Saved by reader sponsors Borderlands Books now aims to buy a building

first_imgHe’s now eight days and $500,000 in – with another $300,000 pending.“The only reason I have the nerve to do something like asking people to lend me $1.9 million – a dude who runs a bookstore – is the way that the sponsorship program worked out.” he said. “I have no idea if this is going to work out, but it beats figuring we’ll be out of business in 2025, so I might as well take a stab at it.”Back in 2016, Beatts floated the idea of buying a building to secure a permanent future for the bookstore. “Unless something really astonishing and perhaps almost biblical happens in San Francisco, we will not be able to pay rent in San Francisco,” he told sponsors at the time.More recently, the idea became more concrete. He found a building. It is at 1373 Haight Street. Lenders weren’t terribly interested in loaning Beatts and his bookstore more than a million dollars, so he’s turned to readers. Already, some have stepped up with loan offers of $100,000 and more. Daunting as it may seem for a small business to crowdfund a real estate purchase in 21 days, this is by no means a do-or-die affair. If the deadline isn’t met, the purchase will fall through, but Beatts still has about three years left on the bookstore lease on Valencia Street and eight years on the cafe. 0% When Alan Beatts announced in early 2015 that he would close his science fiction, mystery, and horror bookstore Borderlands, his customers did something extraordinary: They refused to let it happen. At a meeting that packed the Borderlands Cafe next door to the bookstore, they mourned the loss – and then made suggestions ranging from the tame to the bizarre to save it. They didn’t want to lose this bookstore and the community it harbored. Instead they suggested, and immediately offered up the money for, a sponsorship program that would make up for the widening gap between revenue and costs of running the business.Emboldened by that experience, Beatts has decided to pursue another idea that seems slightly mad. He’s buying a building, and to finance it, he had 21 days to raise $1.9 million in loans from bookstore customers. Tags: books • bookstores • Borderlands Books Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “It’s either buy [a building] or shoehorn the bookstore into the cafe space,” he said.But the possibilities opened up by property ownership are inarguably tantalizing – not as a moneymaking scheme, but to bookworms of all stripes who simply want to see the medium of “ink on dead trees” as Beatts puts it, continue to be available in San Francisco. And the sponsorship numbers – some 900 the first year, around 630 last year, and 692 this year – are one indicator of how much customers value the place, not just for its wares. “I’m doing all of this because I want to run my bookstore,” Beatts said. “In bookselling, just like in writing, winning consists of being able to keep doing it, and not having to go do something else,” he said.In the short term, if the deal is sealed, Borderlands could also run out its lease on Valencia while renting the commercial space on Haight Street to someone testing their business model who is looking for a short term lease. Either way, the cafe next to the bookstore – a self-sufficient business – will remain open, since its lease doesn’t expire until 2025.In all, the prospect of buying a building was sweet enough to prompt a bookseller with 20 years of business under his belt, 16 of them on Valencia Street, to leave the Mission for Haight Street. The shifting nature of Valencia Street has not escaped him. “I think it’s in trouble,” Beatts said. “Valencia used to be a really nice mix of neighborhood serving businesses.”Still, it’s not easy to leave the Mission.“It’s been wonderful to be here, and I hope we do get to move to Haight and it gets to be wonderful there too,” Beatts said. last_img read more

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Life as it is beloved Mission District photographer dies at 71

