Día de los Muertos Continues at Symphony Hall

first_img“When I came here 10 years ago, I heard about some stuff going on, but not as much as now,” said Rodríguez-Salazar. The nature of the day has changed, she said. “Now it’s more of a party sense.” On a recent night leading up to the Day of the Dead celebrations in the Mission, the artists exhibited in the Davies Hall lobby offered some insights about the Mexican holiday to a curious group of symphony-goers and other art lovers.“When there’s an altar, I have to give it proper respect,” Chavez explained to a group of curious onlookers, who wanted to know why he wouldn’t turn his back on the altar to address them. “The more informed people are about other cultures, the more we will be able to be more compassionate,” Rodríguez-Salazar noted later.The altar in question was created by Calixto Robles, a Mission-based Mexican artist. Robles, away in Mexico during the festivities, sent his friend Antonio Chavez to perform a ceremony for the altar, which honors the 43 Ayotzinapa students who disappeared in Guerrero, Mexico last year. Chavez, too, is a Mission resident, having arrived at the age of three. “We have seen many changes,” he told the tour. “This art is a way of remembering the dead but [also] the spirits of the ancestors. Sometimes we forget and we leave them behind. Without them, in a way, we don’t exist.” Indira Urrutia, another accomplished artist with plenty of exhibitions in the Mission, also made a tribute to the Ayotzinapa students but added a few alternative symbols. Her piece, a small leafless tree, is adorned with white kites – 43 of them. Kites are also considered a connector between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Visitors to the symphony may write messages to the departed on smaller paper kites and hang them from the branches. A group of artists called Manos Creativas sculpted fantastical creatures called alebrijes and positioned them around their altar. An enormous archway that looms over the stairwell leading to the symphony hall’s balcony seating, created by Collete Crutcher, features a panther and a skeleton embedded in a geometrically patterned archway. 0% Then there’s a giant skull, transported with some difficulty from the Mission Cultural Center because it is wider than the average doorway. It’s big enough on the inside to accommodate curious children or a huddled adult. It took some 52 adults almost 500 hours to create it in a collaborative workshop led by artist Demetrio Barrita. Interactivity is a key component of the event. A multitude of traditions will bring the symphony hall to life on Saturday, including face painting, decorating sugar skulls, Rueda dancing, and a performance by the senior choir that practices at the Mission-based Community Music Center. Rodríguez-Salazar said that for the many she hopes to attract to the hall, the experience will be an introduction to a distant, formerly out-of-reach place. At least that’s the case for the choir singers.“They’re in their 80s, and it’s their first time in the symphony,” she said. “It’s an empowering experience.”The San Francisco Symphony will have three concerts on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. To participate in pre-concert activities, arrive an hour early. Find tickets here The procession has passed by, but the Día de los Muertos season is still in full swing at the San Francisco Symphony, where Mexican curator and artist Martha Rodríguez-Salazar is mixing cultures. For the eighth year in a row, she’s bringing Mexican traditions into the midst of Davies Symphony Hall, often filled with the sounds of classical music.“It’s an opportunity to create bridges. I want to invoke community,” Rodríguez-Salazar said. “I feel like I’m just a cable, a bridge, coming out of my community to connect people from different neighborhoods, cities, and countries”So now seven 10-foot-tall catrinas hang in the window paneling facade of the symphony hall, partially obscuring the silhouette of stately City Hall behind. Altars, alebrijes, papel picado, and skeletons adorn the red-carpeted lobby. Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lila Downs will perform music from her album Balas y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate) in the lofty concert hall on Saturday. Rodríguez-Salazar said the date, almost a week after Día de los Muertos was celebrated, was chosen in part to differentiate the holiday from Halloween, a confusion that has prompted some frustration. Tags: arts • dia de los muertos Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Burger PopUp Gets Brick and Mortar in SF Mission

