Tech Buses Will Operate in SF Permanently

first_img Tags: SFMTA • tech buses • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% That will continue, though SFMTA staff are now recalculating how much the agency should raise that fee to pay for an expanded, permanent program, said Tom Maguire, who directs that program. Shuttle companies currently pay $3.66 for the day’s use of a single stop.Higher fees would cover the cost of hiring new staff to catch scofflaws and collecting better GPS data for tracking shuttle behavior. The fees will also pay for installing more prominent placards identifying the specific bus stops where shuttles are allowed to touch down, as well as any other associated construction work.As part of the new program, some companies will now be allowed to use the stops free-of-charge if they allow members of the public to ride for free. Maguire said that this would help nonprofit organizations, which had complained that they’d had trouble paying the fees.And to reign in pollution, all shuttles will have to be 2012 models or later.On Tuesday at City Hall, the room’s roughly seventy seats were filled to capacity before the meeting had even begun, and the grumbling newcomers stalked to another room to watch the meeting on television.No surprise there: The commuter shuttles, dubbed “tech buses” by their detractors, have been controversial for years. Many people had likely come in response to a call to arms circulated on Facebook by Cynthia Crews, activist for the Coalition for Fair, Legal and Environmental Transit. That group has sued the city, arguing that its shuttle-regulating program violates state traffic and environmental laws. The Facebook post urged people to show up and comment at the meeting, saying “Your testimony is vital to the public record and future legal action.” It then directed people to demand that the city gather comprehensive data about the shuttles’ environmental impacts, which the shuttles would then have to pay for mitigating. Indeed, public comments included requests that the city conduct a full environmental impact report — the board ultimately disagreed, exempting the program from that review.Some attendees praised the shuttles for making it easy to live in a city they loved.One woman, who said her name was Cori Camdon, said she regularly rode shuttles to work. “I would definitely have to drive if I didn’t have this.” It was the same thing that Supervisor Scott Wiener had said early in the meeting, in an impromptu appearance, to defend the shuttles as helping preserve air quality.But most people complained that the shuttles were a persistent nuisance in their neighborhoods, making commutes difficult for cars and bikes. People also said the shuttles blocked Muni buses from pulling into their designated stops.Theresa Flandrich spoke during public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.“I saw four of them on one corner within a 10 minute period, at Van Ness and Union,” said North Beach resident Theresa Flandrich, referring to the shuttles. In another instance, Flandrich said, she saw three shuttles parked back-to-back along Van Ness Avenue, making it impossible for the 49 bus to offload its passengers at the public bus stop.Alice Bierman, who lives in the Mission District, said that when the shuttles park near Mission High School they can force the 33 bus to let off its student passengers mid-block, in the street.Bierman also said the shuttles pose a massive inconvenience to seniors and the disabled. Bierman is visually impaired, and if a Muni bus must improvise to pick up passengers away from its official stop, she said, “I have no way to find it.”These comments challenged SFMTA’s findings, published in an October review of the program, which found that private shuttles blocked Muni buses from pulling into their stops in only 2.7 percent of observed cases. System-wide, this caused a cumulative delay of 83 minutes per day, the review estimated.Flandrich and others questioned those findings, because SFMTA had studied only a fraction of all bus stops. But Maguire said his staff had focused on the stops that received the most commuter shuttles.Many people suggested that SFMTA keep the shuttles from congesting the city streets by creating a single “hub” where the shuttles could wait to receive passengers, or by forcing the shuttles to pick up people on the city’s outskirts. But Hank Wilson, who works alongside Maguire, said the agency had already considered this. They couldn’t find locations where this would make sense, he said, calling the subsequent traffic impacts “unacceptable.”SFMTA will decide how high to raise its fees before the end of the year — and the potentially better program might result in fewer disgruntled residents. At a public meeting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors decided to make permanent City Hall’s 18-month pilot program regulating private shuttle companies, many of which carry tech-sector workers from their fog city doorsteps to their desks in Silicon Valley.The board’s decision was unanimous, despite widespread criticism from the meeting’s attendees.SFMTA staff are still tweaking the program in an effort to cut down on how much the shuttles impede public transit, cyclists and pedestrians, officials said. The city’s pilot program originally required private shuttle companies to pay a flat daily fee for every public bus stop they used for picking up or dropping off passengers.center_img 0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons is looking to get off to the best po

