Month: July 2019

After an 8 Hour StandOff at a Valencia Street Hotel Police Arrest

first_imgOne officer, armed with a rifle, positioned himself on a roof opposite the hotel.The hotel was one of three hotels that recently became part of the city’s stock for formerly homeless residents. Its 55 rooms became available in October and are managed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Its supportive housing units include on-site supportive services, but it is unclear if any supportive services were in the building at the time of the incident.The Crown Hotel on Valencia StreetLimón, a popular Peruvian restaurant, is on the ground floor of building.At 3:35, Valencia was still blocked off between 16th and 17th Streets and helicopters circled overhead.Customers remained inside of Muddy Waters and Taqueria La Cumbre.James Abel, a resident of a hotel across the street, said that officers came up and asked if they could use his room as a vantage point because it was across from the building where the woman had locked herself inside. If you want to be in the know, keep good reporting coming and become a Mission Local member today. Officers at the scene. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSFPD bring in a special armored vehicle. Photo by Lola M. ChavezMarking perimeters. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Laura WenusPolice hold a shield behind a person being evacuated from Valencia Street. Photo by Chris JewettPhoto by Chris JewettPhoto by Chris Jewett 0% Tags: homeless • SROs • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Another resident, Stephanie Furber, was upset. “I can’t get back into my room because of this buffoonery,” she said. Police arrived at the scene on Valencia with arms and shields and worked first to empty the hotel.  The tenants, many of them formerly homeless, were guided out by the police. One frail looking woman was carried out in a chair; another pushed pushed a walker in front them while an officer followed, holding up a shield.Rebecca Pierce and Amirah Mizrahi, who were eating at the Thanh Tam II restaurant at 577 Valencia St. said they were first told by police that the block was on lockdown and that they should shelter in place.  Some 20 minutes later, two officers said they were in the line of fire and should evacuate the restaurant. Pierce said it was chaotic and scary.“My biggest fear is that they had killed someone,” Mizrahi said of the experience, referring to police officers. 10 p.m.  Police confirmed that at 9:05 p.m. the stand off at the Crown Hotel “ended up very well.”The officer said that at 9:05 p.m. the suspect walked out into the hallway and was taken into custody and quickly taken by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation.  A check of the room by officers and a bomb squad turned up one gun.Residents in the area were expected to be able to return within the hour and only the floor where the suspect had been barricaded might be off limits overnight. Earlier, other residents of the Crown Hotel described the woman as “quiet.” Several expressed concern for her safety.“I hope that nobody hurts her,” said Joanne Brewster, a 13-year resident of the hotel. “It’s a very stressful situation in there,” she added, referring to life in the SRO. Mental illness is widespread among the tenants there, she said.These days, Brewster said, many of them are veterans. At least one resident referred to the barricaded woman as a veteran as well.“I had a funny feeling sooner or later something is going to happen,” Brewster said.For the most part, resident Lee Robinson said, it’s “clean and quiet” at the Crown Hotel.“Until this happened,” another resident, a former marine, chimed in. “They kept banging on my door, like, ‘somebody’s got a gun!’ ‘I’m like, I don’t care!’” he said.Still, he eventually left, and even late into the evening waited on the corner of 18th Street and Valencia with other residents awaiting news from down the street.9:09 p.m.  An officer at the scene said police have taken into custody a woman who barricaded herself inside the Crown Hotel earlier this afternoon. This could not be confirmed from the police spokesperson, but police were leaving the area and the atmosphere was decidedly more relaxed.Some officers were putting away equipment and some police vehicles were leaving the scene.8:15 p.m. A  spokesperson said police have now communicated with the armed person who has been barricaded inside the Crown Hotel since 2 p.m.  Neighbors have identified the resident as a woman, but police have yet to confirm that.Police say the person started responding to officers verbally around 6:30 p.m. and has come out of the apartment and talked to officers in the hallway at least once.Since then, said Sergeant Michael Andraychak, the police spokesperson, there has been “on again, off again” communication.Residents of the building where the incident is unfolding have been evacuated, as have most of the occupants of buildings along Valencia between 16th and 17th streets. Andraychak said people may be moved to an overnight shelter if the situation continues. Some residents in buildings along Valencia between Sycamore and 18th streets were being escorted by police back to their units.Lee Robinson, a resident of the Crown Hotel, said he knows the woman.“She is very quiet, unassuming, she don’t make trouble,” he said. “I hope they don’t kill her, she just lost it.”7:15 p.m. Police report they have made contact with an armed suspect barricaded inside a room on the second floor of the Crown Hotel. Police did not specify whether any demands have been made.Though it’s unclear what information, if any, has been exchanged between the two parties, a police spokesperson said “it’s good we’ve stablished communication.” The next step is establishing a rapport with the woman.Valencia Street is still closed to all traffic, and business is shut down. Surrounding streets and alleys are gridlocked with Friday evening traffic. Pedestrians who attempt to walk down Valencia street are being turned away, though some tenants on Valencia Street remain in their homes.6:15 p.m.  Police said they have not yet made contact with the woman who locked herself inside her room at the Crown Hotel earlier this afternoon. Because she is armed, negotiators are working from the inside of an armored rescue vehicle parked nearby. It is fitted with loudspeakers and was moved closer to the building to start a dialogue, but still no contact has been made, police said.Reporters have been pushed back and are unable to hear anything coming from the loudspeakers.It is unclear if police remain on the floor where the woman’s room is located. Earlier, one resident said they had asked to use his room, which is directly across from the woman’s room, to maneuver a battering ram in the hallway.It appears that nearly all of the businesses have been closed between 16th and 18th Streets.Marcus Mendez, who works at Therapy, said when first responders arrived on the scene the situation didn’t seem that serious. Then, employees and customers were told by police to leave “because you’re in the line of fire.”5: 20 p.m. Three residents of the Crown Hotel, at 528 Valencia St., said that an armed woman barricaded herself inside her room on the second floor of the single room occupancy hotel early this afternoon after getting upset with a pest control worker. Police said a suspect pulled a gun on the man, who then called police.The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. At 5:20 p.m., police had still not been able to contact the woman out of her room at the five-story hotel. Valencia Street is blocked off from nearly 18th Street to nearly 15th Street.“Our top priority is to bring this to a peaceful resolution, and we are no in a hurry,” said Sgt. Michael Andraychak, the police spokesperson at the scene. A hostage crisis team was on the scene, he said.Police have not confirmed that the person is a woman, but three residents of the hotel confirmed the gender of the resident.Earlier today, Terry Bjerkenlund, who lives across the hall from the woman, said that police asked him to leave his door open. They wanted to set up a battering ram to open her door, he said as he stood on the street, still in stocking feet.While Bjerkenlund was still in the hotel, he said, the owner of the hotel talked to the woman from the stairwell. Although this could not be confirmed, Bjerkenlund also said the woman was a veteran and referred to her as having “Marine training.”last_img read more

