La Victoria bakery is dead And the attempts to resurrect it are

first_imgAll bread half-off: La Victoria closes from Mission Local on Vimeo.Separate and apart from the withering assault of the invisible hand, La Victoria was throttled from within. Earlier this year, Maldonado himself served an eviction on his own bakery — by then operated by tenants — and other retail establishments housed on site. Maldonado did not return messages left for this column. But, at the time, he told Mission Local that evicting his own bakery was something he was mandated to do by the arbitrated terms of the family trust that controlled this deteriorating building — and which was, in turn, controlled by his stepmother. With whom Jaime has an overt and ongoing family feud. So, this is not your typical Mission Latino displacement and gentrification story. Rather, a Latino family’s internecine struggle led to Latino owners evicting their Latino bakery — which had struggled, for years, and was forced to adopt more and more untraditional and faddish foods and practices. This isn’t Mike Fishman’s problem. But Arguello and Calle 24 — and, now, the consortium of groups known as United to Save the Mission — are making it his problem.It remains to be seen whether Cinderella Bakery’s entrée into the Mission is a Cinderella story.Mike Fishman doesn’t consider himself a gentrifier. He’s an immigrant. A refugee even. His Jewish family was forced to relocate to Siberia during the last three of his father’s nine years of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. He arrived in San Francisco in 1987 as a teenager.  “I get up at 5 in the morning. I am a working person. How can I be a gentrifier?” He and Arguello disagree here. And elsewhere. Fishman recalls his phone conversation last week with Arguello as being distinctly unpleasant. “He said, basically, you don’t know what you got yourself into. We don’t let anybody in except Latinos around here; it doesn’t matter who’s going to come in because you are displacing a Latino business. You stay in your Russian district in the Richmond; we don’t come to you, you don’t come to us.” Arguello denies making the more racially charged statements attributed above. Clearly we have a Rashomon situation (evidently Japanese analogies have a place in the Latino Cultural District, too). “I did not tell him that,” Arguello says. “I told him a lot of businesses are being displaced in the area. I guess what’s being missed in the history of La Victoria is their signage, the legacy of the business and what it means to the Latino community. To immigrant families.” Arguello, on this and other occasions, has argued that ostensibly small or incremental Mission stories need to be viewed through a larger lens: The lens of 8,000-odd displaced Latinos, evicted or economically banished from this district since 2000; the lens of starved or cannibalized family businesses; the lens of gentrification and homogenization. He’s not wrong, and his work checking the amoral entity we call “market forces” is not without value. And yet, a one-size-fits-all approach in which all of the many aforementioned distinguishing and unique factors leading to the demise of La Victoria are cast aside as inconvenient to the preferred narrative is simplistic — if not disingenuous. And, worse yet, it’s potentially counterproductive. It gives that much more ammunition to callous people who don’t seem to understand why Latinos in the Mission would object to merely letting the market dictate their fates. (“Hey, neighborhoods change. Deal with it.“)Peter Papadopoulos, the land-use policy analyst for the Mission Economic Development Agency, said support for the boycott is widespread: “United to Save the Mission, a coalition of 14 community groups that includes MEDA, voted to join the Calle 24 boycott of any business that opens at this eviction site until La Victoria is given the opportunity to return.” He emphasized that his is not a boycott of Cinderella, but any non–La Victoria business: “Mr. Fishman was working to arrange the purchase of the building with the prior owners before they displaced La Victoria, and bought the building with full knowledge of the controversial eviction that would need to take place in order to pave the way for his purchase.”MEDA put in a bid on the building — and Jaime Maldonado purportedly would have preferred they purchase it — but the family trust opted for Fishman. A boycott of the winning bidder is an interesting Plan B. And no eviction would have been necessary if the Maldonado family had still been operating its own business. One feels for the evicted bakers. But, by the time the “family” bakery is being operated by tenants and the business model and fare is changing every few years, the question arises of what, exactly, you’re fighting to preserve — over the wishes, no less, of the actual business owners.  A decade ago, Jaime Maldonado told Mission Local that to close his family business would be a little bit like shuttering Disneyland. “People say, ‘No, don’t close Disneyland!’ Well you open Disneyland, and you’ll see how it really is.”La Victoria is gone. One could argue it’s been gone for quite some time. The thriving family bakery of the 1950s and ’60s has given way to a place called La Victoria, with La Victoria’s signage, serving as a for-rent catering kitchen and offering trendy menu items to an increasingly trendy community.The mission of Calle 24, MEDA et al. — of advocating for the neighborhood’s put-upon population and preserving its dwindling culture — is a good and worthy one. But there’s a difference between preservation and municipally enforced nostalgia.You open Disneyland and see how it really is.The clash between Mission groups in the Latino Cultural District and a legacy business hawking Russian Jewish fare is a collision of many elements of Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s personal and professional life.All of which is to say, Supervisor Hillary Ronen has been placed into a difficult position. Two of her signature legislative accomplishments as an aide and, now, a supervisor, have been the creation of the Latino Cultural District and the legacy business ordinance. They are now colliding with one another. What’s more, like Fishman, she is an Ashkenazi Jew whose lineage traces back to the former Soviet Union. Ronen refused to condemn the proposed boycott, which she said was not something an elected official should weigh in on. She was noncommittal on whether she would shop at Cinderella if it comes to pass, but noted she’s not one to cross a picket line. At the same time, she emphasized that this was a business that failed because of intractable internal disputes and that she’d have battled the evictions if they weren’t born out of this toxic familial situation. Ronen says that she and other members of the government did everything they could possibly do to keep this singular business afloat. And its ownership opted to scuttle it. Clearly, she hopes it won’t come to a boycott. “As an elected official, I welcome an opportunity to facilitate dialog and mutual understanding. It’s a role I’m not only willing to play but would be enthusiastic to play.” But, then, so would others. And they may be less concerned with dialog. “After the news broke,” Fishman says, “I was flooded with support from all over the community. Even the Latino community. Even from City Hall. “And,” he continues, “even from attorneys, offering their services.” Here’s a Mission Local story from 2008, in which Jaime Maldonado, son of the founder of the 1951-vintage 24th-and-Alabama institution, flatly says “I’m broke.” Here’s a 2010 story in which Maldonado has staved off the axe by renting out his kitchen to artisanal hipster hawkers of fare such as “Oaxacan mole, sushi, gumbo, vegan dishes, African American-style barbecue, Jewish and Jamaican food, and … innovative creations like duck confit chilaquiles with a quail egg.”Here’s a 2011 story about how business was still dicey enough that La Victoria resorted to offering Danny Gabriner’s free bagels —  good bagels, and as many of them as you could cart off — as a loss leader to draw customers within its doors. Once within, they could buy French pastries. And here’s a 2014 story about how, in an ongoing effort to keep his head above water, Maldonado was hoping to transition his panaderia into a “Latin bistro.” So when Arguello demands Fishman “bring La Victoria back,” it prompts the question “which La Victoria?” If running a Truman-era panaderia was the route to wealth and prosperity — and, critically, community support — Maldonado wouldn’t have had to jump through so many hoops. He wouldn’t have had to co-opt the quail eggs and vegan fare (and goddamn cupcakes) desired by the Mission’s gentrifying newcomers. He wouldn’t have had to rent out his kitchen to a cavalcade of food cart–type operations and he wouldn’t have had to give away bagels (also not a traditional staple of this or any panaderia). He wouldn’t have had to bring in pâtissiers to make Tartine-style delicacies. And he wouldn’t have had to lease La Victoria out to tenant bakers, provoking the question of whether La Victoria was even La Victoria anymore. So it’s asking a lot of Fishman — who has a legacy business of his own with a tenuous lease situation, and who just sank some $3 million into this building — to abnegate his successful bakery and “bring back” a bakery that struggled mightily for years and then failed. It’s an even more audacious ask because it wasn’t Fishman who took La Victoria away. Email Address Erick Arguello, the president of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, has one overarching demand for Mike Fishman, the proprietor of Cinderella Bakery, slated to move into the old La Victoria digs: Bring La Victoria back.A Russian bakery, per Arguello, has no place here in the former La Victoria site in the heart of the Latino Cultural District. He intends to lead a boycott of it. It’s not clear if chutzpah has a place in the Latino Cultural District. But it’s here. Arguello’s got it. This burgeoning conflict, reported by Mission Local’s Julian Mark last week, has been simmering for some time. 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YOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt has been revealedThis

