Advocates for LowIncome Housing Balk at a SixStory Project Next to Arizmendi

first_img“We have seen one after another of the gas stations on Valencia Street go to luxury condos,” he said at the meeting held at the Mission Cultural Center. “These small projects all over the neighborhood — we don’t want this.”Romero was one of just a few activists who attended the small meeting of six people. For the most part, activists focused on the four affordable units in the project — the minimum 12 percent required by city law. The Mission District, they said, needed more equitable housing.Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, a transgender activist and Mission District resident, objected to the addition of “more market-rate housing of very low inclusionary percentages” saying the project would raise rents for others and exacerbate displacement.“I feel like this neighborhood needs more affordable housing given the gentrification,” she said.Cindy Mendoza, a neighbor of the project, also voiced concern about the possibility of a ground-floor restaurant on Wednesday, saying “there’s a lot of restaurants on Valencia Street” already.Valencia Street has undergone a major shift since the 1990s to become the more upscale brother of Mission Street to the east. Restaurants and high-end shops line the corridor, and many commercial tenants — like Modern Times Bookstore and Lost Weekend Video — moved from the corridor to other Mission locations because of unaffordable rents. Others have gone out of business altogether.The change of the commercial corridor is a warning to Mission District activists, who want to shield 24th Street and Mission Street from the same gentrification and displacement of local businesses. Calle 24, a neighborhood association that works closely with merchants, has consistently opposed new market-rate housing in the neighborhood for fear that tenants with higher incomes will favor more expensive shops and eateries, pushing others out.The project at 1298 Valencia St. next to Arizmendi Bakery includes a mix of mostly two and one-bedrooms. Four of the 35 units will be affordable at below-market-rate, and all of the units are condominiums. A ground floor retail space would face Valencia Street, possibly occupied by a restaurant or shop.The project is meant to be “transit-oriented” and includes just eight parking spots. A roof deck, indoor gym, bike racks, and some terracing are currently envisioned, as well as a cobblestone alley behind the building on Poplar Street. The project is being developed by the owner of the property where a gas station now operates.Ian Birchall, the principal architect behind the project, said the project sponsor had not yet chosen a tenant — restaurant or otherwise — for the 2,200 square feet of ground floor retail space, which could be broken up into two or three smaller spaces. Birchall is a local architect headquartered at Erie Street and South Van Ness Avenue responsible for the design of at least two other projects in the Mission District, including a 73-unit project at 19th Street and South Van Ness Avenue and a 23-unit building at 15th and Shotwell currently under construction.On Wednesday, he said he understood “all too well” the concern with rising rents. His commercial rent went up by 30 percent recently, he said, and he was a “part of the community” that was not immune to gentrification.But Birchall avoided engaging in a political discussion with opponents of the project, saying they could correspond with him in writing for issues not related to design. There was little need. After a few comments from Romero and Davis, the meeting was over and attendees trickled out.Near the end of the meeting, however, Mendoza said she would “lose [her] view of the fireworks across the city” if the project went forward. She said she was generally supportive of more housing, but would “love to see more affordable housing” in the Mission District.“We got Ellis Acted from my apartment in Bernal,” Mendoza said.“You did?” asked Eddie Stiel, a Mission District resident and activist who has been evicted twice. “Welcome to the club.” 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Housing advocates at a Wednesday night meeting objected to a new housing project at the corner of 24th and Valencia streets, saying it would only exacerbate the gentrification on Valencia Street. At minimum, they said, it should have more affordable housing. “They say they are small, only 20–30 units, but these are the negative projects that are affecting the neighborhood,” said Dairo Romero, a community planning manager with the Mission Economic Development Agency who said he was speaking as a Mission District resident. The concern echoes that of other Mission District activists. While larger developments like the 335-unit project on Bryant Street or the 380-unit project planned for 16th and Mission streets often get the media limelight, activists often say the neighborhood “lost Valencia Street a dozen units at a time.” The smaller developments matter, Romero said, and Valencia Street in particular has gone the way of boutique shops and unaffordable rents.last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons is expecting his side to be fully re

