Fights Shooting Plague Memorial at SF Mission Homicide Site

first_img 0% Tags: crimes • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Two women leaving a yoga class Tuesday night reported witnessing the drive-by shooting at the memorial site at about 10:15 p.m. Cathy Miller and her sister, local jazz singer Lavay Smith, were leaving the Yoga to the People studio near 16th and Capp streets when they said they heard a string of gunshots coming from a car driving down 16th Street.“My sister and I had just finished class and we were standing at the corner of  of 16th and Mission getting ready to cross over Mission when we heard ‘Bam bam bam bam,’” said Miller. She described seeing a “small, black car” pull out of Hoff Street and turn right on 16th Street “spraying bullets” at the area where the altar had been erected for Salvador. “There were multiple gunshots and it was so loud and close — it was the worst I have ever witnessed in the Mission.”“I don’t know if they were aiming at people or just firing to disrespect the memorial, it seemed like a huge retaliation,” said Smith. “Everybody hit the ground because it was so much fire power.”Miller and Smith, along with multiple other people who were at the intersection, scrambled to take cover immediately. “I huddled behind a parked car’s tires along with two other men and my sister hid behind a newspaper stand,” said Miller. “It was so scary — I’m so glad we didn’t get hit.”Miller said she did not see if there were any congregants at the memorial site, but that the bullets were clearly aimed at the area. As the women fell to the ground, Miller said they were unable to see the shooter but witnessed the car turning right on Mission Street and speeding off southbound. center_img Residents and passersby from the area near 16th and Hoff streets have reported at least two fights and one drive-by shooting at the memorial site of 26-year-old Hector Salvador, who was shot and killed early Sunday morning. No one was injured by the shooting Tuesday night, though 16 people were detained at the scene and two arrested for being drunk in public.A police spokesperson said that officers detained everyone at the scene when they arrived and questioned them about the shooting, but none were cooperative. Two were arrested for public intoxication and spent the night in a drunk tank. Officers found handgun shells at the scene, but have no suspects for the shooting.The flowers, bottles, baseball caps, and photos set up in tribute to Salvador were gone by Wednesday morning, replaced early this morning by bouquets of flowers and a dozen candles left after a prayer service by family and friends.Scuffles broke out both on Sunday and Tuesday nights, said one resident. On Tuesday night, the resident said she heard yelling that “sounded as if someone was being beaten,” and shortly thereafter she heard several shots fired.last_img read more

ATELEA Vea says Saints have to regain their form q

first_imgATELEA Vea says Saints have to regain their form quickly if they are to have any hopes of being successful this season.“It’s a steep hill and you can quickly fall down it once you are in bad form,” he said. “Once you get it and get a hold of it, it can put you in good place heading into the back end of the season.”Til, like his teammates, are smarting from the loss to Hull FC at the weekend – and want to begin to put things right when Saints take on Salford this Friday .“They (Salford) will be hurting too after their cup defeat,” he continued. “The short turnaround is good for us as it means we can get back in to the game. We can’t afford to take too long thinking about it and what could have been. We have to restore some pride in the team.“Personally, I can’t wait to get back out there and have another go.“I’m feeling fit and happy I am back from injury. It is mentally challenging coming through an injury and I feel for those boys who are going through it now.“My job now is to hit some form and keep that going into the season.”Tickets for Friday’s First Utility Super League tie with Salford Red Devils are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more

