City Cleans Up SF Encampment but Allows Tents to Stay

first_img Tags: camp • department of public works • homeless • police • shelters Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “What they are doing now is they are clearing sidewalks. Which means that they don’t have to offer us anything,” she said. “But we stay neighbors for a reason – women out here and guys too are being raped and murdered.”As campers refused to move, the Public Works crew withdrew from the street and lined up against their trucks to wait for the campers to clean up voluntarily.“We are staying out here as long as we can but we have to leave at some point,” said one worker. “While we are out here, what’s happening to the rest of our work?” Several residents passed by and thanked the Public Works crew for the three hours of work at the encampment.“This is so dirty,” said an elderly woman walking along 14th Street toward South Van Ness. By 5 p.m., the tents were still present on 14th Street, but the campers’ belongings were consolidated and inside, leaving the sidewalk mostly clear. Nazarian, the neighbor, said he was relieved that the encampment had been addressed. Still, he does not believe that the homeless should be shuffled out of sight. “I want people to find housing – and I want the city to take responsibility for the fact that there is what, 6,000 homeless people and 275 beds,” he said. “This isn’t good for anyone.” When the city arrives at an encampment, it often means the homeless residents will be moved on.But on Wednesday, city cleaning crews cleaned up the sidewalks on 14th and Mission streets and –although the encampment was visibly scaled down – the workers allowed most of the half-dozen or so tents and their residents to remain.The day’s interactions at the three-week-old encampment shed light on the mounting frustrations of city workers, residents and the homeless.For their part, neighbors feel the city has decided their blocks are open territory for the homeless who live in tents. “This northeastern section of the Mission is a containment zone,” said Bryan Nazarian, a 15-year Mission resident who lives half a block up from the 14th Street encampment.Other parts of the neighborhood, he said, don’t suffer from “the large, long-term encampments the way that we do.”For its part, the Department of Public Works,  says it simply tries to respond to resident complaints. The cleanups are triggered by a high volume of complaint calls. “You close what you can,” said a Public Works employee Tuesday afternoon, in reference to the complaints. “You try to get to what you can…by the order [the complaints] are called in.”The cleaning crew descended on the encampment mid-morning. They had come to remove trash, clean the sidewalks and force the encampment inhabitants to downsize, said another worker – not to “displace anyone.”One of the workers sprayed disinfectants on the sidewalk around the tents to suppress the smell of urine, he said.  Nevertheless, encampment residents met the cleaning crews’ efforts with dismay and anger.  The cleaning crew hauled one seemingly abandoned tent and its contents, including a charred mattress, onto the back of a dump truck. “You ripped somebody’s tent apart,” said one of the campers, who gave her name as Anne. “How the fuck do you sleep at night?”The Public Works crew called for police back-up in response to the camper’s hostility.“This is a thankless job,” said a member of the cleanup crew.“She’s angry for a lot of reasons,” said Elizabeth Stromer, another camper, alleging that the Public Works crew began dismantling the tent and seizing its owner’s property, who was not present, without permission.Stromer, a former hospice nurse who has been homeless for four years, said that the cleaning crews are “called upon us at least twice a week.”Elizabeth Stromer, a former hospice nurse, in her home as DPW clears the encampment where she lives on 14th and Mission Streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezStromer was recently cited by police for lodging on the sidewalk.  She received four such citations last year. Wednesday’s cleanup, she said, came without notice. “You guys have been doing this forever, I have seen you a million times – and this is no way to clean up,” Stromer told the Public Works crew.Stromer said later that most of her interactions with the crews have been cordial and she pointed out one of the employees who had personally tried to connect her to services.  Nevertheless, campers feel harassed by city officials who offer no viable alternative. Moreover, she said, the encampments are the only protection from the violence on the streets. last_img read more

