CCSF Needs Students To Keep Funding

first_img Tags: CCSF • City College of San Francisco Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% After CCSF’s accrediting body voted to yank the college’s accreditation in 2013, citing a lack of internal oversight, ineffective administration and student services, and poor fiscal planning, the school entered into extensive negotiations. Though it now has until 2017 to remedy the conditions the accreditation commission pointed out, by late 2013 plummeting enrollment had already cost the school about $14 million since 2011. At this point, CCSF has seen a drop in enrollment of about 9,000 full time students since 2013. Tom Temprano, who is running for CCSF board this year, characterized enrollment as a priority issue. To make his point he’s enrolled in a photoshop class at CCSF. “One of the reasons I’m running is because the current board isn’t talking about it,” he said. Because the state allocates about $5,000 of funding per full time or equivalent student, that drop could cost the school roughly $32 million. The state has allocated interim funds to cover the loss for two years to help enable the college to address the problems identified by the accreditation commission. If the college can’t bring its enrollment back up by then, it will have to make do with a lower funding level.To dodge that outcome, the school has launched a year-long, million-dollar campaign to attract 25,000 new students by promoting new classes like motorcycle maintenance, hacking, and printmaking. Temprano said the outreach needs to be more comprehensive, not just a paid advertising campaign — reaching out to SFUSD students to enroll, for example, or offering recurring training for city workers at CCSF instead of hiring outside contractors like the city does now. So far, the college has seen a jump of between two and five percent since the last school year, which amounts to somewhere between 300 and 600 students campus-wide. 0%center_img The City College of San Francisco’s struggle to retain its accreditation has led to a rapid, roughly 27 percent decline in enrollment that is threatening its state funding.“Students thought, ‘Oh if I go there it might close in the process, or my courses might not be counted’,” said Jeff Hamilton, the school’s press liaison. Hamilton said CCSF has made strides in fixing the problems the accreditation commission identified. Now it just needs its students back. “I think the place has stabilized a lot in the last two years, we’ve fixed about roughly 90 percent of the identified issues, and there’s some significant ones to finish, but we’ve done a lot of work,” he said.last_img read more

Police oversight body makes big recommendations — but will the SFPD listen

first_imgStill, Paul Henderson, the DPA’s director, says the policy recommendations are meant “to raise awareness” about ongoing issues and “spark informed conversation” that could result in policy changes within the police department.“There’s a lot of meat in these policy recommendations,” he said, noting that he narrowed the list to three large issues that the department can concentrate on. “A lot of these things we talk about in our Sparks Report are relevant to things the general public wants to know about.”“If we’re not having a conversation [to improve these policies], it’s like having a car without gas,” he added. “The goal is to spark a next step.” First and foremost on the list is the department’s body-camera policy. Currently, the SFPD policy only requires officers to activate their cameras during detentions, arrests, traffic and pedestrian stops, vehicle pursuits, searches and consensual encounters where an officer believes a person has knowledge of criminal activity.However, the DPA said more than half of its sustained cases in the third quarter of 2018 — nine of 17 — involved violations of the two-year-old policy.Paul Henderson, the director for San Francisco’s Department of Police Accountability. Photo by JoeBill Muñoz.The violations included “several cases” where officers did not activate their body cameras during investigations of violent crimes, as well as an incident where an officer turned on his camera only after shooting a civilian. (DPA officials declined to specify which incident the report was referring to, though officers failed to activate their cameras before shooting Keita O’Neil in December 2017.)“The failure to activate one’s [body camera] or to activate only the last segment of an incident,” the report states, “undermines transparency, accountability, and confidence in the Department.” It also makes it impossible to act on citizen complaints.In that vein, the DPA is now recommending that officers must activate their cameras before “initiating any investigative or enforcement activity involving a member of the public” — essentially anytime an officer receives a call for service. The report notes several times that is the standard used by the Los Angeles Police Department. The report also recommends that the officers must provide a copy of a search warrant before searching someone’s property. SFPD makes this policy clear in writing, but fails to follow through in practice. The SFPD’s “Search Warrant Manual” says that officers should show and provide a copy of the warrant to the person whose property the police are searching. This policy is underscored again in an SFPD brochure informing the public about their rights — specifically, citizens’ rights around warrants, searches, and seizures. It informs the public that when their home is being searched, they should receive a copy of the warrant, an SFPD follow-up form with a report number, and a receipt listing any items that were seized. That did not happen during a recent search, according to the report.While providing a copy of the warrant is not required by state law, President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing emphasizes that “People are more likely to obey the law when they believe that those who are enforcing it have legitimate authority to tell them what to do …” In other words, providing a warrant makes things easier for everyone. Last but not least, the DPA offered a raft of recommendations for the SFPD’s system for taking reports from sexual assault victims. Advocates have reported to the DPA that victims — who, in many cases, are reluctant to step into a police station and file a report, are faced with long wait times, have been told to come back later, or are sent to another station. Victims with a limited English proficiency (LEP), furthermore, have reported that they are not provided with an officer that speaks their native language to take their report, and have “repeatedly” said that “many stations are not welcoming or user-friendly, which is further exacerbated when language assistance is not readily provided.” This exact issue was thrust into the spotlight last April during a Board of Supervisors hearing in which around a dozen sexual assault survivors shared their traumatic experiences when reporting their crimes to the police department. The most recent report indicates that little has been addressed since the hearing. It recommends six major changes including: taking reports of victims in a private room; providing reportees with the “Know Your Rights as a Survivor of Sexual Assault” brochure before the interview; allowing an advocate to accompany a victim during an interview; inform a reportee that the report can be taken about the Bay Area Women Against Rape office; providing an LEP officer to take the report of monolingual reportees; and making information regarding sexual assault rights and reporting easily available on its website. Henderson, the DPA director, compared the contents of the DPA’s Sparks Report to that of the SFPD, which primarily includes administrative improvements like “Uniform Inspections and Associated Forms” and “properly titling” body camera footage. “What are police saying they need to work on? How are they not identifying same things?” Henderson asked. “It exacerbates the reason why we have an outside agency making these recommendations — because you cannot police yourself.” The San Francisco Police Department needs to improve its body camera and search warrant policies, as well as its system for taking the reports of sexual assault victims, according to the department responsible for investigating complaints against the police. The Department of Police Accountability (DPA) detailed these three areas for improvement in a report sent to the Police Commission last week. The recommendations in the so-called “Sparks Report” were based on recent citizen complaints filed with the department.As it stands, the SFPD is not required by law to follow the policy suggestions — and a comprehensive 2016 federal Department of Justice assessment of the SFPD found that the department has largely ignored the report’s suggestions. That should not happen, the DOJ said, suggesting the department review such recommendations and “take direct action where appropriate.” The SFPD, however, still has no mechanism for responding these recommendations in a timely manner. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more

