SF Wants Homeless to Relocate Homeless Want Land

first_img 0% District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener called on the city in mid-January to eliminate tents and find a “prompt” and “humane” alternative to house those who live in them. In a letter to various city department heads, Wiener requested data on the number of people living on the streets, the number of shelter beds available, and the health hazards presented by homeless encampments.The letter drew outrage from homeless advocates and progressive media outlets, who accused Wiener of disingenuously implying that the city had plenty of available shelter for the homeless.Tensions are particularly high because many homeless people have reported being relocated from downtown areas for the Super Bowl City opening there next week.  Sam Dodge, the director of the mayor’s office on homelessness, confirmed that some efforts have been made to connect the homeless to resources in light of the Super Bowl, but also credited a “cold and rainy” winter with the surge of tents along the freeway. He said his office has worked intensely to transition people settling in the downtown area overnight into shelters. “There’s not a concerted plan to push people anywhere or out of anywhere,” he said.  Lisa Gray-Garcia wasn’t buying it. “[Sweeps] are happening in a surreptitious way,” said the community activist and founder of Poor Magazine. “These huge corporations want to come into this clean, shiny, white, rich city that Ed Lee has sold them on, and he’s going to give it to them.”“If there is money for Super Bowl, then there is money for the homeless,” said protester Al Osorio.Police spokesperson Carlos Manfredi said that officers only accompany Public Works sweeps to inform the homeless of a cleanup, hand out flyers and to connect them to resources.But sweeps, whether connected to the Super Bowl or not, are nothing new.Queen Nandi and other protestors confront DPW employees at the Division Street homeless encampment. Photo by Laura WaxmannContentious Sweeps Efforts to clean out the encampments have failed because “they keep coming back,” said Mission Supervisor David Campos. “We are as frustrated as the residents of this district because we have been asking the Mayor’s Office to deal with this issue for months now.” Campos confirmed that there has been an uptick of tents coupled with increased frustration by residents in his district, though the number of homeless hasn’t risen significantly — only about 4 percent in the past three years, said Dodge. Still, government and residents want the tents out, though there’s no easy fix.“There is no ‘humane, prompt way’ unless we have land to go to,” said Gray-Garcia.Gray-Garcia said the city and police are displacing homeless people from downtown areas through street cleanups by Public Works, known as “sweeps.” She said during these sweeps, the tents and personal belongings of homeless campers are often confiscated and eventually discarded.Often accompanied by police officers, Gray-Garcia said that Public Works employees “come late at night and early in the morning to threaten folks” with taking the belongings of those who refuse to move. Data collected by 86 homeless individuals over a one-year period for Poor Magazine’s WeSearch Project showed that each individual reported at least one instance of “theft of property” by Public Works for items like medicine, tents, cosmetics, phones, and other technology. The study concluded that 94 percent of participants were unable to retrieve their belongings from the city. “These are their belongings, but people look at it as if it is trash, and they treat it like that,” said Queen Nandi, an organizer and teacher at Decolonize Academy in Oakland. “Because you are homeless, you suddenly don’t have the right to own property.” Because it is a “highly impacted area,” Public Works sends trash removal crews to areas under the freeway daily, Dodge said. Only tents and items that are “abandoned” are removed, he explained. What seem to be personal items are brought back to the department’s yard and kept in a storage container for up to 120 days for retrieval.When asked if the homeless residents, who may or may not be present during a Public Works cleanup, are notified where their personal items are held, Dodge said the location of the storage yard is “widely known.”Victoria and Elizabeth, who declined to give their last names, both live underneath the overpass and have experienced multiple sweeps, saying they have not been able to retrieve their belongings. Victoria said she has experienced as many as four sweeps in a day, each time being told by Public Works staff — accompanied by police officers — to move farther down Division Street.