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Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to

first_imgDisabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) hopes to use the publicity generated by the Rio Paralympics to draw attention to the “disproportionate impact of austerity” on disabled people.DPAC plans to use the public interest generated by the games in the same way it did four years ago, when five days of protests focused on the hypocrisy of IT giant Atos sponsoring London 2012 at a time when it was causing “harm and suffering” to disabled people through its contract to assess claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.Ellen Clifford, a member of DPAC’s steering group, said that next month’s week of action would “draw attention to the cumulative impact of the cuts on disabled people that are taking disabled people’s rights back decades with attacks in every area of our lives from education to independent living to employment to income”. She pointed out that the UK has become the first country to be investigated for grave and systematic violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because of the cuts and “the ideological attacks waged by the Tory government”.Clifford said: “Whilst we will not be protesting the games themselves we will be using this opportunity to raise awareness of the increasing number of disabled people whose access not only to sport and recreation but also to basic human rights to eat, drink and use the toilet are being taken away as a result of the cuts.” Linda Burnip, a DPAC co-founder, said the Rights Not Games week of action was not intended to oppose the games or criticise British Paralympians, but to highlight the contrast in funding for the Paralympics with the cuts in disabled people’s support in the UK.Atos will play a major role in next month’s Paralympic Games, just as it did in London, as the “worldwide information technology partner” for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio.Although Atos eventually pulled out of the contract to carry out work capability assessments, as a result of a sustained campaign from DPAC and other disabled activists, it now carries out assessments for personal independence payment, another source of huge concern for campaigners.Burnip said the continuing sponsorship of the Paralympics by Atos was “offensive”, and added: “We want to compare the costs of the Paralympics to the amount that disabled people have to live on.“Once every four years, disabled people, disabled athletes, become wonderful beings, inspirational, brave, all that sort of stuff, but in between times they are having their [Motability] cars taken off them because they don’t qualify for PIP anymore.“It’s probably the only time that there is anything positive about disabled people. The rest of the time people are deemed to be scroungers and a burden.“We want disabled people’s lives to be taken more notice of, and we want changes to legislation that will make that happen.”DPAC’s week of action will include an exhibition of work by disabled artists; a lobby of parliament on Monday 5 September, the day MPs return from their summer recess, which will call for a legal right to independent living; and the launch of a report evaluating the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund, a year after it was shut down by the government.A national day of action will take place on 6 September, with a protest in London the following day that will call for an end to deaths linked to flaws in the benefits system and draw attention to the failure of successive governments to make that system safe.An online action will coincide with the Rio Paralympics opening ceremony from midnight UK time on Thursday 8 September.The week will end with an international conference in north London on 10 September, with speakers attending from Greece and Canada, and others from Ireland and Germany taking part via Skype, on how to “collectivise our opposition to the impact of austerity on disabled people”.last_img read more

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Beatings Hit and Run Leave Victims with Injuries

first_img Tags: crimes • hit and run • sf Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A 24-year-old woman was hit by a pick-up truck at the corner of Mission Street and Precita Avenue, police said, and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening head and torso injuries.The collision occurred at 9:58 p.m. on Saturday and the driver did not stop after hitting the woman, fleeing north on Mission Street, according to police. Neither the truck nor driver had been found as of Monday morning.Man Beaten with Beer BottlesAt 2:35 a.m. Sunday at Mission and 24th, a 29-year-old man approached a group standing on the sidewalk, thinking they were friends of his. When the six suspects started throwing beer bottles at the victim, he ran and fell, after which the six men crowded him and continued to strike him with their bottles. They then fled on foot down Lilac Alley behind the McDonald’s. 0%center_img The man suffered bruising throughout his body and was treated at San Francisco General Hospital. There is no lead on the suspects as of Monday morning.Brawl Over Traffic CollisionAt 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, a group of four was beaten by a man and a woman in their 20s after being involved in a traffic collision with the pair’s vehicle.Two men and two women were driving eastbound on Division Street when a vehicle cut them off, resulting in a collision, police said. The male driver of the offending car got out of his vehicle, yelling at the female driver he had cut off. Her three companions got out of the car, and she tried to call the police. But the suspect “threw her phone down,” and a fight ensued, according to the police.“The other occupants [of the vehicle that was cut off] tried to break up the fight,” police spokesperson Grace Gatpandan said, “but the victim was knocked to the ground and hit in the head by the male suspect. Ultimately, the fight ended with both parties getting in their cars and leaving.”The victims were injured while attempting to break up the fight by both the male suspect and female suspect and suffered cuts and swelling to the face. When police met the victims at the corner of Alameda Street and Potrero, one was taken to San Francisco General while the rest were treated at the scene. As of Monday morning, there was no information on the suspects, who fled in their white Ford Escape.Restaurant RobberyMonday at 1:10 a.m., a man in his early 30s entered the McDonald’s at 302 Potrero Ave. from a back door and pointed a gun at a 24-year-old male employee, demanding he open the restaurant’s safe. The suspect then took an unknown amount of cash from the safe and fled through the back door. No arrests were made.Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. last_img read more

