Month: July 2019

QA Mission supervisor on housing deals and homelessness

first_img 0% Another is that under CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), there is a very strong argument that if there are not mitigations to projects they [can] impact this historic resource which is the cultural district. It’s not a frivolous argument under CEQA. And that’s part of the issue.And then, I’ve come from a background of being in the community. So people know me and they know who I am and what I stand for and what I fight for so I think there is a higher level of trust that people know that I’m not trying to undermine the position of the Latino community and working class people in the Mission.Even so it’s not easy. I’ve struggled and Calle 24 struggled tremendously with these decisions.There’s no one format. I try to be a very fair broker. I think I have more trust in the community side than I do in the developer side because of who I am and my background and where I come from.But with developers I’ve just been very straightforward and fair and honest about what’s going on, and consistent. Once I commit to something with a developer I’m not going to go backward on that. And I’ve shown that. There’s been times during the negotiation where we settled on one aspect of the agreement and then new voices come in and want to change that, and I’ve been very clear – absolutely not.It’s been four months on the job and we’ve had five appeals in my district. There’s not been a single other district that had a single other appeal.  So it’s really been trial by fire.And I think we’ve gotten amazing settlements on both the Axis and the Lennar projects. But you know, it’s not easy. It’s a compromise for everyone. ML: Speaking of Axis (the development at 2675 Folsom St.)– you negotiated 27 percent of affordable housing, is that correct?Ronen: It is, depending on the method of calculation it’s anywhere from 25-27 percent. It’s about 20 percent on site and the rest off site. What I’ve been really appreciating in this process is the willingness to be really creative about how to find an agreement,especially with the Axis program – this idea of purchasing small sites and stabilizing working class folks in the Mission who are already in place and then transferring ownership to a nonprofit I think is a very good model that should be replicated.  ML: Do you see this as becoming the framework for future developments? Ronen: When I went into this and had interviews with Mission Local earlier I said I would love to settle on a framework so we wouldn’t have to have individual fight after individual fight. I’m becoming less and less optimistic about whether that’s possible. Watching and participating in what’s happening around inclusionary and Home SF it’s just…really challenging in the Mission. Every project is so different. The ability to play with the economics of a project and have it still pencil out with robust community benefits depends a lot on the neighborhood of the project, the size of the project. Unfortunately it’s not ideal for the developer who wants certainty around the project and it’s not ideal for the community, just the amount of capacity it takes to struggle around each of these projects. It would be nice to have these monolithic standards that are kept across the board but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.ML: Right now there is ongoing debate about how much developers can afford to provide in terms of inclusionary housing and other community benefits, and many argue that 25 percent affordability is too high. What’s your sense of what developers are able to provide after mediating these negotiations?Ronen: I think we proved with the Axis and Lennar projects that 25 percent is absolutely possible. Both of those projects are 100 percent union labor. They are not huge projects, they are midsize projects. I know other projects in the city where Supervisor Jane Kim for example has been able to get higher levels of affordability, those were massive projects. But with these mid-size projects, we’ve proven that 25 percent is possible with 100 percent union labor and other community benefits. The proof is in the pudding. ML: It’s early in your term, but how would you say you are doing on your pledge for getting 5,000 units of affordable housing built in D9 in the next 10 years?Ronen: I’m watching it very carefully. We have about – between what we have put new into the pipeline through the Axis and Lennar projects and through the small sites program – 114 units, which is a little behind of where I’d love to be if we are going to do this 500 units a year.I am going to continue with this goal – I need the ambitious goal to push me and keep going. But we had no idea of the conditions at the federal level. They are dire and they are impacting the ability to reach that goal. We imagined that goal under a Clinton administration. The reason under the Trump administration it’s gotten so difficult is not just the cuts they are making to HUD and all that. It’s that the tax reform proposal that they are proposing has dried up the low-income tax credit market. And so we have projects now in the pipeline like 1950 Mission St. that are being delayed because uncertainty about getting that federal subsidy.I am not revising my goal because I am working towards it and trying to get creative and I’m having tons of conversations with affordable housing developers to get even more creative about reaching that goal because I continue to believe that it’s what’s needed in the Mission in order to protect the diverse ethnic, racial and income level of the community but the difficulty level of it has gone through the roof. Having said that, we are pretty good – for four months into my administration and we are at 114 units. In addition, we have $6 million for affordable housing that is specific to the Mission: that’s the $1 million from the Lennar Project and $5 million that I am about to introduce legislation on, accepting money from the NTC (Neighborhood Transit Center) that [former] Supervisor David Campos actually negotiated. That will be specifically for an affordable housing project in the Mission. And then the 120-bed Navigation Center which isn’t housing. Its temporary shelter. But it’s addressing our housing crisis in the Mission. I’m not counting those 120 beds towards the 5,000 goal (500 per year goal) but it is good news for the Mission. ML: What is the status of the 1950 Mission St. housing project and the temporary Navigation Center that is now there?Ronen:  Right now the plan is to start construction at the beginning of 2018. But it’s dependent on the tax credit market. We are hoping that Mission Housing is working as hard as they can. They anticipate that once they break ground it’s going to take 18 months to get from construction to move in. The Navigation Center will continue operating. Its [closure is] dependent on when the project breaks ground. ML: Regarding the new temporary Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness,  you responded to neighbors’ concerns about loitering outside of the center at 1950 Mission St. with the explanation that 16th Street is a different beast – that it is a transit hub surrounded by a number of SROs where tenants “don’t have space to hang out.”  Do you plan on looking into the loitering complaints there to verify that the safety issues in that area have not been exacerbated by the presence of the Navigation Center?Ronen: I really do not believe that Navigation Centers increase crime in neighborhoods. I think when you have homeless people that have a place where they are in constant contact with social workers and getting hooked up with public benefits and stabilized and transferred to a permanent path out of homelessness, that that’s going to cut down on crime. I think there is just so many factors in terms of that area specifically that contribute to – the conditions have been that way for decades. I don’t think that much has changed but I’m curious to look at data. We are about to engage in an experiment. In that area [1515 South Van Ness] there are not the conditions of a transit hub surrounded by SROs with no indoor/outdoor hangout space. All the type of conditions that create a very specific situation near 16h St. Bart station. We are about to have a Navigation Center that we are going to run very tightly, that we are going to have some new data about what these centers bring and how they transform, or not, neighborhoods. This one and the one in Dogpatch are really the first time that we are going to have another data set to look at.I believe that it’s going to improve conditions and I very much hope that after nine months that my belief will be proven. ML: Have you identified a permanent site for another Navigation Center in the Mission?Ronen: I haven’t. We are looking. It’s not easy to find these sites. There’s just not that much land/sites available period.ML: What’s the process?Ronen: To me what’s important is having enough outdoor space in addition to indoor space. People need a place to hangout. If they don’t have a place to hang out then there is going to be much more loitering and the conditions that are frowned upon in neighborhoods dealing with homelessness.You need a place that people would rather be, that’s safer and more comfortable for people than the streets. And that’s what you need to create. And if it’s going to be permanent, we need the neighbor’s buy in. I think for a temporary situation like 1515 South Van Ness Ave., where we are using it to deal with a current public health crisis and its very specific and very temporary and only for the encampments in the Mission – while I wanted neighborhood input we had to do it.  