Month: August 2019

Rob Hopps OTT entertainment and technology provide

first_imgRob HoppsOTT entertainment and technology provider Ownzones has named Rob Hopps as its chief security officer and senior vice-president of operations.In this new role, Hopps will be charged with overseeing all information security, infrastructure and technology operations at Ownzones. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, California and was appointed by Ownzones CEO Dan Gorman.Hopps was previously vice-president, corporate information security officer (CISO) at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.“I joined Ownzones to help an incredible dynamic and talented team of software and design experts to execute as well as drive new security initiatives necessary to expand the company’s technology offerings,” said Hopps.“In my new role, I look forward to driving operations and strategies that align with Dan’s vision and that support and protect Ownzones customers and employees as it continues to grow on the leading edge of content and OTT solutions.”last_img read more

Europol and the Audiovisual AntiPiracy Alliance

first_imgEuropol and the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) have helped to dismantle an illegal IPTV streaming business following raids in Cyprus, Bulgaria and Greece.Europol said that four people were arrested and 17 houses searched in a strike against a crime group suspected of hosting a large-scale illegal business, which allegedly distributed Greek, Cypriot and foreign pay TV channels across Europe for as little as €20 per month.The investigation uncovered machine sites that worked with the central server to relay subscriber channels. Servers used to distribute channels were shut down and IP addresses hosted by a Dutch company were deactivated.The investigation was led by the Cypriot Police’s intellectual property crime unit, with the help of the Cybercrime Division of the Greek Police, the Dutch Fiscal Investigative and Intelligence Service (FIOD), the Cybercrime Unit of the Bulgarian Police.The action was also supported by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC³) and AAPA members Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, and Nova, a provider of home entertainment services in Greece.“These raids, conducted by local police authorities in collaboration with Europol and our members, show the importance that law enforcement is placing on the issue of IP infringement and represent another step forward in our mission to fight piracy,” said Sheila Cassells, executive director, AAPA.“AAPA members like Irdeto and Nova are at the forefront of this fight against piracy and we will continue to take measures to support enforcement activities and push for effective and consistent legislation to aid this.”At the time of going to press neither AAPA, Irdeto nor Europol could confirm to DTVE the name of the service that was subject to the shut-down.last_img read more


first_img WHM WINNER CATHERINE WHORISKEY ON TRACK FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT The upcoming WHM 2016 will be a bit of a family affair for Catherine, whose sister Clare Harkin, a science teacher at St Mary’s College and also a member of City of Derry, will be running in the event for the first time.Their other sister, Mari Lilburn, who’s a PE teacher in Liverpool, will be cheering them on with the rest of the family.Looking ahead to competing in the WHM for the third time on September 4th, Catherine says she loves the popular new route which was changed last year from Gransha Grounds. Starting in Ebrington Square, the course will once again take runners across the river to the cityside, showcasing our parks, greenways and bridges before finishing at St Columb’s Park.Catherine continued: “I am really looking forward to running a route I know with familiar faces cheering everyone on from the side lines. Although I am training hard and I would like to get a PB which is the ultimate aim for any runner, the Half Marathon is different for me. It is a race I can go out and enjoy because it is not a distance I do all the time.“I go for the feel good factor; if I don’t enjoy it then it’s not for me. The WHM is a brilliant route which takes in so much of the city and draws in more of a crowd. Running through familiar places which might just bring back a memory is so enjoyable.”And as if running a Half Marathon isn’t enough of a challenge, Catherine reveals that her favourite part of the route is the hill climb at the Foyle Bridge. “I just love hills,” laughs the laid back athlete who is already looking ahead to the Cross Country season starting in October.For anyone who fancies a challenge, entries for the WHM 2016 close at midnight on Monday, 15th August 2016. No entries will be accepted after this date. Entries are available for Half Marathon Runners/Wheelchairs, 3-Person Team Relay and 2k Family Fun Run. For registration details, visit www.derrystrabane.comEndsWHM WINNER CATHERINE WHORISKEY ON TRACK FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT was last modified: August 4th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet While Catherine is full of praise for the lifelong support of her parents Peter and Kate Lilburn, she credits her 63-year-old dad – himself a running veteran – with keeping her on track!“He is a big part of getting me back into running; it was him who basically dragged me out of the house to take up running again so, I have him to thank,” jokes the former Northern Ireland Cross Country junior champion, also praising the support of her husband Declan and her youngest fan, their little pride and joy, Rionagh.Catherine, who competed at international level up until the age of 16, took a break from athletics before taking up the sport again when she was 25. Since last year’s WHM, she was selected for two international teams with Athletics Northern Ireland, and more recently claimed the Northern Ireland 10,000m and 5,000m track and field titles.In March, the Derry woman ran the World Half Marathon as part of the Northern Ireland team, and was delighted to shave three minutes off her WHM 2015 time, coming in at 80.09. Derry runner Cahterine Whoriskey who won last year’s Waterside Half MarathonCATHERINE Whoriskey became the first local woman in three decades to win the female title in the 2015 Waterside Half Marathon (WHM) and there’s no holding her back from this year’s competition.However with the countdown now on to the popular annual event, which takes place on Sunday September 4th this year, organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the 30-year-old mum-of-one insists that her main aim for the 35th WHM is to enjoy it!Catherine, who ran her first WHM two years ago after the birth of her daughter Rionagh, before going on to win the female race last year, makes the 13.1 mile workout sound like a labour of love.The City of Derry Spartan recalls: “I did it the first time when my daughter was three or four months old to get out running again but last year was my first proper half marathon.” Catherine crossed the WHM 2015 finish line in 83.08 to the delight of her “brilliant” band of supporters comprised of family, friends and work colleagues from Leafair Community Association.last_img read more