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Mission Eyes The Force Awakens at SFs New Mission Theater

first_img Tags: films • mission street • New Mission Theater Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Alamo Drafthouse opens in San Francisco from Mission Local on Vimeo. Tickets to see the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Alamo Drafthouse, newly opened on Mission Street, sold out very quickly. But that didn’t stop fans of all ages from streaming through the newly reopened doors, whether they were there to watch the film, just have a drink or simply admire the historic building.Mission Local caught up with a few visitors on Thursday night, including Han Solo, Leia, and a fair number of Ewoks. Watch here:center_img 0%last_img read more

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The strange and terrible saga of San Franciscos historic laundromat represents the

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter An intractable system meets an intransigent developer, and the result is lots of nothing and everybody lawyering up F irst things first; here it is. Here’s the 137-page historical study of a laundromat, underwritten to the tune of $23,000 by Robert Tillman, who hopes to build an eight-story, 75-unit tower atop where the washers and dryers now churn at Mission and 25th. And it turns out that, decades ago, several groups whose actions have helped shape the Mission did meet here, organize here, paint murals here — but the building was subsequently revamped and converted into a laundromat. So this structure is not historic. center_img It’s a laundromat. “The historians did a wonderful job. I only wish they had a more worthy subject,” Tillman says. When they came to him and told him the study — which the city in February mandated he undertake — would cost twice as much as he’d counted on, he claims his response was magnanimous: “Eh. Historians gotta eat, too.” But Tillman is less thrilled to be others’ meal ticket, especially after last week — when the Board of Supervisors, by an 11-0 vote, opted to indefinitely delay his project. The rationale: More work must be done to analyze the impact of potential future shadows across an adjacent school’s playgrounds, at hours they would be open to the public if that school was participating in the city’s nascent San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project — which it is not. It was, truly, an amazing meeting. A city official described howling with laughter as he took in the proceedings on an Internet feed, and likened the supes’ efforts to unearth a means to delay this project to a desperate man frantically poring through his couch cushions in search of elusive loose change.Tillman, however, is not laughing. When he’s eventually presented with “findings” from the city — essentially the City Attorney’s legal justifications for asking him to do more work, and pay for it — he foresees a different outcome. “I’m just gonna sue them,” he says. “I’m not paying for any more studies. I’m done.” T his is not the first time Tillman has threatened to unleash his lawyers. Throughout the development proceedings, he’s let it be known to all the formal and informal bodies that weigh in on construction in this city that he knows his rights and he’s got lawyers, plural, at the ready. That’s a big reason why the Planning Commission approved Tillman’s proposed project, despite its miserly affordability rate of 10.7 percent (eight of 75 units). “That sucks. That’s lame,” planning commissioner Rodney Fong said at the time. In the Mission now, Proposition C currently mandates 25 percent affordability. But 10.7 percent was the minimum required under a juxtaposition of state and city law when Tillman got the ball rolling a few years back, and that’s all Tillman is willing to do. Don’t like it? “Then change the law,” he says. The notion of making concessions to city and neighborhood interests — more affordable housing, for one — comes off as almost alien to Tillman. If he puts more affordable housing into his building, you see, it lowers the value of his project and he’ll be making less money. “You can say I’m a bad guy for maximizing value on something I own so I can pass it to my kids,” he says. “But how about if you were made to sell your house for 50 percent of its value to some nonprofit?” Well, that depends on how rich I am and how much money the house is worth — and it also depends on the worthiness of the nonprofit; we all do plenty of things that aren’t conducive to our ultimate bottom line out of a motivation other than maximizing value. When your humble narrator pointed out that Tillman’s land is worth about 20 to 25 times the value of a San Francisco house, he replied “It’s the same principle. I don’t know what your dad did, but mine was a postman. I worked my way through college. I spent my first year cleaning 32 bathrooms a week as a janitor. I went to Harvard and Stanford business school. I paid for it myself. My parents had no money. Everything I got, I earned. So I don’t make any apologies whatsoever for that.” He does not. And, as such, even those in the city somewhat sympathetic to his plight make no apologies about not doing a damn thing to help him out. The city’s demand for a third shadow study “is ludicrous. The historic laundromat thing was also ludicrous. But I don’t feel the need to do anything about it,” says one city official. “I don’t want to take up this guy’s cause. Nobody does. Because he’s not willing to make any compromises and won’t make any changes and just clearly wants to sue the city.” Robert Tillman, says another city official, “is not a developer. He is an ideologue doing a development.” T here’s an instructional story in developer circles about one of the city’s biggest builders personally attending a community meeting discussing his proposed project — and getting absolutely raked over the coals. But, when asked about it later, in a more hospitable room (with better champagne on hand), the developer admitted “some of the best ideas I have for my projects come from those meetings.” This city’s best and most respected developers “handle their own community outreach for a reason,” says a longtime city politico. “If you’re sophisticated, you go in with a bigger project than will be allowed and work with the neighborhood to pare it down to something everyone can live with. Most developers want to do more than one project in their life — and recognize that almost every project in San Francisco eventually gets approved.”But Tillman doesn’t care. After he’s done with this project, the Sausalito resident says he’ll never build in this town again. “Why would anybody in their fucking right mind build in this city?” he asks. “I am a one-off.” Tillman is behaving like a kamikaze, crashing himself into a system he feels is corrupt and, in the process, blowing up both it and the established players who’ve learned to navigate it. And he’s the perfect person to do so: His laundromat, he says, nets $8,000 a month, so he has no carrying costs. He’s a successful and independently wealthy man. He doesn’t live in this city and, with no aspirations to ever build again, he has no need to ingratiate himself to city officials or the Board of Supervisors (“The moderates say they’re pro-housing? The fuck they are! Even our incoming mayor!”) — or, especially, the community groups he likens to mafia shakedown artists. All of the tools the city has to cajole a rational developer who just wants to build a building, make a boatload of money, and then build more don’t work on Tillman.  So, he has had little interest in any concessions to greater affordability. He has no wish to reduce the asking price of his land to the level where the city could feasibly buy it — or even lease it — to house the indigent or formerly homeless. And that’s why his sad saga really is the worst San Francisco can do. Tillman’s crusade has exposed, for all to see, the torpid and arbitrary process we go through to build things in this city (or not build them). He sees his situation as the “poster child” for those shouting to get politics out of development. He has a point. And yet, at the same time, Tillman’s own behavior — all of it scrupulously within the letter of the law — reveals the shortcomings of rigid, by-the-numbers system in which bottom-line driven developers have no impetus to offer the city and its neighborhoods more than the bare minimum requirements, and fire off legal threats when confronted with any pushback. The sheer ridiculousness of the city process bogging down this project has won Tillman the support of legions of keyboard warriors. But how useful is it to revamp the system so as to expediently drop more buildings into the gentrifying Mission with 89.3 percent of the units commanding luxury prices?   Tillman may yet crash his plane onto the deck of this city’s bureaucratic process in his mission to immolate the system. Or maybe, just maybe, his property might be scooped up by Joe Toboni, a respected city developer who grew up in the Mission and knows how to play ball in this city. A potential deal is in the works, should the property ever be entitled. Toboni avoids specifics, because there are so many moving pieces to keep in mind — but, again, he knows how to play ball: “We have an interest in the property and we have an interest in doing what’s right for the neighborhood. That’s for sure.” That’s all the neighborhood wants to hear. So Toboni says it again: “We are very interested in taking over the property, so we can do the right thing for the neighborhood.” Email Address last_img read more

