1515 South Van Ness Navigation Center to close three months late but

first_img Tags: homeless • homelessness • shelters Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In response, Ronen explained — very sharply — that she and her chief of staff, Carolyn Goossen, had painstakingly searched for a site that met community members’ requirements: that it be in an industrial area and large enough to accommodate onsite outdoor space. They finally found a site, she said, and for three or four months they negotiated with the landowner to buy it. Then, Ronen said, “She pulled the rug out from under us.” Ronen explained that, at the last minute, the landowner used them as leverage to get a higher bid on the site from another buyer. “That is why we are behind,” she said, raising her voice. “I’m sorry, but I’m really mad and I’ll always be really mad about it, because we would have met the Feb. 28 deadline if she hadn’t strung us along for profit.” Kositsky agreed that they had been used as a “straw man” in the deal. “We had to start over,” Ronen continued. She said that she, Kositsky, and late Mayor Ed Lee had relentlessly pressured Caltrans to lease them the property at 13th and South Van Ness. She said Kositsky traveled to Sacramento “nonstop” to explain to the state agency the severity San Francisco’s homeless crisis. “If anyone knows how difficult it is to deal with Caltrans,” she said, “Mayor Lee, before he passed, was on the phone on a regular basis, saying, ‘You better let us do this on this land or we’re going to come and protest.’” Then, she took a shot at her follow board members. “Ask any of my 10 colleagues if any of them has done an ounce of this work for their own district … they just haven’t,” she said. The statement was met with applause. Among the 50 or so community members in attendance, a clear majority did not mind the center staying open for a few months longer. In fact, some residents who live next to the 1515 South Van Ness center hoped it would stay open longer. The optimism was a far cry from the vitriol community members expressed last April before the 1515 South Van Ness Center opened in June. The Navigation Center “has made a huge positive impact,” said a woman named Annabelle, who lives a block away from the center. “If it was up to me, it would stay there forever, and we would have Navigation Centers on every corner.” Still, some community members wondered what would happen to the existing residents of the center on 1515 South Van Ness — and pleaded for it to stay open until the Division Circle or Bayshore Navigation Centers open. “My plea would be that 1515 not be closed until the two other Navigation Centers be open,” said Tom Temprano, a City College of San Francisco Trustee who lives near the center. “It would inhuman for those folks to be put back on street,” he added. “Please get those open quickly and before you close down the Navigation Centers.” Ronen and Kositsky explained that a majority of the 1515 South Van Ness residents will be transferred to the Division Circle center, and others would find placements at other centers, if necessary. Ronen said that it would take around two weeks to transfer the residents after the new center opens mid-May. “That’s where we get the June deadline,” she said. “What I can promise: we are doing everything in our power to open Division Circle as quickly as we can,” she added. “We are not waiting for 125 Bayshore — that will be additional space. Division Circle will have enough space for everyone in 1515 South Van Ness.” The center at 125 Bayshore, near the Hairball bike paths, will reportedly open this spring as well, adding another 125 beds for the city’s homeless population.Along with the Division Circle location and an 80-bed center expected to open on Fifth and Bryant streets, the Bayshore center will be among the city’s seven Navigation Centers once 1515 South Van Ness closes. One community member, an opponent of the center at 1515 South Van Ness, suggested that Ronen, Kositsky and other city officials were lying when they said a new Navigation Center would open by May 15. To this, Julia Laue, principal architect at the Department of Public Works, said: “Just keep an eye on the site, and you’ll see construction starting in a couple weeks.” Hillary Ronen and Jeff Kositsky are three months late on their promise to close the Navigation Center at 1515 South Van Ness — but they swear they have a good reason. Instead of Feb. 28, the center will not close until June, at the latest. That allows its closing to be orchestrated with the May 15 opening of the new center on 13th and South Van Ness, which will also receive residents from 1515 South Van Ness.  A handful of community members pressed the officials on the three-month delay Monday night at a meeting concerning the wind-down of the 120-bed center and the construction of a new, 125-bed center on 13th Street. “Ronen and Kositsky promised (the Navigation Center) would close on Feb. 28. You’re now here proposing to extend another three months. That’s unacceptable,” said Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber, one of a small cadre of the center’s most vocal opponents. center_img 0%last_img read more

