You can see a map of all of the blocks here. The blocks in grey are being saved for others who have signed up. Let us save a block for you as well.At the corner of Valencia street. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe short stretch of Valencia Street where some refurbishing has gone on. Photo by Lydia ChávezThe red or the yellow door? Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezTranslation? Photo by Lydia ChávezThe police were coming through on the Sunday I took these photos. The collective where there was a fire in January 2014 is the white building on the right. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezImportant in SF. Photo by Lydia ChávezA view of the fire-damaged building. Photo by Lydia ChávezOn Woodward, a great rocker. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezYou can walk and read. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezA Sunday morning car walk on Duboce at the end of Woodward. Photo by Lydia ChávezOn Duboce. Photo by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia ChávezPhoto by Lydia Chávez Right now it is 62° with a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here.Today’s block is shaped like the number seven with the short end on Valencia Street. It then turns onto the end of Clinton Park, which dead ends at Stevenson, which runs south until a short walk east on 14th Street. The block turns north on Woodward to Duboce, and west on Duboce to finish the block back at Valencia.The block has everything – a rich history, a parking lot, a former collective living space, homeless encampments and some refurbished houses. It was the home of Woodward’s Gardens (1866 to 1981) a theme park with a zoo, rides and gardens – the murals at the end of Woodward are the only reminder of that era. The parks main entrance was at 14th and Mission Streets, according to FoundSF, which has some historical photographs. It’s also a block that used to house a collective living space on Stevenson until a fire in January 2014. Nowadays, a homeless encampment seems to own Stevenson, while Woodward has some upgraded buildings and loads of planters on the sidewalk. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%
Expecting mothers seeking alternatives to hospitals now have the option to give birth in hot tubs, yoga swings, or queen-sized beds at the San Francisco Birth Center – an independent, midwife-led facility that simulates a home-like setting under the care of medical professionals.“Birthing can be a wonderful, beautiful growth experience, but it can also be extremely isolating,”said Julie Birdsong, a Mission resident and one of the Birth Center’s three founders. The center opened its doors at 2300 Sutter St. on May 7 and fills a gap that was left behind after the city’s main out-of-hospital birth center, formerly located in the Mission, shuttered in 2011. “Our goal is to create a community around birthing.”Two years ago, Birdsong and her midwife colleagues, Nancy Myrick and Sara Van Acker, set out to empower women with options and greater decision-making power in what they want their births to look like. A growing movement for “natural births” and decreased cesarean section births has seen birthing centers cropping up nationwide, and the midwives were baffled as to why San Francisco did not offer this service.“We decided that San Francisco needs a birthing center,” said Birdsong, adding that the women first set scouted the Mission for an appropriate space because they wanted to remain accessible to low-income communities, but they found potential spaces taken up by tech companies. 0% “A lot of places were scooped out of our hands by the tech industry,” said Birdsong. Earlier this year, the midwives settled on a freshly remodeled facility in Pac Heights, which is “less sexy for the tech world” but in close proximity to four hospitals, said Birdsong. The new birth center offers support and services post birth and helps to ease women into motherhood in a way that most traditional hospital do not, Birdsong said. The demand is there, said Birdsong, as women are increasingly opting to give birth “naturally.” “Hospitals are clinical and sterile, for a reason,” said Ilyse Magie, a Mission resident and one of the birthing center’s first clients. “For my birth process, that’s not what we wanted. We looked at it as a spiritual experience, and we wanted control over how that all looked.”Photo courtesy of San Francisco Birth CenterThe June 4 birth of Magie’s daughter, Delia Joy, marked the first successful birth at the center. The five-hour ordeal was made bearable by the attention and patience extended to her by the midwives, said Magie.“We started in the tub then a birthing stool then bed – we tried every position imaginable and it was them guiding me through it the entire time,” said Magie. “At hospitals, it’s not like you’re forced to have a C-section, but the conversation comes up. You’re more likely to have interventions there.”Although the center does not facilitate home births, its focus is on tailoring the birthing experience to their clients’ expectations. The birthing room is kept largely unadorned, and families are encouraged to bring their own decorations from home. “Giving birth this way is almost like a rite of passage for women,” said Birdsong. “By choosing to give birth without medication, women can walk away readied for motherhood because their birth was a normal, natural process.” With services like private and group prenatal care, water birth, postpartum home visits and newborn care, the birthing center “involves women step-by-step in the decision making process” as many traditional hospital do not, she said. The extra care is what often makes the difference in ensuring a mother and child’s physical and emotional well-being post birth, said Birdsong. “At a normal hospitals, a mother is often there for 24 hours maybe and after being discharged she’s on her own for six weeks – a lot of stuff falls through the cracks during that time,” said Birdsong, adding that at her center, “we really support that home care.”The midwives also worked to keep this specialized care accessible to women in all income brackets by offering grants and sliding scale payment options. Along with their clinic, the midwives co-founded the nonprofit “Friends of the San Francisco Birth Center,” which focuses on fundraising and grant-making to cover the gap between birth costs and what low-income families are able to pay.“We wanted this type of birthing to be something that wasn’t just for affluent women, but accessible to all women,” said Birdsong. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “My grandma worked at a house and the lady she worked for didn’t tell her ‘come, sit down with me,’ but told her she had to sit on the floor,” she said.A business graduate from CCSF, Yedid Gallo has picked up an interest in labor law, and is saving up to go back to school.The job specialization also precludes some of the extreme familiarity depicted in Cuarón’s film. While Cleo and Adela work full-time and sleep at their host family’s house, city nannies are hired specifically to take care of the kids.“Here, everything has its name: if you’re going to clean the house, then you’re a housekeeper, and you do that job. She who is doing all that housework is a maid,” said Juana Soriano, a Salvadoran nanny with 20 years of experience.“But yes, the job is similar to the movie in that aspect, because you get attached to the people you work with, and I imagine that goes both ways,” she added.On many occasions, the work conditions will depend on the family’s disposition, and the nanny’s ability to hold her own.Ana Tapia, a Chilean mom who once worked as a nanny in the city, conceded that Latino nannies sometimes seemed industrious beyond the job description — and for good reason.“Latin American people do more than they are told to, they would wash some dishes if they find them laying there,” she recalled. “It is cultural, like, how much would it cost you to do it?”They are already spending 50 hours a week with their children, and such diligence can be an open door for more trespassing.For Soriano, who takes care of two sisters, it is only natural to get attached to the youngest. “It is just human to defend the tiny one.”“There are families that will take advantage of you because of the language barrier, your education, and them knowing that you won’t fight them because you need the job,” said Gallo.Cleo and her boss in Roma, Doña Sofia, had their own bond, splashed by the latter’s moments of rage at the dissolution of her marriage. Such outbursts would not fly in a U.S. household.“Some people look at their nannies like they are garbage, and I don’t understand,” Martinez said. “If they look at you like this, then why would they give you their kids?”Martinez, who has gone through gnarly experiences during her three years in San Francisco, is not afraid of leaving.“This is a city where there is so much work, so many families needing help, that one doesn’t need to tolerate such things,” she added.The bond with their kids, though? Just as strong as Cleo and Paco’s.“He calls me Mama Yaya, because at his age perhaps he doesn’t see the difference,” said Gallo about the two-year-old charge.Gallo had taken care of kids before, but she’s been with the current two toddlers since they were four months old. “I feel like they are mine, too.”Laura Leon is enjoying time with her twins before they turn a year old in February. They will go to a day care from then on.According to Martínez, having a child that feels like one’s own has an extra edge. “If they fall when they are with their moms it’s like, ‘ok, he fell.’ But if it happened while hanging with the nanny, it’s her not doing her job well.”Working as a nanny acquires a different dimension when one is already a mother. Such was the experience of Laura Leon, a 39-year-old Mexican nanny who was working as a waitress as her two older children were growing up.“I am experiencing with them things I didn’t get to live with my kids, back when someone else had to take care of them,” she explained, as she swung her twin toddlers at the playground. “I’m spending with them the time I wasn’t with my children.”Children moving on from their care to preschool is its own type of empty-nest experience, and just as heartbreaking.“Believe it or not, it is harder for the nanny than for the kid,” Soriano said. “Kids move on, and they’re just at a stage when everything is new for them, but a good relationship with the family and some communication ends up making up for it.”Good-byes are also painful for Leon, but she has learned to live with change. “Time teaches you that life just goes on,” she added. Acclaimed by the critics and nominated for a few Oscars — including Best Movie — Roma has resonated amongst sybarites and the general public alike. Its portrait of an indigenous maid and her relationship with her host family in 1970s Mexico City has also touched a nerve among Mission nannies. They’re rarely the protagonists on the big screen, and they related to Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo — sometimes more than they expected.“It was super real, I could totally empathize with her,” said 33-year-old Ana Martínez, from El Salvador, as she played with her toddler at Mission Playground.“Cleo was not a foreigner, but she was kind of a foreigner in that house, because of the abysmal social differences,” Martinez added. “Sometimes she was family, but things happened and, poof, she was back to being the service.”For 24-year-old Yedid Gallo, whose mother and grandmother also worked as nannies in Guanajuato, the affability of the host family struck her as very uncommon.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It certainly feels like spring, even if the new season is still officially a few weeks away.The unseasonably warm temperatures may have you thinking winter is over and you might want to get out in the garden.- Advertisement – But anything you plant could get hurt by a late freeze, which is not out of the question in our area.“Temperatures in southeastern North Carolina are always bouncing up and down. So we can get snow in March, and we can have days in the 80s in February, so it’s not unusual,” said Al Hight, the county extension director at New Hanover County Arboretum. “We had such a cold early January, this kinda really feels different, but it’s not unusual.”The National Weather Service says the average last freeze varies from March 18th in Wilmington to March 24th in Southport, and as late as March 31st in Elizabethtown.Related Article: Arizona woman attacked by bees after hive falls on her headIt’s impossible to forecast exactly when the last freeze will occur, so it might not be the best idea to test Mother Nature.“I’m hoping we don’t get below the mid 20s, because if we do, that’s gonna create enormous problems. It would be nice if we were out of the danger of frost, but statistically, you’d be really gambling to figure that’s already happened,” Hight said.Hight says if you do plant ahead of schedule, some varieties will do OK during cold temperatures when protected by a row cover. Any tropical plants will not do very well until soil temperatures warm up.The southeast had an early thaw last year which gave way to a March freeze. It severely damaged fruit crops across several states and cost about $1 billion.
