Embattled Bryant Street Project Clears Hurdle

first_img Ethics Complaint for 2000 Bryant St. by MissionLocal on Scribd A controversial, frequently delayed housing project on Bryant Street was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, but still faces one last hurdle on Wednesday when it comes before another city panel for a hearing. “I believe that on balance, this neighborhood is better off having this project approved than not,” said Supervisor David Campos of the proposed 330-unit at 2000–2070 Bryant St. The project has been delayed for years and would involve a split site with two buildings. It would have 191 units of market-rate housing and 139 units of below-market rate housing total.“The question for me is: Can we afford to say no to as many as 139 units of affordable housing? I don’t believe we can,” Campos said.During public comment before the Board of Supervisors, opponents of the project repeated what has become a mantra in hearings on market-rate housing projects in the Mission District: the project will exacerbate gentrification and lead to more displacement in the neighborhood. Tags: Bryant Street • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% “The Mission is slowly fading into the sunset,” said Marie Sorenson, a member of the neighborhood association Calle 24. She and others said that an influx of wealthy tenants — those that could afford the market-rate units in developer Nick Podell’s building — would put upward pressure on existing rents in the neighborhood and force more tenants and businesses out. Others said that change was already happening and happening fast.“I don’t think the Mission is slowly fading into the sunset,” said Rick Hall, who spoke after Sorenson. “I think it’s being driven there at a rapid rate.”The nearly block-long development at 2000 Bryant St. has been in the works since 2013, when Podell pitched the idea of a market-rate housing project in the industrial northeastern section of the Mission District.The project faced strong backlash from local activists, who managed to delay it in late 2015 and delayed it again in May, when the project went before the Planning Commission for approval. That final delay pushed Podell to give part of his land to the city for affordable housing so that it could finance and build up to 136 units of below-market-rate housing next to the 191-unit market-rate building. The market-rate building would have three additional units of below-market-rate housing, resulting in some 40 percent affordable for the project.The affordable project would go to eight stories, while the market-rate project would go to six. A fifth of the units in the affordable project would be reserved for formerly homeless families, and the rest would be reserved for those making up to 55 percent of area median income, or $53,300 for a family of three.A rendition of the market-rate building at 2000 Bryant St. Courtesy of Nick Podell.The new plan was approved on June 2, but activists were still opposed, pledging to appeal the project to both the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals, where it goes on Wednesday.On Tuesday, despite an attempt by appellants to kill the development by showing that its environmental review was inadequate, the Board of Supervisors voted 11–0 after a four-hour hearing to overturn the appeal and proceed with the project.Most of those opposed to the project said that the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan — which governs environmental review of developments in the eastern portion of the city — was outdated, since it was developed in 2008 before the tech boom. They said the plan anticipated up to 2,054 units in the Mission District by 2025, not the 2,451 units currently in the pipeline for the neighborhood.“We are currently experiencing an unprecedented boom in housing production in San Francisco,” said Peter Papadopoulos, citing “negative health impacts” to local residents caused by long commutes by tech workers to Silicon Valley, private shuttles, and boutique businesses that cater to the wealthy.Some supervisors, for their part, agreed that the plan was outdated.“The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan is constantly called into question,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen when talking to city staff. “Why the heck are we using it? Why do we continue to use the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan when it’s outdated?”Staff said use of a plan was mandated by state law, and that the only way to use other guidelines would be to replace the current plan — which took seven years to develop — with a new one. Cohen said she would look to do just that.The Mayor’s Office of Housing, for its part, also sought to quell criticism that the city would not have the funding to develop the affordable housing project, letting the affordable half of the site lie vacant while the market-rate half is built.Opponents of the Bryant Street project have pointed to 1296 Shotwell St. as an example of the long delays involved in other land dedications. There, the developer of the Vida Apartments project at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets gave land to the city for affordable housing construction in 2013, but the affordable project on the site has still not broken ground.Olson Lee, the director of the housing office, said in a letter that the affordable housing site at 2070 Bryant St. would be delivered “shovel-ready” and could be expedited through the approval process. The city has already earmarked $30 million for the project, Lee added. Opponents also tried filing an ethics complaint, included below, against a staff person at the Mayor’s Office of Housing on Tuesday, a complaint that will be addressed by the Ethics Commission but that a city attorney said on Tuesday had little basis in fact.On Wednesday, the project will go before the Board of Appeals, where it faces its final hurdle before it can begin construction.Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the market-rate unit count as 196, not 191. Letter on Funding and Timeline for Affordable Housing at 2070 Bryant St. by MissionLocal on Scribd 0%last_img read more

ST HELENS have announced the signing of 23yearol

first_imgST HELENS have announced the signing of 23-year-old utility forward Mark Flanagan on a two-year deal for 2012 and 13.Flanagan was formerly with Wigan Warriors and is currently in his second year at Wests Tigers in Sydney.Saints Coach Royce Simmons stated: “I coached Mark previously at Wests Tigers. He is a very good young British player who has benefited from his time in the NRL.“He has an excellent attitude both on and off the field. He is tough and versatile, can play in the middle or on an edge and can cover at hooker if need be.“He is a good addition to our squad for next year.”Oldham-born Flanagan played for Wigan from 2007 to 2009 before making his NRL debut for Wests in March 2010 against Manly.Since then he has made 22 appearances, scoring two tries.last_img read more

Ticket

first_imgYou can still reserve your tickets online here up until 5pm today while stocks last. There are mostly just single seats remaining in most blocks with some additional tickets still remaining in unallocated Bronze blocks.There will be limited cash turnstiles on the evening on a first-come first served basis in the Totally Wicked North Stand blocks NH and NI – tickets in these blocks will not be available from the Ticket Office.Any remaining tickets from other areas including South block SB, will be available at the Ticket Office while stocks last. We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets remaining before kick-off so we advise fans to secure theirs before gates open at 6pm.Those fans who have purchased their match tickets already and not yet collected them are advised to arrive early to avoid potential queues at the ticket collection point. Please note all PRE-BOUGHT match tickets can be collected from the Ticket Collection point only, which is located next to the ticket office.Please also be advised that the ticket office is only for purchases made on the evening and for collection of any 2019 Membership cards.The game will kick off at 7:45pm with gates open from 6pm.last_img read more