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Pelosi to Kavanaugh Take a lie detector test What do you have

first_imgThe accusation has thrown Kavanaugh’s nomination into turmoil. “So they’re hiding the paperwork, hiding from the lie detector test, and they’re saying we’re going to do this at an accelerated rate,” Pelosi said of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Indeed, Republican senators have scheduled a Monday hearing to take testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh about the alleged incident. It’s unclear if that hearing will happen, as Ford requested through her lawyers that the FBI first investigate the event. The suggestion has also been made by Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. Republicans argue that an investigation would only be used to delay a vote until after the midterm elections, when Democrats could conceivably take control of the Senate and block Trump’s nominee. The minority leader believes the FBI should investigate. “If they have a new allegation, they have a fresh responsibility to investigate it,” she said. It would simply be a matter of re-opening its background check of Kavanaugh. But, she added, there’s an even simpler solution before potential testimony on Monday: send Kavanaugh to Robert De Niro’s basement. (Wire him up to a polygraph and start asking questions.) “If the judge goes before the Senate and misrepresents the facts, he jeopardizes not only his appointment to the Supreme Court, he jeopardizes the role he plays now as a judge if he lies to Congress,” she said. The Judiciary Committee could vote as early as Wednesday to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday dared Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to take a lie detector test, as his accuser did before going public with her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers. “If he doesn’t have anything to hide, Judge Kavanaugh should subject himself to a lie detector test, just the way Dr. Ford did,” Pelosi said, standing in the playground of Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8. Pelosi showed up to the Mission District school Wednesday evening to celebrate a  $6 million federal grant that provides students with the resources to make it to college, but reporters swarmed Pelosi in the schoolyard to ask her about the battle currently raging over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. In an interview with the Washington Post Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, described the young Kavanaugh pinning her down, groping her, and covering her mouth to keep her quiet at a high school party in the 1980s. last_img read more

