first_imgFormer editor: “I knew the writing was on the wall.” San Francisco Magazine purportedly spends three times as much money to put out its publication than other titles in the vast Modern Luxury chain do — and management has told local staff that it aims to bring San Francisco’s expenses more in line with the rest of the chain’s products. Modern Luxury publishes scores of titles across the nation (including Silicon Valley and San Francisco magazines locally). You can peruse its myriad offerings here. And, in doing so, it quickly becomes clear why San Francisco Magazine outspends its sister publications. The chain’s other city magazines are not news-oriented operations; last month many — if not most of them — featured identical stories about doe-eyed Friday Night Lights heartthrob Kyle Chandler with different photos on the cover. Others featured identical stories about BlacKkKlansman heartthrob John David Washington, with different photos on the cover.San Francisco Magazine is the outlier. Its October coverboy is the not-quite-doe-eyed Gov. Jerry Brown, and its cover story is a deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked valediction of Brown’s complex and contradictory legacy. This month’s edition also features deeply researched and painstakingly fact-checked stories about the internecine holy war at Glide Memorial Church; 98-year-old local dance pioneer Anna Halprin; and an analysis of San Francisco’s intricate District 6 supervisorial race. With no disrespect to Kyle Chandler or John David Washington, these are locally relevant, complicated stories about locally relevant, complicated subjects. Your humble narrator was, from 2015 to 2017, a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine and, I can assure you, the lengthy flowchart depicting the mag’s editorial process resembles the operations manual at a nuclear power plant.    Deep research and painstaking fact-checking take time. And time is money. Phone calls to San Francisco Magazine publisher Paul Reulbach and Modern Luxury editorial director Stephanie Davis Smith — the media contact listed on a recent Modern Luxury press release — were not returned as of press time. But even without Modern Luxury management explicitly saying as much, it seems there’s an equation at play which will produce a desired result: Less freelance money + fewer in-house people on an already depleted editorial staff = more content of the Chandler/Washington variety. Under former editor Jon Steinberg, San Francisco Magazine won national acclaim — and multiple awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. The magazine is big and glossy and beautiful and filled with cringe-worthy, high-end advertisements — but, for quite some time now, its news stories have been of the highest caliber, and nobody who deigned to follow San Francisco goings-on could ignore it. Just a few recent highlights: Katia Savchuk on a jailed immigrant’s yearslong incarceration; Walter Thompson’s minute-by-minute recounting of the 1966 Bayview uprising through the eyes and voices of first-hand sources; Gary Kamiya’s masterful reporting on San Francisco’s homeless crisis; and an entire special issue about this city’s injection-drug epidemic — a fantastically difficult and thorough in-house effort (that required the staff to actually procure Mexican black tar heroin. And led them to win a National Magazine Award for it.). The purpose of last Thursday’s meeting at San Francisco Magazine was to announce the hiring of Steinberg’s successor: Jason Sheeler. He was, until recently, the style director at Departures, “the luxury magazine published exclusively for American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders,” as the aforementioned Modern Luxury press release describes it. Sheeler, the press release continues, “will infuse more of his keen eye for style and design into the publication.” With, again, no disrespect for Sheeler, the message being imparted here does not make it appear likely that future endeavors for San Francisco Magazine will include subjects like impoverished, jailed immigrants, deep dives into the lives of San Francisco’s oppressed communities of color, or thorough and serious examinations of rampant homelessness and drug use. Sheeler is slated to start Oct. 8. And best of luck to him. Because even if he desired to do all of the above, he’d have to do it with far less money than even a short while ago, and far fewer staffers. I was, full disclosure, laid off from the magazine in 2017 due to cost considerations; Kamiya was this year jettisoned, also for cost considerations. The current staff consists of about 10 full-time-equivalent employees. Any losses on a staff this small are significant — and the impending departures may be significant indeed.After six and a half years at San Francisco Magazine, former editor Steinberg left in August to take a creative director position at Epic Digital. Regarding the magazine, he said, “I knew the writing was on the wall in the first part of 2018 when I had to slash our editorial budget by one-third — and that included laying off our executive editor, Gary.” Steinberg claimed that Modern Luxury management repeatedly informed him that San Francisco Magazine was profitable — but not profitable enough. It was not clearing the margins the chain would have wished. “I hate to say it — and they can certainly prove me wrong — but I think the days of hard-charging, deeply reported, stylishly written, well-produced magazine journalism are dead in San Francisco,” Steinberg continued. Modern Luxury “doesn’t have a desire to support it. Even if it made them money for many years. And continues to.” Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Over the past several years, San Francisco Magazine has, consistently, told some of the best-researched, best-written, and most compelling stories in this city. Sadly, its own story appears to be far less compelling — and more sadly typical of all things print media. Staffers were informed last Thursday that a number of them will soon be laid off. This comes on the heels of the magazine’s freelance budget, in the last year alone, dropping by more than one-third. It will likely soon drop further still. last_img read more

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Pre-Game: Road WarriorsIn their fifth straight Finals, “your” Golden State Warriors open their quest for a fourth championship on the road for the first time. Most teams play better at home, for obvious reasons.But, over these past five years, the team has gone from Homeboys to Road Warriors.Not that their record is so much better on the road than at home. It’s not, but over the past two years, especially this past regular season, the Dubs tend to play a hungrier, more aggressive style when they are in a “hostile” environment. Might tipping off in Toronto portend good things to come? Yes and no.Being on the road, three time zones ahead of one’s circadian clock, can wreak mind-body havoc.Time in a basketball game at the professional level goes beyond the shot clock or the game clock. And the kind of game the Dubs play, like a full ballet, requires the blending of an intricate range of timing involving multiple players.First Quarter: Skylark BarAgreed. The Skylark is a weird place to watch Game One of the NBA Finals.Outside, an old guy in a battered fedora, who looks Canadian, asks a couple of guys if the game is on tonight. “No,” says one. “Yes,” says the other, and they go off chattering to each other. Inside, the Dubs are playing against a bright red wall adorned with sea serpents and a green-and-blue octopus seducing a mermaid.On TV, the Dubs look as out of sync as they do out of place in this bar. Daliesque you might say. The Raptors, like sea serpents, are quicker, smoother, deadlier. Two elements of the Dubs’ strategy don’t seem to be working.First, they are sending two guys to trap Raptor superstar Kawhi Leonard to make him pass the pass to the ball to someone else. This worked well against the Rockets and the Blazers. But if Leonard makes the good pass, at the right time, the Raptors have a four to three advantage. Time and again, Leonard makes the good pass.The main guy he’s passing to is center Marc Gasol, who the Raptors picked up in