Shuttered SF Mission gambling den resurfaces in the Bayview

first_imgAn illegal gambling den that ran with virtual impunity in the Mission District for over a year has moved to an artist space in the Bayview, according to the tenant of a commercial warehouse space near Bayshore Boulevard.The tenant said he unwittingly subleased his art studio in the Bayview building to the same individuals who rented the Mission District space at 133 Lilac St. where a gambling den operated as recently as February. The tenant, who requested anonymity, said he subleased his studio on March 5 to a woman who said she wanted to run a janitorial business out of the space. The man declined to give the warehouse’s exact address, fearing retaliation from his landlord.The tenant of record currently lives in another state, and said that he had rented the studio space in the two-story Bayview warehouse for some five years when he decided to sublet it. The man said he found the subtenants using a Craigslist advertisement.  0% Tags: police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Just weeks after the couple set up shop in the studio space, neighbors began complaining about loud music, increased traffic, and even a street fight that raised suspicion of illegal use of the warehouse space. “My neighbors said on weekend nights, it’s wild,” said the source. The tenant said that one neighbor told him that since the subtenants’ arrival, traffic has increased and the streets are now “packed with Mercedes and fancy cars” on weekend nights. That neighbor also reported “broken glass and noisy fights” in the middle of the night.  Cameras set up outside of the studio space show the sub-tenants lugging cases of alcohol into the warehouse on weekends, according to the tenant.The tenant also said that his assistant, who works in the space above the studio, reported witnessing a pool table being moved into the space some two weeks ago.The neighbor’s complaints are similar to those made by neighbors of the former Fizzary, a Mission District soda shop at 2949 Mission St., where the gambling den first cropped up in October 2015.Back then, Taylor Peck, the Fizzary’s owner, said he subleased the storefront after his soda business shuttered. His new subtenants were a couple and another woman who said they represented the global nutrition company Herbalife and that they were seeking to open a brick-and-mortar shop. “They use that as their front,” said Peck, who continued living in a space above his storefront and quickly realized that he had been deceived when it morphed into an after hours party spot where neighbors alleged prostitution.Despite repeated calls for service, Peck said police were “wholeheartedly unhelpful” in thwarting the illegal operation.In a desperate attempt to inspire police intervention, Peck vandalized his own storefront in December 2015, spraying the words “illegal club” on the building. When Peck was evicted by the building’s owner a week later, his subtenants were forced out as well, but they soon returned when a property management company said that it unknowingly re-rented the the former Fizzary space to the same operators a year later, said Peck. Only this time, the gambling den proprietors ran the establishment out of the building’s back entrance, at 133 Lilac St. “They evicted me and brought in proper real estate broker and fell for the exact scam,” said Peck. “I was just renting the front part to them as sublet. This broker signed a deal that allowed them 100 percent access to entire building – they got keys to kingdom.”San Francisco Spokesperson Robert Rueca said that complaints alone are often not enough to take action.“We can’t take control of that property unless we have exigent circumstances, an actual emergency that would allow us to go into that space,” he said. “A noise complaint would not be one of those circumstances.”At 133 Lilac St., Rueca said police were eventually able to “develop enough reason to get in there to get a signed search warrant to have legal authority to go in there and seize possible evidence of crime that was occurring.”Still, despite allegations that alcohol was being sold at that location, police were unable to cite the club’s operators because “when we came in to serve a search warrant we didn’t see the evidence,” said Rueca. He further added about the enforcement process: “It’s very much a cat and mouse game and we have certain standards as law enforcement to uphold the laws, and unless those laws change, we have certain limits.”Peck and the Bayview tenant corroborated the name of at least one person with whom they signed a sublease agreement, Blanca Leticia Mendez Rubio. When contacted, Mendez Rubio confirmed subletting the Fizzary’s former storefront and now the Bayview studio space, but denied any involvement or knowledge of the alleged illegal operations at both spaces.But the Bayview tenant is skeptical and recently hired a lawyer to begin eviction proceedings. He fears, however, that he may be forced to undergo the same lengthy legal ordeal as Peck, and in the worst case, face an eviction himself.Peck said his “heart breaks” for the Bayview tenant, who he said is the latest victim of an ongoing scam.“They stopped paying rent [for the Fizzary space] they minute they got in there,” said Peck. “It takes three months to evict someone through the legal process. It takes about one month for the owner to figure it out, so they bank on moving somewhere new every three months.” last_img read more

Missions Cinderella story hits midnight — Bears thumped by Lincoln in city

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “I told them these championship games are the type of games won in the summer, that what we do then translates around this time of the season,” said Whitley later.Mission quarterback McKinley Oliver attempts a run during the first minutes of the San Francisco high school football finals, on Nov. 30, 2018.The ambitious Bears were diminished by their much bigger, stronger opposition. Tight on defense and methodical on offense, Lincoln started winning yards after sub-par punts by Mission. The Mustangs’ offensive line never gave the Bears an opportunity to rough up Lincoln’s skill position players, and so they moved largely unimpeded. The physical disadvantage was on full display when Lincoln’s 6-foot-3 receiver Jalen Williams ran practically unopposed for 79 yards to score yet another touchdown.“Stop them, please! Stop them!” a Mission parent pleaded from the stands.It was also a show of mistakes by the Bears that further enabled Lincoln’s domination of the game: fluffed punts, over-eager snaps, rushed passes, slips and fumbles. Out of three attempted long passes by McKinley Oliver, only one found the hands of receiver Demarr Simmons. The bleeding was somewhat contained during the second half, but never stopped.A high snap flies over quarterback Oliver, one of the many unforced errors that enabled Lincoln’s shutout.The tears of frustration started soon after. “We’ll be back!” screamed junior Rasheed Loveless a few times, for good measure.He may be, but there will not be another chance for 11 seniors, who may never play another competitive game again. This blowout could be it, so they will have to make peace with it. Coach Whitley — or TB, as he likes to be called — kickstarted the healing process in the huddle.“This ain’t about winning on the field! I care about you winning in life!” he rallied.With everyone taking a knee around him, the first-year coach called out players’ names, one by one, to stand up and take a brief homage.Life comes fast for everyone, but he made a point to take a pause. The city’s runners-up then huddled for two final cries:“1, 2, 3, Bears!!”“4, 5, 6, family!!”Mission coach Tobias Whitley pays homage to his seniors, who might have played their final competitive football game. Only for a brief moment did the Mission High School Bears pose a threat to the onslaught by Lincoln High at Kezar Stadium last night.Down 14-0 at the beginning of the second quarter of the city championship game, junior receiver Julian Milton took a kickoff 79 yards to the Mustangs’ nine. “Touchdown! Touchdown!” his teammates screamed, running on the sideline, as Milton sped and cut through the field, avoiding numerous tackles. But not so fast: Four unproductive downs later, a bad snap would rainbow over quarterback McKinley Oliver, and that would be the end of it. The Bears were never that close to scoring again.So lopsided was the rest of the game that, after a hesitant opening possession, the Mustangs did not see themselves at fourth down until early in the final quarter, already playing with a bunch of subs. The final score was 53-0 for Lincoln, and the scoring barrage came in large part in the minutes after Milton’s illusory second-quarter run. Twenty-nine points later, the Bears were down 43 at halftime.Then and there, in a corner of Kezar Stadium, coach Tobias Whitley could only remind them of the original plan — “focus, focus, focus” — while he began to focus on his underclassmen.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Day 21 – Sunday October 29Everyone is obviously di

