Month: July 2019

Disabled activists behind a pioneering new project

first_imgDisabled activists behind a pioneering new project are aiming to build the first organisation that will give people with chronic illness the chance to have their voices heard outside their own “social media bubble”.The Chronic Illness Inclusion Project plans to recruit people with chronic illness, develop a manifesto for social change, and ask how the internet and social media can provide them with new possibilities for “participation, organisation and action”.The aim is to “forge a collective voice” for the online chronic illness community, and find a place for them under the umbrella of the wider disability movement.Catherine Hale (pictured), the project’s manager and lead researcher, said they planned to build on the work of groups such as The Broken of Britain, Spartacus Network and #MEAction, and the community of “spoonie” activists who have developed an online “badge of identity” through social media.Despite the growth of this community, Hale said that those who identify as spoonies or as people with chronic illness were still “largely invisible to the ‘real world’ because social media often acts as an echo chamber.“The challenge is to move beyond the echo chamber and have our voice heard.”As she says in a blog for Shaping Our Lives: “The trouble is no one outside of our social media bubble knows who we are.“We’re doubly invisible. We mostly can’t go out into the world to tell people about our lives. And when we do go out into the world our impairment is generally hidden.”She believes the project is the first attempt to “consciously bring the issue of chronic illness to the fore, the first attempt to forge a collective voice that cuts across diagnostic labels, and work out where we fit within the disabled people’s movement.“It’s very exciting because I know there’s great interest out there in doing this. It’s daunting because, well, we’re all ill and organising anything poses huge challenges.”She said she hoped the project would help to build a new movement that would have a place “under the broader umbrella of the disability movement”, which she said has so far not recognised or involved such groups as well as it could.She said: “To me, ‘chronic illness’ is not an alternative or competing framework to ‘disability’ and the social model of disability.“It is simply a form of impairment, like neurodiversity or visual impairment, that needs better recognition within the disability movement as well as wider society.”Among the aims is for those participating in the project to develop a manifesto for social change, which might present policy priorities for government, on issues such as welfare reform, employment or healthcare, or highlight issues that need to be addressed by families and communities, such as addressing social stereotypes and disablism.The lack of understanding of the challenges faced by those with chronic illness is stark, says Hale.She said: “The public can understand someone needing to work part time to manage a health condition.“The public has no understanding of the lives of people who could work just five hours a week from their bed, if such a job existed; or people who can’t ‘work’ at all but who actually work incredibly hard just to keep themselves alive.“I want these lives to matter equally.”Although she says the hashtag #ChronicIllness on social media usually refers to “health conditions where stamina problems/fatigue and/or pain are associated with systemic impairment”, she wants anyone with a long-term health condition to sign up to their mailing list to find out about the project.They will set up an online forum for up to 20 of those who sign up, for detailed discussion of the experience of chronic illness and the barriers they face to social participation.They will also survey the broader base of supporters, as part of a process among all those taking part that will lead to the co-production of a “manifesto for social change”.The three-year project will receive £40,000 lottery funding through the pioneering user-led DRILL (Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning) programme, and is led by Hale, who has had ME for nearly 30 years and previously worked as a policy researcher for the Spartacus Network, Inclusion London, Action for ME and Mind.She will be working with co-investigator Jenny Lyus, herself a disability rights and ME activist.The project is also supported by an expert committee of people – including the artist-activist Liz Crow and the researcher and activist Dr Sarah Campbell – whose lives have been severely affected by chronic illness, and supported by the Centre for Welfare Reform.last_img read more

