St Charles Borromeo School a Part of SF Mission History Will Close

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first_imgAfter 129 years in operation in the Mission, St. Charles Borromeo School at 3250 18th St. will suspend operations in June, citing low enrollment and an inability to meet an expensive construction budget for outstanding seismic retrofit work.“There has been a steady declination over the last five years and it’s been really dramatic over the last three years,” said Michael Brown, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Enrollment levels at St. Charles, a school that has served one immigration population after another over the course of its history, have dropped by almost half in five years. At present, only 81 students are enrolled, down from 188 students in the 2011-12 school year. Efforts to build enrollment have been unsuccessful, according to Brown.“Several hundred [students] is what a school like this was able to thrive on,” said Brown, adding that the shrinking class sizes have not fostered a stable educational environment for the school’s students. “These are very small classes with just a few students. The socializing of education takes place is medium-sized classrooms.” Tags: 18th Street • Catholic Church • elementary schools • immigrants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But enrollment challenges aren’t unique to the Mission District Catholic school. St. Charles’ sister schools are also grappling with a shrinking student body, according to Brown.While Brown said he is unable to speculate as to why enrollment has taken a hit in recent years, he said that the changes are in line with changes in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. “People move in and out,” said Brown.Father Tony McGuire, a retired priest at St. Patrick Church at 756 Mission St. and a former pastor at St. Matthew Catholic School in San Mateo, said that enrollment is “very uneven” at Catholic schools in the greater Peninsula. St. Matthew’s, for example, is boasting an enrollment of some 600 students.“There are more families living in the Peninsula,” said McGuire, adding that in San Francisco, “neighborhoods are changing” along with high rents and increasing costs of living – families, he said, are moving out. Because of its location in a traditionally diverse, working class neighborhood, St. Charles served many immigrant and low-income students. Since 1982, the school has been staffed by the Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines. “They have had for years the Filipino sisters there – that spoke to a lot of immigrant families,” said McGuire. In an effort to serve the local community, St. Charles also offered a generous financial aid program. “Most of the kids who come here, it’s because we get a lot financial aid,” said Reyes. “The families here, they depend on it.”But Reyes said change swept the school about five years ago, when he noticed a sudden exodus of faculty and students. “They changed the education curriculum and the personnel inside. We used to receive a lot of help from beneficiaries, but that stopped,” said Reyes.  “My son repeated a year because of the changes.  You know, how expensive it is to cover a another year of tuition?”According to Reyes, other families left the school when their children were asked to repeat grades during that time. “The quality of education went down dramatically. Not too many students were achieving what they wanted to achieve. A lot teachers left, and only a few of the good ones remained,” said Reyes.Father Jimenez, the school’s pastor who also runs the parish across the street, at 713 South Van Ness Ave., worked hard to keep the school going, said Reyes, even teaching classes there himself.“It’s a shame,” said Reyes. “It was such a good school.” Once the students have been relocated, efforts will be made to upgrade its structure and a plan hashed out to boost enrollment and ensure future sustainability, said Brown. The property will remain in the hands of the Archdiocese, which will maintain the property’s educational purpose. “It’s intended to be a school,” said Brown. “St. Charles will reopen once the work is done and there is a viable method to build enrollment and to make it space where quality education can take place.” 0%center_img A GoFundMe campaign is seeking to raise $7 million to pay for the retrofit of the K-8 elementary school, and some $200 have been raised since the campaign’s launch on Thursday.  But even if the money were raised, it is unclear what would happen because enrollment shows no signs of recovering.  Even older than the school is the building that houses it – at 130 years, it faces “imminent serious construction and seismic challenges,” according to a press release posted to the Archdiocese’s website. The Archdiocese operates 51 Catholic diocesan and parish elementary schools throughout the City, Marin and San Mateo counties.“We need a lot of help,” said a parent of a St. Charles kindergartner who gave his name as Alfredo. Parents and students, who were notified this week, were unsure of the next steps.St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. Photo by Lola M. ChavezA meeting will be held on Sunday at the school and again on March 2 to inform parents of their children’s Catholic school options. Transitioning students into St. Charles’ sister schools, St. James Catholic School and St. Anthony Immaculate Conception School, both located in the Mission, will be a priority, according to the Archdioceses’ press statement.“I don’t know what will happen next, it all depends on the meetings,” said Erlison Olivares, the father of a St. Charles seventh grader referring to his own situation.“We live here and have to find a school in the [Mission]. My daughter has been a [St. Charles] student for seven years, her cousin also goes here too – it’s sad for her that she will not have a chance to finish her education here.”The school’s director and pastor, Father John Jimenez, could not be reached for comment by press time, but the Archdiocese confirmed in an announcement on Tuesday that instruction will be halted indefinitely at the end of the school year and that is unlikely to reopen anytime soon.Other Catholic schools around the city have also seen “slight declines” in enrollment said Brown, but “nothing matches numbers at St. Charles.”Former Mission resident and restaurateur Christopher Reyes has had three children pass through the school – when his eldest daughter graduated eighth grade, there were 36 students in her graduating class. Reyes’ 14-year-old son, also named Christopher, will be graduating this June alongside just 12 other students.Reyes’ son will not be affected by the school’s closure, but nonetheless expressed disappointment.“It’s very sad, I have been at this school since Kindergarten,” said Christopher. “I think it will have more of an impact on seventh graders, they will have to adjust to a new school, new classes and new friends next year.” Reported news isn’t free. Pitch in and keep us here. Thank you! last_img read more


