Neighborhood Notes Dolores Park updates and more

first_img 0% Tags: Brava Theater Center • development • dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Those pieces include one ranger who patrols the park seven days a week, with two patrols on the weekend, said Park Ranger Marcus Santiago. The rangers have a fixed presence at the park from 12 to 8 p.m., with intermittent patrols in the morning.Additionally, he said, 11 cameras have been installed on the 18th Street side of the park, monitoring the courts and bathrooms. In April, more will be installed to monitor the 19th Street bridge and the wide center path. And in June, yet more cameras will be installed near the bathrooms and playground on the southern end.Officer Malek Jisrawi, the foot-beat officer for the Castro, said SFPD mostly patrols the areas around the park when the rangers are on duty, while still keeping a close eye on the park.He said patrol cars drive through the park when it is closed. “But there’s no sense in having a bunch of entities in the park,” he said, referring to the daylight hours the rangers are on patrol. “The rangers are handling it the way they have, and they’re continuing to do a great job.”However, much of the conversation revolved around how to keep the park clean, especially as summer approaches — and, with it, a weekend scene that resembles a music-free Woodstock.Last Saturday, the first truly nice one of the year, denizens left the park upside down, according to Dolores Park services manager Michelle Pallavicini.“It’s pretty standard operating for the first hot weekend every year,” she said. “It’s almost like coming back from school, and you’ve forgotten your history. Everyone’s forgotten what to do.”It was nothing she and her team couldn’t handle, she said: they had the park spotless again by 9:30 Sunday morning.“By 10 a.m., no one would know what happened,” she said.Sam Mogannam, owner of Bi-Rite Market, often a pit stop for park-goers, said the market is carrying more canned beer and wine, and is encouraging folks to not take glass into the park.Additionally, the fences on the 18th Street side of the park are coming down on Feb. 27 and 28, Pallavicini said.2918 Mission St. project delayed for historical reviewA 75-unit project that would replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. has been delayed another five months. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow a four-to-five-month review to determine whether the laundromat’s building is a “historic resource.”This comes after neighborhood groups appealed the project following a 4-2 vote by the Planning Commission to let the project move forward. The project was particularly controversial because only eight of its units, or 11 percent of the total count, are affordable.“Chop Shop” premieres at Brava“Chop Shop,” a documentary that captures a dialogue between law enforcement agencies and people of color in San Francisco, will premiere at Brava Theater for Women In the Arts (2781 24th St.) on Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.David Ireland House now a historic siteThe David Ireland House, at 500 Capp St., is been admitted to the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program.Ireland was a conceptual artist who purchased the house in the mid-70s and used it as a studio and his art project. He died in 2009. The house has been a gallery and museum since 2016, when it opened after being restored.It joins other national sites of well-known American artists, including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd and Andrew Wythe. center_img As sun shines on Dolores, safety and trash still a concernWe’ve come a long way since the Aug. 3 daylight shooting in Dolores Park, most participants agreed at a small Thursday night meeting hosted by the Dolores Park Ambassadors and aimed at the park’s cleanliness and safety.“It felt pretty grim at the end of August,” said District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, whose district includes the park.But “it seems like all the pieces are pulled together and working well,” he added. “It’s kind of nice, we’re talking about glass bottles and smoke instead of (the shooting).”last_img read more

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Neighborhood notes 37 units approved a march and lots of photo art

