Starting Over Resettling in the US

first_imgThis story was produced by KALW. Concepción Caballero Antonio is chopping squash in the kitchen of Los Yaquis Salvadorian and Mexican Restaurant. The massive knife she’s using is about the same size as her arm. She’s very small, and grins a lot. Concepción’s happy about her job as a cook and dishwasher here. She proudly points out the fish she’ll be frying later today.Concepción came to San Francisco from El Salvador in 2013. She makes $248, working 20 hours a week. She says she tries to keep her spirits lifted, but there’s a heavy sadness that lingers.“There was a massacre in my country,” she tells me. “They killed the love of my life.”Back in El Salvador, Concepción had been a vendor selling goods in a market. She lived in the same town with her three daughters and six grandchildren, and they mean everything to her. But after her partner’s death, she knew she wasn’t safe in El Salvador. She says she’d made eye contact with a gang member fleeing the scene of a murder.“They would kill me because I was the only one who had seen it,” she says.Concepción grew up during the civil war in El Salvador that started in the 1980s. But the violence hasn’t really stopped. The country’s overrun by gangs and considered one of the most violent countries in the world, with about one murder every hour.Concepción says she had to run. With a single dollar in her pocket, she headed toward Mexico.Crossing the borderShe begged for rides on the backs of trucks, and for money. She traveled by foot, car and train. Finally, she got to the border near McAllen, Texas.“I arrived really bad, in a very dark place mentally. I didn’t know what to do,” she says. “I walked, I crossed the river. And then they caught me.”She stayed in a Texas jail for three months. Then she made it here, to San Francisco. Within a few months, Concepción’s oldest daughter, Claudia Martinez, also arrived in the United States.Claudia originally landed in Las Vegas. When things didn’t work out there, she joined her mom in San Francisco. They moved in together with roommates.“It’s a lot, because when we first came to San Francisco we paid $500 between the two of us, and there were five in the same room. Yes, five – and it was smaller than this,” she says, pointing to the room she rents in the Excelsior neighborhood, one of the neighborhoods that’s seen an increase in Latinos lately. Some analysts believe that families splitting up and moving into separate housing is why overcrowding in housing units is actually lower these days.“Living in San Francisco is a little expensive,” Claudia says, “but there’s a lot of opportunities. You just need someone to lend you a hand to help you find work.”The Mission in San Francisco has a history of being a place where many Latinos have settled, finding community and solidarity. San Francisco is also a sanctuary city, a place that offers those migrating to this country a chance to start a new life without the threat of immediately being turned over to immigration and customs enforcement for not having papers.Although it is possible to find work without papers, Concepción and her daughter have no credit background, something that’s required by most landlords when it comes to signing a lease. So, while Claudia has fewer roommates in her new place, she’s paying $250 to share a very tiny bedroom with two other people.La familiarOver in the Mission, Concepción also shares a room in a very small apartment, where boxes are stacked high in every corner. On the lower bunk is her Guatemalan roommate, Orlando Fernandez Cruz. He’s stretched out, wearing a neck brace.“I was riding my bike on 13th and Van Ness, and a car hit me. I was unconscious – I woke up and went to the hospital,” he says. 0% Concepción Caballero Antonio and her roommate, Orlando Fernandez Cruz. Photo by Leila Day Cruz has documents that allow him to work. He’s been employed at a car wash for the last seven years, but he can’t work right now. He’s used up all of his sick and vacation days since he’s been injured. And while he hasn’t been fired, he’s not getting paid. Still, he says, although it isn’t easy living here, he’s had a lot of support.“My dream was to come to the United States. I had a friend here, and this friend gave me a helping hand. I struggled and struggled — he was a good friend to me. When I came here, he welcomed me and found me work.”Cruz says this network of support made him want to stay in San Francisco. Now that he’s out of work, friends have been chipping in to help pay the rent. When he first arrived eight years ago, it was much cheaper.“A room like this would be like $400 or $500 dollars,” he says.Cruz and Concepción now rent this room for $800 a month.They keep their rent receipts taped to the wall. Concepción removes this month’s receipt to show me, when her phone rings. It’s one of her daughters calling from El Salvador.Concepción smiles, listening. “I appreciate you,” her daughter says. “Always supporting us, and being mother, father, friend, and being a beautiful mom. Being a marvelous mom.”Concepción thanks her daughter and hangs up the phone.When I’m about to leave, she grabs my arm and asks if I know of a less expensive room she can rent. Something nearby, because she wants to be close to work and her local clinic. I tell her that I don’t know of a place. Concepción nods, hands me a piece of chocolate and gives me a kiss on the cheek.“Que Dios te bendiga.” She smiles. “God bless you.” Tags: immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Cafeteria ban which was never intended to be bigtime legislation got bigtime