Good time and good cause MDA Toast of Life Gala

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We are just days away from your chance to get dressed up, have a good time and support a good cause.MDA is hosting its 3rd Annual Toast to Life Gala Friday night.- Advertisement – Doctor Alyson Hommel, a neurologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, spoke with WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick about the event Monday on Good Evening Wilmington.The black tie event is to raise awareness and provide help and hope to families living with Muscular Dystrophy.  Proceeds will assist the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Eastern Carolinas Chapter in funding MDA’s local, free, fully-adaptive summer camp program for children with neuromuscular diseases.The MDA Toast to Life Gala is Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Downtown Wilmington.Related Article: 16 dog food brands may cause heart disease in pets, FDA warnsFor more tickets, click here.last_img read more

Caught on camera Suspect tries to break into Oak Island home

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Surveillance cameras were rolling at a Oak Island home when a man attempted to break inside early this morning. Now, Oak Island Police need your help identifying the suspect.The person in the videos attempted to break into the home in the 200 block of West Dolphin Drive around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police say they were not able to get in.The suspect appears to have a tattoo on his right bicep and was possibly in a small white car.- Advertisement – If you know any information, please contact the Oak Island Police Department.last_img read more

Theater music and boat show on tap for weekend fun

first_img “It’s kind of a mystery drama, so you don’t really know what happened,” said StarNews Feature Writer John Staton. “The nun talks to a psychologist and the Mother Superior gets involved to protect the nun.”Another production begins this weekend called Shakespeare Inc. It is a comedy play that questions if William Shakespeare really did write all those works of art. The play will be performed every Friday and Saturday night through October 6 at the TheatreNow located at 19 S. 10th Street. Since this is a dinner-theatre show, they will also serve a British-inspired dinner.“There’s great food over there as well and Chef Denise Gordon always cooks up something special for their shows,” Staton said.Related Article: Wilmington Boat Show to draw thousandsThis is also the last weekend of Violet at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. The musical, presented by the Opera House Theatre Company, is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim, a short story by North Carolina writer Doris Betts, that follows a young girl disfigured during childhood on her journey to Oklahoma. You can follow Violet’s journey too, with showings beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.If music is more your thing, there are lots of offerings this weekend. Phillip Phillips, the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012, will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.“He has one of the biggest-selling hits called ‘Home’ that came off the show and I imagine Greenfield Lake will be packed out Friday night,” Staton said.Chris Isaak performs at Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington on Sunday, 7 p.m.“Known for his songs ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Baby Did A Bad Thing,’ Isaak combines that rockabilly vibe with a little more of a updated, cool hip thing and he’s been around for a long time,” Staton said.The Dew Drops, a country-western band, will perform Friday night at the Satellite. They play many of the songs made famous by Buck Owens, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams.“They’ve been around Wilmington for a really long time playing different kinds of music and the Dew Drops are about as good as it gets,” Staton added.If you prefer strolling along the historic Wilmington waterfront, you’ll see lots of yachts here for the annual Wilmington Boat Show which runs Friday through Sunday. According to the show’s website, it is the largest of its kind between Annapolis, MD, and Tampa, FL. You’ll be able to see the boats at the Port City Marina, Pier 33 and the Wilmington Convention Center.For comedy lovers, Comedian Nate Craig will be at the Dead Crow. Craig is a nationally-recognized comedian known for his feature on MTV’s “Acting Out,” and his time writing for MTV’s “Ridiculousness.”“He’s kind of a mean comic, he makes fun of people in a funny way but true,” Staton said. “He’s been on Comedy Central and hitting all the late-night shows, he’s good.”Craig performs Friday and Saturday with showtimes at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re in the mood to see a suspenseful play about a nun that secretly gives birth to a child or to check out one of the largest boat shows on the East Coast, Wilmington is the place to be this weekend.‘Agnes of God,’ a play by Big Dawg Productions, opens this weekend at Cape Fear Playhouse. The drama is set at a convent and the plot focuses on a nun named Agnes who secretly gives birth to a baby.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds of swine lost in Pender County farm fire

first_img Crews from Penderlea, Shiloh, Atkinson and Harrells battled the blaze.Unfortunately all of the swine within the structure were killed according to the Deputy Fire Marshal. There was estimate to be more than 500 hogs in the operation according to Elixson.The fire remains under investigation. The total cost in damage as well as the cause is unknown as of Sunday evening. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The cause of a fire that killed hundreds of swine in Pender County remains unknown tonight.Deputy Fire Marshal Josh Elixson says multiple crews responded to the farm early Saturday morning. Penderlea Fire Department says the fire happened at a hog farm operation along Bulltail Road in between Harrells and Ivanhoe.- Advertisement – last_img read more

4th and final suspect pleads guilty in 2017 driveby shooting

first_img As a result, Jones got an active prison sentence of 10-14 years.Prosecutors say on June 9, 2017, witnesses said a Nissan Altima with four people inside pulled up in front of a home in East Arcadia and shot at the house. Before speeding away, the suspects’ shots hit two occupied vehicles. Two people were each shot once shot in the leg. Law enforcement recovered 27 shell casings at the scene.The victims were rushed to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where they were treated for their gunshot wounds and released.Related Article: In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agentBladen County deputies responding to a 911 call about the shooting quickly located the suspect vehicle. Investigators say that led to a high-speed chase through the county. Dash cam video of the chase showed the suspect vehicle slowing down before Jones and another co-defendant got out and ran off. The vehicle then accelerated again. Deputies later stopped the vehicle and arrested the two remaining occupants.A K-9 unit found Jones at a nearby mobile home still wearing the same clothes that he wore as he got out of the vehicle.The other co-defendants in the case, Trent Martin, Jamie Powell and Phil Wilson previously entered guilty pleas in the case and each also received an active prison sentence. Donte Jones (Photo: Bladen Co. District Attorney’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Clarkton man will spend at least the next decade behind bars after pleading guilty to a 2017 drive-by shooting.The District Attorney’s Office says Donte Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle moments before his trial was scheduled to start in Bladen County Superior Court today.- Advertisement – last_img read more