first_imgIn one of Ted Pushinsky’s photos, three boys stand at the 24th Street BART plaza. Two of them wear Stetson hats, one of them dances, and all three wear baggy slacks and shined-up shoes. Two of them read a sheet of paper whose words remain hidden from view.While it is only a black-and-white photograph — one taken in the ’80s, when the McDonald’s roof was still gabled and the newsstands still provided news — it’s not hard to hear the bustling sounds of the intersection or feel a slight breeze cut through what seems like a lazy Sunday afternoon.More than anything, it’s easy to imagine yourself being Pushinsky, the fly-on-the-wall street photographer who died of prostate cancer two weeks ago at the age of 71, and who most say lived and breathed through his camera lens.He was also known for his documenting — particularly 30 years of change in the Mission District. “I’m mad for the Mission,” he said in an interview with El Tecolote just weeks before he died. “It’s the place for me.” Pushinsky grew up in Queens, New York, until the age of 10, when his family moved to Pennsylvania. His father’s hobby was painting, so art was a part of the family atmosphere, Pushinsky’s brother, Jon, recalled.Pushinsky went to Penn State University, studied abroad in Mexico, and, after graduating in the early ’70s, moved to San Francisco.Most who knew Pushinsky or his work said that his photos come to life because of his unique gift of becoming invisible.“He left a legacy of being able to see and experience and feel what he was doing through his photographs,” said René Yañez, co-founder of Galería de la Raza.Yañez met Pushinsky in the 1980s at The Farm, an artistic community center and punk rock venue formerly located at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Potrero. “His wife was a dancer,” Yañez recalled, “and she would do a political act” with the iconic 1970s dance collective Tumbleweed. “I met him through his wife,” Yañez said.Later on, they ran into each other at the Bayview Boat Club. “He was always taking photographs,” Yañez said. “He was a quiet guy — but with a lot of talent and vision.”Amanda Lopez, a Los Angeles–based photographer, said Pushinsky inspired her own photography. They met at Hamburger Eyes, a photographers’ hub in Lilac Alley, near 24th and Mission, that has since closed.“There was a group of core crew members. Ted was one those,” she said. “When I think of Hamburger Eyes, I think of his work.”Lopez said that seeing Pushinsky’s work was especially important to her as a member of the Latino community.“As a Latina, there’s not really a lot of representation of myself” in artwork, she said. “Seeing Ted’s work and recognizing myself in some of it — it’s a powerful thing for someone to see this.”Courtesy of Tedpushinsky.com.“What especially spoke to me were the photos of the Mission, the kids and people coming up in the neighborhood,” she said.Ray Potes, a co-founder of Hamburger Eyes, said he frequently hung out with Pushinsky — at the studio and around the city. They would talk about photography and sports, Potes recalled, and would often go to lunch.“At any given time, you could run into him — he was a man about town,” Potes said. “We never had to call each other for anything. I would just run into him.”Potes said Pushinsky played a huge role in building up the Hamburger Eyes magazine when it first began in 2003. He remembers Pushinsky ringing his doorbell one day at his apartment on 24th Street. It was their first meeting.“I don’t even know how he got the address, and he said, ‘I want to give you guys photos for Hamburger Eyes,’” Potes said.“His work fit right into what we were trying to do,” he said.During the 1980s, Pushinsky was among the first to hang his work at the now-closed Eye Gallery in the Mission, recalled Tom Ferentz, who owns Sixth Street Photography Workshop and once co-ran Eye Gallery.“He brought in his work when we were having our first actual show,” Ferentz said. Pushinsky was a fan of jazz music, he added, and they had run into each other at jazz clubs several times. “That makes sense because of the improvisational quality of street photography,” Ferentz said.“That kind of photography was a practice, and he really practiced it,” Ferentz continued. “He was trying to capture life as it is.”Sometime in the early 1970s, photographer Henry Wessel remembers, he and Pushinsky were standing on a street corner in the Mission, waiting for the light to change.Suddenly, Pushinsky broke away and approached two men who were having a heated conversation. Standing five feet away from them, Pushinsky took out a pencil and pad and started writing.The two men eventually moved on, and when Pushinsky came back, Wessel asked what he was doing. Pushinsky said he was gathering dialogue for screenplays he often worked on.“I realize now that Ted was after authenticity,” Wessel said. “This turned out to be the power and driving force of all his photographs. When you look at Ted’s books, you believe the things he described existed in our physical world.”“Not an easy thing to accomplish.”A tribute to Pushinsky’s work runs through Feb. 24 at Acción Latina. A memorial reception will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 3-6pm at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery at Accion Latina (2958 24th Street). This will be a free event open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to contribute anything they would like to a community altar the gallery currently has on display within his exhibition.  Tags: arts • Photography • street photography Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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PORTICO Vine have been shortlisted for DIY makeove

first_imgPORTICO Vine have been shortlisted for DIY makeover in National competition from talkSPORT and WickesThey are up against clubs from Kent and London who play football and cricket so respectively.Let’s ALL get behind ARLFC Portico Vine Panthers representing the North of England and the great sport of rugby league!Voting closes will close at 23:59 on Sunday May 10.Please vote for Portico Vine (Panthers) ARLFC here.last_img

