Month: July 2019

SF and Nonprofits Offer Plan to Control Mission District Gentrification

first_imgThe document draws in part from a report produced in 2015 by Berkeley researchers Miriam Zuk and Karen Chapple that concluded the Mission was already in an “advanced state of gentrification.”To ameliorate that, the 2020 plan offers a seven-pronged approach – all strategies that require money, already difficult to find, and political will.The report nevertheless sees the possibility of reversing or slowing the two-decade trend of a low-income exodus and a high income influx. To do so, it recommends improving tenant protections, preserving single room occupancy rooms, preserving affordable housing, building new affordable housing, supporting existing community-serving businesses, improving community access to the city’s planning processes, and addressing homelessness.It is clear, however, that there are differences of opinion among the organizations behind the plan – specifically, the authors note, the city does not see market-rate development as accelerating displacement. Some of the organizations involved do. “The City believes that new housing production at all income levels is critical to address the housing crisis, and that the crisis has been partially caused by many decades of slow housing production,” the plan document notes.Chirag Bhakta, who works Mission Housing Development Corporation, one of the organizations involved in developing the plan, outlined the community perspective.From the MAP 2020 draft. Source: SF Rent Board“When we see housing being developed at market rate, it is well understood that this isn’t for our people, these units are not for the people who are under threat of eviction, people who are under landlord harassment or people who are just stuck where they are because they can’t afford to move up in San Francisco,” he said. For years, tenant advocates and neighborhood organizations have protested against large market-rate developments proposed in the neighborhood, saying high-priced rentals and condos attract residents with high incomes. Their arrival, tenant advocates argue, herald increased gentrification including businesses that cater to high-income individuals.In contrast, pro-development advocates have argued that halting market rate construction also prevents the construction of the included affordable inclusionary housing required by the city. No matter the argument, it is clear the Mission will have loads of new market rate housing. Some 2,000 new market rate units will be ready in the next three to five years, compared to just over 1000 units of affordable housing that are in the pipeline. The document notes the discord between community and city groups, acknowledging that it makes it difficult to agree on an approach. In the end, the solutions it suggests are a compromise:“The market forces and historic inequities that have resulted in these disruptive and “unnatural” demographic shifts are part of global trends that a single neighborhood or city cannot resolve,” the authors wrote. “We cannot simply build our way out. Conversely, building little or no market rate housing will also not address and potentially exacerbate the large socio-economic forces at play.”Both sides agree, however, that as much affordable housing as possible should be built, but there are differences of opinion on exactly what the goal should be. That agreement, Bhakta said, has been key to advancing solutions.“We might not agree on market rate development ever, but we might agree that we need certain protections from what gentrification does,” he said. “If they’re willing to work on the solutions with us, then we are also willing to work on the solutions with them.”Community groups say 2,400 units of affordable housing should be built in the Mission by 2020; the city says a range is more reasonable, from 1,700 to 2,400. Flat out building 2,400 units, the city estimates, would take $1.3-1.7 billion and 15-25 years.Still, more than 1,000 of those units are already in the pipeline, either as new construction or as acquisitions through the city’s small sites program or as the required low-income housing being constructed by private developers as part of market rate projects.Other goals of the plan include stabilizing 900 tenants per year through grant recipient organizations that advise tenants facing displacement, helping 48 nonprofits per year stay in place, helping nonprofits acquire 20,000 square feet of space to operate community-serving organizations in, and determining the value of older area plans like the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan.Many pieces of legislation and city initiatives have already been put in play during the time MAP 2020 was being developed, the document notes. These include tenant protections “2.0,” limiting low-fault evictions for things like nuisance complaints or living in an illegal unit, approving a housing bond, establishing neighborhood preferences for affordable housing units, supporting legacy businesses, and providing technical assistance for displaced businesses.The plan also stipulates annual reports to monitor progress on the outlined goals. The public comment period on the draft plan expires February 19. After years of collaborative planning effort, more than a dozen nonprofits and city organizations have revealed their plan to spare the Mission’s diversity and cultural richness from gentrification. That plan, known as Mission Action Plan 2020, is now available for review and comment and will be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 2. The year 2020 refers to the point of no return. Unless the decline in the Latino population and the influx of higher income residents are stopped or significantly controlled, the Mission will be fully gentrified by 2020, the report concludes.   “If these and other similar trends continue, the rich cultural and economic diversity of the Mission District could become a thing of the past, and the Mission will become a neighborhood with a majority of high-income residents by 2020,” the report notes.From the MAP 2020 draft. 0%center_img Tags: Business • gentrification • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission High girls soccer team goes for statement win vs powerhouse Lowell

