Tenants from Mission and 22nd Fire Sue Landlord

first_img 0% Residential tenants of the large mixed-use building at 22nd and Mission streets that was destroyed by a fire in January filed suit on Tuesday against landlord Hawk Lou and his wife Ketty Fong Lou. The incident left one man dead, one severely injured, and more than 60 displaced. Of those, 47 tenants from 15 units are bringing the suit, which accuses the landlords of  negligence, breaking of lease agreements, a violation of the city’s rent ordinance, that the building was uninhabitable, and that the practice of renting the building to residential tenants was an unfair business practice. The suit alleges that Lou failed to maintain the building and allowed poorly maintained wiring to persist, leading to the electrical fault that a fire department inspection indicates may have caused the blaze. Lou argued in an email that a fire inspection by his insurance agency indicated a charred pot on a stovetop and the surrounding burn pattern in one residential unit indicated that the fire originated there.“I would say to Hawk Lou, that’s one amazing fire pattern, that it starts in the pot and reverses course and snakes down and goes inside the electrical box,” said the tenant’s attorney, Steven J. McDonald of Greenstein & McDonald. “If you look at the San Francisco Fire Department report, one thing is it’s striking that it’s so detailed… They’re tracking the fire burn pattern… They saw it originate at the lowest point of this hallway.” Tenants also contend that the landlord failed to keep fire safety equipment in working condition, resulting in nonfunctioning or nonexistent smoke detectors and fire alarms. Lou has said the alarm system was working and up to date on its inspections, but tenants said shortly after the fire that they did not hear any kind of alarm.“I believe that the culprit of all of this is Hawk Lou’s business plan,” McDonald said. “It’s profit and loss, income and expense. Keep the expenses down to the bare minimum, your profit goes up.”Maintenance that was performed, McDonald said, may have cut corners to reduce the landlord’s workload.“Check the permit history. Where are the permits?” he wanted to know. “The building is 108 years old. Buildings and their systems, electrical plumbing heating systems, they have a certain life span. This was not factored into this landlord’s business plan.”Tenants are now seeking general, special and punitive damages for Lou’s alleged failure to keep the building in habitable condition, which they say was in bad faith. They also seek compensation for medical bills, as several were injured or inhaled smoke during the fire, as well as for loss of income and earning ability, and attorney’s fees. One fire victim, who was severely burned and hospitalized, is bringing a separate suit against the landlord. Neglect of the building in bad faith and preventing tenants from living in their units would be a violation of the San Francisco rent ordinance. That would mean the tenants are entitled to three times the actual damages caused by the landlord’s violations, according to the complaint.Tenants also allege that the building was not kept in habitable condition, and are seeking disgorgement of rents they paid during their tenancy.“In our culture,  justice equates to money. That’s it, that’s what we get, it it was it is,” McDonald said. “My goal is to get my clients justice.”A group of business owners who rented space in the building have also filed suit against Lou for similar complaints.Most of the tenants have been relocated to temporary housing with assistance from the city, to apartments in the Mission, on Treasure Island, and in Parkmerced, and hope to exercise their right to return to the building when it is restored at their former rents. Meanwhile, Lou has been seeking off-market offers on the building and may sell it for an estimated $20 million. center_img Tags: housing • sf Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

IT may undoubtedly be the tie everyone is waiting

first_imgIT may undoubtedly be the tie everyone is waiting for in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fifth Round but Kyle Amor and Kevin Sinfield had a more testing – and tasting – challenge to complete first: who could make the best Easter egg?The two players took part in the fierce battle at The Chocolate Café in Ramsbottom, designing and making from scratch their own Easter eggs.This competition may have been a million miles away from the rugby field but it was the perfect opportunity for the players to take a break from the hard work in training with their families to have some Easter fun.“It was great fun, it’s not something that I’ve ever done before and I’m not used to being in a kitchen,” said Kyle. “My kids were on hand to see their Dad making Easter eggs and they really enjoyed it.“I think my egg came out best but I know Kev thinks differently.”The pair are no strangers to one another, having played together at Leeds when Amor joined the club for a season in 2010.That year, Leeds lost out in the Challenge Cup final to Warrington, an experience which has made both players desperate for success in this competition.Amor added: “To get to a Tetley’s Challenge Cup final is something I have wanted personally for a long time.“I was lucky enough to go with Leeds and the atmosphere and occasion is incredible and it is something I want to be a part of again.“It’s a dream of mine to play in a Tetley’s Challenge Cup final.”Tickets for Saturday’s Challenge Cup Fifth Round tie are on sale from Langtree Park.You can buy here, at the Ticket Office or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League home opener with Huddersfield Giants.All four of the club’s new signings could be involved alongside Adam Swift and Alex Walmsley who didn’t feature in pre-season.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens.Paul Anderson will choose his side from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Jamie Ellis, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 12. Michael Lawrence, 13. Larne Patrick, 14. Daniel Smith, 16. Sam Rapira, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 18. Jake Connor, 19. Josh Johnson, 20. Kruise Leeming, 21. Nathan Mason, 22. Oliver Roberts.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Robert Hicks.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a tremendous performance in the ra

