Mission Beach Café – Go for the Burger

first_img Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Mission Beach Café has been around ten years or so, and it’s mostly known as a brunch place. I mean, It’s really known as a brunch place: there are lines down the block on the weekends. Dinner is usually not as busy. Like a lot of places, they pride themselves on being local and seasonal, which they are. The space is warm and welcoming and has the air of a neighborhood spot; all the more reason why it should be busier at night, right? I’ve never been for the brunch, and the first time I had dinner there was about a year ago. One year later, still empty! What gives?I went recently with a friend, and when we got there around 6:30 p.m., the place was almost empty. It ended up filling up quite a bit, however, and developed a nice lively vibe. I was happy for them.To share we ordered the crab arancini….Crab arancini.center_img I love arancini – fried little balls of crispy rice, usually with a little gooey cheese inside – what’s not to love? These, however, were filled with crab – rather like a round crab cake – and were delicious, but unfortunately were served a little cold, as if they’d sat for a while. They came with a chipotle aioli to dip in. Tasty. But, please. Fried food deserves to be served hot. It wasn’t a deal-breaker, but, you know:  serve them hot.Next, we ordered the charred Brussels Sprouts.Brussels sprouts.Nice! There was a little sweet potato puree underneath them, and they were buttery and so lemony I thought there must be lemongrass in the dish, but we were told it was merely fresh lemon juice. I’d get these again. Simple, letting the vegetable shine….Then, seared scallops and prawn….Scallops and prawns.Look at how beautiful! The scallops were fat and nicely seared on the outside, and I loved the tender shrimp. Chanterelle mushrooms fooled me into thinking they were charred octopus, and gave the dish an earthy note. Also on this pretty plate were fig, a root puree, some celery, and green onion. We loved it.Then came the Rabbit Pot Pie….Rabbit pot pie.Braised bunny encased in a flaky pot pie crust. The flavor was wonderful, very homey, but unfortunately the rabbit meat itself was mushy. Too bad, because the crust was lovely. Seasonal veggies on the side.And then…. THE BURGER.The burger.Full disclosure: I’d had the burger a year ago, and absolutely loved it. My friend and I split this one, and again, absolutely loved it. It’s served with Point Reyes tomme, caramelized onions, lettuce, aioli, and Kennebec fries on the side. The burger has a great texture, a very beefy flavor, and the whole thing kind of mushes together. It’s juicy and gooey, and doesn’t need any of the add-ons (bacon, shrooms). Right now, it’s vying with my other favorite burger in the City (Doc Ricketts [not in the Mission, shhhh!]) The fries are excellent too – salty, crispy, fluffy, hot. All you need in a fry. And they offer them truffled and sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano, too. Heaven. If I could marry this burger, I would. Yes, I know it’s a slippery slope; what’s next – marrying falafel? Not in this political climate.One would think we would not have had room for more, but one would be wrong…Chocolate cake.Chocolate cream pie. Oh My! Well, mostly. Mission Beach Café has its own full-scale bakery, and they make a plethora of sweeties (cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, cheesecake, cupcakes, etc…) not only for brunch and dessert but throughout the day. So, the chocolate part was as good as it looked – creamy lightness. But sadly, for a place that prides itself on its pies, the crust on this one was chewy, almost a bit leathery, and not at all flaky as the pot pie’s crust had been. And salty! It was a bit of a let-down. Especially now that we were thoroughly and uncomfortably stuffed.Still, overall, we’d enjoyed our meal quite a bit and I was eager to return with the BF.Once again, we arrived early in the evening and the restaurant was nearly empty, and this time never quite filled up.I was very excited to try the pearl couscous mac-n-cheese….Pearl couscous mac and cheese.It did not disappoint! It was big enough to be its own entrée, but I’m so glad we ordered it. It came to the table hot as lava and oozing cheese – Point Reyes aged cheddar and comté, with cubes of roasted honey squash and chanterelles. Also, parsnip chips for crunch, and red chard for a bite of bitterness to offset the richness. I could have wallowed in this bowl forever. The pearl couscous was a brilliant choice, too, for this dish, with its pleasantly rolling texture. A winner.Next, we got a special on the menu, the Chef’s Bite:Chef’s bite.Another very pretty dish – someone likes their edible flowers! – and touted as a bread pudding. For me it was more terrine-like, but whatever. It was nice, and I liked the carrot puree underneath.We decided a salad was in order, and asked for the special beet salad.Beet salad, Chinese green beans.Another picture-perfect dish. Gold and red beets, with a goat cheese puree, hazelnuts, carrot puree, chanterelles, a cilantro oil, Chinese green beans, and crunchy pickled onions. The BF wasn’t wowed. I thought it tasted great, but I was starting to have an unsettling sense of déjà vu…. Wasn’t that the same carrot puree that was on our last plate? Ditto, the chanterelles? Also, the goat cheese puree was pretty bland – which is hard to do to goat cheese.For his main, the BF got the burger, because I’d raved about it so much. He wasn’t as effusive as I was (when is he ever?): he said it was “fine” and cooked perfectly medium-rare. Feh – is that all you can muster up? Hmph. I tasted it and it was as transcendent as the last one. He’s wrong, it’s fantastic.I opted for the seared sable fish for my main.Sable, tomato, turnip mash.The fish was lovely, as was the saffron risotto beneath it – really satisfying. But, um, see anything familiar? Chanterelles? Chinese long beans? Root puree? Now, I’m fine with buying a bunch of local veggies and using them in a variety of your dishes, but your dishes shouldn’t all taste the same. And these did, a bit. The carrot puree in one dish could have had a different flavor profile in the next – say, a Moroccan twist, perhaps, or maybe some curry notes. Maybe the chanterelles could have been the puree on this dish. I dunno, I’m not a chef. But I do know that when a few dishes start to taste and look very much like another, maybe the reason your guests don’t want to come too often is because they’re afraid of a repeat?It’s a strange complaint, I know. There are restaurants I go to that don’t change their menu at all, ever, and I love them for their consistency of quality. There are others, like this one, that do a seasonal menu, and they go out and get a lot of fresh veggies for that night’s service, or for a couple of days. But their plates are all distinct, and don’t use the same ingredient in virtually the same preparation in one dish after another. It wasn’t like I’d gone two nights in a row – this was in one seating!As for the service, It was a bit slow on our second visit, which seemed to be coming from the kitchen, as our dishes took quite a long time to come out despite the empty tables. The servers themselves are fine, helpful, and always offer to give you a taste of any wine you’re considering from their small but decently interesting list.Again, I’ve not been for their extremely popular brunch, and that menu looks really lovely, with a lot of variation to choose from: quiche, salads, four kinds of Benedict, pancakes, brioche French toast, duck confit hash (!!), huevos rancheros with braised pork….. And there’s always that burger! I’d be willing to try….Mission Beach Café198 Guerrero (at 14th St.)415- 861-0198www.missionbeachcafesf.com last_img read more

