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July 2019

The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over

first_imgThe bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court judgment that campaigners hoped would finally settle the issue.The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in January that wheelchair-users have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than just ask a non-disabled passenger to move if they are occupying the space and it is needed by someone using a wheelchair.But accessible transport campaigners said this week that, although there had been an initial improvement following the judgment, standards “were starting to slip again”.London’s user-led accessible transport charity, Transport for All (TfA), met last week to mark six months since the Supreme Court judgment.The meeting heard from one wheelchair-user and activist who said she had decided to take action over the repeated failure of a bus company to enforce the wheelchair space.She had earlier written in her blog that she had been refused access to a bus because of an occupied wheelchair space “numerous” times since the judgment, but that drivers frequently allow parents with buggies to board a bus when she is already occupying the space.She said: “It seems like there is a massively uneven system at work, and, by forcing a bus company to address this in court, I hope to further the rights of wheelchair users on buses and public transport.”She said she was “doing this for the wheelchair users I know who are too scared to take buses on their own because they don’t feel that the bus drivers, companies, nor the other passengers have their backs”.She was not available this week to discuss her case, but Alan Benson, TfA’s chair, said he was “not at all surprised” by her decision to take legal action, and he said that he suspected she would be “the first of a number” to do so.He told Disability News Service: “I think there were certain individuals in the room who would and hopefully will in the future consider taking legal action.”Many of those who attended the meeting had had recent problems securing access to the wheelchair space on a bus when it was being occupied by a pushchair, although some people said they had had positive experiences on buses since January.Transport for London (TfL) sent out new instructions to drivers after the Supreme Court judgment, but Benson said that “the actions of the drivers have changed very little”.He said: “What that means on the ground is we don’t get to go on buses sometimes, quite frequently.“I was on a bus on Sunday and the driver flat refused to ask the buggy to move from the wheelchair space.“I asked him to ask her and he just flat refused. That was a very common message on the day.”TfA wants buses to have larger wheelchair spaces, and separate spaces for buggies, to ensure that disabled people can travel with confidence.Although TfL has updated training and introduced new iBus voice announcements on buses since the court judgment, TfA wants it to go further and introduce a policy where bus drivers refuse to move the bus for a certain period of time unless the wheelchair priority space is cleared.Benson said: “If the bus sits there and waits, then the pressure shifts from the disabled person who is holding the bus up to the buggy-owner who is holding the bus up, and that changes the dynamic.”One of the disabled campaigners who attended the TfA meeting was Doug Paulley, who took the legal case that resulted in the Supreme Court judgment.He said after the meeting that the spaces were still “routinely abused”, and not just in London, despite his successful court case.He said: “It didn’t sort the problem. It raised the profile of the problem but it’s clear that bus companies and bus drivers and the public are still not necessarily doing what is needed.“We have to keep banging the drum. I don’t think we are going to achieve mass change in attitudes by one big court case.“It is a case of continuing to press for a change of culture both from the public and the public transport providers, which isn’t easy to do.”He added: “Many bus companies are still treating disabled and older people with contempt and denying them their fundamental right to travel; 25 years after disabled people chained themselves to buses to fight for the wheelchair space, it is still frequently abused by others.“It’s disgraceful, illegal and has got to stop.”Paulley, who was presented with an award by TfA for his campaign success, said he was “not surprised” to hear that another activist was taking a legal case because “it happens all the time”.He said: “I see videos of drivers refusing to ask people to move. I am glad she’s doing it and I support her 100 per cent.”TfL said that all of its bus drivers had been “comprehensively briefed” following the Supreme Court ruling and had completed “bespoke accessibility training”.Claire Mann, TfL’s director of bus service delivery and operations, said: “It is essential wheelchair-users are given priority over buggies and that the Supreme Court ruling is complied with.“We continue to work closely with Transport for All and implement their suggestions where possible.”Since the Supreme Court ruling, steps taken by TfL include: issuing drivers with a summary of the judgment and what it means for them; putting up posters in garages; issuing fresh guidance to bus operators and drivers; and producing new recorded iBus announcements about the wheelchair space that are played on buses.It has also delivered an accessibility awareness training programme to all its 24,500 bus drivers, which was developed in partnership with disabled and older bus passengers, TfA and Age UK London.TfL said that it receives “many commendations from wheelchair users who compliment bus staff for the help they have received” but in the “small number of instances when a wheelchair user hasn’t been properly supported, drivers are retrained or disciplinary action taken if appropriate”.On the size of wheelchair spaces, TfL says its current standard space is larger than those provided by many other bus operators, and where older buses have the UK standard spaces, they are increased when the buses are refurbished.But TfL added: “Where we can make spaces larger we do so. But significantly increasing the size of the wheelchair bay would result in rows of seats, often priority seats, being removed which would significantly disadvantage other customers with accessibility needs.”After the Supreme Court hearing, the junior transport minister Andrew Jones set up a working group to listen to advice on how to enforce the Paulley ruling.Responsibility for accessibility in public transport has now passed to the disabled Department for Transport (DfT) minister Paul Maynard.A DfT spokesman: “We are determined to improve access to all forms of public transport for people with disabilities, and we will shortly be launching a new accessibility action plan.“Our working group has now met several times to discuss how bus services can be improved and they will be making recommendations to us shortly.“In England, 94 per cent of buses have a designated wheelchair space and other features enabling disabled passengers to board, alight and travel safely and in comfort.”The action plan will include measures to ensure bus drivers know their obligations on access.Pictured: Doug Paulley (left) and his solicitor Chris Fry in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling, surrounded by supporters from Transport for Alllast_img read more

