Month: July 2019

Startup Outgrows SF Mission Space Plans Move

Startup Outgrows SF Mission Space Plans Move

first_img 0% En Español.After protecting a community organization that was nearly displaced by his tech firm, DoubleDutch CEO Lawrence Coburn announced on Tuesday that now his company will be leaving the building — and the Mission, for good.“We are getting too big for the Mission,” said the co-founder of the popular mobile event app, headquartered at 2601 Mission St. that runs offices in Asia, Europe, and the UK. “It’s a residential, family oriented neighborhood. It’s not set up for big, corporate companies.”Coburn told Mission Local that the company will relocate to a larger space in Potrero Hill once its lease expires in February, citing a number of reasons for not renewing their lease including the startup’s exponential growth over the last year, poor building maintenance and growing tensions within the community.Explaining that the building is “failing DoubleDutch,” Coburn pointed to faulty elevators, a lack of functioning heating and cooling systems, and space issues for the company that already stretches over three complete floors. Vera Cort, the owner of the building, wrote via email that the company “was a wonderful tenant who lived out their lease,” and wished them “nothing but the best of luck in continuing to grow their business and hiring more people which will help our economy.”Cort acknowledged that there were some maintenance issues at the 53-year-old building which she has attempted to address, but that DoubleDutch would have left regardless. “They are becoming a very, very, very explosive and expanding company who will need more space than I can ever give them.”The four-year-old company now has 200 employees.“As we are hiring more employees, the talent is becoming more picky,” said Coburn. “These issues are reasons why people don’t want to work here.”The startup, which in August received $45 million in funding from a global investment firm, is looking to focus on expanding internationally, and with a new 35,000 square foot space in Potrero Hill, Coburn said he feels settled for the next five years.When the startup launched in 2011, it moved into the nine-story building at 2601 Mission St.  that also houses the U.S. Bank and a string of non-profit organizations. Coburn moved into the building a few years earlier, in 2007, with a smaller business.  Though coexisting peacefully at first, DoubleDutch generated some controversy at the beginning of this year, when the growing company needed more space and almost displaced a cancer service center from the building.  In February, Coburn’s request for additional office space to accommodate his workers prompted the building owner to decide against renewing the expiring lease of Circulo de Vida. The nonprofit has provided the Latino community with access to health care services since 1992, operating out of 2601 Mission St. for over a decade.Cort’s decision to offer the space to DoubleDutch rather than renewing the nonprofit’s lease sparked strong community opposition that targeted the startup, which then became subject to vandalism and several break-ins. A spokesperson for DoubleDutch has previously stated that the company was unaware of the fact that their expansion would displace the nonprofit when offered the space by Cort.The startup and the nonprofit were able to reach an internal agreement, under which Circulo de Vida gave up its office spaces to DoubleDutch, moving to a smaller space on the building’s fifth floor as the startup’s subtenant, and consequently paying less rent.“I did everything I could to push the building owner to do the right thing, and she did,” said Coburn.With DoubleDutch leaving, Circulo de Vida has been offered a new two-year lease.“Moving is a huge pain, and for now, we are safe,” said Carmen Ortiz, the nonprofit’s executive director. As a subtenant, Ortiz said she was worried about the group’s fate when she first heard that DoubleDutch was moving out, but that Cort, the landlord, responded “graciously.”For his part, Coburn, a resident of the Mission for 17 years, said that DoubleDutch, “did more good than harm in the neighborhood by intentionally supporting local businesses.” Many of his employees also live in the area, and through company policy, Coburn said he has encouraged them to invest and give back to the neighborhood.Along with supporting local technology driven programs — an entrepreneurship program for women, and raising money for Mission Graduates, a nonprofit that helps gear Mission youth towards college — Coburn said his workers volunteer at a local food bank on a weekly basis. “From the beginning, 100 percent of our programs went into the Mission, and it will always be the root of this company,” he said, adding that he plans to continue these programs while also investing in the company’s new neighborhood.But Coburn said that he does not want his startup’s presence to further exasperate the division that he feels within the community. “I do believe that tech is part of the problem,” said Coburn, referring to the community’s rampant gentrification and income disparities. “Even if we are doing everything right, I’m still putting my employees at risk of being the poster child for what is going on in this neighborhood.” center_img Tags: tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Protesters fill the Mission District in a day of peaceful rallies and