SET SAIL Boater conditions improve in Carolina Beach Inlet

first_img The Carolina Beach Inlet is in the middle of a three day project, crews are capturing sand and dumping it elsewhere.“This is an important project because this really, the inlets of North Carolina are a life blood to the folks who need those inlets to help support and grow the economies,” project manager Jim Medlock said.The state and county are paying for this $83,000 project.Related Article: Carolina Beach restaurant to raise money for slain UNCC student’s familyRight now, The Carolina Beach inlet is shallow. It needs to be deeper to make it easier for boats to get out to the Atlantic Ocean.“It’s like a vacuum cleaner that sets down on the bottom of the ocean or the inlet and we, like a vacuum does, it sucks up material, comes up through a pipeline and then goes through a bin in the middle of the boat. We’re capturing right now, both water and sand,” Medlock said.The sand from the bottom of the ocean is being moved to make the channel deeper.Which is important for residents and commercial usage.“When you have deep water in the inlet it will break outside of that where the shallow is but, you have a nice channel in the middle where the surf isn’t breaking, no surf zone basically and that’s what you want to have,” Captain Barry Stull said.The sand that is being removed from the channel its being dumped near the Carolina Beach inlet, where it will eventually be used for beach re-nourishment.It has been three months since Carolina Beach’s last dredging project.They hope to make this dredging maintenance happen four times a year, if funding is available. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1504314022-9480db175e08400fda7498be4807dadc7c4d7019_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)– All day long dredging is underway on the Carolina Beach Inlet.Dredging projects play a major role in maintaining both beaches and inlets.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pedestrian struck by car in downtown Wilmington

first_imgPerson was hit by a car in downtown Wilmington on Nov. 13, 2017. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Emergency officials responded to a call at the intersection of Grace and 3rd streets early this evening after they say a person was hit by a car.The call came in around 5:15 p.m. Monday evening. An officer on site said the person was trying to walk across the street.- Advertisement – There are no major injuries.last_img

