SF Chess Master and Adobe Books Patron Dead at 73

first_img 0% Tags: obituary Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Steve Brandwein had a daily routine: He would leave his spare Mission District apartment and walk downtown to the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Room near Market and Montgomery, where he had been a member for 47 years, play chess with other members or read up on the latest chess goings-on, and return to the Mission after work to visit Adobe Books.There, he would sit in a chair and read, remembers Andrew McKinley, the founder of the bookstore and Brandwein’s roommate for the past 10 years.“He visited the bookstore almost every day over the last 26 years,” he said. At both the old location on 16th Street and the new one on 24th Street, Brandwein was a regular, sitting down with a book for a few hours and occasionally engaging with customers perusing the shelves. He added an “academic heft” and his “encyclopedic memory” to the store, McKinley said, and was the most well-read person McKinley and others knew. “No one visited the store or supported the store more,” said McKinley. “People came to see him, talk to him, argue with him, and he generally aided anyone who worked there and anyone who shopped there.”center_img Brandwein died two weeks ago on December 12 of metastatic cancer that had spread to his brain and sinuses. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer a few years ago  and underwent treatment then, but decided against it the second time around. “He was ready to die,” said McKinley of the 73-year-old, who was born in 1942 and attended Boston University. At school, he played chess, debated politics and developed an affinity for socialism and communism, according to his friends. Larry Kauffman, a chess grandmaster, named Brandwein an early influence and a master at blitz chess, a fast-paced game with a lower than normal time limit. Brandwein came to San Francisco in the 1970s from Seattle, where he had moved from the East Coast and a “fairly distant” family, according to McKinley. His roommate didn’t know him then, but Paul Whitehead, a long-time member of the Mechanics’ Institute, remembers meeting Brandwein as a young 13-year-old chess player.“I sensed he was my friend right from the get-go,” said Whitehead, who is now 55. Whitehead and his brother were among the younger members of the club, but “never felt patronized” by Brandwein or others despite their renown. “Most of the people we met treated us like we were ordinary chess players without treating us like kids, even though we might have acted like kids. It was the chess board that was the important thing,” he said.Brandwein’s last professional tournament was in 1964, but he played regularly at the Chess Room and kept up with chess happenings worldwide. He even played chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, purportedly, when the two of them shared a house with other chess players on Third Street. “He knew Bobby Fischer, and there’s an anecdote about Fischer living there in that house, and Steve went over and played him, and apparently Steve did pretty well. From what I heard, he won about 20 percent of the games,” Whitehead said, a figure repeated in online chess forums. After living in the chess house, Brandwein bounced around the city and worked odd jobs, continuing his daily routine of reading books and playing chess. He started working as the chess room coordinator in 2000, and in 2005 was evicted from his place in the Lower Haight.“I immediately found it comfortable to offer him a room in my apartment,” said McKinley. Brandwein “lived like a Buddhist” and had very few possessions, able to comfortably share a one-bedroom apartment with McKinley. He also subsisted on a frugal, if unhealthy, diet.“He lived very simply and ate a regular diet of Dr. Pepper, cookies, and canned beef stew,” said McKinley. “I learned to take him for granted because he was so easygoing. There was almost never a conflict, and he allowed me to overwhelm his few minor belongings with no complaint.” Brandwein was also known for his razor sharp humor. Christine Shields, the manager at Adobe Books and a friend of Brandwein, remembers him being a laid-back presence in the store with a great sense of humour. “I’ll emphasize that he was hilarious,” she said, saying his humor was “understated but kind of outrageous, absolutely irreverant.”Whitehead related a tale in which he was invited on a televised panel to comment on the famed 1972 Fischer-Spassky match in Reykjavik, Iceland, the so-called Match of the Century that pitted the American champion against the Soviet one.When asked about a particular move of Fischer’s, Brandwein began talking politics instead, revealing his radical positions and calling out Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon for their handling of the Vietnam War.“Steve apparently turned to the camera and said something about ‘mad-dog Kissinger’ and ‘Nixon the murderer of the Vietnamese people,’” Whitehead said. The camera cut off, and Brandwein was no longer invited on television. But the host of the program, a chess master named Shelby Lyman, remembers Brandwein’s “turning our coverage into a circus” fondly, according to a letter shared by Whitehead.“The Channel 13 brass have still not recovered from that one,” Lyman wrote.But despite his renown at reading and chess — as well as his penchant for other games like Scrabble, which landed him in the well-known book about the game “Wordfreaks” — most said they just miss their friend and his daily visits. “It’s a loss for the store and for the Mission,” McKinley said. “It’s a loss for San Francisco, more than for me.”There will be a memorial for Brandwein at the Mechanics’ Institute on January 24, and a small memorial with his picture, candles, and a chessboard has been set up at Adobe Books, for those who knew him best for his reading. last_img read more

BRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Hudder

first_imgBRAVE Saints produced a fine performance at Huddersfield under difficult circumstances but ultimately succumbed to a late Leroy Cudjoe drop goal.Alex Walmsley was sent off in the first half and despite defending like their lives depended on it went down 17-16.Nathan Brown’s side asked a lot of questions when down to 12 men and had two drop goal attempts of their own.The latter was charged down and was the difference between the two sides – coming after Saints had denied one of the Giants two efforts.Saints weathered the best of what the Giants threw at them in the first half to lead 10-0.James Roby was the architect setting up one and scoring another.But once Walmsley was sent off for a tackle deemed late and high it was backs to the wall.In the second half Shaun Lunt and Cudjoe gave the Giants the lead, but Lance Hohaia dummied his way over.Mark Percival then showed maturity beyond his years with the conversion.Saints were on top at that point but couldn’t quite set up for the winning drop goal meaning all eyes are on Catalan v Castleford to decide the final league placings.Brown made two changes from the side that lost to Warrington – Gary Wheeler and Mark Percival returning to allow Paul Wellens to slot back in at fullback.Matty Dawson selected ahead of Adam Swift.Huddersfield were missing Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Scott Grix but that didn’t stop them making a solid start.A high ball into the corner caused problems and then the ball was lost right in Saints 20.Saints forced their way back into it with a couple of good clearing kicks and then Mose Masoe  and Willie Manu went close.But a penalty and an error handed the advantage back to the Giants only for Saints to come up with superb goal line defence.After soaking up all the pressure Saints hit back with a classic counterpunch.Roby got away at half back, offloaded to Turner who found Manu in space.He simply fed Mark Percival who weighed up his options before putting Makinson over in the corner.Less then a minute later Saints increased their lead – and it was another free flowing move down the centre of the field that saw Roby crash under the posts.On 27 minutes the game turned as Alex Walmsley was sent off for an apparent late tackle on Luke Robinson.The Giants were held up over the line as they pushed home their man advantage but Saints held out.Galvanised, Saints shut up shop for the next ten minutes before they were harshly penalised for offside.And they then succumbed to Jake Connor’s chip through.Saints needed to be strong, solid and brave in the second half – and certainly didn’t need to concede on their first set.But that’s what happened.Ukuma Ta’ai ripped the middle of the park to shreds and then Shaun Lunt stretched over to level matters.Connor putting his side ahead with the boot.On Huddersfield’s next attack Matty Dawson took the ball high but was clattered by Jermaine McGillvary and stretchered off.It was another blow but Saints kept on pressing and probing and almost broke through thanks to the excellent James Roby.Chances were few and far between though and ultimately they had to make one count – as when the Giants had one they did.Flanagan forcing a pass which allowed Cudjoe to collect and increase the lead.Saints hit back almost immediately when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke the line after a wonderful Roby pass and Hohaia dummied his way to the line.Percival ice cool with the conversion.Saints charged down a drop goal attempt but couldn’t get near Cudjoe’s 71st minute effort.Hohaia missed with an effort of his own minutes later and then in the final stages Jordan Turner had one charged down.Saints reclaimed the ball but the referee pulled them up for offside – when it should have been play on – and the Giants celebrated.Saints now have to rely on Catalan beating Castleford on Saturday to win the League Leaders Shield.Match Summary:Giants: Tries: Connor, Lunt, CudjoeGoals: Connor (2 from 2)Drop: CudjoeSaints:Tries: Makinson, Roby, HohaiaGoals: Percival (2 from 3)Penalties: Giants: 7Saints: 3HT: 10-6FT: 16-17REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 7244Teams:Giants: 5. Aaron Murphy; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 19. Jodie Broughton; 27. Jake Connor, 7. Luke Robinson; 20. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Shaun Lunt, 23. Josh Johnson, 11. Brett Ferres, 15. Larne Patrick, 14. Michael Lawrence.Subs: 10. Craig Kopczak, 13. Chris Bailey, 16. David Faiumu, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 22. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 6. Lance Hohaia, 24. Gary Wheeler; 16. Kyle Amor, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 3. Jordan Turner.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Alex Walmsley.last_img read more

Your company logo will be printed on the interchan

first_imgYour company logo will be printed on the interchange cards, so each one of our 10 substitutions will showcase your business both visually as the card is displayed at the time of the change and verbally via our PA announcer with the phrase, “Saints interchange in association with ’.Substitutes will wear branded clothing on the touchline featuring your logo across the full 80 minutes and to reinforce that association with the Club we will provide two crowd facing perimeter boards in front of both dugouts. We also use the cards at every away game, so your brand will receive further exposure on our travels around Super League.This sponsorship is also in our sale, it was initially priced at £4,500 + vat and has been reduced to just £2,250 + vatWe want to work with you to help improve your sales throughout 2017 and hope we can secure your business.To book, please call our sales team on 01744 455080 or email us via sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

UNC Board of Governors member UNC plan for Silent Sam cowardice

first_imgSilent Sam statue at UNC Chapel Hill (Photo: Michael Hyland/WNCN) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When the UNC System Board of Governors meets later this month and discusses UNC Chapel Hill’s plan to build a new facility that would house a controversial Confederate statue, Thom Goolsby won’t support the idea.Yesterday the UNC Board of Trustees approved building a new education and history center that would house the Silent Sam statue. Protestors toppled the monument to Confederate soldiers last summer.- Advertisement – The UNC System Board of Governors must give final approval for the project. The board is expected to discuss it at its meeting Dec. 14.Goolsby, a Wilmington attorney and former state senator, who serves on the Board of Governors, took to YouTube today to call the idea for a $5 million building on the outskirts of campus “sheer cowardice.”“Neither the left nor the right is happy,” Goolsby said in the video. “If you try to be everything to everyone, you end up being nothing to anyone.”Related Article: House Democrats have plan to re-open governmentGoolsby says state law is clear that Silent Sam should have been put back in its original place on the Chapel Hill campus “within 90 days of the outside radicals tearing it down, when our police stood down and our administration did nothing.”Goolsby says UNC leaders are misinterpreting the state law that protects monuments like Silent Sam. He says an exclusion in the statute for “a threat to public safety or because of an unsafe or dangerous condition” refers to situations like building a new road or problems with the ground.“It is not outside radicals coming on your campus, destroying property,” Goolsby said. “The law is not being correctly applied here, because of whatever agenda is being pushed forward.”Goolsby said the only reason putting Silent Sam back should not have already happened is that apparently there are only two people in the country who can repair the statue, and they are not available to start work until January.last_img read more

Beach renourishment project to start soon on Pleasure Island

first_imgCarolina Beach (Photo: WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The renourishment project on Pleasure Island will be getting underway soon.According to a Facebook post by Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, a pre-construction meeting was held Wednesday at the US Army Corps of Engineer’s office for the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction project.- Advertisement – Weeks Marine is the contracting company that will perform the work for both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.The town says some equipment will be on the north end of the island around the 28. Crews will be delivering the pipe sections which are stockpiled on the northern end of Freeman Park.“The cutter head dredge plant is stationed in the inlet area right up close to the shore. That dredge plant is cutting and pumping sand out of the deep hole right off the tip of Freeman Park,” Shuttleworth said. “They pump sand through the pipes and place it on the beach to be graded by bulldozers. The pipes sections will be extended down the beach as it is extended, they will cover a small section every so many yards to allow pedestrian crossing. As the sand is placed on the beach the contractor will be cordon off the active area. Access to that section of the beach will be restricted until they pass further on. The will reopen the area as the pass far enough down the beach.”Related Article: Feeling lucky? Carolina Beach hires new managerThe pipe will remain in place until all the sand is placed. The project is designed to run down to about The Atlantic towers.They have until April 30 to complete the project.last_img read more

Dinner for two McDonalds offers a candlelight meal for Valentines Day

first_img This is your chance to enjoy a Big Mac sandwich by candlelight. Crew will greet you at the door, seat you, take your order and deliver it to your table. The tables will also be decorated with candles and flowers.RELATED: Roses, candles and Valentine dinners at McDonald’s“Last year’s event was so successful in Southport we had to do it again this year” said McDonald’s Supervisor, Judy Hill. “The Manager’s and Crew really enjoyed having the opportunity to provide their customers with a special experience. It was a lot of fun for everyone.”Related Article: WPD deploy aircraft and K-9 for search of shooting suspect“We are excited once again to bring this special romantic evening to our customers”, said David Anderson, owner/operator of the Monkey Junction McDonald’s.This is the 8th annual dinner for the Southport McDonald’s and the 5th annual for the Monkey Junction location. A couple enjoys a special Valentine’s Day dinner at McDonald’s in Monkey Junction on Feb. 14, 2015. (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Still need to make plans for Valentine’s Day? Some area McDonald’s are pulling out the candles and flowers to make it a special night for couples.McDonald’s of Southport and the Monkey Junction McDonald’s is hosting Valentine’s Day Candlelight Dinners on Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Last month, the US Department of Defense released a report about the effects of climate change on US military installations. Tuesday morning, it was a topic of conversation at the USS Battleship North Carolina, which has its own ongoing fight against Mother Nature.The Battleship has developed a multi-million-dollar flood plan strategy called “Living with Water.”- Advertisement – “The ‘Living with Water’ is the future,” said the Battleship’s Executive Director and Retired Captain Terry Bragg. “Today, we’re dealing with taking a whopping from Hurricane Florence.”Hurricane damage to the USS Battleship North Carolina and its visitor center totals more than $2 million. Now, the Battleship is focused on effective solutions moving forward.“We’ve replaced our roof,” said Bragg. “We’ve had to replace our sewage and water line that ran underneath the water that was ripped out of place. We’re having to replace all the dry wall.”Related Article: Church holds annual Thanksgiving meal, gives out donations for Florence victimsAs the Battleship faces potential flooding impacts with high tide, flood preparedness is one of many concerns across the southeast. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says the city needs to improve hurricane preparedness and rebuild smarter.“We’ve got to do a better job with our shelters,” said Saffo. “We have got to make sure they are proof to 145 mile per hour winds. We have to make sure our roadways are raised and can get critical supplies into our community.”But, American Security Project CEO Stephen Cheney says Hurricane Florence is just one small event in a world full of events enhanced by climate change.“The Arab Spring and what went on in Syria was exacerbated dramatically by climate change and a prime example is the drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011 … worst drought in the history,” said Cheney.Democrats have criticized the Pentagon’s report on climate change’s impact on the military for not being detailed enough. Meanwhile, The White House is reportedly considering a special committee to look at climate change and security risks.last_img read more

Proposed House Resolution would protect health care rights for veterans

first_imgThe Concerned Veterans for America and Representative Holly Grange hosted a rally to support the VA Mission Act on April 12, 2019. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Veterans are rallying to protect their rights. A new state House resolution pushes to make sure veterans throughout North Carolina get the health care they need.Representative Holly Grange, a veteran herself, introduced House Resolution 550.- Advertisement – Grange hosted a rally Friday along with the Concerned Veterans for America to explain how the resolution aims to protect health care for veterans.“If you take anything away from it, you’re putting lives in jeopardy,” Veteran Chaz Ivy said.Ivy says he knows firsthand how vital health care is.Related Article: Ohio governor signs ban on abortion after 1st heartbeatIn 2018, the VA Mission Act gave veterans more health care options and protected certain benefits. Ivy and other veterans want to keep things this way.“America is a country built on choice and taking responsibility for oneself and making decisions,” said John Byrnes, who is with the CVA. “We think the veterans who served our country should have the most amount of decisions possible inside their own health care.”“It’s in support of the VA Mission Act as it has been enacted into law,” Grange said. “It discourages rolling back any of the provisions.”With the act, Grange says veterans have more health care options than just the VA. They are also able to get specialty care they need.She says this resolution will help prevent Congress from taking away any of these benefits.Ivy says that in North Carolina alone, the number of veterans is growing quickly.“We earned this right to have proper health care, and I think it’s very important for us to get the treatment we need, and also for fellow veterans that have sacrificed a lot more than other veterans to get the health care they need,” Ivy said.Grange says the VA Mission Act allows veterans to get health care closer to home, instead of heaving to go all the way to a VA facility.She says the resolution has to go through a few committees first before going to the House floor.last_img read more

Volunteers clean up former railroad as first step of Rails to Trails

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of volunteers started their Saturday cleaning up the Port City. Each year, Cape Fear Realtors finds ways to serve the community for their Action Day. This year’s efforts focused on the “Rails to Trails” project in downtown Wilmington.Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s “Work on Wilmington” volunteers and realtors collaborated on the clean up effort. Volunteers picked up trash and pulled weeds along the the former railroad site extending from 3rd Street to 5th Street. This clean is the first step towards creating a new space for public recreation in the city.- Advertisement – “Trails to Rails is a very important part of our community,” Realtor Don Harris said. “Hopefully, the City Council is going to use it for walkways, pedestrians, and bicyclists. It’s an opportunity that many cities do not have.”Harris says realtors are a vibrant part of the economic development in the community. He says they are just as passionate about keeping the city clean as the people they attract to move here.last_img read more

Archbishop blesses oil during Chrism mass

first_img <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> SharePrint Today marks the start of the liturgical celebrations of the Easter Triduum.Currently a Chrism mass is being celebrated by the Archbishop and priests of the Archdiocese of Malta at St John’s co-Cathedral in Valletta.This mass underscores the unity willed by Jesus Christ among believers, especially those that have been entrusted to continue his mission.During the mass, priests will renew the priestly promises which they originally made during their ordination. This shows a sign of commitment to remain united with themselves and the Archbishop.Archbishop Scicluna will also bless three oils – the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and the oil of the holy chrism – which will be used in teh administration of the sacraments throughout the Archdiocese until next year’s Maundy Thursday.Live streaming services are provided by the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Malta www.knisja.mt.WhatsApplast_img read more

Gambia clarifies on Skype and Viber ban

first_imgAdvertisement Gambia’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has moved to clarify its position on VoIP services such as Skype and Viber. The watchdog stated that the services themselves are allowed, but that companies and/or individuals operating through internet cafes are not authorised to offer international and national calling services on a commercial basis using VoIP.This follows a Press release in April which said that voip calls and internet dating banned. The Government came out shortly after and issued a statement calling on its citizens to continue to enjoy Skype to reach their loved ones at home and abroad.The Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure had described the claim as a complete misconstruction of the press release communicated by PURA in the regulator’s bid to stop the massive loss of revenue to registered internet suppliers by the criminal unscrupulous individuals who use and Internet cafes that charge the unwitting public for international calls. – Advertisement – Individuals can continue to use Skype or Viber on their personal devises in the enjoyment of the Gambia’s full integration into the ICT culture. The regulator and other concerned units of government are investigating these individuals and Internet cafe owners in order to put in place measures to protect our young users from entrapments of online dating services which leave our vulnerable citizens to pornographic sites, paedophilia, child-trafficking and sex tourism.Information from Telegeography was used in this article.last_img read more

This guy Creates Billions of Fake Identities Every Month

first_imgAdvertisement Jacob Allred has been contacted by NSA and FBI agents about his websites, and Social Security Administration investigators, waving badges, have showed up at his door.He has been cursed by businesses  and some have telephoned to yell at him in the middle of the night, and others have threatened lawsuits.The 28 year old is the real person behind fakenamegenerator.com, a site that creates all aspects of a credible digital person: a name, date of birth, address, email, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, even a credible-looking credit card number with expiry date and security code. – Advertisement – The identities may look real, but are entirely inventions, so are legal, a programmed figment of computer imagination. The original site announced itself as a public service, and required that visitors click to “agree to be responsible for your own actions.”The names come from U.S. census data of common first and last names. Allred also scraped dozens of foreign data sources and web sites for a wide variety of nationalities including Tunisian, Danish, Russian and Italian.He collects lists of city streets and ZIP codes and aligns them with real telephone area codes and the first six digits of phone numbers to make everything sync up realistically.For Social Security numbers, he follows past patterns to link numbers to state and date of issue, so that there is no obvious discrepancy with what a real American might possess. Credit card numbers come from banks that do not exist or have gone out of business (but they do not work).www.fakenamegenerator.com gets more than three million hits within a month(and he also runs Identitygenerator.com and Namegenerator.in), creating billions of identities every month. Thanks to advertising and the traffic he generates, the site has become his main source of income. He says he earns enough to afford a nice house and live comfortably with his wife and daughter in Texas.Allred says some large batches are used by software engineers to test database systems, such as for new hospital administration software. For such purposes the site allows users to order up batches of identities in bulk, many thousands at a time.Fiction writers and video games (including Hitman: Absolution) have used the site to generate names and details about characters. New parents have scrolled through while pondering baby names.Law enforcement officials have arrived and contacted Allred’s San Antonio home more than once. The FBI was already poking around to find out what he was up to in 2008. Last year the NSA called, wondering if he knew anything about a batch of 50,000 stolen names. “There are a lot of people very uncomfortable about it,” he says about his site. “Some people think I am a horrible person contributing to identity theft.”“I’m not doing anything illegal, I’m generating fake information,” he tells officials. “I explained to them it was all fake data.”Others use fakenamegenerator.com to create identities to sign up for trial online services and subscriptions. All of these possibilities have helped fakenamegenerator.com develop an international following. Of total users, only 39 percent come from the United States, with the next biggest visitor segments from Canada, India and Australia.Source: Forbeslast_img read more

Vodafone PowerTalks The Gap For Technology In Health

first_imgAdvertisement In a dialogue which attracted more than 200 guests drawn from government, the private sector, research organizations, academia, health and ICT sector, Vodafone Uganda CEO, Allan Richardson underscored the significance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in enhancing the delivery of quality healthcare to Ugandans.“At Vodafone, we believe that m-Health and e-Health present a unique opportunity to move away from a focus on treatment of diseases to management of health on a regular basis. In developed markets and some of the emerging markets, there are many success stories of patients being empowered and connected to their physicians to manage their health together,” said Mr Richardson in his opening remarks at the 4th Edition of the Vodafone Power Talks at the Kampala Serena Hotel today.The discussions held under the theme; “Improving access and delivery of healthcare through ICT” focused on key areas identified as gaps for ICT solutions to fill in healthcare delivery in Uganda are; access to up-to-date and relevant health information, adequate knowledge by patients, health personnel, service providers, decision makers as well as researchers and funding institutions and the vital role it plays in delivery of health services. – Advertisement – Key discussants at the event included; – Mr Andrew Lutwama, the eHealth Advisor at the Ministry of Health who stressed government’s willingness to work with the ICT sector to bring health services closer and easier to citizens and the need for comprehensive ICT solutions for the health sector. – Dr Paul Okello Aliker – CEO of Dental Studio who opened our eyes to all the possibilities that ICT solutions have and continue to transform basic health care functions. – Mr Nathan Wasolo – Route to Market Lead for GSK whose presentation left us wondering what ICT drive Primary Health care solutions could really look like in Uganda, – Mr Alfred Wise – Living Goods Country Director who demonstrated with what ease they’ve reached hard-to-reach communities with their products using simple mobile phone technologies – Mrs Judy Mugoya – Smart Applications Country Manager who exhausted the potential of risk and and couldn’t emphasize enough the need for Insurance for all. – And finally Ms Beatrice Bonita Nanziri, the AfriGal Tech and mDex founder who left many gaping and pondering just how much ICT women were using to keep us all alive in our homes.At Vodafone, we believe that m-Health and e-Health present a unique opportunity to move away from a focus on treatment of diseases to management of health on a regular basis.An Exhibitor for WinSenga – Foetal Heart Rate MonitorInnovators exhibited some health solutions like; Matibabu: A non-invasive technology for Malaria diagnosis, WinSenga – Foetal Heart Rate Monitor; a smartphone-based ultrasound alternative which aims to allow midwives and medical personnel, especially in low resource settings who rely on subjectively accurate diagnosis via a fetoscope – an 18th century invention to more accurately and effectively monitor the health of unborn children around the time of birth, Macotuba; a mobile based application (android) designed to diagnose Tuberculosis (TB) by using a mobile phone and breath sensor called the TBNose and  a blood pressure & glucose strip monitor that offers a patient-doctor integrated service allowing the doctor to monitor a patient while the patient is at home or another location.last_img read more

Adrian Ludwig Claims Android is as Secure as iOS

first_imgImage Credit: WCCFtech Advertisement When it comes to security, most experts and tech geeks bet their money on iOS over Android. However, Adrian Ludwig, Director, Android Security at Google, stresses that Android is at par with iOS and the iPhone, and even thinks that it will become better than its rival in the future.At the O’Reilly Security conference in Manhattan, Ludwig spoke to Vice’s Motherbard about how Android’s open source nature will put it in a much better place, in the long run. Even now, he doesn’t think that the iPhone is any better than Android. “For almost all threat models, they are nearly identical in terms of their platform-level capabilities,” Ludwig said.Ludwig asserted that the Google Pixel phones are at par with iPhones when it comes to security. The platform as a whole would improve and even beat iOS in the future, he added, pointing to the open nature of the ecosystem. “In the long term, the open ecosystem of Android is going to put it in a much better place,” he said. – Advertisement – Speaking at the conference, Ludwig also stated that even though Android-based threats are reported regularly, an actual real-world exploit is seldom ever recorded.As an example, he took the infamous Stagefright bug that plagued mindsets last year, and said, “At this point we still don’t have any confirmed instances of exploitation in the wild.” During his speech, Ludwig pressed mostly on how secure Android is, and even said that it is practically impossible for anyone to target a large number of people at the same time.Furthermore, he spoke about an Android security product called Safety Net, which scans 400 million devices per day and checks 6 billion apps per day for potential malware threats. Ludwig claims that these checks, combined with Android’s built-in exploit mitigation, ensure that very small number of Android devices actually contain malware – less than 1 percent.While most of his speech was focused on defending Android’s security protocol, he also touched upon how OEMs and carrier networks have to move faster in providing updates and security patches to their customers, “We got quite a bit of work left to do to get to a point where that actually happens on a regular basis across the whole the ecosystem.”source: Gadgets 360last_img read more

New Technology Platform Designed to help African Park Rangers with RealTime tracking

first_imgAdvertisement As a response to the elephant poaching crisis illustrated in 2016’s Great Elephant Census (GEC), philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team of technologists and conservation experts are partnering with park managers across Africa to provide a new technology platform to better protect this iconic species and other wildlife threatened by human activities.The GEC documented an alarming 30 percent loss of savannah elephants over the past seven years primarily due to increased ivory poaching.This confirmed conservationists’ greatest fears and gives new importance to technology to aid in addressing this crisis. – Advertisement – The Domain Awareness System (DAS) is a tool that aggregates the positions of radios, vehicles, aircraft and animal sensors to provide users with a real-time dashboard that depicts the wildlife being protected, the people and resources protecting them, and the potential illegal activity threatening them.“Accurate data plays a critical role in conservation,” said Paul Allen. “Rangers deserve more than just dedication and good luck. They need to know in real-time what is happening in their parks.”The visualization and analysis capabilities of DAS allow park managers to make immediate tactical decisions to then efficiently deploy resources for interdiction and active management.“DAS has enabled us to establish a fully integrated approach to our security and anti-poaching work within northern Kenya,” said Mike Watson, chief executive officer of Lewa Conservancy where the first DAS installation was deployed late last year.“This is making us significantly more effective and coordinated and is showing us limitless opportunities for conservation applications.”The system has been installed at six protected wildlife conservation sites since November 2016. Working with Save the Elephants, African Parks Network, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the Singita Grumeti Fund as well as the Lewa Conservancy and Northern Rangelands Trust, a total of 15 locations are expected to adopt the system this year.“When we are fully operational by the end of 2017, the system will cover more than 90,000 square miles of protected area,” said Ted Schmitt, lead program manager for DAS. “In speaking with park managers over the last few years, a large gap was a lack of a single technology platform that could make great use of the data to direct enforcement efforts and enable deep analysis.”The SMART Partnership, a consortium of conservation NGOs, government partners, and technology companies, is working with Paul Allen’s team to integrate DAS with SMART software used in nearly 500 sites across 46 countries to measure, evaluate and adaptively improve the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols and site-based conservation activities.DAS is also powering the Save the Elephants Tracking App, a mobile tool for rangers and researchers that is already proving effective in many field sites across Africa.“If you know where elephants are, and how they are moving, then you can help protect them,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, president of Save the Elephants. “We’ve been tracking elephants for a long time to get ahead of poachers in this way and the DAS is taking this into a new realm. I’m absolutely thrilled that Paul Allen is doing this. DAS is a game changer.”With early and eager adoption by the protected areas to date, the implementation team is focusing on the integration of new data sources as they become available. Satellites, drones, camera traps, animal sensors, weather monitors and technology yet to be invented can all be used for managing and protecting wildlife no matter what threats develop in the future.last_img read more

Kenyas Riding Hailing Service Mondo Ride Reported to Launch in Uganda

first_imgMondo Ride to launch in Kampala. (Photo Credit: Twitter – @MondoRide254) Advertisement Weeks after Taxify had launched its moto-taxi in Kampala, it was rumored that Kenya’s own transportation network firm; Mondo Ride was launching in Kampala as well. Since it was just a rumor, new reports state that the riding hailing service is confirmed to be launched in Uganda, though there was no mention of when.Mondo Ride is a multinational online transportation network company founded in UAE by Troels Andersen and based in Nairobi, Kenya. Their launch in Kampala, will bring both a taxi and boda boda service join the already competitive market that has Uber, Taxify (as well as the moto-taxi TaxifyBoda, and SafeBoda), Friendship Taxis, Quick Taxi, Executive Taxis, to mention a few.The riders will be in position to book for a large or lux or standard ride or a moto-taxi (Boda Boda). A one option that all other riding hailing firms are missing. – Advertisement – Mondo Ride seeks to connect passengers with nearby drivers and ensures getting a ride within a short amount of time, as well as, guaranteeing safety and comfort for the passenger.Just like any other riding hailing service, users can order for their ride right from the application. The Mondo Ride app is available on Android and iOS app stores.The riding hailing service is getting more and more intense for every day that passes by. What will happen next to local taxis and cabs that aren’t attached to any firm.[related-posts]last_img read more

Star tipping at Meydan

first_imgThere was some star tipping from Star Sports’ head of operations, DAVID HADDRELL at Meydan yesterday who showed a profit in ALL THREE of the races he previewed on the Dubai World Cup card.In the Goldophin Mile his recommendation was:“Sarkiyla EW at 14/1 with small EW savers on Capital Attraction and Haatheq”RESULT: Sarkiyla just finished out of the money in 4th but Haatheq ran a blinder and was second at a massive 40/1, beaten just 3/4 length.In the Dubai Duty Free, David recommended:“Sajjhaa EW at 8/1 and Mushreq EW at 10/1”RESULT: Sajjhaa WON at 7/1… and in the big race, the Dubai World Cup he confidently said:“Have the absolute lot on Planteur EW at 14/1”RESULT: Planteur finished third at 10/1CLICK HERE TO READ HIS PREVIEW AGAINGreat work and more big race previews coming soon at starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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Next Prime Minister

