Developments in Development Looking Ahead

first_img Tags: Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Is it true? Can it be? Rumor (or rather, the Business Times) has it that the housing market is cooling off a little. Not in the sense that home values are decreasing, but the mere fact that the increase in prices is not as dramatic as it has been previously, which was enough to make Zillow’s chief economist call the change a “sign of the times.”But make no mistake, the local bidding war is strategic and brutal, at least according to this report from the Wall Street Journal, in which a couple in the Haight spent more than $20,000 renovating and staging their condo (with paintings rented from local galleries, no less) and then weighed their options — price low to incite a vicious bidding war and keep buyers guessing, or price high and hope to make the unit seem even more desirable? Both strategies, inevitably, pay off.Same story, as always, in the commercial renting world: We’ve reported on how Valencia has arguably gotten too expensive for its own good. The latest victim, Eater SF reports, is Bogaloo’s on the corner of Valencia and 22nd streets. Their space is listed as available in September, for $17,500 a month. Bogaloo’s general manager told Eater that the rent increase will, indeed, oust him.center_img Looking ahead through the haze of millions of dollars floating down into the city’s market from the affluent ether, there is more housing and planning drama on the horizon. Here are a couple of developments to keep an eye out for in the next few weeks.The biggest buzz, of course, is around the 1979 Mission project that the Business Times revealed is now stuck in a lawsuit between the developer and the landlord over claims that the land owner took bids from other buyers after Maximus Real Estate, the developer, had already sunk millions into the project. Activists declared victory, but the author of the original story that broke the news of the lawsuit isn’t buying it. He says the site is likely to be too expensive for the city to buy, and even more expensive to build, for completely affordable housing. Maximus, too, says it’s still committed to the project. This one’s not over yet.In a bit of uplifting news, SocketSite says a protest against First Republic Bank downtown last week actually led the institution to say it would ask loan applicants looking to acquire buildings with tenants about their plans for a building, and reject those who said they plan to invoke the Ellis Act.2000-2070 Bryant Street, the neighborhood’s other massive construction controversy, raised eyebrows at the Planning Commission when it was discovered developer Nick Podell had invoked the Permit Streamlining Act and was essentially forcing the Commission’s hand on a decision by September 30. The Commission is supposed to decide on this plan by September 10, but 48 Hills reports a twist: Apparently, the developer has opted to dramatically alter the plans for his project to add more production, development, and repair (PDR space) to the extent that the project might require a whole new environmental review. Does that qualify as an amended Hail Mary or as capitulation to public pressure?Speaking of the Planning Commission, next week (Thursday September 3 at noon) they meet to discuss, for the third time, interim controls on market rate housing construction. Amid almost unanimous community opposition, the Commission has so far been unable to reach a consensus on actual policy but may actually do so this time around. Stay tuned…Socketsite reports on two smaller developments, 3620 Cesar Chavez and 668 Guerrero, both of which are going to build up. 668 Guerrero, a foreclosed space, could turn into a 40-foot-high multi unit residential construction, though plans have yet to be submitted. The 3620 Cesar Chavez developer has a proposal for a 16-unit building that would be nixed if the Mission moratorium were to pass.Oh, Remember that woman in Bernal whose rent got increased to something like $8,000 a month for a two-bedroom? SF Magazine reports that she move out in May, and has strung together a series of pet-sitting gigs to stay under a roof. But she’s also filed suit against her landlady, claiming a violation of the city’s rent ordinance for the sudden rent spike, especially since a no-fault eviction would have guaranteed her some $9,000 in relocation payments. Meanwhile, perhaps confirming a variety of expectations about what happens to new market-rate constructions, Curbed reports 90 percent of units at the Vida complex on Mission and 22nd streets have been sold to tech workers for an average of $1,100 per square foot. Finally, for any potential new arrivals reading this, the Village Voice has some advice on how not to be an jerky gentrifier if you are a high-income person moving into a previously low-income area: Know what came before you (locally, that may mean checking a property you’re considering moving into on the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project’s database), don’t avoid local businesses just because others who shop there don’t look like you, talk to your neighbors, be aware of the repercussions of your moving there, and shut up from time to time and let others who have been there longer have their say. last_img read more

