Election 2018 How Matt Haney surprised everyone Even himself

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Prior to yesterday’s election, Matt Haney’s campaign told me they’d be thrilled if he captured 40 to 45 percent of the early vote and stood seven to 10 points ahead of the competition. A number of political observers I spoke with had a hard time gauging the race, or felt Haney would grind out an excruciating ranked-choice-voting win. There was also shadowy talk yesterday of “polls” putting Sonja Trauss within spitting distance, due to the YIMBY candidate’s “superior ground game.”Haney recorded close to 60 percent of the vote, and was 30 points up at the end of the night. He had 500 people out on the street yesterday. He has declared victory.Is he surprised? Yes he is. “The scale of it is larger than we thought. But I thought we did do what we needed to do in order to win,” Haney says. “But, yeah, I am surprised.”Hindsight is always 20/20, but Haney’s big win is less surprising when you begin analyzing his approach versus his opponents’. He got money and people into the field early, countering a late cash dump from outside interests. He got big-name endorsements from mainstream figures, such as Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris — which convinced the more affluent voters in District 6 that he was no crazy lefty. Email Addresscenter_img He then used that as cover to run an intense on-the-ground campaign. Sen. Scott Wiener was a huge Trauss supporter, but Haney’s approach of knocking on thousands of doors and targeting thousands of voters looks an awful lot like the approach Wiener used to win the District 8 supervisor’s race a decade ago.Presumptive Supervisor-elect Matt Haney boogied onto the stage to James Brown’s “Get Up Off That Thang.” Photo by Lauren Smiley.Independent Expenditure money to the tune of $700,000 was bestowed upon Haney’s opponents. But, especially now, it’s hard to say that was money well spent. District 6 is not only difficult to poll, it’s also difficult to win if you’re relying heavily on phone-banking or TV/online advertising. The on-the-ground Johnson/Trauss workers bought with IE money were not the most plugged in. “A few of them tried to hand me their stuff,” Haney says. “They didn’t know who I was.”These workers are not the most interactive. They have a tendency to do things like leave 10 door hangers on the front gate of a 10-unit building, which is one step removed from throwing them in the recycling bin.On election eve, Trauss posted a Facebook video of herself exhorting volunteers during a mobilization effort. She urged them to strike up conversations with random folks wandering through SoMa. And why not ask these people if you can canvass within their buildings? “They might say yes! There’s no downside.”There’s an old saying that’s applicable here: Random stomping seldom catches bugs. Haney’s campaign didn’t just haphazardly wheedle strangers to let them into condos or SROs. They had 120 building captains who’d open the door, and managed to gain entry to some 600 buildings overall.Haney’s campaign had targeted lists. Conversations were tracked and followed-up. On canvassers’ cell phones, individuals’ histories were recorded; you’d know that you had called a person seven times, had one discussion, and that they were undecided. Two weeks before election day, Haney’s campaign had identified 7,000 likely voters. The next two weeks were devoted to wrangling these people to vote — and, it seems, a high percentage of them did just that. They were tracked, after all.One has to be wary of anecdotes, but this one sent to us by a District 6 resident seems awfully representative:Matt Haney had a much more diligent ground game — as this D6 apartment resident can attest. In the last few weeks, a Haney worker knocked at my door, followed by another from a tenant’s rights group and then yet another from a labor group, all working on behalf of Haney. (Our building is of the locked SoMa variety, so you have to have a game plan to get in.) I returned from lunch Saturday to another Matt Haney brochure, purportedly signed in green marker by Matt Haney himself, writing he was sorry he missed me. On Election Day, they called me on the phone making sure I voted, and posted a Haney poster on my door — and all this is with me never saying a committal word about voting for Matt Haney. I only ever got mailers from Sonja Trauss and Christine Johnson. I’m not saying how I voted, but I did have the feeling of Matt Haney’s wide smiling face looking over my shoulder as I did.There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this election. Whether our leaders choose to do so will loom large in all of our lives in the months and years to come. last_img read more