Wood who became Chief Executive of the Rugby Foot

first_imgWood, who became Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League and Super League in 2007, has been a Rugby Football League Board Member for sixteen years and will leave the organisation this month.Wood, who is one of the longest serving administrators in the sport, was one of the two original creators of Super League Ltd and instrumental in devising the Grand Final concept in 1998. He was also behind the introduction of the Magic Weekend, first brought into the sport in 2008 and secured the biggest commercial deal in the sports history with long term broadcast partner Sky Sports in 2014.Nigel Wood, said: “I am extremely honoured and privileged to have served as Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League. I am an unashamed Rugby League fan and can think of no greater honour that be asked to fulfil the role of CEO for the Rugby Football League. However leadership presents many tests, and the greatest of these is to recognise when it is time to step out and this is the right moment to do so. I would like to place on record my unreserved thanks to the many excellent colleagues, the clubs and all those that I have worked with throughout the last sixteen years and wish them the best of luck for the future.”Confirming the departure, Chairman of the Rugby Football League, Brian Barwick, said: “Nigel has been a superb administrator, innovator and advocate for the sport of Rugby League in this country. His range of achievements in the sport speak for themselves and he has brought a genuine love of the game to his work over many years. His time at the helm of the Rugby Football League will always be looked upon warmly and with great respect.”After overseeing one of the most successful Rugby League World Cup’s ever in 2013, Wood recently helped the Rugby Football League secure £25 million in additional Government funding to deliver the 2021 World Cup and improve facilities for Rugby League across the country. Wood will continue as Chairman of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Ltd.Wood also played a key role in expanding the horizons of English Rugby League, introducing the Catalans Dragons and the Toronto Wolfpack to the league structure, while his appointment of Wayne Bennett as Head Coach of England saw the national side reach the final of the World Cup for the first time in 22 years.Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer will act as interim Chief Executive while the Rugby Football League Board begin the search for a new Chief Executive.last_img read more

Candidates for Wilmington City Council mayor talk growth and housing at forum

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The New Hanover County NAACP hosted Wilmington City Council candidates Tuesday in a forum before the upcoming municipal elections.Dozens of neighbors showed up to hear from candidates in the crowded city council race. A lot of the talk tonight focused on growth, poverty and the changes coming to Wilmington for years to come.- Advertisement – Nine people are seeking the three seats up for grabs on the Wilmington City Council.The National Pan-Hellenic Council, NAACP, Masonic District and Links, key African American groups, hoped to get answers on why each candidate deserves to lead this city.“I know what developers want. I also know what they are trying to get away with. So I can represent you the residents the best on the council,”  incumbent Councilman Kevin O’Grady said, referring to his many years working at a litigator for development companies in Florida.Related Article: Bill requires 9th District primaries if there’s new election“I’ll go back to affordable housing. Some people up here will say that’s not a crisis, and maybe it’s not but it’s certainly important to me and it’s number one on my list,” another council incumbent Charlie Rivenbark said.Topics ranged from living wages to protecting older families or homes in north Wilmington from growth and gentrification. A major issue candidates brought up with that is the heir property situation; when a family members relinquishes ownership of a home to a list of family members and it is near impossible to reach each individual to either construct a sale or renovation of the home.“I am very interested in seeing that we help the northside with finding those deeds and helping families stay in their homes,” Clifford Barnett, who is running for office, said.Talk also covered bringing in more small business and handling the growth that estimates more than fifty to sixty thousand people will move to the area over the next twenty years. Candidates James Ray and Philip White also talked the idea of bringing a grocery store or a store with produce to areas like the northside.“Our economic growth, our development of a healthy senior retirement living, diverse modes of transportation, all of those things will make a great Wilmington,” challenger Hollis Briggs Jr. said.Crime was not brought up nor the ongoing drug overdose rates in the city or the ongoing issues with Gen-X and other chemicals in the water.The mayoral forum happened prior to council candidates taking to the mic. But incumbent Mayor Bill Saffo’s opponent Todd Zola refused to come to the forum according to the moderator.The third seat on council is held by Earl Sheridan. He announced at the beginning of the year he was not seeking re-election.last_img read more

Battleship nominated for best NC attraction

first_img A few weeks ago, USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards made the announcement about the Battleship being in the running.There are just a few days left to vote. It’s open for three more days, and winners will be announced at noon next Friday.To vote for the USS North Carolina, click here.Related Article: NC Aquariums nominated for USA Today 10Best USS North Carolina (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Did you know the USS North Carolina is a nominee for North Carolina’s Best Attraction Online Contest?You can help vote it to the top.- Advertisement – last_img

