Distillations The paradox of Mannys the watering hole that exposes San Francisco

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Manny’s, on 16th and Valencia, isn’t technically a bar – but it serves cheap drinks, which for many of us is close enough.But more than that, Manny’s is being talked about: an attempt to create a space that resists San Francisco’s gentrification, which itself ended up being a flashpoint in the gentrification wars. It is both a café and a reminder that, even in a progressive city, no good deed goes unpunished.The result has been a storm of local and even international attention. I’d say that’s the kind of publicity in this town that money can’t buy, but really it can – you just have to open a café.And perhaps that’s the most paradoxical thing about Manny’s: It’s much more interesting and distinctive as a metaphor than it is as a place. As a place … it’s a three-part space with a conventional small café set-up in the front, boasting a long counter with copper paneling and a pastry selection. The drink lists are on one wall, food menu on another. Aside from the local sourcing of the food, the only thing that distinguishes any of the offerings is their price points: Coffee starts at under $2, and is mostly in the $3 range. Cans of Tecate also start the beer prices low, at just $2, and most of the booze is in the $6-$9 range. Cocktails are limited to the “sparkling” variety, but, whatever. Nobody’s coming here to drink hard. The second room, really more of a connecting hallway, is a lovely small bookstore provided by local business Dog Eared Books. Heavy on politics, light on literature, it looks like it was lifted directly out of the apartment of a particularly stern graduate student, with sections on “Immigration & Migration,” “Trans Rights & History,” “Race,” “Disability Studies,” and “Theory.”The larger back room is the venue area, and has a space for presenters and a living room vibe, with an emphasis on couches and group seating.Put it all together and it’s … well, honestly, it’s exactly the kind of café you’ll find in every college town across the Midwest. Spacious, cheap, a local venue for community groups, going out of its way to proclaim itself a diverse space … there are a hundred places like Manny’s in Ohio alone, and maybe even just Oberlin. But there’s a desperate lack of places like this in San Francisco, so Manny’s stands out. And good for Manny’s! But as a cafe what’s interesting about it is that it’s an endangered species. Manny Yekutiel in his 16th and Valencia space, prior to the arrival of weekly protest groups. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.As a metaphor, though, it is uniquely delicious, both a savory vegan broth and a spicy meatball. The fact that to create this this space, Manny Yekutiel had to undergo a grueling ordeal of consultations with community groups and non-profits perfectly symbolizes the way in which San Francisco makes it as difficult as possible to create something that everybody says they want. And the fact that, even after going through all that and doing everything right, a progressive anti-gentrification cafe is still getting picketed over allegations of Zionism – Zionism! – and that all those organizations Manny had gone out of his way to consult and appease decided not to leap to his defense but adopted a “wait and see” attitude on whether the café they always wanted might have to close because Israel might not have a right to exist …… Well, you decide what that’s a metaphor of, but whatever it is, it’s perfect. Evocative, informative – it’s a 10-karat symbol of this city.But that’s what Manny’s is a symbol of now: The question is what it will be a symbol of in another year.For two dollars plain…There was still space when I arrived at Manny’s in the afternoon, but there was no food. The barista explained to me that there were no meals on Mondays, because the kitchen staff needed a day off. Which … okay … sure … no meals on Mondays. Why not? I ordered a tea and a chocolate croissant and sat at an open table in the front section. Around me was a sea of laptops and people with Bluetooth attachments set in their ears. At a table next to me, two people were conducting a job interview about Salesforce pipeline management. Not long after, two women sat down at another table near me and had a conversation that might have been an informational interview and might have been a first date. I was shocked, in that moment, at how hard it was to tell the difference. After a few minutes of what might have been flirting or might have been networking, their conversation shifted to a long discussion about a tech solution to solve homelessness. You see, upon meeting a homeless person, you can use your phone to … ah, screw it, it doesn’t matter. Nothing past the words “use your phone” ever really matters when talking about entrenched social problems. It could be anything. If you’ve talked to literally anyone with a start-up, you know this conversation.A third nearby table, meanwhile, was also engaged in a conversation that could have been networking, activism, or meeting an old family friend. Literally every conversation I eavesdropped on in Manny’s went like that. And it seemed, sitting there, that we have managed to collapse all the different kinds of conversations into one data stream. Dating has interfaced with networking which has become philanthropy which seamlessly turns into job interviews which syncs to your political debates and updates your catching up with friends. Tech – as an industry, a set of tools, a lifestyle, a culture – crushes everything into this compact ur-form. Your whole emotional range in 280 characters or fewer. One emoji to rule them all.And maybe I was just at Manny’s on an off day, but, the fact that this was happening here, in a space explicitly set up to be responsive to everything tech is gentrifying out of San Francisco, was as baffling as the collapsed conversations themselves. One could say that what’s happening here is that Manny’s is becoming a neutral zone – a place where techies and activists and the marginalized and the politicos can all meet together, something they can have in common. And … maybe that’s so.Hilary Ronen in conversation with Manny Yekutiel at Manny’s. “I never faced this type of misogyny that I faced in becoming an elected official,” Ronen told the standing-room-only crowd. Illustration by Lola Noguer.Or maybe it’s something else. Much in the way that marginalized communities and bohemians once created great affordable neighborhoods that tech folks wanted to live in too, they have created a great Midwestern café that tech folks now want to inhabit, precisely because of the low prices, the spacious interior, the cache of cultural programming, and the pleasantness of a diverse staff. And so Manny’s is becoming a microcosm of the very conflict that it was designed to help alleviate. That’s my take, anyway. We’ll see where it’s at in a year.While I was mulling on that, a group arrived from the Canadian consulate. Manny Yekutiel met them, as he occasionally does with customers, and showed them around. Apparently they might want to do events here. Which would be great for Manny’s. Assuming, of course, that Canada has a right to exist. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Traffic impacts during Veterans Day Parade in downtown Wilmington

