SF Bans Glass in Dolores Park Alcohol Not So Much

first_img“We have zero glass,” said owner Jim Woods. “Everything that leaves the brew pub is either in a can or food.”“We actually saw the writing on the wall well before we talked to [park officials],” he continued. “I started seeing a lot of the photos that people were posting and it was a total mess, people were just leaving all their stuff, and every time I saw a picture I thought ‘God, I hope one of my bottles isn’t there.’”The crowler machine recently purchased by Cerveceria, which has eliminated all bottled beer from its bar. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Drinking and smoking are also outlawed in the park, and park rangers have been seen ticketing people for these violations. But at this point Recreation and Parks is using its limited resources to focus on glass and other trash, which are more destructive to the park. “We are always enforcing park code violations,” said Connie Chan, director of public affairs with Recreation and Parks. “[But] we definitely have been limited to doing as much as our resources and staff allowed.”“At the end of the day, this is really about park users,” she continued. “This is exactly why the Love Dolores campaign is working hard with merchants to say ‘Please love our park, we can’t do this alone.’”Trash is a persistent problem for Dolores Park. Up to 10,000 people visit every weekend and leave behind some 7,000 gallons of trash. And glass bottles are of particular concern: In February, two vandals shattered bottles in the south side sandbox, meaning 20 tons of sand had to be replaced before the area was safe.Dolores Park after a July 4th celebration. Photo by Cristiano ValliNot all business are as gung-ho as Cerveceria, however. Zuhdi Kalil, the manager of Pay ‘n Save Grocery on the corner of 18th and Guerrero, says he can only be expected to do so much.“You can’t tell everyone to use a can,” he said. “A lot of stuff doesn’t come in a can. No champagne I know of comes in a can, and there are like 40 wines – What do you want me to do? Tell every company to switch to tetra because of Dolores Park?”Though Kalil has changed out some of his bottled beer to canned and placed stickers on his products reminding people to recycle, he thinks the trash problem is more to do with a lack of receptacles in the park.“[Park officials] came by and asked ‘Can you try to tell people to recycle?’” he said. “What am I their mother? It’s already obvious: Don’t throw it on the ground. You need more recycling… I’m sure these people aren’t just throwing it on the ground because they’re dirty. It can’t be that simple.”Some park-goers agree. “There should be garbage cans everywhere,” said Marta Rodriguez, who says she comes to Dolores Park almost every day. “I think that would solve things because once you get buzzed, you don’t want to walk to the edge and throw your stuff away.”Instead, park officials have opted for staffed “eco pop-ups” around the perimeter of the park, saying it would be impossible for Recology to pick up trash from within the park. “We cannot service the interior,” Ballard said. “We cannot drive a vehicle through [the crowds]. [The trash cans] just overflow and we couldn’t get to them, we couldn’t serve them.” Ballard also pointed to research showing that “80 percent of littering behavior” has to do with social norms not the proximity of a trash can, which has prompted park officials to try the educational route. Signs directing park-goers to the nearest trash can now adorn Dolores Park, and recently official erected a large orange highway sign warning of a $192 fee for glass.“The sign, albeit quite ugly, was really just an attempt to get people to be aware that glass is not permitted,” said Ballard, adding that the fee is nothing new but that no one has been ticketed. “This is aimed solely at taking care of the park.”Which doesn’t preclude enforcement against other illegal behavior like smoking or drinking in public. One man even was even charged with “malicious defacement” for having a hammock in the park, though no one appeared to testify against him and he got off scot-free.And Ballard was clear that though park officials keep open lines of communication with the police, they have their own style of managing park follies.“SFPD does have jurisdiction in the parks as well, and they have their own approach,” she said.Still, for park officials, education trumps enforcement for now.“We’re enforcing park codes throughout our park system,” said Chan. “But we’re limited in resources and staff. What’s important is that it’s really about outreach.”“The focus is on being good stewards of the park,” Ballard added. “We feel like our responsibility is to get people aware,” that the main message is “‘Hey, when you come, use a can.’”A culture-changing PSA courtesy of Recreation and Parks: 0% The Love Dolores campaign, a partnership between park officials and local merchants, has set its sights on a new target: removal of all glass from Dolores Park. “Glass can fall and break, and it’s a hassle to clean up and causes a hazard,” said Sarah Ballard, director of policy and public affairs at the Recreation and Parks Department. “The focus of Love Dolores is really on keeping the park clean and safe for everyone.…Having glass in a park isn’t good for maintenance and it doesn’t help [us] make sure it’s safe.”Businesses like Bi-Rite and Delfina have joined the crusade, changing some glass products to cans and reminding customers to recycle or make sure the empties get into the trash. Tweets from Bi-Rite like “Have a lovely day at Dolores Park for #SFPride – and please remember to clean up your stuff!” offer friendly reminders.Cerveceria, on the corner of 18th and Church, even bought a crowler machine that cans beer on the spot, eliminating all bottled beer from its bar.center_img Tags: dolores park • San Francisco Recreation and Park • sf • trash Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission Street Blocked as Protesters March Against Housing Props

