first_imgA market-rate housing project reached an unprecedented 25 percent affordable housing on-site at Thursday’s Planning Commission hearing after a last-minute attempt by its sponsor to quell community opposition. “We heard loud and clear: 25 percent, supported by rational research and the data, is the number,” said Peter Schellinger, vice-president in Northern California for Lennar Multifamily Communities, the developer of the project at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. at the corner of 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.That level was not enough for Mission District activists, however, who wanted more time to negotiate with the developer to bump up the affordable housing even more. They said the project would set a precedent in the neighborhood and that it should be held to a higher standard.“This [project] deserves to be thoroughly vetted to make it work,” said Erick Arguello, the president of the neighborhood association Calle 24. That opposition came just minutes after activists had unanimously supported a smaller, four-story project at 2600 Harrison St. at the corner of Harrison and 22nd streets. Activist support for market-rate projects in the Mission District is rare, and planning commissioners themselves were surprised at the cooperation between activists and the developer.“I never thought I’d hear folks from this part of town talk about their support of a project,” said Dennis Richards, the vice-president of the Planning Commission. Both market-rate housing projects — which will bring 176 units to the neighborhood — were approved unanimously by the commission and will likely be built in the next few years.Housing Project a Template for Developer-Activist NegotiationThe 19-unit development at 2600 Harrison St. went first before the commission. The four-story building would replace a shuttered warehouse and create a small ground-floor light industrial space below housing.Arguello said the project’s small size did not warrant the fighting that accompanies larger developments, and that early sit-downs between activists and the developer identified concessions that appeased activists and eliminated opposition. Namely, the developer will pay a $1.1 million fee for affordable housing — in place of building below-market-rate units on-site — to the city’s Small Sites Program, in which the city buys buildings with less than 25 units, often keeping rental tenants in place and preserving the buildings as affordable housing in perpetuity.The 19-unit project at 2600 Harrison St. Design by Kerman Morris Architects.Speaker after speaker supported the project, saying it should serve as a model for negotiations between housing activists and private developers.“We think that this is the kind of process we’d like to see” for other projects, said Peter Papadopoulos with the Cultural Action Network, which formed to oppose the embattled 335-unit project at 2070 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th streets. Arguello said “the most important piece” of the project was the small sites acquisition money. He would like to see the such fees paid by other housing projects in the neighborhood instead of the general in-lieu fee, which goes to a city-wide affordable housing fund.The small sites money could be used to buy buildings in the Mission District, rather than fund below-market-rate construction outside the neighborhood, Arguello said. He praised the project’s sponsor for speaking to community groups early to strike a deal for the project.The “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness”The jovial atmosphere didn’t last long, however, when activists took to the podium to speak against a 157-unit development planned for 1515 South Van Ness Ave. “The units that you’re gonna build ain’t for you and they ain’t for me, folks,” said Fran Taylor, a transit advocate who said the market-rate development would “squeeze out” those who could not afford the building’s high rents and “change the demographics” of the neighborhood.Arguello and Papadopoulos, part of the organized opposition to the project, struck a conciliatory tone and said they needed a little more time to negotiate with the developer. They hoped to bump up the affordable housing on site and remedy other concerns, like the design of the building and its traffic impact. The project calls for 157 units in a six-story building, with ground-floor retail space and six small trade shops that the developer said would be made available at 50 percent below-market-rate rents. The project would replace the shuttered McMillan Electrical warehouse and sits next to a planned fully affordable senior housing complex.Of particular concern was the size of the project and the precedent it would set for development in the Latino Cultural District, an area from Potrero Avenue to Mission Street and 22nd Street to Cesar Chavez Street designated a “Latino cultural and commercial district” by the city in 2014 in a symbolic proclamation. Supervisor David Campos called for a halt to market-rate housing in the area last week — a request that was ignored by the commission on Thursday — until a study could be done to note the impacts of such housing on the area’s residents and businesses.Arguello worried that the larger 1515 South Van Ness Ave., unlike 2600 Harrison St. building, would set more of a precedent for development in the cultural district and that he wanted between 30–35 percent affordable housing on-site.That came even as Lennar Multifamily Communities, the developer and a subsidiary of the housing giant Lennar Corporation, offered an unprecedented 25 percent affordable housing on-site, or 39 units out of 157. That level has not been accomplished in San Francisco without city subsidies or upzoning, Planning Commissioner Rich Hillis noted.