New Veterans Affairs Secretary visits center after Hurricane Florence

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence left it’s mark on the Cape Fear and many veterans had their appointments pushed back. As veterans come in to get their appointments done at the Wilmington Health Care Center, they and medical staff were visited by the new Veteran Affairs Secretary, Robert Wilkie.“As always, it’s good to be back in Wilmington. But it’s equally proud to stand and talk to the wonderful people who’ve been on watch since we realized that a hurricane was head to our state,” Wilkie said.- Advertisement – Wilkie toured the facility to see the damage that was done and then came outside to the mobile clinics in the parking lot to speak with and thank the medical staff for helping the veterans. He also said that if for any reason, a veteran can not be helped at this facility, they will help certain veterans get help from outside the system, if necessary.“If you can’t get it here because of this, we’ll be able to take care of them outside of the system if that’s what’s called for,” Wilkie said.He also says it’s important to focus on these efforts before more veterans come to the state.Related Article: Hundreds volunteer for Surf City clean up“By 2020, one in nine North Carolinians will be a veteran. So the more robust these facilities are the better they are able to take care of the massive influx of veterans who are coming to the southeast,” Wilkie said.Even though veterans had to wait sometime for their appointments, some are just glad things are progressing.“I got a call three four days before the hurricane hit telling me they were going to cancel it, and then I got a call I think last Thursday or Friday saying they had an appointment for today,” veteran Charles Cipolla said.They say it’s a time they just have to be patient.“Just give them a break, let them do what they have to do and if it takes a little longer, say thank you when they get it to you,” Cipolla said.Associate Chief of Staff Richard Trotta says the center had heavy water damage in the back of the facility and water got into air vents. He adds, they are working as fast as possible to make repairs.last_img read more

Athletes enjoy a day of sun and fun during Special Olympics Fall

first_img Athletes participated in games like soccer, volleyball, pumpkin bowling, and chicken runs at Legion Stadium.It was a day filled with sport, food, family, friends and fun.Coordinator Tiffany Lesley says it is a big day for the participants and not just for the sports.Related Article: Join WWAY for annual One-Day Blitz to help restock Salvation Army’s food pantry“Today was just a day for them,” Lesley said. “A day to get active. A day for a community and really today was just a day for them to be part with, one with the community but really just having that interaction with others.”Organizers also say the Special Olympics break down the barriers for those with special needs. Wednesday was the fall Special Olympics and athletes hit the field showing off their skill.- Advertisement – WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year. Time for the Special Olympics!last_img read more

CBS Sports Network to premiere Althea Arthur documentary

first_img That is why CBS Sports Network is airing a new documentary titled Althea & Arthur that explores the importance of the two athletes to the sports world and civil rights movement, as well as the dichotomy of why their legacies are remembered differently.Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe didn’t just change the sport of tennis. They changed the world.‘Althea and Arthur’ explores their stories and lives, which ended in dramatically different circumstances, on Monday on CBS Sports Network.— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 12, 2019Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad chronicles the athletes’ lives combined with interviews from Venus Williams, Billie Jean King, Katrina Adams, Johnnie Ashe and others.In addition to giving an overview of Gibson and Ashe’s impact, the documentary highlights a group of girls from One Love Tennis in Wilmington, who led the campaign to build an Althea Gibson memorial at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.Related Article: Wilmington man charged with DWI after fatal bike crashThe one-hour documentary airs on Monday at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Althea Gibson (Photo: Cape Fear Museum of History and Science) (CBS NY/CBS) — Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson are two legends of the sport of tennis. As the first black athletes to cross the color barrier in international tennis, Ashe and Gibson helped to inspire generations of young athletes after them to get involved in the sport.However, while Ashe’s name is well known the world over for his contributions to the sport and the civil rights movement, Gibson has remained largely forgotten in the discussion of the history of black athletes integrating sports.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Parents raise awareness after losing daughter to rip current

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  Nearly three months after a Raleigh couple lost their only child to a rip current, they’re traveling the state to raise awareness about safety.John and Suzi Merical say their 17-year-old daughter Paige was a strong swimmer, and they never worried about her being in the ocean. But on April 19th, they got a call that would change their lives forever.- Advertisement – “I just tell myself she’s away at school and she’ll be coming home soon, because I just can’t believe she’s gone,” Suzi Merical said.The Mericals shed tears while talking about their only child. They say when they adopted her back in 2001, it was like the stars aligned.“All I ever wanted to be was a mom, and we had put the word out that we had wanted a child, and we were obviously going to adopt a baby, because everything else had failed,” Suzi said.Related Article: Three drownings prompt improved safety measures in Emerald IsleAt seven minutes to seven on the seventh day of the seventh month, the couple was there as their seven pound miracle baby was born. They say she always wanted to help people.“She’d see like a homeless person sitting on the corner, and she’d take our leftovers over to them. That’s the kind of person she was,” John said.When the Mericals got the call on April 19 that Paige had been rescued from the ocean and taken to the hospital, they tried to stay positive. However, it soon became apparent that she would not recover.Paige passed away seven days later and her organs were donated.“This way, she lives on in other people,” John said. “There’s a woman that got her heart that we haven’t met yet. There was a gentleman who got her liver which was an incredible story and it’s a perfect match, and who was days away from death.”The Mericals now want to use their tragedy to prevent others from going through the same thing. They say after Paige’s death, they learned other countries have a different approach to rip current safety. Rather than swimming parallel to shore, they say float on your back or a flotation device if you have one, and let the rip current take you.“You hold on, and once you’re out of it, once you’re past the waves, it stops. Because that’s where the sand bar is, that’s what creates the whole issue. And then you just stay right there and start yelling and screaming and waving at people, come get me,” John said.The Mericals say Paige’s friends have been a huge support system for them, and they’re proud of their daughter for the people she chose to be around.Click here for more information about the Mericals’ effort.last_img read more