We have to deal with a dangerous situation currently, where as for a permanent situation you need a different type of robust community process where you are not only getting neighbor input to make sure the center is run better, but you need input about location.ML: What have you learned from the community meetings about 1515 South Van Ness Ave. moving forward?Ronen: I learned that you are never going to get 100 percent buy-in. What’s been really heartening about this process is that the overwhelming majority is in favor of this solution.I also learned that there is a lot of distrust about local government’s ability to address this crisis, which I completely understand. Things have only gotten worse, not better. And I agree that we are not doing a good enough job as a city dealing with this homeless crisis. Having said that, this is not just a crisis that is happening in San Francisco, it’s happening throughout the state and country. I’m not sure there is anybody doing a better job than San Francisco. This is one of the toughest problems that we have that is related to failed policy at the federal level around investment in housing in low-income communities and the shutdown of mental health services. These are major issues that when we try to fix them at the local level they are imperfect fixes. It’s complicated. I do believe we are trying hard and will continue to make progress. What I’m hoping to do with this Navigation Center is gain some trust back from the community about the city’s ability to run these centers well and prove that they improve neighborhoods and not harm them. And then hopefully if I can prove that that will help the effort of implementing Navigation Centers.This is a critical project. If we don’t prove that we can greatly improve conditions in the Mission by opening this Navigation Center then we have failed. And then I dont have the moral authority to say we need a permanent one. So in a way I could not be more engaged and invested in proving that this is a positive not a negative to neighborhood.ML: You have involved the local police with the promise of increased police units assigned to the temporary center. What is your expectation in terms of policing and police responding to the homeless crisis in your district?Ronen: I don’t think that tent encampments should be acceptable, especially in residential neighborhoods. But I can’t stomach moving encampments if we don’t have a place for people to go. Once there is space, people living in encampments need to utilize that space. There is a role for the police to play in helping us with that. However, it’s not a primary role, it’s a secondary role. The primary role is with the Homeless Outreach Team who are very skilled at this. I will be out there with the Homeless Outreach Team explaining to people that this is not safe and that we’ve created an alternative and we want them to utilize this alternative.The police are there as a back up but not as playing a primary role. The police don’t want to play a primary role, it’s not their job.  They know that the root cause of homeless is lack of housing, it’s not something they have control over. So working with Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Public Health, social workers, these are the right agencies to be getting people off the streets and into services.This is a very unique setup that is specifically for the Mission.  But that’s not how the Navigation enter system works, it’s a citywide system. ML: How will you respond if the American Health Care Act is passed in the Senate?Ronen: We need a total redesign of our system and probably go back to look more like what Healthy San Francisco used to look like (prior to Affordable Health Care Act) when it was a much more robust system. If, hopefully not, this repeal happens at the senate and signed into law, which will be a disaster, we need to look at everything. The amount of money we will lose at the state level and the implications for the local level…we are going to have to look at a redesign not only our healthcare system but of all of our services.You don’t plan for that disaster unless it’s going to happen. It’s the funding issue that we will have to look at on a systemwide level and at the state level.ML: You recently held a hearing about fraudulent evictions and tenants testified about their experiences. Many tenant advocates want to know how criminal charges can be pursued against fraudulent landlords who harass and illegally evict their tenants. Anne Kihagi was recently fined several million dollars and in LA, was sentenced to brief jail time, but faces no criminal charges. What have you learned so far about what it takes to criminally charge abusive or fraudulent landlords?Ronen: There is legislation on the table for Owner Move-In evictions that Supervisor Peskin/Kim sponsored and I co-sponsored that would allow criminal charges if there is fraudulent owner move-ins, which we are worried is happening all over the city. That would provide very explicit authority to the District Attorney to bring those charges if there is fraudulent use of that law. ML: The Mission has some historically hard-to-staff schools, and San Francisco is experiencing a teacher shortage. Meanwhile educators are rallying for better pay, and for teacher housing that has been in planning stages for decades. What are some strategies you are working on to keep educators in Mission schools?Ronen: I am working hard on that. I don’t have the silver bullet yet. It’s a priority for my office. I was really excited that there is funding and site designed to starting the first brick and mortar  project – a site and $44 million identified to build some 140 units of teacher and educator housing. It’s a great first step, but teachers will not be able to move in for four years. We need an interim solution and be building at a different scale – 140 units is not solving this problem. In our school system we have over 5,000 employees. Even if you assume half of those have stable housing, rent controlled apartments or are owners, you have another part of the workforce that is insecurely housed. We also have record vacancies each year and we need to recruit more teachers into the city and into this professions and we need to think about the housing issues. It’s a major challenge and part of this overall problem we have around funding, affordable housing in the city for everyone – from formerly homeless to middle classes, to teachers nurses and firefighters. Tags: Board of Supervisors • City Hall • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Four months ago, Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen took office with the promise of tackling some of the district’s most pressing issues, including housing and homelessness. Ronen sat down with Mission Local for the first in a series of conversations to discuss strategies and evaluate the progress on some of her key goals.This interview has been edited and shortened for print.ML: You’ve now brokered your third compromise between anti-gentrification activists and developers of major projects in the neighborhood that have yielded pretty major concessions from the developers. What has that process been like for you as the mediator?Ronen: I think it’s a number of things. We have a great community and Calle 24 is very righteous in their demands that if you are going to develop within the Latino Cultural District, you have to bring unprecedented community benefits otherwise it will impact the future development of this district. That is one aspect of why we have been able to negotiate settlements with such strong benefits for the community.last_img read more

