and similar compounds. 345 participants gave blood, urine, and tap water samples.“We can say, in our sample, we did not see GenX in the blood,” said Jane Hoppin, deputy director of the center that conducted the study.Hoppin says GenX was found at 50 parts per trillion in tap water six months after Chemours, the company that produces GenX, Stopped discharging it.Related Article: US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 yearsBut they say their blood test can only detect 2,000 parts per trillion or higher.“We take two milliliters of blood. So we couldn’t take a liter of blood out of people to get to those low detection limits,” said Hoppin.GenX may not have been found, but they say four previously unknown similar compounds were.Some of those chemicals were in 99 percent of the samples.Levels of other known compounds were found at higher levels in blood samples from Wilmington than in other areas of the US.44 participants gave another blood sample 6 months after the initial sample.Hoppin says compound levels went down in all of those participants, but they did not ask them if they had made any lifestyle changes.“[It’s] probably the reduction of discharge from the Chemours plant. Because Nafion byproduct 2 was one of the ones that the plant stopped releasing into the water. And people in Wilmington stopped drinking the water,” said Hoppin.Hoppin says the urine test results have not yet been released and she hopes to make those public by April.She says they also may take more blood samples from participants in the future, and ask more questions about lifestyle changes.Ted Leopold, an attorney representing people in a class action lawsuit regarding GenX released a statement saying:“What began as a search for GenX has led to the discovery of a Pandora’s box of chemicals in residents’ homes and bodies. We know that this family of chemicals is dangerous. We know that this company has a history of irresponsibly dumping toxic waste into the Cape Fear River – and hiding their conduct from state regulators. We now know that this toxic dumping goes far beyond GenX.”last_img read more


Garden club continues to replant after storms wrath on tree populationGarden club continues to replant after storms wrath on tree population


first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The annual big planting project for The Cape Fear Garden Club was a little more special this year.On Tuesday, the Civic Improvements Committee for the club replaced a tree that was taken out by Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – The committee planted a new, 20-foot tall live oak tree at the Jervay Freedom Walk Park. The tree was donated by Jim Batey’s Live Oak Tree Farm.The Civic Improvements Committee partnered with Wilmington Parks and Recreation to make the project happen.Cathy Poulos is with the Cape Fear Garden Club and says it’s important to replace all the trees we lost during Florence.Related Article: Garden club blesses local cemeteries with trees for Arbor Day“The city alone lost over 1,000 trees, and that doesn’t even include trees that were lost on private property,” Poulos said. “So we all witnessed what a huge, devastating impact this hurricane had on our community. They [trees] last for generations. They add beauty to our community. They attract business.”Poulos says the garden club’s committee works with the city and county on beautification projects around Wilmington.last_img read more


Nationalist EU parties plan to join forces after May electionsNationalist EU parties plan to join forces after May elections


first_img SharePrint Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, poses with Olli Kotro from the Finnish ECR party, Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party and Anders Vistisen from the Danish ECR party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro GarofaloMatteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, poses with Olli Kotro from the Finnish ECR party, Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party and Anders Vistisen from the Danish ECR party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Nationalist anti-immigration parties plan to join forces following next month’s European Union parliamentary election, looking to create a new bloc to shake up the EU, officials from four groups said on Monday.The move shows growing confidence amongst far-right and sovereignist parties that for the first time since the EU was formed 60 years ago they can win enough seats in parliament to have a major say in how the continent is run.“We want to reform the European Union and the European parliament, without destroying them. We want to bring radical change,” said Joerg Meuthen, the chairman of the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party (AfD).Meuthen told reporters the EU parliamentary bloc would be called the European Alliance for People and Nations. It will initially involve at least 10 parties drawn from the three groups that currently house various nationalist forces.Monday’s event was organised by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the right-wing League and has been the driving force in persuading like-minded politicians to ditch their previous divisions before the May 26 EU election.“We can propose a new Europe because we have never governed (in Brussels),” Salvini said. “Our goal is to be decisive, to nominate new commissioners in the new commission,” he added, referring to the powerful body that oversees EU policy-making.However, it was not immediately clear if two of Europe’s biggest national conservative forces — Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party — would be willing to join the group.Europe’s myriad sovereignist parties share the broad goals of returning power to EU member states and further curbing immigration, but they often have very different economic and social policies, making it hard to create a coherent group within the EU parliament.DIVISIONSBesides the AfD, the conservative Finns Party and the rightist Danish People’s Party have also pledged to support the initiative. Salvini said his current EU allies, including Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in France, would take part, too.“If we succeed with the initiative we launched today, it will be an historic achievement,” said Anders Vistisen, a European parliamentarian with the Danish People’s Party.“The only powers who have been winning by us being divided into three different groups have been the europhiles of Brussels, the old establishment parties who worked towards a United States of Europe,” he told reporters.Salvini said he planned to hold a rally in Milan on May 18 to bring together his new alliance.Although all the speakers on Monday confirmed they were united in supporting tougher border controls to prevent illegal immigration, there appeared to be little common cause on other issues, such as economic policy.The AfD has previously denounced the big-spending budget plans of Salvini and the Italian government. Other northern European nationalist groups have been highly critical of what they see as southern European fiscal profligacy.“It is clear that (our) parties have different approaches, but that doesn’t matter right now. What is important is we need to protect Europe,” said Finns Party official Olli Kotro.  Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini poses with Olli Kotro from the Finnish ECR party, Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party and Anders Vistisen from the Danish ECR party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, shakes hands with Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, speaks to the media after launching the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, poses with Olli Kotro from the Finnish ECR party, Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party and Anders Vistisen from the Danish ECR party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, spiks next to Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party and Anders Vistisen from the Danish ECR party, as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the far-right League Party, gestures as he launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo Joerg Meuthen from the the German EFDD party speaks as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini launches the start of his campaign for the European elections, in Milan, Italy April 8, 2019. 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Just like John the Baptist modern priests use contemporary language – BishopJust like John the Baptist modern priests use contemporary language – Bishop


