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July 2019

Commuters Voice Mixed Feelings About Mission St Changes

first_imgSan Francisco’s Mission Street is undergoing significant transformation in the coming months, but there is skepticism among drivers and bus riders that the changes will be for the better. As of last Friday, several bus stops along the corridor including those at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets had vanished. The city will now begin turning one of the lanes in each direction into a bus-only lane, with painting expected to be completed at the end of April. Beginning in March, left turns off of Mission Street will be prohibited, and northbound drivers will be required to turn right off of Mission at 26th, 24th, 22nd and 20th streets. The response to these changes on social media was swift and angry: “Nooo,” “Horrible,” “This is terrible,” or simply, “Grrrr.” Others had more specific complaints. Tags: 14-Mission • 49-Van Ness/Mission • cars • mission street • public transportation • traffic Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “They got it backwards. You start implementing transit first after you have a transit system,” wrote Daniel Bucko on Facebook.“Who do we have to vote out of office to make this go away?” wondered Facebook user Gary Siegel.After the changes were announced, Dave Smith, a Mission resident dedicated to reducing dangerous crashes on South Van Ness Avenue, wrote an incensed letter to the transit authority’s head Ed Reiskin. Now he wrote, even more drivers will be diverted to the notoriously high-injury corridor. “You, due to your negligence have created an unsafe situation on South Van Ness Ave. and it will only get worse once you limit cars on Mission St.,” Smith wrote. “It makes zero sense to funnel traffic from Mission St., which is commercial, to South Van Ness, which is mainly residential in nature.”Paul Rose, a spokesperson for the transit agency, said the aim was to reduce traffic congestion on Mission. Studies by the agency have shown that most who travel along Mission don’t need to go its full length, and that an increase in car traffic won’t create dangerous circumstances on South Van Ness, he said.“By design, we expect cars to use [South] Van Ness as an alternative,” Rose said. “Based on current traffic studies, Van Ness is capable of servicing traffic diverted from Mission. It is something that we did look at and studied.” Others are frustrated that they didn’t hear about the changes until they were finalized, saying the transit agency didn’t do enough outreach. Rose said the city had reached out on social media, in online posts, in-person surveys and neighborhood meetings. The feedback that transit workers collected helped shape the plan. “Due to some of this outreach that we came up with the final design… We chose to add more parking rather than remove parking,” Rose said. “Most people said they would rather have the ability to park on Mission rather than drive all the way through.” Among bus riders waiting at stops along Mission Street and parked drivers, however, reactions ranged from supportive to lukewarm. Dan Scatena is a temporary wheelchair user and called the removal of bus stops in general “a pain in the ass.” When he moved to the city, he said, he was amazed that the buses stopped at practically every block. But with other stop removals around town, there now seem to be too few stops.“Are all the buses Rapid now or what?” he joked. “That’s what the R bus is for.” “It’s not good that they’re taking out stops,” José Martín said as he hopped on the 49 at 24th Street. Instead of making her trip shorter, Vivian Ramirez said, the stop removals have made it longer because she spends more time waiting. Bus commuter Jill Terry appreciated the change. She takes the 49 to and from work every day and discovered on Tuesday that the stops had been reduced.“Having it stop on almost every single block made the line take forever,” she said.Alex Gomez, who uses the bus for everything, is on the fence. He was waiting at 19th and Mission on Tuesday, unaware that the bus wouldn’t stop there anymore. He said taking stops out might make them a little less accessible, but anticipated no more than a five minute walk to the next stop. “It sounds like it would be better for the customers,” he said. “If it’s faster, then yes. But with the expectation of walking, it might not be.” At 24th Street, Pedro Sandoval examined the posted sign outlining the new changes. He only ever uses a few of the Mission Street stops, none of which are being removed. However, he hopes the city’s plan to reduce double parking will speed up the buses.“It’s good, sometimes the bus can’t move because they have a car in front,” he said. Carlos Oropeza made his way from 23rd to 22nd Street after being redirected by an SFMTA worker at the now-defunct stop. He approved of taking out stops, but isn’t so sure that’s all it will take to move things along. “They won’t be faster,” he said. “The Mission is a place with lots of traffic. If it was on another street it would be the right thing to do, but in the Mission? And everything depends on the time of day.”As for drivers? A few parked motorists parked on Mission on Wednesday seemed unfazed by the changes.“They’re trying to do it more like downtown,” said Carl Gilmore, a former San Francisco resident who had driven in from Vallejo. He had some concern that left turn restrictions would back up already congested traffic, but was happy to hear removed bus stops would result in more parking.“It may be for the better, but it may also be for the worse,” Gilmore said. “It’ll be better,” said Rosi Telles, parked on Mission Street near 20th, close to her business. She’d been told the buses would be faster as a result of the changes, which she likes. But still, she usually drives to transport her kids, and parking is a problem. “It’s very difficult to find parking,” Telles said.  Most drivers in the neighborhood are acutely aware of that fact, including Vincent Jones, who pointed out a different concern with the bus stops:“It’ll just be more crowded every other block then,” he said. “The left turns…it’s a big inconvenience, but it helps to ease traffic.”But Jones, formerly a Bayview resident, commutes from the Central Valley. “If I can deal with that traffic, I think I can cope with this San Francisco traffic,” he said. last_img read more

