first_img 0% Tags: Business • displacement • gentrification Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission District, the San Francisco Planning Department has announced a bevy of proposals, including new controls on restaurants, bars and new businesses, as well as measures to preserve small workshop spaces in certain areas. The proposals are part of the so-called Mission Action Plan 2020 — a plan aimed at keeping cultural and economic diversity in the neighborhood as it continues to see an influx of wealthier residents, and with them a proliferation of bars and restaurants.The changes are expected to take effect this summer, following a Planning Commission recommendation and subsequent approval by the Board of Supervisors. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen is expected to introduce the proposals to the board as legislation. “How many of you know a business that has closed in the neighborhood in the last five to ten years?” Claudia Flores asked a roomful of about 150 mostly Mission District residents who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the Women’s Building. Many raised their hands. As Mission Local has reported, however, it’s unclear if much can be done in the face of a changing retail landscape in which brick and mortar shops are closing with the rise of e-commerce, and not always because of the changing demographics. In its focus on four blocks of Mission Street, Mission Local has found that bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues are the most viable businesses in the neighborhood’s main corridors. And, surprisingly, existing restaurant owners said they would like to see more of the same. Danny Garland, the bartender at Gashead Tavern, for example, said that more bars will fuel business because patrons “can then hop from one busy location to another and eat at hole-in-the-wall spots, instead of being diverted to Valencia Street.” Flores said the city said the plan allows for the growth of bars and restaurants. Right now, 20 percent of Mission Street is composed of restaurants, and the plan allows for 25 percent. Flores said the proposals will allow her department to re-examine and adjust the cap.Diego Sanchez said one of the proposals would cap the number of restaurants and bars that serve alcohol along Mission Street and the immediate areas, limit storefront mergers to no more than 1,500 square feet, and require special authorization for businesses that replace so-called “legacy businesses” that provide character to the neighborhood.   The plan would also allow non-retail services on the third floors and above. Office space is in demand, and the Planning Department is allowing retail-to-office conversions on the upper floors elsewhere in the city, according to a report in the SF Business Times.Although the demand for housing is huge, few people take advantage of the ability to convert ground-floor commercial space to residential use with special permission from the city — an idea that people in other cities have acted on. The new plan would allow light manufacturing on side streets, and conduct a two- and five-year check on the modifications. At present, Sanchez said, Mission Street is about 20 percent restaurants and bars, 60 percent retail stores, including services such as dentists, optometrists and small grocers, 5 percent government uses, and 15 percent vacancies. Moreover, as part of another proposal, Sanchez said the city should require special authorization from the city for any new restaurant that serves alcohol, for breweries and vintners that would like to add tasting rooms, and prohibit liquor licenses for manufacturing alcohol in restaurants. The controls would be contained to an existing area in which the city has restricted liquor stores and bars. That so-called “special use district” is bordered by Cesar Chavez to the south, Capp Street to the West, Potrero to the east, and 14th Street to the north. “What we’ve heard is there’s a need to tamp down and get back to the original intentions of the special use district, which is to lower the number of restaurants that serve alcohol,” Sanchez said. Another proposal is aimed at preserving space dedicated to industrial uses, or so-called production, distribution and repair space, said John Francis of the Planning Department. “There’s been a loss of PDR businesses in the Mission over the years through both illegal conversions and through redevelopment,” he said. “There is demand for PDR space, and it’s growing.”  Indeed, the PDR vacancy rate was down at the end of 2017 at 2.8 percent, according to a report by CoStar Group, a commercial real estate information company. He said industrial space can’t compete, because offices can offer higher rents than industrial business.“We are looking to preserve PDR in this particular area,” Francis said, mentioning that the plan would mostly extend protections to mostly auto repair shops on South Van Ness between 14th and 19th Streets. To do this, Francis said, developers must include a certain amount of PDR space in their development if the property previously contained 2,000 square feet or more of the industrial space. Currently, properties containing 5,000 square feet or more require a new development to incorporate industrial space in their project. While some community members asked about the specific proposals, but their concerns were largely around the availability of new affordable housing. “Is there a mechanism for developers to build non-luxury housing?” asked one woman. “I don’t want to hear about 10 percent affordable,” she said. “I want to hear about 100 percent non-luxury housing.” Of all the questions, hers was met with the loudest applause. In so many words, Flores said that it would be difficult for the city to have complete control over the mix of market-rate and affordable housing in the neighborhood. “We live in a market economy,” she said, noting that the most the city can do is require a percentage of affordable housing and community benefits in the projects. “We really don’t have a legal mechanism to say, ‘You can’t build these units.’”  Claudia Flores explains the city’s plan to residents. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Community members listen to the city’s plan to limit business and preserve industrial space. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez. last_img read more

first_imgALL tours and lunches are now fully booked for January and February 2012 at Langtree Park.Payment receipts and final detail letters for all guests booked on our tours and lunches will be posted prior to arrival.Please bring your final confirmation letter with you on the day of your tour.Please note payments are currently being processed through our Head Office until Langtree Park is fully operational.If you have paid by debit or credit card the payment will show as EMC Ltd on your statement.If you have any questions regarding your tour and lunch please call Saints Events on 01744 455 057 or email events@saintsrlfc.com2012 EVENTS CALENDER FOR LANGTREE PARK…..COMING SOON!!last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS Report Increase in Shareholders FundsST.HELENS R.F.C. have reported an increase in their audited shareholder funds in the financial year to October 31 2011, to over £20 million, from a negative figure in previous years, as a result of the acquisition of the their new stadium – Langtree Park. The Club reported a loss of approximately £2.4 million in their year ‘in exile’ at Widnes.Chairman Eamonn McManus commented; “The ownership by the Club of Langtree Park has transformed our balance sheet and provides us with a strong financial and operating platform to take us commercially to a position of strength and confidence.“Although there are significant start-up costs in our first season at Langtree Park and it has opened one-third of the way through the financial year ending in October 2012, we are already seeing a very substantial improvement in financial performance, and this will strengthen even more materially in 2013.“We are also likely to see a further strengthening of our balance sheet in 2012 and beyond as the stadium’s fit out costs are capitalised. Given the general state of the economic environment which we are currently operating in, this is a remarkable achievement and the completion and opening of Langtree Park could not have been more timely.“The losses in the season at Widnes were expected and budgeted for by the club and reflected a significant drop on gate receipts and in all attendant lines of commercial income. It was a necessary year of sacrifice to attain a platform for stability and growth.”last_img read more

