VIDEO Immigration Protests at SFO

first_imgMission District organizations and residents were out at airport on Saturday and Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration. One prominent Mission organization was the Arab Resource and Organizing Center at 522 Valencia St.We’re working on a round-up of immigration assistance. If you or your organization plans to hold any events to keep residents informed, please let us know and we will post them.Send to SFO Protest V3 Cassandra from Rachel Cassandra on Vimeo. Tags: immigration • protests Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Cavs Rock Dubs roll in game two

first_img 0% Delirium is buzzing over the political/cultural differences between Cleveland and the Bay Area reflected in the Finals.Not really, but there is at least one difference worth noting before the fourth quarter begins.While Big Tech lined up behind Mrs. Clinton, as did the players and coaches on both teams, Cavs owner, Quicken Loan Shark Dan Gilbert, hosted a fundraiser for Trump. A secret fundraiser. We assume LeBron (who was big time for Hilary) and Kyrie were kept off the guest list.The two team go back and forth for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. After a short rest, Steph Curry enters the game with 8 minutes to go and the Dubs still up 14. Two minutes later they are up 20 and, with a brilliant play in which KD blocks a Kevin Love shot, gets the rebound, dribbles down and scores falling down, the game is over.Although another blow out by the score, the Cavs made the game interesting and the Dubs made it fun to watch.After the game, a reporter asks KD to look back and assess what the Dubs have done to this point in the playoffs.“I’m not looking back,” says KD.Sure glad I’m not on that plane tonight flying back to Cleveland with LeBron and the Cavs.Earlier coverageDubs pack the bars, take the trophyFans Celebrate with bonfire in the streetCavs throw Dubs to the dogsDubs smash and grab Game 3Cavs rock, Dubs roll in game twoDub’s defense steals game one.NBA finals: a guide for the perplexed.Where to watch the gamesThe Mission awaits the finals. Pre-Game: Monk’s Kettle (Bar)I’m at Monk’s Kettle early to grab a seat at the bar. By game time, no hope. The Kettle is not a real sports bar, but it’s got a TV, the best food on the block and wide variety of beers. Do they carry Elvis Juice from Brewdog?Rolla from Italy came for coffee this morning. She’s doing a piece for Conde Nast Italia on the games as a reflection of the cultural/political divide between the Golden State and the Rust Belt.Her take on Game Two (rough translation): Kevin Love opens the second half with a layup for the Cavs and two minutes later he scores their next three points. After another two minute drought, Love scores again.Coach Kerr got on Curry’s case at halftime reportedly telling his point guard he didn’t look like he was having a good time. Come the third quarter, Steph begins to look like he’s enjoying himself. But with about 5 minutes to go, the Cavs get going and cut the lead to 4.Time out.A guy behind me: “Bombs in London. We’re Irish.”What? I turn. An old guy in blue and yellow.Again. Not loud, not menacing. “Bombs in England. We’re Irish.”In the noisy crowded bar, not many hear him. Those that do freeze.One the barristas is on it. “Shut up Mikey” she says, “Or go home.” He walks out.Time in.Over the next 4 minutes and 35 seconds, the Dubs outscore the Cavs 13-2. With Green in foul trouble earlier in the quarter, Kerr replaced him with KD who was magnificent. Now Green returns. Not only have the Dubs tightened their defense, it’s clear LeBron can’t keep up the pace. Steph Curry scores on him in showy highlight fashion and the rout is on.Fourth Quarter: Deliriumcenter_img Expect the Cavs to take the floor pumped up on more than Elvis Juice. Going back to Cleveland is grim enough. Going back down 0-2 on a plane with LeBron James and all those pain meds? Uh, no thank you. Then we hear the big news. Steve Kerr is coming back to coach tonight.First Quarter: Monk’s KettleNo one expects a blow out like Game One. I expect the game to be slow. Ha ha. The pace is even faster than the first. Someone must have spiked the Cavs’ water. Cleveland is running. Their game plan is immediately apparent. They decided they can’t stop the Dubs. So they will try to run with the Dubs.Run and dunk like the Dubs did in Game One. And the Dubs do in Game Two. It’s a track meet, an All-Star game. A Night of a Thousand and One Dunks.And how does Steph Curry welcome back Steve Kerr, a man living through most days with excruciating pain, the coach who made him a superstar? Six turnovers with thoughtless, careless, casual passes.Nick and I are the only two totally involved in the game. I would say the rest are more involved with their friends and their food with an occasional whoop when KD dunks. More of a crunch-time crowd.Can the Cavs keep running?Clevelandd as a city has been running on empty for the past five or six decades. But after they beat the Dubs last year, the city became “Believeland.” Don’t believe it. Cleveland remains faithful to its corrupt politicians, out-of-control cops, racism, sleezy loan sharks and world class medical center for those who can afford it.  It’s true you won’t believe the housing costs.The Dubs throw down an outstanding 40 points. Still, at the end of the first quarter, the runnin’ Cavs are only down 5.Second Quarter: The 500 ClubIf the techie scene is not your scene, you can do worse than this classic dark, dingy dive bar.It’s the second quarter now and things are getting chippy. Steph is still throwing the ball away and the defense is uncharacteristically porous, giving away far too much. The offense has gone rancid.A guy is selling Giants t-shirts with a Godfather logo. “The Giants could use a Godfather this year,” I say.But let’s get back to basketball.But before we do, the t-shirt seller asks if I’m a cop.  It must be darker and dingier in here than I think.On the positive side Klay Thompson is making shots after a playoff long slump. Also good to see Draymond Green sinking a couple threes. On the negative side, Cleveland’s strategy to get Green in foul trouble is working.The Dubs are running but it seems the Cavs are forcing the pace. And the turnover battle has turned decisively in the Cav’s favor.It’s been a speedy half. I feel like I’ve been mainlining caffeine for two or three weeks straight. Before the second half, I need to chill.Halftime: Dolores ParkTime travel.Mission homeboy Carlos Santana opened the game with a stoner’s version of the Star Spangled Banner. Well received by the crowd in Oracle and would have fit well here this evening. A laid back sun and a cool breeze blowing through the semi-populated park. Close your eyes and it could be the Summer of Love.Third Quarter: Phoenix Irish Bar Tags: warriors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