first_imgIn a regular season clash with greater significance for both sides, the Mission High School girls’ soccer team faces the Lowell Cardinals today at 3:30 p.m at Mission High.The up-and-coming Mission team arrives 4-0 in the league to this powerhouse matchup, in a position to challenge a longstanding city tradition: that San Francisco soccer is a game where 22 girls chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, Lowell wins.As the girls’ team waited for the kick-off of the Mission High boys’ game on Tuesday, coach Roberto Escobar tried to soothe the tension while remaining realistic. “No one’s gonna give you anything,” he told his squad. Sitting down in a corner of the field, players and coaches went over Wednesday’s plans and encouraged each other to remain calm. It failed to help much.“My head is like ‘beat Lowell, beat Lowell, beat Lowell,’” said senior captain Aedra Li at the end of the meeting. “This game has been on my mind for four years.” Lowell’s own streak has been around for way longer. It has been 22 years since the last time the city’s prestigious, test-into high school lost a city title. This is what the girls’ soccer record book looks like: Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address During Escobar’s four-year tenure as Mission’s coach, the Bears have gotten through most of their rivals with some effort, only to be bossed around by Lowell in the latter stages of the season.This year, it is Mission doing the bossing, and the Cardinals paying careful attention. Both teams are still undefeated in four league matches, and both have scored 20 total goals in the four games.“The coaches are definitely pushing us a little harder, creating new plays, and changing our perspective, showing us that we’re here for ourselves,” said junior midfielder Viviana Montes.The coach attributed Mission’s progress to the number of girls with years of soccer experience joining the program in the past few years. A Mission native and a Salvadoran-American, Escobar grew up playing “against the gang members” at Dolores Park. “Now it’s become a pay-to-play sport,” he said. The best players started coming not from the streets, but from the clubs.Lowell still has the best players in the matchup. With an enrollment almost three times that of Mission High, the Cardinals have a strong club contingent and two college recruits.“They have a few key players, and a lot of them are pretty good, but we have a lot of strong players,” said sophomore goalkeeper Raquel Lau.Or, as the coach puts it: “Many teams with skillful players are disorganized, but if we have both, we can do damage.”As they strive to find that gear, the Bears will rely on their tactical chops and intensity during the game to keep the streak going.“If they can play to the standard that I know they can play, then we’ll be fine,” Escobar said. last_img read more