PN has not learnt anything from its losses – Muscat

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img PLPL Prime Minister and leader of Partit Laburista (PL) Joseph Muscat said that if the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) has not learnt the lesson following ten consecutive electoral defeats then he will prepare his party to give then the eleventh loss in the next general election.During his intervention in a political rally in Valletta, the Prime Minister said that the two PN candidates elected to be member of the European Parliament could not wait to run out of the country to continue doing what they had been doing prior to the election.Joseph Muscat also said that this historic victory is a result of the unity that reigns amongst the PL ranks were egoism has been shed off, and this is what makes the party so different.Muscat stated that he does not agree that the local councillors should be dictated what to do by the parties’ headquarters but it is important that they make good for their pledges based on PL principles as they are representing the party and not themselves.The Prime Minister also said that woken just making up 26% of the elected councillors is still not enough and he added that he will also see that people with disability gain a larger presence in the PL.Muscat stated that the PL reigning victorious in the Valletta Local Council elections should not be seen as a fluke but as a natural choice for the capital city’s electorate.Joseph Muscat said that now he will turning his focus on government issues, on what it will offer the citizens in the next budget, rental law reforms and a larger female participation in politics.last_img read more

Gemalto denies massive SIM breach says NSA attacked SIMs but on a

first_imgAdvertisement Gemalto has confirmed that US and UK intelligence services likely attacked it,  but says it could not have resulted in a massive theft of SIM encryption keys.The SIM chip maker said that a “sophisticated” intrusion by the intelligence agencies did occur in 2010-11 for the purpose of intercepting encryption keys sent to carriers.It revealed that the attacks consisted of email “phishing” and spying on office networks, and added that several attempts were made to access the PCs of individual Gemalto employees. – Advertisement – None of the spying “could have resulted in a massive theft of SIM encryption keys,” the company concluded.The company also added that they used a secure transfer system between operators starting in 2010, which would have left it vulnerable only in “rare cases.” Finally, it said that if any keys were stolen, agencies could only track 2G networks, since 3G and 4G networks “are not vulnerable to this type of attack.”Operators should be using customized SIM-encryption algorithms, and individuals should “systematically encrypt” stored and tramsmitted data, the company concluded.Via EnGadgetlast_img read more

RAN Labs to Host 2016 GIS Hackathon on Climate change

first_img2015 GIS hackathon Advertisement Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and partners are organizing the GIS Hackathon 2016 slated for Friday July 22 2016 at the RAN labs in Kololo. The main challenge for this year’s Hackathon will be climate change.The event is expected to attract over 40 programmers that will be divided into groups of five. Kato Drake Smith one of the organizers has confirmed that the winning team will walk away with $250 (roughly 850,000 UGX) in grants, free work space at RAN and prospects for further funding.The organizing team says that it will also ensure that the winning apps are published and used. First runner up will receive $150 (roughly 510,000 UGX) while the Second runner ups will walk away with $100 (roughly 340,000 UGX). The price money has been increased from last year’s $150 for first place due to the additional support and sponsors that the event has received this year. – Advertisement – The organizers are also keen on protecting the innovations that will be showcased this year. Protecting the innovations has come to fore front due to the fact that the Kuuma app, an innovation from last year’s edition of the hackathon was adopted by the Kenyan forestry ministry without compensation to the innovators.Kato Drake who was part of the Kuma team, said, their idea was implemented without their consent.The organizers are also working hard to ensure that the winning innovations are adopted by the sponsoring agencies. The team also notes that they will be looking for unique innovation that are practical so the challenge this year will be tougher.USAID and Aid Data have already confirmed to sponsor the event.Registrations for hackers is currently on going.last_img read more

