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Month: July 2019

New Early Education Center Opens in the Mission District

first_imgMission Neighborhood Centers, a local nonprofit, will open a new center this month for 88 children to attend Head Start, an early education programs for preschool aged children.The half-day programs will begin August 11 at 1245 Alabama Street near 24th Street, formerly a convent for the neighboring St. Peters church. The center will also have one full-day mixed-income daycare classroom.The space sat empty for 20 years before Mission Neighborhood Centers became the two-story building’s new long-term lessee. The nonprofit and has renovated the building to turn it into a childcare center on the ground floor.  The second floor will continue to undergo renovations for about three months to become a family services center and an office that handles ongoing enrollments in the nonprofit’s program.Most families who will bring their children to the “Centro de Alegría” will be low income, though the center will serve a mixture of income levels. Tags: mission neighborhood centers Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Head Start’s mission is to prepare young children for success in school, laying the groundwork for them to pursue higher education later in life. “I like what I see. He’s going to be in a good space, a safe space,” said Miriam Ramirez, the mother of a 3-year-old set to attend the program. “I hope he will learn to coexist with more people, more children. I hope in the future when he’s older that he’ll have good memories of this place.”With its bright colors and natural wood, open floor plans and plenty of windows, the center is inviting and warm – “the learning environment it needs to be,” as Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Executive Director Santiago Ruiz put it.“It looks really nice ,like he’s going to have a lot of fun,” said Yasmin Ramos, another mother whose four-year-old will attend when the center opens. “Hopefully he learns a little bit more than he would at home.” Opening the center cost roughly $1.3 million, but Mission Neighborhood Centers continues to fundraise aggressively to improve and expand its programming around the Mission. While other centers, like the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, have been forced to consolidate because their clientele has been forced out of the neighborhood, Mission Neighborhood Centers is growing and restructuring. Dolores Terrazas, who directs the children and family services, said while the enrollment in Head Start programs has dropped slightly, many families that have moved out of the neighborhood continue to bring their children to her organization. “Our work is to ensure a pipeline to education” Terrazas said. “We’re working to ensure that children from under-resourced families get the highest quality education.”To that end, the programs offered take a “two-generation” approach – parents don’t just drop off and pick up their kids, they receive individualized attention from the teachers working at the centers. Teachers in the program are credentialed or have college degrees. They also earn a living wage and receive benefits in order to make the work attractive in increasingly teacher-hostile San Francisco.“Our families are in positions of very little choices. We want to ensure that the choices they have with us are high quality,” Terrazas said.Among the other services provided by the centers is Mission Girls, a youth program for at-risk young women, a senior services program, and workforce development. Centro de Alegría will be one of ten early childcare facilities the nonprofit runs. Mission Neighborhood Centers is also preparing to relocate its Mission Girls program from its current location on 24th and Harrison streets to 24th and Folsom streets – not because of a rent increase or downsizing, but because  affordable senior housing will be built at that location. last_img read more

ICE raid false alarms throw SF Mission community into panic

first_imgCommunity members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview. John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source. But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, a coalition of advocacy organizations, visited the sites and verified that immigration agents were not making arrests. The 24-hour hotline for suspected raids in San Francisco is 415-200-1548.  “We couldn’t verify that ICE officers were detaining anyone in the Mission today,” said Ana Herrera, a lawyer with Dolores Street Community Services who works with the Rapid Response Network. Tags: immigration Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img It’s unclear where the rumors began, but the sites were 24th and Mission, Foods Co. on 15th and Folsom, Marshall Elementary, and a Foods Co. in the Bayview. Members of the network asked people at the various sites if they saw ICE agents, Herrera said, and confirmed agents were not present. A guide for immigrants during a raid. “It spread like a wildfire,” Herrera said, referring to the high volume of calls from community members wanting to make sure the response network knew about the suspected raids. On hearing the rumors, John O’Connell High locked its doors at around 1:30 p.m. and put its security guards outside, said a source familiar with the school’s operations. The source said on Wednesday afternoon the school received a memo from the San Francisco Unified School District, spelling out exactly what to do if an ICE agent arrives at the campus. The memo instructs staff to escort the agent to the front office and only allow that agent to speak to an administrator. It says staff should not provide any information about students and not let the officer leave the front office. Lastly, it instructs the administrator to call the district’s legal team. It’s unclear if Marshall Elementary took similar actions. SFUSD did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. If rumors are being spread about ICE, Herrera said the community should remain calm and not spread panic. “If you’re unsure then call the hotline to verify, and they will verify,” she said. “That’s what we’re here to do. Don’t spread rumors just because you hear it from someone second hand.” “From what I understand there was a lot of fear during time people were spreading the rumors,” she added. Nevertheless, Herrera said her organization is preparing for a sweeping raid in which ICE agents are expected to arrest some 1,500 people in Northern California, including San Francisco. “We’re still preparing for the big raid,” she said. “We’re making sure we have a good communication system in place, the protocols in place, if a raid like we’re afraid of does happen.” But, she said, “We’re remaining calm.”   last_img read more

