Developments in Development Talk of Tough Times

first_imgAnd while there are lots of arguments about how this should be addressed, two thinkpieces on the topic caught my attention this week. The first comes from the City Observatory, where Daniel Hertz argues that a recent housing construction boom has started to bring rents down (by $7 to $59 dollars, depending on the city) in some areas of the nation, and that as building continues, those prices will come down more. But in the same piece, Hertz hits on a point that housing activists in San Francisco have been pushing for ages: Lots of new construction is done at the high end and expensive end of the spectrum. On one hand, this could mean that as new supply cools the luxury market, developers might turn to middle-income housing again – or that the affordable and middle-income housing supply continues to simply be throttled. As an aside, San Francisco’s own rents have cooled their crazy jets a little, and actually stayed pretty flat this month, Curbed reports, though Curbed counts a $10 increase as staying flat where Hertz considered a $7 decrease a drop. So, you know, make of that what you will. It should also be noted, while we’re talking about the production of affordable housing, that supervisors just this week approved a proposal to streamline housing projects that are 100 percent affordable – they now no longer need to apply for a conditional use permit, a planning process that can add months to the development process. Some say this is vital for moving affordable housing production forward, while others worry that it won’t affect that many projects anyway and will remove an avenue for public input in the process.Then there’s this suggestion from If you want density without jamming huge buildings into quaint neighborhoods, maybe it’s time to slice and dice inside spaces like Vancouver did. The logic here is that cities could respond to increased demand in trendy-if-sleepy areas of urban areas by divvying up the apartments. Interestingly, many of Vancouver’s split up apartments were divided illegally at first, but once city government jumped on board, they were legalized – an effort that is already underway at our own Board of Supervisors, which is hoping to legitimize the illegal units that many homeowners in the city have added to their buildings and where many low rent seekers find refuge.In business news, there has been lots of turnover involving restaurants. New Starlight Furniture on Mission street could become a restaurant and brewery. A planning notice indicates that an application has been filed to turn the space into a restaurant, and a worker there said the furniture store may close in six months or so, but declined to comment further. As Capp Street Crap points out, that makes Mission between 18th and 19th quite the hotbed of restaurant proliferation, with plans underway for Citizen Fox (currently in the former Hapa Ramen space on the other end of the block) to go into the old discount store space on the corner. Wes Burger is also planning a brick and mortar location next to Mission Comics and Art. In other words, if there’s a long-term business on that block you don’t want to see taken over by foodservice, better get out there and support them with your dollars. Leases don’t last forever. On Valencia Street near Duboce, a building severely damaged by a fire in 2012 (which previously housed Caesar’s Cafe and a troubled medical cannabis dispensary in the rear of the ground floor) has now been almost completely repaired. Plans are underway for a  Mediterranean restaurant called Tawla to move into the ground floor. Eater SF has the details on what you can expect to find there once it opens, which is scheduled to be in spring. Jumping to the other end of the Mission, it turns out that the recently shuttered Roosevelt Tamale Parlor’s building has been for sale for quite some time, and SocketSite reports that the business’ lease and its beer and wine seller’s license are on the market, too. According to SocketSite, the building was sold in February for $1.8 million, was brought to market again last summer for more than $3 million, but has failed to sell and was re-listed in October for $2.9 million.Finally, Inside Scoop has a look into the future of the dearly departed Lexington Club, acquired by Gavin Newsom’s Plumpjack group: It’s going to open in March, as something called Wildhawk. The bar’s new theme will be an homage to 1800’s “bad girl” dancer Lola Montez. Candace is right – times are tough in the Mission. Not only is it expensive, but this neighborhood has one of the highest average student debt burdens of the nation, according to The Street. In the 94110 ZIP code, the average amount in student debt was just over $115,000. Incomes for those graduates with debt averaged out to $180,000 annually. The Street points out that this is roughly three times the average student loan balance and household income nationwide.On top of this is the cost of housing. Everyone knows it’s expensive to rent here, but Curbed broke down the increase in the cost of buying a house in San Francisco since 2011 and it ain’t pretty. Home prices have more than doubled in this neighborhood since 2011, Paragon Real Estate numbers in Curbed show. 0% A funny thing happened on the way to Super Bowl City: Talk of clearing the homeless out of sight has served to catapult them into the spotlight instead. Everyone’s talking about how the city has failed its most destitute, and that talk has expanded, inevitably, into conversations about evictions, housing, and the cost of living. The most recent, and hilarious, example of which is this parody of Adele’s song “Hello” directed at Mayor Ed Lee, guest starring the Mission: Tags: development • Developments in Development • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SECURE your place in Saints history and leave a l