first_imgSubscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address Tonight a tribute to Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton (1935-1975)Poets Leticia Hernandez and Jessica Mejia and Professor Felix Kury (SFSU) will explore the legacy of one of the most important and original voices of Latin America.  Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street from 6-9. Bonus: There is also an ongoing photography show about the roots of Carnaval in the Mission.Dance Mission Theater presents Comhar on SaturdayDance Mission Theater’s Comhar, a unique collaboration between artists, activists, healers, researchers and community will be presented twice on Saturday. The afternoon and evening of performance, talk and ritual will examine the stark realities and effects of health disparity and trauma, specifically in how the two relate to HIV/AIDS acquisition and transmission.The first performance will take place Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave  The second will begin at 6:45 p.m. at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. It is free, but seating at Dance Mission is limited so reserve your seat at  www.brownpapertickets.comPhoto show at the Mission Cultural CenterA show of Mexican American Santiago Mejia’s work opened on Wednesday at the Mission Cultural Center.  Raised in the Mission District, 24-year-old Santiago Mejia, is a staff photographer at the San Francisco Chronicle. His work will be up until June 8. We look forward to seeing it this weekend. The gallery is at 2868 Mission St.  and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Mission Library Branch Residents are invited to the Mission Library at 300 Bartlett street for a public hearing. People can add their input and share ideas on what new additions should be added to the library before it closes for renovations. Nearly $20 Million dollars have been budgeted for improvements and construction at the library. Two meetings will be scheduled, one on Saturday, May 19 at 1 p.m. and another on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Spanish interpreters will be available. 2018 Conservation Corps Meet and greetSan Francisco Conservation Corps is hosting a meet and greet on Friday, May 25, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn about the impact the program has had on young adults and enjoy free breakfast and coffee. The San Francisco Conservation Corps was founded 35 years ago by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Summer music camps! Registration for summer music camps is open at the Community Music Center on Capp Street, and at Little Mission Studio on Hampshire. Tags: neighborhood notes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Development approved in the MissionThe Planning Commission approved a 37,441-square-foot, 37-unit residential building to be constructed on the empty lot at 1863 Mission Street on Thursday afternoon. The approval came after a lengthy discretionary review, which resulted in an attorney for the developer striking a private settlement with neighborhood groups, including United to Save the Mission. The details of the settlement weren’t disclosed at Thursday’s meeting, but United to Save the Mission had asked to include more affordable units and reserve the 1,425 square-foot ground-floor for a local non-profit organization instead of a restaurant. The development is a project of Michael Mamone of Corovan LLC.March for College Mission Graduates will hold its 7th annual March for College today between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. It starts at 16th and Mission. Students at several elementary schools including Marshall, Bryant, Flynn and Sanchez, as well as Everett Middle School, will begin at their schools. Students will march by City College on 22nd and Bartlett and then continue on to John O’Connell High School on Folsom Street. Volunteers from John O’Connell will help with activities and events, and will also host a college fair at their campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons has stated how important it is to ge

first_imgROYCE Simmons has stated how important it is to get a win as soon as possible as he prepares for this Friday’s match against Hull FC.Although Saints were much improved in their last run out, they still failed to pick up any points – and that’s something Saints’ Head Coach is acutely aware of.“It is very important to get a win now,” he said. “Outside the game against Wigan we should have won two of our last three games and if we suffer another defeat again people then the press, fans and family can start to question what is happening and you can lose concentration.“But if we gain a win then on the back of a strong performance against Warrington we can get on a bit of a roll.“We want to go into the playoffs in good form and the higher you finish up the league the more opportunities you have in that competition.“We want to be going in there playing well with a reasonably full and fit squad.“The match against Hull will be very tough. They play an aggressive game which suits them and they have won their last three. They are now in the eight and we want to stay in the four. Both sides have a lot to play for.”Michael Shenton has been named in Saints’ 19-man squad for the game with Matty Ashurst also coming in to the reckoning.“Mick hasn’t trained much but we will give him a bit of a run later in the week,” Simmons added. “He is very doubtful though. Sia went alright in the centres last week, but we’d prefer him a little bit closer where his aggression can be used a little more.“There’s no doubt we are getting better and we still have five senior players to come back in. The combinations from hooker to half backs and so forth will continue to gel.“We know we can improve and react differently at times depending on what happens in matches. Sometimes we let bad calls get to us and we drop our heads – we can use them as a motivator.“Things went against us last Friday, we know that. From the charge down to hitting the crossbar from the restart and the forward pass into the corner for their second try.“Then the obstruction try went against us too. But at the end of the day they got more points than us.“But we’ll continue to get better and nothing has been won yet.”Tickets for the match agaisnt Hull, which kicks off at 8pm at the Stobart Stadium this Friday, are still on sale.You can buy the at the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Saints named in the England

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to the Saints named in the England Academy and Youth squads for 2014.Adam Saunders, Dave Hewitt, Matty Fleming (pictured receiving his Players’ Player Award on the recent Saints Academy Tour of Australia), Oliver Davies and Tom Calland have been drafted into the Academy set up.And Carl Ceoghan, Chris Follin, Josh Ganson and Rob Fairclough are included in the Youth system.The lads will be part of an exciting 2014 which includes internationals against France and Wales and climaxes with a Test series against the Australian High Schools.“We’d like to send our congratulations to the players selected,” said Derek Traynor, Saints Academy Head Coach. “They have worked hard and deserve their selections.“Praise must also go to their community clubs and coaches too who give up their own time to help nurture the players of the future.”last_img read more

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New Hanover Co funding new treatment facility

