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Pigeon Poop Begone Says BART Board Candidate

first_imgMichael Petrelis, the political gadfly and a candidate running to represent part of San Francisco on BART’s Board of Directors, is tired of pigeon crap.Its cleanup has in fact become a rallying cry for Petrelis’s campaign for the BART Board of Directors, in which he is running to represent District 9, which includes the seven BART stations from Montgomery Street to Balboa Park.But, he’s hardly waiting until Election Day. Last Thursday, he convened 11 representatives from five city agencies and walked them through the 16th Street BART Station — the Mission District’s dirtiest transit terminal — pointing to roosting pigeons, trashed corners, and urine-smelling pavement. The group — which included members of the Department of Public Works, Department of Public Health, the Municipal Transit Agency, Clear Channel, and the Police Department — listened to Petrelis and his solutions. They gave their own as well. A solar reflector, for instance, could use blinding light to prevent pigeons from roosting, said a police officer.Putting the overhead wires underground would also help, though it would be expensive, said John Gray from the Municipal Transit Agency.In the meantime, a representative from Public Works pledged to redouble efforts by clean-up crews to steam-clean the plaza.For his part, Petrelis suggested the installation of a “misting system” and spikes along the overhead wires to keep birds away, as well as the reapplication of pepper gel, which had coated some of the wires but not all of them. But the technical solutions danced around the reason the pigeons like the station in the first place.“The pigeons are really a result of people who are congregating and making food available,” said Dr. Tomás Aragon, a health officer with the Department of Public Health. He called the preponderance of feces and trash a “public health nuisance.”The health department recognizes pigeon roosts as a city-wide issue that can lead to the transmission of both human and bird diseases. The pigeons themselves, said Nader Shatara, a health inspector with the Department of Public Health, suffer from standing in their own excrement too. Their feet become infected and are often reduced to little more than a stump, he said.Some solutions were obvious — the 24th Street BART Station, for instance, does not have the overhead wires that make bird perching possible, Aragon said — but where there’s a meal, the animals will find a way.“You can put up the spikes, the solar strobe, whatever, but as long as there’s food, they’ll acclimate,” said Shatara.During the walking tour, Shatara pointed to a man sitting on a bench with a handful of rice. Dozens of pigeons swarmed around him, crawling on his arms and feet to peck at the hundreds of grains he spilled. Others flew down from their wire perches to peck at burrito scrapings and other crumbs.“It’s an issue of poverty, it’s an issue of some of whom are homeless or marginally housed,” said Dr. Aragon. “We’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to work with them, to reach out to them, to figure out a way so that they’re not feeding the birds.”A regular at the 16th Street BART Plaza feeding pigeons with rice. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Petrelis, a victim of pigeon poop, is adamant that his clean-up campaign is not intended to remove anyone from the plaza. The 57-year-old activist and blogger has been urging city agencies to take a keener interest in cleaning up the 16th Street BART Plaza since 2014, two years after he had an unfortunate incident there.That happened in June 2012, when Petrelis was using the downward escalator into the transit station when he put his hand on the rail and plopped it into a pile of pigeon droppings. “My hand was made gross by the pigeon poop!” he said. “That’s a public health risk.”Petrelis says the feces, dirt, and trash at the station pose a particular problem for those — like him — who cannot fight off infections so easily. “I have a compromised immune system, and I’m really concerned about where I put my hands,” said the former AIDS activist, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985.For Petrelis, the pigeon poop problem deserves a technical solution, one that won’t displace the regulars on the plaza but will selectively target the birds who feast on their leftovers. As a thrice-weekly user of the station, he wants the pigeon poop, dirty pavement, and trashed corners cleaned up. “How do we come together to make sure the [single-room occupancy hotel] residents, the homeless, the unhoused — how can we make this public space more inviting, more activated, for whoever uses it?” he said.Step one would be working with BART, a particular and longstanding problem, Petrelis said. The transit agency — along with Pacific Gas and Electric, which owns some of the wires where the pigeons perch — was not present at Petrelis’s walking tour.“So much of what we need is from BART,” he said, mentioning regular clean-ups and anti-pigeon spiking measures. Alicia Trost, a spokesperson from BART, said that there were no staff available to meet with Petrelis until mid-November. Furthermore, she said, it would be inappropriate to send staff to the walking tour since it “could be a campaign event.” Indeed, Petrelis pinned cloth reading “Vote Petrelis BART Board District 9” to his jacket and handed out business cards with the same slogan.Michael Petrelis at the walking tour of the 16th Street BART Station on October 13. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.The perceived inaction from BART is what prompted Petrelis’s candidacy and his efforts to try his luck with other city agencies. After three months and dozens of emails, Petrelis got the walking tour and its promises of action.By the end of the hour-long tour, Darryl Dilworth from Public Works said he would look into additional funding for regular clean-up crews, funding he said Public Works was receiving from BART until a few months ago.The money, he said, allowed for daily steam-cleaning of the plaza.Petrelis, for his part, was hopeful and generally ecstatic that a citizen with a loud enough voice could assemble a half-dozen city agencies and demand they pay attention.“I’m so happy,” he said. 0%center_img Tags: 16th Street BART • BART Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Initially meeting as a train on squad recruitment

