Frida Kahlos 110th birthday celebration Sunday

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Tres leches cake  will be served at 2 p.m. to celebrate Frida’s 110th birthday. Those who arrive looking like themselves will be Fridafied on arrival. This means that Charraga will personally paint a unibrow on your face and place flowers in your hair.Earlier in 2014, Alexandra Garretón walked through the Mission with Mission Local editor, Lydia Chávez, to find local connections to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two iconic artists of the 20th Century.center_img Casa Bonampak at 1051 Valencia St. and Fiestas Fridas will be hosting a Frida Kahlo look-alike contest and birthday celebration Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. It is also Sunday Streets so the whole of Valencia will be a fiesta. At Bonampak, anyone can participate in the categories of Fridog, Fridrag, Little Frida, Diego and Frida. The winner of the best Frida wins a Trump pinata filled with Airhead and Dum Dum candies. The winners of the other categories can go home with Trump toilet paper, so that you can put Trump where he belongs, says the owner Nancy Charraga, or colorful Frida papel picado.All who arrive in Frida costume will receive a free Pinche Diego postcard.   last_img read more

Distillations Facing the music at Revolution Café

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter But that is not a San Francisco ambition. Only one coffee shop in my neighborhood made a point to have music, and soon it was gone — replaced by a chain fish restaurant. Over the years, two locally owned places near me managed to stay in business while two more Starbucks opened up within blocks of each other — but none of them have live music. Everywhere I went in the city, it was basically the same. Revolution is precious. “I do not understand why the San Francisco music scene is like this,” I told Jenny. “Do you think it’s because our scene is so focused on DJs?” she asked.‘Oh, that makes sense! We are … ”“We have a huge DJ culture,” she emphasized. “… and a focus like that can take the air out of everything else. Yeah, I’d believe it. I don’t know if it’s true, but I believe it.” That’s the thing about the tech takeover and ongoing gentrification of San Francisco — it doesn’t just drive people and culture out, it drives the very idea us living here out. Much like the DJs might be taking all the air out of a live music scene, the futurists are destroying the future, leaving behind nothing but a desperate attempt to keep up with the present.We decide to get another drink, which involves one of us going up to the counter at a time while the other aggressively defends the seats. I came back with a Pranqster beer, she got a red wine. A heat lamp in the patio ceiling flickered on, sorta kind-of working. The band was jamming like crazy, and people were packing the place in — God help us if we had to go to the bathroom. Music and humanity were swirling around us as the Mission went dark. Maybe that’s why it happened. I don’t know what triggered it, except that maybe this is the kind of environment where these moments happen. A look crossed Jenny’s face, I asked about it, and suddenly a bridge was crossed, a door opened on the other side, and she was telling me a deep and personal truth that she’s needed to talk to someone about for months but didn’t know how. And after listening to it, and commiserating, and falling to pieces, just a little bit, I told her about an open wound I am hiding beneath my mask, that is festering in silence. And by the time we left we knew, without a doubt, that we had become closer friends. And I wonder if that would have happened anywhere else. Revolution, by the time we left, was obnoxiously crowded and noisy, and beautifully human. Which brings out our own, flawed, humanity. It may have no place in the future, but I want it here, now. We were a little disappointed by the sangria. It was fine, we both agreed it was fine, but it was also on the sweeter side. We were glad we hadn’t just sprung for a pitcher. An increasing number of people were standing around us now, overflow from the café into the street.“Do you work at cafes a lot?” Jenny asked me.“Oh God, yes. If I’m not at an office, then I have to work at cafes during the day. Home is for that really productive period, for me, between 10 at night and 2 in the morning. Then it’s great. But if I’m working from home all day? Just sitting there on my couch? In my living room? It drives me stir crazy.”“Me too. I can’t do that.”“No, I actually really like café-hopping all day. Like, going to a place, having a coffee, reading a book, then going to another place, working on a project, eating lunch, going to another place, drinking a beer, meeting some people … make a whole day of it, and it’s a really good day.”“I have specific places I like to go for specific kinds of work, to set the right mood.”“Totally. One place for if I’m just trying to read, one place for if I’m trying to focus on work, one place for a certain kind of conversation with a certain kind of friend … really, that’s the advantage of a place like San Francisco, you have the luxury of so many different niches.” She nods thoughtfully. “Do you ever think of leaving San Francisco?”“All the time. Not because I don’t like it, but because the way things are going, it’s impossible for me to imagine a future here.”“Where would you go?”“I have no idea. If I did …”center_img There was supposed to be a beat-boxing cellist. Instead there is a jazz quartet. You never know what you’re going to get in this city.“Jenny” and I had managed to find a seat just outside Revolution Café, which isn’t easy. Even in a town known for small venues, Revolution is one of those places where three truly is a crowd. We were lucky to get this table, which to a casual observer was being used by a group, but to our expert eyes was probably available if we asked politely. The vibe is as much “coffee house” as “bar.” The menu behind the counter says they only serve sangria by the pitcher, but when we asked they said sure, we’ll pour it in glasses, no problem. The casual atmosphere is appealing and comfortable. Maybe because there’s not enough room to stand on ceremony.Revolution is the kind of café I thought San Francisco would be full of when I first moved here. Deeply embedded in its neighborhood, the center of its own scene, and filled with acoustic or only lightly amplified music. Wherever I’ve gone in the world, cafes would at least aspire to be venues: you could easily find one where a casual performance was happening. Most of them couldn’t keep up with the seven-nights-a-week schedule that Revolution keeps, but they were aspiring to it. Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS need to be more ruthless according to Head