first_imgROYCE Simmons is looking to get off to the best possible start when Saints open their season ‘on the road’ at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.His side are unbeaten in their two engage Super League games so far and place their remarkable winning record over Warrington on the line when they take to the field.“History is just that for me,” Royce said. “More important is that we do give a good effort in our home game, especially our first one at Widnes.“We are trying to say to our fans this is our home ground for 12 months and we want you to come here and support us.“The fans have to buy into that but it is us that have to lead it, show a lot of energy and commitment early in the game and get them behind us, so they can jump on the back of it.”Warrington have not beaten Saints since 2001 and their winless run on their travels stretches back to 1994.But Royce thinks they will be an even tougher proposition this time round.“Warrington have been beaten in the past due to their attitude rather than their class – sometimes they must have been thinking, ‘oh no we are going to Knowsley Road where we lose.’“But I went watching the Warrington v Hull KR at the weekend and it was a good game of football with two big packs going at each other.“Warrington have got good finishing on the edges. They have got a good attacking kicking game. They hung in there and won the game.I know Hodgo [Brett Hodgson] – I know him back to front actually – and he was at his best finishing tries down the edges. He provided the final pass for two tries and scored the last one himself and kicked the winning goal.“Joel Monaghan regularly scores 20 tries in the NRL but half of them come from attacking kicks. He is dangerous and looked so the other day. Westwood terrorises people because he is so tough.“Warrington are a tough side – sprinkled with internationals and they won two Challenge Cups so we will have to be at our best.Saints will be without Leon Pryce or Gary Wheeler for the match but the return of Paul Wellens and James Graham looks more likely.“Leon tried to run in straight lines but he started to feel twinges with his groin injury so we told him to get off,” Royce added. “Gary Wheeler could not run in training earlier in the week so neither will play. Wellens got through non-contact training on Tuesday so that is promising. James Graham got through training so the medical staff are happy for him to play.”Tickets for Saints mouthwatering Super League XVI home opener with Warrington Wolves on Friday February 25 (8pm) are still on sale.This ALL TICKET encounter kicks off Saints’ home campaign at their temporary Widnes venue.The East Stand has sold out whilst Warrington have sold their allocation of West Stand tickets.Tickets will be available on matchday from the matchday Ticket Office window on Friday – North and South Stand tickets still remain.Tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre Store in the Church Square Shopping Centre and by calling 01744 455 050.You cannot buy tickets from Widnes’ ticket office during the week or via the Stobart Stadium’s phoneline.Tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office from 4.30pm on Friday only at the Stobart.Please note, you can only enter the stand your ticket corresponds to. For example, if you have an East Stand ticket, you can’t use the North Stand turnstiles to access your seat.last_img read more

EVERY year hundreds of disadvantaged children acr

first_imgEVERY year, hundreds of disadvantaged children across St Helens and Wigan face a Christmas without gifts.To help combat this, St Helens College has pledged support to the 102.4 Wish fm Christmas Toy appeal.The annual campaign, which launched this week, asks the public to buy just one additional Christmas present to donate and help make a local child’s Christmas.Clare Webster, Head of Department for Health, Sports & Public Services, said: “Our Health and Social Care students and staff made hundreds of donations last year and by becoming a central collection point this year, we hope to smash that target.“There is absolutely no reason at all why a local child should have to go without a gift at Christmas and we are pledging our support to this campaign as we want to make a real difference in our local community. We need donations of new, unused gifts for children from babies to teens, toys or gift vouchers are perfect.”St Helens College Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens is an official collection point. To make a donation, simply drop an unwrapped gift into reception.There tends to be a particular shortage of gifts for newborn babies and teenagers.The collection point closes on Tuesday December 16 at 4pm.last_img read more

Community First Team SAINTS TV

first_imgSuper League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) recently partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care to form a ground-breaking inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism.The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ gives people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events. The programme aims to promote the development of skills, confidence and positive experiences for people with learning disabilities, and make a major statement about social inclusion.And fresh from the LDRL team gracing the Anfield turf at Dacia Magic Weekend, Louie and his Saints mates popped into the Totally Wicked Stadium to surprise our Saints Community Development Foundation’s LDRL team and he also caught up with huge Saints fan, John Paul – better known as ‘JP’!last_img read more

NCDOT Two Columbus County bridges to be replaced

first_img(Photo: MGN/Tony Magpantay) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The first of two bridges being replaced in eastern Columbus County will close Monday, October 9, as its replacement gets underway.The bridges are 62 years old and about two miles apart on Byrdville-Freeman Road, near Lena Dale Road in the Delco community.- Advertisement – Contract crews will close the bridge over Dan’s Creek next week. When they are finished by February 20, 2018, they’ll move onto replacing the span over Mills Creek.While it has remained safe, the Dan’s Creek bridge is structurally deficient, which increases maintenance costs, and it was built to standards no longer used today.The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the Civil Works Contracting LLC of Wilmington a $904,565 contract for the work.Related Article: NCDOT project may be consequential for DublinerWhen the bridges are closed, drivers will detour onto Byrdville-Freeman, Livingston Chapel and Old Union roads.last_img read more

Man shot hospitalized after altercation at Saw Mill Apartments in Whiteville

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An altercation led to a shooting on West Hay Street in Whiteville Monday afternoon. One man is now recovering after being injured during it.Whiteville Police Department says officers responded to Saw Mill Apartments for shots fired at 2:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they said there was no evidence of a shooting. As the officers cleared, Columbus Regional Health Center called WPD stating they did have a gunshot victim come into the E.R.- Advertisement – Suspect Malik Wilder and a juvenile suspect approached victim Darios Jones in the parking lot. An argument sparked over Jones sitting on a car in the parking lot that did not belong to him. Police say the juvenile suspect punched Jones in the face. Wilder then pulled a small caliber pistol from his belt and shot Jones in the hip. The two suspects fled in an unknown direction and Jones drove himself to the hospital. Warrants are being obtained on Malik Wilder and the juvenile was located in the parking lot by patrol officers.The juvenile was charged with assault. Police say there may be other charges pending the conclusion of this investigation.Jones is in stable condition at Columbus Regional Health.last_img read more

