Mission Polling Stations Say Voter Turnout Is High

first_img Tags: Election 2015 • Elections • meda Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Despite historically low voter turnouts for off-year elections, volunteers at Mission voting stations say they’ve seen a higher showing than in past elections. “It’s been busy,” said a volunteer at the Hua Sang Si Buddhist temple at 3126 22nd Street between Capp and South Van Ness. This is her third year as an election volunteer, and she said she was surprised at the high turnout. “You don’t have downtime.”Only about 30 percent of registered voters make it to the polls in elections when there are neither state nor national races, though the Chronicle reports that the city is on track for a 42 percent voter turnout this year, according to the Department of Elections. Some 53 percent made it to the polls last year during statewide elections, while fully 73 percent made it out in 2012 during the presidential race.The Mission has a slightly higher voter turnout compared to other districts. Last year, some 55 percent of eligible Mission voters came out to vote compared to 50.9 percent in other districts. The percentage of Mission registered voters over eligible voters, however, has gone down in recent years, according the the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.center_img In 2012, some 71.6 percent of eligible Mission voters came out to the polls compared to 69.9 percent in other districts. In 2014, the Mission saw a 55 percent voter turnout compared to 50.9 percent in other districts. Graph courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.Map courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.Map courtesy of the Undergraduate Statistics Association at Berkeley.A walk-around survey of 10 polling stations in the Mission revealed some 1,072 people had voted in person by 2 p.m., volunteers saying about the same number had dropped off absentee ballots.“It’s been steady,” said a polling volunteer at Bella Salon on Mission Street. The beauty parlor had seen some 50 people vote in person by noon, mostly “people in the early morning on their way to work.” “So far it’s been pretty big, it’s been pretty high traffic,” said another volunteer at the Apartamentos de la Esperanza, which had its basement common area turned into a polling station. Some 154 people voted in person at the apartment complex by shortly after noon. “The last election was pretty slow, so this one’s picked up.”It may be the contentious housing issues that have galvanized neighborhood groups into last-minute electioneering. The Mission Economic Development Agency, spearheading the “Yes on I” campaign, saw volunteers coming in and out of its building throughout the day, receiving instructions and pamphlets for a voting initiative.Voters, too, thought this election was more important than previous ones.“As someone who lives in the Mission, the Mission development had a direct impact on me, and I have a lot of friends who are passionate about the Airbnb issue, so I felt this time [the election] had a more direct impact” said Lauren Patty, a Mission resident of 10 years. She had just voted at the fire station on Folsom and 19th, which saw some 161 in-person voters by 1 p.m.“I feel that the city has changed a lot recently, so I feel a bit angsty,” said Tyler Balogh, who has lived in the neighborhood for a year and also voted at the fire station. He said voting was his way of fighting back against that, though he wasn’t sure how much good it would do. “What I voted for I hope will have some impact.”And Edwin Lindo, the vice-president of external affairs at the Latino Democratic Club and a drafter of the Mission moratorium initiative, was at Bella Salon, taking down names of those who had already voted so the campaign wouldn’t disturb them while canvassing later.“We are knocking on doors, reminding people to go out and vote,” he said. “Even if we have to stand on the corner of 24th and Mission until late and tell people to go vote.”He reminisced about past times in the the anti-gentrification fight, saying he can “still remember the days of ‘Our Mission, No Eviction’ and talking to Erick Arguello [of Calle 24],” and was hopeful and enthusiastic about tonight’s results. “To now think this is the day that our community gets to decide its fate — it’s exciting.”Whether the controversial propositions really have influenced more to vote remains to be seen. Polls close at 8 p.m., and it won’t be for a few hours later that preliminary results are released and not for days that official results are guaranteed. If you haven’t made it out to vote, find your polling place here and go before closing time. last_img read more