first_imgROYCE Simmons is expecting his side to be fully refreshed following their four-day break and ready to take on Hull KR this Sunday.The Robins currently lie in ninth in Super League and need every point as they chase the playoffs – and that will mean nothing less than a tough match at a place Saints haven’t won in the league at since 2007.“They are a tough side to face,” Simmons said. “They have two real good back rowers who run good lines in Ben Galea and Clint Newton and their half backs have been playing together for a couple of weeks now after injury.“They also have two big quick centres and a reasonably big pack of forwards too. They are a good all round side.“I know we beat them comfortably in our last game but the game before that was touch and go for 60 minutes. And we have to travel to their ground this Sunday which is always a hard place to go.“The lads have had four days off and will be back today [Wednesday] all refreshed from their first good long break of the season. Most have spent time with their families and kids and got away“They needed the break both physically and mentally and would have got it win or lose after the Challenge Cup Semi Final.”Simmons says he won’t know the status of the walking wounded until later in the week but of the likely returnees Chris Flannery looks set to shake off the dead leg which kept him out of the win over Huddersfield.Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson missed that match with dead legs, whilst Kyle Eastmond had a groin injury.“We will step up training during the week and if there are no setbacks then those players would join us in the side. If we have any doubts though I won’t be using them.“I know people are saying third place is secured but we want to continue winning and take that bit of momentum into the playoffs. There can’t be any slackening off. I don’t intend to lose another game!“We need to improve a couple of per cent each week and we are getting better. Leon [Pryce] is getting fitter every game. Since he’s come back we have changed a few things in our halves – Leon is playing on one side and Jonny on the other.“Long term it will suit Jonny there but they both need to get used to which centre or back rower they are now playing with. They are little changes that people don’t see.“Our short kicking game has got better and our defence is improving too. But we know we have a long way to go.”last_img read more

AFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support f

first_imgAFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support for the Saints, Hattons Solicitors are pleased to announce a new five-year deal with the club.Hattons have renewed their rear shirt sponsorship as well as the naming of the home supporters terrace stand to the West of the new Saints ground and the adjacent seated family stand.Previously, the Hattons Solicitors stand at Knowsley Road worked to create a positive awareness for the solicitors in the St Helens community and Hattons hope to build upon this.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors said: “The 2012 rugby season is an exciting time to be in partnership with the mighty Saints.“We’ve sponsored Saints since we opened in 2001, this year celebrating our tenth anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we supported the club through the transition to its new home and stadium. I understand the massive passion of the fans, and to be honest it’s great personally as a fan to sponsor the club through such a momentous time.“The longevity of our Saints sponsorship has greatly contributed to Hattons general awareness in St Helens and the North West, leading thousands of people to contact us with a vast array of legal issues. We’ve worked hard to develop the business and stay ahead of the competition, whilst building a strong reputation. In fact a huge amount of our business comes through recommendations from previous clients, showing the high level of service our team offers.”Hattons Solicitors are real favourites in the Rugby League community offering support and sponsorship from children’s rugby and kid’s health initiatives to international partnerships with Ireland in the last World Cup and at all levels of the adult game. Their association with Saints is however the link with the sport they are perhaps best known for.Tony Colquitt, CEO of Saints said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Hattons Solicitors. The relationship between both parties has been long established and as we enter a new era we are pleased they are on board.“We look forward to enhancing the relationship in the future and pursuing other avenues that will be mutually beneficial.”Hattons Solicitors innovative approach to legal services can be seen not only through their rugby league sponsorship, but also by how they were the first solicitors firm in St Helens to get the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation. Hattons were also one of the first firms to invest in an online file management system, which also allows clients to view their cases online at If you have a legal issue that you need advice with from compensation claims to business legal advice call their friendly team on 08000 111 560.last_img read more

COME and celebrate Langtree Park in styleSaints G

first_imgCOME and celebrate Langtree Park in style.Saints Grand Opening dinner will take place on Saturday March 10.This special black tie event will start with Champagne and Canapés in Premier Club followed by a welcome from Eamonn McManus and a sumptuous three-course meal.There will also be highlights from the 2011 Super League season and interviews with fans and players about the excitement and buzz around St Helens as we look forward to a new era.To finish, as well as being able to mingle, there will be a fantastic comedian and live music.Tickets to the event are priced at £80 each and are limited.To buy call the Hospitality Team on 01744 455 053.You can also email hospitality@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