first_imgAARP Veterans Day Celebration at Battleship Park (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Saturday, the New Hanover County Veterans Council will hold their first annual Veterans Day parade. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the following streets will be closed:Front Street between Brunswick and Orange streetsHanover Street between 2nd and Nutt streetsOrange Street between South Front and 2nd streetsEastbound Market Street between Water Street and the parking deck entrance/exitWestbound Market Street between Water and Front streetsSouthbound lane of 2nd Street between Dock and Orange streetsSaturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day Parade, downtown Wilmington, 9 a.m. Streets are expected to re-open by 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Groundbreaking held for Ocean Gate Plaza in Leland

first_img00:00 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 LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Construction is now underway on a new shopping center in Leland.Today, a groundbreaking took place on Ocean Gate Plaza on New Pointe Boulevard.- Advertisement – The businesses that have announced they are coming include Bridgewater Wines, Dunkin Donuts, and Hibachi Bistro.Ocean Gate Plaza developer and Hibachi Bistro owner Yu Hang Wang says this is a great chance for businesses to expand in the area.“It’s a good opportunity for us. This area is expanding. It’s probably the fastest in NC right now,” said Wang. “And it’s a good opportunity to be here first, before I guess everything else starts. And it’s a good opportunity for us to bring in a Hibachi Bistro to let people know what we’re about.”Related Article: Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or notWong says there will be a total of six spaces at the plaza. He hopes they can get more tenants to sign leases.The stores that are coming are expected to open by May.last_img read more

Fill up at a Circle K and support a local school

first_imgPumping gas into a car (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can fill up your gas tank today while also helping a local school. It’s a part of the Fueling Our Schools campaign at Circle K convenience stores.At participating locations, 10 cents of every gallon of fuel purchased Thursday will be donated to a local school.- Advertisement – Schools will use their donations toward different areas of need, such as technology, resources, teacher incentives and more.Year-round, 1 cent per gallon of fuel purchased on a specially marked pump is donated to schools (up to $2,000 per school).To date, Fueling Our Schools campaign has raised nearly $900,000 for local schools.Related Article: Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years youngerMore than 350 Circle K stores across North America participated in the fundraising campaign in 2017. In Wilmington, participating locations include:Circle K: 3053 Castle Hayne Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Wrightsboro ElementaryCircle K: 6759 Carolina Beach Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Edwin A. Anderson Elementary SchoolCircle K: 6648 Gordon Rd, WilmingtonBeneficiary school: Eaton Elementarylast_img read more

WWAY begins broadcasting from new home in Leland

first_img Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) – The future is finally here for WWAY.More than a year after announcing station owner Morris Multimedia had purchased the former Thunder Alley building in Leland, southeastern North Carolina’s ABC, CBS and CW affiliate is now broadcasting from its new home.- Advertisement – 1 of 15 Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Operations Manager Kevin Helton (left) directs the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Wills Maxwell, Matt Bennett and Anna Hogelin working behind the scenes during the first newscast from WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)center_img Hannah Patrick, Jeff Rivenbark and Stephanie Waldref anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Operations Manager Kevin Helton (left) directs the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland as J.R. Quitman assists on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Members of the WWAY news, production and engineering staff celebrate the first newcast in the Leland studio on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) “Simply put, it means the ability to offer our viewers an even higher quality of news and programming,” WWAY General Manager Andy Combs said. “Our old studio on Front Street was built in the ’60s. The design of the station fit for that era, but things have changed significantly over the last several decades. Areas where you used to need a lot of room you no longer do, and areas that used to be small now need to be much larger. Our new facility is designed around making sure the space not only fits our needs today, but has the ability to fit what we might need to do in the future.”Business and administrative staff moved into the Leland building earlier this month, but the on-air switch officially happened around midnight Saturday. WWAY’s first newscast from the state-of-the-art facility at the entrance to Magnolia Greens off US 17 aired Sunday at 6 p.m. on WWAY ABC and WWAY CBS.The building includes a new news set. Gone is the virtual set with green chromakey screens WWAY has used for the past five years. In its place is a modern studio with multiple sets, including two video walls that will add flexibility to the set-up.Related Article: Veterans services tour coming to Brunswick County“It’s really nice to get back to doing television in the traditional way,” Operations Manager Kevin Helton said. “But at the same time we’ve upgraded our equipment significantly to keep us ahead of the curve when it comes to technological advancements in broadcasting.”Helton, Chief Engineer Marty Doty and News Director Kevin Wuzzardo worked for months with designers and builders to get the set just right. Their design pays tribute to some very familiar features around the Cape Fear.“The look of the main news set includes weathered brick and steel, which evokes the historic look of so many of our downtowns, like Wilmington, Whiteville, Southport, Burgaw and Elizabethtown,” Wuzzardo said. “Across the room is our interview set, which feels a lot like a beach house, including a nice view. But beach houses typically have one view. We can have as many as we want thanks to technology and creativity power the video wall.”Of course the studio is not the only feature of WWAY’s new home. Months of work turned the old bowling alley into a modern workspace.Doty, Helton and Assistant Chief Engineer Randy Gray, with help from engineers from WWAY’s sister stations, have spent months running miles of cables to feed the technology for the building’s business and broadcasting needs.But that’s not all. The station also includes a conference and event space, including a commercial kitchen, that can be rented out by the public.“We are very fortunate to have an owner in Charles H. Morris who believes in investing back into the businesses he owns,” Combs said. “He is always thinking about the future and believes that the station should be a big part of the community both on and off the air. His idea of incorporating a 3,000-square-foot event space for the general public as part of the design is a great example of that.”Morris and other company leaders will be the first guests in the new space when they host a meeting with the top executives from Morris Multimedia’s six TV stations this week.It caps an exciting month of transition and a new chapter in the history of WWAY and its employees.“We have the greatest team of employees a station could have. Our staff truly takes a lot of pride in what they do,” Combs said. “To see the look in their eyes when they walk into the new 21,000-square-foot building the first time is priceless. It’s like being a child again on Christmas morning.” Stephanie Waldref, Hannah Patrick and Jeff Rivenbark anchor Good Morning Carolina on April 30, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Amanda Fitzpatrick and Randy Aldridge anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) Scott Dean, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Randy Aldridge and Dustin Dorsey anchor the first newscast in WWAY’s new studio in Leland on April 29, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)last_img read more

