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Good Morning Mission to the Remains of a Theme Park

first_imgYou can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.At the corner of Valencia street. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe short stretch of Valencia Street where some refurbishing has gone on. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe red or the yellow door? Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezTranslation? Photo by Lydia ChávezThe police were coming through on the Sunday I took these photos. The collective where there was a fire in January 2014 is the white building on the right. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezImportant in SF. Photo by Lydia ChávezA view of the fire-damaged building. Photo by Lydia ChávezOn Woodward, a great rocker. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezYou can walk and read. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezA Sunday morning car walk on Duboce at the end of Woodward. Photo by Lydia ChávezOn Duboce. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia Chávez Right now it is 62° with a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block is shaped like the number seven with the short end on Valencia Street. It then turns onto the end of Clinton Park, which dead ends at Stevenson, which runs south until a short walk east on 14th Street.  The block turns north on Woodward to Duboce, and west on Duboce to finish the block back at Valencia.The block has everything – a rich history, a parking lot, a former collective living space,  homeless encampments and some refurbished houses.  It was the home of Woodward’s Gardens (1866 to 1981) a theme park with a zoo, rides and gardens – the murals at the end of Woodward are the only reminder of that era.   The parks main entrance was  at 14th and Mission Streets, according to FoundSF, which has some historical photographs.  It’s also a block that used to house a collective living space on Stevenson until a fire in January 2014.   Nowadays,  a homeless encampment seems to own Stevenson, while Woodward has some upgraded buildings and loads of planters on the sidewalk. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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Mission Resident Helps Found Birth Center in Lower Pac Heights

first_imgExpecting mothers seeking alternatives to hospitals now have the option to give birth in hot tubs, yoga swings, or queen-sized beds at the San Francisco Birth Center – an independent, midwife-led facility that simulates a home-like setting under the care of medical professionals.“Birthing can be a wonderful, beautiful growth experience, but it can also be extremely isolating,”said Julie Birdsong, a Mission resident and one of the Birth Center’s three founders.  The center opened its doors at 2300 Sutter St. on May 7 and fills a gap that was left behind after the city’s main out-of-hospital birth center, formerly located in the Mission, shuttered in 2011.  “Our goal is to create a community around birthing.”Two years ago, Birdsong and her midwife colleagues, Nancy Myrick and Sara Van Acker, set out to empower women with options and greater decision-making power in what they want their births to look like. A growing movement for “natural births” and decreased cesarean section births has seen birthing centers cropping up nationwide, and the midwives were baffled as to why San Francisco did not offer this service.“We decided that San Francisco needs a birthing center,” said Birdsong, adding that the women first set scouted the Mission for an appropriate space because they wanted to remain accessible to low-income communities, but they found potential spaces taken up by tech companies.   0% “A lot of places were scooped out of our hands by the tech industry,” said Birdsong. Earlier this year, the midwives settled on a freshly remodeled facility in Pac Heights, which is “less sexy for the tech world” but in close proximity to four hospitals, said Birdsong. The new birth center offers support and services post birth and helps to ease women into motherhood in a way that most traditional hospital do not, Birdsong said. The demand is there, said Birdsong, as women are increasingly opting to give birth “naturally.” “Hospitals are clinical and sterile, for a reason,” said Ilyse Magie, a Mission resident and one of the birthing center’s first clients. “For my birth process, that’s not what we wanted. We looked at it as a  spiritual experience, and we wanted control over how that all looked.”Photo courtesy of San Francisco Birth CenterThe June 4 birth of Magie’s daughter, Delia Joy, marked the first successful birth at the center. The five-hour ordeal was made bearable by the attention and patience extended to her by the midwives, said Magie.“We started in the tub then a birthing stool then bed – we tried every position imaginable and it was them guiding me through it the entire time,” said Magie. “At hospitals, it’s not like you’re forced to have a C-section, but the conversation comes up. You’re more likely to have interventions there.”Although the center does not facilitate home births, its focus is on tailoring the birthing experience to their clients’ expectations. The birthing room is kept largely unadorned, and families are encouraged to bring their own decorations from home. “Giving birth this way is almost like a rite of passage for women,” said Birdsong.  “By choosing to give birth without medication, women can walk away readied for motherhood because their birth was a normal, natural process.” With services like private and group prenatal care, water birth, postpartum home visits and newborn care, the birthing center “involves women step-by-step in the decision making process” as many traditional hospital do not, she said.  The extra care is what often makes the difference in ensuring a mother and child’s physical and emotional well-being post birth, said Birdsong. “At a normal hospitals, a mother is often there for 24 hours maybe and after being discharged she’s on her own for six weeks – a lot of stuff falls through the cracks during that time,” said Birdsong, adding that at her center, “we really support that home care.”The midwives also worked to keep this specialized care accessible to women in all income brackets by offering grants and sliding scale payment options. Along with their clinic, the midwives co-founded the nonprofit “Friends of the San Francisco Birth Center,” which focuses on fundraising and grant-making to cover the gap between birth costs and what low-income families are able to pay.“We wanted this type of birthing to be something that wasn’t just for affluent women, but accessible to all women,” said Birdsong. center_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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More Cleo than Mary Poppins Latino nannies react to Roma