first_imgTwo of the ballot measures would change affordable housing policy in San Francisco while the other two would deal with homelessness and neighborhood crime. Proposition P would require that the city get three bids from non-profit developers for new affordable housing projects, while Proposition U would open up affordable housing projects to middle-income earners, like a family of three making $106,650.Proposition Q would make it illegal for tents to be set up on sidewalks and would authorize police to clear encampments after a 24-hour notice. Proposition R would establish neighborhood crime units of police officers focused on property crimes and clearing out encampments. The Police Department would be locked into making at least three percent of its officers part of the units.The first two would slow the construction of affordable housing and make it harder for low-income people to win the entrance lottery, protesters said, while the latter two would criminalize homelessness.“We know that this proposition is a death sentence on those who are on the streets,” said Bilal Ali, a human rights organizer with the Coalition on Homelessness, referring to Props. Q and R. Both initiative, he said, would only result in “more police to harass people” on the streets without producing solutions to homelessness. Proposition Q is funded by billionaires including tech venture capitalists like Ron Conway to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It does not have significant funding in opposition.This is the eighth story Mission Local has filed today. It takes reporters to be on the streets, to work the phones, to write the stories. We depend on readers like you for support. Join today and keep your daily news coming.Both Propositions P and U are funded by realtors associations also giving hundreds of thousands of dollars, but is opposed by a non-profit housing developers in San Francisco — though they are heavily outspent.Proposition R is not heavily funded in either direction.Tents set down on 22nd and Mission streets on November 3, 2016, to protest housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Furniture laid out at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets on November 3, 2016, to protest housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. More than 150 people marched down Mission Street on Thursday night blocking traffic for two hours from 24th Street to 21st Street as they protested against a slew of November ballot measures that they call anti-housing. “We are five days from the election, and unfortunately on the ballot this year are anti-housing measures like P, U, Q, and R,” said Maria Zamudio, an organizer with Causa Justa, referring to measures that change bidding requirements for affordable housing (P), open up affordable housing to a higher income level (U), ban tent encampments (Q), and establish neighborhood crime units (R). “Halloween just happened but in my opinion these are the scariest things out there,” she said.The march began at the 24th Street BART Station, where a little over 80 people gathered at 6 p.m. with signs, banners, and tents like those used by the encampment residents. A drum line was formed alongside organizers as they chanted ”Get up, get down, there’s a housing crisis in this town!” Dozens of police officers watched across the street and blocked off traffic after some 45 minutes, when the crowd doubled in size and began marching northward down Mission Street.Traffic and buses were stopped for two hours from 24th Street to 21st Street as marchers went to the site of the burned-out building at the corner of Mission and 22nd streets. There, they put white furniture in the middle of the intersection to symbolize a home on the street.“Sometimes the street has to be our house, the street has to be our home,” said Zamudio, as protesters circled around four actors who sat at a table pretending to eat dinner and lay on a bed pretending to sleep.Protesters frequently shifted the dialogue to evictions, gentrification, market-rate development, and topics not directly related to the four propositions at hand. “I’ll just say this — fuck the realtors!” said Tony Robles, moments after reading a poem at the event. He was joined by three others also reading poetry.Protesters at the 24th Street BART Station on November 3, 2016, rallying against housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.A protester at the 24th Street BART Station on November 3, 2016, rallying against housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Before the march, organizers had put signs on the black fences surrounding the construction site at 22nd and Mission streets, where building was torn down earlier this year. They had also hung a clothesline in the dirt pit below.The line had 60 items of clothing, Zamudio said — one for each tenant displaced by the fire.“That’s 60 people who don’t live in San Francisco, who don’t live in their home,” she said.A projector also shone messages high up on the wall of the market-rate Vida Apartments near the corner, with messages reading “First they came for our homes, then they came for our tents.” @jrivanob March down Mission growing, more than 100 here pic.twitter.com/lb1myXnjcW— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 4, 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% @jrivanob Advocates set up furniture in middle of 22nd and Mission to protest anti-homeless props pic.twitter.com/gomd1fTnFF— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 4, 2016last_img read more

It Takes Two to Tango and to Make News Reporters and Readers

first_imgMaybe it’s time you joined as a member.Do you own a business? Becoming a business member will help you get more connected to our readers – your community and customers. Check around. There’s no better deal in town.Your membership fees cover exactly two costs. A fraction goes to our very reasonable rent. The rest goes to pay Mission Local reporters. I work for free.Maybe you think you can always join tomorrow or the next day. But if you wait too long, we may not be here.Here’s what sustainability looks like. We need 400 reader members and 200 business members, and we’re within reach. If our membership structure is too much or too little for you, get in touch and we will work something out. lydia.chavez@missionlocal.com I’ve reported for the New York Times and have covered wars, written books, and magazine pieces. I currently teach journalism at UC Berkeley. Even so, I consider Mission Local, which I founded and still edit, one of the most important – and demanding – assignments of my career.It’s a huge challenge to make Mission Local financially sustainable in an age when there’s so much news online – much of it fake, chatter, or aggregated. You get what you pay for.Good, original reporting – news you can trust with reporters you can hold accountable ­– isn’t free. It takes actual reporters pursuing leads, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and then writing stories that tell you what’s really happening.It’s because of original reporting that Mission Local has one of the largest audiences of any of San Francisco’s small news sites. It’s because of our reporting that Mission Local won a regional award for community journalism in 2015. It’s because of our reporting that you keep coming back. 0%center_img Tags: Business • news Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

