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District 9 Candidates Pledge Aid for Mission 22nd Fire Victims

first_imgThe tenants face uncertainty of when they will be able to return home. Their uncertainty is compounded by the fact that the Good Samaritan Law only guarantees housing for 24 months. With DBI recently declaring the building a nuisance, it is unclear how fast the property owners will move to reconstruct a new building, or whether the City or community take ownership of the property. Either way, the Good Samaritan Law will need to be amended or reinforced with support for good samaritan landlords to make sure tenants have as long as they need until they can come back home.Hillary Ronen, Chief of Staff for Supervisor David CamposI’ve worked with families living in the Mission for over 13 years and know the hardships they face when they’re displaced from their homes and communities.As a staffer in the District 9 office, I had the honor of working with the survivors of the 22nd Street fire and helping them find the housing they currently live in. I think it’s important that they not only be able to live in San Francisco, but be able to return to their home, jobs and schools in the Mission.As Supervisor I’ll work to pass legislation that gives priority to affordable and emergency housing for families displaced by fires, earthquakes and other disasters. I will make sure that the 22nd Street survivors are part of that program and housed in the Mission.Melissa San Miguel, education advocateWhat happened to the residents displaced by the fire at 22nd and Mission St. is both tragic and unfair. I firmly believe we must support the vulnerable, including our children, families and elders, who were burdened through no fault of their own. We cannot let members of our community slip into homelessness. As Supervisor, I will work with local agencies to ensure they have stable housing, look into how our relocation policies for these situations can be strengthened, and explore legislative means to ensure that rent control protections remain and survivors retain a right to return. Finally, I would explore ways to incentivize property owners to repair blighted buildings quickly and ensure tenants are able to return with all due speed.Joshua Arce, civil rights attorney and Community Liaison for Laborers Local 261If elected Supervisor, I will ensure that permanent housing is available for all the tenants at 22nd and Mission streets by any means necessary, even if this requires legislative action.The city needs to do whatever it takes in order to facilitate rebuilding on this premises. This is exactly the type of project that should be fast-tracked under legislation recently introduced by Supervisor Wiener.Regardless, currently our city has hundreds of affordable and public housing units that are underutilized, where possible we should ensure that these units are made available for tenants displaced by tragedies such as this one.Iswari España, Training Officer with the San Francisco Human Services AgencyAs Supervisor, I will move to amend the Good Samaritan Law to read that under strenuous circumstances the length of program participation should be extended.The City should allocate funds to purchase the building, or should support non-profit agencies in the area that want to purchase the property in order to build affordable housing.There is no time for passive aggressive attitudes in our district. People are tired of hearing career politicians apologize or come up with solutions while being out of touch with reality. We need new people with passion and experience with city government to defend our issues.43 Questions is a weekly series — started 43 weeks before Election Day — to question the candidates running for District 9 supervisor. Send us your questions to and let us know in comments or in an e-mail if you think candidates have answered as asked. 0% Tags: election 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Last week we asked the candidates for District 9 supervisor — then four, now five — how they would incentivize landlords to repair fire-damaged buildings to prevent a situation like the one now underway at the building on the corner of Mission and 22nd, where some 60 tenants have been displaced and may be unable to return to the neighborhood.The tenants displaced by the Mission and 22nd fire that were housed in Treasure Island and Parkmerced only have one year left before they must find new accommodations. How will you as supervisor help these tenants stay housed until their units are repaired? Will this require legislative action?Respuestas en español aquí.Edwin Lindo, Vice-President of External Affairs at the Latino Democratic Clublast_img read more

