Campos Calls for Emergency Response to SF Homelessness

first_imgSupervisor David Campos on Tuesday called for the city to declare a state of emergency on homelessness in order to release funds from the state usually reserved for natural disasters.“This is an emergency and an emergency deserves and requires emergency action,” Campos in front of the Navigation Center on Mission Street, a transition center touted nationwide as a successful model for moving homeless people to permanent housing.Campos also announced plans to introduce future legislation that would force the city to create six new transitional housing centers in the next year, three of them in the next four months.“Your local government, in my view, has failed you to address this crisis of homelessness,” Campos said. Campos specifically called out Mayor Ed Lee, saying the city had failed its residents, homeless and otherwise.“The mayor of San Francisco ultimately has the authority over the city agencies responsible for addressing homelessness,” he said. “At the end of the day, if the executive branch of city government is not able to act as we need, then the legislative branch has to step in.”The mayor returned fire at the Board of Supervisors meeting today, where the Chronicle reports he criticized Campos’ press conference as substance-less. “That event didn’t offer any solutions, no new philanthropic partnerships, no new sites for Navigation Centers and no path forward,” Lee said. “But it did offer rhetoric.” Sam Dodge, Dufty’s successor as the mayor’s point man on homelessness, also had reservations about the proposal.“I think a declaration of emergency doesn’t really add to our tool chest as well as people might perceive,” Dodge said. “It’s more of a moral statement and I support that moral statement and the mayor announced as much in December,” when he called homelessness a “dire crisis”Dodge also called Campos’ proposed timeline ambitious, but said he would try to rise to the challenge. The problem, he said, would be finding places to go for those who enter the centers hoping to transition into housing.“He is proposing to open six new Navigation Centers without adding any new exits from homelessness, any new housing units,” Dodge said. “We’re really held up by how many housing exits we have. Otherwise it just becomes a sort of warehouse for poor people.”In the short term, it’s unclear whether the city will pursue short term solutions like providing portable toilets at encampments, though it has been expanding its Pit Stop program. Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness, among other advocates, been vocally frustrated by the city’s practice of clearing homeless encampments, saying those roused and displaced often have nowhere to go, with space at the lone Navigation Center and temporary Pier 80 shelter dwindling. Dodge said there are still a few space left at both institutions. “We’re really excited that supervisor Campos is moving forward on pushing for additional Navigation Centers,” Friedenbach said. “It really demonstrates the way to address encampments in a humane way.” Tags: homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Bevan Dufty, the city’s former point man on homelessness, reacted from a personal standpoint to the proposal: 0%last_img read more

Tuba Restaurant Grill – Turkish Flair in the Mission

first_img Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The room exudes warmth, as does the friendly, knowledgeable staff.  We were there early but the place filled up fast, with Turkish families and other locals.  There’s nothing pretentious about Tuba, and you can tell the family loves what they’re doing here… Tuba opened in 2010, and it’s become a mainstay neighborhood favorite.  I tried it shortly after it opened with some out-of-town friends.  I really wasn’t all that wowed by it at the time.  I wanted to be, because there’s a dearth of Turkish food in the Mission, but some of the flavors were just muddled to me.  Enter the BF, who wanted to check it out.   So glad we did!  We were told that it was the same chef as when they opened, so it seems he’s perfected his flavors.I started out with a delicious Turkish sauvignon blanc… Tuba Authentic Turkish Restaurant1007 Guerrero St.San Francisco, CA 94110(415) 826-8822 center_img For our appetizer, we ordered the Cevizli Ezme…Tuba Cevizli Ezme – red pepper puree A walnut and Turkish red pepper paste, blended with tomato paste, garlic, olive oil, and cumin, it had a peppery bite to it.  It’s one of their signature meze and we loved it, especially with their house-made bread…Tuba – Turkish pita pred with sesame seeds Known as pide, this is Turkey’s version of pita bread, but sprinkled with sesame seeds.  Better than any pita we’d ever had, it tasted a little more like a focaccia to me, and we made short work of it with the sun-dried tomato butter, olives and feta.Next, we tried the mücver…Tuba Mücver – zucchini pancakes Pan fried patties of zucchini, green onions, eggs, dill, and mint were served with a garlic yogurt.  The patties lacked a little oomph, despite the garlicky sauce.For his main, the BF had the adana kebab:Tuba skewers – ground lamb-beef – kofte The BF loves any type of kofte-like thing – any seasoned ground beef combination – and this was no exception.  Here, spicy ground beef and lamb were pressed onto flat skewers and grilled, served with roasted tomatoes, red and green peppers, pepperoncini, pickles, rice, and more of the garlic sauce.  Juicy and flavorful!I went with something completely foreign to me, the HünkarBeğendi:HünkarBeğendi I agonized between this dish and the Karniyarik – another eggplant dish with ground beef, baked, with rice and salad.  I made the right choice:  pureed eggplant was topped with mozzarella and garlic, and chunks of tender stewed leg of lamb in a tomato sauce with bell peppers and a sumac garnish – a tart, Middle Eastern spice.  I am not a huge bell pepper fan usually, but this dish was a comforting, delicious hug.  Rich and creamy, it’s a must try.  Couldn’t finish it, though, as we’d filled up on that delicious bread.­­­­­ Make sure you try their Turkish wines, by the way.  This was a Kalecik Karası – a grape and wine made from the grape from the Ankara region.  Went well with my dish.On our second visit, we started out with a house specialty, Mercimek Çorbası:Tuba lentil soup Billed as the “best in the City,” it was a lentil soup with a spicy pepper paste, and little hints of cumin and mint.  Smoky goodness.The gentlemen at the table next to us had the Türk Salatasi, and it looked so inviting we just had to have it too…Tuba lentil soup, salad, bread, wine Rather like a Greek salad, it had chunks of tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onion, kalamata olives, and parsley in a lemony vinaigrette, and again garnished with sumac.  Super fresh!  I crunched my way through almost the entire bowl.For my main, I decided on a small hot mezze (appetizer) plate, the prawns…Tuba shrimp in wine sauce, garlic, tomatoes The Peynirli Karides – prawns sautéed with tomatoes and garlic in a pepperoncini sauce and topped with feta, this dish was probably one of the weakest.  Rather like scampi but lacking pizzazz.The BF’s main dish was another kebab, but with a twist…Tuba – kebab lavas red pepper sauce The meat came wrapped in a lavas bread, topped with tomato and garlicky yogurt sauces with roasted veggies.  Another stand-out dish completely unknown to us.Our neighbors, who told us they drive in from Sacramento every few months and make a bee-line to Tuba, generously offered us a bite of their dessert, and who am I to say no?  It was the house specialty, the Kunefe – a shredded phylo dough, filled with sweet cheese and apricots, baked, and then topped with a syrup, pistachio nuts and ice cream.  Decadent!  We were too full to get our own but I’m so glad we got to taste it.And that describes Tuba to a “tee” – a neighborhood place where people feel free to share bites with you, have a chat, and enjoy this wonderful cuisine. The menu is extensive, and it’s the kind of place I’d be happy to take visiting friends or relatives.  How lucky we are to have this ethnic outpost in our backyard.  We’ll be back. 0%last_img read more

