Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (Getty)Covid-19 is on the rise throughout New Jersey, with 12 percent of tests now coming back positive. Newark is even worse at 19 percent, and Mayor Ras Baraka has seen enough.“Everybody is going to have to sacrifice,” Baraka said Thursday, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.The mayor imposed restrictions that go beyond those announced by Gov. Phil Murphy. They include no school sports, large private gatherings or nights out on the town. Baraka declared a 9 p.m. weekday and 10 p.m. weekend curfew on ZIP codes 07104, 07105 and 07107.Early closing times had been established last month for restaurants and other nonessential businesses: 8 p.m. for indoor dining and 11 p.m. for outdoor dining.For New Jerseyans, it is no mystery why the coronavirus is spreading.“Nobody wants to follow the rules,” construction company supervisor Juan Ortega told the Journal. “Everybody wants to hang out at restaurants.”The mayor also stated that ideally, Newark would shut down completely, but he did not want to step on the governor’s toes. The governor is aiming to eliminate high-risk activities while letting safer ones continue.Newark’s director of health and community wellness, Dr. Mark Wade, cited the danger of people being infected but not showing symptoms. He said the large, multigenerational households that make up many of its neighborhoods are particularly prone to spreading the virus because they are grouped indoors for extended periods.[WSJ] — Raji Pandya This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Dan Stevens plays Mooney and Mark Addy plays Harry in “Hangmen”(Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) View All (9) John Horton Owen Campbell The cast of Hangmen Mark Addy Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Watch the cast talk about Hangmen below.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Gaby French View Comments Hangmen Dan Stevens Ewen Bremner Martin McDonagh’s newest Broadway play Hangmen may sound depressing; it’s about an executioner in a small English town who finds himself out of work when capital punishment is abolished, but the playwright promises that, “it’s actually a laugh-a-minute play with twists and turns and really interesting characters,” McDonagh said in a press event on February 25 at the Westin New York hotel. “There’s a lot of humanity and a lot of fun to be had in the story.” The show, which begins previews on February 28 and opens on March 19 at the John Golden Theatre, marks McDonagh’s seventh Broadway play (he’s been Tony nominated four times). Its cast includes Downton Abbey favorite Dan Stevens and Tony-nominated actor Tracie Bennett, and stars Mark Addy as the executioner in question, in his Broadway debut. Addy said that while capital punishment is outlawed in his native England, it’s still legal in America. “To be playing a country that still has it, that’s a fascinating one for an audience. We don’t offer any easy answers but we do ask a lot of questions,” he said.For his part, Stevens is looking forward to seeing how the play performs in front of a New York audience. “I’m excited because Broadway audiences are the best in the world,” he said. “They are so welcoming, so vocal, and especially with a play like this that is so funny, I can’t wait to see them gasp and laugh.”See photos from the press day below, and watch the cast talk about Hangmen. Tracie Bennett John Hodgkinson Richard Hollis Playwright Martin McDonough and director Matthew Dunster Dan Stevens plays Mooney and Mark Addy plays Harry. Star Files
PCTEL has entered into a Product Representation agreement with Antioch, Illinois-based EPI Technologies. EPI will be the exclusive representative for their SeeHawk Engage portfolio in the upper Midwest. The portfolio consists of User Equipment (UE)-based mobile network performance test and engineering tools.“Everyone at EPI is very excited about bringing on the PCTEL product line,” said Mike Saxton, President and Owner at EPI Technologies. “PCTEL is a best-in-class manufacturer in the wireless testing market with a proven track record and a superior product. They make a great addition to our line card, providing our customers with even more product options,” added Saxton.“I’m pleased to bring on a high quality organization like EPI to extend the reach of the PCTEL salesforce,” said Jeff Miler PCTEL’s Senior Vice President, Global Sales for RF Solutions. “The EPI team has a unique combination of technical selling talent and customer relationships. Both of our organizations as well as the industry as a whole will benefit from this relationship,” added Miller.