first_imgSECURE your place in Saints’ history and leave a lasting record of your support!There are just a couple of days left to get your place in the Wall of Legends.Shop orders will close at 5pm on Friday and online at midnight as the first installation of the wall begins.Fans can join the likes of Johnny Vegas in expressing their support, passion and loyalty by ordering a personalised commemorative tile that will be placed in the Wall of Legends.His tile, which will be part of the wall on the outside of the North Stand at Langtree Park, reads: Johnny Vegas / Fame is fickle / Saints Forever! Welcome HomeWall tiles will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis around the central St. Helens Red Vee and club logo.A limited number of special white wall tiles with your personalised inscription will also be placed around the Red Vee itself.The famous ‘V’ will be inscribed with the names of the Saints Greatest Ever 17 selected last year, plus other past players to form a centre-piece.You can also order a single red clay wall tile with two lines of black lettering or a double tile with four lines of gold lettering (ideal for families).Each line has up to 15 characters per lines and spaces and punctuation count as characters. The lettering is professionally engraved and hand finished with a long lasting red, black or gold infill.Each tile comes with its own unique ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ that you can frame or present as a gift. You can also buy a replica of your Tile to take home or place in your office.To find out more, click here to download a leaflet or click here to buy. You can also order in store at Langtree Park.last_img read more

JON Wilkin has guaranteed that Saints will rip in

first_imgJON Wilkin has guaranteed that Saints will ‘rip into’ Wigan when the two sides meet on Monday.The utility back says the team owes the fans a performance and in return that will create an intimidating atmosphere.“The Wigan game is big and is as big as they get for me,” he said. “The week’s build up is special. When you bump into people they mention it and the press build it up too. The fans will turn up and just want us to win. They won’t be worried about league position or where we are at the end of the season. It’s about the game and I think the timing is right for us to come into this match.“We need to reconnect the players to the fans and the ground. I thought we’d done that when we beat Leeds here last year. It was buzzing that night. We will bring the intensity on Monday and hope that is picked up by the fans and they make it intimidating.“We owe the fans a big performance. The support away at Castleford was superb but the week before some of the fans were leaving early when we played Hull KR. I’ve never experienced that before. We have a bond between each other at the club and through that I hope the fans will be rewarded with a good performance.“It hasn’t happened yet and there are some reasons but not excuses. We’ve had injuries, no half back perhaps and poor performances and that has led to some anxiety in the ground. I watched us play against Widnes when I was banned and you could feel it in the air.“Long term making Langtree Park as an intimidating place to play has to be a priority.”He continued: “We haven’t started well enough in games this year and that has to be the focus on Monday. You lose energy not having the ball early on and that comes back on us later in the game.“We are going to rip into this game.“Last month we have been good, but in the freakish weather against Hull KR they schooled us. We should be happy with the last month but when it comes to combinations and momentum for longer periods we’ve not had that.“A big performance will set us up for the rest of the season. We have to produce big performances against the teams around us as if we don’t, we don’t deserve to win the comp. We have to put ourselves in a good position to have a crack at the grand final. We are passionate and believe we can do it.”Jon has played in a multitude of positions this season and finds himself back in the halves after a short sabbatical at second row/loose forward.“My role has changed, but it still is to organise the team and move them around,” he added. “I need to bring others into the game like Willie Manu. I’m probably the best organiser in the team due to my experience. I’ve gone from a player who can pass, kick and run a bit into a guy who has had to understand the technical subtleties of a half back.“Nathan Brown has been good for me in that regard really. The more about the game I can learn the better. In the last match I went at 9 and that was a challenge. I believe in the club and what it means to the community and I will do anything for it.“I have sacrificed a lot. I believe I have good utility value for the England squad and I want to be a part of that, but it is difficult when you aren’t playing in best position for you. I like the challenge and the game and I have learnt a lot about myself this season.”Tickets for tonight’s match are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or on the cash turnstiles from 4.45pm.last_img read more

SAINTS Development team will be hosting a seminar

first_imgSAINTS Development team will be hosting a seminar for coaches with Nathan Brown.The Club’s Head Coach will answering questions and giving practical advice on coaching and team preparation on Tuesday February 25 at 8pm.This is a free event and is aimed at anyone who is currently involved in coaching a team.Tickets are strictly limited and therefore if you want tickets please email Steve Leonard here.last_img

Town council approves special zoning for church in business district

first_imgELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — City leaders in Elizabethtown are moving forward in the decision of Bible over business this week as a church wants to move into the downtown area.The town voted this week to allow a special change to zoning in its downtown area to make way for the Potter’s House Church. It is filling in an old furniture store in an area that is specifically zoned for business. The new church location would violate current zoning.- Advertisement – Town mayor Sylvia Campbell says allowing the church was the right decision, but still a tough one to make.“It was a tie vote and I had to break that tie first time since I’ve been mayor that I had to do that, but I felt like that we really, you like to have churches it’s not on Broad street and I think it will be an asset to the town of Elizabethtown I really do,” Campbell said.The council voted to allow special use zoning for the church to fill in the vacant storefront.Related Article: Bladen County meth lab bust leads to one arrestThe mayor added that this one time issue will be just that for neighbors. That’s because the city is looking to revise its zoning for the downtown area not allowing any storefront be occupied for something other than retail.“We have limited retail now, and we just feel like that needs to be, if we want our town to continue to grow, we need to keep that section for retail business,” Campbell said.The city should decide by the end of the year on revisions to its downtown zoning according to the mayor.last_img read more