Taco Johns chain looks to expand into Wilmington market

first_img In a news release the company says Taco John’s franchisee Superior Taco has partnered with American Development Partners (ADP) to develop restaurants in areas including Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, Augusta, Columbia and Savannah.“Taco John’s has an incredible following and history of success – we continue to be impressed by the brand,” ADP Chief Operating Officer Caleb McMillen said in the release. “We can’t wait to introduce these markets to the iconic, quality food of Taco John’s. We have aggressive development plans for the next 24 to 36 months.”It’s not clear when exactly a Wilmington area location might open, but a company spokeswoman says all the new locations should be open by early 2021.Related Article: NJ company considering Navassa site for 238 jobsTaco John’s, which is based in Cheyenne, WY, is known for its burritos, tacos and Potato Olés. Taco John’s menu items (Photo: Taco John’s/Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another national brand is looking to expand into southeastern North Carolina.Taco John’s, the Mexican fast-food chain that has nearly 400 locations in 23 states, announced plans to expand into the Carolinas and Georgia, including Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

School celebrates Black History Month by highlighting inventors

first_img Everyday after morning announcements he has a student announce on the intercom and highlight a famous black inventor, since Freeman is a STEM school.Faison says highlighting these inventors helps encourage students to try harder and make inventions of their own.“When they see other black people who’ve done amazing things and have impacted the world in such a positive way, it motivates, it inspires and it encourages them to also want to do just as well as the other black people throughout the years have done,” Faison, ISS coordinator, said.Related Article: SummerFest at the Battleship promotes fun and healthy lifestyleSome students have taken the lesson to heart with one group making a table for a classmate in a wheelchair.Faison says this is just the beginning of the school’s black history month activities. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering in Wilmington are getting some extra lessons during Black History Month thanks to a faculty member lending some inspiration.Ernie Faison is the in-school suspension coordinator. He put his figurine collection of famous black people on display but didn’t stop there.- Advertisement – last_img read more

FILL THE BOOT Brunswick Co firefighters to raise money for MDA

first_img The money raised will also help send more than 70 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Victory Junction all at no cost to their families.Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, firefighters will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on:Friday, May 25th from 10:30 am- 3:00 pm at Walgreens on 1138 Sabbath Home Rd, Holden Beach with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire DepartmentSaturday, May 26th from 10:30 am-3:00pm at the Southport Fire Department on Howe Street and the Wal-Mart intersection in SouthportMonday, May 28th from 10:30 am-3:00 pm at the intersection of Airport and Fish Factory Road in Southport and the Yaupon Beach Fire Station on Caswell Beach RD“The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Brunswick County. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Katherine Fullwood. Fill the Boot for MDA in 2016. (Photo: Southport Fire Department/Facebook) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Fire departments in Brunswick County will unite for their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign this weekend to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Yaupon Beach Fire Department, Southport Fire Department, and Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department are going to raise money that will help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender County to start accepting Disaster Food Stamp applications

first_img Eligible households will receive a one-time benefit on a special debit card (called an EBT card) to help buy food. The exact amount will depend on household size, but a family of one would receive $192, a family of four would receive $640 and larger families would receive more.To be eligible, a person must:• Live in one of 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson.• Have suffered losses/damages related to Hurricane Florence, such as damage to property, loss of income or food loss.• Have proof of identity and proof of residency (if available).• Have income and resources below certain levels.• Not currently be receiving help buying food through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. People receiving FNS can also get extra help buying food, but do not need to fill out a D-SNAP application. They can get more information about how to get the extra help here.Pender County residents who want to apply for help buying food related to Hurricane Florence can only do so in person at Pender County’s designated application site:Related Article: Food, water being flown in to Brunswick CountyPender County Department of Social Services will accept applications on the following dates at the Pender County Agricultural Building, 801 S. Walker St. in Burgaw:• Friday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Saturday, Sept. 29 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Monday, Oct. 1 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Tuesday, Oct. 2 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Wednesday, Oct. 3 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Thursday, Oct. 4 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Friday, Oct. 5 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.• Saturday, Oct. 6 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.While Pender County residents are encouraged to apply at the application site listed above, they can also apply in person in any of the 27 eligible counties. As all application sites are finalized, DHHS will post information on locations and hours of the sites in each county on its website, www.pendercountync.gov. People can also dial 211 for information on application sites in their county.The state Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to complete their application ahead of time and bring it with them by downloading the form in English HERE or in Spanish HERE.People who may have a disability or are physically unable to go in-person to apply for help can complete this form and send an authorized representative in their place.Wait times should be anticipated due to the volume of people expected to apply. County officials will do everything they can to process applications as quickly as possible. Food Stamps (Photo: MGN Online) BURGAW, NC (News Release) — Governor Roy Cooper announced that residents in Pender County will be able to apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP,” beginning Friday.“Residents can begin signing up for assistance starting this week,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Fishing team tags tiger shark in Brunswick County