first_imgThe SeatServe app, which enables fans to order food and drinks from their smartphone for efficient delivery to their seat, will be trialled in the Totally Wicked North Stand at the Wigan Warriors Super 8s match on Friday August 31 (KO 7:45pm).Following successful trials in football and rugby union, the Totally Wicked Stadium has been selected by SeatServe as its first Super League site.With minimal impact on our existing front-of-house operation, SeatServe will merely supplement our offering to help ease what we recognise is an issue for fans on matchday: queueing.Orders will be fulfilled by the North Stand’s Marching Inn kiosk, so a full range of items will be available to those seated in the Totally Wicked North Stand.A delivery charge of £1 per order will cover all the costs associated with transaction fees, packaging and extra staffing.As part of the trial, we encourage fans to sign up and try out the service so we can test its effectiveness.We would also love to hear your feedback on your experience so please email us info@saintsrlfc.com after the match.SeatServe is quick and easy to download from both the App Store, Google Play or you can click here, with options to pre-order in advance, live, or at scheduled times throughout the game.To minimise disruption, deliveries will only be made during natural breaks in play, with the app securely storing your details for faster repeat ordering, meaning you’ll never have to miss another minute of a game.All payments are cashless and we recommend fans download the app prior to attending the game.The app is restricted to four alcoholic beverages per order and you must be 18 or over to use it.We are constantly looking at ways in which to improve your experience at Totally Wicked Stadium and hope you enjoy this cutting-edge innovation.Checkout the menu and tag your experience with @SeatServeUK with #StaySeated!last_img read more

first_img The hit-and-run happened on Willard Street Monday. Police said a Facebook Live video shows Ellison hitting a woman with her car.The victim, Tameka Cooper, has an injured leg.Ellison’s bond remains at  $1,005,000. She was assigned a court appointed attorney for now, but her family met with another attorney this afternoon. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The woman accused of intentionally running over another woman made her first appearance in court this afternoon.Shadasia Ellison, 19, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run and child abuse, among other charges.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img A few items discussed include pay increases for city employees, infrastructure improvements across the city like sidewalks and streets, and economic development initiatives.Saffo also suggested increased funds for non-profits.Another major topic was the the financial status of the Wilmington Convention Center. Saffo said many thought it would lose money and hurt the community but that is not the case.Related Article: Leland man wanted for allegedly hitting bicyclist“What it’s done it’s done the exact opposite,” Saffo said. “It has brought business to the community, development, private development following the convention center. We have several million dollars that is in the fund balance now so it’s doing better than we anticipated and we’re very happy for that.”Saffo said the convention center has also created a lot of jobs for people in the community which was always the goal.They have two more meetings and a public hearing before the budget is due at the end of June. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington City Council held a workshop Friday afternoon to go over the budget process for the upcoming year.Mayor Bill Saffo says it is vital to have meetings like this to go through the priorities and needs not only of the city, but of the community as well.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgSpanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists are in the lead ahead of Sunday’s national election but opinion polls show no party will have enough seats to rule on its own, which could make for complicated coalition talks.Following are snapshots of the top candidates – five men in their mid-30s to mid-40s – and their parties, as campaigning enters its final stretch with two televised debates scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evening.PEDRO SANCHEZ – SOCIALIST WORKERS’ PARTY (PSOE)With his Socialist party well ahead in opinion polls, outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, 47, has the highest chance of leading Spain’s next government – if he can find enough allies in a fragmented political landscape.Known early in his career as “El Guapo” or “The handsome”, a nickname he says he doesn’t like, Sanchez beat the odds when he managed to go from losing the leadership of his party in 2016 to becoming prime minister two years later, after unseating the conservatives in a non-confidence motion.His supporters say he has a calm personality and a talent for compromise. Opponents say he lacks charisma and a clear political vision.Sanchez benefits from the weakness of the far left and the division of the right wing between three parties.He has focused his campaign on trying to rally left-wing voters against the possibility of seeing the far-right Vox in government, but also on women’s rights, and ordered the removal for re-burial of dictator Francisco Franco’s remains from a state mausoleum.Sanchez’s government has raised the minimum wage by 22 percent, and tried to negotiate a greater degree of autonomy for Catalonia with its independence-minded government.The right-wing parties have focused their attacks on Sanchez, and particularly on his Catalonia policies. On the other side, the Catalan separatists he may need to stay in power want him to be open to an independence referendum – which he opposes.PSOE is Spain’s oldest active party and one of two that have dominated the political landscape since Franco’s dictatorship ended in 1975. It has been in government longest since then.PABLO CASADO – PEOPLE’S PARTY (PP)Pablo Casado, who has been leading the conservative People’s Party for less than a year, has taken a hard line in the campaign to try and win back voters opinion polls show are tempted to leave the mainstream party for the far-right Vox.The PP, which has dominated the political scene alongside the rival Socialists for decades, could lose as many as half of its seats in parliament, opinion polls show.The 38-year-old lawyer and economist became the leader of the conservative party a month after the government of his predecessor Mariano Rajoy was ousted over a corruption scandal in the party.Casado is a defender of family values, the monarchy and the Catholic Church, an opponent of abortion and euthanasia, and has taken PP more to the right.He has