MOSE Masoe speaks to the In Touch Podcast on his m

first_imgMOSE Masoe speaks to the In Touch Podcast on his move to Saints next season.The big Penrith Panther says he is very excited about what lies ahead and how he is looking forward to being in England.He also talks Origin and the Challenge Cup.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Elsewhere on the Podcast, which is in association with Citytalk 105.9, we hear the views of Nathan Brown, Paul Wellens and Jordan Turner.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on Twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

Leland company earns award for growth through international markets

first_img Tri-Tech Forensics was recognized as the Top Global Reach Exporter. The company in Leland manufactures forensics products for law enforcement. From fingerprinting and evidence-collection systems to personal protection equipment, the company is viewed as an essential part of public safety in a wide range of countries. It exports to almost 50 countries.The other four companies awarded:Therafirm in Richmond CountyBlue Ridge Chair Works in Buncombe CountyFrontier Spinning Mills in Lee CountyNew Growth Designs in Pitt CountyThe team includes five North Carolina-based international trade managers ‒ each of whom specializes in specific industry sectors ‒ and representatives in North Carolina’s international trade offices located in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, China. All told, the state’s trade team assisted 559 North Carolina companies in 2017, located in 80 counties across the state.Related Article: Target recalls USB charging cables due to shock and fire hazardsNorth Carolina’s export of goods and services supports more than 370,000 jobs in the state, according to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper presented five companies with 2017 Governor’s Export Awards during a ceremony Wednesday and one of those companies is here in the Cape Fear region, Tri-Tech Forensics in Brunswick County.The awards recognize the companies’ dedication to growing their businesses through exporting, a practice which supports thousands of jobs across the state.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Families come together to honor lost loved ones

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Over the weekend, the Community United Effort or CUE Center held their 14th Annual National Missing Persons Conference in the Port City.CUE’s primary missions include locating missing people and comforting their loved ones. Saturday night a candlelight vigil was held to honor those still missing.- Advertisement – There were plenty of hugs and tears at the vigil, but also an overwhelming sense of hope and a clear bond shared between affected families.Kristie Davis, who was there to honor her brother, says events like these allow those who have lost loved ones to share their experiences with others.“Never give up hope, and if you think there’s people out there who don’t understand, there really are. We have met so many families that have been through what we’ve been through, same situation, same circumstances. And you never really realize it until you get there,” said Davis.Related Article: Candlelight vigil honors missing personsDuring the vigil, a wall was unveiled with pictures of loved ones who are either still missing, or have since been found dead.‘Keeper of the Flame’ awards were also presented to law enforcement, business leaders, organizations, media outlets, search personnel, and volunteers who have risen above their daily duties to help those in distress.One recipient of those awards was WWAY’s Hannah Patrick for her work on her Unsolved series.last_img read more

