Vintage 1990s Mission antigentrification films set for a new showing

first_img“Have you seen her, La Misíon?” is scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Big Roxie theater at 5 p.m. The five films’ total running time clocks in at around 75 minutes. Mission Local had a chance to meet with Vero Majano for a question-and-answer session.How long have you been in the Mission?Born and raised, baby. I’ve been here 51 years. If there was such a thing, I’d almost be a townie. But I’ve traveled abroad: Norway, Paris — you know, I’ve done my Eurotrip. But I always want to come back.You grew up here. What was it like back then?It was good. A lot of my work was inspired from it. A lot of us had our nonprofit jobs and we could afford our own pads at one time. There was a big independent filmmaking community here and I even got a chance to show my actual film at ATA (Artists’ Television Access).Vero Majano.How did you find out you liked film?My mom would just drop us off at Brava Theater and we would watch movies all day. I think I got turned on to movies because I would just get dropped off there and see movies we shouldn’t have seen as kids, like Taxi Driver. How did you get involved in film professionally?I made my first film in my mid-20s. This film project I’m co-curating with Sergio De La Mora, he was working at this film festival called Cine Accion and I had just made my first film. I had a grant from the Film Arts Foundation and there was this place where you made films at. I got a grant for first-time filmmakers and I learned how to shoot film, like 16-millimeter film. At the time, I was responding to the grandfather of this current tech boom, so I was responding to what was happening to the neighborhood at the time and my film Calle Chula was my response to that.What was it like making Calle Chula and what was it about?It was responding to the changes that I was seeing 20 years ago in the Mission. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of torture, because it was my first project. When I see that film, I geek out on the fact that it was shot on film. When I look at it, I would cringe for the first couple of years, but now I look at it as a document of place and time in the Mission, my voice and my youth. I look at it differently now. The film is like a street version of Rip Van Winkle; it’s kind of based a bit on that. It’s [the female protagonist’s] journey to find out what the hell is happening — and what’s happening is gentrification. You would call it experimental narratives. Getting films made was expensive, but I had a homegirl working at a dot-com so she paid for the print using the company card. What are the origins of Saturday’s film program?The other films all were curated together because they were all about the Mission. Our films would play the circuit together and we had a program back then called “Have you seen her, La Misíon?” and for this program 20 years later we just wanted to use the same title. I think with showing these films from 20 years ago is a chance to reminisce and for people who have been here to see old visuals. It’s also for people to remember that we have been fighting gentrification for all this time. I don’t use gentrification too much in my work because we’re in post-gentrification; if you’re still here, you survived it or are still trying to survive it. Let’s go through the list and talk about the films. Nora Cadena did Ni aquí ni allá and Pepe Urquijo did Algun Dia, where he addressed Proposition 187, the proposition promising to end benefits for undocumented immigrants that was later declared unconstitutional, and its fiction. Then there’s my film, and then there’s Al Hernandez’ That Mission Rising! which is about what was here in the Mission before all of us. I remember when I saw that film, it inspired me to make my film with a vision and get experimental with it.The other film is Armand Emamdjomeh’s, New Mission, which he made in 2010. It’s from a couple of years ago and it’s all stills. I think of all the films like a playlist and he’s going to end it because it’s in the present. His is a good end-song for the program.What other projects do you have going on?I’m working on a project about Los Siete De La Raza, about seven young men who were accused of killing a white police officer in 1969. I’m telling the story of Los Siete and I do a live narration. It’s going to be premiering 2019 at Brava, to mark the 50-year anniversary of the case. Email Address ‘Getting films made was expensive, but I had a homegirl working at a dot-com, so she paid for the print using the company card.’ Right around the turn of the century, San Francisco was in the throes of an earlier tech boom, and many communities were feeling the changes. In response, some native Mission filmmakers decided to capture their home on film with documentary and narrative driven films. Originally shown during the now-defunct Cine Accion film festival decades ago, these five films have been selected and set to re-air Saturday on their 20th anniversary in the Cine + Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival in a program called “Have you seen her, La Misíon?” The films have been curated by local filmmakers Vero Majano and Sergio De La Mora, and are dedicated to filmmaker Nora Cadena, whose film Ni aquí ni allá [Neither here nor there] is in the program. Cadena died of cancer earlier this year. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

RHINO Rugby having recently won the contract as O

first_imgRHINO Rugby, having recently won the contract as Official Ball Supplier for the Rugby Football League and the Super League for the next three years, have recruited James Roby of St Helens and Ryan Hall of Leeds Rhinos as their Rugby League Brand Ambassadors.Managing Director of Rhino Rugby League, and former Saints CEO Tony Colquitt comments: “I am delighted to welcome two world class English players to the Rhino Rugby League brand. Both Ryan and James will be working with Rhino Rugby League to activate our plans within the game. The players will feature in promotional materials and in store activation programmes with Rhino Rugby League’s key trade partners.“The players will also be developing their own range of balls. Rhino Rugby League is committed to delivering world class bespoke products to the game and the signing of Ryan and James signals our intentions.”James Roby added: “I am delighted to sign with Rhino Rugby League and very excited by some of the plans that they have in place. It’s great that a famous brand such as Rhino is now committing to League.”last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for their Tetley