In Dolores Park its not hard to get a beer – or

first_img 0% So far, they’d filmed about 10 people, Greg, one of the band members, explained to me, including, he said, some French tourists, another group who’d driven up from Southern California and a very shy dog who kept turning away from the camera. Right now, they were taking a lunch break, and lounged in the sun with some Bi-Rite sandwiches.“We’re about to go search the park and try to bribe some people,” Mike, another band member, said.A man—who was wearing a lei and sunglasses from the man selling tropical drinks—came up to them. “Hey, what are you guys doing?”The band explains their concept, and the guy nodded excitedly. “We’ll talk, we’ll talk,” he said, before heading down the hill. “Bring friends!” the band yelled after him. Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But it wouldn’t be that outlandish, not in Dolores Park, where some regular vendors even have their own Yelp pages.  Andrew might have been the least elaborate seller in the park that afternoon. Another man, who declined to be interviewed, was selling bags of Starbucks coffee, arranged in a semi-circle on the ledge by the 20th street J-Church stop.And not too far away, on the hill overlooking the playground, another man had an elaborate set-up: he crouched in front of two coolers, which formed a sort of makeshift bar, as he mixed drinks with the rapidity of an expert. Beside him were five jugs of juice. He wore an apron and even had a laminated menu with at least 10 tropical-themed drinks on it, including a Caribbean rum punch and a Hawaiian rum punch. Prices ranged from $15 to the $32 “fishbowl.” (“You get a lot of drank!” the menu claimed.)When he finished mixing, he poured the drink into a hollowed-out pineapple, popped a couple of colorful bendy straws into it, and handed it to a patient customer, along with a plastic lei and a pair of sunglasses. The customer paid him via Venmo.The vendor, who declined to be named, comes to the park every weekend. “If it’s not raining,” he said.  He said he invented his drink recipes through a long process of trial and error.“People always say, ‘This is the first time I’ve seen you,’ and I’ve been coming since September, so they obviously don’t come as often as I do,” he said. When asked if he made a lot of money, he said, “Not much. Just enough to make ends meet to live in San Francisco.”Most of the vendors I spoke to were weary of revealing their identities or being photographed; without a license, they risk being fined.This happened once to a man who introduced himself as Chris when he was selling comic books in the park one day. Today, he patrolled the flat, northern part of the park, his hands full with canvasses. On weekends, and some sunny weekdays, he drives up from Half Moon Bay, where he lives, to sell his art. “On good weekends, I’ll make over $100 bucks,” he said.Sometimes, he said, he sets up shop by the playground and lets children make their own art. He makes money from tips the parents give him. On the canvasses were colorful cartoon characters. He’d also painted over a couple of records. He planned to sells these $40 dollars each. “Really, it should be $250 to $300,” he said.But Dolores park is a good spot, he said. Sometimes, he also sells whiskey. As he said this, a bottle of it fell out of the pocket of his hoodie.Meanwhile, others in the park hoped to use the case of beer they’d brought as a bartering tactic. The four members of the folk rock band We Arsons had set up shop on the hill facing Mission High School. A guitar rested in the sun, a drum kit—and a case of beer. They had a camera set up on a tripod. They were filming a music video, they explained, and had come to the park hoping to get shots of people dancing in exchange for beer. They’d even taped a sign to the light post: Andrew had been sitting beside his cooler on the Dolores Park bench for just a few minutes on Saturday when a man walking down the path approached him. The guy knew exactly what he was up to.“You sell some ice cold beer?” he asked.Andrew did, in fact. He, along with many other vendors, comes to the park for the crowds that form on busy weekends. The passerby bought a beer from him and asked Andrew, jokingly, if he accepted Bitcoin.“Not yet,” Andrew said.last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round 23 clash with Hull KR.Atelea Vea returns after suffering a shoulder injury in the reverse fixture back in March.Lewis Charnock is also included as is Mark Flanagan who missed out on the original 19 last week.James Roby is rested whilst Matty Fleming, in last week’s squad, misses out as he is likely to play in the 19s.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 37. Adam Quinlan.Chris Chester will choose his Hull KR side from:1. Kieran Dixon, 2. Ben Cockayne, 4. Josh Mantellato, 5. Ken Sio, 6. Maurice Blair, 8. Adam Walker, 12. Graeme Horne, 13. Tyrone McCarthy, 15. James Donaldson, 17. Greg Burke, 18. Liam Salter, 19. Kris Welham, 20. James Green, 21. Aaron Ollett, 24. John Boudebza, 31. Shaun Lunt, 32. Dane Tilse, 34. Tony Puletua, 35. Dane Chisholm.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

MEMBERSHIP renewals for the 2016 season are provin

first_imgMEMBERSHIP renewals for the 2016 season are proving very popular with fans who will enjoy fantastic value next year.Adults can take advantage of the great rates but what if you’re a junior, young fan, come as a family or want to spread the cost?JuniorWe have a fantastic reputation for investing in our younger players and this extends to our junior fans. With renewals FROZEN in all stands Membership renewal starts from just £50. That’s as little as £3.33 per home game with a top four finish!That offers simply unbeatable value to gain access to all First Utility Super League regular home games, as well as up to 15 Saints away games.That’s up to 29 games in total for less than the cost of some computer games.Young AdultWe understand that the transition from junior pricing to adult is a steep step so to make this more affordable for a key age group within our fan base we offer Young Adults aged 16-21 Membership at the concession price, a tidy saving on the adult season Membership.FamilyWe know that supporting your Saints and attending our fixtures is not just based on pride and belonging to our great club, but also in it providing a family atmosphere to enjoy leisure time with our children, family and friends.We already have two dedicated Family Stands in the southwest and southeast corners of Langtree Park.We are proud as a sport and a club to offer a welcoming and unique family experience as well as providing parents with the assurance that they will be sat next to like-minded families in a safe and friendly environment.An 2xAdult and 2xJunior membership renewal in the Family Stand costs just over £31 per game with a top four finish – that’s comfortably less than a typical trip to the Cinema, a typical meal for four at a Food Outlet or a trip to a Theme Park!Direct Debit OptionsNot everyone can afford to pay up front for their Membership so why not spread the cost with a 10 month Direct Debit? Click here to discover your options.To find out more and to #beinthat number visit, call 01744 455 052 or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.For any email enquiries regarding Direct Debit schemes or to send in scanned copies of your completed form please email – ticketoffice@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

