A New Old Friend Review of Thanh Tam II

first_img 0% I asked our server about the restaurant’s name, if there had been a Thanh Tam I, and there had, but his only response was “It’s gone!”  I also asked if he was the owner, and he said no, pointing to a lady on the other side of the pass-through counter in front of the open kitchen.  “That’s my boss.”  “And she cooks too?” I asked?  “Yes, very good!” This isn’t haute cuisine; the food here is standard Vietnamese fare, with quite a large menu, and also some Chinese selections.  However, I found that some of their dishes held up to many I’ve had in other restaurants in the Bay Area, and even in Orange County’s famous Little Saigon in So. Cal. – home of the first and largest Vietnamese community in the country.We ordered a lot of food, our first time here.  I ordered two dishes that are my test of a good Vietnamese restaurant – banh xeo and bo luc lac.  Banh xeo, also known as a Vietnamese pancake, is a gorgeous, yellow, rice flower omelet, filled with bean sprouts, slices of roasted pork, and shrimp.  The omelet itself should be super crispy, while the inside retains a bit of creaminess.  Be warned:  it’s a very messy dish to eat.  You cut the omelet into pieces and scoop up the crackly shell and slippery innards with the lettuce leaves provided, garnish lavishly with the forest of mint and/or basil, cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers, daikon, and sometimes jalapeno on your plate, and then roll it up into what is hopefully a bite-sized morsel.  The little package then gets dipped into a bowl of nuoc cham – a traditional flavoring dip made of fish sauce, lemon or lime juice, sugar, julienned carrots/daikon, and sometimes chiles or garlic – and the whole mess goes into your mouth, juices dripping down your chin and arm.  So worth it!  The combination of the crunchy omelet with the tender pork and shrimp, the fresh sprouts, herbs and veggies, and the pungent/tart nuoc cham, creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth.  The portion is huge, too, and could easily serve as one person’s main (and only) course. Thanh Tam’s version was delightful, hitting all the right notes. I’d go back for this dish alone. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Thanh Tam II has been at 577  Valencia St. for 11 years, but usually gets overlooked by those who were frequenters of the now-shuttered, dual-entranced Sunflower across the street.  We’d always gone to Sunflower ourselves, toying with the idea of trying out Thanh Tam, but never making the leap.  We were quite pleased we finally did.  Sandwiched in between a trendy new-ish taqueria and a sleek, hipster furniture store, tiny Thanh Tam looks like your typical hole-in-the-wall on the outside, but the interior is surprisingly quite nice. Not ones to give up easily, however, we came back the following week.  This time, to start, the BF ordered the standard fresh spring rolls- those ubiquitously pretty rice paper rolls filled with crunchy lettuce, strips of roast pork (there’s a vegetarian version too), mint, halved shrimp, and rice noodles, all to be dipped in a peanut sauce.  It’s a fresh tasting snack, and I thought Thanh Tam’s were perfectly fine, although the BF didn’t love them. The BF ordered fried won tons, which looked almost like little empanadas in texture, and were filled with ground pork and spices, with a sweet/salty dipping sauce alongside.  Tasty, and served to fill us both up.  I’d probably not get them again just for that reason. Bo luc lac is a steak dish, also known as “shaking beef”, meaning literally “beef jumping around” to describe the way the beef should be tossed in the wok when cooking.  It’s often filet mignon chunks, though I’ve also had it made with rib eye and sirloin, that have been marinated in fish sauce, sugar, garlic, soy, and rice vinegar, making for a very deeply flavorful meat.  It is often served on watercress so that the juices make a dressing for the greens, in combination with a very flavorful lemon pepper sauce served alongside for dipping the meat.  It can also be garnished with tomatoes or pickled red onions.  In this case, the beef came on a bed of cilantro, sautéed onions and red & green bell peppers.  It sometimes comes with a bowl of white rice, but I prefer it as a salad.  Once again, Thanh Tam’s version surpassed in flavor a few others I’ve tried, even though I’m not a fan of bell peppers.  The meat was tender and chewy, with a great beefiness. For my main, I ordered the beef combo pho.  Pho is one of those polarizing dishes; it’s become so popular in the U.S. (again, first landing here via Little Saigon, Orange County, with the wave of Vietnamese refugees in the 70s) in the last 35+ years that everyone has their favorite, and their favorite restaurant that serves it.  