SAINTS have signed Jordan Turner on a twoyear con

first_imgSAINTS have signed Jordan Turner on a two-year contract.The 23-year-old centre is currently with Hull FC and will link up with his new club next season.“Jordan is one of the most exciting talents in the game at the moment and we are delighted to secure his services for the next two seasons,” Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said.“Not only does he possess good feet and a great turn of pace, but he’s matured into an excellent defender too.“At 23 he is still developing and will no doubt do so further under the tutelage of Nathan Brown and his staff.”A former England under 18s Academy International and Captain, Turner joined Hull FC from Salford City Reds in 2010.He’s scored nearly 35 tries in close to 100 Super League appearances and is versatile enough to play in the back row.last_img read more

Good Behavior selling set props

first_img The second season of Good Behavior will be airing this October, but to have room for next season’s new items, the production crew is making room in their warehouse by having this sale.The items for sale have been marked down and are ready for a new home.One crew member said they have been busy all morning, but it brings back memories to see things in the warehouse that remind you of scenes.Related Article: A bumpy road to the Oscars could end in triumph for Netflix“These are things that, the show is basically somewhat of a traveling show. The main characters go from place to place and they visit areas and sets they won’t come back to and these are the items that were in hotel scenes and things of that nature that we may not go back to, so they’re up for sale,”Shane Bates said.Today is only open for crew members, but this weekend the public is welcome to come on Friday and Saturday from 8-4. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you are a fan of Good Behavior, you can take a piece of the show home with you.Furniture, decorations and much more are being sold at Screen Gems Studio.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach resident facing 20 drug fraud charges

first_img Popkin is charged with the following:10 counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud/forgery10 counts of Trafficking in opium or heroinPopkin was booked in the New Hanover County Detention Center before being transferred to the Craven County Jail.Related Article: Lemonade vendor robbed at gunpoint gets donations, gift Thomas Popkin (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Wrightsville Beach man is in jail facing numerous drug charges.According to New Hanover County online records, Thomas Jason Popkin, 39, was arrested on Coral Drive in Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday afternoon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man arrested in connection to weekend shooting in Wilmington

first_img The shooting happened on South 13th Street Saturday afternoon. A 34-year-old man was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.Vaughn is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and shooting into an occupied residence. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have arrested the man they believe was responsible to a shooting over the weekend that left a man injured.WPD arrested Jazarion Vaughn, 19, Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police Cleaning lady takes son to job later steals items from Sunset

first_img According to the Sunset Beach Police Department a neighbor saw the suspect’s truck at the home on May 8. Two televisions and a grill were taken.After searching local pawn shops, police issued a warrant for the arrest of 43-year-old Brian Keith Misenheimer.According to a police report, Lynn Sendler told deputies that she took her son, Brian, with her recently to a cleaning job at the home.Related Article: 1 in critical condition following jet ski crash near Little RiverHe was arrested in Horry County on Sunday.Misenheimer is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after the fact, and property damage. Brian Keith Misenheimer (Photo: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Little River man is awaiting extradition to Brunswick County to face charges for a home break-in.It happened on East Main Street in Sunset Beach.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender Co Sheriff sergeant arrested fired over domestic dispute