Garda Inspector David Murphy told the coroners co

first_imgGarda Inspector David Murphy told the coroner’s court that there was a recent arrest in the case.“Our investigation is continuing. There was an arrest in April of this year. The investigation is live and continuing and we are applying to have an adjournment,” he said.Mr Allen was killed when a gang shot through the windows of his rented home at Links View Park.A car, believed to have been used by his killers, was found burnt-out a short distance away. Mr Allen’s girlfriend, who was in the house at the time, escaped injury.There have been a number of arrests in connection with the case but nobody has ever been charged.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said he was pleased to hear the investigation is still ongoing and adjourned the inquest until March 14th next.Gardai believe that some members of the RAAD gang had travelled over the border from Derry to carry out the cold-blooded murder.In April, a man in his 50s was arrested over the murder and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station but was later released without charge.Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later claimed responsibility for his murder.Mr Allen’s family have always denied claims he was a drug dealer.DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN MURDER OF DERRY MAN ANDREW ALLEN STILL ‘A LIVE GARDA PROBE’, INQUEST TOLD was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Derry man Andrew Allen was shot dead by RAAD in Co Donegal in February 2012AN inquest into the death of a  Derryman who was shot dead in Co Donegal by a dissident republican vigilante group has been told the Garda investigation is live and continuing.Andy Allen was shot at close range by the republican RAAD gang in Buncrana in February, 2012.An inquest into the death was held at Buncrana Courthouse yesterday abnd was told that the investigation is ongoing. BUNCRANA COURTHOUSECORONER DR DENIS MCCAULEYDISSIDENT REPUBLICAN MURDER OF DERRY MAN ANDREW ALLEN STILL ‘A LIVE GARDA PROBE’GARDA INSPECTOR DAVID MURPHYINQUEST TOLDLINKS VIEW PARKlast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet THIS Halloween promises to be a musical extravaganza with the return of the Samhain Sessions, featuring some of the finest Irish acts performing in the beautiful surrounds of Derry’s Guildhall.The sessions, which are delivered by Council in conjunction with Celtronic, take place under Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon installation, and last year packed crowds turned out to experience the hauntingly atmospheric performances. Tickets have just gone on sale for the concerts, and are expected to be snapped up fast for these intimate live gigs.This year’s line-up is just as impressive featuring top artists Lisa Hannigan, David Kitt and Colm Mac Con Iomaire over three nights of fantastic live shows as part of Derry and Strabane’s packed programme of Halloween events. Colm Mac Con IomaireDerry and Strabane Councilguildhall squareIrish artist David KittSamhain Sessions Hallowe’en line up is out of this worldSPARKS On Sunday October 28th award winning Irish folk singer Lisa Hannigan will bring her breath taking vocal style to the Guildhall’s Main Hall, where she will be joined by multi-talented musician and singer Kitt Philippa.Next up on Monday October 29 is well known Irish artist David Kitt, who returns for a second Samhain Sessions performance following his successful show last year. Kitt’s latest album ‘Yous’ has been heralded as ‘sublime’ and ‘heartfelt’ by the critics and this year’s performance promises to be soulful Kitt at his very best. David Kitt will be joined by modern Irish singing sensation Joshua Burnside, who is known for his ability to channel his traditional Irish influences into a whole new blend of world music, electronica and experimental rock. They will share the bill with musician and producer Malojian for a night of exceptional music.Finally, on Tuesday October 30th join violinist and composer Colm Mac Con Iomaire for a traditional celebration of Irish music with a twist. Colm will be followed by one of the most masterfully diverse musicians in the country, Derry multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and songwriter Eoin O’Callaghan. His new project Elma Orkestra will take the audience to a more open-ended, soundscape-based terrain for a programme finale to remember.Speaking on the launch of the sessions, Festivals and Events manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said she was delighted to see their return this year. “The Samhain Sessions last year really were something special, and the combined backdrop of the historic Guildhall and the Museum of the Moon were simply magical. “This year’s line-up is just fantastic with the very best modern Irish artists coming together for some really special performances.“The Samhain Sessions were new to the programme last year so it’s great to see the calibre of artists in the extended line up for this year. “Last year we had a lot of interest so I would really encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment.”Gareth Stewart from Celtronic said: “The Guildhall is undoubtedly one of the finest rooms for music on the island of Ireland. “We are so excited at the prospect of having the best Irish musical talent perform in such a special space, underneath the amazing artwork that is Museum of The Moon.”The 2018 Halloween programme will run from 26th October – 3rd November 2018, with over 100 family friendly activities at more than 40 venues, stretching over nine jam-packed days. Among the regular highlights which draw thousands to the city each year, is the Awakening of the Walls, which makes a welcome return for 2018, along with dynamic drumming sensations Spark. There will be ghost tours, story-telling, animation, Halloween markets and so much more happening in the build up to the big night itself on October 31, when the traditional Carnival parade will bring hundreds of performers together to celebrate this year’s Return of the Ancients theme. The night will finish in a spectacular Halloween fireworks finale.The programme is organised and funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Tourism N. Ireland International Fund. Tickets for the Samhain Sessions are now on sale, priced as follows:Sunday 28th Oct – Lisa Hannigan, Kitt Philippa (£20 + booking fee)Monday 29th Oct – David Kitt, Joshua Burnside, Malojian (£13 +booking fee)Tuesday 30th Oct – Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Elma Orkestra (£13+booking fee)To book please check out Sessions Hallowe’en line up is out of this world was last modified: September 26th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Next PostAuthorities Give Tips on Driving Through Workzones Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Local Attorney Recognized for Renovation and Restoration Effort By Kassie SimmonsApr 08, 2019, 21:01 pm 446 0 Mail BECKLEY, W.Va. (WOAY) – A local attorney was recognized on Monday for his recent work to renovate a historical building.“This community has given so much to my law firm and so much to my family,” said Robert Dunlap. “I feel like I had to give something back. The purchase of this building, the renovation, the turning it into where new businesses can make Beckley better… I think that’s all of our obligation, to give back the gifts the town has given us.”Dunlap has been renovating a five-story building in downtown Beckley during his free time for over a year. He recently finished one floor and has started working on another. Dunlap said the project will likely last a couple more years.On Monday, he received an award for his beautification efforts.The building was once home to a newspaper and radio station, but sat empty for the last few decades. Now, Dunlap is turning it into both a commercial and residential space. The first floor has a finished commercial space as well as an apartment. The second floor is still under construction, but will soon have four affordable apartments. What’s in store for the rest of the building is still being decided.Dunlap expects to finish the next part of his project within the next year. Home NewsWatch Local News Local Attorney Recognized for Renovation and Restoration Effort Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Twitter Kassie Simmons Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism.During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing.Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about.Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at Linkedin Previous PostAcura recalls 360K SUVs because tail lights can go dark Google+last_img read more