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County and Trillium Health Resources are partnering up to build a new treatment center. It is a project that has been in the works for three years.The multi-million dollar facility will have 100s bed for those seeking treatment for addiction. It will be known as the Healing Place, modeled after Healing Transitions in Raleigh.- Advertisement – This move comes at a much needed time as the opioid crisis continues to sweep our nation and the Cape Fear Region.“It’s literally tearing at the fabric of our community,” New Hanover County Commissioner, Rob Zapple said.The county is paying $11.5 million for the new addition which will be built on Physicians drive in Wilmington. That is on top of the more than $2 million the county allocates annually to Trillium.Related Article: NO NEW TAXES: Budget recommendation presented to NHC commission board“The hope is it will take some of the pressure off of our emergency room, and oddly enough, but those who are in the business recognize it, our jail so that those people that are suffering from mental health, behavior health, addiction of not just opioids and prescription drugs but also alcohol,” Zapple said.The new facility is for men but Zapple said he plans to add treatment services for women and adolescents as soon as possible.“The problem is as serious of an issue the women in our community as well as adolescents,” Zapple said. “We’re on it and we will continue to expand this program so I would like to look at it as phase one followed immediately by phase two and three to include those other people.”North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition Executive Director, Robert Childs, said it is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot of work to do.“There’s a huge amount of non resources for the female population and so it’s incredibly important they are not left out of the equation and that phase two not take years,” Childs said.The new facility will have a wet program which allows people with drugs or alcohol in their system through the doors. It is a program that is a unique for a treatment facility.“It lessens their potential for drug overdose which is what we want,” Childs said. “So if we’re able to connect people with care immediately, meeting them where they’re at that’s fantastic.”The Healing Place has no requirements for those seeking treatment. They will take people without health insurance.“One in ten. Think about that over the holidays when you’re sitting around your table with your friends and neighbors and how it impacts your family members, your business associates, everywhere you go,” Zapple said.Zapple adds 25 of the 100 beds will be committed to people in the county. The facility is one way Zapple said they county can help battle the growing epidemic.“With over a 90% success rate over a two year period of not returning to addiction or drugs if the people who go through it follow through the entire program,” Zapple said.Zapple said they hope to break ground on the Healing Place by the end of 2018.Trillium did not want to be interviewed yet, but the company’s CEO, Leza Wainwright, sent us this statement:Trillium Health Resources remains committed to helping bring The Healing Place to New Hanover County, where there are currently no long-term, residential peer-based facilities located. New Hanover County has been a valuable partner through this process and we appreciate their willingness to explore flexible options to continue the project when the funding that Trillium had expected to use for construction was redirected by the NC General Assembly. The county has agreed to take on the cost of constructing the facility on land currently owned by Trillium which we will donate to the county. We look forward to working together in the establishment of a non-profit board to operate the program once the building is complete.last_img read more

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Local flower farm prepares for busy Mothers Day weekend

first_imgCASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Peonies, lilies, snapdragons and more are all being produced at Castle Hayne Farms so you can put a smile on your mom’s face for Mother’s Day.“It’s a nice gift, you know? I’ve never seen anybody not being happy getting a bouquet of flowers,” co-owner Mark Hommes said.- Advertisement – The farm is one of the most prolific flower producers in the area and this weekend is their busiest of the year.Hommes took us on a tour to show what it takes to create a beautiful bouquet.“It takes us about 12 weeks to turn a crop, from planting to harvesting, depending on what it is,” Hommes said. “Iris take a little less time, some of the lilies take a little longer.”Related Article: Oakdale Cemetery: Oldest living shrub in Wilmington is bloomingHolly Holsenback is a loyal customer who was picking up flowers for Mother’s Day.“They have the best selection and they make such beautiful bouquets,” Holsenback said.She says moms deserve a pretty bouquet after a long winter.“We’ve had a hard winter,” Holsenback said. “It was an awfully cold winter and these flowers just let us know that everything is starting new!”Hommes says the cold winter was actually good news for production after a couple mild ones in 2016 and 2017, so there won’t be a shortage of flowers at the farm if you need a last-minute gift.Castle Hayne Farms has been producing flowers since 1932, with Hommes and his partner taking over in 2004. They have 50 employees during their busiest times like this weekend.last_img read more

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UNCW hosting several events to welcome students

first_img An involvement carnival will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 to inform students about ways they can get involved in the community.The University’s Leadership Series will feature two exciting speakers. Tarana Burke, an African-American civil rights activist who started the Me Too Movement, is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Sept. 26.“She’ll be talking about her experiences on behalf of advocating for individuals of color who have been sexually assaulted,” said Jon Kapell, UNCW Director for Campus Activities and Involvement.Related Article: UNCW: Buildings must be braced for future hurricanesGreg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 13 about freedom of speech and expression.The Family and Alumni Weekend, scheduled for mid-September, provides an opportunity for students’ families to come to campus and experience the life of being a Seahawk by offer a range of activities including bingo, exit games and campus tours.Midnight Madness will be held Friday, Oct. 26 from 8-9 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.Arts for the Masses will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The art will be sold for less than $250 and features local community artists.If relaxing with popcorn and a movie is your thing, the University will offer its blockbuster film series on Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. each weekend. Admission is $2 for UNCW students and $4 for others.“Our goal is to get students involved and engaged as much as possible and have them enjoyed their college experience the best way possible,” Kapell said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of students will be moving into dorms and apartments this weekend to prepare for the first day of class next week at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. They’re expecting around 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students for fall enrollment.To welcome students back, the University will host more than 125 events during the first three weeks of the fall semester including move-in festivities this weekend, a convocation on Monday, and a concert and fireworks display on Wednesday for the first day of class.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Unacceptable that govt bodies still failing to answer citizen queries – Environment

