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Jeremy Corbyns spokesperson has confirmed that it

first_imgJeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson has confirmed that it is Labour policy to end freedom of movement once the UK leaves the EU.The 2017 manifesto, For the Many Not the Few, began its section on immigration with the statement: “Freedom of movement will end when we leave the European Union.” It added: “Labour will develop and implement fair immigration rules.”After PMQs today, in which the Prime Minister cited ending free movement as an area of agreement, the Labour leader’s office said that this pledge remains party policy and that Labour supports “fair rules and reasonable management of migration”.There has been doubt over whether this was still the case, particularly as Labour recently backed an indicative votes motion setting out a Norway-style Brexit – termed Common Market 2.0 – which would entail single market membership and therefore free movement of people.But LabourList understands that the party doesn’t consider the amendments it whipped for earlier this week – Theresa May’s deal plus a customs union; Common Market 2.0; a confirmatory public vote on “any” deal – to now be party policy.In a recent LabourList readers’ survey, over 83% of respondents said freedom of movement should continue as part of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.On the matter of another referendum, Corbyn’s spokesperson said: “Our policy is to support a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or no deal.” This was repeated when it was asked whether this means a Brexit deal including customs union membership would be subject to a public vote.The implication is that Labour’s alternative plan – meeting its five demands for a customs union, close alignment with the single market, dynamic alignment on rights and protections, etc – would not have to be ‘put to the people’ in another referendum.If that is the case, Corbyn would not require May to agree to another referendum or the ‘Kyle/Wilson‘ plan as a condition of his support for the deal – despite many Labour MPs urging him to make this a requisite for their votes.Corbyn is understood to be going into talks with the Prime Minister this afternoon with his five demands as the basis for cross-party negotiations. He will be accompanied by Labour whip Nick Brown, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.Asked why Long-Bailey, who is thought not to be keen on backing another referendum, was joining the meeting, the spokesman replied: “A substantial number of our demands relate to her brief.”Tags:Immigration /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Free Movement /freedom of movement /Brexit /last_img read more

New Affordable Housing Development Renews Parking Woes

first_img“How wonderful to take a parking lot and make it into a park and make it into housing. But we’ve got a parking lot that’s going to go away,” said Andy Thornley, a senior analyst with the Municipal Transportation Agency. Thornley referenced the years-long conversations about parking in the area and said that the agency has not “come to a good place” regarding a solution. The use of surface land for parking lots is an under-utilization in the current housing market, Thornley said. Neither the city nor a private developer would build an underground lot in the neighborhood either, however, because of frequent flooding.“It’s like building a submarine,” he said. The expense of either armor-coating the parking lot or installing technical workarounds would be prohibitively expensive to any party, Thornley said. “You would have to have pumps running constantly.”For the presenters, the solution was to take public transit. While project sponsors emphasized that tenants of below-market-rate units typically own fewer cars than other residents, Thornley said walking, biking, and riding BART or MUNI is a must in the transit-rich neighborhood.“You’ve got a really great fabric here to get along without a car,” he said. Thornley acknowledged that “some people need to make some trips, sometimes, by car” and that industrial employees of the area arriving early in the morning before transit opens would likely be unsatisfied with the lack of parking. The new housing project has no dedicated parking space, however, so the dozens of drivers who currently use the parking lot will have to find spaces on the street or begin commuting by bus or rail. Thornley said this was not a solution per se and that the transportation agency would continue searching for options, but added that he does not envision a magic bullet and believes the housing project a victory.“As we take housing for cars and turn it into housing for people — I personally think that’s a good reinvestment,” he said.After a presentation by project sponsors, attendees broke off into small groups to discuss questions they had about the housing development. Though some centered on parking, most spoke on other issues, like the need for more of the units to be dedicated to the formerly homeless.“Do you know how many homeless are out there?” said Nina Ticzon, who works for the Mission SRO Collaborative, a non-profit that advocates for tenants of single-room occupancy hotels.Currently, the project reserves 20 percent — all one-bedroom studios — of its units for youth aged 18-24 transitioning from foster or state care, with an additional 10 percent for non-youth formerly homeless. The remaining 70 percent will go to families earning up to $55,000 for a three-person household. “I think that it should have been 20-20,” Ticzon said, hoping to bump up the homeless allotment to 40 percent. Ticzon, who lives in an SRO, emphasized the difficulty of finding such a unit in the city. “It took me 20 years to get into the SRO I’m in.”Dairo Romero speaking to a group of locals about the new affordable housing project. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.Others asked whether the project could involve local artists, pondered the environmental certification of the building, and wanted to know whether the planned public bathrooms for a ground-floor cafe might be open at all times.“Folks have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night,” said one man.Specific incorporations from community input would be made at later meetings, project sponsors said. This first gathering was an attempt to get feedback from all involved. “Our goal is not to answer questions today, but to try to get down as many as possible,” Feng said. Community meetings are planned through the spring of 2016. The development should begin construction in 2018 — though the next door park will break ground early next year — and residents can expect to move in by 2019 or 2020, according to project sponsors. 0% A new fully affordable housing development scheduled to be built at the corner of 17th and Folsom renewed longstanding fears about parking availability at a community meeting held yesterday, though most residents welcomed the 101-unit project for its affordability.“The street’s going to be impacted unless there’s more parking,” said Kian Alavi, a resident of the block across from the parking lot. Alavi said he is by no means “pro-car” and welcomed the housing, but wanted developers to realize that parking is a dwindling resource in the area. “It’s a reality. If you don’t plan for it, it’s going to be an issue.”The seven-story housing development and the planned park next door will be built on the site of a 220-space parking lot. The addition of some 70 families and 30 single tenants will put additional pressure for parking in an industrial area in which employees and businesses have previously protested the planned conversion of the parking lot.Testimony at the community meeting, however, was less divisive than in the past. Most acknowledged the need for housing in the Mission District, though no specific solutions were offered for the parking shortfall.center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • cars • housing • parking Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission Techies React to Controversial Homeless Rant