“When they take our tents, it’s like we have to start over again. We have to find clothes and blankets, and it really interrupts your life,” said Elizabeth. “If you have an appointment or actually have work, you have to always have somebody at your tent who you trust to watch your stuff, otherwise it gets taken.”Many of the Division street tents had already been cleared early Thursday morning, according to a homeless man named “Uncle P,” who has lived under the overpass for almost three months. Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon said she was unaware that one had taken place in that area.A woman named Trina tidies her spot at the homeless encampment where she lives. Photo by Laura WaxmannCommunity FrustrationUncle P usually pitches his tent on a piece of sidewalk in front of an auto repair shop near the underpass, and said he keeps his spot tidy. Because of this, the owner of the shop doesn’t mind him being there, and neither do police — for the most part.“There are some asshole cops that will trash all your belongings,” he said. “Imagine someone coming into your home when you are not there and taking your property. They’d need a warrant for that.”In other areas, arrangements are less harmonious. Sean Buckley runs a shop that sells and services outdoor power equipment near the encampment — and the side of his shop is lined with tents. He claims that their presence has increased “tenfold” in the past two months and blames the Super Bowl. Buckley said the increased tents bring trouble. Last week a generator was stolen from his shop and he believes that more crime was brought to the area by the newer tent residents. Safety concerns and the visibility of the tents have caused him to lose customers. “It’s like walking through a urinal,” he said.Zach Todd, manager at Cathead’s BBQ at 1165 Folsom St., echoed Buckley’s concerns. He described having to personally escort homeless people out of the restaurant’s bathroom while trying to wash themselves or use drugs.“It’s just a big hassle,” said Todd, adding that he no longer feels safe in the area after a homeless man threatened to stab one of his friends.Activists and many who work or live close to the camps agree that the city needs to step in to permanently house those living in tents.“You can go ahead and ‘sweep’ them under the rug, but eventually the rug has to be dusted,” said Queen Nandi. “I’m a football fan, but why would I care about football right now when we have children on these streets?”While the city is searching for solutions, grassroots efforts are aiming to address homelessness at its most basic level by providing those afflicted with some form of shelter. The Chronicle reports that the Coalition on Homelessness is planning to set up a tent city next to Super Bowl City.In response to the sweeps, Shaun Osburn, a Mission resident, launched a GoFundMe campaign Thursday aiming to “fund replacement tents for the individuals who have lost their homes due to the heartless actions of local government.” Osburn exceeded his initial goal of raising $2,000 in just one day, and has since increased it to $10,000, which he reached at press time.Buckley says that he has written to the mayor repeatedly, regularly calls the police and Public Works, but rarely receives help with the problems he said the camp residents have brought to him. “I don’t know what the answer is, but it’s definitely not dumping the problem on innocent people, small businesses, and homeowners,” he said. At about 11 a.m. on Thursday, three Department of Public Works trucks pulled up to a row of tents pitched alongside the 101 freeway underpass. At the same time, a group of protesters gathered across the street at the corner of Division and Trainor to expose citywide sweeps of encampments they say are inhumane and have robbed the homeless of their property.They had only come to pick up trash, the Public Works workers told protesters who darted across the street to confront them, yelling “Homelessness is not a crime.”As the city gears for Super Bowl 50, a recent increase in tent settlements in certain neighborhoods is a growing point of contention for city leaders and residents alike. Thursday’s protesters called on the city to allocate abandoned property for the homeless to set up their tents and eventually build houses.“The city could help us if they got a piece of land or a block or something where we can go without being moved all the time, where we can keep our things,” said a woman named Trina, who lives in the encampment on Trainor Street.  “That would help people to empower themselves.”center_img Tags: David Campos • ed lee • homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Shop Local Disrupted selling an experience is the new brick and mortar