first_imgSAINTS produced a tremendous performance in the rain at Blackbrook to beat Catalans 56-0, writes Graham Henthorne.For many a month the Dragons were the Saints biggest rivals but has had a torrid time since the Saints beat them in the South of France earlier this year.They came to the game today knowing they needed a win to make the play-offs but they came up against an uncompromising Saints that were in no mood to be beaten.Dave Eccleston opened the account on six minutes as he took a wide ball bouncing off his opposite number to go in at the corner.The Dragons were finding it difficult to cope with the Saints tough tackling making only rare visits to the Saints 20 and dropping the ball often whenever they got there.Jake Spedding increased the Saints lead with the first of his long range brace taking a Brad Billsborough wide pass before stepping inside and outpacing the cover over 50 metres to the line.The Saints went 16 points clear with Eccleston’s second of the opening quarter. Drives from Saints own Frenchman Levy Nzoungou and Evan Bullen put the Saints on the attack before quick hands from Ricky Bailey and Matty Costello put the winger in for an identical effort to his first.The Saints then went away from the game plan getting dragged into a forward battle which was exactly what the visitors wanted.Then came the game changer as a massive flare up ended with the sinbinning of Billsborough for a late tackle but the sending off of the Dragons substitute prop for running in and landing a punch on Jordan Olmez.The Saints responded best to the taunting of their opponents with a huge tackle on the restart which forced the knock on and sent the message out that they were not to be intimidated.This was reinforced moments later as Captain Liam Cooper charged on to short pass from Josh Eaves to give the Saints a 22 point lead at the break.The Dragons came out after the break with renewed resolve putting the Saints under some pressure for the first ten minutes. But after Spedding expertly mopped up a grubber behind his own still making 10 metres and then a massive hit from Cooper had forced the error on the Dragons next possession the fire went out of the beast.From the scrum the ball was swept out to Costello who dummied his way through the line going 40 to the corner.From the restart an Eaves dart at the play the ball put Olmez away and the big prop kept his head to commit the fullback before feeding the supporting Danny Richardson or the try.The third Saints try in as many sets came as Eaves darted blind twice finally putting Regan Grace over in the left corner.The final quarter became an exercise in self-preservation as the visitors put in cheap shot after cheap shot and the Saints showed admirable discipline not to retaliate.Spedding showed exactly the right response as he arced wide down the left going 90 metres to the line.Again from the restart the Saints marched effortlessly down field with Billsborough putting a well-judged grubber through to the Catalans line. The winger tried to knock it dead but only succeeded in allowing Costello to dive over him for the try.The last try was probably the worst of the lot as a terrible Richardson kick was luckily taken by Bailey with Billsborough just about taking his terrible pass for the score. If you were there you’ll know what I mean!! Richardson’s eighth fabulous conversion ended the scoring.Anyone walking around the Brook area at 12 o’clock quoting this score as the final would have been led into a quiet area and held there until the ambulance arrived. Especially with the inclusion of halfbacks Albert and Da Costa who have been leading the Dragons first team around for the past few weeks.But the Saints were having none of it sending just the right sort of message out to their play-off rivals that the Saints still mean business and will no matter what your reputation.Richardson’s return from injury was pivotal to this performance but Cooper and his second row compatriot Ben Morris were outstanding in showing the other 15 their way.The play-off semi-final is due to be played at Langtree on Saturday the 17th at 13:00.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: David Eccleston (6 & 23), Jake Spedding (17 & 63), Liam Cooper (35), Matty Costello (52 & 65), Danny Richardson (55), Regan Grace (58), Brad Billsborough (70).Goals: Danny Richardson 8/10.Catalans:Tries:Goals:Half Time: 22-0Full Time: 56-0Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. David Eccleston, 4. Matty Costello, 3. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Brad Billsborough; 8. Levy Nzoungou, 9. Aaron Smith, 17. Alex Eckley, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Chris Follin, 16. Evan Bullen.Catalans:1. Pierre Bise; 2. Jordan Flovie, 4. Vincent Albert, 3. Arthur Romano, 5. Paul Izard; 6. Lucas Albert, 7. Alrix Da Costa; 8. Lambert Belmas, 9. Mathieu Tovena, 10. Paul Seguier, 11. Jordan Delara, 12. Alexandre Mickalezyk, 13. Matthieu Khedimi. Subs: 14. Romain Pallares, 15. Nourdine Sebea, 16. Quentin Quenener, 17. Sebastien Nietche Corones.last_img read more