I’m not going to say Thanh Tam made my favorite bowl; truth be told, I’m not the biggest pho aficionado (there’s just too many amazing choices in this cuisine!)  It’s not because the soup isn’t good, because as soups go, it’s pretty magical.  It is street food at its finest in Vietnam, and its heady broth, redolent of star anise, coriander, clove, fennel, cinnamon, just feels like it could be the final cure for the common cold.  Or a heartache.  Pho, like the banh mi, comes in unending combinations:  chicken; raw beef flank slices, cut ultra-thin, usually served on the side, so that you can determine the doneness of the meat by how long you choose to leave it in the broth (I like mine rare);  beef meatballs; flank; fatty brisket; tendon; and tripe:  get one or all!  The toppings are what you’d expect:  lime, thai basil, scallions, sprouts, jalapenos, etc., and the broth can be further flavored with hoisin, sriracha, and/or fish sauce.  The noodles can vary too. For me, Thanh Tam’s broth was just a tad light on flavor; it was delicious when doctored up with all the accoutrements, of course, and I really had no complaints at that point.  Except, they forgot to serve my meat on the side, so it cooked a little more than I would have liked.  And, there wasn’t that much meat in relation to the noodles.  Of course, I was so full by that time I couldn’t have eaten more meat, and we ended up taking most of the broth and noodles home.  But if you’re looking for a very meaty pho, perhaps this isn’t the place to get it.  Still, it’s a homey, comforting dish, and I wouldn’t say I’d never have here it again.Even though there were a couple of misses at Thanh Tam, the hits were big, and we’ll definitely go back.  Love to see a little neighborhood place like this keep chugging along.Thanh Tam II 577 Valencia St. Open 11 to 10 p.m. Daily Free Delivery The BF’s own test of a Vietnamese place, Bun thit cha gio (strips of grilled marinated pork shoulder over room temperature vermicelli rice noodles, sauced with nuoc cham, with crispy fried imperial rolls atop) is at its best when the pork is grilled until it is deeply browned and the marinade is caramelized, and the little fatty bits just beg to be devoured.  As for the rolls – well, imperial rolls are, for me, the royalty of all such fried rolls.  Rice paper encases ground pork, minced shrimp, cellophane noodles, mushrooms, and the rolls get deep fried until crispy.  They’re surprisingly light, and addictive.  Here again, in this one giant bowl, garnished with pickled carrots, daikon and roasted chopped peanuts, there can be such a wonderful contrast of flavors and textures – a hallmark of Vietnamese cuisine.  Unfortunately, Thanh Tam’s was one of the least favorite versions we’ve had.  The pork mixture in the rolls was just not very flavorful, and, sadly neither was the grilled pork on the vermicelli.  We were quite disappointed, as there are a lot of dishes on the menu that feature grilled pork, and we’re huge fans. For his main, the BF decided to try a pork chop this time, to see if the cut of pork would make a difference in the marinade they used.  Smart, and it was a good bet.  His dish of pork chops over steamed rice with two beautifully fried eggs was spectacular!  This time the meat had flavor galore, and the proper chewy/tenderness we love in grilled pork.  Renewed our faith in Thanh Tam’s way with pork.  As for me, I’ll eat anything with an egg on it, so I’d be hard pressed to decide what to have next time…… because my own meal was pretty wonderful  too.  I decided to start with a banh mi – most of all because I’d never been in a Vietnamese restaurant that also made these oh-so-popular sandwiches; they’re usually sold at banh mi shops, and not often found where there is a more extensive menu.  I wanted to see if they could do it justice. There are such a variety of banh mi to be had.  My favorite, of course, is always the grilled pork, but a tad gun shy, I went with the beef this time.  Banh mi come on wonderful French rolls – the best are made with a combination of rice and wheat flours for a perfectly crisp, airy bread.  The fillings can be any combination of protein – pork, chicken, beef, tofu, pork meatballs, fish cake, shrimp, fried eggs, pâté, etc. – but almost always come with cilantro, mint/basil, carrots, daikon, and usually, hopefully, a thin slather of mayonnaise.  They are, again, a wonderful conglomeration of flavors and textures vying for space on your tongue.  And they’re usually quite cheap.  Thanh Tam’s banh mi was excellent, and I’m going to make it my new go-to.  The beef was sweet/salty, and tender, with nice charred bits, and everything inside tasted fresh and lovely.  I saved half of it to go home (as I still had my main coming), and hours later, it still held up.  last_img read more