SF Housing Group Renews Call to Sue the Suburbs

first_imgThe San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation doubled down on a pledge it made in September to sue the city of Lafayette for not building enough housing, saying they will file a lawsuit next week in what they promise is just the first volley in a longer war against suburbs that fail to construct their share of new housing.“Lafayette is the beginning,” said Brian Hanlon, a member of the federation and part of the legal effort. The pro-development group held a panel discussion yesterday at the Women’s Building on 18th and Guerrero to review how state law might favor their legal suit against the East Bay suburb and to call for more volunteers to join the suit.“Thirty five years of wonky liberals trying to induce localities to build housing has been a complete failure, so why not just sue the suburbs?” said Hanlon, referring to a 33-year-old law that the group hopes to use to prod Lafayette into creating more housing.The issue concerns a development that was approved by the Lafayette city council in August for 44 single-family homes, a steep reduction in density from the originally proposed 315 units of middle-income housing. The city said public dissatisfaction and other concerns pushed them to favor a “scaled-down alternative” that would see the 22-acre lot turned into a suburb and soccer field rather than a higher density apartment complex. Tags: Affordable Housing • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The Bay Area permitted just about half of the housing it needed from 2007 to 2014, though for low to moderate income levels the totals are worse, coming in at about 28 percent of the regional goal. Counties like Napa fared particularly badly, approving 15 percent of the very low income and 12 percent of the low income housing it should have.The legal basis for the suit against the suburb comes from the 1982 Housing Accountability Act, a state law that prohibits cities from blocking higher density affordable housing without a specific finding that it threatens health and safety in an unfixable way — a tall order.“I cannot imagine a housing project that would have a significant adverse impact,” said panelist Linda Klein, a land use attorney with the real estate law firm Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Klein said the novel application of the act would be useful “up to the city council period,” meaning she was unsure of its success once a city has chosen to go through with their version of the project as Lafayette has.The law is typically used by developers to force city approval of a project when it’s been stalled by density concerns. But Hanlon and Sonja Traus, the founder of the renter’s federation, are approaching it from a tenant angle, gathering at least 28 plaintiffs (more were recruited after the meeting) who would have been eligible for the original 315-unit complex. This will give them legal standing to sue Lafayette for “removing” units they might have otherwise lived in.Though the panelists were curious about the application of the law to the Lafayette development, David Grabill questioned the utility of lawsuits and said the Bay Area could not build its way out of the housing crisis.“Suing is not going to get you much,” said Grabill, a public interest attorney who has been involved in pushing for affordable housing in Sonoma County for years. He said suits are useful when there’s “a strong movement, a renters movement, a low-income movement” behind them that pushes lawmakers long-term.“Make it at least look like there’s a movement,” Grabill said.“We are a movement!” said a crowd member.“We’re on it,” said Hanlon, referring to the federation’s frequent appearances at city meetings.Grabill did concede that the suburbs are “a big problem” that a suit might help fix, and Trauss — well known for her “build, build, build” stance — interjected when Grabill said increasing housing supply would not solve the crisis.“I’m not saying don’t build,” Grabill clarified. “Build, but you gotta do some other things too.”No one knows whether the suit will be successful. Klein said she recently invoked the Housing Accountability Act in Fremont to make the city cut fewer units from a project than it would have otherwise, but Trauss and Hanlon are hoping for a victory an order of magnitude greater.For her part, Trauss said the effort to continue suing the suburbs is not contingent on the success of the Lafayette case. She has already created a new organization — the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund — and is looking for a staff attorney to lead future efforts around the Bay Area.“What am I going to not do it?” Trauss said.As for financing, Trauss said she would be fundraising but was thin on specifics. She mentioned “captains of industry” and “big employers” who would have a stake in creating housing for workers, and said she would seek funds from developers because they stand to gain from constructing housing in the suburbs.“If they know that there’s a citizen organization out there, hopefully it will give developers some backbone. last_img read more

Lawyer John Burris black activists stump for Tasers — and against police

first_img 0% On Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, civil rights attorney John Burris, along with the organization Brothers Against Guns, announced their support for arming San Francisco police with Tasers. But only if the weapons’ use policy is subject to strict civilian oversight. Tags: police • SFPD • tasers Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “I’d rather be hit by a Taser than a bullet,” says anti-gun advocate “On balance, the thousands and thousands of times [the weapon] is used, I think the number of times there’s a bad outcome is diminished, compared to when you have a fatal outcome from a firearm,” Burris said at the press gathering in the Western Addition. He said, however, the Police Officers Association’s ballot measure — Proposition H, which would circumscribe the Police Commission’s ability to revise the department’s Taser policy and allow for more liberal Taser use than the policy approved by the Police Commission — could be dangerous. “The police should not be allowed to decide for themselves when and how Tasers are going to be used,” he said. Whether to equip San Francisco police officers with Tasers has been a decades-long battle that ostensibly concluded last November when the Police Commission voted 4-3 in favor of their implementation. Last month, the commission adopted a Taser policy that was drafted with more than a year of community input. In January, however, the POA amassed enough signatures to place on the June ballot a measure that would give Tasers to officers by the end of the year. In effect, the law would strip the Police Commission, a board of appointed citizens who craft and interpret the SFPD’s policies, of its ability to create or alter the policy. In March, Police Chief Bill Scott denounced the measure as “antithetical” to the spirit of the reform process. While Taser critics say that the weapons will be used disproportionately against people of color and those suffering from mental illness, members of Brothers Against Guns repeatedly emphasized that, considering the alternative, they’re okay with that. “I’d rather be hit by a Taser than a bullet,” said Shawn Richard, executive director of Brothers Against Guns. He asserted that past victims of the police shootings in San Francisco — including Mario Woods, Jessica Williams and Keita O’Neil — would still be alive if SFPD officers had the option to stun them. Still, Richard continued, it’s better to be neither Tased nor shot; de-escalation would be superior to any use of force, and he feels Tasers and de-escalation tactics can be used in tandem to save lives. “If you train them how to talk a person, that’s better than any weapon,” he said. Burris agreed. He said that de-escalation is important, but it can sometimes fail. “Then a Taser becomes an appropriate use,” he said. Without citing specifics, Burris said he recently turned down a case in which someone was Tased by police, but he felt de-escalation had been properly attempted and the use of the Taser wasn’t inappropriate. “It certainly wasn’t used in an abusive way,” he said. Although he recognized that the SFPD has a long history of failing to live up to its own rules — Burris has more cases against the department than he can keep track of — he seemed resigned that arming its officers with Tasers “can’t be any worse than any weapon they (already) have.”“The question is: Can it be used, short of officers using deadly force?”  Damien Posey, a Bayview resident and a member of Brothers Against Guns, thinks so. He has been shot by both a gun and Taser. “I’ve felt those hot slugs before,” he said. “I’ve seen what they can do and how deadly they are.” “With proper training, Tasers can be used effectively in our communities instead of us dying senselessly over just fear.” last_img read more

