SF Mission YIMBY movement wants to speed up affordable housing

first_imgSteven Buss is a self-described “gentrifier,” and he’s on a mission to soothe his conscience. “Look, I am a gentrifier. I’m not going to pretend to be something I’m not. I’m white, I’m relatively wealthy, I work in tech,” he said. “I know my presence in the neighborhood exacerbates gentrification, which is also why I want to help mitigate it.” Buss is the founder of Mission YIMBY, a nascent offshoot of the fast-growing YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) movement that argues that San Francisco’s displacement problem is fueled by a lack of housing — market-rate housing, affordable housing, all of it. So, just build more housing, they say. Buss and Mission YIMBY, on the other hand, call for something slightly different: more affordable housing in the Mission, and much more market-rate housing everywhere else. He sees opportunity for market-rate housing in neighborhoods like Noe Valley that, Buss asserts, have historically limited higher-density developments by zoning its land for single-family homes. “The Mission is already doing its part — it’s doing more than its part — but what I really care about is forcing the other neighborhoods to build more,” he said, sipping a beer at El Rio last week, where he and some 15 other like-minded YIMBYs, most from the tech industry, were holding a Friendsgiving. Buss moved to San Francisco to work for Google in February 2016. He initially moved into a friend’s house in Bernal Heights because he couldn’t find an affordable place in the city. He was naturally drawn to the YIMBY movement and its promises that more housing supply, via market forces, will bring more affordability to the Bay Area. Yet, somewhere along the line, Buss had an epiphany. “I realized there are actually people the market will never serve,” he said. “It’s totally true that the Mission has faced a lot of displacement and gentrification, and those are objectively bad things,” he added. “And so I wanted to start Mission YIMBY to make sure that existing voices in the Mission are represented in YIMBY.” So far, Buss’s efforts to work with Mission activists have been touch-and-go. He’s attended several meetings of the activist group United To Save the Mission, but quickly became frustrated. “There was a lot of anger about changes in the neighborhood, and I wanted to be a voice of YIMBY saying we agree with you — we want more affordable housing,” he said. “But the things they settled on were protesting a wine bar, protesting the red lanes on Mission Street.” “None of that actually helps stop displacement,” he said. Going around the table at the YIMBY Thanksgiving, a common theme emerged: many there had recently moved into the neighborhood to work in tech, but felt guilty for their part in changing the neighborhood. “They think there’s no place to build or they blame themselves that they, as tech employees, have ruined the city,” Amrit Pal, who works at the electronic payment startup Square, said at the party. “There’s a lot of guilt in the tech community about this.”Tom Hirschfeld, who works at a large startup, moved to the city in 2014 and joined YIMBY after housing policy discussions in comments sections and on Twitter weren’t enough. He was also troubled by his newcomer lifestyle compared to that of long-time residents. “If me as an engineer at a tech company is struggling to pay rent and secure a financial future here, then people who are less well off than me are, by definition, struggling harder than I am — and that is an issue,” he said. Hirschfeld believes there are two communities the Mission: people like him who are “wealthier and whiter,” work in tech, and have moved to the neighborhood in the last ten years; and longer-time residents. The groups, Hirschfeld has noticed, only interact at places like taquerias and laundromats. “So what I would like to do as an organizer is bridge the gaps between the underserved communities in the Mission, who have serious concerns with gentrification and their changing role in the community,” he said. But, like Buss, Hirschfeld’s efforts to bring long-term residents into the YIMBY fold have so far come up short. He’s volunteered at Mission Graduates, which for him was personally “eye-opening,” but failed to bring in any new members. He’s also attended community meetings focused on the 2000-2070 Bryant Street project’s affordable component, but he left frustrated by the “five- or six-year” completion timeline.  YIMBY Action, in fact, recently sponsored a ballot measure that would streamline affordable housing projects if they have the proper zoning — a measure many of the YIMBYs I spoke to were poised to canvas for. Scott Feeney, a tech worker who moved to San Francisco in 2014, was so “depressed” by the housing situation he considered washing his hands of San Francisco entirely. But he found the YIMBY movement and felt empowered.  Asked about the notion of guilt among Mission YIMBYs, Feeney said, “I don’t think anyone should feel guilty for to moving to place with good jobs. … [But] I think there’s a recognition that we need to be sensitive because there’s a difference in privilege — and not come in and say, ‘I want to make Mission in my own vision.’” 0%center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • gentrification • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SF City Attorney sues couple for turning home into illegal hotel

