Mural misstep heightens the risk of opening a new restaurant

first_imgNot even growing up in the neighborhood can prevent a new business from falling onto the third-rail of Mission District development.  That is what Jose Ruffrage and Fernando Quiñonez discovered earlier this summer and it is what has made the particularly nervous about next week’s opening of their new restaurant Alma at 2801 24th St.“Its upsetting. I’ve been here in the community for a long time – my heart is here, but now I feel like we are the enemy,” said Ruffrage.Unwittingly, the restaurateurs became embroiled in a mural controversy that has made the walls of their restaurant the focus of persistent tagging – the kind generally reserved for newcomers. “Yuppies don’t float,” is scrawled on one wall, for example.Their only hope, they said,  is that all will stop now that a deal has been made between the owner of the building, Ali Rismanchi, and the nonprofit Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. “The mural, that has nothing to do with us,” said Ruffrage. “That’s the landlord, the owner.” 0% The problem began when Rismanchi decided in June that he wanted to rid the building of a copyrighted mural done by youth from Precita Eyes – one he thought was “too dark.” That mural read “Our Culture is Not for Sale,” and bore images of skulls referencing Dia De Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican celebration.  Unaware of community protocol and the copyright protections, Rismanchi and his business partner commissioned a new artist to replace the mural with “something more colorful,” a wall of mandalas that exhorted the viewer to “Be a Good Person.”  Local muralists and community advocates interrupted the artist in the process of painting and in the course of one afternoon, the artist agreed to move the new mural to another wall and to leave the now whitewashed wall for Precita.  That, however, was not enough for local artists. They had been disrespected and the new mural was quickly tagged.  Weeks of negotiations followed. In the end, Rismanchi has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Precita Eyes to have its youth program paint a similar mural in the same space. “I think they want to stick with the same message of […] culture. I’m ok with anything, “ said Rismanchi.The Folsom Street wall space of the soon-to-open Peruvian eatery Alma Cocina has been vandalized with graffiti tags. Photo by Laura WaxmannSome of the same youth that painted the original mural will be involved in recreating it on the building’s 24th Street side, said Max Martilla, a Precita Eyes muralists. “As soon as we get that check we are going to start designing.”Xavier Schmidt, another Precita Eyes muralist who will be leading the youth tasked with creating the new mural, said that his group is scheduled to meet with Rismanchi once more next week to finalize the deal. The planned mural, he said, will be spray painted and is expected to be completed some time this month. Still Ruffrage is concerned. “I”m worried that it will be a problem when the restaurant opens – they painted over the graffiti [on the Folsom Street wall] last week and now it’s back,” said Ruffrage. Following the mural controversy, Ruffrage and Quiñonez met with the local leaders from the Calle 24 Cultural District to discuss their intentions of creating an inclusive, community space with their new restaurant.  “We are part of the 24th street neighborhood now and we don’t want to start on the left foot,” said Quiñonez, adding that despite the inconvenience the dispute has caused him, he was sympathetic to the community’s pushback. “They said its gentrification. I understand now that they are being protective and that there are certain rules. I would be the same way they are – upset,” he said. center_img Tags: murals • precita eyes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Distillations The mystifying — but undeniable — charm of Paprika

