Dolores Park Follies SF Mission Pissoir Passes Muster

first_imgA San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled that the much-ballyhooed pissoir in a corner of Dolores Park doesn’t break any of the laws implied by the suit, effectively ending the case.“Plaintiffs have failed to allege any claim for which they would be entitled to the relief they seek,” wrote Judge Harold Kahn in his order. Those who seek relief at the corner of 20th and Church streets, it would seem, may continue to do so.“Plaintiffs” in this case are the San Francisco Chinese Christian Union, but backing them is the Pacific Justice Institute, a nationally active conservative Christian legal group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called an “Anti-LGBT hate group” (you can decide for yourself where they stand on by watching some of their testimonials).The suit alleged that the pissoir was discriminatory toward people who need to squat to pee, and that it encouraged indecent exposure to innocent passerby. The latter is somewhat up for debate – some nearby residents told Mission Local in February that the pissoir’s design left much to be desired in the modesty department, while others noted that it at least offered an alternative to urinating on people’s doorsteps. The suit raised plenty of eyebrows – even the City Attorney’s office fired back with a tongue-in-cheek blog post noting the park’s “vibrant counter culture, immodest sunbathers, pot brownie vendors, spectacular city views, and famously irreverent ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest.” As one neighbor accurately noted in February, “There’s a lot of penises flying around on busy days.” Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Wonderful new mural on 21st and Mission streets

first_img 0% Tags: murals Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Detail of Corazón de Campesinos by Alberto Ybarra.Detail of Corazón de Campesinos by Alberto Ybarra.Detail of Corazón de Campesinos by Alberto Ybarra. center_img It’s been a while since we’ve had such a great addition to the Mission’s walls. The new mural, Corazón de Campesinos by Alberto Ybarra, pays homage to San Juan Cítala, in Jalisco, Mexico, the hometown of Ybarra’s mother and her family. He depicts it from memories of summers he spent there, showing how the farming village encouraged community, whimsy and the growing of beautiful produce.The nine-by-45-foot mural was sponsored by the Mission Community Market, Mira Waldman and Chikai Ohazama, and building owner Digital Music Universe.Here are some close-ups, moving left to right.Detail of Corazón de Campesinos by Alberto Ybarra.last_img read more

TICKETS for Saints home opener with Huddersfield G

first_imgTICKETS for Saints home opener with Huddersfield Giants are now on sale.Nathan Brown will begin life at the club with a match-up against his former employers at Langtree Park on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm).It’s sure to be a cracker of a match as the likes of Willie Manu and co take to the field in anger for the first time.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 and by logging on here.In fact, you can now buy tickets for every one of Saints home matches in 2013 via www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

ADE Gardner says it is only a matter of time befor

first_imgADE Gardner says it is only a matter of time before Saints return to winning ways.The 29-year-old winger has been watching from the sidelines in recent weeks because of injury and suspension but has seen enough to suggest two points are just around the corner.“We are remaining positive,” he said. “The lads are hurting as we haven’t won, but I think it is only a matter of time before we get on a decent run and start kicking on. It’s never ideal going out of the Cup but we have five free weekends between now and the end of the season. That enables us to freshen up. I’m not used to that as in the past I’ve played 32 to 33 games a year. We have to take what we can from it really, build some blocks in training and freshen up.”He continues: “It was frustrating to be out injured and suspended and to be honest I couldn’t see why I was banned. But it is what it is and I move on.“The concussion was hard too as you can’t do much. I’ve not had nothing even close to that sort of injury before and when I watched it back on TV I was pretty shaken up. I’m now looking for a decent run in the side.”With Adam Swift injured it is likely Ade will return to the starting line-up.“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “Widnes are a good side and have quality players; we will have to be on our guard. We will hopefully have some players back too.”Tickets for Friday’s match at Langtree Park are now on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at the stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.Match Stat Pack:Widnes are seeking their first Super League victory against St Helens on Friday night. St Helens have won the last 16 games between the sides, with Widnes’ last victory coming at home, 20-17 in the Stones Bitter Championship, on 4 April, 1994. Their last away win against St Helens was 20-12 in the Stones Bitter Championship on 1 April, 1991. Saints have won ten consecutive home fixtures with Widnes since then.2013 Meeting:Widnes 4, St Helens 16 (SLR2, 10/2/13)Super League Summary:St Helens won 12Widnes won 0Highs and Lows: St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)Widnes highest losing score: 23-24 (H, 2012)Career Milestones:Paul Wellens needs 13 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He has scored 941 points (215 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for the club 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).Ade Gardner needs three tries to reach 200 career touchdowns. His total of 197 has been scored as follows: 171 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003). He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).last_img read more