FIVE Saints were involved in international action

first_imgFIVE Saints were involved in international action this weekend.Jonny Lomax played for England in their one-point defeat to New Zealand in the Four Nations at Huddersfield.The full-back was in superb form but Shaun Johnson’s drop goal settled the contest 17-16.England now move on to face Scotland this Saturday – with Mark Percival having a good chance of a recall as Wayne Bennett looks to make changes.The Bravehearts, featuring Saints new signings Luke Douglas and Adam Walker (below), were downed by Australia on Friday.But the duo produced stellar displays for Scotland and will look forward to the clash with England in Coventry on Saturday.For Ireland, Shannon McDonnell played as Ireland beat Russia 70-16 to qualify for the World Cup.It was his second game in just over a week for the side, after he appeared in the win over Spain.Finally, Ben Morris scored two tries, including the winner, as Wales beat Italy to qualify for the World Cup.The youngster appeared at centre and made a telling contribution in just his second senior appearance!(Wales pic courtesy of Ian Lovell)last_img read more

Thursday night will see the prop make his tenth ap

first_imgThursday night will see the prop make his tenth appearance in the showpiece and it’s one he is relishing.“These are the games you look forward to during the season,” he said. “As a kid I loved watching these games so to be involved now is great. The atmosphere is something special and I’m really looking forward to it.“We beat them on Good Friday and want to do it again.”Saints chalked up a win over Wigan on Good Friday and sit eight points clear of their rivals on the Betfred Super League ladder.But that will count for nothing when the two sides lock horns this Thursday.“We are mindful of where we are sat but don’t really focus on it. It’s more about performing each week,” he added. “We set high standards here and work hard to make sure we are up to those standards.“We can always get better and improve. We have a gap but can’t get too comfortable. We won’t allow that to stop what we are doing.“There is a lot to play for and we haven’t won anything yet. We don’t want to think too far ahead; it’s about staying fit and having a good end to the season.”Thommo is the form prop in the competition and that was echoed when he scored a flyer at Hull FC to seal a 34-18 win.It took his season’s tally to four.“It was a great away win at Hull,” he said. “It is a tough place to go. We conceded a couple of tries early in the second half and did really well to come back.“The manner of the performance was good and it will stand us in good stead for the future.“It was good try wasn’t it? I hit a nice line from Jonny at pace, got through and backed myself to put down in the corner.”Tickets for Thursday’s derby are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

For all the latest from the game click on the Mat

first_imgFor all the latest from the game, click on the Match Centre button to follow the feed and enjoy exclusive content throughout the 80 minutes! The game kicks off at 7:45pm and team news will arrive from around 7pm!last_img

VIDEO Whale spotted feeding near shore in Kure Beach

first_imgKURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A rare moment over the weekend as a whale was seen feeding close to shore along an area beach.Boyce Productions posted the drone video on Facebook of the whale near Kure Beach.- Advertisement – The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher says it was a young humpback.Several others photos surfaced on social media of a whale near Freeman Park Saturday afternoon.last_img

Bolivia dental office providing day of free dental care to kids

first_img All children will leave with a treatment plan for their dental health.Children will be seen by appointment only. You will need to fill out a patient registration form prior to being seen.The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16 at Coastal Pediatric Dentistry’s office located at 3071 Southport Supply Rd in Bolivia.Related Article: WalletHub ranks North Carolina as one of the worst states for teachersGive Kids A Smile is a nationally-recognized event held each February to raise awareness and to provide free oral health services to thousands of underserved children across the country. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Coastal Pediatric Dentistry will provide free dental care to children during their 2nd annual Give Kids a Smile event.Children will receive free x-rays and a comprehensive exam. Parents can also choose for their child to receive a free cleaning or free sealant.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Community pitches in to help get shrimp boat back out to sea

