Chili Cha Cha 2 – Thai Food in Their House or Yours

first_imgIt turns out Chili Cha Cha 2 has only been around for about six years. For some reason I thought it was more of a neighborhood fixture, perhaps because its signage, for the longest time, was in quite a dingy state.However, the night we decided to eat here, I noticed that they’d gotten a fancy new neon sign, and had taken out the extra “L” in “chili.” I’d never been inside, but it looked like the interior might have had a face lift as well. So, they’re apparently doing well! Another family run, non-corporate-owned business in the Mission! Yay, let’s all go support it! Our server was a sweet, rather shy, young lady, who couldn’t really elaborate on whether, where or when Chili Cha Cha 1 existed.The interior has a lovely mural on one wall, depicting scenes of the daily life in a Thai village, including dancers and what appears to be an amorous couple peeping through a window…. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A dish I’ve come to use as a litmus test over the years to determine if a Thai kitchen knows what it’s doing is tom kha kai – a creamy coconut soup. I was first introduced to this dish in the early 80s in L.A. – a mecca for great Thai food. That soup was a total revelation to me – at once spicy, sweet, salty and tart, exotic in its contrasting flavors and textures, silken, lemony, coco-nutty. It was a sexy soup, with its love bites of slippery mushrooms, chicken or shrimp, piquant ginger, grassy cilantro, the errant bit of woody lemongrass permeating all. In sum, it was truly like an aphrodisiac to me.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzChili Cha Cha’s version was excellent. While it was the sweetest rendition I’ve ever had, which actually put me off initially, it somehow balanced that sweetness with enough heat. We slurped the small bowls clean.Next, we ordered a pork larb salad to share….Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzLarb is a preparation by which minced pork, chicken, duck or beef is cooked with typical Thai ingredients – chilis, mint, fish sauce, etc. – and toasted ground rice, served with slivers of red onion, cabbage and lettuce. It’s a hot, limey, funky dish. I loved it, but the BF found it a little too funky for his taste, and only had a bit of it. For me, its only flaw was that it was mostly meat and did not feel like a salad. While “mostly meat” is not usually a deal breaker for me, I like a lighter version of this dish and would have preferred more vegetation.For many years, Pad Thai was my go-to order in Thai restaurants – another dish that I would measure a restaurant by. But after having had so many other Thai dishes from all different regions in the ensuing years, I almost never ordered the noodle dish anymore. Believe me, I still love it – here too, there’s something endearingly funky in it, and I love anything with egg in it – but there is just so much more to try.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzBut, I went for it on this, our first night. It came with shrimp and fried pillows of tofu, and looked wonderful. Unfortunately, it was nothing special, bland yet, again, oddly sweeter than most pad thais I’ve had. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, and the fried tofu was nice. And, as with most things, it was infinitely better when I added some heat; in this case, their hot chili sauce and pickled jalapenos, served up from the good old Silver Caddy of Hotness.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzYou have to ask for it. Please do.The BF ordered off the Chef’s Recommendations menu.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzDescribed as being marinated in “Thai herbs and garlic” with a dipping sauce alongside, sliced steak, cooked in a wok,  came with broccoli (listed as cauliflower on the menu) and string beans. The meat turned out to be really deliciously flavored, but incredibly tough. I asked the BF what had even possessed him to order steak in a Thai restaurant? “I panicked.” Sigh. Give a guy too many choices…. Not a dish we’d order again, but not a complete failure either.All in all, our first dinner here was a bit of a disappointment. We have a favorite Thai place near our house – Osha Thai – which is a small chain, and the food there is consistently much better, even though we’d enjoyed elements here.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzOne thing I noticed when we were at Chili Cha Cha was that there was a lot of take-out and delivery happening. Now, it’s been nigh on 20 years since I’ve had food delivered to my home, and I suddenly thought, what a great idea! I can have their food in the comfort of my home, and see how it withstands the delivery process. Since a lot of people in the neighborhood seem to go that way, it seemed a brilliant plan.Surprise, surprise, the food was much, much better via delivery! I don’t know if we just ordered better this time, but it arrived exactly on time and nice and hot.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzEven the veggie fried crispy rolls were still warm and not all wilted.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzThese read more

