Monthly Archives: July 2019

As time runs out for fire victims supervisor proposes extended relief

first_img 0% The latter will be easy to fulfill. The building at 22nd Street was demolished to street level and remains a pit in the ground.“The legislation is meant to address the situation in terms of the 22nd and Mission fire, but it reflects the reality of any working-class person that is displaced from housing in San Francisco,” Ronen said. “Finding replacement housing, even with city assistance, takes a long time.”Recent months have held some displaced tenants in suspense, as a solution had not yet materialized and they faced expiring leases at the end of the month. The city was able to put up most of the displaced from the 2015 fire in apartments on Treasure Island and recently extended their leases there for another year. Others, however, are running out of time.  Some have been housed under the Good Samaritan law  in which landlords offer units at below market rates for a maximum of two years. Others  housed at Parkmerced using city rental subsidies were also about to lose their rental assistance at the end of the month. Ronen’s legislation would give them more time.While only a handful of those displaced from the 22nd Street fire are using subsidies or the Good Samaritan program including four tenants at Parkmerced, the change would apply to all fire victims receiving city assistance of this kind. That includes those displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets last June, who have also not been able to return to their units while the building awaits renovation and is being marketed for sale. Making the money accessible is just one of several steps needed to keep the tenants whose time is up in place, said Gabriel Medina of the Mission Economic Development Agency, who has been working with displaced tenants. The leases, too, will need to be worked out for an extension.Beyond that, Medina says he is hoping the city will be able to incentivize landlords to make repairs to seriously damaged units much faster.“There’s a lot to call for as far as landlords restoring their buildings in a timely fashion,” he said. More than two years since a fire at 22nd and Mission streets claimed one life and displaced dozens of tenants, Supervisor Hillary Ronen plans to propose legislation on Tuesday to extend assistance to displaced tenants.For some, their two-year relocation rentals will expire at the end of the month.Ronen’s proposal would extend the time period in which victims can get rent assistance in interim housing to four years, provided that the victims have met certain requirements. These include making less than 70 percent of the area median income, demonstrating that they have applied for permanent below-market-rate housing through the Mayor’s Office and that their previous apartment remains unavailable.center_img Tags: Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

THREE games… One TicketYou can now buy your tic

first_img“THREE games…. One Ticket”You can now buy your tickets for the Wakefield, Castleford and Crusaders home matches at a special one-off price.For just £60 – you can purchase tickets in the South Stand (Blocks A and B) and save £15 in the process.Kids can get theirs for just a tenner a match – that’s more than £20 off matchday tickets in that Stand.For more information or to book your ticket you can visit the Saints Superstore, pop into the Town Centre Store or call the Ticket Hotline on 01744 455 052Please note if buying your ticket online you MUST SELECT the SEASON/PROMOTION tab to be able to select your package.last_img read more

Traffic shift for new Surf City bridge to start this summer

first_img Last month, WWAY told you the new bridge could be open to drivers as early as November because of a new incentive for contractors. Engineers with the Department of Transportation say the first traffic shift for the roundabout will happen July 9 on the mainland.The rest of the traffic shifts depend on when the bridge is open to drivers.Related Article: County reduces curfew, encourages evacuees to stay putThe completion date for this provision is September 25, 2019. 1 of 4 The community got a chance to talk with NCDOT engineers tonight about the construction plans. (Photo: Hannah Patrick/WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Surf City, drivers will see the first traffic shift for the new bridge this summer.The community got a chance to talk with engineers Wednesday night about the construction plans.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Topsail Beach wants your Christmas tree to build up dunes

first_img You can drop off trees at the access located at BA 31B, 315 New River Inlet Road at the far end of the New Jeffries lot for three weeks following Christmas.Christmas lights and ornaments should be removed from the trees prior to disposal.Once the trees are collected, town personnel and volunteers will place these along the oceanfront to build up the sand dunes.Related Article: Bye, bye, Thanksgiving. Hello Christmas!Anyone wanting to volunteer for any part of this initiative or who has questions can email Cameron Kuegel, clkuegel@gmail.com, Thomas Best, tbest@ntbnc.org , Bryan Chadwick,townmanager@ntbnc.org or Laura Oxley loxley@ntbnc.org A volunteer carries Christmas trees to the beach to rebuild dunes (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — While the holidays are in full swing, here’s a way to give your Christmas tree a new life when you’re ready to take it down.The residents, property‐owners, and visitors to North Topsail Beach may dispose of their trees at the beach by also improving the health of the dune system.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Leland police searching for driver who ran from traffic stop