SFD responding to the Long Beach Road home fire. (Charles Drew/SFD/Facebook) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Two Southport firemen are recovering after being injured battling a house fire.The Southport Fire Department responded to a home along Long Beach Road late Saturday night. Two firefighters were injured on scene, according to Fire Chief Charles Drew.- Advertisement – Drew said that one fell through the floor and injured his leg. The other passed out from over exertion. They were both treated on scene, and are now doing well.Fire officials cause was ruled electrical, and the origin was in the master bedroom.
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Advertisement Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan. “As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service. The “Shape of an Angel”, which costs 100,000 yen ($1,200), comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cellphone strap.The company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December. It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company. FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.Credit: GulfToday
Advertisement In May 2012 the Notinmycountry.org, was launched in Uganda by uploading a staff list of lecturers and administrators at 38 universities, adding up to approximately 3,800 individuals. However, Kenyan universities proved to be significantly larger which prompted the launch of Kenya’s chapter Just a year after it’s Launch in Uganda, Not In My Country on the 16th of April 2013 launched the site in Kenya and university students are using it to expose malpractices in their institutions, including corruption. with data from 8 Kenyan universities and more data for lecturers and administrators in the remaining 20 Kenyan universities being compiledThrough the website, students can anonymously and securely rate the job performance of their lecturers and administrators, report corruption committed by these individuals, and also view and participate in performance rankings of academic staff and departments. – Advertisement – One of the founders of the Not in My Country Kenya chapter had her examination marks allegedly withheld by a lecturer who had wanted to trade them for sex. As a result, her graduation was delayed.The founders say that the creation of the local chapter of notinmycountry.org was inspired by a statement made by former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton when she visited Kenya in 2009.Clinton said then: “I think there’s an opportunity for young people and for civil society to use modern technology to run corruption watches and reporting. Young people should use interactive media to report real-time allegations of corruption.”She was speaking at a conference with young people in Nairobi. “What if we had groups of young people anonymously reporting all of these bribes with consequences aimed at individuals?” Clinton had posed.The second inspiration, say the founders, came from former permanent secretary and anti-corruption activist John Githongo, who once said: “Corruption cannot be tackled from the top. It has to be confronted from the grassroots.”The two perceptions embody the spirit behind notinmycountry.org. There is anonymity and it’s the students who are tackling the vice.One of the founders explains why they prefer to remain anonymous: “For security reasons, we keep our identities anonymous to ensure that we can continue working to implement our mission to see a world free of corruption without constantly worrying about our safety.”The website, says an administrator, has the ranking details of about 6,000 lecturers and administrators in more than 600 departments in some of the larger universities.Students visit the site and rate the job performance of their lecturers. They also report corrupt dons.“We did not make the decision to launch in Kenya lightly. There was actually a fair amount of thought put into it. Most important was that corruption in Kenya’s Universities is a major problem. One only has to check out articles like this one in Africa Review or the Standard or perhaps more telling an online forum of Kenyatta University Students discussing sex for marks (Note: site contains explicit language). Kenya also has a large Internet population, and just like in Uganda, university students in Kenya are their country’s future leaders.” Reads a statement on their Official Blog NotInMyCountry.org was founded by an international group of concerned citizens who were tired of seeing 7 out of 10 countries in the world suffer under the severe burden of corruption. We are students, lawyers, journalists, business people, human rights activists, security specialists, academics, and technology and communications experts. We believe that many of the world’s problems – poverty, environmental degradation, under education lawlessness, and inequality – may often be traced back to corruption.Information from Daily Nation was used in this article
Advertisement Mr. Samuel Chen, Vice President of Huawei Eastern and Southern Africa RegionReceiving the award on behalf of Huawei TechnologiesHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced that at an Informa’s prestigious AfricaCom Awards dinner Huawei’s FMC Solution received the award category for the “Best Network Improvement”. The Solution deployed as an integral part of the Telkom SA Network transformation programme, is consistent with its themes of moving to an all-IP converged core network, revamping the access network (MSAN), enhancing aggregation (fibre closer to key businesses and office parks) and evolving the core and migrating voice (IMS).Receiving the award on behalf of Huawei Technologies Mr. Samuel Chen, Vice President of Huawei in Eastern and Southern Africa Region said that “Huawei has been truly honoured to be part of the largest Network Transformation project undertaken by Telkom and the close cooperation between our two companies highlights Huawei’s continued leadership in the network transformation field, and helps promote the development of the ICT industry in South Africa.” The timely building and launch of the new voice platform within six months further indicates Telkom’s focused execution of its network strategy.The standards based IMS core allows for the deployment of fixed and mobile services and is fully redundant and caters for a larger number of customers than legacy voice systems while affording Telkom significant savings in terms of space, power, cooling and maintenance and support. The technology will replace core network switching equipment that is currently based in more than 100 of Telkom’s buildings nationally. The voice aspect for all future MSAN’s that are deployed by Telkom will work off the IMS core. – Advertisement – Huawei has successfully implemented 149 IMS networks for 93 operators at the end of Q1 2013 and is also leading the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market in second quarter of 2013, according to Infonetics Research. In addition to South Africa Huawei’s IMS has already been deployed in a number of African countries which include but not limited to Uganda, DRC, Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