2131 persons asked for asylum in 2018

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 A police immigration officer talks to migrants sitting on the ground as they wait for police buses to take them away to camps, after they disembarked from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiA police immigration officer talks to migrants sitting on the ground as they wait for police buses to take them away to camps, after they disembarked from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at its base in Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta, Malta May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi A total of 16 boat landings including persons air lifted from sea were recorded in Malta 2018. A total number of 1,445 persons with the majority of them being citizens of African countries were brought to Maltese shores.The statistics were published by the National Statistics Office ahead of World Refugee Day which is observed on 20 June and during which awareness is raised about the plight of refugees around the world.2,131 applications were filed with the Office of the Refugee Commissioner during 2018. This amounted to 15.9% over the previous year. 12.5% of the applications were filed in October while the least number of applications were filed in February with 5.9%.On a closer look at the data one finds that 460 applications lodged with the Office of the Refugee Commissioner were coming from minors aged 0-17, out of which 257 were males and 203 were females. The largest band was for those aged between 18-34 with 1,369 applications,  mostly filed by men (1,189 against 180 filed by females).55 persons from Europe have applied for asylum. The applicants hailed from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine while 2 applicants hailed from other European countries. 1,283 persons applied for asylum from African countries, while 46 persons applied for asylum where from the American continent. Applicants from the Asian continent included Syrians (486), Bangladeshis (151), Chinese including people from Hong Kong (6), Mongolians (4) among others.22.8% of the applications received in 2018 were from persons whose country of origin is Syria. 15% were from persons whose country of origin is Somalia, closely followed by 14.5% persons whose country of origin is Libya, followed by Sudan (8.2%) and Bangladesh (7.1).43.1% were granted a positive decision at first instanceOf the applications received in 2018, 43.1% were granted a positive decision at first instance while the remaining applications were rejected. 35.8% of those who were granted protection status in 2018 were from Syria, followed by Libya (34.5%), Eritrea (12.1%), Somalia (5.6%) and Nigeria (2.5%).center_img More than 70 million fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018 – UNHCRThe number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This was the highest level that UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency has witnessed in its almost 70 years.Almost 70.8 million persons around the world are now forcibly displaced according to data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. This means an increase of 2.3 million persons over 2017, and double the level of 20 years.UN High Commissioner for Refugee Filippo Grandi said that “What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution. While language around migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity by communities who are themselves hosting large number of refugees.” Grandi remarked that an unprecedented engagement by new actors is also being observed, “which not only reflects but also delivers the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees”.Grandi further stated that one must build on these positive examples and redouble solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes on a daily basis.WhatsApplast_img read more

New Ecumenical Commission set up in Gozo

first_imgGozo Bishop Mario Grech announced the setting up of an Ecumenical Commission on Gozo. He delivered the announcement last Monday, at ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, on the occasion of a Marian year.The representatives for the Commission are  Mgr. Ġużepp Attard, Ecumenical Vicar for Laity, and Canon John Muscat.In his message, Mgr. Grech stated that he had a deep yearning to meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. He stressed that it has become essential, in this day and age, that Christians seek each other for sustenance and to be witnesses to the world around them.With this in mind, he explained that the commission is to prove a forum for Christians to help each other while facing existential crises. He stressed that it is his wish that the Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.Bishop Grech recalled the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, due to the scene’s resonance; he said that in it, God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth.In this, one can appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies.The message, in fullMARY, MOTHER OF UNITYI had a deep yearning that during this Marian year I meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. I believe that in today’s age, it is essential that we Christians seek each other to firstly sustain ourselves as we follow Christ and also to be as witnesses to the world around us. I am convinced that many in our midst are seeking that which can fill their hearts and in this quest they ask both philosophical and theological questions. As neighbours living on the same island, I believe, that albeit our limitations, we Christians have a significant proposition that we can offer them.With this in mind, recently I have set up an ecumenical commission in Gozo. Even though I took this initiative in my role as Catholic bishop, I do not have any claim of authority on the work of this commission. It is my wish that we create a forum where we Christian brothers and sisters help each other when facing the existential crises that surround us. It is my ardent desire that this Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.On this occasion, I suggest that we meditate the icon of the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. This scene is resonant with profound meaning because in it we can see that God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth. These two women bless and help each other.The story of the visitation thus helps us to appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies. For example, I have a longing that we understand the Anglican and Orthodox Mariology. Whilst it is true that this can be easily done by going through books, I am convinced that no book can compare to the real-life experience of faith and love that you live. “It is the very aim of the “dialogues” to enable one to discern the differences in them that could separate them out from those which are acceptable or which even constitute an enrichment for every Church. In this encounter there could be a divine surprise! As between Elizabeth and Mary, the Churches have experienced in ecumenical dialogue the help offered by the Holy Spirit who makes it possible to recognize the faith that leads to the heart of Jesus as Christ and Lord in the other Church too, a true and just faith, expressed with different words and coherences” (Elisabeth Parmentier, An image of Ecumenism”, L’Osservatore Romano 2, May, 2016).We ceaselessly pray that Mary helps us in this fresh ecumenical experience that we are launching in Gozo. One crucial insight that the Catholic Church acquired during Vatican Council II was that Mary is not only the Mother of God, but she is also a disciple of Christ. Her life was a pilgrimage of faith and thus she is our sister in our discipleship as we follow Jesus. The motto that we have chosen for this Marian year – Let us not be afraid to welcome Mary into our lives – aptly fits our ecumenical course. She, who is the Mother of unity amongst Christians, will lead us to stronger relations amongst ourselves. “Just as Mary’s presence in the early community fostered oneness of heart, which prayer strengthened and made visible (cf. Acts 1:14), so the most intense communion with her whom Augustine called the ‘Mother of unity’ (Sermo 192, 2; PL 38, 1013) will be able to bring Christians to the point of enjoying the long-awaited gift of ecumenical unity” (John Paul II, 12th Nov., 1997).WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

