The SF Missions only comic book store in danger of closing

first_imgThe Mission’s only comic book store is in danger of closing and is seeking support from the community. According to a post on the Mission: Comics & Art’s website, sales were down 17 percent in 2017, equal to $72,000.Owner Leef Smith has invited people on Facebook to come to an emergency meeting on Sunday night “to help figure out next steps.”Smith is hoping to engage supporters and brainstorm ways to keep the store going. “I have some ideas and I’d like to hear from others,” he said on Friday. 0% One possibility, he says, is to start a membership drive using a crowdsourcing platform like Patreon. Smith cited Wicked Grounds, the kink-friendly cafe in SoMa, which was forced to shut down earlier this month before being saved by a robust membership drive using the online platform Patreon. Within a few days, the cafe had raised the needed $15,000 a month to stay open, and now it’s netting a monthly $17,492. Borderlands Books in the Mission also created a successful sponsorship program when it faced possible closure in 2015. Smith does not yet have a specific benchmark he needs to meet to stay open, but he says the solution will need to be sustainable.“If I knew [sales] would get better, it would be a different situation,” he said. “But I don’t have the confidence, unfortunately.” Signs of trouble began right before the 2016 election, Smith says, when ordinarily sales would start to pick up during the holiday season. But they didn’t.“People just weren’t buying,” he says. In a post on his website, Smith breaks down the decline in sales by publication. The declines were across the board for trade publications, but Marvel and Image comics showed the steepest decline, at $10,000 for the year.To put Mission’s struggles in perspective, comic sales across the country slumped 10 percent last year, ending an almost 15-year growth spurt in the industry.Smith says that he has talked to other comic book stores in San Francisco, and they too are experiencing the dip. Comix Experience, another store on Divisadero, reports sales are down by 8.5 percent. “I’m talking about it because I think there is a community here that wants to keep the store open,” Smith says.Mission Local spoke to Smith on New Year’s Day. He told us that 2017 had been a bad year. He attributed part of the decline in sales to the 2016 presidential election. “My perspective is that people are nervous and anxious and don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s the scarcity thinking: I need to hold on to what I have. People are reading less and on the Internet more.”But he also thinks the city’s changing demographics and a more transient population plays a role. “A lot of my older customers have been forced out,” he said. Mission: Comics & Art will be holding its meeting Sunday at 6 p.m. at 2250 Mission St. center_img Tags: Business • mission street • Mission: Comics & Art Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

The game kicks off at 730pm and Derek Traynors s

first_imgThe game kicks off at 7.30pm and Derek Traynor’s side are seeking their third Grand Final appearance in four years – after being crowned Champions in 2016.Today, we have more great news as two of our young stars – both Academy products – have committed their futures to the club.Centre Matty Costello has signed a two-year contract whilst Jack Ashworth has penned a year’s deal that could be extended for another season depending on appearances.Both players have enjoyed extended runs in the first team this season and impressed on dual-registration at Sheffield.Costello has also been shortlisted for the 2018 Betfred Championship and League 1 Young Player of the Year Award.“Matty has really developed in the first team and has done a fantastic job for us,” Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook said. “He has learnt a lot about what being a full time professional is all about and is an exciting young player.“It’s been great for Jack to finally string some games together both at Sheffield and with us. He has played well and will be a great player of the future for us.“Like Matty, he has learnt a lot on the details of the game; he is enthusiastic, very keen to learn and is great player to work with.”Matty, 20, made his Saints first team debut in April this year and has gone on to make a further five appearances for the club – alongside his 15 on dual-registration at Sheffield.He signed for Saints from Orrell St James, went on tour with the Academy in 2015 and played a significant part in the unbeaten 2016 Academy side.He was also selected to play for England U18s.“I’m really pleased to have signed a new deal at the club,” he said. “It has given me confidence and shown I am on the right path.“I will keep working hard at getting better in every aspect and hopefully I will be able to gain more game time soon.”Jack, 23, has made five appearances for Saints this season after impressing on dual-registration with Sheffield.The former Rochdale Cobra was a product of Rochdale’s Service Area before moving to the Saints under 19s as part of the Club’s partnership with Rochdale in 2013.He made his first team debut against Hull on Easter Monday in 2015 and played a further six times in 2016.Jack added: “I am really happy to have signed a new one-year deal. With my injuries and not playing as much as I would have liked I didn’t think it was something that was on the cards. But I have been given a chance and I feel I have a lot to prove.“I am more that grateful for the opportunity and I just hope I made everyone at home and the club proud.”Entry for tonight’s game is Adult £5 and Junior £2 whilst 2018 Members can go free.last_img read more

