San Francisco officials boost efforts to get masks to homeless people

first_img Email Address San Francisco air quality is now Purple (very unhealthy). Everyone, especially people with medical conditions and respiratory diseases, should avoid outdoor activities if possible.— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 15, 2018Original story, Nov. 13: City health officials are urging San Franciscans to stay indoors as fires render air quality so bad you can see it, and wear masks if they have to go out. “Stay inside if you can,” says Linda Acosta, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Health. “Otherwise, go to a library, a mall, a movie theater.”But, for those living out of doors and without popcorn money, this may not be an option. As such, the city has put more Homeless Outreach Team members on the streets, and instructed them to do wellness checks on unhoused individuals and disseminate water and particulate masks. The city has, as of Monday, handed out 900 masks and will restock Tuesday. Several dozen additional shelter beds have also been opened up for anyone wishing to come inside out of the haze. It is unclear if anyone has done so, but Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said that anyone suffering smoke-induced respiratory ailments will be accommodated. In past years, when wildfires darkened Bay Area skies, the city opened up “respiration centers” where people could get out of the toxic air. Almost nobody did so and, this time around, San Francisco officials have determined they won’t open up such sites unless we reach “purple” on the air quality chart (purple is, counter-intuitively, worse than red, which is where things have hovered for the past few days. In ascending order of awfulness, the chart goes: green, yellow, orange, red, purple, maroon.)This visitor to San Francisco from New York, pictured in 2011, was ahead of his time in donning a mask. Incidentally, a surgical mask like this one won’t help with wildfire smoke.Brent Andrew, a spokesman for San Francisco General Hospital, says that there has not yet been any noticeable uptick in patients suffering from respiratory ailments. Unhoused people who haven’t yet received a mask can get one for free at Tom Waddell urban health clinic at 50 Dr. Tom Waddell Place, in the shadow of City Hall. Or they can call 311 and work out a deal with the outreach team. Particulate masks are sold out at stores across the Bay Area, and that goes here in the Mission, too (we checked). But you need to know which mask will protect you. A two-strap N95 particulate mask can be of aid against wildfire smoke. A single-strap mask (like the one in the photo above) will not help, nor will a surgical mask. An informal poll of homeless folks in the Mission revealed most had not been approached by outreach workers with masks, nor did they desire them. “I’m alright, thanks,” said Ariel, a tent-dweller on 19th Street. “You probably can’t tangibly tell the quality of the air, but, at this point, I don’t really want one,” added Kyle, who sat on 24th Street plaza with a large, mellow dog. Four Spanish-speaking men in Alioto Park said they’d take a mask if offered. But no one had. “We are homeless,” said one. “No one gives it to us.” Well, stick around. They just might. And the smoke isn’t going away anytime soon.   Libraries: Main branch, Chinatown, Glen Park, Mission BayMalls: Westfield, Stonestown, JapantownMuseums: San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery (401 Van Ness Ave.), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora, De Young Museum.Senior Centers: Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, 1751 Carroll Ave. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Update, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m.: With the city’s air quality reaching the purple “very unhealthy” level on the chart — and being ranked as the worst air quality among well-known world cities — San Francisco will open up additional shelter beds and urge the unhoused to head toward filtered air facilities.For those who must travel, Muni will be free on Friday.Seventy-five more beds are now available at 525 Fifth Street and 60 have been opened up at St. Anthony’s.The map of filtered-air facilities can be found here.last_img read more

SAINTS won their first tour match 266 against Wes

first_imgSAINTS won their first tour match 26-6 against Wests Juniors writes Jason Emery.Saints started off in impressive fashion in drizzly rain and skipped out to a 14-0 lead in the first 15 minutes with tries to Adam Swift, Mark Percival and Greg Wilde, the latter after a superb offload from Luke Thompson.As the weather deteriorated the game became scrappy and Saints started to turn over too much ball, especially early in the tackle count.Saints should have been further ahead but weren’t clinical enough and bombed a couple of chances to extend their lead.The defence was magnificent though when the Wests team dominated possession and field position prior to the half time break they held out for six sets in a row.St Helens wrapped up the game with further second half tries to Brad Ashurst and Mark Percival, set up well by Dom Speakman and conceded just the one to Wests for a final scoreline of 26-6.Apart from a few bumps and bruises, no major injuries were reported and the Coaching staff were happy to get a win under their belts against strong opposition in tough conditions.Standout players were Adam Hesketh, Greg Richards and Adam Swift.Saints: Charnock; Parry, Percival, Swift, Wilde; Speakman, Yates; Richards, Foster, Hesketh, Thompson, Clare, Tilley. Subs: Savellio, Wood, Webster, Fozzard, Skupski, Ashurst, Heaton. Dom Speakman – Best Back as named by Warren McDonald – Head of Recruitment at West Tigers. Greg Richards – Best Forward as named by Warren McDonald – West Tigers Recruitment.last_img read more