first_imgInitially meeting as a train on squad, recruitment is open access regardless of ability or the sport participants have played in.The first training session will be held on Friday November 2 from 6.45pm until 7.45pm at our Cowley Training Facility.Saints Women’s Captain, Tara Jones, said: “It’s great news to be able to finally launch an under 19s team. It has been a long time in the making but we wanted to make sure the development system was right before we recruited players.“I’m really looking forward to seeing as many players as possible at our first session, regardless of ability.“Women’s Rugby League is growing in this country and after our successful season I have no doubt that Saints Women will continue to grow.”last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgCoote has been one of the stand-out Saints stars so far after signing from North Queensland Cowboys in the off-season and a string of impressive performances at full-back, has led to the Saints fans instantly warming to him.And with that the Red Vee fans have come up with their own personalised  ‘He is the reason’ Coote chant.We caught up with Lachlan at a joint press conference ahead of the Good Friday derby to ask him what he thinks of THAT song.“It’s unreal. It is something I have never experienced before. I said earlier I got a bit emotional Friday night walking across that West stand and I cannot thank the fans enough for the amount of support they have given me so far, it’s unreal. I had the song in my head all night and I can’t stop singing it and I know the lyrics now!”Coote looked ahead to the Derby clash on Friday where Saints have sold over 5,500 tickets and he insists the fans support has been ‘awesome’ and is hoping for more of the same on Friday.“There is no reason why you cannot get up for this game. There is probably around 25 thousand fans set to attend and most of them are Wigan fans so there is no doubt they will be firing for Friday’s match and hopefully we prepare well and get everything sorted for that.“[Our away fans have] been awesome. All the boys love their support going away and hearing their cheering all game and it is going to be no different on Friday. The amount of fans we are bringing is unheard of and what they did for us over in Catalans, we heard them all game and I am sure we are going to hear them on Friday!”A total of over 20,000 tickets have been sold by both clubs with Saints fans flocking in their numbers to support the Red Vee over the road. We have sold over 5,500 tickets for the big clash with more tickets still available in the West stand for any fans still wishing to purchase last minute tickets.last_img read more

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Investigative hearings being held in Wilmington to discuss GenX

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Environmental Review Commission will meet in Wilmington on Wednesday to investigate the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River.Public officials from the lower Cape Fear region are invited to attend Wednesday’s hearing, which is expected to be the first of multiple meetings the commission will hold regarding the GenX discharge.- Advertisement – Secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Human Services and Chemours officials will be invited to attend the hearing and answer questions about the developing matter.  Members of the public are also invited to comment.“It is important for legislators to visit the lower Cape Fear region and hear from local families, public officials and environmental experts,” Speak of the House Tim Moore & Senate Leader Phil Berger said in a joint statement. “Legislative hearings will provide a transparent process to help lawmakers and the public understand what happened, review the administration’s handling of this matter, and hopefully begin the process of identifying ways for the administration to address the immediate problem of GenX contamination in our water.”The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center.Related Article: EPA hits Chemours for not notifying on new compoundsMembers of the commission will also tour the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant prior to the meeting.last_img read more