YOUNG diehard St Helens supporter and tireless vo

first_imgYOUNG die-hard St Helens supporter and tireless volunteer, Liam Jones, represented his beloved St Helens at the recent Super League Grand Final as part of his prize for winning the St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride award 2014.He paraded the Saints flag around the pristine Old Trafford pitch shortly before kick off in the BRUT Fan of Pride flag bearing parade.When asked what it meant to be the St Helens flag bearer before their Grand Final win, Liam replied: “It was a great honour to represent Saints on Grand Final day, to be chosen by Saints legend Paul Wellens to be shortlisted and then to be chosen by the Saints fans.“I was just honoured to represent them the fans on the pitch as well as myself. It was just a great honour to fly the flag for Saints really no other words describe. I still pinch myself till this day and it’s over a week on from the Grand Final.”By clinching the Saints Fan of Pride 2014 award, Liam also won two tickets for the Grand Final courtesy of BRUT, a meet and greet with Saints’ Grand Final winning captain, Paul Wellens and some fantastic BRUT product.Read Liam’s story and find out why he was chosen as the St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride 2014 at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleaguelast_img read more

CHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcastWe refle

first_imgCHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcast!We reflect on the win over Hull KR with Keiron Cunningham and Tommy Makinson – and look forward to Friday’s epic clash with Castleford.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

FOR the second year in succession record crowds tr

first_imgFOR the second year in succession record crowds travelled to Newcastle to witness a two-day festival of Rugby League that saw a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures played at the Dacia Magic Weekend.An all-time record crowd of 68,276 fans packed into St James’ Park across both days for the 10th anniversary of the event.Speaking after the final game of the weekend, Chief Executive, Nigel Wood, said: “The Dacia Magic Weekend has been an incredible success this year and once again Rugby League fans have turned out in force, creating an incredible atmosphere and helping to make this one of the most memorable weekends in the events history.“Magic Weekend is a concept which is unique in British sport and the way in which the fans, clubs, volunteers and staff all embrace the occasion helps to make it a continued success. The stars of the event were, as always, the players, who delivered some unforgettable moments across both days that I am sure will live long in the memory of many fans.“Results across the weekend show that the First Utility Super League is both extremely competitive and wide open this year, with just two points now separating the top four clubs. It promises to be an incredible end to the season.Saturday saw three games played in front of 39,331 fans as Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors all emerged victorious as the sun shone down on St James’ Park.And today (Sunday), 28,945 fans were treated to another three great contests as Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC all secured two points.The total weekend attendance of 68,276 is an all-time Magic Weekend record, surpassing the previous best of 67,788 set last year at the same venue.Wood continued: “I would also like to add my personal thanks to the people of Newcastle and the North East region as well as all the partners, sponsors and agencies whose hard work and commitment ensured that Rugby League fans were given such a warm welcome in and around the city of Newcastle.”Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd and joint city sponsor of Magic Weekend Newcastle, added: “We are delighted with the record attendance figures from this year’s Dacia Magic Weekend. Last year was a huge success with footfall up 37% across the weekend, licensed trade up over 40% and 99% occupancy for the city’s hotels. In addition to this, the Magic Weekend fans are a credit to their sport, creating a friendly festival atmosphere in the city across the weekend.“More detailed analysis on the economic impact of the event will be done in due course, but based on the record-breaking attendance figures across the weekend, initial estimates are that visitor spend for Magic Weekend was worth in excess of £4.23m to Newcastle.”Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “The residents and businesses of Newcastle can yet again be proud of hosting a fabulous sporting occasion that was experienced by record breaking crowds.“Everyone raised their game from the performers putting on the entertainment through to the stall holders, which has been reflected in the heartfelt feedback we’ve already had from fans about their stay in Newcastle. This has a great deal to do with all of the partnership work that has gone on behind the scenes, making this a wonderful event for everyone to enjoy.”A decision on the venue for Magic Weekend 2017 will be made following a routine review of this year’s event. This will take place in the coming months.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgTwo early tries from James Roby and Luke Thompson put Saints in control, but London responded through tries from on loan Ryan Morgan and James Cunnigham. Mark Percival then put Saints back in front early in the second half before Morgan grabbed his second for London.Pitts gave the hosts the lead before Regan Grace scored a dramatic last minute try in the corner which Richardson converted off the touchline to send the game into golden point. Unfortunately for Saints it was London who won it through a Morgan Smith drop goal.Saints have the perfect opportunity to respond this coming Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium as we entertain Huddersfield Giants with kick off at 7.45pm. Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img

WWAY sponsors annual Wilmington Wedding Expo

first_img Vendors came out to make each bride’s wedding planning experience a little easier.Brides could shop for wedding dresses, catering, photographers and more.“We have anywhere from bridesmaids dresses. We have tuxedos. We have mother of the bride dresses. We have flower girl dresses. So it’s your one stop shop for all your wedding needs,” said Tracy Howard, the store manager of Camille’s.Related Article: Wilmington ‘dad bods’ join forces to find a cure for rare diseaseHoward says that any brides made appointments at the expo can get $100 off their wedding dress. The 2nd Annual Wilmington Wedding Expo had catering vendors at the event. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY sponsored the annual Wilmington Wedding Expo Sunday afternoon at Ironclad Brewery.WWAY partnered with Ironclad Brewery and Camille’s of Wilmington to put on the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Microsoft to continue using Nokia brand on entrylevel phones