LIAM KIRK Hungarian Grand Prix

After a three week break since the German Grand Prix, the teams head to Budapest for what will be the last race before the traditional summer break. Some would argue as to why there needs to be such a big gap between Germany and Hungary given the upcoming break, but obviously we had the ‘young’ driver test at Silverstone last week so the teams have been busy evaluating tyres and upgrades.Though the test was billed as a young drivers test, the teams were allowed to use their race drivers for a day in order for Pirelli and the teams to evaluate the latest tyre compound that Pirelli has concocted in the wake of the blowouts that occurred at Silverstone. The consensus seems to be that the tyres have more in common with the 2012 compound, being more durable than their 2013 counterparts with a more solid construction at the shoulder.In theory, these tyres should suit teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes who have been taking a touch more out of the rubber than some of the other teams at the top of the grid. That said, it will still be the likes of Lotus, Ferrari and Force India that will be able to squeeze a few extra laps out of the tyres and potentially make fewer stops. That could be a significant advantage here given the fact the new pit lane safety guidelines, introduced after a cameraman was injured by a loose wheel, are expected to add around three seconds to the time it takes to pit. This could make all the difference when it comes to feeding the leaders back into the pack after the first round of pit stops, given it is notoriously difficult to overtake at the Hungaroring.Temperatures in Budapest are expected to be pretty brutal by European standards, so overheating of both tyres and brakes will be a factor. Mercedes will be hoping that the new tyres help them in this regard, and they showed in Monaco that they are effective on this type of track. Qualifying will be crucial for the Silver Arrows, and indeed for the complexion of the race as a whole. If Mercedes can grab pole, or better yet, lock out the front row, they could attempt to control the pace of the race in the same manner they did in Monaco. If they can drive to set lap times whilst keeping the pack behind in the first phase of the race, they may be able to keep their tyres in shape for long enough to attempt a more optimal strategy for the race.The feeling is that Mercedes will struggle in the race if they don’t get the job done in qualifying or have a poor getaway off the grid. Having to chase down cars in these temperatures running in the dirty air is not their forte, and even if the planets do align for them in the first part of the race, you get the impression that someone will try and go longer on tyres and force Mercedes out of their comfort zone at some point during the 70 laps. Also, though overtaking here will still be extremely challenging, there is an additional DRS zone here for the first time, which will at least slightly increase opportunities for quicker cars in behind.Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are rightful favourites for this after taking two out of the last three races. They seem to have the best balance between qualifying and race pace, and whilst they take a touch more out of their tyres than some of their rivals (Mercedes excluded), they are able to be competitive in the race due to starting higher up the grid and not losing as much time in the pack. Vettel is also extremely well suited to the way races play out these days, he doesn’t waste his tyres building up leads only to see them fall ‘off the cliff’ grip wise, or be wiped out by a safety car. Red Bull have absolutely maximised their package so far this season and if the new Pirellis do prove to be significantly more durable, they may be hard to stop this weekend.The market hasn’t really landed on a second favourite but in my opinion it should undoubtedly be Kimi Raikkonen. I thought the Lotus’ were falling behind a touch in the development race after their middling performances in Montreal and Silverstone, but they were right back in the mix in Germany where they probably had the fastest car during the race. Raikkonen was unable to chase down Vettel, but arguably they could have won had they not pitted Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race. If they hadn’t done so, he may well have been able to take advantage of his more benign tyres as well as track position and hold on to take the win. Romain Grosjean also had one of his more competitive weekends at the Nurburgring, staying out of trouble in the race and lapping only a smidgen slower than his team mate in qualifying and the latter third of the race.The extreme track temperatures will play right into the hands of the Lotus and Raikkonen has a good record here, albeit mostly in finishing second on multiple occasions. He was unfortunate not to win last season, being unable to pass Hamilton once he got into the dirty air, despite clearly having the faster car. The problem for Lotus has been in qualifying, where they are markedly slower than the Mercedes over one lap and usually slower than one or both of the Red Bulls. Their performance in this department was better in Germany though, and if they can get on the front two rows here they will fancy their chances of making their strategy work come Sunday.Alonso in the Ferrari is joint second favourite with most firms, but the prancing horse looks slower than all three of its main rivals in qualifying and although easy on its tyres, I can’t see them being quicker than either of the Lotus’ in this heat in the race, both of whom will likely be higher up the grid anyway. Add in the difficulty of overtaking here and it seems hard to envisage much more than a podium at the very best for Alonso if things transpire as they have done in the last few races.In summary, this is a much trickier race to solve than it usually is. Though the teams have some data using these tyres, this is a very different track to Silverstone and the circuit evolves a great deal as the weekend progresses. So any data the teams get during the practice sessions might not be entirely relevant come Sunday. Added to this, qualifying will be crucial with regards to the structure of the race. Mercedes will likely take pole, and could do with a rear gunner in second spot too if they are to control the race more to their liking. Even then, its nigh on impossible to predict exactly how their tyres will fare in the race, though the suspicion is that even with the new compounds, the extreme track temperature will surely make it difficult for them in the race.Vettel and Raikkonen look the two poised to take advantage of any collapse in the Mercedes race pace, with Vettel a touch more likely to be a place or two higher up the grid than his Lotus rival. That said, at the prices, Raikkonen looks a much more appealing option at the current 6/1 given the extra flexibility he will likely have when it comes to strategy. If qualifying on the front two rows, or even 5th on the clean side of the grid, it would be hard to see Kimi fail to make the podium. In much the same vein, Romain Grosjean looks great value at 20s given his much improved performance last time. He can obviously be inconsistent but he is generally a handy qualifier and in a car that looks sure to be suited to conditions.In the Pole Position market, it’s slightly surprising to see Vettel as favourite with most firms. I think the Mercedes still has the edge over one lap and I’d be looking to side with Hamilton at around the 9/4 mark, even though I couldn’t have him for the race.Race RecommendationRaikkonen 3pts e/w @ 6/1Grosjean 2pts e/w @ 20/1Pole PositionHamilton 2pts Win @ 9/4 read more

