first_imgFor all the talk about journalism being in a death spiral, Mission Local staff has some highlights of what we think are our best stories of the year. Here’s what we liked:Lydia Chávez, Executive EditorNow more than ever –  thanks to the Trump election –  journalists are asking questions about impact. Does good reporting actually matter? How could Trump get elected with all that we knew/reported about him?   I’ve wondered about impact since my days in Central America for the NYT.  There, regardless of the number of human rights violations reporters uncovered, Congress inevitably approved funding for El Salvador’s government.  Still, one does not spend a lifetime being a reporter and discard its value easily.  At my darkest, I take refuge in reporting’s value as a record of our foibles; that someone in the future will flip through old news sites and piece together what happened on a certain day.And on some days, local reporting can do very immediate good, which gets me to one of my favorite stories of the year – Laura Waxmann’s piece on a couple displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission.  Despite promises by city officials that everyone displaced in the fire would get a place to live, the couple remained homeless.  Waxmann’s like a really gentle bulldog. She keeps at stories and she wrote  in August about the couple – a story that could not help but alert city officials of how empty their promise appeared.  In October, she got to write about the same couple as housed. Without her persistence and Mission Local’s existence, I doubt that the couple would have been housed, so bravo to Waxmann for keeping at it and thank you to our subscribers for keeping us here. The Frisco Five’s Hunger Strike. There were any number of stories the staff wrote covering the Frisco Five that remain among my favorites of the year. The package as a whole was important because at times Mission Local was the only news site covering the hunger strike and the coverage – everything from the short profiles of the strikers to more weighty pieces on police reforms and breaking news – was first rate. It held public officials accountable, but also gave readers a full sense of what was unfolding. So kudos to everyone on the staff for being on top of a breaking news story.Joe Rivano Barros, Reporter“Shooting Claimed Life of ‘Ambassador of Shotwell Street’” by Laura Waxmann — Laura has a skill for obituaries, a morbid talent that served her well after the shooting death of 27-year-old Rigoberto Romero. The “Ambassador of Shotwell Street,” as friends described him, was killed at 24th and Shotwell streets in a crime that saddened those on the block — Romero was a long-time resident and knew many of the families who lived in the area. His death followed the shooting of a friend, Fidel “Happy” Amezcua, on the same intersection, who later succumbed to his injuries. For both deaths, Laura listened to friends and family and conveyed the details of those meetings to our readers, making their loss easily felt. “Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at Mission Hacker Hostel” by Laura Wenus — It’s a great San Francisco tale: an undocumented immigrant and tech worker begins an illegal nightclub in the Mission and gets up to shenanigans: he’s pistol-whipped and robbed by his ex-military security guards, frequently evades police shut down, and fields complaints from neighbors concerned with the noise. “There’s a market for house parties,” the party’s operator told Laura, something Mission Local has learned from its other reporting on illegal gambling dens cum brothels. Eventually it’s the housing market, that dreaded city beast, that does him in: his parties just can’t get him the needed rent to stay in San Francisco. Laura Wenus, Managing EditorThat 2016 has been turbulent goes without saying, but some particularly telling stories have emerged at the local level. Joe’s story about the debate over the Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program in which someone describes the program as “ethnic cleansing” shows just how contentious this fight can be – even between people who generally share a goal of reducing displacement and housing people.Laura’s story about opposition to a soup kitchen run by nuns planned for 16th and Mission streets is still ongoing – from the beginning, Laura has been trying to reflect the perspectives of everyone involved, and providing some transparency to the process, which I think readers will appreciate when the outcome finally becomes clear.A lot of great reporting came out Bay Area wide during a concerted regional media effort to cover homelessness in June, but I think Laura’s story about property being disappeared by the city agencies tasked with storing it was a particularly worthwhile addition.Finally, for a bit of a laugh, there’s Joe’s story about the city citing itself for blight. In what was essentially a public version of a sticky note on the city’s collective desk reading “To Do: Tidy 16th St. Lot,” various departments appear to have gotten a touch mixed up, resulting in the wonderful passage, “It’s unclear how the city would levy fines on itself.”Laura Waxmann, ReporterFor