Image Credit: AgeekyWorld Advertisement After the CES 2016, it was evident that the coming year would be loaded with Virtual Reality launches. But quietly making its way up again from CES 2015 is 3D audio. The technology was unveiled last year and is suddenly grabbing attention in 2016; and with some new updates, seems like 3D audio will be the next big thing; after VR, of course.Those new updates come from 3D Sound Labs and Jabra, and while the latter audio solution is not ready for showtime, the former is.What is 3D audio? Well, in its current form, 3D audio is a complex audio setup that uses a number of sensors to position sound sources in different parts of the listener’s head. 3D audio is expected to deliver an immersive audio experiences that will work in a number of applications that will not just be limited to listening music but gaming and more importantly, VR as well. – Advertisement – 3D Sound Labs a French company (which started off on Kickstarter) is selling its first 3D audio headset, the 3D Sound One. The $299 3D Sound One achieves its version of 3D audio by using an array of sensors that include a GPS, gyroscope, compass, accelerometer (and many more) which takes in to account a user’s movements and even his/her surroundings to give the audio an immersive feel.[related-posts]Next up is Jabra, a specialist in Bluetooth accessories, that is also said to be working on its version of the a 3D audio headset called the ‘Intelligent Headset Developer Edition’, but for now, their only target is developers. And indeed, this is an important step for 3D audio to take off.The differentiating factor here is that the above mentioned headsets are portable. This allows the wearer to carry their immersive audio experience around, taking their world with them. This is similar to massive home theatre setups that take up space and obviously cannot be carried around[Tech 2]
Advertisement Apple might change its iPhone upgrade schedule to major handset releases every three years, instead of the current two years, Japanese business journal Nikkei Asian Review reported Tuesday.Apple is now on a tick-tock schedule, releasing a major upgrade every other year, with an interim refresh in between. That pattern is expected to be interrupted this year with the rumored iPhone 7.This year’s iPhone 7 is looking increasingly like it’ll be an ‘incremental’ upgrade and not a redesign, like iPhone 6 was. – Advertisement – Nikkei says the move to a three-year cycle for full-model changes is because of maturing technology and slowing smartphone sales. “The move is largely due to smartphone functions having little room left for major enhancements. A slowing market is another factor,” Nikkei staff writer Yuichiro Kanematsu wrote.A leaked image of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 circulated on Chinese social media last week showed it was near-identical to last year’s iPhone 6S, with two tiny changes – a slight tweak to the shape of the camera lens, and the disappearance of the antenna lines from iPhone 6.Various reports have also suggested that Apple is considering ditching the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, in favor of headphones which plug in via the Lightning port.[Investor’s Business Daily][related-posts]
Advertisement Nokia struggled to bring its brand into the smartphone era ending up being sold to Microsoft and all its phones made under the Nokia brand now sold by HMD Global, a Finnish company that bought the rights to the name.On the other hand, according to famous known device leaker, Evan Blass, the Finnish based telecom firm, Nokia Corp. is said to re-launch its ‘Nokia 3310’ feature phone, dubbed as the most indestructible or perhaps the best-loved and feature phone in history, at Mobile World Congress which is scheduled later this month.Originally released 17 years ago, the new appearance of the old 3310 will be sold for just $63 (roughly 226,000 UGX), and so likely be pitched as a reliable second phone to people who remember it the first time around. – Advertisement – Amazon listing’s point out a few range of the old 3310 features/specs, including a clock, calculator, reminders, and games: Snake II (Snake as the most played game of the phone, was also made available for iPhone, Android and Windows phone users to download and enjoy), Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi.Its collection of features has led to it being branded as perhaps the most resilient and long-lasting phone ever made.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Scottish Championship is all over, bar the shouting.Hearts have a sensational 19 point lead having lost only one game all season.That means the best that Rangers can hope for is a play off place if they are going to continue their climb back from relative oblivion. It’s been an exceptionally poor season for Rangers compounded by being knocked out of the Scottish Cup against Raith.It looks likely that Hibs will be in that play off too and Alan Stubbs’ side have already twice got the better of Rangers in the two league games played this season by an aggregate of 7-1.On that current form taking short odds about Rangers, even with home advantage at Ibrox, seems very foolhardy.Add in the injury problems that Rangers are facing and the scales are tipping firmly towards Hibs.Rangers are without banned goalkeeper Steve Simonsen who took over from long-term injured Cammy Bell who is still out so Lee Robinson will start in goal.Recent loan signings from Newcastle Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson, Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete are all injured.Rangers v HibsChampionship7.45pm BT SPORTHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2014 Championship Hibernian 4-0 RangersSep 2014 Championship Rangers 1-3 HibernianAug 2014 League C Cup Rangers 2-1 HibernianJan 2012 Premier Rangers 4-0 HibernianDec 2011 Premier Hibernian 0-2 RangersOct 2011 Premier Rangers 1-0 HibernianJan 2011 Premier Hibernian 0-2 RangersNov 2010 Premier Rangers 0-3 HibernianAug 2010 Premier Hibernian 0-3 RangersApr 2010 Premier Hibernian 0-1 RangersHibs at 21/10 with Star Sports is making plenty of appeal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK HIBS for 6 points at around 21/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 106.02 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 13 JulyRACING2.00 AyrStylish Boy 11/4 > 15/87.30 WindsorNoble Peace 6/4 > 10/11THE OPENBubba Watson backed today 50/1 > 35/1Star Sports are paying SIX places ew in The Open.