Wilmington Police search for hitandrun suspect after cyclist hit

first_imgWilmington Police say the drive of the dark colored vehicle in this photo is wanted for a hit-and-run crash that injured former WWAY personality George Elliott on May 11, 2018. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are searching for a suspect who struck a cyclist on South College Road last week causing serious injury.George Elliott, 59, was riding his three wheel cycle north on South College Road around 5:40 a.m. May 11 when a black in color SUV or pickup truck struck him in front of the CVS and drove away.- Advertisement – The suspect continued north on South College Road onto Chambers Avenue where the vehicle stopped for a short time. The suspect then left north on South College Road making a U-Turn at the Ace Hardware and headed south on South College Road, passing Elliott who was laying in the road.Wilmington Police search for hit and run suspect. (Photo: WPD)The suspect vehicle could have damage on the passenger side and may have a missing passenger side mirror.Elliott was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries.Related Article: ‘Use of force’ simulator approved for Wilmington PoliceAnyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910-343-3600 or use Text A Tip.last_img read more

Southport leaders continue administrative leave for police department

first_img “We want to conduct an internal investigation, and the city manager is going to work on that,” said Mayor Jerry Dove.The city has already budgeted money for the police to do their job and protect citizens. They now have to deal with the paradox to continue to pay officers, who did nothing wrong, but sit idle now, as well as pay two men accused of abandoning their posts.Mayor Jerry Dove says the indefinite leave is needed as they still have not reached a decision as to who will lead the department. Police Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons remain suspended with pay accused of working for a trucking company while on the clock for the city.Related Article: Wilmington Police wants new technology to solve crimesThe ten man department in total earns roughly $1,600 dollars a day before taxes according to wage information WWAY received following our Open Records Request to city staff.We found that more than $430 of that goes to the two men accused of breaking their oaths.“I know that it has been a hard time and it has been a strain on everyone here at city hall,” said the Mayor.There could be a continued strain on taxpayers, as city leaders also voted to approve the city manager.Seeing if an internal affairs audit will need to be conducted in the department. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will continue law enforcement operations in the city for now.City leaders like citizens hope to see that change sooner rather than later.“We’re going to get them back as soon as we can,m” said the Mayor. “That’s the plan from our city manager and staff is all in order. Our whole board is eager to do that. We want to get our police department back in order.”Southport Police took to Facebook Wednesday night sending a message to neighbors.The city manager tells us he plans to present to the alderman an updated decision on the Chief and Lieutenant’s suspensions at next week regular council meeting. SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) –  Southport police will remain off the streets until further notice.That decision coming from a board of aldermen meeting this afternoon.Nearly a week ago, investigators arrested the two top cops in Southport. The city then placed the entire department on non disciplinary administrative leave. We now know that leave will remain indefinite.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man spots shark in surf at Bald Head Island

first_img Wragge decided to capture video of the shark, which was darting back and forth in ankle-deep water.In an email to WWAY, Wragge said he’s been “swimming at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina, and everywhere in between”. He said he always hears about sharks, but has never seen anything like this or thought it would happen to him. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who was at Bald Head Island this weekend managed to get video of a shark darting back and forth right along the shoreline. Derek Wragge was on the island on Saturday and had been swimming just minutes before he spotted the shark near the southern tip of the island.“Just after getting out of the water, a man came running over asking if the other people in the water were part of our family. They were not, so he began to motion them to get out quickly,” Wragge wrote.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Opposition leads in Istanbul vote seen as test for Erdogan