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In the modern era Saints have won 34 of the 46 co

first_imgIn the modern era, Saints have won 34 of the 46 contests between the two sides but have fared indifferently on the road.Since 2011, they have only secured two Super League wins at the John Smith’s Stadium.Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 11 St Helens won 34 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Huddersfield highest score: 48-20 (MW, 2016) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013) St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Milestones:Luke Thompson is set to make his 100th career appearance this Friday. He has played 98 times for Saints since 2013 and once for Rochdale on dual-registration.Alex Walmsley needs one appearance to reach 150 for St Helens. He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 22-22 home draw with Hull FC on February 15, 2013.Tommy Makinson needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 97 tries in 169 games for the Saints since 2011.James Roby needs three tries to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 97 tries in 401 games for the Saints since 2004.Jonny Lomax is one game away from 150 Super League appearances.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 = Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 4 3 = David Mead (Catalans Dragons), Jimmy Keinhorst (Leeds Rhinos), Mark Percival (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 3Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 11 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 10 3 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 9 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 8 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves) 6Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 23 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 20 3 = Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 18 5 = Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC), Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 16last_img read more

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Shots fired at Columbus County home with children inside

first_img The three women, two men, and the 7-year-old boy, 10-year-old girl, and 13-year-old girl were not hurt.The Sheriff’s Office says a home and a vehicle on the property were damaged during the shooting.A Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in reference to the shooting. The vehicle did not stop when the deputy turned on his lights and siren.Related Article: Sheriff: 5-year-old North Carolina boy killed by crossfireThe vehicle sped off and the deputy lost track of it.The shooting is still under investigation. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five adults and three children were inside a home in Bolton when they heard an explosion and then several gunshots, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.It happened at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday on 8th Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man convicted of trafficking heroin into Wilmington

first_imgMusa Halley (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs into the Cape Fear.Musa Halley, 31, was charged with trafficking heroin, conspiracy to traffic heroin, and felony flee to elude arrest.- Advertisement – Judge L. Lamont Wiggins sentenced Halley Monday to at least seven and half years in prison and to pay a $100,000 fine.On the morning of October 31, 2016, Halley picked up Courtney Allen in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Sigmon Road. Allen had just arrived in Wilmington on a bus from Newark, New Jersey and was seen carrying a suspicious bag.When Vice and Narcotics Detectives from the Wilmington Police Department attempted to pull over Halley and Allen to investigate, Halley drove away and lead officers on a lengthy chase through midtown Wilmington. Allen and Halley were finally arrested at the corner of Independence Boulevard and Wrightsville Avenue, but the suspicious bag Allen was seen with was not found inside of the vehicle. Officers say they later found that the bag had been thrown out of their vehicle at the 200 block of Henry Street.Related Article: Suspect in Trooper Conner’s murder charged in unrelated murderInside the bag, officers found 7,886 bindles of heroin. Allen later admitted to law enforcement that she brought the bag down at Halley’s request.Halley has several prior convictions for drug distribution in New Jersey.last_img read more

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US House approves 17 billion in disaster aid for Carolinas