IT is extremely sad to report the passing of Wilf

first_imgIT is extremely sad to report the passing of Wilf Smith, who will be familiar in particular to those people who watched the team from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s.Born in 1935, Wilf was a stalwart of his home-town club and was present at Langtree for the Players’ Association luncheon a few weeks ago – as he always did – where he was in the company of his many friends and team-mates.He was a stalwart of the St. Helens club – the ultimate clubman, in fact – and it is quite true to say that the game was in his blood. His father, Tommy, was a fine second-row forward with the old St. Helens Recs team between the wars and was part of the famous ‘Smith, Fildes and Mulvanney’ back three!Unfortunately, Tommy, who played more games for the Recs than anyone else [460] died when Wilf was in his very early childhood, but Wilf was naturally extremely proud of his father’s achievements. The family rugby links have continued: it should also be noted that Wilf’s son-in-law is Gary Connolly, who enjoyed a fine career in club and international football.Wilf was a great all-round footballer, with good hands and a clinical tackler. He signed for the Saints from the Clock Face amateur club on 15 September 1955 and learned his trade in the ‘A’ team before making his debut against Halifax at Knowsley Road, on 12 November 1955. He was stand-off that afternoon, with his great friend Austin Rhodes at scrum-half. The Saints won 13-8 in front of over 18,000 and at hooker was Frank McCabe, whose death was also recently reported.His progress was rapid and he formed a superb partnership at stand-off outside the legendary scrum-half Alex Murphy in 1958/59, a season when the Saints won the Championship Final after an epic 44-22 victory over Hunslet. Wilf scored a magical try in the second half, slicing through the opposition defence in a 30 yard run to the line.The Smith-Murphy combination at half-back was once again seen at its best at Wembley in 1961, when the Saints beat deadly rivals Wigan 12-6 in the baking sun.Wilf’s prodigious work-rate and solid defence were one of the features of his team’s success. He appeared in three more Championship Finals, in 1965, when the Saints lost to a powerful Halifax side at Swinton and two years later, when Wakefield Trinity lifted the silverware after a replay at the same venue, in front of 33,000 spectators!Wilf played in every position in the backs for Saints during his career and never gave anything less than one hundred percent! It was indeed a pity that such a fine player never achieved county recognition, but competition in those days was tough.Wilf played just 15 matches in Saints four cups season in 1965/66, as a result of a persistent knee injury, although he appeared in five Lancashire Cup Finals for the club, winning four, against Swinton (1961 and 1962), Leigh (1963), when he played left centre and scored a memorable try and in the replayed final against Warrington in 1967, when he was centre to the great Tom Van Vollenhoven.His much-needed experience in the back line was a major contribution to Saints 13-10 success. All told, he played in ten major finals for the club, including replays – a fantastic achievement. He will always be remembered as a solid, reliable footballer and he was awarded a well-earned Benefit in the 1967/68 season.His last game for the Saints was on the subs bench with Bobby Wanbon against Swinton at Knowsley Road on April 7 1969, when the home team won 40-5. Wilf made 205 appearances overall, scoring 55 tries during his fourteen years as a Saint. He spent much of his latter years at Knowsley Road helping out the youngsters in the A team, with occasional matches in the First Team, where he invariably never let anyone down.Wilf took up a coaching position with Blackpool Borough and became Assistant Coach at Wigan, with George Fairburn and Maurice Bamford in the early 1980s, before becoming involved with the amateur game at Blackbrook and Bold. He remained knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the modern game and was inducted into the Saints’ Players Association Hall of Fame, an honour he particularly cherished.Indeed, his appetite for the game never seemed to wane and he attended numerous functions over the years involving the Saints. He was a lovely man, who always had time for a chat and he was well-respected in the wider rugby league community too.We pass on our condolences to his family at this sad time.Alex Servicelast_img read more