IN what turned out to be almost a carbon copy of t

first_imgIN what turned out to be almost a carbon copy of the first team game the U20s steamrollered the Rhinos 48-10 at a sun-drenched Langtree Park, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints were just too good across the park for the previously unbeaten Rhinos and leapfrogged them at the top of the table.The Rhinos did take the lead as back to back penalties allowed winger Mo Agoro to score in the corner but only after Mark Percival had been pushed into touch at the try line moments earlier.The lead didn’t last for long, however, as the Saints quickly took control.Danny Jones was held up over the line before two quick penalties later Anthony Walker was sending him in for his first try for the season.On the restart the Rhinos were again pinged, this time for ball stealing, and from the resulting penalty Lee Gaskell put Jordan Case clear. He took it on to the full back before switching it inside to the supporting Danny Yates for the score.The third try in a magical five minute spell was scored by the outstanding Carl Forster. His fellow prop Anthony Walker had been caught head high, and not for the first time, giving the Saints relieving metres downfield. Nathan Ashe was held short but a delightful last tackle grubber from Gaskell was fumbled into Forster’s hands and he scrambled over.The Rhinos finally gathered themselves mounting a wave of attacks as the half neared it’s end but the Saints solid defence again came to the fore keeping the visitors at bay for three repeat sets in a row.The killer blow was delivered on the stroke of the interval again by Forster. Great work at dummy half from Marcus Baines caught the Rhinos on the hop and his offload gave Forster the space to reach over the line for the score.The second period began and the Saints carried on where they’d left off. A weaving run out of defence from Ashe and another Baines dart put the Saints on the front foot allowing Gaskell to dance through the line to score untouched.Forster came the closest he’s likely to, to scoring a hat-trick as he had, in his words, a try taken away as it was ruled he was held up over the line.From the repeat set his front row partner Walker bumped the would be tacklers out of the way for his well-deserved try.The game went into a bit of a lull for twenty minutes before a consolation try to speedy wingman Chisholm was sandwiched between a brace of tries to Jordan Case put the Saints in sight of fifty.This was the performance and scoreline that will make the rest of the teams stand up and take notice of the Saints. Again hard work in defence brought its rewards as yet another team found itself strangled into submission and then put to the sword by the Saints.This was a great all round team display but again founded on the work of Walker and Forster up front.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Lee Gaskell, Danny Yates, Anthony Walker, Carl Forster 2, Jordan Case 2, Danny Jones.Goals: Jamie Foster 8.Leeds:Tries: Mo Agoro, Jamel Chisholm.Goals: Ollie Olds.Half Time: 24-4 Full Time: 48-10Teams:Saints:18. Nathan Ashe; 1. Mark Percival, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Adam Swift, 2. Jamie Foster; 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Anthony Walker, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Carl Forster, 11. Scott Hale, 12. Jordan Case, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Alex Trumper, 16. Joe Bate, 17. Jordan Hand.Leeds:1. Jimmy Watson; 2. Mo Agoro, 3. Jack Pring, 4. Jimmy Keinhorst, 5. Jamel Chisholm; 6. Sean Casey, 7. Ollie Olds; 17. Colton Roche, 9. Liam Hood, 10. Brad Singleton, 11. Danny Bravo, 12. Jay Pitts, 13. Aaron Brown. Subs: 14. Clayton Stott, 15. Daniel Smith, 16. Jake Normington, 8. Gareth Morgan.last_img read more

Jack Ashworth and Aaron Smith have been recalled t

first_imgJack Ashworth and Aaron Smith have been recalled to the side with Luke Thompson missing through suspension.The club has opted not to appeal the forward’s match penalty mindful of the fact that if unsuccessful, the ban could be increased.Such a decision could see Thompson unable to play until September 8 if his penalty was increased to two games.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Chris Chester will choose his Wakefield side from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 19. James Batchelor, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Chris Annakin, 25. Ryan Hampshire.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Free coach travel is also available for 2018 Members whilst non-Members can take advantage for just £5.last_img read more

