SF promises a dedicated patrol to monitor temporary homeless shelter

first_img“Supervisor, will you allow them to do drugs and alcohol in the center? Because if you’re not, they are going to be on our front steps, on my back yard fence, doing their drugs, snorting their coke and shooting up,” the woman said.Navigation Centers, currently operating at 1950 Mission St. and at the Civic Center Hotel, are focused on giving clients onsite services, a case management program and fewer rules than regular shelters. They are designed to get people off the streets, but in many cases those who enter chose to return to the streets or discover that the housing being offered is another shelter stay. The majority of those who get housing, do so by accepting a ticket home.“Stop being afraid of human beings – these are people too,” said Equipto, a local rapper and and activist. “The only way this homeless thing will get some closure is if you residents [stop] being so scared and deal with the homeless people hand in hand, face to face.”Jeff Kositsky, the city’s director of Homelessness and Supportive Housing estimated the Mission has 400 homeless residents. Citywide, the number is between 6,600 and nearly 10,000 depending on the count criteria.The math on homeless housing underscores the endurance of those numbers. The city has more than 6,000 units of housing specifically for homeless individuals, but only 400 of those units turnover every year.Police have said that they will not address homelessness with increased enforcement. But Ronen said some 60 percent of the calls for service received by Mission Police Station concern tent encampments or activity associated with them.She said that the area around the Navigation Center will be monitored by a dedicated police patrol, along with 24-hour security at the site.An outdoor recreation space built into the center’s design, said Ronen, will hamper loitering around its premises.Mission District Captain Bill Griffin said that a combination of officers on bicycles and in cars will focus on the area during the center’s existence.“Walking beats are good for engaging the community, but in this instance I want them to be able to cover that [four square block] area quickly,” said Griffin. The city leaders also promised that they would provide surrounding residents with a point of contact at the center.But some neighbors who opposed the center pressed on. “What’s Mayor Ed Lee going to do to remove the tents of the people who don’t want to be [at the Navigation Center?” One woman, who spoke for a small group that had formed in opposition, wanted to know.The woman also inquired about the proposed Navigation Center’s exit plan for clients, once the center is shut down to make way for the housing project.In the end, the goal is to get people into permanent housing. Kositsky said the 120-bed center would have some 50 rent subsidies available for people who were close to getting off the streets but needed a financial boost to do so. The center would also offer on-site social services, storage, showers, and meals to between 250 and 350 adults.“We need places of safety for people,” said Jason Albertson, who directs the city’s Encampment Resolution Team. “Having an entry point for care is extremely important.”A local lawyer and activist, Brooke Oliver, agreed. “About 30 years ago I was homeless – people helped me get back on my feet, go to college, go to law school,” said Oliver. “That is why I’m successful and standing here with a roof over my head.”Oliver wasn’t alone in her experience – one supporter said that he was evicted from his Mission District home last year and called the proposed Navigation Center “the best thing that’s been happening [in this neighborhood].”Another man who addressed city leaders said that he and his wife are currently “three months out from homelessness.”Despite giving their constituents a second opportunity to publically speak on the matter – a first meeting was held on April 25 and drew nearly twice as many people – city leaders on Thursday made it clear that they plan on forging ahead with the temporary conversion of 1515 South Van Ness into a shelter.The Navigation Center is set to run for about nine months, until a mixed-use housing development slated for construction on the property breaks ground early next year.“The work could start as soon as tomorrow,” said Ronen in reference to the construction of the Navigation Center, which is currently pending lease negotiations with the developer, Lennar Multifamily Communities.In March, Ronen negotiated the temporary shelter as part of a deal backed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Lennar agreed to lease the property to the city at no charge. The deal also included a $1 million donation set aside exclusively to build affordable housing in the Mission District.On Tuesday, the city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously backed Ronen’s proposal, but the vote sparked a conversation about geographic equity regarding the distribution of the city’s homeless services. Many of those who attended Thursday’s forum echoed that call for each district to accommodate a shelter.“I feel like there is a lot of consolidation in the Mission of homeless and low-income projects all between Cesar Chavez and 24th Streets,” said one woman.“You always hit the poor neighborhoods,” said a neighbor of the proposed shelter, addressing the city officials. “What about places like Pacific heights or the Marina? They’ll come down with lawsuits and all sorts of money, and you guys all run away.”But Ronen said that while the Mission was disproportionately impacted by the city’s homeless crisis, the perception that most of the city’s services are located in the district is false. District 6, which encompasses the Tenderloin and South of Market, currently hosts about 65 percent of the city’s shelter and Navigation beds – the Mission, in comparison, has 8 percent.Still, Ronen said that she urged her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to build additional Navigation Centers in their districts.“We need other districts to step up as well, and I will fight for that,” she promised.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img A temporary homeless shelter open its doors at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. in the coming months, and on Thursday night city leaders responded to a multitude of questions and concerns by making promises that include a dedicated police patrol.Opinions at the meeting, which drew some 150 people, were divided on priorities: safety and compassion.“My neighbor’s car has been broken into six times in four months,” said a woman who lives nearby the vacant lot where the Navigation Center will open.She addressed Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who was there to answer questions from the community. She was joined by leaders from the the San Francisco Police Department, Public Works, and the Department on Supportive Housing and Homelessness.last_img read more