first_img SharePrint <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> Gordon BarbaraGordon Barbara Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said that modern priests use contemporary language in spreading the Church’s teaching, which is in line with the Second Vatican Council, and similar to John the Baptist during his time.Mgr Grech presided over mass which marked the liturgical feast of St John the Baptist at Xewkija during which the 25th anniversary of parish priest Rev. Daniel Xerri and Gozitan missionary Rev. Raymond Portelli were celebrated.During his homily, Mgr Grech underlined that the role of the priest is to answer people’s concerns, highlighting the need to use language, which is intelligible and contemporary, warning that otherwise the Church would continue losing its relevance.Speaking about Rev. Xerri and Rev. Portelli, the Bishop of Gozo described them as free and hardworking. He explained that both are committed in communicating with the faithful in a manner which is understood and relevant to modern times.Mgr Grech also referred to times when priests find themselves in difficulty when living their priesthood, warning that priests should live in the present rather than opting to live in the past. The bishop of Gozo explained that this was possible when one believed in change, adding that while one may choose to rest on traditions, the reality of pastoral and spiritual challenges is something of the present which a priest must face nowadays. Speaking on such challenges, he said that similarly as a bishop he must face contemporary challenges.WhatsApplast_img read more


The 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge is HereThe 2012 Google Apps Developer Challenge is Here


first_imgAdvertisement Google will be working in collaboration with its Google Developer Groups (also known as GTUGs) and Google Business Groups to organize events and prepare for the challenge.How familiar are you with the various Google Apps and Drive APIs? If you aren’t familiar, make sure to read up about Google Apps Script, Google Apps and Drive APIs on Google Developers. Use the Chrome Web Store as a source of inspiration. Create an innovative application using Google Apps Script, Google Apps, and Drive APIs. If your application is the best within one of the three categories defined below in your region, you could win a prize of $20,000 dollars! Google is also committed to nurturing the next generation of computer scientists as well as encouraging more women to get into coding, so we have special prizes for all-student or all-female teams that make the second round — $1,000 dollars.The first round of submissions will start on the 24th of August 2012. The categories areEnterprise / Small Business Solutions e.g., Accounting, Sales, Workflow, CollaborationSocial / Personal Productivity / Games / FunEducation / Not for Profit / Water / Food & Hunger / Health – Advertisement – Make sure you read all the details about the competition on the Google Apps Developer Challenge page and follow the hashtag #gappschallenge on Google+ for any additional updates.What are you waiting for? Get coding!last_img read more


