Flood Victims Take City to Court For Damages

first_img“It continues to sadden us that (1) the PR spin and victim-blaming seem to tower over suggestions for solutions, (2) no meeting date has been set to talk with the community and (3) elected officials are frequently out of town and unable to meet until September,” Donna Marie Ponferrada, a plaintiff in the case, wrote in an email.Drainage problems from 14th to 18th streets between Folsom and Harrison streets date back to the mid-1800s. The area used to be a marsh; the city filled it around 1860 or 1870, but there have been problems there ever since.The area has settled, and in some places it is considerably lower than the street. “If you’re standing in the outdoor patio in the back [of Stable Café], in 1870-80 you would have been 24 inches taller,” Greg Braswell told Mission Local in 2012, when he was the sewer information system manager for the Department of Public Works. After last year’s two sewer failures, the Public Utilities Commission gave a presentation to the Board of Supervisors to explain the repeated flooding at 17th and Folsom. “At times it just feels like it’s getting worse instead of getting any better,” said supervisor David Campos at the meeting in March. Emilio Cruz, assistant general manager of the Public Utilities Commission, said then that the city had already removed 1,830 tons of debris from the sewer system since 2013 and invested millions in improvements. But the cost of actually preventing flooding at 17th and Folsom would be astronomical. Cruz said in his presentation that dealing with a five-year-storm (one of a magnitude seen only every five years, which brings down about 775 million gallons in 3 hours) would mean improving a collection and conveyance system in the southeast part of the city to the tune of $2 billion dollars, and adding a connector tunnel between 17th and Folsom and the larger system for an additional $250 million. Even if the city shelled out $2.2 billion, such a project would take until 2020 to complete — and last December saw a 25-year-storm and a 100-year-storm, events that  would overwhelm even such an expensive system.Instead, the PUC has been working on solutions “upstream,” fixing problems higher up in the watershed, ideally to prevent as much water from flowing down to flood areas. Epstein worries that the opposite will happen. “What logically is happening and is going to continue to happen until they address the problem where it lies is that the city’s system is gonna get better and better at moving stormwater and sewage down to where my clients are,” he said.What has worked for some, he said, is taking advantage of the city’s grant program for property owners — some businesses have been able to get compensated by the city for installing flood barriers and backflow preventers. But for homeowners, that wasn’t the answer either. “Most residents on the unit block of Cayuga are non-native English speakers and senior citizens. They have found the grant program to be cumbersome and frankly, disheartening because it infers the PUC will not fix the sewer,” Ponferrada wrote. The city also recommends getting flood insurance. Private insurers, wrote plaintiff Blane Bachelor, often do not cover sewer failures, leaving even residents with often expensive flood insurance without recourse. The city’s program, which is offered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), does cover sewer failures, and the PUC is trying to promote that insurance through local brokers, said Tyrone Jue, a spokesperson for the PUC. Premiums for that insurance start at $137 a year for homes and $647 a year for businesses.The city is also seeing if a water collection system could be built into a site near 17th and Folsom. Plans for a cistern under an empty lot there were set aside when it was found such a system would not have much impact on flooding, but Jue said the PUC is still examining other options for a similar solution.In the meantime, they’re trying to manage expectations.“When we design buildings we design them to withstand a certain magnitude of earthquakes,” Jue said. “Mother nature doesn’t conform to building standards. And that’s where we have to manage those expectations. But at the same time don’t want to leave people high and dry.”Jue said the PUC has not been served with the suit yet and so he could not comment on the suit directly. 0% Some 50 home and business owners have sued the city for damages after the sewer system failed twice last December at 17th and Folsom, Cayuga Avenue in Glen Park, and 15th and Wawona streets.Year after year, residents near 17th and Folsom streets suffer several feet of flooding in their garages and basements. Just last year, a storm that knocked out power across the city and sent water bubbling up through pipes inside homes also left homes and businesses heavily damaged by waist-high flooding — twice in a row. Now, they’re anxiously anticipating a strong El Niño.Mark W. Epstein, of Seiler Epstein Ziegler & Applegate LLP, has been representing tenants and businesses in flooding suits for years. A previous lawsuit he represented flood victims in resulted in a payout of about $5 million, to be divvied up among more than 40 affected homeowners with various levels of damage. But residents are still not seeing improvements they’ve been asking for for years. They’ve formed a group called Solutions Not Sandbags to pressure the city to fix its sewer system.Residents have also filed numerous claims with the city for damage sustained during previous floods, many of which the say have been denied or not completed. Epstein said some of his clients have been able to get the PUC to start on repairs to drywalls in response to claims, but the work stopped — leaving residents with garages open to the elements for months. Epstein estimated that total damages from the suit might be in the high hundred thousands of dollars.center_img Tags: real estate Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF Driver tries to flee after colliding with a US Postal service

