Anne Kihagis appeal denied by state Supreme Court — city will move

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter “Ms. Kihagi apparently thought she could treat the justice system like a pawn. She continually violated court orders and was even convicted of contempt of court during her appeal. This defeat couldn’t be clearer,” wrote City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “It’s time for Ms. Kihagi to end her games. This decision will allow the trial court’s full injunction to go into effect, which prohibits Ms. Kihagi from contacting tenants and requires that an independent property manager oversee these properties.”The $2.7 million, meanwhile, is just the tip of the iceberg. Kihagi owes the city about that much in legal fees for the initial case as well. And that roughly $5.4 million figure has been gathering interest at 10 percent yearly for the better part of two years. Additionally, City Attorneys have been tabulating costs for each and every motion and filing Kihagi has forced them to make in a campaign several have called “legal trench warfare.” City Attorneys are billing for the time they spend filling out forms to tabulate their billing totals. It’s Inception-like. And they’re billing at something like $500 an hour — market rate, more than they earn from the city.In the end, Kihagi may be out some $7 million.Or someone will. One rabbit hole she and the city went down (all billed by the City Attorney’s office to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars), was a battle to force Kihagi to take out an $8 million bond in the event of non-payment. The city won that fight, and a bond was, in fact, taken out by Kihagi. And bonding companies do not operate on a charitable basis. If Kihagi is unable or unwilling to pay the price and the city instead recoups what it is owed from the bonding company, then Kihagi’s collateral will, presumably, be forfeited.It remains to be seen if this is the coup de grâce for Kihagi, who has been cut off from the lucrative income streams that enabled her to leverage purchase after purchase — and, additionally, she will be forced to take a back seat to her wronged tenants Dale Duncan and Marta Muñoz in collecting proceeds from the liquidation of her assets.Kihagi’s response to all of the above has been to disseminate literal fake news assailing her tenants and the city as her real situation has grown ever more dire.She will, likely, keep fighting and fighting. It’s all billable hours. Someone will pay.“This is a fight for justice,” said Peter Keith, the chief of the City Attorney’s code compliance unit. “The attorneys in this office and the folks in the building department have been on this for many years. We’re going to keep going until these buildings are safe and the tenants are secure.” The strange and terrible saga of Anne Kihagi, the city’s cruelest landlord, hit an inflection point Wednesday when the California Supreme Court spurned her appeal. This relegates her case back to Superior Court, and enables the city to take steps to begin collecting on massive penalties that had been on hold during the course of her appeal. It also means an injunction will belatedly go into effect, placing a third party in charge of Kihagi’s many city properties and keeping her at an arm’s length from her put-upon tenants.Between 2013 and 2016, Kihagi-controlled LLCs scooped up at least 11 San Francisco buildings for some $30 million. She made a habit of buying up rent-controlled structures often inhabited by elderly or disabled tenants paying well below-market rates — and then systematically emptying those buildings, and bringing in market-rate tenants. In May 2017, Judge Angela Bradstreet found for the city and against Kihagi in a jaw-dropping 163-page ruling. Bradstreet wrote that Kihagi and her family members  engaged in an “egregious and ongoing” pattern of unlawful conduct, and levied $2.7 million in fines upon them for 1,612 separate violations. The judge also held the defendants responsible for legal fees and costs that should more than double that amount, and ordered them to abate voluminous code violations.Much of this work — and payment of these fines — was in limbo during the appeals process.But that process has now come to its ostensible end.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