first_imgLeland Police search for driver who ran after traffic stop (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY)– Leland Police are searching for a driver who ran from their car during a traffic stop.According to Brunswick County 911, it happened just before 11:00 p.m. on Thursday.- Advertisement – Local law enforcement began searching for a person they say jumped out of their car during a traffic stop and ran.It happened off Highway 17 and Brunswick Forest Parkway in Leland.  Multiple vehicles from Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and Leland Police responded to the scene, but Leland PD will be taking over the search.We’re told by witnesses that officers are using flashlights and searching the nearby wooded area.Related Article: Police official: Smollett lawyers meeting with investigatorsWe’ll have more details as they become available.last_img read more

New Hanover County to consolidate Public Health and Social Services agencies

first_img Under this new governance structure, the Board of Commissioners will appoint a 15-person Consolidated Human Services Board to set a unified vision for the agency.“This is an important policy decision for our community, and I believe it will serve our citizens better with more efficiencies and an improved client experience,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “The programs our Public Health and Social Services departments offer will continue; what will change is the way they are administered. The goal is to make sure our clients and families have every opportunity available to them through the services of both agencies, and to make those service offerings as streamlined as possible.”The county’s combined Public Health and Social Services facility is already underway, and is expected to be complete this fall. Social services operations will move into the building once it is complete, making way for a parking lot to be constructed where the current social services building is. By February of 2020, public health functions will move into the building – creating greater synergy for the consolidated agency at one location.Related Article: No amount of alcohol is safe, new study warnsIn 2012, the North Carolina General Assembly gave counties the ability to consolidate departments into one Human Services Agency to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and to appoint a Consolidated Human Services Board. Currently, 37 other counties in North Carolina have executed consolidation.You can watch the board’s discussion about consolidation in the meeting video and view the board’s adopted resolution here. New Hanover County Government Center (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — At Monday’s meeting, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to consolidate the county’s Public Health and Social Services departments into one human services agency.Consolidation will become effective on July 1, providing service integration for the two agencies.- Advertisement – last_img read more

List of road closures in downtown Wilmington during Azalea Festival

first_img Crews set up all the bleachers for the parade throughout the day Tuesday.As the festival approaches, be aware of the road closures throughout the week.See the all festival mapRelated Article: Wilmington shops to governor: We are open for businessSee the barricade zone map The 71st annual Azalea Festival parade (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a sure sign, the week of the North Carolina Azalea Festival is here. The parade bleachers are all set up in downtown Wilmington.The festival is preparing for the week-long events including the festival parade Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I will not be a stopgap leader – Louis Galea

first_imgPN trouble-shooter Dr Louis Galea told Newsbook.com.mt that he is not prepared to be a stop-gap leader. Galea was replying to questions made by this portal in the wake of the discussion ignited by RTK 103FM‘s programme, Newsline.During the same programme Galea’s reformist mission was endorsed by Ivan Bartolo who was the mind behind the letter calling for a meeting of the General Council to discuss a motion of confidence in party leader Adrian Delia.Galea has, meanwhile, started with his series of meetings with the PN local committees. The first was held in Gozo on Sunday and the rest will run up to Wednesday.“There are no such provisions in the statute”On Newsline, Ivan Bartolo said that if Delia loses a vote of confidence from the party members, Louis Galea could be there to provide continuity.Newsbook.com.mt asked Galea if this meant that he was ready to be an interim leader. “No” replied Galea.The PN grandee added that “The statute of the party does not provide for such a situation. According to the statute, the PN Leader has to be elected through a National Convention of the paid up members”.He further explained that the PN General Council would be discussing reforms needed by the party in a holistic manner, not simply focusing on the leadership.“Strength in diversity” – Ivan BartoloPN Executive committee member Ivan Bartolo, in the same programme, expressed his belief that the choice of Louis Galea as change-maker in the reform process was a very good decision. His outlook on the PN Executive Committee meeting held the previous Thursday too, was positive.READ: Watch: “Delia is not the problem” – Ivan BartoloREAD: ‘No invalid signatures’ – BartoloBartolo said that in the meeting of the Executive Committee, the members seemed to be finding strength in diversity saying that the petition he was piloting was already having positive effects. He added that the stagnation which had hallmarked the erstwhile status quo, was also being eroded.“Galea is far-sighted politician” – Peppi AzzopardiGuest speaker Peppi Azzopardi described Galea as a far sighted politician, a man with a vision for the future. He expressed the opinion that the problems facing the PN were not mainly structural. Azzopardi said that the leader needs to win the trust of the electorate so that the PN can find a place in the electorate’s heart once more. He added that Galea’s task was not only to say what reforms were necessary but also to formulate a communication plan for these reforms.READ: Is Delia the disease in the party? Louis Galea answersREAD: Dr Louis Galea appointed as AŻAD PresidentThe meetings started in GozoOn Sunday, Louis Galea invited the Presidents and Secretaries of the PN committees in Gozo as well as the Mayors, local councilors and members of the regional committee to a meeting in the party sub-headquarters. The meeting was attended by some three dozen persons.People who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt on condition of anonymity said that, as expected, the meeting reflected the tensions currently rife in the party with heated arguments and some harsh words dominating parts of the meeting. However, they added that the greatest part of the meeting was characterized by political arguments developed between those who signed the petition backing Delia and those who signed a petition asking Delia to shoulder the political responsibility of the electoral shambles and resign. The participants were offered the possibility of sending their views about the statute and other things in writing.Monday evening  Dr Galea will be meeting committee members from the 2, 3, 4 and electoral districts. Tomorrow Tuesday those invited hail from the 1, 6, 7 and 8 electoral districts while on Wednesday it is the turn of those from the 9, 10, 11 and 12 electoral districts.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

