How a simmering labor rift could sink San Franciscos titanic 600M affordable

first_imgTo wit, over the past several weeks, the city’s organized labor leaders and the mayor’s office have been engaged in intense negotiations. A counter-intuitive scenario has been unfolding: To date, the biggest obstacle in the way of the $600 million affordable housing bond proposed this month by Mayor London Breed and Board President Norman Yee has been organized labor — specifically, the building trades who’d be building this housing and the beneficiaries of more than half a billion dollars worth of work. Yes, it is that jarring: Organized labor has been the biggest critic of a bond that would project a blown fire hydrant of money and work toward organized labor. The particulars of this argument are actually far less notable than the head-smacking reality that this argument is happening — and that the fate of a $600 million affordable housing bond (of which the city could use a bit) hangs in the balance. But here’s the nitty gritty: Organized labor believes this forthcoming cavalcade of construction should be covered under a recently passed city law that requires much large-scale work in San Francisco to be subject to a “project labor agreement” before shovels hit the ground. And City Hall — a rather large swath of the folks working in City Hall — says that law doesn’t apply to this forthcoming massive bond. Quite a predicament. What do the receipts say?Always check the receipts.Well, it seems to be pretty clear: The work to be undertaken via the potential forthcoming $600 million bond would not come under this year’s “project labor agreement” law. That’s the conclusion many of our elected and appointed officials have reached after reading the definition of “covered project” on page five of the actual law in question. And, crucially, the City Attorney’s office feels this way, too. “I don’t think there’s any ambiguity in the ordinance that should have caused that confusion,” states Deputy City Attorney Jon Givner in a May 14 letter sent to a minyan’s worth of mayoral and board officials.This may be clear-cut in the eyes of city politicians and our city attorney. But this situation is far from clear-cut. There’s still plenty to talk about here.Because for that $600 million bond to come to pass, six supervisors must first agree to put it on the ballot. And, if that comes to pass, two-thirds of the voters must vote for it. And all of that will be hard to do if organized labor decides to make it hard to do. “We’ll see what happens if they hand us a shit sandwich,” says one labor leader, who is hoping city officials will proffer a better manner of sandwich labor’s way. “Last time I checked, power respects power.”A project rises in the Mission.Having spoken to a goodly number of city leaders and labor officials, there seems to be genuine surprise all around. Labor officials are surprised the forthcoming bond wouldn’t be covered by this year’s new law, and city leaders are surprised that they’re surprised. As noted earlier, the particulars of this argument are less noteworthy than the reality that there’s an argument, and it will have consequences. But here goes. A “project labor agreement” is a multi-craft collective bargaining agreement that essentially sets the terms for a forthcoming development. It specifies what workers will do what jobs and for what rate, and how much will be paid into benefit and pension funds. Unlike mere “prevailing wage” requirements, which put the onus on wronged workers to complain and build a case against devious contractors or subcontractors, project labor agreements are much more heavily and proactively monitored. Stiffing a worker or misclassifying her — having a laborer do electrician work, but at labor pay — becomes much harder to do. Even if non-union workers are brought into the job, they will be compensated at the union rate, with contributions to the benefit and pension funds. And yet in San Francisco, unlike other major cities, we really don’t use non-union labor on public projects. Numbers produced by the mayor’s office note that, under the last city affordable housing bond, 99.8 percent of labor was undertaken by unionized workers. As such, city officials complain project labor agreements are duplicative, and shunt money and resources away from affordable housing construction and into onerous paperwork. Be that as it may, all 11 supervisors did approve this year’s new law, and Mayor Breed signed it into being. But that law covers projects “involving Public Work or Improvement.” Bond-funded housing to be owned and operated by non-profits are neither of those. So, Judge Wapner rules against labor.Or does he? “Labor can be a bit trusting, but they’re not stupid. And they know when they have leverage,” sums up a longtime city politico. “We have not seen a major bond passed without labor support.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezThere are, in fact, reasons for organized labor to desire project labor agreements that you wouldn’t find in the Wikipedia entry for “project labor agreement.”Such a situation would confer labor with far more influence in the scope of a project. Labor could provide itself with a buttress against other organizations lining up to sup from a $600 million gravy train. And it could, potentially, work to craft the agreement in such a way as to exclude prefabricated housing — which is cheaper than conventional means and undercuts local union labor. Labor leaders I spoke to felt they were, once again, being scapegoated: Construction costs are an easy populist target, but nobody is, say, proposing on saving money by hiring cheaper architects or thriftier land-use attorneys. Even if the forthcoming work isn’t legally covered under a project-labor agreement, they feel it could be and it should be — and that the city is disrespecting and nickel-and-diming them. Perhaps more to the point: Labor solidarity in San Francisco right now is as good as it has been in years. This is the time to make a stand — and, conversely, to acquiesce here without a struggle, regardless of what the law says or does not say, would constitute a loss of face. So that opens up a realm of political possibilities. Labor-friendly supervisors could be leaned on to intervene or withhold placing this item on the ballot — though that seems a tad far-fetched. More likely, labor could oppose or simply not support this bond. “If you think they can pass this measure with 67 percent and not run a perfect campaign,” notes one veteran labor leader, “I think you’ve got another thing coming.”Rancor over this issue could spill into other areas, such as the District 5 supervisorial contest. Under the pretext of labor discontent, various supervisors could hold the housing bond hostage until their demands on unrelated measures are met. So many possibilities.“We’re all in this together,” says one city official, “and hopefully calmer heads prevail.” We’ll see. It’ll all be in the receipts. Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img If you watched a lot of The People’s Court in the 1980s, you may recall a recurring scenario. If a litigant was asked for his receipts, and they didn’t say what he thought they said (or if he didn’t have them), then Judge Wapner would immediately head into recess. And that litigant would lose. Guaranteed.This happened enough that comedian Franklyn Ajaye made it into a punchline during his People’s Court routine. In that bit, the litigant didn’t bring his receipts. He didn’t get back his $80. Here in San Francisco in the present day, we’re in the midst of a dispute involving a great deal more than $80, and with massive tangible and political consequences to bear. But, at the base of it, much comes back to the receipts. last_img read more

