Fire Erupts Again at Vacant 22nd and Mission Building

first_img 0% Fire spreading at 22nd and Mission pic.twitter.com/wQ335Zpb8F — Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016 A 3-alarm fire broke out at the previously fire-damaged building at Mission and 22nd streets shortly after 11 p.m on Sunday night. No injuries have been reported beyond some cuts and bruises among firefighters.By 1:20 a.m., the fire was reported under control. Residents of the adjacent building on 22nd Street, which suffered serious water damage after last year’s fire, were told that they would be able to return to their homes despite broken windows and water damage caused by the fire fighting. A woman who gave her name as Kate said that she was inside of Doc’s Clock on Mission Street, across the street from the burning building, and became aware of the fire when a “burning smell” filled the bar.“I ran outside and saw smoke billowing, but it wasn’t immediately clear where it was coming from. It seemed like it mostly engulfed one side of the building,” she said.By 11:45 p.m. more than a hundred people stood on 22nd Street across from the building and watched the flames advance. The fire spread quickly through the third floor, engulfing several rooms in a matter of minutes as onlookers shouted at firefighters to be careful of falling debris.“Watch out!” some screamed as blackened chunks of the roof fell onto the street, scraping the firefighters climbing up the fire escape.Others were irked at what they said was a slow pace of firefighting, yelling “Why did you wait so long?” when hoses were first deployed.One woman yelled “This is not a shitshow, this is a fucking neighborhood!” at the onlookers taking photos and video of the fire, breaking down in tears as the fire continued to sweep through the third floor. Fire at 22nd and Mission is 3-alarm, now looks more subdued, firefighters still using hoses pic.twitter.com/nOZFne6nWl— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016 A 22nd Street resident who gave only his first name, Avi, remarked on the frequency of fires in the Mission District.“My block has been on fire a lot lately. First Boogaloo’s and now this,” he said.Disclosure: Mission Local was a commercial tenant for a year and half at the building discussed in this article.Firefighters using hose on the midnight fire at Mission and 22nd late Sunday night. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros Tags: 22nd Street fire • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The corner building has been abandoned and decaying since a fire on January 28, 2015, that apparently stemmed from an electrical fault inside a third floor wall. One man died and more than 60 residents were displaced in that fire, which caused serious damage to the building and led the city to condemn it in February.Since then, neighbors have reported taggers going onto the roof via the fire escape and scaffolding that surrounds the building. Others said they’ve seen squatters in the derelict site in the past.“My belief is that squatters were in there and that they caused the heat source. Of course it’s still under investigation,” said Division Chief Kirk Richardson. No one was in the building when the fire started, he added.Richardson said the fire originated in the leftmost room on the third floor and that it was possibly caused by cooking. Several bystanders reported seeing a rectangular hole cut out of the plywood board covering the window of that room, with one man saying that hole had been there for months.Michael Horta, a fire investigator on scene, said the hole that bystanders reported was “consistent with homeless living.” He said a full investigation would follow but that squatters were the likely cause.The rectangular hole reported by several bystanders, seen before firefighters arrived. Photo courtesy Douglas Hilsinger.A bartender and some patrons of the Make Out Room on 22nd Street were outside smoking when they heard a disturbance from the building.“I heard a loud bang and then the top left corner, within a few minutes, it was engulfed in flame,” said Brendan Hagarty, a bartender at the Make Out Room, later describing the sound as a “little explosion.”Hagarty went across the street to warn the residents of the adjacent building, though nobody came out at first. He then called 911.Atom Ellis was standing outside of the Make Out Room with a friend at 11:25 p.m. when he said he noticed billowing smoke and then a “glow in the far left window” on the building’s third floor.Firefighters now using hoses at live 22nd and Mission fire pic.twitter.com/q7mUvSHPE2— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) March 14, 2016last_img read more

Activists Fighting Restaurants on Mission Street

first_imgActivists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street.The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a request with the city to delay its conversion – one of nine similar applications for conversion to restaurant use along the Mission Street corridor.“All parties should be aware at this point that the Mission community does not wish to see any more restaurant conversions on Mission Street,” wrote Rick Hall, an activist, in the discretionary review application he filed January 5. Tags: food • gentrification Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img He added that the proposed restaurant would contribute to the “Valencia-zation” of Mission Street and exacerbate gentrification effects on Latino and working-class communities.It’s not that he believes that all restaurants contribute to gentrification – though the organizers do worry about oversaturation of restaurants on business corridors. Hall said in an interview that he and other activists from a group of organizations called “United to Save the Mission” have dropped their opposition to some restaurants after meeting with the owner and determining that they will not be forces of gentrification. Usually, that determination depends on how expensive the menu will be, he said.  It’s unclear how widespread their support is and whether they can prevent any one business from going forward. “For example, the falafel guy is going to have reasonably price[d] food. It’s a counter, you go up to the counter and order, and then you can go sit down,” he explained. “It’s not a full service restaurant with white tablecloths and hundred-dollar-a-plate sushi. It fits in for the working class that live in the neighborhood.”With rents high, Hall said it was unclear how activists can ensure that neighborhood-serving businesses are able to move in.“I don’t know exactly how to do it, but…throwing a little noise onto the issue like we’re doing with challenging the retail to restaurant conversions may help with that process,” Hall said.For his part, the man applying for the restaurant conversion permit is nonchalant and a bit baffled about the opposition. Tommy Woo, a contractor who is applying for the conversion on behalf of the landlord of the building where the tea cafe is planned, said he hadn’t read the complaint but hopes to go ahead with the application process.“Some people complain about everything,” he said. “You have to utilize [the space], otherwise it’s a waste of space.” He added that a local business also offers jobs. last_img read more