first_img Email Address I found a table and looked at the menu. It was … small. Just one page, double-sided, with a few food options on one side, and a few beers and wines from the Czech Republic and Hungary on the other, both in large type. There was no point in studying the menu — it was its own flash card. I got a Czech Pilsner (let’s please not pretend that we know enough about beer to really tell one Czech Pilsner from another by name alone — this one was golden and only slightly hoppy) and settled in with a book.Michelle came in and joined me 10 minutes later. She ordered a beer, too, and we began talking about big art events that have recently happened. “Life is … extra weird … right now,” she said.“Hey,” I asked. “Are we still going to organize the wedding show in November?”She took in a breath. “I really want to, but “NIMBY” “needs a fundraiser and they’ve asked me if I can produce another smash arcade in the fall. And if it happens anywhere near November, I just won’t have the time.” She thought for a moment. “It would be great if you could help with the smash arcade! Do you want to?”I exhaled. “That depends on when they’re planning it, because I have an out-of-town retreat I’m helping design in October, and then I’m leaving town at the end of November, so, it just might not be possible.”And there you have the San Francisco underground artist’s conundrum, circa 2018: We can’t create the underground events we most want to because we’re too damn tired from putting on the underground events we most feel obliged to.The scene isn’t dead, it’s just exhausted. We ordered more beers, and our food came — and a minute later Michelle gave me a look. “It’s … not very flavorful,” she said. “And, even though we ordered different things, I think we got exactly the same dish, just that yours has beef and mine has chicken, and there weren’t that many things to order in the first place.”I liked it, but not in a “you must try this goulash!” kind of way. I leaned forward over the table. “Okay,” I whispered. “I’m going to admit it: I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how a place like this can possibly stay in business near ground zero of the gentrification war!”“Yeah! Usually places that can sustain themselves here are colorful and flashy.”“I know! The way things work around here for a place like this, between the moment we sat down and now, somebody should have bought the building, torn it down, and built a luxury condominium around us. Instead of a barback asking for our orders, there should be a Google executive standing by our table laughing that he’s going to use the Ellis Act to evict us from our chairs, and we’ll never be able to sit in this town again.” I shook my head in disbelief. “I’m happy it’s here, but … how? WHAT is the appeal that keeps it going in San Francisco? Our tastes are so baroque — it offers nothing we look for! Even if there’s some kind of Bay Area scene for Eastern European bistros that I don‘t know about, surely they’d all be flocking to a borscht pop-up with fusion ingredients operated by the mustached guys who did the cinnamon-avocado gnocchi stand that everybody loved back in 2016!”“Is it that hard to find Czech beers?” Michelle asked.“No! They’re the gold standard for lagers!”“Do you think it’s a front? And we’re surrounded by the San Francisco Czech mafia’s dinner rush?”I considered this. “It does kind of remind me of this vacuum cleaner store near my house and … I cannot understand how a place like that exists now either.”“And you think that place is a front?”“I really do, although I don’t know for whom.”“Did you ever buy a vacuum there?”“I did! It was actually really handy — the one time I shopped there in the last eight years.”“Huh.” She looked around. “Yeah, I don’t understand this place at all.” We ordered another round or two, we kept talking, and gradually Paprika emptied out around us.“Are you having this thing happen,” Michelle asked, “where some of your oldest friends from back home are all going kind of crazy at once? Because I am.”I sighed. “I don’t have enough friends left from ‘back home’ to notice a trend. But it used to be that, when my friends were suffering, it was easy to figure out how to be part of a solution for them. Now, I’m increasingly finding that when my friends suffer, they’re going into some kind of spiral that they don’t seem to pull out of. And it’s terrible. Friends you can help are the best.”“I think it’s getting harder for weird people out in the world,” she said after a moment’s pause. “It’s lonelier and more bitter than it used to be. I think.”“In a way I am grateful for the exhaustion, “ I agreed, “because it’s better than bitterness.”The waiter came over to us. “Excuse me,” he said, “how many beers did each of you have?”“Are you closing?” “Oh no no no,” he said. “Stay as long as you like. I just want to check.”We told him what we’d ordered, then added one more round, and sat a while longer. We couldn’t tell you a single reason to really like the place, or why so many people obviously seem to, but the fact is — we had a great time. It’s somehow a perfect spot to linger with a friend over a very limited selection of moderately exotic beers and wine.“Maybe it just gets out of its own way?” I suggested as we descended into the BART station. “Maybe that’s the secret.”“That makes sense,” Michelle agreed. “But how do you DO that in San Francisco?” We still don’t know.Read more from Benjamin Wachs here.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Paprika, which was described to me as “an Eastern European-themed gastropub” on 24th off Mission, really does have the atmosphere of a cafe in a formerly communist stronghold that’s occupied by leftover revolutionaries and hard-up intellectuals. It’s a small room with just a few tables, feels a little run down, and — on a recent visit — featured a strange and weathered old man with a beard and a scarf sitting at the very small bar for no clear reason. When you walk in and see him staring into space, you ask yourself, “is he thinking something profound? I bet he is.” If you saw this man sitting on a park bench, you would not give him the benefit of the doubt. The small party at a nearby table also featured someone with a beard holding forth on the decline of San Francisco. Well, perfect.The trouble with classic Eastern European communist holdover cafes is … they’re usually pretty terrible. The fact that Paprika was fairly crowded early on a Wednesday night made me hopeful that it would display some hidden talent, some special gift — and, in fact, it got absolutely bustling for almost 90 minutes that night, with the small and charmingly apathetic waitstaff clearly working harder than they signed up for to keep up with the rush.last_img read more