VIDEO Mayor Breed who keeps our streets clean

first_imgWho cleans up our streets? from Mission Local on Vimeo.A Mission resident who lives on Albion called 311 Wednesday at around 8:30 a.m. about a pile of trash on the north side of Camp Street. Later, I sent a notice and photo about the same debris on the city’s 311 app. The complaint #9281971 requested street or sidewalk cleaning at the intersection of Albion and Camp St. At 10:30 a.m. or so, the resident who made the initial call heard ranting outside his window. He looked out and saw a gentleman walking somewhat wildly on the south corner of Camp Street. He wondered if he should call someone — the police, or 311 again?Was the gentleman on the corner a danger to himself or anyone? No, the resident decided. He kept watching.In fits and starts, the man put on the blue gloves that sanitation workers use. He had a plastic bucket and a bottle of some spray liquid. He headed for the trash on the north side of Camp Street. The resident began to take short videos of the slow, sometimes erratic organization of the trash.He did not see who eventually came for the trash, but he sent me the video. Clearly, he thought, there was a connection between the gentleman cleaning up the mess and the eventual collection of the debris.To find out and to identify the gentleman, I sent the video to Rachel Gordon, the press spokesperson for the Department of Public Works.“The fella is not one of our employees, nor is he in one of our workforce development programs,” Gordon wrote in an e-mail. “I don’t know who he is. (Our workers and workforce development partners wear identifying vests.) Our crew or a Recology crew probably did pick up the trash afterward because of the 311 request.”I called Robert Reed at Recology and sent him the video as well. Again, he said, the man was not an employee and he did not know who he was. He said it was most likely that DPW came by for the trash.I looked around the neighborhood thinking I might see the anonymous hero, but I could not find him.The ticket is still open. A 311 operator looked it up on Saturday morning. It was still in DPW’s work queue and the trash should be picked up within three days. Once done, he said, the ticket would be closed.If anyone knows who the gentleman is or how to get in touch with him, please contact me at Email Address,0%center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

