SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

first_img“The situation in the Mission is out of control. The tent encampment on South Van Ness, on my corner, is out of control,” said Navigation Center supporter Tom Temprano, a trustee of San Francisco City College  who lives half a block away from the proposed shelter and also runs a business in the area. “I disagree that the solution to solving this problem is to do nothing.”Temprano addressed city leaders at the meeting including Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen and the heads of the San Francisco Police Department, Public Works and the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing: “I want you to solve this problem.”“If it’s a band-aid, I’ll take a band-aid over nothing and making it worse,” he said.City officials face the crowd. Photo by Lola M. ChávezThose who attended the meeting hoping to sway city officials to house the homeless elsewhere in the city, may have left disappointed.“The decision has been made,“ said Ronen, adding that the Navigation Center will likely be up and running by June 1 and it will be open from six to nine months.  Last month, Ronen struck a deal with the site’s developer, Lennar Multifamily Communities, to allow city use of the space as a homeless shelter until construction permits for the 157-unit housing project are finalized.Police and fire officials stood by on Monday to manage a crowd that lined the sidewalk outside of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts at 2826 Mission St., which hosted the public forum.Inside, the center’s auditorium was filled well beyond its 180-person capacity – dozens who were turned away at the door were promised a second meeting in the coming weeks by the district’s supervisor, Hillary Ronen, who called for the meeting.Photo by William McLeodOpponents who loosely organized as a neighborhood group under the slogan  “Protect the Mission” came bearing posters that read the “Mission is not a dumping ground.”The Mission District is already home to the city’s first Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., which some critics have blamed for a perceived increase in crime and loitering outside of its doors. With the addition of a second shelter on South Van Ness Ave., a number of them voiced concerns that the neighborhood is unfairly forced to bear the brunt of the city’s “homeless problem.”“Why is this Navigation Center not in the Marina District?” said one speaker who added that she is not opposed to the center per se, but opposes its location. “I walk in the Marina, I walk in the Richmond and everything is clean – no homeless [people]. ”Ronen defended the Navigation Center and said the temporary shelter is only the beginning of her advocacy for economic equity in her district.“Does temporary solve the problem? No, but we have a life and death public health emergency on the streets right now,” said Ronen. “I need to do something right now. I needed to do something a month ago.”Despite the visible opposition, a majority of those who snagged a seat inside of the auditorium advocated for the Navigation Center. All sides, including the city officials present, agreed that the homeless crisis is in part a by-product of the city’s growing wealth gap that is becoming increasingly visible on the city’s streets.“The dumping of homeless people in the Mission –on Division Street, for Super Bowl City…while you guys were building high rise buildings – has caused this problem,” said a critic of the Navigation Center.Ronen said that the shelter’s proposed location is a direct result of the need in the area. Of the some 300 people living without a home in the MIssion, an estimated 150 have found shelter in tent encampments of varying sizes throughout the Mission.With only 8 percent of the city’s shelter beds located in the Mission, the addition of a second Navigation Center – albeit a temporary one – is precisely what is needed to decrease the number of visible tents, and ultimately the dozens of people currently living on the neighborhood’s streets, said Ronen.Still, Some worried that the temporary shelter could become permanent, should the developers face hurdles in their construction timeline.“There is no secret plan to form a permanent Navigation Center at this site,” said Ronen.In an effort to assure the safety of the Navigation Center’s clients and the surrounding residents during this time, a minimum of six staffers would be at the site at all times, said Mohammed Nuru, director of Public Works.Responding to neighbors’ concerns about loitering on the street in front of the shelter, Nuru said that what is currently an empty parking lot at 1515 South Van Ness will be designed as an outdoor space where clients may congregate.Calling the proposal a “great opportunity for us to move in a different direction,” Nuru said that encampment sweeps administered by his department that relocate campers temporarily have been problematic.“It’s a huge problem for our department,” he said. “A lot of resources are being spent.”The San Francisco Police Department has also spent enormous resources in addressing the city’s homeless crisis. Last year, some 10,000 citations were issued to homeless individuals, some ending in incarceration, said Ronen.Police Chief William Scott, who attended the meeting, told community members that his department’s role in addressing homelessness will be one of “collaboration” rather than enforcement.“Part of our past attempt to address this problem has been through enforcement, and we have seen a very ineffective result,” he said, adding that all stakeholders involved in solving homelessness must proceed with “some common sense and compassion.”Mateo, a 17-year-old proponent of the Navigation Center, agreed: “The homeless are there because an institution refuses to acknowledge their existence. Every place is rejecting them and refusing to help them out.” 0% Outside of the meeting. Photo by William McLeodPhoto by Lola M. ChavezSupervisor Hillary Ronen talks to the crowd as other officials look on. Photo by Lola M. ChavezDirector of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru. Photo by Lola M. ChavezTom Temprano. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by William McLeod At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments.At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients on-site access to supportive services – in a vacant lot and electrical building at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. The property will then be developed into mixed-use housing.“People are stepping over homeless people, they are finding needles, this Navigation Center is only going to create a bigger problem because it is not a solution, it is only a patch on the problem,” said one nearby resident.But those who spoke in support for the temporary homeless shelter at a Monday night’s public hearing, said any solution is better than the status quo. 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NATHAN Brown is looking for Saints to build on the

