Month: July 2019

Balompie Café – Please Hurry Back

first_img 0% Now, onto the review. My first night, I went with two friends and indulged in a pupusa frenzy. Pupusas, if you are not in the know, are an El Salvadoran delicacy that are simply one of the best things you will ever put in your mouth: two fat disks of tender, griddled masa (made of corn or rice flour) sandwiching a variety of fillings. The most typical is simply queso – cheese: gooey, melty, lovely cheese (all varieties of pupusas are made with queso). Think of them as a chubby quesadilla, but 1000 times better. Another standard is queso con loroco (a Central American edible flower bud that tastes a little bit like asparagus), and the other most popular is known as pupusa con chicharron. Chicharron is usually known as fried pork chunks. In a pupusa, however, the fried pork is ground into a kind of paste and mixed in with the queso.We ordered six between the three of us: loroco; frijoles; ground pork and jalapeno (“the Mexican”); shrimp; spinach; and chicken. We ordered extra curtido – the tart, vinegary cabbage slaw served with all pupusas, a perfect accompaniment to the rich, cheesy pancakes – and their tasty hot sauce.Pupusa platter 2(The best part is when some of the cheese has oozed out and crisps up on the griddle – like a lovely lacy cheese chip. Snag those when you’re dining partners aren’t looking. Trust me, it’s worth the ding to your karma.)Some places’ pupusas can be a little doughy, but not these. It was a little difficult telling one apart from the other at first, but as they cooled a bit I was able to discern the Mexican from the others; the spinach was a favorite at the table. The bean pupusa, too, was flavorful and filling.  The shrimp one was a little bland, but again, that could have been from the pupusa overload.Because we don’t mind losing our girlish figures, we also ordered fried yuca (not to be confused with “Yucca”) – known in the U.S. as “cassava” – a floury, dense root or tuber that is wonderfully crispy when fried, and is a South American carbohydrate staple; and platanos maduros (fried very ripe plantains) with crema (Salvadoran sour cream – runnier than ours).Yuca frita.Platanos y crema.Both dishes were perfectly cooked – the starchy yuca crunchy outside, tender inside, the plantains sweet and jelly-like, delicious when dipped into the crema. All of this, plus three bottles of Negro Modelo, set us back about $54 before tip.On my second visit, this time with the BF, we ordered just one pupusa to share – the chorizo.Chorizo pupusaI’m sorry. I should have cut that open for you to see. This may have been my favorite one. Oh, and those fat orbs at the far end that came with the BF’s meal? Their own wonderful, hand-made tortillas. I thought they’d brought us more pupusas at first!The BF had a carne asada/sausage/casamiento (a typical Central American preparation of black beans and rice cooked together in a savory “marriage”) combo, with crema, queso fresco and a nice fresh pico de gallo-type salad.Sausage carne asada casamiento cheese crema.Salvadoran sausage is REALLY GOOD, by the way. And that carne asada buried underneath may not look like much but it had a nice, steaky, charred flavor. His whole plate was scrumptious and homey.For my main, I ordered the fried yuca with chicharrones platter. Holy Porkola, was it GREAT! More of the delicious fried yuca piled high with crispy chunks of pork. Our server said that the chicharrones weren’t very fatty (like that’s a good thing?) but instead very meaty, and they were, and super porky – like carnitas to the Nth degree.Yuca frita & chicharron.But as much as I was enamored of my dish, every time I’d go back to the pupusa for another nibble, it was absolutely the best bite. They just do them right here.Really, of all the Latin American restaurants I’ve reviewed this past year, Balompie’s is my favorite.So, knowing that we’ll soon be deprived, we of course had to try Balompie Café 3. For science.A much smaller location, it is sandwiched in between a variety of Salvadoran restaurants. But, just a few minutes after we walked in, the place was packed with a line waiting for tables. We sat at the counter to watch the pupusa mistress at work… A day late and a dollar short – that’s me. Just as we were finishing our meal on my second visit to Balompie Café, I found out that they’re closing for the next six months, as reported by Mission Local. May 29th will be their last day of business.Seismic retrofitting! Holy crap – now that I’ve re-discovered Balompie’s pupusas, I have to make do with other, lesser pupusas?? A native of El Salvador, Amadeo Gonzalez opened this place 28 years ago. Long known for being the favorite pupuseria in the City, we have to go without it now for how long??Never fear, dear readers. There IS a worthy substitute. Balompie Café 3 – only a hop, skip & jump away, and a sister restaurant, of which Gonzalez is part owner, will be open. It’s in the outer Mission, but will fill the void nicely until we get our own beloved Balompie back, with its riotous soccer paraphernalia (“Balompie” means, literally, “ball foot,” or “futbol”), friendly servers, wine-&-beer bar (sangria!), two flat screen TVs for your satellite game-viewing pleasure, and a long table down the middle for big parties. Hipsters have to share the space with the local Mission family regulars, and it’s all good.(By the way, Balompie No. 2, which was South of Market, appears to be closed now, but was also owned by Mr. Gonzalez. And, if you’re ever in the area, stop in at Balompie in his hometown – Metapan, El Savador!) Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% What a whiz! She’s been doing this for four years here, and before that in El Salvador. “I can make them in my sleep now!” She made dozens of pupusas in front of us, keeping track of all the fillings, as she plopped them onto the hot griddle until they were golden.I’d read that Balompie Café 3 had a carne asada pupusa, so that’s what I ordered.Carne asada pupusa.There you go – I finally remembered to take a pic of the inner pupusa – with all its gooey goodness. GOOOOOLLLLLL! This may have been my favorite – the carne asada was very flavorful and tender, and went perfectly with the melty jack cheese. Again, as much as I enjoyed everything, the pupusa was simply the best part of the meal.I had a sangria with dinner….It came out of box, “Beso Del Sol” brand, and it’s from Spain. No fruit, but tasty, with notes of cinnamon (and you can buy it at CVS and Whole Foods, supposedly.) Refreshing!Next I had the pastelitos…Pastelitos.Pastelitos (“little pies”) are little fried meat (or chicken) pastries. These were made with shredded pork, and there were little bits of creamy potato and carrots inside too. Super crispy, absolutely delicious, slathered with their hot sauce and topped with curtido.The BF ordered a chile relleno.Chile relleno, salpicon.It comes with a choice of meat or cheese, which I thought unusual, since I was only familiar with the Mexican version that is usually made with just cheese, at least here in the States. It turned out to be stuffed with minced pork and cheese, and smothered in a sauce. We loved it – I loved how the taste of the chile still managed to shine through everything else. Almost better, however, was the salpicon alongside it. Salpicon simply means a mixture of various minced veggies and/or meat, sometimes used as a stuffing. This one was beef, blended with onions, mint, and lemon. It had an almost Thai flavor to it, and was delicious. Perfectly light texture to go with the heavier chile relleno. The refried beans were nice and creamy, flavorful, and came with homemade tortillas for soppage. The rice was the only forgettable item on the plate – bland. Oh, and the BF got a little side salad with his dinner – just lettuce and tomato, dressed with what appeared to be Wishbone Italian bottled dressing. No matter, he was very pleased with his choice.I asked one of the friendly women behind the counter if they were going to be even busier now that the other Balompie was closing. “Oh yes, can you imagine?” Ay mami! Totally worth the wait for delicious food that tastes like it was lovingly cooked by your abuelita.Both restaurants have extensive menus with other Salvadoran treats, and they serve breakfast all day.So there you have it. While we anxiously await the return of our neighborhood gem, Balompie Café, we have a just as worthy option up the street and over the hill – Balompie 3. Let’s show Sr. Gonzalez he must come back! And remember, you have until this Sunday, May 29th to try the original Balompie!Balompie Café                                                          Balompie Café 33349 18th St.                                                             3801 Mission St.San Francisco, CA 94110                                         San Francisco, CA 94110 last_img read more