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THERES still time to become a Founder MemberWith

first_imgTHERE’S still time to become a Founder Member!With the new stadium growing every day, Saints are giving its loyal fans the chance to be part of the Club’s history and future as it looks to a new era.Limited to only 500 members, this Exclusive Club Membership offers a host of special benefits including the privilege of being named as one of the Founder Members at the brand new stadium.Saints have always been a Community Club and are keen to extend that link into the new era and the 1873 Founders Club will ensure that the values, traditions built since the first game at Knowsley Road are preserved.Benefits include:Your name inscribed on the Founder Member plaque to be situated in the new Stadium.1873 Newsletter, Official Certificate & Membership Card, with unique member number that allows discounts on merchandise.Invitation to the Inaugural Stadium tour & annual 1873 members function at the new stadium,Season tickets (purchased in addition to Membership) are guaranteed to be frozen at the same price for the first 5 years of Membership.Inclusion in the Founder Members Roll of Honour in the inaugural Match Day Programme,Priority tickets for Challenge Cup games & other events to be held in the new Stadium e.g. Concerts and Shows,Exclusive vote in the club’s The Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.Membership into the 1873 Founders Club costs only £100 (+ VAT) with a small seasonal renewal fee after 5 years to retain membership and the above benefits.To buy, click here, pop into the Saints Town Centre Store or call 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons said Saints gave their all but neede

first_imgROYCE Simmons said Saints gave their all but needed to be smarter in the first half after they lost 32-16 in the Grand Final.Leeds Rhinos came from 16-8 down to take home the trophy.But Saints injury curse struck again with Michael Shenton and Paul Wellens leaving the field.“We were playing good footy and on a roll but Wellens was struggling with his Achilles and we knew he wouldn’t get through the rest of the game,” he said. “Then Mick Shenton dislocated his elbow on the back of that.“We lost two players in specialist positions and therefore two interchanges in the forwards. We couldn’t rotate them as much as we needed.“Saying that, I was a little disappointed with our first half. We tried to not lose a Grand Final instead of going out to win it. We tried not to make mistakes and you can’t win finals like that – you have to take them off the opposition.“We talked about that at half time and they listened. I was always confident we would win. We set it up but we had to change personnel around and it made a big difference. Wello does a lot of talking and sets us up in defence and we missed that.“All I can say is I asked the boys to do their best and they did. They looked me in the eyes and did it as I am as punch with them.”Shenton will see a specialist today (Sunday) and is expected to have surgery on his elbow this week.last_img read more

