One app developers ongoing quest for ticketless parking

first_imgWhen app developer Hamza Ouazzani Chahdi first arrived in San Francisco from Paris, Chahdi and a friend parked in a tow-away zone and got hit with a $580 fee for getting their car back – more than the vehicle was worth. His first app aimed at preventing parking calamity was met with a stern warning from the city for monetizing public property. So he and his team pivoted, and now he’s trying to figure out how to stave off tickets for free. Chahdi, a Mission resident who drives, uses his bike and public transit,  discovered that some 500,000 people a year get a ticket in San Francisco. “They need a solution to that,” he said adding that a $78 parking ticket, can be rough for someone living paycheck to paycheck.One of the earlier attempts to fix the parking problem was via collaboration on an app called Sweetch, which launched in mid 2014. Backlash ensued from neighbors who disliked the idea of charging for the use of public space. Neither did the city of San Francisco followed suit with an official notice to the developers to stop charging fees for public spaces. Sweetch adapted, modified Sweetch and turned it into the free-to-use SpotAngels. “You try, you fail, and you learn, and you try to improve,” said Chahdi.  “At the end of the day the city and the app developers have the same goal which is solving the issue for people.”The new app extracts information about parking spaces, time restrictions, and other rules around parking from photos. SpotAngels is free, and the developers intend to keep it that way. Instead of charging customers, they envision sustainability coming from sale of the data to corporate clients. No, not user data – information about parking spots. One car manufacturer, Chahdi said, has already signed on to buy the app’s information and incorporate it into its onboard navigation systems.Right now, Chahdi said, his data about when a driver can park where, what it costs, and how long they can stay is more than 99 percent accurate. Better, he claims, than the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s own information. Partly because SpotAngels includes data pinpointing another parker’s peeve: The deceptive curb section that looks like a parking spot but is actually a driveway. Tags: Business • tech Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Dolores Park denizens torn over how to protest Crissy Field rally

first_img“I might end up at Dolores,” said Craig Parton, 52, whose house overlooks the park. “But it feels like I wouldn’t be doing much work.” Parton said the conflicts in Charlottesville, Virginia, hit him especially hard because he’s from Virginia, and he’s recently felt more compelled to demonstrate for racial justice. He feels risks should be taken for serious matters like the recently emboldened white supremacist movement. Dancing, he said, might not cut it. “It’s like saying, ‘let’s eat cake to fight racism,’” he said. “Is that, like, a joke?” Claire Rose, 22, was standing in front of the park talking to park-goers about social justice for Amnesty International. “[A dance counter-rally] could boost morale for people, but if it doesn’t have a clear message, then it might gloss over the urgency of what’s happening,” she said. “How will you know people aren’t just showing up for the dancing?” Alina, 21, who declined to give her last name, said that she believes in peaceful counter-protest, but she’ll most likely be at Crissy Field. “Both are important,” she said. “Part of me is about not showing up because I don’t want to give those idiots attention, but it’s important to have ordinary people go [to Crissy Field] to put up a united front.” Loved Up will join with another counter-event later in the afternoon at Harvey Milk Plaza, called “Come Together.” Both rallies will join forces and march toward Civic Center, where the “Peace, Love, and Understanding” concert — another counter-protest — will take place. Talia Korbenbrot, 43, was sitting at the Dolores Park playground with a friend and her friend’s child. She likes the idea of a fun, peaceful counter-protest. “Having people show up without the potential for violence is great,” she said. “Get all the attention off the hate.” Sidney and Sergio were sitting at a picnic table near the park entrance playing their guitars. Sergio, who comes from Brazil, wondered why it takes a racist rally to incite action. “You find people who are racist as fuck everywhere,” he said. “Why aren’t we talking about that more?” “If you have something where you have people dancing over here, juggling fire over there, giving a blow job over there — then what’s the point?” said Sidney. “If you have one, major voice everyone can hear, then maybe you can be effective.”     The two police officers who were patrolling the park weren’t allowed to say whether there would be increased police presence at the park on Saturday, but police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca said that the police department will have a presence at the park and will be monitoring it closely. “How large of presence will depend on what’s going on at the park, and what else is going on in the other parts of the city,” he said. Counter-Rallies near Crissy FieldNon-violent Resistance to Fascism (San Francisco Queer Resistance) 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsMarch Against Hate to Crissy Field (San Francisco Against Hate) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Marina Boulevard, between Scott and Fillmore StreetsResistSF Counter Rally (Resist SF) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crissy Field BeachAnti-racist Rally (Brown Lives Matter) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 490 Marina Blvd.Alternative Counter-EventsPeace, Love and Understanding Noon to 5 p.m., Civic Center Plaza Come Together (Juanita MORE!) Noon to 5 p.m., Harvey Milk PlazaLoved Up Noon to 5 p.m., Dolores Park Human Banner (Together We Will) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ocean Beach Stairwells 3-6 0% Tags: dolores park • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Update: Saturday’s Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally at Crissy Field has been canceled by its organizers. Instead, the group will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Square Park in the Western Addition. The Loved Up counter-rally will be held as scheduled.Neighbors and denizens of Dolores Park said Thursday that they are torn on how to effectively protest Saturday’s “Patriot Prayer Freedom Rally” at Crissy Field: show up at Crissy Field and potentially risk their safety, or dance at the counter-rally in Dolores Park. Fears about the safety of peaceful protest were stoked after an attack left one woman dead during an Aug. 12 counter-protest of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Saturday’s Crissy Field “Freedom Rally” will begin at 2 p.m. Several counter-protests are planned throughout the city Saturday, including the one at Dolores Park, called “Loved Up,” which begins at noon and asks people to “…join together to protest in the universal language of ‘shake yo ass.’” last_img read more