Im going out on a limb I think the next bull pha

first_imgI’m going out on a limb: I think the next bull phase in the gold market gets underway before October. Why? China. But not due to runaway demand… At an International Monetary Fund (IMF) forum last month, China’s central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, made it clear he believes the renminbi is “ready for reserve status.” It would be a huge step for the Chinese currency, starting with the fact that it would be added to the basket of currencies IMF member countries can include in their official reserves. Billions would be invested in it. What was the IMF’s reaction? “We welcome and share this objective,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. “We are now working closely with the Chinese authorities in this regard,” added Director of Communications Gerry Rice. They didn’t say they would accept it, but then again, they surely wouldn’t advertise it in advance. What’s the connection to gold? If Chinese officials seek “reserve” status for the currency, they’ll want to announce their updated gold holdings beforehand. Why? Two reasons: Currency strength. Demonstrating they hold ample gold reserves—certainly more than the official number of 1,054 tonnes—puts the currency on more solid footing. The IMF holds the world’s third-largest gold reserve, so this issue matters. Transparency. A gold reserve announcement would help quell worries about the country’s lack of data transparency, something that’s been an ongoing concern. Regardless of China’s motivation to announce its gold reserves, the IMF might require it anyway, as it’s been over six years since the last update. The review process for admitting a new currency is held only every five years. I seriously doubt Chinese officials want to wait until 2020. Meetings will be held soon, with the results announced in October. What’s Behind (Chinese) Door Number Three? A recent Bloomberg estimate put China’s gold reserves at 3,510 tonnes, more than triple the old amount. If accurate, it would place China second only to the US, which says it has 8,133.5 tonnes. Other analysts speculate China holds around 2,100 tonnes. I think the actual number is higher than either estimate. My guess is at least 4,000 tonnes (Jim Rickards thinks it’s 4,500 tonnes). If I’m right, and if Chinese officials do announce a new reserve figure before October, it could light a fire under the gold price. A large increase is key, because even mainstream investors know that China has been buying a lot of gold. To really jolt the market, the new number must be a surprise—which is exactly what I expect. Why? Many analysts overlook that Hong Kong imports are no longer a reliable way to measure China gold demand. China agreed over a year ago to import gold through numerous channels, such as banks, refiners, and even jewelry dealers. For this reason alone, I think China’s gold holdings are higher than what they think. Of course, I could be wrong about a pending announcement. Buying Chinese government bonds still comes with a lot of restrictions, for example, which could keep the renminbi from being accepted by the IMF and eliminate the pressing need for China to declare its gold reserves. Or maybe the US—with the highest share of votes in the IMF—tries to block it from happening. But most of the rest of the world is already on board, as evidenced by the whopping 57 countries that signed on to become founding members of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of the world’s central banks currently invest in the renminbi. And over 10,000 financial institutions already transact in it. On top of this, China recently agreed to adopt IMF standards for reporting balance of payment data. And they just launched their own facility to fix the yuan’s value to gold. You wouldn’t take these kinds of steps if you didn’t want your currency included in the IMF basket. So, I think it’s likely China will announce an updated figure on its gold reserves, and that it will be higher than the mainstream expects. If it makes headline news, it could ignite the gold price and give instant birth to a new bull market. If I’m right, we obviously want to be positioned before it happens. And if I’m wrong? It doesn’t really matter, because all the core reasons for owning gold remain intact and poised to turn into catalysts. Harry Dent Has Accepted My Bet! This is just one reason I bet Harry Dent about where the gold price is headed. He recently proclaimed that gold will fall to $700 in less than two years—and I say hogwash. I bet him a gold Eagle that it won’t, and he accepted, so our bet is live. We battle it out in a new special report, a 17-page debate where each of us argues our case. You can read our in-depth report free of charge—just enter your email address here, and we’ll send it to you right away. Which is more likely, inflation or deflation? Is gold destined to fall if deflation wins? Why has gold held strong in spite of a soaring dollar, and how will it perform if we face another crisis? Is a currency crisis really ahead? And how will production costs impact the price? Read the eight “proof points” each of us offers, along with the details of our wager and the date the winner will be announced. We both think the report will help each individual investor make up his or her own mind. It’s the battle of the year, with two ounces of gold on the line. I invite you to follow along in our “boxing match” and see who takes home the gold. Enter your email address and see who wins!last_img read more

TURIN Italy — Juventus scored twice in a minute t

first_imgTURIN, Italy — Juventus scored twice in a minute to rescue a 3-2 victory at home to Olympiakos and keep its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages alive.Paul Pogba netted his first Champions League goal in the 66th minute, moments after Olympiakos goalkeeper Roberto had turned the ball into his own net.Juventus could have improved the scoreline but Roberto finger-tipped Arturo Vidal’s penalty onto the bar in stoppage time.“It was a very important match,” Pogba said. “We had to win and we did. Now everything depends on us. We missed a penalty but that happens in football. We have to continue to win and attack like we did tonight.”Delvin N’Dinga had headed Olympiakos in front in the 61st to stun home fans, who started celebrating soon after when Juventus scored the quick double.Juventus dominated the match and went in front in the 21st from a trademark Andrea Pirlo free kick in his 100th appearance in the competition, but the lead was wiped out within three minutes by an Alberto Botia header.“We had a tough time settling into a rhythm in the early stages of the match but after equalizing we improved a lot and I am perfectly satisfied with my players’ efforts,” Olympiakos coach Michel Gonzalez said. “Let’s not forget that our rivals were Juventus.“I am very proud of my players. We showed what we are capable of. Who knows, maybe that last save of Roberto might prove crucial and hand us qualification to the next stage.”Atletico Madrid won 2-0 at Malmo to move top of Group A with nine points, three ahead of Juventus and Olympiakos.Olympiakos won at home against Juventus two weeks ago, leaving the Italian club knowing that anything short of victory in Turin could leave it in on the verge of elimination from the group stage for the second straight season.The heavy rain made it difficult for both goalkeepers and Roberto had to make two attempts in order to grab a curling shot by Pogba.The Spanish keeper also had to react smartly to touch a long-range strike by Claudio Marchisio over the crossbar. There was nothing he could do about the opener, however.Pogba made a surging run but was tripped on the edge of the area, as Olympiakos conceded a free kick right in Pirlo territory.And the Italy playmaker didn’t disappoint, curling an unstoppable effort into the top left corner.The lead lasted only until the 24th, when Gianluigi Buffon fumbled a cross and Botia headed in the equalizer from the resulting corner.Juventus should have immediately restored its advantage but Leonardo Bonucci headed another Pirlo free kick over the bar.Alvaro Morata then drilled inches wide of the right post, though he was tripped as he shot and could have won a penalty.On the stroke of halftime, the ball broke to Pogba in a good position but the France forward fired wide of the right upright.It seemed as if Juventus was going to be made to pay for its inefficiency in front of goal as Olympiakos took the lead against the run of play when N’Dinga headed home a free kick.But the Greek club’s advantage was short lived. Juventus levelled in somewhat fortunate circumstances when substitute Fernando Llorente’s header took a deflection to bounce off the base of the left post before creeping into the net.Pogba, in his 100th appearance for Juventus, turned the match around just 46 seconds later, taking advantage of the ball rebounding off a defender who tried to backheel it toward a teammate and drilling it into the bottom left corner. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