first_img 0% Tags: food • mission street • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Rowe beat out professionals in the 2013 SF Burger Brawl, which inspired a series of pop-ups. The first was at Clooney’s, in March 2013. By July, he’d started another at Mojo Bicycle Cafe in the Western Addition.  In July 2014, Rowe began a once-a-month po-pup at The Residence which he called Uncle Brother’s Fried Chicken. “Things kinda started to snowball from there,” said Rowe. A month later, he started opening a popup at Mojo Bicycle Cafe in the Western Addition once a week and continued to pick up awards for his burgers and appear on “best burger” lists.Rowe used to blog on “A Hamburger Today” at Serious Eats. Though blogging is a thing of the past for Rowe, he said that writing about burgers  early on “really helped me define what I like and I what I want.”That means experimenting – within certain limits. “I don’t ever change the meat, I don’t ever change the bun,” he said. Instead, the meat and bun comprise the “canvas” he works on. That means new toppings weekly, to “keep things interesting. Simple as that,” he said. In his pop-up at The Residence, Rowe took a similar approach to fried chicken, changing the dish every week. He looks forward to frying chicken again at the brick-and-mortar.“I’ll just be able to do more things than burgers,” Rowe said. Limits on space, time, and staff were a struggle at the pop-ups, he said, but his new full kitchen will allow him to expand.In addition to burgers and fried chicken, Rowe said that he expects weekly Tex-Mex specials. A Texas native, Rowe described Tex-Mex as “kind of a bastardization of American and Mexican food with chili peppers and cheese and beef.” He said that his home state influences his cooking with smoked food, barbecue, and the ubiquity of cheese dip.Reina Torres, who sells hot dogs in front of the building where Rowe will open, said she doesn’t anticipate any problems as a result of the new restaurant.“I sell hotdogs. They sell…other things,” she said. center_img WesBurger, a pop-up purveyor of specialty burgers in the Western Addition, will open in March at 2240 Mission St. In its new space next to Mission Chinese Food, which also began as a pop-up, it will become WesBurger n’ More, said owner Wes Rowe.Rowe will take over the place where Palacio Latino served food until December, 2014. It was forced to close after the owner declined to renew the lease.last_img read more

SAINTS bounced back from their Good Friday disappo

first_imgSAINTS bounced back from their Good Friday disappointment with a superb 26-22 win over Castleford.Mark Percival scored one try and made two more in a sensational ten minute first half burst that overturned an eight point deficit against the full strength league leaders.Matty Fleming and Luke Douglas crossed for four pointers whilst Regan Grace bagged what proved to be crucial score in the second half.It was Saints’ fourth win of the season – and probably their most important – in front of close to 12,500 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.After dominating in terms of possession early doors, Cas’ Greg Eden took advantage of a bouncing ball in the in-goal area to put his side ahead.Saints hit back with repeat sets but after great runs from Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson, Fleming’s pass flew over Adam Swift’s head.Tommy Makinson stopped a certain Greg Minikin try on 17 minutes but Luke Gale extended the lead with a penalty three minutes later.Saints hit back when Zeb Taia showed great awareness to snaffle the ball from the restart.His side won a repeat set and then Percival ran from one side of the field to the other to set up Fleming.And the centre showed great strength to go through to tacklers to plunge over.Percival added the extras and then set Saints on their way to another try.He broke down the middle to get his side on a roll before Jon Wilkin fed Douglas for his first in the red vee.Two tries in three breathtaking minutes.Saints continued to build and it was no surprise when they made the momentum pay once again.On the last, five metres out, Fages put in a delicate kick for Percival to beat his man and put down.Saints had erased an eight point deficit in ten minutes – and it got even better when Percival added a penalty two minutes before the half time hooter.Castleford pulled it back to a one score game when Ben Roberts plunged over on a fine line early in the second.Saints forced a couple of drop outs – but lost the ball twice – before Fages went close.Cas then went up the other end of the field and scored.The ball was kept alive and Roberts found Michael Shenton who made no mistake in putting Eden in for his second.Saints built pressure as Taia, Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor went close in the same set – but then Regan Grace stamped his mark on the game once more.His mazy run in broken play saw him hauled down half a foot from the line.Cas lay all over him and were lucky to remain at 13 men, but from there Saints moved the ball through hands for Percival to find Grace in the corner.Castleford became more desperate in the final stages but Roberts’ second try was a mere footnote on a superb Saints display.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Fleming, Douglas, Percival, GraceGoals: Percival (5 from 5)Tigers:Tries: Eden (2), Roberts (2)Goals: Gale (3 from 4)Penalties Awarded:Saints: 6Tigers: 4HT: 20-8FT: 26-22REF: Chris CampbellATT: 12,499Teams:Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 22. Matty Fleming, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 8. Alex Walmsley, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 16. Luke Thompson.Subs: 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Adam Walker, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles.Tigers:1. Zak Hardaker; 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden; 16. Ben Roberts, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Paul McShane, 17. Junior Moors, 10. Grant Millington, 12. Mike McMeeken, 14. Nathan Massey.Subs: 11. Oliver Holmes, 13. Adam Milner, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 18. Matt Cook.last_img read more

