The Mission Does Mardi Gras

first_imgVenues around the city have announced special events for Fat Tuesday, but the Mission in particular is bursting with activity:Carnaval San Francisco is hosting live samba drummers and dancers, as well as salsa, soca, cumbia and rumba at five different venues in the neighborhood. Balancoire, the Make out Room, the Latin American Club, Bissap Baobab, and Cha Cha Cha will all participate. Pangea Futbol Club will play latin fusion from 7-9 p.m. at Bissap Baobab  and Carragua’o will play Cuban usic from 8:30-10:00 pm at Cha Cha Cha less than a block away.Pangea Futbol Club’s frontman Damian Nunez will lead a parade along Mission Street starting at about 6 p.m. at Bissap Baobab and heading to Balancoire, then returning.Over at The Vestry and The Chapel, Brass Band Mission will provide the tunes for a Mardi Gras party starting at 7 p.m., with a performance by Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of The Meters fame, featuring DJ Harry Duncan, to follow. Down on 24th Street, enjoy some muffulettas, gumbo, and New Orleans music with a special Fat Tuesday edition of the recurring Music for Ghosts event at Pop’s Bar.Where it’s at:Balancoire: 2565 Mission StMake Out Room: 3225 22nd StLatin American Club: 3286 22nd StBissap Baobab: 3372 19th StCha Cha Cha: 2327 Mission StPop’s Bar: 2800 24th St.The Chapel: 777 Valencia StLet us know if we’ve missed anything! Tags: Events • things to do Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

THE first piece of cladding has now gone up at Lan

first_imgTHE first piece of cladding has now gone up at Langtree Park.Club Chairman Eamonn McManus helped install the first sheet on the Hattons Solicitors West Terrace today.The project will continue throughout the summer and will not impact matchday operations at the stadium.Keep an eye on the cladding project by following the Club on Twitter here.last_img

Pender Co Sheriffs Office investigating fraud warn of scam

first_img The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that there are occasions when a legitimate law enforcement official may contact someone regarding the service of a warrant or legal process, however, they do not ask for payment using prepaid credit cards. Any fines, fees or moneys owed as a result of a civil judgment or criminal action will typically be paid in person at one of three locations: Magistrates Office, Clerk of Court offices, or at the Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who is contacted and advised that they are a party to a civil or criminal action can contact the Clerk of Court or the Sheriff’s Office for confirmation.If you find yourself a target of one of these scams, please contact your local law enforcement agency before sending money to anyone that you do not know. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff’s Office want to you know about a scam they are currently investigating that left a person out hundreds of dollars.Deputies say they are investigating a fraud where the victim was contacted by phone and told that the caller was a law enforcement officer in a neighboring county. The caller told the victim that the victim’s wife had warrants and the victim needed to pay $1,000 bail. The caller provided a number that appeared to be a legitimate office within the New Hanover County court system. The victim in this case paid the bail using prepaid credit cards as instructed by the caller.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Town of Carolina Beach to buy part of Freeman Park allow pedal

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) –  It’s a destination for many who visit Carolina Beach and now the town may finally own a part of it. Town leaders approved to buy a part of Freeman Park at their Tuesday meeting.Town leaders approved buying some of the land near the middle of the beach park for half a million dollars. This all comes just weeks after the fight the town and state had with land owners who had planted sea oats on the beach.- Advertisement – This land was up for sale as many of the land remains private on the renowned public beach spot.Once they own it, leaders say they want to maintain and preserve the land for public use.“Freeman Park is a place that we want, we as in council, town government,” said town mayor Joe Benson. “People on this island want it to be maintained as publicly accessible beach and a park that people have enjoyed for many years and we want to be able to enjoy it for years to come.”Related Article: Freeman Park restrictions frustrate beach visitorsBenson said the acquisition was not in relation to the conflict with land owners and the planting. Town leaders said in the meeting they plan to use park fees to help with the purchase.Town leaders approved several other items such as reducing the speed limit entering onto the island from 45 to 35 mph. They also approved pedal pub tours on specific parts of the beach town to operate and for riders to consume alcohol.The council unanimously approved to allow pedal pub franchise onto Pleasure Island.Owners cannot operate in certain residential areas nor on Dow Road and portions of Lake Park Boulevard.“We live here we want something new and to bring something new that’s refreshing,” said co-owner Matt Hamlet. “Something that people are looking for that they do not have the opportunity to do in their home town when they come visit a different area.”Owners Matt Hamlet and Tina Bell have to present a route to the town in April. They hope to operating before Memorial Day weekend.Business owners and neighbors spoke in favor of the pedal pub coming to town. Council members also approved to hold a hearing on simplifying rules in food trucks set for April.last_img read more

First Citizens Bank in Carolina Beach robbed

first_img Police say a the robber entered the bank, passed a note demanding money, and after robbing the bank, ran off.The suspect is described as a white male, in his late 20’s to early 30’s.The suspect did not show a gun.Related Article: UPDATE: Wilmington Police Department identify alleged bank robberPolice believe this suspect and the female from the attempted Hardee’s restaurant robbery  are believed to be connected.Police ask for help identifying the suspect.If you recognize the suspect, call the Carolina Beach Police Department at (910) 458-2540 or dial 911. Surveillance photo of First Citizen’s Bank robbery suspect (Photo: Carolina Beach Police Department) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Police are investigating after someone robbed the First Citizen’s Bank early Friday afternoon. A crime police believe is related to a Thursday night attempted robbery. It happened just after 1:00 p.m. on N. Lake Park Blvd.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Four Siberian tigers born in Maltese farm