JON Wilkin is impressed with Bradfords start to t

first_imgJON Wilkin is impressed with Bradford’s start to the Super League season.Francis Cummins has guided the Bulls to two wins from three and has them playing an energetic and intensive brand of football.“You have to give them credit,” Wilkin said. “With everything they went through last season and the doubts over their future they have started really well. Franny Cummins has done a great job and he has them playing well. They are showing that resilience and steel from last season too.“It’s always physical, tight and aggressive at Bradford and I’m sure this weekend will be no different. It is always a good place to play as the atmosphere is good too. We need to be ruthless, play the game in their half and be physical in the middle; then we can take our opportunities. We will need energy and will need to kick well too.”He continues: “We displayed some of that during the game against Hull FC on Friday. It was clear that we had an element of control in the first half. We played well in patches, put nice pieces of play together, looked threatening and played out our sets. Hull would have been happy to go in at half time within touching distance.“But in the second half we didn’t have enough possession or field position to be a threat and whether it was from our penalties, or 50:50s going against us, we struggled to get out of our half.“I do believe that many other teams would have lost that game but we managed to cling on. We showed resilience in defence.“We were a couple of sets of six off causing Hull to implode, but we didn’t push them. We should have had them out of sight really and not having a chance of coming back into it.”last_img read more

SAINTS face a welldrilled and dogged team in Wake

first_imgSAINTS face a well-drilled and dogged team in Wakefield when the two sides lock horns this Friday.Despite Trinity failing to pick up a point from their opening two fixtures, Keiron Cunningham has been impressed with how they have gone about their business.“Wakefield are a good side and have recruited well,” he said. “They have produced pluggy, determined performances and were unlucky against Hull and Huddersfield.“Chris Chester is good coach they have a good half back in Sam Williams (pictured). Their middles keep coming back at you too.“But this Friday is all about us. We were disappointed with the way we started against Leigh. We always knew we could come back and get plenty of chances but that start have let us down. We had lots of opportunities and the officiating didn’t help that.“Mark Percival scored as did Luke Douglas. Ryan Morgan scored too but it was chalked off for obstruction which was ridiculous. That said, the response to that adversity wasn’t great and it is something we need to work on.”He continued: “We worked hard on our defensive structures in the off season so for them to come through us was a sign of weakness for me. We were exposed a little bit for some mental weakness and our starting front rowers weren’t great.“They weren’t as good as they were against Leeds and that tells you it is a mindset thing. It isn’t good enough for the standard of the club and we will address that this week.“In the second half we had opportunities to win three games so we are back to write a few wrongs on Friday.”Saints will be without Luke Douglas for the next few weeks as he requires surgery on a finger injury.“He has a compound fracture of his finger but it won’t be a long term thing,” he said. “He needs surgery so we will wait and see after that. We also have a few bumps and bruises too and Jonny Lomax was struggling with his knee so we will have to get that assessed. We have damaged egos more than anything.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Totally Wicked Stadium, online, or by calling 01744 455 052.last_img read more