Where are those affordable housing buildings planned for the Mission

first_img“This is going to make sure that affordable housing is not always dealing with the bulshittery that goes into the planning process,” said Laura Foote Clark, who heads up the organization YIMBY Action.“Neighborhoods that don’t want affordable housing are able to fight it tooth and nail, and I don’t think that’s right,” Clark continued. “If we’re going to have equity of development we need to have affordable development everywhere, in every district.”The ballot measure proposes to make approval of any code-compliant proposal for entirely below-market-rate housing a matter of course. It would take only ministerial action, not a hearing, to approve. And putting up roadblocks like appeals under environmental laws or asking for additional review hearings wouldn’t fly.Even in the Mission, a neighborhood where activists have been known to clamor for “100 percent affordable or nothing,” bureaucracy and residents with other priorities have stalled the development of subsidized housing.A 94-unit project that will eventually house formerly homeless seniors at 1296 Shotwell St. by Cesar Chavez, for example, was dragged all the way to the Board of Supervisors by an appeal from neighbors who had concerns about a lack of parking, a feared increase in crime, building height and ugly views from Bernal Heights. The appeal was rejected and the project can carry on.That appeal crossed the line for Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, an affordable housing nonprofit. Moss also sits on the YIMBY board.“Why did all of us have to go to the Board of Supervisors that day because there’s people whose view corridor matters more than homeless senior housing?” he said. “I’m sorry, but it’s gotten out of hand.”Elsewhere, 127 units of below-market-rate housing at 2060 Folsom St. near 17th needed to go to a hearing before the Planning Commission because a neighbor feared the project would exacerbate flooding in the area. Commissioners weren’t convinced, and easily passed the project a second time.But for Moss’ nonprofit, it was the process of obtaining a permit itself that proved frustrating. Mission Housing and its partner group on this project, BRIDGE Housing, are tasked with building affordable housing at 490 South Van Ness Ave. The lot is an abandoned gas station at 16th Street that the city bought for $18.5 million — around $260,000 a unit — in 2015. At this point, Moss said, that project is just waiting for various city departments other than Planning to sign off so a building permit can be issued and construction can begin. “We were removing parking, and we added eight percent more units. We went from 72 to 80, and if this ballot measure had existed, that would have been, okay, fine. Over the counter,” Moss said. “It wouldn’t have been months and months of redrawing and environmental [considerations] and all that, it would’ve just happened.”Already, several other efforts to streamline the process of getting housing permitted are about to kick in. Senate Bill 35, a California state law that eliminates certain administrative hurdles that neighbors or planners can set in the path of a project, goes into effect next year. It only kicks in for the type of housing — affordable or market rate — that a city isn’t building enough of, according to state standards. In San Francisco, that means market-rate projects continue as they were, but the road is smoothed for affordable projects. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee also recently decreed that the city should build 5,000 new homes a year and most projects should get approvals in less than two years. And there’s various city programs that allow developers to exceed predetermined heights in exchange for more affordable units.So Karoleen Feng, who runs the community real estate department at the Mission Economic Development Agency, a partner agency in four of the neighborhood’s seven affordable buildings, isn’t impressed by the ballot measure proposal.“We already have by-right approval through the affordable-housing density bonus and the mayor’s directive to all departments. We don’t see the need for this measure,” she said.Clark, meanwhile, argued that the Mayor’s order largely pushes departments that come in after Planning is done to issue all their approvals in a timely manner. The YIMBY ballot measure focuses on getting new projects through the planning process faster. And affordable density bonus programs still require projects to go through a hearing.It also makes the streamlining for affordable buildings permanent, while the state law is contingent upon the city not meeting its state-set goal of affordable units.The ballot measure is a charter amendment, and needs to gather about 50,000 valid signatures, so Clark is aiming for more than 70,000. The amendment could appear on the June or November ballots next year. Tags: Affordable Housing • development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% It’s been nearly a decade since the last large-scale, entirely affordable building was completed in the Mission, and it will be longer still before any of the seven affordable projects in the pipeline break ground. How long is hard to say, but already many of those seven — representing more than 770 affordable housing units — have run into their share of delays from neighbors as well as administrative hurdles. Most appear to be on track to take about three years from proposal to groundbreaking. That’s less time than many market-rate projects, but more time than those who’re suffering the effects of the housing crisis might like. The YIMBYs — Yes In My Back Yard, a group that advocates for the development of housing — are pushing a ballot measure that would take away the power of neighbors to try to block low-income housing. center_img 0%last_img read more

ADE Gardner has joined Keiron Cunninghams backroo

first_imgADE Gardner has joined Keiron Cunningham’s backroom staff as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.He will work with Head of Strength and Conditioning Matt Daniels for the 2015 season as the Champions look to retain their Super League crown.It also means the former Barrow Border Raider has called time on his playing career after more than 350 appearances.Ade said: “Whilst it is difficult to walk away from the game in terms of playing, I’m delighted to take on this role at the club.“I was going to retire at the end of 2015 but the club offered me this role to move into and it made sense. In the end it was the best decision for me and my family.“I am retiring with a heavy heart. I had 15 good seasons at the best club in the world and have fond memories not only here but with Barrow, Hull KR and Great Britain too.“But the opportunity to remain at this great club was too good to turn down.“Strength and Conditioning has always been an area of the game I have a deep interest in. Over the years I have put in a lot of work both on and off the field and looked at the science of what we do as players to continue to perform at a high level.“I am currently in the third year of a Sports Science degree at Loughborough University and this role will enable me to gain good insight and experience into this part of the game.”He continued: “I have worked with Keiron for a number of years. We have a similar ethos and work ethic. The fact he wanted me to take on this role gives me a lot of confidence.“I’m looking forward to working with the players who have been part of this club’s success and taking that ethic and mentality to the younger players who are in the first team squad and coming through the system.“I’d never say never about playing again but the focus for now is on this new role and I can’t wait to get started.”Ade joined Saints in 2001 from Barrow and has become one of the most prolific wingers ever to play for the club.He scored 173 tries in 286 games for Saints and has been part of its most successful era.After establishing himself as a first team regular in 2003, he was the Club’s highest try scorer in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Super League seasons.Gardner was integral to the club’s 2006 Grand Slam and scored two vital tries in the win over Brisbane in the World Club Challenge in 2007.He also went on to play seven times for England and five times for Great Britain.Head Coach Cunningham added: “We’re delighted Ade has agreed to join the backroom staff here at the club.“He is a superb professional who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the role built up over several years as a top level rugby league player.“His work ethic is second to none and he has always been one of the best trainers at the club.“That will help us deliver what we want to achieve as it sets an example to the young players we have not only in the first team but throughout our academy structure too.“The fact he is in his third year studying Sports Science at University will also bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to the squad.”You can here an extended interview with Ade in the Fanzone or by subscribing to the Saints In Touch Podcast.last_img read more