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Sheriff’s Office says one of their own was arrested after being involved in a domestic dispute.Sergeant Daniel Stone with the patrol unit was arrested at his home on Johnson Nursery road in Willard on September 30, according to PCSO.- Advertisement – The victim told deputies she was physically assaulted by Stone during the dispute. Investigators reportedly found evidence that an assault happened and issued warrants for Stone’s arrest.Stone was charged with assault on a female and assault by strangulation.Stone was held at the New Hanover County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. He bonded out after his first court appearance in Pender County on Monday.Related Article: Two brothers arrested in shooting of woman in ChadbournPCSO says Stone is no longer employed with the sheriff’s office. He had been with the department since May 2004.last_img read more

Jury selection to begin in Pender County death penalty case

first_img Interview video of James Bradley and WPD detective plays in court on June 19, 2017 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) James Bradley sits in a Pender County courtroom on June 12, 2017 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) Sgt. Lee Odham testifies on day 5 of James Bradley trial on June 21, 2014 Opening statements begin June 15, 2017 with prosecution recounting Van Newkirk’s mother’s discovering she was missing. James Bradley listens intently. (Photo: Randy Aldridge/WWAY) James Bradley James Bradley enters court on June 29, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday afternoon in a Pender County murder case that could lead to the death penalty.James Opelton Bradley is charged with the murder of Elisha Tucker.- Advertisement – James Bradley sits in court on June 22, 2017 while the prosecution shows photos of his apartment (Photo: Randy Aldridge/WWAY) Video of James Bradley’s April 11, 2014 interview with police plays in court on June 19, 2017 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) James Bradley enters court on June 29, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)James Bradley enters court on June 29, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)center_img James Bradley’s defense attorney makes his closing argument on June 28, 2017 (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) Elisha Tucker 1 of 13 James Bradley listens as judge tells jury polygraph is inadmissible on June 16, Tucker, 34, went missing in 2013. Her body was found in Pender County in 2014 as investigators searched for Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk.Investigators have never found Van Newkirk’s body, but Bradley was convicted of her murder in 2017. Last year a state Court of Appeals panel ruled Bradley did receive a fair trial in that case. It was the second time Bradley had been convicted of murder. He pleaded guilty to killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter in 1988 and spent 25 years in prison. He is currently serving 30-37 years for Van Newkirk’s death.District Attorney Ben David told WWAY earlier this month that hundreds of people received a jury summons for the case. He said the selection process could take several weeks, because it is a capital case. James Bradley listening to guilty verdict (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) Wilmington Police Sgt. Kevin Tully testifies during the trial of James Opelton Bradley on June 19, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)WPD Sgt. Kevin Tully testifies during the trial of James Opelton Bradley on June 19, 2017. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY)last_img read more

FBI says received vague tips ahead of deadly California synagogue shooting

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The FBI said on Monday it received multiple tips about a security threat minutes before a gunman opened fire in a California synagogue, killing a woman and wounding three others, but lacked sufficient details or time to prevent the attack.Police are investigating what motivated a 19-year-old suspect to open fire on the Chabad of Poway synagogue in suburban San Diego on Saturday, including whether to bring hate crime charges against the man who surrendered to police shortly after the attack.The FBI said it received tips about an online post referring to a potential attack that did not include “specific” information about the post’s author or location. Investigators immediately began working on identifying the author but the shooting began only five minutes after the tips arrived.“The FBI thanks the alert citizens who saw and reported the post,” the bureau said in a statement.Members of the synagogue returned to the temple on Monday for the funeral of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, the congregant who was killed in the attack.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, one of three people who were wounded, losing his right index finger in the shooting, presided over the memorial service. He clutched a single yellow flower in his bandaged hand from a bouquet Gilbert-Kaye had sent him at the weekend before her death.“There’s a big garden out there. God took the rose of the garden, and he brought her up to heaven,” Goldstein said. “We saw the darkest of humanity. I saw it face to face. I wish to never see that ever again.”Mourners also applauded the heroism of another of their congregants, Oscar Stewart, 51, a U.S. Army and Navy veteran who served in Iraq and who confronted the gunman in the lobby of the synagogue on Saturday and chased the assailant outside.The shooting occurred six months to the day after 11 worshippers were shot to death at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack ever on American Jewry.‘TERRIFYING MYSTERY’The accused gunman in Saturday’s bloodshed, identified by authorities as John Earnest, fled the scene but called police a short time later in order to surrender.Earnest, who is being held without bail, appears to have written an online manifesto in which he also claimed responsibility for a pre-dawn arson attack at a nearby mosque last month and professed inspiration from the mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people in March.His parents expressed shock and sadness in a statement on Monday, saying their son had become “part of the history of evil” perpetrated on Jewish people.“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us,” the statement said. “Our heavy hearts will forever go out to the victims and survivors.”They said they were cooperating with investigators.Stewart said in an interview on Monday he was sitting in the temple sanctuary during Sabbath services when he recognised the sound of gunshots.For a moment he began running towards the exit with other congregants, then turned around and headed towards the gunfire.“I was an instrument of God,” he said. “I had no conscious effort in what I was doing.” He charged the gunman, screaming, “I’m going to kill you!”He said he pursued the gunman, who looked frightened and had stopped firing, when he fled the synagogue.Another worshipper, an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent named Jonathan Morales who was armed, also ran outside and fired several shots at the gunman’s car as he drove away.Almog Peretz, an Israeli citizen visiting his family, was hit but still managed to help shepherd children to safety, witnesses said.His 9-year-old niece, Noya Dahan, was also wounded. Her family moved to the United States from Israel in search of a safer life after their home was repeatedly shelled by Palestinian rockets.Gilbert-Kaye, one of the synagogue’s founding members, was a deeply caring member of the community, her friends remembered.She drove one congregant who had developed breast cancer to every appointment and helped take care of her children, Goldstein said.“She is a person of unconditional love,” Goldstein told reporters, adding that he felt Gilbert-Kaye “took the bullet for all of us.”A friend, Audrey Jacobs, described her in a Facebook post as a “woman of valour” whose final act was to protect others.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