first_imgEkrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin AldemirEkrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Turkey’s main opposition appeared headed for victory on Sunday in a re-run of Istanbul’s mayoral election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power.Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), was leading with 53.6% of votes versus 45.4% for Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) candidate, with nearly 95% of the city’s ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said.“As of now my rival is leading,” AKP candidate and former prime minister Binali Yildirim said minutes after the initial results were released.“I congratulate him and wish him all the luck. My wish is for Imamoglu to serve Istanbul well,” he said.Imamoglu had won the original mayoral election on March 31 by a narrow margin that prompted the AKP to demand a re-run, citing what it said were voting irregularities.The High Election Board’s decision to grant that request drew criticism from Turkey’s Western allies and from Erdogan’s opponents at home, stirring concerns about the rule of law and raising the stakes in a re-run that many Turks saw as a test of their country’s democracy.CABINET RESHUFFLE?Erdogan was Istanbul’s mayor in the 1990s before he embarked on a national political career, dominating Turkish politics first as prime minister, then as president. He presided over years of strong economic growth but critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian and intolerant of dissent.If confirmed, this second defeat in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city and commercial hub, will be a major embarrassment for the president and could also weaken what until recently seemed to be his iron grip on power.Analysts say the loss could set off a cabinet reshuffle in Ankara and adjustments to foreign policy.Turkey is balancing diplomatic relations with Russia and the United States, which has threatened sanctions against its NATO ally over its purchase of Russian missile defences.The setback for Erdogan, who campaigned hard in Istanbul, could also trigger a national election earlier than 2023 as scheduled.Turkey’s economy is now in recession and the United States, its NATO ally, has threatened sanctions if Erdogan goes ahead with plans to install Russian missile defences.The uncertainty over the fate of Istanbul, Turkey’s business hub, and potential delays in broader economic reforms, have kept financial markets on edge. Turkey’s lira currency tumbled after the decision to annul the March vote and is down nearly 10% this year in part on election jitters.WhatsAppcenter_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Cybercriminals using Ebola outbreak to spread malware

first_imgSecurity Flaw Exploit (File Photo) Advertisement A blog post by security solutions provider Symantec, has proved that cyber criminals are”using the latest headlines to bait victims.The post from”Symantec reveals an observation of  three malware operations and a phishing campaign using the Ebola virus as a social engineering theme.Symantec sheds light on the three different methods via which the cybercriminals are getting people to install viruses on their devices. These viruses can assist in stealing sensitive data and passwords. – Advertisement – First method cybercriminals send out an email that has a phony report on Ebola attached to it. The fake report is aimed at luring victims and downloading the attachment will result in the computer getting infected with the Trojan. Zbot malware.Second method This also involves sending out an email to the victims. However, this email imitates a telecom provider in the UAE – Etisalat – and also has a supposed “high-level presentation” pertaining to the Ebola virus attached as a zip file. Opening the file entitled “EBOLA – ETISALAT” will result in the computer being infected by the Trojan.Blueso.This malware infects a user’s Web browser with W32.Spyrat. Once infected, the hacker can delete files and folders on the victim’s computer, log key strokes, download/upload files, open Web pages, record from the webcam, capture screenshots and even get details on the installed apps, the computer and OS.Third methodThis one is quite sneaky and it builds on the news that the experimental Zmapp drug can cure Ebola. The attackers in a bid to lure the victims, email them claiming that “Ebola virus has been cured” and “the news should be shared widely.” This email too is accompanied by an attachment i.e. the malware Backdoor.Breut.The attackers are even using renowned publication CNN’s name to make the emails seem authentic. This ploy adapts a brief story line and includes supposedly authentic links to an “untold story” which the user needs to click. The email also claims to provide a list of the “targets” areas and tips on guarding against the disease.Incase the user clicks on the links given in the email, he/she is directed to a page where they need to select an email provider. This Web page has been created by the hackers and keying in your email details and password will result in the information being sent to the attackers. Post this, the victims is redirected to the authentic CNN home page.Source: Tech Timeslast_img read more

MTN Uganda CEO Addresses The Different Customer Issues

first_imgAdvertisement The past few months the public has had a lot of complaints in the way  MTN Uganda is delivering it’s services, disgruntled customers vented on social media using the hash-tags like #OccupyMTN to try and get MTN Uganda’s attention.Today, the CEO of MTN Uganda Brian Gouldie held a press conference to address some of the issues that have been raised via these various channels. Brian says it’s very important to have an ongoing engagement between MTN and the public and that’s why MTN wants to bring out some of the facts to the numerous opinions that have been aired out via the different channels.Customer Service  – Advertisement – There was an upgrade on 30th of June and 281,084 customers were affected by this upgrade. What MTN has done is refunded 778 Million in Airtime to the affected customer and has also credited the bundled that these customers who were affected by these intermittent occurrences had subscribed for. Combined MTN has rebated approximately one billion shillings (shs. 1 Billion) worth of data bundles and airtime.Harmonizing Short codesAbout having a harmonized short code like other service providers, Brain says, “MTN has 3.5 million transaction a day that go through our systems, we are in the process to migrate but if you have customers that have been using these codes(155,156) for 15 years, this will take time because we have to educate the public about these changes. For us to be able to do that as company, we have to work with the regulator to make sure our customers are treated fairly. Therefore, we are going to work with the commission but this will take time because we don’t want a case where our customers can’t load airtime over the festive season.”Spamming By Content Providers“Our Content providers have been responsible for generating the billing transactions, and they have been keeping records of the customers who were interested in their given service. As operators we have been facilitating the billing process on behalf of the content providers. There are 7.2 Million customers who have accepted to be provided with content on our system. From today all that has changed, MTN is now controlling the content management system and every 30 Days, customers subscribed to any content provider will automatically be removed from the system and will need to subscribe again in order to access these services,”  Brain remarked.Tax Evasion“MTN Group is listed NO.5 on the Johannesburg stock exchange, we get auditted by both internal and external Auditors and PWC handles audits for MTN Uganda. We have been awarded by Uganda Revenue Authority(URA) as the top tax payers numerous times. To add on this URA has been validating our tax returns the past 15 years, these awards actually mean we pay money and comply by submitting our Tax declarations for VAT, Customs Duty, Corporate and Excise Taxes,” Brain Highlighted.In 2013 MTN paid 336 billion Shillings and they anticipate to pay around 439 Billion in 2014. The issue of the 13.4 Billion shilling was resolved to 1.3 Billion which MTN Uganda didn’t agree with, but paid anyway.Brian also talked about the different audits that are going on in the company and said Audits should be frequent and continous and this should be for all operators. The commission shouldn’t just audit when there is a problem.Well, that’s what you might have missed today. We are going to follow on with a story about the anti-spamming technique and how it work. Feel free to ping us if you have any questions.last_img read more