Roosevelt Tamale Parlor Space Will Host New SF Mission PopUp

first_imgThe deal is a win-win for the restaurateurs hoping to get their feet wet before breaking into San Francisco’s restaurant scene and for Roosevelt’s current owners. The former tamale restaurant’s owners have continued to pay rent on the space following it’s closure, unsure of how and when to proceed, according to Nayfeld. “We are giving the owners a little bit of breathing room while they are figuring out what to do with that space,” he said, adding that he expects the pop-up to run between “two to four months.” The pair are in the midst of opening their first brick and mortar restaurant on Divisadero Street, an Italian eatery called Che Fico, set to launch sometime in the Fall.  But the bureaucracies of that process have left little time for the chef-duo to do what they do best, and Nayfeld said he’s been eager to get back into the kitchen in the meantime.“We are just going mad waiting and not cooking, and this is a chance for Angela and I to play,” he said. The point of the pop-up, he said, is to have fun while it lasts. “With the pop-up, we can be free to try new things that we maybe wouldn’t ever get a chance to try otherwise.”Mission D&A and will have little to do with Che Fico, but will instead serve as an experimental space for the two to try out new food ideas that could carry over to their new restaurant.The first week of the pop-up’s dinner series will be a culinary play on Nayfeld’s childhood, themed after meals he grew-up with in his Eastern European household. A first generation San Franciscan, Nayfeld’s parents are Jewish refugees who fled Belarus in 1980 and settled in the Bay Area. “I’ve been tied into the Russian-Jewish community here in San Francisco and in the Bay Area and my mom has always been a pillar of that community,” said Nayfeld, who named the dinner series “Mama Galina,” after his mother.  Having honed his culinary skills in kitchens around the Bay Area, New York, and in Europe since age 12, Nayfeld added that the concept reflects his take on “what it would be like to eat dinner at my house in 1980 had I been cooking.”Those unsure of what that looks like can expect family-style renderings of Belarusian staples like potato salads, stuffed cabbage, as well as chopped liver and Matzo Balls.Pinkerton, a distinguished Pastry Chef, will add a sweet touch to the hearty dinner menu in the form of desserts.  The dinners are offered twice on three evenings per week, and tickets are available for $75.  For Nayfeld, Mission D&A will be a brief venture into other parts of his childhood that he still holds dear.“I grew up eating some of the best food of my life in the Mission,” including at Mission Street’s El Farolito, he said, adding that he could imagine someday opening a permanent restaurant in the neighborhood himself. “I’m familiar with what the Mission was and what it has changed into, and I now love it for both.”But Erick Arguello, of Calle 24, the neighborhood’s merchants association, pointed to the recent closure of Sous Beurre and questioned the success of “high-end restaurants” on 24th Street. If Roosevelt’s owners fail to make a comeback, he hopes that the space’s next tenants will add to the fabric of the traditionally Latino neighborhood.“We prefer that it stays as the Tamale Parlor and that someone carries on that name, because it has a great following and history [in the Mission],” he said. “We are hoping for something that really fits the neighborhood and is affordable to the locals.”Nayfeld and Pinkerton plan on treating the space “like a gallery,” but without changing the integrity of the building permanently— meaning that Roosevelt’s unmistakable neon sign may stay.“There are some simple things that can be done in any space to transform it into something that works for us but still paying respect to the neighborhood and building,” he said. Once the pop-up ends, “we will be sure to change it back to the beloved Roosevelt Tamale Parlor and be on our way to Western Addition,” said Nayfeld. 0% Shuttered since December, the near century old Roosevelt Tamale Parlor will once again open its doors at 2817 St.— albeit temporarily— to house a rotating pop-up series headed by two all-star restaurateurs. Chef David Nayfeld and Pastry Chef Angela Pinkerton, both formerly of the award-winning New York City-based restaurant Eleven Madison Park, are currently renovating the interior of the Mission tamale joint to fit the concepts of their new pop-up, Mission D&A.  Back in December, Roosevelt’s owners cited the high costs of living and a shrinking labor pool as the business’ downfall when it closed unexpectedly.“We need a space to be creative in, and they need a reprieve from working on it,” said Nayfeld, adding that he and Pinkerton hashed out a deal to temporarily utilize the space to host themed “dinner parties,” paired with a side of local art, three nights per week.center_img Tags: 24th Street • Lower 24th Street Merchants Association • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

FOUR Saints players have picked up awards for stel

first_imgFOUR Saints players have picked up awards for stellar performances in March.James Graham, Jonny Lomax and Francis Meli were named in the official Engage Super League Team of The Month whilst Jamie Foster won Irn-Bru’s Try of the Month competition.Warrington’s Tony Smith was named Coach of the Month whilst their backrower Ben Westwood was the Player of the Month.Engage Super League Team of the Month:1. Scott Grix (Huddersfield Giants), 2. Kirk Dixon (Castleford Tigers), 3. Matty Blythe (Warrington Wolves), 4. Francis Meli (St Helens), 5. Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds), 6. Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers), 7. Jonny Lomax (St Helens), 8. James Graham (St Helens), 9. Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves), 10. Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers), 11. Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves), 12. Glenn Morrison (Wakefield Wildcats), 13. Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves).Foster won the IRN-BRU and Sky Sports Try of the Month for his ‘round the back’ effort against Leeds.He won the IRN-BRU Try of the Month trophy, £200 for a charity of his choice and plenty of IRN-BRU to toast his success!last_img read more