first_img Tags: homeless • mission • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “He did the stereotypical thing that the tech force is criticized for, which is rant about it on the internet,” Lopez said.Keller’s statements included calling the homeless “riff raff,” for which he later apologized, but he did not offer any viable solutions to dealing with homelessness. Many who live and work in tech in the Mission district said they agreed with Keller’s message, but disagreed with the delivery.“A lot of people out here are very educated, they come from different places and maybe they can’t relate,” said Jamie Gasparella, who is in marketing for tech companies. “Maybe it was an honest opinion about a problem that he saw, and what he saw moved him. The way he said it was misconceived by a lot of people, but it started a conversation.”Keller’s decision to speak out made him the latest poster child for an issue that strikes a nerve with many of the city’s residents — the economic disparities that exist in San Francisco’s rapidly gentrifying communities.“Homeless people have been here before tech got to San Francisco. Sure, tech brought beneficial additions to the city, but there needs to be a balance,” said Arrianne Talma, who works in marketing for a tech startup.Talma said she found Keller’s comments to be narrow-minded.  “He does not understand the problem fully. The entrepreneur spirit in tech is supposed to be finding solutions to a problem, so that means you actually have to offer a solution.”Most stated that Keller’s views are not prevalent throughout the tech industry. “There are many other rich people that talk about this stuff and are also assholes and they are not in tech,” said a tech worker who declined to give his name. “I don’t think it’s fair to demonize the industry over one person’s personal opinions — his opinion is not common in the industry at all.”Observing many of the young and affluent people moving to the neighborhood the past five years, longtime Mission resident Greg Clayton said he understands Keller’s intolerance for poverty. “Young people are moving in with lots of money from the suburbs, maybe they are coming from mall communities and have a different aesthetic visually,” said Clayton. “Maybe he’s not talking about the homeless, but the things that come along with homelessness like crime and trash.”In the letter, the entrepreneur states that he has been living in San Francisco for three years — long enough to witness homelessness escalate. “Without a doubt it is the worst it has ever been,” he said.  “San Francisco’s homeless problem predates you — by a lot,” reads a blog post by a different man named Justin Keller, who said that his social media channels “erupted” thanks to the entrepreneur. Pointing to a culture of compassion that has shaped San Francisco since the 1906 earthquake, this Keller wrote:  “One of the things that’s made San Francisco great is the empathy and compassion historically shown to people without anywhere or anything.”“What I get from that is that he is a typical tech worker…new to the city, new to the Bay Area culture of openness, acceptance, and compassion in dealing with real-life problems,” said Chris Young, who has been living in a tent at Florida and 17th streets since he was evicted from his Mission home in October. “People here love to rant because they find validation in it and in ridiculing the homeless. I’m tired of it.”Keller wrote that he did not want to subject his visiting parents to what most San Franciscans see daily, presumably “the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people” that he sees going to and from work. Yash Chechani, a product manager who splits his time between San Francisco and Santa Clara, said that although Keller’s delivery was “off,” he understands the intention behind his letter.“I think it’s good to have zero homeless people, but not because I want to show a clean city to my parents, but because we actually need to house these people,” said Chechani. “During Super Bowl they were suddenly gone. I don’t know what the city did, honestly — if they were chased somewhere else. I do see [Keller’s] point in that we need to solve the problem permanently.”Bhautik Joshi, a senior software engineer at Flickr, agreed that Keller’s lack of empathy should not be used against him — rather, it should be treated as an opportunity to inspire others who share his values to care and to take action. “He didn’t get it, so maybe there is some way of reaching out to people like him and giving them a hook. It was a lost opportunity,” said Joshi. “If he spent a little more time understanding and searching for empathy, he could have done some real good. But it’s not too late.” 0%center_img Startup founder Justin Keller has come under a barrage of internet fire for posting an open letter to city officials with the complaint that he is forced to witness the struggles of homeless individuals on city streets.“The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it,” wrote Keller in his letter to Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr, which he posted on his personal blog on February 15. “I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day.”Readers immediately responded by labelling Keller a “Tech Bro,” “douchebag,” and “entitled” on Twitter, Medium and Facebook.Michael Lopez, a prep cook at Southern Pacific Brewing on Treat Avenue, understands the frustration. last_img read more