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Neighborhood notes artists talking and more

first_img 0% Anthony Holdsworth and Nathan Tan who have exhibits at Luna Rienne gallery at 3318 22nd St. will talk about their work painting the Mission on Saturday  5-7 p.m.   Both shows runs until August 7.  FS Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For everything that is happening in the Mission, check out our calendar, the most complete around. center_img The GLBT Historical Society, a San Francisco based public history center focused on the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the communities that support them, has initiated a new oral history project. Historian Joey Plaster from Yale University will be collecting the history of ACT UP/San Francisco and other AIDS direct-action groups that operated in San Francisco from the middle of the 1980s to the mid-1990s. Researchers hope that the research and findings will foster communication between veteran AIDS activists and the younger generation of activists and will lead to more informed contemporary activism.The project will be ongoing throughout 2019 and will lead to an exhibition in the GLBT History Museum located in the Castro District. CE     Caras de La Misión by Samuel RodríguezOn Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. South Bay artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodríguez will discuss his exhibition, Typefaces: Caras de La Misión. The series of portraits pays homage to “the unique character of the Mission District while establishing a creative dialog between Latino communities in San Francisco.”  Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St. LClast_img read more

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Joe Benson elected as mayor of Carolina Beach council still undecided

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It seems like every two years there’s a battle in Carolina Beach for council and mayor. This year was no exception.The six candidate race for two open council seats incumbent Leeann Pierce is the top vote-getter. In second place is JoDan Garza, but he is just 10 votes ahead of incumbent Gary Doetsch so we will have to see how that goes after the canvass.- Advertisement – Dozens of people waited patiently in front of the Carolina Beach Recreation Center as results were posted on the door Tuesday evening.Many people were shocked by the results for mayor as challenger Joe Benson beat Dan Wilcox. Benson told WWAY reporter Basil John said he was surprised.“Slightly in shock,” mayor-elect Benson said. “This is not exactly what I expected. I worked hard. I had hoped I would but you know, it’s a very pleasant surprise tonight.”Related Article: Republicans, Democrats disagree on election fraud investigation in Bladen CountyWilcox was mayor for two terms and says it was a tough loss but is happy for Benson.“Nobody likes to lose but I’ve had a good run. I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished here,” Wilcox said.last_img read more

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Wilmington Brigade Boys Girls club gets a fresh coat

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Springtime is a perfect time to spruce up around the house or in this case around the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.As a part of Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, volunteers with the company came out to help brighten some walls inside the community center.- Advertisement – The volunteers brought a lot of color with them. Many of the walls were beige, so a lot of fun colors were added around the building.One of the volunteers, Jordan Terry, said she can’t wait for the kids to see the new colors.“I think that they are going to be really excited. I think they are going to like the mints and greens, and pinks and purples,” Terry said.Related Article: Man wanted in connection to Wilmington home break-inThe volunteers painted all day and their work included bathrooms, the gym and the teen center.last_img read more

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Nourish NC celebrates 10 years of fighting childhood hunger

first_img The event is happening on September 22 at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit NourishNC’s programs.Program Director Katelyn Mattox sat down with WWAY’s Randy Aldridge for an interview during Good Evening Wilmington about the event and more on the organization.You can watch it above.Related Article: Police searching for hit and run suspects who allegedly threatened familyTickets can be purchased here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nourish NC is celebrating 10 years. The non-profit organization strives to fight childhood hunger.To celebrate the big milestone, the community is invited to their 10th anniversary party at the Coastline Conference and Event Center next month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man injured after falling off roof at Sunny Point

