July 31

The World Will Come to Us Review of Als Place

first_imgAl’s Place had been on my radar for months, because it’s across the street from one of our haunts, the Dovre Club. Chef Aaron London (“Al” being Aaron London’s initials), formerly of Ubuntu, the famed and now shuttered high-end Napa vegetarian emporium, had landed on one of those little-travelled corners of the Mission that appear to be under the dreaded failed-restaurant curse. It replaced a seemingly expendable burger joint, which replaced a god-awful Thai joint, which replaced a so-so tapas joint (as reported here). So, expectations were high.   A skeptical bartender I know said it looked way too hoity-toity, with overblown prices for veggies with a bit of meat on the side. But….it looked so cute! Plus, I was intrigued by a place of its credentials so unabashedly out of place in this little section of the neighborhood, a block away from Clooney’s bar, across the street from Goodwill…. And it is indeed the restaurant’s mission to flaunt vegetables and keep the meat and fish as a sideshow.So, when Bon Appetit’s teaser article showed up on my Facebook feed, touting to all the world that San Francisco was now the foodie capital of the country (like we needed someone to tell us that), and listed Al’s Place as their first example, I leapt into action. I was planning a dinner out with a vegetarian friend, so I emailed her about it. She went right online and immediately got us a reservation for 7 p.m. the following week. The story of Al’s being Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant of the Year in the country hit a few days later, with the ensuing running of reservations to eight weeks down the road. So we got in just in time. We were thrilled! Now, this is not a typical restaurant that I would normally review for Mission Local. It’s not a mom-and-pop place, not family run, not ethnic, and it’s not a dive. Nowhere near a dive. Does this restaurant – which was recently included in Open Table’s list of 100 best restaurants for foodies in America – further the cause of keeping the Mission the same as it ever was? Let’s find out. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The drinks were all named after the aliases in the movie “Reservoir Dogs” (with the addition of Ms. Brown), and all in the same cute little Nick and Nora glasses. The cocktails seemed to follow a bittersweet theme (I had two, and a taste of my friend’s), owing to the preponderance of dry vermouths and bitters involved in most of them. I do like that sort of thing in a cocktail.My girlfriend ran into Chef London on her way to the restroom and they chatted. He told her that they still source their vegetables from a woman in Grass Valley that used to supply Ubuntu. She brings them into the City once a week, still in a bed of the dirt they grew in. That’s pretty cool.Speaking of cool, I have never seen so many topknots in one small place, ever, and I live here in hipster central. And I’m not talking about the customers; 90% of the dudes serving/cooking, including Chef London, were sporting the now uber-trendy manbun. It didn’t take away from my experience; but, if you’re hipster averse then… well then you may have to move out of the Mission. Which brings me back to the question: Does Al’s Place enhance our neighborhood? Is it just another sign of how much things are changing?The restaurant was definitely showing signs of its new-found fame; the hostess told me there had been a line out the door at 5:30 when they opened of people trying to do walk-ins, and they had to turn most of them away. They do hold back 2-3 tables a night for walkins, and you can also sit at the bar overlooking the open kitchen and watch all that manbun action. But it’s going to be a while before things calm down. At 9:30, when we left, there were still about a dozen people waiting for tables. The hostess did say to try calling if you can’t get anything on OpenTable.I don’t know about “best new restaurant”; I haven’t tried the others. Was it the best meal I’ve ever had? I must say: No. Did I like it? Yes. I loved it, even. But I really don’t need to go back right away (even if I could, what with it being booked up for weeks in advance now.) Though I might want to go again as the seasons change (and the prices undoubtedly rise with the fame) to see what Aaron London is up to. Did we feel we got value for our money? Yes and no.   