Sunflower Vietnamese – an old friend rises again

first_imgThe dish gets its name from the motion of the skillet required to cook meat properly, constantly moving over the flame so it doesn’t stick. Sunflower’s version isn’t the most authentic – French fries? Come on! Typical accompaniments are watercress, tomatoes, and/or a lime-and-black pepper dipping sauce. But you’ll never hear me complain about fries, unless they’re poorly done, and these were not. Besides, what matters in this dish is the beef, and this is one of the better renditions of bo luc lac I’ve had. Super tender, juicy, deeply flavored with a caramel/saltiness, and just a hint of spice. Kind of swoon-worthy. And fries are always in season.We shared a humongous platter of garlic noodles …garlic noodles Vietnamese garlic noodles hold their own in the pantheon of Asian Noodles You Must Eat. The umami factor of Sunflower ‘s is very high – garlicky, sweet, salty, plus springy-textured and eggy…. They’re one of my guiltiest pleasures.The BF got his standard: Bún Thịt Nuớng with cha gio, or grilled pork over vermicelli noodles, topped with Imperial rolls.vermicelli pork imperial rolls I’ve learned that Sunflower has a sister spot in Potrero Hill but I’ve never been. Also, during the Mission closures, the same team debuted Indochine, a vegan Asian restaurant, right next door at 508 Valencia. But for my money, Sunflower hits the spot every time and still screams anti-gentrification.Glad you’re back…Sunflower Vietnamese3111 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103and506 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94103(415) 626-5022 A bowlful of cool rice noodles are the bed for deliciously crunchy fried rolls stuffed with more noodles and ground pork, shredded, slightly pickled carrots, and gorgeous charred pork. The whole thing is bathed in nuoc cham – that quintessential Vietnamese elixir of fish sauce, citrus and sugar – and squirted with Sriracha, if you like. I do think Sunflower’s is the BF’s favorite version of this dish.I had a glass of ***horrors*** – house chardonnay! Unfortunately, Sunflower’s wine “list” is limited to a chard and a cab (and beer.) But it looked so cool and inviting on someone else’s table, and for once I didn’t find it buttery or oaky.On our second visit, we shared a combo appetizer which consisted of grilled lemongrass pork, grilled shrimp, rice noodles, imperial rolls, basil, lettuce, mint, daikon, carrots, etc. for wraps, and disks of rice paper, set in this cute little contraption I’d never seen before. One compartment holds the rice paper disks and the other has warm water in it. You dip your paper in to the water and spin it until it just gets bendy enough to make a wrap. Ingenious!combo appetizer The BF got an order of “tender grilled beef” which also came with rice paper, greens, and mint. Lemon-grassy and very fresh tasting. They really know how to char meat here.tender grilled beef Essentially, we had deconstructed bun thit nuong, reconstructed into make-your-own rolls. All very tasty!We also got an order of som tum that sadly wasn’t even one tiny bit spicy. We added sriracha, which also isn’t very spicy, but I still could have eaten that salad for days.green papaya saladcenter_img 0% What, another Vietnamese resto review? But wait – it’s not just any Vietnamese place… it’s Sunflower! Risen again from its oh-too-long hibernation!We’ve been going to Sunflower off and on for about 12 years now. Originally opened in 1998, it is well-known for having one kitchen for two restaurants that straddle Valencia and 16th Streets. The one on 16th was the more casual branch – a little more brightly lit, tiny, and a draw for anyone who needed a quick Vietnamese fix before a movie at the Roxie.The branch on Valencia was perhaps the more “grown-up” version, with (really old) carpeting, prints on the walls, a more somber palette, and considerably larger. Sunflower on Valencia was our go-to, in large part because of a sassy Asian waiter whose name is now escaping me (Henry, Harry?), but his baby-faced smile and cheerful patter was the pleasant backdrop for our favorite dishes. However, both outlets closed mysteriously in 2014 – supposedly to remodel (and really, not a moment too soon). In 2015 the one on 16th reopened, seemingly unchanged, and signs on the Valencia joint appeared, promising to “Open Soon!” Alas, they kept us breathlessly waiting – for two more years. Finally, in April 2017 Valencia re-opened to very little fanfare.A little sleeker, cleaner inside, and thank god that carpet is gone… We had to try all of our stand-bys, just to see if they still had the stuff. For my main, I ordered the thit bo luc lac, or shaking beef…shaken beef Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes two marches a new bar and Jenny Lemons