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THE players and staff have spent the last two days

first_imgTHE players and staff have spent the last two days preparing for the game against local team Penrith, writes Mike Rush.Penrith, the former club of our very own Royce Simmons, will be a stiff test for our young group and one that they are all very excited about.Players have spent both morning and evening on the field and once again all have been fighting it out for the last team of the trip.In between the session the lads and staff nipped in to Harry’s for the traditional Pie and Peas – and that went down well with Jordon Heaton our Wigan lad.The players and staff then had a walk around the city for an hour before heading back to Penrith for an early night.Today (Friday) a number of the players have spent the afternoon shopping in the city with family who have made the trip out to watch the games.Hope you are enjoying the updates and I would like to personally thank Royce, Alan and Steve (Downpipe) for a great afternoon in Wallacia.Fingers crossed we bring you good news in the next report.The group also visited the Parramatta club for a walk around pre evening training and spent some time looking at the gym and club’s offices.last_img read more

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Mark Percival scored 22 points in the win that lea

first_imgMark Percival scored 22 points in the win that leaves Justin Holbrook’s men on the coattails of the top four heading into the final round of fixtures.The manner of the victory was built on resilience as Saints didn’t have it all their own way until much later in the second half.They got off to the worst possible start too when former fan favourite Luke Walsh produced a fine reverse kick for Justin Horo to catch the defence unaware.But within two minutes, following a strong run from Jon Wilkin, James Roby caught Theo Fages on a fine line.Saints continued to pile on the pressure but Catalans went back ahead on 17 minutes when Walsh stepped off his right foot and went under the posts.The Dragons were unlucky not to increase their lead further too – but the introduction of Alex Walmsley turned the momentum Saints’ way.Roby broke down the middle, found Alex on his outside and the big fella went 45 metres, with a sidestep thrown in, to crash over to the right of the posts.Percival added a penalty on the half an hour mark – but within two minutes Tony Gigot had pounced on a Walsh kick through to put the Dragons back ahead.But, as was the tale of the first half, Saints hit back through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Percival did the damage – releasing the ball back inside for Zeb Taia to pick up, and he made no mistake in putting LMS over from close range.Saints were penalised twice in the second half for stepping off the mark – although similar offences were left unpunished in the first – and it allowed Catalans to build up the momentum.And on the 50 minute Mark, Horo got on the outside of the Saints’ defence and put down under pressure for his second.But Saints replied through the boot of Mark Percival to make it all square.And moments later they were ahead.Danny Richardson found Ryan Morgan who cut inside, drew the fullback and duly put Jonny Lomax under the posts on his 150th appearance for the club.Percival converted and then added another penalty to take Saints two scores out.Saints looked comfortable and it showed too as they not only restricted Catalans to their own 40 but looked set to extend their lead.But Danny Richardson’s chip with 10 to go was collected by Richie Myler who went the full length.Walsh nailing the conversion off the touchline to make it game on.Saints defended the Dragons next set and then won a penalty under the posts.But they spurned the opportunity to take the lead out to four points… and Percival latched on to a flowing move to score in the corner.Saints then put it to bed.Thompson span over following Richardson’s reverse pass, and as the hooter sounded, Roby chipped it ahead for Ryan Morgan to cross.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Fages, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, Percival, Thompson, Morgan Goals: Percival (9 from 10)Dragons: Tries: Horo (2), Walsh, Gigot, Myler Goals: Walsh (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 13 Dragons: 4HT: 20-18 FT: 46-28REF: B ThalerATT: 10,024Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Catalans: 1. Tony Gigot; 33. Lewis Tierney, 3. Krisnan Inu, 18. Vincent Duport, 5. Fouad Yaha; 6. Luke Walsh, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Jason Baitieri. Subs: 10. RÈmi Casty, 13. Greg Bird, 23. Alrix Da Costa, 32. Romain Navarrete.last_img read more

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He replaces James Roby who is out with a rib injur

first_imgHe replaces James Roby who is out with a rib injury.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matthew Ashurst, 12. Daniel Kirmond, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 18. Joseph Arundel, 20. Keegan Hirst, 22. Jordan Baldwinson, 23. Christopher Annakin.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be G Hewer.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

