Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

first_imgHe said his department is now working to grant more people equitable access to the city’s resources and services rather than focusing on those admitted to a Navigation Center.”The model switched so we have more opportunity with other people – because we have far more need than resources,” Quezada said.In recent months, preference for the Navigation Center was given to residents of tent encampments who were relocated in a citywide push to dismantle makeshift shelters on city sidewalks. Many of those encampments were located in the Mission.Service providers began to complain that this was unfair, said Quezada. “In the legislation that created [the Navigation Center] there was a directive for equitable housing in the system,” he said, adding that the change reflects an effort by his department to be “mindful” of that directive.The Navigation Center opened at 1950 Mission St. in March 2015 and was praised for its innovative approach in helping clients transition off the streets and into housing using a rigorous onsite case-management program.It also lessened the barrier to admittance, allowing clients to bring their partners, pets, and most of their possessions.In the fall, the Navigation Center became part of a formula to house those relocated from large tent encampments, essentially excluding chronically homeless individuals and others who met the center’s criteria but were not living in encampments.“[Priority] shouldn’t be location-based,” said Sam Dodge, deputy director of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing.Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness, supports the general move towards a more equitable entry system. “There were others in greater need who should have gotten priority,” said Friedenbach.Before the recent change, residents at 1950 Mission St. remained until they were connected to supportive housing, returned home or decided to leave on their own. More than half of the homeless people who were processed through the Navigation Center and considered successful exits opted to take the free ticket home.Mission Local reporters met clients during a December tour whose residencies ranged from four months to more than a year. Those who were already in the center at the time of the policy change in September are grandfathered in and allowed to stay longer.According to a June 2016 evaluation by the City Controller’s office, those going back to the streets had, on average, a shorter stay (61 days) – than those who exited successfully (88 days) to a more permanent living situation.Ryan Hunter, a performance analyst who worked on the report, said that while data shows that 30 days was not enough to get the chronically homeless housed, it may be long enough to evaluate client needs, get people connected with relatives, and “maybe help less complex clients get into permanent supportive housing.”It was the promise of permanent housing that made the Navigation Center attractive for many of the homeless who entered, but it was also somewhat of a mirage. There are few vacancies – about 400 each year – in the 6,000 units set aside for the homeless and not nearly enough for the some 6,700 homeless residents.Securing housing for the unhoused is still the goal, said Quezada, but with limited resources, the “key criteria for permanent housing is chronic homelessness.”Quezada said once a homeless resident has spent 30 days at the Navigation Center without being placed elsewhere, they will be given the option to transfer to a 90-day city shelters. Those who refuse will likely go back to the streets.Even finding shelter beds is difficult.With torrential winter rains, the waitlist for the 1,203 emergency city shelter beds surpassed 1,000 people in December, and hovered at 999 in mid-January.Quezada said that a stay at the Navigation Center aligns with the average time it takes to move from the waitlist into a shelter – about 30 days. Clients are signed up for the city shelter list as part of the “onboarding” process at the Navigation Center.“For some people this will be a step to connect them to services, but they may choose to go back to the street,” said Quezada about the Navigation Center’s new policy, adding that the triage structure will not apply to the newer Navigation Centers.A second center opened at the Civic Center Hotel on 12th Street in June, and more are in the pipeline for construction throughout the city.Still, advocates for the homeless take issue with the policy change at 1950 Mission St. because they say chances of Navigation Center clients – for whom traditional shelters usually aren’t a good fit in the first place – cycling through the system, are high.“[Thirty days] is not a realistic amount of time to stabilize people, nor enough time to secure housing or other critical services and benefits,” said Friedenbach, of the Coalition.Friedenbach said it often means a return to the street and gives “the false appearance of movement on homelessness.”In reality, she added, it’s “just cycling folks from streets to Navigation Center and back to streets again.”Designed to house those most difficult to serve, the center’s promise of navigating the homeless off the streets and into supportive housing initially was a crucial component of the center’s plan to help its clients exit homelessness permanently.“Its why its been such a golden ticket,” said Kelley Cutler, a human rights organizer with the Coalition. “What made it such a popular thing [was] that the exit was housing.”But with not enough rooms to go around, the Navigation Center´s new policy makes it ¨primarily a shelter or 30 days,¨ said Laura Guzman, director of the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, which helps manage the Navigation Center.“I think its a problem, because we don’t have any longer the time and the housing units that it takes to house people,¨she said.Cutler said that the city’s ongoing efforts to move people out of their tents without the offer of more stable and permanent housing, can be “traumatizing” and called the 30-days “a band-aid.” 0% The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing.Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services, including the shelter system.No longer are officials making promises of permanent housing placements – its original goal.“The original incarnation was that once retained, people would stay there [at the Navigation Center] until housed,” said Quezada.center_img Tags: Affordable Housing • camp • homeless • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Tahini Middle Eastern fast food that tastes homemade

