Quirky Viracocha Appears to Have Closed Its Doors

first_img 0% Few of Siegel’s endeavors were concerned with commerce.“I’ve been working here since 2011 and as long as I’ve been working here they’ve always been opening and closing and I can imagine how stressful that would be,” said Adam Carcamo, the office manager at Valencia Optometry across the street from Viracocha. He said Siegel has come to Valencia Optometry on occasion for contacts.Carcamo also mentioned that Siegel may be looking for someone else to take over Viracocha, saying that Siegel was planning to move to Colorado to get married.“He has bigger plans for the future,” said Carcamo.Siegel could not be reached for comment.Viracocha’s doors are closed and locked on August 3, 2015. Photo by Meira Gebel.Testimony from neighboring local businesses have been different and varying. An employee from Blue Fig next door at 990 Valencia said that she has seen Siegel frequently since the space’s last event calendar date and has heard of no further plans for the space other than its definite closure.  She called the latter “inevitable.”Andrew Blair, a musician from Oakland who called Viracocha his “home away from home” and was a frequent volunteer, said on Saturday that Siegel was not a businessman and was unable to push sales, which ultimately led to the store’s fate.Blair also commented that the space meant a lot to him and his other bandmates in We Came As Owls, who have performed at Viracocha many times back when it wasn’t licensed as an event space, and was essentially a speakeasy.A previous story by Mission Local showcases some of Siegel’s struggles to maintain business.“Viracocha will seriously be missed. It was a lot more than an art space, it was a space that people could come and express themselves with no pretensions and now it’s gone,” said Blair.UPDATE August 3rd, 3:37 p.m.: Viracocha took to Facebook to explain their situation, saying that although Viracocha will be closing for good, there are still efforts to keep the basement performance space afloat for possible new tenants. A community meeting will be held on August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the future of the space. The perspective new tenant will also be at the meeting to discuss new possibilities for the building and efforts to keep the art space alive. There has been little financial backing, and the meeting will discuss ways to help keep this performance space in the building.  It appears that the doors have officially closed at Viracocha at 998 Valencia, the quirky, vintage shop and spontaneous art space that opened in 2010. Its last listed event took place on July 31st.Even after getting a license in September 2014 to have entertainment, it appears that making the rent was still difficult. Although the owner Jonathan Siegel could not be reached for comment, several neighboring local businesses and a musician who appeared there, said the store had been closed.Rumors have enveloped the space ever since SF Weekly reported in 2013 that owner Jonathan Siegel, who is also an actor and writer had about $40,000 in debt from the $10,000 a month Valencia corridor rent. Although, Siegel’s landlord has been lenient with rent being paid late, the shop always struggled to survive.In part, it was often difficult for those walking in to tell if it was a museum or a store. Siegel told Mission Local in 2011, “I wanted this to be a fallout shelter for the artists,” and added that he never intended to create a simple vintage store. In that he succeeded. Friends often worked for free and the space was always adding elements including a lending library and open classes.center_img Tags: valencia street • Viracocha Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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City Cracks Down on Meditation at Luxury SF Mission Condo