Saints get their Betfred Super League campaign und

first_imgSaints get their Betfred Super League campaign underway this Friday when Castleford Tigers come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and already it is one of the hottest tickets in town.Justin Holbrook’s come into the opener having won their two pre-season games and face a Tigers’ side that, of course, ended their Grand Final hopes last season.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Club Community

first_imgAll clubs across the Betfred Super League will be teaming up in support of the league’s biggest ever mental and physical health campaign ‘Tackle the Tough Stuff’ raising awareness throughout the Wellbeing Round.And SCDF have brought in lifelong fan, Mike, who has been watching Saints for over 50 years, as their Mental Health Ambassador.Earlier in Mike’s career he worked as a social worker and has a vast amount of experience at senior level in social services with North Yorkshire County Council and before that Lancashire County Council.Mike is a perfect fit for the Foundation as he shares the same beliefs and passion towards mental health. He has been brought in to further expand on their already impressive portfolio of programmes dedicated towards mental health awareness, coping strategies and ‘staying well whilst you’re well’.Both Walter Brennan (SCDF’s Mental Health specialist) and Mike have a good track record in their field and the Foundation is tremendously proud to be in a position to have them both on board.Mike Webster said: “I am extremely proud to be asked to join the Foundation as their Mental Health Ambassador. I know how important rugby, and especially Saints are to the town. Getting the chance to help members of our wide rugby audience who may be dealing with mental health issues is a brilliant opportunity. Hopefully we can build on the fantastic work the Foundation does in our community and most importantly reach out to individuals and organisations that work in the mental health field to increase the reach of the Foundation. If I can help even a little bit using my experience, it will be a massive bonus.”Saints Community Development Foundation Director Steve Leonard said: “Our work towards mental health is in its infancy. We have great programmes on the go which touch on all aspects of mental health and all the age ranges within our community, but we need to be doing more. Everyone in St Helens can hold their heads high when it comes to St Helens RFC and the heights that the team take us to on a weekly basis. I want everyone to be proud of the Foundation and to see it as the pillar of our community, a pillar that touches everyone’s life in numerous different ways, a Foundation that is there for people, that provides for our Community and something that provides a heartbeat for us all.“We can only do this with the support of experts like Mike, people who are passionate about making a difference, have the knowledge base and skill set in their field and the good name and reputation to uphold and enhance the name of the Saints Community development Foundation. I would like to welcome Mike on board and wish him well in his new role. I hope you will find time to support him also as I know Mike has a lot of work he plans to do and people he is eager to meet.“I would also like to welcome our partners and friends from State of Mind to tomorrow night’s game. Their work is tremendous and has really lifted the lid on mental health and the amount of people who need support. I would also like to thank North West Boroughs NHS trust and Simon Barber for their continued support of our work towards mental health in our community.”last_img read more

Former middle school assistant charged with child sex crimes

first_img The school system confirmed with WWAY that Oates had previously worked as a Special Education Assistant at Myrtle Grove Middle School through all of 2016 and resigned in early February of 2017.Oates was taken into custody over the weekend and will have his first court appearance Monday as he now faces a $1 million bond. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has charged a former teacher’s assistant with sexually abusing a minor.Nicholas Lavon Oates faces charges of statutory rape of a child under the age of 15 and indecent liberties with a child. It is uncertain whether or not these alleged events happened while Oates was still employed with the New Hanover County School System.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hemp crops not insured farmers lose everything