SAINTS have signed Gareth OBrien on a months loa

first_imgSAINTS have signed Gareth O’Brien on a month’s loan from Warrington Wolves.The 21-year-old half back has been understudy to Lee Briers and has taken in a loan spell at Castleford this season as well as being dual registered with Swinton Lions.He will begin training with the Saints immediately.last_img

DOMINIQUE Peyrouxs first tries for the club weren

first_imgDOMINIQUE Peyroux’s first tries for the club weren’t enough as Saints went down 38-12 to Sydney Roosters in Game One of the World Club Series.The centre grabbed a brace in the second half as Keiron Cunningham’s men produced a battling performance against the NRL Minor Premiers.In fact for the first 20 minutes Saints were well in the fight.They forced a drop out right from the kick off and then Luke Walsh almost won a 40:20 with a superb kick.Moments later a little intricacy from Jon Wilkin had the Roosters back peddling.The defence then repelled three sets as Sydney attempted to profit from Jake Friend’s jinking run.Saints were certainly on top and when the Roosters lost the ball the home side went for it after seeing space on the right.But the freeplay wasn’t utilised in international rules much to the dismay of the home support.And from that play, the Roosters scored. Jack Owens was unlucky to find himself caught in goal and from the drop out Kane Evans showed his strength to get over.27 minutes in and the Roosters scored again. It was a lovely passing move that saw the Blake Ferguson cross; coming from inside their own half … but the final pass was at least a yard forward.Saints won back to back sets from some superb defence at the half hour mark – but failed to control the ball when it mattered most.And as the half entered its final stages a high Jon Wilkin ball looked to give Saints space on the right hand side – but the loose ball was collected and Dave Copley increased the advantage. Saints needed to start the second half strongly and they did just that.A fantastic set was completed by a high Jon Wilkin ball that caused panic in the defence.Blake Ferguson spilled it but Dominique Peyroux was there to mop up over the line.Saints defended another set admirably and then Peyroux forced an error right in prime Sydney territory.And the centre almost capped that piece of play with a fine pass to Makinson, but he just couldn’t haul it in.A minute later, the Roosters scored.Saints dropped back for the kick on the last and Latrell Michell got the ball wide to Shaun Kenny-Dowall and he scorched down the right hand side.And Guerra treated the home support to a masterclass in finishing a try following some superb handling shortly afterwards.Dylan Napa was sinbinned for a high shot on Adam Swift at the hour mark and Saints utilised the space perfectly.A simple passing move created the space for Peyroux to cross for his second.Another kick over the top forced a drop out five minutes later but Vea’s pass was intercepted by Tupou and he went the length.Saints had a dig in the final stages but another ball went to the ground and the chance was gone.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Peyroux (2), Goals: Walsh (2 from 2)Roosters:Tries: Evans, Guerra (2), Ferguson, Copley, Kenny-Dowall, TupouGoals: Hastings (5 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Roosters: 3HT: 0-22FT: 12-38REF: Ben ThalerATT: 14,008Teams:Saints: 22. Jack Owens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 6. Travis Burns, 16. Andre Savelio, 20. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.Roosters: 1. Blake Ferguson; 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Latrell Mitchell, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall; 6. Jayden Nikorima, 7. Jackson Hastings; 8. Kane Evans, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 24. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.Subs: 13. Sam Moa, 14. Isaac Liu, 15.  Vincent Leuluai, 16. Ian Henderson.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking ho