I left completely full. I just wasn’t as wowed as I thought I would be.But maybe you’re not supposed to be. Maybe the new hype is taking away the point of the food – mostly simply prepared veggies that become comforting dishes. Maybe it was actually supposed to be more of a neighborhood place than it is unfortunately going to turn out to be, thanks to Bon Appetit, and the hordes of people who will flock to the restaurant just because Bon Appetit told them to. I don’t begrudge them the fame – hooray for Aaron London! But just like with State Bird Provisions, people will come in droves from all over the country, all over the world. I’m just not sure if that’s what Al’s set out to be.But in the meantime, I do think it makes our little chunk of the City just that much more special. And let’s hope the curse of that corner is over! We ordered, to share:-French fries, smoked apple sauce-Royal trumpets, fava mayo, green peach and pluot relish-Lightly cured trout, crispy potato, smashed cucumber, bagna cauda-Stone fruit curry, black lime-cod, green bean, blueberry-Grits, goat’s milk curds, green tomato, corn, padrons-Campanelle, heirloom tomato, jimmy nardello (a pepper), goat’s goudaFries from Al’sThe fries were great. The potatoes had been lightly fermented before frying, and you could taste just a hint of an appealing funky sourness. But the texture is what I really liked. They were crunchy in a way that sticks to your teeth, as though the sugars in the potatoes had caramelized (if you’ve ever had 4505 Meats’ chicharrones, it reminded me of those). The smoked apple sauce (apple butter, actually) was indeed smoky, which I loved, but because there was mustard in the mix it didn’t taste a lot like apple. It was tasty, though, and we kept it to dip our bread in.Trumpet mushroom dish.The trumpet mushroom dish was a beauty – a light course, with earthy flavors, hints of sweetness from the fruit, and a whole forest of flora. The dish sang of summer and the bounty of freshly picked vegetables. The gorgeous bright green fava mayonnaise rounded the whole thing out. One of our favorites.Trout from Al’s.I love smoked fish of any kind, but the trout was my least favorite dish. It wasn’t bad, but it just seemed like a dish I could have had anywhere. I don’t think the sauce underneath was a bagna cauda (the menu online was slightly different than that night’s menu at the restaurant), and I’m not sure what it was – a little sweet, and therefore a little out of place. But mostly the dish was rather dull. The potatoes weren’t all that crispy. The cured trout was fine but not better than other cured trout I’ve had. The smashed cucumbers did add a fresh note. And, there was one tiny little element of surprise – perched artfully on the trout were these cute, miniature, cucumber-like things, which turned out to be Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers. They were very crunchy but unfortunately not super flavorful – I only got a slight cuke flavor from them.Grits from Al’s.The grits dish was fantastic. The grits themselves were the creamiest I’ve ever had, and the goat curds were just subtly, deliciously goaty. It was a rich dish, and the green tomato, charred corn and padron peppers cut through it all nicely. I have to say, I moaned a little while eating it. A really great dish.Curry from Al’s.I hadn’t even thought of ordering the stone fruit curry, until the hostess, before I could even finish my question, told me it was her favorite dish. “What’s your fav…” “Thestonefruitcurry!” is how that went. So I ordered it and was really happy I did. I know fruited curries aren’t a new invention, but this was my first. The lemongrass in the light, slightly spicy curry went so well with the ripe sweet/tart nectarines, peaches, and blueberries. The cod gave the whole thing a nice hit of umami, a silky texture, and was cooked perfectly. The pictures are before and after the curry was poured over the fruit and fish.Curry from Al’s.My friend’s campanelle (a pasta whose name means “little bell”, as they’re in the shape of bellflowers), was like a warm dish of mush – in a very good way. The pasta was not cooked al dente, it truly was a very soft pasta, and I’m not sure if that was the intent but it made for a real comfort dish. It was cheesy – again, just subtly goaty – and had Thai basil strewn over it. But the best component of the dish were the smoked tomatoes – to die for. They really elevated the dish to something more than a bowl of pasta in tomato sauce.Pasta from Al’s.Most of the dishes that we had, in fact, had a strong comfort factor – the fries, the curry, the grits, the pasta… maybe we just didn’t order enough light, summery dishes. I’m not complaining about it, it just wasn’t what I expected. I somehow felt that the dishes in this veggie-centric restaurant weren’t really veggie-forward, except for maybe the trumpet dish. They were homey, and rich. There’s nothing wrong with that, it just wasn’t what I had imagined. And, the only dish I felt so-so about was the trout.As for the service, while our server wasn’t particularly attentive, there were a lot of people bringing out dishes, water, bread (upon request, with a deliciously flakey-salted butter) and taking the time to explain dishes if you asked.   The Chef himself served some dishes to a few tables.last_img read more