Lawyer for local woman involved in Roy Moore alleged misconduct controversy speaks

first_img Gloria Deason told the Post she went on dates with Moore in 1979, when he was 32 and she was 18. Deason told the Post that Moore ordered her alcoholic drinks even though she was under the legal drinking age.Moore claims these allegations are an attempt to topple his run for the Senate.“In the next few days, there will be revelations about the motivations and the content of this article,” Moore said at a Saturday event. “They will be brought to the public. We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade.”Related Article: Roy Moore: Agreement to appear on comedy show fraudDeason’s attorney, Paula Cobia, fired back releasing a statement, “On behalf of my client, Ms. Deason, I publicly demand that Roy Moore immediately retract his defamatory statements.”Moore’s opponent has been outspoken about the allegations only adding to Moore’s arguments that he is being targeted.Cobia says Deason has no affiliation with either the Republican or the Democratic party, and has never contacted Moore’s election opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.“He knows full well why these women did not tell what he did to them before this week,” said Cobia in her statement. HOOVER, ALABAMA (WWAY) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has no intentions of stepping down following the allegations of sexual misconduct published in The Washington Post.Three women make claims when Moore was in his 30s as an up in coming judiciary in Alabama, he pursued them when at the time they were all teenagers.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Community still searching for missing Wilmington woman two years later

first_img On Sunday afternoon dozens of people gathered for an awareness walk to continue keeping Spears name out there. Rivers is hopeful someone will speak up about her disappearance.“As her mother, the youngest of four children each day I wake up, Lord where is my child? Reveal to me, where is my child? And as her daughter’s grandma and as I look at her daughter everyday and knowing that she’s getting older she needs her mom,” Rivers said.Rivers said there are still no leads on the case. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary for a missing Wilmington woman. Ebonee Spears was reported missing by her mother and was last seen January 15, 2016.Her mother, Harriett Rivers, still has hope in finding her missing daughter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Two men plead guilty to breaking into Wilmington apartment

first_img During the December 11 break-in at a New Providence Park apartment on Coddington Loop, the suspects woke up one of the residents.They suspects then ran from the apartment.The resident was able to see the suspect’s vehicle, a Ford Ranger, driving away.Related Article: Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not policeShortly after, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office caught the men.Superior Court Judge Jay D. Hockenbury sentenced Giles, a habitual felon, to a maximum  of just over 7 1/2 years in prison.Giles also pleaded guilty to a November 4, 2017 vehicle break in, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,150 to the victim.The judge sentenced Averitt to a maximum of just over 2 years in prison followed by an 8‐19 month prison sentence.The co‐defendant’s, Jamie Blakeney and Connor Neas, charges are still pending. Travis Giles and Devon Averitt (Photo: District Attorney’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Two men who confessed to their role in a 2017 burglary pleaded guilty in New Hanover County court on Tuesday.Travis Giles , 24, and Devon Averitt, 21, pleaded to conspiracy and breaking into aresidence.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police searching for teen last seen at West Brunswick High School

first_img According to a Facebook post from the department, detectives are searching for Taylor Dale Thompson, 17. They say Taylor was last seen at West Brunswick High School Friday around 2:45 p.m.If you have any information on where Taylor may be, please call 911 or call the Shallotte Police Department (910) 754-6008. UPDATE: Police say he has been found safe.SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Shallotte Police are asking for help finding a teenager last seen at West Brunswick High School.- Advertisement – last_img read more

President Trump ICE immigration raids to start Sunday 2000 targeted

first_imgPresident Trump talks with reporter outside the White House. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — President Trump confirmed Friday that nationwide ICE immigration raids will start Sunday.They are targeting people who have an open deportation order, but have not left the country.- Advertisement – “They came in illegally,” Trump said. “They have to go out. We have millions of people standing in line waiting to become citizens of this country. ”Wilmington immigration attorney Jeff Widdison says his phones have been ringing with lots of concerned people about what they can do to avoid getting deported.So what does this mean for immigrants here in our area?Related Article: Right-leaning nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1 million“If your application case is denied by a judge, you have a right to appeal,” Widdison said. “During that period of appeal, you have the right to continue staying in the United States until you receive a final decision.”Widdison says the raids will likely target people with deportation orders who do not have an attorney to help them through the appeals process.He says his clients have been stopped anywhere from work, to traffic stops, to their homes. In the Cape Fear, Widdison says there could be quite a few mixed households.“There is a significant population, absolutely,” Widdison said. “Every household may have a U.S. citizen family member, spouses, parents, children who are U.S. citizens, but they have an immigrant family member. If we’re going to talk about all those families collectively, it’s rather substantial, yes.”But the President says not coming to the country illegally is unfair to immigrants who have done it the right way.“They’ve taken tests,” Trump said. “They’ve studied. They’ve learned English. They’ve done so much. They’ve been waiting 7, 8, 9 years with some waiting 10 years to come in. It’s not fair that somebody walks across the line and now they become citizens.”The Trump administration announced there are 2,000 people in around 10 cities that are priorities for deportation.If you are at risk, Widdison urges you to contact an immigration attorney.last_img read more

