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first_img Tags: crimes • Mission Police Station • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Gutierrez said a team of plainclothes officers had been shifted from a 2 p.m. to midnight shift to a 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift to better address late-night and early-morning crime. He also reported that officers had been focusing traffic enforcement on areas known to be frequented by johns, who often cruise through stop lights. The police presence, he said, “sends a message that we’re here.”But in both areas, tenants seemed unconvinced that something would actually be done.“More patrols need to happen,” said one resident.Cephus referenced previous neighborhood meetings and a survey she had distributed in the hopes of identifying and being able to prosecute specific individuals who cause trouble at the park, but said only one survey had been returned. Cephus and Gutierrez both encouraged residents to continue to make calls to police about illegal activity.  The high call volume would demonstrate a need for officers to higher-ups. Reports to police, both said, would also help support the cases necessary to actually apprehend criminals.But neighbors weren’t thrilled about being told to simply continue to do what they have already been doing.“It’s exhausting to have to keep making calls,” said one. “Neighbors are moving.”“How many phone calls do you get on an area before it gets flagged?” another wanted to know.Some also wanted to know about enforcement of San Francisco’s sit-lie ordinance, which allows for citations against individuals sitting or lying on city sidewalks, as a potential method of discouraging the tents. Some of the latter, they said, harbored the individuals they suspected of crime. But Gutierrez said sit-lie citations rarely, if ever, lead to arrests or serious consequences for not being paid. Others disagreed with targeting the encampments.“Some of these people rob, some of these people steal…but I think criminalizing homeless people is a mistake,” said Molly Hankwitz, who coordinates the garden program at Parque Niños Unidos. As for prostitution and related problems on Capp and Shotwell, Gutierrez said a specialized prostitution abatement team had been working in the area a few months ago, but after one of its officers was injured, their assignment was suspended while the officer recovered. Union rules and for safety  prohibit stationing one officer alone, he said.But he also said the ability to send officers to calls for service depended on the priority of the call, and with robberies and other violent crime, calls for prostitution might be a lower priority depending on manpower.   The captain’s absence from the meeting, for example, which some residents felt snubbed by, was the result of a last-minute notification about an impromptu rally in the Castro that officers responded to.“My son is eight months old, and since he’s been born two people have been killed on my street,” said a resident. “How can we advocate for you to get more resources?”“Be aware of what and who you’re voting for and are they going to support more [officers],” said Cephus.Joshua Arce, a civil rights attorney and laborer’s union liaison who is running for District 9 Supervisor, echoed that sentiment and pointed out that strong controversy over policing has led to disagreement over how to fund the police. “Until we have the de-escalation policies in place and get back to a level of trust…that will be the challenge at City Hall,” Arce said. But the attention to prostitution along the Capp Street corridor already goes beyond Mission Station officers. Special Victims Unit officers and law enforcement from other regional organizations are assisting with identifying with and prostituting regionally active pimps. Cephus also said she had participated in ride-alongs with police on night details to the area to speak with prostitutes and offer them ways to escape prostitution, which often comes as the result of exploitation and sexual trafficking. “We do treat prostitutes as victims in San Francisco,” she said. She also asked residents with security cameras to contact her to assist with identifying repeat offenders.“I think what we want is the magic bullet that’s gonna solve the problem, is regular foot or bicycle patrols,” said resident Ira Woodhead, emphasizing the chilling effect he had observed unexpected uniformed law enforcement presence has on johns.Gutierrez did agree to suggest to the Captain the possibility of having a two-officer team at spend some time in the area during their shift.“There’s a lot of frustration, and a lot of what sounds like there’s nothing we can do,” Woodhead said after the meeting. Nonetheless, he added, “I’m hopeful that we’ll see something happen. It seemed like they were listening at the end.” At a community meeting on Thursday evening, frustrated residents asked for advice and more action from police to reduce pimping, prostitution, violence, and drug dealing in two local hotspots.Residents of Capp and Shotwell streets between 16th and 20th streets asked for increased police attention to prostitution and violence they say stemmed from disputes among pimps. Others who live near Parque Niños Unidos at Folsom and 23rd streets wanted to know what would be done about a group of individuals they said use and sell drugs, threaten passerby, and camp on the sidewalk.Mission Station’s Lieutenant Carlos Gutierrez and Assistant District Attorney Justine Akiko Cephus fielded questions, many of them emotional. “Our neighborhood is fed up with all the excuses you guys are giving us,” said resident Reynaldo Aparicio. “You get paid well beyond blue collar and yet you are not providing us the priority we were looking for.”center_img 0%last_img read more

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first_img “I think it would be very good for the community cause it may bring more businesses to the community. Right now, nobody really wants to come because it’s such a limited sales group. I think it would be great for our business cause it will bring more business. People wouldn’t have to go to Elizabethtown or Lumberton just to buy alcohol,” Lockamy said.The town’s mayor and board of commissioners are letting voters decide whether to approve the sale of beer and wine.“I’m the one that actually made the motion to put it on the ballet because I think the the people- anytime I can get the people an opportunity to vote on the decision, I like to give them the opportunity to vote on it themselves,” David Hursey, Dublin mayor pro tem, said.Related Article: Breweries take blow from partial government shutdownBut not everyone is on board with the idea.“We’re mostly in the bible belt right here and most of the people used to go to Elizabethtown to get it, if they’re going to get it. That’s the alcoholics in our neighborhood. But I think we’d be better off without it,” David Vann said.“As far as going in to the store and buying it and taking it home and drink it, I think that’s, in my opinion, that’s okay. But as far as serving it to the public, that’s opening up a new can of worms,” James Bryan said.If passed, Dublin would follow in the footsteps of White Lake, who approved alcohol sales last year. Hursey encourages anyone who feels passionately about this to come out and vote. DUBLIN, NC (WWAY) –To sell or not to sell beer and wine. That is the question for one Bladen county town. The people of Dublin will vote on a referendum tomorrow. Dublin is a dry town but it might not be for long.Inman’s IGA co-owner, Melissa Lockamy, wants the chance to stock the grocery store shelves with beer and wine. She thinks it would benefit more than her store.