Meet the Commissioners Selecting Candidates for SFs New Police Chief

first_imgThe Commission has in the past been criticized for backlogs of disciplinary cases.In its June report, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Accountability, Transparency, and Fairness found that the commission is grossly understaffed. In fact, just two people are on staff to assist the Commission with administrative matters.In recent months, members have been putting in overtime as the Commission spearheads the search for the city’s next police chief. With the help of a hiring firm that scoured some 61 resumes, the commissioners are now tasked with interviewing and vetting the candidates, before narrowing the pool of applicants down to three.  These names will be passed on to Mayor Ed Lee, who will ultimately appoint the new chief, in the coming weeks. The applicants’ names have not been made public and will not be released until a chief is chosen.  Here is some background on the commissioners.Photo by Lola M. ChavezSuzy Loftus, PresidentAppointed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012Suzy Loftus has served as the Commission’s president since 2014, leading the panel through a time of growing community discontent after several high-profile police shootings.Since the December 2, 2015, police shooting of Bayview resident Mario Woods, Loftus has faced hostile crowds at community meetings. Meanwhile, she said, she has attempted to find a middle ground between police and community demands as the Commission signs off on policy reforms such as a general order regulating the use of force. “What we are endeavoring to do is reject this idea that [we are] either on the side of the police or the community,” said Loftus. “The police need a great relationship with the community, and community members want a great relationship with the police. We are endeavoring to build that.”Loftus called her role as commissioner a “full-time job” that often competes with her two other full-time jobs — she is the mother of three and general counsel to the California Department of Justice.   Loftus previously worked for Attorney General Kamala Harris and served as San Francisco’s district attorney.The monthly stipend allocated to the commissioners, she said, is a humbling reminder of “why we are here.”“We are doing this is a public service,” Loftus added.  As the commission’s president, she said she is often expected to put in over time. She is married to Tom Loftus, who works for San Francisco Government Television. She also shares her last name with former San Francisco Deputy Chief of Police John Loftus, her second cousin through marriage. The 41-year-old said she often finds herself clarifying the connection.  Loftus said her only connection to the police force is through her years of serving as a prosecutor. “People think that a prosecutor is closely affiliated with the police but it’s often – as you’ve seen in SF with our current district attorney — a tense relationship,” said the San Francisco native who currently lives in the Sunset. “You need to ask for things, you need to have an excellent product. You need to be sure there is integrity in the investigation.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezJulius M. Turman, Vice PresidentAppointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2011Current Police Commission Vice President L. Julius M. Turman has served on the commission since 2011 and is a labor and employment lawyer by day. Turman said he has no ties to the police department, but has a background in drafting and implementing policy as well as knowledge of labor standards and discipline that qualify him for the Police Commission.Turman attended law school at Rutgers University before clerking for Judge John J. Hughes in the district court of New Jersey. Turman then worked as Assistant U.S. Attorney for five years in New Jersey.“There is a significant crossover between what I do as a professional and what I do here at the police commission,” said Turman, now a Potrero Hill resident. Turman said he became involved with the Commission because he wanted to be involved in the “process to make change for the better,” adding that the current Commission “has fired more police officers for misconduct than any other commission.”In the search for a police chief, Turman said that he is looking for a reformer who will implement the recommendations made by the Department of Justice, the Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Office of Citizen Complaints. “I want someone who is going to come in and make widespread changes in a department that has existed for 150 years,” he said.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPetra DeJesus, CommissionerAppointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2005San Francisco native Petra DeJesus, who grew up in Bernal Heights where she currently resides,  became the first Latina on the Police Commission.A full-time attorney with Kaplan Law, she represents blue-collar workers and their families who have fallen ill or died due to asbestos exposure. DeJesus called her 10-year run on the Police Commission a “huge commitment.”In light of the ongoing search, DeJesus said that several meetings “have gone to midnight or one in the morning, and we are meeting outside of [regular] meetings with community.” Following a scathing review of the police department by the Blue Ribbon Panel that found systemic bias and a federal report that found the same, DeJesus has called for overhauls to the system — including the commission. “Maybe we should be more of an appellate board [and] just have hearing officers that … are actually employed,” said DeJesus in response to criticism by the Blue Ribbon Panel that the Commission is understaffed. She added that the panel’s semblance of being part of the police department — “we are on their website” — doesn’t help in reassuring the public that the Commission’s role is to hold the department accountable. “Right now perception is everything,” she said. “We are supposed to be independent, but the perception to the community is that we are not.”DeJesus started her career in poverty law, representing low-income individuals at the California Rural Legal Assistance, Mission Community Legal Defense, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s office.She served as senior trial attorney for the Public Defender’s office for over a decade before accepting a position as general counsel for EMT Entertainment network, supervising the startup’s legal matters. DeJesus’s younger brother, Luis DeJesus, is a police officer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2005 that Luis DeJesus was among more than a dozen officers who were implicated in shooting unauthorized videos that were later posted on the internet .  DeJesus said she was new to the Commission when the incident unfolded, and was recused from her brother’s hearing. He remains on the force.Photo by Lola M. ChavezDr. Joseph MarshallAppointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004The longest-standing member of the Commission, Dr. Joseph Marshall has previously served as its president. This is the 69-year-old activist’s third search for a new police chief.  “The searches have to be very thorough and take a lot of time,” said Marshall. “I know to do it right.”Marshall said that the Commission did an “extensive service” by reaching out to the community as well as officers in an attempt to compile a list of qualities that both contingents would like to see in the next police chief.  “We had people tell us their thoughts and set up a search firm at the Commission and collected all that info in a document that was public,” he said.As an activist serving low-income youth from marginalized communities, Marshall said that a mind for reform and for accountability were priorities that he looked for while vetting candidates.Marshall is the co-founder and director of the Omega Boys Club/Youth Soldiers, a youth violence prevention organization, and the founder of the Alive and Free movement.