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is recovering after falling off a roof while doing contract work at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.The man worked for Baker Roofing out of Wilmington.- Advertisement – Company spokesperson Todd Kavanaugh said the man fell off a roof near the end of the workday on Thursday.Kavanaugh said it appears the man lost his balance and fell. The company’s Vice President of Risk Management was on site and determined all safety standards were upheld. Kavanaugh said warning lines, which identify the edge of the roof, were in place.The company could not give details on the man’s injuries or his identity, but said he started physical therapy Friday morning.Related Article: 4 dead after construction crane collapses in SeattleIn a written statement, Kavanaugh said, “First and foremost our primary concern is for our employee’s health and well-being.  Safety is, and always has been, our first concern on all of our project sites, and the circumstances of yesterday’s events are under investigation. We are cooperating with all appropriate regulatory authorities to shed as much light on yesterday’s accident as possible.”The contract work is part of an ongoing project at MOTSU.MOTSU could not comment.The NC Department of Labor said because of the location of the accident, it was referred to Occupational Health and Safety Administration.last_img read more

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Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A week ago, they were readying to do one of their largest distributions of aid for the holiday.Now the Eastern NC Equine Assistance is picking up the pieces. This after they say thieves ransacked their donation center overnight.- Advertisement – “The next day we came back and everything was gone. There was maybe one or two bags on each pallet,” said group director Jennifer Witkowski. “Everything that does have a bar code is gone. Every in tact bag is gone. We lost 95% of everything we had.”The emergency assistance group says thousands of pounds of dog food, cat food, and other animal supplies were stolen. The group has operated since Florence hit providing animal feed and supplies to families all over the Cape Fear.“We thought it was going to be a three-month program but seeing the needs of the animals in Pender County, it’s going to be for a very long time at this point,” Witkowski said.Related Article: Deadline to register to vote is MondayThese donations were destined to help families over the holiday, but now it is the service group in need of help. They’ve had small thefts in the past, but nothing like this.“We’re not able to do our last distribution day and we’re really struggling to figure out how we’re going to feed the community at this point,” said Witkowski.This theft also comes as the group has to move out of their location at the old Burton Steel mill. They plan to begin a mobile distribution effort in the new year.“We’re going to be operating out of Pender County and we are in the process of looking at what the rebuild is going to look like,” Witkowski said.Witkowski says they plan to go to local law enforcement to report the thefts, however, all of the items were donated and not itemized, so she thinks there is little that can be done to recover what was lost.If you would like the help, the Eastern NC Equine Emergency Assistance is actively accepting donations of animal food as well as supplies. You can reach them online through their email EasternNCEEA@gmail.com or on social media.last_img read more

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Ecuadors president says Assange tried to use its embassy to spy

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 FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in a police van after was arrested by British police outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Britain April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a centre for spying, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.Assange’s relationship with his hosts collapsed after Ecuador accused him of leaking information about Moreno’s personal life.Moreno denied to the Guardian that he had acted as a reprisal for the way in which documents about his family had been leaked. He said he regretted that Assange had used the embassy to interfere in other country’s democracies.“Any attempt to destabilise is a reprehensible act for Ecuador, because we are a sovereign nation and respectful of the politics of each country,” Moreno told the Guardian by email.“We cannot allow our house, the house that opened its doors, to become a centre for spying,” the Guardian quoted Moreno as saying.Supporters of Assange said Ecuador had betrayed him at the behest of Washington, that the ending of his asylum was illegal and that it marked a dark moment for press freedom.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Francis Żammit Dimech inaugurates restored painting

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> Francis Zammit DimechFrancis Zammit Dimech Partit Nazzjonalista MEP candidate Francis Żammit Dimech inaugurated the newly restored painting depicting Saint Mark the Evangelist during a ceremony held in the Old Church (Lapsi) in St. Julian’s.In a press release, it was referred that during the ceremony, Żammit Dimech said that cultural heritage is an integral part of our Maltese identity. He also said that he is honoured that he was able to contribute towards the restoration of this masterpiece.Żammit Dimech who serves in the Committee on Culture within the European Parliament said that Malta can boast of a wide-ranging cultural heritage that has been passed on from one generation to another and that it was the duty of every Maltese citizen to safeguard this heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.The restored painting was unveiled by Żammit Dimech and Chaplain Fr Claude Portelli. Żammit Dimech praised Atelier del RESTAURO for their excellent work. The ceremony included a concert by the University of Malta Junior College Ensemble under the baton of Maestro Manoel Pirotta.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Is the Prime Minister overestimating himself – Corbyn to Johnson