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Voluntary evacuation issued for parts of Brunswick Co shelter to open

first_imgHurricane Michael (Photo: MGN Online) BOLIVIA, NC (Press Release) — Brunswick County has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas or storm-damaged homes, effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, ahead of Hurricane Michael.A pet-friendly shelter will open at West Brunswick High School (550 Whiteville Road, Shallotte) Thursday at 8 a.m. Unincorporated areas are areas not in a town or municipality.- Advertisement – Brunswick County has also declared a State of Emergency, effective 8 a.m. Thursday.Brunswick County Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.The shelter location is marked along with road hazards on Brunswick County’s Road Condition map, viewable at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/road-closures/. Citizens can view instructions for viewing this information on the Google Maps navigational app on their phone on that page as well.Related Article: FEMA disaster survivor assistance teams reaching out in North CarolinaResidents evacuating to a shelter should bring identification, any needed medications, any needed items like glasses or diapers, clothing for several days, pillows, toiletries, chargers for cell phones, and books, games or cards. Residents should bring sheets or bedding, and cots and air mattresses if available. Alcohol, illegal substances, and weapons are not permitted.Dogs and cats are accepted at the West Brunswick High School shelter. Owners must stay at the shelter as well, and should bring documentation of rabies vaccines, food, any medicines, and any other items necessary for your pets.Residents who need assistance with evacuating should call the Emergency Operations Center at (910) 253-5383.Residents or businesses who suffered roof damage from Hurricane Florence need to secure tarps for tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. Citizens should seek to secure or bring inside any items that could become a projectile with the forecast winds. The ground is already saturated in many areas, and it will not take as much wind to topple weakened trees, which have the potential to cause additional power outages. Citizens should review their disaster supply kits and water supplies, and restock anything that is low following Hurricane Florence.Current weather forecasts predict that Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida, will bring 2-4 inches of rain, tropical storm-force winds and an increased risk for tornadoes. While Hurricane Michael is forecast to move through Brunswick County significantly quicker than Hurricane Florence did, the ground in some areas remains saturated, and some buildings damaged and some trees weakened from Hurricane Florence have not been fully repaired or cleared. Those who do not feel safe in their current home can seek shelter at West Brunswick High School.last_img read more

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Oak Island bridge reopens ahead of schedule

first_img00:00 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 OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — After months of construction, the Oak Island bridge has reopened three days ahead of schedule.The G.V. Barbee Bridge reopened to traffic around noon today.- Advertisement – The NCDOT closed the bridge in October for repairs. It was scheduled to open Monday. The DOT said traffic will initially be in a temporary pattern as additional work is needed. It is expected to be in in its final pattern by mid-May.The temporary pattern will allow crews to complete work under the structure and on the bridge railing. While the bridge is open to vehicles, pedestrian access will remain closed until all work is complete.“Even with all of the inclement weather North Carolina experienced over the past six months, we are very pleased crews were able to get the bridge open to traffic ahead of schedule,” Division Engineer Karen Collette said. “We can’t thank everyone in Oak Island enough for being patient during this time.”Related Article: Stretch of eastbound I-140 reopens after emergency repairsDuring the six-month closure, crews removed and replaced 28 of the 65 spans of the existing bridge, placed a new overlay on the bridge deck, installed a new two-bar metal rail, and did concrete repairs beneath the bridge. This work cost $14.6 million.Part of the contract with Sloan Construction included incentive clauses. It could earn an additional $150,000 for having the bridge open by April 15, and another $5,000 a day for each day the bridge opened prior to that date.We will have more tonight on WWAY NEWS.last_img read more