“Historically, there’s been a gap between law enforcement and communities of color. [This gap] is exacerbated when you have incidents like we recently had in SF where the trust is fractured and broken,” said Marshall, referring to the recent shootings in the Bayview and the Mission.The St. Louis, Missouri, native began his 25-year teaching career at San Francisco’s Woodrow Wilson High School in 1969, but turned to anti-violence advocacy in 1994. Today, he is well-known for his work as an author, lecturer, and radio show host.  Marshall is also the father of three children.“Many of my former students ended up on drugs, selling drugs or dead — I went to so many funerals of former students I couldn’t take it any more,” he said, adding that he started the Boys Club as way of keeping connected to “my own students and keeping them alive and free.”Marshall said that when he first got to the Commission, he faced a backlog of about 80 officer disciplinary cases. Though that number has been reduced, Marshall said, the system is not perfect. “People don’t have any idea about how much discipline work commissioners do. The chief can’t fire anybody — if there is someone they believe should be terminated, it’s up to the commission.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezSonia Melara, CommissionerAppointed by Mayor Lee in 2014With over 30 years of experience in in social work, Commissioner Sonia Melara is the executive director of Rally Family Visitation Services of Saint Francis and is a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University.Melara called her time on the commission “intense,” but attributed it to the circumstances. “We are trying to move as fast as we can — at the same time we have to ensure that the process is equitable and also very transparent in many ways,” she said, in reference to the search for police chief. From El Salvador, Melara grew up in the Mission for a majority of her childhood. Now a resident of West Portal, she is married with no children. She said her years of work on domestic violence recovery – she is the co-founder of La Casa de las Madres, California’s first shelter for survivors of domestic violence –  and her time on the Immigrants Rights Commission and the Health Commission have allowed her to bring a different perspective to the Police Commission.“The mayor is trying to put as much diversity on the commission as possible,” she said. “I have a completely different thinking than an attorney.” In the vetting of candidates who wish to head the police department, Melara said she is putting a lot of weight on experience, and whether they are receptive to reform. “As we interview potential candidates we want to see what their knowledge and experience is and whether they have been involved in similar changes in their departments,” she said. Considering the needs of the city’s different communities, she said, is an important aspect of the decision-making process.“My long-term involvement in women’s and Latino issues gives me a view as to the type of person that we need to bring in to head the department,” she said. “I’m very sensitive to the needs of all communities, not just one.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezVictor Hwang, CommissionerAppointed by the Board of Supervisors in 2014Commissioner Victor Hwang has built a career on some two decades of experience with criminal law. The criminal justice and civil rights attorney is currently vying for an open judgeship in the San Francisco Superior Court.The campaign is consuming much of Hwang’s time, about 60 to 70 hours a week, he said. Hwang is also the father of three and fiance of Ivy Lee, chief of staff to Supervisor Jane Kim.“That makes our lives all the more crazy,” said Hwang. He also runs his own law practice, which he is starting “to phase out.”“This morning I was at Glen Park BART station from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. talking to voters.  I will be out at 24 Street BART Station later to campaign; then I have to take my kids to the dentist,” said Hwang when asked to describe his day.A U.C. Berkeley graduate, Hwang attended the University of Southern California for law school and afterwards worked as a public defender in Los Angeles for five years. Hwang spent time on the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus, and has worked extensively in the Asian American community as a civil rights attorney. Effectively unseating former Commissioner Angela Chan, Hwang, a former prosecutor and public defender, came with the political backing of Chinatown leader Rose Pak, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Hwang acknowledged that the Police Commission is not “set to perform the functions that we are set up to do because of overload.” Each commissioner, he said, puts in about 20 hours per week.  “There is no analyst, no director — we don’t have that kind of staffing,” he said. “All of us have other jobs.”Still, he said, the commission has effectively dealt with revising the police use-of-force policy, implemented body-worn cameras, and managed to review every candidate in its search for police chief.  “We have a very strong pool of applicants that we are looking at,” he said.Photo by Lola M. ChavezThomas P. Mazzucco, CommissionerAppointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2007Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco is the son of a San Francisco police inspector and is a former federal prosecutor experienced in white-collar defense, internal fraud, and grand jury matters, as well as commercial and corporate litigation. He currently works as an attorney for Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, a law firm that specializes in professional liability practice. Mazzucco previously served as assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and is a former San Francisco deputy district attorney. The San Francisco native was renominated for his third term on the Commission by Mayor Ed Lee this year.While president of the Commission, Mazzucco in 2012 awarded six police officers involved in gunfights with the Gold Medal of Valor – the highest honor in the police department.  The Public Press reported that Mazzucco had then called the recipients “heroes.”One of the officers honored was Richard Hastings, who had been involved in the controversial 2011 shooting of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding. Hastings was recognized for detaining Harding for evading a Muni fare in the Bayview, an interaction that was fatal for Harding. Police later said Harding was wanted for questioning in connection to a murder in Washington. 0% Tags: City Hall • government • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% From approving policy on body cameras to firing police officers found guilty of misconduct, Wednesday nights are reserved for scrutiny of police practices at the San Francisco Police Commission.The seven-member civilian panel acts as the police department’s disciplinary body and officially meets once a week for a public hearing, usually at City Hall, to receive updates from department heads, set policy, and decide on disciplinary actions against officers. The Commission is also tasked with with overseeing the Office of Citizen Complaints, a separate city department that investigates officer misconduct reported by civiliansWith tenures ranging from 2 to 12 years, four of  the Commission’s members are appointed by the mayor and three more are selected by the Board of Supervisors.  Serving on the Commission is a volunteer position, and members receive a monthly stipend of only $100 and the option of health benefits.  In 2013, Hastings was accused of molesting a teenage boy and plead not guilty to 10 counts of child molestation and pornography possession. Hastings reportedly faced the Police Commission and resigned from the force. Mazzucco did not respond to requests for comment at press time. last_img read more