first_img In his first year of growing, Adams says he has put around $50,000 into this farm. But now, he will walk away with nothing.Hemp production is legal in North Carolina, but without a new federal farm bill in place, the crop is not yet eligible for crop insurance. Bill Brill is with Folium Biosciences, a Colorado company that makes hemp products.“Congress is trying to get a completed 2018 farm bill. If they would’ve completed it in August, for example, one of the pieces of language in that farm bill is to provide crop insurance for hemp farmers. So had they passed it in 2018 in August, this farmer would be able to file for crop insurance,” said Brill.Related Article: Death toll reaches 17 in NC, 1,200 roads remain closedBrill says that out of the 26 East Coast hemp farms he outsources from, this one is one of the worst, at 100% crop loss. Because there is no crop insurance on hemp farms, farmers like this one could risk losing their business forever.Brill’s company came out to assess the damage and see how much it will lose as a result.“If insurance was available, I would be on top of it. That would probably be one of the first things I would check into,” said Adams.Adams says he would consider trying hemp farming again, but he says he has a long year of recovery ahead. He says crop insurance is definitely worth the investment if it’s available. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence devastated farms to the tune of nearly $2 billion in agricultural losses just in North Carolina. While many of those farmers will get help from insurance, one type of crop in particular cannot be insured.“As of right now, it might be a wash,” said Brad Adams, a hemp farmer in Bladen County. “I sold everything I had as soon as I found out about the opportunity. I went all in. Everything I had.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Section of South Front Street closing for repairs this weekend

first_imgRoad closure (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A section of U.S. 421 Truck Route (South Front Street) will be closed between Wright Street and Marstellar Street this weekend for rail repairs. Both the north and southbound lanes will be impassable.The closure is needed so crews can remove damaged rubber seals along the tracks, and patch the area with asphalt. The maintenance project will eliminate potholes adjacent to the tracks.- Advertisement – The lane closures will begin on Saturday at 5 a.m. and should end by 11 p.m. Sunday.There will be a detour option using 3rd Street. Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the work zone and while traveling on the detour route.last_img read more

Saving the trees Organization trying to update land development codes

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One organization is trying to save the trees. The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees is trying to preserve the trees throughout the City of Wilmington.Connie Parker is part of the alliance and says with the rise in construction and after Hurricane Florence, we’ve lost quite a few trees.- Advertisement – She says it’s more than just an aesthetic issue. Parker says it can even become a health and habitat issue.“There needs to be a better balance between the growth and development, and the preservation of the environment,” Parker said.She has dedicated the last several years to protecting the trees that decorate Wilmington.Related Article: Wilmington City Council receives update on Project GraceShe and the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees are now working with City Council to update the laws in place that preserve these trees.“They have plans in place which have allowed them to get better at it than in the 1980s, but what we want to see is those new codes and ordinances come out,” Parker said.She says the current policies are outdated. Parker says the Alliance has gotten 18 other city or county organizations on board to help make these updates.“We’re working on the budget,” City Councilman Paul Lawler said. “So we’re looking at what money we have in the city budget to replace trees that have come down, so that’s one piece. Then we’re rewriting the land development code, what most people would call the zoning law.”Lawler says the new code will have laws about how many trees must be replanted after construction.All Parker wants is to freshen up these codes.“We want this to move ahead and we want that to take care of the trees, as well as other parts of the environment that make this area so special,” she said.An official from New Hanover County says they are also actively working with the Alliance to find ways to balance development with the environment.last_img read more