The Pirate Bay moves to the cloud becoming almost untouchable

first_imgAdvertisement TPB (www.piratebay.se) logo. Image Credit: www.finestdaily.comIn a move that will almost certainly infuriate copyright authorities and the governments that support them, the world’s most popular Bittorrent sharing website The Pirate Bay has ditched its servers and moved to the cloud, ensuring that it can remain operational at all times.Making an announcement on its official blog, The Pirate Bay details how it dropped static trackers, then ditching torrent files back in January – when it switched to Magnet links. Now, the website has moved its data into the ever expanding network of cloud hosting services, allowing it to switch between various site deployments, should authorities try to take it down or malicious attackers attempt to bring it to its knees.The Pirate Bay’s “Winston Brahma” explains the new setup:If there is data, there is The Pirate Bay.Our data flows around in thousands of clouds, in deeply encrypted forms, ready to be used when necessary. Earth bound nodes that transform the data are as deeply encrypted and reboot into a deadlock if not used for 8 hours.All attempts to attack The Pirate Bay from now on is an attack on everything and nothing. The site that you’re at will still be here, for as long as we want it to. Only in a higher form of being. A reality to us. A ghost to those who wish to harm us. – Advertisement – It’s almost like something out of a movie, as the website moves between deployments and stays one step ahead of the people chasing it.Today’s announcement is an evolution of The Pirate Bay’s previous attempts to remain decentralised, by allowing users to download a copy of the website’s database to deploy their own version of the website should an official server be pulled offline.With a number of UK and Finnish Internet providers (and ISPs in other countries) restricting access to the website, The Pirate Bay has been forced to offer mirrors to circumvent government blockages. Moving to the cloud makes it harder for providers to block based on IP addresses, allowing users to continue sharing files.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

Google prepares 500M for marketing Moto X

first_imgAdvertisement Google is going all in to support the Moto X, the first flagship handset released by Motorola Mobility since being acquired by the Web giant a year ago. Google is expected to allow the unit to spend up to $500 million marketing the highly-anticipated smartphone in the U.S. and overseas.With an emphasis toward customer convenience and customization, Motorola has reportedly taken steps to limit “bloatware,” the apps and services pre-installed on handsets by carriers that are often useless and difficult to remove without rooting the device. Customers will be able to choose the colors for the back of the device and the trim and engrave a name or message to the back cover.[related-posts] – Advertisement – A sign-up page for the Moto X handset finally went live earlier this month, offering users access to the product information and promotional offers. The page, which touts the Moto X as “the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the USA,” promises that the handset is “coming soon.”Motorola said it expects to have more than 2,000 new employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility building the phones. The domestic location will enable the phones to arrive in customers’ hands within days of their order, according to ABC News.Source: CNETlast_img read more

Airtel launches its 4G LTE service in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday, Airtel launched its 4G service on a state-of-the-art network based on FD-LTE (Frequency Division-Long Term Evolution), making the Seychelles amongst the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to commercially deploy this cutting-edge technology.The launch took place Wednesday evening is Airtel’s first commercial LTE network in Africa.The company said though the infrastructure is new, it will more than meet the growing customer demand for mobile broadband services. The network is expected to cover 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase. – Advertisement – “We already have Africa’s widest 3G footprint, being present in 17 countries. We are delighted to now provide leadership in setting the technology standard for 4G services in Africa by rolling out this cutting edge LTE network,” Christian de Faria, chief executive officer, Airtel Africa, said.Bharti Airtel is the first telecom service provider in India also to launch 4G services in April 2012.Source: www.bignewsnetwork.comlast_img read more

Preorders for iPhone 6S and 6S Plus on record pace

first_imgCredit: Engadget Advertisement Apple said Monday that pre-orders for its new iPhones set for release this month are on a pace to top last year’s record for new handsets.“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” Apple said.“We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.” – Advertisement – The statement said online orders have been “exceptionally strong and exceeded our own forecasts for the preorder period.”The California tech giant is seeking to build on the success of large-screen handsets introduced last year that have dominated the high-end smartphone market.[related-posts]The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have the same overall dimensions as the previous versions, but with new technologies under the hood.One of the key new features is called “3D touch,” which responds to pressure exerted on the screen to allow users to look inside messages and applications.Via TOIlast_img read more

Verizon is buying Yahoo for 48 billion

first_imgAdvertisement Looks like what we say coming concerning Yahoo is soon becoming a reality.A new report indicates Yahoo’s board has settled on Verizon, with the price being approximately $4.8 billion.It should be noted that last year, Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion. – Advertisement – It’s not clear what Verizon’s plans are for Yahoo yet, but there is a big possibility of merging it together with AOL.We will keep you posted in case of any new developments.last_img

Airtel Uganda celebrates 10 million customers promises to invest in improving QoS