Talking With a Leader of the Next Generation of Rocketry Companies

first_imgMARKUSIC: When Elon [Musk, the founder of SpaceX] came and set up a rocket test site in Texas, I was the first long-term director of it, and I saw things about Texas that were very attractive. Texas offers a great economic and regulatory environment. Low cost of living. Austin has a very tech-focused culture. The environmental regulations are not onerous. Land rights are very free—what you can do on your land allows you to move quickly. Contrast that with California, which I experienced firsthand working for Virgin Galactic. I worked for NASA in Alabama, and I worked in Washington state for [the Jeff Bezos–founded] Blue Origin. I’ve been all over, and when it came time to start my own company, it was pretty self-evident that Texas was the place.TM: I recently saw a stat that said SpaceX built its Falcon 9 rocket with almost $400 million, whereas there was a NASA estimate that it would cost $1.6 billion to build a similar kind of vehicle. Why is it so much cheaper for a private company to do that?  MARKUSIC: When you’re doing something in that heritage space way, you’re inheriting a lot of requirements that can drive cost up. It’s a very risk-averse framework. Many things in the government are like, “You just add money and a person. Here are the instructions—do this thing.” That type of approach is usually pretty reliable in getting the result you want, but it’s really expensive. And it’s usually undergirded by contractors who are disincentivized to make things at the lowest cost. With New Space, you’re spending people’s money; you’re not spending this amorphous blob of taxpayer money. That just pervades the whole culture.  TM: Let’s talk about how you got here. How does a person decide it’s time to start building spaceships?  MARKUSIC: I’m very interested in interstellar travel, and I’ve spent a lot of my life studying the underlying physics of that. I got a PhD from Princeton, where I studied plasma physics. At the time, fire-breathing rockets were something I absolutely turned my nose up at. I thought, “People already figured that out.” I was interested in the really far-out stuff, and that’s what I ended up working on for NASA and the Air Force early in my career. Developing space systems for military purposes, systems to take humans to outer planets, robotic exploration of outer planets. And then I met Elon.TM: Who had just started SpaceX.  MARKUSIC: Yeah. NASA kind of pulled the rug out from the R&D stuff that I was working on because they wanted to focus on a new program called Constellation, which just wasn’t for me. So they gave me an opportunity to be a manager. I always like learning new things, so I thought I’d learn about management and how organizations work. I just dug into all the details of that. And at some point they were like, “Hey, there’s this crazy dot-com guy who thinks he’s going to build his own rocket. Why don’t you go out and see what they’re doing and see if there’s anything useful you can learn from them?” So I packed up all my management books and stuff that I was reading—you know, The One-Minute Manager or Who Moved My Cheese?—and I went to Kwajalein.TM: That’s the chain of South Pacific islands where SpaceX was testing its Falcon 1 rocket. MARKUSIC: Yes. And there I found a bunch of guys and women just sweating in T-shirts and drinking a lot and fishing and going between islands on catamarans and putting up this rocket. They were having bonfires and sleeping under the stars and all this stuff—and I was reading my sterile, spiritless management books. I’d been wearing a tie to work, with lots of paper pushers around me. And it became clear to me that the purpose of management books was to sell management books. And here were these people literally building a machine to go to space. I just hit it off with them, and eventually I was like, “Hey, can you hand me a screwdriver?” and I started helping. Markusic at SpaceX’s launch site on Kwajalein Atoll, in early 2006.Courtesy of Tom MarkusicTM: I love the image of a guy with a PhD working on a rocket with a screwdriver. Like, “We better tighten this down before launch.”   First Name If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly In a nondescript industrial park in far-north suburban Austin, about 150 people are building spaceships. Covering one wall is a giant portrait of Wernher von Braun, the German rocketry pioneer. In the back, there’s a machine shop where engineers are turning out rocket engines. A giant video screen displays a real-time feed from the company’s engine test site in Briggs, about thirty minutes from headquarters, where more engineers regularly blast fire across the prairie. Both facilities are part of Firefly Aerospace, a maker of unmanned spacecraft and rockets for launching satellites. Tom Markusic, the 49-year-old founder and CEO, has worked for America’s largest public and private space ventures, from NASA to SpaceX. During a recent conversation at his Cedar Park office, the Ohio native opened up about his company’s roller-coaster journey to launch, the power of “New Space,” and why he’s doing it in Texas. TEXAS MONTHLY: Your company’s tagline is “Making space for everyone.” What do you mean by that? TOM MARKUSIC: That’s just another way of saying “New Space,” as opposed to heritage space, the NASA era. New Space is about dramatically lowering the cost and increasing the access to space. TM: Texas has such a long history in the space industry, specifically in the NASA glory days. Can you contrast Old Space and New Space for me?   Last Name Enter your email address MARKUSIC: We try to be gentle and not say “Old Space.” We call it heritage space. I think “old” really shortchanges what it is; heritage is important. We’re very much interested in integrating things from the past to make our lives easier. So the foundation that’s been laid is important, but operationally we’re a lot different.TM: How so? MARKUSIC: Faster, cheaper is the big thing, and not being afraid to try different approaches.  Firefly’s one-hundred-foot vertical test stand.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: A layperson would look at Texas’s history with space and say, “There must be a lot of rocket scientists in Texas, so it makes sense to launch a company like Firefly here.” But is that actually why you’re in Texas? MARKUSIC: Building a great company is not about drawing in a bunch of people who’ve done this sort of stuff before. It’s about drawing in the most talented people possible. Find the smartest, hardest-working, most passionate people you can, and if they don’t have space experience, that’s okay because they’re so good. They’ll learn, and they’ll pass the more experienced people very quickly. That’s the kind of company you’re trying to build in New Space.  TM: So you’re not hiring a bunch of NASA people.  MARKUSIC: Exactly.  TM: Why did you create this company in Texas, then?  MARKUSIC: We ended up crashing three rockets there, and part of that was probably from lack of discipline. But it was a learning experience. There was just such a dramatic contrast between what we were doing out there and my real job. Elon was there pretty much full-time, and I was just inspired by his belief that it was all going to work perfectly. It was very clear that this guy expects, one hundred percent, that this thing’s going to launch and it’s going to be great. There’s something magnetic about that. These guys were charting an entirely new path to space, this lower-cost, higher-frequency access. As soon as I got back to the States, I got an offer to leave NASA and run SpaceX’s Texas engine-testing facility, in McGregor. My wife was eight months pregnant at the time, but it just felt right.TM: But eventually you left SpaceX. Why?MARKUSIC: After having worked for them for about five years and crawling through rockets and taking every little nut and bolt apart, I learned everything about launch vehicles to the point where I could design one myself. And by then it was clear to me that not only was SpaceX for real, but this whole New Space thing could be very real. So I thought I should try to help other companies, to further the movement. I went to Blue Origin and was there very, very briefly [for just two months]. SpaceX had been just brutal and fast-paced, and I thrived in that environment, but Blue Origin felt much more like a rich man’s hobby. It was a shock to my system, and while I was there, I got a call from Richard Branson, at Virgin Galactic, asking me to help get his spaceship going. So I left to develop rocket engines for him for about three years. TM: What was the opportunity you saw to leave and start Firefly? MARKUSIC: Everything in those companies was about going to Mars [and colonizing space]. But it was clear to me that there was a need for a smaller rocket to serve the market for launching a new generation of small satellites into low-Earth orbit. I came to this crossroads where it was like, “I know how to do this. If I had a group of people and money, I could build this machine. I know I can. Let’s go make a rocket company.” That was at the end of 2013. TM: Speaking of money, who do you turn to when you decide you want to start building rockets?  MARKUSIC: I was able to put in $1 million. My two business partners put in comparable amounts. And then we started talking to friends and family and our professional networks—a few hundred thousand dollars here, a few hundred thousand there. TM: But that doesn’t get you super far.  