Additional inland shelter opening final buses leaving Wednesday evening

first_img One bus will leave from the west entrance of the New Hanover County Government Center, located at 230 Government Center Dr., Wilmington. A second bus will leave from the Johnson Pre-K Center, located at 1100 McRae St., Wilmington.Residents are encouraged to arrive at either the Government Center or Johnson Pre-K 30 minutes before the buses depart.Both buses will allow pets and will drop residents off at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 2825 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. The Coliseum is not a pet co-location, however, a pet shelter is located next to the Coliseum in The Annex at 414 Deacon Blvd. Pet owners should bring their dog or cat in crates, along with pet food and vaccination records if available.Related Article: New route into Wilmington announced due to congestionJohnson Pre-K Center and Trask Middle School in New Hanover County, as well as Garner High School, Southeast Raleigh High School and Knightdale High School shelters in Wake County are at capacity.For those seeking shelter but cannot leave the area, Codington Elementary School will open as a shelter for New Hanover County residents at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. No cots or blankets are available at this shelter so citizens must bring their own bedding. There will be limited food service available. Codington is not a pet co-location.Those seeking emergency shelter in or out of county should bring their own bedding, including blankets and pillows, prescription medications and other necessary items. No alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons are permitted.New Hanover County Emergency Management continues to operate the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center. Anyone with questions about evacuating or shelter openings can call the public information hotline telephone number at (910) 798-6800. The latest information regarding Hurricane Florence can be found on the website, and on the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages.Residents and visitors are urged to complete their hurricane preparation and evacuation plans, as Hurricane Florence nears. Buses are taking New Hanover County resident to shelters inland ahead of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem will open to shelter citizens at 6 p.m. Wednesday.Two buses will provide transportation from New Hanover County to this shelter at 6 p.m. This is the final departure from New Hanover County to inland shelters.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Christmas tree lightings flotillas highlight weekend events

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. And if you’re looking for something to get you in the holiday mood, there are plenty of things to do around the region this weekend.Check out the video above to see What’s Happening!last_img

Inmate charged with sexually assaulting 13yearold girl

first_imgJames Allen Bunch (Photo: PCSO) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A former Pender County man who is currently serving time in prison has been charged with child sex crimes.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says James Allen Bunch, a former resident of Currie, was arrested on Friday.- Advertisement – According to Spokesman Capt. James Rowell, Bunch who is serving an active prison sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Virginia Department of Corrections was returned to North Carolina so that Pender County warrants could be served, charging him with sex crimes involving a teen.He is now charged with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and one felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon.These charges stem from an investigation in which a 13-year-old girl accused Bunch of sexually assaulting her from 2016 to 2017.Related Article: Police searching for man who reportedly robbed bank near UNCWBunch is currently in the Pender County Jail under no bond.If you know any information, please contact Detective-Sergeant Steve Clinard at (910) 259-1437.last_img read more

Publix to host hiring events for new Carolina Beach store

first_imgPublix CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A new grocery store coming to Carolina Beach is looking to hire for a variety of jobs.Publix at Federal Point, located at 1018 Lake Park Blvd N Ste 107, will host three hiring events at the Courtyard by Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront. They are happening from May 5-7 at 9 a.m. each day.- Advertisement – If you are interested, you are asked to apply online and attend the job fair to be interviewed.Construction on the Publix began at the beginning on this year.In December 2018, Mayor Joe Benson told WWAY that Publix was expected to be open by July.Related Article: Teens turning the tide on plastic at area beachesA “Future site of Harris Teeter” sign still remains on a property near the Publix.last_img read more

First movie filmed in Wilmington released 35 years ago

first_img The decision to film here became the first step in creating what would become an industry.Producer Dino De Laurentiis liked the area so much he built a movie studio here, which is now Screen Gems.Since then, more than 350 films, TV shows, and commercials have been shot in the area. Firestarter WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been 35 years since Firestarter, the first movie ever filmed in the Cape Fear, was released.A picture of Orton Plantation, featured in this Southern Accents Magazine from 1983, caught the attention of Frank Capra Jr., who was searching for a place to film the movie.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crews battle home fire in Brunswick County

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A porch fire caused damage to a mobile home in Brunswick County Monday night according to responders.Around 8:45 p.m. fire crews were called to a structure fire along Boone’s Neck Road near the Boone’s Neck Baptist Church. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a porch was reportedly on fire near a home.- Advertisement – The home was located down a long gravel road. This limited  the number of fire crews able to respond according to fire officials on scene. Firefighters on scene told WWAY that the home was reportedly 50% involved when they arrived. This means roughly half of the home was impacted by the fire by the time crews were there. Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire responded as did Civvietown and Supply Fire Departments.Brunswick EMS was also at the fire, however, WWAY has not been told that anyone was hurt. Neighbors say the mobile home was being worked on by the family that owns it earlier that day.The Brunswick County Fire Marshal has been asked to investigate.last_img read more

