Are Parklets in SFs Mission Really Public

first_img“If it’s just an extension of the business, and at the end of the business day there’s no place to sit, then it’s just a piece of concrete,” said Jefferson McCarley, general manager at Mission Bicycle Shop and a member of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association (VCMA).McCarley drew a distinction between parklets that are intended to build community and others that only provide extra seating for a restaurant or cafe. He said that a “good” parklet can strike a balance between the two.  The association has yet to oppose a parklet, he said “but there have been designs we’ve been less inclined to support.” The latter, he said, are parklets that offer little or no seating after business hours – true of four or so existing parklets on Valencia and some new parklet designs. A good parklet, McCarley said, can be used after a business has closed. McCarley pointed to the parklets sponsored by Ritual Coffee Roasters and Freewheel Bike Shop as prime examples of good parklets – those that can be accessed by the community at all times, especially because of their permanent seating.But others, McCarley said, like cafe Blue Fig and the Crepe House – both of which have little or no seating after business hours – have drifted conceptually from the original public spaces pioneered ten years ago during “Park(ing) Day,” when architectural designers from design studio Rebar transformed a single metered parking space into a miniature park.Indeed, the parklet sponsored by the Crepe House on 22nd and Valencia Streets has no built in seating. But Shar Haddadin, owner of the restaurant, said that being able to remove the seating after business hours reduces the chances of the parklet attracting nuisances, such as loitering and late-night rowdiness. “When the bars let out there are no benches here for drunk people to sit down and make noise,” he said, citing concerns for the residences above his restaurant. Yet Haddadin said that he’s recently considered installing benches into the parklet. They would be short in length to prevent napping. “I’m concerned about homeless people during businesses hours,” he said. Despite its furniture being re-moveable and matching the restaurant’s color scheme, Haddadin feels that many people – such as students from City College of San Francisco across the street – use his parklet as a public space, and that those who sit down don’t necessarily feel pressure to buy something.For Haddadin, the parklet as a public gathering space is ultimately about attracting people to his creperie. “The more people the better for my business,” he said.“Frequently businesses fund parklets completely as an extension of their business space,” said Nathan John, designer of the forthcoming Arizmendi parklet. “They’re not the public space they’re meant to be, but an everyday business operation.”That, he said, is one of the “perils” of the parklet program. John, who designs public spaces for a living, said that the beauty of parklets is that they’re one kind of public domain transformed into another. But he sees the trend on Valencia Street moving toward more privatized parklets, as more cafes and restaurants build parklets in front of their storefronts. Some of these parklets, he said, can be less inviting to the public, despite the placards that say “public.”“There are a lot of cues that tell people ‘this isn’t for you – this is for a customer’,” John said. “The best public spaces are those everyone can see themselves in. That’s the gold standard of a public space.”In a 2014 study that examined parklets on Polk Street, U.C. Berkeley graduate students Alison Ecker and Stella Kim asked: “ … When a public space is not controlled by a public entity, an important question arises: does the public actually understand the function of this type of space? Or, put another way, do people perceive parklets to be public spaces or sites reserved for patrons?”The study examined various parklet characteristics that could influence passerby perception of the parklet as a public or private space. It looked at the number of tables and chairs, amount of flora, how much the parklet matched the storefront, as well as upkeep, cleanliness, and whether smoking is allowed.Among the study’s conclusions is that public space connected to businesses can be confusing – that “some people understand a parklet as public space, but still feel pressure to buy something,” it states. Also, the parklet in the lowest income neighborhood – in front of Jebena Cafe on Polk and Geary Streets, which had the lowest upkeep but no tables and chairs — was most clearly considered a public space. But it also faced the most “challenges,” such as fights and the use of the space by homeless, which prompted the owner to take away the tables and chairs.John, the designer, said that he and Arizmendi’s owners wanted to create a space that is seen as a “neighborhood space and not an Arizmendi space.” According to John, it will have a “semicircle, amphitheater” design that pays tribute to the community meetings once held in the Mission District.“The best public spaces don’t preclude the individual from sitting down to use space,” he said, pointing to the BART stations on 16th and 24th Streets as some of the most functional and successful public spaces in the Mission. “Public space is a public good that should be afforded to everyone, no matter their neighborhood, class, or race — it’s something everyone needs.”But John said that even the parklet he designed isn’t exempt from what he believes is a larger systemic flaw in the parklet program — that every parklet needs a private patron. After all, Arizmendi’s public community-forum-themed parklet will sit directly outside the bakery and not somewhere more in need of the public good. That, he explained, might be why there’s such a high concentration of parklets on, or near, Valencia Street and virtually no others in the Mission.“By outsourcing public good to private entities, it’s difficult to distribute those services,” he said. “So you get a concentration of parklets next to patrons with the resources.”The planning department says the program provides “opportunities for communities to create small but important public spaces right in their own neighborhoods,” but that means they can also be a luxury of more privileged areas, like Valencia Street.After permitting from the city, design and construction, an average parklet can cost the sponsor – an individual or business – between $15,000 to $20,000. And upkeep is the sole responsibility of the sponsor, which is why some parklet sponsors might feel a sense of ownership of their investment.Robin Abad Ocubillo, a project coordinator with the San Francisco Planning Department and head of policy for Pavement to Parks, a collaborative effort between Planning and other city groups to convert street pavement into public space, said that the program hinges on the volition of each neighborhood. “Certain neighborhoods have been more excited,” he said. “It’s been a more organic process.”But Ocubillo acknowledged that the lack of parklets in underrepresented areas has been a concern. Which is why, he said, the city’s parklet program is putting together a fund of an undisclosed amount that would offer either matching or competition grants to four to six businesses each year.“It’s something we’ve thinking about for a very long time,” he said. “We want enable people in communities in all neighborhoods to create public space if they’re wanting it.”The fund, however, is only meant to assist businesses that have already proposed parklets and is not necessarily aimed at incentivizing businesses to join the program. “The city has to be agnostic about it,” he said. “We take all the proposals and look at them, and respond to the neighborhood’s initiative.”Regarding the criticism that businesses are merely extending their commercial space, Ocubillo pointed to the planning department’s parklet manual that offers guidelines. It encourages — but does not require — sponsors to integrate permanent seating and other amenities into the parklet’s structure, “so that a parklet still feels welcome[ing] after moveable…tables and seating are taken in at night.”“When you look at the way parklets’ designs have evolved over years, we’ve moved away from patio platform design toward spaces that are more complex and read more as public spaces,” Ocubillo said.Luna Rienne Gallery, on 22nd street between Valencia and Guerrero, has used its parklet space for various public art installations since 2011. The newest installation — a forest-like design with various leveled stoops and planters — is to be installed in September. “No matter your intention, it’s still an opportunity to offer public space for everyone,” said Olivia Ongpin, director of the gallery. “Some places that’s more obvious than others.” 0% But Ongpin said that parklets are still a hefty investment for businesses, and that there are a lot of liabilities in maintaining completely public space with permanent seating. She said a parklet has to be designed to last. “They’re out in the middle of the street, they’re not always gonna be pretty,” she said. “How do you prevent skaters from doing ollies all over it?”Although Ongpin said that her gallery utilizes the parklet as a neighborhood gathering spot for BBQs and major T.V. events, she admitted her parklet is still in front of her gallery and still “obliquely a revenue stream.”Manuel Godino, founder of Venga Empanadas, said his parklet is still awaiting approval. According to designs, Godino’s parklet will have an orange and blue color scheme that is similar to the restaurant’s, and the designs show little built-in seating. But Godino said “the idea of the parklet is that [it] is a public space. We will respect that concept.”Jesse Jacobs, founder of Samovar Tea Bar, plans to build a parklet that pays tribute to Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese concept involving “nature bathing,” or health-boosting walks through the forest. Jacobs explained that the concept is an extension of his shop’s mission, which seeks to connect people to nature through the tea leaf.The parklet, he said, will also include solar charging stations for cell phones and laptops. But Jacobs said his priority is to tie the parklet into the Mission District’s landscape. “The goal is to create buzz and add value to the neighborhood,” he said. “If it benefits everyone, it’ll benefit the business.” If all goes according to plan, the Mission will have five new parklets, which are miniature parks that slightly extend portions of sidewalk into the street to offer decorative seating to the general public, by early next year. That would give the the neighborhood 16 parklets in total, with 13 on Valencia Street. The Mission’s 12 existing parklets make up approximately 20 percent of the 57 parklets in San Francisco. But as parklets in the Mission have become popular fixtures for coffee shops and restaurants, some critics say that parklets have become too privatized — there for the patrons of the restaurants and cafes, but not really for the general public.The parklet in front of Dandelion Chocolate is nearly complete. Arizmendi Bakery on 24th and Valencia will install a parklet in front of its store in September. Two parklets — one in front of Samovar Tea and and another in front of Venga Empanadas — are awaiting approval from San Francisco Planning Commission. And Luna Rienne art gallery on 22nd and Valencia will soon introduce the fourth iteration of its existing parklet.   Tags: parklets • parks Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission Housings fortunes rise — as do two affordable projects in the