first_imgYOUR 2012 Saints Home Shirt has been revealed!This will be the kit your Super Saints will be donning in their new stadium next season.Featuring the historic Red Vee, the shirt is perfectly designed for a new era whilst pointing to the club’s historic past.AND, it is available to pre-order now for delivery well in time for Christmas.Main Shirt sponsors Ty-phoo Tea have been joined by ODs Designer Clothing on the collar as well as Knowsley Safari Park and Hunters Land Rover Chester on the sleeves.On its reverse – where you can have your own or your favourite player’s name printed* – are Hattons Solicitors and PSD Vehicle Rental.The shirt is created with a cut and sew construction and made from ‘Vector’ polyester material. The predominantly white body has red panelling down the sides, a red collar, and red piping around the sleeves.And the sewn on shield logo has been updated to reflect our return home to St Helens.Shirt Prices start at:£29.99 for Toddlers (Size 0-4) – saving £3 on 2010 price.£32.99 for Children (Size 8-16) £44.99 for Adults (XS -6XL) and Ladies (8-18).If you pre-order yours now the first 500 orders will receive an ISC Saints Scarf for free!You can pre-order at the Saints Superstore in the Brownlow Arcade, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com*Please ensure you buy the correct sized shirt as once it is printed it cannot be exchanged. The shirt is sized to be close fitting and slightly shorter so please ensure you order larger sizes if you prefer a looser fit.Your Statutory Rights are not affected.last_img read more

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THERE are just FIVE days to go until the start of

first_imgTHERE are just FIVE days to go until the start of the Saints Super League season!Saints will kick off their Super League season against Huddersfield at Langtree Park on Saturday February 2 (4.45pm).And last time the two sides met Saints scored FIVE tries in a 26-0 friendly victory.It was the first run out for Nathan Brown’s team and a satisfying performance for the new look Saints.Saturday’s game will be somewhat different as the Giants are set to field a stronger looking pack and will be going full bore to start the season on a high.And Saints captain Paul Wellens is expecting nothing less than a tough match.“We played them a few weeks back and won our pre-season friendly but they had players missing and I’m sure it will be a wholly different match,” he said. “Paul Anderson has added size to the forward pack and he was a big part of that when he was at Bradford during their successful spell.“We are happy with where we are at but it’s ok the players feeling great in February… we want to feel that way in October.“It is a long year ahead and we have 27 rounds, cup and playoffs to play and we are looking forward to it.”Tickets for Saturday’s game which kicks off at 4.45pm are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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SAINTS would like to inform all supporters that a

first_imgSAINTS would like to inform all supporters that a new and upgraded PA System will be in operation for its home Super League opener with Catalan Dragons.We have received a number of letters and comments about the PA System over recent seasons and have worked hard to find a solution.A new system will be up and running by our first home game that we’re sure all fans will benefit from.Tickets for our home opener with Catalan (Friday February 6, 8pm) are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.#oursaintslast_img read more

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JOIN us in 2016 and be in that numberMemberships

first_imgJOIN us in 2016 and be in that number!Memberships are on sale for the 2016 season and once again they are best way of watching your super Saints… and saving your hard earned cash against matchday prices.Our re-vitalised Membership offering will lay the foundations for the Club to build a stronger relationship with its fanbase – you.And, we are also offering fans the chance to win an all expenses paid trip of a lifetime to watch Game 3 of the 2016 State of Origin series including flights, accommodation and tickets!Our fans are the bedrock on which the Club has and will continue to be built – without you there would be no Champion team on the pitch.For 2016, we want to show our Strength in Numbers by reinforcing and then growing our fanbase.We plan to dramatically enhance the Langtree Park fan experience and continue to build on the incredible atmosphere that is becoming the signature of our home sfadium.Where else could you get fantastic family entertainment, in a world class venue and watch a Champion team?Buy now and you will receive a range of new benefits exclusive only to Members.These will include Club, Matchday and Retail offers as well as special deals from local Club Partners – all increasing the value of your Membership and allowing you get closer and interact more with your Saints.Not convinced? Check out the great offers our Members enjoyed in December!January’s benefits will be announced shortly!To find out more log on to www.mysaintsmembership.comSecure Your NumberEach Member will be given a unique Membership number that they will keep for life. This will then be used going forward for a range of exciting initiatives in the future bringing more value to loyal Saints fans.BenefitsAll your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership package.Juniors can watch all home and away games in their Membership package.Exclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium offers exclusive local partner offers.50% off Magic Weekend Tickets.Priority match tickets for major games.Discounted away travel.To receive and enjoy the full range of benefits we need to have your up to date contact information when you renew or purchase your Membership. And! Strength In Numbers Grand DrawGet a 2016 Membership and you will gain entry into a GRAND DRAW to win the trip of a lifetime for you and a friend to watch Game Three of the 2016 State of Origin series including flights, accommodation and tickets!The winner will be drawn at the first home game of 2016. (T&C’s apply)To find out more and to be in that number visit www.mysaintsmembership.com, call 01744 455 052 or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.last_img read more