first_imgNATHAN Brown is looking for Saints to build on the win over Leeds Rhinos when they face Warrington on Saturday.His charges ran in six tries in the come from behind victory – but that will count for nothing if they don’t continue to improve this weekend.“It was a good end result for as they started well and got to a commanding lead,” Brown said. “Considering what has happened over the past four weeks the guys showed good resolve to hang in there. We were proud of them and now we have to build on that.“We had a fair bit more experience in the side and players in their accustomed positions. We put people back in the positions they have played in the majority of their career or where they have played a number of games and that helped the younger players.“The young kids contributed well I thought. Luke Thompson did it tough early on but his second stint was really good.“It was good to get on the board after a lean four weeks but we have to build on that.”Brown says the squad came through the Rhinos clash in good shape but he isn’t sure if any players will return from injury this weekend.James Roby has a chance but if he isn’t 100 per cent he won’t play.“Warrington have been playing really well and are always hard to beat,” Brown continued. “They have their strengths but we are putting ourselves back together.“We need to focus on tidying up our own areas, getting our backyard in order and building combinations.”Latest ticket information for the Magic Weekend is here.last_img read more

We have a whole host of entertainment both on and

first_imgWe have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Open 12pm.Turnstiles – Open 12:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Catalans counterparts at 12:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 1.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints.Member Offer – You can get a pie and hot drink for £3.50!Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 1.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time -You can win hospitality for two in our 1873 Lounge by taking part in our crossbar challenge which is in association with Hightown Group, Building Better Solutions. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!Crabbie’s – Our partners will be bringing their bus and games to the stadium tonight so pop along and try a sample! Also, if you buy two Crabbie’s, you will get a free pair of sunglasses (whilst stocks last).Bucket Collection – There will be a bucket collection for Every Action Has Consequences so dig deep.Minute’s Applause – There will be a minute’s applause before kick-off to celebrate the life of Evan Hawksworth, the Under-14 Stanley Rangers Rugby League player who tragically passed away after sustaining a head injury during a game.Match Sponsors: The match is sponsored by David Lloyds Knowsley with o2 Business Centre Rainford sponsoring the Match Ball. Our corporate sponsors are Typhoo.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West and Totally Wicked North Stands. The East Stand is closed for this fixture. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are also onsale from www.saintssuperstore.com up until 1pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore is open from 11am until kick off – our new look trainingwear will also be on sale.Programme:Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Adam Swift, it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there? There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams. It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiSecurity:At the Saints we take the safety of our fans and supporters very seriously.We have a highly trained ground safety and stewarding team to ensure that every visit to the Totally Wicked Stadium continues to be an enjoyable, safe and comfortable experience.In light of recent events, there will be additional security checks at the game. We advise fans to arrive early and not to bring anything into the ground which is unnecessary.All bags will be searched on entry and there will be additional security checks to ensure the match proceeds as safely as possible. We also ask that fans remain vigilant at all times and if they spot something that is suspicious alert a steward.We thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring gameday at the Totally Wicked Stadium is the best possible experience for all.last_img read more

New Hanover County 911 calls rerouted because of fiber cut

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County 911 calls are being rerouted to operators in Brunswick County because of a fiber cut, a spokeswoman says.New Hanover County spokeswoman Jessica Loeper says the phones were automatically rerouted by AT&T, but they were inadvertently diverted to Mecklenburg County originally. She says that was quickly corrected, and the calls are now going to Brunswick County 911.- Advertisement – Loeper says Brunswick County is assisting and dispatching calls at this time. In addition, New Hanover County has three telecommunicators and a 911 supervisor heading to Brunswick County to be able to dispatch all calls for New Hanover County, Loeper said.AT&T is currently assessing the issue, but New Hanover County has plans in place and doe not expect an interruption in 911 service, Loeper told WWAY.An AT&T spokesman did not immediately return a request for more information.last_img read more

Mother and daughter missing police appealing for information

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Police are appealing for information over the whereabouts of Marija Lourdes Bonnici and her daughter Angele Bonnici.Both women were last seen at their home at around 7AM on Tuesday, police have said.Police have also sent out an image of the pair.Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts are to inform the police confidentially on the following numbers 21224001 or 119.Citizens are also asked to inform police at the Zejtun district police station.WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Maltese researchers working on material to help bone defects

