July 2019

Police Make Arrest Connected to Fatal Shooting of City Worker

first_img 0% Tags: crimes • guns • shootings • violence Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was arrested in connection to the shooting.Higginbotham was booked for murder at the San Francisco County Jail, but police have declined to provide further details on the suspect or a possible motive, citing an ongoing investigation. A booking photo has not been yet been released.Jackson, who was an apprentice working as a member of the Public Work’s graffiti crew, was reportedly painting over graffiti near the intersection of 25th and Vermont streets on Wednesday morning when he became the victim of a shooting around 8 a.m. Police report that responding officers found Jackson lying on the ground and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Although he was transported to the nearby General Hospital, he succumbed shortly afterwards to his injuries. Candles, flowers, handwritten notes and parts of a Public Works uniform similar to the one Jackson wore to work, have been placed in front of an electrical box near the intersection to memorialize the slain man.center_img KTVU news reported on Thursday that Higginbotham is a known gang member and a rival to the gang that Jackson allegedly was once affiliated with, but a police spokesperson declined to confirm this information.In 2010, Higginbotham was charged with the assault of an Internal Revenue Service officer and for a gun violation in connection with the incident.  Higginbotham is set to be arraigned on Friday afternoon in connection with Jackson’s murder.This is a developing story and we will update when we have more information.Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez last_img read more

London Breed ads on bus shelters jolted Muni higherups emails reveal

first_img Tags: London Breed • SFMTA Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Bruce Qualls, Clear Channel’s vice president of real estate and government affairs, fell on his sword and took responsibility for the affair. “Our mistake,” he wrote. “Although our charting restrictions clearly state ‘no political on SF shelters,’ this somehow slipped through by human error. We have a couple new people and clear limits, but it was missed.”Breed’s campaign consultant, Maggie Muir, told Mission Local that she worked out the ad buy with a Clear Channel representative in a discussion she says was initiated by Clear Channel. “They came and said ‘we have these for advertising. Would you like to advertise on them?’”That political ads are verboten on Muni property is well known in San Francisco political circles. But Muir says she was unaware of this. And, in fact, she’d worked with Clear Channel only a few months before to place ads for Supervisor Jeff Sheehy on bus shelters — and, until the Breed ads popped up, nobody saw fit to complain about them.“Apparently there is also an ad at Diamond and Bosworth for Jeff Sheehy,” Bose wrote to Qualls on March 13. “That has to come down as well. Can you please make sure your folks do not put up any more political ads? This is not good at all.”Muir says Clear Channel has refunded the Breed campaign for its botched and abortive ad placements.The situation left local politicos shaking their heads. “We know, straight up, that you can’t do campaign ads on bus stations. It’s that simple,” says a longtime city consultant. “You don’t have to overthink it. I don’t know what that campaign was thinking.”Adds another veteran consultant, “It’s an oversight on the part of the consultant. But it’s a massive screw-up on the part of the company.”Jim Ross, a longtime consultant who ran Gavin Newsom’s 2003 mayoral campaign and is still active throughout the Bay Area, said this incident left him dumbfounded. “In my experience, the review that Clear Channel puts into anything that has even the slightest amount of political context is extraordinary,” he said. “It’s shocking it would slip through due to human error.”He added that he’s “kind of angry about this,” because “of the hurdles they’ve made our firm jump through.”In 2016, Ross handled ads responding to a series of passive-aggressive Airbnb placements (also on bus shelters) in which the company patted itself on the back for belatedly paying the city’s hotel taxes. “We went around and around and around on what the content of those ads could be,” recalls Ross. “It took a month of approvals from Clear Channel to post them. It literally took a month to get those ads up; I’ve gone around and around with their legal counsel.”Ross also handled an Oakland ad campaign by the SEIU during that city’s union negotiations, “and we had to totally re-do the ad so it wouldn’t mention the mayor. [Clear Channel] has a very rigorous approval process. It’s not like you just send them the art and they slap it up.”In the end, however, Ross says the buck stops with Clear Channel. “I thought everybody knew in San Francisco you can’t buy political ads on bus shelters,” he says. “But, ultimately, it’s up to the vendor to tell you the rules of the road.”Qualls admits as much. He did not return multiple calls from Mission Local. But his apology to Muni officials was unequivocal. “This was not cavalier disregard, but regrettable human error,” he wrote. “I know you are aware we have been historically careful with the sensitivity of these issues, and we apologize for this mistake.”Bose responded to this missive with another one-line e-mail: “Given that it’s political season, you may want to send a reminder out to all your employees.” center_img “Can you please make sure your folks do not put up any more political ads? This is not good at all.”Earlier this month, some 70 London Breed for Mayor ads popped up across the city, on bus and train shelters. They were eye-catching billboards: The candidate sported a blue blazer against a gold background and flashed a winning smile. But they were eye-catching for another reason, too: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has a crystal-clear and unambiguous prohibition against political ads being placed on transit shelters or vehicles, and a candidate poster is about as unambiguously political as you can get.E-mails obtained by Mission Local reveal that Muni officials were caught off-guard by the ads, and were highly displeased.“These need to be removed immediately,” Gail Stein, who manages Muni’s transit shelter and advertising programs, wrote in a one-line email to a bevy of higher-ups at both Muni and Clear Channel, a vendor responsible for vetting and placing Muni’s outdoor ads. Muni Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose chimed in via a subsequent e-mail. “Why did these go up in the first place?? Not good.”last_img read more