Defensive boulders arrive at a cleared SF homeless encampment

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first_img“It’s more cost-effective than what we were doing,” Stringer said, referring to the weekly cleanups Public Works performed before the encampment was cleared. “We were doing cleanups three or four times a week to keep garbage out.”  Public Works will continue to install the boulders over the next month, Stringer said. “That is just typical anti-homeless landscaping,” said Kelley Cutler of the Coalition on Homelessness about the boulders. She compared them to the highly criticized “anti-homeless” spikes that were being installed throughout London. “This is simply the same thing, but with boulders,” Cutler said. The strategy isn’t new in the United States. Similar strategies have been criticized in San Diego, and more recently — like this week — in Seattle. In July, redesign plans for the San Francisco Library’s Castro branch faced criticism for employing “defensive design,” which included hard rocks, spiky plants, and metal railings on the library’s exterior. After a homeless encampment was removed in 2013 under Interstate 280 freeway near the downtown Caltrain station, Caltrans installed $300,000 worth of fencing to keep campers from moving back. Walking through the Hairball recently, it became clear that some of the boulders were placed strategically, while others were clustered in certain areas, leaving plenty of room for people to occupy. Stringer said that boulders are now being “stockpiled” in certain areas and will be relocated throughout the property. Robin Walter, who has been sleeping in a tent at the Hairball, said she noticed the Public Works crews start installing the boulders two and half weeks ago. “It’s stupid,” she said. “You could still put something there, and two of us could easily move them.” Stringer said there are no penalties for tampering with the boulders, but California Highway Patrol — who has jurisdiction over the Caltrans-owned land — could issue citations for trespassing on the property.Some boulders are “stockpiled” in areas and will be spread throughout the property. Photo by Julian Mark. Tags: department of public works • homeless • homelessness Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The Department of Public Works has installed $8,700 worth of boulders as a defense against homeless “re-encampment” underneath the tangle of freeway overpasses at Cesar Chavez and Potrero Avenue known as the Hairball. More boulders are on their way. “We put them in there to help deter re-encampment a bit and for aesthetics, just to change it up,” said Larry Stringer, deputy director of operations at Public Works. In November, the city cleared a sprawling encampment at the Hairball that had persisted there for years. At present, only a few homeless residents remain under the overpass, while others have moved to surrounding sidewalks.   last_img read more


THE Saints have been working with Merseyside Polic

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first_imgTHE Saints have been working with Merseyside Police and Liverpool Landrover to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink and drugs.Players in the Academy were given messages about drink and drug driving as part of their continuing education and development on and off the pitch.“Driving is a privilege and the Club wants to do all it can to ensure that our young players have the best education into driving responsibly,” Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said. “This session provided an excellent opportunity for our young drivers to increase their awareness and help them to make better decisions in the future.”Sgt Paul Mountford from the Roads Policing Department added: “This is an innovative scheme in which the players learnt about the effects of alcohol and the various drugs that can affect their driving ability, including medicines.“Young drivers are more at risk of being involved in collisions than any other age group and there is an enormous amount of ignorance of the effects of alcohol and drugs.“This was a great opportunity for Merseyside Police, St. Helens R.F.C. and a large local car dealership to team up to promote an important message”.A local Landrover dealership contributed to the training by loaning a state-of-the-art ‘Evoque’ vehicle for the day.last_img read more


SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays R

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first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Round 23 Super League match at Catalan Dragons.Anthony Walker returns to the side with Adam Swift retaining his spot following his double over Wigan.Luke Thompson and Joe Greenwood both miss out.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 27. Anthony Walker, 36. Stuart Howarth, 37. Gareth O’Brien, 38. Greg Richards.Laurent Frayssinous will select his Catalan Dragons side from:3. Leon Pryce, 4. Zeb Taia, 6. Thomas Bosc, 9. Ian Henderson, 11. Steve Menzies, 13. Gregory Mounis, 14. William Barthau, 15. Antoni Maria, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Kevin Larroyer, 18. Daryl Millard, 20. Mickael Simon, 22. Jamel Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 25. Vincent Duport, 26. Frederic Vaccari, 28. Morgan Escarē, 31 Elliott Whitehead, 32 Benjamin Garcia.The game kicks off at 5pm (English time) and the referee is Ben Thaler.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last four away meetings with Catalan Dragons, last losing on French soil on 15 March, 2008 (24-10).2013 Meeting:St Helens 12, Catalan Dragons 22 (SLR12, 12/4/13Super League Summary:Catalan Dragons won 7St Helens won 9Highs and Lows:Catalan Dragons highest score: 34-32 (A, 2012) (Widest margin: 21-0, H, 2007)St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens needs nine points to reach 1,000 for his career.He has scored 945 points (216 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998. He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries). Wello needs one appearance to become only the second player to reach a total of 400 Super League games. Wellens is 14 games behind all-time appearance leader Keith Senior, with current players Kevin Sinfield and Lee Gilmour next in the standings.Super League Appearances – All-time leaders1 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 4132 Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-present) 3993 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-present) 3984 Lee Gilmour (Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-present) 3945 Danny Orr (Castleford/Harlequins/Wigan, 1997-2012) 3826 Keiron Cunningham (St Helens, 1996-2010) 3817 Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-present) 3788 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-present) 3749 Leon Pryce (Catalan Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-present) 36910 Andy Lynch (Hull FC/Bradford/Castleford, 1999-present) 364last_img read more


TEE off with the Saints and join our Official Club

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first_imgTEE off with the Saints and join our Official Club Golf Day!It will be held on Tuesday September 6 at Houghwood Golf Club.For £240 per team (+ VAT) of four, or £72 (+ VAT) a player, you can enjoy a great round of golf with the Saints.Arrival is 12.00pm for a shotgun start and you will enjoy coffee and bacon barms before you tee-off.After your round there will be a dinner and prizes for the best golf on display.Buggies are available on request.For hole and challenge sponsorship – and to book – call 01744 455 080 or email Neil Douglaslast_img