Luke Gale kicked a Golden Point drop goal to seal

first_imgLuke Gale kicked a Golden Point drop goal to seal the Tigers progress to the Grand Final.“It was hard to take,” Justin said after the game, “I’m really disappointed we didn’t win. Obviously I am really proud of the boys; the way we kept on fighting was pleasing. We had to come back in the first half and we finished it well and then we finished the second half really well too. It is a cruel game at times and it cost us.“We got off to a slow start but worked hard throughout the whole game to try and win it, so it is really disappointing we didn’t.“To outscore a team like Cas five to three… they get the raps all year on their attack but on the back end of the year we weren’t too far behind them in the for and against stakes. We played plenty of good rugby ourselves tonight but it wasn’t to be.”He continued: “Since I came here I have loved every minute. I challenged the players when I arrived on if they wanted to make something of the season and the choices they had to make to do that.“They did it too, starting from Jon Wilkin as captain who led outstandingly. No one put a foot wrong. We fought to get into the four and then fought tonight.“I am very proud of the playing group and it was good to see the fans stick around after the game and make the journey over in the first place too. It was good for the players to see that as it has been a weird old season for them. We know we have to start better next year.“I’m shattered at the moment as I thought we had done enough. Even at the end; the short kick off is a lottery but we defend the set well then Benny Barba positions himself beautifully for the kick and then, well, it’s disappointing.“It will take a while to get over this one but I love the playing group and I am looking forward to a full season here next year.”last_img read more

International dance company leaps onto Wilmington stage

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new international dance company is making its mark in Wilmington, not just on the stage but in the whole community.“Without question this will bring the world to Wilmington,” Wilmington School of Ballet Executive Director Elizabeth Hester said.- Advertisement – Dancers from across the world and the country are changing the face of ballet in North Carolina and here in the Port City.“This means everything for the quality of dance in our community,” Hester said.International ballet stars, Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini will soon take the stage for their Wilmington debut, not just as dancers but as the founders of the US International Ballet Company.Related Article: “The Bachelor Live on Stage” coming to Wilmington“I think what we are doing together is very special. My wife Ines has a very special talent. She knows very well how to bring out the best from each individual dancer, so we don’t just choreograph dancers, we really work with their soul,” Angelini said.The couple is working with the Wilmington Ballet Company, who said they will do more than performances.“Lots of companies put on shows, we change communities,” Hester said.As the international company tours, their first stop is in Brunswick County. They hope to impact cities by sharing knowledge and their talents.“What we are doing here is something a little different. To work with each dancer and create something special here not only in Wilmington, but for all the dance community,” Angelini said.23 dancers have moved across the country and the world to join the US International Ballet Company, but the founders said they are hopeful it will continue to grow and put the Port City on the map for arts.The premier of their original ballet, Wizard of Oz is saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. Good Morning Carolina’s Jeff Rivenbark will be the master of ceremonies for both performances.last_img read more

Carolina Beach businesses ready for boardwalk summer attraction

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ferris wheels, candy apples and fun are in the air on Pleasure Island. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is almost open and ready to go. The businesses on the boardwalk said this event really helps them out during the summer with sales and especially on Memorial Day Weekend.“We’re hoping to see big crowds, people to come down and be a part of the Carolina Beach activities,” carnival worker William Ryan said.- Advertisement – The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is a staple along the shore on Pleasure Island both for tourists and businesses.“It’s crazy around here. So many people come in and bombard the store at one time. Everyone’s buying t-shirts, souvenirs, you name it,” store manager at King’s Beachwear Neal Royal said.Royal is a no newcomer to working Memorial Day weekend. He said it can get pretty hectic, but in a good way.Related Article: Stocks rise along with optimism over US-China trade talks“It goes from our average sales on the weekend to like double sometimes triple, you know, so very minimum 50 percent more,” Royal said.Even though the holiday rakes in a lot of customers, so do the attractions from the carnival rides and fun.“It’s a big push for us. It’s a big push. The carnies are my favorites here, because they direct all the business to my store when people want something, looking for things that direct the business right here,” Royal said.One new boardwalk business hopes to that same level of success this summer.“We just hope to serve a ton of people. We’re ready. It’s been kind of cold winter and kind of slow and opening up in the winter time was rough, but I think that’s helped us get the staff ready,” Carolina Smokehouse owner Tammy Williams said.The business owners said they are ready to take on all the craziness and crowds this weekend will bring. The amusement park will be open all summer long until Labor Day.last_img read more

The longest week Carolinas worn out by Florence

first_img Florence is blamed for at least 37 deaths, including those of two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept off a road.“I’m just ready for this to be over, to be honest,” said Evan Jones, a college student who evacuated from Wilmington and doesn’t know when he will get back. “I’m trying to get it all out of my head.”With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighborhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church.Related Article: Hurricane recovery round table gives residents access to more help post-Florence“America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you,” Trump said during a briefing in Havelock, North Carolina.There wasn’t any presidential fanfare 120 miles (190 kilometers) away in Fayetteville. There, Roberta and Joseph Keithley had been sleeping on cots set up in a school classroom since Friday. They still didn’t know if their home was ruined.“It’s getting a little frustrating, but you have to deal with it and roll with the punches,” said Roberta Keithley, 73. “It’s just another hurdle to get over in life.”To the south, daybreak brought a return of floodwaters to Nichols, South Carolina, which also was inundated by Hurricane Matthew two years ago. The flooding from Florence had subsided, only to get worse again.Mayor Lawson Battle said that as far as he knew, everyone in the town of about 360 people evacuated as the water first started to invade town Monday. But Battle just couldn’t think about that anymore.“I’m focusing on this disaster at hand,” he said. “I don’t have time to think. I’m just so tired.”Ferry service for the public has resumed for several coastal routes in North Carolina. Meanwhile, a section of Interstate 95 was closed anew because bridges crossing the Great Pee Dee River flooded, said officials in South Carolina.Access improved at least temporarily to Wilmington, a North Carolina port city of 120,000 that has been isolated for days by high water. But the state said in a Tweet late Wednesday: “No safe, stable and reliable route currently exists for the public to get to and from Wilmington.”Officials said they didn’t know when evacuees would be able to return home to the city, where officials are distributing food and water, and it may be next week before conditions improve drastically since the Cape Fear River isn’t expected to crest at the city until Monday or Tuesday.“Understand: There is a lot of water inland, and it is continuing to make its way downstream,” county manager Chris Coudreit said.Nearly 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain fell in places, and dozens of cities had more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain. Roads remained dangerous, and some were still being closed as swollen rivers emptied toward the ocean.North Carolina officials said 7,800 people remained in shelters, down from about 10,000 on Monday, despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s plea to stay put.In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church.Some of those who left shelters may have been headed toward the coast on U.S. 421, where a long line of cars, utility crews and trucks loaded with generators sat in a jam.About 110,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity in North Carolina, about 20 percent in the county where Wilmington is located. There, about 25,000 remain in the dark.The deaths, which have occurred in three states, include those of two women who were being taken to a mental health facility when the van they were riding in was engulfed by floodwaters from the Little Pee Dee River in South Carolina, authorities said.Horry County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden said two deputies in the van tried to get the victims out but couldn’t. Rescue teams plucked the deputies from the top of the vehicle. They were placed on leave pending an investigation.Sheriff Phillip Thompson said he does not believe the women were in restraints like those sometimes used on psychiatric patients.It wasn’t clear why the women were being moved in the aftermath of a killer hurricane, and Justin Bamberg, a lawyer who has represented the families of several people injured or killed by law officers, said he was perplexed by the decision.“If that road is in an area where it is a flood risk, and waters were rising, why were they driving on that road anyway?” said Bamberg, a state lawmaker.At least 24 of Florence’s victims died in vehicles, and most were in accidents linked to flooding.North Carolina’s farmers, meanwhile, are beginning to count up their losses.The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 125 million pounds (57 million kilograms) of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million in lost farm revenue.Association CEO Graham Boyd said about 40 percent of the crop was still in the field when the storm hit. North Carolina is the nation’s top producer of tobacco.The flooding has killed an estimated 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs, authorities said. Farmers are also concerned about cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts and corn, but swamped roads and fields have made it difficult to assess the damage.The risk of environmental damage from Florence mounted, too, as human and animal waste was washed into the floodwaters.More than 5 million gallons (18 million liters) of partially treated sewage spilled into the Cape Fear River after power went out at a treatment plant, officials said, and the earthen dam at a pond holding hog waste was breached, spilling its contents. WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence is still wearing out the Carolinas, where residents have endured an agonizing week of violent winds, torrential rain, widespread flooding, power outages and death.Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast. Roads to Wilmington, which has been cut off sporadically by Florence, are opening and closing as floodwater rushes to the coast.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Increase in respiratory emergencies at NHRMC