Volunteer Center needs help to aid those displaced by Florence storm damage

first_img “Many residents are in shock and need help moving their possessions,” said Annie Anthony with the volunteer center.If you can help move boxes and furniture, this project is for you. The center recommends that volunteers be able to lift 25 pounds.Here’s where you can go to sign up.Related Article: NC woman may face charges for sheltering pets in unregistered shelterCape Fear Volunteer Center will be at The Glenn from 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. daily to meet and support volunteers and residents.When you arrive ask for Annie Anthony.Also the center is asking volunteers who may have a truck or SUV to bring that to aid in the move outs.Authorities tell center organizers that residents have until October 22nd to move out. The Glen Apartments are emptying as more residents evacuate. (Photo: Monique Robinson/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The Cape Fear Volunteer Center says Wilmington has 7 apartment complexes that have been declared unsafe to live in.Residents of Market Street North apartment complex need help moving out according to center leaders.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Gov Cooper announces grant program for community college students in need

first_img “Hurricane Florence was a gut punch to our state, causing unforeseen damages to families across the state, and the Finish Line Grants program is more important now than ever,” said Gov. Cooper. “This program will help students across the state and in hurricane affected areas finish their training and get a good paying job to support themselves and their families.”Finish Line Grants funding has been awarded to more than 30 community colleges across the state. Funding is awarded after community colleges and workforce development boards jointly apply for funding. Community college students may receive a maximum of $1,000 per semester by contacting their community colleges’ financial aid office or their local NCWorks Career Center to apply.“Finish Line Grants are enabling community college students to stay on track to finish their studies,” said Peter Hans, president of the North Carolina Community College System. “Many of our students are of modest means and often from first-generation college-going families. This support provides them the opportunity to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.”Related Article: Defense contractor to expand in North Carolina, add 200 jobs“The new Finish Line Grants program is instrumental in helping a wider range of students get the support they need,” said Dr. John D. Hauser, president of Carteret Community College. “This program is a key element in building our workforce. Our commitment to develop and maintain a strong workforce helps attract companies to Carteret County. Recently, we have identified students who need financial help in order to complete their degrees. Especially after Hurricane Florence, the Finish Line Grants program is imperative in helping these students achieve their educational goals.”So far, Finish Line Grants have been awarded to:Alamance Community CollegeCollege of the AlbemarleAsheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeBladen Community CollegeBlue Ridge Community CollegeBeaufort Community CollegeCaldwell Community CollegeCarteret Community CollegeCatawba Valley Community CollegeCentral Carolina Community CollegeCentral Piedmont Community CollegeCoastal Carolina Community CollegeCraven Community CollegeDavidson County Community CollegeFayetteville Technical Community CollegeGuilford Technical Community CollegeHaywood Community CollegeJames Sprunt Community CollegeJohnston Community CollegeLenoir Community CollegeMartin Community CollegeMayland Community CollegePamlico Community CollegePitt Community CollegeRichmond Community CollegeRoanoke-Chowan Community CollegeRobeson Community CollegeSampson Community CollegeSandhills Community CollegeSouthwestern Community CollegeTri-County Community CollegeWayne Community CollegeWake Technical Community CollegeWestern Piedmont Community CollegeWilkes Community CollegeIn his most recent budget, Gov. Cooper proposed $20 million for Finish Line Grants to be made available for four-year college and university students, in addition to community college students, but the General Assembly did not include it in the budget. The funding for this iteration of the program will come from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Bladen Community College (Photo: NC Association of Community Colleges) MOREHEAD CITY, NC (Press Release) — In a visit to Carteret Community College today, Governor Roy Cooper announced the state has distributed more than $1.8 million in Finish Line Grants funding to community colleges across the state.In July, Gov. Cooper announced the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies to complete their training. The program uses $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for transportation, housing, medical needs, dependent care or other financial emergencies that students face through no fault of their own.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Steeple repaired on church after being damaged in Hurricane Florence