Millions of lights Months of prep work for annual Christmas show

first_img “We have two miles of trail through the woods and around the vineyard where we have lights decorated and large ornaments set up,” Lu Mil Vineyard and Winery owner Ron Taylor said.To make the holiday deadline, work actually began back in September. The number of lights? Well, let’s just say countless!“It’s hard to keep up with them,” Taylor said. “There probably a couple million lights out here.”Related Article: Faith group makes hundreds of Christmas meals to share God’s loveWhat is now Lu Mil Vineyard and Winery is where Taylor grew up. He ran around these same fields that he has worked to preserve for future generations. The Christmas light show is just one way he’s doing that.“It’s pretty much an all year thing because it takes a couple months to put them up, a couple months to put them down and then the rest of the year we are planning for the next season and looking for new decorations.”The drive thru festival of lights, candy store, country buffet, and even a visit from old Saint Nick himself will fill his family’s land during the holidays.“I really think my parents would be overjoyed if they saw this. it’s a rewarding experience to me to keep it going because like I said mom was always cooking for everyone in the community.”Taylor opens up his home each year to be a place where families can enjoy fellowship and share the Christmas spirit.The light show starts Thanksgiving weekend and lasts through December 23.Taylor suggests coming early because the lines get pretty long the closer we get to Christmas. DUBLIN, NC (WWAY) — It’s hard to believe the holidays are not that far away but one Bladen County business is already gearing up for their annual light show.Yes, it’s still October. For Ron Taylor though, his Christmas tradition takes months of preparations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Support the Port gives away free turkeys

first_img The second annual “Turkey Bowl Tuesday” event took place at Morning Glory Coffeehouse on Dawson street. It started at 11 a.m. and lasted until the group ran out of turkeys to give away.“We were able to give away every turkey,” Support the Port Foundation Founder Cedric Harrison said. “No turkeys left behind, so we feel like no family left behind, so everything was pretty much a success.”Harrison estimates about 150 turkeys were given to families in the community, and hopes the event continues to grow in the coming years.Related Article: Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grantThe mission of Support the Port is to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for residents of Wilmington. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanksgiving is just two days away, and on Tuesday morning groups in the Port City made sure families in need have something on the table.Support the Port and On Da Edge Barbershop along with other community members gave away free turkeys to families in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Whiteville woman organizes donations for trooper shot in Wilson County

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville woman is putting together a sweet surprise for a cause that is close to her heart.Priscilla Jacobs is collecting donations for Trooper Daniel Harrell, who was shot earlier this week in Wilson County. Jacobs’s husband is a state trooper, and she was close friends with Trooper Kevin Conner.- Advertisement – When she found out about Trooper Harrell, she wanted to do something.Jacobs has been collecting cards and small gifts made by students around the county.Jacobs says cards can be brought to Sugar and Spice in Whiteville.Related Article: Hundreds ride across NC in honor of late trooperThere is also a GoFundMe and a bank account set up. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe.If you would like to donate to the bank account, you can visit your local State Employees Credit Union and give them Account Number 62389662.Jacobs says all the money will go to helping Harrell’s recovery.last_img read more

75000 meals packed at Coastal Christian High School for children in Haiti

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Coastal Christian High school believes that hope changes everything for children in Haiti.Hope Changes Everything is a nonprofit organization that sends underprivileged children in Haiti to school with a nutritious meal every day.- Advertisement – Saturday, volunteers packed 75 thousand meals to send to Grand-Goâve, a commune in Haiti.Founder, Renee Hunter is pleased with the turnout of volunteers and their accomplishments.“By offering them an academic education, a spiritual education and nutrition we give them a chance to hope and we make them, the people in Haiti that can change their abject poverty into something else,” said Hunter.Related Article: Coastal Christian’s Kinlaw overcomes adversity to play college ballThe meals are being loaded onto a ship that will transport them to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and be distributed by Coastal Christian’s missionaries.last_img read more

Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw

first_img Master Gardener Gary Mintier says that the spring sale is always important, but this year’s is particularly unique.“It’s especially important this year because we grew a lot more than we normally do because Florence had a huge impact on vendors that normally would’ve supplied us with herbs and vegetables,” Mintier said.The event continues through Saturday at the Pender County Extension Center, located at 801 South Walker Street, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you live in Pender County and your green thumb is itching, you can soothe it in Burgaw.Vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, and more is at the Pender County Extension Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale.- Advertisement – last_img