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LEON Pryce has been named in Saints 19man squad t

first_imgLEON Pryce has been named in Saints 19-man squad to take on Catalan Dragons this Friday.He returns from a groin injury after only playing five minutes this season – in the win over Catalan back in March.Also named is Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who is a doubt for the match, alongside Shaun Magennis who didn’t travel to Wakefield last weekend.Paul Wellens and Paul Clough miss out with Achilles and ankle injuries respectively.The squad is:3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Trent Robinson, Catalans’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Clint Greenshields, 2. Damien Blanche, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Remi Casty, 11. Steve Menzies, 12. Sebastien Raguin, 13. Gregory Mounis, 15. Jean-Phillipe Baile, 17. Cyril Gossard, 18. Daryl Millard, 19. Frederic Vaccari, 20. Michael Simon, 22. Jamel Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Vincent Duport, 26. Eloi Pelissier, 29. Remy Marginet, 30. Thibaut Ancely.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match – which is also the Pink Vee Charity Match in aid of Breast Cancer awareness, will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStats:Catalan Dragons are seeking their third consecutive away win against St Helens, with the Saints’ last home win against the French side coming 42-8 in Round Five of the Carnegie Challenge Cup on 10 May, 2009.2011 meeting:Catalan Dragons 16, St Helens 22 (SLR4, 5/3/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 7Catalans won 5St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Catalans highest score: 30-20 (A, 2010 (Widest margin: 21-0, H, 2007)last_img read more

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WERE up for the Cup in the latest edition of the

first_imgWE’RE up for the Cup in the latest edition of the In Touch Podcast.We preview our Fourth Round tie at Hull KR with Nathan Brown, Jon Wilkin and Anthony Laffranchi.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Nathan reflects on recent matches in the Podcast, which is partnership with 105.9 Citytalk, whilst Boof looks towards the World Cup.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comYou can hear in-depth interviews with Lance as well as all the latest from Super League on City Talk 105.9’s In Touch show between 6pm and 7pm on Thursdays.And Stuart Howarth is also a guest on tonight’s show.last_img read more