July 31

Munis apology for crashing its own system arrives late fittingly enough

first_imgAlso: Construction company employing man killed in Twin Peaks tunnel has contractual clause rewarding timely completion, sources say Last week, Mission Local published stories revealing that Muni furtively shunted buses and drivers out of service on some of its biggest lines, resulting in thousands of hours of missed service, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of riders, and creating unannounced service cuts of up to 33 percent.And Muni on Friday coughed up a response: Yeah, sorry about that. Solution one: Convert some 60 part-time operators to full-time, “providing nearly 700 additional driving hours daily.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “Muni service in the past few months has been performing below our 98.5% service goal,” reads the agency’s official apology. This is a jarring and bewildering statement: Following the June 25 closure of the Twin Peaks tunnel for a scheduled two months of upgrades, Muni service has grown abysmal, citywide. That’s because, while the agency dutifully informed riders (and politicians) it would make up for the service of the K-, L-, and M-lines impacted by a tunnel closure, it didn’t tell anyone — not even the mayor’s office — that it would do so by backfilling that service via haphazardly whisking away buses and drivers from other lines citywide. For Muni to state that it “has been performing below our 98.5% service goal” is akin to starting a kitchen fire, triggering the sprinkler system, and stating “I’ve been performing below my ‘make a hard-boiled egg goal.’” It’s a dubious way to express contrition. To wit, Muni went on to note “We apologize and want to let you know what we’re doing about it.” Great — but one wonders why this solution wasn’t employed many months ago, prior to clandestinely wrecking citywide transit service. The Examiner, in fact, obtained an internal Muni memo dating all the way back to October 2017 warning of impending transit mayhem if such steps weren’t taken (spoiler alert: They weren’t). Also, while making up for 700 missed service hours would be grand, it’s just a down-payment on Muni’s current morass: The agency missed 1,172 hours on July 23 alone. Again, great. But, considering the aforementioned October 2017 memo warning of an impending transit meltdown without bringing in more drivers and expediting training, Muni ostensibly should have — again — been focused on beefing up its ranks long ago.  And yet, numbers obtained by Mission Local reveal that Muni hired 142 new drivers in the last fiscal year — but lost 171.A chart documenting Muni’s missed hours of service. The yellow arrow indicates June 25, the date of the Twin Peaks tunnel closure. Graphic by Steve Pepple.So, fittingly for Muni, this apology is inadequate — and it arrived late. The agency didn’t say it was sorry until it was caught, first by the Examiner in late July then by Mission Local in early August. As of Monday, there were exactly zero mentions in the city’s newspaper of record of the monthslong, deliberate, and unannounced daily torment of hundreds of thousands of Muni riders. It’s amazing when you think about it: Vandals putting sugar in the tanks and knocking out up to a third of service on Muni’s major lines would warrant major coverage; when the agency does it to itself, it didn’t even warrant a story.Our sources tell us Mayor London Breed is angry. But most anyone with a cursory understanding of the situation is angry. The mayor, however, has the opportunity to take action. Breed and her office have not returned our queries about what she plans to do. No members of Muni’s senior management have faced repercussions. As of now, the mayor’s chosen team to lead Muni out of this mess is the same team that led Muni into it.   Riders on the 14 Mission Muni bus line dismount on Mission between 24th and 25th streets, where the electric disruption occurred. Photo by Christine Mai-Duc.Absent major media coverage, hundreds of thousands of aggrieved Muni riders still might not realize that they’re victims of a planned scuttling of the citywide transit system. They might just grumble that Muni sucks. Both of these things can be true.But what if you live in Pacific Heights or Forest Hills and wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus or train? What if you drive or take Uber everywhere? The closing of the Twin Peaks tunnel and Muni compensating by appropriating buses and drivers from the rest of its system doesn’t affect you at all, right? Wrong. Mission Local has learned that so many transit inspectors are tied up in the tunnel project that the city hasn’t been able to proceed with long-planned paving, sewer, or water system jobs. Even transit-phobic San Franciscans drive on roads, flush the toilet, or bathe. So this situation is affecting them, too. It’s affecting everyone. Meanwhile, multiple city sources have told Mission Local that Shimmick Construction — the company employing 51-year-old Patrick Ricketts, who was killed by a steel beam Friday in the Twin Peaks tunnel — has an incentive clause in its contract with the city rewarding it for timely completion of the project. Construction work is challenging. Construction sites are dangerous. This may have been a wholly unforeseen and random tragedy. But it’s hard to ignore that, following the belated public revelation that Muni’s Twin Peaks tunnel project is responsible for the system’s self-induced citywide transit meltdown, a worker employed by a contractor with a purported incentive to meet a  pending deadline was killed on the job. This situation really is affecting everyone. Some more than others. Condolences to Ricketts’ wife and children. We look forward to a thorough investigation of his death.ADVERTISEMENT  – Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Apartments Available150 Van Ness Apartments at 150 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco CA 941023-Studios at $1140.00 a month; 27-1 Beds @ $1303.00 a month; 18-2 Beds at $1465.00 and 2-3 Beds at $1628.00 month.21 stacker parking spaces (size restrictions apply) available to BMR renters for an additional $100 a month and will be offered to households in lottery rank order. Must be income eligible and must not own a home. 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Visit www.sfmohcd.org for program information. END  ADVERTISEMENT Email Address Solution two: Increasing the size of all new operator training classes so as to bring in drivers more rapidly, and training more drivers for Muni’s new trams.last_img read more

July 31

JAMES Roby says he loves playing in the cauldron l

first_imgJAMES Roby says he loves playing in the cauldron like atmosphere at Headingley.The hooker, who looks destined for his second Man of Steel crown, is relishing the challenge of taking on the World Champions on Monday.And he says Saints will be drawing comfort from the last time the two sides met.“Last time we played Leeds it was on the back of everything that had happened with Royce and Kieron Purtill and we had two new coaches,” he said. “We had a lot of pressure on us, but we put in a great performance and beat Leeds pretty convincingly.“We can take the positives from that game and see what we can do, where we can copy and emulate. But I’m sure Leeds have been talking about that game and will be using it as a motivator.“It will be a great night. Playing at Leeds is always a good atmosphere and their fans are very vocal. It’s actually a nice place to play; I like playing in those places with those big environments and atmosphere and Leeds is like that. Hopefully the lads will be up for it and ready to go.“We will need to be tight around the ruck but across the field they are strong. If we concentrate on our own job, go out there and play well I’m sure we can get back to winning ways.“We aren’t used to playing on a Monday night but it shouldn’t affect the players too much. I like the aim of it; it is to get more people to watch rugby league and get them involved. If it does its job and gets the sport more widespread, it is worth it.”Ticket details for the match can be found herelast_img read more

July 31

MIKE Rush said Saints lacked a little composure at

first_imgMIKE Rush said Saints lacked a little composure at key times during their loss to Warrington last night.His side went down 22-12 at Langtree Park and ended a run of victories stretching back to May.“I thought the effort was good and I couldn’t fault the guys defensively at times,” the Acting Head Coach said. “We dug in in the first half when we had no possession and we have to look at the reasons why we didn’t have that.“In the second half we gave away two penalties on the fourth tackle. We spoke about that after the Catalans game and said we can’t do that against the good teams as you will get punished… and guess what, that happened tonight.“They played the field position better all night with Mickey Higham, Lee Briers and Michael Monaghan all influential. They got good ball sets and looked threatening. We lacked composure and didn’t get the repeat sets we should have.“We didn’t force drop outs and that is unlike us. Perhaps we worked too hard to score off a big play or a big pass; we should have built pressure and worked harder to win field position.“It’s out of our hands to finish second. We know if we win our games we will finish third so we know what we have to do. We still want to finish as high up the ladder as we can.”last_img read more