Customs seize over 26000 pairs of counterfeit jeans

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Customs officials have seized 26,688 pairs of counterfeit jeans in a container at the Freeport.In a statement, Customs said that the container was meant to be shipping branded jeans, however, it resulted that the jeans were fake.Legal representatives from the right holder company have confirmed this statement. It is expected to present this case in Court against the opposing company soon.Read: Customs officials seize over €10m in cocaine at FreeportWhatsApplast_img read more

MTN Uganda Introduces MTN BackUpMTN Uganda Introduces MTN BackUpMark Zuckerberg Makes An

first_imgAdvertisement  The MTN Back Up service is available for both MTN prepaid and postpaid mobile customers using MTN. – Advertisement – To activate the service an MTN customer is required to go to the MTN Menu, select MTN Backup, and follow the prompts to register.If the menu option is not currently available to a customer is required to swap SIM card at the nearest MTN Service Center. SIM card synchronization enables a customer to synchronise up to 250 phonebook contacts. The number of phonebook contacts that can be synchronized via handset synchronization (using Sync ML) will depend on the type of phone one has.There is no limit to the number of phonebook contacts one can store on the web. The service is however now available outside Uganda.Rates for using the service can be accessed on the MTN Uganda website; by: King    Date: June 04, 2012last_img read more

Apple To Use Chinese StateOwned Data Centers For Cloud Users

first_imgAdvertisement Apple Inc. has reportedly started storing its data from Chinese users on servers within mainland China. It is said that the tech giant started using the state-owned China Telecom’s storage services since August 8.However, China Telecom will not have access to Apple’s content stored on its servers due to data encryption. – Advertisement – This will improve speeds for Apple’s iCloud users in China. Service speeds escalate as physical distance from data centers is shortened. This will enable iPhone and iPad users in the country to enjoy enhanced performance in saving pictures, emails and other data on the internet based storage. China Telecom has become Apple’s first data center provider in China, following over a year of strict tests and evaluation.This comes amid the tense atmosphere for American technology companies in China, as the two countries are involved in an ongoing tussle over cyber security.Sometime back, Google moved its search business from China to Hong Kong after the company declined to censor search results as per the demands of the Chinese government.Apple is seeking to avoid being caught up in current scenario were US technology companies are facing lot of heat in China. The company’s use of a native data center is a testament to that. Apple generated almost $6 billion in revenue from Greater China in the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 (3QFY14; ended June 28). Revenue from China represents around 16% of the company’s total sales in the period.Source: Bidness Etclast_img read more

Facebook reactions now available globally

first_imgImage Credit: CityAM Advertisement Yesterday Facebook Inc. were launching Reactions, an extension of the Like button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a post in a quick and easy way.People login to Facebook every day to discover what’s happening around the world, and to share all kinds of things; happy, sad, funny or thought-provoking updates and News Feed is the central way you can get updates about your friends, family and anything else that matters to you, and also the central place to have conversations with the people you care about.“We’ve been listening to people and know that there should be more ways to easily and quickly express how something you see in News Feed makes you feel. That’s why we are launching reactions.” – Advertisement – To add/use a reaction, you have to hold down the Like button when you’re using a mobile or hover over the Like button on desktop to see the reaction image options, then tap either Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.Facebook has been carrying out research and surveys to determine what reactions that people would use most and how they’re already commenting on posts.They’re excited to offer Reactions to everyone that uses Facebook around the world.[related-posts]last_img read more

Spotify monthly active user base reaches 100 million

first_imgHeadphones are seen in front of a logo of online music streaming service Spotify in this February 18, 2014 illustration picture. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann Advertisement Swedish music streaming service Spotify said on Monday its user base had grown to 100 million, up from 75 million previously, as it pushed into new markets and despite competition from the likes of Apple Music.Spotify has the music streaming industry’s biggest paid subscriber base, with 30 million users paying to listen, but the vast majority still tune in for free with commercial breaks.Competition is fierce with Apple Music launched just last year and already claiming 13 million paid users while Alphabet’s Google competes with Google Music and Youtube. – Advertisement – Sources have told Reuters that Inc is preparing its own standalone service.Spotify, founded in 2006, pays more than 80 percent of its revenue to record labels and artists and has not yet shown a profit as it spends to grow internationally.Last year, it made an operating loss of 184.5 million euros ($209 million), widening from 165.1 million in 2014[Reuters]last_img read more