AndroidChrome OS Merger Might Be Teased a Head of Googles October 4th

first_imgnexus-2016. Image Credit: amaziness.net Advertisement Google last week officially announced October 4 as the date they will unveil its much anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones which be running on the company’s latest Android OS, Android 7.1 Nougat, and do away with the Nexus brand.Asides from that, a recent tweet by Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS & Play at Google indicated that there might be something even much bigger in the offing at least, speculation has begun on this front.According to Android Police, the tweet may be referring to the much-rumored and oft-denied project reportedly code-named ‘Andromeda‘ at Google, which is said to be an attempt to push Android onto the laptop and convertible form factor.We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016 – Advertisement – The company is now expected to tease or unveil Andromeda at its October 4 event, while the launch will still be sometime next year, Android Police reports.9to5Google also reports a citing an unnamed person who claims that the Andromeda is being tested on the two-year-old Nexus 9 tablet. The publication has also several mentions of Andromeda within the Android 7.0 Nougat AOSP source code.Nexus 9 tablet. Image Credit: Gadgets 360 NewsOne of these mentions thought to be a tool to measure graphics performance shows that Andromeda requires a device with a graphic performance score of at least 8.0, which is quite above the Android requirement of 4.0. While testing Andromeda on HTC Nexus 9, the score went up to 8.8 a score that is above Google’s own minimum requirements.[related-posts]Another mention, “Detect Andromeda devices by having free-form window management feature,” specifically mentioning one of Android 7.0 Nougat’s highlight features.Source: Gadgets 360 Newslast_img read more

Facebooks 3rd quarter revenue is over 7 billion

first_imgAdvertisement Social media giant Facebook has reported its third quarter earnings today, with a more than 50 percent increase over the same period last year.The company brought in $7.1 billion, with a net income of $2.37 billion, which is a massive increase of more than 165 percent compared to its profit for the same period in 2015.The company at the moment has over a billion people on mobile alone everyday. – Advertisement – 84 percent of its ad revenue for the quarter came in from advertising.Third Quarter 2016 Operational HighlightsDaily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.18 billion on average for September 2016, an increase of 17% year-over-year.Mobile DAUs – Mobile DAUs were 1.09 billion on average for September 2016, an increase of 22% year-over-year.Monthly active users (MAUs) – MAUs were 1.79 billion as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 16% year-over-year.Mobile MAUs – Mobile MAUs were 1.66 billion as of September 30, 2016, an increase of 20% year-over-year.Third Quarter 2016 Other Financial HighlightsMobile advertising revenue – Mobile advertising revenue represented approximately 84% of advertising revenue for the third quarter of 2016, up from approximately 78% of advertising revenue in the third quarter of 2015.Capital expenditures – Capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2016 were $1.10 billion.Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities – Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities were $26.14 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2016.last_img read more

Rice power grid and flooding experts available to discuss Irene

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mike.williams@rice.eduRice power grid and flooding experts available to discuss IreneRice University civil and environmental engineering experts are available to discuss power grid and flooding issues that could arise from Hurricane Irene. Irene is expected to affect the Carolinas at 2 a.m. EDT Saturday and New York at 2 a.m. Sunday, and is predicted to move into New England shortly thereafter.Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, said, “Power outages caused by debris-induced failures at the distribution level of the grid are very likely because of the wind speeds that Irene will impose in the East and Northeast.” He said besides wind speed, rainfall and associated debris, outages are also influenced by the amount of overhead lines, pole-mounted transformers, switches and other exposed equipment, whose density in the areas in the path of Irene is higher than in other hurricane-prone areas such as the Gulf Coast.  “The key question now is not whether outages will occur (because they will), but rather how quickly can utility companies assess damage and initiate restoration activities,” Dueñas-Osorio said. “Rapid assessment and restoration is essential to prevent cascading effects to other infrastructure systems, such as telecommunication, water distribution and transportation systems. The effect of interdependencies is not well-understood yet, while our society and infrastructure are becoming more interlinked. Many stakeholders will be paying attention to how their systems get affected by other utilities and how they affect other systems and users, particularly during the service-restoration process.”Dueñas-Osorio said that emerging technologies within the smart grid or smart-utility concepts will be tested in the limited areas they have been deployed and will provide insight on how such technologies help to expedite damage assessment and restoration prioritization.   Phil Bedient, professor of civil engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center is available to discuss flooding issues. Bedient is one of the country’s most noted experts on hydrology and urban flooding. His fourth edition textbook, “Hydrology and Flood Plain Analysis,” is used in more than 70 universities, and he has worked for more than a decade to create and refine the Internet-based Flood Alert System (FAS) that warns of impending floods in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Thanks to FAS, there was no loss of life in the 6,000-bed medical complex during severe floods from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, which caused more than $2 billion in damage. Bedient was widely quoted when Hurricane Ike, the last major storm to hit the United States, struck Galveston and Houston in 2008. Ike became the third-costliest hurricane in the nation’s history.To schedule an interview with Dueñas-Osorio or Bedient, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations, at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327. Over the weekend, Ruth may be contacted at 612-702-9473.  FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert Crudeoil production increase a risky strategy for Saudi Arabia