SF Residents Cautiously Embrace New Navigation Center on 13th St

first_imgA new Navigation Center will be installed near 13th Street and Highway 101 this spring, and while Mission District residents shared their concerns at a meeting on Thursday, many had warmed up to the idea after the apparent success of the center at 1515 South Van Ness.When the 1515 Navigation Center was built, “there was a lot of fear about a crime wave,” said Caleb, a resident of 25th and South Van Ness. “As a resident there, none of that came to pass. I’m actually very sorry that it’s only temporary.”The meeting was hosted by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who is spearheading the project that will open sometime in April or May. She was joined by Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Director Jeff Kositsky, as well as Julia Laue from the Department of Public Works.The new, 125-bed center will be located on a Caltrans-owned parking lot at 224-242 South Van Ness. It will sit adjacent to 13th Street, which has seen chronic homelessness and tent encampments since before San Francisco hosted the Super Bowl in 2016. In a bit of irony, the new center will be a very large tent structure with high ceilings and a large outdoor area. It will provide on-site meals, showers, storage and social services such as substance abuse treatment, housing opportunities, public assistance and job training.The site of the new Navigation Center.As with all Navigation Centers, people who enter are allowed to bring their pets, possessions and partners. People at the shelter can stay up to 60 days — or more if they are disabled and considered high-priority.Ronen said she is working on allowing every person to stay as long as they need — if they are engaging in services to find jobs and housing. “They can’t in 60 days address the underlying issues that are contributing to homelessness,” she said.The city officials also assured residents that the center will have a 24/7 desk service to answer residents’ calls if they have concerns. SFPD, they said, will provide security around the perimeter of the building.But some residents and business owners were nonetheless concerned about the center bringing more crime and nuisance to the area.“My biggest concern with this is, it’ll draw more attention, more people will come — we’re right there,” said Mitchell Kulder, Director of Operations at Royal Automotive Group, which borders the Navigation Center site.While he said he appreciated the initiative to help the area’s homeless population, he suspects some homeless residents have been damaging the cars at his business, and he’s worried that Navigation Center staff or the police would not be responsive enough.Kositsky reassured him that the center will have a 24-hour phone line for residents and businesses.“On paper, this sounds like it can continue to move the neighborhood in the right direction, but the reality of that, I’m not sure on,” said Ryan Cerami, Vice President of Ceramic Tile Design, which will neighbors the Caltrans site.Like some others, he asked for a more intimate sit-down with Ronen to see how he could “be part of the solution.”Ronen said that everyone is always welcome to contact her office. “We will talk to you, we will respond to you, because this is our top issue,” she said.A woman named Stephanie, who lives near the existing center at 1515 South Van Ness and 26th Streets, said the area “looks a lot better.” But since the center opened, she said she’s noticed an increase in drinking and drug use.“That issue should be addressed in future plans,” she said. “Because the outdoor space is nice to have, but people want to do drugs and drink … and it’s ending up in the surrounding areas.”She also asked about the wind-down plan for the 1515 South Van Ness shelter. Once the center leaves, construction for a new housing development will begin.“This is part of the wind-down plan,” Ronen said, speaking about the new center. “This is the replacement.”Ronen added that she will be holding a meeting about the South Van Ness center’s exit in a few weeks, although no date has been set. She said the new center does not have an end date, as they are on a $1 per month, year-to-year lease with Caltrans.A man who identified himself as Taylor said he is a soccer coach at Marshall Elementary, a school two blocks south. “I experience feces and urine in front of my doorstep,” he said. “Can the Navigation Center alleviate some of the public defecation that is happening on streets?”Ronen said that the onsite 24-hour showers and toilets will help to reduce those issues. “It is not acceptable for a world-class city to have people going to the bathroom and dropping used needles on the street,” she said. “It’s an embarrassment.”But the coach also asked how he could assist Navigation Center staff in referring individuals to the center. “I’ve interacted with a lot of homeless in area. I just feel connected to them,” he said. “My main question is: how residents can help folks get access to Navigation Center?”Kositsky encouraged community members to contact his office through email — or him, personally, through Twitter — if they feel compelled to help someone. “When they know you and trust you, we can leverage that to help them get indoors,” he said.Aerial view of new Navigation Center site.The center will be a tent structure with high ceilings and outdoor space. 0%center_img Tags: homeless • homelessness • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Lucca Ravioli Cos parking lot sold — fivestory tower may rise

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Lucca Ravioli Company’s parking lot at 22nd and Valencia Street, which went on the market in August, quietly sold in October for around $3 million — and now plans are in the works to develop it into a five-story residential building. The parking lot’s new owner — M3 LLC — filed a preliminary application with the city in mid-December. The plans for 1120 Valencia St. envision a five-story, 18-unit building with around 1,171 square feet of ground-floor retail and a rooftop deck. Two of the units will be below-market-rate, and the building will include 18 bicycle spaces but no car parking.  The project’s estimated cost is $4.8 million. The owner of M3 LLC could not be reached for comment, as his or her identity could not be confirmed. Planning documents list the owner’s address as the Garaventa Accountancy Corporation on Church Street. center_img Michael Feno, the longtime owner of the deli, listed the property for $2.995 million in late August, hoping that the would-be buyer would develop the property into housing. At the time, he said his intention was to “take care of the middle class” by adding to the neighborhood’s housing stock. “As long as you’re short on housing, what are you going to have is every house with a multi-millionaire,” he said.Local Reporting takes reporters on the ground. It’s not free. Support Mission Local todayYet, he told Mission Local in August that any sale would be contingent on a developer including parking in the new development. With no car parking in the plans, that sticking point was apparently nixed from the deal. Feno has not yet responded to questions for this article. Feno’s family has run Lucca on the corner of 22nd and Valencia since 1925, eventually buying the corner building as well as the adjacent apartment building and the parking lot next door. If and when the new building is complete, it will be the tallest on the block, outsizing its neighbors, including the sprawling four-story City College of San Francisco Mission Campus across the street.   Valencia seems to be a hot place to develop small housing projects: Less than block away, on Valencia between 21st and 22nd street, a six-story, 25-unit building is proposed to replace the San Francisco Auto Works garage. last_img read more