first_imgWINNABOW, NC (WWAY) — It has been four months since Hurricane Florence and neighbors are still helping neighbors recover. One man stepped up to help repair a church that lost it’s steeple.Fred Osborne built the first steeple at Christian Chapel AME Zion Church in Winnabow more than 10 years ago, but strong winds from Florence knocked the cross right off the steeple’s top.- Advertisement – Osborne recently drove by the church, saw how it was broken and wanted to repair it. Days later, the new steeple hails on top of the church.“I built the steeple probably about 15 years ago and it blew off during the storm and I stopped by and put a note on their door to put it back for them,” said Osborne.Christian Chapel AME Zion Church has worshiped in the Winnabow community for more than 50 years.Related Article: Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s DayAside from the steeple damage, the church also had a broken window. The church continues to repair.last_img read more

State requiring towns to manage emerging compounds in wastewater

first_img Emerging compounds, such as 1,4 dioxane and PFAS, do not currently have federal water quality standards.Data reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has indicated elevated concentrations of these compounds in drinking water that originated from the Cape Fear River Basin. In addition, monitoring performed by the state DWR has confirmed the presence of these compounds in surface waters within the Cape Fear River Basin.1,4-dioxane is a clear liquid that is highly miscible in water. It has historically been used as a solvent stabilizer and is currently used for a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing purposes.Related Article: Brunswick Co. woman to testify before Congress about GenXThe compound can be found in industrial solvents, paint strippers, and varnishes and is often produced as a by-product of chemical processes to manufacture soaps, plastics, and other consumer products.PFAS compounds are most often associated with nonstick coatings, plating operations, firefighting foams, and stain- and water-resistant treatments for clothing, furniture and carpeting.For more information, click here. Cape Fear River (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — State environmental officials are requiring towns with pretreatment programs in the Cape Fear River Basin to monitor for a set of emerging compounds starting this summer.The N.C. Division of Water Resources recently sent a letter to 25 municipalities requiring monitoring for 1,4 dioxane and per- and  substances, known as PFAS, for three consecutive months starting in June. This effort is part of an ongoing management strategy to address some of these compounds in surface water and biosolids.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The Little Prince leaves Juventus after 25 years

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint MILAN, ITALY – MAY 16: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 16, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)MILAN, ITALY – MAY 16: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 16, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images) Claudio Marchisio has left the reigning Serie A champions after his contract was terminated by mutual agreement. In 2016 the 32-year-old sustained a serious knee injury which hindered his performance throughout the past two seasons.The former Italy international, capped 55 times by his nation, played 389 matches for the Bianconeri and scored 37 goals. Marchisio, nicknamed “The Little Prince” won seven Serie A titles and four Italian Cups during his spell with Juventus. The midfielder is unlikely to play for another Italian club and has been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer.WhatsApplast_img read more

Apple introduces new Apple TV and iPods

first_imgAdvertisement It’s so small because Apple ditched the prior device’s video purchase model, dramatically reducing Apple TV’s storage requirements. The gadget will now instead be for movie and TV show rentals. Movies can be rented the same day the DVDs go on sale for $4.99, and TV shows are available for 99 cents each.“Our users want Hollywood movies and TV shows, cheaper; they don’t want amateur hour,” Jobs said. “They don’t want another computer. They don’t want to manage storage. They want it to be silent, cool and small.”Jobs promised that the device would have the largest library of movies in the world available for rental on the first day of purchase. As for TV shows, Apple was able to strike a deal with Walt Disney Co.’s (DIS, Fortune 500) ABC and News Corp.’s (NWS, Fortune 500) Fox for TV shows, but Jobs said he believes more networks will soon follow suit. – Advertisement – “We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board pretty fast,” Jobs said.The new Apple TV will also be able to connect to users’ Netflix (NFLX) accounts, YouTube, and Flickr. The device can link to users’ home computers as well, so they can play their iTunes music and video libraries over Wi-Fi.New iPodsThe iPod line got its annual upgrade as well. The flashiest new iPod was the iPod Touch, which starts at $229 and has become the best-selling iPod. The new iPod Touch is thinner and adds many of the new iPhone 4’s features, including a front and rear facing camera, “Retina Display,” and FaceTime, which allows users to make video calls over Wi-Fi.The iPod Touch is also the best selling portable game player, outselling Nintendo and Sony’s portable game players combined, Jobs said.The $149 iPod Nano also got a significant upgrade. The tiny device lost its click wheel and will feature a multi-touch screen and a clip on the back. Apple made it almost half the size of the current iPod Nano model and 42% lighter.Apple went back to the past for its newest $49 iPod Shuffle: After users lamented loss of the buttons Apple took away on last year’s model, the company is putting them back on the new one. The new Shuffle keeps the features of the latest one, including the ability to play custom playlists.The only iPod that didn’t get an update is the iPod Classic. All of the new iPods will be available next week.ITunes 10Apple also unveiled iTunes 10, complete with a new logo. Jobs said that since iTunes sales have long eclipsed CD sales, it was appropriate that the new icon ditch the CD image. It now features just a blue circle and a musical note.ITunes 10, which launches on Wednesday, has a slightly new interface, with album art now available to view in list mode. But the major new feature was “Ping,” a social network based right in iTunes. People can follow both friends and artists to comment on songs, albums and bands. They can also post videos, and find concert dates.As always, privacy is a concern with new social networks, but Jobs was quick to say that the settings are “super-simple to set up,” and the feature “is as public or private as you like.”The iTunes update didn’t include the cloud-based service that many had hoped for. Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) is building a data center in North Carolina, which many believe will be used to give customers the ability to access their iTunes library anywhere.IOS 4.1Jobs unveiled bug fixes and minor performance upgrades for Apple’s mobile device operating system. Jobs said that the new iOS 4.1 offers improved photo-taking capabilities, the ability to upload high definition video over Wi-Fi and a new collaborative game playing community called Game Center. The new OS will be available for download in November.The next update, iOS 4.2, was also previewed. It will feature wireless printing for the iPad and the ability to connect an iPad to Apple TV devices.Jobs said that 120 million devices with iOS have shipped, dating back to the original iPhone in 2007. Apple is activating 230,000 iOS devices a day, including the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch. There are now 250,000 apps in the App Store, including 25,000 iPad apps.Source: CNNlast_img read more