Senate passes plan to find treat remove GenX in Cape Fear River

first_img The plan includes:Directing $250,000 to UNCW to quantify the amount of GenX in the Cape Fear River and determine the impact it could have on public health and safety.Providing $185,000 to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and other local public utilities to develop treatment technologies to remove GenX from public water supplies and to make sure that treatment is working through ongoing monitoring.Beginning the development of an electronic filing system to speed up the water quality permitting process along with an online, searchable database where officials and the public can easily find information on permits that have already been granted.It also directs the Department of Environmental Quality to explain why it has not issued a ‘notice of violations’ (NOV) to the company responsible for the discharge of GenX if the department still has not done so by the end of next week.Although the first news reports of the GenX discharge circulated in early June, close to three months later the department still has not issued an NOV informing the company that it is suspected of violating state law.Related Article: Fantasy sports regulations falter in NC House committeeAn NOV is typically the first step to holding violators accountable and potentially requiring them to bear the cost of remediation that is needed as a result of their illegal actions. Since early August, lawmakers have twice asked the DEQ secretary why his agency has not yet issued an NOV, but they have not received a direct response, according to a news release from Sen. Phil Berger’s office.“This plan is an important first step, it gives local authorities who’ve been on the ground dealing with this issue since day one the immediate tools to begin addressing GenX contamination,” said Senators Michael Lee and Bill Rabon. “We expect the General Assembly will continue exercising its oversight responsibilities in the coming weeks to better understand what happened and to determine appropriate strategies to identify and address concerns going forward.”Last week lawmakers met in Wilmington to begin investigating the GenX discharge, which they expected to be the first of multiple meetings.Chemours released a statement to WWAY Thursday afternoon:“Chemours was made aware of these sampling results on Tuesday, Aug. 29. In response, we are now investigating the potential that these two substances are byproducts of the IXM production unit at Chemours Fayetteville manufacturing site. We are working with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to understand their data and gain additional clarity regarding these samples. As we gather this additional information, we are also working to determine the appropriate next steps.” RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that allows local officials to being improving water quality in the Cape fear River while helping ensure the state DEQ enforces the law against the company that dumped GenX into the water supply.The plan, developed by Wilmington-area legislators, takes steps to immediately and directly address the problem of GenX contamination in the lower Cape Fear region.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Port of Wilmington receiving first banana shipment

first_img The North Carolina Ports says this shows their expanding role as a global supply chain gateway. These initial refrigerated shipments from Guatemala signal the start of a yearlong program commitment of weekly banana imports via the Port of Wilmington.“Today’s shipments mean fresh fruits will reach consumers faster and cheaper,” said Hans Bean, VP, Trade Development, NC Ports. “This represents major progress in our ability to service North Carolina’s significant grocery sector, several of which are having their headquarters and perishable distribution centers in NC.”When the bananas arrive, trucks will take them to distribution centers across the Carolinas.Related Article: Trump insists there’s more to Mexico deal than meets the eye“Bananas are the latest addition to North Carolina Ports’ expanding portfolio in the perishables industry,” said Brian Clark, NC Ports Chief Operating Officer. “Joint efforts with our customers, our cold chain partners and government agencies including CBP and USDA have helped facilitate these new produce flows via the preferred NC gateway of Wilmington. This will deliver benefits for produce customers, carriers and consumers with optimized routings and efficiencies through the Port of Wilmington.”The port says they also reached a monumental milestone in December, by becoming the first South Atlantic port to implement both phases of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program. The program allows for more direct imports of produce including blueberries, grapes, apples, pears and citrus.The port says this is another example of the Authority’s commitment to growing the movement of refrigerated cargo through Wilmington.“This expansion of produce imports is also a perfect complement to NC’s major refrigerated export base – meaning ocean carriers can optimize equipment flows while serving their global customers” added Bean.In addition to containerized refrigerated capacity, the port is also home to Port of Wilmington Cold Storage – one of only a few on-port cold storage facilities in the country. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the first time, bananas imported from Central America are arriving at the Port of Wilmington this week.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Columbus Co Commission approves incentive grant for renewable energy plant