Woman accused of biting and spitting on officers kicking patrol car window

first_img Thompson says several officers tried to get McMillan under control. That’s when she bit two of them, spit at them, and covered the patrol car in spit.Police say they had to stop the car multiple times because McMillan kept spitting and tried to kick out a window.McMillan is charged with the following:Assault on LEO/PO/Other serious injuryAssault on Govt official/LEOCommon law forgeryProbation violationTwo counts of Malicious conduct by prisonFicticious information to officerRelated Article: South Carolina man wanted after cat thrown into a hot ashesMcMillan is in jail under $75,000 bond.She was wanted out of Wake County for common law robbery. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A woman wanted on outstanding warrants from Wake County is accused of biting two Wilmington police officers and spitting on them during her arrest.Wilmington Police Spokeswoman Linda Thompson says officers arrested Keyana McMillan, 21, at the Extended Stay off of New Centre Drive around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington property owners could see larger tax increase

first_imgThe Wilmington City Council met Monday to discuss a possible higher tax rate increase as it moves toward finalizing its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. (Photo: Hunter Ingram/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — City residents could see a property tax rate increase three times larger than expected as part of the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.At Monday’s agenda review meeting, council members were presented two scenarios that would raise the property tax rate 1-cent or 1 1/2-cent, rather than the previously discussed half-cent hike.- Advertisement – City budget director Laura Mortell presented the scenarios Monday at the request of council, which specifically identified several funding deficiencies it would like to see included in the budget.Following a discussion of the scenarios, the majority of the council agreed the larger increase should be pursued as city budget staff continue to hammer out the details of the budget.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline.last_img read more

Police searching for man who reportedly robbed bank near UNCW

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department is responding to a robbery at a bank near UNCW.Police say it happened at the Wells Fargo on South College Road around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.- Advertisement – WPD says he passed a note to a bank teller and said he had a weapon, but never actually showed one.​​The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money before walking out.Suspect is described as a 25 year old black male, 5’4″, 130 lbs, wearing a red jacket, dark blue jeans and tan boots.Anyone with information is asked to call WPD or Text A Tip.Related Article: Chill out to some tunes at Port City Reggae Music and Art FestivalThe suspect wanted looks similar to the man wanted for robbing a gas station in Leland Wednesday night.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Elijah Mahammad McFarland is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon.It happened at the Circle K Convenience Store on Ocean Highway East in Leland around 10 p.m.They say McFarland told the clerk he had a gun and demanded money before running away with cash.He’s 5’8″, about a 150-pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He was wearing a red jacket and white hat.If you know anything call the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Pope tell pediatricians to do all in their power for children

first_imgIl-Papa Franġisku jżur tifel marid fl-Isptar Bambin Ġesù f’Ruma@Vatican MediaIl-Papa Franġisku jżur tifel marid fl-Isptar Bambin Ġesù f’Ruma@Vatican Media “Never rest your head on the pillow, unless you have first done everything in your power for them!” Pope Francis stressed this when addressing in the Vatican members of the Italian Federation of Pediatricians, as he quoted their “illustrious colleague and teacher,” Dr. Franco Panizon, when he had described the unconditional dedication necessary to their important work.Dr. Panizon,  urged  pediatricians to assume a “small but very important” role, “in writing the culture and therefore the history of our time.”“For this reason he invited you to look ‘beyond’, that is, beyond sickness and contingencies, beyond the present moment, beyond the self or one’s own effort,” recalled Francis. “He also said: ‘Do not just think about your patient today, but also think about his tomorrow’; and again: ‘do not think only of your patients, but also think of all patients; do not think only of those present, but also think of those who are distant and future.’”A real missionThe Pope applauded their profession representing “a real mission,” involving both the mind and the heart, somehow knowing no detachment, “because although there are periods of vacation and breaks from work, your profession will always accompany you, and involves you for far longer and more deeply than during the hours you are at work.”“By virtue of the faith you have received, you are always called to regard Jesus, source of closeness and tenderness, as a model of humanity and dedication to others. By reading and re-reading the Gospel texts in which Jesus meets and heals the sick often, you always draw new lymph for your being and your action,” he said.Children have powerful ‘antennas’In reporting this meeting Zenit news agency quoted the Pope telling the pediatricians that Even more than with children, their work puts them in constant contact with parents, “the first custodians and managers of your patients.” They, Francis acknowledged, not only ask for your medical expertise, but “also seek human security, entrusting you with what they hold most dear.”“As for the relationship with the children you examine, they have powerful antennas, and rapidly grasp whether we are well disposed to them or if we are distracted, because maybe we wish we had already finished the shift, would like to work faster, or find a patient who screams less,” the Argentine Pope said, adding: “You too are men and women, with your worries, but we know that you are also trained to smile, necessary to give courage and open a gap of trust in the little ones; and even medicines are more effective.”Children understandWhen dealing with children, Francis said for them to keep in mind the words of Jesus who, “in a world in which they were little considered, indicates them as a model for those who become part of the Kingdom of God, because they understand its secrets.”The Holy Father reminded them of the Lord’s attitude towards them: “although He did not call them to Him with invitations or gifts, He recalled them with the strength and serenity that flowed from His person, so that the children went to Him and He welcomed them.”“With this style,” Pope Francis said, “you give Christian witness, because you seek to practice Gospel values and your sense of belonging to the Church,” “but also for the breadth of your gaze, for the ability to imagine the social context and the health system most appropriate for the future, and for your desire to be at the service, with humility and competence, of every person entrusted to you.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Photos Pope leads Catholics into Easter with vigil Mass