led an aggressive campaign in which he has accused Sanchez of being a “traitor” and of condoning violence for the Socialist leader’s approach to pro-independence parties in Catalonia.He wants to strike an alliance with Ciudadanos and Vox to become prime minister. Opinion polls at this stage show they are unlikely to get enough votes – but there are so many undecided voters that things could still change.ALBERT RIVERA – CIUDADANOS (CITIZENS)At only 39 years old, Albert Rivera is one of the most experienced leaders of the youngest generation of candidates contending for the general election in Spain.He worked in CaixaBank before founding Ciudadanos in 2006, a pro-European party originally from Catalonia which jumped to the national scene in 2015.Like Casado, he strongly opposes making any concession to Catalan nationalists and has made it one of the main points of his campaign.He named Ines Arrimadas – who was the party’s leader in Catalonia and won the highest number of votes in 2017 regional elections – his number two weeks before the election campaign.Ciudadanos made an electoral pact last year in the region of Andalusia that enabled the PP, backed also by Vox, to unseat the Socialist administration there. That earned Ciudadanos criticism for embracing populist nationalism.Having supported PP and PSOE in different regions, it could become a kingmaker in any foreseeable negotiations after the election. Rivera says he won’t strike an alliance with Sanchez, but the party has changed tack on such issues before.The party first entered the 350-seat Spanish parliament in 2015.PABLO IGLESIAS – UNIDAS PODEMOS (TOGETHER WE CAN)Political scientist and lecturer Pablo Iglesias, 40, founded Podemos in 2014 with colleagues of the Complutense University, building up on the anti-austerity protest movement in Spain.They were close to surpassing the Socialists in the last elections, but internal disputes led the former number two of the party to break up with Iglesias and launch an alternative platform for the regional election in Madrid.Polls show Podemos losing traction from the last election, suffering from internal disputes and divisions over how hard-line the party, which supported Sanchez’s minority Socialist government and sits on some local councils, should be. This time they want to be in government with the Socialists.SANTIAGO ABASCAL – VOXVox is the newcomer on the Spanish political scene. The party founded in late 2013 by former PP members opposes gender equality laws it says discriminate against men and is also strongly against autonomy for Spain’s regions.Opinion polls show it will be the first far-right party to have more than one seat in parliament since Spain’s return to democracy in the late 1970s.Last year, Vox sent shockwaves through Spain’s political landscape by unexpectedly winning 12 seats in Andalusia’s regional parliament, which automatically allowed it to have a seat in Spain’s Senate.“The reconquer (of Spain) starts in Andalusia”, Vox’s leader Santiago Abascal, 42, said in a tweet.The tough-talking career politician from the Basque country is gaining support in the polls with the party’s pledge to “make Spain great again”.Further echoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy, Abascal and others in the party staunchly criticise mainstream media and bank on social media.Abascal will be missing out on the TV debates after the country’s election board decided he could not take part.Also echoing Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, Abascal has called for a secure wall to be built around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla and have neighbouring Morocco pay for it.“I am a supporter of discrimination,” he told 7TV Andalucia in 2017. SharePrint <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> WhatsApp 1 of 2 FILE PHOTO: Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera gestures while giving a speech during a motion of no confidence debate at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias speaks during a motion of no confidence debate in parliament in Madrid, Spain, June 13, 2017. REUTERS//File Photolast_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 Partit Laburista MEP candidate Josianne Cutajar said that there is need for a sexual health clinic (GU clinic) in Gozo.In a press release, Cutajar that sexual health is not just an personal health issue but also a public one.She said that there were around 6,000 persons that have visited the GU clinic at Mater Dei Hospital in 2018, and that 2,000 cases of sexually transmitted infections had been reported.Cutajar is also urging further sexual education, especially amongst children and young adults.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement From 15 September, the ZA Central Registry will begin taking applications to reserve domain names for the new .africa top-level domain. African governments can reserve names that are of national significance before general domain name registrations are opened to the public.The process is intended to protect names under three categories. The first is geographic names, and includes names of countries, capital cities and major towns.The second seeks to protect religious, cultural and linguistic names and includes languages, tribes, peoples, religious groups and places of cultural or religious significance. – Advertisement – The third and last category consists of economic and public interest names — those which are uniquely linked to government bodies and institutions. This category also covers offensive names that would inherently advocate prejudice or hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity, political association, gender, sexuality, religion, conscience or culture.Domain names that are deemed offensive will be listed on the reserve name list indefinitely and no party will be able to register them.Alice Munyua, who is leading .africa’s reserve name list process, says the ZA Central Registry recommends that “governments adopt a consultative process for developing a national list of reserved names”.Munyua says only a registered government representative will be able to submit requests. “It is, however, incumbent on the relevant government authority to reserve and redeem names within the timeframe set out in the reserve name list policy using the prescribed systems and tools provided. Once the process is complete, the reserved names will not be available to any other entity except the beneficiary,” Munyua says.Governments can ask to reserve up to 100 names and can lodge 20 applications in the offensive names category.The official launch of .africa is expected to take place in March next year.Credit: TECHCENTRALlast_img read more

