Election 2018 Mayor Breed is substantially weaker today than she was yesterday

first_imgThe opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.If San Francisco voters don’t love Mayor London Breed, we certainly seem to like her fine. We sure as hell don’t hate her. But when it comes to caring about who she wants to govern alongside and what she wants us to vote for, San Franciscans were totally indifferent. Nearly every hotly contested candidate or proposition on yesterday’s ballot that the mayor weighed in on lost, or is losing. Homeless measure Proposition C won. Matt Haney won in District 6. Gordon Mar is winning in District 4 — a progressive supe in the Sunset! Eric Mar’s brother! It’s an impossible scenario, and yet it’s happening. It seems the only people who listened to Breed’s advice this election season were the tech barons who deferred to her wisdom in opposing Prop. C (before admitting that, hey, they just don’t want to pay taxes). Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresscenter_img In District 6, where Breed prominently supported Christine Johnson and Sonja Trauss and text-banked with them on Election Day, Haney’s people told me that the issue of Breed’s imprimatur came up only a handful of times during tens of thousands of voter interactions. In District 4, where Breed got behind Jessica Ho, Mar’s people said that, in the heavily Asian Sunset District, the backing of Mayor Breed didn’t mean quite so much as the backing of Mayor Ed Lee. You figure it out. What’s more, Breed’s advocacy for opening up safe injection sites didn’t exactly sit well with denizens of the city’s west side.Flanked by District 6 candidates Christine Johnson (left) and Sonja Trauss, Mayor London Breed texts would-be voters on election day. Photo by Julian Mark.Haney trounced Johnson and Trauss by an eye-opening margin (much more on that here). There are 139,000 ballots left to count and, perhaps 10,000 to go in District 4 — but the lead for Mar “looks very solid to me,” notes SFSU political science professor Jason McDaniel. In a crowded field, he continues, Mar “benefitted from the ranked-choice voting transfers.” So far, he’s pulled down more No. 2 votes from the candidate running a 1-2 campaign with Ho than she has.Is Breed vulnerable to be unseated next year? Barring a missile from Pyongyang or some manner of scandal worse than the scandals city voters have already ignored — and we ignored a married mayor impregnating his fund-raiser or a single mayor carrying on an affair with his married underling who was his close friend’s spouse — no. But it’s not Breed’s blessing that’ll do her appointee, Supervisor Vallie Brown, all that much good in 2019. Rather, District 5 voters are going to weigh whether Brown is a better neighborhood supe than Dean Preston. That’s all. In the meantime, like Lee before her, Breed will have an adversarial and potentially rambunctious board working against her. The relationship with the board has not been well-maintained. And, now, with perhaps eight supervisors finding common cause, the board doesn’t have to merely react to the mayor — it can go on offense. “Mayor Breed is substantially weaker today than she was yesterday,” sums up a veteran political operative. “That is a result of political miscalculation and hubris.” Far, far more San Franciscans voted for Prop. C than voted for London Breed. She now finds herself on the other side of a means of tackling San Francisco’s most pressing issue than 60-odd percent of this city’s voters. And, if the tech barons are supposedly receptive to our mayor’s wishes — will she lean on them to not sue the city over Prop. C? That could qualify as “leadership.” It is not yet known what Breed will make her signature issue for 2019 and re-election. It sure as hell won’t be a bold homelessness initiative. Fixing Muni is the perpetual motion machine of San Francisco politics. Affordable housing is a great idea, but a mayor can only push that needle so much. Your humble narrator is hearing rumors of a workforce housing bond. That sounds grand but, once again, your elected officials are far keener to extract funds from everyday folks (and go into bonded debt) than big business. We’ll see if Breed et al. express reservations about the “accountability” of those overseeing the housing funds. If the mayor had embraced Prop. C, it would not only have likely ensured a two-thirds majority and staved off years of legal wrangling (and potential crushing losses for this and other tax initiatives), but it would have scattered and routed Breed’s opponents on the left, leaving them in disarray for years to come. This was not an easy situation by any means for the mayor. But she played it into a triple. Questionable decisions were made following questionable advice. It remains to be seen if the mayor makes changes regarding her inner political circle — will anyone be held “accountable” for this? Incoming chief of staff Sean Elsbernd can’t arrive quickly enough. He should bring a fire extinguisher. last_img read more