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img One of the minors, who is 14-years-old, said the gun belonged to his father, but another minor, who is 16-years-old, is the one who discharged the weapon.Police say the 14-year-old had the gun on school property earlier in the day. The teens are students at New Hanover High School.The 14-year-old is charged with possession of weapon on school grounds and possession of a weapon by a minor.Related Article: North Carolina officers remove hundreds of pets from homeThe 16-year-old is charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits.The other two minors were not charged. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Wilmington minors are facing charges after being found with a 9 mm handgun in the 500 block of North 15th Street Wednesday morning.According to a news release, Wilmington Police responded to the area around 8:30 a.m. where a caller reported seeing four teens shooting the gun.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgWPD offers ALICE training to area businesses. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department says being prepared is always a priority especially when an active threat is present. That’s why they held a program Tuesday for business owners and community members.The seminar at Thalian Hall was part of the ALICE training institute. ALICE stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate.- Advertisement – WPD Lieutenant Kelvin Hargrove says nothing on a major scale has happened in Wilmington, but this program is meant to be a proactive step toward a much safer, more prepared community.“It’s active throughout the country,” Lt. Hargrove said. “When we look at the news or turn on the news channels everyday, we see different active shooter situations. It’s not the point have we seen it here, when it’s going to happen here, and we need to be prepared for when it does happen.”“If enough businesses and churches take advantage of it, I think we can make the community a little bit safer,” Marvin Fineman, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Treasurer, said.Related Article: Cooper: Don’t let this storm catch you with your guard downHargrove says programs like this also help with face to face interaction and will leave a better impression on those trying to learn these steps to deal with an active threat.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Employees at New Hanover County Government Center were allowed to return to work around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, about three hours after the building was evacuated after the county’s Emergency Alert System was activated.County Spokeswoman Jessica Loeper says she is not sure what the emergency alert said, but confirmed there is not an active shooter, but they treated this as a real threat.- Advertisement – Loeper says the emergency alert system can be triggered by an employee’s phone. When the alert is activated, lights come on in the building and the alert is sent to all employees’ phones.Loeper says the alert system was activated around 9:45 a.m.Law enforcement agencies responded and swept the building.Related Article: Police search for missing teen last seen at Hoggard HighGovernment Center Drive is closed, as is part of Racine Drive.Loeper confirms this was not a planned drill, but all the employees are safe.The county is investigating to determine how this started.last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – An update now to a story we told you yesterday about an Irish pub that might have to close its doors due to a road widening project.The NCDOT confirms they will have to acquire businesses at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Burnett Boulevard, which includes the Dubliner Pub and Patio.- Advertisement – NCDOT says this is part of the South Front Street widening project.They have contacted some of the properties, but say the process has been held up due to the need for additional surveys.The surveys are now finished, so property owners will be contacted around the first of March.last_img read more

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first_img National Hurricane Center scientists conducted a detailed post-storm analysis for Hurricane Michael, which made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, and Tyndall Air Force Base on Oct. 10, 2018.They’ve determined that its estimated intensity at landfall was 160 mph (257 kph), a 5 mph (8 kph) increase over the operational estimate used last fall, NOAA said in a news release. That puts Michael just barely over the 157 mph (252 kph) threshold for a category 5 hurricane. Just 36 hours before hitting Florida’s coast, Michael was making its way through the Gulf of Mexico as a 90 mph (145 kph) Category 1 storm.Category 5 winds were likely experienced over a small area, and the change is of little practical significance, NOAA said. Both categories signify the potential for catastrophic damage. Michael was directly responsible for 16 deaths and about $25 billion in damage in the U.S., and parts of the Florida Panhandle are still recovering from the destruction more than six months later.Related Article: Air quality alert issued for parts of South CarolinaThe new landfall speed was determined by a review of the available aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates and Doppler radar velocities, NOAA said. That includes data and analyses that weren’t available during the storm. The increase in the estimated maximum sustained wind speed from the operational estimate is small and well within the normal range of uncertainty, NOAA said.In addition to Hurricanes Michael and Andrew, the only other Category 5 storms known to have made landfall in the U.S. are the Labor Day Hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935 and Hurricane Camille, which ravaged the Mississippi coast in 1969. Michael is also the strongest hurricane landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known Category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf coast.Besides wind speed, atmospheric pressure is also used to measure storm intensity, with a lower central pressure generally meaning higher winds. Michael’s central pressure at landfall is the third lowest on record for a landfalling U.S. hurricane since reliable records began in 1900, trailing only the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and Hurricane Camille of 1969. Satellite image of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida Panhandle last fall, was actually stronger than initially measured, prompting forecasters to posthumously upgrade it from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.The upgraded status means Michael was the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and only the fourth on record.