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This follows a 94-unit project for seniors at Shotwell and Cesar Chavez that broke ground in June to be erected by the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), which has a total of 557 units and five projects in the pipeline. Mission Housing’s last Mission development was Valencia Gardens, a 260-unit structure completed in 2006. It also built Rich Sorro Commons, a 100-unit building in Mission Bay, in 2002. Now, more than a decade later, the nonprofit developer is hopeful to follow up on October’s groundbreaking with another: the planned December kickoff of a 165-unit affordable project at 1950 Mission Street. Moss said Mission Housing has secured all the funding commitments needed to begin construction, and hopes it will get the shovels out within the next month.The homeless Navigation Center at 1950 Mission Street, where 165 new affordable housing units will be constructed. Image from Google Maps.Mission Housing was thrown into turmoil in 2005 during a city audit that resulted a loss of all its city funding as well as other grant money — roughly a third of its operating budget. The audit was a result of bitter infighting between the nonprofit’s staff and its board of directors, leaving the institution crippled financially, unable to win contracts, and out of the graces of neighborhood groups. Not long after, it ventured elsewhere for development: Fresno. But the low-income development it had tried to develop there stalled as the nonprofit failed to secure funding. The project ultimately went kaput in 2014.Enter Moss and Mission Housing’s deputy executive director Marcia Contreras. “The biggest thing we tried to do was to establish trust,” Moss said. That meant a number of things: refinancing its existing housing stock, paying off bad debt, and taking on renovation projects of old buildings for low-income seniors. It also backed the proposed Mission market-rate housing moratorium, which won it back some credibility among neighborhood groups. “We now have 30 employees,” Moss said. “We were at 7 when we took over (in 2013).” Moreover, in 2013 the nonprofit’s revenue nearly doubled, according to its tax filings. And it saw a 163-percent spike in revenue between 2014 and 2015.  Now the nonprofit developer has more than 1,000 affordable units in the pipeline. Aside from its Mission District projects, it has partnered with BRIDGE to build around between 1,100 and 1,500 units of housing near City College of San Francisco, 50 percent of which are affordable units. “I’m really proud,” Moss said. “I’m looking back seven years ago and how far we’ve gone, and I still need to convince myself every once and a while that it’s actually real.”   center_img A seven-story, fully-affordable housing development at 490 South Van Ness broke ground two weeks ago and another at 1950 Mission is on the way. But more than anything, these projects are a groundbreaking moment for Mission Housing Development Corporation, which has not built a single unit for more than a decade. “Breaking ground on two affordable housing sites is a tangible culmination of the hard work and the in-depth soul-searching that Mission Housing and its current leadership has done to make it into the development corporations it was meant to be,” said Sam Moss, the executive director of Mission Housing, which was founded in the Mission in 1971. The project at 490 South Van Ness, the former site of a gas station the city purchased for $18.5 million in 2015, will bring to the city’s housing stock 89 units for low- and moderate-income families — 35 of which will be reserved for District 9 residents living within a mile of the site. Mission Housing, which currently manages around 1,600 apartments, is building the project in partnership with BRIDGE Housing. The estimated project cost is $45 million. last_img read more