Florence could rival North Carolinas 1954 benchmark storm

first_img North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane in 1989.In comparison, Florida, which is closer to the equator and in line with the part of the Atlantic where hurricanes are born, off the African coast, has had at least five hurricanes in the past century of Category 4 or greater, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992.Hazel’s winds were clocked at 150 mph (240 kph) at the North Carolina coast and kept roaring inland. They were only slightly diminished by the time the storm reached Raleigh, 150 miles (240 kilometers) inland. Nineteen people died in North Carolina. The storm destroyed an estimated 15,000 buildings.Related Article: Carolina Beach offers site for residents to dump yard debris“Hazel stands as a benchmark storm in North Carolina’s history,” said Jay Barnes, author of books on the hurricane histories of both North Carolina and Florida. “We had a tremendous amount of destruction all across the state.”Twelve hours after its landfall, Hazel was in Buffalo, New York, and had ripped through seven states with winds still swirling at 100 mph (160 kph) or more.Few people have experienced the ferocity of a storm like Hazel, which also was blamed for at least 60 deaths in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York state.Jerry Helms, 86, was on his honeymoon on a barrier island off the North Carolina coast when Hazel hit on the evening of Oct. 14, 1954. He and his new bride had been to a roller skating rink and missed the evacuation warnings from police officers who went door to door.Hazel obliterated all but five of 357 buildings in the beach community now known as Oak Island. The Helmses barely survived.As the storm crashed ashore, they abandoned their mobile home for a two-story frame house. Before long, it was collapsing under the waves and “the house was falling in, and all the furniture was falling out through the floor,” Helms recalled Monday.He thought the roof of a neighboring cinderblock house might be safer, but soon a big wave went over that house. When the wave went out, the house was gone, Helms said.“There was another house — a wooden house that was coming down the road more or less — and it had some guy in that thing and he’s hollering for help,” he said.Helms pushed a mattress through the top-floor window, and they hung on as it bobbed in the raging water.What lessons is he applying now that a similarly powerful hurricane is coming?“I didn’t feel like it was going to be bad enough to leave,” Helms said. “I don’t know. I just felt better about staying here than I did leaving.”He doesn’t have a safer destination in mind and, having recently broken ribs in a fall, Helms fears getting stuck as thousands abandon the coast.Meanwhile, Aida Havel and her husband, John, made preparations Monday to evacuate their home in the Outer Banks village of Salvo, where they’ve lived for about a year. They are heading about 200 miles (320 kilometers) inland to their former hometown of Raleigh, where Hurricane Fran hit in 1996. Fran took a similar inland path to what forecasters predict for Florence.“I had a tree that smashed my car down in my driveway,” Aida Havel said. “Even though that was 22 years ago, I have never gotten over it.”The throngs of vehicles heading inland demonstrate the big difference between Hazel’s impact and the damage Florence could cause, Barnes said.“Today, we have thousands and thousands of permanent residents on our barrier beaches,” he said. “It’s a totally different scenario with regard to human impact.” RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds.Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph).- Advertisement – last_img read more

Old canoes surface disappear again at Lake Waccamaw

first_img Tuesday afternoon Chavis was out fishing with his son on Lake Waccamaw. Another couple found a canoe near Big Creek on the sandbar inside the state park, thinking that it might be a Native American artifact. They told Chavis and his son to see for themselves, because they are also Native American.“My son said, ‘Daddy, the boat’s drifting away!’ I said, ‘Well go catch, get it, hold it up!’” Chavis said. “And when he walked over there from us he stepped up on a 21-foot hauled up, big canoe.”Chavis thought long and hard about pulling the mysterious boat out, but decided not to, because he felt it was not fair to take what is not his. And now they have disappeared again.Related Article: 8 arrested in protest over toppled Confederate statue at UNCChavis was told that if the canoes are rediscovered, the state archaeologist will have to act quickly.“You gotta put it in some kinda chemical for months and months at a time where it won’t shrink,” Chavis said. “See if you take it out of the water it’s gonna shrink and fade away.”Chavis believes this is no coincidence, and that whatever happens is what God intended.“Maybe we’ll find it,” Chavis said. “I don’t know, ’cause we looked for it yesterday, me and my son. We looked back for it yesterday for two and a half hours. It might be gone back to the deep.”Fort Fisher Historic Site asks that if you do find these canoes again, do not try to pull them out or touch them. Contact the NC Underwater Archaeology Branch at Fort Fisher instead at (910) 251-7320. LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — All kinds of stuff can surface in lakes, but have you ever stumbled upon a piece of history?A few canoes appeared earlier this week at Lake Waccamaw. Right now the origin of these boats is unknown, and they seem to have disappeared again. But James Chavis, who found one of the boats, swears that this is no accident; this is God’s work.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police identify charge man shot at Burger King