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would provide $1.7 billion to help residents of the Carolinas and elsewhere recover from recent natural disasters.The aid was added to legislation to keep Federal Aviation Administration programs running beyond month’s end. The bill passed 398-23.- Advertisement – Lawmakers describe the disaster aid as a down payment. They say billions more will be needed in the months ahead to help communities devastated by Hurricane Florence.Lawmakers are working to extend the FAA’s programs for five years while tackling other priorities such as disaster relief. Lawmakers sought to address several concerns of the flying public in the bill. For example, it requires the FAA to set minimum requirements for seat width and legroom on airplanes to ensure that passengers could evacuate a plane quickly in an emergency. Lawmakers were also responding to complaints about cramped seating with the directive.“Safety should not take a back seat, especially a shrunken seat, to airline profits,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who sponsored the seat legislation.Related Article: Pregnant? Here’s what NHRMC recommendsAnother provision would prohibit the involuntary bumping of passengers who have already boarded a plane, a response to the public outrage over a passenger who was dragged off a United Express flight last year when he refused to leave.Lawmakers declined to include in the final bill a provision from Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to ensure that fees airlines increasingly charge passengers are “reasonable and proportional to the costs of the services provided.”Airlines raised about $7.4 billion in fees last year, mostly through baggage fees and fees for changing their flight.Markey said the consolidation among major airlines has reduced competition, and that has allowed the airlines to increasingly rely on fees to boost their profits without fear of losing customers.“We know that when choice goes down, fees go up. And these sky-high fees bear almost no resemblance to the cost of the services being provided,” Markey said.Lawmakers also added to the legislation a bill giving the FBI and Homeland Security officials the authority to track and down drones deemed a “credible threat” to people or federal facilities. That’s something Attorney General Jeff Sessions had sought. Sessions said drones promise to strengthen the U.S. economically but “can also be used to wreak havoc by criminals, terrorists and other bad actors.”Privacy advocates criticized the provision. Neema Singh Guliani, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, said it gives the government new power to spy on Americans without a warrant and to interfere with press freedom by restricting coverage using drones. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a press-photographers group also oppose the measure.The Senate must also pass the bill before it can be signed into law by the president. Lawmakers are racing to address a range of issues before the end of the fiscal year. If the Senate doesn’t pass the bill before then, it will need to pass a short-term measure that would keep FAA programs going.The bill also makes changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency programs by putting more money into such things as rebuilding levees and building seawalls before hurricanes hit so that the damage won’t be as severe.“This will save lives, save money, and bend the cost curve of disasters,” said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.Lawmakers from South Carolina and North Carolina had urged Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to provide some quick relief for the states as officials assess the full scope of the damage that has occurred. At least 47 deaths have been attributed to the storm. The lawmakers described the damage in a letter to Ryan and Pelosi. They said entire communities have been isolated because of flooding that was worse than any previous natural disaster in those states.last_img read more

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Holland Shelter Creek Restaurant torn down Tuesday

first_img “When I drove by and saw that Holland’s was actually being torn down today, I had to stop,” said Cathy Claris. “It’s my favorite restaurant in the world.”Claris says it is heartbreaking to see a landmark going away.Owner Stephen Holland says the restaurant was always busy.Related Article: Man arrested following high-speed crash in Pender County“Most of my customers travel 30 to 100 miles to get here, and they come every week,” said Holland.Holland says flooding from Hurricane Florence moved the restaurant off its foundation but, he does not have flood insurance and cannot afford to rebuild.“We don’t qualify for low interest loans,” said Holland. “We qualify for the highest loans you can get, which is over 7.5 percent. You can’t build back after 7.5 percent.”Holland says he does not want to go, but he is now focused on restoring the power and plumbing to the campground next to the restaurant.He says there are many campers with nowhere to go who need a home.If you are looking to help, support the ‘Rebuild Holland’s Shelter Creek’ GoFundMe. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) –One day before his 71st birthday, a Pender County business owner says goodbye to his 37-year-old restaurant.Some in Pender County consider Holland’s Shelter Creek is an icon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Local food bank gets hearty donation

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Smithfield Foods and Food Lion made a hearty donation of fresh vegetables and meat to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Friday morning.40,000 pounds of protein-rich meat and 9,000 pounds of produce were donated at the Wilmington branch.- Advertisement – Since the start of recovery, the food bank has delivered 3.6 million meals.  Branch Director Beth Gaglione says they will continue serving until recovery is over.“I stood with one of our partner agencies and tears came down her face, when she heard about all the help,” said Gaglione. “…and she knows we’ll be here will her for the long haul.”Gaglione says the donations will be split with the Greenville and Jacksonville branches. The food will be prepared and distributed in the next week.Related Article: Virginia man trucks over 2,000 lbs of fresh food to CarolinasIf you are interested in helping support affected families, visit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina website.last_img read more

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Cape Fear Academy athletes on to the next level