first_imgDrone shot of Big Earl shrimp boat beached in Holden Beach on May 15, 2018. (Photo: Mark Moore) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five days and still no change. Shrimp boat Big Earl has been stuck on Holden Beach since last week is still there.Captain Virgil Coleman was hoping tonight was the night to get the boat back to sea.- Advertisement – The tide this morning didn’t help dislodge the boat from the sand as the captain had hoped.The boat has been beached since Thursday.Coleman says they have been digging a trench all around the boat Tuesday but was unsuccessful of getting the boat back out during high tide this evening.Related Article: Holden Beach Pier goes up for saleColeman says two local boaters tried to pull him out. One of the straps attached to Big Earl broke while one of the other boats was pulling it out to the ocean.(Photo: Michael Staley‎)As the boat started to move on its own, Coleman said the blower in the engine caught on fire. Now, he says this must be fixed.The crew will try again Wednesday.He says his next option may be to call the US Coast Guard for assistance.last_img read more

No shave November fundraiser to support officers displaced from Florence

first_imgSurf City Police Officers participate in No Shave November in November, 2017 (Photo: Surf City Police Department) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — In Surf City later this week, you may notice some of the police officers with a little more hair on their faces.It is time for the Surf City Police Department’s annual no shave November fundraiser.- Advertisement – This year, the money raised will go to three Surf City Police Officers and 10 Pender County deputies who lost their homes or had extensive damage from Hurricane Florence.Anyone who wants to sponsor an officer or just donate to the cause can stop by the Surf City Police Department at 305 N. New River Drive or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 2515 Surf City, NC 28445.last_img

Five African Presidents To Follow On Twitter

first_imgAdvertisement President Paul Kagame of Rwanda is an active Twitter user.The focus has shifted away from unruly youths and now businesses and professional individuals have flocked to social networks to engage with users, followers and fans.A number of African presidents have also set up a virtual home on Twitter, and while some might not be as active as others, they still share their thoughts and feelings with those who follow them.Jacob G. Zuma – President of South AfricaThe South African president can be followed @SAPresident and is one of the few Verified By Twitter accounts in terms of African statesmen. He is not as vocal as some of his fellow African presidents and tweets about once a month on topics that affect the government.Number of Tweets: 87Following: 6Followers:  114,353Goodluck Jonathan – President of NigeriaNigeria’s outspoken president can be followed @JGoodlucktweets is more in tune with social media sites than Pres. Jacob Zuma. With 35 727 followers, he mainly tweets about government matters and the violence in the country. While his site if not a verified account by Twitter, it is rather clear that it is the statesman tweeting, as he often links back to his official Facebook page.Number of Tweets: 105Following: 104Followers: 39,210 – Advertisement – Paul Kagame – President of RwandaOut of all the African presidents on Twitter, Kagame is one of the most engaging on the micro-blogging site with over 2 000 tweets. He often personally answers questions posed to him on the site, and does not shy away from speaking his mind. While most presidents tend to stick to government matters, Kagame will often wish his followers a Happy Weekend or wish them luck with a particular venture. Kagame can be followed @PaulKagame.Number of Tweets: 2 108Following: 0Followers:70,226Jakaya Kikwete – President of TanzaniaJust as with Pres. Jacob Zuma, Kikwete’s @jmkikwete Twitter account has actually been verified by Twitter as genuine. With over a 1 000 tweets, Kikwete also loves to engage with his followers, creating healthy debates and wishing them luck. He only follows two others on the site: January Makamba ‏(Deputy Minister of Communication, Science & Technology), and the citizen-centered initiative Twaweza .Number of Tweets: 1,115Following: 2Followers: 29,058H.E. Professor John Evans Atta Mills (Presidency of Ghana) – President of the Republic of GhanaPresident Mills doesn’t have a personal Twitter account, but stays relevant in the news with the Presidency of Ghana account. The account also uses his photograph as the profile pic, and added “H.E. Professor John Evans Atta Mills, President of the Republic of Ghana was born at Tarkwa on July 21st, 1944” as the short biography. Pres. Mills, or the account holder, tweets a couple of message a day, and mainly engages in conversation surrounding government matters and decisions made by Pres. Mills. The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, on the other hand, does have a personal Twitter account (@GhanaVeepJDM), and often corresponds with his followers.Number of Tweets: 413Following: 16Followers: 2 320source: IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