MARKUSIC: You start to spend serious money when you’re hiring and making stuff. I think we eventually raised $20 million that way, the hard way, in small increments. That’s what was consuming all of my time. And when you’re burning through more than $1 million a week, as we were, you’re always just racing toward the cliff. I pitched every venture capitalist in Silicon Valley in that period, but those folks are used to funding app companies that have, you know, five guys and some programmers in India or something. They have a low probability of success but also low initial funding requirements and a very high potential payoff. So the venture capitalists can make a hundred bets on those kinds of companies for the price of funding one rocket company, which is also super risky. TM: Which is why it makes sense that billionaires like Bezos, Musk, and Branson are the type of people who start rocket companies.  MARKUSIC: Right. You have to have a backer who has a passion for space, the resources, and a broader vision. TM: So what happened? The company was living hand-to-mouth, essentially. How did you break out of that cycle? MARKUSIC: We didn’t. We encountered a perfect hurricane of circumstances. We had finally put together a $30 million investment deal. One investor was a European company, and one was an American individual. It was the summer of 2016, and then Brexit happened and sent shock waves through Europe, which made the European company back out. Around the same time, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blew up on the launchpad and spooked the American investor. We ran out of money. Firefly Space Systems went out of business.Venting liquid oxygen at the Briggs test site.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: On a human level, here you were, literally building a rocket ship, and you had to shut it down. That must have been devastating. MARKUSIC: Absolutely miserable. It reminded me of the story of life—you know, you come in by yourself, you go out by yourself. In the end, it was just me sitting down in bankruptcy meetings. The hardest part was laying off 160 people—letting all of those people down— and letting investors down.TM: What’d you do with all the stuff? I mean, there were rocket parts being built here. What happens to a partially built rocket that no longer has a company that’s building the rest of it?  MARKUSIC: That was the second-hardest part, looking at all this stuff and thinking that potentially somebody was going to drag it off and cut it up and sell it for scrap metal. So you lock the doors. I still had this office space that whole time and still had the test site in Briggs. I was actually coming in here to work. It was just me, alone, and the rocket parts. TM: What were you working on?  MARKUSIC: It became about getting up every day and saying, “What am I going to do to try to turn this around, to bring it back?” And then, you know, things eventually happen.TM: Like what? MARKUSIC: We had learned a lot, and now I had an opportunity to design the absolute right rocket. If we had completed the first Firefly Alpha rocket, it would have been much less competitive than the second generation we’re building now: it was too small by half; the payload capacity was not optimal for the kind of satellites it would take up. I might have had us on a path to long-term failure anyway. So I started redesigning the rocket. The other thing that happened is that I met Max Polyakov, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who’s figured out lots of different ways to make money on the internet. Max saw the stories of us going down, came out here and bought the company’s assets, and we relaunched as Firefly Aerospace six months after we shut down. TM: Recently there was news that you would be building a factory on Florida’s Space Coast and launching at Cape Canaveral—and you previously announced you’d be launching at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California, as well. Meanwhile, there are several rocket-launch sites in Texas—SpaceX has one near Brownsville, and Blue Origin has one near Van Horn, in West Texas. Why not launch closer to home? MARKUSIC: It has a lot to do with what you’re going to fly over when you launch. You want to be in a place where, if your rocket fails, it’s not going to damage property or people below it. For orbital launches, being near the Gulf is just not as good an option as being near an open ocean. If you launch over the Gulf, you’re going to have to do some evasive maneuvers to go around islands like Cuba, and that wastes rocket fuel. It’s also just easier to use an existing facility. Part of the game here is time and money. There’s a pool of people talking about going to space, and it’s really hard to tell who’s real and who’s not real. So it’s super important to get there and show people you’re real as soon as possible. Look at SpaceX. They’ve been using government facilities, and now that they’re established, they’re building their Brownsville facility. I could see us building our own launch site one day, but right now I’ve got to pick our fights.TM: Because small satellites orbit closer to Earth than traditional satellites do, they can transmit data to us more quickly. Why is that such a big opportunity?MARKUSIC: I like to say that space is the next frontier in the information revolution, in both collecting and disseminating information. Take Earth imaging, for example: from low-Earth orbit, you can track how much iron ore China has or deforestation or how many cars are in a mall parking lot at any time. That’s incredibly powerful and valuable information. There are just unlimited use cases. TM: So we’ll basically be getting persistent, high-resolution images of the whole planet?  MARKUSIC: It depends on what you want and how frequently you want it. And what region you’re looking at. I mean, we can talk about real-time stuff—say, following your girlfriend, watching where her car is driving from space. TM: That’s creepy. MARKUSIC: I just mean that it’s possible. Then there’s the ability to access markets that are closed. You know, [nearly half] of the people in the world don’t have internet. Giving them access could help lift them up. It’s easier to beam down widespread broadband internet access using satellites than to lay terrestrial cables and fiber. In many cases, it’s faster internet, too. I’ve had people from the biggest financial institutions in the world in here, in their Italian leather shoes, saying, “If you can get me data from India to New York five milliseconds faster than it can go through a fiber-optic cable, it’s worth $250 million to me”—because over fifty percent of trading is high-frequency trading. There’s just so much that’s going to happen. The perception that space exploration is all, like, “one small step for man” type of stuff is not really what’s going on. It’s all a big financial play, which is ultimately what it should be. We’re Americans. We’re a business. We should be about making money. Doing other things like going to the moon is icing on the cake. The interior of Firefly’s Stage 2 Interstage Barrel.Photograph by Jeff WilsonTM: Can you paint me a picture of where Firefly goes in the future? Are small satellites an entry point into a much wider space play: manned interplanetary travel, things like that? MARKUSIC: One thing I would like is for us to become a parts supplier. A big reason this has all been so expensive for us is because I’ve had to develop my own rocket engines, my own valves, all these things. You want to start a rocket company? Here: you can buy rocket engines out of my catalog. I’ll sell you the parts. So the barrier to entry for future companies would go way down because you don’t have to create these technological miracles to get your company started. In the past, parts were unbelievably expensive because they were being primarily sold to the government. If you wanted to buy a space-shuttle main engine, it was tens of millions of dollars. But if you could buy rocket engines for a couple of hundred thousand dollars from this company in Austin? It would totally change the economics.TM: You’ve announced that you will launch a rocket by the end of this year. Is it going to happen? MARKUSIC: People make too many promises in the world, and I’m not a promise type of person, but I can tell you that everyone in this company is working toward 6:30 a.m. on December 16, 2019. And we’re giving it hell. TM: Okay—be honest. How much of what you do is because rockets are just cool?  MARKUSIC: I’m a Christian guy. I definitely believe in Providence. I believe there’s a God who built me to do this kind of stuff. And if you’re doing what you’re built to do, it’s just naturally awesome, right? It is awesome.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Getting to Liftoff.” Subscribe today. Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. 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SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Qualifying Playoff against Castleford Tigers.Alex Walmsley misses out through suspension and that sees a recall for Greg Richards.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Daryl Powell will choose his side from:2. Kirk Dixon, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Jake Webster, 6. Luke Dorn, 7. Mark Sneyd, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Adam Milner, 10. Craig Huby, 11. Grant Millington, 12. Weller Hauraki, 13. Nathan Massey, 14. Daryl Clark, 16. Oliver Holmes, 19. Scott Wheeldon, 20. Jamie Ellis, 23. Michael Channing, 24. James Clare, 26. Liam Finn, 32. Lee Jewitt.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