first_imgYour router shouldn’t be hidden but put out in the open for best signal. Image credit: Handluggageonly Advertisement It seems like just the other day when telcos in Uganda launched 3G and the 3G USB modems were the must-have gadget for every one. However we’ve quickly moved from 3G modems to 4G mi-fis and many internet users no longer purchase bundles for their smartphones but instead load it on their mi-fi which they will be able to use on the smartphone, laptop and any other devices.So we have quickly come to a point where the home is sharing a single wi-fi connection. Wi-fi in the home used to be reserved for those who had pockets deep enough to pay for a broadband connection and the related indoor and outdoor equipment, now all you need is a mi-fi!If however you’re struggling to enjoy your usually fast internet connection, before you go back to the shop to complain or ditch it for a new mi-fi, there’s a few things to consider to ensure your signal is optimized. – Advertisement – 1. Location Routers aren’t attractive things. It’s not like your MacBook Air that you want the world to see; internet boxes are plasticy eyesores of the highest proportion. Chances are then that you’ve scurried your Wi-Fi box out of the way, hemmed in your TV stand, under the hallway table or in the corner of the server room in the office. Don’t though; this thing needs to be displayed with smooth-streaming pride.Walls, desks, boxes, it all blocks your Wi-Fi signal, so your router should be given pride of place somewhere open, up off the floor and clear of physical obstructions. Also, make sure you put it in the middle of your home or office if you can – that way you should get even coverage in all parts of the house.2. Air clutter It’s not just physical barriers that your Wi-Fi signal is trying its hardest to battle through. Our increasingly tech-filled homes are brimming with all sorts of other devices and appliances that are pumping out signals of their own.From microwaves and cordless phones to your set-top box and smarthome system, there’s plenty of airwaves clutter hampering your Wi-Fi’s progress. You can’t kill this congestion completely, but give your router a hand and move other electrical items out of its immediate path.[related-posts]3. Security Police! Help! There’s someone’s steeling my Wi-Fi! Give over, yes, someone might be pinching your internet, driving down the speeds available to you, the bill payer, and you keep complaining to your ISP about bundles being depleted faster than you expect. But that’s your own fault – get a decent password on there.Boosting your security isn’t just about improving speeds, either, it’s generally the smart thing to do – after all, you don’t want your Wi-Fi-pinching neighbour nicking your internet, downloading something dodgy and having the consequences fall back on you.[DigitalSpy]last_img read more

first_imgFormer Police Spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. (Photo Credit: imbaraga radio) Advertisement Government has sued three major online media publications for allegedly publishing particulars of confidential information from the investigations into the murder of former Police Spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.The sued publishers include; News websites ChimpReports, The Investigator, The Ugandan and Print publication, Red Pepper.According to a court notice of motion seen by PC Tech Magazine, the chief Editors and some other employees of the respective publications have also been included as defendants in the case. – Advertisement – AIGP Kaweesi was shot and killed by yet to be identified assailants as he left his Kulambiro home on the morning of March 17th 2017.A joint investigation by Police and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has since led to the arrest of a number of suspects in connections to the same; although Police has remained mute on the matter.Government through the Attorney General’s office alleges that in their publications, the publishers released information which interferes with the progress of the investigations of one of the most high profile cases in the country.“The plaintiff is seeking a declaration that the publications so far made by the defendants and intended future publications are not only injurious to the investigations but also injurious to National Security,” reads part of the case plaint.Government demands that forthwith, the publishers be restrained from publishing any content connected to the investigations to enable the security agencies carry out their duties without being jeopardized.The Attorney General further demanded that court declares that the publications and intended publications by the defendants “are injurious to the investigations underway, national security and prejudicial to the workings of security Agencies of Uganda.”“The plaintiff prays to this honorable court that a permanent injunction be issued to restrain the defendants jointly and severally from publishing and using the confidential information,” the plaint further reads.In the different publications made, the publishers have indicated that different high ranking security officials were cited and arrested in connection to the gruesome murder of AIGP Kaweesi, most of which referred to investigations as the source of information.They also alleged that the recent rampant reshuffles in the Police were a way of cleaning up the force which President Museveni said had been infiltrated by thugs.The government also demands that the defendants, after the ruling and judgement should pay general damages and the costs of the suit to the government.The publishers have since been asked to file defense within 15 days (Starting on Thursday April 20th) short of which the case would be heard and judgement passed in their absence.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Stanbic Bank Uganda won an unprecedented five accolades including the overall Gold award at the 2017 Financial Reporting awards that are organised by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) in collaboration with the Capital Markets Authority (CMA), and Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).The awards seek to enhance the quality of financial and business reporting in Uganda by encouraging the implementation of financial reporting standards as well as best practice.Held under the theme, ‘Moving beyond numbers: Unlocking the value through reporting’ different institutions were awarded in 13 categories, with Stanbic Bank winning the Annual Report of the Year for a record 4th time, Best Banking Services award, Best Listed Entity award, and Sustainability Reporting of the Year award in addition to being recognized for excellence in Corporate Governance reporting. – Advertisement – Accepting the awards on behalf of the Bank Sam Mwogeza the Chief Financial Officer of Stanbic Bank said the bank is truly an award winning team in every sense and speaks to the spirit of team work and excellence with which they are committed to serving their clients, shareholders, regulators and other partners for growth.“We will continue to strive for excellence in our reporting as in all other areas as a fully integrated partner for growth. We commend the sponsors of this initiative; CMA, USE, ICPAU and the New Vision for playing a leading support role in the improvement of financial reporting and will continually to look to enhance the quality and depth of reporting to all our stakeholders,” Mwogeza said.Attending on behalf of the Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Elliot Mwebya; Executive Director, Governor’s office at Bank of Uganda noted that a lot of SMEs never expand to become large firms due to limited capital.He advised firms seeking to mobilize capital by issuing equity or corporate bonds on the capital market, a history of financial reports is a prerequisite because the institutional investors, who are the main customers for corporate stocks and bonds, rely heavily on financial reports to evaluate prospective investments.