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SFs sidewalk chop shops will be swept away

first_img Tags: bikes • Board of Supervisors • department of public works • sidewalks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an ordinance that prohibits so-called “chop shops” of bicycles and bicycle parts from operating on the city’s sidewalks. After a heated debate, the board voted 9-2 to approve the legislation. “This legislation is about clearing sidewalks and not having illegal businesses on sidewalks,” said Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who sponsored the proposal. The ordinance would “prohibit the assembly, disassembly, sale, offer of sale, distribution, offer of distribution, or storage of bicycles and bicycle parts on the public right-of-ways.”   0%center_img In other words, those nests of bikes and bike parts found on city streets will be cleared away if the ordinance approved today makes it through a second vote and gets the mayor’s signature. The ordinance gives the Department of Public Works the authority to clear the sidewalks of the chop shops and hand the operator a notice. The person who receives the notice can later reclaim the parts — if nobody saying they are the owner claims them in 30 days. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, whose district encompasses the Mission, voted against the ordinance, saying it fails to address the root of the problem: homelessness. “If poor people are fixing bikes on street because don’t have another place [to do it], it’s not a problem —  it’s poverty,” she said. “To me this is taking away resources from an already burdened DPW.” Ronen said that Mission Station Captain Bill Griffin told her police already have the means to confiscate bikes from sidewalks. “What added benefit does this legislation bring to dealing with horrible problem of bike theft?” she asked. But Sheehy said the ordinance was primarily meant to clear public right-of-ways. “Even if parts are taken off streets for 30 days, that means for at least 30 days people can use sidewalks for what they’re supposed to be used for,” he said. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose district encompassing the Bayview and Potrero Hill also struggles with encampments and chop shops, voted for the ordinance. “We need a multi-pronged approach,” Cohen said. “This is one vehicle that will help us clear obstruction on sidewalks.” last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons expects to welcome back Paul Clough