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Former high school principal passes pep rally held in honor

first_img Today at New Hanover High School a ‘pep rally’ memorial service was held to honor him.New Hanover High School’s current principal Rob Morgan said today was meant to be filled with positivity because McAdams always had a smile on his face.“Larger than life kinda leader. He always had a smile on his face. He was always looking out for other people, he had a huge heart. The stories that have come in about him since he’s passed they’re stories you know, but they are more numerous than you can possibly imagine,” Morgan said.Related Article: When will ILM stop flights?Instead of flowers the family ask donations be made to New Hanover High School Mac Hope Award for perseverance and endurance scholarship, a scholarship in honor of McAdams legacy. photos at James McAdams memorial (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former New Hanover High School principal died January 9th after his battle with cancer. Sunday he was honored at his memorial service at the school.James McAdams was known by students and friends as ‘Mr. Mac’. He served many schools in both New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Pender County airport is about to undergo a major expansion

first_img00:00 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 PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Henderson Field Airport in Pender County is about to undergo a major expansion, including extension of the runway and relocating Wallace Airport and Old Mill roads.The county says the airport has been awarded more than $6.9 million through the State Transportation Improvement Project.- Advertisement – The county could start buying the land later this year.last_img read more

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MTN Innovation Award winners receive their cash prizes up to a total

first_imgThe winners at the interaction and handover ceremony Advertisement The nine winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 have yesterday been given their cash prizes from MTN Uganda.The nine winners picked their cash prizes totaling $27,000 (Ugx.97.2m) during a handover ceremony and interaction with the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout. The nine came top at the recently concluded MTN Innovation Awards 2017 Gala Dinner. Each of the nine winners were handed $3000 (Ugx.10.8m).“These innovations are the future of the Ugandan economy. The developers spend a lot of their time trying to find solutions that will leave the Ugandan education system, health sector, entertainment, financial services and e-commerce in a much better way than it is right now,” explained Prentout during the handover ceremony and interaction with the winners that took place MTN Towers, Kampala.1 of 7 Innovator of the Year, David Gonahasa of RoundBob receives cash prize from MTN CMO Olivier Prentout. The winners at the interaction and handover ceremony Charles Muhindo, founder and CEO Mambo Pay receives cash prize from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Buyinza Kabakubya, CEO AppAbout the Best Entertainment and News Application receives cash from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Best Education Application team, Ronald Sebuhinja and Nakyejjwe Allen receive their cash prize from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout Outstanding Woman Innovator, Evelyn Namara receives cash from MTN Uganda CMO, Olivier Prentout Most innovative App and Best SME Application, Qwicart receive their cash from MTN CMO, Olivier Prentout – Advertisement – The MTN Innovation Awards 2017 call for entries that closed in early October 2017 attracted more than 200 entries, a record number since the awards started in 2015. Through an audit process, a shortlist of 45 nominees was made and they showcased their innovations to the public. It is from the 45 nominees that the nine winners were picked.“The heartbeat of Uganda’s economy in the future is the young population. This demographic is inclined to technology and always innovating. MTN wants to be part of supporting that ecosystem that will support innovations since its history is from a small company to a pan-African and global telecom company,” he adds.The nine were selected by a panel of judges. The awards indicate MTN Uganda’s commitment to scale sectors critical to the improvement of lives and communities through digital innovations. The awards are in line with MTN Uganda’s mission to make the lives of Ugandans brighter.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Swansea v Arsenal

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother profitable day yesterday thanks to Chelsea’s win which eventually transpired at Anfield.Those holding slips about Chelsea being unbeaten all season must now be getting a tad excited. But, in terms of the neutrals, a slip up would at least inject a little more excitement.As it stands Chelsea have opened up a four point lead over surprise package Southampton and a big eight points over Manchester City who are going through their worst period for some time and were lucky to even draw with QPR judged by what I saw on Match Of The Day.Arsenal are 12 points off the lead but can close that lead this afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. However, they are hardly going to find Swansea, who are only two points behind the Gunners, a pushover.Arsenal haven’t enjoyed the rub of the green given they have had an overly decimated squad through injury. Despite that they have won their last two Premier League games at Sunderland (2-0) and at home to Burnley (3-0).Most recently though they inexplicably threw away a three goal lead in the Champions League against Anderlecht – the match finishing 3-3.Swansea v ArsenalPremier League4pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max 10 matches)Mar 2014 Premier Arsenal 2-2 SwanseaSep 2013 Premier Swansea 1-2 ArsenalMar 2013 Premier Swansea 0-2 ArsenalJan 2013 FA Cup Arsenal 1-0 SwanseaJan 2013 FA Cup Swansea 2-2 ArsenalDec 2012 Premier Arsenal 0-2 SwanseaJan 2012 Premier Swansea 3-2 ArsenalSep 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-0 SwanseaJan 1983 Div 1 (old) Arsenal 2-1 SwanseaNov 1982 Div 1 (old) Swansea 1-2 ArsenalSwansea have gone off the boil a little but do have a good record at home – but that is further complicated by the fact that Arsenal have a good record over Swansea and have also come in for some support with Star Sports today !!I’m struggling with a bet – and after a good recent run don’t want to give too much back today but am certainly in the draw zone and a small investment at 5/2 is on my Sunday menu.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 5/2 for 4 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 14.08 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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.Saturday 27 DecemberRACING12.10 SouthwellSakhra 5/1 > 11/412.55 ChepstowAllez Vic 7/1 > 5/11.55 ChepstowBristol De Mai 15/2 > 4/13.00Walk Like A Giant 9/2 > 11/43.35 SouthwellHussar Ballad 5/1 > 100/306.10 WolverhamptonJack Hobbs 4/1 > 10/11What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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Buried shells in Houston are no treasure