BOV Female Player of the Month

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Hibernians’ captain Charlene Zammit is the BOV Female Player of the Month for November 2018.The central defender, playing her 11th consecutive season for Hibernians’ was a determining factor in Hibernians keeping a clean sheet in their four matches in November with wins over Swieqi, Mosta, Kirkop and Fgura, complementing her performance with a goal in their 5-0 win over Mosta.Charles Azzopardi, Executive PR & Marketing at Bank of Valletta presented the BOV Female Player of the Month trophy for November 2018 to Charlene.center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Apples Next iPhone Might Be Unlockable By The Owners Fingerprint

first_imgAdvertisement Apple is said to be planning to introduce an iPhone that can be unlocked by the owner’s fingerprint, while other manufacturers are thought to be experimenting with iris scanning and voice recognition. Apple’s plans for fingerprint recognition began last summer when the iPhone maker bought biometric security firm AuthenTec for £235 million. Earlier this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said his firm expected the results of that takeover to be revealed this summer with the new iPhone 5S . “We expect [that] iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint chip under the Home button, improving security and usability.” He Said.The Galaxy S4, like Apple’s iPhone, has voice recognition software but at present it cannot identify a particular person. In future, it’s possible that a smartphone could recognize its owner’s voice and unlock accordingly.Many companies are hoping that these security features could soon be used in place of passwords for websites and mobile applications. Instead of having to remember complicated passwords, fingerprint identification would be quicker, easier and more secure. – Advertisement – Earlier this year, in a paper in an engineering journal, two Google security experts outlined plans for an ID ring or smartphone chip that could replace online passwords.“We’d like your smartphone or smartcard-embedded finger ring to authorize a new computer via a tap on the computer, even in situations in which your phone might be without cellular connectivity,” wrote Eric Grosse, Google’s vice president of security, and engineer Mayank Upadhyay.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