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WEVE got some more behind the scenes footage of y

first_imgWE’VE got some more behind the scenes footage of your Saints working hard in pre-season.We were invited to film the lads’ latest conditioning and gym sessions – and as you can see, they are working hard for the season ahead.Saints will kick off their Super League campaign with a trip to Warrington on Thursday February 13 before hosting Hull FC at Langtree Park eight days later.Tickets for those games are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.Mobile users can see the video here.last_img read more

ST HELENS CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES ANGER AT EX PLAYER HO

first_imgST HELENS CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES ANGER AT EX PLAYER HOHAIA’S DAMAGING AND FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT THE CLUB AND ITS STAFFSt Helens’ Chairman, Eamonn McManus, has followed up the Club’s official statement on Lance Hohaia’s recent false assertions and has expressed his personal incomprehension and anger at the damage that it has wrongly caused to the St Helens club and, importantly, to its highly respected professional staff.McManus stated:“We can all appreciate and sympathise with Lance over his feelings towards Ben Flower after his savage assault in the 2014 Grand Final against Wigan. St Helens and its medical staff naturally did everything to treat and support him at that time and thereafter.However, his recent series of utterly false accusations about the Club not supporting him and forcing him to play when he was not ready, is malicious and incorrect.His misstatements have wrongly damaged the respected and hard earned reputation of one of the world’s great rugby league clubs. However, I reserve my real anger for the damage and wrongdoing to our highly reputable and leading medical and rugby staff, each of whom could not have looked after Lance more professionally. Their reputations, livelihoods and lives have been wrongly maligned and undermined by his utterly untrue assertions. This is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by us.Furthermore, Lance claims that he is trying to help fellow players and athletes with his assertions. To the contrary, distortion of the truth by a high profile past player can only undermine and prejudice other genuine and serious medical cases, both present and future.Lance did not raise any concussive symptoms with relevant members of our staff from October 2014, when he went on holiday after the 2014 Grand Final, until April 2015, when thereafter he handed in his resignation without notice to the Club or to his teammates. His then retrospective assertions as to self diagnosed concussive symptoms were not supported in any way by our meticulously kept records.In the months before his resignation, in addition to being a full time rugby league player, he studied for a business degree in preparation for his planned new life and career in the United States. This was an impressive continuing achievement, but again utterly irreconcilable with his subsequent claims as to his wellbeing. Nevertheless, the Club still paid for his accommodation and cars after he had resigned and stayed in England in order to complete successfully his studies.However, he demanded to be continued to be paid a salary by the Club after had unilaterally resigned and terminated his services as a rugby player. This was as unbelievable as it was unjustifiable. He instructed various firms of solicitors, none of whom progressed his unfounded claims.St Helens and its staff supported Lance Hohaia at all times, as we do with all our players. That is the nature of a club of the very highest professional standing and standards, and this reputation is recognised as such throughout the sport.We will not tolerate our good name and the valuable reputations and livelihoods of our top professional staff being wrongly damaged by falsehood. We will take all appropriate actions to redress and remedy the situation. If we do not, the sport has no future.”last_img read more

GenX in food High levels of contamination found in farmers honey

first_img The board took questions about GenX from people in the community Monday night.“The biggest challenge is the lack of information about some of these chemical compounds. And so we want to get our arms wrapped around it,” N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, Michael Regan said.That is where the State Science Advisory Board comes in to play. The board was created to review the steps to take when dealing with emerging compounds like Gen-X.Related Article: China announces $60B of US goods for tariff retaliation“We’re trying to be very mindful to call our health goal a provisional health goal,” NC DHHS Health Director, Elizabeth Tilson said. “As we keep saying there’s very little health studies. This is really an emerging area. And the more we learn and the more we work with experts example like the Science Advisory Board the more health information we can bring in.”The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is also making sure Chemours is being held accountable.“There is more to this issue than permitting,” Regan said. “The CEO spoke eloquently about the cash flow for the company and the company’s overall health. And we hope that he sends the same signals in terms of concern for the health of people in North Carolina.”The biggest takeaways from the meeting, officials are looking at the current health goal and possibly making changes.One major bombshell during the meeting was the announcement that high levels of GenX were found in a farmer’s batch of honey. The farmer lives near the Chemours Fayetteville site and wanted to get his honey tested. Results showed GenX levels at 2,000 parts per trillion.The health standard is 140 parts per trillion, but that is for water. Experts are now evaluating the way the honey was tested.“However, you have to remember that a lot of the lab centers are set up for water so how that is in terms of testing honey it’s a very different substance,” Tilson said. “Not sure at all if those lab standards are relevate for honey versus water.”Tilson says the honey was stored in a container that may have GenX in it as well prompting a higher level. This also poses the question, what other items could be contaminated?“It’s not so much important in it’s own single entity. But the idea that is it possible that GenX is in other foods or people could have exposure to GenX in other than drinking water,” Tilson said. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A panel of experts is trying to get answers when it comes to GenX and how it is affecting you and your family.Monday afternoon, the state Science Advisory Board met at UNCW to hear the latest developments. WWAY was there during the public forum held at the Warwick Center.- Advertisement – The board’s next meeting is set for January 29.last_img read more