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Global money transfer service MoneyGram a leading global money transfer company has announced an agreement with Safaricom that enables consumers in over 90 countries outside Kenya to send funds directly to nearly 20 million customers of M-PESA, Kenya’s leading mobile wallet provider.The company is also announcing that its agent network in Africa has now reached 25,000 locations, following a strategic expansion initiative across the continent.Recent technology advances and new agent and sub-agent signings, including an agreement with the Mauritius Post Office to offer money transfer services at more than 100 locations, have contributed to achieving this company milestone.“MoneyGram continues to grow throughout Africa as a result of forming strategic relationships with reputable companies, including banks, post offices and retailers, to bring added convenience and more choices for our customers,” says Herve Chomel, MoneyGram’s vice president of Africa. – Advertisement – Remittances are an important part of economic development and financial inclusion throughout the region and are integral to providing household essentials, education and healthcare in many countries. We are excited to be a part of the region’s growth, he added.Consumers have access to MoneyGram’s services in more than 50 African countries. In a series of recent successes, the company signed an agreement with First Bank of Nigeria’s subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia, and also renewed a master agreement with Standard Bank Group, one of Africa’s top banks. MoneyGram’s services are available at over 500 Standard Bank locations in South Africa and across 11 Southern and Eastern African countries.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement (Geneva/Nairobi) The International Trade Centre (ITC) today unveiled a new web and mobile-phone application that will help women entrepreneurs from across the world to connect to markets.The SheTrades app was launched by ITC Executive Director Arancha González and Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, at the International Forum on Women in Business, which takes place in Nairobi in conjunction with theWorld Trade Organization’s 10th Ministerial Conference.Part of a wider ITC initiative to connect one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2020, SheTrades provides buyers across the globe with a unique platform to connect with women-owned enterprises. The platform is a tool for women entrepreneurs to address many gender-specific barriers to trade and brings together thousands of women-owned businesses to showcase their products in sectors ranging from agriculture to information technology. Through a series of customized filters, buyers can identify companies that meet their requirements. – Advertisement – Developed by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs, SheTrades is a platform for connecting women-owned businesses with sourcing companies, including multinationals. SheTrades was developed by GreenBell Communications, following the company’s first-place win at the 2015 WVEF Tech Challenge, a joint initiative by ITC, Google and CI&T to develop a digital platform to support the one million women entrepreneurs’ initiative.SheTrades allows women-owned businesses to connect to markets and internationalize, and enables them to share information about their companies, products and services, and connect with buyers. In addition, SheTrades enables buyers of products and services to filter and match themselves with companies and women entrepreneurs in the SheTrades database that meet sourcing requirements.‘SheTrades is an innovative tool to facilitate our efforts to connect one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2020. It facilitates new business opportunities and potential partnerships, and presents larger businesses with new sourcing possibilities,’ said ITC Executive Director Arancha González.‘The SheTrades tech platform offers an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to leverage 21st century technology offered by mobile phones and the internet to reach out, find buyers, to internationalize and scale their businesses,’ Ms González said.Juliana Dib Rezende, of the Google Tech Challenge team, said ‘Our mission is to make information universally accessible and useful and that is exactly what SheTrades does by connecting women-owned business and buyers. So, we are really proud to have contributed to this project by offering our technical expertise and helping ITC design and manage the tech contest that selected SheTrades among more than 400 applications.’The app is available for download on www.shetrades.com, as well as Google’s Play Store.last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e’re led to believe that 24 hours is a long time in politics and a long way from Tulsa (c) Gene Pitney but it’s an infinitely shorter time in the Premier League judged by the number of flip-flopping leaders.Arsenal went top (again) yesterday but could be deposed (again) by Man City tonight if they can collect all three points against Chelsea.At the Emirates yesterday it was a game that took an age to get going (and confession time: I DID fall asleep during part of it, despite having had a bet). Arsenal finally came through 2-0 thanks to a couple of crackers in the second half from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It wasn’t enough to rescue me however as I was on Arsenal (-2) in the handicap with draw included on Star Sports.In the morning update from Martin on the Star Sports fixed odds desk it was no surprise to hear that punters were far more keen on the 17/10 Man City than they were about a draw, or Chelsea win at the Etihad. A win tonight would take their home wins over Chelsea to five-in-a-row and in doing so extend their Premier League winning sequence to nine in-a-row.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Oct 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Man CityApr 2013 FA Cup Chelsea 1-2 Man CityFeb 2013 Premier Man City 2-0 ChelseaNov 2012 Premier Chelsea 0-0 Man CityAug 2012 C Shield Chelsea 2-3 Man CityMar 2012 Premier Man City 2-1 ChelseaDec 2011 Premier Chelsea 2-1 Man CityMar 2011 Premier Chelsea 2-0 Man CitySep 2010 Premier Man City 1-0 ChelseaFeb 2010 Premier Chelsea 2-4 Man CityChelsea of course are right in contention themseleves and would move into a share of second if they can upset the odds and steal all three points.But my guess is, that in order to do that they are going to have to score quite a few goals given the way City are scoring goals for fun. And that’s allowing for the fact that Chelsea have been excellent defensively this season – only Man U and Liverpool have breached the Blues’ goal in the last seven matches (5 clean sheets).And worryingly for Chelsea, it seems the bigger the team – the bigger the win. City put six past Spurs and Arsenal and four against Manchester United!Chelsea won the reverse ficture 2-1 and will take home from the fact that Aguero is out for a month with a hamstring injury and Nasri and Garcia are also unavailable through injury.I can’t be talked out of backing Man City – but prefer the odds against with a one goal deficit.And one thing is certain, I won’t be falling asleep during this one.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)6 points MAN CITY (-1) at around 9/4 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): PROFIT 14.