first_imgROYCE Simmons expects to welcome back Paul Clough, Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for this Sunday’s Engage Super League tie at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Clough has missed the last four months recovering from a shoulder injury whilst Shenton has shaken off an ankle knock.And ‘LMS’ is fresh from a one match ban.But Saints have lost Josh Perry for the season – and both Leon Pryce and Gary Wheeler are still three to four weeks away.“We will have Louie [McCarthy-Scarsbrook] back from suspension and Cloughie has been given the all clear to resume playing,” Simmons said. “But we’ve lost Josh Perry. He came off with an injury in the Hull game after eight minutes and it’s now a season ending injury.“He has done a tendon at the top of his hamstring and is on his way to London to see a specialist down there. He will be operated on around Friday or Saturday and will be out for three months.“It’s disappointing as he hasn’t really had the chance to get going. He rolled out of an injury he sustained at Manly and overcame that – but has bounced from one to another and not really had back to back games.“Of course we all wanted things to be better this year as it is his first over here. People in Australia know how he can play and he would have liked to have got more time to show the St Helens people what he can do. But now he has to get on with his rehab and be right to start next season.”The returning players are a boost for Simmons as they head into the final seven games of the Super League regular season.He continues: “We’ve had three days off after a tough month with big games and the Exiles match. We should see the benefit of that down the track and I will try and do it again in the next few weeks.“And we’ll need it as Sunday’s match will be a tough one. Wakefield have had big losses back to back and that’s scary for me. Their coach is a proud man and has a habit of turning things around.“He builds them up and gets them going. He will roll his dice this week. They are a tough side, especially at home, and were tough to break down when we played them earlier in the year.“We probably played the best 40 minutes of football all season against them and only led by around six to eight points. They then got tired of tackling and we put some points past them.“We have to make them do the same and frustrate them. They will have copped a bit of stick during the week and John will have them fired up.”last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has spoken about the contributions o

first_imgROYCE Simmons has spoken about the contributions of Lance Hohaia, Jamie Foster and Josh Perry.All three are set to be involved this Friday as Saints welcome Hull FC to Langtree Park.Hohaia in particular will step in for the injured James Roby whilst Foster and Perry have been named in the 19 after being omitted last week.“Lance for Robes? You probably couldn’t ask for much better could you?” Royce said. “He played hooker in the NRL Grand Final off the bench and has played a fair bit of football there. For the past few seasons he’s switched between nine and one.“He keeps himself super fit and you saw that on Sunday. He didn’t look under any fatigue and he’s got a bit of pace around there too.“Lee Gaskell has played well and I felt it was a little unfair to put Lance straight in at 6. He’s played full back and hooker for a number of years. When you play at hooker the opposition is up close in both defence and attack. Then if you change position you could be 15 metres back and that makes a lot of difference.“The other two boys (Gaskell and Jonny Lomax) have come off a Grand Final game and could have been Grand Final winners. Lance understands the situation, works hard and doesn’t complain.“He will be fantastic for this club and I suppose his only fault is he’s too good at too many positions and sometimes you pay the price. He probably hasn’t played as many internationals as he should have as a result.”Jamie Foster played in the Under 20s last week and scored five tries plus ten goals in a 68-0 win over Huddersfield.Simmons said the youngster was left out of the side that played first grade at the Galpharm because of his recent form, but he’s shown a great attitude.“All the players [who didn’t play first team] in our full time squad played in the 20s and their attitude and commitment were super. Jamie in particular was very good and his training in the week before was fantastic too.“If a player isn’t playing as well as he can and you leave them, then they can be put back a long way – especially younger players. Some people can think it is hard to leave a player out. Everyone knows Jamie hasn’t been on the top of his game recently. It happened at the beginning last year and he worked hard, was back in the side and had a tremendous 25 games. I’m sure he will do the same again.“Josh Perry is also up for selection this week. He missed a chunk of the off season after the operation on his hamstring. That meant he couldn’t get the fitness levels and the time in his legs.“We thought should he battle on and play a couple of games, or train his backside out and continue work on his leg? Well he’s done that. He’s worked his backside off for two week and seen the inside of a couple of buckets a few times!“Perry has a good step, is an aggressive big bloke and can offload the ball. We need him and therefore it makes sense to do what we have done. Anthony Laffranchi has done well too and straightened a few blokes up. It will be good to see both of them starting to rock on.”Tickets for tonight’s match are still on sale.last_img read more

