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first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Through four decades, Dance Mission Theater has steadfastly continued producing shows. On January 13th and 14th, it will celebrate its 40th anniversary with politically themed performances that include drumming, ballet, modern dance, song, and even sign language at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.It’s called “Gracias a la Vida: Love in a Bitter Time” and it is a performance the producers promise is filled with humor, vitality and tribute. But there’s also the promised reflection on bitterness of the modern era, and Dance Mission’s director Krissy Keefer is not just grateful – she’s pissed off.“I grew up in a time of the feminist movement….It wasn’t always nice. Anger is used to get the status quo out of the way,” Keefer said. “People don’t want to get mad, and I’m mad.” READ MORE FROM MISSION LOCAL’s COVERAGElast_img read more

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first_imgLocal Cellar, the last of four businesses owned by Mission resident Yaron Milgrom, has been sold to the Gemini Bottle Company, owned by Philadelphia lawyer Hope Pomerantz and operated primarily by her son’s partner, Dominique Henderson, who lives down the block from the shop. The new shop will open its doors for the first time this Saturday. Its sale brings an end to Milgrom’s Local Mission Group, a mini-empire that began in 2010 with the Mission Local Eatery on 24th Street. Within four years and a four-block radius, Milgrom opened Local’s Corner in 2012, the Local Mission Market in late 2013 and Local’s Cellar in 2014.   The Eatery and the Market won accolades for locally sourced and made food, but Milgrom had less success in managing the challenges of operating in a neighborhood in the midst of gentrification.Unlike other new businesses, his became the focus of the neighborhood’s frustration and his fortunes never recovered from an incident in 2013 at  Local’s Corner in which his staff was accused of denying service to long-time resident Sandra Cuadra. One by one, his enterprises have closed or been sold, first Local’s Corner in in 2014 and then the Local Eatery in December of 2015. In 2017, the Local Market closed. Milgrom said he has no regrets about selling his last business. He’s stepping away from food and the restaurant business completely he says, to focus on “non-food related projects,” including marital management. “Selling Local Cellar was what I wanted to do. Running a business in San Francisco is really hard and after nine years, I was personally, emotionally and psychically worn out.” He was reluctant to step down until he found people to take over the shop.“It took a while for everything to come together, and to get the timing right. The people who are taking over the business are deeply connected with wine. I’ve known them for five to six years, “ Milgrom said. Milgrom, who acknowledged that his time in as a Mission business owner was tumultuous, feels a sense of gratitude about his now-shuttered businesses. “Without the experience of running those businesses, I wouldn’t have been able to connect with the community and raise a family,” he said. The Gemini Bottle Co. will continue in the same vein as Local Cellar, selling high-end organic wine, spirits and beer. Henderson said the store’s offering with a new focus on a range of international wines, tasting sessions each Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. and a wine club that will start in February, according to Henderson, a sommelier who works with restaurants A-16 and Rich Table.Henderson will also have plenty of help from Leslie Miller-Dancy, a chef and colleague of Henderson, who will run the retail operations. Ben Tinker, another Mission resident and employee of Local Cellar, will continue working behind the counter.The team behind the Gemini Bottle Co. From left to right: Alex Pomerantz, Dominique Henderson and Leslie Miller-Dancy. Photo by Elizabeth CreelyMilgrom, who decided to sell the business last year shortly after Local Mission Market closed, approached Pomerantz a few years ago. Pomerantz, who owns a winery in Oakland, encouraged Henderson and his mother to take on the business together. “Alex has known Yaron for eight years,” said Henderson. “He owns a winery and has way too much to do, so we approached his mom, and said, ‘let’s do this!’” Henderson described the business model as collaborative, and one that will be based on neighborhood needs. “We’re selling wines and craft spirits that are naturally made, from organic vineyards, that are affordable,” said Henderson. “We know this is a neighborhood spot, and we want to serve our neighbors. We’re going to have a suggestion box for the regulars to see what they’d like to see in here.”The transition in ownership began in earnest earlier this month, after Hope Pomerantz applied to the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control for transfer of the two licenses owned by Local Cellar. The opening of the new bottle shop is the latest shift for the corner store, which has been in continuous operation since 1906. The store has held an Irish-owned grocery and liquor store, a German bakery and, later, a neighborhood market.  