Mission Style — something to say with fashion

first_imgAntonio a.k.a. SpaceghostAntonio (Spaceghost). Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Thrifted everything — Gap corduroy pants, Sperry Topsider shoes, Italian silk shirt, Thai silk tie, wool coat.Vibe: Fashion is constantly drowning in a sea of black, greys and other stylish (yet often boring) neutrals. Why do we abandon color once we become adults? It’s proven to affect our well-being, and this outfit is proof of that. Spaceghost instantly caught our attention as he floated next to us in a spectrum of cheery colors, guitar in hand. You couldn’t help but instantly feel better just seeing this Crayola box of sartorial pieces. Do you always dress in a lot of color? Yeah, I don’t really own anything black. This hat is kind of an exception, which I plan on turning all technicolor crazy rainbows.And what do you get from wearing color? Um, well color itself draws in light, I feel like. And it also reminds people – especially on a gray day, cause people are wearing dark colors — to see something that just wakes them up. It wakes up, I think, the spirit and the mind, and it just gets better.Antonio (Spaceghost). Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Kyeong-eun Kyeong-eun. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Imvely dress, scarf purchased online, Bershka shoes, Chanel bag.Vibe: As we mentioned, super-casual seems to be the prevailing look in San Francisco, so Kyeong-eun had no problem standing out as one of the best-dressed people in Dolores Park. Her textured ivory dress looked glam yet comfortable, and when paired with a black Chanel bag, black ankle boots, bright yellow nails and a patterned bag scarf, the whole look read totally chic in a youthful, hip way. What do you like about San Francisco? (Friend translating) Landscape. She likes San Francisco’s weather and atmosphere.Kyeong-eun. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Fashion is one of the ways people communicate – without words – to the rest of the world. How people convey their mood, their values, their style, who they are. Although many believe that San Francisco has no style, we beg to differ.  Mission Style is back, chronicling the interesting, fashionable looks we witness on a single day in the Mission District, proving that the City still has something to say with its fashion. Enjoy.Julia NapolitanoBrands: Yellow Elephant (brand out of Austin); sunglasses purchased in Durango, Colorado; Bucketfeet shoes from Chicago.Vibe: One standout item can make an entire outfit. Julia’s jacket was the first fashion piece that caught our attention on the day we spent at the park. It was expertly custom-made, using a vintage jean jacket, pieces of colorful, patterned fabric, and it featured one of my favorite people ever: Frida Kahlo. Tanith LedbetterTanith Ledbetter. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Betsey Johnson handbag, thrifted clothing and accessories, Dr. Martens boots.Vibe: With all the changes happening in the Mission, and San Francisco in general, you wonder if bold, individual style will be erased, only to be replaced by yoga pants, sweatshirts and jeans and mass uniformity. People like Tanith happily remind us that unique style is still alive in SF. With her telephone bag, the cute nautical touches and pops of red, this look just makes you smile.Do you feel it’s important to dress differently than everyone else? Is that