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): PROFIT 24.72 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]iddlesbrough’s comfortable win against Derby was a good result for the column on Saturday.A straightforward win bet on the home side looks the way to go again for what should be a lunchtime cracker at Old Trafford.I was as sceptical as anyone about Man U in the Louis van Gaal era at the start of the season but we are starting to see some of the old Man U back, certainly in terms of results.They are not yet playing great football – but they are getting results and have only dropped two points from seven home games since their disastrous loss to Swansea on the opening day of the season.Liverpool still look pretty shell-shocked after a poor run last month which saw them win only one of six games across the Premier League and Champions League. Their latest Premier League outing saw a very drab 0-0 played out against Sunderland at Anfield.A win today would take Man U Man U to 31 points – eight points off Chelsea and whilst no one is even considering them as title contenders it’s a margin that could be close enough at this stage of the season with the busy Christmas period still to come.Liverpool won this corresponding fixture 3-0 last season but it was frankly a different Liverpool that played that day. Man U have a hefty 10/12 win rate from recent matches at Old Trafford between the two sides.Man U v LiverpoolPremier League1.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2014 Premier Man Utd 0-3 LiverpoolSep 2013 Capital One Man Utd 1-0 LiverpoolSep 2013 Premier Liverpool 1-0 Man UtdJan 2013 Premier Man Utd 2-1 LiverpoolSep 2012 Premier Liverpool 1-2 Man UtdFeb 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-1 LiverpoolJan 2012 FA Cup Liverpool 2-1 Man UtdOct 2011 Premier Liverpool 1-1 Man UtdMar 2011 Premier Liverpool 3-1 Man UtdJan 2011 FA Cup Man Utd 1-0 LiverpoolAs for the bet I’m keeping it simple.4/5 Man U makes plenty of appeal with Star Sports and I’m having a decent bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MAN U at around 4/5 for 15 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 40.13 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]izzling weekend of sport very much starts today with the Oaks at Epsom, Men’s semi-finals at Roland Garros and tomorrow is Derby Day at Epsom, the Champions League Final and late night racing action at Belmont Park where American Pharoah will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner.And it doesn’t stop on Saturday – we can look forward to the Republic of Ireland v England friendly on Sunday at Lansdowne Road !!The tennis has been kind to me this week in both Ladies semi-finals at Roland Garros but I thought in the early stages yesterday that I was wrong to have opposed Ivanovic. She stormed to an early advantage before Safarova completely turned the set and match around.Eleven fillies line up for the Investec Oaks this afternoon and the big question this week has been around the ground at Epsom. Thundery showers have been forecast for today but whether they arrive before the race no one seems to know for sure.Andrew Cooper, clerk of the course at Epsom, tweeted earlier: “3mm rain @EpsomRacecourse this morning. Will call ground Good, Good to Soft in a few places. Mainly Good, bit easier coming down the hill.”It certainly looks a wide open renewal this year and could easily thrown up another surprise – there have been three 20/1 winners in the last four years.Legatissimo comes into the race as the form choice and favourite after her win in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. I don’t think stamina will be a concern as such (she has plenty in her pedigree) but I do have to consider that the Guineas was run on ground that was firm in places so the stamina test today, over a more undulating course and on softer ground is certainly exaggerated.She will have to be extra special to win both races over different ground conditions and I think is priced too short to achieve that.The Stoute stable has hit a purple patch of form at the right time (four winners from their last six runners) and the unexposed Crystal Zvezda is the bet for me. She stayed on strongly to win a Listed race trial at Newbury over 1m 2f. Certainly, she has to improve further but looks nailed on to relish the trip and has been backed with confidence in the last couple of weeks to end the stables drought in the third Classic of the season.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CRYSTAL ZVEZDA for 5 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 57.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgAs we’ve moved past the halfway stage of this World Cup, we’re now into a stage of the tournament which is essentially knockout cricket, with some teams too far away from the top 4 to think about making the semi-finals and others just one game away from essentially being knocked out.South Africa and Pakistan are essentially as good as gone from the tournament, which might make for a strange game here as the two fight at Lord’s, although there should still be plenty of motivation for a decent result.The Pakistanis come here from the back of the one defeat they can’t stand – a comprehensive 89 run beating at the hands of India at Old Trafford – and, as it goes without saying, they have been heavily criticized for the margin of defeat and performance there.That was a third defeat in four games and their most painful one, especially as they’d put India in to bat on a cloudy and volatile day, but none of their bowlers apart from Mohammad Amir managed to strike a blow and perhaps Amir might be the man for Safraz Ahmed to turn to again.His tally of 12 wickets is fourth in the overall standings and his bowling figures for each game read 3/26 (West Indies), 2/67 (England), 5/30 (Australia) and 3/47 (India). He’s averaging 13.97 and has an economy rate of less than five an over in the World Cup. The next best bowler – Wahab Riaz, averaging 47.40 for his five wickets. By any measurement, the price of 11/4 on him being the top wicket taker for Pakistan again is a fair one.Batting has been much more of an issue for Pakistan, with their highest runscorer – Babar Azam – having 163 runs through the whole tournament. For a comparison, David Warner has 447, and 14 players have 200 runs or more. They posted 348 against England but their next best total was 266 against Australia and there’s a slight worry about them.South Africa haven’t made a big upset, but they came so very close when losing by four wickets with just three balls remaining against New Zealand. A missed review for a Kane Williamson nick behind and some poor fielding ended up costing them big time.The mental bounce back from that loss will be tough to combat and whilst they’ve bowled reasonably well, their middle order has regularly collapsed against high quality batting, something they share with Pakistan. This reflects why the betting market has the two so tight in the odds, but neither makes huge appeal with both having the individual players capable of swinging it.If South Africa manage to get a foothold in the game is seems likely that their bowlers will have played a part and recently their biggest threat has come from Chris Morris. The all-rounder has taken 6 wickets in his last two matches and at 4/1 to be top bowler, he seems a big price to be South Africa’s Top Wicket Taker.