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Baker Institute expert: Crude-oil production increase a risky strategy for Saudi ArabiaHOUSTON — (Sept. 12, 2017) — A number of factors are pushing Saudi Arabia to raise its crude-oil production capacity, but the wide range of potential outcomes suggests that such an increase is a risky strategy for the kingdom — and the global environment, according to a new article by an expert from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityMost notably, a rise in Saudi crude-oil output could trigger a damaging period of global oversupply, said Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies in the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies. This glut could be exacerbated by future carbon taxes and other policy restrictions on fossil fuels, he said.Krane outlined his insights in “Beyond 12.5: The Implications of an Increase in Saudi Crude-Oil Production Capacity,” which was published in the journal Energy Policy. The article discusses rationales and pressures for raising Saudi Arabia’s oil production capacity, namely growing domestic demand for oil, a spate of investments in refineries inside and outside the kingdom and the threat of peak global oil demand. It also analyzes signs that point to an increase and the potential risks and outcomes.As recently as 2015, Saudi energy officials dismissed suggestions that the kingdom would seek to raise its crude-oil production capacity above its theoretical maximum of 12.5 million barrels per day, Krane said. However, that stance has evolved. Public statements from officials at Saudi Aramco — operating since May 2016 under a new oil minister — indicate that the company expects to increase oil production above recent historic highs, he said. Further ahead, the company is considering investments to increase its capacity beyond the current maximum 12.5 million threshold.Reasons for an increase include:An increase in oil demand inside the kingdom as well as globally since late 2014.The perception that non-OPEC producers have recently deferred so much capital investment that if oil markets tighten in the future, it could trigger a damaging price shock.Saudi Arabia’s spare oil production capacity has eroded, in particular due to recent downstream investments that, combined with other demand sources, could challenge the kingdom’s capability to continue as a dominant global supplier of raw crude oil.Longer term, future demand could be undermined by climate-driven disincentives to oil and the emergence of substitute fuels and technologies. Worries about premature peaking of global oil demand could incentivize stepped-up production and shorter-term depletion strategies.“Perhaps the biggest (risk) is that additional Saudi capacity will not be needed and the investment will be unproductive,” Krane wrote. “Overcapacity could also undercut oil prices and perhaps encourage a long-term equilibrium of lower prices based on higher market exposure to low Saudi production costs. In theory, higher oil production also shortens the time horizon to full depletion. BP estimates that at current rates of production, the kingdom’s reported reserves base will last 59 years. An increase in production would push forward that figure, which could reduce oil-funded subsidies for future generations of Saudi citizens.”Krane said an output increase would also affect the ultimate tally of cumulative oil revenue collected by the Saudi government. “If a glut caused oil prices to drop past the point offset by higher export volumes, the kingdom would be worse off,” he wrote. “In short, policymakers must weigh whether the risk of a loss in revenue is outweighed by the risk of stranded assets. Post-initial public offering (by Saudi Aramco), future shareholders may also balk at a huge capital investment program, particularly if the outlays interfered with short-term returns or dividend payments.”Perhaps most worrying, a rise in Saudi crude-oil output could trigger a damaging period of global oversupply, Krane said. “A glut could be exacerbated by future carbon taxes and other policy restrictions on fossil fuels,” he wrote. “This could play out in a number of ways. It might deter Saudi competitors from investing in higher-cost resources, pushing more expensive oil out of the market. It could also signal to other producers that the risk of stranded assets is serious enough to warrant accelerated monetization of in-ground resources. A glut of cheap crude oil would undercut conservation initiatives as well as competing technologies and energy sources, including those associated with lower carbon emissions. Thus a decision to raise Saudi production capacity could generate consequences that trigger the ‘green paradox‘: enhancing the attractiveness of oil, delaying the peaking of crude-oil demand and intensifying damage to the climate.“In the long term, the oil business appears to be moving toward a period of increasing risk,” Krane said. “Oil producers understand that the imperative of reducing emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases endangers the leading position of fossil fuels in the global energy balance. An array of policy obstacles and investment disincentives is creating hurdles for the fossil fuel sector. While a compatible replacement for oil-fueled transportation does not yet exist, the threat of climate change compels individuals and governments to work toward oil substitutes, irrespective of prices. This understanding ought to prompt some holders of large reserves to try to monetize those resources on an accelerated pace, lest they lose value or become stranded. Recent statements and actions within the Saudi oil sector suggest that these threats are being taken seriously. Regardless, the costs and risks inherent in raising production capacity render the outcomes uncertain.”-30-For more information, to schedule an interview with Krane or to receive a copy of the article, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Beyond 12.5: The Implications of an Increase in Saudi Crude-Oil Production Capacity”: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421517305505.Krane bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/jim-kraneKrane on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jimkrane @jimkraneFollow 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