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County leaders want a sustainable energy producer to call their county home. Raleigh-based GESS International could put one of the first renewable energy plants in the state in our area.The company first approached the county commission back in July. Since then, there have been plans in the works to put a renewable energy plant in the Clarendon area near hog farm operations along Old Stake Road in the southwestern portions of the county.- Advertisement – County commissioners approved an incentive grant that will set aside upwards to $730,000 for the energy producer. That grant, however, in contingent on when the company is operating in the county and paying property taxes.Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) is a solid waste energy producer. They’re company reportedly is operating all across the country, but has yet to begin work in North Carolina, one of the largest hog production states in the nation. They would utilize swine waste and convert methane gases into re-sellable energy for companies such as Piedmont Natural gas according to county economic development director Gary Lanier.“Everyone knows that hog lagoons are an issue in eastern North Carolina,” Lanier said. “And taking hog waste and converting it into natural gas that would be put onto our natural gas system is a win win for everyone.”Related Article: Hundreds of swine lost in Pender County farm fireLanier says the county expects to received nearly $1 million in property taxes from GESS in their first five years of operation. Construction of the plant has ben estimated at a more than $26 million endeavor into the area. The company has pledged at least 5 permanent jobs to the project once it is operating. Lanier says multiple jobs in transportation will also be added for waste transferring to and from the plant.Lanier tells us that the company could begin construction on the Clarendon site by early 2019.Also at Monday night’s commission meeting a salute was given to outgoing chairman Amon McKenzie.McKenzie was presented a plaque at the commissioner’s meeting this evening.It’s in recognition for his work on the board of commissioners.Jerome McMillian won the Democratic primary beating McKenzie. McMillian also won in the general election and will be sworn into office in next month.last_img read more

Higher demand for water puts strain on utility authority

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hotter and drier weather in the Cape Fear means more and more consumption of water. We are now abnormally dry.As of Wednesday, Carel Vandermeyden, the Deputy Engineering Director at Cape Fear Public Utility Authority said everything is under control and that they are monitoring the drought closely.- Advertisement – The issue is not a matter of low supply, but instead, high demand. However there is one thing that we can do to prevent the drought from worsening.“Irrigation at these times is a large portion of the water that our people are using,” Vandermeyden said. “If people irrigate we ask them to irrigate between midnight and 6 a.m. and also be very wise on how you irrigate. Don’t let the water run on the pavement, put it on the grass, even dial back a few minutes from what you’re normally using.”This time frame is not only best for Cape Fear Public Utility Authority to provide, but it’s also the best for the grass.last_img read more

Fortina Hotel resolution approved by Parliament

first_img SharePrint The resolution regarding the Fortina Hotel in Sliema has just been approved by Parliament.The resolution was approved after the Opposition voted against the price requested. This vote brought an end to the MEPs working year, adjourning for 7th October.‘I will vote against Fortina’s change in use despite my brother-in-law being involved’ – ArrigoWhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Liverpool FC legend to headline evening of music comedy and stories

first_imgTop ex-Liverpool footballer Jan Molby will be on stage in Valletta for one night only.‘An evening with Jan Molby’ at the City Theatre in Valletta on the 20th June 2019 promises to be a fantastic event with live music, comedy, and stories from the international football legend. It will also feature comedian Jamie Sutherland and singer/songwriter Tricia McTeague.“All football fans will recognise the name Jan Molby,” says Allan Aasterud, who is organising the event.Born in Denmark and nicknamed The Great Dane, many football experts have voted Molby to be one of the most influential foreign imports to have ever graced the English game. He spent years at Liverpool FC, scoring 44 goals from midfield and also lifting the league title for the last time in Liverpool’s history, back in 1990.“This evening offers fans to hear from a man who shared the dressing room with legends like Johan Cruyff, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Peter Schmeichel and many others,” Mr Aasterud says.During his stay in Malta, Molby will also be promoting awareness about the importance of heart screening, a cause close to his heart, and he will be helping to raise funds for The Maltese Cardiac Society.An Evening with Jan Molby will be hosted by popular Scouse comedian Jamie Sutherland – a football-mad Evertonian. This is no surprise, as Liverpool has a history for producing some of the country’s finest comedy talent, and Jamie’s name can be added to that list. He has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy and has enjoyed sell-out crowds with his style of observational jokes and story-telling. His gentle humour and presentation skills have proved popular with audiences and entertainers alike.Rounding up the exceptional trio on the night is singer/songwriter and guitarist Tricia McTeague. Tricia is coming directly to Malta from a very successful Arena tour with the German artist Schiller. She has worked with a vast range of people, including Ronan Keating, Natalie Imbruglia and Simon Cowell, and performed as a supporting act fir Lionel Richie, Elton John, Pink and many more. Tricia’s family is all Liverpool Red and she has performed at Jan Molby events previously. This will be her first performance in Malta.This unique and innovative event that combines football, comedy and music will start at 5.00 pm on Thursday 20th June, when the outdoor Fan Zone opens, followed by Tricia McTeague’s performance. At 7.00 pm there will be a Meet & Greet with Jan Molby for VIP and Platinum ticket holders. At 8.00 pm the comedy show headlined by Jamie Sutherland will start, followed by Jan Molby himself, as he takes to the stage to regale his audience with stories from his exceptional career.Tickets are extremely limited and available in different categories, including Platinum and VIP.  They can be purchased online.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Saudi Arabia blocks Viber messaging service