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “My grandma worked at a house and the lady she worked for didn’t tell her ‘come, sit down with me,’ but told her she had to sit on the floor,” she said.A business graduate from CCSF, Yedid Gallo has picked up an interest in labor law, and is saving up to go back to school.The job specialization also precludes some of the extreme familiarity depicted in Cuarón’s film. While Cleo and Adela work full-time and sleep at their host family’s house, city nannies are hired specifically to take care of the kids.“Here, everything has its name: if you’re going to clean the house, then you’re a housekeeper, and you do that job. She who is doing all that housework is a maid,” said Juana Soriano, a Salvadoran nanny with 20 years of experience.“But yes, the job is similar to the movie in that aspect, because you get attached to the people you work with, and I imagine that goes both ways,” she added.On many occasions, the work conditions will depend on the family’s disposition, and the nanny’s ability to hold her own.Ana Tapia, a Chilean mom who once worked as a nanny in the city, conceded that Latino nannies sometimes seemed industrious beyond the job description — and for good reason.“Latin American people do more than they are told to, they would wash some dishes if they find them laying there,” she recalled. “It is cultural, like, how much would it cost you to do it?”They are already spending 50 hours a week with their children, and such diligence can be an open door for more trespassing.For Soriano, who takes care of two sisters, it is only natural to get attached to the youngest. “It is just human to defend the tiny one.”“There are families that will take advantage of you because of the language barrier, your education, and them knowing that you won’t fight them because you need the job,” said Gallo.Cleo and her boss in Roma, Doña Sofia, had their own bond, splashed by the latter’s moments of rage at the dissolution of her marriage. Such outbursts would not fly in a U.S. household.“Some people look at their nannies like they are garbage, and I don’t understand,” Martinez said. “If they look at you like this, then why would they give you their kids?”Martinez, who has gone through gnarly experiences during her three years in San Francisco, is not afraid of leaving.“This is a city where there is so much work, so many families needing help, that one doesn’t need to tolerate such things,” she added.The bond with their kids, though? Just as strong as Cleo and Paco’s.“He calls me Mama Yaya, because at his age perhaps he doesn’t see the difference,” said Gallo about the two-year-old charge.Gallo had taken care of kids before, but she’s been with the current two toddlers since they were four months old. “I feel like they are mine, too.”Laura Leon is enjoying time with her twins before they turn a year old in February. They will go to a day care from then on.According to Martínez, having a child that feels like one’s own has an extra edge. “If they fall when they are with their moms it’s like, ‘ok, he fell.’ But if it happened while hanging with the nanny, it’s her not doing her job well.”Working as a nanny acquires a different dimension when one is already a mother. Such was the experience of Laura Leon, a 39-year-old Mexican nanny who was working as a waitress as her two older children were growing up.“I am experiencing with them things I didn’t get to live with my kids, back when someone else had to take care of them,” she explained, as she swung her twin toddlers at the playground. “I’m spending with them the time I wasn’t with my children.”Children moving on from their care to preschool is its own type of empty-nest experience, and just as heartbreaking.“Believe it or not, it is harder for the nanny than for the kid,” Soriano said. “Kids move on, and they’re just at a stage when everything is new for them, but a good relationship with the family and some communication ends up making up for it.”Good-byes are also painful for Leon, but she has learned to live with change. “Time teaches you that life just goes on,” she added. center_img Acclaimed by the critics and nominated for a few Oscars — including Best Movie — Roma has resonated amongst sybarites and the general public alike. Its portrait of an indigenous maid and her relationship with her host family in 1970s Mexico City has also touched a nerve among Mission nannies. They’re rarely the protagonists on the big screen, and they related to Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo — sometimes more than they expected.“It was super real, I could totally empathize with her,” said 33-year-old Ana Martínez, from El Salvador, as she played with her toddler at Mission Playground.“Cleo was not a foreigner, but she was kind of a foreigner in that house, because of the abysmal social differences,” Martinez added. “Sometimes she was family, but things happened and, poof, she was back to being the service.”For 24-year-old Yedid Gallo, whose mother and grandmother also worked as nannies in Guanajuato, the affability of the host family struck her as very uncommon.last_img read more