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter The Big Classic.I know there’s luscious lamb kabob in there, a fantastic hummus, some rice, tzatziki, a couple of salads, and a wonderfully smoky baba ganoush. Chicken, too. And powerfully garlicky toum to pour over the whole shebang. All of it tasted fresh to me, the meats juicy and flavorful. And as you can see, portions are huge. BF wasn’t as thrilled as I was. Is he ever?My Kitchen Sink was no less hefty:The Kitchen Sink.I got the same tasty accoutrements, but with lamb and beef koftes (the BF’s favorite!), which were also incredibly juicy. All the food was cooked to order but came out relatively fast. The only thing missing was falafel and pita! Next time.We’d noticed that a lot of people were picking up their food already made, to-go, and Caviar delivery orders seem to make up a good portion of Tahini’s business. “But then you don’t get to watch the cat videos!!” I whined to the BF. Nevertheless, the next time, I went and picked up our food for take-out.What’s the old saying? You always get screwed at the drive-thru? They messed up our order a little bit. The BF wanted falafel, pita, hummus, rice, and kofte. The closest dish they had to that came with chicken as well, plus salads, but Majthoub said he would substitute extra rice for the salads, which the BF wasn’t crazy about last time.When I got the food home, there was, sadly, no pita, which he’d been dying to try. And no chicken (which he didn’t care about anyway). Instead, we got two falafel which, for me, were overdone; I like them a little more on the golden-brown side.The Chicken Classic, sans chicken.I had the falafel shawarma.Falafel Shawarma.Tasty and veggie-heavy, but again, the falafel were cooked too dark for me. The biggest disappointment, however, was that I’d also ordered a side of zaatar fries for us to share — I was stoked to try these — Fries! Zaatar! Together at last! Unfortunately, they didn’t make it home with me either. Insert sad emoji.I did call Tahini, just to let them know about the mistake, although I didn’t intend on going back for the missing items nor try to get my money back (it turned out that they hadn’t actually charged me for the food we hadn’t received, just omitted it.) To his credit, Monti was very apologetic and said the blame was all on him.I’d never hold a mistake or two like that against a place. There seem to be many repeat customers who get their orders right, every evening. And besides, I need to go back and try those fries! They’ve become my holy grail.Fresh food, inexpensive, and cat videos. What’s not to love?Tahini2859 Mission St. (Between 24th St. & 25th St.)(415) 800-8681 Email Addresscenter_img Tahini has been open for a little over two years (how do I miss these things?) and may be giving some of our other Middle Eastern eateries a run for their money (pretty ballsy, if you ask me, to park yourself practically across the street from Old Jerusalem!) It is fast food done right, in a homey way. The space seems to be a lighthearted ode to felines, with brightly colored, exotic murals painted by local artists (and one from Australia!) and cat videos on the t.v. screen.Cat mural at Tahini.Owner/chef Monti Majthoub told me he likes them because they make people laugh. Majthoub is Syrian/Lebanese, but grew up in Madrid, and speaks fluent Spanish to his small kitchen staff, who help him prepare typical and tasty Middle Eastern dishes.On our first visit, the BF and I inquired about the various combinations pictured above the counter. The problem is that there’s no listing of the different components of each combo — Majthoub has to tell you what’s in each one. He rattled off the items in the BF’s The Big Classic:last_img read more

From the Archives After the Apollo Program Ended NASA Settled on a

first_imgSign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. First Name Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. When the Shuttle Was YoungBy Gregory CurtisFrom “Behind the Lines,” originally published in January 1984The glory of the space program is that in fifty years we have gone from setting off rockets with matches to sending up laboratories where six men can live for ten days and return to Earth as gently as a jetliner pulls into DFW. The shuttle’s takeoff is an exhilarating spectacle because it is incontrovertible proof that all the problems that stood in its way were solved by human energy and intelligence.Capitalizing on the Right StuffBy Helen ThorpeFrom “Can John Glenn Do It Again?,” originally published in October 1998It is easy to understand why John Glenn wants to go back into space. But why would NASA, a multibillion-dollar agency with important things to do, want to send him? Like John Glenn, NASA itself longs for a return to its former glory days. Employees dream like fading starlets of future leading roles, above all, a manned mission to the Red Planet. Getting anybody there would be a monumental undertaking and would cost billions. How better to generate public support for such a quest than to remind the nation of the first time it fell head over heels for an astronaut? One Giant Step for LogisticsBy Stephen HarriganFrom “Heaven & Earth,” originally published in April 2003Spaceflight has changed in ways that have inevitably leached some of the glamour away. The shuttle is a vehicle less for exploratory voyaging than for near-shore exploitation of space. Its primary job these days is the servicing and maintenance of the International Space Station. Compared with the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, the shuttle is more like a crew boat ferrying personnel and supplies to an offshore drilling platform. When those supplies are unloaded in the weightlessness of space, astronauts, like grocery stockers, keep track of the inventory with bar code readers. In orbit, they receive a per diem of just $2.The United Colors of NASABy Al ReinertFrom “The Last Blast,” originally published in April 2011More than 350 people have now gone into space on the 133 space shuttle missions, and they represent our species probably better than we deserve. There have been female commanders and farmworker’s sons, schoolteachers, heart surgeons, senators, astronomers, biologists, geologists, psychologists, jet pilots, and enough engineers to construct a space station the size of a shopping mall. And that’s just the Americans. [They have been joined] over the years by the citizens of fifteen other countries, from Mexico and Switzerland to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, men and women who took salsa music and sashimi into outer space and gave other cultures a taste of the dream. Subscribe Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Why am I seeing this? Sign up for free accesscenter_img Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Photograph by Dan Winters Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription. Enter your email address Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. You’ve read your last free article Last Namelast_img read more

HUDDERSFIELD Giants star Brett Ferres was a notabl

first_imgHUDDERSFIELD Giants star Brett Ferres was a notable addition to Steve McNamara’s 20-man England squad, which was revealed on Tuesday.The team’s preparations for the International Origin clash with the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14 will start in earnest when they gather at their base in Loughborough next week.The showdown with the Exiles represents England’s only competitive match ahead of RLWC2013, and there’ll be no shortage of motivation following series defeats to Super League’s overseas stars in 2011 and 2012.Ferres says he would relish the opportunity to help England to victory in the game following what many believed to be a deserved call-up.“It’s a massive step up for me personally as I wasn’t previously in the Elite Training Squad,” he said.“It’s a real privilege and an honour to be a part of that and it represents the first step on the ladder for me.“From here it’s just a case of being consistent in what I do and continuing to perform at the very highest level.“If I can do that then I’m giving myself a chance to still be involved when Rugby League World Cup 2013 arrives.”The England team are continuing their countdown to the match and RLWC2013campaign with an unbeatable ticket deal.Fans can see Steve McNamara’s men in action against the Exiles at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on June 14 and witness the RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony, featuring England’s clash with Australia and Wales v Italy at the Millennium Stadium on October 26, for just £45.Meanwhile, signed England ball winner Robert East will be presented with his prize at the match, and the winning programme front cover design will be showcased to spectators after students from Christ Church Primary School in Warrington and New Pasture Lane School in Bridlington put crayon to paper.Beloved RLWC2013 mascot Grubber will also be in attendance with the trophy in tow, and supporters are advised to bring their dancing shoes and be a part of an exciting new ‘viral video’ ahead of this autumn’s tournament.It promises to be an exciting evening in Warrington and the perfect pre-cursor to RLWC2013.World Cup Wednesday is kicking off the countdown with interviews and offers across Super League and Championships clubs’ websites throughout the day.For more information about exciting international ticket offers visit: http://www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk/internationallast_img read more