first_imgOCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — For the past four or five years, members of a local fishing team have been helping scientists track sharks off our coast. They say sometimes people get the wrong idea about what it is that they do, and they want to clear that up.“People think if you’re shark fishing, because of the movie Jaws, that we’re just out there dumping 55 gallons drums of blood in the water,” said Will Starr, founding member of Team Hitman Shark Fishing. “And it couldn’t be further from the truth.”- Advertisement – The team isn’t fishing for food. Instead, they fit each shark with a tag and re-release them back into the ocean.“Pretty quick after we started shark fishing, we wanted to see if there was a way that we could get more involved in the preservation of the sharks,” Starr said. “So we got involved in the tagging process.”The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program is run by a division of NOAA. According to their website, the program has been around since 1962.Related Article: Forecasters unveil weather outlook for winter“It comes in on a postcard, you just fill out your location, whether it was a male or female, the species, the size, all that good stuff. The condition of the fish, notice if it has any injuries,” said founding member A.J. Woodard.The data helps scientists track migration patterns, age and growth, and more. Woodard and Starr say safety is their top priority.“We strive to have the fish back in the water in less than three minutes but sometimes it’ll balance out to four minutes or five minutes,” Starr said. “We really do emphasize, we’ve missed pictures on some of the bigger sharks that we’ve caught, just so we could get the fish back in the water.They say there are a variety of sharks off our coast, including hammerheads, bulls, lemons, makos, and of course tiger sharks, like the nine footer they caught the other day.“My wife actually caught it, and she said it was a pretty good fight. It took her a little over 20 minutes to get it in,” Woodard said.“That’s the biggest shark we’ve caught on our team, so it’s become kind of a running joke that she came out and showed the boys up,” Starr said.While anyone with a fishing license can sign up for the NOAA tagging program, Woodard and Starr stress that without the proper equipment, it can be dangerous for both you and the shark.last_img read more

MIA launches special guide for autistic passengers

first_imgMalta International Airport is launching a special visual guide for autistic passengers.The guide is understood to include a series of pictures, simple step by step instructions and directions which will help autistic passengers preparing for their airport experience before their trip.This is an extension of the existing Journey Facilitation Programme which MIA launched last year to assist autistic passengers navigate through the airport. A special representative is also on hand to assist and guide them through the airport with little disturbance as possible.The process can booked 48 hours in advance by filling in the form here.This initiative is part of MIA’s awareness of World Autism Awareness Day and will see the terminal facade lit in a blue colour.Head of Customer Services and Traffic Development Alex Cardona said, ‘This past year, the Journey Facilitation Programme has been availed of more than 180 times, and the feedback received has served to highlight what a big difference this special service has made to users, encouraging us to explore new ways of turning a potentially stressful experience into a more pleasant one.’WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

726 of the Electorate cast their votes Schiavone forecasts a difficult day

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint <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>center_img Miguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb 72.6% of those eligible for voting cast their preferences during the European parliament elections on Saturday. This is the lowest turnout since Malta started voting in the EU Parliament elections. In 2004 the turnout was that of 82.4% whilst 2009 saw a turnout of 78.79%.This year’s amount is also 2.2% less when compared to the numbers from the last EU Parliament of 2014 which saw a turnout of 74.8%.The district which experienced the largest turnout were the fifth, sixth and seventh – with all seeing a turnout higher than 75%. The tenth district had the lowest turnout with 58.9%.The locality with the highest turnout was that of Dingli with 81.29% whilst St Paul’s Bay had the lowest turnout with 31.77%.Meanwhile, MP Hermann Schiavone said that Partit Nazzjonalista had a difficult day ahead as Partit Laburista will win with big numbers.last_img read more