The complex legacy of George Gascón

first_imgOn Jan. 9, 2011, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed his police chief, George Gascón — a man who had never tried a case and earned a J.D. in his 40s from the unaccredited law school he attended in the off hours he wasn’t working as a Los Angeles cop — as district attorney of San Francisco.So, that was a bit of a surprise. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Assessing a DA’s effectiveness isn’t always so simple. As anyone who’s ever watched Law & Order knows, in the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders (these are their stories. KUNG-KUNG). To wit, Gascón’s opponents have claimed that he’s fallen down on the job, as the number of felony and misdemeanor prosecutions has fallen. The tally of prosecutions has indeed fallen. And yet, recall the Law & Order mantra: Two separate yet equally important groups (these are their stories. KUNG-KUNG). The DA is now charging (and convicting) fewer cases because the San Francisco Police Department is making fewer arrests. A lot fewer arrests. And this comes while serious crime has skyrocketed in this city (violent crime is down but property crime is off the hook). In 2010, San Francisco was the site of 40,670 reported serious crimes, resulting in 7,344 arrests — an 18 percent clip. And yet, by 2015, this city was the site of 61,245 serious crimes, but only 5,764 arrests. That’s just 9 percent. The San Francisco Police Department has stopped making arrests — and it stopped making arrest totals easily accessible after 2016. But, adding up month-by-month reports provided by the department, last year there were 65,879 serious crimes here, but only 6,983 arrests (10.6 percent). In short, the SFPD registered hundreds more arrests in 2010 (under Police Chief Gascón, incidentally), even with 25,000 fewer reported crimes. The DA can only charge the cases the SFPD sends his or her way. The SFPD’s arrest rate on auto break-ins remains at around 2 percent. The DA’s office prosecutes 85 percent of the car burglary cases it’s given. While we’re throwing around numbers, here are a few more: The DA’s 2017 charging rate of 57.5 percent is the highest since these statistics began being tracked in 2000. The conviction rate in the most recently recorded fiscal year is 77 percent. None of this is to say that Gascón deserved to hold his office by fiat or that his challengers lack merit. We are all the poorer for not hearing a policy-based debate between the DA and his rivals. Because, with Gascón out of the picture, he becomes what the Police Officers Association and other maniacal critics have long strived to make him: the bogeyman for all that’s wrong with crime and punishment in this city. No elected official is above reproach, but many of the allegations leveled against Gascón simply do not mesh with the aforementioned statistics. But that doesn’t mean these arguments won’t take hold. Or haven’t already.Attorney Adante Pointer, center, spoke to press to comment on District Attorney George Gascon’s decision to not file charges against police officers in two separate shooting incidents. He represents the families of Mario Woods and Luis Gongora Pat. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Friday was a rough day for democracy in the United States. But a Chicago jury did convict former officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder for the shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald — as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery; one for every shot he fired at the 17-year-old. So, it can be done.  By then, a video of Gascón and profane anti-police violence protesters winging trash at one another after they confronted him on his own front steps was already making the rounds. Anger over police officers gunning down citizens with impunity is fantastically understandable. But directing that anger monomaniacally at Gascón can only get you so far. Chicago notwithstanding, any prosecutor hoping to convict a cop in a shooting case is facing a nigh-impossible burden of proof. And that’s by design. The law is meant to allow for police impunity. The law is unfair. This country is unfair. This should come as no surprise to anyone born before Friday. Or since.It is, sadly, all too plausible that Gascón has failed to charge any cops in shooting cases because of the obscene deference with which they are treated under the law. Anger at Gascón and Gascón alone is akin to smacking a television because you don’t like the show playing on it. Eventually you may break that television, but you haven’t put that show off the air. And yet, to a degree, this is a situation Gascón brought upon himself. He cast himself as a reformer, vowing to take on city corruption — including the ongoing scourge of young people of color being shot by SFPD officers. Yet he, more than most, knew what the law was. He, more than most, knew what one DA could and could not do. Nobody your humble narrator spoke with saw reason to doubt the veracity of Gascón’s claim his family considerations drove him from the race. That’s all but surely a factor. But so is the fact that this race would have been a brawl. And that’s not to say the incumbent couldn’t have won. But, even if he had, it would have been a knock-down, drag-out affair in which his morals and competence and would have been publicly impugned. And a second full-time job. It’s in this context that claims of family pressure sound more plausible. “I am very sorry to see that George is not going to run,” said Matt Gonzalez, the chief attorney in the public defender’s office — who enjoys a sheepdog and coyote relationship with the DA. “I think that history is going to be very good to him in terms of the positions he took.”  And that may yet be so. But, in the short term, Gascón found himself in a literal garbage fight with sanctimonious visitors to his private residence. In the future, that will be someone else’s concern. Last week, Gascón said enough’s enough. San Francisco’s real-life former top cop belatedly heeded the advice of his fictional forbearer: A man’s got to know his limitations.center_img For the DA, who withdrew from the race last week, describing his accomplishments for voters figured to be a challenge. Describing his legacy for posterity will be, too. On Oct. 2, 2018, two-term incumbent DA Gascón abruptly announced he would not seek re-election, citing family opposition and the failing health of his 90-year-old mother. Unless you’re related to Gascón or situated within his innermost circle, this, too, was a bit of a surprise (it certainly blindsided all of his declared opponents).  And there was no shortage of surprises in the 2,823 days in between. Newsom did (and does) have a taste for flashy, out-of-the-box, attention-grabbing — but ultimately superficial — acts. Appointing Gascón out of left field was, most certainly, a flashy, out-of-the-box, attention-grabbing move. But it was not superficial. The past seven years and nine months have been a consequential time and Gascón has played a consequential role. And a counterintuitive one. The former cop, former Republican, and erstwhile legal naif may, legitimately, be the most progressive DA this city has ever had. Whether it’s moving away from cash bail, de-emphasizing incarceration for nonviolent offenders, reintegrating prisoners into society, pushing for funds to be invested in mental health services instead of jails, expunging marijuana convictions, or advocating for undocumented immigrants, Gascón’s c.v. is full of things San Francisco voters ought to like. But it’s not at all clear they like George Gascón. The incumbent was, clearly, facing a pitched battle to keep his job. Leading contender Suzy Loftus — city native, mother of three, former DA and Attorney General prosecutor — is running with the enthusiastic backing of her former boss Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor London Breed. As soon as this week Nancy Tung, a former prosecutor under Harris and Gascón, may pull papers to run; she would be another credible female candidate and — bluntly — the only Chinese American up for the job in a city with a hefty Chinese voting bloc. Gascón’s problem, or at least one of them, was that he was never able to define himself — to the media, to voters, and, not insignificantly, to the City Family that runs this town — as the guy who pushed for all of the above. Rather, to the city’s left, focused to the exception of all else on police shootings, he was the guy who, repeatedly, failed to bring charges against killer cops. To the city’s right, he was the guy who, resplendently, fumbled the Kate Steinle shooting case. All the while, Gascón was caught up in a series of running battles with his successors atop the San Francisco Police Department and their bellicose union — which, to too many, came off as an internecine pissing contest undertaken while the rest of the city trudged through streets ankle deep in shattered car windows. For Gascón, describing his accomplishments for voters figured to be a challenge. Describing his legacy for posterity will be, too.last_img read more