OnePlus 3T Launch Set for November 15th

first_imgAndroid 7.0 Nougat Update comes to LG G5 smartphone holders. Image Credit: LG Advertisement OnePlus 3T was expected to be launched on November 14, however, following the chip-maker, Qualcomm Inc. revelation that OnePlus will be launching with a Snapdragon 821-based product soon, OnePlus has officially announced that it is launching a Snapdragon 821-based product on November 15 at 1pm EST (9pm EAT), and the event will be live streamed from its official Facebook page.The Chinese based smartphone manufacturers in a teaser video on its twitter page showed the calling of the upgraded variant OnePlus 3T, confirming the arrival of Snapdragon 821 chipset in the new variant, with a maximum clock speed of 2.35GHz.Earlier, Qualcomm had also tweeted that OnePlus‘ upcoming smartphone will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor.Something new from @OnePlus is on the way…and it’s powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned.— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) November 7, 2016 – Advertisement – T-7: The @Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2.35GHz) is coming your way. Find out more on November 15.— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 8, 2016SpecsOnePlus 3T will sport an Optic AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, 3300mAh battery, running on Android 7.0 Nougat-based Oxygen OS.We shall provide you with the more specs when the phablet is launched.last_img read more

Seedstars World announces the 9 startups to compete at Seedstars World Kampala

first_imgAdvertisement Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming to Uganda for the 3rd time. With the support of the Stanbic Bank Uganda and our local ambassador Outbox Hub, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on the August 4th.In line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 500, 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.The event will take place at Outbox Hub (Soliz House Plot 23 Lumumba Ave, Kampala, Uganda) with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top startup will be declared the most promising startup in Uganda in 2017, and will be invited to pitch at the global stage.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The startups that were selected to participate at the Seedstars World Kampala pitching event are:Chap Chap Africa LimitedChapChap is a mobile payments platform that enables users to earn and save while they top-up airtime, pay bills and shop online.CHARIS FOR GRACEsmartAgric is an online, interactive and dynamic cost planner that helps farmers to evaluate options much easier and conveniently with up-to-date prices.ClinicPesaclinicPesa is a platform to set aside dedicated healthcare funds in order to extend healthcare micro-savings discipline and loan.Kuanza Gari LimitedKuanza Gari is a fingerprint based car ignition system that enables users to capture, store and use their fingerprints to start cars.Musana CartsMusana Carts provides the support to street vendors in Africa to achieve a clean and dependable work environment through solar powered street carts.NumidaNumida is a free business financial management mobile app to issue affordable, convenient and unsecured credit to Ugandan MSMEs.TrendingshoWTW is an online flexible and local TV service that lets watch content on the go.Ubuntu CapitalUbuntu Capital provides digital marketing and payment solutions for medium enterprises, enabling them to realize their market potential.hiDrhidr is a mobile app to enable patients to consult accredited doctors at a fraction of the cost of a traditional office consultation.“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. As this will be our 3rd time to organize our event in Kampala, our excitement level and expectations are high.” explains Fanny Dauchez, Associate for Africa at Seedstars World, “We are impressed by what we have seen in the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Uganda on the map.”At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.To attend the event and watch the pitches, anyone can RSVP here (limited number of spots available).last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Ascot on Saturday