Building for nonprofits greenlit after supervisor brokers deal

first_img 0% Supervisor Hillary Ronen has once again saved a project from the limbo of delays. A developer’s plan to build space for some 10 nonprofits to operate will go forward, following swift approval Tuesday by the full Board of Supervisors.The project, at 1850 Bryant St., hit a snag when when homeowners in the neighboring building filed an appeal of the building’s planning approval, citing a variety of technical concerns about the construction plans. But when Ronen stepped in, she found that what really seemed to be bothering the neighbors was a fear that major demolition and construction next door would be dangerous for their own building. (Who can blame them, given what happened with the demolition of a fire-damaged building at 22nd St., where the wall of a neighboring building was nearly torn off). Ultimately, the parties came together and were able to assuage the neighbor’s fears. Once the appeal was withdrawn, the Board was able to confirm the Planning Department’s decision without debate. “We talked about different engineering techniques, and the structural engineers on both sides talked to each other, and they were ultimately able to reach an agreement, which is a huge win for the Mission,” Ronen said. The two-story warehouse, formerly home to an electrician’s business, will become a 172,000-square-foot building that will be partitioned up and sold, at 40 percent below market rate, to nonprofits as their permanent home. The project is being developed by Common Ground Urban Development, founded by two former planners with backgrounds in affordable housing and nonprofit work.Leiasa Beckham and Thor Kaslofsky started the project in response to a recent crisis among social-service organizations, which have faced rising rents and dramatic displacement pressures in recent years, according to a survey of Bay Area nonprofits. “We’re super, super excited to get this going. This is such an important community resource that’s being built,” Kaslofsky said.The supervisor, Bekham said, helped find a compromise on the project.“Having her leadership certainty really allowed us to stay at the table and complete negotiations,” she said. “The more you delay things, the more expensive they get. I felt that she really understood that and prioritized that.”Ronen said the the building offers a new take on how to solve the problem facing nonprofits. Nearly 7,000 nonprofits in San Francisco employ around 17 percent of the city’s workforce. Three groups have already expressed interest in moving into the building: Mission Neighborhood Centers, Horizons Unlimited and the San Francisco Conservation Corps.“It could be a model for how we’re going to keep the nonprofits that are at risk of displacement here in San Francisco,” Ronen said. This is just the latest in a string of such deals Ronen has helped work out. Previous deals include 2675 Folsom St. and 1515 South Van Ness Ave. Mediating requires sitting down with multiple parties, taking the time to hear concerns and then applying some common-sense problem-solving. Ronen joked that it sometimes feels like there’s one such appeal a week. Wouldn’t she rather be doing something else with her highly sought-after time as a legislator?“Oh, no. I mean, I can’t imagine a better use of my time as a district supervisor,” Ronen said. “The top issues facing District 9 are the homelessness crisis, affordable housing, displacement of tenants and businesses and neighborhood character. And, of course, always public safety. And with these developments, we’re constantly touching all of those issues.”Until recently, she said, she was the only supervisor dealing with such an appeal in her district. Getting involved like this means advancing her own vision for the neighborhood and also taking into account what her voters want. “We have an incredibly engaged constituency and you see it with these appeals,” she said. “One of the primary roles that I play [is] trying to find common ground and make these development projects happen, but make them happen in a way that provides a net community benefit.” center_img Tags: development • nonprofits • San Francisco Planning Department Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes Communal kitchens block parties and meaningful art