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel Uganda has announced a major milestone of hitting over 10million happy customers this year. This tremendous growth has cemented Airtel’s position as the fastest growing telecom in the country.“We are happy to announce that our customer base has grown to 10 million. This means we have been able to build trust with our valued customers. On behalf of the Airtel family, I would like to thank our Customers, the Government, Regulator as well as partners for their loyalty and contribution to the growth of the Airtel brand over the years. With their support, Airtel is making a significant impact on our community and we are happy to be celebrating this with them. At Airtel, we have always been committed to serve, support and provide our customers with innovative products and services. We are humbled by our customers’ trust.” noted Mr. V.G. Somasekhar, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director.He added that “Airtel’s mission is to be the most loved brand in the daily lives of Ugandan’s, and as we celebrate this milestone we pledge to continue investing heavily towards improving the quality of our service, great customer experience at all our touch points and the overall network expansion across Uganda. Affordability remains a key business deliverable on voice, data and Airtel money services while providing solutions designed to make the real difference in the lives of our customers. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Airtel’s growth has been fostered by an increase in the uptake of the telecom’s products and services, great partnerships and investment in network expansion across the country.Looking ahead, Somasekhar says, “the company will continue investing heavily in innovation, great customer experience and network expansion across Uganda.”last_img read more

Iflix Announces its 24hour News Service Coming on September 2

first_imgCredit: Broadband TV News Advertisement Streaming video service Iflix has announced that it is launching a 24-hour live news channel called Iflix News. It will aggregate live news streams, clips, and linear feeds from leading international, regional and local news authorities.Iflix News will be available without charge to all users in its 28 markets worldwide  Regional partners for the service include CNN, Al Jazeera, DW, CGTN and CCTV 4.According to TBIVision, Iflix co-founder and CEO Mark Britt said that the company is working to deliver “timely, comprehensive stories and current affairs” to its customers, with young viewers keen access “the stories and events that are shaping the world around them”. – Advertisement – “We have invested significantly in the creation and development of our new 24-hour News Hub including editorial and curation teams and infrastructure, working in close partnership with international, regional and local content providers,” said Britt.“The launch of iflix News is a significant step forward in our commitment to provide customers with the broadest and most compelling selection of content available, which now includes live, linear and clipped news formats in multiple local languages, furthering iflix’s ambitions to becoming a truly ubiquitous service.”According to various sources, Iflix News is due to launch on September 3 in the following countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda.[related-posts]last_img read more

Animal Kingdom a gift wrapped start to Royal Ascot

first_imgQueen Anne StakesRoyal AscotTIME: 2.30pm, C4CAN YOU FIND ANY REASONS TO OPPOSE HIM?What reasons can you have for opposing Animal Kingdom in the opening Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot today?Too short in the betting? Not really a reason – price is only relative to respective chance and you can be certain that bookmakers (including Star Sports) will want to see this one beaten and kick start their meeting in the best possible way. So the ring will push him out as far as it dares.But the flip side of that, as a punter, is that you are going to get a better price simply by virtue of the timetable of the race, the first of the week.Travelled from America ? Again not a concern. He’s had a long time to acclimatise and has already proved he can handle the Air Miles with a win at Meydan in Dubai World Cup. Trainers are far more adept these days at the logistics of travelling and recovery times – it’s a well rehearsed process.Horse not good enough? Absolutely not the case. Just look at his official rating. 126 versus second best in the race Elusive Kate who is on a mark of 116. As they said on the Morning Line this morning the pair are the ONLY ones proven at Group level – let alone Group 1 level.The only negatives as far as I can see is the draw 13 – not ideal being on the outside and the small possibility of rain before the race. Indeed, rain is the trainers ONLY concern. Graham Motion said: “I couldn’t be happier with the horse, he’s fine.”I can’t find enough reasons to think that odds against is not a gift wrapped opening to Royal Ascot 2013.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)9 points win ANIMAL KINGDOM (2.30 Royal Ascot)(-10 points Monday)THE ASCOT OPENING RACEIt’s the opening day of Royal Ascot so the perfect opportunity to watch the Ascot Gavotte from one of the most famous musicals of all time. My Fair Lady:Ev’ry duke and earl and peer is hereEv’ryone who should be here is here.What a smashing, positively dashingSpectacle: the Ascot op’ning day.At the gate are all the horsesWaiting for the cue to fly away.last_img read more