Pride 2019 The Trans Community Kicks Off Pride Weekend

first_imgConnie Pelkey is less shy.  Every year, she comes to Pride in a variation on the same joyous outfit: angel’s wings and rainbow devil’s horns, and a matching tail, too. She only takes off for a vacation from work Pride weekend, she says, because it’s “all holidays rolled into one.”  “I’m a Civil Rights activist, lover of human beings, a bleeding heart. If you’re not okay, I’m not okay. And everyone is not all okay. There is always work to do. But you know, it gets me going. I can take the sadness. I’m strong. I don’t think you’re ever going to meet anyone as strong as me. I’m fierce. I get through the sadness. It motivates and inspires me.” –Donna PersonnaMost of the participants we chatted with spoke about the Trans March — and Pride in general — as more than a big party. “My form of celebration is to inspire more activism,” said Donna Personna, holding up her lifetime achievement medal from the Grand Marshal that recognizes her 50-plus years of activism. “It’s not a party, it’s a mission.” For Personna, the best thing a young LGBTQ+ person can do is know their history. Lately, she’s been telling the media and anyone who will listen about the significance of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, an act of resistance in 1966 against police brutality, by trans women of color in the Tenderloin. These women are responsible for many of the later LGBTQ community’s victories and breakthroughs, Personna said. “Unfortunately, they lived and they died without ever being told that what they were attempting and doing and was not only okay, but beautiful. They were attempting an authentic life,” she added.Her greatest fear is that these stories will be forgotten. “I believe that social justice and liberty that is gained that is best when it was done by those people that want it,” she said, smiling. “And it fills my heart that this was transgender women that were working for their own liberties. And the liberty of the whole [LGBTQ] spectrum.” It’s the Friday afternoon before Pride Weekend and, at Dolores Park, transgender people and their allies are beginning to show up. Later this evening, the Trans March, one of the largest trans events in the country, will take place.  But first, brunch.Hosted by local nonprofits LYRIC Center for LGBTQ Youth and Openspace, the annual Youth & Elder brunch is an opportunity for the community to come together and share stories of how it was then, and how it is now.  Candy Coleman brought her dog to the brunch, and also has been coming to Trans March for years. “It seems to get better every year,” she said, smiling. Her friend Diande R. Smith said Trans March and the day of activities is also an opportunity to draw attention to the political and social issues transgender people are facing. The most important one right now?“Get that thing outta the White House,” Smith said. Luis de la Garza, who has been attending Trans March for the last seven years, said there are few opportunities for many generations of the LGBTQ communities to mix, “and I think there’s a lot of misunderstandings,” he said. center_img “The perception is sometimes that young people are all tech, wealthy, very selfish, and always partying, and that’s not the case,” he said. “That’s actually a very small percentage of young people. So the more that we try to combat those stereotypes and have events like this, the better.”He listened intently to the speakers onstage, who were speaking about trans* women activists like Sylvia Rivera, a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. “I relate a lot to trans folks. A lot of the times I feel like I’m in the wrong body because I’m not able-bodied,” Garza said, reflecting on why he shows up to the march and day of trans-centered events year after year. “There’s these parallels.” He added that the trauma of being assaulted and called names is similar to the violence trans women face in their lives. Many of the participants we spoke to said showing up to public Pride events like these take a lot of courage.Svet, who is originally from Kazakhstan but calls the Bay Area home, said he almost didn’t come today, to his first ever Trans March.“Looking in the mirror this morning, I asked myself, is it easier to put a pillow over my head and stay at home?” But he’s here. Feeling everything. “Excited. Timid. Terrified-excited,” said Svet, too shy to have his picture taken.  Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has expressed his a

first_imgSAINTS Chairman Eamonn McManus has expressed his appreciation and thanks to the many loyal fans who made the trip to Castleford to get behind the team in such a crucial game.Eamonn stated: “It was heart-warming to see so many fans at Castleford and there is no doubt their support lifted the team in the second half when they made a comeback that was full of spirit and character.“The rest of the season will require more backs to the wall performances from the team particularly following the news that our talisman James Roby will be missing for the rest of the regular season.“There is no doubt the continuing support of the fans can lift the team to the playoffs when we will have key players back and be in a much stronger position to reach the Grand Final.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED Academy Tour fixturesGame 1 v Wests Tig

first_imgCONFIRMED Academy Tour fixtures:Game 1 v Wests Tigers Cubs – Saturday October 17Campbelltown Stadium – 5.30pm (curtainraiser to Cook Islands v Tonga World Cup Qualifier)Game 2 v Central Coast – Wednesday October 21Wyong – 6.30pmGame 3 v Parramatta Eels – Sunday October 25Cabramatta – 5.30pmGame 4 v Penrith Panthers – Saturday October 31Pepper Stadium – 6pmlast_img