first_imgDay 21 – Sunday October 29Everyone is obviously disappointed not to make it four wins from four but to say that the staff are happy and proud of the performances would be a massive understatement.To see this group of young men come together, unite as a team and perform the way that they have, both on and off the field, has been a real pleasure for all staff involved, and the whole group of lads have been a credit to their families, community clubs and schools throughout the tour.Each and everyone of them will have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.So it was on the bus for one last ride along the now infamous ‘Parramatta Road’ for the trip into the city centre.An opportunity for some last minute souvenir shopping, or to just simply sit and watch the world go by before meeting late afternoon for the most exhilarating activity, walking up to the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.21 players and six staff tackled the Bridge… several with plenty of anxiety on show at tackling some height fears! The views from the top of the Bridge are stunning and it’s a great way finish to the tour.Following the climb it was back to base, via Domino’s for yet more food, where the tour ending presentation took place.The Award Winners:PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE TOUR – Sam Royle PLAYER OF THE TOUR – Jack Welsby BEST BACK – John Hutchings BEST FORWARD – Christian Kellett BEST TOURIST – Evan Bullen UNSUNG TOURIST AWARDS – Reece Jackson & Brandon Scullylast_img read more

Public hearing on shortterm rentals in Wilmington

first_img(Photo: WWAY/Basil John) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After two years of debating short term rentals, Wilmington city council is one step closer to setting new rules for them.On Tuesday, city council is holding a public hearing on the proposed regulations for short-term rentals.- Advertisement – The rules address two different types of short-term housing, homestay, which is renting rooms with the host in the home full time and whole house lodging, renting an entire home with the resident living there for at least 6-months out of the year.The council meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.last_img

Southport to update public on police department probe next week

first_img Mayor Jerry Dove says he expects preliminary findings soon, however he says the full report is still a “long way off.” Dove says it will have to be compared to the investigation being done by the District Attorney.Dove adds that applications are coming in for the chief’s job, but the city is not actively seeking applicants.The city has suspended Smith and Simmons without pay. The men are accused of working for a trucking company while they were on the clock for the city.Related Article: USDOJ: Wilmington gang leader sentenced to 20 years on gun, drug chargesThe rest of the department’s officers, some of whom reported the allegations against their supervisors, are on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been providing law enforcement for the city.The city’s public meeting is next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 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 SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The investigation into actions of the Southport Police Department continues following the arrest of Chief Gary Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons last month.The Board of Aldermen is due to give an update at a public meeting next week.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killings uproar

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Protesters hold up placards during a public vigil in memory of the victims of a suspected serial killer outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Stefanos Kouratzis/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Protesters hold up placards during a public vigil in memory of the victims of a suspected serial killer outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Stefanos Kouratzis/File Photo Cyprus’s justice minister resigned on Thursday amid public uproar at how police handled disappearances of foreign women, victims of a suspected serial killer whose actions went undetected for almost three years.Four women have been found murdered in the past three weeks, their bodies dumped in three locations west of the capital Nicosia. Investigations are under way into three other disappearances, including two girls aged six and eight.A 35-year-old career army officer is in custody and police say he has confessed to seven killings in total after having connected with the women on an online dating site.“I informed the president of the republic that I am resigning for reasons of political sensitivity,” Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou told reporters after meeting President Nicos Anastasiades.Nicolaou said Anastasiades accepted his resignation.Authorities have come under fierce criticism for not thoroughly investigating reports of the women disappearing in the first place.A mother and daughter from Romania, thought to be the first victims, disappeared in September 2016, and the last of the  victims, from the Philippines, around August 2018.Police say they will conduct an investigation into any perceived shortcomings.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

iHub joins Startup Federation to become its first African member

first_imgPhoto Credit: iHub Advertisement Nairobi-based iHub has become a member of the global network Startup Federation, the first startup hub from Africa to join the network.The Startup Federation is a global network of the best incubator programmes and startup hubs, curated by Washington-based accelerator 1776.According to iHub, the membership will better enable African startups to collaborate, grow and compete on a global scale. From the global perspective, entrepreneurs from across the world can now benefit from the vibrant space, talent and networks the iHub has to offer. – Advertisement – “We are seeing so many high-growth startups, in Kenya and across Africa, that have incredible global potential,” said Donna Harris, co-founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of 1776.“We see enormous financial opportunity and social impact in working with iHub to uncover these hidden gems and  get them connected to the global startup stage.”iHub said joining the Startup Federation will facilitate increased interaction between Kenyan startups and their peers worldwide.“We were excited to be involved in hosting a regional round of the last 1776 Challenge Cup,” said Josiah Mugambi, executive director of iHub.“By being part of this network of startup hubs, incubators and accelerators, we are looking forward to seeing more Kenyan startup companies interacting and growing globally.”last_img read more

