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SF protesters say no to techsploitation block buses with scooters

first_imgScooters block tech buses on 24th and Valencia from Mission Local on Vimeo.Scooters block tech buses on 24th and Valencia from Mission Local on Vimeo.The protest was organized by housing activists in San Francisco and in solidarity with activists in San Jose and Berlin, where people are staunchly opposing a new Google campus in their neighborhood.One banner draped over a bus reads, “Techsploitiation — from the sweatshop to the gig economy to the e-waste dump — is Toxic, Sweep Tech NOT Tents.”(See time-stamped updates throughout the day, below.)9:20 a.m. Fifty people blocked 14 tech buses by piling scooters in their path and lighting an orange flare at 24th and Valencia. One bus driver tried to move the scooters, but soon resigned himself to just waiting. A passerby sprayed graffiti on one of the idle buses.The group of housing activists reject what they see as tech companies “littering the city,” while homeless encampments are swept away.“This is a message from the community,” said Tony Robles, a community organizer focused on housing for seniors with disabilities. He says that tech companies like Bird, a scooter company, act with impunity and dump stuff in the neighborhoods without considering the needs of current residents.People testified on a PA system about how their lives have been transformed by what they call a tech takeover. One woman said the city cut down trees to make room for the tech buses.Organizers created a memorial for Pablo Avendano, 34, who was fatally struck by a car while working for the food-delivery app Caviar. Protesters see his death as an indictment of the “gig economy.”“It’s all interconnected,” said Kelley Cutler with the Coalition on Homelessness. Cutler says the perception is that San Francisco and the Mission are a playground, providing the grounds for new tech companies to fuel displacement and homelessness.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.9:45 a.m. After an hour of blocking traffic and tech buses, protesters announced the protest was over. They picked up the scooters and carried them over the to sidewalk, clearing the way for the tech buses to drive off to their next destination. A short action. Point made.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. Tags: protests • tech buses Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% We will be updating throughout the day. Jump to the new material below. Protesting what they called the “techsploitation” of the city’s public space, about 50 protesters descended on a eight large white commuter buses Thursday morning, blocking their departure to Mountain View.center_img 0%last_img read more

Distillations The Flying Pig Bistro Pub a refuge from San Francisco and

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “I want to tell you to buy me a drink,” Tessa said to me. “But I need you to know it’s not because I’m being a jerk, it’s because I’m being poor.”Hearing this, the bartender at the Flying Pig Bistro Pub laughed. “There is a difference,” he agreed.“If you get this wrong,” I said, “things can spiral out of control.”“Tessa” and I had just been to see a series of short plays that her friend had helped create, and they were so well-meaning, terribly earnest and blatantly righteous, that eventually we started laughing every time somebody pointed out the difference between Right and Wrong. We left at intermission. Email Addresscenter_img “Save us from obvious plays that point out the obvious thing about an obvious problem!” I’d said as we walked to the Flying Pig, on South Van Ness. “I mean, DID YOU KNOW that housing in San Francisco is too expensive?”“WHAT?” she’d said, incredulously. “Where did you hear that?”“I saw it in a play! It really raised my awareness!”“I saw a play too! Apparently evangelical families don’t always accept their gay children.”“NO! My mind is blown!”“You know,” she’d said sadly, no longer laughing, “our art scene kind of sucks.”Centaur and Biker (interpreted as “An obvious comparison of two bearded men and their personal horsepower”) from the collection of the Museum of Bad Art.A prominent San Francisco art critic once told me the same thing: that for all our belief that we’re a big metropolis, our scene is still too small to really accommodate conflict and criticism. If you want to work here, you have to make sure everybody else in the scene likes you, and that makes for bad art.I’d taken Tessa to The Flying Pig because it is the spot where, for several months last year, I met with some people to work on a doomed art project that also turned out to be awful. It had the opposite problem, though: It was all technique and no heart. Symbolically, the Flying Pig is connected in my head to discussions of bad art.But at least I got paid for my bad art, which is more than most people can say for their good art. And The Flying Pig was always a good place for those meetings. Straddling the line between a bar and a café, it accommodates small groups and conversations beautifully, provided they’re laid back. Long and gently-but-well-lit from a series of faux tiffany lamps hanging across the room, it has an extensive food menu and a decent-if-idiosyncratic selection of beers and wine. With a bar running almost the full length of the room and a large number of small tables, chairs, and couches, walking in seems like a cross between entering a diner and getting comfortable in the living room of a large house. It was almost deserted when we arrived, with five screens all silently turned to a baseball game.We ordered the first of many Dogfish Head Festina Pêche beers, and, after we sat down near the door, Tessa told me that she had bumped into her ex-boyfriend for the first time since the breakup … on a flight Los Angeles. After a long hesitation, they arranged to sit next to each other.“It actually went really well,” she said. “I think because the thing we always had in common is that we’re both always in emotional survival mode, so neither of us ever feel like we have the luxury to be mad or throw a fit in a situation where we can’t get out. So we did a sort of emotional survival mode dance, where first we established whether anybody was angry enough to yell or create a scene. And of course neither of us were, so then we figured out if there was something we could do for the other person, something they needed, that would make them glad to see us. And then, since both of those things were good, we finally strategized: Okay, we have 90 uninterrupted minutes, what do we need to talk about?”“So … it was a good conversation?”“It was. And we’ve never spoken since.”“Wow. That … that … seems at once way, way, more dysfunctional, and much more healthy, than any high-pressure meeting I’ve ever had with an ex.”“Yeah, it was really good, but I think it was only possible because we both had such traumatic childhoods, we’re both so broken at the level of attachment.” She shrugged. “My family didn’t understand it either. They kept asking me ‘so, are you back together?’ As if not hating each other meant we must be in love. But … my family has a hard time with this kind of thing. At our last reunion, my grandmother started talking about her experience with the Japanese internment camps for the first time — she’s never, NEVER, talked about this before — but at the beginning of her story she started using racial slurs for other groups of people, which was completely unnecessary, obviously, and so my young teenage relatives started calling her out for racist language, and … it was tragic, because the message the teenagers were getting was ‘grandma’s a racist,’ and the message grandma was getting was ‘nobody wants to hear about what happened to me. My experiences don’t count.’ And we couldn’t figure out how to work around it.”“Lucy in the Sky with Flowers,” from the collection of the Museum of Bad Art.We sat in silence with that, and for a moment I lost all capacity to laugh. There is far, far, more human drama and complexity in the two stories she’s just told me than in any of the plays we saw tonight, or in any of the productions my colleagues and I once planned here. Our lives, viewed from the right angle, with good lighting, are exquisite works of art.People came in and out, getting food to go. It’s strange: I’ve always thought of The Flying Pig as a place to sit and linger, but tonight it’s much more of a neighborhood kitchen for people trying to make it home. Far at the other end of the room, a lone man sat drinking and watching highlights from a baseball game, a glazed look in his eyes.“The internet is only making this worse,” Tessa said after a moment. “It turns all of our stories into something to argue about, rather than to listen to, because it’s a system designed by emotionally stunted Californians. The block feature? That is so San Francisco. We’re not going to fix a problem, we’re barely even going to acknowledge it, we’re just going to shun you, to pretend you don’t exist. That’s how we do things here, but, it’s not how anyone else does … okay, maybe Harvard … and so it imposes this ridiculous system on the rest of the country. In San Francisco, everyone is either conflict avoidant or part of a righteous mob, and we’re creating systems where that’s the way everyone has to act. And it’s ruining us.”“Excuse me,” the bartender said, stepping over. “I’m going to be closing up soon.”“Right,” I agreed. “Go ahead and close my tab.” “Sorry the theater was so bad,” Tessa said to me. “But at least you learned that inequity falls hardest on marginalized populations, which is something nobody around here would have ever told you. It would never have come up in conversation.”“If that’s what they want to get across, maybe they should put out a press release,” I grumbled. But in fact the most powerful moments of our lives, the most artful, the most heartbreaking, the most relevant, often occur when no one else is paying attention. These are the stories, complex and nuanced, that we usually pretend don’t exist. Even in our art. Read more from Benjamin Wachs here.  last_img read more