Protesters fill the Mission District in a day of peaceful rallies and

first_imgProtesters take over Steiner and Hayes. Conservative Patriot Prayer nowhere to be found. #ABC7now pic.twitter.com/Pd6jbPWYFB— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) August 26, 2017 https://twitter.com/andrewjgregor/status/901526360132210688 1:51 p.m.There is a crowd of 500 or more  protesters coming south on Valencia Street toward 16th Street. Lots of police officers are escorting the crowd. They appear to be turning toward Mission Street.Protesters on Valencia Street. Photo by Mark Rabine.Protesters at Valencia and 15th Streets. Photo by Mark Rabine.When one marcher appeared ready to start a confrontation, other marchers confronted him and told him to get out. With police nearby watching the scene, he did.A confrontation quickly ends. Photo by Mark Rabine2:05 p.m.The marchers are headed toward 24th Street on Mission Street. All traffic has been blocked off.“No fear, no registry, stop white supremacy,” the marchers chanted. We will be updating throughout the day. If you’ve read the top, jump to the new material below. By 2 p.m. today, a variety of counter-protests against a right-wing rally called Patriot Prayer arrived in the Mission District. One, a dance party at Dolores Park, drew upwards of 300 people. More than 500 people marched from Alamo Square, where Patriot Prayer organizers had announced they would hold a press conference after canceling their Crissy Field event, to Mission and 24th streets. Meanwhile, a massive counterprotest also gathered at Harvey Milk Plaza and joined another gathering at Civic Center.“No fear, no registry, stop white supremacy,” the marchers on Mission Street chanted.(See time-stamped updates throughout the day, below.)  2:12 p.m.Ricardo Zegri, one of the marchers on Mission Street, said the group had come from Alamo Square, which had been closed off. There was no sign of any right-wing rally, he said, and after they had a rally of their own, they marched from Steiner to Waller to to Market, and then up Valencia to 16th and over to Mission Street. They plan to go to 24th Street.“It’s been a huge victory, where so many people came out to say, ‘hell no,’” said Zegri. “We scared them back into the shadows where they belong.”Zegri said he’d been moved to join the counter-protest after hearing President Donald Trump respond to Charlottesville.“Last week when we heard the President of the United States essentially endorse neo-Nazism, I got sick to my stomach and was unable to sleep,” he said. “It seemed irresponsible to do anything but scream at the top of my lungs.”Ricardo Zegri at the march on Mission Street. Photo by Laura WenusEzequiel Bronstein said to him, much of the political movements recently have been very personal, as a gay jewish immigrant from Latin America.“It’s important for us to speak up,” he said, then added, “But I present as a white straight male, so I enjoy some privilege. It shouldn’t be like that. So it’s very important for me to stand up.”2:30 p.m.Marchers stopped briefly at 22nd and Mission streets, the site of a massive fire in 2015, displacing dozens and killing one. There, neighborhood activist Roberto Hernandez talked to the crowd about displacement.“A brother died in that building,” Hernandez said. He reminded marchers that Latino families have been displaced from the Mission.And, then it was onward toward 24th Street. The crowd remained upbeat and peaceful.2:37 p.m.The marchers are at the 24th Street BART Plaza and the speeches have begun.Benjamin Bac Sierra, a vocal advocate for the family of police shooting victim Alex Nieto, encouraged those at the march to make an effort to get to know one another, dance together, even share kisses.“We defeated white supremacy, we defeated hate,” he told the crowd.At 24th Street. Photo by Laura Wenus. 12:59 p.m.Angela Noble and Toni Marie both appreciated the cancellation of the Patriot Prayer event.“I respect them for canceling it,” Marie said. “They’re welcome to don some colors and have a nice time if they like.”Of the dance party, Marie said, “The media really zeroes in on the negative stuff. It’s the new opium for the masses.”“It’s showing that different people can get together and organize and have a good time and we don’t have to be haters,” Noble said.Noble (left) and Marie. Photo by Laura Wenus.1:24 p.m.The crowd at Dolores Park has grown to close to 300, but not everyone is dancing. Instead, many are sort of bobbing, waiting for the move to Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro. From the sound of the helicopters overhead, there are more people there.Photo by Laura Wenus.Looks like they will be moving at around 1:45 p.m.Our political representatives, current and former, are at Harvey Milk Plaza.https://twitter.com/HillaryRonen/status/901517206453760000 3:36 p.m.The traffic is flowing again on Mission Street, Capp and Bartlett, and the police are leaving the scene.We will keep an eye on Dolores Park, but otherwise we won’t be updating until something happens.Julian Mark and Mark Rabine contributed to this report.  Thousands stand against hate and Bigotry in Harvey Milk Plaza! #alamosquare #NoHateSF pic.twitter.com/u2XQg5XHHD— Progressive Militia (@ProgMilitia) August 26, 2017 At 24th and Mission, crowd listens to @EQUIPTO pic.twitter.com/C8imawlTSZ— Laura Wenus (@LauraWenus) August 26, 2017 Another counterprotest moves down Mission Street pic.twitter.com/3M0y1L1I7s— Laura Wenus (@LauraWenus) August 26, 2017 1:42 p.m.As the love-in or dance-in waited to move, the masses watched from afar as two banner-tow planes circled the marchers on Market street. One bore a message that appeared to read something like, “hate is a thought so is love.” Another proclaimed, “$130K raised adopt a Nazi not really.”This is the scene at Harvey Milk Plaza: https://twitter.com/SFGate/status/901526429266919424 Around 11:30, revelers began to gather. Photo by Laura Wenus.Photo by Jackson May12 p.m.Some 250 to 300 people, some in funny hats and flower crowns, had gathered near the 19th Street palm trees at Dolores Park in one of several events planned to counter the message from those who had planned a Patriot Prayer rally.The Loved Up event at Dolores Park started at noon with around 100 people and grew over the next hour. Even before it started, a dozen San Francisco police officers were scattered around the perimeter of the park.Just yesterday, the organizers of the rally that Loved Up was meant to protest canceled their event, settling for a press conference at Alamo Square. Police, however, closed the square.“I am excited and highly encouraged,” said David Walzer, one of the organizers of Loved Up. “It’s obvious that the original goal of the Patriot Prayer freedom rally was attention and confrontation. The whole strategy is trying to provoke a violent response. It’s obvious that no one really fell for it.”Photo by Jackson MayWalzer said that a key part of defusing the potential for violence was the SFPD’s response and learning from earlier protests that keeping sufficient police presence and keeping opposing groups separated was the key.“You do that and it defuses everything,” he said. “We’re dancing and they [the Patriot protesters] look like fools.”If all goes as planned, those gathered in Dolores Park will move on to Harvey Milk Plaza at 1 p.m. Already, helicopters could be heard overhead.12:15 p.m.The crowd has grown to 200, and a lot of cake is being handed out.Michael Dillard and Kim Kirk were wearing their Star Trek T-shirts. Why?“Think about what Star Trek is — it is a lot of different people all coming together for a common cause.” said Dillard.“This is the future we want,” said Kirk.“Contrast that with the other group, that is all about hate,” said Dillard.“I want to join the dance party with a cake,” said Kim. “It really shows that when people come together in the spirit of nonviolence and solidarity that we can push back on hateful ideals … it’s also San Francisco — they kind of came to the wrong place.”Susan Reeves with cakes being passed out (inspired by Tina Fey skit). Photo by Laura Wenus.Photo by Jackson Mayhttps://twitter.com/LauraWenus/status/901521600859652096 Meanwhile the Dolores Park dancers had moved on to Harvey Milk Plaza leaving behind those enjoying just another beautiful day at the park.Photo by Mark Rabine.2:50 p.m.Chanters and poets have taken over the microphones at 24th Street and so, between spoken word on oppression, there are shouts, “This is the power of the people and we won’t stop,” or, “fuck Trump, fuck Nazis.”A group of protesters briefly set up rainbow banners surrounding the protest in the middle of the intersection, but those were quickly moved to the plaza.The march concluded with words from Equipto, a local rapper and and activist; Nicolette Portillo, a Los Angeles-based poet; and Oakland organizer and activist Gina Madrid.Bac Sierra advised people to get together and dance after the rally, and to take care heading home.On possible encounters with violent racists, he added, “If you can, handle that shit, but if you feel like you need to take a step back, take out your phone and video them. Put them on blast.”The rainbow banners that went up for a bit. Photo by Laura Wenus.3 p.m.  The speeches are over, the band is playing and the crowd at 24th Street is down to fewer than 100. One protester has set a Trump piñata on fire. A few feet away, there’s live music and dancing.Photo by Laura WenusMission street is still blocked from 23rd to 26th streets. And while drivers can get through on Bartlett and Capp streets, both are backed up. Advice: If you are parked nearby, wait for a bit. Dance, have a bite…Or meditate?Around 3 p.m., Mission Street and 24th. Photo by Laura Wenus3:19 p.m. The crowds have left Harvey Milk, and at Civic Center, the message is love. 12:33 p.m.What do you dance to at a counter-protest? Apparently “Love Shack” and “Respect.”Some tweets from elsewhere in the city: 0% https://twitter.com/KQEDarts/status/901529048270110720 Rally in SF’s Civic Center calls for love above hate https://t.co/UoGOtabZKJ via @abc7newsbayarea— S L Mattocks (@shercares) August 26, 2017 Tags: dolores park • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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MICHAEL Shenton should have been running out at We