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduBuried shells in Houston are no treasureRice study finds early roadbeds leach greenhouse gas into riversFan-Wei Zeng saw seashells, but not by the seashore. In fact, they were quite far away, and they were skewing the Rice University graduate student’s study of the environmental impact of Houston’s rivers.Zeng noticed the shells in the roadbeds of Texas. Builders put them there as far back as the mid-19th century because the materials were plentiful and cheap. Her studies of the shells have added a small piece to the global puzzle of how human enterprise has altered the natural cycle of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that plays a major role in global warming. Her results were reported recently in the online journal Biogeochemistry.Zeng and her mentor and co-author Carrie Masiello, a Rice assistant professor of Earth science, analyzed Spring Creek and Buffalo Bayou to quantify how much carbon dioxide these waterways release in a natural process that, under ideal conditions, keeps the atmosphere in balance.Spring Creek, which runs primarily through rural areas north and west of metro Houston, produced numbers in line with what Masiello had anticipated from a 2005 study she and others had done on the Amazon River. The Amazon releases roughly as much CO2 to the air and the ocean as the rainforest absorbs through plant growth every year. The same happens in Texas: Carbon moves through the forest to the soil, into waterways and back to the atmosphere (a cycle called ecosystem residence time) in as little as a few years.Buffalo Bayou, in the heart of Houston, is similar to Spring Creek in the amount of CO2 released. However, in Buffalo Bayou, radiocarbon dating of CO2 in water samples from various locations and times showed some carbon was almost 5,000 years old. “We knew from the isotope data that there was carbonate input to Buffalo Bayou, but we were thinking, ‘There’s no limestone in this region,’” Zeng said. (Limestone, a sedimentary rock composed of shells and other organic material compacted over millennia, would have accounted for the bizarre readings.)Then she and Masiello looked down. “It took us almost six months to figure out what was going on,” Masiello said. “When you cut your grass in Houston, the blades don’t stay on the surface of your soil for 5,000 years. We thought there was just no way our radiocarbon numbers were right. We walked around for a long time and finally looked at the ground. That’s when we saw the shells and thought, ‘Where did those come from?’”The simple answer is Galveston Bay, the main source of hundreds of millions of cubic yards of oyster shells from eons-old beds. Contractors dredged the bay, crushing shells and mixing them with concrete or using them as is for roadbeds until Texas outlawed their operations in the ’70s.“The shell roads built in the early 20th century are buried under the surface, and they’re slowly decomposing,” Masiello said. “Urban acid rain falls on the shells and dissolves them, releasing a pool of CO2 that moves into the groundwater. On a rainy day, that CO2 gets swept out of the soil and pushed into the river. So when we date CO2 in Buffalo Bayou, it’s extremely old because it’s carrying the age of these fossil shells.”Masiello and Zeng, a native of China who expects to finish her doctorate this year, set out to fill a gap in the data about how much CO2 is released to the atmosphere by rivers planetwide. The current estimate is 1 gigaton (a billion tons) per year, about the same amount those rivers deliver to the ocean (where oysters and others put it to good use).That balancing act is good for the planet, because plant growth naturally compensates for rivers’ release of CO2, Masiello said. On the other hand, there is no natural balance for the CO2 released by fossil fuel combustion, which puts about 10 times the amount released by rivers into the atmosphere. “With the Amazon study we had data for the tropics, and because of the concentration of research universities in the northeastern United States, other research groups have generated data in temperate regions,” where cooler temperatures slow decomposition. “It’s why we put things in the refrigerator,” Masiello said.But the global picture remained incomplete without data from the subtropics. Houston was a good place to start gathering it.“We looked at Buffalo Bayou as an example of a completely urbanized watershed, while Spring Creek is primarily rural. It has some human footprint, but it is far less developed than Buffalo Bayou. We wanted to contrast those two ecosystems,” she said.Spring Creek gave them a subtropical number to plug into the global carbon cycle model. It also doesn’t suffer leaching from buried shells. “There’s a line in Texas beyond which it was cheaper to haul gravel for building roads from central Texas than to haul shells from the coast,” Masiello said. “It turns out that Spring Creek sits on one side of that line and Buffalo Bayou sits on the other. We didn’t do that on purpose.”Buffalo Bayou “doesn’t tell us anything about ecosystem carbon residence time,” she said. “But it was a surprising new find about the way human activities affect the ecosystems around us.” The researchers did their radiocarbon dating at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, one of three accelerators in the United States available for precise environmental measurements. The study received support from the Texas Water Resources Institute through a grant supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes for Water Research.See the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/Fan-Wei. AddThislast_img read more

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Baker Institute researchers conclude Mexico could become oil importer by 2020 without

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduBaker Institute researchers conclude Mexico could become oil importer by 2020 without new investmentWithout sufficient investments in upstream oil field activities utilizing new and advanced technologies, Mexico faces the prospect of becoming a net oil importer in 10 years, according to new research by Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Oxford University. The stakes of the current political stalemate over oil are quite high, the study concluded. Were Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, able to fully develop its oil in line with international standards and technology, Mexican citizens could earn $1,055 per capita per year by 2020, versus $546 if current trends continue. The two-year study will be released April 29 at a roundtable in Mexico City, co-hosted by Mexican Council on Foreign Relations. The study consists of 14 specialized academic papers authored by scholars from Oxford University, Rice University, Centro de Investigacilast_img read more

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The Arctic A New Energy Frontier is topic at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775 ‘The Arctic: A New Energy Frontier’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 12HOUSTON – (Nov. 10, 2015) – Energy industry executives, government officials and academic experts will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 12 for a conference addressing the risks, opportunities and geopolitical and environmental stakes of Arctic oil and gas development.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and the Consulate General of Norway in Houston, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Fran Ulmer, special adviser to the U.S. secretary of state on Arctic science and policy, will give the opening keynote.Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy Resource Economics and senior director of the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, will give welcoming remarks.For the agenda and list of panelists, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1748.What: A conference titled “The Arctic: A New Energy Frontier.”When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The opening keynote is at 9:45 a.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The Arctic is widely regarded as the last frontier for global oil and gas resource development, according to event organizers. Despite the recent decline in oil prices, Arctic nations are positioning themselves to capitalize on prodigious oil and gas reserves, particularly those in U.S. and Russian territories. At the same time, environmental concerns and extreme operating conditions present daunting challenges both technologically and commercially. There is much at stake in the Arctic, and much to learn, according to organizers.The conference will address such questions as:How large is the hydrocarbon resource potential?How are the resources distributed across territorial claims?What are the operational and regulatory differences among Arctic nations?The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1748.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 with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 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. AddThislast_img read more

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Rice U study About 1 million Texans gained health care coverage due

first_imgShare2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: About 1 million Texans gained health care coverage due to Affordable Care Act  HOUSTON – (Nov. 17, 2016) – Texas has experienced a roughly 6 percentage-point increase in health insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to new research by experts at Rice University and the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF). This translates into just under 1 million Texans who have gained coverage due to President Barack Obama’s health care law.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityThe new findings published in the American Journal of Public Health examined the effects of the ACA’s Marketplace on Texas residents and determined which population subgroups benefited the most and the least.“The recent criticism of the program’s high premiums for next year ignores the benefits the legislation has provided to many Texans and the fact that policymakers are now identifying options to slow that premium growth,” said research co-author Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences.The researchers analyzed insurance coverage rates among nonelderly Texas adults using the Health Reform Monitoring Survey-Texas from September 2013, just before the first open-enrollment period in the marketplace, through March 2016. They found that gains have been uneven and that the four subgroups with the largest increases in adjusted insurance coverage between 2013 and 2016 were people ages 50 to 64 years (12.1 percentage points), Hispanics (10.9 percentage points), people reporting fair or poor health status (10.2 percentage points) and those with a high school diploma as their highest educational attainment (9.2 percentage points).“Even with these gains, 3 million Texans between the ages of 19 and 64 remain uninsured,” said co-author Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO and a nonresident health policy fellow at the Baker Institute. “An estimated 766,000 of these would likely have gained coverage if Texas had elected the Medicaid expansion offered under the ACA.”President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have announced their intent to repeal Obamacare. “Moving quickly to repeal the law would jeopardize the policies of the 1 million Texans who have already gained coverage, and would do nothing for the 3 million who are still uninsured,” Ho said. “The ACA was designed to be budget neutral for the federal government — subsidies for people to buy coverage were covered by taxes on insurance companies, medical device makers and others, as well as lower increases in reimbursement rates for Medicare providers. A Republican alternative that is equally successful in covering so many individuals will require careful thought on how this coverage can be paid for without adding to the federal debt.”On the federal level, policymakers should focus on reining in price growth from drug manufacturers, as well as physicians and hospitals, Ho said.“At the state level, Texas may have an improved chance at obtaining an extension on its Medicaid waiver beyond 2017 that will allow it to continue receiving federal dollars to provide health care for the poor, without a formal link to President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion,” she said. “This approach is likely economically inefficient, but politically expedient to those in office.”“Gain in Insurance Coverage and Residual Uninsurance Under the Affordable Care Act: Texas, 2013-2016” was also co-authored by Stephen Pickett, a doctoral student in Rice’s Economics Department. Ho is also a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.-30-For more information, to receive a copy of the study or to schedule an interview with Ho, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu  or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Ho bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/vivian-ho.Marks bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/elena-m-marks.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five 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. AddThislast_img read more

