Spotlight still on SMB

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Okay na (I’m ok now) coach, happy na ako,” Romeo said.It was these exchanges that Marcial hopes will be a norm during similar events in the future.“They are in a relaxed mode,” said Marcial, adding he wants the event to happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Miguel’s (from left) June Mar Fajardo, coach Leo Austria, Arwind Santos and new Beerman Terrence Romeo during the PBA Media Day on Thursday at Solaire in Pasay. —SHERWIN VARDELEONFrom a jet-lagged Alex Compton bouncing from one interview station to another, to reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo casually facing cameras everywhere, the PBA’s inaugural Media Day was a resounding success that commissioner Willie Marcial wants the event institutionalized.And even in what was a one-stop setting for reporters to gather different stories, the San Miguel Beermen—like they have done on the floor the past few years—still dominated in the event held at The Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “But I think teams like Ginebra and Magnolia, which played well last conference, are stronger than us. We’ll just have to do everything to defend our crown and it will not be easy, but it’s not impossible as long as we follow the system of coach Leo (Austria),” Fajardo said.Even Romeo, unfazed by the scrutiny he now commands in a venue packed with sports journalists, made an appearance on media day and gladly answered queries relating to his much-ballyhooed transfer that made the Beermen unbeatable on paper.“He’s going to be great there,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas. “Coach Leo thrives in making talented players play within a system.”Romeo later approached Alas and the two shared a casual conversation, something that happened a lot between players and coaches coming from different teams during the Media Day.“Okay ka na ba (Are you ok now)?” Alas asked as he gave Romeo a hug.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day “They just got Terrence Romeo,” said Compton, the Alaska coach who will again look at the coming 44th season of the PBA to break through as a coach. Compton has steered Alaska to five Finals stints but has yet to win a crown.“San Miguel Beer [has just] made everyone’s lives more difficult [with the Romeo trade],” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFajardo admits that eyes will be on the Beermen, even if Barangay Ginebra has made a strong impression last season with a championship in two Finals appearances.“The pressure is on us because everyone is saying we’re the team to beat,” said Fajardo in Filipino during a live interview with Sports IQ as the Beermen to shoot to improve on their all-time Philippine Cup record by winning the conference for the fifth straight year.last_img read more

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Raul Jerrick heads GDF’s promotion list

first_imgGuyana Defense Force Lt Colonel Raul Jerrick has topped the Force’s promotions to the rank of Colonel when the announcements were made on January 1, 2020.Jerrick was the only person to be promoted to that rank.Colonel Raul JerrickIn the release, the GDF said a total of 818 officers and ranks have been promoted. Of that amount, 25 of the officers are from the regular Force while 10 are reserve officers with the remaining promotions being other ranks.The promotions were done by President David Granger according to Part III Section 16 of the Defence Act 15:01 of 1977. The promotions would have taken effect from January 1, 2020.Apart from Jeerick to Colonel, Capt Andre Cush, Kevaun Gray, Fidel Fredericks, Marvin Simpson, Kevin Moore, Damon Joseph, Keith Watts and Edmond Blair were promoted to Major.Lieutenant Ekundayo Jeffery, Shurlan Klass, Jamaine Lovell, Sherwin Collins, Marvin Dey, Godwin Cameron, Akeem Kirton, Wavon Samuels, Stacey Codogan, Godfrey Isaacs, Seon Abrams and Carlos Jordan were promoted to Captain.Those promoted to Substantive Lieutenant were Kevin Sultan, Joshua Walcott and Brandi Johnson.In the Coast Guard Division, Lieutenant Czerda Frank was promoted to Substantive Lieutenant (CG).Those from the Guyana Defence Force Reserve (Guyana People’s Militia) promoted to Substantive Captain were Lieutenant Shawn Legall, Roderic Carrington, Delon King, Fabian Stuart, Duarte Hetsberger, Hubern Collins, Germaine Watson, John Chester-Innis, Osei Manifold and Ewal Mc Garrell.last_img read more