first_imgIn a market where e-commerce has usurped traditional retail and research suggests consumers go out for experiences rather than to shop, some Mission businesses are finding success in offering what can’t be ordered at the click of a button.Steve Fox opened his San-Francisco-themed indoor mini-golf course Urban Putt in 2014, with exactly that in mind. His plan had never been to open a classic retail shop, but he knew what he was planning needed to have a draw.“I was thinking from the very beginning that this was meant to be specifically an immersive experience,” said Fox. Even then, he said, he took extra care in making sure it would be a golf outing that really couldn’t be found anywhere else. To that end, the indoor course includes miniature houses that rattle when a simulated earthquake moves through the course to a “boiler room” portion of the course that is accented by actual boiler room scents that are wafted in is custom built.   But getting people to come in to a business isn’t just about such bells and whistles, no matter how kinetic.“At a very practical level, it’s about this idea of creating a shared experiences,” Fox said. “I think places that do that tend to be successful. I think a lot of people are exploring this and the reason why they are exploring this is because there’s a recognition that people want something more.” Mission Bowling Club’s cofounder Sommer Peterson says it wasn’t the research on consumer habits that prompted her decision making. Instead, opening a bowling club was about recapturing a feeling.“Feeling is something you can’t buy, you can’t order,” Peterson said. “It goes back to the old Cheers philosophy: You want to go where everyone knows your name. You want to go where you feel welcome.”That means paying attention to maintaining good service, but it also means creating an environment that gets people coming back. At Mission Bowling Club, Peterson said she was a little surprised to find how much people liked having celebrations. “We’re a place for celebration, really, is what we’ve become, way more than I ever anticipated,” she said. “I just wanted a great place for friends to hang out, and it’s really evolved.” It’s not only indoor sporting games that have benefitted from new consumer demand. Over the past two years, Dave Cowen, executive director at the Roxie Theater, has seen the 108-year-old theater’s attendance go from between 40,000 and 45,000 paid admissions a year to more than 65,000 – not counting film festival admissions. Seeing a film at the Roxie, after all, could be classified as an experience. Instead of the latest blockbuster, you might catch an obscure or hard-to-find film projected on actual 35-millimeter film. Or you might meet the people behind the film.“Over the past two years we have focused more on having a live component, or bringing in 35 millimeter prints instead of digital,” Cowen said. Management at the Roxie makes sure to set up programming that emphasises in-person connections with viewers. That’s given the theater an edge in the age of streaming.“In those cases where there’s not something extra … titles being released on video on demand do result in smaller audiences in theaters,” Cowen said. Not so for events or classic movies shown on real film. “Where there is a live component or where folks can come out to experience something different … that also brings people out, much more so than simply showing something digitally.”But if consumers are turning away from retail in favor of the arts, have they flocked to theater? Not necessarily. “I don’t get the sense that the current demographics of SF support a reflective experience of consuming art – where one sits through a play or listens to poetic storytelling,” wrote Executive Director Anastacia Powers-Cuellar of Brava Theater Center. “People are reactionary now – they want an experience they can be immediately elated by – something to feel in their bodies because they spend so much time in a virtual world?” In a city where fans are dropping hundreds, even thousands, on tickets to the hit musical Hamilton, Powers-Cuellar noted, people somehow aren’t as willing to regularly attend locally-produced, lower ticket cost theater productions near them. At Brava, like at the Roxie, people do seem to come for the behind-the-scenes mingling – perhaps to feel like they have an insider’s view.“People are more [likely] to pay $25 or more for a play if there is maybe a post-show or pre-show experience – meeting the artist, having food and drinks,” Powers-Cuellar wrote. “Employing these marketing tools to get people into the theater to see art-work seems to be how people are attracting some audiences.”Some hands on experiences have also done well in the Mission. Danny Montoya, who owns and operates the woodworking school Butterfly Joint, says that working for 15 years as a kindergarten teacher made him qualified to run a program that focused on teaching children rather than adults. But the decision to run a hand-on shop also also came in part out of learning from other artists’ experiences trying to make a living.  “How does any brick and mortar survive, I can’t even imagine with the overhead of hiringunless you’re sole proprietor,” he remembered thinking in 2015, when he was looking for a space to open his business. “Once you start hiring people and you’re paying rent, there is no way you can compete with online.”Plus, he said, “everyone’s stealing everything.” His friends who create wood sculptures with a distinct aesthetic suddenly see eerily similar work pop up for sale in Russia, for example. One friend of his who makes paper sculptures and sells kits for people to make their own sculptures finds customers copy the patterns and sell them as their own. “It seems to me like … you can’t do cease-and-desists forever. At some point you need to offer something that there’s just no way someone can replicate it,” Montoya said. “And the only way to do that is a live action, you-in-the-room kind of deal.”Urban Putt, 1096 South Van Ness Ave. Photo by Lola M. ChavezRelated Stories:Historic building weathers grocery owner, former Facebook exec and now anotherSF Art Store Struggles Against E-CommerceSF’s Shop local ethic disrupted by click-here convenienceShop Local Disrupted: Valencia CycleryThe Grocery Store 0%center_img Tags: Business • rent • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Warriors v Rockets Game Two Day of the Dead