first_img22-year-old Rodney Donnell Hansley, Jr. was shot by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective on 6/27/19.(Photo: NC Department of Public Safety) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified and charged a man shot by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective Thursday.Rodney Donnell Hansley Jr., 22, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, and maintaining a vehicle for the distribution and selling of drugs.- Advertisement – WPD says the shooting happened when the detective was trying to stop Hansley during a drug investigation around 1:30 pm in the Burger King parking lot off S. 3rd Street. Police say Hansley was also wanted for felony interfering with an electronic device.According to the NC Department of Public Safety, Hansley is a fugitive who absconded from probation/parole supervision. Hansley was convicted in 2017 of numerous charges, including possession charges. He was released from prison in July.Sheriff Ed McMahon has requested the Wilmington Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division work with the SBI to investigate the incident, in order to maintain transparency.Related Article: Police announce arrest in 1996 Wilmington rape casePolice say Hansley was released from New Hanover Regional Medical center a little while ago and transported to the New Hanover County Jail.No one else was injured during the shooting. No charges have been filed against Hansley at this time.last_img read more

Hollands Shelter Creek almost ready to reopen

first_img The restaurant had been open for 37 years and survived Hurricane Floyd but flooded again during Florence. Owner Stephen Holland didn’t know if he would be able to afford to rebuild the local honky tonk.Fortunately, with the help of a former customer, Holland found a new spot in Holly Ridge.“So we worked something, and I bought up the property, and I gave them part of the business and we started going to town, and this is how far we’ve made it,” Holland said. “In the next two or three weeks, we’ll be open to the public again.”Related Article: Julian Castro joins McDonald’s strikers in North CarolinaHolland was able to save some of the decorations from the old location, but had to replace some of the wildlife.He hopes to be open before the end of July. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings HOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) — A local restaurant is getting ready to reopen after being closed for ten months.Holland’s Shelter Creek was completely flooded during Hurricane Florence and had to be torn down.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Degiorgios say Daphne report impacts their right to fair trial

first_img SharePrint A new constitutional case has been filed by two brothers accused of carrying out the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, saying that a report assuming their guilt impacts their right to a fair trial.In the latest constitutional case filed by the brothers, George and Alfred Degiorgio argue that the Council of Europe report calling for an inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s murder, fundamentally breached their human rights.The Degiorgios state that the report by Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt, which was recently approved by the Council of Europe, has assumed their guilt and that they acted on orders from another person or body.Read more:Daphne murder: CoE report presumed guilt as fact -Degiorgio brothersDegiorgio brothers in fresh bail request; claim human rights breachBoth men along with a third named Vincent Muscat were taken into custody in December 2017 and later charged with placing a bomb in the car that Caruana Galizia was using. They claimed that the proceedings against them have been carried out too quickly.According to the rapporteur for the Daphne report into the background context of her murder, the report had opened on three assumptions focused on the planning and premeditation of the murder, the motive being connected to Caruana Galizia’s work and those suspected were taking orders from someone else.The Omtzigt report stressed that if those suspected were, ‘not soon indicted…will have to be released without ever having given evidence in court. No one has been arrested for ordering the assassination.’Along with concern over finding and trying those responsible, the report also layered blame on the government for not acting quickly enough.They also requested that the government set up an independent and public inquiry within three months. Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela announced yesterday that this would be taking place.Read more:Updated: Watch: ‘We will abide with CoE. Public inquiry into Caruana Galizia murder to be launched within 3 months’ – Minister Abela‘Government should launch public inquiry into Caruana Galizia murder now’ – RepubblikaPACE Rapporteur welcomes Maltese govt’s launch of Daphne public inquiryOmtzigt duly welcomed the response from the government, stating that inquiry must not impinge on the criminal investigation.The Degiorgios have called on the court to uphold their request on the grounds that they faced rights breaches as well as demanding the protection of their rights and compensation.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Report TelexFree Rwanda Involved Money Laundering of more than USD 10million

first_imgAdvertisement A report on the findings of operations conducted by TelexFree has indicated that the company was involved in laundering an estimated to Rwf7billion (USD 10.4m) to foreign companies in the US and Germany evading taxation.The government of Rwanda this week announced the ban of all operations of P.L.I Telexfree Rwanda Ltd, a multi-level Internet marketing Service Company, citing fears of money laundering.One of the government investigators, Emanuel Bayingana revealed that about $6 million was to be sent to Rwanda from US as taxes, but Telexfree failed to justify it.” – Advertisement – The report released by an investigation team led by the Ministry of Trade and Industry indicated that the company has been laundering money, evading taxes and exploiting Rwandans to the benefit of its foreign owners.Telexfree arrived in Rwanda in the Second Quarter of 2013, whereby it was fully and duly registered by RDB, approved and Registered as a Commercial Company since 12 June 2013 with the affiliate name “PLI TelexFree (Rwanda) Ltd”.FULL COVERAGE[related-posts]The 14 year old Company has been involved in raising the excitement of enabling people to be hired (as Promoters) and start getting paid on average, $100 every week for 52 weeks, for posting daily adverts on the internet.Meanwhile, government is set to launch a campaign aimed at curbing money laundering. Rwanda passed the anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism law in 2008, a move that positioned the country to be competitive within the East African Community (EAC) by raising investor confidence.According to the Rwandan law, any person who leaves or enters the country transporting cash or negotiable bills of exchange exceeding $10,000, without prior declaration, except for funds certified by a withdrawal slip issued by an accredited bank, will be committing a money laundering offence.last_img read more