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EIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND

first_imgTHERE has been huge disappointment after it was revealed that Eircom will not be upgrading Culdaff for broadband.Broadbandforculdaff.com, a group of more than 125 people in the town trying to get the updated internet connection, are miffed by the decision.Culdaff was never included in the National Broadband Scheme announced by the Government as it was deemed to have suitable coverage from North West Electronics, based in Derry.  They received funding to provide a Group Broadband Scheme in areas throughout Donegal several years ago but Culdaff was never included.Whilst Culdaff does benefit from the 3G coverage under the NBS it does not benefit from the minimum speed of 1.2MB agreed between the Department of Communications and Hutchison 3.Network provider 3 did erect a mast at Claggan in Culdaff in order to meet the terms of the NBS, to provide coverage to Glengad and Portaleen.The so called NBS scheme provided by 3, is not technically a broadband service, but is actually midband. According to locals in Culdaff it suffers from severe fluctuations in speed as the more users that latch on to a mast the slower it gets, and in December broadbandforculdaff.com calculated outages of seventy hours for the mast at Claggan, Culdaff where in fact no-one could access the internet.The government injected €79.8m into 3 to roll out the NBS and they installed 388 masts, an average of €205,670 for the Government.broadbandforculdaff.com contacted Eircom demanding a review of their policy and an upgrae of the local exchange.However they were told the upgrade would simply not make economic sense for the company. “When analysing it, the main costs incurred would be the upgrade of the transmission network serving the exchange. “There is approximately five and half kilometres of cable that would need to be completely replaced at a cost of approximately €250k.“The existing cable supports all existing voice services, but does not support the necessary bandwidth for broadband even if the broadband equipment was installed in the exchange. There are additional costs to provide the hardware for the exchange and these are currently estimated at approximately €15k.“There are just over 400 customers currently connected to the exchange, but unfortunately, even if every customer in Culdaff agreed to take eircom broadband for the next five years, eircom would not receive a return on the investment. “Making consideration for Culdaff’s local geography, there would almost certainly be a small but significant percentage of up to 20% of customers who would not be able to get DSL broadband if the exchange was enabled. “This is a result of the physical limitation of the technology and the distance the broadband signal has to travel over the copper lines to customers who live outside of the village in the surrounding community. The maximum distance is approximately 4-5 kilometres. This additional consideration also further weakens the business case.“It is disappointing that Culdaff has not been included in the National Broadband Scheme. Eircom made its position clear to the Department of Communications as far back as 2007 when we were asked to submit a full list of nationwide locations that would be enabled as well as those locations that would not be broadband enabled.“The Department of Communications can provide further clarification as to why Culdaff was not included in the NBS following the submissions made by the various operators,” said Eircom.Broadbandforculdaff.com is now calling on the Government to give Eircom the €265,000 required to upgrade the cables and exchange.“Each 3 NBS mast cost €205,670 for an unreliable ‘midband’ connection so we call on the government to give a similar amount to Eircom to make sure Culdaff is not excluded any longer,” said a spokesman.ENDSEIRCOM HANG UP ON CULDAFF’S CALL FOR BROADBAND was last modified: January 12th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:broadbandculdafflast_img read more

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Sacrificial lambs

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant To find the extra money, the school board has agreed to take $60 million away from other districtwide programs, ultimately short-changing the vast majority of the LAUSD’s students. To make amends, the board has consented to allow 500 students from outside the area to attend the new high school – a costly perk for a few that comes at the expense of the many. In addition, the district will also be delaying the start of another 500-seat high school in the school-starved area, meaning that local kids will suffer, too. The school board blames the cost overruns on inflation in the price of construction materials, as well as switching architects. But that’s basically a way to obscure the truth if not an outright lie. The original plan for the site was to build a standard, but pleasant-looking school to relieve the serious overcrowding in nearby schools. The overruns stem directly from the fact that the school board bent to the vision of Broad, who wanted an architecturally significant school at the site, which sits on the far end of Grand Avenue. Broad is deeply involved in the renovation of Grand Avenue from ho-hum city street to a gleaming and attractive civic space. Having a cool arts school on the edge of Grand Avenue is a nice addition, for sure. But it should not come at the cost of the other students in the district. School board members should remember that they serve the students of the entire district. And treating those students like sacrificial lambs by diverting funds to feed the civic ambitions of an elite few is unconscionable. Los Angeles Unified School District officials seem awfully willing to sacrifice a lot of education benefits for the sake of building Eli Broad’s dream school on the edge of downtown. The admittedly impressive plans for the district’s performing arts high school at the corner of Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues is coming in many millions over budget, for a total of $208 million. That’s $208 million for a school that could have been, should have been, built for less than $50 million. That’s $160 million or so just to bring to life the vision that billionaire Broad wanted for the gateway of his Grand Avenue renovation. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles school board approved a $171.9 million bid to move forward on construction of the graded lot, formerly the site of an LAUSD administration building _ $55 million above the last cost estimate. last_img read more

