Major Housing Project at 16th St BART Restarts

first_imgLast August, Maximus Real Estate Partners sued the Jang family — the owners of the site — alleging that the family was trying to sell the land to another developer after millions of dollars in investment from Maximus. That suit was settled “on mutually agreeable terms” on June 3, according to a spokesperson for Maximus.Still, the project faces heated opposition by activists who have vowed to derail the development.“We’ve been saying all along and we’re going to keep saying as we’re moving forward that we want 100 percent affordable housing,” said Chirag Bhakta, a member of the Plaza 16 Coalition that was formed in 2013 to oppose the project. “If anyone wants to build at Plaza 16, they will have to build a 100 percent affordable housing site.”Market-Rate MarketplaceAs it is proposed now, the project is split into three buildings: One on Mission Street would replace the Walgreens there with a 6–10 story residential tower, another on 16th Street would demolish a Burger King, the Hwa Lei Market, the Mission Hunan Restaurant, and the City Club dive bar for another 7–10 story residential building, and the last on Capp Street would clear out a parking lot and replace it with a lower 4–5 story residential complex.The site would host 290 market-rate rental units, 41 condo units for middle-income residents, and 49 rental units of affordable housing for low-income tenants. That makes the project 24 percent affordable with the addition of the middle-income units or 13 percent affordable without those units.Some 64,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is planned for the site — including the construction of a market hall for food and other vendors — as well as 163 parking spaces, 22 of them for commercial tenants. The developer would also enlarge the Bart plaza by 40 percent.The 7-10 story building on 16th Street Street as seen from 16th and Mission.New Atmosphere of AffordabilityBut times have changed for large housing projects in San Francisco.When approved with 41 percent affordable housing last week, the Bryant Street project joined other large projects — namely 5M in the SoMa and Mission Rock in Mission Bay — in defining a new benchmark of near 40 percent below-market-rate housing for large projects in San Francisco.Asked whether affordability levels in other projects would change the project, Joe Arellano, a spokesperson for Maximus, said that it will go forward “as envisioned” but that he understood things are different now than they were last summer.“We want to be cognizant of the fact that we are in a different environment,” he said.Concessions from the developer may not be enough at 16th and Mission, however, where opponents want to project scrapped altogether. They say nothing but fully affordable housing should go on the transit corner, though they have not yet identified the public subsidies that would likely be required to finance such an endeavour.“We don’t know yet,” said Bhakta when questioned about the funding. “As this process moves forward, we will be looking towards funding sources to ensure that our proposal is not just something on a piece of paper but is also backed by money.”Fully affordable housing projects are built by non-profit developers with heavy financing from the city. For the site to become 100 percent affordable, the developer would have to sell the site to the city and the city would need to have the funds to construct housing on-site.That happened last year at 490 South Van Ness Ave., when the city bought a corner lot just two blocks from 16th and Mission for $18.5 million. The developer had only paid $2.5 million for the 72-unit site, however, and the deal was criticized for being expensive — at $250,000 per door — and conferring so much profit to the developer.Mock-up of the 4-5 story building on Capp Street.Schools, Shadows, and HeightBut even if the developer of 1979 Mission St. agreed to sell the land to the city and the city could purchase and develop the site, it’s unclear that the affordable project would be able to rise very high. Activists have said for years that they want to prevent the casting of shadows on the nearby Marshall Elementary School, something the 10-story building would do.“We’re hoping for a significant number of units there, but the thing is the shadow matters,” Bhakta said. “We’re not going to sacrifice daylight that kids have to play in for a few feet [of height].”Bhakta said it was wrong to think of a trade-off between affordable housing and shadows. More affordable housing developments are required city-wide, he said, and one project in the Mission District will not solve the housing crisis by building up.“We don’t need to have a 10, 15, or 20 story tower in the Mission, thinking that this is going to solve everything,” he said, envisioning a 5–7 story building instead. “For us it’s not a zero-sum game. Families need deeply affordable housing, but their kids also need open space and sun to play in.”Parents at the school — located at 15th and Capp, around the block from 16th and Mission — have long opposed the project, even after its developer agreed in 2014 to elevate the school’s playground by 15 feet to mitigate the shadow effect.A community meeting held earlier this year saw a popular proposal for cutting down the project to as little as 150 units at four stories.Sonja Trauss, the founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation, a pro-development advocacy group, said it was illogical to oppose a project on both affordability and height.“Only one of those can be a valid argument,” Trauss said. “If you’re happy with an 8–12 story building if it were affordable, then you can’t be bothered by the shadows, and if you’re bothered by shadows, then your problem isn’t that it’s market-rate, it’s that it creates shadows.”Trauss pointed to stern opposition to a nine-story, fully affordable housing building at Shotwell and Cesar Chavez as evidence that activists claim to be pro-affordability but are really anti-height. She said such opposition runs the danger of delaying the project to death, and said people could already be housed there if the developer had been able to proceed without backlash.“In a functioning city, people could be living there today, including however many below-market-rate [tenants],” she said. “Every single one of those units — that’s like 700 people that could’ve not been displaced from the Mission.”Tim Colen, the executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, said the transit corner was the ideal place for a high-rise. He said many urbanists would call for a 200 or 300 foot tall building at the site rather than the 105-foot height the parcel is zoned for.“Where else would you put housing and height other than that location?” Colen said. “We don’t agree that ‘Oh, it’s too tall.’ If we’re too timid to stand up and say we should build housing at this location, then woe unto us.”The project will go before the Planning Commission on Thursday for a review of its draft environmental impact report, after which it will likely face months of hearings. Activists are planning a press conference at City Hall to present an alternative plan for the site at 1 p.m. on Thursday.A model created to test the effects of the building on wind in the surrounding areas. An environmental review report found no significant wind effects. 0% The 16th Street Bart Plaza where Spanish-speaking preachers blare sermons from portable amps and plaza regulars spend their days on benches in front of Burger King and Walgreens may soon transform into a square of glass towers, market-rate apartments, and an expanded marketplace — if a recently-resurrected housing project can defeat community opposition.If it’s approved, the 10-story, 380-unit project at 16th and Mission would be the largest housing project built in the Mission District, just ahead of the 335-unit development at 2000–2070 Bryant St. that was approved by the Planning Commission last week and achieved a significant 41 percent of affordable housing.The controversial development at 1979 Mission St. — dubbed the “Monster in the Mission” by activists — will have the first of many public meetings on Thursday.The hearing at City Hall will come just days after a lawsuit between the developer and the owners of the site that delayed the project for months was settled for an undisclosed amount, clearing a major hurdle for the development.center_img Tags: Affordable Housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Bike safety advocates plus D8 Sup hit the street for protected bike