Part of the Herefordshirebased Westons Cider the

first_imgPart of the Herefordshire-based Westons Cider, the company will link with the 2018 League Leaders’ Shield Winners to offer fans a superb choice of refreshing ciders as we head into the 2019 season.“We are really excited to be working alongside the club,” Holly Chadwick, Brand Manager for Stowford Press, said. “St.Helens R.F.C. is a well-known brand in world sport and we’re really excited to develop the partnership.“The great taste of Stowford Press and Stowford Press Mixed Berries will be available for all fans that visit the club throughout the year and we will be looking at other ways of enhancing what we’re sure will be a mutually beneficial partnership.”Based in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, Westons have a long family history of premium cider-making, when Henry Weston first established the cider mill in 1880.Dave Hutchinson, Saints General Manager, added: “We have a history of working with great partners at the Saints and our link with Stowford Press is no different.“They are an innovative company that have several exciting brands and we have no doubt they will be popular in the bars around the Totally Wicked Stadium.“We’d like to thank them for their support and we really look forward to developing the partnership further.”last_img read more

Gov Cooper wants NC back in spotlight for film industry

first_imgHAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — The governor had a busy day in the Cape Fear region. Governor Roy Cooper made a special stop by the set of “Good Behavior”, a TNT series currently filming in Wilmington and Hampstead.The governor wanted to see how filming was going.- Advertisement – He spoke with the cast and crew and emphasized the importance of helping the film industry.Under Cooper, the film industry’s budget got a big boost when it comes to film incentives.Some people on the set say the governor’s support will help keep film alive in the state.Related Article: US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million“People are leaving,” Cooper said. “They are going out, out of their way, sometimes across the country for work that we don’t have in this state because of the incentives. So I definitely think getting that back would definitely keep people home, where they want to be an having the support from the governor of North Carolina definitely makes that a lot more possible.”Good Behavior is currently filming the last episode of the season.Now that North Carolina has $30 million in film incentives available annually some cast and crew members hope more shows and movies will return.last_img read more

Water quality swimming alert issued for part of Holden Beach

first_imgHOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) —  Initial testing at an ocean site in Brunswick County showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.The alert is for the public access on the east end of Holden Beach.- Advertisement – Test results of samples collected yesterday show bacteria levels of 150 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, which exceeds the state and federal single-sample standard of 104  enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1 high-usage sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.State officials will test the site again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action. If the new sample also shows elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program tests water quality at ocean and sound beaches in accordance with federal and state laws.Related Article: Coastal towns to get funding to improve beach, waterfront accessEnterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it does not cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections. State officials sample 204 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when the waters are colder.last_img read more

Rain did not stop people from attending Food Truck Rodeo

first_imgFood Truck Rodeo at Hugh Macrae Park (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Despite the rain people still came out to the food truck rodeo at Hugh MacRae Park.New Hanover County Parks Conservancy had their eighth food truck rodeo to help raise money for a new challenge course.- Advertisement – The challenge course will cost around $180,000 and will be at Northern Regional Park.10% of food truck sales went to the conservancy.There were about a dozen different food trucks there for people to enjoy.Related Article: Taylor’s Blueberry Farm to hold Farm Day event Saturday“Food trucks ya know they’re fun. It’s something where we can support the food truck community. We get a lot of them together, people enjoy the good food and different types of food they can eat, and getting the family together, and people can enjoy the parks come out, and play around and do other things, but also get a good bite to eat from some of our great food trucks,” New Hanover County Parks Conservancy Vice Chair Jeremy Wilson said.The next food truck event for the conservancy will be at Ogden Park.last_img read more

Multi Agency effort underway to search for man missing in Bladen County

first_imgKelly, NC (WWAY) — The state parks service reports a Fayetteville man has been missing since Saturday morning.They say 23-year-old Jesse Sgro of Fayetteville, N.C. was reported missing early Saturday morning while camping with a group at Singletary Lake State Park.- Advertisement – Jesse is five feet six inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds.He was last seen wearing a white sweater with a grey chevron pattern, khaki pants, and burgundy New Balance brand shoes.Over 15 local agencies and volunteers are assisting NC State Parks in the search.last_img read more

Police searching for person who stole RV from Leland storage center

first_img(Photo: Leland PD) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department is looking for the person who stole an RV from a storage center.Police say a 2018 Reflection 5th Wheel RV, worth $50,000, was stolen from the AA Storage on Brunswick Village Boulevard at approximately 11:20 p.m. on April 10.(Photo: Leland PD)- Advertisement – Leland PD says the suspect vehicle used to pull the RV from the storage facility is a white Ford Heavy Duty Truck with a black stripe on the hood.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kazee with the Leland Police Department at (910) 371-0274.last_img read more