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MORE than 800 tiles have been laid and that means

first_imgMORE than 800 tiles have been laid and that means the first phase of the Wall of Legends is now complete.Surrounding the famous Red Vee – made up of 90 red tiles and including club legends – 700 have been purchased by fans .The tiles were laid by St Helens lad Les Bluck and stage 2 will go on sale shortly.Click on www.saintswalloflegends.com to find out more.Meanwhile in the Boardroom a new trophy cabinet and bar has been built by Rigby Joinery of Rainford.As you can see from the pictures below, they are a great addition to a fantastic stadium.last_img

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Pet Pals Meet Honey a pup just as sweet as can be

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a four legged friend to sweeten up your life, look no further than Honey!Honey is a 13-month-old Lab/Carolina Dog mix. She’s got a tan and white coat and is a great listener.- Advertisement – She’s already spayed and up to date on her shots. Now, she just needs a loving home.If you think Honey could be the newest addition to your home, stop by and meet her at New Hanover County Animal Services.County residents can adopt for just $70.Related Article: Pet Pals: Meet this free spirited 2-year-old Border Collie mix GradyAdoption services are available between noon and 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday or on Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.To see other animals available for adoption, click here.last_img

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WPD investigating Monday morning shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after reports of gunfire Monday morning.Officers responded around 8:30 a-m to the 11-hundred block of Zinnia Court.  When they arrived they found a 26 year old man with non life threatening injuries. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.- Advertisement – If you have any information, please contact police or use text-a-tiplast_img

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Smoking materials to blame for two Wilmington fires

first_img The second fire broke out at 414 South 8th Street. One person at the home was burned on their face and hands. They were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and later transferred to the North Caroline Jaycee Burn Center at Chapel Hill. No word on their current  condition. It’s estimated that the fire caused between $70,000 – $75,000 worth of damage to that home. The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating a structure fire on Barnett Ave. that displaced two people (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Improperly discarded smoking materials are what caused two separate fires that broke out in Wilmington late Sunday night, according to Battalion Chief Chris Walker.The first fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Barnett Avenue. Witnesses say flames fully engulfed the home. Fire investigators say the fire caused major damage and left two people without a home. The Red Cross responded to help the residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Kure Beach Town Hall closing for temporary move

first_imgKure Beach renovations (Photo: Town of Kure Beach) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Kure Beach Town Hall is moving to a temporary location this weekend.The building will close at noon on Friday so staff can relocate to Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Services that are moving are Finance (including the utility billing staff), Police, Building Inspections and Administration & Recreation. The temporary location will open on Tuesday.- Advertisement – The Fire and Public Works staff will not move and those facilities will remain open as usual.During this move, phone service will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours on Monday. The town says to call 911 if there is an emergency requiring a police response.While the main Town Hall building is closed for renovation and expansion for the next 10-12 months, there will not be a payment drop box available. Payments may be made online on the Town’s website, by phone, or mailed to the 117 Settlers Lane address, which will not change during this time.All council, board and committee meetings will be held at the temporary Town Hall location during renovation and expansion.last_img read more

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New backpacks for thousands of children

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The MLK Center looked like Christmas morning Saturday afternoon. At the 5th Annual Backpack Drive. It drew thousands of children in need.3,000 backpacks were given out at the event and each was filled with supplies to help kids started their year off right. Organizations from around Wilmington partnered to donate supplies, backpacks and more.- Advertisement – Volunteers say they want every child to start the school year off on the right foot.“It’s wonderful. The kids are appreciative. It’s a blessing to be a blessing. And so when you’re giving them away, you know the you’re helping them,” said Shirley Logan, who is with New Beginnings Christian Church.Organizations continued to donate supplies throughout the event. At the event, there were also free haircuts and health screenings for the families.last_img read more

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Pender County students to get free school meals through 2018

first_img “We are grateful for this waiver from the USDA, which will allow us to continue to support our students and families with free meals as recovery efforts continue following Hurricane Florence,” the school system said. School lunch (Photo: USDA) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As many families continue to face challenges due to Hurricane Florence, the USDA has waived all costs for students to be fed at school.According to Pender County Schools, students will continue to receive free meals through December 31. – Advertisement – last_img