first_imgCo-working kitchens catch on in the MissionTwo new co-working kitchens are about to open in the Mission. BiteUnite, which hails from Hong Kong, will soon offer a state-of-the-art kitchen to amateur cooks, aspiring chefs, or budding restaurateurs, who want to take their craft to the next level without the enormous risk and burden of starting an entire business. Founder Patta Arkaresvimun began planning to bring her successful Hong Kong startup to San Francisco over a year ago. And just last month she finally made the move with her husband and two children. She said that she wants to give people who cook a chance to find an audience. BiteUnite, located at 17th and South Van Ness, will also have a cafe, where cooks can test out their latest recipes on adventurous customers. Arkaresvimun, originally from Thailand, has lived in Singapore, France, and Hong Kong. Before she opened BiteUnite — which she compares to the shared workspace startup, WeWork — she worked in the corporate world. But she always loved to cook. So she opened BiteUnite — not to cook, but to facilitate others to do so. Soon to join BiteUnite in the Mission will be Tinker Kitchen at 3233 22nd Street. Founder Dan Mills raised nearly $25,000 on Kickstarter for his pitch for “a new makerspace for food hackers in San Francisco.”The two ventures offer memberships, day passes, and cooking classes. For those who want a more professional kitchen to work in, they will soon have their pick. Charlotte Silver20th Street Block Party It’s that time of year again: On Saturday August 18 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party will transform 20th Street from Harrison to Bryant into a festival with live bands, including Neon Indian, Kilo Kish, Hoops and many others. The block party will also feature food from some Mission District eateries. Admission is free, but donations are suggested and will benefit Mission Language and Vocational School. More information here. Julian MarkADVERTISEMENT  – 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. Households must earn no more than the maximum income levels below:55% of Area Median Income One person – $45,600; 2 persons – $52,100; 3 persons – $58,600; 4 persons – $65,100; 5 persons- $70,300, 6 persons-$75,550, 7 persons-$80,750.00Applications must be received by 5pm on August 24, 2018. Postmarks will not be considered. Apply online through DAHLIA, the SF Housing Portal at or mail in a paper application with a self-addressed stamped envelope to 150 VAN NESS BMR, P.O. Box 420847, San Francisco, CA 94142. Paper applications can be downloaded from or picked up from one of the housing counseling agencies listed at Please contact the 150 VAN NESS leasing team for more information at (916) 686-4126or available through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and are subject to monitoring and other restrictions. Visit for program information. END  ADVERTISEMENTCalle 24 Art Stroll The Calle 24 art stroll, which takes place Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., will focus on families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border and the value of children in the community. The event will feature live music and dance from Latino and indigenous artists, as well as poetry, food, and mural making and crafts. See the program here. JMLa Casa at the Assembly La Casa de las Madres will be hosting a talk about how to end relationship violence and to support victims of abuse. The theme of the talk is “Men as Allies.” It will focus on how men are partnering with La Casa to keep women and children safe in San Francisco. The program will begin Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Assembly (449 14th St.) The event is free. Please register here. JM Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

LANGTREE Park is now ready to welcome Phase Three

first_imgLANGTREE Park is now ready to welcome Phase Three of the Saints Legends Murals, featuring a new batch of Club legends who have graced the Red V over the decades.Saints are calling on more businesses to join the likes of major partners Hattons Solicitors, Langtree and Hattons Travel in sponsoring the fantastic legendary player images housed on the concourses inside Langtree Park.Each of the 11.5 metre square montages proudly feature the player and their history as well as their sponsor’s logo to create a colourful accompaniment to the matchday experience.All mural sponsorship packages are £1,500 (+VAT) for five years.For further information contact or click here to see who is available.You can also download the brochure as a PDF here.last_img read more

Dozens attend Southport Candidates Forum

first_img The candidates at the forum are running for Southport Mayor, Alderman Ward 1, and Alderman Ward 2.The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear will also be hosting the Oak Island Municipal Election Candidate Forum Wednesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at Oak Island Town Hall. Dozens attend Southport Candidates Forum (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear is sponsoring a series of candidate forums for certain Brunswick County Municipal Elections before the election on November 7.Dozens of people came out to Monday night’s forum in Southport that was moderated by WWAY’s Randy Aldridge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper talks offshore drilling with Trump official