Barbecue cooker responsible for fire that destroyed Brunswick County home

first_img Multiple fire crews assisted in helping to control the fire.Leland Fire Chief John Grimes tells WWAY the family had a ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker that fell through a counter top.When cooker fell, it spilled charcoal embers next to the vinyl siding of the house and eventually sparked a fire, Grimes said.He said this should serve as a reminder to not to store or operate a grill too close to the exterior of one’s home.A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family. As of Monday morning, 106 donors had donated $7,725. Click here if you would like to donate. (Photo: John Grimes) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A grill left too close to a wall sparked a fire that destroyed a Leland home early Friday morning.The fire occurred at 110 Caicos Court in the Mallory Creek subdivision and was reported around 2:30 AM.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch The wonder of Maltese Bread

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img There’s nothing quite like the smell and sight of fresh-out-of-the-oven Maltese bread, is there? Deliciously soft on the inside and oh-so-crusty and crunchy on the outside, it is well-loved and sought-out by locals and tourists visited two Rabat bakeries to see how the tradition of baking Maltese bread has survived the ages.With thanks to the Merill Rural NetworkFilming and editing by Coryse Borglast_img read more

Interview TOM KERR updated after appointment as Racing Post Editor

first_imgTOM KERR (part 3 of 4)In the final part of our interview with Tom Kerr, Tom talks about his punting activities, gives bookmakers a broadside, punters getting their bets on and he also talks the big issues facing racing. TOM KERR (part 1 of 4)The Racing Post’s Tom Kerr talks about his background, or not, in horse racing, his love affair with Kauto Star and the BHA graduate scheme. He talks Kempton Park and other culturally important buildings and venues being under threat. He also answers critics of the Racing Post and defends the reputation of the paper and the spiking of his feature on a Chechen warlord and his opinions on FOBT’s. Interview: TOM KERR Tom Kerr was appointed editor of the Racing Post in 2018. Prior to that he had been at the newspaper for for nine years, earning a reputation as a journalist that gets the controversial big issues that often upset the racing cart with often hostile reaction. Meeting Tom Kerr.TOM KERR (part 4 of 4 NEW UPDATE)We revisit Tom Kerr after his promotion to Editor of the Racing Post. He talks about his plans for the paper and discusses some of the ‘big issues’ facing the title and racing in general. TOM KERR (part 2 of 4)The Racing Post’s Tom Kerr continues his interview talking about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and his view on the whip in horse racing and the storm he kicked up after his piece was published. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

SILVESTRE DE SOUSA Royal Ascot Thursday

first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Silvestre drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog… The weather looks like it’s finally going to brighten up for Ladies Day at Ascot and hopefully the rain stays away. Wednesday was another washout, no winners and we got a proper soaking – I got a helicopter to Chelmsford in the evening and it was pouring with rain there too so will take me a few days to dry out.As for the action on the track on Wednesday I thought both two-year-olds ran really well Multiply By Eight ran well in the Queen Mary, she’s still learning her game but is a nice filly for the future. As for Rayong he was running a cracker in the Windsor Castle but was crunched when coming through with a challenge and would definitely have finished closer than 10th.On paper Thursday looks like my strongest day of the week in terms of decent chances and it’s very exciting to have a big chance in the Gold Cup with Dee Ex Bee. Anyway, more about him and my other five rides below ….THURSDAYROYAL ASCOTMISTY GREY 2.30pm Norfolk StakesI start off aboard Misty Grey for Mark Johnston in the opener and he showed blistering speed over six furlongs in the Woodcote at Epsom last time before running out of steam. The drop back to five furlongs looks ideal and if the ground dries out a bit we could well surprise a few of these. Looking at the rest of them and Irish raider Sunday Sovereign looks the obvious one on the back of a couple of nice wins. He beat Tuesday’s Coventry Stakes winner a few starts back so is obviously smart.FOX CHAIRMAN 3.05pm Hampton Court StakesThings didn’t go to plan at Chester last time with Fox Chairman on only his second racecourse start when we got caught in traffic. However, he is a colt I really like and he gave me a lovely feel when winning his maiden at Newbury. He has proven he handles cut in the ground and he is one of the rides I have been most looking forward to this week. It’s a competitive race like you might expect with Cape Of Good Hope, Sangarius and King Ottokar all smart types.QUEEN POWER 3.40pm Ribblesdale StakesI ride another really exciting three-year-old here in the shape of Queen Power for Sir Michael Stoute. She showed a really nice attitude to peg back Lavender’s Blue in a Listed race at Newbury when last seen in action and deserves a crack at a prize like this. She will have to step up again both in class and in distance here but is a lovely filly. The ground is obviously the big worry and I suppose we have Aidan O’Brien’s Fleeting to beat as she ran so well at Epsom.DEE EX BEE 4.20pm Gold CupOne horse who won’t mind all the recent rain is Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee (pictured) in the Gold Cup. He has really impressed me since stepping up to two miles winning here at Ascot before following up at Sandown in the Henry II Stakes. He often races a bit lazily, but just keeps finding for pressure and the step up in distance and rain should only help his cause. It’s difficult to be confident when you are in against the likes of Stradivarius, but my horse is a relentless galloper and looks to have a huge chance. There is also Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter to consider, but this will be the softest ground he has ever encountered.HERO HERO 5.00pm Britannia StakesOnly the 32 runners in the Britannia Stakes and hopefully I can win the race for a second year running! I ride Hero Hero for Andrew Balding who was an easy winner for me at Chester recently. Whether he quite has the experience for a race of this nature remains to be seen, but he is a nice type. Another plus is that he seems okay on all sorts of ground having run well on the soft.FOX PREMIER 5.35pm King George V StakesFinal ride of the afternoon is aboard Fox Premier who we thought was the best of the two-year-olds last season, but he disappointed on a few occasions. He looks a different proposition now he has had time to mature and has won both starts this season. He looks worth a try at this trip, although he has been done now favours with the draw (2) and the soft ground is an unknown. There are dangers all over the place including Sinjaari and the progressive Sir Ron Priestley.Good luckSILVESTRElast_img read more