first_imgSAINTS need to be more ruthless according to Head Coach Keiron Cunningham following their 24-12 loss to Wigan on Good Friday.“We had a couple of opportunities which we didn’t post and in those big games you have very limited chances,” he said. “We created quite a few opportunities but didn’t finish them off. I thought we started really well – in fact it was probably our best this year, but when the second wave of players came on the field one thing led to another and we ended up chasing our tail.“Possession in rugby league does ebb and flow, but we put ourselves in a bad spot in the last 15 minutes of the first half. You can’t win a game on the back foot. It felt like we were surviving for long periods.“Our left edge didn’t help us either. We have to make sides earn tries and we aren’t doing that at the moment. Jack Owens made a poor read on the first play but he is a young kid who is learning and I thought overall he had a decent game.“But apart from that, some of the tries they didn’t have to earn. We had to fight and scrap for what we did. It was disappointing but we have another big one on Monday to get over it.”He continued: “You can’t question the effort of the players in the second half. They fought well and showed guts and determination to get back into it but we have to be more ruthless. We can’t be this side that is famous for conceding tries and chasing it back.“We have to be ruthless, grind it out and kick the ball long – like Matty Smith did this afternoon. But that is my headache to have and no one else’s.“It does hurt. It is two points like last week and this coming Monday but emotionally there is a lot more around it.“We want to win these games but we have to perform better for longer periods.“We have to get some combinations we can work with. We need them on both sides of the field. We can’t build unless we have a stable defensive line and we haven’t got that.”last_img read more

NHSO investigating vandalism at Smith Creek Park

first_img They say the free library was destroyed and thrown into the lake. The vandals also ripped the bulletin board sign out of the ground. The fact is, this is the third time the county has had to replace the library there.They anticipate the damage to cost more than $1500.“What’s so frustrating is that it’s not that someone needed money or needed something,” said New Hanover Co. Parks and Gardens director Tara Duckworth. “They just did it to be spiteful I guess.”Related Article: Weekend checkpoint nets 4 arrests, more than 100 citationsParks and gardens says the sheriff’s office is following leads on who the vandals may be.“It’s just very frustrating and we are just looking to folks in the community to try and keep their eyes peeled. Help us to stop this kind of nonsense really,” Duckworth said.The Parks and Gardens says Smith Creek Park unfortunately is notorious for garnering vandalism. They say at least six times this year the parks and gardens has had to fix some form of vandalism to the park. It’s so often that vandals strike New Hanover county parks that they have a budget of fifty thousand dollars to handle the anticipated costs of damage.“This is not new it’s just very frustrating,” Duckworth said.Parks and gardens is asking neighbors to alert the sheriff’s office if they see anyone at the park after hours.If they have any information, contact NHSO. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a vandalism that destroyed several park items at the Smith Creek Park.The county parks and gardens tells us it happened sometime Friday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Trial to begin for teen charged with killing Wilmington musician