first_imgFour Siberian tigers were born in Malta. The birth took place in a farm that was in the news spotlight for catching fire less than two years ago.The owners of Wildlife Park in Mtaħleb limits of Rabat explained over social media that the birth was the first of its kind on our islands as the tigers were no conceived by related animals.A fire destroyed Wildlife Park in October of 2017. Many animals were burnt to death in the fire, amongst which panthers and monkeys.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Instagram Launches New Video App Boomerang

first_imgAdvertisement Instagram built a new video app for making short, action-packed video loops.The standalone app, called “Boomerang,” rolled out on iOS and Android devices on Thursday. The bare-bones app combines photos into one-second videos that play forward and backward in a loop. Videos can be shot in portrait or landscape and automatically save to users’ camera rolls. Although Boomerang videos must be shot within the app, they can be shared on Instagram or elsewhere online. Fast and simple to use, the app doesn’t require users to have Instagram accounts. Boomerang bears some resemblance to “Vine,” a six-second video app owned by Twitter TWTR +0.00%, and the new Apple AAPL +1.74% “Live Photos” feature on the iPhone 6S. The new tool could help Instagram introduce more variety into its flagship app without complicating its interface.“Capture a friend jumping off a diving board, defying physics as she flies back and forth through the air,” the Facebook FB +2.02%-owned app said in a blog post. “Transform an ordinary selfie with your friends into a funny video. Get that exact moment your friend blows out his birthday candles, then watch them come back to life again and again.” – Advertisement – Boomerang isn’t Instagram’s first standalone app. This year, the photo-and-video sharing service launched the app “Layout” for making photo collages. Last August, Instagram created ”Hyperlapse” for making time lapse videos using stabilization technology. And last July, Instagram debuted a Snapchat-like photo sharing app called “Bolt.” [related-posts]Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. The photo app now has 400 million monthly active users, and about 80 million photos are shared on the service every day. Instagram, which has been ramping up its advertising offerings this year, is poised to deliver a powerful shot in the arm for Facebook. Research firm eMarketer recently estimated that Instagram’s ad revenue will reach about $1.5 billion in 2016 and $2.8 billion in 2017. This year, eMarketer forecasts Instagram’s global ad revenue will be $600 million.[Forbes]last_img read more

Facebook to Reject Ads From Pages Touting Fake News

first_imgFacebook logo seen appeared in a woman’s spectacles | Photo Courtesy/File Photo Advertisement Facebook on Monday said that pages that make a habit of linking to bogus news stories will no longer be able to advertise at the world’s leading online social network.The move is the latest shot fired by Facebook in its war against ‘fake news’ used to deceive instead of enlighten.“If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on Facebook,” product managers Tessa Lyons and Satwik Shukla said in a blog post. – Advertisement – “This update will help to reduce the distribution of false news which will keep Pages that spread false news from making money.”The social network already didn’t allow ads that link stories determined to be false by third-party fact-checkers.“False news is harmful to our community,” Lyons and Shukla said.“It makes the world less informed and erodes trust.”Fake news became a serious issue in last year’s US election campaign, when clearly fraudulent stories circulated on social media, potentially swaying some voters.Concerns have been raised since then about hoaxes and misinformation affecting elections in Europe this year, with investigations showing how “click farms” generate revenue from online advertising using made-up news stories.“We’ve found instances of Pages using Facebook ads to build their audiences in order to distribute false news more broadly,” Lyons and Shukla said.Facebook and Google have been working to curtail, or at least flag, stories crafted to deceive instead of enlighten.[related-posts]Google earlier this year added a fact-checking tag to search results globally, its latest initiative to help curb the spread of misinformation and “fake news.”The new tags, to be used in all languages for users worldwide, use third-party fact-checkers to indicate whether news items are true, false or somewhere in-between.The feature debuted about the same time Facebook added a new tool in news feeds to help users determine whether shared stories are real or bogus.source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)last_img read more