Public records show that Irish immigrant Jonas J. Callanan built the three-story building in 1906, and was its first occupant. Callanan applied for the store’s first liquor license in June of 1906.Like reading original reporting? Support local journalism and help us reach our goal – we’re 54 percent of the way there! In 2014, Milgrom purchased the liquor license from owner Ibrahim Muhawieh who, as owner of Jefferson Market, held the license for almost 50 years. At the time of the transfer, Jefferson Market was under investigation by the ABC for repeated violations of the state’s Retail Operating Standards. Henderson grew up hearing about Jefferson Market. Her father lived in the Mission District in the ’70s, and used to visit it as a teenager. “My dad used to come here so he could buy beer,” she said gesturing to the empty store. “He’d come here get a salami sandwich and a beer. He said they didn’t card minors!”Milgrom said that when he opened Local Cellar, he wanted it to be a place that he would go. “People were happy that I was here. They told me they had to run past Jefferson Market, and that they couldn’t let their kids walk by this place.”Even though the name of the store has changed, the local nature of the place has not. During the renovation this month, tile was removed from a pillar, which stands on the threshold of the store. Henderson and Pomeranz were startled by what was underneath: a hand-painted sign emblazoned with the logo “Neighborhood Stores, Incorporated.”The sign on Gemini Bottle Co. threshold, showing the retail history of this corner on 22nd and Florida street. Photo by Elizabeth CreelyThe sign is a reminder of the days when the corner was a grocery, and member of a small merchants association, Neighborhood Stores, Inc., active in the Pacific Northwest from about 1912 to sometime during the mid 20th-century. According to an advertisement in the San Francisco Examiner in 1929, the association represented more than 1,000 “progressive, independent” grocers and old Wellman Foods, a San Francisco wholesale grocer founded in 1851. Henderson and Pomerantz love the sign, and the reminder that this small store has always been a local concern. “We wanted to preserve the authenticity of the building,” said Henderson. “This is such a cool neighborhood. I’ve been hanging out in the Mission since I was kid because of my family. It’s very fortunate that we’re able to have a business that’s close to where we live, and that we love doing.”A 1929 promotional ad from the San Francisco Examiner showing a Neighborhood Stores, Inc. and Wellman Foods, a local partner. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The sale marks the end of Milgrom’s efforts to get a foothold in the Mission Email Addresslast_img read more

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first_imgBUS season tickets are now on sale for 2011 travel to Widnes!  Priced at just £40 and FREE for all under 16 season ticket holders, they offer great value for money as Saints tackle Super League XVI.  Saints have teamed up with Arriva to provide a direct service from St Helens town centre to The Stobart Stadium in Widnes – the club’s temporary home in 2011.  This prepaid service will pick up and terminate at Hall Street in St Helens – with the frequent service beginning three hours before kickoff and ending 45 minutes before kickoff.   After the final whistle, the service will operate from The Stobart Stadium in Widnes back to St Helens town centre with the last bus leaving an hour after the final whistle – giving fans plenty of time to enjoy their post match celebrations.  The bus season ticket will also permit travel on any Arriva bus service from a journey start point within the borough on any scheduled service to Hall Street and return.  To buy, head into the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, call 01744 455 052 or log on to the Saints Superstore.  If you want a FREE JUNIOR BUS TICKET, you will need to head to the store to receive the Bus Season Ticket.   Saints can then work with Arriva to make sure as many bus runs can take place as possible for its loyal fans.  The club can also confirm that Merseytravel’s number 17 service will operate on its normal timetable before and after kick off meaning those with access to free bus travel can use that service.  No cash will be taken on the Saints Arriva Bus Service with routes and services subject to demand. Normal Arriva bus regulations also apply.  Details for the Hattons Travel ‘per match’ service will be confirmed shortly – fans can buy those tickets up to 48 hours before each home game. Cost will be £4.last_img read more

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first_imgIN October 2010 Jamie Foster experienced the highs and lows of being a professional rugby league player.After appearing in his first ever Grand Final and the emotion attached to that, he was slumped on the grass at the final whistle as Wigan took the spoils.But that moment has steadied his resolve and the youngster is determined to put things right this season.“I suppose I have made good progress this season and things have been pretty good for me,” he says. “I got my goal sheet at the beginning of the year and I wanted to play 15 games. Royce has given me the chances and I think I have earned the respect off the senior boys with my performances.