Governor Cooper holds roundtable discussion on opioids

first_img Governor Cooper was here for a drug overdose prevention training session for law enforcement officers. He also held a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis. This is to get more information about the epidemic in our area. He also wants to help develop the opioid action plan. The governor says because of actions from D.C., it made the fight hard.“Over the last few months in Washington, they’ve been considering health care plans that remove millions of people from health insurance. You’re going to lose the fight against opioids,” Governor Cooper says.Jesse Bennett overdosed on opioids in the past. He works with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and also says without proper support, there will not be progress.Related Article: DOJ: Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia in 2016“Part of the issues we have in approaching this from a public health issue is the lack of funding for syringe exchange programs and naloxone,” Bennett says.The organization’s executive director, Robert Childs, believes in order to combat the crisis, it especially needs more than a declaration.“I think not putting any funding or resources or legal reforms behind it is lacking if that investment is not put in,” Childs says.Governor Cooper will meet with his secretary of health and human service to determine what the designation means. He wants to know, most of all, how it will help the state going forward. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The opioid crisis affecting the nation is now a public health emergency after a declaration by President Donald Trump. As President Trump declares the opioid crisis as a threat to the country, Governor Roy Cooper continues his work to combat the opioid crisis, especially here in the Cape Fear.“Wilmington is ground zero. I am on this national six person commission that was appointed by the president. This needs to be a bipartisan approach,” Governor Roy Cooper says.- Advertisement – last_img read more

US Open Fat Bike Beach Race may double in size in 2019

first_img To accommodate the increase, Spencer plans to have two race times, segmenting the elite category from the intermediate and beginner groups, limiting each race to 100-bikers. “The elite racers will have the track alone for the first time,” said Spencer. “The elite, intermediate and beginner races will be more exciting with less congestion on the track.”The 5th annual US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship will be held March 22-24 with activities and races based at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Blockade Runner is expected to reopen in early Spring following extensive repairs due to damages from Hurricane Florence.“We’ll have some cash prizes this year thanks to our presenting sponsor Alpha Mortgage,” said Spencer. “This will attract a higher number of elite racers.”Related Article: CBS News correspondent on storm coverage: ‘Journalism can be a lifeline’“The elite race requires conditioning beyond any other type of sport, plus the mental fortitude not to quit regardless of your suffering. It’s just hard,” said Spencer. “Skill is also needed to manage a fat bike through obstacles and tough terrain.”“With two months to go, we already have 73 bikers signed up for the races,” said Spencer. “These athletes represent 39 communities in seven states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.” Spencer expects a full slate of 200 bikers in 2019, and is awaiting registrations from Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and California.“The return of the last three champions is creating excitement surrounding the 2019 women’s elite race,” said Spencer. Mount Airy’s Philicia Marion (Cycleworks Xpedo Professional Mountain Bike Team presented by Vittoria), will defend her 2018 championship against 2017 winner Zdenka ‘Zoe’ Worsham (Crank Arm Brewing Professional Team of Raleigh), and 2016 champ and “fat bike aficionado” Jesse Piersol of Downington, PA.The field of women in the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship has increased from near zero to sixteen-percent over the past four years. The growth rate is expected to continue in 2019.The competition will be equally fierce in the men’s division with a deep lineup of elite bikers seeking the top-spot. A top contender to watch is 2016 champion Robert “Fear the Beard” Marion of Mount Airy (Cycleworks Xpedo Professional Mountain Bike Team), recovering from a 2017 bike injury.“Athletes check-in Friday at Blockade Runner Beach Resort to inspect the race conditions,” said Spencer. “Saturday there will be a bike expo on the beach lawn before and after the races, followed by the awards ceremony. Competition includes a two-hour elite race; a 90-minute intermediate event; and a 60-minute race for beginners. Popular obstacles will be on the course this year with fresh surprises to challenge the bikers.”Sunday features an optional 18-mile social bike ride on the beach from Fort Fisher to Bald Head Island and back.“It’s amazing and very exciting to see so many people coming together to support the races and our community following Hurricane Florence. We are very grateful,” said Spencer.The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship will benefit the Wrightsville Beach Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public parks and amenities for residents and the island’s many visitors each year.Click for race information and registrationClick for race accommodations WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Already the largest fat bike beach race on the East coast and named one of the Top-20 festivals and events in 2018 by the Southeast Tourism Society, the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship may double in size in 2019.“For the past two years the race has been limited to 100-participants,” said Shawn Spencer, Race Director. “We’re expecting a larger field in 2019 and had to raise the cap to two hundred.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crews battle forest fire in Leland

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A reported forest fire burned at least 25 acres in Leland over the weekend, according to the Northwest Fire Department.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s office says the call came in around 6:20 Sunday evening for a fire near 2199 Maco Road.- Advertisement – According to a member of the Northwest Fire Department at the scene, the fire started Saturday. Crews thought they had it put out, but but it started up again Sunday.The North Carolina Forest Service had planes in the air dropping water on the fire.We will have more information on this story as it becomes available.last_img read more