No Suspect or Explosives Found After Bomb Threat at Night Club

first_imgPolice responded to reports of a bomb threat at DNA Lounge at 375 11th St. on Friday afternoon, but after an evacuation and a search of the affected building, found no evidence of a bomb or a suspect reportedly barricaded inside.At 3:30 p.m., police received a call from a man claiming to be inside and “armed with a gun and a bomb,” but had since lost communication with him, said police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak. As of 6:40 p.m., officers confirmed the threat to be over, and people could be seen exiting nearby buildings.“We have not reestablished communication [with the man inside],” said Andraychak at 6:10 p.m., adding that officers are “operating under the assumption that the guy is still inside and is still armed with something.”Andraychak said the threat was of “significant concern,” and dozens of squad cars swarmed the area as helicopters circled overhead. At 6:00 p.m., officers could be seen entering the venue, which had been evacuated along with other businesses in the surrounding area. 0% Dozens of cops and bomb robot at 11th and Harrison for potential bomb threat @dnalounge#sfpic.twitter.com/Mbg8rlsIR7— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 4, 2016A negotiation squad responded to the scene, similar to the one operating at an earlier incident in Chinatown where officers were involved in a standoff with an active shooter, said Andraychak. Paramedics and a bomb retrieval robot were also dispatched as police assessed the threat.By 6:20 p.m., 15 officers carrying rifles and dressed in black tactical gear could be seen emerging from the venue.“There is no rush,” said Anraychak shortly before the squad team exited the building. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”Employees standing outside of the venue near the corner of 11th and Folsom said police did not inform them about the threat, but that they found out through social media.“We got all of our information from Hoodline and everywhere else,” said Tim Guandolini, a manager at DNA Lounge who was not in building when the threat was reported, but showed up later expecting to clock in for his night shift along with two other employees.Traffic was rerouted along 11th Street, and bystanders and patrons of local businesses had been told by police to “stay in place.” As of 6:30 p.m., police declared the area clear and began to reopen the streets to traffic.center_img Tags: crimes • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Dozens turn out for hearing on affordable housing coming to SF Mission

first_img 0% Those who attended Tuesday’s meeting were counseled on their eligibility for below market rate housing and assisted with filling out applications. They were told that the application process for 681 Florida St. will begin some six months before construction completion, which is set for Summer 2020. Along with representatives from the project’s non-profit developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, the architects presented preliminary design plans for 681 Florida St. and sought input from those whom it will serve.“Families need open spaces,” said Gula, adding that the architects aimed to address this need by incorporating a courtyard into the building’s second floor as well as a rooftop deck and community area with “views of downtown.”The nine-story development is slated to bring 130 below-market rate units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments to the Mission, of which 30 percent will be set aside to house formerly homeless families.Another important aspect in the project’s design is accessibility to supportive services – such as case management services – that will be located within the building.“The people that need that extra bit of help have to feel like they are connected to everything but also have the choice…. to navigate privately or publicly,” said Gula. “Sometimes you want to know that what you’re doing is just you and your social worker.”The building will come complete with a community room, a receptionist, storage space for some 120 bicycles, and a rooftop deck and laundry access, as well as 10,000 square feet of Production Distribution Repair space that will be used to house local arts and community organizations on its ground floor. Following a 20 minute presentation, attendees were directed to break off into groups to give their  input on a variety of issues concerning the project, including access to transportation in the area and their preferred use of the art space planned for the development’s ground floor.Members of local art organizations attended the meeting to help inform the space’s use and design. “We are one of the organizations that is at risk of being displaced because we don’t have a long term lease in place,” said Ani Rivera, executive director of the Mission’s Galeria de La Raza, who attended the meeting with inquires about the art spaces. “So we are looking at opportunities that could provide us with options to stabilize and find a new home and allow us to stay.”The project’s developers will ultimately be tasked with choosing tenants for the art space. Gula said that the architects are designing the the space in preparation for variety of uses and organizations – from small art galleries to a large dance studio.Representatives of the Mission Economic Development Agency encouraged community members to vote on the use of a 10,000 square-foot designated art space at 681 Florida St. Photo by Laura Waxmann“It’s a flexible space and whoever comes in can do a variety of different things if they wanted to,” said Gula. “It’s giant – it’s 21-foot ceilings and spans an entire block from Florida to Bryant streets,” said Logan Kelley, the other architect on the project, about the proposed PDR space. The design will include windows providing “visibility from all three sides of the building,” he said.“If you take the arts of the Mission district and put it on display, hopefully that will activate interest in those arts,” said Kelley. “Our idea is to show the culture of the Mission off.”The affordable housing project is part of a larger project of mostly market-rate development between 18th and 19th streets on Bryant Street and came after months of negotiations between community groups, the city and the developer Nick Podell. “Over 8,000 Latinos have been displaced from the Mission in the last decade,” said Leslie Palaroan, project manager at MEDA. The organization’s vision for 681 Florida St., she said, is to address that displacement of “low-income families and individuals in the Mission by providing supportive housing.”Those who attended the meeting said they were happy their voices were being heard throughout the process. Tags: Affordable Housing • Bryant Street • development • meda • real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Some 60 people, including whole families, turned out for the first in a series of community outreach meetings concerning the construction of a 130-unit affordable housing project at 681 Florida St. that could break ground in Spring 2019.People were there to learn about applying for the spaces and to make suggestions on the use of its community space.  “They are actually calling the community out to see what needs to be twisted or fixed,” said Nayelly Ayala, a resident of 24th and Florida streets, at the Tuesday evening meeting held in the community room of Mosaica, an adjacent family and senior apartment complex at 680 Florida St. and one of the early mixed-income developments in the Mission.  “This is nice because usually its just ‘build it, build it, build it’ – and you don’t get feedback. We are the ones living in this area.”Roger Gula, one of two architects of the design firm Mithun/Solomon tasked with designing the 100 percent affordable development, said that if interest grows, “We will have to get a bigger room.”last_img read more