A camera, an internet connection and a desire to be in front of the camera is all you need to begin vlogging. (Image:Tamur Madjerey).• Caspar Lee, South Africa’s 20-year-old YouTube millionaire • South Africa drives Africa’s internet traffic • Mobile phone boost to African internet • South Africa online • SA web users to double by 2014 Sulaiman PhilipVlog (noun): A blog in which the postings are primarily in video form. Since 2011 it has been a point-scoring word in Scrabble. The South African vlogging population is growing. Slowly. But it is giving South Africans, mostly young, an opportunity to share their world with the universe.There are older South African vloggers, says Gabriel Erasmus, but the majority tend to be younger. Erasmus is the creator of the youtubestars.co.za website and a member of the South African Facebook vlogging group. “Age is not a factor. If you have a camera, internet connection, a love for filmmaking or just love being in front of a camera you are sorted,” he continues.These young, and young at heart, South Africans are in the vanguard of an internet movement that has been growing over the past decade. It is the evolution from the ubiquitous bloggers, and involves the uploading of personal video clips of everything from beauty and fashion tips to raging about language and homesickness.Henri Himschoot was one of the first South African vloggers. The Cape Town musician began his The Himschoots vlog in 2010. A period of inactivity that lasted for a few years came to an end when he discovered the YouTube South Africa Facebook group. When he joined in April 2014, there were 80 members; there are now 291 and the number grows daily. “The community is extremely diverse, but you have to get to know us and understand how we all fit together to make one big happy South African family. Not one of us competes with the other, we all support each other and that’s what makes us succeed.” Communication toolRuben Mostert was the shy kid at school who had trouble making friends. Vlogging became his outlet and means of communicating with others. The longer he vlogged the more confident and comfortable he became in his own skin. “The best of all, my personality in front of the camera has evolved into my daily life. Why do I like vlogging? You can escape the real world with all the bad things going on and create your own world and share it. Call it my fantasy world if you want.”Author Michael Kaminsky traces the birth of vlogging to 2000 and Adam Kontras’s dream of a Hollywood career. Driving across the United States, he posted a video to accompany the blog of his trip. By 2008, vlogging helped elect an American president. Will.i.am’s Yes We Can used a speech by candidate Barack Obama to create a powerful vlog viewed more than 25 million times.Will.i.am’s vlog is slick and professional, but the popularity of vlogging is down largely to the ease with which people can shoot and upload videos. “To start you don’t need fancy equipment or expensive software. You can start with a smartphone and the basic video editing software that comes pre-installed with all major operating systems. All the skills needed are even taught in schools nowadays. In the end good content exceeds the need for expensive equipment and fancy editing.” Global online communityVlogs are part of a larger online movement that has given birth to online global communities. These communities are built on the idea that users are not docile recipients of content but are actively shaping their experience.Vlogger Kristen van Niekerk believes that technology is changing the way we communicate. The world has moved from writing letters to sending emails; phone calls have been replaced by video calls. “Writing is still the basis of all communication and won’t be replaced by video, but video does improve how we communicate. Our education system should adapt to technological advances, offer to teach skills to those who want to learn. Not everyone wants a life filled with technology, but the choice should be available.”YouTube has grown from its first video in 2005 to become a repository of videos of cute kittens, conspiracy theories and a new kind of entrepreneur. It is a hub of raw, soon to be discovered talent, a place that allows for experimentation and creativity that is changing the way traditional media interact with audiences.YouTube vlogger Michelle Phan has over 700 million views of her personal channel, a makeup demonstration channel that grew from a blog. That is as many people who turn on their TVs to watch the World Cup, all of whom want to watch a 27-year-old teach them how to apply lipstick like Miley Cyrus.In a 2012 MacTaggart lecture, media and TV executive Elisabeth Murdoch pointed out that YouTube was beginning to behave like a market leader. “Believe at your own risk that the platform is based on homemade videos of cats in washing machines… Brands and talent are using YouTube to create direct-to-consumer relationships.”Vloggers had developed a new way of creating content and interacting with an audience, which made them attractive to companies. The history of vlogging is full of stories of products mentioned on popular channels