first_imgCory Sullivan (Photo: StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The trial of the teen accused of killing a Wilmington realtor and musician is expected to begin on Monday.16-year-old Cory Sullivan is accused of stabbing Ben Privott to death and then stealing a computer and cash from the victim.Ben Privott (Photo: Facebook)- Advertisement – Sullivan, who was 15 at the time, is charged as an adult.He is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the April 2016 stabbing.The district attorney’s office says pre-trial motions will begin on Monday with jury selection expected on Tuesday.last_img read more

Some citizens happy with recognition of 1898 coup

first_img “Just admitting that something very ugly happened and that to heal it, we need to be aware of it and try to move forward,” Elliot Smith said.The plaque will be placed on Market Street between 4th and 5th streets. However, Deborah Dicks Maxwell and Kojo Nantambu with the New Hanover County NAACP are upset because the plaque will say only 60 blacks died during the coup.“It’s underplayed. An undetermined amount of people died in 1898. My church which was built prior to 1898 could hold almost a thousand people,” Maxwell said.Related Article: VIDEO: Tree crew inside home when armed men attempt to break in“You go from 12,000 African Americans to 2000. What happened to 10,000 people in that short period of time? Everybody didn’t run. A lot of people got killed,” Nantambu said.They still believe this is a step in the right direction.“It’s very important that our youth understand exactly what occurred in this city, what occurred across this country because of what happened in Wilmington in 1898,” Maxwell said.Maxwell says the NAACP is aware of this and is working to make sure the number is corrected before the plaque is put up in March. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The state’s historical marker program approved a sign, officially recognizing that the 1898 coup in Wilmington did happen. That’s when white supremacists overthrew the African American government and drove out many from the city. Many people in Wilmington are happy the state is taking this step.“It’s really great that we’re recognizing this horrible thing that happened in our city’s history. So, maybe we can actually start moving forward from it,” Sophia Miller said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Humpday Health Couples yoga or pilates can be a great Valentines Day

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’re just one week away from Valentine’s Day, so you may be scrambling to find a gift for your loved one. We’ve got an idea for you, couples yoga or pilates!Shelley Jackson of Axis Yoga Studio in Wilmington said, “Outside of the traditional Valentine gift, like the cards and the candy, why not take the time to do something that you haven’t done and actually dive into something with one another?”- Advertisement – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and you may be thinking of what you’d like to get for your special someone.Instead of the classic gifts, like chocolate or roses, why not bring your significant other to a yoga or pilates class?Not only is it a great workout, but it can help the mind as well.Related Article: Flower farm damaged by Hurricane Florence busy prepping for Valentine’s Day“That can be an extra special journey if you come with your loved one, to go through the practice with one another. And what better way to bond and to do something that’s actually very good for you mentally and physically. It’s a spiritual awakening, together,” said Jackson.Jackson says you can burn plenty of calories in her class.“In my hot pilates class, the average is between four and five hundred in a 55 minute class. So it’s a little different than probably what you would anticipate in a mind-body practice,” said Jackson.On February 16th, you can check out an Acro Yoga Workshop at Axis with a partner. It’ll only cost you $20 a person.last_img read more

CFCC Boat Show supports boat building programs

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Boat lovers converged on the downtown Wilmington riverfront for the annual Cape Fear Community College Boat Show Saturday.The event showcases the two boat building programs at the college: Wooden Boat Building and Boat Manufacturing and Service.- Advertisement – Members of the community were also invited to bring their handmade boats for display.Money raised at the show goes towards a boat building scholarship.CFCC’s Marine Technology Department Chair Jason Rogers says he’s prouds of the boats the students have created.Related Article: College creates degree program aimed to fight substance abuse“It’s really gratifying work to basically start the school year with nothing and then at the end of the year, wind up with several finished boats that they can take right out here on the Cape Fear River that last week of school,” Rogers said.At a dinner after the show, plaques were awarded in categories like Best Power Boat and Best Classic Boat, as well as a People’s Choice award.last_img read more