important? Um, I think dressing differently from everyone else is not like – I don’t like to – I feel like some people feel a little bit superior about it. And think that people who, you know, stick with the norm are like, inferior in some way, or I guess ignorant. But I don’t know. Style is style, and it comes in a lot of different forms. And I’m just doing what makes me the most comfortable and people tend to like it, and that’s validating, but even if they didn’t, I kind of wouldn’t care. It’s a personal thing.Tanith Ledbetter. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Caitlin ConnollyCaitlin Connolly. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Popkiller jacket, Target sunglasses, Spanx leggings, Crown Vintage ankle boots.Vibe: It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cats, satin and the color pink. This super-cool jacket contained this trifecta of awesome and cheered up black velvet leggings and ankle boots for a look that was casual and fun. Describe to me what motivated you to get this badass jacket. I actually got it as a gift from my sister [who] has a clothing store in Nashville, and she was selling it there. I got it as a gift for helping her out. And I like to wear really casual stuff, but like one really fun, edgy item, so she kind of thought this was up my alley.Caitlin Connolly. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Why did you want something with Frida Kahlo on it? Um, one, for women. And two, I was an art-history minor and always loved her work. But I love what she represents, and also the artistic value of it. Michele Kim and Mike Vosters. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Mike VostersBrands: Thrift shop sweatshirt?, ASOS jacket, Target jeans, Adidas shoes, black jacket and beanie from Filibuster Event Company.Vibe: It’s always refreshing to see couples (or friends) who are all dressed great. Mike and his girl Michele looked fashionable on their own, but really stood out as a couple. It takes confidence for a guy to wear a floral or other elaborate, feminine print. If it works, it looks great and super fashionable. The cropped pants are also unexpected, but pulled off well, and the beanie and sneakers add a little bit of edge that balances the whole look.Name somebody whose style inspires you. I don’t know. That’s not a simple question. I don’t look at fashion stuff. Or if there’s something that inspires you in terms of your aesthetic. Thrift shops. I shop mostly second hand and try to do that (he was also inspired by a guy he saw in Dolores Park, who was wearing baby blue snap pants with a turtleneck). But sadly I don’t have an inspiration. I’m sorry.Mike Vosters. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Michele KimBrands: Thrifted jacket from Paris, Rag & Bone jeans, Cruel Intention hat, French sweatshirt bought online, Louis Vuitton bag, AGL shoes, glasses from ibuydirect.com.Vibe: Michele was sleek and street in all-black athleisure pieces, balanced with black jeans and a timeless luxury bag. Effortless, yet on point.What is the most important thing for you when you’re deciding what you’re going to wear? Definitely how I feel. Like, I think about where I’m going to go, or what the weather’s going to be, but it depends on how I’m feeling that day. If I want to look bad, if I want to look cute, who I’m going to see, you know. 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons shouldered the responsibility of Sai