first_img Tags: housing • San Francisco Planning Department Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% “I’m like, it’s not an event space, it’s my house,” he said. “I myself as a person am allowed, I think, to have people over at my house and we can do whatever we want.”Even though it is Kamdar’s house, the city has rules on how residential units can operate.Its zoning means “non-retail sales and services (such as charging for workshops, meditation services, utilizing the unit as an office space where the tenant does not live in the unit etc.) are not permitted/allowed,” planning department spokesperson Candace SooHoo wrote in an email.The meditation event was part of a project to get people worldwide to meditate at the same time. He doesn’t deny the city’s allegation of meditation gathering; he just doesn’t see what the big deal is.“One of my friends was like, ‘We’re doing this world peace meditation day. Do you mind if I invite some other people outside our friend circle?’” said Kamdar, who agreed to host his friend’s event. “I didn’t think that it was a problem, but apparently the city wasn’t happy with it.”He said 15-20 showed up at for The Great Silence event. According to the Facebook event, 55 people said they did attend.The complaint about the meditation event also alleged that Kamdar was using his residence as an office space for people who do not live there, which is not allowed under the city’s current residential zoning laws.Kamdar said he does not use his home as an office space for others, and the city hasn’t produced any evidence to the contrary.Sometimes Kamdar’s co-workers come over for lunch, and a couple times a week they have meetings there, he said. Kamdar is the chief operating officer at Hive, which is an “impact investing fund that invests in companies creating a better world,” according to its website. They have leadership training conferences for social entrepreneurs at the Innovation Center at the Palace of Fine Arts.Kamdar says he says that he gets it – the city was probably just checking up on all potential code violations in the wake of a horrific tragedy.His home is up to code, and, well, he was just meditating with friends.The city’s next step will be to send a code enforcement team to Kamdar’s condo to investigate the complaint. If the violation is confirmed, and if Kamdar is not cooperative and doesn’t correct the problem, he could be fined $250 a day.The city has had problems with Kamdar before. In the time since he has lived at the Light House, the city has opened two cases on Kamdar for code violations, including the meditation gathering.Kamdar’s residence first came under the city’s scrutiny back in May when he held an event, and then in June he hosted a workshop call “Prototype Thinking Workshop” for SF Design Week, an event that charged $30 at the door. In addition to the workshop, the city discovered through an Eventbright account that Kamdar was planning to use another unit in the Light House he was leasing  as a “co-working space, co-living space, hotel rooms, event space, classrooms, yoga/fitness studio, juice bar and a healthy restaurant,” according to the complaint.Kamdar said it was a legitimate mistake. He didn’t know it wasn’t allowed. The city told him to never do it again and he said no problem, Kamdar said. The city closed that case in November after the Eventbrite account was taken down, but made it clear that such events and commercial activities are illegal.“They are not to host any events or have anyone work at the space that is not a resident of the unit,” SooHoo of the Planning Department said in an email.Here is an excerpt from email sent to Kamdar from an investigator regarding his leased unit and Eventbrite account:“Please do not host any other commercial events at the site and do not allow for anyone to work at the space, who does not live there. If I do receive a complaint in the future for the same activity, I will have to go straight to Notice of Violation, where fines and penalties could accrue.”Kamdar no longer leases the other unit. He is content for now in his condo having private meditation groups with his friends. “I like, very privately, have people come over and meditate like once a week,” said Kamdar, 31, who has lived at The Light House since March. “I thought that’s what I could do in my house.”Kamdar never meant to ruffle the city’s feathers or cause any problems in the neighborhood.“I hope that people wouldn’t be upset that I have people over to meditate. We’re meditating dude,” said Kamdar. “It is a church – seems like a good place to meditate.” center_img Meditating for world peace wasn’t without consequences for Saytar Kamdar, who lives across from Dolores Park in one of four condos that were once a 100-year-old church. The site at 651 Dolores Street is now called the Light House, a seemingly appropriate name for a meditation space, but not according to the city planning department.Just days after the Ghost Ship fire killed 36 people at a party in an Oakland warehouse, Kamdar got an email from the department about a meditation event he had hosted at his home on Sept. 24, the autumn equinox. The problem was that the event – the Great Silence – was publicized on Facebook, a move that in the eyes of the city turned a private affair into a public event.Kamdar summed up the email:“I think what they were saying was like ‘Hey you are hosting free meditations at your space. We told you that this wasn’t an events space.’”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons says coaching is the best job in the