Fancy Arsenal at 47 to beat Crystal Palace

first_imgTo celebrate the start of the new Premier League season we have come up with an extra special weekly offer that BOOSTS the price on a live game to way beyond the industry normal.This weekend it’sARSENAL at 4/7To beat Crystal Palace in their first home game of the season at the Emirates (5.30pm Saturday, live SKY).To give you an idea of just how good a price that is – Arsenal are a BEST PRICE 1/4 on oddschecker (* as at 11pm on Friday evening).So how do YOU get 4/7 ???Easy, just have three bets with us on any of the Channel 4 races on Saturday and you can then bet Arsenal at 4/7 to your average stake across the three qualifying bets (up to maximum of £250).Full terms & conditions below.Look out for these weekly offers EVERY FRIDAY !If you need further information please do not hesitate to call us on 08000 521 321TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Offer open to both new and existing telephone customers.(2) Bets placed with us on course do not count.(3) To qualify you must place a minimum of three bets (win or each way only) on three separate Channel 4 races this Saturday.(4) Bets must be placed from 9am on Saturday.(5) The value of your stake that you can have at the boosted price on the football will be equal to the AVERAGE of your three qualifying races stakes (win stakes only, or win part of each way). (subject to a maximum of £250).(6) The football bet must be placed prior to kick off.(7) If any of your Channel 4 bets are non runners these will not count towards the three minimum bets – however horses that are withdrawn will do.(8) We reserve the right to refuse or withdraw the concession at our discretion.(9) Usual Star Sports rules apply.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Man U

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Premier League returns with a lunchtime cracker at Anfield with Liverpool taking on Man U.Even if it doesn’t live up to the hype, surely it’s got to be more entertaining than some of the recent World Cup Qualifiers?I’m totally with Man U here to get the away win. They are back playing good football again and have serious title hopes thanks to a resilient defence which has seen them concede just two goals in their seven Premier League games this season of which they have won six and drawn 2-2 at Stoke in the other game.Four of their league wins this season have been by 4-0 margins and I think they could easily open Liverpool up – it’s highly unlikely to be a repeat of the 0-0 last season here.Liverpool started the season in great form – notably beating Arsenal 4-0 (that scoreline is definitely catching!) but since that win at the end of August have won just one of their seven games across all competitions. In fairness, they’ve drawn four games but were torn apart 5-0 by Man City and it could be a similar story here. In short, for my money, United are in much better form and even allowing for Liverpool usually raising their game against the bigger sides there’s a momentum building behind Mourinho’s men that I can’t see being halted here.The Man U manager said: “When you are in a big club, when you are a big player, when you are a big manager, every game is important.“You cannot look at some matches as cup finals and other matches differently. It’s three points, not four. It’s just a three-point match. That’s the way I approach it.“Will I be as negative as last season? I will play with one defender and nine strikers, that’s for sure. New system. Nine strikers, don’t worry about it.”Reflecting on his two years in charge of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp said: “Is it a difficult job? Yes. Are we where we could be? Not sure.“Did we do really well last year? Yes. Have we done better this year? Yes. But we didn’t get the results so far. Does that mean I should stop? No.“We had to improve to be in the situation we’re in now.”Liverpool v Man UtdPremier League12:30 Sky Sports Premier / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2017 PREMIER Man Utd 1-1 LiverpoolOct 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 0-0 Man UtdMar 2016 EUROPA Man Utd 1-1 LiverpoolMar 2016 EUROPA Liverpool 2-0 Man UtdJan 2016 PREMIER Liverpool 0-1 Man UtdSep 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 3-1 LiverpoolMar 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 1-2 Man UtdDec 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 3-0 LiverpoolMar 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 0-3 LiverpoolSep 213 CAPITAL ONE CUP Man Utd 1-0 LiverpoolAnfield holds no fear for Man U who have won three of their past five league visits (D1, L1) and kept clean sheets in their past two games.Current form says one thing. A Man U win – I’m backing them to win the match at around 9/5 with Star Sports and also to be in front at both HT and FT at around 7/2.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN U 10 points at 9/5 with Star SportsBACK MAN U/MAN U HT/FT 4 points at 7/2 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: LOSS 9.97 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice rolls neat nanotube fibers