“But, it all kinda means nothing now as we are at the business end of the season. It was great to taste this point last season as the atmosphere is brilliant. I am looking forward to being a part of it again.“It was a high point of my career playing at Old Trafford, but sitting on the grass and watching them jumping all over each other was hard to take. I felt sick knowing that it was a chance for us to see KC off on a high and they took it away from us.“I think it is a bit of a revenge mission this year and there’s not too many people in the team scared of saying it. It’s going to be brutal, tough and exciting. Yes, we’ve been to a lot of finals and not won. We know what we have to do and know the reasons why we lost those games. If we were scratching our heads then that would be hard. So we are preparing well for it, training is going well, the players up for it and the senior boys are too. We are all buzzing ready for it.”Jamie has made 45 appearances for the club and has scored 31 tries and kicked 209 goals. He’s been in situations throughout the season when his accuracy with the boot has proved vital.But he doesn’t feel the added pressure.“I’m not trying to sound like I am Mr Cool but I don’t let it get to me. I am confident in what I can do as I have been kicking goals all over the field since I was six. So, if I’m doing it on my own or at a full DW Stadium I know I can do it.“I try and treat all the kicks the same – I believe I can kick them and I can hear my granddad in the back of my head telling me what to do. Sometimes I just put my foot through the ball and hope for the best really. It’s something I thrive on and I can’t wait for it.“I don’t practice so much these days as I think I can kick myself out of form. Sometimes I go to Ruskin Drive late at night and have a kick with my granddad.“This is our opportunity now though. I have played in a number of big games and want us to look back in a few years and say ‘remember that game against Wigan?’ and ‘look what we achieved’.”Mega Sale! Saints Superstore and www.saintssuperstore.com are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price.As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!last_img read more

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first_imgNATHAN Brown saluted Saints great first half display after they beat Hull KR 46-10 at Langtree Park.His side scored six first half tries to kill off the Robins’ hopes of a second win in a row in St Helens.“I thought the first half was really pleasing,” he said. “We came here expecting a tough game after the games we’d had with Hull KR but we did really well.“James Roby was great and you can’t put a price on a hooker like that. It is a crucial spot in the team. We started well and our right edge did well. The guys have played with Robes for a long time and work off him. It was his second game back and he could have stayed on until the end.“We are confident heading into next week. We have played some good sides in the last few weeks and had some good results. We can take that into the game next week and we know we can do well.“The players want to do well. They have been in a number of big games over the years and we want to do well to give ourselves a shot at Old Trafford.”Adam Swift scored a hat-trick in the match to take his tally to 13 in 10 games.“He is playing well,” Nathan added. “In fact, both wings are firing well. Frannis Meli is going well at centre, as is Jordan Turner, and they are linking up with Robes too.“It helps that they have pace and there is a lot of speed in that back line. I was also pleased that Jordan Turner was great with the boot tonight.”Ticket details for our match at Leeds next Friday are here.last_img read more

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first_imgSAINTS take on Catalan this Friday aiming to maintain their 100 per cent start to the First Utility Super League season.Nathan Brown’s side sit top of the table with four wins from four whilst the Dragons are yet to pick up a point from their matches.Everything points to a Saints win – but only the foolhardy would believe that.Catalan have won on their last two occasions to Langtree Park and ooze quality despite being down on numbers.They are also big in the pack and that will be a real contest in the middle with the likes of Saints Kyle Amor taking on Jeff Lima.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img

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first_imgSAINTS will travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday to take on Warrington (8pm).Fans can buy North Stand seated tickets from the Warrington ticket office from 5pm. There are no standing tickets remaining.Seated tickets are Adults – £29.50, Conc – £20, Junior – £10.last_img

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first_imgCape Fear Serpentarium (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington is permanently closed.This comes a little more than a year after the owner of the serpentarium, Dean Ripa, was killed.- Advertisement – The serpentarium remained open and operated under an LLC.RELATED: Wife called 911 hour before fatal shooting of Dean Ripa It closed back in March because of Ripa’s estate proceedings.Related Article: Overnight closures planned for Cape Fear Memorial BridgeThe business hoped to re-open in mid-April, but never did.Ripa’s wife, Regina, is charged with first degree murder in his death.last_img