first_img 0% District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, whose district covers the western side of Valencia Street, showed his support for barriers between bike lanes and drivers by joining the activists standing on the painted lane divider. His first job, he said, was as a bike messenger — a knee injury keeps him off his bike these days, but he understands the safety concern. He and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen have both called for protected bike lanes in the past.District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy joins bike safety advocates on Valencia Street. Photo by Laura WenusHe’s heard a number of proposals, including bike lanes in the center of the roads, or installing some kind of barrier between the vehicle and bicycle lanes.“It doesn’t matter to me which solution it is, but we do need a solution,” he said.But creating a barrier could get tricky when it comes to public opinion. As Kyle Grochmal, one of the cycling advocates out on the street Thursday, pointed out, a five-foot buffer requirement between parking and bike lanes would mean that a good portion of Valencia would have to have parking only on one side of the street, because the road simply isn’t wide enough to accommodate two parking lanes, two bike lanes and two driver lanes.But Sheehy said once the cycling community comes to a consensus and pushes for what form it really wants, he’d be supportive — even if there is a parking concern.“Safety’s more important than parking,” he said.  “You’ve got to have a hierarchy.”The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is looking at funding protected bike lanes, an action which would need approval from the agency’s Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors. The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.”Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions.As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them to make a “quick” stop — to dash into a restaurant and pick up a takeout order, to pick up a group of drunk ride-hail passengers, or to drop off a friend or delivery.That’s the source of much chagrin among cyclists, and in some cases, leads to collisions.center_img Tags: bikes • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS travel to Huddersfield on Sunday in the Fou