A holistic approach to ocean governance is needed – PM

first_img1 of 5 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>center_img Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that despite the 1982 Constitution of the Oceans dictates that problems of ocean space have to be considered as a whole, there are no effective provisions in the Convention to ensure that this is undertaken. Therefore, a holistic approach to ocean governance needs to be adopted.He said this during a speech commemorating the International Maritime Law Institute’s 30th anniversary at the International Maritime Organisation in London.The 1982 Constitution, he stated, came into effect thanks to Malta. This is because in 1967, on the instructions of the Malta Government, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Arvid Pardo proposed a revision of the international law of the sea to the United Nations General Assembly.This revision proposed that firstly, the problem of ocean spaces is  to be dealt with on a holistic basis, and secondly, declared the seabed and its resources to be common heritage of humankind.However, despite these declarations, according to the PM, the problems of ocean space are not being considered as a whole. He stated that a holistic approach to ocean governance needs to be adopted, and that this strategy could be developed by the United Nations in conjunction with its specialised agencies.Ultimately, PM Muscat stated that Malta strongly supports and contributes to the work of the Organization, and that he is proud that Malta has been elected to serve in the IMO Council for a number of years.WhatsApplast_img read more

Adobe GoCreate 2012 begins

first_imgAdvertisement Entrants can upload their work to the GoCreate Web site, and use social media tools to lobby for ratings from the creative community and the general public. Entries with 100 or more ratings will qualify for inclusion in the “Hall of Fame”, which makes them eligible for prizes.Categories included in the competition are Web, design, developers, print, video, animation, photography and app development. Prizes range from Adobe software to Nikon cameras, and the grand prize-winner will receive the Adobe CS6 Master Collection.“Adobe GoCreate is an equal opportunity platform meaning that young creatives can showcase their creative works of art irrespective of their level of skill, talent or experience in the industry,” explains Adobe, adding that to some extent the community value of the project outstrips the competition element. – Advertisement – GoCreate is spearheaded by Adobe’s marketing and PR manager for Sub-Saharan Africa and Israel, Leonard Rabotapi, who hopes the initiative will empower young creatives.“As a company, Adobe is all about creativity. We understand that unlocking creative potential is key to economic and societal growth. The challenge is that globally less than half of employees describe themselves as creative and only one in four feel that they are living up to their creative potential,” says Rabotapi.Previous winner of the video category, Thando Tshabalala, says: “Adobe GoCreate provided an opportunity for me to profile my work and get recognition for my passion as a young creative. It is a great platform to encourage upcoming and established creatives to learn and appreciate each other’s work.”“At Adobe, we challenge the assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun. There’s always something new, every day, every hour and every minute as people want to express themselves, make themselves known, to forge and deliver truly original thoughts,” says Adobe’s marketing director for emerging markets, Lothar Haenle. “Our purpose is to break down the barriers to creation.”By Kathryn McConnachie, ITWeb.last_img read more

MTN Uganda accused of frustrating competition

first_imgAdvertisement EzeeMoney, a subsidiary of Mobile Money International, a platform to provide mobile money services in Uganda is accusing MTN Uganda of frustrating competition. EzeeMoney through AF Mpanga advocates, alleges that it had obtained a contract from MTN for the provision of digital transmission [E1] and 30 fixed telephone lines to carry out its mobile money business.EzeeMoney says upon receiving approval from UCC [Dec 12] and clearing it to use the 7711 short code to enable its customers to subscribe for e-money services, the firm went ahead and contracted Yo! Uganda Limited (YUL) to implement the service.According to a January 10 letter, YUL wrote to MTN, requesting for the activation of EzeeMoney’s 7711 short code on its network. – Advertisement – However, it is reportedly said, MTN, acting in blatant infringement of the provisions of section 53(1) and (2) (a) of the Uganda Communications Act, responded in a letter to YUL dated January 28, saying it (MTN) was not in position to activate EzeeMoney’s short code on the YUL account.“EzeeMoney is in direct competition with MTN in the provision of mobile money services, should they wish to clarify their request, they are welcome to engage MTN directly,” reads part of the letter written by MTN’s chief marketing officer Mr Ernst Fonternel.EzeeMoney says because of the ‘unlawful conduct’, an order should be issued prohibiting MTN from carrying out anti-competitive conduct against it and impose a fine of 10 per cent of its annual turnover as at Dec 31, 2012.MTN Uganda general manager corporate services and chief legal counsel, Anthony Katamba however, said MTN has never had any contract with EzeeMoney.“This is news to us and we can’t comment because we don’t know what they are talking about,” Mr Katamba said.Mr Patrick Mwesigwa, UCC Technical Manager told this newspaper that UCC asked EzeeMoney to submit their complaint against MTN in writing given its complexity.Credit: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