AntiEviction Groups Displaced by Startup Go Out in Style

first_imgEn Español.After losing their mid-Market workspace to a startup that profits from renting office space to other startups, members of two leading tenants rights nonprofits tried hard to keep a sense of humor. Last night, the staff of Tenants Together and the Eviction Defense Collaborative threw themselves an “eviction party” and raised their cups to the irony of sharing the same fate as the tenants they work to keep housed.“Our organizations exist to stop people from being displaced from their homes, and now, we are being priced out of ours,” said Dean Preston, executive director of Tenants Together, California’s first and only statewide renter’s rights organization. “We win big battles, but sometimes we lose them.” The group, along with the Eviction Defense Collaborative, which offers pro-bono legal services to roughly 5,000 San Franciscans facing evictions and displacement annually, are two of the three last standing nonprofits that are being displaced from the building at 995 Market St. that once housed community-serving groups on nearly each of its 15 floors. “In the world we live in right now, building owners want to maximize the rents and don’t care how they do that, even if that means pricing nonprofits out,” he said. Preston had an inkling that the organizations’ fates were sealed two years ago when WeWorks — a start-up that capitalizes on dividing and subletting shared office space to tech companies — began repurposing the building’s bottom floors. Still, he was surprised at how quickly and ruthlessly his workspace was turned into a construction zone.Preston watched in agony as, slowly but surely, the building at 995 Market St. was “gutted” floor by floor and rebuilt with little regard for its long-term tenants.“The drilling, the noise, the dust, the not-functioning elevators, and bathroom spills — they have really made it a nightmare for us to do business and help people here,” said Preston. The collaborative’s 10-year lease officially ends on December 31, but the building has not felt like home for quite some time.“I’ll miss the views out of this place, but I won’t be missing the construction dust everywhere,” said Paul Cohen, executive director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, about the displacement. Preston relates the disruptive tactics to many accounts he’s heard from residential tenants who were “elbowed out” of their homes by landlords and developers.  “No corporate tenant would ever be treated the way Tenants Together, Eviction Defense Collaborative, and the numerous other nonprofits who have tried to hang on in this building have been treated,” he said. “It’s pretty clear that they want to take over our two floors as well.”Since 2008, his group has been subleasing their office space on the building’s 11th and 12th floor from the collaborative, which has operated at offices just across the hall for nearly a decade. When the two groups joined forces through their shared space, a solid, physical alliance within the tenant’s rights movement was formed. “Imagine the folks doing the on-the-ground legal work at the collaborative, and us, the bigger-picture policy advocates, sharing one floor, one kitchen, and conspiring in the hallway and elevators,” said Preston. “It’s been a positive, powerful, collaborative relationship. This break-up truly is a sad thing.” Erin Mcelroy, director of the anti-eviction mapping project, attended the groups memorialization party – the tenant activist also lamented the loss of the two organization’s communal space.“As far as wider anti-eviction movement goes, it’s been wonderful to have these two institutions in same building,” she said, adding that 995 Market St. often served as a meeting space for various citywide housing advocates. “The fact that they are getting kicked out and replaced by a big group of tech offices — it says so much about what’s happening in this city.”Some hard feelings remained as two anti-eviction groups memorialized their own displacement with a party on December 2. Photo by Laura WaxmannPoet and journalist Fred Dodsworth echoed this sentiment, calling the groups’ displacement a metaphor for the greed of capitalism.“We need these organizations — this is sickness of our times,” he said.Cohen, the collaborative’s director, said he feels equally frustrated, but also sees some positives in the inevitable. After all, the group just signed a lease for a larger space at 1338 Mission St. The new location is just four blocks from City Hall, where both staff and clients of the collaborative are often forced to trek for their cases.  The biggest issue, said Cohen, are “astronomical” commercial rents. The collaborative will be paying more than double the $14,000 that they were paying at 995 Market St. The group recently applied for a grant from the Northern California Community Loan Fund, one of the few resources to help displaced nonprofits cover increased rent costs.“If it wasn’t for the increase in the market value of this building, and WeWork deciding to take over the entire building, we definitely wouldn’t have moved,” said Cohen. “But we are landing on our feet, even though it’s been a very difficult ride.”For Tenants Together, the situation is a little less clear-cut. While the group has tentatively found a space in the mid-Market area, negotiations are still ongoing and no lease has been signed yet.“The time and energy we spent on dealing with this eviction could have been devoted to assisting people, changing policies, stopping displacement,” said Preston. “The stress for people living under the threat of eviction is off the charts. For an organization, it’s similar because it takes away from what we should all be doing, which is work.” 0%center_img Tags: displacement • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Scenes from Saturdays celebration of Cesar Chavez on 24th Street

first_imgEach year, folks gather in the Mission to honor the life and passing of Cesar Chavez. Some snaps from this year’s celebration:Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele MarroPhoto by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro.Photo by Samuele Marro. center_img Email Addresslast_img

