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A 132yearold cottage is demolished on Treat Avenue — condos to come

A 132yearold cottage is demolished on Treat Avenue — condos to come

first_img Email Address Dilapidated ‘workingman’s cottage’ gives way to proposed pair of four-story condo buildings The demolition has been a long time coming: Heinzer’s campaign came following an effort inaugurated in 2005 to raze the cottage.According to an email sent to the San Francisco Planning Commission on Feb. 3, 2017, from project sponsor Shadi Aboukhater, James and Ernest Heinzer, former owners of the Heinzer warehouse located next to the cottage, once jointly owned 953 Treat Ave.The Heinzer brothers filed permits with the city, seeking permission to demolish the cottage in 2005. After the brothers split their assets in 2014, James Heinzer sold the site to Aboukhater.Aboukahter alleged in his email that Ernest Heinzer was in a “feud” with his brother and was now unhappy with the plans to demolish the site.Heinzer engaged Petrin, a well-known historical architect, to make a case for preserving the building on the grounds that it was once owned by John Center, the largest landowner in the Mission District until his death in 1912. Center also owned the land used for the railroad right-of-way and the first paved street in the Mission — 16th Street – was once named for Center. Petrin, who stated that she was writing on behalf of a group called “Friends of 953 Treat,” suggested incorporating the cottage into the design of the proposed condominium.That suggestion, and Petrin’s claim that the cottage had historic value, was reviewed by Page and Turnbull, a statewide firm specializing in architectural assessment and preservation. It was thoroughly refuted, reconfirming a decision made by San Francisco Historic Preservation staff 11 year earlier that the cottage could be demolished.Neighbors and some tenants of Heinzers who live and work near the site expressed support for the demolition. Some took issue with Ernest Heinzer’s opposition, calling it “disingenuous” based on his earlier attempt to tear this house down. Neighbors also expressed displeasure with the safety hazard they said the tattered building posed.The conditional use permit allowing the demolition of the cottage was issued in February 2017.853 Treat Avenue as it appeared for much of the the 132 years prior to yesterday. Photo by Elizabeth Creely.It’s unknown how long construction will take. Calls to the condo project’s architect, Winder Gibson, and the project sponsor, Aboukhater, weren’t returned by press time.If the speedy construction of other developments along the right-of-way is any indication, building the new condominiums won’t take nearly as long as it took to pull the old cottage down. The residential building that stands on the site of the Western Plywood Company is nearing completion after starting last year in the spring.For now, the “character defining features” of the cottage are shattered and strewn across the lot.  When the new building rises, there will be two new structures on opposite ends of the right-of-way, part of a wave of planned developments on Treat Avenue and Folsom Street that will change the look of the area, and increase the density of the neighborhood. Of all the historic features of this part of the Mission, only the future of the right-of-way is still undetermined. The tattered Italianate cottage, long vacant, was a remnant of a workingman’s cottage. These modestly designed dwellings once dotted the Mission. Many are still visible on Alabama Street, between 22nd and 23rd Streets.Rising on the footprint of the cottage will be two four-story condominium buildings, each with three units. The buildings will have two off-street parking spaces and six class-1 bicycle parking spaces.The house, built  in 1887, was the focus of a protracted neighborhood battle led by Ernest Heinzer and architectural historian Katherine Petrin. They sought to preserve the dilapidated cottage, which went through two historic reviews, both of which found that the house had no historic value.The property is located next to the old Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way, which runs behind it. Called the “conductor’s cottage” by some neighbors, neither the house nor its first inhabitants, a German-American family, had any known connection to the railroad company.Louis Barner, a house painter who immigrated from Germany in 1872, is the first person listed in city directories as living at 953 Treat.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter A 132-year old house located at 953 Treat Ave. was torn down Thursday, three years after one of its former owners, Ernest Heinzer, experienced a change of heart and mounted a last-ditch effort to preserve it.The building’s end came quickly. It took one hour for a bulldozer to reduce the 937-square foot house to a pile of wooden and concrete rubble.last_img read more

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I am f—ing ecstatic Anchor Brewery workers overwhelmingly vote to unionize