first_imgGov. Roy Cooper talks about his opposition to offshore drilling during a visit to Wrightsville Beach on Jan. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he had a good conversation Saturday with a top Trump administration official over plans to expand drilling for gas and oil off the state’s coast, but added residents need to continue to be loud to make sure their opposition is noted.Cooper said he spent an hour talking to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, telling him that drilling could cause unrecoverable damage to the state’s $3 billion tourism and fishing industries if there is ever an accident.- Advertisement – “We told him there is no 100 percent safe method to drill for oil and gas off the coast, particularly in our area off of North Carolina that sees Nor’easters, that sees hurricanes,” Cooper said. “We don’t call it the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ for nothing, it would be a catastrophic if there were to be an oil spill.”The Democratic North Carolina governor wants the Republican presidential administration to give him a similar exemption that was offered to GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott.Last month, Zinke told Scott that Florida’s waters would remain closed under President Donald Trump’s five-year plan, which would open 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to development by private companies. Interior officials later said Zinke’s promise wasn’t a formal plan and the proposal was still under review.Related Article: Everything you need to know about the 2nd Trump-Kim summit“As we were leaving the meeting I said, ‘well, we will take the exemption now if you want to give it to us.’ And he did not quite go that far,” Cooper said.Cooper has joined at least 10 other coastal governors from both parties asking Zinke to remove their states from plans to expand offshore drilling from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had a similar meeting Friday with Zinke, his staff reported.Zinke didn’t meet with reporters after either meeting.It wasn’t all pleasantries between North Carolina officials and Zinke. State attorney general Josh Stein reminded Zinke the state was ready to sue if the Trump administration approves offshore drilling.Cooper said he wants more time for the public to speak. Currently, the Interior Department plans just one public meeting on the proposal in Raleigh. Cooper wants more meetings along the coast in Wilmington, Morehead City and Kill Devil Hills.The public also can have a say through comments to the department. “I call on the citizens of North Carolina to be loud about this issue,” Cooper said in his news conference after the meeting with Zinke.last_img read more

Bacteria concerns shuts down shellfishing in Lockwood Folly

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 3,000 acres of shellfishing waters in our area now closed indefinitely, leaving both commercial fishers and seafood dealers concerned about their livelihoods.In Varnamtown, many residents rely on seafood as a source of income. After the NCDEQ shut down 255 acres of shellfishing waters in the Lockwood Folly River, some fishermen say they don’t agree.- Advertisement – Michael Fulford owns Carson Varnam’s Shellfish Market, a business his grandfather started back in the 1960’s.“The oysters in the Lockwood Folly have a really salty flavor, kind of a distinct flavor that people really like,” Fulford said. “A lot of people that come here, that’s what they’re actually looking for.”He says the closure of shellfishing waters in Lockwood Folly won’t hurt the oyster business right now because the season just ended, but it will hurt the clamming business.Related Article: Whiteville to interrupt water service to fix main Wednesday night“It’s definitely going to affect the guys clamming,” Fulford said. “I was talking with one of them yesterday, and they were a little concerned on where they were going to be able to go clamming at, because last summer, I think they did the majority of their clamming in this river.”One of those clammers is Ernie Galloway. He’s retired, but relies on clamming in the river as part of his income. Now, most of the water he clams in is off limits.“There’s a little place right in front of the inlet that you can go, but if over two people go you might as well stay home,” Galloway said.The DEQ says it regularly tests these areas for water quality and on March 15 found that fecal bacteria levels exceeded the national standards for safe shellfish harvest.Galloway says when he contacted the DEQ Division of Marine Fisheries, he was told something else.“He said ‘well, I looked at this book, and if you get so much rainfall in five years, we’ve got to close a portion of the river down.’ So, I said well, what’s that got to do with it? He said that’s just the rule,” Galloway said.Galloway says he doesn’t believe enough testing is being done and if closures like these keep happening, Lockwood Folly shellfish will get a bad name.“If people read fecal bacterial in Lockwood Folly river is high, we don’t want to eat none of that stuff,” Galloway said. “Well, it’s not really!”WWAY has reached back out to Shannon Jenkins, chief of the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality section to see if what Galloway was told about the rain levels was true, but have not yet heard back.The DEQ has said they will continue testing the water.last_img read more

The Ministers only worry is that the residents get deprived from the

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Għaqda Flimkien għall-Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) said that on Monday Minister for the Environment Josè Herrera stated that the only thing that is worrying the Xgħajra residents in relation to the land reclamation initiative in their locality is that they will no longer have a sea view.The FAA expressed its worry on the proposals forwarded by Infrastructure Malta titled the Pembroke-St Julian’s Connections as well as the extended development on ODZ in the same localities.The NGO said that Herrera insisted that the land reclamation will generate more space and therefore will create the ability to preserve the natural land around Malta, indicating that there will be development projects on the reclaimed areas. The FAA is therefore asking the government to preserve the ODZ areas around Malta and to stop allowing the development and sale of areas of land for petrol station projects, old people’s homes and luxurious hotels.WhatsApplast_img read more