State gives 185M in Hurricane Matthew recovery help for Fair Bluff

first_imgFlooding inundated Fair Bluff after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The town of Fair Bluff will receive $1.85 million to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew and improve the town’s water supply, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.Fair Bluff will receive $1 million from North Carolina Emergency Management to help address long term housing needs. Fair Bluff will also receive $850,000 from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to relocate one of the town’s main drinking water supply wells out of the floodplain, easing the way for new affordable housing and making the town better able to withstand future floods.- Advertisement – “Hurricane Matthew flooded the heart of Fair Bluff and left homes and businesses in ruins, but step by step the town is moving toward recovery,” said Gov. Cooper, who visited the town earlier this fall. “This funding is critical to helping this historic town rebuild and have a brighter future.”The funds are part of a coordinated effort across state agencies to address long-term needs of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew. As part of the cooperative effort, the Golden Leaf Foundation has agreed to contribute an additional $100,000 to complete the drinking well project if needed.Matthew inundated Fair Bluff, causing heavy damage to the town’s residences, businesses and vital infrastructure. The $1 million from North Carolina Emergency Management will help repair, rebuild and elevate single-family homes, as well as rehabilitate manufactured housing.Related Article: Emergency Management recommends evacuation for New Hanover Co.“We’re working with Fair Bluff residents and leaders not just to reconstruct their community, but to rebuild homes and infrastructure in a way that they are better prepared for the next disaster,” said Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks. “Improving the community’s resiliency will help ensure their future.”Relocating the drinking well, funded through the Disaster Recovery Act of 2016, will protect Fair Bluff’s water supply from future storm damage. In addition, the project will ensure adequate water pressure for new affordable housing planned by the state Housing Finance Agency and the Lumber River Council of Government using Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 funding.“DEQ is proud to be part of this effort to keep Fair Bluff on the road to recovery,” said DEQ Secretary Michael S. Regan. “It’s a great example of state government agencies using our specific expertise where and how we can to help North Carolinians the most.”Fair Bluff will soon be getting extra help from a team of volunteers from AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). The volunteers are part of a group who will be joining the Governor’s recovery effort in North Carolina beginning in November to help with ongoing work in storm-damaged communities for six months. Fair Bluff was selected as one of several sites to receive assistance from the volunteers. The team will work with the community to rebuild homes and businesses. Volunteers will also serve in Princeville, Lumberton, Kinston, Seven Springs and Windsor starting later this year.Additionally, the Town of Fair Bluff is getting $8.3 million to elevate, buy out or move 71 homes to prevent future flooding through the federal Hazard Grant Mitigation Program. Other assistance received by Fair Bluff and its residents to date includes: 177 home loans and 78 business loans from the Small Business Administration; $1.8 million in FEMA Individual Assistance for residents; and nearly $1 million paid in claims from the National Flood Insurance Program. Columbus County is expected to receive more than $2 million to repair public infrastructure.“While progress is happening, there is much more to be done to help communities recover fully,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “I will continue to fight in Washington and Raleigh for help for families, businesses and towns impacted by Hurricane Matthew.”last_img read more

Director named for film of Jason Motts The Wonder of All Things

first_imgJason Mott (Photo: Ben SteelmanStarNews StaffFilmmaker Cheryl Dunye has been slated to write and direct a film version of local author Jason Mott’s 2014 novel “The Wonder of All Things,” Deadline Hollywood reports.- Advertisement – Lionsgate bought film rights to the book four years ago.Active in indie filmmaking, Dunye won the Teddy Award in 1996 Berlinale festival for her debut film “The Watermelon Woman.” She has directed episodes of “Queen Sugar,” “The Fosters” and “Claws” and teaches film at San Francisco State.Click here to read more at StarNewsOnline.comlast_img read more

WPD Woman wanted for stealing from Food Lion

first_imgThis woman is wanted in connection with a larceny at Food Lion on South 17th Street. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize this woman or this car?Wilmington Police say this woman is wanted in connection with a larceny at Food Lion on South 17th Street on March 13.- Advertisement – If you have any information, please contact WPD at 910-343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img

Burn ban issued for much of eastern North Carolina

first_imgBan burn (Photo: MGN Online) SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — A burn ban is now in effect in Columbus, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick, Bladen, and Onslow counties on all open burning due to hazardous forest fire conditions.The ban prohibits burning within 100 feet of any structure.- Advertisement – All previously issued burning permits have been cancelled.“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”The ban went in effect as of 5 p.m. and remains in effect until further notice.Related Article: WFD: House fire the result of cooking left unattendedViolators of the burn ban could face a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the NC Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.Other counties in the ban include Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.last_img read more