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12 immigrants who escaped from detention centre charged in Court

first_img <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> Las Grazas de Pacore detention centre, visited by Pope FrancisLas Grazas de Pacore detention centre, visited by Pope Francis Today, 12 out of the 20 immigrants who had escaped from the detention centre in Ħal Safi were charged in Court, presided by the Magistrate Neville Camilleri.Read: 20 migrants escape from Safi detention centreInspector Trevor Micallef who was leading the prosecution accused the immigrants of escaping from the detention centre. The ages of the accused range between 18 to 24 years of age.The majority of the immigrants are believed to be from Morocco. One out of the 20 is believed to be from Egypt.The accused pleaded not guilty for the accusation brought against them. The remaining 8 immigrants are still not found.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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MMF concerned at lack of progress by Govt on Motorsport Circuit

first_imgA few months ago, the Malta Motorsport Federation presented a design concept of what they say is considered a very feasible and viable proposal for the development for the Road Safety and Motorsport Facility.This design concept was carried out with a team of architects from ‘Periti Studio’ who together with the Federation officials, carried out the necessary plans and studies in line with various aspects and limitations required by the local plans released by the Planning Authority.According to a press release, this proposal, which was also presented to motorsport clubs affiliated and not with the Federation, incorporates all the facilities expected for an internationally homologated 3-kilometre racetrack to which is in line with the government’s vision of sustainability and environmental conscious as requested on multiple occasions by Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat.The proposal also incorporates road safety driving learning facilities, a 1.2km karting track, and a 1km criterium track for the use of cycling athletes, along with huge open spaces that shall be guaranteed to remain as is.However, the Federation is very concerned with the lack of progress and feedback by the Government to fulfil the electoral pledge:“Although high ranking government officials have been quoted on several news portals that in the beginning of 2019, the government will be announcing the site and plans for the development of the race track, this seems to be very unrealistic that it will happen any time soon.”The Federation expects the government to act on the various solutions in hand along with the proposals presented by the Federation and swiftly move to the next phase so that the project can be announced and start without any further delays.The Federation reminded the Government that athletes and enthusiasts have been waiting for their promised racing ground for several years and that they believe that this is the right time to fulfil this pledge. The Federation emphasised that Motorsport cannot risks losing more talents from upcoming young drivers, who are dropping out of motor racing due to the lack of facilities.“It will be our fault if the country will not provide the necessary facility to incentivise our youths to remain active in the sport and become future European champions. To continue improving in our success we need proper training facilities,” they conclude.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Avanade sets up shop in South Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Stakeholders outlined the history of the company, its objectives on the local front and the challenges it faces.Established in 2000, Avanade is a multinational IT consulting and software company that develops business software from a Microsoft products platform.Manoj Bhoola, MD of Avanade SA, says the company’s primary focus in SA will be to address the growing demand among mid-sized and enterprise businesses for Microsoft experience, insight, innovation and skills. – Advertisement – “Ultimately, the area we are going after is the enterprise and upper SME space. The customers in that branch of business need our help. We will roll out as we see the demand for commercial system integration.”Bhoola says the company takes the core Microsoft product and builds around it. He adds that Avanade SA will focus on implementing changes within corporations that will drive cost saving through, among others, cloud solutions.“The second part of our strategy is to address the problem of ‘un deployed’ software by unbundling it.”Mtetu Nyati, MD of Microsoft SA, says the growth of the company can be attributed to its value proposition that focuses on delivering solutions to economic challenges.Third, he says, is the objective of mobility that will be highlighted, as Avanade is an experiential sponsor at the Microsoft Tech Ed and Partner Summit, in Durban, this week. “Another area of the group’s focus is Nokia. We plan to drive solutions into the Nokia devices ecosystem through applications and solutions within the Microsoft Mobile subdivision.”He says that, while there are a number of system integrators (SI) out there, research shows that customers want a specialised SI. “We have got the people, all with a Microsoft background, the skills and the strategy to offer real solutions.”Skills shortageAccenture SA MD Willie Schoeman says Accenture and Microsoft have recognised the challenge in the IT market of a deficiency in specialised skills. According to Bhoola, SA is on par internationally with certain technological advancements, but is found lacking in most areas because of this deficit.“The time is right for Avanade to drive solutions in SA. The skills gap in the country is huge and we can invest more in the line of focused skill sets with Microsoft training.”Schoeman says Avanade has the advantage of two prodigious ‘parent’ organisations, and is set to grow exponentially in SA. He says the team aspires to turn Avanade, which has proven to be a “globally successful recipe”, into a proudly South African success.“We envision Avanade being to Microsoft in SA what it is to Microsoft globally, within 12 months.”Source: itweblast_img read more