ENGLAND take on Daniel Andersons Exiles at Langtr

first_imgENGLAND take on Daniel Anderson’s Exiles at Langtree Park on June 16 (6.45pm) with tickets still on sale.You can buy £29 and £24 central North and South Stand tickets from Langtree Park and for all other areas – West and East, alongside the other unallocated areas of the North and South Stands – it is advised to use the cash turnstiles.Those tickets cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating and are available here or by contacting the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.England Knights also take on Ireland at Langtree Park, Saturday June 16, kick off 4.15pm.last_img

JON Wilkin is pleased with the way preseason is sh

first_imgJON Wilkin is pleased with the way preseason is shaping up but knows the real measure will be a good start to the campaign.The back-rower says the players look as sharp as they’ve done for a number of years and are confident with their progression.“It was been a good preseason and Nathan (Brown) and Jamahl (Lolesi) have come in and brought some new ideas,” he said. “We have trained with good intensity and seem to be very sharp but we know there is a lot of work ahead of us.“It’s good being sharp in training but if it doesn’t equate to good form on the field then it’s a waste of time. Everything seems to be building in the right direction though and we are confident with our preparation.“The biggest change for me has been in our training methods. We are taking a lot of time to consider if we are fully recovered for the next session so we can do that at 100 per cent. We want to be very good every time we train.”Wilkin, 28, missed out on international duty through injury and whilst that was disappointing, it’s meant a full preseason under his belt for the first time in a number of years.“I do feel sharper,” he added. “As players one of our gripes is we would all like more time to prepare so this has been a good opportunity. I feel fresh and more mentally fresh too.“I like to keep myself busy off the field to keep my mind fresh, whether that’s with the media, my coffee shop, the Players Association or my Testimonial and I’d like to think I manage both well.“The Testimonial is a nice distraction to have and I have been blown away by the support from fans and sponsors. It’s weird reflecting on a career because I still feel I have so much more to achieve. It has been an honour to be at this club for ten seasons and I owe it and the supporters a lot.”You can hear the full length interview with Jon by subscribing to the Saints Podcast. You can listen here too.Jon’s Testimonial match will see Saints take on Wakefield Wildcats at Langtree Park on Sunday January 20 (3pm).Tickets are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

SAINTS will have four players featuring for Rochda

first_imgSAINTS will have four players featuring for Rochdale in Sunday’s annual Law Cup Fixture against Oldham.Gary Wheeler, Jordan Hand, Dom Speakman and Anthony Walker have all been ‘dual registered’ for the match.Ian Talbot’s will go into battle for the historic trophy and the bragging rights that come with it without Captain Wayne English and talismanic stand-off Paul Crook.The ‘Infirmary Cup’ was first contested between Rochdale Hornets and Oldham in May 1921. The trophy was donated by Rochdale M.P. the Right Hon A.J. Law with proceeds to be split between the infirmaries in both towns. The trophy first became known as the Law Cup in 1949 to recognise its original benefactor.The first match, on May 7 ended in an inauspicious 0-0 draw with Oldham winning the replay 12-2 and therefore being the first recipients of the trophy. The competition then became an early or pre-season event. Hornets’ first success came on September 8 1923 with a 13-5 victory over the old enemy at the Athletic Grounds.Oldham’s first win at the Athletic Grounds was in 1929 whilst Hornets had to wait until 1947 to record their first win at Watersheddings.Oldham’s record win was in 1961 when they won 53-13 at home whilst Hornets’ record win was in 1933 when they won by 48-8 closely followed by Derrick Fox’s team in 1999 with a 48-10 triumph. The 48-10 win also brought to an end a run of seven successive victories by Oldham. Hornets’ longest winning run in the history of the trophy was six consecutive wins between 1947 and 1952. The scorers in that 48-10 triumph for Hornets were Shaw and Swann with a brace apiece with Wild, Hilton, Coussins and Coult also crossing the whitewash and the ever-reliable boot of Fox providing eight goals.One other notable record saw Tommy Rees play in 11 consecutive matches between 1928 & 1938After Hornets’ 13 – 5 win in 1966 the Law Cup was not contested again until 1973 with Oldham claiming the games were getting ‘too torrid’. Since that time we’ve seen both clubs change grounds with Hornets moving to Spotland and Oldham on to Boundary Park and more recently Whitebank.A recent addition to the pleasantries has been the Karl Marriott Trophy. Karl, a Young Lion, ex Hornet fans favourite passed away following training in October 1998. Everyone at Hornets fondly remembers Karl and as such has dedicated the Karl Marriott Trophy to the Law Cup man of the match.The game is pay on the gate, kicking off at 3pm, with the Man City Vs Leeds FA Cup tie showed in the bar.last_img read more