Telcos See Over Thousand of Their Customers Replace Their SIM cards

first_imgMTN customers seen lined up to re-swap/replace their simcards at the MTN service center at Shoprite-Lugogo Mall in Kampala, Uganda. (Photo Credit: Photojournalist, Pius Enywaru) Advertisement After the murder of a Kampala-based cashier Suzan Magara, whose kidnappers reached the family to demand a ransom using SIM cards that were unregistered and couldn’t be traced, Government regulatory body of the communications sector; Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) issued a directive to all telecom firms to temporary halt SIM card sales and swaps/replacement. On a different note, Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze asked telcos to switch off illegally acquired SIM card or they would face the consequence for their actions.“All telecom operators are on notice if they don’t switch off illegally acquired SIM cards. They will be penalized and or have their licenses revoked. Cabinet has taken this position and we will enforce it without exception,” Frank told the press.Telecom firms; MTN, Africell, and Airtel issued press notice temporarily halting sim sales and swaps as per the directive from UCC. – Advertisement – UCC asked telcos to stay on hold until they (UCC) received ‘Electronic Biometric Card Readers’ from the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) that proves the real SIM card owners.After nearly two months of waiting, NIRA handed 50 Electronic Biometric Card Readers to UCC on April 27th, 2018. NIRA to claim that the new technology will help telecom companies verify SIM card ‘rightful’ owners with the personal details submitted to the company (NIRA).However, many came out to ask why only 50 card readers were issued out. And how these 50 card readers would be distributed to these three (3) telecom firms; MTN, Airtel, and Africell. Because it didn’t make sense at all if NIRA took nearly two months and only managed to issue only 50 card readers.As per notices we saw from telcos, MTN received 11 card readers, Airtel received 7 card readers, while Africell received 10, and 8 were given to Uganda Telecom. This makes it a total of 36 but we are not sure how many were given in each area. For instance, Airtel service center at Forest Mall had 3 machines.MTN resumed its SIMcard swap services on April 18th, while the rest on April 20th.Thousands of people have been seen lining up at service centers to have their lines swap, and all has been going on well for some while some are still stranded. Unlike Airtel, MTN, and Africell haven’t received complaints on SIM cards failing to work. Airtel customers have stormed Airtel centers multiple time complaining their SIM cards not working of which they have been asked to re-do the whole process again which involves you presenting a new police letter, filling new registration form, presenting your ID and so forth, as directed by UCC in its new guidelines for swapping new lines.After swapping, Airtel customers have been asked to wait for 24 hours to have their cards activated while its competitors MTN and Africell take less than 5 hours to have their cards activated. This has left Airtel customers wondering why their process takes long, and after turns out that the cards don’t work. When asked they commented saying they are miss-matches when registering, and some other excuses like network being down.But when asked why one needs to present a police once again, Airtel didn’t comment on this.Guidelines on sim swap/replacement by UCCUnder the new rules by UCC, the SIM card holder has to present a valid letter from the Uganda police confirming loss of their SIM card, Present an original national ID to the operator where the operator will have to retain a copy of it, the operator has to verify the authenticity of the national ID using the electronic biometric card readers provided to them. And finally, the operator will have to re-register the applicant and obtain a fresh photography from them.The telecom companies were asked to comply with the new guidelines or face consequences for their actions.[related-posts]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 18 JuneRACING2.30 Royal AscotThe two Richard Hannon runners dominate but going different ways in the marketLog Out Island 11/4 > 7/4 King Of Rooks evens > 5/43.05 Royal AscotTime Test 5/2 > 2/13.20 RiponMultellie 9/4 > 13/85.35 Royal AscotDissolution 5/1 > 7/26.25 LeopardstownTimbuktu 11/4 > 15/86.30 LeicesterBochart 8/1 > 11/46.45 LingfieldBorn To Be Bad 8/1 > 100/30FOOTBALL7.45pm BT SPORTUEFA Under-21 Championship Group Stage13/8 England U21 9/5 Portugal U21 23/10 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG Blog we are completely surrounded The Corporate People are now

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] remember a time, when attending bookmakers trade-shows, you would see, just a handful, of the Corporate People, huddled together, in the corner, looking typically untrustworthy. They were easy to shun, and few paid them attention. It was a pleasure to be at such functions, as there would instantly, be a deluge, of intelligent and character-filled operators, who you could enjoy some mentally-stimulating conversation with.Now though, Blog; it’s a completely different ball-game. ‎On arrival, it is immediately clear, that the job-titled mass, are on a jolly old day-out. They even talk to servants of Betfair, without contempt in their souls and minds. It makes no difference to them anymore. Nobody will tell you that they organise “stuff” in the office. Instead, they now refer to themseves, as COO’s. And you’ll have to search deeply, for a secret kindred-spirit, should you wish to find someone, who has actually laid a bet with his or her own money. What can we do, Blog? What options do we have left to us?? If you can’t beat them; join them; then beat them (SENSELESS).In other news:El Faro, 15 Calle San Félix,11002 Cádiz. ‎This was the best restaurant, I ate at, whilst recently in Andalucia. Classic and classy. Serving traditional Spanish dishes. Everything ordered was excellent. And the service immaculate too. €40 a head. 8.5Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Rice scientist recognized for stellar work on nanoparticles cell membranes

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice scientist recognized for stellar work on nanoparticles, cell membranesThe Welch Foundation honors ‘rising star’ with $100,000 Hackerman AwardThe Welch Foundation today awarded its prestigious Hackerman Award to Rice University scientist Jason Hafner ’96, who was named this year’s “rising star” for his innovative chemical research. Hafner’s discoveries include a new type of nanostructure called gold nanostars, which are proving useful for sensing, imaging and medicine, and the first method for measuring large electrical fields inside cell membranes.“I’ve always known I wanted to be a scientist; nothing gets me more excited than figuring out how things work,” said Hafner, an assistant professor in chemistry and in physics and astronomy. “To be recognized for doing what I love – especially with an award named after Norman Hackerman, a man who gave so much to science – is a very special honor.”Hafner will be presented the award and an accompanying prize of $100,000 at a luncheon today.“Dr. Hafner is known for approaching questions from unusual angles,” said Ernest H. Cockrell, chair of The Welch Foundation. “His creative thinking, careful experiments and willingness to tap into research tools from a variety of disciplines have led to breakthroughs in several areas and epitomize the type of scientist this award was created to recognize.”Hafner began developing his interest in applying nanomaterials and nanoscale tools to study biological systems while he was a graduate student studying with Rice Nobel laureate Richard Smalley.Half physicist and half chemist, Hafner studies how to modify the surface chemistry of metal nanoparticles to affect how they grow and how they interact with living cells. This is important because the resulting size and shape of the nanoparticles determine their optical properties. In this process, he created gold nanostars, a complex new structure whose many elongated points absorb and scatter light at varying wavelengths. Hafner has mapped the optical properties of the stars and how they may be used for imaging (by scattering light) and sensing (by tracking changes in optical properties caused by the environment). The gold nanostars also are expected to have important therapeutic applications.On the analytical front, Hafner is using the tip of an atomic force microscope to detect the large electrical field inside lipid membranes, where most of the cell’s work is done. Created by molecular dipoles, this membrane property is thought to be important, but its biological role is largely unexplored because it is difficult to measure. Hafner has mapped the spatial variation of the dipole moment of membranes, and he is now trying to see how that membrane parameter may affect the interactions of small biomolecules with the membrane. In a related effort, he also hopes to develop a more traditional optical method to measure the dipole moment so that it may be studied more broadly.Other analytical research involves applying his expertise with nanomaterials, surface chemistry and optics to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS, a more reliable and quantitative tool.“Jason is an example of the best of today’s researchers – those men and women who work across disciplinary boundaries to pursue interesting problems, using persistence, thoughtfully designed experiments, smart thinking and an open mind to find the answers,” said James Kinsey, chair of The Welch Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and Rice’s D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor Emeritus of Science in the Department of Chemistry. “He also gives back to science beyond his own research as an inspiring teacher and mentor to the next generations of scientists.”A Texas native, Hafner grew up south of Dallas and earned an undergraduate degree in physics at Trinity University. After graduate school at Rice, he completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University before returning to Rice as a faculty member in 2001.The Hackerman Award is named in honor of Norman Hackerman, a former Rice president, noted scientist and long-time chair of The Welch Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Hackerman Award is presented annually to young scientists conducting basic research in chemistry in Texas.last_img read more