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has recealed that it will continue to sell low-end phones with the Nokia brand and has licensed the brand for these type of devices.Meanwhile, the company is preparing to roll out its new Microsoft Lumia brand, Tuula Rytilä, senior vice president of marketing for phones at Microsoft, said.He revealed this in an interview posted late Thursday on the Conversations blog, which will also move to the Microsoft website.“Our global and local websites are going through a transition as we speak and in the coming days our social channels will get a new name too—they will be called Microsoft Lumia,” Rytilä said. “This work continues across our devices, packaging and retail, to name a few.” – Advertisement – In April this year, Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business for over US$7 billion.Besides continuing to offer Nokia-branded entry-level phones like the Nokia 130, the company will continue to also sell and support Nokia Lumia smartphones that are in the market, such as the recently announced Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735, Rytilä said.The executive said that Microsoft was looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon, without giving a specific date. She described the change in brand as “a natural progression” as all devices that once came from Nokia now come from Microsoft.The company could not be immediately reached for comment.The transition to the new Microsoft Lumia brand was first announced on Nokia France’s Facebook page.Via PC Worldlast_img read more

Report Samsung is serious about making an 184inch tablet

first_imgA very large Android tablet. Photo Credit: SamMobile Advertisement Samsung is reportedly looking to continue the trend of having larger screen sizes on tablets and smartphones with a new Android tablet that will sport an 18.4-inch display.The new tablet, whose codename is Tahoe, will feature a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot (supporting up to 128GB cards), and a 5,700 mAh battery, according to a report in SamMobile.It will also come with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2.1-megapixel secondary camera. – Advertisement – All in all, the device reportedly measures in at 17.8 inches wide, 10.8 inches tall, and less than a half-inch thick.[related-posts]A release date for the new device is uncertain.Credit: SamMobilelast_img read more

Orange launches the first ever mobile crowdfunding platform in Africa in partnership

first_imgOrange. Photo Credit: XMobile Advertisement Today, Orange is launching Africa’s first mobile crowdfunding platform in Côte d’Ivoire: Orange Collecte.With this platform, private individuals and charities can finance their personal (weddings, birthdays, etc.) and charitable projects (fundraising, events, projects, etc.) by making an appeal through their mobile network. This novel solution is open to all Orange Money customers in Côte d’Ivoire. Contributors will be able to make their donations using their Orange Money electronic wallet.Orange unites with HelloAsso – Advertisement – The Orange Collecte platform was developed in partnership with HelloAsso (http://www.helloasso.com). Through this partnership, Orange is getting involved with the social innovation approach instigated by HelloAsso. The Orange Collecte initiative embodies the Group’s desire to support innovative solutions that meet its customer’s basic needs, while also illustrating the issue of developing innovative financial services in Africa, which is part of the operator’s strategy.Orange Collecte, so easy to use Orange Money customers create their fundon Orange Collecte by dialling #144*8# on a mobile or going to collecte.orange.com.A charity that wants to start a fundraising campaign must have created an Orange Money account dedicated to the charity. As for contributors, they choose a campaign, indicate how much they want to pledge and then confirm it. In turn, they can invite their contacts to also take part in the collection.At the end of the collection, the amount raised is directly transferred to the user’s Orange Money account.Orange Money, Orange’s range of mobile financial services In sub-Saharan Africa, where less than 24 % of the population has a bank account, whilst more than 80% of inhabitants have a mobile phone, Orange Money offers mobile financial services that can be used with simplicity and ease to carry out remote transactions securely.Opening an Orange Money account is free for Orange mobile customers. The system is very easy to use: deposits or money transfers are made via the standard GSM network.Three types of operations can be carried out using the Orange Money service:money transfers: users can make an electronic money transfer to any other Orange Money customer living in the same country. In some countries, international transfers are also possible.payments: users can pay certain bills remotely and easily buy phone credit.financial services: include savings and insurance solutions, depending on the country.With more than 15 million customers and more than €4.5 transferred in 2014 in 13 countries, Orange Money is a great success.last_img read more

Oracle Google fail to settle Android lawsuit before retrial

first_imgGoogle-Oracle failed to settle a long running copyright lawsuit over the Android operating system. Image Credit: Mashable Advertisement Oracle Corp and Alphabet’s Google unit failed to settle a long running copyright lawsuit over the Android operating system ahead of a retrial scheduled for May, according to a court docket.The case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programming language, which Google used to design Android. Oracle is seeking billions in royalties for Google’s use of some of the Java language, while Google argues it should be able to use Java without paying a fee.At trial in San Francisco federal court in 2012, the jury deadlocked on Google’s fair use defense. Both companies participated in a court-ordered settlement conference on Friday before a U.S. magistrate in San Jose, California, in an attempt to stave off retrial next month. – Advertisement – Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Oracle CEO Safra Catz both attended, but talks were unsuccessful, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal wrote in a brief statement.“After an earlier run at settling this case failed, the court observed that some cases just need to be tried,” Grewal wrote. “This case apparently needs to be tried twice.”Representatives for both companies could not immediately be reached for comment.[Reuters]last_img read more