After running in 12 tries against Huddersfield las

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first_imgAfter running in 12 tries against Huddersfield last week, 11 followed at the AJ Bell Stadium as Justin Holbrook’s side put the Devils to the sword.Ben Barba was at his imperious best with a hat-trick, whilst Regan Grace and Ryan Morgan both scored braces in the rout.And 32 of the points came when they were down to 12 men too as Matty Lees was sent off just before the end of the first half.His tackle on Niall Evalds earning him a red card.Unsurprisingly the first half was all Saints and the brilliant attacking display began in the first five minutes.After forcing an error, Matty Smith, deputising once more for the injured James Roby, fed Danny Richardson and he linked up with Barba to send Tommy Makinson in.Ten minutes later, Makinson turned provider as he out-jumped Greg Johnson to collect Richardson’s high kick and offloaded to the supporting Dom Peyroux.At 10-0 Saints were already turning the screw and it got much better as from the restart they scored again.This time combination of Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival sent Grace away down the left hand side.Buoyed by his scintillating try against the Giants the week before, the youngster then stepped inside his opposite number to put Barba under the black dot for his 13th of the year.Shortly afterwards, Barba was putting Ryan Morgan over for his first of the night.Salford hit back through Tyrone McCarthy for 22-6 but the quick thinking of Barba stopped any chance of another which would have made it game on.With the Devils camped on Saints’ line, he read the mind of Josh Wood, picked off his offload and went the length of the field.Saints were now well in charge but any thoughts of cruising home with the points took a hammer blow when Matty Lees was sent off two minutes before half time.Salford’s Niall Evalds had cleaned up a bouncing ball but with player ‘un-tackled’, Lees flew in, struck the full back, and forced the ball loose.Saints duly touched it down but it was chalked off for that hit, and Lees was sent off.Holbrook’s men didn’t hang around to lick their wounds though and after forcing another error, Richardson, Lomax and Percival interplayed to send Grace spectacularly over in the corner.Saints 32-6 to the good at half time.Holbrook knew the Devils would come at his side in the second half, looking to exploit the inevitable gaps with a man advantage.And they almost did that early on as back to back penalties put them right on the visitor’s line.But Saints weathered the pressure, went up the other end of the field and scored.A towering bomb was knocked-on by young Jake Shorrocks and from the resultant set, Barba hit Grace for his second of the evening.And it got better as from the restart, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook went 45 metres and within the blink of an eye, Lomax had found Mark Percival for another try.Ben Barba then notched up his hat-trick as he took Richardson’s cute grubber.Parity in numbers, for 10 minutes at least, came as Junior Sa’u saw yellow for a late flop on Ryan Morgan.Saints should have gone further ahead too but Peyroux’s pass to Richardson was forward.The game was then halted for a significant period as Barba was stretchered off with a neck injury – but Saints regrouped and scored twice in three minutes.Theo Fages produced a bit of magic on 75 minutes before Makinson’s chip over the top saw Ryan Morgan collect for his second.Kris Welham crossed at the end for the Devils but it always was Saints night.Match Summary:Devils: Tries: McCarthy, Welham Goals: Shorrocks (1 from 2)Saints: Tries: Makinson, Peyroux, Barba (3), Morgan (2), Grace (2), Percival, Fages Goals: Richardson (8 from 11)Penalties Awarded: Devils: 8 Saints: 6HT: 6-32 FT: 10-60REF: C KendallATT: TBCTeams:Devils: 5. Niall Evalds; 2. Greg Johnson, 4. Junior Sa’u, 3. Kris Welham, 24. Jake Bibby; 28. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Jack Littlejohn; 23. Lee Mossop, 9. Logan Tomkins, 16. Luke Burgess, 10. George Griffin, 15. Ryan Lannon, 13. Mark Flanagan. Subs: 8. Craig Kopczak, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Tyrone McCarthy, 19. Josh Wood.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 7. Matty Smith, 16. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees.last_img read more


Heavy rain leads to flooding of local roads

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first_img Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Darlington Avenue in Wilmington also became flooded and was blocked off by police. 1 of 7 Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Drivers are urged to use extreme caution when traveling on wet roads, and to avoid roads that are flooded. Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After days of wet weather, with extremely heavy downpours Saturday, some area roads became flooded.The National Weather Service reported water on Putnam Road in Ogden reached between 12 and 18 inches deep, and water on partof College Road near Oleander Drive was between 6 and 8 inches deep.- Advertisement – Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson) Flooding on Darlington Avenue in Wilmington(Photo: WWAY Viewer Jordan Johnson)last_img read more


Salvation Army needs help making 3000 Christmas wishes come true

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Christmas is a special time of year for many. After Hurricane Florence, many families are struggling to celebrate the season. The Salvation Army has promised to make 3,000 children’s Christmas wishes come true.Salvation Army’s Major Mark Craddock says they still have a big need. The former Harris Teeter in Ogden Park is the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree distribution center. Hundreds of toys and clothes fill the center but there is still a lot of open space that should be filled.- Advertisement – Craddock says it takes just three steps to participate: adopt a child, buy a gift and return it to the Salvation Army by December 10th. There are multiple ways to access the Angel Trees to adopt an angel including at Independence Mall, some local businesses and on the Salvation Army of Cape Fear Facebook. “What we at the Salvation Army find is that if we can help people have a good Christmas then, money that they might divert from other family needs such as rents and medicines and food they can actually put back into those needs,” said Craddock.On December 5th, the Salvation Army and King of Christmas will be giving away 500 new Christmas trees at the Angel Tree distribution center to anyone who may need one.Related Article: 34th Annual Holiday Flotilla draws big crowdsCraddock says the Salvation Army works to recreate amazing Christmas memories for every child each year.last_img read more