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoREUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo The Opposition and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned the competence of the new Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johson, warning that, ‘No-one underestimates this country but the country is deeply worried that the prime minister overestimates himself.’Corbyn made the comments during his address at Johnson’s first Prime Minister’s speech and questions in the House of Commons in London. During his address, he outlined serious concerns over Johnson’s  ability to address key issues affecting the UK, most notable of these being Brexit.Johnson delivers turbocharged maiden speech as PM in CommonsIn his speech to the House of Commons, the Labour leader warned that despite Mr Johnson having many problems to fix for the good of the country, the new leader has formed a ‘hard right cabinet staking everything on tax cuts for the few and a reckless race to the bottom Brexit.’Corbyn also raises concerns that the UK would become a satellite of the US. Quoting the US president Donald Trump’s nicknaming of Johnson as ‘Britain Trump,’ he asks if the new leader would ensure that key linchpins of the UK which include the National Health Service will be protected from trade deals done with the USA.He cites fears within the British public that the UK would become a, ‘vassal state to Trump’s America.’”I’m deeply alarmed to see no plan for #Brexit.”@jeremycorbyn asks why @BorisJohnson is now opposed to the backstop after voting for it in March.Follow live here: https://t.co/vgSaDcyy23 pic.twitter.com/Rf8ui2HEZm— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 25, 2019Concerns for the British peopleFollowing Corbyn’s long-held position on the impact of Brexit on the British people, he warns that the backers of Johnson’s leadership will not be affected by Brexit and urged that the next plan for the UK’s departure from the EU should be brought to the British people.Otherwise, Corbyn stresses that, ‘Labour will oppose any deal that fails to protect jobs, workers’ rights or environmental protections, and if he has the confidence to put that decision back to the people, we would in those circumstances, campaign to Remain.’The House of Commons jeered in response to the statement resulting in the Speaker of the House having to intervene to quieten the ruckus.”Our country does not need arm-waving bluster.”@Jeremycorbyn accuses @BorisJohnson of focusing on the interests “of the few, not the many”.Follow live updates here: https://t.co/vgSaDcyy23 pic.twitter.com/FNGyQ7sUP0— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 25, 201910 unanswered questionsThe Labour leader also outlined that the new Prime Minister has failed to answer 10 key questions ranging from resolving Brexit to policies on the death penalty and climate change.These are listed here:Will he match Labour’s commitment of a £500 billion investment to rebalance this country through regional development banks and a National Transformation Fund?Given his appointment is the first Home Secretary for a generation to support the death penalty, can the Prime Minister assure the House that his Government has no plans to bring back capital punishment?Before appointing the new Education Secretary was the Prime Minister given sight of the Huwaei leak investigation by the Cabinet secretary?He was in the Cabinet that accepted the backstop and of course voted for it on 30 March this year. It would be welcome if he could set out what he finds so objectionable, having voted for it less than four months ago. Could he explain this flip-flopping?There is also something eerily familiar about a Prime Minister marching off to Europe with demands to scrap the backstop. So how does the Prime Minister think he will succeed where his predecessor failed?If the Prime Minister continues to pursue a reckless No Deal, does he accept that he would be directly flouting the expressed will of this Parliament?Companies from Toyota to Asda have been clear about the dangers of No Deal. Is the Prime Minister still guided by his “F**k Business” policy?The office of Prime Minister requires integrity and honesty, so will he correct his claim that kipper exports from the Isle of Man to the UK are subject to EU regulations?To tackle the climate emergency: Will he ban fracking? Will he back real British ingenuity like the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon? Will he increase investment into carbon capture and storage? Will he back our solar industry and onshore wind, so devastated in the last nine years? Will he set out a credible plan to reach net zero?Will he ask the new Foreign Secretary to prioritise the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe? And is he committed to working with European partners to restore the Iran nuclear deal and de-escalate tensions in the Gulf?center_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>last_img read more