JON Wilkin and James Roby have been named in Engla

first_imgJON Wilkin and James Roby have been named in England’s Rugby League’s 30-man Elite Training Squad as the national team starts its preparations in World Cup year.The squad will meet up at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire over the weekend of March 16 and there will be a further four camps throughout this year including high altitude training in Potchefstroom, South Africa at the end of the domestic season.“The players are fully aware of the importance of this year,” said Head Coach Steve McNamara. “Every opportunity we have together will be vital in honing our preparations to make a real impact on the Rugby League World Cup in the autumn.“We have every confidence in the group, along with our Australian based players, to be competitive against the best teams in the world. We are leaving nothing to chance and our training programme will add variety and the attention to detail our elite players deserve.“The main focus naturally will be about the Rugby League World Cup, but we have a responsibility to ensure the future stars of the game are prepared and ready for international tournaments after 2013 and the World Cup in 2017.”England will start their 2013 campaign with the International Origin match against the Exiles on Friday June 14 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and will take on France in a warm-up game before the Rugby League World Cup gets underway on Saturday October 26, when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.2013 England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Ben Cockayne, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Gareth Ellis, Liam Farrell, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Gareth Hock, Chris Hill, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Danny McGuire, Michael McIlorum, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Sean O’Loughlin, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Jon Wilkin.last_img read more

NATHAN Brown remains positive despite the ramifica

first_imgNATHAN Brown remains positive despite the ramifications of Saints 44-22 win over Widnes on Friday.“The win came at a cost and unfortunately we’ve had a few that have come at a cost over the last few months,” he said. “That is the nature of the game we play I suppose. Luke Walsh was just making a tackle and we’ve had some news on Jon Wilkin that isn’t ideal too.“Luke has either a dislocated ankle or a compound fracture of his leg. Until he has surgery we won’t know.”He continued: “We were leading well and then Jordan Turner and Mark Percival made a bad read. I thought they played super but a couple of mistakes cost us those points in the second half. I was happy with the game apart from that two minute period but against the good sides you cannot afford to have those lapses.“I thought after that period we dominated with our offence and defence. We lost Mark Flanagan in the first half and have others out in key positions – Jonny and Lance – so I am proud of the guys. Jordan Turner and Gary Wheeler did super when we moved things around.“I thought Kyle Amor and Alex Walmsley were sensational. For a ten minute spell we were as good as we have been for the first or five weeks of the season. The forwards turned the game with their defence and carried the ball well.“It gives us a lot of confidence to take into next week and we are sure we can have a positive finish to the year. It is the nature of the game, the sun will come up tomorrow, we will train and go again.“We have a good group of forwards, a dummy half back at the top of his game, two young centres and one of those was terrific in the halves today.“Shannon McDonnell can come in, Paul Wellens can move to the halves and play well like he has done there this season and Lance should be back before the season’s out. We have to work hard and be positive.”last_img read more

A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors at tonights gam

first_imgA SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors at tonight’s game.MATCH SPONSORS – Bold Skip HireBold Skip Hire are a well-known local skip hire business who are proud to be match sponsors again.They can be found at Moss House Farm, Fleet Lane, St Helens, WA9 2RJ and contacted via 01744 833891.MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon DécorA lifelong Saints supporter, this locally run business was set up in 2008 and specialises in all types of wedding décor including centrepieces, dance floor hire and more.They were match ball sponsors at our last game for the first time.Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon Décor is on 132 Greenfield Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SH. They can be contacted via 07955 600 101. www.kierasoccasions.co.ukCORPORATE SPONSORS – ViridorBy transforming domestic and commercial waste and recyclables into high-quality raw materials or energy, Viridor making a substantial contribution to improving both its customers’ and the UK’s resource efficiency.They operate more than 320 facilities across the UK and use smart technology operated by smart people to deliver their vision – from user-friendly household waste recycling centres for the general public to some of the most advanced materials recycling facilities and energy from waste plants in Europe.To find out more log on to www.viridor.co.ukTHIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – Gibneys JewellersGibneys Jewellers are the proud sponsors of Luke Walsh, Mark Flanagan and Josh Jones.A local family run business since 1987 and proud to be a true St Helens business they specialise in designing and creating jewellery to bring your ideas to life.Based on Ormskirk Street in the town centre they truly believe that ‘seeing is believing’ and each piece of jewellery is hand crafted by their highly skilled goldsmiths.For more information call into their town centre store and explore their wide range of jewellery.Gibney’s Jewellers 21b Ormskirk Street, St Helens, WA10 1BQ. Tel: 01744 24135. www.facebook.com/gibneys.jewellerslast_img read more