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter And, eventually, another earthquake and fire. You know this. (Stock your survival kits because, clearly, the federal government is spending all our money on Alabama). Yet while San Francisco continues on, San Franciscans come and go. There is a neurosis that develops knowing that, any day, you could be buried beneath rubble and/or a wave of instant tech millionaires whose money-losing outfits will, imminently, go public.  As such, workaday matters in this city are often blown up into some manner of deep, existential scenario. To wit, take the national rancor inspired last summer by this city’s attempts to regulate cafeterias in offices. Just last week, there were reporters and TV cameramen at the Planning Commission for this item — and the commissioners beforehand received calls from both tech lobbyists and the mayor’s office inveighing against it. Big business doesn’t enjoy regulation. Provided your business didn’t blow up San Bruno or immolate much of Northern California, the mayor’s office is inclined to agree.  But that’s behind the scenes. During public comment, more than a dozen cafeteria workers and other food contractors for Airbnb, Google, and Facebook testified to the fantastic working conditions they enjoyed, which would, supposedly, be menaced by this legislation. This testimony was effective; the Planning Commissioners deadlocked at 3-to-3. Well played: That means the item moves on to the Board of Supervisors with a “no” recommendation (more on that in a moment). It’s unusual for inchoate land-use policy in a west-coast city to make the New York Times — but this one did. And yet, last week, this was just item No. 13 on a crowded Planning Commission meeting schedule. And item No. 14, incidentally, would rezone the entire city, via Accessory Dwelling Units in new construction, transforming every single-family neighborhood (RH-1) into RH-2, and every RH-2 or RH-3 district into RH-3 or RH-4. That passed. That’s a big deal. That’s consequential. When other cities took similar steps, that was national news. But not here. Here, the hot item was the largely inconsequential vote on tech cafeterias.Over the summer we wrote: “Private office cafeterias may yet be banned in future San Francisco offices. Or — more likely — a far less extreme scenario will come to pass.” And that’s how it went.Why inconsequential? Because, No. 1, once this matter gets to the Board of Supervisors, nobody there gives a damn that the three mayorally appointed Planning Commissioners voted against it. Because, No. 2, this legislation is sponsored by Supervisor Ahsha Safaí and co-sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin (who make up two-thirds of the Land Use & Transportation Committee, where this next must be heard — and will, naturally, find a date and time to hear it and summarily push it through). And, No. 3, with Safaí already on board, it will be a bit of a challenge for the mayor’s forces to peel off a fourth supervisor, preventing the eight aye votes that override a veto. (Yes, another pickle for Supervisor Vallie Brown). But it’s also inconsequential because … it’s not very consequential. It wasn’t designed to be. This isn’t major legislation. It doesn’t, say, rezone the entire city. But this was never intended to be major legislation; you’re just hearing so much about it (and not about other things) because it caught everyone’s attention and spurred a flurry of coverage. And that’s because it — again — epitomizes the existential San Francisco scenario and conjures up on-the-nose San Francisco scenes of well-compensated techies, employed by companies enjoying a tax break, supping at gourmet cafeterias in walled-off fortresses while the have-nots amble around a fetid wasteland.And, of course, you also heard about this because, initially, Safaí and Peskin proposed to outright ban corporate cafeterias. Which was heavy-handed, and did indeed turn heads. But this was, as we wrote last summer, not so much a hard-and-fast desired end as a negotiating tactic: Shortly after its introduction, its principals explicitly confirmed to me that this was merely an initial gambit, an opening salvo meant to spur discussion and end up in a different, milder place.Or, as one City Hall source put it, the ultimate goal is to have the cafeteria ban “massaged into something less extreme and into a program of the sort that already exists where companies are handing out vouchers.”So, that happened. Asking for a lot and scaling back to something more reasonable is how negotiations often work. As now proposed, new cafeterias would not be banned but require a Conditional Use permit (CU) — as would any Philz Coffee or hotel going up in San Francisco. Among the criteria that would come up at any CU hearing: whether the cafeteria’s patrons would, periodically, be given vouchers to patronize local unaffiliated restaurants. There was a lot of apoplectic coverage of this issue. But, frankly, we seem to have had it gauged pretty decently.“Please, sir: May I have a Conditional Use permit?”Meanwhile, for the Googles, Facebooks, and Airbnbs of the world, a CU isn’t a major hurdle. Virtually any major office project already requires several Conditional Use permits. And you don’t lay out a major office, bring in hundreds of workers — and then decide to install a cafeteria. Today’s Giants of Industry are organized; they have calendars that you can access right from your phone. They can multitask. They can get this done. A CU, one longtime land-use professional tells me, is the sort of thing that requires the services of a decent attorney and $15,000. Tech companies, so often pilloried as the source of all wrong in this city, would have the opportunity to wow everyone with pledges to treat their cafeteria workers right and additionally provide their employees with mealtickets to patronize this city’s businesses. A CU hearing needn’t be a three-ring circus or an anti-tech show trial. It could be a bit of leverage for organized labor and put-upon mom ‘n’ pop businesses and a PR coup for savvy tech outfits. This is not going to be the barrier that keeps Big Tech from doing business in San Francisco. They are coming. They are here. They can handle this, and it could be a win for everyone. So, Safaí’s legislation could help out some future cafeteria workers or restaurateurs. But that’s not most of us. Most of us aren’t eating in those cafeterias, either. This is, again, not rezoning the entire city. Why, some outraged observers ask, are our legislators wasting their time with workaday marginalia and not doing that?But … they are. The sponsor of the legislation that’d rezone the entire city was, after all, Ahsha Safaí. Just because a bit of legislation piques everyone’s interest and sparks a disproportionate amount of media coverage doesn’t mean our legislators are in turn spending a disproportionate amount of time on it. Much of the criticism of this legislation seems to have come from people who’ve never bothered to look at a legislative calendar. There’s a lot on there. Say what you will about governance in this city, but our leaders are able to walk, chew gum, regulate cafeterias, and rezone vast swaths of San Francisco all at once. They, too, have the calendars in their phones. They can multitask. They can get this done. Compared to the Accessory Dwelling Unit legislation, regulating tech cafeterias is pretty much what its co-sponsor Aaron Peskin describes it as: “just a pedestrian piece of public policy.” A flashy, symbolic — ultimately pedestrian — item sucked up all the air in the room, while the in-the-weeds, consequential, and potentially transformative one sailed on through with barely any scrutiny. When you think about it, that is the existential San Francisco scenario. Until the earthquake. Until the fire. Until the IPO. Tech lobbyists — and, yes the mayor’s office — bent the ears of planning commissioners prior to last week’s vote on corporate cafeterias. So, it’s important to someone. But why? Email Address San Francisco is a serial boomtown. And it’s had to be. It’s not a coincidence that there’s a phoenix rising from its ashes on our city flag. Our town has a tendency to burn and rise again, either physically or metaphysically. If it’s not an earthquake and fire, it’s social strife or economic calamities or competing splinter groups of domestic terrorists or dueling serial killers or homicidal messianic grifters or political assassinations or the constant backbeat of gentrification, coming gradually, then suddenly. last_img read more

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SAINTS will be hosting Player Development Sessions

first_imgSAINTS will be hosting Player Development Sessions for School Years 7, 8 and 9 over the February Half Term and hope that as many players as possible can attend.The sessions are designed to help Saints Youth Development coaches work with players already playing competitive rugby league at school or with a community club.As usual the days are completely free of charge and are open to all players in that age group: Year 7/Under 12s: Thursday February 20: 9.30am – 12noon Year 8/Under 13s: Thursday February 20: 12.30pm – 3.00pm Year 9/Under 14s: Friday February 21: 9.30am – 12.30pmThese sessions will be held at the Saints Training facility at Cowley International College. St Helens Players will need to bring indoor/outdoor training clothes and footwear.Any coaches or clubs wishing to attend should confirm with Steve Leonard and for any further information please email Steve here.last_img read more