Philips provides lifesaving ultrasound technology for women in rural areas in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Royal Philips (AEX: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) yesterday showcased in Kampala how cost-effective ultrasound technology can reduce maternal mortality in rural areas in Uganda.By using Philips’ ultrasound imaging technology for preventive screening of expectant mothers, a study by Imaging the World (ITW) shows that through early detection of complications, women at-risk can be referred to appropriate care centers in time. Multipurpose and easy to handle, Philips’ ClearVue Ultrasound technology also gives Ugandan healthcare providers a diagnostic tool for early detection of breast cancer allowing for timely treatment.Philips announced these initial positive results as part of the Uganda leg of its fourth consecutive Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow 2013. Through knowledge sharing and by providing clinical training to local healthcare professionals in Kampala, Philips aims to contribute towards the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality. – Advertisement – Saving lives, one ultrasound scan at a timeJJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President and CEO of Philips Africa: “People in rural areas in Africa often die due to preventable complications as they have no advance warning of critical conditions. Many of these deaths can be diagnosed with basic imaging technology. It makes me proud to see how Philips’ cost-effective, easy to use ultrasound systems can make a real difference in people’s lives. It shows that meaningful innovations can be true life-savers.”JJ van Dongen is visiting Uganda from 27-28 June and will participate in a Philips-hosted roundtable discussion bringing together national and international healthcare experts to debate how technology can strengthen the public health system of Uganda. In addition to this Philips will provide two days of clinical trainings for 125 local healthcare professionals at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala.Maternal screening allows for early detection of complicationsAccording to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report, women in Africa are at significant risk of premature death, with particular high mortality rates recorded in pregnancy. In Uganda, complications during pregnancy and childbirth contribute to 358,000 maternal deaths annually. Philips is addressing this challenge by providing ITW cost-effective ultrasound solutions in rural areas where ultrasound exams are not routinely available.The Philips ClearVue 350 – cost-effective and portable ultrasound machines, are utilized to scan pregnant women. The acquired images are transmitted digitally via a cell phone modem to a remote internet server where they can then be accessed by a credentialed reviewer, either in-country or abroad, for interpretation. An abbreviated report of the findings is sent via SMS to the nurse midwife with the full report sent by email enabling mid-level healthcare workers to provide high quality care.This model, incorporating low-power ultrasound machines, has been successfully developed and tested for obstetric ultrasound imaging in rural Uganda, with implementation at 11 different healthcare facilities. Following co-founded research in Uganda, carried out by ITW, we have observed creation of demand for high quality antenatal care at the clinics where ultrasound is present. This has resulted in an increase in the proportion of attended births by skilled healthcare workers as well as a significant increase in the number of antenatal visits per pregnancy. These well-recognized healthcare quality measures are likely to directly improve maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity.Breast-screening projectPhilips’ ultrasound systems can be used in multiple settings; beside maternal screening ITW is also using Philips technology to detect breast cancer. According to the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), breast cancer has the second highest cancer incidence and mortality among women in Africa. It is a disease that increasingly impacts the lives of young women in Uganda, their families and their communities.ITW has developed an innovative way to detect breast cancer using Philips ultrasound technology, instead of the more traditional x-ray mammography.This technique enables Ugandan healthcare workers to diagnose breast cancer in women who live in rural, resource-limited settings and have no access to mammography. Ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic tool allows for early detection of breast cancer enabling appropriate treatment. This life-saving and innovative approach to breast cancer detection in resource limited-areas might serve as a blue-print for the future of diagnosis breast cancer in Africa.Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow 2013The Cape Town to Cairo Roadshow 2013 is visiting Uganda for the second time and is in Kampala from 27 -28 June 2013. Primarily focused on Mother and Child Care, the roadshow aims to support and raise awareness on how meaningful innovations can enhance life in Africa. The roadshow kicked-off in Cape Town on May 14th and will make its way across seventeen countries and eighteen cities in Africa.With clinical education and training programs for African healthcare professionals and through large scale healthcare revitalization projects, Philips helps to improve standards of care in Africa. To further drive this agenda, Philips has also launched the collaborative ‘Fabric of Africa’ campaign to drive public-private partnerships and to improve healthcare access across the continent.The Roadshow will make its next stop in Accra, Ghana, on 2nd July.last_img read more

Microsoft and Facebook To Build An Innovative New Subsea Cable

first_imgImage Credit: squarespace Advertisement Today, Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable, “MAREA” across the Atlantic.  The new cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.The parties have cleared conditions to go Contract-In-Force (CIF) with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.The two companies are collaborating on this system to accelerate the development of the next-generation of Internet infrastructure and support the explosion of data consumption and rapid growth of their respective cloud and online services. – Advertisement – MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic with eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system, to be operated and managed by Telxius, Telefónica’s new telecommunications infrastructure company, will also be the first to connect the United States to southern Europe, from the data hub of Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and then to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.This route is South of other transatlantic cable systems, thereby helping ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Microsoft and Facebook designed MAREA to be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment. This new “open” design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Microsoft and Facebook are working with Telxius to build upon Telefónica’s longstanding experience in subsea cables on this innovative new system.  Telxius will serve as the operator of the system and sell capacity as part of their wholesale infrastructure business.last_img read more