Uber to Introduce SelfDriving Cars

first_imgImage Credit: bloomberg Advertisement Ride-sharing based San Francisco firm Uber Inc. on Thursday revealed that for the first time, it’s customers will hail self-driving cars later this month. However, this will be available for customers in Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved.Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot, essentially a souped-up cruise control that drives the car on the highway.Earlier this week, Ford announced plans for an autonomous ride-sharing service. But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market. – Advertisement – However, Swedish Car-Maker, Volvo Inc. has said the initiative is a “joint project” with the Uber. The two companies signed a pact earlier this year to spend $300 million to develop a fully autonomous car that will be ready for the road by 2021.“Both Uber and Volvo will use the same base vehicle for the next stage of their own autonomous car strategies,” the firm said. “This will involve Uber adding its own self-developed autonomous driving systems to the Volvo base vehicle.”“This alliance places Volvo at the heart of the current technological revolution in the automotive industry,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo.The Volvo deal isn’t exclusive; Uber plans to partner with other automakers as it races to recruit more engineers, Bloomberg reports.last_img read more

BENS BLOG I love the Computer People

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]yself and Star MD, Gaul Wood, made our way over today, to the ever gentrified Bermondsey, for a meeting with our favourite Computer People in the whole World: Grand Parade. We have actually managed to find the only Daleks, we have ever met, who produce what they say they will, when they will, at the price quoted. Added to this, they’re actually very pleasant and most agreeable human beings too (that even force-feed us strawberries and Danish Pastries. Always the quick way to my heart!).Very soon, Star will have a HUGE announcement for our merry band of Punters. Watch this space…!In other news:CHARADES AT THE SHARDOn the way back to HQ, we jumped in a black cab. The driver told us that we were lucky, as just twenty minutes later, the London black-cab-drivers were all meeting near The Shard, to go on strike (and impose themselves on everyone else in the area). This is due to the new building having a rank for mini-cabs but not black-cabs.In all of London, I cannot think of anywhere else, where there is a rank for mini-cabs and it actually made me think the following about London black-cab drivers:You get a set 5% rise on fares every year and more when the petrol goes up. Who else works to 5% inflation in this day and age?You get extra for evenings.And for Saturdays.Even more for Sundays.And again for Bank Holidays (despite all of your union-benefits, you are supposedly self-employed, so no one’s forcing you to go out to work are they?).No one can compete with you. It is a cartel with fixed prices.London have slowed every other driver down, including of course the mini-cabs, by taking one of their lanes away and giving it to you; a taxi and bus lane. This is a huge (and I would say unfair) advantage to your industry.Your trade is regularly tipped and make an unlucky-face when given the correct money.And you actually want it EVEN MORE your own way? Get back to work, and get out of everyone else’s way!!B xlast_img read more


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Rice architects to design ExtraSmall House