How to not build in San Francisco Maximus and the socalled Monster

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter After several aggravating years and little progress, the aspirational developers of the so-called Monster in the Mission may be putting the ball in your court, city voters. Email Address People do play. But it’s been raining something fierce of late. Perhaps a few men or women could take shelter beneath this sturdy table. This city is, after all, so lacking in places to stay. Maximus Real Estate Partners — Rob Rosania, founder and “lead visionary” — would like to build housing on the plaza, an errant smash away from the ping pong table. Quite a lot of housing. But, after dropping some $42 million for this land, and investing years — and plenty more money — wrangling with any and all comers, the 1979 Mission St. project remains an ethereal watercolor.You probably know this proposed development better by the nickname its opponents have saddled it with: The Monster in the Mission. Developing market-rate projects in the Mission is no easy feat, and other developers told us they passed on buying this land because they didn’t need the grief. Mission activists are fervent and well-organized. And they come up with good nicknames. So it’s hard to build here. But not impossible. The “Monster in the Mission” was the first of the derisively named projects targeted by area activists; it predated the “Beast on Bryant,” the “Titanic Mess on South Van Ness,” and the “Baby Beast.” And yet, in the past several years, deals were struck to approve all of those projects (and with far south of 100 percent affordable housing, the zealous if not monomaniacal demand of 1979 Mission opponents). And yet the grandfather of them all, “the Monster,” remains the imaginary second act to a ping pong table. Earlier this month, hundreds of community activists — largely unpaid, mind you — chose to spend four hours or more in the cavernous auditorium at Mission High so they could have their two minutes to denounce the 1979 Mission project in front of the Planning Commission. The commissioners themselves expressed trepidation over Maximus’ latest proposal: Giving the city two parcels of land it does not own — and that the city doesn’t necessarily even want, because it has scant money to build housing now or in the foreseeable future.  So, it’s hard to claim much in the way of progress has been made in making housing a reality on the gritty 16th Street Plaza. And, along the way, Maximus has become a toxic entity, not just among strident neighborhood activists but with city elected officials and staffers — only the very people needed to shepherd through such a project.Mission For All t-shirt at City Hall ralley. Photo by Julian MarkMaximus’ handling of this development campaign brings to mind ski-jumper Vinko Bogataj wiping out in the opening montage of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, falling again and again in a concatenation of painful and dramatic missteps. Barring some manner of tax incentive (or performance art), it’s hard to conceive of how development professionals could miscalculate so badly. And so consistently. Let’s start at the top. Rosania — a flamboyant champagne collector out of New York who self-applies the nickname “Big Boy;” favors loud coats, scarves, unbuttoned dress shirts; and gallivants through the city with an unlit cigar the size of a fungo bat — is not a natural to do business here in the Mission. But that’s okay. If you surround yourself with the right people, you can get things done. But that hasn’t happened. Maximus’ team pushing the 1979 Mission project draws heavily from big landlord advocates — a curious choice in the Mission. Notorious consultant Jack Davis has carved out a unique career as one of the most aggressive, shoot-the-hostage political strategists this city has ever seen. But, again, he has proven an interesting selection to get a building entitled in the Mission. As such, in a city where every district supervisor sits as a lord of his or her fiefdom in terms of providing the thumbs-up for individual development projects, Maximus has seemingly gone out of its way to alienate and cajole a series of Mission District supervisors. And, for that matter, Mission residents: The developer’s ongoing tactic of describing the 16th and Mission neighborhood as a festering, crime-ridden shithole that could be cleaned up by market-rate development — i.e. newcomers with higher expectations and demands for a greater police presence — has not resonated with the people living here now. But the biggest conflict point is likely the incorporation and bankrolling of “Mission for All,” a nonprofit subsidized by Maximus to push for the 16th and Mission development. City lobbying records indicate that Maximus has, to date, funneled nearly $850,000 into this entity, which handsomely pays consultants like Larry Del Carlo and Gene Royale up to $10,000 a month, and employs young Mission locals (to, among other tasks, flog this project). The Mission, however, is not a neighborhood devoid of community nonprofits. In creating Mission For All, Maximus has, essentially, established its own community nonprofit — albeit an obeisant one. Rather than work with the community, it has purchased its own ersatz community.Laura Guzman, director of homeless services with the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, in front of a “No Monster in the Mission” banner at City Hall on June 9, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.At a recent meeting, Supervisor Hillary Ronen claims Rob Rosania outlined the offer later ballyhooed as “historic” in a press release. Maximus would trade the city two plots of land to be used for perhaps 300 units of 100-percent affordable housing. In exchange, Maximus would be able to build its 86-percent-market-rate development at 16th and Mission. Ronen described this as more of an “idea” than a proposal. But, she says, Rosania was very clear that if the city spurned this offer, Maximus would take its fight to the ballot (that the company was threatening a ballot battle if the city balked at its so-called last, best deal was known in development circles months ago). Maximus, again, does not yet own the two parcels of land in question. So, that’s interesting. But even if it obtains them — and, certainly, it can — the city still wouldn’t be thrilled with this parlay. Those parcels would likely lie fallow; high-level city officials note there’s hardly any money in the coffers right now to build affordable housing. The city spent it; perhaps you’ve noticed the four 100-percent affordable housing developments that have broken ground in the Mission, with three more approved.Land costs aren’t the hurdle now. Construction costs are. Maximus’ offer might have worked for the city several years ago — when it had money in the bank, back before 800-odd affordable Mission District units were in the pipeline. In 2016, the city accepted an arguably less generous land-donation offer regarding the “Beast on Bryant,” with a lower ceiling of potential affordable units. But that was then. And, notably, that was a deal cut with a developer who (eventually) opted to work within the system instead of waging war against it. Maximus, per a city official “has not created the space to have this kind of dialog.” Quite the opposite: “They have pissed off a ton of people. What incentive is there to do something special for them?” As for that possible ballot measure, it’s the rare land-use item that passes without consensus. And, to put it mildly, there is no consensus here. “It would be crushed,” predicts a longtime San Francisco land-use professional. “It would be the rallying cry for everything that is wrong in San Francisco.” In the meantime, everything that is wrong with this city continues, unabated, in the heart of the Mission: squalor, unaffordability, rapacity, scarcity, gaping disparities, desperation. But, on the plus side, at least it’ll stop raining soon. Great ping pong weather. Late last year, after many moons of strife and harsh invective and dueling rallies and community mobilizations, a major development was erected on the 16th Street BART Plaza. And there was much rejoicing. For it was a ping-pong table. last_img read more