It will be the fourth meeting between the two side

first_imgIt will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.This Season’s Meetings:Catalans Dragons 35, St Helens 16 (CCSF, 5/8/18) (at University of Bolton Stadium) St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18)Last Ten Meetings:Catalans Dragons 35, St Helens 16 (CCSF, 5/8/18) (at University of Bolton Stadium) St Helens 26, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR14, 3/5/18) Catalans Dragons 12, St Helens 21 (SLR2, 10/2/18) St Helens 46, Catalans Dragons 28 (SLR22, 16/7/17) Catalans Dragons 24, St Helens 28 (SLR5, 18/3/17) St Helens 39, Catalans Dragons 16 (SLS8-R2, 12/8/16) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 11/6/16) St Helens 12, Catalans Dragons 30 (SLR11, 14/4/16) Catalans Dragons 26, St Helens 16 (SLS8-R1, 8/8/15) Catalans Dragons 33, St Helens 26 (SLR14, 9/5/15)Super League Summary:Catalans Dragons won 12 St Helens won 18 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-0 (H, 2014) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsCatalans Tries137 (1st)86 (11th)Goals110 (1st)77 (9th)Metres36,621 (1st)31,804 (9th)Breaks204 (1st)127 (11th)Tackles8,643 (7th)8,413 (9th)Penalties177 (12th)226 (1st)Factoids:Jonny Lomax – 6 points away from 500 in Super League (494 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Tommy Makinson – 3 tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 29 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Catalans: 1. David Mead, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 6. Samisoni Langi, 8. Rémi Casty, 10. Sam Moa, 13. Greg Bird, 14. Julian Bousquet, 15. Mikael Simon, 16. Vincent Duport, 17. Jason Baitieri, 19. Michael McIlorum, 20. Lewis Tierney, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 22. Lucas Albert, 24. Alrix Da Costa, 31. Tony Gigot, 32. Mickael Goudemand, 33. Josh Drinkwater, 34. Kenny Edwards.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 20 3 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Mark Percival (St Helens), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 110 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 84 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 55 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 54 6 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 53 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 45 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 37Goals Percentage: 1 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 89.83 (53/59) 2 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 86.66 (26/30) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.04 (37/43) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 239 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 211 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 118 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 116 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 102 10 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Table:POSTEAMPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints262240771360411442Wigan Warriors261970662383279383Castleford Tigers261781653526127354Warrington Wolves261691685454231335Huddersfield Giants2613121485689-204276Wakefield Trinity261213167057199257Hull FC2611150563681-118228Catalans Dragons2610151504658–15421last_img read more

Kids and guns dont mix Parents students react over Pender Co school

first_img “We went on lockdown – red, code red, for like two hours, sitting there. Everybody was worried texting their parents and stuff,” student Kianna Nixon said.Worried students and frantic parents filled the campus after a threat was sent Topsail High, Topsail Middle and Topsail Elementary into a lockdown.“People were saying that there was some Instagram post that someone was posting pictures of guns and saying they were going to come to the school,” student Anthony Cala said. Some kids were really scared and some weren’t.”Related Article: Pender detectives looking for man accused of sex crimes with childThe Pender County Sheriff’s Office says a parent called them and warned them something might happen.“The Pender County Sheriff’s Office received a non-emergency phone call into our communication center, alerting us that there may possible be a student from Topsail High School that may be in route to the school with a firearm,” Capt James Rowell said.Bryce Sheehan (Photo: PCSO)Sheriff deputies rushed to the school which is where they said they found 18-year-old Bryce Sheehan in his car with a knife strapped to his leg and three other knives on him.Deputies say another student, Alan Edwardo, heard about the lockdown and tried to bring a 22 semi-automatic rifle onto the campus to stop the shooter.Investigators say neither students got inside Topsail High School with weapons.“It’s terrible,” parent Chris Pinket said. “Terrible. Kids and guns don’t mix.”The sheriff’s office confirms the Instagram post is from Sheehan.Instagram post from Bryce Sheehan’s page. (Photo: StarNews)Many parents are glad nothing worse happened but they hope this will stop.“I’m just thankful that everybody moved as quickly as they did and they were able to stop whatever this plan was today,” one parent said.“Pay close attention to our children,” another parent said. “Until we get that right, then that’s when the world will be a better place to live in.”“Guns with kids, you know, it’s got to stop, you know? And selling them to kids and selling bullets to kids,” Pinket said. “It has to end somewhere.”Sheehan is charged with possession of a weapon on educational property, not a firearm.Edwardo was charged with possession of a firearm on education property. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It started with a phone call warning the Pender County Sheriff’s Office that a student may be on the way to Topsail High School with a gun.Several schools went into lockdown Tuesday morning and now two students are charged with bringing a weapon on campus.- Advertisement – last_img read more

I got scared Woman describes being shot at while delivering newspapers

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is charged after the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said he fired a gun at a car Sunday morning with two people inside.Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said it happened around 5:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Normandy Drive.- Advertisement – Sharonda James said she just started delivering papers for the StarNews last week. Earlier that morning, she said her boss drove her around on the route and then dropped her back off at her car in a Walmart parking lot.James said she drove into a neighborhood off of Carolina Beach Road and had delivered three papers right before she saw a man standing in the street.Brewer said the suspect, William Hovatter, was standing in the middle of the road and then, yelled at the two people in the car who were delivering newspapers.Related Article: Lawmakers introduce bill in honor of fallen Columbus County trooperJames said they thought something was wrong with the man, so they slowed down, but then, she noticed he was pointing a gun at her.“I got scared, so I ducked down,” James said. “I was scrambling trying to go in reverse and try to go in drive. Then, he shot at the back of my car and the bullet hole went through the trunk.”James said that Hovatter told detectives they were trying to steal from him, but she said that is not true.“The description was that a black female and male trying to steal his motorcycle or moped off the back of his truck. He said that’s why he shot at us.”James said they never got out of the car and they were only in the neighborhood for a few minutes.Hovatter is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, discharging into an occupied vehicle and injury to personal property.Brewer said he bonded out of jail. His bond was $10,000.last_img read more