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– College athletic signings continued throughout the area this afternoon, as Cape Fear Academy had three student athletes sign their letters.It’s been a banner year athletically for the Cape Fear Academy Hurricanes and now three more student athletes are headed to the college ranks.- Advertisement – Henry Murtagh signed his national letter of intent to play mens lacrosse for Stevens Institute of Technology. “I knew when I started playing lacrosse that I dont know, I loved it. An freshman year when I saw Tony Bachuro play, he only had good things to say about it. I just knew this was something that I wanted to do,” said Murtagh.His teammate and classmate Preston Meehl will also play lacrosse at Rhodes College. “Its been big because my grandpa and my dad have been college athletes and its something I have wanted to do my whole life. So, this is a big moment for me,” said Mehhl.Ethan Miles will continue his soccer career at Virginia Military Institute. “Its a dream come true all the hard work finally pays off and now its the next step. Next chapter in my life. Hopefully I can do very well at VMI and keep the generation of D1 soccer,” said Miles.For the athletes that signed this afternoon it has been years in the making, and we wish them the best of luck.last_img read more

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Convicted sex offender charged with more child sex crimes

first_img Hinson was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and three counts of second degree forcible sex offense.The alleged crimes happened between December of 2015 and December of 2016.He is being held under a $300,000 bond. Toby Dean Hinson (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Winnabow man previously convicted of indecent liberties with a child is back in the Brunswick County jail facing similar charges.37-year-old Toby Dean Hinson was convicted in May and received a suspended sentence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Czechs protest justice appointee fear meddling in PMs case

first_img SharePrint <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> Demonstrators march during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/David W CernyDemonstrators march during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Thousands protested around the Czech Republic on Monday against a justice minister nominee they fear might meddle with a criminal case involving the prime minister.President Milos Zeman will appoint Marie Benesova on Tuesday after the resignation of her predecessor, bringing opposition accusations of pressure on courts as Andrej Babis faces a potential fraud trial over European Union subsidies more than a decade ago.Babis, a billionaire media and chemicals businessman before entering politics, has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has called the investigation a plot to force him out of politics.Czech police said on April 17 that Babis and others should stand trial for the alleged fraud involving the handling of a 2 million euro EU subsidy – charges that could see the prime minister jailed for up to 10 years.  Demonstrators march during a protest rally demanding resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. Placards read: “Resign!” and “For independence of justice”. REUTERS/David W Cerny Demonstrators march during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Demonstrators march during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. The placard depicting PM Babis reads: “I am justice”. REUTERS/David W Cerny Demonstrators march during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny Demonstrators march across the medieval Charles Bridge during a protest rally demanding the resignation of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in Prague, Czech Republic, April 29, 2019. REUTERS/David W CernyJustice Minister Jan Knezinek resigned the day after the police wrapped up their investigation. Babis said Knezinek’s position had only been intended to be temporary. His departure came amid a wider cabinet shuffle.On Monday, protesters marched from the Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech president, through the capital’s mediaeval centre to the Old Town Square. Marchers chanted “We have had enough” and organisers carried banners saying “Justice”.The website of daily Mlada Fronta Dnes reported 10,000 demonstrated in the capital.In the country’s second largest city, Brno, around 3,000 marched, according to estimates of news website SeznamZpravy.cz.Czech Television reported protesters turned out in 105 spots in the country of 10.6 million.Benesova had previously served in a caretaker cabinet in 2013, appointed by President Zeman – who has backed Babis.She was the top state attorney, appointed by a Zeman-led government in 1999.She supported Babis in 2017 when she abstained in a lower house vote on lifting his parliamentary immunity.Despite the investigation, Babis’s ANO party maintains a firm poll lead after sweeping to power in a 2017 election when it won three times the votes of its nearest competitor with pledges to end politics as usual and bring a businessman’s touch to governance.Babis, the country’s second richest person, has long fought accusations of conflicts of interest because of his vast business interests. He put his Agrofert business empire into trusts in 2017 to meet new Czech legislation.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Worshippers in hard hats to attend NotreDames first mass since fire