Fort Point brewpub can open at 20th and Shotwell

first_img Tags: alcohol • Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Planning Commissioners on Thursday narrowly approved a proposal for a microbrewery and restaurant inside the building currently owned and used by bagmaker Timbuk2 at 20th and Shotwell streets.The approval is contingent on the brewpub operator mitigating noise from the pub and smell from the brewing, closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends, having a loading zone for car drop-offs, and using at least a third of their space for actual brewing. Throughout the concerns raised about the project, a common thread emerged: opponents said there is too much alcohol in the Mission already, and especially so in this neighborhood near John O’ Connell High School. Angelica Perez, a neighbor, began by listing the existing bars in the neighborhood. Shotwell’s is directly across the street from the proposed site. Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Bender’s, and the Homestead are all within roughly a block of the site as well. 0%center_img “We have herds of people coming in Thursday through Sunday. It’s like a frat party got dropped off there,” Perez said. “We’re not a Vegas strip. This is not a Disneyland for adults … We’re being inundated there.”New liquor licenses are already strictly controlled in the neighborhood, Erick Arguello of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural Corridor pointed out, but many new alcohol-serving businesses have arrived, using beer and wine licenses tied to restaurants. Those come with a requirement that a majority of a business’ revenues come from food, not alcohol, sales — a requirement Arguello said is not being enforced.“We’re not prohibitionists,” he said, but “this is an area that historically has been inundated with liquor.”John O’Connell high school is also within a block of the proposed brewpub.“You’re really surrounding the school with breweries,” said Mary Mendoza, a nearby resident who said she had once taught at the high school.The Fort Point location stands out from existing nearby bars and pubs, in that it allows all ages to enter, even if they are not going to actually drink because they are too young. The purpose of that was to create a family-friendly, inviting environment that dissuades barflies or partiers who hang around and get excessively drunk.But that did not win over Commissioner Myrna Melgar, who also heads a nonprofit for youth called Jamestown Community Center. Rather, she said the project alarmed her because it normalizes alcohol use in a neighborhood already saturated with it — one that also sees problems with underage alcohol abuse.The all-ages entry “really worries me,” she said. “That is indicative that you don’t understand the community where you’re trying to open up this bar.” Other concerns centered on the loss of trade shop space — retail attached to light manufacturing — for the sake of a de facto restaurant and bar. Neighbors also feared an influx of ride-hailing cars bringing patrons to fill more than 100 seats planned for the pub.“We’re very concerned about the Ubers and the rideshares that presently block the crosswalk,” said one neighbor.In the end, however, the status of Fort Point and Timbuk2, which would be the brewery’s landlord, as locally owned manufacturing businesses that might bring local jobs, seemed to win out. “Largely, I do think there’s value in a San Francisco company,” said Commissioner Rodney Fong. “I can see people there with dogs and families and watching a Warriors game and having a bite to eat and a little bit of a communal center.” Head brewer Mike Schnebeck brought up the company’s brewery technician program, and one employee praised the company for giving him the opportunity to work in a trade. “A big focus of mine and something that’s extremely important to me was to create jobs meaningful to the people that have them,” Schnebeck said.After adding the conditions, commissioners voted 4-3 to approve the brewpub — Commissioners Christine Johnson, Melgar and Dennis Richards voted against it. last_img read more

Box Dog Bikes cleaned out— 60K worth of cycles swiped in latest

first_img Email Address,0% City bike shop owners feel besieged; Box Dog vows to re-open tomorrow Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Burglars cleaned out Box Dog Bikes overnight, making off with 21 bikes valued at around $60,000, according to the worker-owned store’s proprietors.  Eric Lonowski, one of three co-owners of the bike shop at 14th and Guerrero, was informed by the police of the burglary early this morning. “My initial reaction was ‘God dammit, not again,” Lonowski said, referring to an incident this time last year, in which one bike was stolen from the shop. Lonowski guessed that, between 2 a.m. (when Thieves Tavern bar closed next door) and 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning, burglars pried open the shop’s metal gate, broke the glass door, “weaseled” each bike out of the opening, and likely threw them in a van. “That’s the best I can surmise,” he said. He has no video of the incident, he said, although police are in contact with neighbors about possible footage, he said. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately return messages. All of the merchandise is insured, Lonowski said, but the real damage is not having inventory on the shelves. “Bike sales are going to take a big hit,” he said. At the same time, he said, he and his co-owners are re-evaluating how to sell their bikes without running the risk of getting burglarized again — such as carrying fewer bikes in the store and doing more special orders. The theft of retail bicycles, he said, is becoming a “bigger threat.”City bike-shop owners keep in touch, and all are now on high alert. Big Swingin’ Cycles on Van Ness and Vallejo has experienced three attempted burglaries in the last week and half alone, said employee Charlie Ellis. He knew about what had happened at Box Dog. “Sounds like a similar thing,” he said. Ellis said that since an initial attempted break-in on the Sunday before last, Big Swingin’ has had to reinforce the shop with more gates, bars, better locks, lighting, and cameras. He noted that, despite the extra protections, burglars still tried to get in. Elevation Bike Co. on 32nd Ave. and Judah, meanwhile, experienced two attempted break-ins within a three-month period last year. Since then, owner Charlie Kocornik says he has taken extreme security measures, including installing a metal door in the back of shop, affixing scissor gates across the windows, and tying all of his bikes together at night. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. “This is the stuff you have to do.”   Box Dog will reopen tomorrow at 10 a.m. last_img read more