Academy Reserves Club First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints lead the Betfred Super League by 10 points having recently come through tough encounters with Warrington, Hull and Wigan.And with the Challenge Cup semi-final up next following Sunday’s capital clash with London at the Ealing Trailfinders and the majority of Super League club’s having a week off from action, Holbrook admits he must be ‘clever’ with his team selection.Holbrook insists he will not risk a number of his first team regulars and instead give youth a chance ahead of what he describes is our biggest game of the year against Halifax the week after.“It is going to be a tough game on Sunday, but we have got to be smart about it. We have had three really tough games playing second, third and fourth. Guys have put so much effort in these last few weeks so we must be smart.“Obviously last time I made a number of changes and we did not get the result, but I picked a side good enough to win the game and we got beat in golden point so we weren’t far off.“I am going to make a number of changes again this week off the back of knowing we don’t get a week off. I think there are nine Super League clubs next week who will get a week off, but we are doing well in the Challenge Cup and it is our biggest game of the year. So I will make a number of changes because of those reasons.”Holbrook revealed Josh Simm, who has impressed on loan at Leigh, will likely start in the centres, whilst the likes of Callum Hazzard who has been on loan at North Wales Crusaders and hooker Josh Eaves, who was part of the same Saints Academy winning side in which Aaron Smith played in, will also likely get a chance from the bench.“There will definitely be some [debuts] which is exciting and there will be plenty of guys rested, he continued. “Guys like Josh Simm in particular who has gone and played a few games at Leigh. I think those guys have really excelled at Academy and they need that level [at Leigh] and he has been one of their best players so he will debut in the centres for us and young Josh Eaves will probably get a run on the bench and Callum Hazzard as well.“There will be a few others who have already played a few games, the likes of Joe Batchelor and James Bentley as well as Danny Richardson who will get another game.“They deserve it, they have trained really hard and it’s a win-win for us. It is a reward to give the experienced guys a week off and give these young guys who are itching to play, an opportunity.“It is nothing to do with the act that we are playing London or it is on a 4G pitch. We are not going to disrespecting London at all. We all know how hard they work and play it is just the timing of who we play and the timing of it. The fact we have just payed second third and fourth and we have got a Challenge Cup semi and it just happens to be London away and we know we have to be right for the semi.”Reserve grade rugby is back for 2020 and Holbrook believes that can only benefit our game.“It is fantastic for rugby league in England and I am glad the Academy is back to U18s. It is too big of a gap the jump from Academy to first team so I think having your best 19 year old’s playing reserves gives them experience with some older players who are just out of your first team and it had to come in. It’s a great decision from the RFL and Super League and I think every club will benefit from it.”last_img read more

