San Franciscos Dissident Voices Unite at Book Fair

first_imgWhile San Francisco may seem to have lost its radical edge, grassroots activists who filled the Second Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair to capacity on Sunday offered proof that they still exist.  “The value of people coming together under one banner is ultimately in saying that we are not problems to be fixed—but that we ourselves are solutions,” said Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, a national organization working for the validity of Black life, who spoke at the conference held at the City College of San Francisco’s Mission campus at 1125 Valencia St.Garza was among a diverse roster of authors, activists, journalists and community leaders who came together to discuss strategies for addressing social and political injustices. The day of readings and workshops paid tribute to historian Howard Zinn, whose work surrounding issues of race, class, war and radical critique of American history have shaped public consciousness and paved the way for contemporary resistance movements.The event’s keynote panel discussion highlighted a civil rights movement rooted in the Bay Area that united protestors around the world to rally behind the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Aiming to expose police violence against black men, Garza said that the movement encompasses other struggles, such as immigration, human rights, and the privatization of education and public resources. “It is absolutely necessary to build alignment between movements that have the most potential to open up new opportunities,” said Garza. In a question-and-answer format, Garza and Dr. Clayborne Carson, a Stanford University historian, discussed current and past civil rights movements and their effectiveness in creating a more humane and compassionate society in the future. “From what we have seen in this century, no one can tell me that activism is dead, “ said Carson. “It takes innovation from young people who recognize that there is a problem in the present, and that it is something that is curable.”Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter and Standford Historian Dr. Clayborne Carson discuss the evolution of civil rights movements. Photo By Laura WaxmannThis sentiment was echoed throughout the day, as hundreds of participants swept in and out of the halls of the college, stopping at booths to purchase books, meet the authors and community members, as well as to exchange ideas. “The book fair is a place where the left of the Bay Area can cohere and learn from all of our different struggles— there’s not really another venue like that anymore,” said Matt Bello, a San Francisco educator. “I’m really inspired by the growth of San Francisco’s housing movement and the great work that City College activists and other have been doing. Coming here, it’s clear that activism is not dead.”Earlier in the day, Bello sat in on a panel discussion called “Hidden Histories of Chinatown and the Tenderloin,” led by  progressive journalist and author David Talbot, that examined grassroots activism in the context of housing rights and gentrification in the city.“We have to understand San Francisco’s history as we try to find our way forward through these very challenging times,” said Talbot, who was joined by attorney and author Randy Shaw and community activist Gordon Chin.Bello said that hearing the community activists’ experiences was formative. “These men are institutions in the city— we can learn so much from the struggles they’ve been involved in.”Randy Shaw (left), David Talbot, and Gordon Chin (right), discuss lesson’s learned through past movements and grassroots activism. Photo By Laura WaxmannFor both Shaw and Chin, longtime organizers in the Tenderloin and in Chinatown, respectively— a “deep care and commitment” to their communities turned into a life of activism that helped change city laws and retain cultural and economic diversity in these neighborhoods. Both avoided becoming “upscale” and remained largely resilient to the displacement and gentrification, said Shaw.Sharing insights from his book, “The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime, and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco,” Shaw explained that in the 80s, community resistance to large chain hotels helped keep the Tenderloin affordable and diverse. “For the last 20 years, activism has been driven by Tenderloin SRO residents,” he said. “There are a lot of negative stereotypes about SRO tenants— but they are the leading force in fighting crime and improving the neighborhood.”Chin, who authored “Building Community Chinatown Style,” said a lot of issues depicted in his book resonate in the present.  “We are faced with the worst housing crisis and displacement crisis that we have seen in the last half century— there are lessons to be learned from the past.”Some of these lessons stem from past victories. Chin explained the role of Chinatown’s family associations in keeping property in the hands of the people that live there.“For Chinatown, relationships are critical. Everyone knows everyone and their families,” said Chin. “The indigenous owners have an intrinsic value in keeping their buildings and not going the way of tech.”Chin explained that 20-25 percent of family associations own Chinatown’s buildings and fought to keep them designated as mixed-use developments, which proved crucial in the neighborhood’s preservation.Both agreed that finding commonalities and alignments in movements is key in moving forward politically and socially.“It is time to develop commonality strategies across the city,” said Chin. “We need to form alliances to push policies that preempt that divide-and-rule lawmaking of City Hall.” 0%center_img Tags: bookstores Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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JON Wilkin is backing the Saints to produce the go