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Wilmington woman celebrates 101 years of good health

first_img00:00 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) — Shoes were made for walking and at 101 years old that’s what Tessie Sforzo is going to continue to do. WWAY asked her daughters what their mom has done to live so long?“Nothing,” they said.- Advertisement – According to her daughters, from walking without a cane to not needing medication, Sforzo’s health has amazed doctors.New Hanover County Sheriff’s office and Wilmington Fire Department crews stopped by Elderhaus, an adult care center, earlier this afternoon for the birthday celebration by sharing hugs, smiles, cards and cake.” Growing up, she liked to cook,” Katherine Hebel, Sforzo’s daughter, said. “She liked to sew. She was a good seamstress at one time.”“…and for someone her age, she loves to eat,”Lee Hebel added. “She eats anything she wants. It’s amazing really.”Her daughters say their mother loves pasta and chicken.They say they plan to follow their mother’s footsteps and celebrate birthday’s in the triple digits one day.last_img read more

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Pope tells Young People that God loves them and the Church needs

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Pope Francis with a group of youthsPope Francis with a group of youths “Christ is alive and He wants you to be alive!” These opening lines of the Apostolic Exhortation set both the tone and the content of the Pope’s message to the world youths.The Vatican published Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation “Christus Vivit” addressed to the youths of the World following last October’s Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”The closing lines of this document are what make it an “exhortation” in the true sense of the word: “The Church needs your momentum, your intuitions, your faith”, writes Pope Francis”. “And when you arrive where we have not yet reached, have the patience to wait for us”.The message is addressed not only to young people, but also to “the entire People of God” and is “inspired by the wealth of reflections and conversations” that took place during last October’s Synod. The Pope’s reflections are explained in nine chapters.Pope Francis begins by giving Old Testament examples of how, “in an age when young people were not highly regarded, some texts show that God sees them differently”. Turning to the New Testament, he reminds us that, as far as Jesus was concerned, “age did not establish privileges, and being young did not imply lesser worth or dignity”.The Ever-young JesusThe Pope continues by presenting an eternally young Jesus as the model for a Church that is young “when she is herself”, a Church that “dares to be different”. Pope Francis admits that the figure of Jesus is not always presented in an “attractive and effective way”. On the contrary, he writes, there are young people who consider the Church “a nuisance, an irritant”. They want a Church that “listens”, not one that “condemns”.In the third chapter the Pope says that young people are more than “the future of our world even now they are helping to enrich it”. Which is why they are not satisfied with “prepackaged answers and ready-made solutions”. The Document examines a series of challenges, ranging from migration and exploitation, to sexuality, and the pros and cons of living in a digital world. He also addresses the issue of child abuse. “With the help of young people”, he suggests, “this dark moment…can be an opportunity for a reform of epoch-making significance”. Three Great TruthsChapter four of the Exhortation contains what Pope Francis calls Three Great Truths. The first is that “God loves you”, with a love that is more concerned with “reconciling than forbidding…with the future than with the past”. The second is that “Christ saves you”, forgiving us “time and again…bearing us on His shoulders”. The third is that “Christ is alive”, a realization that helps us to “stop complaining, and look to the future”.Pope Francis describes youth as “the age of choice”, and suggests we should not be “afraid to take chances and make mistakes”. Working for the “common good” and “living the present” are themes the Pope explores in Chapter five, along with a call for young people to be “protagonists of change”, and “courageous missionaries”. Young People and the ElderlyIn Chapter 6, Pope Francis reminds young people how important it is for them to maintain a relationship with the elderly: “so that we can benefit from their experience”, he writes. The Pope observes how “the old dream dreams and the young see visions… If young people sink roots in those dreams”, he says, “they can peer into the future”.Youth ministry is the focus of Chapter seven. According to Pope Francis, youth ministry should be “flexible”, an opportunity to “journey together”. Young people are moved by “the grammar of love”, he says”, “not by being preached at”. The Pope stresses the need to identify “new approaches” that are creative and even daring. The arts, sports, and care for the environment”, are all areas of positive pastoral development, he writes. VocationResponding to our vocation means fostering and developing “all that we are”, says Pope Francis in Chapter eight. This may find expression in Holy Matrimony, he writes, where “true love is passionate” and sexuality has two purposes: “to love and to generate life”. But the Pope also challenges young people to consider “the vocation to special consecration” and not to “dismiss the possibility” of devoting themselves to God.In the final Chapter of the Exhortation, Pope Francis reminds us that: “Without the wisdom of discernment, we can easily become prey to every passing trend”. A vocation is a gift, but it is also demanding, he writes. In order to enjoy the gifts of God, “we have to be ready to take risks”.The Pope’s final words in the document are an implicit challenge to take such risks: “Dear young people”, concludes Pope Francis, “my joyful hope is to see you keep running the race before you, outstripping all those who are slow or afraid!”WhatsApplast_img read more