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LiFi is 100 times faster than WiFi

first_imgThe new technology is called as Li-Fi (light fidelity) which is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. Image Credit: News t8 Advertisement A new wireless technology called Li-Fi may soon challenge the powers of Wi-Fi as we know it.Lifted as an acronym for light fidelity, Li-Fi offers a data transfer speed that is purportedly 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.  It boasts of 1GB per second at the very least, and is said to be more secure than Wi-Fi.Li-Fi was invented by Harald Haas, a professor of mobile communications at Edinburgh University. In 2011 he devised a new wireless broadband technology that uses nanosecond flickers of LED lights to send data. – Advertisement – Computer Dealer News says lab tests of the new technology showed its capacity to reach data transfer speeds of up to 224 Gbps. Li-Fi was tested in industrial environments and corporate offices, and proved to be 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.[related-posts]No word yet on possible bugs that could hinder the development of the project, but start-up Velmenni is already starting the trials for the Li-Fi technology in Tallinn offices.“[LED] intensity can be modulated at very high speeds and it can be switched off at very high speeds,” Haas said of his new technology’s performance during the TED stage in 2011.Li-Fi technology needs to be treated differently than Wi-Fi, because it can penetrate solid objects. This new technology requires a receiver to enable it to detect light.However, since Li-Fi uses LEDs lights, light bulbs in every room can easily act as a transmitter, eradicating the need for penetration.According to Haas, Li-Fi reduces the potential for unauthorized access and will be able to make use of 10,000 times more spectrum and infrastructure.Companies that are already using Li-Fi to serve customers include Oledcomm in France, Velmenni in New Delhi, and UK-based pure LiFi.[CHINA TOPIX]last_img read more

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Rumour Samsung Galaxy Note 6 to sport Iris scanner

first_imgAdvertisement A screenshot from software for Samsung’s newly launched Galaxy Beta program shows an option in the settings screen that, when translated into English, says “Use iris,” as shown by Indian comparison shopping site PriceRaja.com.Further, a report displaying import and export data indicates 200 iris scanners being imported into India, which could be destined for the next Galaxy Note, according to blog site GSMArena.Similar to fingerprint based scanners, the iris scanner will require a user to first register his/her iris scan in order to be used. – Advertisement – There is no official confirmation from Samsung’s end regarding this. However, last month the company launched its Galaxy Tab Iris, equipped with an iris scanner.Other rumored features include a huge 6GB of RAM, 5.80-inch QHD AMOLED screen, dual cameras and a 4,000mAh battery with fast-charging support. We also expect it will come shipped with an S-Pen stylus, running Android Marshmallow and look very similar to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.last_img read more