Telkom network added to open source fibre map in SA

first_imgAdvertisement In his plea to Moholi, Song wrote:There is an opportunity with this terrestrial fibre map for African countries to show off a little, to demonstrate that they are the best connected country on the continent, that they are THE destination when it comes to companies thinking about setting up African points of presence.Even without the fibre maps of Broadband Infraco, Neotel, or any of South Africa’s mobile operators (Vodacom, MTN, Cell C), South Africa certainly does look impressive against the rest of the continent with the addition of Telkom’s fibre map.Fibre networks already included in the map are those of Dark Fibre Africa (including routes planned for future roll-outs), and FibreCo. – Advertisement – AfterFibre South AfricaTight-lipped operatorsAsked about the operators whose fibre networks aren’t listed, Song said that they recently got hold of the state-owned Broadband Infraco’s map and would be adding it soon.As far as co-operation from other operators are concerned, Song said they still “have a long way to go”. He added that in general there is far more reluctance to share than he expected.Steve Song“Some are great, like Liquid Telecom in Zimbabwe or Phase3 in Nigeria or DFA in South Africa, who publish their fibre maps as a matter of course,” Song said.“Others treat their maps like state secrets, often I think because they bundle sensitive and public data in the same resource and they can’t be bothered to separate it out.”Song said that the best sources for AfTerFibre have been informal. “Access through official channels tends to be very slow,” Song said.“I think I ought to set up a ‘mapileaks’ site so that people can contribute anonymously,” Song joked.From JPG to KML with Google EarthThis means that some of the map sources provided as an image are not attributed, Song explained. Source data provided as an image are uploaded to Yahoo’s popular photo sharing site Flickr.Song explained that most of the maps are traced from PNG or JPG images using Google Earth, which he said is great for the task.Google Earth allows the traced map to be exported as Keyhole Markup Language (KML), which in turn is used to generate the map available at the AfTerFibre site.Whoever provided the KML, whether they traced it from an image or “got it straight from horse’s mouth”, gets credited as the contributor on AfTerFibre, Song said.Once the KML is generated (or acquired) it first has to be converted into something that can be displayed on a single map.“Greg Mahlknecht [of Greg’s Cable Map fame] came up with a way of processing the KML and extracting meta data from it in a way that made it easy to aggregate sources and render it nicely on a single map,” Song said.Information on the process, and on how to contribute to the map are available on ManyPossibilites.net, Song said.Source: mybroadbandlast_img read more

Lenovo releases its own Computer In a USB Stick

first_imgAdvertisement The compute stick, the USB computer, media stick or whatever you want to call it, is becoming a new device platform of its own. The little devices plug into the USB port of any screen and turn it into a computer.Lenovo is the latest company to join the market with the Ideacentre 300 Stick, after Google and Intel released similar products earlier in the year.The Ideacentre 300 Stick will retail for $129 and will be available online and in retail stores from July. The device is much the same size as a traditional USB stick but packs a lot more power. – Advertisement – Simply plug the device into the USB port on the back of your TV, connect a wireless keyboard and mouse and you have a fully functioning PC. The stick houses an Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of flash storage and runs Windows 8.1 (with a free upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29).These specs are identical to Intel’s product the “Compute Stick,” which it launched in January. They both also have a micro USB port for power and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. In fact, the only real difference between the products is that the Intel version takes a microSD memory card, whereas Lenovo’s product uses a full-size SD card but the Compute Stick costs a bit more at $150. The two sticks also look very similar, with vents on the plastic casing to try to prevent overheating.We’re likely to see a few more companies at least try the format. It’d be interesting to see what an Apple version would look like. That may be a while as of yet, but for now, it would be great if someone could come up with a standard name for the little devices!Via TechTimeslast_img read more

TIGO Awards Two Winners of the 5th Annual Edition of the Tigo

first_imgTigo Tanzania Managing Director, Diego Gutierrez (right), hands over a dummy cheque to Nancy Sumari, (right, in white), one of the winners of the Tigo Digital Change-makers’ awards in Dar es Salaam last Thursday. Looking on are, Tigo Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Halima Okash, (center) and Reach for Change Country Manager, Josephine Msambichaka (Photo Courtesy: Tigo) Advertisement Tigo Tanzania, in partnership with Reach for Change; a non-profit organization, on Thursday last week awarded two (2) lucky winners who were selected from a group of hundreds of passionate social entrepreneurs of its 5th annual edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition (TDCC) $20,000 each and also were given access to Tigo and Reach for Change Incubator Program, which provides them with advice, expertise and access to global networks, enabling them to build financially sustainable social enterprises that create lasting, large scale change to the community.Speaking during the award ceremony that was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Tigo’s Tanzania Managing Director Diego Gutierrez said; “We believe that with the addition of these two Changemakers, we will impact on the lives of more children and help to make Tanzania a better place for our future generations.”The competition aimed at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs who use digital tools and technology to improve communities and impact future generations. – Advertisement – Two Winners: One of the winners; Sophia Mbega, came up with a mobile application she called VICOBA (Village Community Banks) that creates a collaborative platform that uses existing tools for financial and task management in a way that is adaptable to the African context. Through the app, all users, regardless of where they are, can transfer money from their mobile wallet to their Vicoba group account (directly from the app by using an USSD code), view all of their financial records, profit generated, weekly reports, etc.One the other hand, Nancy Sumari who also won the TDCC award, came up with an initiative dubbed JENGA HUB that focuses on foundation knowledge for children. Through her hub and co-creation space for kids, she teaches computer programming, robotics and coding skills to primary school children. The hub also exposes children to learning basic Information and Communication Technology such as programming skills that can in turn be used for creation of a range of educational and entertainment content.Tigo Tanzania Managing Director, Diego Gutierrez (right), hands over a dummy cheque to Nancy Sumari, (right, in white), one of the winners of the Tigo Digital Change-makers’ awards in Dar es Salaam last Thursday. Looking on are, Tigo Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Halima Okash, (center) and Reach for Change Country Manager, Josephine Msambichaka (Photo Courtesy: Tigo)Diego further elaborated that as a digital lifestyle brand, Tigo encourages technology-driven ideas and projects that bring sustainable change.“Digital technology is not only changing the way we do business in Africa but also revolutionizing the way we perceive and solve social development challenges. It is therefore with great honor that we will once again create an opportunity for such ideas to be recognized, supported and transformed to maximize social and economic impact,” he said.[related-posts]Not only did Diego praise the two lucky winners Sophia Mbega and Nancy Sumari, he also did praise the previous winners encouraging others social entrepreneurs to share their ideas.“Our portfolio of social entrepreneurs is very impressive. To date, we have supported a total of 8 Digital Changemakers in Tanzania and we look forward to supporting more social entrepreneurs every year to propel this movement forward,” he said.source: TIGO Tanzanialast_img read more