These are the 20 Ugandans most followed by Ugandans on Facebook

first_imgThe YouTube star has met many dignitaries around the world, I guess it was only a matter of time before she met our own President! Image Credit: Anne Kansiime Facebook Page Advertisement Facebook is the most used social media platform not only in the world but also in Uganda with close to 2 million users recorded in the year 2015.Many public figures in Uganda have over the years created Facebook pages for themselves so that they can interact with their fans and audiences who are already on Facebook, but they have had varying levels of success. Some have been there for years but only managed a few thousand likes whereas a few who joined recently have seen explosive growth. Irene Ntale gets nearly 30,000 new likes every month, which means in 2 months she would have more likes than number 20, Grace Nakimera’s total.In a series of articles we shall be looking into the details of the top Ugandans on Social Media, but for today we present to you the list of the top 20 on Facebook. – Advertisement – The list is dominated by musicians, with the only non musician appearing at number 11. Not surprisingly the only non entertainers on this list are politicians. I know some people might argue that politicians are also entertainers in a way!Given the National Theatre is next to The Parliament, they should just merge them. I can barely tell the difference.— Saro Wiwa (@Samwyri) August 19, 2015Just so you know, this ranking is based on the number of Ugandan based followers each page has, and at a later time we’ll give our own ranking based on engagement, content, creative and other factors. The breakdown of location of followers is from SocialBakers.Without further ado, here are the most popular Ugandans on Facebook:20: Grace NakimeraGrace taking a selfie with one her fans. Image Credit: Grace Nakimera’s Facebook PageAt number 20 is Grace Nakimera whose collaboration with the dynamic duo Gatimo and Paragon for the hit song in 2004 “Ani Akumanyi” brought her to fame. Her other popular hits include Kawoonawo and Sukuma. Grace Nakimera’s Facebook she started in 2011 has attracted a modest following over the years.Ugandan following: 44k Total Following: 53k Percentage of Ugandan following: 83%19: KekoKeko at one of her performances. Image Credit: Kekomusic Facebook PageThe female HIP HOP star Jocelyne Tracey a.k.a Keko came to fame in 2010 when she released “Fallen Heroes” alongside other top Ugandan Artsits. Although she has had some quiet moments in her career, she has remained popular and has made it to this list. Keko also has significant following from outside Uganda.Ugandan following: 45k Total Following: 70k Percentage of Ugandan following: 65%18: Peng PengSweden based “Peng Peng” is one of the most popular Ugandans on Facebook. Image Credit: Peng Peng Facebook PageThe Sweden based “Peng Peng” now calls himself “Online media journalist for Forum for Democratic Change” but his rise to fame is from his days of commenting on society issues and promoting local musicians. Remember “Jeng Jeng”?.Ugandan following: 46k Total Following: 70k Percentage of Ugandan following: 66%17: Angella KatatumbaAngella Katatumba featured by the GoodLyfe Crew in Multiply by two. Image Credit: YTImgThe singer, songwriter and daughter to H.E Boney Katatumba not only holds the Humanitarian Award for my “For You Gulu” and Climate Change Projects she won in 2013 but holds the 17th position for having the most followers on her Facebook page in Uganda. She opened up her social media page in 2006 and she also has considerable following from outside Uganda.Ugandan following: 48k Total Following: 312k Percentage of Ugandan following: 16%16: Radio & WeaselRadio and Weasel entertaining their fans at Freedom City. Image Credit: Radio and Weasel Facebook PageThe Dynamic Duo is the most liked group in Uganda, with major hits like “Juicy juicy” and “Ntunga”. With their Facebook Page they begun in 2011, the GoodLyfe Crew boys have managed to be among the top followed Ugandans.Ugandan following: 67k Total Following: 86k Percentage of Ugandan following: 78%15: PallasoPallaso performs for his fans at one of his concerts at Freedom City. Image Credit: Pallaso’s Facebook PageOn his return to Uganda in 2014, Pius Mayanja a.k.a Pallaso recorded a song with the GoodLyfe Boys a.k.a Radio and Weasel entitle “Amaaso” which was a mega hit in Uganda that also gave his an opportunity to win Best collabo at the buzz teen’s awards 2014. He is currently working on his new song “Bubble.”Ugandan following: 70k Total Following: 85k Percentage of Ugandan following: 83%14: Amama MbabaziAmama Mbabazi at one of his presidential rallies. Image Credit: Amama Mbabazi’s Facebook PageThe GO Forward presidential candidate and former Prime Minister of Uganda has had his following on Social Media increase over the past year when he announced his presidential bid.Ugandan following: 91k Total Following: 103k Percentage of Ugandan following: 86%13: Bobi WineBobi Wine takes a group pictures with some of his fans before the game begun. Image Credit: Bobi Wines’ Facebook PageRobert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine a.k.a the Ghetto President is loved by many because of his songs due to the fact that he bases them on real life so as to inspire people not to give up. He started his page in 2009 and he is among the most followed Ugandans on Facebook.Ugandan following: 96k Total Following: 116k Percentage of Ugandan following: 82%12: Rema NamakulaRema popular musical videos “Kukaliba.” Image Credit: Rema Namakula’s Facebook PageRema one of Uganda’s most outstanding and talented musician came to fame when she released “Oli wange” written by Nince Henry making her popular in the music industry of Uganda. She managed to grab the 12th position as the most followed top Ugandans on Facebook with her page she had opened in 2012.Ugandan following: 99k Total Following: 112k Percentage of Ugandan following: 81%11: Yoweri Kaguta MuseveniPresident Museveni’s supporters in Kanungu District turned up massively at his rally. Image Credit: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Facebook PageHe is the president of Uganda and the NRM flag bearer a.k.a “Sole Candidate.” Museveni is the most followed Ugandan although he was late to the social media party, and only opened this verified page in 2014. Not surprisingly, nearly half of his following is from the rest of the world.Ugandan following: 102k Total Following: 191k Percentage of Ugandan following: 53%10: Mariam NdagireMariam Ndagire (Extreme Right) attended the Kids Film Class 2015 at Bat Valley Theatre. Image Credit: Mariam Ndagire’s Facebook PageKnown for her role in “You can’t break my will,” she is a singer, entertainer, actress, playwright, film director and producer who managed to take the 10th position of the most followed Ugandan on Facebook, Mariam started her page in 2005.Ugandan following: 104k Total Following: 129k Percentage of Ugandan following: 81%9: Desire LuzindaDesire singing along with one her fans. Image Credit: Desire Luzinda Facebook’s PageDesire Luzinda opened up her Facebook page in 2010 but it seems it really gained traction and got verified last year when her leaked photos broke the internet. There are so many fake “Desire Luzinda” pages, she might get the award for “Most pirated page on Facebook” if it existed!Ugandan following: 107k Total Following: 131k Percentage of Ugandan following: 82%8: NavioNavio entertaining his fans at the “Street Bash.” Image Credit: Navio’s Facebook PageDaniel Lubwama Kigozi a.k.a Navio is best known for his song entitled “Ngalo”. He recently released his new ablum “Choosen” at one of Uganda’s popular hangouts Panamera. He is among the most followed rappers on Facebook on a page he started in 2010.Ugandan following: 117k Total Following: 146k Percentage of Ugandan following: 80%7: Eddy KenzoEddy Kenzo takes a selfie with his fans just after a football match. Image Credit: Eddy Kenzo’s Facebook PageWith his major hit “Sita Loss” Eddy Kenzo holds an award of the “Most Viewers Choice Africa” in the BET Awards. Winning the award contributed a lot to his life. Eddy started his page in 2013 and also has following worldwide with only 56% of his followers based in Uganda.Ugandan following: 141k Total Following: 257k Percentage of Ugandan following: 56%6: Jose ChameleoneChamelone (Left) performs with long time rival Bebe Cool at sheraton hotel on 31st, December, 2015. Image Credit: Dr. JOSE Chamelone Facebook PageJoseph Mayanja a.k.a Dr. JOSE Chameleone is one of the most popular musical artists in Africa, the Leon Island Records boss who is not only popular musically but also popular on social media. Joseph Mayanja was ranked as the 6th most followed top Ugandan on Facebook. He begun his page in 2011.Ugandan following: 166k Total Following: 309k Percentage of Ugandan following: 54%5: Maurice KiryaMaurice meets up with one of his favourite fans “Brendah” at Sound Cup. Image Credit: Maurice Kirya’s Facebook PageThis might be a little unexpected that the “Mwoyo” RnB singer Maurice Kirya beat other “big names” like Dr. Jose Chameleone and Bobi Wine on this list. Given that he has a unique sound, could it be that his followers are more likely to be online than those of some other artistes?Ugandan following: 173k Total Following: 212k Percentage of Ugandan following: 82%4: Irene NtaleIrene performing at one of Uganda’s top hotels…”Sheraton Hotel.” Image Credit: Irene Ntale’s Facebook PageIrene Ntale holds the award of the “Best Female Break through Artist 2013,” of the Hipipo Music Awards and has since grown into a force to reckon with on her own. Infact, Irene has been getting nearly 30,000 new followers every month, making her page the fastest growing Ugandan personality page! If she keeps this up she’s gonna be much higher on this list by end of this year.Ugandan following: 174k Total Following: 215k Percentage of Ugandan following: 81%3: Kansiime Anne / EntertainerAnne Kansiime at one of her comdey performances in Zimbabwe. Image Credit: Anne Kansiime’s Facebook pageThe now World famous comedian Anne Kansiime is the most followed Ugandan on Facebook. Although her page only went live in 2013, at 1.3  million fans in total, Kansiime has more than twice the following of the next Ugandan in the lineup. Kansiime’s global popularity is made evident by her Ugandan followers making up only 18% of her total following.Ugandan following: 227k Total Following: 1.3m Percentage of Ugandan following: 18%2: Juliana KanyomoziJuliana performing alongside Flavour at the Coke Studio mash up. Image Credit: Juliana Kanyomozi Facebook PageWith her popular song “Woman,” Juliana is the most “Ugandan-followed” female Ugandan on Facebook. She started her page in 2011 and is popular beyond Uganda, with her Ugandan following making up less than 50%. Over the last 6 months, Juliana’s page has been growing at a rate of over 24,000 new followers per month, making hers the 2nd fastest growing Ugandan page.Ugandan following: 244k Total Following: 502k Percentage of Ugandan following: 49%1: Bebe CoolBebe Cool is one of the artistes that have come out to support the incumbent in the 2016 Presidential race. Image Credit: Bebe Cool FacebookIt turns out that the loudmouth artiste Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool who calls himself Big Size is the Ugandan with the largest Ugandan following on Facebook.  Maybe he is “Big Size” afterall!Ugandan following: 281k Total Following: 389k Percentage of Ugandan following: 72%What do you think about these most popular Ugandans on Facebook? Are there any that have surprised you? Or any that you expected to be on this list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.last_img read more