first_imgBarrel ProofA new bar called Barrel Proof is opening on Mission Street between 19th and 20th streets, in the former site of Cease & Desist. Last May, Cease & Desist’s owners (also the owners of Tonic Nightlife Group bar empire, which includes Dr. Teeth) sold the bar to David Zimmerman, the owner of Cabin on Polk Street and the Blackthorn Tavern in the Inner Sunset. Tags: bars • protests • shopping Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img Zimmerman has apparently been busy since then. He is reopening the bar as Barrel Proof which, according to a man who identified himself only as a manager, said could be opening “this weekend, next week or a month from now.” “We don’t know yet,” he said. March on the Mission (M.O.M.) Join Mission District artists, activists, performers, musicians and other members of its creative community during their march through the Mission in protest of the Trump Administration and its values. The self-proclaimed “sister event” of the Women’s March is a safe and family-friendly event, organizers say. The march begins at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 1295 Alabama St. Afterward, drop in at the Pacific Felt Factory arts complex at 2830 20th St. to check out a pop-up reception and art show that features artists Amy Kisch, Danielle Smith and Kimberly Verde. March for the Mission March on the Mission should not be confused with March for the Mission, which takes place this coming Thursday and is aimed at protesting the high-end restaurants, luxury development and red lanes that everyone loves to hate. The march begins at 20th and Mission at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Jenny Lemons A new shop and studio at 3043 24th St. focused on “handmade and artisan goods” will officially open in early February. The store, called Jenny Lemons, will mostly serve as a place for the company to manufacture and sell its line of hand-printed clothing, but it will also offer DIY workshops and sell the work of local artists as well as “a curated selection of art supplies.” “Jenny Lemons is very focused on building a community space that supports artists, giving them a place to sell their work and the opportunity to teach workshops in their area of expertise,” the company said in a statement. The grand opening will take place Feb. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 3043 24th St. last_img read more

Photo illustration The Mission during the 1906 quake vs today

first_imgSpecial thanks to OpenSFHistory.org. for the original photos! The original church besides the spanish mission was nearly demolished in the earthquake. Later replaced with the Basilica we now know. The adobe church survived the earthquake and was later renovated. Archive image provided by OpenSFHistory.org | OpenSFHistory / wnp15.1144.jpgThe church today: The venerable Dolores Park later served as the grounds for a tent city during the disaster relief right after the earthquake. The original image shows Mission High School towards the old city skyline. That high school building was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in the 1920s. Archive image provided by OpenSFHistory.org | OpenSFHistory / wnp27.0119.jpThe park today vs. 1906 0% Titled “Capp Near 17th Street,” the original shows broad sidewalks and a buckled up street and lazily hanging street post. Image provided by OpenSFHistory.org | OpenSFHistory / wnp59.00094.jpgcenter_img This is the street today: The 1906 earthquake leveled most of San Francisco and its old glamour. But the city persisted, rebuilt and now looks to the future. We thought it would be neat to look at some nearby places and see what they looked like during or after the great earthquake and compare it to how the city looks now. All of the archive imagery was provided by OpenSFHistory.org.The locations are approximate, however, some streets might have shifted or landmarks disappeared. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Southport plans MLK Jr Day events