first_imgPre-Game: The Beautiful Game.Kevin Durant took a lot of shit when he signed with the Warriors. He was pilloried for “ring chasing” and for being “soft” (a cupcake), not being a “Real Man.” He still hears it.Given his physical gifts, mental acuity and disciplined work habits, KD should transcend the team, the Alpha Dog Leader of the Pack. He should get the ball every time and go it alone because he can score every time over hapless defenders. They say.But it doesn’t work that way, and it won’t. It didn’t when KD played in Oklahoma City’s heavy isolation offense. And it doesn’t when Houston plays heavy isolation. Houston has come to play a team game.Defense makes the difference.Mission Street Sports Bar is cooler than I expected. And the wings look exceptional. “I hear they’re good,” says Dave. “Not exceptional.” Durant came to the Dubs because he’s a basketball savant and he wanted to play basketball; a team game with players and ball in constant complex movement. Isolation ball, as we saw in Game One, slows the game to a crawl, focusing all the attention on one player, freezing the others.Will the Rock Heads change? They should hit more shots. They must improve their defense. But will James Harden continue to dribble 22 of the 24 seconds of each possession?For the Rockets to survive, they will have to conjure up some team “spirit.”Otherwise, it will be a shorter, less dramatic series than most expected.KD and his team expect no less.First Quarter: Mission Street Sports Bar.The Rockets do some quick conjuring.They get off to another fast start. But it’s not James Harden Dancing with the Stars. In fact, it’s not offense.It’s defense. Houston doesn’t score much in the opening moments but they flumox the Dubs. They force fumble after bad pass after bad shot after offensive foul. The Rockets come out so much quicker, so much meaner, the Dubs look like they’re playing an Old Timer’s Game of patty-cake.The Dubs’ major weakness, other than complacency, is the propensity to throw away the ball. In the first five minutes, they turn the ball over five times, and Houston is off to the races.There’s a constant din at the Mission Street Sports Bar, a cavernous space with more screens per capita than many nations. And a small movie screen playing to the theater-like setup in back.The crowd is large and animated and not too bummed by the opening quarter. “Hell,” says Dave, “who didn’t expect Houston to come out and throw the first punch?”Dave’s confident. He wears a “Strength in Numbers” shirt and drinks a gin and tonic. Not to worry, Another guy tells me as he’s been telling “everybody the Rockets are going to win tonight, then you see, the Warriors will win two at Oracle and then take Game Five in Houston or Game Six in Oakland. You see?”I see the Dubs down by five after one. It could be worse.Two things stand out. Make that three. Tags: warriors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address Second Quarter: Dr. Teeth/Barrel Proof.Dr. Teeth is packed. Overflowing onto the street and into Barrel Proof, which still has breathing space.The crowd in Dr. Teeth seems more optimistic. The Barrel Proof crowd, not so much. They seem more into their drinks.And who can blame them? The Rockets open the second quarter with a 12-5 run, making three three-point shots, while the Dubs make one.With seven minutes to go, Klay Thompson hits the Dubs’ first three-point shot of the night. The score is 40-35.Bedlam in Dr. Teeth! A hush in Houston.Over the next 45 seconds, P.J. Tucker hits two three-point shots for Houston. Who?P.J. Tucker, a guy they picked up in the offseason. He’s known as a “three and D” guy. A good defensive player and three-point shooter. In Game One, Tucker had 1 point.Houston makes two more threes while the Dubs, not named KD, take and miss bad shots. In two and a half minutes, a five-point lead balloons to fourteen points.As the Dubs try to stop Houston from hitting three-point shots, the Rockets drive past them. Often it’s Steph Curry who’s getting beaten as they go after him time and time again.With a chance to cut the lead and end the half on an up note, the Dubs give up three ugly (or beautiful) Houston dunks.On the last, Trevor Ariza drives the open lane while four Dubs stand at attention, like the Queen’s Guard, to watch him soar by.Trevor Ariza?Bedlam in Houston. The crowd at Dr. Teeth orders another drink and emerges into the setting sun to get stoned.Houston leads 64-50.Halftime.“Desperation,” says J. on the way to 16th Street. “Houston knows if they lose tonight, they’re finished. Like Game Four of last year’s finals in Cleveland. They want it more. Golden State got what they came for: a split.”That’s what it looked like. Houston’s intensity factor is off the charts. They have definitely taken it to the Dubs.But the Dubs are the best third-quarter team in the league. Many’s the time this year, they fell behind in the first half only to come roaring back in the third quarter.Third Quarter: Bar San Pancho.Back to Bar San Pancho to meet some friends as gloomy as me. For reasons unknown, the atmosphere in San Pancho is not gloomy at all. Not optimistic. Not raucous and exuberant. Not overflowing. But not gloomy.Even though the Dubs don’t roar.KD keeps the Dubs in the game. That’s it. Houston put Trevor Ariza on him and Ariza has bothered him and made him get the ball out of position. Still, Durant can score, so the game is not out of reach.But KD needs help and Houston has shut down both Klay and Steph from long range.Amped by their defensive effort, the Rockets don’t stand around. They whip the ball to open shooters for easy threes or driving dunks.The blonde sitting next to me says “They look like the Warriors.” She’s right.Fourth Quarter: Bar San Pancho.I ordered wings in the third quarter, after the Dubs (KD) had cut the lead to 10. By the fourth quarter, they still hadn’t come back.The Dubs have been out of it all game. Yet they begin the fourth quarter playing tough defense, and Steph finally hits a three.With eight minutes left, the Rockets have the ball and lead by 11. Chris Paul tries to dance but gets stopped. He passes to Eric Gordon who is being defended by Draymond Green. Not only doesn’t Green let Gordon drive. He doesn’t let him pass, and actually pushes Gordon further away from the basket. Outstanding defense.Just before time runs out, Gordon throws a desperation shot. It goes in. And the game goes into garbage time.The wings weren’t bad, and because they took so long in coming, I got them for free. Best thing that happened all night.Rock Heads 127. Dubs 105.Post Game: Delirium.Everybody’s gone home. I think I will, too.The Rockets showed tonight that they are more than Rock Heads. They have movable parts, and Harden actually passed the ball on more than one occasion. They played much more of a team game.The Dubs’ penchant for turnovers, and their recent difficulties shooting three-point shots were exposed. KD scored 38 points. The Dubs needed him to score 60.Houston mercilessly targeted Steph Curry on defense, and he got beaten for 20 points. Worse, his three-point shot has mysteriously disappeared over the past two games. It’s hard to know to what degree he’s still bothered by his injury, by Houston’s defense, by Houston’s offense, or all of the above. Whatever, he has not been “himself” these past two games.Notoriously, the Dubs hate to lose. On Sunday, they can get revenge at Oracle.Game one: Dubs roll Rock Heads, May 15, 2018Warrior Fever Strikes the Mission, A guide for the Perplexed, May 14, 2018 0%last_img read more

