first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.In a statement last night that followed a seven-hour cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister reached out and offered to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to find a way through the Brexit impasse. Unlike most of her previous televised statements at Downing Street, this is a game-changer. The focus is now on the Labour leader: will he stop Brexit or push for Labour’s alternative deal?The first reaction of many Labour activists has been to question whether May’s offer of compromise is genuine. They are right to be wary of someone who has helped portray Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser and a danger to national security, and who has consistently prioritised party unity over anything else. It does seem unbelievable that she would concede on customs union membership when the ability to strike independent trade deals is the main point of Brexit for many Tories.But perhaps May feels that she has little to lose, apart from the prospect of passing a Brexit deal, which has always been her core mission as Prime Minister. Leaks from the cabinet meeting certainly suggest that a softening is on the cards, and importantly it is now clear that she will not countenance no deal. May also desperately wants to avoid European elections, which requires getting a deal through as quickly as possible.Corbyn has accepted the offer of talks. In his immediate response, which you can read in full here, he said Labour’s five demands for Brexit would be “on the table” in the negotiations today. There was no mention of another referendum. This is a crunch moment for Labour, and the bone of contention is where the party stands on the limitations of the ‘confirmatory public vote’ plan. In the indicative votes process, the leadership has whipped for amendments pledging to put “any” deal to a public vote – including, presumably, Labour’s alternative. But Corbyn’s spokesman told journalists last week that the party only supports a referendum on a “damaging Tory Brexit”. And on Radio 4 today, Rebecca Long-Bailey suggested that the ‘indicative’ motions were merely compromises.Theresa May would far sooner accept Labour’s deal than agree to hold another public vote, and neither she nor the Labour leadership want a long extension (though that may be inevitable at this point). Will complying with Corbyn’s five demands be enough to win a Labour whip in favour of the deal? Or will he also demand a ‘confirmatory ballot’, to satisfy the wishes of many Labour MPs despite he and key allies personally disliking the idea?Groups such as Another Europe is Possible have already warned the Labour leader not to “fall into the trap”. Agree to any Brexit deal and you will get the blame, they say. But it isn’t clear how Labour can reasonably push for its alternative Brexit for so long, then turn down the chance to implement that very deal. The other main concern is that the next Tory leader – for we know that May has promised to step down once this stage of Brexit is completed, and her position will be particularly untenable if Corbyn actually is put in charge of Brexit – could undo any-cross party agreement reached now. Yet that is true of anything: no parliament can pass laws that future parliaments cannot change. Labour has never said it only wants its alternative deal implemented if Corbyn has the keys to No10.The bottom line is that the leadership has never said it wants to stop Brexit, only that it wants to respect the 2016 result. Going back on that now would be surprising, whatever your interpretation of the party conference policy.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Theresa May /Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

first_imgA platter of Yucatecan joy! We made our way through the various, corn-tortilla-based savory snacks – a panucho: a hand-made tortilla that’s been slit, with black bean puree spooned in. The tortilla is then lightly fried and topped with shredded turkey, marinated cabbage, pickled red onions and avocado.Wait, “turkey?”, you ask? Not chicken, not pork? Nope, turkey.   Before there were chickens in the Americas, there were turkeys (remember that whole Thanksgiving thing?), and the Maya put them in a lot of yummy dishes. The turkey adds so much more flavor than chicken. And while it will never take the place of pork in my palate, moist pavo on a corn tortilla instantly conjures up the taste and smell of the Yucatán for me. Next on the platter, a salbute, which is almost the same as a panucho, but not stuffed, and a little crispier. They were both delicious, though for me the salbute edged out the panucho. A little empanada was next, stuffed with ground pork with tomato sauce baked onto it. Also on the plate were a tostada, which was simply a crispy fried tortilla smeared with black beans and topped with queso fresco, and a kotzito – more or less a crispy taquito covered in a tomato/onion sauce.For my meal, I had my old favorite… Tilapia – in this case; deep fried, with a lovely crispy skin on the outside, super mild, and moist flesh on the inside. Tilapia used to get a bad