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the Cape Fear continues to recover from Hurricane Florence, many damaged homes are fighting mold. If you have mold, act quickly. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause and exposure to it can cause serious health problems.New Hanover Regional Medical Center Respiratory Specialist Tony Bollharst says there have been many people visiting the emergency room with respiratory related issues with some requiring hospitalization.- Advertisement – Bollharst says mold can trigger asthma attacks, cause allergy flare ups and worsen COPD.“If you are unable to dry out your home and equipment within a 24 hour period then you can pretty much assume that you have mold,” said Bollharst. “A lot of patients that we have come in the emergency department were unable to go anywhere and so they just stayed in the home and then got a reaction from breathing in the mold spores. ”The best actions to take to stop mold growth is to prevent condensation in your home by reducing the humidity, increasing ventilation with fans or windows and increasing the air temperature.Related Article: Community sews more than 400 surgical caps for childrenLeland resident Larry Dennis is not taking any chances. He’s stripping his man cave, after Jackeys Creek filled his backyard.“I have really bad mold damage from the humidity and that’s why we are in the process now of just taking all the walls out,” said Dennis.Anyone exposed to mold spores can have a reaction which may feel very similar to a spring-like allergy.“The symptoms are about the same,” said Bollharst. “You are going to have the nasal congestion or sinus drainage… sneezing, wheezing..”Dead mold spores can still cause allergic reactions so it must also be removed.Between Sept. 12 and Oct. 7, there were 42 emergency visits related to exposure to environmental hazards including mold.last_img read more

Plan laid out to get New Hanover Co tourism back on track

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Getting Wilmington’s tourism industry back on track after Hurricane Florence may sound like a challenge, but New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority has a plan.A presentation was held at the Wilmington Convention Center Wednesday morning.- Advertisement – Tourism Development Authority President Kim Hufham says part of the game plan includes promoting positive stories of recovery letting the community know that Wilmington and area beaches are ready to welcome visitors and asking national media to return and show how conditions have improved.“We’re hoping the week of October 29 we’ll actually start with out paid media campaign in the markets that we have identified that we want to be in,” Hufham said. “And with that we’ll be rolling out our new creative, which is, the theme is ‘Come Back’, that we are open and we not only want you to come back as a visitor, but also that our area has come back from the storm.”Hufham says the hope is to get back on track by spring 2019.last_img read more

Dont throw out those leftovers Tips for how to use them tomorrow

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Holiday leftovers don’t have to be reheated over and over.  Instead they can be used for breakfast dishes, snacks and desserts.Chef Craig Love of Surf House Oyster Bar in Carolina Beach shares ideas for the food you didn’t finish today.- Advertisement – He says there are steps you can take to “make the day after Thanksgiving just as tasty as the big day.”For more ideas click here.last_img read more

Iran warns war would spread across Gulf threaten US troops

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Iran’s national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Iran’s national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo Any conflict in the Gulf region may spread uncontrollably and threaten the lives of U.S. troops, a senior Iranian military commander said on Sunday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would impose further sanctions on the Islamic Republic.While flagging more sanctions, Trump had also said on Saturday he wanted to make a deal to bolster Iran’s economy in an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone this week by the Islamic Republic.Trump has said he aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of the drone because it could have killed 150 people.“Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness. No one has granted them a hunting licence in the Middle East,” U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday during a visit to Israel.Iran has said it would respond firmly to any threat against it and warned on Sunday of the risks of a military confrontation.“If a conflict breaks out in the region, no country would be able to manage its scope and timing,” Major General Gholamali Rashid said, according to the semi-official news agency Fars.“The American government must act responsibly to protect the lives of American troops by avoiding misconduct in the region.”Tensions in the region began to worsen significantly when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. The sanctions had been lifted under the pact in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme.Iran is feeling the effects of the sanctions, Bolton told reporters, adding Iran would never be allowed nuclear weapons.“Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, its threats to exceed the limits set in the failed Iran nuclear deal in the coming days … are not signs of a nation seeking peace,” Bolton said.“Sanctions are biting, and more added last night,” he said. “Iran can never have nuclear weapons – not against the U.S.A. and not against the world.”U.S. ally Israel, which has itself long threatened strikes against Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, signalled backing for  Trump’s stance.“With all due respect to the fact that 150 Iranians were spared a cruel fate, the real major thing is the American policy (which) absolutely serves the interests of the world and of Israel in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weaponry,” Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel Radio.NUCLEAR DEADLINE RUNNING OUTTensions in the Gulf can only be addressed politically and priority should be de-escalation and dialogue, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday.“Crisis long in the making requires collective attention; primarily to de-escalate and to find political solutions through dialogue and negotiations,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a Twitter post.Iran may further scale back compliance with its nuclear deal in two weeks unless European countries shield it from U.S. sanctions through a trade mechanism, the head of Tehran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said.“If Europeans don’t take measures within the 60-day deadline (announced by Iran in May), we will take new steps,” the semi-official news agency ISNA quoted Kamal Kharazi, a former foreign minister, as saying.“It would be a positive steps if they put resources in (the planned European trade mechanism) Instex and …make trade possible,” Kharazi said. “We have to see in the next two week whether they only make promises or they take practical steps.”Kharazi was speaking after meeting Britain’s Middle East minister Andrew Murrison, who visited Tehran for “frank and constructive” talks and to call for urgent de-escalation in the region, according to the Foreign Office.Meanwhile, Iranian lawmakers chanted “Death to America” during a parliament session on Sunday after a speaker accused the United States of being the “real world terrorist”.“America is the real terrorist in the world by spreading chaos in countries, giving advanced weapons to terrorist groups, causing insecurity, and still it says ‘Come, let’s negotiate’,” the parliament’s deputy speaker, Masoud Pezeshkian, said at the start of a session broadcast live on state radio.“Death to America,” chanted many lawmakers.The chants, often repeated since the 1979 Islamic revolution which toppled the U.S.-backed Shah, came weeks after Trump said in a U.S. television interview: “They (Iranians) haven’t screamed ‘death to America’ lately.”WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Microsoft sells 30 copies of Office every minute