first_img Pope Francis baptizes a faithful during the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli WhatsApp SharePrint Priests attend the Easter vigil Mass led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli A general view of the Easter vigil Mass led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis holds the Bible as he leads the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Cardinals arrive for the Easter vigil Mass led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casillicenter_img Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics into Easter at a vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday night, urging the faithful to live not for transient things like wealth and success but for God.The largest church in Christendom was dark at the start of the long service as the pope carved into a candle the numbers of the year 2019 and the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet – Alpha and Omega – signifying that God is the beginning and end of all things.Easter, the most important day in the Church’s liturgical calendar, commemorates the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.Francis, marking his seventh Easter season as pope, wove his homily around the Bible account of the women who went to Jesus’ tomb only to find it empty and the large stone that had sealed  it had been cast away.“God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness,” he said.“There is another stone that often seals the heart shut: the stone of sin. Sin seduces; it promises things easy and quick, prosperity and success, but then leaves behind only solitude and death. Sin is looking for life among the dead, for the meaning of life in things that pass away,” he said.During the Mass, Francis welcomed eight adult converts into the Church, conferring on them the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. They were from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Peru.On Sunday, the 82-year-old leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics is due to say a Mass in St. Peter’s Square and read the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (To The City and The World) message. Pope Francis baptizes a faithful during the Easter vigil Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Nuns await the Easter vigil Mass led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, April 20, 2019. REUTERS/Remo Casilli 1 of 11last_img read more

LG launches curved OLED TV in Kenya priced at 14k

first_imgAdvertisement LG East Africa has launched its curved OLED television in the Kenyan market, in a move to grow its premium market share.Joseph Kim, LG East Africa managing director (MD), said though changes in consumer trends and the market landscape are extremely difficult to predict and can have major consequences on the electronics business, the company would attempt to stay ahead of the game by introducing the range of premium products and by expanding the overall diversity of its television line-up. – Advertisement – The 55-inch OLED TV, which is retailing at about KSh1.2 million (US$14,000), is presently only available at Hotpoint Appliances and Sarit Centre in Nairobi.“It’s possible to make OLED TVs considerably thinner and lighter than LCD TVs because OLED has a simple structure and requires no additional illuminant,” said Kim.Kim said if yield rates continue to rise, OLED TVs will quickly replace LCD TVs in living rooms around the world.A curved screen allows viewers to enjoy the same quality of excellent picture quality in both 2D and 3D images in any angle.“The success of our TV business is largely dependent on the following key factors: the global economy, competition between manufacturers and panel supply,” Kim said.“LG will also boost its share in the mid- to-lower end of the global market via improved production efficiency, cost competitiveness and well designed, user-friendly TV models.”First showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013, the TV is 4.3mm (0.17 inches) thin, weighing 17 kgs, featuring a crystal stand, which is incorporated in the forward-facing speakers.last_img read more

Al Shabaab stops internet access in central and southern Somalia

first_imgSomali men parade as members of al Shabaab in the capital Mogadishu Advertisement Internet access in Al Shabaab-controlled areas of central and southern Somalia have been cut off from the internet.This is because Telcos have heeded to an order by the militant group to shut off any internet services to their customers given 15 days ago despite the government having urged telcos to ignore the directive.Residents in these areas reported missing signals even as the militia was spotted checking mobile phones for any internet connections in areas they control. Al Shabaab militants also entered telecom companies and ordered them to shut down internet provision. – Advertisement – Negotiations with the group’s command at the district level to reverse the orders had not been positive with the order believed to have originated from militant group’s top command.The order, the group says, is as a result of spies using the internet and smartphones to relay their operations. The outfit had also said that the internet was leading to immorality and thus was deemed as fit.For now the country’s main internet providers Hormuud Telecom and Nationlink remain shut with no prediction as to how long the ban will last.Source: CIOlast_img read more

