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GAME CHANGER Some 36 computer shops inDavao City changed their image from gaming hubs to education and skills training centers as part of the Tech4ED program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications TechnologyOffice.

GAME CHANGER Some 36 computer shops inDavao City changed their image from gaming hubs to education and skills training centers as part of the Tech4ED program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications TechnologyOffice.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Computer shops here are no longer just gaming centers but have evolved into one-stop shops for government services and hubs for the public to improve their skill sets that would help them land better jobs.

The change in image of 36 computer shops that are part of the Internet Café Association of Davao (Icad) is owed to the Tech4ED (Technology for Economic Development) program of the Department of Science and Technology’s Information and Communications Technology Office (Icto).

Launched in 2014, Tech4ED is an online platform that aims “to harness ICT to enable, empower and transform society toward creating an inclusive, integrated and equitable countryside.”

It consolidates such services as skills training, digital literacy, values formation and government applications under one program.

Friday’s recognition of the computer shops as Tech4ED centers was the first in a partnership with the business sector, as part of Icto’s effort to further “create a Philippines where everyone is given equal opportunities.”

Game changer

Alexis Bangayan, Icad president, said members of his group worked on partnering with Icto for this program not only because there’s a growing number of Internet users in the country but because they want the public to look at them as more than just gaming hubs.

He noted that this partnership had been in the works months before Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential election.

“This is really a game changer because there’s more to us now than just being a place where one could play games or surf the Internet. Now we have become more service oriented,” Bangayan said.

Bettina Quimson, Icto deputy executive director for eSociety, said that under Tech4ED’s eEduSkills platform, the approximately 90,000 combined monthly customers of Icad will be given opportunity, at time most convenient to them, to improve their communication skills that would help them land better-paying jobs.

She said that out-of-school youth would also be able to continue their studies and learn a few skills since the platform also hosts the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System and a number of training modules from the Technical Education Skills Development Authority.

However, the platform has yet to have a function where its users can have themselves certified. Quimson said they are working on adding this feature, in partnership with the agencies concerned.

Alternative form of employment

With Tech4ED’s features, Quimson said they are aiming to build a number of careers for the public but are “definitely promoting home-based” jobs since it is an alternative form of employment. Currently, over a million users are under this category.

In partnership with business organizations such as GoNegosyo and Western Union, the platform also has guides for financial literacy, and career and business development.

For as low as P8 per hour, users can also avail themselves of the various government services, such as applying for certificates from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Statistics Authority. Quimson clarified that the fee is not for the Tech4ED platform but for the use of the shop’s computers.

She said that while there are existing government portals where one can file a request for certificates, Tech4ED consolidates these to make it easier for those who are not as tech savvy to browse through.

To date, 197 Tech4ED centers have been set up by Icto in barangays, libraries and public schools nationwide./rga

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Article source: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2016/05/9/nypd-seeks-man-who-allegedly-stabbed-two-others-at-chinatown-internet-cafe.html

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed two people in Chinatown.

They say at 11:15 p.m. Sunday an argument broke out between a customer and an employee at an internet cafe on Eldridge Street near Canal Street.

The customer allegedly stabbed the 18-year-old employee in the torso and back.

Cops say a 20-year-old man tried to intervene.

He was stabbed in the arm and the attacker ran off.

The two victims were treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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Internet cafe where stabbing allegedly took place (Photo by Kavitha Surana)

Upstairs at 39 Eldridge Street, a dim, stuffy internet cafe is a refuge for hardcore gamers, glued to the computer screen for hours. This morning many of them were passed-out asleep, slouched across two chairs with hoodies pulled over their eyes and takeout food boxes crumpled next to them.

But last night, police say, it was the site of a violent altercation. At 11:15 p.m., a man stabbed two others over a dispute in one of the game rooms.

An employee at the front desk who wasn’t on duty last night said the alleged stabbing occurred in a room without cameras, where a fishing game is popular. He said the victims were not seriously harmed and that the violence was a shock at the usually calm internet cafe.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as an 18-year-old Asian.

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WATERTOWN — Christopher Emeanua wants to serve you some eggs and bacon and offer the internet in his Court Street cafe he plans to open next month.

The retired Fort Drum soldier is remodeling the 2,000-square-foot storefront, 118 Court St., that most recently housed the former Popcorn N More to run Sweet Bizcafe, an internet cafe.

It will be the only place downtown that will serve breakfast all day and offer free Wifi, fax machines, Fed Ex access and printing capabilities for business people who want to relax at the same time that they can get things done, he said.