Africas young need to seize their potential and thrive – Bill Gates

first_imgMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative with heads of state on Monday. Image Credit: Window Scentral Advertisement Africa’s future rests in the hands of its youth – and every effort must be made to ensure they thrive, philanthropist and entrepreneur Bill Gates said in South Africa.Delivering the 2016 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of Pretoria (Mamelodi campus), Gates said he was optimistic about the future of the continent – because of its young people.Pointing out that Africa was demographically the world’s youngest continent – in the next 35 years, it is estimated that 2-billion babies will be born in Africa and by 2050, 40% of the world’s children will live in Africa – Gates said he believed Africa’s youth “can be the source of a special dynamism”. – Advertisement – “Economists talk about the demographic dividend. When you have more people of working age, and fewer dependents for them to take care of, you can generate phenomenal economic growth. Rapid economic growth in East Asia in the 1970s and 1980s was partly driven by the large number of young people moving into their work force.“But for me, the most important thing about young people is the way their minds work. Young people are better than old people at driving innovation, because they are not locked in by the limits of the past. The real returns will come if we can multiply this talent for innovation by the whole of Africa’s growing youth population,” he said.Gates used the platform of the 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture – the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s flagship programme to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela, and to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world – to lay out his vision of how to create a better world. The theme of his speech was “Living Together”.Gates said he had admired Mandela, whom he had met on many occasions. He said that “one topic that Nelson Mandela came back to over and over again was the power of youth”.“He knew what he was talking about, because he started his career as a member of the African National Congress Youth League when he was still in his twenties. Later on, he understood that highlighting the oppression of young people was a powerful way to explain why things must change. There is a universal appeal to the conviction that youth deserve a chance. I agree with Mandela about young people, and that is one reason I am optimistic about the future of this continent,” said Gates.But to exploit Africa’s potential, its young people needed to be given “every opportunity to thrive”.“We are the human beings who must take action, and we have to decide now, because this unique moment won’t last forever. We must clear away the obstacles that are standing in young people’s way so they can seize all of their potential,” he said.Added Gates: “If young people are sick and malnourished, their bodies and their brains will never fully develop. If they are not educated well, their minds will lie dormant. If they do not have access to economic opportunities, they will not be able to achieve their goals.“But if we invest in the right things – if we make sure the basic needs of Africa’s young people are taken care of – then they will have the physical, cognitive, and emotional resources they need to change the future. Life on this continent will improve faster than it ever has. And the inequities that have kept people apart will be erased by broad-based progress that is the very meaning of the words: “living together.”The co-founder of software giant, Microsoft, said issues that needed to be tackled to ensure Africa’s youth thrived were: ● Health and nutrition; ● Education; ● Productivity and economic opportunity; and ● GovernanceHe said health and nutrition were a top priority because “when people aren’t healthy, they can’t turn their attention to other priorities. But when health improves, life improves by every measure”.Next was education without which children cannot develop the knowledge and skills to become “productive contributors to society”, said Gates.Then, Africa’s youth needed to have the “economic opportunities to channel their energy and their ideas into progress”.But Gates said good governance was vital to ensure that this happens – and he urged governments to play their part.“All of these things – advances in health, in education, in agricultural productivity, in energy – won’t happen on their own. They can only happen in the context of governments that function well enough to enable them,” he said.Gates concluded his lecture by insisting he believed that Africa could achieve the future it aspired to.He said Africa’s young “believe in themselves, and they believe in their countries and the future of the continent”.“The priority now is to make sure they have the opportunity to turn those beliefs into action. Because young people with this sense of purpose can make the difference between stagnation and more and faster progress. Nelson Mandela said, ‘Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.’ But our duty is not merely to arouse; our duty is to invest in young people, to put in place the basic building blocks so that they can build the future. And our duty is to do it now, because the innovations of tomorrow depend on the opportunities available to children today.”last_img read more

