Mission Station cops SRO residents meet again for coffee and donuts

first_imgFriendly chatter continued to fill the room. Several officers clustered around the entryway and talked amongst themselves. Others talked to residents in groups of two, while Mission Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone spoke with residents one on one.Caltagirone wants the station to be accessible for residents and make sure their needs are heard and addressed. “They might have things they want to voice,” Caltagirone said. “[We] bring the station to them.”Officer David Hernandez was standing by the front window, observing the crowd. The young policeman appreciated the opportunity to have normal conversations with people he is used to seeing around the neighborhood. “It makes the relationship a lot easier if we know their names and they know ours,” Hernandez said.Mervyn Greene (left) shakes hands with Capt. Caltagirone (right) in the Mission Hotel lobby in September. Photo by Julian Mark.While coffee was sipped and donuts were eaten, Louise Irish was smoking outside by a trash can. When asked why she hadn’t spoken to any of the officers, she laughed. “I’m not in the mood,” Irish said.The Mission native has been living here for nine years and says police response time has not gotten better. “Someone can be beaten by their boyfriend. By the time police get here the boyfriend is out the door and gone,” Irish said. She leaned on the trash can, took another puff of her cigarette and recounted a specific slow response time she found particularly frustrating.A noise complaint was made about a man who was playing loud music out of a speaker. Police were called around 3 p.m. and did not show up until 8 p.m. When they showed up, Irish says they locked the front door and questioned everyone standing outside. While this was happening, Irish recalls, she saw the man with the speaker taking in the spectacle from the other side of the street.Tenant Organizer Jason Crossland, 51, has lived in the Mission for half of his adult life and he feels conditions outside of Mission Hotel have changed for the better.“A lot of [Mission Station officers] have been here as long as I have and they’ve seen it change,” Crossland said. “One officer told me he used to have to come here three to four times a day.”Green believes that a strong relationship with the police can help change perceptions of the hotel and its residents as well. “I’m a black man who’s lived in America all my life,” Green said, referring to the divide between law enforcement and minorities. “Neither really knows the other side, so the easiest way to deal with this is to meet each other.” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresscenter_img On Wednesday afternoon, several Mission Station police officers rolled into the Mission Hotel on South Van Ness Avenue. There were no calls regarding a complaint or disturbance. Quite the opposite: the cops were packing coffee and donuts.Hotel residents and officers gathered in the quaint lobby area to make small talk and break the proverbial ice. This casual interaction between these two groups is not the norm here. Central City SRO Collaborative tenant organizers Mitch Orsaba, Jason Crossland and Mervyn Green would like it to be.  A similar meet and greet was held last fall, but there hasn’t been once since. The purpose of this gathering goes beyond quality time with the cops. “We’ve had seven people die [in the hotel] this year; we’re averaging a person a month,” Green said.Green organized the first meet and greet. He made a habit of attending every monthly community meeting at Mission Station. He was one of the only Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel residents attending but wanted to change that. Green began speaking with officers and worked with the Central City SRO Collaborative to host the initial meet and greet. He hopes that fostering a relationship with the local police will help improve the lives of his neighbors. Perhaps even save them. last_img read more