that sell out within days, if not hours. South African vloggersSouth Africa vloggers do not generate that kind of hysteria or have the fan base to do that, just yet. Sara Mormino, a director at YouTube, in an interview with the Guardian newspaper explained the attraction of vloggers to companies. She began by explaining that the earning capacity of English vloggers had increased by 60% in 2013, in large part thanks to mobile phones. “These young people have really captured a new way of creating content and a new way of engaging an audience.”South African vlogger Rachel Kopel says even YouTube stars never began vlogging intending to make money or become famous. She has been producing content for three years and believes that she is still learning to create great content. She does it because she is passionate about her topic and wants to share her opinions with the world. “We are living in a very self-absorbed generation, where everyone is taking selfies and promoting themselves. YouTube is a way of promoting yourself and creating a name and reputation for yourself. You must just hope that you are doing it for the right reasons.”As South Africa’s connectivity speeds increase and software becomes more accessible, the number of South Africans going online will increase. As we mature as technology users, how South Africans use the web will change. We will begin looking for more individual experiences or communities that share our interests. South African vloggers are building a collective memory bank to share about the South African experience.Being criticised, earning support, the frustrations of dealing with South African upload speeds, getting views, even making bloopers, are part of the adventure, say Marco and Elmar, who vlog as ThoseBroz. “You find a community that allows you to express yourself and where you can paint a picture of who you are, and share it with the world. The journey from your first video, straight up to your 20th-plus video, is simply one of the most amazing adventures any person can take,” they explain.
Today, the battle between the two most popular AIR apps as of late has begun. Yesterday, the FriendFeed AIR app, Alert Thingy, having only just launched on April 13th, was already getting an update – this one to include Twitter support via a built-in “Tweet” button. Not to be outdone, Twhirl wasted no time in providing an update of their own, seemingly crafting their updated version overnight. Now Twhirl includes FriendFeed support and Alert Thingy does Twitter, but are either of them really giving users what they want?This morning, the news was all over the web. Arrington wrote a restrained review due to his ties to Twhirl, so the better analysis was found on other sites. Corvida of SheGeeks, for one, proclaimed that the new version of Twhirl was “not as bad as I thought;” Frederic of The Last Podcast, thinks “Twhirl still needs some polish as a FriendFeed client”; and of Brad of the Download Squad thinks “Twhirl has a much stronger Twitter client than Alert Thingy and Alert Thingy has a much more elegant FriendFeed interface."However, we have to question whether either app is delivering users what they really want or if they are both just caught up in one-upping each other on features. Yesterday’s announcement of Alert Thingy’s “Twitter support,” for example, simply added a button that allowed you to tweet from the app, but the ability to reply via Twitter was still not present.Meanwhile, today’s Twhirl update – so new that it doesn’t even come via the automatic update feature – introduces FriendFeed support, which displays in a separate window, essentially making it feel like you’re running two applications anyway.What neither app does is include all the features people want – a combined interface with the optional ability to pop-out into separate windows, replies via Twitter, and, of course, the duplication of FriendFeed’s feature set in AIR form, such as the ability to do things like push “likes” to the top and display additional comments within the app. Related Posts Despite the rapid inclusion of new features and overnight updates, it appears that instead of pleasing fans, some people are actually becoming somewhat concerned. Take, for example, the comments on FriendFeed surrounding the update (from here and here):“I share your concerns about horses for courses and the fact that these tools may split and having done one thing very well, may end up doing many things poorly” – Andy C“With the latest reverse development, now it’s chaos!” – Charlie Anzman“Urgh, 0.7.9 is really buggy. I’m going back to the current stable version.” – Voyagerfan5761“AlertThingy and Twhirl are both driving me batty.” – Carla Thompson“Two windows definitely not working for me…needs consolidation and twitter posting ability. …via twhirl” – Adam Deyong“o great, now i’ve got two windows showing the same twitters… …via twhirl” – Samuel Bostock“Why two windows? Can’t they integrate to one UI? …via twhirl” – Wayne SchulzWhile it’s entirely possible that future releases of one or both of the clients will do away with the inconveniences that are apparent now, we wonder if users would not be better served by slower to