first_imgROYCE Simmons says coaching is the best job in the world but it does give you a few sleepless nights…Speaking ahead of this weekend’s trip to Huddersfield Giants he admits he has been looking at all facets of Saints’ game before the Super League clash.“Rugby League is a pretty full on job and as a coach you are always thinking,” he said. “It is the greatest job in the world in terms of going on the field with the boys and trying to make them better players.“And I love the atmosphere of games – but it is the not the sort of job that lets you sleep too much. You lay awake at night looking at the ceiling thinking of things you can do better – but that is the game we are in but I would not swap it.“For 50 minutes on Friday we played some really good football but then Catalans threw caution to the wind because they were a lot of points behind and we got a lot of penalties against us. We then got very nervous about giving penalties away, so we were jumping off them too quick.“You can’t tackle running backwards and that is what we were doing. We were getting off them so quick that we could not get square at marker and they were coming at us. We then started trying to survive in defence, rather than attack in defence. We have to stay positive.“We know our defence hasn’t been good though and we have got to fix that up. We did not defend well at Hull KR and against Catalans we built up a pretty good lead against a really good side.“We face another really good team this Sunday too. We can go out and play the best football we can and still get beaten. Huddersfield are a quick side and have a good kicking game too. We have let a few tries in from kicks and that is something else we have worked on all week.“On Friday we lost to a side that won 47-20 at Wigan last year and some people have been calling some of my boys this that and the other. It doesn’t excuse our defence but sometimes you play good sides that get on a roll and that is hard to stop.“We have a lot of young boys in the squad and I don’t think we are as far off as a lot of people are saying. You have to believe in your players and tell them that and I did so this week. I have got 22 lads in that squad that can do a really good job for me and I am not that far from having another heap of young boys too.“Last thing I want to be is negative with them and they have to stay positive too. Everyone has to have belief in each other at the club and that is why the club has been so successful for so many years. They believe they can turn things around and get going.”Simmons expects to be able to pick from a near fully-fit squad for Sunday’s game with only a couple of doubts. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Chris Flannery have upper body knocks but Saints have until Friday to announce their squad and will assess their fitness later this week.Finally, Gareth Ellis announced his intention to return to the UK from Wests Tigers next season – a move which will no doubt interest many clubs.Royce worked with him at the Aussie club and he admitted he’d like to link up with the second rower once again.“You would be off your rocker if you did not want to work with him,” Simmons said. “There is no coach in Super League who would not want him. He is a true professional – and I am lucky enough to have a lot like him at this club and that is what keeps us so strong in education of the young blokes.“He has gone over there to prove to himself that he can play – and he has done that and has been Wests Tigers player of the year for each of those years.“He will be thinking about winning the Grand Final over there too to finish off with.”last_img read more

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The partnership will last for the rest of the 2017

first_imgThe partnership will last for the rest of the 2017 season and continue next year.“We’re grateful to both Mark Aston and the Eagles for entering into an agreement which will be beneficial for both clubs,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said. “It’s clear that some members of our first team squad need more game time and this partnership allows them to get that at a strong level in the Championship.“We look forward to watching our players develop from this agreement.”As part of the agreement, Saints will allow First Team Squad players to feature for the Eagles in the Kingstone Press Championship as well as continuing to utilise the Reserve Team system.The agreement will also see Sheffield make players available for our Reserve Team fixtures with Saints providing additional business support for the Eagles in the commercial sector, marketing and other areas.Sheffield Head Coach Mark Aston added: “This is just what we need, a great link with a great club. We need regular players who are hungry to play and the ones that will be available to us will provide that.“Adding quality players to our squad every week will bring continuity and in turn bring the consistency which we crave.”Saints’ Jack Owens is currently on loan at Sheffield until the end of the season whilst centre Jake Spedding has also spent time with the Eagles this year.last_img read more

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Winning lottery ticket sold in New Hanover County

first_imgThe winning numbers for Wednesday night are 13, 16, 25, 28, 36. Carolina Cash 5 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you played the Carolina Cash 5 lottery this week and haven’t checked your tickets yet, you should!A winning ticket for the $370,734 jackpot was sold at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington.New #WinnerAlert on #Cash5! A winning ticket for the $370,734 jackpot was sold at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington. Check your tickets! pic.twitter.com/9smbecd1Xr— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) December 28, 2017- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Two charged in shooting attempted armed robbery in Columbus County

first_img The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffery Jayquawn Daniels, 21, and Lamarquise Rashaad Pollard, 20, early Saturday morning shortly after the crime.When deputies responded, they found two men who had been shot at while sitting inside a vehicle. A bullet hit one of the men in the elbow area. He was taken to the hospital.According to the warrant, Daniels tried to rob the two men while threatening them with a gun. Daniels is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and common law robbery. He is being held under a $25,000 bond.Related Article: Deadly shots fired as kids celebrate nearby at back-to-school cookoutPollard is accused of shooting into the vehicle. He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a weapon into occupied property, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.  He is being held under a $100,000 bond. Lamarquise Rashaad Pollard and Jeffery Jayquawn Daniels (Photo: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men face charges after a shooting and attempted armed robbery near Whiteville.It happened around midnight Friday at the intersection of Georgia Pacific Road and Spring Hill Drive.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Degiorgio brothers granted bail over moneylaundering case Will remain behind the bars