CFPUA sanitary sewer overflow

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first_img CFPUA estimates that 1,500 gallons spilled into a drainage ditch tributary to Pages Creek. The area has been cleaned and the spill was reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality.CFPUA laboratory will be collecting samples in the area to determine environmental impacts. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Public Utility Authority crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow report that happened on Tuesday around 1:45 p.m. on Mallow Rd.A manhole ring and cover was dislodged by storm debris clean up, causing the debris to fall into the manhole blocking the line, crews cleared the blockage stopping the spill around 2:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img


Watch Government is controlling information – Delia

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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> SharePrint The Leader of Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia stated that government is controlling information. Delia was referring to the Leader of Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat’s rejection to an on-air debate during the television programme Xarabank this evening.During a short news conference, the Leader of the Opposition said that the public is being withheld information, as Government is controlling what is being aired on the national television station. Delia himself and Muscat were invited to participate in a debate during the programme Xarabank, Delia said. Delia added that whilst he accepted the invitation, Muscat rejected the offer for strategic purposes.The Leader of PN described that through this action, the public is being denied the opportunity to listen and follow a debate between the Party leaders. Delia reminded that it was in fact Muscat himself who stated that the election is between Delia and himself. Delia believes that this is pecking at democracy.Government had also adjourned Parliament towards the elections without being agreed upon by the Opposition, stated Delia. “We had already fixed a number of sessions where we were going to discuss embryo protection”, concluded Delia.Video: PNWhatsApplast_img read more


Watch Fabio Baldacchino wins first round of Enemed Hillclimb Championship

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first_img SharePrint On Sunday 10th March on the hill leading to Ġnejna Bay limits of Mgarr Malta, Island Car Club organised the first round of the Enemed Hillclimb National Championship. Twenty drivers competed in various different classes. Fabio Baldacchino emerged as overall winner, followed closely by Mauro Portelli and Darren Camilleri.The second round of the Enemed Hillclimb National Championship will be held on Sunday 7th April at Pennellu in Mellieha.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


Apples New Santa Clara Campus and Two Other Stories You Need to

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first_imgAdvertisement Apple Breaks Ground on New Campus in Santa ClaraApple has signed a deal with developer Peery Arrillaga to build a new campus for 1,200 or more workers in Santa Clara, Calif., Mercury News reports. The two-building campus is being built on a 296,000-square foot property, located only a short distance from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.Sharp Offering a Stake to Dell, Intel – Advertisement – Sharp is offering a stake of the company to Dell and Intel in order to improve its balance sheet, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to WSJ’s sources, Sharp is looking for an investment of around $240 million from both these companies, and is also discussing a smaller investment from Qualcomm.Google Maps Adds More Imagery to the Canadian ArcticGoogle has added more detail and imagery to its maps of the Canadian Arctic region, including panoramic Street View images of Cambridge Bay. The company also said more than 90 ski and snow resorts around the world can now be experienced via Street View in Google Maps.Source: Mashablelast_img read more


Microsoft launches Garage site where the public can test a wide range

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first_imgAdvertisement Today, Microsoft has launched a new landing page on its website called The Microsoft Garage.It is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now.The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. – Advertisement – Started in 2009 within the Office Labs group, the goal was to create a “safe place” for Microsoft employees to build their crazy ideas and foster grassroots innovation at the company.The group now has 32 chapters around the world with about 10,000 active members. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up.In short, Microsoft wants to be a better experimenting company. “The next chapter is putting these projects in the hands of real customers to help us make better driven decisions about future plans,” Jeff Ramos, Microsoft’s Manager of The Garage,said.Via VBlast_img read more