Facebook to introduce Multilingual Composer Advertisement I always wanted to make Facebook posts in French, sometimes in German just to feel exotic but due to my limited lingual skills, it was just a dream but until now. And for those of you trying to be suave and converse with your international friends in their native tongues.Facebook has started to test a new feature for its social network that allows users to create posts in multiple languages. And, no, you won’t just be spamming your friends with a series of translated posts that all say the same thing, just in different languages. When you go to write a status update, Facebook will instead fire up its new “multilingual composer,” assuming you’ve indicated you want to be able to post in multiple languages within Facebook’s settings.A description on reads, “To help authors create multilingual posts, we’re testing a pre-fill feature that takes the first message composed and uses machine translation to pre-fill the messages in the additional languages selected. Authors can use the translations as a starting point for their own translations in other languages, or use the provided version as is. These machine translations are generated by machine learning models trained on hundreds of thousands or millions of translations from one language to the other. This is the same system that generates translations in other places on Facebook, like when you click ‘See Translation’ for posts and comments,” – Advertisement – The feature will let you edit the translated version hence giving you control over you posts in the different language. This feature will be available for all 45 languages the social network can currently translate. The company has rolled out the composer for all Page owners to use. It’s also now testing the feature with a small number of individual Facebook users. You can only use the composer on your desktop, but the translated text will appear on all platforms.last_img read more


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BENS BLOG Day 1 Lomo Saltado