LUKE Walsh has revealed he took advice from David

first_imgLUKE Walsh has revealed he took advice from David Fairleigh before signing on the dotted line at Saints.Speaking after the ink dried on a two-year deal from 2014 he said the former prop, who played for the club in 2001, gave him all the gen.“I know the history of the club there and I spoke to Dave Fairleigh too about what it was like,” the 26-year-old said. “I know it is a strong club with a young team and after speaking to Nathan Brown it went from there. I felt excited about it.“It was always in the back of my head to come over there and experience playing in Super League. Now I have a good opportunity.“It will be tough at the start as my wife and young boy will need to settle in, but I’m sure it will be a good challenge.”Luke describes himself as an “old school half back” whose job will be to guide the team around as well as bringing a good kicking and running game.“Hopefully the fans will enjoy that,” he said. “I know there is a good side there and they need a half back to steer it around, give some options and a good kicking game. I am looking forward to it.”last_img read more

NC House to hold legislative hearing over GenX discharge

first_imgRALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore announced Wednesday he will convene a legislative hearing to investigate the discharge of GenX into the Cape Fear River.“I’ll be announcing committee appointments in the coming days to convene investigative hearings on the GenX issue as soon as possible,” Moore said.- Advertisement – Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), a House Appropriations Committee chairman and legislative leader on environmental issues, also released the following statement, “We will conduct a thorough legislative hearing to review the administration’s handling of the GenX matter and carefully ensure environmental agencies are fulfilling their responsibilities of protecting drinking water for North Carolinians,” it reads.Rep. Ted Davis, a state House member who represents the lower Cape Fear region, released a statement and said he will participate in the legislative hearing, “My priority is to protect the people of New Hanover County, guarantee they have clean drinking water and get to the bottom of the GenX discharge as soon as possible,” it reads.Speaker Moore will announce a date, time and location for committee hearings to investigate the GenX discharge in the coming days.Related Article: Democratic presidential prospects swarm South CarolinaYesterday, Senate Republicans said they wanted a public hearing about GenX as well. The Senate wants to know what the Cooper administration knew about the GenX discharge and when they knew it.last_img read more

Railroad improvement will close part of River Road near Southport for 2

first_img The NCDOT says the closure is needed so a contractor for the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point can make improvements to a railroad crossing.The road closure will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday and last until 5 p.m. on Monday, October 9.Traffic will be detoured using NC 87, US 17 and US 17/74/76. (Photo: PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A portion of River Road in Brunswick County will be closed for two weeks.River Road/NC 133, north of the intersection with George II Highway/NC 87, will be closed to traffic beginning next Tuesday. That’s between Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes.- Advertisement – last_img