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking horns with Hull FC this Sunday.Saints take on the Airlie Birds in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Langtree Park with a quarter final place at stake.It’ll be the second time the two sides have met this season – with Hull FC edging a 17-16 win back in April.But Saints head into the clash fit and in decent form following their win over Castleford on Sunday.“We just had to keep believing in what we were doing (at Cas) because in the first half we weren’t that far short,” hie said. “We played against a resilient Cas side that came off a heavy scoreline the week before. We knew they would come out fighting and they did that.“We weren’t as clinical as we could have been in the first half. We had plenty of opportunities to put them to the sword but Cas being Cas, they scored points.“We knew we would get our shot though and in the second half we were the better team.“We got out to a lead with 15 to go and defended it. They had a lot of opportunities on our line and the lads just defended well and kept on fighting. Then we sealed the game with a try.“They scored three tries from kicks but only broke our system once. We have to get that escort better on the edges for kicks and if we do that then we won’t be far short.“Good sides win games by defending leads no matter what sides chuck at them.”Saints will head into Sunday’s game with a clean bill of health.Jonny Lomax is continuing to improve each week and there’s a very slim chance Adam Swift could also feature.“It’s touch and go for Swifty; we’ll give him a shot but it is unlikely,” Keiron added. “In any case the outside backs have done well in the last few weeks and it would be a shame to change them.“Jonny showed improvement on Sunday. There are good things and bad things in his game at the moment but that is understandable considering it has been 13 or so months since he last played.“He will be firing on all cylinders soon and at the weekend proved he is a game breaker.”He continued: “It was a good game the last time we played Hull FC. We came off a big game against Widnes on Easter Monday and didn’t rest anyone whilst they brought six or seven fresh bodies into the game. We fought until the last minute and had our shot at a field goal whilst they took theirs.“This time we have a longer turnaround and with some of our starting players back I’d like to think we would be better than on that night. It’s an important game for us – but every game is and we will go out and prepare well.“Sika Manu and Frank Pritchard will be missing for them and of course, the least amount of good players playing for them is better for us. But they will bring back Ellis and Minichiello and they are good players.“They are the form side in the comp and will take some beating.“I’d like to think it could be our year and we always believe that is the case here. We have a real affiliation with the Challenge Cup in this town and were close to going to Wembley last season.“I’m sure the fans will turn out for us as they have been immense in the last couple of weeks. Against Leeds it was like Knowsley Road of old and they brought us home. It meant a lot to myself and the players to see and hear that.“On Sunday at Cas they were superb too and were our 18th man. They have a real influence on the game.”Saints v Hull will kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday May 8.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach renourishment project done ahead of schedule

first_imgWRIGHSTVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — When visitors arrive at Wrightsville Beach this holiday weekend they’ll find the beach renourished ahead of schedule.Town Manager Tim Owens says the Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project finished up about a week ago.- Advertisement – The town announced last month the project had started.The renourishment project began just north of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort and ended north of the Holiday Inn Resort.last_img

Increased rainfall brings more mosquitoes

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After weeks of wet weather, we are finally looking at drier days ahead. But last week’s heavy rain has led to standing water, and standing water means more mosquitoes.Folks around the Cape Fear have been feeling the effects of the wet summer we’ve been experiencing.- Advertisement – “We noticed a lot of mosquitoes when we first moved in because of the drainage near our house but this year it’s definitely been worse,” said New Hanover County homeowner Gloria Carr.“When there’s massive amounts of rain like this, it’s pretty insane how much it increases the mosquito population, they just have so many more places to breed,” said Austin Wilson, Operations Manager for the Mosquito Squad in Wilmington.Wilson knows firsthand how rain can boost the insect’s population.Related Article: Pender County rejects aerial spraying for mosquitoes for now“A mosquito only needs a cap full of water to actually be able to breed,” he said.Wilson responds to calls around the area, spraying for adult mosquitoes, and preventing new ones from developing.“We also will put a larvicide into stagnant water, which is a little granual, and that disrupts the breeding cycle,” said Wilson.If you live in New Hanover County, you can pick up larvicide tablets for free at the Government Center and the Health Department. Each tablet is designed to treat up to 50 gallons of water.“Since this is the first significant emergence since the rain started, now we’re transitioning from the field work where we’re treating lots, larvae, and mosquito breeding sites, and we’re moving into the truck based equipment where it’s more evening work and the mosquitoes are flying,” said Brunswick County Mosquito Control Supervisor Jeff Brown.Brown says that spraying cannot eliminate the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, because they fly during the day. He says the best way to stop them is to eliminate standing water.Because diseases like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected in our area, experts say it’s important to protect yourself, whether you use body spray, a mosquito service for your property, or wear long sleeves and pants.last_img read more