Qualcomm Says Snapdragon 820 SoC Overheating Rumours Are False

first_imgRecently-Launched-Snapdragon-820-Processror.Image Credit: techliveinfo Advertisement A report from earlier this week claimed that Samsung is working on heating issues of the Snapdragon 820 SoC, looking to use it for its Galaxy S7 smartphone. Qualcomm on Thursday came out to refute that claim.The US-based semiconductor company in an emailed statement to Gadgets 360 on Thursday said, “The rumours circulating in the media regarding Snapdragon 820 performance are false. The Snapdragon 820 improves on all IP blocks and is fabricated in the second generation of the 14nm process technology. It is meeting all of our specifications. But more importantly it is satisfying the thermal and performance specifications from our OEMs.” It posted the same statement on its Weibo page as well. Samsung has not yet commented anything on the matter.The report by Business Korea claimed that Samsung is currently looking to modify the processor’s control program to deal with the heat issues, and if that doesn’t work, it would build a radiating pipe inside the rumoured Galaxy S7 to limit the SoC’s overheating. Although Samsung has the option to include its own home-brewed Exynos SoC in the handset, the report states that the company has decided to incorporate the unannounced SoC in its Galaxy S7 “at all costs.” Interestingly, Samsung will reportedly be manufacturing the chips in its own foundries.[related-posts] – Advertisement – To recall, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor was in the news since late last year for its overheating issues. Qualcomm since that time has done its best to rubbish reports. The LG G Flex 2was the first smartphone to incorporate the SoC. The company later confirmed it faced some heating problems with the processor but was able to implement a fix.Sony also confirmed the problem in its recent Xperia Z3+. HTC’s One M9 was also reported to be suffering from overheating issues due to the chipset, but the problem was later fixed with a software update.Separately, Xiaomi said it had worked with Qualcomm to create a customised v2.1 of the Snapdragon 810 processor to optimise it for the Mi Note Pro. Qualcomm also worked with OnePlus for the Snapdragon 810 v2.1, which debuted with OnePlus 2.[ndtv]last_img read more

The 5 Top SEM Strategies for Building Strong Brand Awareness

first_img(Photo by from Pexels) Advertisement To make sure you are promoting your business in the most memorable way, you need to look at your marketing campaigns. The strategies you consider and spend time on will determine the success of your enterprise and how popular it becomes.The more time spent on devising an SEM campaign, the more likely you will be able to create a campaign with impact. Unfortunately, many advertising campaigns can just go under the radar. This is how to ensure you avoid this fate as we introduce you to the best strategies for building strong brand awareness.1. Be Social Being social and connecting with others is one of the simplest ways you can build your brand awareness. After all, how will other businesses and potential clients be aware of you or your brand if you fail to connect with others? Avoid making connections with a sole purpose in mind; do not connect with others purely to make a sale. Network effectively and build contacts that you may find useful in the future. – Advertisement – 2. Use Infographics They’re bright, colorful, informative, and memorable. Providing users and potential consumers with statistics and data, infographics are a particularly simple strategy to boost brand awareness. An aesthetic campaign can increase interest in your brand, particularly with social media sites such as Instagram pushing this kind of content. Infographics appeal to users as they are easy to read and process.3. Develop a Unique Approach Think outside the box with your marketing campaign. Creating something completely original that captures the attention of your target audience and encourages them to share the content can be an easy way to boost your brand overnight. Get inspired by some memorable campaigns that went viral for the right reasons.It doesn’t matter if you aim to be thought-provoking, entertaining, clever, or quirky with your content. Spend time considering a niche approach that will appeal to your target consumer. It will be worth it once you receive likes and shares from your audience.4. Consider Other Platforms Utilize the many platforms available as the majority are accessible for free. Doing so will enable you to appeal to your target market in differing ways. Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram are just a handful of the free social platforms you can capitalize on to create and share bespoke content that can see you reach more customers and easily spread your campaign. Consider these platforms when you devise content for your SEM campaign as you can quickly increase your outreach.5. Market to Millennials Tapping into the millennial market is essential. Some strategies and techniques to tap into this market include:Reaching out to influencers on social media platforms.Developing easy to use mobile apps.Creating locally targeted mobile ads.Adding in search engine marketing to tap into the Google searches millennials are asking. You can reach out to for help devising an SEM campaign.Making items easy to purchase onlineEnsuring your website pages load quickly.Building brand awareness is a crucial factor in the success of any business. Without it, customers and clients alike will not know what a business is or what it does best. Spend time creating an SEM strategy that will boost the awareness of your business and you will see your profit margins increase, too.last_img read more