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Developments in Development Streamlining and gossip

first_imgDevelopments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news.Good news everyone! San Francisco is only the eighth least affordable city on the planet right now, according to a RentCafe study that compared incomes to rents in attractive cities around the world. The study found that the average San Francisco family spends about 41 percent of its income on rent. But if you’ve been feeling a bit of grass-is-greener-itis, consider that tenants in Mexico City spend about 60 percent on average on their rent, with Manhattanites close behind, spending an average of 59 percent of their incomes on rent.And yet, rental listing sites are pegging local rents above New York rents, regardless of whether they’re looking at just what’s on their own site or what they think the real average rent among all current renters for a one-bedroom might be, Curbed reports. 0% Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% As you might know if you’re a housing wonk (do any non-wonks read this column?), we’re at an interesting point in the statewide work toward housing affordability. Former District 8 Supervisor and now State Senator Scott Wiener’s proposal to streamline housing production in cities that aren’t meeting statewide goals has passed the Senate and now needs the Assembly’s approval.The streamlining only applies in situations where enough housing isn’t built and it distinguishes between below-market-rate and market-rate housing — so if a city is meeting its market rate production goals but not its below-market-rate ones, it would only have procedural delays removed for affordable housing at the moment. The law would reduce neighbors’ ability to stall projects through mechanisms like Discretionary Review requests — which two projects in the Mission just went through after several months’ delay.Luis Granados of MEDA and Erick Arguello of Calle 24, two groups that have repeatedly butted heads with the YIMBYs over gentrification and development in the Mission, co-wrote a piece in the Examiner opposing SB 35. They raise concerns that a statewide streamlining would take away opportunities to demand concessions from future developments as they did with repeated appeals and opposition to projects like 2000 Bryant Street, 1515 South Van Ness Avenue and 2675 Folsom Street, because projects that meet basic planning requirements would be approved as a matter of course.For a quick break from the affordability conversation, here’s some local planning-related gossip: Planning staff told the developer to clear up confusion about whether the existing building, which houses the nonprofit Mission Girls, also includes a dwelling unit. If it does, the staff advised the developer to figure out how to get approval for demolishing a housing unit. The letter also asks for some tweaks to the design, including adding a retail entrance from Balmy Alley, adjusting the look and height of the ground floor commercial space, and adding more rear yard space. I suspect this is related to the proposals for Fort Point Brewing Company to move in – At TimBuk2’s invitation, by the way – and create a brewpub in part of the space currently used for bag retail. You can read more about that plan here. But to be fair, planning records do indicate there were permits for that site to operate as an auto repair shop in the past.center_img Another one of the buildings damaged by the 29th Street fire last year is being repaired. Owners of 29-31 29th Street, next door to the severely damaged Graywood Hotel, have applied for a building permit to turn a three-story building with one residential unit into a four-story building with two residential units while also repairing fire damage.The environmental impacts of turning a former automotive sales office and smog check facility at 1500 15th Street into 138 units of group housing (184 if a state density bonus is applied). The units would be microscopic, clocking in at 198 square feet each per the environmental application, with a shared kitchen and lounge space on each floor.Building permits have now been applied for at 2610 Mission Street, formerly home to Anna’s Linens, to add four floors of housing on top of the first floor of commercial space to create 8 units of housing. A pet food store at 433 Precita at Harrison could turn into a restaurant called Doma if a building permit is approved. The conditional use permit is still pending so nothing has been decided.And finally, the Planning Department has completed its preliminary assessment of 3001-3021 24th Street, an entirely below-market-rate project at Harrison Street pitched by Mercy Housing. The 45-unit building would provide affordable housing for seniors. The Light House, the giant building inside a former church on Dolores Street across from the park, is facing its second code violation complaint in as many years. You might remember that someone lodged a complaint against one of the condo owners there last year for hosting meditation sessions. Now someone seems to believe that there is an office space operating there.The complainant claims that Hive, a leadership networking organization, is using the space, and lo and behold, if you search on Facebook Hive gives its location at the Light House. However, planners have not yet made a decision about the merits of the complaint – it’s still processing. At 20th and Shotwell streets, someone has filed a complaint about the TimBuk2 bag manufactory and shop, saying “the space was auto repair last and is not a trade shop – loss of PDR.”last_img read more