July 30

Large crowds show for Oak Island Arts and Crafts Festival

first_img It was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Sunday because of the weather.There were all kinds of creative homemade items like crafts, jewelry and paintings.More than 140 vendors were there selling their art and creative pieces.Related Article: 911 calls released in alleged Oak Island killingOne vendor at the festival, Diana Aklan, said she has been selling her products at this event for years.“It’s just a wonderful way for people to fraternize and show what people are capable of. Some of the talent here is, it’s amazing…it’s absolutely amazing and most of it is home grown,” Aklan said.This festival is held every year on the Saturday before Labor Day.Organizers said the event grows every year. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Thousands came to the 28th annual Oak Island Arts and Crafts Festival.Organizers did not let the rain stop the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Driver wanted in hitandrun that killed Wilmington woman near Leland

first_img Sgt. P.M. Sanders with Highway Patrol says the accident happened in the southbound lane of 17 near Lanvale Road.Sanders said the victim, identified as Barbara Jean Cusatis, 71, of Wilmington, was driving a 2019 Volkswagon Beetle when she ran out of gas.  When Cusatis stopped the car, she didn’t engage the parking brake. The car was on an incline and rolled backwards, knocking her down into the road.A car traveling south on US 17 hit Cusatis as she was lying in the roadway and then drove off.Related Article: Concerned residents head up Cape Fear Crossing Citizens CoalitionInvestigator believe the suspect was driving a 2014-2015 Chevrolet Camaro with front end damage.Contact the Highway Patrol office at (910) 395-3917 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Highway Patrol Communications Center after hours at (910) 862-3133 if you know anything about the crash. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and a suspect is on the loose after a hit-and-run on US 17 early this morning.The NC Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 12:33 a.m. near Leland- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Couple who lost two children in crash shares powerful message in new

first_img 1 of 3 Hadley Eddings and her twin boys (Photo: Hadley Eddings) (Photo: Hadley Eddings) In May of 2015, the couple were on their way home from a wedding when another driver rear-ended a vehicle and caused a chain reaction crash that instantly killed Dobbs Eddings, 2.Hadley, who was around 9 months pregnant at the time, was taken to the hospital and had an emergency c-section. The newborn baby, whom they named Reed, died shortly thereafter.The driver who caused the crash, Matthew Deans, was impaired at the time.Related Article: NC officer dies in crash investigating robberyA few months after the crash, he pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. While in court, he faced the couple before sentencing and apologized.  The Eddings family forgave Deans.“We hope to be holding hands with you in heaven with our children,” the Eddings told him.The couple mourned their loss, but also wanted to do something to honor their boys.Almost a year to the day they lost their children, the couple announced they were building a grade school in Haiti using money raised from donations made in memory of their sons. The school is named Dobbs and Reed Eddings Primary School and is located in Minoterie, Haiti. Today, the school is at max capacity and educating and feeding 500 children.The couple then received a double blessing. Nearly two years after they lost their children, Hadley gave birth to twin boys.WWAY spoke with Hadley about the upcoming documentary and got an update on the family.“The twins will turn 2 on July 10! They are so much fun and into everything! We are doing really well, Gentry is now the pastor at the Ballantyne campus of our church and I stay home with the twins,” Hadley said.The couple just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.The documentary, which followed the couple for more than a year, airs Friday at 10:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on Inspiration TV. You can also read more about the documentary and watch it here on Inspiration TVcenter_img CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The Charlotte couple who lost both their toddler and newborn in a Pender County crash share their story of heartbreak and hope in a new documentary.‘Be Still and Know: The Eddings Family Story’ takes an intimate look at the life of Gentry and Hadley Eddings and their strong faith in God.- Advertisement – Gentry Eddings and his twin boys (Photo: Hadley Eddings)last_img read more

July 30

WPD looking for suspect who robbed taxi driver at gunpoint

first_img Thompson said the driver told police after he arrived at the location, a thin black male in his 20’s opened the taxi door to get in and pulled a gun on the driver ordering him to hand over his money. Thompson said the driver handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and left the area.Thompson said the suspect was wearing black pants and a black shirt and had white paint on his face.If you have information about this robbery please use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609.Related Article: Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scheme WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint Monday.Wilmington Police spokeswoman Linda Thompson said it happened in the 1400 block of Harbour Drive just before 3 p.m. yesterday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

July 30

Merging social and ecological justice – Cacopardo

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson and European Parliament election candidate Carmel Cacopardo started that the European Greens merge the social with the ecological when it comes to justice.Whilst visiting the General Workers’ Union Head Quarters in Valletta, Cacopardo also said that there is a need for local and European industrial policies as the country is dependent on financial services, and gaming enterprises and phantom companies.WhatsApplast_img read more

July 30

PN is using abortion to cause fear – Alex Agius Saliba

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Alex Agius Saliba <> Alex Agius SalibaLabour Party MEP candidate Alex Agius Saliba declared that “as happens prior to every election where substance and arguments are poor or inexistent, the Nationalist Party is once again playing the game of abortion to cause fear.”Alex Agius Saliba in a press release condemned what he called “the irresponsible action of the Opposition”, with reference to the Nationalist Party’s leader Adrian Delia’s speech, where “he tried to create the illusion that the European Parliament elections are a referendum about abortion and that a vote in favour of the Labour Party can in some way or another insinuate a vote in favour of the introduction of abortion in Malta.”He declared that he is against abortion and that if elected member of the European Parliament, he will oppose any efforts that may take place in favour of the introduction of abortion in Malta.Dr. Agius Saliba highlighted the importance of having six Maltese MEPs which defend Malta at all times and in all places.WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