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first_img Memorial Day weekend is here and now, you might notice some people looking out for you along the shore at Wrightsville Beach.“We have so many more people to watch and, you know, it is the ocean, it’s not a swimming pool out here. We do have rip currents out here and a lot of these people are, you know, not from the beach, they’re down here on vacation and they want to have a good time so we want to make sure they stay safe,” Ocean Rescue Captain Jeremy Owens said.Owens said the lifeguards fill all 13 stands Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.Related Article: Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day“We have full-time Ocean Rescue personnel that constantly patrols. We are also firefighters as well, so we have firefighter duties during the off-season and during the summer time,” Owens said.Owens said it is important for lifeguards to be out on the beach, especially when it is full of visitors. Knowing the flags on the stands is an extra resource to know what condition the water is in.“Know your limitations, recognize that there are rip currents out here and with the beach the best thing to do would be stop by the lifeguard stand and talk to the lifeguard,” Owens said.Benedict said she is a fan of having the feeling someone is watching over you.“Public safety is important, you know, everybody’s out at the beach to have a good time and you just want to make sure if there was ever an emergency that occurred that there is somebody out here looking out for you,” Benedict said.Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Labor Day. Green flags on the stand mean good conditions, yellow flags mean caution and red flags mean dangerous. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Did you notice the lifeguard stands on Wrightsville Beach are no longer empty? That is because the lifeguards are back in action. One Ocean Rescue Captain said they have already been making some saves.“For what they do day in and day out, they probably don’t get enough credit,” beach goer Rachael Benedict said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)–More than 500 Special Olympic athletes and volunteers filled Trask Coliseum on Wednesday for the annual basketball skills day at UNCW.Athletes of all ages were able to work on their dribbling, shooting, and even played a few three on three games. This is just one of the many events that the New Hanover County Special Olympics hosts every year. The planning for the events starts months in advance to guarantee every athlete has the fun they deserve.- Advertisement – “It is a lot of planning before , so we can keep the stations exciting for the athletes,” said Co-Coordinator Brooke DeAmaral. “We want to make sure everyone at all skill levels can participate in the same activity.The New Hanover county Special Olympics chapter is one of the largest in the state of North Carolina. The chapter will hold their Spring games on May 1st at Ashley High School.last_img read more

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first_img The award comes with $5,000 which will be given to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund.“Utilizing drones and other technological advances helped NCDOT keep people safe during Hurricane Florence and aided all our recovery efforts,” said N.C. Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon. “Being recognized for this exemplifies exceptional teamwork coming together to use technology in ways we couldn’t even imagine just a few years ago and is an example of ingenuity at its best.”More than a dozen drone teams flew more than 200 missions and captured 8,000 images after Florence which helped with aiding emergency response, planning detours, assessing future repair needs, and more.WATCHInterstate 40 at Exit 387 near Wallace, shot September 17, 2018https://vimeo.com/290509203NC-12, Ocracoke Island, shot September 9, 2018.https://vimeo.com/290307073Various (labeled in video), shot September 17, 2018.https://vimeo.com/290564759 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is receiving national honors for its innovative use of drones during Hurricane Florence.The department was awarded the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s XCELLENCE Award.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgKamra Tal-Periti has said that it will defend its members against lawsuits brought unfairly against them.The Chamber representing Maltese Architects and Civil Engineers explains that such a course of action will be taken in response to ‘multiple reports’ from their membership of threats to sign declarations making them liable for damages to third party property.They state that this declaration of liability falls solely on the architect for damages, outlined in Regulation 26 of the new amendments published earlier this week.However, KTP says this causes serious concerns when it is the contractor who could be fault and yet the architect is taking the personal and professional liability.