CINCINNATI— Lauren Hill spent her final year polis

first_imgCINCINNATI— Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor.The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, Brooke Desserich, told The Associated Press.“She’s made an impact on the world, more so than me — more than I ever will do,” her coach Dan Benjamin said. “I’ve gotten so many emails and phone calls from all over the world. People are contacting me because they want to share her story.”Hill wouldn’t let the tumor dictate her final days. Along the way, she became known simply as Lauren, someone who knew how to make the most of every day and who had a knack for encouraging others to do the same by the way she persevered.“We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit,” Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz said. “She has left a powerful legacy. She taught us that every day is a blessing; every moment a gift.”Her nonprofit foundation helped to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research.“She not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come,” Desserich said.A year and a half ago, Hill was just another high school student getting ready for college. She decided to play basketball at Mount St. Joseph, a Division III school in suburban Cincinnati. Soccer was her favorite sport, but basketball became her selling point.A few weeks later, she started experiencing dizziness while playing for her high school team in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Tests found the tumor. Treatment didn’t work. She knew she had less than two years left.While the tumor squeezed her brain, Hill squeezed back, holding onto life as tightly as she could.“I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised,” Hill told the AP after one of her team’s 6 a.m. practices. “Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.“Especially after this kind of diagnosis, your perspective on life and what you value changes.”For Hill, that meant spending time with her parents and a brother and sister, going to college, raising money for cancer research, inspiring others, and achieving her goal of scoring a basket in a game.A lot of people got involved to make it happen.The NCAA agreed to let Mount St. Joseph move up its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks because Hill’s condition was deteriorating. Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.By the time the game came around on Nov. 2, the tumor had affected Hill’s right side so much that she had to shoot with her non-dominant hand. With Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and an impressive cast of WNBA players on hand, Hill took a pass and made a left-handed layup only 17 seconds into the game.Tears. Goosebumps. Applause.She also made the last basket of the game, returning for a right-handed layup this time.“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “To play on a college court, to put my foot down on the floor and hear the roar of the crowd — I just love it so much. I love basketball.“Everything that happened today was amazing. I’m truly happy, it’s a really good day.”NCAA president Mark Emmert said Hill achieved a lasting and meaningful legacy.“Lauren Hill’s bravery, enthusiasm and strength were an inspiration not only to those who knew her best but also to the millions of people she touched around the world by sharing her story,” Emmert said.News of Hill’s death sparked quick reactions all over social networks. It was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, where Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wrote a short letter to Hill in a series of five tweets.“Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello,” James said. “Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times.”After the game, things got tougher. The spreading tumor caused her to be sensitive to light, sound and movement. She couldn’t sleep well. She tired quickly and needed a wheelchair at times. She had good days and bad days.Those close to her watched her grit it out.Hill played in four games and made five layups before the spreading tumor made her give up playing. When the season ended, her team held its annual dinner in a room at the hospital where Hill was being treated.Hill hoped that raising money would help others have a better chance at beating cancer in the future. Her Layup4Lauren challenge and other fundraising activities brought in donations worldwide.The U.S. Basketball Writers Association voted her the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award, which is normally awarded at the Final Four. Athletes from other colleges autographed No. 22 jerseys — her number — and sent them in support.Hill befriended Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is fighting cancer. They exchanged jerseys, and she attended a Bengals game and met Leah.As the cancer slowed her down, her family, friends and teammates took a bigger role in promoting her campaign. And she kept reminding everyone to appreciate life.“Life is precious,” she told WKRC-TV. “Every moment you get with someone is a moment that’s blessed, really blessed.”JOE KAY, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PARIS — Neymar wont play again at the Parc des Pr

first_imgPARIS — Neymar won’t play again at the Parc des Princes this season.The Paris Saint-Germain striker was given a three-game ban on Friday for lashing out at a fan following a loss in the French Cup final last month, a punishment that capped another disappointing season for the Brazilian.The French soccer federation’s disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.PSG said in a statement it finds the sanction “severe” and has decided with Neymar to appeal the decision.After Rennes beat PSG 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the final at the Stade de France, Neymar reacted angrily to a fan who was filming and verbally goading players as they walked up the stairs to collect their runner-up medals. Other PSG players, including Gianluigi Buffon and Marco Verratti, were verbally abused by the same person and ignored him.PSG coach Thomas Tuchel criticized Neymar for the spat and the Brazilian player later apologized.The ban starts Monday, ruling Neymar out of PSG’s last two league games. He can, however, play with the French champions at Angers on Saturday.The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3.Neymar has also been suspended for three games by UEFA for insulting the video review officials who awarded Manchester United’s stoppage-time penalty when PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16.Neymar became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. But his two seasons with the French champions have been quite disappointing in comparison with the huge expectations.Neymar, who is in the second year of a five-year deal with PSG, has missed large chunks of both seasons because of a right foot injury that ruled him out of big games. He has scored 50 goals in his 57 matches with PSG but was unable to help the club in its goal to win the Champions League, the main reason behind his arrival in Paris.Neymar injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot last year and missed the return leg of his club’s last 16 Champions League game against Real Madrid. He was also absent for both matches against United because of a recurrence of the injury.PSG has lost at that stage of the tournament in three straight seasons.By: Samuel Petrequin, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PARIS — Rain washed out the entire schedule at the

first_imgPARIS — Rain washed out the entire schedule at the French Open on Wednesday, the second time since 2000 a full day of play at the tournament was lost to showers.Two men’s quarterfinals and two women’s quarterfinals were postponed until Thursday, when the forecast calls for clouds but no drizzle.Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam site without a covered court; a retractable roof is expected to be added to the main stadium before next year’s tournament.On Wednesday, defending champion Simona Halep of Romania was scheduled to face 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in Court Philippe Chatrier, and No. 8 Ash Barty of Australia was supposed to meet No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. in Court Suzanne Lenglen.Spectators with umbrellas stroll as rain delayed the start of quarterfinal matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Those matches were to be followed by the two remaining men’s quarterfinals: No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who is attempting to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, against No. 5 Alexander Zverev of Germany, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria vs. No. 10 Karen Khachanov of Russia.One semifinal in each singles draw already was set Tuesday. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal faces Roger Federer, meeting for sixth time at Roland Garros and 39th time overall.On the women’s side, it’s No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.Play was wiped out by rain at the French Open for one day in 2016.Before that, it hadn’t happened since 2000.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Emily Dennis has spent hours if not days watchin