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City funding of youth gardening program nixed due to fiscal irregularities

first_imgThe San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and Public Utilities Commission abruptly terminated a $2 million grant to the Garden Project, a nonprofit that runs a program in which at-risk youth earn $15 an hour to work on city horticulture projects.Per the Sheriff’s Department, this is a result of “irregularities” in facilitating the $1.6 million from the PUC and $400,000 from the Sheriff’s Department.  Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nancy Crowley says both her department and the PUC are cutting ties with the Garden Project, and have instead been working with a different nonprofit called the Young Community Developers to run the summer youth program from July 16 to August 10. This came as a jolt to longtime Garden Project executive director Catherine Sneed. “They found contractual irregularities, and they are expecting me to tell my staff — who have to pay their rent in 30 days — to go,” she said. Mark Nicco, the Sheriff’s chief legal counsel, said that details about these irregularities are still under investigation and cannot be released to the public. Sneed said she doesn’t know what kinds of inconsistencies were discovered, either.The Garden Project, per Sneed, has 29 paid staff members. She is employed full-time by the Sheriff’s Department, but puts in 40 hours a week on the Garden Project, according to the nonprofit’s tax filings. She earned $153,067 in 2017, according to the city payroll.   Crowley said Sneed might have to be reassigned.  Last summer, the program employed 296 students; in the last five years, it worked with at least 1,000 young people.The project received funding in 2014, 2015 and 2016 of about $2 million a year. During that time, the money paid to the Garden Fellows, as the youth are called, dropped by 38 percent to $443,217, according to the organization’s Form 990 tax filings with the IRS. Sneed herself founded the Garden Project in 1992, when she was a special assistant to the sheriff. In 2004, she was asked by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to train at-risk youth to landscape the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Crystal Springs Watershed through a contract with the Public Utilities Commission.In addition to the year-round Garden Project, Sneed in 2010 started a summer program to provide horticultural training for at-risk San Francisco children and young people from lower-income families. This program is ongoing. This year, it received 483 applications, including 37 teenagers from the Mission District and 18 students from Mission High School.The participants in the summer program will be working with new staff. Crowley says there will probably be some restructuring, but the goal remains the same: to train and teach young people the science and art of growing plants. Sneed declined to make further comments about the future of her organization. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Address,0%last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons pulled no punches as Saints lost 34

first_imgROYCE Simmons pulled no punches as Saints lost 34-32 to Catalans at Langtree Park.Whilst praising the quality of the Dragons’ play to overturn a 26-8 deficit he questioned the officiating and bemoaned his side’s defending.“Things started to go wrong for us when we had four penalties against us in a row and that meant we didn’t have possession for long periods,” he said. “They had a lot of ball in our end of the field and we didn’t have that.“They played really well and chanced their hand, backed themselves and scored some tremendous tries from a very talented side who are well coached.“But at the end of the day they choked us to death in the first half and got round our necks. Any side who plays against us tries to stop James Roby from running – and they are good tactics – but you can’t turn those rules around in the second half to suit the opposition.“We got a couple of penalties in the first half, five I think and it should have been around 35. In the second half we got penalised and some of the things especially one of the incidents, I couldn’t understand why. I thought it was a very ordinary performance from the referee, but take nothing away from Catalans.”He continued: “In saying that we let in soft tries which were disappointing. We let points in this week and last week and we have to look at that as a team. We are trying to do things one out and not as a unit. We are trying our hearts out but are trying to solve them on our own. We come out of the line as individuals too many times and didn’t work as a complete unit. We need to be doing the same thing in defence.“For the first 40 we were fantastic, played well and defended pretty good. When we didn’t get the penalties in the second half, we didn’t handle that situation very well. But as I said, I will be ringing Stuart Cummings this week as some of those penalties were an absolute joke compared to the way we got hammered in the first half.”last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Satur

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s First Utility Super League clash with London Broncos.Anthony Laffranchi and Matty Dawson return the line-up.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe (pictured), 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson, 28. Luke Thompson.Joe Grima will choose his London Broncos side from:3. Jordan Atkins, 4. Thomas Minns, 6. Ben Farrar, 7. Josh Drinkwater, 9. Scott Moore, 10. Olsi Krasniqi, 11. Michael McMeeken, 12. Matt Cook, 13. Alex Foster, 16. Nick Slyney, 17. Will Lovell, 18. George Griffin, 19. Erjon Dollapi, 21. Joel Wicks, 22. James Woodburn-Hall, 23. Denny Solomona, 30. Jon Wallace. 33. Joe Keyes, **. Oscar Thomas.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be Tim Roby.Tickets for the fixture have sold out at Langtree Park, but are available from The Hive on matchday.last_img read more