New Kurdish PM says priority is stronger Baghdad ties rather than independence

first_img SharePrint Members of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan parliament headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani pose for a family photo, in Erbil, Iraq July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Azad LashkariMembers of the new cabinet of the Kurdistan parliament headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani pose for a family photo, in Erbil, Iraq July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari Two years after a failed independence bid plunged Iraq’s Kurdistan Region into months of instability, the new regional prime minister said his priority was strengthening ties with Baghdad, signalling dreams of self-rule should be put on hold.Masrour Barzani, sworn in as regional prime minister on Wednesday, told Reuters in an exclusive interview that under his leadership, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s focus would be to establish a “strong and constructive” relationship with Baghdad, leaving the question of independence aside for now.“This (independence referendum) happened in the past and it’s a reflection of the enduring aspiration of a nation,” said Barzani, speaking at his palace in the hillside village of Salaheddine, near regional capital Erbil.“However, the focus of my government will be how to build a stronger relationship and partnership with Baghdad,” he said, adding he would look to fix “those issues that were actually keeping us apart.”The independence bid was led by Barzani’s father Masoud, who stepped down as Kurdish president in 2017 after the referendum backfired and prompted a military offensive from Baghdad.At stake for the new premier are long-running disputes over independent oil exports, revenue sharing, security, and territory which have plagued ties between Erbil and Baghdad since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.Barzani was instrumental in orchestrating the September 2017 referendum, which was held over the objections of Baghdad and regional powers. It was seen as the culmination of years of oppositional politics by the semi-autonomous region.The backlash was swift and pushed the country to the brink of civil war, threatening to undo the years of unprecedented autonomy the region had enjoyed. Relations eventually improved, cemented by a change of government in both capitals.‘A WIN-WIN SITUATION’The region’s oil exports have long been a source of contention with Baghdad. The Kurds, who control Iraq’s only northern pipeline, had been exporting oil independently since 2013. Exports from Kirkuk were restarted in 2018, after a year-long freeze amid post-referendum disputes. Exports from smaller oilfields under the regional government’s control continued.As part of the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) agreed to send 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) to federal authorities in exchange for Baghdad paying civil servants’ salaries.However, Iraqi officials, including the prime minister, complain that the KRG has not kept up its end of the bargain, having not sent a single barrel to Baghdad.Barzani said negotiations on oil and gas were already underway and he sees room for “quick progress” on the file.“There is great potential for a win-win situation,” he said. “Working together in cooperation with each other, we can increase the production of oil.”Mutual benefits for both sides is a theme Barzani echoed regarding regional security.Nearly two years since Iraq declared victory against Islamic State militants, the country has seen a deterioration in security in the areas bordering the Kurdistan Region.SECURITYBarzani, formerly the region’s security chief, said the threat from Islamic State isn’t yet over. The group exploited the rift between the Kurds and Baghdad, he said, who fought side by side to defeat the militant group in 2017.He is looking to establish a joint security mechanism in the so-called disputed territories, areas claimed by both Baghdad and Erbil, “to close that gap”.Masrour is the latest Barzani to head the regional government. His father Masoud, himself the son of a veteran Kurdish leader, still holds considerable sway over its politics.His cousin Nechirvan held the premiership until last month when he was sworn in as president, following a regional parliamentary election in September 2018.The Barzanis are one of two families that have dominated regional politics for decades. Though they enjoy continued support among their respective bases through extensive patronage networks, their continued grip on power has opened them up to allegations of mismanagement and corruption from voters, many of whom are owed years of back pay from the government.Barzani said winning back hearts and minds was therefore a leading priority, as was tackling graft. “I’d like to see reform,” he said. “To make sure that people have more trust in the government.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Orange Uganda introduces mobile High Definition HD voice calls