‘If damages do occur, the perit issuing such certification would carry personal criminal and civil responsibility for anything that happens, even when the contractor is at fault. This has put members of the profession under immense pressure to sign such declarations as contractors and developers are incurring extremely high costs due to the effective suspension of works,’ KTP says.For this reason, KTP says it would reactively, ‘enter such lawsuits parte civile and put all its resources to defend its members against cowboy operators.’Avoiding third party damageKTP’s responses on liabilities come in light of the publication and enforcement of new regulations for the avoidance of damage to third party property.The regulations came in response to the damage caused to buildings adjacent to construction sites in Pieta and Mellieha in the last few months.Legal Notice creates added confusion – Kamra tal-PeritiMinister’s statements leave us with more questions than answers – KTPList of licensed masons published by BROKTP stressed their serious concerns over how the new amendments would place pressure on architects without placing greater constraint or registration on other professional trades of the construction industry.Urging contractor registrationAlong with the legal dimension of the new liabilities involved, KTP also stresses that during its meeting with government, it has urged the creation of a ‘system of registration of contractors.’They say that this will help restore confidence in the industry and assurance for the public who will be using their services.Clearance for worksKTP concludes by calling on the public to contact the Director of the Building Regulations Office in order to clear construction work.They tell the public to make contact requesting specific clearances and exemptions from new regulations which must be followed.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The Secretariat’s software allows Central Banks or Ministries of Finance, which are generally responsible for auctioning of government securities, to manage the end-to-end auctioning process for the issuance of such securities in the primary market. It assists Central Banks or Ministries of Finance in decision making with regard to the allotment of securities to various bidders at a market clearing price based on the auctioning procedure of the issuing country. The system further allows debt offices to record securities issued through the auctioning route, as also comprehensively analyse the bids, competitive as well as non-competitive.End to end auctioningThe two South Pacific islands are the first set of countries to use the new CS-SAS software, which boasts a workflow based system and rich analytics to help countries handle end to end auctioning process, from notification, through bid processing to electronic generation of allotment letters for successful bidders. – Advertisement – Daniel Haridi, Chief Manager at the Currency and Banking Operations Department in the Central Bank of Solomon Island, said the new system has proven to be of much benefit to the country.“Prior to the installation of the CS-SAS, we used a local system simply for capturing the data and most of this was done manually and there was no analysis. Now that we are using CS-SAS we are able to perform a lot more functions because of the amount of information we are able to capture and maintain. We now have a comprehensive database and it allows us to do more analytical work,” Mr Haridi said.More informationFor more information on this system, please contact Sanjay Lollbeharree on +44 (0) 20 7747 6437 or s.lollbeharree@commonwealth.intMr Haridi also praised the efficiency of the new software. He noted that CS-SAS has improved the efficiency of the Central Bank’s operations in terms of managing the auctioning of securities.“It certainly helps us to reduce cost and it is very effective. After a few weeks of implementing we found that we were able to effectively analyse the auctions. It really assists us in making decision faster.”Lea Collins, Assistant Manager for Banking and Corporate Services at the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS), said: “The system, by offering a range of reports and analytic tools, will assist the Central Bank operate more efficiently in the auctioning of CBS securities and government bonds.”Ms Collins believes that the new CS-SAS software will help the Central Bank to significantly reduce the time spent on processing these auctions. The new software (CS-SAS) has been especially useful in performing its function as the registry for CBS Securities and Government Bonds, by providing a single system to record the different auctions.“To a wider extent, the capability of exporting data from CS-SAS to CS-DRMS [the Secretariat’s debt management software] will also enable the Bank to provide domestic debt information to the Ministry of Finance” Ms Collins said.Accurate, transparent and informed management decisionsArindam Roy, Head of Debt Management Section at the Commonwealth Secretariat said: “The software is a useful decision support tool to countries. The system has been designed to help debt managers make more accurate, transparent and informed management decisions in accepting bids for issuance of government securities. It not only ensures best price for the government based on the auctioning rules adopted thereby leading to borrowing cost efficiency but also ensures that such securities are allocated in a fair and transparent manner which is crucial to instil confidence among investors and broaden the domestic debt market as a source of sustainable finance for governments.”Sanjay Lollbeharree, IT Team Leader at the