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SAINTS have amended their squad for Mondays Super

first_imgSAINTS have amended their squad for Monday’s Super League XVIII Round 10 match against Castleford Tigers.Willie Manu and Anthony Walker are omitted from the side that faced Wigan on Friday but Joe Greenwood is recalled.Ade Gardner and Lance Hohaia have been replaced by James Tilley and Adam Swift.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 23. Nathan Ashe, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 30. Mark Percival, 32. James Tilley, 36. Stuart Howarth.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:St Helens have won their last nine meetings with Castleford. The Tigers’ last win against the Saints was 30-24 at The Jungle (as it was then known) on April 6 , 2008.Castleford are seeking their first summer era away win at St Helens on Monday afternoon (and first victory in 22 games overall). In the 16 visits they made to Knowsley Road between 1996 and 2010, the Tigers were defeated on 15 occasions.The closest they got to a summer victory at Saints’ old home came with a 32-32 draw on 13 September, 1998.The Tigers also lost, 22-20, at Widnes in 2011 and 44-12 at Langtree Park in 2012.Castleford’s last win at St Helens was 12-8 in the third round of the Regal Trophy on 19 December, 1992. Their last league win was 29-16 on 21 October, 1990.Super League Summary:St Helens won 28 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)Castleford won 41 drawUps and Downs:St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)last_img read more

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Workshop to discuss Navassa Superfund site this weekend

first_imgNAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The process of cleaning up the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site in Navassa has been in the works for years.During those years, there has been dozens of meetings to get input on what residents would like to see in the area.- Advertisement – “It’s been taking a long time because of the complex history of how the site is being managed,” EPA Remedial Project Manager, Erik Spalvins said.For years, the Multistate Trust, Environmental Protection Agency, and NC Department of Environmental Quality have been working to redevelop the Superfund Site.“A sign that we’re doing a good job is we still have a lot of participation,” Spalvins said. “We have 60, 70 people at a lot of our meetings. And that is a sign that the community cares about what’s going to happen. And they want to learn about it and they want to shape it.”Related Article: Blockade Runner closes until spring due to extensive storm damageNow the Multistate Trust is hosting a Community Visioning Workshop to get more input on what people want to see developed.“A natural reserve with maybe a cultural center on it,” Project Manager, Richard Elliott said. “All the way to there are people in town that are very interested in getting, you know, high paying jobs and producing a tax base for the community. Which kind of implies a commercial or even industrial type development.”The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation operated a wood treatment plant in Navassa for nearly 45 years. The plant contaminated the groundwater and soil.“So by cleaning up this site and creating an opportunity for redevelopment creates possibility this community can return to being a place where people live and people work,” Spalvins said.The EPA plans to begin preliminary work in the fall, the full clean up will begin sometime next year.As for what will be developed, that is still up in the air.The workshop kicks off Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Navassa Community Center.For more information on the Kerr-McGee Superfund Site, click here.last_img read more

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Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in fiery FedEx crash

first_imgFedEx truck in flames on I40 (Photo: Justin Stone) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the driver of the FedEx truck killed in a fiery crash on I-40.Ronald Glenn Nash, II, 35, was killed when the truck he was driving slammed into the back of a tractor trailer. The FedEx truck caught on fire. Nash had a Red Springs address.- Advertisement – The crash caused the tractor trailer to hit a wrecker, the wrecker then hit a car.No one else had serious injuries.The crash shut down the westbound lanes near exit 414 for about three hours.last_img read more