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Man arrested for attempted bank robbery in Bladen County

first_imgCLARKTON, NC (WWAY) — A man attempted a bank robbery at a Clarkton BB&T bank Friday afternoon.The Bladen County Sheriff’s office says Neil Alexander Torrez wore face paint as he entered the bank at around 4:23 p.m. He handed the teller a note demanding cash but no weapon was displayed.- Advertisement – Another bank teller called 9-1-1 and reported the attempted theft. A deputy arrived on the scene within two minutes of the call. However, the suspect fled on foot before their arrival.The Bladen County Sherriff’s office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol searched the area for Torrez. A state trooper apprehended him as he was laying in a wooded area, not too far from the bank.Torrez is being booked in Bladen County Jail.last_img

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I140 Wilmington Bypass ribbon cutting tentatively set for Friday

first_img The DOT says it will depend on a number of factors as to whether the road will open after the ribbon cutting, or whether work will need to continue for a couple more days.Last week’s wet weather set work back and impacted sign installation, installation of pavement markings throughout the project, and the final concrete pour, all of which resumed today, according to NC DOT Spokesman Brian Rick.The almost eight mile stretch of road will connect the section of bypass already open in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.Related Article: Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in fiery FedEx crashOnce the road opens, lane closures will be necessary until early Spring to complete the cleaning and painting of the structures.Rick says Friday will start the final chapter of the approximate 20 mile, $411 million project that began in 2000. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The final leg of of the Wilmington Bypass project is almost ready for drivers.On Friday, the NC Department of Transportation hopes to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the final phase of the project, unless weather forces a delay.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wrightsville Beach crosswalk crackdown gets mixed reaction

first_img While others understand why police did it.“I watched the police out here a couple weeks ago. They had a police officer in uniform push the button. And people would wiz right on through it even once the light had turned red,” a resident, Colin Eagles, said.Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said residents asked them to crack down on drivers who don’t adhere to the pedestrian crosswalks. Chief House said they pulled over almost a dozen people in one day, after residents asked them to enforce the crosswalks.Related Article: Wrightsville Beach 12 brace for Florence to fully make landfallThose who live on the island think it’s okay to enforce the law like this, as long as it promotes safety.“I cross the street here two or three times a day. I walk the loop everyday. I try to walk my dog a couple times a day over here. I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve had cars just shoot through the red light. The more the police want to work this, the happier I’m going to be about it,” Eagles said.Chief House said this was a one time thing, unless they get more complaints.For those unfamiliar with how the light works: press the button and that will activate the system. The traffic lights will turn red, signaling for drivers to stop. Then pedestrians can cross. Once the traffic light starts blinking, drivers may proceed if the road is clear. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The red light at a crosswalk means stop. To drive that message home, a Wrightsville Beach police officer recently triggered the light at the intersection of Causeway and North Channel drives. Officers watched and pulled drivers who didn’t stop at the High Intensity Activated Crosswalk, or HAWK. It was a tactic some question.“If the officer was standing, pressing the button without anybody trying to cross, then that certainly seems like entrapment cause there’d be no other reason to cross it,” a resident, Melanie Ellers, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Whiteville man charged with indecent liberties with a child

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– A Columbus County man is in jail under a $250,000 bond on child sex crime charges.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lorenzo Reyes Salas, 63, on 5 counts of indecent liberties with a child.- Advertisement – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Michele Tatum says the incidents occurred from October 15 to November 29.The warrant states that he unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did take and attempt to take immoral, improper, and indecent liberties with the child who was under the age of 16 at the time, for the purpose of arousing and gratifying sexual desire.The alleged crimes happened at his Whiteville home.Related Article: WPD: Snoring leads to stabbing at Wilmington hotellast_img

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Pender High athletic director stepping down assistant takes over

first_img Stokes said Matt Davis will take over as athletic director. David is currently Pender’s head volleyball coach, head girls soccer coach and assistant AD.Stokes is the second athletic director to leave a Pender County high school in the last week.Last week Barry West announced his resignation from Topsail High School amid an investigation into the handling of an ineligible player that cost the Pirates baseball team a trip to the state playoffs. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender High School’s athletic director is stepping down and will be replaced by her assistant AD.In an e-mail to WWAY Bevin Stokes said she is stepping down effective June 30. She did not give a reason for her departure.- Advertisement – last_img

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Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts to present Come Alive

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than 100 performers will take part in the Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts’ production of “Come Alive” this weekend at Wilson Center.Founded in 2007, Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts (WCFA) provides instruction in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.- Advertisement – “Come Alive” is an original production featuring music from The Greatest Showman and other musical arrangements.According to WCFA Director and Founder Cory Smith, the presentation will showcase talented performers, original choreography and eye-catching costumes.Performers taking part in this performance range in age from 3 years to adult.Related Article: “Hope Has Come” to be performed at Wilson CenterThe performance takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Center. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students 16 and under. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount.last_img read more