Mourinho shuffles his pack…

first_imgArsenal v ChelseaCapital One Cup7.45pm LIVE ON SKYTHE BOUNCE FACTOR?They say 24 hours is a long time in politics.A lot can happen in 48 hours in football too. It’s only been that time since Chelsea scored their dramatic late winner against Manchester City on Sunday and go back to the top of the Star Sports ante-post list for the Premier League.In horse racing a lot is made of the ‘bounce factor’ a poor performance that comes immediately on the back of a good one and it will be a new look Chelsea side tonight.Jose Mourinho will shuffle his expensive pack of cards and Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, Michael Essien, Demba Ba and Mark Schwarzer are all likely to get a chance.Arsenal will be without the suspended Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, who has a groin injury.Jack Wilshere is fit, but Serge Gnabry faces a fitness test on an ankle problem.It’s a fixture which usually sees plenty of goals….HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jan 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 ArsenalSep 2012 Premier Arsenal 1-2 ChelseaApr 2012 Premier Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaOct 2011 Premier Chelsea 3-5 ArsenalDec 2010 Premier Arsenal 3-1 ChelseaOct 2010 Premier Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalFeb 2010 Premier Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalNov 2009 Premier Arsenal 0-3 ChelseaMay 2009 Premier Arsenal 1-4 ChelseaApr 2009 FA Cup Arsenal 1-2 ChelseaThat’s an average of 3.3 goals per game so am happy to play at around 4/6 on over 2.5 tonight.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win OVER 2.5 GOALS around 4/6 DIGITAL KILLED THE VIDEO STAR?The DVD and computer games rental chain Blockbuster is poised to enter administration for the second time this year, placing 2,000 jobs at risk.It was snapped up in March by private equity group Gordon Brothers Europe after its initial collapse in January but the new owners said it had continued to suffer from poor trading.Gordon Brothers planned to cut 32 jobs at the chain’s Uxbridge headquarters in London while its 264 stores were at risk, the company said, unless a buyer could be found.It cut Blockbuster’s store portfolio and staff numbers in half to prioritise prime locations and new releases but said its turnaround attempts for the historically loss-making company coincided with low demand across rental and retail sales.last_img read more

Star Sports Charity Cricket Day

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere’s the latest from the Star Sports charity cricket game on Sunday.Raising money for Steyning Cricket club and the losing team has to make a donation to the Charity of the winning teams choice.Hot off the press….STAR SPORTS XI WON BY 8 RUNS !! Line ups:-Luke Tarr’s Star XI ALL OUT 1571. Ben Keith2. Trevor Harris3. Charlie Tarr4. Andrew Hartridge5. Luke Tarr6. Glenn Day7. Ben Moorman8. Alex Wheeler9. Lee Gray10. Kyle Drummond11. Malcolm PernetPat Dennis XI (LOST BY 8 RUNS)1. Pat Dennis2. Mark Green3. Mike Davies4. Simon Robinson5. Richard Woodbridge6. Marco Spano7. Luke Hulett8. Anthony Fuest9. Mark Taylor10. Sean Williams11. Barry SaundersUmpiresBarry DennisChris GrayPRE-MATCH ODDS8/13 Pat Dennis XI5/4 Luke Tarr’s Star XISPREAD ON Star XI RUNS1. Ben Keith – 15-172. Trevor Harris – 14-163. Charlie Tarr – 25-274. Andrew Hartridge – 44-465. Luke Tarr – 15-176. Glenn Day – 11-137. Ben Moorman – 14-168. Alex Wheeler – 3-59. Lee Gray – 10-1410. Kyle Drummond – 5-711. Malcolm Pernet – 2-4last_img read more

£50 CASH Liverpool v PSG

first_img£50 CASH IFSALAH SCORE FIRSTTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £50 CASH if SALAH SCORES FIRST.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Tuesday 18 September and 8pm on Tuesday 18 September. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Tuesday 18 September to 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 18 September.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 8pm (GMT) on Tuesday 18 September. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer if SALAH SCORES FIRST.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as CASH within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Rice experts available to discuss oil spill BPs fix efforts policy repercussions

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: druth@rice.eduRice experts available to discuss oil spill: BP’s fix efforts, policy repercussions, economic impact and cleanup effortsRice University has faculty and staff experts available to comment on the oil spill that continues to dump crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The following experts are available:Terry Hemeyer, adjunct professor in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is a crisis communications expert. Hemeyer can discuss BP’s various communications challenges and strategies. John Anderson, professor of Earth science, coastal geology and oceanography, can discuss how the oceanographic conditions — such as currents and weather — could impact cleanup efforts.George Hirasaki, professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, can discuss BP’s efforts to construct and implement relief wells to stop the spill.AVAILABILITY: Not available June 8; available June 9-12; available June 13-18 via e-mail only. Hirasaki worked on the team that stopped the Bay Marchand blowout and spill in 1970.Ken Medlock, a fellow in energy and resource economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can discuss the possible policy changes and political and economic repercussions.AVAILABILITY: Not available until June 11. Amy Myers Jaffe, associate director of the energy program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can discuss the possible policy changes and political and economic repercussions.AVAILABILITY: Not available until June 11.last_img read more