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Southport’s ​Martin​ ​Luther​ ​King​ ​Celebration​ ​Committee has planned a two day celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday.It kicks off Sunday at the Southport Fire Department on Howe Street.  A half mile march kicks off at 3:00 p.m. followed by a program with music by the Save Our Community Choir.  It will also include The Howard Brothers: Talmadge, Tashawn, Charlie and Ricky.- Advertisement – On Monday, the ​​highlight of​ ​the​ ​​celebration​ ​is ​the 24th​ ​Annual​ ​Round​ ​Table​ ​Breakfast. It is in the ​Murrow​ ​Hall​ ​of​ ​Trinity​ ​United​ ​Methodist​ ​Church starting at 8:00 a.m..The​ ​keynote​ ​speaker is​ Dr. Glen Harris, Associate Professor at UNCW.  He is the author of several publications, including one on the Trayvon Martin case.Tickets​ ​for​ ​the​ ​breakfast​ ​are​ ​being​ ​sold​ ​in​ ​advance​ ​for​ ​$12.00​ ​each ​at​ ​most Southport area​ ​churches.last_img read more

Sunset Beach Police increase patrols after rash of home breakins

first_img Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD) Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD) “We are asking our residents to be aware and be sure to keep your homes locked and leave exterior lights illuminated when not present in the home,” a new release stated.Police ask you to report any suspicious people, vehicles, or sounds that you may hear. Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD) SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach Police has increased patrols across the town after numerous reports of homes being broken into over the past few weeks.According to police, no one was home at the time of the incidents. They reportedly happened on the mainland as well as the island.- Advertisement – Most crimes happened at night, police say. 1 of 5 Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD) Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD) Damage of these home break-ins (Photo: Sunset Beach PD)last_img read more

2019 Azalea Festival Home Tour Kane Home

first_img The Kanes wanted to keep the historic charm in their home, while restoring it to make it their own.One of their favorite parts of the home is the front porch. Audrey Kane says the minute she saw the porch, it drew her in to the house.She also says they added the back sleeping porch to put their own touches on the home.Related Article: Azalea Home Tour: Kokesh Home“We wanted the modern amenities so we would be comfortable living here,” she said. “I would say the front porch is what drew us in, besides the sweetness and the charm of an old neighborhood.”The Kanes are excited to be a part of the tour for their first year and cannot wait to share the home’s history. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When one couple moved to Wilmington, they knew they wanted a piece of history in their knew home.That’s what led them to one of Wilmington’s historic plate homes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Theres something for everyone at Healthy Living Festival 19

first_img You can join in on the fun Saturday, April 13 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Battleship Park at 1 Battleship Rd. in Wilmington.Here’s more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From healthy snacks and holistic treatments to bouncy houses and pet adoption, there’s something for everyone this weekend at Battleship Park. Grab your whole family for a healthy, fun, and free event everyone can enjoy.Organizer Martin Case sat down with us today to talk all about Healthy Living Festival ’19.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kids had an eggcellent time at the annual Eggventure at Halyburton Park

first_img Halyburton Park’s supervisor Andy Fairbanks says this yearly event is rewarding for his staff, and for him.“It’s great to see how much fun the kids are having,” Fairbanks said. “Whether it’s interacting with a snake or seeing live birds of prey from the raptor center, they have those moments right here right now, enjoying the spring time and having a lot of fun and enjoying the park. It’s very rewarding in that regard.”This event is both educational and fun. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are your children feeling egg-venturous? If so, we hope you and your kiddos went to the 13th annual Halyburton Park Eggventure.Each year on the Thursday before Easter, the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Department offers an opportunity to educate people about animals in our parks. The events also included face painting and of course an Easter egg hunt.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Mozilla to launch mobile OS in 2013

first_imgAdvertisement is built on a platform based on the HTML5 web standard. Every part of the software, including calling and messaging, will be an HTML5 app. As a result, devices based on Firefox Mobile OS will be uniquely accessible to developers in a way most smartphone platforms are not.Mozilla said: “Due to the optimization of the platform for entry-level smartphones and the removal of unnecessary middleware layers, mobile operators will have the ability to offer richer experiences at a range of price points including at the low end of the smartphone price range, helping to drive adoption across developing markets.”Mozilla has gained backing from mobile operators including O2 owner Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia and Telenor. Chinese firms ZTE and TCL have also confirmed that they will be developing hardware designed around the new mobile platform and featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM-based processor. – Advertisement – Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla said: “The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,”However, the platform will have an uphill battle to gain market share. Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is still struggling to make an impact against market leaders Google and Apple, despite some impressive features and the backing of a multi-billion dollar company. Despite this, Mozilla’s mobile operator partners are confident in the project’s success.“Firefox OS will bring a better smartphone experience to a higher proportion of the population at a lower cost,” claimed Matthew Key, chair and chief executive of Telefónica Digital. “This is crucial for us to accelerate the adoption of smartphones in developing markets. The breadth of support for this initiative across the industry makes it clear that there is an opportunity in the market for a new, open mobile ecosystem.”The first devices based on the new platform are expected to appear in Brazil in 2013 under Telefónica’s Vivo brand. Source: expertreviews.co.uklast_img read more