The Potential Impacts of Net Neutrality on Higher Education

first_img F.C.C. Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision last week to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which inhibited ISPs from paid prioritization and interfering with users’ online experiences, could have widespread implications beyond the speed of your Netflix stream.A host of critics argue that the controversial new initiative essentially deregulates the Internet from a governmental vantage point and gives ISPs (internet service providers) free reign to control what you see as they see fit. That could mean offering fast lanes to the highest bidder—at the consumer’s expense, naturally—or censoring any content that might be remotely critical of, say, AT&T’s political position.Pai believes the repeal will foster competition and ultimately benefit consumers. “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas,” he told the NY Times after the F.C.C. cast its final votes on December 14. The vote split directly on party lines, with Republican commissioners winning by a count of 3-2. After the vote was concluded, Mignon Clyburn, one of the two Democratic commissioners to vote no on the new provisions, said, “I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged. “Outraged, because the F.C.C. pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”F.C.C. Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo via AP/Jacquelyn MartinIn terms of public relations, ISPs appear conflicted about which foot to lead with. According to Wired, in the months leading up to the repeal, Comcast publicly shared a net neutrality pledge and then quietly removed it once the votes were concluded, while Verizon promised not to open up fast lanes when it “already blocks mobile subscribers from accessing high-resolution video streams unless they upgrade to more expensive plans.”It’s clear that this F.C.C. decision is a crippling blow to the utopian promise of the Internet, whose innovations were outgrowths of a level playing field. Netflix voiced disappointment last Friday, in which the company said “innovators, large and small, to oppose this misguided F.C.C. order.”Consumer advocates are deeply concerned about the repeal’s impact on higher education, particularly in a moment where educators increasingly rely on YouTube lectures, video-chat services, and distance learning applications for their curricula.There’s a scene in Werner Herzog’s 2016 documentary“Lo and Behold” in which he interviews Udacity founder and Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun about a robotics seminar, which was made available to the general public through open courseware technology. Two-hundred Stanford students enrolled in the class along with 160,000 students from the “open world.” Upon realizing that the highest achieving Stanford student ranked 413rd overall, Thrun remarked, “My God, for every great Stanford student, there are 412 amazingly great, even better students in the world.”In an interview with Wired, Washington State University Vancouver’s Mike Caulfield explains, “Killing net neutrality will throw us back to the Dark Ages and the people that is likely to hurt most are actually rural populations that don’t have face-to-face access.”In an interview with EdWeek, Consortium for School Networking Executive Director Keith Krueger explained matter-of-factly, “School systems will now face a bleak reality: reduced choices, higher prices, and fewer innovative tools.”The introduction of “slow lanes” has the potential to impact peer-to-peer interactions like videoconferencing, as well as institution-wide adoptions of cloud-based models. Caufield explains, “Science or programming courses might require students to download large data sets that, if relegated to a slow lane, would take a prohibitive amount of time to download, or could help burn through data caps.”There is a more pervasive worry that “education companies that rely on relatively fast delivery of content to schools could lose out to deep-pocketed vendors that can afford to pay internet service providers more for faster, higher-quality access,” according to an EdWeek article.In a captivating Medium entry, Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, says that while changes to how Americans use the internet might not change right away, it will likely affect the amount of resources available to students who utilize online education.“Online education was built, and sold to stakeholders, on the premise of affordable, accessible internet access,” Cottom writes.“The concern is that companies tend to want to maximize profit. It isn’t hard to imagine telecom companies allowing companies who can pay for premium internet space to skew what is and is not available on the internet.”Cottom telegraphs what she calls the “doomsday predictions”: charging escalating prices for basic internet consumption, leaving poorer, disadvantaged users with worse options. And that, Cottom explains, doesn’t even consider the potential socio-political ramifications. “For many, the end of net neutrality also means the regulation-by-capital of online spaces where minority groups shut out of traditional media, politics, and economies have thrived (albeit always at the precipice of precarity),” she says.Other critics, such as University of Michigan professor Kentaro Toyama, in an recent interview with EdSurge, says that the issue was not the repeal vote, but the “already eroding” nature of the internet itself. “Technical systems are predominantly paid for and operated by private companies, which exert a lot of control,” he notes.Indeed, before the vote, some of the largest ISPs were already practicing speed-throttling tactics, such as Comcast’s “unlimited” phone data plans that slow down after 20GB of use, and Verizon, which was caught earlier this year slowing down user speed.But when it comes to higher education, Toyama is not worried. “Though there might be some marginal impact on the degree to which online courses like mine could be viewed by any given student, it is unlikely to be at a level noticeable by the average user,” he says.The F.C.C. responded in defense of their new initiative that ISPs will have to publicly disclose any practices that block or throttle access to online resources, but Ed-tech advocates believe these so-called “transparency requirements” will simply force education officials to accept whatever terms are placed in front of them. 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 regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedGraziadio Professor Explores Net Neutrality From Both SidesPepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management Professor Nelson Granados recently published an article in Forbes, in which he delved into both sides of the net neutrality argument. Granados has earned a Ph.D. in Information and Decision Sciences and an MBA from Carlson School of Management. His piece jumps into…June 2, 2017In “Featured Region”Fortune Features Wharton Prof’s Insight on Net NeutralityNewly appointed Federal Communication Commission chairman Ajit Pai spoke last week at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., in which he fiercely criticized net neutrality rules. Pai expressed his opposition to the “ … heavy-handed regulations,” of the Title II classification, which prevents paid prioritization of bandwidth. Pai’s goal of lifting…May 5, 2017In “Featured Region”Smith MBA Students Come in Second at Rutgers-Camden Case CompetitionA team of MBAs representing the Smith School of Business finished runner-up in Rutgers-Camden Business Schools MBA Invitational Case Tournament. The University of Western Ontario won the competition while other participating schools include the University of South Carolina, the University of Western Ontario, and the Smith School, which has participated…September 19, 2014In “Featured Region”center_img Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail The Potential Impacts of Net Neutrality on Higher Educationlast_img read more

Kentucky Officer Shoots Suspect Who Refused to Show Hands Following Car Chase

first_imgBrandon Moses (KENTUCKY STATE POLICE) US Share this article Share Kentucky Officer Shoots Suspect Who Refused to Show Hands Following Car Chase By Jack Phillips July 24, 2017 Updated: July 24, 2017center_img A police officer shot and wounded a man in Kentucky for refusing to show a hand that he was holding behind his back as he approached officers.Trooper Shane Jacobs identified the suspect as 29-year-old Brandon Moses of Bledsoe, Kentucky, according to a release from the Kentucky State Police on Sunday, July 23, as CBS News reported.After Moses was shot, he was listed in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.In the incident, police in Barboursville, located 100 miles south of Lexington, pursued Moses’s vehicle in a high-speed chase, WTVQ reported. He eventually pulled into a Rite Aid parking lot before he got out of the vehicle and grabbed a bystander. Then, he let the person go and approached officers with one hand behind his back.Moses allegedly threatened to kill officers, CBS News reported.When officers commanded him to show his hand, he didn’t respond. Officer Adam Townsley then shot him, wounding him.Jacobs, in the statement, said that both Moses and Townsley are white.The department said that the three officers responding to the shooting were placed on administrative leave, which is a routine procedure after a shooting.None of the officers were hurt. The Kentucky State Police is investigating the incident.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Metallicas Lars Ulrich Recalls the First Time He Heard Linkin Parks Chester

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article US Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Recalls the First Time He Heard Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Sing By NTD Television August 1, 2017 Updated: August 1, 2017 Chester Bennington at iHeartRadio Theater. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) center_img Share Show Discussion Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich praised the late Chester Bennington two days after his funeral. He paid homage to the rare personality that the Linkin Park frontman exhibited in the world of the rock musician.“Chester was a very kind, and very unassuming, and very gentle soul who had a really big heart,” said Ulrich in an interview on radio station 95.5 KLOS, in Los Angeles. He remembers the first time he ever heard Bennington sing, after Linkin Park’s first album “Hybrid Theory” was released. “The first time I heard Linkin Park just singing those songs on the first album, when was it, in ’99 or 2000, the power that came out of him was just unbelievable. It was so original and so unique. He was one of those singers that has that rare gift where every word that comes out of him sounds authentic.”That’s quite a compliment coming from one of the fathers of thrash metal. Lars Ulrich founded Metallica with guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, in Los Angeles in 1981. Like Linkin Park, Metallica has gone on to be one of the best selling rock bands in history. Metallica and Linkin Park toured America together in 2003 during Metallica’s Summer Sanitarium tour.Ulrich currently hosts a show on Apple’s Beat 1 radio called “It’s Electric!” Where he interviews bands of all kinds, both those well-known and those obscure, including his own fellow Metallica band members. The rock community was devastated by the deaths of two legendary frontmen this year. Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell committed suicide on May 18, and Chester Bennington committed suicide soon after, in the same manner, on July 20, as reported in an earlier Epoch Times article.Ulrich further praised Bennington’s talents, “He’s not just writing something down that he’s singing. Every thing that comes out of him sounds like he feels and means every word, every nuance, every syllable.”From NTD.tv last_img read more