Chelsea Clinton drops by San Franciscos Mission District

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Perhaps the best measure of Chelsea Clinton’s capability as a public speaker was her ability to mention diarrhea to an audience of junior high-aged kids — repeatedly — with nobody laughing.The former first daughter, author, and adjunct professor at Columbia University was this afternoon asked a fairly open-ended question by a young student at San Francisco Friends School in the Mission: “What is your favorite part of being an activist?” Clinton, who is traveling the nation promoting her children’s books, started off her answer politically. Of course it’s “talking to young people and figuring out how I can help you.”Then she took things in a different direction.“I enjoy refocusing the attention paid to me on something more worthy of it.” To wit, she touched on efforts to address the plight of child brides in this and other nations, an issue she’d mentioned only moments earlier. Then, out of the blue, she mentioned “combatting diarrhea around the world. … I find it unconscionable that hundreds of thousands of kids die every year from this. It’s something people are uncomfortable talking about.”center_img The students, who kept themselves entertained before Clinton’s appearance by swapping exquisitely bad, charming jokes — How many tickles does it take to make the octopus laugh? TEN-tickles! — kept it together. Perhaps some of the parents and teachers standing on the periphery struggled a bit more. But the kids were all right.Chelsea Clinton reveals to her youthful questioners that, while she, too, went to a Quaker school, she did not know “Tim” in her school days. Photo by Camille Cohen.Clinton, who is speaking at schools in every city she visits promoting her children’s books She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and She Persisted Around the World, spoke to two sets of students at the Quaker school: kindergarten-through-fourth graders and fifth-through-eighth graders. The questions from the former group were not the sort to lead to discussions about lethal diarrhea or reveal that, in Massachusetts, 12-year-olds may marry.The younger students asked Clinton, among other things, how old she is (38); when she was born (Feb. 27, 1980), and “if you knew Tim when you went to a Friends school in Washington, D.C.” (She did not).When asked which of her profiles of inspirational women she liked best, Clinton declined to answer — but did state that she was glad that, in one of the books’ opening panels, she was able to sneak in a picture of her own mother and Coretta Scott King. She also read the kids snippets about a number of the women she profiled, including Maria Tallchief, Sally Ride, Caroline Herschel, Ruby Bridges, and — to audible gasps of joy — Joanne “J.K.” Rowling.Clinton’s standby when confronted by a sea of young questioners was “Oh, gosh. So many hands.” This was said a lot, whether those hands were attached to kindergarteners or junior high-aged children. But the questions weren’t the same.The older children asked mostly broad questions that gave Clinton the opportunity to say as much or as little as she wanted to say. Sometimes she said quite a bit. When asked if “when your dad was president and all” her parents had high expectations for her, she answered “absolutely. And I had high expectations for myself.” She continued that she was “blessed and extremely privileged, and that includes the color of my skin. I never had to worry about having a roof over my head or food on my table.” In a similar vein, when asked if she would still be where she is in life if her family wasn’t “kinda political,” she said, “I don’t know. That’s the honest answer.”Chelsea Clinton, a mother of two with a third on the way, went in-depth with students at the San Francisco Friends School about the dire situation of child brides and the ongoing problem of lethal childhood diarrhea. Photo by Camille Cohen.Clinton spent the lion’s share of her time with the older children talking about the plight of what she described as 750 million young people worldwide, almost exclusively girls, made to enter into marriage while children. She bemoaned that, even in this country, girls in such a situation are unable to hire a divorce attorney, a situation she finds “soooo infuriating.”Girls forced into child matrimony, she continued, suffer higher childbirth death rates, are more prone to drop out of high school, and, overall, experience deficient life outcomes.This, she said, was something to consider on the eve of Valentine’s Day. So, that was a pretty serious moment — rather a long way from Ten-tickles! And then the young people applauded the former first daughter, and she was off on her way to the next city. last_img read more