Debt Management Section, said the CS-SAS significantly improves operational efficiency for countries involved in issuing securities. He noted that the system is specifically beneficial to small states, many of which have not yet invested in software to computerise their auctioning process. He added that the Secretariat will be releasing a supplementary product next year which would allow dealers to place bids online via the internet as an alternative to paper based bidding.Although the system is principally designed to complement another hallmark project of the Secretariat, the Commonwealth Secretariat-Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS), it can also be used with other debt management applications.CS-SAS, like CS-DRMS itself, has been designed for ease of use. One week training is largely enough for managers to start making full use of the system. The software, as well as the training, are offered free of charge by the Secretariat to Commonwealth countries. Other countries can procure the software through the Crown Agents (UK) which is the official distributor of the Commonwealth Secretariat debt management software outside the Commonwealth.last_img read more

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first_imgTerry Myerson, executive vice president, Operating Systems Group, and Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Operating Systems Group. Credit: Wired Advertisement Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana, an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience.The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. – Advertisement – Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing.The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.#UpgradeYourWorldPeople around the world will celebrate the launch of Windows 10 Wednesday at fan celebrations in 13 countries and via a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. Microsoft encourages people to share how they plan to #UpgradeYourWorld and to vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply mentioning the nonprofit in a post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote. More information on Upgrade Your World can be found at http://www.windows.com/upgradeyourworld.“A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft. “Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organizations around the world to do great things.”Windows 10: Best Windows ever Windows 10 is fast and familiar — with the return of the Start menu and Live Tiles for instant, streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in.3 Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 offers many innovative experiences and devices, including the following:Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store. Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For digital note-taking needs, the full-featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer the richest feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro.Windows 10: Best platform for businessesFeedback from millions of IT pros has shaped Windows 10, the most extensively tested version of Windows ever. Ready for corporate deployments, Windows 10 will help companies protect against modern cyberattacks, deliver experiences their employees will love and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps companies up-to-date with the latest technology. Businesses will be able to control the frequency of their updates and select the features and functionality that are right for each group of their employees.Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust. New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud.Top apps available on Windows 10The new Windows Store will open Wednesday and begin accepting new apps for Windows 10. The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices. The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice5 and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help keep devices safer. In addition to existing Windows 8.1 apps such as Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and The Weather Channel, the Windows Store provides a constant stream of new and updated Universal Windows Apps and games, including Twitter, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta,” Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga” and others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon.6Easy upgrade, devices now availableUpgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting Wednesday, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.Retail partners are ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10 with our largest tech bench program ever, including more than 100,000 trained retailers and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Free upgrade programs will be available Wednesday, with Windows 10 software becoming broadly available in retail stores around the world between mid-August and September. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores on Wednesday, with many, many more devices to become available in the weeks and months ahead.Microsoft has also worked closely with retailers to introduce programs to help people easily upgrade, including Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Darty, Elkjøp, Fnac, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi and many more leading retailers from around the world.Information on upgrading, new and compatible devices, and apps for Windows can be found at http://www.windows.com. Additional information and media assets are available at http://blogs.windows.com/launch.Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Graphic Node, a graphic design company that specializes in creating themes, templates, and illustrations, was thrilled to announce the release and immediate availability of Templates for Photoshop 1.0, its completely new app for Mac OS X. This brand new pack for Adobe Photoshop features 150 high-quality PSD templates for books, newsletters, scrapbooks, flyers and other documents, allowing users to have the final say over how their content looks.The set features a fusion of professional print layouts, including an eclectic mixture of fully editable templates, from flyers, books and invoices to 50 stylish scrapbooks and posters.“We are happy to introduce another line to our ever-growing range of template products,” says Jolita Unguvaitiene, Graphic Node’s general manager. “We offer thousands of templates for iWork and MS Office, but this new product delivers fully editable designs, which gives users much more freedom.”The premium-quality Templates for Photoshop selection offers 150 beautiful and functional designs for Adobe Photoshop. It includes an eclectic mixture of fully editable templates, from flyers, books and invoices to 50 stylish scrapbooks and posters. The set features a fusion of professional print layouts with a great deal of creative ideas.last_img read more

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first_imgE-commerce. Shopping cart with cardboard boxes on laptop. 3d Advertisement Cash on delivery is the main payment method that the developing local online merchants in Uganda and many parts of Africa deal with. However, Mobile Money is taking the big run in many countries.As Internet penetration grows, shoppers are starting to see the benefits of shopping online. Surveys cited in the Africa B2C E-Commerce Market 2016 report show that convenience is one of the enticements for buying online, for instance, in Nigeria and Kenya. But the fact remains that few Internet users in Africa have made an online purchase.The report pointed to two main barriers to wider acceptance of B2C E-Commerce in Africa: delivery infrastructure and secure payment methods. This is where Mobile Money comes in. It is secure since it is being provided directly by the mobile operator and not 3rd party platforms. – Advertisement – In Uganda, a few e-commerce merchants have integrated online Mobile Money payments onto their platforms; Jumia, Kaymu, HelloFood and new comers – Hi2Shop and KiliMall. Although I speculate this trend will grow this year.Africa’s delivery infrastructure and a secure payment method are the biggest hindrance. Image Credit: BBCMobile operators have already tasted the potential online merchant payment presents in terms of increasing mobile money transaction volumes.The process of payment for online shoppers via mobile money may depend on the mobile operator in use;After you’ve chosen the items you want to buy from your online store, select Mobile Money as your Payment Option on ‘checkout’ and select your Mobile Money operator.You will be asked for your registered Mobile Money number. A merchant Reference Number and a Business Code are provided (by the online merchant) which you’ll input via approval.You’ll receive a notification on your phone prompting you to confirm payment by providing the Reference Number, Business Code and Mobile Money PINOR Depending on the mobile operator you will be asked to initiate mobile money transaction by dialing its special code eg for MTN it is *165# and entering the same.On successful completion of the transaction, an SMS notification with a unique Transaction ID will be sent to your phone.Payment is complete!last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Father’s day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. On Sunday, social media will be flooded with sweet messages for fathers but please do not update every social media platform you have got with those messages and forget to actually appreciate your father with a gift. Not cool at all!Most of us on this day, we usually give the same sort of predictable gifts such a good pair of socks, a shirt ,trouser,  coffee mug with the words ‘Best dad” or “I love you dad”, a tie, or a good pair of shoes. Well it doesn’t have to the same routine of gifts. Thanks to us we have put together a list of suggestions that we are sure will help you give a unique gift to your father.A smartphone It’s about time you get your papa a smartphone and introduce him to the smart world. We are sure you have heard of the MTN Smart series campaign which promotes adaptation of data usage with the use of a series of affordable smartphones. The four series include the MTN Smart Buzz which goes for shs 70,000, the MTN Smart Mini which costs shs 95,000, the MTN Smart Mega (Single SIM) which sells at shs 120,000 and the MTN Smart Mega (Dual SIM) which goes for shs 130,000. – Advertisement – These phones are at lower end price and offer affordable 2G and 3G connectivity. Check them out and more on the MTN Shop on Kaymu. So the old man can take, share, and enjoy pictures or videos of family and stay