first_imgSAINTS travel to Huddersfield on Sunday in the Fourth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.The Giants are seeking their first home Challenge Cup victory against the Saints since 1954 – and first ever at the John Smith’s Stadium.St Helens have emerged victorious from Cup visits to Huddersfield on three successive occasions since then.The Giants have won their last three home Super League fixtures against the Saints however – last tasting league defeat against Sunday’s opponents on 28 March, 2010 (24-6).Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 14 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2006 (FINAL) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 42 (at Twickenham)2005 (Round 4) Huddersfield 22 St Helens 262004 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 6 St Helens 46 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2001 (Quarter Final) St Helens 54 Huddersfield 161994 (Round 4) Huddersfield 16 St Helens 231981 (Round 1) Huddersfield 8 St Helens 101978 (Quarter Final) St Helens 31 Huddersfield 51972 (Round 2) St Helens 32 Huddersfield 91968 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 51962 (Round 2) St Helens 2 Huddersfield 131954 (Round 2) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 51953 (FINAL) Huddersfield 15 St Helens 10 (at Wembley Stadium)1937 (Round 1) St Helens 4 Huddersfield 111924 (Round 2) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 131915 (FINAL) Huddersfield 37 St Helens 3 (at Watersheddings, Oldham)1913 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 19Last Meeting:Huddersfield 25 St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)Career Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one point to reach 1,000 for his career.He’s scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998.He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Challenge Cup Milestones:(Super League players reaching significant figures in Challenge Cup games only)Paul Wellens – 10 points away from 150 (140 for St Helens, 2001-2002, 2004-2007 & 2009-2013)Try-Scoring Runs:Tommy Makinson (1-2-1-2) has scored tries in their Saints’ last four games.Winning Runs:Saints and Leigh share the longest winning streak in the game, having both won their first seven matches of 2014.Consecutive Appearances:Castleford’s Craig Huby has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 52. He last missed a Tigers game on 9 April, 2012 – an 18-12 home defeat to St Helens. His streak then started on 14 April, 2012 – a 23-16 Challenge Cup defeat at Featherstone.1 Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers) 522 Danny Houghton (Hull FC) 473 Josh Jones (St Helens) 414 Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) 375 Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls) 36First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 7Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 74 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 6Omari Caro (Hull Kingston Rovers) 6Goals:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 282 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 25Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 254 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 22Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 22Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (20/22)2 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 90.32 (28/31)3 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 89.28 (25/28)4 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (22/26)5 Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 83.33 (15/18)Points:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 642 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 54Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 544 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 525 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 486 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 457 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 418 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 38Cup Draw:Rugby League Hall of Fame members Alex Murphy and Garry Schofield will conduct the draw for the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup live on BBC2 on Sunday (April 6).The 16 winners from this weekend’s fourth round ties will go into the draw, which takes place between 4.00pm and 4.30pm following the conclusion of the televised tie, Huddersfield Giants v St Helens.The fifth round ties will be played over the weekend of April 26 and 27 with one tie screened live on BBC1 on Saturday April 26 (2.30pm)last_img read more

NATHAN Brown expects Lance Hohaia to return to the

first_imgNATHAN Brown expects Lance Hohaia to return to the line-up this Friday when Saints take on Leeds Rhinos.The Kiwi injured his foot during July’s win in London but has recovered in time for the trip to Headingley.“The last couple of weeks have been good for us and importantly we went into it on the back of a win,” Brown said. “That has given us confidence ahead of this week. It’s a boost that Lance will come back too. He’s trained with us for the last fortnight and hasn’t been rushed in anyway.“It’s huge to have him back. Lance knows his way around and has had a good year for us.“There’s a lot at stake on Friday. Realistically, if we win two games then nothing can change on the ladder. We will go into all three games as underdogs and that isn’t a bad thing but probably right with the number of people we have missing.”Saints head into Friday’s game four points clear of Leeds who will be buoyed by their Challenge Cup win at the weekend.Historically, it can be difficult to back up the week after a Final appearance but Brown is expecting the usual tough match in Yorkshire.“Let’s be honest, it’s always hard playing Leeds,” he said. “They have been together for a long time and retained that nucleus of players. That has been the key cornerstone of their success.“If they go lose someone they replace with someone good or better. When Keith Senior moved on Kallum Watkins came in. They needed another centre so they brought in Joel Moon. That’s what Leeds do; they are well run at the top and whatever coach they bring in always seems to be right for the team.“I enjoy going to Headingley. It is a good field and you have to rise to the challenge. The players enjoy going there too and if you do well you deserve a pat on the back.“We know what they are capable of at their best, so all we can do is prepare for that.”Tickets for Friday’s match at Headingley (kick off 8pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS had a night to forget as they went down 32