Child Sex Offenders Conviction Overturned Because He Was Electrocuted at Trial

first_img Share this article US News Show Discussion (OpenRoadPR/Pixabay)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Child Sex Offender’s Conviction Overturned Because He Was Electrocuted at Trial By Cathy Zhang March 8, 2018 Updated: March 8, 2018 Judge ordered stun belt to be used on #pedophile in court, resulting in overturned… https://t.co/aH7i9fXm0b— Woody (@Harley_Woody) March 8, 2018 Texas court of appeals has ordered a new trial for a convicted sex offender after a Fort Worth judge instructed his bailiff to administer an electric shock to the defendant 3 separate times w/ a stun belt for failing to follow courtroom decorum https://t.co/VdZOBz6kWF— Texas Lawyer (@TexasLawyer) March 6, 2018center_img In 2014, Morris was tried and convicted for soliciting sex from a 15-year-old girl. At the start of the trial, Judge George Gallagher asked Morris whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty. Morris responded by saying he had a lawsuit pending against the judge and his defense attorney, and that he wanted both of them to recuse themselves from this case.Gallagher warned Morris not to make any more “outbursts.” When Morris continued to object, Gallagher ordered for Morris to be shocked.This happened two more times after Morris persisted with his objections in spite of Gallagher’s warnings to “behave” and “follow the rules.” In response, Morris told the judge that he had a history of mental illness and complained that he was being “tortured.”Gallagher then removed Morris from the courtroom after Morris continued to refuse to answer the judge’s questions. Morris did not return to the courtroom for the rest of his trial, afraid of what might happen, the higher court heard.The appeals court ruled on Feb. 28 that Morris’s shocks, which caused him to be afraid to return to the courtroom, violated his constitutional right to be present at every stage of the trial.In Justice Yvonne Rodriguez of the El Paso Appeals Court’s opinion, she said that a stun belt was not to be used to enforce courtroom etiquette, such as to punish a defendant who was not answering questions.“While the trial court’s frustration with an obstreperous defendant is understandable, the judge’s disproportionate response is not.“We do not believe that trial judges can use stun belts to enforce decorum. A stun belt is a device meant to ensure physical safety; it is not an operant conditioning collar meant to punish a defendant until he obeys a judge’s whim,” wrote Rodriguez. Morris’s attorney, Bill Ray, however, said he did not believe Morris was actually shocked, reported the Texas Lawyer.“Oddly enough, the shock collar didn’t work,” he said. “That was the second trial I had where they didn’t hook the shock collar up properly. I know it says he was getting electrocuted, but they didn’t shock him.”Ray added that Morris was behaving like a “loaded cannon ready to go off.”“That guy [was] out of control. I was standing right next to him and I was scared of him. And I’ve stood next to some pretty nasty people,” he said.Later in the trial, Gallagher clarified that he ordered the shocks because of Morris’s agitation and movements. He commented that Morris was within reach of a 200-pound smart board monitor, which he could have grabbed and used to injure the lawyers sitting near him.“It was based on the totality of his continuing escalation and his movements that the Court ordered that the shock belt be initiated. It was done for the safety of the lawyers and all of the participants,” Gallagher said.However, the appeals judge did not accept this belated explanation. She said that the exchanges between Gallagher and Morris at the time of the shocks did not reveal any indication that Gallagher thought Morris was a threat.“There is no evidence in the record that the trial court contemporaneously perceived Morris to be a threat for that reason,” she wrote.Rodriguez’s opinion referred to a police officer’s description of being shocked with a stun belt, reported by the Washington Post. He said it felt like this: “If you had nine-inch nails and you tried to rip my sides out and then you put a heat lamp on me.”The appeals judge emphasized that shocks should only be used for legitimate security concerns.“Never before have we seen any behavior like this, nor do we hope to ever see such behavior again,” said Rodriguez.“We must speak out against it, lest we allow practices like these to affront the very dignity of the proceedings we seek to protect and lead our courts to drift from justice into barbarism.”From NTD.tv  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Recommended Video: Texas Sheriff Talks About Why Sanctuaries Don’t Help Public Safety A sex offender had his conviction overturned because of a punishment he received during the trial.A Texas trial judge ordered Terry Lee Morris to be electrocuted three separate times for refusing to answer questions. The stun belt attached to Morris’s leg sent 50,000 volts through him on each shock.After the experience, Morris said he was too scared to return to court and missed the remainder of his trial.The appeals court found that the judge was not allowed to use the stun belt as punishment and ordered that Morris be given a retrial.The belts are used in some U.S. courts, such as the one in Terrant County, Texas, as a security measure. They are attached to the waist or ankle of a suspect in court, and used to deliver a shock if the person becomes violent or attempts to escape.last_img read more

