Shuttered SF Mission gambling den resurfaces in the Bayview

first_imgAn illegal gambling den that ran with virtual impunity in the Mission District for over a year has moved to an artist space in the Bayview, according to the tenant of a commercial warehouse space near Bayshore Boulevard.The tenant said he unwittingly subleased his art studio in the Bayview building to the same individuals who rented the Mission District space at 133 Lilac St. where a gambling den operated as recently as February. The tenant, who requested anonymity, said he subleased his studio on March 5 to a woman who said she wanted to run a janitorial business out of the space. The man declined to give the warehouse’s exact address, fearing retaliation from his landlord.The tenant of record currently lives in another state, and said that he had rented the studio space in the two-story Bayview warehouse for some five years when he decided to sublet it. The man said he found the subtenants using a Craigslist advertisement.  0% Tags: police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Just weeks after the couple set up shop in the studio space, neighbors began complaining about loud music, increased traffic, and even a street fight that raised suspicion of illegal use of the warehouse space. “My neighbors said on weekend nights, it’s wild,” said the source. The tenant said that one neighbor told him that since the subtenants’ arrival, traffic has increased and the streets are now “packed with Mercedes and fancy cars” on weekend nights. That neighbor also reported “broken glass and noisy fights” in the middle of the night.  Cameras set up outside of the studio space show the sub-tenants lugging cases of alcohol into the warehouse on weekends, according to the tenant.The tenant also said that his assistant, who works in the space above the studio, reported witnessing a pool table being moved into the space some two weeks ago.The neighbor’s complaints are similar to those made by neighbors of the former Fizzary, a Mission District soda shop at 2949 Mission St., where the gambling den first cropped up in October 2015.Back then, Taylor Peck, the Fizzary’s owner, said he subleased the storefront after his soda business shuttered. His new subtenants were a couple and another woman who said they represented the global nutrition company Herbalife and that they were seeking to open a brick-and-mortar shop. “They use that as their front,” said Peck, who continued living in a space above his storefront and quickly realized that he had been deceived when it morphed into an after hours party spot where neighbors alleged prostitution.Despite repeated calls for service, Peck said police were “wholeheartedly unhelpful” in thwarting the illegal operation.In a desperate attempt to inspire police intervention, Peck vandalized his own storefront in December 2015, spraying the words “illegal club” on the building. When Peck was evicted by the building’s owner a week later, his subtenants were forced out as well, but they soon returned when a property management company said that it unknowingly re-rented the the former Fizzary space to the same operators a year later, said Peck. Only this time, the gambling den proprietors ran the establishment out of the building’s back entrance, at 133 Lilac St. “They evicted me and brought in proper real estate broker and fell for the exact scam,” said Peck. “I was just renting the front part to them as sublet. This broker signed a deal that allowed them 100 percent access to entire building – they got keys to kingdom.”San Francisco Spokesperson Robert Rueca said that complaints alone are often not enough to take action.“We can’t take control of that property unless we have exigent circumstances, an actual emergency that would allow us to go into that space,” he said. “A noise complaint would not be one of those circumstances.”At 133 Lilac St., Rueca said police were eventually able to “develop enough reason to get in there to get a signed search warrant to have legal authority to go in there and seize possible evidence of crime that was occurring.”Still, despite allegations that alcohol was being sold at that location, police were unable to cite the club’s operators because “when we came in to serve a search warrant we didn’t see the evidence,” said Rueca. He further added about the enforcement process: “It’s very much a cat and mouse game and we have certain standards as law enforcement to uphold the laws, and unless those laws change, we have certain limits.”Peck and the Bayview tenant corroborated the name of at least one person with whom they signed a sublease agreement, Blanca Leticia Mendez Rubio. When contacted, Mendez Rubio confirmed subletting the Fizzary’s former storefront and now the Bayview studio space, but denied any involvement or knowledge of the alleged illegal operations at both spaces.But the Bayview tenant is skeptical and recently hired a lawyer to begin eviction proceedings. He fears, however, that he may be forced to undergo the same lengthy legal ordeal as Peck, and in the worst case, face an eviction himself.Peck said his “heart breaks” for the Bayview tenant, who he said is the latest victim of an ongoing scam.“They stopped paying rent [for the Fizzary space] they minute they got in there,” said Peck. “It takes three months to evict someone through the legal process. It takes about one month for the owner to figure it out, so they bank on moving somewhere new every three months.” last_img read more