Touchstone Energy Pender County Jamboree canceled

first_img The event will not be rescheduled. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Football fans in Pender County will have to wait one more week to see their teams in action.Due to inclement weather and field conditions, organizers canceled the Pender County Football Jamboree.- Advertisement – last_img

Maks and Val of Dancing With the Stars to perform at Wilson

first_img They’re touring with another pro from the show Peta Murgatroyd.This will be their second time performing after a visit in June of last year.The show is set for April 2 at 7:30 p.m.Related Article: Actor David Hyde Pierce to appeare with Wilmington Symphony OrchestraClick here to get tickets. “Maks, Val & Peta Live On Tour: Confidential” will be a spectacular dance show, driven by a narrative of true family life and love stories. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Who’s ready to dance? Some of the stars of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars are set to perform right here in the Port City.Maks and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are bringing their brand new show “Confidential” to the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College.- Advertisement – last_img

Chemours meets with neighbors in hopes to build trust

first_img News outlets report the more than 120 people at the meeting were skeptical.North Carolina officials began investigating Chemours about a year ago, after news that researchers had discovered a compound called GenX in the Cape Fear River downstream from the plant. GenX is made at the plant and has been found in private wells around the plant.GenX has been linked to cancer in animals. GenX is used by companies that make nonstick cookware and other products. ST. PAULS, N.C. (AP) — A chemical company executive says he hopes residents near a North Carolina plant will one day be proud to have the operation in their community.Paul Kirsch is president of fluoroproducts for Chemours and spoke Tuesday night at a meeting about the company’s plant in St. Pauls in Robeson County.- Advertisement – last_img

No one charged after teen bicyclist hit by car in Carolina Beach

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A teen was hit by a car in Carolina Beach over the weekend.Carolina Beach Police say a 16-year-old boy was riding his bike when he was hit around noon Sunday on Lake Park Boulevard near Kate’s Pancake House.- Advertisement – The investigation revealed was the bicyclist was at fault and no one was charged, according to CBPD.The teen was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.last_img

Where were you when man first set foot on the moon

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 50 years ago today, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Where were Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Lawrence Gonzi and Mario Schiavone when this historic event occurred?“It was indescribable”President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca told how her father had woken up her and her siblings early at 3.00 am to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong landing the capsule on the moon. She said that this is a memory that she will never forget as it was very exciting, and that they knew that something very important was happening in the history of mankind.“The first step on the moon was also the first step for the sectors of technology and science”Former Prime Minister of Malta Lawrence Gonzi told that the first step of man on the moon surface was also the first step for science and technology. The computer used to land the capsule was minuscule compared to the computers which make up our mobile phones today; however, it was a very important first step.Gonzi explained that, at the time, he was about 15 or 16 years old, and all his family was eager to follow the event on the Italian television station RAI: “I remember it as if it was seared into my mind; the whole family gathered together to watch what happening in this beautiful adventure.”“At the time, it was like science fiction”, Gonzi explained, “something that it was difficult for me to imagine.” He added that they were “glued” to the television, follow the scientific wonder that was taking place before their very eyes.“We didn’t learn the lesson of how we can use science for the good of mankind”Mario Schiavone, who has worked in the media for may years, told that we have not learned how to use science for good, as, in his own words, “today, we are destroying the world ourselves.”He explained that, at that time he was 18-years-old and he could not believe what he was seeing. Geography lessons at school were about how far away the earth from the moon, and much of humanity still knew very little about the moon. He added that when saw the three astronauts walking on the moon, he realised that mankind could reach great limits if they used their intelligence for the benefit of humanity.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