Study Wilmington ranked one of top cities for small business hiring

first_img It found that in Wilmington small businesses receive 24 percent more applications than bigger businesses.Wilmington had the 20th best small business hiring advantage in the nation and was the only North Carolina city on the list. (Photo: Pexels) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new study has placed the Port City in the top 20 cities where small businesses have a hiring advantage.The study done by ZipRecruiter compared job applications to small businesses and large businesses.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Spring forward with cleaning donate to benefit Brunswick Co students

first_img After you’ve cleaned out your home, garage or attic and uncovered many new found treasures, remember to donate your surplus items to Communities In Schools (CIS) Thrift Shops. Donating and shopping at CIS Thrift Shops supports the local economy, gives customers great deals, and supports a good cause all at the same time. Every donation is rewarded with a tax receipt to benefit the donor’s income taxes and the money from shopping purchases goes back in to CIS programs helping students in Brunswick County stay in school. Thrifting should be a regular hobby – both donating and shopping.CIS Thrift Shops accept: gently used or new clothing for ladies, men, and children, shoes, home décor, jewelry, housewares, electronics, art work, music related items, sports related items, tools, books, magazines and comic books, furniture, bicycles, etc.“Donate with a purpose. Customers support students with their donations and purchases. It’s not only a fun way to shop, but a win-win-win. Customers who donate goods get a tax receipt, save money shopping at CIS Thrift Shops, and support students in Brunswick County through purchases. The money raised by CIS Thrift Shops support CIS Action for Success dropout prevention programs in four middle schools, Waccamaw School (k-8), and Supply Elementary School right here in Brunswick County,” said Todd Beane, CIS Communications and Thrift Shop Operations Manager.Related Article: Belville calls out Leland’s past stances on water plant as mayor issues open letterCIS incorporates Success Coaches, community volunteers, civic groups and business partnerships to support student achievement. CIS assists Brunswick County students through tutors, mentors, 21st Century Community Learning Centers after school programs, Teen and Peer Court, and parenting education, with a major focus on dropout prevention services.According to National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS), resale or thrift shopping is growing every year and attracts customers from all economic levels. No one is immune to the excitement of finding a treasure and saving money.Beane says spring cleaning season is a great time to donate or to shop. “People are cleaning and organizing and emptying homes of clutter. As they say, ‘One’s man’s junk is another man’s treasure.’ You can get great deals on amazing items because of all the donations coming in.”CIS Thrift Shops strive to deliver the best customer experience around. CIS shop staff know their customers and spend the time to help find that treasured item they are seeking.CIS operates four thrift shops in Brunswick County for your donating and shopping convenience. CIS Thrift Shops are located in Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport, and Sunset Beach with inventory turning over daily. For more information about CIS of Brunswick County, our thrift shops or our programs, please contact the CIS office at 910-832-3494 or visit www.cisbrunswick.org. Communities in Schools (Photo: Facebook) SOUTHPORT, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Spring season is here and no better time to clean out your garage or home. Spring brings about feelings of renewal because this is the time of year when everyone is refreshing their surroundings.What better place to start with spring cleaning than in your home, garage or attic? You’ll feel better, your house or garage will look better, and students will benefit from your efforts. Studies show taking the time to clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier. Cleaning doesn’t just clear away the physical stuff, it provides a sense of satisfaction, which puts you in a good mood, feeling more relaxed, and relieves stress.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Golf cart use on highways raising serious safety concerns

first_img(ABC News) — Golf carts are becoming so popular in some communities that cities are taking measures to try to keep people safe, including Carolina Beach.A Good Morning American investigation into a surprising hazard on roads across the country, golf carts. They’re not just popular on the course or at resorts, but now they’re even showing up on highways raising serious safety concerns- Advertisement – “It’s pretty hazardous out on the roads and being out on a golf cart makes it even more scary,” Debbie Hersman, President of National Safety Council, said.There were an estimated 18,000 golf cart injuries filling up emergency rooms across the country in 2017, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.16-year-old Drew Pelkowski suffered a major brain injury in 2016, after the golf cart he was riding in on the street flipped on its side.Related Article: Wake N Bake clears hurdle to serve alcohol-infused donuts“The doctors reassured us that he had less than a 10 percent chance of making it,” mom Lauri Pelowski said.Luckily, Drew beat the odds.“He’s a fighter and a survivor,” Pelowski said.Towns like Carolina Beach are now making new rules.“It’s an issue that absolutely needs to be made safe,” Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey said.Earlier this year, this coastal community raised the bar on golf cart safety, requiring everything from turn signals to seat belts.GMA investigates was there as officers enforce the new law.In just an hour, GMA witnessed a steady stream of people in golf carts on the roads some breaking the new rules. One officer wrote four tickets. In Carolina Beach, golf cart drivers are allowed on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour or below, but laws vary from town-to-town across the country.In South Carolina, golf carts are seen driving through heavy traffic.“As a safety professional, this makes me really uncomfortable!” Hersman said.last_img read more

Aerial mosquito spraying will begin soon in Brunswick County

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BOLIVIA, NC (Press Release) — Aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Brunswick County will begin Monday, weather-permitting, to assist with mosquito populations following Hurricane Florence and the storm-related flooding.The spraying will be County-wide, including all towns or cities and all islands. The planes will fly at approximately the same time of day that the trucks spray (during the evening hours). Additional information about the aerial spraying, including a spraying schedule, will be shared as soon as it is available.- Advertisement – Heavy rains and flooding can lead to large populations of mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry viruses that may cause illnesses such as La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.Brunswick County began spraying for mosquitoes with trucks on Sept. 24, while also submitting a request for an emergency aerial response for mosquito control. That aerial spraying is set to begin Monday.Citizens can also take precautions to prevent mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and apply mosquito repellant. If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose.Related Article: Service dog vs. emotional support dog: Incident leaves one dog injured, another labeled dangerousBrunswick County Mosquito Control will reach out to all registered bee-keepers. Any bee-keepers who are not registered and have questions should call Cooperative Extension at 910-253-2610 for information.last_img read more

