Month: July 2019

 

HISDs Apollo 20 program should expand tutoring according to Rice review

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHISD’s Apollo 20 program should expand tutoring, according to Rice reviewHOUSTON – (Feb. 10, 2014) – The Houston Independent School District’s Apollo 20 program, aimed at improving the district’s 20 lowest-performing schools, should expand its intensive tutoring, according to an independent review from Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). The review also found that the program’s reported effects on standardized test scores are mixed and that its claim to be able to close the math achievement gap in three years is unlikely.HERC, which is part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, reviewed Harvard economist Roland Fryer’s report on the Apollo program, “Injecting Charter School Best Practices Into Traditional Public Schools: Evidence From Houston.” The report outlines five strategies that aim to improve the achievement of highly disadvantaged students attending the worst-performing schools in HISD in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.The report said the strategies – increased instructional time, a more rigorous approach to building human capital of teachers and administrators, intensive tutoring, frequent use of data to inform instruction and a culture of high expectations – helped improve math standardized test scores over two years and had a smaller positive impact on reading scores; the report said these results are comparable to the reported impacts of attending high-performing charter schools.Ruth López Turley, director of HERC and an associate professor of sociology at Rice, said that taken together, the strategies had positive effects on math standardized-test gains but negligible effects on reading standardized-test gains. She said the strongest evidence of the program’s positive effects is from the small-group, intensive tutoring, which was provided only for math, and resulted in average improvement over two years, compared with students who did not receive tutoring.“Due to budget constraints, not all students involved in the Apollo program received small-group, intensive tutoring,” Turley said. “This allowed a comparison of Apollo students who received tutoring with Apollo students who did not, and there were significant differences in favor of those who received tutoring. Given its positive effects, our recommendation is to expand this tutoring to include reading as well as additional grade levels.”Turley also said that the report’s conclusion that the Apollo program can close the math achievement gap between minority and white students in three years is problematic.“The report assumes that the observed improvements on test scores will persist over time,” she said. “However, there is no evidence that the effects will persist; in fact, there is evidence to the contrary. Statistics calculated by HERC staff show that student gains were smaller in the program’s second year (5.8 point increase on Stanford Math tests and 13.1 point increase on Stanford Reading tests) than in the first year (31.1 point increase on Stanford Math tests and 15.6 point increase on Stanford Reading tests).”Turley said that the other issue with these test-score improvements is that they do not show the effects of the Apollo program separately by race; therefore, it is impossible to say whether the program is actually closing the math achievement gap between minority and white students, she said.“In order to close the gaps, the program must either target minorities or be shown to have a stronger impact on blacks and Hispanics than on whites,” she said.Turley said she hopes the review will have a positive impact on HISD’s work aimed at closing the achievement gaps.“I’m really impressed by HISD’s efforts to close the achievement gaps, and the Apollo program is a great example of their commitment,” she said. “However, the results are mixed, and we should take steps to focus on the components for which we have evidence of positive impact.”A copy of the review is available online at http://kinder.rice.edu/herc.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Ruth López Turley is an associate professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Education Research Consortium. Ruth López Turley photo (Credit: Rice University): http://bit.ly/1dgIsHCRuth López Turley bio: http://sociology.rice.edu/turley/Houston Education Research Consortium: http://kinder.rice.edu/herc/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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 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 to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. 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

 

Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to ecofriendly buying

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduReligiosity diminishes conservative opposition to environmentally friendly consumer decisionsHOUSTON – (July 12, 2016) – Some people have perceived that the combination of religion and political conservatism exacerbates environmental concerns in the United States. But researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.Photo credit: Rice University.At first glance, the researchers’ data show that political liberals are 8 percentage points more likely to say they identify as pro-environment consumers when compared with political conservatives. However, a closer look across levels of religiosity shows that this political gap is larger among the nonreligious (a difference of 12 percentage points between extreme political conservatives and extreme political liberals) and smaller among the very religious (a difference of 3 percentage points). The researchers said this suggests that religion can mute political differences when someone is being identified as a pro-environment consumer.“We suspect that a religious identity tends to diminish political conservatism’s negative impact on environmental consumption because religious identification encourages people to seek out visible behaviors (such as environmentally friendly behaviors) that demonstrate the value of their faith,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, the study’s principal investigator and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice, and Jared Peifer, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of management at Baruch.“Put more colorfully, Americans who are watching Fox News instead of attending church on Sunday morning appear to be particularly uninterested in buying with the environment in mind,” said Ecklund, who is also director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program. “It would stand to reason that those who participate in their houses of worship and who tend to be more engaged in civic life may have less time to be exposed to such media and therefore be less likely to follow the politicized conservative ‘line’ with respect to the environment.”The study also found that 12 percent of blacks are pro-environment consumers, compared with 19 percent of white consumers. Peifer said that a possible explanation for this is that black Americans face more social and economic issues than their white counterparts and have limited ability to be environmental consumers.Peifer and Ecklund said they hope the study will challenge stereotypes about how religion relates to environmental care.Simranjit Khalsa, a graduate student at Rice, was also an author of “Political Conservatism, Religion and Environmental Consumption in the United States,” which appeared in a recent edition of Environmental Politics. It is the first study known to measure various aspects of religiosity, politics, and their relationship to environmentally responsible consumer decisions, the authors said.The research was supported by a grant from Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program.-30-To request a copy of the study, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Religion and Public Life Program: https://rplp.rice.edu/Elaine Howard Ecklund bio: http://www.elainehowardecklund.com/Elaine Howard Ecklund Twitter account: https://twitter.com/ricerplpPhoto link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/07/GOP_ECO_RELIG-1p5vtsa.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University.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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction 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

 

Nano sandwich offers unique properties

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0227_GRAPHENE-2-web-2m841wn.jpgRouzbeh Shahsavari. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)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 happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction 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. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/02/0227_GRAPHENE-1-web-26tme3m.jpgNanoclusters of magnesium oxide sandwiched between layers of graphene make a compound with unique electronic and optical properties, according to researchers at Rice University who made computer simulations of the material. (Credit: Lei Tao/Rice University) AddThiscenter_img ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNano ‘sandwich’ offers unique propertiesRice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics HOUSTON – (Feb. 27, 2017) – Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists.Their recipe puts two slices of atom-thick graphene around nanoclusters of magnesium oxide that give the super-strong, conductive material expanded optoelectronic properties.Nanoclusters of magnesium oxide sandwiched between layers of graphene make a compound with unique electronic and optical properties, according to researchers at Rice University who made computer simulations of the material. Illustration by Lei TaoRice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his colleagues built computer simulations of the compound and found it would offer features suitable for sensitive molecular sensing, catalysis and bio-imaging. Their work could help researchers design a range of customizable hybrids of two- and three-dimensional structures with encapsulated molecules, Shahsavari said.The research appears this month in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale.The scientists were inspired by experiments elsewhere in which various molecules were encapsulated using van der Waals forces to draw components together. The Rice-led study was the first to take a theoretical approach to defining the electronic and optical properties of one of those “made” samples, two-dimensional magnesium oxide in bilayer graphene, Shahsavari said.“We knew if there was an experiment already performed, we would have a great reference point that would make it easier to verify our computations, thus allowing more reliable expansion of our computational results to identify performance trends beyond the reach of experiments,” Shahsavari said.Rouzbeh ShahsavariGraphene on its own has no band gap – the characteristic that makes a material a semiconductor. But the hybrid does, and this band gap could be tunable, depending on the components, Shahsavari said. The enhanced optical properties are also tunable and useful, he said.“We saw that while this single flake of magnesium oxide absorbed one kind of light emission, when it was trapped between two layers of graphene, it absorbed a wide spectrum. That could be an important mechanism for sensors,” he said.Shahsavari said his group’s theory should be applicable to other two-dimensional materials, like hexagonal boron-nitride, and molecular fillings. “There is no single material that can solve all the technical problems of the world,” he said. “It always comes down to making hybrid materials to synergize the best features of multiple components to do a specific job. My group is working on these hybrid materials by tweaking their components and structures to meet new challenges.”Farzaneh Shayeganfar, a visiting research scientist at Rice and researcher at Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran, is lead author of the paper. Co-authors are Javad Beheshtiyan and Mehdi Neek-Amal, both of Shahid Rajaee and the University of Antwerp, Belgium.Rice University and the Iran Science Elites Federation supported the research. Computing resources were supplied by Rice’s National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by Rice’s Center for Research Computing and  procured in partnership with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2017/nr/c6nr08586e#!divAbstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Multiscale Materials Laboratory home page: http://rouzbeh.rice.edu/George R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: www.ceve.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