first_imgAdvertisement Messaging application Viber has had its service blocked in Saudi Arabia.  The head of the messaging application, Talmon Marco said he did not know the reason for the move, but that Viber would be restored soon.Saudi authorities in March warned Viber and other encrypted messaging services that they would be blocked unless they provided a means to to be monitored.The fact that Viber’s free phone and text messaging service is no longer working in the country is not entirely unexpected. The Saudi telecoms regulator had warned the firm – along with Skype and Whatsapp – that they would be blocked if they did not agree to be monitored. – Advertisement – Mr Marco said that Saudi internet service providers and mobile operators started asking for information about the internal workings of the service a couple of months ago.“We assumed that the reason they wanted it was to try to figure out ways to tap into our conversations, listen to what our users are saying, read messages, Not that understanding how the system worked would have have helped them – but we did not provide them with the data,” he said.Viber had faced similar moves to block it in Iran. There, he said he believed the motive was political, but in Saudi Arabia it was unclear whether commercial interests might also be at stake.For now, neither Skype nor Whatsapp have been blocked in Saudi Arabia.Millions of expatriate workers there also increasingly rely on free messaging services to stay in touch with their relatives, whom they may not see for years. Both Saudis and expatriates in the country have reacted to the block on Viber with considerable apprehension.But Mr Marco offered reassurance, saying that his company was already working on a way to get past the block. He said that Viber’s experience in Iran had given it valuable experience in dealing with the problem and he expected to have the first stage of a workaround ready within a couple of weeksCredit: BBClast_img read more

Huawei Awards Internship Certificates to 28 Ugandan Undergraduate Students

first_imgAdvertisement Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, closed a two-month internship program for 28 students under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Makerere University last year. In 2012, twelve students completed their internship at Huawei with 2 being retained to work with the company.The 2013 group was from various Universities including Kyambogo, Busitema and Ndejje University, and of course Makerere University. During the internship, students attained professional training about the latest ICT technologies, contacted research in Uganda’s telecommunication market. The students were attached to departments including Technical Service Department (i.e. Applications and Software, Datacom, Frequency, Core Networks, Procurement and Supply Chain Management), Human Resource and Administration, Finance and Public Relations. Two of the interns are in the process of being employed by Huawei after the internship.At the internship certification ceremony, a final presentation was made by all of the interns themed at “Telecommunication in My Eyes”, and Huawei Managing Director, Mr. Radoslaw Kedzia expressed his congratulations to all the students that completed their whole internship. He said that Huawei will continuously fulfill the commitment made to develop local talents with hopes of taking more interns in the future.  Mr. Kedzia expressed the need for the Ministry of Information Technology, the Ministry of Education and the Private Sector to join forces in advancing the quality of knowledge transfer amongst local talents. – Advertisement – The Uganda program comes after a successful  collaboration in Kenya which Huawei singed over three years ago with three local universities namely the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology and Agriculture (JKUAT) and Moi University. Approximately 10 students have been employed with over 300 receiving training with Huawei in Kenya.last_img read more

Temple Run crosses a billion downloads

first_imgAdvertisement Temple Run, a franchise of Imangi Studios  has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on mobile devices.The game whicht hit the market in August, 2011 has had a steady presence in the market with multiple versions that kept gamers coming back.Built by just three people, the game has defied the odds, standing out among 1.2 million active apps in the App Store for years at a time when most games last for nanoseconds. – Advertisement – It was a pioneering 3D game that popularized the “endless runner,” or a game where a character is constantly running toward the horizon. You swipe the touchscreen to make them turn left or right. You swipe down to make them slide, or swipe up to make them jump. All the while they’re being chased by monkeys or other creatures. These simple mechanics have proven to be incredibly addictive.[related-posts]Over time, that has translated into 50 trillion total meters run, 32 billion deaths and 140 billion “save me” options used, 147 trillion gold coins collected, 1 billion artifacts discovered, and 216,018 total years played.“It snuck up on us a bit,” said Keith Shepherd, cofounder of Imangi Studios, in an interview with GamesBeat. “It’s kind of crazy….It’s changed so many things for us. It’s opened up cool opportunities. Over the past three years, we’ve spent a lot of effort on Temple Run. We created a sequel.”“We worked with Disney twice, doing Temple Run Brave and Temple Run Oz. We started this worldwide licensing and merchandise program. We have arcade machines and apparel and plush toys and board games. It’s been an amazing ride,” he added.This huge number of downloads translates into a lot of money for a small company. But Shepherd and his wife, Natalia Luckyanova, don’t want to turn their company in to a giant empire with hundreds of employees. Raleigh, N.C.-based Imangi has remained a small startup, with just 11 employees.“We decided we wanted to keep working on Temple Run and keep our fans engaged and keep doing more with that intellectual property and continue to build Temple Run into a franchise that’ll be around for the long term,” Shepherd said. “At the same time, we wanted to bring some of that new game development back into our lives…. We opened up a studio and started hiring people about a year ago. We moved into our new office in January. These days we’re 11 people, still a really tiny team. But we’ve gotten to the point where we can continue doing these regular updates to Temple Run and building on that franchise. At the same time, we’ve gotten back to our roots and started prototyping a lot of new game ideas.”Temple Run, built by Shepherd and Luckyanova with freelance artist Kiril Tchangov, was Imangi’s tenth mobile game. It was made in an apartment over five months, and the company still wants to stay true to those indie roots.“We’re still grounded in the experience of wanting to be really creative and innovative and prototyping and messing around with what will ultimately become our next great product as well. It’s a cool time here at Imangi,” Shepherd said.Source: VBlast_img read more