first_imgAdvertisement Office has become such an integral part of business that many universities teach courses about the software platform and require a level of proficiency before a student is allowed to graduate.Office 2010 was released in June of 2010 and featured many upgrades across all of the Office products. Office 2010 represents Microsoft’s next push into the world of business processing as it looks to maintain its competative edge over OpenOffice and iWork.last_img

Telecoms have not yet switched off unregistered Simcards

first_imgAdvertisement A new investigative report has shown that a number of unregistered simcards are still active, and can be used to make and recieve calls, as well as text messages.The report published by the New Vision says that some Simcards were indeed switched off after the August 31, 2013 deadline but several clients said they have continued making and receiving calls despite not registering their SimCards.The report also says that it is easy to buy a simcard, and even use it without registering. – Advertisement – One of the giant operators requires a customer to register only their name and start making calls. In the process people give wrong names yet their other details are not taken.“Dear subscriber, your registration details have been verified. Your details are incomplete. Please contact the nearest registration agent to provide correct data,” an SMS from one of the companies read after a wrong name was sent.Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), lacks capacity to determine unregistered but active SIM cards.“It is only the operators who can tell, We are relying on the mercies of the telecom operators yet some of them are only interested in making profits, not the country’s security.” a source from UCC said.The deputy Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, expressed concern over the revelation, saying it is detrimental to national security.“Unregistered phone numbers in use! That is risky for us,” Onyango exclaimed.  “We advocate that SIM cards be registered because that would make it easy for us to trace crime suspects and people would fear committing crimes on phone.”Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC executive director, explained that laws bar the commission from keeping a database of registered and unregistered phone numbers.“We have already finished SIM card registration. If the operators are allowing people to use mobile phones without registering numbers then that is illegal,” Mutabazi said.He implored the public to help the commission to crackdown lax telecom firms. “If you are selling SIM cards without registering the users that means you are doing an illegal act. Anyone using an unregistered card should report to UCC.”Source: New Visionlast_img read more

Huawei Y6 II Review A Phablet With an Exquisite Look

first_imgAdvertisement Huawei Consumer Business Group, Uganda, earlier this month launched their newest flagship in the Huawei Y series, the Huawei Y6 II, which is among the mid-range smart phones of the company and after the successful introduction of Huawei Y3 II and Y5 II, the company dubbed the smartphones as a ‘Lightning Fast Smartphone‘ with advanced technology.It’s a tradition for the Huawei smartphones that every newly launched model of the smart phone exceeds the expectations of the customers and perfectly meets the requirements of the customers regardless of the range/ category of the smart phone.The new Huawei Y6 II caters superior aesthetic taste of the Huawei brand lovers as it offers the fashionable design, complementing the glamorous and stylish looks, and the photography goes to the next level with it’s 13MP and 8MP rear and front cameras respectively. – Advertisement – After a thorough testing of the smartphone, at PC Tech Magazine, we did manage to come up with our review:DisplayHuawei Y6 II has the finely curve edges for smooth experience of handling the new gem. The crisscross curved lines under the glass express the hierarchy of model’s uniqueness.The Huawei Y6 II has a 5.5- inch display IPS LCD capacitive TouchScreen type screen with a scratch resistant (Tempered glass) protection glass, 16.7M display colors, a thickness of 294 ppi pixels, dimensions of 154 x 77 x 8mm weighing 168g and a screen resolution of 720X1280 pixels.The Front: The proximity sensor are present at the top front and on the bottom has nothing but the company’s brand mark, ‘Huawei’, and the function keys are built inside display panel, similar to other flagships like; the Y5 II.The Back: Top-Left, appears to be the 13MP camera and flash light which also acts as the torch, appears just below the camera. And one other thing, is the Huawei logo the appears at the top center.InterfaceThe phones start with the lock screen, time and date visible on the bottom-left of the lock screen, with a default camera shortcut at the right bottom where users are able to use the camera without/minus unlocking the screen. Slide as preferred to unlock the screen, you’re opt to unlock with a password or a 4-pin digit number or a pattern – only if you have a screen lock available, other than that, you’re welcomed with attractive icons. The Smartphone has built in Google search bar on the top of the front screen stunning icons are optimized, with a drop-down menu divide into two parts one is notification menu and other is shortcut menu.1 of 2 HardwareThe smartphone comes in different variant colors, however, at PC Tech Magazine, we had the black variant.The Y6 II is powered with Kirin 620 1.2GHz chipset and with the lightning fast 64-bit A 53 Octa-core processor, allowing apps to be open simultaneously without sacrificing speed, power or performance, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, EMUI 4.1.On the side of storage, Huawei Y6 II offers 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that can further be expanded up-to 128GB. Thus, for the users’ videos and songs playlist will be fun with Huawei Y6II.The ‘Power and Volume Buttons’, have a rough like sand-paper feel, appear at the right side which are comfortable enough to use and easier to locate by touch. However, this time around, the Y6 II didn’t come with the Easy Key, that appeared on the Y3 II and Y5 II.Power (Down) and Volume Buttons (Top).BatteryThe 3000mAh non-removable battery will carry you well through your 20-hour day on regular functions and minimal internet usage of about 10 to 15 applications and even tether the rest of your crew to your data package if you like.Supports a quick charging and the Ultra Power Saving mode for conserving what is left of the battery when you are running out of power, this can really save you when you need it the most.CameraAs we did mention above, photography with the Huawei Y6 II goes to the next level with the supported with 13MP rear camera with a F2.0 aperture, 28mm wide angle, flash and 1080p video recording. This crucial combination enables clearer pictures with detailed illustrations of the objects focused/ captured through the camera.Similarly, phone also didn’t leave out the selfie fans. The Y6 II comes built with the front 8MP camera more efficient in the new device for better selfies and snap chat experience, with further added cosmetic mode, Beauty motion, HDR, Self Timer, Touch Focus, Gesture shot, Smile detection, and panorama selfies mode, to make you photos look astonishing.ConnectivityConnectivity opitions include a Dual SIM support, 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, a GPS, v4.0 Bluetooth, v2.0 microsUSB1 of 9 The Huawei Y6 II smartphone is available at 655,600 UGX across all Huawei affiliate dealars shops country-wide, including; Nile Communications, Ssimba Telecom, Go Phones, Fone Express, Praise Communications and Kilimall.Grab yourself one, and make it possible.last_img read more