Could new law mean more green for taxpayers

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It is the biggest tax change in thirty years; the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But could the new law do more than add zeros to paychecks and when will you see the effects?It is a time many dread but cannot avoid: tax season.- Advertisement – “Very stressful at times, but in the end it pays off, and I think everybody is happy in the end,” tax filer, Brandon Hamilton, said.Many rush to get their taxes done to get refunds faster, while others wait and hope they don’t have to pay. But according to one Brunswick County tax service, the federal tax reform passed late last year could mean more green.“I think it’s great. I think it’s simplified the tax code a little bit more,” Tax Preparer Susan Riopel said. “It’s allowed a little bit more leeway for folks to use the standard deduction and have a lot more to deduct from their income so they can get a bigger refund.”Related Article: President Trump speaks at ‘Salute to America’ celebration in Washington, DCRiopel said the number one question she gets is if people are better off after this reform.“A tax return is like your finger print: everyone is different,” Riopel said.The new legislation has increased the standard deduction, taken away exceptions and trimmed individual tax rates. But you won’t see the changes until next year.Riopel said in 2019, the average, middle, and low income household will see an increase in refunds all across the nation.There is one change you should see now.“Folks are seeing an increase in their paycheck for this year right now starting in February,” Riopel said.The withholding table has changed, but Riopel said you should take a look at your pay stub to make sure you are deducting enough. But money talks and tax payers want more of it.“There is multiple things you can use extra money for and if you pay less and get more that is always a very good thing,” Hamilton said.There is still plenty of time to get your taxes done. The deadline is April 17th.last_img read more

Woman battles with multiple providers for months still cannot get internet service

first_img After switching to AT&T and then back to Spectrum, Melissa Randall says she cannot seem to win.“What do I have to do to get our internet to work? That’s just the most basic thing is for it to work and not cut out unexpectedly,” Randall said.When you work from home, it could even cost you your job. Frustrated is an understatement for Randall.Related Article: Environmentalists: Coal ash-related compounds found in Cape Fear River“I don’t feel like there’s anyone that I can call or talk to at AT&T or Spectrum that’s actually going to listen to me, and is going to do anything about it,” she said.After Florence, Randall had issues with her Spectrum service. She works from home, so good service is crucial.She decided to switch to AT&T, but things only got worse.“It was literally three months of them setting up appointments, coming out and saying it hadn’t been fixed and breaking appointments,” Randall said.She says she was forced to work out of coffee shops for three months.Randall says AT&T was never able to even set up her service. After six AT&T tech visits, she found out the problem.“He said, ‘If you see that line hanging down, no matter what they tell you on the phone, do not let someone come out here and tell you it’s not fixed,’” she said.Now, Randall has one Spectrum line running all the way into one neighbor’s yard, and a broken AT&T line in her other neighbor’s yard. After making call after call, Randall says she is desperate at this point.“Where we stand now is that my line is still in backyard for Spectrum and supposedly they’re going to come bury it. And that AT&T keeps calling and saying it’s fixed, when it is absolutely not fixed,” Randall said.She says Spectrum is supposed to come out Friday to bury the line. Randall also said she got a call Thursday morning from AT&T saying that line was fixed, but she says it’s not.WWAY reached out to both companies.Spectrum gave the following statement:“We’ve been in touch with the customer and are working to place a permanent, aerial cable to her home and remove the temporary, and we apologize for the delay.”AT&T did not respond. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We all complain about our internet service sometimes, but one woman says she has been battling with two different service providers just to get service that works at all.One woman says she’s between a rock and a hard place right now. She has been battling with Spectrum since Hurricane Florence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New tunnels project will only increase to the local infrastructural pressures –

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Demokratiku (PD) said that the tunnels that the government is planning for the localities of Pembroke, St. Julian’s, Swieqi, and San Gwann will be increasing to the infrastructural pressures that huge projects such as the db Group and Corinthia ones will be creating.In the past days, Infrastructure Malta has announced plans fo a set of four new tunnels and the widening of Triq Sant’Andrija to improve efficiency in the connectivity of the road network around Pembroke, St Julian’s and the neighbouring localities. This project named Pemroke-St Julian’s Connections will extend from Triq il-Kosta to Triq Reġjonali up to the Manwel Dimech Bridge and the north end of the Ta’Giorni tunnels.Four new tunnels to improve traffic on St Julian’s bypassAccording to the PD Secretary General, Martin Cauchi Inglott, these plans indicate that the projects in St George’s Bay have been approved or are on the way to be approved from the Planning Authority. The PD stated that all this is being done to cater for private interests of people close to authorities. Cauchi Inglott, who is also contesting the European parliament elections, said that it scarcely credible that these projects are financed through taxes.Raymond Azzopardi who is running for the Local Councils election as a PD candidate in the locality of St Julian’s said that it is rich of the government to said that the quality of life is a priority when the Maltese population is feeling alien in its own country as the country’s landscape is being destroyed, accessibility is becoming more limited and air pollution has become a constant.The PD said that in favour of a quality oriented economy.WhatsApplast_img read more