first_img SharePrint 1 of 3 FILE PHOTO: A view shows Notre-Dame Cathedral reflected on the River Seine after a massive fire devastated large parts of the gothic structure in Paris, France, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Priests wear hard hats, as the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France June 15, 2019. Karine Perret/Pool via REUTERS The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France June 15, 2019. Karine Perret/Pool via REUTERScenter_img WhatsApp The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France June 15, 2019. Karine Perret/Pool via REUTERSThe Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France June 15, 2019. Karine Perret/Pool via REUTERS A small congregation wearing hard hats will attend mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Saturday, the first service to be held since fire devastated the Gothic landmark two months ago.READ: Updated: Notre Dame Cathedral spire collapsesChurch leaders are keen to show life goes on at the cathedral as donations to help rebuild it trickle in. Less than 10% of the 850 million euros pledged by billionaires, business leaders and others has been received so far, the French government said.Saturday’s mass, which commemorates the cathedral’s consecration as a place of worship, is due to be held at 1600 GMT in a side-chapel, with attendance limited to about 30 people who will wear the protective headgear for safety reasons.“It is a nice symbol. A very small group of people will attend and one can understand why as there are still major safety issues,” Culture Minister Franck Riester told Europe 1 radio.He told France 2 television on Friday the cathedral was still “in a fragile state, namely the vault, which has not yet been secured. It can still collapse”.READ: Watch: Archbishop Scicluna meets French ambassador following Notre Dame disasterThe April 15 blaze caused the roof and spire of the architectural masterpiece to collapse, triggering a worldwide outpouring of sadness as well as the multi-million-euro pledges for reconstruction work.Among the high-profile people who promised to donate to the rebuilding effort were luxury goods tycoons Bernard Arnault and François-Henri Pinault.“There could be people who promised to donate then in the end did not,” Riester said, without giving further details. “But more importantly, and this is normal, the donations will be paid as restoration work progresses.”French President Emmanuel Macron has set a target of five years for restoring the cathedral, though Riester was more cautious.“The president was right to give a target, an ambition. But obviously what matters in the end is the quality of the work,” he said. “So it does not mean that work will be totally finished in exactly five years.”The archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit will lead Saturday’s service, which will be broadcast live on a religious TV channel. <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>last_img read more

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Delias backers launch counter petition

first_img“The party leader was elected by the paid-up members and nobody has the right to change that decision,” the counter petition says. Further it says that such a move is not allowed by the party’s statute and would not respect the members’ will, democracy and the rule of law.“Collective responsibility”In the counter petition, the members are not only asking the general council president Kristy Debono to disqualify the motion but have also referred to the shouldering “collective responsibility” for the massive defeat sustained during the local council and European Parliament elections.‘We are convinced that if we discuss the issue keeping the interest of the party in mind, we would reason out why the party lost so many votes at these elections,’ the counter petition says. The petition also slammed the behaviour of “certain MPs” which they deem “unethical” and those who did not accept that Delia was elected as leader of the Nationalist Party.Delia was elected in September 2017, with 7,734 votes (52.7% of the vote), against 6,932 votes that went to Chris Said.Further the petition claims that the massive defeat was due to a “systematic, coordinated and organised campaign by certain MPs and “pseudo-bloggers and / or psuedo NGOs”.“Pseudo” is the new “Biċċa”. #DaphneCaruanaGalizia @repubblikaMT @occupyjusticema @Manwel_Delia #ġustizzja @TheTimesofMalta @PNmalta @keith_micallef https://t.co/NMvkl1ost5— Karol Aquilina (@KarolAquilina) June 25, 2019Read more: PN accepting nominations until TuesdayTwo nominations for PN Administrative Council presidentWhatsApp Paid-up members of Partit Nazzjonalista have launched a counter petition to prevent PN’s leader Adrian Delia from facing a vote of confidence at the party’s General Council.The petition came after it was made public that enough signatures were collected to ask the party’s General Council to convene and take a secret vote on Delia’s leadership following the results obtained in the recently held local council and European Parliament elections.READ: Updated: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceNewsbook.com.mt is publishing the letter which is doing rounds in full.Various provisions in the party’s statute were cited in the letter, by pro-Delia supporters who are insisting that the General Council may not make decisions regarding the election of the party’s leader and two deputies. SharePrintcenter_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>last_img read more