SAINTS won their first game in six matches with a

first_imgSAINTS won their first game in six matches with a classy 46-6 demolition of Leeds Rhinos.The confidence issue of recent weeks vanished in a performance of real class, power and pace to rip the Super League Champions apart.Highlight-reel braces for Jonny Lomax and Ade Gardner told only half the story as one to seventeen on the park could rightly be called heroes.Saints totally dominated the first half and deservedly led 24-0.A double from Lomax, who looked a yard quicker than he has done all season, Ade Gardner and Gary Wheeler blitzed the Rhinos.It was nothing less than the home side deserved though as the events of the past week clearly had fired them up.Tony Puletua ran like a man possessed whilst the new half back partnership of Lance Hohaia and Lomax released all its potential.Paul Wellens, Wheeler and Josh Perry were also on fire but it was the added impetus of James Roby that made all the difference.Paul Wellens bagged his 191th try in the Red Vee early in the second half whilst Zak Hardaker pulled one back for Leeds – but there did seem to be a hint of a forward pass.Ade Gardner then sped in to finish off a great attacking play to move Saints past 40 points for the first time this season.Saints made a strong start to the match gaining good territory and forcing Leeds on the back foot.And on their next set they scored – the returning James Roby showing what Saints had been missing. He took a bouncing ball and improvised on the last tackle with a boot to the corner on the run.Ade Gardner set off in chase and out-jumped Ryan Hall to get Saints on the board.Lomax converting.From the restart Saints got into Leeds’ 20 and forced a drop out. Five tackles later Robes found a jinking Lomax and he made it 10-0.Soon after it was 12-0 as Lomax tagged on the extras.Moments later it was 18-0. Roby broke down the centre, found Wilkin who had Gary Wheeler on his shoulder.Lomax three from three.Saints couldn’t have asked for a better start and the Langtree Park faithful were basking in the sun and the entertainment on display.And on twenty minutes they scored again. Anthony Laffranchi produced an unbelievable offload in the middle of the park, Puletua found a gap, fed Wellens who had Lomax in support.Lomax taking his tally to 16 points with his fourth conversion.Saints continued to dominate and were unlucky not to stretch their lead when Roby was held up just short on the last.And a chip to the corner with five minutes to go was well fielded under pressure by Ryan Hall.That pressure continued in the second half with Leeds fourth drop out of the match; and Saints’ fifth try.Once again they keep the ball alive and as it came left Paul Wellens ignored his support, cut back inside and danced over.Lomax five from five.Ben Jones-Bishop had a try disallowed for a knock on but Zak Hardaker did sneak through in the 53nd minute.But Lance Hohaia bagged his first for the club 13 minutes later to deny any chance of a comeback and then Gardner grabbed his second after a superb Jon Wilkin break.Gary Wheeler added his second off a fine team move as the clock ticked down to polish off a great night’s work.This was a great confidence booster for a team that lacked the confidence to play like they should in recent weeks – and Saints now can look to the Derbies against Warrington and Wigan with renewed vigour.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Gardner (2), Lomax (2), Wheeler (2), Wellens, HohaiaGoals: Lomax (7 from 8)Rhinos:Tries: HardakerGoals: Sinfield (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 2Leeds: 1HT: 24-0FT: 46-6REF: Phil BenthamATT: 15199Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, , 5. Francis Meli, 17. Gary Wheeler; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Shaun Magennis.Leeds:14. Lee Smith; 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 7. Rob Burrow; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Jamie Peacock, 18. Chris Clarkson, 15. Brett Delaney, 12. Carl Ablett.Subs: 17. Ian Kirke, 20. Darrell Griffin, 21. Richard Moore, 25. Stevie Ward.last_img

WHEN Luke Thompson took to the field recently he b

first_imgWHEN Luke Thompson took to the field recently he became the seventh debutant from Saints Academy system this season.The 18-year-old, who made his bow on his birthday against London, joined Anthony Walker, Lewis Charnock, Jordan Hand, James Tilley, Dom Speakman and Mark Percival in donning the Red V this season.Add to that extended game time for Nathan Ashe, Adam Swift, Joe Greenwood and the continuing progress of Tom Makinson and Josh Jones – as well as Jonny Lomax – then the future is bright.Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said: “The youngsters have been playing well and the experience they are gaining will be vital at towards the end of the season and the future too.“The best forward on the field last week was Luke Thompson; he was super and Mark Percival is playing well too. These things that are happening for the club are brilliant and that means the big picture will end up good.”You can back these young stars by taking advantage of our 5 Star package for the rest of the season.The club has launched a five-star ticket which means you can guarantee your spot at the matches against Bradford, Hull KR and London as well as the blockbusting derbies with Wigan and Warrington.And the ticket means you get five games for the price of four!We will also celebrate our armed forces on June 28 and the heritage of Rugby League on August 9.The fixtures included in this ticket are: Bradford (June 9), Hull KR (June 28), Wigan (July 22), London (August 9) and Warrington (August 30).You can buy this great ticket at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or alternatively by logging on here.last_img