It is the first time the two sides have met in the

first_imgIt is the first time the two sides have met in the competition since 1996.Squads:Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad. Read more here.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:1996 (Round 4) Castleford 16 St Helens 581990 (Preliminary Round) St Helens 39 Castleford 121979 (Quarter Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 101970 (Semi-Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 3 (at Station Road, Swinton)1965 (Round 1) St Helens 22 Castleford 91964 (Round 1) St Helens 6 Castleford 131961 (Round 2) Castleford 10 St Helens 181956 (Round 2) St Helens 48 Castleford 51946 (Round 1, First Leg) Castleford 10 St Helens 41946 (Round 1, Second Leg) St Helens 14 Castleford 51941 (Round 2) Castleford 21 St Helens 131938 (Round 2) Castleford 18 St Helens 21931 (Round 2) Castleford 2 St Helens 8Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 26, Castleford 22 (SLR10, 17/4/17)St Helens 40, Castleford 16 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/16)Castleford 20, St Helens 30 (SLR13, 1/5/16)St Helens 28, Castleford 22 (SLR4, 4/3/16)Castleford 38, St Helens 42 (SLS8-R5, 10/9/15)Castleford 25, St Helens 24 (SLR19, 18/6/15)St Helens 21, Castleford 14 (SLR3, 27/2/15)St Helens 41, Castleford 0 (SLQPO, 19/9/14)St Helens 38, Castleford 16 (SLR17, 22/6/14)Castleford 28, St Helens 30 (SLR8, 11/4/14)Head to Head:                    Saints            CastlefordTries              42                    83Goals             35                    71Metres           16,304            17,023Breaks           68                    105Tackles         4,420              3,887Penalties       99                    98Career Milestones:James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns.He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Castleford’s Greg Minikin (1-2-1), has scored tries in his side’s last three games.Betfred Super League Leading ScorersTries:1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 152 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 133 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 124 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 107 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 98 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 8Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 632 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 613 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 454 Mark Percival (St Helens) 325 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 306 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 299 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 2810 Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 25Goals Percentage:1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10)2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 91.04 (61/67)3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 86.53 (45/52)4 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 84.84 (28/33)5 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 80.00 (20/25)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 79.74 (63/79)7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 78.37 (29/37)8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 76.92 (20/26)9 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 71.42 (15/21)10 Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves) 70.37 (19/27)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1682 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1353 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 974 Mark Percival (St Helens) 885 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 806 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 777 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 698 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 669 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 6410 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 60last_img read more

Rocky the bald eagle spreads his wings

first_img Rocky had a big crowd of people come out to watch him spread his healed wings and fly again.The rehabilitation director said when rocky first came in he had about a fifty-fifty chance of surviving and to see him take off was amazing.“It’s an amazing thing, as you can see from the time when we went to pull the hood off, he’s a fighter til the end. It is such a good feeling to see him finally gone. That bird has been through so much and never understood the whole time that we were trying to help him, ya know. They just understand that they are in an uncomfortable place and they’re just ready to go free,” the rehabilitation director Scott Shimp said.Related Article: PE teacher recognized for connecting with students in and out of classThe center has two other bald eagles rebuilding their strength.The Cape Fear Raptor Center is having their annual owl howl event in November, click here for more information. ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — Rocky the bald eagle was released Saturday morning after making a full recovery more than six months after being found with severe injuries. After months of rehabilitation at the Cape Fear Raptor Center, Rocky was ready to take off back into the wild.- Advertisement – last_img read more

CFPUA Water samples clear boil water advisory rescinded

first_img The advisory was issued on Wednesday, after crews responded to high levels of flouride in water from the Richardson Nano Groundwater Treatment Plant, which affected customers in the northern part of the county.Crews flushed the system, which led to periods of low or no pressure in the system, which could have caused back siphonage and the introduction of bacteria into the water system.CFPUA says the system has resumed normal operations.Related Article: Wrightsville Beach files lawsuit after GenX, compounds found in drinking waterNo word yet on what led to high levels of flouride in the water. (Photo: WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — People who live in and around the Murrayville area no longer need to boil their water.Cape Fear Public Utility Authority rescinded its boil water advisory after water samples showed no coliform bacteria present.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wrightsville Beach NCDOT considers replacement options for drawbridge

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — As the area around Wrighstville Beach keeps on growing, the town is working with the NCDOT on some possible changes to the Heide Trask Drawbridge that could solve quite a few problems.The drawbridge is the only way on and off the beach. Town Manager Tim Owens says it’s time for some changes. The town put in a request to the DOT earlier in the year to possibly replace the drawbridge.- Advertisement – In DOT study, they found several different things that need to be addressed with the bridge like mobility access for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, the ageing and corrosion of the bridge, and traffic issues around the bridge.Owens says they have already spent money on maintenance projects over the years.“We’re about four or five years away from a major renovation that the NCDOT did and we had a lot of growing pains with that project, so we know that this place is getting really really busy now,” Owens said. “There’s a lot of development going into the area, so we want to get ahead of the ball game and really start looking at the future and seeing what that bridge looks like in the future.”Related Article: Wrightsville Beach almost back to normal following September stormOwens says he does not know when this work may happen, but the town wants to be proactive and keep up with the area’s growth.He adds there is a public hearing next Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at town hall, 321 Causeway Drive, for the community to hear some proposals for the bridge. People will also have a chance to give their input on the project to the DOT.last_img read more

Local VFW holding benefit concert to give back to veterans

first_imgHOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) – A special concert at the Holly Ridge VFW will benefit veterans and the mission of the VFW. The day long event will have music, food, games, and fun for the whole family, and all for a great cause. James Hill, the Post Adjutant for the Holly Ridge VFW, stopped by our WWAY Studios to talk about all the fun festivities.last_img