Burgaw community recognized for providing refuge for Holocaust survivors

first_imgWATHA, NC (WWAY) — You may notice something new along Highway 117 near Watha.A new North Carolina highway historical marker commemorates nine German-Jewish families rescued from the Holocaust and given homes and small farms in the Van Eeden area.- Advertisement – A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the Pender County Library in Burgaw.The Jewish refugees lived here from 1939 till 1946At the time, Wilmington businessman Hugh MacRae owned more than a thousand acres of farmland in Pender County.Related Article: Church destroyed by Florence provides location for much needed suppliesHe sold some of it to Alvin Johnson who wanted to help Jewish refugees.Ann Wolf Loeb remembers coming here when she was 13 and she came to take part in Wednesday’s highway marker dedication.“If anybody has ever come over here by ship, to the United States, it’s the most amazing, amazing thing that you can imagine when you see the Statue of Liberty,” Wolf Loeb said.Most of the Jewish families who came here knew nothing about farming and eventually moved away.last_img read more

Cyclist recovering after crash in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A woman is recovering at the hospital after she was struck by a car in Carolina Beach Wednesday night.The accident happened at the intersection of Canal Drive and Carl Winner Drive around 9:30 p.m.- Advertisement – According to Carolina Beach Police, Angie Kilburn, 40, was on her bike when she was hit. Police say she was briefly pinned under the vehicle.Kilburn was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and listed in fair condition as of Thursday.Kilburn was charged with running a red light.last_img read more

Man reportedly going to Wilmington homes to scam elderly residents

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a man going around asking for money and claiming to be from a local church might not just be scamming people, but could be dangerous.Detective Robert Ferencak with Wilmington Police Department says people have reported a man going door-to-door on Evans Street claiming to be from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and asking for money.- Advertisement – He says the church community got together and realized it was a scam.Ferencak says a video captured on a surveillance system shows the man adjusting what appears to be a gun.He says you can never be too careful when a stranger is at your door.Related Article: NC spectator’s courtroom curse lands her behind bars“It can really be all hours of the day, but especially at night, anybody coming up to the door that you don’t know, saying that they need help or they need money, just don’t even answer the door,” Det. Ferencak said. “Feel free to talk to them through the door, but if it’s somebody you don’t know, the best thing is to call 911.”Ferencak says the man appears to be targeting a neighborhood, mainly homes to elderly people.He says the man might be driving a grey Subaru wagon.If you know anything, call Wilmington police or use Text-A-Tip.last_img read more

Cheers and screams as new Japan emperor greets the people for the

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during their first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoJapan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during their first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Cheers and screams filled the air in Tokyo on Saturday as new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako made their first greetings to an ecstatic public three days after acceding to the throne following the first abdication in two centuries.Naruhito’s father, Akihito, 85, abdicated on Tuesday in a simple ceremony, nearly three years after he first expressed fears that advancing age might make it difficult for him to perform his duties. It was the first abdication in 200 years.Pledging to work as a symbol of the people, Naruhito, 59, was formally invested as emperor the day after.People queued for hours to see the new emperor and his family stand on a palace balcony and wave to the gathered crowds. Normally such greetings take place during the New Year’s holiday and on the emperor’s birthday.“I pray for your health and happiness,” said the emperor, reading prepared remarks. “And I sincerely wish for further development of our nation by going hand in hand with other nations and seeking global peace.”Masako, wearing a yellow dress and hat, waved and smiled to the crowds along with other imperial family members.They will greet the crowds six times on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK.Akihito became emperor in 1989 after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, which set off an extended period of mourning throughout Japan, but the mood has been completely different this time.Clubs held countdowns on Tuesday night, fireworks rocketed into the air and stores held special sales to honour “Reiwa,” the era name under which Naruhito will reign. Hundreds of couples rushed to city offices to register their marriage.The festive mood, which many compared to New Year’s, has been fed by an unprecedented 10-day holiday that observers expect will bring an economic boost to Japan’s sluggish economy.WhatsApplast_img read more