Celebrate without putting on the pounds this year

first_img He also advises you to “never skip your favorites.”  Instead Hill advises you to do everything you love, but only take small portions.When it comes to exercise Hill says you should find an awesome music play list to keep you motivated.  He also says “find a partner who holds you accountable and keeps you on track.”For more help on how to avoid the holiday bulge click here. 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) — Is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on pounds?  Yes!Fitness expert Shaun Hill of Amplifly Cycle and Strength says avoiding weight gain over the holidays starts at home by making good food choices.  “Never go out to eat hungry,” he says.  Before heading out Hill advises you grab a few carrots or a light snack to keep from over-indulging.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lost man found safe in wooded area thanks to Project Lifesaver

first_img The sheriff’s office says the man’s family got him on the program for this very reason – to bring him home in the event he should ever wander off. “If you are the caregiver of a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury or any other condition which might cause one to wander and are interested in this free program … This is a vital program that brings loved ones home,” BCSO stated in a Facebook post.Learn more about Project Lifesaver. 1 of 2 Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO)center_img Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO) Man was found in this heavily wooden area thanks to Project Lifesaver. (Photo: BCSO) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County man is back home safe Friday thanks to Project Lifesaver.According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a man in the Varnamtown area wandered off earlier today and deputies with the BCSO I.M.P.A.C.T. team were able to find him in less than an hour in a heavily wooded area with the help from Project Lifesaver. – Advertisement – last_img read more

VIDEO Woman accused of hitting Uber twice assaulting passenger

first_img Police say Moore backed into an Uber car, which was transporting 4 riders, while sitting at a stop sign at the intersection of Second and Princess streets around 11 p.m. on April 12.They say Moore spoke with the Uber driver, who said he was calling the police.She then allegedly assaulted an Uber passengers, who was recording the incident.Moore got back in her car and drove off after hitting the Uber car a second time.Related Article: WPD: Validated gang member sold drugs near schoolShe is charged with hit and run leaving the scene with property damage, improper backing and simple assault.If you know where she is, contact Wilmington Police. Rozalyn Moore (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police say a Wilmington Uber driver was hit not once, but twice. The passenger was then reportedly assaulted and the suspect accused of doing all that now has warrants out for her arrest.According to the Wilmington Police Department, 23-year-old Rozalyn Moore faces multiple charges.- Advertisement – last_img read more

EU to start infringement procedure against Italy – paper

first_imgThe European Commission will launch disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday with a letter stating that Rome’s fiscal policies lack prudence and could expose the nation to a shock loss of market confidence, newspaper La Repubblica said.The newspaper quoted from what it said was a draft of a letter to be sent to the Italian government, which has embarked on major new welfare initiatives in an effort to boost the euro zone’s third-largest economy.The daily also said the commission would ask Rome to make budget cuts of around 3-4 billion euros to avoid EU sanctions, though it did not source this to the draft letter.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

You now sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account

first_imgAdvertisement Social Networking giant Facebook announced that it is no longer required for Messenger users to have a Facebook account, and has opened it up to the rest of the world.Previously, it was only available to those in Canada, the United States, Peru, and VenezuelaYou can sign up using your phone number if interested, but you can also use your Facebook account. – Advertisement – This means making Messenger more accessible and perhaps more enticing to people who might opt not to download Messenger because they dislike the standalone app.This could also be beneficial to those in developing countries, where a large percentages of emerging nations have cell phone owners sending and receiving payments on their devices.Currently, facebook Messenger has a massive audience of monthly active users. In May, the app passed 600 million monthly active users, a gain of 100 million since November when it last released numbers.Via VBlast_img read more