Talking With a Leader of the Next Generation of Rocketry Companies

first_img Why am I seeing this? Sign up for free access The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly First Name This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Enter your email address MARKUSIC: We try to be gentle and not say “Old Space.” We call it heritage space. I think “old” really shortchanges what it is; heritage is important. We’re very much interested in integrating things from the past to make our lives easier. So the foundation that’s been laid is important, but operationally we’re a lot different.TM: How so? MARKUSIC: Faster, cheaper is the big thing, and not being afraid to try different approaches.  Firefly’s one-hundred-foot vertical test stand.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: A layperson would look at Texas’s history with space and say, “There must be a lot of rocket scientists in Texas, so it makes sense to launch a company like Firefly here.” But is that actually why you’re in Texas? MARKUSIC: Building a great company is not about drawing in a bunch of people who’ve done this sort of stuff before. It’s about drawing in the most talented people possible. Find the smartest, hardest-working, most passionate people you can, and if they don’t have space experience, that’s okay because they’re so good. They’ll learn, and they’ll pass the more experienced people very quickly. That’s the kind of company you’re trying to build in New Space.  TM: So you’re not hiring a bunch of NASA people.  MARKUSIC: Exactly.  TM: Why did you create this company in Texas, then?  In a nondescript industrial park in far-north suburban Austin, about 150 people are building spaceships. Covering one wall is a giant portrait of Wernher von Braun, the German rocketry pioneer. In the back, there’s a machine shop where engineers are turning out rocket engines. A giant video screen displays a real-time feed from the company’s engine test site in Briggs, about thirty minutes from headquarters, where more engineers regularly blast fire across the prairie. Both facilities are part of Firefly Aerospace, a maker of unmanned spacecraft and rockets for launching satellites. Tom Markusic, the 49-year-old founder and CEO, has worked for America’s largest public and private space ventures, from NASA to SpaceX. During a recent conversation at his Cedar Park office, the Ohio native opened up about his company’s roller-coaster journey to launch, the power of “New Space,” and why he’s doing it in Texas. TEXAS MONTHLY: Your company’s tagline is “Making space for everyone.” What do you mean by that? TOM MARKUSIC: That’s just another way of saying “New Space,” as opposed to heritage space, the NASA era. New Space is about dramatically lowering the cost and increasing the access to space. TM: Texas has such a long history in the space industry, specifically in the NASA glory days. Can you contrast Old Space and New Space for me?   If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription.center_img Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. You’ve read your last free article MARKUSIC: We ended up crashing three rockets there, and part of that was probably from lack of discipline. But it was a learning experience. There was just such a dramatic contrast between what we were doing out there and my real job. Elon was there pretty much full-time, and I was just inspired by his belief that it was all going to work perfectly. It was very clear that this guy expects, one hundred percent, that this thing’s going to launch and it’s going to be great. There’s something magnetic about that. These guys were charting an entirely new path to space, this lower-cost, higher-frequency access. As soon as I got back to the States, I got an offer to leave NASA and run SpaceX’s Texas engine-testing facility, in McGregor. My wife was eight months pregnant at the time, but it just felt right.TM: But eventually you left SpaceX. Why?MARKUSIC: After having worked for them for about five years and crawling through rockets and taking every little nut and bolt apart, I learned everything about launch vehicles to the point where I could design one myself. And by then it was clear to me that not only was SpaceX for real, but this whole New Space thing could be very real. So I thought I should try to help other companies, to further the movement. I went to Blue Origin and was there very, very briefly [for just two months]. SpaceX had been just brutal and fast-paced, and I thrived in that environment, but Blue Origin felt much more like a rich man’s hobby. It was a shock to my system, and while I was there, I got a call from Richard Branson, at Virgin Galactic, asking me to help get his spaceship going. So I left to develop rocket engines for him for about three years. TM: What was the opportunity you saw to leave and start Firefly? MARKUSIC: Everything in those companies was about going to Mars [and colonizing space]. But it was clear to me that there was a need for a smaller rocket to serve the market for launching a new generation of small satellites into low-Earth orbit. I came to this crossroads where it was like, “I know how to do this. If I had a group of people and money, I could build this machine. I know I can. Let’s go make a rocket company.” That was at the end of 2013. TM: Speaking of money, who do you turn to when you decide you want to start building rockets?  MARKUSIC: I was able to put in $1 million. My two business partners put in comparable amounts. And then we started talking to friends and family and our professional networks—a few hundred thousand dollars here, a few hundred thousand there. TM: But that doesn’t get you super far.  MARKUSIC: You start to spend serious money when you’re hiring and making stuff. I think we eventually raised $20 million that way, the hard way, in small increments. That’s what was consuming all of my time. And when you’re burning through more than $1 million a week, as we were, you’re always just racing toward the cliff. I pitched every venture capitalist in Silicon Valley in that period, but those folks are used to funding app companies that have, you know, five guys and some programmers in India or something. They have a low probability of success but also low initial funding requirements and a very high potential payoff. So the venture capitalists can make a hundred bets on those kinds of companies for the price of funding one rocket company, which is also super risky. TM: Which is why it makes sense that billionaires like Bezos, Musk, and Branson are the type of people who start rocket companies.  