Gemalto SCINTL To Start Supplying Border Management Systems at Entebbe Airport

first_imgEntebbe International Airport. (Photo Credit: Tourism Observer) Advertisement Gemalto, in cooperation with SCINTL—have received the contract to supply Border Management Systems (BMS) including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe International Airport—to create a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers as well as strengthening homeland security.The said e-Immigration solution uses Gemalto’s state-of-the-art fingerprint and facial recognition technology, combined with a passport scan to ensure swift and accurate identification of passengers leaving the country. It’s built on the Gemalto Visa Management System (VMS) that was first deployed in 2014 by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC).Thierry Mesnard, VP Sales Africa for Gemalto in a press statement said, quote, “With the introduction of advanced automated kiosks at Entebbe Airport, the Ugandan authorities are once again demonstrating their commitment to addressing challenges—like; terrorism, illegal immigration, and organized crime.” – Advertisement – The new eKiosks will further boost its capacity to handle the growing number of business and leisure visitors coming to Uganda. Once implementation of the e-Immigration solution is complete later this year, passengers will enjoy the option of a rapid, self-guided pathway through border control, whilst authorities are provided with comprehensive, real-time data on departures from Uganda.Gemalto’s VMS combines applications, processing and issuance for all pre-paid visas and permits, and incorporates a secure and convenient online portal, and biometric enrollment facilities in foreign missions and on arrival in the country.[related-posts]General Jeje A. Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs, said the new Automated Border Control solution marks the latest step forward in the modernization, enhancement of security of border control management in Uganda, delivering important benefits for visitors and citizens alike.Cephas T. Bushuyu, Managing Director for SCINTL, pointed out that, the company will provide vital local support and know-how for a solution that encompasses supply, installation and maintenance.“Overseas visitors are playing a key role in Uganda’s economic development, and many will now enjoy the option of a safe, fast-track border crossing experience,” said Cephas.last_img read more

Friday booster… FRANCE 21 best industry price 45

first_imgCheck out our fantastic Royal Ascot / World Cup offer on Friday below…Place THREE bets at Royal Ascot on Friday and we’ll offer you 2/1 about FRANCE in their match against SWITZERLAND …. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Offer open to both new and existing telephone customers. Customers must be aged 18 or over.(2) To qualify you must place a minimum of three bets (win or each way only) on three separate Royal Ascot races during the same day. Only bets placed via telephone will qualify and not on course bets with us.(3) Bets must be placed from 9am on the day of Royal Ascot and the offer will apply on the 8pm kick off World Cup match that night. These are scheduled to be:Tuesday 17th JuneBrazil v MexicoWednesday 18th JuneSpain v ChileThursday 19th JuneUruguay v EnglandFriday 20th JuneSwitzerland v FranceSaturday 21st JuneGermany v Ghana(4) Having placed your Royal Ascot bets you will offered a bet at a VASTLY INCREASED PRICE on the 8pm World Cup match that night.(5) The value of your stake will be equal to the AVERAGE of the stakes you made at Royal Ascot (subject to a maximum of £500). For example: If your Royal Ascot stakes were £50, £100 and £90 you will be able place £80 at the VASTLY INCREASED PRICE.(6) If any of your Royal Ascot bets are non runners these will not count towards the three minimum bets – however horses that are withdrawn will do.(7) The World Cup bet must be placed prior to kick off and cannot be used in play.(8) We reserve the right to refuse or withdraw the concession at our discretion.(9) Usual Star Sport rules apply.last_img read more

Wade Adams becomes CNST director at Rice University

first_imgAddThis Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.educenter_img WADE ADAMS BECOMESCNST DIRECTOR AT RICE UNIVERSITYWade Adams, former chiefscientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Materials andManufacturing Directorate, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio,became the new director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology(CNST) at Rice University in January. He succeeded Richard Smalley asdirector.“Dr. Adams’ extensivetechnical expertise, management and research experience make him the perfectmatch for the leadership of the CNST,” said Smalley, the Gene and NormanHackerman Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics, who has served as thecenter’s director since its inception in 1995. “He will be a valuable resourceto add to Rice’s arsenal of talent and scientific expertise.” Smalley will continue todo research and teaching, concentrating more on the Carbon NanotechnologyLaboratory that was developed by the CNST under his leadership. Adams has a B.S. inphysics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s in physics from VanderbiltUniversity, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in polymer science and engineeringfrom the University of Massachusetts.“I’m thrilled and deeplyhonored to be joining the staff at Rice University, an outstanding institutionwith a great vision for the future,” Adams said. “It is both an honor and achallenge to assume the job of CNST director, continuing the great initiativethat Rick Smalley started. I am looking forward to working with the top-notchscientists and engineers at Rice to help the CNST stay at the very front edge ofthe nanoscale revolution. Rice has been one of the leaders in the internationaltechnology community, and we intend to continue and extend that leadership tothe ultimate benefit of humanity.”Before coming to Rice,Adams worked for 32 years at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he wasresponsible for providing consultative and advisory service to the AFRL on thetechnical and scientific merit of the lab’s research and development programsuntil his retirement from federal civil service Jan. 3.Over the last 30 years,he has conducted research in polymer physics, concentrating onstructure-property relations in high-performance organic materials. Adams isinternationally known for his research on high-performance rigid-rod polymerfibers, X-ray scattering studies of fibers and liquid crystalline films,polymer-dispersed liquid crystals and theoretical studies of ultimate polymerproperties.Adams, who also retiredfrom the Air Force Reserve in the rank of colonel in 1998, is a fellow of theAmerican Physical Society and of the Air Force Research Laboratory.“Rice founded the Centerfor Nanoscale Science and Technology to explore a world of almost unimaginablysmall proportions, where objects are one-billionth of a meter in size,” saidRice President Malcolm Gillis. “The Nobel Prize-winning research that has beenconducted there on buckyball molecules reflects the extraordinary level ofexpertise which the center has developed. Dr. Adams will provide the leadershipneeded for the center to continue its phenomenal progress in studyingrevolutionary technology that has potential applications in medicine,electronics, computing, energy and many other fields that have major economicand societal impact on our lives.”last_img read more