first_imgSAINTS had a night to forget as they went down 32-22 at home to Hull FC.Despite being 18-6 up at half time the visitors ran in five second half tries to condemn the Champions to their third defeat in a row.Starting well has been a problem for Saints recently but two strong opening sets set their stall out for a solid if uninspiring first half.The home side turned Hull on their heels and put in some big D when it was needed – although FC were guilty of two forward passes in key positions.Adam Quinlan stopped a chasing Jamie Shaul on eight minutes and Mark Percival was unlucky not to open the scoring five minutes later following a mazy run.Matty Fleming atoned for a loose carry with a fantastic tackle on Jordan Abdull before Mark Flanagan was denied the opener because of a forward pass.Saints always looked the most likely – and once one of those passes stuck, it was try time.Walsh caught Flanagan on a strong line and the second rower produced a nice offload for Luke Thompson to cross for his third of the season.Within moments though, Hull were back in it. A loose pass deep inside their own half was scooped up and Curtis Naughton went over in the corner.Saints hit back through Swift – Walsh and Burns combining and a wonderful cut out ball finding the winger for his 17th of the campaign.And from the restart Roby broke down the right hand side, found Josh Jones who rounded his man and and duly sent it back inside for the hooker to finish what he started.Walsh three from three with the boot.Tom Lineham pulled Hull FC back into it three minutes into the second half as he polished off a fine move before the excellent Roby almost put Greenwood over.Both sides were giving the ball some air but lacking that attention to detail when it needed.But when Hull attacked Saints’ line on 54 minutes they profited – Joe Westerman being caught by a slightly dubious but quick pass to plunge over.Saints got into good positions following that try but couldn’t find a way over – then Hull scored from absolutely nothing.. although it was a piece of class.The defence was up quick and Sneyd kicked through to find Shaul at full tilt to collect the bouncing ball with the full back nowhere in sight.Saints should have made better use of Percival’s 60 yard break on 67 minutes and they were punished moments later.This time Matty Fleming knocked an innocuous kick and Naughton mopped up.Saints forced the ball on the last in the final stages and Naughton completed his hat-trick.Mark Percival scoring a scant consolation.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Thompson, Swift, Roby, PercivalGoals: Walsh (3 from 4)Hull FC:Tries: Naughton (3), Lineham,  Westerman, ShaulGoals: Sneyd (4 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Hull FC: 3HT: 18-6FT: 22-32REF: James ChildATT: 10,203Teams:Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 30. Matt Fleming, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 25. Andre Savelio, 15. Mark Flanagan, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 3. Jordan Turner, 8. Mose Masoe, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 20. Curtis Naughton, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 3. Setaimata Sa, 2. Tom Lineham; 27. Jordan Abdull, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 12. Mark Minichiello, 17. Dean Hadley, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 28. Brad Fash, 32. Jordan Rankin.last_img read more

SAINTS will get their 2016 First Utility Super Lea

first_imgSAINTS will get their 2016 First Utility Super League campaign underway at home against Huddersfield Giants.The mouth-watering opener takes place at Langtree Park on Friday February 5 (8pm).Keiron Cunningham’s men will then travel to Salford Red Devils six days later before returning home to host Sydney Roosters in the World Club Series on February 19.The traditional Easter period will see Saints welcome Wigan on March 25 – and travelling to Widnes on Easter Monday.The best way to see your super Saints this season is with a 2016 Membership.Already fans are renewing in their thousands and taking advantage of the great offers alongside the fantastic price.To find out more click here.Saints 2016 Fixtures:Rd1: Friday Feb 5 (8pm) – Huddersfield Giants (H)Rd2: Thursday Feb 11 (8pm) – Salford Red Devils (A) – SKYWorld Club Series: Friday Feb 19 (8pm) – Sydney Roosters (H) – SKYRd3: Friday Feb 26 (8pm) – Hull KR (A) – SKYRd4: Friday Mar 4 (8pm) – Castleford Tigers (H)Rd5: Friday Mar 11 (8pm) – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (H)Rd6: Friday Mar 18 (8pm) – Leeds Rhinos (A) – SKYRd7: Friday Mar 25 (TBC) – Wigan Warriors (H) – SKYRd8: Monday Mar 28 (3pm) – Widnes Vikings (A)Rd9: Friday Apr 1 (8pm) – Hull FC (H)Rd10: Friday Apr 8 (8pm) – Warrington Wolves (A) – SKYRd11: Thursday Apr 14 (8pm) – Catalans Dragons (H) – SKYRd12: Friday Apr 22 (8pm) – Leeds Rhinos (H) – SKYRd13: Friday Apr 29 (8pm) – Castleford Tigers (A)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Six: Thursday May 5 – Sunday May 8Rd14: Friday May 13 (8pm) – Salford Red Devils (H)Rd15 (Magic Weekend): Sunday May 22 (3.15pm) – Huddersfield Giants @ St James’ Park – SKYRd16: Saturday May 28 (3pm) – Hull FC (A)Rd17: Friday Jun 3 (8pm) – Warrington Wolves (H)Rd18: Saturday Jun 11 (6pm) – Catalans Dragons (A) – SKYRd19: Friday Jun 17 (8pm) – Hull KR (H)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Finals: Thursday June 23 – Sunday June 26Rd20: Sunday Jul 3 (3pm) – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (A)Rd21: Friday Jul 8 (8pm) – Widnes Vikings (H)Rd22: Sunday Jul 17 (3pm) – Huddersfield Giants (A)Rd23: Friday Jul 22 (8pm) – Wigan Warriors (A)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Finals: Saturday July 30 – Sunday July 31Super 8s: Begin Thursday August 4 – Sunday August 7Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final: Saturday August 27First Utility Super League Semi Finals & Million Pound Game: Friday September 30 – Sunday October 2First Utility Super League Grand Final: Saturday October 8last_img read more