Google doesnt appear to think much of Windows 8 and Bing isnt

first_imgAdvertisement Suggested searches from Google and Bing are a running meme, and for good reason: they can reveal consumer sentiment around certain products. This can be interesting, or embarrassing, and often both.Now, the following screenshots were taken moments ago in an Incognito session of Chrome, meaning that no user was logged in to either Google or Bing. Now, Google, tell us what Windows 8 ‘is:’Scoring that, Google’s users are all but giving Windows 8 a firm one for four. Is this is a fair metric? Of course not. Now, let’ see what Bing’s users are searching for when it comes to Windows 8: – Advertisement – Bing has two positive results among a total of eight, giving it the same 25% rate that Google scored. That’s not that good. Note also that on Bing, the insults are specific, and the praise generic. ‘Confusing’, and ‘ugly,’ are far more on-the-nose than ‘awesome’ or ‘great.’Sure, it’s fun and funny to point out how Microsoft’s own search engine is recommending searches that openly denigrate its company’s core product. At the same time, Bing and Google all but are the Western search market. If this is what people are looking for, the company could have most of its work still ahead of it in terms of educating the general population about its ambitious new software.The first whispers of internal disappointment with Windows 8′s sales numbers are out. It’s now Microsoft’s job to pick a narrative, and stick to it. We’ll see what it intends to do.Just for fun, we can compare the above shots to what Windows 7 engenders using a similar search process. Here you go:What is the issue? A problem in Windows 7 can tell users that their copy of Windows is in fact not genuine and is instead counterfeit. For more on the topic, Microsoft has a help page.Sadly, there isn’t much from the Windows 7 results to compare to the Windows 8 results; searches for Windows 7 are more operational, whereas Windows 8′s suggested queries are more to do with its newness. Then again, that’s what we should have expected.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Google launches tool to determine data use after death

first_imgAdvertisement Google has become the first major company to allow users to decide what happens to their data after they die or become inactive online. The feature applies to email, social network Google Plus and other accounts.Users can choose to delete data after a set period of time, or pass it on to specific people.“We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife – in a way that protects your privacy and security – and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone,” Google said in a blogpost.The feature is called Inactive Account Manager — not a great name, we know — and you’ll find it on your Google Account settings page. You can tell us what to do with your Gmail messages and data from several other Google services if your account becomes inactive for any reason. – Advertisement – For example, you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we’ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you’ve provided.last_img read more

MTN Uganda secures USD114m syndicated credit facility for infrastructure development in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement The largest mobile operator in Uganda, MTN has announced the successful closure of a 114 million USD (about 384 billion UGX) syndicated credit facility which will be used towards the development of telecommunication infrastructure. This took place at the MTN Towers today 26th May, 2016.In addition, MTN Uganda will acquire a permanent home by purchasing the former BAT offices on Jinja Road as the new headquarters. The Company’s capital investment for 2016 is planned at 283.3 billion UGX. In 2017, the company plans to invest 79.9 million USD (299 billion UGX).The credit facility consisted of a dual-currency Medium Term Loan and revolving credit facility raised in both local currency (Uganda shilling equivalent of 74 million USD) and foreign currency (40 million USD) – Advertisement – Stanbic Bank Uganda, acted as Global Co-ordinator, arranging the syndication between themselves and three other international banks with significant local presence; Citi Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Bank.Due to extensive appetite from the commercial banks participating, the syndication was oversubscribed by 1.2 times and financial closure was attained only 3 months after launching, in spite of lackluster market conditions and limited Uganda shilling liquidity.At the announcement of this transaction, MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer Brian Gouldie said that the facility was a measure of the MTN Group’s commitment to Uganda.MTN CEO Brian Gouldie 2nd left signs the paperwork for the syndicated credit facility as Stanbic Bank Uganda CEO Patrick Mweheire 3rd left looks onHe also said that MTN Uganda is in an ideal position to fund continued aggressive network roll-out of high speed data capacity across Uganda since all the loans arranged under the 2009 syndication had been repaid.“Our subscribers have discovered that they can enjoy both values for money while experiencing MTN Uganda’s quality of service. In order to ensure that we offer enhanced quality, we are continuously building our network capacity in line with our optimistic forecasts of demand as we also guard our market share from impending competition,” Gouldie added.Patrick Mweheire Stanbic Bank’s Chief Executive Officer said “The successful and expeditious execution of a five year, multi-currency USD 114 M syndicated credit facility is a testament to the market’s confidence in MTN Uganda’s plans to improve the country’s telecommunications industry.”[related-posts]Stanbic Bank is delighted to have played a lead role in arranging this facility. We believe this has proven that Ugandan banks have the capacity to co-ordinate and deliver debt solutions that enable large corporates to realize their ambitions” he added.This is the second substantial credit facility of this nature that MTN Uganda has secured in the past seven years and one of the largest private sector debt raise in the recent past.In 2009 MTN secured a $100million facility that was arranged by Absa Capital, the investment banking division of Absa Bank Limited as sole Global-Coordinator, together with Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited,KCB Bank Uganda Limited, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited and Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited as Mandated Lead Arrangers.last_img read more