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduRICE ARCHITECTSTO DESIGN ‘EXTRA-SMALL HOUSE’Rice Building Workshop will use grant tosupport project While townhouses withsix-digit price tags are springing up in midtown Houston, architecture studentsand faculty at Rice University are planning to design and build a small homethat is affordable to people displaced by the larger, more-expensivestructures.With a $5,000 grant fromthe Rice Design Alliance, about 30 undergraduate and graduate students enrolledin the Rice Building Workshop will create a house that is no bigger than 500square feet on land donated by Project Row Houses in Houston’s ThirdWard.“The Extra-Small Houseproject for 2002 will address a part of the housing market that is oftenforgotten,” said Nonya Grenader, associate director of the workshop and avisiting critic at Rice’s School of Architecture. “We’re designing a small homefor one or two people who might need a starter home, an accessible home forsomeone with a disability, a home for someone with limited financial resources,or just a home for someone who merely wishes to live simply and doesn’t want anapartment.”Danny Samuels, directorof the Rice Building Workshop and a visiting professor at Rice’s School ofArchitecture, said the small scope of the project presents a special challengeto students.“A small house can berich with innovation, invention and ideas,” he said. “Ideally, our students willcome up with a design that can be easily replicated, thereby increasing thestock of affordable alternative housing in Houston.”Part of the designchallenge is finding materials that will not exceed the maximum budget for thehouse—$25,000. Students can investigate new materials as well as recycledandsalvage materials. The design should also take into account the Houstonclimate, closing off west exposures and optimizing north exposures and crossventilation.Design and constructiondocuments for the Extra-Small House will be prepared in spring semester 2002,January through April. City approvals, testing and fabrication of selectedcomponents will be handled during the summer. Construction of the house isscheduled for fall semester 2002, September through December.The Rice BuildingWorkshop gives architecture students an opportunity to turn ideas into builtproducts. By following through on a project from design to construction,students can become more aware of the real-world building process and learn fromexperience how the process can alter design concepts. The $5,000 grant awardedto the Rice Building Workshop by the Rice Design Alliance for the Extra-SmallHouse will be supplemented by other funding, Grenader said.The Rice Design Allianceis a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urbandesign and the built environment in the Houston region. Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. last_img read more

Chicago Booth Expands Deferred Admission MBA Program to All Students

first_img The University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced this week that it has expanded its deferred admission MBA program. Previously limited to undergraduates at the University of Chicago, it is now open to any student in their final year of study at any undergraduate institution.Chicago Booth ScholarsThe Chicago Booth Scholars program gives talented undergraduate seniors the opportunity to apply for a place in a future Booth MBA class. Those who gain admission can then complete two to four years of full-time work experience before heading to Booth for their MBA.In an effort to provide ultimate flexibility, participants in the expanded program can chose between the full-time MBA program at the Hyde Park campus or the evening and weekend MBA program at the downtown campus. “Continuing to build the most talented and diverse classes of MBA students is a priority for Chicago Booth,” Dean Madhav Rajan notes in a recent statement.Why Expand?Chicago Booth has chosen to expand its deferred admissions MBA program, which launched in 2002 exclusively for University of Chicago undergrads, in an effort to draw great talent from across the nation and the world.“This program is extremely successful in terms of the caliber of students it has attracted and the excellent alumni that come out of it,” Stacey Kole, Chicago Booth deputy dean for the MBA program, said in a statement. “There is great talent beyond our own university, which is why we are opening this opportunity to students attending other colleges and universities.”To ApplyThe next application deadline is April 4, 2019, and the $250 application fee will be waived for all Chicago Booth Scholars applicants. One advantage of the program is that it lets college students complete the MBA admissions process—including taking the GMAT or GRE—while they are still in test-taking mode and before they enter the busy working world.You can learn more about the expanding Chicago Booth Scholars program here.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. Chicago Booth Expands Deferred Admission MBA Program to All Students Last Updated Oct 11, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Chicagocenter_img RelatedTop Deferred Enrollment MBA Programs Geared Toward Younger CandidatesMost of the time, full-time MBA programs require work experience and, overall, class averages of professional experience are close to five years. Rarely are programs open to younger candidates who are still pursuing their undergraduate degrees. However, that all changes when it comes to deferred enrollment programs. These programs guarantee…March 7, 2019In “Advice”New Scholarships Available For Chicago Booth Weekend MBAsLooking for some extra help as you try to pay your way through a part-time MBA program in the Chicago Metro? The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is launching an MBA scholarship program to help professionals working in the nonprofit and government sectors with their financial aid needs.…January 19, 2016In “Featured Region”Chicago Booth Gears Up to Welcome Summer Business ScholarsThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source Want to test drive an MBA? The University of Chicago Booth School of Business provides an opportunity to do just that through its Summer Business Scholars Program (SBSP). This unique program convenes participants from around the globe on Booth’s…July 10, 2015In “Featured Home” About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more

2 Malcolm X Descendants Accused of Truck Theft Dog Abuse

first_img 2 Malcolm X Descendants Accused of Truck Theft, Dog Abuse By The Associated Press January 27, 2017 Updated: January 27, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion LA PLATA, Md.—Police in southern Maryland say a daughter and granddaughter of black Muslim leader Malcolm X are charged with stealing a rental truck that was found carrying seven pit bulls in what police describe as inhumane conditions.Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Janelle Love said Friday that 51-year-old Malikah Shabazz and her 19-year-old daughter Bettih (BET’-eh) Shabazz were arrested Wednesday night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in La Plata.Malikah also faces seven charges of animal cruelty. Love says the dogs were in stacked crates, and some were injured.She says the truck was reported stolen earlier Wednesday to Vermont State Police.Both women gave New Hampshire addresses. They’ve been released after posting $2,000 bond.No defense attorneys are listed in court records.The arrests were first reported Friday by TMZ. US center_img Bettih Shabazz; Malikah Shabazz (Charles County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office via AP) Share Share this articlelast_img read more