IF youve renewed your Season Ticket for 2015 you

first_imgIF you’ve renewed your Season Ticket for 2015 you can take advantage of an exclusive member discount for the 2015 First Utility Super League Grand Final.Buy a ticket to the end of season finale and get 25% off plus a free scarf for every ticket ordered before December 1 2014.Not only that but the scarf will also be delivered in time for Christmas.The Grand Final is more than a game with live music, fanzone, fireworks and much more for fans of every club.The 2014 event saw headline act James wow the crowd with their hit sit down before the two teams entered the field to a burst of fireworks and flames.Simply use the code StHelens25 at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 1113.last_img read more

New program teaches students about construction jobs

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At Cape Fear Community College a new program is introducing students in the Cape Fear region to a career in construction.The program was at CFCC’s North Campus, allowing students to meet with area employers and CFCC construction faculty.- Advertisement – More than 20 different construction companies were there explaining their roles including fall protection, hardhat safety and drone surveying and more.The program is also meant to help bring more attention to construction jobs due to misconceptions about the career path.“Parent and high school counselors are no longer steering students in the direction of construction trades and so it’s very important that they realize that there are some really good paying jobs and some very secure careers in the construction industry,” Construction Management Technology Program Director Jonathan Begue said.Related Article: US adds robust 263K jobs; unemployment at 49-year low: 3.6%CFCC said the number of construction related jobs has gone up over the years in the area and a program like this helps showcase students the reality of a career in this field.last_img read more

Lawmakers propose tax for beach nourishment

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — If you are a tourist or a resident in Brunswick County headed to a restaurant for a meal, you could soon pay 10 cents for every $20 bill.Rep. Deb Butler and Rep Frank Iler are pushing House Bill 17 to keep tourist money local.- Advertisement – If passed, the tax will be used for beach re-nourishment or public infrastructure projects.The goal is to have tourists pay for the sand.This would be a local option for municipalities within the county since, few towns have resources to pay for this need.Last session, almost two years ago, Southport and Oak Island asked for this tax.Related Article: US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation“Our beaches don’t get sales tax back in proportion to their summer time population but, yet, one town of 600 sends in over $10 million in sales tax and gets back $130, 000,” said Rep. Frank Iler.This bill has a long time before impacting any pockets. The next step is for HB17 to be heard before the finance committee.last_img read more