Modified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuel

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/0305_BIOMASS-2-web.jpgRice University bioengineer Ka-Yiu San holds a beaker of fatty acid produced by genetically modified E. coli from biomass. San’s lab is part of a Department of Agriculture product to turn plant waste into fuels and lubricants. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/0305_BIOMASS-4-web.jpgFeeding a plant waste-derived “sugar sauce” to genetically modified E. coli bacteria produces fatty acids in a project under development at Rice University. The carbon-rich acids can then be turned into fuel. Rice is part of a project funded by the Department of Agriculture to scale up the production of fuel and other petroleum-like products from biomass. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.  ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduModified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuelRice University process is part of USDA project to develop energy from biomass  HOUSTON – (Feb. 28, 2013) – “Green” chemistry developed at Rice University is at the center of a new government effort to turn plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel.The Rice lab of bioengineer Ka-Yiu San is part of a recently announced $25 million United States Department of Agriculture project to develop a new generation of renewable energy and bio-based products from switchgrass and forestry residues and from a new hybrid of sorghum being developed at Texas A&M University.Patent-pending fermentation processes created by San and his colleagues use genetically modified E. coli bacteria to produce fatty acids from hydrolysates. The sugary, carbon-rich hydrolysate is extracted from cellulose, the tough, inedible part of plants that is usually thrown away. San said his lab already gets an 80-to-90 percent yield of fatty acids from model sugars and hopes to improve that over the next few years.“Adding another 1 or 2 percent doesn’t seem like much,” said San, based at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative. “But when you’re talking about making several million tons per year, it’s huge.”The target products are synthetic diesel and lubricants, according to Ceramatec Inc., a Utah-based company that proposed the project and would produce hydrocarbons from fatty acids that could then be processed by petroleum refineries.There are two ways to make fuel (from biomass),” said Mukund Karanjikar, innovation manager at Technology Holding LLC, which is administering the project. “You either make alcohols, or you make petroleum-like fuels that can go into current infrastructure. Our program is for infrastructure-compatible transportation fuels.“There aren’t many ways to go from sugars to a diesel-like compound,” he said. “The best way is to make fatty acids from the sugars microbially, as many labs have tried to do. But the Rice University process is definitely the winner.”Postdoctoral researchers Xiujun Zhang and Mai Li have been nudging their bacteria toward efficient production of fatty acids for four years, San said. Zhang is responsible for the development of enzymes in E. coli that promote the efficient formation of free fatty acids, while Li, now at GlycosBio, worked to build microbial host strains for high-yield production.“They have been instrumental to this project,” he said. “In four years, with two postdocs, we beat everybody, even groups with dozens of members.”San said the researchers screened hundreds of strains of E. coli and genetically combined the best qualities to reach a high yield. “Other scientists thought we couldn’t come close to a maximum yield,” San recalled. “They said E. coli only needs to build enough lipid (fat) for its membrane and would stop.”That, as it turned out, was not true. “In fact, one of the strains we developed is very interesting: Instead of excreting the fatty acid, it wants to keep it inside. So more than 70 percent of the weight of these cells is fatty acid. These are obese E. coli,” San said.Since the project began, the researchers have increased their production 100-fold, San said. “We started with a titer of 0.4 grams per liter, and we were excited when we first produced 1 gram. Now we’re up to 14 grams per liter and looking at ways to fine-tune the process. But at this point, the bug will not change that much.”Still, it will take time to scale up. “We have to be sure the bug is perfected and robust enough for industry,” San said. “Strains that behave well in the lab may not do as well in an industrial setting.” He said the development path will involve testing by independent labs to make sure the process is repeatable, and then initial scaling by a pilot plant in two or three years.“I think this is a very rich area,” San said. “When we started this project four years ago, nobody had paid attention to fatty acids. But I knew this would be a good model system with endless variations that could lead to real products.”The E. coli strains were developed in a project funded by the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Renewable Chemicals. San is Rice’s E.D. Butcher Professor of Bioengineering and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Ka-Yiu San Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ksan/USDA announcement: http://tinyurl.com/bl3yn9nThe Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: http://www.cbirc.iastate.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/0305_BIOMASS-3-web.jpg http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/02/0305_BIOMASS-1-web.jpglast_img read more