London Business School Welcomes New Dean OrtaloMagné

first_img Last Updated Sep 21, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail London Business School Welcomes New Dean Ortalo-Magné The London Business School newest dean has arrived, heading to London from Wisconsin.Dean François Ortalo-Magné will be the school’s ninth dean. He previously served as dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2011 to 2017, according to a press release. Now, he’ll be embarking on a tenure with the London Business School.“In a challenging world, LBS has the opportunity to show the way,” he said. “I am excited for the journey.” While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ortalo-Magné built the university’s faculty, raised money, and improved the school’s brand. Inclusion and diversity were some of his key pillars as dean. Though Ortalo-Magné was previously based in the United States, his career actually began in London, attending the London School of Economics and Political Science in the mid-90s. He taught at the London Business School for six months as a visiting research scholar as well.The previous dean, Sir Andrew Likierman, leaves his eight-year position, but he’ll continue teaching at the London Business School as a professor of management practice in accounting. Ortalo-Magné is excited to follow in his foot steps.“I feel particularly grateful for the opportunity to succeed Sir Andrew, who has created such great momentum in the school,” Ortalo-Magné said. “I am energized by how engaged everyone is: our alumni, students, staff, and faculty members. They are all ambitious for the school, and this makes it an inspiring place to be.”However, the new dean isn’t the only one excited about this change. So is the school’s Governing Body Chairman Apurv Bagri.“François is ideally placed to take us forward and build on the great work carried out by Sir Andrew,” Bagri said. “The school goes from strength to strength, and I’m confident that François will continue to enhance its reputation for academic excellence and the delivery of world-class degree and executive education programs.” About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes center_img regions: London RelatedLondon Business School Announces New DeanLondon Business School announced the appointment of its ninth dean on July 25, 2016. François Ortalo-Magné will become the first non-British European to hold the position in the school’s history. His appointment will be made official when he assumes the deanship in August of 2017. Ortalo-Magné will succeed Sir Andrew…July 28, 2016In “Featured Region”Francisco Veloso Named New Imperial College Business School DeanThis month, Imperial College London named internationally renowned innovation scholar and professor Francisco Veloso as the new Dean of the Business School. Veloso is a prominent expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, where his research—including studies into the development of Silicon Valley—has mainly focused on how corporations and regions develop and…March 16, 2017In “Featured Region”Inside Dean Matthew Myers’ Plans for the SMU Cox School of BusinessOn August 1, 2017, Matthew Myers became the ninth dean of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. As the former dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, Ohio, Dean Myers comes to Cox with plans to build on the school’s current strengths and enhancing its offerings.…December 22, 2017In “Dallas”last_img read more

How Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBA

first_imgHow Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBA Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Toronto Earning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants.So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living, and other expenses to pay for your MBA?Canadian ProgramsFirst, let’s talk Canadian programs that are available to help students. Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP): LLP allows students to withdraw up to $10,000 (CAD) a year from a registered retirement savings plan. These amounts will not count toward income and taxes are not withheld.Ontario Student Assistance Program: For full-time students in the province of Ontario, the government offers loans to help pay for school.Out of Province Loans: For Canadian citizens who do not live in Ontario, there is government funding available for each specific province. You can determine the loans available in your province by visiting the official website.Scholarships Canada: Scholarships Canada features almost 100,000 different awards for a variety of different types of students, schools, and more.Schulich School of Business – York UniversityAt the Schulich School of Business, there are various financial aid opportunities for graduate students including a full range of scholarships. These awards are available for students who demonstrate academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, or participation in the community. The amount of the award varies but ranges from $10,000 (CAD) to $40,000. A few of the scholarships available include:Robert Krembil Scholarship of Merit: $40,000 (CAD) available to full-time MBA students who demonstrate high academic standing.Scotiabank Scholarship in International Business: $20,000 (CAD) available to second-year MBA students who have completed a year of study at the Guanghua School of Management.Resource Capital Funds Scholarship: $15,000 (CAD) available to second-year MBA students specializing in Global Mining Management.To apply for these scholarships, students must complete an entrance funding application. Recipients are chosen based on how well they meet the award’s criteria and are notified via email when they are selected.’Other options for funding include Line of Credit Programs for Domestic Students. These loans are available from three banks—RBC, TD, and CIBC—with a loan amount up to $125,000 available. Finally, there are many job opportunities for MBA students looking for part-time work to supplement their income.DeGroote School of Business – McMaster UniversityThere’s over $450,000 (CAD) in scholarship funding available at the DeGroote School of Business. Most MBA entrance scholarships at the school offer between $2,000 and $10,000 (CAD) in funding and are based on your average GMAT score. Other scholarships and bursaries range from $500 to $15,000. One such award is the Mutual Group Graduate Scholarship, which is valued at $11,000 and available to all incoming MBA students based on their academic achievements.Other opportunities to pay for your MBA program include MBA Teaching Assistantships. The rate of pay is negotiated once chosen for the position and is available for a year. Lastly, the Student Line of Credit offered by TD Canada Trust is a loan program specifically available to McMaster University students.Rotman School of Management – University of TorontoPaying for your Rotman School of Management MBA doesn’t have to break the bank. The business school offers over $4 million in available financial aid through fellowships, scholarships, awards, financial assistance, paid work placement, and more.Specifically, there are three fellowships available at Rotman:Forté Fellows Program: Eligible women can apply for the Forté Fellows Program by submitting an MBA application and applying at the Forté Foundation.Reaching Out LGBT Fellows Program: This program offers Fellowship recipients a minimum of $10,000 (CAD) per academic year. To apply, you’ll need to submit an MBA application to the University.Creative Destruction Lab Fellows Program: This fellowship is available to 20 incoming full-time MBA students interested in careers in entrepreneurship and start-ups, offering financial awards up to $27,000.Other opportunities to pay for your Rotman MBA include the unique Rotman Problem Solving Challenge open to incoming MBA students. Students who best demonstrate Rotman’s model-based approach to problem-solving can win up to $100,000. There are also multiple scholarships available that range from $10,000 to full tuition. Awards are available based on academic merit and financial need.Ivey Business School – Western University CanadaAt the Ivey Business School, financing your MBA is a relatively simple process. That’s why around 50 percent of MBA candidates receive a scholarship or another award upon admission to the program. Many of the awards are academically based and range from $10,000 to half of tuition. Candidates will be considered based on their education, activities, and work experience.The school also offers preferred banking loans through the BMO Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Royal Bank, and TD Canada Trust. These programs are available to Canadian citizens and offer various loan options in competitive packages to help you secure private financing.As for Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Toronto campus, they also offer a variety of their own scholarships, awards, and bursaries. To learn more about how they help financially strained MBA students, we recommend visiting their websites.center_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 RelatedTop Toronto MBA Programs for Financial AssistanceToronto is the fourth most populous city in North America and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s also an established global city, attracting people and businesses from around the world as a center of trade, finance, arts and culture. So, it’s…October 12, 2016In “Advice”School v. School: Queen’s University Smith School of Business vs Toronto Rotman School of ManagementApples or oranges? Steak or chicken? Toronto or Kingston, Ontario? If you’re having a difficult time making a decision, you’re not alone. When it comes to choosing the best MBA program for your needs, there can be more than one choice that seems like the “perfect” fit, so how make…May 28, 2019In “Economist”The 5 Most Affordable Canadian MBA ProgramsFor many the MBA cost of entry might appear too high. One could certainly find more affordable alternatives, but it might not open the same doors that elite programs can. The choice is even more pronounced in Canada, which typically only cost a fraction that the elite U.S. schools offer.…March 4, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more

 

Stolen Dog That Helped Vet With PTSD Reunited With Family

first_imgA German shepherd named Boru at the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade in Goshen on March 13, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times) US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img LOS ANGELES—A dog that helped an Iraq War veteran cope with post-traumatic stress disorder has been reunited with its owner after being stolen out of his southern California front yard last week.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tells KABC-TV the German shepherd named PJ was returned unharmed to his family in East Los Angeles on Saturday night.#LASD Missing Dog PJ From ELA, F/8mo, German Shepherd, Returned To Owner Safe, 4300blk Dozier St, @EastLALASDhttps://t.co/iD85hSkdhd pic.twitter.com/tlITTj8148— LA County Sheriff’s (@LASDHQ) November 6, 2016The station reports the dog’s theft devastated owner Francisco Torres because of his struggles with PTSD. Angela Torres says PJ has “been really good” to her husband.Surveillance video caught someone taking the dog from the gated yard outside of the family home.No arrests have been made and officials aren’t saying how PJ was found. Share Stolen Dog That Helped Vet With PTSD Reunited With Family By The Associated Press November 7, 2016 Updated: November 7, 2016last_img read more

 