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Talented young musicians to compete at UNCW this weekend

first_img The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition is in its third year and is “committed to inspiring young artists and enriching their musical experiences so that they can enjoy performing at the early stages of their careers in music”.The competition’s artistic director, Danijela Zezlj-Gualdi, believes that competitions stimulate passionate musicianship. This competition was created to provide young musicians with an opportunity to exhibit their talent and reward their hard work.All events are completely free and open to the general public.Related Article: Seahawks hope to ride momentum from Senior Night winThe schedule is as follows:Friday May 11th:10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Masterclasses (piano, violin, flute)7:30 p.m. – Guest Judges RecitalSaturday May 12th:10 a.m. – Competition Finals Round7:30 p.m. – Grand Prize Round evening concert and post-concert receptionFor more information, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The campus of UNCW will soon be filled with the music of talented young artists, as they compete for the top spot in the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition.On May 11 and 12, finalists will take the stage in Beckwith Recital Hall and showcase musical excellence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Wilmington resident toasts to her 100th birthday

first_img Gable celebrated in grand fashion and shared some words of wisdom and her secret to longevity.“Drink good vodka. And smoke cigarettes. And pray to the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Gable.Gable still lives by that motto, with her vodka seltzer by her side at the party. Her daughter says she has always had a vibrant sense of humor. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A special celebration for a special woman Saturday afternoon. Betty Ann Gable turns 100 years old Monday.Gable was born on August 27th, 1918. She had a luau-themed party with her friends and family.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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WPD graffiti artist known as Creator arrested

first_imgRelated Article: Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose death Herren frequently used the tag “Creator” or “-C” on his work.He received a $1,500 unsecured bond. Jackson Kai Herren, 18, targeted downtown Wilmington with multiple works of Graffiti over the last few weeks. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY NEWS) – Wilmington Police arrested Jackson Kai Herren, 18, Friday on five counts of damage to real property under the pre-text of graffiti vandalism.Herren admitted full responsibility for several incidents of graffiti vandalism.- Advertisement – center_img In the last couple weeks, Herrin left works of graffiti in several downtown Wilmington locations, including in the stairwell and upper levels, along with inset buildings, parking areas between buildings and the South Water Street area, according to Jennifer Dandron with the Wilmington Police Department.last_img read more

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Could you have to start paying for parking in Oak Island

first_imgOak Island Town Council voted to start negotiations to potentially bring paid parking to the town. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — If you plan on going to the beach in Oak Island this summer, you could see some changes that will cost you some change.Oak Island Town Council voted this week to negotiate paid parking. Public parking has been free, but that could change.- Advertisement – Town Council voted three to two to start negotiations with NC Parking. The Town Mayor says they have not signed any contracts yet.She says there will be a public meeting on March 5 for residents and council members to ask questions, before any negotiations move forward.last_img read more

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We did not decide that the petition was not valid – Zammit

first_imgThe Head of the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN) Electoral Commission, Francis Zammit Dimech said that it is not true that the party’s administration had decided that the petition on the vote of confidence regarding Adrian Delia is not valid. Zammit Dimech was talking to Newsbook.com.mt after an online report from Times of Malta had quoted him stating that the petition in question was not valid. Zammit Dimech also told Newsbook.com.mt that he had never said what the Times of Malta quoted. He elaborated that only the Executive Committee can decide on the validity of the petition, and that the petition is on The Executive agenda for the meeting that will be held later today.The General Council will be taking a vote of confidence during the extraordinary meeting of the 27th of July. Adrian Delia said repeatedly that the members of the party had decided to appoint him the party’s leader, and therefore it is up to them to oust him out of or reconfirm him. Last week, a PN press release stated that the Executive Committee will be meeting today to discuss the petition. It also said that following verifications the petition asking for a vote of confidence had 84 invalid or not updated signatures out of the total of 200. <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> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

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How Nigerias Afrinolly app got almost half a million downloads in 10

first_imgAdvertisement Fresh from of its nomination as a finalist in the 2011 Google Android Developer Challenge, it was a great way to bring the app to market. Later that year, it emerged as one of three winners of the Google Android Developer Challenge in Sub Saharan Africa winning the contest cash prize of about $25,000.It is one thing to win a challenge/contest but quite another to effectively leverage the exposure and publicity it brings as a foundation for building a successful business.After winning the challenge, the Afrinolly team did not rest on their laurels but proceeded to sign deals and forge partnerships with content aggregators, network providers and device manufacturers. – Advertisement – For instance, they worked with Nokia to develop a version of their app for its S40 series and forged partnership deals that got the Afrinolly app pre-installed in the Nokia Asha 201 and Asha 303. They also partnered with Samsung to get the app preinstalled on the Samsung Galaxy SII, Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Pocket amongst others.Its biggest win however came when it successfully partnered with leading African telecommunications provider, MTN. According to the Afrinolly team, they collaborated with MTN to help drive app consciousness among Nigerians and promote Nigeria’s entertainment industry on mobile devices. Through a co-branding deal, the MTN Afrinolly partnership was launched delivering the Afrinolly experience to MTN’s base of subscribers spread across Nigeria.Source: The next Weblast_img read more

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