July 30

Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes House Judiciary chairman says

first_imgU.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after delivering a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/FilesU.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after delivering a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies to Congress on Wednesday at a pair of televised hearings that carry high stakes for President Donald Trump and Democrats who are split between impeaching him or moving on to the 2020 election.Mueller, whose inquiry detailed extensive contacts between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia at a time when Moscow was interfering in the 2016 election with hacking and propaganda, is set to appear beginning at 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT) in separate hearings before the House of Representatives Judiciary and Intelligence committees.Democrats, who control the House, hope his testimony will rally public support behind their own ongoing investigations of the Republican president and his administration, even as they struggle with whether to launch the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution for removing a president from office for “high crimes and misdemeanours.”The top Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes there is “substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanours, and he plans to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to present those facts at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.“The report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crime and misdemeanours, and we have to let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go from there,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on “Fox News Sunday.”“The administration must be held accountable, and no president can be above the law.”Mueller’s appearance could also be a turning point for Democrats on the question of impeachment.Many liberal Democrats are pushing for an impeachment inquiry against Trump, whose recent incendiary rhetoric about four congresswomen from racial minorities also has ignited a political firestorm. Eighty-nine House Democrats, about 38 percent of them, now want an impeachment inquiry against Trump, according to a Reuters survey. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

July 30

Live Updates Winners of Startup Weekend Kampala Announced

first_imgAdvertisement 1. DatabudAn interface to access, download, analyse and share data sets within Uganda. Free the data from existing formats, PDF/Excel/HTML/Paper, provide sharing on social networks, set it free to be accessed 24 x7 from anywhere in the world, from any device PC/Tablet/Smart phone.Additional value added services come from licensing the technology and providing analyses to link data sets. – Advertisement – The judges had a few questions about the sources and clients the team of Databud have so far contacted. Anyway, we’re on with our second presenter.2. 30 Million VoicesBringing Ugandan Parliament closer to the people. The platform allows people using SMS, twitter and facebook to participate in discussions on the floor of Paliament. Citizens will express themselves openly through comments, blogs and voting on proposed bills before the actual voting. The purpose is to influence policy making process so that public opinion is included in policies from time to time.18:30hours: Asked about how they intend to handle security issue, presenter says they’ll “have civil society organizations on our side.” Meanwhile, Dr. Ham Mulira has just arrived. Next up: Roho Foundation.3. Roho FoundationRoho Foundation provides rankings of NGO’s and charity organisations, basing on how they spend money from donors. This will help donors to evaluate how their funds have been used and also improve performance of these organisations.1833hours: Judges now asking their questions. Actually, there was only one question. But I missed that.4. SkylinkA platform to share and discover location based information anonymously.1839hrs: This app generally takes on Google Maps head-on. Currently, Google Maps only allows registered users to submit locations. But this allows everyone to be able to submit information, and provides a link to share on various media – including Facebook of course. 1842hrs: App allows someone to be able to see whatever is tagged around their location based on which direction they are facing. They call it  “augmented reality“. Nice one – not sure about the spelling.1849hrs: Several questions about validating data when submitting info via Skylink #SWKla – app is intended for sharing anonymously – Deborah Elzie on Twitter5. Saving MothersSaving Mothers (savingmom.org) is an SMS reminder service to pregnant mothers to go for check ups, vaccinations and immunizations of their newly born child. It is aimed at reducing maternal and Infant mortality by reminding mothers to access medical attention as and when recommended by the doctor.1852hours: Questions about the privacy of health data, especially if it’ll be submitted to researchers. Team say they’ll only share “general data”.6. Almo Movers and DeliveriesGeared towards direct delivery of clients’ products at desired destination in the country, through reducing costs and minimizing risk of loss or product damage.7. @Deliveries A mobile web application that bridges the gap between the investor/business providers to customers or people in need.1909hrs: Presenter says they are NOT creating a jobs portal. He was responding to a question by Judge Elijah Kitaka.1911hrs: By the way, this presenter made is causing a lot of laughter in the crowd really. Among other reasons, because of his accent. Jugdes meanwhile seem really unimpressed. Elijah asks for a quick validation of presenters assumptions.8. SharehubShareHub is a web application that lets you earn money by sharing files, applications and documents online with ease.1916hrs: I would think it’s similar to Box.com, Google Docs, Dropbox, among others.9. MyZiki1919hrs: Presentation by MafutaGo‘s Christine Ampeire. “Think of it as iTunes meets Uganda, meets Mobile Money, and meets local talent”. MyZiki seeks to ease discovering, purchasing, sharing and enjoying local music in new a digital, innovative and personalized ways.10. Bet OTMProviding an avenue over which any eligible person can logically increase and invest their funds responsibly with ease i.e. in the comfort of their homes, in transit or even on leave or safari.This app helps users participate in online betting using their Mobile Money accounts. BET OTM, actually means Bet On The Move.11. 2ChakaleThe app helps you find the places you can hangout based on your social friends who intend to go or who are already at those places.12. Mambu Mobile Credit UnionMambo mobile credit union is a mobile based micro fiance institution in east Africa. to offer products ranging from mobile loans to mobile savings on MTN, AIRTEL, WARID AND UGANDA TELECOM (UTL) NETWORKS.13. SondaSonda is both a mobile and web based application that enables one get carryout a fundraising for different events and activities based on their Social networks.1953hrs: Apparently, Sonda will be the app all of us will use to plan our weddings from now on. Sonda is Luganda for “fundraise”.2028hours: Meanwhile still waiting for the judges to return and announce the winners. THE WINNERS:3rd Place: Sonda2nd Place: MyZikiWinner: BetOTM2117hrs: A bit of a surprise from judges the at who the winner is, but congratulations everyone. Ciao.last_img read more