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Google Launches YouTube Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube Uganda will offer video content from around the world through a local interface dedicated to, and promoting the content most relevant to Ugandans.Founded in 2005, YouTube already boasts a whopping 3billion video views per day, with an average of 48 hours of video content uploaded every minute. The platform allows registered to upload an unlimited number of videos on their own “channel”.In Uganda, NTV and Bukedde are currently the most popular channels. – Advertisement – Content on YouTube ranges from amateur to professional content: from the unexpected to the emotionally affecting, the educational to the entertaining, Ugandans now have greater flexibility to tell their stories, and find videos most useful to them.“We are delighted to be launching YouTube in Uganda today,” said Google Uganda Country Manager Ham Namakajjo.“This is a new opportunity for content creators in Uganda to bring the work of local artists, musicians, news-makers, leaders, and ordinary people to a global audience. We have fantastic collections of video content right here in Uganda and, with a new localized version of YouTube, Ugandans will be able to connect and use this information more easily,” he explained.Officiating at the launch at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, ICT Minister, Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda hailed YouTube as a “great innovation” that will help Ugandans market their country to the rest of the world.“Through such platforms like YouTube, Uganda will be able to market itself to the rest of the world more easily,” said ICT Minister, Dr. Rugunda.“YouTube has presented us with a unique opportunity, and I call upon all Ugandans to use it as a platform to showcase the features of our country that make us fully Ugandan – music, wildlife, news, tourist sites, and so on,” he explained.“Information remains an invaluable resource that can be used by people, young and old alike, professional and amateur to open up their worlds to new opportunities. Accessing relevant information and sharing helpful stories on the Internet is enabling people to learn, train and partner with each other to help better their lives. The government remains committed to creating employment opportunities for Ugandans and YouTube will definitely help in creating this entrepreneurial spirit.”YouTube Uganda will make it easier for local users to find and view the videos most relevant to them on the youtube.co.ug homepage, through featured videos and category spotlights. Content uploaded by users in Uganda will show up as “browse pages” on the YouTube Uganda site, creating a new virtual space for the national community and giving Ugandan users the opportunity to increase their exposure.Increasing Internet AccessGoogle Country Manager, Ham Namakajjo revealed that Google is already working with stakeholders, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government to help make internet accessible to all.The move comes as very welcome news as most Ugandans avoid video content due to bandwidth limitations.In addition to the standard YouTube experience, users have the option to watch videos with YouTube Feather. This “light” version only includes the site’s most basic features, to help ensure that those with low-speed Internet connections are able to play videos play faster.  YouTube Feather can be found in TestTube, the area on the site where new products are tested.last_img read more

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Uganda Africa 118 Launches Online Business Directory

first_imgAdvertisement You can now find local services in Uganda at the click of the button, after Africa 118 launched its online directory today.The East African tech firm, which has been supplying a mobile directory service in Kenya that bridges the information gap for both enterprises and consumers, has now introduced a business directory in Uganda, dubbed ‘InfoMoby’.The directory covers thousands of businesses in Jinja, Kampala, Entebbe and other significant areas in Uganda. InfoMoby sorts business information categorically and by location, making it easier for users to find business information, hours of operation, websites and physical addresses. – Advertisement – According to the firm’s founder and Chief Executive Ezana Raswork, the move was made to address the frustration of finding contact information on local businesses. To get the database started, InfoMoby’s team walked door-to-door, collecting business information using Windows phones.“We want to ensure Ugandans have access to the most complete and accurate local information. Every day, our team contacts hundreds of businesses and local services to collect, correct or enhance their information in our database,” he said.Through the database, users can directly call business communities, favourite a page for future reference or share page links with friends through social media. InfoMoby uses a very simple, mobile-friendly design and the latest search technology to help users quickly find the information they are looking for.InfoMoby also leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud hosting platform, which will allow the team to rapidly expand and launch in new markets using the same core infrastructure.According to Microsoft 4Afrika’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ivan Lumala, InfoMoby is helping local businesses to grow their awareness and attract more customers. This makes Africa 118 one of many dedicated start-ups focusing its tools and technologies on solving business challenges for African SMEs.“At Microsoft we recognize the role SMEs are playing in Africa’s economic transformation, at the same time the role of technology in accelerating this growth. We’ll continue working with and investing in these SMEs to grow to be the next generation of multi-nationals from Africa. ” he added.InfoMoby is currently only available in Uganda. Going forward, the firm plans to have a presence in five African markets within the next year.The InfoMoby service can be found here: www.infomoby.co.uglast_img read more

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Orange in talks to buy Airtel subsidiaries in 4 African countries

first_imgAdvertisement Orange and Airtel have entered into an exclusive agreement to explore the possible acquisition by Orange of Airtel’s subsidiaries in select African countries.The Airtel subsidiaries being considered are in Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville and Sierra Leone.There is no certainty of any binding agreement as a result of these discussions. – Advertisement – We will keep you updated on any new developments.last_img