Oak Island bridge to close for several months for repairs

first_img The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled a bridge rehabilitation project that will continue through May 2019.The work includes replacing the existing girders on 27 spans, and installing a new riding deck and barrier rail.The NCDOT says it accelerated the project to avoid conflicts with the NC 211 project that will begin construction in 2019.Related Article: Volunteers needed to monitor shoreline changes in Oak Island“This rehabilitation project will extend the life of the Oak Island Bridge,” NCDOT Deputy Division Engineer Chad Kimes said in a news release. “Once the work is completed next May, our region will have a much more sustainable bridge that will benefit drivers for years to come.”The Oak Island Bridge will be closed to all traffic while this work is being performed. During the closure, detours and alternate routes will be available for motorists.The estimated cost of this bridge rehabilitation is $7 million. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Drivers in Oak Island will be back to only having one bridge to cross starting this fall for several months.Starting in September, the G.V. Barbee Bridge, which carries NC 133 over the Intracoastal Waterway at Oak Island, will close for nine months.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Burgaw man dies in motorcycle crash

first_img The victim, 58-year-old Robert Winston Bennett, Jr., was operating a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle.According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Bennett was traveling east on New Road and failed to stop at a stop sign.He struck a highway sign and then a tree. The highway patrol said Bennett died at the scene. Robert Winston Bennett, Jr. (Photo: Quinn McGowen Funeral Home) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A Burgaw man died in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning.The single-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of New Road and Old River Road around 2:53 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img

School district unveils new redistricting maps for 20192020

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –  By the 2019-2020 school year more than a thousand middle and high school students in New Hanover County will need to be moved because of overcrowding. School board members debated new redistricting maps this afternoon.The latest high school maps would move 769 students. That’s less than 10 percent of the student population.  The bulk of the changes will be at New Hanover and Hoggard. They will take students from the overcrowding Laney and Ashley High Schools.- Advertisement – “We don’t have enough seats to accommodate the middle school and the high school populations,” said assistant superintendent of operations Eddie Anderson.High School redistricting maps (Andrew James/NHC Schools/WWAY News)The rising seniors and those involved in open choice will not be impacted by this redistricting according to board members. The changes will leave every high school over capacity, however, not as severely over it as Laney and Ashley are currently.Free and reduced lunch will alter most significantly at NHHS and Hoggard. NHHS would see a 5% increase in the program with Hoggard garnering a 7% increase.Related Article: Signing Day: High school student-athletes make college plans officialAt the same time, middle schools will be moving students around. Nearly 550 students will have to move under the middle school maps.Holly Shelter Middle would gain more than 430 students. Students from northern downtown Wilmington that currently attend Williston would go there. That number of students is around 140, however that may change. The school board is still waiting to see how the new DC Virgo lab school impacts enrollment.“So what we’re providing them with is a starting point and I tell this to all parents, look at the maps, if we miss something or you have thoughts, please share those thoughts with us,” said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley. “And we will listen to those, look at the high school process last year, you saw that the maps that we ended up with were very different from where we started.”Senior privilege and open choice will still play a role in high school redistricting. The maps are expected to be public on the school system’s website by the end of the week with open comment through early fall.School board members want to vote on the redistricting in November.last_img read more

South Columbus Ponytails fall in World Series

first_img Congratulations on a great season! ALEXANDRIA, LA (WWAY) — After making the World Series title game for the first time, the South Columbus Ponytails softball team fell in the Dixie championship game.It was the fourth year South Columbus made the tournament under Coach Jerome Ward.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington Ballet to perform Vampires

first_img The one-time performance is Sunday at 7 p.m. at Thalian Hall at 310 Chestnut Street.Tickets are available here. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s the first locally produced ballet here in Wilmington that is an all professional cast, catch “Vampires” this weekend.The US International Ballet opened last year as Wilmington’s only fully professional ballet company. Vampires features over 30 professional ballet dancers from five countries performing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Locals chipping in to rebuild iconic pier decimated by Florence