Cholera cases reported as hunger disease stalk African cyclone survivors

first_imgFILE PHOTO: A child is transported on a fridge during floods after Cyclone Idai, in Buzi, outside Beira, Mozambique, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe SibekoFILE PHOTO: A child is transported on a fridge during floods after Cyclone Idai, in Buzi, outside Beira, Mozambique, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Cholera cases were reported on Friday in the Mozambican city of Beira, adding a risk of deadly illnesses for hundreds of thousands of people who are scrambling for shelter, food and water after catastrophic flooding in southern Africa.“There is growing concern among aid groups on the ground of potential disease outbreaks,” the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said.“Already, some cholera cases have been reported in Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding,” it said in a statement.Cyclone Idai battered Beira, a port city of 500,000 people, with strong winds and torrential rains last week, before moving inland to neighbouring Zimbabwe, where it flattened homes and flooded communities, and Malawi.The storm killed 242 people in Mozambique and 259 in Zimbabwe, and numbers were expected to rise, relief agencies said. In Malawi, 56 people died in heavy rains before the onset of Idai.Cholera is spread by faeces in sewage-contaminated water or food, and outbreaks can develop quickly in a humanitarian crisis where sanitation systems are disrupted. It can kill within hours if left untreated.As survivors gathered in informal camps and health officials warned of the danger of cholera and other diseases, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said the situation on the ground was critical with no electricity or running water.“Hundreds of thousands of children need immediate help,” she said, estimating 1.7 million people were affected by the storm.Around 45 km (28 miles) west of Beira, in the village of Guara Guara, the government set up a makeshift camp for people rescued nearby, with little water and no toilets.As for many such camps, progress was slow as aid had to be delivered by helicopter.“The help is coming, but it’s coming very slowly,” said Esther Zinge, 60, from near the town of Buzi, adding that what did arrive had to be given to children first.“The conditions are terrible, and more people keep coming.”On a beach in Beira, where the Red Cross estimated 90 percent of the city was damaged or destroyed, survivors clutching infants and bags disembarked from rescue boats beside a ship marooned on the sand and began receiving Red Cross help.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was saddened by the “heart-wrenching images of human suffering” and urged the world to step up support for the relief effort.“CONDITIONS TERRIBLE”In Zimbabwe’s Coppa Rusitu Valley, a township in Chimanimani near the Mozambican border, hundreds of homes were flattened by large rocks and mudslide from a nearby mountain, burying some residents, who never stood a chance as the cyclone unleashed its fury at night when most were sleeping.Relatives and rescuers were digging through the debris, hoping to find bodies, but some of the rocks were so big they need blasting, a Reuters witness said. Most people lost relatives, workmates or friends in the township, which also housed government workers, including police.President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Thursday night he had come face to face with horrific accounts of people grieving the loss of family and friends in Chimanimani.Some survivors have taken refuge at churches and centres offering temporary shelter as they deal with the trauma of their losses while private citizens, international aid agencies and the government rushed humanitarian aid to affected areas.Zimbabwean Energy Minister Joram Gumbo said the pipeline bringing fuel from Beira had not been affected by the cyclone but the docking terminals at Beira port had been damaged.He said Zimbabwe had 62 days supply of petrol and 32 days for diesel, which is in short supply and has led to long queues in the capital. In the city of Mutare, near Mozambique, diesel shortages were worse, according to a Reuters witness.FEW HELICOPTERSIn Beira, Saviano Abreu of the U.N. humanitarian arm OCHA said the main problem with getting aid to relief camps outside of Beira was that they could be reached only by helicopter, since floods had cut off roads, and helicopters were scarce.Large parts of Beira lacked running water, but everyone affected was getting 20 litres of water for washing, cooking and drinking.Briefing his team late on Thursday night, Connor Hartnady, rescue operations task force leader for Rescue South Africa, said Beira residents were getting fed up with shortages.“There have been three security incidents today, all food related,” he told his team, without giving further details.Commenting on Beira, U.N. humanitarian spokesman Jens Laerke said if people were desperate to get aid, that should be treated as part of the community response and not as a security matter.“These are desperate people,” Laerke said. “I don’t think anybody would blame a desperate mother or father who have children who do not have clean water to drink or food to eat who grab it from wherever they find it in a shop.”The storm’s rains caused the Buzi and Pungwe rivers, whose mouths are in the Beira area, to burst their banks.Roads into Beira were cut off by the storm and wide swathes of the Indian Ocean port city lacked power.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Watch You need to listen to us – Thunberg to Dalli

first_img SharePrint Young climate activist Greta Thunberg has told Labour MEP Miriam Dalli that her generation who are not old enough to have a say, should be the ones MEPs should be supporting.‘You need to listen to us. We who cannot vote. You need to vote for us.’, Thunberg told representatives of the Climate Committee.The 16 year old has risen to prominence with her statements on encouraging the world to do more about the impact of climate change and its effect for future generations. For this, she has inspired strikes and even nominated for a Nobel peace prize.Dalli responded to Thunberg’s comments by stating that, ‘We need to push for young people to have a voice in the decisions that we are taking because they are the ones who will bear the brunt of those decisions,’ The MEP has been leading the European Parliament on negotiating the reduction on CO2 emissions in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles over the past year.The legislation is expected to be signed tomorrow.Responding to her point about her enfranchisement Dalli said, ‘As a 16-year-old you’re not allowed to vote. But some Member States like Malta and Austria are allowing that and we need to increase the pressure as European Parliament so that more countries give a voice to youths your age.’Commenting on the issue of acting on their words, she added that, ‘It’s useless for EU leaders to make nice speeches but then they don’t do much. If we do not take care of our planet, we won’t have any economies or jobs to protect.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch PN always believed in the capabilities of the Maltese – Delia