[related-posts]last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o, the long awaited Scottish Referendum is coming up. And I think it’s a great thing. People are being allowed to have their say, and will then have to stand by their decision (for once in their molly-coddled lives). But, north of the border, in the land of already too many freebies, why is the English government (because that’s what it is) begging them to stay, and offering even more handouts, as if they’d be doing us a favour by voting ‘No’? They shouldn’t be courted or given a moment’s extra attention. It should be business as usual, and you know the rules, if you make the stupidest decision of all time.If the Jocks vote ‘No’, they get to stay on the greatest gravy-train in the whole world. But please never moan again, because you’ve had your chance.If they vote ‘Yes’; a decision has been made, and they should leave for their greener and prouder grass; with nothing. AND, when they’ve gone skint, within about 3 years, and cocked absolutely everything up, like all of these countries do that leave us, they cannot EVER come back or make a Zimbabwe-unlucky-face. GOODBYE and let’s have some referendums on the Death-Penalty and Drongo Europe next, please.In other news:Much has been made, of our glorious Queen, expressing a mild leaning of an opinion. People have said ‘the Queen should do this’ or ‘the Queen should do that’. WRONG. The Queen, has not only been the greatest ambassador this country ever could have dreamt of having, but she is also; a person, like any other, who is MORE THAN entitled, to do, or say, whatever she bloody well likes!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y father made a book at Wimbledon for over 50 years.He made a book in the enclosure known as the middle enclosure. It cost 4 shillings (20p) to go in and it was the length of the straight between the second and third bend.There were three other enclosures, two known as the outside enclosures, they were between the first and second bend and the third and fourth bend and cost just 2 shillings (10p). The other was known as the ‘big enclosure’ or ‘inside’. That cost 8 shillings (40p) to get in. This enclosure was between the last and first bend with the finishing line in the middle.I went to Wimbledon in 2013, and it cost £6 to go in. There is now only one enclosure and it was depressing to see the stadium. In my opinion it needs pulling down, but that’s just my opinion, after remembering what it was like in the old days.When I went to Wimbledon, I worked as a tic-tac (the person who does sign language when placing bets) or as the bag man (the person who gives change and pays out winning bets). I only bet at Wimbledon when my father was on holiday.Let me tell you what happened one night when I was working as the bag man.It was a cold winter’s night, not sure when it was, possible it was 1966.It was either the third or fourth race, I noticed a small man standing by the entrance. He was wearing a cap which was pulled down and a scarf which was pulled up over his mouth, only his nose and eyes were visible.My father was known as the bookmaker who put up his prices first. Other bookmakers before racing would come to him and ask for his prices as he was considered the best judge at the track.On this race my father marked up the prices of the dogs as usual, no sooner had he finished marking up, the small man walked up to my father and said: “Can I have £200 on trap 2”.My father replied, “certainly sir”.As the small man walked away, I said I know that man, but I don’t know from where.A £200 pound bet was not considered a large bet, it was a good bet, but in the 60’s, no matter which track you went to in London there would be at least 20 punters having £200 bets every race, six punters having £500 bets and two punters having £1,000.My father said that he had a fancy for the dog the small man had backed, so he said to Lionel (our tic-tac man) place the bet with other bookmakers (laying of the bet).The race was run, the dog pissed home (meaning it won very easily!) by 5 lengths and in greyhound parlance that’s a long way.The little guy comes in and draws his money, as he walks away I said to my father, I am going to tail him (follow him).I follow him out of the enclosure, he carries on walking to the exit and leaves.The following week around the third or fourth race the little guys appeared. It was still freezing cold as he had the hat pulled down and the scarf pulled up.Thinking about it now, it must have been on Wednesday night, as by then I was making a book at Wembley on Fridays.Sorry back to the story, as like last week, my father put up his prices, when he had finished the little guy walks in, “may I have £200 trap 4”.“Certainly sir” my father replied. I said to my father that’s the guy from last week, he replied “I know, Ii know, Lionel lay off the bet”.The race was run. It pissed home.The little guy comes in draws his money, I tail him, same as last week, straight to the exit.We now think that this guy is not studying form and that someone is telling to back these dogs.Sure enough the next Wednesday meeting the little guy appears.It was the fourth race, the distance of the race I think was 660 yards or one and half times around the track. It turned out that he never had a bet on any other distance.His reason being that if the dog missed the break, or got bumped, it still had time to recover.The weather must have been getting better, as this time he is still wearing the hat but the scarf is only around his neck.I recognised him right away, I had seen him on television lots of times.Who is it ? You enquire.At the end of the story, I will tell you.This time, the same as before, “can I have £200 on trap 1.”The same answer, “certainly sir”.But this time my father said to Lionel, lay off £500, which meant we were having his £200 and our £300 on the dog.Same result. It pissed home.This went on for another 4/5 months, without him ever backing a loser.What was his name you enquire….. not yet, it’s coming soon.We never had more than £300 on the dogs, we did not want to get greedy .Now comes the night I remember most of all.There was a dog named Backbencher, it was owned by a group of backbench MP’s.Don’t ask me how I remember its name, I still have trouble remembering what happened last Thursday.I even remember the trap it was drawn in, it was trap 4.Well the little guy arrives. As usual my father put up his prices, the little guy walks up.“Can I have £400 on trap 4.”“ £400” my father asked the little guy. “Yes please”.“Certainly sir”.We lay off the bet adding our own money as usual.The race started as the dogs approached the first bend, there was a lot of bumping going on, all of a sudden a dog gets knocked over – it was trap 4 Backbencher.The race continued with Backbencher still on the floor, as the greyhounds approached the third bend, Backbencher was at least 50 yards behind and it could not possibly win.What happened next, you may find hard to believe.The hare broke down. (not what you know).The race was declared void. All money returned.A short while later, there was a announcement made, saying the race would be rerun after the last race.Just before the rerun the little man comes to us and asked if he could have the same bet as before.“Certainly sir”.This time the race was run without any trouble .Backbencher leads all the way and wins very easy.Please, if you can look up Wimbledon’s records, you will find this is all true.That was the last time we ever saw the little man on the dog track.Oh ! You still want to know who the little man was?Ok , let me continue and tell you about the night my wife and a couple of friends went to celebrate my birthday.We went to a night club in Hanover Square in London’s West End.In those days night clubs were places where you could have a drink, a meal and watch a cabaret.On entering the night club we were asked my name and had I booked. We were shown to a table, it was towards the back, it was ok. We would still be able to see the show but it was not the best table by far.We had been there for two or three minutes when the maître-de comes over and said “Mr Newman, if you like to follow me, we have a better table for you”.“Of course” I replied.He took us to a table right in front of the stage.As we sat down a bottle of champagne was put on the table.I said to the waiter “I have not ordered it”.No sir, the man in the corner had.I looked to where he was pointing, yep, it was the little man from the dogs.He came over to our table, shook my hand, said how nice it was to see us and hoped we would have a great evening, then whispered in my ear, “please don’t mention Wimbledon”.The name of the club was Danny La Rue (after the great showman).The little guy was Danny La Rue’s stooge.His name was Ronnie Corbett.