Huawei X Labs White Paper Identifies Opportunity for Telecom Operators to Accelerate

first_img(Photo Courtesy: One Acre Fund) Advertisement Huawei X Labs released a white paper that highlights the potential for telecom operators to help farmers increase efficiency and productivity through smart agriculture. The report identifies significant opportunities for telecom operators to provide end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) services to contribute to the entire agriculture value chain.Huawei X Labs estimates that by 2020 the total addressable market for telecom operators in agriculture will be USD$12.9 billion from vertical integration, partnership and marketing, and value added services.In the face of accelerated global urbanization and the declining number of farmers, smart agriculture is becoming increasingly critical as a key measure to enhance agricultural productivity. – Advertisement – With the expansion of smart phones and internet penetration as well as increasing adoption of technology in agriculture, better measurement and management of vital aspects of farming are foreseeable by using IoT. Sensors can communicate real-time information to assess the conditions of soil, crops and the air, predict weather patterns, and monitor equipment and vehicles.Smart agriculture fosters productivity and efficiency by guiding farmers to make the best decisions at the right time for optimized production.However, the report shows that connectivity still remains a key obstacle for smart farming as connectivity services in agriculture have not yet reached the maturity levels that they have reached in other verticals, such as retail and automotive. Additional barriers that need to be overcome to drive smart agriculture include the cost of deploying and maintaining services, lack of industry standards for data management applications, and the fragmented nature of the agriculture sector.The report highlights that narrow band IoT (NB-IoT), which has strong industry support as an effective global standard for low power wide area (LPWA) connectivity, will deliver a step-change in the number and type of things that can be connected to the Internet by offering efficiency, the reliability of licensed spectrum, low cost, secure connectivity and a long battery life.By integrating LPWA connectivity into their existing IoT platforms, operators will be able to achieve further economies of scale, lower prices and enable new IoT applications. By collaborating with LPWA technology providers, Huawei X Labs finds that by 2020, telecom operators can generate an estimated revenue of USD$4.46 billion.The report also provides detailed applications of IoT for smart agriculture that represent significant opportunities for telecom operators. These include precision farming, variable rate technology, smart irrigation, drones, smart greenhouse, yield monitoring, livestock monitoring, payment systems, information platform and agricultural trading platforms. In addition, the report examines smart agriculture business cases to demonstrate the benefits of smart agriculture solutions.Qiu Heng, President of Marketing Operations, Huawei Wireless Solution said connecting, collecting and analyzing data in real-time through fast and reliable IoT applications is becoming crucial as farmers need to maximize their yields while reducing their costs.“Huawei X Labs report highlights the incredible opportunity open to telecom operators to expand their services beyond pure connectivity and offer end-to-end IoT services that can be used throughout the agricultural value chain,” said Qiu.[related-posts]To realize the potential of IoT solutions in smart agriculture, requires collaboration among all parties in the ecosystem including telecom operators and LWPA solution providers to focus on developing innovative capabilities, technology solutions and partnerships. X Labs is Huawei’s brand-new research platform for wireless networks.It intends to bring together customers, technology providers, and partners from vertical sectors to explore future mobile application scenarios, drive business and technical innovations, and build an open ecosystem. X Labs consists of three laboratories with each dedicated to explore people-to-people connections, applications for vertical industries, and applications in household.Editor’s Note: White Paper Download Linklast_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final

first_imgWimbledon finals are known for historical occasions, and if the market is right, Serena Williams will win an eighth Wimbledon title and draw level with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams when she takes on Simona Halep in Saturday’s Ladies’ Final. Williams, who is 1/2 to reach the record, swept aside Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 in the semi-finals, when she was so dominant she took just an hour to win.Williams’ route here has been mostly straightforward bar a couple of scares. Wins in straight sets against Giulia Gatto-Monticone (6-4, 7-5), Julia Georges (6-3, 6-4), and Carla Suarez Navarro (6-2-, 6-2) were accompanied by a second-round scare against Kaja Juvan (2-6 6-2 6-4) and a tough test in her quarter-final against Alison Riske, when she was a break down in the deciding set but fought back to win 6-4 4-6 6-3.Halep has had a similar route. She dismissed Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6-4 7-5) before she had to work harder to get past Mihaela Buzarnescu (6-3,4-6, 6-2), but she has not dropped a set since in victories over Victoria Azarenka (6-3, 6-1), Cori Gauff (6-3, 6-3), Shuai Zhang (7-6, 6-1), and a semi-final destruction of Barbora Strycova (6-1, 6-3).It is understandable that Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and 32-time Grand Slam finalist who holds a 9-1 advantage in their head to head, is the strong favourite here but she was odds on to win last year when beaten by Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Kerber is a speedy counter puncher who used superior movement around the court to overcome Williams’ power game, and she forced Williams into 12 errors when she came forward from the baseline, along with 24 unforced errors in the match, despite the fact that Williams hit 23 winners to the German’s 11.Halep has a similar set of qualities and has made 31 break points in the tournament through her hard running game so far, something which should encourage her to take the same game against Williams. Halep has also broken the most serves out of the semi-finalists in the women’s tournament, and she can give herself a chance if she stays strong on her first serve and moves Williams through to the corners.The Championships, WimbledonLadies’ Singles Final2pm BBC 1Past Women’s Wimbledon Finals2018 Angelique Kerber (Germany) Serena Williams (USA) 6–3, 6–32017 Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) Venus Williams (USA) 7–5, 6–02016 Serena Williams (USA) Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7–5, 6–32015 Serena Williams (USA) Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain) 6-4, 6-42014 Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic) Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6–3, 6–02013 Marion Bartoli (France) Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1, 6-42012 Serena Williams (USA) Agnieszka Radwańska (Poland) 6–1, 5–7, 6–22011 Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic) Maria Sharapova (Russia) 6-3, 6-42010 Serena Williams (USA) Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 6-3, 6-2Williams is likely to be in better shape than she was last year – she was playing in only her fourth tournament since giving birth a year ago – but she was fully recovered when once again beaten at odds on when losing in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in a now infamous US Open final performance. On that occasion she accused the umpire of being a “thief” and was also docked points for smashing a racket, and there is an air of vulnerability around the favourite, who has the extraordinary pressure of matching Margaret Court’s record of slams on her shoulders.Williams has gone three sets twice during the tournament, including against Alison Riske – fresh from beating the World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty – and Halep, if standing up to her first serve, looks good enough to make this more than a power battle, which could mean a longer than expected final.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Simona Halep +3.5 Games 5pts at 4/5 with starsports.betBACK Over 21.5 Games 5pts at 10/11 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 176.54 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post, John Deere golf, Cricket World Cup Final)last_img read more