SAINTS Assistant Coach Jamal Lolesi has been fined

first_imgSAINTS Assistant Coach Jamal Lolesi has been fined £500 after the RFL found him guilty of using foul and abusive language towards a match official during a Super League fixture against Salford City Reds on March 22, 2013.Lolesi, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was deemed to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8 (c) (Prejudicial Conduct) and the RFL Respect Policy.Lolesi was instructed to pay £250 immediately with a further £250 suspended until the end of the 2014 season.last_img

JORDAN Turner wont let his personal Magic Weekend

first_imgJORDAN Turner won’t let his personal Magic Weekend hoodoo get in the way of overcoming Warrington Wolves this Sunday at St James’ Park in Newcastle.The centre, who has previously played for Salford Red Devils and Hull FC, hasn’t been on a winning side in a Magic Weekend match during his nine-year career.But he is confident that the First Utility Super League champions can clinch their first win at the two-day event since 2010.“I’m aware that I haven’t personally won a Magic Weekend game, but I don’t really think about that,” he said. “It’s not really about that I’ve never won at a Magic Weekend fixture, that doesn’t worry me at all. I’m pretty confident that we can get the job done no matter where we play whether it’s at Langtree Park or at an away ground or Newcastle.“We’re a confident bunch so we’ll be looking to put in a good performance on Sunday.”Saints are currently three points behind Leeds and Turner isn’t fazed by the pressure that comes with being champions.“We thrive on the pressure of being champions,” he continued. “It’s a good pressure to have to be champions and that everyone wants to beat you.“In another sense, last year’s gone so we’re not really thinking about that, we’re just focused on this year and trying our best to win it again this year.“I think the occasion’s fantastic. I’ve played in some magnificent stadiums such as the Etihad, Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield, so I’ve been quite privileged to have gone on to do that and it’s different from your weekly game, there’s a carnival atmosphere which only comes round once a year.“I really do enjoy the weekend and it’ll be better if we can get a win.”last_img read more

The game will be played on Sunday August 5 at 123

first_imgThe game will be played on Sunday August 5 at 12:30pm with ticket details to be announced shortly.Conducting the draw was Belle Voci, the UK’s fresh and exciting opera duo, who are set to perform ‘Abide with Me’ at this year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 25.The semi-finals will be played for the first time as a double header event at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on Sunday.Warrington will take on Leeds in the other semi final.last_img