The 21yearold played 13 times in 2017 scoring t

first_imgThe 21-year-old played 13 times in 2017, scoring twice and knocking over two drop goals.“Pre-season is good so far,” he said. “Of course it’s tough but we’re all working hard. We’ve had a lot of the ball this pre-season compared to others so I’ve got a good feeling we’re really going to hit the ground running.“Before that though, the focus is on a good pre-season and then playing well in the friendlies.“We’re still quite far away from those games but we want to start the season well and kick on from there.”Danny joined the club from Halton Hornets and like a number of his teammates, came through the Academy system at the Saints.He was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016 and that form translated into a positive campaign last time out.“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “I hope all the fans have a good Christmas and we all can’t wait to see them in the New Year.”Memberships for the 2018 season are now on sale. To find out more and join thousands of other like-minded fans who are Saints and Proud, click here.last_img

The game with the Warriors will take place a 2pm a

first_imgThe game with the Warriors will take place a 2pm at Robin Park.It’s second v third, a local derby, and the winner will face Leeds or Castleford in next Saturday’s Grand Final.Head Coach Mark Brennan said: “We are really looking forward to this one. We set a goal at the start of the season to finish in the top four and we have achieved that which is credit to the players and coaches who have worked hard over the last 10 months or so.“We have given ourselves an opportunity to play in the Grand Final next Saturday which is where we wanted to be. I am proud of this group and they deserve to be in the semi-finals.“We know the challenge Wigan will bring and we need to go out there and meet the challenge. Wigan will go into this game confident as they have played well this season and are a good, well coached side.“Amanda has done a great job this year with the Warriors and got them playing well. They are a tough and physical team and we have to make sure are ready.“It would be great if the fans could get over to Wigan to cheer us on.“Finally, congrats to the six players who have been called up into the England squad. It is just reward for their dedication all season and we’re all looking forward to seeing them in the test with France.”Saints 20-Woman Squad:Bex Wilson, Chantelle Crowl, Chloe Richardson, Claire Mullaney, Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Isabelle Rudge, Jade Ward, Jodie Cunningham, Katie-May Williams, Leah Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Naomi Williams, Pip Birchall, Rebecca Rotheram, Roxy Mura, Sarah Lovejoy, Tara Jones, Vicky Whitfield, Zoe Harris.last_img

Town hopes to start rebuilding Oak Island Pier next month

first_imgThe Oak Island Pier (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Oak Island was granted $1.5 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $300,000 from CAMA to help rebuild the Oak Island Pier.The town made the announcement on Monday.- Advertisement – The Town of Oak Island is still waiting to hear from FEMA about getting approximately $760,000 they requested in reimbursement for rebuilding the pier.Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure said they have applied for a construction permit and hope to start rebuilding the pier at the end of the month or early next month.Crews are expected to finish the repairs by May.last_img

Prosecutor WPD officer justified in downtown Wilmington shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys has determined that Wilmington Police Officer Adam Phillips was justified under NC law and used reasonable force when he shot Raymond McGriff in September.According to a release from the Wilmington Police Department, the prosecutor reviewed the investigative file compiled by the NC State Bureau of Investigation. It included an interview with McGriff, interview with Ofc. Phillips, interviews with multiple witnesses, video recordings, body camera recordings, medical records and other documents.- Advertisement – The shooting happened on September 7 near Chop’s Deli on Front Street. It happened in the middle of the day.The WPD says during an officer-involved shooting it is protocol for the District Attorney to call up on the NCSBI to investigate the officer’s actions.WPD says they took the added step in this case of requesting the NC Conference of District Attorney’s to review the file to determine whether charges should be filed against Ofc. Phillips.Related Article: WPD: Officers fatally shoot armed man at Pine Valley homeMcGriff is charged with Resisting a Public Officer, Assault on a Government Official, and Going Armed to the Terror of the Public.  Wilmington Police says NC Rules of Professional Conduct prevents them from giving any more details about the circumstances surrounding the incident.According to arrest warrants, McGriff did not comply with the officer’s command to place his hands against a wall and instead, pulled away, reached into his waistband, pulled a gun, and ran off.WPD says once criminal charges are resolved against McGriff, a full copy of the letter from the Conference of District Attorneys will be released.Ofc. Phillips was assigned to desk duty during the outside investigation by the NCSBI.Now that the investigation is over, he will return to full duty effective today.last_img