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Bielsa extends his stay at Leeds

first_img <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> SharePrint Marcelo Bielsa has decided to stay at Leeds United until the end of next season after leading the club to the semifinals of the Championship play-offs which they lost to Derby County.There was uncertainty at Elland Road over the Argentine coach’s future but Bielsa has now decided to resume the challenge for promotion to the English Premier League by signing a one-year extension.AS Roma were reported to have shown interest in the former Marseille and Athletic Bilbao manager but it is now certain that the 63-year-old, nicknamed “El Loco”, won’t be replacing the departing Claudio Ranieri.WhatsApplast_img read more

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YouTube blocked in Pakistan Bangladesh over controversial video

first_imgAdvertisement Bangladesh also decided to block YouTube temporarily after its requests to Google to block the controversial trailer in the country did not get a response, a spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said. “Once the offensive video is removed or blocked, we will restore the YouTube site in our country,” he said.One businessman complained on BTRC’s Facebook page that his business was affected by the block on YouTube, but other comments were generally supportive of the decision of the government.Pakistani networks blocked YouTube in the country from late Monday after receiving the prime minister’s orders, a spokesman for the telecom regulator Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said on Tuesday. – Advertisement – The orders by the Pakistani government follow an order by the country’s Supreme Court on Monday, ordering the PTA to block all links to the “offending material” on YouTube or any other website. The court did not however order the block of the entire YouTube site.PTA said on Monday that it had blocked over 650 URLs on YouTube, besides links on other websites, indicating the proliferation of copycat videos and commentaries relating to the trailer on the Internet.So far, Google has blocked the trailer in five countries: Egypt, Libya, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Although the company finds that the trailer is clearly within its guidelines and so will stay on YouTube, it has restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia.The trailer was also blocked in Libya and Egypt given the very sensitive situations in these two countries, Google said last week. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed last week when a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was stormed by gunmen.The trailer has led to protests at U.S. embassies and consulates in various countries including Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.Civil rights organizations such as Bytes for All, Pakistan are worried that the cutting off of communications channels, limiting access to information platforms, and other steps that curtail free expression could lead to a curb on the voices of individuals by politicians.“Time and time again, we have witnessed in the past how censorship and filtering backed by religious reasons has eventually served political interests only,” the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.White House press secretary Jay Carney said last week that the U.S. government did not have anything to do with the video, but that the U.S. does not and cannot stop individual citizens from expressing their views.The video was filmed in the U.S. by a person, or people, whose identity has yet to be established, according to some reports.Google responded to requests for comment on the block of YouTube by the governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh with a brief statement. “We have received information from users that they cannot get access to YouTube in Pakistan and Bangladesh. We have checked our networks and there is nothing wrong on our side,” it said in a statement. A Google spokeswoman also noted that YouTube isn’t localized in Bangladesh. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

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Facebook smartphone with HTC launching soon

first_imgAdvertisement Following years of rumors and speculation, Facebook is finally readying an entry into the mobile phone market. The social network is hooking up with HTC which will design the hardware. The two companies have been working on a major marketing campaign in Southern California in recent weeks.According to people familiar with the development of the marketing campaign for the Facebook/HTC phone, the advertisements are designed to focus on the potential user of the device, not on the hardware or software. As a nod to this phone being a much expanded version of the Facebook application found on iOS and standard Android devices, one of the tag-lines for the device is “more than just an app”.The idea is that Facebook and HTC are selling their phone and OS as a lifestyle brand, not specifically for its hardware or software. Facebook and HTC previously hooked up on the Salsa and Cha-cha devices which frankly flopped. This will be a deeper, forked version of Android rather than a Facebook-ified version of Sense. The hardware and software for this phone are competitive with the current mobile device landscape. It is unclear if the company is announcing its phone at its event next week. TechCrunch says that the event will discuss a Facebook OS based on Android at the very least. – Advertisement – Sources who have seen the Facebook/HTC smartphone hardware in-person say it is reminiscent of an iPhone. It includes an iPhone-like “home button” on the bottom center, and this button is surrounded by horizontal function keys on the right and left side. These buttons are said to be capacitive.Above the keys is a display slightly larger in size to the 4-inch display found on the iPhone 5. Recent rumors have pointed to a collaborative Facebook/HTC phone featuring a 4.3-inch display.The phone hardware, itself, is said to be about the size of an iPhone 5. The phone sports rounded edges and the design is fairly beveled. It will feature a 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera.The phone’s software is a forked version of the Android operating system. Facebook’s features, like messaging, photo uploading, and contacts integration is fully integrated throughout the operating system.Our sources also say that it is likely Facebook and HTC are already in discussions with at least a couple of cellular carriers around the world about carrying the device.Source: 9To5Googlelast_img read more