Ghana gets its first LTE network through Surfline Communications

first_imgAdvertisement Ghanaian company Surfline Communications partnered with French technology company, Alcatel-Lucent, to launch the country’s first LTE network.According to Reuters. Surfline Communications invested more than $100 million for the first phase of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network, which has 300 cell sites.John Taylor, the chairman of Surfline Communications said that the pre-paid data-only service is available in the capital and nearby port city of Tema, but the aim is to go nationwide within two years.“We want to fill the void by providing high speed connectivity to facilitate e-education, e-commerce and facilitate long distance activities especially by people living outside the cities,” Taylor said. – Advertisement – Surfline Communications is the first to officially offer LTE network services in Ghana, but other companies are also preparing to launch the next-generation network in the country.Earlier this year, a partnership agreement with Alepo Technologies and BLU Telecommunications (BLU). In statement it was reported that Alepo would provide policy and charging control for a 4G/LTE network to BLU in Ghana. And BLU’s LTE services is expected to include data, voice, IPTV and Wi-Fi hotspots for residential and commercial customers, the statement noted.However, a date of the availability of the LTE services was not revealed.Source: itWeb Africalast_img read more

BENS BLOG Jimmy Choo

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]id you know, Blog, that Jimmy Choo owns a Chinese restaurant? Well, you do now. It’s called Maximini. It’s in Paddington. And it is certainly a good eatery. But before reviewing the place, two points must be made:1) The Staff told me, that the 12.5%, added for service, is not passed onto them. Mr Choo sells his shoes, for hundreds, if not thousands of pounds a pair. His restaurant looks amply busy too. ‎ POOR SHOW.2) On ordering Sweet and Sour Pork, I was told that they don’t do pork, and keep the food Halal, “for the locals”. ‎Really? Realllyyy?? To my knowledge; QE2 is still at the helm, and she also doubles up, as Head of The Church of England. If Punters want a burnt bacon sarnie, on white-bread, (WITH KETCHUP), that’s what they should be served. Should they then find themselves, in the Middle East, I’m sure they’ll be aware, that a different set of rules will need to be observed. PLEASE DON’T IMPOSE YOURSELF, MR CHOO.Maxi Mini, 31-33 Sussex Place, W2 2TH. WEB SITE Excellent and friendly service. Lemon Chicken NAP. Garlic Chicken-Wings NB. Good food, and good value, at £30 per head. 8Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 HORSE RACING12.50 KemptonHighway One O One 4/1 > 2/12.15 LudlowTruckers Highway 16/1 > 7/12.30 KemptonFavorito Buck’s 9/2 > 5/22.45 LudlowNumber One London 11/2 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event2/1 QPR 11/8 Brentford 5/2 DRAWLa Liga20:00 Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Red Button21/20 Espanyol 11/4 Getafe 23/10 DRAW [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 27 Novemberlast_img read more

Smalley Available for Interviews on Atomic Wire

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia UnrauPHONE: (713) 831-4793 SMALLEY AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS ON ATOMIC WIRE An article to appear in the Sept. 15 issue of Science entitled”Unraveling Nanotubes: Field Emission from an Atomic Wire,” embargoed until Thurdsay, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, is co-authored by Rick Smalley, professor of chemistry at Rice University. Smalley is available for interviews about that report prior to the embargo date, with the understanding that any comments he makes are included in the embargo. The paper reports findings of “atomic wire,” formed when carbon atoms are pulled off the open edges of nanotubes by an electric current, in a process that resembles the unraveling of a sweater. Smalley sees this as the first step toward replacing the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). Smalley is widely known for the discovery andcharacterization of buckminsterfullerenes. For final copies of the Science research article, contact DianeDondershine, AAAS Office of Communications, at (202) 326-6421. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Better beer college team creating anticancer brew

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Better beer: college team creating anti-cancer brewRice students enter ‘BioBeer’ in synthetic biology’s iGEM contestCollege students often spend their free time thinking about beer, but some Rice University students are taking it to the next level. They’re using genetic engineering to create beer that contains resveratrol, a chemical in wine that’s been shown to reduce cancer and heart disease in lab animals. Rice’s “BioBeer” will be entered in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition Nov. 8-9 in Cambridge, Mass. It’s the world’s largest synthetic biology competition, a contest where teams use a standard toolkit of DNA building blocks — think genetic LEGO blocks — to create living organisms that do odd things. Notable past iGEM creations include sheets of bacteria that behave like photographic film and bacteria that smell like mint while they’re growing but like bananas when they stop growing. Rice’s student-led iGEM team — the Rice BiOWLogists — are returning for a third year. Their entry last year, a bacterial virus that fought antibiotic resistance, was well-received but finished out of the prize running. “After last year’s contest, we were sitting around talking about what we’d do this year,” said junior Taylor Stevenson. “(Graduate student) Peter Nguyen made a joke about putting resveratrol into beer, but none of us took it seriously.” But when the team began looking in earnest for a new project this spring, they discovered a good bit of published literature about modifying yeast with resveratrol-related genes. When they looked further, they found two detailed accounts by teams that had attacked both halves of the metabolic problem independently. “That was when we said, ‘You know, we could actually do this,’” said junior Thomas Segall-Shapiro. Ironically, most of the team’s undergraduate members aren’t old enough to legally drink beer. But the reality is that with less than a month to go until the competition, the team has yet to brew a drop. All their work to date has gone into creating a genetically modified strain of yeast that will ferment beer and produce resveratrol at the same time. While the team does plan to brew a few test batches in coming weeks, these will contain some unappetizing chemical “markers” that will be needed for the experiments. “There’s no way anyone’s drinking any of this until we get rid of that, not to mention that there’s only one genetically modified strain of yeast that’s ever been approved for use in beer, period,” said Segall-Shapiro. “In short, it will be a long time before anybody consumes any of this.” So why would someone want to make beer with resveratrol in the first place? It’s a naturally occurring compound that some studies have found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits for mice and other animals. While it’s still unclear if humans enjoy the same benefits, resveratrol is already sold as a health supplement, and some believe it could play a role in the “French paradox,” the seemingly contradictory observation that the French suffer from relatively low rates of heart disease despite having a diet that’s rich in saturated fats. “I have seen some studies where it’s been shown to activate the same proteins that are known to play a role in extending the life span of lab animals that are kept on low-calorie diets,” said junior David Ouyang. Ouyang said the team is working with a strain of yeast that’s used commercially to make wheat beer. They got a sample of the yeast from Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and they are modifying it with two sets of genes. The first set allows the yeast to metabolize sugars and excrete an intermediate chemical that the second set can later convert into resveratrol. “One set of genes gets you from A to B, and the other gets you from B to C,” said Stevenson. “We’ve already created a strain that has the B-to-C genes, but our genes for the A-to-B part are still on order.” With some luck and hard work, the team said it will finish the full A-to-C yeast in time to get some data before heading to Cambridge. But even if they don’t have this final piece of the puzzle, they’re confident they’ll have plenty of data from other experiments and computer models. Faculty adviser Jonathan Silberg said the iGEM competition provides a unique educational experience for undergraduates. “In terms of education value, the great thing about synthetic biology research is that it stimulates undergraduate creativity and gives them an opportunity to work collaboratively at an early stage of their science and engineering education,” said Silberg, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology. “While students work collaboratively in other undergraduate research endeavors, they typically are not given the pie-in-the-sky opportunity to pursue their own ideas.” Regardless of how the BiOWLogists fare with BioBeer, they are already looking ahead to next year. Team members recently filed the necessary paperwork to create the Rice Synthetic Biology Club. Ouyang said the official recognition will help ensure Rice’s annual presence at iGEM, even after the current team members graduate. The other 2008 Rice BiOWLogists are sophomore Selim Sheikh, junior Arielle Layman, senior Sarah Duke, graduate student Justin Judd and faculty advisers Silberg, George Bennett and Beth Beason, all of Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Oleg Igoshin and Junghae Suh, both of Bioengineering; and Ken Cox of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.last_img read more