NC chief justice to tour hurricanedamaged court facilities in Pender County

first_img The Pender County Courthouse needed extensive interior repairs, including removal of mold, remediation of lead paint and asbestos mastic, roof and masonry repairs, and windows and wood trim and interior and exterior architectural feature restoration.Officials say complicating the restoration process is the fact that the courthouse is a national registered historical structure. They say it requires compliance with historical preservation and restoration guidelines to receive FEMA reimbursement for the associated cost.In May, Assistant Pender County Manager Chad McEwen said the architect on the project estimates court will resume in early 2020.Related Article: North Carolina continues to rebuild six months after Hurricane FlorenceCourt clerks had complained of “sick building syndrome” last spring from conditions in their temporary location. Pender County Courthouse was damaged during Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — More than 10 months since Hurricane Florence caused extensive damage in Pender County, the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is coming to check out the impact on courts in the county.Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will visit court personnel and tour the temporary court facilities Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch Cameras are not for spying – Muscat

first_img 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> Prime Minister and Leader of the Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat declared his support for increased surveillance in public places since this would help keep order where there was anti-social behavior. Referring to the introduction of abortion, he said that the party has no mandate for such legislation.Speaking at a party political activity in Qawra, part of the campaign for the MEP and Local Council elections, Muscat said that while he believed in diversity, one should not turn a blind eye to mis-behavior. This, he said is the primary reason for the need for increased vigilance.Muscat said that the PL manifesto for the general election contains a proposal for security cameras for surveillance in different localities. He said that this will be implemented in different areas and may be extended to St Paul’s Bay if the Local Council request the service. He said that the cameras will not be there for spying on the citizens and listed a number of occasions when these may come in handy.A microcosm of Maltese society.Muscat compared the transformation of St Paul’s bay to the changes which Maltese society is undergoing. He said that the different areas of this locality are as diverse as the multitude of cultures it embraces. He said that there are areas in Qawra where the residents are foreigners while the centre of Bugibba is a thriving commercial hub.The PL leader said that Europe brought with it free movement of people and this means that as Maltese can go to live and work abroad, so, too, can foreigners come to Malta. No mandate to introduce abortionMuscat referred marginally to the issue of abortion saying that the government had no mandate to introduce abortion so discussion is futile. He said that government is in favour of live, which is why, he said, government had introduced IVF.The Embryo Protection Act was promulgated in 2012Leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat is addressing a political activity in St Pauls Bay.The event is broadcasting live from 18.30PM.WhatsApplast_img read more

Violence tarnishes Napolis win

first_imgNapoli emerged victorious against FC Zurich thanks to goals by Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Piotr Zielinski but their win was marred by fan violence in the streets surrounding Stadion Letzigrund.According to Italian journalist Carlo Alvino, Napoli fans were attacked less than a mile away from the stadium whilst cars with Italian number plates were also targetted by Swiss supporters. He also pointed out that the local police force failed to stop groups of fans from storming towards each other.The second leg between the partenopei and FC Zurich will take place on Thursday, 21st February.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Libre Office