IBM awards Rice 700K for shared university research project

first_img Dateline Rice for July 25, 2019 25 July 2019 2:40 PM | No Comments Notify me of followup comments via e-mail Lon Levitan IBM 512-823-0404 IBM awards Rice $700K for shared university research project Rice and IBM collaborate to help schools integrate academic software applications Rice University and IBM today announced they will collaborate on the development of an open-standards-based, service oriented architecture (SOA) that will help higher education institutions tie together their increasingly diverse academic software applications. The collaboration is supported in part by IBM’s Shared University Research (SUR) award program, created to exemplify the deep partnership between academia and the industry to explore research in areas essential to innovation. Through the SUR award and software from the IBM Academic Initiative, IBM has donated IBM BladeCenter hardware technology, software for an SOA platform and related services valued at $700,000. “In academia today, discrete, open-source, academic applications such as courseware management systems, digital libraries and content commons are becoming central to the life of a university,” said Kamran Khan, vice provost for information technology. “It is important to tie these stand-alone applications together into a more coherent whole.” IBM’s gift will enable Rice to collaborate in the research and development of an open-standards-based, SOA for higher education called the Rice Open Collaborative Learning Environment (Open-CLE). Rice will provide a working demonstration environment to validate the approach. “The open architecture resulting from this work will help institutions collaborate on research efforts and tie together their academic applications,” said Tony Befi, IBM senior state executive for Texas. “It also will make it easier for institutions to deploy and for individuals to use open-source, online, research and education tools.” The work will also encourage involvement with industry-standards groups, such as the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the e-Framework for Education and Research Initiative, and other institutions interested in participating in the development of an open-source-based learning and research community. A service oriented architecture, or SOA, enables computers to share data and tasks among disparate applications, helping an organization to more closely align technology with business goals. In academia, an SOA also enables each member of a group of institutions to create its own suite of tools to support particular research, collaboration, and learning needs. Providing such integration and customization is critical if open standards-based environments are to become a viable alternative for meeting the needs of higher education institutions around the world. Rick Peterson, director for academic and research computing at Rice, is eager to capitalize on open standards systems. “Rice is already utilizing great, individual, open source/open standards-based tools such as D-Space, Sakai and Connexions. With this new research project, made possible by the IBM grant, we can create a framework that will allow these applications to operate well together. More broadly, the framework we develop may be of help to those in higher education who wish to tie together other stand-alone systems and applications. We want the work resulting from this grant to make life easier for faculty and students by allowing them to create a more integrated learning and collaboration environment.” Rice University and IBM will collaborate to design an SOA for Rice’s Open-CLE. This SOA will allow individual educational and research applications to “talk” with each other. Rice’s largest open standards applications today include Sakai – a leading open source course management system; OwlSpace, powered by Sakai and operating as the framework for Rice’s web-based Collaboration and Learning Environment; Connexions, a collaborative, educational web-based environment composed of independent teaching modules that can be used alone or connected into larger courses; and DSpace, a digital repository system that captures, stores, indexes, preserves, and distributes digital research material. “The SUR grant is a big step forward for open education,” said Richard Baraniuk, Victor E. Cameron Professor in Engineering and founder of Connexions. “Fusing Sakai, Connexions and DSpace will make it easy for large and small educational institutions to get involved in this important movement.” This SOA will provide a working integration layer that ties together disparate applications of interest and importance to higher education, using IBM’s WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). The integration will provide an open standard for linking higher-education applications together and will provide a strong foundation for both continued application development and user acceptance. IBM’s highly-selective SUR program awards computing equipment globally to higher education institutions in order to facilitate research projects of mutual interest, including: the architecture of business and processes, privacy and security, supply chain management, information based medicine, deep computing, grid computing, autonomic computing, and storage solutions. The SUR awards also support the advancement of university projects by connecting top researchers in academia with IBM researchers, along with representatives from product development and solution provider communities. IBM supports over 50 SUR awards per year worldwide. The new open architecture initiative also will be supported by the IBM Academic Initiative program which offers faculty and students at universities a wide range of technology education benefits to encourage the use of open standards technologies. Currently, more than 1,900 institutions, 11,000 faculty members and 450,000 students are taking advantage of the training programs offered through the IBM Academic Initiative, a partnership program designed to educate millions of students for a more competitive IT workforce. 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Sociologys Lindsay receives Salgo Award

first_imgLindsay, who was recently named president of Gordon College in Boston, is concluding his time at Rice as an assistant professor of sociology and a scholar at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. He directs the Program for the Study of Leadership, currently housed in Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Under his direction, the program launched a successful series of “leadership salons” in which national leaders interact with Rice undergraduates in conversations about a timely topic.“Of the various professional recognitions I have been blessed to receive over the years, I consider the Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award to be the most significant because I care so deeply about my teaching,” Lindsay said. “I love the academic classroom, especially at Rice where bright, engaging students exceed my highest expectations week after week and year after year.”Often noted for his research — he is currently working on a PLATINUM study, the largest interview-based research to date of senior organizational leaders — Lindsay also spends a great deal of time preparing for lectures, administering oral exams and getting to know his students individually.“So often in life, the things we care the most about — parenting, being a good spouse and caring about other people — receive little or no external praise,” Lindsay said. “But Rice is a special institution because it honors faculty not just for their scholarship, but also for their teaching. I will forever be grateful for the chance to work with such talented students at Rice. To receive an award on top of that for doing what I loved is icing on the cake.”Lindsay is the author of two dozen publications and the award-winning book “Faith in the Halls of Power” (Oxford, 2007). In 2006 he was honored in a worldwide competition as the most promising sociologist under 35. He will begin his work at Gordon as president and professor of sociology July 1. Long Description ShareSociology’s Lindsay receives Salgo AwardBY JESSICA STARKRice News staffRice’s junior and senior class have named Michael Lindsay a favorite professor, bestowing upon him Rice’s oldest teaching award: the Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award. Created in 1966, the award is funded by the Noren-Salgo Foundation. AddThis MICHAEL LINDSAYlast_img read more