LEON Pryce has returned to Saints 19man squad for

first_imgLEON Pryce has returned to Saints 19-man squad for their trip to Catalans this weekend.The 29-year-old has recovered from a groin injury and looks set to play for the first time competitively since July 31 last year.He joins a side is now only missing Sia Soliola, Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler.The latter two should return in a fortnight whilst Sia misses out on the trip because of an ankle knock.Therefore, Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell.Trent Robinson, Catalans Head Coach, will choose from:2. Damien Blanch, 3. Ben Farrar, 4. Setaimata Sa, 5. Cyril Stacul, 7. Scott Dureau, 8. David Ferriol, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Steve Menzies, 12. Sébastien Raguin, 13. Greg Mounis, 14. Tony Gigot, 17. Cyrille Gossard, 18. Darryl Millard, 20. Michael Simon, 22. Jamal Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baiteri, 26. Eloi Pelissier.The match kicks off at 6.30pm local time (5.30pm British Time) and the referee is Thierry Alibert is 6.30pm local time.If you’re not travelling over to Perpignan the match will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to BBC Radio Merseyside from 5.30pm on 1485mw DAB and online at BBC Liverpool.Stats:Super League summaryCatalans won 5St Helens won 6Catalans highest score: 30-20 (A, 2010 (Widest margin: 21-0, H, 2007)St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)last_img read more