Missions Cinderella story hits midnight — Bears thumped by Lincoln in city

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “I told them these championship games are the type of games won in the summer, that what we do then translates around this time of the season,” said Whitley later.Mission quarterback McKinley Oliver attempts a run during the first minutes of the San Francisco high school football finals, on Nov. 30, 2018.The ambitious Bears were diminished by their much bigger, stronger opposition. Tight on defense and methodical on offense, Lincoln started winning yards after sub-par punts by Mission. The Mustangs’ offensive line never gave the Bears an opportunity to rough up Lincoln’s skill position players, and so they moved largely unimpeded. The physical disadvantage was on full display when Lincoln’s 6-foot-3 receiver Jalen Williams ran practically unopposed for 79 yards to score yet another touchdown.“Stop them, please! Stop them!” a Mission parent pleaded from the stands.It was also a show of mistakes by the Bears that further enabled Lincoln’s domination of the game: fluffed punts, over-eager snaps, rushed passes, slips and fumbles. Out of three attempted long passes by McKinley Oliver, only one found the hands of receiver Demarr Simmons. The bleeding was somewhat contained during the second half, but never stopped.A high snap flies over quarterback Oliver, one of the many unforced errors that enabled Lincoln’s shutout.The tears of frustration started soon after. “We’ll be back!” screamed junior Rasheed Loveless a few times, for good measure.He may be, but there will not be another chance for 11 seniors, who may never play another competitive game again. This blowout could be it, so they will have to make peace with it. Coach Whitley — or TB, as he likes to be called — kickstarted the healing process in the huddle.“This ain’t about winning on the field! I care about you winning in life!” he rallied.With everyone taking a knee around him, the first-year coach called out players’ names, one by one, to stand up and take a brief homage.Life comes fast for everyone, but he made a point to take a pause. The city’s runners-up then huddled for two final cries:“1, 2, 3, Bears!!”“4, 5, 6, family!!”Mission coach Tobias Whitley pays homage to his seniors, who might have played their final competitive football game. Only for a brief moment did the Mission High School Bears pose a threat to the onslaught by Lincoln High at Kezar Stadium last night.Down 14-0 at the beginning of the second quarter of the city championship game, junior receiver Julian Milton took a kickoff 79 yards to the Mustangs’ nine. “Touchdown! Touchdown!” his teammates screamed, running on the sideline, as Milton sped and cut through the field, avoiding numerous tackles. But not so fast: Four unproductive downs later, a bad snap would rainbow over quarterback McKinley Oliver, and that would be the end of it. The Bears were never that close to scoring again.So lopsided was the rest of the game that, after a hesitant opening possession, the Mustangs did not see themselves at fourth down until early in the final quarter, already playing with a bunch of subs. The final score was 53-0 for Lincoln, and the scoring barrage came in large part in the minutes after Milton’s illusory second-quarter run. Twenty-nine points later, the Bears were down 43 at halftime.Then and there, in a corner of Kezar Stadium, coach Tobias Whitley could only remind them of the original plan — “focus, focus, focus” — while he began to focus on his underclassmen.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Day 21 – Sunday October 29Everyone is obviously di

first_imgDay 21 – Sunday October 29Everyone is obviously disappointed not to make it four wins from four but to say that the staff are happy and proud of the performances would be a massive understatement.To see this group of young men come together, unite as a team and perform the way that they have, both on and off the field, has been a real pleasure for all staff involved, and the whole group of lads have been a credit to their families, community clubs and schools throughout the tour.Each and everyone of them will have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.So it was on the bus for one last ride along the now infamous ‘Parramatta Road’ for the trip into the city centre.An opportunity for some last minute souvenir shopping, or to just simply sit and watch the world go by before meeting late afternoon for the most exhilarating activity, walking up to the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.21 players and six staff tackled the Bridge… several with plenty of anxiety on show at tackling some height fears! The views from the top of the Bridge are stunning and it’s a great way finish to the tour.Following the climb it was back to base, via Domino’s for yet more food, where the tour ending presentation took place.The Award Winners:PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE TOUR – Sam Royle PLAYER OF THE TOUR – Jack Welsby BEST BACK – John Hutchings BEST FORWARD – Christian Kellett BEST TOURIST – Evan Bullen UNSUNG TOURIST AWARDS – Reece Jackson & Brandon Scullylast_img read more

Public hearing on shortterm rentals in Wilmington

first_img(Photo: WWAY/Basil John) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After two years of debating short term rentals, Wilmington city council is one step closer to setting new rules for them.On Tuesday, city council is holding a public hearing on the proposed regulations for short-term rentals.- Advertisement – The rules address two different types of short-term housing, homestay, which is renting rooms with the host in the home full time and whole house lodging, renting an entire home with the resident living there for at least 6-months out of the year.The council meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.last_img