first_imgAdvertisement Speaking at the launch at Metropole Hotel in Kampala, the Director Technology & Licencing at Uganda Communications Commission, Patrick Mwesigwa, who represented the Commission’s Executive Director commended Orange Uganda for continuously focussing on innovation and improvement on quality of services.The HD Voice Calls system runs on a technology known as Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband (AMR-WB) speech codec which provides excellent audio quality due to a wider speech bandwidth than the usual one. It has been adopted as an international standard for 3G mobile networks. The service was first tested in Moldova in 2009 and launched in united Kingdom in August 2010 by the French telecom giant.Orange provides a demo clip for testing the difference between the standard voice and HD Voice calls at www.orange.com/hdvoice. – Advertisement – Few handsets support this technology with Orange Uganda has launching an offer with two new handsets: a ZTE F160 and an LG Saffron, both now available at Orange outlets for UGX. 169,000/= (US$ 65) and UGX. 349,000/= (US$ 135) respectively.Orange has also rolled out HD voice in the UK, France, Belgium, Romania, Armenia, Dominican Republic and Catalonia. To enjoy HD voice though, one needs an HD Voice enabled handset and 3G coverage for both the caller and receiver.last_img read more

Arsenal announce partnership with Airtel

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal will also support the Airtel Rising Stars football programme, an annual grassroots training initiative that offers young boys and girls the opportunity to play football and compete in a safe environment. Airtel donates money for each goal scored at the tournament to support the players’ education to ensure those involved don’t only get best-in-class sports training and opportunities, but also have better opportunities to further their academic studies. The Gunners will provide UEFA-trained coaches to assist with training in each of the five markets and at an Arsenal Coaching Clinic for up to 50 footballers in London. Arsenal’s Head of Global Partnerships Vinai Venkatesham added: “I am delighted to welcome Airtel into our family of Commercial Partners. This is the second long-term partnership arrangement to arise from the continent and we look forward to developing a number of exciting initiatives with Airtel, starting with our forthcoming tour to Nigeria in August. This underlines the depth of our following in Africa and how the profile of the Club continues to grow internationally.” Airtel Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Andre Beyers added:  “Football fans across Africa are known for their passion of the great game. Arsenal’s exciting style of play and a history of working with the best talent from Africa will enrich this partnership and offer a wealth of opportunities for upcoming players and fans. The partnership provides an impetus to the Airtel Rising Stars in some of the countries that have produced amazing young talent and whose youth teams have gone on to win FIFA Youth and Olympic tournaments.’’ – Advertisement – It is the Club’s inaugural pre-season tour of Nigeria, having played a fixture in South Africa in 1993. The 2012 visit will feature a game between the Arsenal first-team and the Nigerian National Team the Super Eagles on Saturday 5th August. Airtel is in the process of finalising arrangements that will give selected consumers in the five countries a chance to watch the match and interact with the team in Abuja. The details of the promotion will be announced soon. Source: ArsenalFC, Official sitelast_img read more

NITAU launches the National Computer Emergency Response TeamCoordination Centre

first_imgAdvertisement As a way of setting up a National coordinated approach for handling Information Security incidents, a National Computer Emergency Response Team / Coordination Centre (National CERT/CC) responsible for receiving, reviewing, and responding to computer security incident reports and activity for both the public and private sector has been created.The National CERT/CCis responsible for protecting the nation’s internet infrastructure, as well as coordinating responses to and defence against cyber-attacks across the nation.The National Information Technology Authority, Uganda is taking lead in the technical work of the National CERT/CC and advising the sector on new ways of addressing cyber security threats. The National CERT/CC will play an intermediary role with a national focus and hence shall be the security point of contact for Uganda. – Advertisement – Having a National CERT/CC in place will ensure that there is a dedicated IT security team to mitigate and prevent major incidents and to protect valuable assets as well as keeping track of developments in the security field.The official website for the National Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Centre (National CERT/CC) is www.cert.ug  and the following services are being offered;-Alerts and Warnings, IncidentHandling, Incidentanalysis, Incident response support, Incident response coordination and Vulnerability response coordination among othersFor more information about the National CERT/CC, visit the website www.cert.ug , you can also follow us on Twitter  @CERT_UG and like us on Facebook Cert1.ug.last_img read more