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Despite warm weather gardeners should be wary of possible late freeze

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It certainly feels like spring, even if the new season is still officially a few weeks away.The unseasonably warm temperatures may have you thinking winter is over and you might want to get out in the garden.- Advertisement – But anything you plant could get hurt by a late freeze, which is not out of the question in our area.“Temperatures in southeastern North Carolina are always bouncing up and down. So we can get snow in March, and we can have days in the 80s in February, so it’s not unusual,” said Al Hight, the county extension director at New Hanover County Arboretum. “We had such a cold early January, this kinda really feels different, but it’s not unusual.”The National Weather Service says the average last freeze varies from March 18th in Wilmington to March 24th in Southport, and as late as March 31st in Elizabethtown.Related Article: Arizona woman attacked by bees after hive falls on her headIt’s impossible to forecast exactly when the last freeze will occur, so it might not be the best idea to test Mother Nature.“I’m hoping we don’t get below the mid 20s, because if we do, that’s gonna create enormous problems. It would be nice if we were out of the danger of frost, but statistically, you’d be really gambling to figure that’s already happened,” Hight said.Hight says if you do plant ahead of schedule, some varieties will do OK during cold temperatures when protected by a row cover. Any tropical plants will not do very well until soil temperatures warm up.The southeast had an early thaw last year which gave way to a March freeze. It severely damaged fruit crops across several states and cost about $1 billion.last_img read more

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Two Southport firefighters injured in weekend house fire

first_imgSFD responding to the Long Beach Road home fire. (Charles Drew/SFD/Facebook) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Two Southport firemen are recovering after being injured battling a house fire.The Southport Fire Department responded to a home along Long Beach Road late Saturday night. Two firefighters were injured on scene, according to Fire Chief Charles Drew.- Advertisement – Drew said that one fell through the floor and injured his leg. The other passed out from over exertion. They were both treated on scene, and are now doing well.Fire officials cause was ruled electrical, and the origin was in the master bedroom.last_img

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Neotel Internet Offering Receives An Upgrade