NATHAN Brown was delighted for his players as they

first_imgNATHAN Brown was delighted for his players as they weathered adversity to beat Catalans on Saturday night.They overcame the loss of Gareth O’Brien to record their fifth victory in sixth and move up to fifth in Super League.“I thought the players showed plenty of commitment,” Brown said after the game. “Catalan are a good side and I like playing games against them. They are entertaining and they like to play Rugby League.“To come here and get a win under the circumstances was fantastic. I thought they toughed it out with 12 men, but we finally got the try and our reward. We did well and I am really happy for the boys.“When we lost Gareth O’Brien we had to move things around and it did cause problems as he is an out and out half. But Paul Wellens is a handy player for us. He played four positions last week and came in and played six and helped the team.“Tommy Makinson is improving all the time and I thought all the younger players contributed tonight. Willie Manu was great and I thought Stuart Howarth was sensational. The fans were amazing too.“We will continue to improve and get better and see where we end up.”Brown told reporters after the game he was fuming with the tackle on Gareth O’Brien.He said: “I let the match commissioner know what I thought about the tackle at half-time. I thought it was nothing short of disgraceful and the reason why they’ve done it (not sent Taia off) is because last week (Wigan second rower) Scott Taylor deliberately hit Gareth O’Brien in the head and knocked him out.“I believe Zeb Taia is a lovely fella and a terrific player, but they’ve attacked his head deliberately and he’ll (Taia) get nothing because the match commissioner will be shocking about it.“I find it absolutely downright rude and disgraceful that they (the RFL) don’t protect the players in the game, in particular the small ones, who are the key players.“It is absolutely nothing short of appalling. If one of my own players did it, I’d expect them to be sent off and then be suspended for a long, long period of time. I’m really appalled that the RFL can allow this to keep happening.”Saints face London at Langtree Park on Friday August 9 and tickets are now on sale.last_img read more

Last chance to get discounted tickets to Cape Fear Fair Expo

first_imgThe Cape Fear Fair & Expo prepares to open its gates for another year.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time again. All your friends are there, or maybe they will be Friday, as the Cape Fear Fair & Expo kicks off another year.Some final preparations were underway Thursday, as workers put the finishing touches on rides, cleaned up food booths, and brought in livestock.- Advertisement – Discount tickets are being sold at Scotchman stores and online for $17 dollars until midnight. Tickets at the gate are $22 unless you print a coupon from the Fair’s official website.Fair President Debbie Carter says she hopes this will help people to let loose and have some fun after dealing with Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.“A lot of the artwork and arts and crafts seem to, especially the recyclables that came in from debris that was left from the hurricane, and a lot of the art that came from the middle schools and high schools depict what the children saw during the aftermath of the storm,” said Carter.Related Article: Wilmington airport releases photos of terminal expansion plansCarter says although the fair is supposed to open to the public Friday, bad weather could delay that opening.She says that decision will be made by noon on Friday.last_img read more

Small businesses consult experts to prep for tax season

first_imgTOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Small businesses are the backbone of America but, many local businesses lost a lot of money from Hurricane Florence. So, every dollar filed this tax season matters.“This is a brand new venture for me and I barely know how to do my own personal taxes so, doing business taxes is a whole new animal,” said Holly Mann, owner of Still Waters Therapy, PLLC.- Advertisement – She opened a therapy business in August in Topsail beach. This January will be the first time she files taxes as a small business so, Mann attended a seminar hosted by the Chamber of Commerce meant to guide business owners this tax season.This was especially needed this year, after many local businesses suffered from Hurricane Florence.“People were put out of work for a while, things were shutdown, but, their bills didn’t stop,: said Michelle Nice, Business Profit Consultant. “Their expenses didn’t stop and their income definitely didn’t stop. Their income definitely suffered so I want to bring this awareness to these business owners to get a leg up for the next year. ”Related Article: New executive order affects Wilmington small businessesNice says her goal is to help business owners not unnecessarily lose money. She says businesses must be more efficient with their current resources.Mann says she also learned tax incentives are available when hiring employees.“I’ve had a number of people who are very kind like at my church offer to help me answer phones and that sort of thing and as my business grows that will be something that I need and when I do that I want to see how can I benefit and how can they benefit,” said Mann.She also says the local business community is strong and supportive.“Something important for the tax season is to be mindful of our own needs and our business needs and if you don’t know ask because there is going to be someone to help you,” said Mann.The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed how many small businesses file taxes. These will be ushered in during the next 6 to 8 years.Be proactive. Consult with your CPA and other experts to make sure you get the profit your company deserves.last_img read more