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Nelson Mandelas top 10 apps

first_imgAdvertisement As the world mourns the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela, with a memorial service of global significance scheduled for 10 December 2013 at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, there are a number of mobile applications that share the legacy and history of the iconic statesman. IT News Africa compiled a list of apps that capture the great man’s life and history.1. Honor Nelson MandelaUsers who download this app will be able to light a candle to remember and respect Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the father of South-Africa. “See a different Nelson Mandela quote every time you light a candle, read memories about Mandela and send a greeting yourself. Includes the life story of Mandela,” the description of the app reads. There are two versions available, a free one and a paid version, which will cost $1. Developed by Teemu Kuusimurto, it is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. – Advertisement – 2. Nelson Mandela QuotesDeveloped by The Greatest Of All Time, this app is the essential guide of Nelson Mandela quotes. This new HD version features images and a new designed user interface with break up images. All pictures with quotes can be saved as wallpapers with high quality and high definition, and all pictures are saved offline, so there is no need to be connected to the internet in order for the quotes to refresh.3. Nelson Mandela (history)For users who would like to read up more about the iconic statesman, this app is a one-stop shop for all information relating to his life. Developed by n-frames Technologies Ltd. for Android devices, the offering features a biography, pictures, videos and quotes. “Not only can you get them in one place, you can share all your favourites with your friends in a click,” the developer explains. Including Mandela, the developer has also released apps for other prominent people such as Charlie Chaplin, Warren Buffet and Walt Disney.4. Nelson Mandela (general information)Another app with great information regarding Mandela, this educational app developed by Triple Bottom Line, LLC. “Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, following a 20-year anti-apartheid campaign,” the app states in their description. A highly-detailed biography providing users with relevant and up-to-date information is included.5. Nelson Mandela QuizFor those users who would like to test their knowledge of Mandela, this app – developed by 101Apps – is a free, multiple choice style quiz. “The questions cover the life and times of the well-known and liked South African Statesman, Nelson Mandela. The app ships with 50 questions and you can download an additional 50 questions from the developer’s website for free,” the developer states. Users will be able to select how many questions they would like to answer per session, and the questions are randomly selected and displayed along with five possible answers. The answers are displayed in random order.6. Mandela’s FamilyDeveloped for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, the app features a detailed view of Mandela’s family – specifically his wives, children and grandchildren. It is a great historical source for historians or anybody who is interested in his clan, his family and his ancestral history – dating back many years.7. History Timeline: MandelaSticking to a historical theme, the History Timeline: Mandela app is a great resource for history buffs. Also developed for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, by Mpondo Ndamase, the app features a timeline of events that marked the life of this legendary South African political icon.  The developer has also created an app that chronicles the history of South Africa called the History Timeline: South Africa app.8. Life of Nelson Mandela“He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation,” the app states in their description. Just as the title states, the app briefly describes his personal life, achievements and includes a photo gallery. Developed by Naresh Kumar M, the educational app is made available for Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.9. Mandela Project“Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy demonstrate that we each have the capacity to make a positive difference in the world,” states founders Ndaba and Kweku Mandela. The project, with its accompanying website and app, lets users join the developers to help build a movement honouring Mandela’s legacy. “Share your inspiration with the Mandela family and community on Mandela Project. Be the change you wish to see in the world,” the app reads.10. Nelson Mandela Smart TV appThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in partnership with Samsung, wanted to produce an Android Application that would be engaging and provide information on the life of Nelson Mandela. Developed by Cytrus, the application displays content from the current Nelson Mandela Foundation website, key focus points for the app are an interactive Timeline, On this Day, News and Social Sharing. The Timeline displays historical events in Nelson Mandela’s life using social sharing, images, video and facts.last_img read more

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BICS establishes pointofpresence in Johannesburg to increase reach into Africa

first_imgAdvertisement BICS, global provider of international connectivity and interoperability services, has established a point-of-presence (POP) in Johannesburg to offer its operator customers assured quality of interconnect for traffic exchange in Africa, optimising transit routes and lowering latency.The BICS POP will be located in facilities provided by South African data centre company Teraco, which works with major fixed-line and wireless carriers in the country.The deployment will not only improve interconnectivity to existing customers, but also increase the availability of the BICS MOSAIC suite of solutions to operators and ISPs within the region. BICS’ portfolio of over 60 solutions addresses the connectivity and hubbing needs of communications providers worldwide. – Advertisement – The Johannesburg POP is the latest milestone marking BICS’ sustained investment to address the needs of African communications providers. It follows the establishment of its Dubai POP with provider Equinix in March covering Northern Africa; and the foundation of its East Africa Gateway in Djibouti last year. BICS also enhanced its investment in the region during 2013 by opening three new offices in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa.BICS SVP Capacity Business Management, Johan Wouters, said: “Establishing the Johannesburg POP in partnership with Teraco is an important step in increasing transit efficiency in Southern Africa. We will continue to evolve our infrastructure to provide the highest level of connectivity with the lowest latency to our customers.“Africa is a key market for BICS and this agreement further emphasises our commitment to the region by offering market-leading connectivity services to communication providers across the continent.”Lex van Wyk, CEO of Teraco added: “We are delighted to partner with BICS to host its POP in South Africa and help meet its expansion goals in Africa. Using infrastructure built on the networks of major carriers in the country, BICS will be able to further enhance its ability to provide high speed interconnection with regional and global carriers.”last_img read more

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Cisco unveils Internet of Things Packages

first_imgAdvertisement Cisco has unveiled Internet of things packages at its Cisco Systems’ media event held on Oct. 5.Calling it “bigger than the first wave of the Internet, ” new CEO Chuck Robbins  said the giant networking vendor is planning to grow its presence in the IoT, which Cisco officials have said will grow rapidly to include more than 50 billion connected devices worldwide by 2020.Cisco intends to be the foundational technology vendor for the IoT, from the networking that connects everything to the analytics, security and platforms that enable enterprises and SMBs to safely and rapidly make near real-time decisions that will drive business growth. – Advertisement – Shakib noted that Cisco has created a framework businesses can use to migrate to a more digital environment, from unified connectivity and security to managing data from the network’s edge to the cloud.To help accelerate organizations’ adoption of the IoT, Cisco is unveiling four new offerings aimed at the manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and oil and gas industries.At the same time, the vendor announced a security solution for the IoT that spans all verticals. In the manufacturing space, Cisco is offering an architecture designed to give businesses the tools they need to connect and manage their machinery and enable such new models as remote access, monitoring and serviceability.The company announced a partnership with industrial robotics company Fanuc America to develop a way of remotely monitoring Fanuc’s robots in factories to see how they’re performing and to proactively address issues when a robot looks as though it will break down.Via: eWeeklast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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.Wednesday 13 JanuaryRACING2.40 TauntonEaster Day 7/1 > 7/23.55 ChelmsfordSecret Asset 11/2> 100/305.10 KemptonBamako Du Chatelet 5/1 > 100/30FOOTBALLSPECIALWho will be top of the Premier League at 11pm tonight ?4/11 Arsenal 3/1 Man City 12/1 Leicester(Should any of the three clubs involved in tonight’s matches have their games postponed or abandoned all bets will be voided. Star Sports’ decision is final)Premier League20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD9/5 Liverpool 13/8 Arsenal 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Juventus v Man U

