How the developer of SFs historic laundromat quietly won

first_imgThe 75-unit housing project proposed on the site of a “historic” laundromat at 2918 Mission St. was quietly approved last October — without appeals from its fierce opposition, and without any gloating from its outspoken and controversial developer, Robert Tillman. After this and other local publications reported heavily on the project, which had been juggled between the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors — including the historical studies, the shadow studies, the lawsuit filed by Tillman — the project was fully entitled last year without a peep from anyone. The five-year battle ended in anticlimax. “I just want to sell my property, get the best price for it, and move on,” Tillman told Mission Local on Monday. “I don’t think a lot of people had a terrible motivation to crow.”But last week, the project site that sits on Mission Street between 25th and 26th was thrust into the spotlight again: The developer of the proposed 330-unit development at 16th and Mission made a “best and final offer” to give Tillman’s entitled site — along with the stalled 117-unit project at 2675 Folsom — to the city for affordable housing development, in exchange for approval. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Wait, Tillman’s project was approved? For anyone who was wondering, here’s how it happened:Last October, deputy city attorneys met in closed session with the Planning Commission regarding Tillman’s June lawsuit, which alleged that the Board of Supervisors illegally delayed his project. It is unclear what was discussed in the Oct. 4 meeting (the Commission would have to vote to disclose the meeting’s details) — but a week later, the Planning Commission voted 4-3 to push the project through.  Technically, the project’s main opposition — the community group Calle 24 — had a month to appeal, which would have triggered a vote by the Board of Supervisors. The two prior times this matter went before the supes, Supervisor Hillary Ronen first delayed a vote on a project pending a study of whether the laundromat building was a historic resource (it turned out not to be), and then later kicked it back to the Planning Commission to assess further shadow studies. Yet after the Commission’s Oct. 11 approval, Mission community groups, which have a reputation for not backing down — on anything — did not appeal. “It was a strategic decision, the basis of which I am not at liberty to disclose,” said Scott Weaver, a lawyer with Calle 24.Ronen suggested the appellants had no other avenues after the environmental review — known as CEQA — was exhausted. “My guess is there was no appeal filed because the shadow study report came back and did not seem to indicate that there was much impact on the adjacent schools,” she said, “and there wasn’t much else under CEQA that could be studied on the project.”A building permit was issued in November, very shortly after the appeals period closed. And, on Jan. 11, after it was clear there would be no more opposition, Tillman dropped his lawsuit against the city.So here we are: The land of one controversial developer might get purchased by an even more controversial developer, which said it would give the land to the city in exchange for building its controversial project at 1979 Mission St. And if a 100-percent affordable housing development were ever to rise on the site one day, that would be, well, very ironic. “If they can get an overall deal, I’d do that,” Tillman said of Maximus’s offer to community groups. “If that’s what everybody wants.”But just how possible that is — and whether anyone wants it — remains to be seen. center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

TICKETS for Saints mouthwatering Super League XVI

first_imgTICKETS for Saints mouthwatering Super League XVI home opener with Warrington Wolves on Friday February 25 (8pm) are still on sale.This ALL TICKET encounter kicks off Saints’ home campaign at their temporary Widnes venue.The East Stand has sold out whilst Warrington have sold their allocation of West Stand tickets.Tickets will be available on matchday from the matchday Ticket Office window on Friday – North and South Stand tickets still remain.Tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre Store in the Church Square Shopping Centre and by calling 01744 455 050.You cannot buy tickets from Widnes’ ticket office during the week or via the Stobart Stadium’s phoneline.Tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office from 4.30pm on Friday only at the Stobart.Please note, you can only enter the stand your ticket corresponds to. For example, if you have an East Stand ticket, you can’t use the North Stand turnstiles to access your seat.last_img read more