a total of 43 weeks, Joe asked the tough questions of the candidates vying to replace Mission District supervisor David Campos come January. Joe’s smart and consistent coverage of the District 9 Supervisorial race gave our readers a more complete picture of these candidates, their goals and motivations, and will serve to ensure accountability on behalf of the Mission’s next supervisor. The series of weekly questions also set the stage for a debate among the final candidates, hosted by Mission Local in October as a public service. In light of the city’s recent push to address homelessness, particularly in the Mission, I found Joe’s probing into how the candidates view homelessness  in the city– and their approaches to addressing the issue – extremely insightful. Also, props to Joe for uncovering – and following up on – the shady happenings at an illegal Mission District gambling den that moved into a storefront once occupied by a soda shop. We may not yet have heard the end of this story.Laura’s coverage of wage theft, unpaid invoices and parking taxes on behalf of a company that operated Mission District restaurant was exemplary of in-depth, local reporting. The story was sparked by one former employee who spoke out about the injustices committed against him, and Laura’s persistent digging uncovered a laundry list of wage disputes, lawsuits and a lack of enforcement in local laws governing corporations that sometimes leave room for impunity.   0%center_img Tags: history Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgENGLAND and Wigan Warriors loose forward Sean O’Loughlin will miss Saturday’s Autumn International with France, at Hull KR’s MS3 Craven Park, after straining his hamstring in England’s emphatic 80-12 victory over Wales on Saturday in Wrexham.The Wigan captain will now receive extensive rehab on the injury from the England medical team with a view to a return to the starting line-up when England take on France, in a repeat of this week’s Test match, in the final of the Autumn International Series at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11.“Unfortunately, Sean (O’Loughlin) will have to sit out the game on Saturday against France,” confirmed England coach Steve McNamara.“We have monitored his injury over the weekend and will continue to do so this week. The main aim now is trying to get him fit for the final in a fortnight’s time.”With a number of options available to him, McNamara is confident that he has enough firepower in the squad to replace the consistent O’Loughlin.“The injury to Sean means someone else will be given a chance to shine,” he said. “We have a number of options and some of the players who missed out against Wales will now be considered.“We the quality of Liam Farrell, Luke Burgess and Ben Harrison who all sat on the sidelines against Wales, I can add them to my options. There is a healthy drive for competition within the squad and every player wants to play. It is a good position to be in and will give me some food for thought when I select my side for France later in the week.”Tickets for England v France, at MS3 Craven Park on Saturday November 3 and the final of the 2012 Autumn International Series at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11 cost just £12 for adults and £6 concessions and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

first_imgSEVEN of Saints first team squad will be dual-registered this weekend.Five players will play for Rochdale – Mark Flanagan, Anthony Walker, Greg Richards, Matty Dawson and Joe Greenwood – at Sheffield whilst Jordan Hand and Ade Gardner and are set to appear for Whitehaven at Keighley.Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “We are indebted to Ian Talbot at Rochdale and Dave Woods at Whitehaven for allowing the opportunity for our first team players to get valuable and much needed game time at a high level.“All the players have had good pre-seasons and these matches will allow them to continue that as they look to force their way into Nathan Brown’s first team plans.”last_img

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was pleased with a solid performance as Saints beat Castleford 28-22.He said it was a “typical epic” between the two sides.“Saints Castleford games are turning into epics every time we play,” he said. “I thought we controlled the game a little bit better for larger periods and that was the difference. My halves kicked the ball really well in the conditions.“There was a foot of snow on the pitch and then came the rain and it was always going to suit the team that kept hold of the ball and were more disciplined in defence.“We got a lot of joy from our kicking game. The biggest thing we have to learn to do is stay in that arm wrestle for long periods. The longer we are in it the better we are. Cas are a very good side. Everyone who plays for them gets a shot at the ball. The game ebbed and flowed and I’m sure it would have made for a good TV game.“I’m proud for the players for them hanging in there for the full 80.”He continued: “I thought my pack were good in the Roosters game; we haven’t got an issue in the middle. We have strong ball carriers and good defenders. I thought Lama Tasi was good today and Kyle (Amor) and big Al were outstanding. They lead the juniors around and I have no doubt James Roby loves to play off the back of them.