MTN Goes Live With Cloud Services

first_imgAdvertisement Following a trial period in six of its major markets across Africa, MTN is going live with its bouquet of distinct cloud services this April. The MTN Cloud pilot project was launched in December 2012, targeting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa. The pilot made MTN the first mobile network operator in Africa to adopt the Cloud Service Brokerage model.This approach entails the centralisation of access to services where a third party, in this case MTN, acts as the single point of contact for customers. The focus is on convenience, as centralising access to services eases the administrative burden for businesses, where instead of dealing with multiple service providers, they now deal with one.The response to the MTN Cloud trial was positive, Executive for MTN’s Group Enterprise Business Unit, Farhad Khan, said. – Advertisement – What the pilot project confirmed is that our offerings are on the mark. There is great appetite for ICT solutions that are relevant, customised and affordable. SMEs are looking to technology service providers such as MTN to bring them world-class tools that improve their business efficiencies. MTN Cloud offers exactly that.”MTN will be going live with MTN Cloud in Ghana and Nigeria today Wednesday, 10 April 2013, with other markets to follow later in the year.An impressive list of services are offered via cloud. As part of the trial, participating companies were offered access to Office Desktop, a cost-effective email and collaborative software, Mozypro, a back-up service for the effective management of files and servers, and Dialcom, an on-demand video conferencing offering.Also on offer were McAfee, a popular anti-virus and anti-spam security software, Averiware, used for companies’ HR, accounting, finance and sales force automation needs, and Microsoft SharePoint, a staff and cross functional collaborative tool. This is in addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a customer relations management tool.The most popular of the MTN Cloud solutions during the trial were Averiware, MozyPro Online Backup, and McAfee SaaS.Companies that participated in the pilot ranged from SMEs in the IT, manufacturing and hospitality sectors in Ghana to those in media and advertising in Nigeria.“MTN is optimistic about the uptake of MTN Cloud. Our focus as MTN is to contribute to the development of enterprises and the sustainable growth of economies, and SMEs are key economic growth drivers in most of our markets.”In line with the new commercial offering, business customers will receive a 30-day trial of MTN Cloud. Customers who subscribe to MTN Cloud, through MTN Business, in the different markets, will also be able to pay for services using airtime. Plans are also underway to enable businesses to utilise MTN Mobile Money to pay for MTN Cloud services. Payment will be effected in the local currency of the participating market.Credit: Biz Communitylast_img read more

Over 100 fake apps discovered among Windows Store submissions

first_imgAdvertisement Over 100 fake apps and games have been discovered in the Windows Store which are using popular names to trick users into downloading them. Some are free, but most are priced at $4.99 and others go for up to $28.99, in a clear attempt to generate as much revenue from ignorant Windows 8 and Windows RT customers.[related-posts]WinBeta, which first spotted the fake apps, found them by searching for “how to use.” While this phrase is tacked on to the end of the titles for these apps, it is cut off when browsing the store. – Advertisement – A closer look shows that the publishers for these so-called apps include GreenHot, BA MEDIA, Hot Girl, Facebook Pro, MAHN TIEN, and Angry Birds Pro. Searching for either of these terms brings back even more results of fake submissions.These apps aren’t just targeting third-party titles: there are even mentions of Microsoft’s own Office, OneNote, Publisher, Word, and other such offerings. It’s frankly mind-boggling that any of these were accepted into the store, but even more surprising that fake Microsoft apps made it in as well.Microsoft recently announced that the Windows Store had surpassed the 100,000-app milestone. Not only is that far behind the competition, and it took the company very long to reach the six-digit figure, but apparently at least some of the submissions shouldn’t have ever been counted in the first place.Source: TNWlast_img read more

MITSUMI Distribution scoops Africa Distributor of the Year award at the EMEA

first_imgMr. Mitesh Shah, Managing Director Advertisement MITSUMI Distribution, one of the largest technology and consumer electronics distributors in Africa, won the Africa Distributor of the year award at the EMEA Channel Academy 2014 Awards, which took place in conjunction with DISTREE EMEA.The distributor categories were voted live at a special awards ceremony by a jury panel of EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) level executives.DISTREE EMEA 2014 took place in Monaco from February 11-14th and attracted senior buyers and executives from the region’s leading e-tailers, retailers and distributors. – Advertisement – More than 150 brands participated, using the event as a platform to manage, build or launch channels across EMEA. Receiving the award, Mitsumi Managing Director Mitesh Shah said we feel proud to be recognised for this prestigious award.“Over the years, MITSUMI Distribution has garnered a reputation as being the most trust-worthy distributor in Africa, thanks to the attention that we pay our clients. This is the result of our pan-African distribution strategy with a clear Regional drive that guarantees our presence on the continent and allows us to launch targeted marketing campaigns to create demand generation.”“As a largest IT & CE African distributor, we understand the broader African continent, Mitsumi has 17 years strong presence in Africa.” he added.Farouk Hemraj, CEO and Co-Founder at DISTREE Events, said: “We would like to congratulate the entire Mitsumi team on winning the Africa Distributor of the Year Award at the ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’. This award demonstrates the strong relationships that Mitsumi has with both its vendor partners, and also its channel customer base, as it develops and expands routes-to-market across the fast-growing African continent.”Mitsumi has 16 point of sale and 12 service centers in East, West and North Africa as well as a strategic warehouse located in Jebel Ali, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.MITSUMI Distribution also won “Champion Distributor of the Year 2014” by INTEGRATOR East Africa magazine.last_img read more