MARKUSIC: Right. You have to have a backer who has a passion for space, the resources, and a broader vision. TM: So what happened? The company was living hand-to-mouth, essentially. How did you break out of that cycle? MARKUSIC: We didn’t. We encountered a perfect hurricane of circumstances. We had finally put together a $30 million investment deal. One investor was a European company, and one was an American individual. It was the summer of 2016, and then Brexit happened and sent shock waves through Europe, which made the European company back out. Around the same time, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launchpad and spooked the American investor. We ran out of money. Firefly Space Systems went out of business.Venting liquid oxygen at the Briggs test site.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: On a human level, here you were, literally building a rocket ship, and you had to shut it down. That must have been devastating. MARKUSIC: Absolutely miserable. It reminded me of the story of life—you know, you come in by yourself, you go out by yourself. In the end, it was just me sitting down in bankruptcy meetings. The hardest part was laying off 160 people—letting all of those people down— and letting investors down.TM: What’d you do with all the stuff? I mean, there were rocket parts being built here. What happens to a partially built rocket that no longer has a company that’s building the rest of it?  MARKUSIC: That was the second-hardest part, looking at all this stuff and thinking that potentially somebody was going to drag it off and cut it up and sell it for scrap metal. So you lock the doors. I still had this office space that whole time and still had the test site in Briggs. I was actually coming in here to work. It was just me, alone, and the rocket parts. TM: What were you working on?  MARKUSIC: It became about getting up every day and saying, “What am I going to do to try to turn this around, to bring it back?” And then, you know, things eventually happen.TM: Like what? MARKUSIC: We had learned a lot, and now I had an opportunity to design the absolute right rocket. If we had completed the first Firefly Alpha rocket, it would have been much less competitive than the second generation we’re building now: it was too small by half; the payload capacity was not optimal for the kind of satellites it would take up. I might have had us on a path to long-term failure anyway. So I started redesigning the rocket. The other thing that happened is that I met Max Polyakov, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who’s figured out lots of different ways to make money on the internet. Max saw the stories of us going down, came out here and bought the company’s assets, and we relaunched as Firefly Aerospace six months after we shut down. TM: Recently there was news that you would be building a factory on Florida’s Space Coast and launching at Cape Canaveral—and you previously announced you’d be launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, as well. Meanwhile, there are several rocket-launch sites in Texas—SpaceX has one near Brownsville, and Blue Origin has one near Van Horn, in West Texas. Why not launch closer to home? MARKUSIC: It has a lot to do with what you’re going to fly over when you launch. You want to be in a place where, if your rocket fails, it’s not going to damage property or people below it. For orbital launches, being near the Gulf is just not as good an option as being near an open ocean. If you launch over the Gulf, you’re going to have to do some evasive maneuvers to go around islands like Cuba, and that wastes rocket fuel. It’s also just easier to use an existing facility. Part of the game here is time and money. There’s a pool of people talking about going to space, and it’s really hard to tell who’s real and who’s not real. So it’s super important to get there and show people you’re real as soon as possible. Look at SpaceX. They’ve been using government facilities, and now that they’re established, they’re building their Brownsville facility. I could see us building our own launch site one day, but right now I’ve got to pick our fights.TM: Because small satellites orbit closer to Earth than traditional satellites do, they can transmit data to us more quickly. Why is that such a big opportunity?MARKUSIC: I like to say that space is the next frontier in the information revolution, in both collecting and disseminating information. Take Earth imaging, for example: from low-Earth orbit, you can track how much iron ore China has or deforestation or how many cars are in a mall parking lot at any time. That’s incredibly powerful and valuable information. There are just unlimited use cases. TM: So we’ll basically be getting persistent, high-resolution images of the whole planet?  MARKUSIC: It depends on what you want and how frequently you want it. And what region you’re looking at. I mean, we can talk about real-time stuff—say, following your girlfriend, watching where her car is driving from space. TM: That’s creepy. MARKUSIC: I just mean that it’s possible. Then there’s the ability to access markets that are closed. You know, [nearly half] of the people in the world don’t have internet. Giving them access could help lift them up. It’s easier to beam down widespread broadband internet access using satellites than to lay terrestrial cables and fiber. In many cases, it’s faster internet, too. I’ve had people from the biggest financial institutions in the world in here, in their Italian leather shoes, saying, “If you can get me data from India to New York five milliseconds faster than it can go through a fiber-optic cable, it’s worth $250 million to me”—because over fifty percent of trading is high-frequency trading. There’s just so much that’s going to happen. The perception that space exploration is all, like, “one small step for man” type of stuff is not really what’s going on. It’s all a big financial play, which is ultimately what it should be. We’re Americans. We’re a business. We should be about making money. Doing other things like going to the moon is icing on the cake. The interior of Firefly’s Stage 2 Interstage Barrel.