Driver injured after accident on Coast road

first_img SharePrint Credit: MRTUCredit: MRTU A 29 year old male driver is receiving medical attention after he plowed his car into a traffic signpost on the Coast Road of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq (close to the locality of Naxxar), early today.A police spokesperson told that the male originally from Msida, was driving a white Renault Laguna.It is understood that the driver had originally refused medical attention but that police later called an ambulance on his request.The driver is currently in hospital receiving medical attention but there is not yet any information on their condition.Maltese Roads and Traffic Updates explains that the incident occurred close to Splash and Fun amusement park. They add that only the car alongwith oil and debris from the crash, are visible. WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Police investigating ownership of plot of land in Qawra

first_imgThe Police are currently investigating on the opwnership of a the piece of land in Qawra near Triq J Quintinus which has been turned into a scrap yard.In 2018, had reported that a number of cars had been abandoned in the field in question. had also spoken to a number of residents in area who explained that the cars had been abandoned on that stretch of land that is usually used as parking area for over 18 months. Thanks to our initiative, the Police had also affixed removal advices on the scraped cars.Recently, had contacted the Police again on the issue who explained that following investigations they found out that the land in question is private property and therefore law could not be enforced before contacting the owner.Meanwhile, the same residents that had spoken to in the past have explained that there are currently eight carcasses that have not only been stripped of their number plates but are also being used by children to play with. One of the carcasses had been left in the allotment for the past two and a half years and is slowly being covered by weeds.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

Spy agencies exploiting apps and accessing personal data – report

first_imgAdvertisement Previously undisclosed intelligence documents made available by Edward Snowden have revealed that US and British intelligence agencies have plotted ways to gather data from Angry Birds and other smartphone apps that leak users’ personal information onto global networks.The US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, had tried to exploit increasing volumes of personal data that spill onto networks from new generations of mobile phone technology.New intelligence tools include “leaky” apps on smartphones that could disclose users’ locations, age, gender and other personal information. – Advertisement – The report says that the agencies have traded methods for collecting location data from a user of Google Maps and for gathering address books, buddy lists, phone logs and geographic data embedded in photos when a user posts to the mobile versions of Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and other services.The the scale of the data collection from smartphones was not clear, but the documents showed that the two national agencies routinely obtained information from certain apps, including some of the earliest ones introduced to mobile phones.The documents did not say how many users were affected or whether they included Americans.Source: iOllast_img read more

Hackers are sad because video games are too hard to crack these

first_imgA Screenshot from Just Cause, one of the games that have turned out to be too difficult to crack. Image Credit: GameSpot Advertisement “In two years time I’m afraid there will be no free games to play in the world.”Let the crocodile tears flow. Hackers that are in the business of cracking the copy protection on video games are concerned about the future of their illegal activities. Increasingly advanced piracy protections are making it too much of a hassle to commit theft.The above quote comes from Bird Sister, founder of the Chinese cracking group 3DM. She spoke about the future of game cracking as she sees it in a recent post on her personal blog that addressed the troubles 3DM has run into as it’s tried — unsuccessfully — to crack Just Cause 3. – Advertisement – “Recently, many people have asked about cracks for Just Cause 3, so here is a centralized answer to this question. The last stage is too difficult,” she wrote (as translated byTorrentFreak).Bird Sister believes a crack is possible, given enough time, but time is the key factor here. Excitement around new game releases tends to wane quickly as subsequent newcomers vie for attention.[related-posts]As TorrentFreak points out, “Hardcore gamers are notoriously impatient which almost certainly means that one, two or three months of waiting for a crack is coming up for a quarter of a year late to the game. Another three months after that and many gamers will be looking forward toFIFA 17 and Just Cause 4, leaving pirates in their wake.”The big obstacle with Just Cause 3 is Denuvo, a copy protection system that also successfully protected Dragon Age: Inquisition from digital theft for a full month after it was released. Just Cause 3, which was released on Dec. 1, 2015, runs on the latest version of Denuvo.Bird Sister’s doom-and-gloom prognostication is an encouraging thing to hear, but it’s more hyperbole than fact. Copy protection is constantly improving because hackers are just as constantly working to circumvent it.[Mashable]last_img read more

ZTE Reportedly Working on its First Android Wear Watch the ZTE Quartz

first_imgZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch. Advertisement Chinese smartphone maker; ZTE Corp. is joining the likes of Apple, Google, Huawei, LG in manufacturing wearables, as the company is reportedly working on its first smartwatch to run Android Wear, dubbed Quartz which is said to come with Bluetooth certification under the model number ZW10, Wi-Fi as well as 3G connectivity, allowing for data access when it’s not paired to a smartphone as well as taking calls on your wrist.The specs for the watch haven’t yet been mentioned/seen anywhere or when it will/expected to be launched.According to VentureBeat, ZTE showed off two watches; Venus 1 and Venus 2 at Mobile World Congress last year, although they were considered primarily activity trackers that lack the robustness of a full wearable platform. Still, it would make sense for ZTE to follow up that cautious debut by unveiling the more advanced Quartz at MWC 2017 later this month.ZTE Quartz Android Wear smartwatch. – Advertisement – VentureBeat continued to mention that the company already has a Quartz: a 5.5-inch, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-powered smartphone which will luckily pair up with the upcoming smartwatch.The smartwatch is said to pair with Android devices running on versions v4.3 and higher or iOS versions v8.2.While ZTE still works on its smartwatch, according to sources from GSMArena, Google is expected to launch their Android Wear 2.0 today, while LG official introduces its LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the first devices to run the new software release from day one.last_img read more