first_imgMICHAEL Shenton should have been running out at Wembley to face the Australians on Saturday – but instead he will be watching it on the television as he recovers from the dislocated elbow that wrecked both his and Saints’ Grand Final.Speaking to the St Helens Star he talks about the injury and how strong the Saints will be in 2012.Shenton said: “It as amazing getting to the Grand Final and we were right in the mix and then the injuries happened.“I went back in the changing rooms and it was on the telly there as they were putting my elbow back in. Just to watch it was heartbreaking.“I felt so sorry for the boys – it is not nice to think about the way it all ended, but we can take a lot out of the year, especially the young guys coming through.”Read the rest of the articles by clicking on the links above.last_img read more

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ENGLAND Youth fell to a 3426 defeat against Franc

first_imgENGLAND Youth fell to a 34-26 defeat against France in the first Test at Stobart Stadium, Widnes on Friday.In a closely contested game from start to finish, it was France who left victorious thanks largely to a spell of domination in the second half which saw them score three tries in 15 minutes to overturn a 14-12 half-time deficit.Nerves were evident from both sides in the early stages of the game and it was France who seemed to have settled into the occasion first when they opened the scoring trough prop Dorian Denat.But a French knock-on from the following kick-off gave England promising field position and they wasted no time in responding through winger Isaac Noi.Just two minutes later England added to their tally when Morgan Smith’s perfectly timed short ball put a stampeding Jake Moore through a gap to power his way over the French line before scrum-half Houghton added the extras to make it 10-6.That lead was extended further when Brad Parker managed to force his way over from dummy-half. Houghton failed with the extras to keep the score at 14-6.Winger Max Jowitt looked to have added his name to the score sheet when he dived for the line only to touch the ball down inches short of the whitewash as half-time approached.French interchange Carly Bey pulled the scores back to 14-10 when he forced his way over from close range before Albert landed his second conversion to make it 14-12 as the half-time whistle blew.England began the second half in promising fashion and it took just three minutes for the home side to get back on the scoreboard.Sam Hallas showed strength and speed to break the first line of defence and from inside his own half and Hallas was on hand to finish the move underneath the posts moments later.Houghton added the extras to make it 20-12.However it was France who dominated from then on and three tries in 15 minutes put them in a commanding position going into the final 10 minutes.First scrum-half Marvin Merbah put centre Yaha over in the corner before a bruising run by French loose forward and man of the match Mohamed Zentri allowed Jonathan Has to exploit a gap in the retreating defence to score from short range to put the visiting team ahead by 22-20That lead was further extended when prop Nicolas Pomie barged over underneath the posts with Albert making it 28-20.England captain Liam Johnson looked to have reduced the gap only for the referee to disallow his try but hope of a late comeback was raised when Jake Moore scored his second of the day after he ran another superb line to give the defence no chance of stopping him from five meters out.But it was France who had the final say when hooker Yoan Veve crossed over on the final whistle to make it 34-26.Match Summary:England:Tries: Noi, Moore 2, Parker, Hallas Goals: Houghton 3France:Tries: Denat, Bey, Yaha, Has, Pomie, VeveGoals: Albert 5Half-time: 12-14Full-time: 26-34Teams:England:1. Ash Golding; 2. Issac Noi, 3. Kameron Pearce Paul, 4. Harvey Livett, 5. Max Jowitt; 6. Morgan Smith, 7. Ryan Houghton; 8. Daniel Douglas, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Frazer Morris, 11. Jake Moore, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Liam Johnson. Subs: 14. Brad Parker, 15. Jake Campbell, 16. Sam Hallas, 17. Jack Rush.France: 1. Etienne Ferret; 2. Yoann Rahirez, 3. Vincent Albert, 4. Fouad Yaha, 5. Dorian Munoz; 6. Evan Albert, 7. Marvin Merbah; 8. Dorian Denat, 9. Yoan Veve, 10. Nicolas Pomie, 11. Olivier Ruiz, 12. Mickail Goudemand, 13. Mohamed Zentri. Subs: 14. Charly Bey, 15. Georges Mingaud, 16. Sebastien Nietche, 17. Jonathan Has.last_img read more

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SAINTS set off on their second long trip in a week