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Mohammad Amir Top Pakistan Wicket Taker 1 pt at 11/4 with starsports.betBACK Chris Morris Top South Africa Wicket Taker 1 pt at 4/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 241.79 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post)last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.edu Brain wiring affects how people perform specific tasksHOUSTON — (Oct. 5, 2017) — The way a person’s brain is “wired” directly impacts how well they perform simple and complex tasks, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe brain is organized into different subnetworks, or “modules,” that support distinct functions for different tasks, such as speaking, memorizing and expressing emotion. The researchers examined how high or low brain modularity — the degree to which the modules communicate with one another — impacts performance of simple and complex tasks.“Think of your brain as you would think of a university,” said Simon Fischer-Baum, an assistant professor of psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and one of the study’s authors. “Individuals organize themselves into densely interconnected communities, like the dormitories and sports teams, though individuals within these groups also have connections with people outside of those groups. Brains are the same way: Brain regions are organized into communities with lots of connections between regions in the community and fewer connections to regions outside of the community. But people’s brains are different. Some people have brains that are better described as having rigid community structure — or higher modularity — while other people have brains without such rigid community structure — or lower modularity.”Throughout the course of the study, modularity was measured on a scale from zero to one. Zero represented low modularity — brains in which every region of the brain is just as likely to communicate with any other region; one represented high modularity — brains that can be divided into communities of brain regions whose members only communicate with each other.In the study, the researchers had 52 participants (16 men, 36 women) between the ages of 18 and 26 undergo functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a process that measures brain neural activity by detecting changes associated with blood oxygen levels. The neural activity of each participant was studied by fMRI for 21 minutes while they were at rest. If neural activity increased and decreased in two areas at the same time over the course of the scan, it was an indicator that the two areas were connected. Using these data to measure which brain areas were connected to each other, the researchers determined the extent to which participants’ brains could be described as having communities of brain regions that communicate only with each other.The researchers then took the participants through a series of behavioral tasks, including complex tasks that tested their memory while simultaneously doing simple arithmetic and simple tasks such as indicating the direction an arrow was pointing when their attention had been already drawn to the location the arrow would appear.The researchers found that participants with high-modularity brains were more successful at performing simple tasks than individuals with low-modularity brains. In the experiment measuring reaction time to the arrows, individuals with high modularity performed nearly twice as successfully (a reaction time advantage of 58 milliseconds for knowing where the target would appear) as individuals with low modularity (34 milliseconds advantage).However, participants with low-modularity brains had greater success with complex tasks than participants with high-modularity brains. For example, those with low modularity correctly recalled 86 percent of the items in the memory task, while individuals with high modularity correctly recalled only 76 percent.Fischer-Baum said that this effect can be considered relative to the decline in working memory with age, which is a hallmark of the cognitive effects of aging. Based on previous research, this difference in memory recall between the high- and low-modularity subgroups of highly educated, healthy young adults is roughly equivalent to the difference between memory recall at age 20 and at age 70.Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and lead faculty author on the study, said that one of the major strengths of the study is that the relationship between simple and complex tasks and high and low modularity was predicted by a very general theory of biology proposed by co-author Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University. According to this theory, high-modular systems in general should perform better on simpler tasks that take less time to perform, while low-modular systems in general should perform better on more complex tasks that take more time to perform. This study demonstrates that this general principle of biology applies to cognitive neuroscience.The authors said the research has important implications for understanding the brain as a network.“There is an increasing focus in cognitive neuroscience on thinking of cognitive function as emerging from interconnected regions of the brain, rather than existing in a single brain region,” Fischer-Baum said. “While other groups have found correlations between brain network properties and performance on different tasks, our study is the first to show that these relationships can be understood by a more fundamental theory of modularity in biological systems.”Rice graduate student Qiuhai Yue is the study’s lead author. Other co-authors include Fengdan Ye, a graduate student at Rice; Aurora Ramos-Nuñez, a former research scientist in the Fischer-Baum lab and now an assistant professor of psychology at the College of Coastal Georgia.“Brain Modularity Mediates the Relation Between Task Complexity and Performance” will appear in an upcoming edition of Cognitive Neuroscience. The study was supported by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics under a National Science Foundation grant.To obtain a copy of the paper, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/09/0909_IGERT-b.jpgPhoto credit: ThinkStockPhotosRice Department of Psychology: https://psychology.rice.edu/Simon Fischer-Baum bio: https://psychology.rice.edu/simon-fischer-baumRandi Martin bio: https://psychology.rice.edu/randi-martinMichael Deem bio: http://www.mwdeem.rice.edu/Located 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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.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 77005center_img Picture of brain. 