first_imgSan Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is using a gunfight that surprised a sleepy street in Bernal Heights last October as part of his salvo against property owners who illegally rent out their homes on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb.On Wednesday, Herrera announced that his office had filed a lawsuit against the couple that own 212 Banks St., which on October 14 became the site of a party-turned-gun battle. There were no fatalities and only one injury that night, but the hail of bullets sprayed parked cars with bullets and sent partiers fleeing.According to the lawsuit, Erik Rogers and Anshu Singh rented their home out to tourists for most nights between June 2016 and October 2017, sometimes for as much as $800 a night. Meanwhile, they lived in Bali, Indonesia.“In the middle of a housing crisis, you have a couple who aren’t even living in the country turning a house into an illegal hotel for tourists and partiers. This could have been a home that kept one more family in San Francisco. Instead, it brought a deluge of gunfire to a quiet neighborhood. We are changing that,” Herrera said in a press release. San Francisco prohibits owners from leasing their property for less than 30 days. Owners are allowed to apply for a permit to rent their homes for brief periods of time, but they must reside in the property for 275 nights of the year.In November 2016, Rogers applied with the Office of Short Term Rentals for a permit but was denied on the basis that it was not his primary residence, according to the lawsuit.That did not stop Rogers. This is the second lawsuit this month in which Herrera targets San Francisco those flouting the city’s restrictions on short-term rentals. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address 0% Tags: Airbnb • dennis herrera • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Fire clears 14unit building at 19th and Mission

first_img Email Address By around 3:30 p.m. the fire was extinguished, even before firefighters arrived. No damage was reported. A fire broke out Mission Street near 19th around 3:10 p.m. Friday, evacuating tenants of the 14-unit building.No injuries were reported and firefighters on scene said that the small blaze was caused by welders doing their work too close to wood.Witnesses said that just after 3 p.m. they saw thick smoke billowing from the building.“I was going in and saw the smoke coming in,” said Elizabeth, a tenant of the building. She said she heard no alarm and had to notify her neighbors.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img

Luke Thompson Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival me

first_imgLuke Thompson, Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival met up with the rest of the squad in Manchester on Friday.And judging on the pictures below the Saints boys look sharp!England play four Tests this autumn; France at Leigh Sports Village on October 17, before a three-Test series against New Zealand at the KCOM Stadium in Hull (October 27), Anfield in Liverpool (November 4) and Elland Road in Leeds (November 11).last_img

Columbus Co student arrested for weapons threats at school

first_imgLAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — An East Columbus High School student was arrested Thursday after authorities said she brought two weapons to school after threatening other students.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said at about 1 p.m. school authorities were notified that a female student, 14, was possibly in possession of a homemade incendiary device and a weapon.- Advertisement – A school resource officer found the homemade incendiary device on the East Columbus campus on Gator Lane in Lake Waccamaw.The student was located with a large steak knife in her possession. Authorities seized both items.The sheriff’s office said during the investigation, they discovered that the teenager threatened to harm two East Columbus students. They said she had both weapons in her possession with the intent of carrying out the threats while she was at school Thursday.Related Article: Southport to update public on police department probe next weekThe teenage student was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction on educational property and more charges are expected, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

New Hanover County man reported missing

first_img Watts is described as a white male with a slender build. He is 6’ 01” tall and weighs 170-180 pounds. He has brown eyes, short brown/grey hair and has a beard.The sheriff’s office says Watts has a scar on the back of his head and a tattoo of dog tags on his right side.If you know where he may be, call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4191. Steve Watts (Photo source: New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who has been missing for more than two weeks.Stephen Ryan Watts, 44, was last seen on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 5110 S. College Road. He was wearing a grey shirt, dark shorts and tennis shoes.- Advertisement – last_img

Royal Wedding cake baker to be a part of Azalea Festivals Chefs

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A baker who created a royal wedding cake is coming from across the pond to be a part of this year’s Azalea Festival events.The North Carolina Azalea Festival will be hosting a public meet and greet with Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery from London. Claire is the baker made famous for baking the royal wedding cake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.- Advertisement – Ptak created a bespoke cake installation for the couple using vanilla sponge, Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower Swiss meringue buttercream using Sandringham Estate’s elderflower cordial for the royal wedding.Price Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake in 2018. (Photo: Kensington Palace)The meet and greet will take place on Friday, January 18 from 3-5 pm at One Belle Bakery, 1616 Shipyard Blvd in Wilmington.The meet and greet is free and open to the public. Guests will be able to meet Claire and take photos and get autographs. Guests will also be able to purchase inspired treats made by One Belle Bakery, with opportunities to meet the owner and lead baker at One Belle, Anna Echols.Related Article: Local fans meet royal wedding cake bakerPtak will be featured in North Carolina Azalea Festival’s 2nd annual Chefs’ Showcase, happening Saturday, January 19 at the Hotel Ballast from 1 – 4:30 pm.The Chefs’ Showcase was a new event to the Festival in 2018.The afternoon culinary adventure is a seated, 5-course meal with wine pairings, light entertainment, and high-end silent auction items. Notable chefs from our region (and beyond) work together to prepare the dishes.2019 Chefs’ Showcase Chefs:Baker Claire Ptak – Violet Bakery from LondonChef Steve Foote – LM Restaurants Corporate ChefChef William “Kelly” Robey – Hotel BallastChef James Patterson – Sedgefield Country ClubChef Matthew Register – Southern Smoke BBQWith Special guest Anna Echols of One Belle BakeryTickets to the Chefs’ Showcase are still available for sale for $75 at the Azalea Festival Ticket Office or online. This event sold out last year.Get tickets herelast_img read more