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YOUR Super League champions will take on the NRL C

first_imgYOUR Super League champions will take on the NRL Champions South Sydney Rabbitohs in the World Club Challenge next year.The game will take place at Langtree Park on February 22 with full ticket and hospitality details to follow.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “What an evening it’s going to be at the new home of the Saints, Langtree Park, on February 22 2015 when St Helens and the South Sydney Rabbitohs together determine who is the best rugby league club in the world. Both have great histories: now we decide who has the greatest present.“We warmly welcome the Bunnies and the NRL.“In particular, I’d like to welcome their co-owner Russell Crowe. What we do in this life echoes in eternity: strength, honour, shadows and dust indeed.“The next four months will fly by.”last_img read more

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A STIRRING second half fight back was in vain as L

first_imgA STIRRING second half fight back was in vain as Leeds Rhinos ended Saints’ hopes of reaching  the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.Down 18-4, tries from Andre Savelio and Mark Percival – his second of the evening – looked set to give the Champions a great chance of snatching a place in the showpiece.Indeed, the game had a sense of deja vu about it as Saints once again threatened a comeback against the Rhinos after a flat start.All three of the team’s meetings this season have followed a similar path.But try as they might they couldn’t ensure parity and Kallum Watkins’ stunner late on sealed victory.They also lost Atelea Vea to a knee injury and Joe Greenwood (shoulder) to compound the misery.Once again the damage was done in the opening 20 minutes.After a strong defensive opening set, Saints conceded a penalty and Leeds profited.Adam Cuthbertson offloaded in the tackle – as he has done all season – before the ball was kept alive, into the hands of Zak Hardaker and he duly danced through the defence.Sinfield converting.Saints struggled to make any headway in the early stages until Luke Walsh’s high ball threatened Leeds’ line on 10 minutes – only for it to go dead.Defensively though, Saints were standing up to the Rhinos’ onslaught but a moment of ill-discipline on 14 minutes gave Sinfield the chance to slot a penalty and he made no mistake.Atelea Vea entered the frame a quarter into the game and made a big difference. His barnstorming run allowed space for Walsh to try a sidestep on the last tackle, and then his defence forced a Leeds error.Saints couldn’t take advantage and their opponents punished them on their next set.Rob Burrow broke though and found Sinfield – albeit with a forward pass – who had Watkins on his outside.The centre then fed Joel Moon for the easiest of tries.Joe Greenwood when close five minutes before half time and then McCarthy-Scarsbrook rattled Hardaker’s bones with a crunching tackle after Walsh’s high ball.It was a pivotal moment in the half as on Saints’ next set they scored.Alex Walmsley produced a ‘tap X repeatedly’ charge before Adam Quinlan’s mazy run made the space for Mark Percival go over in the corner.Saints started the second half tentatively and were once again made to rue being slow out of the blocks.Vea left the field with the knee injury and on that set Jamie Peacock went through the centre of the defence and under the posts.Saints gained a repeat set on 50 metres thanks to Josh Jones’ cute chip and they made it count.Another kick on the last, near the posts, took a nice deflection into the hands of Andre Savelio and he plunged over.Walsh with the cool extras after the video referee had taken an age to give the score.Saints then scored again – after forcing another Leeds error.On the last Savelio took Roby’s pass and fed Percival for his second.Walsh missing the tricky conversion.It was all Saints and the champions should have turned the screw further.But a high Sinfield ball forced a drop out and Kallum Watkins showed great feet to step over – and seal Leeds’ passage.Saints span the ball around in the final stages as they tried to fight back but they’d left themselves too much to do.Match Summary:Rhinos:Tries: Hardaker, Moon, Peacock, WatkinsGoals: Sinfield (4 from 5)Saints:Tries: Percival (2), SavelioGoals: Walsh (1 from 3)Penalties:Rhinos: 3Saints: 4HT: 4-12FT: 14-24REF: Ben ThalerATT: 11,107Teams:Rhinos:1. Zak Hardaker; 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 6. Danny McGuire; 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Jamie Peacock, 15. Brett Delaney, 12. Carl Ablett, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan.Subs: 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 30. Mitch Garbutt.Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 22. Matty Dawson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 21. Joe Greenwood, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 11. Atelea Vea, 25. Andre Savelio.last_img read more

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THE Second Round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge C

first_imgTHE Second Round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will take place at RAF Coningsby on Tuesday February 2 from 7pm.Conducting the draw will be Sheffield Eagles and Ireland coach Mark Aston who lifted the Challenge Cup and Lance Todd Trophy in 1998 after Sheffield’s famous 17-8 win against a dominant Wigan side. This game is still described as the greatest shock in the history of the competition.Joining Aston is Batley Bulldogs coach, John Kear.He was in charge of the that Eagles side and also went on to claim a second Challenge Cup victory in 2005 with Hull FC after a thrilling game against Leeds Rhinos at Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.The draw will be streamed exclusively live on the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup website from 7.00pm – Rugby League fans can watch by visiting www.ladbrokeschallengecup.comThe second round features nine ties involving the 18 winners from the first round and will be played over the weekend of February 13-14.2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup First Round Draw:London Chargers v Shaw Cross SharksThatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club ParksideAberdeen Warriors v Northumbria UniversityStanningley v Pilkington RecsNormanton Knights v DistingtonThe Army v SiddalWest Bowling v Lock LaneLeigh Miners Rangers v Underbank RangersEast Leeds v Oulton RaidersMillom v University of HullRoyal Navy v Featherstone LionsWidnes West Bank v Rochdale MayfieldWath Brow Hornets v Royal Air ForceHull Dockers v Thornhill TrojansEgremont Rangers v Blue BullsWest Hull v Great Britain PoliceKells v Nottingham OutlawsYork Acorn v Sharlston Roverslast_img read more