KYLE Amor will play his third game for Saints on F

first_imgKYLE Amor will play his third game for Saints on Friday since returning from a knee injury that almost curtailed his season.The prop forward broke down in the Cup loss at Headingley in March and it was feared that would be it for 2014.But the big Cumbrian has come back earlier than expected and is already leading from the front.“It’s great to be back on the field and I’m loving every minute,” he said. “It has been a frustrating time.“After I got injured we thought I would need an operation. But a specialist clarified I didn’t. That meant I had a target ahead of me to return and I completed my rehab earlier than expected.“I worked hard with physios Nathan Mill and Joey Hayes and conditioner Matt Daniels too.“I’ve had two games back and haven’t done anything drastic. I can do more to help those around me.“Strength and fitness I’m there, it’s the minor details like practise and timing. Those one percenters that make a massive difference.“I was in good form before the injury and was making great strides. I now need to quickly build it back up and work hard.”Saints take on Widnes at Langtree Park this Friday (July 25) at 8pm. Tickets remain on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Gov Cooper responds to House Bill 56 plan to address GenX

first_img The money will help test the amount of genx in the cape fear and determine its impact on public health. It will also help utility companies develop technology to remove GenX from the water supply.The legislation also demands the NC Department of Environmental Quality to issue a notice of violation to those responsible for discharging GenX.Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement in response to House Bill 56:“Clean water that is threatened by chemicals we know little about requires a strong, united and well funded statewide response. A sprinkle of local funds hooked to bad environmental legislation doesn’t help. I ask Republican legislators to work with us to protect the water all over our state.”Related Article: UNCW classes to resume Monday for most students RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) —  The House joined the Senate in passing legislation to address the GenX contamination in the Cape Fear River.The House met Wednesday and passed House Bill 56, a bill that includes $435,000 for UNCW and CFPUA.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WHATS NEXT Town to talk future of Carolina Beach lake

first_img The contract with the company carrying out the project was terminated in January.Since then, the town has been discussing options on how to go forward with the project with state and federal authorities.Town council will get an update on those efforts at their meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. Carolina Beach Lake dredging on December 14, 2017. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY News) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The dredging of Carolina Beach Lake has been a controversial topic for more than a year and an update is coming Tuesday.Dredging started last year but was stopped in September after issues of where the sediment would be dumped arose.- Advertisement – last_img

Magnolia Greens hosts 16th annual July 4 parade

first_img Good Morning Carolina anchor Hannah Patrick was among the honored guests in the parade, which also featured local dignitaries, classic cars and veterans, including two from World War II.The neighborhood is proud of how the parade has grown from humble roots.“A few neighbors got together and started having a picnic and getting little cars together, little bikes together, decorating just like in the good old days. and we have just continued that every year,” Magnolia Greens Social Committee Co-Chair Mary Lou Cook said.Related Article: Brunswick County girl loses battle with brain cancerAfter the parade residents enjoyed a community picnic.They look forward to celebrating again this fall as Magnolia Greens marks its 20th anniversary.Thanks to everyone in Magnolia Greens for making us part of the family. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — It’s been a couple months since we moved into our new home here in Leland. Today our new neighbors invited us to celebrate the 4th of July with them.Magnolia Greens hosted its 16th annual 4th of July Parade this morning. Hundreds of residents and visitors turned out for the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ARTfall welcomes artists art lovers to downtown Wilmington this weekend

first_img Susan Habas of the Thalian Association Community Theater says the event will have “something for the whole family and will be a lot of fun this weekend.”Art will include work in acrylic, alcohol ink, gouache, linocut, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen & ink, photography, and watercolor.Admission is free.  You can get more information on the event by clicking here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 4th Annual ARTfall at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center kicks off Thursday and runs all weekend.It is in conjunction with the American Craft Walk Wilmington and features over 50 artists in various mediums.  For the first time ARTfall will include 3D art.- Advertisement – last_img

34th Annual Holiday Flotilla draws big crowds

first_img Jennifer Sulzer says this was one of the first times after Florence that she saw everyone enjoy time together.“We were trapped for about a month. And finally being able to get out and finally being able to come together as a family and things like that, it was really nice,” said Jennifer Sulzer, who was trapped with her family in their Burgaw home.The event started at 6pm and wrapped up with fireworks WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach kicked off the holiday season with the 34th annual Holiday Flotilla on Saturday.Hundreds came out to watch the holiday parade on the Intracoastal Waterway. The event was presented by Blockade Runner, featuring boats lit up for the holiday.- Advertisement – last_img