NATHAN Brown pointed to a number of reasons why Sa

first_imgNATHAN Brown pointed to a number of reasons why Saints lost 35-28 to Widnes on Friday night but insisted the club will benefit from recent events.It was the side’s fifth defeat of the season but once again the youngsters shone.“The most disappointing thing is we led 12-6 and then we scored a try that was disallowed,” he said. “I thought our response to that wasn’t good. When you lose a number of games in a row, and close ones too, your confidence can be down. But our resolve wasn’t there and we needed to fight harder against that decision.“I thought we actually defended really well for a long period and then they got us with a push over try. We did something like 50 tackles and had the ball for two – defending well – but our resolve wasn’t good enough to keep us in the contest.“I thought there were some really good performances and we created two other chances in the first half, got back to 10 behind, made a line break and then we threw it on the ground when we look like scoring in the corner.“We needed to be a little more clinical. When we were behind we played our best attacking football in a number of weeks and that is probably a confidence thing and the fact you can throw caution to the wind.“There is lots of good stuff I can see, but consistency isn’t there. We need to get a number of players to marry up.”Saints missed Sia Soliola due to a dead leg but Brown expects him to return for the next game alongside another couple of players.“I prefer to talk about the ones we do have though and I think we are seeing the benefit of the younger players playing more games. Look at Mark Percival, he is playing really well. The youngsters are outshining some of the older ones. The best forward on the field was Luke Thompson who has just turned 18.“But I thought tonight we could have helped ourselves a lot better and come up with a positive result. Things will end up turning out good though.”last_img read more

YOURE the heartbeatClose your eyes hear the roa

first_imgYOU’RE the heartbeat.Close your eyes, hear the roar of the crowd as Tommy Makinson flies down the right hand side. Josh Jones takes it up… it’s inside to Joe Greenwood; he roars past the defence and plunges under the sticks. The fans go wild, the players jump over each other… Langtree Park is christened.This year will be remembered for many things but the night Saints dramatically turned over their rivals was a real highlight.Fans and players as one as the heartbeat of your St Helens pumped.And it’s not over yet… Nathan Brown and his charges have designs on having a big end to the season.2014 will see more dramatic moments, fuelled by the passion of you the fans.Luke Walsh, Mose Masoe and Richard Beaumont will make their debuts alongside a very talented St Helens team.2013 saw 13 debutants and more are coming…Be part of it and be the heartbeat – #saintsheartbeat – 2014 Season Tickets are now on sale.A Season Ticket is the best way of seeing your Saints in 2014 and offers the best value for money around.For example, adult and family renewals get between four and seven games free respectively compared to matchday ticket prices in the Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand and most renewals are at least 25 per cent cheaper than full price season ticket.In the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South stands family renewal prices in Silver and Bronze are from less than £11 per seat per game.You can renew here or you can make Early Bird purchases by clicking here.All current adult season ticket holders will receive an email, if we have their details, with the link to renew.Prices, FAQs, Direct Debit Forms are all available here or you can download the brochure here.You can also visit the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or call 01744 455 052.Dates for your Diary:Renewal Period: August 12 2013 – September 30 2013Early Bird Offer: August 12 2013 – December 24 2013General Sale: December 25 2013 onwards#saintsheartbeatlast_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham has assured fans that the numbe

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham has assured fans that the “number one priority” at the club is improving the defence.After the bitter disappointment of the Cup loss to Hull FC, Saints face Salford Red Devils in a vital fixture at Langtree Park.And KC says he’s pleased the game comes so quickly after Sunday’s performance.“It was a really bitter pill to swallow but in reality unless someone can invent a time machine so we could have another crack and do the job we should have done then we can’t do anything,” he said. “The cup dream is over and I am devastated about it. I am disappointed for the chairman, club and the fans.“We served up our worst defensive display for one of the biggest games of the season.“The players don’t purposely go out to lose and are devastated too. I have been amongst games that turn out like that and you don’t purposely go out to play that badly. They are stinging as we had high hopes for the competition.“Now we have 10 games left before we have any ambition of doing anything. We need to build into performances and we have to get better defensively.I can assure everyone involved at the club and the fans, that this is priority number one. We will be working very hard on that department.“We have the luxury of a short turnaround so we can get out there again but we haven’t got the luxury of training together for an extended spell. Realistically, we have one session on the field and then we roll into a good Salford side.“I am happy with that, happy we can get out there and happy we will have a tough clash against Salford at Langtree.”He continued: “Adam Swift has a good chance this week – we will see how he comes through on Thursday. Jordan Turner and Travis Burns are fit and available – as are a multitude of younger players – but it is a case of getting the balance of the team right.“We will shoot with whichever is our best defensive team and try and get some form.Salford are a good side and much improved – they will want to right some wrongs too from their cup exit.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or via www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