first_imgAdvertisement This is to be expected, of course, since the fork of LibreOffice from the Oracle-controlled (formerly Sun-controlled) OpenOffice.org project only occurred four months ago Expecting a drastic change is folly in that timeframe.But it still bears noting, because a lot of the problems users may have with the OpenOffice.org suite could still be present. A lot, but not all, so let’s give credit where credit is due.The feature I found most helpful in LibreOffice 3.3 was a much better improvement in file importing from Microsoft Office.OpenOffice.org has long-touted its capability to open and save Office files, but in reality most users know that any file with any kind of complexity was going to have to have problems coming across. In LibreOffice, that’s no longer the case. Opening some heavily-revised and commented chapter files from my last book in OpenOffice.org usually leads to mis-rendered comments and loads of font issues. LibreOffice Writer didn’t even blink: all revisions, comments, and fonts came across perfectly.This was good news, since I would much rather use LibreOffice on Linux than fire up a Windows VM when I’m writing for publishers insistent on clean .docx files. The remainder of LibreOffice Writer’s new features were also useful. I liked the page numbering tool, and I really appreciated the new Print dialog box (which is present in all of the LibreOffice tools). – Advertisement – I know, it’s a little odd to get excited about a dialog box, but I always have found the OpenOffice.org Print dialog box rather clunky, so it’s LibreOffice counterpart is a breath of fresh air. Calc was another story. Fonts and basic were converted perfectly, but there are a lot of not-really-that-obscure Excel functions that didn’t come across at all. Seriously, what good is it to have SUMIF and COUNTIF but not their multi-range/criteria counterparts SUMIFS and COUNTIFS? And don’t look for AVERAGEIF and AVERAGEIFS — not there. These are not, I believe, all that rare, and the lack of these functions and others like them are a notable detriment.It may be a bit harsh to hold LibreOffice (and OpenOffice.org before it) Calc developers to the fire for this kind of thing. I often have to explain to my students why DATEDIF is in Excel, but is completely undocumented — the result of a lawsuit between Lotus 1-2-3 and Microsoft where Microsoft got to keep DATEDIF, but can’t document it. So I completely get why some functions can’t just be pulled into LibreOffice. But I would be interested to hear what, if any, progress was being done on adding more functions, because for me functions are the core of what makes a spreadsheet app work. I might be a bit more forgiving about Calc, too, if I hadn’t tried to open a spreadsheet with a pivot table inside only to have Calc and every other LibreOffice window completely crash. I don’t know if it was the pivot table that croaked the application, but that was the only file I had trouble with, and the pivot table was the unique factor about that particular file. I can forgive a lot of shortcomings, but complete application crash is not really one of them. LibreOffice Impress, fortunately, was a better experience.PowerPoint presentations opened easily, and the font and images transfer, while not perfect, were handled far better than OpenOffice Impress did with the same files.That’s important, because it’s always bugged me that Impress could never handle slide imports cleaner. LibreOffice 3.3 has taken some nice strides in the right direction here. I also very much liked the fact that the Presenter’s Console, the multi-screen slide show controller that you had to follow a treasure map, travel across four states, and speak to a wizened old man on a mountaintop just to even hear about, let alone find and install on OpenOffice.org, is now bundled as an extension in LibreOffice. I’ll say it: it’s about time. The rigmarole OpenOffice.org puts users through to get add-ons like this is indicative of why people don’t like OpenOffice.org: it puts users’ needs last. This is not the case with LibreOffice. While there is clear evidence that some developer’s itches are getting scratched–(SVG import? Really? I’ve got nothing against vector graphics, but are Draw or the other LibreOffice apps really going to be the editors of choice?)–there is also compelling evidence, like the inclusion of Presenter’s Console, that the Document Foundation developers are swing their focus to what’s important for users, not what’s a best business model for Oracle.last_img read more

Rwanda to host Global Broadband Commission for Development this week

first_imgAdvertisement “The Commission brings together some of the world’s leading figures in government, industry, academia and development community to draw strategies for using technology to address some of the world’s most intricate and complex developmental challenges facing mankind,” David Kanamugire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, said in an interview.He added that despite the proven benefits of broadband technology, there is always a risk of these technologies taking decades before benefits trickle down to the billions of people in the world that need them.“Failure to timely seize the technological opportunities renders nations and their societies trapped in poverty and unable to effectively compete on the global arena.” – Advertisement – The two day meeting will also bring together African Ministers of ICT, regulators as well as youth from around the continent.The first day of the meeting will see the commissioners and African policy makers interact with the African youth on broadband opportunities and challenges faced by the youth. On the second day, President Kagame will co-host the commission meeting together with Slim. Source: New Times, Rwandalast_img read more