BENS BLOG Its good at Shelbourne

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] always like to hear about other bookmakers doing well. Being jealous produces nothing, and if others are getting money out of the game, this can only be a good thing. And it means; that you too, should be achieving likewise, or trying to learn, bloody quickly, if you’re not!One of my ambitions, was always to stand, as a bookmaker, in the ferocious Shelbourne Park betting-ring, for the Irish Greyhound Derby. I don’t quite know what happened to that dream, but I was delighted to read, King of The Ring, Ted Hegharty’s news; in Saturday’s Racing Post. Ted reported, that business at Shelbourne, on Saturday nights, is excellent, has been picking up all the time, and is almost as good as ever. I’m absolutely delighted for him. LOFTY, GET ALL THE GEAR PACKED UP. WE’RE GOING TO DUBLIN!!In other news:Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak, Lavender Hill, Clapham. If you’re going out tonight, and don’t know if you fancy a Chinese, a Thai, or an Indian; this is the place for you. It’s Malaysian; and a mix of all three. Run by the eccentric Nancy, and her daughter (who seems to do all the work!), this is a cracking little restaurant, where I’ve never had a bad dish.Enak Enak. Certainly don’t miss the Satay Beef or the Virgin Squid. A really good 8.Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 28 SeptemberRACING2.10 BathSterling Lines 5/1 > 5/23.40 BathSouthfields 9/4 > 6/44.40 BathCaledonia Laird 14/1 > 8/15.20 HamiltonVoice From Above 13/2 > 9/2LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD2/1 West Brom 6/4 Everton 11/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Tottenham v Newcastle

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ot the greatest tipping week for the column – until yesterday with Bournemouth’s superb win over Man U as predicted !!Three Premier League games today and in a wide-open Premier League season who’s to say Spurs can’t get right involved in the mix?Certainly, you’d assume they’ll need to secure all three points against Newcastle to continue with any title ambitions and a win today would leave them in share of fourth with 29 points – hot on the heels of joint leaders Man City and Leicester who are on 32 points.At around 12/1 they are my idea of dark horses for the title, I’ve been impressed with Spurs so far this season.  On paper they have some easier looking games ahead of them over the Christmas period. After today it’s:19 Dec Southampton (AWAY) 26 Dec Norwich (HOME) 28 Dec Watford (AWAY)In January Spurs will also welcome Leicester to White Hart Lane twice in just four days for both their League and FA Cup game s!!Newcastle’s surprise 2-0 defeat of Liverpool last weekend has taken some of the immediate pressure of Steve McClaren but that might not last long and Newcastle have still only won one game away from home so far this season. McClaren has no fresh injury problems and is expected to name an unchanged side.Newcastle will take comfort from the fact that their last two league visits to White Hart Lane have resulted in wins but Spurs are flying this season and I’m expecting them to turn on the turbo boosters this afternoon.Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle UnitedPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2015 PREMIER Newcastle 1-3 TottenhamDec 2014 CAPITAL ONE CUP Tottenham 4-0 NewcastleOct 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 1-2 NewcastleFeb 2014 PREMIER Newcastle 0-4 TottenhamNov 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 0-1 NewcastleFeb 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 2-1 NewcastleAug 2012 PREMIER Newcastle 2-1 TottenhamFeb 2012 PREMIER Tottenham 5-0 NewcastleOct 2011 PREMIER Newcastle 2-2 TottenhamJan 2011 PREMIER Newcastle 1-1 TottenhamTottenham to be winning at both HT and FT looks the bet with Star Sports at around evens.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK TOTTENHAM HT/FT for 12 points at around evens with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 95.66 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW West Ham v Stoke

first_imgWe’re now entering that unpredictable phase of the season, not that any other stage of the season is wholly predictable I might add With City crowned Champions yesterday after the abject performance of neighbours Man U it now becomes more about what the sides have left to play for.Hard to believe it with such highly paid and pampered stars but their effort and motivation can wane at this advanced stage of the season.Thankfully tonight’s game at the London Stadium should still have plenty of passion given that West Ham and Stoke are still very much in the relegation mix.Particularly Stoke who would climb out of the bottom three if winning tonight but to do that they need to start scoring goals away from home and in their last last six away League games they have only mustered two goals.The Hammers had a huge result when beating Southampton 3-0 and followed that up with a good point at Stamford Bridge. A win tonight could lift them as high 12th in the table from 15th and ever closer to the safety zone.West Ham manager David Moyes said: “It was a great point at Chelsea. It’s not enough yet but the last two games have given us a lift.“The ideal situation is to go unbeaten between now and the end of the season, there is no reason why we can’t do that.”STARTING XIWest Ham25 Hart41 Rice21 Ogbonna3 Cresswell5 Zabaleta16 Noble8 Kouyaté26 Masuaku31 Fernandes18 João Mário7 ArnautovicStoke1 Butland17 Shawcross6 Zouma15 Martins Indi2 Bauer27 Ndiaye4 Allen3 Pieters22 Shaqiri32 Sobhi18 DioufWest Ham v Stoke CityPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2017 PREMIER Stoke 0-3 West HamApr 2017 PREMIER Stoke 0-0 West HamNov 2016 PREMIER West Ham 1-1 StokeMay 2016 PREMIER Stoke 2-1 West HamDec 2015 PREMIER West Ham 0-0 StokeApr 2015 PREMIER West Ham 1-1 StokeNov 2014 PREMIER Stoke 2-2 West HamMar 2014 PREMIER Stoke 3-1 West HamAug 2013 PREMIER West Ham 0-1 StokeMar 2013 PREMIER Stoke 0-1 West HamWith home advance and West Ham being in the better form I can only see this going one way. In a match where there should be plenty of goals I’m backing WEST HAM/WEST HAM at 9/4 and over 3.5 goals at 11/4 with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK WEST HAM/WEST HAM HT/FT 12 points at 9/4 with starsports.betBACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 6 points at 11/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 123.27 pointslast_img read more