Ministers evasive on Egrant report quote have right to silence – Magistrate

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Three Ministers from the Labour Party Administration have been referred to as being ‘extremely evasive’ when questioned over an unseen quote within the as yet unpublished Egrant report.The quote used by the Finance Minister Edward Scicluna, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Minister for Small Businesses Chris Cardona, had been used in response to activists calls for the creation of an inquiry into how Vitals Global Health were awarded their contract for three of Malta’s public hospitals.Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit had ruled on the request of rule of law NGO Repubblika to identify where the ministers had drawn the quote from report from, although found them not inclined to give a straight answer. At the same time, having access to this information from unseen parts of the report carried its own concerns.Read more:Egrant: “Cardona, Mizzi and Scicluna have access”Watch: “Delia has a right to appeal” – MuscatUpdated: PN leader to appeal Egrant court decision; fulfill duty as ‘public watchdogWatch: “Publish the report and we’ll see what you’re hiding” – DeliaUltimately, the court decided that Mizzi, Cardona and Scicluna had a right to silence nor could it compel them to divulge the origin of the information.Rule on enough evidence for inquiryStafrace Zammit explained that although she had received the request by Repubblika to open an inquiry, she was only mandated to determine if there was enough evidence to carry out an inquiry surrounding VGH.With no idea of where the suspect quote had come from, the court would discount its value when deciding on an VGH inquiry.Mizzi, Cardona and Scicluna must be made to exhibit copies of Egrant report – RepubblikaEgrant still to emergeDespite the Prime Minister’s pledge during the election period to release Egrant, ‘within days,’ nothing has yet materialized.Dr Muscat instead said that investigations into Egrant were still continuing, hence full publication had been delayed.Quote not in 49 page versionAccording to the Attorney General Peter Grech, the 49 page version of the larger 1,500 page report did not include the quote referred to by the minsters.It is however understood that the quote from the Ministers referred to a demand for the Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar to carry out an investigation into forged signatures which linked Prime Minister Muscat’s wife, Michelle Muscat to Egrant.No evidence had been found linking the two, during an inquiry carried out by Mr Justice Aaron Bugeja.A number of allegations had been floated that Egrant was receiving substantial amounts of money from Pilatus Bank. The bank has also been transferring funds to companies allegedly owned by the Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri, the PM’s Chief of Staff. These were proven to be false.WhatsApplast_img read more

Clients dont want to open businesses a Maltese bank account takes a

first_imgThe Malta Chamber of SME’s (GRTU) stated that there is an unprecedented situation happening with regards to businesses and banking: clients find it difficult to understand how they can open a business in Malta but cannot have a Maltese bank account. This is resulting in a loss of business, stressed GRTU president Paul Abela.In a meeting with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation Silvio Schembri, corporate services representatives explained the challenge doing business has become. This is due to the current situation in the Maltese banking sector.According to GRTU, the fact that clients can open a business in Malta but cannot have a Maltese bank account is leading investors to question Malta’s reputation. Investors have now started to question if it is worth investing in Malta.It added that opening a bank account shouldn’t take close to a year, particularly for sectors that are considered low risk. It deemed the banking sector as lacking. This is because clients and members who traditionally did business with the local banks are being turned away and asked to close their accounts.During the meeting, GRTU highlighted the need for additional banks to operate in Malta as this will ease the current deadlock. Moreover GRTU emphasized on the need of a more harmonized application procedure amongst local banks in order to structure the process and make it accessible and clear to all.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Israel says Arrow3 missile shield passes US trials warns Iran