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Club First Team

first_imgThe Saints trio are joined by Leeds centre Harry Newman and Huddersfield forward Oliver Wilson, who were both members of the England Academy team who beat the Australian Schoolboys last autumn.Newman, 19, has established himself as a regular in the Rhinos team this season with eight tries in 14 appearances, while Wilson made his Betfred Super League debut for the Giants earlier this month after making the short move from Bradford Bulls, where he had come through the Academy.Jordan Abdull, a 23-year-old stand-off from Hull who has played for both of the city’s Super League clubs is also included and he has relished the responsibility he has been given since joining the London Broncos this season.Rob Butler is joined in the squad by Mike McMeeken, the 25-year-old former Broncos forward originally from Basingstoke who has won two senior England caps since moving north to Castleford, and is recalled to the KPS after injury.Wigan forward Joe Greenwood and Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern have also dropped down from the England Elite Performance Squad, while the Hull FC prop Josh Bowden is recalled.Oliver Holmes, Adam O’Brien, Oliver Roberts, Dean Hadley and Harvey Livett are omitted from the first KPS of 2019 that was announced in March.The revised 37-man squad includes 19 players who experienced last autumn’s two-match trip to Papua New Guinea. They will meet in Leeds in August and September before the Knights head coach Paul Anderson trims the squad to prepare for the fixture against Jamaica on Sunday October 20 (3pm).The match will be played eight days after the domestic season concludes with the Betfred Super League Grand Final, and will provide senior international action on home soil in an autumn which is set to see the England Women and Wheelchair teams joining the reformed Great Britain men’s squad in travelling to the southern hemisphere.“It’s important that we revise the Knights squad on the basis of 2019 form and it’s good that the guys now have the focus of the Jamaica game,” said head coach Paul Anderson, who has combined his role this year with a position as Warrington’s Academy Head Coach, and will again be assisted by Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe in his role as the RFL’s England Pathways Coach.“All five new faces have earned their call-ups with their club performances in 2019 – Jordan Abdull and Rob Butler for London Broncos, Josh Bowden for Hull FC, Harry Newman for Leeds and Oliver Wilson for Bradford and Huddersfield.“Harry and Oliver have moved quickly from the Academy squad who did so well last winter to the Knights set-up, and that’s exactly how we want our Pathways to work. There’s so much exciting young talent in the domestic game, and I’m really looking forward to working with this group for the rest of the 2019.”On the fixture against Jamaica, Kevin Sinfield, the RFL’s Rugby Director who leads the England Performance Unit, said: “This is a fixture that works on so many levels, and I hope it will capture the imagination of Rugby League supporters and Jamaicans in Leeds, Yorkshire and well beyond.“The Knights are an important part of the EPU as we build towards hosting the World Cup in 2021, and it was a priority to find them meaningful competition again this autumn after the unique experiences they gained in Papua New Guinea last year.“The way the Jamaica team has developed over the last few years to reach the World Cup has already been a bit of a Rugby League fairytale, and it’s great that the Knights can help them with their preparations for RLWC2021.”Jermaine Coleman, Jamaica’s head coach who grew up as a member of Leeds’s Jamaican community before joining London Skolars as a player and since 2015 as their head coach, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as team. The effort that has gone into the journey so far has been unbelievable. We have a fantastic group of people involved with the team both on and off the field. We see this as our first steps in our preparation to the World Cup. The England Knights will be an excellent team full of Super League quality from 1-17 so the step up for us is going to be a challenge. The one thing this group does better than anything is rise to challenges so we can’t wait for this game opportunity.”A revised 27-man England Elite Performance Squad will be announced later today.England Knights Performance Squad (all players listed with professional and community clubs):Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs), Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners), Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic), Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants, Greetland All Rounders), Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University), Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR, Normanton Knights), Josh Bowden (Hull FC, Hull Wyke), Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors), Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Jordan Abdull (London Broncos, Skirlaugh), Rob Butler (London Broncos, Medway Dragons), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal), Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals), Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield), Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield), Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets), James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks), Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC), Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants), Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks), Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpions), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks).last_img read more

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Salvation Army helping children in need with Angel Tree program

first_img The tree’s ornaments are printed angels that have the name, age, and Christmas gift suggestions for children in need.About three thousand kids will be helped this year through the program.The Angel Tree has been brightening the Christmases of children in southeastern North Carolina for more than three decades.Related Article: Got insurance questions? Get them answered Friday“It’s an opportunity for people around the Cape Fear region to adopt an angel for Christmas, shop for your angel, bring them back, those gifts back to any Salvation Army location and your gift goes to that child and they have a better Christmas Day,” said the Salvation Army’s Major Mark Craddock.The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign also got going Friday.The goal this year is to raise $300,000, which funds the organization’s social service programs. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army is starting their holiday season of giving here in the Cape Fear.They kicked off their Angel Tree program Friday afternoon at Independence Mall.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Educators Not a question that public education is underfunded