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For generations, fishermen have trekked to southern New Hanover County with their fishing coolers, tackle boxes, and rod and reels in tow to spend leisure time at the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier.But avid anglers have had to scout out another fishing spot since Hurricane Florence roared ashore decimating the iconic wooden structure.- Advertisement – About one-third of the pier was damaged when the storm came ashore in September and replacing it won’t be cheap.In fact, it will cost an estimated $100,000 to replace the structure which was not insured.“We had insurance on the building but not on the pier itself,” said Donna Johnston whose family owns the pier. “Its just not reasonable to insure something like that.”Related Article: 800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic stormJohnston says her father bought the pier for her mother as a gift because she loved to fish. The Johnstons have owned it for 40 years and had to rebuild the pier after [Hurricane] Fran.“Its a landmark and you can’t just go out and build a pier, so if we lose this pier, Carolina Beach won’t have a pier,” Johnston said.“In the summer, you have your summer people, families, year after year, you meet these kids and they grow up and its like they become family,” she said. “A pier is like a dinosaur.”When the summer season ends, the pier continues to attract fishermen. In the fall, when the “spot fish” arrive, anglers flock to the pier with their rod and reel.“The Lumbee Indians they come and fish, and they live off the spots in the winter time,” Johnston said.But keeping these traditions of going to the pier alive for future generations, will require money and lots of it.Trevor Day is the CEO of Buzz’s Roost Restaurant and he has one location at Carolina Beach. When he learned about damage to the pier and how much it would cost to replace, he wanted to do something.“We were very fortunate during the storm, we’re beachfront and we didn’t get much damage, and unfortunately a lot of others did and we felt as a new business to the beach we could do our part to help,” he said.Johnston says she is about to order some wood pylons to start the rebuilding process, but more funds will be needed before anglers can return to the pier.A golf tournament benefiting the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier restoration efforts will be held Monday, Nov. 19, at the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course at 311 Donald Ross Drive, Wilmington. The fee is $75 per player or $300 for a foursome. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.The event will also feature giveaways of items donated by Carolina Beach merchants and a big party starting at 3 p.m. hosted by High Tide Lounge with food and drinks.last_img read more

Wilmington mom pleads for community to help solve sons murder

first_img Wilmington Police say 18-year-old Zalleux Johnson, known to family and friends as ZJ, was previously identified as a validated gang member and that his shooting death was gang-related.Johnson was found shot near the basketball court in the 700 block of Emory Street on Thursday.“Regardless of what he did, he was a good boy,” ZJ’s mother Yolanda Hayes said. “He was trying. This street credibility, this gang stuff that y’all have going on … when he came home, he was my son, he was my baby.”Related Article: Wilmington tracks ahead with possible rail-realignment projectA dozen of his family members showed up and his mother and two sisters were visibly emotional as they called for justice.“People been asking me, ‘Is there anything I can do? Anything I can do?’ Only thing that you can do for me if bring my son’s killer to justice,” Hayes said. “I don’t want anybody to try to take it into their own hands. I don’t want another mother to feel the pain that I feel.”WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous says there has been at least one act of retaliation since ZJ’s death. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.Johnson’s murder was the first homicide of 2019.“If you know anything, just say something,” ZJ’s sister Zatia Johnson said. “Because at the end of the day, I would never want anybody to hurt as much as my family is hurting.”If you know anything information, you are asked to contact WPD or use Text-a-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington police and the family of a teenager shot and killed last week held a news conference Tuesday pleading for anyone with information to come forward.Police say the victim’s mother requested to hold the news conference because she doesn’t want retaliation against whoever killed her son.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Orange announces winners of the African Social Venture Prize