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that the Party has always believed in the capabilities of its workforce, on the occasion of International Workers’ Day.During an interview on International Workers’ Day aired on the party’s TV station, Delia observed how Malta, a small territory, lacked natural resources but has human resources who have achieved a lot both locally and abroad.Interviewed by Sergio Mallia, the PN leader started off that Malta is not built by the Government, which administrates the territory, but by the investors choosing to invest their money in Malta, the employers and above all the country’s workforce. Delia remarked that Partit Laburista has always feared challenges ahead mentioning that the PL was against Malta seeking its independence from the British Empire and later the country’s accession to the EU. He then commented that both events have a running theme, that of the Malta showing trust in itself.He reiterated that the PN has always been the party which stood for businesses, self-employed, SMEs and workers.‘Surplus… not equally distributed’Delia explained that the businesses which are now doing well were set up during the PN-led administration, however the current PL-led administration failed to diversify the economy and create new sectors. Delia further said that the wealth generated was not equally distributed and was not reaching everyone.Describing the cheques as an ‘insult’, when one factors in the amount people are paying in taxes. He also questioned the timing, describing it as dubious saying that such cheques were only distributed prior to an important event, such as an election. Further the Party leader remarked that a country is not led in such a manner, but requires a long-term plan.Delia also commented on the lack of spending power while comparing the surplus to the cake, he said one’s piece remains the same size, thus proportionally it ends up growing smaller.‘The government destroying farming’Delia claimed that the Government does not care about the Maltese farmers because they do not contribute so much to the economy according to Delia. The Party leader explained the European Union spends a lot of money on agriculture which can be used to assist further local farmers.The party leader stated that the PN wants to help farmers and the agriculture industry in Malta as well as ensuring that local produce is available, contrasting it to the Government policies which take up good agricultural land and destroys it in the process. He recalled meeting a farmer who shared his fears that the industry would come to an end.Environment degradation The PN leader spoke about environment degradation and referred to the statistics which show that the air quality has decreased and respiratory problems have increased. Delia asked whether there is the political will to take up the challenges associated with environment degradation.He observed that the Maltese environment has never suffered as much as it has done over the past few years under a PL-led administration.‘These elections are about EP and local councils’ The PN leader said that these elections were not about Partit Laburista and Partit Nazzjonalista but two elections one to elect representatives to the European Parliament and the other to elect local Councillors on all localities.He explained that the six MEPs will represent both the national party but will also be part of a European political family. Referring to the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats’ (S&D) manifesto for which the PL voted for and which includes references to pro-choice, according to Delia. He also referred to the proposal in S&D’s manifesto on tax harmonization saying if such a proposal would restrict Malta from structuring its taxation system as it deems fit.‘The government plays down the damning reports on Malta’Delia said that experts came to Malta and looked at the country’s system, referring to the Venice Commission report among others. He said that the government tries to play down the significance of such reports. He then spoke of the Government taking hostage key institutions such as the Attorney General and MFSA among others, saying that the PN needs at least 3 MEPs from the party at the EP which would defend Malta in Europe from the government. Delia remarked that the government is in favor of more centralization and therefore becoming more dictatorial, describing the government as hungry and greedy for power.The party is holding a fundraising marathon on Wednesday which will kick off at noon.Video – Facebook / Adrian Delia READ: ‘Economic model adopted by Government is leading to low paid jobs competition’ – PNWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Watch 35 competitors for Enemed Hillclimb Championship

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> All is set for the second round of the Enemed Hillclimb Championship scheduled for Sunday 7th April after all competing vehicles went through scrutineering on Thursday 4th of April.The venue for the second round shall be the popular picturesque historic hill at Mtaħleb limits of Rabat. The championship is being organised by the Island Car Club.Thirty-five competitors will be competing in various categories open for classes that vary from road-legal cars to purposely-built racing cars. The races are expected to start at 9.00 am.Fabio Baldacchino emerged victorious in the first round held in Ġnejna limits of Mġarr Malta last month. Baldacchino was closely followed by Mauro Portelli and Darren Camilleri.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Apple iPad – What You Are Probably Missing Reviewed