5 Reasons Mobile Money Is Going To Die By 2020

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first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday we updated that the number of mobile money users had exceeded 18 Million in Uganda, this is great news especially for the Telecoms and to the users, it shows the power of innovation and how easy things get once they are integrated with technology.We now have more Mobile Money account holders than all the traditional banks in Uganda. As the banks are busy struggling to stay in the transaction business, the government has jumped on the trend of Mobile Money and is increasing taxes on every transaction so as to make money from the now 18 Million Customers. Telecoms are also in the business of making money and that is why they are not willing to let their piece of pie go. This causes more charges on the end user.We now spend more money on Mobile Transactions than we used to spend in our traditional banks on Transactions. This I believe is going to be the first reason Mobile Money is going to be turned to it;s head. – Advertisement – Death Of  The Feature Phones: Gordon Moore the founder of Intel observed in 1965 that the number of transistors on an intergrated circuit, doubled every 12-24 months. This has been Moore’s law and it has held for atleast 60 years now. With this fact in mind by 2020, the feature phone business will be gone and I assume close to everyone will have a smartphone. Now if this holds, we shall fully be in the digital age.Mobile Money as a service has thrived on the Feature phones and the rate of adoption of these gadgets, exponentially increased the adoption of the service.Rise Of Digital Currency:With the exponential increment in the power of the mobile phones and a slowly growing rate of connectivity, we see a new wave of digital startups entering the Ugandan market. People’s mind sets are changing in Uganda, we now order our food online or buy shoes from an online marketplace.Slowly people are starting to trust the online businesses and slowly people are going to start transacting online. This creates an opportunity for a new form of currency call it a Digital Currency. We now deal in 1s and 0s, we don’t need to see something physically in order to buy it we can just do that digitally using the computers in our pockets, this creates a big opportunity and market for the digital Currency in Uganda.The Unnecessary Charges:Today if you have Shs 1 Million($400) on your Mobile Money, and withdraw 140000($56) in 7 batches, you will lose $10 (shs 25,ooo) in transaction charges. If you are a big organisation dispensing money to different parties in your organisation, you will need to pay withdraw charges or they will not get enough money.With the rise in the Digital opportunities, we are going to need a service with a different business model in order to keep transacting.I personally would subscribe to a service for a full year as long as it doesn’t charge me per transaction, with all these powerful devices and the internet we need to move from the pay per transaction model, because we spend a lot. What if 18 Million People were transferring money for as little as $20(Shs 50,000) a year? This would make it $360 Million Industry and am not sure about the Valuation after 6 Years.Death Of Mobile Money:If Mobile money doesn’t disrupt itself and change the business model to a close to free service, by 2020 it will be no more. I personally believe mobile money is going to be disrupted by a team of 5 developers, 3 marketing geniuses and 2 Investors who are willing to invest for the long term and this is a business that supports more than 20000 Agents and employees.Final Word:This goes to all telecoms and the other players in this market. The tides are changing, people’s mindsets are shifting, they might not trust some players now, but after 3 years they will and if you don’t pivot your business model and shift to like a subscription format, we have a different form of Mobile Money and you will be no more.For now, Congrats on the 18 Million subscribers.Tweet me your reactions @nickle_laslast_img read more


Google Offering offering over 100000 TB Free Storage with Cloud Nearline

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first_imgAdvertisement Web giant Google has announced that Cloud Storage Nearline is now available to the general public.The service offers low-cost premium archiving and backing up of data and has moved out of beta.Google is now offering storage of 100PB of space for free, in order to entice users. – Advertisement – Incase you are wondering how many GB are contained in a PB, 1PB contains 1,048,576GB.Cloud Storage Nearline was released as a beta in March and is aimed at data-heavy businesses that need fast retrieval of data.Competing with Dropbox, Amazon’s Glacier, Box, and OneDrive among others, Google says that Nearline can do it in seconds and minutes what others need hours to do.Google promises 99 percent uptime, on demand I/O operations, and life-cycle management consisting of features such as automated archival and scheduled deletions.There is the 100PB free of storage for up to six months, and afterwards, users will have to pay $0.01 per GB every month.To help users jump the boat, Nearline’s Cloud Storage Transfer feature allows one to import large amount of data from HTTP/HTTPS services such as Amazon S3 and is offering a total cost of ownership calculator to let users know how much they will be saving by switching to Nearline.[Via]last_img read more