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for their Tetley’s Challenge Cup Round 4 match at Huddersfield Giants.They welcome back Jordan Turner, Luke Walsh, Willie Manu, Kyle Amor and Alex Walmsley.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3.Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson.Paul Anderson will choose his Huddersfield side from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 12. Jason Chan, 13. Chris Bailey, 14. Michael Lawrence, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Kyle Wood, 19. Jodie Broughton, 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 27. Jake Connor.The game kicks off at 2.15pm and the referee will be Phil Bentham.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

SAINTS are off to the Grand Final with a fivetry

first_imgSAINTS are off to the Grand Final with a five-try victory over Catalan Dragons at Langtree Park.Led superbly by a strong pack and solid defence, they won 30-12 to set up a title date with either Wigan or Warrington.Tries from Jordan Turner and Adam Swift gave Saints a 12-6 half time lead before Willie Manu’s second half effort effectively took the game from Catalan.Mose Masoe then powered over and Mark Percival sealed a great victory.Nathan Brown recalled Josh Jones for the Semi-Final clash with Alex Walmsley returning from suspension on the bench.It was a tentative opening from both sides; Jordan Turner kicking dead and Catalan firing a high ball that was collected by Paul Wellens.Sam Williams then made a break but Saints were up to his last tackle option.Mark Percival missed the chance to put Saints ahead when the Dragons were penalised for offside; the youngster dragging his kick wide.Saints forced a drop out in the tenth minute but had to weather another period of pressure from the visitors.And on 20 minutes that pressure told albeit courtesy of the video referee and a very forward pass.Morgan Escare didn’t mind though, collecting the offload and putting his side ahead to boos from the home support.Thomas Bosc adding the extras.Saints hit back almost immediately.Massive runs from Luke Thompson and Willie Manu set up the field position and Jordan Turner showed immense strength to pull his side back into it.Percival with the conversion.Josh Jones took Sam Williams’ high ball on 33 minutes before Catalan tried to twist the screw once again.But when the visitors were penalised for very physical play in the tackle, Saints made them pay.Turner switched play on the left hand side and Adam Swift swooped down the touchline to score a quite wonderful try.Percival adding the extras from the touchline to give Saints a 12-6 lead at half time.Saints probed early in the second half and turned Catalan on their heels with a number of good kicks.And on their next attack they scored.Josh Jones drove it in before it went right, from Wellens and Percival to Makinson who flew down the right to turn it back inside for Willie Manu.Mark Percival making it a 12-point game before he duly tagged on a penalty in the 55th minute too.Saints were rampant and it was no surprise when Mose Masoe rampaged to the line, swatting players off in the process.Mark Percival danced through the defence after the hour mark only for Michael Oldfield to score moments later.Saints had, in all honesty, had taken the sting out of the game by then and played out their sets to head into a mouthwatering Old Trafford showdown.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Turner, Swift, Manu, Masoe, PercivalGoals: Percival (5 from 7)Dragons:Tries: Escare, OldfieldGoals: Bosc (2 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 7Dragons: 6HT: 12-6FT: 30-12REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 8888Teams:Saints: 17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 15. Mark Flanagan; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 16. Kyle Amor, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 28. Luke Thompson, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 27. Greg Richards.Dragons: 2. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 25. Vincent Duport, 18. Daryl Millard; 6. Thomas Bosc, 34. Sam Williams; 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 12. Louis Anderson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Greg Mounis.Subs: 10. Jeff Lima, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 21. Julian Bousquet, 29. Benjamin Garcia.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham couldnt fault the effort of his

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham couldn’t fault the effort of his depleted charges as they went down 12-4 at Wigan.Injury ravaged Saints battled at the DW Stadium but just couldn’t find the crucial score following a monumental effort.“I thought it was a brilliant effort,” he said. “We came into the game after losing our in-form half back in Travis Burns last week and then we lost Jon Wilkin in Captain’s run. We had zero time to do anything as a team together – but I know there have been other teams in that situation.“So to put yourself in the situation to be in the game for 70-odd minutes is good. We had a scratchy start but they didn’t really break our systems. They had the charge down and the kick that stuck in the mud at the end.“Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was outstanding. He must have played in three or four different positions. The half backs did well too; they took us around the pitch but their lack of experience hurt us at times. That is understandable though.“Ideally, when you put a partnership together you need time – a pre-season – and this one was done in less than 24 hours. Jon Wilkin won’t be available Monday so we have a little time to work on this partnership. We can put right some of the wrongs.“If a couple of decisions or a couple of bounces had gone our way then it could have been a different game. The forwards played double minutes and we got tried and made mistakes. With a couple more subs we would have rolled it more.“It was a great derby wasn’t it – these occasions never seem to let us down.”He continued: “It’s disappointing that we lost a couple of players again. It is like that every week now. I might have to put my boots on.“The injury to Paul… that is a reoccurring thing we are aware of. He is a warrior; any other player wouldn’t have started the game. I had to trust his judgement and he didn’t want to let me or the team down. He got through the half well but he looked bad in the dressing room at half time.“Joe on the other hand has gone straight to hospital with a lower leg injury.“The boys will be ready Monday. Hull played yesterday and have a day on us, but we will be ready, They showed resilience today to hang on in there.”Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said he thought his side deserve