MEET John Hill – he was the lucky winner of an all

first_imgMEET John Hill – he was the lucky winner of an all-expenses paid trip to the State of Origin simply by being a Saints Member for 2016!We launched the Grand Draw back in August and to be in with a chance of winning fans had to renew or buy a Membership for 2016.So as well as receiving great benefits and saving on match entry, they could also win the trip of a lifetime for two to watch Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin (July 13, 2016) series including flights, accommodation and tickets!John was the lucky winner and has spent the last couple of months preparing for his big trip … and we’ll hear from him as he blogs the build up to his ‘tour’ as well as when he is in Australia too.“Since all my family are Saints supporters it was inevitable I would end up being an ardent supporter of the red vee,” he said. “I have been following Saints for some 40 years now and have successfully passed on the bug to my two sons Matt and Chris.“Working in town at NSG Pilkington Watson Street means a Saints conversation is never far away and Langtree can be viewed from the plant (look for the tall brick chimney behind the West stand).“I started following Saints in the late seventies and took in my first Wembley final in 1978 with the agonising Noonan dropped ball incident. Following on I became even more hooked following on from my Dad taking me to going with mates from school. Still go with my mate Ian and both of us take our boys now.“I attended Byrchall High in Ashton which was predominantly Wigan fans sprinkled with a Saints fans including my old school pal Bruce of Hatton’s Solicitors. It was very much a soccer school but a few of us managed to introduce rugby into the games lessons. One of the better things I did at school.“As for the trip, I’ll be taking my eldest son Matthew who completes his GCSE’s this summer and loves his rugby. He played for Thatto Heath Crusaders for most of his junior career. A great club for any new starter.“To be going to Australia is a fantastic prize and the club have gone out of their way to ensure all will run smoothly with premium tickets for the third State of Origin game along with booking the flights and hotel in Darling Harbour. We aim to take in NRL games on the Friday and Saturday with again the club helping out here.“Prior to this my only recollection of winning a prize was Moorby the goldfish (named after Gary our big money signing from Keighley at the time). I won him at the St Helens show when it was the greatest free show on Earth or least in the North West!”You can follow John via Twitter on @RedveeJohnlast_img read more

ONeill Sweetwater ProAm Surf Fest draws hundreds

first_img This is the 13th year of the competition, where participants can compete competitively or for fun. Pro surfer Brett Barley says how much he loves coming to the event.“I get joy out of seeing they’re stoked and encouraging them to pursue what they love doing. And even if it’s a contest, encouraging them that it’s fine to lose. I grew up losing a lot and that’s just part of it. You’re not always going to win. But that’s always the goal,” said Barley.Barley says he loves seeing the community get so involved and loves getting to surf alongside with the kids who look up to him. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Surfers of all ages took to Wrightsville Beach this weekend for the 2018 Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest.The competition began friday and wrapped up with final rounds Sunday. Over 200 surfers entered the competition, ranging from five years old all the way to 40.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mega Millions fever rises as jackpot grows again

first_img If you win, the cash option will leave you with $210.2 million. There was no winner on Christmas Day, but on Thursday one lucky player in New York took home a $294 million Powerball jackpot. WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — Want to ring in the New Year with some more cash in your pocket? Tonight you could be a millionaire! The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $348 million.It is the largest Mega Millions prize ever offered on the last draw day of the year. The drawing will take place at 10 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