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Saints host on Huddersfield this Friday knowing th

first_imgSaints host on Huddersfield this Friday knowing they must grab the points if they want to continue their push for a top four spot.“We know we have to win our next two games, but you would expect to do that if you want to be in the semi-finals,” Saints head coach Justin Holbrook said. “Our last home game has come around quickly and it would be great for the boys to put in a good performance for the fans. We want to play well to thank them for their support this year.“The Wakefield game is something for us to build on and if we keep winning we put ourselves in a good place.“We panicked a bit in the second half and tried to get the instant win which was hard to do in tough conditions. In the end our patience showed and we scored two tries to win the game. I didn’t think we earned the right to get many chances but we did in the end.“We need to string wins together and see what happens. Huddersfield have dangerous players and we have to do a good job on those key players.”Saints came through the Trinity test in good health and Holbrook says he isn’t expecting to make many changes.“We might make a couple of changes; young Matty Lees went well in his first game but it is a hard ask for him to step up every week as he is young,” he continued.“Theo (Fages) picked up an ankle injury but should be ok by the end of the week. Ryan (Morgan) should be ok to come back in too.“Kyle Amor was really disappointed not to be in the side – he just has to keep working hard to get back in.“Benny (Barba) will be better for his second run. He has played two games and everyone has played around 28. You can see the quality in him, but it will take a few more games to get the consistency. I’d rather have him here than not.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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Zeb Taia returns to the lineup in place of the in

first_imgZeb Taia returns to the line-up in place of the injured Adam Swift.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba.Steve Price will choose his Wolves side from:1. Stefan Ratchford, 2. Tom Lineham, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Mike Cooper, 12. Jack Hughes, 15. Declan Patton, 16. Sitaleki Akauola, 17. Joe Philbin, 18. Toby King, 19. George King, 20. Harvey Livett, 21. Mitch Brown, 22. Morgan Smith, 27. Josh Charnley, 29. Ben Pomeroy, 34. Ben Westwood.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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Educators association clean water groups make efforts for clean water before school

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Concerns for safe drinking water when classes start back has led the New Hanover County educators association to team with the district to get safe water in at risk schools.Several Wilmington schools will accept bottled water donations once the bell rings Monday. While progress is being made to secure safe water in New Hanover County schools, an effort is crossing the river to have schools over in Brunswick County to provide safe drinking water.- Advertisement – “The children are our future and if we don’t protect our future than there is no future, says NHCAE president Sarah Bailey.Months of working with the New Hanover County school system has led Bailey and the county association of educators to begin that new initiative.“We need to meet the needs of our children and offer them an alternative source of water without parents having to take on that financial burden,” Bailey says.Related Article: NC schools receive $2M federal grant for hurricane recoveryThey want to solve that with bottled water. Schools like New Hanover high, Freeman, Howe, Gregory and Williston are accepting community donations. That’s a temporary solution while the school system awaits more information.“We are awaiting a report and recommendations from the superintendent, from our finance officers as to what we can and cannot do,” says board of education chairman Edward Higgins.The education board is doing that after meeting with water groups like Clean Cape Fear. That same group is now working to continue the conversation of clean water for students in Brunswick county.“Let’s find some good viable solutions with some partners that can help us get there because the one thing we do know is the schools can’t pay for this,” says Emily Donovan who’s a member of Clean Cape Fear.However, Brunswick schools are silencing any rumors that they will adopt a recommended reverse osmosis treatment for filtering school water. That was a proposal brought in front of the school district’s water provider, H2GO. It’s what parents like Donovan are asking for.“i just don’t think that there is a price we can put on our children’s health.”A sentiment shared by New Hanover school leaders as well as Bailey.“Just one case of water will do a lot for these children,” says the educator’s association president.Classes begin for most schools next Monday. Bailey asks any back to school drives on going and taking place over the weekend to add bottled water in the bags alongside notebooks and pencils.last_img read more

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Underage man faces DWI drug charges after fatal Surf City crash

first_img According to Surf City Police Department, 20-year-old Travis Luckinbill, of Raleigh, has been arrested on more than a dozen charges including:Felony Death by Motor VehicleFelony Serious Injury by Motor VehicleDriving While ImpairedCareless and Reckless DrivingDriving after Consuming an Impairing Substance by Person Less Than 21 Years of AgeDriving Left of CenterPossession of Unfortified Wine by 19/20-Year-OldOpen Container of Malt BeveragePossession of Fraudulent Identification CardPossession of Schedule I (MDMA/Ecstasy)Possession of Schedule II (Adderall)Possession of Schedule IV (Xanax)Possession of Schedule VI (Marijuana)Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts)Police say Luckinbill was discharged from New Hanover Regional Medical Center Monday and was taken into custody.Luckinbill is in the Pender County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.Related Article: 25 years after murders, OJ says ‘Life is fine’The investigation is still ongoing by this agency along with assistance from the N.C. State Highway Patrol, the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office. SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — The driver that police say killed a woman and left a toddler in critical condition following a car crash over the weekend is now facing DWI and drug charges.The Surf City Police Department responded to a crash on NC Highway 50 Saturday around 9:30 a.m. that resulted in the death of Robin Blankenship. Blankenship was reportedly traveling west on NC Highway 50 when a car traveling eastbound crossed over and collided head on with Blankenship.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Ocean Isle Beach wants new 57 million town hall

first_imgOcean Isle Beach Town Hall (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Ocean Isle Beach wants to build a new town hall off of the island.The town plans to borrow $5.7 million from First Bank to finance the project.- Advertisement – The new town hall would be located in the vacant space on Causeway Drive just off the island.It will offer more parking and room for employees.The town says they need a permanent structure off the island in case of a hurricane.Related Article: Annual oyster festival in Ocean Isle Beach moves across townThe next step is for local government officials to approve construction.Board of commissioners say it should be approved by March.last_img read more