Rice University takes the measure of nanotubes

first_imgAddThis ShareSUMMARY: Rice University researchers develop a way to automatically measure the distribution of lengths in a batch of semiconducting, single-walled carbon nanotubes.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice University takes the measure of nanotubesNew technique takes the tedium out of analyzing batches of single-walled carbon nanotubesHOUSTON – (Sept. 18, 2012) – A Rice University laboratory has come up with a one-size-fits-almost-all way to measure batches of single-walled nanotubes that promises to help researchers and industry make more efficient use of the wondrous carbon material.Nanotubes grown in a single batch can range in length from a few nanometers (billionths of a meter) to thousands of nanometers. Until now, the only practical method for measuring them was by imaging with an expensive atomic force microscope (AFM).But with the new technique from the Rice lab of chemist Bruce Weisman, revealed this month in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, researchers will be able to carry out these analyses more quickly and with less manual labor.The end product is a histogram that shows the distribution of lengths in a batch of nanotubes that, individually, are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.This is just the kind of thing researchers want to know because, even at that scale, the details loom large. When used to deliver strands of DNA or drugs, for example, single-walled carbon nanotubes 200-300 nanometers long seem easiest for cells to absorb. Other applications require longer nanotubes, for example, in high-tech composite materials for aircraft and spacecraft that need the strength and load transfer efficiency offered by longer tubes.Jason Streit, a graduate student and lead author of the paper, spent two years developing an experimental method and image-processing algorithm able to pick out and track batches of nanotubes floating in solution in a tiny well, about a millimeter across and a little less than two micrometers deep. The highly automated technique allows him to analyze batches of about 800 nanotubes in two hours.“The main way to measure lengths until now has been with AFM,” he said. “For that, you have to prepare a sample, look at it under a microscope, make sure that contaminants have been removed, record images and then measure the lengths. It can take hours and hours for most workers.”The new process, called length analysis by nanotube diffusion (LAND), is much simpler. Although it only observes semiconducting single-walled nanotubes, which are naturally fluorescent at near-infrared wavelengths, it should help researchers simplify the characterization of nanotube batches.“Different lengths have different utilities and functions in applications,” said Weisman, a professor of chemistry and a pioneer in the science of nanotube fluorescence. “Some applications need a certain short length, while there are others where longer is better. And currently, nanotube length distributions are poorly controlled.“So one goal is to get more control over the lengths of your nanotubes, and to do that you need to develop separation methods. To develop separation methods, you need good characterization tools.”Co-author Sergei Bachilo, a research scientist at Rice, compared the need for different-size nanotubes to a shoe store, where one size definitely does not fit all. “It wouldn’t work very well if the store only had shoes in the average size,” he said.Like dust in a shaft of light, nanotubes in a liquid environment move around due to Brownian motion. It’s that inherent movement that reveals their lengths. So Streit takes video. The resulting movies look like a field of stars blinking and wandering in the night sky, but from those frames he is able to extract trajectories that tell him how long each individually tracked nanotube is. The software also automatically compiles the statistical data to make the histogram.Some special computations are necessary to account for nanotubes that show “fragmented trajectories,” when a tube disappears behind another or leaves the field of view for a few frames.The shorter nanotubes (below a few dozen nanometers in length) are hard to capture on video. “They’re dimmer, and they move faster, so sometimes they’re just a blur,” Weisman said. “One of the tricks Jason uses is to make the liquid in which they’re moving more viscous” simply by adding a special sugar. “That slows them down enough to give us a better view.“We hope that this will be a valuable tool for basic and applied research,” Weisman said. “Right in our laboratory, we’re already doing basic photophysical studies in which this method plays a crucial part.“Diagnostics that are slow and cumbersome just don’t get used,” he said. “That’s simply the truth. And when you convert to a method that’s fast and easy, people will use it a lot more. It not only speeds things up, it leads scientists into activities they never would have undertaken before.“This is going to be an important method for a lot of what we do around here, and hopefully for other labs as well,” Weisman said.The paper’s co-authors include Anton Naumov of Ensysce Biosciences, who earned his doctorate at Rice in 2011; and Constantine Khripin and Ming Zheng of the polymers division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.The research was supported by the Welch Foundation and the National Science Foundation.-30-This news release can be found online at the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials: video shows single-walled carbon nanotubes undergoing Brownian motion in solution. Image analysis software developed at Rice University tracks each individual nanotube’s movement and relates that movement to the tube’s length. The colors represent different individual nanotubes, and the lines show each nanotube’s trajectory. (Credit: Jason Streit/Rice University)last_img read more