“This project has the highest level of affordable housing on-site that we’ve seen,” he said. The percent affordable is identical to the requirements set in place by Proposition C, the ballot measure that set affordable housing levels at 25 percent city-wide for new projects. The 1515 South Van Ness Ave. project, however, was grandfathered in and is not required to meet the 25 percent threshold. It went from 13.5 percent affordable to almost double in a last-minute bid to win community approval. The 25 percent level was meant to be re-examined after a feasibility study was done that would note whether project could afford to build at that level of affordability. That study has been delayed until the end of August.The below-market-rate units at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. would be reserved for both low and moderate-income tenants. Fifteen percent of the total units would be available to those making up to 55 percent of area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three, while the remaining 10 percent would go to those making up to 100 percent of area median income, or $96,950 for a family of three. Speakers themselves were divided roughly half in support and half against, some saying the project was just one of many needed in San Francisco to curb soaring rental costs and put a dent in the city’s — and neighborhood’s — housing crunch.“As much as some folks might want, it is not possible to address the Mission District’s housing problem by putting a wall around [the neighborhood],” said Tim Colen, the departing director of the Housing Action Coalition, a pro-development advocacy group.  Planning commissioners heeded those calls on Thursday, saying the project had reached a good affordability level and approving it unanimously. Negotiations will continue between opponents and the developer, and opponents said they were not sure whether they would appeal the project but hoped to avoid the step and reach a deal instead. 0%center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgTHE latest edition of the Podcast is now available to download.It features lengthy interviews with Royce Simmons and Michael Shenton and can be downloaded from iTunes by searching for St Helens RFC.You can also listen here.last_img

first_imgSAINTS will be well represented at the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.So far Anthony Walker (Wales), James Roby (England), Anthony Laffranchi (Italy) and Willie Manu have been named in ‘final’ squads with Mose Masoe selected in the Samoa train on roster.And Josh Jones, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson have been given the nod in England Knights’ 19-man squad for the upcoming friendly against Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday October 19.Langtree Park will also play host to Australia v Fiji on November 2 in a Group A match.It kicks off at 8pm and tickets are on sale from www.rlwc2013.comMeanwhile, the semi-finals and final of the Year 6 Touch Rugby League Liverpool World Cup will take place before and at half time of that match.Leamington Community Primary School will face St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Primary School whilst Gilmour Junior School play Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School.last_img read more

first_imgNATHAN Brown says despite Catalan Dragons recent run and injury list, Saints can’t show them any pity on Friday.The French outfit sit 0 from 4 on the league ladder and are decimated by injury and suspension.But Saints’ Head Coach pointed to their quality and said he expects an epic contest – especially in the early stages.“The likes of Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and Daryl Millard are all good players who played well under Trent Robinson but are long term injured,” Brown said. “They’ve lost players to suspension too and those players are hard to replace.“But they have some capable lads there – Zeb Taia and Jeff Lima for example. For the first 20 minutes they will rip into us and we will have to play well to give ourselves a good chance.“They have big strong men in the centre of the field and it will be hard.”Brown says Saints should be healthy for the clash but Mark Percival will miss the match with a leg injury. Mose Masoe will retain his place in the side and there could be a call up for Anthony Walker.“It’s difficult to leave players out who are experienced and working hard, but that’s the situation we’re in,” he added. “We left Anthony Laffranchi out on Friday and he is training well and helping the team off the field too.“But we have big Al (Alex Walmsley) and Kyle Amor going well whilst Mose needs to be playing. Anthony Walker has been playing superb too and deserves a chance as does Mark Flanagan.“We’d expect Mose to improve week on week and last Friday he did what we expected of him. He came over with a reputation and Hull KR’s forwards really challenged him.”Saints host Catalan Dragons this Friday (8pm).Tickets are now on sale for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

first_imgLIZZIE Jones has been shortlisted for the prestigious Inspirational Woman of the Year award by the ITV show Lorraine.It is in recognition for her work campaigning for compulsory cardiac screening in the Championship and League 1, and fundraising through the Danny Jones Defib Fund, which has so far installed defibrillators in 32 community and junior clubs.You can vote by calling 03301 236201Lines close at 10am on Monday October 17.last_img

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first_imgIt was hardly what anyone wanted, but with a blank weekend ahead the head coach has given his squad time away to recuperate and get ready for the run in.Following the win over Wakefield, the players were given a few days off but are now back in training ready for the big derby next Friday.Yet, whilst a break has its benefits, Holbrook admits it wasn’t one he particularly enjoyed.“I didn’t really enjoy my time away as I would much rather have been playing this weekend,” he said. “Once it was forced upon us though, I think it was important.“We’re now focused on the Super League title, so it’s good to freshen up for a few days. If you get away, you always come back keen and raring to go.“We’ve been relatively injury free this season and that is down in part to our performance medical staff, led by Nathan Mill and Matty Daniels. They are fantastic.