Updated Put on your sunscreens Met office warns of high temperatures

first_img SharePrint The Met Office at the Malta International Airport has just issues an Orange warning for ‘Extreme High Temperatures’ for Sunday between 13:00 and 17:00h (1 and 5 PM) . The Met office also warns of a Yellow warning between 11am and 7pm. The temperature at 10.30am was 35 degrees Celsius. Artist Gorg Mallia was not amused and took to his pens.Meanwhile weather sites on Facebook are estimating a high of 38 degrees.All temperatures are measured in the shade.Families are generally advised by authorities to keep their children as well as elderly persons well protected and hydrated.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

first_imgHong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory’s biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government’s work on the bill had been a “total failure”.The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil.In mid-June, Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but on Tuesday she said “there are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the legislative council”.“So, I reiterate here, there is no such plan, the bill is dead,” she told a news conference.Lam’s declaration appeared to be a win for opponents of the bill, but it was not immediately clear if it would be enough to satisfy them.Demonstrators have also called for Lam to resign, for an independent investigation into police actions against protesters, and for the government to abandon the description of a violent protest on June 12 as a riot.Hong Kong was returned to China from Britain in 1997 with the promise of a high degree of autonomy, but in recent years there has been growing concern about the erosion of those freedoms at the hands of Beijing.The crisis over the extradition bill has been the biggest challenge Beijing has faced to its rule in the territory in the 22 years since it re-gained control over Hong Kong.The planned bill triggered outrage across broad sections of Hong Kong society amid concerns it would threaten the much-cherished rule of law that underpins the city’s international financial status.Lam’s appearance on Tuesday was her first since a rare pre-dawn news conference a week ago after protesters besieged and ransacked the legislative building in the heart of the city.Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that allows freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, including the right to protest and an independent judiciary.Lawyers and rights groups say China’s justice system is marked by torture, forced confessions and arbitrary detention, claims that Beijing denies.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Made 35 Billion Last Month

first_imgAdvertisement November was a good month for Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Facebook‘s stock shot up from $21.08 a share on the first day of trading in November to $28 a share at the end of the day Friday, its highest price since July. Zuckerberg, who owns about 504 million shares of Facebook stock, gained about $3.48 billion as a result.When Facebook first went public at $38 a share in May, Zuckerberg’s shares were worth $19.1 billion. In the following months, the stock dropped to less than half that IPO price to $17.55 in late August, pushing Zuckerberg’s net worth down to $8.84 billion. – Advertisement – Since then, Facebook’s stock has recovered in fits and starts and so has Zuckerberg’s wealth. November proved to be by far the most robust growth month for the stock to date, thanks to two big factors. First, the company had a strong earnings report in late October, which showed that Facebook was making progress in monetizing mobile. Secondly, the second and largest lockup period for stocks held by employees finally expired in the middle of November, which was something investors had been dreading for months and arguably held down the stock price.As of Friday, Zuckerberg’s net worth was $14.1 billion and will likely only continue to grow in December.Facebook’s stock is approaching $30 a share and analysts continue to raise their price targets for the stock on the potential to generate money from mobile ads and other revenue sources like the recently launched Gifts service. Arvind Bhatia, an analyst with Sterne Agee, upped his price target on the stock last week from $26 a share to $32 a share. Likewise, Topeka Capital raised their price target from $34 a share to $36 a share.Perhaps Zuckerberg and Facebook will manage to end this year on an up note after all.Source: Mashablelast_img read more

STAR SPECIALS Vote Leave The OddsOn Favourite To Be Official Brexit Campaign

first_imgStar Sports has released betting odds on which of the two rival Brexit movements will be the official Eurosceptic campaign, and makes ‘Vote Leave’ the odds-on favourite at 1/3 to be endorsed by the Electoral Commission.Star Sports spokesman Jamie Loughead comments “The Brexit two campaigns are both fighting to get the UK out of the EU, but have very different approaches to win the referendum. Farage’s GO Campaign seems largely driven by immigration and security concerns, whereas Douglas Carswell’s Vote Leave campaign has a much broader outlook focusing on issues like sovereignty, the economy and Brussels bureaucracy.”He continued “I’ve spoken to a number of high profile Eurosceptics in Westminster and the feeling is that only Vote Leave can be the official ‘out’ campaign, so we make that our 1/3 odds-on favourite. Although Farage fans may wish to take our generous odds of 9/4 that his GO campaign can get Electoral Commission backing!”Which will be the official Brexit Referendum Campaign chosen by the Electoral Commission?Vote Leave 1/3 Grassroots Out (GO) 9/4(Source: Electoral Commission. Star Sports decision is final)last_img read more