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-6-web.jpgA “neat” carbon nanotube fiber made at Rice University consists of highly aligned nanotubes made with an acid-free process. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 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. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-2-web.jpgCarbon nanotubes extruded into a pure fiber are the product of an acid-free process invented at Rice University. (Credit: Martí Group/Rice University) Share3Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice rolls ‘neat’ nanotube fibersRice University researchers’ acid-free approach leads to strong conductive carbon threadsHOUSTON – (Sept. 15, 2014) – The very idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but Rice University scientists are making them neat — literally.The single-walled carbon nanotubes in new fibers created at Rice line up like a fistful of uncooked spaghetti through a process designed by chemist Angel Martí and his colleagues.The tricky bit, according to Martí, whose lab reported its results this month in the journal ACS Nano, is keeping the densely packed nanotubes apart before they’re drawn together into a fiber.Left to their own devices, carbon nanotubes form clumps that are perfectly wrong for turning into the kind of strong, conductive fibers needed for projects ranging from nanoscale electronics to macro-scale power grids.Earlier research at Rice by chemist and chemical engineer Matteo Pasquali, a co-author on the new paper, used an acid dissolution process to keep the nanotubes separated until they could be spun into fibers. Now Martí, Pasquali and their colleagues are producing “neat” fibers with the same mechanical process, but they’re starting with a different kind of feedstock.“Matteo’s group used chlorosulfonic acid to protonate the surface of the nanotubes,” Martí said. “That would give them a positively charged surface so they would repel each other in solution. The technique we use is exactly the opposite.”A process revealed last year by Martí and lead authors Chengmin Jiang, a graduate student, and Avishek Saha, a Rice alumnus, starts with negatively charging carbon nanotubes by infusing them with potassium, a metal, and turning them into a kind of salt known as a polyelectrolyte. They then employ cage-like crown ethers to capture the potassium ions that would otherwise dampen the nanotubes’ ability to repel one another.Put enough nanotubes into such a solution and they’re caught between the repellant forces and an inability to move in a crowded environment, Martí said. They’re forced to align — a defining property of liquid crystals — and this makes them more manageable.The tubes are ultimately forced together into fibers when they are extruded through the tip of a needle. At that point, the strong van der Waals force takes over and tightly binds the nanotubes together, Martí said.But to make macroscopic materials, the Martí team needed to pack many more nanotubes into the solution than in previous experiments. “As you start increasing the concentration, the number of nanotubes in the liquid crystalline phase becomes more abundant than those in the isotropic (disordered) phase, and that’s exactly what we needed,” Martí said.The researchers discovered that 40 milligrams of nanotubes per milliliter gave them a thick gel after mixing at high speed and filtering out whatever large clumps remained. “It’s like a centrifuge together with a rotary drum,” Martí said of the mixing gear. “It produces unconventional forces in the solution.”Feeding this dense nanotube gel through a narrow needle-like opening produced continuous fiber on the Pasquali lab’s equipment. The strength and stiffness of the neat fibers also approached that of the fibers previously produced with Pasquali’s acid-based process. “We didn’t make any modifications to his system and it worked perfectly,” Martí said.The hair-width fibers can be woven into thicker cables, and the team is investigating ways to improve their electrical properties through doping the nanotubes with iodide. “The research is basically analogous to what Matteo does,” Martí said. “We used his tools but gave the process a spin with a different preparation, so now we’re the first to make neat fibers of pure carbon nanotube electrolytes. That’s very cool.”Pasquali said that the spinning system worked with little need for adaptation because the setup is sealed. “The nanotube electrolyte solution could be protected from oxygen and water, which would have caused precipitation of the nanotubes,” he said.“It turns out that this is not a showstopper, because we want the nanotubes to precipitate and stick to each other as soon as they exit the sealed system through the needle. The process was not hard to control, adapt and scale up once we figured out the basic science.”Co-authors are Rice graduate student Colin Young, alumnus Daniel Paul Hashim, former visiting researcher Carolyn Ramirez and Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering.Pasquali is chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry. Martí is an assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.The Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn502552qFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Marti Group: http://amarti.web.rice.edu/Lab/Home.htmlComplex Flows of Complex Fluids (Pasquali Group): https://pasquali.rice.eduAjayan Research Group: http://ajayan.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-5-web.jpgA “neat” carbon nanotube fiber made at Rice University consists of highly aligned nanotubes made with an acid-free process. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-3-web.jpgRice University scientists are making carbon nanotube solutions that act as liquid crystals as a precursor to pulling them into strong, conductive fibers. (Credit: Martí Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-4-web.jpgRice University researchers Chengmin Jiang, left, and Angel Martí hold a fiber made of pure carbon nanotubes. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_FIBER-1-web.jpgCarbon nanotubes extruded into a pure fiber are the product of an acid-free process invented at Rice University. (Credit: Martí Group/Rice University)last_img read more