A milestone for the Church ecology advocacy in the Philippnes

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Philippines Episcopal Conference that opted for clean energyThe Philippines Episcopal Conference that opted for clean energy The Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have agreed to divest from “dirty energy” sources such as coal-fired power plants, according to CBCP News. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is the world’s most recent church institution to declare it will divest from fossil fuel.The decision was reached over the weekend of July 6-7, 2019, as the bishops gathered for their plenary assembly in Manila.Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Caritas Philippines executive secretary, said the dioceses would instead place its money in renewable sources of energy. “A milestone for the Church ecology advocacy!” Gariguez said.Laudato Si campaignAccording to him, the divestment is part of their 10 action points for Laudato Si’ campaign that the CBCP adopted.Zenit news agency reported that before the decision, Fr Gariguez said that the Vatican has asked about what the Philippine church has been doing in response to the landmark encyclical.“I told the bishops that we need to come up with a pastoral letter but it should be accompanied by action points because we need to walk the talk,” he said.“I challenged the body, we need to really find ways on how to live the Laudato Si’ as a Church,” Fr. Gariguez added.He, however, said that divestment will take some time to accomplish because of the legal procedures that must be observed.While only a few dioceses have investments in coal, climate justice advocates see the need for a “collective action” among bishops to address the problem.At least four bishops whose dioceses have investments in coal have already vowed to divest their funds immediately, according to Catholic lay-led Living Laudato Sí Philippines, which has been engaging with dioceses in the campaign.No investment at expense of environmentBishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos said that church finances must not be invested at the expense of the environment.And with the “climate emergency,” he stressed the need to respond with utmost urgency.He also revealed that the bishops’ conference would soon release a pastoral letter on ecology with “concrete action points”.The CBCP is the most recent to announce plans to divest, joining the bishops of Belgium, Ireland and Australia in a worldwide campaign. In recent months, over 120 Catholic institutions have already stopped on investing in companies that produce destructive energy sources.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Makerere Universitys Electric Car Hits The Road

first_imgThe Kiira EV car that does not use Fuel Advertisement “We wanted to demonstrate we are capable. After, we shall scale up and produce a seven-seater. It is this version that will become commercial,” Togboa explained. The Kiira EV does not use fuel. The front-wheel drive has 18 horse-power and can reach top speeds of 60km per hour. – Advertisement – He said the electric car will use a lithium iron specialised battery like the one used in hybrid cars like Toyota Prius. The battery can take the car for a distance of 80km. However, the planned 7-seater vehicle will use electric and solar power that is capable of travelling 200km before recharging.Togboa declined to give the cost of the car saying most of the funds went to procurement of inputs and allowances for human resource. He said the design started in 2009 while the assembling commenced in April this year.The car’s body was fabricated out of fiberglass which is said to be durable. The university procured most of the steel materials from the Uganda and used the standard wheel system.The Vehicle Design Project is among the over 20 innovation projects funded under the Presidential Initiative at the university. Under the initiative, the Government earmarked sh25b to the college of engineering to fund technological research over five years.This is the second time Makerere students and lecturers participate in building affordable cars. The first case was in 2008 when a group of students partly designed an energy-efficient prototype vehicle, Vision 200. The car was exhibited at the World Design Capital in Torino, Italy in 2009. From Italy it was taken to Belgium and its now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US because Makerere could not repatriate it.Credit: New Visionlast_img read more

Chinas Huawei and ZTE deemed security threat by US Congress

first_imgAdvertisement A congressional investigation has labeled Chinese telecommunications equipment firms Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security and will advise government departments and US companies to steer clear of their products, The Wall Street Journal reports.The House Intelligence committee report, which sums up a year-long investigation, is set to be published on Monday and will reportedly contain recommendations that Congress prevent acquisitions or mergers between the two companies and US firms, according to the Journal.Both companies maintain that they have been highly cooperative with the investigation. In a statement on Monday, ZTE denied allegations that it is under the government’s thumb. – Advertisement – “ZTE should not be a focus of this investigation to the exclusion of the much larger Western vendors,” the company wrote in a letter to the committee, as noted by Reuters.Huawei spokesman William Plummer told the Journal that the concerns are “baseless”:“Purporting that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber-mischief ignores technical and commercial realities, recklessly threatens American jobs and innovation, does nothing to protect national security,” he said.However, Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), chair of the committee, said, “We simply cannot trust such vital systems to companies with known ties to the Chinese state, a country that is the largest perpetrator of cyberespionage against the US.”While the report doesn’t contain direct proof that equipment from Huawei or ZTE is vulnerable to Chinese spying, it does note that some US firms have reported “odd or alerting incidents” using their products. However, one of the committee’s chief concerns is that the Chinese government could demand sensitive information from either of the two.Huawei is the world’s second-largest telecom equipment maker, behind only Ericsson, and it is said to be looking into the possibility of an IPO. Sources say that it has contacted bankers for advice on how to proceed, but regulatory concerns and its image overseas could pose significant obstacles. The company, which was founded by a former officer of the Chinese military, has been blocked out of some contracts, including one from the Australian government, and has faced criticism for its involvement in providing equipment to Iran.Source: TNWlast_img read more