10 Things Your Social Media Manager Should Know

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first_imgAdvertisement This is your weekly round up of all things social media & all things new, knowledge you might want to arm yourself with as you gallivant social platforms boasting of expertise.1. Facebook Messenger Update With Material Design Comes To Android After many months of A/B testing, Facebook Inc. began rolling out a new, Material Design-styled version of Messenger on Android to all its users worldwide. The updated application now features a blue top bar and a floating action button, along with other visual tweaks.2. Skype Cancels Support for Smart TVs Microsoft-owned Skype is pulling its support from Smart TV software , owing to the public’s preference to communicate via mobile devices as opposed to the larger screens. Will the corporate users of the service suffer from this adjustment or not? That waits to be seen. Syke will however maintain the service until June this year. – Advertisement – 3. Verified Google+ profiles now get early access to new features A few months ago, Google pivoted Google+ away from being a basic social network and put a focus on content curation instead. To reward the most interesting and active users on its service, Google yesterday launched the Google+ Createprogram.Google says that since it launched the redesigned Google+ on November 18th, 2015, the number of Collection follows has more than doubled, meaning more people on Google+ now use these new features though it doesn’t necessarily mean the number of Google+ users is also up.4. Hackers Lock Apple Users Out of Files And Seek Ransom This week, a bunch of notorious hackers attacked Apple devices with a virus called KeRanger which locks users out of their files until they pay one bitcoin, coming to about £280 ransom.  They were reported to have infected a number of Mac products. The Tech giant has been reported to have resolved the issue.5. Tanzania orders government employees to cut back on social media Tanzania’s Transport and Communication minister issued a directive, warning government employees not to spend a lot of time on social media at work. Makame Mbarawa said the directive was aimed at boosting service delivery and getting workers to concentrate on their jobs. He has ordered his own staff to serve as an example.6. Facebook Reactions can be transformed into customized faces now On Feb 24, 2016, Facebook Inc. rolled out Reactions as a Like button alternative/extension that gives users six emojis; Like, Love, Haha, Yay, Wow, Sad and Angry to express emotions by hovering over the like button on PCs or holding down on the like button on mobiles.Now there’s a newly introduced browser extension that has made it possible for Facebook users to replace the regular Facebook reaction emoji with OTHER FACES of their choice.7. Learn How to Swap Facebook Reactions With Your Reaction Pack Thanks to a developer named Rodney Folz, there is now a more fun way to use Facebook’s emoji Reactions as you can now swap them with Donald Trump faces, Pokemon characters, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, or other icons of your own. Folz is calling it a Reaction Packs.You can customize your own “Facebook Reactions” by simply uploading your own “Reaction Pack” by just following the guidelines in the website.8. Make group calls on LINE for up to 200 users Line Corporation also known as LINE, an instant messaging application rolled out a group voice calling update/feature to its Android and iOSapps with version 5.11. What’s more interesting, the feature will be coming to LINE app for Windows and Mac with versions 4.5 and later.The new update/feature now let’s users voice call more than one person at a time within groups or multiple person chats.9. German court rules against use of Facebook “Like” button A German court has ruled against an online shopping site‘s use of Facebook’s “like” button on Wednesday, dealing a further legal blow to the world’s biggest social network in Germany. The Duesseldorf district court said that retailer Peek & Cloppenburg failed to obtain proper consent before transmitting its users’ computer identities to Facebook, violating Germany’s data protection law and giving the retailer a commercial advantage.10. Facebook has partnered with WordPress to build a free plugin for Instant Articles And last but not least, Facebook has partnered with Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com VIP, to build a free plugin for Instant Articles, which simplifies the process of generating and publishing Instant Articles from WordPress. WordPress publishing platform currently powers more than 25% of sites on the web, and Facebook expects the solution to help millions of publishers all over the world bring the Instant Articles experience to their readers.last_img read more