I am f—ing ecstatic Anchor Brewery workers overwhelmingly vote to unionize

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Anchor Brewing racking room worker Brace Belden’s hands were shaking when he wandered out of the factory to announce that employees had voted, by a 2-to-1 margin, to unionize. “I am feeling very juiced,” he said, dropping a cigarette onto the pavement. “I am fucking ecstatic. I spent every waking hour for the past year thinking about this. This is one of the happiest days of my life.”By a 31-to 16-vote, employees on the factory side of the brewery today opted to organize with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local No. 6. The nine service workers across the street at Anchor Public Taps will vote on Friday. Today was a successful culmination of a clandestine organization process that lasted more than a year. In February, the process went public when workers presented management with a letter stating the intent to organize with 39 signatures affixed to it. That set in motion the process leading to today’s vote.Agustin Ramirez, the ILWU’s lead organizer, said that Anchor has 10 days to dispute the outcome of this election. Following that, he expected the Anchor workers would form bargaining units and begin negotiating a contact “within weeks.”Members of the media were escorted from the room where votes were being counted by Anchor management. But, regardless, workers opted to unionize by a 31 to 16 tally. Photo by Joe Eskenazi. Today’s vote, while unsurprising considering that the vast majority of Anchor workers signed the letter to management and filled out union cards, was a huge relief for the pro-union workers. “This was a very stressful couple of weeks,” admitted bottling worker Jon Ezell. He had observed the vote-count on behalf of the workers; when that 31st vote was reached — there are 61 employees on the factory side, and that clinched a union win — it was a little bit of Valhalla for him.When asked what he’d do next, he said “Whatever my supervisor wants me to do. Gotta run!” and he clocked back in.While working at Anchor is a source of pride for its employees, for many the rewards are of the intangible variety. When Fritz Maytag, the savior of Anchor Brewing, sold the place in mid-2010, starting wages were $17.25 an hour. Just correcting for inflation, that figure should be $20 an hour in 2019. But, quite the opposite, starting wages were cut to $15.50 after Maytag left the scene. They have since reached $16.50 — but, obviously, that’s not $20. The cost of living in San Francisco, meanwhile, has only traveled toward infinity and beyond.Apart from the hourly wages, in 2017, workers were made to contribute significantly more to their healthcare plans. Moreover, paid 45-minute lunches were replaced with half-hour unpaid lunches — a stealth appropriation of thousands of dollars from already marginally compensated employees. The brewery was obtained by Sapporo in mid-2017. But, in 2018, Anchor ceased contributing to workers’ 401Ks. In 2019, the cap for accrued sick time was halved.“Look, we’re the same as ever,” said Belden. “We make the beer, we package the beer, and we ship the beer. But, now, we have a place at the table.”After the result was announced, Ramirez had a chance encounter with Anchor brewmaster Scott Ungermann on the factory’s front steps. It was terse but cordial. “We’re going to be working with you now,” Ramirez said. “Great,” replied the brewmaster.Anchor workers, meanwhile, are hoping to become trendsetters.“There have been a number of other craft breweries reaching out to us,” says fermentation worker Garrett Kelly. “We’re very excited to be an inspiration to the craft brewery industry on the whole.” He pauses. “Just as we have been for the last several decades.” center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

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JON Wilkin and James Roby have been named in the E

first_imgJON Wilkin and James Roby have been named in the England 21-man squad for the forthcoming International Origin opener against the Exiles at Langtree Park, St Helens on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm).The squad includes ten players who were involved in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations and four players who are uncapped.From the original ETS squad selected in March, 12 players have not been selected including Warrington prop Adrian Morley, Leeds’ Ryan Bailey and Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson.ETS members Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Jones-Bishop (Leeds Rhinos) and Jonny Lomax (St Helens) have been selected in the England Knights squad that will play Ireland preceding the International Origin match at Langtree Park.“We have a number of players who are injured (Danny McGuire, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood and Kirk Yeaman) that haven’t been considered for selection this time,” added England Coach Steve McNamara. “For the other players that have missed out, the door is still open and it is important that they continue to work hard in the domestic competition with a view to getting back in the squad.“It is a pleasing situation to be in. We have competition for places right across the team and every player knows that they have to perform week in, week out if they are going to be part of the England programme.“Every match counts as we continue the build-up to next year’s Rugby League World Cup and with the increasing number of high quality players emerging across Super League, and not forgetting our Australian based players in the NRL, we have a bright future at international level.”The squad will meet up at their Loughborough base on Monday and McNamara will announce his team to face the Exiles next Thursday.England Squad:Carl Ablett, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Danny Brough, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Hall, Gareth Hock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, Jamie Peacock, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Jon Wilkin.England Knights Squad:Jodie Broughton, Chris Clarkson, Paul Clough, Mike Cooper, Rhys Evans, Liam Farrell, Dale Ferguson, Mark Flanagan, Lee Gaskell, Zak Hardaker, Josh Hodgson, Danny Houghton, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jonny Lomax, Shaun Lunt, Jermaine McGillvary, Larne Patrick, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Riley, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Liam Watts, Gary Wheeler.Tickets for the opening International Origin Game of 2012 at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday June 16 (6.45pm) cost from £18 (£9 concessions) for standing and £21 (£10 concessions) seating and are available at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by contacting the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.You can buy £29 and £24 central North and South Stand tickets from Langtree Park.England Knights take on Ireland at Langtree Park, Saturday June 16, kick off 4.30pm.last_img read more