CALEA site visit part of RUPDs effort to earn national accreditation

first_imgShare1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduCALEA site visit part of RUPD’s effort to earn national accreditationHOUSTON — (Oct. 24, 2016) — The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a site visit at the Rice University Police Department Nov. 6-8 as part of RUPD’s application for national accreditation.A public forum at which the community can offer comments is part of the site visit. The forum will be held at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Farnsworth Pavilion in the Rice Memorial Center, 6100 Main St. Those who want to comment but cannot attend the forum can talk to the assessment team by phone Nov. 7 between 1 and 3 p.m. by calling 713-348-3089. Comments at the forum and on the phone must be limited to 10 minutes and must address RUPD’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.During the site visit, CALEA will examine all aspects of RUPD’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. The assessment team comprises top public safety practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies, including team leader Chief Paul Verrecchia, former director of organizational assessment services for Margolis Healy & Associates, and Capt. John Jacobs from the University of Richmond Police Department.Verification by the team that RUPD meets the commission’s industry best-practice standards is part of a voluntary process to gain national accreditation — a top recognition of public safety professional excellence. Only 3 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the United States have earned accreditation.RUPD must comply with 189 standards to gain accreditation status. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of RUPD, they will report back to the commission, which will then decide if Rice’s police department will be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which RUPD must submit annual reports to show continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.A copy of the CALEA standards is available at RUPD in Room 111 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.Written comments about RUPD’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation can be mailed to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155, or emailed (with “Rice University Police Department” in the subject line) to more information about RUPD and its efforts to reach accredited status, contact Chief Johnny Whitehead at or 713-348-6333 or accreditation manager Sgt. Carla Barnette at or 713-348-4593.For more info about the commission, visit # #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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction 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 Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Rice lab expands palette for colorchanging glass

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice lab expands palette for color-changing glassNanophotonics team creates low-voltage, multicolor, electrochromic glassHOUSTON — (March 8, 2017) — Rice University’s latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch.In a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano, researchers from the laboratory of Rice plasmonics pioneer Naomi Halas report using a readily available, inexpensive hydrocarbon molecule called perylene to create glass that can turn two different colors at low voltages.“When we put charges on the molecules or remove charges from them, they go from clear to a vivid color,” said Halas, director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), lead scientist on the new study and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute. “We sandwiched these molecules between glass, and we’re able to make something that looks like a window, but the window changes to different types of color depending on how we apply a very low voltage.”Adam Lauchner, an applied physics graduate student at Rice and co-lead author of the study, said LANP’s color-changing glass has polarity-dependent colors, which means that a positive voltage produces one color and a negative voltage produces a different color.Adding and removing an electron from neutral perylene (center column) produces an anion (left) and cation (right), respectively, with different electronic structures (middle row). Upon excitation with visible light, the anion and cation give rise to two unique molecular plasmon resonances, each with their own distinct color (bottom row). (Image courtesy of Grant Stec/Rice University)“That’s pretty novel,” Lauchner said. “Most color-changing glass has just one color, and the multicolor varieties we’re aware of require significant voltage.”Glass that changes color with an applied voltage is known as “electrochromic,” and there’s a growing demand for the light- and heat-blocking properties of such glass. The projected annual market for electrochromic glass in 2020 has been estimated at more $2.5 billion.Lauchner said the glass project took almost two years to complete, and he credited co-lead author Grant Stec, a Rice undergraduate researcher, with designing the perylene-containing nonwater-based conductive gel that’s sandwiched between glass layers.“Perylene is part of a family of molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,” Stec said. “They’re a fairly common byproduct of the petrochemical industry, and for the most part they are low-value byproducts, which means they’re inexpensive.”Grant Stec and Adam Lauchner of Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have used an inexpensive hydrocarbon molecule called perylene to create a low-voltage, multicolor, electrochromic glass. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)There are dozens of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), but each contains rings of carbon atoms that are decorated with hydrogen atoms. In many PAHs, carbon rings have six sides, just like the rings in graphene, the much-celebrated subject of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics.“This is a really cool application of what started as fundamental science in plasmonics,” Lauchner said.A plasmon is wave of energy, a rhythmic sloshing in the sea of electrons that constantly flow across the surface of conductive nanoparticles. Depending upon the frequency of a plasmon’s sloshing, it can interact with and harvest the energy from passing light. In dozens of studies over the past two decades, Halas, Rice physicist Peter Nordlander and colleagues have explored both the basic physics of plasmons and potential applications as diverse as cancer treatment, solar-energy collection, electronic displays and optical computing.The quintessential plasmonic nanoparticle is metallic, often made of gold or silver, and precisely shaped. For example, gold nanoshells, which Halas invented at Rice in the 1990s, consist of a nonconducting core that’s covered by a thin shell of gold.Student researchers Grant Stec (left) and Adam Lauchner (right) with Rice plasmonics pioneer Naomi Halas, director of Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“Our group studies many kinds of metallic nanoparticles, but graphene is also conductive, and we’ve explored its plasmonic properties for several years,” Halas said.She noted that large sheets of atomically thin graphene have been found to support plasmons, but they emit infrared light that’s invisible to the human eye.“Studies have shown that if you make graphene smaller and smaller, as you go down to nanoribbons, nanodots and these little things called nanoislands, you can actually get graphene’s plasmon closer and closer to the edge of the visible regime,” Lauchner said.In 2013, then-Rice physicist Alejandro Manjavacas, a postdoctoral researcher in Nordlander’s lab, showed that the smallest versions of graphene — PAHs with just a few carbon rings — should produce visible plasmons. Moreover, Manjavacas calculated the exact colors that would be emitted by different types of PAHs.“One of the most interesting things was that unlike plasmons in metals, the plasmons in these PAH molecules were very sensitive to charge, which suggested that a very small electrical charge would produce dramatic colors,” Halas said.Rice University researchers demonstrated a new type of glass that turns from clear to black when a low voltage is applied. The glass uses a combination of molecules that block almost all visible light when they each gain a single electron. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Lauchner said the project really took off after Stec joined the research team in 2015 and created a perylene formulation that could be sandwiched between sheets of conductive glass.In their experiments, the researchers found that applying just 4 volts was enough to turn the clear window greenish-yellow and applying negative 3.5 volts turned it blue. It took several minutes for the windows to fully change color, but Halas said the transition time could easily be improved with additional engineering.Stec said the team’s other window, which turns from clear to black, was produced later in the project.“Dr. Halas learned that one of the major hurdles in the electrochromic device industry was making a window that could be clear in one state and completely black in another,” Stec said. “We set out to do that and found a combination of PAHs that captured no visible light at zero volts and almost all visible light at low voltage.”The research was supported by the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The ACS Nano paper was co-authored by former Rice graduate student Yao Cui, a data scientist at KUKA North America in Austin who earned her doctorate in computational chemistry from Rice in 2016.Halas is Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering. Nordlander is professor of physics and astronomy, electrical and computer engineering, and materials science and nanoengineering. Manjavacas is assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of New Mexico.-30-VIDEO is available at: IMAGES are available for download at: Adding and removing an electron from neutral perylene (center column) produces an anion (left) and cation (right), respectively, with different electronic structures (middle row). Upon excitation with visible light, the anion and cation give rise to two unique molecular plasmon resonances, each with their own distinct color (bottom row). (Image courtesy of Grant Stec/Rice University) Grant Stec and Adam Lauchner of Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have used an inexpensive hydrocarbon molecule called perylene to create a low-voltage, multicolor, electrochromic glass. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University researchers demonstrated a new type of glass that turns from clear to black when a low voltage is applied. The glass uses a combination of molecules that block almost all visible light when they each gain a single electron. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Student researchers Grant Stec (left) and Adam Lauchner (right) with Rice plasmonics pioneer Naomi Halas, director of Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the ACS Nano paper is: 10.1021/acsnano.7b00364A copy of the ACS Nano paper is available at: photonic research from Rice:Rice’s ‘antenna-reactor’ catalysts offer best of both worlds — July 18, 2016 experts unveil submicroscopic tunable, optical amplifier — May 9, 2016 drawbridges open path to color displays — Dec. 4, 2015, ASU, Yale, UTEP win NSF engineering research center — Aug. 10, 2015 finding could lead to cheap, efficient metal-based solar cells — July 22, 2015 researchers make ultrasensitive conductivity measurements — June 10, 2015 scientists use light to probe acoustic tuning in gold nanodisks — May 7, 2015 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 happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction 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 read more