February. Dubs coach Steve Kerr started sophomore center Jordan Bell, whose athleticism, in theory, would drive Gasol nuts. Wrong. Gasol holds his own on defense and sinks two wide-open threes.The Dubs give up wide-open shots to the Raptors, who make a fair number. Meanwhile, all the offense the Dubs can muster is named Steph Curry. He hits three three-point shots.Otherwise, the team is laying bricks, scoring just 21 points in the quarter, and the crowd at the Skylark is shaking its collective head and ordering another drink.At Skylark. Photo by Ricky Rodas.Second Quarter: Skylark BarIf you watched the Dubs-Blazers series, you know the Dubs frequently play a tentative first half and fall behind early. So breathe easy, go outside for a smoke.DeMarcus Cousins shows up to begin the second quarter. An All-Star who has been working his way through difficult injuries, Cousins has missed the past six weeks. He looks it. Slow, awkward – but not terrible. He slips a great pass to Klay Thompson for a dunk that gets the Skylark roaring.Who has the longer arms — Dubs or Raptors? The Raptors look like that octopus on the wall, strangling, not seducing, the Dubs’ offense. Steph only gets off two shots; both miss.Yet with four minutes left to play in the half, the Raptors are only up by one. Over the next 60 seconds, Pascal Siakam hits three shots for seven points. And with Marc Gasol dominating at center, the Raptors go up by 10 at halftime.“It’s not been my day since 5:30 this morning,” grumps the guy down the bar for all to hear and all commiserate.Third Quarter: The 500 ClubLast year against Houston, the Dubs were down by double figures at halftime in Games 6 and 7. When Mission Local went to The 500 Club, those leads quickly evaporated. The club, under new management, is packed with old-timers, new timers and some timers.And yes, the Dubs come out the second half with sharper defense, and when Curry hits a couple of three-point shots, the noise from The 500 Club is loud and knowing. The Dubs are roaring back!But hold on. Every time the Dubs hit a few shots and look to be going on a run, the Raptors respond. Specifically, Pascal Siakam responds.Who is Pascal Siakam? A third-year player from Cameroon, Siakam is a six-foot-nine-inch guy with very long arms, very fast feet, and a very promising future. Right now, he’s killing the Dubs when the Raptors start running. When not running, he’s beating Draymond Green one-on-one. What a quarter!!! He scores 14 points and almost single-handedly prevents the Dubs from grabbing the lead.For the Warriors, Steph comes back, scoring 13 in the quarter. Other players begin to break down the Raptors defense, and with under a minute to play, Dubs’ center Kevon Looney tips in a shot, cutting the Raptors’ lead to four.But once again, the Dubs are too slow on defense and former Warrior Pat McCaw makes them pay. Amid groans and sighs, the quarter ends with the Raptors up seven.Fourth Quarter: Giordano’sAs Ricky walks into Giordano’s, the overflow crowd is chanting, “Defense! DEEEFENSE!” I acknowledge their cheers and squeeze into a corner.The teams trade foul shots as the tension escalates. With under 11 minutes left, Dubs’ benchman Jonas Jerebko nails a three to cut the lead to four points. Unfortunately, the Dubs won’t score another field goal over the next four minutes and, by the time they do, the Raptors have built a 12-point lead. Thompson comes alive, and although the crowd at Giordano’s is exploding, it’s too little, too late. The Dubs will make it close a couple more times, but the Raptors defense holds like it has all game while their role players sink critical shots.Raptors end it, 118-109.Post-Game: I feel you.“It’s only the first game! We got this thing,” a woman shouts as fans spill out onto 16th Street.She’s right. Partially. The first game of a seven-game series is usually a game for teams to get a feel for each other. Especially, when, like this time, they don’t really know each other.Overall, the Dubs looked like they didn’t expect Raptors’ speed and their disruptively long arms.The Dubs turned the ball over 17 times, most resulting in Raptors fast breaks. The Dubs dared any Raptors not named Kawhi to beat them. The “others” obliged — an impressive team effort.What have the Dubs learned, and can they turn their lessons into a win? The Dubs’ goal this trip was to win one. They’ve got another chance on Sunday at 5.center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgThe Warriors set up a Grand Final with Leeds after a pulsating clash.Faye Gaskin kicked Saints to a 2-0 lead early in the first half but tries from Alison Burrows and Rachel Thompson put Wigan in charge.Saints kept on coming though and set up a dramatic end when Katie May crossed with four minutes remaining.But it wasn’t enough as the Warriors held on.Match Summary:Wigan: Tries: Burrows, Thompson Goals: Davis (1 from 2)Saints: Tries: Williams, K. Goals: Gaskin (1 from 2)HT: 10-2 FT: 10-6Teams:Wigan: Rebecca Greenfield; Alison Burrows, Rachel Thompson, Georgia Wilson, Michelle Davis; Gemma Walsh, Sarah Harrison; Hannah Goodburn, Claire Hall, Chloe Hammond, Amanda Sibbald, Vanessa Temple, Joanie Aspin. Subs: Holly Speakman, Charlotte Foley, Lucy Baggeley, Gemma Hennessey.Saints: Rebecca Rotheram; Naomi Williams, Roxy Mura, Katie-May Williams, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin; Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Jade Ward, Emily Rudge, Lizzie Gladman, Subs: Pip Birchall, Isabelle Rudge, Claire Mullaney, Bex Wilson.last_img read more

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is teaming up with Wrightsville Beach Lifeguards to bring retired, current, and junior guards together. But they need your help finding those who served.The old school reunion is happening this Saturday at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. They will also dedicate a guard stand honoring fellow lifeguards who have passed away.- Advertisement – “So we replaced all the lifeguard stands last year and this is one of the older stands that was refurbished for the dedication,” Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Captain, Jeremy Owens said. “And what we’re trying to do is put the names of lifeguards, you know, that have passed away on this stand so it’ll be kind of a remembrance of those past lifeguards.”All lifeguards past and present along with community members are asked to attend. Organizers hope this will be the largest gathering of guards since their last reunion in 2009.“So it’s just going to be real special to get together, share stories, share rescues, and you know, just kind of talk about ocean rescue at Wrightsville Beach spanning back for you know nearly half a decade,” Owens said.Related Article: Friends of Wrightsville Beach to host fundraiser celebrating its pastIf you or someone you know was a Wrightsville Beach Lifeguard, click here to message organizers to participate.last_img read more

first_img It took more than a hundred blood transfusions to keep Kate Bauer alive when she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. And Bauer says that without The Red Cross she would not have survived.“I probably wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have gotten married, I wouldn’t have seen those grandbabies, I wouldn’t have been able to travel, I wouldn’t have been able to spend time with my sisters and family,” Bauer said.But without the help from blood donors around the world, other patients may not be as lucky.Related Article: Cypress Grove family displaced, thankful for efforts that saved dogNew Hanover Regional Medical Center is the only trauma center in southeastern North Carolina. Emergency Services Administrator James Bryant says the hospital gives at least one transfusion in just this room every day.“So when you come in, having the availability to give you two, three, four units, immediately, within seconds of your arrival, can make a lot of difference,” James Bryant, The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Services Administrator, said.“And not having that blood available can cost somebody their life,” Bryant said.“Making that donation truly is the gift of life, it will be used,” Bryant said.It’s a gift that can be given quickly, but it can last a lifetime.