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Apple celebrates one billion iPhones

first_imgTim Cook holds the billionth iPhone at an employee meeting in Cupertino. Advertisement At an employee meeting on Wednesday CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple recently sold the billionth iPhone.This was at the Company’s headquarters in California.“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”There aren’t that many entire technology categories that have over a billion units sold. Rarely does a single product from a single company reach the billion level. And the iPhone has reached that mark in less than a decade. – Advertisement – The news comes a day after Apple reported a drop in iPhone sales over the past quarter, a second straight drop after uninterrupted growth since its introduction in 2007.Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 25, down 15 percent from a year earlier, highlighting concerns over growth for the iconic smartphone.[Apple Newsroom]last_img read more

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Kenyan Diaspora Sends One Million Money Transfers With WorldRemit

first_imgWorldRemit now sends more than 50,000 transfers to Kenya every month, with over 90% going to Mobile Money accounts such as M-Pesa and Airtel Money. Image Credit: the-star.co.ke Advertisement WorldRemit is the leading sender of remittances to Mobile Money, with connections to 32 services in 24 countries.WorldRemit began offering remittances to Kenya in March 2011 and since then, Kenyans living abroad have now sent one million money transfers with WorldRemit.With the WorldRemit app or website, the diaspora can send safe, instant transfers to Kenya at the touch of a button. – Advertisement – Mobile Money has played a key role in the popularity of WorldRemit money transfers to Kenya, as Kenyans discover the speed and convenience of sending remittances direct to mobile phones.WorldRemit now sends more than 50,000 transfers to Kenya every month, with over 90% going to Mobile Money accounts such as M-Pesa and Airtel Money.WorldRemit now sends more than 50,000 transfers to Kenya every month, with over 90% going to Mobile Money accounts such as M-Pesa and Airtel Money. Image Credit: the-star.co.keCustomers can also send transfers direct to bank account, for cash pick up from KCB Bank Kenya and Upesi Money Transfer branches, or as mobile airtime top up.[related-posts]Around three million Kenyans live abroad with large communities in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.The contribution of the diaspora – including remittances – is recognised as a critical component in the growth of the Kenyan economy and achieving Vision 2030. Inward remittances reached a record value of $146.76 million in May 2016, according to the Central Bank of Kenya, making it one of Kenya’s top earners.“Kenya is renowned for leading the world in Mobile Money and we’re now seeing Kenyans at the forefront of adoption of Mobile Money remittances. The vast majority of our Kenyan customers choose to receive remittances on their M-Pesa or Airtel Money accounts instead of collecting cash. It’s convenient, secure and means no more travelling to money transfer agents,” Alix Murphy, Senior Mobile Analyst at WorldRemit said in a statement.“With over 400 million registered accounts worldwide, Mobile Money is transforming lives by allowing people to access financial services for the first time. As is being showcased in Kenya, Mobile Money will become the method of choice for receiving remittances in many countries across the world.”last_img read more

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Vodafone Uganda Contributes 10 Million UGX Towards the 2nd Annual NSSF Kampala

first_imgVodafone Uganda Marketing Director, Ms. Progress Chisenga (left) handover dummy cheque worth Ugx10million to NSSF Marketing Director Barbara Teddy Arimi (right) at the NSSF offices recently towards the contribution of the second annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th March, 2017. Advertisement One of Uganda’s leading 4G Internet Service Provider Vodafone Uganda has contributed UGX 10 million towards the second annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th March, 2017 – starting from Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya, covering 21KM around the seven major hills of Kampala city i.e. Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri, and Nsambya.The Run which aims at collecting funds to renovate Kampala Public Schools is expected to draw over 1,000 runners who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in schools managed by KCCA.This year targets to raise UGX 200 million which will go towards the renovation of three (3) primary schools – Makerere Primary School, Summit View Army Primary School and completion of works at Nakivubo Settlement Primary School.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Notably, during the first annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which raised about UGX 65 million, it was all spent on the renovation of Nakivubo Settlement Primary School and the construction of a water facility at St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School. However, the renovation of Nakivubo Settlement Primary School wasn’t made complete and therefore will be accounted for after this years Hash Run.Vodafone Uganda Marketing Director, Ms. Progress Chisenga (left) handover dummy cheque worth Ugx10million to NSSF Marketing Director Barbara Teddy Arimi (right) at the NSSF offices recently towards the contribution of the second annual edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Run which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th March, 2017.The selected schools are in dire need for an overhaul, they are characterized with leaking roofs, mud floors, dilapidated walls with no windows. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is mandated to provide and support them with quality learning environments.The City authority is challenged with a limited budget coupled with Land compensation for schools sitting on land owned by private individuals which leaves a lot of these schools in a vulnerable state, with the children studying in a less than desirable learning environment.KCCA this year has budgeted UGX 500 million, an amount which can only facilitate refurbishment of one school out of the six most needy, however, 90% of the 79 city schools are remain in need of refurbishment.In a press statement, Ms. Progress Chisenga noted that; “We partnered with the NSSF as our contribution to the transformation of a generation we foresee as tomorrow’s leaders, and providing a conducive learning environment is critical to building this nation”.Vodafone Uganda now joins the likes of MTN Uganda, who have pioneered in these Kampala marathons in return of helping and giving back to the community.last_img read more