first_imgEmily Dennis has spent hours, if not days, watching mosquitoes buzz around her bare, outstretched arm. Carefully, she’s observed the insects land, stab their mouthparts through her skin and feed.But if her arm is slathered with DEET — shorthand for the chemical N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, the active ingredient in many insect repellents — mosquitoes stay away.”DEET works better than any other insect repellent, and despite it being around since the late 1940s, we still don’t really understand why,” says Dennis, a neuroscientist currently at Princeton University who endured many bug bites while studying how DEET repels insects en route to her Ph.D. at Rockefeller University.Those bug bites paid off. In a paper published Thursday in Current Biology, she and her colleagues show that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, common transmitters of diseases such as dengue and Zika, sense DEET through their feet, not their mouthparts. According to the authors, the finding narrows the path for future research that could potentially help scientists develop more desirable alternatives to DEET — for example, repellents that don’t need to be reapplied as often as DEET.”This is an exciting result and a very elegant study,” says Walter Leal, an entomologist at the University of California, Davis, who was not involved in the work. “It’s elegant because it relied only on simple behavioral experiments.”DEET works in at least two ways, according to Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller and senior author of the study. “Mosquitoes are repelled by its smell and by its taste,” she says. Previously, Vosshall’s lab developed an experimental mutant variety of mosquito called orco that causes the mosquitoes to no longer be repelled by the smell of DEET.Orco mutants don’t smell DEET and will fly toward even the most DEET-steeped human, according to Vosshall. But once they land, they immediately fly away. “Not only that, but if you look deeply into their mosquito eyes, which I do all the time, it really seems like they’re really freaked out,” she says. This observation suggested to the researchers that mosquitoes taste DEET upon contact, either with their mouthparts or with their feet.Yes, their feet. “Insects do this crazy and psychedelic thing, which is they taste with their feet,” Vosshall says. So there were seven options for the researchers to test: six feet and the biting mouthparts.Dennis, who spent many hours watching orco mosquitoes land on her DEET-covered skin, had a hunch. “It really didn’t seem like they were touching me with their mouthparts,” she says. “That made me think the legs might be important.”To test this idea, Dennis covered her arm in a latex glove with a tiny hole exposed. “Anyone who has been camping knows that if you leave even a tiny patch of skin exposed, mosquitoes will find it,” she says. The opening was just wide enough for either the mouthparts or one of the legs to touch — but not both. If mosquitoes were tasting DEET with their mouthparts, they’d be repelled and wouldn’t keep digging their mouthparts into the skin to feed. So Dennis shouldn’t get any bites on that spot.But she did. This told her that the mouthparts weren’t tasting the DEET. Ergo: It must be the legs.To directly test the legs, Dennis undertook what seems like the most tedious job imaginable. She carefully painted mosquito legs with a special kind of glue that disabled the taste receptors. “It was painstaking work,” she says. “I enjoyed a lot of podcasts during that time.”If mosquitoes taste DEET through their legs, then smothering the legs with glue should cause orco mutants to feed on Dennis’ arm as though it were DEET-free. That’s precisely what happened: Dennis’ arm got covered in bites. This confirmed to Dennis that mosquitoes get freaked when DEET touches their feet.Further testing demonstrated that even one unglued leg was enough to deter mosquitoes from landing.”We had no idea how DEET was being perceived on contact, and now we do, because of simple behavioral experiments,” says Matthew DeGennaro, a neurogeneticist at Florida International University who studies mosquito genetics. He was not an author of the paper but was listed in the acknowledgments.DeGennaro says this work could help inform the development of more-tailored alternatives to DEET. “We’ve narrowed it down to a tissue. Now we just have to narrow it down to a gene,” he says.DEET itself was developed in the 1940s through brute trial and error as chemists cooked up combinations of molecules to see what might work as an insect repellent. If scientists can determine which receptors in a mosquito’s legs are sensing DEET, they could more easily design a DEET look-alike that repels bugs but also lasts longer or is less oily. That’s still a ways off, according to Dennis. “But we’ve generated a lot of data that should lead to a lot more research.”And if you forget to apply bug spray before a hike in the woods this summer, Dennis has some advice based on personal experience. “Run your itchy arm under hot water” to mitigate the itchiness, she says. “That’s what a lot of us mosquito researchers do.”Jonathan Lambert is a freelance science writer based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter @evolambert Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Elham Mirshafiei was at the library cramming for f