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said he thought his side deserved something out of tonight’s game at Langtree Park.Marc Sneyd hit a drop goal with around three minutes to go to hand Hull FC a 17-16 victory.But like his opposite number Lee Radford, Keiron agreed a draw would have been a fair result.“I thought we probably deserved something out of the game,” he explained. “We have probably played some games this year, put in half an effort we did tonight and won convincingly.“So as disappointed as I am in the loss, it isn’t for myself but for the players. I genuinely believe they deserved something out of the game for what they put in.“The try before half time hurt us – and there is no one to blame for the goal miss. There was a lot of stuff there for us to win the game. You have to give credit to both sides though and especially my boys. Hull chucked everything at us. They rested six or seven on Monday and brought them back, in fresh.“We had players pushing through coming off a short turnaround so I am really proud of them. Credit to Hull though, they hung on in there and their belief at the back end of games has won them games. We need to manage the game better at the back end.“We found something on Monday at Widnes that worked – working hard for each other gets results, and even though the bodies might not have wanted to do that tonight, we found a way to keep on going.“We had three good ball sets in the second half but we weren’t clinical enough. Walshy skews his kick, Fages’ effort gets charged down. We can take a lot out of tonight and if we have the same effort over the next few weeks we won’t be far off.”He continued: “We don’t know what’s happening with Joe (Greenwood). Jon Wilkin went well through the middle and I moved him to spell Joe … the idea was to bring Joe back and move Wilko back to where he was good in the first half. But we couldn’t do that.“When we get some people back we will have more strike. Those nearly opportunities will become definites.“We will keep on fighting, though. We will deal with it and do our best next week.”last_img read more

Mental health is about the way you think and feel

first_imgMental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. We’ve put together 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time, but it can make a big difference.Talk about your feelingsTalking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.Eat wellThere are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.Keep in touchFriends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.Take a breakA change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.Accept who you areSome of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.Keep activeExperts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.Drink sensiblyWe often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.Ask for helpNone of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.Do something you’re good atWhat do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.Care for othersCaring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.last_img read more


first_imgA local lad Dave went to Windleshaw Primary School and finished his education at St Teresa’s. He was a fine all-round sportsman in his youth and as a goalkeeper for the Town Team attracted the attention of Manchester City. Alas, his parents urged him to continue with his apprenticeship at Pilkingtons as a glass cutter, rather than the somewhat precarious rout of professional football, but semi-professional rugby league was soon to beckon.His rugby career came to prominence with Ruskin Park Colts, from where he was signed by St Helens RFC. A forceful and belligerent second row forward, who relished the physical contact side of the sport, Dave made his debut in the First Team against Blackpool Borough on 12th September 1964. He was initially on the bench, with Peter Harvey for this game, which the Saints won 37-5. The game itself was characterized by a hat-trick from stand-off Keith Northey, together with a brace [and 5 goals] from scrum-half Alex Murphy.A regular member of what was quite a strong A Team at Knowsley Road, Dave played for the seniors on seven occasions, with five more as substitute, scoring two tries. It was always extremely competitive for places in the back-row at the time of Dave’s arrival, with the likes of John Mantle, Ray French, John Warlow, Mervyn Hicks, Jimmy Mustard and others all vying for a spot. Dave’s last match for the Saints’ first team was when he came off the bench in the Floodlit trophy Preliminary round [second leg] against Salford at Knowsley Road, on 26th September 1966.He damaged knee ligaments in the Challenge Cup quarter final against Swinton in 1966 and could, conceivably, have been on the bench for the Wembley showdown with Wigan. Yet he remained stoic. “Just to be in a dressing room, surrounded by the likes of Vollenhoven, Murphy, Watson and men like these was just fantastic and a privilege few rugby league players had”, he recalled several years ago. “They are priceless memories that will never leave me!”He married Margaret [Catterall] in 1966 and early in the 1967-68 season, Dave was transferred to Widnes, with Ray French, as part of the deal that took Frank Myler to Knowsley Road. Dave played 18 times for the Chemics, scoring one try. He enjoyed the experience, but he was a St Helens lad at heart and never really wanted to leave Knowsley Road.When he retired after his Widnes sojourn, he returned to one of his first loves: football and kept goal for Pilkingtons. In the summer months he was a wicketkeeper with St Helens Recs and played with distinction for a number of years in the Liverpool Competition. He also had a spell when he put the boots on once again to help the A team out at Knowsley Road. Dave also coached the youth teams at Ruskin Park and Blackbrook. Dave always kept himself fit with regular visits to the gym and trained at West Park RUFC when he could. He also loved to sing and was a member of the Woodlanders, a well-known group on the local scene.After leaving Pilkingtons, he became a Classroom Assistant at Nugent House, a natural transition, according to his son, Chris: “Dad loved to help youngsters develop generally, not just in sport, and this role came quite naturally to him. He was truly selfless and remained heavily involved with St Julie’s Primary School and the Church in Eccleston”.Dave maintained strong links with St. Helens RFC and remained a staunch committee member of the Saints’ Players Association, right from its inception in the late 1970s. “He loved going to other Associations’ functions,” remembers Chris. “He loved talking to those who he played against He was extremely proud to have represented his home town teams – Saints in particular. When he received news of his Heritage Number recently [820], he was so thrilled.”Dave had a great sense of humour, right to the end and is survived by his wife, Margaret, son Chris, daughter Clare and four grandchildren.Everyone at the St Helens club send their condolences to the family at this sad time.last_img read more