KYLE Amor wanted to play in big games and on Satur

first_imgKYLE Amor wanted to play in big games and on Saturday he will realise that dream.The big Cumbrian prop moved to Saints in the off-season and the Grand Final is exactly why he signed.“It is something you dream of; playing in a fantastic stadium, in a big game,” he said. “It is something I have been working towards for a while and come 6pm on Saturday it will be special.“Wigan have been playing well and we know they will come at us thick and fast. We can’t wait for that challenge. It has all the ingredients for a great game and we are looking forward to it.“I don’t think there is anything between the two sides. A lot of the media have Wigan as favourites but how long have people been writing us off for now? We are here by merit.“Naturally, as a rugby player if anyone pulls you back or down, you want to show a reaction. But we are focusing a week at a time. It’s not a case of proving people wrong, it’s focusing on our own bubble and working towards our next win.“Nothing changes because it is a final, we just want to win.”Grand Final Ticket Details.last_img read more

All proceeds from the auction will go to St Helens

first_imgAll proceeds from the auction will go to St Helens Autism Support.The shirts are match-worn from our game vs Widnes Vikings at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle which we won 38-18.Final Bids: Ben Barba – £1055 Tommy Makinson – £250 Ryan Morgan – £250 Mark Percival – £290 Regan Grace – £250 Jonny Lomax – £375 Danny Richardson – £280 Luke Douglas – £250 James Roby – £270 Luke Thompson – £355 Zeb Taia – £215 Dominique Peyroux – £220 Jon Wilkin – £240 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – £400 Theo Fages – £225 Morgan Knowles – £230 Matty Lees – £225Non-Playing Squad Members’ shirts:Matty Smith – £195 Adam Swift – £160last_img

Sunset Beach police investigating armed robbery at Hardees

first_imgSUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that happened early this morning at a Sunset Beach Hardee’s.Just after 4 a.m., a person entered Hardee’s, located at 1651 Seaside Road SW, armed with a pistol and demanded the manager open the safe. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.- Advertisement – Officers from Sunset Beach were the first on scene and soon received mutual aid from Ocean Isle Beach Police, and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.Detectives from SBPD responded to the scene and an investigation is underway.  No one was hurt during the early morning incident.Anyone with information is asked to call Sunset Beach Police at 910-579-6297.last_img

Police looking for man who tried to abduct a woman near UNCW

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are looking for a man they say tried abduct a female around 9 a.m. this morning in Wilmington.The victim told police that she was walking down near the 500 block of Heidi Drive toward Wood Dale Drive when the suspect drove up behind her. After a few minutes she heard the door on the vehicle slam and realized the suspect was right behind her. The suspect grabbed her by the shoulder, however she was able to kick the suspect and get away.- Advertisement – The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30-35 years of age, 5’7 inches tall, medium build, dark skin, with a mustache. He was wearing a sweat shirt and jeans and spoke limited English. The suspect was driving a newer model, dark grey Chevy pickup truck with two doors.If you have any information about this incident please use Text-a-Tip or call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609.last_img read more