Samsungs new device lets you charge three devices at once

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has introduced its Multi-Charging  Charger, whose name explains itself already.The charger allows up to three micro-USB devices to be charged all at the same time. It has a 2A charge that will be divided evenly among the three devices.So if you have your smartphone, bluetooth device and a wearable plugged in all the same time, they will each receive 667mA, which isn’t much really, especially if you’re in a hurry to have all of them fully charged. – Advertisement – If it’s just two devices, then they’ll each get 1A of charging. And if you’re good in math, you’d know that just plugging in one device means it will receive all of the charger’s 2A power.But that kind of defeats the purpose of having a multi-charging wall charger right? But nevertheless, the charger detects just how many devices are plugged in and then optimally adjusts the distribution of power among or between the devices.The charger is still “coming soon” and will available for purchase from the Samsung website for $39.99. That seems a bit steep for just a charging cable, but if you feel the need to have a portable and optimized multi-charging cable, then maybe you’d be willing to spend that much for this latest Samsung accessory.Source: Android Communitylast_img read more

PREVIEW Arsenal v Dortmund

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he early sending off and penalty at the Etihad last night meant I was up against it with the Bayern bet – even though I did have considerable hope at halftime when they recovered to lead 2-1.More Champions League action tonight, this time the featured game is at the Emirates for Arsenal v Dortmund who do battle in Group D.Two teams who are having plenty of problems in their domestic leagues.TEAM NEWSArsenal26 Martinez21 Chambers04 Mertesacker18 Monreal03 Gibbs16 Ramsey08 Arteta15 Oxlade-Chamberlain17 Sánchez19 Cazorla22 SanogoBorussia Dortmund01 Weidenfeller26 Piszczek04 Subotic28 Ginter29 Schmelzer06 Bender08 Gündogan10 Mkhitaryan09 Immobile19 Großkreutz17 AubameyangArsenal v Borussia DortmundChampions League7.45pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2014 Champions L B Dortmund 2-0 ArsenalNov 2013 Champions L B Dortmund 0-1 ArsenalOct 2013 Champions L Arsenal 1-2 B DortmundNov 2011 Champions L Arsenal 2-1 B DortmundSep 2011 Champions L B Dortmund 1-1 ArsenalOct 2002 Champions L B Dortmund 2-1 ArsenalSep 2002 Champions L Arsenal 2-0 B DortmundBoth teams look certain to progress but if Arsenal can win they will guarantee progress to the knock out phase.It would also take some pressure off the shoulders of Arsene Wenger as his side comes into this on the back of back to back defeats in the Premier League at the hands of Swansea and Man U.However, if anything, the crisis at Dortmund is even greater. They have won just three of 12 Bundesliga games this season to sit third from bottom.I can’t look beyond the draw here at around 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 12/5 for 5 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 37.63 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Dear Editor – Corporate Wallies bleeting about results AGAIN

first_imgDear Editor,Why do we have to suffer, for the umpteenth time, the not only pathetic, but also patronising excuse, from the Corporate People, pretending to be running The Firms, that ‘the results have been bad’, and they haven’t made any money, yet again?“WILLIAM HILL UNDER PRESSURE TO RAISE ITS GAME”REUTERS ARTICLE 23/10/2015They aren’t making a book in the back row at Ludlow, standing the favourite in each race. They’ve got billions of OTHER PEOPLE’S money behind them, they have thousands of shops, zillionz of clickerz, clicking on their websites all day, with half of the half-wits playing on roulette and cartoon parrot-racing! HOW EXACTLY CAN the results be bad? Did 29 come in a bit too often, in a shop in Middlesbrough? Do they have a shrewdie on the 49s in Norfolk? It’s also so hard, for a big Punter to break through with The Firms anyway, they can’t blame it on them either, with there being a ten minute panic-attack, anytime someone asks for more than a grand on a horse.The only reason, you can have ‘bad results’, when you have such an incredible business, is if you are giving absurd concessions to unnecessarily compete, or if you are allowing The Staff, to continually use their unqualified opinion, on what to, and what not to lay. We have also never heard The Firms say the results have been absolutely bursting, and that they’ve had it off!There have been loads of upsets in the Premier League this year, and a rag won the National (again!). Please stop moaning, and get on with the privilege of being able to run such incredible bookmaking businesses!From the front-line, where results do actually matter,Ben Keith(Star Sports Owner)Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_imgHORSE RACINGCLICK HERE FOR OUR CHELTENHAM 2017 ANTEPOST PRICES1.15 SandownDream Bolt 6/1 > 4/12.20 FairyhouseOff The Charts 9/1 > 9/22.30 LingfieldVerne Castle 4/1 > 5/23.20 WetherbyWatercock 33/1 > 9/14.00 FairyhouseLogical Song 11/1 > 5/1 Tyrrell’s Succes 25/1 > 11/15.45 NewcastlePortledge 12/1 > 6/18.15 NewcastleThorntoun Lady 16/1 > 7/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League12:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDevens Chelsea 3/1 Arsenal 9/4 DRAWChampionship17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Mix HD2/1 Nottingham Forest 6/4 Aston Villa 11/5 DRAWPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD2/7 Tottenham Hotspur 10/1 Middlesbrough 9/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [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.Saturday 4 Februarylast_img read more

180 degree rotation for prototype 180 to be postponed

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David Ruth PHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: druth@rice.edu180 degree rotation for ‘prototype 180’ to be postponedThe “prototype 180” project that was scheduled for Oct. 8 in Houston’s Sharpstown suburb has been postponed due to a construction problem. A new date is expected to be announced later this month.A conceptual work of art by Mary Ellen Carroll, “prototype 180” will rotate a house and its surrounding landscape 180 degrees. In planning for 10 years, “prototype 180” is a reconsideration of monumentality that combines live performance, sculpture, architecture and technology. “prototype 180” is an aligned project with the Rice Building Institute.last_img read more