SAINTS are delighted to announce that Matty Smith

first_imgSAINTS are delighted to announce that Matty Smith has inked a three-year contract with the club.The Grand Final winning International half-back arrives with more than 250 top flight games to his credit and a plethora of honours.He has won two Grand Finals and was named Lance Todd winner in the Warriors’ 2013 Challenge Cup win.The 29-year-old has also played four times for England – in the 2014 Four Nations and 2015 Test Match series against New Zealand – and been named in the Dream Team twice.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “I’m delighted to have secured the services of Matty. He a class scrum half who possesses a fantastic kicking and passing game as well as being an accomplished goal kicker.“He has excellent leadership qualities and composure in big games after having experienced several over the course of his career.“Having come through the system here he understands the club’s ethos and culture and has had a lot of success at the Warriors.“This is a perfect opportunity for us to bring his experience and professionalism to the Saints to not only guide the side around the park but help nurture the youngsters we have here.“His partnership with Theo Fages will be an exciting one to watch.”This is Matty’s second spell at the club after he originally made his debut for Saints in 2006 – after signing from Blackbrook.He moved to Widnes on loan in 2008 and then Salford, but was recalled by the Saints to play in the 2010 Grand Final run in.Smith signed for Salford in 2010 but halfway through 2012 moved to Wigan – just a couple of days after playing for England against the Exiles.At Wigan, Matty continued his development as one of the top 7s in the British game.He was named Lance Todd Trophy winner in Wigan’s cup success over Hull FC in 2013 and played in the Super League Grand Final victory over Warrington in the same year.And, he won the Grand Final with the Warriors in 2016.Matty Smith said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be back at my hometown team.“It should be a seamless transition as I have come through the system at Saints and know the key staff and players as well as the club’s culture.“I am committed to bringing silverware back to the club and look forward to helping the younger players develop.”Smith joins Luke Douglas and Ryan Morgan in putting pen to paper for 2017 and beyond at the club.last_img read more

Leland police searching for couple accused of stealing Red Bull

first_imgRelated Article: Bail set at $750K for soldier charged in girl’s kidnapping Police say they were seen leaving the Walmart in an older model white Buick car. The woman in the photo has a distinctive tattoo on her chest.Contact Det. Jonathan Berry at (910) 332-5003 if you have any information about the couple. LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police are looking for a man and woman wanted for stealing from Walmart.Police say the crime happened on July 29 just before 2:40 p.m.  Police say the couple are suspected of stealing $600 worth of Red Bull energy drinking from both Walmart and Lowes Foods.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Relive your childhood at Wilmington Comic Toy and Hobby Show

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington’s longest running comic, toy and hobby show returns this year bigger and better than ever.Find vintage to modern comic books, browse collectible toys and see some of the area’s best artists.  There is even a sidewalk sale so you can take some home.- Advertisement – It will be fun for the whole family with prizes, raffles, gaming events and a costume contest.It is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wilmington Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington.A portion of your admission will go to the Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington and NourishNC.Related Article: ‘MAGA building blocks’ for sale encourages kiddos to ‘build the wall’last_img read more

Earth Fare to anchor Renaissance Market project near Mayfaire

first_img According to Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners, the 22,700-square-foot organic grocery store will be the biggest piece of the more than 45,000-square-foot complex. The companies say the project will also include West Marine and Blaze Pizza.“We are thrilled to bring a unique set of tenants to a thoughtfully designed center,” Trask Land Company President Raiford Trask III said in a statement. “Over the years we’ve been patient about master planning the Renaissance corridor to create a mix of uses including office, hospitality, and residential. We intentionally saved the heart of the watermelon for a specialty retail center like Renaissance Market and excited about creating a shopping environment that fits the coastal nature of Wilmington.”Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners say construction should begin next month with a grand opening late this year.Related Article: Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs riseEarth Fare is an Asheville-based organic grocery chain with 45 locations in 10 states.West Marine will locate from its current location in Lumina Commons, the release said.Blaze Pizza has more than 200 stores in 32 states. Plans for Renaissance Market (Photo: Trask Land Company and Harbour Retail Partners) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another new grocery store is ready to enter the Wilmington market.Developers announced today that Earth Fare will anchor the Renaissance Market project across from Mayfaire Town Center at the northeast corner of Military Cutoff and Sir Tyler Drive.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State lawmakers talk school safety arming teachers

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County School Board brought lawmakers together Thursday afternoon to discuss improving school safety.“School safety is of upmost importance,” Rep. Holly Grange said.- Advertisement – “The state should take a serious look at assisting and providing the necessary funding so we can have counselors in the schools,” Rep. Ted Davis said.Those were the highlights, and goals, set for the upcoming year during the New Hanover County School Board Legislative Luncheon.“The Florida tragedy may not have happened if some of those red flags had been noticed,” Grange said.Related Article: North Carolina schools get $22M in safety grantsThe event gave local and state leaders the chance to not only talk with school leaders, but also sit down with teachers and hear their concerns. One of which is whether to arm school staff.“Teachers should be focusing on educating kids what they’re there for. They don’t need to be policing the schools and carrying firearms,” Sen. Michael Lee said.“I’m not a proponent of teachers having firearms,” Davis said. “I don’t think that’s the right way to go.”“If we’ve got SRO’s in our school and we’ve got good procedures in place then that’s not something that needs to take place,” New Hanover County Superintendent, Tim Markley said.“If a teacher was armed I would want them to be trained very vigorously,” Grange said. “Rigorous training with local law enforcement.”Rep. Deb Butler sent WWAY the following statement:“I honestly can’t believe that we are even discussing the notion of arming teachers. Teachers want to teach. There is a laundry list of sensible actions to take such that would improve school safety such as banning military grade weapons, increasing background checks for gun purchases, installation of metal detectors, and more school resource officers and counselors who are trained to spot the warning signs of troubled children. These are things we should implement now,” Butler wrote.As for adding extra security, lawmakers across the board believe there are several options.“Law enforcement. Perhaps retired military can fulfill some of those roles and let teachers concentrate on teaching,” Grange said.“When we build new schools now there are added safety features. We’ve added cameras. There are press-in alarms at almost all of our schools. Mental health workers, councilors, more councilors at our schools we think are critical. We’d love to see more parent groups at our school like watchdogs and those kinds of programs,” Markley said.Representatives Davis and Grange are on the House School Safety Committee created to examine safety standards and recommend changes.They both are taking what they learned today to the committee’s first meeting March 21.last_img read more