Kinder Institute announces 2018 Houston Solutions Lab funding

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Houston Solutions Lab connects Rice researchers with leaders in numerous city of Houston departments to formulate mutually beneficial research. This is the second year monetary awards have been given to researchers. Awards are given to projects that offer a definitive solution to a city-identified problem.“This program is a great way to connect researchers from across Rice to the City of Houston with the goal of them using their expertise to tackle pressing, concrete problems,” said Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, one of three supporting sponsors along with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and the Office of Research.Street-level flood measurementGary Woods, a professor in the practice of computer technology at Rice; Leonardo Duenas Osorio, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering; Frank Yong Li, a visiting professor in electrical and computer engineering; and Devika Subramanian, a professor of computer science, will work on a project that will develop flood sensors that will be deployed and piloted on Rice’s campus for street level measurements and have their data relayed to a central server.The ultimate goal of the piloted array is to collect flood level data in real-time for neighborhood streets, which can be used not only to aid evacuation and transportation in storms, but also used to refine models for future flooding. The researchers will work in conjunction with Steve Costello, Houston’s chief resiliency officer, to make sure the sensor platform is robust and meets requirements for broader city deployment.Surveys on floodingBob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, and Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science, will work with Costello on two flood-related projects.The first project will be a survey of Houston Fire Department stations to learn where first responders encounter high water during storms. Like the street-level flood measurement project, this work will help refine future models.For the second project, the team will work with Costello to conduct a satisfaction survey among residents who live near Storm Water Action Team (SWAT) projects recently completed to improve drainage and mitigate future flooding. The ultimate goal is to find out if residents perceived the SWAT projects to be effective.Sustainable city vehiclesDan Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Laura Schaefer, the Burton J. and Ann M. McMurtry Chair in Engineering, will work on the sustainability of the city’s vehicle fleet.The researchers will examine a variety of fleet and fuel options and offer research that will help the city determine which systems it should implement based on cost and logistics, environmental impact and several other factors. They will work with Lara Cottingham, who directs Houston’s sustainability efforts, to ensure that city needs and time lines are met.Work on these projects will begin in August and continue for one year.“We are excited to partner with the Houston Solutions Lab and this year’s projects,” said Jan E. Odegard, executive director Ken Kennedy Institute and associate vice president research computing. “With Rice being a microcosm of Houston, we find it to be a win-win to develop ‘Smart-Rice’ as a digital platform where we can encourage innovation that can leverage Rice expertise and existing campus technology.”Rice’s Houston Solutions Lab is part of the MetroLab Network, a national network of city-university research partnerships, all of which have the goal of leveraging academic expertise to help solve critical issues facing cities. Funding for the projects comes from three Rice entities: the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Office of Research and the Ken Kennedy Institute.For more information, visit http://houstonsolutionslab.blogs.rice.edu.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Kinder website: https://kinder.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/0504_SURVEY.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Hosuton at nightskyline ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduKinder Institute announces 2018 Houston Solutions Lab fundingHOUSTON – (June 26, 2018) – Rice University’s Houston Solutions Lab today announced funding to support three projects focusing on flooding issues and a sustainability plan for the city’s fleet of vehicles.center_img AddThislast_img read more