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> The Commissioner for Environment and Planning openly criticises governmental entities under its purview, for their increased delays and failure to respond or acknowledge citizen’s complaints.In their annual report for 2018, the Environment Commissioner acknowledges an 8% increase in the number of complaints that faced an undue delay or were not acted upon, from 26% in 2017 to 34% in 2018.The Commissioner stresses that despite evidence of reductions in other areas like ‘Discriminatory Treatment’ (5% – 4%) and ‘Lack of fairness and balance’ (21% – 18%), the 8% increase in ‘Undue delay or Failure to Act’ needs to be ‘addressed.’‘Other than a simple acknowledgement, complainants are entitled to a reply within a reasonable period of time – in other words within weeks and months – so that they can seek the relevant advice on the basis of the same reply. Citizens cannot stay for months on end in limbo wasting time reminding and chasing the same entity for a reply,’ the Commissioner reports.Going further, the Commissioner stresses that such an inability to provide an answer is surprising given that, ‘the ordinary citizen is expected to reply or make a substantial payment with a few weeks, it is unacceptable that Government entity – that is more equipped and specialised than the same citizen – takes months to answer such queries.’Case load increases for CommissionersThis annual Commission report for 2018 is just one of three reports accompanying the main Parliamentary Ombudsman report.The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2018, the office dealt with 553 complaints, 33 more than 2017 (6%). However, the Parliamentary Ombudsman saw fewer than 7% last year (313 – 2018 / 336 – 2017). In contrast, there were increases seen across the Commissioners for Education, Environment and Planning and Health.In numbers, the Education Commissioner saw 54 cases compared to 39 last year (up 38%), Environment and Planning 84 compared to 62 (up 35%) and Health saw 102 compared to 83 (up 23%).The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s cases still remained 57% of the total case load for 2018.Ombudsman Report: Cases increase by 6% in 2018Sustained cases halved but one case can make all the differenceWhile the Commissioner stresses that the number of sustained cases halved in 2018 from 2017, ‘these should not be underestimated.’They state that even one sustained or ‘unrectified’ case has serious consequences for Malta’s cultural heritage as well as having a lasting impact for a family.‘These should never be underestimated as one sustained case can mean the permanent loss of cultural heritage that could have been enjoyed by future generations in years to come and one unrectified sustained case can mean that a complainant and his family have to endure living in their most valuable possession adjacent to an irregularly approved development causing them nuisance for these rest of their lives,’ the Commissioner stresses.Half of 2018 complaints focused on Planning Authority Half of the Commissioner’s caseload for 2018 pertained to complaints received over the Planning Authority, the highest number received of all the entities, 42 of 84 total complaints.In addition, of these 84 cases, the majority of them (32) referred to a, ‘Decision contrary to law or rigid application of rules.’This accounted for a 1% increase on 2017, from 37% to 38% in 2018.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Central Link NGOs ask for publics help to fund legal action against

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> SharePrint Over a dozen NGOs are asking for the public’s help to fund a legal action to challenge the Planning Authority’s approval of the Central Link Project.The joint statement from the 14 NGOs, including Bicycle Advocacy Group, Birdlife Malta and Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, say that they need to raise €20,000 in order to mount the action.While the NGOs say they would be able to, ‘cover part of the procedural and professional fees,’ they say the, ‘appeal will only be possible thanks to the public’s financial support.’The news of their proposed legal action comes as the Planning Authority supporting a large-scale infrastructure project across Malta’s roads.Read more:Central Link Project: ApprovedCentral Link Project will lead to more cars and more traffic – PDCentral Link Project is a ‘major hazard to our health’ – psychologistPrior to the approval, a number of objections and alternative recommendations were presented by groups and entities like the Attard Residents Environmental Network and the Bicycle Advocacy Group. They state that despite their recommendations being taken, the impression is that they have been largely disregarded.Critics see the infrastructure project widening of roads, increasing traffic and congestion, as well as destroying agricultural farmland and trees.According to the Prime Minister, speaking on Sunday, the project would entail 13 new junctions, 7 kilometres of new lanes, along with the approved planting of 220 new trees. He also said that the implementation of the Central Link Project will use 60% less agricultural land than previous plans for the project.Central Link: Our plan uses 60% less agricultural land – PMIn the immediate aftermath of the decision approving the project, a group of as yet unidentified people vandalized the premises of the Environmental Resources Authority. The reason given was that ERA’s representative to the Planning Authority Victor Axiak, supported the project.  While condemning the vandalism, ERA said they had worked to reduce its impact.We condemn vandalism; We worked to reduce Central link impact – ERAThe 14 NGOs involved, thank the public for their support and that their contribution ‘big or small, matters a lot.’They provide the following links and Bank transfer to make the donation:https://www.bagmalta.org/central-link-project ORBank TransferBank Account: Bicycle Advocacy Group Bank Name: Bank of Valletta BIC/SWIFT:VALLMTMTIBAN: MT21VALL22013000000040021393468The NGOs involved in the statement are: Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Friends of the Earth Malta, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, Għaqda Siġar Maltin, Isles of the Left, Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Trust Malta, Ramblers Association, The Archaeological Society MaltaArrogance and credibilityWhile the NGOs prepare to mount their legal action, the main parties continue to bicker of the project.The Nationalist Party (PN) said that, in their words that the government was arrogant because it has not yet spoken to farmers who are affected by the Central Link project.The Labour Party (PL) responded by saying that the PN does not have credibility when speaking against the project. They say that when the PN was in government, it was going to use 57% more farmland for the project.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Android L Developer Preview 4 Things you Should Know