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first_imgAddThis Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice orchestras to perform final concerts of academic yearHOUSTON – (April 16, 2018) – Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Chamber and Symphony orchestras will perform their final concerts of the spring semester April 19 and 20. Picture of Shepherd School orchestracenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Chamber Orchestra concert will be at 8 p.m. April 19 and the Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. April 20. Both concerts will take place in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall and will be directed by Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting.WHAT: Shepherd School Chamber and Symphony orchestra concerts.WHEN:  8 p.m. April 19 (Chamber Orchestra) and 8 p.m. April 20 (Symphony Orchestra).WHERE: Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St.The Chamber Orchestra performance will include Mendelssohn’s “Overture to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’” featuring conductor Ben Manis; Hindemith’s “Kammermusik No. 3, Op. 36 No. 2” featuring Norman Fischer on cello; Shih-Hui Chen’s “Ascending Waves” (premiere); and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 88 in G Major.” The Symphony Orchestra’s program will feature Mahler’s “Symphony No. 7 in E Minor.”The Chamber Orchestra concert is free and no tickets are required. The Symphony Orchestra concert is ticketed but free of charge. For tickets, contact the Shepherd School concert office at 713-348-8000.The parking lot across from Alice Pratt Brown Hall is closed for the construction of the new music and opera building. West Lot 2 is now the parking lot for all Alice Pratt Brown Hall/Shepherd School of Music events. The easiest way to access this lot is to enter campus from Entrance 18 off Rice Boulevard and turn right at the parking gates to West Lot 2. For visitors with disabilities, accessible parking is available at the south end of the lot. This is the closest lot to a temporary sidewalk that services the west entrance to the Grand Foyer of Alice Pratt Brown Hall.For more information on the performances, visit http://music.rice.edu/.-30-Shepherd School of Music website: https://music.rice.edu/This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/03/0310_ORCHESTRA.jpgPhoto credit: Shepherd School of MusicLocated 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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.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 77005last_img read more

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first_imgPhilly’s Fastest MBA Programs You’re education is important—but so is your time. And for those looking to earn an MBA to accelerate their job growth or fast track their careers, the faster you can earn that degree the faster you can get back to earning money and making an impact in your field.Most business schools offer a variety of MBA programs for students to choose from, allowing everyone from recent graduates to experienced executives the flexibility to choose a program that best fits into their life and schedule. For driven students who just can’t wait to reap the benefits of their MBA, many schools offer accelerated or One Year MBA programs that shortens the traditional length of time it would take to earn an MBA. While the curriculum can be rigorous, the programs give students the chance to quickly earn their degree, both minimizing the amount of money spent on classes and the income lost from not working full time.In Philadelphia, there are a number of programs that allow you to go from applicant to degree holder in as little as twelve months. And since a 2017 study ranked Philadelphia as one of the five most-improved economic cities in the U.S., you won’t want to miss your chance to reap the benefits of this economic boom with your degree in hand. The Fastest Philadelphia MBA ProgramsFox School of Business  – Temple UniversityThe Temple University Fox School of Business Executive MBA is one of Philadelphia’s quickest and most flexible MBA degrees. The program takes place over the course of 16 months, with classes delivered on one three-day weekend per month. The program is designed for experienced professionals who want to pursue their degree without giving up their career, and is constructed to accommodate a full-time work schedule.For those looking for a quick MBA without the ten or more years of work experience an EMBA requires, Temple Fox’s Online MBA can be earned in just 20 months. Outside of one week-long residency at the start of the program, the digital aspect of this degree gives students not just time flexibility but also location. After the residency, this program can be pursued from pretty much anywhere!LaSalle University School of BusinessThe School of Business at LaSalle University offers a One-Year MBA program for students with undergraduate experience in business. Knowing that important business pre-requisites for the degree are already out of the way, students can jump right in and earn their MBA in as little as 12 months.The AACSB accredited One-Year program is an intensive degree program that requires students to take a full course load for the fall and spring semester as well as working through a winter intersession and summer semester. Students in this program also have the opportunity to specialize their degrees in the fields of accounting or finance, and will help prepare graduates to take the CPA and CFA exams by the end of the year. Students will also be paired with an academic adviser throughout the year who will help plan for their future careers. And the success of past graduates of the One-Year MBA program seems pretty clear, joining major companies like Deloitte LP, KPMG, PwC, and JP Morgan Chase, among others.The La Salle One-Year MBA is among the fastest MBAs you can earn in any major East Coast city.Haub School of Business – Saint Joseph’s UniversityThe MBA at Saint Joseph University’s Haub School of Business can be completed in as little as one year for students who meet certain undergraduate requirements. Students can pursue this degree in a variety of ways, whether on campus or online, and whether full or part-time. Regardless of format, the MBA at Haub gives students the option to choose major for their degree, among high-demand disciplines like marketing, data intelligence, finance, international business and more.The overall data which shows that those with an MBA earn more and have more career opportunities most certainly rings true for graduates of Haub’s MBA program. Nearly 76 percent of graduates said their SJU MBA helped their career advance, and 73 percent reported a salary increase as a result of their graduation. With the chance to limit the time of an SJU MBA to just 12 months, students can work their way to these benefits even faster.Lehigh University College of Business and EconomicsThe 1-MBA at the Lehigh University College of Business and Economics is a full-time, one year MBA program designed for professionals looking to either accelerate their career or looking to change careers and move towards a business-related field. The rigorous program, which is located all on campus, cuts the time it takes to pursue a traditional Lehigh MBA in half.Unique benefits of the 1-MBA at Lehigh include a team of mentors and coaches assigned to students even before they arrive on campus, including a faculty adviser, industry mentor and career coach who will help guide students through their year-long program. The program is also centered around a consulting practicum, which both trains students in practical skills for consulting and provides hands-on experience in the field. The 1-MBA program also focuses intensely on the professional development of every student in the program, offering personalized coaching and global immersion study opportunities that can help shape and prepare students for future business success. regions: Philadelphia Last Updated Apr 10, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer RelatedThe Fastest MBA You Can Earn in Los AngelesLos Angeles may not be typically associated with the break-neck pace of life like New York or Washington DC, that doesn’t mean your business school career has to be slow there. A fast MBA is becoming an increasingly