VIDEO Sams Pit Stop robbed deputies search for suspect

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man shattered the front glass to break into a convenience store in Bolton.The sheriff’s office has released surveillance video of the crime.- Advertisement – It happened Friday around 3:30 a.m. at the Sam’s Pit Stop on the Green Swamp Highway.This is video of the suspect breaking through the window and hopping behind the cash register.According to the incident report, the suspect stole cigars, and oil and gas treatment.Related Article: Men accused of failing to do construction jobs after paidIf you know anything, contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.last_img

Support college scholarships at Port City Rip the Runway

first_img This event highlights local talent, DJs, small and commercial businesses, local models, make-up artists, hair stylists, clothing designers and local community leaders and business owners.The models are ordinary women, men, and children in the community with a desire to rip the runway. WWAY’s own Amanda Fitzpatrick will be walking in the “Boss Chic” category.It’s happening Saturday, January 27 from 6-8 p.m. in Windell Daniels Hall, located inside Union Station on the campus of Cape Fear Community College.Related Article: Operation BBQ Relief to end operations SundayTickets start at $30 and there are VIP options available. You can purchase tickets here or at the door.Port City Rip the Runway is an event highlighting unity in the community. Enjoy a fun night, support each other and help raise money for the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation.To learn more about Port City Rip the Runway, click here for the event website or follow them on Facebook.About Lillie Ann Heggins:Mrs. Lillie Ann Heggins was an educator in North Carolina for over 37 years. Her passion was to educate youth and expose them to endless possibilities in the world. She began her teaching career at Southwest High School in Jacksonville, NC and then finished her teaching at Myrtle Grove Middle School as a Math/Business Education teacher and ROCAME advisor. Her belief in education was to use it as a catapult to place youth in opportunities for success. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Enjoy a fashion show, music and fun for the whole family while supporting a great cause this weekend at Port City Rip the Runway.Founded by Brandon and Suprena Hickman, the show started in 2012 and benefits the Lillie Ann Heggins Scholarship Foundation which aims to send children to college.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NAACP members march downtown to push for more to vote

first_imgMoral March to the polls on April 19, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Voting is a civic duty, but for some people its hard to find the time to.Many people utilize early voting and Thursday the NAACP is emphasizing the importance of it.- Advertisement – The New Hanover County NAACP held their March to the Polls to put an emphasis on voting and early voting.They started at St. Stephen AME Church and walked to the Cape Fear Community College science building. Why? Because that is an early voting site.Members of the NAACP say early voting is underutilized and needs more attention.Related Article: Wilson Center collaborating with actor BD Wong“The importance of having early voting allows more time for individuals to vote,” Deborah Dicks Maxwell, New Hanover NAACP president said. “More accessibility to vote, which we are fortunate to have in North Carolina. So we really need to use it, especially Sunday voting this year.”They are hoping this will continue to bring more people out to vote.Early voting started today and will be open until the Saturday before election day.last_img read more

Winnabow double murder 911 call released

first_img The man on the phone can be heard frantically telling his fiance to get away from the bodies.“We’re on Lee Buck Road, it’s a dirt road,” the caller says.“Okay, do you know how far down Lee Buck on the dirt portion you are?” the 911 operator asks.Related Article: Michael Avenatti expects to be indicted in Nike extortion case“Leave them alone, you should not mess with them!” the caller tells his fiance.“Are they, can you tell if they’ve been shot or anything?” the 911 operator asks.“Get in the car! *Unintelligible* Get in the car,” the caller says.“What did she say?” the 911 operator asks.“One of the ladies, I think the lady is dead,” the caller says.Both 19-year-old Logan Neal Young of Winnabow, and 20-year-old Joshua Larmonte Carter of Southport have been charged with murder.Click here for more on that story. WINNABOW, NC (WWAY) – The 911 calls made after two teenagers were murdered in Winnabow Saturday night are now public.The call came in around 11:35 p.m. from Lee Buck Road in Winnabow. A man says he and his fiance found two people lying on the ground near a car on a dirt road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