3 Tips for Better Smartphone Photography

first_imgAdvertisement A picture is worth 1000 words. An old adage that was crucial to #KoikoiUg at its inception. We believed that pictures would tell more than words ever could, and that they had the power to change perceptions about Uganda and break stereotypes. But 1000 words when not strung together beautifully with the right anecdotes and references make for some pretty boring reading. This blog post shows you how to make the most of your words, in one single frame. Even better, without having to hustle with expensive gadgets, utilising what most of us already have, a smartphone.The Right PictureYou have heard that the story is king. So before we delve into the intricacies of accessories and application, simple basics like The rule of thirds and Focus are a must. Ensuring your picture is in good focus makes it easy to look at without straining the eye. For most phones now days, holding the screen for a couple of seconds on the area you wish to focus on should do the trick.As for the rule of thirds, think of your camera with 3 horizontal lines top to bottom and another 3, left to right. The rule basically states that if vertical your subject should be either on the first on third line left to right, and if horizontal, it should be on the first or third line top to bottom. the Rule of Thirds is a technique designed to help artists and photographers build drama and interest in a piece. – Advertisement – 2. The Right ToolsThese aren’t a necessity but a few accessories never hurt anyone. Especially as a traveler, we recommend getting your hands on some lenses. Travel happens so quickly and often a time you don’t have the time to go through the motions of getting closer to your subject for a tighter shot, or going further  for a wider shot. Such adjustments can easily be made by a DSLR, and a wide angle & telephoto lens, although not giving you the same capabilities, close the gap for a fraction of the price.1 of 8 Pro Tip: Never use the zoom on your camera. Because smartphone cameras don’t have an actual lens that moves, digital zoom works just like cropping the picture before you take it. You lose a lot of the quality in the process. Get close or use a telephoto lens.3. The Right appsSo after you take a great picture, then comes presenting that picture. Lets go back to the analogy of the picture being worth a thousand word, not all the words are the point. Some work to paint the scene, other support the main character. It is the same with a picture. You have to think about what you want to say, and adjust the dials of contrast, and brightness accordingly. You can do this natively in most camera apps but not like you will be able to achieve in Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile, VSCO or Google’s SnapSeed (a favourite for #Koikoiug mobile photographers). Download them, and toggle the controls, you will soon realise they bring so much more color to your story.Now that you have the right stuff, how about you show us Uganda through your eyes. Don’t forget to tag #KoikoiUg on Instagram or twitter.Guest Post by Daudi Ogutu.last_img read more

Using Too Much of Google May Increase The Risk of Dementia – Frank GunnMoore

first_imgAdvertisement According to media reports, Frank Gunn-Moore, a researcher from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom claims using Google frequently to search for information, rather than using our brains, may increase the risk of dementia – describing the practice as an “experiment” we are conducting on ourselves.“It’s important to promote good brain health and to do that is to use it, but these days we seem to outsource our brain to the internet. If we want to know something, we look it up online rather than trying to recall the information from our memory,” Gunn-Moore was quoted as saying to The Sunday Post.“It’s an experiment the human race is running and we will have to wait and see if this outsourcing affects dementia prevalence,” he said. – Advertisement – In 2015, the number of people with dementia reached almost 45 million, two times more than in 1990, according to a rough estimate.Opinion In today’s era, it’s a fact that over (roughly estimating) 90% of people with any kind of device that has internet connectivity won’t hesitate to use it to find whatever s/he might be looking for. We find using internet a much faster way to solve our issues than us using our brains to solve our problems- things like how to questions? we still refer to Google for answers, finding directions where you can ask a friend, we still refer more to use of google maps because it will much easier and simpler. This has made man’s life much easier, but also made man lazy.Perhaps, its high time we used our brains much more to using the internet.How much is too much Internet?source: TOI and The Sunday Postlast_img read more