Apple has a secret lab where its developing thinner and brighter iPhone

first_imgAnother of Apple’s Top Secret labs is the Health and Fitness Lab for Apple Watch Development. Image Credit: ABCNews Advertisement APPLE has opened up a new and secretive research lab in Taiwan to help with it’s never-ending quest to create even thinner devices.There, a team of about 50 engineers are working tirelessly to develop new display technologies that would ultimately allow Apple to release products which are lighter, thinner, and more energy-efficient.Located in the Longtan District of Taiwan, the report relays that Apple has already hired former engineers from AU Optronics and Qualcomm to help speed along development. – Advertisement – Of course, the focus of Apple’s latest R & D lab is on iPhones and iPads; if there’s a way to make then even thinner, Apple wants to be on top of it.“Apple began operating the lab this year as it aims to make products thinner, lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient,” Bloomberg writes.“Engineers are developing more-advanced versions of the liquid-crystal displays currently used in iPhones, iPads and Mac personal computers, the people said. Apple also is keen to move to organic light-emitting diodes, which are even thinner and don’t require a backlight, they said.”An interesting wrinkle to Apple’s new research initiative is that it may further lessen Apple’s reliance on Samsung.If Apple becomes more directly involved with the development of display technologies, outsourcing “to smaller manufacturers such as Taiwan’s AU Optronics or Innolux Corp.” may become a possibility.Additionally, Apple-designed iOS displays would help further differentiate the company’s mobile products from rivals.Also worth highlighting is the claim that Apple has an interest in OLED displays, a rumour which we’ve seen sprout up with increasing frequency over the past few weeks.The most recent rumblings from the rumour mill suggest that Apple won’t make the transition to OLED displays until the iPhone 8, with the company already eyeing Samsung, Japan Display (a joint Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba venture), and LG as potential suppliers.[related-posts]In fact, LG last month confirmed that it was investing a minimum of $8.4 billion into a new OLED plant set to begin operations in early 2018, just enough time for it to be ready for mass iPhone 8 production if Apple goes down that route.While there are some drawbacks to OLED displays (they’re more expensive, colour saturation can dull over time), Apple is reportedly talking to suppliers about ways to address those issues.On the plus side, OLED displays are thin and light, incredibly energy-efficient, and provide rich and vibrant colours.Regardless, it seems clear that for as great as the iPhone and iPad displays already are, Apple isn’t resting on its laurels and is working hard to make them even better.[news.com.au]last_img read more


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first_imgBlog, the fantastic news has come through, that Greyhound Racing will be remaining on Sky Sports.Some time ago, Star Sports offered to pay for the Greyhound Derby Final to be shown on Sky. And very quickly, I received a telephone call from Kevan Morretti. Kevan helps run RPGTV and was as helpful as possible in explaining Sky were insisting on a run of meetings, not just a one-off, and that he was coming up against brick-walls.I then went on to arrange a conference-call for the “Powers That Be” in Greyhound Racing, to explain this position, and try and get them back on track. It took weeks to arrange, and none present had anything like the drive or overall knowledge to make it happen. However, when Kevan came onto the call, it was clear that he was doing all he could, to push the deal back over the line.And push the deal over the line, is what he certainly did, Blog. Kevan Morretti has made a HUGE difference to Greyhound Racing and this should be recognised. THANK YOU, KEVAN!In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 63: El Montero, Calle La Frontal, 37, 39210 Soto, Cantabria, Spain. Huge selection of Herbal Teas, for people to try, in this skiing area. Attractive and light. 18 Euro 3-course-lunch menu, represents excellent value. Warming and hearty stews. Hot Chocolate flavoured Herbal Tea (NAP). 7<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Sunday 21 AprilHORSE RACING2.25 PlumptonDon Des Fosses 9/4 > 7/42.45 Ffos LasStatuario 3/1 > 6/43.35 SouthwellChance Of Glory 6/1 > 4/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD9/4 Everton5/4 Man Utd5/2 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD14/1 Cardiff City1/5 Liverpool6/1 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img read more