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Man who knifed victim 17 times also pleads to possession of cocaine

first_imgA man found guilty of a vicious knife attack in Letterkenny has now pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine for sale and supply.Kenneth Broe was due to be sentenced at Letterkenny Circuit Court today for the attack in which a man was stabbed seventeen times. However, his barrister told Judge John Aylmer that his client had not undergone a probation report since being found guilty in May.The Dubliner was found guilty of “intentionally and recklessly” stabbing Kristian Shortt during the row on the town’s main street ten years ago.Broe was also found guilty of assault causing harm in the incident which resulted in the injured party spending two weeks in intensive care in hospital and receiving two “life-saving operations” after he suffered wounds to the neck, chest, head and back areas.The jury took an hour and six minutes to unanimously find the accused of 15 Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, guilty on the lesser charge of section 3 assault after a six-day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Kenneth BroeFor the more serious charge, Judge John Aylmer advised the jury they could record a majority verdict following the suitable legal time lapse and after a further forty-six minutes, Broe was found guilty on the charge of intentionally and recklessly carrying out the attack.The injured party, Kristian Shortt, had told the court in his evidence that after drinking in a number of venues in the town, he and the accused had gone to the flat of Damian O’Connor above Victor Fisher’s shop at Upper Main Street in the early hours of October 9th, 2008.Witness and the accused had got into an argument and had threatened one another.He, Mr Shortt, recalled a knife having been produced before he was stabbed repeatedly. The accused had used all his power and force during the attack, he claimed.Broe had been arrested in Monaghan after he and a friend had taken a taxi to Dublin on the day after the assault.A medical report indicated that the injured party had been stabbed a total of seventeen times – three or four times in the neck, three in the back of the head, three in the chest and also wounded in the hands and back area.He had been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin where he had spent two weeks in intensive care. He had undergone two life-saving operations.Broe was today further charged with having cocaine for sale or supply when detected at Monaghan Garda Station on october 10th, 2008.He pleaded guilty to that charge today.Broe was remanded in custody to be sentenced on both charges at the enxt sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court in December.Man who knifed victim 17 times also pleads to possession of cocaine was last modified: July 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cocainecourtGardaiKENNETH BROEletterkennystabbinglast_img read more

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The stunning cost of Premier League season tickets compared to the rest of Europe

first_img Premier League fans, on average, have to spend more than any other fans across Europe for season tickets A study by The European Football Index has found Premier League fans pay considerably more than other leagues for season tickets, with an average price of £516.On the other hand, the cheapest season tickets can be found at just £159 in the Bundesliga – a difference of £375 (225%).In LaLiga, it costs fans an average of £205 for a season ticket, while it is slightly higher in Italy at £225 for Serie A fans.Despite the riches of Paris Saint-Germain, the average cost of a season ticket to support a Ligue 1 team is just £172. Premier League season tickets are, on average, by far and away the most expensive in Europe and forcing fans to pay a pretty penny to support their side.Although much of the lucrative funds awarded to clubs in the English top flight comes from television money, owners are still charging a premium for fans to get into grounds. latest gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most Popular Football News BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img revealed scrap LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense 1 The only positive for Premier League fans is that the study also found the Premier League has the cheapest home shirts, averaging £55 compared to £70 for Bundesliga teams, £60 for La Liga, £71 for Serie A and £70 for Ligue 1.The price for each 2018/19 home shirt was taken from each team’s official online store and refers to the standard shirt, not the ‘elite’ version offered by some clubs.last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Rallies To Defeat Evansville, 82-65, In MVC Home Opener

first_imgThe Bulldogs gained back the lead in the fourth quarter. After Wendell tied the contest at 57-all late in the third quarter with a three-point play, Drake ripped off eight-straight points to start the fourth quarter. The run featured six points from Miller and was capped by a layup made by junior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) in the deciding run that ultimately helped pull out the comeback win. Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster Southern Illinois 1/8/2017 – 6 PM Next Game: PDF Box Score HTML Box Score DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Evansville, 82-65, Friday evening, Jan. 6, in the Knapp Center in the team’s Missouri Valley Conference home opener.Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led Drake (9-4, 3-0 MVC) with a game-high of 23 points. It is the 56th time in her career Wendell has scored 20 or more points in a game.Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) and freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) each pulled down a game-high of eight rebounds. Freshman Mya Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.) recorded a new career-high with nine points. Sophomore Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) joined Mertz off the bench and finished with 10 points. The Bulldogs’ bench was a big spark for the team scoring 32 points. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES THE VALLEY ON ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Drake continues its two-game homestand on Sunday evening when it welcomes Southern Illinois to the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and will follow the Drake men’s basketball team who hosts Evansville at 3 p.m.  Print Friendly Version Story Links As a team, the Bulldogs scored 54 points in the paint and recorded 19 fast-break points. Drake dominated the glass with a 41-22 rebounding advantage. Evansville made 12 three-pointers in the game, but was held to just two in the final period during Drake’s rally. Sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.), senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) each scored nine points. Evansville (7-6, 2-1 MVC) and Drake traded 13 lead changes and had six ties. The Bulldogs led at the half, 34-33, but lost the lead at the beginning of the third quarter as the Purple Aces rallied to stake a six-point lead midway through the period.last_img read more