first_imgAdvertisement  It was a result of numerous and elaborate improvements. That, in turn, means it represents a moment in the evolution, rather than revolution, of a device category. The revolution was in design – all the elements gelled into a device that anyone could use; and in marketing – it was a device every iPhone user would want to use, along with everyone else who laid eyes on the device.The iPad 2 holds rather different lessons. It shows that even the supposedly perfect gadget can always be improved. And that, even with a device that has electrified the market, there is room for alternatives that fill the gaps left wide open. – Advertisement – The Gadget Ten Question Tablet Test reveals where the iPad 2 leaves the gaps.1. The sound of one-hand tapping (Can you comfortably hold it in one hand and operate it in the other?)There’s a reason Apple have put so much energy into the design of covers that allow you to stand it up in almost any direction. And why iPad cases are among the most popular Apple accessories on the market. This gorgeous device, Apple fans will tell you, was not made to be pawed but to be caressed. Consequently, it needs to be placed on an appropriate surface to get the most out of it –partly because it is a little heavy to hold in one hand and operate with the other.That said, the iPad was the first computer ever to adapt its monitor to the position in which it was held. In whatever way it is positioned, the screen image instantly orients itself to be upright. Yes, the other tablets do that too, but few as instantly as the iPad.Typing on an iPad, however, is no pleasure. The design of virtual keyboard is the prime reason we recommend that anyone who needs to produce complex documents should revert to a laptop. But there is one small change that would make all the difference: allow users to place the cursor where they wish, and insert what they wish. It is deeply frustrating, when attempting to correct mistakes, to be forced either to accept a spellchecker recommendation, or to struggle with manipulating the cursor into the right spot – and then only to be allowed to backspace-delete. With the iPad’s famed ease of usage and lightness of being, this is one inexplicable nod to the dark side.Score: 8/10.2. The Angry Birds test (How responsive is the device in interactive tasks?)The iPad 2 hardware runs on a 1 GHz dual core Apple 5 system on a chip (SoC). It’s also described as a package on package (PoP). If you want the technicalities, the chip is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU with NEON SIMD accelerator and a dual core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. Want a translation? Serious fire-power. Other tablets that come with a 1 GHz chip tend to lag behind the iPad, since it’s not merely about the chip, but about all that integration.Ironically the processor is manufactured by arch-rival Samsung – but from Apple’s design.This processing power means the iPad packs serious punch in any multimedia applicaton that needs serious punch. Or catapult.Angry Birds was practically made for this device, and the iPad’s performance here shows up most other tablets, including its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Run them side by side, and you realize the catapult gets a little sticky on the Galaxy. With the iPad, there is never a moment’s doubt that it will handle whatever is thrown at it with elegance and speed.Score: 10/103. The tablet gender test (Can it multi-task? Hint: males can’t.)The iPad is male. In the past, it wouldn’t let you so much as look at another app while you’re running your current operation. Now, thanks to hormone replacement therapy from the new iOS 5 operating system, you get to double-tap the main control button to show a ribbon of open apps along the bottom of the screen and to switch between them. You close them by holding your finger on the icon and then clicking on the minus button. A very elegant solution (thanks to @RobinMeisel for pointing that out on Twitter). However, the ability to manage apps in the ribbon remains limited. On this score, the Android 3 tablets tend to be ahead of Apple. But hey, look at the positive side: it’s something to get the media excited about for the next edition of the iPad.The single-button approach is part of the charm of the iPad, though. It means there is no learning curve whatsoever. You click the button, or you tap the screen. But once you’ve learnt to use the device after the first 60 seconds, you do want to get more out of it.Score: 7/104.  Testing by the book (Can it replace novels and textbooks?)Apple is known for its powerful and effective ads, but one of the best ads yet to reference the brand was for the Amazon Kindle. It showed a man lying down on a deckchair by a pool and pulling out his iPad, all the while glancing smugly at a woman reading on a rival device. Then social disaster strikes. The glare of the sunlight on his screen makes it impossible to read a word. He calls over to the woman, asking how she can read in the sun. She smiles and says simply, “It’s a Kindle”.That ad only tells half the story, though. In normal light, however, reading on the iPad is a spectacular experience. When it comes to textbooks, newspapers and magazines, the iPad offers an experience that is superior to the original printed format. The Kindle merely matches the original experience – albeit with massive capacity that you couldn’t match in a personal library.The bottom line is, most reading occurs in normal light – or should, say the optometrists – and that is where the versatility of the iPad overcomes the natural reading of the Kindle (we’ll review the Kindle in more depth soon).Score: 8/105. Live long and prosper (How’s the battery life?)One of the crucial breakthroughs for the iPad was its battery life: 10 hours. The iPad 2 initially appears to have poor battery life, but after fully charging and fully de-charging a few times, it appears to perform to promise. In standby mode, I’ve gone a week without using it (Yeah, I know, but some of us have to work), and come back to find almost no loss in battery status.Score: 9/106.  It’s all about You(Tube) (How well does it handle online video sites?) For a device that doesn’t support Flash, Apple does a remarkable job with video, and especially YouTube. Demonstrating the depth and range of music videos on YouTube, recently, no other tablet matched the experience on the iPad.Score: 8/107. The retro test (Can it replace your radio? TuneIn Radio reveals all.)TuneIn Radio installs quickly and seamlessly on the iPad. Using the iPad’s location information, it instantly displays all local stations, from 5FM to Chai FM and hundreds of international station in dozens of categories and sub-categories. Bye bye FM.Incidentally, pushing the all-doing Control button to exit the app won’t silence the audio. You have to stop it in the app itself.Two mono speakers behind a single grill make for a simple approach to audio – although it does result in a mildly tinny sound. The sound offering is backed up by a Volume button below the top right corner, and stereo audio-out socket on the top left. Bluetooth enables wireless headphones. If you want to make your own sounds, a microphone is also built in. It may seem like the bare minimum, but touches all the bases most users need.Score: 8/108. On target (Is the on/off switch easy to find and use in the dark?)The On button protrudes slightly above the top right corner, and can’t be missed, even in the dark. However, it does get hard to find when you’ve been tilting the device in all directions and forget which side really is up.Score: 8/109. Keep control (How effective are the control buttons – hardware and software?) Control buttons? We don’t need no stinkin’ control buttons, as a Mexican bandit might once have said in a movie. The most compelling feature of the iPad is its sheer simplicity. It is the reason this is the number one choice for schools looking at rolling out tablets, despite it costing far more than low-end 7” devices. For the power user, however, the lack of virtual control buttons becomes a hindrance, and needs to be addressed when that multi-tasking gap is also repaired.Score: 8/1010. The iPrice Test (Is it competitively priced?)Traditionally, Apple computers were far more expensive than equivalent devices from other manufacturers. That has changed in recent years, and the iPad has led the charge down the price ladder, although not down the quality ladder.It is deeply ironic, then, that almost every other tablet entering the market to take on Apple has been more expensive. That’s like giving up the battle even before you’ve fought it, but still sending armies onto the field to be wiped out. The exception has been Amazon, which announced its Kindle Fire would cost $200 – less than half the price of the cheapest iPad. Motorola followed by announcing a cheaper Xoom. And finally, the rest of the industry is waking up. French electronics company Archos has announced an 8” tablet for under $300 and a dual core 1.5GHz tablet for less than $400.In other words, price pressure has finally arrived, but that has not yet reduced the demand for the iPad at current prices.Score: 9/10The bottom lineThe iPad narrowly edges out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the best tablet we have yet tested. The benchmark device retains its status, but by a slim, reachable margin.Overall score: 83/100Source: read more