first_imgI met bookmaker Tony Styles on the way into the racecourse. He was on the way out, not because the rain had put him off, but to buy a Racing Post. He was quite annoyed that the confectionary hut on course had been banned from selling them so he had to traipse back from whence he came to buy one outside. ‘Put it in your blog’ he implored, your wish is my command Tony.Summer Mile Family Raceday at Ascot was never going to be Royal Ascot in attendance or turnover. Added to that the meeting is part of Super Saturday so there’s a lot of action to attract the punting pound. Luckily for those of us who made schoolboy errors, and I wasn’t alone, the rain had stopped by the opening Ruddy Novice Auction Stakes.I was making a little video clip with one of my old bosses Dave Phillips for the ‘Simon Nott Meets The Ring’ (CLICK HERE) when just as we finished a lady came up and had £2.50 each way Curiosity at 9/4, that didn’t auger well for the rest of the day. It was OK though, Dave said he had plenty of change. Sadly the results started badly too. It’s never a great start when the 15/8 favourite wins, as did Curiosity, but at least the layers could pay out in shirt sleeves. The lady that bet 9/4 the winner with Dave Phillips certainly had value but probably rued her caution.Totescoop6 Heritage Handicap StakesWithout wishing to turn this blog into like something from the Met Office, it was decidedly humid betting on the next. They might love these big handicaps in betting shops but they aren’t the best punting medium for bookies on-course. Backers tend to trim their already modest bets and layers just have to hope whatever wins is green on the screen.We laid plenty of horses very small but needed a miracle. We didn’t get one, Danzeno was was backed from 6/1 into 4/1 favourite and bolted up. The places were no good either so add to that a large payout queue and we got an unwanted treble up.Playboy Club London Handicap StakesThere did appear to be a plethora of PR types about for a rainy Saturday. Maybe the hope of an invitation to the this race’s sponsor’s box was the lure? Back down on the joint business was brisk but the most popular question of the day, was as it is so often ‘What’s your minimum bet?’ Today the answer was £2.50 each way or £5 win, they all add up.Favourite backers started to think that it was easy just betting the short ones, I wouldn’t say they shovelled it on but Laraaib was backed steadily from 11/4 into 2/1f and they were right. Super Saturday was shaping up to be anything but for the bookmakers.Trant Engineering Fillies’ Handicap StakesYou couldn’t really call Mittens weak, rather easy to back so the ring had a glimmer of hope they might get her beaten. They never had a hope she romped home at 3/1 – the fourth winning favourite in a row. With the banker of the meeting to follow bookmakers’ mettle was going to be tested in the next.Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile StakesMy old boss Jack Lynn’s words ‘Don’t Educate Them’ were ringing in my ears as poor Kyle was asked for £2.50 each way on odds on jolly Mutakayyef and he pointed out they would be better off having it on to win. Still the customer is always right. Mind you if it wasn’t for the shrapnel bets there wouldn’t have been a lot fielded as there were no lumps on offer.Which was just as well, 4/7 favourite Mutakeyyef made it five favourites from five. The most popular question now being ‘Who’d be a bookmaker?’ The only saving grace being there were no big, let alone mega, punters to bother us. It must be Ben that attracts them.Ruddy Novice Auction StakesWith three races still to go it’s fair to say the ring were already working to weary automation. Only the shrill and slightly tipsy calls of £2.50 each way keeping them from teetering into resigned acceptance that today was going to be a bad day. To make things worse business had slowed to match the layers’ demeanour. Over on the rails it was the same. Armaloft Alex reported a punter determined enough to successfully negotiate the minimum bet bet from a fiver to £2 only for the punter to try and have it on the only non-runner in the race.One layer exhibited his frustration pricing up his board including 9/5 15/1 and 17/1 twice. His near neighbour commenting ‘9/5 should only ever be heard in Country & Western classics, not the betting ring’.The favourites flip flopped during betting with Laugh A Minute going off as 15/8 jolly. Then it happened, it was all academic, the books blinked and rubbed their eyes and blinked again just to be sure. A result! 14/1 winner Tigre Du Terre put a spring back into their step and almost smiles on their faces. It’s amazing how quickly the fun of gloom can lift in the betting ring. Now rather than ‘can we go home yet?’ It was ‘bring on the penultimate!’Woodford Reserve Handicap StakesWe actually laid a bet of note £1,400 – £400 Cape Coast, OK it was a hedge bet to another bookie which is rare, we should have read the warning sign because before Kyle could say, ‘You’ve got that’ it was 3/1 and favourite with original jolly Bin Battuta very weak, another flip flop and it wasn’t even sunny.Just before the off Kyle got offered a £1.50 bet in 10p & 20p pieces and a Tote voucher, both politely declined.The market got it wrong, Bin Battuta won at 7/2, beating 11/4f Cape Coast after a real tussle which meant a winning race for us despite being original jolly.GL Events UK Handicap StakesThe one result for the bookmakers of the afternoon only stopped the rot but didn’t save the day by any means. The concluding 7/2 the field handicap wasn’t the ideal race to try and and salvage the day from a jolly five fold disaster. To make things worse after eight races the punters appeared rather refreshed with some wobbling on stilettos in evidence but generally in great humour so all good. Surprisingly some backers had been keeping their powder dry with some decent bets in evidence, steady £50, £60, £100 etc.It all added up to a nice few quid on My Dad Syd which we had for four figures at the off. Kyle was praying for a result and we got one. 8/1 Cricklewood Green got us the money! Aye Aye we’ll be back in a fortnight. SIMON NOTT: I backed my first loser of the day when I left my coat at home, it was lovely back in Devon. No excuse though, I’ve been in the game long enough to know that was a schoolboy error. Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