Facebook cofounder buys New Republic magazine

first_imgAdvertisement He is also expected to apply his expertise in digital technology in his new role.The New Republic currently publishes a daily Web magazine. The New Republic did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction or the exact size of the stake.Hughes co-founded Facebook in 2004 at Harvard with his then- roommates Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. – Advertisement – Since working on the Obama campaign Hughes founded Jumo.com in 2010, a non-profit site that aimed to help people find ways to help each other. It was later combined with GOOD in 2011, an online content and social engagement platform.As well as his new role Hughes will continue to invest independently and work with non-profits like the Knight Foundation.last_img read more

Facebook will not make its own smartphone – Zuckerberg

first_imgAdvertisement Zuckerberg has come out to dispel rumours that the social networking company is planning to create its own smartphone. He said his company does not plan to create a Facebook-branded smartphone during a conference call with financial analysts and reporters this week.Building a phone, he said, “wouldn’t really make much sense for us to do.”Zuckerberg also said, however, that the company is looking to make the mobile Facebook experience more complete, and that he wants to “support a development ecosystem, where other apps can build on top of Facebook.” – Advertisement – The Facebook CEO’s precise phrasing led AllThingsD blogger Mike Isaac to argue that Zuckerberg’s non-denial could be purposefully misleading, given the fact that he used the word “build.”“His comments still leave tons of room for the company to be doing most of the work on a phone, while working alongside one or many partner manufacturers to do the actual hardware. Even Apple could arguably say it doesn’t manufacture phones — Foxconn builds the phones — and Apple is the most profitable phone maker in the world,” he wrote.Indeed, Bloomberg reported earlier this week that Facebook was working with HTC to develop a phone to be released by mid-2013, though few details were available. The news agency also pointed out that more than half of Facebook’s 900 million-strong user base logs into the service from smartphones, but the company does not make substantial sums from mobile advertising.“We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world,” Facebook told Bloomberg in a statement. Source: computerworld.comlast_img read more

Firefox for Android Beta gains new features and improvements

first_imgAdvertisement It’s been a busy couple of months for the folks over at Mozilla. The company rolled out a new logo, launched the first Firefox OS handset and shipped version 23 of its popular web browser.Still, Mozilla shows no signs of slowing down; it just announced a new version of Firefox for Android Beta, which is ready for download and testing.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The update brings a raft of new features and improvements, including WebRTC support for real-time web communications, a new Reader and Reading List with enhanced functionality, NFC Bump to share URLs on compatible phones, a Quickshare menu to share content with other apps and additional languages (Catalan-Spanish, British-English and Swedish) for a total of 24.Moreover, Firefox Beta for Windows, OS X and Linux gains a tweaked Browser Console to help web developers. Credit: engadgetlast_img read more

Worlds biggest Bitcoin database created

first_imgAdvertisement The world’s largest database of businesses dealing in Bitcoins has been built by a Nordic venture capital firm in an effort to shed light on a virtual currency which has seen its value rocket in the past year.Creandum said the database contained more than 300 companies trading Bitcoins – ranging from exchanges to payment processors and gambling companies – and was intended to give entrepreneurs and investors an overview of companies with a significant role in the Bitcoin system.Since Bitcoin’s launch in January 2009, the system has grown popular with people who lack confidence in the traditional banking system, though it has also aroused concerns it could be used for money laundering. – Advertisement – Creandum, which has invested in fast-growing Nordic tech firms such as online music streaming service Spotify and payment solutions firm iZettle, said it hoped to encourage Bitcoin enthusiasts to participate in the development of the currency.“This year and next year the Bitcoin needs to prove itself as a payment mechanism, and it could go either way,” Creandum associate Joel Eriksson Enquist said.“Our hope is that the database will work like Wikipedia, with more and more contributors and more comprehensive data,” he said of the open-source site which can be found at bitcoin.knackhq.com/btcdb .The Bitcoin has recently traded above $1,000, up from $10 at the start of last year and fuelling concerns of a bubble.Creandum said it may take another three years before it is clear whether Bitcoin is a bubble, or whether this is “the beginning of a new world”.In December, the digital currency was dealt a blow when the People’s Bank of China banned financial institutions, though not individuals, from trading in Bitcoins.Creandum’s database lists 46 Bitcoin exchanges in North America, 24 in Europe and 21 in Asia. BTC China and Europe’s btc-e and Bitstamp are the biggest exchanges, with the three seeing 2.5 million Bitcoins traded on their platforms in the 30 days to January 9.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