Mo Farah Says He Might Not Be Able to Return Amid Immigration

first_imgA Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 file photo of Britain’s Mo Farah gesturing on the podium as he waits to receive his gold medal for the men’s 5000-meter race during athletics events at the Summer Olympics inside Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, saying Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, the temporary travel ban “seems to have made me an alien” and leaves him unsure whether he can return to his U.S home. Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven predominantly Muslim nations subject to the executive order signed by Trump that currently bars entry to the United States. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Share this article Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, saying Sunday the temporary travel ban “seems to have made me an alien” and left him unsure whether he can return to his U.S. home.Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven predominantly Muslim nations subject to the executive order signed by Trump that currently bars entry to the United States.Farah currently is training in Ethiopia. His wife, Tania, and four children are in Portland, Oregon, where the Farah family has lived for the last six years.“It’s deeply troubling,” the 33-year-old Farah said in a statement on his Facebook page, “that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home.”Farah and his representatives have been trying to establish whether the fact he was born in Somalia will now present a problem for the athlete when he wishes to return to the United States. Farah has a British passport and does not have dual nationality or hold a Somalian passport.“We are seeking to clarify the situation with the US authorities,” Farah’s agent, Jo Livingston, told The Associated Press in an email. “Mo is currently at a training camp and is not planned to return to the U.S. for a number of weeks. However, as I’m sure you can appreciate, he and Tania want to understand the direct impact on them (if any) as a matter of urgency.”Following conversations between British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the U.S. government, Britain’s Foreign Office said later Sunday that Trump’s executive order only applies to individuals traveling from one of the seven named countries, regardless of nationality or place of birth. That suggested Farah would be OK to return to the United States. US Show Discussioncenter_img Share Mo Farah Says He Might Not Be Able to Return Amid Immigration Order By The Associated Press January 29, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

8YearOld Dies After Drinking Boiling Water on a Dare

first_img Show Discussion Crime and Incidents Ki’ari Pope (GoFundMe) An 8-year-old girl from Boynton Beach died on Sunday, months after she burned her mouth and throat drinking boiling water on a dare, authorities in Florida say.Ki’ari Pope told her mother’s 29-year-old boyfriend that she couldn’t breathe late on Sunday. Minutes later, the girl was unresponsive and the boyfriend called 911.A rescue crew rushed Ki’ari to a hospital. The emergency crew tried to revive the girl for 40 minutes, but she was pronounced dead just past midnight on Monday. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause of death, said Boynton police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.Marquisia Bonner, the girl’s 22-year-old mother, told the Sun Sentinel that she was at a store when Ki’ari lost consciousness. When she returned, she saw police near her home.“I knew there was something going on with my daughter,” she said.Ki’ari drank boiling water through a straw on a dare from her eight-year-old cousin. They watched a YouTube video where someone appears to do it. No charges were filed in that case. The burns Ki’ari sustained after drinking the boiling water led doctors to perform a tracheotomy. The girl went to an emergency room twice since the surgery because she couldn’t breathe, her mother said. Ki’ari also had trouble talking.Ki’ari was in third grade at Washington Elementary School, liked music, dancing, and played basketball. She was due for a check up at her doctor’s office on Friday, Bonner said.“She was just a little girl full of life,” Bonner said. “Everyone loved her.”The girl’s family set up a page to raise funds for the funeral scheduled for Aug. 12.Florida’s child-welfare agency is investigating the death. According to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) reports, there are a series of cases involving the girl since 2009, five of them involving domestic violence between the mother and her boyfriend.The reports are redacted, so it is unclear if the same boyfriend was involved in each case.“The loss of this child is truly devastating, and our condolences go out to all those who loved her,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said in an emailed statement.Caroll added that a Critical Incident Rapid Response Team has been deployed to investigate the family’s interactions with Florida’s child welfare system. DCF officials took Bonner’s three other children away on Thursday afternoon, the mother’s cousin said.The girl’s mother photographed the girl when she was in the hospital and posted a picture on Facebook on March 27. The photo shows Bonner holding the girl’s hand while she lies in bed hooked up to monitors.“Lords know i havent felt this kinda pain since my daddy died it hurts so much … yall pray for my baby kiari and plz dont ask what happened!” the caption on the picture said.From Sharecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article 8-Year-Old Dies After Drinking Boiling Water on a Dare By NTD Television August 4, 2017 Updated: August 4, 2017last_img read more

