Developments in Development Primary Concern

first_imgAnticipation of the next tech crash is so buzzy that even the New York Times had to chime in. And someone else picked up those fidelity ratings I mentioned last time and says it’s a sign of the crash to come.But, hark, a media trend shift! It turns out the number one concern among San Franciscans, according to a new San Francisco Chamber of Commerce poll reported by the Chronicle, is not the tech bubble – it’s homelessness.Supervisor David Campos’ legislation that would declare a state of emergency on homelessness, by the way, will be heard by a Board committee on Thursday, and he is inviting members of the public to attend. Legislation that would force the city to build six more navigation centers in the next year is still forthcoming, and still being dismissed by the Mayor.Nonetheless, it’s hard to argue that the housing crisis and homelessness are not the tiniest bit related – especially as the mayor’s new point man on homelessness, Sam Dodge, argues that Campos’ proposal to build new shelters and build them now doesn’t help people get off the street if there aren’t any homes to go to. Curbed reports that San Francisco, in series of civic scorecards the city issued to…uh, itself…is actually pretty noncommittal about its performance in constructing housing, simply stating that home values are up and rents are up (surprise!) and leaving it at that. Tags: Developments in Development • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Another slightly more conclusive indication of the scorecards is that even the city knows its public transit is seriously unimpressive. But where the rest of us might be frustrated by unpredictable bus times and overcrowding, the city gave itself a failing mark on how often Muni buses crash into other vehicles. Ouch.And while the city is has only a shrug for its tourism stats (hotel occupancy rates and revenues are slightly down, even though costs are slightly up), it is going after the non-hotel tourism industry again.The Chronicle reports that the city will be asking Airbnb hosts to give a list of the items, like furniture, that their guests use and pay taxes on them. According to Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, the hosts brought it upon themselves – “We have heard loud and clear from (hosts) that they want to be treated like everybody else and are willing to pay taxes like everybody else,” she told the Chron.At the same time, the company is doing some self-regulating. It’s asking for feedback from hosts’ neighbors. Bloomberg reports that this is going to be rolled out in Japan first, with global implementation to follow. One wonders, were this to become a reality in San Francisco, could it be a way to encourage frustrated neighbors to try to work through the private system before going to the city and outing the hosts – now that so many of the city’s short term rentals are technically unsanctioned? Legal shifts aside, let’s look at how development is unfolding in some local buildings:Nonprofit MEDA announced last week that it managed to seal the deal to buy the Precita Avenue building that houses both a 40-year-old mural arts center and four rent controlled tenants, securing the building as affordable housing in perpetuity. A group of neighbors with the means to do so lent the nonprofit more than half of the $400,000 down payment, forming a financing system that may make the nonprofit more competitive in the open real estate market. More on that here. In other welcome news, the city has now broken ground on a long-anticipated new park at 17th and Folsom streets. While the real work is set to begin in about a week, the park is expected to be completed within about a year. Here’s a photo of the ceremonial groundbreaking:The groundbreaking at 17th and Folsom. Photo by Joe Rivano BarrosSocketsite has the scoop on two locations around the neighborhood that are likely to undergo serious changes, most moving from neighborhood stalwarts to upscale housing:The site reports that La Parrilla Grill’s space on 24th and Folsom, where plans were made years ago for 20 condos atop the restaurant space and later put on hold, is now again being marketed as a “high foot traffic corner location” – and a tipster sent Socketsite a photo featuring a new building with a second story on top. Socketsite also revealed that the former Anna’s Linens building on Mission Street near 22nd Street may get four stories of housing stacked on top, after the master tenant accepted a buyout for the remaining 30 years of their lease.Finally, we’re up to two figures in local development politics who have taken to their Twitter recently with incredibly frank messages, and let me say, I hope this is the beginning of a trend. Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards went off on Twitter hecklers the other day, even throwing a few expletives around. The move wasn’t popular with everyone, but it was honest – and a week or so later, BART crisis management media relations person @iwriterealgood (a millennial, folks!) took to the internet to lay some real talk down on the conversation about why BART is always so frickin’ broken. Also known as Taylor Huckaby, the BART spokesperson then followed up his viral tweets with an op-ed in Popular Mechanics. More of this, bureaucrats of Twitter! In the incredibly difficult conversation about development and infrastructure, nobody else is holding back – if you know something, say something.   last_img read more