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Report Treat synthetic cannabinoids as public health issue

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduReport: Treat synthetic cannabinoids as public health issue‘Failures of the war on drugs should serve as a cautionary tale’ HOUSTON – (March 2, 2017) – A rise in the use of synthetic cannabinoids (syncans) in Houston has prompted law enforcement officials to target sellers and users of the drug. However, taking a public-health-based approach toward curbing the use of syncans, which have caused dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects in extreme cases, may be a more effective use of city resources, according to a new report from a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityMarketed as “legal weed,” syncans are not marijuana, according to the report’s author, Katharine Neill, the Baker Institute’s Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy. Known by a variety of names, including Kush, K2 and Spice and often sold in colorful packaging, syncans are manufactured chemical compounds that are usually sprayed on plant material to be smoked, but they are also available in liquid form. They are theoretically supposed to behave like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive element in cannabis, but in reality they tend to have a much broader and more intense array of side effects than natural cannabis, Neill said.“Houston, like other cities across the U.S., has been significantly affected by rising syncan misuse,” Neill wrote. “Users are attracted to the drugs because they are inexpensive and undetectable by traditional drug testing methods, yet they elicit a powerful high. To a nonuser, the drugs can only be seen as trouble; their effects are unpredictable, sometimes leading to violent reactions or medical complications, and they appear to offer no redeeming benefits, medical or otherwise. They have been a challenge for first responders, who have had to divert resources from other calls to respond to syncan users. Their use in public spaces, such as (Houston’s) Hermann Park, has made their adverse effects visible, causing consternation among the broader public, which is disturbed by the sight of homeless people and others walking in the street and behaving erratically.”Neill’s paper, “Fake Weed, Real Consequences: Effective Strategies for Addressing Synthetic Cannabinoids in Houston,” reviews the current state of syncan use and some of the factors that have led to the popularity of these designer drugs. It also examines the extent of the syncan problem in Houston and the city’s response to date, which, so far, has emphasized targeting users and sellers through law enforcement resources, Neill said. “The city’s efforts to crack down on businesses selling syncans should be commended, as should its pilot Public Intoxication Team,” Neill wrote. “Yet there are opportunities for improvement.”A 2014 ban on possession, manufacture and sale of syncans issued by the Houston City Council has had little effect on problematic use, Neill found. While data are limited, anecdotal evidence suggests problematic syncan use has been increasing. The Houston Recovery Center reports that between April and October 2014, around the time the city ban was passed, only 3 percent of the center’s admissions were for syncan use; two years later that figure had surged to 28 percent of admissions. Between September 2015 and June 30, 2016, nearly half of the 3,000 drug-overdose calls that the city’s emergency medical services received were syncan-related, straining emergency response resources.Neill outlines several ways in which Houston can better respond to syncan use. These include increasing data collection to inform policy decisions; starting a public awareness campaign founded on partnerships with community organizations; renewing and expanding the Public Intoxication Team, which has demonstrated success in responding to syncan use; decriminalizing syncan possession and use; and diverting individuals found in possession or under the influence of syncans to the Houston Recovery Center.“Ultimately, this report urges Houston policymakers to adopt a pragmatic, public-health-based response to syncan use,” Neill wrote. “The failures of the war on drugs should serve as a cautionary tale about adhering to a more punitive approach: Increasing penalties for drug use does not deter use, nor does it make the public safer, but it does waste taxpayer money and harms the vulnerable communities it targets.”To interview Neill, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national and broadcast media at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute Drug Policy Program via Twitter @BakerDrugPolicy.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Report: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/06d6390c/DRUG-pub-SynthCann-030117.pdf.Neill biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/katharine-neill.Baker Institute Drug Policy Program: http://bakerinstitute.org/drug-policy-program.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five 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. AddThislast_img read more

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Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery

first_imgAddThis Share2Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Jade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduEntropy landscape sheds light on quantum mysteryRice, Karlsruhe physicists probe entropy near quantum phase transitionHOUSTON — (May 12, 2017) — By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena.“This demonstration provides a foundation to better understand how novel behaviors like high-temperature superconductivity are brought about when certain kinds of materials are cooled to a quantum critical point,” said Rice University physicist Qimiao Si, co-author of a new study about the research in this week’s Nature Physics.Qimiao SiThe experimental research was led by Hilbert von Löhneysen of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany. Löhneysen’s team, including study lead author Kai Grube, spent a year conducting dozens of experiments on a compound made of cerium copper and gold. By studying the effect of stress, or pressure applied in specific directions, and by making the materials very cold, the team subtly changed the spacing between the atoms in the crystalline metallic compounds and thus altered their electronic properties.The cerium copper gold alloys are “heavy fermions,” one of several of types of quantum materials that exhibit exotic electronic properties when very cold. The best-known of these are high-temperature superconductors, so named for their ability to conduct electrical current with zero resistance at temperatures well above those of traditional superconductors. Heavy fermions exhibit a different oddity: Their electrons appear to be effectively hundreds of times more massive than normal and, equally unusual, the effective electron mass seems to vary strongly as temperature changes.These odd behaviors defy traditional physical theories. They also occur at very cold temperatures and come about when the materials are tuned to a “quantum phase transition” — a change from one state to another, like ice melting. In 2001, Si and colleagues offered a new theory: At the quantum critical point, electrons fluctuate between two entirely different quantum states, so much so that their effective mass becomes infinitely large. The theory predicted certain tell-tale signs as the quantum critical point is approached, and Si has worked with experimental physicists for the past 16 years to amass evidence to support the theory.“Liquid water and ice are two of the classical states in which H2O can exist,” said Si, director of the Rice Center for Quantum Materials. “Ice is a very ordered phase because the H2O molecules are neatly arranged in a crystal lattice. Water is less ordered compared with ice, but flowing water molecules still have underlying order. The critical point is where things are fluctuating between these two types of order. It’s the point where H2O molecules sort of want to go to the pattern according to ice and sort of want to go to the pattern according to water.“It’s very similar in a quantum phase transition,” he said. “Even though this transition is driven by quantum mechanics, it is still a critical point where there’s maximum fluctuation between two ordered states. In this case, the fluctuations are related to the ordering of the ‘spins’ of electrons in the material.”Spin is an inherent property — like eye color — and every electron’s spin is classified as being either “up” or “down.” In magnets, like iron, spins are aligned in the same direction. But many materials exhibit the opposite behavior: Their spins alternate in a repeating up, down, up, down pattern that physicists refer to as “antiferromagnetic.”Hundreds of experiments on heavy fermions, high-temperature superconductors and other quantum materials have found that magnetic order differs on either side of a quantum critical point. Typically, experiments find antiferromagnetic order in one range of chemical composition, and a new state of order on the other side of the critical point.“A reasonable picture is that you can have an antiferromagnetic order of spins, where the spins are quite ordered, and you can have another state in which the spins are less ordered,” said Si, Rice’s Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy. “The critical point is where fluctuations between these two states are at their maximum.”The cerium copper gold compound has become a prototype heavy fermion material for quantum criticality, largely due to the work of von Löhneysen’s group.“In 2000, we did inelastic neutron scattering experiments in the quantum critical cerium copper gold system,” said von Löhneysen. “We found a spatial-temporal profile so unusual that it could not be understood in terms of the standard theory of metal.”Si said that study was one of the important factors that stimulated him and his co-authors to offer their 2001 theory, which helped explain von Löhneysen’s puzzling results. In subsequent studies, Si and colleagues also predicted that entropy — a classical thermodynamic property — would increase as quantum fluctuations increased near a quantum critical point. The well-documented properties of cerium copper gold provided a unique opportunity to test the theory, Si said.Physicists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology used this capacitive dilatometer to measure the thermal expansion in cerium copper gold alloys cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero with a precision of one tenth of a trillionth of a meter, or approximately one-thousandth the radius of single atom. The precise thermal expansion measurements allowed the researchers to map out the stress dependence of entropy in materials as they were cooled to the point of a quantum phase transition. (Image courtesy of K. Grube/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)In cerium copper-six, substituting small amounts of gold for copper allows researchers to slightly increase the spacing between atoms. In the critical composition, the alloys undergo an antiferromagnetic quantum phase transition. By studying this composition and measuring the entropy numerous times under varying conditions of stress, the Karlsruhe team was able to create a 3-D map that showed how entropy at very low yet finite temperature steadily increased as the system approached the quantum critical point.No direct measure of entropy exists, but the ratio of entropy changes to stress is directly proportional to another ratio that can be measured: the amount the sample expands or contracts due to changes in temperature. To enable the measurements at the extraordinarily low temperatures required, the Karlsruhe team developed a method for accurately measuring length changes of less than one tenth of a trillionth of a meter — approximately one-thousandth the radius of a single atom.“We measured the entropy as a function of stress applied along all the different principal directions,” said Grube, a senior researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. “We made a detailed map of the entropy landscape in the multidimensional parameter space and verified that the quantum critical point sits on top of the entropy mountain.”Von Löhneysen said the thermodynamic measurements also provide new insights into the quantum fluctuations near the critical point.“Surprisingly, this methodology allows us to reconstruct the underlying spatial profile of quantum critical fluctuations in this quantum critical material,” he said. “This is the first time that this kind of methodology has been applied.”Si said it came as a surprise that this could be done using nothing more than entropy measurements.“It is quite remarkable that the entropy landscape can connect so well with the detailed profile of the quantum critical fluctuations determined from microscopic experiments such as inelastic neutron scattering, all the more so when both end up providing direct evidence to support the theory,” he said.More generally, the demonstration of the pronounced entropy enhancement at a quantum critical point in a multidimensional parameter space raises new insights into the way electron-electron interactions give rise to high-temperature superconductivity, Si said.“One way to relieve the accumulated entropy of a quantum critical point is for the electrons in the system to reorganize themselves into novel phases,” he said. “Among the possible phases that ensue is unconventional superconductivity, in which the electrons pair up and form a coherent macroscopic quantum state.”Additional co-authors include Sebastian Zaum of Karlsruhe and Oliver Stockert of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany. The research was supported by the German Science Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Humboldt Foundation, the Army Research Office, the Welch Foundation and the Rice Center for Quantum Materials.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0511_ENTROPY-dilatometer1-lg-1skczml.jpgCAPTION: Physicists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology used this capacitive dilatometer to measure the thermal expansion in cerium copper gold alloys cooled to temperatures very close to absolute zero with a precision of one tenth of a trillionth of a meter, or approximately one-thousandth the radius of single atom. The precise thermal expansion measurements allowed the researchers to map out the stress dependence of entropy in materials as they were cooled to the point of a quantum phase transition. (Image courtesy of K. Grube/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)http://news.rice.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/0929_RCQM-Si1-lg.jpgCAPTION: Qimiao Si (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the Nature Physics paper is: 10.1038/nphys4113A copy of the paper is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nphys4113More information about RCQM is available at: http://rcqm.rice.edu/Related research from Rice:Copper stripes help iron pnictide lock-in insulating state — Dec. 19, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/12/19/copper-stripes-help-iron-pnictide-lock-in-insulating-state/Physicists probe magnetic fluctuations in heavy fermion — June 29, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/29/physicists-probe-magnetic-fluctuations-in-heavy-fermion/Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory — Jan. 30, 2015http://news.rice.edu/2015/01/30/evidence-mounts-for-quantum-criticality-theory/Rice physicist emerges as leader in quantum materials research — Aug. 20, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/08/20/rice-physicist-emerges-as-leader-in-quantum-materials-research/Study finds physical link to strange electronic behavior — July 31, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/07/31/study-finds-physical-link-to-strange-electronic-behavior-2/Moore quantum materials: Recipe for serendipity — Aug. 12, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/08/12/moore-quantum-materials-recipe-for-serendipity/Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials — June 4, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/06/04/quantum-criticality-observed-in-new-class-of-materials/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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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This Years Reaching Out MBA LGBTQ Conference Arrives in Boston