first_imgJON Wilkin is backing the Saints to produce the goods when they take on Warrington Wolves tonight – and get the fans flocking to Widnes as a result.The 27-year-old said the best way to get some momentum at the Club’s temporary home would be to turn in an entertaining performance.“We are respectful of our fans and know what our duty is,” he explained. “We are an entertainment industry and there to please the fans. The best way for us to get some momentum at Widnes is to produce a good performance which will encourage the fans to turn up in bigger numbers.“That is how we will make Widnes a tougher place for the visitors to come to this year. That will help get fans over from St Helens to fill the stadium and make it a noisy place”.But Jon knows that Saints face a tough test of their credentials as title challengers when the Wolves come to town – past history or not.“It is bizarre that the record is there, given how strong they are, but they have not yet found a performance,” he added. “We have shown resilience and a will to win. But the past is the past.“Warrington are a team that can score points – with players like Lee Briers and Michael Monaghan who can punish you.“David Solomona is a dangerous player who can hurt you quickly.“We had a 15 minute lapse on Friday against Salford, but we cannot afford one minute against Wolves.“They have proved against us in the past that they can score points – they are an attacking side and we will need a tougher mentality for 80 minutes.”“On paper they have the best squad in the league – they have a lot of experience and top class players and Joel Monaghan and Brett Hodgson will enhance that.”He continued: “It does not bother me that people are rightly talking about Wigan and Warrington because people have written us off for a couple of years now.“It will all unfold as it does – when it gets to the big games we will hopefully be in as good a position as possible.“If we concentrate on the week-to-week goals right then the bigger picture will unfold when it gets to the big games.”last_img read more

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SAINTS fixture at Widnes Vikings has been brought

first_imgSAINTS’ fixture at Widnes Vikings has been brought forward two days to Friday March 13, 2015. The game was originally due to be played on the Sunday but with Warrington visiting Langtree Park the following Thursday, it has been moved in line with the RFL’s policy on player welfare. We are grateful to Widnes for agreeing to rearrange the fixture. Blake Solly Super League General Manager said: “Sky has established Thursday night rugby league as a particular focus of its Super League coverage. As a governing body and working in conjunction with the Super League clubs we will be required to manage the ramifications of this broadcasting slot. “We appreciate that player welfare must be considered wherever possible in managing the short turnaround that can be caused by playing on a Thursday evening. The RFL will therefore accept requests for any club involved in a Thursday night fixture to move its previous Sunday fixture to a Saturday or Friday. “We are grateful to Widnes Vikings and all our member clubs who have worked with us to manage the fixture amendments for the forthcoming season.”last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham says Hull FC will present a tota

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says Hull FC will present a totally different challenge from the side that struggled for form earlier in the season.The Airlie Birds have won six of their last seven games to not only progress in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup but also rise to eighth in the First Utility Super League.“It will be a tough game,” Cunningham said. “They are playing really well and have changed the way they are playing with the ball. They are playing Leon Pryce on the ball a lot more and he is hitting good form as a result.“They are a good defensive side but haven’t been in a good spot on the table. They have been losing games by minimal points but now they have changed the way they attack. They are playing more carefree.“It is important for us to put in a good performance. We have a real difficult block of fixtures coming up and the next month is vital for us.“We will be doing it without Luke Walsh and with a new half back partnership. The challenge for us is to come out with as many points as we can.”Saints head into the clash on the back of a 46-6 win over York City Knights and with a number of players returning after being rested.James Roby, Jordan Turner, Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson all missed out – and Cunningham admits he would have liked to have omitted more.“We had to play with Jon Wilkin and Travis Burns on Friday even though they have both played a lot of minutes,” he continued. “They will definitely play together over the next few games so we had to build that combination.“The game gave me a chance to rest some players but some desperately wanted to play after our loss in Catalan. Alex (Walmsley) wanted to play and I had to hit him over the head with a crowbar to stop him. I could have rested a few more but they wanted to kick on with a bit of form.“It also gave me the opportunity to look at some of the younger players too. I thought Matty Fleming did a job for us at centre, Olly (Davies) was great on the edge and Morgan (Knowles) was outstanding.“It will be a real challenge to find his position as he can fill numerous roles. He could be the utility role player for us that every club needs.”Tickets for Friday’s game at Hull FC and Saints’ home fixtures for the rest of the regular season, are now on sale.You can get yours by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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SAINTS and Leeds have split their last ten meeti