Apple Just Patented A Virtual Reality Headset For iPhones

first_imgAdvertisement A new patent granted to Apple today indicates that the company might just be getting into Google Glass territory after all.The patent details a “head-mounted display system” that allows the wearer to operate a ‘handheld portable electronic device with a separate head-mounted device.” Legal mumbo-jumbo aside, it seems increasingly likely that Apple is working on a virtual reality headset.Today’s patent filing reveals that such a product would be an iPhone accessory and would likely mount the iPhone for the experience like Samsung’s Gear VR already does. It also details a number of accessories, such as swappable batteries and a remote control. – Advertisement – Back in 2014 Apple listed a job on its careers site for a “AR/VR Programmer” andwon a separate patent for a Oculus Rift-style headset. What’s curious is in a profile of Jony Ive published earlier this week, Tim Cook said that “glasses were not a smart move” because “people would not really want to wear them.”Of course, Apple works on many products that never see the light of day so it’s possible the company is just hedging its bets. But, there’s always the chance we’ll see Apple throwing its hat into the virtual reality ring soon.Source TNWlast_img read more

Windows 10 Upgrade to Become Automatic as a Recommended Update in 2016

first_imgStarting next year, every Windows 7 or Windows 8 user will see Windows 10 as a “recommended update” on their computer. Image Credit: Ibtimes Advertisement Microsoft is willing to go to great length to get you to upgrade to Windows 10. The company says that starting next year, every Windows 7 or Windows 8 user will see Windows 10 as a “recommended update” on their computer. The company also shared some changes it plans to make on how updates are sent to Windows 10 computers.Last month the company began to push Windows 10 to some Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users as an “optional update”. The company now says that starting in 2016, everyone using the aforementioned old versions of its software will see Windows 10 as a “recommended update”. Depending on the user’sWindows Update setting, the upgrade process will begin automatically, but the final switch between the new and old OS will only be flipped by the user, explains the blog post titled ‘Making It Easier to Upgrade to Windows 10’.“A user will be presented with a choice to install Windows 10,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of Windows and devices explained further to The Verge. “They’ll come back to their PC and there will be a dialogue [box] where they can choose to upgrade to Windows 10 or choose not to upgrade to Windows 10.” – Advertisement – Myerson also said that the company may give users with pirated copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8 a “one-click” opportunity to get a genuine Windows 10 licence. Microsoft has plans to test this in the United States soon. Pirates won’t be getting Windows 10 license for free, he added.[related-posts]The company also plans to push updates to Windows 10 computers and automatically initiate the installation process as well, depending on a user’s Windows Update settings.Commenting on why the company is pushing Windows 10 to users who haven’t shown any intention to upgrade to the new desktop operating system, Myerson said that the company just wants to make it easier for people to upgrade. “We started out the update process, and we really hadn’t done anything like this before, so we started out with this process of getting people to reserve,” he said. “We’re now kind of in this phase of ‘let’s make it easier for people to upgrade.’”Myerson added that users can downgrade from Windows 10 if dissatisfied, within 31 days, in a blog post titled ‘Making it Easier to Upgrade to Windows 10’, “After any upgrade, you can easily go back to your prior version of Windows within 31 days if you choose. We do this by keeping a full copy of your previous operating system on your device – including apps and settings – for the first 31 days following your upgrade. At any time during the first 31 days, you can go to ‘Settings->Update and Security->Recovery and Uninstall Windows 10’ to return to your prior version of Windows.”The company on Thursday rolled out Windows 10 preview dubbed 10576 that adds several features to Microsoft Edge. The newly introduced Web browser has received a feature called ‘Cast media to device’, that allows users to cast videos, photos and music to your Miracast or DLNA-enabled TV or any other device. Tapping the icon will begin to beam YouTube videos, albums on Facebook among other things to their TV.[Gadget 360]last_img read more