first_imgSAINTS set off on their second long trip in a week this time heading south to play the newly formed South Wales Ironmen in Merthyr Tydfil, writes Graham Henthorne.The Ironmen had narrowly lost their Inter-Welsh battle against the Crusaders of the North as the Saints were narrowly beating the Thunder last week so all was set up for a great battle.Jack Owens was again pulling the strings at stand-off this time with Matty Fleming at scrum half. This allowed Aaron Smith and Jonah Cunningham to revert to their undoubted best positions of hooker and loose forward respectively.It was Jack Ashworth who opened the scoring for the Saints again starting at prop. Jack Owens provided the extras and when Dave Eccleston went over in the corner on the half hour the Saints found themselves in control.Regan Grace’s customary try minutes later should have put the Saints out of sight.But poor defending in first half injury time gave the Ironmen a way back into the game as vastly experienced loose forward Ash Bateman went over. Courtney Davies converted to give the Welshmen a chance.This chance became a distinct reality as the Ironmen started the second half on fire with the Saints appearing sluggish.Fifteen minutes in and all their hard work was rewarded with a try to centre Morgan Jeffries. The missed conversion left the Saints six ahead but with a need to turn things around big style.Cometh the hour cometh the man and Welsh international Ben Morris showed his compatriots exactly what they can expect from him on the International stage later in the year as he extended the Saints lead with a well taken try.Owens’ conversion pushed the lead out to 12 which was just enough to worry the hosts.As the game entered its final ten minutes the Saints put the game to be with Grace’s second try and at the hooter a converted effort from Matty Fleming.Despite the second win is as many days on the road Coaches Ian Talbot and Paul Wellens were less than happy with the display and will be working hard in the days to come to produce a better showing next time out.Match Summary:South Wales:Tries: Ashley Bateman (41), Morgan Jeffries (54).Goals: Courtney Davies.Saints:Tries: Jack Ashworth (18), Dave Eccleston (29), Regan Grace (33 & 71), Ben Morris (58), Matty Fleming (78).Goals: Jack Owens 4.Half Time: 6-16Full Time: 10-32Teams:South Wales:1. Andy Gay; 34. Lewis Hughes, 3. Paul Edwards, 18. Morgan Jeffries, 22. Ben Jones; 19. Shaun Owens, 7. Courtney Davies; 8. Christopher Davies, 14. Kristian Baller, 17. Morgan Evans, 24. Connor Parker, 13. Zak Williams, 16. Ashley Bateman. Subs: 10. Chris Vitalini, 11. Michael Edwards, 12. Lloyd Selby-Smith, 25. Ethan Coombes, 26. Huw Parks, 28. Shane Lee, 30. Rhys Davies.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 20. Jack Owens, 6. Matty Fleming; 17. Jack Ashworth, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Greg Richards, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Ben Morris, 19. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 14. Jordan Gibbons, 15. John Hutchings, 16. Jorge Lewtas, 17. Sam Royle, 18. Ben Simms.last_img read more

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The youngster dummied his way over the line with j

The youngster dummied his way over the line with j

first_imgThe youngster dummied his way over the line with just minutes to spare after Leeds came back from a six point deficit.Saints had the better of the first half to take the lead but couldn’t create enough chances in the second.They were in front through a Mark Percival penalty in the tenth minute after Kyle Amor was held down in front of the sticks.Kallum Watkins replied with a two pointer of his own before Percival missed the chance to put Saints back in front with another penalty attempt.Both sides struggled to keep hold of the ball on a fine night, but that was interrupted as superb Saints defence stopped a certain Rhinos’ try down the left hand side and then Regan Grace cleared his lines with a class run.And when Tommy Makinson did the same around five minutes from the break, Saints profited.The influential James Roby, who was a cut above all night, broke free and offloaded to Zeb Taia who duly turned it inside for Jonny Lomax to go under the sticks.Up six at the break, Saints were on the front foot from the start of the second, putting a high ball right onto the Leeds’ line that the home side had to defend.But Ryan Hall scored for the Rhinos on 47 minutes after Saints were harshly penalised for obstruction in midfield.Watkins tagging on the conversion to make it all square.Saints weathered more pressure before Watkins missed the chance to put the Rhinos ahead with a chip shot penalty on 58 minutes.The number of defended sets were beginning to tell though and it was no surprise when the home side took the lead – even though it came from a contentious call.A last tackle kick won them a repeat set and when they gained another Adam Cuthbertson charged over from close range.It was fortuitous considering the kick previous had been collected in an offside position – but the finish was anything but lucky.Another fortuitous penalty then saw Watkins extend the Rhinos’ lead to eight – LMS adjudged to have obstructed on a grubber.Saints fought their way back into it and after Matty Smith went close following his own high kick, Richardson produced a moment of magic.He’d only been on the pitch a few moments when he took a pass around 10 metres out, dipped his shoulder and dummied his way over the line.It set up a mad final few minutes that saw Percival chip down the left hand side – the bounce alluding him – before he was wrapped up as Saints went for the wonder play as the hooter sounded.Agonisingly close once again for Holbrook’s side, leaving the match with Wigan on September 1 a must win.Match Summary:Rhinos: Tries: Hall, Cuthbertson Goals: Watkins (4 from 5)Saints: Tries: Lomax, Richardson Goals: Percival (3 from 4)Penalties Awarded: Rhinos: 10 Saints: 8HT: 2-8 FT: 16-14REF: Ben ThalerATT: 16,326Teams:Leeds: 31. Jack Walker; 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 14. Liam Sutcliffe, 5. Ryan Hall; 4. Joel Moon, 6. Danny McGuire; 16. Brad Singleton, 9. Matt Parcell, 10. Adam Cuthbertson, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 13. Stevie Ward, 12. Carl Ablett. Subs: 7. Rob Burrow, 15. Brett Delaney, 18. Jimmy Keinhorst, 20. Anthony Mullally.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 24. Danny Richardson.last_img read more

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And with our visitors resting the majority of thei