first_imgSAINTS and Leeds have ‘split’ their last ten meetings together.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15)Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Super League Summary:Leeds won 26 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs)St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Career Milestones:Jordan Turner needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 37 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe continues to have the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 51.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014 and has been ever present since.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 512 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 433 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 394 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 35First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 145 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 138 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 12Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 652 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 623 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 605 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 596 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 567 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 3910 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 37Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1722 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1453 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1364 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1345 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1326 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1277 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1068 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 989 = Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 94last_img read more

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Missing New Hanover Co teen found

first_img According to a release, Steven Reid Carter, 15, was last seen Friday, September 15, 2017 at 113 Talamore Court.He is described as a white male, around 5′ 7″ and 130 lbs. He has short brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue button down shirt and shorts. Carter reportedly attends Ashley High School.If you know anything, please call the sheriff’s office. 15-year-old Steven Carter was last seen September 15, 2017. Photo: NHSO UPDATE: Steven Conner has been located and returned to his family NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing student.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Brunswick County evaluating water treatment options sets date for construction

first_img CDM Smith is also using data from prior studies and conducting pilot-scale testing of low pressure reverse osmosis and bench-scale testing of UV-AOP treatment.“We are excited that, with the hard work of CDM Smith and our dedicated staff, we are moving forward with studying different treatment methods,” said County Manager Ann Hardy. “These actions will enable us to determine the best treatment method – or combination of methods – for our water supply, not only for GenX but for other unregulated compounds that may be found.”Brunswick County serves more than 40,000 retail customers and has ten wholesale utility water customers that serve an additional 30,000 customers within the county.Related Article: FDA food sampling finds ‘substantial’ PFAS contaminationBrunswick County is evaluating treatment options that address water quality issues affecting all of the more than 70,000 customers within the county, rather than just a small subset of customers. This approach allows Brunswick County to take advantage of economies of scale associated with the construction costs of additional water treatment methods, the county said in a news release.In contrast to source water that has a high chloride content, there are multiple advanced treatment options that may be considered for treating fresh water sources such as the Cape Fear River source water used by Brunswick County.Brunswick County is currently assessing several different advanced water treatment options including ion exchange, granular activated carbon, advanced oxidatation processes, and Low Pressure Reverse Osmosis. The county says this evaluation will help to ensure that the most cost-effective long-term solution that meets treatment needs is selected.A study of these methods and their impact on different compounds, both when used independently and when used in combination, is due in March. A final report is due in April, with design work on the selected treatment method or methods scheduled to begin in July of 2018.Design work should take approximately a year, with construction beginning in the 2019-20 fiscal year and taking approximately 18 months to complete. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County is moving forward with a study of water treatment methods for different compounds and will begin work to put those water treatment plans in place by 2019.Brunswick County awarded a contract to CDM Smith earlier this month. The Raleigh firm is consulting with Dr. Detlef Knappe, whose research led to the discovery of GenX in the Cape Fear River, as well as two other emerging contaminant experts.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Food water being flown in to Brunswick County

first_imgA dam breach at The Big Lake caused Alton Lennon Road to break apart and crumble. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Food, water, and tarps are being flown in today for Brunswick County residents.They will be distributed at South Brunswick Middle School on Cougar Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes, Northwest Park on Andrew Jackson Highway in Leland and Spring Lake Park on Pine Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.- Advertisement – Brunswick County says as of 2:40 p.m. supplies are being distributed at both locations.Cape Fear Regional Jetport is also giving out water, food, and dog food.last_img read more