Carnegie awards Rice Community Engagement Classification

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduCarnegie awards Rice ‘Community Engagement Classification’Rice University has received “Community Engagement Classification” from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in recognition of its curriculum and community outreach and partnerships.The foundation selected 119 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2008 classification. Nearly 150 institutions applied for this honor, which required schools to document the nature and extent of their involvement with the community.The Community Engagement Classification reflects the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their local, regional, state, national and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.“Given that becoming more engaged with the city of Houston is one of the goals of President David Leebron’s Vision for the Second Century, we were truly excited to learn that the Carnegie Foundation has acknowledged Rice’s community engagement efforts,” said Stephanie Post, executive director of Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement.The Carnegie Foundation created this elective classification to affirm the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education. Elective classifications are based on voluntary participation by institutions, which have to collect data and provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement showing alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices.The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is used by academic researchers and institutional personnel policymakers. The Community Engagement Classification covers three categories: Curricular Engagement, Outreach & Partnerships, and a combination of both of categories.Rice was one of 110 institutions that qualified for the more extensive category. The university offers teaching, learning and research that encourage collaboration among faculty, students and the community on needs identified by the community. And the university is involved with community outreach and partnerships for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration and application of knowledge, information and resources.A civic research and design course taught by Rice professors Bob Stein, Devika Subramanian and Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio is a good example of Rice’s community engagement. Students in the course have been researching why people evacuate during a hurricane — especially people who do not live in evacuation areas — and they are working with the city and county to develop Web sites that can help people determine their risks and develop a plan for when and where they should evacuate.Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement was established in 2006 to facilitate community-based research projects that encourage faculty and students to work alongside Houston-based community partners to address various challenges facing the city. Directed by Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, the center is just one facet of the university’s community outreach efforts.The complete list of institutions that received the Community Engagement Classification is on the Carnegie Web site: read more