rap as being a rather unhealthy choice for fish, but most of that has been disproven, while the farming methods have improved. It’s inexpensive and lends itself to all sorts of preparations as it takes to strong flavors. I wished, however, that they had seasoned the fish a bit here – it needed salt. But it was good with the beans, hot sauce, and pickled onions. And yes, I made myself some sublime fish tacos with those wonderful tortillas.The service was great. We sat at our table, nursing our sangria, for a good long time, chatting, dipping into the beans and salsa with the extra tortillas we’d asked for, well after we were over-full, and dude kept coming by to refill our glasses, asking if we needed anything more, making us feel welcome, while tending to the needs of other tables and big parties.There are so many Mexican restaurants in the City, and most of them offer the same tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc., we all know and love. Because that’s what we in America mostly like – Americanized Mexican food. And that’s fine. But Mexico is a big place, with a myriad of regions and different cooking tradition using ingredients unique to each area, which a lot of us know very little about, unless you’re an avid Rick Bayless fan. There are at least three-to-four other Yucatecan places in the Mission, most of which aren’t as dolled up as Poc Chuc, but still worth a try. It’s good to have a regional cuisine so well represented in our City.And, for the record, Poc Chuc serves tacos, too.Poc Chuc2886 16th St. (between South Van Ness and Shotwell)San Francisco, CA 94103(415) 558-1583 We segued into an appetizer plate, the Platillo Maya. Poc Chuc has been around since about 2007, run by the same family, albeit under different names. First came Popol Vuh, named after a sacred book of an ancient people in what is now Guatemala. Next came Chichen Itza, after the famed Mayan city in Mexico. Apparently, there was a fight with a restaurant in Los Angeles over the rights to the name, and so our little Yucatecan outpost became Poc Chuc, after one of the signature dishes of the area.Poc Chuc serves food from the Yucatecan region of Mexico, in the southeast of the country. When it first opened, it was much nicer than the other Mexican places around; it certainly wasn’t your everyday taqueria. I’d been to the Yucatán in the 80s so I was familiar with some of its food. Even Tommy’s out on Geary, which is pretty much a standard (although wonderful in its cheesiness) Mexican-American restaurant, has a delicious version of the famous dish, and that was all I ever ordered there.After all those years, we came back one night and found the restaurant had not changed much, albeit it may have been a little more run down than I remembered.   Hell, so am I, nine years later. At the last table in the back sat the owners’ son, a boy of about 11, who alternately worked on a school project, helped serve dishes to the tables, and sliced onions in the prep area. I was happy to see it was still very much a family-run place, with balloons floating limply from a chair, leftovers from someone’s birthday party, paint chipped here and there, and bad music blaring from the juke box – to me, ear-grating Latin pop. But the food was still excelente.The kid brought us homemade tortilla chips with two hot sauces… Poc Chuc! Most commonly a pork steak marinated in sour orange juice and then grilled, the words themselves simply mean to “toast” over “fire.” If that doesn’t sound very enticing, you’re wrong. There’s something about how the citrus permeates the meat, melding with the smokiness, which makes it a dish greater than the sum of its parts and, seemingly, of its quite simple cooking method.It is served here with a vegetable-bouillon rice, a grilled tomato salsa and pickled red onions, and a side of black bean puree to spoon over the rice. But before you do – taste that rice. People don’t believe me when I say how difficult it is to find a cook who knows how to make good rice in restaurants, but it’s a real talent. In Mexican rice dishes (as in most Latin cultures’), the uncooked rice is typically toasted in hot oil, and then liquid – broth, water, spices, or any combination – is added for the rice to absorb. Getting that ratio of chewiness and flavor from the initial frying, and the absorption of the liquid so that each grain is separate, distinct, and imbued with character, is no easy thing. Poc Chuc’s was savory, homey, and had a good chew – it was perfectly cooked.The brothy black beans that come on the side were delicious too – fresh tasting, with a deep, yet subtle flavor that comes from epazote, a pungent herb similar to oregano or anise, but stronger-tasting.The grilling on my meat was perfect, giving it that signature char and smoky taste. And what’s that in the upper left corner of the pic? Homemade corn tortillas! Thick, hot, and absolutely delectable. Night and day from the mass-produced stuff you get in your local stupidmarket. You can get refills here, and you’ll want them. They’re perfect for dipping in the thick beans, making little tacos of whatever’s on your plate, while little moans of happiness