first_imgElham Mirshafiei was at the library cramming for final exams during her senior year at California State University, Long Beach when she grew nauseated and started vomiting. After the 10th episode in an hour, a friend took her to the nearest emergency room. Diagnosis: an intestinal bug and severe dehydration. In a few hours, she was home again, with instructions to eat a bland diet and drink plenty of fluids.That was in 2010. But the $4,000 bill for the brief emergency department visit at an out-of-network hospital has trailed her ever since. Mirshafiei, 31, has a good job now as a licensed insurance adviser in Palo Alto, Calif. But money is still tight, and her priority is paying off her $67,000 student loan debt rather than that old hospital bill.Once or twice a year she gets a letter from a collection agency. She ignores the letters, and so far the consequences have been manageable. “It’s not like electricity that gets cut off if you don’t pay it,” she says.Mirshafiei has plenty of company. At least 43 million other Americans have overdue medical bills on their credit reports, according to a 2014 report on medical debt by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And 59% of people contacted by a debt collector say the exchange was over medical bills, the most common type of contact stemming from an overdue bill, according to the CFPB.This month, the CFPB proposed a rule to frame what debt collectors are allowed to do when pursuing many types of overdue bills, including medical debt.Federal law already prohibits debt collectors from harassing consumers or contacting them before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., among other things. But the law, which was passed in 1977, didn’t anticipate email and text messages. The CFPB’s proposal clarifies how debt collectors can use these communication tools. And it would allow consumers to opt out of being contacted through these means.The rule also specifies that debt collectors can make no more than seven telephone calls weekly over a specific debt.But some consumer advocates have panned the effort. “This really doesn’t go far enough to protect consumers and make sure that consumers are not abused or harassed or subject to unfair collection practices in debt collection,” says April Kuehnhoff, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center who specializes in debt collection.For instance, the center wants a limit of just three telephone attempts each week on a debt. The seven-call limit could be particularly tough on people with medical debt, Kuehnhoff said. They may accumulate bills from several providers for a single medical event — a hospital, doctors, a lab and a nursing home, for example — and all could be in collections separately, potentially resulting in dozens of calls each week.Debt collectors aren’t necessarily in favor of the seven-call cap either, but for different reasons. They say that limiting the number of calls could lead to more litigation or adverse credit reporting rather than working out a payment plan. Overall, the proposed rule seems to strike a good balance between the collection industry and consumer concerns, says Leah Dempsey, vice president and senior counsel for federal affairs at ACA International, a trade group representing 2,500 debt collectors, asset buyers and related professions.The general consensus is that people should pay their debts. But taking responsibility for medical debt isn’t always as straightforward as paying off a large-screen TV that someone put on a credit card. Did health insurance pay the correct amount? Was the person screened for eligibility for Medicaid, charity care or financial assistance?”The actual debt collector problem is often about the lack of accountability that providers have for the people that they pass their debt along to,” says Leonardo Cuello, director of health policy at the National Health Law Program.When a debt collector calls, consumers who are confused about the bill should ask — in writing and generally within 30 days — that the debt be validated. Debts are often bundled and sold multiple times to different collectors, which means errors may be introduced along the way.”There are no magic words. You don’t need to cite the statute,” says Justin J. Lowe, legal director at Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit law firm in Boston that helps people with low incomes who are having trouble accessing or paying for medical care.At that point, the collection agency has to stop activities until it proves what the consumer owes. The proposed CFPB rule would spell out verification information that must be provided along with instructions for consumers about how to dispute the debt.The proposal would also address other practices, including the collection of what is sometimes called zombie debt. That term refers to a bill that has passed a time limit — or statute of limitations — for bringing legal action, often between three and six years, depending on the state. In many states, if a collector sues someone for such a time-barred debt, consumers can raise the issue in court in their defense. If a judge agrees, the case could be dismissed.Consumer advocates have long wanted debt collectors to be prohibited from trying to collect zombie debt. After several years, it can be difficult for patients to locate records or remember whether a bill has been paid, they argue.The proposed CFPB rule would prohibit debt collectors from suing or threatening to sue consumers for zombie debt, but only if the collectors knew or should have known that the statute of limitations had expired. That puts the onus on the consumer to prove what was in the debt collector’s mind rather than merely show that too much time had passed to collect.As the federal government moves ahead with the rule to address various types of debt collection activities, legislators in a few states have introduced bills that specifically target medical debt. Their efforts often focus on improving access to financial assistance for medical care and limiting predatory debt collection tactics.Last month, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law that reduces the maximum interest rate on medical debt prior to a court judgment from 12% to 9%. It also prohibits sending a medical debt to collections until 120 days after the patient is sent the initial bill, and it requires collection agencies to provide itemized statements to patients for medical and hospital debts and to notify them of their possible eligibility for charity care.In Oregon, a bill sponsored by Rep. Andrea Salinas would require nonprofit hospitals and affiliated clinics to provide care free of charge to families with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level (about $43,000 for a family of three) and charge a sliding scale for families earning up to 400% of the poverty level (about $85,000 for a three-person family).Like the Washington law, the Oregon bill places limits on the interest charged for medical debt. It also requires health care facilities to screen patients for eligibility for financial assistance and insurance.The bill passed the House in Oregon last week.Some hospitals already have strong financial assistance policies, but the playing field needs leveling, Salinas says. “We really need hospitals to be a part of the solution to prevent consumers from going into bankruptcy over medical debt.”It’s unclear how the proposed changes announced by the CFPB might affect Mirshafiei’s situation. The statute of limitations in California on written contracts is four years.One thing someone in Mirshafiei’s situation should be aware of is that making a payment could reset the statute of limitations, Lowe says. The debt collector could argue that by making a payment, the person is affirming that he or she owes the debt.Because of her damaged credit, Mirshafiei needed a relative to cosign for student loans for graduate school. She worries that if she tries to buy a house, she’ll have trouble getting approved.”I just hope that in the next chapter of my life, I don’t have to be denied things because of this stain on my record,” she says.Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent nonprofit program of the Kaiser Family Foundation and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Last updated on July 3rd 2019 at 0722 pmThree of

first_imgLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pmThree of Milwaukee’s craft breweries joined forces to create the Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Milwaukee Lager to mark the motorcycle maker’s milestone.Milwaukee Brewing Co., Third Space Brewing and Good City Brewing worked together on the beer, described as a light golden color lager with a bright and slightly fruity aroma. “As Milwaukee natives, we are excited to be a part of this historic celebration and showcase the great beer – and iconic motorcycles – the city has to offer,” said Andy Gehl, co-founder of Third Space Brewing. “With locally sourced ingredients and decked out in anniversary blue, the 115th Anniversary Milwaukee Lager marks the epic occasion with unmatched taste and revved-up flavor.”The beer’s can matches the limited edition, tattoo-inspired denim paint scheme and eagle design currently available on select 2018 Harley-Davidson models.“Whether you’re joining in on the excitement and thrill of motorcycle culture or simply a craft beer enthusiast, this light and refreshing beer is the perfect way to enjoy an anniversary like no other,” said Chris Urban, Harley-Davidson manager of U.S. events.The beer will debut over Labor Day weekend during Harley’s anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee and will be available at events at Veterans Park and the Harley-Davidson Museum. It will also be available in cans at retail locations and bars around the state while supplies last. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Credit Architecture Group IIICredit Architecture

first_imgCredit: Architecture Group IIICredit: Architecture Group IIIOdyssey Hotels is proposing a Hampton Inn at the northwest corner of North Port Washington Road and West Green Tree Road in Glendale.The proposed four-story, 58,000-square-foot hotel would go up on the site of the existing North Shore Event Centre. Directly west on that same block is a Fairfield Inn, which was converted from a Radisson hotel and scheduled to open this spring, and to the south is a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel that opened last year.At 90 rooms, the Hampton Inn would have a similar number of units as the other two hotels. Rachit Dhingra, chief executive officer of Odyssey Hotels, said each hotel caters to a different type of customer.Owner: Odyssey Hotels Developer: Odyssey Glendale Hotel LLCLocation: 7065 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Bryon RieschBryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation P O