Carolina Beach talks future of land at Freeman Park

first_img Earlier this year, the town voted to buy nearly 14 acres of land on Freeman Park and at the time said they were interested in buying more through voluntary sales or eminent domain.After the closed session, council adjourned and took no further action.Mayor Joe Benson said they could not comment, but did say the meeting was productive. Freeman Park (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council met behind closed doors Monday afternoon to discuss pieces of property on Freeman Park.Council met for about an hour discussing the parcels of land, which are owned by private corporations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Grinch to appear at Christmas Village in Shallotte

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Grinch stole the show on Good Morning Carolina to preview an event happening in Shallotte this weekend.The Christmas Village is one of three vendor events the Town of Shallotte holds throughout the year.- Advertisement – Megan Bishop from the Town of Shallotte brought the Grinch on GMC Thursday to help explain the event.The Christmas Village is happening at Mulberry Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Grinch who will be at the event for the kids to take pictures along with Santa.The event will also have vendors to shop at, crafts for the kids, and a petting zoo.Related Article: Christmas Village in Shallotte re-scheduled due to rainBishop said there are at least 80 vendors signed up to be there and the event is happening rain or shine.last_img read more

Watch PN Leader addressed a political activity in Mosta

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Nationalist leader Adrian Delia addressed a political activity in Fil-parkeġġ maġenb il-Knisja tar-Rotunda, Mosta, this evening.The theme of the event was ‘Together For Our Country’.The event can be viewed from the link above.WhatsApplast_img read more

Manchester United and Liverpool share the points

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Liverpool went top of the Premier League thanks to a 0-0 draw against rivals Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to make three substitutions inside the first 45 minutes after injuries to Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. Liverpool were also forced into making a first-half substitution as Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino was replaced by Daniel Sturridge.The clash between the two sides was far from a spectacle as Manchester United played on the counter attack whilst Liverpool failed to pose any real threat even though they lined up with prolific trio of Sane, Salah and Firmino.Manchester United thought they had won it after Liverpool’s defender Matip scored an own goal in the second half only for the referee to rule the goal out after Chris Smalling was called offside.WhatsApplast_img read more

Safaricom set to Create its Own Local TV Content

first_imgAdvertisement Kenya’s Communications Authority has approved Safaricom’s requisite licences as it pushes to venture into full time television broadcasting.Safaricom’s application for four TV broadcasting licences subject to objection from the public within a month have been approved, breathing life into its floundering Big Box Internet-enabled decoder launched on May 8.The telco has been authorized to offer commercial free-to-air and Internet protocol TV services as well as subscription management and terrestrial subscription broadcasting services. – Advertisement – The commercial FTA TV licence allows Safaricom to now create own content and air it both terrestrially and online after its application for Internet protocol licence was also approved.Safaricom is also now free to venture into the lucrative pay TV market, dominated by South Africa-owned MultiChoice Africa, after getting the terrestrial subscription broadcasting and management services licences. The approvals means Safaricom can now mount competition on Wananchi Group-owned Zuku’s Triple Play offering – TV, telephone and Internet services.Zuku offers Internet at a speed of 10 megabytes per second, free intra-network calls, about 100 own TV channels and free countrywide WiFi access through its hot spots for a monthly fee of Sh4,300.Vialast_img read more

Ericsson joins Kenya PayTV Market

first_imgImage credit: TechMoran Advertisement Ericsson has launched MeidaFirst, a PayTv platform targeted towards mobile operators and content providers, to enable telecommunications operators avail and sell content subscriptions through fast internet.Customers will also have a choice of networks to transmit content either through 3G and 4G networks or through fibre to the home.MediaFirst will empower the operator to control content provision from the back end. – Advertisement – Ericsson says MediaFirst is designed to combine the best of traditional PayTv and over-the-top (over the internet) services in a bid to personalise television.There were 3.29 million free to air users across Kenya at the end of 2014. Analogue terrestrial was by far the largest access method accounting for 78 per cent of total users, followed by digital terrestrial television with 19 per cent.MediaFirst was first piloted by Canadian telecommunications company TELUS with over 950,000 TV subscribers.Via Daily Nationlast_img read more

China still trying to hack US even after cyber agreement

first_imgOn Sept. 25, President Barack Obama said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed that neither government would knowingly support cyber theft of corporate secrets to support domestic businesses. Image credit: FreeTibet Advertisement Hackers associated with the Chinese government have tried to penetrate at least seven U.S. companies in the three weeks since Washington and Beijing agreed not to spy on each other for commercial reasons, according to a prominent U.S. security firm.CrowdStrike Inc said software it placed at five U.S. technology and two pharmaceutical companies had detected and rebuffed the attacks, which began on Sept. 26.On Sept. 25, President Barack Obama said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed that neither government would knowingly support cyber theft of corporate secrets to support domestic businesses. The agreement stopped short of restricting spying to obtain government secrets, including those held by private contractors. – Advertisement – CrowdStrike Co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch said in an interview that he believed the hackers who attacked the seven companies were affiliated with the Chinese government based in part on the servers and software they used.The software included a program known as Derusbi, according to Alperovitch. Other analysts have said Derusbi previously turned up in attacks on Virginia defense contractor VAE Inc and health insurer Anthem Inc. Alperovitch said the hackers came from a variety of groups including one that CrowdStrike had previously named Deep Panda.The “primary benefits of the intrusion seem clearly aligned to facilitate theft of intellectual property and trade secrets, rather than to conduct traditional, national-security-related intelligence collection,” CrowdStrike said in a blog post to be published on Monday.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated that the Chinese government opposed all forms of hacking or stealing commercial secrets.[related-posts]“Internet hacking attacks are marked by their secretive, cross border nature,” she told a daily news briefing.CrowdStrike said it had notified the White House of its findings but declined to identify the targeted companies.A senior Obama administration official said the government was aware of CrowdStrike’s findings but declined to address the company’s conclusions.“As we move forward, we will monitor China’s cyber activities closely and press China to abide by all of its commitments,” said the official who did not want to be identified by name.Another U.S. cyber security company, FireEye Inc, said the state-sponsored Chinese hackers that it monitored were still active but it was too soon to say whether their aims had shifted.“It is premature to conclude that activity during this short time frame constitutes economic espionage,” FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza said.Reuterslast_img read more