emanate from your table….The BF had the salpicon, typically a hodge-podge dish of chopped meat and salad. Here, the dish consisted of shredded flank steak, mixed with chopped red onions, cilantro and radishes. It was juicy, flavorful, and he really enjoyed it. It came with marinated cabbage, tomatoes, limes, and the same tasty rice and beans. For my main, I went for drama, and ordered the whole fried fish. My next visit was with two girlfriends on a Saturday night. I’d heard that sometimes there is a bit of live entertainment – a man playing tunes on his guitar in the corner – but alas, the only thing on tonight was the t.v. on the wall.It was quite busy, though, and our server, while completely able to hold his own and still be friendly and efficient, somehow misunderstood us when we ordered a pitcher of sangria and brought us not only the pitcher but three glasses already full of sangria; so, essentially, we had two pitchers, and one of us wasn’t doing her fair share of drinking. Luckily my other friend and I were able to solider our way through.Friend Number 1 ordered what I had intended on getting, but offered to share: Pavo en mole. Moles are very complex sauces made up of a multitude of ingredients – dried chili peppers, toasted seeds and nuts, spices and herbs, raisins, chocolate – served over chicken, turkey or pork. There are endless varieties, and they’re a real labor of love, as their preparation can take several hours. Poc Chuc’s is actually a soup rather than a sauce, and is black, which is typically a Oaxacan preparation. The chunky one was a roasted tomato salsa, with a mild amount of heat, a tad sweet. The other was an habanero salsa – a very spicy chili used frequently in Yucatecan cooking – fruity and hot, and the two were actually the perfect salsa when mixed together. I ate almost that entire bowl of chips by myself.The sangria helped to cool things down. Their sangria, by the way, is outstanding. It’s the perfect amount of winey-ness and not too sweet, served in a big old tumbler. 0% Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% This inky caldo (soup) was so very, very delicious. It was deeply flavored, rich, yet light because it was a soup instead of a sauce, and the slight gaminess of the turkey held its own. A bowl of rice came alongside to add in, along with those fabulously thick tortillas for scooping. This was my favorite dish of the night, and next time, it’s all MINE.Friend Number 2 ordered pollo pibil. Pibil, whether made with pork (cochinito pibil) or chicken, is actually the most renowned of Yucatecan dishes, made with a citrus marinade and achiote – a bright, red-orange natural food coloring/flavoring agent made from the seeds of the annatto tree – and slow roasted in banana leaves over an open fire. I could not really discern the taste of the achiote, nor any of the smokiness that is typical of the dish, but as a nice chicken stew it was really good and homey. Friend Number Two loved it.last_img read more

first_imgMark Percival bagged a hat-trick whilst Ben Barba took the headlines with a superb performance.He scored two and had a hand in several others as Saints gained some revenge for their semi-final defeat.Saints had the job done in the first half as they led 22-0.Barba scored within the first five minutes and then Jon Wilkin combined with the fullback to put Zeb Taia over.And 25 minutes in it got better as Barba’s kick was acrobatically tipped back on the deadball line by Alex Walmsley for Lomax to touch down.An amazing bit of skill for a prop that stands at 6 ft 5.Two minutes later it was 22-0.Lomax hammered home a 40-20 and on the resultant set, the ball found its away to Mark Percival who muscled his way over.Richardson kicking his third conversion of the night.Castleford showed that they weren’t going to go away by having a sustained period of pressure on the Saints’ line early in the second half.But the home side weathered the storm and then extended their lead on 53 minutes.Back to back drop outs gave Holbrook’s men the opportunity and Percival then showed great strength again for his second of the night.Kyle Amor saw yellow for interference as the game reached its hour mark and Cas profited through Paul McShane.But Saints wrestled back any sort of momentum with another try.Firstly, Wilkin returned to the field to put in a big defensive stint and then Barba pulled off a wonder tackle on Greg Eden.From there, Theo Fages found Taia and he duly turned it back inside for Barba’s second.A super try straight from the training field.Taia scored his second as he ran on a fine line from Fages’ ball and then Saints saved the best until last.Saints moved the ball at speed from within their own half, Barba produced a stunning arced run and went 50 metres before he turned it back inside for Percival’s hat-trick.A memorable end to a memorable night.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Barba (2), Taia (2), Lomax, Percival (3), Goals: Richardson (7 from 8)Tigers: Tries: McShane Goals: Gale (1 from 1)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 9 Tigers: 5HT: 22-0 FT: 46-6REF: J ChildATT: 13,108Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3, Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles.Tigers: 1. Ben Roberts; 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Jake Webster, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Greg Eden; 21. Jake Trueman, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Junior Moors, 9. Paul McShane, 22. James Green, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 14. Nathan Massey. Subs: 10. Grant Millington, 13. Adam Milner, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 18. Matt Cook.last_img read more