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: Can you paint me a picture of where Firefly goes in the future? Are small satellites an entry point into a much wider space play: manned interplanetary travel, things like that? MARKUSIC: One thing I would like is for us to become a parts supplier. A big reason this has all been so expensive for us is because I’ve had to develop my own rocket engines, my own valves, all these things. You want to start a rocket company? Here: you can buy rocket engines out of my catalog. I’ll sell you the parts. So the barrier to entry for future companies would go way down because you don’t have to create these technological miracles to get your company started. In the past, parts were unbelievably expensive because they were being primarily sold to the government. If you wanted to buy a space-shuttle main engine, it was tens of millions of dollars. But if you could buy rocket engines for a couple of hundred thousand dollars from this company in Austin? It would totally change the economics.TM: You’ve announced that you will launch a rocket by the end of this year. Is it going to happen? MARKUSIC: People make too many promises in the world, and I’m not a promise type of person, but I can tell you that everyone in this company is working toward 6:30 a.m. on December 16, 2019. And we’re giving it hell. TM: Okay—be honest. How much of what you do is because rockets are just cool?  MARKUSIC: I’m a Christian guy. I definitely believe in Providence. I believe there’s a God who built me to do this kind of stuff. And if you’re doing what you’re built to do, it’s just naturally awesome, right? It is awesome.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Getting to Liftoff.” Subscribe today. Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly MARKUSIC: When Elon [Musk, the founder of SpaceX] came and set up a rocket test site in Texas, I was the first long-term director of it, and I saw things about Texas that were very attractive. Texas offers a great economic and regulatory environment. Low cost of living. Austin has a very tech-focused culture. The environmental regulations are not onerous. Land rights are very free—what you can do on your land allows you to move quickly. Contrast that with California, which I experienced firsthand working for Virgin Galactic. I worked for NASA in Alabama, and I worked in Washington state for [the Jeff Bezos–founded] Blue Origin. I’ve been all over, and when it came time to start my own company, it was pretty self-evident that Texas was the place.TM: I recently saw a stat that said SpaceX built its Falcon 9 rocket with almost $400 million, whereas there was a NASA estimate that it would cost $1.6 billion to build a similar kind of vehicle. Why is it so much cheaper for a private company to do that?  MARKUSIC: When you’re doing something in that heritage space way, you’re inheriting a lot of requirements that can drive cost up. It’s a very risk-averse framework. Many things in the government are like, “You just add money and a person. Here are the instructions—do this thing.” That type of approach is usually pretty reliable in getting the result you want, but it’s really expensive. And it’s usually undergirded by contractors who are disincentivized to make things at the lowest cost. With New Space, you’re spending people’s money; you’re not spending this amorphous blob of taxpayer money. That just pervades the whole culture.  TM: Let’s talk about how you got here. How does a person decide it’s time to start building spaceships?  MARKUSIC: I’m very interested in interstellar travel, and I’ve spent a lot of my life studying the underlying physics of that. I got a PhD from Princeton, where I studied plasma physics. At the time, fire-breathing rockets were something I absolutely turned my nose up at. I thought, “People already figured that out.” I was interested in the really far-out stuff, and that’s what I ended up working on for NASA and the Air Force early in my career. Developing space systems for military purposes, systems to take humans to outer planets, robotic exploration of outer planets. And then I met Elon.TM: Who had just started SpaceX.  MARKUSIC: Yeah. NASA kind of pulled the rug out from the R&D stuff that I was working on because they wanted to focus on a new program called Constellation, which just wasn’t for me. So they gave me an opportunity to be a manager. I always like learning new things, so I thought I’d learn about management and how organizations work. I just dug into all the details of that. And at some point they were like, “Hey, there’s this crazy dot-com guy who thinks he’s going to build his own rocket. Why don’t you go out and see what they’re doing and see if there’s anything useful you can learn from them?” So I packed up all my management books and stuff that I was reading—you know, The One-Minute Manager or Who Moved My Cheese?—and I went to Kwajalein.TM: That’s the chain of South Pacific islands where SpaceX was testing its Falcon 1 rocket. MARKUSIC: Yes. And there I found a bunch of guys and women just sweating in T-shirts and drinking a lot and fishing and going between islands on catamarans and putting up this rocket. They were having bonfires and sleeping under the stars and all this stuff—and I was reading my sterile, spiritless management books. I’d been wearing a tie to work, with lots of paper pushers around me. And it became clear to me that the purpose of management books was to sell management books. And here were these people literally building a machine to go to space. I just hit it off with them, and eventually I was like, “Hey, can you hand me a screwdriver?” and I started helping. Markusic at SpaceX’s launch site on Kwajalein Atoll, in early 2006.Courtesy of Tom MarkusicTM: I love the image of a guy with a PhD working on a rocket with a screwdriver. Like, “We better tighten this down before launch.”   Subscribe Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! Last Namelast_img read more