Lincoln Elementary thanks volunteers with luncheon

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the school year winds down, one in Brunswick County took the time to thank people who have been helping the school throughout the year.WWAY’s Hannah Patrick was at the luncheon at Lincoln Elementary Friday.- Advertisement – Lincoln is active with community events throughout the year.The school also has Read Aloud day and Career Day. It brings in people from the community from a wide variety of careers like police, fire, lawyers, and even news.The school actually has one of the largest groups of volunteers in the county.last_img

Third weekend shooting under investigation in Wilmington

first_img Police identified the victim as a male saying he is in stable condition at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Police responded to Houston Moore after a Shotspotter alert activated. When they arrived officers were told that the victim had already arrived at the hospital.Witnesses also told police the incident occurred after the victim was seen assaulting a pregnant woman.Related Article: Death investigation begins in Wilmington after officer is flagged downAllen confronted the man, an altercation started and a short time later Allen allegedly shot the man.Allen was arrested a short time later. Police say the pregnant woman was taken to the hospital. No word on her condition.The case remains under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming. Police positioned outside Houston Moore on April 22, 2019. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police have made an arrest in the third shooting this holiday weekend.Police say 20-year-old, Quaneik Allen has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon, after a shooting in the Houston Moore housing community that happened around 12:22 this afternoon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Oak Island splash pad to open Friday

first_img The splash pad marks the first step toward making the park fun for the whole community.The grand opening is Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Middleton Park in Oak Island. After the ribbon cutting, it will be open until 6 p.m.The splash pad is just the first of several projects. The next one is a new amphitheater. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Get ready to splash into the summer! Oak Island Parks and Recreation is unveiling the brand new splash pad and you’re invited for the grand opening.The new splash pad is part of the Middleton Redevelopment Project.- Advertisement – last_img

FEMA approves additional 3M for New Hanover County

first_img Funds for this project will reimburse the county for contracted debris monitoring services.FEMA has already approved more than $10 million for New Hanover County Hurricane Florence-related expenses. This money brings the total to $13.5 million. (Photo: MGN) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County is receiving $3 million more from FEMA to help reimburse the county for debris cleanup following Hurricane Florence.Debris generated by the disaster posed a threat to public health, safety, natural resources and tourism.- Advertisement – last_img

Russia dubs retaliation against Malta claims as absurd and fake news

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova dubbed the reports of a possible retaliation by Russia against Malta over the failure to issue an overflying permit for its aircraft en-route to Venezuela, as ‘absurd’ and ‘fake news’. The spokesperson said that Russia had tracked the information which said that Russia is expected to retaliate by launching a campaign to discredit Malta’s leadership during or after the upcoming elections, and described them as ‘baseless and groundless’. The spokesperson said that such claims are termed ‘fake news’. The incident was reported by Buzzfeed, and with whom a senior diplomat described as a source had told the news site that Russia is expected to retaliate with a misinformation campaign during the upcoming elections or after.Zakharova said that Malta’s decision to refuse granting permission to its military aircraft to use Malta’s airspace on 4 April without providing an explanation had “unfriendly connotations”. The spokesperson further said that Malta’s decision will be accounted for when considering bilateral relations between the two nations.US State Department lauds Malta for refusing innocent passage to Russian aircraftAmerican State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, had lauded Malta for not allowing Russian military aircraft to fly through its airspace whilst laden with provisions for the Venezuelan regime.In a twitter message, Ortagus appealed for our countries to take a page from Malta’s book and take a stance against the Kremlin and its support for the Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro .We applaud the government of #Malta for refusing to allow Russian planes to use its airspace to supply the brutal former regime in #Venezuela. We call on all countries to follow Malta’s example to stop the Kremlin’s support for the dictator Maduro. #EstamosUnidosVE @MFAMalta— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) April 19, 2019In the past days, BuzzFeed News has reported that the Russian Federation is expected to retaliate against Malta for its decision.What would Russia say about Joseph Muscat? According to BuzzFeed News, they have been informed by a “senior diplomatic source” that “Russia has not taken the rejections well” and payback this might manifest through a misinformation campaign against Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat during or after the European Parliament elections in May.center_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Apple Developing A Smart Way To Wirelessly Charge Future iPads

first_imgAdvertisement Apple has patented a new way to charge the iPad by using a specially designed Smart Cover according to a report the US Patent & Trademark Office published the revealing patent application this morning.“Apple states that the body portion includes an inductive power transmitter arranged to wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the iPad by inductively coupling, at least a first magnetic element, and at least a second magnetic element used to secure the body portion to the display in a closed configuration,” Patently Apple’s Jack Purcher wrote. “In the closed configuration the first magnetic element is detected by a sensor disposed within the iPad, the detection altering a current operating state of the tablet device.”However, sketches from the patent application show that the Smart Cover could charge the iPad while the case is being used as a stand to prop the device upward. This indicates a bit of flexibility in the way consumers can use and charge the tablet. – Advertisement – It also makes it sound as if future Smart Covers will serve as a second battery to the iPad. This could help Apple double the iPad’s battery life, which was a rumored feature of the third-generation model.In comparing the Smart Cover information with a former patent filed by the iPhone maker, Patently Apple speculated that users may one day use their iMac as the ultimate charging hub. Users could feasibly place their iDevices (and Smart Covers) near an iMac to recharge their batteries.That latter element could take years to produce. Wireless technology is still in its infancy. Even as it evolves, there will be many consumers who don’t feel need to upgrade simply for the benefits that wireless charging may provide.The bigger innovation is likely to come from this Smart Cover concept. While it might be a little cumbersome (what if users don’t want to attach the cover when the battery is low? Will they still be able to plug it in the old-fashioned way?), it could prove to be an invaluable accessory for iPad owners. Credit: Forbes Magazine and Patently Applelast_img read more