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Stanbic Bank Uganda Unveils Regional Winners for the 2018 National School Championship

first_imgBarbara Kasekende; Stanbic Bank CSI Manager (center) briefing the press on the regional winners for the 2018 National School Championship challenge at their incubation space in Kololo on Friday 20th, Apirl 2018. Advertisement Stanbic Bank Uganda on Friday unveiled the 2018 regional winners of the Stanbic National Schools Championship after a debate competition which involved four schools in each region contesting for the regional title.For those that might be unaware, the Nation School Championship is an annual competition that aims to encourage and challenge students from various secondary schools countrywide in critical thinking and provide exposure to vast knowledge beyond their classrooms.Last year, at the banks first annual championship which was launched in partnership with teh Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda, crowned MaryHill High School as the overall winners. The team of two; Arinda Tracy, and Mugisha Evelyne received a fully paid educational trip to South Africa while the school received a solar system which is worth 20 Million UGX. – Advertisement – However, this year’s regional winners were;  Muni Girls Secondary School (North), Nakanyonyi Girls’ Secondary School (East), Mengo Senior School (Central), and Bweranyangi Girls’ Senior Secondary School (West).Stanbic Bank Uganda will be hosting a business training boot camp for the finalists which will equip the students with business planning, marketing and the management skills they will need to succeed in the real world. This will be the first group to under go this stage.Congratulating the schools upon their great success, Barbara Kasekende, Stanbic Bank CSI Manager at a media press briefing said, the Stanbic National Schools competition journey has been challenging for the students but fruitful at the same time.Barbara Kasekende; Stanbic Bank CSI Manager briefs the press at the Stanbic Business incubation center on Friday 20th, April 2018.“I am more than excited for the schools that have made it this far and cannot wait to see what more these brilliant students have to offer,” she said.The final stage of the competition, will see the finalists tasked to develop and execute their business plans in their respective schools. The school that presents the best executed plan at the finals to be held on 5th July 2018 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda will be crowned 2018 Stanbic National Schools Champions.AwardsFor the teachers Having promised more changes in the challenge, the bank will be rewarding the participating teachers for only the winning teams. For the grand winner, their teacher will be given 1.5 million UGX. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd runners up will receive, 1.2 million, 800,000, and 500,000 UGX respectively.For the school and studentsWinnerIndividual PrizesSchool PrizeOverall WinnerAll expense education trip to South Africa for both the students and their teacherSolar System worth 20 Million UGX1st Runners UpApple iPads for each student and one week of internship training at Stanbic Bank UgandaWater System worth 10 Million UGX2nd Runners Up1 Million UGX for savings account7 habits of highly effective teenagers and teacher traininglast_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Nottingham Forest v Leeds United

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]leasing result on Boxing Day with Cue Card’s last gasp success in the King George at a rewarding 9/2. Could well have been a fortunate winner with Don Cossack’s unfortunate fall but it’s impossible to tell for sure.The DRAW recommendation wasn’t so clever at the Britannia – I’m still giving Man U FAR too much credit and they really do look a club in turmoil now and Van Haal’s days surely numbered?Less busy day on the football front but a good Championship match to look forward to at 4.30pm with Nottingham Forest taking on Leeds. It’s a fixture that has thrown up a fair number of goals over the years….. Leeds 3 Nottingham Forest 7 (SEVEN) in 2012 !!!!Both teams are stuck in a bit of mid-season mediocrity – although a win for either side will edge them closer to the play-off zone. Not sure a DRAW would be an acceptable result for either side so I expect a push for the the full three points.Both sides arrive with recent momentum. Nottingham Forest have won four and drawn two of their last seven Championship games.Leeds have won three of their last four games and drawn the other match.Forest are without left-back Daniel Pinillos who is out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage. Chris Cohen is still not fit after his cruciate injury.Leeds have no new injury problems despite playing their third match in just ten days.Nottingham Forest v Leeds UnitedChampionship16:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 0-0 Nottm ForestDec 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottm Forest 1-1 LeedsApr 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 0-2 Nottm ForestDec 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottm Forest 2-1 LeedsDec 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottm Forest 4-2 LeedsSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 2-1 Nottm ForestMar 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 3-7 Nottm ForestNov 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottm Forest 0-4 LeedsApr 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Leeds 4-1 Nottm ForestAug 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottm Forest 1-1 LeedsA close call but I favour Forest getting a hard-fought result and am backing them at 11/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK FOREST for 12 points at around 11/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 100.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgHORSE RACING1.35 NavanCastlehume 3/1 > 13/82.00 LingfieldSeven Clans 9/4 > 11/83.50 HaydockWuff 7/2 > 2/15.45 NewcastleGolden Opportunity 15/8 > 11/8 Mama Africa 10/1 > 11/28.45 NewcastlePushkin Museum 11/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD23/20 Man City 5/2 Tottenham Hotspur 12/5 DRAWChampionship17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD23/10 Barnsley 6/5 Leeds United 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Saturday 21 Januarylast_img

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