first_imgA driver collided with a U.S. Postal Service truck at 3 p.m. and tried to flee from the intersection of Mission and Valencia streets, but a retired highway patrol officer jumped in to help apprehend the driver.  The woman, who was later taken into custody,  appeared to be in her 40s.  The female postal employee driving the truck was transported to a nearby hospital for minor injuries.It is unclear how the crash occurred, but the collision propelled the mail truck into a sidewalk parklet near the intersection. According to several bystanders, the driver of the Ford Focus exited the vehicle immediately after the crash and ran on Mission Street towards 29th Street.“I heard a loud ‘thump’ and thought, ‘wow that sounded like a good hit,” said Ricardo Jimenez, a retired California Highway Patrol officer who was at Los Panchos, a Mexican  restaurant at 3206 Mission St. located steps away from the scene of the accident.  Jimenez said he walked outside and saw the mail truck “up against the curb” and the driver’s seat of the Ford Focus empty.“This girl started running up the hill kind of bent over, like she was in pain,” said Jimenez. After another bystander informed him that she was the driver of the colliding vehicle, Jimenez said he followed her half a block up, into the parking lot of a Bank of America. There, Jimenez said he confronted the woman, who was attempting to climb over a fence in the bank’s parking lot. Tags: crash Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “I said, ‘look you can’t leave the scene of the accident,’ and that I would detain her, said Jimenez. “She was denying it right away.”Jimenez said he locked the woman into a “bear hug,” but let her go when another man accused him of assaulting her. The woman then continued to flee, turning right onto 29th Street and taking refuge in a business near Tiffany Street. The business’s owner and Jimenez both alerted the police, who took the woman into custody upon arrival, according to Jimenez.A neighbor who lives across the street from the intersection and observed the crash from her window said that the suspect was not alone in the Ford Focus.  A man estimated to be in his 30s was sitting in the passenger seat. “He said he was the owner of the car,” said the neighbor.Eden Stein, the owner of Secession at 3235 Mission St., said she heard the crash while inside her store and after stepping outside, witnessed the male passenger exit the car and procure a ferret from its trunk.“He was in shock. He went into the trunk and grabbed his ferret,” said Stein.Also in shock was the female postal employee, said Stein. Firefighters and police responded to the scene, and the woman was given a neck brace before being transported to the hospital.last_img read more

SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston says his side ar

first_imgSHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston says his side are ready to take the fight to St Helens when the two sides come together in a Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Stobart Stadium on Saturday (3.00pm).Aston picked up the Lance Todd Trophy as a player when he inspired Sheffield to a shock Wembley triumph over Wigan Warriors in the 1998 Challenge Cup final and he says the class of 2011 won’t fear their Super League opponents.“Underdogs win games in every sport,” said Aston. “We proved that in ’98 and that game should have been the catalyst for this club but it’s all about progression and victory against Saints would be another great chapter in the history of Sheffield Eagles“There are always ways to win a game and we don’t go into any fixture thinking we’ll get beat so I can assure you we’ll take to the field against St Helens believing we can win.“Obviously it will be tough, they’re full-time and probably get more training in one day then we get in a week but we’ll put in a performance we can be proud of and look to win the small battles.“If we do that, the result will look after itself.”The Eagles came close to pulling off a shock victory during the fourth round stage of the competition last season against St Helens’ major rivals Wigan, eventually losing out 50-34, and Aston says that performance will give his side the belief that they can make life just as difficult for St Helens.“We’ll look after our own game and go out there and enjoy it and ensure we play the game with a smile on our face,” said Aston. “We always challenge ourselves to compete.“It’s a simple game when you break it down. If you can keep hold of the ball then you make life hard for the other teams to score, if we can put together a good kick and chase and compete in all the different sections then we have a good chance.“We went to-to-toe with Wigan in the Cup last season and they were THE team in the competition. We set ourselves little benchmarks and small objectives and we were close to causing a huge upset so there’s no reason we can’t repeat that this season.“If you break the game down from 80 minutes to small segments, it gives the players clear objectives to aim for and we’ll have a week off before the Saints game to prepare and study them and concentrate on breaking down their attack and exploiting their weaknesses.”Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round contest between St Helens and Sheffield Eagles at the Stobart Stadium Widnes cost £10 adult and £5 concessions.St Helens season ticket holders can gain free entry as can Sheffield’s Junior Season Ticket Holders.last_img read more

The Official Saints Elf on the Shelf is now in sto

first_imgThe Official Saints Elf on the Shelf is now in store!Priced at £9.99 you can join in the festive fun by letting him loose in your house or office to see what mischief he can get up to!And, as you can see from our pics below, our Elf has already been in the changing rooms and answering calls at the front desk.It is available in store and online – and what’s more, if you post your Saints Elf on the Shelf on Twitter, with the hashtag #saintsandproud, the best one will win a signed Ryan Morgan shirt!The more creative the better! Buy your Saintly Elf and then let your creativity flow!last_img

They faced a strong Leyland Warriors side but desp

first_imgThey faced a strong Leyland Warriors side but despite a valiant effort went down 52-38.The experienced Leyland side got off to a great start and established an early lead.Saints showed great courage and determination in the second half but couldn’t overturn that deficit.last_img