UCC Hands Over SolarPowered ICT Lab to Bezza Al Hijji Secondary School

first_imgNyombi Tembo (third left) speaking to the Deputy Prime Minister; Gen. Moses Ali at the Bezza Al Hijji Secondary School new computer laboratory | File Photo/New Vision. Advertisement Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) on Tuesday last week handed over a state-of-art solar-powered ICT computer laboratory to Bezza Al Hijji Secondary School. The lab comprises of 41 computers and is expected to boost the study of sciences in the school.“Through this lab, students will no longer struggle to search for information because they will get it from the internet. This is an excellent step in the right direction,” Deputy Prime Minister; Gen. Moses Ali who also happens to be the Director of the school, said at the handover ceremony.Gen. Ali, said “technological skills are necessary for oneto participate in the global economy.” Emphasizing that the use of ICT ineducation can improve the quality of teaching and learning. – Advertisement – According to a report by New Vision, Gen. Ali said the government realized the need for Uganda to embrace the fourth industrial digital revolution without forgetting the children in rural areas.Gen. Ali explained that the use of technology is at the centerof revolution, therefore creating room for new forms of delivery of educationalcontent.Notably, the lab cost UGX90M (roughly USD$) and wasinstalled by UCC under the Rural Communication Development Fund (RCDF).RCDF which gives an opportunity to children of less privilegedto succeed in science subjects has implemented multi ICT projects for ruralareas with the help of the government. RCDF has been in position to set up ICT trainingcenters, Internet Cafes, GSM towers, among others.last_img read more

HeadtoHead With Fellow Arrowsmith Glenn Day

first_imgI know fans, I’ve neglected you recently. Fear not, I’m back and hopefully with a bang! This week sees the start of the premier league darts. It really has been too long until we’ve had some decent arrers on the TV!I shall also be going head to head with fellow office arrowsmith Glenn Day in the tipping stakes. Let battle commence….The first week is always a cagey affair and this year’s line-up is by far the strongest ever! Hopefully I’ll be able to steer you through the minefield and back a fair few winners.Let’s start off with the first game….Well, as you know I’m a huge Andy Hamilton fan. And this week is no different. Throwing first against the “Thorn” I see no other result than a hammer win! He’s such a solid player and if he gets out the blocks he’ll really pile the pressure on Thornton. Thornton is new to this arena and while he had a fantastic 2012 I feel he might just get caught cold by the “Hammer.” The 5/4 on offer about Hamilton looks too good to pass up, so I’ll be recommending him a 5pt win.The second game is tricky. You just don’t know what James Wade will turn up. He got to the world semi-finals with an average of barely 90! He knows this format inside out and faces another newcomer in Newton. I’m going to recommend steering clear of this match but if I had to pick I’d say Wadey.The next two matches for me are draw games. Both Barney and Anderson had disappointing world cups. Neither will want to lose (obviously) so this should go to the wire. Whitlock vs Lewis will be of a similar nature. Lewis is so hot and cold at the moment. You just can’t write him off. This match will be swing but I think will ultimately end in a draw.They’ve saved the absolute best till last this week, in a repeat of the world final; Taylor vs Van Gerwen. With Taylor throwing first you just have to back him @ 11/10. The MVG bandwagon just can’t be sustained and the Powers consistency and metal when it matters will see him through. Full bet!This week’s points recommendations:The “Hammer” @ 5/4 – 5 points winPhil Taylor @ 11/10 – 10 Points winGood luck. I’m off to Australia!P.S the amateur darting career has hit a new height. 160 Checkout!last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

Welcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 1 August2.15 Glorious GoodwoodBroughton 12/1 > 10/14.50 Glorious GoodwoodYourartisonfire 12/1 > 10/1

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 26 SeptemberRACING3.45 RiponArctic Feeling 7/1 > 5/14.05 NavanFull Cry 11/4 > 7/44.25 NewmarketGale Song 100/30 > 5/25.05 HaydockHassle 10/1 > 7/15.35 NewmarketGrand Inquisitor 6/1 > 4/16.15 ChelmsfordPlatitude 5/2 > 15/8LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD9/2 Newcastle 4/6 Chelsea 14/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice U expert available to discuss Paris terrorist act

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu Rice U. expert available to discuss Paris ‘terrorist act’ HOUSTON – (Jan. 7, 2015) – Rice University political scientist Richard Stoll is available to comment on the apparent terrorist attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people have been reported dead. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Richard Stoll photo courtesy Rice UniversityStoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said, “Although we know few details, the history of Charlie Hebdo certainly suggests that this was done in retaliation for their satire. “This was a particularly bold act, but the videos of it should facilitate French authorities with tracking down the perpetrators.”Stoll has been quoted often by the news media about national and international security issues. Media wishing to interview Stoll should contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.Watch Stoll on KRIV-TV, Fox 26 Houston, discussing the attack on Jan. 7. Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