Rice U engineering students design new capo for guitar

first_img Fenton demonstrates the Rice Capo Team’s product, a prototype capo that is easy to move along the neck of a guitar while staying out of the way of flying fingers. A team of freshman engineering students invented the device. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University) Share1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice U. engineering students design new capo for guitar HOUSTON – (May 14, 2013) – A team of Rice University students has designed a new capo for guitar that won’t block players from making certain chords without cramping their fingers.The capo is a clamp-like device that acts as a sixth finger across the strings.The students’ attempt to build a better capo was inspired by Rice trustee and alumnus John Jaggers, managing general partner of Dallas venture capital firm Sevin Rosen Funds. In his spare time, Jaggers plays in an acoustic duo with his friend and fellow picker Matthew Carroll. Knowing from experience how well Rice students are trained to think about such issues, Jaggers approached engineering educators at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) to see if his idea struck a chord.Jaggers said he and Carroll started talking about capos and decided changes were in order.“I’ve been fairly involved in Rice and a big believer in the OEDK,” Jaggers said. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is a mechanical design challenge.’” He noted that he and Carroll are not mechanical engineers. “And frankly, we don’t have a lot of time to sit around designing capos. So I thought this might be a great project,” he said.The team of A.J. Fenton, Eric Stone, Lisa Sampson, Nicki Chamberlain-Simon and Amber Wang took four months this spring to design and build a series of prototypes that flatten out the capo, sweeping the mechanical elements back and out of the way of flying fingers while retaining all the qualities good commercial capos offer: versatility, speed of placement and the convenience of being able to clip it onto the headstock when not needed.Few think about all the problems the guitar poses for a capo maker. The device acts as the barre, taking the place of the index finger that spans the neck in a barre chord and depressing the strings just enough to create solid contact with the frets but not so much as to throw the tones off-pitch. That lets a player change the key of a song to match one’s vocal range without changing the basic chord shapes.The capo also has to be forgiving enough to accommodate a variety of guitar necks, which not only change from guitar to guitar, but also along the neck of a single guitar. Finally, it had better not dig into the woodwork.“Sometimes capos hurt,” the guitar-playing Fenton said as he demonstrated a commercial unit that juts out perpendicularly from the neck. “When you play this F major 7, it presses against your index finger and it’s quite uncomfortable, especially if you want to wrap your thumb all the way around.”“Most people figure out how to make do and curse a little bit while they play, but it’s pretty awkward,” Jaggers added.“There are a lot of nuances we didn’t think about before we started, like the curvature of the guitar neck or the materials we had available,” Wang said. “Every single part of the prototype we had to make ourselves. So we had to be creative.”The students’ final prototype has a two-piece, spring-loaded plastic framework created on a 3-D printer with a hard rubber strip that contacts and gently clamps the strings. While it’s not yet perfect – the capo has to be placed just so – the teammates feel they’ve come a long way in four months toward the guitarists’ goal.They expect the capo project will continue next year, perhaps with a new team of students to work with advisers Ann Saterbak, a professor in the practice of engineering education, and Matthew Wettergreen, a lecturer in engineering.-30- player John Jaggers, a Rice University trustee and alumnus, brought the idea for a new kind of capo to students at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University) freshmen created a capo that sweeps the mechanical elements out of the way of the player’s fingers to make it easier to play certain chords. (Credit: Tommy LaVergne/Rice University)center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Watch a video about the capo project here: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Rice Capo Team: Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy

first_img Rice University researchers Naomi Halas, Qilin Li, Peter Nordlander, Seth Pederson, Alessandro Alabastri and Pratiksha Dongare with a scaled up test bed of the NEWT direct solar desalination system. Naomi Halas Return to article. Long DescriptionNaomi Halas“Unlike traditional membrane distillation, NESMD benefits from increasing efficiency with scale,” said Rice’s Naomi Halas, a corresponding author on the paper and the leader of NEWT’s nanophotonics research efforts. “It requires minimal pumping energy for optimal distillate conversion, and there are a number of ways we can further optimize the technology to make it more productive and efficient.”NEWT’s new technology builds upon research in Halas’ lab to create engineered nanoparticles that harvest as much as 80 percent of sunlight to generate steam. By adding low-cost, commercially available nanoparticles to a porous membrane, NEWT has essentially turned the membrane itself into a one-sided heating element that alone heats the water to drive membrane distillation.“The integration of photothermal heating capabilities within a water purification membrane for direct, solar-driven desalination opens new opportunities in water purification,” said Yale University ‘s Menachem “Meny” Elimelech, a co-author of the new study and NEWT’s lead researcher for membrane processes. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University researchers (from left) Naomi Halas, Qilin Li, Peter Nordlander, Seth Pederson, Alessandro Alabastri and Pratiksha Dongare with a scaled up test bed of the NEWT Center’s direct solar desalination system. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The oldest method for making freshwater from salt water is distillation. Salt water is boiled, and the steam is captured and run through a condensing coil. Distillation has been used for centuries, but it requires complex infrastructure and is energy inefficient due to the amount of heat required to boil water and produce steam. More than half the cost of operating a water distillation plant is for energy.An emerging technology for desalination is membrane distillation, where hot salt water is flowed across one side of a porous membrane and cold freshwater is flowed across the other. Water vapor is naturally drawn through the membrane from the hot to the cold side, and because the seawater need not be boiled, the energy requirements are less than they would be for traditional distillation. However, the energy costs are still significant because heat is continuously lost from the hot side of the membrane to the cold. Return to article. Long DescriptionQilin LiEstablished by the National Science Foundation in 2015, NEWT aims to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective. NEWT, which is expected to leverage more than $40 million in federal and industrial support over the next decade, is the first NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) in Houston and only the third in Texas since NSF began the ERC program in 1985. NEWT focuses on applications for humanitarian emergency response, rural water systems and wastewater treatment and reuse at remote sites, including both onshore and offshore drilling platforms for oil and gas exploration.Li is Rice’s professor of civil and environmental engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and materials science and nanoengineering. Halas is Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering. Elimelech is Yale’s Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering.Additional study co-authors include Pratiksha Dongare, Alessandro Alabastri, Seth Pedersen, Katherine Zodrow, Nathaniel Hogan, Oara Neumann, Jinjian Wu, Tianxiao Wang and Peter Nordlander, all of Rice, and Akshay Deshmukh of Yale University.-30-NEWT fact sheet: is available at: IMAGES are available for download at: This scaled-up test bed of NEWT’s direct solar desalination technology uses carbon black nanoparticles that convert as much as 80 percent of sunlight energy into heat. Results from an earlier prototype showed the technology could produce as much as six liters of freshwater per hour per square meter of solar membrane. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) In conventional membrane distillation (top), hot saltwater is flowed across one side of a porous membrane and cold freshwater is flowed across the other. Water vapor is naturally drawn through the membrane from the hot to the cold side. In NEWT’s “nanotechnology-enabled solar membrane distillation,” or NESMD (bottom), a porous layer of sunlight-activated carbon black nanoparticles acts as the heating element for the process. (Image courtesy of P. Dongare/Rice University) Rice University researchers (from left) Naomi Halas, Qilin Li, Peter Nordlander, Seth Pederson, Alessandro Alabastri and Pratiksha Dongare with a scaled-up test bed of the NEWT Center’s direct solar desalination system. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) NEWT develops mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it. (Courtesy of Rice University) Infographic describing NEWT research (by Tanyia Johnson/Rice University) Naomi Halas (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Qilin Li (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The DOI of the PNAS paper is: 10.1073/pnas.1701835114A copy of the PNAS paper is available at: information about NEWT is available at: stories about NEWT:Rice, ASU, Yale, UTEP win NSF engineering research center — Aug. 10, 2015 Return to article. Long DescriptionIn conventional membrane distillation (top), hot saltwater is flowed across one side of a porous membrane and cold freshwater is flowed across the other. Water vapor is naturally drawn through the membrane from the hot to the cold side. In NEWT’s “nanotechnology-enabled solar membrane distillation,” or NESMD (bottom), a porous layer of sunlight-activated carbon black nanoparticles acts as the heating element for the process. (Image courtesy P. Dongare/Rice University)In the PNAS study, researchers offered proof-of-concept results based on tests with an NESMD chamber about the size of three postage stamps and just a few millimeters thick. The distillation membrane in the chamber contained a specially designed top layer of carbon black nanoparticles infused into a porous polymer. The light-capturing nanoparticles heated the entire surface of the membrane when exposed to sunlight. A thin half-millimeter-thick layer of salt water flowed atop the carbon-black layer, and a cool freshwater stream flowed below.Li, the leader of NEWT’s advanced treatment test beds at Rice, said the water production rate increased greatly by concentrating the sunlight. “The intensity got up 17.5 kilowatts per meter squared when a lens was used to concentrate sunlight by 25 times, and the water production increased to about 6 liters per meter squared per hour.”Li said NEWT’s research team has already made a much larger system that contains a panel that is about 70 centimeters by 25 centimeters. Ultimately, she said, NEWT hopes to produce a modular system where users could order as many panels as they needed based on their daily water demands.“You could assemble these together, just as you would the panels in a solar farm,” she said. “Depending on the water production rate you need, you could calculate how much membrane area you would need. For example, if you need 20 liters per hour, and the panels produce 6 liters per hour per square meter, you would order a little over 3 square meters of panels.” Share7David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduFreshwater from salt water using only solar energyModular, off-grid desalination technology could supply families, townsHOUSTON — (June 19, 2017) — A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University. A graphic illustration comparing traditional membrane distillation and nanotechnology-enabled solar membrane distillation Return to article. Long DescriptionThis scaled up test bed of NEWT’s direct solar desalination technology uses carbon black nanoparticles that convert as much as 80 percent of sunlight energy into heat. Results from an earlier prototype showed the technology could produce as much as six liters of freshwater per hour per square meter of solar membrane. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)NEWT’s “nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation” technology, or NESMD, combines tried-and-true water treatment methods with cutting-edge nanotechnology that converts sunlight to heat. The technology is described online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More than 18,000 desalination plants operate in 150 countries, but NEWT’s desalination technology is unlike any other used today.“Direct solar desalination could be a game changer for some of the estimated 1 billion people who lack access to clean drinking water,” said Rice scientist and water treatment expert Qilin Li, a corresponding author on the study. “This off-grid technology is capable of providing sufficient clean water for family use in a compact footprint, and it can be scaled up to provide water for larger communities.” Qilin Li A scaled up test bed of NEWT’s direct solar desalination technology 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 FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice Theatre to present Rumors Oct 57 1214