The Benefits of Cloud Accounting Software for Small Medium Businesses

first_imgCloud solutions give you and your employees fast, secure access to their small business accounting from anywhere at any time. Image Credit: sanvelsinfo.com Advertisement Sound bookkeeping is essential for a business’s financial well-being, which is why cloud accounting solutions have an invaluable role to play in helping Nigerian entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.That’s the word from Nikki Summers, Director, Sage One in East and West Africa, which is sponsoring and presenting at the Business Day SME Market Access Forum in Lagos, Nigeria. Summers says that Nigeria’s 37 million Small & Medium Businesses need to keep accurate records to meet the needs of tax authorities as well as to keep track of trends within their own businesses.They also need to automate processes like issuing quotes and invoices so that they can save costs, present a professional face to customers and free up time for tasks that add value to the business. “As a business owner, you need to focus on things that really give you a competitive edge, like innovation and customer service. You can’t afford to waste time worrying about your books. That’s where affordable online accounting solutions such as Sage One come in – they make accounting easy for non-accountants,” Summers adds. – Advertisement – “Cloud solutions give you and your employees fast, secure access to their small business accounting from anywhere at any time, so you can control your business from the palm of your hand. You can connect your accountant and other people in your business with real-time and intuitive information. Up-to-the minute reporting also means you always know exactly how the business is performing and means you can make educated decisions based on that insight”.A changing worldWhile at some point in time, these benefits may have been seen as mere conveniences and ‘nice to haves’; they’ve become increasingly important as entrepreneurs respond to more demanding customers, tougher regulation and growing economic pressure, notes Summers. Cloud accounting solutions make compliance and admin easier so that you can focus on what really matters – growing your business and meeting customer expectations.Some of the benefits of using online accounting software include the following:Access to financial information wherever you are: Your employees and accountant can access financial information anywhere, from a notebook or a mobile app. That means you can sign off invoices or look up information even if you are not at your desk.Simple access to world-class software: You don’t even need to worry about installing software on your PCs, updating to new releases or backing up data. You simply access the software through an app or a web browser – the service provider takes care of updates, backups and security.Affordability: Rather than paying upfront for your solution, you pay a small monthly fee to use it. That means that you don’t need to spend your capital on software licences. What’s more, you probably won’t need help from an IT guy to install and manage the software, which will save you money.Real time financial information: A robust online accounting solution will give you and your business up-to-date and current financial information. This will enable you to see at a glance how well your business is performing and if there are any worrying financial trends.Localised solutions: Nikki Summers says that you should seek out cloud software that is localised for the needs of the Nigerian market. Your accounting software should enable you to do your tax calculations with a push of a button, saving you time, stress and helping you to stay on the right side of the tax authorities.“Moving to the cloud is an opportunity to transform your business and succeed in Nigeria’s competitive economy,” concludes Summers. “By automating business process, you can keep costs low, become better at managing cash flow and streamline compliance.”last_img read more