You can now add a background color to your Facebook posts

first_imgAdvertisement If you are tired of Facebook’s colors and you feel the need to add more color, It is now possible to add color to your posts.Facebook has added the new feature which enables you to add background colors to text-only posts.Posts with the feature enabled show up with a pop of color on the background. To use it, tap on the status bar, choose a color from the choices below your text (including some gradients), write your message, and tap post. – Advertisement – However, it doesn’t work for link, image, or video posts.Over the course of the week, the feature will be rolling out to Android, but the background colors will be visible on Android, iOS and the Web.iOS and the Web will be able to make their own colorful posts “in the coming months.”last_img read more

Samsung Brings The Galaxy S10s To Life With a 5G Model as

first_imgDong-Jin Koh, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics, officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S10 phones during the company’s unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest. Advertisement Samsung Electronics finally launched their Galaxy S10 smartphones including; a Foldable smartphone and 5G model. The phones were unveiled the company’s signature unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 at 10PM EAT. The phones were announced just five days to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the company is expected showcase off the phones to Barcelona consumers.As extensively rumored, Samsung launched three models – the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the Galaxy S10e – all with “hole-punch” selfie cameras. In addition, share a few significant common specifications, including; the processor, Dynamic AMOLED displays with HDR10+ certification, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, and Wireless PowerShare. The S10 phones were launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and an S10 5G model phone.Specifications and Features – Advertisement – Display: The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a Curved Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display at 6.1-inch QHD+ and 6.4-inch QHD+ respectively. On the other hand, the Galaxy S10E spots a 5.8-inch full-HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display. All in all, the infinity-O Display as rumored, is finally confirmed. This leave no bezels on the phone.Samsung, senior director of product marketing, Drew Blackard showing off all the Galaxy S10 smartphones at the unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Cameras: The Galaxy S10 comes with a 10MP front-facing camera, and triple rear camera setup at 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto + 16MP ultra-wide. The rear camera setup applies to the Galaxy S10 Plus, but comeswith a dual front-facing camera setup 10MP and one 8MP. The Galaxy S10E comes with a single 10MP front-facing camera, and a dual rear camera at 12MP wide angle + 16 ultra-wide. Cameras are all AI integrated.Storage and OS: The Galaxy S10 comes in 128GB and 512GB both coupled with 8GB RAM while the Galaxy S10 Plus comes in 128GB, 512GB, and goes as far as 1TB coupled with 8GB and 12GB RAM. The Galaxy S10E on the other hand, 6GB/128GB and 8GB/512GB options. All come with Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top.The Samsung Galaxy S10 will have up-to 1TB of internal storage, after the company’s confirmation at the unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Battery: The Galaxy S10 is backed on a 3,400mAh battery, while 4,100mAh comes to the S10 Plus, and 3,100mAh for the S10E.Connectivity: All the three phones come with 4G VoLTE (LTE Cat. 20), Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port. Unlike the Galaxy S10E that uses a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the home button, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.Price, Color, and AvailabilityAs we mentioned in some of our previous articles, Samsung’s premium phones never come cheap even with their lite premium smartphones. The Galaxy S10 has a starting price of USD$900 available in black, blue, green, and white color variants. The Galaxy S10 Plus starts at USD$1000 available in black, blue, green, and white color variants while the Galaxy S10E (lite version) is tagged at USD$750 available in black, blue, green, white, and yellow color options.The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones go on sale starting March 8th, 2019 | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.Samsung Galaxy S10-Series phones will go on sale in March 8th while pre-orders are now open is US.Samsung Galaxy FoldThe South Korean smartphone giant, at the CES announced they would launch a foldable smartphone later this year. Till the company earlier this year in Jan. confirmed it was unveiling the phone together with the S10 phones at the unpacked event in San Francisco.The Samsung Galaxy Fold was the first to be unveiled at the Galaxy S10 unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 — becomes the company’s first foldable phone | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.The Galaxy Fold was the first to be unveiled at the unpacked event, then was accompanied by a host of announcements, including the introduction of Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones which were officially unveiled by Dong-Jin Koh, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics.This becomes the company’s first foldable phone, after it showcased for a prototype of the first foldable phone in Nov. 2018.The new smartphone combines two screens in one device – one main 7.3-inch Infinity Flex display and the other secondary screen of 4.6-inch cover display. The phone-tablet is priced starting at USD$1,980, goes on sale in April in select markets globally. It’ll come in four colors options; cosmos black, space silver, Martian green, and astro blue. Samsung is yet to share the market-specific availability details.The Galaxy Fold comes with 12GB RAM paired with 512GBinternal storage (UFS 3.0), and a 4,380mAh battery. Samsung has packed twobatteries in the phone that are placed on two sides of the phone giving acombined energy offering a total capacity of 4,380mAh, Justin Denison,Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile marketing, confirmed during hispresentation.The gadget has six cameras, triple rear camera (same to theGalaxy S10 and S10 Plus), 10MP single front-facing camera, and two insidecamera (10MP selfie camera + 8MP depth camera). The phone will come in twoversions, with a 4G and a 5G edition. Runs on Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top.The Galaxy Fold uses a capacitive fingerprint sensor on thehome button similar to that seen on the Galaxy S10E.The Galaxy Fold when unfolded supports three app multi-tasking. Apps seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you can use three active apps through something Samsung calls Multi Active Window.Samsung Galaxy S10 5GAs rumored before, Samsung before ending the event after unveiling the S10s and Fold phones, they announced an S10 5G model. The price of the phone hasn’t been tagged, but it is likely to start $1200. The 5G model comes with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display, dual front-front facing cameras and quad rear cameras. The 3 camera sensors are the same as on the S10 and S10 Plus, but the 4 camera sensor gets a 3D depth-sensing camera. But here’s the thing. This camera is only for fancy photo tricks and AR, and not for securely scanning your face like Apple’s Face ID. Just to set your expectations.Samsung, senior director of product marketing, Drew Blackard unveiling the Galaxy S10 5G model. Pictured at the unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.The Galaxy S10 5G also has a 4,500-mAh battery, 256GB of storage paired with 8GB RAM. The 5G model doesn’t come with an expandable slot for the microSD card like on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. Runs on Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s One UI on top.Samsung hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we predict to have a starting price of USD$1200. In the U.S, it’ll come first to Verizon in April before arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Xfinity Mobile later end of June.Hans Vestberg, Verizon CEO confirmed at the unpacked event in San Francisco on Feb. 20th, 2019 that the Galaxy S10 5G model would be available for its customers | Photo by : PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.“We are happy to have partnered with Samsung to bring you the 5G model smartphone,” Hans said. Adding that the 5G model would be made available for its customers. [related-posts]last_img read more