Pope to host South Sudans divided leaders in peace retreat next week

first_imgPope Francis waves to crowds in St. Peter’s square during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Yara NardiPope Francis waves to crowds in St. Peter’s square during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Pope Francis will host the divided leaders of South Sudan at the Vatican next week to help them solidify a faltering peace agreement ending the civil war in the world’s youngest country.The meeting, which a Vatican statement on Wednesday called a “spiritual retreat”, could increase the chances of a visit by the pope to the South Sudanese capital, Juba.The leaders will include President Salva Kiir, First Vice President and former rebel leader Riek Machar and the other four vice presidents and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, told reporters.“We know the pope wants to go there and we know that the situation has improved a little, especially after the agreement was signed, and also because of the good will of the people who are involved the situation,” Parolin said.Oil-producing South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a dispute between Kiir and Machar — who was vice president then — sparked fighting, often along ethnic lines.In September the two sides signed a power-sharing deal calling on the main rival factions to assemble, screen and train their respective forces and unify them into a national army before the formation of a unity government next month.That has not happened. The government, which has faced frequent international criticism over corruption and rights abuses, blames a lack of funding from donors.“It will be a moment of spirituality and above all, it will help make them aware of the responsibility that politicians and authorities have,” Parolin said on the sidelines of a conference on religious freedom at the U.S. embassy to the Vatican.All six of the leaders are Christian, as is more than half the population of South Sudan. Sudan is predominantly Muslim.About 400,000 people have been killed and more than a third of the country’s 12 million people uprooted by the civil war – a conflict punctuated by multiple rounds of mediation followed by renewed bloodshed.The conflict sparked Africa’s worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide and plunged parts of the country into famine. More than 875,000 refugees have fled into neighbouring Uganda since the war broke out.Parolin said the pope, who met Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, would attend at least part of the retreat. Last month, the Vatican said the pope had asked aides to resume planning for a visit that was scrapped in 2017 because of security concerns.A Church source said the retreat would be held on April 10-11.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Well be celebrating victory soon – Sudanese community leader

first_img Sudanese demonstrators attend Friday prayers as they protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, near Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer 1 of 21 Sudanese demonstrators gather to protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS A Sudanese demonstrator celebrates after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrator walks between the military during celebrations after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer A Sudanese military officer and demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer ResignationsDespite the optimism of change for Sudan, there have been some early resignations from the transitional military council.The first to put forward his resignation was the current military chief Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, who led Bashir’s ousting. Only 48 hours had past since the military coup took control, according to African media outlets. Awad was originally named defence minister in Bashir’s cabinet following a reshuffle in February. He was expected to lead the transitional council to civilian elections.Lieutenant General Abdel-Fatah al-Burhan Abdel-Rahman, Bashir’s Chief of Staff on ground forces was named as his replacement.A further resignation has come from Salih Ghosh, Sudan’s head of National Intelligence and Security Service. Ghosh is understood to have been instrumental in deploying NISS agents in the crackdown on protestors across the last four months. Countless demonstrators, activitists and journalists have been killed, wounded in detained in that time. Ghosh is also understood to have played a part in the 1989 coup that led to Bashir’s accension to power.The new council leader has accepted his resignation.WhatsApp Sudanese demonstrators protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, near Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrators sleep after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer A Sudanese demonstrator wears a national flag as he arrives to protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese military join demonstrators to celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringercenter_img Sudanese demonstrators pose for a photograph to celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A Sudanese demonstrator waves a national flag as he arrives to protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS Sudanese military officer joins demonstrators as they celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer A Sudanese demonstrator uses a traditional drum to celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer FILE PHOTO: People are seen in the streets after televised statement by Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf in Khartoum, Sudan April 11. 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Noon Gailoub/via REUTERS A Sudanese demonstrator waves a national flag as he arrives to protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERSA Sudanese demonstrator waves a national flag as he arrives to protest against the army’s announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 12, 2019. REUTERS In the wake of recent political upheaval in Sudan, Malta’s Sudanese community is cautiously optimistic about the future.Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, the leader of the Sudanese community in Malta Mohamed Ibrahim, said that ‘soon they will be celebrating their victory.’His optimism comes as the country’s long standing leader President Omar Al-Bashir was toppled after almost 30 years controlling Sudan and later North Sudan.  The move follows months of protests in the capital Khartoum in which students and locals have taken to the streets objecting to the government’s planned price increases in food and fuel.This came to a head on Thursday when a military coup led by the Sudan’s Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, overthrew and detained Bashir on Thursday and replaced him the following day with a transitional military council.In addition to calling for a transitional period for democratic elections, the council also announced that instead of sending Bashir to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, it would try Bashir in Sudan.Quoting a police spokesperson Reuters reports that around 16 people had been killed and a further 20 were injured by gunfire at protests on both Thursday and Friday. Government buildings and private citizens property were also damaged in the protests.300,000 or 10,000?In the past three decades, Bashir had been accused of committing an array of human rights abuses against the country’s people.The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest back in 2009 and 2010 when it charged Al-Bashir with committing crimes against humanity and genocide. The UN had estimated that the Darfur conflict 300,000 people were killed and nearly 3 million have been displaced because of it.  This is compared to the fraction the Sudanese government put forward (10,000).The ICC prosecutor said that Mr Al-Bashir, ‘masterminded and implemented a plan to destroy in substantial part’ the killing of three ethnic tribes in the region.‘Our dignity has been brushed [aside by] this government. We have been killed and separated from our families, forced to flee around the world. Sudan is a rich country but we had become the poorest people forced to become beggars standing in rows in refugee camps waiting for assistance from locals and international organisations,’ Ibrahim says.Scenes from Al Fashir, Sudan Credit: Saddam Salih‘He needs to go’Mr Ibrahim explained to Newsbook.com.mt in December last year, that the protests against Bashir were a regular occurrence.They were aimed at ousting him and readdressing the inequality and lack of access to food, water and transportation. Although he and others left Sudan, nothing has changed, things have only gotten worse.Malta’s Sudanese community calling for their nation’s leader to go‘Those who are supporting the government, they don’t have any problems and they don’t feel the same equality others are facing in their lives. It’s been happening time and again. We have no solution so we should throw him out,’ he told Newsbook.com.mt in December last year.’To raise awareness of the situation happening in Khartoum, the Sudanese Community organised a demonstration in Valletta as part of the growing solidarity in world capitals.‘That’s the least we can do here.’ Sudanese military officers and a demonstrator pose for a photograph in celebration after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer A Sudanese military officer and a demonstrator celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer SharePrint A Sudanese military officer and demonstrators gesture in celebration after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringerlast_img read more