UT Arlington Culture of Entrepreneurship Inspires North Texas Community

first_imgUT Arlington Culture of Entrepreneurship Inspires North Texas Community regions: Dallas Through a number of partnerships within the business community, University of Texas at Arlington – College of Business has created a culture of entrepreneurship that benefits students, faculty and the city at large.When it comes to the UT Arlington entrepreneurship culture, both students and faculty benefit from the school’s commitment to inventiveness. Many faculty members at UTA and the School of Business have already demonstrated success as inventors. According to UTA vice president for research Duane Dimos, twelve faculty members across the university have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Such proven success in innovation can no only be passed directly on to students, but also helps attract new faculty members. Most recently, former AT&T CTO Krish Prabhu has taken the role of research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.For students interested in entrepreneurship, UTA has designed a specific curriculum to support an ecosystem of innovation among student, faculty and alumni. At the College of Business, entrepreneurship certificate programs give students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for turning an idea into a business. The entrepreneurship certificate can be earned as part of either an undergraduate or graduate degree and includes courses such as Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Engineering Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and more.Also integral in supporting the UTA innovation economy is the existence of several innovation spaces, such as the FabLab, the first MIT-affiliated FabLab at a Texas university, supporting project-based and hands on STEAM engagement. Another form of support for the university’s entrepreneurs comes in the form of Innovation Events and Pitch Competitions, such as the annual InnovationDay@UTA event sponsored by the Office of Research or the CreaTEc Challenge which offers more than $10,000 in cash prizes and resources. Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer RelatedUTA Graduate Programs Rise in National RankingsThe University of Texas at Arlington – College of Business has recently risen in national rankings, with over 20 graduate-level programs ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report this year. The latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report featured 100 graduate programs in seven…April 27, 2016In “Featured Region”UTA College of Business Named Best Business School by Princeton ReviewThe University of Texas at Arlington – College of Business was recently named one of the “best” business schools in the Princeton Review’s 2017 “Best 294 Business Schools”. “We recommend The University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business as one of the best to earn an MBA,” said Princeton Review…December 7, 2016In “Featured Region”Mays Professor Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship ContributionsDuane Ireland, Executive Associate Dean of the Texas A&M University – Mays Business School, has recently been awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award for research and scholarship contributions. Ireland is the current Executive Associate Dean at Mays and also serves as University Distinguished Professor while holding the Benton Cocanougher Chair in…March 15, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

The Secret To Finding An Affordable Washington DC MBA

first_img regions: Washington, DC Last Updated Dec 18, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Washington DC may be a top city for students pursuing their MBAs, but the city’s high cost of living could prove prohibitive for many young Mstudents. Growing rent prices over the past ten years have led DC to be one of the least affordable of the major U.S. metropolitan areas.Of course, MBA students looking to apply their education to governmental agencies won’t find a better place to do so than in the nation’s capital. And though contending with high rent prices may be unavoidable, many business schools offer students a number of ways to keep the cost of their degree at a minimum.From scholarships to grants and student work opportunities, business schools in Washington DC ensure that low-income applicants can have equal access to the high quality education their program’s provide. Below are just a few of the opportunities provided to assist low-income applicants at Washington DC MBA programs. Finding An Affordable Washington DC MBAMcDonough School of Business – Georgetown UniversityOver $1.5 million in aid is available to MBA applicants through merit based scholarships at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. All students are eligible for these grants, but it is advised to apply for the program early to best position yourself for consideration. International students in need of additional funding may also apply for external scholarships and private loans specifically for international students. The university has compiled a list of common lenders that students may want to consider here.McDonough also provides scholarship opportunities through the Consortium, a group whose goal it is to reduce the under-representation of blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanic students in business education. As a member school, a number of scholarships are also available at McDonough for students admitted as part of the Consortium.University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of BusinessRoughly 85 percent of MBA students at UMD Smith receive merit based awards to help fund their education. Between scholarships, fellowships need-based awards and assistantship opportunities, students have a number of opportunities to reduce their tuition and keep their MBA affordable. Awards such as the Dean’s Award of Smith award provide two years and one-year of full scholarship and fees. Students may also find additional opportunities for scholarships through the university’s organizational partnerships, such as the Forté Foundation or management Leaders for Tomorrow.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Georgetown McDonough Offers New FinTech ElectiveGeorge Mason University School of BusinessThe George Mason University School of Business provides one of the best values in education, demonstrated through the high success rate of alumni and the fact that Mason alumni have the lowest student loan default rates in Virginia.Mason offers a number of financial aid opportunities through grants, scholarships, work-study employment, and loans. Every year, the school offers millions of dollars to incoming students, including fellowships for graduate students. The Office of Student Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting each student in finding the financial assistance that is needed for their degree.George Washington University School of BusinessThe George Washington University School of Business offers a number of different ways for students to reduce the cost of their MBA degree. Each year, graduate students may apply to a number of different fellowships, available through the university as well as private foundations and agencies. At the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships & Fellowships, students can search through these numerous opportunities and see which scholarships best fit their qualifications.GWU also offers Financial Aid based on the need of each students. Eligible applicants can apply for need-based aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Howard University School of BusinessMBA students at the Howard University School of Business may be eligible both for federal student aid, based on need, and a variety of scholarships, which are given based on merit and other factors. Scholarships range, and may cover up to full-tuition, while others provide partial funding. Howard MBA students may also pursue loans for tuition through the ACCESS Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, or other private loan services.Kogod School of Business – American UniversityThe Kogod School of Business at American University ensures that its high quality education can be affordable for all. Roughly 80 percent of all students receive financial aid of some kind, with almost $85 million awarded just to the undergraduate population. Kogod offers both need-based aid and merit scholarships. Students may contact the Graduate Admission Office at Kogod for more information on the scholarships available to them, but all applicants who demonstrate excellent academic credentials will be considered for these honors—a separate application process is not needed. The Secret To Finding An Affordable Washington DC MBAcenter_img RelatedChoosing the Best MBA: Philadelphia vs. Washington DCOn the surface, cities like Philadelphia and Washington DC appear to have a lot in common. Both have occupied roles as a center of U.S. history, and have transformed into exciting and ever-changing metros for both established businesses and new startups. If you’re interested in earning an MBA in a…January 10, 2018In “Featured Home”How Boston Business Schools Help Low-Income MBA ApplicantsAnyone planning on earning a postgraduate business degree knows that MBA programs cost a lot of money. In the Boston metro, where the cost of living is already high, the annual cost of an MBA program can reach upward of $100,000 … Ouch! Thankfully, business schools recognize that money shouldn’t…November 14, 2017In “Featured Home”How Emory Goizueta Helps Underprivileged Students Earn an MBAWhen you decide to apply for an MBA program, there are a number of new questions you’ll need to answer. Where would be the best place to earn the degree? What program best fits my career needs? What should I focus my business school studies on? Among all the other…August 24, 2017In “Featured Home” About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more