Government to Phase Out Traditional Passports For East African ePassports Effective Jan

first_imgElectronic Passport for Kenya. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Effective January 15 2019, Uganda will start issuing an e-passports/digital passports for its citizens, an Official from Internal affairs has confirmed. The newly introduced e-Passports will replace the tradition passports we have come to use for the past years.Mr. Ofwono Opondo, the Uganda Government spokesman told media that the transition to e-passports is in line with the January 15th, 2021 deadline set by the six-member East African community to phase out traditional passport books.This also means that all persons with traditional participants will be able to use them not later than January 15th, 2021. – Advertisement – After the stated date, everyone with the traditional passport will have to upgrade to their respective holdings. The holdings are Ordinary, Government Officials, and Diplomats – priced at UGX250,000, UGX400,000, and UGX500,000 respectively. These will be processed in the official two-weeks. However, those that will wish to have their passport processed in less than two-weeks (Express Passports) will pay UGX500,000.The e-passport comes with an embedded electronic microprocessor chip which contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder. Thanks to the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) who already have Ugandans biometric data to a central database.The tedious steps involved in acquiring current passport e.g. signatures from Local Councils have been removed. You only need your national ID to acquire the new EAC passport.last_img read more

US Open Preview

first_imgPalmer the man for Open success…..The 2013 season’s second major takes place this week at Merion Golf Club nr Ardmore, Pennsylvania. In staging this week’s event Merion will become the most used course for USGA major championships. Ironically most of this week’s field have never played the course that has not been used as a major venue since the 1981 US Open. At 6996 yards it is much shorter than most major courses but the powers that be will ensure that this is no walkover for the big hitters. Course management will be the order of the day at a course that offers plenty of risk and reward holes for the brave, or possibly foolhardy!Watching last week’s FedEx St Jude Classic at the weekend two players names were added to my list of players to follow over the coming weeks and one in particular was of immediate interest for this week’s Open. Having scoured the lists of entries and odds yesterday his name was nowhere to be seen. Strange I thought. But having had another look this morning and perhaps with the lists having not been updated I was delighted to see the name of Ryan Palmer among the entrants.Having started the season with two top ten finishes Palmers form dipped somewhat before a resurgence in the last six weeks or so. He posted another two top ten’s in his last four outings including a stellar performance at the weekend when he managed to finish fourth behind debutant winner Harris English, having been 4 over par midway through his first round on a tough golf course. His route back into the tournament was through patience and good course management, two attributes that will stand him in good stead this week. He currently stands 25th in the all-round ranking category on tour which tells you all facets of his game are in top order. He also finished 5th in the seasons ‘5th major’ the Players Championship.A good ball striker in obvious good form this week could see Palmers name added to the list of major winners.My second pick is a player in red hot form although without a win to show for it. After a fourth place finish in the Humana Challenge on his third start this year Scott Stallings form dipped alarmingly. He missed eight cuts in his next eleven events. But he has come back with a bang! A final round eight under par propelled him up the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza Invitational three weeks back and he obviously used that as a platform to build on. Another fourth place finish at Memorial was followed by a near miss second at last week’ s St Jude Classic when only a misplaced drive at the last and an inspired finish by Harris English denied him victory. Stallings is one of the games bigger hitters and wouldn’t immediately come to mind as a US Open winner but there is a lot more to his game than bashing it off the tee! He is another that ranks highly in the all-round category on tour and rocks up here in such good form that I feel it would be foolish to omit him from the shortlist.Three more players for the shortlist are Padraig Harrington, who is another player running into form after a few indifferent seasons. Perhaps his change of clubs and swings and teaks to this and that are finally going to reap some reward! Welshman Jamie Donaldson who continues to appear on weekend leaderboards and having claimed his maiden victory last year may claim a ‘big one’. The final pick is Japanese player Hideki Matsuyama who comes here in the best form of ANY player this week having won twice and been second twice I his last four starts. Granted this will be a lot tougher but he is certainly in great form.SELECTIONSRyan Palmer current odds 100/1Scott Stallings current odds 110/1Padraig Harrington current odds 90/1Hideki Matsuyama current odds 300/1Jamie Donaldson current odds 300/1last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 17 JanuaryRACING12.20 HaydockBarafundle 4/1 > 11/41.15 AscotTraffic Fluide 5/2 > 15/83.25 TauntonCrafty Roberto 20/1 > 9/13.45 LingfieldArtistic Flight 6/1 > 9/23.55 TauntonWhats Left 5/1 > 100/30FOOTBALL5.30pm LIVE SKY2/1 Newcastle 7/5 Southampton 23/10 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Forming an opinion