GOP candidate asks NC court to declare he won US House seat

first_imgMark Harris walks to a meet with state elections investigators in Raleigh on Jan. 3, 2019. (Photo: WSOC) By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican in the nation’s last undecided congressional race asked a North Carolina court Thursday to require that he be declared the winner because the now-defunct state elections board didn’t act.- Advertisement – A lawsuit by GOP candidate Mark Harris claims the disbanded elections board had been declared unconstitutional, so its investigation into alleged ballot fraud by an operative hired by the Republican’s campaign was invalid.The elections board was dissolved Dec. 28 by state judges who in October declared its makeup unconstitutional but had allowed investigations to continue. A revamped board doesn’t officially come into existence until Jan. 31.“Time is of the essence,” Harris’ lawsuit states. Because the new elections board won’t be created for weeks, “the uniform finality of a federal election is endangered by the State Board’s actions and the citizens of the 9th District have no representation in Congress.”Related Article: NCGOP Twitter: Rep. Walter Jones in hospice careState elections staffers on Wednesday said a planned Jan. 11 evidentiary hearing to outline what investigators have found since November’s election had to be postponed due to the lack of a board authorized to subpoena witnesses and hold hearings.The investigation is continuing, however, with Harris being interviewed for two hours Thursday as all other U.S. House winners were sworn into office in Washington.“We certainly want to help in any way we can with any investigation to get to the bottom of it, but we believe that, again, that I should be certified,” Harris said. “We don’t believe that the number of ballots in question would change the outcome of this election and we believe, again, that that is the standard ultimately that the board of elections looks to.”Harris narrowly led Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial vote counts, but the elections board refused to certify him as the winner amid an unusually large number of unused absentee ballots and a large advantage in absentees favoring the Republican in two of the 9th congressional district’s rural counties.Witnesses signed sworn affidavits alleging that a political operative in rural Bladen County paid by Harris’ campaign collected incomplete and unsealed ballots from voters. It’s illegal for anyone other than a close relative or guardian to take a person’s ballot.Democratic leaders in the U.S. House have said they won’t allow Harris to take office because of the ongoing investigation. The U.S. Constitution makes the House the judge and final arbiter of its members’ election contests.“Let’s remember that Harris is under investigation for unprecedented election fraud perpetrated by his campaign, spearheaded by a man he hand-picked and paid to produce votes. He is not the victim here, the voters are,” McCready said on Twitter.Harris is asking a trial-court judge to order North Carolina’s hired elections director to certify the Republican as the winner. Evidence hasn’t surfaced justifying the delay, the lawsuit states. Responses by the elections board staff, McCready or other parties with an interest in the case are due by Jan. 14, a court administrator said.The elections board in late November explained the delayed certification and subsequent investigation by citing a state law that allows it to take any “action necessary to assure that an election is determined without taint of fraud or corruption and without irregularities that may have changed the result of an election.”Republicans were silent when the neighboring and Democrat-heavy 12th Congressional district remained vacant for 10 months in 2014. Former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory opted to wait until November of that year to hold the election to fill the seat Mel Watt resigned that January to become director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. McCrory explained his decision as saving the $1 million that a special election would have cost.The dispute over the elections board makeup stems from legislative moves in late 2016 to undercut the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who had narrowly beaten McCrory weeks earlier. The state elections board makeup was changed so that Cooper wouldn’t appoint most members, as governors had done for a century.Cooper sued, and courts determined the old formula was necessary to allow governors to fulfill their duty to make sure election laws, like other laws, are faithfully executed.The legislature last week approved a new law authorizing what will become a three-Democrat, two-Republican elections board later this month. But a three-judge panel overseeing the dispute decided the same day that the board the jurists had allowed to stay in business to oversee the Harris case had delayed long enough and scrapped the body last Friday.___Associated Press writer Gary D. 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Holden Beach man held without bond in wifes murder