Shifting to a Career in Technology Whats In It For You

first_imgGetting a career in technology for the traditional job roles; coding, creating new hardware, software development. Photo by : Christina Morillo/Pexels Advertisement As we move through the generations, more and more people are taking up education to re-start their career. You may have gone to university at 18 and studied for three years, but 10 years on you may have decided that the world of tech is for you. With children now learning to code at school and online, this industry has never been more accessible. So, if you are considering a move to the world of technology, what could you possibly gain from it?Genuine job diversityYou may want to get a career in technology for the traditional job roles; coding, creating new hardware, software development. However, this doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to work for all the big tech giants, or make your way over to Silicon Valley. Instead, you could well find yourself becoming a 3-D graphic designer, a web-designer for a fashion label or developing sports technology. A career in this sector can just about be applied to any area of interest.This job diversity is transferable skills in the real sense of the word. Having knowledge and experience of technology could see you not just hopping from job to job and sector to sector, but also around the globe. The need for highly-skilled technicians and developers is a global and universal demand. Becoming educated and trained in this area really could make the world your oyster.An ever-changing sector – Advertisement – Ifyou join the technological sector, you won’t be joining an industry that’s indecline or coming to a halt. Instead, you will be joining an industry that isever-changing and evolving. Employees who earned their degree in informationtechnology 30 years ago have learned to acclimatize and learn throughout thegenerations of new technology. It’s for this reason that tech is not a dead-endcareer. You can go into the information and technology world and know that itis possible to side-step into a similar realm. As technology moves forward,your skills will be applied, just in a different way. If you apply yourself andare willing to learn and take on new knowledge, you will never fall behind. Youwill be at the forefront of modernization and development.Managerial positionsLike many industries, job security gets far more diverse and exciting as you climb up the ladder. The senior roles in technology are not only well-paid, but they also allow you to learn other coveted managerial skills. Project management in the tech world is incredibly important. Projects in this sector can be incredibly advanced, require a lot of protection of embargoed content and organization. On top of that, they also require a lot of team work, which has to be supervised and managed on a daily basis. Keeping the team on side while you develop a new and exciting project is a skill in its own right. If this is a skill you would want to work on then getting a degree in project management, on top of your technology degree will put you in good stead. These can easily be done online with Southern Cross University, allowing you to build on your skills set around your work schedule. Combing your previous set of expertise, your new skills in technology and education in leadership and project management could make you invaluable to many companies.Problem SolvingIf you really enjoy getting your teeth stuck into problems, or love the process of figuring out how to tweak and fix unresolved issues, then tech could be a potentially great industry to work in. This industry practically thrives on the need to resolve issues or improve the functionality of software and hardware. Whether you’re a software developer, a network technician or IT support, there will never be a boring day. Having an analytical mind or even just the simple enjoyment of working as a team could really benefit you in this industry.Innovation – in every senseTheneed for technology to grow and adapt means that you will have a certain amountof job security, depending on what sector you’re in. As well as being in anindustry that pioneers new technology and software improvement, you could alsofind yourself in a sector that is forward-thinking in other areas. It has beenfound that around a quarter of finance employees are interested in making themove to the tech sector. A suspected reason for this is that tech companiesprovide meaningful work, and have to practice what they preach when it comes toforward thinking, resulting in more flexible working hours. It looks as if thedays of burning the midnight oil for high-paying finance jobs are being swappedfor purposeful, interesting professions that maintain a work-life balance foremployees. What are your non-tech skills?If your reason for jumping sectors is your dissatisfaction with your current job, have you ever wondered what you could personally bring to the tech industry itself? For example, if you studied a Bachelors in History, have been working in communications and are about to join a software development company, you could have the upper hand. Your niche, bonus set of expertise could fill a surprising void in either a company or the industry itself.It’simportant that you don’t see your background as your Achilles heel – it couldreally be a benefit to you. It really should be emphasized that you don’tnecessarily have to have a techie background to move into this industry. Yourown unique set of skills could truly benefit many companies. Even if you aren’tas into the mathematical data-driven side of technology, you could findyourself working in the visual or technician realm. What you do with technologywill ultimately come down to your interests and the experiences you pick upalong the way.No boredom Job dissatisfaction can often come with boredom. Feeling as if you’ve been wasting the days completing mundane and meaningless tasks can be hugely draining on your morale and sense of purpose. A huge benefit of joining the IT or tech sector is that you will always be engaged. The aspect of problem-solving and learning as the tech industry progresses is ideal for a person who likes to keep their brain stimulated. Coding and technician work are two prime examples of jobs that require you to frequently think on your feet and figure out some complex ideas.A social jobA combination of stereotypes, and people’s own personal singular experiences, have built up the image that the tech sector is full of anti-social workers, hurriedly working on their own. However, this isn’t always the case. As a result of this job requiring a large amount of problem-solving, you will be required to work closely with others. While you may of course find yourself completing projects on your own, you shouldn’t approach it as a solo career. Working as a team will help you overcome large tasks, develop new ideas and generally improve your working social life.There’sno such thing as a boring time to join the tech industry. As our personal, workand utility devices become more advanced, we will need the people-power todevelop ideas and solve problems. If you’ve ever relished the achievement oftroubleshooting a problem or learning how to complete a basic piece of code,then a career in technology could be for you. Whether you want to stay in thedevelopment sector of the industry or work your way up through management, thisindustry has an infinite number of doors that could be open to you one day.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

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Rice U expert available to comment on Dallas Catholic diocese raid aftermath

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice U. expert available to comment on Dallas Catholic diocese raid aftermathHOUSTON – (May 20, 2019) – Last week’s raid on the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, which police say hasn’t fully cooperated with a sexual abuse investigation, comes in the wake of dozens of Catholic bishops releasing lists of the priests in their dioceses who were credibly accused of child abuse.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThe raid is symbolic of a crisis of faith in the organization and its leadership, according to a reputation management expert at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.Anastasiya (Annie) Zavyalova, associate professor of strategic management at Rice Business, is available to discuss Catholic dioceses’ crisis and reputation management with the media. Zavyalova said releasing the names has been a small step in the right direction, particularly toward healing relations with parishioners.In Dallas, trust repair will be a long-term process, Zavyalova said. “Its effectiveness will be contingent on who drives the process: In this situation, in order to work, the repair will have to be initiated by the laity, not by those in power at the church,” she said.Zavyalova’s recent research includes an in-progress study of how parishioners reacted to the names of priests released by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2005. Her general research focuses on negative events in organizations and the role of the media and organizational identification for stakeholder support following such incidents.To schedule an interview with Zavyalova, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business on Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Zavyalova bio: http://business.rice.edu/person/anastasiya-zavyalovaJones Graduate School of Business: http://business.rice.edulast_img read more