20 points up were on a cheese roll…

first_img6.40 YARMOUTHTrafalgar Restaurant at Great Yarmouth Racecourse MaidenTIME: 6.40pmTV: ATRThe daily preview column started the week with a massive (relatively speaking of course) profit of 20 points after both recommendations came up trumps in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.6 points DRAW Crystal Palace v Watford6 points UNDER 2.5 GOALS Crystal Palace v WatfordThe ‘unders’ never really looked in trouble but it’s always agonising when you are on the draw. You always, at the back of your mind, have the oft-quoted Brian Clough adage: “It only takes a minute to score a goal”.There’s an interesting maiden at Yarmouth tonight – but a race of which the smaller trainers must despair.The 16 runners are chasing a winners prize pot of £2.5k – but that hasn’t put off the yards of:Sir Michael Stoute (2) John Gosden (2) Luca Cumani Roger Varian Marco Botti James FanshaweAll these high-profile stables send debutants for the race but we’re still at the stage of the season where we’ll take proven racecourse expereience as a massive plus and the presence of all the sexy types will help ensure the price holds up on Stableford.Stableford would be odds-on for most maidens after his excellent debut second at Doncaster to Matrooh. He ran much better than the market expected as he was a 25/1 shot that day and with Brian Meehan’s runners nearly always improving significantly from first to second start it will take a very good debutant to beat him.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)8 points win STABLEFORD (6.40 Yarmouth)(+20 points Monday !!!)Agree OR disagree? Call Star Sports on 08000 521 321 to place your bet.IT’S ELF AND SAFETY, INNITWe always love a bit of Elf & Safety here at Star Sports but this one takes the biscuit (and the cheese for that matter).An 8lb piece of Double Gloucester was replaced with foam in an attempt to improve safety at a notoriously dangerous cheese rolling competition in – you’ve guessed it – Gloucester.An international field of daredevils took part in the annual cheese rolling competition.The world-famous competition, which sees thrill seekers chase the cheese down a steep hill, was cancelled in 2010 due to safety fears but the cheese rollers staged their own unofficial event.But this year’s unofficial event saw organisers replace the 8lb piece of Double Gloucester with a lightweight foam version in order to make the downhill race safer.Last week, Diana Smart, the 86-year-old woman who provides the showpiece cheese for the event, was warned by police that she could be held liable for any injuries.Gloucestershire Police confirmed that Diana Smart, and others involved with the event, had been given “advice”.Around 2,000 spectators basked in sunshine watched around a dozen athletes pursue the “cheese” 200 metres down the 1:2 gradient slope of grass, brambles and nettles.Competitors slip, somersault and tumble their way to the bottom in spectacular fashion during the race – and the first person to grab the cheese wins.Sounds like the competitors don’t give edam about the dangers.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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.Wednesday 1 OctoberRACING2.10 NottinghamCrazy Paving 11/2 > 3/12.20 SalisburyVoice Control 10/11 > 5/65.30 SalisburyStreet Entertainer 5/1 > 4/15.40 NewcastleSunrise Dance 14/1 > 6/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NILNIL REFILL

first_imgCHAMPIONS LEAGUE: NIL-NIL REFILLIf you’re having a First Goalscorer, Anytime Scorer or Correct Score bet in the TOTTENHAM v LIVERPOOL Champions League Final there’s no need to worry about it ending a bore draw after 90 minutes.We’ll REFILL your bet – matching your losing stake as a FREE BET up to £25.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Applies to 90 min scoreline including injury time (does not include extra time). Valid for First Goalscorer, Correct Score and Anytime Scorer markets. Money back as a Free bet – matching Stake up to £25 on first bet placed on any of the applicable markets. Only one free bet per customer on the match. Applies to bets placed on applicable markets prior to K.O. Does not apply to bets that have been cashed out.(2) Offer open to new and existing customers.(3) Free Bet will be credited within 24 hours.(4) Free Bet will expire at midnight on Sunday 8 June.FREE BET:GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Star Sports may offer you a free promotional bet. Please refer to promotion details for the qualification criteria.(2) Any Free Bet is limited to one per person, per promotion, per account. In addition only one Free Bet can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. Where more than one selection in the same race is placed on the same bet slip, the first selection is deemed to be the one which is highest on the bet slip.(3) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(4) In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(5) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(6) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(7) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(8) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(9) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(10) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(11) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