first_imgNew signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are all in line to make their Super League debuts for the Club.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 23.Lachlan Coote.Adrian Lam will choose his Wigan Warriors side from:Joe Bullock, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Joe Greenwood, Gabe Hamlin, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Taulima Tautai, George Williams.Tickets are still on sale, but limited in many areas, you can secure yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Topsail Baseball will have a new head coach in 2019. (Photo: Dustin Dorsey/WWAY) BURGAW — Nearly two months after an investigation into an ineligible player on the Topsail High School baseball team was opened, the Pender County Board of Education announced its findings during a meeting Friday.Pender County Schools attorney Richard Schwartz read a report that assigned responsibility to all involved, including parents and players. Schwartz added the report would be made available to the public directly after the meeting.- Advertisement – “As a member of the high school athletic association, Topsail High School must comply with all of its rules and regulations, as well as Pender County Board of Education policy,” Schwartz said. “Responsibility for assuring that compliance is shared among various school system employees, primarily the head coach of the team involved, the school’s athletic director, principal and county athletic director.”Click here for more from StarNews.last_img read more

first_img “We have been getting calls since we came back on live around 4:00 last Friday that people can hear us. We’ve had a lot of encouraging messages being sent to this station, we’ve heard from advertisers. It really has been an extremely positive response since we upgraded the signal,” Redwolf Broadcasting Director of Operations Aimee Mulligan said.With that clear signal, you can listen to the WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina from 6 to 7 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and the rest of the Big Talker lineup, which includes mostly conservative talk shows, including Wilmington-based Mornings with Joe Catenacci, statewide political discussion on The Chad Adams Show and national personalities like Sean Hannity and Dana Loesch and financial expert Dave Ramsey, throughout the day. 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) — The Big Talker 106.7 FM has been on the air for a while. But one complaint it’s heard from listeners is about the station’s weak signal. Now that’s a thing of the past.The radio station just got a brand new transmitter. Many listeners said they would lose the station as they drove or would simply hear static. Now the station has moved its tower and upgraded the antenna. It is already getting positive feedback.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img After you’re done with that, you go to Santa’s village, where kids can sit on Santa’s lap and write him letters containing their Christmas lists.Director David Crooks says you can can even get a Christmas tree while you’re there.“Santa Claus is free, Santa’s village is free. We do have candy for sale, t-shirts for sale, hot cocoa and food and stuff like that. And you guys can just come and spend the evening with us and enjoy some Christmas spirit at Christmas in the Country,” said Crooks. “It’s a new family tradition, really, is what we’re going for.”Related Article: Bathroom furnishings distribution center sets up shop in Pender CountyChristmas in the Country costs $20 per car load up to ten people. Any more than that is a dollar per person.It goes until New Year’s Eve. ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — A new Christmas light display that organizers hope will become a new tradition, just opened its doors in Rocky Point on Thanksgiving night.Christmas in the Country at the Old Homestead Farm in Rocky Point features a mile-long drive-through style Christmas light display, with over 100,000 lights.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgJames Beard Award semi-finalist Chef Dean Neff, locally known partly for his time as chef at Pinpoint restaurant in Wilmington, is sharing some trade secrets from the sea.Today, he taught WWAY’s Donna Gregory how to shuck an oyster, the right way.- Advertisement – Neff is hosting dinner pop-ups this weekend and next.Summer Solstice Dinner Pop-Ups are being held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at Love, Lydia Bakery at 1502 S. 3rd St. in Wilmington.Here’s more information.Related Article: Chef Dean Neff shows how to make Low Country Boil and morelast_img read more