Xiaomi Unveils Mi Notebook Air family

first_imgImage Credit; engadget Advertisement Xiaomi introduced its first pair of notebooks which are part of the Mi Notebook Air family. Xiaomi, which is known primarily known for its smartphones business and superstar VP, Hugo Barra, positions its laptops as integrated parts of its Mi Ecosystem (which includes smartphones, an Android TV STB, tablets, power banks, headphones, a wrist band and even an air purifier). Their design resembles that of other devices from Xiaomi and uses all-metal silver and gold enclosures. Both notebooks are made by Tian Mi, a partner of Xiaomi, and will run Microsoft Windows 10 Home.The 13.3-inch version is about $750 and has a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U (Turbo up to 2.7GHz), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an Nvidia Geforce 940MX, a 256GB PCIe SSD with a factory expandable SATA SSD slot, and 802.11AC Wi-Fi. The 13-inch version measures 309.6mm x 210.9mm x 14.8mm (12.18″ × 8.3″ × 0.58″) and weighs 2.82 pounds (1.28kg). Xiaomi is claiming a “9.5 hour” battery life.If you’re looking for something a little smaller, there’s the $525 which is a 12.5-inch model. That version has an Intel Core M3 with integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and 802.11AC Wi-Fi. The device weighs (1.07kg), measures 292 x 202 x 12.9mm (11.5″ × 7.95″ × 0.51″), and has a claimed “11.5 hours” battery life. – Advertisement – Image Credit: anandtechBoth devices have one USB Type-C port for charging, 2 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack and there’s a backlit keyboard. The Mi Notebook Air ships in China on August 2. There’s no word on an international release yet.We will keep you posted![anandtech]last_img read more

BlackBerry Announces its Second Androidbased Smartphone

first_imgImage Credit: 9to5google Advertisement Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry on Wednesday announced its second Android-based smartphone DTEK50 that combines BlackBerry’s security, privacy and productivity with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience.The $299 smartphone is now available to pre-order from Blackberry shop in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Netherlands.“We take our customers’ privacy seriously. This device adds to BlackBerry’s lineup of secure smartphones, providing choice to our customers with different price points on both, BlackBerry 10 and Android platforms,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Devices, BlackBerry, in a statement. – Advertisement – The device also comes with DTEK app that enables users to automatically monitor their operating system and apps to know when their privacy could be at risk and to take action to improve it.The DTEK app also tracks applications and notifies you when someone is taking pictures or videos without your knowledge, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.DTEK50 encrypts all users’ information, including business critical data and personal data such as pictures, videos and contacts.[related-posts]Malware protection is also built-in along with back-up, wipe and restore capabilities.1 of 4 BlackBerry MP-12600 Mobile Power ChargerDTEK50 supports BlackBerry’s suite of EMM applications and secure productivity solutions, including –WatchDox for secure file-sharing, Good Work for business-class email and collaboration tools, Strong Authentication as a VPN solution, SecuSUITE for Enterprise for secure voice and instant messaging communication, BBM Protected for encrypted messaging and BES12 for secure cross-platform management.Features:Fully Android.Access to over a million apps from Google Play.5.2” scratch resistant display.Intelligent Keyboard.Convenience Key.8MP front camera with flash and 13MP auto-focus rear camera.2TB microSD card support.BlackBerry Security that protects the private details of your life from being hacked.BlackBerry MP-12600 Mobile Power Charger A high capacity portable charger that powers all your mobile devices to maximize your productivity and play time.Features:12600mAh battery.2 USB charging ports (1 x 1 Amp & 1 x 2 Amp) for powering your devices.1 microUSB port for charging your BlackBerry Mobile Power Charger.[IANS]last_img read more


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Rice University president invited to opening ceremony for Olympics