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Affordable temporary housing poses challenge for evacuated renters

first_img Some residents are now staying with family, while others are homeless.Finding affordable temporary housing options is a challenge.Annie Anthony, the director of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center says she has been at the forefront helping in each apartment evacuation situation from the Glen to Jervay.Related Article: Hoggard High shelter closes, 200 evacuees move to new locationAnthony says the timing of the Jervay evacuation was the hardest part.Few options are left and now some families are looking outside Wilmington which means their children may need to find new schools.“They advised them that they may want to switch their child to another schoolcloser but the problem is that means they have to move now and then in 3 to6 months or more whatever it takes,” Anthony said. “They have to move back to another school.”Anthony says the Cape Fear Volunteer Center will continue to serve the community through the recovery process. 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) — Residents are still struggling in the Jervay housing complex Wilmington.More than 40 families had to evacuate last Wednesday after Hurricane Florence left extensive damage to the complex.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Woman arrested in Wilmington sports bar stabbing

first_img The stabbing happened Saturday afternoon at Jamrock Sports Bar & Grill, which is located in University Landing on College Road.Police say the victim worked at the sports bar.Debouse allegedly walked in and stabbed the employee. A witness called 911 and helped the victim until paramedics arrived.Related Article: Police investigate fight between hockey player, fanNo word yet on the extent of their injuries.Debouse was arrested at the scene. She is being held without bond. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A woman faces charges after a stabbing at a Wilmington sports bar.Wilmington Police say Adrienne Debouse, 38, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Euronews not seen as public broadcaster in EU states citizens cant access

first_imgThe European Court of Auditors states that while the broadcaster Euronews provides multi-lingual news programming, most EU citizens can’t access to it.The ECA point out because EU member states do not consider the station to be a public broadcaster and thus it is not, ‘transmitted on all – cable networks, satellite and digital terrestrial.’This comes of in spite of the average annual budget of €24.5m which the European Union provides to the broadcaster to deliver news and current affairs in multiple languages. They add that the broadcaster receives around a third of its funding from the EU. They state that over the last four years, funding from the European Commission had amounted to €122m.The findings come from the ECA’s analysis of the reach and transparency of the broadcaster which has been running since 1993.Along with the ECA also points out concerns over the Commission’s lacklustre efforts to outline the purpose of the broadcaster and how it keeps to, ‘agreed objectives and commitments.’The ECA explains that while there had not been a remit for the broadcaster when it was first set up, the Commission’s process to monitor the broadcaster’s meeting of those commitments has not been formalised. This also goes for the coordination of its annual contracts with the broadcaster.They state that this, ‘reduces the transparency of financial support provided to Euronews as well as its accountability.’Mihail Kozlov from the ECA explained that, ‘We need the European Commission to verify each year whether Euronews is, respecting the commitments made with regard to editorial impartiality and European perspective. But we have found no formal link between these commitments and the Commission’s criteria for grant funding each year.’WhatsApp SharePrint <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

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MUMN issues orders against MDH pharmacy request

first_img SharePrint The Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN) has issued instructions to nurses not to leave their wards as the hospital pharmacy is requesting that nurses should now be collecting Methadone instead of carers.The MUMN explained that this industrial action was called as the nurses’ duties are towards their patients and not towards the hospital’s pharmacy.In a letter that was sent to all MUMN members, it was clarified that currently Mater Dei Hospital is operating with half the number of nurses that it requires to run the operation effectively and therefore the pharmacy’s request is deemed “unacceptable”.The MUMN also advised its members that it is currently discussing with the Mater Dei Hospital administration on waiting times with mothers to be before the start of the birthing process. The union also explained that it is proposing a porter system so that employees outside of the wards would be able to help patients transfer between wards, instead of those working in the wards. <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election