Wilmington man gets more than 6 years for gun drug convictions

first_img On October 18, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin and cocaine base (crack).On December 29, 2017, Wilmington Police officers responded to a shots fired call in the 600 block of Campbell Street in Wilmington. When officers arrived, they saw Melvin with a handgun and he was ordered to drop it. During a search, police said Melvin was in possession of two cell phones, crack cocaine, heroin and cash.Melvin had a prior felony conviction for attempting to engage in trafficking heroin by transportation. Ronnell Melvin (Photo: Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man was sentenced to prison in federal court Tuesday on gun and drug charges.Ronnell Melvin, 32, will spend nearly seven years behind bars followed by three years of supervised release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

3 arrested 5700 bags seized in New Hanover County drug bust

first_img5700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO) (Photo: NHCSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office seized thousands of bags of heroin after a four week long investigation into heroin sales.According to a press release, detectives conducted surveillance on Crystal James. After observing James leave her residence and drive into a parking lot near Shipyard Boulevard, detectives approached her sitting in her vehicle.- Advertisement – 5700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO) Daquan Hansley (Photo: NHCSO) Traneeta Lloyd (Photo: NHCSO) 55700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO) 5700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO) (Photo: NHCSO) Crystal James (Photo: NHCSO) In her vehicle, detectives say they found around 100 bags of heroin, 12 grams of crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.Traneeta Lloyd and Daquan Hansley were in a car next to her. Detectives searched the car  and located an additional 30 bags of heroin, approximately two grams of cocaine and two grams of marijuana.Detectives got a search warrant for James’ Wilmington home and seized 5,600 bags of heroin, more than 80 grams of marijuana, and an AR style rifle.Related Article: Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostituteCrystal James was charged with numerous drug offenses including possession with intent to sell heroin and trafficking heroin. She is in the New Hanover Detention Facility under a $2,000,000 secured bond.Hansley and Lloyd were also charged with numerous drug offenses including possession with intent to sell heroin. 5700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO) AR style .22 long rifle seized in Wilmington drug bust. 5700 bags of heroin seized in Wilmington drug bust (Photo: NHCSO)last_img read more

New Hanover County Sheriffs Office seizes 1500 bags arrest two in drug

first_imgNahledge Vaughn (right) and Carlton James McIntyre Jr. (left) were arrested on multiple felony drug charges Wednesday. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office located 1,500 bags of heroin during a traffic stop on July 10.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office found 1,500 bags of heroin during traffic stop Wednesday. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)Detectives arrested Carlton James McIntyre Jr. and Nahledge Vaughn during a traffic stop on S. 7th Street.- Advertisement – During the stop, detectives found the bags of heroin packaged for sale along with a Glock 9mm handgun.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office also found a Glock 9mm handgun during the traffic stop. (Photo: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)Both suspects are facing multiple felony drug charges. Officials says McIntyre is a validated gang member and convicted felon.McIntyre and Vaughn are being held at the New Hanover County Detention Facility. McIntyre is being held under a $2,500,000 secured bond. Vaughn is being held under a $1,000,000 secured bond.last_img read more

Liam Debonos mother pleads guilty to petrol station thefts

first_imgLiam Debono’s mother has pleaded guilty to a series of thefts from petrol stations.Charlotte Zammit, 37-years-old, from Tarxien, was arraigned before magistrate Neville Camilleri for a string of monetary thefts from six petrol stations in May and July. Zammit is mother to Liam Debono, who stands charged with attempted murder for a hit-and-run incident committed against policeman Simon Schembri last year.Read: “Oh well, it can’t be helped” – the accused in Simon Schembri’s casePolice investigations established that she was one of a duo robbing the petrol stations in Paola, Żabbar, Attard, Qormi, St Paul’s Bay and Mellieħa, which were all robbed during the night. She was also charged with three counts of criminal damage, with breaching a 3-year Probation Order handed down in September 2016, as well as with being a recidivist.The prosecution, Inspector Roderick Agius, explained that CCTV footage had helped Police track down the woman. He insisted on a custodial sentence, stating that she has a drug problem, and is recidivist. Therefore, he said that she should go to a rehabilitation centre.Read: Liam Debono gets 5 year jail term for breaching bailDefence lawyer Josette Sultana entered a guilty plea on Zammit’s behalf, as, she said, all Zammit wants is rehabilitation. In fact, Sultana pointed out that the woman had filed an early guilty plea and collaborated with the police, while also pointing out that the amounts stolen were minimal.Read: Liam Debono: sentence has been postponed; father did not take to the standMagistrate Neville Camilleri adjourned the case till next week. No request for bail was submitted.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Japan Investigates Reports of Overheating PlayStation Vitas

first_imgAdvertisement “We believe the cause [of the burnouts] is that the cable got wet or had something stuck to it,” Sony said in a statement. “There is no defect.”Sony said that it is aware of 31 overheating cases in the Vita’s first six months on the market. 23 of those cases took place in Japan, and eight in the United States, Europe and Australia. Sony said it does not plan to recall any PlayStation Vita hardware.The investigation into the Vita overheating incidents is being conducted by the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, an independent agency working on behalf of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. – Advertisement – A list of overheating cases submitted to NITE has been circulating on Japanese message boards. All of the cases, which occurred in different regions of Japan at different times, have the same description “The portable game machine was recharging. The cable burned out and changed colors. The cause is under investigation.”Sony posted a press release on its Japanese PlayStation website reminding consumers to “avoid exposing the Vita’s multi-use cable to liquids or foreign substances.”source: B FREE NEWSlast_img read more

MTN Gates Foundation partner to scale up mobile based financial services

first_imgAdvertisement MTN has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Grameen Foundation to scale mobile based financial services to the entire Ugandan rural community as one of the top Mobile Money adopters around the world.With the Gates Foundation providing a shared budget support, and Grameen sharing its experience working with the rural population, MTN was to both adopt new Mobile Money based products targeted specifically towards the segment of the Ugandan population that earns under $2.5 per day, as well as scaling up Mobile Money usage and infrastructure support in terms of a robust Agent network with access to training across the entire rural countryside.“This is a welcome partnership that will go a long way in ensuring that the unbanked people in the rural areas have access to financial services, particularly MTN Mobile Money,” said Charlotte Kaheru, MTN Uganda’s Head of Mobile Money. – Advertisement – The project which is to last for 3 years from November 2011 was subdivided into two phases. The Incubator Phase of the project supported new Mobile Money product development for communities in the rural areas while the Accelerator Phase will be focused on scaling Mobile Money services and campaigns across the rural areas with the aim of capturing an additional 3 million new and active users.Shaibu Haruna, the MTN Uganda General Manager for Sales and Distribution commented, “MTN Uganda has currently more than 3.5 Million Customers registered for the Mobile Money service. Our Mobile Money Customer base has increased by more than 40% during the last 12 months”.Currently the MTN Mobile Money service provides access to perform the most popular financial transactions that the ordinary Ugandan requires. This includes purchase of airtime, school fees payment, TV subscriptions, purchase of goods and services, payment of water and electricity bills, payment of salaries and secure money transfer from one account to another, just to mention a few. Through our partnership with Western Union, MTN subscribers registered for Mobile Money can send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions in their mobile accounts from 450,000 locations in 20 countries around the world- this is another first from MTN Uganda.MTN says it is now working on how to integrate more financial services services onto the platform and that are expected to be announced “in a few months”.last_img read more

Central African Republic Government Bans Text Messaging

first_imgAdvertisement Text messages in the Central African Republic are now considered a security threat and their use has been suspended, the telecommunications ministry said Tuesday.Mobile phone users in the Central African Republic who try to send text messages are getting the response: “SMS not allowed”.“The use of any SMS by all mobile phone subscribers is suspended from Monday June 2, 2014, until further notice,” the ministry said in a letter to mobile phone operators in the conflict-torn country.It said the decision was made by Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke. Since last week there has been a resurge of violence in the capital Bangui, as well as a call for a general strike relayed by SMS in the past few days. – Advertisement – Nzapayeke on Sunday had made an appeal for people to return to work in Bangui following several days of protests that had paralysed the capital.A source in the government told AFP the suspension of text messages would last “for several days”.When AFP in Bangui tried to send a text, that message appeared: “SMS not allowed”.The deeply impoverished, majority Christian country has been struggling to restore security in the face of relentless tit-for-tat attacks between Christian vigilante groups and mostly Muslim ex-Seleka rebels who seized control in a coup last year but were forced from power in January.Image Credit: Mashablelast_img read more

5 Forecasts For Video Conferencing In 2015

first_imgAdvertisement If you look at the range of infrastructure solutions by major video conferencing system developers, you will see that the transfer from specialized hardware VC infrastructure towards software, cloud services and VM solutions is already a reality. It is time to move forward and understand how the acquisition cycle between the IT and AV industries – along with the ‘softwarization’ of videoconferencing – will affect the video conferencing market in 2015. Here are five of our top predictions. Forecast #1: The prevalence of SVC-based architecture.The number of VC endpoints connected to systems built on Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technology will outnumber the endpoints dedicated to classic mixing schemes (MCU) in 2015. The new architecture makes use of the extended capabilities of video codecs such as the H.264 SVC and VP8 SVC codecs, which allows video streams to be processed on the server side without re-encoding. This effectively lowers the cost of video conferencing infrastructure, cancels the limitations regarding the number of connected subscribers, and eliminates delays and visual artifacts caused by signal compression. – Advertisement – Forecast #2: All-purpose PCs will replace the video conferencing endpoints in meeting rooms.Our proof is in the recent announcements introducing Microsoft Surface Hub, Google Chromebox for Meetings, and the Russian release of Flipbox by Polymedia. Users do not care what enables video conferencing features on the end device, whether it be software, high quality peripherals, or a dedicated VC terminal. When there is no noticeable difference, people see with their wallets. That is why the majority of modern conference rooms (with the price tag under $20.000) are equipped with widescreen 4K displays, an integrated or dedicated PC, and special software which enables meeting and brainstorming, whiteboarding, and all other video conferencing features. Forecast #3: A world of AV peripherals to choose from.This is a direct consequence of the previous point. Previously, cameras, microphones, speakers, etc. could be connected only using their own proprietary ports that usually were not interoperable with solutions from different vendors or even with different product series by the same manufacturer. With the introduction of PCs in the meeting rooms, we get the ability to connect anything via USB, HDMI or analog ports, and also by using wireless technologies like Bluetooth, Miracast and WiFi (the last two of which deserve a separate article). There is now a huge range of plug-and-play PTZ cameras, speakerphones, and content capture devices. Moreover, those peripherals are as good as the old hardware video conferencing endpoints, in terms of content transmission quality.Forecast #4: The advent of UltraHD 4K and mobile video conferencing.Those may seem like two separate subjects, but in reality, they are closely connected. The key feature of SVC architecture is the ability to deliver video streams to multipoint conference participants in both the original resolution, and in any lower resolution. This allows for the creation of a dynamic video window layout with the total resolution starting from 120px and scaling up to 3840×2160 (4K) or higher. The same conference can be accessed without the need for re-encoding from any device, and with great adaptivity for fluctuating bandwidth quality. For now, though, this feature is available only in software VC solutions built on modern SVC infrastructure, which gives those solutions an advantage. Forecast #5: New work scenarios – from planning to delivery.In 2013 and 2014 we saw how quickly video conferencing systems entered workplaces and mobile devices. The classic scenario of booking a conference room and planning the meeting with an overloaded web interface seems to be receding into the past. In the era of Skype, users demand the same comfortable interface, the ability to call to phone numbers, and to be able to add their own contacts from the enterprise video conferencing system. In 2015, browser-based conferences, address books with presence, integration with telephony, calendars and streaming platforms brought together by a comfortable user-friendly interface will become standard features for any respected video conferencing vendor. WebRTC, support for SIP protocol, and basic UC principles will help.This article has been made in collaboration with TrueConf CEO Michael Gotalskylast_img read more

10 games were most looking forward to in 2016

first_imgImage Credit: GameSpot Advertisement The holiday rush is over, which means most fans of video games have settled into a time of long, wintry hibernation when we catch up on everything we missed.Eff that. There’s a whole new year of video games to look forward to. Some stuff we haven’t seen, and won’t see for many months, but we know they’ll be big. Looking at you, Call of Duty, Destiny and Madden. Others we’ve seen a lot of and have talked about at length.That’s not what we’re about right now. Everything listed below is almost certain to be coming out in 2016, and the anticipation for each and every one has us perched on the edge of our seats. Even with a mountain of killer games to get through from the current year 2015 kicked all sorts of ass it’s never too early to get hype for what’s next. – Advertisement – Abzû Release date 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, PC Abzû is proof-positive that games don’t need guns and violence to be compelling. Swimming around and interacting with marine life in beautiful settings is more than enough. Games that deliver a meditative experience are rare. Flower did it. Proteus did it. We expect Abzû to do it as well.Assassin’s Creed Chronicles:IndiaImage Credit: TwinFiniteRelease date Jan. 12, 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, PC This one’s a bit of a cheat, as Ubisoft has two Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games coming in 2016: one set in India and another in Russia. Both strip the series down to its core focus on platforming and throat-stabbing, allowing players to rewrite history in gorgeous 2.5D environments that hearken back to the glory days of arcade gaming.Below Release date 2016 Platforms Xbox One, PC Take the stiff challenge of Dark Souls and mash it together with the lo-fi aesthetics of The Legend of Zelda and you’ve got Below . Capy Games has been polishing this one off for ages, but it’s looking likely that we’ll finally see it launch in the new year.Cuphead Release date 2016 Platforms Xbox One, PC It might look like one, but this isn’t some lost Disney cartoon from the 1930s. Cuphead borrows the visual splendor of classic, hand-drawn animation and pairs it with a combination of shooty shooty arcade action and reflex-dependent fighting game sensibilities.Firewatch Release date Feb. 9, 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, PC, Mac OS, Linux Firewatch, Henry is a lone-wolf fire lookout in 1989 Wyoming. His only link to the world is a radio, and the woman named Delilah whom he reports to. We’re not sure where the story takes these two, but we can’t wait to explore the beautiful landscape.HitmanImage Credit: YtImgRelease date Mar. 11, 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC The Hitman series was reborn in 2012 with the release of Absolution, which effectively turned each level into an assassin’s playground. The 2016 iteration, titled simply Hitman, seems to carry Absolution’s ideas forward with even more of a focus on variety and creative problem solving.Quantum Break Release date Apr. 5, 2016 Platforms Xbox One Quantum Break is certainly ambitious, fusing third-person gunplay and puzzle-solving with non-interactive, live-action “episodes” featuring familiar Hollywood faces like Shawn Ashmore and Dominic Monaghan. It also comes from the team behind the Max Payne and Alan Wake games, so you can expect tight, fast-moving gameplay to go along with what looks to be an engrossing story about time manipulation and science gone wrong.[related-posts]Batman: A Telltale Games SeriesImage Credit: ZiffDavisInternationalRelease date 2016 Platforms Unknown, probably everything Who knows what Telltale is cooking up for its recently revealed Caped Crusader series? We’re just happy to know that the team behind Tales from the Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us now gets to play around in Gotham City.Unravel Release date Feb. 9, 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Unravel is an indie darling in the making. It’s a gorgeous 2.5D puzzle game where you guide an adorable yarn-thing named Yarny through a series of environments by unspooling its body and using the excess yarn to loop, swing, pull and climb. It’s both charming and eminently playable, the perfect mix to please a mainstream, all-ages crowd.Tom Clancy’s The DivisionImage Credit: UBIRelease date Mar. 8, 2016 Platforms PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC It’s easy to write off Tom Clancy’s The Division given the extended development time and multiple delays. But there’s something about this vision of post-apocalyptic New York City and the seemingly hook-y action-RPG gameplay that gives us hope. If The Division can stick to its 2016 launch and really plant the landing with a deep, absorbing experience, it could leave a lot of people happily surprised.[Mashable]last_img read more