Updated AFM King Air aircraft assisted migrant rescue

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Credit: Oren RozenCredit: Oren Rozen According to a spokesperson from AFM, a King Air Fixed Wing aircraft had assisted an operation to rescue survivors of a migrant boat which capsized off the coast of Tunisia.The spokesperson told that the aircraft was called on several times to provide visuals to the Tunisian Navy responding to the boat in distress.It is understood that around 65 people drowned when the boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia earlier today.According to some of the 16 survivors, the boat had left from Zuwara in Libya but got into difficulty because of the strong waves.It is understood that the Tunisian Navy had dispatched a ship when they heard about the incident, to rescue survivors. The survivors are now understood to be coming to shore.UNHCR’s Envoy on the Central Mediterranean said, ‘This is a tragic and terrible reminder of the risks still faced by those who attempt to cross the Mediterranean.’According to the UN Refugee Agency, over 160 people have died making the journey from Libya to Europe between January and April.The tragic incident comes in the wake of an allegedly decreasing number of migrants attempting to make the crossing since 2017.During the first quarter of 2019 almost 16,000 refugees and migrants made the trip across the Mediterranean’s three routes; West, Central and Eastern routes.  This is apparently a 17% decrease on last year.The decline is put down to the efforts of the Libyan coast guard preventing further migrant boat departures. Their efforts have strongly condemned by human rights groups and rescue NGOs operating beyond Libyan terroritorial waters.REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File PhotoAt least 70 migrants drown off Tunisia coast – state agency TAPAt least 70 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat sank in international waters off the Tunisian coast, and 16 were saved, the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse agency said.The boat sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, south of the capital Tunis, it said. Fishing boats rescued the survivors, it said.The U.N. migration agency put the death toll at least 50, with 16 survivors.WhatsApplast_img read more

Cabin cruiser sinks off Sliema Coast

first_imgA cabin cruiser sunk on Friday morning despite efforts from the Police and the Armed Forces of Malta that were first on site to respond. A woman who was on board the vessel was rushed to Mater Dei.The authorities tried to save the cabin cruiser from sinking off Sliema.A spokesperson from the Police told that they received a call at around 12.15pm when they were informed that a vessel was sinking opposite Tower Road. The persons who were on board the vessel were safely taken on land.No one was injured during this incident while the condition of the woman in hospital is still not known.Luke ZerafaWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Which EP committees do our Maltese MEPs form part of

first_img SharePrint The European Parliament (EP) voted on the size of its 20 committees and two sub-committees on Wednesday. Their composition was confirmed by the political groups later in the same day.Our six Maltese  MEPs are members and substitutes in a number of committees.Newly elected MEP Alex Agius Saliba is a member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection as well as member in the Committee on Petitions. He is also substitute at the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.The other new Maltese MEP Josianne Cutajar will be a full member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy as well as substitute member in both the Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Committee on Regional Development.Veteran MEP David Casa is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and a substitute at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.Miriam Dalli is a member of both the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.Roberta Metsola is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and a substitute at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.Alfred Sant is a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Petitions and is also a substitute for the Committee on Budgets.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Arsenal close in on Benatia

first_imgUnai Emery is willing to bring Medhi Benatia to Arsenal, with Borussia Dortmund also eyeing the defender who is currently at the World Cup in Russia with Morocco.The Juventus defender has two years left on his contract but could be sold following two trophy-laden seasons in Turin. It has also been reported that the Moroccan defender has had a fallout with coach Massimiliano Allegri.Arsenal have already reinforced their rearguard by signing Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Stephan Lichsteiner on a free transfer.According to La Gazzetta dell Sport, Arsenal are expected to face competition from Borussia Dortmund for Benatia’s signature and a return to the Bundesliga could be an interesting option for the towering defender following his two-year spell at Bayern Munich.Brought to you by Hublot<a href=”;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Africa Technology Awards 2012 Category Nominees and Winners Full List