Deputies East Bladen High student arrested for drugs on campus

first_img “Narcotics agents conducted an operation at East Bladen High School today and arrested and charged Munn with Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle For The Purpose of Keeping and Selling Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,” said McVicker.Munn was booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under a $5,500 secured bond.He made bond and will have a first appearance hearing in Bladen County District Court on Monday.Related Article: Man convicted of trafficking heroin into Wilmington“Students and parents need to know that we fight drug sales where and when we find them, McVicker said. “It is disappointing to know our children face the temptation of drugs while trying to get an education but that is sadly the case. We will continue to work closely with the schools to combat the sale of drugs in our schools.” BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County high school student was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing drugs onto campus.Sheriff James A. McVicker says Jasper McKenzie Munn, 18, of 261 Blue Moon Drive, Elizabethtown was arrested and charged for the possession and sale of narcotics on the campus at East Bladen High School.- Advertisement – last_img

Topsail teacher still recovering after alleged attack by student

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A teacher allegedly injured by her student a month ago is still out of work and cannot even drive. All of this as the family says that middle school student is not seeing any punishment.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the alleged assault happened in a Topsail Middle School classroom. These are the images nearly a month after the April 19th incident.- Advertisement – The teacher’s family says she suffered a traumatic brain injury.She’s been told she cannot work for another three months by a doctor.The family has filed charges against the 15-year-old student.Related Article: Pender Schools close Tuesday, four shelters to be set upSchool officials did not return our request for comment.last_img

CFPUA raises rates says partially due to GenX

first_img For the average customer they will spend an extra $16.44 a year for water and sewer.$650,000 is budgeted for costs related to GenX, other increases are related to water treatment and service enhancements. (Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bills will be going up for Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers and part of the reason is because of GenX.The CFPUA met Wednesday morning and discussed the budget, which includes a rate increase.- Advertisement – last_img

Big floats create big headaches for water rescue

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — If you’ve been at the beach or out on the water this summer, you may have seen some of those giant floats that seem to be gaining popularity. They may be fun, but they’re also creating headaches for some water rescue teams.There were four 911 calls made within two hours in Oak Island on Sunday about floats that drifted out to sea.- Advertisement – “There’s a raft that’s way out past the pier and there’s two people it and they’ve got some people going out on surfboards trying to get them and I don’t know if it’s going to go good,” said one.“It looks like maybe somebody’s on it and they’re flipping it upside down over and over like maybe they might be in trouble,” said another.All of these floats were found to be empty.Related Article: Oak Island Water Rescue warns about big float dangersCampbell Woody, who pushes an Italian ice cart on the beach, said he saw one of the attempted rescues.“I saw several cop cars come driving over the beach access looking for inflatables that had blown away. Some people called in thinking they were kids riding on them, and that they had blown out to sea and couldn’t get back.”Inflatable tubes and rafts on the beach are nothing new, but these larger inflatables are becoming more common and they’re not as easy to control.“Once they get in the water and get out of reach, the sky’s the limit as how far they’re going to go before you can’t catch them again,” said Oak Island Water Rescue Assistant Chief Tony Young.Young says unlike regular tubes and rafts, it’s not easy to see if a person is on the float.“When that happens, people will often call 911. They’ll see a raft and they’re not sure if there’s a person on board or not,” said Young.Leah Eshelman, who recently bought a yellow duck inflatable, says she has a simple solution to keep it in place.“I’ve heard a lot of people got dragged out to sea and 911 calls, and we actually went to Walmart the other day and bought an anchor for it and a 50 foot rope, so we anchor it down and make sure we don’t get pulled out,” said Eschelman.Young says he does not want to discourage anyone from calling 911 in case there is a real emergency, he just wants inflatable owners to be more careful.last_img