first_img “She’s a very talented lady. Very sweet. Very smart. Loved by everybody,” Gayle Todd said.Those who knew her had nothing but good things to say about Judy Brock. Todd spent years alongside Brock in the Holden Beach Beautification Club.Todd never saw this coming, and she’s not the only one.Related Article: Man found shot in NC mall lot after possible road rage nearby“We’ve been incorporated since 1969 and this is the first case we’ve had like this in 50 years, since the town has been incorporated,” said Holden Beach Police Captain Jeremy Dixon.Dixon says the town has never had a murder until now.Prosecutor Glenn Emery say Phillip Brock called in the Silver Alert for his wife over the weekend, but Judy Brock did not have a cognitive impairment. They believe Brock called in the alert to throw them off.Emery said Brock disabled the GPS on his phone and tried to do the same thing on his truck.“We were able to use GPS to track the vehicle, which placed him in Sampson County, where he reported his wife missing,” Dixon said.Investigators placed Brock’s truck in Sampson County on Friday, which is the same day Brock said he last saw his wife.Dixon says this was the same wooded area where investigators found Judy Brock’s body five days after her husband reported her missing.Friends are still in disbelief.“Very good actor,” Todd said. “Like I said, he was very distraught. Very upset. And he would make you cry when we talked to him. He was very upset.”According to online records, Phillip Brock was a registered forester with the State of North Carolina.Brock is charged with first degree murder. He will remain in jail without bond. A probable cause hearing is set for April 2. Phillip Brock makes his first court appearance on March 21, 2019 (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The GPS inside a Ford f150 is what led investigators to Sampson County, where the body of Judy Brock Brown was found on Wednesday.That’s what prosecutors revealed during a court appearance in Brunswick County for her husband, Phillip Harry Brock, 71, who is charged with her murder.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD beefs up police presence following busy crime weekend

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department wants you to know the Port City is a safe place to live, work, and visit after three separate shooting incidents that drew a lot of attention over the Easter weekend.New public safety concerns are being raised in the community.- Advertisement – “Understandable that with three incidents this past weekend, people would have a concern for public safety, but I can tell you that the Wilmington Police Department is around the clock working 24/7,” Sergeant Myron Irving said.Irving says all department heads met immediately following the weekend to discuss better strategies to combat crime in those crime-prone areas.Irving says community programs that provide fun and safe spaces for police and residents alike are most effective.Related Article: Animal Alley: New exhibit coming to the Children’s Museum of WilmingtonWPD is ramping up its presence across Wilmington, but also trying to build better relationships with citizens.“We have also rolled out with our police athletic leagues,” Irving said. “We’ve done initiatives with some of the areas local youth.”Two shootings were reported on Saturday on South 13th street.Sunday afternoon, another shooting was added to the list in the Houston Moore housing community.Irving adds there has never been a history of Easter correlating to higher crimes in this area.Irving is encouraging residents to use the anonymous text-a-tip. If you see something, text “tip708” and the message to CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7).last_img read more

Raising money for addiction recovery one tee at a time

first_imgPhoto: Brunswick Christian Recovery Center Facebook ASH, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament is coming up quickly. It’s an opportunity for you to help raise money for a new addition that will help women overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.The Brunswick County Recovery Center is a 16 week residential rehab center assisting those struggling with addiction.- Advertisement – Proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards The Rose House, a 7,000 square foot heated space on 2 acres of land that will be dedicated to helping women through their recovery process.Last year’s event had such a big turnout, it was sold out. This year, the tournament features 2 hole-in-one contests, both with big prizes. One has a cash prize of $20,000 and if you win the other, you could score a brand new Chevy.The Brunswick Christian Recovery Center’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 13 at Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia. Registration is at 7:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.Related Article: Tanner’s Tee-Off Tuesday: Inland Greens Par 3 Golf CourseHere’s more information.last_img read more

PD Leader Godfrey Farrugia and entire executive to resign following election results

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 Following last weekend’s elections, Partit Demokratiku Leader Godfrey Farrugia has confirmed with Newsbook.com.mt that he, together with the rest of the executive, will be resigning.Partit Demokratiku received 5,276 first-count votes in the European Parliament election. Farrugia told Newsbook.com.mt that it is not in his interest to keep on leading Partit Demokratiku.Read: PD thanks voters; wishes to remain ‘beating heart of clean and honest politics’WhatsApplast_img read more

Villa moves to Japan

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> David Villa will reunite with former team-mate Andres Iniesta after the striker signed for Japanese side Vissel Kobe. Villa will officially link up with his new club in January following his departure from New York City FC.Villa played alongside Iniesta from 2010-2013 whilst representing Barcelona and enjoyed much success at both club and international level. The 37-year-old, who also played for Valencia and Atletico Madrid, scored 80 goals in 124 appearances for New York City FC.Vissel Kobe chairman Hiroshi Mikitani said: “We are pursuing a new style of play and after talking with the coach, Villa’s name came up as a striker who would fit that style of play. He is a wonderful striker.”WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Exciting supercar and hyper car rally is back

first_img SharePrint Cars Unlimited Malta will be hosting the second edition of Cars Unlimited & Coffee on the 19th May 2019. During this edition, participants will share their driving and car passion among a group of enthusiasts, all against a local backdrop.Cars Unlimited and Coffee will kick off at Café del Mar at 9.00am with a drive-through to Smart City in Kalkara for a static car show between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. The cars on display will include a range of the world’s most famous automotive brands including Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren, Corvette, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan and BMW.“The first edition of the Cars Unlimited and Coffee event was the first dynamic event organised by the team at Cars Unlimited. All participants are looking forward to this year’s edition as it allows for a meeting point that combines friendship and passion for driving,” said James Zammit, CEO at Cars Unlimited Malta.All proceeds from this event will be donated to Puttinu Cares. More information from email: events@carsunlimitedmalta.com.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Solar WiFi Lamps to Connect Rural Areas

first_imgAdvertisement Net1 Mobile Solutions, a South African-based technology company is preparing to roll out the Sun-e-light, a solar-powered lamp which also functions as a mobile phone charger and a wi-fi hotspot, as part of a corporate social responsibility project aimed at opening up the digital world to people in rural areas.José Carlos Da Silva Soares, the Chief marketing officer said the concept of the Sun-e-light had evolved as the company looked into ways of providing connectivity to rural communities not linked to the electricity grid.“We began talks with a production company in China which specialises in producing simple yet innovative products to produce a prototype [of the Sun-e-light] for us, which has now been refined and tested over a period of two years,” Soares said.This led to the creation of a lamp with a 3G-enabled modem which acts as a wireless router that can be accessed via wi-fi and potentially even Bluetooth. – Advertisement – Soares said the lamp, which takes eight hours to charge and provides a battery life of up to 16 hours, will be rolled out to communities “in most need of solar lighting and connectivity. We will roll out 2 000 lamps initially, with more to follow once we have an idea of demand.“We are trying to make acquiring a lamp as easy as possible, and have thus enabled features on our USSD [unstructured supplementary services data] platforms that permit people to request a lamp directly from their mobile phone.”The company will make use of the Net1 group’s countrywide distribution network to deliver the lamps as close as possible to the consumer’s location. Net1 Mobile Solutions is a subsidiary of JSE- and Nasdaq-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies.,Soares said .To alleviate the high data costs for users, Soares said they are hoping to partner with other companies and mobile network operators to buy large bundles of data to offer to Sun-e-light recipients on reasonable terms.The lamps will also be available for sale to the public, for under R300, “and with electricity prices rising by 7% recently, we have no doubt that a huge target market for the solar lamp will be people who would like to save monthly costs on electricity and data,” Soares said.The company has already begun giving away 2 000 mobile phone charger lamps – an earlier version of the Sun-e-light, which comes without wi-fi. “These will also be for sale [to the public] for around the R250 mark,” Soares said.“We believe solar power is becoming hugely important. Both public and private organisations are moving towards solar powered initiatives to get off the grid, thereby saving money and reducing pressure on Eskom. It’s also more environmentally friendly, and we can all contribute more to being more environmentally aware and being better corporate citizens.”Source: SouthAfrica.infolast_img read more

Google Play Music Increases Free Personal Cloud Storage To 50000 Songs

first_imgAdvertisement While Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and other music streaming services tout their expansive music catalog and discovery services, what sets Google Play Music apart from the rest of the pack is the ability to upload already owned music into the service’s cloud for free.Today Google announced that it is upgrading that song storage from 20,000 songs to 50,000 songs. The kicker is that you don’t even have to sign up for Google’s Play Music All Access subscription service. You can just store the music to stream to your devices without using up storage on all your devices.If you own music that’s unavailable on music streaming services (i.e. some early hip hop and bootlegs from bands like the Grateful Dead), you can couple this with Google’s $9.99 a-month Play Music All Access for a great way to create playlists with a mixture of music you own with a vast library of tracks available through your subscription. – Advertisement – If you want to start storing your music in the cloud for streaming access nearly anywhere, here’s how:1. Sign in to Google Play Music with your Google account – Go to your computer and visit play.google.com/music. Sign up if needed. 2. Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try the Google Play music subscription service too, click “Get Started”. Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage. 3. Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding the Chrome app, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders. You can upload 50,000 songs for free. 4. Access your music at any time on multiple devices – You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone, or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer.last_img read more

A robot is lining up for 2 days for an iPhone 6S

first_imgA fan takes a selfie with Lucy the robot. Photo credit: ATOMIC 212 Advertisement We’ve reported in the past about the madness that always surrounds Apple’s annual product refreshes. In 2012 a teenager sold his kidney so he could afford the iPhone and other gadgets, and this month two Chinese men were arrested before they could successfully sell their kidneys to an online agent to raise cash for the iPhone 6S. Then in 2013 a couple from Shanghai put their daughter up for adoption illegally and used part of the proceeds to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad. There’s a sperm bank, also in China, that is enticing donors with promises of a free iPhone 6S.Now one Apple fan who badly wants to be the first to get the iPhone 6S but couldn’t get 2 days off work to line up has sent a robot to do the dirty work for her! The telepresence robot named Lucy after its owner is essentially an iPad attached to a Sedway-type device so it allows her to be there without being there physically.[related-posts]The robot took the fourth position in the line at the flaghsip Apple store at 5am, and the owner is communicating through it from the warmth of her office. – Advertisement – Apparently the company she works for, media Agency Atomic 212 has sourced and build 6 of these robots to play with in the office, and they use them for everything, just to show new technology.The robot is awaiting the arrival of the latest iPhones on Friday, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Australia is the first country in the world to get the devices, due to the advantage of timezones.[Mashable]last_img read more

SoftBank Honda want to produce a car that can talk and read

first_imgAdvertisement Have you watched the Knight Rider series? That is the best way i can explain what SoftBank and Honda want to do.The two companies want to develop a car that can both talk and read a driver’s emotions.This was made known by SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son at an event in Tokyo Thursday. The technology will allow a vehicle to analyze speech through the use cameras and in-car sensor, as well as gauge the driver’s emotions, engage in conversation, or offer assistance. – Advertisement – Son said at the event that SoftBank’s Pepper robot, which can read human emotion, would likely play a role as well.However, they are not the first in this quest. Toyota unveiled the FV2 in 2013 which is a single-occupancy concept car that can read your voice and facial expressions.Bentley also has a facial-recognition app that can reads customers emotions.What are your thoughts about the care? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