“You can sit down and feel comfortable,” he said. “It will be good for meetings.”

On Wednesday morning, the Watertown Local Development Corp.’s Revolving Loan Committee approved a $39,000, five-year loan to Mr. Emeanua and his partner, Staff Sgt. Jarried Wilson, that will be used for working capital and to purchase inventory and equipment.

The local development’s full board is expected to discuss the loan at next Thursday’s meeting.

The breakfast menu includes eggs, waffles, pancakes, bacon and pastries. Lunches will feature chicken, fish, BLT and ham and cheese sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs. Gourmet coffees and espresso also will be sold. He intends to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The cafe will employ three workers to start, he said.

Instead of moving back to El Paso, Texas, Mr. Emeanau got excited about opening a downtown cafe after talking to other Watertown business owners about the city, adding he liked the storefront and its proximity to other businesses.

A business major in school, the entrepreneur and his business partner have culinary backgrounds, he said.

The local development corporation committee also approved a loan to another downtown restaurateur. The committee recommended a $30,000 loan to Edirin “Eddy” Igho-Akiti, who plans to use the funding to add a bar at Mr. Bigg’s restaurant, in the former Tico’s Mex Mex at 65 Public Square.

He opened Mr. Bigg’s in January after relocating the business, the former Eddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, from a Franklin Street storefront.

Mr. Igho-Akiti plans to use the $30,000 loan for bar inventory and equipment. As part of the plans for Mr. Bigg’s, the business owner plans to add a karaoke night and live music on weekends.

He also told committee members that he’s doing well with the catering portion of the business, getting gigs with SUNY Cortland, SUNY Potsdam and Syracuse University.

Previously, he received a $30,000 loan from the WLDC, also known as the Watertown Trust, to help the business move to Public Square.

Committee member Donald C. Alexander, who also serves as the CEO of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, said both restaurants “will enhance downtown.”

In recent years, a number of other retired Fort Drum soldiers have decided to stay in Watertown and start businesses.

“I’m so pleased these two young professional people are investing into downtown,” he said.

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WATERTOWN — Christopher Emeanua wants to serve you some eggs and bacon and offer the internet in his Court Street cafe he plans to open next month.

The retired Fort Drum soldier is remodeling the 2,000-square-foot storefront, 118 Court St., that most recently housed the former Popcorn N More to run Sweet Bizcafe, an internet cafe.

It will be the only place downtown that will serve breakfast all day and offer free Wifi, fax machines, Fed Ex access and printing capabilities for business people who want to relax at the same time that they can get things done, he said.

“You can sit down and feel comfortable,” he said. “It will be good for meetings.”

On Wednesday morning, the Watertown Local Development Corp.’s Revolving Loan Committee approved a $39,000, five-year loan to Mr. Emeanua and his partner, Staff Sgt. Jarried Wilson, that will be used for working capital and to purchase inventory and equipment.

The local development’s full board is expected to discuss the loan at next Thursday’s meeting.

The breakfast menu includes eggs, waffles, pancakes, bacon and pastries. Lunches will feature chicken, fish, BLT and ham and cheese sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs. Gourmet coffees and espresso also will be sold. He intends to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The cafe will employ three workers to start, he said.

Instead of moving back to El Paso, Texas, Mr. Emeanau got excited about opening a downtown cafe after talking to other Watertown business owners about the city, adding he liked the storefront and its proximity to other businesses.

A business major in school, the entrepreneur and his business partner have culinary backgrounds, he said.

The local development corporation committee also approved a loan to another downtown restaurateur. The committee recommended a $30,000 loan to Edirin “Eddy” Igho-Akiti, who plans to use the funding to add a bar at Mr. Bigg’s restaurant, in the former Tico’s Mex Mex at 65 Public Square.

He opened Mr. Bigg’s in January after relocating the business, the former Eddy’s Caribbean Cuisine, from a Franklin Street storefront.

Mr. Igho-Akiti plans to use the $30,000 loan for bar inventory and equipment. As part of the plans for Mr. Bigg’s, the business owner plans to add a karaoke night and live music on weekends.

He also told committee members that he’s doing well with the catering portion of the business, getting gigs with SUNY Cortland, SUNY Potsdam and Syracuse University.

Previously, he received a $30,000 loan from the WLDC, also known as the Watertown Trust, to help the business move to Public Square.

Committee member Donald C. Alexander, who also serves as the CEO of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency, said both restaurants “will enhance downtown.”

In recent years, a number of other retired Fort Drum soldiers have decided to stay in Watertown and start businesses.

“I’m so pleased these two young professional people are investing into downtown,” he said.