first_imgWhen I first became interested in racing and betting, the early 1980s, a lot of it was just ‘another thing’ you could do as an adult. That was in the first instance, as well as the William Hill on Gold Street, Tiverton, which is still there, well situated with pubs. It didn’t take many Saturdays watching young lads ‘getting a Yankee up’ or copping because they just backed ‘Dickinson’s’ or ‘O’Gorman and Ives’ blindly and suddenly being in the money for me to feel I was missing out.I was soon hooked but of course knew nothing, ‘Aye Aye’ as far as the local William Hill were concerned with my betting. There was a guy that appeared to sock it to them on a regular basis though, we gave everyone hope. We’ll call him Larry, he wore a Crombie (the type preferred by skinheads not pro-punters) and daps, for those that don’t know, daps are cheap trainers, it maybe a Devon colloquialism. Anyway…Larry used to appear with around five minutes to go, scribble his betting slip, the contents of which were shielded by a menagerie of craning necks, have his bet, then speed walk, his daps a blur, back to his house to watch the race, then it seemed, invariably cop. I was intrigued by Larry, who was about seven years older than me and eventually got friendly with him. Before long I was invited to speed walk with him back to his house and watch the races. It was there that I saw a big pile of thick books with ‘Haig Superform’ on the spine. What were they I asked, ‘Form Books’ he replied, looking at me slightly incredulously.I had no idea that such a thing even existed. I found out that they were quite expensive but did manage to get one for Christmas. Yes, I looked at it but soon found out that such old form, though valuable, wasn’t really what you needed, the single leaf weekly versions were way out of my price range so I lost interest and just kept following Man On The Spot and doing my cobblers. Though I did actually subscribe some years later. I found out later too that people could anticipate a person’s wealth by their shoes, say no more.It’s all different these days, as far as I know, Superform doesn’t exist anymore, I doubt lose leaf weekly form books are available either but correct me if I’m wrong. What does exist is a whole plethora of form at your fingertips, free if you have the Internet. You can click through and delve as deep as you like adding speed-figures and ratings from other free sources too. Add to that video reruns and two dedicated TV channels it’s hardly any wonder that punters, if they weren’t as lazy (though poor isn’t so much an issue) as me, have a great chance of giving the bookies a run for their money.In those heady days of smoke-filled 1980’s tax paid betting shop communities a lot of people said they were ‘straight across’ on the day. Most were lying of course and people like ‘Larry’ probably really just enjoyed good runs and only sang when they were winning.How different from these days of social media, people scream the place down if they are winning. ‘I’ve been restricted, I can’t get on’. I was met with howls of derision when I mentioned on twitter that a lot of it was ‘how clever am I’ trumpet parping. The truth is though that if a punter has been so clever that they’ve been restricted by (at last count) all 28 of the bookmakers that advertise on oddschecker – then similarly been cut back by often much hardier independents and then become a person not welcome in the local betting shops and can’t get enough on the exchanges they really must have the game by the bollocks.Add to that, if they are really THAT clever then finding a way around those hurdles, also known as the price of being so successful and shrewd, they really ought to be able to still find ways around it. That given, maybe their time would be better spent doing that rather than screaming how clever they are and stepping from under the radar on social media.Of course, in reality they could just be ‘straight across’.Just a thought.Merry Christmas one and all!Simon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