July 30

Malware attack hits Yahoo users

first_imgAdvertisement If you have visited Yahoo.com over the last few days, you may have been served with malware. The malware attack hit Yahoo’s advertising server over the last few days, affecting thousands of users in various countries.This was revealed in a blog post by Fox-IT, an Internet security firm.According to the blog, clients visiting yahoo.com received advertisements served by ads.yahoo.com. Some of the advertisements are malicious. Those malicious advertisements are iframes hosted on the following domains:blistartoncom.org (192.133.137.59), registered on 1 Jan 2014slaptonitkons.net (192.133.137.100), registered on 1 Jan 2014original-filmsonline.com (192.133.137.63)funnyboobsonline.org (192.133.137.247)yagerass.org (192.133.137.56) – Advertisement – Upon visiting the malicious advertisements users get redirected to a “Magnitude” exploit kit via a HTTP redirect to seemingly random subdomains of:boxsdiscussing.netcrisisreverse.netlimitingbeyond.netand othersAll those domains are served from a single IP address: 193.169.245.78. This IP-address appears to be hosted in the Netherlands.This exploit kit exploits vulnerabilities in Java and installs a host of different malware including:ZeuSAndromedaDorkbot/NgrbotAdvertisement clicking malwareTinba/ZusyNecursThe investigation showed that the earliest signs of infection were at December 30, 2013. Other reports suggest it might have started even earlier.Fox IT estimated that, based on sample traffic, the number of visits to the site carrying the malicious code was visited around 300,000 times per hour. Given a typical infection rate of 9% this would result in around 27,000 infections every hour.Source: Fox ITlast_img read more

July 29

Skype for Business preview for Android and iOS here

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has today announced the Skype for Business preview for iOS and Android.Whereas the normal Skype app just shows you recent conversations by default, the app differs by featuring your contacts, recent conversations and upcoming meetings all on your dashboard.You can search for contacts right from the dashboard by first name, last name, alias or phone numbers, and on iOS your phone contacts are automatically included in search as well. – Advertisement – For upcoming meetings, you an click through to read more information, or click ‘Quick Join’ to enter an ongoing session immediately.When it comes to the calling experience, there are larger buttons for muting, adding participants and managing your calls.Switching between video and text is also easier, as you can now have the option to see both on screen simultaneuosly.IT admins can sign up for the preview at a dedicated preview page, where they can nominate eight iOS and Android users (up to four of each) to try out the preview.In order to be part of the first batch of users, you’ll have to apply by this Friday.[Via]last_img read more

July 29

Amazon steps up recruitment as it expands in Europe

first_img16, 2009, Stephen Guymon, of Twin Falls, Idaho, separates packages for final shipment inside the 800,000 sq. ft. Amazon.com warehouse in Goodyear, Ariz. Image Credit: TimesFreePress Advertisement Online retailer Amazon plans to create several thousand jobs in Europe in 2016, more than 2,500 of which will be in Britain, stepping up its expansion in the region, it said on Friday.The jobs form part of an investment by the U.S.-based company to expand its warehouses and delivery network in Europe, its research and development (R&D) capability, and build new infrastructure to support its cloud-computing business.Amazon said it created over 10,000 permanent jobs in Europe in 2015, bringing its European workforce to over 40,000.“We are seeing stronger demand than ever from our customers all across Europe, and we see lots more opportunity across Amazon’s businesses to invent and invest for the future,” said Xavier Garambois, vice president, Amazon EU retail. – Advertisement – Amazon enjoyed record Christmas trading in Europe. Since 2010, Amazon has invested more than $16.3 billion on infrastructure and operations in Europe, with more than $6.6 billion invested in the UK.It raised the pressure on Britain’s established supermarkets in November with the nationwide launch of a packaged groceries service for Amazon Prime members.The move was the ecommerce giant’s most ambitious foray into Britain’s growing online grocery market but stopped short of replicating its broader U.S. Amazon Fresh service, which offers about 20,000 chilled, frozen and perishable products and items from local shops.[related-posts]However, a recent bid approach by Britain’s second largest supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to Home Retail, the owner of Argos, has been seen as a response to the competitive threat posed by Amazon.The new British jobs, which will take Amazon’s UK workforce to over 14,500 by the end of 2016, include posts at its new head office in London, and at its three R&D centers, 10 warehouses and 24 delivery stations.[Reuters]last_img read more

July 29

Following Twitter Accounts Made Easier With Twitters New Connect Tab

first_imgImage Credit: katiewagnersocialmedia Advertisement A new Connect tab on Twitter Inc’s mobile app makes it easier for people to find accounts to follow, the social media platform announced on Tuesday in a blog post as it launched the new feature to attract more users.The connect tab suggests a list of accounts based on those you  already followed, as well as popular ones in the area.“The Connect tab also makes it easier to connect with your friends and family by giving you the option to automatically sync your address book. And if someone in your address book joins Twitter, we’ll let you know so you can give them a warm welcome.”  Product Manager Ricardo Castro said. – Advertisement – The Connect tab that rolled out yesterday is available for iOS and Android users. Update your twitter app and you’ll see a little blue prompt introducing the Connect tab when it’s available for you.[related-posts]last_img read more