Oil and gas development in Guyana is topic at Rices Baker Institute

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduOil and gas development in Guyana is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 26Country’s business, public infrastructure ministers to speakHOUSTON – (Feb. 21, 2019) – Opportunities for oil, gas and infrastructure development in Guyana will be the topic of a special event at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 26.A presentation by Dominic Gaskin, Guyana’s minister of business, will be followed by a panel of experts from the South American country’s government and the international oil industry who will further explore oil and gas prospects.The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at Keynote speaker Dominic Gaskin, Guyana’s minister of business, and a panel of experts including Newell Maurice Dennison, commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission; David Patterson, Guyana’s minister of public infrastructure; Sean Herrera, managing director, Caribbean, at Schlumberger; and Jamie McInerney, senior director at FTI Consulting.Francisco Monaldi, the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: A presentation and panel titled “Oil and Gas Development in Guyana.”When: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-noon.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Guyana’s oil and gas prospects have the potential to transform both the country and the international oil companies developing these resources, according to event organizers. First production from Guyana’s offshore Liza field is expected in 2020, and full development could yield 500,000 barrels per day. With billions of dollars in expected annual oil revenues, Guyana will have the opportunity to spur substantial economic and social development. However, the government and industry investment requirements to bring the oil to market and provide infrastructure to support this development will be massive, organizers said.A live webcast of the event will be available at of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media should park in the Central Campus Garage (underground).-30-Follow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Online MBA Revealed

first_img regions: San Francisco RelatedThe Premiere San Francisco Accelerated MBA ProgramsAn MBA is a commitment in terms of money, energy and, yes, time. The time investment is perhaps the most intimidating, with the majority of MBA programs averaging two years. But earning an MBA doesn’t necessarily need to disrupt your life. There are a variety of phenomenal Accelerated MBA programs,…April 18, 2017In “Accelerated MBA”3 More Online MBA Scholarships You Should KnowLast month, three of the best Online MBA scholarships in the U.S. caught our imagination. These advantageous opportunities can be found at celebrated academic institutions like the USC Marshall School of Business and the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. However, we would be remiss if we stopped there. Here…December 13, 2018In “Featured Home”Santa Clara’s Sr. Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Answers Our 5 QuestionsIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Toby McChesney, Ed.D., Senior Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. McChesney talks about the not-so-secret benefits of the school’s MBA programs, the benefits of learning in Silicon Valley, and a local can’t-miss spot…July 15, 2019In “5 Questions” The Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business is the latest in an ever-growing list of well-recognized business schools to formally introduce a brand new Online MBA option for business students.The new Online MBA at Leavey will officially begin next January, 2018. Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean of the Leavey School of Business, said in a press release, “A Santa Clara MBA has long been a means for many early to mid-career professionals to advance their position, take on leadership roles, or ratchet up their business skills for today’s fast-moving industries.” “But it’s not always possible to come to our campus twice a week,” she continues. “We are delighted to be offering a fully online, robust MBA option for those students, which blends the university’s mission for social impact with a unique opportunity for a full immersion into the Silicon Valley mentality.”Students can earn the Leavey Online MBA degree in as little as two years, which features just two on-campus intensive portions. Interested applicants will also have a large window to apply, with opportunities to join in the spring, summer, fall and winter. The program is comprised of 70 total course credits, with 40 credits devoted to core courses, 28 to free electives and two additional credits towards special “Challenges In” electives, which are described below.“Students are required to take at least one of the courses on the ‘Challenges In’ elective list during their final two quarters of the program. If prerequisites and scheduling allows, students are able to take additional ‘Challenges In’ electives as part of their free electives. These classes are case-style.”In order to gain advantage in the immensely competitive Silicon Valley job market, the Santa Clara Leavey Online MBA will also feature an exclusive tool for students, called the “Silicon Valley Professional Dashboard” (SVP Dashboard). According to the school, “Each student’s SVP Dashboard tracks a set of skills, practices and mindsets vital for professional success in Silicon Valley.”Many of the celebrated business schools located in the San Francisco metro area feature partial online MBA offerings, the Leavey School of Business is among the first in the area to offer a full-fledged Online MBA.Officially, the Leavey School of Business can begin accepting applications but application decisions cannot be made until the Online MBA receives final approval from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).Learn more about the brand new Leavey Online MBA here. Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Online MBA Revealed 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_img read more