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Whiteville City Council tours new City Hall building

Whiteville City Council tours new City Hall building

first_img Currie says when they first laid the building out it looked small, but now that there are walls and a roof, it has a different feel.He says right now they are on par to stick to the $3.4 million budget, and despite all of the rain we’ve had this year, progress is moving along nicely.“The building withstood Hurricane Florence very well, no damage, we did not have to go back and redo anything, so we were extremely excited about that,” said Currie. “However, we have had several rain days, the hurricane itself, so we’re probably a couple of weeks behind.”Related Article: Two suspects wanted in Dollar General store armed robberyCurrie says they expect the building to open late march or early April.After the tour, council went across the street to look at carpet and tile samples, paint colors, and furniture options. 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 WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville City Council members got a look Tuesday afternoon at the progress of their new City Hall, which is currently under construction.Whiteville City Manager Darren Currie says today was the first day council members were allowed to tour the site due to potential safety hazards, and everyone seems to be happy with the progress so far.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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52 new beds for Gozos elderly

52 new beds for Gozos elderly

first_img SharePrint MGOZ / George ScerriMGOZ / George Scerri A new agreement signed between the Ministry for Gozo and Villa San Lawrenz will see 52 new beds bought by the government at the private care home for elderly people.The signing was announced in a statement on Thursday by the Ministry for Gozo, describing the event as further investment in services for the elderly on the sister island.Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that this agreement will increase the services available for the elderly in Gozo. The Minister explained that this was part of an electoral promise by Partit Laburista which had pledged 500 beds in residential care homes for elderly people in Gozo.The Government has already signed an agreement with Casa Amalia, a care home specializing in caring for residents who suffer from dementia while a night shelter was opened in Xagħra.Minister Caruana said that the Ministry is preparing to open more residential care homes to provide services for the Gozitan elderly. One out of every three persons living on Gozo is an elderly person.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 read more

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Watch World Tai Chi Day in Malta

Watch World Tai Chi Day in Malta

first_imgThe 13th edition of World Tai Chi Day in Malta will be held in Freedom Square, Valletta on Saturday 27 April from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm. This Open Day will feature Tai Chi demonstrations by visiting experts Master YE Xuan and Ms YE Feng.Since its establishment in 2003, the China Cultural Centre in Malta (CCC) has been dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture and the arts, by means of cultural, educational and social activities which encourage mutually beneficial cross-cultural communication and cultural exchanges. Tai Chi serves as a shared and unifying language in the discourse of health and well-being, as well as friendship and harmonious relations between China and Malta.What is Tai Chi?Though originally conceived as a form of martial arts, Tai Chi is also widely practised for a variety of other reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of push-hands exercises (tui shou); solo demonstration competitions, as well as attaining longevity. Since its first extensive promotion in the early 20th century, interest in Tai Chi has surged globally, attracting people with little or no interest in combat training, due to its multiple health enhancing and preserving benefits. Medical studies on Tai Chi support claims on its effectiveness as an alternative and holistic exercise, as well as a form of martial arts therapy. Moreover, reports indicate that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.Tai Chi in MaltaToday, Tai Chi has spread worldwide, and its marvels did not fail to become increasingly popular locally, not only with individuals who pursue it as an ideal complement to combat martial arts but and many more who value Tai Chi as an effective way to relieve stress, condition the mind and strengthen the body. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img To support public awareness and engagement with Tai Chi, the China Cultural Centre in Malta has co-organised World Tai Chi Day in Malta for the past 13 years, collaborating with the Chinese Embassy and Valletta Local Council, while inviting participation and receiving extensive support from the Parliamentary Secretariat for Sport,  Ministry for Education and Employment, Sport Malta, the Maltese Olympic Committee, Malta Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, the Malta Martial Arts Association, Malta Wushu Association, Mediterranean Regional Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine,  the Confucius Institute of the University of Malta and  the Chinese Community Association in Malta, as well as other local Tai Chi clubs and martial arts schools.WhatsApplast_img read more