Nonmagnetic duo form unique magnet

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0629_MAGNET-4-WEB.jpgA sample of TiAu made in the Morosan lab at Rice University. The material is the first known itinerant antiferromagnet. Its discovery may enhance the scientific understanding of magnetism. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 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 among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0629_MAGNET-1-WEB.jpgMeasurements at Rice University show that a crystalline form of titanium and gold – TiAu – becomes magnetic (red peak) at a cold 36 kelvins, about minus 395 degrees Fahrenheit. The Rice lab discovered the material is the first known example of an itinerant antiferromagnet. (Credit: Eteri Svanidze/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0629_MAGNET-3-WEB.jpgEteri Svanidze looks at a sample of TiAu, the first itinerant antiferromagnet, discovered at Rice University. With her are fellow Rice graduate student Jiakui Wang, top, and physicist Emilia Morosan. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNonmagnetic duo form unique magnet Rice University scientists combine titanium and gold to make itinerant antiferromagnet HOUSTON – (July 14, 2015) – Titanium and gold are usually not magnetic and cannot be magnets – unless you combine them just so.Scientists at Rice University did so and discovered what is a first of its kind: an itinerant antiferromagnetic metal — TiAu — made from nonmagnetic constituent elements.The research by the lab of Rice physicist Emilia Morosan has already been cited as a textbook example of how magnetism arises in metals. While the uses for this particular magnet have yet to be determined, the Rice discovery could enhance the scientific understanding of magnetism.An open-access paper about the research appears this week in Nature Communications.This is not the kind of magnet one would stick to a refrigerator. Magnetic order only appears in TiAu when the metal is cooled to 36 kelvins, about minus 395 degrees Fahrenheit.“Magnetization is a function of temperature,” said lead author Eteri Svanidze. “The magnet’s ordering temperature appears as an anomaly in the smooth curve we see in such magnetization measurements.” For common magnets, that temperature is generally hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit, way hotter than any kitchen. But the energy and temperature scale in unconventional magnets, like the few that have no magnetic elements, are drastically reduced.Svanidze said the magnets will enhance studies of other important physics, like phase transitions (as in solid-to-liquid or liquid-to-gas) that take place at absolute zero, called quantum phase transitions.TiAu is only the third known itinerant magnetic metal made with no magnetic elements. The other two, both ferromagnets that activate their magnetic order at temperatures even colder than TiAu, were discovered half a century ago. Part of the reason for the long gap is that TiAu is challenging to make.“When we started looking, we found out why 50 years had passed without any additional discoveries,” Morosan said. “Most other possible candidates were problematic in one way or another. They were hard to make, chemically unstable, toxic or required a high temperature that was not accessible in the lab.”“We had to discard many candidate compounds,” said Svanidze, who worked on the project for six years as a Rice graduate student.But electronic structure calculations showed a 1-to-1 mix of titanium and gold might have the properties they were looking for. “This is not a new material,” Svanidze said. “What we found are its magnetic properties, and that’s where the interesting physics comes in.”Materials usually become magnetic when exposed to a field that brings the magnetic moments of its atoms into alignment. Think of each atom or ion as a tiny self-contained magnet that can align itself with the neighboring magnetic ions, like the needle of a compass.The magnetic moment of a material can be local (tied to a specific atom) or itinerant (not bonded to a single atom). Itinerant wanderers can extend their influence over more than one atom, facilitating communications between their “up” or “down” spin states. They also allow for handy things like electrical conductivity in metals.Atomic moments in local-moment ferromagnets – that is, common magnetic materials – align all of their spins in the same direction. In an antiferromagnet, the atomic moments align in opposite directions.Morosan said it’s important to know these extremes in magnetic behavior. “Theoretically we understand local-moment magnetism quite well, and we have some understanding of the itinerant moment, but most true systems really live in between,” she said. “We have to understand the extremes in order to figure out the physics of what’s going on in between.”“I think the most significant part is that such a phenomenon is very rare,” said Jiakui Wang, another Morosan lab graduate student and co-author of the paper. “This is the first time such an antiferromagnetic material has been discovered, so it is fundamentally significant. It makes our understanding of magnetism deeper.”Morosan said basic scientific discoveries often need time to spawn applications. “My hope is that we can eventually find enough of these systems to understand them better. Then we’ll know what we’re dealing with so we can make compounds with the exact properties we want.”Co-authors of the paper are Andriy Nevidomskyy, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Rice; Tiglet Besara and Theo Siegrist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University; Lian Liu, Benjamin Frandsen and Yasutomo Uemura of Columbia University; Quigzhen Huang and Jeffrey Lynn of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md.; and Monika Gamza and Meigan Aronson of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Morosan is a professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering.The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, the Welch Foundation, the Department of Energy, Florida State University, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Friends of Todai Inc. Foundation.-30-Read the paper at http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150713/ncomms8701/full/ncomms8701.htmlFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Morosan Research Group: www.morosan.rice.eduNIST Center for Neutron Research – TiAu: The first itinerant antiferromagnet with no magnetic elements:  http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/AnnualReport/FY2014/NCNR_AR_2014.pdfJournal Club for Condensed Matter Physics – Magnetism without local moments:http://www.condmatjournalclub.org/?p=2503Wiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduImages for download:center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/0629_MAGNET-2-WEB.jpgRice University researchers (from left) Emilia Morosan, Eteri Svanidze and Jiakui Wang revealed their discovery of the first itinerant antiferromagnet. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert Investing in oil field water management a major savings