first_img SharePrint Familja li rnexxielha ssalva mill-għargħar tistnna barra mid-dar li jaslu l-ħaddiema tas-salvataġġ fid-distrett ta’Chikwawa (Ritratt: Thoko Chikondi/AP)Familja li rnexxielha ssalva mill-għargħar tistnna barra mid-dar li jaslu l-ħaddiema tas-salvataġġ fid-distrett ta’Chikwawa (Ritratt: Thoko Chikondi/AP) The bishops of Malawi are asking for help after devastating floods continue to affect the country.“We are deeply concerned as an institution which works mainly with the rural communities that the most affected are the poor Malawians, some of whom were already struggling to meet basic needs. While we struggle together to respond to the disaster which has befallen us, we appeal to all Catholics and people of good will, donor agencies and our International development partners to spare the little they might have to support our brothers and sisters who are trapped in this catastrophic condition,” reads the bishops’ March 9 statement.“This is about human life, human dignity and human rights.  It is about the very reason we exist as a church, standing for those in need. Our hearts are heavy to lose human life in such devastating circumstances; we are in a middle of crisis,” continues the statement.Devastating floods have swept across Southern Africa, killing hundreds of people in Malawi, South Africa and Mozambique and rendering hundreds of thousands homeless.Humanitarian Aid needed urgently“There is need for urgent humanitarian aid as the affected households are in dire need of life saving interventions such as food, shelter, water and sanitation. Many are being accommodated in evacuation camps, schools and churches disrupting learning. A total of 187 camps have been established so far and these people are relying on well-wishers to fend for their needs. With congestion in the camps, chances of occurrence of water borne diseases are high, hence need for water and sanitation interventions. Protection issues are also of great need as the marginalized tend to be sidelined.”“The biggest challenges are that we have an uncounted population that is trapped in the waters, which are in dire need of support,” the National Coordinator of CADECOM, told Crux news agency.Caritas is appealing for $280,000 to help the people suffering from the effects of the floods. According to the country’s main utility company, 80 percent of Malawi’s electricity supply has been disrupted.Church opens schools and churchesThe Church has opened up schools and churches which are now used as temporary shelters.  The Caritas website says the charity will provide households with “cooking utensils, hygiene items, water storage and purification items and help to protect them from future heavy rains.”In addition, it will work to combat further consequences from the flooding “by ensuring people remain camped on higher ground until the rainy season ends in April. It will also work to limit outbreaks of waterborne diseases by not only providing chlorine tablets but also raising awareness early if there are any signs of such diseases.”In 2015 there was a similar disaster when 15 districts were affected with 106 people killed, 172 missing and 230,000 displaced. Damage and loss was valued at $335 million while cost of recovery was projected at $494 million.“I pray for encouragement to all those involved in rescue operations and humanitarian assistance that they may not tire of supporting their brothers and sisters who need them most during this difficult time,” said Bishop Charles Kasonde of Solwezi, Zambia, and chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferencce in Eastern Africa.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgph Marchisciano / One+Nine Images Torino 19–08-2017 – Juventus vs Cagliari 2017-2018Nella foto: gianluigi buffonph Marchisciano / One+Nine Images Torino 19–08-2017 – Juventus vs Cagliari 2017-2018Nella foto: gianluigi buffon Buffon won’t be hanging up his boots just yet as the veteran goalkeeper signed a one-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The former Juventus player made 176 appearances for the Azzurri and managed to win the World Cup in 2006. He spent 17 years with the reigning Serie A champions where he won numerous trophies in 656 games. However he failed to win the Champions League during a career that has spanned 23 years, losing the 2003 final to AC Milan, the 2014 edition to Barcelona and in 2017 to Real Madrid.The 40-year old will be officially presented as a PSG player on Monday and is expected to compete with Alphonse Areola for a starting place.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie scored a stunning free-kick in the 87th minute as Feyenoord managed a 2-1 win against Vitesse. However the veteran striker was then sent off for a challenge on Max Clark.Vitesse took the lead in the 32nd minute thanks to Matus Bero before Eric Botteghin equalised for Feyenoord at the beginning of the second half. Vitesse were reduced to 9 men after Thomas Bruns and Daniljo Doekhi were both sent off.Van Persie became the third player to be shown a red card after the 35-year-old, who rejoined Feyenoord after spending the last three season with Fenerbahçe, exited the match on a sour note.