first_imgAdvertisement The new features are NeoInternet 95th percentile billing, which enables customers to pay for the line speed of only 95 percent of their total usage and NeoBroadband Booster, which allows customers to increase internet bandwidth on demand within minutes.The first of these enhancements, NeoInternet 95th percentile, creates the flexibility for companies to operate with high usage periods when they need them, but only pay for the bandwidth used that excludes  the 5% highest usage period.  Its advantage is that- a customer with access to a 10Mbps line who, for example, only uses 6Mbps for 95% of the month is given the option  to select a 95th percentile billing resulting in the customer paying for a 6Mbps line, while retaining access to 10Mbps for times of heavy usage. – Advertisement – Abid Qadiri, Chief of Business Solutions and Excellence at Neotel, says, “In most cases customers have peaks and troughs in their internet usage. Neotel is simply saying that we will not charge our customers for the 36 hours of highest usage of their billing period; in so doing we give them the flexibility of a high internet usage without unnecessarily incurring the increased cost.”The result of this billing is that a customer gets, in essence, 36 hours of free data transfer per billing period of 1 month. Neotel will find the 36 hours of the most intensive bandwidth usage in a month and discard them, leaving the customer to pay for the remaining 95 percent of their usage.The second innovation, NeoBroadband Booster, gives customers the ability to independently manage their Internet speeds online through the Neotel web portal.  With this, Neotel’s corporate customers can now instantly upgrade the speed of their connection for a period of time in response to the business needs.Any NeoBroadband customer that is directly connected to Neotel’s fibre network will have the ability to boost their line speed up to 15Mbps through Neotel’s customer service portal.  The boost is provisioned in real time and the customer’s line speed is increased immediately for a period specified by the customer.  The increased speed on the unshaped, uncapped connection and the per hour fee structure, gives Neotel’s customers the ability to manage the maximum possible demand within their business without having to permanently upgrade their service.Qadiri explains that NeoBroadband Booster will allow businesses to respond to increased demand for access whether it is to do the payroll processing at the end of the month or to accommodate increased traffic on their website due to a new product or service launch. Whatever the reason, Neotel will enable the customer to boost the line speed to accommodate the need.“Neotel’s focus is to be a partner of choice enabling a new world of communication and services, offering secure and reliable connectivity. We continue to bring innovative solutions to customers, while giving them the efficiency of our fibre network,” concludes Qadiri.Source:IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

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Japanese company offers 3D model of foetus

first_imgAdvertisement Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan. “As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service. The “Shape of an Angel”, which costs 100,000 yen ($1,200), comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cellphone strap.The company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December. It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company. FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.Credit: GulfTodaylast_img read more

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Not In My Country Launches in Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement  In May 2012 the Notinmycountry.org, was launched in Uganda by uploading a staff list of lecturers and administrators at 38 universities, adding up to approximately 3,800 individuals. However, Kenyan universities proved to be significantly larger which prompted the launch of Kenya’s chapter Just a year after it’s Launch in Uganda, Not In My Country on the 16th of April 2013 launched the site in Kenya and university students are using it to expose malpractices in their institutions, including corruption. with data from 8 Kenyan universities and more data for lecturers and administrators in the remaining 20 Kenyan universities being compiledThrough the website, students can anonymously and securely rate the job performance of their lecturers and administrators, report corruption committed by these individuals, and also view and participate in performance rankings of academic staff and departments. – Advertisement – One of the founders of the Not in My Country Kenya chapter had her examination marks allegedly withheld by a lecturer who had wanted to trade them for sex. As a result, her graduation was delayed.The founders say that the creation of the local chapter of notinmycountry.org was inspired by a statement made by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton when she visited Kenya in 2009.Clinton said then: “I think there’s an opportunity for young people and for civil society to use modern technology to run corruption watches and reporting. Young people should use interactive media to report real-time allegations of corruption.”She was speaking at a conference with young people in Nairobi. “What if we had groups of young people anonymously reporting all of these bribes with consequences aimed at individuals?” Clinton had posed.The second inspiration, say the founders, came from former permanent secretary and anti-corruption activist John Githongo, who once said: “Corruption cannot be tackled from the top. It has to be confronted from the grassroots.”The two perceptions embody the spirit behind notinmycountry.org. There is anonymity and it’s the students who are tackling the vice.One of the founders explains why they prefer to remain anonymous: “For security reasons, we keep our identities anonymous to ensure that we can continue working to implement our mission to see a world free of corruption without constantly worrying  about our safety.”The website, says an administrator, has the ranking details of about 6,000 lecturers and administrators in more than 600 departments in some of the larger universities.Students visit the site and rate the job performance of their lecturers. They also report corrupt dons.“We did not make the decision to launch in Kenya lightly. There was actually a fair amount of thought put into it. Most important was that corruption in Kenya’s Universities is a major problem. One only has to check out articles like this one in Africa Review or the Standard or perhaps more telling an online forum of Kenyatta University Students discussing sex for marks (Note: site contains explicit language). Kenya also has a large Internet population, and just like in Uganda, university students in Kenya are their country’s future leaders.” Reads a statement on their Official Blog NotInMyCountry.org was founded by an international group of concerned citizens who were tired of seeing 7 out of 10 countries in the world suffer under the severe burden of corruption. We are students, lawyers, journalists, business people, human rights activists, security specialists, academics, and technology and communications experts. We believe that many of the world’s problems – poverty, environmental degradation, under education  lawlessness, and inequality – may often be traced back to corruption.Information from Daily Nation was used in this articlelast_img read more