Rice wins interdisciplinary big data grant

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/07/0718_STATISTICS-1-WEB-25tp4m8.jpgCUTLINE: Marina Vannucci and Luay Nakhleh. (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 3,910 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. AddThis Share2Editor’s note: A link to a high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grantNew program brings statistics, computer science students together for collaborations HOUSTON – (July 12, 2016) – Rice University has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring together computer science and statistics for the greater benefit of data science.The grant will fund a new research training group at Rice. The goal is to develop scientists with a combined education in statistics and computer science to work on problems that can be addressed only through interdisciplinary approaches.The new age of “big data” demands the best of both worlds, said Marina Vannucci, chair of Rice’s Department of Statistics and principal investigator for the new program.“Data science is rapidly evolving as an essential interdisciplinary field where advances often result from combinations of ideas from various disciplines,” she said. “Statistics and computer science are major players in this field, and several examples of successful integration, like machine learning, already exist.”The three-year program will serve as a point of contact for six graduate students, two postdoctoral researchers and several undergraduates as they pursue statistics and computer science projects in the Rice research groups to which they’re assigned. Each undergraduate and graduate student will have mentors from both departments.“The program will offer an integrated research experience,” Vannucci said. “There will be seminar courses, where students will learn and present material on key topics, and active participation in research projects, where topics will be put into practice. The idea is to link this program to the bigger umbrella of Rice’s Data Science Initiative.” The university recently announced a $150 million commitment for strategic research initiatives for Rice’s second century, including the establishment of a world-class program in data science.The program builds upon the strengths and interactions of a dynamic group of faculty mentors with expertise in probabilistic models and in methods for computational inference, Vannucci said.The grant will also fund the development of a course in data science. “It will be open to all students at Rice,” she said. “We will invite mentors to teach short modules or give presentations on their research for the first semester. In the second semester, the students will team up and work on projects.”“Statistics students are trained at envisioning and formulating rigorous statistical models,” said Luay Nakhleh, a professor of computer science and biosciences and co-principal investigator of the research training group. “These models often require efficient algorithms for inference and careful implementations, particularly with complex, large-scale data. Similarly, computer science is becoming increasingly statistical. That’s where the two disciplines converge and benefit from each other.”Vannucci and Nakhleh said they hope computer science and statistics students will learn not only to formulate efficient algorithms and accurate models but also gain complementary expertise from each other’s disciplines.They expect students will address challenges in the medical, biological, genomic, energy, finance and systems biology realms. “All should learn and gain skills they currently don’t have, but will need going forward,” Vannucci said.-30-Read the grant abstract at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1547433Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Marina Vannucci Research Group: http://www.stat.rice.edu/~marina/Luay Nakhleh Research Group http://www.cs.rice.edu/~nakhleh/Rice Department of Statistics: https://statistics.rice.eduRice Department of Computer Science: http://www.cs.rice.eduGeorge R. 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Terry Full and PartTime MBA Rise in US News Graduate School Rankings

first_img RelatedTerry’s EMBA Jumped Eight Spots in Worldwide RankingIn The Economist’s most recent ranking of Executive MBA programs, University of Georgia Terry College of Business ranked number 14 worldwide. In the previous ranking, Terry’s program came in the number 22 spot worldwide. “We are honored to once again be recognized as one of the very best Executive MBA…May 15, 2015In “News”Terry Ranks in Top 25 for Part-Time StudyYet another university in the Atlanta Metro Area has spent the past year working hard. University of Georgia Terry College of Business joins schools like Goizueta and Robinson towards the top of the pack in U.S. News & World Report’s annual business school rankings. Terry’s 23-month part-time MBA for working professionals…March 18, 2015In “Featured Region”Robinson College Jumps Forward in Part-Time MBA RankingThe Georgia State University – J. Mack Robinson College of Business’ part-time MBA program leapt forward in a recent ranking of “Best Graduate Schools 2017” released by the U.S. News & World Report. Programs at Robinson have ranked consistently high, whether in overall or program-specific rankings, and the recent U.S.…March 30, 2016In “Featured Region” Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Multiple MBA offerings at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business have seen a remarkable increase in the recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate business schools, thanks to incredible growth in the employment rate for Terry graduates. Both the Terry full-time and part-time MBA programs witnessed a rise in the new ranking. The Professional MBA at Terry moved up one spot to 33rd in the U.S. News‘ ranking of part-time MBA programs. The full-time MBA at Terry jumped an impressive seven spots into the 48th best program overall and 24th among just public institutions. In addition to the MBA programs, Terry’s concentration in Information Systems saw a rise in ranking, jumping three spots to 16th overall.Much of the growth in Terry’s programs is a result of an improvement in job placement rates for Terry graduates, which factors significantly into the determination of rank. In the most recent data, a record 93 percent of Terry MBA graduates were employed within three months of graduation. An increase in the college peer assessment score, which is determined by MBA program directors and business school deans, also helped the programs’ rise in the ranking.The U.S. News full-time MBA ranking was compiled based on surveys of 471 MBA programs, all accredited by AACSB International. Other factors which helped determine the ranking included placement success and student selectivity. For the part-time MBA program, other factors like standardized test scores, undergraduate point average, and years of work experience were also considered.The full ranking is available in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, which was released in March of 2017. regions: Atlantacenter_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer Terry Full and Part-Time MBA Rise in ‘U.S. News’ Graduate School Rankingslast_img read more