Uganda Government Websites Outdated

first_imgAdvertisement A mini-survey has  indication that while the world has gone online, the government of Uganda is yet to warm up to this modern platform. Although much of the world is using the internet to disseminate and access information, visitors to Uganda must be warned to treat information on many government websites with due skepticism.There is little effort to update the sites, and as such they carry wrong and misleading information and careless typos. Many of the web pages of some government departments hide under phrases like “Information on … will be updated soon”, “Information to come shortly”, or “Please check this page again.” But even when you check after six months, you find the same words.And the problem starts right at the head: according to the website of State House of Uganda, Prof Khiddu Makubuya is a minister in charge of General duties in the Office of the Prime Minister. And for avoidance of doubt, his moustached portrait still graces the Cabinet page. But in the real world, Makubuya resigned from Cabinet a year and two months ago – in February 2012. The docket is currently held by Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere. – Advertisement – The State House website lists 27 cabinet ministers, but some of them just have names only and a graphic cartoon stands where the minister’s portrait should be. Missing are the photos of ministers Moses Ali, Wilson Muruli Mukasa, Mary Karooro Okurut, Tress Bucyanayandi, Crispus Kiyonga, Jessica Alupo, Irene Muloni, Maria Kiwanuka, Abraham Byandala, Peter Nyombi, Amelia Kyambadde, Ephraim Kamuntu, Christine Ondoa, Ruhakana Rugunda and Janet Museveni.Although his picture is missing, Adonia Ayebare is still listed as Permanent Representative to the UN, although he was replaced by Dr Richard Nduhura, nearly a year ago. Other ministers are completely missing from the website list. These include Frank Tumwebaze (Presidency), Richard Todwong (without Portfolio), Justine Kasule Lumumba (Chief Whip) and Abraham Byandala (Works and Transport).State House also says on its website that Eriya Kategaya is still the first deputy prime minister. However, Kategaya died seven weeks ago. On this, the website of Parliament of Uganda takes the kudos: it shows Kategaya’s docket as “vacant”.The State House website labours to define what cabinet is. It states: “The Cabinet of Uganda, according to the Constitution of Uganda, “shall consist of the President, the Vice President and such number of ministers as may appear to the President to be reasonably necessary for the efficient running of the State.”So, even though the names and photos of Yoweri Museveni, Edward Ssekandi and Amama Mbabazi are under the webpage called The Executive, they ought to be on the cabinet list as well. And so should the photo of Karamoja Minister Janet Museveni, which is only provided where she is mentioned as the First Lady.Although Yoweri Museveni got the rank of full General in February 2004, the State House website calls him a lieutenant general, saying: “Lt Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the current president of Uganda.”Some ministers, such as Maria Mutagamba and John Nasasira, are given the wrong dockets.The NRM Secretariat website has a banner reading “Daily Update from the Secretary General” but nothing is shown under it. Instead immediately below is the “Welcome to the NRM Secretariat” message.In fact when you click on the webpage “Daily Message”, you get the latest message dated Tuesday, 12 August 2008, 10:00 and it is “Written by Administrator”. On the “Party press briefings” webpage, the latest is dated Friday, 19 November 2010, 22:41. It is actually the “President Museveni’s Liberation Day speech”, yet it is “Written by Administrator”.Asked how long it would take to remove Kategaya’s photo and name from the State House website, Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi said: “The length of time doesn’t matter because there is no government policy on removing dead persons from cabinet. But that’s the work of the webmaster and I wouldn’t want to do other people’s work.But the whole world knows Kategaya died; what would be embarrassing is if someone today referred to Kategaya as minister.”Asked whether it was not even more embarrassing that Khiddu Makubuya is still listed as a minister, Mirundi said: “Maybe someone is trying to preserve history. For me, I would like to be kept a hundred miles away from State House website.”Source: The Observerlast_img read more

PS4 Neo May Still Release This Year Despite NoShow at the E3

first_imgSony has sold more than 30.2 million PS4 consoles worldwide saying that the figures demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history. Image Credit: SpokesLabs Advertisement Sony may not have announced the PS4 Neo at E3 2016, but it could still be available this year.According to Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter, you can possibly expect the PS4 Neo before Microsoft’s next souped up Xbox One, Project Scorpio.“Several sources have indicated to me that PlayStation Neo launches this year, despite its E3 no-show,”writes Leadbetter. “If that is the case, it’ll be interesting to see how developers utilise its resources, and whether 4K really is the focus. And we can be equally as sure that Microsoft will be watching just as intently as it gears up for its own next-gen roll-out.” – Advertisement – This strikes us as odd considering that E3 is usually the place where these kind of announcements are actually made. However with Gamescom in August and the Tokyo Game Show soon after Sony does still have a window to unveil it’s iteration on the PS4.If the PS4 Neo releasing this year is true, it corroborates Giantbomb’s report that from October every PS4 game needs to have two separate operating modes.Furthermore there are strict guidelines for developers to make sure there are no Neo-exclusive games, gameplay features or options exclusive to it. There will be parity in terms of peripherals such as PS VR as well. No price has been obtained but it should retail for around $399 (around Rs. 26,500), this should put it in the range of Rs. 40,000 for India which was the price of the PS4 at launch in the region.In conversation with Financial Times that confirmed the PS4 Neo’s absence at E3, Andrew House, President and Global Chief Executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment did not state how much the PS4 Neo will be sold for. He did hint that the “high-end PS4” would be more expensive than the current $350 version.[related-posts]“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” he said. “We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”House claims it will target hardcore games and those looking with a 4K TV looking for more high-resolution content.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW France v Iceland Euro 2016 Sunday