Rice movie expert available to comment on Oscar nominations

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice movie expert available to comment on Oscar nominationsHOUSTON – (Jan. 14, 2016) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced its 2016 Oscar nominations. “The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, drew 12 nominations in total — more than any other film — with Leonardo DiCaprio honored for his wounded frontiersman and Tom Hardy for his villainous supporting role.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityA Rice alumna is also among the nominees. Amy Hobby, a 1986 graduate, is in the running for her documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”Charles Dove, director of Rice Cinema, professor in the practice and film program director in the School of Humanities’ Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, is available to comment on this year’s crop of nominees and the outlook for “The Revenant” and other frontrunners on awards night, Feb. 28.“In short, ‘The Revenant’ does not deserve some of the nominations, but, yes, it could win a bunch,” Dove said. “I am looking at Leonardo DiCaprio specifically.”To schedule an interview with Dove, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.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.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Dove bio: http://arts.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=228.Rice Cinema: http://film.rice.edu. AddThislast_img read more

Liautaud MBA Wins 2017 UIC Startup Challenge

first_img Last week, it was announced that Liautaud Graduate School of Business MBA candidate and UIC’s School of Design instructor Ted Burdett won the Institute For Entrepreneurial Studies’ 2017 Startup Challenge at UIC.Ted, along with his wife Sharon, took home the top prize of $3,000 for Fourneau Bread Oven, a small, easy to use bread oven. Sharon lectures in design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.What is the Fourneau Oven exactly? Simply put, it’s a dutch oven specifically built to make baking bread easier. Bakers place the mini-oven inside of a conventional oven to preheat, and slide dough into The Fourneau. The Fourneau’s cast iron walls heat dough evenly and traps steam from the baking bread, creating a golden, crispy crust every time. The product was initially launched on a Kickstarter and surpassed it’s goal of $90,000 by more than $75,000. Along with being art instructors, Ted and Sharon are also co-founders of Strand Design—a product design studio located in Chicago’s West Loop. Strand provides design services for clients and creates their own products from sustainable sources and locally manufactured materials.ChicagoInno reported the following prizes were also given out at the 2017 UIC Startup Challenge:2nd place ($2,000): Tongue Ventures, a startup creating a medical device that allows for disabled patients to communicate more effectively using their tongue as a medium.3rd place ($1,000): Nabz Design, a design startup behind Abstruse, a customizable organizer that hangs on the wall.Elevator Pitch—Judge’s Choice ($500): Clutch for Life, a startup that allows inmates to earn fair wages by producing luxury handbags and other leather goods.Elevator Pitch—Fan Favorite ($500): Expresso, a campus coffee delivery service for students. RelatedUIC Promotes Start-Up Spirit at the Institute for Entrepreneurial StudiesStart-ups and the entrepreneurial spirit are two of the biggest things discussed at B-schools nowadays. As more and more students are creating their own opportunities through start-ups and venture capital, schools are crafting their own centers to help incubate the visions of their students. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IES)…December 29, 2014In “Featured Home”Liautaud To Host Alumni Panel in JanuaryUIC College of Business Administration and the Liautaud Graduate School of Business are hosting an Alumni Panel on January 5, from 4PM – 6PM in Douglas Hall, Room 320. The exclusive event gives attendees the opportunity to hear from alumni from all three master’s programs (MBA, MSA, MIS) as they…December 22, 2014In “Featured Home”5 Questions with the MBA Admissions Team at UIC Liautaud Graduate School of BusinessIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Alanna O’Connor, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment for the Full-Time MBA Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business. O’Connor talks about the many new opportunities, programs, and events taking place at…April 22, 2019In “Admissions Tips” regions: Chicago Liautaud MBA Wins 2017 UIC Startup Challenge Last Updated Apr 18, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini The Institute For Entrepreneurial Studies (IES) is UIC’s resource for inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs. The Institute offers classes, workshops, challenges, and certificates that introduce new venture development skills and experiences to UIC business students.last_img read more