Southport to update public on police department probe next week

first_img Mayor Jerry Dove says he expects preliminary findings soon, however he says the full report is still a “long way off.” Dove says it will have to be compared to the investigation being done by the District Attorney.Dove adds that applications are coming in for the chief’s job, but the city is not actively seeking applicants.The city has suspended Smith and Simmons without pay. The men are accused of working for a trucking company while they were on the clock for the city.Related Article: USDOJ: Wilmington gang leader sentenced to 20 years on gun, drug chargesThe rest of the department’s officers, some of whom reported the allegations against their supervisors, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been providing law enforcement for the city.The city’s public meeting is next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The investigation into actions of the Southport Police Department continues following the arrest of Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons last month.The Board of Aldermen is due to give an update at a public meeting next week.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killings uproar

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Protesters hold up placards during a public vigil in memory of the victims of a suspected serial killer outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Stefanos Kouratzis/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Protesters hold up placards during a public vigil in memory of the victims of a suspected serial killer outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Stefanos Kouratzis/File Photo Cyprus’s justice minister resigned on Thursday amid public uproar at how police handled disappearances of foreign women, victims of a suspected serial killer whose actions went undetected for almost three years.Four women have been found murdered in the past three weeks, their bodies dumped in three locations west of the capital Nicosia. Investigations are under way into three other disappearances, including two girls aged six and eight.A 35-year-old career army officer is in custody and police say he has confessed to seven killings in total after having connected with the women on an online dating site.“I informed the president of the republic that I am resigning for reasons of political sensitivity,” Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou told reporters after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades.Nicolaou said Anastasiades accepted his resignation.Authorities have come under fierce criticism for not thoroughly investigating reports of the women disappearing in the first place.A mother and daughter from Romania, thought to be the first victims, disappeared in September 2016, and the last of the  victims, from the Philippines, around August 2018.Police say they will conduct an investigation into any perceived shortcomings.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

iHub joins Startup Federation to become its first African member

first_imgPhoto Credit: iHub Advertisement Nairobi-based iHub has become a member of the global network Startup Federation, the first startup hub from Africa to join the network.The Startup Federation is a global network of the best incubator programmes and startup hubs, curated by Washington-based accelerator 1776.According to iHub, the membership will better enable African startups to collaborate, grow and compete on a global scale. From the global perspective, entrepreneurs from across the world can now benefit from the vibrant space, talent and networks the iHub has to offer. – Advertisement – “We are seeing so many high-growth startups, in Kenya and across Africa, that have incredible global potential,” said Donna Harris, co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of 1776.“We see enormous financial opportunity and social impact in working with iHub to uncover these hidden gems and  get them connected to the global startup stage.”iHub said joining the Startup Federation will facilitate increased interaction between Kenyan startups and their peers worldwide.“We were excited to be involved in hosting a regional round of the last 1776 Challenge Cup,” said Josiah Mugambi, executive director of iHub.“By being part of this network of startup hubs, incubators and accelerators, we are looking forward to seeing more Kenyan startup companies interacting and growing globally.”last_img read more

Huawei X Labs White Paper Identifies Opportunity for Telecom Operators to Accelerate

first_img(Photo Courtesy: One Acre Fund) Advertisement Huawei X Labs released a white paper that highlights the potential for telecom operators to help farmers increase efficiency and productivity through smart agriculture. The report identifies significant opportunities for telecom operators to provide end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) services to contribute to the entire agriculture value chain.Huawei X Labs estimates that by 2020 the total addressable market for telecom operators in agriculture will be USD$12.9 billion from vertical integration, partnership and marketing, and value added services.In the face of accelerated global urbanization and the declining number of farmers, smart agriculture is becoming increasingly critical as a key measure to enhance agricultural productivity. – Advertisement – With the expansion of smart phones and internet penetration as well as increasing adoption of technology in agriculture, better measurement and management of vital aspects of farming are foreseeable by using IoT. Sensors can communicate real-time information to assess the conditions of soil, crops and the air, predict weather patterns, and monitor equipment and vehicles.Smart agriculture fosters productivity and efficiency by guiding farmers to make the best decisions at the right time for optimized production.However, the report shows that connectivity still remains a key obstacle for smart farming as connectivity services in agriculture have not yet reached the maturity levels that they have reached in other verticals, such as retail and automotive. Additional barriers that need to be overcome to drive smart agriculture include the cost of deploying and maintaining services, lack of industry standards for data management applications, and the fragmented nature of the agriculture sector.The report highlights that narrow band IoT (NB-IoT), which has strong industry support as an effective global standard for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, will deliver a step-change in the number and type of things that can be connected to the Internet by offering efficiency, the reliability of licensed spectrum, low cost, secure connectivity and a long battery life.By integrating LPWA connectivity into their existing IoT platforms, operators will be able to achieve further economies of scale, lower prices and enable new IoT applications. By collaborating with LPWA technology providers, Huawei X Labs finds that by 2020, telecom operators can generate an estimated revenue of USD$4.46 billion.The report also provides detailed applications of IoT for smart agriculture that represent significant opportunities for telecom operators. These include precision farming, variable rate technology, smart irrigation, drones, smart greenhouse, yield monitoring, livestock monitoring, payment systems, information platform and agricultural trading platforms. In addition, the report examines smart agriculture business cases to demonstrate the benefits of smart agriculture solutions.Qiu Heng, President of Marketing Operations, Huawei Wireless Solution said connecting, collecting and analyzing data in real-time through fast and reliable IoT applications is becoming crucial as farmers need to maximize their yields while reducing their costs.“Huawei X Labs report highlights the incredible opportunity open to telecom operators to expand their services beyond pure connectivity and offer end-to-end IoT services that can be used throughout the agricultural value chain,” said Qiu.[related-posts]To realize the potential of IoT solutions in smart agriculture, requires collaboration among all parties in the ecosystem including telecom operators and LWPA solution providers to focus on developing innovative capabilities, technology solutions and partnerships. X Labs is Huawei’s brand-new research platform for wireless networks.It intends to bring together customers, technology providers, and partners from vertical sectors to explore future mobile application scenarios, drive business and technical innovations, and build an open ecosystem. X Labs consists of three laboratories with each dedicated to explore people-to-people connections, applications for vertical industries, and applications in household.Editor’s Note: White Paper Download Linklast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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STAR PREVIEW Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final