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A group of Maltese scientists are researching on a product that could help people with bone defects for the global market.Newsbook.com.mt met with the BioSA team which is made up of researchers from the worlds of engineering and medicine.Prof. Ing. Joseph Buhagiar explained that the aim of the project is to create implants known as scaffolds made out of different materials whose porosity allows bone cells to fit within and therefore fix the defect.He added that this research will take a number of years to materialize, and a consortium has been set up, whose members include the University of Malta and the Orthopaedic department at Mater Dei Hospital with the aim of making a success out of this research.PhD candidate in engineering Christabelle Tonna , told Newsbook.com.mt that the laboratory is currently using sponges who are rather similar to the ones found in most households. These sponges are being covered with a mixture of dust, metal and light glue and put in ovens that reach a temperature of 1,200°C which allows for the original sponge base to disintegrate and the mixture to bind.Currently, the BioSA team is working on an optimal material composition that reflects the rate of bone degradation and self-repair.Dr Luke Saliba, a medical doctor that also specialises in orthopaedic surgery said that the scaffold will provide an alternative for what is currently being used that is allogradt or autograft which involve real bones from the same patient or others.Saliba elaborated that there is still a long way to go for the finalisation of the project and that currently the team is doing cell research and metal corrosion and its effects on the bones.Project BioSA (R&I-2017-037T) is financed from teh Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) through FUSION: R&I Technology Development Programme.Further details on the project can be found on the initiative’s website or Facebook page.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Former Juventus director Marotta joins rivals Inter

first_imgGiuseppe Marotta has announced his appointment as Inter Milan’s CEO in a video message on the club’s Twitter page. Juventus terminated Marotta’s contract last October, bringing to end an eighth-year spell during which the Turin-based side won seven consecutive Serie A titles and are currently one of the most feared sides in Europe.The 61-year-old stated: “‘From today I will be part of the great Inter. I’m very proud and I’m going to have the important role of CEO of the sports area.”Inter Milan haven’t won a trophy since 2011 and are 14 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Doubts over Allegris future at Juventus

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri has so far failed to commit his future to Juventus amid growing speculation that his time with the Serie A giants will end in the coming months.The former AC Milan and Cagliari coach has faced criticism for his squad’s style of play, even though he managed to win 5 consecutive league titles since taking over from Antonio Conte. Allegri has also won 4 Coppa Italia trophies and led Juventus to two Uefa Champions League finals.The 51-year-old is expected to meet the club’s president in June so as to discuss the squad’s future and his own. Despite recruiting Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £99.2m, Juventus fell short in their Champions League quest after losing to Ajax in the quarter-finals.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Pheed The First Impressions of the Newest Social Site

first_imgPheed encourages users to create original content. Users can easily upload video, audio, words, pictures, or even a live stream onto their Pheed Advertisement The social design on Pheed encourages users to create original content. Users can easily upload video, audio, words, pictures, or even a live stream onto their Pheed. One of the first aspects of the site we noticed was the little “copyright this pheed” button at the bottom of each post you make.All the while, we wondered what element set these guys apart from their intimidating list of competitors: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (to name a few). From the moment you goggle the site, their slogan has answered that question: Express yourself.The mere presence of this button serves as a little, constant reminder that you should be posting your own content. The idea of original content on social sites has always been confusing, and Pheed has taken a massive step in offering peace of mind to their users (without making them dig through a mountain of privacy policy pages).Another massive difference with Pheed is their incorporation of easy monetization. By upgrading to a premium account, you can charge others to subscribe to your Pheed. Many uses come to mind for this setup. – Advertisement – Bands and DJs could launch new demos to their Pheed followers before the general public, social marketers could use it like a private “Secrets for Success” mailing list, or it could just serve as a way for internet celebrities to streamline their monetization strategy. Time will only tell if this subscription service catches any traction.Overall, it;s  exciting. You  always get excited when we get a new social UI from Silicon Valley. Over the next few months, we’ll see if Pheed can deliver on the enormous pressure set by their CEO’s statement, “The wheel had to come about before the car.There are stages, like how Friendster came, then MySpace, then Facebook, each one improving on and adding to the format. There was Twitter and now Pheed the evolution of a genre.”Source: socialmediatodaylast_img read more