Microsoft unveils Windows 8 in KinyarwandaMicrosoft unveils Windows 8 in Kinyarwanda


first_imgAdvertisement Software giant Microsoft on Friday announced that the newest version of its flagship product, MS Windows 8, will also be in Rwanda’s main language, Kinyarwanda.Microsoft said in a statement that MS Windows 8 is available in 14 new languages, bringing the total number of languages supported to 109. The US software giant released Window 8 in October last year and has since been working on producing the software in different languages to cover the global market.The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philpert Nsengimana, said the release in Kinyarwanda will go a long way in building information and communication technology literacy in the country. – Advertisement – It means Rwandans with minimal knowledge of either French or English will be able to use their touch-screen gadgets that support the system without having to worry about language barrier.“It will help us in taking ICT to the common man. ICT has to be owned by every Rwandan and not be seen as a preserve by some,” he told The New Times yesterday when contacted for a comment.The minister added that the development would encourage, especially the youth to learn new products.The application can support any of the languages with language interface packs as long as it supports one of 12 application certification languages, said Microsoft in the statement.Credit: New Times, Rwandalast_img read more


Airtel Uganda and Kwese iflix Partner to bring exciting football moments toAirtel Uganda and Kwese iflix Partner to bring exciting football moments to


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first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs/News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduFormer DC and Chicago transportation director to discuss bridging gap between innovation and bureaucracyHOUSTON – (Oct. 14, 2015) – The transportation world is constantly changing with the dawn of self-driving vehicles and other technological shifts, but is there any hope of closing the gap between the energetic world of startups and complex government bureaucracies?GABE KLEINGabe Klein, who led the city transportation departments in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., will discuss the “urban transportation revolution” at an Oct. 27 talk hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. in Houston. The event is free, but reservations are required.WHAT:           Conversation with Gabe Klein, former head of the Chicago and Washington, D.C., city transportation departments. Presented by the Kinder Institute Forum.WHEN:           6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.WHERE:         Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St. in Houston.Klein will discuss his recent book, “Start-Up City,” which demonstrates how to effect big, directional change in cities and how to do it fast. Klein’s objective is to inspire what he calls “public entrepreneurship,” an energy within the public sector brought about by leveraging the immense resources at its disposal. In the book, he offers guidance for cutting through the morass and a roadmap for getting real, meaningful projects done quickly and having fun while doing it.Before working in city government, Klein worked at a few startups, including Zipcar. In 2015, in addition to his other roles, he joined Fontinalis Partners as a special venture partner on their new fund. Klein continues to advise a number of technology and mobility companies, including Transit Screen and Phone2Action, where he provides leadership on strategy. He is on the board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and Streetsblog. For more information on Klein, visit http://gabeklein.com/.To RSVP to the event, visit http://bit.ly/1VECoAj. For more information on the Kinder Institute, visit http://kinder.rice.edu/.For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Photo credit: Gabe KleinPhoto link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/10/GK-HS1.jpgLocated 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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 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 best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction 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 here. AddThislast_img read more