first_imgBoth teams to score at 6/5 and France / France at 11/10 are two odds-against options with Star Sports that appeal in a one-sided affair – on paper at least.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK FRANCE/FRANCE HT/FT 85 points at 11/10 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 85 points at 6/5 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -209.50 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]B[/dropcap]efore ploughing in at short odds on France tonight it might be prudent to check out the last ten meetings between the two sides.France have never been beaten, as you would expect, but there’s been some closer encounters than the odds would of suggested and that of course is not taking into account the helium balloon that the Iceland side are currently floating on.Their approach of living in the moment and just enjoying each game is paying dividends. There’s no pressure on them and that’s quite the opposite for the host nation tonight at the Stade de France.As rancid as England were on Monday, it would be churlish not to point out that Iceland played well – especially coming back from an early 1-0 deficit from which most minnows would have immediately collapsed.Whilst Iceland concede plenty of goals (one clean sheet in their last 10 games) they are also more than capable of getting amongst the action.It’s the year of the underdog according to Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson who said “I would like it to end like it ended with Leicester. They played to their strengths and we are trying to play to our strengths. There is the same team spirit in both teams. We are willing to work for each other.”Iceland are likely to be unchanged for a fifth successive game whereas France will be without the suspended pair Adil Rami and N’Golo Kante.France v IcelandUEFA EURO 2016 Quarter-Final20:00 ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2012 INTERNATIONAL France 3 – 2 IcelandOct 1999 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 3 – 2 IcelandSep 1998 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Iceland 1 – 1 FranceNov 1991 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 3 – 1 IcelandSep 1990 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Iceland 1 – 2 FranceApr 1987 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 2 – 0 IcelandSep 1986 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Iceland 0 – 0 FranceSep 1975 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS France 3 – 0 IcelandMay 1975 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Iceland 0 – 0 FranceSep 1957 WORLD CUP Iceland 1 – 5 Francelast_img read more

Rice Names Baylor College Dean as VP for Student Affairs

first_imgAddThis Share Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807 Rice Names Baylor College Dean as VP for Student Affairs Rice president Malcolm Gillis announced today the appointment of Zenaido Camacho, senior associate dean at Baylor College of Medicine, as the university’s next vice president forStudent Affairs. Camacho, 51, is also a full professor in the college’s pathology department and an associate professor in the community medicinedepartment.”Zenaido Camacho is an exemplar of a new type of student affairs leader at research universities,” Gillis said. “He not only holds a Ph.D in a traditional academic discipline, but also over two decades he has accumulated a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of issues and problems in student life. At Rice, his responsibilities will include advising, career counseling, the honor system, student health, the residential college system and special needs of international students, the Marching Owl Band and the student center.”Dr. Camacho also brings substantial experience in attracting and retaining highly qualified minority students and will work closely with other Rice officials in assuring that Rice maintains a supportive environment for them.” Camacho, a native Texan and one of 11 children in his family, earned a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry/psychology from Baylor University in 1964, a master’s in biochemistry/physiology from Baylor and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas atAustin in 1970. After graduation, Camacho joined the faculty of Washington State University as an assistant professor of pathology. He was named assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1975, where he served as assistant dean for student affairs from 1975 through 1983. In 1981 he was named associateprofessor of research and medical education. At the University of Washington, Camacho was chair of the Student Promotions Committee. He was also a member of the Dean’sAdvisory Council. Camacho joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 1983. He served on numerous committees at the college, including those involved with medical school admissions, graduate medical education,student financial aid and affirmative action. He is also a member of the Baylor Minority Faculty Association and is coordinator of the college’s participation in the AmericanAssociation of Medical Colleges’ Project 3000 by 2000.”The challenge of moving to an outstanding academic institution such as Rice excites me,” Camacho said. “I am honored that the board and President Gillis have selected me from many qualified candidates to work as a member of the community of administrators, faculty, students and staff.” Camacho takes over the vice president for Student Affairs post from Sarah Burnett, who has filled the position on an interim basis after Ronald Stebbings completed his appointment and returned to the Rice faculty at the end of the 1992-93 academic year. Burnett remains dean of students at Rice. Rice University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,674, a graduate and professional student population of 1,449 and a full-time faculty of 437. ###last_img read more

Shepherd School of Music offers recitals and other performances to kick off

first_imgAddThis ShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduShepherd School of Music offers recitals and other performances to kick off the new yearA variety of faculty recitals are among the performances scheduled to kick off 2012 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no tickets are required and events will be held in Alice Pratt Brown Hall on the campus of Rice University, 6100 Main St.What: Faculty and Guest Artist Recital (featuring mezzo-soprano and baritone vocalists with piano accompaniment)Where: Duncan Recital HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 10What: Houston Friends of Chamber Music concertWhere: Stude Concert HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 17What: Faculty Recital (bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, horn, violin and viola)Where: Duncan Recital HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 20What: Faculty Recital (piano)Where: Duncan Recital HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 25What: SYZYGY, New Music at Rice UniversityWhere: Duncan Recital HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 27What: Faculty Recital (clarinet and violin)Where: Duncan Recital HallWhen: 8 p.m. Jan. 30For more information on Shepherd School of Music events, visit a map of Rice University’s campus, visit read more