Rice Universitys Shell Center for Sustainability funds studies of air quality Gulf

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability funds studies of air quality, Gulf Coast planningResearch on Houston’s air quality and a study of new sea-level rise data to develop a planning strategy for the Gulf Coast are among the sustainable-development projects funded by Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability (SCS) for 2009.In addition to air quality and sustainability planning for the upper Texas coastal region, the center will support two projects in solar energy — one dealing with social enterprise applications and the other demonstrating a low-cost and higher resistant collector. A fifth project will look at genetics to improve feedstock properties for renewable biobased energy generation.The average SCS award was $30,000. These funds are often used as seed money to leverage future funding. Past recipients have also initiated projects that have led to the creation of independent research centers to further the studies originally supported with SCS funding. ”We were very pleased with the range of sustainability research topics that were represented in the research proposals,” said Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Family Chair in Sustainable Development, academic director for the SCS and professor of economics. ”The Shell Center would like to further extend the range of sustainability issues covered by the research projects we fund. We also are looking especially for projects that involve faculty from several disciplines often not thought of as being closely related to each other, such as entrepreneurship and the use of new technologies, architecture and engineering, or biology and Earth sciences.” Project investigators leading the chosen research teams are Douglas Schuler, associate professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Management; Howard Schmidt, executive director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory; Robert Griffin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology; and John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science.Project descriptions will be posted on SCS Web site, as will names of research team members and updates as the projects progress. Projects begin immediately and in the spring with results expected as early as fall 2009. For more information, visit http://shellcenter.rice.edu.The SCS was created in 2002 as a joint partnership between Rice and Shell Oil. It is governed by a management committee and an operating committee. The management committee includes top leadership from Rice and Shell to oversee the work of the operating committee, which is composed of Rice University faculty and staff and Shell Oil staff. AddThislast_img read more

Rice presidential expert Paul Brace available to comment on 2012 State of

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduRice presidential expert Paul Brace available to comment on 2012 State of the Union addressAs President Barack Obama prepares for the final State of the Union address of his current term and heads into this all-important election year, Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to comment on what can be expected from the speech.“President Obama’s State of the Union Address will be the effective launch of his re-election campaign,” Brace said. “The speech should be far less lofty than his past speeches. He will seek to neutralize his biggest vulnerabilities: the sluggish economy and stubbornly high unemployment rate of 8.5 percent. More specifically, he will campaign against congressional Republicans. Last December’s failure to pass a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut and the House Republicans’ botched attempt to block a two-month bill have given Obama ample material to weave a speech that could give him the political advantage on Congress’ own turf.”Brace is the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice. He is co-author of “Follow the Leader: Opinion Polls and the Modern Presidents,” author of “State Government and Economic Performance” and co-editor of “The Presidency in American Politics” and “American State and Local Politics.” He has published research in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly and other journals.Brace is available for commentary before and after the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. EST Jan. 24. Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. To schedule an interview with Brace, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations representative at Rice, at amy.hodges@rice.edu, 713-348-6777.-30-Related materials:Paul Brace bio: www.ruf.rice.edu/%7Epbracelast_img read more