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice University president invited to opening ceremony for OlympicsRice University President David Leebron is one of 11 university presidents from around the world invited by the Chinese Ministry of Education to the opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Rice, Yale and Johns Hopkins are the only U.S. universities among those invited. Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, will attend the Aug. 8 festivities that kick off the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where 10,500 athletes are expected to compete in 302 events in 28 sports.“Ping and I were honored to be invited by the Chinese Minister of Education to attend the opening ceremonies as his guests,” Leebron said. “In addition to this gesture of friendship, we are pleased to be there with other Rice community members who are attending the games as athletes and coaches. Rice will be well-represented at this Olympiad.”Universities whose presidents were invited to the opening ceremony are University ofCambridge, University of Edinburgh, Waseda University, Ritsumeikan University, University of Goettingen, University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and University of Macau, along with Yale, Johns Hopkins and Rice.“Rice University enjoys a high reputation in the U.S. and the world,” wrote an official from the Chinese Ministry of Education. “Broad exchanges and research ties have been established between Rice and Chinese universities. The vision and efforts of President Leebron make the enhanced educational exchanges possible.”The invitation from the Chinese Ministry of Education is another indication of the progress Rice has made in achieving its Vision for the Second Century goal of becoming a more global university, particularly by increasing Rice’s visibility in China, said Provost Eugene Levy.”The investment of time and leadership to initiate and cultivate these relationships is already yielding benefits in terms of the growth in the number of foreign students attending Rice, in the exchange of faculty and students between Rice and Chinese institutions and in the emergence of exciting new research collaborations,” he said. Earlier this summer Leebron and Sun visited a number of Chinese universities and higher education officials to extend Rice’s international reach and to develop new research collaborations. During that trip, Rice University and China’s Zhejiang University signed an agreement to establish an International Collaborative Center on Quantum Matter, and Leebron received an honorary doctorate from China’s Nankai University in Tianjin, where he lectured on Sino-American relations.last_img read more