(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Champions League has reached the knockout stage tonight with first leg matches for the last 16 underway.Chelsea play PSG in Paris as they did at this stage in the competition last year when exiting the tournament. It has to be said that Chelsea were a much better team last season, for all there has been a recent revival at Stamford Bridge and the club are at last starting to climb the Premier League there can be no denying that it remains work in progress for Guus Hiddink.In contrast, PSG have routed their opposition domestically and are still unbeaten in 26 games (W22, D4) – leading Ligue 1 by a country mile.PSG manager Laurent Blanc admitted: “We’ll be playing at a level we’re not used to seeing in our national league. Now from a football point of view, people think PSG is able to win the Champions League. That’s very good. It means we’re on a good path.”Chelsea are without captain John Terry who was injured in Saturday’s game against Newcastle.PSG are expected to recall their big guns including striker Ibrahimovic, skipper Silva and influential midfielder Thiago Motta after they were all rested for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Lille.PSG v ChelseaUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Paris St-G.Feb 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 1-1 ChelseaApr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Paris St-G.Apr 2014 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 3-1 ChelseaNov 2004 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Paris St-G.Sep 2004 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Paris St-G. 0-3 ChelseaI fully expect PSG to qualify – more easily than they did last season (away goals) so clearly am looking for them to have plenty in the bag tonight to take to Stamford Bridge. I’m on PSG/PSG in the Star Sports HT/FT market at around 6/4.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK PSG / PSG HT/FT for 30 points at around 6/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 34.91 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University engineers learned to control the size of synthesized calcium silicate spheres developed to strengthen concrete, the world’s most-used material. This microscope image shows spheres compacted into a pellet. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials LaboratoryShahsavari said the size and shape of particles in general have a significant effect on the mechanical properties and durability of bulk materials like concrete. “It is very beneficial to have something you can control as opposed to a material that is random by nature,” he said. “Further, one can mix spheres with different diameters to fill the gaps between the self-assembled structures, leading to higher packing densities and thus mechanical and durability properties.”He said increasing the strength of cement allows manufacturers to use less concrete, decreasing not only weight but also the energy required to make it and the carbon emissions associated with cement’s manufacture. Because spheres pack more efficiently than the ragged particles found in common cement, the resulting material will be more resistant to damaging ions from water and other contaminants and should require less maintenance and less-frequent replacement.The National Science Foundation and C-Crete Technologies LLC supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b00917Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Multiscale Materials Laboratory (Shahsavari Lab): http://rouzbeh.rice.edu/George R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: www.ceve.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download:Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionPacked, micron-scale calcium silicate spheres developed at Rice University are a promising material that could lead to stronger and more environmentally friendly concrete. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials LaboratoryTo Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and graduate student Sung Hoon Hwang, the spheres represent building blocks that can be made at low cost and promise to mitigate the energy-intensive techniques now used to make cement, the most common binder in concrete.The researchers formed the spheres in a solution around nanoscale seeds of a common detergent-like surfactant. The spheres can be prompted to self-assemble into solids that are stronger, harder, more elastic and more durable than ubiquitous Portland cement.“Cement doesn’t have the nicest structure,” said Shahsavari, an assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering. “Cement particles are amorphous and disorganized, which makes it a bit vulnerable to cracks. But with this material, we know what our limits are and we can channel polymers or other materials in between the spheres to control the structure from bottom to top and predict more accurately how it could fracture.”He said the spheres are suitable for bone-tissue engineering, insulation, ceramic and composite applications as well as cement.The research appears in the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir.The work builds on a 2017 project by Shahsavari and Hwang to develop self-healing materials with porous, microscopic calcium silicate spheres. The new material is not porous, as a solid calcium silicate shell surrounds the surfactant seed. Share4Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgMike Williams713email@example.comSpheres can make concrete leaner, greenerRice University’s microscopic particles promise stronger building materials and more HOUSTON – (Sept. 26, 2018) – Rice University scientists have developed micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world’s most-used synthetic material. Calcium silicate spheres synthesized at Rice University and packed into a pellet hold together under compression. The spheres are building blocks that can be made at low cost and promise to mitigate the energy-intensive techniques now used to make cement, the most common binder in concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/1001_SPHERES-3-web-27l6k2n.jpgRice University engineers learned to control the size of synthesized calcium silicate spheres developed to strengthen concrete, the world’s most-used material. This microscope image shows spheres compacted into a pellet. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 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. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/1001_SPHERES-1a-WEB-2mmadn3.jpgPacked, micron-scale calcium silicate spheres developed at Rice University are a promising material that could lead to stronger and more environmentally friendly concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionCalcium silicate spheres synthesized at Rice University and packed into a pellet hold together under compression. The spheres are building blocks that can be made at low cost and promise to mitigate the energy-intensive techniques now used to make cement, the most common binder in concrete. Courtesy of the Multiscale Materials LaboratoryBut like the earlier project, it was inspired by how nature coordinates interfaces between dissimilar materials, particularly in nacre (aka mother of pearl), the material of seashells. Nacre’s strength is a result of alternating stiff inorganic and soft organic platelets. Because the spheres imitate that structure, they are considered biomimetic.The researchers discovered they could control the size of the spheres that range from 100 to 500 nanometers in diameter by manipulating surfactants, solutions, concentrations and temperatures during manufacture. That allows them to be tuned for applications, Shahsavari said.“These are very simple but universal building blocks, two key traits of many biomaterials,” Shahsavari said. “They enable advanced functionalities in synthetic materials. Previously, there were attempts to make platelet or fiber building blocks for composites, but this works uses spheres to create strong, tough and adaptable biomimetic materials.“Sphere shapes are important because they are far easier to synthesize, self-assemble and scale up from chemistry and large-scale manufacturing standpoints.”In tests, the researchers used two common surfactants to make spheres and compressed their products into pellets for testing. They learned that DTAB-based pellets compacted best and were tougher, with a higher elastic modulus, than either CTAB pellets or common cement. They also showed high electrical resistance. AddThis Rice University engineers learned to control the size of synthesized calcium silicate spheres developed to strengthen concrete, the world’s most-used material. This microscope image shows spheres compacted into a pellet. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/09/1001_SPHERES-2-web-2ccduky.jpgCalcium silicate spheres synthesized at Rice University and packed into a pellet hold together under compression. The spheres are building blocks that can be made at low cost and promise to mitigate the energy-intensive techniques now used to make cement, the most common binder in concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University)Long Description Calcium silicate spheres synthesized at Rice University and packed into a pellet hold together under compression. The spheres are building blocks that can be made at low cost and promise to mitigate the energy-intensive techniques now used to make cement, the most common binder in concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University) Packed, micron-scale calcium silicate spheres developed at Rice University are a promising material that could lead to stronger and more environmentally friendly concrete. (Credit: Multiscale Materials Laboratory/Rice University)
About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz The Best Schools For Silicon Valley IT Jobs regions: San Francisco It is impossible to ignore the growing need for an understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on the business world. Technological fluency and an understanding of the industry can be crucial for all b-school students, but are especially vital for those who want to be executive leaders in the industry. If your goal is to excel at one of the many growing tech companies, an MBA with a focus in IT studies could be just the thing to give you the edge you need to stand out from the pack. With companies like Google, Facebook and Adobe based in the Bay Area, San Francisco is an optimal place to earn an MBA with a focus on IT studies. We’ve laid out some of the best MBA programs in the area that can help anyone land Silicon Valley IT jobs.Haas School of Business—UC BerkeleyHaas School of Business provides excellent opportunities for motivated, technology-minded b-schoolers. Forbes currently ranks Haas among the ten best business schools in the country. With a fresh curriculum that was completely re-written in 2010, Haas is an ideal place for competitive MBAs passionate about gaining expertise in technology. The standard MBA curriculum includes a comprehensive overview of technology management, as well as a technology management specialization for students who wish to gain extra leverage in the field. A unique aspect of this program is Haas’ esteemed executive fellows who advise the dean on curriculum and provide guidance to students through a variety of events and programs during the year. Fellows include esteemed industry leaders like Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Jelly Industries, and John Hanke, who started Keyhole, the company that provided the foundation for Google Earth. This program can open many doors for its students, as top tech companies like Google, Apple and Amazon regularly scout Haas for recruits. F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business – Babson College San FranciscoF.W. Olin Graduate School of Business’s Blended Learning MBA is offered right in the tech startup center of San Francisco, the optimal location for landing Silicon Valley IT jobs. The Blended Learning MBA is the only MBA Olin offers on its San Francisco campus, and blends online learning with on-site classes. Olin affords students the option of pursuing one of several different “Intensity Tracks,” including Managing the Technology-intensive Enterprise. Intensity Tracks entail a series of courses combined with a specific academic