MTN Unpacks Their Sustainability Efforts

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first_imgMTN’s CMO Mapula Bodibe handing over a full ReadyPay Solar Kit to one of the winners from the draw that was conducted at the launch in Luwero-Kasana. Advertisement MTN Group continues to make strides in achieving its sustainability vision of protecting and creating economic value for the company and its stakeholders, through responsible environmental and social core business practices.The Group has released its annual Sustainability Report for 2015, which details how MTN is delivering on the three sustainability focus areas of creating sustainable economic value, reducing its environmental impact and delivering societal value in a sustainable and ethical manner.“Like all businesses, we face challenges from time to time. However, we are not deterred in our sustainability journey. As a major ICT role-player in emerging markets, we are acutely aware that our resources can make a meaningful difference to the lives of our customers and communities,” states MTN Executive Chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, in the report. – Advertisement – As part of our efforts to create sustainable economic value through digital inclusion, MTN rolled out a number of key initiatives in the past year.In Benin, for example, MTN partnered with Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), the government, local solar power companies and a local micro-finance institution to ensure its rural network could be used to distribute solar power products. As a result, approximately 10, 000 solar lamps were sold between March 2015 and August 2015 and 100 MTN airtime agents now offer solar power charging services to increase their offering and revenues.In addition, services such as MTN Mobile Money, continue to transform millions of lives by providing access to financial services for people that are largely excluded from traditional financial services.There are over 9.79million active users who are able to perform local and international money transfers, make utility payments, settle taxes, save money in their interest-bearing mobile wallets, buy micro-insurance and pay school fees. In Uganda, for instance, Mobile Money facilitated the collection of 26.3billion ugx in payments for water fees in 2015.MTN also rolled out its Internet of Things (IoT) platform in 2015, which is allowing digital solutions to contribute to the efficient use of resources in the energy, water and agricultural sectors through solutions such as smart metering. Smart meters monitor the consumption of resources such as water or electricity, via remote application infrastructure, and provides insight into how, when and where such resources are used. Other digital inclusion initiatives span across driving the use of smartphones by offering affordable handsets, as well as m-health, m-education and m-insurance services, among others.[related-posts]In the area of eco-responsibility, MTN’s investments in efficient and green power sources, energy, carbon accounting programmes, e-waste management and office greening projects, are ensuring the company continually works towards achieving more, with fewer resources, and a reduced environmental impact.“In 2016, we hope to continue to enabling digital dividends for our stakeholders by harnessing the spirit of innovation and collaboratively developing solutions to opportunities and real-life challenges in our markets,” concluded Nhleko.last_img read more


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Interview JASON LOOSEMORE

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first_imgDAY AT NEWTON ABBOT RACES: Simon Nott spends a race Day with Newton Abbot’s Clerk of the Course Jason Loosemore.Newton Abbot is proudly independent. Just listening to the passion of Managing Director Patrick Masterson and Clerk Of The Course Jason Loosemore when they talk about the southerly-most racecourse in the UK, it’s not hard to see why Newton Abbot is well-supported by owners, trainers and racegoers alike. Both men take as personal insult the use of the term ‘gaff track’ used by some in the media for anywhere that’s not Cheltenham or Royal Ascot, and rightly so. While there are no illusions as to the limitations of regional courses there’s also no reason for them not to strive to improve year on year and that’s exactly what they do. The racecourse offered just over £1,000,000 for their 18 fixtures in 2017 offering a minimum of £6,000 for all class 5 hurdles, £6,500 for all class 5 chases, £7,000 for all class 4 hurdles and £7,500 for all class 4 chases which is top of the tree for those grades.I joined Jason at 5.45am at the start (though he’d obviously arrived some time before me) of a typical racing day. Without further ado, here’s the day in the life of Clerk Of The Course Jason Loosemore.PART 1: BEFORE RACING PART 2: DURING RACING It was an absolute pleasure to have been given the opportunity to shadow Jason and his workforce for the day. I was welcomed by everyone and made to feel part of the team, even given a friendly rollicking for not cleaning my coffee cup after me, and quite right too. What I’m hoping you get from the video is the hard work and long hours that go into keeping racecourses in tip-top condition. The concern for the horses is paramount, if you’ve heard about owners getting the jitters when their pride and joy runs just feel for Jason Loosemore, he feels it multiplied by the field size for each and every race. It’s not over when it’s over, with rain forecast the guys were asked to work on after racing to return the racecourse proper to its immaculate state, which they willingly did. When senior groundsman Stu was asked if he’d mind cutting the grass that night rather than in the morning as planned there was no question, he was off to get the tractor. It would have been dark by the time he’d finished but no grumbles, after all there’s another race meeting to get ready for on Saturday…..Huge thanks toPatrick Masterson, Jason Loosemore and all at Newton Abbot racecourse.center_img Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more


£25 FREE BET Wolves v Liverpool

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