“It is such a lifeline, I can’t say it enough, to people who will not survive without it,” Bauer said. NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations due to their exponentially low levels. Every five seconds, a blood transfusion comes from the Red Cross.“Without those transfusions it wouldn’t have even been a question, I would’ve been gone, Kate Bauer said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Tuesday, they passed the first reading to allow short-term rentals in several areas of the city. The business is already allowed in commercial districts according to city leaders.City leaders had before them an ordinance change to the land development code to ban or allow, with regulations, short-term rentals (STR) such as AIRBNB’s with no homeowner present in the residence.Council members like Kevin O’Grady remain outspoken for the ban. He spoke specifically on how allowing the business in residential, historic, or multi family neighborhoods would endanger ares of the city such as the north end.Related Article: The woes of the current Wilmington noise ordinance for one local breweryThe debate lengthened as several changes to the amendments were laid out by council members.Essentially there was a change of the code to ban all absent homeowner STR’s before council and a change to the code to allow them under regulations of distance between units and amount per area of corporate limits.The council approved Councilman Neil Anderson’s substitute motion for the allowance. In it 2% of all residentially-zoned areas inside the 1945 corporate limites can be rented out short-term. The same amount goes for homes outside of the 1945 corporate limits and totals around 200-300 homes.The initial allowance regulated rentals to not be closer than 250 feet within the corporate limits. However, Anderson changed that to be 400 feet city-wide.Homeowners must be within 25 miles of the rental and be accessible for 24 hours as well as have guaranteed parking per one bedroom.That was enough to edge the amendment for allowance to pass with a 4-3 vote. The vote for a second reading was not enough to pass the new changes. The city council will have to return to the issue at a later meeting. New Hanover Co. Airbnb hosts rake in millions (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tuesday night was the night many believed city leaders would make a critical decision on short-term vacation rentals across the city.Wilmington city leaders began this debate more than two years ago. Over the summer, they approved for short-term rentals in neighborhoods where the owner of the home is present, homestays.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “The net effect is that the spammers lose customers and see a decrease in revenue.”Spam warningImageShack’s system is capable of swapping thousands of the spammers’ images for warnings within an hour of them being reported. – Advertisement – The company works with anti-spam groups to identify any files that have been uploaded to its servers and are being used in junk emails, he said.It then scours its web logs to uncover other images that have been uploaded from the same web address.This allows it to identify images “not previously reported to the anti-spam communities”, Mr Levin added.The move was welcomed by Paul Wood, senior analyst at security firm, he warned that if image hosting sites are serious about tackling spam, they should consider their registration processes.“Users often don’t need to register to use these sites – making them highly disposable and open to abuse,” he said.According to security firm McAfee, the global volume of spam is at its lowest level since 2006.That follows one of the largest group of spammers, known as Spamit, deciding to cease its activities last August.Even so, spam accounts for nearly 80 per cent of all email traffic, McAfee reported. Source: BBClast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Excited Manchester United fans who wanted to congratulate hat-trick hero Robin van Persie have bombarded a 52-year-old IT consultant, Ravi Visvesvaraya Sharada Prasad in India with Twitter messages. It’s a classic case of mistaken identity.Robin van Persie’s correct Twitter handle – @Persie_Official – may have the word “Official” in the title, but the 52-year-old software and communications consultant’s handle – @rvp – has the 29-year-old football star’s initials. Fans often refer to the Dutchman as “rvp”.A look at his Twitter handle over the last 24 hours shows he has become a celebrity on Twitter. – Advertisement – “Congrats @rvp!!” is one tweet. “@rvp You really made the difference for us this season, well done,” is another.“Great scenes as @RVP celebrates winning his first title at United… Well done mate” and “@rvp hey Robin, that was a fantastic hat trick…can you send me a shirt please,” are others.And then there’s this one which really made my day:Hey @rvp , Even Fergie loves you.…— InbuiltGooner(@InbuiltSinner) April 24, 2013Credit: BBClast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The African Union has launched the the African Online Library on Law and Governance that will provide an online database that offers legal text and secondary literature on the continents law and governance as well as comparisons to other legal systems and judgement.The project by the African Innovation Foundation and implemented by will be available for access free of charge as the library aims on making the systems of law existing in various African countries: visible, accessible and consolidated.Speaking during the launch founder and initiator of the African law library Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais said the help in promoting good governance and thus make reality the vision of a continent without war, famine or poverty and ensure all countries have equal footing in the global economy.“The African Law Library will contribute to this effort by promoting good governance practices, while building a bridge between modern law and customary law to overcome colonial law,” he said. – Advertisement – The AU says it believes the library which was initiated in 2012 and will bring lawyers, the business sector, educators and government together to develop ownership in Africa through multidisciplinary research and interaction on comparative law. The library will also play a part in helping to strengthen predictability for business in Africa and enable African entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors the ability to make quick and informed decisions, driving Africa towards sustainable development.Credit: allAfricalast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Tech blog Gigaom, has risen from the dead with a message:It has been acquired by an entity called the Knowingly Corp and will be relaunching this August.At the moment, there’s no communication on what the new Gigaom will look like or if it will offer the same kind of content as before, and clues are scant. – Advertisement –  Knowingly’s CEO and founder Byron Reese is the former chief innovation officer for Demand Media, a company that runs a series of content farms like and eHow. It looks like Reese may have similar intentions for Gigaom.“We live at what I believe is the great turning point of all of human history, and that is being driven in large part by the technologies we are creating,” Byron said.“This new world we are making will not just be more prosperous, but it will be more fair and more just than any time in the past … Gigaom will continue documenting this transformation and the technologies which are driving it.” he added.Vialast_img read more