first_imgBryon RieschBryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation P. O. Box 1388, Waukesha(262) 391-1533| Facebook: bryonrieschparalysisfoundation Year founded: 2001Mission statement: The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation’s goal is to find a cure for paralysis through funding the latest in medical research, and to provide assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders.Primary focus: The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation has been serving people with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and neurological disorders since 2001, having raised $5 million since then. The foundation supports three main programs: charitable grants for individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders; research to help find a cure for paralysis; and scholarships for individuals suffering from paralysis or those who have a parent dealing with a neurological disorder.Other focuses: Education about paralysis and speaking engagements to talk about paralysis and the BRPF.Employees at this location: TwoExecutive leadership: Brad Schlaikowski, co-founder and executive directorKey donors: West Bend Mutual Insurance, Crawford Evaluation, Medical College of Wisconsin, ProHealth Care, InPro, Secura Insurance, Acuity Insurance, Marquette University, R&R Insurance, Inlanta, KS Energy Services, Meijer, Roell Capital Investments, R.W. Baird, IVEC, Sikich, WaterStone Mortgage, Ventura Foods, Harley-Davidson.Board of directors: Don Levings, Terry Jannsen, Cindy Bassett, Janet Curtis, Julie Crawford, Dan Knapp, Tim Noonan, Nick Loughrin, Kristin Freiberg, Lori Willkom, David Crawford, Lori Bruss, Ken Riesch and Carolyn Hahn.Is your organization actively seeking board members for the upcoming term? Yes.What roles are you looking to fill? The BRPF would assess the best fit given their background.Ways the business community can help: Sponsor events; get teams to attend and participate in events; ask the BRPF to participate in a lunch and learn; designate BRPF as the recipient of a casual day fundraiser; volunteer for events.Key fundraising events: Team Challenge event on March 2 at Elite Fitness; This is How We Roll Fashion Show on April 7 at Ingleside Inn in Waukesha; 20th Annual BRPF Golf Outing on June 3 at Silver Spring Golf Club; Kayak 4 a Cure on June 23 in Oconomowoc; 10th Annual Bryon’s Run/Walk/Roll to Cure Paralysis on Oct. 6 at Carroll University. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Ashok Seetharam and Ilya PrestonLast updated on Ju

first_imgAshok Seetharam and Ilya PrestonLast updated on June 27th, 2019 at 12:02 pmPaxafe Inc.Leadership: Ashok Seetharam and Ilya Preston Headquarters: 313 N. Plankinton Ave., Suite 211, MilwaukeeWebsite: What it Does: Smart shipping containers for high-value goodsFounded: November 2018Employees: ThreeNext goal: Get the product to market and establish product-market fit. Funding: Wrapping up $400,000 pre-seed round; plans for a seed round in the fall.Ilya Preston and Ashok Seetharam met each other at the XLerate Health accelerator in Louisville, Kentucky in 2017, when each was working for a different startup.Two years later, the pair has formed a new startup together, completed the gener8tor accelerator in Milwaukee, moved the company’s headquarters from Minnesota to Milwaukee and is completing a $400,000 seed round.“We actually started out as a different company. … we were focused in serving the health care vertical,” Preston said. “A few members of the team essentially saw an opportunity that was in this vertical.”That vertical is the shipment of high-end jewelry. Their startup, Paxafe, works with jewelers, logistics operators and insurance companies to carefully track packages containing valuable jewelry from door to door.By drawing on their combined experience – Preston’s in supply chain, Seetharam’s in hardware – the co-founders were able to accelerate the growth of the software-hardware firm.“Before starting Paxafe, I had (worked at) two startups of my own. I understand the difficulties, the challenges you have to face,” Seetharam said.Current shipping methods for jewelry are often outdated, with aluminum safes often being shipped in standard cardboard boxes without traceability and beholden to time-consuming paperwork, Preston said.PAXAFE’s smart packaging includes security and real-time tracking. The shipper locks the high-value item into its package, and an online portal linked to a barcode on the package includes the shipment information. The receiver can track the package location, and even whether it has been dropped, via the portal. The software and hardware are sold on a per-month or per-shipment basis.This month, PAXAFE launched customer alpha testing for its prototypes, and plans to launch a paid pilot in May for the beta version of its packaging.“For those paid beta pilots, we’re building a larger amount of beta units,” Preston said. “They’re not going to be production ready, but they’re going to be as close to the real thing as possible.”Launching a startup that focuses not just on software, but also on hardware, has added some complexity and is more capital intensive, but the co-founders are confident it will be successful in its target market.The data collected by PAXAFE can be used to help improve insurance companies’ underwriting, Preston said.While Paxafe is currently focused on jewelry, it could eventually expand to include cash and other valuable items, Preston said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

A new retail development project by Charter Realty

first_imgA new retail development project by Charter Realty is seeking permits to bring a Starbucks Coffee shop to 198 Hanover Street, known as the “Gateway to the North End.” Located at the corner of Cross Street, the site is across from the Rose Kennedy Greenway and currently occupied by Citizens Bank at the old Martignetti’s Liquors site.The arrival of the omnipresent coffee chain in the high profile location is sure to be controversial given the longstanding tenure of Hanover Street’s iconic Italian espresso cafes, including Caffé Vittoria, Caffé Paradiso and Caffé Dello Sport along with other Hanover coffee shops, My Cousin’s Place and The Thinking Cup.*Advertisement* The new building would contain three retail spaces and be up to 35 feet in height to include one high ceiling first floor and a 2nd floor mezzanine. The Citizens Bank ATM branch is expected to move to the center Cross St. location. The third retail space at the corner of Salem Street does not yet have a proposed tenant but has been previously been used for eateries including Caffé Graffiti and Bread & Butter.News of the Starbucks proposal comes from a notice by the Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association. NEWRA’s ZLC Committee is scheduled to hear the applications at its May 2018 meeting. According to Chair Victor Brogna, the coffee giant is entering into a lease with property owner / developer Charter Realty that purchased the property in 2013 from the Martignetti family. Starbucks is being represented by Attorney Daniel Toscano.If approved, Starbucks will be the second national coffee chain on Cross Street, joining Peet’s Coffee that opened in the former Goody Glover’s space at the corner of Salem Street. Boston’s own Dunkin’ Donuts does not currently have a North End store, with its closest outlets at Harbor Garage and North Station. Property owners on Hanover and Commercial Streets have reportedly considered Dunkin’ stores, but withdrew plans rather than face potential backlash from neighbors. Starbucks already operates several nearby locations on the waterfront including Lewis Wharf (2 Atlantic Ave.), Long Wharf (Marriott), Rowes Wharf and is opening a new store with outdoor seating at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.Although there are no “anti-chain” zoning regulations, past proposals in the heart of the North End have been highly contested at neighborhood meetings and the stores have operated with mixed results. Most recently, a Pinkberry frozen yogurt franchise store closed after a failed three year run. Yet, there are still two 7-Eleven chains on Hanover Street and a CVS pharmacy.After the Big Dig, the plaza on Cross Street appeared to be a stellar business location and became known as the “Gateway to the North End” across from the Greenway. Not only does it feature the famous Freedom Trail path in front, but it also spans the busiest commercial areas in the North End, between Hanover and Salem Streets.The promise of the Cross Street Plaza is still waiting to be realized. The large brick covered area has remained oddly desolate. Other than a juicery and nail salon (both of which are moving), most of the storefronts never gained much momentum. Proven businessman Nick Varano put his sandwich shop up for sale a few years after opening. Similarly, Frank DePasquale moved his pasta shop to Mechanic’s Court, off Hanover Street. Other failed enterprises in the space include Bread & Butter and Caffe Graffiti. Although daytime parking was eliminated from part of the plaza, plans by officials for permanent seating and tables never developed.Charter Realty is expected to bring plans to upcoming neighborhood meetings in late April and May 2018 before final permits are considered by city officials. Check the Community Calendar for details on upcoming public meetings.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron*last_img read more