And with our visitors resting the majority of thei

first_imgAnd with our visitors resting the majority of their players last week the much younger Saints had to contend with playing a side containing 14 top age group players compared to the Saints’ six, writes Graham Henthorne.But those are the sorts of stats that this team is consistently disregarding on a weekly basis, turning in heroic performances and striding on at the top of the table.This was no different as they won 24-10.Again mirroring the first team, the U19s bombed a few chances, the first coming the way of Josh Simm in the sixth minute. He put in a fantastic chase to a Jack Welsby grubber beating the full back to the ball only to knock-on over the line.A good defensive effort forced an error on half way and from the scrum Elliott Jenkins found Tom Nisbett on the blind side who put Cam Brown away. Unfortunately, as he was caught his inside ball was put down with the line begging.On 17 minutes Chris Follin put the Saints third chance down as he had the ball stripped under the posts.As ever when you don’t take your chances it comes back to bite you and that’s what happened as the visitors went down the other end to score in the right corner.The sides were going hammer and tongue at each set and just before the break the Saints spilled their fourth chance as interpassing between Jack Welsby and Matty Foster saw the stand-off knock on.The game turned on the last tackle of the first set of the second period. Poor tackling allowed a 70-metre break and with the visitors camped on the Saints try line Chris Kellett saved the day getting underneath the ball over the line.From that point the Saints never looked back.Drives from the Joe Sharratt and the workhorse that is Sam Royle got the Saints out of the corner and on the front foot. From the play the ball Jack Welsby’s show and go put him over in the corner.The Saints were playing uphill and against the wind in the second half and as such found themselves pinned in their own half for much of the half defending repeat set after repeat set.But defend they did, each one working for each other knowing that if they could hang on then their class would tell.On the hour that’s exactly what happened. A penalty and hard driving from the pack put the Saints in the visitor’s 10 metre area on the last. A poor play the ball put Jenkins under pressure and he just managed to twist out of a head high tackle, flicking the ball out in the same movement to the tireless 80 minute man Chris Follin to go over for a deserved try.Josh Simm’s second conversion put the Saints into a six-point lead.The visitors narrowed the gap to two points six minutes later going in wide right with a suspiciously level pass after Tom Nisbett had pulled off a try saving tackle moments before.The conversion was missed and the lead was maintained.With nine minutes to go the Saints extended their lead as Jack Welsby intercepted to go fully 90 metres with only Josh Simm for company. He touched down 10 metres in from the left corner instead of strolling under the posts to make the conversion easier, but Callum Hazzard wasn’t fazed pushing the lead, crucially, out to eight.The Saints put the game to bed with fibe minutes to go as Callum Hazzard collected a ricochet from a Welsby kick to score to the left of the posts.There was just time for Hazzard to bomb another chance failing to take Welsby’s pass after another great break through the line to the full back.But what a magnificent team performance this was.The defensive effort from 1 to 17 to keep themselves in the game was out of this world. But to do it uphill and against the wind made the win all the sweeter.With ball in hand it’s hard to look beyond the mercurial talent of Jack Welsby. But that would do a dis-service to the Royle’s, Follin’s, Simm’s, Croston’s etc. of the world whose tireless yardage carries out of their own 10 metre area gave the team the space to play.Six out of six is possibly an unexpected position to be in but it’s a thoroughly deserved one for a young team with bags of heart and talent.Match Summary:Saints U19s: Tries: Jack Welsby (43 & 71), Chris Follin (60), Callum Hazzard (75). Goals: Josh Simm 2 from 2, Callum Hazzard 2 from 2.Wigan U19s: Tries: Joe Brown (21), Sam Grant (66). Goals: Harry Smith 1 from 2.Half Time: 0-6 Full Time: 24-10Teams:Saints: 1. Tom Nisbett; 5. John Hutchings, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Josh Simm, 2. Sean Croston; 6. Jack Welsby, 7. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Alex Eckley, 9. Jake Wingfield, 10. Callum Hazzard, 11. Matty Foster, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Chris Follin. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Joe Sharratt, 16. Chris Kellett, 17. Jorge Lewtas.Wigan: 1. Joe Brown; 2. Sam Grant, 3. James Barran, 4. Jake Sculthorpe, 5. James Worthington; 6. Callum Green, 7. Harry Smith; 8. Olly Partington, 9. Aiden Roden, 10. Samuel Kibula, 11. James McDonnell, 12. Morgan Smithies, 13. Joseph Shorrocks. Subs: 14. Amir Bouroh, 15. Joseph Havard, 16. Ben Kilner, 17. Liam Byrne.last_img read more

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First Team Match

First Team Match

first_imgSaints started the game in a explosive fashion and after just six minutes were rewarded when a short ball from James Roby found Lachlan Coote who crashed over from close range. Coote added the conversion to his own try to give Saints a 6-0 lead.Coote then kicked a penalty after Morgan Knowles was tackled high 10 metres out. Castleford came right back at Saints, but as it has all season long, Saints defence stood firm.Saints hard work in defence was rewarded as we extended the lead. A neat kick through from Theo Fages was knocked on by Greg Eden putting Saints in prime position. From the resulting scrum Coote found Mark Percival who fed Regan Grace to score in spectacular fashion in the corner.Minutes before the break and Saints were in again. Fages with the short ball to Dom Peyroux and he shot through a gap in the defensive line to give Saints an 18-0 lead going into half time. Coote adding the extras.Saints started the second as they did the first and within the opening minutes we were over again. After great handling from Lomax and Fages, Zeb Taia was put through the gap to extend our lead to 24.The pressure didn’t stop there as we then scored three tries inside 10 minutes. LMS and Percival crashing over from close range making it 34-0 after with still well over 20 minutes remaining.Castleford finally did get some joy on the hour mark when it looked as if Lomax was about to score at one end, former Saint Michael Shenton picked his pocket with an interception on his own line and ran the length of the field to score under the posts.Saints hit back almost instantly after Peyroux latched onto a short pass from Roby to go over for his second of the game before Lomax added the icing on the cake.An excellent team try saw the ball swing from right to left and Percival was put in the clear to run 40 meters. He passed the ball back on the inside to the on-rushing Lomax who went under the posts bringing up the 40 point mark. Coote added the extras.The Tigers did go over for a final consolation with the last play of the game through through Trueman, but this one was a game which will live long in the memory for the travelling Saints contingent.Match Summary:Tigers: Peter Mata’utia, Greg Minikin, Alex Foster, Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Jake Trueman, Jordan Rankin, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Grant Millington, Oliver Holmes, Junior Holmes, Nathan Massey.Interchanges: James Clare, Adam Milner, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Matt Cook.Tries: Shenton, Trueman.Goals: Rankin (2 from 2)Saints: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Tries: Coote, Grace, Peyroux (2), Taia, LMS, Percival, Lomax.Goals: Coote (4 from 8).Penalty Goals: Coote 1Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth.HT: 0-18 FT: 12-42ATT: 8,042last_img read more

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UNC Walk for Health cofounder plans solo triathlon from Sea to Shining

UNC Walk for Health cofounder plans solo triathlon from Sea to Shining

first_img This fun cross-country solo triathlon will pass through major cities like Raleigh, Greensboro, Memphis, Little Rock,  Albuquerque,  Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Thorpe says he wants to encourage healthier lifestyles and exercise at any age and thus improve quality of life.   He says many Americans suffer from costly chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, as a result of a lack of physical fitness. The Solo Triathlon  across America seeks to inspire others to spend fewer hours in a cubicle and on the sofa and spend more time exercising. You can watch him dip his rear bike tire in the Atlantic ocean Monday, September 11 at the Carolina Beach boardwalk.  He plans to end the journey on September 21 by placing his front bike tire in the Pacific ocean.Related Article: UNCW basketball teams open practice in Chapel HillYou can donate to his cause by clicking   https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3CKGEEJEUZJHAThis is Thorpes, itnerary:Day 1 – Carolina Beach Boardwalk: Dip bike rear wheel in Atlantic Ocean.Day 2 – Raleigh,  GreensboroDay 3 – Knoxville,  NashvilleDay 4 – MemphisDay 5 – Little RockDay 6 – Oklahoma CityDay 7 –  AmarillloDay 8 –  AlbuquerqueDay 9 –  Las VegasDay 10 –Los AngelesDay 11 – Venice Beach Boardwalk: Dip bike front wheel in Pacific Ocean. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — William Thorpe, co-founder of UNC Walk for Health, is hitting the road on an 11-state, 3,000 mile solo triathlon from Carolina Beach to Venice Beach, CA to promote swimming, cycling, and running.He is inviting anyone who wants to join him on local bike routes in selected cities. – Advertisement – last_img read more