Blow to Turkeys Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

first_imgSupporters attend a rally of Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), in Beylikduzu district, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal AslanSupporters attend a rally of Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), in Beylikduzu district, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan Turkey’s main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul’s re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country’s largest city.Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said.The election was Istanbul’s second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks’ ability to check what many saw as their president’s increasingly authoritarian power.“Today, 16 million Istanbul residents have renewed our faith in democracy and refreshed our trust in justice,” Imamoglu told supporters.His AKP opponent, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, congratulated him and wished him “all the luck” in serving Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial hub. Erdogan also tweeted his congratulations to the CHP candidate.Imamoglu had won the original mayoral election on March 31 by a narrow margin, which prompted the Islamist-rooted AKP to demand a re-run, citing what it said were voting irregularities.The High Election Board’s decision to grant that request drew sharp criticism from Turkey’s Western allies and from Erdogan’s opponents at home, stirring concerns about the rule of law and raising the stakes for the re-run.Broadcasters put the CHP’s lead on Sunday at about 800,000 votes, eclipsing the roughly 13,000-vote margin in March.The election board said it would announce the election results as soon as possible.“While March 31 was a mayoral election, this re-run was one to put an end to the dictatorship,” said Gulcan Demirkaya, 48, from the city’s AKP-leaning Kagithane district.“God willing, I would like to see (Imamoglu) as the president in five years’ time,” she said. “The one-man rule should come to an end. For the first time in a long time, I am very happy and proud for my country.”JUSTICE AND LOVEImamoglu, a former businessman and district mayor who waged an inclusive campaign and avoided criticising Erdogan, said he was ready to work with the AKP to tackle Istanbul’s problems, including its transport gridlock and the needs of its Syrian refugees.“In this new page in Istanbul, there will from now on be justice, equality, love, tolerance; while misspending (of public funds), pomp, arrogance and the alienation of the other will end,” he said.The handover of power in the mayor’s office could shed further light on what Imamoglu said was the misspending of billions of lira at the Istanbul municipality, which has a budget of around $4 billion.Erdogan himself served as Istanbul’s mayor in the 1990s before he embarked on a national political career, dominating Turkish politics first as prime minister, then as president. He presided over years of strong economic growth. But critics say he has become increasingly autocratic and intolerant of dissent.The second defeat in Istanbul marked a major embarrassment for the president and could also weaken what until recently seemed to be his iron grip on power. He had campaigned hard and targeted Imamoglu directly with accusations of lying and cheating.“This is definitely going to have an impact on the future of Turkish politics given the margin of victory. It’s an alarming sign for the AKP establishment,” said Sinan Ulgen, visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels and a former Turkish diplomat.Analysts say the loss could set off a Cabinet reshuffle in Ankara and adjustments to foreign policy. It could even trigger a national election earlier than 2023 as scheduled, although the leader of the AKP’s nationalist ally played down that prospect.“Turkey should now return to its real agenda, the election process should close,” MHP party leader Devlet Bahceli said. “Talking of an early election would be among the worst things that can be done to our country.”Turkey’s economy is in recession and the United States, its NATO ally, has threatened sanctions if Erdogan goes ahead with plans to install Russian missile defences.The uncertainty over the fate of Istanbul and potential delays in broader economic reforms have kept financial markets on edge.Turkey’s lira currency tumbled after the decision to annul the March vote and is down nearly 10% this year in part on election jitters. It edged higher on Sunday night.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Registration For Google IO Is Open But Not For Long