first_imgGerald Begumisa at his office Advertisement Gerald Begumisa is the Managing Director of Yo-Uganda Limited. Whereas you may not have heard of them, you most certainly have used their products without knowing that you were. Yo! Payments gateway is used by many financial services providers and is the main focus of Gerald’s company. We caught up with him to get the low-down on their story over the years.Gerald’s  journey into the world of computers technologyI had always had an interest in technology from my early days but my dad formally introduced me to technology in my Primary Five (I was about 10 years old at the time). While he was an Economist by profession, he was a bit of a computer enthusiast and influenced me in that direction. Having a computer at home from that time helped a lot as well. – Advertisement – I worked with Uganda Online through my high school vacation and remained employed there throughout my 4-year Electrical Engineering course at Makerere University.  Juggling work and study was certainly a challenge but thankfully I had a favorable study timetable that allowed this.  I also deliberately and with great conviction chose to work throughout my studies in order to “keep in touch” with the real world.I founded Yo! in January 2006 with 3 other people, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering later that year.  Towards the end of January 2006, we took on another shareholder.  Our big idea in 2006 was to offer an alternative, low cost international calls service by sending the calls over the Internet using VoIP technology.The launch of mobile money services in Uganda in 2009 provided the space for a new focus for our company when we started building our Mobile Financial Services gateway, Yo! Payments, which we launched in 2010 to take advantage of all the payments service opportunities that we believed mobile money would bring to the Ugandan consumer.Yo! Payments currently takes nearly 80% of our strategic attention as we believe the digital financial services industry is only going to get bigger.  Yo! Payments focuses on enabling organizations incorporate the use of Mobile Money services in their operations.  Customers using this service range from Financial Instituations, Not-for-Profits, Corporates and even individuals.Why Financial Solutions?As Yo!, we always had an interest in financial solutions.  One of the products that Yo! sold in its early days was actually a telephony billing system called YBS that we developed for use for our VoIP service.  In addition to using this system ourselves, we sold this system to several other international VoIP providers in the UK and USA.  We still use the system internally for rating and billing our Voice Messaging, SMS and USSD services.The success of MPesa in Kenya also opened our eyes to the opportunity.With this background, movement to the provision of mobile payments solutions was a natural progression, as a result of recognizing needs in the market.Briefly talk about the trend of E-commerce in Uganda as you’ve personally observed.E-commerce is a broad and amorphous term that needs to be understood and contextualized when using it. E-commerce in the context mobile space has seen rapid adoption and East Africa has to some extent leap-frogged more traditional mobile banking services that were introduced in other parts of the world in early 00s.In the context of Internet / Web services, E-commerce is still in its early infancy. Before the coming of mobile money, the only channels through which payments could be processed online was credit cards, which suffered, and still suffers, very low adoption locally due to high costs, high barriers to entry imposed by the banks and preference for using cash. Whereas Mobile money in effect ‘closed the gap’ between cash and banking by providing a simple ‘electronic mobile based store and send/use value system’.Is Uganda ready for digital commercial solutions?Yes, we are more than ready for this.  Capacity and Infrastructure is a bit of a chicken and egg thing – do you create the capacity first then wait for the adoption or do you first realize the adoption then grow the infrastructure and capacity?As we are not a government entity, we go with the latter – realizing the adoption in its early stages and steadily growing infrastructure and capacity to meet anticipated need based on actual results.Let us not take for granted what the mobile operators have provided in the form of a mobile money ecosystem. Uganda is one of leading countries in terms of mobile money adoption in the world and that was mainly due to the foresight of the mobile operators. M-Pesa in Kenya exerted a significant influence on the mobile operators in Uganda.What makes Yo-Uganda relevant in the “Digital Inclusion” fight?Yo! is positioned as a mobile technology solutions company. We develop tailored solutions geared at delivering significant operational benefits to our customers such as increased efficiency in processes, reduced costs, accelerated growth, increased profitability. Our solutions leverage various mobile platforms such as Mobile Money, SMS, USSD and Voice to deliver value to our customers.Yo! Payments gateway is enabling businesses to accept mobile money payments online which is going to grow E-commerce exponentially.Yo! range of services allows us to integrate payment services and messaging services for a client. So for example Yo! can deliver a tailored solution for a company wishing to settle their monthly wages via mobile money by providing them with a salary payment interface which also sends a salary advice notice via SMS.What are the opportunities in the financial services sector for young technologists?There are still very few mobile applications in the financial services sector.  I would strongly encourage a young technologist to start thinking about integrating payment capabilities in mobile applications. You can now process payments from within your application – capability that was not there just a few years back.  This allows the developer to get paid directly by their customer hassle free.  Previously the only way to do this was through airtime billing which was fairly inefficient due to high taxes.Lionel Kabenge is Manager – Projects, Business Development and Aggregation Services at Yo-UgandaThere’s talk about “mobile Money eating banks’ lunch” and experts spelling doom for the traditional banking industry. What’s your take?Mobile Money has addressed certain financial services needs in ways that traditional banks were previously unable to. However, traditional banks are still very much part of the banking ecosystem.  Behind any mobile money service, there is a holding bank where all the electronic value in the mobile money system is backed with actual cash. I also foresee much greater integration between mobile money systems and the banking systems. Banks have accepted that mobile money are now a permanent part of the banking system and will surely benefit as the entire ‘banking pie’ has increased in size. There remain numerous opportunities for banks to benefit from the mobile money customer base.Do you think Barclays is exiting Africa because of shrunk business in the sector? Shrunk by Mobile Money growth?Obviously I am not an insider but I think Barclays PLC may have more on its plate to consider than just the impact of mobile money. The bank had global issues in terms of capital adequacy ratios. The emerging market fall out in 2015 and the resultant collapse of most African currencies including the South Africa rand, where ABSA generated the vast majority of Barclays Africa’s revenues, was a major contributing factor to their withdrawal. The returns on equity in 2015 were <10% in Africa, which is not good.Shell Nakawa as seen from the UAP Business Park. When you pay for fuel at Shell stations, the transaction is facilitated by Yo! Payments.What is the process that a website owner has to go through to set up his website to receive payments online?There are 3 main steps. First, they need to open an account by visiting our website through and clicking “Sign Up”.  Secondly, they need to upload to their account a list of KYC (“Know Your Customer” details), after which their account would be upgraded to a business account.  Finally they need to integrate our system to their website – there are a number of options we give for this third part depending on the technical capabilities of the website owner.Yo! Payments won “Best Financial Services App” at the MTN Innovation Awards last year. What impact has this had for your business?We certainly feel very honored by this recognition as we have been working very hard to innovate in the financial services space.  The biggest impact has been awareness about us and our product, which has started to translate into a bit of increased business.What would you say is the single most important factor to your success over the years?I would say the single most important factor has been persistence.  Through the years, we have developed and launched so many products that have not performed well, but we think that being (ironically) energised by the failure and using that energy to try something new or try the same thing in a different way has contributed to the successes we have been privileged to have.What more can we expect to see from Yo! Uganda?We plan to expand in the region and around Africa.  We hope to have a presence in most African countries within the next 10 years.last_img read more