THATTO Heath Saints Girls under 16s team played a

first_imgTHATTO Heath Saints Girls under 16s team played a friendly against Ashton Bears at the weekend and won 48-22 writes Laura Birchall.This is the first time the new team has had the chance to play against another side and be able to put what they had learnt during pre-season training to good use!The game began as a tough encounter between the two sides, each displaying fantastic footwork and impressive teamwork.However, it was Pip Birchall who scored the first try for Saints girls and she also completed the conversion kick.The other tryscorers for the Saints came in the form of Alisha Lea, Emily Hill and two apiece for Jade Ward and Rebecca Rotherham.With Pip Birchall completing six from six conversions and Alisha Lea adding another, the Saints Girls illustrated their strength, teamwork and skill to win the match.last_img read more

WPD Man wanted after breaking into Anne Bonnys Bar and Grill

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a man who they said broke into a downtown Wilmington restaurant over the weekend.They say it happened Sunday morning at 2:30 at Anne Bonny’s Bar and Grill on South Water Street. Police say the suspect did damage to the business and stole items from the property.- Advertisement – WPD has released security footage of the person inside of the business during the alleged robbery.If you have any information, please contact WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip.last_img read more

Churches provide homeless with food bed warm place to sleep

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With temperatures dropping into the teens or low 20’s Monday night, it’s important to stay warm. For those who do not have a place to call home, that can be difficult.Philip Chryst, pastor of the Anchor Church in downtown Wilmington, says he knows how much homeless people struggle this time of year.- Advertisement – He says 25 percent of his congregation is homeless.“I found four folks that were literally having blankets covering them, and were shaking because it was so cold,” said Chryst.The church has partnered with St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church to open a warming shelter at the corner of 15th and Market streets.Related Article: Former presidential chef to use $250,000 lottery prize to feed the homeless“They look out for us, and help us out, we eat, and stay out of the cold,” said one man at the shelter.Charles Nixon says he’s been coming to the church for about two months. He says Chryst looks out for him, and he doesn’t know where he’d be if this shelter wasn’t an option.“I’d probably be out there froze to death,” said Nixon.Volunteer Jack Barracco says he enjoys helping. He believes more people need to care about those in need.“It’s sad that homeless people do get bad reps because they’re really nice. Most, the majority of them are all nice. You just got to sit down and get to know them, to really get deep down inside their soul, get to know them,” said Barraco.Chryst says you don’t need to attend the church to come to the shelter. Everyone is welcome.“We need to become a city of welcome. A city of peace,” said Chryst. “And not just be known as a really expensive place to folks to live and retire to. But instead, use that creative energy that we have to do good in our city, and to create jobs and create affordable housing. And I think this is a great opportunity for us to do that in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.”Chryst says the shelter will close Tuesday as the weather begins to warm up.To find out when they will reopen, check the Anchor Church Facebook page.last_img read more