July 29

STAR PREVIEW The Community Shield

first_img[dropcap]L[/dropcap]egatissimo completed a Glorious week on the tipping front when winning the Nassau Stakes on the final day of Goodwood yesterday.It was a comfortable success and she gained compensation for two short head defeats in Group 1 company.The biggest challenge today ????Picking the winner of Chelsea v Arsenal… NOPicking a winner at Galway… NOPicking a winner anywhere… NOThe challenge is writing about the Community Shield without using those that clichéd word ‘curtain-raiser’.I’ve decided it cannot be done so here goes…..Star Sports report nothing between Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of the CURTAIN-RAISER to the new season in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon (3pm).Both teams are priced at 17/10 for the win with the draw at 12/5.The last time the sides met – at the Emirates in April it was a 0-0 draw but with (relatively) little at stake it’s likely to produce goals as both teams attempt to get off the blocks flying and make a point.The key team news is:Cech makes debut against old clubSanchez out through injury; Giroud on benchRemy starts ahead of injured CostaNew signings Falcao & Begovic on benchBoth managers have done their level best to inject some needle into the game and it is likely we will see a fairly high octane start.CHELSEA v ARSENALFA Community Shield3pm LIVE ON BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 Premier Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaOct 2014 Premier Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalMar 2014 Premier Chelsea 6-0 ArsenalDec 2013 Premier Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaOct 2013 Capital One Cup Arsenal 0-2 ChelseaJan 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 ArsenalSep 2012 Premier Arsenal 1-2 ChelseaApr 2012 Premier Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaOct 2011 Premier Chelsea 3-5 ArsenalDec 2010 Premier Arsenal 3-1 ChelseaI’m with goals – over 2.5 at even money with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 7.5 points at EVENS with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 48.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

July 29

SIMON NOTT Ascot King George Day

first_imgAs with a fortnight ago it was raining prior to racing at Ascot, but at least time time I brought my mac along. About an hour before the first I was chatting to one of my old workmates near the SP box when a distraught looking lady approached him. She was on an errand of mercy. Apparently she and her friends had rescued an injured bird. Gesturing up to the one of the computer screens that are used to are used to return the starting prices she asked if he could look after it behind his computer. Now the man in question is an animal lover but had to politely point out that he couldn’t endanger the nations’ racing returns despite the fact he’d love to help the bird. Looking even more concerned she asked if there was anyone who could look after the little bird. The ladies left looking for veterinary assistance for their feathered friend and hoping that there was a happy ending to the story.Princess Margaret Juddmonte StakesWe were ‘up the front two’ betting in the opener. Business had been surprisingly brisk though rather modest in stake size. We never had a hope from a long way out with 2/1 favourite Nyaleti going clear with the nearest rival the other bad one.Porsche HandicapThe betting remained fairly steady but modest in the next, then a gentleman came in for a fairly chunky bet each-way Mustarrid at 7/1, with the fractions, that’s 100-14, always ask for the fractions when you come racing. The whole complexion of the race changed with that bet. Nobody knew the punter but he’d looked the type not to leave it behind often. We badly needed the gelding out of the frame to have any chance of winning in the race.We had little to worry about in that respect, the absolute bogie was beaten a long way out and to top things off 8/1 winner D’Bai was one the punters had left us out of. That’ll do!Gigaset International StakesWe thought we’d coast along and just let the punters make our book for us in the big handicap. Then wallop a punter came crashing into the joint with £70,000 -£10,000 each-way Fastnet Tempest, talk about lopsided – the book went virtually vertical. Those are the sort of bets Star thrives on so it was good to know the big punters know where to find us.Well if, as according to their adverts, a famous lager firm were to write in results for big handicaps the bookmakers would pay them a handsome retainer. Stamp Hill obliging at 50/1 was a blinding result, the places were excellent too though of course our bogie being out of the frame was all that mattered to us. Aye Aye.Then we found out the office laid £500 each way the winner at 50/1. Tames lions this game.King George VI & Queen Elizabeth StakesBy the time the prices went up for the feature the heavens well and truly opened. The Gambling God’s tears of laughter at their little jokes perhaps.Business was lighter in the feature, no doubt down to the aforementioned weather but a big punter found us with a £25,000 – £5000 each-way Highland Reel and another £5000 – £800 Jack Hobbs that’s 6/1 with fractions – come racing. Those bets made our book only laying a couple of rouf (£400) bets on Enable. The luxury of actually enjoying a champion racehorse winning is a rare one for an on-course bookie, but one the book afforded us today. We just enjoyed the moment and didn’t dare ask the office what they’d done.The Woodridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes.The rain continued to pour which meant business dropped significantly, the big punters presumably either licking their wounds, sat in the dry or negotiating the price of an umbrella.Then right in the hole a punter came in a heaved £16,000 on Tigre Du Terre at 15/8 and they were off. There was little we could do but sit back and hope that we’d not be paying the punter almost double than the race was worth to winning connections. Once again luck was on our side as despite Ryan Moore’s urging the colt appeared to get stuck in the mud – 7/1 winner Raydiance was of course an excellent result.Longines Handicap (For Lady Amateur Riders)With rain still pouring it was a surprise to lay a shrewd source £5000 – £650 each-way Bertiewhittle early. Even more so when a punter came in and asked for a £60,000 – £5000 each-way Supersta so it was those two against the field, and the mud.We were saved by Katie Walsh on 5/1 jolly Georgian Bay beating Bertiewhittle into second. We just had to keep out of trouble in the lucky last.Canisbay Bloodstock HandicapWith the weather like it was today sweltering in top hat and tails at the Royal meeting seemed a distant memory, in some cases fashion was still dictated by the racecourse but it was most welcome. They gave these waterproofs out to punters on their way in.We had our eyes peeled for the various big punters that had come into us during the afternoon though the finale didn’t really look the sort of race people like to lump on, especially given the conditions.They didn’t appear in what was ultimately the poorest race of the day for money fielded but we still had a couple of nasty losers but a winning day was ensured.The 2/1 jolly Royal Associate winning did take the shine off the day, but only the veneer. Next stop Glorious Goodwood. Panamas, linen and loud blazers already sourced, but I’m taking this gift from a lady punter just in case. SIMON NOTT: Reports from the Star Sports pitch at Ascot on King George Day. It proved to be a testing day on both the weather and results front. Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