BENS BLOG I Love Lefties

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reat news, Blog! The CEO and Owner of Giraffebet; Harry Macadam, has handed out, to one lucky winner, a dream card, and taken on a brand spanking new wage-slave!This evening, myself and my dog, Mr Josh, went for a walk with Harry, to get a full update on the early progress of his new Staff. Like a Greyhound Racing judge, monitoring the progress of an unraced puppy to the track, we are able to study the early form of a Staffer, and predict it’s future uses and performance. On congratulating Harry on his new appointment, I pondered for a moment, and then a question came to mind.“But Harry, what’s happening about you taking different people on to watch over your car key business, run your pro-punting, your property project, and keep an eye on everything when you’re in Kenya?”Suddenly a very small smile appeared on the side of Harry’s face.I knew immediately…“Ohhhh, come onnnn, Haarrryyyy… I knowww yoooouuuuoooo…”Harry could no longer hold back and he burst into a fit of laughter. The naughty man!It looks like Harry’s new £10 an hour Staff has taken on far more than she bargained for!!!More Giraffebet updates to come, Blog. I promise.In other news:There are quite staggering rumours going around that I am anti-lefties and have an unfair attitude towards all of them. Blog, this is a flagrant attack on my character and completely untrue. I have nothing against reds under the bed, as long as they; don’t have union-faces, jealous-faces, awkward-faces, or a hypocritical middle-class leftie way about them. (Rare exceptions DO exist).Bob Crow would CERTAINLY have a union-face BUT at least he’s a character. In this modernist Facebooker world, where all politicians look the same and lack any form of spine, it makes a nice change to actually see someone come to the front of the field, who can at least, stand up for what they believe in.I would say though, that my favourite leftie would have to be Dennis Skinner; the aged, far-left, labour politician. He’s eighty-two. Doesn’t miss a single sitting at the House of Commons. And speaks his mind, loving nothing more than to fire into Hooray Henry professional politicians.Enjoy this Youtube clip of him giving Lord Snooty, George Osborne, the full and deserved treatment. Keep up the good work, Dennis!Ben Xlast_img read more