MTN Uganda Announces University Scholarship Programme for Girls

first_imgAdvertisement The MTN Uganda Foundation has today officially launched a partnership with the Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda Chapter (FAWEU) to provide full cover University Education scholarships for ten (10) Ugandan girls from the four regions (Central, North, East, and West) of the country.This will be a second round of a similar initiative; MTN sponsored 2 female students previously that completed their degrees earlier this year. These were in ICT related fields and the students are currently doing internships within the MTN environment.The 10 girls were selected from 68 applications that FAWEU received from girls across the country with the desire to pursue undergraduate degrees in Information Technology related courses. – Advertisement – The sponsorship includes all program tuition and related fees, scholastic materials, meals, accommodation, basic personal requirements and career guidance & mentorship support.MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte said, “At MTN one of our key priority areas is Education and we recognize the value in empowering women in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), because ICT is a tool through which gender equality and women empowerment can be advanced to create communities where both women and men can substantively contribute and participate to socio economic growth.”We are delighted that the pilot project went on successfully and the beneficiaries have completed their studies and in fact one of them is now employed in the MTN IT hub.In Uganda there is a lot of potential for ICT to stimulate economic growth, socioeconomic development and effective governance and through the MTN Foundation we are happy to provide an opportunity for these young women to achieve their dreams considering many young people are often hindered by their social and economic circumstances from developing a relationship with ICT, said the CEO.On their part, the Executive Director FAWEU, M/s Christine Semambo Sempebwa, thanked MTN Foundation for the continuous support extended to FAWEU towards Education of under privilege girls over the years. “We encourage other corporate organizations and entities to join MTN in this noble cause.” In recognition of the crucial role that women play in development, FAWE’s mission is to ensure that girls and women are an integral part of the intellectual part of the intellectual and technical resources base needed for the survival and prosperity of Uganda and Africa at large.MTN’s support for Education is of course rooted in various other initiatives, including the MTN Y’ello Care program whose proceeds over the last years have been used to extend ICT services to schools.The MTN ICT bus has also, over the years, offered experiential learning to young children and has given many an opportunity to experience the power of technology as a tool for education, in most cases, for the very first time.last_img read more

JUST IN UCC Summons Stakeholders to Impromptu Meeting as SimCard Verification Deadline

first_imgUCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi engaging Telecommunications company excutives on Tuesday. (Photo by: Ibrahim Bossa/UCC) Advertisement The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on Wednesday summoned stakeholders in the country’s telecommunications sector to an impromptu meeting, PC Tech Magazine has learnt.The meeting which will take place at UCC Headquarters in Bugolobi comes just a few days to the simcard registration verification deadline which expires on May 19th.According to sources inside the Commission, the meeting is meant “to review the status of SIM Card registration in Uganda.” – Advertisement – Security Minister, Gen. Henry Tumukunde and Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura are also expected to attend the meeting.In March, UCC had issued a 7-day ultimatum for all Ugandans to have their simcard registration status verified to match the Nations ID database although government overruled it.The deadline would then be extended for a month, a period ending on May 19th.UCC further ordered that only a National ID and/or a passport be used for registration of new simcards, a directive which was challenged by many, including the Uganda Law Society.In a letter to UCC, Francis Gimara, the President Uganda Law Society indicated that the directive is contrary to the Regulation of Interception of Communications Instrument No.42 of 2011.“This law under regulation 7(3) allows valid identification documents recognized and issued by government agencies such as National IDs, Work permits, National Passports, Driving License, Students’ Identity Cards and Voters’ cards to be used for registration,” Gimara wrote.“If one form of registration is going to be preferred, then these regulations will have to first be amended,” he added.The directive also attracted a number of law suits against the Commission, most of which are still pending while others were dismissed.Today’s meeting is expected to tackle among others, the controversy surrounding valid documents for simcard registration.Kayihura, Tumukunde and Mutabaazi will address the media about the resolutions of the meeting.[related-posts]last_img read more