Mexico exists here reminds SF Mexican Museum exhibit

first_img 0% McDonald said featuring works on paper allows the museum to show a more eclectic sample of work, instead of just 10 large paintings. The works were provided by private collectors from around the Bay Area, including McDonald. Featuring such important artists is part of an effort to add depth to the museum’s collection, he said. He said the works on paper by masters of the genre, including Leonora Carrington, José Clemente Orozco and Rosa Rolanda, are the kinds of work that give a museum weight. McDonald’s passion for the artwork was on display as he flitted around the museum, telling stories about individual pieces. “It’s kind of difficult to know where to start,” he said before walking over to three Diego Rivera lithographs, which Rivera produced while living in New York. One, titled “Zapata,” depicts an agrarian leader named Emiliano Zapata leading a group of peasants with his blade drawn and a white horse by his side. It is based on a fresco cycle depicting Mexico’s history and painted in the Palace of Cortés, Cuernavaca, Mexico.“This is probably one of the most famous images by Diego Rivera,” McDonald said. He pointed to Zapata and the white horse in the painting, standing over a dead soldier. “It’s Zapata leading his white horse to a new world — a new life, a better life,” he said. “It’s a struggle that’s going on today,” he added, “but done with such poetry.”Diego Rivera “Zapata” (1932). Photo courtesy of a private collector.McDonald then glided over to an untitled oil and amate painting by Alejandro Santiago. In it, two horses seem to rear in a frenzy above a couple of misshapen, haunted-looking human figures. The painting hasd undeniable similarities to Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” — not only in its off-black color scheme, but also in its various shades of distress. “Whereas Picasso’s painting of ‘Guernica’ was largely symbolic, this is the kind of scene Santiago had to have witnessed,” McDonald said.  He explained that the painting was a depiction of the 2006 Oaxaca Protests, which resulted in the deaths of at least 17 people. “Alejandro saw the killing and the horses run down the cobbled streets,” he said. “It’s the same struggle you see so often in Mexican art.”Alejandro Santiago “Untitled” (2006). Photo courtesy of the Bond Latin Gallery.Then McDonald arrived at a series of sketches by Jose Clemente Orozco — who was, along with Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the co-called “Big Three” Mexican muralists. “You look at so many American artists and it goes back Orozco,” he said, noting that Orozco’s influence on American abstract expressionism could not be overstated. “People like Jackson Pollock were basically devoted to Orozco,” he said. He referenced the broad, slashing strokes in an ink sketch titled “Foreshortened Woman,” which depicts a nude female figure lying down with her back to the observer. McDonald said that Orozco produced many nude paintings and sketches of prostitutes, but when he entered the United States  in 1927, customs burned them.“So there’s a whole body of work by Orozco that was destroyed when he came to the United States,” McDonald said. He said that may or may not have been a consequence of Orozco’s overt left-wing politics.Artist Rufino Tamayo “Boatman” (1939) Photo courtesy of a private collector.But, moving over to piece titled “Boatman” by Rufino Tamayo, McDonald said Mexican art doesn’t necessarily have to be political. He said that Tamayo was among the first to lead a breakaway from the politically-charged “struggle-of-man” discourse of the major muralists. “He could be political, but mostly it was about an aesthetic,” he said. In fact, McDonald said, Tamayo emigrated to New York City in 1929 because he was effectively “pushed out” of Mexico by the Big Three. “He couldn’t get teaching positions, he couldn’t get commissions, because he didn’t [conform] to what their idea of art was,” he said. McDonald dove into the complexities of most of the works in the museum, but he said wanted people “get off their cellphones,” see the exhibit for themselves — and realize the “complexity of their environment” here in San Francisco. “It’s important to politically and culturally — and I’m stressing politically right now — understand that San Francisco was not made by Europeans,” he said. “It was a complex coming together of cultures.” Tags: arts • murals Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Interwoven in the current exhibit at the Mexican Museum — a three-room collection of “works on paper” by Mexican modernists — is a lesson every San Franciscan should learn.“Mexico exists here,” said collector Robert McDonald. “It’s a part of American culture.” The exhibit, titled “Mexico in San Francisco Works on Paper from Diego Rivera to Alejandro Santiago,” features 42 works on paper by Mexican artists who were instrumental in steering a movement that blended politics and beauty — and who spent crucial points of their careers in the United States.The show runs through Dec. 8. last_img read more

A huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Friday

first_imgA huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Friday’s First Utility Super League tie with Hull FC.MATCH SPONSOR – TrojanTROJAN Work Wear also Known as ARCO are Proud to extend their current partnership here at Saints by being this week’s Match Sponsor.They specialise in providing the highest quality Work Wear Products to all types of trades and businesses. With products varying from quality tough boots and trousers to high performing jackets, Trojan have what it takes to kit out yourself or even a whole team. Their reputation really does speak for itself with years of experience providing the highest quality Products that you can trust.To find out more about Trojan (ARCO) and see their range of work wear log on to www.trojanworkwear.co.ukMATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Bold Skip HireBold Skip Hire are proud to sponsor the Saints for the third time this season.They are a locally based company situated just off Neills Road. With years of experience being a well-established local business, you can be sure that they will provide first class service to ensure that your needs are met appropriately.For further information on the services they provide please contact Mel Griffiths at boldskips@btconnect.com or call 01744 833 891.THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – VinylineVinyline are a St helens based graphics company established in 1982.They are proud to have most recently produced the stadium graphics for all the stadiums during the Rugby Union World Cup, Manchester City’s Ethiad Stadium and of course Langtree Park. This will be their 10 year annivarsary of sponsoring James Roby and also provided the graphics for his testimonial last season.For more details log on to www.vinyline.co.ukTHANK YOUSpecial mention to all of our Super 8s Partners: Pinehirst Education, Tecmark, Kieras Occasions, NS Connections, Hattons Solicitors, Quick Reach, Cara Brickwork, Pier Fun Casinos, Bold Skip Hire and Trojan.Thank you for your continued support.For further information on available packages this season click here.last_img read more

This Seasons MeetingsSt Helens 14 Warrington 12

first_imgThis Season’s Meetings:St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 14, Warrington 12 (SLR23, 26/7/18) Warrington 12, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 9/3/18) Warrington 40, St Helens 18 (SLR13, 5/5/17) St Helens 31, Warrington 6 (SLR6, 24/3/17) Warrington 18, St Helens 10 (SLSF, 29/9/16) Warrington 18, St Helens 20 (SLS8-R1, 4/8/16) St Helens 4, Warrington 26 (SLR17, 3/6/16) Warrington 22, St Helens 25 (SLR10, 8/4/16) St Helens 16, Warrington 32 (SLS8-R7, 24/9/15) Warrington 14, St Helens 20 (SLR22, 16/7/15)Super League Summary:Warrington won 13 (includes wins in 2012 and 2016 play-offs) St Helens won 47 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs) 2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWarrington Tries147 (1st)125 (2nd)Goals122 (1st)108 (5th)Metres39,460 (1st)38,171 (3rd)Breaks222 (1st)173 (5th)Tackles9,250 (4th)8,730 (9th)Factoids:Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba are both set to reach significant milestones if they feature on Saturday.They will each make their 200th career appearance.Makinson has played 196 games for the Saints since 2011, to go with dual-registration appearances for Rochdale (1, 2013) and Whitehaven (1, 2013).He made his England debut in the Denver Test match against New Zealand in June.Tommy is also three tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018).Barba has played 31 games for the club since he signed in 2017. He has also appeared 168 times in the NRL for Canterbury (2008–13), Brisbane (2014) and Cronulla (2015–16).Jonny Lomax is just two points away from 500 in Super League (498 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 31 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 24. James Bentley.Warrington: 1. Stefan Ratchford, 3. Bryson Goodwin, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Chris Hill, 10. Mike Cooper, 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15. Declan Patton, 17. Joe Philbin, 18. Toby King, 19. George King, 20. Harvey Livett, 22. Morgan Smith, 24. Luis Johnson, 27. Josh Charnley, 29. Ben Pomeroy, 30. Bodene Thompson, 34. Ben Westwood.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 24 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 20 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 9 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Regan Grace (St Helens), Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 122 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 92 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 59 4 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 57 5 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 7 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 41 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39Goals Percentage: 1 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (10/11) 3 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 90.00 (36/40) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 85.41 (41/48) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 83.82 (57/68) 10 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 82.85 (29/35)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 263 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 228 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 130 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 130 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 124 7 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 110 10 Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves) 102Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints282440835394441482Wigan Warriors292270726405321443Castleford Tigers281981725546179394Warrington Wolves2817101717504213355Wakefield Trinity281314171461896276Huddersfield Giants2913151527772-245277Hull FC2811170583747-164228Catalans Dragons2810171548718-17021Tickets:Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Bolton man accused of selling drugs at area park

