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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