UPDATE Teen accused of attempted murder turns himself in

first_img It happened around 3:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Zack Street in Bolivia.He is charged with two counts of attempted murder. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says  a 16-year-old who allegedly shot at two people on Thursday has turned himself in.The sheriff’s office says Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins peacefully turned himself in to law enforcement in Columbus County Saturday evening. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says Watkins shot toward a man and woman outside a home following a brief encounter.- Advertisement – last_img

FEMA to reach out to Hurricane Florence victims still living in hotels

first_img Transitional Sheltering Assistance provides short-term hotel accommodations for displaced survivors as they transition from locations other than their pre-disaster residence to temporary or permanent housing solutions.FEMA provides money for rental property, home repairs and other forms of housing to help eligible households transition from a hotel to a short- or long-term housing option.Following these tips will help make the appointment process as smooth as possible:Make sure FEMA has up-to-date contact information.This information can be updated online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by calling the Disaster Assistance Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (voice, 711 or Voice Relay Service), TTY: (800) 462-7585 Parts of Kelly remain flooded weeks after Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina residents who are still staying in hotels after Hurricane Florence can expect a call from FEMA about their long-term housing plan.If you are in FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, FEMA advisors will be contacting you to set up an appointment to meet with them, as well as voluntary agencies and state partners to discuss steps for moving toward a more permanent housing solution.- Advertisement – FEMA advisors may be calling from unfamiliar area codes. If you receive a message it is important for you to call the advisor back.Be willing to work with the FEMA advisor to schedule the earliest available appointment.Be available to meet with a FEMA advisor.Related Article: Carolina Beach businesses fight back from hurricane’s wrathSince Hurricane Florence struck in September 2018, FEMA has provided hotel stays for more than 850 households under its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. Now nearly two-thirds of those have moved on to a more permanent housing solution. There are currently 322 households comprising just over 900 people in Transitional Sheltering Assistance.last_img read more

Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd including soccer fans injuring 8

first_imgPhoto: ReutersPhoto: Reuters A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said.The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the centre of Moscow on a balmy summer evening, a short distance from the Kremlin.Moscow’s traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver’s licence issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic. It cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on purpose.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.Eight people were hurt and had been taken to hospital, Moscow city’s healthcare department said in a statement. It said seven were in a satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously hurt.The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women had been lightly injured. Also among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying.Video of the incident posted on social media showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationary traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.The vehicle drove for about 10 metres along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.The taxi came to a halt after hitting a traffic sign. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.More bystanders chased after him and could be seen trying to tackle him to the ground as the footage ended.MEXICO SOCCER MATCHA witness told Reuters that some of the people hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico take on Germany on Sunday in their first World Cup match at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the driver of the taxi: “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: ‘It wasn’t me’.”Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.Describing the actions of the driver, she said: “He ran into a group of Mexicans. There were shouts, moans. He was only stopped because he hit a traffic sign.”“Someone gave him a punch in the face. He stayed in the car, people came up to him, said what are you doing, punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away.”“It’s scary that it was in the centre (of Moscow) and I was right opposite,” she said.Moscow’s traffic management authority said the driver was not drunk and Interfax news agency cited a source saying there was no alcohol in his blood.The same source told Interfax the driver said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal. The driver also said he had worked all night and that he tried to run away because he was scared, TASS agency cited an emergency source as saying.The same source told TASS that a court will hold a sentencing hearing on Monday.Authorities have vowed a safe soccer World Cup, which Russia is hosting for the first time ever. It is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.In central Moscow, authorities have installed heavy concrete blocks across the entrances to pedestrianised areas following a spate of incidents in European cities in which vehicles were used to mow down people.The U.S. State Department on Friday updated its travel advice on Russia, saying terrorist groups were plotting attacks.“Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities,” the travel advice stated.DRIVER’S LICENCEThe Moscow traffic authority posted on Twitter a copy of what it said was the taxi driver’s licence. It gave his name as Chingiz Anarbek Uulu and said he was born on April 22, 1990.It gave his birthplace as the town of Kochkor-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, near the border with Uzbekistan.An account on Russian social media platform Odnoklassniki for someone with the same name and date of birth was last updated two years ago.The last video he posted on his page depicted chapter 82 of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, which discussed judgment day. There was nothing on the page to suggest any links to, or sympathies with, Islamist militant groups.People walking around in central Moscow on Saturday evening said they were aware of the taxi incident, but it did not put them off spending time in the city. The streets were packed with people listening to street musicians perform, or sitting at pavement cafes.“We’re not scared but disappointed,” said Youseff Fraige, 27, from Monterrey, Mexico.“We didn’t expect something like this to happen in a place like this. It could happen anywhere in the world, but that it happens here in Moscow, in the middle of the World Cup, it’s shocking for us.”(Reporting by Christian Lowe, Maria Kiselyova, Jack Stubbs, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Tom Balmforth; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Stephen Powell and Catherine Evans)WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