UBA Elects Patrick Mweheire As New Board Chairman

first_imgPatrick Mweheire; CEO at Stanbic Bank Uganda speaking at the launch of the 2018 National school championship at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Monday 19th, March 2018. Advertisement Patrick Mweheire the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Uganda was on Wednesday elected the new Chairman of the Uganda Bankers Association (UBA) taking over from Fabian Kasi who held the position for the past three years.The association was established in 1981 and consists of commercial banks and financial institutions licensed and supervised by central Bank of Uganda. The association was formed to  develop, promote, protect and represent the professional interest of its members and promote orderly conditions in relation to banking transactions.Patrick’s election comes at an exciting time for the sector with the recent launch of agency banking – a development which is expected to drive financial inclusion and give the sector a major boost. – Advertisement – Patrick previously worked as the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking with Stanbic Bank Uganda before he was appointed CEO for Stanbic Bank Uganda in December 2014. He also held positions as the Managing Director of Renaissance Capital in London, as well the Director for Investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co in New York.Other members elected on the UBA Executive include Rakesh Jha; CEO Barclays Bank Uganda as Vice Chairman, Mathias Katamba; CEO Housing Finance Bank as treasurer, and Sarah Arapata; CEO Citi Bank as Auditor.[related-posts]last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Bournemouth v Man Utd

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ournemouth play Man U for the first time EVER in the league on Saturday which is testament to just how far the south coast team have climbed up the footballing pyramid.Bournemouth’s December/Christmas fixture list looked hellish but they made the best possible start with a 1-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend thanks to Glenn Murray’s 82nd minute goal.After this match, Bournemouth are away to West Brom and then at home to Palace on Boxing Day before two tricky away fixtures – at Arsenal on the 28th December and Leicester on the 2nd January.They’ve probably picked the best possible time to face Man U who are struggling to find the back of the net (only 5 goals from their last 6 Premier League games) and who this week were dumped out of the Champions League at the hands of Wolfsburg. It’s quite possible there will still be some fatigue in the camp after that entertaining, but ultimately futile encounter. Man U are without nine players after Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian suffered injuries in midweek and join (amongst others) captain Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw on the non runner list.The fact that Man U are as big as 5/4 for this match says a lot. Imagine how it would have been priced up pre-season – surely Man U would have been odds-on against the Premier League debutants?Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “We know how difficult this game will be, we know the level we have to get to to compete. All I would say is that hopefully if we can match those levels (from the Chelsea game) again, it is in our hands. We are proud to be hosting Manchester United. It’s a big game in this club’s history.”Bournemouth v Man UtdPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 1989 FA CUP Man Utd 1-0 BournemouthFeb 1989 FA CUP Bournemouth 1-1 Man UtdJan 1985 FA CUP Man Utd 3-0 BournemouthJan 1984 FA CUP Bournemouth 2-0 Man UtdJan 1983 LEAGUE CUP Man Utd 2-0 BournemouthJan 1983 LEAGUE CUP Bournemouth 2-2 Man UtdMar 1957 FA CUP Bournemouth 1-2 Man UtdJan 1949 FA CUP Man Utd 6-0 BournemouthThe Cherries were on a slippery slope a few weeks ago with four straight losses in the Premier League – and two of those were by thumping 5-1 margins. However, the win against Chelsea and recent draws with Swansea and dramatically against Everton suggest order has been restored and given Man U’s injury list I have to be backing Bournemouth to pull off the win at around 23/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BOURNEMOUTH for 12 points at around 23/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 68.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW West Ham v Astra Giurgiu

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]uropa League action comes to the swanky new London Arena (AKA Olympic Stadium) tonight with the Hammers playing host to Astra Giurgiu in their play-off match which finished 1-1 after the first leg in Romania.The away goal rule could be a big factor but West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said “We are not going to protect the away goal. It gives you an advantage but you cannot hang on for 90 minutes. We will play a normal game.”West Ham had a depleted side for their Premier League debut in their new home but came through 1-0 winners against Bournemouth and are long odds-on to follow that up with another success tonight.However, they still have many injury concerns. Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli all remain injured and Dimitri Payet is likely to continue to be rested.West Ham v Astra GiurgiuUEFA Europa League Play-Off 2nd Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2016 EUROPA LEAGUE Astra Giurgiu 1-1 West HamAug 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE Astra Giurgiu 2-1 West HamJul 2015 EUROPA LEAGUE West Ham 2-2 Astra GiurgiuWest Ham are skinny on the win market and again I’ll have a go at over 3.5 match goals which is around 7/4 with Star Sports. The Star Sports special on the match (below) also looks tempting.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS for 12 points at 7/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +35 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Interview EDDIE FREMANTLE

first_imgMEETING EDDIE FREMANTLE (part 2) Pro-punter, journalist, pundit, tipster, owner and racecourse regular Eddie Fremantle talks to Star Sports about his first interest in Racing, being Man On The Spot, professional punting, Fulham, the demise of the betting ring and fondly of characters he has known. MEETING EDDIE FREMANTLE (part 1) MEETING EDDIE FREMANTLE (part 3)center_img BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more