Estimated 75000 gallons of sewage spills overnight into ICW on Wrightsville Beach

first_imgWrightsville Beach, NC (WWAY) – Wrightsville Beach crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) that occurred Saturday night just before midnight near the Heidi Trask drawbridge. Crews identified the problem as a failure on the NEI 1 force main.- Advertisement – Wrightsville Beach Public Works staff was able to stop the overflow and isolate the affected portion by closing valves on both sides of the bridge. Pump-and haul operations are ongoing to minimize service disruptions and environmental impacts while Public Works construction crews make the necessary repairs to the force main.We heard from town manager Tim Owens who tells us wastewater treatment was operating properly as of Sunday afternoon on the island.Approximately 75,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged into the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. Related Article: Blockade Runner closes until spring due to extensive storm damagePublic Works Water & Sewer staff members will be conducting water quality testing in various locations near the site and initial results will be published in the next 24 hours. This spill was reported to the N.C. Division of Environmental Quality.last_img read more

Help needed identifying suspect who used cloned credit card

first_img It happened February 18.According to a news release, the man in the photo was seen with two other men. After he used the ATM, he was seen getting in a silver four door sedan.Car suspect was seen insideThese images were captured from the ATM camera.Related Article: Police: North Carolina authorities fatally shoot person at fireIf you have any information on this case, contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize this man?Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker is asking for help identifying a man who used a cloned credit card at an ATM in Clarkton.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County judge receives Judge of the Year award

first_imgJ. H. Corpening II (Photo: NC Administrative Office of the Courts) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Chief District Court Judge for North Carolina’s 5th Judicial District received top honors during a national conference in Boston.J.H. Corpening II was presented with the David W. Soukup Judge of the Year Award at the National Court Appointed Special Advocates conference on March 11.- Advertisement – Judge Corpening received this award for his longstanding work in juvenile court, his support and belief in the work of guardian ad litem volunteers, and his innovations like the program to reunite babies born to drug-addicted mothers.“I’m incredibly honored and humbled by this award. It is the highest honor I’ve received in my professional career,” Corpening said in a news release. “The fact that it is given by the National CASA/Guardian ad Litem Association, and the fact that it is named for the man who created the CASA/Guardian ad Litem program 40 years ago magnifies the significance to me exponentially.”“We could not be more proud of Judge Corpening,” stated Chief Justice Mark Martin. “This award is well deserved, and we are fortunate to have a champion for children that we have in Judge Corpening.”Related Article: Guardian ad Litem needs more volunteersJudge Corpening is the architect of an innovative Intensive Reunification Program. When faced with deciding what was best for an infant affected by parental opioid use, Judge Corpening created an innovative plan of action. He ordered the mother to visit with her baby every day for up to six hours at the hospital, holding and bonding with her child, followed by an infusion of services with close court oversight. This ruling was a major departure from social service practices and based, in part, on the latest research by experts who work with babies and mothers during detox.This decision was the catalyst for Judge Corpening to spearhead the design of the Intensive Reunification Program, now entering its third year. The program enables weekly counseling and intensive instruction for parents, more frequent visits between children and parents, and support within the home. While new, the program has already shown results and continues to grow.Since 1983, Judge Corpening has been a champion of North Carolina’s Guardian  ad Litem (GAL) Program. He began by serving first as a GAL Attorney Advocate. He is currently the sole juvenile court judge in New Hanover County.“He has worked as a change agent and a leader at the local, state, and national level to ensure that children have safety, permanence, and a voice in the court process,” CASA representatives stated in an announcement.Judge Corpening attends and speaks at nearly all trainings and events for the GAL volunteers in New Hanover County.The North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018. Celebratory events are being held in various regions throughout the state this year to mark this major milestone.last_img read more