Southwest Airlines Agent Mocked 5YearOld Girl Named Abcde for Her Unique Name

first_imgName shaming? This Texas woman claims a @SouthwestAir agent made fun of her 5-year-old daughter’s name as they were preparing to board their flight at @JohnWayneAir in Orange County.Her daughter’s name is Abcde (pronounced Ab-city). @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/iHpBPoakYI— Veronica Miracle (@ABC7Veronica) November 28, 2018 US News Southwest Airlines is under fire after one of its gate agents mocked a 5-year-old girl’s unique name. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images) Southwest Airlines Agent Mocked 5-Year-Old Girl Named Abcde for Her Unique Name, Report Says By Jack Phillips March 29, 2018 Updated: April 4, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON    QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this articlecenter_img Southwest Airlines is under fire after one of its gate agents mocked a 5-year-old girl’s unique name.Traci Redford said an agent at California’s John Wayne Airport made fun of her daughter’s name, which is Abcde Redford, reported KABC.The girl’s name is pronounced like “ab-city,” and due to the girl’s epilepsy, she and her mother always pre-board the plane.The Redfords were flying back to El Paso, Texas, when the agent laughed at the name, Traci Redford said. He also took a photo of the girl’s boarding pass and posted it on social media, she said. Show Discussion “While I was sitting there, she took a picture of my boarding pass and chose to post it on social media, mocking my daughter,” Redford told the outlet. “It was actually brought to my attention by somebody who had seen it on Facebook and reported it to Southwest Airlines. And after two weeks of doing a formal complaint, Southwest hadn’t done anything.”Southwest Airlines issued a statement about the incident. Share “We extend our sincere apology to the family. We take great pride in extending our Southwest Hospitality to all of our Customers, which includes living by the Golden Rule and treating every individual with respect, in person or online,” according to the statement.“The post is not indicative of the care, respect, and civility we expect from all of our Employees. We have followed up with the Employee involved, and while we do not disclose personnel actions publicly, we are using this as an opportunity to reinforce our policies and emphasize our expectations for all Employees.”It’s not clear what will happen to the employee now.Redford told KABC that she is using the experience as a lesson for the girl.“She said ‘Mom, why is she laughing at my name?’ And I said not everyone is nice and not everyone is going to be nice and it’s unfortunate,” Redford said.Not the Only AbcdeVocativ found that the 5-year-old girl from El Paso isn’t the only person with the name Abcde.“We came across a news story yesterday about a 7-year-old girl named Abcde. You read that right: Abcde, as in the first five letters of the alphabet. We assumed there’d been a typo, but we were wrong. So very wrong, it turns out. This first name, pronounced ‘AB-si-dee,’ is a lot more common than you’d expect,” the report from 2014 said.It found there are 328 girls in the United States with the name. A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 passenger jet taxis on the tarmac after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on April 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)“Since 1990, we’ve had Abcdes born every year except 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. The name was given to an all-time high of 32 babies in 2009, though the number has slightly declined each year since then. The median age of people name Abcde is 7.5, and all but 11 of them are minors,” said Vocativ.The report added that Abcde appears to be more popular in the state of Hawaii.“A little googling reveals that an Abcde Zoller plays soccer for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and an Abcde de Coito teaches Zumba classes in the Aloha state. NameCandy’s Name Lady blogger suggests the name may also be relatively common in New Mexico and among Latino families,” the report said.Mom Cancels Baby Shower Over Unique NameA mother has canceled her baby shower after her family and friends apparently criticized her name choice: Squire Sebastian Senator.“Dear Members of the Squire Sebastian Senator Babyshower (sic),” said a post on Facebook, “I have a really important announcement to make. It brings me pain to have to tell you this, but I am canceling the event.”Her friends, the unidentified woman claimed,  have spread “rumors and lies,” according to Fox News.“Y’all have been talking [expletive] about my unborn baby. AN UNBORN CHILD. How can you judge an unborn child??” it added. The mother to be also said she was not “crazy” or “mentally unstable” when she chose the name, saying it “is only his first name.” A stock photo of a baby (noBorders – Brayden Howie, Shutterstock*)“He will not be allowed to have a nickname, he is to be called by his full and complete first name,” she wrote.Her family is descended from a long line of “squires and senators,” she claimed.“If you look back in our family tree, the survival of this clan is literally rooted in squiredom. We are all related to senators too,” she said in the post. “This name conveys power. It conveys wealth. It conveys success.”“My baby’s name WILL be a revolution,” the woman continued.She signed off on the Facebook post with several curse words, while stating: “You won’t get to be a part of my baby’s life and it’s all because you had to judge him.”On Reddit, where the post was shared, some criticized the woman for her name choice. “This could be the first ever child to run away from home before he’s born,” one person quipped. “I’ll say the same thing I tell any friend who gets pregnant: before you settle on a name, imagine growing up with it yourself,” a Redditor wrote. “‘Why name your child something boring’ Because I’d like to not damn my unborn kid to school bullying and his job applications going right into the trash,” said another, according to the Fox report.last_img read more

Tennessee Mom Allegedly Left Baby in Hot Car to Have One Drink

first_img Show Discussion A Tennessee mother left her baby in her vehicle despite the blazing temperatures outside when she went into a restaurant to have a drink, according to police officers.Investigators said that Rachel Vanwagner, 26, left her child in a hot car while she went into Cazadores Mexican Grill in Arlington on June 24 to have a drink on “National Tequila Day.”Two people walking through the parking lot heard the baby’s cries and alerted the police, reported Fox 13.When officers arrived, they found the child inside the vehicle, which was not running, according to the affidavit.It was 92 degrees Fahrenheit at the time.The windows were partially rolled down and the doors were unlocked, so the deputies opened a door and removed the baby from the car and gave her medical treatment, reported NBC 12. As the treatment was being administered, Vanwagner ran toward the group barefoot and said she had been inside for about 30 minutes. She added that she had only meant to have one drink.According to data published by San Francisco State University, a car sitting in 90-degree temperatures will have an estimated inside temperatures of 124 degrees after 30 minutes.“Children are actually at greater risk for overheating because their ability to regulate their body’s temperature is actually less and the skin surface area is different from an adult’s,” Dr. Jack Tsao with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center said.“When you walk outside you don’t expect to hear a baby in a car and when you do immediately as a parent you perk up,” one of the people who called the police after hearing the baby crying told WREG.“The child was hot. We could tell that she was sweating but we knew she wasn’t in immediate danger yet.”Vanwagner was arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect. Her baby was placed in the care of a family member.Police officers said that the mother refused to give any further statement, according to the affidavit. Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber US News Tennessee Mom Allegedly Left Baby in Hot Car to Have ‘One Drink’ on National Tequila Day By Zachary Stieber July 27, 2018 Updated: July 27, 2018 Sharecenter_img Rachel Vanwagner. (Shelby County Sheriff’s Office ) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more