Facebook Testing Automatic Photo Syncing Feature For Android Phones

first_imgAdvertisement  Similar to a feature already available in Google+, on a Help page for the service Facebook says that the feature is currently only a test, and is available for some people who are using the newest Facebook for Android app.Facebook syncs the pictures you take “as soon as you take them,” however, the app also takes into account the battery level on your phone and your sync settings before it starts uploading. – Advertisement – For instance, you can set the application to only sync photos while you’re connected to Wi-Fi network, rather than potentially running up a huge data bill by synching all your shots over your cellular network. Photos that are synced via cellular network are synced at a smaller size (around 100k), to cut down on the damage it does to your data plan.Your can check to see if you have the feature available by tapping ‘Photos’ on your Timeline within the Facebook for Android app and seeing if there is a ‘Photo Synching’ option available.If you don’t want to sync photos when you take them you can also turn the feature off within Facebook for Android.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

No more Google Glass Explorer

first_imgAdvertisement Search giants Google have revealed that they are ending the Glass Explorer program next week.Businesses and developers may still be able to get their hands on one, but the company will cease public sales of Google Glass on January 19.However, the wearable isn’t being abandoned to the public completely though: Glass is simply finishing its run as part of the Google X experimental unit, with Nest CEO Tony Fadell now chief-in-command for the program. Google acquired Nest last year. – Advertisement – The product is being upgraded to its own entity within Google. The program will continue to be led by Ivy Ross who, along with the rest of the Glass team, will report to Fadell.Current users will still be able to use their devices and have them covered under warranty, but whether they will continue to receive official software upgrades is unclear.Via TNWlast_img read more

Microsoft Partners With 11 OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Devices

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell.As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are suited for rival platforms, such as Android.Microsoft’s deal with Samsung will expand the firms’ prior arrangement to preinstall OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on the Galaxy S6 handset to include the installation of the Office suite itself on the company’s Android tablets, starting in the first half of 2015. – Advertisement – TechCrunch spoke to Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, who declined to disclose the financial terms of the agreements, but did note that each firm is able to decide which of its hardware will be shipped with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, among other applications.Microsoft is in the tail end of an update cycle for Office, shipping new mobile software on a rolling cadence, while promising new desktop apps for both Windows and Mac this year. Microsoft’s decision to release Office for iOS and Android has been successful for the company, accreting tens of millions of downloads, and boosting the software company’s mobile penetration.While Microsoft has not given up on its own mobile platform, today’s deals will see the company quickly expand mobile market share of its apps that are an expanding source of recurring revenue. Not a bad deal.Via: Techcrunchlast_img read more