“Their team is just as important as we are as coaches. They’ve done a fantastic job and we’re lucky to have them.”Holbrook has been able to call on a predominately fit squad all year but recently has been forced into some changes.That has seen the likes of Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees get more game time, and increased roles for those players coming off the bench.“It’s made a huge difference for us,” he continued. “The depth of your squad is the most important thing and I think we’ve shown that. It has definitely been crucial to us winning games.“At Wakefield, I was really impressed with the guys coming off the bench. Matty, Jack and Jon Wilkin swung the game in our favour. It was 0-0 for 25 minutes and then those three came on and made a huge impact to the end result.“I’m really happy for Jack and Matty. They’re good mates; they travel to training together and do everything together, so it’s good to have them both on the field at the same time.”He continued: “All the forwards have stood up and Luke Thompson has had a lot of appearances this year and so he should.“Then you have Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Over the last three or four weeks he has been our best player and has made a huge difference in every game.“He started in the back row last week against Wakefield, played 80 minutes and did a great job. He’s been brilliant for us and we’ve needed him to be.“I love the way he plays. It’s not just his passion and enthusiasm, it’s the way he’s playing too. He’s been great!’Saints’ next Betfred Super League fixture sees them host Wigan in the derby on August 31 – and it’s a test Holbrook and the squad is excited about.“We’re really looking forward to it,” he continued. “Obviously there’s been a slower build up with the week off but we will ramp it up later this week to be ready for next Friday.“Playing at home against Wigan is a fantastic game for us.’Saints face Wigan Warriors at 7:45pm on Friday August 31 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.To get your ticket pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.last_img read more

first_imgSmith, 22, from Newton-le-Willows played at Blackbrook ARLFC as a youngster before joining the Saints Development Programme at the age of 11.He was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side of 2016 before making his first team debut away at Catalans in 2018 after spending the season on dual-registration at York City Knights and Featherstone Rovers.Before then he spent a month at Hull KR, gaining valuable first team experience whilst this season he has played five times for Leigh Centurions scoring one try.Smith has made four Saints senior appearances this season and scored his first Saints try in the win against Hull KR at the Totally Wicked Stadium before scoring his second in the win over Catalans more recently.Smith spoke exclusively to and was naturally delighted with his new contract.“It feels amazing. Being a local lad, growing up in St.Helens and coming watching as a kid it feels great to be able to sign on again and I can now move my career on.“I would like to thank Eamonn McManus, Mike Rush and Justin Holbrook for having faith in me and trusting me to wear the shirt and do a job for St.Helens.“It has also been great to train and work alongside the likes of James Roby who has helped me a lot. He has helped me develop my game and I have tried to model my game on the way he plays.“Watching and coming through the system, there is no better role model than him and hopefully one day I become half the player he has been and have some sort of legacy within the club. That is the ultimate dream.”Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It’s fantastic news that Aaron has committed to Saints. Aaron is another one of our successful Academy graduates. He is an example of what can be done with hard work and dedication.“Aaron is learning from the best in James Roby every day in training and that means he can only improve further with experience and with age.”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added: “I am delighted Aaron has signed on for another three years.“Aaron has proven this season he is a Super League player. His performances this season have shown what a bright future he has. He is a great young player to coach and is another product of promoting young players from our academy system. Aaron is learning from the best in James Roby on how the game should be played and what is required off the field to be a Saints player.”Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Round Six clash with the Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday are now on sale from just £10 for adults. Click here for more information.last_img read more

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Calabash man is accused of using an app to receive and send sexually explicit photos and videos of minors.According to arrest warrants, Benjamin Lindsey, 19, used “Kik”, a messenger app, to distribute the images. The unknown children are between the ages of 7 and 12. The photos show them engaged in sexual activity.- Advertisement – Warrants also state Lindsey sent images of a child between the ages of 10 and 12 having sexual intercourse with an unidentified adult male to unknown Google users.Lindsey was arrested on Thursday. He is charged with the following:Two countys of second degree sexual exploitation of a minorTwo counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minorThe date of the alleged crimes happened between March 1 and August 24 of this year.Related Article: Burgaw Police remind you to lock your car after numerous break-insLindsey is in jail under a $500,000 bond.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The head coach for the UNCW Women’s Soccer team has been placed on administrative leave with pay.WWAY learned Wednesday he has been on administrative leave since early December.