The San Francisco OneYear MBA Programs You Need to Know

first_img RelatedWhat Are the Fastest MBAs You Can Earn in San Francisco?Earning an MBA is one of the fastest ways for up-and-coming business leaders to get a jump start on their professional career. And in metros like San Francisco, one of the country’s biggest hubs for startups and entrepreneurship, moving fast enough to get in on the ground level may open…June 11, 2018In “Featured Region”Your Search for Atlanta’s Best Accelerated MBA ProgramsMost folks pursuing an accelerated MBA know which industry or area of concentration they want to pursue. They are MBA candidates who want to advance their current careers, not switch them. Others choose the accelerated route because it can be difficult to leave two years of work and salary. If…October 16, 2017In “Featured Home”Dual MBAs You Need To Know At The Paul Merage School of Business, UC IrvineIf you are thinking about pursuing an MBA or any advanced business degree, you likely have a good idea about how and why you want to further your education. If that’s the case, you’re not alone—a 2016 GMAC survey found that 71 percent of prospective MBA students already have a…April 20, 2017In “Dual MBA” The San Francisco One-Year MBA Programs You Need to Know 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 One-Year MBA Offerings in San FranciscoSan Francisco is the cultural, commercial, financial, and educational epicenter of Northern California and Silicon Valley. Naturally, it is also home to some of the country’s premier business schools, like UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. However, those schools do not offer One-Year MBA programs.Schools in the Bay Area that offer Accelerated MBA programs are:San Francisco State University College of BusinessLucas Graduate School of Business – San Jose State University Last Updated Oct 2, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: San Francisco One-year MBA applicants already know which industry or area of concentration they want to pursue. They are MBA candidates who want to advance their current careers, rather than change them. Others chose the one-year route because it can be difficult to leave two years of work and salary. If you’re a prospective MBA in the San Francisco metro looking to make moves within your industry, we’ll show you what One-Year MBA options are out there for you.Who Pursues One-Year MBA Programs?According to U.S. News & World Report, accelerated MBA programs appeal to those who want to continue working in the same industry but want to move into a higher position; those who want to save time and money; and those who may want a faster return on investment for their MBA.One-year MBAs condense what would be a semester’s worth of core business courses in a full-time program into only a few weeks. Most incoming students enter with a strong base of business knowledge. One-year programs typically do not feature a summer internship, which means that accelerated MBAs may not offer the same career opportunities that a full-time program does. Popular One-Year MBA ProgramsOne-year programs have been popular in Europe for years, but have grown in popularity stateside over the past decade. Not all business schools offer a One-Year MBA, but a handful of top schools do, including:The Columbia Business School – Accelerated MBA ProgramThe Kellogg School of Management – One-Year MBA ProgramThe Johnson School (Cornell University) – Accelerated MBAThe Goizueta Business School (Emory University) – Full-Time MBA, One-Year Experience Let’s take a closer look at these school’s One-Year MBA offerings.San Francisco State University College of BusinessSan Francisco State’s full-time MBA degree is known as the Fast-Track MBA. The program features both afternoon and evening classes and can be completed in 12 months.In order to graduate, students must fulfill a Professional Development Workshop series, eight foundation courses and ten advanced requirement courses. In the first semester of the program, students complete 15 units of core coursework, along with four workshops. After completing these requirements, students select 15 units of electives from nine possible areas of specialization, such as Accounting, Operations Research, Electronic Commerce, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Sustainable Business.The program ends with a case study in Strategic Management, which evaluates strategy formulation, implementation, techniques and decision-making in the context of the economic, social, political and competitive global environment.Tuition costs for the San Francisco State Fast-Track MBA program amount to $3,540 plus $270 per unit for part-time California residents and $5,546 plus $270 per unit for full time residents. For out of state and international students, part-time tuition is $3,540  plus $666 per unit while full-time tuition is $5,546 plus $666 per unit.Lucas Graduate School of BusinessLucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State offers an Early Career MBA Accelerated Track, designed for individuals who are willing to follow a very intense academic pace and wish to complete their MBA degree in 12 months. The fast-paced program is made up of 2-3 courses per session with 6-8 weeks of courses per class. The program is offered once a year starting in fall, and spans 12 months.The Early Career MBA curriculum consists of 42 semester credit units containing 11 core courses and four electives. The core courses are often prerequisites to electives, such as Business Communications, Managing in the Global Economy, Developing and Managing People, Accounting Principles, Marketing Management, Law and Ethic, Managerial Decision Analysis, and Silicon Valley Experience.Following core coursework, students must take a minimum of four classes (12 units) of elective coursework in the disciplines of: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Development, Global Business Development, Entrepreneurship and Venture Development, Information Systems, and Operations Management. Students may also participate in an international semester in the summer term.Tuition costs for the Accelerated MBA program is $25,072 for in-state residents and $41,704 for out-of-state residents.last_img read more

The Big Payback The Highest Paying Jobs for MBAs

first_imgThe Big Payback: The Highest Paying Jobs for MBAs 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 Even in 2019, the search for the right MBA program is as unique as each student, and the reasons for applying are as varied as the programs themselves. Advancement in an existing career is an obvious motivation, as is breaking into a new industry or shifting one’s career focus.One thing that all MBAs can likely agree with, however, is that earning potential is a leading incentive. This brings up questions about the most lucrative fields. Choosing the right concentration can be the first step toward achieving a position that will truly pay off. The following is a look at the current highest paying jobs for MBAs, as well as the majors that can open the necessary doors.The Highest Paying Jobs for MBAs Last Updated Jan 2, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img RelatedThe Best MBA Return on Investment in the Houston MetroOne of the top things an MBA looks for when choosing a business school is the return on investment. Return on investment, or ROI, is one of the most common profitability ratios, and an easy way to determine if an MBA is “worth” your time and money. We took a look…August 31, 2017In “Featured Home”Top MBA Recruiters: Fidelity InvestmentsWhen deciding to earn an MBA, you may have a lot of expectations. Whether you are more excited to build a professional network, gain industry-specific training, or develop leadership skills that can take your career to the next level, MBAs can certainly all agree on one thing they hope to…August 29, 2018In “Advice”Top MBA Recruiters: Fidelity InvestmentsWith more than $2.4 trillion in assets under management, Fidelity Investments is the fourth largest asset manager in the world. A multinational financial services corporation, Fidelity operates a brokerage firm, manages mutual funds, and provides advice, retirement services, wealth management, securities execution, and life insurance. Commonly referred to as Fidelity,…June 12, 2018In “Featured Home” Topping the list of the highest paid professions for MBAs in 2018 is strategic management. This specialization leads the way in terms of early to mid career salary, with salary averages beginning at around $125,000. Professionals with this degree and concentration earned $148,000 at the mid-point of their careers. Among the career functions for MBAs with a strategy focus are management consultant, senior strategy manager, senior product manager. Google, Amazon, PwC, and Intel are among the companies hiring for strategic management based positions.Second on the list of highest paying MBA careers is technology management, which for many grows out of a background in IT or software development. According to, tech management careers can start at around $113,000 per year, and advancement leads to a jump to upwards of $165,000. Roles such as senior project manager, vice president of IT, and IT director all emerge from a tech background. Companies such as Accenture, Deloitte, Cisco Systems, and HP all offer leading starting salaries in the IT management field.Entrepreneurship also falls into the top three earning fields for MBAs. Starting salaries, according to data gathered from PayScale, hover around $100,000 per year, and reach up to around $135,000. Such roles as senior project manager and management consultant are options in the entrepreneurial field, as are various leadership roles in the growing fintech industry. Top hiring companies for entrepreneurship MBAs, according to PayScale, are Amazon, IBM, General Electric, and the Boeing Company.A career in finance is the fourth of the highest paying categories for MBAs, with a starting salary hovering in the $100,000 range. Those with their sights upon chief financial officer, portfolio management, or financial management positions can hope to land jobs in this arena with high earning power. New York Life Insurance, Fidelity Investments, and Vanguard are currently seeking MBAs for various finance positions.Along with strategy, tech management, entrepreneurship, and finance, marketing ranks among the most lucrative fields for MBAs. While some marketing jobs do not require an MBA, one can see a wider, more profitable range of options with a specialized study in marketing. Upper level marketing positions can start at around $80,000 per year, and can grow well above $120,000. Current listings for MBAs with a marketing focus include Dell, Microsoft, and, of course, Amazon.last_img read more