NASA plans to send rats to space for longer duration

first_imgAdvertisement  The AEM-X is an advanced rodent habitat module designed for long-duration missions on the International Space Station.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is planning to send rats to space for longer duration.Rats have flown to space before but the new “rat-stronauts” will stay between 30 and 90 days, depending on the how soon they can get transported on the roundtrip, space.com reported. – Advertisement – “This will allow animals to be studied for longer period of time on space station missions,” said Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the International Space Station (ISS).Of the 35 or so studies where rats have gone into space, few have gone for more than two weeks.Launching rats on for the experiment are preferable to mice, which are smaller and require less food, because rats’ neurocognitive functioning is similar to that of humans.Investigators are pushing for more life sciences experiments on the ISS to better understand the effects of microgravity on living organisms.Source: Business Standardlast_img read more

Never that easy with England

first_imgEngland v MontenegroWorld Cup Qualifier8pm, ITVENGLAND PRICE ‘UNDER PRESSURE’ WILL THE TEAM BE ?As reported in Starters Orders earlier today the England price to win tonight has been under pressure all day.Trevor on the desk reported that Montenegro were friendless in the crucial World Cup Qualifier.England are now around 1/3 which is a barmy price only justified by the injuries to the Montenegro team.There’s only one point between them in Group H and Montenegro have held England to a draw on the three times they have met.Montenegro are expected to be without captain Mirko Vucinic, goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic, centre-back Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic because of injury.England need to win both matches at Wembley to guarantee World Cup qualification.They must finish top of the group for automatic qualification for the 2014 finals in Brazil, while second place would mean a two-legged play-off in November.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Mar 2013 World Cup Montenegro 1-1 EnglandOct 2011 Euros Montenegro 2-2 EnglandOct 2010 Euros England 0-0 MontenegroIt’s not often I get England games right but rather than the win market I will be looking at under 2.5 goals tonight on the basis England seldom get things done the easy way.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points UNDER 2.5 goals at around 6/5BRAND BECKHAMPower couple David and Victoria Beckham have increased their combined business revenue to almost £100,000 a day, newly released documents have shown.Papers lodged with Companies House show that Beckham Ventures Ltd, which handles Victoria’s fashion range, increased its turnover to £15.4m in 2012.David Beckham’s football-focused business, Footwork Productions, grossed £16.5m on the back of endorsements and sponsorships.A third company, Brand Beckham, grossed £3.2m, taking their combined turnover to £35.1m – more than £96,100 a day.The growth of their business ventures shows the success of their ability to move on from being a football player and a pop star.last_img read more


first_imgRACING MOVERS2.30 KemptonCrucial Moment 16/1 > 9/13.30 KemptonBoyle Emily 7/4 > 11/107.30 WindsorMusical Comedy 25/1 > 12/18.00 WindsorBlaze Of Hearts 4/1 > 9/4BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 1 Augustlast_img

STAR PREVIEW Leicester City v Man City

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s not inconceivable that last season’s Champions Leicester could find themselves in the bottom three – depending on how the earlier results pan out.And they certainly are facing tough opponents at the King Power in the shape of Man City.Leicester held them to a 0-0 draw last season and beat Man City 3-1 at the Etihad but that tidal wave of form is rapidly becoming a distance memory for the Foxes.Whether the distraction of the Champions League adventure has proved a step too far for Leicester is a possibility – even though their European form has been much superior to that shown in the league. Their last league victory came in October against Crystal Palace and since then they have drawn two and lost three Premier League games.Whilst their Champions League dreams remain alive – a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Porto midweek was hardly the best preparation for this key game.Leicester’s manager Claudio Ranieri said: “I want players to play for the team, to be strong, to fight and to be competitive – I want no more. If you lose this how can you win?“Not even the big players can win without fight. That is football.“Last season we won because some big teams didn’t fight as well as us and now we want that back, not to win the title but to defend the title and not be in the relegation zone.”Man City were comprehensively beaten by Chelsea at the Etihad in their latest league game and will be keen to get their season back on track immediately. They started the season with the perfect 10 wins from 10 across all competitions but their form hasn’t been so strong since.With Arsenal and Liverpool to come over the Christmas period, City will be looking at this game as a must win if they are to continue hopes of reclaiming the Premier League title.Leicester City v Man CityPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2016 PREMIER Man City 1-3 LeicesterDec 2015 PREMIER Leicester 0-0 Man CityMar 2015 PREMIER Man City 2-0 LeicesterDec 2014 PREMIER Leicester 0-1 Man CityDec 2013 CAPITAL ONE CUP Leicester 1-3 Man CityJan 2011 FA CUP Man City 4-2 LeicesterJan 2011 FA CUP Leicester 2-2 Man CityApr 2004 PREMIERSHIP Leicester 1-1 Man CityJan 2004 FA CUP Leicester 1-3 Man CityJan 2004 FA CUP Man City 2-2 LeicesterLeicester seem in turmoil and Man City will be on a mission so am backing them to be in front at both HT and FT at around 13/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LEICESTER / LEICESTER HT/FT 12 points at 13/8 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +37.83 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

£50 FREE BET Spain v England

first_img£50 FREE BET IFHARRY KANE SCORES FIRSTTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site starsports.bet we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if HARRY KANE SCORES FIRST.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 9am on Monday 15 October and 7.45pm on Monday 15 October. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 9am on Monday 15 October to 7.45pm (GMT) on Monday 15 October.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 7.45pm (GMT) on Monday 15 October. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if HARRY KANE SCORES FIRST (Spain v England 7.45pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