5 mustdos for Apple to regain its mojo

first_imgDuring one of Apple watch exhibitions. Image Credit: CloudFront Advertisement  iPhone sales are slowing. The stock market and world economy are wobbly. Apple’s secretive car project has apparently stalled.Apple faces a bumpy road this year.Apple CEO Tim Cook said as much Tuesday, after the company announced the slowest growth in the nine-year history of the iPhone and Cook acknowledged that iPhone sales will decline, year over year, in the current quarter. He blamed vexing economic conditions in China, Russia, Brazil and elsewhere for the financial performance, which included declines in the sales of iPads and Macintoshes. – Advertisement – The company warned investors to expect revenue in the second quarter to fall up to 14% not what investors want to hear from a “growth company.”Wall Street reacted with alarm, sending Apple shares down nearly 7% in trading Wednesday and raising questions over how Apple can kick-start growth. They slipped further Thursday.A turnaround could start with the release of iPhone 7, rumored to be launched in September. But unless that product attains blockbuster status as iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus did, Apple could enter trying times.What’s a giant company, still the most valuable in the Standard & Poor’s 500, supposed to do? Here are five things the company needs to do to get back on a growth track:Put cash to better useApple has turned into a multibillion-dollar savings account. Apple ended the just-reported December quarter with $215.7 billion in cash and investments. That’s more than any other company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 and up 22% from a year ago. But the company isn’t doing much with the money, most of which is stored overseas to avoid the taxes owed if brought home.Currently, 93% of Apple’s cash is overseas, says Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. Instead, the company has been loading up on long-term debt now to the tune of $53 billion to give it liquidity to pay a dividend and buy back shares.Rather than using cash for financial engineering, Apple should look to use it to buy start-ups in areas it is lacking, such as virtual reality, messaging and artificial intelligence. Apple has scooped up more than 25 small companies over the past two and a half years, including recent purchases such as Emotient, a start-up that uses artificial intelligence to read facial expressions, and Faceshift, whose motion-capture technology lets animated avatars double the facial movements of real actors.Its rivals, meanwhile, have made bigger splashes. Facebook spent billions on VR pioneer Oculus, popular photo-sharing service Instagram and WhatsApp, a leader in mobile-messaging. Google snapped up Nest, considered vital in the Internet of Things space.Find ways to innovate in a stagnant smartphone market. You probably already have an iPhone, if not two or three. But that’s the problem.The smartphone market is increasingly looking like the PC market: Mature and stagnant. Consumers are slower to upgrade to the latest iPhone, as they see the one they have as being “good enough.” Making things even more difficult is the decision by carriers to do away with subsidized two-year contracts that masked the $650 price tag of iPhones.Apple needs the iPhone 7 to be a winner. Apple gets 68% of its revenue from the smartphone. The Apple Watch, billed as the next biggest thing since the iPhone, doesn’t appear to have the broad appeal to make up for stalling growth of the smartphone. A new version of the Watch is expected in March, but barring killer features and apps, its standing in the consumer market isn’t like to change much.Enter the car market. Apple won’t publicly acknowledge Project Titan, its auto-related venture, but it is likely a centerpiece of the company’s future. Whatever its final form a driverless car, digital dashboard or something else the concept of a moving ecosystem of Apple products is the ultimate lifestyle choice.It’s a big bet that comes with many moving parts. Apple is competing with major automakers, Tesla and upstart Faraday Future while it copes with the recent departure of the head of the project, longtime Apple engineer Steve Zadesky, and a reported hiring freeze within the 1,000-person project. Apple’s design chief Jony Ive, according to one blog, recently expressed his displeasure with progress of Project Titan never a good sign within the Apple universe.[related-posts]Figure out servicesMany of Apple’s services so far have fallen flat. Despite a $3 billion bet on Beats Music in 2014, its tweaked Apple Music streaming service trails leaders Pandora and Spotify and has failed to be a big revenue generator. Apple Pay made a splash with advertising, but has failed to catch on because of reluctance by large retailers to hand over the relationship with their customers to Apple. Apple’s cloud services remain rudimentary, helping people to back up their photos an area where competitors offer better solutions.Apple needs to find a way to monetize the users of its 1 billion hardware devices, even if they’re not buying new gear. Investors are worried an emphasis on service is an ominous sign,  UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said in a report.“The investor concern is that companies like Xerox and semi-cap names start talking about services as they are going ex-growth,” he said.Apple needs to find a way to tap existing users for add-on services, said Abhey Lamba, an analyst at Mizuho Securities.Reach emerging marketsThe developed world is up to the gills in smartphones and tablets already.  But it’s a different story in emerging nations, where there could be growth left. Apple grew 14% last quarter in China.But it’s unclear if the company’s strategy of selling high-priced smartphones will appeal to a country with lower per-capita income than in the developed world.  Winning over emerging nations won’t be as easy as some bulls thought, given Apple’s “sobering” commentary about the slowdown in China and other less-developed nations, Lamba of Mizuho said.“The company indicated material softness in China,” Lamba said. Apple is expected to boost investment in India to help counteract the problems in China, he said.Despite all its troubles and its falling stock price, Apple remains a favorite with investors. Analysts still think the stock can be worth $136.47 a share in 18 months, said S&P Capital IQ. That implies a roughly 46% upside from Wednesday’s closing price of $93.42 a share.[USA Today]last_img read more

BENS BLOG Favourite Yock

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, what a fantastic weekend I’ve had. On Saturday, it was off to David Garbacz’ (twitter @david_garbacz) house, for his 50th birthday party. And, as ever, he went above and beyond, to entertain everyone. Apart from the usual selection, of outrageous Jewish milfs on display, there was one other shocking incident I must inform you of…When the grub was being served up, I maneuvered myself into pole position (obviously), but on charging my way towards the buffet, I was greeted by a shocking site, my dear Blog! Sausages!! I noted that some Philippino helpers had been drafted in for the day, and it occurred to me, that they had made a terrible error, whilst serving up the food, at the most Kosher man in north London’s, very own, private party. No! Thank God!! On investigation, they were chicken.Anyway, I had the great pleasure of being introduced, to say a few words, as David’s token gentile-friend. ‘My favourite Yock’, I think was the exact description provided. Well, here’s to many more happy birthdays, David..!In other news:SHOCK HORROR – It’s all gone wrong in Greece! They’ve milked the EU for all they can, and are going back to being the same skint nation they were before. (Not, OBVIOUSLY, without knocking us all for a chunk.) So, the plan of action, has been, to vote in the biggest lefties they can find, ignore all the rules set and agreed to, turn the money printers on, and start getting the dough out of the cash-point – ASAP!! Don’t worry though, standard protocol will remain: As with all lefties, when it goes wrong, yet again; IT WON’T BE THEIR FAULT.I think it’s time to get my favourite crowbar out, and open up a few gullets, isn’t it, me old Blog? Didn’t someone tell us about all of this, some time ago? Weren’t ALL the warnings firmly given? How HAS trying to save all the unlucky-face countries really been going? Oh, but they’re all just so, SO grateful…!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Burnley v Watford