July 29

STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY BLOG 12

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her 12th weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has news on Droopys Verve and Droopys Nadal, Antigua Romeo, Harnden’s hopes, Star Sports preview last call, Holland hits form, Ballymac Tas misses race, mixed week for trainer Hayley Keightley, defending champ Cat delights in trial …. Droopys Verve and Droopys Nadal were two dogs we featured here at Star Sports on a kennel visit to Jimmy Wrights a few weeks ago. Those who have followed them are hopefully showing a nice profit as both dogs have made it to Saturday night’s Scottish Derby final at Shawfield. Both won their semi-final races, Verve going 20 spots faster than Nadal. But Verve has drawn trap 5 in the final which is far from ideal whereas Nadal has 6, the only seeded runner in the race. It looks like Nadal is settling down at just the right time…. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Antigua Romeo (pictured), now in the hands of Champion Trainer Mark Wallis, is starting to come to hand nicely. He’s a dog we first saw with Matt Dartnall when he was newly over from Ireland and it’s fair to say he needed a bit of work to get him looking like a Derby dog. Mark is seriously impressed with the dogs early and there is still more to come. I’ve added this dog to my antepost portfolio alongside Droopys Nadal. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS I’ve been getting the thoughts of Nottingham trainer Peter Harnden about what he considers to be a good or great trial time at Nottingham. He believes the Derby will be won in around 29.20/29.30. A good 500m trial at this stage would, in his opinion, be 29.70 – which plenty of dogs are achieving! Peter has been most impressed so far by Jaytee Panther who he says ‘showed real back straight pace after not running the first or second bend very well.’ He could be one who finds time for another look round the track. For his part, Peter hopes Salacres Barley will be back from injury in time for the competition. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS At the time of going to print there are just 5 tickets left for the Star Sports Preview night on Wednesday May 8th in Mayfair. Beer, fish ‘n’ chips, lots of dog Derby chat and a Champions League semi-final to boot! If you want a ticket you better move faster than a Derby dog! #ifCarlsbergdidnightsout email Office@starsportsmayfair.com LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Graham Holland reminded everyone of his potential prowess in this year’s renewal of the Star Sports Derby when he sent out two Derby Trial Stakes winners on Monday night. Gain Nutrition 600 winner Clonbrien Prince led by turn one and clocked 29.61 and perhaps more impressively Clombrien Swift picked up Droopys Trapper on the run in stopping the clock at 29.66. On the same night Roman Empire won a decent puppy race after trouble in running, showing that the youngster is getting to grips with the Derby track. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS One Irish runner that is not going to be taking her place in the Star Sports Derby is Ballymac Tas. Liam Dowling has decided to target the Irish Oaks with his flying young bitch instead. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS It’s been a mixed week for trainer Hayley Keightley as she gears up to enter what will be her biggest ever team for the Star Sports Derby. On Sunday night, her super fast bitch Oi Oi Upenalty won her semi-final of the Henlow Maiden Derby in impressive fashion coming from off the pace. The kennel have since reported that she suffered an injury to her foot but one that they are on top of. She massively impressed us all when exiting last year’s Derby at the semi-final stage and Assistant Trainer Mark Keightley believes she is still as fast as anything in the country. He also says the kennel have real contenders this year, including Roxholme Nidge, Roxholme Ray, Roxholme Glory, Roxholme Harvey, Oi Oi Upenalty and Dorotas Woo Hoo. That said, we await with baited breath news that Nidge is ‘A-ok’ after he took a nasty tumble in the Bredmed Northern Sprint Final. It was unusual preparation for the Derby but looked to be a great decision as the little dog with a big heart lined up as the favourite for the category one final at the track he loves so much, Sheffield. However, it was a case of close your eyes at the first bend as all 6 dogs approached in a line, something had to give and Nidge was taken of his feet, his back legs up in the air and he was left in the floor. He finished the course and was reported to be stiff with a few cuts and bruises but otherwise alright. Of course we will know more over the coming days. I really love this dog and hope he can still take his place at Nottingham. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Defending Star Sports Derby champion Dorotas Wildcat once again delighted trainer Kevin Hutton with a 28.38 (+20) 480m trial on Tuesday. The Cat turned 4 on Wednesday but the veteran looked in fine form in what was his first four bend spin since he was treated for a bacterial infection back in March. Hutton was responsible for the fastest trials over all three distances used on the day with Irish Derby runner-up Magical Bale posting 17.74 (+10) over 305m in what was his first appearance since rejoining the kennel. And Ballymac Osby ran 29.69 sec (+20) over 500m. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLATEST VIDEOSBRINKLEYS POETBrinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEORomeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALIEN SEAKnown as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOWThese two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>NOELLES PHELPSOHere David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS BULLETPiemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS STARThis is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LIGHTFOOT KINGLightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC DINGLEBallymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERROSean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

July 28

Rice experts available to comment on Obamas State of the Union address

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu  Rice experts available to comment on Obama’s State of the Union addressPresident Barack Obama will be facing a different political landscape when he delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.Three Rice University professors are available for media interviews.Mark Jones is Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He can speak about the major themes Obama is expected to emphasize.Steve Lewis is the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He is available to discuss U.S. competition with China, which is expected to be one of the major themes of the speech.Bob Stein is the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science. He can speak on the political implications of the speech.To schedule an interview with any of these experts, contact Franz Brotzen at 713-348-6775 or franz.brotzen@rice.edu.last_img read more