Secret Service Person Arrested on White House Grounds

first_img Show Discussion US WASHINGTON—The U.S. Secret Service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House.The breach happened at about 11:38 p.m. Friday. President Donald Trump was at the White House.The agency says the individual—whom it did not identify—was arrested without further incident. No hazardous materials were found during a search of a backpack the individual carried.The Secret Service also says a search of the south and north grounds of the White House complex found “nothing of concern to security operations.”Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was briefed on the incident.The agency didn’t provide an update on the individual’s status. Standard practice is to hand intruders over to the local police department. A stock photo of the White House (AP Photo/Estelle Doro) Share this articlecenter_img Share Secret Service: Person Arrested on White House Grounds By The Associated Press March 11, 2017 Updated: March 11, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Hikers Form Human Chain to Help People Cross Flooded River

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Hikers Form Human Chain to Help People Cross Flooded River By Petr Svab August 4, 2017 Updated: November 28, 2018 Hikers in Utah joined hands to help each other on July 29 when a flash flood turned wading through an otherwise benign river into a dangerous adventure.The group was hiking the The Narrows trail in Zion National Park.Hiking the narrow red-rock ravine requires wading the North Fork Virgin River that meanders through it.Normally, the river is knee-deep, but that day rain that fell upstream caused a flash flood, and the river quickly turned into a waist-deep, powerful, and muddy current.Jhonatan Gonzalez, 40, of Maui, Hawaii, was with a group of about 15 family members a few miles up the trail when the flood hit. Though they decided to not pursue the trail further, they had to wade the river to return.“There’s no way out, you just have to go through,” said Gonzalez, according to NBC4. Since there were children on the trail, Gonzalez, his brothers, and a nephew formed a human chain to help others through.Then other hikers joined in, forming a chain that helped dozens of people overcome the current.“It felt good. It was a chilling experience. It almost made me feel teary, just seeing how everyone was helping each other,” Gonzalez said.The park closed the area later that day, after a flood warning was issued.The deep, narrow canyons of Zion make for dramatic scenery, yet flooding can quickly make them dangerous. In 2015, seven hikers died during a flash flood in the park, and in July, 10 died in neighboring Arizona when a flood torrent hit a swimming hole full of people.The Narrows trail in Zion National Park. (Public Domain) The Narrows trail in Zion National Park. (Public Domain) Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab US News Zion National Park. (Google Maps) center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Hour Before Massacre Moving Video Shows Crowd Singing God Bless America