Another brick in the moleculeAnother brick in the molecule


first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduAnother brick in the moleculeRice University chemical engineers explore market for pure levoglucosanHOUSTON — (Aug. 8, 2016) — Chemical engineers and chemists from Rice University and China’s Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics have made something so useful and unusual they aren’t yet sure how much it’s worth.In a new paper in the journal Green Chemistry, a team led by Rice’s Michael Wong describes a new process for making extremely pure levoglucosan (LGA), a naturally occurring organic compound that has been so rare and expensive that drugmakers and chemical engineers typically haven’t considered using it.Rice University’s Li Chen (left) and Michael Wong and colleagues in Dalian, China, have discovered a new way to make extremely pure levoglucosan, a rare sugar compound that drug makers and synthetic chemists can use to build larger molecules. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“A couple of years ago, we got to thinking about chemistries that could turn biomass into something of greater value than heat or biofuels,” said Wong, professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry. “Most chemicals are made from oil and gas, but you can’t make LGA from petrochemicals. LGA has a very interesting structure that makes it a much better starter molecule than sugar, but it’s been hard for researchers to work with LGA when quantities are limited. LGA is so difficult and inefficient to make that whatever small amounts were commercially available were very expensive.”Wong said LGA’s value derives from the options it presents to drugmakers and chemical engineers who specialize in chemical synthesis, a branch of chemistry that lies at the center of some of the world’s largest industries, including pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, plastics and polymers. The complex chemicals these industries produce are built up from smaller chemicals, much like a Lego model is built from individual bricks. LGA is an organic precursor chemical, one of the organic “bricks” that a chemist could use in a synthesis reaction.Wong said LGA is particularly handy because it contains a number of chiral carbons, which means the carbons come in left-handed and right-handed forms that are not mirror images of one another. Just as specially shaped Lego bricks are rare but useful to build unique structures, LGA molecules could open new avenues to synthetic chemists, he said. Glucose also contains chiral carbons, but it is less stable to do chemistry with.Rice University researchers Michael Wong (left) and Li Chen are exploring the commercial possibilities for their levoglucosan manufacturing process with an Innovation Corps grant from the National Science Foundation. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Wong and co-lead scientist Conrad Zhang of China’s Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics worked with graduate student Li Chen to design a series of experiments to see if an efficient method could be found for making pure LGA in bulk.“We’ve shown that we can make LGA that is at least 95 percent pure, and possibly much more pure, from three different feedstocks — cellulose, glucose and starch,” Wong said. “This comes from our much better understanding of sugar chemistry at high temperatures, which we summarize in our paper as the ring-locking concept. We like to think we solved the purity problem, and now we’re focusing on the quantity problem.”Wong said the group’s process should be far more economical and operationally simpler than the current small-scale route for making LGA. Producers today begin with starch and apply intense heat under oxygen-free conditions. Heating requires lots of energy, and the result is a chemical soup that contains a few percent LGA. That soup must further be treated to separate the waste and yield highly pure LGA.Chen, lead author of the new study, said, “Our approach is fundamentally different. We use a few chemical tricks to prepare our feedstocks in order to produce extremely pure LGA. So we’ve gone from 10 steps to two steps, which drastically cuts down the cost.”In a 2004 Department of Energy analysis, LGA was among the 30 most valuable chemicals identified as possible products of biorefineries, “green” chemical facilities that could compete with chemical plants that make products from nonrenewable oil and gas. Wong said LGA’s unique properties could be useful for making “green” plastics (plastics made solely from biomass) if quantity were no longer an issue. He said some drugmakers have looked at using LGA as a building block for making at least a dozen drugs, including some of the widely prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors.The work was initiated with a National Science Foundation grant, which recently led to Wong and Chen receiving an NSF Innovation Corps grant to explore potential markets for LGA and other anhydrosugar compounds. I-Corps grants let academic researchers explore the commercial possibilities of a promising discovery. Each I-Corps team goes through an immersive seven-week process that includes online training with business mentors and interviews with at least 100 potential customers.“The experience has been invaluable,” Chen said. “It’s intense, but instructive.”Wong said he and Chen may form a startup company if the I-Corps process reveals a significant market.Additional co-authors include Jin-mo Zhao, Sivaram Pradhan, Bruce Brinson and Gustavo Scuseria, all of Rice. Additional support was provided by the Chinese Academy of Sciences International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams.-30-VIDEO is available at:https://youtu.be/ukZk3O41d5wHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0808_GREEN-lga-tw43-lg-1785cg6.jpgCAPTION: Rice University’s Li Chen and Michael Wong and colleagues in Dalian, China, have discovered a new way to make extremely pure levoglucosan, a rare sugar compound that drugmakers and synthetic chemists can use to build larger molecules. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0808_GREEN-lga-pr50-lg-1qx5za7.jpgCAPTION: Rice University chemical engineers Li Chen and Michael Wong display a model of a levoglucosan molecule, a rare type of sugar that could be useful for chemical synthesis. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0808_GREEN-lga-ov36-lg-ra9v0f.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers Michael Wong and Li Chen are exploring the commercial possibilities for their levoglucosan manufacturing process with an Innovation Corps grant from the National Science Foundation. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the Green Chemistry paper is: 10.1039/C6GC01600FA copy of the paper is available at:http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2016/gc/c6gc01600fMore information is available at:Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory home pagehttp://www.ruf.rice.edu/~wonglab/index.htmlRelated research from Rice:Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading — June 26, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/06/26/water-cleanup-catalysts-tackle-biomass-upgrading/Rice scientists ID new catalyst for cleanup of nitrites — Nov. 25, 2013http://news.rice.edu/2013/11/25/rice-scientists-id-new-catalyst-for-cleanup-of-nitrites/Chloroform cleanup: just the beginning for palladium-gold catalysts — April 15, 2013http://news.rice.edu/2013/04/15/chloroform-cleanup-just-the-beginning-for-palladium-gold-catalysts/Rice uses light to remotely trigger biochemical reactions — Dec. 13, 2012http://news.rice.edu/2012/12/13/rice-uses-light-to-remotely-trigger-biochemical-reactions/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated 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. 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