“Atelea Vea is an 80 minute player and getting him the ball more is definitely beneficial for us.“Cas are the form side and played well. It was one of the best repeat set games we’ve had and they are the type of games you have to play in these conditions. The skill element was very good considering.“There is improvement in us for sure. We are working hard in training and getting better in attack. You can only play what’s in front of you and the conditions but we are beginning to pick up some nice points along the way.”Saints take on Wakefield next Friday March 11 at Langtree Park. You can buy your ticket from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgThey will be coached by Paul Wellens, Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Ian Talbot.Lancashire:Aiden Roden (Wigan Warriors), Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings), Callum Green (Wigan Warriors), Eribe Doro (Warrington Wolves), Ethan Harvard (Wigan Warriors), Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors), Jack Welsby (St Helens), Jake Wingfield (St Helens), James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors), Jarrod O’Connor (Widnes Vikings), Jayden Hatton (Widnes Vikings), Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors), John Hutchings (St Helens), Josh Simms (St Helens), Matthew Foster (St Helens), Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors), Reece Hamlett (Wigan Warriors), Sam Royle (St Helens), Sam Walters (Widnes Vikings), Tom Nisbet (St Helens).Yorkshire:Adam Rookers (City of Hull Academy), Cameron Scott (City of Hull Academy), Corey Johnson (Leeds Rhinos), Dom Young (Huddersfield Giants), Elliott Wallis (City of Hull Academy), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos), Innes Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Jack Broadbent (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Brown (City of Hull Academy), Lewis Carr (Castleford Tigers), Loui McConnell (Leeds Rhinos), Louis Senior (Huddersfield Giants), Mikey Lewis (City of Hull Academy), Morgan Smithies (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Wilson (Bradford Bulls), Owen Trout (Leeds Rhinos), Robbie Storey (Castleford Tigers), Rowan Milnes (Bradford Bulls), Tom Holroyd (Leeds Rhinos), Tyler Dupree (Leeds Rhinos).Fixtures in full:Yorkshire v Lancashire – July 28 (KO 2.30pm) Provident Stadium, Bradford Lancashire v Yorkshire – September 2, (KO 2.30pm) Victoria Park, Warrington Lancashire v Australian Schoolboys – December 1, Manchester Regional Arenalast_img read more

first_imgJustin Holbrook named his 19 man squad earlier this week and as previewed here, Luke Thompson, Mark Percival, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Danny Richardson all return to the fold.You can follow all the latest from the game by just clicking on the Match Centre button below!last_img

first_img The first false alarm happened May 17 when sirens near Caswell Beach went off.The second false alarm was four days later when sirens from Boiling Spring Lakes sounded. Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. (Photo: nuclear.duke-energy.com) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A faulty computer component is what caused the Brunswick Nuclear Plant’s emergency warning sirens to go off unexpectedly. That’s according to Karen Williams, spokesperson for Duke Energy.Williams says the component is not essential for the sirens to operate and has been disabled in the 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant.- Advertisement – last_img

first_img The event is at Bakery 105 in downtown Wilmington and features a chance to bid on silent auction items, enjoy entertainment, shop from local stores, and enjoy delicious food and drinks.  Most importantly it is a chance to have a good time while helping those who suffer from cancer.Click here for tickets and more information. 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Love is Bald is an organization dedicated to helping people in the Cape Fear who are battling cancer, who have beat their battle, or who are helping someone living with the disease.The charity is hosting it’s 8th Annual Fashion Show on August 3rd and proceeds will got to the Make-A-Wish foundation for a local cancer patient.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In 2017, the East Bladen Eagles once again proved to be the top team in the county with their 48-12 win over the West Bladen Knights.Both coaches say the success East has had over West comes down to one thing: tradition.- Advertisement – “What Coach Fisher, Coach Lewis and Coach Doug Henderson built before me is big,” East Bladen Head Coach Robbie Priest said. “We’ve been lucky and fortunate for it to carry on.”