CHALLENGE Cup winners Paul Wellens and Adrian Morl

first_imgCHALLENGE Cup winners Paul Wellens and Adrian Morley will be the guests conducting the draw for the fourth round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Tuesday March 1.Joining the successful teams from this weekend’s third round fixtures will be all 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs, including newly promoted Swinton Lions. This year marks 150 years since the club’s formation, and to celebrate, the fourth round draw will take place at the White Lion in Swinton, a place where the team moved their headquarters to in the 1870s and took on the Lions nickname, which is one of the oldest in British sport.Wellens, a one club man, made his debut for St Helens in 1998 and went on to lift the Challenge Cup an impressive five times and Lance Todd Trophy twice. In 2006 he was part of the side that won all three major domestic honours available – Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club Challenge. During that year Wellens was also named Man of Steel.Morley, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is one of the most respected figures in the game, winning the Challenge Cup four times – once with Leeds Rhinos (1999) and three times with Warrington Wolves (2009, 2010, 2012). With over 500 appearances for club and country, Morley was also part of the Bradford Bulls team that were crowned Super League champions in 2005 and won the NRL Premiership with Sydney Roosters in 2002.The draw will be streamed exclusively live on the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup website from 7.00pm – Rugby League fans can watch by visiting round ties will be played over the weekend of March 19-20.The full schedule of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round ties is as follows:Saturday February 27 – all games 2.00pm kick-off unless stated:Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale HornetsSiddal v Newcastle ThunderKells v Hemel Stags (2.30)Pilkington Recs v London Skolars (2.30)Featherstone Lions v South Wales Scorpions (3.00)Wath Brow Hornets v Toulouse Olympique XIII (3.00)Sunday February 28 – all games 3.00pm kick-off unless stated:West Hull v Doncaster (2.00)Oxford v Lock Lane (2.30)Hunslet Hawks v Barrow RaidersYork City Knights v York AcornNorth Wales Crusaders v University of Gloucestershire All GoldsKeighley Cougars v Coventry Bearslast_img read more

THERES still time to grab your tickets for our sp

first_imgTHERE’S still time to grab your tickets for our special Fans Forum with Saints Past and Present.In aid of the 2017 Academy Tour of Australia, new signings Luke Douglas and Ryan Morgan will join Morgan Knowles and a past player to talk about the new season.It will take place on Tuesday January 24 (7.30pm) in the 1873 Suite at the stadium.Priced at £10 (with hotpot) and hosted by Allan Rooney, tickets will sell out fast!You can get yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.last_img read more

We want to hear your suggestions for our prematch

first_imgWe want to hear your suggestions for our pre-match playlist at our Betfred Super League clash with Leeds this Friday.All you need to do is send us your song suggestions, along with your name and member number, to this email address and we will choose the best to add to our pre-match playlist.You can view the playlist here on Spotify!Tickets for the game are selling fast and you can secure yours by clicking here, by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.last_img read more

Captain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied br

first_imgCaptain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied braces in the victory that saw Mark Brennan’s team hit the 40-point mark for the third week in a row.But they were made to work hard for it by a Featherstone side that were always in the hunt.Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints – but two tries from Kayleigh Bulman rocked the hosts on their heels.Saints stuck at it though and after Gaskin’s kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.She repeated the feat early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with influential standoff Andrea Dobson binned for persistent foul pay.By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.Dobson reduced that deficit adding a try of her own but Saints weren’t going to be denied,Gaskin went over in the corner – and hit the conversion – before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres.After the game Brennan said he was happy with the win and especially the way his side fought back in that first half.“We were a little sloppy at first but kept on working to go in at 10-10,” he said. “We regained our focus at half time and then played much better in the second half.“We showed some nice things with the ball and muscled up well against a physical Featherstone pack.“t was a good win in front of a good home support too. We are really appreciative of the fans coming out to see us.”He continued: “We have a week off now and that will allow us to focus on our next game which will be a tough one away at Wigan.“But we know if we keep on improving and working hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”Match Summary:Saints: Tries: N. Williams, Jones (2), Gaskin (2), Crowl, Mura Goals: Gaskin (6 from 7)Rovers: Tries: Bulman (2) Dobson Goals: Dobson (1 from 3)HT: 10-10 FT: 40-14Teams:Saints: Rotheram; Yeates, N Williams, K Williams, Burke; Marsh, Gaskin; Lovejoy, Jones, Whitfield, E Rudge, Mura, Crowl. Subs: Taylor, Richardson, Ward, Harris.Rovers: Senior; Lloyd, Daniels, Hazel, Bulman; Dobson, Hepton; Churm, Grenham, Bell, Powell, Harrowell, Teece. Subs: Key, Barford, Lowish, Mills.last_img read more