first_img SharePrint Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks at his party’s headquarters after a parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoUkraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks at his party’s headquarters after a parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party took a commanding lead in Sunday’s snap parliamentary election, consolidating the power of the novice politician whose stunning rise has upended traditional politics in the war-scarred nation.A former comedian who played a fictional schoolteacher-turned-president in a popular TV series, the 41-year-old Zelenskiy has tapped into widespread voter anger over corruption and low living standards in one of Europe’s poorest countries.Sunday’s likely victory would give him control of parliament and the formation of a new government, handing him a stronger mandate to implement reforms after he won the presidential election in April by a landslide.Exit polls and early counting of the results showed him far ahead of all other parties, although possibly short of a majority, prompting him to offer coalition talks with a pro-Western party, Voice, fronted by rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk.“We will not let Ukrainians down,” Zelenskiy said at his election headquarters after the exit poll results were released.“You know our main priorities … they are the same as those of every Ukrainian, I’m sure – to end the war, secure the return of our prisoners and victory over the corruption that still remains in Ukraine.”On taking office, Zelenskiy had to deal with a Cabinet and lawmakers mostly loyal to his predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, prompting him to announce on the day of his inauguration a snap election to win a mandate in parliament.Exit polls showed his new Servant of the People party with by far the most votes. The Russian-friendly Opposition Platform was in a distant second place, followed by Poroshenko’s party and that of a former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.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

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Intel Completes Acquisition of McAfee

first_imgAdvertisement Intel and McAfee believe today’s approach to security does not adequately address the billions of new Internet-ready devices, including PCs, mobile and wireless devices, TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines. With the surge in cyber threats, providing protection to a diverse online world requires a fundamentally new approach involving software, hardware and services. Together the two companies will work to help people more securely take full advantage of the potential of computing and connectivity.As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel, McAfee reports into Intel’s Software and Services Group. The group is managed by Renée James, Intel senior vice president, and general manager. McAfee’s president, Dave DeWalt, will report to James.“In the past, energy-efficient performance and Internet connectivity have defined computing requirements,” said James. “Intel has added security as a third pillar of what people demand from their experiences with personal computers and other connected devices. Security challenges put the future potential of computing at risk. The acquisition of McAfee adds not only world-leading security products and technologies to Intel’s computing portfolio, but also brings incredibly talented people focused on delivering products and services that help make connecting to the mobile Internet safer and more secure.” – Advertisement – Intel’s updated Business Outlook for Q1 2011 and full year 2011, published on January 31, 2011, reflected the impact of the closing of the McAfee transaction.last_img read more

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Yahoo stock up 20 since Mayer took helm

first_imgYahoo CEOMarissa Mayer Advertisement The troubled Internet pioneer’s stock is up 20% since the former Google executive took the helm at Yahoo in July.“Her appointment has been taken largely positively by the markets,” said IDC analyst Karsten Weide.Shares of Yahoo rose 1% to $18.76 on Monday. The stock touched on a two-and-a-half-year high of $19 in intraday trading. – Advertisement – Yahoo’s chief executive spot has been a revolving door. Mayer became the fifth person to take the role in just five years as the Internet icon has struggled to turn around its business.Yahoo’s display advertising has suffered massive declines as rivals Google and Facebook made inroads. At the same time, Yahoo’s search business has struggled to compete against Google.Mayer’s appointment as CEO has won favor among industry experts. She has been hailed as one with credentials among the tech ranks and for taking steps in the right direction to turn around the wayward company, including an emphasis on mobile technology.Mayer appears to be “internally motivating the employees” and the general sense is that she is “going in the right direction,” Weide says.Yahoo’s stock has also likely gotten a lift from the company’s plan to buy back shares. Yahoo sold roughly half of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba to net $4.3 billion after taxes so that it could fund the share repurchases.Credit: USATodaylast_img read more

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The 9 startups that secretly run the Internet