Gold medal experts available for Sochi games

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduGold medal experts available for Sochi gamesHOUSTON — (Jan. 23, 2014) – The following Rice University experts are available to discuss various issues surrounding the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23.Richard (Ric) Stoll, who is the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and a scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can discuss the threat of terrorism during the Olympics.“Although it is not likely that a terrorist attack will occur, the threat needs to be taken seriously,” Stoll said. “We have experienced such attacks twice (Munich in 1972 and Atlanta in 1996). As well, Russia has a problem with terrorism. For a terrorist group seeking attention, it is hard to imagine a more visible ‘stage’ than the Olympics.”Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, has researched the negative events in organizations (for example, product recalls, on-campus murders and NCAA scandals in U.S. universities and child abuse scandals in the Catholic Church) and the role of the media during negative events.“As with most highly publicized events, the 2014 Sochi games are going to place Russia under the media spotlight,” Zavyalova said. “This event presents an opportunity for Russia to show its hospitality and demonstrate its ability to hold such large-scale events. This is also a challenge, as every detail surrounding the Olympics will be scrutinized. I expect that remarks made by Russian politicians and other public figures on the issue of (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) rights will be subject to extremely negative, as well as extremely positive, interpretations by the international media. The president’s (Vladimir Putin’s) unequivocal anti-gay stance is likely to create enemies, but it will also make friends in the world arena.”Jonathan Ludwig, senior lecturer of Russian in Rice’s Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, teaches Russian language and literature, as well as topics as diverse as the March 2005 Kyrgyz Revolution, Russian-American cooperation and the United States’ role in the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.“In much the same way that the Beijing Olympics introduced a modern China to the world, Vladimir Putin hopes that the Sochi Olympics will re-introduce Russia and project its strength in the region,” Ludwig said. “What the opening and closing ceremonies contain will say much about the image that Mr. Putin hopes to project for Russia into the future. The biggest challenge he faces is that he has put his personal and professional prestige on the line in hosting these games, and he faces a number of hurdles in putting on a successful games: He has chosen a city that traditionally does not have much snow; he has tried to secure the Olympics, which are taking place in a historically troubled region, by establishing a 1,500-mile security zone and is preventatively rounding up or eliminating possible threats, something for which he has already faced much criticism. Likewise, he is facing criticism for attempting to stifle all forms of protest during the games against his anti-gay rights law, his dismal human rights record and a lack of democratic civil society in the country. He has attempted to mollify his critics by releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and members of the music group Pussy Riot early, but the world has not been fooled by these gestures and is keeping a close eye on Mr. Putin as it watches the Sochi Olympics.”Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is available to comment on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Russia and how they differ from those in the U.S. Last June, Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda,” a move that has sparked outrage in Western countries. In turn, President Barack Obama is sending several openly gay athletes to the Olympics as members of the official U.S. delegation, including tennis great Billie Jean King, figure skater Brian Boitano and hockey player Caitlin Cahow.“While LGBT rights in Russia are undoubtedly under serious attack and LGBT people there face violence and persecution, it is important to remember that the rights LGBT people in the U.S. now have are fairly recent, and we still have a long ways to go until we have full equality in our own country,” Riedel said. “This should not be an area where the U.S. should feel overly superior.”Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, has written extensively on international economics. Prior to coming to Rice, Barnes was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. His last assignment in the State Department was with the policy planning staff.“On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, U.S.-Russian relations are – to put it nicely – troubled,” Barnes said. “Moscow’s decision last year to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden continues to rankle Washington. And other issues – ranging from Moscow’s anti-gay legislation to its efforts to block Ukraine from building closer ties to the EU – are also bones of diplomatic contention. But the overall state of the Russo-U.S. relationship is not entirely bleak, with Washington and Moscow having worked together closely on a Russian initiative to remove chemical weapons from Syria.”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.To schedule an interview with any of the experts, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice University, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.last_img read more

Baker Institute expert In Erdogans Turkey mustering popular antiWestern sentiment can be

first_imgAddThis Share1EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: In Erdogan’s Turkey, ‘mustering popular anti-Western sentiment can be a political resource’HOUSTON — (June 13, 2018) — Less than two weeks from early parliamentary and presidential elections June 24, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears poised to claim yet another victory, with enduring popularity even beyond Turkey’s borders, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityWhat is surprising is that Erdogan has managed to sustain his appeal in the face of Turkey’s growing authoritarianism and rapidly deteriorating human rights record, said A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. Yildirim is available to discuss Erdogan’s governance and Turkish politics with the news media.“Erdogan’s ‘independent’ foreign policy course that seamlessly alternates between pro- and anti-Western positions boosts his strongman image,” Yildirim wrote in an analysis, “Erdogan’s Persistent Popularity,” published today by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.The analysis highlights a recent survey showing Erdogan’s popularity is particularly strong among some segments of the population. “Respondents who ideologically self-identified as Islamist, favored a prominent role for religious leaders in politics and considered religion to be important in their lives trusted Erdogan the most as an authority on religious matters,” Yildirim wrote. “By contrast, respondents with a college education or who had a monthly income over $1,000 were less likely to trust Erdogan.”By diverging from Turkey’s historically submissive, Western-oriented foreign policy discourse, Erdogan has proven he can maintain an active independent foreign policy — a highly desirable rhetorical element of Islamist ideology, Yildirim said. “In a circular reasoning, any negative response to Erdogan’s anti-Western rhetoric from the United States or the European Union automatically registers as retaliation against the growing power and influence of Erdogan and Turkey’s independent policymaking, thereby proving the point that Erdogan is truly independent,” he wrote. “Not only does this anti-Western stance boost Erdogan’s favorability in the region, but it also offers a textbook case of how mustering popular anti-Western sentiment can be a political resource, as the recent Jerusalem embassy row illustrates. When the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, Erdogan was one of the first leaders in the region to condemn the move and expel senior Israeli diplomats, aiming to appeal to the nationalist and Muslim vote on the eve of a tight electoral competition in Turkey.”Given these dynamics, Erdogan’s politics carry pragmatic lessons for Islamist and non-Islamist politicians alike, Yildirim said. “Religion’s obvious appeal in bolstering popular support aside, Erdogan’s success in gaining regionwide popularity is predicated upon delivery of economic growth, upholding electoral democracy and standing up to the West,” he wrote.Yildirim’s main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and Turkish politics.-30-Related materials:Carnegie Endowment for International Peace analysis: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/76588Yildirim biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/a-kadir-yildirimFollow Yildirim via Twitter @akyildirim.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more