Tanzania government temporarily halts Digital Migration

first_imgAdvertisement The Tanzanian government has agreed to temporarily halt the second phase of migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting to assess impact of the first phase to the public after a meeting between the ministry for Communication, Science and Technology and the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure on Wednesday.The first phase included seven regions namely Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza and Arusha. Mbeya was to be the last region in that phase and will have analogue television broadcasting switched off at the end of this month.The Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa stressed however that digital broadcasting was inevitable and urged stakeholders to cooperate with the government in implementing the plan. This was while he was speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.“We are now in the first phase of migration which will be concluded in Mbeya at the end of this month after which we will conduct an assessment before rolling out the second phase which will include 14 regions, It has been agreed that evaluation of challenges met in the first phase should be carried out so that the second phase will be rolled out smoothly” Prof Mbarawa said. – Advertisement – Prof Mbarawa also noted that an initial assessment in the remain- ing regions has revealed that analogue television broadcasting is not very common thus it would be easier to introduce digital technology.He said the government is determined to beat the global deadline of June 17, 2015 set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) where analogue television broadcast- ing will be switched off completely.The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Peter Serukamba (Kigo- ma Urban-CCM), had on Wednesday advised the government to consider halting the migration in the remaining regions and assess challenges that were met in the first phase.The committee had also asked the government to form a committee from all stakeholders to make an evaluation of the costs incurred by owners of TV stations, and establish whether people really access all free channels.Tanzania became the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to gradually switch off analogue broadcasting on December 31, last year.Credit:Daily Newslast_img read more

Panasonic to launch first store in Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement Electronics maker Panasonic is set to open its first showroom and service centre in Kenya as the company looks to cement market gains in the country.The company, which holds a good percentage of the Kenyan electronics market share especially in multimedia and office telecommunication products, will open the Panasonic Plaza along Mpaka road on Wednesday.  – Advertisement – [related-posts]The office is expected to be a launching pad for the greater Sub-Saharan Africa and will be opened by Panasonic’s Middle East & Africa communications director Anthony Peter who is based in Dubai. Credit: humanipolast_img read more

Sony Will Reportedly Sue Twitter And Its Users Over Tweets With Hacked

first_imgAdvertisement While Sony is still licking its post-hack wounds it’s going on the offensive about its leaked emails. Right now it looks like it’s going after Twitter and Twitter users.Vice’s tech site, Motherboard reports that it has in its possession a letter from Sony lawyer, David Boies sent to Twitter’s general counsel Vijaya Gadde. In it, Sony says it will hold Twitter responsible any loss or damage arising from tweets from accounts Twitter hasn’t banned. – Advertisement – Twitter user Val Broeksmit also received a letter threatening legal action from Sony. Broeksmit has posted screengrabs of leaked Sony emails from his Twitter account.How Sony will determine how an individual’s tweet has caused loss or damage is yet to be seen. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Punchestown Sunday

first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog… I was delighted to ride a winner at Navan on Saturday with Hardline who did it nicely. On to Sunday’s action at Punchestown where the feature is the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Chase which had been earmarked as the potential starting point for Presenting Percy. However, his connections have opted to hold fire for a bit longer as there are plenty of options available for him over Christmas time, ground dependent, and it is sensible to wait. I ride The Storyteller now, but more about his chances below. The ground was ‘yielding’ at Navan, after all the rain and it remains ‘good’ for Punchestown. Here are my thoughts on my six rides…SUNDAYPUNCHESTOWNCOUNT SIMON (12.20pm)He is a very consistent horse who had a busy time over the summer. He would have a good chance here on the ratings and hopefully can put his experience to good use. However, the one to beat here is Ballyneety for Joseph (O’Brien) who won his maiden last month in Gowran and is open to improvement.AONGHUS SONG (12.55pm)He is a grand horse who won his maiden point to point and then finished third next time out. It’s a big ask here to win this hot maiden with the likes of Tornado Flyer in this field for Willie (Mullins). He is a very talented horse who won a grade 1 bumper in Punchestown back in April and looks like he could become a very useful hurdler. There are dangers left, right and centre here but we will take a chance and hope for a good run.GROTESQUE (1.25pm)Hopefully the drop down into handicap company and the application of cheek pieces for the first time might bring him forward – they will need to if he is going to win a race like this. He won his point to point back in 2015, then won a bumper in Gowran in 2016, but has been lightly raced since for a seven-year-old.THE STORYTELLER (2.00pm The John Durkan Memorial Chase Grade 1)I ride The Storyteller for Gordon (Elliott) in what looks a cracking race – what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in quality. I have had some brilliant days on this fella winning at the Cheltenham festival last season and then again at the Punchestown and I’m looking forward to getting back aboard. He didn’t run too badly at Down Royal last month and will come forward for that. It’s hard to rule out any one of them with Min bringing the strongest form to the table.MOON OVER GERMANY (2.30pm)He hasn’t run for a whopping 864 days so it will be some performance to bring him back to win a race like this. He won’t have a problem with the ground but may just have a problem seeing off Getabird who looks an exciting recruit to fences. Gordon (Elliott) runs Mitchouka who was clear when he fell at the last at Gowran on his chasing debut. He may just have needed that last run back so can be in the mix too.NICOLE’S MILAN (3.00pm)I won on him at Fairyhouse last February and things haven’t really gone his way since. I rode him when he was beaten on his reappearance last month and he may just need a bit more help from the handicapper. He wears a tongue-tie for the first time so hopefully that may help.DAVYlast_img read more