informed with the latest activities with internet access and social media.An Uber ride Now that Uber has launched in Uganda, why not take your father to experience this ride with you. Let him download the app on his phone so that he has firsthand experience. Considering the fact that there is less traffic on Sundays in Kampala he will surely enjoy the ride and the experience.Image credit:xratedLaundry subscription with YOZA How about you subscribe for laundry with YOZA for the entire family and give papa an experience of using the “Uber for dirty laundry” too. You can subscribe for just shs 240,000 and get 3 months of laundry, ironing & folding and house cleaning. This can also save mama from having to do their laundry, so it’s a win-win, yes?A weekend getaway You don’t necessarily have to travel miles and miles away from Uganda to experience breathtaking views when we have them in our motherland. This Father’s day, you could arrange for a trip to lake Bunyonyi in Kabale District Western Uganda. This is a perfect getaway to the natural wonders of this beautiful Crater Lake, one of the deepest in Africa, nestled between beautiful terraced hills glassy still waters and a home to crayfish.Checkout the amazing review done by Karen, ChocolatayPrints for inspiration and motivation. And you can plan your trip with Roundbob Uganda and checkout other amazing getaway destinations in Uganda too.Image credit:chocolatyprints.comFather’s day fuel Voucher From 15th to 22nd June 2016, buy your Dad or Father figure a fuel voucher worth UGX 100,000 and a little gift from Shell Uganda will be given to him when he comes to redeem the fuel.The participating shell stations are; Shell Bugolobi, Lugogo, Kira road,Old Kampala, Naalya, Kabalagala and City Square.Show your love in a special way this Father’s Day #DaddyKindaPower. pic.twitter.com/hAwVssrAGi— Vivo Energy Uganda (@VivoEnergyUg) June 15, 2016Happy Father’s Day to all fathers!last_img read more

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first_imgThe itel A32F becomes the first in itel line mobile phones to feature a fingerprint sensor. Advertisement itel Mobiles, one of Africa’s leading smartphone brands, ealry this month officially the itel A32F smartphone – second in the itel mobile lines to sport a fingerprint unlock feature after the itel S12, as well as powered by the latest AndroidTM Oreo (Go edition). We’re not sure whether the ‘F’ in A32F stands for fingerprint, but for now, we can go with that.The smartphone is the successor of the itel A31 as well the first smartphone from itel this year, as we expect more smartphones. On the other hand, it has been themed as “fingerprint for everyone”.However, speaking of the itel A32F, it has an eye-catching edge-curved metal design with stunning display. Its a 5-inch display with the luxury metallic back cover with edge-curved design offers a slim and comfortable grip with great visual experience when watching a video or playing games. – Advertisement – On opening its box, the itel A32F is seen appearing on top, while its accessories, including; a 3.0 USB chord and data cable, a wall adapter, earphones, a phone proctor, and manuals appear just below the phone.Looking at a summary of its specifications, the itel A32F is powered by a Quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A7 1.3 GHz processor, a Mediatek MT6737M chipset – which features 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage that is expandable with a microSD card of up to 32GB. It also sports a 2MP and 5MP front and back camera respectively. Backed on a Li-lon removable 2,050mAh battery.In terms of connectivity, supports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB but doesn’t support 4G connections.1 of 8 First impression of the itel A32FThe fingerprint sensor. Just like any other fingerprint sensor on other smartphones, you can use it for unlocking the phone, taking photos, as well as answering calls in an efficient way.Android 8.1 Oreo (GO Edition) considering the fact its an entry-range smartphone.Portability, is amazing.Budget friendly. Yes! for only UGX255,000 you can pocket one for yourself.Can multitask even with its 1GB of RAM, but only light apps, as heavy apps can just crush the phone.PC Tech Magazine team has been provided with a champagne gold variant, and we shall have our full review in a week’s time.last_img read more

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first_imgAn Arc to savour?Luke Tarr and Liam Kirk from Star Sports preview this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe run at Longchamp on 6rh October. The top nine horses in the betting have all won at least one Group One or Grade One event and have 21 victories at the highest level between them.last_img

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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.Friday 12 May HORSE RACING1.40 LingfieldKullu 13/8 > 4/53.55 LingfieldTrick Of The Light 4/1 > 5/24.05 ChesterCheerfilly 14/1 > 8/14.35 ChesterJudicial 9/4 > 7/46.05 AscotAwesome 16/1 > 6/1LIVE FOOTBALLScottish Premiership19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD7/2 Aberdeen 4/5 Celtic 11/4 DRAWPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD9/1 West Brom 1/3 Chelsea 4/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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