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A glimpse of the future the Ubuntu smartphone

A glimpse of the future the Ubuntu smartphone

first_imgHere’s what you need to know about Ubuntu on phones today. Advertisement Ubuntu has long been a favorite Linux desktop operating system for open-source fanatics and those who like to tinker with their technology. Now it’s stepping out into a new frontier: mobile.Ubuntu’s new mobile software will let users run their PC from their phone.Ubuntu developer Canonical unveiled a new interface on Monday reimagined for touch devices, with a design that borrows cues from Android and Windows 8. The hard sell here isn’t simply that Ubuntu now works on mobile devices. Canonical hopes that future devices (read: arriving sometime in 2014) will not only run the new mobile OS, but will also boot the desktop variant of Ubuntu when docked to a keyboard, mouse and monitor.That would let you literally use your phone to power your PC. – Advertisement – This concept isn’t entirely new, as Canonical revealed similar plans last year to attach its desktop software to devices running Android. Before that, Motorola tried to turn Android phones into laptops with its Atrix line of phones and docks. And let’s not forget the hybrid operating system experiment that is Windows 8.But no one — not even Microsoft  — has attempted to serve up its own phone OS and desktop OS in a single package. Despite its desktop-like features, Android considers itself a phone and tablet system, while Microsoft still has Windows Phone 8 operating autonomously from the tablet and desktop-centric Windows 8.Is Ubuntu’s new creation good enough to make even the tiniest inroads against the likes of Android, Apple’s iOS and Windows Phone?Video footage previewing the new software shows off an attractive user interface and some clever ideas for navigation, but there’s no indication that the wheel has been reinvented.You’ll be able to swipe from the edges of the phone to switch apps and access menus. You can log in to your favorite online services, and Ubuntu will assimilate that data into its own framework. In general, the emphasis seems to be on getting you the info you need in a quick and easy-to-digest way. From the looks of things, the desktop build will have its own interface tailored to mouse and keyboard, but Canonical envisions a single installer app having both desktop and mobile builds.This would all be great if the only challenge for a mobile operating system was offering up a solid product. It’s not. Carving out a niche in the seemingly unshakable mobile space — ruled by the Android-and-Apple duopoly — still requires a critical mass of users and a lively ecosystem of app developers.Realistically speaking, the chances of this even upstaging Windows Phone or BlackBerry 10 are slim. At best, Ubuntu seems like a sandbox for the most enthusiastic early adopters and a cheap enterprise solution for companies on a tight budget.Still, pushing aside the concerns about market viability, this could be a very real glimpse of how we compute in the future. The central brain for all our computing needs might eventually live in our smartphones, and we’d simply attach them to whatever form factor the situation calls for.That differs from some current experiments, like Microsoft’s vision for the Surface tablet: a single piece of hardware that can be used in multiple ways. It seems just as valid a solution, though, for the inevitable convergence of mobile and desktop computers.Source: CNN Moneylast_img read more

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Facebook launches news app for iOS Notify

Facebook launches news app for iOS Notify

first_imgThe Notify application was tailored for iPhones and available only in the United States, according to Facebook. Image Credit: Techradar Advertisement Notify debuted with more than 70 “stations,” most of them media outlets serving up magazine stories or breaking news.The list of Notify launch partners included Wired, Vogue, Vice, Time, Getty Images, CNN, ABC, and Comedy Central.“Whether you’re into sports, celebrities, news, movies, music or shopping, Notify makes it easy to find notifications you’re into,” Facebook product manager Julian Gutman said in a blog post. – Advertisement – People who download Notify are invited to select “stations” they want to get updates from.Each selected source will have clearance to “push” notifications to iPhone lock screens, alerting people to posts or news, according to Gutman.The Notify application was tailored for iPhones and available only in the United States, according to Facebook.The release came just weeks after Facebook launched an Instant Articles feature on iPhones that speeds up the display of news stories shared by friends at the giant social network.[related-posts]Launch partners for the feature included NBC News, The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, National Geographic, and the Washington Post.A beta program of Instant Articles geared for Android devices is open to the public, and is expected to be ready for broad release by the end of this year.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

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Facebooks Vice President for Latin America released from Brazilian Jail