first_imgAdvertisement Android L Developer Preview was announced at Google I/O this year and it is just a look of what to expect from the next version of Android. I had some Awwww moments during the Keynote when this preview was announced and here is what I think you should know about the L developer Preview in case you missed it. I will be summarizing the take away points at the end, so look out for the bold takeaways. Here we go:Material Design: Material Design to me is a set of clear, simple visual designs and animations that are interactive across devices and platforms. According to Matias Duarte, Head Android Design, this design is focusing more on the depth compared to the pixels and this will give a better experience to the users. Developers and Brands can take advantage of the new themes to build a theme that will match their Brand.Material Design has very smooth animations and has an improvement to texts and the light balance which improves the shadows in the app.Notifications: – Advertisement – Besides the Visual changes via Material Design, the notifications have been improved to intelligently sort the notifications in 2 layers. Users can Swipe down to get the high level notifications and down again to get other notifications. Notifications can also now appear on top of the lock screen and this can be decided in the phone Settings.The good thing I like about the notifications in Android L is how you get a heads up notification for high priority activities like Phone calls while you are in another activity like a game. You can either pick the call or ignore it and get back to your work.Improved Intelligent Notifications that give a heads up on high priority NotificationsRecent Screens:Android L also has an improved recent screen which now brings more details of your recent interactions with the apps, for example if you were in the browser going through different tabs, in the recents you will see the browser with cascaded tabs you have been looking at.Improved Recent Screen.Bluetooth Broadcasting:This last one is something my fellow wearable developers will love. Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) was introduced in Android 4.3 it’s one of the reasons the LG G Watch and other wearables are limited to 4.3+ devices, however the Android L Preview can now make your device act as a Bluetooth Low Energy peripheral device. Take for example a wearable wrist band that can send your running mileage to your phone.Ability for devices to act as Bluetooth LE Peripheral devices.Well, I hope you have learnt something and If you are a developer, why don’t you go ahead and download the SDK and get started.Image credit: XDA Developerslast_img read more

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Nokia to Announce Details of their Android Smartphones via Facebook and YouTube

first_imgNokia 6 was the first Nokia Android Smartphone launched. It was launched in China and made it limited to China market, and was later on launched at MWC 2017 to make available globally. Advertisement Few days to the world’s biggest phone show; Mobile World Congress 2017, which is scheduled to take place in Barcelona on Feb 27th to March 2nd, HMD Global in new reports says it will be revealing four of its Nokia Branded Android smartphones at the event. The predecessor of Microsoft Mobile made a comeback earlier this year when it launched its ever Android smartphone, Nokia 6 in China which is still limited to China market.There was no mention of whether the Finland-based firm would make the phablet available globally.Nokia 6 is packed with a 5.5-Inch Display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.1GHz octa-core processor, 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras respectively, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM with expandable microSD slot of up to 128GB, runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and all is backed on 3000mAh battery. – Advertisement – Putting a side the Nokia 6, Nokia in its Nokia Mobile official Facebook Page confirmed that it would be ‘Live-Streaming’ the details of their Nokia Android Smartphones.“We’ll be announcing live on Facebook the details of our Nokia smartphones on Android – see it here first!” Nokia Mobile writes in a Facebook PostFor the upcoming event, HMD Global is widely expected to bring back the refresh of the Nokia 3310 feature phone along side Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 while Nokia 6 is also expected to see global availability details out at the same event.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 27 MarchRACING4.30 WetherbyShantou Village 7/4 > 11/105.15 LingfieldHills And Dales 4/1 > 9/45.25 NewcastleBaywing 6/1 > 3/1FOOTBALLUEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier7.45pm ITV1/10 England 25/1 Lithuania 9/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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BENS BLOG The Best Breakfast in London