first_img The Sheriff’s Office says they began investigating after receiving numerous complaints from the community about illegal activity happening at county parks and recreation facilities.Vice-Narcotics Detectives were monitoring Bolton Park, which is where they discovered Bowen was selling drugs. Investigators say Bowen had two grams of cocaine and three grams of marijuana on him, as well as two guns at the time of his arrest.Bowen is charged with:One felony count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver cocaineOne felony count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuanaRelated Article: Another teen charged in graffiti vandalism downtownHe was placed under a $10,000 bond.Bowen was also served with an outstanding domestic violence protection order.The Sheriff’s Office says they will continue to monitor all county parks and recreation parks for illegal activity. BOLTON, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is accused of selling drugs at Bolton Park.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Alan Bowen, 26, of Bolton, at the park on Tuesday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police identify Jacksonville marine in downtown Wilmington fatal shooting

first_img Police responded to the 200 block of North Front Street around 6:15 a.m. Sunday where the victim was found to have sustained fatal gunshot wounds.Police say this is an isolated incident.If you have any information about this incident please use Text-a-Tip or call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609. WPD investigating a death in the 200 block of North Front Street (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating a shooting that killed a 27-year-old Jacksonville man over the weekend in downtown Wilmington.Wilmington Police say Edwin Estrada was killed. He was a US Marine.- Advertisement – last_img

Carolina Beach to buy land to build water treatment plant

first_img There is not a timeline for construction of the plant, but Cramer says the property is beside the current water tower and perfectly suited for the town’s long range water plans. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously to purchase property at 801 North Dow Road for a future water treatment plant.Town Manager Michael Cramer says the property will be bought for $400,000 and be paid for from a savings fund within the town’s utility fund.- Advertisement – last_img

Pender County fire crews battle early morning blaze

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  According to a Pender County Fire Marshal a home in Hampstead caught fire Saturday morning. Fire Marshal Tommy Batson said the two people and their pets are safe.Batson said the call came in around 2:30 a.m. Saturday to a home on East Creekview Drive in Hampstead. Batson said around 25 first responders from Pender County EMS and Fire, Surf City and New Hanover County Departments responded to the scene.- Advertisement – Batson said the fire caused extensive damage to the home, but there was no extensive damage to the second story. He also said no injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is undetermined and it is still under investigation.last_img