Flipped tractortrailer creates temporary traffic issues

first_img The driver was not injured, and speed is not believed to be a factor.NC DOT trucks quickly arrived and redirected traffic around the accident.Two tow-trucks were brought in to remove the truck. A tractor-trailer flips on its side while turning onto an off-ramp in Leland.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  A tractor-trailer carrying sheet rock flipped on its side in Leland Thursday morning, causing some temporary traffic issues for drivers.Highway Patrol says the tractor-trailer’s load shifted as the driver turned from 74-76 onto the I-140 East off-ramp, causing it to tip over.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pope Francis says homosexual tendencies are not a sin

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 speaking to journalists on the plane back from MoroccoPope Francis speaking to journalists on the plane back from Morocco Pope Francis said that homosexual tendencies “are not a sin,” while encouraging parents who begin “seeing rare things” in their children to “please, consult, and go to a professional,” because “it could be that he or she is not homosexual.”Asked about his famous soundbite “Who am I to judge?, the pope said, “Tendencies are not sin. If you have a tendency to anger, it’s not a sin. Now, if you are angry and hurt people, the sin is there. Sin is acting, of thought, word and deed, with freedom,” Francis said.Asked by Spanish journalist Jordi Evole if he thinks it’s a “rarity” for parents to have a homosexual child, the Pope answered that “in theory, no.”“But I’m talking about a person who is developing, and parents start to see strange things. Please consult, and go to a professional, and there you will see what it is and may not be homosexual, that is due to something else,” he said.Challenge for the familyFrancis also said that in his opinion, it’s usually challenging for a family to have a homosexual child, as they can be “scandalized by something they don’t understand, something out of the ordinary … I’m not making a judgement of value, I’m doing a phenomenological analysis,” he said.The pope’s words came in response to a question about comments he made last summer, when he said parents who detect their children have homosexual behaviors should take them to a psychiatrist.In a new interview that aired Sunday with the Spanish news outlet La Sexta, the Pope said he was “explaining that you never throw a homosexual person out of the house, but I made a distinction that when the person is very young and begins to show strange symptoms, it’s useful to go, I said to a psychiatrist. At that moment you say the word that comes out first and, on top of that, in a language that is not yours.”From his comments, Francis said, the media selected the words “‘the Pope sends homosexuals to the psychiatrist,’ and they didn’t see the rest, and this is ill-intentioned.”A homosexual has a right to a familyDuring the interview, the journalist alternates between the terms “homosexual” and “gay,” but the Pope always uses the word “homosexual.” During his trip back from Brazil, in 2013, speaking with journalists, Francis famously became the first Pope to use the word “gay.”Once a homosexual identity is “set,” Francis said, a homosexual man or woman “has the right to a family, and that father and mother have the right to a son or daughter, come as it may, and no son or daughter can be thrown out of the home.”WhatsApplast_img read more

100000 Pilgrims of Radio Maryja Family in Poland

first_img SharePrint WhatsApp Thousands attending the Jasna Gora pilgrimageThousands attending the Jasna Gora pilgrimage About 100,000 people took part in the 28th Pilgrimage of the Radio Maryja Family to the Jasna Góra Shrine of Our Lady. For years it has been one of the most numerous pilgrimages in Europe. The pilgrims were greeted by Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer.The motto of this year’s pilgrimage was the statement of St. John Paul II: “May Your Spirit descend! And renew the face of the earth. Of this land!”. The faithful prayed for their families on the meadows around the Shrine of Our Lady, asking for respect for everyone’s life and apologized “for insults, sacrileges, and profanities”.Prime Minister in attendanceAccording to Vatican News, in his homily, Bishop Ignacy Dec referred to the words of Pope Francis, urging the congregation to leave a comfortable couch in order to have a good time in the homily.The celebrations at the Jasna Góra Shrine were attended by Polish parliamentarians and government representatives headed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.Radio Maryja is a nationwide Catholic radio station addressing social issues. Since its foundation in 1991, it has been run by the Redemptorist Congregation. The Congregation founded Trwam Television in 2003, now part of the media of the Radio Maryja Family.The Shrine of Jasna Góra is visited by more than 4 million believers every year. The most numerous pilgrimage is that of the Radio Maryja Family.center_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