Working in Healthcare Rutgers Dishes New Advice – New York News

first_img regions: New York City Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Working In Healthcare? Here’s How to Stay Relevant – Rutgers Business School NewsThe Rutgers Business School recently shared five reasons its Masters in Healthcare Services Management is the “answer for professionals … who want to up their game with analytic skills, leadership development and business knowledge.”Analytical skills are a necessity: “Data provides critical insights needed to inform better decision-making and improve operational efficiencies.”It’s all about delivering value: Stay “up-to-date about changes in health care and…value-based practices that ensure quality services.”Empowered to bring about change: “Students learn what it takes to change practices, make operational improvements, and be effective leaders.”It’s not as hard as you think: “Many courses can be taken online to supplement time in the classroom. And students are able to waive up to six credits for eligible work experience.”Hands-on learning: “Students in the program are required to complete a capstone project that gives them a chance to work with a real healthcare provider on an actual problem.”You can read more from the recent RBS article here.Answering the Call for AT&T: Interns’ Insights Add Value at Company’s Indian Operations – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business NewsThe Stevens Institute of Technology SOB blog recently highlighted some positive accolades from AT&T Business’s senior VP of Service Excellence Paul Rosenbaum, specifically regarding the company’s longstanding history with Stevens. Rosenbaum expressed his pleasure with the Business Intelligence & Analytics students who interned at the company’s office in Hyderabad, India this past summer. “We know the quality of the students, and many of our executives are Stevens alumni. My team in India and my team in the U.S. were really impressed with these students’ capabilities,” he says.He explains that because “Stevens business students are bilingual in business and analytics [they are] well suited to leading technical teams.”Five Stevens School of Business interns, alongside several colleagues and AT&T employees, from the company’s Hyderabad office / Photo via stevens.eduOf the experience in Hyderabad, Sanjay Pattanayak, ’18, writes, “This is the first place I’ve worked where equal opportunity is given to individuals to bring ideas to the table or suggest solutions, rather than just top-down leadership.”“Having that independence, and being encouraged to put your ideas into action, enables the development of you as an individual and strengthens the organization.”You can read more about the school’s program and Rosenbaum’s observations here.Lehigh Announces New Philly Focus for Flex MBA – MetroMBANext Spring, Lehigh’s Flex MBA program will unveil two non-degree courses developed by the MBA Test Drive Program for prospective students at the school’s Center City Philadelphia location (1800 JFK Blvd).“From Plan to Action:  Strategy and Organization” will investigate “business model development in today’s competitive environment as well as the use of disruptive innovation in strategy development” while “From Private to Public Company: A Path to Exit” will survey the “considerations involved” in taking a company public.You can learn more about the new Lehigh Flex MBA course offerings here. Working in Healthcare? Rutgers Dishes New Advice – New York News Last Updated Dec 11, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer RelatedReal Humans of the Rutgers Business SchoolWhen considering earning an MBA, a few priorities tend to stick out. Cost, career opportunities, flexibility, and educational value are all obvious sticking points. However, another crucial feature should matter more when it comes time to decide where you’ll go: return on investment. The Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick…January 10, 2019In “Featured Home”Finance Fraud Won’t Stop, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Don’t Let Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job – Rutgers Business News The Rutgers Business School is slated to host a symposium this week entitled “Lifelong Learning in the Digital Era,” which will…November 14, 2018In “Featured Home”Friday News Roundup – Rutgers Accounting Partnership Announced, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including Rutgers accounting expanding. Rutgers To Offer Accounting Students International Exposure – Rutgers Business School News Rutgers Business School has partnered with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to give certified students  the ability…March 8, 2019In “Atlanta”last_img read more

Woman Seriously Injured During Pipeline Protest

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Woman Seriously Injured During Pipeline Protest By The Associated Press November 22, 2016 Updated: November 22, 2016 Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img The father of a 21-year-old woman from New York says his daughter was seriously injured while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.Wayne Wilansky says 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky is having a second surgery on a damaged arm at a Minneapolis hospital and might lose the arm. He says his daughter told him she saw a law enforcement officer throw an object at her that exploded.There’s a GoFundMe for Sophia Wilansky, who may lose an arm from being hit by a concussion grenade at Standing Rock. https://t.co/uPxqv0W0w5 pic.twitter.com/nx94a3biRl— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 22, 2016Wilansky was injured during a clash late Sunday near the camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota where protesters have gathered for months.The Morton County Sheriff’s Office has said authorities didn’t use any concussion grenades and suggested an explosion heard during the skirmish might have been caused by small propane tanks that authorities said protesters had rigged to explode. Dakota Pipeline protesters stand arm-in-arm at the intersection of Rosser Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Bismarck, N.D., on Nov. 14, 2016. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) Sharelast_img read more