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ismal 0-0 result at the Etihad last night which was disastrous for my bets.The second semi-final tonight between Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich with English ref Mark Clattenburg in charge at the Vicente Calderón Stadium.The two heavyweights of Spain and Germany have only met once previously – which is quite surprising in itself – that was in the 1974 European Cup Final when Bayern won the replay 4-0.Bayern are on course for a fourth successive Bundesliga title but this trophy has so far proved illusive to them. There would be no better way for Pep Guardiola to sign off than a Champions League victory before he takes over the helm at Man City and it’s not impossible yet for the two sides to meet in this year’s final!Guardiola said: “In three years we have got to three semi-finals, but I know that people say if I don’t win the Champions League my work won’t be complete. But I’ve been very lucky to have experienced what I have in Germany. I think I am a better coach, a better person, more relaxed.”He added: “In football, you have to adapt and we will adapt to get the best result we can. We know all the teams are difficult and Atletico are no exception. You can compare them to Barca and Madrid – when they play against the big European clubs, they can confound the favourites. It will be a great game, complete and fun at the same time, and we will do all we can to get the final.”Atletico are currently slap bang in the middle of a tough fight for La Liga and I am wondering whether that might catch up with them, as it appeared to last night with Real Madrid who looked lacking in sparkle. They will also be without midfielder Diego Godin who has a hamstring injury.Atletico Madrid v Bayern MunichUEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 1974 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 4 – 0 Atl MadridMay 1974 EUROPEAN CUP B Munich 1 – 1 Atl MadridAtletico Madrid were quite weak in the Star Sports market on the lunchtime update (see STARTERS ORDERS) and I want to keep things simple tonight after last night’s mauling and will go with Bayern Munich for the away win at around 6/4.If you fancy goals, Star have a specials market on Lewandowski and Griezmann both scoring at 8/1.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BAYERN MUNICH for 16 points at 6/4 with Star SportsTuesday: LOSS 34 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img CONTACT: Lisa Nutting PHONE: (713)831-4796TRAINING MATCH WITH RICE STUDENT NEARS FOR DEEPBLUE Rice student Nathan Doughty is just four days awayfrom matching his chess skills against DB Junior, a smaller version of DeepBlue, the IBM chess machine that is preparing for a million-dollar grudge matchagainst world champ Garry Kasparov.The man-against-machine chess game will be featured during Rice’s Computerand Information Technology Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series, set for 4-6p.m. on March 18 in McMurtry Auditorium of Anne and Charles Duncan Hall.The chess demonstration is scheduled for 5-6 p.m., following a lecture titled“Deep Blue-The IBM Chess Machine.” The lecture will be presented from 4 p.m. to5 p.m. by Chung-Jen Tan, senior manager of the Parallel System PlatformsDepartment at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.Doughty, who began playing chess at age 11, defeated fellow members of theRice chess club for the chance to play DB Junior. The Will Rice College juniorplayed chess about 20 hours a week throughout junior and senior high school, hesaid, but due to academic demands at Rice he only plays the game a few hours aweek.“I’ve been preparing [for chess] all my life,” Doughty said. “It’s a greathonor [to be selected].”To get to Anne and Charles Duncan Hall, take entrance 16 off of RiceBoulevard and follow the road straight back to the three-story building; theparking lot is located to the left. News Office representatives will be on handto help direct traffic. Media planning to attend the event are urged to arriveat Duncan Hall by 3:30 p.m.The event is open to the Rice community and the general public. Mediaquestions should be directed to Lisa Nutting at 831-4796.### ShareMedia Advisory AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduPaper: Regulatory system governing Mexico’s oil and gas industry needs enhancement HOUSTON – (April 11, 2017) – One of the goals of Mexico’s energy reform was to create a regulatory system that would foster competition in a very complex political environment. That system is in place but needs enhancement, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.“Coordination of the Regulators of the Hydrocarbon Sector: Is It Optimal for the Rule of Law?” was authored by Miriam Grunstein, chief energy counsel at Brilliant Energy Consulting, nonresident scholar at the Mexico Center and professor and researcher at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.The regulatory framework, known as “coordinated regulatory bodies,” was established in Article 28 of the Mexican Constitution and is intended to oversee and regulate the hydrocarbons sector. Grunstein’s paper assesses whether the new coordinating structure helps to build an industry in a country with proper governance and rule of law.“The institutional arrangement of the hydrocarbons reform in 2013 in Mexico cannot be understood without analyzing the design and the basic position of its industry regulators, in this case the National Hydrocarbons Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” Grunstein wrote.“After analyzing the coordinated regulatory bodies, we observe the following: At this very early stage of the implementation of the reform, it cannot yet be stated with any accuracy the direction the industry will take under this new system,” she wrote. “Because it remains very much undefined in the legislation, the Council of Regulatory Agencies of the Energy Sector could have positive effects if it serves as a true channel of communication between the authorities involved in the hydrocarbons sector; it could likewise serve as a means to pressure regulators if inconvenient resolutions are issued. However, it must be emphasized that the law does not authorize this council to instruct the regulators. In any case, if there is any pressure on the regulators, it could happen with or without the actions of the council.”Grunstein said that at this point in the implementation of the reform, the new organization of the regulatory bodies has an uncertain future that depends to a great extent on how coordination is used over the medium and long term. “It remains to be seen whether this council effectively meets the goals for which it was created and, even more importantly, reviews the types of issues that they address and sets precedents regarding their effects,” she wrote. “Now, at a time when new investment is yet to arrive and there are no data regarding the functioning of the council, it would be difficult and premature to venture any conclusions regarding its functionality.”The paper was written for a Mexico Center research project examining the rule of law in Mexico and the challenges it poses to implementing the country’s energy reform. The project’s findings are compiled in a Spanish-language book and are being posted on the Baker Institute’s website in English.Mexico’s energy sector had been under strict governmental management since 1938. This changed in 2013 and 2014 when Mexico amended its constitution and passed legislation overhauling its energy sector to allow private and foreign investments.“For the time being, we can conclude that some steps have indeed turned out to be positive for the regulatory agencies,” Grunstein wrote. “The fact that they now have legal personality and can submit a budget independently puts them in a more advantageous position compared with the earlier model. However, at the time of writing this chapter, the substantial increases in budget and human capital that they require to comply with their greatly expanded powers and functions have not yet fully materialized.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Grunstein, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/28255971/MEX-pub-RuleofLaw_Grunstein-040517.pdf.Grunstein bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/miriam-grunstein.Follow the Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.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 five 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. AddThislast_img read more