Obama First Lady Hike Through Botanical Garden

first_img Share this article Show Discussion The latest on President Barack Obama’s annual two-week vacation in Hawaii (all times local):10 a.m.President Barack Obama began the second day of his annual Hawaiian holiday vacation with a mid-morning hike at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.The park is at the base of the Koolau mountain range on the east side of the island of Oahu and is comprised of 400 lush acres. The name Hoomaluhia translates to “a peaceful refuge” in native Hawaiian. The garden was established in 1982 and designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers.The president and the first lady were joined by friends on the nature walk on a rainy, overcast day. The president’s motorcade departed his family’s Kailua beachfront rental home at 9:40 a.m. and arrived at the botanical garden at 10 a.m.The Latest: Obama, first lady hike through botanical garden https://t.co/mMPN2EhsyI pic.twitter.com/aJHvaLW707— QCT Nation (@QCTnation) December 18, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img Obama, First Lady Hike Through Botanical Garden By The Associated Press December 18, 2016 Updated: December 18, 2016 US U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, with their daughters Malia, third from left, and Sasha, fifth from left, are greeted as they arrive on Air Force One, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, for their annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. Greeting the first family from left are Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and his wife Bruni Bradley, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Mayor of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) last_img read more

 

Israels Leader Endorses Trump Wall

first_img Israel’s Leader Endorses Trump Wall By Jack Phillips January 29, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2017 Share this article Israel’s leader has endorsed President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted Saturday that Israel’s wall along its border with Egypt has been successful in stopping a swell of African migrants, AP reported.President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017“President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” he wrote, with images of the Israeli and American flag.The tweet marked a rare public foray for the Israeli leader into a charged American domestic affair. The two leaders spoke earlier this week and Netanyahu is planning to visit Trump in the White House next month.After repeated clashes with President Obama, Netanyahu has high expectations for Trump, who has signaled he will take a kinder approach. Related CoverageTrump Wants to Enlist Local Police in Immigration CrackdownIsraeli Opposition politician Yair Lapid criticized the prime minister. “A serious mistake by Netanyahu,” Lapid tweeted, Reuters reported.He added: “It is a needless declaration of war on Mexico and Hispanics and a rupture with the Democrats (including the majority of U.S. Jews). It doesn’t matter what we think of the wall, don’t we have enough troubles of our own?”Mexico’s government signaled that it was outraged over Netanyahu’s tweet.“The foreign ministry expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s message,” the foreign ministry wrote in a statement. “Mexico is a friend of Israel and should be treated as such by its Prime Minister.”The Associated Press contributed to this report. US Show Discussioncenter_img Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Dec. 25, 2016. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more

 