first_imgThe “Alaphabet” word spelt along with the Google logo. Image Credit: OctaFinance Advertisement Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said it would ban advertisements for payday loans as these “deceptive or harmful financial products” take advantage of vulnerable customers.Google, which joins Facebook Inc in blocking ads by payday lenders, announced its decision a day after the U.S. Treasury suggested that online lenders support more transparency in their transactions.Payday lenders, which offer small loans at high interest rates that have to be repaid in a short period of time, have come under criticism as borrowers often fail to pay the loans or tend to refinance them, increasing their debt. – Advertisement – “Research has shown these loans can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users,” David Graff, director of global product policy at Google, said on Wednesday on a Google blog.Shares in online lender Enova International Inc fell 6.2 percent on Wednesday, while the World Acceptance Corp was down 3 percent.“It’s disappointing that a site created to help give users full access to information is making arbitrary choices on the advertisements users are allowed to see from legal businesses,” Kirk Chartier, Enova’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement.He added that Enova did not expect significant impact to its business from Google’s decision.The company will ban advertisements for loans where repayment is due within 60 days of the date of issue. In the United States, the company will also ban advertisements for loans with annual percentage rates (APRs) of 36 percent or more.Federal policymakers and regulators have in the past discussed and rejected the idea of capping APRs – or yearly interest rates on loans – at 36 percent. Some states, including New Hampshire and Montana, have done so at regional levels, however, according to the Consumer Federation of America.“To make an advertising rule that contravenes state and federal law is not only disturbing, but it’s discriminatory,” Lisa McGreevy, CEO of the Online Lenders Alliance, told Reuters.“A certain class of people who wouldn’t otherwise qualify for regular credit now can’t get credit … It’s them (Google) deciding who can and cannot have information about credit.”Advertisements that appear on the top and right side of a Google search results page will no longer show marketing from the payday lending industry beginning July 13.[Reuters]last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ropping further down the football pyramid on Monday night for the live game and a chance for Burton Albion to further strengthen their automatic promotion claims from League Two.Burton Albion currently top the table by two points but crucially are a full nine points clear of the play off places so it’s looking good for the Staffordshire side who have been particularly strong at home.Stevenage, on the other hand, have struggled away from home and have only won one game from their last six which was against Hartlepool who are in deep trouble themselves at the relegation end of the table.Burton Albion are expected to hand debuts tonight to new loan signings Jack Dunn, Kevin Stewart and Denny Johnstone to offset Robbie Weir who is suspended and an injury list comprising of Florent Cuvelier, Stefan Maletic, Callum Reilly and Mickael Antoine-Curier.Stevenage expect to have Ben Kennedy back after his Northern Ireland Under-19 duty and are also expected to try out new loan signing Jack Jebb.Burton Albion v StevenageLeague Two7.45pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2014 League Two Stevenage 1-0 BurtonMar 2011 League Two Burton 0-2 StevenageOct 2010 League Two Stevenage 2-1 BurtonJan 2009 FA Trophy Stevenage 4-0 BurtonNov 2008 Blue Sq Premier Burton 2-0 StevenageSep 2008 Blue Sq Premier Stevenage 4-1 BurtonApr 2008 Blue Sq Premier Burton 3-0 StevenageOct 2007 Blue Sq Premier Stevenage 3-3 BurtonFeb 2007 Conference Stevenage 2-1 BurtonNov 2006 Conference Burton 2-1 StevenageBurton at 10/11 with Star Sports doesn’t look the worse bet in the world to start the new week. Got a little lucky last night at the Aviva with the both teams to score bet !RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BURTON for 10 points at around 10/11 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 91.35 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img regions: New York City Staff from the Columbia Business School recently discussed a new study co-authored by professor of management Adam Galinsky, which examines how high pressure and power—particularly a lack thereof—can impact performance.Entitled “Power Affects Performance When the Pressure Is On: Evidence for Low-Power Threat and High-Power Lift,” the study, co-authored by University of Toronto’s Sonia K. Kang, Berkeley-Haas’ Laura J. Kray; and NYU Stern’s Aiwa Shirako, concludes how “feeling powerful can help people rise to the occasion [in high-pressure situations]. But when one lacks power, the same pressure leads people to stumble in their performance.” The article uses the hypothetical example of a junior executive with very little negotiating power attempting to snag a major potential client who probably has more offers on the table than it knows what to do with. In this situation the junior executive is at a significant disadvantage because of the supposed amount of leverage in favor of the hypothetical client. The research found in situations like this, which extend beyond traditional business realms, leads to worse outcomes.How can our junior executive flip the script in high pressure careers? Galinsky says, “Our research shows that building confidence by tapping into one’s values allows people to handle pressure even when they lack power, and as a result to perform well in high-pressure situations.”During a recent TEDx Talk entitled “How to Speak Up for Yourself,” Galinsky expanded on strategies to become “more confident and assertive without facing backlash when one lacks power,” including:Advocating for othersPracticing perspective-takingSignaling flexibilityGaining alliesDisplaying expertise and passion Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Columbia Breaks Down How To Get More Power In High Pressure Situationscenter_img RelatedWhat Does Secrecy Do To You, Columbia Asks?Columbia Business School recently looked into new research co-authored by assistant professor of management Michael Slepian that “uncovers the physical and psychological consequences” of secrecy and the “effects that withholding information in social interactions have on secret keepers.” Entitled “The Experience of Secrecy,” the study, which uncovered the 38 most common secrets…May 12, 2017In “Featured Region”News Roundup: UVA Darden Ranks First in Student Satisfaction, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including UVA teachers earning high honors. Accolades: Students Rate UVA Darden No. 1 for Inspiring, Supportive Professors- UVA Today UVA’s Darden School of Business has received top overall ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek in teaching. The publication surveyed…July 12, 2019In “Bloomberg”Judge Business School Research Shows How Shame Can Promote ProductivityShame, according to the famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, is a “soul-eating emotion” – and because some mistakes at work are inevitable, such soul-destroying shame is a common workplace occurrence. Yet newly-published research co-authored by Andreas Richter, University Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Cambridge Judge Business School, concludes that managers…January 23, 2015In “Featured Home” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more