SK Telecom to launch Advanced LTE with speeds of 300mbps

first_imgAdvertisement Korea based SK Telecom has announced plans to roll out a blazing fast 300 Mbps service later this year following the launch of a 150 Mbps LTE-Advanced network in mid-2013.Regular LTE offers around 75 Mbps while most home connections are even much slower than that.To reach 300 Mbps over mobile, SK Telecom had to aggregate two different frequency bands together. Specifically, they used a 20MHz bandwidth in 1.8GHz band and a 10MHz bandwidth in 800MHz band to make it happen. – Advertisement – With such speeds, it would take 7 minutes and 24 seconds to download an 800MB movie using 3G, 43 seconds over regular LTE-Advanced and just 22 seconds using 3Band LTE-A (the name for the 300 Mbps service).The company plans to showcase the new technology at the 3GSM event next month in Barcelona. The service will be available to customers starting in late 2014 for new smartphones, tablets and PCs equipped with speciaSource: TechSpotlast_img read more

Google pledges 20 million for 3D prosthetics

first_imgAdvertisement Web giant Google has promised to donate $20 million in funding through its non-profit Google.org arm to support nonprofits and charities using innovative technology to improve the lives of those with disabilities.The communication came through a blog post written by Jacquelline Fuller, the Director of Google.org on Tuesday.The tech giant announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities project. Google says the scheme is designed to support those living with disabilities, and in order to propel the development of technology which assists the disabled in their daily lives — such as high-tech prosthetics — the company plans to pour $20 million in funding research. – Advertisement – The Google Impact Challenge will seek out nonprofits and help them find new solutions to some serious “what ifs” for the disabled community, according to the blog post. The best of submitted ideas will be supported by the tech giant and given the chance to develop and scale up using the firm’s resources.To kick off the open call for ideas, Google has awarded funding to two companies which focus on reducing the cost of prosthetic limbs and auditory therapy, which could eventually improve access to these technologies worldwide.The Enable community has been awarded $600,000 to further the cause of open-source, 3D prosthetic limbs. While traditional prosthetics can cost thousands of dollars to fit, assemble and purchase, R&D in 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the industry.As an example, last year 3D printed prosthetics were used to replace limbs lost by children caught in the Sudanese war for as little as $100. Google’s funding will be used by the community — which uses 3D printers to design, assemble and fit 3D prosthetics for free — to advance the development of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics.Via ZDnetlast_img read more

Heres What The Previous MTN Innovation Awards Winners Have Been UpTo

first_imgThe 2017 MTN Innovation Awards will be hosted at the Kampala Serena Hotel – where one winners in each of the 9 categories will win an MTN innovation award accolade and a cashprize of USD$3000 Advertisement Today, nine innovations will be recognized at the gala dinner of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017. The first ever MTN Innovation Awards were held in 2015, recognizing several developers for their products that were helping in improving the livelihoods of Ugandans where winners from each category was awarded a cash prize of USD$1,000 each and an MTN innovation award accolade.In 2015, the winners included, ClinicMaster, BrainShare, Yo! Payments Gateway, Intelligent Works, Outbox, Fezah, Lyndsay Handler of ReadyPay – Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Solomon King of FundiBots – Innovation achiever of the year.As the yellow branded telecom firm prepares for the awards Gala dinner [which is to be held today], here’s what the the previous winners were up to. – Advertisement – Lyndsay Handler – Most Outstanding Woman in Innovation Handler is the founder and CEO of Fenix International, a company responsible for the building and selling of the ReadyPay Solar Power System. She won the 2015 Most Outstanding Woman in Innovation for the ReadyPay product. About 150,000 households in Uganda are currently using the ReadyPay system and has since moved its innovation headquarters to Uganda from San Francisco, United States.In October 2017, Engie, a French-based energy company agreed to acquire 100% stake in Fenix International. Fenix International has invested about USD$30m in developing the ReadyPay off-grid solar power system and Engie was seeking to tap into this space as and an opportunity to make a return on investment.“This new investment from Engie will enable us to expand into other countries in Africa. We are looking at Ivory Coast, Nigeria and we recently expanded into Zambia. Power is a means to an end and we want to see more households being able to acquire our kit. It is still unacceptable that people are still using Kerosene. It is dangerous,” Lyndsay explains.ReadyPay is an expandable, lease-to-own home solar system financed through installments over Mobile Money.Intelligent Works (now Alien Age LTD) Nansana Town. That is the location of what was then known as Intelligent Works. Now called Alien Age, this application was the winner of the SME Category of the MTN Innovation Awards 2015. “When went to register the company after winning the $1,000, we found that the name Intelligent Works had already been taken. That is how we opted for a new name,” explains Martin Katumba the founder of the company.Alien Age is more of a school management system that helps schools generate reports, track student performance, track school fees payments and can run offline. Katumba says that they have about 200 schools using their system that is upgraded every year with new features.“We are indeed making some money and have two companies that are currently selling our licenses. The company has been growing and we continue to see more schools coming on board,” he adds.ClinicMaster International Located along Bukoto Street, in Kamwokya, the winners of the best application in the Health Category at the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards, Clinic Master boasts of growth.“2016 has been our biggest year in terms of growth. From the numbers we are seeing, 2017 could even be better. On average, we have had 30% growth in clientele since 2015,” Wilson Kutegeka, founder and CEO ClinicMaster explains.ClinicMaster is web-based health information management and billing system used in several hospitals and clinics around the country. Kutegeka notes that the endorsement from the MTN Innovation Awards 2015 helped them build a company that is known for its good reputation. Importantly, he says that recognition of entities already operating instead of concepts that were still on paper.Yo! Payments Inside the UAP Nakawa Business Park, Yo! Payments, a mobile money payment aggregation system. It was the winner of the Financial Services category of the MTN Innovation Awards 2015. As a business, Yo! Payments has expanded its operations, aggregating mobile money for more entities, including commercial banks.“We’re still delivering the promise of a cashless economy. It requires a paradigm shift and is a constant agenda. We have been growing since the company was started in 2006 and we continue to see the opportunity since cash is still king in the country. That is the opportunity,” says Gerald Begumisa the CEO Yo! PaymentsBrainshare The winner of the Education category, Brainshare, at the MTN Innovation Awards 2015, has also continued to expand. Its founder, Charles Muhindo, explains that the student revision platform has been rolled out to more schools in the country.“The schools understand that there is an opportunity to share knowledge but also a chance for some revenue to be made when their school past papers and reading material are accessed by other schools,” he says.Muhindo explains that the application will continue to grow in terms of access to more schools get online, computers and understand why knowledge sharing is important.[related-posts]last_img read more