Facebooks Vice President for Latin America released from Brazilian Jail

first_imgBrazilian jail where the Facebook executive Diego Dzodan was held. Image Credit: Reuters Advertisement Facebook’s vice president for Latin America Diego Dzodan who was arrested on Tuesday earlier this week after a judge said he failed to cooperate with a drug trafficking and organized crime investigation has finally been released.The arrest of Diego Dzodan came only months after a Brazilian court ordered mobile phone companies to block the WhatsApp app for 48 hours just because they had refused to cooperate with the law for failing to comply with a July court order in a criminal case. The move scrambled communications for many of WhatsApp 100 million users in Brazil for around 12 hours.The Guardian reported saying that, WhatsApp insisted that it is unable to provide information that they don’t have to the authorities. In a statement released on Wednesday, the company said: “Arresting people with no connection to pending law enforcement investigation is a capricious step and we are concerned about the effects for the people of Brazil and innovation in the country.” – Advertisement – Facebook reported in a statement that it operates separately from WhatsApp and it was disappointed with extreme measures for involving Diego Dzodan, Facebook’s Vice President for Latin America.[related-posts]last_img read more

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Googles Android 71 Nougat Developer Preview to RollOut to Nexus Devices this

Googles Android 71 Nougat Developer Preview to RollOut to Nexus Devices this

first_imgPixel C devices to revice the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview. Image Credit: YouTube Images Advertisement Reports from NDTV news, indicated that the Mountain View based internet-search giants, Google Inc. announced the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview will be released for select compatible devices by the end of this month.After unveiling the new Android version for its Pixel smartphones at the Made by Google Event, the tech giant has now confirmed the preview will arrive for select Nexus devices before the end of October.The Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview is initially coming only to Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C devices. However, the company never did confirm other devices that will get to use the preview by the end of developer preview cycle neither did they provide any release timeline for them. – Advertisement – According to Google, the final build of the Android 7.1 Nougat will hit all Google-supported Android 7.0 devices including the; Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, Nexus Player, Pixel C, and all other supported Android One devices will get the final Android 7.1 Nougat update in December.According to NDTV news, the Android 7.1 Nougat developer preview should briny some significant improvements, the most notable ones being introduction of support for Daydream View VR headset and image keyboard. The latter means that Android users will now be able to freely send gifs through the keyboard, rather than copy pasting links or other roundabout methods.Note that only devices registered on the Android Beta Program will get the update. However, if you wish to receive beta updates from the Android team, register your supported device.last_img read more

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EXETER Cheltenham Preview Debrief

EXETER Cheltenham Preview Debrief

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening held at Exeter Racecourse on February 21.On the panel:Paul Nicholls (Trainer)Philip Hobbs (Trainer)David Pipe (Jockey)Nick Schofield (At The Races)Luke Tarr (Star Sports)Don’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HEREPAUL NICHOLLSLiked IRVING – won Supeme twice before with Al Ferof and Noland – and this would have more speed.Arkle: Very impressed with DODGING BULLETS in defeat at Newbury giving Module weight and has every chance.HINTERLAND will run in Champion Chase – “You have to be bold and believe in them, could be an Aintree horse”.Likes SILVNIACO CONTI in the Gold Cup, gave the impression to the audience that they really though it would win.CALIPTO is their favourite in Triumph – leading chance in very competitive race.Two handicappers mentioned. LA FONTANA (County) and Harry Derham will ride CAID DU BERLAIS in Martin Pipe and that one seemed the lively ew project from the yard.PHILIP HOBBSVery sweet on FINGAL BAY in the Pertemps. Went up 6lb for win at Exeter – for once he thought that was generous !!CHELTENIAN (County) ‘class horse – ran well in defeat in the Betfair Hurdle.’CAPTAIN CHRIS will run in Gold Cup – main target though is Punchestown – but this is the only race it can run in until then.MENORAH (Ryanair) might try headgear to freshen up – ew shout.WISHFUL THINKING (Ryanair) has to find a lot to win.NICK SCHOFIELDLoves IRVING – describes it as an ‘aeroplane’ can’t wait to ride think it will win.Champion Hurdle – rides and is excited about MELODIC RENDEZVOUS gets the feeling the horse doesn’t get the credit it deserves, Desperate for soft ground though.Triumph: Like CALIPTO – v good horse with strong chance.DAVID PIPEVery sweet on DYNASTE (Ryanair). Bouncing at home very happy.Two very good horses in KINGS PALACE (Albert Bartlett) and RED SHERLOCK (Neptune) – both leading chances. Running plans still not 100%. Seemed slightly more excited about RED SHERLOCK.GEVREY CHAMBERTIN didn’t run well at Ascot but will be given its chance in the RSA.What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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.Sunday 22 NovemberRACING1.10 NavanTen Times Better 4/1 > 3/11.30 ExeterUbaltique 13/2 > 5/12.00 ExeterOnenightinvienna 5/2 > 7/42.30 ExeterMinellacelebration 6/1 > 4/13.10 NavanFine Theatre 12/1 > 8/1FOOTBALLChampionship13:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD6/4 Burnley 2/1 Brighton & Hove Albion 11/5 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD8/13 Tottenham Hotspur 9/2 West Ham 3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Mon Movers Specials