Rady School Top 15 in 15

first_img Sponsored ContentThe Rady School of Management is approaching its 15th anniversary and since its founding in 2003, the school has reached many remarkable milestones. Through the generous support of the business community, the school has grown exponentially—offering new graduate and undergraduate programs, expanding the ranks of its world-renowned faculty, and constructing state-of-the-art facilities where students thrive. Most impressively, the school’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation has led to numerous companies, founded by Rady School students and alumni, that are changing our world and significantly contributing to our economy. Here’s a look at the top 15 accomplishments the Rady School has achieved in its first 15 years.Over 150 operational startup companies have been started by Rady School alumni and students. These startups have revolutionized industries, led to breakthrough medical devices, drastically enhanced the lives of the visually impaired, improved personal wellness monitoring and have forever transformed our world for the better. Many of the startups are a product of the Rady School’s unique Lab to Market core sequence and accelerators.The Rady School is grown into an economic powerhouse, with alumni and student startups creating over a $6 billion dollars impact in the local, national and global economy in the last 15 years.Founded with the intention to provide quality business education to leaders in innovative industries, the Rady School has launched distinguished graduate programs to serve the needs of the business community, including the school’s flagship Full-Time MBA and FlexMBA programs, which are already recognized among the best.In addition to the MBA programs, three specialty graduate programs have been launched: a Master of Finance, a Master of Science in Business Analytics and a Master of Professional Accountancy.The school also has three robust undergraduate programs, a business minor, an accounting minor, and a entrepreneurship and innovation minor, all of which are among the most popular minors on the UC San Diego campus.Rady School faculty are recognized as leaders for the quality of their research. Over the past 15 years, the school’s faculty have been ranked number one in the U.S. for intellectual capital by Bloomberg Businessweek, 14th globally for faculty research by the Financial Times and 12th globally in student rating of teaching quality by The Economist.Since its inception, the school has received strong support from the business community. The school’s many supporters have been generous with their time and with gifts to support the mission of the school. Notable gifts include: a $100 million gift from Ernest and Evelyn Rady to fund strategic priorities and recruit faculty; a $4 million gift and endowed chair from Nobel Laureate and Rady School professor Harry Markowitz and his wife Barbara, a $30 million naming gift from Ernest and Evelyn Rady, and a $5 million gift from Carol and William Stensrud for program development and faculty recruitment.The Rady School has established five Centers of Excellence: the California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID), the Beyster Institute, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Social Innovation and Impact, the Institute for Supply Excellence and Innovation the U.S. – Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability. Each of the school’s centers focuses on a different topic of importance and provides additional learning opportunities and experience for students.Launched in 2013, the StartR Accelerator at the Rady School is a non-profit program for Rady School students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. The StartR program includes workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies. At the conclusion of the program, teams present their pitches at Demo Day, attended by investors, industry experts and the San Diego community.The Rady School’s mystartupXX program is a one-of-its-kind accelerator that was created to increase and encourage diversity in entrepreneurship. Program participants take workshops on launching startups, team building, leadership, market assessment, consumer feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models, and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business. Each team works with a mentor and advisors who monitor and encourage their progress.The Rady Venture Fund, a student-assisted venture capital investment fund, was established to support the Rady School’s educational objectives in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and transfer of discoveries into the marketplace. Students screen investment leads, perform due diligence, make investment recommendations, and monitor portfolio companies. To date, the fund has invested in five early stage companies.The Rady School’s Center for Executive Development (CED) offers courses and certificates provide valuable learning experiences that meet the needs of executives and managers in the rapidly changing world of business. Popular CED courses include: leadership, team building, and interpersonal skills. Executive development faculty are industry experts, renowned researchers, engaging teachers and authors.The Rady School’s Ph.D. program began in 2009, attracting top doctoral candidates from around the globe. Rady School Ph.D. students have gone on to teach at top school across the U.S. and the globe.Two state-of-the-art buildings have been constructed to house the Rady School and provide a modern and technology-forward learning space. Otterson Hall opened in 2007 and Wells Fargo Hall Opened in 2012. Wells Fargo Hall has been LEED Gold certified for its sustainable practices.The Rady School earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 2011. AACSB International is the premier business education accrediting body, with less than five percent of business schools worldwide achieving accreditation. RelatedUC San Diego Rady School of Management: Developing the Entrepreneurs of the FutureSponsored Content It used to be the ideal result of an MBA was a job in a major corporation. In fact, between 2000-12, 91 percent of U.S. MBA alumni stated they worked for an employer, and only 5 percent were self-employed or a small-business owner. But that trend is changing.…January 10, 2017In “Advice”Start-Up Success in Cali Not Limited to Silicon ValleyWhen most people think of start-up success and the associated culture, their minds take them to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Metro. The Rady School of Management, located 7 hours down I-5 in San Diego, is trying to change that.The Rady School recently issued a press release stating that 115…April 4, 2016In “Featured Region”115 Startup Companies Founded by Rady School Over a DecadeIf you want to found a startup company in San Diego, then you need to attend the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. In the last decade, since the first MBA class graduated in 2006, 115 startup companies have been founded. Out of those companies, 75% have remained…April 25, 2016In “Featured Region” Last Updated Jul 27, 2018 by Metro MBAFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC About the AuthorMetro MBAView more posts by Metro MBA Rady School Top 15 in 15 To learn more about the Rady School of Management, visit the Marshall website.last_img read more