NHSO searching for witnesses in box cutter attack

first_imgAlvin Dean Jones (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the attack of a woman with a box cutter in Monkey Junction to come forward.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says just before 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Alvin Dean Jones argued with a woman in the parking lot at 5309 Carolina Beach Road, which is the strip mall where the Family Dollar is located. At one point, Jones allegedly entered the driver’s window and cut the woman with a box cutter on her face, lip, and shoulder.- Advertisement – The victim was able to get Jones out of the window and drove to the hospital.Jones is charged with attempted first degree murder.If you were in the parking lot at the time of the attack, if you have information, or saw the attack, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4161 or use Text-a-tip.Related Article: Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett caseJust text TIP708 and your message to Crimes (274637). Your message must begin with TIP708.last_img read more

Facebook suspends account of Bishop who defends his mom from Duterte

first_imgL-Isqof Pablo Virgilio David ta’ Kalookan fil-Filippini (Credit: Paul Jeffrey/CNS.)L-Isqof Pablo Virgilio David ta’ Kalookan fil-Filippini (Credit: Paul Jeffrey/CNS.) After defending his mother from an attack by President Rodrigo Duterte, a bishop in the Philippines had his Facebook profile temporarily suspended.Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan has been a long-time critic of the president’s brutal campaign against the drug trade, which human rights groups say has led to thousands of extra-judicial killings.Duterte has often singled out the bishop for criticism, even threatening him with decapitation last November, and insinuating he was a drug user that stole from the collection plate. David later confirmed he had received anonymous death threats after the president’s remarks.One April 2, the president called David a “son of a whore” – a common epitaph from Duterte, which he has also used in the past to describe Pope Francis and Barack Obama.Nothing but complain“That David, he does nothing but complain,” the president said.  “You know if you are a priest and you want to criticize me – David you better listen you son of a whore – step outside the pulpit. Do not use your religion.”The next day, David posted a tribute to his mother Bienvenida Siongco David, who died in 2000, on his personal Facebook profile.“She is the woman the President of our country called a whore in his speech yesterday. He called me a son of a whore for allegedly attacking him from the Church pulpit-which I have never ever done. The pulpit is never for that purpose. Unless, of course, he thinks that calling for an end to violence and extrajudicial killing in my diocese is tantamount to attacking him,” the bishop wrote.The fortitude of a motherDavid spoke of his mother’s fortitude during the Japanese occupation of World War II, her support for her husband’s career in government service, and her efforts to take care of her 13 children after she was widowed at the age of 58.“She succeeded in raising one sociologist, one architect/urban planner, two lawyers, one civil engineer, one real estate broker, one banker, one medical technologist, one critical care nurse, one bishop, one nutritionist, one dentist, and one economist. Her efforts did not end up in vain; not a single one of her children became a liability to the country,” the bishop continued.“Our family does not expect anyone in government to give her a recognition for her immense contribution in nation-building. But we do not expect anyone either, to insult her memory and call her a whore. SHE DOES NOT DESERVE IT,” he wrote.On Thursday, Facebook blocked his account, accusing him of “phishing” – meaning to try and access a person’s private data through fraudulent means.At odds with the Church“I was blocked. I got some advice on how to revive it,” David told CBCPNews, the official news service of the bishops’ conference.The bishop’s profile was restored later that day.Duterte has been at odds with the country’s Catholic Church since before he took office in 2016. Duterte has claimed he was abused by a priest when attending Ateneo de Davao High School, a Jesuit-run institution, in the late 1950s.On March 24, the president said it would be “a better world” if all molesting priests were “killed tonight.”In the same speech, Duterte also called the nation’s bishops “sons of bitches” that “serve the rich and the elite, those who are owners of banks and other businesses.”WhatsApp SharePrint <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>last_img read more