BENS BLOG The Perils of Sharing a Room with The Staff

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]pare a thought for on-course bookmaker, Russ White. He has two pitches at Aintree, but his colleagues, betting on the Rails, next to us, told us a rather amusing but cautionary tale…Russ wasn’t able to book enough rooms for everyone, so had to share a room with one of The Dreaded Staff. On arriving at the races today, he complimented his room-mate/employee, on his new suit. It really did look smart.IT WAS ONE OF HIS!How do you put someone else’s suit on and go to work in it? AND it’s your boss’? HOWWW??BE CAREFUL WITH THE STAFF AT ALL TIMES!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Enso string quartet to perform at Carnegie Hall

first_imgShareCONTACT: Ellen Chang PHONE: (713) 348-6777 EMAIL: FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Their future engagements include performances at the La Jolla Chamber Music Society SummerFest, concerts at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall, the Chautauqua Institution, Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, Chicago’s Music in the Loft series, Market Square Concerts, Newtown Friends of Chamber Music and the Bedford Chamber Music Series. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have the experience of playing in one of the greatest concert venues in the world,” said Brophy. “It truly will be a performance to remember. We only hope this is the first of many concerts at Weill Recital Hall.” The performance at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall is the quartet’s debut performance at Carnegie Hall. They will be performing Franz Schubert’s “Quartet in C Minor ‘Quartettsatz’ D. 703,” Robert Schumann’s “String Quartet in A Major Op. 44 No. 3” and Johannes Brahms’ “Quintet in F Minor Op. 34.” The quartet will also perform “Episodes,” written by Rice assistant professor of music Kurt Stallmann. Gilbert Kalish will be playing the piano for the concert. ENSO STRING QUARTET TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALLThe Enso String Quartet, the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, will perform at Carnegie Hall April 27. They have also toured Costa Rica as guest artists in the Twelfth International Costa Rica Music Festival. Their performances have taken them to England and Canada, where the group was a finalist in the Banff Seventh International Quartet Competition.center_img The quartet is comprised of violinists Maureen Nelson and Tereza Stanislav, violist Robert Brophy and cellist Richard Belcher. The Enso String Quartet is quickly becoming one of America’s leading young ensembles. The quartet was a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and also earned top prizes at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Before becoming the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Shepherd School, they also held a graduate residency at Northern Illinois University. The Enso String Quartet draws together four musicians from around the world, whose members hold degrees from The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Indiana, Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). The members of the ensemble met while pursuing graduate degrees at Yale University, where they later worked with the Tokyo String Quartet. The ensemble’s commitment to bring classical music to the community includes their performances at programs geared towards children that emphasize interaction between the audience and the quartet. Their performances have been broadcast on PBS, Chicago’s WFMT and Canada’s CBC radio. The quartet has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad since its inception in 1999. They have also performed at the Mostly Music and the Dame Myra Hess Series of Chicago, Syzygy, New Music at Rice, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Champaign Urbana Symphony at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. last_img read more