Healthcare on wheels for veterans

first_img A demonstration was provided to give veterans a better idea of services TED can provide.The mobile van enhances patient access for many vets who might not have their doctors nearby, but with the virtual technology it makes visits much easier.Telehealth Education Specialist Leslie Fernyhough said this is the future of medicine.Related Article: D-Day 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops“Vets have a tendency to like to live in remote areas, which is great for peace and quite, but it’s not great for having access to ya know different kind of medical specialties. So what telehealth allows for the provider to see the patient closer to home,” Fernyhough said.Fernyhough also said the VA has done surveys on TED and so far has had more than 90% approval ratings. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Healthcare goes virtual. Today a van rolled into town to show how telehealth can have a positive effect on veterans.TED, which stands for Telehealth Education Delivered, made a stop at the Wilmington VA Health Center to help show what health services and equipment are available.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State House approves funding for DEQ to research GenX other studies as

first_img Chairman Ted Davis says the bill gives more than $2 millions for technology to identify and record GenX and other contaminants.“Without that machine those agencies especially DEQ cannot address the emerging contaminants that might be in our rivers and other sources of our drinking water,” said Chairman Davis (R) of New Hanover County.The House approved of the bill unanimously 116-0.Related Article: Cooper out to rally Democrats seeking more legislative wins“I’ve been told that after that by people that have been here a lot longer than I have and a long time that this is the first time that they could ever remember an environmental piece of legislation passing the House unanimously,” Davis said.The bill also will allow the department of environmental quality to hire personnel to operate the machine.“That bill had everything that DEQ Secretary Regan had asked for,” said Davis.The DEQ must share water quality data with neighboring states and compare it. It also asks that air quality be looked at for GenX. Lastly it asks the UNC School of Government to study if water utilities could be held liable for providing contaminated drinking water under certain conditions. All of this though is in limbo now as the bill needs a vote from the State Senate.“I can only hope that they take it as seriously as the House of Representatives have,” said Davis.WWAY reached out to state senators Bill Rabon (R) Brunswick and Michael Lee (R) New Hanover. We are still waiting to hear back from our local state senators. Tonight Senate leader Phil Berger did tell media he will not bring the bill up for a vote until the General Assembly’s short session in May. The bill as is asks for everything to be in place to study GenX by June. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The State House unanimously approved to send millions of dollars to the Department of Environment Quality for GenX research. This is the first time the state has moved funds to the DEQ for GenX related issues.The House has allocated money before for GenX research, but requested that specifically be done by UNCW and the CFPUA.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Local cardiologist awarded for reshaping stigma on heart health

first_img Patel says recent technology advancements have aided in his practice.“Through a lot of engineering and a lot of research by individual companies, they’ve been able to mimic algorithms that carry out the normal functions of the human body that you and I take for granted,” Patel said.This medical technology was a dream come true for Peyton Chitty in his search for a medical solution for a congenital heart defect that didn’t keep him away from the surf board or the track.Related Article: Wilmington Police investigating 3 shootings within 1 hour Tuesday“When I first heard pacemaker, I said ‘Oh no! That’s for people that are dying I didn’t know,’” said Chitty.Months after getting a pacemaker, Chitty accomplished a major goal. He crossed the finish line at the 2019 Boston Marathon. He says Patels’ individual care was the key.“I often times speak to patients in regular English,” Patel said. “I tell them not that you have Bradycardia, but that you have a slow heart rate and then I explain why slow heart rates are not good for you.”Chitty says doctors like Patel are hard to find and that’s why he added Patel to the national database for cardiac athletes to make the search easier.“I want others to know that there are doctors out their that will work with them and you can continue a quality of life and not be defined by a circumstance or diagnosis,” Chitty said.Chitty tells the full story of how Dr.Patel transformed his life in a chapter of ‘Cardiac Athletes: Real Superheroes Beating Heart Disease’ to be released this year. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Being a cardiac patient doesn’t mean living an active lifestyle has to end. One heart patient ran in the recent 2019 Boston Marathon with the help of a Wilmington cardiologist and that’s why that doctor received an award Friday that will grant him recognition nationwide.“This certificate frame will be cherished more than my medical school diplomas,” Dr. Henry Patel of New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Heart Associates said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

At The Farm Tour FunRaiser happening at Greenlands Farm

first_img This event supports Helpers Of Our Farm (HOOF), which is a nonprofit educational farm animal sanctuary and is located on Greenlands Farm.To learn more about HOOF and the Farm Tour Fun’raiser event, you can watch the full interview above. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY)– President of Helpers Of Our Farm and Owner of Greenlands Farm Maud Kelley sat down with WWAY’s Donna Gregory to talk about the upcoming fundraiser.The special event will be happening on June 1st at Greenlands Farm starting at 10 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