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice Theatre to present ‘Rumors’ Oct. 5-7, 12-14HOUSTON — (Sept. 27, 2017) — Rice University Theatre will present “Rumors” by Neil Simon. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 at Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St.Rice students Justin Bernard, left, and Nathaniel Williams star in “Rumors.” Photo by Alan Kim/Rice UniversityIn this door-slamming farce, four couples arrive at the well-appointed townhome of New York City’s deputy mayor and his wife for their 10th anniversary party. The first couple to arrive finds the mayor wounded and the wife and servants missing. As more guests arrive, there are cover-ups, deceptions and, of course, rumors as the evening spins off into comic mayhem.The production will be directed by the head of the Rice Theatre Program, Christina Keefe. Keefe’s recent directing credits include “Bound” for the Houston Grand Opera’s East + West Series and Rice’s productions of “Proof” and “Eurydice.” She recently acted in the Classical Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V.”Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, will be the set designer for “Rumors.” He previously designed the outdoor set for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the raining elevator for “Eurydice” and the Italian village in “Servant of Two Masters.” Krouskop also has done set design for the Houston Shakespeare Festival’s productions of “A Comedy of Errors” and “Hamlet.” The costumes will be designed by Marley Foster, a senior visual and dramatic arts major, who also designed the costumes for Rice’s production of “Proof” last spring.Tickets are $5 for Rice students; $8 for Rice alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens; $10 for general admission; and $5 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available in advance at 713-348-4005. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit AddThislast_img read more

Schulich MBAs Finish Top 10 for Canadas Next Top Ad Exec

first_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Schulich MBAs Finish Top 10 for Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail When you think of an MBA student, you don’t think of a car salesman, but that was exactly what Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec Competition asked their teams to become. Two York University Schulich School of Business teams, made up of two MBA students, Chelsea Margolis and Kelly Saltzman, as well as two undergraduates, Chantal Lim and Jenisha Pudasaini, had to answer the question, “How would you market a new car?”To participate, the four students submitted their ideas in two phases. First, they initially submitted a two-page summary, and then when they made it to the top 25, they turned in a comprehensive marketing plan to launch a new GM car. In the end, their work led to a Top 10 finish in the competition.Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec Competition occurs every year and invites student teams from top business schools across the country to participate. It’s a contest that involves both strategy and creativity to perform well. All participants have the opportunity to connect with Canada’s marketing elite and this year’s winners walked away with two 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchbacks. And while the Schulich MBAs didn’t leave with new cars, the work and experience was worth it.“This competition was one of the most incredible experiences of my MBA so far,” Saltzman said in a press release. “Meeting inspiring people, both from the sponsoring companies and fellow competitors, I look forward to crossing paths with them again in the future and putting to use all the different skills I have acquired over the weekend.”“We’ve had so much support from Schulich professors throughout the competition and learned so much,” Margolis added. “We’ve also been lucky to be taking classes this term like Brand Management and Social Media Marketing.”In the end, the winning team came from Ivey Business School — Tom Grainger and Corrine Tansowny, two HBA ’17 candidates.center_img regions: Toronto RelatedTop International/Global Business MBAs in TorontoToday’s economy is more globalized than ever, so to prepare the next wave of business leaders to take on the new challenges this economy can create, more top business schools are offering international or global MBA programs. Students enrolled in international or global MBA programs master global issues through specialized…March 27, 2017In “Featured Region”’Shark Tank’s’ Mr. Wonderful Talks About MBAs, and More – Toronto NewsTake a look at some of the top stories coming out of the Toronto business schools this week. Kevin O’Leary: Here’s How Much an MBA Matters in Business – CNBC Kevin O’Leary may be one of the most successful businessmen in Canada now, but when he graduated from the University of Waterloo in…March 30, 2018In “Featured Home”The Top Toronto Marketing MBA ProgramsAccording to the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of North America’s fastest-growing economic regions. The metropolitan area covers more than 7,000 square kilometers and consists of 25 municipalities and four regions with a total population of over 6 million. Toronto features a workforce of…February 9, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