BEN KEITHS BLOG When will Pam Statements own Star Sports 2427 months

first_imgLess than three years ago, Pam arrived at Star, and helped out on Monday mornings.  Her addition to the Star empire was associated with doing the statements, so she was, quite obviously, thus christened, by her beau, Luke; Pam ‘Statements’.Between then and now, she has brushed past over a hundred employees (without them realising), including all the form-experts and stalwarts, and now stands firm at the helm, next to Gary, running the company on a daily basis.But how has she built up such momentum during her rise and rise?  What are her secrets to success?  In 2013, how does a real and ruthless workplace killer get to the top?  Let’s look on..Apart from being a clear communicator, who is capable of following instructions to the ‘T’, and does not start a task until she perfectly understands it, Pam has taken a firm hold of two golden rules:1) She realises that the world is a kind place to girls that always smile and make a nice face.  Every door is opened.  Every welcome extended to her.  Everyone wants to be helpful.  Her brother, Johnnie, recently came to London, and I invited him and Pam to come and have a little tour of London.  Our first stop was at the London Dungeon, to see how all the naughty Punters and Staff, of olde, were treated in days gone by.  I managed to bang my knee on one of the rides and spent a few minutes making a pained face.  Even then, at my most wet, high-maintenance, and annoying, Pam retained sympathy, and didn’t fluster or tell me to pull myself together.  Even then, Blog! 2) She never stops.  Never.  Always moving forward, like a tank in the jungle.  Pam is a multi-tasking machine, marching through all of the gambling commission’s and auditor’s forms, specifically designed to break the spirits of mortal and sane man.But is Gaul Wood in danger?  Does he sit easy, with Pam looking over his shoulder, preparing for the kill?  Is it getting a little hot in the kitchen and sticky under the collar, for Mr Wood??  Star Spreads are now offering a price on when Ms Statements takes reign at only 18-21 months.  Where are the buyers, Gaul Wood?  Where are they, we ask?!  When it happens, Gaul won’t even know.  He will be a willing accomplice, like a compliant and obedient member of a cult.  But now I’m asking, Blog, will I be Jaws’s final meal?!  What’s the spread on me??!!In other news:Okay, so ‘Red Ed’, and his comrades at The Guardian, have loved the last couple of weeks, being able to lap up the Daily Mail’s lack of class in attacking the Labour leader’s dad’s political views.  Since then though, rather than sticking to publishing pretentious recipes for organic okra stew, entertaining skullards like Morrissey, and ever defending their over-paid and spoilt, public-sector wage-slave readership, they have compromised  national security for the Western World.  Far worse still though; also the PERSONAL FAMILY DETAILS of special forces workers, who already dedicate their careers, and risk their lives, for the country’s sake, on a daily basis.  This really isn’t 1-1, Blog.  It really isn’t.Calls are being made for The Guardian to apologise.  Apologise?  How does doing an easy ‘ssssorrrreeeeyyyyy’ help?  If Obama and Cammo have got a pair of balls between them, they’ll make sure of two things:  Firstly; that The Guardian editor; not only loses his job, but is also criminally charged, at the highest level, for his deliberately defiant and destructive actions, that were way, way above his station to carry out.  Secondly; Edward Snowden has recently been given a silly award by a group of fellow, arrogant and holier-than-thou, wannabe, modernist intellectuals.  They have said that they know not of his whereabouts on this earth.  He will most certainly, in the future, cost not only the noble hard work of, but also lives, of many of our bravest security forces personnel.  We vote-in professionals, to then run the country in the way they see fit.  Many things are above the necessity, and expertise of understanding, for the armchair-politician public.  Mr Cameron should make sure that, as to not risk future silliness from this fool, his final resting place on this earth is another fact not known to the rest of the world, and too, his band of imbecilic and dangerous supporters.Coming home tomorrow.B xlast_img read more