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Malta is an ideal business partner– Anton Buttigieg

first_imgMinister Carmelo Abela and Parliamentaru Secretary Silvio Schembri during a brief bilateral meeting with Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary prior to the Singapore-Malta Business Forum in Singapore.Minister Carmelo Abela and Parliamentaru Secretary Silvio Schembri during a brief bilateral meeting with Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary prior to the Singapore-Malta Business Forum in Singapore. A delegation comprising of 60 representatives from Malta-based companies and Maltese agencies visited Singapore on Monday. During the visit, Trade Malta’s Chief Executive Officer, Anton Buttigieg, said that the Business Forum has helped to strengthen Malta’s reputation as an ideal business partner in Europe and in the Mediterranean.The delegation participated in a business forum as well as in a business-to-business networking session. The mission promoted commercial opportunities in virtual currencies and innovative technologies, cyber security, digital games, and e-sports. The visit was organised by Trade Malta and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretariat for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation, and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry. Minister Carmelo Abela and Parliamentaru Secretary Silvio Schembri during a brief bilateral meeting with Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary prior to the Singapore-Malta Business Forum in Singapore. General shot of the Business Forum. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of emerging technologies and cyber security was signed by Parliament Secretary Silvio Schembri and Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Transport, Janil Puthucheary. Parliamentary Secretary Schembri said that this Memorandum shows that both countries are looking forward to share the achievements in the blockchain, innovative technologies, and AI sectors.  He also gave a presentation on commercial opportunities in Malta.Buttigieg, Trade Malta CEO said that  the visit was a significant step forward to further enhance the economic and commercial relationship between Singapore and Malta.WhatsApp Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri and Singaporean Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary signing the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of emerging technologies and cybersecurity, in the presence of Minister Abela.center_img Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri addressing the Business Forum. 1 of 5 SharePrint Minister Carmelo Abela addressing the Business Forum.last_img read more

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West Ham in talks to sign Pastore

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The London club is interested in bringing Javier Pastore to Upton Park from Paris Saint-Germain and have been planning a deal that would be worth around £17.5m.PSG need to sell some of their players so as to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations. The Argentinian attacking midfielder joined PSG from Palermo in 2011 and has scored 45 goals in 265 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions.West Ham are also eyeing Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski. According to Sky News, Swansea had previously rejected offers from West Ham for both players but it now seems that negotiations between the two clubs have improved.Brought to you by Hublot WhatsApplast_img read more

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Microsoft announces the winners of the Kenyan grant

first_imgMicrosoft. Image Credit: wsnewspublishers.com Advertisement Software giant Microsoft has announced the final five Kenyan non-profit organisations (NGO) that will benefit from its ongoing USD 500,000 grant awards.The five were selected by the public through social media as part of the Upgrade Your World campaign launched in September by the global tech giant.The organisations are:Africa Yoga Project,AIESEC Kenya,Beacon of Hope Africa,Kids Comp Camp andVision Africa. – Advertisement – They each received votes from the public to get USD 50,000 each, bringing the total beneficiaries in Kenya to 10.The global initiative is rewarding 100 local NGOs making an impact in Kenya and nine other countries.Microsoft pre-identified 50 organisation – five in each country – to receive the initial KES 50 million while the remaining were selected through voting on social media.last_img read more