Rice tapped for model programs merging teaching research

first_imgRice University contact:Jade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.edu Share HHMI contact:Jennifer Donovan 301-215-8859donovanj@hhmi.org Rice tapped for model programs merging teaching, researchTop researchers win prestigious HHMI grants for undergrad teaching Rice University, which provides more than half of its engineering and science undergraduates with research experience, today won three highly sought grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to develop model programs for the nation that infuse undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research. HHMI today named Rice professors Bonnie Bartel and Jennifer West to the elite ranks of its HHMI Professor program. The highly competitive program provides four-year, $1 million grants for top-flight researchers to develop innovative programs that combine undergraduate teaching and research. HHMI also announced continued funding today for HHMI Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum. “The HHMI Professor program aims to reinvigorate science and engineering teaching by tapping into the excitement that flows from laboratory research,” said Rice President David Leebron. “Rice’s leadership in this endeavor is evident from the fact that three of the 40 awards given over the life of this program have gone to Rice faculty – the most of any institution. Professors Bartel, West and Richards-Kortum are extraordinary exemplars of the Rice tradition of great researchers dedicated to undergraduate education.” HHMI Professors are leading research scientists who are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. Bartel is the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. West is the director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor and department chair in bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Bartel’s HHMI research program, “From Reading to Research: Introducing Undergraduates to Research from the Outside In,” will attempt to draw freshman and sophomores into science by involving them in small, intimate classes and practical lab training. “Freshman science lecture courses are often by necessity large and impersonal, and we risk losing some of our best students if that is the only exposure they have to biology before their junior year,” Bartel said. Bartel will develop a course designed to introduce freshman to the realities and excitement of lab research. The class will consist of multiple small groups, each led by a graduate student or a postdoctoral researcher who will lead in-depth discussions about a newly published research article from a local laboratory. Students will delve deeply into the ins and outs of day-to-day research with laboratory tours, meetings with researchers and reviews of experimental data and equipment. For sophomores, Bartel will implement a laboratory module designed to serve as a gateway into more extensive projects in faculty research labs. In the module, pairs of students will identify the products of an uncharacterized plant enzyme. Using biotechnological methods, each pair will create a genetically modified yeast that will produce enough of the enzyme for systematic study. In the final phase, the students will conduct the first structural studies of the products of their target enzymes using gas- chromatography and other cutting-edge techniques. In follow-ups to the lab, the students will have the opportunity to work in faculty labs with graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to continue studying their enzymes and prepare peer-reviewed research publications. West’s program, “Educating Interdisciplinary Scientists for Bionanotechnology: A Bottom-up Approach,” includes four components: a high school summer academy, a new seminar-style course to introduce freshman to the interdisciplinary elements of bionanotechnology, a biology course for designed for upper-level students in engineering and the physical sciences, and a summer internship program for both Rice and non-Rice engineering and physics students who want to participate in bionanotechnology research. “I love teaching, and one of the key reasons I applied for this grant was for the opportunity to create closer connections between my teaching and my research,” West said. The high school summer academy will expand upon an annual program Rice has conducted with the Science Academy of South Texas. The new program will add a research component to allow students to experience life in the lab with a graduate student mentor. The seminar course in bionanotechnology will be developed by West and taught in multiple sections by postdoctoral fellows, allowing for a much smaller class size. Both the freshman seminar and the accelerated course in cell and molecular biology will target undergraduate engineering and science majors at Rice who are interested in biomedical research but who have little life science training. “There is intense interest among our students in pursuing biomedical problems, and these courses will dramatically expand the pool of students with both the interest and the knowledge that’s required to take part,” West said. Richards-Kortum’s program, “Health-Care Technology Development and Assessment: Integrating Research and Undergraduate Education in Biomedical Engineering,” is one of 20 inaugural programs funded under the HHMI Professor program. The HHMI funding allowed Richards-Kortum to develop a new introductory course in bioengineering geared specifically for non-science and non-engineering majors that focuses on how new healthcare technologies are developed to address world health challenges . H ands on activities allow students to examine global challenges associated with developing and testing new vaccines to prevent infectious disease, imaging systems to detect cancer and implantable devices to treat heart disease.   She’s also worked with Dr. Michele Follen at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to develop a highly successful summer intern program that provides undergraduate bioengineering students the rare opportunity to shadow research physicians in the Texas Medical Center as they both see patients and work in the lab to bring new technologies into clinical use. “Being an HHMI Professor has provided me with a unique opportunity to fully engage undergraduates in biomedical research and development,” Richards-Kortum said. “As a teacher, it is so exciting to see students from multiple backgrounds become immersed in developing bioengineering solutions to the health-care challenges facing our world. The Professors program has truly had a transformative effect on my career. I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue these programs and to begin to provide this unique experience to middle school and high school students. AddThislast_img read more