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan for 4th in career scoring

first_imgLeBron James (Photo: Keith Allison / CC BY-SA 2.0) LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.The Los Angeles Lakers superstar scored his 32,293rd career point on a driving layup in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, getting fouled in the act.- Advertisement – This achievement was particularly special to James, who grew up in Ohio idolizing Jordan. James tweeted his excitement about the milestone shortly before the game: “Can’t even front. This is going to be UNREAL!! Wow man.”James began the night needing 13 points to reach the mark. He now trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).___Related Article: NC State gives hoops coach Kevin Keatts new 6-year contractMore AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Local coffee shop grows again to replace Mayfaire Starbucks

first_img Brothers Michael and Ben Powell started Drift Coffee & Kitchen in Ocean Isle Beach four years ago. Since then, the business has grown and added a spot at Autumn Hall off Eastwood Road in September 2017.Powell hopes to have their newest location at 1005 International Drive open this summer.He says Drift strives to provide a positive and memorable experience and the purpose is for people to feel, “this is special, these people care for me.”Related Article: Lawmakers propose tax for beach nourishment“We do that because these feeling have come to me in different cafes across the world.  I used to travel and compete as a professional surfer in Australia, Asia, Central America and some of Europe,” Powell told WWAY. “My brother and I still thankfully still get to make 2 round the world trips each year, focusing on visiting cafes. When someone designs a space a certain way and creates a food and beverage that look and taste great and is all topped off by someone serving it that exudes passion, I get so much joy.With this we try to teach our team, the true gift is being able to give and see the joy of the receiver. Cafes are typically a connection hub for the respective towns they are in, breaking many social barriers.  We love that we are able to provide this.”Drift Coffee serves breakfast and lunch items including granola and yogurt, acai bowls, toasts topped with avocado or scrambled eggs, and salads.The menu includes espresso, Americanos, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and drip coffees. The business also offers teas and holistic drinks. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drift Coffee and Kitchen is expanding. The local business plans to add a third location in the Cape Fear and take over the Starbucks in Mayfaire Town Center.Drift owner Michael Powell says Starbucks will relocate across Military Cutoff Road from Mayfaire.Drift Coffee & Kitchen (Photo: Michael Powell)- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Google defends why it does not make apps for Windows Phone

first_imgAdvertisement Google asked Microsoft to yank down its ad-free YouTube app from the Windows Phone store last week.Microsoft has complained in the past that Google does not make its services available on Windows Phone like it does on iOS, even making an accusation that senior executives at Google told the YouTube team not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones even when they wanted to make one.Google’s chief of Android and Chrome platforms, Sundar Pichai, has tried to clear the air offering that Windows Phone has not achieved critical mass yet for Google to invest in making apps for the platform. – Advertisement – Calling out YouTube in specific, he said that Google wants as many users as possible to access YouTube irrespective of their operating system and for that reason it had an HTML5 version of YouTube that runs well on Windows Phone too.While Microsoft had to pull down its YouTube app, the two companies were reportedly working together on a new version of YouTube that will indeed be based on the HTML5 version Pichai was talking about.Google announced its decision to drop Exchange support from Gmail as a part of its “Winter Cleaning” drive, which was critical for Microsoft to sync contacts and calendars from users’ Gmail accounts to Windows Phone devices.Google, however extended the deadline, giving time to Microsoft to start supporting CardDev and CalDev protocols on which Google was offering data sync services.Credit: BGRlast_img read more

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Is wearable technology good for gaming

first_imgGaming has popularize the wearable technology. Image Credit: WordPress Advertisement It’s probably fair to say that wearable technology was initially something of a letdown after the below-par launch and reception of Google Glass, but the past couple of years have seen giant leaps in the industry and the public is beginning to respond.As well as the launch of wearable devices from major names such as Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG, and the continued improvements in the world of virtual reality headsets, the Apple Watch has opened the doors to a whole new generation of gaming.While there is still some way to go until wearable technology is where the big brands want it, the progress being made has resulted in significant investment from the biggest names in the industry. – Advertisement – Mobile apps paving the way Smartphones have paved the way for wearable technology, taking advantage of the smaller, faster and more powerful mobile processors. As well as allowing users to access the Internet from their phones, mobile technology has given birth to the app.Whether it’s updating your Facebook profile from the beach, watching videos on YouTube, playing roulette at an online casinos such as 32Red or checking up on the latest news on the BBC, apps are now as popular as they are common.The gaming world wasn’t slow in making the most of the growth in app technology, with some of the biggest names in the industry jumping aboard in order to allow smartphone users to play their favourite games from their handheld devices.Microgaming and “micro gaming” In the world of online casinos, developers Microgaming were quick to adapt to mobile technology, allowing betting fans to play their favorite games from wherever they are. The company, which produces games for the most popular names in the industry, from 32Red to Betway, has been on the forefront of online gaming technology.Microgaming has truly embraced the changing technology, developing the first ever five-reel smartwatch slot game app, hinting that it might only be a matter of time before the major players in the online casino arena are accessible through the Apple Watch.[related-posts]Smartwatches, exciting future The unveiling of the Apple Watch lived up to much of the hype, and wearable technology has been taken to another level. While smartwatches’ main use during this relatively early stage is for communication and activity tracking, catching up on emails, taking phone calls, updating social media or keeping a record on steps taken in a day, the ever-evolving technology has already seen a number of gaming giants adapt their products to be able to be accessed from smartwatches.It remains to be seen how far the likes of Apple Watch are going to be able to take gaming, considering the size of the screen and current basic, albeit impressive, functions. But with so much investment being made into the growth of the technology, especially from developers with the financial power of Apple behind them, there is plenty of reason to feel as though smartwatch gaming will break new ground in the industry over the coming years.The return of Virtual Reality The real success story of wearable technology gaming has been Virtual Reality. Despite a host of unsuccessful versions of the technology over the years, it wasn’t until the success of Oculus Rift before the public really got a product that was genuinely worth getting excited about. As well as creating a headset that doesn’t feel as though you have a decent-sized family car strapped to your face, Oculus Rift has taking gaming to new heights, introducing a host of fantastic games that have made the most of the technology.From the likes of horror games such as the terrifying Alone!, to classic shooters in the shape of Crashland, Virtual Reality gaming has really picked up the wearable technology ball and ran with it. For a technology that has promised big things for so many years, it’s something of a relief that Oculus Rift have answered a lot of gaming fans’ dreams and delivered a product that not only offers as realistic virtual experience than anything we’ve ever seen, but also the potential to break new ground as we further explore the possibilities of Virtual Reality.[inquire]last_img read more