Drivers get stuck in flood waters on highway

first_imgSome cars risked their luck and drove through the flooded highway in Brunswick County. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Roads in the area have been dealing with a massive amount of flooding. Several drivers were stalling out trying to drive through the rising water.Highway 17 was filled with water in just a few hours. The rain pounded Brunswick County, and several sections of the highway became impassable by the late afternoon.- Advertisement – The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was out early in the afternoon, rescuing cars that got stuck in the flood waters. They urged drivers to stop and turn around because the water was extremely deep in certain spots.Some drivers heeded the warning, but many drivers pushed their luck. Cars were struggling to make it through the waters, and several people had to be rescued. One car was seen being pushed through the water to the other side of the highway.The water continued to rise, flooding the shoulders of each side of the highway.Related Article: The Bistro at Topsail closing permanently after Hurricane FlorenceMembers of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will be spending the entire night out on the roads, and they strongly urge drivers not to risk their luck.last_img read more

Special Olympics gives athletes chance to showcase skills

first_img Bob Macaluso, a volunteer with the Knights of Columbus reminds us that these athletes are no different from you and me.“The only thing special about these individuals is their love for each other and volunteering,” Macaluso said. “They take great pride in what they do. When you see them in athletic events like this it’s not a competition for them. They’re there to route for their fellow athletes.”Macaluso says that we can all learn something from a special athlete. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ashley High School’s track and field stadium filled up today for the New Hanover County Special Olympics Spring Games.Athletes were given a chance to participate in short and long distant dashes, long jumps, and work on developmental skills.- Advertisement – last_img

Cardinal defends his record

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO – Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, leaves the prosecutor’s building after a hearing over allegations he covered-up sexual abuse of minors, in Rancagua, Chile, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoFILE PHOTO – Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, leaves the prosecutor’s building after a hearing over allegations he covered-up sexual abuse of minors, in Rancagua, Chile, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado “I leave with my head up high because every allegation that has arrived at the complaints office, that I opened myself in 2011, has been or is being investigated,”This was the reaction of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, after it was announced that Pope Francis had accepted his resignation after he was accused of covering up cases of clerical sexual abuse. The cardinal is 77 years old that is two years over the age of 75 when bishops are obliged to tender in their resignation.Read: Pope accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of abuse cover upEzzati said that he cooperated with the Chilean justice system so much so that all documents asked for by the prosecutor were handed over. He told reporters that the abuse crisis was a painful experience insisting that he never covered up any abuse.“Serene conscience”The cardinal also said that the Pope in the letter accepting his resignation thanked for “remaining in this time of desolation awaiting your replacement.”The former Archbishop of Santiago and head of the Chilean Episcopal conference said that his conscience was “very much at ease and serene”.The Pope appointed Bishop Celestino Aós Braco as the temporary substitute of Ezzati.The mission of Archbishop SciclunaThe Church in Chile has been plagued for a very long time by serious accusations of sexual abuse committed by priests on minors. The pope, basing himself on the information supplied by the Nuncio and the Chilean episcopate criticized on more than occasion those who were alleging abuse. But following further revelations he had tasked Archbishop Charles Scicluna with the delegate mission of investigating what really happened.Read: Archbishop Scicluna says up to Pope to release sex abuse reportAbuse in Chile: Archbishop Scicluna ends healing mission as he starts homeward journeyArchbishop Charles Scicluna, the pope’s incorruptible collaboratorIn February 2018 Archbishop Scicluna visited Chile. Following his report, the Pope radically changed his position and eventually asked for the resignation of all Chilean bishops.Pope Francis asked Archbishop Scicluna and Bishop Bertomeu to pay a second visit to Chile during June 2018 to help in the process of healing and reconciliation. On their arrival they had told the faithful that they came to apologize on behalf of the Pope.last_img read more

Please please we cannot go back – El Hiblu 1 hearing

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> REUTERS/Darrin Zammit LupiREUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi The case regarding the alleged seizure of the merchant vessel El Hiblu 1 is being heard today in Court. The case regards three youths from Guinea, ages 15, 16 and 19, accused of forcefully taking over the merchant vessel to redirect it. Said merchant vessel had responded to a distress call, rescuing 108 aslyum seekers at sea. The accusations detail the forceful taking over, threats to cause damage and threats to harm others present.An Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) official gave his testimony regarding the incident.The AFM was informed of a vessel making its way to Maltese waters, at which point the AFM aircraft, KingAir, started to monitor the situation.The captain of the vessel informed the AFM that the vessel was under attack as it was being forcibly taken over; the AFM then informed the Captain that he was not to enter Maltese waters.El Hiblu 1 was intercepted by an AFM patrol vessel, P21, once it got closer to Malta, at which point the captain maintained: “Ok sir, but the vessel is not under my control”. Over the VHF, the voices of immigrants were heard. They were saying: “Please, please we cannot go back, we have children, three days no food, please we cannot go back”.Given that the vessel was not under the captain’s command, and that the crew were being threatened, P21 proceeded to provide a location El Hiblu 1 can proceed to within Maltese waters. Once El Hiblu made its way to said location, another Patrol Boat, P51, along with two dinghies, were deployed.Given the piracy allegations, the AFM decided to board the vessel. The captain was asked one more time whether he was still not controlling the vessel, and the captain responded that he had regained control.Inspector Omar Zammit gave his testimony, where he detailed that on 27th March, a vessel named El Hiblu 1 was allegedly taken by force. He said that the next morning, it was under the AFM’s control, and was to be docked at Boilers Wharf in Malta. The vessel was to arrive at 8.30am. He boarded the vessel at 10am. He explained that by that time, the immigrants were still all aboard.He went on to explain that the Chief Officer told him that an army-issued helicopter had guided them to save a number of immigrants at sea. According to instructions, the vessel was to take them back to Libya.The El Hiblu 1 crew also explained to the Inspector that they couldn’t contact the Libyan Coast Guards. That’s when it was decided to head towards Libya, and that is the point at which the immigrants took up tools and threatened to harm themselves and cause harm to the vessel.The case is being heard by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja.You can follow the link below (in Maltese) for more updates as they happenLIVE: ‘Tibgħatuniex lura, tlett ijiem bla ikel’; Jkompli l-każ ta’ El HibluMore details incoming.WhatsApplast_img read more