first_imgImage Credit: Google Advertisement Registration is now open for Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference, and it will rap up Thursday evening.The conference — which generally focuses on Android, Chrome, search and some of Google’s more far-reaching research projects – is scheduled for May 28-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.Drawing thousands of developers from around the globe, Google I/O is focused on helping people build mobile, web and enterprise applications. – Advertisement – Registration opened yesterday and will remain open until Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.General admission tickets for the event are $900 each, but $300 for full-time students, professors, faculty and staff at academic institutions.Registering doesn’t mean you automatically will be able to attend the conference. Google noted on its website that it will randomly select people from all of the qualified applicants once the registration window is closed. Those chosen to attend will be notified by email.Last year, Google I/O focused on Android, wearables like its smartwatches, and Google TV. However, there was a definite lack of focus on Google Glass, as well as on the bevy of robotics companies Google had just acquired.Speculation about what the company will focus on this year has just begun.Credits: Computer Worldlast_img read more

Apples own code suggests the iPhone 7 will lose the headphone jack

first_imgAdvertisement Rumours of the iPhone 7 dropping the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack have been growing over recent weeks – and the latest evidence that it could happen comes from Apple’s own software code.The iOS 9.3 public beta 1.1 is currently underway for developers, and some have been searching through the source code to see what new features can be divined.A developer posted a string of code to Twitter that reads “Headphones.have.%sinput.NO“.Jesus H. Christ. pic.twitter.com/ybYFdOiR60— Cʜᴀsᴇ Fʀᴏᴍᴍ ™ (@uloshe) January 18, 2016 – Advertisement – That may well mean Apple is preparing itself for a future without the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone.This doesn’t mean for certain that the iPhone 7 will come without a headphone jack – there are already headphones on the market that use the Lightning port adapter, and this could be in reference to those.But those headphones work on software before iOS 9.3 and the update has only just come in now – so maybe this really is Apple preparing to ditch the 3.5mm jack.Earlier this month more than 200,000 people backed a petition asking Apple to keep the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 – and that was just in response to rumours, so imagine the uproar if Apple finally announces the update on stage later this year.[TechRadar]last_img read more

MTNs Gaggawala promo returns with over 40 kiosks UGX 480M in cash

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda has re-launched the second phase of MTN Gaggawala promotion with more cash and more life changing prizes. Over forty Mobile Money Kiosks are lined up to be with start-up capital worth over 480 million up for grabs for winners in the eight weeks promotion.MTN officials say the move aims at creating an enabling environment for ordinary people to start business and become SMEs. All they have to do is load airtime worth 10,000 shillings or more in a week (Monday to Sunday) to be entered into the weekly draw to win  a MTN Mobile Money kiosk and 2,500,000 shillings as start-up capital.MTN Uganda General Manager Financial Services, Phrase Lubega urged the public to participate in the life changing opportunity. – Advertisement – “The more a customer loads in a week, the more entries they will be entitled to and this will increase their chances of winning. Every 10,000 shillings worth of airtime loaded in a week is an entry in the draw. We shall have five winners, coming from each of the five regions and the campaign will run for 8 weeks.  A total of 40 kiosks will be given out each with a combined value of approximately 8,500,000 shillings including the MTN Mobile Money kiosk, the Agent Kit, Mobile Financial Services training, Point of Sale collateral, Gagawala merchandise and  other related materials to kick off their business”. Phrase added.Running concurrently with Gagawala is the MTN Cash box activations which will happen in the different regions during the course of the eight weeks. Three activations per region per week for eight week will see Cash box activations participants grab as much cash as they can within the cash box. For customers to participate in the cash box activation, they  will be required to load airtime of minimum 1000 shilling on the spot and have their numbers written down on a piece of paper and entered into a draw. Two lucky customers whose numbers are drawn will enter the cash box and exhibit their skills in grabbing money.The MTN Gagawala promotion was first launched last month and rewarded over 100 winners each winning one million shilling every day. The winners were drawn from across the country and all they had to do was load airtime worth 1000 shillings and enter daily draws.“We are very happy with the response our customers have shown towards the MTN Gagalawa promotion which is aimed at changing the lives of Ugandan by winning free cash from MTN. We believe one million is a good start to changing somebody’s life. The Gagawala two is even bigger and better with more cash and prizes which we are hopeful will change lives significantly” said Mapula Bodibe, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing OfficerMapula added that the promotion is part of MTN’s ways of bonding with its customers by creating an enabling environment for personal success.last_img read more