Stevenage v Everton Stage set for upset

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he column had a nice profit of 10.5 points last night but I’m still not sure how!!Certainly, the Arsenal 4 Coventry 0 final scoreline landed our Arsenal handicap (-3) bet at 7/4 but it wasn’t a score that really reflected the game, particularly with the way Coventry played in the second half.But….. I’ll take it.I’m sure there will be a giant killing act somewhere today – the skill is trying to find which match.The locals at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage will be hoping it’s them as they host Everton in the teatime game which is live on BT SPORT.In the history of the world Stevenage have only played Everton once – but as luck would have it – that also came this season in the Capital One Cup in August…..Aug 2013 Capital One Everton 2-1 StevenageWhilst Everton progressed – they needed extra time to get the winner which was surprising given the relative league positions of the two sides.Stevenage are having a wretched season in League One, propping up the table with just 22 points, but they can forget their woes for a day in front of the sell-out crowd which coupled with the TV rights will be timely boost to the clubs finances.Stevenage boss Graham Westley is confident he can find another FA Cup upset to match their 3-1 third-round win against Newcastle in 2011.“We are not thinking about a replay. We know our best chance of beating them will be here,” Westley said.“We went into the tie against Newcastle struggling in League Two.“Not many saw that upset coming but we thought differently then and we are feeling in a similar mindset now.”Everton are of course having a great season themselves and are a much stronger team now than they were when playing Stevenage in August, so shouldn’t really come unstuck here.Everton manager Roberto Martinez – who won the FA Cup last season with Wigan – says that his side will not take any chances against lower-league opposition.“We are going to try to be as good as we can and make sure we don’t let the home side have the advantage they will otherwise have,” he said.Everton make no appeal at around 1/4 but should be able to overcome a one goal handicap and at around 8/13 with Star Sports this is a more tempting bet.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)6 points EVERTON (-1) at around 8/13 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): PROFIT 13.03 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW USA Women v Japan Women

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ven allowing for home support many thought England were far superior than holders Japan in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup. Japan needed a huge dollop of fortune to progress thanks to England’s own goal in the dying minutes of normal time.Indeed, they were so devoid of any inspiration that I have to be with the USA tonight to foil Japan’s hopes of two successive World Cup trophies.The two sides met in the last World Cup and also at the London 2012 Olympics and it is one win apiece.Japan won the last Women’s World Cup beating USA 2-1 on penalties after it had finished 2-2The USA gained their revenge over Japan in London when they struck gold winning the final 2-1.The USA are certainly no strangers to World Cup success, winning this event in 1991 and 1999 and are now bidding to become the first country to lift the trophy three times.USA have only conceded one goal in the six matches played so far in Canada and I just reckon they are the best side going into tonight’s final which will be played out in front of a crowd of more than 53,000 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.Carli Lloyd, who missed a penalty in the 2011 World Cup final but scored both goals in the Americans’ 2-1 Olympic win in 2012 said: “Our confidence is growing, it grew against China and Germany and now it’s no regrets, full throttle. We know what’s at stake and have to play our best. We’ll be able to weather the storm, we’ve got fresh legs and are physically fit.”FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 FinalUSA Women v Japan WomenMidnight live on BBC2The USA Women at 5/6 for the win, inside 90 minutes, looks the best bet on Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK USA WOMEN for 10 points at around 5/6 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 28.18 POINTS (two Wimbledon ante-post bets outstanding)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more