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]leasing result with the victory of Southampton yesterday. I wasn’t sure that 3-0 was an accurate reflection on the game but will take it.Burnley and Watford meet for the first time in the top flight tonight at Turf Moor in the final match of a ‘weekend’ which has delivered a bumper number of goals.Their last four encounters in the Championship have all resulted in a draw and just three points (but six places) separate them in the league table.The promoted teams Burnley, Hull and Middlesbrough are all finding life quite tough, which is ominous given there’s usually a pre-Christmas adrenalin surge from the newbies.Watford arrive in Lancashire in good form – bidding for a third successive win having beaten West Ham 4-2 and Man U 3-1.Their head coach Walter Mazzarri said: “We have shown that we can fight against anyone, but the real step forward I want to see is how we will behave against a club like Burnley.“I haven’t been here long and I need to verify the progress of this team, and we will see tonight what the progress is.”Burnley v WatfordPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 1-1 BurnleyDec 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Burnley 0-0 WatfordMar 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 3-3 BurnleyDec 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Burnley 1-1 WatfordMar 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 3-2 BurnleyAug 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Burnley 2-2 WatfordFeb 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 1-3 BurnleyNov 2010 CHAMPIONSHIP Burnley 3-2 WatfordJan 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP Watford 3-0 BurnleySep 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP Burnley 3-2 WatfordA tricky Monday night fixture and I’ll try BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at around 4/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 12 points at 4/5 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +78.83 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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first_img£25 FREE BET IFBOTH TEAMS SCORE IN THE FIRST HALFWe are giving all starsports.bet NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if BOTH TEAMS SCORE IN THE FIRST HALF.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at starsports.bet between 8.30pm on Thursday 25 April and 8pm on Friday 26 April. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at starsports.bet anytime from 8.30pm on Thursday 25 April to 8pm (GMT) on Friday 26 April.(2) In addition, you must place at least one bet online with starsports.bet before 8pm (GMT) on Friday 26 April. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the starsports.bet web site, excluding specials or enhanced odds markets.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if BOTH TEAMS SCORE IN THE FIRST HALF (Liverpool v Huddersfield 8pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(14) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

Baytown Native Earns Distinguished Service Award

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael CinelliPHONE: (713) 831-4794 BAYTOWN NATIVE EARNS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDTommy LaVergne practices his storytelling frequently.Much like an approaching Texas tornado, there are warning signs as LaVergne prepares to spin his latest yarn. His eyes sparkle. He smiles slightly. Then the words begin to flow. His audience listens intently, waiting for a punch line or two, which always punctuatethe stories he tells.He can talk about camping out in Lovett Hall waiting for ghosts to appear, or how he obeyed federal agents’ orders not to peek through his Wiess College blinds at dignitaries visiting campus for the Economic Summit in July 1990.His storytelling gift, however, reaches beyond lunch hour conversations when he picks up a camera. LaVergne has captured the spirit of Rice and its people for nine years in colorful and emotional photographs that grace the pages of Sallyport, the university’s alumni magazine, and in black-and-white images of campus events that appear frequently in Rice News.For his accomplishments at Rice, which include numerous CASE awards, and for his ability to put anyone at ease in front of or away from his camera lenses, LaVergne received the university’sDistinguished Service Award in June.“Tommy is a real asset to the publications department,” said Jeff Cox, Publications Office director. “He makes our jobs easier with the quality images he consistently produces. He justly deservesthis recognition.”Uncharacteristically, LaVergne was at a loss for words when he received the service award during a surprise reception in the third floor conference room of Allen Center. By the end of the day, however, he was back to being “just plain old Tommy,” reluctant to trumpet his contributions to campus lifethrough his photography, talking more about his Rice “family.”“This has to be the premiere photography job in the city,” LaVergne said. “The people here are incredible to work with, and for me it’s like a big family. I have friends in every department I feelI can confide in when I need to talk about something.” LaVergne is the son of Wanda and Cecil Gorden, and the late Alex LaVergne, all of Baytown. He graduated from Baytown’s Robert E. Lee High School in 1980. After a few years at college, he arrived at Houston’s Art Institute to perfect his photographic skills. His first “shoot” for Rice was the 1987 commencement ceremony,although he was not an official university employee at the time. Since then, he hasn’t missed a graduation day. He has carried his cameras across campus, around the country and overseas, catching upwith alumni for feature stories in Sallyport.“It’s a challenging job,” LaVergne said. “I’m always trying to make people feel at ease when I put the camera in front of them. And now, after being on campus for awhile, I have to work at finding a new way to take a picture. I come up on a spot where when I wasfirst here I would say, `this looks good.’“Now the challenge is to make the same type of pictureinteresting, appealing, and do it in a very short period of time.”LaVergne’s stories have taken on a familial theme during the past few years. In addition to talking about his latest exploits either on or off campus, the Sugar Land resident now tells tales about his family: Mary Beth, his wife, and their two children, Alec,2, and Julia, who is six months old.“There is nothing like the feeling you get when you hear your child call you `Daddy,’” LaVergne said. “It’s the greatest feelingin the world.” ### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img

Rice political scientist available to discuss escalating tensions in Russia and Ukraine

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777ah25@rice.eduRice political scientist available to discuss escalating tensions in Russia and UkraineHOUSTON — (April 17, 2014) — As tensions escalate between Ukraine and Russia, Rice University international relations expert Ric Stoll is available to discuss how the situation may impact European support for defense spending.RIC STOLLStoll’s recent paper, “The Acceptability of War and Support for Defense Spending Evidence from 14 Democracies, 2004-2013,” finds that recent events in Ukraine are likely to produce a modest increase in public support for defense spending in Europe.The study analyzed public opinion in 13 countries from 2004 to 2013 and found that both citizen acceptance of war and support for defense spending are most consistently influenced by basic beliefs, values and life experience. Stoll also found that this support is increased by external threats and by support for the NATO Alliance and U.S. global leadership, and all of these are likely to increase in reaction to Russian actions in Ukraine.“I believe that the situation with Russia and Ukraine will cause a number of European governments to reconsider their defense spending,” Stoll said. “A number of these countries have been cutting spending, but at some point you must end this behavior or you won’t have a military.”Stoll said this situation is different from others involving European military personnel.“We’re dealing with a situation that if it gets worse, it directly involves Europe,” Stoll said. “It also involves a break of the 1994 agreement between Russia and Ukraine. When Ukraine became independent, they returned weapons to Russia with the understanding that Russia would respect its borders. And that’s not what is happening. This entire situation has broad implications for national security and defense spending in Europe.”Stoll is the Albert Thomas Chair of Political Science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and is regularly quoted by the news media about national and international security issues.For more information or to arrange an interview with Stoll, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or ah25@rice.edu.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Ric Stoll bio: http://politicalscience.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=147Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Top MBA Recruiters The World of LEK Consulting