Bloggers and spies will clarify marine processes

first_img Rice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments. Working on an experiment are, clockwise from left, professors Caroline Masiello and Jonathan Silberg and graduate students Emily Fulk and Ilenne Del Valle. (Credit: Rice University) ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: A link to a high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu‘Bloggers’ and ‘spies’ will clarify marine processesRice University researchers turn attention to gas sensors, microbial ‘memory’ for marine environmentsHOUSTON – (May 18, 2018) – Rice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments.Rice biogeochemist Caroline Masiello, synthetic biologist Jonathan Silberg and microbiologist George Bennett are leading the development of tools to extend the soil technologies they’ve established in recent years.The work backed by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation could lead to living sensors, modified bacteria that remember and report on what they see in fluids. They may be used, for example, to monitor how the environment affects rapid evolution among marine lifeforms through horizontal gene transfer or details about the iron, nitrogen and sulfur cycles essential to life at the cellular level. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/0521_SYNBIO-1-WEB-1dbtp6w.jpgRice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments. Working on an experiment are, clockwise from left, professors Caroline Masiello and Jonathan Silberg and graduate students Emily Fulk and Ilenne Del Valle. (Credit: Rice University)Located 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThis Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments. Working on an experiment are, clockwise from left, professors Caroline Masiello and Jonathan Silberg and graduate students Emily Fulk and Ilenne Del Valle.The ocean and its sediments present a far more challenging sensing problem than soil because the ecosystem changes dramatically with depth and evolution happens at a faster rate, said Masiello, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.“Our goal is to build synthetic microbes that tell us how their behavior changes as environmental conditions change,” she said. “We will do those experiments in the laboratory so we can control the variables and learn how microbial behavior responds to different environmental conditions.”The team plans to construct two classes of genetically modified microbes to capture and deliver information: “bloggers” that report on their own behaviors and “spies” that report on their local environments.Most biological sensing relies on fluorescent proteins that light up when triggered, but that doesn’t work in environments like soil where the light can’t be seen. The Rice labs’ solution was to program E. coli bacteria to emit a detectable gas instead.E. coli’s limited lifespans and capabilities are inadequate for marine experiments, Masiello said. In the new study, the researchers plan to modify strains of Roseobacter, significant and plentiful bacteria in marine environments.“One of the things we care about is detecting steps in the nitrogen cycle,” she said. “The advantage of a chassis organism like Roseobacter that participates in the nitrogen cycle is that you can ask it to report on those different behaviors.”The lab is also interested in using microbes as “scribes” that record activities for later retrieval. Silberg said recent advances show it’s possible to use integrase enzymes programmed to sense activities and rewrite short segments of the microbe’s DNA to preserve a record of the event.“It’s a kind of DNA barcode,” said Silberg, an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology. “Now we can ask, ‘Have I seen iron at some threshold?’ ‘Have I seen some nitrate?’ And have every microbe write it down. As one thinks about long-term incubation, this is a really powerful tool, because even six months later we can pull out the DNA and see what happened.”That will help scale synthetic biology experiments up to a level that’s more useful for environmental testing, he said. “In my lab, three or four days is a long time for a lab experiment. But for an ecologist, three or four days is silly. Processes sometimes take months. But with scalability comes longevity of measurements, and that’s where memory comes in. It’s complementary to gas sensing because it gives us a longer time scale.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:2-stage gas sensor reports on soil dynamics: http://news.rice.edu/2018/02/01/two-stage-gas-sensor-reports-on-soil-dynamics/Masiello Lab: https://www.masiellolab.orgThe Silberg Research Group: https://www.silberglab.orgGeorge Bennett Lab: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/~gbennett/Wiess School of Natural Sciences: https://naturalsciences.rice.eduImage for download: Rice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments. Working on an experiment are, clockwise from left, professors Caroline Masiello and Jonathan Silberg and graduate students Emily Fulk and Ilenne Del Valle. (Credit: Rice University)last_img read more

Large Tree Falls on Group of People in Central Park

first_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A large tree fell on a group of people in New York City’s Central Park on Tuesday morning, it was reported.New York City’s ABC7 reported that it happened near Central Park West and 61st Street.It’s unclear the extent of the injuries, but the FDNY is on the scene. A mother was injured, ABC reported.It’s unclear why the tree fell.This is a developing story. Share this article US center_img Large Tree Falls on Group of People in Central Park By Epoch Newsroom August 15, 2017 Updated: August 15, 2017 Share Ambulance waits outside a hospital.(Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) last_img

New Jersey College Student Found Dead Across From His School

first_img New Jersey College Student Found Dead Across From His School By Holly Kellum October 24, 2017 Updated: October 28, 2017 From NTD.tv Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The body of a New Jersey college student who had been missing for over a month was found on Monday, Oct. 23, just across the street from his campus, authorities said.In a press release, the Hamilton Police announced they located the body at around 10 a.m. with the assistance of the New Jersey State Police.Nick Pratico, 18, was last seen on Sept. 20 at orientation at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, about five miles northeast of Trenton.Pratico was a freshman there, but his sister told New Jersey 101.5 that he had been offered a scholarship at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and would be starting classes there in the spring.“There was no reason to think he would run away,” she said.A few days after Pratico’s disappearance, a volunteer who was searching for Pratico found his school ID card on a campus lawn, Hamilton police said. He was last seen at the college’s main campus, but police later said it was possible he traveled to Times Square or the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Trentonian reported.The family launched a Facebook page to gather leads and coordinate search efforts for him. They also offered an unspecified reward for information leading to his return.“Please, we do not want this to go on any longer. We just want to know that Nicky is okay. Please pray, share, and come forward with any valuable information,” the family wrote.Friends of Pratico’s made a 12-minute video saying how much they cared about him, and asking him to come home.While the official cause of death will be announced after an autopsy, The Trentonian reported unnamed police sources as saying that he was found hanging. The sources said they believed it was suicide.“We are devastated and trying to process this latest news,” the family, responding to reports of his death, wrote on Facebook. “We have been buoyed by our faith and the strength of our family, neighbors, and the community at large.”center_img Show Discussion Share Crime and Incidents last_img read more