Man killed in Brunswick County crash identified

first_imgOne person died in a crash at Hwy 74 and Maco Road on December 4, 2017 (Photo: Contributed) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Highway Patrol has identified the man killed in a crash on US 74 and Maco Road in Brunswick County.The NC Highway Patrol says the call came in around 11:30 a.m.- Advertisement – According to Trooper D. Morgan, Donald Fortson, 77, of Bolton, was driving west on US 74 when he tried to turn left onto Maco Road. He had a green light, but not a green arrow.He turned in front of Robert Hall, 64, of Matthews, who was heading east on US 74.Investigators say Hall t-boned Fortson. Fortson was ejected from his truck and pronounced dead at the scene.Related Article: Man pleads guilty to murder in fatal Brunswick County crashTrooper Morgan says Hall was coming into town to visit his mother, who had gotten into a prior accident.Hall had minor injuries and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.No charges are expected. Alcohol was not a factor, Morgan says.US 74 was partially closed for about 2 hours.last_img read more

Juneteenth celebrations kick off in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the date in which enslaved Africans in Texas were made aware of their freedom.While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the news didn’t reach Texas until 1865. So Juneteenth is now considered the day slavery officially ended in the United States.- Advertisement – To commemorate, there is a week long list of activities being held through the Upperman Center at UNCW and the Juneteenth Committee.Thursday, 6 – 8 p.m. – Black Arts Alliance Concert feat. WL2F at The Monk (417 S College Rd)Friday, 7 – 11 p.m. – Juneteenth Swing Dance Contest at ILA HallSaturday, 12 – 6 p.m. – Juneteenth Festival Celebration at MLK Park (401 S. 8th St.)Sunday, 5 – 7:30 p.m. – Gullah-Geechee Film Festival at UNCWlast_img read more

Church lends hand to family still suffering from Florence

first_img “My whole life I was raised and told how important this home was,” Schultz said. “Both of my parents died in this house.”“It’s been a generational family home,” Mott added.All hurricanes have a few things in common, such a being destructive and dangerous to anyone in their paths, but no two hurricanes are exactly alike.Related Article: Boiling Spring Lakes hosts community party and concert“Matthew sucked, but Florence hurt,” Schultz said.The repairs from Matthew were not fun, but Florence took not fun to a whole new level.“You don’t realize how long it takes to dry a house, what it entails to have to tear it out and fix it. I walked away from Matthew, but I have to rebuild for Florence,” Schultz said.That’s where Pastor John McIntyre and Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church come in.“They’re just kind of stuck,” McIntyre said. “So we said, ‘Hey! We’ll come help.’ It’s just a neat opportunity to continue to love on people. We’re all about helping and showing the love of Christ, and we don’t ask for anything in return. We just do it for fun and for free.”Schultz and Mott are very grateful for the time and effort that Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church has put into getting them back on their feet.If you would like to make a donation of any kind to help the church continue to help those impacted by natural disasters free of charge please visit their website. MAPLE HILL, NC (WWAY) — Imagine having a house in your family for six generations and seeing it damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster twice.Nancy Schultz and Brian Mott’s family had to do that after Matthew and Florence in Maple Hill, and they both agree that this is not a house you can just give up on.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cruise ship collides with Venice tourist boat injuring four people

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel SilvestriThe cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri A towering cruise ship collided with a dock and a tourist boat in Venice on Sunday, injuring four people and reigniting calls for large vessels to be banned from the lagoon city.MSC Cruises said the 2,679-passenger Opera, a 54-metre high and 275-metre long liner which dwarfed the Venice skyline, was approaching a passenger terminal on the Giudecca canal when it hit the dock and a nearby ferry after a technical problem.Footage of the incident showed passengers who had been waiting at a wharf in San Basilio-Zattere fleeing for safety as the huge ship, its horns blaring, crashed into the much smaller, moored “River Countess” boat, which had 110 people onboard.“I thought the ship was going to crash into my house,” a resident living nearby told Italy’s state television.Pino Musolino, chairman of the northern Adriatic Sea port authority, said four people had suffered minor injuries in the crash. Emergency workers said the cruise ship appeared to have lost control after a steel cable that tied it to a tugboat snapped.Local media said the four injured were female tourists from the United States, Australia and New Zealand aged between 67 and 72.The accident rekindled a heated row in Italy over the risks to the fragile ecosystem and monuments of Venice posed by cruise ships that routinely sail very close to the shore.The safety of big ships in European cities has been highlighted by the crash last week of a cruise liner with a pleasure boat on the Danube in Budapest. Twenty-eight people were presumed killed, nearly all South Korean tourists.Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Twitter the Venice incident was proof that big ships should not travel on the Giudecca, a major thoroughfare that leads to St. Mark’s Square.“After many years of inertia, we are finally close to a definitive solution to protect both the lagoon and tourism,” he said. The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri Ships weighing more than 96,000 tonnes were banned from the Giudecca canal in 2013, while the number of smaller ships using the waterway was limited to five a day, but that legislation was overturned at the end of 2015.The Italian government decided in 2017 that the largest ships weighing more than 100,000 tonnes would have to take a less glamorous route to the industrial port of Marghera, far from the Giudecca and Grand canals.However, those plans were expected to take four years to come into force.WhatsApp 1 of 6 The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri SharePrint The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri The cruise ship MSC Opera loses control and crashes against a smaller tourist boat at the San Basilio dock in Venice, Italy June 2, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestrilast_img read more