large priority for new MBA students throughout the U.S., and, luckily, Los…May 24, 2018In “Featured Home”What Are the Fastest MBAs You Can Earn in San Francisco?Earning an MBA is one of the fastest ways for up-and-coming business leaders to get a jump start on their professional career. And in metros like San Francisco, one of the country’s biggest hubs for startups and entrepreneurship, moving fast enough to get in on the ground level may open…June 11, 2018In “Featured Region”How Fast Can You Earn an MBA?The process of earning an MBA is an exciting and often transformational time in someone’s life—and for some people, the faster you can get through it, the better. The benefits of earning an MBA, such as increased post-graduate salary, career advancement potentials, and development of a strong business network, remain…February 7, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Pontry O’Neal Jones (Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office) Sharecenter_img Share this article Austin Man Fatally Stabs Stepmom Gloating About Cowboys’ Win By The Associated Press December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016 Austin authorities say a woman’s exuberance over the Dallas Cowboys winning their football game Sunday night led her stepson to fatally stab her.Court documents reviewed by Austin television station KEYE show Magdalena Ruiz was “gloating” about the Cowboys’ victory over Tampa Bay after watching the game on TV with her husband. Detectives say her stepson, 20-year-old Pontrey O’Neal Jones, believed she was disrespecting his father so he walked behind a couch, lunged at his stepmother and stabbed her several times.The woman’s husband stepped in to stop the attack and Jones fled. Police later found him nearby. Ruiz was pronounced dead at a hospital.Jones is held on a $500,000 bond and charged with murder. last_img read more

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first_imgJoaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City on Feb. 22, 2014. According to Mexico’s Foreign Ministry, Guzman has been extradited to the United States on Jan. 19 2017. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   MEXICO CITY—Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico’s most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend.It’s also seen by many in Mexico as a delicately timed maneuver aimed at limiting political fallout for President Enrique Pena Nieto, already deeply unpopular in part for his perceived mishandling of Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric on Mexico.Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran speaks to the press about the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the U.S. in Mexico City on Jan. 19, 2017.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran speaks to the press about the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S. in Mexico City on Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)Deputy Attorney General Alberto Elias Beltran, asked at a Thursday night news conference about the timing of Guzman’s extradition, said the federal government cannot interfere in court decisions.“It was resolved today, and we under terms of the international treaty had to make the handover immediately,” he said.But observers still considered the timing to have been carefully planned. “It could be a coincidence, but I think that’s unlikely,” Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said, noting it came the last full day of Barack Obama’s presidency and hours before Trump’s inauguration.“They could not send him after Trump was inaugurated because the interpretation would have been that of a tribute,” Hope said. “But maybe they wanted to do it close enough so that both administrations—the outgoing and the incoming—could really make some political hay out of this.”Others saw it as a reward to Obama and a shot across the bow of Trump, who has called immigrants coming illegally from Mexico criminals and “rapists” and vowed to build a border wall and make Mexico pay for it.“The Mexican government decided to move up the time frame because they didn’t want Trump to be in the presidency when they sent him over,” said Michael Vigil, the former head of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. “They wanted Obama to take credit. They wanted to send a message to Trump that they won’t be bullied.”In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo released by Mexico's federal government, Mexico's drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stands for his prison mug shot with the inmate number 3870 at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. (Mexico's federal government via AP, File) In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo released by Mexico’s federal government, Mexico’s drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman stands for his prison mug shot with the inmate number 3870 at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico. (Mexico’s federal government via AP, File)One Guzman lawyer, Jose Refugio Rodriguez, said the extradition violated due process. He told the Radio Formula station that he planned to file a complaint with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.Guzman’s departure came the same day Mexican officials announced high-level talks Jan. 25-26 in Washington. The discussions will include Mexico’s newly installed top diplomat, Luis Videgaray, and key Trump administration officials such as chief of staff Reince Priebus, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and senior adviser Stephen Bannon.Hope said the timing also sends a message that Mexico is serious about anti-drug cooperation regardless of who occupies the White House.Sen. Miguel Barbosa of the leftist opposition Democratic Revolution Party seized on the extradition to take a swipe at Pena Nieto. He said it was apparently the only choice after Guzman twice pulled off embarrassing escapes from maximum-security lockups.“We should not celebrate that the Mexican state was not capable of processing the greatest criminal that has ever existed in Mexico and was not capable of guaranteeing his incarceration,” Barbosa said in a statement.Soldiers wait at the airport after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2017. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department announced Guzman was handed over to U.S. authorities for transportation to the U.S. on Thursday, the last day of President Barack Obama's administration and a day before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated. (AP Photo/Christian Torres) Soldiers wait at the airport after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)Pena Nieto currently has the lowest approval ratings for any Mexican leader in the polling era. Besides his handling of Trump, Mexicans are also angry about corruption, rising drug gang violence and a Jan. 1 deregulation that led gasoline prices to spike by as much as 20 percent.Another of Guzman’s lawyers, Andres Granados, accused the government of trying to distract the public.“They handled it politically to obscure the situation of the gas price hike,” Granados said. “It’s totally political.”Some Mexicans feared Guzman’s extradition to the United States, where he will surely be kept from communicating with underlings, could unleash a cartel power struggle and more bloodshed.