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]iazapam is my saviour; on long-haul flights. It’s knock-out effects, spare not only my sanity, but also that, of my ladyfriend, and official Head of Packing and Charging Devices; Belindabelle.On arrival, we were met at the airport, by Tom, one of the head honchos, at Casa Hogar. We made the exciting journey, around Lima, and out to Pachacamac, in his 4 x 4, which is necessary, for such an adventure. We could not quite believe though, where we are staying. Expecting a humble abode, to then be met, by a walled, paradise like, hideaway, was breathtaking (like a loyal Facebooker, Blog, I have taken some photos for you). In other news:Have you ever eaten ‘Lomo Saltado’? It is a sophisticated, Peruvian version, of steak ‘n chips. Tonight, we were treated to it, as a welcome meal. It is steak, flash fried, in vinegar, then mixed in, with a deep gravy, tomatoes, onions and red-peppers. Accompanied, of course, by chips. It’s a sensational dish, that you should not miss.—–We get to work tomorrow…—–Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Man City

first_imgThe two Premier League games between Liverpool and Man City this season have finished one a piece – despite the aggregate score of 8-4 in favour of City.Whether that goal fest will continue at Anfield tonight in the first leg of a fascinating Champions League Quarter Final remains to be seen. In short, it’s a whole new ball game as it’s the first time the two sides have met on the European stage.Quarter Final first legs are traditionally cagey affairs but that didn’t really hold out last night with the first two legs producing six goals including the out of this universe strike by Ronaldo.You’d have to think Liverpool will need a DRAW, at worst, to continue their semi-final hopes and the fact they are the only side to have beaten the Premier League Champions elect must give them plenty of confidence on home soil.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: ”It is a big game against one of the best teams in Europe, if not the best team in Europe at the moment. We are not in the quarter-finals by coincidence.“Yes, we beat Manchester City a few months ago – we knew before the game it was possible. With our skills, we can cause them problems.“It is a big job to do. Manchester City are a special team. They deserve to be the champions of the Premier League. In football it is not about being the best, it is about being perfectly prepared for the next game. It is not about yesterday, it is about tonight.“It is clear City’s confidence is on an outstandingly high level, but we are in a good moment as well. They have a chance because they win wherever they go, but we can win football games as well.”Man City will again be without Sergio Aguero with his knee injury whilst Liverpool are without Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan in defence.Liverpool v Man CityUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2018 PREMIER Liverpool 4-3 Man CitySep 2017 PREMIER Man City 5-0 LiverpoolMar 2017 PREMIER Man City 1-1 LiverpoolDec 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 1-0 Man CityMar 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 3-0 Man CityFeb 2016 CAPITAL ONE CUP Liverpool 1-1 Man CityNov 2015 PREMIER Man City 1-4 LiverpoolMar 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 Man CityAug 2014 PREMIER Man City 3-1 LiverpoolApr 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 3-2 Man CityAs expected there are a whole host of markets on the game on starsports.betFor me, man of the moment Mohammed Salah to score at anytime in the match makes appeal at 8/5 (he’s 5/1 on the special below to score first) and one first half goal at 17/10 is also a bet for me.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SALAH TO SCORE ANYTIME 5 points at 8/5 with starsports.betBACK ONE FIRST HALF GOAL 5 points at 17/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 129.27 pointslast_img read more

Gates Foundation has had positive impact on NIHs global health research study

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduGates Foundation has had positive impact on NIH’s global health research, study at Rice U. findsA paper by two researchers at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy finds the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has had a significant role in increasing the total amount of resources devoted to research on health in developing countries by encouraging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand funding in this area as well.The paper, written by Kirstin Matthews, program manager for the Science and Technology Policy Program at the Baker Institute, and Vivian Ho, the Baker Institute chair in health economics and associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, will be published in the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports. The study will be released today (May 1).The Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the United States. Its stated goal is to ”reduce inequities and improve lives around the world.” The Gates Foundation has taken a particular interest in global health issues. In 2003, it launched the Grand Challenges for Global Health (GCGH) initiative, which funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into the NIH over the next several years. That led the NIH to supplement the GCGH with increased funding of about $1 billion for global health issues “at a time when the overall NIH budget experienced little growth,” Matthews and Ho wrote.“This sudden interest and financial support for global health research at the NIH was largely due to the Gates Foundation,” the authors found, “and its strong outreach to both the scientific community and the public.”The net result of the Gates Foundation’s involvement, the paper concluded, is to energize the U.S. government’s commitment to improving the health of people around the world. “By reaching out to the press and creating enthusiasm among the scientific community,” Matthews and Ho wrote, “the Gates Foundation has been able to translate their own contribution into a significant increase in federal research in this area.” Journalists wishing to speak with Matthews or Ho about their report should contact Franz Brotzen at 713-348-6775 or last_img read more