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Names Leonsis Prize Finalists

first_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Georgetown’s top student entrepreneurs are ready to show their stuff and win the cherished Leonsis Prize. The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business recently announced the 2018 finalists for the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize.Finalists will compete at the inaugural Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize “Bark Tank” pitch competition event, according to the school. The Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize is supported by—you guessed it—the Leonis family.Meet the Leonisis’Ted Leonsis is a longtime entrepreneur, investor, and founder of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates three professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Ted’s son, Zach (MBA ’15) is the senior vice president of strategic initiatives of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and general manager of Monumental Sports Network. Ted’s wife, Lynn, and daughter, Elle, the digital marketing director of SnagFilms, Inc., are also involved in the program Meet the FinalistsCompeting teams are made of current Georgetown undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni who within six months of graduation. Finalists were selected following a rigorous nomination, application, and review process. They compete for a slice of a $100,000 prize during the Bark Tank pitch competition, where each team share their ventures with a panel of judges, and the McDonough community.Some of the ventures where founded by McDonough MBAs. Those finalists include:Edible Finance: Sunny Gupta (MBA’19) and Chris Johnson (MBA’19). Edible Finance is an Instagram-like stories platform for investments. It provides bite-sized investment tidbits via stories and videos that drive revenue generating investment actions.Foublie: Melissa Antal (MBA’19). Foublie is an on-demand service that connects parents with questions about nutrition, food and feeding to specialists and catered resources.Galapagos Strategies: Ramya Possett (MBA’17). Galapagos Strategies disrupts the IP model with upfront market analyses, innovative consulting workshops, and the creation of strategic IP that generates value.Hatch: JP Coakley (MBA’18) and Kelsey Lents (MBA’18). Hatch is a flexible coworking and licensed child care solution for parents in the gig economy that aligns professional and parental needs.Visit the Georgetown McDonough website to read about the rest of the finalists. You can learn more about the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize here. Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Names Leonsis Prize Finalists Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Washington, DC Relatedlast_img read more

Rice Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgRice Professor Earns Lifetime Achievement Award regions: Houston About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer An accounting professor at the Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business was recently awarded the 2017 Lifetime Service Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA).Stephen Zeff, the Keith Anderson Professor of Accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Business, was presented with the Lifetime Service Award this August at the annual AAA meeting. Zeff has been a member of the Rice faculty since 1978 and has a long history with the AAA, serving as editor for the organization’s publication, The Accounting Review from 1978-83, and as president of the organization from 1985-86. In 1988, Zeff was presented with the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the AAA, was inducted to the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2002, and received the International Federation of Accountants International Gold Service Award in 2011. To date, Zeff has authored or edited more than 31 books and over 100 scholarly articles. He served as a book review editor for The International Journal of Accounting from 1997 to 2003, and for The Accounting Review from 2006 to 2015. He has also served as a visiting professor across the globe, from the University of California at Berkeley and University of Chicago to schools in Australia, the Netherlands, and Mexico. Zeff has lectured in more than 55 countries and currently serves on the editorial board of 15 research journals edited across 10 countries.The American Accounting Association is an organization dedicated to the education, research and practice of accounting throughout the world. The Lifetime Service Award is presented to leaders in the field who have demonstrated important contributions to accounting through service to the association and other professional accounting organizations.center_img Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedSmeal Professor Awarded by AICPADr. Mark W. Dirsmith, the Deloite & Touche Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the Smeal College of Business has been named the winner of the 2015 American Insitute of CPA’s Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. The AMCPA award has been presented annually since 1985. The awarded is given to…August 18, 2015In “Featured Home”Goizueta Professor Receives Distinguished Research AwardIlia D. Dichev, the Goizueta Chair and Professor of Accounting at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and his coauthor Patricia M. Dechow, the Donald H. and Ruth F. Seller Chair in Public Accounting at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley have won the 2015 Distinguished…August 27, 2015In “Featured Region”George Washington School of Business Prof. Received Competitive Manuscript AwardAccording to a press release on the GWSB website, the American Accounting Association (AAA) has presented George Washington School of Business Assistant Professor Youli Zou with its 2015 Competitive Manuscript Award. Zou received this honor for her manuscript, “Strategic Entry Decisions, Accounting Signals, and Risk Management Disclosure.” Zou’s research focuses…August 21, 2015In “Featured Region”last_img read more