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USATF Men’s and Women’s 1 Mile Road Championships Return to Grand Blue Mile

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Grand Blue Mile (GBM) officials from Wellmark Blue Cross  and Blue Shield and Drake Relays announced the USA Track & Field one-mile road championships will be returning in 2019 as part of the annual Grand Blue Mile. The addition of the prestigious USATF 1 Mile Road Championships elevates the elite-level competition of Grand Blue Mile and is expected to attract Olympians and world championship participants from across the country to vie for a national title and share of the $30,000 prize purse. GBM also hosted the 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships.  The 2018 Set the Pace challenge community winner, Lohrville, used their award to complete a trail. To watch the video and learn more about the project, click here. Print Friendly Version “As Grand Blue Mile celebrates our tenth anniversary, we are honored and privileged to welcome back the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s senior brand marketing manager and Grand Blue Mile co-race director. “Being entrusted to host a fifth national championship in 10 years provides even more reason to celebrate the tremendous impact this special event has throughout central Iowa and beyond.” As part of the challenge, the community with the highest percentage of its residents participating in GBM — measured by the number of registrants for a given ZIP code against its total population — will be awarded $10,000 to use on a project that promotes safe and accessible places in which to be active, such as a park, playground or trail. Early entrants for the 2019 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships at GBM include:·         Riley Masters – 2018 Men’s USATF 1 Mile Road Champion·         Mikey Brannigan – 1500 meter Paralympic gold medalist·         Emily Lipari – 2018 Women’s USATF 1 Mile Road Champion·         Heather Kampf – 2014, 2015 and 2016 Grand Blue Mile Champion Set the Pace Challenge encourages communities to get movingGBM officials also announced the continued partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) for the return of the Set the Pace Challenge. This challenge encourages Iowans to develop sustainable, healthy habits throughout 2019 — starting with participating in GBM on April 23. In 2018, more than 40 track and field stars competed for the national title and share of the USA prize purse at GBM. Riley Masters won the men’s championship with a time of 4:03.12. The women’s championship was captured by Emily Lipari with a time of 4:32.87. “We are excited for another year of the Set the Pace Challenge,” said Jami Haberl, HSI executive director. “The award provides a great incentive for communities to rally together around. The benefits are two-fold: They’ll be participating in a fun, physical activity and making an effort to better their community.” “Grand Blue Mile has gained notoriety and prestige with America’s most decorated milers,” said Blake Boldon, director of the Drake Relays. “Now marking the event’s tenth anniversary, we’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Wellmark to extend the Drake Relays experience to thousands of participants and spectators alike.”last_img read more

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Langa closes its streets to cars