The Making of the Worlds First Mobile Money Ready Accounting System

first_imgAdvertisement REFERRED to as the “world’s first mobile money ready accounting system”, MYAccounts is an award-winning web-based accounting platform that’s seeking to revolutionize financial record-keeping for African SMEs.It’s web-based nature facilitates access via a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets.Earlier this year, the startup emerged as a winner in this year’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges Explorations Round 14” and received $100,000 for “enabling universal acceptance of mobile money”. – Advertisement – Just months before that in 2014, MYAccounts had been one of seven African startups to win the “Microsoft Corporation Innovation Award Grant Round 2” which includes financial endowment, access to Microsoft platforms, one-on-one mentorship and networking support to help winners connect with relevant partners and find commercialization opportunities for their solutions.But what does this actually entail; how did the idea come alive, why is it being received with such praise and what does the future hold? PC Tech spoke to one of the masterminds behind MYAccounts, CEO Francis Otim, to get some answers.“Our goal was to use our skills as chartered accountants to help local businesses grow.”Having co-run a business advisory firm where he and a friend supported small andMYAccounts CEO, Francis Otimmedium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in accounting, tax, controls and general consulting, Otim says he observed a general unhealthy lack of qualified accounting professionals because they were either working for the government, big multinational companies, or NGOs. He had observed that “for bank loan applications, for example, most SMEs pay bank loan officers to prepare a set of accounts to help them secure the funds they want.”Yet no service on the market addressed the needs of SMEs – which “employ more than 2.5m people, constitute up to 90 percent of the private sector and contribute over 70 per cent to total GDP” according to an analysis conducted by AllAfrica.As one can imagine, unavailable professional support can starkly infringe on the quality of services and consequently the stability and durability of the business altogether. “Basically I observed a huge opportunity within a perfect storm,” noted Otim.He had worked as a business advisor which, in addition to his experience in financial reporting and controls at Barclays Uganda prior to that, helped Otim gain the understanding of accounting requirements that would later come in handy in the development of MYAccounts.MyAccounts DashboardFirstly, as a response to Uganda’s rich entrepreneurial climate, Otim identified a gap in accounting: the majority of businesses did not use any accounting systems and handled their finances manually and those that did employ any sort of programmes could not afford the costly original versions and were thus forced to resort to unreliable low-quality versions that were prone to crashes, sometimes displacing all data. Not only was there demand for the product but also existing accounting systems did not sufficiently satisfy merchants’ needs because “the features of these systems did not adequately address the unique business challenges faced by the African SME,” Otim reflects.“[…] All the literature on mobile money was about the poor and the unbanked, but I saw it as a perfect solution for the SME as well. I decided to build the first mobile money-ready accounting system in the world,” he reminisces.So the first and obvious function was an accounting system which due to the mobile component, would allow clients to manage and keep track of business transactions from anywhere in the world. Through an automated mechanism, mobile money payments and collections from registered clients are reconciled to account books while they happen, and subscribers additionally receive in-depth custom reports as well as auto-generated sales balancing reports, saving the time many owners of SMEs would spend documenting this information by hand at the end of every day.[related-posts]Secondly, “the separation between business cash and personal cash was non-existent” at most SMEs he encountered, and those businesses that did distinguish between the two, showed unhealthy operational cash flows because they lacked the necessary tools and skills to monitor their financial health.Taking advantage of the popularity and success of mobile money in Africa, Otim saw an opportunity in adding a mobile money component to MYAccounts, thus creating a payment function that facilitates field transactions and updates the accounts in real time. “At that time, the mobile money explosion was shaping up here, which gave me the idea of mobile money for the SMEs,” he recalls. This not only makes transactions cashless but on the long run would also address and enhance cash and inventory control – an exercise that poses challenges for many SMEs.Lastly, one happy coincidence led to an extension of the mobile payment function to include an option for automated e-tax submissions. The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) had rolled out an e-tax system, demanding that SMEs file tax returns electronically – an adjustment that apparently “caused utter chaos” according to Otim’s assessment. SMEs had neither competences, nor capacities and tools to perform the actions required of them or lacked reasonable support from qualified accountants.Furthermore, MYAccounts was designed to also incorporate ordering and customer relation management services that would enable SME operators to receive, record, manage and dispatch orders from customers via SMS. An additional bonus feature is an integrated MYAccounts marketplace where customers can enlist their products and browse through products listed on the platform.Now, although the app is still in its early pilot phase and a final version is still work-in-progress, Otim says more than 2,000 SMEs in Rwanda are registered and 64 merchants in Uganda are active users of the MYAccounts solution; over 20 million shillings (equivalent to around U.S. $6k) in daily transactions are being recorded and enterprise clients have generated approximately 438 million shillings (about $120k) in organic revenue over the past year.MYAccounts Contrasted With Existing Accounting SystemsWhat is also striking is that compared to existing accounting systems like Quickbooks and Tally as seen in the table, MYAccounts is not only the sole mobile accounting system but also incorporates far more functions and covers a significantly wider range of services relevant for SMEs while at the same time offering an easily accessible software as long as one owns a smartphone or mobile gadget connected to the internet.This puts MYAccounts in a favorable position since mobile connectivity has become the norm today, specifically in Uganda and Sub-Saharan African altogether where mobile penetration is growing rapidly and small businesses are strongly gravitating towards mobile rather than desktop operations. Nevertheless, all of MYAccounts features are also available on a web-based desktop version with identical functions.As such, MYAccounts harbors immense potential to revolutionize the way finances in businesses are run. In a MENON Business Economics publication, a team of researchers who mapped growth patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 20 years, observed that SMEs “played a pivotal role in industrial development as they contribute to the restructuring and satisfying of rising local service demands, thus allowing for increased specialization and supporting larger firms with inputs and services”.“This way, SMEs become engines that sustain growth for long term development,” they noted.One could then argue that by optimizing the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of accounting services and operations,  MYAccounts can contribute to the advancement and sustainability of the SME sector and ultimately serve as an implicit stimulant for economic growth in Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa.As of now, MYAccounts is mobilizing its award funds toward further system developments in order to improve the early stage pilot and launch a completed version of the product.Irene Najjemba is a media development enthusiast who advocates for youth engagement in social entrepreneurship ventures in the African Diaspora and beyond. She is a Media and Communication graduate based in Bonn, Germany. You can follow her on Twitter @EyeRainVersesClick here to visit MyAccounts homepage.last_img read more