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The New Version of Chrome will Feature Not Secure Warnings Web Bluetooth

first_imgImage Credit: CloudFront Advertisement Last year, tech-search giants; Google Corp. started giving preference to the HTTPS pages over HTTP and then announced that the Web crawler will start searching for HTTPS versions of HTTP pages. New reports according to Gadgets 360 state that, the company announced; starting with Chrome v.56, the browser will provide warning to the users in a more active way about entering sensitive information on non-secure sites.“Starting with v.56 of the browser, Chrome will mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure,” the company said in a blog.Web BluetoothAside from the HTTP warnings, Chrome 56 beta brings along support for Web Bluetooth; where sites can now interact with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices using the Web Bluetooth API on Android, Chrome OS, and Mac. – Advertisement – The Web Bluetooth API uses the GATT protocol, which enables web developers to connect to bluetooth devices such as printers and LED displays with just a few lines of JavaScript.[related-posts]CSS Position: stickyThe beta build of Chrome 56 comes along with support for CSS “position: sticky” command that allows the web page titles to stick to the top of the screen when user scrolls down.Previously, building content headers that scrolled normally until sticking to the top of the viewport required listening to scroll events and switching an element’s position from relative to fixed at a specified threshold. This solution was difficult to synchronize, resulting in small visual jumps. Now, users can achieve the desired effect by simply positioning their elements as sticky. Image Credit: GoogleThe features mentioned above are a part of the beta release of Chrome 56, which is already available for download on Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.Other features in this releaseThe new Remote Playback API on Android which will enable sites to initiate and control playback of an HTML Media Element on smart TVs and speakers.The WebVR API is available on Android as an origin trial, allowing developers to create virtual reality experiences on the web.Support for Adobe Flash will no longer be advertised if the user has not substantially interacted with a site, though users can re-enable Flash experiences on a per-site basis.The Notifications API will now allow sites to include an image in notifications by setting the image property.Showing and hiding the URL bar on mobile no longer resizes the initial containing block.source: Google Blog and Gadgets 360 Newslast_img read more

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Stanbic Bank Granted Ugandas First Bancassurance License

first_imgAdvertisement Stanbic Bank has become the first bank in Uganda to be granted a Bancassurance license by the Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda following passage of the Financial Institutions Amendment bill 2016 which included a provision for Bancassurance and the subsequent approval of the regulatory guidelines by the Bank of Uganda BOU.The Financial Institutions Act 2016 specified that the Insurance Regulatory Authority Uganda (IRAU) would be responsible for receiving applications and licensing financial institutions to conduct Bancassurance business with authorization from the Central Bank.Handing over the license at ceremony held at the IRAU Headquarters in Nakasero, Alhaj Kaddunabbi Ibrahim Lubega, The CEO of Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda said; – Advertisement – “The introduction of Bancassurance as a strategic distribution channel of insurance is one of the most significant recent developments in the Financial Services Sector in Uganda. It will increase access to insurance services amongst Ugandans in different parts of the country through the vast bank branch network.”[related-posts]Receiving the license on the behalf of the bank, Patrick Mweheire the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank said the bank was extremely proud to be the first Commercial Bank in Uganda to offer Bancassurance.“As Stanbic, we have been preparing to launch the service for some time now and have invested significantly in training staff, signing partnerships and putting in place the technology and infrastructure needed to roll out the product smoothly,” he said.Stanbic Bank Banacassurance License1 of 2 Stanbic Chief Executive Patrick Mweheire (left) receives a Bancassurance agent license from Alhaj Kaddunabbi Ibrahim Lubega (right) the CEO of Insurance Regulatory Authority of Uganda. Stanbic Bank is the first bank in Uganda to be granted a license by BOU to provide Bancassurance as a product on the Ugandan market. Talking about the benefits of selling Bancassurance, Lydia Kayonde Head of Bancassurance at Stanbic Bank explained that the Bancassurance will provide customers with a one-stop-shop solution which offers greater convenience, savings and choice. In addition, the premium prices will be better negotiated and product turn around times will inevitably improve.“Bancassurance is an efficient distribution channel with higher productivity and lower costs to serve than traditional sales channels,” she noted.last_img read more