- Advertisement – WWAY found tweets posted last summer and more in November and December after the #MeToo movement started, accusing Coach Paul Cairney of sexual misconduct at a UNCW soccer camp.Two days after the most recent tweet, the school placed him on administrative leave. It is unclear at this time if it was in response to these tweets.According to the UNCW website, Cairney has been with the soccer team since 1994. He became the head coach in 1996.Related Article: ILM names memorial plaza after former board chairman UNCW spokeswoman Janine Iamunno said in a statement “the university is aware of the allegations against Coach Paul Cairney.”Iamunno would not specify what the allegations are.She added he was placed on leave in order for the university to conduct a personnel inquiry. Iamunno said this is not a disciplinary action.If you know any information, you are asked to contact the university.WWAY reached out to Coach Cairney’s attorney, Bruce Mason, who responded to the allegations Wednesday night saying:“The allegation against Coach Paul Cairney is false. The accusation alleges an incident occurring in 1994. This claim was fully and thoroughly investigated by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department in 2007. Paul cooperated in that investigation.UNCW is required to take seriously all allegations of this nature. Coach Cairney is fully cooperating with the process and will continue to do so to its completion. Paul is very grateful for the outpouring of support from family and friends.” WWAY also spoke to Lt. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office about that investigation from 2007.Brewer said they are working on getting information about the case and will have more information on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame inducted four people into the Hall of Fame for their efforts and bringing recognition to the Cape Fear.Chairman Louise McColl announced that Samuel Bowens, Lawrence Cook, Louis Howard Jr., and Nanna Rivers were chosen this year to join the Hall of Fame.- Advertisement – They were among 50 nominations and were chosen for their achievements and success.McColl said these four people went above and beyond in their sports career.“It’s how high they went,” McColl said. “It’s what they gave back once they retired from the sport. It’s the fact of what they achieved when they played sports and then come back into their communities afterwards. You find most of them are coaching, most of them are training, most of them, like Nanna, is a referee. I mean you just look at what they continue to do to help the sports.”Related Article: ILM to start second phase of expansion projectThe inductees will be honored and made members at the annual banquet on May 6.last_img read more

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some voters who might be busy at work during the week will get to head to the polls on a Sunday during one-stop voting.On Wednesday, the NC State Board of Elections approved an early voting plan for New Hanover County.- Advertisement – The plan includes early voting on Sunday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New Hanover County Board of Elections.New Hanover County residents were able to vote on a Sunday during the March 2016 primary. More than 600 votes were cast during that eight hour period, according to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.One stop voting starts April 19 and ends May 5.Related Article: Gov. Cooper reacts to District 9 voter fraud allegationslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: U.S. Marshals Office NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A teen who was arrested in Wilmington late Monday night has been charged in connection with a Maryland murder.The U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF) arrested Steven Jerome Clark, 18, at a relative’s home in the 1100 block of Queen Street around 10:30 p.m.- Advertisement – According to Deputy U.S. Marshal Russ Fields, the teen was wanted for a murder which occurred in Prince George’s County, MD.Members of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) and the Wilmington VFTF searched multiple addresses before finding Clark at a home on Queen Street. Authorities said Clark attempted to escape but was captured by task force members.Clark was charged with homicide and booked at the New Hanover County Detention Center where he is awaiting extradition to Maryland.last_img read more

first_img The top storm- related reasons for emergency visits included:Bites and stings from bugs, animals, wasps and/or hornetsLacerations and puncture woundsHeat-related issuesMusculoskeletal injuryHome oxygen issuesDialysisStress and anxiety related issuesBetween September 12th and October 7th, musculoskeletal injuries were mostly reported with 90 patients visiting with these pains.Respiratory related emergencies are starting to increase.Related Article: FEMA changes disaster recovery center location due to cold weatherIf you have health concerns, always consult a professional before clean-up. A patient care area at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover Regional Medical Center says area emergency rooms are returning to normalcy after an increased number of storm-related injuries.Spokesman Julian March says there was a rise directly after Hurricane Florence but have slowly declined since.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgAubrey Juan Savannah, 19, of Lumberton was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Simple Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (CS), Simple Possession of Schedule IV CS, PWIMSD Schedule I CS, and Carrying a Concealed Gun.Elijah Thomas West, 20, of Lumberton was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana.Justin Shawn Lindsay, 19, of Lumberton was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Simple Possession of Schedule II CS, Simple Possession of Schedule IV CS, and Maintaining a Vehicle.Terence Kelly Lee, 19, of Tabor City was arrested and charged with PWIMSD Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia.Zachary Cole Griffin, 18, of Lumberton was arrested on a Bladen County warrant for failure to appear on 2018 narcotics charges.William Barkley Spain III was arrested for non-payment of a child support order.North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Forensic Test for Alcohol Branch of NCDHHS, Columbus County Magistrate S. Norris, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Tabor City