STARTERS ORDERS Mon Movers Specials

first_imgWelcome 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 2 April HORSE RACING4.20 WolverhamptonPrince Jai 7/1 > 5/14.40 CorkVenetian De Mai 13/8 > 8/116.15 FairyhouseGetaway John 9/2 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLLeague One17:30 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event13/5 Portsmouth evens Wigan 12/5 DRAWChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event13/8 Sheffield United 19/10 Cardiff City 23/10 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img

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Experiments Span Atlantic with Web Robots

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: unrau@rice.edu EXPERIMENTS SPAN ATLANTIC WITH WEBROBOTSA toy helicopter whizzes around thelaboratory, changing speed and direction as Prasanna Gandhi, a Rice graduatestudent, tests his finesse and understanding of dynamic systems theory by remotecontrol. Very remote control.The helicopter he is commanding is some 5,000 miles away, at alaboratory in Switzerland. Seated at a computer in a Rice lab, Gandhi can sendcommands and control information to various robots in Switzerland, watchreal-time video of the robots responding to those commands, and gather data tolater analyze the experiments.In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology(EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Rice is operating a remote laboratory systemover the World Wide Web.Led by Fathi Ghorbel, assistant professor of mechanicalengineering and materials science, the remote laboratory system at Rice isacting as a proving ground for the technology. Ghorbel uses the system inteaching MECH 420, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems.Although the technology is often discussed at teachingconferences around the country and internationally, Rice is among the few groupsactually using the technology. Ghorbel chaired a breakout session at a NationalScience Foundation-sponsored meeting last fall called New Directions in ControlEngineering Education. “Nothing substitutes for the real thing,” Ghorbel says oflaboratories, “but this provides an opportunity to interact with others and topractice on a variety of systems that might not otherwise beavailable.”During a lecture on dynamics, control and robotics, forinstance, a professor could use the remote system to demonstrate live, usingexperiments set up in a neighboring building, another university or anothercountry. Students can use the remote robots to explore control systems andtheory.“The full potential of this idea,” Ghorbel says, “in additionto teaching, is research. Researchers could share facilities.”Web robots could become economical research tools. Real-timeremote access to systems makes it possible to share resources, use acomplementary center, eliminate duplication of efforts, and to make highlytechnical, expensive lab equipment available that otherwise could be difficultor impossible to access.NASA scientists used such a remote system to control thePathfinder mission on Mars from around the world. Back at Rice, among the Swiss robots Rice students can controlare an inverted pendulum, an electrical drive system and the toy copter, alaboratory helicopter.All three systems are used to illustrate basic concepts incontrol system theory and dynamical system theory and are directly related toconcepts taught in the classroom, Ghorbel says. For example, the invertedpendulum is an example of a system with an unstable equilibrium. With a fewcareless commands, the pendulum swings wildly back and forth, while moving tothe left and right in an attempt to balance itself. Students try differenttechniques to stabilize it.The toy copter is an example of a nonlinearMulti-Input-Multi-Output (MIMO) system with strong couplings that presentschallenges in nonlinear control theory. The electromechanical drive system hastransmission attributes such as backlash, flexibility and friction that arepresent in industrial drives. Students can learn about these concepts in asimple laboratory system and get some training in their control, Ghorbelsays.And, it’s possible that companies manufacturing devices such asthe electromechanical drive could use the educational lab as a remote testingsite or for feedback on their product’s performance.Ghorbel hopes to expand the program into a full-fledgedInternet Remotely Operated Robotics and Control Systems Laboratory.The next step is to allow students from the Swiss institute andaround the world to experiment with equipment in Ghorbel’s lab. Soon to make itsworld debut on the Web: the challenging Spherical Rice Pendulum Apparatus (RiceSPENDULAP), currently housed in the Dynamic Systems and Control Laboratory ofthe mechanical engineering department.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private, and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.###last_img read more