first_img The rally follows the state-wide teacher rally that was in Raleigh in May.Educators and activists in New Hanover County say education should not be placed on the back burner.“There’s not enough funding for public education,” President of the North Carolina Association of Educators Dallas Brown said. “That’s not a question.”Related Article: Pitching a “bold future,” Cooper unveils 2-year budget offer“We want some textbooks,” Brown said. “I think they’ve got to fund textbooks.”The Education Truth Tour came rolling through Wilmington Thursday. Teachers decked out in red once again to keep the fight for education funding going.“I can’t say that space isn’t an issue,” Brown said. “We’ve got a lot of space, but we just have to figure out how to use it properly, and be funded so that we can use it properly.”Higher pay, better benefits and more mental health professionals at schools are just a few of the other things teachers are fighting for.Mark Jewell, the President of the NCAE, says it should not be a bipartisan issue.“Regardless of Republican or Democratic party, we’re in the party politics of our children,” Jewell said. “It shouldn’t be a Democrat or Republican issue, and they need to reinvest in our public schools.”Republican Representative Frank Iler says education makes up 58% of the state’s budget, and teacher pay is the highest it’s ever been.But Brown thinks there is a way to solve the problem.“We want to make sure that our general assembly funds education properly,” Brown said. “What’s that formula? I think it can be tossed around and discussed, but I think there is a proper formula to fund education.”The budget still needs to go through negotiations and voting before it is finalized. Local educators and activists rallied at the Education Truth Tour at Hoggard High School (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Teachers continue the fight for more – more funding for public education.Educators hosted a rally at Hoggard High School Thursday as state legislators work on finishing up next year’s budget.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man seriously injured after falling from a ship while on duty

first_img SharePrint CMRUCMRU A 39-year-old man has suffered serious injuries after he fell while working from a ship into the sea.The police were informed about the case on Monday at 9.45pm by the Health Authorities that at about 6.00pm, an Indian national was hospitalized following a fall.Through a preliminary investigation by the District police it was established that the man who was working on a ship fell and had to be hospitalized.The man was airlifted to Malta by the Armed Forces. He was then rushed in an ambulance to hospital from Luqa Barracks where he was certified of suffering from serious injuries.The police is investigating the case.Police investigations are still underway.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Diego Simeone watches his son score Fiorentinas sixth goal

first_imgFiorentina beat Chievo Verona 6-1 and Giovanni Simeone got on the scoresheet in the 93rd minute. Stefano Pioli’s team provided a constant attacking threat and registered 12 shots on target.Giovanni Simeone could be seen saluting his father Diego after the final whistle. The Atletico Madrid coach was watching his son together with his wife Carla Pereyra and two-year old daughter Francesca. The 23-year-old striker arrived in Italy two years ago and impressed in his first and only season at Genoa by scoring 12 goals, including a brace against Juventus. He joined Fiorentina last year for approximately €15m and went on to score 14 Serie A goals.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Facebook to be Probed over Teenagers Suicide in Italy

first_imgAdvertisement “Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer.” was Carolina Picchio’s last post on Facebook before she jumped through her third floor bedroom window to her death and now an Italian prosecutor has launched an investigation into how Facebook allowed publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at her.A group of 8 boys aged between 15 and 17 posted a video of the 14 year old girl from Novara in Northern Italy appearing drunk and disheveled in a bathroom at a party. This was apparently to spit her for breaking up with their friend, who had allegedly insulted her on Facebook when she left him although he claims to have later apologized.“Isn’t what you have done to me enough? You have made me pay too many times,” Miss Picchio wrote in a note to the boy which was found in her room by investigators. – Advertisement – The Italian Parent’s Association has already filed a criminal complaint in Rome directly against Facebook for allegedly having a role in the instigation of Miss Picchio’s suicide.“This is the first time a parent’s group has filed such a complaint against Facebook in Europe,” said director Antonio Affinita. “Italian law forbids minors under 18 signing contracts, yet Facebook is effectively entering into a contract with minors regarding their privacy, without their parents knowing.”Francesco Saluzzo, the Novara prosecutor, said he did not rule out placing Facebook staff under investigation.Mr Saluzzo told The Daily Telegraph he was probing how the videos had stayed online “for days”, even after Miss Picchio’s friends requested its removal.“There is a procedure for asking for the removal of messages that break rules,” he said. “This is an open investigation without named suspects, as yet. Facebook itself is not under investigation. But we could theoretically investigate employees of Facebook who failed to respond to these requests.”Mr Affinita, of the parents’ association, said Miss Picchio’s death was “the last straw” after a 15 year old school boy in Rome killed himself in 2012, having allegedly been taunted as a homosexual on Facebook.Facebook offers “report” links on its pages to allow the highlighting of offensive content, and in 2011 launched a “Stop Bullying, Speak Up” application to raise awareness of the problem.Italian magistrates already have a record of challenging social media providers who host offensive content.Three Google executives were given six month suspended sentences in 2010 for allowing the posting on Google Video a film in Italy of the bullying of a handicapped student. Prosecutors claimed that Google had allowed the student’s privacy to be violated.The case was then overturned on appeal last December, but a magistrate is now appealing the acquittal before Italy’s Supreme Court.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