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Jimmy Wales Wikipedia cofounder launches TPO a charitable social network phone service

first_imgThe Founder of Wikipedia Wants to Be Your Cell-Phone Company . Photo Credit: Vanity Fair Advertisement Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launches a phone service and social network to make easier donations to charity.Jimmy thinks there’s “something really wrong with the web” and, as he wrote in a recent online “manifesto,” he wants “your help in fixing it.”For Wales, most social media networks treat users as commodities that can “be sold to advertisers,” while phone companies “spend huge amounts of money on” ads to sell users “what is essentially a commodity service.” Enter The People’s Operator. – Advertisement – The social network, launching at tpo.com, has typical features like following certain people, posting status updates and photos, along with the ability to directly donate to charities.From the time TPO has launched in the United Kingdom in 2012, customers have transferred funds to hundreds of causes including The British Heart Foundation, The Trussell Trust and Emerge Poverty Free. In the U.S., TPO has collaborated with a variety of causes including Save the Children, Feeding America, the World Wildlife Foundation, WaterAid America and the Wounded Warrior Project. Customers can donate to any certified charity, in addition to these causes.TPO funds charities with money which would apart from that be used for advertising by a conventional mobile network provider. TPO depends on its escorting social community for promotion. “Let’s redirect [our money]to great causes and give our customers away to tell that story,” Wales explains of the business model. “To me, that’s a big business opportunity.”TPO’s social network is ad-free and customers select the charities that would receive their donations. “TPO puts consumers and the causes they care about first,” Wales says. “The TPO Community is designed as a space that works for what people believe in and unites that with the causes they care about and a simple, commission-free way to give.”last_img read more

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Facebook to stop facebookcom email redirects after May 1

first_imgAdvertisement If you have been  on Facebook since 2012, you may have used the @Facebook.com email address.The social network allowed people to redirect messages sent to a @facebook.com email address to another inbox, meaning that instead of showing up in your Facebook notifications, these emails would arrive in your email inbox.The Site has announced that after May 1, Facebook will no longer redirect @facebook.com emails. – Advertisement – Facebook sent out a message to those with redirects letting them know that they will nolonger be able to recieve emails.“After May 1, 2016, you will no longer be able to receive email sent to [username@facebook.com]. Please update your email address for any services that currently send email to [username@facebook.com],”To remove the Facebook email from your account for good, if you have one, navigate on the desktop to Settings > Email > Edit > uncheck the box next to “Use your Facebook email.” On iOS, tap More > Settings > Account Settings > General > Email > uncheck the box next to “Use your Facebook email.” On Android, tap the hamburger icon, scroll to Settings and follow the same path from there.last_img read more

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Sonys New PlayStation 4 Pro Comes With a Faster Processor and Enhanced

first_imgSony unveils a higher-end PlayStation 4 Pro better-equipped to handle 4K graphics and VR content. Image Credit: SONY Advertisement Sony Corp. on Wednesday unveiled it’s high-end model, previously code-named “PS4 Neo” now called “PS4 Pro,” during a presentation at the PlayStation Theater in New York’s Times Square, WSJ reports.The console comes with a faster processor, and enhanced graphics for 4K resolution games and video. Furthermore, the console will ship with a 1TB hard drive.More than 43 million PlayStation 4 consoles have been sold to date, far exceeding sales of Xbox One and Wii U. Sony says they expect to sell another 20 million units by the spring (March to June). – Advertisement – According to WSJ, sony’s rivals are also planning to introduce new high-end gaming machines next year. Meanwhile, early last month, Microsoft began selling their smaller version of the Xbox One, dubbed Xbox One S.PS4 Pro will be available starting November 10 this year at a cost of $399 (roughly 1.4 million UGX). The company also, stated that games from the PS4 will definitely work on the PS4 Pro.[related-posts]last_img read more

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