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Women and economic development topic at Rices Baker Institute Feb 25

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdruth@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775 Women and economic development topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 25HOUSTON – (Feb. 18, 2014) – The crucial role of women in promoting economic development and innovation worldwide, with a special focus on the Middle East, will be examined by a panel at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 25. This free public event is co-hosted by the Baker Institute’s Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program, CARE and the city of Houston’s Office of International Communities.Who:               Keynote speaker: Annise Parker, mayor of Houston and Rice alumna.Panelists: David Ray, head of policy and advocacy, CARE USA, and managing director, CARE Action Now; Marwa Shalaby, director, Baker Institute Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program; Cristal Montañez Baylor, executive director, Hashoo Foundation USA; and Rogelio Garcia-Contreras, associate professor, University of St. Thomas (UST) Center for International Studies, and director, UST Social Entrepreneurship Program.Moderator: Terence O’Neill, division manager, city of Houston Office of International Communities.What:             “Pathways to Empowerment: Women and the Economy in the Developing World” panel.When:             Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, “Achieving our objectives for global development will demand accelerated efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. Otherwise, peace and prosperity will have their own glass ceiling.” This panel discussion will shed light on the economic challenges facing women and propose concrete policy recommendations for empowering women to build safe, just and economically vibrant societies, according to event organizers. The event also aims at informing the public about the importance of foreign aid in combating global poverty and promoting women’s rights.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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Two sculptures by Jesús Bautista Moroles to be dedicated May 3 at

first_imgShare2MEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduTwo sculptures by Jesús Bautista Moroles to be dedicated May 3 at RiceHOUSTON – (April 29, 2016) – Rice University will dedicate “Musical Stele” and “Waves Column,” two permanent installations by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles, May 3. The installations were previously on long-term loan to the university.“Waves Column.” Photos by Paul HesterMoroles’ granite sculptures are both installed on the grounds of the Cohen House, a central campus gathering place for the Rice community and alumni, located at 6100 Main St. The dedication ceremony will be closed to the public and the media, but interested media are welcome to schedule a time to view the installations by e-mailing jfalk@rice.edu.“These works, both corporeal and monumental at once, reveal our relationship with the natural world through a formal reworking of granite’s inherent qualities,” said Caroline Walker, associate director of Rice Public Art. “Moroles’ enjoyment in transforming granite, and leaving its raw original state, is evident in both works, which are strong examples of the late artist’s recent work.”“Waves Column,” 2003, installed outdoors in the Cohen House courtyard, presents itself through a rhythmic, undulating form, as its name suggests. “Musical Stele,” 2004, of a more intimate scale, is installed in the Cohen House lobby and takes a wholly different approach in its rigid staccato form, punctuated by an absence of granite and finely carved horizontal keys.The acquisition of Moroles’ work was made possible through a gift to Rice by alumnus Rick “Ricky Ray” Behrend, a Houston arts patron, who graduated from Rice in 1977. Behrend has also extended long-term loans of several other artworks on the Rice campus.“Musical Stele.”Moroles’ sculptures will complement other sculptures in Rice’s public art collection, which features noted works by artists such as Jaume Plensa, James Surls and Michael Heizer.Born in Corpus Christi in 1950, Moroles came to prominence in the 1980s, becoming known for his large-scale granite sculptures. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at North Texas State University and subsequently held an apprenticeship with renowned sculptor Luis Jiménez. In 1980 Moroles traveled to Italy, where he worked in the quarries in Pietrasanta. During his lifetime Moroles completed numerous public and private commissions nationwide, one of the most celebrated being the Houston Police Officers Memorial, a series of inverted pyramid forms, in 1990. Moroles’ works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the National Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institute, among many other institutions.For more information on public art at Rice, visit http://publicart.rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice Public Art via Twitter @RicePublicArt.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

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Rice U expert available to discuss mental health of DREAMers