Man in Critical Condition After Beach Tunnel He Dug Buried Him Alive

first_img US News Lee Goggin, 35, was vacationing with his family at Crescent Beach, south of Jacksonville, Florida, when his decision to dig a tunnel on a beach put him in a hospital, fighting for life.The incident happened on Sunday, Jan. 28, when Goggin, a father of three and personal trainer from the Dallas area, was digging in the sand dunes with his hands.His wife, Courtney, was taking a video at the time when the tunnel suddenly collapsed, Miami Herald reported.The family tried to dig the man out and after about a minute, they decided to call 911. Man in Critical Condition After Beach Tunnel He Dug Buried Him Alive By Petr Svab January 29, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018 This is where we believe a man became trapped underneath the sand after he dug a tunnel in the dune. You can see the dune is roughed up and there are lots of foot prints. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/R1Tmo5zG0v— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) January 29, 2018 Recommended Video: Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the HospitalFollow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab The approximate location where Lee Goggin was buried by a collapsed tunnel he dug in sand dunes at Crescent Beach, south of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 28, 2018. (Screenshot via Google Maps)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A father, who’s on vacation in FL with family, is now fighting for his life after he was buried alive in the sand dunes in St. Augustine. Family members are calling it a freak accident. I’m working on this story for 5 on @ActionNewsJax. pic.twitter.com/EJNpQIalrQ— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) January 29, 2018 St. Johns County Fire Rescue was alerted to the situation at about 1:40 p.m., it stated on Facebook. Upon arrival, the crew removed some 2-3 feet of sand before they could pull Goggin out from under the sand and perform procedures to counter a cardiac arrest.Goggin was then transported about 12 miles to the Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. He was in critical condition.According to a GoFundMe page set up for Goggin on Sunday, he had a heartbeat but was not breathing on his own.“At 3:30 p.m. they [will] begin the reboot process which will begin to warm his body,” his sister wrote on Facebook on Monday. “We continue to ask for prayers for strength for Lee’s body to fight harder than he ever has and come back. We know with our Awesome God that this is possible and it will happen. We serve a Mighty God that will never leave us.”Collapsing holes and tunnels dug into beach sand can be deadly, though such incidents are rare. In July, a Texas woman was found dead in a collapsed hole on a beach in Ocean City, Maryland. Investigators said somebody else dug the hole that contributed to the woman’s death. A medical examiner ruled her death an accident, WTOP reported. Share Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Initial Public Offerings on US Exchanges Soar in 2018

first_imgJay Heller, Head of IPO Execution at Nasdaq, monitors a computer screen as trading starts on Dropbox’s initial public offering at Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York City on March 23, 2018. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Initial Public Offerings on US Exchanges Soar in 2018 By Ivan Pentchoukov July 2, 2018 Updated: July 2, 2018 The market for initial public offerings on American stock exchanges recorded the highest volume since 2012 in the first half of this year.A total of 120 companies raised $35.2 billion through initial public offerings (IPOs) on American stock exchanges. That makes for the fourth busiest year on record, according to Dealogic data reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Dealogic began tracking the data in 1995.The number of new IPO filings began to ramp up last year after the election of President Donald Trump. The president ordered the rapid reduction of regulations at the beginning of his term and cut taxes on corporations by the end of 2017. The actions created a favorable business environment and boosted the stock markets, the two conditions that bankers attribute to the IPO surge in 2018.A wide range of companies issued IPOs as a result, including web-storage company Dropbox, leading home-alarm company ADT, and big-box retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc.“Our global IPO pipeline is stronger now than it’s been since the financial crisis,” said Evan Damast, global head of equity and fixed income syndicate at Morgan Stanley told WSJ.The difference between valuation on the private and public markets, which was daunting in 2016, has largely disappeared. Companies who offered IPOs this year see their stocks trading at 22 percent above the offering price, on average. Technology companies are performing better than the rest, with stocks trading at 53 percent above IPO price. Both the average and tech company price hikes are well above market performance. The S&P 500 is up 2% this year and the Nasdaq index is up 8.7 percent.“This year we’re finding the investor demand for technology IPOs is literally the highest we’ve ever seen both in terms of the quantity and quality of interest,” said Madhu Namburi, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s head of technology investment banking, told WSJ.Bankers, who expect IPOs to continue heating up this year, foresee an even bigger 2019.“There’s a real chance that 2019 could be even stronger than 2018,” said Namburi said Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Share this article Markets center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more