VIDEO Man charged for slapping Wilmington police officer

first_img When officer arrived, 22-year-old John Lewis Watson allegedly tried to punch one of the officers.John Lewis (Photo: NHSO/Jail)In the video, you can see Watson flipping his water bottle in the air before the punch.Watson is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and indecent exposure. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wait until you see this video! A man hit a Wilmington Police Officer this weekend and it was all caught on camera.Police say they received several calls Saturday regarding a man displaying erratic behavior at Military Cutoff and Eastwood roads.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington woman accused of stabbing man with hedge clippers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Wilmington Police found a man stabbed Monday night when they responded to a call about a naked woman sitting in the street.Police arrested Janet Barnett, 35, and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for stabbing a man with hedge clippers.- Advertisement – Police say it happened in the 900 block of South 4th St. at around 10:30 p.m.The victim had minor injured and was treated at the scene.Barnett, of Wilmington, was arrested and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for evaluation.Related Article: Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversaryBarnett is under a $50,000 bond.last_img

When will kids be able to return to class

first_imgTrask Middle School in New Hanover County sustains damage from Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With school closures, parents are wondering when kids will go back to class especially with the damage some of the New Hanover County shelters sustained.Superintendent Tim Markley says they are hoping to have kids back in school by the first week in October.- Advertisement – He’s gone and seen some of the schools like Trask Middle and Laney High. He says this experience has been rough for families and teachers who are now homeless.The school district is also looking at the possibility of relocating students to other schools.“We’re looking at, if we got a school that we can’t get back up and running, then we need to shift some students around,” Markley said. “We’re actually, timing wise, we’ve got several year round schools that are about to go on to intercession, so I may need to temporarily relocate to a school that’s on intercession while I have another week to fix a particular school.”Related Article: Brunswick Co. lifts evacuation, helps restaurants reopeningThe school district is also working with state officials to figure out what will happen with make-up days with the potential to forgive some of those make-up days because of the natural disaster.last_img read more

Former SBI agent pleads guilty to stealing campaign signs

first_imgGavel (Photo: MGN Online) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We have an update on Jay Floyd, the SBI agent indicted for allegedly stealing campaign signs.He has pleaded guilty to the crime.- Advertisement – Floyd was ordered to pay a $200 fine, court costs, and complete community service for misdemeanor littering.In April, Floyd stole signs belonging to a candidate running for Pender County Sheriff.Floyd lost his job in late June for unacceptable personal conduct.last_img

Earth Fare opens Wednesday in Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Earth Fare, the authentic specialty natural and organic grocery store, will welcome shoppers in Wilmington at starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.The Grand Opening celebration kicks off just before 7 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a check presentation to NourishNC. The funds will be used to take a hands-on approach to improving the health of children in the community through access to healthy foods by directly supporting programs such as Little Red Wagon and Farmers MarKID.- Advertisement – The first 500 customers will be entered in a mystery gift card giveaway valued at up to $1,000.Earth Fare is located at 943 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington.last_img

Wilson Center announces 201920 PNC Broadway Series

first_img2019-20 PNC Broadway Series at the Wilson Center (Photo: Wilson Center) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you love musical theatre then get excited! The Wilson Center has announced the PNC Broadway Series for the 2019-2020 season.Coming to the Cape Fear in October, catch Tzeitel, Perchik and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof.- Advertisement – In December, catch The Illusionists for Magic of the Holidays.Join Jenna and feel that sugar, butter, flour love in Waitress in February 2020.The Color Purple and An American in Paris hit the stage in March.Related Article: WPD: Man dead in late-night gang-related shootingSee felines recall all the memories, in CATS at the end of March.Catch the story of vets returning home after World War II in Bandstand in May 2020.Finally hear the story of Carole King in Beautiful in June 2020.Tickets will be available for purchase soon at the Wilson Center.last_img

Keita Balde joins Inter Milan on loan deal

first_imgKeita Balde became Inter Milan’s latest signing after Monaco confirmed that the 23-year old is moving on a season-long loan deal worth £5.4m. The Italian side have the option to make the move permanent for £37m. Keita is Inter’s eighth summer signing as the Serie A side look to improve on last season’s fourth place finish.The Senegalese player joined Monaco for £26million in the summer of 2017 after the French club had sold key members from a title-winning side such as Kylian Mbappe, Bernard Mendy and Bernardo Silva. Keita, who was part of Senegal’s national team that travelled to Russia for the World Cup, played 33 matches last season for Monaco and scored eight times.WhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