Nsangi Secondary School recipient of Samsung Solar Powered Internet School

first_imgSamsung executives and Ministry of Education officials chatting after giving the media a demonstration of the Solar Powered Internet School Advertisement ­​Samsung Electronics has announced Nsangi Secondary School as the recipient of a Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) that was on showcase at Innovation Africa Summit. After the Summit that ended yesterday, the SPIS will be transported to the grounds of the school to serve as a fountain of knowledge for the learners of Wakiso Abey Tau, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs Manager for Samsung Africa RHQ comments: “We wanted to make an impact beyond the event and leave a lasting legacy by giving the people of Uganda an educational solution that is going to serve the community long after we have left the country.”“We are excited to be the first recipients of a SPIS in Uganda. Samsung has brought technology access to our door step and opened a world of innovation, ICT and possibilities that will inspire in each and every learner at Nsangi Secondary School,” says a happy Mr Lwasa Stephen, Nsangi Secondary School, Head Teacher.Journalists in the demo Samsung Solar Powered Internet SchoolA mock up SPIS had to be built specially for Innovation Africa Summit so it can be used as a showroom, where Samsung also hosted several meetings with different Government officials and members of the media. This SPIS will now be standardised to become a fully kitted When complete, the SPIS is built in a 12­metre renovated shipping container that can accommodate up to 24 pupils, and fitted with solar panels that power the equipment. – Advertisement – It is also equipped with a 65 ­inch large­ format display screen, a teacher’s laptop, Samsung notebooks, a printer, and fans to cool the container. The classroom’s computer server is loaded with educational content that covers the entire basic education syllabus, allowing facilitators to teach any subject or grade. Energy efficient LED lighting and an IP camera, which is designed to use 3G connectivity, allows for remote classroom monitoring.Samsung executive demonstrating how the software is used to conduct assessment after a class“Our solutions are built with the intention of bringing hope to the people who will be using them. Nsangi Secondary School and the greater community of Wakiso District will now have access to education using technology of the highest standard. We are committed to our vision to impact the lives of many through innovation and skills development in the communities we operate,”The Samsung Solar ­Powered Internet School solution has been rolled out throughout the continent in countries including South Africa, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC and Mozambique, to name a few.[related-posts]last_img read more


first_img[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.Wednesday 15 JanuaryRACING1.40 NewcastleBlake Dean 9/4 > 11/85.25 KemptonCathedral 7/2 > 7/46.25 KemptonTicking Katie 7/2 > 5/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

ADAM KIRBY Haydock Saturday

first_imgHuge weekend for me riding Harry Angel in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock and it will hopefully be a chance to put the disappointment of Ascot behind us.SATURDAYHAYDOCKHARRY ANGEL (4.15pm 32Red Sprint Cup)He hasn’t raced since injuring himself in the stalls at the start of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in a freak incident meaning his race was gone the second the gates opened.In racing these things happen and you just have to get over them as quickly as possible, not dwell and look to the future. The main thing for me was that the horse was OK.He comes into this the defending champion after his hugely impressive four length all the way success last year. That promoted him to the best sprinter in the world.On that form he should again hold Tasleet (runner-up) and The Tin Man (third) who are both back for another crack.But it’s a Group 1 sprint and you have to be wary of all the opposition. Whilst he bounced out and made all last year, every race is different so there’s only so much pre-planning you can do. It’s what happens from the start that really counts and you have to adjust.He’s a lovely horse to ride, big and strong and he tells me how things are – not the other way round.We couldn’t get him ready in time for the July Cup which was a shame but he suffered a small wound and some muscle soreness in that stalls incident which took a little longer to put right.The positives are that he comes into this a fresh horse again. Kevin (Harris) rides him most of the time at home and the team are all confident they have got him back to his very best. It’s been a great team effort headed by Clive (Cox) and I hope I can reward all their hard work.He had an away day at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and had a good spin on the all-weather track.The ground was riding good to soft at Haydock on Thursday – the opening day of their meeting – and there is more rain forecast. That should suit my fella just fine. Although it was heavy when we won 12 months ago – his win at York in May was on good to firm ground and like a lot of the top horses his class carries him over a range of conditions.It’ll all be over inside a minute. If he’s in the same form as last year hopefully it will be the same result.ZONDERLAND (2.25pm Unibet Mile)Good horse and not to be ruled out in any company. I still believe there’s a very big race in him and he came with a nose of getting it last year when pipped by Lightning Spear in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood. He was a close up fourth in the same race the year and back at Group 3 level should be able to make his presence felt.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more


first_img£25 FREE BET IFIF CHOICE ENCOUNTER WINS 6.15 KEMPTONWe are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if CHOICE ENCOUNTER WINS 6.15 KEMPTON.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Saturday 16 February and 6.15pm on Saturday 16 February. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Saturday 16 February to 6.15pm (GMT) on Friday 15 February.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with before 6.15pm (GMT) on Saturday 16 February. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if CHOICE ENCOUNTER WINS 6.15 KEMPTON. The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