23 Children Hurt Inside Trampoline Gym Reports

first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   And while you’re here … We have a small favor to ask of you. More people are reading The Epoch Times than ever, but ad revenues are plummeting across the media. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! Praying they bounce back. 23 Children Hurt After Platform Collapses in San Diego Trampoline Gym – KTLA— @danfromdc (@danfromdc) November 12, 2017 23 Children Hurt Inside Trampoline Gym: Reports By Epoch Newsroom November 12, 2017 Updated: November 13, 2017 Twenty-three children were hurt after a stairwell at a trampoline gym collapsed—which sent the children hurtling toward the ground.The children are now recovering in area hospitals, ABC13 reported.“It was really scary,” one child told ABC13. “Everybody was crying and bleeding.”The wooden platform broke at a business called Vault PK, located at 1699 Main St., KTLA reported. The incident took place at 7 p.m. Saturday, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said on Twitter.The platform collapsed while children and adults were on top of it, officials confirmed. Share The gym’s owner Jessica Ho told ABC that she was “devastated.”Her statement read: “We are truly heartbroken tonight, as these children and their parents aren’t just our members—we see them weekly, they are our gym family – I had my own children there tonight. I am just as devastated for all the children affected as any other parent. Their safety has always been a priority. My heart aches for the families who call Vault PK home.”“We are working with authorities and will continue to do so to resolve this. That is all we can say for now.” US News (OgnjenO/Shutterstock) Four of the injured children are listed in serious condition, fire officials stated.“The platform these kids were going up was real sketchy, you could tell it wasn’t going to hold all that weight,” parent Cory Brizendine told ABC13. Some 30 to 40 children were called to the stairwell to get pizza. A stairway collapse has injured approximately20 kids at Main and Sigsbee.— SDFD (@SDFD) November 12, 2017 Children hurt at Barrio Logan parkour center #sandiego— San Diego News (@sandiegonewz) November 12, 2017 “All of a sudden, it just crashed down and I heard people screaming when it was coming down,” he said.Jordan Alvarez, 13, said he considers himself lucky.“I fell, luckily I landed on a cushioned pad,” Alvarez said. “Luckily I didn’t get hurt.” Show Discussionlast_img read more

Watch NASA Pit Its AI Drone Against a Human Pro

first_imgMan versus machine. Drone Pilot Ken Loo pits his skills against the latest AI technology. (Screenshot/YouTube-NASA/JPL-Caltech) Show Discussion Science News Share this article Watch: NASA Pit Its AI Drone Against a Human Pro By Simon Veazey November 28, 2017 Updated: November 28, 2017 NASA has produced a very modern twist on the tale of man versus machine by pitting Artificial Intelligence (AI) against a human—in a drone race.Computers have long been able to beat even the world champions at chess, and in recent years, AI machines have triumphed even at the most difficult game ever created in history—the Chinese game called Go. NASA’s AI self-driving drone. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)But how might AI fare when pitted against humans away from the game board in the real world—in a race involving rapid, instinctive, and constant reactions and adjustments?NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) put the issue to the test when it set up a course specifically to race two drones: one piloted by the best human pilot, the other piloted by onboard AI.Drone races using the latest fast-flying quadcopter have become increasingly popular in recent years, with tracks often stretched out, and up, over larger areas such as football fields or warehouses. The NASA course was smaller than usual—a big challenge to the world-class drone pilot Ken Loo who NASA had recruited to take on the AI-piloted machine for their time trial. Drone Pilot Ken Loo as he pits his skills against the latest AI technology. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)“We pitted our algorithms against a human, who flies a lot more by feel,” said Rob Reid of JPL, the project’s task manager in a press statement. “You can actually see that the AI flies the drone smoothly around the course, whereas human pilots tend to accelerate aggressively, so their path is jerkier.”The AI lap times were very similar from start to end, but after a few dozen Laps, Loo had improved his time by over 2.5 seconds. This screen grab shows NASA workers preparing the AI drone for flight by pre-loading 3-D maps of the course. (Screenshot YouTube/NASA)The human pilot used his creativity to learn and adjust, whereas the AI had optimized its approach from the get-go, but could not improve on it.“This is definitely the densest track I’ve ever flown,” Loo said. “One of my faults as a pilot is I get tired easily. When I get mentally fatigued, I start to get lost, even if I’ve flown the course 10 times.”For the official laps, Loo averaged 11.1 seconds, compared to the autonomous drones, which averaged 13.9 seconds.“Our autonomous drones can fly much faster,” Reid said. “One day you might see them racing professionally!”Although the race might look like fun, the technology behind has a very significant potential in all kinds of areas. For example, the technology that allows the drone to combine real-world information with a pre-loaded 3-D map has various applications, said Reid.For example, it could mean drones can check on inventories in warehouses or assist search and rescue operations at disaster sites.Dear reader, we have a favor to ask of you. We work hard to deliver important and interesting articles to you, but we can’t do it without ad revenue.Please help support independent journalism by sharing this article with your friends and family. It takes less than a minute. Thank you! Share Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more