Upcoming budget should address circular economy – PD

first_img SharePrint Partit Demokratiku leader and MEP candidate Godfrey Farrugia urged that the next budget should be one that addresses circular economy, and one that reduces waste and uses natural resources efficiently.In a statement Farrugia said that a circular economy has a potential to foster jobs and sustainable growth. MEP candidate Camilla Appelgren said that nature does not have any borders and that everyone has to work to protect diminishing natural capital and safeguard the environment.According to PD a 2020 budget ‘should be a Malta Project, whereby we strive to reach the 2050 EU target to have a carbon neutral economy’.MEP candidate Anthony Buttigieg said that a coalition of 8 EU, led by France, have proposed that 25% of the European budget should go towards combating climate change.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>last_img read more

Up to 4 million stolen from Zambian ATMs

first_imgAdvertisement A ring of criminals who have allegedly siphoned $4 million from accounts of unsuspecting savers at Automated Teller Machines (ATM) in the country has been bust by the Zambian police who say foreigners working with local Zambians are suspected of being part of the criminal ring.Police deputy inspector general, Solomon Jere said Officers specialised in dealing with cyber crime will soon embark on awareness campaigns to educate members of the public on the vice.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Jere said the police are concerned that the Zambians involved in the ring have allegedly been working with foreigners said to be specialising in ATM theft. He however, has not revealed whether any of the criminals have been arrested in connection with the $4 million theft and the banks affected.He warned the Zambian public to be cautious as criminal elements may attempt to take advantage of the upcoming International Trade Fair and the Agricultural and Commercial Show to steal more from unsuspecting bank customers through ATMs.The Bankers Association of Zambia warned of increased ATM theft in the country two months ago.In March this year, unknown people tempered with Barclays Bank Zambia ATM control system and fraudulently withdrew large sums of money from one of its branches in Kabwe.Credit: ItWeb Africalast_img read more

High court stops reevaluation of Kenyas laptop project

first_imgImage Credit: IT Web Africa Advertisement Image Credit: IT Web AfricaKenya’s High Court Justice Weldon Korir has issued an order to stop the re-evaluation of the tender award to supply 1.3 million primary school laptops pending a hearing of the case on April 10.This follows Olive Telecom’s bid to the high court to appeal the decision made by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) to cancel the contract.Indian company Olive was awarded the tender to supply the laptops to Kenyan primary schools. – Advertisement – The company filed the appeal papers seeking the high court to overrule PPARB’s decision, and reinstate the tender to it, saying that the disqualification decision was malicious.“The decision is contrary to the rules of natural justice. It is based on grounds which were not pleaded by any of the applicants in the request for review applications that had been filed,” Olive’s director of sales Ajay Jain said in an affidavit filed in court.Meanwhile, PPARB said in its decision to cancel the tender that Olive did not meet the requirement that the tender applicants have a turnover of more than Kshs8 billion, and that the ministry of education officers had inflated the tender figures by Kshs1.4 billion.Olive in its defense said that its combined average turnover as a consortium was more than double the Kshs8 billion requirement.The company also defended its final bid of Kshs24.5 billion from its initial Kshs23.1 billion, saying the extra amount was a service charge for services like warranty, operating system, warehousing and distribution.In the meantime standard one pupils will have to wait longer before they can finally lay their hands on the much awaited laptops, even as schools near closure of first term.Source: ITWeb Africalast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 23 FebruaryRACING2.30 TauntonSun Quest 33/1 > 20/13.30 WolverhamptonGold Not Silver 11/2 > 4/13.50 WetherbyBig Jim 7/4 > 6/4CHELTENHAM MOVERMINELLA ROCCO 12/1 > 8/1National Hunt ChaseClose second behind Vyta Du Roc at Ascot on Saturday and vibe seems to be that the National Hunt Chase on the opening day will be his target.LIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD5/2 Juventus 13/10 Bayern Munich 11/5 DRAWUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HD19/5 Arsenal 8/11 Barcelona 14/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