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Parliament Passes Uganda Communications Amendment Bill Gives More Powers to ICT Minister

first_imgThe ICT Minister will pass unquestioned regulations regarding communication in Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy) Advertisement The newly passed Uganda Communications Amendment will give extraordinary powers to the Minister of Information, ICT and National Guidance (currently, Frank Tumwebaze) to pass all regulations governing the communication industry in the country.The bill which was passed by parliament on Thursday seeks to amend the Section 93(1) with justifications that Parliament enacted conflicting provisions that require parliamentary approval of the regulations made by the Minister.With the new amendment, the minister will pass any regulations as regards communication and will be relieved of the obligation to lay the regulations before Parliament as was required in section 93(3).The ICT Minister will pass unquestioned regulations regarding communication in Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy) – Advertisement – The bill allows the Minister more powers to take any actions against the media and the media practitioners as he deems necessary, which some MPs argue he/she might abuse.Parliament will have no say over regulations passed by the minister although there is a proposal that a tribunal be constituted to which the public can seek redress in case the Minister misuses his power.The tribunal however has not been set up although the amendment has already been passed.State Minister for ICT, Aidah Nantaba who presented the bill before parliament said “The Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) wrote to the Judicial Service Commission to have the Tribunal constituted and established but they have sighted cases of lack of funds adding that as long as the funds are available, they will be able to constitute one.”[related-posts]last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Mondays World Cup games

first_imgSweden v South KoreaFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage13:00 ITVThis will be Sweden’s (evens with starsports.bet) first major tournament without Zlatan Ibrahimović but they ought to have enough quality to make a successful start against South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod today.The Swedes qualification is not to be sniffed at. They were second only to major players France in their qualifying section and also beat Holland to second place on goal difference. Some might point out Dutch frailties in that group and they’d be right to, but Sweden were completely deserving of their 1-0 win over Italy over two legs to make it here.South Korea, who famously finished fourth in 2002 on home soil, have struggled for the last four years and new manager Tae-Young Shin has not had the hippest of years in charge. His reign started with 0-0 draws against Iran and Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifiers and not much has really improved since.They went through second in their group, but they were a whole seven points behind Iran by the end of the process, a margin that is not flattering even in light of the Iranians’ victory over Morocco on Friday.There’s also a long injury list for Shin to deal with, including the first-choice centre-back Kim Min-ja, Yeom Ki-hun and midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon along with veteran striker Keun-Ho Lee. This leaves a huge amount of pressure on Son Heung-Min, who scored seven goals in qualifying for the World Cup and also 12 goals in the Premier League to boot.Swedish coach Janne Andersson might be missing some goals upfront thanks to injury as well, but the rest of his side has been working perfectly through qualifying and the warmup and he should have enough quality to get to a winning start.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SWEDEN to win 15 points at evens with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Belgium v PanamaFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage16:00 BBC One‘The Golden Generation’ haven’t been as successful as Belgian fans and pundits have imagined over the last few years. With a Quarter Final exit to the hands of Wales at Euro 2016 still on everyone’s mind, there’s a question mark over whether these Belgian superstars can work in cohesion as well as they all play at club level. With the likes of Hazard, De Bruyne and Lukaku in attack, there’s always a case for them to hurt you. The Man City midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne has stamped himself as one of the world’s best this season, with a return of 8 goals and 16 assists in the league to add, it’s safe to say it will all run through him. At 13/2 to score first, you can’t go wrong.This could be the reality Panama are about to face… As much as they drew their way to qualifying, the controversial “ghost goal” awarded to them against Costa Rica will still be a major factor. It’s going to be a big tournament for Roman Torres, arguably Panama’s star man. The Seattle Sounders centre back was the rock that helped his country only concede 10 goals in qualifying, and famously tucked away the winner against Costa Rica to join their neighbours here in Russia.But even with the pressure on Belgium to perform, and the hype around Panama’s first World Cup, it looks like being a long evening for the debutants. As Roberto Martinez’s men have brushed aside 3 teams by a 3+ goal margin in warm up games. We advise to play the handicap result here -2 on Belgium at a tasty 6/4.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK KEVIN DE BRUYNE TO SCORE FIRST 4 points at 13/2 with starsports.betBACK BELGIUM -2 HANDICAP 6 points at 6/4 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Tunisia v EnglandFIFA World Cup 2018 Group Stage19:00 BBC OneA nation expects…. or rather it doesn’t. The pre-match fanfare to England’s 2018 World Campaign has been more on the recorder level than the vuvuzela and that might just be a positive for Gareth Southgate’s young side.Certainly, the World Cup has started well for them without kicking a ball. For me, no side has stamped their mark yet on the competition and even allowing for first night nerves I’ve been 100% underwhelmed by France, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and of course Germany.So much so I’m beginning to wonder whether there is a Leicester City lurking in the pack. Answers on a postcard please.Of course, before getting too carried away by England’s chances (for me, they remain slightly over-priced) they still have to walk the walk and there’s every chance they may prove as mediocre as France, Spain et al.On paper they have a good group and a good opening game and surely a win beckons tonight against a Tunisian side rated nine places inferior on the FIFA rankings. Ah yes, those FIFA rankings that have Russia rated 70th !!England’s manager Gareth Southgate said: “We have been working on a system of play we think suits the players we have available and the style of play we want to implement.“Everyone at home wants England to win but they want to see them play well and enjoy their football and that’s what I want as a coach.”The two sides have only met once competitively before and England won that 2-0 back in 1998.However Tunisia have failed to win their last 11 games at a World Cup and are expected to come up short against a England side tonight who I expect to be in front at both half time and full time which can be backed at 6/5 with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ENGLAND HT/FT 10 points at 6/5 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 144.64 pointslast_img read more

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OpenStax takes personalized learning to college