experience, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. The tech-focused intensity track includes Managing Technological Innovations and Marketing High-Tech products, as well as an overview of technology law, telecommunications, biotech and pricing tech products. The track also in involves a semester-long cohort-based seminar.Edward S. Ageno School of Business – Golden Gate UniversityEdward S. Agent School of Business lets MBA students choose from a handful of concentration options, including Information Technology Management. The IT Management concentration provides the opportunity for students to gain an understanding of how IT informs business needs and enables and enhances a business’s value. In addition to offering IT management courses, this concentration zooms in on areas like using data analytics to problem-solve business hurdles, and understanding issues of security and privacy in corporations. Golden Gate University is known for its willingness to accommodate working students with a plethora of online options, and is a great choice for the many MBA’s balancing a full-time job with school. RelatedThe Berkeley-Haas MBA Career PathThree months after graduation, nearly 87 percent of University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business full-time MBA students had a job. These graduates accepted positions in a variety of industries and at a range of top companies including Adobe, Cisco, Facebook and Microsoft. And thanks to Haas’ close connection with…July 17, 2017In “Featured Home”School v. School: Berkeley Haas or UW Foster?With all the options for incredible business schools throughout the country, it can be a tall order to narrow down programs and choose the right degree for you. In our School v. School series, you can compare and contrast some of the best programs around the United States, helping to…April 23, 2018In “Featured Home”Foster School Has More MBAs Gaining Tech Employment Than Any Other B-SchoolThe University of Washington’s Foster School of Business has become the leading B-school in tech employment. According to the 2016 employment reports, more MBAs at Foster took tech jobs than at any other school—outpacing even Silicon Valley schools such as Stanford GSB and the University of California, Berkeley. In fact,…April 24, 2017In “Featured Region” Last Updated May 9, 2017 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail AI and God, from Google and Amazon – Chicago News About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.Siri, Should I Believe in God? – Mendoza Business MagazineNotre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business recently published an article that explores the shortcomings of AI-driven digital assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa when it comes to existential and religious questions.According to the article, “the overwhelming majority of youth in the digital age prefer Google searches and even disembodied voices to get the information they need about virtually everything.”The problem, according to administrative vice director at the Vatican observatory and philosophy of science expert Rev. Paul Mueller, S.J., is that “Siri, like a vanilla politician, wants to offend no one, will not challenge or provoke.” “Siri will be coy regarding religious questions, to avoid the risk of giving offense. [Digital assistants] will at most promote generic niceness, and perhaps something akin to the modern liberal values that church and state should be separate and religion should be a private affair.”David Hart, a Notre Dame philosophy of mind instructor, adds, “At this point I think that technology is altering habits of mind in a rather distressing way. If there’s a danger in computers, it’s not that they are going to become conscious, but that they’re forcing us to become unconscious.”Check out the full article here.Gies Alumni Named to Crain’s 20 in their 20s – Gies School of Business BlogCrain recently named two Gies College of Business MBA alumni—Tiesta Tea co-founder Dan Klein and Amber Agriculture founder Lucas Frye—among its 2018 Crain’s Chicago Business 20 In Their 20s.Klein writes, “We knew from the beginning that we could be successful with 20-somethings if we could demystify high-quality, loose-leaf tea. Instead of a Chinese green tea, we do a ‘Fruity Pebbles Slenderizer’ tea.” This approach has enabled Tiesta Tea to win over a “young, health-obsessed market.”Lucas Frye’s startup Amber Agriculture offers a pellet-shaped device that helps farmers monitor moisture, on which he explains the entire “ag value chain is based.” The article explains how Frye’s device works: “Toss the pellet into an avalanche of grain, whether in a storage bin or on a barge, and it tracks moisture levels. When necessary, it triggers fans for aeration.”Read the full article here.UIC Business Scholar Alleia James says “Hola” to Spain this Summer – UIC Business BlogUIC Business Scholar Alleia James writes about her upcoming study abroad experience as part of the “Business, International Relations and Spanish at the University of Deusto” program in Spain.James’ attraction to Spain is rooted in the country’s “deep history and sophisticated culture,” but the study abroad program’s integrated “company visits to Mondragon Cooperative Society, Bilbao Stock Market, and IDOM Consulting” made it a no-brainer.Financial support from the Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship, Honors College Sally and Kevin Desouza Family Scholarship, Financial Executives International Chicago Chapter Scholarship, UIC CHANCE Financial Assistance Scholarship, UISAVES Scholarship, as well as financial support via a GoFundMe campaign will facilitate James’ trip.James writes, “I am super thrilled to travel to different parts of Europe and speak to as many locals as possible! I have dreamed of walking on cobblestone sidewalks, watching Spanish La Liga football in person, visiting Gaudí’s La Pedrera, and zipling in Comares. I can’t wait to take adventures and explore Spain with my study abroad group. I hope to make lifelong friends on this trip and become more independent.”The full article can be found here. regions: Chicago RelatedEmpathy and Power, According to Northwestern Research – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. How Much Empathy Do You Feel When Powerful People Suffer? – Kellogg Insight Northwestern Kellogg assistant professor of management and organizations Nour Kteily recently co-authored new research with Cornell University assistant professor Brian Lucas…June 26, 2018In “Chicago”Better Advice, Getting Kids To Stop Drinking Soda, and More – ChicagoLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. A New Way to Persuade Kids to Drink More Water and Less Soda – Kellogg Insight Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business recently published an article that surveyed a number of strategies that…October 4, 2018In “Chicago”Rutgers Students Spark Social Entrepreneurship, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week, including Rutgers students jumping into social entrepreneurship. Artificial Intelligence Gets Real – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business Blog Artificial Intelligence is now a $20 billion global industry and investment in…February 11, 2019In “Featured Home”