Police Release Final Text Message of Girl Who Passed Away in Bathtub

first_img(Video Screenshot)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   She was a basketball player and played the tuba in her school’s band.“She was such a bright, vibrant, very intelligent, loving, caring young lady,” her mother, Angela O’Guinn-Downs, said of the teen. “She had such a huge heart. Always willing to help others.”A GoFundMe page was created for the family of the teen.‘Sleeping with the Enemy’Apple has warned customers to be careful about phone and iPad chargers. Police released the text message with her family’s permission. It’s unclear to whom the text was sent.Her parents said that raising awareness about her death will prevent future accidents.“[Coe’s parents] hope this will raise awareness of the dangers that combination of electricity, water and portable electronic devices can pose to people, especially teenagers, who are the heaviest users of these devices,” David Miranda, public information officer for Lovington Police, said in a statement according to KSAT.Coe’s stepmother, who is also a nurse and EMT, performed CPR on Coe until paramedics arrived.Police released the last text Coe sent, likely to a friend, showing a picture of her cell phone's charger plugged into an extension cord outside the bathtub. (LOVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT) Police released the last text Coe sent, likely to a friend, showing a picture of her cell phone’s charger plugged into an extension cord outside the bathtub. (LOVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)“It’s not uncommon for her to spend two hours to two and a half hours in the bathtub,” her stepmother Felisha Owens told CBS affiliate KRQE.NBC12 reported that her cell phone was never immersed in water. Officials said that the girl died after touching the frayed part of an extension cord that had water in it.“There was a burn mark on her hand, the hand that would have grabbed the phone. And that was just very obvious that that’s what had happened,” Coe’s grandmother, Donna O’Guinn, told NBC News.Before she was found, the girl had graduated from the 8th grade at Terra Vista Middle School and was expected to attend a high school in Houston, according to People magazine. Show Discussion US News Sharecenter_img Police Release Final Text Message of Girl Who Passed Away in Bathtub as a Warning By Jack Phillips July 17, 2017 Updated: June 17, 2019 Apple or non-apple, mobile devices & charging cables pose a fire risk. Please be mindful when charging electronics & unplug when not in use.— Richmond Hill Fire (@RHFES) April 7, 2017 The firm has issued this warning: “Beware of counterfeit parts. Some counterfeit and third-party power adapters and batteries may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.”“To ensure you receive a genuine Apple battery during a battery replacement, we recommend visiting an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider. If you need a replacement adapter to charge your Apple device, we recommend getting an Apple power adapter,” Apple also warned.“Apple or non-Apple, mobile devices and charging cables pose a fire risk. Please be mindful when charging electronics and unplug when not in use,” a local fire department also tweeted, showing a woman’s charred cable. Share this article The family of a Texas girl who allegedly passed away after she was electrocuted in a bathtub released the final text message she sent.Madison Coe, 14, sent out a text message about plugging in her phone as she was in the bath while staying at her father’s home in New Mexico.“When you use [an] extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath,” she wrote alongside a picture of the cord, KSAT reported. The photo shows her charger lying on a towel or possibly a bath mat.last_img read more

Man Pens Tribute to Family After His Brother Allegedly Killed Parents Sister

first_img Share this article US News From Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber (GoFundMe) Show Discussion The older brother of a teen who gunned down the rest of the family—their parents and sister—wrote a touching tribute to his slain family on Jan. 1, just a day after the tragedy unfolded.Steven Kologi Jr., the only one who survived the carnage inside the family’s Jersey Shore home, told his followers on Instagram “to give the ones you live an extra kiss or ‘I love you.’”He added that he had “the greatest parents I could ask for.”“Never once was I without a hot meal or a roof over my head,” he wrote in a statement that was reposted by a Facebook user, according to the NY Post. “They made sure Christmas came every year although they struggled financially. I cannot even describe the type of people they were so just believe me when I say how great they were.”The tribute comes after the stunning quadruple homicide occurred. Scott Kologi, a 16-year-old autistic boy, used a semi-automatic rifle to kill his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi, his 18-year-old sister, Brittany Kologi, and 70-year-old family friend Mary Schulz.The teen was taken into custody on New Year’s Eve, shortly before midnight. “Very hard to understand how this happened,” Joe Rios, who identified himself as a longtime family friend, told the Asbury Park Press. “Wouldn’t expect anything like this from him. This is out of the blue.”He added, “Something must have happened because you never, ever thought something like this would happen with their family. Ever.”A fundraiser for the family’s burials has been started by another family friend on GoFundMe.“Linda, Steven, and Brittany were all beautiful people with the kindest hearts you could imagine. They were sadly taken from us on New Year’s Eve,” wrote Brian Yunker. “As a close friend of the Kologi family and best friends with Jonathon since childhood, I am reaching out for help for the funeral expenses. All donations will go directly to Jonathon Ruiz who will take care of the funeral arrangements. Thank you all for the support.”“I am grateful to have been able to call Steve my teammate and friend.” said another friend on the page, as he donated funds for the funeral. “Thanks for knocking in those runs and paving the way for me. My sincere condolences to the Kologi family and friends.”Added another: “Steve, Linda, Brittany, and Mary will be missed dearly by everyone who knew them. If you knew Steve, he was laid back and loved his family. This is a great loss and the family will remain in my prayers.”center_img Share Man Pens Tribute to Family After His Brother Allegedly Killed Parents, Sister By Zachary Stieber January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 Recommended Video:Corvette Chase  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more