first_imgROYCE Simmons shouldered the responsibility of Saints’ 18-40 loss at Huddersfield on Saturday.He said with a depleted squad he tried to make things simpler for his team and that may have led them to play “too negatively”.“We had 17 players and they did too so there are no excuses,” he said. “I probably buggered up a little today. I tried to make things simpler because of the changes.“We lost Kyle early in the week and didn’t know whether Flannery would be playing so there were a lot of changes. Nathan Ashe also came into the halves. I tried to make things simpler for the players because of those changes and perhaps we should have stayed as we were really.“We probably played a bit negative and therefore I would take most of the blame for the result.“Credit to Huddersfield though, they played really well. Both sides would have come here wanting to stay amongst the leaders after their big wins yesterday and wanted to perform well too.“And they did that.”He continued: “I thought young Scott Hale did well on his debut. He went quite good considering he was thrown in late and showed me he has a future.“James Roby was magic again too, fantastic. I have said before that you just wind him up and he keeps on going.”Saints lost Chris Flannery in the warm up and his leg injury – suspected to be a recurrence of his hamstring problem – will be assessed on Monday. Josh Perry broke a bone in his hand – possibly a knuckle.last_img read more

At the start of the evening if youd have asked th

first_imgAt the start of the evening if you’d have asked the Saints coaching staff if they would take a draw then they would probably have snatched your hands off with the prospect of facing the City of Hull academy who were above them in the table and playing some good rugby, writes Graham Henthorne.However, at the end of the match there was a feeling of what might have been having outscored the visitors three tries to two. Unfortunately, the Saints were undone by the usually thoroughly dependable kicking of Brad Billsborough who failed to convert any of the tires.The game mirrored the first team game of later on taking well over 20 minutes before the deadlock was broken.But it could and should have been the Saints taking the lead on their first possession when Cameron Brown knocked on over the Hull line.As it was he scored 25 minutes later jumping blind out of dummy half into the right corner after a great Billsborough high kick had been diffused but inexplicably knocked on from the next tackle.The game was nip and tuck all half but as ever the visitors, having been under the cosh for many minutes, had their time but were denied an equalising try as Josh Eaves and Chris Follin forced a knock on from the Hull forward over the Saints line.The possibility of an upset was made even more possible with a fine try for the Saints in the opening seconds of the second half. From the kick-off three drives go the Saints to the 40 metre line on the right. From the play the ball Eaves spotted a gap blind feeding Jorge Lewtas whose miss pass put Tom Nisbett away. He took it 40 metres to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Callum hazard who strode the final 20 to the line.If it had been possible to keep the lead for 15 to 20 minutes then the pressure would have heaped onto the visitors. As it was five minutes later a poor knock on in the Saints 30 allowed them to score, the conversion bringing them back within two.Some bizarre refereeing decisions were giving strings of penalties to both sides and the Saints extended their lead with a Kev brown try in the left corner. Mike Weldon, having his best game for a long time, and Evan Bullen had been held up over the line before Matty Costello’s miss pass put the winger away.On the hour the missed conversions came to haunt the Saints as the visitors, who should have been out of sight, drew level as the scrum half reacted quicker to a knock and speculative grubber in the Saints 10 metre area.The Saints continued to hang on to the surging visitors but all that effort seemed to have been for nought as a silly stripping penalty 40 metres out seemed to have given the game to Hull as they converted their third kick of the day.But a great kick off from Billsborough and fine tackling forced the visitors into touch. From the scrum the Saints got a penalty of their own allowing Billsborough to redeem himself with a fine penalty to give the Saints the share of the points which they deserved.Whilst this was a shame for Billsborough to have had an off day with the boot which ultimately cost the Saints the extra point, it is necessary to point out that the scrum half has won many more matches with his boot and is not to blame for the result. Poor decisions and dropped ball at crucial moments is what cost the win.The front row of Eaves, Bullen and Matty Lees, celebrating his call-up to the first team squad, were, as ever outstanding but there was an encouraging amount of support off the bench from Lewtas and Hazzard.The Saints face another daunting task next week with the visitors of the Dragons from Catalans.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Cameron Brown (26), Callum Hazzard (41), Kevin Brown (52). Goals: Brad Billsborough 1 from 4.City of Hull: Tries: Jordan Lane (46), Harrison Morrow (60). Goals: Will Oakes 3 from 3.Half Time: 6-0 Full Time: 14-14Teams:Saints: 1. Matty Costello (C); 5. Tom Nisbett, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Sean Croston, 2. Kevin Brown; 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 19. Evan Bullen, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Owen Smith, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Paul Nash, 16. Callum Hazzard, 17. Jorge Lewtas.Hull FC: 1. Lochlan Fitzgerald; 2. Niall Sidney, 3. Cameron Scott, 4. Kieran Buchanan, 5. Will Oakes; 6. Bobby Downs, 7. Harrison Morrow; 8. Jack Brown, 9. Jez Litten (C), 13. Brad Clavering, 11. Adam Rooks, 12. Owen Harrison, 19. Joe Cator. Subs: 15. Ben Butler, 16. Jordan Lane, 20. Max Bateman, **. Zeus Silk.last_img read more

Bladen County added to list for FEMA housing assistance

first_imgFEMA (Photo: MGN Online) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — FEMA is assisting with temporary housing in even more areas now, including Bladen County being added to the list.Bladen County will join the other 10 counties already receiving temporary housing from FEMA.- Advertisement – Their are two forms of housing assistance, travel trailers for shorter term alternative, and manufactured housing units.Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA app, by visiting a disaster recovery center, or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by calling or texting 202-655-8824.last_img