first_imgJose Mourinho during Champions League press conference before the match between Juventus v Manchester United, in Turin, on November 6, 2018. (Photo by Loris Roselli/NurPhoto/Sipa USA) Manchester United may no longer be in the doldrums that blighted their season, but Juventus looked on a different level when they visited Old Trafford a fortnight ago and it’s no surprise that they’re a short price to do the double.The final score read just 1-0 but they won the shots on target count 5-2 and the corner count 6-2 whilst dominating possession – they had 10 shots on target to United’s one during the first 45 when United were simply left chasing shadows.Since then, United have won both their games in the Premier League, getting past Everton thanks to a brilliant strike form Antony Martial and then staging a typical late comeback against Bournemouth when even Jose Mourinho could not deny his luck. Marcus Rashford bundled home the winner in second-half stoppage time to earn United all three points but United had been fortunate to still be in the game at half time and his admission that “The score should have been like 6-2,” said a lot.Juventus have dropped points just once this entire season, that thanks to a lapse in concentration against Genoa before the reverse fixture. However, there was no such slip up at the weekend, with a 3-1 win over Caligari to make it 10 domestic wins, and their wealth of talent – including Cristiano Ronaldo of course – is operating beautifully. Paolo Dybala, who scored the only goal two weeks ago, has six goals this season whilst Douglas Costa and Rodrigo Bentancur can also inject pace into proceedings.United have the ability to strike a blow on the counter thanks to the sharp shooting of Antony Martial and Marcus Rashford now they are getting extended runs in the side, but they are up against one of the best defences in world football with Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chiellini anchoring the defence.Juventus v Man UtdChampions League8pm, Live on BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)OCT 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United 0-1 JuventusFEB 2003 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 0-3 Manchester UnitedFEB 2003 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 JuventusAPR 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 2-3 Manchester UnitedAPR 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 JuventusDEC 1997 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 1-0 Manchester UnitedOCT 1997 Champions League Manchester United 3-2 JuventusNOV 1996 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Manchester United 0-1 JuventusSEP 1996 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Juventus 1-0 Manchester UnitedAPR 1984 EURO CUP WINNERS’ CUP Juventus 2-1 Manchester UnitedJuventus are short at 4/7 but deserve their favouritism. The best way to play a game which doesn’t have huge value in it might be to back Juventus to lead at half time and full time; United have conceded first-half goals in their last three away matches, and Juventus have led at the break in four of their last five games.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK JUVENTUS/JUVENTUS HT/FT 5 points at 29/20 with starsports.bet PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 187.84 points(not including Premier League ante-post, or cricket)last_img read more

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Baker to Talk About USAsian Relations

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794 BAKER TO TALK ABOUT U.S.-ASIAN RELATIONS Note to reporters and editors: The following excerpts are taken from a speech that James A. Baker, III, the 61st U.S. secretary of state, will deliver tonight at the Asia Society/Baker Institute conference on “China, the United States and Asia: Challenges for U.S. Policy and Business.” A text of the speech as prepared for delivery, entitled “The United States and the Other Great Asian Powers: Russia, Japan and China,” can be obtained by contacting Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office, at(713) 831-4794.“…We should be prepared, at a minimum, for several years of occasionally uneasy U.S.-Russian relations as the latter grapples anxiously with the vast domestic and foreign challenges before it. Economically, as long as Russia continues to purse macro-economic stabilization, calls for a cut-off in Western aid are premature. Politically, suggestions that NATO be refashioned into an explicitly anti-Russian alliance are not only foolish but dangerous to the achievement of our overall policy goal of peace and stability inEurasia. The best way to make an enemy is to look for one.” “Clearly, the maintenance of the U.S.-Japan security relationship is a top priority. So, too, is a general lowering of the rhetoric on trade issues, where patient negotiation, I regret to say, has all too often been replaced by public posturing during recent years. Above all, the United States should work to ensure that regional economic integration occurs through fora, like APEC,which assures a continued major American role.” “…The much awaited transition has in fact already occurred and that the current leadership, whoever its nominal head, will continue to preside over a stable, if authoritarian China, for theforeseeable future.” “In sum, the United States and its allies in East Asia plainly have a powerful interest in China’s long-term stability…that stability is best served by an approach that balances support for greater political freedom in China with continued efforts to deepen Beijing’s economic links with the outside world…. this balance in turn requires more discipline and consistency in American foreign policy. Over the last few years, such discipline and consistencyhave often been sorely missing.” “…We must maintain a policy of constructive engagement withBeijing based on mutual respect and understanding.” “…We must continue to use the three communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act as the basis of American foreign policy-specifically that there is only one China, that Taiwan is part of it, that the United States will support any peaceful resolution of the differences between the People’s Republic and the people of Taiwan,and that we will have broad, unofficial relations with Taiwan.” “…We need to sustain a serious high level political dialogue with China in an attempt to reconcile differences over trade, humanrights and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” “…The Administration needs to reach a bipartisan accord with Congress as we did in 1989 on Central America to remove China policy from our domestic political debate. It is absolutely vital, given the sensitivities involved, to ensure that the American governmentspeak with one voice in our dealings with Beijing.” “…We need to encourage the leadership in Beijing and Taipei to concentrate on substance not symbols. We should encourage directcontact between them.” “..We need to avoid the false choices that suggest American foreign policy must be entirely based either on high principle or material advantage-in short, exclusively on either idealism orrealism.” “There are indeed clear limits to American influence in Moscow, Tokyo, and Beijing. But there are also practical measures by which we can advance American interests through maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks during a period of profound change for Russia,Japan, and China.” ### AddThislast_img read more