Columbus County wants road named after trooper killed in line of duty

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County commissioners want a road named in honor of Trooper Kevin Conner. They approved a request be sent to the NCDOT Monday night.Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of a request be sent to the state to rename the  Highway 74 overpass above Highway 701 north of Whiteville to honor Conner.- Advertisement – Conner was shot and killed on October 17 during an early morning traffic stop.Commissioners initially discussed naming a road for the late trooper at their November 5 meeting.In that meeting, several commissioners voiced opposition to the road in mind.Related Article: Suspect identified in fatal NC trooper shooting“I could never have supported 242,” said Buddy Byrd Monday night.Originally, Commissioner Edwin Russ proposed the overpass at 242 and Highway 74 near Evergreen.Commissioners changed course on what road they wanted to name to honor Conner.“A higher honor should be bestowed upon this trooper,” said Commissioner James Prevatte in favor of the change.last_img

Sheriff warns you will be fined for illegally dumping debris in Pender

first_img According to a news release, county officials have received numerous reports of illegal dumping along roads – an act they claim will cost taxpayers millions of dollars to clean-up.“We are working with county emergency management and Pender County administration to aggressively enforce the littering laws,” said Alan Cutler, Pender County Sheriff.Residents who witness illegal dumping of debris on Pender County’s roads should report a license plate number, the company’s name and if, if possible a photo of the dumping. The non-emergency number to call is (910) 259-1212.Related Article: BBQ part of relief package in Wilmington“We are monitoring the debris that is being left on the roadside,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “Commercial contractors are required to dispose of debris at the transfer station or an approved landfill.”Collins said homeowners have until Dec. 21 to move their construction debris to the road including along dirt roads. However, that is a service for Pender County homeowners and doesn’t include waste from commercial contractors.“Commercial contractors who dump debris along our roadways are in violation of the law,” said Collins. “They are charging homeowners for demolition and disposal and then illegally dumping debris on our roadways.”Taxpayers are essentially paying twice because some commercial contractors are dumping debris for the county to pick-up, leaving taxpayers with the clean-up bill, added Collins.“We are looking out for the taxpayers believe me,” said Woodruff. Our board is very serious about making sure we don’t have any tax increases. ”FEMA divides debris into the following storm-related categories: vegetation debris, construction debris, household hazardous waste, white goods, and electronics. These items should be separated and placed within 12-ft. of the road.Construction debris includes building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, and mattresses damaged by the storm;Household Hazardous Waste includes oils, batteries, pesticides, paints, cleaning supplies, and compressed gas;White goods include refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, air conditioners, stoves, and water heaters.Electronics include televisions, computers, radios, stereos, DVD players and telephones.The final date for residents to have all other storm-related debris to the road right-of-way is Dec. 21. Debris should never be placed against trees or under power lines.Materials brought to the road right-of-way after these deadlines will be considered illegal dumping.Storm debris does not include new construction materials, repair debris, cut tiles, sheet rock or framing materials. Manufactured homes and entire households pushed to the road will not be accepted.Private contractors are responsible for disposal of materials at proper landfills. Construction contractors are not permitted to dump materials on the road right-of-way. Private contractors are responsible for disposal of materials at proper landfills.DRC, the county’s debris contractor, will not accept household trash, roofing materials, concrete or brick, or new construction waste.For questions about debris pick-up, contact DRC, toll free at 1-888-721-4372. Pender County officials are urging people to stop illegally dumping debris. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County sheriff’s department says they will fine you, if you illegally dump debris along roads.“They were just people that started dumping and then another person comes along and another one and next thing you know its an outrageous mess,” said Pender County Manager Randall Woodruff.- Advertisement – last_img