MTN installs huge solar plant to cool its data centre facilities

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunications giants MTN have launched a concentrating solar cooling plant at its head office in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg which will be used to cool the company’s data centres.The facility generates enough electricity to power 350 average-sized homes.It uses a technology called Linear Fresnel Concentrating Solar Power, which uses heat generated from the sun and has a peak cooling capacity of 330kW. – Advertisement – The project forms part of the worldwide “dena Solar Roofs Programme” coordinated by the German Energy Agency and supported by the German federal ministry for economic affairs and energy.The system is made up of 242 solar mirrors covering an area of 484sq m. These mirrors track the sun to generate pressurised hot water at 180 deg C. The hot water in turn powers an “absorption chiller” that produces chilled water circulated into the data centre for cooling IT equipment.The mirrors follow the movement of the sun, based on GPS location, orientation and the date and time. This information guides the system to track the sun to concentrate on the central absorber tube where heat is generated.The absorption chillers employ a lithium bromide water solution, which uses water as the refrigerant.When it rains, the mirrors move into a self-cleaning position and on cloudy days, the mirrors turn down into a protective stow position.Source: Tech Centrallast_img read more

TRACE Music Stars Mahindra Comviva comes on board as technology partner

first_imgAdvertisement Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions, today announced an exclusive partnership with TRACE TV, one of the leading music channels to launch TRACE Music Stars across all Airtel operations in Africa.Contestants will have the chance to compete for a grand prize of 30,000 Euros and a recording deal with Universal Music. The winner will travel to New York to be personally mentored by American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer, AKON.The grand finale will be held on March 2015. – Advertisement – Mahindra Comviva is providing a complete ecosystem and end-to-end solution for the rapid deployment, provisioning, execution, management and billing of various value added services to enable this initiative. Additionally, Mahindra Comviva’s mKaroke will provide the users with real-time singing analysis and voice supervision to deepen the user engagement.TRACE Music Stars will be executed as a large-scale branding campaign and value added music service, available exclusively for Airtel subscribers.It is an IVR based music competition that gives subscribers the opportunity to become the next big music star in their country and possibly across Africa and the world without having to go through long and expensive traditional castings. The competition will offer participants an option to rehearse on a phone karaoke that scores their performance. On scoring low points the contestants can try again without having to stand in long queues.Commenting on the initiative Atul Madan, Head of Digital Services, Mahindra Comviva said “Mahindra Comviva has been constantly working towards revolutionizing the music market in Africa by providing localized content, identifying independent artists and labels, and disseminating music across the region.On an average, music services in Africa contribute 40% to operators’ downloadable content revenues. To cater to fast evolving trends and sustain consumer engagement, the company is constantly introducing innovative service features like mKaraoke, user generated music content and social RBT. The partnership with TRACE and Airtel is a testament of our efforts in emerging as the leader in the digital music space.”Olivier Laouchez, TRACE’s CEO said “We are pleased to partner with Mahindra Comviva in bringing a platform to empower the youth. Mahindra Comviva’s unrivalled expertise in digital music, VAS Technologies and deep understanding of the African market helped us bring this initiative to life.”Mahindra Comviva is betting big on its digital music portfolio across video, voice and text. The company has collaborated with over 110 local and international content providers, copyright bodies, local artists, premium music labels and production houses in the continent.The company owns rights to unique music tracks in African, Arabic and international categories, and offers multiple genres including Hip Hop, Pop, Inspirational, Rumba, Hip Life, Football Chants, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Retro in more than 35 local African languages.last_img read more