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Africa IGF Premiers Calls For Enhanced Collaboration to Tackle Cyber Crime

first_imgAdvertisement Following the successful hosting of the five regional internet governance forums or IGFs by the respective regions, the inaugural Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfrIGF) opened today amidst calls for increased partnership and collaboration to curb cyber crime and enhance online security in the continent.In his opening address Egypt’s ICT minister Eng Hany Mahmoud noted that enhancing security and building confidence and trust in the use of ICT applications is one of the “most important emerging issues that are threatening the ICT sector worldwide.”“Collaboration of regional and international efforts from all stakeholders involved is much needed. In this respect, Egypt has established its national CERT and we are ready to discuss together policy challenges and find ways for cross-border cooperation on cybersecurity. As well, openness and free flow of information should be maintained in way that preserves the stability and robustness of the global Internet,” said Eng Mahmoud. – Advertisement – The minister added noted that the UN General Assembly would decide on a number of important issues such as the report of the 15th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development of the Economic and Social Council on Internet Governance Improvements, the Enhanced Cooperation consultations, and the WSIS Review Meeting Decision.“We have the World Conference of International Telecommunications (WCIT) that encompasses a lot of articles pertaining to Internet Public Policy matters. Such issues require series collaboration and coordination from our side to be able to face the international community with one African voice,” he said, adding that the first African IGF is a catalyst for creating more convergence between the views coming from the five different African regions.Mr Moctar Yedaly, African Union Commission’s (AUC) head of Post and Telecommunication Division, ICT Policy and Development programmes, said that the “more the modern society depends on the Internet the more relevant Internet governance will be.”The 2-day meeting, being held at the Smart Village Convention Centre, has been organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), government of Egypt through the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the five African sub-regional IGFs.The five regional IGFs include the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), the East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EAIGF), Forum de Gouvernance de l’Internet en Afrique Centrale (FGI-CA), the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) and the North Africa Internet Governance Forum (NAIGF).The event has drawn participants from across the continent to define Africa’s collective common position on Internet Governance and share best practices based on the results of national and sub-regional consultations. The conference was preceded by pre-conference workshops in the afternoon of 2 October 2012.Mr Masango Chengetai from the IGF Secretariat in Geneva stated that there are 12 regional IGFs and more than 22 national IGFs covering the globe, as well as thematic IGF initiatives such as the Youth IGF.“It is important that Africa makes its voice heard in the global Internet Governance debate. Good Internet governance begins at home, that is at the national and regional level, where the policies are incorporated into legislation and are actually implemented. It is better to have a public comment before a law is passed then after,” said Chengetai, adding that the Africa IGF has a pivotal role in interconnecting the regional IGFs and can provide a united African perspective to the global Internet governance discussions.Mr Makane Faye, who read the speech on behalf of Dr Aida Opoku-Mensah, the director of UNECA’ ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD), said that Internet governance, as a key issue emerging from the WSIS process, is an important multi-stakeholder platform.“The key to making Internet Governance a success at both the sub-regional and regional levels is dependent on the take up and active participation at the national level. To this end, national forums on the management of Internet resources and critical infrastructure are encouraged in countries,” said Faye.So far, Africa has hosted 2 annual IGF meetings – with the 2009 IGF being held in Egypt while the 2011 IGF, which had the highest attendance, was held in Nairobi. The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) was launched in 2011 to support and promote the consolidation of the on-going regional initiatives and reach out to continental and global stakeholders and guide in their engagement in continental, regional and national initiatives.The seventh global IGF will take place on November 6-9, 2012, in Baku, Azerbaijan under the theme: “Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development.“We expect that this conference will promote discussions on the African IG agenda and shape the way for Africa’s participation in the next IGF, in Baku,” said Faye.Contributed by Michael Ouma (@michaelouma)last_img read more

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Samsung Announces Worlds First 5G mmWave Mobile Technology

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics announced that it has successfully developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communications. The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.5G mobile communications technology is the next generation of the existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology. 5G will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station. – Advertisement – The implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies, much like an increased water flow requires a wider pipe. While it was a recognized option, it has been long believed that the millimeter-wave bands had limitations in transmitting data over long distances due to its unfavorable propagation characteristics.However, Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution. It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers. The adaptive array transceiver technology, using 64 antenna elements, can be a viable solution for overcoming the radio propagation loss at millimeter-wave bands, much higher than the conventional frequency bands ranging from several hundred MHz to several GHz.Samsung plans to accelerate the research and development of 5G mobile communications technologies, including adaptive array transceiver at the millimeter-wave bands, to commercialize those technologies by 2020.Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world; the company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services.The competition for technology leadership in next-generation mobile communications development is getting increasingly fierce. China established a government-led “IMT-2020 (5G) Promotion Group” for 5G research in February 2012, while the European Commission also plans to invest 50 million Euros in 2013 to bring 5G services to the market by 2020.Once commercialized, 5G mobile communications technology will be capable of ultra-high-speed data transmission up to several hundred times faster than even the 4G LTE-Advanced technology due for launch later this year.Samsung’s new technology will allow users to transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation. As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services.last_img read more

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