Trade agreement measures will not address currency manipulation concerns Baker Institute expert

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduTrade agreement measures will not address currency manipulation concerns, Baker Institute expert saysHOUSTON – (April 29, 2015) – As Congress resumes work this spring on a bill granting Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama for completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, many members have sought inclusion of a chapter on currency manipulation.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityHowever, Congress cannot proceed without clarifying how to identify currency manipulation, according to Russell Green, an economist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “At present, the choice lies between determination by signatories — a clear poison pill for the agreement — or determination by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which renders the measure moot,” he said.Green, the Baker Institute’s Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice, has written an issue brief on the topic, “The Unfavorable Economics of Currency Manipulation Chapters in Trade Agreements,” and is available to comment on Congress’ proceedings.In his brief, Green reviews the difficulties of distinguishing between exchange-rate manipulation and legitimate, domestic-oriented policies and suggests there may be serious political obstacles to implementation.“Currency manipulation is a legitimate concern,” Green said. “However, countermeasures require clear, objective identification of currency manipulation. Both the IMF and the U.S. Treasury Department have mandates to identify currency manipulation, yet neither has done so in the past 20 years. If it can be done, why has it not happened more often?”For more information or to interview Green, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Green biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/russell-green.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 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

Information System Leaders and More – New York News

first_imgInformation System Leaders, and More – New York News RelatedRutgers Supply Chain Analytics Student Spends Summer at Amazon, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Beginning a Career in Supply Chain at Amazon – Rutgers Business School Rutgers Business School exchange student Qiying Xu recently had an opportunity to put her supply chain management theory and Lean…June 25, 2018In “Featured Home”3D Printing Research, Success Without Passion, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week. Award-Winning Paper Explores How Designers Innovate in 3D Printing Communities – Stevens Institute of Technology SOB News In a new paper from Gaurav Sabnis, Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business Assistant…October 3, 2018In “Featured Home”New York City MBA Information Technology ProgramsInformation Technology (IT) is critical to the business world. It allows organizations to work more efficiently and helps maximize productivity. IT also covers a range of areas from computer applications to remote access networks, security engineering systems, and communication. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for Information System…June 5, 2017In “Featured Home” regions: New York City Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.Teaching Creativity, Strategy to Tomorrow’s Information Systems Leaders – Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business BlogThe Stevens Institute of Technology SOB spotlighted assistant professor of Information Systems Dr. Aron Lindberg, whose Digital Innovation course is a cornerstone of the master’s program in Information Systems.Dr. Lindberg writes, “Digital products and processes are central to what businesses do today. And information systems professionals need to participate in the process of creating those products and services, and continuously pushing the envelope in search of innovation.”He adds, “With all the data available today, you need the scientific method to ensure you’re doing your analysis in ways that are reliable and valid. Otherwise, you are not going to make good business decisions.” Information Systems Master’s Program Director Dr. Paul Rohmeyer lauded Dr. Lindberg’s course, which “blends technical, management, strategy and entrepreneurship components, and presents them in an environment much like where they’ll work once they graduate.”You can read the full article here.NYU Stern Congratulates Paul Romer on Winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics – NYU SternNYU Stern’s Paul Romer was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis.”Romer has conducted “applied research on the many ways that policymakers in the developing world can use the growth of cities to create economic opportunity and pursue social reform” as part of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, which he also founded.Romer also directs the Marron Institute of Urban Management, which “deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management.”You can read the full release from NYU here.Talking with … Albert Greco – Gabelli ConnectGabelli School of Business‘ “Talking with …” feature recently spotlighted professor of marketing Albert Greco who is currently researching a business history book about the post-1980 U.S. trade book business and has a business history book proposal under review about the marketing and financing of World War II in the U.S.Greco discussed what interests him most about teaching consumer behavior, which he has analyzed in some shape or form since 1985.“Consumer behavior looks at great questions and issues related to who, what, when, where, how, and why consumers decide to buy, or not buy, products and services. This means analyzing issues related to age, gender, style, prestige, the channels of distribution, etc.”Greco also talked about issues related to university presses, which he described as “critical to the intellectual life of universities and academics, but many of them are small to medium-sized undercapitalized presses, and they need to address costly back-office operations and scale issues.”You can read more from the interview here.center_img 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 Updated Oct 23, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Arrested in San Francicso