appear, major releases that include all the requested features instead of having to deal with the hassle of incremental, unfulfilling updates on an extremely fast-paced schedule. sarah perez Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#web Related Posts sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For years we’ve been hearing about the problem of information overload. The situation has become so bad that it’s now costing businesses $650 billion per year in wasted productivity, according to a study from Basex released earlier this year. To date, we’ve seen only a handful of real solutions address this issue although none have been what we would call a “killer app.” But now we’ve come across a new tool we want to try: Gist, a web app for organizing your inbox data. We have to admit this one looks intriguing. But will it do the job? About GistGist, whose slogan is “where your inbox meets the web,” essentially turns your email inbox into a more structured application filled with information while prioritizing the emails that are of the most importance to you. To get started, you connect Gist with your Gmail account. You can also upload a .csv file from either Outlook or LinkedIn. The application then organizes your email and the data extracted from your inbox into a dashboard which gives you a brief overview of the most important items. The Dashboard & People Pages On the Gist dashboard, you’ll see lists of recent attachments and recent links in the sidebar, high-priority emails in the middle, and important people on the left. Those people are ranked by you using the service’s rating slider which gives you granular control over the order in which those names are displayed. When you click on any person listed, you’ll see a “people page” that highlights your recent correspondence as well as recent links and attachments, just like the dashboard homepage does. The People Pages in Gist aren’t just snapshots of inbox activity. They also incorporate other information like news about that person and/or their company. That news comes from a number of sources from across the web, like Yahoo News for example, as well as from recent blog posts. With that information on hand, you have an opening to reach out to them be it to congratulate them on their impressive launch or to simply say how much you enjoyed their recent blog post.Got The Gist?We’ve addressed some of the problems with information overload in the past – detailing both the problem and some possible solutions. For email specifically, we looked at five ways to deal with email overload, which focuses on methods like GTD vs. folders and rules. We even looked into some of the applications highlighted at the first IORG (Information Overload Research Group) conference, an event held by the new research group whose founders include IBM, Microsoft, Google, Intel, and others. Unfortunately, no one application has effectively solved the problem just yet. In a way, Gist reminds us a bit of Xobni (ourcoverage), the Outlook add-in that “socializes your inbox,” by automatically extracting info from both your email and LinkedIn. However, Gist’s ability to grab recent attachments is more like Xoopit’s Gmail add-on (our coverage) that helps you uncover the images, files, and videos you’ve been emailed. Gist really combines the best of both of those plugins and delivers its results as a web application. Clearly, Gist’s service is geared more towards sales professionals, though, as they need to keep up with tons of clients. However, this intelligent application is something that anyone with an overloaded inbox could take advantage of. Gist’s CEO is T.A. McCann, a Seattle-based former Microsoftie who previously worked in Microsoft’s Exchange Server Group, an experience which no doubt familiarized him with the information overload occurring in today’s inboxes. The company is backed by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. We Want In!We would love to tell you want we thought of Gist ourselves instead of just describing its features, but Gist is in private beta, and they seem to be very exclusive about who gets in. We couldn’t even get an invite for RWW! You can sign up for an invite here, so send us one if you get in before we do. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Lifehacker founder and former lead editor Gina Trapani announced this morning that she’s started a new blog called Smarterware.org. She says the new site has “no ads, no digg badges, lots of sentences starting with ‘I’.” It won’t have dozens of posts daily under a rigorous publishing schedule – it will be a place for “stuff that fired off a synapse or two in my head,” Trapani says.After four years leading what’s become the most widely read productivity blog and one of the biggest blogs period on the web, Trapani announced at the start of the year that she was leaving her position as Lifehacker lead editor. She posted a long goodbye and look back at the site’s history two weeks later. Trapani has been one of the most important figures in the rise of the blogging medium. She’s also one hell of a nice person.The content on her new blog is published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial, Attribution, Share-alike license – one of the most restrictive CC licenses available. Here at ReadWriteWeb we’re big Gina fans and we look forward to seeing if she can push back the likely mob of opportunists to create a site that offers some of the best types of content we grew to love at Lifehacker. If you can’t get enough of Gina, you can follow her on Twitter and on FriendFeed. At the very least, we’re sure you’ll want to join us in subscribing to Smarterware.org.Photo CC by Will Pate. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Looking for a little distraction after the long work week? Well there’s no better way to let loose than hitting the dance floor with a DJ who isn’t afraid to keep you on the edge while manning the turntables. We’ve got the solution. Next Wednesday, talented UK-born Evian Christ will be spinning tracks guaranteed to get your pulse pounding to the beat at South Philly’s own Dolphin Tavern. The young 24-year-old Christ, aka John Leary, hails from Ellesmere Port, a small, no-name industrial town in Cheshire, England. A town not known for producing buzzed-about electronic beatsmiths, Christ is certainly an anomaly. In 2011, Leary put down some first-time tracks on YouTube during a two-week window in the Christmas holiday under the alias Evian Christ. Not long after, the search was on to discover the true identity of the artist producing these new, dark hip-hop instrumentals. With tracks like “Drip” and “None of Ya’ll Don’t Rap,” top music blogs craved to know the man behind the music. Christ’s hip-hop mixes are not inspired by big-name DJ’s or the music played at well-known EDM clubs, but inspired by the R&B of the early 2000’s, his step-dad—a former trance DJ, and the artist Grouper, making his music unclassifiable and original. In February 2012, Christ signed with well-known Tri-Angle Records, an NYC-based electronic label. He released his first free online mixtape of early music entitled, “Kings and Them,” and suddenly the music world was calling and the offers were pouring in. In the mix, one very influential person took interest: Kanye West. Before Christ knew it, he was sending West some new tracks on the fly and hopping over to West’s Paris studio to help produce and finish “I’m In It,” a track on the hip-hop opus “Yeezus.” Having just signed with West’s new publishing house and creative agency DONDA, Christ is leaving Ellesmere Port behind for now. He’s headed to the Big Apple to work with big-name US DJs and has just released his much-anticipated EP, “Waterfall.” With a well-established name on the electronic circuit, ties to hip-hop superstar Kanye West, and notable collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights like Rick Ross, Evian Christ is a must-see, must-hear artist! K|Rex and Dutch E Germ are the openers. The Dolphin Tavern Presents: Evian Christ When: Wednesday, June 18, 10:00 pm Where: The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 South Broad Street Cost: $10 General Admission (Tickets also available at the door) More Info: Tickets can be purchased here. For more info on the show, visit: The Dolphin Philly Evian Christ(Courtesy of Evian Christ)
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea prepared to report Bayern Munich for tapping up Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrustrated Chelsea are prepared to report Bayern Munich to FIFA for tapping up Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have bid £35million for 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi, understood to be an initial £15m with £20m in add-ons.”He is fast, good at dribbling, he would fit very well into our team,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on Wednesday as he addressed the media at a training camp in Qatar.Premier League rules prohibit such public comment but Bayern have not broken any FIFA regulations unless they are found to have “tapped up” Hudson-Odoi.Chelsea do not want to sell but they could lose him for next to nothing when his contract expires in summer 2020.
Vlasic resigned to Everton exit: They buy Barcelona players now!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton star Nikola Vlasic believes that he will be leaving the club in the summer.The 21-year-old is on loan at CSKA Moscow for the remainder of this campaign.And he does not see his long term future at Merseyside, given the ambitions of the team.”Honestly, I do not believe,” Vlasic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti when asked if he could come back into the team next season.”Everton paid about £90m on only three players – Richarlison, (Yerry) Mina and (Lucas) Digne – and are therefore looking for great names and players from big clubs, like Barcelona.”Despite these immense investments the team is currently in the 11th place, which means there will be new, big purchases.”When you bring three players out of Barcelona in a few days (Mina, Digne and on-loan Andre Gomes) then it’s clear that you do not have much care for those who came from the small league.”So I expect them to sell me as soon as they get their first bid.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say