Gene onoff switch works like backpack strap

first_imgHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: The protein complex that forms DNA loops operates like the plastic slider that is used to adjust the length of backpack straps. The complex lands on DNA and takes up slack to form a loop. Researchers discovered that a specific DNA keyword called a “motif” — a string of fewer than 20 genetic letters that causes the DNA to bind a protein called CTCF — lies at each end of nearly all loops.CREDIT: A. Sanborn, S. Rao The protein complex that forms DNA loops takes up slack by feeding DNA through from either direction until it hits the DNA keyword, or motif, which acts like a brake. The motifs must point in the correct direction; if they point away from the protein complex, it will not recognize them and will keep taking up slack.CREDIT: A. Sanborn, S. Rao Erez Lieberman AidenCREDIT: A. Sanchez/Baylor College of MedicineMore DOWNLOADABLE IMAGES and VIDEO are available at: copy of the PNAS study is available at: 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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduGene on-off switch works like backpack strapTexas Medical Center-based team unravels how loops form in genomeHOUSTON — (Oct. 19, 2015) — A research team based in Houston’s Texas Medical Center has found that the proteins that turn genes on by forming loops in human chromosomes work like the sliding plastic adjusters on a grade-schooler’s backpack. This discovery could provide new clues about genetic diseases and allow researchers to reprogram cells by directly modifying the loops in genomes.The study, which appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is by the same team that published the first high-resolution 3-D maps showing how the human genome folds inside the nucleus of a cell. The multi-institutional group includes researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Stanford University and the Broad Institute.The protein complex that forms DNA loops operates like the plastic slider that is used to adjust the length of backpack straps. The complex lands on DNA and takes up slack to form a loop. Researchers discovered that a specific DNA keyword called a “motif” — a string of fewer than 20 genetic letters that causes the DNA to bind a protein called CTCF — lies at each end of nearly all loops. Credit: A. Sanborn, S. RaoEvery human cell contains a genome, a linear string of DNA. Sequences of DNA bases spell out genes, much like letters spell out words. For decades, scientists have known that genes that lie far apart on the string can activate one another by looping back and coming into contact during genome folding. Last year, the team showed that it was possible to map the positions of these loops, and the researchers created the first atlas of loops in the human genome. But the group couldn’t explain how the loops were forming.“For months, we had no idea what our data really meant,” said senior author Erez Lieberman Aiden, a geneticist and computer scientist with joint appointments at Baylor and Rice. “Then one day, we realized that we’d been carrying the solution around — literally, on our back — for decades!”The human genome contains more than 20,000 genes. In any given cell, only a fraction of these are active, and this fraction determines the cell’s function: whether it will become a hard-pumping heart cell, a body-defending immune cell or a metastatic cancer cell. Many genes are activated by loops, and it is impossible to understand gene activation without knowing how loops form, Aiden said.Aiden, who is also a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, said the researchers found that a set of proteins acts like the plastic slider, sometimes called a tri-glide, that adjusts a backpack strap.“The mechanism that makes this possible can be explained to any kindergartener with a backpack,” said study co-first author Adrian Sanborn, a graduate student in the Aiden lab and at Stanford University. “The protein complex that forms DNA loops appears to operate like the plastic slider that is used to adjust the length of the straps: it lands on DNA and takes up slack to form a loop.”Erez Lieberman Aiden. Credit: A. Sanchez/Baylor College of MedicineAiden, assistant professor of genetics at Baylor and of computer science and computational and applied mathematics at Rice, said Sanborn and study co-first author Suhas Rao showed that they could combine the tri-glide model with mathematics and high-performance computation to predict how a genome will fold. The team confirmed their predictions by making tiny modifications in a cell’s genome and showing that the mutations changed the folding pattern exactly as expected. Rao likened the result to a new form of genome surgery: a procedure that can modify how a genome is folded by design and with extraordinary precision.“We found that changing even one letter in the genetic code was enough to modify the folding of millions of other letters,” said Rao, a graduate student in the Aiden lab and at Stanford University. “What was stunning was that once we understood how the loops were forming, the results of these changes became extremely predictable.”Sanborn said the discovery also explains a puzzling pattern that the team noticed when it published its original atlas of loops.“DNA encodes information, and you can think of each DNA base pair as a letter and of certain sequences of letters as words,” he said. “In our data, we noticed that when particular keywords appeared, a loop would form. But the loop would only form if the two keywords were pointing at one another. For example, if one side of the loop read K-E-Y-W-O-R-D, the other would be D-R-O-W-Y-E-K.”The protein complex that forms DNA loops takes up slack by feeding DNA through from either direction until it hits the DNA keyword, or motif, which acts like a brake. The motifs must point in the correct direction; if they point away from the protein complex, it will not recognize them and will keep taking up slack. Credit: A. Sanborn, S. Rao“That’s an incredibly strange thing because these words can be millions of letters apart, and the genome is flexible at that scale,” said Sanborn. “If I were a protein, and I wanted to bring these two words together, it’s difficult to envision why the way that the keyword is pointing would matter. This simple fact was a crucial clue.”That clue eventually led the team to the tri-glide theory, but not before a series of false starts. First, the team tested models based on fractal packing, but they proved mathematically that such packing could not explain the data. Next, the researchers tested a model of DNA folding where tension along the DNA chain caused it to condense like an elastic band, but this model also did not fit the data.Eventually, they hit on the tri-glide model. The basic idea is that the tri-glide protein complex lands on the genome and pulls the strand from each side so that a loop forms in the middle — just like the loop someone might make if they wanted to tighten a backpack strap.“The strand just keeps feeding through and feeding through from each direction until it hits the keyword, which acts like a brake,” said Rao, a student in the Aiden lab and at Stanford University. “So it’s not so much that the keywords need to point at one another; it’s that they need to point at the tri-glide complex because the complex won’t recognize them if they point the other way. To the complex, they would look upside-down.”Aiden said that one of the most astonishing implications of the new model is that loops on different chromosomes tend not to become entangled.“In the old model, scientists thought that a loop formed when two bits of the genome wiggled around and then met inside the cell nucleus,” Aiden said. “But this process would lead to interweaving loops and highly entangled chromosomes. This is a big problem if you need those chromosomes to separate again when the cell divides.“The tri-glide takes care of that,” he said. “Even in a big pile of backpacks, you can use your tri-glide to make a loop without any risk of entanglement.”Aiden said the discoveries were possible, in part, because of Rice’s new PowerOmics supercomputer, which allowed his team to analyze more 3-D folding data than was previously possible. The high-performance computer, an IBM POWER8 system that is customized with a cluster of NVIDIA graphical processing units, allowed Aiden’s group to run analyses in a few hours that would previously have taken several days or even weeks, he said.Additional study co-authors include Su-Chen Huang, Neva C. Durand, Miriam H. Huntley, Andrew Jewett, Ivan D. Bochkov, Dharmaraj Chinnappan, Ashok Cutkosky, Jian Li, Kristopher P. Geeting, Doug McKenna and Elena K. Stamenova of the Center for Genome Architecture at Baylor; and Eric Lander, Andreas Gnirke, and Alexandre Melnikov of the Broad Institute, a collaboration between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aiden, Sanborn and Li are also with the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University. McKenna is also with Mathemaesthetics Inc. in Boulder, Colo.The research was supported by the Welch Foundation, IBM, Nvidia, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the McNair Medical Institute. Rice’s PowerOmics high-performance computer cluster is managed by the Office of Information Technology’s Center for Research Computing in a partnership with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.###VIDEO is available at: read more