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Apple to Take on Google Docs With New iWork in the Cloud

first_imgAdvertisement Apple yesterday announced at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, the next version of the OS X operating system for Mac computers and notebooks.Among the many enhancements and expansions in this operating system, one that may prove especially useful to business users is cloud integration for Apple’s iWork suite of applications.10 Google Docs Remedies To Microsoft Word 2013 HeadachesWhen document is in iCloud, users will be able to log in to iCloud from any device, even a PC laptop running Windows and use any of several popular web browsers to view and edit a word processing (Pages), spreadsheet (Numbers) or presentation (KIeynote) document. – Advertisement – This can make iWork function more like Google Docs. You won’t need to have any software other than a compatible web browser installed on your device to access and work with your documents. Also, you can easily share documents online with others for viewing or collaboration.If iWork’s slick interface lives up to Apple’s demonstration, this could be one of the most attractive and fully functioned web applications available — with high-end graphical editing capabilities and sophisticated sharing.Apple’s iWork in the cloud can be useful for teams that must collaborate on documents or simply for working with your own documents from whatever internet-connected device is handy — your own or someone else’s. You can drag-and-drop iWork documents from your Mac to iCloud or create new documents entirely via a web browser.The downside, compared to Google Docs, is that you must have an Apple ID to access this service, which means you must own at least one Apple device. Also, you can only share editable documents with other Apple ID accounts. Therefore, iWork in the cloud is not really “free.” In contrast, you don’t have to purchase anything to use Google Docs.Also, it doesn’t appear that you can publish iWork documents to the web, where you can link to them and anyone can view them — a popular feature of Google Docs. Apple may add this and other features later.When released this fall, the service is expected to function through these web browsers on Macs or PCs: Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later. It won’t be immediately available on Firefox or Opera. Also, Apple did not clarify whether this service will work on mobile browsers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.Source: Entrepreneur.comlast_img read more

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Vodafone takes MPesa mobile money to Europe

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile money, which has revolutionized banking in Africa has landed in Europe. Vodafone has  brought the service  to Romania  M-Pesa text-message transactions to millions of customers in its first push into EuropeVodafone said it had chosen Romania to target the seven million people there who still mainly use cash rather than cards, and others with bank accounts who could still benefit from transferring money by text.Customers can use M-Pesa to pay for goods, pay bills, make deposits and withdraw cash from authorised agents.“The majority of people in Romania have at least one mobile device, but more than one third of the population do not have access to conventional banking,” said Vodafone’s director of mobile money, Michael Josep. – Advertisement – Services such as M-Pesa have helped Vodafone, the world’s second largest mobile operator by customer numbers, to support revenues and grow customer loyalty at a time of falling prices for basic telecoms services such as calls.[related-posts]M-Pesa was launched in Kenya in 2007 through Safaricom, since then the service has spread rapidly and in the last 12 months it has rolled the service out to its operations in Egypt, India, Lesotho and Mozambique.16.8 million customers were actively using the service by the end of last year, making more than US$1.2 billion worth of transactions per month.Vodafone had 8.3 million customers in Romania at the end of last year.In Europe Vodafone is likely to focus its mobile money service on east or central Europe. It also has operations in Hungary and Czech Republic and a presence through partnerships with other operators in Latvia, Poland and Austria.In Romania, Vodafone customers will be able to transfer money via the text messaging technology once they have activated the service at a Vodafone retail store, participating retail outlets or through authorized agents.Source: www.themalaymailonline.comlast_img read more