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New 40000 square foot building for nCino at Mayfaire Office Park

New 40000 square foot building for nCino at Mayfaire Office Park

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Construction on the final two buildings at Mayfaire Office Park begin next month and one of the buildings will be solely occupied by a banking software company.nCino is leasing the entire 40,000 square foot space in Building Six.- Advertisement – The company already leases more than 17,000 square feet of space in another building at Mayfaire.A groundbreaking on the buildings will take place November 9th.The name of the tenant taking over Building Five will be announced later.last_img

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Pender County Emergency Management The roads suck

Pender County Emergency Management The roads suck

first_img Batson says DOT trucks are doing their best to clear the most traveled roads and will only move on to secondary roads when those are clear.  There are no closures, but no roads are completely clear either.PCEM shared in a Facebook post a warning to drivers:Related Article: Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in fiery FedEx crashBatson says they are hoping for warmer temperatures and for the “sun to do its work.” PENDER CO., NC (WWAY) — Road conditions in Pender County remain treacherous today as the North Carolina Department of Transportation works to clear major roads.“The roads suck!” Fire Marshal Tommy Batson said. “If you don’t have to go out on then please don’t!”- Advertisement – last_img

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City offices and services resume Monday on delayed schedule

City offices and services resume Monday on delayed schedule

first_imgCity crews clear snow from the parking lot at Wilmington City Hall on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Wuzzardo/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The city of Wilmington will resume government operations Monday but on a delay. Here’s what the city said in a release to WWAY:Due to continued freezing conditions on roads, City of Wilmington offices be on a two-hour delay Monday, opening at 10 a.m. The regularly scheduled agenda briefing will begin at 10 a.m. in the 5th floor conference room of the CresCom Bank Building across the street from City Hall.- Advertisement – Trash/recycling pick up will be in service on Monday beginning at 10 a.m. Here is the revised schedule for this week:Thursday and Monday pick-up customers: Trash and recycling will be picked up Monday.Friday and Tuesday pick-up customers: Trash and recycling will be picked up Tuesday.Related Article: Construction underway for new multi-use path near Empie ParkYard waste and bulky item pick-up for Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday customers: will be picked up Wednesday. Bulky items such as couches and refrigerators are picked at no charge for city customers by appointment only – just call 341-7875 to make an appointment.The city hopes to be caught up and resume a regular schedule on Thursday. At this time, extra trash that does not fit in the cart will be picked up at no charge. Just leave the extra bags beside the cart. The city regrets any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the cooperation and patience of our citizens.last_img read more

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Good Shepherd Center asks for bottled water donations

Good Shepherd Center asks for bottled water donations

first_imgGood Shepherd Center (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Water is one of the most basic necessities, and with warmer temperatures on the way it’s especially important to stay hydrated.On Tuesday the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington asked for donations of bottled water.- Advertisement – The mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.If you’d like to make a donation to the shelter, a post on the group’s Facebook page says you can drop it off at their location on 811 Martin Street anytime from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.Related Article: Mandatory water restrictions lifted in eastern Pender CountyFor more information about the Good Shepherd Center, click here.last_img

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Learn leadership and life skills with 4H

Learn leadership and life skills with 4H

first_img New Hanover County 4-H is offering six 4-H Summer FUN Camps at the extension office at New Hanover County Arboretum. In addition to the six camps, the county 4-H is offering two overnight opportunities. One is the College Week for Teens Tour (July 9-13) and the other is Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville (July 29 – August 3).For more information on these camps or other 4-H programs, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — From baking and gardening to crafts and more, there’s something for everyone at 4-H.4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than seven million youth. 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security. In fact, there’s a group in every county across North Carolina. It is the largest youth development organization in our state.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New Hanover arboretum koi fish pond undergoes deep cleaning

New Hanover arboretum koi fish pond undergoes deep cleaning

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a fan of the koi pond at the New Hanover County Arboretum, you’ll soon be able to see the colorful fish even clearer.Arboretum Director Lloyd Singleton says the koi pond is a big attraction, but over time the water has become cloudy and green making it hard to see the fish.- Advertisement – Over the past few days, arboretum employees, volunteers, workers from Cape Fear Water Gardens, and New Hanover County Parks and Gardens staff have worked to move the approximately 100 fish to a different location, drain and clean the pond.“A big part of the problem has been the excessive organic matter that has accumulated in the water,” Singleton said. “And part of that is caused by excessive fish food. So we’re going to have a new policy on feeding the fish, and make sure that we don’t overfeed them and create the excessive nutrient that causes the green algae growth.”Singleton says they expect to finish cleaning, refill the pond, and put the fish back in Thursday.last_img read more

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Cape Fear Community College showcases their skills in construction for the public

Cape Fear Community College showcases their skills in construction for the public

first_img Librado Hernandez and John Gonzalez explained that there are a ton of benefits to choosing the trade path, and there will always be a need for construction workers.“After we were affected by Hurricane Florence we’ve gotten a lot of work,” Hernandez said. “There’s still places that have not been touched and you know there’s a bunch of houses that have been affected by the hurricane.”“An investment in trades is an investment in the community,” Gonzalez added. “It’s a very sound career. It’s very honest and a very honorable career to choose.”Related Article: Jaded with your job? CFCC offers options for high-demand careersStudents explained that in addition to being sound and honest, it’s also a very secure field. CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College hopes to build a bright future for students considering a career in the construction field.Students at the North Campus showcased their skills on Thursday to educate rising freshmen and the public who may be considering a career in the construction industry.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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PN Petition Process for General Council kicks off – Kristy Debono