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Rice study Professional culture contributes to gender wage inequality in engineering

first_imgShare7NEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu Rice study: Professional culture contributes to gender wage inequality in engineeringHOUSTON – (April 30, 2013) – Women engineers are underpaid for their contributions to technical activities, due to cultural ideologies in the engineering profession, according to Rice University research.ERIN CECH“Cultural ideologies within professions may seem benign and have little salience outside of a profession’s boundaries, but may play an important role in wage inequality,” said Rice Assistant Professor of Sociology Erin Cech.To study the engineering profession, Cech used National Science Foundation survey data to demonstrate that patterns of sex segregation and unequal pay for women break consistently along the lines determined by engineering’s “technical/social dualism,” an ideological distinction between “technical” and “social” engineering subfields and work activities. The study will be published in the journal Social Forces.“This article demonstrates the importance of understanding how professional cultures contribute to inequality within professions,” Cech said. “Professional cultures serve as a touchstone for judgments of professional competence, excellence and fit, yet such cultures are largely ignored in current inequality literature.”Cech found the wage gap in engineering to be largest in one particular arena: work considered to be most “technical” — the most valued side of the technical/social dualism. She said common stereotypes that men are more technically inclined and women are more socially inclined get mapped on this dualism and have consequences for wages: Women engineers are not underpaid for engaging in social activities (including management), but they are underpaid for their technical work.Cech said engineering is a useful profession to study the effects of cultural ideologies on wage inequality because women are underrepresented in engineering and encounter persistent inequality once there. Women are only about 12 percent of the engineering workforce and as little as 7 percent in certain subfields such as mechanical engineering.At the heart of this gender wage gap in engineering are dualistic styles of thought, Cech said. Starting in undergraduate training, engineers learn to draw strong lines between “people-focused” versus “technology-focused” activities, between detached objectivity versus emotional connectedness and between “hard” technologies (such as engines) versus “soft” technologies (such as logistics). “Such dualisms are false representations of engineering in practice, as engineers’ work necessarily involves technical and social activities simultaneously,” Cech said.The segregation and differential payment of men and women along this cultural ideology suggests new ways to understand these inequalities, Cech said. “My results suggest that seemingly benign cultural beliefs within the engineering profession have real consequences,” she said. “Although the technical/social dualism does not reflect the reality of engineers’ heterogeneous day-to-day work, this ideology has salience and power.”Cech said research on other forms of cognitive and schematic bias has proven effective at minimizing bias. “Explaining and directly refuting this ideology in engineering education, hiring committee training and ‘diversity workshops’ … may help weaken the influence of the technical/social dualism and begin to undermine gender inequality in engineering,” she said.She said the consideration of professional cultures may open up fresh areas of inquiry into inequality within professions. “Understanding how biases are built into cultural meaning systems specific to powerful institutions like professions may illuminate why inequality persists despite the spread of egalitarian ideals,” Cech said.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Read the abstract for “Ideological Wage Inequalities? The Technical/Social Dualism and the Gender Wage Gap in Engineering”: http://sf.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/04/12/sf.sot024.abstract.Erin Cech bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=570.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. 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Rices Shepherd School Chamber Symphony orchestras to present 20162017 season debut concerts

first_imgAddThis Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice’s Shepherd School Chamber, Symphony orchestras to present 2016-2017 season debut concertsHOUSTON – (Sept. 20, 2016) – Next week Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music will offer the first concerts of the season by its chamber and symphony orchestras. The chamber concert will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and the symphony orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. All concerts will be in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall. Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music, will conduct all three performances.WHAT: Shepherd School Chamber and Symphony orchestra concerts.WHEN:  8 p.m. Sept. 25 (chamber orchestra) and Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 (symphony orchestra).WHERE: Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall, located on the Rice campus at 6100 Main St.The chamber orchestra performance will feature Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme” by Thomas Tallis; Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, with harp soloist Naomi Hoffmeyer and conductor Benjamin Manis; the world premiere of Rice Professor of Composition and Theory Arthur Gottschalk’s “Upon Whose Shoulders We Stand”; and Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”The symphony orchestra’s program will open with Smetana’s “Overture to ‘The Bartered Bride’” and will be followed with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, featuring Rice Professor of Piano Jon Kimura Parker as soloist. The concerts will conclude with Stravinsky’s “‘Feu d’artifice,’ Op. 4 (Fireworks)” and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.Tickets are required (reserved seating at no charge) for the symphony concerts. For reservations, call 713-348-8000. The chamber concert is free and seating is first-come, first-served; tickets are not required.For more information, visit http://music.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:Shepherd School of Music: http://music.rice.edu/Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/0720_MUSIC.jpgPhoto credit: 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 3,910 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Video Police Shoot Armed Suspect in Colorado Traffic Stop

first_img Show Discussion Share US News Video: Police Shoot Armed Suspect in Colorado Traffic Stop Warning: Footage is quite graphicBy Jack Phillips September 18, 2018 Updated: September 18, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The suspect was later identified as Paul Askins, 61.Askins came out of the vehicle with a handgun pointed at deputies, said the sheriff’s office. “As he continued to advance out of the vehicle deputies shot Askins multiple times, fatally wounding him,” the office said.Askins had two active warrants out for his arrest in El Paso County: one for second-degree burglary and another for failure to appear.“The names of the deputies involved will not be released at this time. This is still an open and active investigation and some details of the investigation may not be released at this time,” said the sheriff’s office.The full video can be seen below (Warning: Graphic shooting footage):  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released videos showing the shooting of an armed suspect being shot by officers.The traffic stop happened on Aug. 31, at about 4:41 p.m. along Highway 85 in Douglas County, the sheriff’s office said. Officials pulled over a truck after it made an unsafe turn in front of them, the report said, adding that four people were inside the vehicle.Scroll down for more videos“The vehicle was occupied by four people, two adult females and two adult males,” said the sheriff’s office. “Upon identifying the driver, it was learned that she was the restrained party listed in a protection order protecting a male who matched the description of the right rear passenger.”It added: “The two females and one male, who was the front seat passenger, were cooperative with deputies, however, the male in the right rear passenger seat was uncooperative in providing his legal name.” Share this article QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video last_img read more

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first_img6-year-old James prefers to dress as a boy (left), but his mother allegedly makes him wear girl’s clothing (right.) (SaveJames.com) A 6-year-old boy from Texas is caught in two wars—one between separated and feuding parents, and another between changing concepts in psychology.James, biologically male, is allegedly forced to wear girls clothes when in the custody of his mother. His mother has even enrolled him in the first grade under the name “Luna.” His mother has insisted that he dress like a girl since he was 3 years old.When James is in the custody of his father, he is asked to choose what clothes he prefers. And he invariably chooses boy’s clothing.James’ mother took her son to a female gender transition therapist when he was younger. The therapist, who specializes in helping children live with a sexual identity different from their physical genders, diagnosed James with gender dysphoria. Children with this syndrome persistently and constantly identify themselves as the opposite gender.However, friends of the family told Walt Heyer in a publication for the Federalist that James only identifies as a girl when his mother is present. When James is with his father, he consistently identifies as a boy.Friends of the family who know James do not see feminine tendencies. James has a fraternal twin brother—witnesses say they play together as any pair of boys would. (SaveJames.com)Sarah Scott, whose three sons are regular playmates of James and his fraternal twin brother, listed several instances when James has, unprovoked and uncoached, identified himself as a boy, and none when he has identified as a girl.Another friend, Ellen Grigsby, who met James and his brother agrees. “They were both ‘all boy’ and were having a great time. Both boys were absolutely dressed as boys and behaving as boys.” she told the Federalist.According to the Federalist, James’ mother has accused her ex-husband of child abuse for not treating James as a girl. The court has forbidden his father from discussing sexuality with James and prohibits his father from teaching James about any aspects of the Christian religion, which might reinforce James’ male identity.James’ mother is also trying to get the court to force his father to pay for hormone treatments and possibly surgery, which could be irreversible for James. James’ father is in danger of losing custody because he wants his son to have the choice to dress and act as a boy. (SaveJames.com)Permanent DamageJames is in a vulnerable situation.At his age, as a child eager to please his parents, unsure of anything about life, and always seeking both knowledge and guidance, James could easily be influenced to act in many ways that are not authentic to him.It is even possible that James could be conditioned to behave in ways that will make him feel uncomfortable in the future.In addition to possible surgery, James’ mother plans to put him on puberty-suppression drugs at the age of 8 to stop his body from growing into manhood. James’ natural impulses would be suppressed to “help” him conform to a diagnosis that may be premature at the very least.Heyer said he himself was a victim of an overzealous attempt to make him live as other than his physical gender. Heyer’s grandmother spent two-and-a-half years dressing him as a girl.Heyer knows firsthand that