China Builds AntiDrone Laser Tech

first_imgAdvertisement People’s Republic of China has developed an anti-drone laser technology that can apparently shoot down a low flying drone within a two kilometer radius.The communication came through the official Xinhua news agency which reports that the technology has been co-developed by the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), with the claim being that small-scale drones can be shot down within five seconds of the system locking on.The reason for using laser as an anti-drone tech is to increase the accuracy with which drones can be blasted out of the sky — vs other less precision methods such as using a sniper or intercepting by helicopter. – Advertisement – A test of the technology with more than 30 drones apparently resulted in a 100 per cent success rate.The system will be installed or transported in vehicles, and used to bolster security during “major events in urban areas”, according to a CAEP statement.There’s no quantification of how small-scale the drones have to be to be terminated by laser, but the CAEP statement specifies they must be within an altitude of 500 meters and flying at a speed below 50m/s. Lasers with greater power and range are also apparently being developed by the Academy.The U.S. military has been testing an anti-drone laser which is being developed by Boeing, although this High Energy Laser is primarily intended to shoot down rockets, artillery and mortar rounds, rather than drones.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

Just type Find my Phone in Google to locate your lost Android

first_imgAdvertisement You can now Google search engine on your desktop computer to find your lost phone.In case you’ve lost your Android phone, all you need to know where your computer is.However, you need the latest version of its main Android app for this to work. Once you’ve updated, just type in “find my phone” and let Google do what Google does best. – Advertisement – You also have to be signed in to Google for this feature to work.If your phone is nearby, Google can ring it for you and if it’s further away, Google will show you its location on a map.This is similar to the Android Device Manager which can find lost phones and tablets (running Android 2.2 Froyo and above) by ringing them or showing them on a map.If, for whatever reason, your device cannot be found or retrieved, Android Device Manager also lets you securely erase all of the data on your device. This ensures your data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.Via VBlast_img read more

Nokia in advanced talks to buy its rival AlcatelLucent

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications-equipment maker Nokia Corp. has revealed that it is in advanced talks to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent.If a deal is reached, it will create a new global networking behemoth to rival Sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies.The deal is currently under consideration and would entail Nokia making a public offer for Alcatel-Lucent stock, the companies said. – Advertisement – Alcatel-Lucent’s market capitalization stands at roughly EUR11 billion, while Nokia’s market capitalization is about EUR28 billion.The news made Alcatel-Lucent’s shares to jump up 13% to EUR4.38 in morning trading in Paris.A Nokia-Alcatel merger deal would reshape the telecommunications-equipment business by creating a company with a combined 2014 revenue of EUR25.9 billion.Via Market Watchlast_img read more