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]aisy Green, 20 Seymour Street, Marble Arch, W1 7HX. I have had breakfast at The Dorchester, Claridges, and The Savoy. All were excellent. This place however; is better. With flair, and a REAL eye for every detail, they have hit the back of the net. Beautiful and quaint, yet modern decor. Prompt service from interested Staff. And a menu, that is backed up; by superb food. If you’re having a business-breakfast, book a quiet area in advance (you’ll know what I mean when you get there). 2 x smoothies + 2 x breakfasts/brunches = £32. The find of 2016. PLEASE ADOPT THE BRACE POSITION. 10WEB SITE AND MENUIn other news:The highlight of Brexit for me, so far (because I’m going to be milking it FOR A LOT, LOT, LOT LONGER), was in minute one, when Spain (frozen with fear and clinging on to Mummy Germany for dear life), immediately sent the message, loud and clear, to Scotland, that the Jocks would not be welcome on the EU Gravy-Train. Alllllll of these violin-players, like talking about caring and sharing, BUT ONLY WHEN THE SHARING IS MOVING IN THEIR DIRECTION.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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BENS BLOG Someone get on the phone to Israel and tell them

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]aving done business with virtually ever member of the UK Jewish community, I have decided that it’s high time, to stop messing around with all of these plastic versions, and go over to Israel to check out the real deals!As part of my relentless social-climbing slog, some years ago, I palled-up with Marc Shooter, who, at the time, was the Mayor of Hendon. Despite being unable to get Marc to push through any inappropriate planning-permission coups during his reign, we have remained friends, and he has kindly invited me to his son’s Bar Mitzvah party, the week after Glorious Goodwood.Israel Job List:1) I am an uncultured and ignorant fat white English Yock (the Jewish word for species such as myself). So whilst Belinda traipses around, in the 40 degree heat, carrying a backpack (filled with warm sandwiches), getting a headache and needing wee, I shall, on behalf of the Israeli Tourist Board, be hitting the beach, giving the local talent a good checking out, and rating as many historic ice-cream shops as possible.2) As I have done many times, with warring-factions, at Yasar’s, in Blackhorse Road, whilst a bookmaker at Walthamstow Dogs, I shall be organising a group kebab, to sort out all of these local Bad-Mood-Faces. Peace? This is a formality, you fools! They’ll be betting to 3% a runner and doing daily-knockouts before they even know it!!ISRAEL, BRACE YOURSELVES..!!In other news:Como Lario, 18-22 Holbein Place, SW1W 8NL WEB SITE. The calamari is back! Boycott over!! You know I’ve blogged it already, but check out my Vlog…Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tues Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING3.25 NewburyProst 9/1 > 6/14.45 CatterickThe Knot Is Tied 9/2 > 7/27.50 AyrEquitant 9/2 > 11/48.30 NottinghamHaverland 8/1 > 9/2FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event6/4 Nottingham Forest19/10 West Brom23/10 DRAWChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Red Button6/5 Middlesbrough23/10 Sheffield United9/4 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 7 Augustlast_img

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Interview STEPHEN POWER The Racing Blogger

first_imgSTEPHEN POWER (The Racing Blogger) (part 4 of 4)In part 4 Stephen Power aka ‘The Racing Blogger’ talks about his concerns on mental health and his dedication to awareness of the issue. He also touches on his nutrition, Pilates and bodybuilding activities with advice on training and weight loss helping your self-confidence. He then puts heart and soul into selling racing to us, go on Bloggsie, give us your best pitch. He also talks about how he loves taking on the racecourse bookmakers then lets us in on his plan for the future. If you are reading this in 2023 check in to see how it went. Interview: STEPHEN POWER (The Racing Blogger) Arguably one of the most divisive characters in racing over the last couple of years has been Stephen Power, aka the self-proclaimed ‘Racing Blogger’. Stephen rose from total obscurity to gracing the pages of the Racing Post and amassing over 17,000 followers on twitter in rapid time. His rise hasn’t been without controversy, his super-confident style has attracted,at times, a vicious backlash from some quarters on social media as well as having his account temporarily suspended. Despite the setbacks he’s marching on undaunted, in his own words, meet the Racing Blogger.STEPHEN POWER (The Racing Blogger) (part 1 of 4)In part 1 Stephen Power, aka The Racing Blogger, talks about his meteoric rise to full page Racing Post news from a lonely trip to Kempton. He also talks his early life in Ireland and the Grandmother that inspired him as well as the backlash from Twitter trolls and how he felt. STEPHEN POWER (The Racing Blogger) (part 3 of 4)In part three Stephen continues his story including the reason behind his Twitter account suspension. He also talks about his frustration in the objection to media right owners to his filming on-course, his pride at being featured in the Racing Post and his eye-opening time working with Betdaq. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS STEPHEN POWER (The Racing Blogger) (part 2 of 4)In part two, Stephen Power, aka The Racing Blogger talks about backing horses and his particular talent in that sphere.last_img read more