first_imgMourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Share this article Crime and Incidents A joyful crowd sang along to “God Bless America” just one hour before a Vegas gunman that took the lives of 59 people, a video taken from the concert stage shows.Country duo Big Kenny and John Rich performed the song on stage. They invited active-duty service members and veterans on stage, as they often do, according to Breitbart.“I think we all know that without men and women who are willing to fight for our freedoms in this country,” Rich said, “we don’t get to assemble like this and have crazy country music concerts in the middle of Las Vegas, Nevada. It would not happen.”In the video, thousands of fans can be seen waving lights and you can hear them singing softly to the tune. More than 22,000 people attended the concert, which was the finale of the three-day Route 91 Harvest music festival.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Just one hour after the touching performance, Stephen Paddock, 64, used an automatic weapon to fire at the crowd from a 32nd-floor hotel window for several minutes, killing 59 people and wounding 527.Big and Rich told “Entertainment Tonight” that they were heartbroken.“Fear will not overtake us,” Kenny told “Entertainment Tonight.” “We will continue to march forward with our music. I know that all the artists out there, we are all so concerned right now, first and foremost about our fans, but [we] will not let this stop us in any way.” Big Kenny and John Rich of Big and Rich performs during Country Thunder – Day 4 on July 23, 2017, in Twin Lakes, Wis. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)“We will go forth every day and shine the light of love as bright as we possibly can against all the darkness and outrageous things like this that might ever come upon our path in life,” Kenny added. “And we will continue to walk in God’s light the best we can.”Police sought clues on Tuesday to explain why Paddock, a retiree who enjoyed gambling but had no criminal record, set up a vantage point in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and sprayed bullets onto the concert below in what became the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.Paddock left no immediate hint of his motive. He was not known to have served in the military, to have suffered from a history of mental illness, or to have registered any inkling of social disaffection, political discontent, or radical views on social media.“He was a sick man, a demented man,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters. “Lot of problems, I guess, and we’re looking into him very, very seriously, but we’re dealing with a very, very sick individual.”U.S. officials also discounted a claim of responsibility by the ISIS terrorist group. A sign outside the Mandalay Hotel after a gunman killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 200 others when he opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, on Oct. 2, 2017. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)Police said they believed Paddock acted alone.“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters on Monday. “I can’t get into the mind of a psychopath.”Although police said they had no other suspects, Lombardo said investigators wanted to talk with Paddock’s girlfriend and live-in companion, Marilou Danley, who he said was traveling abroad, possibly in Tokyo.Lombardo also said detectives were “aware of other individuals” who were involved in the sale of the weapons Paddock had acquired. Las Vegas police investigate a side street near the Las Vegas Village after a lone gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Images)It appears the only time Paddock had a close brush with the law was for a traffic infraction, authorities said.The death toll, which officials said could rise, surpassed last year’s record massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, by a gunman who had pledged allegiance to ISIS.Paddock seemed atypical of the overtly troubled, angry young men who experts said have come to embody the profile of most mass shooters.Public records on Paddock point to an itinerant existence across the U.S. West and Southeast, including stints as an apartment manager and aerospace industry worker. But Paddock appeared to be settling in to a quiet life when he bought a home in a Nevada retirement community a few years ago, about an hour’s drive from Las Vegas and the casinos he enjoyed. This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows his brother, Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. (Courtesy of Eric Paddock via AP)His brother, Eric, described Stephen Paddock as financially well-off and an enthusiast of video poker games and cruises.“We’re bewildered, and our condolences go out to the victims,” Eric Paddock said in a telephone interview from Orlando, Florida. “We have no idea in the world.”Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs, and shopping draw more than 40 million visitors from around the world each year. The Strip was packed with visitors when the shooting started shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Sunday, Oct. 1, during the Route 91 Harvest music festival.The gunfire erupted as country music star Jason Aldean was performing. He ran off stage as the shooting progressed. Singer/Songwriter Jason Aldean at Macon Centreplex on Aug. 11, 2017 in Macon, Ga. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)Video of the attack showed throngs of people screaming in horror and cowering on the open ground as extended bursts of gunfire strafed the crowd from above, from a distance police estimated at more than 500 yards.The bloodshed ended after police swarming the hotel closed in on the gunman, who shot and wounded a hotel security officer through the door of his two-room suite and then killed himself before police entered, authorities said.Lombardo said a search of the suspect’s car turned up a supply of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound that can be formed into explosives and was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building that killed 168 people.They also obtained a warrant to search a second house connected to Paddock in Reno, Nevada. A  home that FBI agents searched Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Reno, Nev. The home was owned by Stephen Paddock. (Scott Sonner/AP)Chris Sullivan, the owner of the Guns & Guitars shop in Mesquite, issued a statement confirming that Paddock was a customer who cleared “all necessary background checks and procedures,” and said his business was cooperating with investigators.“He never gave any indication or reason to believe he was unstable or unfit at any time,” Sullivan said. He did not say how many or the kinds of weapons Paddock purchased there. Guns & Guitars, a gun shop, where suspected Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock allegedly purchased firearms, Oct. 2, 2017, in Mesquite, Nev. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)Lombardo said investigators knew that a gun dealer had come forward to say that he had sold weapons to the suspect, but it was not clear if he was referring to Sullivan. He said police were aware of “some other individuals who were engaged in those transactions,” including at least one in Arizona.Reuters contributed to this report.From Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov center_img “God Bless America”1 hour before the shooting.Besties video @mmeyer50 wanted to share ??@johnrich @bigandrich @BigKennyTV @seanhannity— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 3, 2017 Share Show Discussion Hour Before Massacre, Moving Video Shows Crowd Singing ‘God Bless America’ By Ivan Pentchoukov October 3, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2017last_img read more

China Says It Will Continue Talking With North Korea as Trump Seeks

first_imgPresident Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 7, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) Related CoverageNorth Korean Nuclear Test Site Has Sustained Too Much Geological DamageA senior Chinese communist official said on Saturday that China is still talking with the North Korean regime, despite it having imposed its strongest sanctions as of yet on its communist neighbor.China is a vital lifeline for the North Korean regime, who depends on China for some 90 percent of its trade. But under pressure from President Donald Trump, who seeks to denuclearize North Korea, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has agreed to increase pressure on the rogue regime.China has gone beyond U.N. Security Council sanctions approved last month, which limit the imports of textiles and other products from North Korea, and limit the amount of oil that can be sold to it. China’s Central Bank also instructed Chinese banks to stop providing financial services to North Korea. In addition, China has given North Korean businesses operating in the country an ultimatum to shut down within 120 days.However, Guo Yezhou, a deputy head of the Chinese Communist Party’s international department, said the two communist nations are still talking.“China and North Korea are neighbors and the two have a traditional friendly cooperative relationship,” Guo said.China’s international department is in charge of the party’s relations with foreign political parties, and has traditionally served as a conduit for Chinese diplomacy with North Korea.President Trump will be visiting Asia next month, including stops in South Korea and China.Trump is expected to further increase pressure on China’s Xi to do even more to put pressure on North Korea.Trump is seeking a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis, relying in part on China’s increasing its economic sanctions on North Korea.Simultaneously, Trump has ordered his most senior military officials to draw up detailed military options for an armed conflict with North Korea.Trump has said that while the United States has patience, if it is forced to defend itself or its allies against North Korea it could completely destroy the country.The threat of military force also serves to pressure North Korea to the negotiating table.Jack Keane, a retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, said that these military options by the Trump administration are making a diplomatic solution more realistic.“Trump’s team understands that the threat of military force strengthens the diplomatic option. The main effort is diplomacy and economic sanctions,” Keane said on Fox Business.China is currently holding its 19th National Party Congress, where it has become clear that Xi will continue to head the Chinese Communist Party for the next five years.An official told Reuters that President Trump believes Xi should now have even more leverage to work on the North Korea problem.“The president’s view is you have even less of an excuse now,” said one official. “He’s not going to step lightly.”Since Xi became party leader in 2013, relations with North Korea have cooled down. Xi has not visited North Korea, but has visited the North’s sworn enemy South Korea.Relations between China and North Korea had flourished under former Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin. While Jiang has been officially out of power since 2003, he has since been influencing China’s domestic and international policies through his loyalists in the highest levels of government.This has made it more difficult for Xi to take stronger action against North Korea and to solve some of China’s worst societal ills, such as the ongoing persecution of 100 million Chinese citizens who practice Falun Gong, a traditional Chinese meditation discipline. The persecution was personally initiated by Jiang in 1999 and has continued to this day.Trump wants to gain some serious cooperation from China to persuade Pyongyang to either change its mind or help deprive it of so many resources that it has no choice but to alter its behavior, the official said.In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Trump said he wants to “keep things very, very low key” with Xi until the Chinese leader emerges from the Party Congress.“I believe he’s got the power to do something very significant with respect to North Korea. We’ll see what happens. Now with that being said, we’re prepared for anything. We are so prepared, like you wouldn’t believe,” Trump said in the interview, to air on Sunday.Reuters contributed to this report Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert Share this article China Says It Will Continue Talking With North Korea as Trump Seeks Tougher Action By Jasper Fakkert October 21, 2017 Updated: October 22, 2017 Sharecenter_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more