Electronic passport expert available for interviews

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Electronic passport expert available for interviewsHOUSTON – (March 9, 2014) – Chris Bronk, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy fellow in information technology, is available to comment on the passport fraud discovered after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.When e-passport technology was introduced into international travel documents nearly a decade ago,  Bronk studied the potential weaknesses in passport security.Bronk’s paper, “Innovation by Policy: A Study of the Electronic Passport (2007),” provides background on anti-fraud measures found in passports today and is available at current New York Times story, “Passport Theft Adds to Mystery of Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet,” is available here: is available for interviews this weekend; contact him directly at University’s Baker Institute HDTV and ISDN-equipped studio is available for national broadcast interviews.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Christopher Bronk biography: BRONK AddThislast_img read more

Top 10 Which colleges save the most with free textbooks

first_imgShare3NEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduTop 10: Which colleges save the most with free textbooks?Schools recognized for saving students money with free, open education resourcesHOUSTON — (Aug. 1, 2016) – Rice University-based publisher OpenStax announced today the top 10 schools that have saved their students the most money through adoption of OpenStax free college textbooks in the 2015-16 academic school year.Photo courtesy Rice University“We are glad to recognize and celebrate the schools whose leaders and faculty have adopted OpenStax free textbooks,” said Daniel Williamson, managing director at OpenStax. “Those who adopt open textbooks for their students are the real stars here. Their leadership in instituting our titles has saved students significant money.”OpenStax textbooks have saved college students more than $68 million since 2012 and $42 million in the 2015-16 school year alone. The publisher’s rapid, large-scale impact is due to its unique open education resource business model: OpenStax uses philanthropic grants to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. It launched with the goal of publishing free textbooks for the nation’s 25 most-attended college courses and is on track to meet its goal of saving students $500 million by 2020.The schools and school systems that have saved the most money for students with OpenStax free textbooks are:No. 1University System of Georgia$3,542,80235,942 studentsNo. 2California State University System$2,134,53321,655 studentsNo. 3Florida College System$1,940,74419,689 studentsNo. 4University of Texas System$1,524,48315,466 studentsNo. 5University System of Ohio$1,063,07710,785 studentsNo. 6BCcampus (British Columbia, Canada)$1,009,55310,242 studentsNo. 7Illinois Community College Board$845,1398,574 studentsNo. 8Virginia Community College System$833,0158,451 studentsNo. 9Tarrant County College District (Fort Worth, Texas)$825,3268,373 studentsNo. 10University System of Maryland$760,7637,718 studentsTo date, OpenStax textbooks have been adopted by 2,026 college systems/schools and used by 686,300 students.“All the schools on our list are national leaders in OER,” Williamson said. “Georgia, in particular, has strong leadership support for open education. They are focused on improving student access to high-quality learning resources and ensuring that their students have the tools to succeed in class. Georgia saw an opportunity with open education resources, and OpenStax specifically, to make a big difference for students.”“We expect more schools and faculty to adopt our textbooks as they see how others have benefited,” he said. “We expect to save students $60 million in the coming academic year.”Williamson said anyone can start a conversation about OER, whether it is a faculty member talking among colleagues, a student approaching a professor or leaders initiating a campuswide dialogue.OpenStax titles include: College Physics, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Introductory Statistics, Precalculus, Algebra and Trigonometry, College Algebra, Chemistry, U.S. History, Psychology, Introduction to Sociology 2e,Prealgebra and American Government.OpenStax recently released Calculus and plans to publish University Physics, Microbiology and Astronomy this fall. Additional titles will be added in spring 2017.OpenStax is made possible by the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation, the Bill and Stephanie Sick Fund and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.-30-A high-resolution image is available for download at: OpenStax news releases: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsFollow OpenStax on Twitter @OpenStaxLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more