HighTech Gloves Turn Sign Language Into Speech

first_imgHigh-Tech Gloves turn sign language into spoken language. Image Credit: Washington Advertisement Many tech companies today have been working so hard on tech gadgets that can help the disabled feel more comfortable about themselves.Among the companies include: Samsung Corp. who came up with an eye-tracking mouse, “EyeCan+” which is positioned below a monitor for people with disabilities to be able to write and edit documents or surf the web using eye movement and blinking, to Japanese automotive manufacturer, Toyota who on March 8th, 2016 announced – it’s developing a wearable device to help give the blinds and visually impaired people greater mobility, to social media giants, Facebook Inc. also announced that it wants to build technology that would help the blind community experience Facebook the same way others are enjoying it. Other tech companies like; Google, Apple, Microsoft Corp. to name a few, are also doing the same thing.Earlier this week, two university students; Navid Azodi; a former NASA intern who is studying business administration and Thomas Pryor; who is studying aeronautics & astronautics engineering from University of Washington, won a $10,000 (approximately 33.3 million ugx) price for their “High-Tech Gloves”, which turns sign language into spoken language. – Advertisement – The gloves could be worn by deaf people, making it quicker and easier for them to communicate verbally simply by using their hands.Sky News reports that, the students used a system similar to how neural networks work in artificial intelligence to engineer the gloves to recognize specific sign language movements. When the system finds a match, it then reads the words aloud.A quick demo of how the gloves work: “Many of the sign language translation devices already out there are not practical for everyday use, said Pryor. “Some use video input, while others have sensors that cover the user’s entire arm or body.“Our gloves are lightweight, compact and worn on the hands, but ergonomic enough to use as an everyday accessory, similar to hearing aids or contact lenses.”last_img read more

Jumia now the top most visited local website in Uganda

first_imgJumia is the now the top most visited Ugandan website according to Alexa. Advertisement Online shopping giant Jumia.ug is officially the number one Ugandan website, overtaking favorites like monitor.co.ug in site visits and time spent on the site, according to Amazon’s analytics site Alexa.com.Paul Tesar, Jumia’s Head of Growth says, “During Jumia Black Friday alone (16th Nov – 7th Dec), there were 1.6m sessions. Roughly 85% of people accessed our website through a mobile device; we also saw a significant increase in the popularity of our app.”According to Jumia, visitors on their site spend the majority of their time navigating the following categories:GroceriesMobile phonesAppliancesTV & AudioFashion – Advertisement – Ugandans are gradually embracing e-commerce and this is largely attributed to an increase in internet-enabled smartphones as well as competitive pricing available on Jumia.Alexa Rankings[related-posts]Distributed by Jumia Ugandalast_img read more

BENS BLOG Land Ahoy I can see Punterland me Hearties

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]omorrow, after much preparation, great friend and ally of Star, Harry Macadam is setting sail, like a pirate on one last-ditch desperate treasure-hunt, to a promised land.An almost fictional place, where The Punters are still grateful, and haven’t yet been educated by their own very silly corporate bookmakers. And The Staff don’t consider it below themselves, or that they’re just a little bit too intellectual and precious, to follow their pay-master’s instructions.Harry ‘Giraffe’ Macadam, has his compass set for Africa, and Kenya in particular. A country that he is convinced will be his very own…Punterland. And what guise is he going to carry out this attack under?Well, that’s an easy one isn’t it, Blog?‘Giraffebet’, of course.We don’t see any of the Corporate People following suit and having a go. What’s wrong, Blog? Have they got a little wet-patch, both sides of their tight Y-fronts?!GOOD LUCK, HARRY.In other news:I really enjoyed going to vote yesterday. There was very much a community feel at the Seymour Leisure Centre, with everyone enjoying the day’s fayre. It seemed to me though, that little guys had all the right ideas, when looking down the list of parties to vote for. I respect these guys! They’re taking time to stick up for others, trying to do the right thing, when there’s clearly nothing in it for them. There was one option called Harmony (or something like that) who said they were anti-globalisation. And another Animal Welfare group looking for supporters. What a good idea, for a political party that one is, in particular. More benefits for mistreated animals and less for spoilt English whiteys!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more