first_img Rice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. (Credit: Reid Wilson/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. Illustration by Reid WilsonGrande-Allen and her team designed their fluorescent particles to report on oxygen levels inside gels. Their work appears in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering.“We’ve been collaborating with investigators in intestinal mechanobiology and wanted a straightforward way to tell what level of oxygen we had throughout our 3D tissue cultures,” Grande-Allen said. “Where we intend a specific level of oxygen, we want to be sure that’s what the cells are getting.“There are multiple ways of doing this,” she said. “We can have computational models, but we’d have to make several assumptions about the way oxygen permeates the culture medium and 3D scaffold material. A better way is to measure it directly, so that was our goal.” Rice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. (Credit: Reid Wilson/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionJennifer ConnellGrande-Allen said the particles aren’t susceptible to photobleaching (fading) when illuminated at the proper wavelength, nor did they sink out of the hydrogel, as larger fluorescent particles were prone to do, even after a year in storage.She noted that tissues like cartilage and certain types of diseased heart valves don’t have vascular networks, yet their cells thrive. “I’ve always wondered how these cells get nourishment and what they need to survive,” she said. “With oxygen-sensing microparticles and other techniques we use in my lab to stretch living and engineered materials, we can start to work toward answering these questions.”Rice research scientist Jennifer Connell is co-author of the paper. Grande-Allen is a professor of bioengineering and chair of the Rice Department of Bioengineering.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b00257Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Molecular bait can help hydrogels heal wounds: http://news.rice.edu/2019/06/05/molecular-bait-can-help-hydrogels-heal-wounds-2/Organ bioprinting a breath of fresh air: http://news.rice.edu/2019/05/02/organ-bioprinting-gets-a-breath-of-fresh-air/Rice pursues endgame for diabetes: http://news.rice.edu/2018/10/08/rice-u-pursues-end-game-for-diabetes-2/Slow-release hydrogel aids immunotherapy for cancer: http://news.rice.edu/2018/03/07/slow-release-hydrogel-aids-immunotherapy-for-cancer-2/Grande-Allen Integrative Matrix Mechanics Lab: https://grandegroup.blogs.rice.eduRice Department of Bioengineering: https://bioengineering.rice.eduRice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering: https://ibb.rice.eduImage for download: ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduSoft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissuesRice University scientists develop fluorescent sensors to track nutrients in hydrogel-based healingHOUSTON – (July 25, 2019) – It’s important to know one’s new cells are getting nourishment. Rice University scientists are working on a way to tell for sure.The Rice lab of bioengineer Jane Grande-Allen has invented soft microparticle sensors to monitor oxygen levels in hydrogels that serve as scaffolds for growing tissues.Hydrogels being developed at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and elsewhere can be placed at the site of an injury. Seeded with live cells, they encourage the growth of new muscle, cartilage or, perhaps someday, entire organs. Ideally, the hydrogel attracts blood vessels that infuse the material and bring nourishment to the cells. Return to article. Long DescriptionReid WilsonLead author Reid Wilson, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine, built on the work of Rice alumnus Matthew Sapp and Rice graduate student Sergio Barrios to develop soft microparticles that that incorporate an oxygen-triggered fluorescent molecule based on palladium and a reference fluorophore.Wilson went through several iterations of dye combinations and concentrations to develop those microparticles. “The problem with using oxygen-responsive fluorophores in three-dimensional cultures is their signal isn’t bright enough to measure reliably,” he said. “So we loaded the microparticles with high concentrations of dye, which allowed more reproducible measurements of the oxygen concentration.”The particles can be suspended in hydrogel along with living cells, and tests showed they are not toxic to those cells. Signals from the fluorescent components can be read at their individual wavelengths, but their power lies in combining the response from both, which gives clinicians the ability to measure oxygen content as far as 2 millimeters into tissues.“That’s small, but oxygen diffusion limits are usually tiny,” Grande-Allen said. “Some cells are quite close to a blood supply, with a high oxygen level brought in by blood cells with hemoglobin. But some bacteria in the microbiome are normally anaerobic and survive better without oxygen.” Jennifer Connell Return to article. Long Description Reid Wilson https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/07/0729_OXYGEN-1-WEB.jpgRice University bioengineers developed fluorescent microparticles that can be suspended in hydrogel scaffolds seeded with live cells. The microparticles can be used to monitor for the presence of oxygen in hydrogel cultures that help injuries heal. (Credit: Reid Wilson/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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Southern Wildfires Have Threatened Communities on Edge By The Associated Press November 17, 2016 Updated: November 17, 2016 TIGER, Ga.—Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter and people breathe in tiny bits of the forest with every gulp of air. Show Discussion Share Firefighter Mark Tabaez speaks with a reporter after battling a wildfire in Clayton, Ga., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 photo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) It’s a constant reminder of the threat to many small mountain communities, where relentless drought and now persistent fires and smoke have people under duress.“A lot of the ladies just went to tears and said this happens in other places, it doesn’t happen here,” pastor Scott Cates said as townspeople donated water, cough drops and other supplies for the firefighters at the Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger, Georgia.Here, these fires don’t sleep. They burn through the night, through the now-desiccated tinder of deciduous forests accustomed to wet, humid summers and autumns.