Lawmakers introduce bill in honor of fallen Columbus County trooper

first_img Lawmakers say they want to send law enforcement officers a message loud and clear – they’ve got your back.“We’re also here to send a very clear message to those who want to harm our law enforcement officers – we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” Representative Brenden Jones said.Thursday morning in Raleigh Jones, surrounded by Conner’s family, introduced Conner’s Law.Related Article: Was that ballot fraud in North Carolina US House race?“Kevin Conner was a great man,” Jones said. “A dedicated father and courageous trooper, who’s life was cut far too short.”Conner was gunned down during a traffic stop in Columbus County last fall.Jones says this bill will do two things; increase benefits for families of fallen law enforcement officers, and take a tougher stance against those who shoot at officers.“It increases the penalty for assaulting an officer from a Class E felony, to a Class D felony,” Jones said.It’s a show of support for the men and women who form the thin blue line.“I think we don’t realize how much members of the law enforcement community deal with on a daily basis, with their mission actually protect all of us,” Representative Tim Moore said.Everyone had no doubt that Conner would be all for this bill.“Kevin would be for anything that would protect these guys,” Jones said. “They were his brothers. And with the insurance part, it would protect his family. So this is huge. This is a right step for protecting our law enforcement and he would be all for it.”As a Class D felony, a person convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer with a fire arm could get away with just probation. Now as a Class E felony, jail time will be required.Two men have been charged in Conner’s death.Chauncy Askew is charged with first degree murder, and will face the death penalty. Raheem Davis is charged with felony accessory after the fact of murder. RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Lawmakers unveiled a new bill Thursday morning in honor of late Trooper Kevin Conner, who was shot and killed the morning of October 17.N.C. House Majority Leader John Bell and Deputy House Majority Leader Brenden Jones introduced “Conner’s Law” Thursday. The bill is aimed at enhancing the penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers and increasing the death benefits for families of fallen officers.- Advertisement – last_img

Suspect wanted in Brunswick County rape arrested

first_img Holmes was previously arrested and charged with attempted murder in 2017. He was also arrested in November 2016 on drug charges.No word yet on where those previous cases stand.Holmes is being held in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Supply man facing rape charges has been arrested.Toriantte Leviticus Holmes, 20, was arrested yesterday on 2nd degree forcible rape and sexual battery charges.- Advertisement – last_img

Juventus secure their second win of the season

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Juventus went top of Serie A with their second win in a row after defeating Lazio 2-0. All eyes were once again on Cristiano Ronaldo but the 33-year-old striker failed to score in his home debut.Midfielder Miralem Pjanic broke the deadlock after 30 minutes with a brilliant volley that went past Lazio’s goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha. Mario Mandzukic made the score 2-0 in the 75th minute as the Croatian pounced on a rebound after Joao Cancelo’s low cross hit Ronaldo’s heel.Lazio are still without any points after two Serie A games having lost to Napoli in last week’s match.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img

Top 5 features in Android 40 Ice Cream Sandwich

first_imgAdvertisement The first phone to run Android 4.0, code named Ice Cream Sandwich the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which will start selling in November 2011. But the good news is that the SDK is available right now at the Android Developer web site. Here are the top features in the new operating system. New consistent look and feel. Designer Matias Duarte (former designer of WebOS) says “While people like and need Android, they didn’t love Android”. So he gave the user interface a top to bottom overhaul to make it “enchanting, easy, and powerful”. New widgets, new gestures, context sensitive action bars, more discoverable commands – these are just the tip of the iceberg. Anybody who had complained about Android not having the level of polish or usability as other mobile OS’s should give Android 4 fresh look.New system font. Android 4 sports a new type face called “Roboto” which was designed especially for high resolution screens like the one found on the Galaxy Nexus. By putting a new emphasis on typography, Duarte is taking a page from Steve Jobs who credited a college calligraphy class he audited for the great looking text on the Mac and iPhone. Roboto is part of a magazine-like look to many of the redesigned Android apps, which have “big bold pictures with giant headlines”.Screen shots. Hold down the power and volume down buttons to capture a screenshot of the currently running application. The picture will appear in your Gallery. I know this sounds like a minor thing, but it was sorely missed in stock Android.Home screen improvements. The Android home screen got a lot of love in Android 4. New features for phones include resizable widgets with stacks and scrolling for richer information at your fingertips. Other new features include the ability to create a folder by dragging one icon on top of another, and a customizable quick action bar at the bottom of the screen. You can press a button in any screen to see recent apps and swipe them to the side to close them. There’s nothing really revolutionary here, and influences from TouchWiz and iOS and other systems are obvious, but the combination of all the features and little refinements will make Android much more approachable to new users.Instant voice. In Android 2.x, 3.x, and iOS 5, you press a button to start recording, say what you have to say, and when you stop talking the phone sends the entire recording to the cloud. Servers in the cloud chew on it for a little while and then send the text or commands back to your phone. Android 4 gets rid of most of those delays with a cool feature called Instant Voice. Now you press the button and start talking and the text starts appearing while you are still talking.There are dozens of other great features in Android 4 but those are my favorites. Others include improved notifications, better soft keyboard, face recognition to unlock (although that didn’t work so well during the demo), reading notifications from the lock screen, and more. – Advertisement – Credit: ZDNet.comlast_img