first_imgThere are plenty of startups that help the web run smoothly, behind the scenes, in ways you don’t even realize. Image Credit: gruenderszene Advertisement Sure, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are tech titans, making billions by selling web hosting and other services to the biggest businesses in the world.But they can’t be everywhere. And there are plenty of startups that help the web run smoothly, behind the scenes, in ways you don’t even realize.Here are the nine startups that keep the web running smoothly and they’re doing such a good job you don’t even realize you’re using them.Docker: Packaging the web – Advertisement – Company name: Docker Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $180 million in 5 rounds Who’s using it: Uber, eBay, Spotify Business InsiderWith Docker, programmers get the ability to write their code once and run it anywhere from their own laptops to Amazon’s gigantic cloud services. It makes it a lot easier for developers to build and manage their code, while helping companies get their sites bigger, faster.There are other companies in the space. But Docker is still the big Kahuna. Even we use Docker here at Business Insider.NGINX: Serving up the webCompany name: NGINX Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $33 million in 3 rounds Who’s using it: NASA, GoGo Inflight Internet, WordPress, WikipediaPronounced “engine X,” NGINX calls its namesake web server software “the secret heart of the modern web.” Basically, it acts as the middleman between your browser and the website or app you actually want to visit. It’s been wildly successful, and NGINX claims that it powers one third of the most popular websites on the web.Stripe: Taking payments for the webCompany name: Stripe Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $280 million in seven rounds Who uses it: Reddit, Kickstarter, Slack, Lyft, IndieGoGoStripe is meant to be the invisible payments part of the Internet. Every time you hail a car with Lyft or pledge to a Kickstarter, you’re using Stripe to process your payment whether or not you realize it.MongoDB: Organizing the web’s informationCompany name: MongoDB Headquarters: Dublin, Ireland Funding to date: $311.1 million in seven rounds Who uses it: Craigslist, EA, Business Insider, eHarmonyMongoDB is a hugely popular database company, helping companies store, organize, and access all of their information. The New York Times, for example, uses it to store all the data about social sharing for later analysis.So basically, whenever you play an EA game online, and you get a new item, that’s getting added to a MongoDB database somewhere.CloudFlare: Getting you where you’re going fasterCompany name: CloudFlare Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $182.05 million in 4 rounds Who uses it: League of Legends, Bain Capital, NASDAQ, MetallicaCloudFlare is what you’d call a “content delivery network,” or CDN. Basically, when you visit a website using CloudFlare, it detects where you’re at, and routes you to the closest server.Not only does it mean a better user experience it can make the difference between life and death when it comes to trading on NASDAQ, or even a high stakes game of League of Legends.And as a nice side effect, it provides protection against Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS), the most common brute force method that bad guys use to take a website down, by simply routing web traffic around the stoppage.CloudFlare has claimed to handle a full 5% of the web’s traffic, globally.Xamarin: Bringing apps everywhereCompany name: Xamarin Headquarters: San Francisco Funding so far: $82 million in three rounds Who uses them: JetBlue, Draw A Stickman, Berkshire HathawayXamarin’s shtick is simple: Build an app once, and easily put it on iOS, Android, Windows, or whatever else with a minimum of gruntwork.It means that when you load up a pretty fair number of the apps you use every day, from JetBlue to popular games like “Draw a Stickman” or “Bastion,” you’re actually loading up Xamarin, too.Plus, in the JetBlue example, the airline’s Xamarin-powered app is actually what lets it accept Apple Pay payments. So there’s that.Mixpanel: Helping websites help youCompany name: Mixpanel Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $77.02 million in 5 rounds Who’s using it: Uber, Airbnb,, Amazon’s TwitchMixpanel, a data analytics company founded in 2009 and funded by the likes of Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, tells developers how exactly you’re using their websites and apps.So if you find a website’s login page too confusing, the developer might tweak it to streamline matters. Or if they find that you’re spending a lot of time on the photos of an Airbnb listing, it might be a sign that it’s time to redesign the page around photos.In fact, Mixpanel can gather enough data that it can help companies like Uber and Airbnb actually predict what you’re going to do next.DigitalOcean: Hosting websites everywhereCompany name: DigitalOcean Headquarters: New York Funding to date: $123 million in 3 rounds Who uses them: Beyonce, lots and lots of smaller sitesDigitalOcean is a hot New York-based startup that is competing successfully with cloud-computing juggernaut Amazon Web Services.In 2015, DigitalOcean became the second-largest hosting company in the world in terms of the number of websites it runs, more than 163,000, according to a website that tracks such stats, Netcraft. (No. 1 is Amazon.)DigitalOcean raised $83 million in July.The cofounders are a pair of brothers who met their third cofounder through an ad on Craigslist.Twilio: Helping the web talk to youCompany name: Twilio Headquarters: San Francisco Funding to date: $233.7 million in 6 rounds Who uses it: Home Depot, Nordstrom, Democratic National CommitteeIf you’ve ever gotten a text message from a web service (“Your Uber will be here in four minutes!”) or a callback from a customer service agent from an online store, chances are pretty good you’ve just had an encounter with Twilio’s technology.Basically, Twilio acts as a software layer for phone calls and text messages, connecting businesses with the phone network.[Business Insider]last_img read more