City holds first public meeting on new noise ordinance draft

first_img The new ordinance simplifies definitions and how sound can be measured at certain times of day in specific places around the city. Businesses downtown have been outspoken about making sure the law does not hurt them.“The last thing we need to do with the film industry we hope on the rebound but we don’t want to hurt good industry and businesses. So I am encouraged by what we’ve read and changes thus far and the group that are here tonight,” said Terry Espy from the Downtown Business Alliance.Wilmington Police are expected to add three more decibel meters to help record and have reason for ticketing a person or business.Related Article: Downtown Business Alliance meets ahead of holiday seasonA second public meeting is set for Thursday, July 18th. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Wilmington city leaders are changing the laws that tell you you’re too loud. Monday they gave the public a chance to weigh in on the latest noise ordinance draft.The current law on the books is confusing for both police and the public according to the city. It also does not include a way for people to challenge a citation or ticket.- Advertisement – last_img read more

EU states may face slew of Brussels fines after landmark legal opinion

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium March 19, 2019 REUTERS/Yves HermanFILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium March 19, 2019 REUTERS/Yves Herman European Union countries failing to apply the bloc’s laws could face a slew of EU fines under a landmark case that could hasten existing sanctions proceedings that rarely end up in penalties, a legal opinion issued on Thursday showed.The 28 EU nations are required to apply EU rules by set deadlines or face sanctions. But the procedures to force them to adopt the laws are so cumbersome that they have led to only 38 fines since 2000 despite hundreds of infringement cases opened by the EU Commission every year.The advocate general of the EU top court called on Thursday for the process to be sped up, issuing a legal opinion that could drastically cut the time needed to fine offending states, potentially exposing them to dozens of penalties every year.Currently states are currently fined only after the EU court rules twice against them on the same case – a process which usually take years and allows countries to breach EU rules for prolonged periods with relative impunity.This has also allowed states like Poland and Hungary to breach EU rule-of-law covenants without facing imminent sanction – a problem the commission plans to address with a new set of rules which could be discussed as early as next week.The legal expert said states could now be fined after only one ruling from the EU top court, in what would be the first application of a so-far neglected article of the EU treaty.Opinions from the advocate general are not binding, but the court has upheld them in its rulings in a overwhelming majority of cases.The case that triggered the opinion was brought to the court by the EU Commission which accused Spain of having failed to adopt EU rules on consumer credit agreements for property deals.After a lengthy case over laws that should have been applied already in 2016, the Commission referred Madrid to the EU court and asked for a daily fine of nearly 106,000 euros ($119,250) after the court judgement.The advocate general endorsed the commission’s position on sanctioning Spain, the court said in a statement, noting that this was the first case in which the court would rule on a direct request for penalties.The court’s ruling is anticipated in the coming months, but there is no set date for it. Over the last year, Brussels brought to the court 38 cases against EU states, and a total of 58 are still pending, court data show.($1 = 0.8889 euros)last_img read more