Uber Picks Expedias Dara Khosrowshahi as New CEO Sources

first_imgFILE PHOTO – CEO of Expedia, Inc. Dara Khosrowshahi attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 13, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) Share this article Uber Picks Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as New CEO: Sources By Reuters August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 Share Uber Technologies Inc chose Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive on Sunday, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing him the challenge of leading the ride-services company out of a nearly year-long crisis.Khosrowshahi, 48, would take on the daunting task of mending Uber’s image, repairing frayed relations among investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses.In Khosrowshahi, Uber’s board has picked an executive with a track record of driving growth while also delivering profits – precisely what the unprofitable Uber needs to satisfy investors. He has also proven capable of making Expedia the leader in another industry full of change and competition — online travel.But he would also have to contend with the legacy of Travis Kalanick, Uber’s pugnacious co-founder, who was ousted as CEO in June after shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company’s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down amid growing concern over his behavior and the behavior of senior managers under him.Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, speaks during the opening of the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich, Germany in 2015. He announced he was stepping down from his role with the ride-sharing giant on June 20, 2017. (Tobias Hase/AFP/Getty Images) Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, speaks during the opening of the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich, Germany in 2015. He announced he was stepping down from his role with the ride-sharing giant on June 20, 2017. (Tobias Hase/AFP/Getty Images)The Uber board of directors has been meeting daily and deliberated on its pick for CEO throughout the weekend. A spokeswoman said on Sunday that the board had voted but was declining to disclose its choice publicly until after informing employees. An Uber spokesman and an Expedia spokeswoman declined to comment. Khosrowshahi did not immediately respond to requests for comment through email and on Twitter.Khosrowshahi, who has run Expedia for 12 years, was not known to the public to be among the top candidates for the job.He beat out Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co and one of the finalists for the job, who said earlier on Sunday he was no longer in the running. Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been a leading candidate, according to sources close to the process. Whitman last month denied having any interest in the job.Unlike Immelt and Whitman, Khosrowshahi is not a fixture in the celebrity executive community. And since Expedia is based in Bellevue, Washington, he is a Silicon Valley outsider, offering a contrast to the “tech bro” culture Kalanick established at Uber.Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in this file photo. (Expedia, Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in this file photo. (Expedia, Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFocused on GrowthThe Iranian-American businessman came to the United States as a child in 1978 with his parents following the Iranian Revolution. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and got his start at investment bank Allen and Co.Khosrowshahi has certainly done well for himself – in 2015 he was the highest paid CEO in the country, mainly because of a nearly $91 million stock option grant. He is also on the board of the New York Times Company and sports merchandise company Fanatics Inc.Under Khosrowshahi’s leadership, Expedia more than doubled its annual revenue since 2012 to nearly $8.8 billion in 2016. The company reported net income of $281.8 million for 2016.In an interview with CNBC in May, he said: “Analysts are focused on margins. I am focused on growth.”He led Expedia through a string of acquisitions since 2014, buying Airbnb rival HomeAway Inc for $3.9 billion, Orbitz Worldwide Inc for $1.3 billion and Travelocity for $280 million, cobbling together an online travel empire. Expedia is the world’s largest online travel agency by bookings.A general view of atmosphere at launch of new Citi and Expedia travel credit cards in New York City on Sept. 17, 2014. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Citi) A general view of atmosphere at launch of new Citi and Expedia travel credit cards in New York City on Sept. 17, 2014. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Citi)At Uber, he would bring an end to a company culture built on founder control. Kalanick enjoyed sweeping authority on the board and nearly complete autonomy in running the company, a governance style that helped to create a workplace that had few checks and balances.Uber has been hit by allegations of sexual harassment, a lawsuit alleging trade-secrets theft, a federal criminal probe over use of software to evade city regulators, and allegations of executives mishandling the medical records of a victim who was raped by her Uber driver in India, among other controversies.Uber was valued at $68 billion at its most recent investment last year, but recently some mutual funds have written down the value of their Uber investment by as much as 15 percent, a sign of wavering confidence in the company.Despite the controversies, Uber is still a growing company. Last week, the company reported a 16 percent increase in ride bookings and a 17 percent jump in net revenue for the second quarter over the previous period, and its losses shrank by 9 percent. Show Discussion A sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,) A sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,)Among Khosrowshahi’s first tasks at Uber would be filling a slew of executive vacancies, including those of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and general counsel. In the absence of top leadership, Uber has been run by a 13-person committee.What role Kalanick has in the company going forward is a critical question whose answer remains unclear.In a previous statement, Kalanick said he would support the new CEO “to guide Uber into its next phase of growth and ensure its continued success.”A spokesman for Kalanick did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday evening.By Heather Somerville US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

 

9YearOlds Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint in North Carolina Police

first_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article 9-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint in North Carolina: Police By Jack Phillips August 6, 2018 Updated: August 6, 2018 Share A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was running a lemonade stand in Monroe was robbed at gunpoint. (Google Maps)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Neighbors told WSOC-TV in Charlotte that the boy went back out and began selling lemonade despite the robbery. They said that he relocated the lemonade stand to another location. “If he’s trying to have some kind of goal, maybe the people of the neighborhood could chip in and help out, reward some hard work,” neighbor Lou Armada told the station. “I’m often seeing the young man selling organic lemonade,” Robert Pendleton added.“In today’s world, people are very bold,” Union County spokesman Tony Underwood said, lamenting the crime, according to WSOC-TV. Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.He said that nowadays, “Criminals are very bold” and that “this is a new low.”Underwood added that only $20 was stolen from the boy.The suspect hasn’t been located.Those with information that might assist detectives in this matter should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office or Union County Crimestoppers. Show Discussion A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was running a lemonade stand was robbed at gunpoint on Aug. 5, officials said.The boy was selling lemonade in Monroe, about 25 miles from Charlotte, when a teen approached him and pointed a handgun at the child’s stomach, demanded money, and then ran away, said the Union County Sheriff’s Office in a news release on Aug. 5.“The boy was allegedly approached by a teenage black male suspect wearing a [camouflage] hat and black shirt. The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy’s stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot,” the office stated.When officers searched for the suspect, officials located a trail in the woods and found a camouflage hat, a black-colored BB handgun, and the stolen metal money tin.Officials said they believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery took place.last_img read more