“I think for us it’s just a matter of building tradition. They have a lot more football tradition than us. It’s just the way it is. But we’re still trying to build that tradition. It just takes time.”It takes time and it takes hard work, something Coach Kris Williams and the Knights continue to put in coming into the 2018 season.The team lost 16 seniors from their team a year ago that finished 4-7. But they return starting quarterback Tyre Boykin and he looks to be a difference maker this season.Related Article: WWAY’s 5th Quarter, Oct. 26, 2018“We going to try and spread things out more, but we’re still going to run the ball like we’re used to running it,” Williams said. “We’ve got a quarterback that’s one of our best athletes and we’re going to be asking him to do a lot. That means new kids have a chance to step up. They’ve got a place to be.”Meanwhile over in Elizabethtown, the Eagles have been through a lot this offseason.Not only have they lost several key stars like Xavier Wooten, but their Coach Robbie Priest battled and beat cancer. He takes the “appreciate every day” mindset into his coaching and looks to instill it in the kids.When the season begins in a few weeks, he hopes that attitude and their winning tradition can carry over into victories in 2018.“We’re going to have to rely on the seniors, that has been in the program for four years, to step up and carry the load for the team just like any other teams,” Coach Priest said. “We just prepare our boys to do the best they can and hope we put a good foot forward each Friday night. We want to put a good product on the field that the fans and the parents can be happy about.”West Bladen opens the season at home against South Brunswick. East Bladen opens up their conference title defense against Clinton. Both games are on August 24.Stay tuned to WWAY this week at 11 p.m. for the rest of our season previews.last_img read more

first_img Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) 1 of 2 The robbery took place shortly after 1:00 a.m.According to a news release, the suspect entered the store, walked up to the cashier, appeared to have a weapon in his jacket and demanded cash. Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office)center_img Circle K armed robbery suspect (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an armed robbery suspect.It happened Tuesday morning at the Circle K on 6648 Gordon Rd.- Advertisement – After receiving cash from the cashier the suspect left the store. It’s believed he took off in a vehicle.Related Article: Police: Mom drove with son on car hood over dentist disputeThe suspect is a black male with a grey goatee wearing a black coat, grey pants, and a black beanie hat.If you have any information, contact the Sheriff’s Office or submit a tip.last_img read more

first_img Those were questions Sergeant Wilson asked himself after an IED exploded when his convoy was on patrol. The year was 2009 and this was the third time Wilson had suffered a traumatic brain injury and he knew it might be time to step away.The St. James assistant golf professional was eventually forced to step away from active duty in 2016, when his injuries finally caught up to him, causing him to medically retire. Wilson then found himself looking for answers and a way to cope with the past. That is when he went back to a sport he had always loved, golf.“I step on hole No.1, just like I’m headed off for patrol,”said Wilson. “The only difference is when I step off hole 18, I know I’m going to walk away unscathed.”Related Article: West Brunswick sweeps the Scorpions in baseball & softballThe golf course has become a get away for Wilson. He can go out to Founders Club and put all of his worries behind him.“The game of golf is a solace to me,”Wilson proclaimed. “There is that calming factor with it, it just kind of brings me back into my reality.”Two weeks ago Wilson was selected to play in the 2019 Bush Institute Warrior Open in Dallas, Texas. It is a competitive golf tournament that honors post-9/11 U.S. service members seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. It was a experience of a lifetime for the Southport Marine.“I couldn’t believe I was selected to play with 23 other veterans throughout the United States, with President Bush non-the-less,”said Wilson. “It was such a honor that not everybody can say they have had.”Wilson is currently working to obtain his Class A license as a golf professional. That is just one step in his journey towards spreading the game of golf to veterans across the country.“I want to be able to travel around the country and help other veterans by using golf,”said Wilson. “I want to help veterans find hopefully what it is I am finding in this amazing game.” SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY)–  Southport’s Ben Wilson has been through many things in his life up to now. In 2003, Wilson enlisted in the United States Marines and spent 13 years serving his country.“Is this a bad nightmare?” Wilson asked. “Am I going to wake up from this horrible dream that I’m having?”- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Health Minister Chris Fearne said that currently there are embryos belonging to 12 couples that are currently being cryopreserved.Chris Fearne was answering a parliamentary question made by Claudio Grech who also asked how long have these embryos been cryopreserved.To this Fearne replied that embryos from one couple have been in cryopreservation since September 2018, embryos from 10 couple have been in the same state since October 2018 and embryos from another couple since February 2019.In 2018, 58 babies were born via IVF in Malta. In the same year controversy arose after the government proposals of the embryos’ act which even though it was very welcomed it was also greatly criticised.524 doctors, including 98 consultants and over 100 GPs have signed a declaration stating their opposition against embryo cryopreservation which had been presented to Minister Christ Fearne.Meanwhile, lawyer Tonio Azzopardi had lodged a constitutional protest i which he asked the Court to declare the Protection of the embryos’ act of 2018 as one that breaches the right of life of the embryo.The government had proposed there elements: the cryopreservation of embryos, the donation of gametes (ovum and sperm) and the surrogacy. The approved law increased the amount of embryos that can be cryopreserved from three to five. Furthermore the new law also provides for children born from gametes donation to find out about their biological parents.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Eurostat statistics showed that 25.4% of national debt is held by residents and locals, the highest percentage in the EU.Half of the EU countries are currently suffering from a situation where the majority of debt is held by non-residents, such as Cyprus (76.5%) and Latvia (74%). However, Malta ranked first with the highest share of debt held by residents in non-financial sectors (25.4%) and the smallest share held by non-residents (13%).The average of the debt share held by residents in non-financial sectors in the EU was calculated to be approximately 4.6%, with the highest being Malta (25.4%) and the lowest being Spain (0.3%).Total national debt is registered at 46% of GDPThe percentage of general government gross debt is registered at 46%. This falls way within the EU’s Maastricht Criteria limit, which is set at 60%. Greece remains in the forefront, with 181.1% debt to GDP.Read: Malta registers 2nd highest drop in government debt to GDPOnly 6.9% of debt is held in loansOnly 6.9% of Maltese debt is held in loans, the second lowest in the EU following the UK (2.9%). On the other hand, Maltese debt in securities ranked third highest, with 88.3%; and debt share in currency and deposits ranked fifth highest, amounting to 4.9%.Read: Decrease of over €17 million in Government debt in 2018 – NSOWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The mobile telephony firm is also retaining its 50% SMS offer across all networks at a daily charge of Ksh 2, thus providing Kenyan mobile users opportunities to communicate at a low cost.“We are delighted to take the lead in making sure the calling rates in the market give best value for money to subscribers,” said Taneja.“As we respond to the market demand in making communication affordable, we have been compelled to make this offer a permanent tariff, re-emphasising our commitment to always think of the consumer needs. The cost of living has continued to rise but we will continue to ensure the very best for subscribers,” said Taneja. – Advertisement – The firm currently has 1.4 million subscribers after it lost over 26 266 subscribers according to recent data from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).The firm suffered a drop in market rankings from 7.4% – 6.7% in October, while rivals Airtel and Orange grew their shares from 9.1% to 13.5% and 2.7% to 4% cent respectively over the period.In the same period, Safaricom’s market share dropped to 75.9% from 80.7%, but it gained 473, 979 subscribers.With the latest development, mobile telecoms operator Yu said it is targeting at least Ksh2.8million every day following the introduction of a Sh2 flat-rate charge on subscribers within its network.“In addition, we are retaining the 50 cent per SMS offer across all networks at a daily charge of Sh2,” said Madhur Taneja, YuMobile Country Manager.The move comes barely two weeks after Safaricom hinted at a possible review of its tariffs on the grounds that it was carrying a huge burden in increased network maintenance.Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said the cost of running diesel-driven base stations had risen by 27% since January 2011.By making the free offer permanent, yu has complicated Safaricom’s proposal to pass the rising costs of production to consumers, given that doing so will give Yu an upper hand on price competitiveness.Call rates in the country came down by more than 50% in August last year after Safaricom’s rival, Airtel, under the leadership of former Airtel CEO Rene Meza, halved its rates to Sh3 (less than $1).Source: itnewsafricalast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement A crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece has drawn so much interest that Indiegogo’s servers became overloaded and took the site temporarily down.The campaign has so far raised a shocking €539,715, with more coming in.Thom Feeney, a London shoe shop worker started a campaign to raise €1.6 billion (that’s US $1.78 billion).The IndieGoGo campaign, started just two days ago, has attracted funding from more than 33,000 people. – Advertisement – Thom has offered some incentives for people willing to hand over cash. People donating €3 are promised a postcard of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while those willing to give €5,000 can receive a Greek holiday for two.Investors giving money to the fund are expected to get their money back if the campaign does not hit €1.6bn in seven days.Credit: Indiegogolast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Google’s malicious site database, Google Safe Browsing, has listed The Pirate Bay as a “partially dangerous” and a “phishing website” website again. Because of this, millions of Chrome and Firefox users are unable to browse through the website freely, and come across a pop-up warning from Google every time they try to download a file.Firefox, which also takes advantage of the Google Safe Browsing service, is showing this warning every time a user tries to download something from The Pirate Bay . The message reads, “Deceptive site ahead; Attackers on The Pirate Bay may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information.”The warning claims Google Safe Browsing recently detected phishing on the website (The Pirate Bay), and that sites like this have malicious entities may try to steal personal information of visitors. This warning doesn’t show up on the Home Page or the other internal pages, but pops-up every time someone tries to download a torrent file. This happened last month as well, and the warning disappeared eventually after some days. – Advertisement – The Pirate Bay told Torrent Freak that it was aware about the issue, and hope that it gets resolved soon. The publication speculates that this warning could be due to a malicious advertisement on the site.[related-posts]The Google Safe Browsing is a database used by Chrome, Firefox, and even Safari as a checklist for all malicious sites in the Internet vortex. It blocks websites that contain malware and conduct phishing activities. It came into existence in 2007, and has been actively updated ever since. The Safe Browsing database was first only available on desktop, but Google last year introduced it first in Android for Chrome users.Google also announced an API for Android apps to take.source: NDTV newslast_img read more

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]rigadier Gerard night at Sandown is usually a cracker but it looks a little underwhelming this year.Certainly the headline race, which is now down to just four runners after the original favourite Hillstar was a non runner today, looks below par.The going is soft (heavy) in places and whilst so far today it’s been dry in Esher the main damage was done on Tuesday evening with continuous heavy rain.Remote, for John Gosden is having his seasonal reappearance. We last saw him at Royal Ascot almost a year ago when winning the Tercentenary Stakes by three quarters of a length. That was on good to firm ground, vastly different to tonight’s conditions or anything he has previously come up against.Godolphin’s runnner Sharestan does have winning form on soft when formerly trained by John Oxx in Ireland but again he has a lengthy absence to overcome.Top Notch Tonto was one of last season’s big improvers – jumping 31lb on official ratings since winning a Newmarket handicap last July. He’s another who shouldn’t be troubled by the ground but hasn’t shown too much sparkle in two races so far this season.That leaves Sheikhzayedroad who is back from a campaign in Meydan.It’s really tricky but on balance I think the market has it right in favouring Sharestan.The ground is thought to be even more testing up the straight five furlong course for the Listed Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes and all seven of the runners are previous winners.I’d always prefer a low drawn horse here. At the prices I’m taking a chance with Bonnie Grey (drawn 4) who won well on debut at Warwick defying her 16/1 price tag to beat Power Play by two and a quarter lengths.Escalating’s Ascot win doesn’t look quite so good now that the runner-up has let the form down. Tiggy Wiggy didn’t lose much in defeat when beaten 1/2 length at York in a Listed race and is obviously a big threat.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)6 points win BONNIE GREY (Sandown 6.40) at around 9/1 with Star Sports3 points win SHARESTAN (Sandown 7.50) at around 13/8 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice ranks No. 4 on two new best-value listsRice University is No. 4 on two independent rankings of best values among private colleges that were published this week.Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and the Princeton Review “Best Value Colleges for 2009” both included Rice among their top five private schools. The lists spotlight colleges and universities that offer both an exceptional education and an outstanding economic value.Only two other universities besides Rice appear in the top five on both lists: Princeton and Yale.Kiplinger’s rankings, published in the February issue of the magazine, measure academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the total. The quality metric incorporated such measures as Rice’s student-faculty ratio, the percentage of applicants offered admission, the percentage of freshmen who earned a bachelor’s degree within four or five years and the percentage of the 2007-08 freshman class who scored 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT or 24 or higher on the ACT.AdmissionWant to be an Owl? Learn about Rice’s application process, the residential college system and moreNew financial-aid policyRice expands its financial-aid policy to help families with the nation’s economic downturn‘The Best 368 Colleges’Princeton Review ranks Rice No. 2 for quality of life and for race/class interactionWhat they’re saying about RiceLearn why Rice University is considered one of the premier institutions of higher education in the nationThe affordability metric incorporated the total cost for the 2008-09 academic year, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board; cost after need-based aid; percentage of the average aid package that came from grants or scholarships; cost after non-need-based aid; percentage of undergraduates who received non-need-based aid; and average debt at graduation owed by graduates who took out education loans.The Princeton Review rankings, published in the Jan. 8 USA Today, were based on more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.The Review’s academic ratings were based on student surveys about such issues as class sizes and professors’ accessibility, and institutional reports about student-faculty ratios and percentage of classes taught by teaching assistants.The financial aid ratings were based on a combination of school-reported data and student surveys. Tuition, room and board, required fees, book costs and other factors were included in the financial measurement.Rice admits students regardless of their ability to pay and provides financial-aid packages that meet 100 percent of their demonstrated need. Tuition at Rice tends to be significantly lower than at its private peer universities.For the freshman class entering Rice this fall, the university recently increased its no-loan threshold to families with incomes of up to $80,000. Rice also lowered the cap on loans in financial-aid packages for need-eligible incoming freshmen to $10,000 for their four undergraduate years.“We want a Rice education to remain accessible and affordable to students from all walks of life, especially during these hard economic times when many families are facing difficult financial circumstances,” Rice President David Leebron said.For the complete list of Kiplinger’s rankings, go to http://www.kiplinger.com/money/collegevalues.For the Princeton Review rankings, go to http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/best-value-colleges.htm. AddThislast_img read more

first_img Last Updated May 22, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Going back to business school to pursue an MBA is an important step to getting that high-paying dream job. However, the path to graduation and employment can be a little overwhelming for some. In order help students out and ultimately increase their likelihood of being hired post-grad, schools prepare their students for various careers and industries through internship programs, career services and counseling, hands-on projects and sprawling alumni networks.Take a look at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Wharton School was the first dedicated school of business at the college level in the United States and is now universally regarded as the premier business school in the country. Wharton enrolls 1,788 total students in its MBA program and 436 students in the MBA Program for Executives. According to Wharton’s MBA Career Management, 98.4 percent of graduates reported full time job offers, with 95 percent accepting those positions. Recent grads enjoy a $125,000 median salary. It’s interesting to note that 15.5 percent of the accepted job offers were outside the United States. For more detailed information, visit the full-time employment career statistics page.Let’s take a look at how Wharton’s career services, internship opportunities, and alumni network gives grads a leg up in the job hunt.Career ResourcesWharton’s MBA Career Management manages the relationships between the school and visiting recruiters, and offers students and alumni additional support throughout their career searches. The management service offers students resources such as workshops and training sessions on many topics such as self-assessment, resume writing and interviewing. The office also offers one-on-one career counseling, opportunities for career treks across the globe and important information about different industries’ functions.In general, Wharton’s MBA Career Management provides education and guidance throughout the entire job search process, including:Programs and workshopsDetailed information on careers in various industriesResearch tools exclusive to WhartonRecruiting eventsIndividual career advisingCareer treksLifelong career support as alumni Specifically for Executive MBA candidates, Wharton offers a number of opportunities for students to further prepare them for returning their current employer or to seek out a new one. This includes career