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_OSX-quad103-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax has been chosen by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop personalized courseware for college students.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_OSX-quad98-lg.jpgCAPTION: OpenStax College textbooks are free online, low-cost in print, and have already saved students more than $30 million.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2013/04/0501-LJAF-OpenStax-5books-lg.jpgCAPTION: OpenStax College founder Rich Baraniuk displays some of the publisher’s free textbooks.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0805_OSX-K12-rich-lg.jpgCAPTION: Richard BaraniukCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/08/0805_OSX-K12-daniel2-lg.jpgCAPTION: Daniel WilliamsonCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduOpenStax takes ‘personalized’ learning to collegeOpenStax selected by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Courseware ChallengeHOUSTON — (Sept. 30, 2014) — Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which has already provided free textbooks to hundreds of thousands of college students, has been chosen by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop personalized courseware for college students as part of the foundation’s $20 million Next Generation Courseware Challenge.OpenStax is one of seven competition finalists announced by the Gates Foundation today in Orlando, Fla., at EDUCAUSE 2014, the leading annual conference for IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.“The same technology that retailers and online search firms use to deliver personalized choices can also be used to deliver personalized learning experiences for college students,” said OpenStax founder Richard Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering. “Our free textbooks are already making college more accessible for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it, and personalized learning technology will improve student learning outcomes as well.”Richard BaraniukBaraniuk said OpenStax’s personalized learning technology will pinpoint areas where students need more assistance, and it will react by delivering specific content to reinforce concepts in those areas. The personalized books will deliver tailored lessons that allow individual students to learn at their own pace. For example, faster learners could receive lessons that are streamlined and compact, and struggling students could be given more supplemental material and additional learning exercises.OpenStax began as an open educational resource repository in 1999 and is best known for its higher-education publishing division, OpenStax College, which uses philanthropic gifts to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks for the nation’s most-attended college courses. OpenStax College textbooks are free online and low-cost in print, and the first seven books have already saved students nearly $30 million.In May, more than 100 digital learning innovators were invited to participate in the Next Generation Courseware Challenge. Participants were asked to develop digital courseware that personalizes instruction, with the goal of helping low-income and disadvantaged undergraduates succeed in high-enrollment college courses. OpenStax was among 51 organizations that applied for the challenge.“Students learn best when education is personalized to their needs and goals,” said Daniel Greenstein, director of postsecondary success at the foundation. “There is a growing body of evidence that courseware, when integrated effectively by faculty in instruction, can personalize learning at unprecedented scale, potentially enabling all students — not just those who are able to attend the most elite, expensive colleges — to get the best and most effective education at a reasonable price.Daniel Williamson“Since 2008, the foundation has invested more than $60 million to accelerate the development of great courseware and worked with faculty to advance our understanding about how to use it well in support of undergraduate education,” Greenstein noted. “This latest round of investments represents our belief that a new generation of courseware is beginning to emerge with capabilities that will have tremendous benefits for students and faculty and enable colleges and universities to more effectively advance their educational missions.”OpenStax Managing Director Daniel Williamson said the new funding will enable OpenStax to harness the latest research in cognitive science and machine-learning algorithms to customize learning experiences for college students. As part of the challenge grant, OpenStax plans to combine the new personalized learning technology with some of its upcoming titles.In August, OpenStax launched a two-year effort to pioneer personalized digital textbooks for K-12 education. That program, which is funded by a $9 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), will combine personalized learning technology with content from two popular OpenStax College titles — Concepts of Biology and College Physics — to create personalized textbooks for both high school physics and Advanced Placement biology.OpenStax is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the support of the Gates Foundation, LJAF, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. For more information, visit http://openstaxcollege.org.-30-VIDEO is available at:OpenStax developing textbooks that deliver personalized learninglast_img read more

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Moshe Vardi wins ACM Presidential Award

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduMoshe Vardi wins ACM Presidential Award Rice professor honored for transforming association’s flagship publicationHOUSTON — (June 21, 2017) — The Association of Computing Machinery has honored Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi with the 2017 ACM Presidential Award in recognition of his efforts to transform the association’s flagship publication, Communications of the ACM, into “a monthly must-read for a global audience.”ACM President Vicki Hanson announced the award this week. Vardi, who also won the 2008 ACM Presidential Award, is the first two-time recipient of the honor. He will receive this year’s award at the association’s June 24 banquet in San Francisco. Moshe Vardi AddThiscenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionMoshe VardiVardi joined Rice’s faculty in 1993 and is the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.He took the reigns as editor-in-chief of Communications of the ACM in 2008 and helped build its circulation to nearly 100,000. He will step down as editor-in-chief June 30.The association’s 2017 award citation lauded Vardi as “a true visionary whose outstanding leadership over the last decade has cemented the reputation of ACM’s flagship publication — Communications of the ACM — as the premier chronicler of computing technologies by opening its pages to leading voices from multiple disciplines, extending its reach with new digital and mobile platforms and making it a monthly must-read for a global audience.”“‘Communications’ is the main vehicle ACM uses to share with the world the excitement of working in this field,” Hanson said. “The magazine also serves as a public square in which ACM members from different disciplines and regions read about the most recent developments in computing, offer their viewpoints and stay connected. During his tenure, Moshe has transformed Communications of the ACM into a publication that is essential, accessible and enjoyable.”In addition to strengthening the content of the publication, the association cited Vardi for leveraging the latest technologies to expand the magazine’s worldwide audience. He initiated and oversaw the development of the Communications website, digital edition and mobile apps — all of which have significantly increased the magazine’s readership and influence, the association said.Vardi is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a Guggenheim fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europa. He is a fellow of the ACM, the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His numerous honors include the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award, the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Award, the 2008 Blaise Pascal Medal for Computer Science by the European Academy of Sciences and the 2000 Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science.Vardi’s research centers upon the application of logic to computer science, database systems, complexity theory, multi-agent systems and specification and verification of hardware and software. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 technical articles and of two books, “Reasoning About Knowledge” and “Finite Model Theory and Its Applications.”ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM Presidential Award is given at the discretion of the association’s president to individuals whose contributions in computing fall within the goals of the organization.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/02/0504_NAS-Vardi-lg-xphmxq.jpgCAPTION: Moshe Vardi (Photo by T. LaVergne/Rice University)This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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Friday News – USC Hosts Venture Summit FSUs Masters of Business Analytics