BENS BLOG Buzzy Buzzy Buzzy

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]everal people have raved to me about the Turkish restaurant, Aksular, in Palmers Green. So tonight, I took the drive up norf, to check it out. And what a restaurant it is too. Rammed, there must be 250 seats, and the atmosphere is absolutely non-stop. On arrival; huge piles of a delicious and fruity, fresh salad, Hummus, Taramasalata, Tzatziki, aubergine and tomato, and thick hot pitta-bread were instantly produced. Then followed 2 x chicken shawarmas, with rice, and real, fresh chili sauce. Baklava to finish. A cracking meal. Aksular scores a well deserved and fantastic value for money: 9. The price? £22.40. Yes. £22.40. I left them a 30. BIGTIMER.In other news:When I drive through Green Lanes, as I did tonight, I practically have to start self-harming, over the fact I don’t own a betting-shop there. Turkish and Greek restaurant, after restaurant, lined up. ‘We don’t take cards’ (in 2014).Still Cash-people. Buzzy, buzzy, buzzy. Everyone out in the street. Millions of punters practically with post-it notes stuck to their foreheads, reading ‘PLEASE LEAD ME TO THE NEAREST ROULETTE MACHINE’.Making a book at Harringay Dogs must have been mega. William Hill. Ladbrokes. Coral. Fred. Paddy (poncing near the good Ladbrokes). Even Jennings in on the act. All double, big units (and that’s not just the girls working behind the counters). Tremendous shops. BOAT MISSED. MUG. ME.Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Chelsea

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ecent profit from the QPR v Cardiff City game last night which ended, as predicted, a draw.It’s completely ludicrous to talk of a game as being a ‘title decider’ when it’s the second week of the season but you just wonder if Man City win comfortably how that will impact the rest of the season ?Chelsea would then be a draw and a loss from two games which surely must be a massive deflator for the defending champions ?That’s not lost on Jose Mourinho who said: “We are speaking about 38 matches. It is an eternity, a marathon that started last week. I cannot say [this match] is not crucial, I cannot say it’s not very, very, very important. They are title contenders so three points are important, but I cannot say that a win will mean anything significant.”Certainly on the very limited evidence we have seen so far it all points to the home side in the 4pm kick off.Man City looked very polished in their 3-0 win over West Brom whereas Chelsea could only draw with Swansea. Even before the opening games of the season Chelsea were not impressing in their usual way and of course lost the Community Shield against arch rivals Arsenal.For Man City, Yaya Toure is fit despite being substituted at West Brom because of a slight groin problem. Gael Clichy may return following an ankle injury, but Fabian Delph and Fernando are both ruled out.Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is serving a one-match ban and will be replaced by Asmir Begovic. Midfielder Oscar is doubtful after suffering a minor injury.Man City v ChelseaPremier League4pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2015 Premier Chelsea 1-1 Man CitySep 2014 Premier Man City 1-1 ChelseaFeb 2014 FA Cup Man City 2-0 ChelseaFeb 2014 Premier Man City 0-1 ChelseaOct 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Man CityApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-2 Man CityFeb 2013 Premier Man City 2-0 ChelseaNov 2012 Premier Chelsea 0-0 Man CityAug 2012 Community Shield Chelsea 2-3 Man CityMar 2012 Premier Man City 2-1 ChelseaI like Man City at 11/10 with Star Sports for a decent bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MAN CITY for 16 points at around 11/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 109.20 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

THURS MoversSpecials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 15 March HORSE RACING1.30 CheltenhamShattered Love 8/1 > 5/13.05 HexhamOllisu Lad 10/1 > 4/16.30 ChelmsfordIndependence Day 7/2 > 9/48.30 ChelmsfordFeathery 10/1 > 7/1EUROPA LEAGUEUEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg20:05 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD10/11 Arsenal 31/10 AC Milan 14/5 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img read more

Physicists trap map tiny magnetic vortex

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: 713-348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Physicists trap, map tiny magnetic vortexCell-sized 3-D structure could hold key for next-gen hard drives In a research first that could lead to a new generation of hard drives capable of storing thousands of movies per square inch, physicists at Rice University have decoded the three-dimensional structure of a tornado-like magnetic vortex no larger than a red blood cell. “Understanding the nuances and functions of magnetic vortices is likely going to be a key in creating next-generation magnetic storage devices,” said lead researcher Carl Rau, professor of physics and astronomy. “It’s widely believed this technology will support storage densities in the range of terabits per square inch, and our group is equally excited about the potential for magnetic processors and for high-speed magnetic RAM.” The findings are available online and due to appear in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters. Rau and postdoctoral researcher Jian Li used a one-of-a-kind scanning ion microscope to first create and then measure ultra-thin circular disks of soft magnetic cobalt. Their goal was to trap and image a single magnetic vortex, a cone-like structure that’s created in the magnetic field at the disk when all the magnetic moments of the atoms in the disk align into uniform concentric circles. However, towards the core of the disk, the magnetic moments point more and more out of the plane of the disk, like a swirling cone. If the vortex spins in a right-handed direction, the cone points up, and if the vortex spins left, the cone points down. In searching for the right sized disk to create the phenomenon, Rau and Li used thin films of cobalt –about the thickness of a cell membrane. They made disks with diameters as large as 38 microns – about half the width of a human hair – and as small as one micron – about the size of a bacterium. The single vortex was found on disks measuring six microns in diameter, slightly smaller than a red blood cell. “Most people are familiar with the vortex: we see it in satellite photos of hurricanes, in whirlpools and in bathtub drains – even in Van Gogh’s famous painting ‘Starry Night,’” Rau said. “In nanomagnetism, however, vortices are quite hard to see experimentally. Most often, we must infer their existence from some other measurement. “Our high-resolution spin microscope is the exception here,” he said. “It allows us to map not just the overall vortex, but also the detailed location and orientation of millions of magnetic moments that combine physical forces to create the overall structure.” The instrument Rau and Li used in the study is a scanning ion microscope with polarization analysis, or SIMPA. The device consists of a highly-focused ion beam that fires gallium ions at surfaces of flat cobalt samples. The beam is first used to etch away the cobalt around each circular disk. Then, using a different setting, the gallium ions are fired at the cobalt surface in such a way as to induce the release of electrons. The electrons, which carry specific information about the magnetic state of the cobalt atoms that release them, are captured by a detector and analyzed. Rau said better understanding of magnetic vortices could allow breakthroughs in the design of nanostructures for ultra-high-density hard disk media, non-volatile magnetic random access memory and novel magnetic logic gates that could replace volatile semiconductor logic. Compared to regular electronic devices, the magnetic devices would be faster, smaller, use less power, create less heat and they wouldn’t lose information when power was turned off. “Imagine if you never had to reboot your computer again,” Rau said. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. last_img read more