coaching, resume writing guidance and additional one-on-one attention during the latter part of their time at the school.InternshipsIn the summer between their first and second years of the MBA program, almost all Wharton students pursue an internship. The point of these highly competitive and strenuous internships is to provides opportunities for employers to get to know potential full-time employees. In fact, 100 percent of students seeking summer employment received offers.Internships are typically structured around a specific project with a 10-12 week time frame, and internship compensation is typically based on an annualized salary and may also include performance and/or sign-on bonuses. Here are a few examples of Wharton intern projects in different industries and functions:Operations/Finance: Evaluated public-to-private leveraged buyout of $3 billion financial institution in conjunction with strategic partner.Marketing: Developed and presented pre-launch marketing plan based on STP (segmentation, targeting and positioning), customer value proposition, purchase funnel and competitive analysis.Business Development: Completed analysis of equity investments in health, education, tourism, retail and property sectors. Produced database of investment entry multiples to analyze prior investments and uncover trends in investment decisions.Product Management: Scoped, designed and managed initial implementation of an internal tools suite, the goal of which is to deliver a 60 percent improvement in the cost effectiveness of our programs by streamlining operational workflows and allowing improved campaign designs. For more detailed information on Wharton internships, visit the internship career statistics page of the MBA Career Management office.Wharton’s Alumni NetworkOne of the perks of attending one of the most prestigious business schools in the world is having something in common with all of its successful alumni. Wharton alumni have a track record for mentoring recent graduates and helping each other with future advancement and career changes.The school’s online community, WhartonConnect, gives current students and alumni an easy way to find colleagues in just about any field. The community helps alumni and students access industry information, communicate with fellow alumni and identify contacts. The service features e-mail addresses, an alumni directory, and extensive search capabilities enabling alumni and students to identify career development resources within the alumni base.EmployersWharton MBAs have been employed by the follow companies, just to name a few:AmazonBank of America Merrill LynchDeutsche BankFacebookFidelity InvestmentsGoogle, Inc.JPMorgan ChaseTesla MotorsUber RelatedRECAP: US News —10 MBA Programs With the Highest Signing BonusesIn this post, we’ll recap the 10 highest MBA signing bonus averages— a list of the U.S. business schools whose MBA graduates leave business school with both high-paying jobs and large signing bonuses.June 8, 2017In “Featured Home”Which Graduate Business School Students Have The Highest GMAT Scores?Along with required work experience and undergraduate prerequisites, prospective MBA students also look at the average scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for a certain school they are interested in applying to. According the Graduate Management Admission Council, the exam is used as part of the admissions process…March 16, 2017In “Featured Home”Five Best Business Schools for Breaking Into Venture CapitalWhile most MBA graduates looking to go into finance typically choose investment banking, venture capital has become an increasingly popular employment destination in recent years. VC is popular because it’s both lucrative and challenging, offering a unique career path that is deeply involved in the success of startups. MBA Programs…June 12, 2018In “Career” Here is a complete list of Wharton graduate employers. How Wharton Prepares MBA Graduates For The Workforce 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. 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first_img US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this article Capitol Architect Says Pig Painting Breaks Rules By The Associated Press January 14, 2017 Updated: January 14, 2017center_img Share A GOP congressman’s office says a painting on Capitol grounds that has stirred controversy will come down Tuesday after a review by the Capitol architect.Washington Rep. Dave Reichert’s office reports he has been informed that the architect has determined the painting violates House Building Commission rules.The painting depicts Ferguson, Missouri, with the image of a pig in a police uniform aiming a gun at a protester. It was among hundreds completed by high school students that are featured in a tunnel leading to the Capitol.Reichert says the painting is a slap in the face to men and women who put their lives on the line every day.Defenders of the painting say its removal would violate the First Amendment. A painting by David Pulphus hangs in a hallway displaying paintings by high school students selected by their member of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson) last_img read more