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Science teachers to come to Rice for MATS conference

first_imgAddThis ShareScience teachers to come to Rice for MATS conferenceBY ARIE WILSONRice News staffMore than 300 science teachers from the Houston area will converge on the Rice campus for the Metropolitan Association for Teachers of Science (MATS) 2007 spring conference Feb. 24.Promoting science education for more than 25 years, MATS is a K-12 professional development organization serving science teachers in school districts throughout the Houston area.Wallace Dominey, executive director of school science and technology for Rice’s Center for Education, recently was elected president of MATS. Through his role at the Center for Education, Dominey saw unique potential to rejuvenate the MATS conference.”With assistance from Rice, Harris County Department of Education and Houston ISD, MATS is being revitalized this year after membership had dropped and no annual conference was held last year,” Dominey said. ”This year’s MATS conference is expected to be one of the best conferences ever for the organization, with more than 300 area K-12 science teachers in attendance.”Hosting the MATS meeting at Rice is in keeping with Rice’s theme of engaging Houston, one goal of the university’s Vision for the Second Century, and offers the opportunity to showcase Rice’s campus, Dominey said. Gerald Dickens, associate professor of Earth science, will present the keynote address. He will discuss ”Global Climate Change: Insights from Drilling on the North Pole.”  The conference is an opportunity for kindergarten through 12th-grade science teachers to make a presentation at a professional meeting, often for the first time, said Dominey.”The response to the MATS annual meeting this year has been tremendous, and the conference is already near capacity,” Dominey said. ”Part of this huge response can be attributed to hosting the conference on Rice’s campus.” Meeting sponsors include BP America; Lyondell; Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science Teaching;  Sargent Welch, Science Kit, Ward’s; the AP Summer Institute at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies;  Rice Space Institute;  Gulf Coast Consortia Interdisciplinary Bioscience Research and Training; Texas Educational Tools; and Rice’s Center for Education.last_img read more

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New book calls for economic reforms to avoid future catastrophic shocks to

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327                                                                                   E-MAIL : druth@rice.edu  New book calls for economic reforms to avoid future catastrophic shocks to systemFellows at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy available to discuss “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold”The United States and other major economies have not taken adequate measures to address the underlying forces driving the 2007-2008 financial and oil crises; consequently, they have potentially condemned the global economy to future shocks of more catastrophic proportions. That is the conclusion of authors Mahmoud El-Gamal and Amy Myers Jaffe in their new book, “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold” (Cambridge University Press), which chronicles the causes of the current oil and global financial crisis and shows how America’s growing dependence on oil has created a repeating pattern of banking, currency and fuel crises.Unlike other books on the current financial crisis that have focused on U.S. indebtedness and American trade and economic policy, “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises” argues that a more complex set of factors are at play where transfers of wealth to the Middle East result in a perfect storm of global asset and financial market bubbles, increased unrest, terrorism and geopolitical conflicts and rising costs for energy. Only by addressing long-term energy policy challenges in the West, meeting economic development challenges in the Middle East, and adopting proper regulation of banking, financial and oil commodity markets can policymakers ameliorate the forces that will continue to cause repeating global economic crises, the authors wrote.“No major country can afford to free-ride on efforts to resolve the crisis, and short-term profiteering from perpetuating the conflicts — regardless of the ideological rhetoric employed to justify it — should be seen by all in the light of its long-term destructive effects of amplifying the global cycles,” the authors warn in a final chapter of the book. They note that recent developments have only intensified geopolitical as well as financial- and energy-market risks. Continuing and new geopolitical turmoil in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Iran stand poised to provide new catalysts for another spike in oil prices. Re-inflating bubbles in China and elsewhere — and the inability of the international community so far to coordinate on coherent multinational strategies for regulating energy and financial markets — have set the stage potentially for another financial and economic collapse. The global economy may have avoided a great depression in 2008, but the seeds of the next collapse have been sown, and the urgency to change the dynamics that have led to the most recent collapse is fading quickly.El-Gamal is professor and chair of the Economics Department and the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; Jaffe is the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and associate director of the Rice Energy Program.El-Gamal and Jaffe are available to speak with members of the news media about the book.To schedule an interview contact David Ruth at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.last_img read more