first_img5 Questions with the Director of Admissions at Illinois Gies College of Business Last Updated Mar 12, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Jennifer Larson, the University of Illinois Director of Recruiting and Admissions of Graduate Programs at the Gies College of Business. Larson talks about the future career of a Gies MBA grad, the hands-on nature of the MBA program, and the many financial aid opportunities for students.1. What are Gies’ strongest industries and how does the school support students in those industries?“Our recent graduates have worked for major corporations like Amazon, AT&T, Google, and Bank of America in a number of functional areas, including Consulting, Finance/Accounting, General Management, Information Technology, and Marketing.Gies Business Career Services boasts a diverse employer base of Fortune 500 companies and other regional organizations across multiple industry sectors including, but not limited to, manufacturing, financial services, consumer products, and consulting. Almost 25 percent of the F500 and more than 40 percent of the F100 recruit from Gies College of Business.Our students actively engage with global, national and regional employers on-campus and at major MBA consortium events. Illinois founded and participates with nine other Top 50 MBA programs in the Midwest MBA Career Fair, one of the largest regional MBA career fairs. We offer alumni connections built through the Illinois Business Mentor Program and the Illinois MBA Alumni Association, bringing students and alumni together for an exchange of information on education, professionalism, aspirations, and ideas.Our MBA students network and engage with alumni and employers for information sessions, workshops, networking events, career connections, and interview preparation. Illinois MBA alumni are counted among those who hold C-suite roles in manufacturing, consulting, financial services, and healthcare in both the public and private sectors.We hear four predominant reasons why students pursue an MBA:to build and expand their professional network,to increase salary/earnings potential,to create greater future job optionality,to accelerate or change career paths.Whatever the reason, Gies Business Career Services is an invaluable resource for our students from day one.Career Services provides an integrated suite of career development, coaching, and alumni and employer resources that enable us to assist MBA students in achieving career success. This starts with pre-program groundwork.Career Management Foundations is the eLearning portal to MBA Career Management in Gies College of Business. This launches your job search the summer before the MBA program commences. You will have the chance to engage in five distinctive career modules that expose you to career planning and active career management processes. These help our students define their goals and develop tools that will enable their professional advancement. Each module contains topic related information, videos, articles, assessments, and key deliverables.We also provide customized career coaching and consultation for MBA students so they are fully prepared for the job search with a focus on building life-long job seeking skills that will help the student through each career transition. Combine that with being ranked #3 in ROI (BusinessWeek) and being a Top 25 U.S. Business School (Financial Times), there is no question that an MBA from Gies College of Business at Illinois delivers max value during and after your time in the MBA program.”2. Can you identify the ideal Gies candidate? Characteristics you look for?“At Illinois, we don’t look for students who want to sit in a classroom for two years. We admit students who are passionate about applying the concepts learned in the classroom, actively participate in and outside of the classroom, and are team oriented. We look beyond test scores. We value candidates who bring a strong sense of community, possess a good understanding of the importance of career outcomes, and can demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. We appreciate and welcome diverse personal and professional backgrounds beyond business.”“, “At Illinois, we don’t look for students who want to sit in a classroom for two years. We admit students who are passionate about applying the concepts learned in the classroom, actively participate in and outside of the classroom, and are team oriented,” Larson says.3. If there was one feature of the MBA program you could highlight, what would it be?“The MBA program at Gies College of Business is one of the most hands-on MBA programs in the country.Action Learning at Gies is more than a course or a program; it’s ingrained in our culture. Action Learning is integrated throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs. Because our students get hands-on experience during school, they graduate more prepared for the real-world, to add value from day one, and to succeed in their careers.Action Learning projects are a critical part of the students’ education. We work with clients who invest in developing our students. When a client is engaged and committed, students reciprocate with enthusiasm and dedication to the project. Through our Action Learning programs, students have a better story to tell recruiters, improve their ability to work as a team, and enhance their ability to solve complex problems.”4. What kinds of financial aid are available to MBA students?“All candidates admitted to the MBA program in Gies College of Business at Illinois are automatically considered for our merit-based Dean’s Scholarships with no separate scholarship application necessary. 85 percent of students admitted to the MBA program receive a scholarship offer from our diverse portfolio of awards. We also want our students back! The Illinois x 2 Scholarship offers a 50 percent tuition reduction for full-time MBA students who are University of Illinois alumni and meet the eligibility requirements. Find all the scholarships here.The MBA program at Gies is dedicated to training an inclusive cohort of future leaders in a diverse, global setting. In addition to our traditional merit-based scholarships, we allocate eight full-tuition scholarships annually, for graduates of historically black colleges and universities.  Along with submitting a standard MBA application, applicants for these eight scholarships must have a competitive GMAT score (or equivalent GRE), at least two years of work experience, and a minimum GPA of 3.5.Gies College of Business is committed to educating and directing talented women toward leadership roles in business. Gies College of Business is a Forté sponsor school dedicated to having a diverse group of Forté MBA Fellows, which is an honor given to select female MBA students at participating business schools. Both domestic and international women may be nominated as Fellows; each receives a generous scholarship from the MBA program at Gies College of Business.”5. What underrated area/activity in Champaign – Urbana should every student do?