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Rice launches enhanced MBA for Executives

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice launches enhanced MBA for ExecutivesHOUSTON – (March 13, 2013) – Rice University’s Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) will launch a new curriculum and program delivery this fall to better meet the needs of executive students and the changing demands of the business education marketplace.The centerpiece of the new EMBA program is a series of leadership and strategy executive forums to foster the development of the executive mindset needed in the global economy.The centerpiece of the new Jones Graduate School of Business program is a series of leadership and strategy executive forums to foster the development of the executive mindset needed in the global economy. These five-day experiential intensives forums open and close each academic year and focus on personal leadership foundations; principles of strategy formulation; critical decision-making, enterprise-level strategy formulation and execution; and organizational change leadership. The final semester of the program focuses on managing the global firm and on understanding global markets and institutions. An international management experience provides a capstone to the program.In addition, executive seminars will run throughout the program to provide a channel for integrating concepts across the disciplines and developing executive skills such as negotiations and communications, and to facilitate custom programming, such as executive coaching and career coaching.The final executive seminar will provide students with a “C-Suite View,” addressing issues revolving around a firm’s major stakeholders. The students’ coursework can be tilted toward finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, energy or health care through third-semester elective offerings.The calendar format of the new program facilitates participation by executives with busy travel schedules as well as those traveling to Houston to earn their degree. The enhancements were developed based on feedback from students and a study of marketplace demands.“The new program design is exciting for the faculty and it will be exciting for the students,” said Barbara Ostdiek, senior associate dean of degree programs and associate professor of finance. “We are leveraging our faculty portfolio to provide an educational experience that not only delivers foundational business knowledge and discipline skills but also facilitates transformation as a leader, a strategist and a critical thinker.”The enhanced EMBA program is designed for business leaders with 10 or more years of experience and allows students to focus on enhancing their management, leadership and strategy skills without interrupting their careers. The 22-month program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of top-talent classmates. Students entering the Rice EMBA program are employed in diverse industries, including energy, finance and health care, as well as the legal and military sectors, according to the Jones School.According to the most recent Financial Times rankings, the program ranked No. 8 in the U.S. in 2013 (up from No. 11 the previous year). The program was ranked No. 1 in Texas and the Southwest. Globally, the Financial Times ranked the Rice EMBA 39th, up seven spots from 46th in 2012. In the specialty categories, the Rice EMBA program was also recognized by Financial Times as No. 1 globally in entrepreneurship, as rated by 2010 graduates.For more information on the enhanced Rice EMBA program, visit http://business.rice.edu/MBAE.aspx.-30-Follow 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 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Rice sociologist available to discuss report on millennial homeownership

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs/News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice University sociologist available to discuss report on millennial homeownershipHOUSTON – (May 13, 2015) – Seventy percent of all adult millennials expect to be homeowners by 2020, even though many don’t necessarily view homeownership as a savvy financial decision, according to a new study produced for the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses the study’s findings in a new blog post and is available to discuss it with members of the media.“The biggest source of wealth for most families used to be the home they owned,” Klineberg said. “The housing bubble burst, and suddenly all that equity disappeared. This has had an enormous impact on people’s sense of whether owning a house will provide security for the future. There are going to be more renters for longer because of that experience.”According to the ULI study, 92 percent of adult millennials say they expect to eventually own a home, but 45 percent disagreed with the suggestion that homeownership is a good long-term investment. Fewer than half had a positive view of investing a large sum of money in homeownership.There are 78.6 million adult millennials in the U.S. and their attitudes and opinions about housing are poised to have a major effect on the development of the country’s urban places and housing inventory, the study said.“Cities are having to re-imagine how they’re going to meet the needs of a generation that’s increasingly more likely to be urban than suburban,” said Klineberg, who is speaking at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston this week. “Millennials want to be in areas with street culture, public parks and shared urban spaces.”Nearly 90 percent of the adult millennials in the survey said they expect to match or exceed their parents’ economic circumstances. But as the authors of the study note, survey respondents aren’t always good at predicting their own future.In 2010, the survey found that 67 percent of adult millennials expected to own their homes by 2015. But today, just 26 percent of millennials actually do own their homes. That reality doesn’t appear to have daunted their continuing optimism.“There’s a real concern that this generation will be the first generation in American history that won’t surpass its parents economically,” said Klineberg, who authors the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey. “Millennials are having difficulty finding the jobs that will pay enough to support a family, and the critical necessity in finding those jobs is access to a quality education, so minority millennials are particularly disadvantaged.”To read the full blog, visit kinder.rice.edu.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.To arrange an interview with Klineberg, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research: http://kinder.rice.edu/ULI website: http://uli.org/ULI report: http://uli.org/report/gen-y-housing-want-want/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/05/0512_ARA-Klineberg.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University/Tommy LaVergneLocated 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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools 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,” click here.last_img read more