Report Apple Looking to Add Cable Content to Apple TV

first_imgAdvertisement  Nothing has been finalized, but if the plan gets the go-ahead, Apple TV could be competing with the likes of TiVo and companies that provide set-top boxes to cable firms, like Samsung.The idea, however, is not completely new.Back in February, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek suggested that Apple was exploring several options for content delivery on a next-gen iTV. – Advertisement – Misek speculated that Apple would primarily seek non-exclusive deals for content in partnership with telecom carriers and large cable operators (MSOs) but would spice things with “a handful of high-profile exclusive deals.”Securing those deals will likely be the hard part.When Apple rolled out the revamped, $99 Apple TV in 2010, Steve Jobs said Apple had secured TV licensing deals with ABC and Fox by the time Cupertino’s big press event rolled around, but had yet to sign the other networks.They eventually came around, but it showcased that even Apple sometimes has trouble persuading content creators to partner up.During Apple’s most recent earnings call, chief Tim Cook said the company had sold 1.3 million Apple TVs during the quarter, which was a 170 percent increase from the year before.At this point, however, Apple still considers Apple TV to be a hobby. But “there’s a lot of people here that are believers in Apple TV and we continue to invest in it and see where it will take us,” he said.In the meantime, Apple TV recently gained access to Hulu Plus.Rumors about an Apple-based television set, meanwhile, have been making the rounds since last year after Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography mentioned that the late Apple co-founder was working on an Apple-branded TV before his death on Oct. 5. Apple, however, has made no announcements.For more, see PCMag’s review of Apple TV and the slideshow below.Source: PC MAGlast_img read more

Google to keep your phone unlocked when in contact with your body

first_imgAdvertisement Google is bringing you a  new Android feature that keeps the phone constantly unlocked as long as it’s in a person’s hand, resting on their leg or even just sitting in a pocket.The ‘on-body detection’ feature uses the phone’s built-in accelerometer to know when it’s being handled or moved, and will only lock the screen when placed on a flat surface.The feature was first spotted by fan site Android Police in the Smart Lock menu of a Nexus 4 running Android Lollipop. – Advertisement – Google said that if the user unlocks their device and hands it to someone else the phone or tablet stays unlocked as long as the other person continues to carry it. It is also unclear how active the screen will be in a pocket.Google may shut down services but keep the screen unlocked, to avoid opening apps or accidentally calling people, known colloquially as ‘butt dialing.”On-body detection is the latest feature hoping to remove the need to enter security details regularly.Microsoft said devices running its Windows 10 software, which launches later this year, can be unlocked by looking at them, or using a fingerprint reader, while Apple made the fingerprint reader, or Touch ID, mainstream on its iPhone 5S and Samsung added a reader on its Galaxy S5.Via Daily Maillast_img read more

Internal Threats Startup Teramind Launches User Behavior Policy Enforcement Suite

first_imgAdvertisement Teramind, an internal threats security startup, announced today the launch of its policy enforcement suite to augment its user monitoring and threat detection platform, and to deliver granular level of security control over a companys internal users.The applications of this addition are vast, ranging from security policy enforcement to employee productivity analysis.Teraminds core platform provides enterprises and startups with real-time and historic logs and visual screen recordings of all user activity. The introduction of user behavior policy enforcement gives customers the ability to block any observable activity, based on a wide range of criteria. – Advertisement – The platform can easily be configured to block, or lock out offending users based on violations related to attempted file transfers, e-mails, instant messages, printed documents, websites visited, and more.Since its soft launch in 2014, Teraminds technology has already been in use by large corporations and dozens of startups around the world, across numerous industries, including TV and radio outlets, medical, law, financial offices, online retailers, real estate and construction companies, travel agencies and hotels and resorts.“The identification of suspicious activity and detection of possible threats are critical to an organization’s ability to protect its system,” said Isaac Kohen, Founder and CEO of Teramind.“With many of the most disastrous data breaches originating from internal sources, our technology now allows customers to automatically block suspicious activity and prevent serious breaches by defining unacceptable online behavior and its consequence. Teramind elegantly enforces these policies while protecting the users privacy.”Teramind is available as a cloud or on-premise solution.last_img read more