ROYCE Simmons pulled no punches as Saints lost 24

first_imgROYCE Simmons pulled no punches as Saints lost 24-22 at Hull KR on Sunday.He pointed to his side’s lack of aptitude as the main reason they failed to record their first league win at Craven Park since 2007.“They were too good for us,” he said. “They were too determined; they kicked better and controlled the ball better and were more hungry too.“I don’t want to offer excuses – they were better than us – but in the back of our minds perhaps we knew we had beaten them twice this year. We also knew that the two other sides chasing us had lost and I think we scored a soft try early that put us in front.“We made another three breaks and didn’t score and if we would have – we would have been 12 to 18 points in front and we would probably go on to win the game.“But we went away from what we were doing well and they played some real good footy.“I thought we would go back in the second half and offer more than we did. But they put pressure on us with troops down and played well. They are playing for the eight and they are fighting against their rivals from across the river too. They had everything to play for and they got momentum going.”Saints lost Chris Flannery in the opening minutes and he may have suffered a cartilage problem.James Roby took a knock to the head and has also broken his nose.“Naturally not having James Graham for the game was a loss,” Simmons continued. “With TP and Josh Perry we were down to one specialist front rower in Louie.“So we had to call on Sia Soliola and he played well for us in a position he’s never played before. He brought a lot of energy to us.”last_img read more

BCSO Suspect in custody after shooting man in the leg

first_imgLONGWOOD, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man is in custody after shooting another man in the leg Tuesday evening.Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said Johnnie Hemmingway was shot around 5:45 p.m. at 7319 Carlon Road in Ash. 22-year-old Ian Chandler Bellamy-Brown was arrested shortly after.- Advertisement – Bellamy-Brown is currently in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond. He is charged with an assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.The extent of Hemmingway’s injuries are unknown at this time.last_img

Leland Police investigate after toddler hit by vehicle

first_img The accident happened just before 6 p.m. on Village Road near the intersection of Gardenview Court. The child was taken to the hospital.Lieutenant Humphries says Leland Detectives have determined the driver will face no charges in this case.Humphries also says the condition of 2-year-old who was injured is improving. Scene where police said a child was hit by a vehicle in Leland Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY ) — Leland Police are investigating a vehicle accident involving a 2-year-old child.Lieutenant Jeremy Humphries says the condition of the pedestrian is not known at this time.- Advertisement – last_img