DEMO Africa Tour Dates Announced Kicks Off in Kampala on June 11th

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement DEMO Africa; a flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica has on Monday announced its Africa tour dates over the next month to select 30 African startups that will represent their countries in Morocco later in October. The 30 selected starts will launch their products to investors, technology buyers, mentors, government officials, to mention a few.Eleven (11) cities; Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi, Gaborone, Harare, Cairo, Tunis, Casablanca, Lagos, Accra, and Yaounde (in that order respectively) will be visited by Demo Africa representatives within the course of the month. The tour is set to kick off from Kampala, Uganda on June 11th, 2018.The Kampala event will be held at tech & incubation hub; Hive Colab starting at 02:00.p.m East African Time (EAT). – Advertisement – DEMO Africa is part of the global DEMO network which has over 25 years unmatched track record of selecting, coaching, promoting and helping commercialize top startups in the world. The flagship initiative has launched over 185 startups in the last 5 years raising over USD$54 million (roughly UGX204.5 billion) in investments and billingsLast year winners, saw Kenya take the spotlight with two (2) of its startups; Taz Technologies, and ZOA Tech Limited emerging among the five winners. The other three (3) winners were from Morocco (SOS Sante), Nigeria (Versecom), and South Africa (Rooster).Notably, Uganda has been represented for the past five events. Startups including; Sellio (2017), LipaMobile (2016), Roundbob (2015), Matibabu (2014), BrainShare, and M-Duka (2013).last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Celtic

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]A[/dropcap]n exciting night of Champions League action to look forward to with the eye-catcher from a domestic viewpoint definitely being Man City v Celtic at the Etihad.Certainly, a repetition of the 3-3 draw at Parkhead will make this an entertaining affair – although the fact that Man City can’t improve on their current second place in Group C and Celtic are already out of Europe throws a damp squib on the importance of the game and therefore a caution to punters.Pep Guardiola is certain to have his eyes on Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester and the City ship is somewhat rattled after their comprehensive home defeat to Chelsea at the weekend. In truth, tonight is a match that both teams can now probably do without.Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is being pragmatic: “We’re disappointed not to have brought it down to last game but I’m proud of the players and how they have taken on the challenge of such a difficult group.“Hopefully we’ve shown that we’ve improved as the games have gone on.“I don’t see it as an end, it’s another opportunity for us to learn and to take that experience into next season’s competition.”Both sides are likely to rotate heavily and the team news will clearly be significant. It will be interesting to see if Aguero starts. He faces a four-match domestic ban that will see him sidelined until 31 December but is not banned from European games.Man City v CelticUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 3 / BT Sport 3 HD / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2016 Champions League Celtic 3-3 Man CityGiven the circumstances of the game there could well be plenty of goal action again. I’m not sure we’ll get six goals but over 3.5 at around 5/4 with Star Sports has drawn me in.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 8 points at 5/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +37.83 pointslast_img read more

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Rice Teams Up on NextGeneration Planetarium

first_imgShare CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713)831-4793E-MAIL: unrau@rice.edu RICE TEAMS WITH HMNS, NASA ON NEXT-GENERATIONPLANETARIUM When visitors enter the redesignedBurke Baker Planetarium at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, they willexperience the result of a collaboration between the museum, Rice University andNASA aimed at bringing to life the most current knowledge and images of spaceavailable.The world’s first immersive, full-color planetarium, which willopen at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) on December 11, was madepossible in part by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grantadministered by Rice University.Rice’s contributions to the planetarium are two-fold: to supplyfunding for the new projection equipment, and to supply source material andgraphics for the new planetarium programs.Through the NASA funding, Rice supplied the planetarium’s fournew projectors, which create high-resolution, color, panoramic video, and sixcomputers, four of which drive the projectors. One of the computers is used forrendering images, and another manages the links between the computers and sourcematerial at Rice, NASA, on the Internet and elsewhere.Rice uses real-time data about earth and space gathered fromthe Internet and from NASA missions to create computer-generated images for usein planetarium programming. The most current images available will be fed to theplanetarium via a Rice server. “Rice is the interface between NASA and the museum,” saysPatricia Reiff, professor and chair of the Department of Space Physics andAstronomy at Rice and principal investigator of the grant project. “We take animage and put the audience in the middle of it.”Reiff leads the NASA-funded project of which the planetarium isa part, called “Museums Teaching Planet Earth,” a collaborative effort of Rice,the HMNS and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. The JohnsonSpace Center, the Department of Geography at the University of California atSanta Barbara and TERC, Inc., are providing content expertise, with projectionsystem expertise from Sky-Skan, Inc., and image display software production bySybil Media, Inc.“This represents the first of the next generation ofplanetariums,” Reiff says. “Rather than using one computer and oneblack-and-white display, this technology uses six computers and fourhigh-resolution color projectors driving the imagery.” New planetarium showswill envelop the visitors in a wrap-around panorama of earth and space images,some taken by astronauts or telescopes, others created with computergraphics.Some of the imagery will be taken from images that astronautshave taken and will be taking on future flights. In addition, the theater willfeature new video and still imagery from shuttle astronauts as they orbit Earthand assemble the International Space Station. “We are re-creating the astronaut experience for the public,” Reiff says.“The advantage of this new system,” she says, “is that anythingthat you can imagine or create on a computer, we can fly you through it. We arethe first university-museum team in the world to provide this. Unlike virtualreality displays, which only one person at a time can enjoy, the museum providesa venue for nearly 200 visitors to share the experience at once.”In addition to space and astronomy images, some of the futureimagery will include earth and space weather, volcanoes, fires, globaldeforestation and ocean surface temperature changes.The materials that Rice helps develop, along with newinteractive software for museum displays, will also go to other planetariumsaround the country, once they are established. The partnership is an outgrowth of an $850,000 “Creating thePublic Connection” NASA grant, administered by Rice, in which Rice and the HMNScollaborated to bring earth and space information to the public, the first suchreal-time museum display suite, now on display at a number of other museums andat many schools around the country.### AddThislast_img read more