Boston College Announces MBA Deadlines for 201819

first_img regions: Boston RelatedNorthwestern Kellogg Announces New MBA DeadlinesThe newest batch of Northwestern MBA deadline dates have been announced for the Kellogg School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: September 19, 2018 Notifications: December 12, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 9, 2019 Notifications: March 27, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: April 10, 2019…June 13, 2018In “Advice”Emory Goizueta Announces New MBA DeadlinesDeadlines for the One and Two-Year MBA programs at the Emory University Goizueta Business School have been officially announced for the 2018-19 academic year, which are as follows: Round 1 Application Deadline: October 5, 2018 Notification Date: November 30, 2018 Deposit Due: December 21, 2018 Round 2 Application Deadline: November…May 30, 2018In “Advice”Georgetown McDonough 2018-19 MBA Deadlines Have Been AnnouncedThe newest batch of Georgetown MBA deadline dates have been announced for the McDonough School of Business, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadline: October 9, 2018 Notifications: December 19, 2018 Round Two Deadline: January 7, 2019 Notifications: March 26, 2019 Round Three Deadline: April 1, 2019 Notifications:…June 27, 2018In “Advice” About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Last Updated Aug 22, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Boston College Announces MBA Deadlines for 2018-19 The newest batch of Boston College MBA deadlines dates have been announced for the Carroll School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season.Round OneDeadlines: September 17, 2018Notifications: December 5, 2018Round TwoDeadlines: January 7, 2019Notifications: March 15, 2019 Round ThreeDeadlines: March 15, 2019Notifications: May 1, 2019Round Four (Final)Deadlines: April 15, 2019Notifications: June 5, 2019Head over to the official BC Carroll website for more application information.last_img read more

News Roundup – Bad Advertising at Questrom AwardingWinning Faculty at Johns Hopkins

first_img Let’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including BU Questrom’s take on bad advertising, and more.Darden of Carey Faculty Receives Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award – JHU NewsThe Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School recently honored Associate Professor Michael Darden with a Catalyst Award in acknowledgement of his early career accomplishments.The awards were first introduced at Carey in 2015 to support the efforts of professors like Darden who have shown originality and impact in their fields. Darden, whose work focuses on the economics health care markets and tobacco regulation, will receive a $75,000 research grant. He formerly taught health policy and management at George Washington University and economics at Tulane.Darden received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina. He is currently a research faculty fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Carey Business School Associate Professor Michael Darden, winner of this year’s Catalyst Award \ Photo via carey.jhu.eduOn the news of the award, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels says, “There is no more urgent time than the present to renew our commitment to those whose ideas will improve the condition of our world and its people… By supporting the creative and ambitious research of early-career faculty, we are investing not only in the future of these exceptional scholars but of the entire academic enterprise.”For more on the Catalyst Award and Michael Darden, read here.Penn State Smeal Convenes Panel of Leading Infrastructure Experts to Discuss Challenges Facing the U.S. – Smeal College of Business NewsThe Penn State Smeal College of Business recently hosted a panel of some of the country’s leading experts in infrastructure and transportation. Members of the panel, convening in New York City, discussed some of the critical issues facing the country today.David Welsh, Penn State Smeal alum and founder of Normandy Real Estate Partners, led the discussion. The panel included Sarah Feinberg, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board member and former U.S. Department of Transportation chief of staff; Anthony Coscia, chairman of Amtrak; Parick Foye, chairman of the MTA and Steve Plate, chief of major capital projects of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.Larry Silverstein, chairman of Silverstein Properties and developer of the new World Trade Center in New York City, co-hosted the event. “Our experience here at the World Trade Center showed us how important it is for government to work hand in hand with the private sector on large infrastructure projects. We can’t do them alone; we have to work together,” he says. “Our country’s transportation infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and society.”The event was organized by Penn State Smeal’s Institute for Real Estate Studies (IRES), a privately sponsored research institute within the University.MBA Students Provide Insights for Global Water Projects – OSU Fisher NewsThree teams of students in OSU Fisher‘s Global Applied Projects program partnered with OSU’s Global Water Institute (GWI) and Global One Health Initiative (GOHi) to help create strategies for clean water initiatives in Kenya and Tanzania. Using a franchise model, the student teams analyzed the ways in which the clean water solutions could be profitable.Ohio State Fisher students, working with OSU’s Global Water Institute (GWI) and Global One Health Initiative (GOHi) / Photo via fisher.osu.eduErin Collin, a second-year MBA student and graduate assistant at the GWI says, “Our goal was to help address these issues by developing a franchise offering that could be used to specifically address the challenges outlined above by adding more structure, resources and accountability.”The students’ input will remain valuable as the GWI develops strategies for franchising, along with partnerships with local East African governments and universities, the World Bank, and clean water advocacy organization WaterAid. The teams who worked with the Global One Health Initiative had the goal of developing clean water infrastructure in Ethiopia. Students traveled to the region to connect with residents, conduct interviews, and visit sites.“GAP was absolutely a highlight of my MBA experience because it provided me an opportunity to bring together so many of my passions: international development, public health, strategic and analytical thinking, teamwork and international travel,” says Courtney Clark, a second year MBA. “Writing our final report felt like the most meaningful thing I have done so far in the MBA program.” Read more on the GAP and its international partnerships here.Dave Owens Named the Evans Family Executive Director of the Wond’ry – Owen GSM NewsVanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management has announced a new director for its innovation workspace, the Wond’ry.David A. Owens is a Professor for the Practice of Management and Innovation at Owen, but his expertise stretches across disciplines. He is faculty director for the Vanderbilt Accelerator-Summer Business Institute, in addition to professor in the School of Engineering. Owens also holds appointments in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development as professor of the practice of teaching and learning, and the School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences.“My goal is to help students, faculty and staff to be more effective innovators by making it easier to find tools, mentors, expertise and insights on innovation practice and design research. We will also increase the Wond’ry’s connections to Vanderbilt’s research centers,” says Owens of his appointment.Owens has lent his product development expertise to a diverse group of organizations such as NASA, Nissan, Wrigley’s, LEGO, and Gibson Music. He has also served as CEO of Griffin Technology and as a product developer for IDEO.Questrom Dean & Brand Expert Presents At Management Science’s 65th Anniversary Conference – Questrom NewsBoston University Questrom School of Business recently hosted academic journal Management Science’s 65th Anniversary Conference, where Dean Susan Fournier headlined with a presentation on brand management.In her talk, entitled “Taking Brand Seriously in the Age of Risky Business,” Dean Fournier discussed the ways in which brands can survive in an increasingly competitive landscape. Using such examples as PepsiCo’s failed ad campaign featuring Kendall Jenner in a protest scene, Fournier made various points on the success and failure of companies’ branding efforts.Dean Susan Fournier’s presentation, “Taking Brand Seriously in the Age of Risky Business,” looked at the risks in advertising, including Pepsi’s advertising debacle, featuring Kendall Jenner.Fournier, along with her leadership at Questrom, is also founder, president, and chair of The Institute for Brands & Brand Relationships, an international non-profit which promotes brand research and publications on the topic.For more on the Management Science event and on Dean Fournier, click here. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Philadelphia RelatedCarey Professor Wins Johns Hopkins Catalyst AwardThe Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business announced that Jemima Frimpong, an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, is a recipient of the university’s annual Catalyst Awards.Catalyst Awards honor early-career JHU faculty members whose work has shown originality and has made an impact in their respective fields. The award also comes with…July 10, 2017In “Featured Region”Carey School of Business Professor Earns Discovery Awards Research GrantSince 2015, Johns Hopkins University has issued Discovery Awards to fund new collaborative projects by researchers from across the university’s various schools and divisions. According to a recent press release, Roman Galperin, an Assistant Professor from the Carey School of Business, becomes the latest faculty member from JHU’s business school…August 1, 2017In “Featured Region”Carey Assistant Professor to Receive Up to $75,000 From JHU Catalyst Awards ProgramThirty-seven early-career Johns Hopkins faculty members have been chosen to receive up to $75,000 from the university’s new Catalyst Awards program to pursue their research and creative endeavors. Carey Business School Assistant Professor Mario Macis was one of researchers chosen to receive the award. Macis was recognized for his work…July 7, 2015In “Featured Region” News Roundup – Bad Advertising at Questrom, Awarding-Winning Faculty at Johns Hopkins, and Morecenter_img About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Last Updated Jun 28, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Trump to Lay out US Strategy for Afghanistan on Monday Night