first_img L.E.K. Consulting is a leader in management consulting. Headquartered in London and Boston, the company is known for its services in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. And with over 1,200 employees across 21 worldwide offices, it’s one of the most desirable companies for MBA graduates—trailing only Google—according to a 2017 national survey and ranking by TransparentCareer.Founded in 1983 by three partners from Bain & Company, L.E.K Consulting offers MBA graduates the opportunity to work across all major industries including defense, aviation, life sciences, healthcare, energy, entertainment, transport, retail, consumer products, and finance. This wide breadth of expertise provides a unique opportunity to explore many different areas while working at a single company. It’s also one of the reasons L.E.K Consulting made it onto Forbes “2018 The Best Management Consulting Firms” list.Other awards and recognition for L.E.K. Consulting include: Named “Strategic Consultants of the Year” at the 2015 Health Investor AwardsRecognized by the 2016 Excellence in Social & Community Investment AwardsRanked #11 in Consulting Magazine’s 2016 Best Firms to Work ForMBA Recruiting at L.E.K ConsultingL.E.K Consulting looks for MBA job candidates who demonstrate exceptional performance and contributions. As a consultant, you can expect your role to involve:Regular collaboration with partners and managersAnswering critical questions through analyses and structured approachesManaging your team’s day-to-day activitiesIn 2017, L.E.K. Consulting hired around 50 MBAs from U.S. business schools, looking for candidates with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. However, gaining a position at L.E.K. Consulting can be an intimidating experience. They’re ranked as having one of the world’s most challenging interview processes—ranking 3.4 on a 5-point scale—according to Fortune Magazine. Last Updated May 14, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Top MBA Recruiters: The World of L.E.K. Consulting Salary & Benefits of Working at L.E.K. ConsultingAccording to TransparentCareer, the average total compensation for an L.E.K. Consulting employee with an MBA degree is $252,500. That can be broken down into approximately:Base: $150,000Performance Bonus: $25,000Retirement & Profit Sharing: up to $30,000Signing Bonus: $25,000Relocation: up to $5,000As for employee benefits, it’s a large, multi-national organization, so there are many advantages including life insurance/disability, 401(k), paid holidays, and vacation.MBA Internship ProgramOne of the best ways for an MBA candidate to get an “in” at L.E.K. Consulting is through their Summer Associate program. This eight- to ten-week program is available for top-performing MBA candidates who want to experience real casework as part of a team.Students will dedicate 100 percent of their time to a single engagement, which will result in guiding and managing the client to a solution. As a Summer Consultant, you can expect to complete a range of day-to-day activities, and you’ll be responsible for:Identifying critical issuesStructuring analysesManaging AssociatesCommunicating insightsParticipating in client communicationSummer Consultants have the support of all full-time Consultants at L.E.K. This means that you’ll have a chance to be mentored throughout the summer with guidance and coaching.International SWAP ProgramOne unique opportunity that L.E.K. Consulting offers its employees is their SWAP Program. This program gives consultants a chance to SWAP their position with another associate anywhere in the world for a short period. For example, a Boston consultant might head to Paris while the Paris associate heads to Boston for six months. During the SWAP, you do not change your job. Instead, you change your work location for a unique international experience.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: What Are The 5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World?Working at L.E.K. ConsultingWhat’s it like to work at L.E.K. Consulting? According to Glassdoor reviews, it’s a “fast-paced, dynamic work environment.” However, it can also be demanding and “hard to maintain a work-life balance.” One thing that most employees agree on is that the work is challenging with great people to work with who are talented, smart, and fun.According to one consultant who has been at the company for three years, “L.E.K. runs teams lean compared to other consulting firms, meaning all team members will have meaningful step-up opportunities and more responsibility/ownership relative to their peers at other firms, earlier in their careers. The work is generally interesting, and the learning curve is steep. This job will keep you learning and challenged.”On the flip-side, “Work/life balance seems worse at L.E.K. relative to other firms, because of the lean structure. Most projects are under-staffed. In addition, there are no systems/processes in place to retain talent that is burned out.” 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 RelatedWhat Are The 5 Highest Paying Consulting Firms in the World?”Is this going to be worth it?” If you are currently or have ever considered earning an MBA degree, it’s likely that you’ve asked yourself this question. Given the burgeoning cost of tuition—especially for top business programs—plus the loss in income and cost of living while pursuing your education, it’s…March 15, 2018In “Advice”The Top Consulting And Strategic Management Chicago MBA ProgramsWhile industries such as investment banking may be attracting fewer MBAs, that’s not the case for consulting. Year-after-year it continues to be the top draw for MBA graduates. The 2015 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) revealed that a job in consulting services or management consulting upon…January 30, 2017In “Featured Home”Beyond 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”last_img read more