Halas West honored for Best Discovery of 2003

first_imgBy varying the relative size of the glass core and the gold shell layer, researchers can “tune” nanoshells to respond to different wavelengths of light. Nanotechnology Now covers basics, news, and general information regarding nanotechnology, nanosciences, and molecular manufacturing, with reporting on disruptive technologies such as MEMS, NEMS, Nanoscale Materials, Molecular Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Nanomedicine, Nanoelectronics, Nanotubes, Self Assembly, and Molecular Biology. Invented by Halas in 1998, nanoshells are a new class of multi-layered nanoscale particle that have unique optical properties that are controlled by the thickness and composition of their constituent layers. In form, nanoshells resemble malted milk balls, but the coating is gold instead of chocolate, and the center is a sphere of glass. Just 100 nanometers in diameter, nanoshells are about 20 times smaller than a red blood cell. For more on the Nanotechnology Now “Best Discovery of 2003” award, see: http://nanotech-now.com/2003-Awards/Best-Discoveries-2003.htm ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduHALAS, WEST HONORED FOR “BEST DISCOVERY OF 2003” Rice University researchers honored by Web site Nanotechnology Now For biomedical applications, nanoshells can be designed and fabricated to specifically absorb near infrared light. A region of the spectrum just beyond the visible range, near infrared light is optimal for medical imaging and treatment because it passes harmlessly through soft tissue. “We read about and report on them every day, 365 days a year,” said Nanotechnology Now Editor Rocky Rawstern. “By interviewing and speaking with them, and covering their news, opinions, discoveries, triumphs and failures, we have come to appreciate a few above the rest. Selected from the whole, the ones we’ve chosen as the Best of 2003 represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of participants in the nanospace.”center_img Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, and West, associate professor of both bioengineering and chemical engineering, were honored for their groundbreaking work to develop a cancer therapy based upon metallic nanoshells. For the past six years, the team at Nanotechnology Now has tracked the thousands of Web sites, individuals, businesses, and government and educational institutions that exist in the nanospace. Unlike drug-based cancer therapies, the photothermal treatment of cancer relies on the basic physics of light. By shining near infrared light on gold nanoshells, researchers can generate enough heat to burst the wall of cells. The light itself is invisible and harmless, and because the heating is very localized, it only affects cells immediately adjacent to the nanoshells. Rice University engineering researchers Naomi Halas and Jennifer West have been awarded “Best Discovery of 2003” by Nanotechnology Now , the world’s leading nanotechnology news and information site. Clinical trials have yet to begin for a nanoshell-based cancer therapy, but Halas and West’s preliminary work on the therapy was recognized in July 2003 by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Breast Cancer Research Program. The program awarded Halas its Innovator Award, complete with a $3 million, four-year grant. AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute continues to rise in global rankings

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Baker Institute continues to rise in global rankingsHOUSTON – (Jan. 30, 2014) – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is ranked No. 11 among the top university-affiliated think tanks in the world — up from No. 13 in 2012 — according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2013 survey.The institute is also ranked No. 5 among the world’s energy and resource policy think tanks — up from No. 6 in 2012 — and No. 20 among the top think tanks in the United States — up from No. 21 in 2012.“Following the commemoration of the Baker Institute’s 20th anniversary in 2013, it is truly gratifying to see the work of our fellows, scholars and staff recognized by these rankings,” said Founding Director Ambassador Edward Djerejian. “The institute’s research programs and newly created centers have become increasingly influential, assisting policymakers and other stakeholders worldwide with timely and objective public policy analysis and recommendations.”The strong ranking of the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies (CES) reflects its commitment to provide comprehensive research that informs and guides U.S energy policy, said Kenneth Medlock, CES senior director and the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics. “We are expanding our multidisciplinary approach, working broadly with the talented Rice faculty as well as with other institutions.”The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s (TTCSP) Global Go To Think Tank Report has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journalists and policymakers as the foremost guide to the performance of thousands of domestic and international policy centers.“In a world filled with tweets and sound bites that are often superficial and politically charged, it is critical to know where to turn for sound policy proposals that address the complex issues that policymakers and the public face,” said James McGann, director of the TTCSP at the University of Pennsylvania. “This index is designed to help identify and recognize the leading centers of excellence in public policy research around the world.”The TTSCP report is compiled with assistance from 2,000 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments in the U.S. and around the globe.The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available on the Rice University campus. For more information or to schedule an interview with Djerejian or Medlock, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice University, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.-30-Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute is a premier nonpartisan think tank that conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues, with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Expert No single onesizefitsall solution to plastic waste problem