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Court blocks WhatsApp Brazil message service for 48 hours

first_imgWhatsapp blocked for 48 hours in Brazil. Image Credit: softpedia-static Advertisement Access in Brazil to the WhatsApp phone-messaging application was cut off early on Thursday after a Brazilian judge told local phone companies to block the popular service for 48 hours for failure to comply with a July court order in a criminal case.SindiTelebrasil, a Brazilian phone-company association, said it received the order to shut off WhatsApp text message and Internet voice telephone service for smartphones throughout Latin America’s largest country Wednesday afternoon. The association’s members put the blockade into effect at midnight (0200 GMT Thursday) as required by the court.“We are disappointed in the short-sighted decision to cut off access to WhatsApp, a communication tool that so many Brazilians have come to depend on, and sad to see Brazil isolate itself from the rest of the world,” said Jan Koum, chief executive of WhatsApp, in a statement posted on Facebook. – Advertisement – Brazilian phone companies have sought and failed to get the government to limit use of free voice-over-Internet (VOIP) services offered through WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook Inc. The phone companies say the free WhatsApp calls undermine their own services.[related-posts]However, the shutdown order stems from a criminal proceeding in the Sao Paulo State Justice Tribunal in São Bernardo do Campo, the court said in a statement. SindiTelebrasil said it and its members are not party to the case.According to the 24-hour Band News TV network, the case involves a drug trafficker linked to the PCC, or First Command of the Capital, one of Sao Paulo’s biggest and most dangerous criminal gangs. The trafficker allegedly used WhatsApp services in the commission of crimes. Band News did not say how it got its information.According to the court, WhatsApp failed to comply with a judicial order issued July 23, the court said. Mountain View, California-based WhatsApp was notified again on Aug. 7 when the court set a fine for non-compliance.On Wednesday, after finding WhatsApp in continued non-compliance, Judge Sandra Regina Nostre Marques ordered the 48-hour shut-down under terms of the country’s Internet legislation, the statement said.Most details of the case are being kept secret by the judge, as is allowed under Brazilian law.WhatsApp and Facebook did not immediately respond to questions about the judge’s reasons for the ban or about the Band News report.[Reuters]last_img read more

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Google Developing Messaging App With AIPowered Bots

first_imgGoogle Headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. Image Credit: stubgroup Advertisement Google, part of Alphabet Inc , is building a new mobile messaging application to better compete with rival services such as those offered by Facebook Inc , The Wall Street Journal reported.The new service would tap into Google’s artificial intelligence know-how, integrating chatbots, or software programs that answer questions, inside a messaging app, the Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.The new app will enable users to text friends or a chatbot, which will search the Web and other sources for information to answer a question, similar to how Google search works. – Advertisement – It is unclear when the service will be launched, or what it will be named, the report said, though it adds that Google veteran Nick Fox has been leading a team working on the new service for at least a year.In October, Mr. Fox offered to buy 200 Labs Inc., a small startup that builds chatbots, but the firm declined the offer, according to two people familiar with the situation.200 Labs developed a marketplace and rating service for chatbots on Telegram, a messaging app that offers hundreds of chatbots, devoted to subjects such as the weather, image search, news and dating. 200 Labs is working on technology that will choose the best chatbot to respond to a request.Google is pursuing a similar goal with its messaging service, the people familiar with the plan said.[related-posts]Google declined Reuter’s request to comment on the WSJ report.Popular messaging apps include Facebook‘s WhatsApp and Messenger services, and Tencent Holdings Ltd’s WeChat, while Google has a service called Hangouts.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

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ADAM KIRBY AscotSalisbury Saturday

first_imgReally busy Saturday for me with a full book of rides at Ascot and then onto Salisbury for a couple of rides for Clive (Cox) in the evening.Down to business…ASCOTSPRING LOADED (12.45)Had been off the course for seven months before running a solid race in the Wokingham when ninth to Bacchus. He was only beaten a shade over three lengths and when you consider he met a ton of trouble in running you could argue he might have been unlucky not to have won it !! The handicapper has dropped him a pound and hopefully he’ll get more rub of the green here in another competitive Ascot handicap.AROD (1.20 Summer Mile Stakes)He’s as tough as they come and I’m looking forward to riding him for the first time. He’ll have to be at his very best though to win this as we’ve a little to find on the figures but he goes well at Ascot.GOLDINO BELLO (1.50)A debutant from the Harry Dunlop stable who has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and I ride him for the first time. Of the ones who have run Frankie’s mount Mendoza sets a fair standard after finishing third at both Newbury and Epsom.LADY FREYJA (2.25)She’s up 5lb for a narrow win at Yarmouth last time out. I haven’t ridden her before. She’s in really good heart and John’s (Ryan) horses are running well.CAPTON (3.05)Only slowly dropping down the weights after paying the price for wins in quick succession at Newbury and Sandown last season. He’s another I partner for the first time – he comes into this on the back of a reasonable fourth in a competitive Newmarket handicap last time.CROSS COUNTER (3.35)This looks wide open but I’m looking forward to getting back on Cross Counter after he won his first two races for me at Wolverhampton. He’s been thrown in at the deep end since then but ran a stormer in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot when fourth to Baghdad and if in that kind of form should run a big race here – especially if he finds some further improvement on what is only his fifth start.PERFECT HUSTLER (4.10)Is running consistently well and I think he’s bumped into decent sorts at both Kempton and Windsor where he has finished second in his last two races. He looks good enough to get involved here, but it’s wide open.SALISBURYICART POINT (7.15)Just the five runners but it couldn’t be more competitive with all of them arriving in decent form. My fella bids for a hat-trick for me after wins at Windsor (heavy) and Newmarket (good to firm) last time proving all ground comes alike. This will be much tougher though, he’s up another 7lb as well as up in grade. He likes to bowl along in front and hopefully we can build up a winning lead.PERFECT REFUGE (8.15)Another five runner event and the Sir Mark Prescott trained Ferrier looks the one we all have to beat with the step up in trip likely to suit. Perfect Refuge has her first handicap start after only beating one home when I was onboard her at Newbury last time out. That was a tough race but a couple of the runners that finished just in front of her have run well since which gives me hope of a better run.Have a good weekendADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