In nanotube growth errors are not an option

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/Defect-graphic.jpgDefects in nanotubes heal very quickly in a very small zone at or near the iron catalyst before they ever get into the tube wall, according to calculations by theoretical physicists at Rice University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Tsinghua University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. Share2SUMMARY: Through simulations, researchers at Rice, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tsinghua universities find it theoretically possible to grow perfect nanotubes up to a meter long.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduIn nanotube growth, errors are not an optionRice, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Tsinghua researchers probe healing of nanotube defectsHOUSTON – (June 18, 2012) – At the right temperature, with the right catalyst, there’s no reason a perfect single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can’t be grown a meter long.That calculation is one result of a study by collaborators at Rice, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tsinghua universities who explored the self-healing mechanism that could make such extraordinary growth possible. That’s important to scientists who see high-quality carbon nanotubes as critical to advanced materials and, if they can be woven into long cables, power distribution over the grid of the future.The report published online by Physical Review Letters is by Rice theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson; Feng Ding, an adjunct assistant professor at Rice and an assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic; lead author Qinghong Yuan, a postdoctoral researcher at Hong Kong Polytechnic; and Zhiping Xu, a professor of engineering mechanics at Tsinghua and a former postdoctoral researcher at Rice.They determined that iron is the best and quickest among common catalysts at healing topological defects – rings with too many or too few atoms – that inevitably bubble up during the formation of nanotubes and affect their valuable electronic and physical properties. The right combination of factors, primarily temperature, leads to kinetic healing in which carbon atoms gone astray are redirected to form the energetically favorable hexagons that make up nanotubes and their flat cousin, graphene. The team employed density functional theory to analyze the energies necessary for the transformation.“It is surprising that the healing of all potential defects — pentagons, heptagons and their pairs — during carbon nanotube growth is quite easy,” said Ding, who was a research scientist in Yakobson’s Rice lab from 2005 to 2009. “Only less than one-10 billionth may survive an optimum condition of growth. The rate of defect healing is amazing. If we take hexagons as good guys and others as bad guys, there would be only one bad guy on Earth.”The energies associated with each carbon atom determine how it finds its place in the chicken-wire-like form of a nanotube, said Yakobson, Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in Engineering and a professor of materials science and mechanical engineering and of chemistry. But there has been a long debate among scientists over what actually happens at the interface between the catalyst and a growing tube.“There have been two hypotheses,” Yakobson said. “A popular one was that defects are being created quite frequently and get into the wall of the tube, but then later they anneal. There’s some kind of fixing process. Another hypothesis is that they basically don’t form at all, which sounds quite unreasonable.“This was all just talk; there was no quantitative analysis. And that’s where this work makes an important contribution. It evaluates quantitatively, based on state-of-the-art computations, specifically how fast this annealing can take place, depending on location,” he said.A nanotube grows in a furnace as carbon atoms are added, one by one, at the catalyst. It’s like building the peak of a skyscraper first and adding bricks to the bottom. But because those bricks are being added at a furious rate – millions in a matter of minutes – mistakes can happen, altering the structure.In theory, if one ring has five or seven atoms instead of six, it would skew the way all subsequent atoms in the chain orient themselves; an isolated pentagon would turn the nanotube into a cone, and a heptagon would turn it into a horn, Yakobson said.But calculations also showed such isolated defects cannot exist in a nanotube wall; they would always appear in 5/7 pairs. That makes a quick fix easier: If one atom can be prompted to move from the heptagon to the pentagon, both rings come up sixes.The researchers found that very transition happens best when carbon nanotubes are grown at temperatures around 930 kelvins (1,214 degrees Fahrenheit). That is the optimum for healing with an iron catalyst, which the researchers found has the lowest energy barrier and reaction energy among the three common catalysts considered, including nickel and cobalt.Once a 5/7 forms at the interface between the catalyst and the growing nanotube, healing must happen very quickly. The further new atoms push the defect into the nanotube wall, the less likely it is to be healed, they determined; more than four atoms away from the catalyst, the defect is locked in.Tight control of the conditions under which nanotubes grow can help them self-correct on the fly. Errors in atom placement are caught and fixed in a fraction of a millisecond, before they become part of the nanotube wall.The researchers also determined through simulations that the slower the growth, the longer a perfect nanotube could be. A nanotube growing about 1 micrometer a second at 700 kelvins could potentially reach the meter milestone, they found.The work at Rice University was initially supported by the National Science Foundation and at a later stage by an Office of Naval Research grant.-30-Read the abstract at http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v108/i24/e245505Image for download:last_img read more