MTN Nigeria ONEm partner to deliver social content services

first_imgAdvertisement Mobile telephony operators continue to innovate in order to woo customers with a better service and experience. One of the ways that some telcos are reaching that objective is through partnerships with companies that have established themselves as leading providers.The UK based ONEm announced last week that they had entered into a partnership with MTN Nigeria in an expansion bid of its ever-growing mobile ecosystem.Christopher Richardson, CEO of ONEm Communications states, “We are proud to welcome MTN to our ecosystem being such a well-known brand in the Nigerian market in particular how their presence offers significant growth potential in an ever expanding ecosystem of Mobile Operators, services and Content Providers.” – Advertisement – Chief Information Officer of MTN, Randhir Nilchandra Bikraj adds, “The ICT industry with MTN as leader is a critical enabler of socio-economic growth in Nigeria. MTN is leading in this regard through the provision of innovative services and solutions that enable the distribution of economic activities. We are always looking for opportunities to widen our universe, and improve on our services. The partnership with ONEm is one of such opportunity.”ONEm provides Mobile Operators with an ever-increasing choice in communications, entertainment and utility services for their subscribers. MTN Nigeria customers will be able to access a range of social content and services called DEETS (Dynamic Ecosystem Enabled Text Services). ONEm offers Mobile Operators a fast way to introduce innovation with ready services that are easy to use and works over a Private Global Platform.[ONEm]last_img read more

KFC Watt a Box Lets You Charge Your Phone While You Eat

first_imgAdvertisement KFC garnered a lot of accolades for its recently launched 5-in-1 Meal Box. And the fast-food chain has now introduced an all new ‘gadgety’ variant of the same box.Lluis Ruiz Ribot, CMO at KFC India told Times Of India, “We launched the 5-in-1 Meal Box in March this year with the objective of providing an abundant complete meal and at an affordable price for our customers.”“With the launch of Watt a Box, we have gone a step ahead and also introduced an element of utility into the box. Each one of us spends a considerable time on our smartphones daily, and the phone battery going dead is almost like a nightmare! No longer is that the case, with the Watt a Box around.” – Advertisement – The ‘Watt a Box’ has a compartment for food, a built-in power bank and leads for plugging in your phone so you can charge it while you enjoy your meal.Unfortunately they won’t be widely available, for the time being. The limited-edition boxes, featuring detachable 6,100mAh Lithium-ion battery, USB cable and Apple lightning cable, are being offered in a week-long for users who will participate in an online contest on KFC India’s Facebook page and at a handful of outlets in Delhi and Mumbai.last_img read more

USB 32 specification announced promises 20Gbps speeds over existing USB TypeC

first_imgAdvertisement The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release.An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane solutions, allowing for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables. – Advertisement – As an example, the USB Promoter Group says a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will be capable of 2GB/sec data transfer performance over a USB-C cable certified for USB SuperSpeed 10Gb/s USB 3.1, while also remaining backwards compatible with earlier USB devices.“When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance.”Along with two-lane operation, USB 3.2 continues to use SuperSpeed USB layer data rates and encoding techniques and will introduce a minor update to hub specifications for seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation.More information about USB 3.2 will be unveiled at USB Developer Days 2017 later this year.Key characteristics of the USB 3.2 solution include:Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C™ cablesContinued use of existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniquesMinor update to hub specification to address increased performance and assure seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation.Credit: MacRumours, BusinessWirelast_img read more

Ruby Tuesday

first_imgCHELTENHAM 2014 is here and so are Star Sports fantastic money back offers….It’s Ruby Tuesday !Back any of Ruby Walsh’s four rides on Tuesday: Vautour, Champagne Fever, Hurricane Fly and Quevega and if he finishes out of the first three – you’ll get your money back. *(* Full Terms and Conditions below) TERMS AND CONDITIONS1. Applies to Win Singles only and not, for example, EW or Multiples.2. Applies to bets placed from 9am Monday 10th March 2014 until 1.30pm on Tuesday 11th March 2014.3. Free Bet stake is not refunded.4. Free Bet is to be used as a win single on any other Cheltenham Festival 2014 race.5. Your Free Bet will be equal to your original stake. However, the maximum Free Bet is £200.6. For the purposes of the promotion, the Free Bet offer will only apply to Ruby Walsh actual rides. For example: If there is late jockey change on one of his intended rides then the Free Bet offer will not apply.7. Star Sports usual rules apply.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Fri Movers Specials