“Champaign-Urbana has a robust arts, culture, and music scene. Here, urban engages rural for an unparalleled ‘college-town’ experience that offers access to several renowned museums, and a thriving arts and culture community. In large part because of the University of Illinois’ diverse population, C-U has a strong foodie scene with a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines from all over the world. According to readers of Midwest Living magazine, the metro area of Champaign-Urbana is the best midwest food town.For those interested in learning more about the full-time MBA program at Illinois Gies College of Business, head over to the school’s official website.center_img regions: Chicago RelatedTackling Unemployment Insurance with Google, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. What Google Is Teaching Economists About Unemployment Insurance – Kellogg Insight For decades, policymakers have debated whether unemployment insurance provides a critical safety net during tough times or whether it extends joblessness by…January 24, 2019In “Chicago”Finding A Real Estate Career with a Chicago MBAThe number of MBAs who pursue a real estate career may not be as large as those in finance or consulting, but even still, some of the most prestigious business schools in the Chicago metro offer MBA programs that specialize in the field. An MBA in real estate can take…July 2, 2018In “Chicago”MBA Updates – New B-School Offerings Arrive as Some Programs are Put on HiatusBusiness schools are regularly updating their program options. You might not even realize it, but MBA programs are being added, removed, and modified to make way for the new and to get rid of the old. Moving forward, we at MetroMBA will help you keep track of the latest MBA…July 23, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US A federal judge in Virginia issued a temporary restraining order that for one week will block green card holders arriving at Dulles International Airport from being removed from the country.The order, issued Saturday by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, also says that anyone detained at the airport should have access to a lawyer.The motion was filed by the Legal Aid Justice Center on behalf of more than 50 permanent residents detained at Dulles on Saturday.The order came shortly after a judge in New York granted a temporary stay preventing refugees entering the United States from being deported.President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and blocking entry by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. Va. Judge Blocks Order to Detain Green Card Holders By The Associated Press January 29, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2017 Show Discussioncenter_img Share Share this article (Google Maps) last_img read more

first_img Share US ATLANTA – Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.Chantek, who was taught by a trainer who raised him like her own child, was being treated for heart disease, the zoo said in a statement. A necropsy will determine the cause of death.“Chantek will be deeply missed by his family here at Zoo Atlanta. He had such a unique and engaging personality and special ways of relating to and communicating with those who knew him best,” said Hayley Murphy, vice president of the zoo’s animal divisions.Chantek, one of the oldest male orangutans in North American zoos, was born at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta. He was sent to live with anthropologist Lyn Miles at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for about nine years.Chantek learned to clean his room, make and use tools and could direct a driving route from the university to a Dairy Queen restaurant, according to a 2014 PBS documentary, “The Ape Who Went to College.” Chantek was among a handful of primates who could communicate using American Sign Language, along with Koko, a gorilla, and Washoe, a female chimpanzee.He was transferred to Zoo Atlanta in 1997 and frequently used sign language to communicate with keepers, the zoo said. But he was shy about signing with people he did not know and often used communication more typical of orangutans, such as vocalizations and hand gestures, it said.Zoo Atlanta began a medical regimen in 2016 to treat Chantek’s symptoms of heart disease. Cardiac disease is a leading cause of death among great apes such as orangutans in zoos.Chantek was put on a low-sodium diet, and he was the first awake orangutan to undergo a voluntary echocardiogram to examine his heart’s electrical rhythms.Both Bornean and Sumatran species of orangutans are listed as critically endangered in the wild. The two species are facing sharp drops in numbers because of habitat loss, timber cutting and human encroachment, the zoo said. Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img US Orangutan Chantek, ‘The Ape Who Went to College,’ Dies at 39 By Reuters August 8, 2017 Updated: August 8, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Zoo Atlanta photo shows Chantek the orangutan after the passing of the male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, in this photo released on social media in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., August 7, 2017. (Courtesy Zoo Atlanta/Handout via REUTERS) last_img read more

first_imgThe shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean.U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling resort. CNN reported all the performers were safe.Lombardo said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed. The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on June 15, 2004. (REUTERS/Ethan Miller/File Photo)Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identity of the suspect.A witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.“The shots just kept coming,” she said. “Everyone was telling us ‘run, run as fast as you can’.”The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels. Las Vegas Metro Police officers gather near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. early October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve MarcusThe Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting. Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.The United States has seen a series of deadly mass shootings in recent years. Prior to Orlando, the deadliest occurred in April 2007 when a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University and in December 2012 a man killed 26 young children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Police officers stop a man who drove down Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave, which had been closed after a mass shooting at a country music festival that left at least 2 people dead nearby on Oct. 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The man was released. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Some of the people attending the concert stayed behind to help the injured, Fox News reported.“Everybody I saw breathing, I helped,” a concertgoer told Fox News.The music stopped temporarily and restarted again, before another round of pops was heard, according to Kodiak Yazzi, 36. As the crowd began to flee, Yazzi took cover and saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay Casino tower.The entire area is on lockdown by police. All clubs and casinos have been shut down. Share A gunman fired from the 32nd floor of a hotel tower at an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 people and wounding over 400 in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, ABC News Reported.The shooter has been identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He was killed when police swarmed Mandalay Bay Hotel.Police have also apprehended Marilou Danley, a companion of Paddock who is not believed to be an accomplice in the shooting.The Las Vegas massacre death toll eclipsed the Orlando nightclub attack in 2016, which was, until now, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.“We have no idea what his belief system was,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”Police were also searching for two cars that belonged to the suspect. He said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false. Video taken of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs, and shopping are a major draw for some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. Las Vegas Metro Police and medical workers stage in the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard South after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Oct. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus)Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, said he was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.“It was crazy—I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks, after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.Police warned the death toll may rise.“I don’t want to give you an accurate number because I don’t have it yet,” Lombardo said.At least one police officer was hospitalized with critical injuries, Lombardo said. A spokeswoman for the University Medical Center said that the hospital was taking in injured people.A concertgoer named Zack told Fox News that he saw his sister get shot in the head.“Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god,” country singer Jack Owen wrote on Twitter. “Love you guys. Love you Pearl.” A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer stands in the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers run down Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) An injured person is tended to in the intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, killing over 20 people. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot dead. The investigation is ongoing. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. (David Becker/Getty Images) People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gunfire was heard in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images) People flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images) A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)Reuters contributed to this report.From Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov At Least 50 Dead, 400 Injured in Mass Shooting in Las Vegas By Ivan Pentchoukov October 2, 2017 Updated: October 2, 2017 US News center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   People carry a person at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a man opened fire on a crowd from the 32nd floor in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img Recovered Video Brings New Charges in Tim Piazza’s Penn State Fraternity Hazing Death By Chris Jasurek November 13, 2017 Updated: November 13, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The Penn State Beta Theta Pi fraternity house where Tim Piazza died. ( Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Share US News New charges have been filed in the hazing death of Penn State fraternity hopeful Tim Piazza.After viewing a video showing Beta Theta Pi frat bothers feeding the 19-year-old pledge 18 alcoholic drinks in ninety minutes, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced that 12 more people would be charged with hazing, manslaughter, or both, bringing the total charged in the Feb. 4 death of young Piazza.Five of those charged are facing both involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum punishment of 2 1/2 to 5 years, and aggravated assault, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 to 20 years, CNN reports.Other charges include hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.The footage was recovered from a security camera in the frat house. One of the brothers, 20-year-old Braxton Becker, had deliberately deleted the video while police were at the scene investigating what had happened to Piazza. “We know exactly what time it was deleted,” DA Parks-Miller told reporters at a news conference, according to “It was while police were in the house.”Becker was charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing administration of law, and hindering apprehension, according to ABC News.Tim Piazza, a high-school football star with what was starting out to be a promising future, pledged to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was put through grueling and humiliating initiation rituals, including being ordered to consume a dangerous amount of alcohol.Piazza, trying to find his way out of the frat house, ended up falling down a flight of basement stairs. Fraternity members didn’t call paramedics for several hours, while Piazza bled internally from a lacerated spleen. He died of multiple traumatic brain injuries, according to The Atlantic.A forensic pathologist calculated Piazza had a blood alcohol content between .26 and .36 percent at one point during the night—an amount which is potentially life-threatening. In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces findings an investigation into the death of Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right, as his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, second and third from left, stand nearby during a news conference in Bellefonte, Pa. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)/Centre Daily Times via AP)At a press conference on Nov. 13, Tim’s father, James Piazza, thanked DA Parks Miller and the State College police for their continued pursuit of the investigation.“Tim was a happy and caring human being and a wonderful son who just wanted to join an organization to find friendships and camaraderie,” James Piazza told NBC News, “Instead he was killed at the hands of those he was seeking friendship from.”“Hazing is illegal and justice needs to be served,” Piazza added. “It’s time to man up, fellas, and be held accountable for your actions.”“There needs to be a deterrent because we lost our son, and it can happen to anybody,” mother Evelyn Piazza told NBC News.At a hearing in September, a judge threw out charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault against eight of the 18 Fraternity members who had been charged at that time. All charges were dropped against four of the 18 at the time, according to NBC News. At the time, only misdemeanor charges were filed against the 14 who were still under indictment. A bicyclist rides past Pennsylvania State University’s shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in State College, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)FBI analysts were finally able to recover the footage from the hard drive on which it had been stored, Parks Miller said.The video shows fraternity members participating in an initiation ritual known as The Gauntlet, including a beer pong station where Piazza was handed beer after beer to shotgun with other members of his pledge class.“Every drink consumed was provided to him by a fraternity brother,” Parks Miller said. “Based on the video, Tim Piazza was furnished with at least 18 drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes.”Jim Piazza told ABC News, “I’m glad that the basement video was recovered and we finally know what went on down there.”Jim and Evelyn Piazza appeared on an NBC Today Show forum to discuss hazing with Representatives Patrick Meehan and Marcia Fudge, co-sponsors of the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act, a bipartisan bill which would require hazing to be reported on a university’s annual crime report.The University of Maine conducted the National Study on Hazing in 2008. The study found that 55% of students experienced some form of hazing, yet 95% never reported hazing to school officials or authorities.From last_img read more

first_img Show Discussion A big rig drove off the overpass on Highway 59 in Sugar Land, Texas—near Houston—on Thursday, Jan. 11, ABC13 reported.Emergency crews are on the scene of the accident near University Boulevard and Highway 59, the report stated. US News Recommended Video:Kayaker Rescues Iguana Swimming Miles From Shore Terrible scene at 59/University @SugarLandtxgov after #Bigrig falls from overpass onto car below @abc13houston #ABC13— Christine Dobbyn (@ChristineDobbyn) January 11, 2018 Big Rig Drives Off Highway Near Houston, Flips Over on Car By Jack Phillips January 11, 2018 Updated: January 11, 2018 Share this article Photos posted online show the truck flipped over near the overpass on Thursday afternoon.Officials told the ABC affiliate that the accident first involved three vehicles. The truck then drove off the overpass, crushing another car, and the debris from the impact hit a fifth vehicle. Big rig drives off overpass on Hwy 59 in Sugar Land, landing on vehicle below:— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 11, 2018center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The driver of the vehicle crushed by the truck was able to crawl out of the wreckage. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated. Share Major accident US 59 SB feeder road @ University Blvd. Traffic at the intersection is being diverted with significant delays. The main lanes of US 59 near University Blvd are open but slow due to the accident as well.— City of Sugar Land (@SugarLandtxgov) January 11, 2018  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video An Eyewitness News viewer sent us a photo of the big rig crash as they were driving by in Sugar Land. @ElissaRivas13 and @MarlaABC13 are on the way to the scene to bring you updates.— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 11, 2018 A stock photo shows police tape (Scott Olson/Getty Images) last_img read more