first_imgAdvertisement The panel of judges, consisting of Orange specialists, the media and institutions that promote development, chose three prizewinners from among ten projects nominated, presented on the Orange African portal, StarAfrica.com.The awards ceremony was held yesterday in Cape Town, South Africa, during the AfricaCom Awards, an annual event that recognizes the most memorable innovations and performance of the telecommunications industry on the African continent.The winning projects were the following:The first prize went to the Nigerien project Horticultural Remote Irrigation system, which puts mobile technology in the hands of horticulturists, farmers and cooperatives for remote crop irrigation, allowing them to improve productivity while preserving water resources.AgaSha Business Network, which won the second prize, is a Ugandan start-up that uses the Internet to help small and medium African companies grow. Through its online business community, it facilitates interaction among economic players to boost market opportunities for small and medium businesses in Africa and abroad.Third place went to Kachile, a start-up in Côte d’Ivoire. With its e-commerce platform, it offers a way to “professionalize” cottage industries, which are well developed in Africa but lack visibility and market access. – Advertisement – In addition to funding of up to 25,000 euros, Orange will provide support to the three projects for six months from its local subsidiaries and the strategic expertise of its venture capital subsidiary, Innovacom.The African Social Venture Prize demonstrates the Group’s willingness to contribute to the social and economic development of the countries in which it operates. In addition to supplying infrastructure and basic services, Orange is investing in deploying added-value services in key fields such as health, education, agriculture or financial services, and acts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation on the African continent.last_img read more

Apple closes in on Microsofts dominance

first_imgAdvertisement A leading tech analyst has put together a graphic showing that the ratio of Windows-based computers to Macs has tightened dramatically and is closer than it has been in a decade and a half.Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco has been following the Mac-PC war for years and recently crunched the numbers to show that, in 2011, Microsoft’s PC desktops and laptops outsold Apple’s Macs by a less-than 20-to-1 ratio. – Advertisement – It’s the lowest margin since 1996 and is roughly the same as 1985, shortly after the Mac was first released. And it’s significantly tighter than in 2004, the PC’s high-water mark, when it was outselling Macs by a ratio approaching 60-to-1.Factor in mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets, where Apple has so far outshined Microsoft and you’ve got a playing field that, if not level, is certainly less tilted than it used to be.The shift, Dediu wrote Wednesday, began in earnest in 2004.“Although PC volumes continued to grow, they did so more slowly and the Mac grew faster,” he said in a blog post. “What coincided with this was the emergence of portable computing. The MacBook became easily differentiable as a “better” laptop. It was not faster, did not have more storage or any key metrics being used to sell PCs. It was just better as an integrated product.”That’s been the biggest shift since the mid-90s, Dediu writes, when the success of Windows ’95 gave a similar boost to Microsoft. The PC advantage steadily climbed from 1995 to 2004, dipping only once in a 10-year span.When iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices are factored in, Microsoft’s advantage sits at about 2-to-1, Dediu said, and the two could break even within the next two years.It’s unclear how much he factored in Windows 8, Microsoft’s new operating system that will run on both PCs and portable devices with the goal of marrying them together into a seamless computing experience. But Dediu says that Microsoft’s evaporating lead could be bad news for the software company.“The consequences are dire for Microsoft,” he wrote. “The wiping out of any platform advantage around Windows will render it vulnerable to direct competition. This is not something it had to worry about before.“Windows will have to compete not only for users, but for developer talent, investment by enterprises and the implicit goodwill it has had for more than a decade.”Source: CNN.comlast_img read more

Samsung orders changes to stop child labour

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has ordered its Chinese suppliers to change their hiring practices after a watchdog group said it had found evidence of child labour. The Korean giant said its own investigation had not corroborated the allegations but that it would introduce new rules including more stringent identity checks. In future contracts will be immediately terminated if evidence of child labour is uncovered, it added.The audit of 105 Chinese suppliers and 65,000 workers did find violations of overtime laws. Samsung said it would allow them two years to “resolve” their practices.The internal investigation follows a report published in September by China Labor Watch, which said it found abuses at six factories owned and operated by Samsung and two of its suppliers’ facilities. As well as child labour, the alleged violations included forced overtime work amounting to more than 100 hours a month, unpaid work and 11 to 12 hours of standing.Attention turned to Samsung, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, after its main rival Apple was embarrassed by labour law violations at the vast factories that make iPads and iPhones. – Advertisement – “Samsung takes concerns about working conditions in China seriously,” a Samsung spokesman said today.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more