Africell Raises USD1165 Million to Fund its 4G rollout Expand Across SubSaharan

first_imgAfricell Holdings signed a new USD$116.5m syndicated loan for the expansion of its mobile network operations across sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo Credit: kaironews) Advertisement Africell Holdings has signed a new USD$116.5 million syndicated loan for the expansion of its mobile network operations across sub-Saharan Africa.According to founding CEO and Group Chairman, Ziad Dalloul, Africell‘s success comes from the communities it works in and its management’s focus on operational efficiency to create value for its customers.However, Africell has been in customers bad books for refusing to register locals in Uganda with national IDs and passports and only signing up expats. It’s growth might be hindered and investor money lost if this continuous. – Advertisement – “It is important to partner with investors who truly understand our business model as well as our markets to structure solutions that support our growth programs.”Lintel Capital UK Advisors LLP, the company’s advisor led and structured the 5-year deal between the company and a syndicate of 4 international investors consisting of Gemcorp Capital, funds advised by Helios Investment Partners and others.With operations in Gambia and Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda,  the mobile telephone operator will use the 5-year facility to fund its fund 4G roll-out to meet the growing demand for data in SSA, whilst simultaneously providing the necessary operational flexibility the company requires to expand opportunistically, a key aspect of the company’s growth strategy.Shawn Gates, Lintel Capital’s CIO and lead advisor for the deal, said: “This deal represents another successful milestone in Africell’s evolution, and we expect it to help unlock meaningful growth opportunities as the company continues to expand. Africell has all the characteristics we look for in a company: strong track record, good growth prospects, clear development impact and a positive enterprise culture. We are very proud to have arranged this deal and of the ongoing partnership we’ve formed with Africell to continue shaping its bright future.”[related-posts]source: TechMoranlast_img read more

The Ultimate Guide for VPN Information

first_imgAdvertisement Internet connectivity has become quite ubiquitous, connecting a large part of the world’s population to each other. However, despite the massive advantages it brings to the table, it’s still a metaphorical wilderness where your information is always in danger of being stolen by hackers. Not only that, but there are dictatorships and totalitarian governments that want to have complete control over what you can and cannot access on the Internet. We spoke to Andrew Spooner, a prolific writer of helpful VPN articles, and asked him to give us an extensive primer on virtual private networks (VPNs), which are a solution to the cesspool that is public networks.Let’s face it: there are all kinds of pitfalls to public networks. We have Firesheep, Honeypot attacks, Wi-Fi spoofing, and all other kinds of things with exotic names that inspire as much humor as they do fear. If you’re going to survive in such an environment, you need to be well protected. There may be times when you want to access data on your company’s servers from a remote area. This data may likely be highly sensitive and accessing it from the Wi-Fi hotspot of an airport or coffee house is one of the riskiest things you could possibly do. You’ll be putting that data, your job and the company’s entire business at a phenomenal risk. So, what is the answer? A VPN, of course!The Facts About VPNs – Advertisement – VPNs are networks that allow an individual to access a private network and interact with it from remote locations via public networks. The best way to understand how VPNs work is to imagine the idea of a firewall. A firewall protects the data as it sits on your computer. A VPN protects that data while it is online. Technically speaking, a VPN is a wide area network (WAN). However, the front end of this network acts just like a private network would, with the same appearance, security, and functionality.VPNs are very popular because of this. They are a favorite of corporations and are typically used as a means of security, protecting the sensitive information these companies hold in their private servers when connecting to remote data centers. However, they’re not a favorite of corporations alone. They’re also fast gaining popularity among individuals. I’m not talking about people who torrent often or try to access the dark web. I’m talking about everyone.Encryption Makes Hacking More DifficultThe thing about VPNs is that they combine encryption protocols with dedicated connections to generate virtual peer-to-peer connections. Even if hackers were skilled or lucky enough to get the information transmitted, they wouldn’t be able to make any sense of it because of the fact that it was well encrypted.Another major advantage of VPNs is that they give the user the ability to spoof their location. Your real Internet protocol (IP) address will be replaced by the IP address of the VPN provider. That means you can get past filters on some sites and forms of content easily. While you’re really in Tehran, your IP address says you’re in Los Angeles. You can now enjoy a simple YouTube video without having to contend with the watchful eye of your totalitarian government.Establishing a Secure ConnectionSo far, all of this stuff may sound quite complicated, but it really isn’t. Establishing a secure connection is very easy. First, you connect to the regular public Internet via your chosen Internet service provider (ISP) and then initiate your VPN connection with the server of your VPN provider via their client software. That’s pretty much it. The client software on the destination server, which is the server you’re trying to connect to, will confirm that there is a secure connection, grant you access to the private network, and you’ll have all the access you need to the private data.There are many different types of VPNs, based on the security protocol which they apply. Here is a breakdown:IPSec: This is also known as IP security. It is a security protocol used very often to secure communications over the Internet and can be used in two modes. The transport mode encrypts the data packet message itself and nothing else while tunneling mode is a little more robust and encrypts the entire data packet. This protocol in and of itself isn’t very strong. It is best used alongside other protocols to improve the overall security of the system. However, it is still a very important part of VPNs.L2TP/IPSec: Layer 2 tunneling protocol (L2TP ) can be combined with the IPSec protocol to create what is often considered a very strong VPN client. L2TP on its own is incapable of any encryption. What it does is generate a tunnel while the IPSec protocol does the encrypting, the securing of the channel and the checking of the integrity of the data to ensure that the packets sent out have arrived safely at their destination and the channel is fully secure.SSL/TLS: Secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) are used heavily when it comes to protecting online retailers and service providers in the e-commerce business. They basically operate like this: The client initiates an SSL connection based on HTTP using https:// as opposed to HTTP://. At the very start of the session, something called an SSL handshake is performed which produces the cryptographic details of the session. These details are digital certificates which allow the client and the server to exchange a variety of information, including encryption keys, authentication information for the session, and information allowing the secure connection to be created.PPTP: Point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) is a very common protocol that has been in extensive use since the 1990s when the Internet was in its infancy. It has the ability to be installed on a wide range of operating systems and has been working on our computers since the days of Microsoft Windows 95. However, note that this protocol isn’t capable of encryption. What it does is to cover or encapsulate the data packet and then tunnel it. In order to encrypt the data a secondary protocol is required, such as transmission control protocol (TCP) or generic routing encapsulation (GRE). The PPTP protocol is fairly popular until recently. However, it should be noted that it isn’t the most secure and has been eclipsed by more modern protocols.SSH: Secure Shell (SSH) is a protocol that handles both the tunneling and the encryption, making it the most versatile of the protocols on this list. It creates the VPN tunnel and also creates the encryption that protects the tunnel and the data passing through it. The users can then transfer data that is unsecured via the encrypted tunnel by routing their traffic from various remote file servers. Notice that the data itself is unsecured, which means it isn’t encrypted. What is encrypted is the channel through which the data is moving. The SSH connection is initiated by an SSH client and then forwarded to a local port on the recipient server. The port of origin and the local port on the local port on the remote server are the two ends of the channel through which all the information between the two servers flows.Enables the Bypassing of Port 80 Access It is that last one — the SSH tunnel — that pretty much defines the modern VPN. These tunnels are what make it possible to bypass your government’s content filters. If the filter basically restricts access to port 80, which is responsible for HTTP connections, then all of your access to the internet is cut off. The SSH, meanwhile, enables you to forward all incoming data from port 80 to some other port on your local computer. That port still has a connection to port 80 on the remote server. For as long as the remote server permits outgoing connections, this method will work flawlessly.However, SSH is even more powerful than that. There are certain protocols that naturally wouldn’t be allowed to get past the firewall on a machine, such as the one you’re using in your company. These protocols can make use of SSH by wrapping themselves in a skin that the firewall would recognize as a different protocol. That makes it possible for you to do all sorts of things, like torrenting and watching YouTube videos over your company’s restrictive network. As you can see, SSH is pretty much the godsend we’ve all been seeking.[related-posts]Variety of Options AvailableIn order to create the VPN tunnel, there should a VPN client on your computer running. There are plenty of these clients out there. Whatever one you choose pretty much depends on the balance of benefits against costs. Some offer more privacy, others faster speeds and others still even offer you more security for your data and come coupled with antiviruses.At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you want to do. You might be bored in your cubicle at work and looking for entertainment, trying to torrent or simply trying to protect your data and communications from prying eyes. Whatever it is, the best way to keep your stuff secure online is to use a virtual private network.last_img read more