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Israel’s U.S.-backed Arrow-3 ballistic missile shield is seen during a series of live interception tests over Alaska, U.S., in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on July 28, 2019. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Defense via REUTERSIsrael’s U.S.-backed Arrow-3 ballistic missile shield is seen during a series of live interception tests over Alaska, U.S., in this handout picture obtained by Reuters on July 28, 2019. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Defense via REUTERS Israel’s U.S.-backed Arrow-3 ballistic missile shield has passed a series of live interception tests over Alaska, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, casting the achievement as a warning to Iran.Jointly manufactured by U.S. firm Boeing, Arrow-3 is billed as capable of shooting down incoming missiles in space, an altitude that would destroy any non-conventional warheads safely. It passed its first full interception test over the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 and was deployed in Israel in 2017.“The performance was perfect – every hit a bull’s eye,” Netanyahu, who doubles as defence minister, said in a statement announcing the three secret tests.Israel views the Arrow-3 as a bullwark against the ballistic missiles fielded by Iran and Syria.Iran has been locked in a spiralling confrontation with the United States over its nuclear programme and missile projects.Washington said last week that Iran appeared to have tested a medium-range ballistic missile that flew about 1,000 km (620 miles). Tehran said such tests were for defensive needs.“Today Israel has the capabilities to act against ballistic missiles launched at us from Iran and from anywhere else,” Netanyahu said on Sunday. “All our foes should know that we can best them, both defensively and offensively.”Arrow-3’s Alaska trials had been expected last year but were postponed, following earlier difficulties in testing the system.Its first full trial, scheduled in 2014, was aborted due to what designers said was a faulty flight by the target missile. Follow-up Israeli tests in late 2017 and early 2018 were also called off at short notice due to technical problems.The system’s success in Alaska was held up by both Israel and the United States as a sign of the strength of their alliance.The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, attended Sunday’s meeting of Netanyahu’s cabinet, where he and the ministers watched a video of an Alaska missile interception.Israel’s Ministry of Defense said that, as part of the Alaska tests, Arrow-3 was successfully synched up with the AN-TPY2 radar – also known as X-band – which provides the United States with extensive global coverage. Israel hosts an X-band battery.“We are committed to assisting the government of Israel in upgrading its national missile defence capability to defend the state of Israel and deployed U.S. forces from emerging threats,” Vice Admiral John Hill, director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defence Agency, said in a statement.Arrow-3 and an earlier generation system, Arrow-2, serve as the top tier of an integrated Israeli shield built up with U.S. backing to withstand various potential missile or rocket salvoes. The bottom tier is the short-range Iron Dome interceptor while David’s Sling shoots down mid-range missiles.Also involved in Arrow’s manufacturing are Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the Elisra Company, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Talking cars tested in Michigan to cut road accidents

first_imgAdvertisement It says that the data gathered could ultimately lead to a change in the law requiring such safety equipment.“This cutting-edge technology offers real promise for improving both the safety and efficiency of our roads,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “That is a winning combination for drivers across America.”The government suggests 80% of the number of accidents that did not involve drugs, alcohol or some such “driver impairment” could ultimately be prevented if the technology works. – Advertisement – Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen have all provided vehicles to be used. The project has a $25m (£15.8m) budget.Driver alertNearly 500 trucks and buses are already equipped with the communication devices which rely on technology similar to wi-fi. By the start of October that number is set to rise to about 2,800.The kit will let vehicles send data to each other and selected parts of the city’s infrastructure.Drivers will be warned if:There is a risk they could crash into another vehicle at crossings where their view is restricted.If another vehicle is changing lanes in their blind spot.If there is a danger of a rear-end collision because the car in front of them has braked suddenly.“[It] has the potential to be the ultimate game-changer in roadway safety,” said National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s David Strickland.“But we need to understand how to apply the technology in an effective way in the real world.”Alternatives to the technologies involved in the project are already on the market.For example Bosch offers an ultrasonic sensor which registers objects three metres to a car’s side which the drive may not be able to see. Nissan has also introduced a car-mounted radar which monitors the road ahead and applies the brakes if it thinks a collision is imminent.The US government is attempting to create a superior system which does not rely on kit being able to “see” a problem – but one expert warned that the innovation’s success would be limited until every vehicle was required to have the necessary gear.“This is a classic case of standards needing to be applied,” Prof David Bailey, an automotive expert at Coventry Business School, told the BBC.“There is evidence that consumers are willing to pay for this kind of safety equipment, but to move the market on you might need some kind of regulatory change.“So the amount of time it will take before we see it become widespread will depend on both whether the technology is viable and how quickly governments are likely to demand that vehicles implement it. If they don’t push hard it could still be 30 to 40 years away.”In Europe Volvo is working on an alternative wireless technology in which cars “follow” a lead vehicle, mimicking its actions and forming a convoy.The technology is designed to be used on motorways allowing the driver to hand over control and relax during part of the journey.Source: BBClast_img read more

63 Ugandan and Kenyan ICT Companies to Improve Export Capability

first_imgAdvertisement The Netherlands Trust Fund III (NTF III) Export Sector Competitiveness Programme, a three-year, multi-phase Dutch-backed project with the International Trade Centre (ITC), has completed the company selection process for the projects in Kenya and Uganda.33 Kenyan and 30 Ugandan companies were chosen based on a criteria that focused on their perceived ability to benefit from the NTFIII training and advisory services. Relevant criteria included, but was not limited to, the financial soundness of the company, export experience and strategy, and market presence.The NTFIII will sponsor specific initiatives to boost export competitiveness of the IT and ITES (IT enabled services) sectors in Kenya and Uganda is focused on companies both large and small that have either already taken steps to export or are poised to join the export market. The NTFIII company pool for Kenya and Uganda includes product start-ups, software development, and services companies. – Advertisement – The NTFIII projects in Kenya and Uganda are breaking new ground for the NTF program as a whole by the inclusion of start-ups in the company pools.East Africa’s web and mobile application development activity is frequently covered in the business press and this attention is well-deserved for the creativity and initiative it has shown.“The results of this project should be an increase in IT and ITES exports from both Kenya and Uganda, along with a strengthened capacity among the trade support institutions that will provide continued growth after the program has ended,” said Olivier Naray, Programme Officer of the NTF III Programme.He added that this will mean an increased ability in both countries to create and maintain jobs in these sectors.Much of the effort in the project is focused on training and B2B outreach for the companies selected. Working with this selected pool of companies, the NTFIII will provide appropriate training and advisory services for enhancing export capability such as building business plans, developing appropriate market research, accessing finance, and direct B2B sales expertise.“This gap of applied skill is preventing many talented Ugandan and Kenyan companies from both exploring potential export markets as well as from developing a seed idea into something more sustainable,” noted Mr. Naray.“The NTFIII Kenyan and Ugandan projects aim to specifically address these gaps for the start-ups as well as for the larger organizations in their company pools.”The project is being implemented along with Trade Support Initiatives from the two countries, including the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) and Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA).ICTAU Chairman, Simon Kaheru urged “everyone” to “take the the project seriously”.“This project is key to enhancing the competitiveness of the indigenous, home-grown Ugandan ICT sector and enabling us to scale up internationally. We have high hopes that it will have an impact on our members, indirectly including those who may not be part of the initial group chosen to participate. We urge everyone in the ICT sector to take it seriously,” said ICTAU Chairman Simon Kaheru.Featured Image: Partners in the NTF III project from Kenya and Uganda in a work-planning session in Dubai last year. Photo: Albert Mucunguzi/PC Tech Magazinelast_img read more

Fallout 4 – Survival Mode Coming To Xbox One And PS4 Next

first_imgFall Out wins “Best Game” at the British Academy Games Awards Winners in 2016. Image Credit: Kinja Advertisement The long awaited “Fallout 4 – Survival Mode” will finally be hitting Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles come next week. The Survival Mode will be available as part of update 1.5 which is already available to players on PCs.Survival Mode is a more hardcore take on the game, inspired by classic Fallout games – you cannot fast travel, there are added stats, such as fatigue and diseases, to keep track of, and more.Here’s the list of Fallout 4’s 1.5 updated features in full: – Advertisement – New Features:New Survival difficulty.Survival adds additional challenges including no fast travel, saving only when you sleep, increased lethality, diseases, fatigue, danger and more. See the in-game Help menu for more details.Characters set to Survival difficulty appear under their own Character Selection filter.Third person camera movement improvements when player is close up against walls and other objects.Fixes:General stability and performance improvements.Fixed rare crash related to reloading a save that relies on Automatron.Fixed issue with the robot workbench camera not moving properly immediately after canceling out of the menu.Fixed issue with perks being repeatedly added when reloading a saved game while in robot workbench.Fixed issue with Ada not properly traveling to an assigned settlement.Robots can now be assigned as settlement vendors.Fixed issue with “Appropriation” where blueprints would not appear properly if the container had already been looted prior to getting the quest.In “The Nuclear Option,” entering the Institute using the targeting helmet on Power Armor no longer inadvertently causes the player to go into combat, and become stuck in the Institute.Fixed distance check with Robotics Expert perk.While in Workshop mode, if the Jump button is remapped, the Y or Triangle button can still be used to jump.Fixed issue with “Defend the Castle” where speaking to Ronnie Shaw would not properly complete the quest.During “The Nuclear Option,” fast traveling away from the Institute immediately after inserting the relay targeting sequence holotape will no longer block progression.Fixed issue where Workshop placed light bulbs would occasionally not light properly.Fixed occasional flashing issue with entering and exiting Power Armor.Fixed issue where terminals would not work properly after downloading and initializing an Add-On from the Add-Ons menu.last_img read more

Rwandas Electoral Commission Revises Directive on Social Media Use by Presidential Candidates

first_imgProf. Kalisa Mbanda, Rwanda National Electoral Commission Chief. Advertisement The Electoral Commission in Rwanda has revised and modified their directives on social media use by Presidential candidates and other members of the public during elections time.PC Tech Magazine last week reported about the move by the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to control and regulate all social media posts and messages by all the presidential candidates.Rwanda NEC chief Kalisa Mbanda argued that the move was meant to prevent declarations, words, acts that can lead the population to acts of insecurity that could divide the Rwandan population. – Advertisement – In the directive, all messages, photographs and other campaign material by presidential candidates were required to be submitted to the seven election commissioners at least 48 hours before their publication.The move attracted criticism from political commentators and rights activists from across the world who referred to it as an intrusion on the rights of speech and expression.But according to new regulations, which were published in a Special edition of official gazette on Friday June 2nd, NEC “allows free social media usage during campaigns.”Article 7 of the new regulations governing social media usage indicates that, “it is permitted to use social media during presidential campaign.”However, no one is allowed to use social media handles of public institution to campaign for any candidates, according to the new regulations.“All other articles as well as other directives that had been issued by the electoral commission, which are contrary to these new regulations are null and void.” Article 9 of the new regulations reads.Prof. Kalisa Mbanda, Rwanda National Electoral Commission Chief.Earlier in the week, Communications Regulator, Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) had clarified that the NEC  had “no mandate to regulate or interrupt the use of social media by citizens.”“RURA as the statutory regulator has not had any discussions with NEC on this subject and would like to reaffirm the right of citizens to express themselves on social media … while respecting existing laws,” wrote spokesman Anthony Kulamba.[related-posts]last_img read more

Smart Text Selection in Android O coming to Google Docs

first_imgAdvertisement Google Docs is implementing the Smart Text Selection feature for anybody currently running the Android O Beta, that was announced back during the Google IO 2017.It is quite frustrating when trying to select text on our phones, and this feature intends to fix that by highlighting exactly what we need with a simple double tap.Smart Text Selection uses machine learning to figure out which information is pertinent when you double tap, and then offers contextual options such as calling a number or entering an address into Maps, rather than just the usual ‘cut’ or ‘copy’ etc. It’s a nifty solution that should save us all a bit of time, and it’s also a really impressive use of machine learning locally on your device. The changelog for the latest Google Docs update includes “Smart text selection on devices running Android O”, as well as the usual bug fixes and performance improvements.Credit: Android Police – Advertisement –last_img read more