Man hospitalized after shooting in Fair Bluff

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is in the hospital after being shot in Fair Bluff.The Fair Bluff Police Department says the shooting happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – Police are currently looking at some suspects at this time.The police department said the victim is still alive but have not said where the shooting took place.last_img

Drought film continues to progress after Florence delays production

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A couple years ago we told you about a film called “Drought.”The creators, Hannah Black and Megan Petersen, entered and won the “Hometown Heroes” Film Competition in 2017. Now they’re almost done.Winning the contest helped fund their production, but they still need a little help. They are accepting donations for the next eight days.- Advertisement – Black and Petersen live in Wilmington. They explained that Hurricane Florence slowed them down, but with just more than a week left they are confident that they will be able to compensate.“Our tagline for fundraising was ‘Let’s make it rain!’ Petersen said. “But then it really did rain during production. Hurricane Florence hit with five days left of shooting.”“All of those funds will go to sound design and score and color correction and any additional funds in these last eight days will go to marketing,” Black said.Related Article: ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nomination with 10 nodsBoth of the filmmakers agree that this production belongs to Wilmington, and they are merely the puppeteers.If you’d like to contribute visit their Seed and Spark page.last_img read more

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first_img‘It was a very difficult decision and I cried a lot […] I did not do right, I say it myself… I sent them because of lack of money. I have destroyed my child’s life due to this lack. […] I did not force them to go; they went because they could see the situation of our family.’WhatsApp I was desperate, I did not do RightReflecting on his decision to give up two of his daughters to work in order to pay for their marriages and support the family, Jafar Alam explained that he regretted the decision.  Owing to his poor health, and inability to work, Jafar Alam told the survey that he had been desperate. ‘She says she is in trouble there, but I’m not interested in bringing her back because her father is sick, so I treat her father with her money. I told [her] to stay there for 6-7 months.’Promise to payFrom the respondents, it was determined that the promise of money differed between those giving up for adoption and those giving up their children for work.While two of the birth mothers, Baanu and Sameera gave up their children for other reasons, others said they had been promised financial supported by the adoptive parents. In the case of one woman called Jamila, the support only lasted a limited period. She explains that owing to her need for medical treatment a wealthy family offered to cover her expenses in exchange for one of her children to work for them.  Although she hardly knew them, she took up their offer yet felt remorseful over the decision.‘It was a bad decision. I was helpless and in need. To rescue myself I gave them [away].’She explained that she received only a ‘one-off payment of 2000 taka (or 21 euros).’ This was subsquently followed by an ‘informal agreement’ which saw her daughter effectively working for free.‘They paid only once. They said they are going to give her a pair of gold earrings to help her when she gets married. They said it like that, so they made me feel like they are family. I did not give her by demanding money. They said they will help me in my bad days and help when she gets married too. This is their wish… whether they would like to pay her salary, or they wouldn’t like to.’This sum of between 1000 and 2000 taka per month (11 to 21 euros) appears to be a standard price provided by the respondents. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint He explained that the best way for his daughters was for them to be married off. But, given that it is an expensive task requiring a dowry paid to the groom, he sent two of his daughters out to work.He admitted that he hadn’t made the right choice. There was a perception among Rohingya respondents that when parents were able to communicate frequently with their children and they had trust in the families they worked for, it was easier to let them go.This is not always the case.This is the second part of findings obtained by the Xchange Foundation in their latest report entitled ‘“LOST CHILDHOOD,” exploring the parent-child separation dynamic inside the Rohingya refugee camps and settlements.‘I can’t take proper care of two kids, so that’s why I gave one up for adoption.’ – Rohingya refugee According to the findings, the three cases of adoptions in which mothers gave away their children to other families, the promises of communication were, ‘non-existent’ and they had no idea where they were.Sameera told the team that she had been told her son had been taken to a place in the capital Teknaf although, ‘I don’t know how he is and if he is good. When I think about it, my mind hurts and I cry when I remember.’The situation was apparently different for those who had given their children up for work. Both the levels of communication and the experiences of the children varied considerably. While some explained that their children were living well and conducting tasks like housework and cooking, others said their children’s experiences were challenging.Shahidah, whose daughter had gone into service with a family in order to pay for her father’s treatment, said she was struggling.last_img read more