Bills Seek to Cut Detention by Reducing Bail Usage in California

first_img Share Bills Seek to Cut Detention by Reducing Bail Usage in California By Sarah Le, Epoch Times April 20, 2017 Updated: April 25, 2017 A man in a Bad Boys Bail Bonds jacket waits outside the Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Jan. 30, 2015. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article US LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Two bills in California’s state Senate and Assembly could dramatically alter the state’s bail system, and in many cases, eliminate bail completely.Sen. Robert Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta introduced identical bills to the Senate and Assembly called The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017, which aims to reduce the number of people detained before trial. This month, the senate bill passed its first hurdle, the Senate Public Safety Committee.Advocates say the reforms to the bail system could help the more than 45,000 Californians currently awaiting trial or sentencing. With the most common bail amount set at $50,000 (which translates into a nonrefundable $5,000 fee), the system has been criticized as unfairly punishing the poor. “Every day, thousands of Californians who are awaiting trial are forced to be in jail because they don’t have the money to post bail,” Hertzberg said, in a press release. The legislation would require all California counties to establish pretrial services agencies that would assess in the hours after an arrest whether the detained person is dangerous to the public or a flight risk.Retired bounty hunter Dottie Thorson handcuffs a fugitive at a friend's home in Reseda, Calif. on July 27, 2000. (Photo by Dan Callister/Online USA) Retired bounty hunter Dottie Thorson handcuffs a fugitive at a friend’s home in Reseda, Calif. on July 27, 2000. (Photo by Dan Callister/Online USA)A judge would then decide whether to release that person under certain conditions, such as remaining under house arrest or wearing an ankle monitor, or to keep them in custody. If the person is deemed to be a flight risk, a judge could still set a bail, but “at the least restrictive level necessary to assure the appearance of the defendant in court.” Sharon Dolovich, director of the UCLA Prison Law and Policy Program, said the bill would benefit defendants who can not afford bail, but it’s possible the pretrial assessment process could take longer than the current bail system.“There are reasons to be concerned about using a risk assessment to determine who should be released. If we do use a risk assessment tool, we’ll need to be very careful and thoughtful about how we craft it and how it is applied,” said Dolovich.* *The law, if passed, could eliminate as many as 1,600 jobs in the California bail industry. LeeAnn Curtis, a licensed bail instructor and owner of Alder Creek Bail Bonds, says it could lead to more defendants failing to appear in court. The bail bond industry creates an incentive for defendants to appear by requiring a fee, co-signers, and collateral. “When you take that away, there is no one in pretrial services that will be doing that job,” said Curtis.A 2008 study by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts found that “defendants released through surety bond were less likely to miss their court appearances and become fugitives than defendants released through other means, including deposit bond, conditional release, and release on own recognizance.”Surety bonds are obtained by paying a bail agent a fee, usually 10 percent of the bail amount, to post bail. This money is not returned and if the defendant does not appear in court, a bail agent is authorized to find and arrest the defendant.The state of New Jersey implemented similar legislation starting Jan. 1. The New Jersey Association of Counties filed a complaint in December alleging that the state did not provide additional funding for tens of millions of dollars in costs to comply with the law, but the complaint was rejected by the state. last_img read more