SUPER League clubs which develop and deliver talen

first_imgSUPER League clubs which develop and deliver talent for the national teams are to be rewarded with significant increases to the amount they can spend on players’ salaries.Under changes agreed this week at a meeting of Super League clubs in Harrogate, clubs which produce players for England’s Elite Training Squad and England Knights will be given dispensation to spend up to £100,000 more than the £1.65m salary cap limit.Made on an individual basis, the strategic dispensations will be twofold: one for developing a current ETS/England Knights player and one for the club the ETS/England Knights player currently plays for.Dispensations will be made on a graduated scale with clubs earning salary cap allowances based on the number of qualifying players they have in the ETS and/or Knights squads.Under the new system, Super League clubs will receive two allowances per player if they have developed and retained him on their playing register. The two allowances will be shared if a player has been developed at one Super League club and is currently playing at another.As Catalan Dragons develop and retain the majority of elite French talent, they will receive the full salary cap allowance.“These dispensations are designed to reward clubs which invest in player recruitment and development programmes that strengthen the national team and the Super League competition itself,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.“Whilst all the clubs remain committed to the fundamental principles of the salary cap and to maintaining its current ceiling, the new allowances will enable the clubs to retain their UK-developed talent.“The benefits of having a successful national team are far reaching: these allowances will reward those clubs who do most to help England achieve that success and incentivise every club to provide elite talent for the Super League competition.”The allowances will apply for the seasons 2012 and 2013 and will initially be based on squad lists as of August 1, 2011.The 2011 ETS and England Knights squads are as follows:Elite Training SquadRyan Atkins (Warrington Wolves, Stanningley)Chris Bridge (Warrington Wolves, Waterhead)Tom Briscoe (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants, Thornhill)Garreth Carvell (Warrington Wolves, Stanningley)Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield Giants, Huddersfield YMCA)Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers)Brett Ferres (Castleford Tigers, Smawthorne Panthers)James Graham (St Helens, Blackbrook)Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders)Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island)Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos, Queens)Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James)Danny McGuire (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors, Queens)Adrian Morley (Warrington Wolves, Eccles)Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank)Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos, Stanningley)Paul Prescott (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Judes)Leon Pryce (St Helens, Queensbury)Luke Robinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal)James Roby (St Helens, Blackbrook)Michael Shenton (St Helens, Upton)Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos, Waterhead)Joel Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Kris Welham (Hull Kingston Rovers, Myton Warriors)Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton)Jon Wilkin (St Helens, East Hull)Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC, Myton Warriors)England KnightsJoe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers)Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens)Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook)Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion)James Donaldson (Bradford Bulls, Wath Brow Hornets)Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats)Jamie Foster (St Helens, Blackbrook)Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders)Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone Lions)Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island)Danny Houghton (Hull FC, East Hull)Scott Moore (St Helens, Blackbrook)Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham)Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank)Stefan Ratchford (Salford City Reds, Wigan St Pats)Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers)Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook)Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone LionsKris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors)Joe Westerman (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions)last_img read more

BEDZ R Us are the new Official Digital Partner f

first_imgBEDZ R Us are the new ‘Official Digital Partner’ for the Dacia Magic Weekend.BedzRus are a leading ecommerce retailer and bed specialist based in Bradford. They will be the digital partner for the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle, as well as partnering with the Summer Bash in Blackpool a week later.The partnership has designed a range of entertaining and engaging activities for Super League supporters that will take place ahead of, during and after the two weekends of action in May.The programme kicks off with a fun ‘60 second pillow talk challenge’ which will be taken on first by Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin and Warrington Wolves’ Kurt Gidley. There will be opportunities for fans from all clubs to vote for their half time activity across both weekends, plus choose what activity will take place in the Fan Zone at St James’ Park.Fans that buy tickets from their club will get the chance to win a children’s divan bed with club branded bedding and a unique rugby design mattress developed by BedzRus supplier Deep Sleep, which will be delivered to the winner by a pair of famous rugby league faces.BedzRus have also secured the services of Robbie Hunter-Paul, who will act as an ambassador for the programme. He will be giving an exclusive live behind-the-scenes experience on a range of social media platforms and letting fans experience the very best of Dacia Magic Weekend from their smartphone, tablet and computer.Super League Commercial Director Chris Rawlings said: “We are delighted to welcome BedzRus into the Betfred Super League Commercial Partner family. The programme will be fun and engaging, everything the Dacia Magic Weekend and Kingstone Press Summer Bash is all about – on and off the field.”BedzRus Managing Director Mark Moore said: “This programme is an exciting opportunity for BedzRus. From the beginning our company wanted to make sure that supporters were at the heart of all decision making, which is why we will be deploying the supporters’ vote for the half time and fanzone activities.“Having fun and enhancing Rugby League supporters’ experience is a key objective, whether it be at the games or digitally via social media and websites. The activities that have been designed will also allow a number of lucky supporters the chance to win exclusive products.”The Dacia Magic Weekend takes place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on May 20 and 21 with the Kingstone Press Summer Bash capturing Bloomfield Road in Blackpool on May 27 and 28.last_img read more

Simply present your 2018 Membership card to access

first_imgSimply present your 2018 Membership card to access these benefits – with David Lloyd’s free day pass our partner offer of the month for January!Our retail offer will be announced shortly.Partner Benefits:***OFFER OF THE MONTH David Lloyd, Knowsley – Free day pass for all 2018 Members by emailing and quoting your 2018 Membership Number. OFFER OF THE MONTH***Da Vinci Menswear – 10% off at all times and 15% off on 2018 home matchdays.Costa Coffee (St. Helens branches only) – 10% off at all times.Dark Star Laser – 3 games for the price of two.Nandos St Helens – 20% off food on matchday only.Other Benefits:Your Membership also provides a whole host of other benefits…Adult:Membership Access CardYour ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series/Challenge Cup)All your Betfred Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals*Exclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your MembershipExclusive Membership only merchandise & stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive news including new signings, via SMS before general releaseExclusive invites to Member only events during 2018Bring a friend for just £5 to a 2018 home match of your choice (excludes Wigan home games)50% off your 2018 Magic Weekend ticketAccess to our Member feedback channels to engage with the Club and give us your views and opinionsDiscounted away travel via our Travel Partner Hattons TravelJunior:Membership Access CardJunior Membership holders get free access to all 2018 Saints away games (subject to availability)Entry into a draw to be a matchday mascot and walk out with the first-team before a Super League matchYour ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series/Challenge Cup)All your Betfred Super League and Super 8s homegames included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals*Exclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your MembershipExclusive Membership only merchandise & stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive invites to Member only events during 2018Supporter:Membership card50% off your Magic Weekend 2018 ticketExclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive Membership only Club offersExclusive local partner offersExclusive invites to Member only events£10 off a single Betfred Super League matchday ticketlast_img read more

It showcases what the Totally Wicked Stadium has t

first_imgIt showcases what the Totally Wicked Stadium has to offer in a clear and concise way, whilst utilising the very latest in browser technology.Built in partnership with local agency Cultivate Creative, you can even tour our suites with incredible 3D walkthroughs – visualising what your event would look like within the stadium.The Totally Wicked Stadium is one of the Premier venues in the North West and has the size and space to match its tremendous flexibility.We cost host weddings, large conferences, Christmas parties and celebrations as well as smaller corporate meetings or more intimate events.Our dedicated on-site catering and events team are also on hand to meet your every need and help you plan, undertake and host your event … your way.Whether you are a corporate client who wants to host a meeting or away day or couple looking to find the perfect venue for your big day, we can meet your needs in a truly unique setting.You can view the site by clicking here.last_img read more

BCSO courthouse officials hold active shooter training exercise

first_img “You never know when something like this is going to happen,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said. “It’s not a matter of if, but when, as we know, we see throughout the country. We want to do everything we can to be as prepared as possible in the event that an active shooter situation occurs or another emergency.”Sheriff Ingram says his deputies will work together with court officials to keep everyone in the courthouse safe should something like this happen.Brunswick County deputies did a similar exercise recently at Fort Bragg.Related Article: H2GO plans still undecided; water worries continue“We were able to really pick up on a lot of things that our deputies are doing right, things that they needed to improve on and even look for ways to implement some additional equipment to make it more effective in situations like this,” Sheriff Ingram said.Ultimately, it is impossible to predict if someone with bad intentions will show up with a gun to the courthouse, but the Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse staff will be ready if they do.“Our goal is to prevent it, but if it does occur and we can’t prevent it, at least minimize the injuries or loss of life,” Sheriff Ingram said.Sheriff Ingram did not share what kinds of tactics his deputies would use if they had to stop a shooter.While this was the first training exercise of its kind in Brunswick County, Sheriff Ingram tells us that his deputies practice disaster response regularly. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies practice their response to an active shooter at the Brunswick County Courthouse (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Pulse nightclub. Las Vegas. Stoneman Douglas High School. All recent mass shootings that took numerous lives.Brunswick County officials do not want something similar to happen there, so they are practicing their response if an active shooter is at the Brunswick County Courthouse.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Southport chief faces additional charge after indictment

first_img The men are accused of working for a trucking company while on the clock for the city.Michael Christian Simmons (Photo: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office)David says the indictment added one more charge of obtaining property by false pretense against Smith.The entire Southport Police Department is on leave during an investigation into what happened. Investigators have said officers within the department initially reported the allegations. 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 BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Southport’s police chief now faces an additional charge after a grand jury indictment.Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David says a grand jury this week indicted Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons on all the charges they were arrested for last month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

County employee arrested after allegedly stealing public safety radio

first_imgDonovan Ridil Jacobs (Photo: CCSO) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a county employee allegedly stole a public safety radio and tried to trade it for an iPhone.The sheriff’s office was notified Sunday that a portable public safety radio was stolen from Columbus County Emergency Services. CCSO says the investigation revealed Donovan Ridel Jacobs was responsible. He was then arrested and charged for the larceny.- Advertisement – Jacobs has been employed by Columbus County Emergency Services since January 3, 2017 as an Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Telecommunicator.The sheriff’s office says Jacobs had access to the storage area where extra portable radios were located. He reportedly took one from the storage area and later arranged to trade the radio for an Iphone 7.CCSO says the stolen radio has been recovered.Related Article: WANTED: Woman accused of stealing from Leland WalmartPending an internal investigation, deputies say Jacobs was suspended from Columbus County Emergency Services Tuesday.At the time of the incident, Jacob’s annual salary was $27,828.05.This investigation is ongoing.He is charged with one felony count of Fraud Obtaining Money/Property by False Pretense and one felony count of Larceny by Employee.Jacobs in jail under a $50,000 bond.last_img read more

Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo) in Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/File Photo International investigators are set on Wednesday to launch criminal proceedings against suspects in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine nearly five years ago.The Dutch-led international team tasked with assigning criminal responsibility for the plane’s destruction is to inform victims’ families of progress in their case on Wednesday morning, followed by a presentation to the media.Dutch broadcasters RTL and NOS reported late last week that investigators would reveal the names of individual suspects.. An Interfax Ukraine report on Tuesday quoted Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Olena Zerkal in an interview as saying prosecutors would name four “top” suspects.MH17 was shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014 over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as it was flying from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed.Most victims were Dutch. A joint investigation team formed in 2014 by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine found that the plane was shot down by a Russian missile.The Russian government denies having lent any support to pro-Russia rebels fighting Ukrainian government troops and also denies any involvement in shooting down MH17.Last year Russian President Vladimir Putin called MH17’s downing a “terrible tragedy” but said that Moscow was not to blame and that there are other explanations for what happened.The governments of the Netherlands and Australia have said they hold Russia legally responsible.Prosecutors have previously said the missile system that brought down the plane came from the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk.They said their next step would be to identify individual culprits and to attempt to put them on trial.The Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and Moscow is not expected to surrender suspects.Dutch authorities have said suspects may be tried in absentia.center_img SharePrintlast_img read more