PN Petition Process for General Council kicks off – Kristy Debono

first_imgFacebook – Kristy DebonoFacebook – Kristy Debono President of Partit Nazzjonalista’s General Council Kirsty Debono has requested the commencement of the process to call for a General Council. Debonio requested this despite that in a statement she said that 84 out of the 200 signatures that were collected in order to call for an extraordinary General Council are invalid or belong to members who do not possess an updated membership.A spokesperson for PN told Newsbook.com.mt that this means that the General Council has not been called for now. However, he explained that 2019 has not ended yet, and therefore, those who have not paid their 2019 membership can still do so, which would render their votes valid; obtaining the required 150 votes.In a statement, Debono said that she received the petition signed by 200 people to call for an extraordinary General Council. She added that the necessary verification were made so that the process could be changed immediately. Debono stated that however, an extraordinary General Council can be called for if there is a petition favouring this change with more than 150 signatures signed by Council members.She also added that included in the 84 votes which are invalid or do not possess an updated membership, 28 signatures belong to people who did not even have a right to sign as they are not General Council members.According to Debono:“From the 200 signatures that were presented, there are:23 signatures which are invalid as the people who signed do not form part of the General Council5 signatures are also invalid as the people that signed had refused to pay for the membership as requested by them, and therefore they are statutorily not members of the General Council.And it also shows that:14 persons which signed had last paid their memberships in 201741 persons from those who signed had last paid their memberships in 2018An individual case saw that the name and surname of an individual did not agree with the associated identity card number”Read: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceYesterday, 200 signatures were presented in a petition towards Partit Nazzjonalista so that in a week’s time the General Council meets to discuss the motion calling for the resignation of PN’s Leader Adrian Delia.Watch: Petition with 200 signatures calling for a vote on Delia’s leadership presented to PNWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Girls in ICT Rwanda Take Campaign to Schools

Girls in ICT Rwanda Take Campaign to Schools

first_imgAdvertisement Girls in ICT Rwanda which was formed by about fifteen girls. Its main objective is to tour schools and encourage more girls to take on courses in Information Communication technology (ICT.)  When carrying out school visits, Girls in ICT members speak to teenage girls and encourage them to consider ICT as a career option and also help them to understand and appreciate the importance of developing ICT skills in any career, writes Doreen UmutesiThe Girls in ICT Rwanda launched their annual activity calendar on March 22nd, 2013 at a Networking Night with their guest speaker, Ann Mei Chang, the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the US Department of State.Their activities involve encouraging women entrepreneurs in ICT, visiting schools to talk to girls and encouraging them to take on courses in ICT. – Advertisement – Girls in ICT members speak to teenage girls and encourage them to consider ICT as a career option and also help them to understand and appreciate the importance of developing ICT skills in any career.Akaliza Keza Gara a member of Girls in ICT and Founder of Shaking Sun a multimedia company, said that the government supports initiatives that empower women in ICT.“One of our main goals is to encourage more girls offering ICT courses to join Girls in ICT Rwanda. When I talk to young girls, a lot of them say that they see it as a man’s subject because people we see in the media doing ICT initiatives are often men. Even when they go to school they are surrounded by men so the girls tend to lose interest because they feel they are the odd ones,” Akaliza explains.She also said that there are allegations that women feel intimidated when they are surrounded by men hence women work better when they are surrounded by fellow women.“Girls are just choosing not to take on ICT so as Girls in ICT Rwanda, part of what we do is to encourage and show them that if we took on the ICT course they can do the same. We encourage them to join us as the rallying troupes’ idea. Our target after this year is to find out how many schools we visited and how many girls are offering ICT courses to measure our impact,” Akaliza Discloses.Although Information Technology is considered a male-dominated field, Girls in ICT Rwanda want to break the misconceptions that it is out of bounds for women.Cathy Bishop, Lecturer of ICT at the University of Colorado Boulder said that girls are actually very good at ICT and this can be seen when they get practical.“Misconceptions about ICT being more about Math and physics are limiting and not true. The girls need to think about it differently and believe that they can take on courses in ICT,” Bishop reveals.Kigali Institute of Science and Technology a renown University in the field of ICT this year passed out over 400 graduates, of the 387 who were awarded Bachelors, 90 were female. This is a clear indicator that fewer girls are taking on sciences.According to Clarisse Iribagiza, CEO of a mobile computing technology company HeHe Limited, the biggest challenge for girls not taking on courses in ICT is the way the science and technology subjects are structured in schools.“I studied computer engineering and until they combined it with entrepreneurship where I could see that I could build a programme that can solve a problem in society. Before they did that, I was not sure where I was taking this course besides repairing people’s computers,” Iribagiza expresses.The 25-year-old Iribagiza is also a member of Girls in ICT Rwanda.“For instance, one of this year’s activities is an essay writing competition where girls will write on how ICT impacts their community. This way, they will know that ICT can actually solve problems in society. ICT is a tool that can fast-track you in whatever you do,” Iribagiza says.Rwanda was ranked among the top 10 countries in Africa that are in better suited to benefit from new Information and Communication Technologies by the 2013 Networked Readiness Index, released early this month by the World Economic Forum (Wef) and European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).Credit: New Timeslast_img read more

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Interview Googler Elijah Kitaka Talks About Startup Launch