first_img Share this article Show Discussion Wife of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Arrested in San Francicso By Jack Phillips January 16, 2017 Updated: January 16, 2017 US Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco in connection with the mass shooting that left 49 people dead, it has been reported.Following the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, Salman virtually disappeared from the public eye and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.She’s now facing charges of aiding and abetting Mateen, as well as obstruction of justice in the mass shooting—the deadliest in modern U.S. history.Salman, 30, is slated to make a court appearance in San Francisco on Tuesday, CBS News reported.Noor Zahi Salman and Omar Mateen (Facebook) Noor Zahi Salman and Omar Mateen (Facebook)“I can confirm the arrest did occur,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told on MSNBC on Monday. “This is a matter that we continue to take very seriously,” she added. Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group during the standoff, in which he was killed by SWAT team members.Earlier reports indicated that she told law enforcement officials that her husband had become radicalized a year before the shooting. According to the New York Times, Salman was investigated in the hours after the attack and officials believed she wasn’t telling the truth.Related CoverageOmar Mateen ‘Made Pledge of Allegiance To ISIS’ Before Orlando Shooting, Lawmaker SaysLaw enforcement sources told CBS they’ve suspected Salman had a role in the nightclub attack, noting that Salman had purchased ammunition with her husband. They also believe she drove with Mateen before he shot up the Pulse Nightclub. Sharelast_img read more

Houston Police Reveal What Missing Journalist Told Them When She Was Found

first_imgRoland, 29, was spotted walking under the Interstate 610 overpass in western Houston by a passerby who saw reports that she had gone missing. Reports later said that she was found near the Galleria shopping mall.When she was found, she had minor injuries but was otherwise fine, the CBS report said. Houston Police Reveal What Missing Journalist Told Them When She Was Found By Jack Phillips January 9, 2018 Updated: January 9, 2018 UPDATE: Our officers have found Ms. Roland in the Galleria area. She appears unharmed. She’ll be taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. We are not providing the location where she was found or hospital at this time. More info to follow. #HouNews https://t.co/btdaJLbifW— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 8, 2018 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video:Firefighter Going Over 100 mph Before Deadly Crash Courtney Roland’s white suv sits in a parking lot in the Galleria but no sign of Courtney. Police are hoping she comes back to her car. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/Pc0fc3X6gk— Sofia Ojeda (@KPRCSofiaOjeda) January 8, 2018 US News Show Discussion Share When Courtney Roland, a sports journalist, was found after she went missing over the weekend, officials recalled what she had told them.“When our people were talking with her she seemed pretty confused about everything,” police Lt. Manuel Cruz Jr. said, CBS News reported.She sent nonsensical texts to her mother, and her roommate later told police on Sunday that she went missing in Texas. It was revealed that she suffered memory loss to a reaction from medication, and she’s currently being evaluated in a nearby hospital.“We believe she was confused because of a reaction to medications that she had been taking,” Houston Police Capt. Mark Lentini told NBC News. Video of Courtney Roland inside ambulance shortly after she was found in Galleria. More on the investigation on @KPRC2 at 11 am. #CourtneyRoland #findCourtneyRoland #courtneyinhouston #hounews pic.twitter.com/tuT0Ib1aEv— Sofia Ojeda (@KPRCSofiaOjeda) January 8, 2018 “We do not suspect any foul play or any kind of suspicious activity attached to this incident,” Cruz said. “She appears unharmed. She’ll be taken to an area hospital for an evaluation,” the police department posted on Twitter. “We are not providing the [exact] location where she was found or hospital at this time.”“She doesn’t remember everything,” he said. “I think in her state of confusion she kind of lost track of time,” he said, adding to NBC: “I don’t think she was aware that she was being looked at as a missing person.”Roland is a journalist for AggieYell.com, and she was a former intern at NBC station KPRC.Her friend, Autumn Vara, updated a post on Facebook about finding her. “Courtney has been found by police and about to be reunited with her family,” she wrote. “Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Please respect the family during this emotional time.”last_img read more

Girl in Viral Photo With Grandfather Dies Says Family

first_img Girl in Viral Photo With Grandfather Dies, Says Family By Epoch Newsroom January 16, 2018 Updated: January 17, 2018 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: Thrilling GoPro journey down a deep well to check out reports of limestone caves Share this articlecenter_img The girl from a viral photo that showed her with her sick grandfather has passed away, according to the family.Braylynn Lawhon, 5, died from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive type of brain tumor, her family said in an announcement on Monday.“’And though she be but little, she is fierce.’ Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings this evening. Her nickname was Princess Bel and she could light up any room. She loved Hello Kitty and her birthday was December 10. She was a princess with the strength of a warrior and she will NEVER be forgotten. We need this cruel disease called DIPG to stop taking our children away from us!” the family wrote.A photo of Braylynn and grandfather Sean Peterson, who is suffering from ALS, was posted on social media before it was heavily shared.The photo was apparently taken by Braylynn’s mother, Ally Parker. She wrote: “In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father.”“It’s a true hell on earth. I feel helpless,” her grandmother, Beth Peterson-Hickman, told People magazine. “I’m trying to stay strong for my family.”“They wheeled him in to see Braylynn. He can no longer speak, he can’t move his hands and he has a feeding tube,” Peterson-Hickman added. “When he saw her, he was crying and it was heart-wrenching. I broke down and I had to turn around.”The family is now making funeral arrangements for the girl.According to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, DIPG accounts for 10 percent of all childhood central nervous system tumors.“Approximately 300 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with DIPG each year. While DIPGs are usually diagnosed when children are between the ages of 5 and 9, they can occur at any age in childhood. These tumors occur in boys and girls equally and do not generally appear in adults,” the website said.Janita Kan contributed to this report. Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