Helicopter crash atop foggy Manhattan skyscraper kills pilot

first_img Reuters People look at 787 7th Avenue in Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Reuters New York City Fire Department trucks are seen outside 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Reuters People look at 787 7th Avenue in Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arrives at the scene after a helicopter crashed atop a building in Times Square and caused a fire in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Reuters Reuters SharePrint People look at 787 7th Avenue in Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Reuters Reuters Reuters Reuters New York City Fire Department trucks are seen outside 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid 1 of 27 Reuters Reuters New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer arrives at 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter was reported to have crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid A New York City Fire Department (FDNY) truck is seen outside 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Reuters Reuters Reuters New York City firefighters suit up at the scene after a helicopter crashed atop a building and caused a fire in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Reuters A helicopter crashed onto the fog-shrouded roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper on Monday, killing the pilot and unnerving a city still scarred by memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, airplane attacks on the World Trade Center.The crash on a rainy, gray day atop the 54-storey AXA Equitable Center forced office workers to evacuate in one of the city’s busiest areas a few blocks north of Times Square.The pilot was the only person aboard the chopper when it plunged into the building and burst into flames, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference. No injuries, either to people in the building or on the ground, have been reported.“The helicopter is pretty obliterated at this point. It was obviously a very hard hit,” de Blasio said, adding nothing indicated “an act of terrorism.”Nicolas Estevez was standing across the street from the building when a 12-inch (30 cm) piece of metal that appeared to be from the helicopter landed on the pavement just feet away.The crash, which sent people streaming out of the building within seconds, reminded him of Sept. 11, Estevez said.“I saw the explosion and the smoke coming out,” he said.KEY MYSTERYA key mystery in the crash is why the Agusta A109E was flying at all in a rainstorm in tightly controlled airspace above midtown Manhattan.To enter that vicinity, de Blasio said, the pilot would have needed approval from the air traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport across the East River in Queens, “and we need to find out if that happened.”The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement “FAA air traffic controllers did not handle” the helicopter’s flight, but a spokeswoman for the agency declined to say whether the aircraft was observing prevailing flight restrictions.The pilot was identified as Tim McCormack, who was going to land at Linden Airport in New Jersey, said Paul Dudley, the airport’s director.“Tim McCormack is a well-respected, highly trained veteran pilot who also had tremendous local knowledge, having flown in this area for many years,” Dudley said in a phone interview. “We’re all saddened and shocked.”McCormack worked for Daniele Bodini, founder of the real estate firm American Continental Properties Group, Dudley said.The chopper took off from a heliport on Manhattan’s east side at 1:32 p.m. and crash-landed on the building 11 minutes later, officials said.The site is about half a mile from Trump Tower, where U.S. President Donald Trump maintains an apartment. The area has been under a temporary flight restriction since his election in November 2016.FELT LIKE HE WAS SHOVEDNathan Hutton, who works in information technology for the French bank BNP Paribas on the 29th floor, said the building shook when the helicopter slammed into the roof.“It felt like you were just standing there, and someone takes their hand and just shoves you,” he said. “You felt it through the whole building.”Trump called New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was at the scene soon after the crash, to offer assistance if needed, the governor’s office said.Cuomo said the crash likely stirred memories of Sept. 11 for many city residents.“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD from 9/11,” he said.In addition to BNP Paribas, the AXA Equitable Center, built in 1985 houses offices for corporate tenants such as law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Sidley Austin, and investment manager New Mountain Capital. Le Bernardin, one of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, is also in the building.The skyscraper is managed by Los Angeles-based CommonWealth Partners. CommonWealth office manager LeAnn Holsapple said the company had “no comment at this time.”Manhattan has only three approved heliports after they were banned in New York City in 1977 after a rotor blade snapped on a helicopter on top of the former Pan Am building, killing five people.WhatsApp Reuters New York City Fire Department (FDNY) trucks are seen outside 787 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter crashed in New York City, New York, U.S., June 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Reuterslast_img read more

Apple Adobe Facebook Google HP Microsoft Mozilla Nokia and Opera join hands

first_imgAdvertisement Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera have joined the W3C to launch a new website  called ‘Web Platform‘ which will serve a a single source of relevant, up-to-date and quality information on the latest HTML5, CSS3, and other Web standards, offering tips on web development and best practises for the technologies.The site right  now has a wiki,, which anyone with an account can edit, and structured templates for ensuring consistency. It has a massive import of data from Microsoft, Opera, Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Nokia, Adobe, and W3C, still in a rough form, that needs a lot of polishing. It has a chat channel and Q&A forums, and a blog. And all this material will be available free, for anyone to use for any purpose.For years, web developers have had to rely on multiple sites to help them learn web programming or design, each with one piece of the puzzle. Great sites appear, covering one or two subjects, but too often fail to keep up with the rapid pace of changes to the web platform. This may have been good enough when the web was just simple HTML, basic CSS, and maybe a little JavaScript, but that was a long time ago. Today’s web is more than just documents, it’s applications and multimedia, and it’s changing at a breakneck pace. – Advertisement – will have accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive references and tutorials for every part of client-side development and design, with quirks and bugs revealed and explained. It will have in-depth indicators of browser support and interoperability, with links to tests for specific features. It will feature discussions and script libraries for cutting-edge features at various states of implementation or standardization, with the opportunity to give feedback into the process before the features are locked down. It will have features to let you experiment with and share code snippets, examples, and solutions. It will have an API to access the structured information for easy reuse. It will have resources for teachers to help them train their students with critical skills. It will have information you just can’t get anywhere else, and it will have it all in one place.Users can interact on the forums or discuss their projects and coding tips on the site’s dedicated IRC channel.All documents posted to the Web Platform website are licensed under creative commons. While the initial content is provided by the member companies, website visitors are encouraged to share code examples, tips and tricks or any other relevant information using the Wiki.Additional information from The Next Web and Web Platformlast_img read more