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Huawei Wins the Best Network Improvement Award at AfricaCom 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Mr. Samuel Chen, Vice President of Huawei Eastern and Southern Africa RegionReceiving the award on behalf of Huawei TechnologiesHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced that at an Informa’s prestigious AfricaCom Awards dinner Huawei’s FMC Solution received the award category for the “Best Network Improvement”. The Solution deployed as an integral part of the Telkom SA Network transformation programme, is consistent with its themes of moving to an all-IP converged core network, revamping the access network (MSAN), enhancing aggregation (fibre closer to key businesses and office parks) and evolving the core and migrating voice (IMS).Receiving the award on behalf of Huawei Technologies Mr.  Samuel Chen, Vice President of Huawei in Eastern and Southern Africa Region said that “Huawei has been truly honoured to be part of the largest Network Transformation project undertaken by Telkom and the close cooperation between our two companies highlights Huawei’s continued leadership in the network transformation field, and helps promote the development of the ICT industry in South Africa.” The timely building and launch of the new voice platform within six months further indicates Telkom’s focused execution of its network strategy.The standards based IMS core allows for the deployment of fixed and mobile services and is fully redundant and caters for a larger number of customers than legacy voice systems while affording Telkom significant savings in terms of space, power, cooling and maintenance and support. The technology will replace core network switching equipment that is currently based in more than 100 of Telkom’s buildings nationally. The voice aspect for all future MSAN’s that are deployed by Telkom will work off the IMS core. – Advertisement – Huawei has successfully implemented 149 IMS networks for 93 operators at the end of Q1 2013 and is also leading the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market in second quarter of 2013, according to Infonetics Research. In addition to South Africa Huawei’s IMS has already been deployed in a number of African countries which include but not limited to Uganda, DRC, Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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3D audio to be the next big thing in 2016 after Virtual

first_imgImage Credit: AgeekyWorld Advertisement After the CES 2016, it was evident that the coming year would be loaded with Virtual Reality launches. But quietly making its way up again from CES 2015 is 3D audio. The technology was unveiled last year and is suddenly grabbing attention in 2016; and with some new updates, seems like 3D audio will be the next big thing; after VR, of course.Those new updates come from 3D Sound Labs and Jabra, and while the latter audio solution is not ready for showtime, the former is.What is 3D audio? Well, in its current form, 3D audio is a complex audio setup that uses a number of sensors to position sound sources in different parts of the listener’s head. 3D audio is expected to deliver an immersive audio experiences that will work in a number of applications that will not just be limited to listening music but gaming and more importantly, VR as well. – Advertisement – 3D Sound Labs a French company (which started off on Kickstarter) is selling its first 3D audio headset, the 3D Sound One. The $299 3D Sound One achieves its version of 3D audio by using an array of sensors that include a GPS, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer (and many more) which takes in to account a user’s movements and even his/her surroundings to give the audio an immersive feel.[related-posts]Next up is Jabra, a specialist in Bluetooth accessories, that is also said to be working on its version of the a 3D audio headset called the ‘Intelligent Headset Developer Edition’, but for now, their only target is developers. And indeed, this is an important step for 3D audio to take off.The differentiating factor here is that the above mentioned headsets are portable. This allows the wearer to carry their immersive audio experience around, taking their world with them. This is similar to massive home theatre setups that take up space and obviously cannot be carried around[Tech 2]last_img read more