Month: July 2019

first_img 0% As Tree, a local community gardener who had wanted to see more fruit trees at the new park said, it’s just good to have the green space.District Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who alternated easily between English and Spanish as she spoke to the crowd of some 150 people, said the park “represents what it means to say yes, we want this for our community.”Sometime next year, the lot behind the park will be replaced by 126 units of affordable housing.In addition to the green space, the park also has a stage, drinking fountains for all sizes and iron art work by Carmen Lomas Garza. Only trash cans were in short supply with one near the community garden and another nearly hidden behind the stage.My little town in Mayan. Photo by Lydia ChávezDistrict 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Photo by Lydia ChávezDaniel Plautz who will be in charge of the volunteers at the community garden. Photo by Lydia ChávezA plot ready to work. Photo by Lydia ChávezFriends chilling on the lawn. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe California Condor by Carmen Lomas Garza. Photo by Lydia Chávez Tags: parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img After more than a decade of meetings, debates and most recently rain delays, the Mission has a new park at 17th and Folsom streets – In Chan Kaajal Park, a Mayan phrase meaning “my little town.”Indeed, it seemed just that as local residents, officials and visitors filled the lawn, the playground and the community garden on Friday afternoon to celebrate the opening of the city’s 217th park – the first new park in more than a decade.“We’ve unpaved this parking lot and put up a paradise,” said Phil Ginsburg the general manager of SF Rec and Park, invoking and inverting the Joni Mitchell song.No one disagreed. The arguments about parking spaces versus parks were long forgotten. Although ODC’s administration was concerned early on about the loss of parking for its performances, it has since embraced the green space and to show its support, performed for the occasion.last_img read more

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter These plump little half-moons were just the way we wanted them: crispy, tender, and delicious.For my main, I ordered the combination pho.Pho combo.Pho dac biet (rare ribeye, meatballs, brisket, and tripe) in a broth that was a bit mild but tasty enough, and served with only minimal veggies. Still, I enjoyed this steaming hug of a bowl, and the ribeye was tender and flavorful. I couldn’t even eat half of this, though — I’m always amazed at people who can. I’m certainly no bird when it comes to food. It made a lovely lunch the next day, as the flavors only deepened.The BF got his usual Vietnamese staple, bun thit nuong.Grilled pork vermicelli.Grilled pork over vermicelli. His pork wasn’t as well-charred as at our favorite local place, but he liked it OK. I thought the meat tasted just fine. It also had a good amount of fried crispy shallots and peanuts to give it that extra “oomph.”I’d wanted to try the pho ga (Vietnamese chicken soup) on our second visit, but I just wasn’t in the mood for all that broth. Instead, we shared a green papaya salad.Green papaya salad.The salad was chock-full of all the usual crunchy, crispy bits, but this was definitely the Gringo version, lacking any heat whatsoever. Papaya salad needs spice! Ah well, nothing a lot of sriracha didn’t fix (almost.) Still, the salad was fresh tasting and there was plenty of it.Next, we split some dim sum.BBQ pork buns and xiaolong bao.Char siu bao (BBQ pork buns), the BF’s favorite, with a good ratio of sweet pork filling to bao, and mine, Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings), those wonderful, broth-filled dumplings with a fat little nugget of ground pork love floating in the middle. Not quite as thin and droopy as they’re supposed to be at their very best, but still lovely with the usual dipping sauce of soy, black Zhenjiang vinegar and slivers of shivery ginger.We also got an order of Vietnamese pork spring rolls (gỏi cuốn).Pork spring rolls.Fresh and meaty, all at the same time. (Yes, it was quite the porkalicious night.)For his main, the BF got the beef rice plate.Beef rice plate with egg.… with optional fried egg! Anytime you can add an egg to something, do it. There’s just no downside.The beef in this dish was more flavorful and better grilled than the pork in the BF’s first dinner, and he wolfed this down. I barely got to pick at it from the edges.As usual, we couldn’t finish everything. We brought one of the pork rolls home, half the papaya salad, and a couple of the pork bao. The soup dumplings never stood a chance — apart from the couple I allowed the BF, those babies all slid down my gaping maw.Pho on Bryant doesn’t serve alcohol (and doesn’t plan to, I was told.) They’ve got soda, coconut water, Thai iced tea, bubble tea, and Vietnamese iced coffee to quench your thirst. They’ve got a few other dumpling-like things I’d like to try, an array of Vietnamese salads, and a whole plethora of noodle soups (I’m particularly tempted by the tomato crab meat noodle soup with flat wide egg noodles) to choose from.The restaurant was full on a Saturday night, but quite deserted on the Tuesday after a long weekend. They seem to do a lot of take-out and online delivery orders, which seems to be the case with most of our newer fast-casual restaurants. The service was friendly and efficient, however, making it worthwhile to stop in for a while instead of eating all by your lonesome.A neighborhood joint in the making.Pho on Bryant2200 Bryant St.415-678-5560 Pho on Bryant just opened a few weeks ago, although our server told me they used to be on Monterey Blvd. in Sunnyside. So they’re not new at this. Serving a combination of Vietnamese pho and other big-bowled noodle soups and Chinese dim sum, Pho on Bryant seems to be building up its clientele slowly but steadily. The space is minimalist and modern, with some nicely understated design elements. We shared an order of pot stickers on our first visit.Potstickers. Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgSAINTS’ supporters of a particular vintage, especially those who watched the team in the early 1950s, will be saddened to hear of the death of Wilf Roach, at his Eccleston home at the age of 85, writes Alex Service.Wilf played in 37 matches overall for the seniors at Knowsley Road and was a popular figure amongst the fans on the terraces. He was also a valued squad member too.On April 4 1951, Saints beat Leeds 22-14 at Knowsley Road in a league match, in front of more than 18,000 fans and Wilf made his debut at left centre.“Roach made a more than promising first team debut under exacting conditions,” wrote Touchstone in the St. Helens Newspaper. “His first half display was excellent,” he added. “The Saints centre strength has received a severe testing in the last few matches. Now Roach has shown us that with [Jimmy] Stott, Gullick and Harrison unavailable, the club has not reached its last resources of power.”Wilf was, in fact, the perfect utility player, who could play centre or wing when required. He could tackle his opposite number hard and score tries given the opportunity – the ideal squad player, they would say today.“I began with the amateurs Pilks Recs,” he remembered, speaking about his career in an article for the Saints’ programme a couple of years ago. “At one stage Leeds showed interest, but Saints got wind and being a local lad, there was only one club for me and what’s more, I didn’t have a car!”Wilf originally lived in Doulton Street and went to Knowsley Road juniors and Rivington Road with Saints’ Chairman Harry Cook as Headmaster. He won the Ellison Cup at ‘Rivvy’ and soon became a valued member of a saints’ squad that made a serious bid for honours during the 1952-53 season.“You could say I was the ‘third man’ with Duggie Greenall and Don Gullick the first choice centres,” he adds, “but they were great times. I remember we became the only club side to beat the Australian tourists [26-8] and my fellow centre that day, Duggie, had a blinder!”He also neglected to say that the man outside him, Stan McCormick scored twice in the rout.The team went on to top the league and remain unbeaten away from home, with a draw at Huddersfield the closest thing to defeat. It was one of Wilf’s 15 appearances during the season. “The signing of Glyn Moses was a real bonus for us and gave us another attacking dimension and we were worthy Champions at the end season,” he maintained.The following year, with competition at Knowsley Road as intense as ever, Wilf joined Rochdale Hornets, where he starred in the same three-quarter line as the Australian Wally McArthur and by his own admission it was always nice to get a result against his former team, albeit rarely!Wilf worked at Foster’s Glass before joining the Army and going on to work at Fibreglass. On his retirement, he enjoyed life at home in Eccleston with wife Elsie and has two daughters, Shirley and Ellen, plus grandchildren Hannah, Daniel, Amy and Katie. Wilf and Elsie also recently celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary. He retained a keen interest in sport and Saintly matters in particular.Yet the memories of his time at Knowsley Road and playing in front of invariably huge crowds, in the Jim Sullivan era, are those he always cherished.He was a lovely man and we send our condolences to his family at this sad time.last_img read more

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first_imgThe pair will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures between 5pm and 6pm in the Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The store will remain open until 7pm for all your Christmas shopping!Pop in and say hello to the lads!We have another store appearance on Saturday too with Luke Douglas and James Bentley there from 1pm to 2pm.last_img

first_img The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested at full-volume for ten seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.According to a news release from Due Energy, hearing a siren does not mean to evacuate. In an emergency, sirens are sounded as a signal for residents to tune to a local radio or TV station that would carry emergency alert messages.For more information about the public alert notification sirens, residents can refer to information available here. Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport.(Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A heads up if you live near the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. The outdoor warning sirens will be tested next week.Ten-second test is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “She could be in a car, she could be on her way somewhere far away that I would never find her. Kids disappear all the time.,” Ackermann said.Ackermann’s daughter, Lainee, is in kindergarten at Topsail Elementary. She says on September 1, the bus never dropped her daughter off at the stop. According to school policy, as a result, the bus driver will take the child to school.“I stood and waited at that bus stop to see if maybe I could catch him on his way, on his return route, and I did and I stopped him. He was going really fast and I waived him down when I ran out into the road to talk to him. He told me he had no students left on the bus,” Ackermann said.Related Article: The Cross Creek heroTurns out the bus driver of bus 173 dropped Lainee off almost one mile away from her home. Due to this, another student helped the kindergartner walk home. Ackermann says it was terrifying.“That was the scariest day of my life. I don’t know if we’re going to wait for this to happen to somebody and it turns out very badly. This was  lucky situation. I don’t want to see this happen to anybody else,” Ackermann said.Lainee says she is grateful for the student’s help. She says she wouldn’t have been able to find her way back home.