first_imgAdvertisement CategoriesTechnology Provider of the YearThis award will go to a company that provides technology applications, equipment, resources and/or other solutions to enhance its customers’ operations. Nominees should have a strong market presence in the continent of Africa. – Advertisement – Safricom Telecommunication EconetEskom (Winner) Technology Product of the YearThis award will go to the developer of a technological product, product line or product service, that has achieved significant recognition and market impact in Africa over the past 12 months.EcoCashM-Pesa (Winner)M-Net AfricaBest Application in TechnologyThis award will go to an organization, agency or company that has — collaboratively or on its own — used existing technology to improve a process, practice or service.EcoBank (Winner)Standard BankDangote GroupTechnology Educator of the YearThis award will go to a company that:Uses current technologies to educate, motivate and inspire students to become lifelong learnersEncourages students to pursue careers in technologyNominees must be involved in public service of higher educational institutions or technical schools in Africa.African Virtual University (AVU) (Winner)SAASTAMakerere UniversityTechnology Executive  of the YearExecutives in technology functions from all industries, region of Africa and company sizes are eligible. This includes executives such as VP of engineering or VP of IT.Kevin Urama (Winner)African Technology Policy Studies (Kenya)Mokhtar BououdinaNational Centre for Cleaner Technologies Production (NCCTP, Algeria)Nagmeldin Goutbi ELHASSANExpert Group on Technology Transfer (SUDAN)Software Company of the YearThis award recognizes a company with outstanding new products and significant revenue growth.Opera Software ASA (Winner)SOFTtribe LimitedCyber TrackerTechnology Company of the YearThis award recognizes a company’s business strategy, its products and services, its mission and its market potential. Awards are given both to a small- to medium-size company and to a large company.UBAGrouporascomtelecomMTN group (Winner)last_img read more

Nigerian Startup To Make Money By Paying You To Go To School

first_imgAdvertisement Talent accelerator, Andela has marked its official launch with a seed round of funding to train another set of developers in Africa. The bright developers chosen by the startup for the training will earn up to $500 monthly stipend (over N80,000), while they get trained to become world-class developers ready to satisfy the need of top firms globally, who require quality.The company, which is dedicated to eliminating the global skills gap recognizes that while aptitude is evenly distributed, opportunity is not.“With the fastest growing and youngest population in the world, Africa is the largest market of untapped talent. Our goal is to tap into this brilliance to bring the world’s brightest minds to firms looking for quality developers,” said Jeremy Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Andela.A serial education technology entrepreneur and co-founder of 2U, Johnson said the support currently being enjoyed by several seasoned investors attests to the value Andela is capable of bringing partners, including U.S. and European technology and service companies. – Advertisement – Chris Hughes, owner and publisher of The New Republic and Facebook co-founder, who is also an investor in the seed round, also acknowledged the stress technology firms go through while trying to find the skills they need. “Andela promises to give companies access to previously untapped talent while creating an on-ramp to the digital economy for brilliant young people,” Hughes said.The company, which has been in private (closed) beta since June, connects world-class developers it produces with top employers globally. Coders in Nigeria’s commercial and tech hub Lagos were the first to enjoy Andela’s training. 5,200 applicants competed for the first 28 slots (an acceptance rate of 0.53 percent) for Andela’s inaugural class of developers. The first class which was taught by senior developers in Lagos boasts of 100 percent retention rates and were paid $500 monthly stipend during the program.As Andela Fellows, students complement their studies with work as remote developers for tech companies during the four-year program. They learn the MEAN stack (Mongo.db, Express, Angular and Node.js) through a combination of individual work and projects in groups of 2-6 students.Andela coders undergo ongoing professional development and have a minimum of 1,000 hours of coding experience, which is largely responsible for their quality.“The caliber of talent at Andela ranks in the top 1 percent of all workers being assessed on our systems worldwide,” Neil MacGregor, CEO of, an pre-employment assessment company, affirmed.According to him, an Andela developer ranks among the brightest recruits anywhere.Andela enjoys immense support from investors, including Steve Case, Omidyar Network, Founder Collective, Rothenberg Ventures, Learn Capital, Melo7 Tech Partners, and Chris Hughes. The size of the round is however undisclosed.Johnson remains committed to training and mentorship of Africans to prepare them for full-time developers’ role for companies around the world.He sees the program as a platform that could equip brilliant young African students with the developer skills essential for meeting high demand from tech companies.“By valuing aptitude, motivation and grit over previous experience, we can connect companies looking for strong technical talent with top students,” the Andela CEO says, adding that, “When students are ready to work with companies, they’re extraordinary.”Source: Ventures Africalast_img read more