Uber Will Include Panic Button For Indian Riders

first_imgAdvertisement The button will be an option starting Wednesday in the smartphone app for users in India. It “allows a rider to alert the local Police at the push of a button in case of an emergency,” Uber said.It is one of several moves the company is taking in the name of safety after a woman reported she was raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi. The alleged December incident sparked protests, and authorities responded by pulling the car service off the road. About six weeks later, Uber resumed operations in New Delhi as a not-for-profit service and applied to be licensed like a traditional taxi service. In a blog post outlining its safety efforts, the company explained that customers won’t see a big red button mounted in the vehicle — “There is no way to ensure that they are kept in working condition across all the cars in the city,” for one. Instead, users will find “an easily accessible in-app panic button that one can activate with a single tap.”Uber said it has already instituted independent background checks for all drivers in India. The driver who allegedly committed the rape was found to have multiple criminal charges pending against him. Uber also says it is creating “a dedicated local Incident Response Team” and will expand its tracking feature to “allow users to easily share their trip details and real-time location with up to 5 friends and family members.” – Advertisement – Credits: CNN Moneylast_img read more

Sneak Peek into Googles New Android N

first_imgImage Credit: AndroidCommunity Advertisement Early this week, Google was happy to announce a Developer Preview of the “N” release of Android for App developers to test, however, they surprised everyone with the spontaneous announcement of the Android N Developer Preview. This early version of the next major Android software update, due to be released later in the year, gives us a good indication of where Android is heading and what we can expect in the full release.“We’re doing something a little different this year by releasing the preview early… really early. By releasing a work in progress build earlier in development, we have more time to incorporate developer feedback.” Dave Burke, VP of Engineering writes in a blog post.The yet-to-be-named Android update, codenamed as “Android N,” features a multi-window mode, improved notifications, efficiency, improved Java 8 language support and more. – Advertisement – Google Inc. unveiled a preview version of Android N for app developers earlier this week.The N Developer Preview includes an updated SDK with system images for testing on the official Android emulator and on Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and Pixel C devices (and to help test out these features on a tablet, developers can get a $150 discount on Pixel C), as well as on General Mobile 4G (Android One) devices.How does it look so far? Find out everything you need to know about Android N below.Multi-Window Mode: Google has been working hard to bring a native and efficient multitasking system to Android, just like in its previous version the “Android M developer” preview. Although the function was eventually omitted from Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with Android N, Google now seems ready to make the leap.Like most major platform changes, developers will have to opt in for the split screen mode to allow their apps to run smoothly. This can be done by adding a new manifest attribute called android:resizableActivity. If this attribute is set to true, your activity can be launched in split-screen modes on phones and tablets.Split Screen display for phones and tablets. [Image: Newsfactor] This attribute also allows app developers to specify their activity’s minimum size the app can be resized to and to determine whether resizing will be immediate or the application needs to restart with the required dimensions. In addition, activities can also go into picture-in-picture mode on devices like TVs, and is a great feature for apps that plays videos; be sure to set android:supportsPictureInPicture to true to take advantage of this.Improved Notifications: The RemoteInput notification API, which was originally added for Android Wear, now works in Android N for phones and tablets. The API enables users to reply their messages within the notification panel itself minus leaving/existing. So if you get an incoming message/text, you can hit “reply” right in the notification and start typing without opening up the messaging app.Android N will also include “Bundled Notifications,” where users can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group notifications from the same app together.“For example individual messages from a messaging app. Grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications by using a two-finger gesture or tapping the new expansion button.”Efficiency: CNN Reports that, in the current version of Android, Google, included a feature called “Doze,” which put phones into a deep sleep when they were sitting on a table for a while.“We launched Doze in Marshmallow to save battery when your device is stationary.”In Android N, “DOZE” saves power when the screen is turned off.“Also, we’re continuing to invest in Project Svelte, an effort to reduce the memory needs of Android so that it can run on a much broader range of devices, in N by making background work more efficient.” Google reports in its blog.last_img read more