Rice tops Princeton Review

first_imgLong Description ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice tops Princeton Review’s best-value list of private colleges Rice University is the nation’s No. 1 best value among private colleges, according to the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review’s ”America’s Best-Value Colleges.” The new rankings are based on data obtained from administrators at more than 650 colleges during the 2005-06 academic year and surveys of students attending those schools. Criteria included academics, tuition, financial aid and student borrowing.”We are proud to have Rice University singled out for both the high quality of education offered here and the university’s track record for meeting students’ need for financial aid,” said Rice President David Leebron. ”With tuition lower than that of our peers and a small faculty-student ratio, Rice offers students an affordable, enviable opportunity to study at one of the world’s leading private research universities on a beautiful campus in the heart of Houston’s vibrant, diverse metropolis.”The Princeton Review’s new book refers to Rice as the ”Ivy of the South” and cites the small class size and ”an array of varied and challenging academic programs.”  Describing the tree-lined campus as ”an oasis of architectural beauty,” the book highlights Rice’s residential college system. The write-up about Rice also mentions that Rice graduates have one of the lowest debt burdens among graduates of highly selective schools in the U.S.The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, books and college admissions services. For the complete list of the 165 best-value schools, visit the Princeton Review online.  center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice professor cofounds North Korean university

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728                                                                                   E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Rice professor co-founds North Korean universityUS, North and South Korean leaders come together to make school possibleThe door to peace between North Korea, its neighbors and the West is far from open, but there’s light coming through a crack as a private university has been established for science and technology that relies greatly on equal parts South Korean energies, Korean-American ingenuity and Western expertise. You might think such a thing impossible from news reports over the past few years: nuclear tests, missile launches, arrests of foreign journalists and so on. But Rice University’s Malcolm Gillis knows better. Gillis, the former president of Rice, has played a large role in the formation of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), which was dedicated last month and will open the doors of its new campus to graduate students next spring, with the first undergraduates to follow. Gillis is one of four founding committee co-chairmen, along with founding President James Chin-Kyung Kim; Chan-Mo Park, former president of Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea; and Jung Bae Kim, former president of Korea University. Gillis’ role is not dissimilar to that he has played at other institutions in recent years, most notably Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and a new institution in Vietnam, Tan Tao University, outside of Ho Chi Minh City.Gillis said his link to the project goes back to 1997 when, while still president of Rice, he responded to requests for help from the late Kim Dae Jung, then president-elect of South Korea. “I became involved in helping him cope with the Asian financial meltdown in 1997-98, before he came into office,” recalled Gillis. “The crisis landed in his lap. I was asked to help convince the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the New York banks that South Korea had a liquidity problem, not a solvency problem. I spent the entire Christmas holidays of 1997 on the phone working to get the message across.”Having earned President Kim’s trust, Gillis became involved in his attempts at peaceful engagement with North Korea, for which the man who became South Korea’s president won the Nobel Peace Prize. Gillis organized a conference at Rice on Korean reunification in 2005, and in 2006 presented a paper on lessons for North Korea at a conference of Nobel Peace Prize laureates in Gwangju, South Korea.All of that, he said, led James Kim to his door at Rice: “He and his group walked into my office one day and asked me to help with this university. I said I’d be happy to, but we had to be sure the State Department was going to let an American citizen do this. State said, ‘This is humanitarian. Go ahead.’”That was in 2005, and PUST’s progress since is primarily a testament to James Kim’s determination. The native South Korean, now 74, was a teen in 1950 when he was nearly killed on the battlefield fighting the North. Kim swore as he lay injured that if he survived, he would dedicate his life to helping bring about peace with his enemy.Kim’s journey led him to Florida, where he earned U.S. citizenship and became a successful businessman; to China, where he established a college in Yanji, just across the border from North Korea; and finally into North Korea itself. While visiting to bring food and clothing to orphanages, he was accused of being an American spy, imprisoned and sentenced to die. Kim wrote a will pledging his organs for research in Pyongyang, and the sympathy his generosity created – particularly with North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il – led to his release. To his surprise, James Kim was invited to North Korea in 2001 to help create an institution similar to the one in Yanji. PUST was born, and Kim has raised more than $35 million to build and fund the new university.Gillis speaks in measured tones when he discusses the hard work and long negotiations that led to the creation of PUST. He said that despite outward appearances, many in North Korea want the United States involved in helping achieve a rapprochement with the world community.“We have to work with the situation, but in the meantime, people in the West need to be concerned about a generation of young Koreans who, when they open to the world economy, will have to have something to sell,” he said. “Without technology and higher education, they will have very little to offer.”He expects the faculty will include a number of Korean-Americans. “We’ve had people step down from their positions as, say, heads of IT for large corporations to go there,” Gillis said. “It’s going to take time to get everyone in place, and it’s going to be painstaking. But the facility is complete. It is paid for, and everything is ready.”PUST will start with programs for information technology, industry and management, and agriculture, with plans to open new schools for architecture and engineering and for public health in the near future. Like Jacobs University, PUST will strongly resemble Rice in its academic and administrative structure, as will Tan Tao University in Vietnam.That pleases Gillis, who said there are indications Syria is also ready to consider establishing a private university in Damascus. “Rice is now becoming known as the ‘Johnny Appleseed of private education,’” he said.Gillis served as president of Rice University from 1993 until 2004. He is currently University Professor and the Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics and professor of management at Rice University.last_img read more