Nanoscale platform aims to control protein levels

first_img Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionWenting Zhao, left, and Laura Segatori. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“The advantage of this system is that it targets expression at the protein level,” Segatori said. “Typically, when people want to modulate the amount of proteins in cells, they act at the DNA or RNA — the genetic — level. But by acting at the protein level, we can target different post-regulation modifications, and much more importantly, we have much more control over the rate and extent of depletion of the protein.”As a proof of principle, the researchers designed a synthetic gene circuit that expressed both green fluorescent protein (GFP), which researchers use to report on cellular processes, and a NanoDeg that targets it. “We used GFP because it is a commonly used reporter and fluorescence is easy to measure,” Segatori said. “When the nanobody recognizes GFP, the whole complex is taken for degradation.”It will be also useful to those who want cleaner information about the activities of proteins in cells.“Say you design a genetic circuit in which GFP expression is activated when the cell is under stress, like nutrient starvation or heat, for example,” Segatori said. “When the cell is exposed to the stimulus, GFP is expressed and you can detect an increase in cell fluorescence.“But when you take away the stimulus, the decay of the signal doesn’t necessarily reflect the decay of the stimulus; it reflects the stability of the GFP reporter,” she said. “What we’ve done is create a gene circuit in which GFP expression is activated under stimulus, but when the stimulus is turned off, the NanoDeg degrades GFP very rapidly. That increases the sensitivity and dynamic resolution of a synthetic gene circuit.”Zhao, first author of the paper, is now a postdoctoral researcher in systems biology at Columbia University Medical Center. Co-author Pferdehirt is now a graduate student at Washington University. Segatori is an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of bioengineering and of biochemistry and cell biology.The National Science Foundation, the Welch Foundation and the Kleberg Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Synthetic gene circuits pump up cell signals: Segatori Research Group: at Rice: http://biosciences.rice.eduRice Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: https://chbe.rice.eduRice Department of Bioengineering: http://www.bioe.rice.eduImages for download: The camelid nanobody (center), first identified in camels, is a heavy-chain antibody that is much smaller and easier to program than antibodies found in most organisms, including humans, like that at left. At right, the monomeric camelid (red) is compared with the structure of the full-sized human antibody. VHH is a nanobody designed to target green fluorescent proteins used in proof-of-principle tests at Rice. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe camelid nanobody (center), first identified in camels, is a heavy-chain antibody that is much smaller and easier to program than antibodies found in most organisms, including humans, like that at left. At right, the monomeric camelid (red) is compared with the structure of the full-sized human antibody. VHH is a nanobody designed to target green fluorescent proteins used in proof-of-principle tests at Rice. Click on the image for a larger version. Courtesy of the Segatori Research GroupThe plug-and-play system will allow synthetic biologists to study the function of a specific protein within the cellular environment by assessing how the protein expression level affects the life of a cell, Segatori said.The research appears in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Synthetic Biology.NanoDeg accelerates proteolysis — the enzymatic breakdown of proteins — to control the levels of targeted proteins after translation.One function springs from the single-chain antibody from camelids, which can be customized to target specific proteins. When the antibodies were discovered in camels (and later sharks), researchers quickly recognized their unique properties, including their small size, high solubility and ability to recognize even targets that are hidden or in intermediate states. They are much smaller than the antibodies found naturally in humans and most other organisms but can be readily made and modified in bacteria and other cells.The other function relies on degrons, short sequences in proteins that are responsible for regulating the rate of a protein’s degradation. These can also be customized to tune the depletion of a target protein to the desired levels.When combined as NanoDegs, they become a powerful, universal platform for modulating cellular protein levels, Segatori said.“Essentially, it allows us to control the specific amount of proteins in cells,” she said. “We can tailor it to target any protein in a cell, and once the degron-tagged nanobody binds to that partner, the whole complex is degraded. Zhao, left, and Laura Segatori. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students 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 camelid nanobody (center), first identified in camels, is a heavy-chain antibody that is much smaller and easier to program than antibodies found in most organisms, including humans, like that at left. At right, the monomeric camelid (red) is compared with the structure of the full-sized human antibody. VHH is a nanobody designed to target green fluorescent proteins used in proof-of-principle tests at Rice. (Credit: Segatori Research Group/Rice University) Share2Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanoscale platform aims to control protein levels Rice University researchers create NanoDeg to regulate degradation in cellsHOUSTON – (Oct. 30, 2017) – A nanoscale antibody first found in camels combined with a protein-degrading molecule is an effective new platform to control protein levels in cells, according to Rice University scientists. The technique could aid fundamental research into cellular dynamics as well as the design of synthetic gene circuits.Rice chemical and biomolecular engineer Laura Segatori, former graduate student Wenting Zhao and former undergraduate Lara Pferdehirt invented a bifunctional recognition system they call NanoDeg. It allows them to target specific proteins in a cell and strictly regulate their degradation.center_img Wenting Zhao, left, and Laura Segatori. Wenting Zhao, left, and Laura Segatori. The camelid nanobody (center), first identified in camels, is a heavy-chain antibody that is much smaller and easier to program than antibodies found in most organisms, including humans, like that at left. At right, the monomeric camelid (red) is compared with the structure of the full-sized human antibody. VHH is a nanobody designed to target green fluorescent proteins used in proof-of-principle tests at Rice. Return to article. Long Description AddThislast_img read more