PREVIEW Burnley v Chelsea

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t wasn’t that easy for Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City despite eventual wins in their opening games of the new season and it certainly was a disaster for Man U.It’s now the turn of Chelsea to strut their stuff against newly promoted Burnley in a game that looks one-sided according to the betting.Chelsea have been boosted by the notable acquisitions of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis which in theory solves Mourinho’s well documented whinges about the strength of his team up front.So, in other words, there can be no excuses for Chelsea tonight in the first Monday Night Live game on SKY (8pm) at Turf Moor.The last time these two sides met was in in 2010 when Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners and you have to turn the clock back to 1973 for their last win over Chelsea, a 1-0 victory.Chelsea are usually quick away from the starting blocks. Their last defeat on the opening day of the season came way back in 1998 when they were beaten 2-1 by Coventry and since then they have enjoyed wins in 13 of 15 opening games.HEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 games)Jan 2010 Premier League Burnley 1-2 ChelseaAug 2009 Premier League Chelsea 3-0 BurnleyNov 2008 Carling Cup Chelsea 1-1 BurnleyApr 1983 Div 2 (old) Burnley 3-0 ChelseaDec 1982 Div 2 (old) Chelsea 2-1 BurnleyMar 1980 Div 2 (old) Chelsea 2-1 BurnleyOct 1979 Div 2 (old) Burnley 0-1 ChelseaJan 1978 FA Cup Chelsea 6-2 BurnleyApr 1977 Div 2 (old) Burnley 1-0 ChelseaNov 1976 Div 2 (old) Chelsea 2-1 BurnleyThe biggest plus for Burnley tonight might simply be adrenalin. Opening day of the season, home crowd etc can often count for a lot.However, they are facing a Chelsea side who have been boosted by a staggering £80 million in the closed season versus Burnley’s £6 million. Money doesn’t always talk in football of course but in this case it is very much David v Goliath.Predictably, Burnley are favourites for the drop but expect some fight from them tonight and they can make Chelsea pull out the stops.I’m taking Burnley with a goal start on Star Sports at around 2/1 on the three way handicap.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BURNLEY (+1 goal, three way handicap) for 5 points at around 2/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 24.97 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 19 OctoberRACING2.15 KemptonGladstone 13/2 > 4/12.40 NaasRed Ivy 16/1 > 7/13.05 BathHeadline News 4/1 > 11/43.50 KemptonFix It Right 6/1 > 100/30FOOTBALL1.30pm SKY5/1 QPR 4/7 LIVERPOOL 16/5 DRAW4pm SKY11/8 STOKE 9/4 SWANSEA 23/10 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img