Facebooks Oculus to Start Selling Hand Controllers on December 6

first_imgFacebook’s Oculus Touch all redesigned. Image Credit: Advertisement Facebook says it’s working to make virtual reality more social as the industry gets more crowded.With a host of leading tech companies now selling VR products, Facebook’s Oculus division is hoping to distinguish its offerings with more interactive and social experiences. At an event Thursday, the company announced a long-awaited shipping date – Dec. 6 – for its Oculus Touch hand controllers, designed to let users make gestures and grasp virtual objects within the simulated worlds projected by Oculus Rift headsets.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, donned one of those headsets for an onstage demonstration in which he visited Mars, played virtual cards with two other people, then made a video call to his wife while standing in a digital simulation of his living room. – Advertisement – Zuckerberg said his company has invested $250 million to back developers building new games and other virtual-reality programs for Oculus, and is vowing to double that amount. He also said the company is working on a prototype for a mobile VR headset that doesn’t have to be linked to a personal computer, which the Oculus Rift requires, while promising a better experience than current headsets powered by smartphones, like those sold by Samsung and Google.Other Oculus executives showed a host of new virtual-reality games for their platform and new tools for software developers to build programs in which multiple players can interact.In addition to Zuckerberg, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe and other company leaders spoke during a two-hour presentation, but co-founder Palmer Luckey did not appear on stage. Luckey recently made a public apology for donating $10,000 to a political group that boasted of creating negative social media posts about Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton.Oculus has been showing prototypes of its Touch hand controllers since last year, but started shipping its high-end virtual-reality headsets without them this spring. Gartner tech analyst Brian Blau said the controllers will let people do more with the Oculus system, which should increase consumer interest.But they won’t be cheap. Oculus will sell a pair of controllers, with a sensor device, for $199. Oculus says they’re designed to be more comfortable and intuitive than traditional video game controllers, which can be purchased for less than $50.source: Associated Presslast_img

Huawei Appoints Liu Jiawei New Managing Director for Uganda

first_imgMr. Liu Jiawei and the First Lady; Janet K. Museveni flaging off ten Ugandan ICT Students to undergo a two-weeks hands on ICT training in China under Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program. The flagging off ceremony was held at State House Nakasero on Thursday 3rd, April 2018. Advertisement Shenzhen-based tech firm, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has on Monday appointed Liu Jiawei as its new managing director for their Uganda Operations, succeeding Stanley Chyn who has been in that position since 2015.Liu jiawei who has been working as the Director for the Mauritius representative office takes on the position effective today and brings on board a working experience of approximately eight years in senior management positions in countries including; South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Malawi and Mauritius.“Mr. Stanley Chyn has been working as an excellent managing director of Huawei Uganda for two years, and our Uganda representative office achieved very good performance with his hard work and effective management, our vision and goal of enabling Uganda to embrace a digital society is still growing stronger and we are still also fostering ICT talent development in Uganda. Thus, we thank him for his work,” Ms. Lina Cao, the Public Relations Manager for Huawei Uganda said in a press statement – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Liu during his seven and half year’s tenure in Africa, he has managed to expand the Huawei business in Mauritius and other African countries to a great extent.“With his rich engineering experience, we have no doubt that Huawei Uganda office will have a better performance and service delivery in the future,” says Lina.Liu has been seen participating in a number of Huawei Uganda programs since the beginning of this year. He (Liu) and the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet K. Museveni in April flagged off ten Ugandan ICT Students to undergo a two-weeks hands on ICT training in China under Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program – a global Corporate Social Responsibility flagship program that selects top college students in ICT-related courses for a technological study trip in China.last_img

Cheltenham Festival 2015 Pocket Guide

first_imgCHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2015 POCKET GUIDE DOWNLOAD NOWDon’t miss the exclusive Star Sports Cheltenham Festival Pocket Guide available for download now.It’s jam packed with previews, ‘Stat Attacks’ and trends for the Festival.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AS A PDF(approx. 2mb)last_img