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£25 FREE BET Man City v Liverpool

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Rices Shell Center awards grants for sustainable development research

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduRice’s Shell Center awards grants for sustainable development researchHOUSTON – (June 4, 2013) – Three grants announced today by Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) will allow Rice faculty and student scholars to spend two years researching ways to improve nutrient and water management, reduce carbon emissions and positively impact the environmental, developmental and infrastructure sustainability of the Gulf Coast.Rice faculty and student scholars will spend two years researching ways to improve nutrient and water management, reduce carbon emissions and positively impact the environmental, developmental and infrastructure sustainability of the Gulf Coast.“We realize that students and faculty from all different disciplines play an important role in navigating the social, economic and environmental conditions of the world we live in,” said John Anderson, SCS academic director and the W. Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography. “These awards allow Rice students of all levels, in all disciplines, to engage in collaborative research that finds solutions for building a healthier and more sustainable environment.”Improving nutrient and water managementThe “Water, Nutrients and Sustainability” project led by Caroline Masiello, an associate professor of Earth science, will study how effectively biocharcoal (biochar) soil amendment improves nutrient and water management. Researchers in the Earth sciences and economics and researchers at Shell Oil Company will advise the team that seeks to establish collaboration between the natural and social sciences to promote sustainable water management.“While historically, greenhouse gas management research has been focused in the natural sciences and engineering, it is becoming increasingly clear that the success of CO2-mitigating technologies hinges on social science questions as well,” Masiello said. “New technologies are implemented when they are cost-effective and when they are understood by the public, and these are fundamentally questions of economics, anthropology and sociology. This project will seed new research at Rice into the social science aspects of a promising carbon sequestration technique, soil biochar amendment.”The research will also address water management benefits and the immobilization of contaminated soils and pursue an ethnographic study to evaluate perceptions of hydrologic cycle benefits.Reducing carbon emissionsThe “Rice University Zero Carbon Redevelopment Project” will look at design proposals for Houston’s 5th Ward that focus on urban problems, including the long-term impact of carbon emissions.Albert Pope, the G. S. Wortham Professor of Architecture and the study’s lead researcher, said any meaningful response to climate change will deeply affect the way of life for most Houstonians. That puts the city on the front line for environmental reform, he said,  but he noted that is not the only challenge.“Large parts of our cities and the populations they house are languishing from neglect, as they have for many years,” Pope said. “The carbon-free redevelopment plan is an attempt to formulate a holistic response to both environmental and social problems in a way that only a concrete design proposal can.”Sustainability along the Texas Gulf Coast“The Stress Nexus of Coastlines: Population Development, Infrastructure Security and Morphological Dynamics of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast” will assess the region’s environmental, developmental and infrastructure sustainability. The project will include research scientists from the departments of Earth Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice along with the Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University Galveston. They will use geoscience research to determine the vulnerability of barrier islands to rising sea levels and increased storm activity over the next century.Lead researcher Jeff Nittrouer, an assistant professor of geology at Rice, said the research will predict how dynamic barrier island landscapes will reshape by way of growth and erosion, and in turn, how this will influence coastal communities, including population growth and infrastructure security.“While this research will focus on the upper Texas Gulf Coast, the results will be pertinent and applicable to many other low-lying coastal societies throughout the Gulf and Atlantic seaboards,” Nittrouer said.“All three of these projects include strong multidisciplinary teams that bring together academic strengths at Rice, from architecture to engineering and sociology,” Anderson said. “The teams also bring together collaborating partners from the community and include opportunities for student participation.”The projects will begin this summer and continue over the next two years. Project details will be posted at http://shellcenter.rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  AddThislast_img read more