The Best Healthcare Management MBAs in Texas

first_imgThe Best Healthcare Management MBAs in Texas Last Updated Jun 28, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail As the nation’s second-largest field of employment, healthcare is a fast growing and rapidly changing industry expected to be worth trillions in the near future. A job in healthcare can represent any number of opportunities from working in a hospital to working for a government agency, insurance organization, consulting firm, group practice, pharmaceutical company, or biotechnology firms. In each of these areas, there’s a massive need for well-qualified individuals who can respond to critical problems. That’s where a healthcare management career can be valuable.As a healthcare manager, you’ll be responsible for managing and coordinating health services while working closely with physicians and administrators to best represent your facility. It’s a rewarding career field with a positive job outlook—employment is expected to grow much-faster-than-average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.If this sounds like the career for you, one of the first steps is to earn your Healthcare Management MBA. A Healthcare Management MBA provides students with in-depth expertise on the unique elements required to work in the healthcare industry. As for where to earn your degree, here are the best Texas healthcare MBA programs.DallasNaveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at DallasIn Dallas, the Naveen Jindal School of Management is known for its healthcare focus. Not only does the school offer a Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership and Management, which is a flexible evening program that can be completed in 18 to 24 months, but MBA students can also choose the Healthcare Leadership and Management concentration. This MBA concentration prepares students for leadership positions in healthcare and is a cross-functional and industry-focused option.What makes the Healthcare Management MBA concentration stand out at Naveen Jindal is the fact that classes are taught by faculty and healthcare executives who have the specialized expertise and experience needed to train up-and-coming graduates. In addition, students can participate in the Healthcare Management Association (HMA) to cultivate industry experience, networking opportunities, and healthcare resources. The school also offers a Healthcare Management Executive MBA for current physicians who are looking to expand their skillset.Hankamer School of Business – Baylor UniversityAt the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business in Dallas, there’s a specialized MBA in Healthcare Administration. This degree path is offered in conjunction with the Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership and gives students the opportunity to gain an interdisciplinary foundation in health services and business. The MBA program is nationally recognized, ranked 17th in the nation in 2016 by the U.S. News & World Report, and ideal for students interested in a healthcare career.What makes this MBA program unique is that it includes a seven-month paid Executive Residency with a leading progressive health organization. During this residency, students receive guidance from well-qualified, practicing healthcare executives who give them the opportunity to apply and test their knowledge. Also, students can apply for the Executive Healthcare MBA program in Dallas and participate in the Future Healthcare Executives (FHE) student organization.Neeley School of Business – Texas Christian UniversityAnother opportunity for healthcare-minded MBA students in Dallas is the Healthcare MBA at the TCU Neeley School of Business. This program is designed for current healthcare professionals or individuals who are looking to enter the healthcare industry. It’s offered in partnership with the University of North Texas—Health Science Center and provides an in-depth healthcare focus.What makes this program unusual is that students can choose a standard MBA (48 credit-hours) or an accelerated MBA (36 credit-hours) depending on their experience in business. In either case, MBA students completed 10.5 credit-hours of healthcare-specific courses as well as 9-10.5 credit-hours of additional business or healthcare electives. Some of the specialized courses include:Healthcare in the U.S.Population HealthLegal Aspects of HealthcareHoustonRice University – Jones Graduate School of BusinessAt Rice University in Houston, there are multiple opportunities for MBA students at the Jones Graduate School of Business to develop their healthcare experience. Specifically, the school created a healthcare program that offers practical learning options and multiple healthcare electives. Some of those electives include U.S. Health Care Management, Health Care Strategy, and Health Care Operations Management.As full-time MBA students, there’s the option to choose the health care concentration, which includes 12 credits, out of 24.5 available, focused specifically on a career in healthcare. Its unique curriculum prepares MBA students for a variety of healthcare settings including pharmaceutical, biotech, and insurance as well as hospitals and private practices. There are also many other ways to learn about healthcare at Rice University including speaker series, panel discussions, and multiple events.The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University offers a wealth of healthcare MBA options, including a MD/MBA dual degree.Cameron School of Business – University of St. ThomasIn Houston, there’s also an MBA in Health Care Administration offered at the Cameron School of Business. This program is offered in conjunction with Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and gives students the opportunity to obtain the fundamental health services management skills required for a successful career. In addition, there’s an opportunity for a dual Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) and MBA degree. As part of the program, students take courses at both TWU and UST. RelatedFinding An MBA In Texas: Dallas Vs. HoustonCan a full-time MBA program differ per city? While you might assume that they’re all the same, the truth of the matter is that location can play a significant role in what’s available at any given program. Different cities focus on different industries or even job functions based on the…June 27, 2017In “Advice”Hot MBA Jobs: Becoming A Healthcare ConsultantConsultants with MBA degrees are in high demand—and they’re often well compensated as a result. One of the fastest-growing industries for MBA Consultants is healthcare, thanks to a combination of a rising elderly population, affordable insurance (for now) and technological advancement. In an interview with U.S. News, Phil Miller, Assistant…June 13, 2017In “Featured Home”New Jindal Healthcare Leadership and Management Center DebutsThe new Center is a banding together of Jindal’s many health care programs, including: the MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Executive MS/MBA in Healthcare Management (for physicians), Executive MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management (for health care professionals), Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and…May 10, 2017In “Featured Region”center_img regions: Dallas / Houston About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more

Georgetown Employment Report Reveals RecordSetting Job Offers Salaries

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedNYU Employment Report Reveals Employment, Salary JumpThe NYU Stern School of Business released its 2018 MBA Employment Report at the end of last month, revealing that more graduates in the Class of 2018 had accepted full-time job offers three months after graduation than anytime in the past five years. Not only that, many recent grads reported…November 6, 2018In “Amazon”Georgetown McDonough MBA Career Center Releases 2017 Employment StatsNo surprise: Georgetown MBAs are making bank! According to the most recent employment report from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business,  the average starting salary for graduates was $112,501, which is a 4 percent increase from the previous year. “Every year, we deepen our commitment to applying a personalized…November 21, 2017In “Featured Home”Tech Interests and West Coast Jobs Spike in New Northwestern Kellogg Employment ReportLast week, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management released its 2018 Employment Report revealing a record number of graduates going into the tech industry (28 percent) and more companies hiring Kellogg talent than ever before. Other highlights include a growing number of graduates headed to the West Coast for jobs (around one-third) and a…December 4, 2018In “Amazon” Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business set records this year for both salaries and job offers according to its Class of 2018 Employment Report, released earlier this month. An impressive 98 percent of students received job offers within three months of graduation, and average full-time salary rose to an all-time high of $116,946.MBA Graduates Get More Money and More Job OffersCompared to last year, average starting salary increased by 4 percent. The average signing bonus for the latest graduating class was $31,036, up 9 percent year over year. The record-setting 98 percent of students who received job offers within three months of graduation represented a 5 percent jump over the prior year. Ninety-four percent of 2018 graduates had accepted an offer within three months, up 2 percent from last year.“Through a personalized approach to the job search, opportunities for career treks throughout the United States and around the world, and a global alumni network of 190,000 graduates, the MBA Career Center ensures students are placed in the positions that inspired them to attend business school,” Doreen Amorosa, Associate Dean of McDonough Career Services, said in a press release.MBAs Choose Consulting, Financial Services, and TechnologyFor the second year in a row, consulting, financial services, and technology were the top three industries for MBA graduates. However, the breakdown within these three industries saw some shifts.Last year, financial services was the top industry of choice, drawing an even third–33 percent–of students. Consulting was second, drawing 28 percent of grads, and technology was a distant third, at 13 percent. The most recent graduating class headed off to these three leading industries in more equal numbers. Consulting, for its part, drew 25.5 percent of students, followed by financial services at 21.7 percent, and tech at 17.5. In both years, nonprofit/social impact came in fourth, attracting 8 percent of the Class of 2018 and 7 percent of the Class of 2017.MBA Internships Remain SteadyAs for this year’s class of MBA student internships, the results remained similar to previous years with only slight increases. This year, 100 percent of students secured an internship, and 86 percent of those positions were paid an average of $7,043 per month. This was an uptick over last year, when interns averaged $6,501 per month. Also, 78 percent of all internship positions were facilitated by the MBA Career Center, a ten percent increase from 2016. Student interns gravitated toward the finance/accounting (34 percent), consulting (28 percent), and marketing & sales (17 percent) industries.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from its original source, Clear Admit. regions: Washington, DCcenter_img Georgetown Employment Report Reveals Record-Setting Job Offers, Salaries Last Updated Nov 14, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Did CNN Just Out a Former Cameraman as a ProClinton Protester