Rice U experts available during 2015 hurricane season

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMedia Advisory: Rice U. experts available during 2015 hurricane seasonHOUSTON – (June 15, 2015) – With the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season here, Rice University has various experts available to talk about storms that enter the Gulf of Mexico and also storms from past years.Rice’s 2015 hurricane experts include:Phil Bedient, professor of civil engineering and director of the SSPEED Center designer of the Flood Alert System 3, can discuss flooding issues that arise from tropical depressions or hurricanes. In his 2012 book, “Lessons from Hurricane Ike,” Bedient and more than 20 other researchers gave a 194-page account of what they learned from studying the 2008 storm that caused nearly $25 billion in damages and killed dozens.Created in 1997, the Flood Alert System 3 is an integrated system utilizing radar, rain gauge information, bayou stage data and hydrologic modeling for the purpose of issuing flood warnings and forecasts for its users. This Third-Generation Rice University/Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System (FAS3) uses the latest hydrologic technology to more accurately predict the overall threat of out-of-bank flooding of Brays Bayou near the Texas Medical Center and uses Google Maps.The FAS3 is interactive and provides real-time updates every 5 minutes through state-of-the-art servers, allows extreme traffic visits and has a back-up monitoring system in Oklahoma. Accessible from any computer with Internet access, automatic emergency alerts are distributed to notify and initiate flood protection measures. FAS3 has a track record of success with over 50-plus major events, including Tropical Storm Allison (2001) and Hurricane Ike (2008).John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, academic director of Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability and author of the book “The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast,” can explain how hurricanes have impacted and helped draw the modern coastlines of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and other Gulf Coast states.Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, can comment on the way that power grids, communications networks, utilities and other “lifeline systems” respond to natural disasters. He can also speak about the city of Houston’s Storm Risk Calculator, which he helped develop at Rice.Bob Stein, professor of political science, can talk about government reaction to a storm and the politics that are in play. He also can speak about the city of Houston’s Storm Risk Calculator, which he helped develop at Rice.Mark Jones, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can discuss government reaction to a storm and the politics that are in play.Ken Medlock, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, can address what can happen to gasoline prices around the country when refining and pipeline infrastructure is negatively affected for an extended time.Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering, can speak about the threats hurricanes pose to offshore drilling platforms. His group conducts research in deepwater fixed and floating platforms, drilling and riser technology; the group has performed Department of Energy and industry-funded research. His group’s research focuses specifically on development of new monitoring and damage identification algorithms and techniques for deepwater platforms and risers, for structural integrity assessment, fatigue damage estimation and maintenance before costly, dangerous failures can occur. Nagarajaiah was closely involved in the investigations into the 2010 deepwater Horizon disaster (Macando).Terry Hemeyer, adjunct professor in Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a crisis communications expert, can discuss the ongoing communications challenges and public relations strategies that government agencies and corporations face in times of disaster.Pedro Alvarez, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, can discuss the environmental impact and the cleanup efforts communities could face when large hurricanes strike.National Hurricane Center storm names for the 2015 Atlantic storms:AnaBillClaudetteDannyErikaFredGraceHenriIdaJoaquinKateLarryMindyNicholasOdettePeterRoseSamTeresaVictorWanda-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 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 among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” click here.last_img read more