From beams to buckyballs

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduFrom beams to buckyballsHappy 50th to the laser, which set the stage for Rice’s nano revolutionTwenty-five years after the laser beam came to be, a historic meeting took place at Rice University that led to the discovery of the buckminsterfullerene, the carbon 60 molecule for which two Rice scientists won the Nobel Prize.Now that the buckyball is celebrating its own 25th anniversary, it’s worth noting that one wouldn’t have happened without the other.During the Year of Nano, Rice will honor Nobel laureates Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, their research colleague and co-laureate, Sir Harold Kroto, then of the University of Sussex, and former graduate students James Heath and Sean O’Brien with a series of events culminating in an Oct. 11-13 symposium at Rice on nanotechnology’s past, present and future.But Curl happily throws a share of the credit to another Rice professor, Frank Tittel, a laser pioneer whose work continues to break new ground in chemical sensing.Fifty years ago this Sunday, on May 16, 1960, Hughes Research scientist Theodore Maiman fired off the first laser beam from a small ruby rod, a camera flashlamp and a power supply. Not long after the news was reported in the New York Times, Tittel, now Rice’s J.S. Abercrombie Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, was asked by his new bosses at General Electric to recreate Maiman’s device. “That used brute force,” Tittel said of his first laser, later donated to the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. “Now we’re more sophisticated.”Tittel joined Rice in 1967 and quickly built the first tunable laser in Texas, used in spectroscopy and sensing devices. He also formed collaborations with other professors, including Curl, who is now Rice’s University Professor Emeritus and Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences.Kroto, a chemist by training who developed an interest in astrophysics, visited Rice in 1985 to use a unique apparatus designed by Smalley with help from Tittel and Curl to figure out why chains of carbon molecules were so abundant in interstellar clouds. The apparatus incorporated lasers to vaporize a thin disk of graphite and as part of a spectrometer to analyze the compounds that resulted. Curl said Smalley initially showed little interest in pursuing the experiment, but Curl thought Kroto’s ideas had merit. “My argument was that the experiment might actually lead to a test of a proposal of the origin of the diffuse interstellar bands,” he said. “Rick could see the advantage of trying to find the solution to a 50-year-old mystery.”But something else caught their attention. The experiments in late 1985 showed an abundance of carbon 60, which set the scientists racing to figure out what such a molecule would look like. “We had this problem that this (carbon cluster) was a little strong, and it looked like there was something there,” Curl said, noting that the team pursued the interstellar question no further. “The discovery of the fullerenes drew all our attention.”Smalley was the first to find the solution by assembling a paper model of hexagons and pentagons that turned out to be identical to a soccer ball. (In a webcast available here, Curl described how the team came up with the key to the solution over enchiladas at a Houston diner.) Within days, Nature received their paper announcing the discovery of the buckminsterfullerene, which they described as a “truncated icosahedron.” The scientists noted they were “disturbed at the number of letters and syllables in the rather fanciful but highly appropriate name. … A number of alternatives come to mind (for example, ballene, spherene, soccerene, carbosoccer), but we prefer to let this issue of nomenclature be settled by consensus.” It became popularly known as the buckyball.Tittel will take part in the October symposium that will feature a discussion of the discovery by Curl; Kroto, now the Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University; Heath, the Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology; and O’Brien, vice president of process engineering at MEMtronics.The symposium will include talks by top international scientists on the state of the art in nanotechnology and its future. Related events include the 10-10-10 Gala and the Oct. 11 Bucky ‘Ball’ Celebration, an on-campus open house of all things nano at which the National Historic Chemical Landmark designation for the buckyball discovery will be bestowed upon Rice’s Space Science Building.Lockheed Martin is the primary sponsor of the Year of Nano organized by Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. The institutions are partners in the Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice, aka LANCER, through which researchers in academia tackle the high-tech industry’s toughest problems.Rice scientists are also sponsoring a public talk about the 50th anniversary of the laser at the American Physical Society Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting. It will be held at 8 p.m. May 26 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Hotel, 1200 Louisiana St., Houston. The talk is free and open to all.last_img read more

Baker Institute expert Governments must step up fight against neglected tropical diseases

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Governments must step up fight against neglected tropical diseasesHOUSTON – (May 1, 2013) – Despite recent progress, much more needs to be done to combat such  parasitic and bacterial diseases as hookworm, snail fever, river blindness, guinea worm, elephantiasis, sleeping sickness and leprosy in developing nations and the United States, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.PETER HOTEZHotez makes this case in the second edition of his 2008 book, “Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases,” released today. He argues that neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are an important reason populations in Africa, Asia and Central and South America remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, stigma and despair.“Current levels of public funding are not sufficient to achieve complete mass drug administration targets, and there is an overreliance on the governments of the United States (mostly through USAID) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development) for support,” Hotez wrote. “Increasingly we need to look to new wealth from the emerging market economies such as the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the MIST nations (Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand) and the sovereign wealth of the Middle East. Similarly, the U.S. (mostly through the National Institutes of Health) and European governments, in addition to the Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, provide most of the global support for research and development. We need the emerging market economies to step up.”Hotez said a major development since the publication of the first edition has been the realization that NTDs also occur among the poor living in wealthy countries, especially the United States and, to some extent, Europe. “We have uncovered an extraordinary disease burden from NTDs in Texas and adjacent Gulf Coast states, including Chagas disease, congenital cytomegalovirus, dengue, murine typhus, toxocariasis, trichomoniasis and West Nile virus,” Hotez wrote. “NTDs and poverty are inextricably linked — we now have 20 million Americans who live in extreme poverty, including 1.5 million families in the U.S. whose members live on less than $2 per day.”Hotez is dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, head of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Hotez is also president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, where he leads a partnership to develop new vaccines for hookworm, schistosomiasis and Chagas disease. He co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases to provide access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Hotez. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Hotez biography: in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, last_img read more