£25 FREE BET Johanna Konta v Petra Kvitova

first_img£25 FREE BET IFKONTA WINS 2-1We are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if KONTA WINS 2-1.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 8am on Monday 8 July and 4.15pm on Monday 8 July. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 8am (GMT) on Monday 8 July to 4.15pm (GMT) on Monday 8 July.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with before 4.15pm (GMT) on Monday 8 July. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if KONTA WINS 2-1 (Johanna Konta v Petra Kvitova 4.15pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed. Any bet placed can only qualify for one free bet promotion, in situations where a bet is applicable for more than one offer the bet will qualify for the first free bet triggered.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Profs POSH pad proves itself worthy

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduProf’s P.O.S.H. pad proves itself worthyRice University engineering students create portable, solar-powered emergency shelter Rice University engineering students have constructed a portable disaster-relief shelter on campus, and their adviser was so confident in their work that he moved in. Weeks before his impending wedding, Brent Houchens, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, lived in the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.), a boxy little building crowned by six solar cells. Houchens took up residence May 4 and stayed for a week to test the structure’s systems and basic functionality. “It’s been great to live in,” Houchens said on day five. “It’s been really comfortable at night. I actually had to turn the air conditioning down a little this morning because it got too cool.”Five Rice senior mechanical engineering students — Matthew Sorenson, Young Suk Jo, Jeroune Rhodes, Stephanie Vu and Tomas Lafferriere — and junior observer Michael Heisel built the prototype shelter just outside the lab where they cooked up the idea, Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The students designed the building for disaster relief and use in developing countries as their capstone design project. With about 140 square feet of living space, the shelter is remarkable both for what it contains and for how well it should travel. The modular building has a “wet core” that contains a toilet, a shower and filtration for clean water. Up to 75 gallons of water, enough to sustain two people for three weeks, is stored both above the shower and in an external tank. The house is designed to support eight solar panels. The six 230-watt panels in the current house power an air conditioner, LED lights and small appliances; a bank of batteries stores energy for up to two days if the sun isn’t shining. Students designed the shelter to house two adults comfortably for six months to a year, if necessary, completely off-grid. A second module built around the same wet core could house a larger family, Houchens said.The shelter, with amenities, collapses into itself for travel. The two-wheeled, 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-6-foot boxes are small enough that six complete P.O.S.H. units would fit into a standard shipping container. Team members say two people should be able to assemble the shelter in a day with standard hand tools. Instructions are included.“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to finish the whole house by the end of the year, so our team is extremely proud that we were able to get it operational,” Sorenson said. The project began last fall.The team got design help from lead sponsor NASA, which has a strong interest in portable habitats. “The team visited the Habitat Demonstration Unit facility at Johnson Space Center a month ago,” Houchens said. “NASA engineer Mike Ewert helped us scope out what was and wasn’t possible and a good packing ratio to shoot for at the beginning of the project, and continued to advise us throughout.”Team members, who are available for interviews after commencement May 14, will deconstruct P.O.S.H. next week, with Houchens filming and timing the disassembly for future demonstration purposes. “After that, it will become a research platform that I’ll tie in to the thermodynamics class I teach in the spring,” he said. “We’ll do comparative studies on different types of insulation and energy efficiencies.”Houchens sees real-world potential for such a shelter with polymer walls and air-gap or foam insulation replacing the prototype’s half-inch plywood. “The long-term hope is that somebody will take this to the manufacturing level, clean up the rough edges and gain thermal efficiency and cost reduction at the same packing size. I think it’s possible.”In the meantime, while preparing for his wedding, Houchens enjoyed what turned out to be his last bachelor pad. “I’d need all the solar panels to run a plasma TV, but that wouldn’t be very energy-efficient,” he said. “Still, I’d like to keep it.”-30-A video tour of the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.) is available at a high-resolution photo of the team at CAPTIONSeniors at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering designed and built a sustainable emergency shelter for two that collapses into two compact containers for shipping. Members of Team P.O.S.H. are, clockwise from left, Jeroune Rhodes, Matthew Sorenson, Stephanie Vu, Tomas Lafferriere and Rice Professor Brent Houchins (seated). Missing from the photo is Young Suk Jo.(Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more