first_imgThis Year’s Reaching Out MBA LGBTQ Conference Arrives in Boston RelatedReaching Out MBA: 19 Years of LGBTQ SupportGetting accepted into graduate business school is no easy feat. With all of the preperation, applications, campus visits, and soul searching necessary, it’s nice when you have a helping hand. If you’re a member of the LGBT community, Reaching Out MBA could be just the hand you’re looking for. What…July 7, 2016In “Featured Home”Home Depot Offers Student Scholarship for 2017 Reaching Out ConferenceSix second-year MBA students will be given the opportunity to attend the 2017 Reaching Out LGBT MBA & Business Graduate Conference in Boston thanks to a sponsorship through Home Depot. The annual conference, which will take place October 12-14 this year in Boston, is the largest worldwide gathering of LGBTQ…May 24, 2017In “Featured Home”To Be Out—or Not to Be Out—in Your MBA Application?In honor of yesterday’s National Coming Out Day, we thought we’d tackle a thorny question faced by some applicants to leading business schools: To be out—or not to be out—in your MBA application? In recent years, increasing numbers of top business schools have given applicants the opportunity to disclose their…October 12, 2017In “Featured Home” Last Updated Oct 11, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman center_img The ROMBA LGBTQ MBA and Graduate Student Conference, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQ graduate school students in the world, takes place Boston this week, running from October 12-14. It is presented by Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create the next generation of out business leaders by educating, inspiring, and connecting the student and alumni LGBTQ MBA and graduate studies communities.The 20th annual three-day conference offers thousands of attendees an incredibly unique opportunity to connect and expand their careers with a close-knit and inclusive community. Included in the ever-expanding event are multiple case competitions, high-profile keynote speakers, information chats with MBA programs, the first inaugural “Professional Day” session and much, much more.Day OneThose in attendance on Thursday, Oct. 12, will have the chance to join the first of two Boston LGBTQ MBA Treks. Through a competitive application process, 20 students are selected to join each of the treks. One trek will make stops at two of the city’s more prominent biotech companies and the other will visit two leading management consulting firms. Throughout the first day, which runs from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center, corporate partners are invited to meet with Reaching Out’s staff and Board on future ROMBA events, both in the United States and in international locations like Brazil and China. An Out Women in Business event will run from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring “short-form talks, a panel discussion, and structured workshop, designed to bring together our LGBTQ attendees and to focus on issues that specifically apply to and interest them.” It will be followed by a formal reception.As well, the first day will feature multiple panel events designed to help attendees navigate the recruiting process. These panels will address potential first-year grad school anxiety, how companies can appropriately measure and expand inclusive practices, interview assistance, and more. The first night concludes with the aforementioned Out Women In Business ceremony, a ceremony for active and previously enrolled military veterans, and the invitation-only ROMBA Fellowship Recipient Reception.Day TwoDay Two, Oct. 13, begins with a breakfast and opening keynote panel, featuring three of the business world’s most prominent LGBTQ C-suite members: Jim Fitterling, president & chief operating officer of Dow Chemical; Beth Ford, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Land O’ Lakes; and Jan Siegmund, ADP chief financial officer.Several informative industry panels will take place throughout Day Two, covering topics such as coming out and thriving in the workplace, handling big data, inclusive networking, diversity in the tech industry, and much more. Later that afternoon, McKinsey Global Management Partner Dominic Barton and United Therapeutics’ CEO Martine Rothblatt will speak at the Leadership Lunch, sponsored by McKinsey and Co.The 2015 ROMBA ConferenceThe centerpiece of Day Two is the three-hour Career Expo, which will feature nearly 100 of the world’s largest companies looking to recruit the best and brightest of LGBTQ graduate talent. At the same time, ROMBA will host an Entrepreneurship Expert Zone, which allows entrepreneurs to present their startup ideas to potential venture capitalist partners.The night will conclude with the LGBTQ MBAs of Color Reception, taking place at from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a pre-entertainment networking reception, and an “Evening With” popular LGBTQ comedian Margaret Cho at 9 p.m.Day ThreeDay Three will perhaps mark the most important of the conference as it relates to earning admission into the country’s best MBA programs. At 10 a.m., more than 40 business schools will join the Pre-MBA Admission Expo. The event “will have a mix of admissions officers, LGBTQ MBA alumni, and current LGBTQ MBA students on-site to share information about their programs & experiences on campus with our pre-MBA attendees.”The afternoon will be filled with pre-MBA sessions on why some students may want to consider dual-degree programs, regional networking, alumni discussions, and more. At 5 p.m., many schools will host their own private sessions with current students, alumni, and administrative officials..The final night culminates with the 7 p.m. ROMBA Gala Reception and the sold out GALA Dinner, featuring CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, the conference’s keynote speaker.To find out how to register for this weekend’s event, along with a more in depth look at the three-day schedule, head over to the ROMBA official website. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DClast_img read more

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Walmart Black Friday 2016 Deals Sales Hours Doorbusters Opening and Closing Times

first_img Share this article Easter Sunday is April 5, and many stores are closed. Many want to know if Walmart or Target are open. (Robyn Bech/AFP/Getty Images; effects added by Epoch Times) US Share VIZIO 38″ 5.1-Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Rear Satellite: $149.00 (save $99)Samsung Sound Bar 2.1ch 300W Wireless Subwoofer (HW-K450/ZA): $147.99 (save $132)Google Home: $99 (save $30) Walmart is open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, starting at 6 a.m. local time—with Black Friday deals and sales.The store will be open for the next 24 hours. However, at some places, lines have already amassed outside the store to get doorbuster sales.Online, the Black Friday deals have already begun. There are nearly 2,000 Black Friday deals going on right now. They can be accessed by visiting the special webpage.Here is a compilation of some of the best deals for Walmart, per BGR:MSUNG 75″ 6500 Series – 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV – 2160p, 120MR: $2,197.99 (save $2,802)VIZIO SmartCast E-series 70 Class 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Display w/ Chromecast built-in: $1,249.00 (save $451)VIZIO D70-D3 70″ 1080p 120Hz Full Array LED Smart HDTV: $998.00 (save $200)SAMSUNG 60″ 6200 Series – Full HD Smart LED TV – 1080p, 120MR: $577.99 (save $1,122)Beats Pill+ Speaker: $195.00 (save $35)center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB: $485.00 (save $114)Straight Talk Apple iPhone 5S 16GB 4G LTE Prepaid Smartphone: $99 (save $50)Beats by Dr. Dre Drenched Solo On-Ear Headphones, Assorted Colors: $99.99 (save 29)Refurbished Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 Over-Ear Headphones: $84.99 – $109.00Refurbished Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless In Ear Headphones: $79.99More deals, per Barrons:Hatchimals (Model No. 555378921): $48.88 (was $279.95)Fitbit Alta (Model No. 555932590): $99 (was $129)Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield Bundle (Model No. 556478001): $249 (was $299)Phantom 3 Standard Drone with 2.7K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal: $369 (was $499)Here are a few more deals, per Money Magazine: “A couple of best bets include the RCA Voyager 7″ 16GB Quad-Core Android Tablet for $34.98 (low by $15), and the Keurig K50 Coffee Maker for $79 (low by $20).” Forbes Magazine has more: Toshiba 49-inch LED 4K Ultra HDTV w/ Built-in Chromecast (49L621U) for $199.99 (save $250) –Best BuyPhillips 55-inch Class Smart 4K UHDTV for $298 –Walmart – a standard brand at a stunning priceMeanwhile, this year’s “it” toy: Hatchimals. When a child strokes the egg, it starts to hatch into a stuffed bird-like creature. The child’s interaction with the pet trains it to play games and repeat words. Made by Spin Master, they run $59.99.“If you have to pick one toy this year, this is it,” said Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of TTPM.com, an online toy review site. “It’s the whole excitement of the hatching process.” Other hot toys, he says: playthings related to PJ Masks, an animated preschool television series as well as new toys related to Nickelodeon’s series “Paw Patrol.” For grown-ups, a top item is the Nintendo New Classic, which has been selling out.The U.S. toy business, which had a strong holiday season last year, is on track for another good one. U.S. toy sales are expected to increase 6.5 percent for 2016, with sales up 6 percent from January through September, according to the market research firm NPD Group Inc.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Walmart Black Friday 2016 Deals, Sales: Hours, Doorbusters, Opening and Closing Times By Jack Phillips November 24, 2016 Updated: November 25, 2016 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Glitch in Christmas Tree Lights Sets Fire That Kills Couple