first_imgJERRY CROXFORD (part 2 of 5) Interview: JERRY CROXFORD: In this series of five interviews we talk to professional dog punter Jerry Croxford. From his first introduction to Greyhound Racing with his father to becoming the scourge of the ring and a marked man in betting shops. Meeting Jerry Croxford.JERRY CROXFORD (part 1 of 5) JERRY CROXFORD (part 5 of 5) JERRY CROXFORD (part 3 of 5)center_img JERRY CROXFORD (part 4 of 5) Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

Royal Ascot Tuesday Simon Notts Tales from The Ring

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ROYAL ASCOT DAY ONE: Simon Nott is on course all week covering the action in the ring from the Star Sports pitch. It looked a bookmaker friendly opening day but did it pan out that way?2:30 Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1)Where did that year go? Time flies in racing but it didn’t take long for Royal Ascot to get into top gear. The office laid some chunks Recoletos £60,000- £10,000, Yoshida £70,000 – £5,000 and £42,000 – £12,000 Benbatl then the commission agents piled into us on course. They all wanted to be Rhododendron including £70,000 – £20,000 £52,000 – £15,000 each way, £35,000 – £10,000 each way and £33,000 – £10,000 each way. Ben couldn’t have written in a better result with 33/1 Accidental Agent winning and the bogie unplaced. Aye Aye – is it too early for that?3:05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2)The punters, this time cash, were in again almost as the lights went back on, with £2,500 on Calyx at 5/2 then another for £9,000 – £1,000 each-way Advertise, the trouble was, when we checked the money as we always do the cash was a monkey light. Unable to locate the punter, the Betting Ring Manager was called to verify and the bet was voided and put back in at £750 each way at the price.In the meantime Calyx had tumbled into 15/8. The office called to say they’d laid £40,000 – £20,000.On course the commission agents were hovering, but nothing done as they were going in the stalls then as the last couple were going in one did £20,000 at 10/3 Sergei Prokofiev. Then the office called again, they’d been hit too, at the off, in a matter of minutes Ryan Moore’s mount was a loser for over a quarter of a million across the firm.Rarely has a favourite been called home on the pitch but it was today. 2/1 jolly Calyx was first past the post with Advertise runner-up.3:40 King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1)The next was quieter on course, we took a cash bet of £2,500 at 2/1 Lady Aurelia but that was dwarfed by a bet of £150,000 – £80,000 in the office.At the off across the firm the jolly lost £180,000. Commentator David Fitzgerald called it beaten a lot earlier than deemed comfortable when you stood it for that much. He was right though, 6/1 Blue Point was an excellent result but a relatively small money race on course.4:20 St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1)Betting started light again, but then a punter came in for US Navy Flag £90,000 – £20,000 each way and another £25,000 each way at the price. The office laid it too, the firm was stood on the precipice looking at what Ben called the biggest liability ever, £500,000 or half a million pounds.For the second time today the entire firm cheered home another favourite, when Without Parole got us out of jail free but in truth the bogie was beaten before the race got serious, getting it out of the frame gilded the result.5:00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap)As anticipated, the fiendishly tricky handicap didn’t attract any lumps as seen earlier in the day but we did lay a £9,000 – £1,000 White Desert which made it worst in a book peppered with losers in a race of steady betting. Ben departed to the Star Sports Box before the off, no doubt needing a lie down.10/1 winner Lagostovegas was a decent winner in the book so kept the great day going in a winning vein.5:35 Wolferton Stakes (Listed)The ‘lucky last’ or ‘getting out stakes’ depending on your situation was a similar story. The office took a £5,000 bet on a Morando in the morning but we didn’t expect or even see anything like it on course.Frankie Dettori at Ascot is always popular and never likely to do you any favours. His mount Monarchs Glen winning at 8/1 was a bad payout in the on-course book and a hefty loser in the office. The cherry was pinched from the top of the firm’s hitherto best ever winning Royal Ascot day. That said, we sail into Wednesday well in front with confidence high.last_img read more