David Lutalo wins his 3rd MTN CallerTunez Online Award

first_imgDavid Lutalo becomes the singer with the highest number of wins in the 2015 edition of the MTN CallerTunez Online Awards. Image Credit: BigEye Advertisement Rydim Empire singer, David Lutalo has, for the third time, topped the monthly MTN CallerTunez Online Awards.His song “Manya” was the most downloaded song in the month of December with a total sum of 8575 new downloads thus winning the CallerTune of the month prize worth UGX 2.5M.It will be remembered that the same song won the singer the MTN Caller Tunez Online Awards for the months of September and October, 2015, after it accumulated 6,692 and 10,964 downloads in each of the months respectively. – Advertisement – Meanwhile, MTN Uganda has announced that the 2015 MTN CallerTunez Online Awards closed in December and the 2016 edition will commence at a time that will be communicated.For that reason, David Lutalo becomes the singer with the highest number of wins in the 2015 edition of the MTN CallerTunez Online Awards, followed by songstress Rema Namakula who has won twice.[related-posts][ChimpReports]last_img read more

Ookla Names Safaricom as the Fastest Mobile Network in Kenya

first_imgImage Credit: techcabal Advertisement Safaricom has been named the fastest mobile network in the six months between April and September 2017 by speed test website Ookla.In its report, Ookla says Safaricom achieved a speed score of 19.80 providing faster average speeds to their users.This was faster than the other major providers in Kenya who scored average download speeds of 21.25 Mbps and average upload speeds of 9.67 Mbps on LTE-capable devices. – Advertisement – Orange came in second with a speed score of 15.12 followed by Airtel with a speed score of 8.62.“The speed test awards for top internet connectivity providers are determined using a speed score that incorporates a measure of each provider’s download and upload speed to rank network speed performance,” it reads.[related-posts]source: Ookla and inputs from Capital FM Kenyalast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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Nanoscale Science Building Gets Explosive Start

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 NANOSCALE SCIENCE BUILDING GETS EXPLOSIVE STARTRice University chemist Richard Smalley and his students set off small explosions which broke ground today for the future home of the Center for Nanoscale Science andTechnology. A nanotube ribbon-cutting ceremony triggered the explosive event. Nanotubes are nanoscale hollow, cylindrical carbon fibers, like open-ended buckyballs knitted together. They are excellent conductors of electricity and believed to be 100 times stronger thansteel. Watching on a video screen, more than 200 attendees witnessed the microscopic ceremony, in which a multiwalled nanotube (a tube with other tubes nested inside) was used to cut a smaller invisiblerope of carbon fiber, pulled taut between spring-loaded holders. When the multiwalled nanotube cut the rope, the released tensiontriggered two explosions at the site.“One of the main functions of this building is to bring to this campus truly world-class faculty,” said Smalley, director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics. “This is part of the endeavor to make Rice a truly world-class university, at the same level of stellar success as the best ones you can think of. In time, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be, by any criteria, trulyworld class.” Rice President Malcolm Gillis said, “The facility that we are commemorating today is to be seen as an asset not only for Rice University, but an asset for the whole city of Houston, all of Harris County and, indeed, all of Texas. One of the reasons behind our willingness to invest scarce university resources in this new and complex field has been the presence of several other nearby institutions, with capacities that complement and augment our own capacities in nanoscale science and technology. With a lot of hard work and, perhaps, just a little bit of luck, this facility today, coupled with those in the Texas Medical Center, at the University of Houston and at NASA, should constitute the center of a nanotechnology version of Silicon Valley, located in Houston,Texas.” Chair of the Board of Governors Charles Duncan said, “We are continuing a basic commitment to put our resources in those selective areas where Rice can make a tangible difference. We are a small institution and we’ve got to focus on those niches where we can be and are truly excellent. Rice must continue to be selective in its resource commitment, to shepherd those advancements that have the potential to have the most positive impact on the world atlarge.” Construction will begin immediately, and the building is expected to be ready for students by the start of the 1997 fall semester. The building is part of Rice’s nanoscale science and technology initiative, a commitment to a new facility, endowed faculty chairs and equipment for research in the field. A $32.3 million campaign isunder way to support the initiative. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology will support interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscale science, the science of creating materials and machines atom by atom, molecule bymolecule. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. Designed by Antoine Predock, a New Mexico-based architect, the four-story building will have labs, classrooms and conference space on every floor. An advanced research laboratory will feature the most sophisticated equipment for nanoscale research. Twelve faculty members from chemistry, physics and electrical engineering will be housed in the building. It will be the centerpiece for nanoscale collaboration, which will involve about 50faculty members on campus. In addition to the nanoscience research laboratories and classrooms, the building will house about one-third of the chemistrydepartment faculty and undergraduate chemistry labs. ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Nano nights detail a world of tiny wonders