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Meet the Students Alumni and Faculty Who Make Up the Albers School

first_imgMeet the Students, Alumni and Faculty Who Make Up the Albers School regions: Seattle About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Last Updated Apr 17, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics, the school profiled students, alumni and faculty. The goal was to provide insight into the Albers School and to demonstrate the success of the individuals who are part of the school and its many programs.The full profiles can be found in the latest Albers Brief.Braden Wild — StudentBrandon is in his first year as a freshman at Seattle University. Already, he’s involved in student government. And during his first year, he helped the university become the first in the Pacific Northwest to be fair trade certified. Because of this work, Brandon was invited to accompany a group of Albers’ faculty and students on a trip to Nicaragua to look at the quality of coffee there and to complete a water filtration project. “SU has been really, really, really good in allowing me to engage with people at the university and allowing me to be invested in what I do here,” he said. David Wasielewski — Alumni David is an ’00 MBA graduate from Albers. Now, 17 years after his educational experience, he’s at a place in his life where he is focused on giving back to the community. He’s a participant in the Albers Mentor Program, offering students the opportunity to learn from his life experiences. And prior to that, he has worked in three very different industries over the years, and is currently a successful restaurateur, which has opened up some free time and flexibility in his life.“Every stop along the way contributed to who I am today,” he said.Bonnie Buchanan — FacultyBonnie is an Associate Professor at Albers. A native of Australia, she brings a love of numbers to her classes, where she does more than merely teach finance. Her background includes holding the Howard J. Bosanko Endowed Professorship in International Economics and Finance. She’s also currently the Program Director for the Master of Science in Finance program at Albers. Finally, Bonnie is the author of two books being released this year: Securitization and the Global Economy and Risk Management and Emerging Markets. RelatedFormer CEO of Boeing and Ford Appointed Senior Fellow at Albers SchoolAlan Mulally, the former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and retired President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, has been appointed a Senior Fellow at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business. His role in the Center for Leadership Formation will have him working with students, faculty, and alumni in the…April 25, 2016In “Featured Region”Albers School of Business Receives $2.3 Million DonationThe Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics recently received a $2.3 million donation, one of the largest gifts in the school’s history. The gift came from the estate of Mary Agnes and Raymond Guernsey, a local Seattle couple, and will be used to establish a new scholarship fund.…August 7, 2017In “Featured Region”The Best Time to Get Your MBA: Part 1Deciding when to get your MBA can be a complicated process. It’s like deciding when to have a kid or get married. You’re never quite prepared and there’s never a perfect time. However, when it comes to the best time to get your MBA, timing is tied intrinsically to your…January 28, 2016In “Advice”last_img read more

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Trump Hopes to Work With Putin in Fight Against ISIS

first_img Trump Hopes to Work With Putin in Fight Against ISIS By Jack Phillips February 5, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017 President Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News slated to air on Sunday, said he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he’s not sure if he’ll “get along with him.”When asked by Fox host Bill O’Reilly on Putin’s reputation, the president replied: “I do respect him.”Trump added: “I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with them. He is a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world—major fight—that’s a good thing.”“Will I get along with him? I have no idea. It’s very possible I won’t,” he added.“He’s a killer, though,” O’Reilly responded. “Putin’s a killer.”“There are a lot of killers,” Trump then told the Fox host. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?” Human rights groups have criticized Putin of targeting journalists who attempted to uncover alleged government abuses.The Committee to Protect Journalists says 36 journalists have been murdered in Russia since 1992, with 23 killed when Putin first became president in 2000. The last journalist, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who worked for news outlet Novoye Delo, was found dead in July 2013, CPJ said.Responding to allegations that Putin killed journalists, Trump told ABC News: “In all fairness to Putin, you’re saying he killed people. I haven’t seen that. I don’t know that he has.”Trump added: “If he has killed reporters I think that’s terrible. But this isn’t like somebody that’s stood with a gun and he’s taken the blame or he’s admitted that he’s killed. He’s always denied it.“It’s never been proven that he’s killed anybody, so you know you’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty at least in our country he has not been proven that he’s killed reporters.”Related CoveragePutin: Obama’s Government Is Working Hard to Undermine TrumpBehind the Security Reports Alleging Russian HackingPutin and Trump shared their first phone call last week, with the Kremlin describing the talk as “positive,” and the United States calling it a “significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.”Right before leaving office, former President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats, who were suspected of spying, from the U.S. while imposing sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies. Officials have alleged that Russia carried out cyberattacks on political groups in an attempt to sway November’s election.But Putin didn’t expel American officials in response because it would be tantamount to creating “problems for American diplomats,” and instead invited their children to visit Moscow. Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) (Yuri Kochetkov/AFP/Getty Images) US Show Discussionlast_img read more

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