New law to regulate mobile services

first_imgUganda’s Communications Commission has introduced legislation it believes will enhance the regulation of advertising via mobile platforms. Advertisement Uganda’s Communications Commission has introduced legislation it believes will enhance the regulation of advertising via mobile platforms.Uganda’s telecommunications regulator announced that it will introduce a new law that will see more regulation of advertising on short text messaging services and mobile money business in the East African country.The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that the new law will “restore sanity” and help “improve the quality of services that mobile telephone companies have added to their platforms.”The statement from the UCC continued to say that the new law will help these services from continuing to be “a safe haven for fraud to fleece the unsuspecting public.” – Advertisement – According to the UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi “the most common problems have been the loss of mobile money, dropped telephone calls, free airtime promotions, SMS promotions where the public is asked to vote through certain codes, unsolicited messaging services where the public loses money by replying by text message to certain numbers, as well as unexplained airtime deductions.”Mutabazi singled out Orange Telecom as the “only mobile operator which has tried to stick to prudent business by protecting its customers.”He added that the “UCC and the Bank of Uganda are in advanced stages of coming up with a law on mobile commerce as well as make amendments to the 1997 Uganda Mobile Communications Act because it has been found to be lacking in the prosecution of fraudsters.”“Although the prices of Internet service have considerably dropped in the last two years, the quality has been compromised by unprofessional activities by the telephone operators,” he continued.Credit: ITNewsAfricalast_img read more