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Nano nights detail a world of tiny wondersGlasscock School offers state-of-the-art overview from Rice expertsFans of nanotechnology can hear about the latest research from the source through a course offered this fall by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.In conjunction with Rice’s Year of Nano celebration of the 25th anniversary of the buckminsterfullerene molecule discovery – the buckyball – the Glasscock School is offering a course to the public featuring lectures by Rice’s top nano scientists. The course will cover applications of nanotechnology and the underlying scientific principles that relate to medicine, electronics, materials and energy. Participants will explore the environmental, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology, how Rice is leading the way in understanding and assessing the risks and how applications are brought to market and create jobs.First among the lecturers is one of the buckyball’s discoverers, Robert Curl, Rice’s University Professor Emeritus and Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, who shared the Nobel Prize with the late Richard Smalley of Rice and Harold Kroto, then of the University of Sussex and now at Florida State University. Curl will discuss the team’s work and subsequent impact of the buckyball, a 60-atom carbon molecule shaped like a soccer ball and one of the hardest substances in the universe. Wade Adams, director of Rice University’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, co-sponsor of the course, will join Curl for the presentation.In successive weeks, students will hear from:Vicki Colvin, Rice’s Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and director of Rice University’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, on how material properties can be controlled on nanometer-length scales and how these properties can be exploited to develop new technologies. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, who will present his research on the electronic, magnetic and optical properties of nanoscale structures and discuss the possibilities of probing the crossover between classical mechanics and quantum mechanics on the nanoscale. Michael Wong, professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, who will explore the impact of nanotechnology on the production, transmission and storage of energy derived from hydrocarbon and nonhydrocarbon sources. Pulickel Ajayan, Rice’s Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, who will relate real-world applications to core scientific principles that guide the development of novel materials and tools.Jennifer West, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of bioengineering, who will discuss biomedical applications of nano for whole-blood bioassays, controlled drug delivery and optically controlled valves for microfluidic devices, as well as cancer therapy using gold nanoshells. Daniel Mittleman, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who will discuss potential applications offered by the unique relationship between light and matter. Kristen Kulinowski, faculty fellow in chemistry and executive director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and the International Council on Nanotechnology, who will explore the impact of nanotechnology on the environment and potential health risks. She will discuss society’s response to the technology, industry’s development of best practices for handling nanomaterials and how the public can access resources about nanotechnologies. Thomas Kraft, director of technology ventures development at the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, who will explain the commercialization cycle and the barriers faced by high-tech products associated with nanotechnology and highlight resources to achieve success. Steve Garfinkel, director of community programs for the Glasscock School, said the course is filling up. “We’re very early in our registration period for the fall, and it’s already got a pretty good start. It’s one of the more popular courses,” he said.Garfinkel expects the course to draw participants with a wide range of interests. “Our students are well-educated in general,” he said, “and I think this will appeal to a pretty wide swath of people.“We have some wonderful, high-powered speakers from the Smalley Institute presenting these lectures, and we think people are really going to be wowed.”Classes will be held on nine Tuesdays beginning Sept. 14 (with the exception of Oct. 12). The fee is $105; $85 for members of NanoFANS, co-sponsoring organizations and Rice alumni. Register at www.gscs.rice.edu.Co-sponsors include Lockheed Martin, the Rice Alliance and the Houston Technology Center. Rice’s Year of Nano, presented by Lockheed Martin, will bring the world’s most celebrated nanotechnologists together for a week in October for the Buckyball Discovery Conference and a host of associated events, including the Buckyball Discovery Gala and a Bucky ‘Ball’ Celebration that will feature the formal designation of Smalley’s former lab as a National Historical Chemical Landmark.  For details about October’s events, visit www.buckyball.smalley.rice.edu.last_img read more