Posterous to shut down for good on April 30th

first_imgAdvertisement Blogging platform Posterous has announced via its company blog that it will be shutting down as of April 30th. The company was acquired by Twitter just under a year ago.Posterous co-founder Garry Tan has started a new site called Posthaven which he says ‘will never shut down and runs $5 a month.Posterous founder and former member of the Final Cut Pro team at Apple. Sachin Agarwal says that Posterous’ mission when it launched in 2008 was to “make it easier to share photos and connect with your social networks.” – Advertisement – As of April 30th, however, Agarwal says that its focus will be 100% on Twitter. So the site is shutting down completely as of April 30th. That means no more viewing or editing of content at all, period.This means that if you still have any content still on Posterous, now is the time to get it off. Agarwal points to WordPress and Squarespace, both of which have importers for Posterous.There is also a ‘backup’ option that you can request here, which delivers a zip archive of your spaces.“We’d like to thank the millions of Posterous users who have supported us on our incredible journey,” Agarwal adds. “We hope to provide you with as easy a transition as possible, and look forward to seeing you on Twitter.”Posterous’ acquisition came as somewhat of a surprise last year , especially as it was emphatic just 19 days before that it had ‘no plans to sell’. We mentioned at the time of sale that it was unlikely Posterous would remain up and running forever. It took about a year for it to finally give up the ghost for good. Despite saying that it would offer the backup feature within weeks, it took until December of last year before that was available.Posterous was a pioneer of the ‘cross post for social networks, which allowed you to make one post on your Space and have it automatically appear on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. Since then this has become a somewhat standard feature. Source: The Next Weblast_img read more

Here is Googles prototype Car Without Pedals Brakes And Steering Wheel

first_imgAdvertisement Google yesterday showed off a prototype of its radical new self-driving car without all the bells and whistles: That is: No brakes, no steering wheel, and no pedals!It has been revealed that Google is going to make 100 or 200 more of this version of the prototype. It was built with the help of several car parts suppliers across the globe.The prototype was revealed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the Code Conference. – Advertisement – [related-posts]He said Google revealed the prototype today because you are going to start seeing them on the road.“Our software and sensors do all the work,” the company wrote in a blog post. “The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible—but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button.”You can see more details in the video below.Credit BIlast_img read more

Rwandas networks Slash LTE tariffs by 70

first_imgAdvertisement Following a public outcry due to the country’s prohibitively high LTE charges, Rwandan internet service provider ISPA has slashed its Long Term Evolution (LTE) tariffs by almost 70%.The new rates were agreed upon with wholesale provider Olleh Rwanda Networks (ORN), the joint venture between the Rwandan government and KT Corp, ISPA’s chief executive officer Peter Maridadi said.With the new updated price plans, 1GB of LTE data now costs RWF1,3000 (USD1.89), down from RWF4,100(USD5.95) per GB charged previously. – Advertisement – The move follows previous announcement made by Rwanda’s Minister for Youth and ICT Jean Philbert Nsengimana that the government was in negotiations with industry players in regards to halving the price of LTE to allow for the uptake of the technology.ORN launched its open-access LTE network on 11 November 2014 and offers 4G connectivity to local mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) on a wholesale basis.Via: telegeography.comlast_img read more