Facebook Rolls Out Reactions and Mentions Features to its Messenger App

first_imgFacebook Messenger – Reaction and Mention rolling out globally. Image Credit: Facebook Newsroom Advertisement On Thursday, Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. introduced two new features for its Messenger app, ‘Message Reactions and Mentions‘ to improve group conversations and to make them more fun and useful, according to their blog post.Facebook was reportedly said to be testing these features earlier this month along side the dislike button. However, in the roll out, there was no mention/comment about the dislike button.The Messenger Reactions feature is no different from the Web version or apps of Facebook, which were introduced early last year in February, wherein you get to ‘react’ to a post with a specific emoji – for instance, laugh, like, sad, surprise, and so forth. In Messenger, this feature lets you react to an individual message. The love, smile, wow, sad, angry emojis are now included along with a thumbs up and thumbs down emoji. To add/react to a message; press and hold any message, and then tap to make your selection from emojis. – Advertisement – Users will be able to view how people reacted to a particular message in the lower corner of the message. Tapping on the emojis will show you a summary of how many members reacted in which way.On the other hand of the Mentions, this feature is about tagging someone in a message simply by adding the @ followed by their name, for instance @pctechmagazine. Most people normally do this to get the attention of a particular person (tagged) or persons in a group.Those tagged will get notified that that they’ve been mentioned. Of course, everyone else will also get a notification, but only the specified person in the group will get the notification that they’ve been mentioned.This kind of feature is also used on other social platforms likes, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, to mention a few.Facebook Messenger – Reaction and Mention rolling out globally. Image Credit: Facebook NewsroomFacebook continued to mention that the newly introduced features will also be available for Work Chat in Workplace.Both features will begun rolling out yesterday and will be available globally in the coming days.Editor’s Note: Keep updating your app to get these features.[related-posts]last_img read more

Rwandas Electronic Case Management System Scoops Global Innovation Award

first_imgElectronic system which was first launched in January 2016 at the pilot level in Kigali. Advertisement Rwanda’s judiciary innovation, the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS) is among the top 10 innovations that will be awarded at this year’s Court technology solutions awards, PC Tech Magazine has learnt.The awards, according to organizers, are given to high-performing courts that engage many tools to operate efficiently and effectively in conducting the business of the judiciary.“Leveraging innovative technology to facilitate court business and communication is mission critical. Each year ten outstanding courts are honored for improving access to justice through the application of technology,” reads a statement from the awards website. – Advertisement – The IECMS is a system that facilitates digital handling of court cases.It allows complainants to file cases to the Supreme Court, the High Court and its chambers, the Commercial High Court and other commercial courts, to the intermediate courts and primary courts, online.The system which was officially rolled out in June also allows the user to monitor progress of their filed cases online, without having to go to the court’s registry.It is integrated with the National Identification Agency, Rwanda Revenue Authority and land center for easy access of individual information.PC Tech Magazine understands that plans are underway to ensure the IECMS is upgraded to include electronic signature, stamp and finger prints to make it fully paperless.The recognition of the system is one among the many achievements it has recorded since its inception, on top of reducing case backlog in the small East African state.After its pilot launch in January 2016, the Electronic system is said to have proven to provide rapid and efficient justice, which enabled courts to address the issue of accumulation of case backlog.According to information on the awards website, the Awards ceremony is scheduled to be held Thursday July 13, at the National Association for Court Management annual conference in Washington, DC.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 2 JulyRACING2.10 LingfieldBochart 3/1 > 9/42.20 HaydockGoodby Inheritence 7/4 > 11/83.00 PerthDiamond Gesture 12/1 > 13/27.00 TipperarySpartan’s Queen 4/1 > 5/27.45 BellewstownBe Seeing You 9/4 > 13/88.55 EpsomEast Coast Lady 10/1 > 4/1(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Next on the Stick List The Middletons

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat are the Middletons doing, on repeated beanos, at Wimbledon, in the complimentary Royal area?What do they bring to the party (in any capacity, anywhere)?Why are their seats not being used by decorated servicemen, achievers, public-servants and those who have gone beyond the call of duty for others?I went to Wimbledon myself, this week. The entire place is a class act.People want to say it’s snobby. It isn’t. They just do things in a proper fashion and never rip people off: Strawberries & Cream £2.50. Coronation Chicken Salad £6. Neither is it smothered by endless ‘VIP’ corporate hospitality. Tickets are purchased via a ballot, and everybody enjoys the day together. I particularly like, that when people leave, they resell seated tickets, and give ALL of the proceeds to charity.The Middletons, in their extreme social-climbing, are in fact lowering what is a very pleasant tone. WHY IS THE QUEEN SUFFERING THEM?In other news:Food Vlog 23: Halepi, 18 Leinster Terrace, Bayswater, W2 3ET. WEB SITE The best Greek in London. Check out my Vlog…Over and out, B xlast_img read more