Orange completes the acquisition of the mobile operator Tigo in the Democratic

first_imgAdvertisement Less than three months after signing an agreement with Millicom, Orange announced today that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Tigo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The mobile market in the DRC is undergoing significant growth and is currently the largest mobile market in Central and West Africa, after Nigeria. With a population of more than 80 million people and a relatively low mobile penetration rate of 50% of the population, the country offers considerable growth potential for Orange. The consolidation of Orange’s and Tigo’s operations in the DRC will enable Orange to strengthen its presence in the country. – Advertisement – Commenting on this agreement, Bruno Mettling, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Orange in charge of Operations in Africa and the Middle East, said: “We are extremely happy to announce the completion of the acquisition of Tigo by Orange DRC in a market marked by very strong growth potential. Through this strategic investment, Orange confirms its ambition to reinforce its presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and accelerate the conditions in which it can develop its services through this consolidation.”This acquisition illustrates Orange’s development strategy in Africa where almost one in ten people are already customers. In this zone, the Group aims to reinforce its positions as a leader in the countries in which it is present.last_img read more

MultiChoice Customers can now Pay Subscriptions Through the Stanbic Bank Digital Banking

first_imgStanbic Bank Uganda’s Chief Executive Offiecer; Patrick Mweheire (Left) and Charles Hamya; General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda (Right) are seen shaking hands during the partnership of MultiChoice Uganda and Stanbic Bank Uganda to bring online payments to MultiChoice customers, during a Joint Press Confernce held at MultiChoice Head Offices in Kololo, Kampala on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. (Photo shot by: Nathan Ernest Olupot) Advertisement During a joint press conference held at MultiChoice Head Offices in Kololo, MultiChoice Uganda together with Stanbic Bank Uganda announced their partnership to provide free online payments with no extra costs incurred to MultiChoice customers.MultiChoice and Stanbic Bank Uganda are making it easier and more convenient for DSTV and GOTV customers to pay their subscription through Stanbic’s uniquely tailored Mobile and Online banking solutions. The new partnership will enable Stanbic clients to continue enjoying their DSTV and GOTV experience by making instant, easy payments through the bank’s digital solution like the Stanbic App, Online banking and Stanbic mobile Banking.Addressing the media at the conference, Charles Hamya; General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda said, “The Biggest advantage now is the versatility of the Stanbic digital banking platforms that interface directly with our billing system which customers can access at no extra cost.” – Advertisement – “This means our clients get instantly reconnected once they have made the mobile or online payment without the need to queue up at our offices or line up at a banking hall,” Mr. Charles notes.Patrick Mweheire; CEO Stanbic Bank Uganda also pointed out that, “By using the Stanbic digital solutions, customers will enjoy the ability to instantly renew their subscriptions and will not incur and extra charges for the service.”“To enjoy this opportunity the customer will need to be registered for either Mobile or Online Banking platforms,” Veronica Sentogo; Stanbic’s Head of Digital Banking, urged as she demonstrated how the payment on Stanbic’s mobile banking platforms are done.Stanbic Bank Uganda’s Chief Executive Offiecer; Patrick Mweheire (Left) and Charles Hamya; General Manager of MultiChoice Uganda (Right) are seen shaking hands during the partnership of MultiChoice Uganda and Stanbic Bank Uganda to bring online payments to MultiChoice customers, during a Joint Press Confernce held at MultiChoice Head Offices in Kololo, Kampala on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. (Photo shot by: Nathan Ernest Olupot)How to pay using the Stanbic AppLogin using your Digital ID.Click on Transact.Buy Prepaid.TV subscription.DSTV or GOTV (Choose one you’re currently using).Lastly follow the prompts given to you to complete the payment.Once you confirm that the transaction has been successfully completed, you will receive a notification alert from the bank to inform you that a deduction has been made for your account. Your TV subscription will be reconnected within minutes.Mr. Charles urges all Stanbic Bank customers to utilize the Stanbic Mobile and Online Payment platforms.last_img read more

Microsoft Adopts Using Git and GVFS to Develop Windows OS

first_imgLaunch of Microsoft’s Windows 10 in Sydney on July 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo Credit: JAMES D. MORGAN/GETTY IMAGES) Advertisement Earlier this year, Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. announced that it was working on a solution that allows Git client to scale to really huge repos. The new solution was dubbed GVFS (Git Virtual File System); which virtualizes the file system beneath your repo and makes it appear as though all the files in your repo are present, but in reality only downloads a file the first time it is opened.It also actively manages how much of the repo Git has to consider in operations like checkout and status, since any file that has not been hydrated can be safely ignored.According to online reports, the software firm on Wednesday provided an update on the progress they have made with GVFS. GVFS team has almost completed the rollout of Git/GVFS to the Windows team at Microsoft. – Advertisement – If this works for Windows codebase, then it should work for almost all other large codebase projects, mspoweruser reports.Microsoft also shared some numbers related to Windows team and its codebase. The Windows team is about 4,000 engineers and the engineering system produces 1,760 daily “lab builds” across 440 branches. Windows code base is approximately 3.5M files with a size of about 300GB.Microsoft has made some significant performance improvements and introduced Git proxies. Also, GVFS is an open source project and Microsoft has started making regular updates to the published code base. Starting today, Microsoft is opening GVFS for external contributions. Microsoft also worked with the community to begin to build support into popular tools – like SourceTree, Tower, Visual Studio, etc.[related-posts]Editor’s Note: GVFS is free to use. Just download it from GitHub, create a Visual Studio Team Services account with a Git repo in it and you can start using the setup.source: mspoweruser and TechCrunchlast_img read more