What San Diego MBAs Offer the Best Return on Investment

first_imgWhat San Diego MBAs Offer the Best Return on Investment? About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: San Diego Attending a Master of Business Administration program in San Diego sounds like a great idea. There’s great weather year round, beautiful beaches, and you get to enjoy the laid-back California attitude. But do you get a good return on your investment (ROI) going to school in San Diego?The ROI of your MBA program can be difficult to determine considering the many factors that come into play. Not only do you need to compare the cost of tuition and expected salary upon graduation from each school, but you also have to take into account the cost of living where you go to school and your salary change pre- to post-MBA.In this article, we’re going to take a look at the best San Diego MBA programs to get the highest return on your investment. Fowler College of Business Administration – SDSUMBA students who chose to attend the Fowler College of Business Administration at SDSU can expect affordable tuition and decent job prospects. These MBA graduates have one of the best returns on their investments in San Diego.Over 70 percent of the most recent Fowler MBA class had a job within three months of graduation, and that percentage increased to 82.94 percent at six months post graduation. MBA students who were employed found jobs at GEICO, EY, PepsiCo, HSBC Group, Qualcomm, and more.TuitionTuition at Fowler is very affordable. In fact, full-time Master of Business Administration students who are California residents can expect to pay just $29,938 over the course of their degree—$7,223 a semester. Non-California residents can expect to pay a little more, approximately $47,758 over two years.SalaryThe mean starting salary for MBA graduates at Fowler is $61,467.ROIThe salary-to-debt ratio for Fowler MBA graduates who are residents of California is .487, which means that Fowler MBAs can expect to pay off their debt in just the first year. For non-California residents, the ratio is .777, which is still less than a year to pay off the debt.University of San Diego School of Business AdministrationChoosing to attend the University of San Diego School of Business Administration is a fairly reliable choice for return on investment. 83 percent of MBA graduates can expect to be employed three months post graduation at top companies including Amazon, Deloitte, Intel, Bank of America, eBay, Boston Consulting Group, and 21st Century Fox. But what does it look like when you compare tuition to expected salary?TuitionTuition is a bit pricey compared to the other San Diego business schools. For an MBA student, it costs $1,475 per unit with 56 units required. That equals around $82,600 for tuition over two years. In addition, MBA students can expect $1,153.50 a semester for health insurance coverage with approximately $200 in additional fees. Total, over the two years, MBA students can expect to pay $87,614 for tuition and fees.SalaryUpon graduation, MBA students at USD can expect an average starting salary of $72,363 with a range of $50,000 – $100,000.ROIThe salary-to-debt ratio for a USD MBA graduate is 1.21, indicating that it would take you only 1.2 years to earn back what you paid for the program if every dime of your salary went to paying off your tuition.Rady School of Management – UC San DiegoThe Rady School of Management is one of the more expensive Master of Business Administration programs in San Diego, at the same time it has some of the best job prospects. Three months post-graduation, 82 percent of Rady MBA graduates accepted employment, and 10 percent started their own business for a total employment rate of 92 percent. Those individuals accepted jobs at such companies as IBM, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Amazon, Tesla Motors, Ernst & Young, Gartner, and Deloitte.TuitionTuition for full-time MBA students who are also California residents is $48,961 a year—$97,922 total. For non-residents, tuition costs $55,546 a year or $111,092 total. Other non-tuition fees including campus fees and health insurance can cost an additional $4,000 a year or $8,000 over the course of the program.SalaryRady MBA graduates, on average, earn $84,335 as a starting salary ($87,500 median).ROIThe salary-to-debt ratio for the Rady School Master of Business Administration program is 1.255 for California residents and 1.41 for non-California residents.Other San Diego MBA ProgramsAs for the three other Master of Business Administration programs available in San Diego, not much information is provided.Fermanian School of Business – Point Loma Nazarene University: The cost of tuition is $825 a unit for 42 units, for a total cost of $34,650 for twelve months. So, as long as you earn more post-MBA than $40,000 it’s a good investment, though little post-MBA graduation employment information is available.California International Business University (CIBU): CIBU costs approximately $26,000 to earn a full-time MBA. No employment information is provided.California School of Management & Leadership – Alliant University: An MBA at Alliant costs $698 per unit for a total of 36 to 42 units—$25,128 to $29,316 total. No employment information is provided.center_img Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedWhat Are The Highest Paid MBA Salaries in San Diego?If you’re looking to take in the California sun but avoid the fast-paced and high-priced centers of Silicon Valley or Los Angeles, heading southward to San Diego may be the perfect place for an up-and-coming business professional. Recently named the eighth best big city to live in the U.S., based…November 29, 2017In “Featured Home”The Best San Diego Finance MBA ProgramsThe finance industry has always gone hand-in-hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS Jobs and Salary Trends Report. The San…March 9, 2017In “Featured Home”The ROI of the MBAIs an MBA worth it? That’s probably the first question that came to mind when you thought about going back to school. It’s not an easy question, and there’s not an easy answer. Return on investment — the ROI of the MBA — is multi-faceted. You not only have to look…May 25, 2016In “Advice”last_img read more

Commuter Train Slams Into Parked Train Car Near Philadelphia 42 Hurt

first_img Share Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A commuter train slammed into a parked train car at a station near Philadelphia, injuring 42 passengers early on Tuesday, according to train officials.The train hit the vacant parked car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, around 12:15 a.m. local time as it pulled into the station, Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), said on Tuesday.“The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening for all passengers and the operator,” Redfern said. “It’s all under investigation at this point.” The train’s conductor was among the injured.Upper Darby Mayor Thomas Micozzie told reporters that at least four people were being treated at area hospitals following the crash.The National Transportation and Safety Board said on Twitter it had sent a team to assist in an investigation.The cause of the accident was not immediately known but a local television station, WPVI, reported that speed apparently played a factor, citing a passenger, Raymond Woodard.“I heard the train going real fast… like, super fast,” Woodard told the station. “And I looked up, and I saw that we’re at 69th Street and said, ‘Why are we going so fast?’ And then we just hit the train. Boom!”In February, four people were injured when a train rear-ended another near the 69th Street Terminal. Eight people were killed and more than 180 injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia in 2015. US center_img Breaking News Commuter Train Slams Into Parked Train Car Near Philadelphia, 42 Hurt By Reuters August 22, 2017 Updated: August 22, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more