Android Wear smartwatches are not really selling like hotcakes

first_imgAdvertisement [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.You see? It’s curious. Ted did figure it out – time travel. And when we get back, we gonna tell everyone. How it’s possible, how it’s done, what the dangers are. But then why fifty years in the future when the spacecraft encounters a black hole does the computer call it an ‘unknown entry event’? Why don’t they know? If they don’t know, that means we never told anyone. And if we never told anyone it means we never made it back. Hence we die down here. Just as a matter of deductive logic.Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Advertisement – The lysine contingency – it’s intended to prevent the spread of the animals is case they ever got off the island. Dr. Wu inserted a gene that makes a single faulty enzyme in protein metabolism. The animals can’t manufacture the amino acid lysine. Unless they’re continually supplied with lysine by us, they’ll slip into a coma and die.Somewhere only we knowThis theme will make you coolWell, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show’s called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they’re going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don’t, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.Grow back-end synergies web services synergies ecologies, implement B2B maximize capture podcasts enterprise? Revolutionary proactive viral reinvent cross-media transform vortals authentic leverage? Beta-test granular collaborative applications leverage webservices, scale B2B engage vortals global, generate open-source incubate extend frictionless synthesize. Frictionless user-centric addelivery cutting-edge podcasting proactive enable integrated B2B facilitate; initiatives benchmark folksonomies, enable create? Cross-media expedite–cross-media revolutionary enable vertical users peer-to-peer visualize implement webservices ROI target, engage engineer.Robust mission-critical content revolutionary integrate proactive rich-clientAPIs.” Visionary Cluetrain reintermediate infrastructures, sticky revolutionize bandwidth whiteboard, “podcasts semantic e-business back-end, dynamic integrated tag evolve, 24/7 enhance reintermediate transform create magnetic.” Clicks-and-mortar integrateAJAX-enabled social technologies intuitive efficient sexy. Embedded, 24/365, cultivate web-readiness proactive methodologies reinvent metrics, streamline real-time eyeballs grow share user-contributed, out-of-the-box repurpose.last_img read more

Interview PETER WEBB

first_imgPETER WEBB (Part 3 of 3) PETER WEBB (Part 2 of 3) Interview: PETER WEBB Peter Webb started his punting life as a teenage data-cruncher who came up with a formula to predict draws in football. His efforts resulted in first dividends with Littlewoods Pools and being banned by betting shops after a brace of touches in quick succession. Disillusioned, he concentrated on a career in the retail arm of computing. Things changed for him with the advent of betting exchanges where he saw opportunities for his analytical approach. He soon became a very successful trader utilising software he, with help from program writers, developed. This trading interface, originally only intended for personal use, morphed in the Bet Angel business – now a leading tool for exchange punters. Since Betfair’s launch in 2000 Peter has become one of the globe’s biggest exchange players trading huge figures over that period, activity that continues today. In this series of interviews Peter tells his story with some useful insights, anecdotes and trading tips he’s learnt along the way, meet Bet Angel’s Peter Webb.PETER WEBB (Part 1 of 3)center_img Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