2 of 6 Teens Missing From African Robotics Team Found in Canada

first_img Share 2 of 6 Teens Missing From African Robotics Team Found in Canada, Police Say By NTD Television July 20, 2017 Updated: July 20, 2017 Share this article Two of the six African teenagers who went missing at the Washington international robotics competition this week were seen crossing into Canada and are safe, D.C police said.The other 4 missing teenagers are presumed to be in safe hands as well but authorities have not yet confirmed this, The Washington Post reports.The D.C. police department tweeted today, July 20, for the public’s help regarding any information on the whereabouts of the missing teenagers.The tweet says “They went missing 7/18. Have info? Call #MPD at 202-727-9099/ text 50411. Photos can be found here: https://missing.dc.gov/ #MissingPerson.”They went missing 7/18. Have info? Call #MPD at 202-727-9099/ text 50411. Photos can be found here: https://t.co/Z9xbN2gtNp #MissingPerson pic.twitter.com/hg1bfbGwtd— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 20, 2017Authorities believe the group of teenagers left of their own will and that no foul play seemed to be apparent.  A D.C. police spokeswoman identified the two teens who were going into Canada as Don Charu Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, Washington Post reports.The group of teenagers originally came from the Eastern African country of Burundi, their ages range from 16 to 18. But members of the group disappeared on Tuesday, July 18.The members came to D.C. to compete in the FIRST global challenge robotics competition, drawing youth from nearly 160 nations, according to competition’s official website. Trinity Washington University, the school hosting the international students for the competition, said their students  had to “always to be under close supervision of their adult mentor and are advised not to leave the premises unaccompanied by the mentor.”The investigation is ongoing as officials from the Burundi Embassy in Washington said they are aware of the situation but had no other information to give, The Washington Post reports. A spokeswoman for the university, Ann Pauley,  confirmed that some of the visiting teams were staying at their rented resident hall. “First Local was fully responsible for supervision of the students,” Pauley said Thursday. “Trinity was notified of the missing Burundi team and is fully cooperating with the investigation.”From NTD Television Crime and Incidents center_img 18-year-old Richard Irakoze, 17-year-old Kevin Sabumukiza, 17-year-old Nice Munezero, 17-year-old Audrey Mwamikazi, 16-year-old Don Ingabire, and 18-year-old Aristide Irambona (DC Police)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Winter Cruise From Hell Bomb Cyclone Batters Cruise Ship