regions: New York City Right after the eve of graduation, Columbia Business School formally introduced its newest essays and deadline dates for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year.Columbia Business School MBA Essays (2018-19)Goal: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters)Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long term dream job? (500 words) Essay #2: How will you take advantage of being “at the very center of business”? CBS urges those undertaking essay number two to watch this video from Dean Glenn Hubbard (250 words).Essay #3: Please provide an example of a team failure of which you have been a part. If given a second chance, what would you do differently (250 words)?Optional Essay: What else would you like to tell the Columbia admissions committee? You can use this space to provide your explanation if there any areas of concern in your own academic or personal history. This essay does not need to be traditionally formal and can include bullet points (maximum 500 words).Columbia Business School MBA Deadlines (2018-19)Early Decision (January) – October 3, 2018Merit-Based Deadline – January 4, 2019Final Regular Decision – April 10, 2019 RelatedThe Lehigh Expo, Columbia Stats, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Lehigh Expo Showcases Students’ Creativity – Lehigh College of Business & Economics Blog As part of the recent Lehigh University College of Business and Economics School Expo, nearly 600 Lehigh students across…May 30, 2018In “Featured Home”Emory / Goizueta MBA Essay Topics 2016-2017The Emory University admissions committee has posted the Goizueta MBA essay topics for the school’s full-time MBA Program. Applicants are asked to respond to four brief required prompts. The adcom also offers an optional essay. The prompts for this year’s application remain unchanged from the prior year. However, re-applicants are asked to answer…June 6, 2016In “Essay tips”Rice / Jones MBA Essay Topics and Deadlines 2016-2017The Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business admissions committee has announced the Jones MBA essay topics and deadlines for applicants targeting the Full-Time MBA Class of 2019. Jones MBA applicants will respond to two required essays as well as an optional essay. Reapplicants to the program are required to complete an additional Reapplicant Essay.…June 10, 2016In “Admissions Tips” Columbia Business School Reveals 2018-19 Essays and Deadlines About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Last Updated May 22, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail
Last Updated Dec 18, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Real Humans of the York University Schulich School of Business A half century after the opening of the York University Faculty of Administrative Studies (FAS), the York Schulich School of Business in Toronto continues to shape the Canadian MBA landscape.The business school, which was officially renamed in 1995 after a receiving sizable donation from esteemed Montreal philanthropist and entrepreneur Seymour Schulich, has earned a substantial track record of firsts in Canada, including: the country’s first MBA Arts & Media Administration specialization; MBA/LLB; Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program; International MBA; Financial Services Program; Financial Engineering specialization; and the first multi-national EMBA program with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.Of course, the history of a school may paint an overall setting, but it hardly tells the story of a current, individual student in the program. York Schulich MBAs stand out among many of Toronto’s stellar business schools, typically enrolling with a GMAT score of 660 and five years of professional work experience. As well, the York Schulich international community is well-represented, at 32 percent of the overall MBA class.According to recent employment statistics provided by the school, Schulich MBAs typically earn about $91,500 CAD per year after earning their degree. In addition, about 89 percent of graduates earn employment just three months after graduating. Most grads earn roles in finance (23 percent), with marketing/sales (20 percent) and operations (18 percent) following closely.To get a better feel for what life is really like for current York Schulich MBAs, we talked to a handful of students, including the manager of a long-standing luxury jewelry store, a theater major and performer, and a commercial lawyer looking for a brand new career challenge. Read on to see their stories and what the future may hold for life after an MBA. Page 1 of 41234» regions: Toronto RelatedTop International/Global Business MBAs in TorontoToday’s economy is more globalized than ever, so to prepare the next wave of business leaders to take on the new challenges this economy can create, more top business schools are offering international or global MBA programs. Students enrolled in international or global MBA programs master global issues through specialized…March 27, 2017In “Featured Region”Earning an MBA in Toronto Without the Full-Time CommitmentDespite the substantial benefits of earning an MBA, for many professionals, the idea of taking an extended detour while they earn their degree may be impractical or even impossible. An accelerated MBA allows motivated students to bring their new knowledge and qualifications to the workforce more quickly. For those Toronto-bound…August 9, 2017In “Accelerated MBA”The Top Finance MBAs in TorontoThe finance industry has always gone hand-in-hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS TopMBA.com ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report.’ The Toronto…December 22, 2016In “Featured Home” About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman