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Month: July 2019

New Early Education Center Opens in the Mission District

first_imgMission Neighborhood Centers, a local nonprofit, will open a new center this month for 88 children to attend Head Start, an early education programs for preschool aged children.The half-day programs will begin August 11 at 1245 Alabama Street near 24th Street, formerly a convent for the neighboring St. Peters church. The center will also have one full-day mixed-income daycare classroom.The space sat empty for 20 years before Mission Neighborhood Centers became the two-story building’s new long-term lessee. The nonprofit and has renovated the building to turn it into a childcare center on the ground floor.  The second floor will continue to undergo renovations for about three months to become a family services center and an office that handles ongoing enrollments in the nonprofit’s program.Most families who will bring their children to the “Centro de Alegría” will be low income, though the center will serve a mixture of income levels. Tags: mission neighborhood centers Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Head Start’s mission is to prepare young children for success in school, laying the groundwork for them to pursue higher education later in life. “I like what I see. He’s going to be in a good space, a safe space,” said Miriam Ramirez, the mother of a 3-year-old set to attend the program. “I hope he will learn to coexist with more people, more children. I hope in the future when he’s older that he’ll have good memories of this place.”With its bright colors and natural wood, open floor plans and plenty of windows, the center is inviting and warm – “the learning environment it needs to be,” as Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Executive Director Santiago Ruiz put it.“It looks really nice ,like he’s going to have a lot of fun,” said Yasmin Ramos, another mother whose four-year-old will attend when the center opens. “Hopefully he learns a little bit more than he would at home.” Opening the center cost roughly $1.3 million, but Mission Neighborhood Centers continues to fundraise aggressively to improve and expand its programming around the Mission. While other centers, like the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, have been forced to consolidate because their clientele has been forced out of the neighborhood, Mission Neighborhood Centers is growing and restructuring. Dolores Terrazas, who directs the children and family services, said while the enrollment in Head Start programs has dropped slightly, many families that have moved out of the neighborhood continue to bring their children to her organization. “Our work is to ensure a pipeline to education” Terrazas said. “We’re working to ensure that children from under-resourced families get the highest quality education.”To that end, the programs offered take a “two-generation” approach – parents don’t just drop off and pick up their kids, they receive individualized attention from the teachers working at the centers. Teachers in the program are credentialed or have college degrees. They also earn a living wage and receive benefits in order to make the work attractive in increasingly teacher-hostile San Francisco.“Our families are in positions of very little choices. We want to ensure that the choices they have with us are high quality,” Terrazas said.Among the other services provided by the centers is Mission Girls, a youth program for at-risk young women, a senior services program, and workforce development. Centro de Alegría will be one of ten early childcare facilities the nonprofit runs. Mission Neighborhood Centers is also preparing to relocate its Mission Girls program from its current location on 24th and Harrison streets to 24th and Folsom streets – not because of a rent increase or downsizing, but because  affordable senior housing will be built at that location. last_img read more

ICE raid false alarms throw SF Mission community into panic

first_imgCommunity members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview. John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source. But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, a coalition of advocacy organizations, visited the sites and verified that immigration agents were not making arrests. The 24-hour hotline for suspected raids in San Francisco is 415-200-1548.  “We couldn’t verify that ICE officers were detaining anyone in the Mission today,” said Ana Herrera, a lawyer with Dolores Street Community Services who works with the Rapid Response Network. Tags: immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img It’s unclear where the rumors began, but the sites were 24th and Mission, Foods Co. on 15th and Folsom, Marshall Elementary, and a Foods Co. in the Bayview. Members of the network asked people at the various sites if they saw ICE agents, Herrera said, and confirmed agents were not present. A guide for immigrants during a raid. “It spread like a wildfire,” Herrera said, referring to the high volume of calls from community members wanting to make sure the response network knew about the suspected raids. On hearing the rumors, John O’Connell High locked its doors at around 1:30 p.m. and put its security guards outside, said a source familiar with the school’s operations. The source said on Wednesday afternoon the school received a memo from the San Francisco Unified School District, spelling out exactly what to do if an ICE agent arrives at the campus. The memo instructs staff to escort the agent to the front office and only allow that agent to speak to an administrator. It says staff should not provide any information about students and not let the officer leave the front office. Lastly, it instructs the administrator to call the district’s legal team. It’s unclear if Marshall Elementary took similar actions. SFUSD did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. If rumors are being spread about ICE, Herrera said the community should remain calm and not spread panic. “If you’re unsure then call the hotline to verify, and they will verify,” she said. “That’s what we’re here to do. Don’t spread rumors just because you hear it from someone second hand.” “From what I understand there was a lot of fear during time people were spreading the rumors,” she added. Nevertheless, Herrera said her organization is preparing for a sweeping raid in which ICE agents are expected to arrest some 1,500 people in Northern California, including San Francisco. “We’re still preparing for the big raid,” she said. “We’re making sure we have a good communication system in place, the protocols in place, if a raid like we’re afraid of does happen.” But, she said, “We’re remaining calm.”   last_img read more