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Kenya Uber Drivers Go On Strike After The Company Lowers its Fees

first_imgImage Credit: BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza Advertisement After its launch on January 21st, 2015, Nairobi was Uber’s first city in Kenya and in the East African region. All was well since, the company was battling against its competitors in the city and at one time faced a violent backlash from traditional cab drivers angry at the new competition, with Uber drivers and cars attacked.As of today, the coins flips back to the company; where over 150 Kenyan taxi drivers are turning back to the company. Uber drivers demonstrating outside the company’s office in the capital, Nairobi, claim that the company has reduced its prices too much.Last week, Uber said it was lowering its prices by upto 35% in response to competition from other companies. The company believes that its cheaper fares, they can now be a true alternative to people driving their own cars into the city center, with all the hassle and cost that parking brings.1 of 2 Image Credit: BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza Image Credit: BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza – Advertisement – “The service has been accused of undermining more traditional taxi operators in cities around the world,” BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza reports live from Kenya.last_img read more

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How to monitor data consumption on your smartphone

first_imgBusinessman using smart phone to pay for his online products.(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Monitoring data helps you know what percentage of data the apps on your devices are using. It can also help limit your data usage on the apps that you might know are taking a lot of data.If you’ve been wondering how much data you’ve been using or if you’re constantly burning through your data really fast and you want to monitor it, here are a few steps to follow:Monitoring data consumption on iOSGo to the Settings app on your Phone or tab.Then tap the Cellular option.You will the see cellular data. Under the Cellular Data Usage section, you’ll see how much data you’ve used since the last time the statistics were cleared. – Advertisement – If you want to start monitoring afresh, follow the steps above then the ones below:Scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset Statistics.Confirm one more time by tapping again on Reset Statistics.If you scroll back up, just confirm that you see 0 bytes under the Cellular Data Usage section.Monitoring data consumption on an android phone.Navigate to the Android Settings menu.Tap Data Usage.Select the dates next to Data usage cycle, and then Change cycle.Change the cycle date to match the start date of your monthly plan.Check your Set Mobile Data Limit box.Tap the red bar and hit the up and down arrows. Monitoring data consumption for windows users.Go to the home screen.Swipe the home screen to the left.Select Data Sense.Tap the Options button (round gear in the circle at the bottom)Check the box for Restrict Background Data when I’m near my limit.If the in built phone system does not cut it for you, you can also use third party data monitoring apps which you get from the play store or app store.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 19 August3.30 ThirskTiger Reigns 10 > 74.15 WorcesterOrthodox Lad 13/8 > 5/44.45 WorcesterShe Is A Cracker 10 > 7last_img

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Lieutenant first again

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]inner for the column yesterday with PSG.I’m off to Aintree today for a cracking card and I’m with First Lieutenant for a repeat win in the Betfred Bowl Chase at 2.30.He stayed on gamely to beat Menorah last year and has clearly been aimed for a repeat win here – by-passing Cheltenham which could prove a crucial factor.His chief market rivals are Dynaste who looked great when winning the Ryanair Chase and Silviniaco Conti who is fast becoming a horse to take on after falling when arguably unlucky in the Gold Cup last year and having every chance in this year’s renewal but failing to get home this year – amazingly finishing out of the frame in the end in fourth.Paul Nicholls might be top of the trainers championship – but for me there is a serious question mark against his current form.The layers are out to get Silviniaco Conti today and I can see why.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)6 points FIRST LIEUTENANT (2.30 Aintree) at around 3/1 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (APRIL): PROFIT 50.50 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 39.78 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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.Tuesday 1 JulyRACING2.30 BrightonHigh Tone 3/1 > 2/13.15 HamiltonMambo Rhythm 9/2 > 2/14.00 BrightonRight Of Appeal 11/4 > 7/44.15 HamiltonMaster Bond 7/4 > 6/55.15 HamiltonSpoken Words 11/2 > 100/307.00 StratfordGiant O Murchu 8/1 > 5/1WORLD CUPWe will update the World Cup moves later at around 4.30pmWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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