Firefighters Battle Major Building Fire in Oakland California

first_img Share Share this article Firefighters Battle Major Building Fire in Oakland, California By Reuters March 27, 2017 Updated: March 27, 2017 US Firefighters battle a four-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment building in Oakland, Calif., on March 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach) center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Firefighting crews were battling a major four-alarm fire at a residential building in Oakland, California on Monday and “multiple” rescues had been made there, firefighters and local media reported.It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties of the blaze, which broke out at about 6 a.m. local time on Monday morning. Firefighters at the scene reported seeing at least one body in the burning building, according to local media, which also quoted officials saying at least 50 people lived in the multi-level building.Firefighters said on Twitter that crews were being withdrawn from the building after the roof and some floors were “compromised.”Video footage on local media showed smoke billowing into the sky from the building as firefighters poured water onto the flames.Firefighters battle a four-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment building in Oakland, California, U.S. March 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach) Firefighters battle a four-alarm blaze in a three-story apartment building in Oakland, Calif., on March 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach)Last December, 36 people were killed when a fire erupted at a dance party at a sprawling, two-store warehouse in Oakland known as the Ghost Ship that had been leased to an artists’ collective.It was the deadliest blaze in the United States since 100 people perished in a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island. Show Discussionlast_img read more

Boy 2 Killed in Car Crash When Father Flees After Allegedly Shoplifting

first_img Share Affidavit:Christopher Kuhn,27,let 2yr old son in backseat&didn’t strap him in childseat while Kuhn covered license plate with sweatshirt 1/2 pic.twitter.com/YJn7d8DkYZ— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) October 4, 2017 Boy, 2, Killed in Car Crash When Father Flees After Allegedly Shoplifting from Walmart By Epoch Newsroom October 4, 2017 Updated: October 4, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion A 2-year-old boy was killed in a multi-car crash in Pennsylvania, and police are accusing the boy’s father of fleeing after stealing merchandise from a nearby Walmart.Christopher Kuhn, 27, of Hamilton, New Jersey, fled in a gold Jeep after allegedly stealing $228 worth of items from the chain, CBS Philadelphia reported on Wednesday, Oct. 4.Kuhn is accused of then running a red light and crashing into another vehicle, which then hit a third car. The 2-year-old was ejected into the roadway following the accident, according to police documents cited by CBS.Kuhn then ran away after the crash and stepped over his son on the roadway before leaving.Police officers ran after him and arrested him shortly afterwards, as officers tended to the boy. The child was then taken to Lower Bucks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Christopher Kuhn charged w/2yo’s death. Police say he crashed car w/child inside after stealing from WalMart. Story @ 11. @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/vWXoe3s726— Brandon Hudson (@BHudTV) October 4, 2017 No one else was seriously hurt in the crash, police said.Kuhn was also driving with a suspended license and was charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed, retail theft, child endangerment and motor vehicle offenses.He’s being held on $5 million bail. His next court date is Oct. 10.center_img Affidavit:Christopher Kuhn,27,let 2yr old son in backseat&didn’t strap him in childseat while Kuhn covered license plate with sweatshirt 1/2 pic.twitter.com/YJn7d8DkYZ— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) October 4, 2017 Kuhn was charged with third-degree murder and other offenses. The child wasn’t placed in a car seat, police added.Bucks County District Attorney said that he briefly stopped to look at his son before fleeing. US News (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) Share this article ICYMI: Christopher D. Kuhn, 27, of Hamilton, NJ, is charged with third-degree #murder https://t.co/RzepVrMLUY #BucksCounty— Bucks Courier Times (@CourierTimes) October 4, 2017last_img read more