“All the different bands are going to start fighting among themselves, no? Drug traffickers, to see who ends up being No. 1,” said Roberto Lascurain, an architect in Mexico City.Guzman associate Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada is believed to be running the cartel following “El Chapo’s” recapture last January. Some analysts believe Guzman’s sons may have also taken on increased roles.Police board Mexican Air Force plane after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Torres) Police board Mexican Air Force plane after the extradition of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Christian Torres)Raul Benitez, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said Guzman’s offspring may try to challenge for control in what “could be a negotiation without violence, or a war with machine guns.”However, Vigil predicted that the operations of Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel are unlikely to be affected.“Most cartels have a vertical structure, but … Sinaloa has a horizontal one with cells that operate in a semi-autonomous manner,” Vigil said. “They have a strong bench. They have a respected leader in Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada.”Related CoverageMexican Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ to Appear in US CourtroomOn Twitter, some saw humor in Guzman’s extradition the day before Trump takes office.“‘They’re sending the worst, they’re bringing drugs, they’re criminals,’” tweeted Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s ambassador to China in 2007-2013, echoing Trump’s comments about illegal immigration. “Ok, you won. Here’s our very worst, El Chapo.”U.S. presidential transitions have been used by foreign countries before to send a political message. On Jan. 20, 1981, only minutes into the presidency of Republican Ronald Reagan, Iran freed 52 American hostages it held for 444 days after the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.A deal between Iran and the U.S. to unfreeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets in exchange for the hostages had been largely reached under outgoing Democratic President Jimmy Carter. But while Carter greeted the hostages on their landing in West Germany, it was Reagan who announced their freedom to cheering Americans. Share Politics center_img Share this article Timing of Mexico Drug Lord’s Extradition Seen as Political By The Associated Press January 20, 2017 Updated: January 20, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Details have emerged about an unusual scheme crafted by a former biological engineering professor at Virginia Tech University to cheat the U.S. government out of research grants in pursuit of his innovations.In recently prosecuted cases of academic espionage or intellectual property theft conducted by Chinese scientists and engineers on U.S. soil, the alleged suspect would steal trade secrets from an American entity to bring back to China.But in the case of Yiheng Percival Zhang, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China who was convicted in a Virginia federal court, he sought to profit from grant money for research he’d already developed at a Chinese research lab, in order to benefit his U.S.-based company. Zhang was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, three counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in a press release on Feb. 25. He misused $1.1 million in grant funding, according to the ruling. The judge hasn’t yet set a sentencing date for Zhang.SchemeZhang, 47, received his master’s degree in biological engineering from East China University of Science and Technology, based in Shanghai. In 1997, Zhang began studying for his doctorate at Dartmouth College, an Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire. He later worked there as a postdoctoral researcher in biological engineering.Zhang joined Virginia Tech in 2005 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010, and professor in 2014, until his arrest on Sept. 20, 2017, days before he was scheduled to fly to China.The court determined that when Zhang applied for grant funding from the U.S. Energy Department and the National Science Foundation for his company Cell-Free Bioinnovations (CFB) to develop a low-cost artificial sweetener between January 2014 to May 2016, he had, in fact, already finished the research at a Chinese research lab, called the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIIB), in 2015.While the federal grants were intended to spur private-sector innovation, Zhang used the U.S. government funds for his other projects instead.Zhang had begun doing consulting work for TIIB in 2014, according to court documents.In spring 2017, he was selected as a candidate for the Tianjin City “Thousand Talents Plan,” a local version of a central government-funded recruitment program designed to bring top scientists and engineers working in the West—mostly ethnic Chinese—to take up lucrative jobs in China. Zhang thus received $30,000 per year from TIIB to conduct his research on artificial sweeteners.The Thousand Talents program has been criticized by the U.S. administration as Beijing’s scheme to encourage overseas Chinese to transfer technologies to China.The court didn’t discuss the possibility of Zhang transferring technology he developed in the United States to China; instead, the court documents simply paint a picture that Zhang wanted to get his hands on grant money.But according to court documents, he had planned to move back to China and work for TIIB full-time in October 2017—right before he was arrested.His CompanyZhang founded CFB in 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The company focuses on developing “energy-dense sugar batteries, low-cost bio-hydrogen, and nutraceuticals from carbohydrates using proprietary networks of enzymes,” according to F6S, a website for startups.A falling-out between Zhang and his company’s former CEO, Ed Rogers, has led to a civil lawsuit: Rogers is suing Zhang for breach of contract, alleging that the latter stole CFB’s trade secrets to transfer them to China.Judge Norman Moon, who is presiding over the civil case, explained the technology in a court filing on June 8, 2018: “Sugar tastes good. But it’s unhealthy. So, companies and scientists explore how to efficiently change its structure. The idea is to make a sugar variant that tastes great but is less unhealthy … Specifically, they tried to develop a new enzymatic process that would change sugar into a healthier alternative called tagatose.”Rogers told NPR in a June 2018 interview that the developed sweetener is owned by CFB, but Zhang had planned to sell the technology to TIIB.“The number was between $5 million and $20 million to sell 60 percent of the technology,” Rogers claimed. “And I was like, OK, now we’ve got a real problem here.”Rogers alleged that he was fired by Zhang in December 2015 because he tried to stop the technology transfer to China. Share this article China-US News A Chinese-American Engineer’s Scheme to Profit from US Research Grant Money By Nicole Hao February 28, 2019 Updated: February 28, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Yiheng Percival Zhang, a former biological engineering professor at Virginia Tech University, was found guilty of federal grant fraud at a Virginia federal court on Feb. 20. (Roanoke Police Department, Scott Olson/Getty Images) Share Show Discussionlast_img read more