first_img US Trump to Lay out US Strategy for Afghanistan on Monday Night By Reuters August 20, 2017 Updated: August 21, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump (L) is introduced by Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) during the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. on July 22, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Share Show Discussioncenter_img LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday.A White House statement said Trump’s 9 p.m. (0100 GMT Tuesday) speech from Fort Myer, Virginia, near Washington, would “provide an update on the path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia.”It will be Trump’s first prime-time address to the country apart from a speech to Congress he gave in February that is part of an annual tradition for U.S. presidents.Trump, ending a working vacation at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, reached his decision on Afghanistan after lengthy talks with his top military and national security aides at Camp David, Maryland, on Friday.The president, who launched a strategy review for the region shortly after taking office in January, has expressed fatigue at the long-running Afghan war launched by then-President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, and privately questioned whether sending more American troops was wise, U.S. officials said.“We’re not winning,” he told advisers in a mid-July meeting, questioning whether Army General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, should be fired, an official said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has argued that a U.S. military presence is needed to protect against the ongoing threat from Islamist militants, the official said.U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis gives a news conference after a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on June 29, 2017. (REUTERS/Eric Vidal) U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis gives a news conference after a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on June 29, 2017. (REUTERS/Eric Vidal)Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent advances by Taliban insurgents, more than 15 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan to topple the Islamist Taliban government for giving al Qaeda a sanctuary where it plotted the Sept. 11 attacks.U.S. military and intelligence officials are concerned that a Taliban victory would allow al Qaeda and ISIS terrorist groups’ regional affiliate to establish bases in Afghanistan from which to plot attacks against the United States and its allies.One reason the White House decision has taken so long, two officials who participated in the discussions said on Sunday, is that it was difficult to get Trump to accept the need for a broader regional strategy that included U.S. policy toward Pakistan before making a decision on whether to send additional forces to Afghanistan.Both officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to disclose Trump’s decisions on troop levels and Pakistan policy before he does.Conflicting Options The difficulty in reaching a decision was compounded, the two officials said, by the wide range of conflicting options Trump received, both in formal briefings, meetings and phone calls and from news and commentary on television and social media.White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other advisers favored accepting Nicholson’s request for some 4,000 additional U.S. forces.But recently ousted White House strategic adviser Steve Bannon had argued for the withdrawal of all 8,400 U.S. forces, saying that after 16 years, the war was still not winnable. Bannon, fired on Friday by Trump, was not at the Camp David meeting.At least two other options were examined, the officials said.One, favored by some officials, was shrinking the U.S. force by some 3,000 troops and leaving a smaller counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering contingent to carry out special operations and direct drone strikes against the Taliban.Proponents argued that option was less costly in lives and money and would add less to the damage already inflicted on U.S. special operations forces by the long-running battles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria.Another option, to use a private mercenary force to aid and train the Afghans in place of U.S. troops, was never seriously considered, officials said.Further complicating matters, the officials said, were differences about how hard to pressure Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban and allies such as the Haqqani group, a course some military and intelligence officials feared would interfere with their cooperation with the Pakistani military and its powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI.(Additional reporting by Idrees Ali traveling with Mattis in Amman, Jordan; Editing by Sandra Maler and Peter Cooney) last_img read more