Thanks to all who attended and those who provided

first_imgThanks to all who attended and those who provided gift certificates, donations, cookies etc, the event raised over $2,500 for events, programs, and activities for the youth and families of the North End. Special thanks go out to State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Senator Joseph Boncore and City Councilor Lydia Edwards for their sponsorships and donations!  NEAD is extremely grateful to Nazzaro Center Director and NEAD board member Steven Siciliano for all his help and the use of the Center. Also, thanks to Debbie DeCristoforo, President of the North End Seniors for letting us use their Bingo equipment. “We had our largest crowd ever,” stated NEAD President John Romano. “The Nazzaro Center senior room was filled to capacity!”*Advertisement* A big thank you goes out to all of the businesses and individuals who donated to this event: Michael Giannasoli, North End Waterfront Health, Toni Gilardi, Beneventos, Varano Group, Orzo Trattoria, Taranta, Prezza, A Friend, 2Twenty2, Lulu’s Bakery, Botega Canal, Carmelina’s, Joe Pace & Son, Starbucks, Elite Pest Control, Locale, Parziale’s Bakery, Saint Rosalie Society, Massimino’s, Mangia Mangia, Maria Michlewitz, Regina Pizza, Teddy Boyle,, Mike’s Pastry, Post Gazette Newspaper and DePasquale Ventures. North End Against Drugs (NEAD) would like to thank all of our friends, neighbors, family members and supporters for attending our annual Bingo fundraising event.last_img read more

Today is Tuesday June 11 and summer in the city i

first_imgToday is Tuesday, June 11 and summer in the city is underway. If you’re a fan of the season’s many outdoor festivals and events, be sure to check out’s list of the summer beer festivals around the city and surrounding towns. 6:00PM Free Reiki Clinic at Mariner’s House. Stop by Mariner’s House at 11 North Square on the 2nd floor for a free Reiki Clinic and refreshments. 7:00PM Celebration of the Transitus at St. Leonard Church. Join the Parish of St. Leonard’s as they commemorate the last moments of Saint Anthony’s Earthly Life, see additional details here. Join the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center on Friday, June 21 beginning at 12:30pm for their Father’s Day Celebration, continue reading. 6:00PM Sunset Tour of Castle Island. Join Mike Manning of the Friends of the Boston HarborWalk for a special evening guided tour of Fort Independence at Castle Island, see additional details and ticket information here. Plan your events with the Community Calendar: New reports on this past Saturday morning’s injury-causing Green Line derailment say T investigators determined the incident was not caused by problems with either the trolley or the tracks, read more on Universal Hub. 6:30PM FOCCP Monthly Meeting at Mariner’s House. Stop by 11 North Square on the 2nd floor for the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park monthly meeting. All are welcome, see additional details and this month’s agenda here. 6:00PM St. Anthony Procession – Starts at St. Leonard Church. Join St. Leonard Church following High Mass for a candle lit procession through the streets of the North End, see additional details here. 6:00PM Up Close II: Books and Furniture. Stop by the North Bennet Street School for the 20th Annual Celebration of Craft featuring two interpretive tours led by makers in the Student & Alumni Exhibit, see additional details here. Need to submit a post? Great, start here! MBTA says injury-causing Green Line derailment was ‘operator-related’ Happy Pride Month from the North End: Here’s what else you need to know for today… 6:30PM Friends of the North End Library Meeting. Stop by 25 Parmenter Street for a Friends of the North End Library meeting. Wednesday, June 12 From the Community: Happy #Pride Month from the #NorthEnd— Jared Alves (@JAlves6) June 1, 2019 7:00PM NEWRA Monthly Meeting at the Nazzaro Center. Stop by the Nazzaro Center at 30 North Bennet Street for the North End Waterfront Residents Association monthly meeting, see additional details and the meeting agenda here. Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured! 6:00PM Specialty walking Tours | Adventures at Sea: Bostonians in the Age of Sail. Join Old North at 193 Salem Street for ten memorable stories spanning that era, drawn from first-person accounts by Bostonians capturing the experience in letters, diaries, and memoirs, see additional details and ticket information here. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* 3:00PM FIFA Women’s World Cup U.S. vs Thailand at Caffe Dello Sport. Stop by 308 Hanover Street to watch the U.S. Women’s World Cup team take on Thailand in game 1.*Advertisement* Thursday, June 13 5:00PM High Mass – Feast Day of Saint Anthony at St. Leonard Church. Join St. Leonard Church for High Mass before the procession, see additional details here. 5:30PM Musical Film: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the North End Library. Stop by 25 Parmenter Street for musicals featuring the choreography of Jack Cole. This week’s feature will be Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953), see additional details here. 7:00PM Aquarium Lecture Series: How to Fall in Love with Coral. Coral reefs were once thought of as indestructible, but we are now losing corals at an ever-faster pace, learn more about Coral and Joanie Kleypas in this Aquarium Lecture Series, see additional information and register for the event here. 4:30PM Tea & Tranquility. Stop by Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway for a late afternoon summer series for those working, living in and visiting downtown Boston. Enjoy the meet and greet and walk the labyrinth or relax on a bench and have some refreshing MEM Iced Teas. Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar. ABCD Service Center Father’s Day Celebration June 21 Notable News:last_img read more