Mother Killed While Shielding Her 4 Children in Texas Church Shooting

first_img Share Law enforcement officials continue their investigation at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs as the sun begins to rise on Nov. 6, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News center_img Show Discussion A mother who used herself as a shield to try to protect her four young children when a gunman opened fire inside a Texas church on Sunday lost her life but helped save her 5-year-old son and one of her daughters.Joann Ward pushed her 9-year-old daughter Rihanna to the floor when a gunman sprayed shots inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, then embraced her three other children, according to an account of her response shared by a family friend on Facebook. Joann Ward, a victim of the mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, U.S. is seen in this photo obtained November 6, 2017. Social media/Handout via REUTERS.  “I didn’t get shot because I was hiding, and Momma covered Emily, Ryland & Brooke,” Rihanna recounted, according to the post by the family friend, Vonda Greek Smith.Twenty-six churchgoers were killed in the shooting. Joann Ward and daughter Brooke, 5, were among those who died at the scene. Ward’s daughter Emily, 7, died at the hospital.State troopers guard the entrance to the First Baptist Church (back) after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 6, 2017. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) State troopers guard the entrance to the First Baptist Church (back) after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 6, 2017. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) Son Ryland, 5, was shot five times and was in critical condition after surgery, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a relative, Heather Bradley, to raise money for the family.“Ryland survived multiple gunshot wounds, went thru extensive surgeries and will have a very long road back to full recovery,” Smith said on Facebook.At the time of the shooting, Ward’s husband Chris was at home sleeping after a night shift, the Dallas Morning News reported.The children’s aunt, Leslie Ward, was at her nearby home when she heard gunshots and awakened her husband, Michael Ward, the newspaper reported. He went to the church and carried out his nephew Ryland.“I found my nephew in the front, in pain. It was bad. There was just dead bodies everywhere. It wasn’t what I wanted to see but at the time, I wasn’t worried about it. I was worried about finding my family,” Leslie told the NY Daily News. Ryland Ward (Michael Skolnik/Facebook0He told his brother of the tragedy. “I‘m not lying to you, Chris, they’re all shot,” Michael Ward recalled saying, according to the newspaper.The Wards were longtime members of First Baptist, and the congregation felt “like a family,” grandmother Sandy Ward told MSNBC.A photo of Brooke taken in the church a week ago, according to the GoFundMe page, showed her smiling, her blonde pigtails braided, and sitting in a ruffled skirt on the pastor’s motorcycle.Another showed the child beaming as she held up her Kindergarten Perfect Attendance Award and Citizenship Certificate, both dated last month.“Joann was the most wonderful mom any child could wish for and her children were always laughing and loving life,” Ward’s uncle John Alexander wrote on the GoFundMe page. Mother Killed While Shielding Her 4 Children in Texas Church Shooting Aunt recalls finding family shot after massacreBy Reuters November 7, 2017 Updated: November 7, 2017last_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Golden Globe awards and Oscar certificates won by Robin Williams are going up for auction in October, along with the late actor’s collection of movie props, watches, toys and art.The 52nd Annual Eddie Awards Comedian Robin Williams presents the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 52nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 24, 2002. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)A prop dagger that the comedian used on the set of his 1991 movie “Hook,” and a robe with the Gryffindor Crest worn by Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” are also included in the sale at Sotheby’s in New York on Oct. 4.“We’re incredibly excited about the watch that Robin Williams wore during ‘Dead Poets Society,’” Nina del Rio, Sotheby’s vice chairman, told Reuters Television at a public exhibition ahead of the sale.The gold-plated Hamilton wristwatch, engraved on the back after filming in 1988, is expected to fetch up to $2,000.The items, including works by modern artists Banksy and Shephard Fairey, were collected by Williams and his second wife Marsha Garces Williams over 20 years. Williams died by suicide in 2014 at age 63. The auction includes the actor’s Golden Globe statuettes for “Good Morning Vietnam” (with an estimate of $15,000-20,000), “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “The Fisher King.”Actor Robin Williams holds the Oscar he won for Be Actor Robin Williams holds the Oscar he won for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Good Will Hunting” during the 70th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. on March 23, 1998. (HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)Sotheby’s expects the 300-item sale to raise about $3 million, a portion of which will go to organizations the couple supported including Human Rights Watch and the Wounded Warrior project.“We’re expecting and hoping that so many fans of Robin Williams will participate in this sale. There’s really a price point for everyone,” del Rio said. A Selection of Robin Williams’ Personal Items Are up for Auction By Reuters September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 Show Discussion Entertainment News center_img QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share this article Sharelast_img read more