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement To enter the promotion, one has to be on the MTN network. Customers are required to send a text ‘WIN or ‘TSINDA’ using Short Message Service (SMS) to code 180. The automated system will then send the customer a question which must be responded to.A customer wins 20 points for every correct answer to accumulate bonus points that enable them to participate more.“When they announced the first winners, that is when I took the promotion very serious and I set myself a target of winning. I am very happy to have reached the target,” Jean Bosco Kanyarukato, one of the seven luck winners said. – Advertisement – Draws for the winners are held every Friday.“People have responded positively to the promotion, especially after witnessing that the promotion wasn’t a hoax,” MTN’s Chief Operations Officer, Andrew Rugege said.Rugege also called-up female subscribers to enter the competition, saying that for the past three draws most winners are male subscribers.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Apple is going to be able to track your phone even when it is turned off!The company has been granted a patent that could potentially allow it to track an individual’s iPhone, even when it appears to have been turned off.The feature enables phones to enter a sleep-like state that suggests it has been shut down, but instead the phone’s movements can still be traced. – Advertisement – At the moment, the company provides its own “Find My iPhone” service, which enables users to track their handset when it has been lost or stolen. As it stands, however, phones cannot be traced when turned off.The granted patent indicates that in the future, users may be asked to enter a passcode before they turn their phone off, and if the incorrect code is entered the device will enter a traceable sleep mode. This will be a useful addition in the fight against mobile phone theft.The patent also outlines plans for iPhone owners to operate their device’s camera remotely while in sleep mode, enabling them to potentially take a photograph of the individual who has stolen their phone.According to the document, the iPhone will “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmits location data” automatically. It is likely that Apple will need to be wholly transparent with users as to how this feature would be implemented, in order to avoid accusations of surveillance.Via read more

first_imgAdvertisement Social networking site, LinkedIn has revealed it has acquired online education company in a deal worth $1.5 establishing itself as a web-based resource in 2002 and has been geared towards helping people learn new skills through online videos which are produced in its own studios.The company hires experts on each given subject to teach the courses. – Advertisement – In January snapped up $186 in funding, which was in addition to the $103 million it raised in 2013.LinkedIn has been making big-bucks acquisitions, most notably taking on SlideShare for $119 million in 2012, Pulse for $90 million, Bizo for $175 million, and Bright for $120 million.The acquisition, which is expected to close in Q2 2015The official announcement from LinkedIn said that they believe they can make it even easier for professionals around the world to accelerate their careers and realize their potential through the learning and development of new skills.Via Venture Beatlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement News sources have revealed that Apple will be releasing its fastest ever iPod Touch this week.According to French website, the device maker is expected to announce new versions of the iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano on Tuesday.The iPod Touch, could get a 64-bit processor and this will replace the Touch’s current 32-bit processor, making the gadget faster. – Advertisement – The Touch’s five-megapixel camera, and 16, 32, and 64 gigabyte storage could also be upgraded.The Touch, Shuffle and Nano will all be available in several new colours, including gold, electric blue and fuchsia, as well as black, pink and grey.Apple launched the Beta version of its latest operating system – iOS 9, and the new software for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has been designed to streamline everyday tasks and become more intelligent and attuned to individual needs.