Start Your Career at KPMG with an MBA

first_imgStart Your Career at KPMG with an MBA regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedBeyond the ‘Big Four’: What are the Other Major Consulting Firms You Should Know?Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and E&Y: Together these firms make up the “Big Four”—the four biggest professional services firms in the world. The companies offer auditing, assurance services, management consulting, corporate finance, legal services and more. It’s no surprise, that many of these companies are also ideal destinations for many MBAs.…February 12, 2019In “A.T. Kearney”Industry Spotlight: Chicago Professional and Business ServicesThe nation is rebounding pretty well from the last recession and positive employment rates support that notion. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Windy City’s economy is charging ahead, especially in the professional and business services sector. In fact, recent figures showed that a huge number of new jobs in Illinois reflected…April 28, 2016In “Featured Home”Top MBA Recruiters: DeloitteIf there’s one thing that every MBA grad has in common, it’s the desire for a great job after graduation. While that concept is different in execution for each individual, there’s no doubt that Deloitte would top the list. It was just named by LinkedIn as the 13th most sought…August 26, 2016In “Featured Home” Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Those of you who actively watch the stars and skies might not be surprised by the parallels between the business universe and our actual cosmos.If corporations are not unlike constellations—some just a memory, others aged but still burning, some in their prime, and a select few just beginning to coalesce and emit light—then perhaps MBAs are akin to astrophysicists who explore the great darkness to reveal potentially inhabitable environments. In terms of companies that occupy their own kind of “Goldilocks Zone,” MBAs should look no further than KPMG, which has garnered a stellar reputation—no pun intended—for launching careers.Established in 1897, KPMG is a conglomerate of audit, tax, and advisory services with a staff of 174,000 spread across 92 global sites. Fortune ranked the New York-based global professional services company 12th on their 2017 list of “Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.” The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) also ranked KPMG as the world’s best outsourcing advisor.Why MBAs Love KPMGAbout 91 percent of KPMG employees love working with the company, according to Great Place to Work. When you take KPMG’s generous salary offerings into consideration, it’s not hard to see why:Average base salary – $140,000Performance Bonus – $25,000Signing Bonus – $35,000Relocation – up to $5,000In addition to KPMG’s excellent healthcare plan, PTO, and financial benefits, the company offers a wide variety of Executive-track positions at all its global sites with ample travel opportunities. Employees can also expand their skill-sets via KPMG’s unique training programs, which offer “upwards of 50 hours in training per year on average.”Life at KPMG“KPMG understands and recognizes the importance of MBAs to our firm and to our clients,” KPMG’s National Director of Campus Recruiting explained in a 2016 Global Workplace interview. “As we continue to position ourselves as a leader in the marketplace, we can anticipate that the demand for MBAs will only continue to increase.”CHECK THIS OUT: Hot MBA Jobs: Financial ManagerMBAs often start at KPMG as consultants. The company prizes its knack for staffing employees who have previous experience in data & analytics strategy, client handling and executive communication capabilities. As KPMG evolves with global technology, so does its need for skilled MBA professionals.KPMG provides accounting services to wide variety of companies in an equally wide variety of industries, such as:Asset ManagementAutomotiveBanking and Capital MarketsChemicalsConsumer & RetailEnergyFinancial ServicesFood, Drink & Consumer GoodsGovernment & Public SectorHealthcareIndustrial ManufacturingInfrastructureInsuranceLife SciencesMediaMiningPrivate EquityReal EstateRetailSportsTechnologyTelecommunicationsTransport & LogisticsLanding a Job at KPMGIn addition to an online application that includes standard-issue questions about your accountancy qualifications, employment history, language skills, education, KPMG candidates can expect to encounter a number of unique tests, according to Target Jobs:Multi-part Application and Personality Assessment Review.Situational Judgment Test, a 30-minute, “logic-based,” multiple-choice Q&A.Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Test, a 20-minute evaluation of numerical and verbal data skills.Telephone Interview.An all-day, fictional, interactive project at the Immersive Assessment Centre.Further conversations on market knowledge as part of the Partner Interview.KPMG hopefuls would do well to visit Wall Street Oasis in order to research testimonials from a wide swath of positions and gain deeper insights into the company’s hiring process. 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