not all children behave in accordance with strict gender roles at certain ages. Any number of pressures might cause a child to exhibit behaviors or to self-identify as the other or both genders.While there are some people who may feel like they are men in women’s bodies and vice versa, there are many more children who are trying to navigate a world warped by prejudices, misunderstandings, and even the instability of their own parents and medical professionals who hold certain views on gender.Forcing a child into the wrong role could cause irremediable damage. Child crying. (Max Pixel [https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en])A Not Unusual TaleThis specific situation represents a recent trend that has been causing psychologists to rethink sexual identity.An article in the July/August issue of The Atlantic magazine addressed the issue at length.Initially, the idea of gender dysphoria was considered to be a mental illness in the community of psychologists, and gender roles were deemed to be determined by biology.As time progressed and society, in general, grew more comfortable with the varieties of sexual identity, the psychological community went to the opposite extreme. Doctors began assuming that any child who was not rigidly sexually binary was probably a candidate for sexual re-identification.In came a generation of doctors who considered it their duty to help every questioning child transition. In their view, the old idea had been to suppress any urges that society did not recognize.In a pendulum reversal, the new thinking is that it is the duty of parents and medical professionals to affirm, support, and advance the child’s transition.The missing piece? The duty of the parents and professionals to examine the needs of the child.As the mother of a misdiagnosed child put it, “Psychologists know that adolescence is fraught with uncertainty and identity searching, and this isn’t even acknowledged.”That mother, who held a doctorate in pharmacology, was willing to help her 14-year-old daughter transition if that was best for her daughter. However, she wanted to make sure.But it seems that “making sure” is not always an accepted medical practice with some health professionals.Once the idea of transgender people became socially accepted, the possibility that a person could prematurely identify as a transgender was rejected.Children may be taught to act the role of their non-physical gender, dress as the opposite gender, and in many cases, are given drugs to suppress puberty and prevent the body from developing naturally into a sexually mature person. Some even undergo body-altering surgery before they reach physical or legal maturity.Unfortunately, some doctors do not consider the living situations of each child patient—or the fact that children are constantly, radically changing, and what a child feels and thinks one day might be reversed by the next day.As time has progressed, it seems that some doctors are beginning to see that errors have been made with medical interventions regarding a child’s sexuality.In some cases, children who are not sexually dysphoric are trying to transition back to their biological sex as adults, and are often finding that drugs, hormone treatments, and, in some cases, surgery have made their gender change irreversible.The children who were misdiagnosed are now stuck in the body of a mixed-gender adult—women with deep voices and facial hair, and men with breasts.These doctors were seeing that in many children, their identities were changing constantly, sometimes in reaction to family and social stresses. They often did not know clearly what was causing their feelings to change.There have also been many cases of children who were reacting to stress and confusion, or even to mental illness, and were being funneled into gender transition programs when they might have needed treatment for depression or autism, or just good counseling about the trials of growing up in a fractured family. James’ father is in danger of losing custody because he wants his son to have the choice to dress and act as a boy. (SaveJames.com)6 Is Too YoungIn the case of James, his mother decided when he was only 3 that he was a girl, and she began treating him that way.At 3, a child is years from sexual maturity and equally as far from forming a stable personality. James would not have been able to fully understand what it means to be a transgender adult.Given James’ divided home life and his desire to please his parents, it would have been very difficult for anyone to be certain they understood what he was really feeling on the inside—and that whatever he was feeling at any one particular point in time was not guaranteed to change the next day.Since his ex-wife decided to take legal action, James’ father has set up a website called “Save James” in order to help him find experts who can help him fight for his son’s right to choose to grow up naturally.Watch Next:The Destruction of Civilized DebateAn in-depth look at Communist policies that have destroyed civilized debate Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Mother Allegedly Forces Son to Dress as Girl, Dad’s Rights at Risk for Offering Choice By Chris Jasurek November 28, 2018 Updated: November 28, 2018 From NTD News Show Discussion US News last_img read more