I have to oppose Long Run

first_imgSaturday’s Betfair Chase sees the return of Long Run and this looks an opportunity to get his career back on track. However for me his best days may well be behind him and this is a chance to take him on at short odds. Never at his best last year, there is a theory that he will bounce back to the level of form that saw him take the 2011 Gold Cup. I prefer the theory that he has always been a precocious talent as his mother has yet to breed a winner over 7yrs old and whilst he may still be able to perform to a high standard, he will never reach former heights and needs to be opposed at short prices.The problem, in opposing him on Saturday, is that he may not need to be at his best to win. However oppose him I must and finding the danger looks easy when looking at the market. Silviniaco Conti is comfortably 2nd best and represents last year’s good crop of novices. It was difficult to ascertain his best trip last year as connections were reluctant to give him the stamina test that for me he appeared to need. However after impressive wins at Aintree and Wetherby at trips exceeding 3 miles, it now seems all systems go, with the Gold Cup the eventual target. He is a big danger with race fitness assured and I would much rather back him at 3/1 than Long Run at 6/4. But how good were those races he won as the Charlie Hall in particular was awful. I think he needs to prove he is top class and at 3/1 I respect but pass.Imperial Commander returns to action and his participation certainly adds greatly to the race. He may also never reach former glories but Saturday could be the time to catch him. There seems to be the old cliché that he will come on greatly for this first run back which for me is usually utter rubbish. More and more these days trainers can get their horses very fit at home and horses coming back from a long absence are more likely to be race fit than those coming back from a short break. The reason is simple: trainers will not take chances with horses who have been injured as running them under prepared is a sure way to injure them again. So expect Imperial Commander to be ready for Saturday and if he retains the majority of his former ability, expect him to go close. Clearly there are doubts but at 7/1 I would take a chance.The Giant Bolster proved a revelation at the end of last season and on his Gold Cup runner up form is massive at 10/1.This big unit, as the name would suggest, is only 7 and has his best days ahead of him. There is the concern that he is yet to perform properly away from Cheltenham but those risks are compensated by the price. I prefer to take the view that David Bridgewater is taken the training game much more seriously these days and is starting to reap the rewards. He may need this and he may be a Cheltenham horse but how can he be 10/1 and Long Run 6/4 on the Gold Cup form, as he is the potential improver of the pair.The only other one to consider is Weird Al who is very well named and who is undoubtedly best caught fresh. He will have his supporters and I would rather back him at 12/1 than the fav at 6/4.He is worth a saver at those odds.Betfair Gold Cup recommendationsImperial Commander 7/1 1 pt winThe Giant Bolster 10/1 1.5 pts winWeird Al 12/1 0 .5 pt winlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Aston Villa v Birmingham

first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ouldn’t have got Derby v Burnley more wrong if I tried last night. I fancied goals. It finished 0-0. I lost the bet. That aside, it was 90 minutes of my life I won’t get back watching it. What a wretched game.Step forward Aston Villa and Birmingham into the SKY cameras tonight. The good news is you can’t do any worse than last night.It’s a Capital One Cup game but (in the style of the M&S adverts) this isn’t just any Capital One Cup game but a Capital One Cup derby game !!Villa have a great home record against their local rivals who have not won here since 2004.Birmingham have started the season better in their respective leagues and won this tournament in 2011 but have only gone beyond the third round once since then.Birmingham’s boss Gary Rowett is not exactly playing down his teams chances: “We’re in a really good place. We’re flying high in the league, we’ve only lost one game this season. We’ve got everything to look forward to. There’s no pressure on us. Where Villa are in the league, where they are with their season, there’s more pressure on them to win, so we can go there a little bit freer.”Villa will be without midfielder Idrissa Gueye who has a hamstring problem. Jores Okore (knee) and Adama Traore (ankle) are also expected to miss the match.Birmingham will be without defender Neal Eardley who has a dislocated shoulder which could keep in out for at least six weeks.Aston Villa v Birmingham CityCapital One Cup 3rd Round19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2011 PREMIER Birmingham 1-1 Aston VillaDec 2010 CARLING CUP Birmingham 2-1 Aston VillaOct 2010 PREMIER Aston Villa 0-0 BirminghamApr 2010 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-0 BirminghamSep 2009 PREMIER Birmingham 0-1 Aston VillaApr 2008 PREMIER Aston Villa 5-1 BirminghamNov 2007 PREMIER Birmingham 1-2 Aston VillaApr 2006 PREMIERSHIP Aston Villa 3-1 BirminghamOct 2005 PREMIERSHIP Birmingham 0-1 Aston VillaMar 2005 PREMIERSHIP Birmingham 2-0 Aston VillaAfter last night it should be a case of once bitten, twice shy, but I fancy goals again and am backing over 2.5 goals at around 10/11 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 10 points at 10/11 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 224.45 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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first_imgGolf fans will be looking at this week’s US PGA Championship with the mantra of “The best is yet to come.” The final Major of the year is not the last highlight of the year, with the Ryder Cup coming, but we can expect to see some top class displays with the last chance to take a Major on the board.And the US PGA has seen some of the sport’s top names triumph over the last decade, with Rory McIlroy amongst the winners to end the season on a high, whilst Tiger Woods went back to back in 2007/8.The past few years have also produced some rather notable trends for the winners – that trend being an in form player who’s able to drive hard and hit greens. To be more specific, four of the last six winners of the PGA played in one of the last two matches on the tee at the WGC Bridgestone Championship (a big prize in itself and the start of the World Golf Championships) which would give one a shortlist of Justin Thomas (14/1 with, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Ian Poulter.That is an extremely high-quality quartet and Thomas is fancied to double up. He is the reigning PGA Champion, having nailed the back nine last year with three birdies as the field began to swallow the leader Hideki Matsuyama at Quail Hollow, and this year’s venue of the Bellerive Country Club ought to suit him handsomely.He was masterful at Firestone, winning in a hack canter by four strokes, and that should have set him up perfectly for this challenge. His majors form since winning last year has been slightly hit and miss for a player of his quality but he is a prodigious winner – he has a strike rate of 18% in his PGA tournaments – and his missed cut at The Open doesn’t tell the full story.He was sailing at Carnoustie until the Scottish links got stuck into him with three successive double-bogeys starting at the par-five sixth and then bogeys at the 16th and 17th holes – and a birdie putt that hit the lips at the last – and from then he won at Firestone and took apart a great field. If in the same form, he will take a massive amount of beating.Dustin Johnson (8/1 with is even more obvious, but he sliced through the field last week and seemed to be in love with his new putter. He also missed the cut at Carnoustie when accuracy was punished to the extreme there but apart from that he’s won twice in the last two months from his five starts and averages first in scoring for birdies and eagles, scoring averages and shots gained from the tee to green – and his Major record is exemplary, having made the top 10 in eight of the last 11 Majors held on American soil.Jason Day (18/1 with hasn’t quite had the major success that was promised when bursting onto the major scene when winning this very event three years ago, but he retains his best for this tournament. His worst PGA tournament finish is 15th when he’s made the cut and he has form figures of 9-2-1-15-8-MC-MC-10 at this event.Indeed, he’s made the Top 20 in 17 Majors since 2013 and he would have been much closer at Firestone had he not overcooked his chase when within two shots of Justin Thomas with six holes to pay. A calmer approach might well have seen him push Thomas close and he was terribly drawn at The Open when playing in the worst of the conditions.Big prices do win here despite the high-class roll of honour and names such as Gary Woodland (100/1, Russell Henley (125/1 with do catch the eye. However, it’s another one who’s close to the top that makes an appeal. Patrick Cantlay (45/1 with is a fine ball striker as PGA stats show and he’s finished 12th at The Open and then sixth at Bridgestone, suggesting that this setup will suit more and he beats off the outsiders to finish the portfolio.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK JUSTIN THOMAS 2 points each-way at 12/1 with starsports.betBACK DUSTIN JOHNSON 2 points each-way 8/1 with starsports.betBACK JASON DAY 2 points each-way at 18/1 with starsports.betBACK PATRICK CANTLAY 1 point each-way at 45/1 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 106.73 points(not including Test series recommendations or 2nd Test)last_img read more