Interview Googler Elijah Kitaka Talks About Startup Launch

first_imgAdvertisement Elijah Kitaka, Program Manager GoogleGoogle recently launched an initiative called Startup Launch which is aimed at helping startups succeed globally. I talked to Elijah Kitaka the Program Manager who runs entrepreneurship in Sub Saharan Africa at Google. Elijah talked to me about Startup Launch, his work at Google and his favorite book among other things. EnjoyLet’s start off with something out of the box, what is the best book you have read and why?I’ll go with Case in Point by Marc P. Consentino. I call it my brain gym; It’s my go to book every time I feel like my brain is not on top of its game. It has lots of great exercises that quickly re-sharpen my brain and get it ready for “battle”. It also helped me a lot when I was interviewing at Google so I’ve had it as a long time companion. It’s one of the top 10 books I recommend. – Advertisement – Tell me about yourself and your current work at Google.I’m in my 5th year at Google currently working as an Program Manager on the Developer Relations team. I run entrepreneurship support in Sub Saharan Africa, through our Startup Launch program, and our Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub partner program.Outside of Google, I’m the creator and 11-year presenter of Jazz Evenings, a weekly show on Radio One FM 90. I’m a co-founder of The Annual Jazz & Soul Safari, a premium sold-out calendar concert now in its 8th year. I spent ~3 years in technology roles in banking at Barclays Bank and Global Trust Bank. I started my career as a Lead Software Developer at True African, now a 14 year old value added services and software development company that I founded in my 1st undergraduate year at university. I hold a Bsc. Computer Science, after dropping out of Bsc. Civil Engineering in my 3rd year. I’m passionate about technology startups / entrepreneurship, creative arts – especially live music.Elaborately Explain the Startup Launch program to our readers.Startup Launch provides startups in all stages with the platform, resources, online content, mentorship and training they need to succeed. From first idea to successful implementation and growth, our mission is to help startups worldwide become successful on the Google Developers platform and open-source technologies.You have worked with startups in Sub Saharan Africa. Why do you think Startup Launch is going to thrive in the region.From a Google-interaction point of view, it’s been difficult for startups to know what support Google can provide them, and how to get this support. Startup Launch aggregates everything we have for startups, and presents it in one place; http://g.co/launch.Why is Google concerned about Startups anyway!Google began as a startup in a garage and we remain a startup at heart. We are strongly committed to supporting entrepreneurship all over the world, and we believe that, with the right support, small ideas can grow into world-changing businesses and organizations.What are some of the Challenges and Lessons you have learnt about startups in Sub Saharan Africa.While tech startups may appear similar on the surface, each startup has a lot of uniqueness. That makes a one-size-fits-all startup program the wrong thing to do. Startups have got different strengths, they are working in different markets or segments, they have different skill and experience levels, varying runway, and so on. We’ve built Startup Launch with this in mind, and have made Startup Launch a hybrid of low touch and high 1-on-1 touch engagement to cater for such nuances.last_img read more

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Its Not What You Know first time bookmaker

Its Not What You Know first time bookmaker

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o sooner than I had turned 18, I wanted to make a book at a dog track, it was 1958.At that time my father was betting at Wembley, Wimbledon and White City.My father said not yet , you need to have some experience first.Where am I going to get that, I replied.He said, see if you can get a pitch at another track, somewhere that you will be on your own, even a flapping track (a track where anybody can take their dogs under assumed names). At times you had the fastest dogs in the country but only certain people knew who they were. You needed to find out the hard way.I applied to all the dog tracks in the south, the answer was always the same , not at the moment , we will put you on the waiting list.Even today the tracks that are still around I must be on their waiting list as none of them ever came back to me.I asked everyone I knew if they could help me.One day ‘mad’ Sammy Tapper (he got the prefix because of the way he drove his licensed taxi – he would be driving along when all of a sudden he would start singing and in a flash he would take the steering wheel off and put in back on the column. He started and finished before you had time to think) came to me and said that he had heard I wanted to make a book.Yes I said.Ok, we will start at Rayleigh (a flapping track) on Saturday night, the first race is about 10-15 he said.Most of the punters and bookmakers came on from Southend , not that far away, I think the last race there was 9.15 or 9.30.Racing at Rayleigh had to finish before midnight. (Sunday laws).Sam, how can we get a pitch their?Tom Stanley, the owner and I were in the same regiment during the war. He would do anything for me and I would do likewise for him.Saturday arrives and off we go to Rayleigh, in Sammy’s taxi. Also with us were Tony (Sam’s brother) who was the clerk.We parked the cab and started to walk towards the entrance where I stepped on a pile of dog s***, the owners of the greyhounds also parked their vehicles their and walked the dogs, I said it was a lucky omen.On entering, Sam went to find Tom Stanley, after a couple of minutes Sam returns with Tom, after being introduced, he said to me, where would you like to bet, where do the others bookmakers bet I replied , over there he said pointing.Well, me with my great knowledge, surveyed the track. Can I bet there, pointing to the winning line, it was about three yards away from the other bookmakers. Anywhere you want, was the reply.The first race comes along three bookmakers turn up , I remember two of their names, Bennie Berger, Joe (Yiddles) Silver, if anybody can remember the other one, please let me know.Well after the first two races had taken place, I realised that it was not the best position after all,I had not taken a bet.What should I do I asked Sam.MoveWhereAnywhere you wantI really would like to go in-between Silver and Berger. No problem said Sammy as he was picking up the tools.Sam asked Joe and Benny if they would mind moving so I could go between them, sure whatever you want they both replied.Two races went by, I fielded £7 on one and £10 on the other keeping the lot. Yiddles started to talk to me, knowing that this was the first time I had bet. Let me teach you a thing or two, he said, Yiddles became my first mentor on a dog track.Another race went by, I can’t remember how much I took. I broke even on the race,when Yiddles said to me, this could be the race.The race, what do you mean.Well if the dog drawn in trap six is who it is supposed to be, it will come out of the traps last, by the time it gets to the first bend, it will be six lengths in front, when they come round the second bend, it will six lengths behind, by the time it gets to the third bend it will be six lengths in front , when they come round the last bend, it will be six lengths behind, by the time it gets to the winning line it will six lengths in front.Pull my other leg I thought.Ok how will we know ?If the doctor makes a move ,wipe all of the prices off.The doctor and his brother were of Asian descent (anyone remember them). They were well known on dog tracks, their speciality was Open racing. I think they had dogs with all the top trainers and were told when dogs were fancied.I marked up the prices ,the same as the other bookmakers,all the dogs were even money, out the corner of my eye, I saw the brothers move forward to have a bet. I scrubbed my board in a flash, sure enough they backed the six dog , now i am getting good at this game, I made up my mind that unless someone has a bet on another dog Ii will not put up a price for the six dog. Ok, a little old lady has a £2 bet on the two dog, the next bet was £5 on the four dog , the next bet was £1 on the five,here we go, i will put the price of 1/2 the six dog ,sure enough the doctor appears and said £200 the trap six.Em ,emm, emm, it’s different from er,er,err,, i said you can have fifty to win twenty five.Thank you, he said.It was exactly as Yiddles had said. I think they had the dog on a piece of string. I went for another four to five weeks before realising I could earn more at White City on a Saturday night ,without all the hassle.I had bet on 2 races without taking a bet.I had bet on 2 races winning £17.I had bet on 1 race breaking level .I had lost on 1 race losing £17, so after 6 races I was level.Does anybody want to buy a business?On the last 2 races I won £15, we all got a fiver each, I got into bed at 2am. I loved every minute of it.last_img read more

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