BEN KEITHS BLOG Bagging The Elephant Part 3

first_imgSo, to translate his opening gambit, it probably meant that he gets a million credit and he can bet any handicap to win four hundred grand.I nod slowly and make a pensive face, as if I believe what he’s said is true.‘Mr Gekko, I have come here today to offer you a matching five million dollar facility. That means that if you deposit five million dollars, we will match that with five million credit. We will also lay you any handicap to win five hundred thousand dollars.’Next to me, I hear Gaul Wood’s chair creak. Every muscle in his body has just gone into a spasm. Blind Ambition is electrocuting him and an invisible smoke is about to start fuming out of his ears like a whistling camping kettle. As usual though, he betrays no emotion, and the duel continues…Gekko holds us on tender-hooks and doesn’t come back with a response. This is play-time to him, and he wants to savour the agony of the hunter, before giving-in to what he really wants anyway.‘So tell me, we got a mutual friend right?’I look at him interested to hear more.‘The Baron.’I sit still now wanting him to speak on. Gekko has just uttered the name of the finest client in Star’s history. Of course, of course, they would have known each other, Blog. They would have run together in the old days, comparing moves, and sharing tricks of the trade.‘Yes, Mr Gekko. The Baron. An old sparring-partner. And what strength of character.’‘Yeah, yeah, but like me, that strength will take a bit of a battering inside.’The Baron followed Gekko…all the way to jail. He too though will find his way back to the front in time…We reflect for a moment. Even Gekko, basking in the glory of forcing his way forward again, shudders at the memory of seven years in prison for insider-dealing. Seven years, of coming to terms that, even he, is not omnipotent on Wall Street.‘Mr Gekko, tell me, how is your daughter’s business, that one we heard all about in Wall Street 2?’Gekko bellows out a sarcastic laugh as if playing to a theatre audience, and looks to his computer for a moment, fiddling with his mouse.‘Oh that old pile of crap?! Yeah, that went down like all of the rest of those stupid non-profit, so called businesses!’I can’t help but release a little smirk myself too.He goes on.. ‘But she’s now running the Gekko Come-Back Foundation. Its a charity for ex-cons, giving them a chance to set up small and independent businesses.’. He nods at me, paying himself a little bit of deserved respect. ‘I keep a special eye on it myself too, you’d be surprised, we’ve produced quite a few winners…’‘Mr Gekko, I have the utmost respect for your charity and have heard much about its good work.’Now my killer card…‘And I would like to offer you a cash-back of 10% of any losses you may incur to go to your foundation as a donation.’He smiles, half-impressed. But like all hard-ball operators, he knows that its at the first meeting you acquire any real and lasting advantages. He’s got no intention of making this one easy.‘What’s all this matching credit shit, Ben? What, you saying my name is no good? Why have I got to pay on?!’Like all punters, he has an aversion with actually parting with any money up-front. Now I must stand firm though. Now is the moment that may break the deal.‘Not at all, Mr Gekko. Five mill is a huge credit line, and we want to see you make a serious pledge, in your deposit, to show your seriousness in covering any debts.’(What he doesn’t know though, is that as his five million dollars arrive, half of them will immediately make their way to Charlie Tarr for Star Property!)We are now, in our bodies, sitting in the seats in his office. In our minds and sub-conscious though, we are flying around above his desk, swords in our hands, taking playful swipes at each other. These are the moments that any deal-maker really craves and savours in the corners of his mouth, like a rich and bloody bit of steak. The moments, ever so close to that magic final act; the kill…I know the offer, on my part, is good and fair. It’s certainly competitive enough to get him going.‘Well, you know, I think I can do better, Ben. You’re not offering me anything I’m getting elsewhere.’.He’s bowled me with a yorker. I’m stranded at the wicket, my stumps shattered and flying up into the air. I can hardly reconvene with Gary in the middle of his office. I can’t offer him millions in credit without seeing anything up-front. He’s a US citizen for Christ’s sake. There’s no option to sue. And I’m already flying through any chance of agreeing bet-size limits with Gaul Wood. If I go any higher, he’ll explode!I have to risk it. I have to call his bluff. I’ve come this far. I have, at least, formed a relationship. I can work on him. Punters situations change, and so may his. Oh, but to have come this far!I can’t show him anything though. I’ve got to play it cool. Got to sit back, hey, it doesn’t matter to me…My eyes meet his now, for one of the first times during direct communication. Whether he proceeds or not, he must know that I’m not a roll-over.