“It doesn’t die down after dark,” said fire Capt. Ron Thalacker, who came from Carlsbad, New Mexico, with a fire engine that now draws water from streams and ponds to spray on hotspots in Georgia’s Rabun County, near the epicenter of the southern fires.Large, wind-driven fires that scorch pine forests in the West often burn in the tree tops and mellow out at night, but these fires are clinging to the ground and actively burning 24 hours a day, said firefighter Chad Cullum of Billings, Montana.Cullum spoke briefly, as flames rolled down a mountainside behind him. Then he ordered everyone to get out. “We need to leave,” he said sternly, ushering people to move down a rocky dirt road.More than 5,000 firefighters and support personnel, including many veterans of wildfires in the arid West, and 24 helicopters are battling blazes in the fire zone, which has spread from northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee into eastern Kentucky, the western Carolinas and parts of surrounding states.Nationally, “there’s a pretty good ability to help out the South right now,” said Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service. Reinforcements have arrived from at least 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, she said this week.One man died Wednesday on eastern Kentucky’s Mountain Parkway, where smoke decreased visibility. Kentucky State Police said about 14 others were injured in a series of wrecks on both sides of the road.Trooper Scott Ferrell said a coal truck driver died when he got out of his truck to check on a driver whose vehicle had hit the truck and then was hit by a third vehicle. About 15 vehicles were involved in the chain reaction collisions that closed the highway for nearly 10 hours, Ferrell said.More than 30 large fires remain uncontained, and overall, a total of 128,000 acres has burned, or about nine times the size of Manhattan.Firefighters got a lucky break when a fire reversed direction, turning away from the Trail of Tears, which marks the route where the Cherokee and other Indians were forcibly removed from their lands in the 1800s. In national forests, following procedures approved by the tribes, heavy equipment isn’t allowed within 750 feet of the trail bed unless life or property is threatened, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Terry McDonald said.Tim Free, a lifelong resident of Rabun County, broke down with emotion as he described how elderly neighbors are struggling with relentless smoke, so thick it blocks the sun. “What we’re fortunate to have here is people who care about people,” he said.“Anybody that’s outside of their homes is going to have to have something that will basically lubricate their throats—cough drops, lozenges or even a stick of peppermint,” Free said. “Just to get a little lubricant in your eyes is something that’s needed daily because of the smoke.”Just across the state line in North Carolina, three firefighters were battling the Party Rock fire near the town of Lake Lure after driving 23 hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico.“There was a request for help. We have units available to assist,” Edward Nieto said.There hasn’t been a fire in the Lake Lure area in a long time, so the forest floor is thick with flammable material, and falling autumn leaves are encouraging the flames to spread, said Victoria Tillotson, a spokeswoman with the North Carolina Forest Service.A total of 850 people were fighting the Party Rock blaze, which grew to more than 5,700 acres on Tuesday and was still just 19 percent contained, she said.Randle Montgomery recalled watching television coverage of wildfires in California and considering himself lucky. He never expected a 4,500-acre blaze to threaten Lake Lure, where he works, and Black Mountain, where he’s lived for 16 years.“The way this thing takes off, they’ll get it contained, and it just depends on the wind, but it’s turned so many times on us,” said Montgomery, 47. “And it’s got everybody pretty much on edge.”Tom Stokesberry, an emergency medical technician from Six Rivers National Forest in California, arrived in Georgia’s Rabun County on Veterans Day.“The goal is to keep this line intact,” Stokesberry said, pointing to a narrow, winding dirt road between a burning mountainside and a pasture that, so far, has been untouched by the fire.The smoke is hiding the sun in town, but out at the fire’s edge, it appears blood red.“We call that the red eye of the dragon,” Cullum says. Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img US A “healing” bracelet has done the opposite of what it was claimed to do.  A baby girl in Connecticut has contracted lead poisoning after she wore and chewed on a bracelet that was made out of lead beads. Doctors first discovered that the 9-month-old girl had abnormally high levels of lead in her blood during a routine checkup last year. Her blood lead level reached 41 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL) – anything over 5 ug/dL is considered abnormal according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  CDC says that there is “no safe blood lead level in children.” Lead exposure can affect nearly every part of the body. Very high blood lead levels can cause a range of health consequences including seizures, coma, and death.The parents reported that their child sometimes wore a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” that they had purchased at a local fair, according to the report published on Sept. 1.The child wore the bracelet to help with teeth related issues, and was sometimes seen chewing on it as well. Some people say certain bracelet materials have healing properties if placed close to the body. However, when the smaller spacer beads on the bracelet were tested, investigators found they had extremely high levels of lead—17,000 parts per million (ppm). The amount of lead that is considered safe for children is 90 to 100 ppm, depending on the product, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The bracelet that gave the baby lead-poisoning. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)No marks on the bracelet identified the metal content or the manufacturer. The vendor records were unavailable and the bracelet maker could not be located as well. According to the CDC, lead poisoning in general primarily occurs through oral ingestion of products. “Lead paint, dust, and contaminated soil” are among the most frequents sources in which children can get exposed to lead.Back in 2003 and 2006 several cases of severe lead poisoning, including some deaths, were linked to jewelry or charms marketed to children, according to the report.After these cases, the CPSC set limits on a number of lead products marked to children, recalling those that exceed the limits. However, the limits are not applicable to products that are not intended or marketed for children. When health investigators first visited the baby’s home they found two windows with peeling lead-based paint, and initially thought that was the cause of the poisoning. But according to the report, the infant would not have been able to reach those areas and the girl’s three other siblings, aged between 3 and 5 years old, had far lower blood lead levels—less that 3 ug/dL. The health department is urging caregivers to be aware of the risks of lead-poisoning from children wearing or handling handmade or adult metal jewellery, even if the product is made in the United States.  From NTD.tv Children that have high levels of lead in their blood stand next to a peeling lead paint wall in their apartment October 22, 2003 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img Share this article CDC: ‘Healing Bracelet’ Gave Infant Daughter High Levels of Lead Poisoning By NTD Television September 3, 2017 Updated: September 3, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more