first_imgRecommended Video:Boiling water turns to snow From NTD.tv Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Winter Cruise From Hell: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Batters Cruise Ship By Bowen Xiao January 7, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Mendez also posted a video showing what appears to be a doorway with towels placed underneath, in order to block the water. Other footage shows her balcony full of ice, as the ship rocks precariously back and forth. US News center_img Share The “Norwegian Breakaway” cruise liner leaves the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Papenburg, northwestern Germany, on March 13, 2013. (CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images) Show Discussion Cruise ship passengers got the scare of their lives while traveling on the Atlantic near New York as Thursday’s sudden winter storm battered the area.Twenty-one members of the ross family, from Stony Brook, New York, recalled the experience to CBS News. They were on board the Norwegian Breakaway en route to New York from the Bahamas when they ran into the storm. A general view during the Norwegian Breakaway Christening Ceremony on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Norwegian Cruise Line)“I thought I’d never be in a situation where I would say that’s the scariest moment of my life. This was the worst moment of my life,” Karoline Ross said.Their cruise ship, which was carrying 4000 passengers, sailed straight into the “bomb cyclone” earlier on Tuesday night. They suffered for two days as the ocean waves swelled up to 30 feet high.“When you’re on a boat in the middle of the ocean and water is pouring down the stairs, you’re thinking ‘this is not going to end well,” Karoline said told CBS. Dell Ross said the storm was so bad that water was coming inside the ship and was becoming a problem.“Our room was full on two inches of water. The elevator shafts were dripping water everywhere,” Del told CBS.Another passenger on the ship, Christina Mendez, wrote on Facebook that the waves were “towering” over her balcony.“My current view. I am on deck 11 and those waves are towering over my balcony. Continue to keep the staff and passenger in your prayers. Going on 12 hours of extremely bad sea conditions heading towards NYC,” she wrote in a post on Thursday. According to the Daily Mail, the Norwegian Cruise Liner made no mention of the passenger’s harrowing experiences in an initial statement, saying that there was an unexpected delay.“Due to winter storm Grayson, Norwegian Breakaway will have a delayed arrival into New York today,” the statement reads. “As a result, Norwegian Breakaway’s 14 day cruise that was originally scheduled to depart on January 5, will now depart on Saturday, January 6, at 3pm.”Only later the company released another statement apologizing to the passengers for their “discomfort.”“During the early morning hours of January 4, Norwegian Breakaway encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions due to winter storm Grayson during the trip’s return to New York from the Bahamas. All guests and crew are safe. We sincerely apologize to our guests for these stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort they may have experienced,” the statement said.According to CBS News, water poured down from the ceiling and many passengers described the seasickness and panic through the ship. Passengers finally arrived in NYC on Friday, Jan. 5.“I’m completely traumatized,” fellow passenger Emma Franzese told CBS when the ship docked. “I’ll never go on any type of boat again in my life after this.”last_img read more

Mysterious Rocket Spotted on Former Navy Base in California

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The rocket was noticed by people living in the vicinity of the Alameda Naval Air Station, which was closed in 1997.“I heard helicopters, and when I look behind me, I see a giant truck with a huge missile on it,” said Faction Brewing employee Madeleine Tonzi. Closed Naval Air Station Alameda base in Alameda, Calif. (Screenshot via Google Maps)The truck was moving the rocket from a runway toward a building where the Navy used to test jet engines.According to ABC 7, the startup company that developed the rocket doesn’t even have a name yet.When ABC7 tried to call the developer of the rocket, a person answered the phone with, “Stealth space!” But that doesn’t seem to be the official name of the company.A representative told the outlet that it’s an aerospace research and development startup with about 100 employees, but wasn’t ready to reveal more.The 40-foot rocket, called Astra, is supposed to carry payloads of up to 220 pounds to space—a miniscule amount compared to competitors like SpaceX Falcon Heavy (over 123,000 pounds), but suitable for a new generation of small satellites, according to a lease application filed with the City of Alameda accessed by ABC7.It seems the company performed a ground test of the rocket at the base, which left black char marks on the concrete. The company said it works with local government agencies and the Navy. It wants to develop the base into a space technology hub.“There’s a low rumble echoing through the Twitterverse… And it’s emanating from the site of a mysterious rocket test we spotted on Friday,” reporter Jonathan Bloom commented on Twitter. Share Mysterious Rocket Spotted on Former Navy Base in California By Petr Svab February 20, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018 A rocket that was recently spotted on a closed Navy air base in Alameda, California, right across the bay from San Francisco, has piqued the interest of locals, ABC7 reported on Feb. 16. Recommended Video: Amazing View of Airbus Atlas Sweeping Through ValleyFollow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Yes, that’s a rocket. And yes, it was just tested a stone’s throw from some of Alameda’s finest drinking establishments. pic.twitter.com/JVftjRrWvf— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) February 17, 2018center_img Show Discussion There’s a low rumble echoing through the Twitterverse… And it’s emanating from the site of a mysterious rocket test we spotted on Friday… https://t.co/42BCjonZrZ— Jonathan Bloom (@BloomTV) February 19, 2018 US News Share this article Closed Naval Air Station Alameda base in Alameda, Calif. (Screenshot via Google Maps) last_img read more