Magaths magic at Fulham

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]oudini would be proud of Fulham and Magic Magath.The act isn’t quite complete yet, Felix Magath has still to pull the rabbit completely out of the hat – but the 1/12 Fulham to be relegated was cleary an optical illusion in the mists of time.It’s now an odds-against shot (only just) that Fulham will exit the stage via the trap door but if they could repeat their win of last season against Spurs they will be temporarily out of the bottom three.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Dec 2013 Premier Fulham 1-2 TottenhamMar 2013 Premier Tottenham 0-1 FulhamDec 2012 Premier Fulham 0-3 TottenhamMay 2012 Premier Tottenham 2-0 FulhamNov 2011 Premier Fulham 1-3 TottenhamJan 2011 FA Cup Fulham 4-0 TottenhamJan 2011 Premier Tottenham 1-0 FulhamOct 2010 Premier Fulham 1-2 TottenhamMar 2010 FA Cup Tottenham 3-1 FulhamMar 2010 FA Cup Fulham 0-0 TottenhamMagath has earned as many points in eight matches in charge (10) as both Rene Meulensteen and Martin Jol managed in 13 games apiece – so times are a changing at Craven Cottage – the only question still to be answered is whether the turnaround has come too late.Tottenham look highly unlike to grab a Champions League spot despite the bizarre midweek results with Crystal Palace beating Everton and Man City lucky (in the end) to get a draw against Sunderland.It’s been a turbulent season for Spurs and at times bizarre. Last weekend they fought back from being 3-0 down against West Brom to finish with a draw.  Spurs look doomed for another season in the Europa League (… doomed ??? Surely shome mistkke?).In the first Premier League match of the weekend (12.45pm, live on BT Sport) expect the unexpected but not a 0-0. None of Fulham’s last 46 Premier League games have ended goalless – the longest current run of all Premier League teams.A score draw looks more than likely though. And that would be magic for Fulham.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points win DRAW at around 7/2 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (APRIL): PROFIT 37.58 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 52.70 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Showbiz in the bettingring

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] had a fabulous evening, last night, Blog. Roast beef at Rules, followed by drinks in The Savoy, with a couple of old, bookmaking, war-horses.Bo Brown (West End Racing) was the first bookmaker to allow my ruination to start, giving me work experience, shadow-clerking, at the age of 13.He came up to London with his two sons, Lewis and Charlie, both fresh blood into the game, and we met Tom Power, at the oldest restaurant in London.When Tom entered the room, Bo stopped in his tracks. Like a young boy meeting Ronaldo, his youth returned to him. He was meeting one of the true legends of the game.Tom, and his brother John, set the London dog-track betting-rings alight, in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, betting under the name ‘John Power’. The first bookmakers to open betting-shops internationally, but also bring a real sense of fun and charisma to the ring.So Tom told us one of his oldest and best stories…There was a time when a huge amount of counterfeit money was being palmed off, onto dog-track bookies, when they were busy, and didn’t have time to check it.Tom was well known, not just for driving a yellow Rolls Royce, but also for smoking the longest and best cigars in all of London.He would stand on the joint, look out, and talk to the punters in the ring…‘Do you know what? I can make one of these cigars last three hours.’‘Never light them with a lighter though. They congeal at the end. They taste better, lit with a match.’He would then take out one of the snidely £50 notes.‘Has anyone got a match?’One of the Billy Bunters would approach the pitch.Tom would then say to him, holding out the bank-note; ‘Light this for me, will you, mate..’The punters in absolute awe, he would then light the ‘la-de-dah’ with a £50 note.SHOWBIZ IN THE BETTING-RING. WHERE HAVE ALL OF THE GAME’S FLAIR AND CHARACTERS GONE?In other news:So, you’ve all heard about the most famous dog-race of all? Yes, Ballyregan Bob versus Scurlogue Champ. Star giant-punter, The Dark Knight, was there that night, in much younger days. He bet £15,000 at 4/6, with the sponsor, about Ballyregan Bob. Nothing changes…he rarely leaves his money behind…Who’s idea was the race? Who pulled the money up and sponsored the event??‘The John Power Showdown.’TAKE YOUR HAT OFF TO A HUGE CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GAME.Over and out, B xlast_img read more


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£50 FREE BET Watford v Man City

first_img£50 FREE BET IFIF WATFORD WINNING AT HALF-TIME  To celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if WATFORD ARE WINNING AT HALF-TIME.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Tuesday 4 December and 8pm on Tuesday 4 December. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Tuesday 4 December to 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 4 December.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with before 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 4 December. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if WATFORD ARE WINNING AT HALF-TIME (Watford v Man City 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more