first_imgWimbledon finals are known for historical occasions, and if the market is right, Serena Williams will win an eighth Wimbledon title and draw level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams when she takes on Simona Halep in Saturday’s Ladies’ Final. Williams, who is 1/2 to reach the record, swept aside Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 in the semi-finals, when she was so dominant she took just an hour to win.Williams’ route here has been mostly straightforward bar a couple of scares. Wins in straight sets against Giulia Gatto-Monticone (6-4, 7-5), Julia Georges (6-3, 6-4), and Carla Suarez Navarro (6-2-, 6-2) were accompanied by a second-round scare against Kaja Juvan (2-6 6-2 6-4) and a tough test in her quarter-final against Alison Riske, when she was a break down in the deciding set but fought back to win 6-4 4-6 6-3.Halep has had a similar route. She dismissed Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6-4 7-5) before she had to work harder to get past Mihaela Buzarnescu (6-3,4-6, 6-2), but she has not dropped a set since in victories over Victoria Azarenka (6-3, 6-1), Cori Gauff (6-3, 6-3), Shuai Zhang (7-6, 6-1), and a semi-final destruction of Barbora Strycova (6-1, 6-3).It is understandable that Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and 32-time Grand Slam finalist who holds a 9-1 advantage in their head to head, is the strong favourite here but she was odds on to win last year when beaten by Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Kerber is a speedy counter puncher who used superior movement around the court to overcome Williams’ power game, and she forced Williams into 12 errors when she came forward from the baseline, along with 24 unforced errors in the match, despite the fact that Williams hit 23 winners to the German’s 11.Halep has a similar set of qualities and has made 31 break points in the tournament through her hard running game so far, something which should encourage her to take the same game against Williams. Halep has also broken the most serves out of the semi-finalists in the women’s tournament, and she can give herself a chance if she stays strong on her first serve and moves Williams through to the corners.The Championships, WimbledonLadies’ Singles Final2pm BBC 1Past Women’s Wimbledon Finals2018 Angelique Kerber (Germany) Serena Williams (USA) 6–3, 6–32017 Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) Venus Williams (USA) 7–5, 6–02016 Serena Williams (USA) Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7–5, 6–32015 Serena Williams (USA) Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) 6-4, 6-42014 Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic) Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6–3, 6–02013 Marion Bartoli (France) Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1, 6-42012 Serena Williams (USA) Agnieszka Radwańska (Poland) 6–1, 5–7, 6–22011 Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic) Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3, 6-42010 Serena Williams (USA) Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 6-3, 6-2Williams is likely to be in better shape than she was last year – she was playing in only her fourth tournament since giving birth a year ago – but she was fully recovered when once again beaten at odds on when losing in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in a now infamous US Open final performance. On that occasion she accused the umpire of being a “thief” and was also docked points for smashing a racket, and there is an air of vulnerability around the favourite, who has the extraordinary pressure of matching Margaret Court’s record of slams on her shoulders.Williams has gone three sets twice during the tournament, including against Alison Riske – fresh from beating the World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty – and Halep, if standing up to her first serve, looks good enough to make this more than a power battle, which could mean a longer than expected final.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Simona Halep +3.5 Games 5pts at 4/5 with starsports.betBACK Over 21.5 Games 5pts at 10/11 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 176.54 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, John Deere golf, Cricket World Cup Final)last_img read more