[VIA]last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: 2.bp Advertisement Women’s day is right round the corner and we cannot ignore the tremendous effort and contribution the ladies and young women around us have brought to the Information, Communications and Technology sector in Uganda. Throughout the month of March PC Tech will celebrate women’s day and especially women who have greatly influenced and are still influencing the Tech scene in Uganda. Now we probably know a few of these and many of you have heard of them too.Young innovative women attending a hackathon at outbox. Image Credit: ugandandiasporanewsWe recently interviewed Lyndsay Handler who won “Outstanding Woman in Innovation” at the MTN Innovation Awards last November for her role in touching over 300,000 lives through ReadyPay Solar a sort of “Yaka” for off-grid homesteads. For as low as 800/= users are able to pay for their solar equipment over a set period of time and in addition to giving them light and powering their phones and radios, ReadyPay has given them a credit score!If it wasn’t for Winfred Mwebaza, there would be no PC Tech. Okay, let me explain. – Advertisement – Back in 1999 in South Western Uganda, a small crowd of young boys camped outside a little room about half the size of the classrooms on either side. If it had been in 2016 you would think that #SteadyProgress was “serving gravy”! Entry into the computer lab was more competitive than actually getting into Ntare School at S1. Ms Mwebaza, as her students called her back then, was the custodian of the lab, and the internet. Never mind that it was dialup, measured in Kilo bytes.Whereas many of the boys were content with playing games, Albert and Joshua wanted more. Fortunately, Ms Mwebaza not only accommodated their curiosity and occasional mischief, but also encouraged and facilitated them. Their journey with computers and technology really kicked off under the watchful eye and gently guidance of Ms Mwebaza. Ms Mwebaza has over the years inspired and mentored many of the leading techies that you see today.Nominate a lady who’s changing the face of technology in your community, organization or in your own life and celebrate their achievements. There are those that we read about in the papers regularly, and see them on our TV screens, then there are those that we don’t know about despite the immense contributions that they are making, we need your help finding them and celebrating them as well.Image Credit: blogspotJulia Hartz, president and co-founder of Eventbrite  said, “You have to realise how important it is to put yourself out there as there are so many women who are badass but they don’t want to deal with criticism and the downside of being in the public life and being a role model.”So don’t be afraid to nominate yourself, we want to celebrate you.. Nominate yourself.[related-posts]All you have to do is fill out this one-page form for less than 2 minutes, submit the name and some details of a brilliant woman or girl & we shall do the rest. We look forward to your contributions. You may submit anonymously, however we shall appreciate it if you give us your contact details in case we need to contact you about the nominee.We shall run a series of articles in March featuring some of your nominees, look out for that!Nomination form here: read more

first_imgExelvan 3D-G1 Virtual Reality 3D Video Headset. Photo by: Nathan Ernest Olupot Advertisement Exelvan 3D-G1 Virtual Reality 3D Video Headset is a second generation headset designed for smartphones to enable users watch 3D movies, 3D Pictures, or enjoy the ultimate experience from VR games. You ought to own one of these. It’s priced at 52,000 UGX via online shopping marketplace; Kilimall Uganda.PC Tech did manage to have a hand of the headset, and we shall surely have a review.Sitting, Standing, or Lying down, the Headset is convenient to use for watching/use anytime anywhere. They are made of ABS and spherical resin lens materials without stimulation plastic sheet that is environmentally friendly, fully enclosed designed, and can only be used by one person at a time. The distance between the phone and the lens design can be adjusted so that it suits for people with different visions.Unboxing: – Advertisement – Inside the big black and blue box, comes packed with the 3D-G1 Virtual Reality Headset, a Magnet Controller, a Strap, an Alcohol Prep Pad for cleaning your lenses, and finally the manual guide.First Impressions1. Support for 3.5-Inch screen handsets The headset is design for handsets with 3.5 to 6 inch screen size, with a maximum length of 160mm. At first we thought it was sutiable for screen size ranging from 5.5 inches to 6 inches, but we got it wrong! The VR headset has Optical Axis Slider (marked in Red, Yellow, and Green colored dots) that help you adjust the headset depending on the handset you’re carrying. The Green; is the axis distance for handsets between 3.5 to 4.7 inch screen size, the Yellow; is for handsets between 4.7 to 5.5 inch screen size, and finally the Red; for handsets with larger screen size between 5.5 to 6 inches.2. Wearing Glasses or not, the picture is still awesome Those that normally wear glasses can still view everything clear and it’s still comfortable on wear. The pupil distance from the lens is 53mm to 72mm regardless of glasses. Whether you wear glasses or not, the scenario produced is crystal clear and awesome.3. The ‘Thermovent’ feature Comparing with the first (1st) generation headsets, the new headsets now come with the thermovent feature with appears on top of the lid. This is notably designed to release the heat that is generated by the long time usage of the phone.4. The Magnet Controller The Magnet Controller is mainly used for mobile apps; that were designed to use (We might have this in our review). The controller works in a way that, once you slide it up or down, the gyroscope of the smartphone will sense the change in magnetic field and will present functions such as shooting; if your playing a game, play, pause, forward or backward; if your watching/playing movies or musical videos.Honorable Mentions: It comes with new lenses to achieve greater field of view and decreases the vignetting at the edge of the picture, compared to the first (1st) generation headsets.