first_img Share this article Did CNN Just Out a Former Cameraman as a Pro-Clinton Protester? By Jack Phillips November 10, 2016 Updated: November 10, 2016 US Share On Wednesday night, CNN was broadcast live from Chicago—and it captured a man going on a tirade in support of Hillary Clinton following Election Day.“More human beings voted for Hillary. This isn’t fair,” the man said. “Just count the votes … Hillary, you’re a lawyer. Walk in, go to the Supreme Court. I believe in you Hillary. I’ve been to Rwanda … hospital in Rwanda. … Women need you, minorities need you, I need you.”At the end of the segment, CNN anchor Don Lemon then noted that the man who was speaking was a former cameraman—but it’s unclear if the man had worked for CNN or another news agency. Lemon started working for CNN in 2006.“I used to live there and I know that guy,” Lemon said, adding that his name is John. “He actually went to Africa with me as a cameraman. But that’s another story.” The segment then ended.Following Trump’s win, there’s been a severe backlash against mainstream media outlets, including CNN. Critics have said that the network has taken a pro-Clinton, anti-Trump slant throughout the election cycle.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Told to Leave by Dec 5

first_img Show Discussion Here’s a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:Eviction NoticeThe Corps said last week in a letter to Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault that all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.” The order includes the sprawling encampment called Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires camp, that’s a living protest against the four-state $3.8 billion pipeline.The Corps cited North Dakota’s oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters and police. The agency says “it has no plans for forcible removal,” but anyone on land north of the river after the deadline will be trespassing and may be prosecuted.The Corps acknowledged that “more dangerous groups have joined this protest and are provoking conflict in spite of the public pleas from tribal leaders.”The agency previously had said it would not evict protesters due to free speech reasons.The Corps’ letter came after residents in the area expressed feeling unsafe and frustrated with how the protest has swelled to scores of self-described “water protectors.” North Dakota officials contend the Corps should not allow people to be on the land without a permit.More than 525 people from across the country have been arrested since August. In a recent clash between police and protesters near the path of the pipeline, officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and large water hoses in freezing weather. Organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital, some for hypothermia and one for a serious arm injury. One officer was injured.North Dakota officials say the protest has cost the state about $20 million in extra law enforcement costs.In this file photo, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, front, listens to Brian Wesley Horinek, of Oklahoma, outside the New Camp on Pipeline Easement in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) /The Bismarck Tribune via AP) In this file photo, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, front, listens to Brian Wesley Horinek, of Oklahoma, outside the New Camp on Pipeline Easement in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File) /The Bismarck Tribune via AP)Disputed LandThe Oceti Sakowin camp is the overflow from smaller private and permitted protest sites nearby and began growing in August. It’s been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century.Standing Rock tribal members and other Native Americans believe the land with the encampment is rightly owned by the Sioux through a more than century-old treaty with the U.S. government.Protest organizers said they don’t intend to leave or stop their acts of civil disobedience. Archambault and others don’t believe the Corps will forcibly evict people from the camp.The OriginsEnergy Transfer Partners got federal permits for the pipeline in July, about two years after it was announced. The pipeline is projected to move a half-million barrels of crude oil daily to an existing pipeline in Patoka, Illinois, for shipment to Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.Supporters say the pipeline will have safeguards against leaks, and is a safer way to move oil than trucks and trains, especially after a handful of fiery—and sometimes deadly—derailments of trains carrying North Dakota crude.Related CoverageCorps Won’t Forcibly Remove Protesters From Federal LandThe Standing Rock Sioux, whose reservation straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border, are suing federal regulators for approving the pipeline. They have challenged the Corps’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings and argue that the pipeline would be placed less than a mile upstream of the reservation, potentially affecting drinking water for more than 8,000 tribal members and millions downstream.The tribe hasn’t fared well in court. A federal judge in September denied its request to block construction of the entire pipeline. An appeal is pending.Missing LinkThe nearly 1,200-mile pipeline is largely complete except for a section that would pump oil under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota.The Corps of Engineers in July granted Energy Transfer Partners the permits needed for the crossing, but the agency decided in September that further analysis was warranted given the tribe’s concerns. Since then, the Corps has called for even more study and tribal input.The company responded by asking U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to declare that it has the right to lay pipe under Lake Oahe. The judge isn’t likely to issue a decision until January at the earliest.President Barack Obama earlier this month raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline, and Archambault has said that would be acceptable to the tribe provided the new route isn’t near the reservation.Archambault and others have called on Obama to stop the pipeline altogether.Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren told The Associated Press that that the pipeline won’t be rerouted and the company has no alternative than to stick to its plan.President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in Energy Transfer Partners. Pipeline opponents worry that Trump’s investments could affect any decision he makes on the project as president. US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   BISMARCK, N.D.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set an early December deadline for American Indians and others to leave an encampment in North Dakota where they’ve been entrenched for months protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. Tribes including the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux are fighting the Dakota Access project because they fear it will harm drinking water and cultural sites. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says the 1,200-mile pipeline through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois will be safe. Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Told to Leave by Dec. 5 By The Associated Press November 28, 2016 Updated: November 28, 2016 Share A sculpture stands at an encampment where protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline have been gathered for months near Cannon Ball, N.D. on Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photos/James MacPherson) last_img read more