Maltas govt has institutionalised corruption – NGO Govt was transparent – PL

first_imgCivil society organisation Repubblika stated that Malta’s government has seized the institutions and has institutionalized corruption while Partit Laburista said that the Government was always transparent, as the country reacted to the Fifth Evaluation report on Malta which was published on Wednesday.READ: GRECO report says Malta’s criminal justice system risks collapseRepubblika has hit out at the government in a lengthy press statement, within hours that the Government authorized the release the findings by the Group of States Against Corruption.READ: Update (2): Effective action against corruption in the government and police needed – GRECOThe Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) assessed the effectiveness of the framework in place in Malta to prevent corruption amongst persons with top executive functions, that is ministers and other senior government officials, and the Malta Police Force.READ: Government authorizes publication of GRECO reportIn their statement Repubblika said that Muscat’s government identified all loopholes and flaws in the legal and administrative systems it inherited and exploited it. The NGO said that the document describes a corrupt and mafia-like state of affairs which did not exist prior to Muscat’s premiership.The NGO stated that the report is a clear message to the Malta Police Force, the employees of the Attorney General, regulators, members of the judiciary, the Commissioner for Public Standards, the Ombudsman, the Auditor General, Maltese journalists, academics, civil society and the Opposition, that the Government has seized the institutions and has institutionalized corruption.‘A Government which acts with transparency’ – Partit Laburista In a reaction, Partit Laburista, said that the Government found ‘no problem in authorising the publishing of the GRECO report’ claiming that this showed that the Government was ‘transparent’. In its findings, GRECO commented on the lack of transparency and made recommendations as it found access to information in Malta, problematic.The report was adopted during the plenary held between 18-22 March, and of which local newspapers had obtained a draft copy prior to the government authorizing its publication.The PL further said that the Government acted with transparency when it made itself available to discuss the report in the House on the same day it was published. Partit Nazzjonalista however said that the report will be discussed in the House, after a request made by PN leader and Opposition leader Adrian Delia.Further the Party claimed, this contrasted with the Opposition leader Adrian Delia’s behaviour when he refused to publish documents he spoke of over the past days.The PL referred also to the Government’s reform, describing them as reforms that would strengthen democracy and Malta’s rule of law. It also referred to the Government efforts to implement the recommendations, the Government received from the Venice Commission.‘The report condemns the Government; proves the Opposition right’ -PNPartit Nazzjonalista in a statement said that the report published on Wednesday, is another report which proves the party right. PN campaigned on anti-corruption platform under the banner Forza Nazzjonali, in the run-up to the 2017 snap election. PN said that in its findings the report found that the system was ineffective when it comes to holding persons accountable. Further the Party said that the report states the justice system in Malta risks paralysis while the institutions are inadequately resourced to carry out their functions.The PN observed that in its findings, GRECO found that the perception was that an electoral victory prevails over law enforcement.Partit Nazzjonalista referred to the recent damning reports published by European institutions and said that Malta is not a normal country.The Party said that the Labour-led Government took various institutions hostage and that this was repeatedly condemned by various institutions. According to the Party, the findings reflects the various points raised by the Opposition regarding the deteriorating judicial system, lack of checks and balances among others.The Opposition called on the Government to implement the 22 recommendations made in the GRECO report without any further delay.‘A lot of power in the hands of politicians can lead to abuse’ – ADAlternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party in its reaction to the report said that it was comforting to find that GRECO focused on the lacuna in the Maltese legal system which left a lot of power in the hands of politicians of which can lead to abuse.The Green Party focused on a paragraph on the Security Services which are authorised by the Prime Minister himself or the Minister for Home Affairs to be able to wiretap conversations. The report recommends that ‘legislation is issued giving criminal investigation bodies the authority to seek and use special investigative techniques such as wiretaps in the investigation of corruption offences, empowering the judicial authority to authorize their use, and making the evidence obtained thereby admissible in court’.AD then referred to its 2017 General Election manifesto where it proposed that all the institutions have adequate resources in order to carry out their functions against corruption and in favour of good governance. The Party had also proposed that the authorisation for wiretapping should fall under the responsibility of the courts rather than the ministry of the day.Other reactionsFormer PN MP Franco Debono in a reaction to the publication of the report, said that he had only one word to say, that Malta has turned into a ‘Muscatian jungle’.“The criminal justice response can too easily be paralysed where political influences come into play… senior officials benefit from total impunity for their actions” Scathing @coe anti-corruption assessment on Labour Government.@MaltaGov @JosephMuscat_JM— David Casa (@DavidCasaMEP) April 3, 2019 <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Council of Europe finds #Malta’s government – which runs a dubious #goldenvisa scheme – failing to tackle corruption and impunity. Lack of accountability for architects of murder of #DaphneCaruanaGalizia is a particularly shameful illustration.— Mike Davis (@michaelpmdavis) April 3, 2019Malta joined GRECO 20 years agoMalta joined GRECO 20 years ago, since then the country received 4 reports. In each report GRECO recommended that the country should improve its anti-corruption institutions and structures.WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

El Hiblu Piracy as defined by the international law of the sea

first_imgThe definition of piracy in the international law of the sea is a historical one.To understand better what constitutes piracy, interviewed lawyer Valentin Schatz, a research associate and Ph.D. candidate at the Chair of International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law, Public International law and Public Law (Professor Alexander Proelss) of the University of Hamburg, Germany. In the last week of March, merchant vessel El Hiblu 1 was asked to conduct a search and rescue mission. Some 100 asylum seekers were brought to safety on board the vessel. However the vessel was later rerouted due to an alleged hijack, and it brought the asylum seekers to Malta.While the event was still unfolding, the Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini had made headlines in Italy alleging that the case was one of ‘piracy on the high seas’. The Maltese media was quick to pick up Salvini’s statements. contacted Schatz in order to delve into what constitutes an act of piracy under the international law of the sea. Schatz explained that the generally-recognised definition of piracy is found in the Law of the Sea Convention of 1982. He further explained that, for an act to constitute an act of piracy, there are several requirements which need to be fulfilled. Given that the definition is a historical one, piracy involves act of violence, detention or depredation (the act of attacking or plundering) against a vessel by another vessel on the high seas for private ends. Before proceeding to explain better the requirements as outlined in the international law of the sea, Schatz clarified that, as it is, piracy is not really a crime, but rather a rule that would allow a state to exercise their jurisdiction over a person or vessel, once the requirements are fulfilled. It is then up to the states themselves to enact criminal laws applicable to such acts. He then explained that whenever the international law definition of piracy is fulfilled, then any state could exercise criminal jurisdiction. Schatz pointed out that in the case of Malta, the authorities did not intercept the ship on the high seas, and chose to wait for El Hiblu to actually arrive in Maltese waters before they exercised any jurisdiction. Schatz remarked that this could have been because the Maltese authorities were aware that this was not a case of piracy. The three requirements according to international law of the seaThe international law of the sea has three requirements for an act of piracy to be fulfilled, it needs to occur on the high seas, it needs more than one ship and the person/s carrying out the act of piracy need to be doing so for private ends. According to the facts at hand, in the case of El Hiblu 1, the rescuees allegedly took over the vessel in Libya’s territorial waters. By definition, Schatz asserted this could not be thought of as piracy under international law. He then explained that as soon as the vessel entered Maltese territorial waters, then it was subject to Maltese law. Malta is a member of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, and therefore it is expected to exercise jurisdiction over such situations of vessel hijackings which constitute a threat to maritime security, Schatz explained. Speaking about another requirement, that of needing more than one vessel, Schatz explained that while there were indeed two vessels originally; the asylum seekers were brought to safety from their boat onto the vessel. He explained what later happened on El Hiblu 1 was allegedly committed by the passengers on the vessel and rather than constituting piracy it was a matter of the flag state. He likened the incident to a mutiny on a vessel, Schatz explained that if the case had happened on the high sea then the flag state would be responsible for exercising its jurisdiction while had it happened in the port or territorial waters, then the coastal state could also assume responsibility over the crime. The third criterion, Schatz explained was ‘private ends’; however, its definition could be disputed. He distinguished between the strict and broad definitions as to what constitutes ‘private ends’. Referring to the anti-whaling activities in the Antarctic by NGOs against Japanese whaling vessels, he said while the NGOs committed violent acts, the acts were political in nature and not for private gain. However, some would argue that any acts committed for ends that are not sanctioned by a government are for ‘private ends’.Commenting on El Hiblu 1, Schatz explained that the definition of piracy under the international law of the sea was a cumulative one, thus already one missing criterion would mean that the act was not a case of piracy. In the El Hiblu 1 case at least two criteria were not fulfilled.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Photos Hope lies with truth Institutions on their knees