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Rice research IDs vulnerable bridges

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/06/0608_BRIDGE-2-Padgett.jpgRice University researcher Jamie Padgett at the Rollover Pass Bridge on Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast. The bridge, which got high marks from the National Bridge Inventory in 2008, was destroyed by Hurricane Ike later that year. (Credit: Padgett Group/Rice University)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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf . ShareSUMMARY: More than a dozen Gulf Coast bridges in or near Galveston, Texas, would likely suffer severe damage if subjected to a hurricane with a similar landfall as Hurricane Ike but with 30 percent stronger winds, according to researchers at Rice University.Editor’s note: Links to a high-definition video, a map and photos for download are available at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduAnalysis of Ike’s damage shows which bridges are most susceptible to a stronger hurricane HOUSTON – (June 5, 2012) – Preliminary results from research at Rice University show more than a dozen Gulf Coast bridges on or near Galveston Island would likely suffer severe damage if subjected to a hurricane with a similar landfall as Hurricane Ike but with 30 percent stronger winds.An awareness of which bridges are most at risk of damage in a strong hurricane helps public safety officials, said Jamie Padgett, a Rice assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.“We’ve been sharing these findings with emergency management agencies,” Padgett said. “Some of the groups, particularly in the Clear Lake area, are interested in this information so they can plan emergency response routes, or at least do some hypothetical scenarios to think through their responses.”Padgett leads a research team modeling the performance of dozens of bridges in the Houston-Galveston region. They’re determining how well bridges would withstand such a hurricane from their assessment of damage by 2008’s Ike, the third-costliest storm in American history.Padgett and Matthew Stearns, a former undergraduate student in her lab, wrote about the effect of hurricanes on bridges in a new book, “Lessons From Hurricane Ike,” based on analyses after Ike and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The book was published recently by Texas A&M University Press. The book incorporates material from more than 20 researchers associated with the Rice-based Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.After Ike, Padgett and Stearns published a paper in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ journal on the impact of Ike on bridge infrastructure in Greater Houston and Galveston.The first bridge featured in their lengthy report was the Rollover Pass Bridge on Bolivar Peninsula, northeast of Galveston. In 2008, the span, which sat 5.3 feet over the mean water elevation, was given National Bridge Inventory condition ratings of “good” for the superstructure and substructure, “very good” for the deck and “satisfactory” for the channel; yet that same year it was destroyed in Ike’s 15-foot surge and five-foot waves. This highlights the fact that condition ratings alone are not sufficient indicators of bridge safety, particularly in the face of natural hazards, Padgett said, and it underscores the importance of risk-assessment studies such as those conducted by her group.The bridge was one of 53 evaluated by Padgett and her team after Ike. They used data compiled by themselves and others, including the Texas Department of Transportation and design firm HNTB, which worked on the state’s recovery effort. Some bridges (mostly timber structures in rural areas) were destroyed by the storm surge and wave loading. Others were damaged by debris impact that accompanied the wind and water, and 25 more were weakened by scouring, where earth underneath the structures and supporting elements was washed away. Even 17 of the evaluated bridges that were far enough inland to escape significant storm surge suffered some degree of damage.Advances in high-strength, corrosion-resistant materials and new design and construction techniques will help the next generation of bridges withstand such damage, said Padgett, who earned a coveted CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) last year to model sustainable solutions for bridge infrastructure subjected to multiple threats. But there are also fixes available to help existing bridges. “Through our work, we’ve identified some simple solutions,” she said. “Adding details and retrofits to the structures, like shear keys or tie-downs, are potential solutions that would help protect bridges during hurricanes.”Padgett said the Houston Endowment‘s support of the SSPEED Center, along with her NSF award, were critical to her work. Her group also studies the impact of earthquakes and other factors, including increased load from a growing population, on bridges.“Infrastructure reliability is certainly a hot topic worldwide,” said Padgett, who is also studying bridges in California and Charleston, S.C. “We try to pick strategic locations that have an array of threats.”-30-Watch a video about Padgett’s work in Ike’s aftermath at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXv9ouW0gIARelated materials:Padgett Research Group: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~jp7/research.htmlImages for download: FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/06/0608_BRIDGE-1-Padgett.jpgJamie Padgett, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, examines damage from Hurricane Ike to the Rollover Pass Bridge on Bolivar Peninsula. Padgett and her team model sustainable solutions for bridge infrastructure at risk of damage from hurricane, earthquakes and other threats. (Credit: Padgett Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/06/0608_BRIDGE-map.jpgPreliminary results from a study of Gulf Coast infrastructure by Rice University researchers shows more than a dozen bridges that would be at risk of severe damage in a hurricane with a similar landfall as Hurricane Ike but with 30 percent stronger winds. (Credit: Padgett Group/Rice University)last_img read more

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