“I was really happy that he was there. There was no grown-up for me,” Lainee said.The bus driver continues to drive Lainee home. Ackermann says she was informed the school took disciplinary action.Pender County schools said, “Student safety is always our priority. Every day, families trust our yellow buses and our dedicated bus drivers to safely transport their children to and from school. We have conducted an internal investigation into this incident. A meeting was immediately held for all bus drivers at the school to review the incident and the importance of following district practice requiring a parent or guardian be present at the bus stop for children in grades K-2, unless they have an older sibling exiting the bus with them. The district is also re-emphasizing this practice with all bus drivers… Pender County Schools has taken appropriate personnel action as a result of this unfortunate incident.” HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — A bus driver drops a five year old child at the wrong school bus stop, nearly a mile from her home in Pender County. Her mom wants answers and feels like the school district isn’t doing enough.Heidi Ackermann describes what it was like not knowing where her daughter was.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Smoke rises from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailSmoke rises from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail An explosion shook an upscale area of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, the third day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sending a cloud of smoke and dust into the sky, Reuters witnesses said, but it was not clear if there were any casualties.Security around Kabul has been tight since Taliban militants announced their annual spring offensive and the group vowed to target Afghan government and foreign installations.Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the blast was in the Shahr Naw area of Kabul, but he had no details on casualties.Rahimi added there was sporadic gunfire in the area.Qais Zaman, a witness, said the site of the explosion was close to the Attorney General’s office. The area was cordoned off as ambulances and police trucks rushed to the scene.The blast comes just over two weeks after gunmen targeted the communications ministry in central Kabul, killing at least seven people. That attack was claimed by Islamic State. WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Jordan Azzopardi’s girlfriend is facing new accusations after she allegedly paid a potential witness to testify in the false. The compilation of evidence against the alleged drug dealer and his girlfriend, whose name cannot be divulged as per Court orders, continued on Tuesday. Inspector Mark Anthony Mercieca told the Court that following the fresh accusations against the mother-of-five in the previous sitting, investigations have led to a new accusation for the woman, that of threatening a witness, to which the woman pleaded not guilty.Jordan Azzopardi and his girlfriend communicated twice over the phone since he had been arrested. During the first communication of the 6th of June, they mentioned the need to contact a person. The next day (7th June) the woman informed Azzopardi that the person was contacted. The Police then arrested another individual that had to act as an in between with the person mentioned on the phone, who was supposed to testify during the compilation of evidence.Three questionsAllegedly, Azzopardi’s girlfriend wrote three potential questions for the witness on a piece of paper, which were read out in Court by the Inspector on Tuesday:“Do you have WhatsApp so that we can communicate more securely?”“How much did you spend at Tal-Pietà?“Will you not testify if I give you €10,000?”The woman seems to have been referring to a property in the locality which was raided by the Police before Azzopardi was arrested. The same witness also testified against the couple on the 13th of June because he said that he has had enough of the threats that he had been receiving.Azzopardi ruins Air BnB plansThe Court also heard further evidence on the alleged drugs trafficking operation from a young man that was arrested during a raid in a farmhouse in Marsa that is currently in jail. He explained how he planned to convert a property in Tal-Pietà which belonged to his grandmother into a BnB. His business partner was the witness that Azzopardi’s girlfriend had tried to bribe. The plan was disrupted when Azzopardi came into the picture, with the result that they all ended up arrested.During his testimony the man insisted that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He said that he was approached by Azzopardi a week before he got arrested, as Azzopardi wanted to rent a home for a “homeless” person. They agreed on a rent of €700 a month and asked his aunt to collect the money from Azzopardi. He insisted that he had no idea of what was going on in the residence.During her testimony, the aunt explained that her nephew had called his aunt from prison asking her to meet someone who will give her the rent due. She explained that she met with a person three times in Gżira who was sometimes accompanied by a woman. She recognised Azzopardi as the person who gave her the rent money but could not recognise the woman as it was dark. The payments that were received once consisted of €150, €100 and €40. Following the raid in Tal-Pietà, the money stopped.Compilation of evidence will continue next month.center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgMotorfest in aid of Istrina was organised on Thursday 13 December, by Ms. Susanne Fenech and Mr Gilbert Abela together with a team of volunteers and by a large number of car and motorcycle clubs.During this annual event gathering, € 7,000 were collected from the enthusiasts that attended and from other sponsors. Her Excellence Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta visited the event, thanked the organizers, all those who attended, and those who somehow supported this activity.At the request of the organizers, during its visit the President presented three certificates of appreciation. The first certificate was presented to Mr Tonio Cini on behalf of the Malta Federation of Motorsport, the second certificate was presented to motorsports journalist Oliver Attard on behalf of the motorsport program motorsmt and his support to various motorsport activities, and the third certificate to Police Constable Simon Schembri that earlier in the morning was also awarded a national medal of Service to the Republic.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more