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduExpert: ‘No single, one-size-fits-all solution’ to plastic waste problemHOUSTON – (Dec. 5, 2018) – Governments, businesses and people around the world must play major roles in managing the rapidly growing plastics economy and the waste it produces, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityRachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at the Baker Institute, outlined her insights in a new issue brief, “Plastic Waste Management: Are We on the Right Path to Sustainability?” Her brief discusses the key elements and causes of the plastics problem and explores policy actions for reducing reliance on single-use plastics.Plastic production has surged over the past 50 years, from 15 million metric tons in 1964 to 335 million metric tons in 2016, according to Meidl’s brief. Since 1950, nearly 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastic have been produced and 6.3 billion tons of plastic waste have been generated, of which 9 percent has been recycled, 12 percent incinerated and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or abandoned in the environment. The largest industrial sector contributing to the waste problem is the packaging industry, which produces single-use plastic designed for disposal, and Meidl said this is where the majority of policy reform is concentrated.“There has been an enormous rise in global policy actions directed toward dealing with plastic waste from 2014 onwards,” Meidl wrote. “Governments have been increasingly implementing policies and taking action to curb the consumption of single-use plastics in recent years.”Currently, more than 60 countries have introduced bans or levies on single-use plastics, which a United Nations Environment Programme report concluded are the most effective tools to reduce the use of disposable plastic items when properly planned and enforced, Meidl said. Additionally, the European Parliament recently endorsed a proposal requiring all member nations to ban single-use plastics by 2021. The proposal also calls for 90 percent of plastic bottles to be recycled by 2025.“There is an undeniable, complex relationship in the plastics economy,” Meidl wrote. “Plastics ubiquitously deliver many societal benefits and offer technological, safety and medical advances. Yet, the findings of the UN report and the global reactions that followed, some immediate and precipitous, reveal a growing global momentum to address plastics management. Ten of the 13 selected case studies in the UN report focus on banning single-use plastics. However, the outright ban of plastics with no other available or affordable alternatives, or focusing exclusively on the promotion of understudied plastic alternatives as a singular solution, are simply not practical or global strategies given the world’s entangled relationship with this commodity.”Absent in the UN recommendations are suggestions to fund, build and improve waste management and recycling technology, infrastructure and regulations, Meidl said.“If the objective is to divert plastic waste from the environment, a mechanism must be created to support technological innovation and an operational framework that would sustain it,” she wrote. “This is especially relevant since China’s filing with the World Trade Organization last year, which ceased imports of 24 types of waste beginning January 2018, with 16 more items that will be banned by the end of 2019.”China imports two-thirds of the world’s plastic waste, of which 89 percent is polymer groups often used in single-use plastic food packaging (polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylene, and polypropylene), Meidl said.“This import ban, projected to displace up to 111 million metric tons of plastic waste by 2030, will upend recycling economics, disrupt the global supply chain and further exacerbate the need to globally manage plastics,” Meidl wrote. “China, as well as countries exporting to China, will be forced to establish and improve domestic waste management strategies to account for the prohibition.”Meidl concluded, “Ultimately, there is no single, one-size-fits-all solution to the plastics issue. Governments, businesses and individuals all play major roles in exploring data-driven pathways for improving how we manage the plastics economy. Rethinking, recalibrating and refining the functioning of such a complex value chain requires greater effort and cooperation by all key players, from plastics producers to recyclers, retailers and consumers. Any model should move beyond incremental, singular one-off solutions and have a shared vision to drive investment and innovation in the right direction. Regardless of our cultural values and belief system about plastics, they are significant components in the global economy. Increasing their sustainability can bring new opportunities for modernization, competitiveness and job creation, consistent with global economic, energy and environmental objectives.”Meidl, who joined the Baker Institute in July, is a former deputy associate administrator at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Prior to her role in federal government, Meidl was the director of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C., where she advanced a broad range of regulatory and policy issues that involved enforcement, compliance, investigations and litigation.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Meidl, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/71bcd83b/bi-brief-112018-ces-plastic.pdfMeidl biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/rachel-a-meidlFollow the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more