first_imgAn effigy of Prime Minister Theresa May seen passing by Trafalgar Square during the demonstration.Over a million people marched peacefully in central London in favor of a second referendum. People gathered at Park Lane to rally at Parliament Square to demonstrate against the Tory government’s Brexit negotiations, and to demand a second vote on the final Brexit deal. March was organized by The Peoples Vote. (Photo by Andres Pantoja / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) The coup – for now – appears to be off but Theresa May is still, according to many, in the last days of her Premiership, with her potential resignation apparently a condition for MP’s to support her Brexit Deal, with precious little time to get a deal over the line, with a very long Extension (upto two years) or even worse (in the eyes of many) a No Deal exit writes William Kedjanyi.If – and Star are shorter about it then we have been for a long time – she does go, there will be a fierce contest to succeed her as Prime Minister, and just like with our other political markets, if it moves, you can bet on it.Let’s take a look at the contenders.Next ‘Permanent’ Prime Minister:Michael Gove (7/2)Hotly tipped for the leadership after the Referendum, Gove is a Brexiteer (an important advantage for an upcoming Tory leadership race, given their overwhelmingly Leave membership), and has outperformed admittedly low expectations at DEFRA, bringing perhaps his best performance in Cabinet during the past two years.Gove’s stabbing of Boris Johnson in the back two years ago – when he break his word and launched his own campaign to become the next prime minister, leaving Boris Johnson, who he has known for decades stunned, and defeated – could weigh heavily on his standing with members, although there are a great many MP’s who probably were very relieved he didn’t make it.Boris Johnson (5/1)Perhaps the man who has been running for the Tory Leadership longer than all others combined, Boris has two significant stumbling blocks to his ambition to be Prime Minister; the first is other Tory MP’s. His numerous leadership moves against May, especially at the last Conservative Party conference, have not endeared him to many, especially when most of the Party was still united around May (and still are, going by her victory in a Vote of No Confidence only in December).However, should he make it to the final two, then he would have to be a strong favourite to win a Tory Party leadership contest.An election however? That is tougher, and his second stumbling block. His stint at the Foreign Office was disastrous, with the reputation of the Foreign Secretary something that Jeremy Hunt is now rebuilding still.Johnson could count on Leave support through the country, but could he go gaffe free for six weeks or more? Impossible. And what polices would define his Premiership? London was a long time ago and people feel differently about him now; 64% disagree Boris Johnson ‘has what it takes to be a good PM’ according to IPSOS Mori.Jeremy Corbyn (8/1)The one-time favourite in this market, Corbyn beat low expectations by a quite wide margin in the snap election of 2017, but there is a growing opinion that may well have been his best chance. The Labour leader thrived upon campaigning, providing an enthusiastic and energetic counterpoint to what was a robotic campaign from May, aided by an extremely flat manifesto.The Labour offering – their most progressive for quite a while – did much better than expected but since then much of the shine has gone from his image, with Brexit triangulation harming his reputation and the party, and demographics are a difficult subject for him too. A new swathe of newly eligible young voters could give him a boost, but the large amount of target seats needed to take, a majority voted Leave two years ago.Of Labour’s 64 targets, 45 are seats in Leave-voting England and Wales, while 18 target seats are in Remain-voting Scotland. With the SNP dominant north of the border, and likely only to grow after Brexit, Labour will have to go toe to toe with Conservatives on what one might call enemy territory, and that is a tremendous task.Jeremy Hunt (9/1)A long time Cabinet minister – was the longest serving health secretary in the history of the NHS, despite many run ins during his time at the head of the service – Hunt’s promotion to Foreign Secretary has put him in a better position, with Boris Johnson having set an incredibly low bar to pass. That is fortunate timing for a man who had always been seen a s Eurospectic, but who was a Remain campaigner in 2016. He’s changed position since and – bar an embarrassing likening of the EU to the Soviet Union – has largely managed to avoid too many Boris like incidents.Interestingly, he is one of few 2016 Remainers to poll well amongst Conservative Party members – he is the third most popular in terms of Net Satisfaction ratings in the Cabinet – so he would be competitive if making it to the final two. His record at the head of the NHS could come back to bite, during an election, however.Sajid Javid (11/1)Another person who was a surprise Remain campaigner, Sajid Javid became the first home secretary from an ethnic minority background in April, following Amber Rudd’s resignation over the Windrush scandal.His tough stances on immigration, and particularly the case of Shamima Begum, have proved very popular with the party membership, and that could cancel out a close relationship with George Osborne too. His campaigning skills are untested at a General Election level, but it is interesting to note that he has the best net response to the question ‘does X have what it takes to be a Good PM with IPSOS Mori.’Dominic Raab (11/1)The Esher and Walton MP had already been a hardened Eurosceptic when he became part of the Leave campaign in 2016, and was then the Brexit secretary before he resigned in November over The Deal. He wants May gone and is clear about that being the case; The issue is his party standing (where he gets support from is not obvious, although he probably has less of an issue than Johnson) and then potentially going to the country.David Lidington (12/1)Has been mentioned a lot – he was supposedly the man set to replace May in the aborted coup over the weekend – he has a long record of Cabinet experience, but that would not work in his favour during a leadership election. The 62-year-old supported Remain at the 2016 referendum and played a key role in David Cameron’s failed renegotiation effort prior to the Brexit vote, and both those might anchor him if he seeks a mandate at all.The RestIt is impossible to imagine Labour having another leader apart from Corbyn before the next General Election. Of the other Cabinet attendees, Amber Rudd (25/1) and David Gauke (125/1) are likely too on the Remain side to win a Leadership contest, and Gavin Williamson’s helter skelter time at defence has not impressed other MP’s who have nominations in their gift.Jacob-Rees Mogg’s (25/1) tactic acceptance of the Deal (conditional to DUP backing) will mean he takes a hit with the membership, and whether he wishes to run is up for debate. Penny Mourdant (40/1) is relatively liked but not nearly as much as Liz Truss (100/1) who would be backed strongly if she managed to make it to the final two.For a long shot, consider Matt Hancock. The 40-year-old was a Remainer in 2016 but has gone under the radar until taking the reigns at the NHS. How he gets on with a tough job remains to be seen, but he’s already attracted plenty of attention and has a relatively clean record with both party and public.last_img read more