BreastIT Makes Regional Finals of the 2019 ASME iSHOW

first_imgBreastIT is a portable AI powered diagnostic tool for screening breast cancer. It’s composed of a Glove for screening and software for image analysis. Advertisement Uganda’s owned invention; BreastIT — an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered diagnostic tool for breast anomalies, makes it to regional finals of the 2019 ASME iSHOW in Kenya.“We’re really glad to have made to the ASME iSHOW finals. iSHOW is a hardware targeted competition which we feel is a right platform for us to answer all the questions around business, design, engineering and gain from the relevant technical support,” Moris Atwine, Team Lead BreastIT told PC Tech Magazine.The ASME Innovation (ISHOW) is a global competition for hardware led social innovation that focuses on the design and engineering journey of taking physical products to market. – Advertisement – After the call of application in Jan. this year, eight inventions are selected to compete for the final grand prize, USD$30,000. The cash prize will be shared among the 3 final winners each taking USD$10,000 (roughly UGX37.4 million).The eight finalists include; BreasIT (Uganda), E Tuk Tuk (Kenya), hearX Group (South Africa), Safi Organics (Kenya), Savanna Circuit Tech (Kenya), SAYeTECH (Ghana), Sesi Technologies Ltd (Ghana), and Solar Freeze (Kenya). From the finalists Kenya dominates with 4 inventions, followed by Ghana with 2, Uganda and South Africa with 1.The eight teams will pitch their products to a panel of judges that will consist of Dr. Kamau Gachigi, ED at Gearbox, Dr. Robert Karanja, Co-founder and CEO of Villgro Kenya, Dr. June Madete, Professor at Kenyatta University, Tom Odoyo, Product Development Engineer at Toyota Kenya Ltd., Sylvia Mukasa, Founder & CEO of GlobalX Innovation Labs — on May 9th.On top of the USD$30,000 share cash prize for the three winners, they will also receive in-kind technical support, and a ticket to the ISHOW Bootcamp in New York.BreastIT becomes the fifth invention/innovation from Uganda to emerge finalists of the ASME ISHOW. In 2017 Matibabu; a non-invasive diagnostic kit used to detect malaria was among the finalists who then later won the challenge. In 2018, Uganda emerged with three finalists,Lumenda, Musana Carts, and PedalTap—emerged finalists.BreastIT is a portable AI powered diagnostic tool for screening breast cancer. It’s composed of a Glove for screening and software for image analysis. The solution is developed by Moris Atwine, Alvin Kabwama, and David Mwesigwa.The tool is a handheld, pocket-sized ultrasound imaging system that empowers radiologists to make focused assessments and accelerate treatment decisions at the point of care.With real-time cloud processing that offers quick and accurate analysis, radiologists are able to take decisive action, refer patients quickly, optimize the course of treatment, and reduce the overall cost of care in low-resource settings.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 4 JanuaryRACING12.20 MusselburghStrait Of Magellan 6/5 > 4/52.25 MusselburghCrinkle Crags 12/1 > 15/23.50 LudlowMiss Spent 6/1 > 5/25.10 WolverhamptonEffusive 9/2 > 100/30LIVE FOOTBALLLa Liga19:30 Sky Sports 3 / Sky Sports 3 HD5/4 Sporting Gijon 12/5 Getafe 9/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Please stop using the C word

first_imgOver and out, B x [dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, was that you I heard there? Yes, it was. And stop lying, will you, please. NOBODY is to use the ‘C’ word now, for at least, the next six months.I hold my hands up, a beaten man. This year’s festival was our worst ever and simply everything we laid won. Down nearly a million overall, and setting a New WR of losing over £300k on Ivanovic Gorbachov, my nose is well and truly bloody. But there you go. That’s all in the past. Today is a new day, and on we march.I take this opportunity though, to say a huge ‘Thank You’, to all of The Star Army, for their relentless work and great attitude, during the run-up to, and also for the week itself.‎There are no special mentions. Quite literally, across the board, everybody produced the goods. THANK YOU..!In other news:Anyway,‎ enough of all of that moaning. We all know what the real downer of the week has been, don’t we? Paul Daniels. Oh dear, oh dear, my Blog. Why do all the good guys keep falling? How heartbreaking to lose such an old-fashioned, charismatic, charming, classic and funny, true Brit eccentric and gentleman entertainer.My favourite PD story, is of when he was doing some work in the garden and accidentally chopped the ends of his fingers off. Such a professional he was though, rather than disturb his wife, Debbie, who was doing a radio show in her own right, he collected them up, and drove himself to A and E. THE SHOW MUST GO ON.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 17 MayDAILY SPECIALS HORSE RACING2.10 SalisburyHigh Horse 15/8 > 6/43.15 SalisburyMapped 7/1 > 4/13.50 SalisburySun Maiden 5/4 > 4/63.30 YorkNordic Lights 10/1 > 15/25.35 YorkWorld War 20/1 > 14/1PLAY-OFF LIVE SKYLeague Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Football7/4 Exeter City 19/10 Lincoln City 21/10 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Newcastle v Man City

first_imgFootball fans have the big treat of midweek Premier League action after a bumper FA Cup fourth round, and tonight’s clash is a tale of two sides heading in very different directions.Without investment, Newcastle are once again in danger of relegation. Since their Christmas blip, Manchester City cannot do anything wrong and are hot on the heels of Liverpool whilst also still in the hunt for all four trophies.There isn’t much that the hosts can do without more investment from Mike Ashley, who has frustrated locals so much that Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah led a Parliamentary debate calling for better regulation of the club, and a Government Minister actually responded in midweek. Their recent Premier League game saw a much needed 3-0 win – thanks to a Fabian Schar double – with one of the brightest performances seen at St James’ Park in months, but that came against Cardiff, who are one place below them.It was a positive moment for the Magpies but Rafael Benitez’s team have already lost eight times in the league this season including defeats to seven of the eight clubs to visit them currently residing in the top half of the League.Pep Guardiola’s men have been busy in recent weeks but they’ve not had to get out of second gear to reach the Carabao Cup final or to get past Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round, and with a healthy amount of rotation.But whatever side turns up, one would expect title chasing City to have the firepower to get past Newcastle, who have often avoided embarrassment by sitting deep when visiting teams come to play. With Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane all firing and the two Silvas on the bench, they ought to find a way of heaping pressure on Liverpool.Newcastle United v Man CityPremier League20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle UnitedJAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle UnitedDEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester CityAPR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 1-1 Manchester CityOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle UnitedFEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle UnitedOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 0-2 Newcastle UnitedAUG 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester CityJAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester CityOCT 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester CityAUG 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle UnitedCity have scored ‘just’ 22 goals away from home compared to 40 at the Etihad but they have beaten a two goal handicap on the four occasions they’ve played bottom half sides on the road. That leads one to think the 2-0 and 3-0 correct scores might be the play. Those who are looking for a safer bet might want to play City on the Half Time/Full Time board – they’ve led at half time in their last eight wins.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY 2-0 1 pt at 11/2 with starsports.betBACK MAN CITY 3-0 1 pt at 6/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 207.64 points(excluding Premier League ante-post)last_img read more