Drunken City on tap at Rice Theatre Feb 311

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu‘Drunken City’ on tap at Rice Theatre Feb. 3-11Justin Doran to direct contemporary comedy“The Drunken City,” a wildly theatrical take on the mystique of marriage and the ever-shifting nature of love and identity in New York City, opens Feb. 3 at Rice University’s Hamman Hall.Performances by the Rice Theatre Program are at 8 p.m. Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 9-11, with a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 5. Hamman Hall is located at 6100 Main St.Called “a playful and hopeful comedy” by the New York Daily News, “The Drunken City” tells the story of three 20-something brides-to-be on the bar crawl to end all bar crawls. A chance encounter with a recently jilted handsome stranger causes one of them to question her future, and the revelers’ lives are turned upside down.Freelance director and theater artist Justin Doran will return after directing last year’s successful production of “Noises Off.” Doran has more than 100 professional credits regionally and locally as an actor, director and producer. His work consistently tops the Houston Chronicle’s list of best plays of the year, and the Houston Press has named him best actor. Most recently, he directed the critically acclaimed production of “Farragut North” with one of Houston’s newest theater companies, Black Lab Theatre.Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for Rice alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for general admission. Tickets are available in advance by calling 713-348-PLAY.For more information on the performances, visit www.arts.rice.edu. AddThislast_img read more

China movie market to wield greater influence Rice University expert says

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduChina movie market to wield greater influence, Rice University expert saysKokas: Movement of China to No. 2 international box office market is poised to gear more international films to Chinese audiencesHOUSTON – (Jan. 11, 2013) – News hit the entertainment industry this week that China’s box office rose 31 percent to 17.1 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) last year. With this, China has now overtaken Japan as the top-earning international territory for U.S. filmmakers.Aynne Kokas, a fellow in Chinese media at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is available to speak on this development and the growing importance of the Chinese media market.“Movement of China to the No. 2 international box office market is poised to drive producers to further gear international films to Chinese audiences, increasing influence of Chinese consumers, if not Chinese filmmakers,” Kokas said.“Even though Hollywood pictures are increasing as a percentage of the box office, co-production –which produces domestic films that the government categorizes as ‘domestic’ and circumvent the import quota — drives international film production activity in China,” she said. “Examples of co-productions include ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 3.’ At least one-third of co-production funding must come from China, along with one-third of the main cast. Scenes must also be shot in China. While this presents stiff competition for purely domestic filmmakers, it also infuses enormous amounts of capital and expertise into the Chinese film industry as a whole.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Kokas. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Kokas biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/akokas.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Creating a digital cure for epilepsy

first_imgShare5NEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduCreating a digital cure for epilepsyHOUSTON — (April 24, 2017) — A team of Rice engineering students recently took top honors and a $5,000 prize for its development of a potential digital cure for epilepsy.Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by unpredictable, recurrent seizures that can pose a risk to a patient’s safety. When undergoing a seizure, the brain is considered to be in an “ictal” state. Team Ictal Inhibitors‘ goal was to develop a neurostimulator that stimulates the brain to prevent the onset of seizures.To create the system, the team first needed to develop a seizure-prediction algorithm. The students created a machine-learning algorithm that was “very good” at predicting seizures: It predicted all seizures in their data set at least two minutes before their onset with 3.9 false positives per hour. The team then transferred this prediction algorithm to custom hardware that runs on patient data to predict seizures in real time.“What our system is trying to do is predict and prevent seizures in real time,” said Sarah Hooper, a senior electrical engineering major. “The first stage of our system is to record neural activity from the brain. That activity is then sent to our piece of hardware, which has the algorithm that produces a seizure prediction. Using the electrical signals that are produced in the brain, we can predict if a seizure is going to occur in the next five minutes or so.”Hooper said that if a seizure were about to occur, the hardware would then communicate back to electrodes implanted in the brain to apply electrical neurostimulation, which can actually stop the seizure before it occurs.“Three years ago, the project was basically an idea,” said Erik Biegert, a senior who will graduate in May with an electrical engineering degree. “About one-third of the 3 million epilepsy patients in the United States don’t respond to anti-seizure medications. The only option left for those patients is to undergo surgery to remove the part of the brain that is the issue; we hope to replace that option with something a lot less invasive.”The project is part of Rice’s Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program, which aims to integrate graduate students, seniors and underclassmen. The VIP program began at Georgia Tech, and when it was funded by the Helmsley Trust, the program encouraged nationwide participation. That is how Rice became involved in the project and one of 25 universities in the VIP consortium, according to the team’s faculty adviser Behnaam Aazhang, who is the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of electrical and computer engineering.The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the sponsor of the broader research project that underlies this VIP project. The NSF-funded project grew out of discussions between Aazhang and Dr. Nitin Tandon, a prominent neurosurgeon at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Tandon, a co-principal investigator of the NSF project, provides real intracranial patient seizure data for the project as well as technical advice and specifications.While the six seniors who are members of Team Ictal Inhibitors will be moving on after commencement in May, Gary Woods, the team’s co-adviser and professor in the practice in computer technology, said the project will move forward. “A current junior will take the reins for next year and build a senior team to drive the project further along,” he said.The current team is looking to offer guidance to the next team. Randy Zhang, a senior electrical engineering major, said the team is preparing an academic paper to publish on the project and technology this summer. “In terms of next steps, I think that what mostly needs to be done is work on how the device is actually going to interact with the input electrodes and how it would pass on its output to actual neurostimulators,” he said. “What we really focused on this year was to create the processing unit and all of the machine learning intelligence that can make this happen. On a higher level, the next steps could be to flesh out the design and move it onto a silicon chip so it can be created into an actual device.”“This is a work in progress, and we’re just scratching the surface,” Aazhang said. “This is at least three to five to seven years away from a product that could begin the clinical trials process, and then there is forming a business partnership, along with the whole FDA approvals process.”“We’re really proud of the work we did this year,” said Luke Van der Spoel, a senior electrical engineering major. “We received really good feedback from the public and our mentors, but I think winning the competition was a big surprise for us with all of the other great projects. We really didn’t expect it.”The team also won first place and $500 at Rice’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Corporate Affiliates Day.“Ictal Inhibitors has created one of the technically most sophisticated projects I’ve mentored, and their performance as an integrated team of engineers is probably the best I’ve seen,” Woods said. “The VIP team structure has allowed the team to perform together at the level of a seasoned team of professional engineers.” FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice students to reckon with Houstons affordable housing challenges