Study Earths carbon points to planetary smashup

first_imgAddThis Share24B.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduStudy: Earth’s carbon points to planetary smashupElement ratios suggest Earth collided with Mercury-like planetHOUSTON — (Sept. 5, 2016) — Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth’s life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury.The ratio of volatile elements in Earth’s mantle suggests that virtually all of the planet’s life-giving carbon came from a collision with an embryonic planet approximately 100 million years after Earth formed. (Image by A. Passwaters/Rice University based on original courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1454.html)In a new study this week in Nature Geoscience, Rice petrologist Rajdeep Dasgupta and colleagues offer a new answer to a long-debated geological question: How did carbon-based life develop on Earth, given that most of the planet’s carbon should have either boiled away in the planet’s earliest days or become locked in Earth’s core?“The challenge is to explain the origin of the volatile elements like carbon that remain outside the core in the mantle portion of our planet,” said Dasgupta, who co-authored the study with lead author and Rice postdoctoral researcher Yuan Li, Rice research scientist Kyusei Tsuno and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute colleagues Brian Monteleone and Nobumichi Shimizu.Dasgupta’s lab specializes in recreating the high-pressure and high-temperature conditions that exist deep inside Earth and other rocky planets. His team squeezes rocks in hydraulic presses that can simulate conditions about 250 miles below Earth’s surface or at the core-mantle boundary of smaller planets like Mercury.Rajdeep Dasgupta (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“Even before this paper, we had published several studies that showed that even if carbon did not vaporize into space when the planet was largely molten, it would end up in the metallic core of our planet, because the iron-rich alloys there have a strong affinity for carbon,” Dasgupta said.Earth’s core, which is mostly iron, makes up about one-third of the planet’s mass. Earth’s silicate mantle accounts for the other two-thirds and extends more than 1,500 miles below Earth’s surface. Earth’s crust and atmosphere are so thin that they account for less than 1 percent of the planet’s mass. The mantle, atmosphere and crust constantly exchange elements, including the volatile elements needed for life.If Earth’s initial allotment of carbon boiled away into space or got stuck in the core, where did the carbon in the mantle and biosphere come from?Yuan Li (Photo courtesy of Kyusei Tsuno)“One popular idea has been that volatile elements like carbon, sulfur, nitrogen and hydrogen were added after Earth’s core finished forming,” said Li, who is now a staff scientist at Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Any of those elements that fell to Earth in meteorites and comets more than about 100 million years after the solar system formed could have avoided the intense heat of the magma ocean that covered Earth up to that point.“The problem with that idea is that while it can account for the abundance of many of these elements, there are no known meteorites that would produce the ratio of volatile elements in the silicate portion of our planet,” Li said.In late 2013, Dasgupta’s team began thinking about unconventional ways to address the issue of volatiles and core composition, and they decided to conduct experiments to gauge how sulfur or silicon might alter the affinity of iron for carbon. The idea didn’t come from Earth studies, but from some of Earth’s planetary neighbors.“We thought we definitely needed to break away from the conventional core composition of just iron and nickel and carbon,” Dasgupta recalled. “So we began exploring very sulfur-rich and silicon-rich alloys, in part because the core of Mars is thought to be sulfur-rich and the core of Mercury is thought to be relatively silicon-rich.A schematic depiction of proto Earth’s merger with a potentially Mercury-like planetary embryo, a scenario supported by new high pressure-temperature experiments at Rice University. Magma ocean processes could lead planetary embryos to develop silicon- or sulfur-rich metallic cores and carbon-rich outer layers. If Earth merged with such a planet early in its history, it could explain how Earth acquired its carbon and sulfur. (Figure courtesy of Rajdeep Dasgupta)“It was a compositional spectrum that seemed relevant, if not for our own planet, then definitely in the scheme of all the terrestrial planetary bodies that we have in our solar system,” he said.The experiments revealed that carbon could be excluded from the core — and relegated to the silicate mantle — if the iron alloys in the core were rich in either silicon or sulfur.“The key data revealed how the partitioning of carbon between the metallic and silicate portions of terrestrial planets varies as a function of the variables like temperature, pressure and sulfur or silicon content,” Li said.The team mapped out the relative concentrations of carbon that would arise under various levels of sulfur and silicon enrichment, and the researchers compared those concentrations to the known volatiles in Earth’s silicate mantle.“One scenario that explains the carbon-to-sulfur ratio and carbon abundance is that an embryonic planet like Mercury, which had already formed a silicon-rich core, collided with and was absorbed by Earth,” Dasgupta said. “Because it’s a massive body, the dynamics could work in a way that the core of that planet would go directly to the core of our planet, and the carbon-rich mantle would mix with Earth’s mantle.“In this paper, we focused on carbon and sulfur,” he said. “Much more work will need to be done to reconcile all of the volatile elements, but at least in terms of the carbon-sulfur abundances and the carbon-sulfur ratio, we find this scenario could explain Earth’s present carbon and sulfur budgets.”The research was supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_SMASH-main2-lg-sgtksg.jpgCAPTION: The ratio of volatile elements in Earth’s mantle suggests that virtually all of the planet’s life-giving carbon came from a collision with an embryonic planet approximately 100 million years after Earth formed.CREDIT: A. Passwaters/Rice University based on original courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1454.htmlhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_SMASH-nosym-lg-1eqd9df.jpgCAPTION: A schematic depiction of early Earth’s merger with an embryonic planet similar to Mercury, a scenario supported by new high-pressure, high-temperature experiments at Rice University. Magma ocean processes could lead planetary embryos to develop silicon- or sulfur-rich metallic cores and carbon-rich outer layers. If Earth merged with such a planet early in its history, it could explain how Earth acquired its carbon and sulfur. (Figure courtesy of Rajdeep Dasgupta)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_SMASH-RajDas11-lg-1rsr8pa.jpgCAPTION: Rajdeep Dasgupta (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/08/0822_SMASH-yuan-lg-ry9jbb.jpgCAPTION: Yuan Li (Photo courtesy of Kyusei Tsuno)The DOI of the Nature Geosciences paper is: 10.1038/ngeo2801A copy of the paper is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2801More information is available at:Experimental Petrology Rice Teamhttp://dasgupta.rice.edu/expertSimilar research from Rice:Magma in mantle has deep impact — Jan. 9, 2013http://news.rice.edu/2013/01/09/magma-in-mantle-has-deep-impact/Earth scientist Dasgupta lands NSF CAREER Award — March 21, 2013http://news.rice.edu/2013/03/21/earth-scientist-dasgupta-lands-nsf-career-award/Going deep to study long-term climate evolution — Oct. 31, 2013http://news.rice.edu/2013/10/31/going-deep-to-study-long-term-climate-evolution/Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Religious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologies

first_imgShare2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduReligious people more likely to oppose reproductive technologiesEvangelicals most likely of any religious group to stand in opposition HOUSTON – (April 25, 2017) – As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new Rice University study found. Evangelical Christians are the most likely of any religious group to stand in opposition, the researchers found.Elaine Howard Ecklund. Photo by Jeff Fitlow.The study examined how religious and nonreligious people felt about RGTs that could reveal qualities of an unborn child, such as whether the child had a disease (“disease technologies”), and those that allowed parents to select qualities for a child, such as gender, hair color and eye color (“enhancement technologies”). It included a general population survey of more than 10,000 people and 270 qualitative interviews with individuals living in the Midwest and South from a variety of religious traditions.Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice and the study’s lead author, found over the course of her research that feelings about the use of RGTs vary not only between religious and nonreligious persons but also among religious groups.When asked about the use of RGTs to prevent disease, 23 percent of evangelicals said this technology was morally wrong, compared with 9 percent of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains and 8 percent of Jews. Only 4 percent of agnostics and atheists said this technology was “morally wrong.”Religious groups had a much stronger negative reaction about the morality of using RGTs to select qualities such as gender, hair color and eye color. Eighty percent of evangelicals said that this type of technology was morally wrong, compared with 66 percent of Jews and 57 percent of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. Just over half – 55 percent – of agnostics and atheists said this type of technology was morally wrong.“A large proportion of religious and nonreligious people feel morally uncomfortable with enhancement technologies,” Ecklund said.During her in-depth interviews with study participants, Ecklund found that the “Creator Schema,” which emphasizes God’s control and God’s purposes and plans in human suffering, predominated among Evangelical Christians and at times mainline Protestants and Muslims. However, Jewish respondents expressed ambivalence toward disease RGTs and did not draw on the Creator Schema.One young member of a nondenominational Evangelical Protestant church communicated a strong version of a Creator Schema by justifying opposition to RGTs.“I believe God is in control, and that He’s taking care of everything and (if) this child has a disease, then that’s what God wants for this child,” he said.While the Creator Schema emphasizes God’s role as creator and boundaries between God and humans, the “Co-Creator Schema” provides for human partnership with God in improving life. Another participant referenced this schema in his feelings on the use of RGTs to eliminate disease.“If I could do something, then sure, yes, I would want to know,” he said. He lamented that when people rejected this possibility and emphasized “just God’s ability to heal and deliver … then people die, because they neglect the physical responsibilities that God has given them.”“This participant’s emphasis on the concept of ‘responsibilities’ that God gives people suggests that humans have a partner role with God in certain kinds of actions, in this case healing genetic disease,” Ecklund said.More than half of all groups surveyed – including nonreligious groups – disagreed with the use of enhancement RGTs, and many feared that enhancement RGTs might be used for “unwise ends,” the authors said.“They often opposed enhancement RGTs because they saw this as related to eugenics, fearing that people would actively select or preference embryos with certain characteristics,” said study co-author Jared Peifer of Baruch College.A participant from an evangelical congregation said of enhancement RGTs, “That’s obviously going to the ‘Brave New World’ extreme of we’re going to be our own gods and choose our own destiny. … That goes back to another level. … It reminds me of Nazi Germany, those things that – you want certain types – certain types of people in your society, you know I want my child to have this color or whatever.”However, the religious individuals who supported enhancement RGTs mostly did so by considering these technologies within the abilities that God provides to humans, thereby drawing on the Co-Creator Schema.“None of this is really a problem for me because if it happens, I believe God provided the way for it to happen,” said a participant from an African-American evangelical congregation.Ecklund said that the study’s findings suggest that moral sensitivity rather than moral reasoning is likely to be employed as a way of addressing issues that are technologically complex under conditions where there is a scarcity of good information with which to morally reason, as is the case with enhancement RGTs.“As moral reasoning on the topic becomes organized, we expect moral sensitivity to become less noticeably apparent as individuals begin to draw more readily on established cultural beliefs,” she said.“Moral Schemas in Articulation and Intuition: How Religious People Evaluate Human Reproductive Genetic Technologies” appeared in a recent edition of Sociological Forum and was also co-authored by Virginia White of the University of Chicago and Esther Chan of Yale University.The study was funded by The John Templeton Foundation and is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/socf.12330/pdf.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Elaine Howard Ecklund website: www.elainehowardecklund.com/Ecklund bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/content.aspx?id=117Rice University Department of Sociology: http://sociology.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/04/Elaine-new-1t8x8gt.jpgPhoto credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

FBI Investigating Womans Death on Cruise Ship

first_img Share this article Show Discussion US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Emerald Princess cruise liner, where (Petritap/ Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) center_img The FBI said it is investigating the death of a woman on board a Princess Cruise ship in Alaska.The woman died on the Emerald Princess ship after a domestic dispute, the FBI confirmed to several media outlets on Wednesday, July 26. It added the death has been termed “suspicious,” ABC News reported.“Since the incident, our fleet security team has been coordinating with the FBI and other local authorities. They will be embarking the ship when it arrives in Juneau this morning,” a statement from Princess Cruises reads, according to Fox13. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event.”The woman’s name was not released, but the cruise operator stated that she is 39 years old and from Utah. The dispute took place at around 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday.The Emerald Princess left Seattle on July 23 for a seven-day trip, heading to Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord.The FBI dispatched agents to Juneau, Alaska, to speak with the family. Officials said the incident took place in U.S. waters—not in international waters. The ship docked in Juneau on Wednesday. A scheduled scenic cruising expedition was also canceled for the day, according to SeattlePI.Other details about the woman’s death were not revealed. Share FBI Investigating Woman’s Death on Cruise Ship By Epoch Newsroom July 26, 2017 Updated: July 27, 2017last_img read more