NITAU AFRINIC to Host IPv6 Training Courses for Network Engineers

first_imgAFRINIC Training in Togo from 26th – 29th July 2016. Photo Credit: AFRINIC Advertisement Autonomous statutory body; National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) is partnering with the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) to hold AFRINIC’s renowned IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management (INRM) Courses in Kampala, Uganda, from April 4th – April 7th, 2017.AFRINIC offers a comprehensive training program and provides free training throughout Africa in French and English to around 600 African network engineers every year, equipping network engineers and operators with key knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques.Uganda has an Internet penetration rate of 19%. AFRINIC has 34 Ugandan members and saw a sharp rise in membership in 2016, indicating that the ICT industry in the country is becoming more robust. – Advertisement – In terms of IPv6 allocations, Ugandan Members hold 17 prefixes to date, meaning half of all members in the country are able to deploy IPv6.While these numbers are encouraging, AFRINIC hopes to further reinforce the message that IPv6 deployment cannot wait by providing free training on deployment methods in April.“AFRINIC’s training courses are highly respected, with the majority of participants agreeing that they would recommend the course to others,” comments AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett.“In addition to our core function as one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR), AFRINIC plays a leading role in education and capacity building, as well as supporting Internet infrastructure development throughout the region. Delivering the AFRINIC Training Courses in Uganda with the support of NITA is further reinforcing our commitment to building a stable, secure and accessible Internet for Africa.”[related-posts]NITA-U Executive Director, James Saaka.Speaking at a meeting prior to the training, NITA-U Executive Director, James Saaka said that the Internet is now an integral part of society, a critical resource that affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life.Broadband Internet is becoming more readily available in Uganda while the Internet costs are decreasing. With the advent of Internet of Things and many devices having Wi-Fi capabilities, billions of devices can now connect to the Internet. IPv6 is therefore perceived as an enabler of Internet of Things.Mr. James emphasized NITA-U’s commitment to creating an enabling environment that will provide the necessary skillset to Network Engineers and IT Professionals to effectively manage Internet Resources and promote the adoption of IPv6 in Uganda.“We have partnered with AFRINIC on this training as a start to our commitment on the rolling out of IPv6 in Uganda” he said.last_img read more

Ruth Njeri Waiganjo From Kenya Crowned Ms Geek Africa 2017

first_imgRuth Njeri Waiganjo From Kenya Crowned Miss Geek Africa 2017. She won a cash price of 3 Million RWF (roughly 13.2 million UGX)and was awarded by the First Lady of Rwanda; Jeannette Kagame. (Photo Courtesy: The News Times – Rwanda) Advertisement Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya beat four of her other competitors in the final held on the sidelines of Transform Africa Summit 2017, to be crowed the 2017 Miss Geek Africa the first of its kind in the continent.Out of the five finalists that were chosen, four of the girls were from Rwanda.The aim of the competition is to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology and encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). – Advertisement – Ruth Njeri Waiganjo developed a mobile application she dubbed Safe Drive, to ensure the road safety of road users. It is an innovative solution to respond to transport problems like frequent accidents. Her solution collects data through a mobile app and sensors, analyses it and the output is the profile of the driver.In other words, her system is able to determine the behaviors of the drivers.Her innovate product managed to win her 3 million RWF (roughly 13.2 million UGX) cash prize that was presented to her by First Lady Jeannette Kagame and a trip to attend the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2017 meet in Busan, South Korea – on the sidelines of the Transform Africa summit, which concluded yesterday at the Kigali Convention Centre.Ruth Njeri Waiganjo From Kenya Crowned Miss Geek Africa 2017. She won a cash price of 3 Million RWF (roughly 13.2 million UGX) and was awarded by the First Lady of Rwanda; Jeannette Kagame. (Photo Courtesy: The News Times – Rwanda)Leah Akimana from University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology developed a digital mobile application she called ‘Bus System Simulator’ aimed at improving public transport in the country, in particular Kigali – was the first runner-up of the competition and was given RWF2 million (roughly 8.8 million UGX) and a trip to attend the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2017 meet in Busan, South Korea.Delphine Micyomyiza from Groupe Scholaire Notre Dame De Lourdes was the second runner-up and was awarded RWF1 million (roughly 4.4 million UGX) for her solution, ‘Water Track’, which seeks to eliminate water theft in Kigali city by fixing sensor-enabled water meters to taps.source: The News Times – Rwandalast_img read more