Utah Officer Fired Over Controversial Arrest of Nu

first_img Utah Officer Fired Over Controversial Arrest of Nurse Is Suing for $1.5 Million By Jack Phillips November 13, 2018 Updated: November 13, 2018 Share this article QualityAuto 480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Jeff Payne, the former Utah detective fired over his controversial arrest of a hospital nurse, is suing Salt Lake City for wrongful termination and seeks $1.5 million and wants his job back.Last year, Payne was recorded arresting nurse Alex Wubbels after she informed him that hospital policy didn’t allow for a blood draw without a warrant. The patient was Reserve Rigby Police Officer Bill Gray, who was injured in a car crash.“She was doing her job,” he told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I was doing my job. And unfortunately, it conflicted. And I am the one who bears most of the burden for it.”“I’m working at a job that pays a little above minimum wage and still trying to keep my household together. My life is destroyed because of this and I don’t know how many years it’s going to take to have some sort of peace,” said Payne of the settlement, Fox13 reported.jeff payne utah wants his job bac Jeff Payne, the former Utah detective fired over his controversial arrest of a hospital nurse, is suing Salt Lake City for wrongful termination and seeks $1.5 million and wants his job back. (Salt Lake Police)When she refused, he eventually put her in cuffs and placed her in a police car. Charges weren’t filed against her. “People think I just walked in and lost it,” said Payne of the video. “They wanted blood from this person just to verify that he was not impaired in any way,” said Payne, Fox13 reported.“If I couldn’t get the blood draw at that point, he was going to order me to arrest her for interfering with a criminal investigation. I sat in the waiting room for about an hour and a half with no word from anyone,” Payne told the station, referring to his supervisor, Lt. James Tracy.Later, Tracy told the nurse that if she prevented Payne from withdrawing blood, he would order Payne to arrest her.“She says she’s just doing what her bosses tell her to do and I acknowledged that and said that’s what I’m doing,” said Payne. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img Share WASHINGTON—Chinese officials are delivering on promises made during the G-20 summit in Argentina, a sign that the U.S.–China trade truce is bearing fruit. China bought U.S. soybeans for the first time since earlier this year when the trade war between Washington and Beijing escalated.The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that China bought 1.1 million tonnes of U.S. supplies, according to a Reuters report. The shipments are expected to occur during the first quarter of next year.This is the first major purchase since President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping struck a 90-day agreement on Dec. 1, at the end of their bilateral meeting on the margins of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. As part of that deal, China promised to buy agricultural products, including soybeans, from U.S. farmers immediately.“I do believe we’ll see more sales to China over the near term,” said Joe Vaclavik, president of Standard Grain, a Tennessee-based commodity brokerage. He said China’s decision to buy U.S. soybeans is a step in the right direction, but “there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.”In July, China imposed a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans. Sales of American supplies can’t be sustained unless China removes this tariff, according to Vaclavik.“The purchases that were made this week were allegedly for state reserves, meaning that they are not subject to tariff. They were bought by the [Chinese] government, not by commercial grain buyers,” he added. In addition, the recent amount bought by China—1.1 million tonnes—is below initial estimates. The market’s expectation was somewhere between 5 million and 8 million tonnes, he said. The amount was the ninth largest single-day sale on record and was equal to 3.5 percent of China’s U.S. soy purchases in 2017.The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the news of resumed sales.“This is positive news for our growers and for U.S-China trade relations,” Davie Stephens, ASA president, said in a statement. “Beyond yesterday’s sale announcement, it is vital that this 90-day process results in lifting the current 25 percent tariff that China continues to impose on U.S. soybean imports.”China Making ConcessionsGlobal markets were volatile at the start of the week, but calmed after media reports in recent days indicated that China has started to make concessions. Besides soybean purchases, Beijing has reportedly agreed to reduce tariffs on U.S. cars to 15 percent from 40 percent.The news first surfaced when the Wall Street Journal wrote, on Dec 11, that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer had a phone conversation with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Dec. 10. The Chinese official confirmed the tariff cuts during that call, the report stated, citing sources familiar with the matter.It isn’t clear when the changes would take effect, but Washington is pushing Beijing to make concessions as soon as possible, the report said. Trump told Reuters on Dec. 13 that he believed China would soon cut tariffs on U.S. autos to 15 percent.On July 6, Beijing had increased levies on U.S.-made vehicles to 40 percent in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.The Wall Street Journal also reported Dec. 12 that China was making plans to replace its blueprint, “Made in China 2025,” the Communist regime’s strategic plan to achieve dominance in high-technology industries.As part of the agreement between Xi and Trump, China agreed to deliver structural reforms. During the meeting, both sides agreed to “immediately” begin talks on structural changes that Washington has been demanding for years. The White House says the structural reforms include ending China’s unfair trade policies and practices, with respect to “forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services, and agriculture.”The Chinese leader also agreed to purchase “a very substantial amount” of American goods, including agricultural, energy, industrial, and other products, in an effort to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China.In return, Trump has agreed to postpone the planned boost in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent on Jan. 1. The tariffs will remain at 10 percent. If an agreement isn’t hammered out by the end of the 90-day period, the tariffs will be increased. Follow Emel on Twitter: @mlakan US News Share this article Farmer John Duffy loads soybeans from his grain bin onto a truck before taking them to a grain elevator in Dwight, Illinois, on June 13, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   China Resumes Buying US Soybeans Amid Trade Truce By Emel Akan December 13, 2018 Updated: December 13, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Kent Driscoll APTN News It is cheaper to fly to an

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIt is cheaper to fly to another country than it is to Nunavut.If you live in the territory, you’ve heard this lament, and it is true. A one-way fare from Ottawa to London, England tomorrow would cost $850. A flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit on the same day starts at $940.This has Nunavummiut worried, as they await the merger of the North’s two largest airlines, Canadian North and First Air.The federal government has approved the merger, provided the airlines follow 31 regulations and restrictions designed to maintain the status quo with Nunavut’s air travel.For the customers, that status quo was pretty expensive to begin with.“It is very expensive for me, as a single mother,” explained Jenny Ell of Iqaluit. “It’s very hard to try to leave with my children, because it’s so expensive. To leave from Ottawa to overseas, it’s cheaper to do that than from Ottawa to here, and that’s kinda not fair.”Both airlines are currently owned by Inuit corporations, one from Nunavik and another from Northwest Territories, that claim saving money on operating costs will make the airline more efficient.The 31 conditions attached to the merger are supposed to make sure prices don’t rise, but are all but guaranteed to eliminate seat sales and even the most basic of competition.Adam Arreak-Lightstone, an Iqaluit MLA, wonders if company savings will be passed on to the customers.“I share a lot of concerns like many Nunavummiut have expressed,” he told APTN News. “I understand there are many effencies when it comes to a merger, but on the other hand, I’m not completely convinced of the new airline passing on those effencies to the customer.”In Nunavut, every community is a fly-in community. To live in Nunavut is to be dependent on the airlines, whether waiting for cargo or hoping to travel.Kathy Hanson is concerned; she knows she has no choice.“I’m a little bit worried,” said the long-time Iqaluit resident. “Right nw it’s pretty costly to head out anywhere, in the North or in the South. Of course, living on an island, we have no choice but to fly out.The Competition Bureau of Canada called the merger a “monopoly” and recommended it be declined. The federal cabinet went ahead and approved it.Now, Nunavummiut are waiting for the other shoe to drop, and are wondering if these limits and rules keep airfare at the status quo.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscolllast_img read more