first_img SharePrint Two of the men accused of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have been granted bail in money laundering proceedings but they will still remain behind the bars, having been repeatedly denied bail in the murder case.READ: Degiorgio brothers granted bail over money-laundering chargesMagistrate Joe Mifsud had already granted bail to brothers Alfred (il-Fulu) and George (iċ-Ċiniż) Degiorgio on money laundering charges in October 2018 while Anca Adelina Pop, George’s partner, had been granted bail in a previous sitting.The Degiorgio brothers filed a court application on 29 March in which they requested bail.Judge Giovanni Grixti in his decision observed that the bail application filed by George and Alfred Grixti on 29 March merited being upheld since all the prosecution witness had testified in the compilation of evidence still ongoing before Magistrate Joe Mifsud.READ: Degiorgio brothers in fresh bail request; claim human rights breachThe Judge further said that the Attorney General’s worry as to the untrustworthiness of the accused needed to be supported by a degree of evidence, even to a minimum degree.George and Alfred Degiorgio along with George’s partner Anca Adelina Pop, have been accused of money laundering. The court in various sittings heard about their lavish lifestyles even though the accused were unemployed.The investigation into Caruana Galizia’s assassination had triggered a separate investigation into suspected money laundering activities, after their bank accounts came under scrutiny.The court concluded that the accused no longer needed to be held in custody, thereby granting them bail against a deposit of €35,000 each, a personal guarantee of €35,000, as well as a duty to sign the bail book twice.A curfew betwwen 10pm and 7am was imposed on the two brothers.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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New Samsung Refrigerator Has Soda Stream Built In

first_imgAdvertisement We’ve seen some pretty snazzy high tech refrigerators lately, but a fridge that has a sparkling water dispenser? That takes the cake.Samsung has announced that its new 36” four-door refrigerator has the industry’s first-ever automatic sparkling water dispenser. It’s powered by SodaStream, so you can get cold, bubbly water anytime of the day or night. The filtered sparkling water will come through the dispenser on the fridge door that already delivers water and ice.The sparkling water dispenser uses a standard SodaStream 60L CO2 cylinder which is concealed inside the left refrigerator door. That way it’s easy to get to when you need to change it. – Advertisement – Kevin Dexter, senior vice president of home appliances sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics America, said, “By joining forces with SodaStream, we are able to offer our consumers something never before seen on a refrigerator and bring a new experience to the kitchen.”All this fizz comes with a price. The Samsung Refrigerator with sparkling water dispenser will be available in the U.S. in April 2013 for around $3899.Is this the fridge of the future? What would you like to see on a high tech refrigerator in your house?Image Credit: SamsungSource: Mashablelast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 9 December HORSE RACING1.50 BangorAnother Bill 11/2 > 3/12.05 CheltenhamCantlow 15/8 > 5/44.15 NewcastleCoping Stone 13/2 > 11/48.35 DundalkSecret Existence 9/4 > 6/4LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Mix HD10/11 Brighton & Hove Albion 7/2 Leeds United 12/5 DRAWScottish Premiership19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD10/1 Partick Thistle 2/7 Celtic 9/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_imgHORSE RACING12.40 LingfieldCarp Kid 11/4 > evens1.35 HuntingdonAr Mest 8/1 > 11/22.40 HuntingdonPougne Bobbi 5/2 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLScottish Championship19:45 BT Sport 113/8 Dunfermline 6/4 St Mirren 12/5 DRAWFA Cup 4th Round19:55 BBC One25/1 Yeovil Town 2/15 Man Utd 17/2 DRAWLa Liga20:00 Sky Sports Football10/11 Athletic Bilbao 31/10 Eibar 12/5 DRAW BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 26 Januarylast_img read more

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