An Online MBA Or FullTime MBA What Should You Pursue

first_img Last Updated May 10, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Online-centered content on MetroMBA is brought to you exclusively by our partner MBA@Syracuse, the #10 ranked online MBA in the world from Syracuse University. GMAT waivers available. Click here to learn more.Applying for and pursuing an MBA degree can be an overwhelming process—one that begins long before your first day of classes. Even if you’ve narrowed down a metro and business school, most schools offer a number of diverse MBA options, offering students the chance to choose the MBA program that fits best into their life.Most business schools acknowledge that their students have busy professional lives outside of school, and provide options such as part-time or Online MBAs to ensure that they needn’t put their careers on hold while they pursue their degree. Still, with online degree programs a somewhat new offering in education, many prospective students wonder if they might miss something by not pursuing the traditional MBA in the classroom. Choosing to pursue an MBA online or in a classroom setting may come down to many factors, from cost to career path to individual learning style. Nevertheless, figuring out which one is just right for you is not always a straightforward task. Here, we compare the various benefits of each program to help you decide which style is right for you:An Online MBA Or Full-Time MBA: What Should You Pursue?The Full-Time MBAWhile there are many benefits to the online MBA—discussed below—many students still choose to earn a traditional full-time MBA in the classroom. There may be a number of reasons why a student would choose this option, most which deal with their particular learning style. For one, pursuing an online MBA takes a great deal of self-motivation and discipline, especially without the structure of a classroom to keep students on course when it comes to deadlines and effort. If a student knows that they struggle with time management and self-discipline, a traditional MBA may be the better choice for them as the classroom setting provides an inherent structure to the program that an online MBA often lacks.Online classes also typically require a high level of class participation, to ensure that students at home don’t lose focus and stay engaged. Prospective students who are less likely to be engaged in a classroom may find it even more difficult to keep up in a setting where they are more distanced from their classmates or faculty. A traditional MBA may be better for students who need the direct and immediate response that a classroom setting can provide.Finally, while employer perception of online MBAs has been changing in recent years, there are still many critics of online degrees, and in the past data has shown graduates of online degrees may not increase their salaries as significantly post-MBA as full-time students. Though this has changed in recent years, many students still have concerns about online education and its perception by employers. A recent LearningHouse study found that 27 percent of online students voiced concerns about employer’s perceptions of online study. The same number named their biggest concern as issues of motivation and attentiveness. If you think concerns such as these might interfere with an effective learning process, opting for a full-time traditional degree may allay any anxiety about the online approach.The Online MBAIf the common concerns of perception and motivation aren’t on your mind, you may want to consider the many benefits of earning an online MBA—chief among them is the flexibility that goes along with an online program. Students pursuing online degrees don’t need to put their careers on hold as they pursue an advanced education, and maintaining a career and school simultaneously demonstrates a level of commitment that can be very appealing to prospective employers. And while the cost of some online degrees are often similar to their in-classroom counterpart, the addition of two years of lost salary with a full-time degree can make the total cost far greater than a degree online. Another benefit is the fact that many online MBA programs do not require students to take the GMAT or GRE, which can save a tremendous amount of time, money, and anxiety for those who struggle with test-taking.While some issues of perception may remain, a U.S. News & World Report study showed roughly 71.4 percent of academic leaders saw online learning as comparable or even superior to traditional classes when it comes to the skills and knowledge students obtain. The other thirty percent should pay attention to the numbers coming out from many programs throughout the country. At the Southeast Missouri State University, for example, the AACSB accredited online MBA produces job acceptance rates of 98 percent for students within just one year of graduation.The Online MBA is designed to be flexible on all levels, even the amount of overall time it will take to complete the degree. While full-time MBA programs traditionally take two years to complete, many Online MBAs can be completed in as little as 16-months. Students with a busier schedule may choose to extend the amount of time they need to complete the degree.Which One is Right for You?Deciding which type of degree is best for you is a personal decision that involves a multitude of intersecting factors. Regardless of which path you choose, employers need for MBAs doesn’t look like it’s decreasing any time soon—in 2016 roughly 88 percent of corporate recruiters said they planned to hire MBA grads, an increase of 8 percent from the prior year. The need for well-educated business leaders is always increasing, and choosing the best way to effectively and affordably earn your degree is not just a benefit for the student, but for the business community at large.Online-centered content on MetroMBA is brought to you exclusively by our partner MBA@Syracuse, the #10 ranked online MBA in the world from Syracuse University. GMAT waivers available. Click here to learn more. An Online MBA Or Full-Time MBA: What Should You Pursue? RelatedFinding The Right Online MBA For YouWith so many amazing online MBA programs available throughout the country—and without location making the decision for you—it can seem nearly impossible to choose which Online MBA degree program is right for you. With the increasingly available option to customize your degree in a particular area of emphasis—just as most…November 20, 2017In “Featured Home”How Fast Can You Earn an MBA?The process of earning an MBA is an exciting and often transformational time in someone’s life—and for some people, the faster you can get through it, the better. The benefits of earning an MBA, such as increased post-graduate salary, career advancement potentials, and development of a strong business network, remain…February 7, 2018In “Advice”The Top Marketing MBAs In Los AngelesEarning an MBA is a great way to gain broad business knowledge that can be applied to many different roles and industries in the business world. As a result, an MBA degree can be ideal for students who haven’t yet made up their mind about their career path. Yet even…March 9, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more