Rice wins NIH funding for oralcancer test

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: Rice wins NIH funding for oral-cancer testGrand Opportunity grant funds rapid saliva test using lab-on-a-chipHOUSTON — (Nov. 5, 2009) — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded researchers in Rice University’s new BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) a $2 million Grand Opportunity (GO) grant to develop a fast, inexpensive test for oral cancer that a dentist could perform simply by using a brush to collect a small sample of cells from a patient’s mouth.“We want to provide an accurate diagnosis for oral cancer in less than 30 minutes using a minimally invasive test that requires no scalpels or off-site lab tests,” said principal investigator John McDevitt, Rice’s Brown-Wiess Professor in Bioengineering and Chemistry. “The payoff for this could be tremendous because oral cancers today are typically diagnosed much too late in their development.”NIH established the GO grant program to support projects that address large, specific research endeavors that are likely to deliver near-term growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health and health care delivery. GO grant funding was provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.If oral cancer is detected early, the prognosis for patients is excellent, with a five-year survival rate of more than 90 percent. Unfortunately, the actual five-year survival rate for oral squamous cell carcinoma is only about 50 percent, among the lowest rates for all major cancers. Oral squamous cell carcinoma affects about 300,000 people per year worldwide, and most cases are diagnosed in their late stages.The new test is possible because of a novel microchip invented in McDevitt’s lab. This “lab-on-a-chip” uses the latest techniques in microchip design, nanotechnology, microfluidics, image analysis, pattern recognition and biotechnology to shrink many of the main functions of a state-of-the-art clinical pathology laboratory onto a microchip the size of a postage stamp.The microchips are mounted on disposable, plastic cards that are slotted into a battery-powered analyzer. A brush-biopsy sample is placed on the card and microfluidic circuits wash cells from the sample into a reaction chamber. The cells pass through mini-fluidic channels about the size of small veins and come in contact with “biomarkers” that react only with specific types of diseased cells. The machine uses two LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, to light up various regions of the cells and cell compartments. Healthy and diseased cells can be distinguished from one another by the way they glow in response to the LEDs.The oral-cancer test will be developed in collaboration with scientists at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. In addition to cancer, McDevitt’s lab is developing tests for heart attacks and HIV, and it is developing a process to produce the disposable cards for pennies apiece.“An affordable oral-cancer test that can be performed painlessly and quickly in either a regular visit at the doctor or dentist’s office benefits patients and clinicians by detecting cancer earlier and lowering health care costs,” McDevitt said.The analyzers used in the test are made by Austin-based startup LabNow, a company McDevitt launched while at the University of Texas at Austin. McDevitt moved his lab from UT-Austin to Rice in July 2009 to be in the BRC, a state-of-the-art research facility that’s within walking distance of the major research institutions of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). McDevitt’s lab is slated to begin trials of a lab-on-a-chip saliva test for heart attacks with the TMC’s Baylor College of Medicine in January. In addition, LabNow is preparing for tests next spring in Africa of a lab-on-a-chip test for HIV immune function.last_img read more