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£25 FREE BET Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

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Study Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag team

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduStudy: Bacteria attack lignin with enzymatic tag teamTeam from Rice, University of Wisconsin-Madison shows how nature handles lignin  HOUSTON — (Jan. 6, 2016) — The molecules that impart strength to paper, bamboo and wood-frame buildings — lignin and cellulose — have long stymied biofuels researchers by locking away more than half of a plant’s energy-yielding sugar. In a study that could point the way to biofuels processes of the future, scientists from Rice University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Emeryville, Calif., have discovered how two bacterial enzymes work as a team to break apart lignin.“Ultimately, we would like to use enzymatic fermentation — the same process that brewers and winemakers have used for centuries — to convert all the sugar from plants into ethanol and other fuels,” said Rice’s George Phillips, co-author of the study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. “The big target is cellulose, which is the primary ingredient in wood, grass stems and corn stalks. Cellulose is basically sugar, but it is tightly packed in a crystalline compound that is practically indigestible. There are some fungi and bacteria that have developed enzymes to cut it apart, but it’s a very slow process, which is why it can take years for dead trees to decompose.”George Phillips with a 3-D model of an enzyme (blue/green) that cuts cellulose fibers (orange/gray). Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityLignin, another major component of plant fibers that accounts for up to one-third of the carbon in biomass, compounds the problem for any microorganism that wants to eat cellulose or any scientist who wishes to turn it into biofuel. Lignin has a gluelike consistency, and it coats and protects cellulose.“The cellulose is tough, but organisms can’t even get to it until they chew through the lignin,” said Phillips, Rice’s Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and professor of chemistry.For industry, breaking down lignin has often proved an even tougher challenge than cellulose. As a result, the biofuels and paper industries mostly treat lignin as a waste product to be removed, isolated and discarded.Study co-author Timothy Donohue, professor of bacteriology at UW-Madison and director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, said, “If we can convert lignin from an undesirable byproduct into a starting material for advanced biofuels and other lucrative chemicals, we would dramatically change the economics of tomorrow’s biorefineries.”Computer animations showing the lignin binding sites for LigF (top) and LigE (bottom). (Image by K. Hemlich/GLBRC)The center is one of three funded by the Department of Energy to make transformational breakthroughs in cellulosic biofuels technology. With an eye toward using techniques that nature has evolved to break down lignin, a team of researchers led by Donohue and Phillips began by studying bacterial enzymes that cleave specific chemical bonds inside lignin.The original goal was to design a single new enzyme that could do the job of several found in nature. But that turned out to be an impossible task, in part because lignin molecules are irregular. They’re made of hundreds of components that twist either to the left or the right, but the pattern of twists doesn’t repeat, and an enzyme that’s tailored to break a left-handed bond won’t cleave a right-handed one.“Making a single enzyme would be like trying to make a glove that’s designed for your left hand fit on your right hand,” said Kate Helmich, co-lead author of the study and a recent Ph.D. graduate of UW-Madison’s Biochemistry Department. “Our two hands are different configurations of the same fingers, and lignin is like a chain of many different hands. Degrading that entire chain would require an enzyme, or glove, that can attach to both the left and the right hands within it.”The researchers found that Sphingobium bacteria use two enzymes, known as LigE and LigF, to attack lignin as a team.“The key finding is that we now understand how the left-hand and the right-hand versions are broken,” Phillips said. “It’s not through a single super enzyme but through teamwork where you’ve got one for the left and one for right.Kate Helmich (Photo courtesy of GLBRC/UW-Madison)“It wasn’t clear how the bacteria did it until Donohue and his team made both the left-handed and right-handed compounds, and then assayed them with purified enzymes. Those experiments proved that one works on left and one works on right.”Helmich and Phillips used X-ray crystallography to analyze the structure of the enzymes and show how each performed its specialized task.Phillips, who moved to Rice from UW-Madison in 2013, said the research suggests that biofuels processors will need a cocktail of specialized enzymes to break lignin into fermentable components.“Now we know that such a cocktail would need to include something like LigE and LigF to get both hands of the lignin broken open,” he said.Additional co-authors include co-lead Daniel Gall, Craig Bingman, Daniel Noguera and John Ralph, all of Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and of UW-Madison; Jose Henrique Pereira and Ryan McAndrew, both of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Richard Heins, Kai Deng, Keefe Holland, Blake Simmons and Kenneth Sale, all of the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Sandia National Laboratories; and Paul Adams of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley.This work was supported by the Department of Energy, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the Joint BioEnergy Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of General Medical and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: Kate HelmichCREDIT: GLBRC/UW-Madison George Phillips with a 3-D model of an enzyme (blue/green) that cuts cellulose fibers (orange/gray).CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University Computer animations showing the lignin binding sites for LigF (top) and LigE (bottom).CREDIT: K. Hemlich/GLBRCA copy of the JBC paper is available at: DOI of the paper is:10.1074/jbc.M115.694307More information about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center is at:www.glbrc.orgWhy is it so difficult to make cellulosic ethanol? is it so difficult to make cellulosic ethanol%3F.pdfLocated 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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 best quality of life 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 AddThislast_img read more