first_img Share this article Share SALT LAKE CITY—A Utah couple died after faulty Christmas tree lights sparked a fire at their home of 49 years, authorities said.The fire started Thursday night in a front room of the house in Woods Cross, about 10 miles north of Salt Lake City, according to South Davis Metro Fire spokesman Jeff Bassett.Investigators believe the husband and wife used a fire extinguisher to try to put out the flames but they were overcome by smoke, Bassett said.Bassett said the couple, 74-year-old Melba Mecham and 77-year-old Gary Mecham were unconscious when firefighters pulled them from the home. Rescue workers tried to save the Mechams but the couple died at a hospital.Bassett said neighbors had called 911 and tried to rescue the couple but the front door was too hot to open, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.Neighbors say the Mechams had lived at the home for 49 years. Bassett said the couple had mentioned to others they had been having trouble with the lights, which came prewrapped to their artificial tree.Smoke and chemicals from the burning artificial tree likely overwhelmed the couple, while Christmas presents and logs for their fireplace stacked near the tree added fuel to the fire, investigators said.“We’re talking a hot, thick black smoke that was to the floor,” Bassett said, according to the Deseret News. “Extremely difficult, zero visibility.”Neighbor Karen Gay Davis remembered Melba Mecham as someone who gave creative Christmas gifts to neighbors.Her husband was a former upholsterer who was quiet and witty, neighbor Irene Bonner told the Salt Lake Tribune.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US center_img Glitch in Christmas Tree Lights Sets Fire That Kills Couple By The Associated Press December 16, 2016 Updated: December 16, 2016 (kryzhov/Shutterstock) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Vegas Gunman Had 23 Firearms at Hotel Another 19 at Home

first_img Share Show Discussion The gunman who took the lives of 59 people on Sunday had an arsenal of 23 firearms in his hotel room, Las Vegas police said on Tuesday.Officers found an additional 19 firearms at the home of the shooter in Mesquite, Nev., according to Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo, Fox News reported.James Paddock, 64, rained down bullets on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers on Sunday night, killing 59 people and injuring at least 527.Officers recovered rifles equipped with scopes. One U.S. official told Associated Press that at least two of the firearms were modified to make them fully automatic. Remains of the garage door sit in the driveway in front of the house in the Sun City Mesquite community where suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock lived, Oct. 2, 2017 in Mesquite, Nev. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)Police sought clues on Tuesday to explain why Paddock, a retiree who enjoyed gambling but had no criminal record, set up a vantage point in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and sprayed bullets onto the concert below in what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Paddock left no immediate hint of his motive. He was not known to have served in the military, to have suffered from a history of mental illness, or to have registered any inkling of social disaffection, political discontent, or radical views on social media.“He was a sick man, a demented man,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters. “Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously, but we’re dealing with a very, very sick individual.”U.S. officials also discounted a claim of responsibility by the ISIS terrorist group. A sign outside the Mandalay Hotel is een after a gunman killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 200 others when he opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)Police said they believed Paddock acted alone.“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on Monday. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath.”Although police said they had no other suspects, Lombardo said investigators wanted to talk with Paddock’s girlfriend and live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who he said was traveling abroad, possibly in Tokyo.Lombardo also said detectives were “aware of other individuals” who were involved in the sale of the weapons Paddock had acquired. Las Vegas police investigate a side street near the Las Vegas Village after a lone gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. (David Becker/Getty Images)The closest Paddock appeared to have ever come to a brush with the law was for a traffic infraction, authorities said.The death toll, which officials said could rise, surpassed last year’s record massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a gunman who had pledged allegiance to ISIS.Paddock seemed atypical of the overtly troubled, angry young men who experts said have come to embody the profile of most mass shooters.Public records on Paddock point to an itinerant existence across the U.S. West and Southeast, including stints as an apartment manager and aerospace industry worker. But Paddock appeared to be settling in to a quiet life when he bought a home in a Nevada retirement community a few years ago, about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas and the casinos he enjoyed. This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)His brother, Eric, described Stephen Paddock as financially well-off and an enthusiast of video poker games and cruises.“We’re bewildered, and our condolences go out to the victims,” Eric Paddock said in a telephone interview from Orlando, Florida. “We have no idea in the world.”Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs, and shopping draw more than 40 million visitors from around the world each year. The Strip was packed with visitors when the shooting started shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday, Oct. 1, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival.The gunfire erupted as country music star Jason Aldean was performing. He ran off stage as the shooting progressed. Singer/Songwriter Jason Aldean at Macon Centreplex on Aug. 11, 2017 in Macon, Ga. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)Video of the attack showed throngs of people screaming in horror and cowering on the open ground as extended bursts of gunfire strafed the crowd from above, from a distance police estimated at more than 500 yards.The bloodshed ended after police swarming the hotel closed in on the gunman, who shot and wounded a hotel security officer through the door of his two-room suite and then killed himself before police entered, authorities said.Lombardo said a search of the suspect’s car turned up a supply of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound that can be formed into explosives and was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building that killed 168 people.They also obtained a warrant to search a second house connected to Paddock in Reno, Nevada. This photo shows a home that FBI agents searched Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Reno, Nev. The home was owned by Stephen Paddock. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)Chris Sullivan, the owner of the Guns & Guitars shop in Mesquite, issued a statement confirming that Paddock was a customer who cleared “all necessary background checks and procedures,” and said his business was cooperating with investigators.“He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time,” Sullivan said. He did not say how many or the kinds of weapons Paddock purchased there. Guns & Guitars, a gun shop, where suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock allegedly purchased firearms, October 2, 2017 in Mesquite, Nev. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)Lombardo said investigators knew that a gun dealer had come forward to say that he had sold weapons to the suspect, but it was not clear if he was referring to Sullivan. He said police were aware of “some other individuals who were engaged in those transactions,” including at least one in Arizona.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting is seen outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) center_img Share this article Vegas Gunman Had 23 Firearms at Hotel, Another 19 at Home By Ivan Pentchoukov October 3, 2017 Updated: October 8, 2017 Crime and Incidents last_img read more

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