first_imgReżistenza MaltaReżistenza Malta Activist group Reżistenza left the three wise monkeys outside the Police Headquarters during the night between Friday to Saturday. In a statement that accompanied the photos, the group quoted Don Luigi Ciotti, an Italian priest who was deeply involved against illegality and organised crime, saying ‘L-Omertà uccide. La verità è la speranza’ meaning ‘Omertà kills. Hope lies with truth’.The action by the anonymous group comes few days before the 18 anniversary since the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on 16 October 2017.The group said that it is determined to find the whole truth and ‘to see that who is corrupt receives the sentence they deserve, and that whoever was bound by the law to stop such abuses and failed to do so answers for their omissions’.‘Maltese institutions are on their knees’ Reżistenza described the institutions as being on their knees due to ‘a cocktail of incompetence and collusion’. The group referred to the events in 2016 when the then director of the FIAU Manfred Galdes presented to the then Police Commissioner Michael Cassar. Following the report, Casssar went on sick leave and resigned shortly after, within three months, Galdes himself tendered his resignation, Reżistenza recalled.Reżistenza also urged to make public whether any politician or public person was interrogated in connection to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Reżistenza Malta Reżistenza Malta SharePrint 1 of 4 Reżistenza Malta WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Reżistenza Maltalast_img read more

Watch We thank the Lord for the gifts of faith and wonder

first_imgArchbishop Charles Scicluna said that on this Easter Sunday one should thank the Lord for the gifts of faith and wonder.Mgr. Scicluna said this in his homily during the celebration of Easter Sunday Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Scicluna encouraged the congregation to pray for its hearts and souls to be renewed with peace. He said that the congregation should be thankful for the gifts of faith and the ability to wonder which were given by the Lord. He said that the ability to wonder brings about the ability to be filled with astonishment and admiration.Mgr. Scicluna spoke about the day’s Gospel Reading – the narration of the resurrection according to Luke. “The women go to the tomb carrying spices, perfumes, ointment…they went to anoint a corpse but they found an empty tomb,” said the Archbishop. He remarked that there they met two men who asked them why they were looking for Jesus among the dead when he was alive.“They had been to the tomb expecting to find the stench of death. They find the beauty of light and the hope of the resurrection,” said Mgr. Scicluna.The Archbishop said that the sense of faith is born during Easter. He explained that man’s senses of perception are all renewed during Easter. This is because one can see an empty tomb, hear the message of the risen Lord, smell the perfume, and speak of one’s experience. However, according to the Archbishop, the sense of faith is born on this day. He explained that the apostles could not believe what the women had told them – they thought this was all a hallucination born out of sorrow. However, he said that Peter found the tomb empty except for a shroud. The Lords disciples are then filled with astonishment.Archbishop Charles Scicluna stated that through the day’s readings, one understands that Christ is truly risen from the dead.On Easter morning, the Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord as a Churchthat commemorates the rebirth of Man to a new life, in communion with those whobelieve in the resurrection of Christ from the dead.Throughout the day, the Church relives the joyful experience of the disciples after the resurrection of Christ.Yesterday, Archbishop Charles Scicluna told the congregation that Easter means hope not only for the Church which renewed its faith on Holy Saturday but for the world, as he welcomed the adults which were later baptised during the pontifical mass of the Easter Vigil held on Holy Saturday at St John’s Co-Cathedral.Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, Easter Day bomb blasts at three churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.Live streaming provided by the Communications Office of the Archbishop’s Curia – <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Benefits of Using Social Media for Health Corporations