OpenStax launches personalized learning tool for college courses

first_img Four students sitting on steps and talking while using OpenStax textbooks and a laptop Return to article. Long DescriptionNonprofit publisher OpenStax has launched a personalized learning platform, OpenStax Tutor, for college physics, biology and sociology courses across the United States.OpenStax Tutor Beta, which has been in development for three years, will be available this fall for three courses: college physics, biology and sociology. Students don’t need to download software to use the system. Instead, they log in to the OpenStax Tutor website to read their textbook and do homework. While they study, OpenStax Tutor learns how they learn — what they struggle with, what helps them most — and it uses that information to tutor them. The system provides personalized assessment and spaced practice, helping students focus their studying efforts on their weak areas and remember what they learned earlier in the course.“The ultimate goal at OpenStax is to provide students with the tools they need to achieve their educational goals,” said Daniel Williamson, managing director at OpenStax. “We’ve made our name by providing free textbooks that are comparable to those costing hundreds of dollars. OpenStax Tutor Beta is the ideal technology to pair with that content because it’s easy to use and it helps improve learning outcomes at very low cost.”OpenStax is working to integrate OpenStax Tutor Beta with popular learning management systems so that professors can easily adopt the system and students can access it with a single course login. OpenStax is also actively seeking philanthropic partners to fund a broader rollout of OpenStax Tutor Beta for other introductory courses.OpenStax Tutor Beta costs $10 per student, a price that helps OpenStax offset the cost of maintaining the platform.Ease of use has been a priority throughout the development of OpenStax Tutor Beta. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduOpenStax launches personalized learning tool for college coursesOpenStax Tutor Beta available this fall for intro courses in biology, physics, sociology HOUSTON — (July 10, 2017) — Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, which is already changing the economics of higher education by providing free textbooks to more than 1 million college students per year, today launched a low-cost, personalized learning system called OpenStax Tutor Beta that studies how students learn to offer them individualized homework and tutoring.center_img OpenStax Tutor Beta logo Return to article. Long DescriptionOpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. It measures success in terms of dollars saved by students who do not have to buy textbooks because they have access to a free one. (Image courtesy of OpenStax)“With most courseware, instructors and students have to spend a lot of time learning the system before they can get much out of it,” said Richard Baraniuk, founder and director of OpenStax and Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering. “OpenStax Tutor Beta isn’t like that. We have intentionally made this exceptionally easy-to-use and set up because we want instructors to focus on teaching and students to focus on learning.”Launched in 2012, OpenStax is a unique publisher that uses philanthropic grants to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. OpenStax has titles for nearly 30 high-enrollment, introductory college courses. It measures success not in terms of books sold or revenue earned, but rather in dollars saved by students who do not have to buy expensive textbooks. OpenStax also partners with for-profit companies that integrate OpenStax with their technology, both to expand the impact of its books and to keep its titles up to date.For information about OpenStax Tutor Beta, visit is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. For more information, visit is available at: IMAGES are available for download at: Nonprofit publisher OpenStax has launched a personalized learning platform, OpenStax Tutor Beta, for college physics, biology and sociology courses across the United States. (Image courtesy of OpenStax) OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print. It measures success in terms of dollars saved by students who do not have to buy textbooks because they have access to a free one. (Image courtesy of OpenStax)More information is available at OpenStax news from Rice:OpenStax’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M — June 27, 2017, OER Commons partner on community hubs — Oct. 11, 2016 than 1.5 million students have used OpenStax’s free textbooks — Sept. 27, 2016 10: Which colleges save the most with free textbooks? — Aug. 1, 2016 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program — July 6, 2016, NACSCORP to offer low-cost textbook customization — March 3, 2016 already saved students $39 million this academic year — Jan. 20, 2016 release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for 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 read more