first_imgShare1EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: Investing in oil field water management a major savings opportunityHOUSTON – (Feb. 28, 2018) – Increasingly sophisticated water management helps U.S.-focused oil and gas operators drive their economic break-even oil price below the social break-even price — the minimum price needed by many producers abroad to pay bills and fulfill obligations to citizens, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThe strategic ramifications of this process will likely unfold for years to come, said Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs. Collins recently shared his insights in a keynote address at a Produced Water Society seminar. He is available to discuss oil field water-management issues with the news media.“Each cent that your technical skill shaves from full-cycle water-management costs makes the molecules your company produces more competitive in the global marketplace,” said Collins, who focused his address on the West Texas Permian Basin. “The Permian could be producing as much crude oil as Kuwait by year-end 2018 and already produces more natural gas than Australia, the world’s second-largest liquefied natural gas exporter.”The numbers strongly suggest that operators value water more highly with each passing year, Collins said. “Capital deployments by exploration and production companies, water-focused midstream groups and other parties in the Permian Basin likely exceed $500 million per year even under a conservative estimate and could approach $1 billion annually of investment directly attributable to oil field water sourcing, transportation, treatment and disposal,” he said. “This includes greenfield infrastructure and consolidation/expansion of existing assets. Part of the motivation for these significant investments comes from the up-front cost reductions in water procurement, transport and disposal/recycling.”The Baker Institute’s initial research on the potential savings from integrated water management suggests that going to pipelines and recycling a greater share of produced water could reduce completion operating costs by at least $1 million in a well’s first year of economic life, Collins said.Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” uses millions of gallons of water combined with chemicals to shatter underground rock formations and release the oil and gas trapped inside. Large volumes of water are also often produced once an oil or gas well comes online. This water is called “produced” water, and also generally includes some or even all of the water injected during the fracking process.Previously, this water frequently could not be economically reused because it contained dissolved solids, chemicals, oil droplets and other contaminants that were expensive to remove, and the water was disposed of in deep underground wells, Collins said. However, technical and economic advances have made it increasingly feasible for the operators to recycle produced water.Collins conducts a range of globally focused commodity market, energy, water and environmental research. His current research focuses on oil field water issues, groundwater valuation in Texas, evolutions in the global gasoline market, shifts in China’s domestic oil consumption structure, Texas water governance and the food-water-energy nexus.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Collins, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Collins biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/gabe-collins.Follow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. 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, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

The History of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

first_img Last Updated Feb 22, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail The History of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference From February 23-24, one of the biggest events in the sports industry and analytics returns for its 12th annual iteration when the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference comes to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.This year, the conference promises to continue to break attendance records, as former President (and everyone’s favorite pickup hoops opponent) Barack Obama is among the scheduled speakers. Joining him will be luminaries of the sports industry such as Maverick Carter and Rob Manfred, and famed egghead and numbers-cruncher Nate Silver will also be along for the ride.The conference is so large and popular, it is difficult to remember that what Fast Company has ranked as the 3rd Most Innovative Sports Company began as a humble, small-potatoes conference that took place in classrooms on the MIT campus. Let’s look back at the history of the SSAC as its number of attendees grew by more than two thousand percent, and it became a force to be reckoned in an industry given a projected value of $73.5 billion by Forbes. The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Early YearsFrom our January announcement about this year’s event, Matthew Korman writes:Co-founded by MIT Sloan School of Management MBA graduate Daryl Morey, the current general manager of the Houston Rockets, and Kraft Analytics Group CEO Jessica Gelman in 2006, the annual conference has transformed into one of the most formative sports business events in the world. Since its inception, the event has spawned and popularized numerous movements in the industry, including basketball’s strategic revolution (they call it MoreyBall for a reason).From its first year in 2007 until 2009, the SSAC took place on MIT’s campus, and while attendance more than doubled during that period, it was still a comparatively low-key affair. Though 2008 brought a keynote speech by Boston Celtics CEO and co-owner Wycliffe Grousbeck, and 2009 saw the beginning of the ‘Featured Panel’ format, the conference was not yet the industry-driving behemoth that it is today.Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta (left) and general manager Daryl Morey, MIT Sloan grad and co-founder of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference / Photo via USA TodayGrowth YearsIn 2010, the SSAC moved to larger digs (at its current home) due to interest and a surplus of programming. The conference’s main attraction was a panel on the limits of statistical analysis moderated by Moneyball author Michael Lewis, as well as the introduction of the research paper track to the conference’s programming. For this aspect, individuals and groups could submit original analysis of statistics-related issues to the organizing committee and vie for a cash prize.But 2011 was the year that the conference really took aim for the heights of the sports industry: the research paper track was expanded, and a number of soon-to-be immensely popular segments were added to the traditional panel presentation structure. Firstly, Evolution of Sports (EOS) presentations were added, providing a sports industry analog to the ubiquitous TED Talks. In addition, it was the inaugural year for the First Pitch MBA Sports Business Case Competition, in which teams of MBA students from top-ranking programs were presented with a sports business situation and asked to provide a recommendation.The event continued apace the next year, adding the Trade Show Business Competition, wherein start-ups explain their importance to the sports industry and the most convincing is awarded a cash prize, as well as the Alpha Awards, which recognize those that have altered the field of sports by utilizing analytics to defy conventional wisdom. The next few years of the SSAC saw unprecedented attendance at the conference as it became ever more notorious as a place where the heavy hitters of the sports industry, academia, and statistical analysis come together. The conference has even garnered some nicknames—“The Super Bowl of Analytics” and “Dork-A-Palooza.”Then And NowIn 2016, conference chair Jessica Gelman noted in her opening remarks that “we had 175 folks at that first conference … this year we have more speakers than we had attendees [at that first conference].” Indeed, the most recent iterations of the SSAC have seen all segments of the conference grow, with an additional broadening of the scope of the conference. For example, in 2017, there were drone races, a live stream that reached an audience of 650,000 people, and a dedicated esports room. 2018 marks the first time that the conference is officially sponsored by ESPN. In final analysis, it seems the only place for the SSAC to go is up.You can find more details about this year’s event here. RelatedBarack Obama to Speak at 12th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics ConferenceIt was announced earlier this week that former U.S. President Barack Obama will be among the honorary speakers at this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The 12th annual event arrives at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center February 23 and 24. Alongside Obama, the highly publicized conference will feature…January 11, 2018In “Boston”Team of TCU MBA Students Take First Prize in MIT Sports Case CompetitionA team of MBA students from the Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business was recently named the first-place winner at the MIT Sloan First Pitch Sports Competition. With past finalists including such heavy hitters as Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and…March 29, 2017In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Startup/Entrepreneur SpotlightMany think of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as just an engineering school and site to the most famous math problem in film history, but the prestigious university is also home to great business programs at the Sloan School of Management. Through school’s MBA programs—the full-time, Executive MBA and 12-month Sloan…June 29, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer regions: Bostonlast_img read more