Police Department, Whiteville Police Department, Chadbourn Police Department all assisted in the checkpoint. “The goal of this combined enforcement effort was to ensure compliance of the motor vehicle codes and to reduce motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and death associated with impaired driving,” CCSO stated in a news release.Forensic Test for Alcohol Branch of NCDHHS was on scene with their Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit. The unit is equipped with a Magistrate Office, multiple breath alcohol testing stations equipped with Evidential Breath Alcohol testing instruments, finger printing equipment, and other necessities required to conduct a large scale checking station.The checkpoint was set up for four hours Saturday at the intersection of NC 904 East and NC 905.Related Article: South Carolina trooper, driver shot in failed traffic stopAs a result of this operation, 63 traffic and criminal violations were issued. Six arrests were made including four narcotics arrests, one failure to appear on narcotics charges from Bladen County, and one child support violation. 1 of 2 Law enforcement sets up checkpoint on Feb. 23, 2019 near Tabor City. (Photo: CCSO) TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with neighboring law enforcement agencies to conduct a checking station over the weekend.The operation yielded dozens of traffic and criminal violations.- Advertisement – center_img Law enforcement sets up checkpoint on Feb. 23, 2019 near Tabor City. (Photo: CCSO) Law enforcement sets up checkpoint on Feb. 23, 2019 near Tabor City. (Photo: CCSO)last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The debate isn’t only between different types of internet user, though. Net neutrality has commercial and political ramifications, too. The behavior of ISPs is under close scrutiny not only from consumers, but from businesses, regulators and governments. On I-Network, a Ugandan ICT for Development forum, the email, “open letter to MTN” generated more than 89 responses in a space of over 3weeks. It started when a frustrated customer decided to express his frustration in an ‘open letter’ that he posted via the forum with thousands of members. The nature of the responses not only exposed weaknesses in Uganda’s largest telecommunications company, but also how much the performance of similar organizations is always under the microscope. To understand the argument of the supporters of net neutrality, think of the road system in your country. (Mine is Uganda. Sorry if yours has a different set up). It doesn’t matter what make, model, size, cost or colour of the car you drive, the purpose of your journey or how much you’ve already used your car that month: the laws of the road are the same for everyone, and it’s up to the government to expand the road network to meet demand rather than discriminating against certain drivers for using the roads more. Supporters of net neutrality argue that the same should apply to the internet.There are some exceptions on roads, though. Slower vehicles such as bicycles, farm vehicles and learner drivers are prohibited from some streets, partly to avoid accidents but also to keep traffic moving. Meanwhile, in some countries, cars with higher CO2 emissions pay more road tax, and those who drive pay more in fuel tax. The detractors of net neutrality believe that some management of how the internet is used is essential to provide a fair, reliable, and commercially sustainable service for everyone. – Advertisement – The issue largely stems from how we use and pay for internet. Most people choose an ISP based on just two figures: the quoted download speed and the price. However, it doesn’t really cost an ISP any more to provide its customers with a 512kbps or 2Mbps connection if the hardware is in place. The ISP’s running costs depend on how much data its customers upload and download at the busiest times of day.Let’s imagine that an ISP has 100 customers in a particular neighbourhood, all on a 10Mbps deal. The ISP would need a 1Gbps connection from the local exchange to the rest of the internet to guarantee every customer 10Mbps performance. However, people don’t download data constantly. They only want fast performance for a few moments when they click on a link or file to download.Let’s say that, during the busiest period, each of the 1000 users downloads an average of 50MB of data in an hour. That’s about 30web pages and a couple of YouTube videos. As long as the overall load is spread evenly across the hour, the entire demand for those 1000 customers works out at just 11.1Mbps.This means that the 1Gbps connection could accommodate 9,000 customers, not 100. It would be daft for an ISP to invest in an infrastructure that can handle 90 times more data than is typically required, just in case everyone decides to download at the same time. As such, ISP’s hardware is designed for typical demand rather than guaranteed performance.However, customers who use their internet connection a lot – for video-streaming or file sharing, for example – are far more expensive for the ISPs to accommodate that other users.Someone who spends an hour downloading movies using BitTorrent at 8Mbps will use the same bandwidth as 72 people doing some light browsing. ISPs need to make a profit, and they don’t want some customers costing them many times more than others. However, opinion is divided as to what they should do about it.Most ISPs, including our own MTN and Orange put a cap on the monthly data allowance for each customer. Data caps for our local ISPs range from 500MB to 10GB, although in Europe, 10GB can be the minimum, going to as much as 100GB as the highest cap.However, caps are unappealing to customers and they don’t necessarily stop congestion at the busiest times. That is why many ISPs also use traffic management, which throttles the speed of demanding activities to maintain performance for others.AGGRESSIVE MANAGEMENTSome form of traffic management may beinevitable, but there are some instances whenISPs have resorted to underhand tactics intheir bid to keep infrastructure costs down. In 2007, an investigation by Associated Pressrevealed that Comcast, America’s third largest ISP was using a technology called Sandvine tointerfere with file-sharing traffic. File-sharingnetworks have a reputation for being hivesof stolen material (Rapidshare, for exampleis said to have “everything”), but they’re alsoused to disseminate Linux distributions andother open-source software. The problem isthat file sharing also creates lots of traffic.With Sandvine in place, whenever aComcast customer tried to share a new file(known as seeding), after a few seconds theSandvine system would pretend to be theuser accepting the upload and send a resetmessage to say he no longer wanted the file,which halted the upload.The civil liberties group, Electronic FrontierFoundation (EFF) took issue with Comcastnot only for blocking the BitTorrent protocolused by file sharing applications, but forthe way it did so. “One objective aspectof Comcast’s conduct is that it is spoofingpackets,” says an EFF spokesperson. “Comcastis essentially deploying against its owncustomers techniques more typically usedby malicious hackers… It is true that somebroadband users send and receive a lot moretraffic than others, and that interfering withtheir traffic can reduce congestion for an ISP.This does not imply that protocol specificpacket forgery is a necessary orlegitimate means of responding tothe congestion; there are some morereasonable mechanisms available toISPs to ensure that low volume usersare not crowded out by high volumeusers.”The EFF’s report on the affair( had this tosay: “A Comcast representative toldus that while Comcast did perform‘network management’ that mightinterfere with particular subscribersin rare circumstances, it did not blocka target any application or protocol.”This clearly wasn’t true.In Germany last year, T-Mobilecame under fire for blocking Skypetraffic. In some cases, it left userswithout a phone service, butaccording to one campaign group,the argument that it was done to protect available bandwidth doesn’thold water.THE LIBERATED INTERNET The issues surrounding trafficmanagement and net neutralityaren’t limited to the conflictinginterests of ISPs and its customers. Insituations such as the Iranian election, the very nature of the internetcomes into question. Is it simplya commercial commodity that should be allowed to develop through the demands of the market forces? Or is it a key service that – like the postal service – every citizen has a legal right to access?In a recent opinion poll commissioned by the BBC, 79% of the respondents across 26countries considered it to be a fundamental right. “Some worry that an increasingly commercial internet, and increasingly congested networks, will afford no space the next time demonstrators for democracy in countries such as Iran try to use digital technology to communicate their efforts and sacrifices to the world,” says Neelie Kroes, vice president of European Commission for Digital Agenda.Some see the increasing use of traffic management as a threat to the spirit of internet and the innovation it brought with it. “The consequences of a world without net neutrality would be devastating,” said a spokesperson for pressure group Save The Internet ( “Innovation would be stifled, competition limited and access to information restricted.Consumer choice and the free market would be sacrificed to the interests of a few corporations. “Without additional regulation, service providers are likely to continue doing what they are doing. They will continue to offer a variety of broadband service plans at a variety of price points to suit every type of consumer.” Market forces aren’t only about pleasing customers, though. There are other ways in which ISPs can use traffic management to their commercial advantage and to the detriment of rivals – and customers. 843402 PROTECTING FREEDOM OF ACCESS The question, then, is whether governments should legislate to ensure that the internet presents a level playing field for both businesses and customers, and is equipped to cope with innovation. The stakes couldn’t be higher. “Broadband is a tipping point,” said the former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown last year. “High-speed internet access will soon be essential for everyone. Only a digital Britain can unlock the imagination and creativity that will secure for us and our children the high-skilled jobs of the future global economy.” Understanding your power to choose begins with understanding what traffic management measures your ISP already implements, and whether this provides you with the level of service you want. The internet has become a global resource, and so far it worked under an informal assumption of net neutrality. In the future, internet access will be a balancing act between the demands for bandwidth and profit motives of the companies able to grant or deny access.As consumers, our most effective means of telling ISPs what we want me is how we spend our money.Dark Matter: Google’s Alternative InternetAs far back as 2005, rumors surfaced that Google was exploring ways to create an alternative internet using something called dark fibre. This is a dense network of fibre-optic links that over-ambitious telecommunications companies laid down across the US in the late 1990s in preparation for the coming internet boom.With the dot com crash of 2000, however, investment in new fibre-optic network all but ceased, and the thousands of miles of fibre that had been laid were never used. It was left “dark”. Google has been very busily buying up thousands of miles of dark fibre across the country. In February 2010, the company’s purpose for this redundant cabling became clear.“We are planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States,” said the company in a statement.Google’s plan in impressive. “We’ll deliver more internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.” It will initially offer 1Gbit/s broadband connections to 50,000 homes, rising to 500,000.“Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make internet access better and faster for everyone.”Google’s stated aim is to free innovators from fear that their applications might have mandatory bandwidth management applied or even blocked completely. We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it’s creating new bandwidth-intensive ‘killer apps’ and services, or other uses we can yet imagine.“Consistent with our past advocacy, we’ll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparentway,” says a spokesman. It remains to be seen whether this network will link with the rest of the internet at similarly fast speeds as the will cost Google substantial fees to other ISPs.However, if high-bandwidth web services are its ultimate aim, it may be willing to find the cash to back up itssupport for net neutrality.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Norway-based company Opera which develops data-compressed web browsers, app storefronts, and other cloud-based services for mobile and other platforms — has made another acquisition to build out Mediaworks, its mobile advertising subsidiary.It has bought AdVine, a mobile advertising network founded in Cape Town, South Africa that works provides ads currently to a variety of large and small publishers in the region, including the BBC, MTN and Opera itself.The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. This is Opera’s first acquisition in Africa. – Advertisement – The best-known products are its Opera browsers, which are available for both smart and higher-end feature phones, and offer users a web experience that Opera says is faster than other browsers, and — because of data compression algorithms — uses less data.That resonates particularly in emerging markets, where mobile handsets have become the primary computers for many people, and while data is dear, smartphone use is growing much faster than in mature markets. (For this reason, emerging markets have also become a huge focus for other mobile-focused companies like Google and Facebook.)Opera gets over 2.6 billion ad requests per month from the region and reach more than 50 million consumers there today, but “we expect that number to more than double in the next year,”The company has been focused on how it can tap better into the mobile explosion in regions like Africa for a while now. South Africa and Nigera are in the company’s top 20 markets when it comes to mobile ad impressions.The other key thing about AdVine is that it focuses on premium advertising. This is an area where Opera has been pushing hard to expand, most recently buying AdColony in June, and before that Apprupt in Germany.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: emeritis Advertisement Fire up your online shopping website of preference and it will helpfully recommend some items you might like. Apply for a job at a large company and a representative will reply to you individually. Ask for an out-of-stock item at a store and it will be ordered in for you the next day.All of these things happen thanks to SAP.SAP is one of the most-used technologies in the world, and yet even if you have heard of it, or know someone who works in the field, it is still more than likely that you are in the dark as to what is really is. – Advertisement – Lifting the lid on SAP – the complex technology behind everyday processes – it all starts in Weinheim, Germany, 1972.SAP the company Five engineers, Dietmar Hopp, Hans-Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira and Claus Wellenreuther, were working on an enterprise-wide resource planning system (ERP) at IBM, only for the company to purchase a completed ERP from Xerox. Instead of abandoning the project, the five engineers abandoned IBM and founded their own company, exclusively focusing on this new ERP.They named the company ‘System Analysis and Program Development’ or SAP. They gave their software the same name. This decision led to decades of confusion, since other companies also went on to develop SAP software. But it might have been a wise one, since SAP the software now cannot be mentioned without invoking SAP the company. This was the ERP equivalent of Microsoft naming their company ‘Operating System’.What is SAP? SAP is a centralised Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that provides business solutions for large companies.It provides a method for which any department in a company can continuously update a centralised database. This streamlined system for internal communication yields faster services and enhanced efficiency. Instead of each department corresponding directly with each other, departments can simply check a database for real time information.SAP can be applied to any department in a variety of ways and it should come as no surprise that there are whole career paths based around advising companies on how best to implement SAP.How does SAP help with efficiency? The typical process of a manufacturing company that does not use SAP involves several steps in which several departments relay information back and forth.If a business implements a centralised ERP system like SAP, all the information every department needs is stored on a central database, meaning everything is quicker, cheaper, more efficient and more accurate.SAP’s ability to boost efficiency can be exemplified in the following commonplace scenario: a customer asks a customer service assistant working at a retail store for a product they cannot find.In an SAP-less world, the following events may ensue:Shop assistant communicates directly with the warehouse for a stock updateIf the warehouse is also out of stock, the warehouse staff will have to contact the manufacturers to order more and ask how long it will takeThe manufacturers may have to contact their suppliers if they need more materials to make more of the product before they can tell the warehouse workers how long this delivery will takeThen, the message will have to be passed back down the communication chain before the customer can get the answers they needWith SAP, none of this would happen. All parties (the suppliers, the manufacturers, the warehouse and the store) update one database in real time. To answer the customer’s question, all the store assistant needs to do is check the database. If configured effectively, SAP can ensure next day delivery of stock.You can see how a similar database could be invaluable for any type of company dealing with increasingly tech-reliant warehouses. SAP, combined with tech-driven, large-scale warehouse solutions can create an extremely efficient system that’s convenient for customers and companies.The future of SAP Despite their history of innovation since the 1970s, SAP have been reluctant to embrace change. They took a stance against cloud computing when it first rose to prominence, labelling it “unsecure”. Investors became skeptical, and new CEOs were appointed.With this change in leadership came a change in practice, and SAP now offers a wide range of cloud computing products, including their HANA cloud platform, which is one of the biggest in the world.SAP the company is still seeing increasing competition from startups that offer tailor-made resource planning solutions that are not enterprise-wide. Salesforce, for example, aims to provide the most comprehensive and user-friendly customer-service and sales planning solution on the market. Even simpler online productivity and task-management programs like Trello rival aspects of SAP’s enterprise-wide service.last_img read more

first_imgFALLING OCCUPANTS FROM INTERPLANETARY CRAFTA one-ton research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or Monday – but scientists do not know exactly where it will land.The European Space Agency (ESA) says its 1,100kg (2,425lbs) structure has already fallen to an altitude of around 100 miles and is spiralling steadily downwards.Once it reaches 50 miles above the Earth, the GOCE (Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite will break apart and much of it will burn-up in the atmosphere, scientists say.However, several dozen fragments totalling around 200kg (440lbs), or about the weight of a car engine, will hit the surface, though it is not thought it will cause any casualties.Humans are 250,000 times more likely to win the lottery than to get hit by it, experts add. Norwich v CoventryPremier League5.30pm LIVE ON SKY6 FROM LAST 10 HEAD TO HEADS HAVE BEEN DRAWS….A nice win with Coventry (-1) last night – especially as the bet looked dead when AFC Wimbledon took the lead.In the teatime Premier League match Norwich, who were ‘seven upped’ by Man City last weekend, will be looking towards steadying their precarious ship at home to West Ham in the 5.30pm kick off which is live on SKY.Indeed the Norwich manager Chris Hughton has been the focus of considerable attention ahead of this fixture, which is being billed by some as a match the Canaries must win if the personable former Birmingham boss is to keep his job.It’s a match which has traditionally seen it’s fare share of drawn games over the years (six from the last 10):Jan 2013 Premier West Ham 2-1 NorwichSep 2012 Premier Norwich 0-0 West HamJan 2006 FA Cup Norwich 1-2 West HamJan 2005 FA Cup West Ham 1-0 NorwichFeb 2004 Div 1 Norwich 1-1 West HamOct 2003 Div 1 West Ham 1-1 NorwichMar 1995 Premier West Ham 2-2 NorwichAug 1994 Premier Norwich 1-0 West HamJan 1994 Premier West Ham 3-3 NorwichOct 1993 Premier Norwich 0-0 West HamOnly Crystal Palace (21) have conceded more goals than Norwich (20) so far this season but West Ham are finding it tough to score.Norwich have scored just six times in the Premier League so far and West Ham eight.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)5 points DRAW at around 12/5last_img read more

first_imgThe Premier League returns with a bang as Tottenham and Chelsea face off in what should be a belting clash. The two have made fast domestic starts – just like the rest of the Big 6 – and as thus, this is a six-pointer with precious little room for error. A single point separates the two sides with Chelsea sitting in third, perched ahead of Spurs, and both are in form.Tottenham’s only defeat in their last seven came to the all-conquering Manchester City and since then they’ve taken six of their nine wins this season, along with a crucial confidence boost in the shape of a 2-1 win against PSV.They are very much in the groove, especially with Harry Kane leading them and England to crucial wins, but they will need to be against Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri’s men have gelled better than many imagined, and they are still unbeaten in 12 matches, even if they’ve recently dropped points. Their 0-0 draw against Everton was a frustrating afternoon for most at Stamford Bridge but they dominated possession and won the shots on target count 4-1 (and the shots off target count 7-3) on an afternoon when things didn’t go their way.It might be a slight worry however that two teams – namely West Ham and Everton – have managed to ride out Chelsea’s pressures and then escape with a point thanks to clean sheets, and Tottenham do have the capability to be resolute defensively. However, that has not taken place on too many occasions this season and seven teams have found a way past Spurs’ rear-guard this season – two of those that failed were Crystal Palace and Huddersfield.Tottenham Hotspur v ChelseaPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-3 TottenhamAUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-2 ChelseaAPR 2017 FA CUP Chelsea 4-2 TottenhamJAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 ChelseaNOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-1 TottenhamMAY 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 TottenhamNOV 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-0 ChelseaMAR 2015 CAPITAL ONE CUP Chelsea 2-0 TottenhamJAN 2015 EPREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 5-3 ChelseaDEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 TottenhamAlso, whilst Spurs do not go down easily, their three defeats have all come to teams in the top seven with City and Liverpool taking victories from Wembley and they did fall to Watford 2-1. Chelsea are unlucky not to have more points on the board and they have the firepower to take a vital win from Wembley.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHELSEA 5 points at 6/4 with PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 196.1 points(not including Premier League ante-post or cricket)last_img read more