[related-posts]Having said all that, don’t think you will just place your smartphone in the headset and start using. It won’t produce the results you want. You ought to have a 3D or a VR mobile app installed on you phone, then you will be in position to play and watch 3D or VR content.How to get 3D or VR content you ask, you can use YouTube or any other website of your choice to download 3D videos direct to your smartphone, or simply transfer 3D videos from one device from one gadget to yours. On the side of games; you can download VR games from you app store.last_img read more

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first_imgShare CONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.eduTWO CAMPAIGNS RAISE $85 MILLION FOR BUILDINGS ATRICEFund-raising campaigns for two newcampus buildings and associated academic and research programs were completedthis summer, raising more than $85 million for Rice. The campaigns for Anne and Charles Duncan Hall and James A. Baker III Hall,which brought together longtime friends of the university and first-time donors,exceeded target goals of $45 million and $40 million respectively. A thirdfund-raising effort for the building to house the Center for Nanoscale Scienceand Technology is nearly 85 percent toward its $32.3 million goal.The completion of the two campaigns demonstrates an interest among manylocal, national and international communities to support the type of qualityprograms developed at Rice, university officials said.“Each of these projects results in an outstanding addition to Rice,” saidRice Board of Governors Chair E. William Barnett. “Computational Engineeringkeeps Rice on the cutting edge of an exciting technology; the Baker Instituteenormously strengthens our role in public policy and brings a vitalinternational component to the campus.”Duncan Hall is the new home for the George R. Brown School of Engineering,recently ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Baker Hallhouses the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the office of thedean of the School of Social Sciences, and faculty offices for the economics andpolitical science departments.“The completion of these two campaigns attests to the vision of our board inpursuing these initiatives in computational engineering and in public policy, aswell as to the loyalty and confidence of Rice’s many alumni, friends and othergenerous benefactors who endorsed our vision with their contributions of time,energy and money,” said Rice President Malcolm Gillis.Four academic departments are housed in Duncan Hall, which also has anauditorium, classrooms and laboratories for signal processing (in the TexasInstruments wing), optimization (in the Keck Center), and telecommunication. Thebuilding was designed by London-based architect John Outram, and its colorfulcommons area has become a popular stop for campus visitors. “Completion of the campaign for Computational Engineering is a wonderfulboost for the George R. Brown School,” said Michael Carroll, dean of theengineering school. “The wonderful new building, the funding for endowed chairsand other programmatic support will sustain and strengthen our already excellentprogram in computational engineering. We are very grateful to all of the donors,both individual and corporate, who have made all of this possible. I amespecially pleased that our faculty and staff have been so supportive of thecampaign.”Baker Institute director Edward P. Djerejian said that when he arrived oncampus during the summer of 1994 he determined there was a need to raise theinitial campaign goal of $30 million to $40 million.“Because of the pace of activity, I realized in order to match the mission ofthe institution with the proper financial support system, we would need theadditional $10 million,” he said.The new campaign goal was passed more than 18 months in advance of itsscheduled completion date. Contributions came from numerous sources: at firstfrom friends of Rice, Houstonians, Texans, and national outlets; then as thecampaign stretched toward the $40 million mark, international donors werebrought into the mix.And the nonpartisan flavor of the institute remained intact: donations camefrom Democrats and Republicans.“The completion of this initial fund-raising effort gives us the firmfinancial foundation we need to consolidate our ongoing programs and research,and allows us to move into new fields,” Djerejian said.Through a faculty advisory committee, the institute will determine newresearch projects and programs, and secure financial support for these newactivities as they are agreed upon, Djerejian said. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ###last_img read more