Rice invites everyone to experience Creativity Up Close

first_imgShare2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYKatharine Shilcutt713-348-6760kshilcutt@rice.eduRice invites everyone to experience Creativity Up CloseMoody Center for the Arts will host lecture series featuring researchers from across U.S.HOUSTON — (Jan. 9, 2018) — Rice University students in Professor Anthony Brandt’s popular Creativity Up Close course explore neuroscience, psychology, sociology and the economics of creativity as they develop hands-on projects throughout the semester. This year, the public is invited to learn alongside those students with a free lecture series featuring distinguished researchers in the study of creativity. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Creativity Up Close Lecture Series takes place in the Moody Center for the Arts’ Lois Chiles Studio Theater on the following dates:Feb. 5: James C. Kaufman, University of ConnecticutFeb. 26: Teresa Amabile, Harvard UniversityApril 16: Dean Keith Simonton, University of California, DavisLectures begin at 7 p.m. with opening remarks from Brandt. Q&A sessions and book signings will follow. Seating is limited; advance registration is recommended at is also offering the full course to the public through the Glasscock School for Continuing Studies. Creativity Up Close: Creative Process and Practice will provide a deep dive into understanding the creative process with opportunities to practice creativity. The course runs from Feb. 19 to April 2; enrollment is open now.Psychologist James C. Kaufman from the University of Connecticut will launch the series with a Feb. 5 lecture titled “Why Creativity? Toward better and newer positive outcomes.” The author or editor of more than 45 books, he is the president of the American Creativity Association and co-founder of two major journals. Kaufman has tested Sanjay Gupta’s creativity on CNN, appeared in the hit Australian show “Redesign My Brain” and narrated the comic book documentary “Independents.” He wrote the book and lyrics to psychological musical “Discovering Magenta,” which had its New York premiere in 2015, and co-authored a book on bad baseball pitchers with his father.Sociologist Teresa Amabile from Harvard University will speak Feb. 26 during a lecture titled “A Labor of Love: Lessons from a Creativity Research Program.” Amabile has researched and written about creativity for over 40 years and was instrumental in establishing the social psychology of creativity. She has presented her work to audiences in a variety of settings, including Pixar, Genentech, TEDx Atlanta, Apple and the World Economic Forum. In 2011 and 2013, she was named to the global Thinkers50 list. Amabile is currently studying retirement, including the impact of engagement in creative activities when adjusting to retirement.Psychologist Dean Keith Simonton will wrap up the series April 16 with a lecture titled “Creativity in the arts and sciences: Contrasts in disposition, development, and achievement.” Simonton is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. His research program encompasses the cognitive, personality, developmental and socio-cultural factors behind exceptional creativity, leadership, genius and talent. This program has produced more than 560 publications and 14 books, including “Genius, Creativity, and Leadership: Histriometric Inquiries,” “Why Presidents Succeed: A Political Psychology of Leadership,” “The Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity” and “The Genius Checklist: Nine Paradoxical Tips on How You Can Become a Creative Genius.” Simonton’s honors include the William James Book Award, the Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts and three Mensa Awards for Excellence in Research. In addition, he is a fellow of nearly a dozen scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and 12 divisions of the American Psychological Association.Anthony Brandt is the chair of composition and theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He and neuroscientist David Eagleman co-authored “The Runaway Species: How Creativity Remakes the World,” published in 10 countries. Brandt also serves as artistic director of the new music ensemble Musiqa,which performs public and educational concerts throughout Houston and has earned two Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.For more information on the lecture series, visit For a Rice University map and parking information, visit more information, contact Katharine Shilcutt, media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6760 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related information:Moody Center for the Arts: moody.rice.eduShepherd School of Music: music.rice.eduHigh-resolution images for download: 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students 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 Creativity Up Close lecture seriescenter_img AddThislast_img read more

Rotman Appoints 5 New Faculty to Strengthen Research Teaching

first_img The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has appointed five new faculty members for the coming year. These five professors will add to the research and teaching experience at the Rotman School for both pre and post-experience programs. The school also provided cross-appointments for four faculty members according to a news release.Ryann ManningManning was appointed an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. As a Ph.D. graduate from Harvard University and a co-founder of an NGO in Sierra Leone, she brings her interest in global health and international development to Rotman. Nayana ReiterAppointed an Assistant Professor of Accounting, Reiter’s research interests include investor communications, cross-listings, disclosure regulation and institutional holdings. Reiter holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the Ross School of Business.Zachary ZhongZhong holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the Haas School of Business as well as a Master of Finance from the University of Hong Kong. He joins the Rotman School as an Assistant Professor of Marketing with research interests in behavioral economics and marketing.Dana BoykoWith more than 25 years of experience working in capital markets and portfolio management, Boyko was appointed an Assistant Professor of Finance, specifically in the teaching stream. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in economics in Germany.Ralph TassoneA graduate of the Rotman Commerce program with a Master of Education, Tassone was appointed an Assistant Professor in Accounting (teaching stream). He is currently a session lecturer in the Rotman Commerce program.Four current faculty members also received cross appointments:Akash Chattopadhyay received a cross appointment to the University of Toronto Mississauga as well as the Rotman School. He is an Assistant Professor of Accounting.Daniel Goetz, an Assistant Professor of Marketing, was also cross appointed to the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Rotman School.Laurent Cavenaile, an Assistant Professor of Business Economics, joined the University of Toronto Scarborough with a cross appointment at Rotman.Charles Martineau, an Assistant Professor of Finance, was appointed to the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Rotman School. Rotman Appoints 5 New Faculty to Strengthen Research & Teaching regions: Toronto Last Updated Jul 24, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedRotman School Welcomes 3 Business ExecutivesThe Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has always been known for its world-renowned faculty and its rankings as one of the best business schools in Canada. To keep up its stellar reputation, Rotman is welcoming three new seasoned executives with experience as entrepreneurs and in the financial…August 8, 2016In “Featured Region”Four University of Toronto Professors Appointed as Chief ScientistsFour chief scientists have been tasked with leading research and activities at the University of Toronto in behavioral insights as applied to consumers, citizens, organizations and markets. The appointees will work at the Behavioural Economics in Action at Rotman (BEAR) center, which is part of the Rotman School of Management.…August 7, 2017In “Featured Region”Carey School of Business Hires 16 ProfessorsThe Carey Business School has added 16 research and practice track professors to its roster of full-time faculty. These hires, effective at the start of the 2014-15 academic year, will bring the school’s total number of full-time professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and lecturers to 82. The 16 new faculty members…September 3, 2014In “Featured Home”last_img read more