Help Me Dad Dad Recounts Daughters Last Moments on San Francisco Pier

first_imgWhy were there no calls from Democrats for #GunControlNow after the shooting death of #KateSteinle? pic.twitter.com/0h7fBUUxIV— Black & Conservative (@derrickwilburn) October 4, 2017 “It’s a very reliable, high-quality gun,” Garcia said, AP reported. “It’s one that won’t go off on accident.”Garcia-Zarate’s lawyer, Matt Gonzalez, said that his client didn’t know that he had picked up a gun when he found it under a bench. He claimed that it was wrapped in a T-shirt.“He did not know he was handling a firearm,” Gonzalez said.He added, “This gun is inherently dangerous in the hands of someone who isn’t properly trained.”The gun belonged to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger who had reported it stolen from his parked car a week prior to the shooting.If he’s convicted of second-degree murder charges, Garcia-Zarate could face 15 years to life in prison. Share Update: On Thursday, a jury rendered a decision: they found Garcia-Zarate not guilty on murder charges. A federal case may be opened up in his case, according to media reports.A Mexican immigrant was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in San Francisco on Thursday, Nov. 30, in the politically charged shooting and death of a woman, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.The case against Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who immigrated illegally to the United States, became a rallying cry for President Donald Trump during his campaign for the White House, as he pushed to halt illegal immigration and penalize so-called sanctuary cities, including San Francisco.Zarate, who had been deported to Mexico five times since first entering the U.S. as a juvenile, said the July 1, 2015, shooting of Kate Steinle on a pier in San Francisco, was an accident.The San Francisco jury, while acquitting him of murder and manslaughter charges, found him guilty of the lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter covering the case said on Twitter. ‘Help Me, Dad’: Dad Recounts Daughter’s Last Moments on San Francisco Pier By Jack Phillips October 25, 2017 Updated: December 1, 2017 —A father is recounting his daughter, Kate Steinle’s last moments alive before she was murdered on San Francisco Pier 14.Jim Steinle said that he heard a “bang” and then saw his daughter collapse in his arms.“Help me, dad,” were her three final words, The Associated Press reported.“I couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” he told a courtroom as he tried to hold back tears. “She didn’t have any health problems.”He saw her drop to the ground, her eyes were closed, and she had problems breathing.After he rolled his daughter on her side, he lifted up her shirt and saw what was wrong: a bullet hole. Then he saw the blood.Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.A witness also took the stand in the trial—with the help of an interpreter. Michelle Lo was on vacation with her family in San Francisco when she saw a man in black who “looked like a homeless person” and was spinning around in a chair “grinning and laughing” in a manner that made her feel uncomfortable, Fox reported. Kate Steinle trial features testimony of witness to killing by illegal immigrant https://t.co/8K8teqXUXb— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 24, 2017 As Lo and her family continued down the pier, she recalled, she heard a “very sharp scream” and saw a woman on the ground. She saw the man in black walking away, Fox reported.She took photos of the scene, showing both Steinle and the defendant, Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, an illegal immigrant. At the time of his arrest, Garcia-Zarate went by the name Juan Francisco López-Sánchez.Garcia-Zarate, 54, admits shooting Steinle but claims it was an accident.The woman’s death has been invoked by a number of officials—namely President Donald Trump—saying that illegal immigrants often bring crime. Garcia-Zarate had been deported five times in the past.Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia showed jurors the handgun that he used. Reuters contributed to this report US News Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Hunter Draws More Controversy After Getting Kids to Pose With Killed Animals

first_img Kendall Jones, a popular hunter from Texas, has drawn controversy for displaying her kills on social media. She’s shot an African white rhino, lions, and an elephant.But recently, she’s drawn more controversy by encouraging parents to send photos of their children next to animals they’ve shot. They’re then posted on Jones’ Facebook page, which has a million followers.According to Jones, 22, she started hunting at the age of 8.“I started hunting when I was just 8 years old and have been in love ever since. At the age of 9, I accompanied my father on his Big 5 hunting trip to Africa in 2004,” she said, according to the Daily Mail in mid-December. “At the age of 14, I became the youngest person to harvest the Africa Big 5, taking a white rhino, lion, Cape buffalo, leopard, and African elephant.” She’s said that over the years, she’s received a number of death threats for posting the pictures of the animals.After encouraging children to send in the photos, Jones said she got nearly 2,000 submissions, reported The Metro.Following the move, some criticized her.“Teaching children to kill. And to be proud of taking the life of one of God’s creatures. She should be so proud of herself, proving that she can be everything a woman shouldn’t be a cold, crass killer,” wrote one person, according to Dearly.com. “Not impressed, she should be teaching these children to love and care for animals. What a sad way to raise your kids show respect and your kids will too and be better adults”But in another photo, a person who says they’re a hunter wrote: “I really am sad for anyone that would have something negative to say about any young hunter that is hunting legally with their family. Take it somewhere else. Talk about me all you want but don’t bully my fans.”(H/T – Dearly.com)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US News Show Discussion Share this article Hunter Draws More Controversy After Getting Kids to Pose With Killed Animals By Jack Phillips December 20, 2017 Updated: December 20, 2017last_img read more