first_imgFriday News – USC Hosts Venture Summit, FSU’s Master’s of Business Analytics Class Graduates, and More Last Updated May 24, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including the USC Venture Summit.Venturing Ahead – USC Marshall Hosts 8th annual Venturing Summit – USC Marshall NewsThe Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall hosted the 8th annual University Venturing Summit this month.The event gave Future entrepreneurs from USC’s MBA community the chance to meet with VCs and supporting businesses such as accounting and law firms. USC faculty also took part in the Summit, including Patrick Henry, Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and organizer of the Summit.“The perception of a lot of university ventures is that they are still in the ‘good idea’ stage…But the reality is that the university venturing world is more market-ready than ever, and university ventures are more ready to launch than ever,” Henry says. USC MBA alum Jessica Schleder presented her venture, Adoptimize, which allows insurance providers to increase their volume of leads through streamlining the pet adoption process. Other student ventures, including a data security tool, addressed the trends present in the L.A. economy and beyond.Sponsored by EY, among other private firms, the Summit also hosted student entrepreneurs from UCLA Anderson, UC Irvine, and Cal State University Northridge. Click here for more on the Summit and its participants.Inaugural Class of Master’s in Business Analytics Students Set to Graduate – FSU College of Business NewsFlorida State University College of Business’ first Master’s in Business Analytics (MS-BA) class graduated this month from the School of Business.The program was created in order to meet the demands of an economy increasingly driven by data, and its analysis and application in helping businesses grow. Students in the program combine a strong command of quantitative skills in various backgrounds with a desire to develop their powers of analysis.One graduate, Jessie Tolbert, started his career as an environmental scientist. Curious about how the data he gathered was used to improve environmental conditions, Tolbert decided to pivot into analytics with the MA-BS degree. “I’ve learned in-demand technical skills and built my professional network with other students, distinguished professors and FSU alumni who are in the industry,” Tolbert says.The degree comes on the heels of such studies as one by McKinsey, showing a 60 percent gap between the demand for talented analysts and the supply of qualified people in the workforce. For more on Florida State’s MS-BA, read here.Village of Oak Park Partners with Graduate Marketing Class – Quinlan School of Business NewsIn an effort to retain both the rich history and the future growth of the Oak Park neighborhood, Loyola University of Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business MBA alum have teamed up with Oak Park residents and current Quinlan grad students.Loyola Quinlan alumni Eric Pedersen (left) and Jeff Prior (right) / Photo via luc.eduEric Pedersen (MBA ’01), of the Oak Park Neighborhood Services team, sought to improve the visibility of the community’s housing rehabilitation loan program. “The need was a short, consistent, and readily understandable message, combined with a visually appealing ad campaign … And we needed it in less than 60 days with a very modest budget.”The loan program assists those in need—the recently unemployed, people with disabilities, seniors, and single parents—obtain interest free loans to make necessary home improvements.Quinlan Professor of Marketing Katie Hession’s class was able to work under the tight deadline and budget to create the program’s ad campaign. Using the tagline of “Brick by Brick, Chip by Chip, Panel by Panel, and Picket by Picket,” the ad package contains visually striking images and bold messages regarding the program. For more on the ads and Oak Park’s community improvement efforts, read here.Wharton School Forms Analytics at Wharton – Wharton NewsThe University of Pennsylvania Wharton School announced the establishment of Analytics at Wharton, which unites industry leaders, researchers, and faculty with the goal of harnessing big data to help businesses grow.An anonymous $15 million gift has allowed the creation of the Data Science and Business Analytics Fund. Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett says, “In the 21st century, leaders will increasingly use data and analytics to develop insights that will help them make better decisions and become better leaders. The creation of Analytics at Wharton demonstrates our commitment to using big data to transform how business is done.”Along with the fund comes the creation of a new leadership position at Wharton, the Vice Dean of Analytics. Eric T. Bradlow, the K.P. Chao Professor and Professor of Marketing, Economics, Education, and Statistics will hold this position.The new initiative will bring five existing Wharton programs: Customer Analytics; the Penn Wharton Budget Model; People Analytics; Wharton Neuroscience; and Wharton Research Data Services. For more on Analytics at Wharton, read here.Brookings Institution Appoints Lemma Senbet to Africa Board –  News at Smith School of BusinessUniversity of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has appointed Professor Lemma Senbet to the Distinguished Advisory Board of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.The Advisory Board is responsible for guiding members of the Africa Growth Initiative on key economic and social issues faced by the continent. Lemma W. Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance at the Smith School of the University of Maryland and the founding director of the school’s Center for Financial Policy. He also serves on the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund’s Advisory Board, and he is the former executive director and CEO of the African Economic Research Consortium.Africa Growth Initiative Director Brahima S. Coulibaly says of Senbet’s appointment, “[Senbet joins a distinguished] panel of select, high-level policymakers, academics and practitioners on African socio-economic development issues.”You can read here for more on Senbet and the Africa Growth Initiative.center_img regions: Baltimore / Chicago / Los Angeles / Philadelphia / Washington, DC RelatedMarshall Hosts 2nd Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence SummitMarshall School of Business will hold its 2nd Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit on Friday, September 26, 2014. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the USC Davidson Center. The event will feature speakers on Macro and Micro Trend Analysis of Global Supply Chain,…August 18, 2014In “Featured Home”Cal State Fullerton Debuts New Accounting Courses, and More – Los Angeles NewsWe’ve rounded up the biggest news stories coming from business schools in the Los Angeles metro area this week, including the introducing of new Cal State Fullerton accounting courses. CSUF Mihaylo Accounting Program Debuts New Courses – Mihaylo Newsroom The Mihaylo College of Business at the California State University, Fullerton recently…August 31, 2018In “Featured Home”Los Angeles News: UC Irvine Female Faculty Recognized, and MoreLet’s visit some of the biggest news stories coming out of business schools and MBA programs in Los Angeles. Welcome New EMBA Director Joe O’Hannigan – Loyola Marymount Newsroom The Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration has recently named Joe O’Hannigan as the new associate dean and director for the school’s Executive…February 13, 2018In “Featured Home”last_img read more

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