‘I’ve considered the account before coming here today, Mr Gekko. I think the credit-line and bet-size limits are very fair indeed, in-fact unprecedented. Also, the charity cash-back offer should be a great incentive to you.’I’m hanging in the air now. He’s going to catch me, or he’s going to let me fall into oblivion.He is already standing up though, and starting the walk towards his office door. It’s clear that mine and Gary’s period of usefulness to Gordon Gekko has come to an end.As he reaches the door, he turns, and holds, firmly into my eyes this time, his gaze, waiting for me to back-down…I hold my hand out. He meets mine with his, and as doing so, says ‘Thank you, gentlemen. I wish you good luck in New York.’. We reciprocate. The meeting has ended; his bluff called.The sudden loss of nervous energy that has had us so wired-up is quite debilitating. We don’t want to give any of the vile brokers a hint that we got the knock back though, and this time, as is so often in times of trouble, Gaul Wood takes the lead. We start the walk of shame, back through the brokers-room, empty handed.The hot and humid New York air smacks us in the face as we leave the chill of the air-con. I go first..‘Fuck.’‘Yeah, not good.’. Gaul responds.There’s no way to dress this one up. Its been a bloody long wait for that chance, and a more than bloody long way back home, with nothing to show for our patience and scheming.We loosen our ties and stroll slowly down Wall Street, covering ourselves in the shade where possible. Our heads are down though, and there is no consolation. Pam Statements and Lukey have both sent texts asking how it went but neither of us have replied yet. We just want to press a button and be sitting, via the use of a time-machine, back at our desks in Hove. The magic button doesn’t appear though, and we walk on, back towards the hotel.At times like this, myself and Gary look to bolster each other. We focus on the positives and ways forward in the firm. Gary nudges me and says the bingo, or this or that, is going pretty well.I just keep going forward though, trapped in my racked feelings of failure. This was the big one. We put it out there and got firmly knocked back.For a moment I lose myself in the crowd walking along the pavement, and then, I feel a vibration in my pocket.My phone is ringing.I look down, and see that it is a New York number calling me.Surely not?I answer the call ‘Hello’.‘Yeah, alright, kid. You got me. Helen’s wiring the five mill now. Let me know when the dough’s arrived and I’ll get playing on tonight’s baseball.’The line has gone dead. Gekko doesn’t want to hang around to admit his bluff was called and that the punter deep inside him gave in to someone else’s rules.I turn to Gaul Wood. He knows from my face. We fire our arms up into the air and join in a huge hug in the centre of the packed street. The happy times are back and we have struck once again, this time, far from home, in a foreign land.We got Gekko!!The fire in our veins, for the first time in over a year, is cool. There is a summer breeze running through our bodies and business life seems like an easy place. We walk on, in a rare moment of contentment (Gaul not knowing about the $2,500,000 going to Charlie Tarr for student property yet!).Gaul says that we had to go a ‘bit big’. I utter the usual words at this time which are ‘don’t worry, we’ll just have to beat him early..’ and he laughs out a knowing bellow of laughter to himself. Its like the old days again; just him and me, taking on the world.The street, Broadway, continues on and on, and we rejoice, whilst trying to burn off this huge and sudden high. But… gradually, but gradually, we return to our usual settings.I look to the left and see a run-down building. ‘Surely there’s a move in buying that, Gaul?’. He nods pensively, still moving forward.Further along the road, there is a huge sports-bar on the right. Gaul disturbs the moment of victory and says ‘a betting unit in there would fly on Sunday nights.’. I agree with him immediately and note down the address.The fire is slowly returning.Blind Ambition does not rest for long.There is always another deal…and there is certainly…always another punter.Ben xThis blog is, unfortunately, a fictional account, created in my deluded mind, of myself and Gary, going to New York to meet Gordon Gekko. It is dedicated to my dad, Lindsay. He hasn’t been a well boy of late and I send him all of my love and care. Your soft and kind shoulder has always been there for me to cry upon, and it’s also always been so strong to bounce back off again, back into the big-wide-world. This story is written for you and I hope it may ease some pain. Ben xxlast_img read more


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Rice University to announce new institute May 16

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