MOSE Masoe speaks to the In Touch Podcast on his m

first_imgMOSE Masoe speaks to the In Touch Podcast on his move to Saints next season.The big Penrith Panther says he is very excited about what lies ahead and how he is looking forward to being in England.He also talks Origin and the Challenge Cup.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Elsewhere on the Podcast, which is in association with Citytalk 105.9, we hear the views of Nathan Brown, Paul Wellens and Jordan Turner.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email [email protected]last_img read more

Leland company earns award for growth through international markets

first_img Tri-Tech Forensics was recognized as the Top Global Reach Exporter. The company in Leland manufactures forensics products for law enforcement. From fingerprinting and evidence-collection systems to personal protection equipment, the company is viewed as an essential part of public safety in a wide range of countries. It exports to almost 50 countries.The other four companies awarded:Therafirm in Richmond CountyBlue Ridge Chair Works in Buncombe CountyFrontier Spinning Mills in Lee CountyNew Growth Designs in Pitt CountyThe team includes five North Carolina-based international trade managers ‒ each of whom specializes in specific industry sectors ‒ and representatives in North Carolina’s international trade offices located in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, China. All told, the state’s trade team assisted 559 North Carolina companies in 2017, located in 80 counties across the state.Related Article: Target recalls USB charging cables due to shock and fire hazardsNorth Carolina’s export of goods and services supports more than 370,000 jobs in the state, according to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper presented five companies with 2017 Governor’s Export Awards during a ceremony Wednesday and one of those companies is here in the Cape Fear region, Tri-Tech Forensics in Brunswick County.The awards recognize the companies’ dedication to growing their businesses through exporting, a practice which supports thousands of jobs across the state.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Families come together to honor lost loved ones

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Over the weekend, the Community United Effort or CUE Center held their 14th Annual National Missing Persons Conference in the Port City.CUE’s primary missions include locating missing people and comforting their loved ones. Saturday night a candlelight vigil was held to honor those still missing.- Advertisement – There were plenty of hugs and tears at the vigil, but also an overwhelming sense of hope and a clear bond shared between affected families.Kristie Davis, who was there to honor her brother, says events like these allow those who have lost loved ones to share their experiences with others.“Never give up hope, and if you think there’s people out there who don’t understand, there really are. We have met so many families that have been through what we’ve been through, same situation, same circumstances. And you never really realize it until you get there,” said Davis.Related Article: Candlelight vigil honors missing personsDuring the vigil, a wall was unveiled with pictures of loved ones who are either still missing, or have since been found dead.‘Keeper of the Flame’ awards were also presented to law enforcement, business leaders, organizations, media outlets, search personnel, and volunteers who have risen above their daily duties to help those in distress.One recipient of those awards was WWAY’s Hannah Patrick for her work on her Unsolved series.last_img read more

The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud becoming almost untouchable

first_imgAdvertisement TPB (www.piratebay.se) logo. Image Credit: www.finestdaily.comIn a move that will almost certainly infuriate copyright authorities and the governments that support them, the world’s most popular Bittorrent sharing website The Pirate Bay has ditched its servers and moved to the cloud, ensuring that it can remain operational at all times.Making an announcement on its official blog, The Pirate Bay details how it dropped static trackers, then ditching torrent files back in January – when it switched to Magnet links. Now, the website has moved its data into the ever expanding network of cloud hosting services, allowing it to switch between various site deployments, should authorities try to take it down or malicious attackers attempt to bring it to its knees.The Pirate Bay’s “Winston Brahma” explains the new setup:If there is data, there is The Pirate Bay.Our data flows around in thousands of clouds, in deeply encrypted forms, ready to be used when necessary. Earth bound nodes that transform the data are as deeply encrypted and reboot into a deadlock if not used for 8 hours.All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is an attack on everything and nothing. The site that you’re at will still be here, for as long as we want it to. Only in a higher form of being. A reality to us. A ghost to those who wish to harm us. – Advertisement – It’s almost like something out of a movie, as the website moves between deployments and stays one step ahead of the people chasing it.Today’s announcement is an evolution of The Pirate Bay’s previous attempts to remain decentralised, by allowing users to download a copy of the website’s database to deploy their own version of the website should an official server be pulled offline.With a number of UK and Finnish Internet providers (and ISPs in other countries) restricting access to the website, The Pirate Bay has been forced to offer mirrors to circumvent government blockages. Moving to the cloud makes it harder for providers to block based on IP addresses, allowing users to continue sharing files.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Google prepares 500M for marketing Moto X

first_imgAdvertisement Google is going all in to support the Moto X, the first flagship handset released by Motorola Mobility since being acquired by the Web giant a year ago. Google is expected to allow the unit to spend up to $500 million marketing the highly-anticipated smartphone in the U.S. and overseas.With an emphasis toward customer convenience and customization, Motorola has reportedly taken steps to limit “bloatware,” the apps and services pre-installed on handsets by carriers that are often useless and difficult to remove without rooting the device. Customers will be able to choose the colors for the back of the device and the trim and engrave a name or message to the back cover.[related-posts] – Advertisement – A sign-up page for the Moto X handset finally went live earlier this month, offering users access to the product information and promotional offers. The page, which touts the Moto X as “the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA,” promises that the handset is “coming soon.”Motorola said it expects to have more than 2,000 new employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility building the phones. The domestic location will enable the phones to arrive in customers’ hands within days of their order, according to ABC News.Source: CNETlast_img read more

Airtel launches its 4G LTE service in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Airtel launched its 4G service on a state-of-the-art network based on FD-LTE (Frequency Division-Long Term Evolution), making the Seychelles amongst the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to commercially deploy this cutting-edge technology.The launch took place Wednesday evening is Airtel’s first commercial LTE network in Africa.The company said though the infrastructure is new, it will more than meet the growing customer demand for mobile broadband services. The network is expected to cover 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase. – Advertisement – “We already have Africa’s widest 3G footprint, being present in 17 countries. We are delighted to now provide leadership in setting the technology standard for 4G services in Africa by rolling out this cutting edge LTE network,” Christian de Faria, chief executive officer, Airtel Africa, said.Bharti Airtel is the first telecom service provider in India also to launch 4G services in April 2012.Source: www.bignewsnetwork.comlast_img read more

Preorders for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus on record pace

first_imgCredit: Engadget Advertisement Apple said Monday that pre-orders for its new iPhones set for release this month are on a pace to top last year’s record for new handsets.“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” Apple said.“We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.” – Advertisement – The statement said online orders have been “exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.”The California tech giant is seeking to build on the success of large-screen handsets introduced last year that have dominated the high-end smartphone market.[related-posts]The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have the same overall dimensions as the previous versions, but with new technologies under the hood.One of the key new features is called “3D touch,” which responds to pressure exerted on the screen to allow users to look inside messages and applications.Via TOIlast_img read more

Verizon is buying Yahoo for 48 billion

first_imgAdvertisement Looks like what we say coming concerning Yahoo is soon becoming a reality.A new report indicates Yahoo’s board has settled on Verizon, with the price being approximately $4.8 billion.It should be noted that last year, Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion. – Advertisement – It’s not clear what Verizon’s plans are for Yahoo yet, but there is a big possibility of merging it together with AOL.We will keep you posted in case of any new developments.last_img