first_imgAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice U. expert available to discuss mental health of ‘DREAMers’Garcini can comment on recent survey, research and tips for protecting mental health HOUSTON — (Jan. 2, 2018) — Last year President Donald Trump announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. And this past week Trump tweeted that no deal would be made for a “DACA fix” without a deal to fund a wall along the U.S. southern border. Rice University psychologist Luz Garcini, whose recent research focuses on how living in the U.S. without proper documentation affects mental health as a result of facing constant institutional and societal exclusion, is currently conducting a survey assessing the health needs of immigrants following the termination of DACA and is available for news media interviews.Garcini and a team of psychologists from the National Latino Psychological Association, including Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, a professor of psychology at Utah State University, have put together a list of 10 tips to help “DREAMers,” recipients of DACA, protect their mental health.The 10 tips, which are fully explained here, are:1.   Validate your feelings.2.   Recognize symptoms of distress.3.   Identify your triggers.4.   Build on your strengths.5.   Connect or reconnect with your joys.6.   Learn and practice new skills for healthy coping.7.   Take your mental health seriously and seek help.8.   Know your rights and identify available resources.9.   Protect yourself from immigration scams.10. Share your knowledge to help others like you.“DREAMers are often marginalized and discriminated against, and as a result they may become isolated from the larger educational and work communities,” said Garcini, who is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Rice. “Many also experience separation from deported family members, and they do not have the option of traveling internationally to visit them. Finally, they live in constant fear of deportation and experience a sense of voicelessness, invisibility and limited opportunities due to their conflicting undocumented status.”Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.For more information or to schedule an interview with Garcini, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Related materials:Recent Garcini research news:More than 80 percent of immigrants living in US without authorization have history of traumahttp://news.rice.edu/2017/11/07/some-immigrants-living-in-us-without-authorization-have-trauma-history/Immigrants living in the country without authorization at risk for anxiety and depressionhttp://news.rice.edu/2017/10/30/immigrants-living-in-the-country-without-authorization-at-risk-for-anxiety-and-depression/DREAMers at greater risk for mental health distresshttp://news.rice.edu/2017/07/27/dreamers-at-greater-risk-for-mental-health-distress/ Rice University Department of Psychology: http://psychology.rice.eduRice University School of Social Sciences: http://socialsciences.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for 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.last_img read more

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Baker Institute events Russian ambassador event canceled Venezuela panel postponed

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute events: Russian ambassador event canceled, Venezuela panel postponedHOUSTON – (April 8, 2019) – The event with Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, scheduled for Wednesday at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has been canceled due to the ambassador’s obligations in Washington, D.C. Separately, the panel on Venezuela that was scheduled for Thursday at the institute has been postponed to April 23.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 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 lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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Suspect in Tacoma Officers Believed Barricaded Inside Home

first_img SEATTLE—Dozen police held positions around a house early Thursday where a suspect accused of fatally shooting a Tacoma police officer hours earlier was believed still barricaded inside.  US Share The officer was shot multiple times while responding to a domestic violence call Wednesday afternoon.Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the officer was pronounced dead at the hospital after nightfall.“We’ve suffered a great loss and I think the community has suffered a great loss. I don’t know how to put that into words,” Cool said.Law enforcement officers gather in front of an ambulance at Tacoma General Hospital, where a Tacoma Police officer was taken after being shot while responding to a call n Tacoma, Wash on Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Law enforcement officers gather in front of an ambulance at Tacoma General Hospital, where a Tacoma Police officer was taken after being shot while responding to a call n Tacoma, Wash on Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)After the death of the officer, who still hasn’t been publicly identified, a procession of law enforcement officers from around the region escorted the body from the hospital to the county medical examiner’s office.After 2 a.m. PST Thursday, the standoff was ongoing with many emergency vehicles with flashing lights and numerous officers posted outside the home where the suspect was thought to be. Cool said earlier that the neighborhood had been locked down while officers from multiple agencies were “working to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”She also said it’s possible the suspect, who hasn’t been identified, could have left while police were removing the wounded officer from the scene. She said that’s why the large neighborhood perimeter had been set up.Law enforcement vehicles line East 52nd Street in Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Law enforcement vehicles line East 52nd Street in Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Cool said police responded to the home Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of East 52nd Street and that shortly after arriving, officers called for backup.Reacting to shots fired, arriving officers entered the home and managed to get the wounded officer outside and to a hospital, Cool said. She had said the officer had been undergoing surgery before the death was announced.It wasn’t immediately clear what led up to the shooting.In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he and his wife Trudi were sending their thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of the officer.“All of Washington grieves with Tacoma, which tonight lost one of their finest. Our hearts are with the men and women of the Tacoma Police Department, their families, and their brothers and sisters in law enforcement across Washington.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Police stand by a distraught Kristi Croskey at the scene where a Tacoma Police officer was shot while responding to a domestic call in East Tacoma, Wash., on Nov. 30, 2016. (Peter Haley/The News Tribune via AP) Suspect in Tacoma Officer’s Believed Barricaded Inside Home By The Associated Press December 1, 2016 Updated: December 1, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

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