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first_img US News LOS ANGELES—The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home, killing five people, was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier, it was reported on Feb. 8.Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was flying home after visiting his daughter and granddaughter on Sunday when his Cessna began coming apart and debris slammed into a Yorba Linda home, which caught fire. Four people inside the house died.Plane Crash Neighborhood Firefighters suppress a fire at the scene of a deadly plane crash in the residential neighborhood of Yorba Linda, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)The cause of the crash is under investigation.Years earlier, Pastini, then using the name Jordan Albert Isaacson, had his license twice suspended by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, citing records kept by the Library of Congress.Pastini’s daughter, Julia Ackley, said her father’s birth name was Jordan Isaacson, but she didn’t say why he changed it. She wouldn’t address the police credentials. “I’d prefer not to comment, and let the investigators do their job,” Ackley told KABC-TV. “My father is exactly who he said he was.”She said he was a restaurant owner and an experienced pilot who flew regularly from his home in Nevada to visit family in California.Plane Crash Neighborhood Firefighters work the scene of a deadly plane crash in the residential neighborhood of Yorba Linda, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)National Transportation Safety Board investigators have been collecting parts of the aircraft, the plane’s records and information about Pastini, who was described as a commercial pilot with an instrument flight rating.In 1977, Pastini had his pilot’s license suspended for 120 days after he flew from Las Vegas to Long Beach, California, in cloudy and icy weather and falsely told an air traffic controller that he had “IFR clearance” that indicated he was capable of flying the route with instruments.Antonio Pastini, Julia Ackley Selfie by Julia Ackley shows herself and her father, Antonio Pastini, at Lake Tahoe near Carson City, Nev. Pastini, who had also gone by Jordan Isaacson and was known for years as Ike, was killed while piloting a small plane that crashed into a house in Yorba Linda, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2019. (Julia Ackley via AP, File)Pastini disregarded airspace rules and posed “a potential threat to himself, his passenger and other users of the system,” wrote an administrative law judge, Jerrell R. Davis.In 1980, Pastini lost his license for 30 days after Davis found that his plane was behind on inspections, carried only an expired temporary registration and was “unairworthy” because of a hydraulic fluid leak from a break and other problems, the Times said. Pilot in Deadly California House Crash Had License Suspended Twice By The Associated Press February 9, 2019 Updated: February 9, 2019 The Times said the FAA confirmed that Isaacson was Pastini. The agency said he submitted two name changes to the FAA: first in 1991 from Jordan Albert Isaacson to Jordan Ike Aaron, then in 2008 to Antonio Peter Pastini.Pastini told friends, family, and even newspapers that he was a retired Chicago police officer.But Chicago police have said he never worked for them and a Chicago police badge he was carrying when he crashed had been reported lost in 1978.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Yorba Linda firefighters rush to a home engulfed in flames after a deadly small plane crash in Yorba Linda, Calif. on Feb. 3, 2019. (Kyle Vanderheide via AP, File) Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img US News Martin County Sheriff John Kirk (Martin County Sheriff’s Office) A Kentucky sheriff has suspended law enforcement over a lack of funding, advising residents to “lock your doors, load your guns.”Without a $75,000 payment from the fiscal court that he said should have been delivered in January, Martin County Sheriff John Kirk announced he was temporarily suspending law enforcement activities, reported the Lexington Herald.The suspension leaves law enforcement in the hands of Kentucky State police, with one patrol often covering several counties.“I will have to move my only other deputy to day shift and that will leave no protection on nights … Law enforcement as we have known for the last four years will not exist.” Kirk wrote on Feb. 3. “I’m sure the thieves and drug dealers will have a ball.”“Myself and my only paid deputy will have to help with court, serve papers, and do court ordered transports. The state police will have to answer all complaints.”The funding gap faced by Martin County Sheriff is being felt across eastern Kentucky, where income from coal severance taxes that bolstered the coffers of local government services has declined dramatically in recent years. Martin county sheriff office Martin County Sheriff Office, Kentucky. (Screenshot/Googlemaps)One eastern Kentucky county recently lost its credit rating, making it almost impossible to borrow money, reported the Herald.Kirk said that his wife has worked many evenings and weekends voluntarily at the office to help keep it afloat. “She has a full-time job and drives two and a half hours to and from her job everyday.”“Folks, Unless the Lord intervenes today, we are in trouble,” he wrote. Kentucky Sheriff Suspends Law Enforcement: ‘Lock Your Doors, Load Your Guns’ By Simon Veazey February 12, 2019 Updated: February 12, 2019 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   “Lock your doors, load your guns and get you a barking, biting dog.  If the Sheriff’s office can’t protect you, who will?”Kirk was writing the day before a showdown at the local fiscal court on Feb. 4.“We made it because we run around with borrowed tires on our vehicles with the wires sticking out of them,” Kirk told the fiscal court, reported the Lexington Herald. “We made it because we ran around with plugs in our tires, which is illegal to plug an emergency vehicle tire.”Coal Revenues Drop From $5.6 Million to $1 MillionMartin County Sheriff John Kirk (Martin County Sheriff’s Office)Last month, another eastern Kentucky county, Knott County, was partially shut down by the local fiscal court. Health insurance for all county employees and elected officials was cancelled.In another eastern Kentucky county—Pike County—a highly critical audit by the state auditor prompted S&P to withdraw its support making it “nearly impossible” to borrow money, according to the Herald.Pike County is the largest local government in the state. Last year it received just $1 million from the economic assistance fund, which returns a portion of state-collected mineral severance taxes to local governments. In 2012, it received $5.6 million.Kentucky State Police KSP spokesman William Petry told The Associated Press the cut in tax funding has put strain on troopers as they can’t rely on help from local law enforcement. But he added, “We’re going to respond as we always have.”From the comments on Kirk’s Facebook page, he appears to have the support of the local community, with people offering help.“How could any retired Veterans come volunteer to patrol, respond, do admin work, court protection, prisoner transfers and others assistance?” asked one person. “All we’d need is to be sworn in or deputized?”“Sounds like an honest man telling y’all how it is,” wrote another. “Fact is they can’t be everywhere even if they are well-funded, so his advice is well-spoken in any case.”Some suggested setting up an online donations page.“The advise to arm yourself and get a dog that protects us is good advice even when the police are funded,” wrote one person on Kirk’s post. “I hate to see a situation like this.“I know there are people who don’t appreciate what the police do but from personal experience, I’ve never called a thug or congressman to help me in times of danger. I call the police.“Sounds like this sheriff has gone above and beyond to keep citizens safe. Shame on the administration for not doing the same.” Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more