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Opportunity 17 Million EduApp4Syria competition

first_imgThe EduApp4Syria competition to build foundational Arabic literacy skills and improve psychosocial well-being of children affected by the Syrian conflict. Image Credit: TentLandia Advertisement The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation is sponsoring the EduApp4Syria competition to build foundational Arabic literacy skills and improve psychosocial well-being of children affected by the Syrian conflict through alternative digital learning solutions accessed by households on their Android smartphones.Proposed solutions should be highly engaging game-based application that can be used online, and downloadable as an offline application and targeted at Syrian children, aged 5–10, without or with limited access to formal schooling, who cannot read and write.Developers to design engaging game-based application that can be used online, and downloadable as an offline application and targeted at Syrian children, aged 5–10. Image Credit: NoradThe EduApp4Syria competition will start with an initial competition from which up to five winning participants will be selected, who will be invited to enter into research and development contracts with Norad. The contracts will involve several separate phases for which economic incentives will be paid out, with 1-2 winning applications at the end of the contract period. – Advertisement – The apps and software developed as part of this project will be released under BSD Software License, that will allow proprietary use, including incorporating it into proprietary products.[related-posts]Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

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Microsoft Partners With Canonical to bring Ubuntu Linux To Windows 10

first_imgAdvertisement A new report has revealed that very soon, you’ll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10.The new report from ZDNet, says Microsoft is likely to announce a partnership between Canonical and Microsoft that would aim to bring Ubuntu on Windows 10.With this development, users will be able to run Ubuntu simultaneously with Windows operating system. This will be making Ubuntu an integrated part of Windows 10, not just some virtual machine. – Advertisement – The details won’t be revealed until tomorrow’s morning keynote speech at Microsoft Build. It is believed that Ubuntu will run on top of Windows 10’s recently and quietly introduced Linux subsystems in a new Windows 10 Redstone build.The sources insist that Microsoft and Canonical will not, however, be integrating Linux per se into Windows. Instead, Ubuntu will primarily run on a foundation of native Windows libraries.This is a major step forward in the integration of Windows and Linux on the developer desktop.last_img read more

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11 Winners Announced for the Second Edition 2016 of the African Entrepreneurship

first_imgAdvertisement BMCE Bank of Africa announced the winners of the second edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award, which allocates annually $1 million.The award ceremony, chaired by President Othman Benjelloun, was held on Monday December 5th to compensate the most significant and sustainable businesses in the award’s three categories: education, environment and uncharted.This event marks “a fundamental turning point for African Entrepreneurship”. – Advertisement – Among the 37 finalists who participated to the Boot Camp held in Casablanca from November 30 to December 3rd, 2016, 11 winners were selected by a presidential jury.The list of the 11 winners is as follows:First Place $150,000Environment: Mahmud Johnson – Liberia – “Oil Palm products”Education: Jennifer Shigoli – Tanzania – “Reusable Sanitary Pads”Second Place $100,000Environment: Ernie Aylward – South Africa “Electric mini-cabs”Education: AbideenAdelu – Nigeria – “Mobile application for students”Uncharted: Joyce Kyalema – Uganda – “Pumpkin food”Pioneer Awards, $50,000Frederico Peres da Silva – Mozambique – “Connect blue-collar, informal workers to customers”Achiri Nji – Cameroon – “Live status updates on road conditions”Benti Gelalcha – Ethiopia – “Veterinary Ambulatory Clinical Services”Murtula Sanni – Nigeria – “Online platform for skilled workers”Omar Kadiri – Morocco – “Free phone credit”The African Entrepreneurship Award has been announced in November 2014, in Marrakesh, by Chairman Othman Benjelloun at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in order to promote entrepreneurship and to inspire entrepreneurs to launch and scale up businesses, create jobs and improve lives in Africa.last_img read more

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