first_img25 March 2015The usually frenetic streets of Langa, the old township on the periphery of South Africa’s Mother City will be filled with activities of a different kind on Sunday, 29 March.Open Streets, a concept originating in Colombia and growing in popularity in Cape Town will take over from midday to 5pm. During these hours, several streets in Langa will be closed to vehicles and open to the community.Jungle Walk, Rubusana Avenue and part of Washington Street will be car-free, allowing people to walk, cycle, skate and connect while enjoying the space in whatever legal way they like. An invitation has been made to the broader Cape Town community to use the opportunity to experience Langa’s street culture, by taking over the streets together for a few hours.Open Streets Langa is a free community event and will be the second Open Streets day for Cape Town in 2015. The first took place on 18 January, when the Bree Street in the city bowl was closed to cars.The concept of Open Streets originated in Bogota, Colombia and has been held in Cape Town several times over the past few years.Public inputUnderstandably, buy-in from the public is crucial to the success of the day. For its latest outing, over the past five weeks, Open Streets Cape Town has been planning the day with local residents. From collectively designing a poster to discussing heritage issues, these meetings have been genuinely open platforms of engagement, says Open Streets.Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, the largest recreational programme in Colombia which turns 120km of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy freely every single Sunday, Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city. They are guided by an Open Streets Manifesto.Open Streets was founded in 2012 as a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. There is no entry fee to take part in Open Streets, which connects communities through healthy recreation, creative expression, local economic activity and alternative forms of transport.To get into the spirit of keeping it as car-free as possible, the group has advised people to use public transport to get to Langa on Sunday – use the train, bus, taxi or your own steam to get there, they say.Volunteers will be on hand at Cape Town Central Station to make it easier. Join this group and catch the train to Langa Train Station, where Open Streets volunteers will greet visitors. There will also be Open Streets volunteers at Cape Town Taxi Rank, pointing out minibus taxis heading to Langa. Look out for the taxis with Open Streets Langa Posters in the window.Bicycle Cape Town is also organising a group of cyclists to ride together from the city centre, or take a Golden Arrow bus.There is nothing new about the open streets concept. For the past 32 years Bogota, Colombia, has cleared its streets of automobiles every Sunday, and opened them to the community. Open streets are about breaking down barriers and connecting communities.“The philosophy is to transform the way we experience streets,” says Open Streets founding member Marcela Guerrero Casas, a native of Bogota. “It allows us to see streets as more than just transport thoroughfares.”Cycle lanesIt’s a simple concept, but shutting the streets to motorised traffic challenges the status quo. South Africans are used to cars and taxis. Yet as Guerrero Casas stresses, traffic is a logistical issue and can be overcome through working with the city officials and residents.“The main thing is to get people’s support – so they see the value of it and don’t view it as an inconvenience. It is about showing people what a street could be. It must be a gradual approach, and practical. We are selling an experience, a philosophy.”In the long term, there can be hard infrastructural changes, such as installing more cycle lanes, as well as soft changes, such as getting people to participate fully. “The concept of Open Streets is easy to sell. After all, we all want safer streets, and the lack of safety on our streets is a daily reality,” she adds.The group says that by embracing the philosophy, all residents can create shared places that embody respect for all and help to bridge the social and spatial divides of their city.In its manifesto, Open Streets says it believes that streets should:Enable safer and more cohesive communities;Provide platforms for creative expression of local cultures and values;Be places for recreation and social interaction;Contribute to job creation and local economic activity; and,Provide choice in how we move around the city.It is not the first time Open Streets will be in Langa. Rubusana Street was closed to traffic on 12 October 2013. Homes were opened to arts and the street to people’s activity and creativity. Part of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, a permanent arts route, was opened on the day in the Langa Quarter.Activities on the day included yoga, street drawing, skateboarding and games for children, as well as cycling.Open Streets has other activities, such as its Talking Streets series. The group leads some guests along a pre-selected street “to imagine together what is required to turn it into a genuine ‘open street’ that embeds respect for people regardless of who they are and how they move”, says Guerrero Casas.The aim is to engage friends of Open Streets to share ideas, experience together and ‘walk the talk’ in helping to pave the way for a street revolution of sorts in Cape Town. The day starts by walking along the street to learn what is already happening and to explore what else can be done to maximise its potential.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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WideNoise: Monitor Noise Levels on Your iPhone

first_imgWe’ve been writing a lot about Internet of Things this year. It’s when everyday objects become connected to the Internet – taking us beyond the Social Web where people talk to each other, into a Web where things talk to each other (and us) as well. We’ve analyzed some of the theory, and experiments from the likes of MIT, but it’s also interesting to track emerging commercial products. The iPhone just happens to be a fertile ground for Internet of Things, as a product called WideNoise shows. WideNoise is an iPhone application that samples decibel noise levels, displaying them on an interactive map. With the app you can take a sound reading, and if you so wish share that with the WideNoise community. You can check the average sound level of the area around you, which might be handy if you’re house-hunting or simply looking for a quiet spot to relax in. WideNoise is essentially a sound sensor, using the iPhone’s microphone. The app uses a sound meter “to calibrate the microphone against pink noise,” defined as a form of noise similar to the sounds that our ears can pick up the best. The resulting sound readings are said to be “accurate within the device’s hardware limits” – meaning that they’re good enough for the purposes of the app, but not high accuracy.Using WideNoise I discovered that I live in a “sleeping cat” area — although it felt more like a “rock concert area” last Friday about 2am when the neighbour had his mates around! So your mileage may vary. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts richard macmanus Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces WideNoise has been built on a platform called OpenSpime, a protocol based on XMPP that enables physical devices to communicate with each other. As we’ve explained in the past, XMPP is a real-time communication protocol popularized by Instant Messaging. OpenSpime is an extension of XMPP, enabling real-time communication between objects connected to the Internet. The name OpenSpime was inspired by the term ‘spime,’ coined by Bruce Sterling, which means “an object that can be remotely tracked through space and time” (Sp – ime).Both WideNoise and OpenSpime are the creation of the company WideTag, Inc., which looks to be building some innovative Internet of Things products. iPhone users can purchase WideNoise for US$1.99 from the Apple App Store. Tags:#Internet of Things#mobile#NYT#Product Reviews#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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