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto credit: 123rf.comThe Houston Centered Policy (HCP) Challenge, a yearly event hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL), asks students to tackle citywide problems from a public policy perspective, crafting proposals that are presented to a panel of politicians, civil servants and other area experts. This year’s competition will focus on affordable housing.“In recent years, housing prices in Houston have risen significantly, while the housing stock has shrunk following Hurricane Harvey and other flooding events,” said Elizabeth Vann, director of programs and partnerships for the CCL. “City, county and community leaders in Houston recognize the urgency of this issue and are looking for ways to address it.” This concern and attention made affordable housing an ideal topic for Rice students to tackle, she said.The pitch portion of this year’s HCP Challenge will take place in the Ley Student Center’s Farnsworth Pavilion Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Each student team will have seven minutes to pitch their policy proposal to a panel of judges including Tom McCasland, director of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department; David Robinson, Houston City Council At-Large 2 representative; and Amanda Timm, executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).The top three teams will receive cash prizes, and all proposals will be available to Houston-area leaders for further consideration. In the weeks leading up to the HCP Challenge, Rice students will work with local leaders and experts to understand how residents identify local challenges and potential solutions and how these are incorporated into broader city and county planning efforts.“Affordable housing is an incredibly complicated issue and there are lots of hurdles in the way of effective policy and practice,” Vann said. “Students will have to navigate local, state and federal laws as well as divergent and sometimes conflicting interests among government agencies, builders, developers, advocates, communities and other stakeholders to design policy recommendations that can be feasible and effective.”In past years, students have tackled flooding in Meyerland and mobility throughout Houston. Affordable housing is yet another issue that will only loom larger as the city continues to grow, a problem the students themselves will likely grapple with long after they’ve left Rice.“It’s an issue of special importance in Houston right now,” Vann said, “as housing costs continue to rise in a city that was not too long ago considered to have an affordable housing market.”-30-For more information, contact Katharine Shilcutt, media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6760 or kshilcutt@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related information:Center for Civic Leadership:ccl.rice.eduHouston Centered Policy Challenge: ccl.rice.edu/students/learn/houston-centered-policy-challengeImage link: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/news-network.rice.edu/dist/c/2/files/2019/02/90020431_m-2a9wa4o.jpgImage credit: 123rf.comLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYKatharine Shilcutt713-348-6760kshilcutt@rice.eduRice students to reckon with Houston’s affordable housing challengesAnnual public policy competition seeks innovative solutions to pressing issuesHOUSTON — (Feb. 6, 2019) – One of Houston’s most pressing civic issues will be investigated by the young minds at Rice University.center_img Affordable housinglast_img read more