Ohio Teen Back Home After Serving Time for Shooting Abusive Father

first_imgShe had been in the gifted students’ program in the school she attended in Warren, Ohio, before her arrest. Now she will be starting high school, the Plain Dealer reports.Her attorney, Ian Friedman, told the Tribune Chronicle, “Bresha has been through an incredibly traumatic ordeal. I have confidence that she is going to do great things in her life. I hope that people allow her to put this behind her and let her live in peace, finally.”From NTD.tv US News Recommended Video: Toddler With Rare Heart Condition Gets to Go Home After 402 Days in the Hospital In 2011, Brandi filed a protective order against her husband, Huffington Post reports. In it, she wrote, “In the 17 years of our marriage he has cut me, broke my ribs, fingers, the blood vessels in my hand, my mouth, blackened my eyes. I believe my nose was broken.“If he finds us, I am 100 percent sure he will kill me and the children.” Bresha Meadows Returns Home After Collective Organizing Efforts https://t.co/Fbe1Nb7FaK via @TeenVogue #FreeBresha— #FreeBresha (@freebresha) February 6, 2018 We have in fact heard from Bresha’s family that she is being released from her confinement at a mental health facility on Sunday. #FreeBresha— #FreeBresha (@freebresha) February 2, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   According to TeenVogue, Bresha’s mother, Brandi, called her daughter a hero. Both she and her daughter say they feared Jonathan Meadows would eventually kill them.“I believe she was trying to help our whole family get out of the box that he put us in,” Brandi told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe that she saved all of us.”“It was the only way that she could defend her family from the man who abused them. He was well over 200 pounds, and she was a 14-year-old girl,” lawyer Ian Friedman told the Plain Dealer. Bresha’s family told they couldn’t wear their Stand With Bresha tshirts, had to turn them inside out cc #FreeBresha pic.twitter.com/IlBoEoVWB2— Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) May 3, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img A few years later she rescinded the order and tried to reconcile with her husband, but according to mother and daughter, the abuse was unrelenting. Huffington Post reports that several people close to the family told reporters that they believed Jonathon Meadows might have sexually abused Bresha.Bresha ran away from home twice, in January 2015 and then in May 2016, just several weeks before the killing. In both cases she was turned over to child protective services, who returned her to her home, the New York Times reported.On July 28, 2016, Bresha decided she had to take drastic action. She took her father’s .45 caliber automatic pistol, the same pistol she claimed he used to threaten his family, and shot her sleeping father in the head, Rewire reports.Suffering in PrisonBresha’s case ignited a firestorm of sympathetic responses, including the formation of the #FreeBresha movement, which lobbied hard to get the troubled teen out of prison and into a stable home.While in juvenile jail, Bresha was diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Supporters claimed she did not receive the amount or quality of care she deserved, that she was being treated as a criminal, not a victim. Bresha Meadows (#FreeBresha.com) Bresha Meadows, a 16-year-old from Ohio, is free after 18 months of incarceration in a juvenile corrections facility and a mental health hospital.Meadows became a national symbol in the fight against child abuse when she shot her father, 41-year-old Jonathan Meadows, on July 28, 2016.Bresha, 14 years old at the time, had survived and witnessed her father inflicting years of abuse on her mother, herself, and her two siblings according to her attorney. Finally, fearing that he would kill one or all of them, Bresha shot him in the head while he slept.“She had to take matters into her own hands believing that if she didn’t stop her father, it was just going to get worse and eventually somebody was going to die,” her lawyer, Ian Friedman, told the New York Times.Friedman called Bresha’s life with her father an “unimaginable nightmare” she “saw and experienced on a daily basis,” the Vindicator reports. Ohio Teen Back Home After Serving Time for Shooting Abusive Father By Chris Jasurek February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 Share A GoFundMe page raised more than $155,000 to pay for appeals, lobbying, legal opinions, and treatment.Campaigns like #FreeBresha pointed out that a high percentage of children in juvenile detention have been sexually or physically abused, and that while there, they get worse, not better.Eventually, Bresha was transferred to a mental health facility where her family, helped by the GoFundMe campaign, were able to get her the treatment they say she needed.Bresha at a court hearing (Bresha Meadows—Survived and Punished screenshot) Bresha at a court hearing (Bresha Meadows—Survived and Punished screenshot)Voice of DissentNot everyone sees Bresha as a hero or a victim.Lena Cooper, the sister of Jonathan Meadows, says that there was no self-defense—her brother was shot to death in his sleep.“It was murder,” Cooper told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But I don’t want my niece to get life in prison. I want her to get help. If it was that bad in that house, (Brandi) could have run. My nephew has a car. My brother wasn’t there 24 hours a day.”Bresha Meadows—(Survived and Punished screenshot) Bresha Meadows—(Survived and Punished screenshot)Cooper said there had been abuse in the past, but claimed that all the abuse had ended years prior.“This was not a family living in fear,” Cooper said. “My brother is being crucified for something that happened years ago. There is no evidence of recent abuse. We talked with the authorities, and they said there was no signs of abuse.”Cooper also questions why the gun that killed her brother had his DNA on it, and the DNA of another family member, but not Bresha’s.“It is very hard for my family because true justice has not been served,” Cooper told the Tribune Chronicle.Home at LastAfter more than 18 months in cells and locked wards and courtrooms, Bresha is returning home.Bresha will be on probation for the next two years. During that time, she will live at home—though there is no public notice of where that home will be—and will attend school in her new neighborhood. Show Discussion Bresha’s sister and friends drew signs in support of her while waiting cc #FreeBresha Court now on lunch break pic.twitter.com/pZqvWxRKMO— Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) May 3, 2017last_img read more