TALES FROM THE RING Champions Day Ascot

first_imgCHAMPIONS DAY ASCOT SATURDAY: Simon Nott reports from the Star Sports pitch at Ascot on Champions Day. Before racing it looked a card dominated by John Gosden trained hot-pots. How did the afternoon turn out?Huge rumour on arrival at the racecourse that one independent major on-course firm had bought out another major-player’s on-course pitches. Rumours being rumours I can’t elaborate but when it breaks you heard it here.Matt Chapman with cameras pounced on Ben to ask him what damage Frankie Dettori could do today, Ben said he didn’t know but being an action junkie he quite likes it when the first two win. The first being Stradivarius, evens with us and 7/1 the Dettori treble special with Lah Ti Dar and Cracksman. The crowd was as buzzy as Chapman with plenty of decent bets coming in off the floor. It got buzzier still when one of the commission agents having lumps on at Royal Ascot made his presence known.Camilla from Horse and Hound arrived to work on the pitch and ultimately write a feature. Ben asked her to do payouts in the hope that she didn’t have much to do.1:25 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)Sadly the big commission agent didn’t come back before they were sent on their way for the first. Lofty described it ‘alright’ business wth the biggest cash bet an even £600.That didn’t go well, Frankie Dettori, at his very best, pleased favourite backers with a win on Stradivarius. No silly ‘got a tune out of it’ puns here you’ll be pleased to know.2:00 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 1)Next up was harder. The Tin Man opened at 10/3 with us. One lady marched up with a list and ask for a bet and offered to pay the tax. ‘Pay the tax!’ Whatever next, phrases you rarely hear. Not only was her bet tax free but she got a sweet too.I got a request to take a photo of Harry Angel going down, this was the best I could do.It was busier in the ring people-wise than the majority of the Royal Meeting but without any of the big bets. Our eyes were still peeled for the commission agent but was so far proving to be elusive. Betting got a bit hectic, so it didn’t take long for Lofty’s voice to be heard raised, it’s a shame I’m no longer able to record video, comedy gold!It was all smiles on the pitch after the race. Brand Ambassador Adam Kirby did his best to get Harry Angel, the worst in the book, home but Paul Hanagan on Sands Of Mali at 28/1 would not be denied. The cheers deafening the punters in the vacinity of the betting ring were from the massed ranks of bookies. Aye Aye.2:40 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Group 1)Next up another short one in Lah Ti Dar. It looked as if at least some of the punters were already potless, luckily you can bet contactless with us, as one punter did. Paul Gold, betting in front of us offered cashback too, not with us though sir. We did think up sending the punter to him to get the cash to bet with us, but didn’t think it was cricket.The free cigars were popular with punters that had decent bets, what they don’t know is that they are dished out in the hope they get to enjoy a ‘Hamlet moment’ after the race.The office called to say Magical had been laid to hefty each-way sums. On course we laid on course were £1,000-£800 and £1,100-£1,000 the jolly!Getting the favourite beaten on course was an excellent result of course. Sadly, being a two-tier firm that didn’t tell the whole story. I’m not allowed to mention figures but Magical winning cost the firm what can be ambiguously described as bundles. No smiles on the pitch after that result, the only plus being Ben could crack on with betting on the next. Oh and of course, the special treble bit the dust.3:15 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1) (Sponsored By Qipco)‘They’ say this game tames lions, that’s very true but Roaring Lion was the one they all wanted to be on early, that is except those bigger punters presumably enjoying a ‘Hamlet Moment’ with their Star Sports cigars.They knew, just. Roaring Lion scraped home by a neck, they still get paid if they scrape home though. The biggest bet in the book was just £600 but it all added up to a nice few quid.3:50 Qipco Champion Stakes (Group 1)Next up Cracksman which opened at 10/11. It seemed that some of the punters were getting slightly refreshed. It didn’t help that there was a late 5p Rule 4 to be deducted from winning bets. One lady was getting extremely irate in the queue saying all she wanted to do was put her winnings on fornicating Cracksman, or words to that effect. One gentleman explained to the lady that there was a queue. Fair play to her, she had some gusto in her and kept on cussing until she got her winnings and still had it on with us.There was a final flurry for the jolly which returned 5/6, the last bets in our book were at 10/11. Cracksman absolutely bolting in by six lengths wasn’t pleasant viewing for bookmakers – though some performance admired by them too.4:30 Balmoral Handicap (Sponsored By Qipco)Ben got stuck into betting on the last with Camilla paying the happy winners, luckily with no rule 4 complications to slow things up. At 5/1 the field it was up to the punters to find the winner. Jamie arrived back from an ablutions visit, no quick job on a busy day, Lofty was getting the needle. As often happens my old dear departed boss Jack Lynn’s words rang in my ears from beyond the grave, ‘Don’t drink too much when you are on the pitch, you can’t work with your cock in your hand!’ They don’t make them like Jack anymore.Business was brisk with plenty of punters backing plenty of horses though not to volumes of money.That was until a credit punter came in for a £50,000 – £5,000 each way Mitchum Swagger and a monkey each way Another Batt at 66/1.Another Batt running a hell of a race to finish in the money in fourth was the place that ruined the day on course. There wasn’t much in it until then, we lost in cash and credit. Don’t even mention the office. Oh well, it was excellent to be back on the turf for a busy Saturday. Race days are like London buses, we’re back for a brace next Friday and Saturday at Cheltenham. See you there. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more