How to buy tech as a Christmas present

first_imgBuy tech as a Christmas present. Image Credit: Argyll Free Press Advertisement Tech is one of the most popular types of presents you can give at Christmas, but buying gadgets for others can be tough.Are they an Apple or Android person? Do they already have a tablet? Do they prefer Xbox or PlayStation?Then there are the little things like making sure you’ve got access to wi-fi on Christmas Day so the new phone/tablet/computer/console can be enjoyed. – Advertisement – Here are some tips to help ensure the recipient of your gadget gift ends up smiling instead of frowning.SMARTPHONES Everyone loves a new smartphone but do not, under any circumstance, buy an Android phone for an Apple fan. Christmas lunch will not be much fun.If you are considering giving a phone as a gift, it should be easy to figure out to go Android or Apple by looking at their current phone. The only sticking point is if someone has secretly wanted to switch, in which case it may pay to get an exchange voucher.Another thing to consider is the SIM card. If they are the same size, then just put the old SIM in your new phone and it’ll work. If it’s an older style SIM and the new phone requires a nano one, then you’ll have to visit a shop to switch it over. A new pay-as-go SIM will activate OK over the public holidays though it may take a few hours. Also, epect call centres to be closed on Christmas Day.TABLETS It’s hard to go wrong with a tablet. All the major brands make good devices, but it pays to match the tablet with the phone.For example, if someone has an iPhone an iPad would be better as apps for both only need to be bought once. The same applies for Android devices.SMARTWATCHES The key thing to remember is that smartwatches need a phone to work. Also, certain watches need certain phones. The Apple Watch only works on new iPhones, some watches only work with Android phones and others work with both. Check this before buying. You’ll also need access to wi-fi to download apps for the new watch.TELEVISIONS Many people would love to get a new TV for Christmas, but it’s a difficult gift to buy as they are so expensive. You need to get the right size (though as big as possible is a good guide) and there is a lot of confusion around 4K and other marketing terms.It’s hard to justify buying a 4K TV in New Zealand as there’s no 4K content to watch. Our broadcasters and Sky TV don’t offer it and neither do the local streaming services.However, ultra-high definition DVDs should arrive in New Zealand next year. If you do get a 4K set then make sure it’s a recent model and comes with a discount as prices are dropping quite quickly.[related-posts]MUSIC Since most people have replaced their iPods with smartphones, the best gadget for music lovers is a good set of headphones. A good move here is to go for wireless headsets. They’ve become more affordable recently and now there are wireless earbuds too which are great for people who like to exercise.Another thing to consider is a subscription to a music service such as Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora. It’ll cost you over $100 and there’s nothing to physically hand over, but it’ll give the recipient access to thousands of songs for a year.GAMING The most likely present is a new console, giving your gamer loved-one an upgrade to either a XBox One or PS4.First, check if they are into PlayStation or Xbox. Don’t worry that the consoles are over a year old, they won’t be upgraded for a while yet.Also, it means that there are good deals around at the moment.If you are looking for something more affordable, there’s have been lots of games released recently including Halo 5, Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider.10 GADGET IDEAS Except where listed, all the items are easily found in electronic stores in New Zealand.GoPro HERO4 Session Camera ($499.95): This is the easiest of the GoPro cameras to use and also the smallest.iPad Mini 4 ($649): The latest version of the Mini has had a big makeover.Marshall Acton Bluetooth Speaker ($499.95): The best looking speaker from one of the coolest brands in music.BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($269.95): Any Star Wars fan would love this gadget.Parrot jumping drone ($280): These gadgets can jump up to 80cm in height and travel up to 7kmh.HISY Bluetooth Camera Remote ($49.95): More subtle than a selfie stick and great for group photos.Jawbone UP MOVE Fitness Tracker ($89.95): This is a clip rather than a band and attaches to your clothes.Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones ($680): A premium set of headphones with a retro look.Samsung Gear VR ($299): This gadget lets you view virtual reality games and experiences. Needs a samsung phone to work.Enevu personal light ($45): This is a real neat light for kids or camping with a robust design and multiple settings. Order from[Stuff]last_img read more

Rumors Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge Price Release Date Specs and

first_imgSAMSUNG CSC. Image Credit: Galaxy8Info Advertisement Following the launch of the most anticipated S-series, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge early this year, the South Korean tech-based company, Samsung Corp. is yet to release its new S-serie smartphone probably this coming year, according to sources.The latest rumors suggest those in South Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan will likely see both become available for consumer purchase at the beginning of April. Those in Europe and in the US will have to wait just a bit longer as the 2nd-3rd week in April 2017.The phones are rumored to come with 4K Ultra HD display, which will bring the Galaxy visual experience to a whole new exciting level. The predecessor of the S-series already hailed the best in the display department with their beautiful OLED displays. The company showed off a prototype of its innovation during the Display Week Conference. – Advertisement – According to a tech blog, ChristianToday, the display measured 5.5 inches and boasted a jaw-dropping 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and 806ppi pixel density. It was also designed to cater to Virtual Reality with Android N Daydream Virtual Reality support in tow.Forbes believes that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will be the first to have the powerful new display, however, this isn’t yet confirmed.“The site explains that the South Korea-based tech firm tends to upgrade its flagships’ displays bi-annually. Its last two releases donned the Quad HD display while the ones before that had full HD screens.”As for the specs, the phones are rumored to come with 6GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor, 4,200 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor and an IP68 rating, 30MP rear camera and 9MP front camera, 64 and 128 GB internal memory and expandable with dual micro SD cards…. and more.[related-posts]According to Galaxy8Info, Samsung Galaxy S8 features will center on increasing security while improving speed, productivity, and making both the S8 and S8 Edge more functional. We’ve been hearing about eye sensing technology for quite some time, and it seems that the company will be improving the eye scanner.The retina eye scanner in both S8 models will be more responsive and take less time to register.Expect to see a faster processor, more durable glass surround, better features, comparable price, and more functionality with peripherals.Rumors have been speculating that the new price of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge will go for 850 USD and 900 USD respectively – slightly more than its predecessor at the time of launch, but Samsung is intent on keeping the launch day prices around the same.We shall keep you posted!!!last_img read more