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The iamtheCODE and Bookingcom Hackathon to Address Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda

first_img(Photo Courtsey: iamtheCODE) Advertisement Netherlands-based travel fare aggregator and booking service firm; Booking.com in collaboration with STEAMD firm; iamtheCODE are seeking to recruit top developers (**Females emphasized a lot) through a Hackathon that will held from 23rd to 24th November, 2017 that will be addressing the sustainable development goals in Uganda. The hackathon is in partnership with IamtheCODE UK, and tech-incubation hub Hive Colab as the country partner.“We’re looking for the brightest talents in back-end, front-end, full-stack and product to put their heads together and hack on our Booking.comAPI with the aim of creating multi-functional teams, working together as an actual product team,”Booking.com said in a press statement.The challenge is to ensure that developers use their programming and designing skills, along with creative thinking, to develop a process to decode the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, in this instance (Sustainable Tourism). Developers will work with technology stack and devices of their choice: mobile, web, plugins, wearable, applications, to mention a few. – Advertisement – Some of the best innovation comes from integrating multiple services to create something new, radical and creative that solves a problem for travelers. Think about how transport, activities, events, social media and other devices can be combined to help improve sustainable tourism. The Booking.comAPI will give developers access to over one million properties ranging from hotels to homes to castles, and everything in between.Interested applicants with a Bachelor degree in Computer science or related, Software Engineer, coder, Front-end designer with Angular JS, React and related front-end tools, and a minimum 2 year experience can apply for the challenge by sending in their CVs and portfolio to hr@chowberry.com.Notably, there will be an opportunity for those that would be interested in working for both iamtheCODE and Booking.com in their Amsterdam Head Quarters, their team will be happy to speak to you about the roles they have available – full relocation will be provided if selected for a position.last_img read more

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Suarez and friends

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Man U v Aston VillaOld Trafford TIME: 8pm TV: SKYIt’s almost gone unnoticed but Man U could win the Premier League title tonight.The Reds have hardly been at their best this season but there’ve been too many clangers from those chasing that they’ve been handed it on a plate.Victory tonight against relegation threatened Aston Villa will seal another title and it’s a far cry from last season’s thrilling finale when City won the title thanks to an injury time goal.Suarez made the headlines for all the wrong reasons yesterday and today and tomorrow no doubt and his fine this morning and post-match apologies will come far too late for aggrieved punters of Chelsea who saw their bet blown to pieces with an injury time winner from a man who shouldn’t have been on the pitch.For us at Star Sports there is a far bigger issue at stake here than the crazy antics of Suarez, and on that matter it’s surely inevitable that Suarez will face retrospective action from the FA with a ban looming?But we do wonder. The PFA have been far more accommodating, they have offered Luis Suarez anger management counselling after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. You seriously couldn’t make it up. Counselling to teach a grown up man you can’t bite an opponent during a football match.The bigger issue at stake here is our friend, Mr Friend or Keith Friend to his friend(s) the match referee yesterday.Not only did he, the two assistants and the 4th official miss ‘bitegate’, they also contrived between them to allow an outrageous amount of injury time to be played. Where the six minutes came from we’ll never understand and Suarez’s goal was scored with 96 minutes and 34 seconds on the clock.The sooner technology is brought into high level games the better. It works in other sports because it is transparent for all. Players and the crowd go along with Hawk Eye in tennis yet in football we have matches where extra time seemingly is added at whim and officials miss key moments.Why not have a countdown clock, NFL style, which gets paused when there is a delay (time wasting, substitution extra) and EVERYONE can see it including the referee.And if he misses it then blow a bloody big hooter when the match is finished.There’s too much at stake for punters, bookmakers, supporters of football not to bring about these changes.Oh, yes there’s a match tonight. We’d almost forgotten.Plenty of goals look nailed on. It’ll be party time at Old Trafford but we don’t want clowns or friends spoiling the night. Thank you.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win OVER 2.5 GOALS(-5 points Sunday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

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