first_imgImage Credit: snobmonkey Advertisement Recorded underneath are the main advantages of utilizing online networking for medicinal services partnerships:Successful Dissemination of Health Information and realities The web is loaded down with poor social insurance information that is getting utilized by various clinical patients everywhere throughout the world. These sorts of patients are setting their prosperity in line since they have confidence in the information they take a gander at on the web not mindful that those aren’t right. Today, the astounding potential for human services foundations exists to offer them to use social some assistance with networking to spread the exact, and also noteworthy well-being information the buyers require.  – Advertisement – Online networking’s Collaborative Environment Online networking helps with checking the buyer’s response around their brand name.  Also, they help with augmenting the capability of person to person communication. To create brand name mindfulness, improve and uncover an attentive top administration.Interface in Situations of Emergency We can never tell at whatever point a shocking hardship can come be that as it may, in examples, for example, these human services organizations might utilize online networking showcasing frameworks like twitter, Facebook or MySpace, Google+. They can even give continuous upgrades for those in a split second impacted by the crisis, and individuals who are seeing from an extraordinary separation and wish to offer assistance.Steven Wildman of Scott and White Healthcare, one among the nursing homes that managed and even took great consideration of Fort Hood patients utilized the micro blogging site; Twitter, to offer up-to-moment reports to the overall population. With Twitter’s openness,Wildman figured out how to give changes in a startling crisis room access and in addition center working status notwithstanding re-tweeted reports from Red Cross.[related-posts]last_img read more

Tecno Boom J8 review A worthy sequel perfect fit for audiophiles

first_imgAdvertisement Smartphone aficionados have been crying out for the Tecno Boom J8 since, well, the days of the Boom J7. The second-gen version looks more expensive than the J7, thanks to its impressive build quality, and its powerful internals.The Boom J8 offers a slick build and a spec-list that matches most of the far pricier high-end devices.I had the pleasure of using the phone for a week and here’s a full review. Enjoy! – Advertisement – DesignAt first glance, the J8 doesn’t look anything special coming from a manufacturer that’s ‘small’ in the smartphone manufacturing business.The Boom J8 sports a sturdy metal frame around its circumference, giving the handset a premium look and feel. It’s a similar design choice to the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Note 4, with the rear retaining a removable plastic back plate.Design1 of 7 sandpaper finish on the back Premium Finish around the fraame Keys sandpaper finish on the back metal frameI never feared that I’d drop it, thanks in part to the textured grey affair with the roughness of sandpaper and the sturdy metal frame. Although it’s a big, the Boom J8 doesn’t feel unwieldy or tough to hold. There’s also a notification light bar at the bottom bezel which is really cool.HiOS: Fluid and Faster UIThe Boom J8 is the first smartphone to run HiOS (sounds like iOS, yes?). HiOS is Tecno’s new custom user interface custom based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. HiOS is light and fluid, looks good and adds extra functionality to the device.The icons on the HiOS are sleek, intuitive and offer more interaction. The new OS also comes with a couple of themes which you can use to customize your J8’s look and feel.HiOS1 of 6 Though there isn’t anything revolutionary about it, it gives the Boom J8 a distinct look.Impeccable AudioThe Boom J8 has an amazing audio performance (it literally booms). Packing Dual Boom Speakers at the bottom of the device, The J8 offers an amazing surround sound technology to the smartphone.The Boom Player has a trick up it’s sleeve, it lets you find music by African artistes and equally play them with lyrics. It also notifies you of new music when they are available. pretty cool huh!Boom Boom Boom1 of 4 Boom Player Dual Boom Speakers at the bottom Boom HeadphonesThe Boom Maxx app is another complementary that comes with the Boom Player in the J8. The app is a standalone that lets you choose various preset audio quality settings. There’s an option to create your own preset too.The smartphone also comes with a freebie that cannot go unnoticed; the Boom Headphones. Being a freebie, the Boom Headphones does not not match the audio quality compared to other commercial headphones. It also feels a bit uncomfortable on the ear.CameraThe back camera noticeably upgraded from 8.0MP in the Boom J7 to 13MP, quite a jump if you ask me. My best feature on the camera was the fast tracking PDAF that lets you focus on moving objects in the blink of an eye without any no motion blurs!1 of 8 Boom Headphones Shot taken in motion Another one: Shot taken in motion A shot taken in the dark with flashThe Front camera comes with 5.0MP, with front LED flash which produces stunning selfies even in low light.PerformanceThe Boom J8 is powered by a 64-bit Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6753 Processor on a Mali-T720 GPU and equipped with a 2 GB of RAM which should provides for decent multitasking.I took it for a spin with Asphalt 7 Car Racing game and it ran smoothly till it started to heat up a bit after a couple of minutes.Performance: I was able to play Asphalt 7 smoothlyBatteryThe J8 features a huge 3000mAh non-removable battery which keeps the device as slim as possible. Hours of usage ultimately comes down to how you use the device.It also supports Fast-Charge and according to specs, 15 minutes charge would ensure you 8 long hours of phone calls.VerdictTecno Boom has again managed to conquer the tricky second album with a smartphone which builds on its predecessor in a number of ways without losing its core appeal.last_img read more