Rice University Names David Minter Interim Provost

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE:(713) RICE UNIVERSITY NAMES DAVID MINTER INTERIMPROVOSTDavid Minter, the Libbie ShearnMoody Professor of English, was named interim provost at Rice University,President Malcolm Gillis announced today. Minter will temporarily fill the post while a search committeecompiles a list of candidates for provost, the position currently held by DavidAuston, who was named president of Case Western Reserve University earlier thismonth. “David Minter is known far and wide as a leading literaryscholar,” Gillis said. “On the Rice campus he is widely recognized as a trulyoutstanding teacher and mentor. In addition, David’s record of service to theuniversity has been one of the most distinguished and fruitful in theuniversity’s history. Today, David has again agreed to put the university’svital interest ahead of his own. We are more deeply in his debt than everbefore.”Minter came to Rice in 1967 from Yale University, where he wasa lecturer in English and American studies. In 1980 he moved to EmoryUniversity, where he served as dean of Emory College and vice president of artsand sciences. As dean of the college, he was head of the faculty of arts andsciences. In that capacity he was responsible for faculty development, coursedevelopment and student recruitment.In 1990, Minter returned to Rice. He served as interim viceprovost and university librarian in the 1995-96 academic year during a period oftransition for Fondren Library. He is the author of numerous articles and bookscovering his area of research–American literature, primarily from1880-1940.###Editors: For more information about Rice University see read more

Could hairy roots become biofactories

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduCould ‘hairy roots’ become biofactories?Rice scientists make modified plant with potential to grow medicinesRice University bioengineers have reported an advance in tapping the immense potential of “hairy roots” as natural factories to produce medicines, food flavorings and other commercial products.The study is available online and slated to appear in the November/December issue of the American Chemical Society’s bi-monthly journal Biotechnology Progress.“The species of periwinkle that we’re studying produces a wide variety of alkaloids — including the anti-cancer drugs vincristine and vinblastine,” said study co-author Ka-Yiu San. “Hairy roots have a number of advantages over cell cultures as a production platform for these compounds.”Hairy roots are a type of tumor that forms on plants infected by the soil bacterium Agrobacterium rhizogenes. By inserting a specific gene into the bacterium, researchers can integrate that gene into the host plant’s DNA. Eventually, the host develops a system of fuzzy-looking roots near the site of the infection. These so-called “hairy roots” are transgenic, meaning they contain the genes of both the host plant and the bacterium.Scientists believe they can create hairy roots that churn out the product of inserted genes with a stability and productivity not possible with most other plant cell cultures. San ’78, Rice’s E.D. Butcher Professor of Bioengineering, said scientists have long wanted to harness the production prowess of hairy roots for industry, but first they must determine the long-term stability of the genetically altered roots.In the new study, San and Rice graduate student Christie Peebles described the methods they used to keep a transgenic hairy root culture alive for 4-and-a-half years. At the outset, they infected a periwinkle plant with a bacterium carrying a gene for fluorescence. By transferring root tips into fresh liquid every four weeks, they maintained a stable root culture that had the characteristic fluorescent glow produced by the gene.Ultimately, San and his collaborators hope to make genetic modifications to the metabolic pathways of the transgenic periwinkle roots, changes that will allow them to produce far more vincristine and vinblastine than is normally produced by a regular periwinkle plant. Study co-authors include Iowa State University’s Jacqueline Shanks, adjunct professor of bioengineering at Rice, and plant biologist Susan Gibson of the University of Minnesota.The research is supported by the National Science Foundation. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Effects of domestic politics on ChineseUS relations topic at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Aug. 20, 2012) – Qiu Huafei, a political science and international relations professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, will discuss how domestic issues in China and the United States affect the countries’ relationship at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Wednesday, Aug. 22.“China and the U.S. are two of the largest global powers and heavily influence current world affairs, and it is essential to understand how their respective domestic politics affect the Sino-U.S. relationship,” said Steven Lewis, the Baker Institute’s C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow and an organizer of the event.Who:               Qiu Huafei, a political science and international relations professor at Tongji University in Shanghai.What:             “The Effects of Domestic Politics on Sino-U.S. Relations.”When:             Wednesday, Aug. 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, 6100 Main St. In his lecture, Huafei will provide an in-depth analysis of major issues regarding Sino-U.S. relations, including China’s relations with Southeast Asia and the United States’ Asia-Pacific policies.Huafei will address domestic factors that shape China and the United States’ foreign policies; such major factors of domestic politics as national interests, election systems, partisan politics, interest groups, public opinion and patriotism; and the future of the Chinese-U.S. relationship.The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit A webcast of the workshop will be available at of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. -30-Founded 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 sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct 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,  AddThislast_img read more