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Baker Institute expert Islamic countries built mosques to bolster regime stability

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Islamic countries built mosques to bolster regime stability HOUSTON – (Feb. 1, 2019) – In countries ranging from Morocco to Yemen, national mosque construction from the late 1970s through 2010 was the result of political elites’ anxieties over regime instability posed by Islamist activists, according to new research by an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityDrawing on an analysis of 25 countries that recognize Islam as their official religion, Annelle Sheline, the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at the Baker Institute, found that mosque construction increased after 1979’s Iranian Revolution when political elites adopted a strategy of Islamic nation-building, using national mosque-building to visually manifest their regimes’ religious authority.Sheline’s article, “Constructing an Islamic Nation: National Mosque Building as a Form of Nation-Building,” was published this month in the journal Nationalities Papers.A scholar of religious authority in the Middle East who also holds an appointment at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, Sheline examines “the empirical puzzle of why two-thirds of officially Islamic states (in the Middle East and North Africa) constructed a national mosque between 1979 and 2010,” she wrote. “Although factors such as rulers’ self-aggrandizement or economic incentives likely played a supporting role, they cannot account for the specific time period, and pressures associated with Islamist activists offer the best explanation for the increase in mosque construction after 1979.”The increase of national mosque construction ultimately made the practice ubiquitous among all officially Islamic states, converting it into an important part of national identity, Sheline said. “National mosques in these contexts represent a nation-building strategy to undermine the standing of Islamist groups by reclaiming physical, visual and rhetorical religious space,” she wrote.Sheline added, “By constructing visual representations of the state’s power over religion, political elites hoped to visually demonstrate their power and authority as well as undermine that of the Islamist opposition. The construction of a national mosque signals a shift in political elites’ strategy of nation-building toward a greater emphasis on Islam in the public sphere and, specifically, as a component of the national identity.”Sheline focused on three cases of national mosques built after 1979, analyzing three monarchies: Jordan’s King Abdullah I Mosque and King Hussein Mosque, completed in 1989 and 2005, respectively; Morocco’s King Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993; and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, completed in 2001.All of the 25 officially Islamic states have a large congregational mosque in their capital cities, according to Sheline’s article. In all 25 cases, the mosque functions either officially or unofficially as the national mosque. Such mosques serve as a state space as well as a religious space in their capacity as the staging ground for official religion. These mosques are where the head of state is photographed praying during national and religious holidays, and from which the Friday sermon is typically broadcast on state television. Being located in the capital city, national mosques are a physical reminder of the religious authority of the state in officially Islamic contexts, Sheline said.Islamist activists are defined by Sheline as individuals interested in making Islam more central to public life.“Following the events of 1979, political elites viewed Islamist activists with greater trepidation and sought to consolidate regime control over the religious sphere by signaling the Islamic character of the nation through the construction of a national mosque,” Sheline wrote. “The continued popularity of Islamist groups throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, reinforced political elites’ anxieties about Islamist activists, and the need to assert the religious authority of the state, and the Islamic identity of the nation.”Monumental architecture has long been associated with the projection of political power, Sheline said.“In Muslim majority societies, political and economic elites often chose to demonstrate their prominence as well as their piety by constructing large congregational mosques,” she wrote. “Similar to the construction of a cathedral, temple or other grand religious structure in non-Muslim contexts, a large mosque could signify or elevate the importance of a given location. In the era of nationalism, the tradition of building monumental structures has often been used to glorify the nation. Architecture is frequently noteworthy in the national capital, as the institutions of government are typically housed in structures intended to evoke national pride. As empires transitioned to states, leaders often sought to dignify newly established capital cities using architecture.”Future scholarship could expand the scope of the inquiry beyond officially Islamic states to evaluate how mosque-building is used for Islamic nation-building in countries like Turkey, Indonesia or Kazakhstan, Sheline said.“The findings offer guidance for considering how religious structures have been used by nation-builders to signal national identity in non-Muslim contexts that may have previously been overlooked due to the perceived association between secularism, modernity and nationalism,” she wrote. “Temples, churches, synagogues and other religious structures built by the state can be fruitfully studied from a comparative perspective as emblems of nation-building.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Sheline, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media.Related materials:Article: www.cambridge.org/core/journals/nationalities-papers/article/constructing-an-islamic-nation-national-mosque-building-as-a-form-of-nationbuilding/FCB2361B1C7E73D9A29CF8E24EF60B6CSheline bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/annelle-shelineSheline on Twitter: @AnnelleShelineFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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