Rice expert says Texas Democrats have an Anglo problem

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice expert says Texas Democrats have an ‘Anglo problem’ HOUSTON – (Sept. 30, 2014) – While substantial “ink and bytes” have been devoted to the GOP’s “Hispanic problem,” a forthcoming report from Rice University political scientist Mark Jones finds that Texas Democrats face an uphill battle with an “Anglo problem” in the Lone Star State.Mark Jones photo courtesy Rice UniversityJones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute, analyzed data from gubernatorial elections since 1990 and found that Democrats’ support has declined with white voters over the years. He said this could spell trouble for the party and its candidate for governor this year, Wendy Davis.“Since 1990, no Democrat in Texas has come close to winning a majority of the Anglo vote,” Jones said. “It’s a problem for the party, given that among Texans who vote in gubernatorial races, Anglos still outnumber Hispanics by more than 3-to-1.“Since at least that time, an absolute majority of Anglos have backed the Republican gubernatorial candidate, ranging from a low of 57 percent in 1990, when Democrat Ann Richards won 43 percent of the Anglo vote en route to her victory over Republican Clayton Williams, to a high of 78 percent in 1998, when Republican George W. Bush trounced Democrat Garry Mauro. Most recently, Perry won 71 percent of the Anglo vote in his victory over Democrat Bill White in 2010.“As for the Texas governor’s race, Republican front-runner Greg Abbott’s campaign is counting on continued strong support among Anglos and men and a respectable showing among Hispanics,” Jones said. “Democrat Wendy Davis’ campaign hopes to make significant inroads among Anglos and women and boost turnout and vote share among Hispanics.”The forthcoming report also analyzes Texas’ Hispanic and African-American voting trends, along with voting trends of men and women. Leading up to the election, Jones has written a piece on this topic for Texas Tribune’s “TribTalk.”News media interested in interviewing Jones on the Texas governor’s race should contact him directly at 832-466-6535 or’ “TribTalk” perspective, “Texas Democrats’ uphill battle, in numbers,” can be found at: Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more