YouTube to let you pay to remove ads

first_imgAdvertisement Are you fed up of  YouTube Ads? The company is launching a paid service later this year for users of the site who don’t want to see advertising.YouTube sent out an email to its partners giving the heads up about the impending launch of a new subscription.Sources say it’ll cost $10 a month to rid the site of advertising, but content creators on YouTube have no choice but to accept the new terms. If you disagree, all your videos will be set to private. – Advertisement – The email said that YouTube will pay 55% of the total net revenues recognized by YouTube from subscription fees that are attributable to the monthly views.Alternatively, it will be a watchtime of your Content as a percentage of the monthly views or watchtime of all or a subset of participating content in the relevant subscription offering.This means that if someone pays for a subscription and watches your video, you’ll get a percentage of that fee paid to you as decided by YouTube, just like with advertising. It’s not clear if that’ll be a smaller amount of money or not at this stage.The new service will live alongside YouTube’s paid music service, YouTube Music Key, as a separate offering.It is expected that the launch will happen during June, sice thats when the terms go into effect.Via TNWlast_img read more

Twitter 140character Limit no Longer Includes Media Attachments or Mentions

first_imgTwitter are updating their Twitter Rules to clarify what we consider to be abusive behaviour and hateful conduct. Image Credit: Guim Advertisement Micro blogging San Francisco website, Twitter Inc., on Monday finally announced that media attachments such as photos, GIFs, and videos along with quoted tweets and user polls will no longer be part of the 140-character limit per tweet.Along with media attachments, a Twitter spokeswoman said the company is also testing not counting “@” replies toward a tweet’s character limit.In its May, Twitter said these new features would help users do even more with their tweets. – Advertisement – “We’re exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising the unique brevity and speed that make Twitter the best place for live commentary, connections, and conversations,” the blog post statesHere’s Twitter’s own tweet on Monday announcing the news:Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016Here’s a graph from Twitter that explains the old structure of tweets and the new format. Image Credit: Twitter Inc.One update outlined is removing the space-taking usernames in replies and mentions. In a demonstration video for how the replies function will soon look, “@username” is replaced with a thread line that shows different tweets in a conversation. The names of users involved in the conversation are displayed above the tweet after the text “replying to.”[related-posts]last_img read more

MTN Launches New Mobile Gaming Platform with Unlimited Games

first_imgNote: When you’re downloading the app from the MTN Game+ website, it will come in form of an “apk file”. Once it’s done downloading, send that file to your phone and be in position to install it. (Photo By: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Advertisement MTN Uganda has today launched a new gaming platform dubbed – MTN Game+; a result of a partnership between MTN and Huawei, offering great fun and excitement to customers accessible on Android and Feature phones. Currently payments for the games are made using airtime and can be accessed either through a portal or via a mobile app (Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will be in position to see the download tab) that they can download from MTN Games.“We are delighted to launch a platform that will not only enhance the experience of our smartphone customers, but also offer the same content to customers with the entry-level phones as well,” said MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer Mapula Bodibe, during the launch.“MTN Game+ is specifically designed to offer gaming options across various categories including sports, action and strategy. It is our hope that customers will find the games exciting as we continue to enable them to do more with their mobile phones,” she explained. – Advertisement – Mapula during the launch revealed that MTN Uganda is to host a gaming tournament for customers on 17th December at MTN offices on Jinja Road (former BAT), where a lot of prizes are to be won.Subscription packagesGames on the MTN Game+ platforms are available to customers through Daily at UGX 270, Weekly at UGX 1100 or Monthly at UGX 3200. When a customer subscribes to the service, they can download as many games as they want.Here’s the link to subscribe for the games. Subscribe NowDownloadsIf a customer is subscribed to MTN Game+, downloading these games is free during the subscription period, and no data charges for downloading games are incurred.While games are only available to the customer with their subscription valid, customers can alternatively opt for outright purchase of the preferred game.Note: When you’re downloading the app from the MTN Game+ website, it will come in form of an “apk file”. Once it’s done downloading, send that file to your phone and be in position to install it.last_img read more