Aintree Day Two

first_imgSTAR EVENT: Aintree COMPETITION: Day Two of the Grand National meeting TIME: first race 2pm TV: C4/RUKWe can hardly complain too much about the opening day at Aintree.A 100/1 winner on the card and the shortest price favourite of the day, Silviniaco Conti (evens), getting beat were the highlights even though there was the inevitable sting in the tail later on in the day with the well backed Captain Conan winning well.Hopefully we outlined some of the reasons we thought Silviniaco Conti was vulnerable yesterday although this columns each way pick for the race in opposition, Quito De La Roque, finished in fourth.The shocking run of favourites in the Aintree Bowl goes on.It was certainly a day that pulled in the crowds with a record Thursday crowd of 32,340 reported.A cloudier day is forecast today but that won’t give much concern to the course executive as Ladies Day is always a sell out and the presence of a certain Mr S Sacre on the main stage is huge box office.He’s dubbed the Frankel of the jumps – which is probably pretty accurate.He will be a big price today (relative to Frankel not the real world) as he tackles 2 1/2 miles for the first time and has a couple of tough nuts to crack in Flemenstar and Cue Card. At Star Sports we have almost given up trying to get him beat but until they prove themselves at a longer trip there is that small window of doubt but it’s fair to say all race fans will want to see his chase record preserved and extended to nine straight wins.A speculative each way punt in the bumper is Midnight Minx who has already proven her ability on a faster surface unlike the majority of the field and it was probably the desperate ground at Sandown to blame for her defeat last time out. She may well be worth another chance.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)1 point ew Midnight Minx (5.25 Aintree)(2 points down yesterday)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.last_img read more

BEN KEITHS BLOG Pam pl source and purchase a Concorde for The

first_imgBlog, one of the few financial investments I’ve touched, that hasn’t turned almost instantly to shit in my hands, is a loans company in Leicester. Its gone SO well, in fact, that I even went out recently for a night of celebratory group-socialising, with their owners; the ‘Leicester Boys’.During the evening, the guys were discussing what they intend on doing when they become true ‘megas’. The conversation led on to what we thought would be an excellent, must-have accessory, for anyone who takes themselves even half seriously as a megatron:A private Concorde.Now that really would be top class, wouldn’t it, Blog?Once we came up with the idea, we really had to question why Star friend and client, ‘The Dark Knight’, doesn’t have one already? We almost had to call him, to give him a good berating over this matter. Sort it out, DK!!Immediate upsides:1) He could have it painted black, made to look as if Batman would fly in it, and have ‘The Dark Knight’ written along the side in red. Kool rating = 10.2) It’s instantly, at least, quite cool, because it uses loads of fuel and makes lots of noise, thus annoys all eco-leftie types. = bonus kool points.3) The plane would imasculate ALL other planes, at all other airports it visits. On landing, people would know that the mega of all megas is in town. The Dark Knight could sneer at owners of standard private-planes as if they’ve turned up in rusty Ford Cortinas = getting better all the time.I am so excited by our idea, that this evening, I have been ‘Googling’ for further research on purchasing a Concorde…There were 20 built.Due to a crash they once had, 9/11, and the fact that our generation have sunk to thinking that filth like Ryan Air are acceptable, and Easy Jet is the classy option; no modern drong want to pay decent money to fly anywhere (not a problem, however, if you’re a mega and want to have a private one).Many of these 20 aircraft are still in existence and just sitting around Europe. I have read online that one could be modernised and have the engine bought up to scratch for about £10mill. It would then cost about £1mill a year to maintain. To check there’s nothing funny going on, after the 2001 crash, we could send up some of The Staff, in a tester flight, before the big day. If they come down okay, we’re then GAME ON!This is a SNIP at £10mill! Having looked online, I’ve seen that cack normal ones cost more than that, Blog!!Also, my second middle-class leftie friend; David Haddrell, is currently qualifying to be a pilot. If I ever get to be a mega, he could fly me about all day, whilst I wind him up for the entire length of the journey, showing him headlines from my Daily Mail. ‘David, back in your seat, please, you mad leftie! You’re the pilot, that means you can’t start punching me during the flight!!’I shall leave this project with The Dark Knight and ask him to come back with a response asap.In other news:Full marks to Posh and Becks for sending their unused clothes to the Red Cross charity shop in Chelsea this week. They are often easy targets for jealousy and sniping but I think this is a great example. Lots of spoilt idiots take the piss out of people who go to charity shops, but there are some great bargains and real quality to be found. Recently, when walking along Marylebone High Street, with Gaul Wood, I saw a David Bailey book in the window of a charity shop. I’ve been looking for a copy of ‘Archive One’ for ages, as online they can cost anything between two hundred and five hundred quid. I dived in, and made a bargain purchase for £35. Who said you can’t eat value?! (Well, yes, okay, Blog. You can’t eat books, but you know what I mean.)Over and out,B xlast_img read more