MTN grants US1M to UNESCOs General History of Africa project

first_imgAdvertisement Multinational Mobile Telecommunications company MTN has announced that it is backing UNESCO’s General History of Africa (GHA) project with one million US dollars over the next two years.UNESCO’s General History of Africa aims to put together the continent’s revised history without discriminatory prejudices and in a way commonly known and accessible to the public at large.The contribution from MTN will go towards the elaboration of the ninth volume. The mobile operator says this support is in line with its commitment to promote access to quality education on the continent, particularly through the digitization of learning and teaching. – Advertisement – The Executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN Group,Chris Maroleng, emphasised the value of the second phase GHA project.“By supporting the GHA project, MTN is participating in a crucial education initiative which is aimed at re-appropriating the interpretation and writing of Africa’s history, as well as emphasising the contribution of African cultures, past and present, to the history of humanity. MTN recognises the pivotal role of education in building a better continent for future generations. And as a proudly African company, we are keen to support like-minded efforts.”Maroleng said that the project complements several projects aimed at the digitization of education in Africa the Middle East.Ali Moussa-Iye, Chief: History and Memory for Dialogue at UNESCO has welcomed MTN’s support on behalf of UNESCO.“The commitment by MTN to sponsor the GHA initiative will help to further develop a Pan-African perspective of the history and prospects of the continent and its diasporas, based on scientific findings. We are proud to partner with a company which has demonstrated active corporate citizenship in Africa, particularly in the field of knowledge development and education,” he said.last_img read more

Togikwatako An Android App Developed to Test How Long Ugandans Can Defend

first_imgAdvertisement First things First, a young man by the name of Muzamiru Kamakya of Makindye East lost his arm as a teargas canister was thrown in his room – WHY? because of this Age Limit campaign (Togikwatako) – that is leaving many crying to STOP.Anyhow, so the ‘Togikwatako (don’t amend the Constitution)‘ campaign has been going around for quite some time now, which has caused havoc in the country. Many have been hurt, lost their lives, dignity, properties, to mention a few.Earlier on, we got to discover about an Android mobile application dubbed BikwaseKyagulanyi that was developed by an graduate student from the Uganda Technology and Management University for the newly elected MP for Kyaddondo East, Hon. Robert Kagulanyi Sentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine – that helps his fans together with the people of Uganda help fight corruption within the Ugandan government, allowing users to send political, social, or economic questions that can be aired to the parliament and some/few that can be answered by the Honorable himself. In addition, the app also updates users with news feature, inspiring quotations, and advice from him. – Advertisement – As of today, we learn of a new Android application dubbed Togikwatako developed by Quiso Play Grounds that ranks players according to how long they can defend the Ugandan constitution.The game is not met to insight violence but rather trying to create a platform which can inform the public they don’t need violence to protect the constitution and that there are already established methodologies within the constitution that specify how the constitution is supposed to be modified.“To inform Ugandans that we need peace not war, we quote the developers.”In a small and brief interview with the developer; Nyole Mike – a graduate student of Makerere University, he told Digest Africa that it took him three days, to come up with the game and also told the tabloid that it was long-term project.So the game is 12.63MBs and requires Android 4.0.3 or higher to install it. Its the first version, while the developer promises more versions to come out since it was a long term project. Once downloaded, the first pop up screen shows, a Grey Crowned Crane; Uganda’d National bird holding the country’s constitution, with a tagline question, For how long can you defend the constitution? with a song by Maddox Ssematimba – entitled ‘Tukume Eddembe’ that plays in the background. However, the song not only stops there but continues to play throughout while playing the game.Togikwatako1 of 4 The game concludes showing how long you held the constitution, and a questionnaire.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: We are yet to review this application.last_img read more