US Missionary Home After Two Years Behind Bars in Venezuela

first_img Share this article U.S. President Donald Trump reacts beside Josh Holt, an American missionary who was released by Venezuela, as Holt’s mother Laurie smiles in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2018. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas) Share Show Discussion All smiles from Holt as he bids farewell to the head of the Venezuelan intelligence services, General Gonzalez Lopez, who led the 2016 mission to capture him, describing him then as a “paramilitary”. The Venezuela story is usually more subtle, and surreal, than it first appears. pic.twitter.com/FrOIq382rO— Stephen Gibbs (@STHGibbs) May 27, 2018 Watch Next:“I Was a Communist Slave”A story of tragedy, faith, and resistance in the face of brutal totalitarianism, Memoir of a Communist Slave is one man’s journey to uncover what he believes has held him and his people hostage for too long.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video By Jonathan Landay and Angus Berwick US News center_img Matt Whitlock, a spokesman for Hatch, said the Utah Republican called Maduro last week after hearing of riots by inmates at the intelligence agency headquarters where Holt was held. In a Facebook post during the uprising, Holt had pleaded for freedom and said people were trying to break into his cell to kill him.“Josh had posted videos and pled for help so Senator Hatch made one final plea directly to President Maduro that set wheels in motion,” Whitlock wrote in an email to Reuters. “Chairman Corker went down mid-week to close the deal, and his staff have been instrumental in moving the ball forward.”Holt was held without trial at the headquarters of intelligence agency Sebin, a Caracas complex known as the Helicoide.His family says Holt was framed on the weapons charges and the United States accused Caracas of using him as a bargaining chip in sanctions talks.In televised comments earlier this month, the No. 2 official in Venezuela’s ruling Socialist Party, Diosdado Cabello, described Holt as “the head of U.S. espionage in Latin America” and said that he would remain behind bars.The United States accuses Maduro’s government of stifling democracy, repressing the opposition and massive corruption. Maduro says Washington is conspiring to topple him and seize the OPEC member’s large oil reserves.He blames a U.S. “economic war” for Venezuela’s fiscal woes, including hyper-inflation and food and medicine shortages that have triggered mass emigration. WASHINGTON/CARACAS–American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released them.They were welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Donald Trump, who told Holt he had been “incredibly brave.”“It’s amazing that you were able to take it … that was a tough situation,” Trump said during a televised meeting at the Oval Office with Holt’s parents.The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah came despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Caracas.Holt, who was arrested in June 2016 while he was in the country for his wedding to his Venezuela-born wife, said he was “overwhelmed” to be back home after two very difficult years.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Missionary Home After Two Years Behind Bars in Venezuela By Reuters May 26, 2018 Updated: May 27, 2018  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “I’m just so grateful for what you guys have done, and for thinking about me, and caring about me, just a normal person,” Holt said during the Oval Office meeting. “It really touches me,” he said, his voice breaking. The couple were accompanied home by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who met on Friday with Maduro.Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who was also at the Oval Office meeting, said earlier on Saturday in a statement that Holt’s release followed two years of intense lobbying, working with two presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts around the world, and Maduro himself.“You better really live a good life,” Hatch told Holt at the White House, drawing chuckles from Holt’s family and others.In a statement, Holt’s relatives gave thanks “to all who participated in this miracle.”A source familiar with the issue who asked to remain anonymous said there was no quid pro quo or agreement to ease U.S. sanctions tied to Holt’s release, and that Trump was not involved in the final negotiations.Sanctions To Stay“Very glad that Josh Holt is now back home with his family – where he has always belonged,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence wrote on Twitter. “Sanctions continue until democracy returns to Venezuela.”He was echoed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said U.S. policy remains unchanged. “The United States stands steadfast in support of the Venezuelan people and their efforts to return to democracy,” Pompeo said in a statement.At a news conference in Caracas earlier on Saturday, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Holt and his wife were freed as part of efforts by Maduro’s government to maintain “respectful diplomatic relations” with Washington.“This type of gesture … allows us to consolidate what has always been our standpoint: dialogue, agreement, respect for our independence, respect for our sovereignty,” Rodriguez said.Holt and his wife had been charged with espionage, violence and spreading activities against Venezuela’s constitutional order, he said. Protest against election fraude in #VENEZUELA held in #Vancouver. @CityNewsVAN @sinmordaza @andreinagg21 @mohamadmerhi #justiciaparavenezuela #justiceforvenezuela #venezolanosenvancouver #venezolanosenelexterior #fraudeelectoral #madurodictador pic.twitter.com/O8eoB5lgxW— Patricia Ochoa Ratto (@pochoaratto) May 21, 2018last_img read more