USC or UCLA Which Business School Is Right For You

first_img Full Cost$194,220$178,403 Last Updated Mar 28, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Los Angeles Financial Times (Global)2559  UCLA AndersonUSC Marshall USC or UCLA? Which Business School Is Right For You? Forbes (U.S.)1533 If you are in the midst of choosing your perfect MBA program, it’s likely you’ve already considered factors like cost, location, and prestige. But even within each of these categories it can be difficult to narrow down your selection to just one perfect school. Some of the nation’s top MBA programs can be found just within California, considered one of the best states for higher education. Today, our School v. School comparison will take a look at two of these top California programs: UCLA Anderson and USC Marshall.UCLA Anderson School of ManagementUCLA Anderson MBA ProgramsThe UCLA Anderson School of Management offers a number of unique opportunities for students to pursue their MBA degree. The traditional full-time MBA takes two years to complete, including real-world business research and a collaborative student environment. Anderson also offers a three-year Fully Employed MBA Program (FEMBA); a part-time flexible program for working professionals to pursue their education while still being able to maintain employment full-time. For experienced professionals with several years of experience, Anderson’s Executive MBA offers an advanced management education during a two-year long program. Finally, Anderson offers the unique Global EMBA, a degree offered by UCLA Anderson and the National University of Singapore over 15 months to prepare top managers for roles in multinational organizations. Why Anderson?Anderson’s MBA program focuses on creating leaders and enhancing communication skills through courses like Leadership Foundations and Management Communications, and resources from the highly-ranked Parker Career Management Center100 percent of students seeking professional internships during their degree receive them, with 52.9 percent of all internships landed through on-campus recruiting opportunities. On average, Anderson interns make a monthly salary of $7,224.The capstone field study project encourages students to gain hands-on experience. Students may apply for the Applied Management Research program, which allows them to research and provide insights for a real-world client, or participate in the Business Creation option, which gives teams of students the chance to launch their own business.UCLA Anderson v. USC Marshall Rankings The Economist (Global)640center_img What is Missing?When compared program by program to Marshall, Anderson lacks the flexible and accelerated opportunities that USC provides, with no online or year-long programs available.With a smaller percentage of acceptance, Anderson is a more competitive admissions process than Marshall, accepting just 20 percent of applicants while Marshall accepts 33 percent.Marshall and Anderson have a nearly identical gender distribution, but Anderson may have farther to go when it comes to integrating a female perspective. Just three years ago a study highlighted issues of discrimination and bias against female facultyUSC Marshall School of BusinessMarshall MBA ProgramsUSC Marshall also offers a variety of MBA programs, including degree options that allow for greater flexibility and less time commitment than those at Anderson. Similar to Anderson, Marshall offers a two-year full-time MBA program for early career professionals as well as an three-year part time MBA for Professionals & Managers. There is also an Executive MBA available at Marshall over the course of 22 months for middle to senior level managers. Marshall also provides more flexible degree options: the IBEAR MBA is a 12-month program in general management for mid-career professionals, while the Online MBA allows students to complete their degree online over the course of 21 months.Why Marshall?USC Marshall is dedicated to creating and funding research opportunities for its students. Between 2014 and 2015, $687 million was dedicated to sponsored research.On average, MBA graduates earned salaries of $115,309 three months after receiving their degree, and there are more than 375,000 USC alumni association members throughout the world.The full-time MBA at Marshall offers students the opportunity to specialize their degree, as well as offering a number of dual degree programs, such as a dual J.D./MBA, MBA/MPl, MBA/MSW, and many more.Marshall offers students an unmatched global education with PRIME International Experience Learning, a required 10-day site visit overseas as part of the Global Context of Business course.What is Missing?While the cost for a full-time MBA at both Marshall and Anderson are similar, the price tag for the Marshall executive MBA program is significantly higher, at $108,814 for the degree compared to $74,235 at Anderson.At $115,000 per year, the average salary for graduates from Marshall is slightly lower than those at Anderson.USC Marshall v. UCLA Anderson Cost About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Tuition (for two years)$117,176$115,351 Both USC Marshall and UCLA Anderson are two of California’s top business schools, some featuring the best MBA programs on the west coast. Between the two schools, major features such as overall cost and prestige differ only slightly. Marshall may have the edge when it comes to flexibility in MBA programs, offering an online and accelerated option unavailable at Anderson, and is a strong school for those interested in a global education. However, for students interested in entrepreneurship who seek strong resources and career support after graduation, UCLA may be a better fit.  UCLA AndersonUSC Marshall U.S. News & World Report (U.S.)1620 RelatedThe Best Nonprofit MBA Programs in Los AngelesMany believe that business is inherently selfish. However, there are a plethora of nonprofit organizations that could not exist without the skills of talented administrators, dedicated solely to the business and financial aspects of the company. MBA skills are coveted in the nonprofit industry, as they can make a massive…September 19, 2017In “Featured Home”The Fastest MBA You Can Earn in Los AngelesLos Angeles may not be typically associated with the break-neck pace of life like New York or Washington DC, that doesn’t mean your business school career has to be slow there. A fast MBA is becoming an increasingly large priority for new MBA students throughout the U.S., and, luckily, Los…May 24, 2018In “Featured Home”Anderson Marks 10th Year of GEMBA ProgramThis summer marks the 10th anniversary of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific program at UCLA Anderson School of Business. The program is a 15-month, dual-degree program in which graduates earn two MBAs, one from UCLA Anderson School of Management and another from the National University of Singapore…August 20, 2014In “Featured Home”last_img read more