Malta will continue to support UN processes in Libya – Abela

first_imgMinister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU.Minister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU. Malta’s Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela has told a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Minister’s Council (FAC) that, ‘Malta will continue to unwaveringly support the UN-facilitated process in Libya,’ and that the country calls on ‘all parties to do the same. Relations with Libya have always been pivotal for peace, stability, and security in the Mediterranean region, and will remain so for years to come.’While expressing his disappointment at the current situation in Libya, Minister Abela said that it was ‘a short-term objective’ to call for ‘a comprehensive and durable ceasefire’ that would bring about negotiation between the warring groups.‘Diplomacy is the only way forward’ Abela told fellow Ministers and representatives of the EU.The Minister was making the comments as renewed violence has been unsettling the country since April 4th. The conflict is understood to have started when the rebel commander of Libya’s eastern forces (the Libyan National Army) began marching on the capital Tripoli and the Government of National Accord under the leadership of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (GNA).According to the World Health Organisation, over 430 people have been killed and at least 2,110 have been wounded since the violence erupted. Over 55,000 have been displaced.Read more:Watch: 3 migrants detained from EU ‘flagged’ vessel by Libyan coastguard – SeaWatch‘Migrants and refugees in Tripoli detention centres need to be evacuated’ – UNHCRThe EU needs to prioritise the Libyan issue; people are dying at sea – PDAlong with the conflict in Libya, Minister Abela also stressed the importance of finding solutions to the conflicts in the Sahel region of the African continent.He stated that it was important to recognize the connection between development and humanitarian tasks. Abela stressed that, ‘a commitment to investment in youth is an important deliverable as it better prepares Sahel youth populations for the job market and will simultaneously create more and better jobs.’ SharePrint Minister Carmelo Abela during the bilateral meeting with Tiébilé Dramé, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Mali. Minister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU. Minister Carmelo Abela with Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Armenian Foreign Minister, and Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and of Defence of Belgium. Minister Carmelo Abela with Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive Officer of the European Defence Agency.center_img WhatsApp 1 of 5 <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister Abela with Michael Farrugia, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration and Asylum.last_img read more

Social Media Users Say Pinterest Is as Popular as Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement While Facebook reigns supreme in the social media landscape, the latest study by Pew shows users are pinning just as much as they’re tweeting.Twitter attracted 16% of social media users, followed by 15% on Pinterest in 2012. Everyone’s favorite pastime is still Facebook, though, raking in a majority of respondents’ votes. Tumblr comes in as the least popular with only 6% of people on the site.The report details who exactly is using these networks, explaining that sites like Instagram appeal more to women, Latinos and African-Americans.It’s no surprise the study finds young adults more interested in social media. An overwhelming 83% are more likely to be on the sites than older demographics. Each network offers distinct services and draws specific audience groups. Image-heavy Pinterest attracts women, adults under 50 and whites. Twitter users tend to be urban residents. – Advertisement – Unlike other networks, Pinterest is equally popular with different age demographics; 19% of younger users and people 30 to 49 use the site, and it also yields the largest difference in gender than any other of it social counterparts. Women are five times more likely to be pinning (secret wedding boards, anyone?) than men.Though Pinterest is catching up in popularity, the percentage of Internet users on Twitter doubled in the past two years.Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

Tanzania to buy new biometric system BVR for voters

first_imgAdvertisement The government of Tanzania is seeking financial support to buy a new biometric system (BVR) for voter registration in preparation for the 2015 General Elections.The whole decision was made by the government the main stakeholder, Justice Damian Lubuva, the Chairman of the Tanzania Electoral Commission (NEC), said.He said: “There is no need to keep the process a secret from the public. Everything will be known after we complete the whole tendering procedure.” – Advertisement – He was reassuring the public about the transparency of the process after some quarters raised questions about possible mischief.Justive Lubuva denied all. He said: “We are working professionally. We are here to serve Tanzanians, and not any individual or specific group.”Biometrics uses a smart card that carries the unique characteristics of an individual, usually a fingerprint, to verify that an individual is who he or she claims to be.“Adapting a cost effective and simple technology is a good way of solving the many election-related problems plaguing many African countries,” he told a news conference.Justice Lubuva said the NEC is planning to float tenders for the acquisition of the system, and has said that the NEC will invite donors to fund the procurement and installation of the system.Last month, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) offered $22.5 million, including technical assistance to both electoral commissions of Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom contributed some of this money.The agreement establishes a three-year democratic empowerment project whose partners include UNESCO, who will extend the establishment of community radio stations for voter education and community discussions and UN women who will train women for political life.Beneficiaries of the initiative will include Tanzania’s police who will receive training on human rights, the Registrar of political parties who will conduct research on democracy in Tanzania, the Tanzania Centre for Democracy that will work with political parties and the media and other CSOs that will assist to disseminate voter education.Source: Business Weeklast_img read more