Building Your Bayer Career with an MBA

first_img The pharmaceutical and biotech industries are rife with opportunities for b-school students. Competition among brands and rapid technological development make can make having an MBA an exceptionally worthwhile advantage.Bayer, the multinational giant and one of the leading pharma and life sciences companies in the world, is among the top recruiters for MBAs. The company, billing itself as “a pioneer in the fields of human, animal and plant health,” was founded in 1863. The company was an early innovator in the pharmaceutical industry with its development of aspirin and one of the first successful antibiotics in the 1930s. Since then, it has grown into a behemoth in pharma and biotech with its acquisitions of various corporations, including Schering, the consumer products division of Merck, and Monsanto. Today, its leading products include some of the most innovative for treating diseases such as hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, and various forms of cancer.Why Bayer?Bayer’s U.S. headquarters are located in Whippany, NJ, but its reach is truly global, with facilities on every continent. If you’re looking to remain in the U.S., there are over 170 Bayer facilities across the country that have a current employee count of around 24,000.An MBA goes a long way at Bayer, particularly one with a multidisciplinary bent, and those with undergrad degrees or previous experience in science related fields are obviously a huge asset to the company. But marketers, communication strategists, finance specialists, and human resources pros are also in high demand. Here is are several roles for which Bayer career openings in the U.S.:Production ManagerAssociate and Senior Brand ManagersBusiness Consultant – Marketing and SalesMarket Access Quality Strategy ConsultantsAnalystAccount ExecutiveDigital Innovation SpecialistData ScientistAccording to numerous current and previous employees, Bayer has a multitude of benefits and a welcoming company culture. Among the comments by those who have worked there are the following:” Working for an older … established company is always a perk. I also like the flexible work hours and having weekends off.”“I feel appreciated and valued and there is ample opportunity for advancement.”An intern reported that they received “meaningful assignments.”Bayer SalariesAccording to Glassdoor data, interns at Bayer can expect to earn about $60,000 per year, and the pay scale for permanent employees is quite competitive as well.  Production Managers can expect to earn $75-8o,000 a year, just to start. Associate Brand Managers earn about $110,000 a year, while Financial Analysts are paid around $70,000 per year to start. In digital marketing, a starting salary for a Specialist is around $80,000 per year, and a Communications Manager earns about $100,000 a year. Base salary, variable pay programs, long and short-term incentives, and special recognition programs all comprise Bayer’s pay structure.Bayer offers flexible work hours, volunteer opportunities, employee assistance programs, parental leave, and on-site perks such as a medical facility, various dining options, and workout/wellness areas.Bayer Career Opportunities“A culture that supports its people through regular feedback, international and diverse teams, continuing education, and global career opportunities.”Bayer’s internship program invites MBA candidates from accredited schools to apply for its summer programs. Roles in brand management and marketing are common in internship openings. Perspectives of MBAs are welcomed, and interns are promised to receive a “comprehensive learning experience while [its] brands benefit from fresh thinking against real business issues.”Internships are 11 weeks long, and MBAs join a cohort with whom they receive onboard training and orientation. Interns join teams with whom they will work on a project in order to demonstrate their practical expertise along with their leadership abilities. A major perk of a Bayer Summer Internship is that the company provides lodging in nearby hotels or corporate residences. After the 11 week program, MBAs may receive an offer for a full-time position.Bayer places high value on MBA talent: “As an MBA, you bring rich experience and knowledge, along with a highly valued degree. In return, we offer a culture that supports its people through regular feedback, international and diverse teams, continuing education, and global career opportunities.”Second year MBAs may be placed in one of the areas catered to their interests and majors. The company offers specialty training in marketing with Bayer Consumer Health, business consulting with Bayer Business Services, and a rotational program in sales, marketing and operations with Bayer Pharmaceuticals.A variety of recruiting events take place throughout the year in various cities across the country.The Bayer Interview ProcessBayer follows a traditional interview process, with resume review followed by an in person interview for qualified applicants. According to one recent interviewee, questions ranged from how to handle a conflict with a manager to more functional problems such as meeting an accelerated deadline on a project with minimal staff. Another employee describes their interview as “very comfortable—the management team was relaxed, kind, friendly, and very warm.”University Recruiting by BayerThe number of MBA programs that offer pharma or biotech specialties is on the rise, as are recruitment efforts by Bayer and its peers for the top talent from the best schools. Rutgers Business School, Newark; SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell; Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School all have strong MBA programs with course work or specialties in pharmaceutical or healthcare management. 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, DC Building Your Bayer Career with an MBA About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella center_img Last Updated Jul 5, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedIndustry Spotlight: Philadelphia Pharmaceutical CompaniesWhen considering where to go to school for your MBA, the industries located in your school’s region should be a major factor. To help you decide which regions are best for you, we’re beginning an industry series about four of our top metro areas, starting with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and its…January 19, 2016In “Advice”Becoming A Pharmaceutical Brand ManagerThe job of a brand manager is to create a lasting impression among their consumers and to improve their company’s product sales and market shares. These individuals monitor market trends and oversee advertising and marketing activities to ensure the right message is delivered. It’s a fast growing career field with…May 1, 2017In “Featured Home”Rutgers Receives Recognition for Pharmaceutical Management MBARutgers Business School Newark/New Brunswick’s MBA in Pharmaceutical Management earned an accolade from the website Find MBA, which ranked it amongst the top 10 MBA programs for Pharmaceuticals, Health Care, and Biotechnology. The accolade highlights the strength of Rutgers’ resources for MBA students who are interested in pursuing a career…October 4, 2013In “Featured Region”last_img read more