Penn State Smeal Director of Admissions Answers 5 Burning MBA Questions

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedPhiladelphia MBAs and a Consulting CareerIf you’re pursuing your MBA to get a job in consulting, then consider heading to Philadelphia. Philadelphia is home to some of the top MBA programs in the country, and many of them place an emphasis on consulting careers. We focused on three schools: the Wharton School at the University…March 9, 2016In “Advice”Smeal Awards Merit-Based Financial Aid to 100 Percent of Incoming MBA ClassEvery student entering the MBA program at the Penn State Smeal College of Business received some level of financial aid based on merit this year, as both scholarships and graduate assistantships (GAs) increased. Support from the college, Penn State University and donor gifts made the record level of aid possible,…September 6, 2013In “Featured Region”Smeal MBA Students Attend Largest Career Fair in the USThirty four MBA students at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business had the opportunity to attend the largest career fair in the country at the annual exposition and conference of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) in Houston. The Smeal College of Business and Penn State University both contributed…November 11, 2013In “Featured Region” Last Updated Apr 30, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Philadelphiacenter_img Penn State Smeal Director of Admissions Answers 5 Burning MBA Questions In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Michael Waldhier, the Director of Admissions at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business. Waldhier talks about the close-knit, collaborative community at Smeal, his alumni experience, and the many activities, clubs, and opportunities available for students. He also shares about the 150-year-old Penn State Berkey Creamery—excuse us while we go grab some ice cream!Michael Waldhier, Director of Admissions at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business1. What is the Smeal College of Business’ greatest asset and what do you wish MBA students knew more about?“Rather than discussing our #1 ranking in supply chain management or the fact that Penn State has the largest active alumni network in the country, I honestly think our greatest asset is our class—specifically the individual, tightly-knit, collaborative atmosphere that exists in our MBA program. We only accept 60 students per year in the resident MBA program, which allows for an unparalleled amount of interaction within the cohort, and ensures that faculty and staff build strong, personal relationships with everyone in the class.”2. What makes the Smeal College of Business a special place for you?“In addition to being Director of Admissions, I am also an alum of the Smeal MBA program, and remain extremely close to most of my classmates and many of the professors who still teach in the program today. After graduation, I was fortunate to land a principal role in strategy consulting and had the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively over the course of my career. When it was time to transition to something new, returning to Penn State, to ‘Happy Valley,’ and to Smeal was an easy decision for my family to make. This program had an enormous positive impact on my life and set me on the path to success, and I can’t think of any better way to pay it forward to future generations of Smeal MBAs than to be where I am today.”3. How would you describe the culture of the Smeal College of Business? Is it more collaborative or competitive?“As mentioned, given the small size of our MBA community and the amount of teamwork that is required throughout the experience, our program is extremely collaborative, so much so that students often help each other to broaden networks, land internships and jobs, and even study for exams. We put a lot of emphasis upon collaboration and teamwork, and students will recognize each other for positive contributions to the program that are aligned with the Penn State Values of integrity, responsibility, excellence, respect, discovery, and, of course, community.” 4. How does Smeal help MBA students pursue their special interests?“While the MBA program itself may be very small in size, Penn State University is one of the largest in the nation, and there are activities and special interest clubs and groups for virtually everyone. Within the MBA program, we have numerous clubs and associations for students to join such as the MBA Association, Consulting Club, Net Impact, Finance Association, Military and Veterans MBA Association, and more. In addition, students have access to courses across the university if they want to explore a topic outside of the core Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Consulting concentrations. To that end, we have packaged optional programs of study in nearly 20 topic areas, with more being added each year. This allows students the flexibility to customize their MBA experience and pursue just the right mix of coursework to satisfy any career or personal interest.”5. What is your favorite part of the Penn State campus?“There are a plethora of wonderful hiking and biking trails in the mountains surrounding Penn State, but the Arboretum is a special place where one can walk through gardens inspired by cultures across the world and study or relax amidst fountains and koi ponds,” Waldhier says.A lot of people will talk about the Penn State Berkey Creamery, which has been making ice cream for over 150 years, or Beaver Stadium, one of the largest college football stadiums in the United States, but one of my favorite places on campus is the Penn State Arboretum. There are a plethora of wonderful hiking and biking trails in the mountains surrounding Penn State, but the Arboretum is a special place where one can walk through gardens inspired by cultures across the world and study or relax amidst fountains and koi ponds. It also helps that it is right next door to the Smeal College of Business, so students frequently go there after class for team meetings or to relax and unwind after a stressful day.”last_img read more

Handcuffed Texas Suspect Who Shot Himself Has Died

first_img Share this article A Texas man who managed to pull a handgun from his waistband and shoot himself in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police patrol car died of his wound Monday, one day after the shooting.An Austin police statement confirmed that 19-year-old Zachary Khabir Anam, 19, died at University Medical Center-Brackenridge, according to an Austin police statement.Anam was taken into custody at the Barton Creek Square shopping mall around midday Sunday, where private security officers had detained him on suspicion of shoplifting and carrying a controlled substance. Interim police Chief Brian Manley said Anam was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol car for the ride to police headquarters downtown. En route, Anam managed to reach his manacled hands round his right side, grabbed a handgun hidden in a rear waistband, and pointed the weapon at his own head with threats to shoot himself, Manley said.The officer at the wheel, who was not identified, stopped the car, got out and ordered Anam to drop the gun. Back and forth the threats and demands went for six minutes until Anam shot himself, Manley said. The confrontation was recorded on the dashboard camera of a police patrol car trailing the one containing Anam, Manley said.Texas teen who shot himself in patrol car has died https://t.co/DKVjPYWLxj pic.twitter.com/ADgJqIKcYD— WSYX ABC 6 (@wsyx6) January 9, 2017A police spokeswoman would say whether Anam had been searched thoroughly for weapons, and Manley said that would be a focus of the internal investigation being conducted Monday. Even if the suspect had been searched and handcuffed previously by private security officers, Austin Police Department policy holds each officer responsible for searching each person taken into custody for weapons.Anam had run afoul of the law previously. In April 2016, he was arrested on a drug possession charge in Buda, about 15 miles southwest of Austin. That case remained open. At the end of May 2016, Austin police issued a warrant accusing him of engaging in organized criminal activity involving a string of burglaries and auto thefts. The warrant hadn’t been served yet.The officer who had custody of Anam has been on the force for 11 years.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   (Prath/shutterstock) US center_img Handcuffed Texas Suspect Who Shot Himself Has Died By The Associated Press January 9, 2017 Updated: January 9, 2017 Share Show Discussionlast_img read more