Report Chelsea Clintons Husband Closes Hedge Fund

first_img Share US Report: Chelsea Clinton’s Husband Closes Hedge Fund By Jack Phillips February 8, 2017 Updated: February 8, 2017 The hedge fund of Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s husband closed in December 2016, according to a new report.Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea’s husband and the son-in-law of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, co-founded Eaglevale Partners, which is based in New York.But Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday that Eaglevale is now in the process of returning its money to clients; the news agency cited a source close to the firm for its report.It’s unclear if the firm’s closure was connected to Clinton’s devastating election loss in November.Out of work Chelsea Clinton’s husband Marc Mezvinsky shut down his Hedge Fund in December … https://t.co/5UowAC51iZ pic.twitter.com/alCyBOqb20— Hedge Fund Focus (@hedgefundfocus) February 8, 2017The hedge fund is reported to have lost a significant amount by betting on Greece—with one portion of the fund dropping by as much as 48 percent in a year, the Wall Street Journal reported in February 2015. The firm was started in 2011 by Bennett Grau, Mark Mallon, and Mezvinsky. They had worked for Goldman Sachs prior to that.Related CoverageReport: Clinton Foundation Shutters Clinton Global InitiativeEaglevale or its founders have not publicly commented on the development.The Clinton Foundation, meanwhile, announced in January that it was closing the Clinton Global Initiative while laying off a number of employees due to drops in donations after Clinton’s loss.Mezvinsky is the son of former Congressman Edward Mezvinsky, who served five years in jail for defrauding friends and family members out of $10 million dollars through a Ponzi scheme.Clinton and Mezvinsky got married in 2010.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Show Discussion Chelsea Clinton and along with her husband Marc Mezvinsky clap as they listen to speakers on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26, 2016. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Share this articlelast_img read more

Restaurant Owner Wont Show NFL Games Until Players Stop Kneeling During National

first_img Restaurant Owner Won’t Show NFL Games Until Players Stop Kneeling During National Anthem US News Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A restaurant in South Carolina will not play National Football League games until players stop disrespecting the American flag by kneeling during the National Anthem.“No NFL games will be played at Palmetto Alehouse until every player stands in respect to our flag and our country,” David McCraw, the owner of Palmetto Restaurant & Ale House, wrote in a message on Facebook. “This is a position that I’m going to take and I hope you will support me.”McCraw has lived all of his life in South Carolina, except for the four years he spent in the military. He feels that the players who kneel during the National Anthem disrespect the country he loves and the flag he served to protect.“I feel that it’s totally disrespectful to the men and women who are serving our country right now, who are laying their lives on the line for our country, for the rights that we have, that we enjoy,” McCraw told Fox Carolina. Members of the New England Patriots kneel on the sidelines as the National Anthem is played before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Sept. 24, 2017. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)McCraw built his restaurant in 2012 and has been in business just over five years. He agrees with the sentiment behind what the NFL players are sending but disagrees with the way they are choosing to send it. “I want people to realize one thing. It’s that I believe what the players are saying,” McCraw said. “We do have a race issue in the United States and our community leaders and our national leaders need to get together along with the people who are protesting to bring ideas to solve the issues.”“The one issue that I have is how they are disseminating the message,” McCraw said. “There has to be a fine line between being able to say what you want to say and to disseminate it without disrespecting our nation and the men and women who are serving our country.”Since he announced the boycott against the NFL, McCraw has seen mostly positive responses from patrons. There have been some people who disagreed with his move to turn off NFL, but McCraw believes they don’t realize that he actually supports the NFL players’ message. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receivers Mike Evans #13, and DeSean Jackson #11, take a knee during the national anthem before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on September 24, 2017. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)McCraw’s boycott of the NFL in his restaurant began after seeing a wave of NFL players kneel during the national anthem on Sunday, Sept. 24. The NFL players we responding to comments made by President Donald Trump, who asked that players be fired or suspended if they kneel during the National Anthem.“The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday, Sept. 25. “It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”McCraw agreed with Trump when the president demanded respect for the flag. He also felt the players’ protest could be disseminated in a more appropriate way.“Those people are there to entertain us, they’re not there to educate us,” McCraw said. “We don’t need to be told by athletes or celebrities how to think.” Members of the New England Patriots kneel during the National Anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Having served in the military, McCraw said he was sickened to see the disrespect conveyed by the protesting NFL players.“By taking a knee and not respecting our flag and not respecting the United States is a direct contradiction to the men and women who are serving our country,” McCraw said.“More importantly, the people who have passed away serving our country, who are now residing in Arlington cemetery, those people have given the ultimate price for the very rights that we have today: to be able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do,” he added.From NTD.tv Show Discussion Share September 25, 2017 Updated: September 25, 2017 Maurice Smith #27 and Julius Thomas #89 kneel with Jarvis Landry #14 of the Miami Dolphins during the National Anthem prior to an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sept. 24, 2017. (Steven Ryan/Getty Images) last_img read more