Wrightsville Beach is taking big steps to clean up the town

first_img Town manager Tim Owens says there are many planning steps left before construction can begin. He says planners still need to improve the design of the park’s east side.But, the project is still on target to finish by summer 2020. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After six months, the Salisbury Street Ocean Access Park design is finally in the works. Construction is expected to start by next fall.The park is an aesthetic improvement to the town. It will be adjacent to the Johnnie Mercers Fishing pier between East and West Salisbury Street.- Advertisement – last_img

Leland man charged with murder after beating victim dies

first_img Lopez allegedly hit Villamaza until he was knocked unconscious. While wearing boots, Lopez also allegedly kicked Villamaza.Villamaza died Tuesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Lopez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and second degree murder. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a Leland man who was arrested in Virginia by US Marshals Wednesday morning faces murder and assault charges.According to arrest warrants, 31-year-old Edvin Lopez allegedly assaulted German Villamaza on Walker Street NE in the Fairhaven Mobile Home Park on Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img

Raleigh man charged with attempted murder after Hampstead man shot

first_imgJoseph Cleveland McGee (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Raleigh man is in the Pender County jail after a shooting over the weekend.According to a news release, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Surf City Police went to the 400 block of Buds Lane in Hampstead for a report of a person shot.- Advertisement – That’s where law enforcement officers found Jerry Carol Capps, 68, shot in the left side of the chest.Capps was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical center.Joseph Cleveland McGee, 67, is charged with one count of Attempted Murder.Related Article: Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employeesHe is being held under a $250,000 bond.last_img

Probable PL victory in St Pauls Bay – sources

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb First results for the local council elections are expected imminently as the predictions for the PN seem increasingly dire. Observers in the political millieu are predicting a defeat ta the polls, even heavier than that suffered in the EP elections.The results for the Valletta an the St Paul’s Bay Local Councils are of particular interest since the difference between the parties is particularly tenuous. Early indications from the counting hall point towards a Labour Victory in St Paul’s Bay. If the EP election trend persists and is mirrored in the local council elections, the net result could well be that the PN loses the majority representation in other localities. A pro-PL trend could also mean a PL win in Mosta, San Ġwann and Siggiewi.Newsbook.com.mt’s sources noted that the  turnout for the Local Council election was 60.46%, substantially lower than the 72% who voted in the EP elections. The same sources said that it could be that a number of Nationalist voters decided to vote in the EP election to support Roberta Metsola and David Casa who were under constant attack from the PL and were not top of mind of the PN leadership. These same voters then decided to boycott the Local Council elections.Local Council elections: Sorting and scanning in processRead Also: Perici Calascione stirs a hornet’s nestWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Proposed development on ODZ refused

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Planning Authority refused a proposal for the development of a fuel station on an Outside Development Zone (ODZ) in Attard . The proposed fuel station would have was set to have electric cars charging points, three retail units, an office, underground storage and parking and an ATM facility.The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) has expressed its satisfaction on the Planning Authority Board’s decision to reject the planned development. In a press release, ERA elaborated that it is pleased that the rationale for the Planning Authority’s decision was based on the loss of potentially good quality agricultural land as well as to protect the trees in the area. ERA was also firm that the proposed commercial enterprise was objectionable in principle, as it would have contributed to the urban sprawl at the expense of the natural eco-system in the surroundings.The proposed fuel station would have included an Autogas filling facility, a car wash facility a tyre service garage, electric cars charging points, three retail units, an office, underground storage and parking and an ATM facility. center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Ghana Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs Forum 2010

first_imgAdvertisement Today’s Options will become Tomorrow’s Requirements! Adwoa Perbi, Afro-Chic @ GIMEF 2010 Entrepreneurs play a critical role in the starting and establishing small business opportunities in Africa. However, a number of newly-established ventures in developing economies fade out in the early stage of business, within 42 months. There are multi-prong challenges including access to information and new skills which contribute to this failure.In response to these challenges, the University of Ghana Business School, Ghana, and The PearlRichards Foundation (www.pearlrichards.org), Ghana organized the 2010 Ghana Internet and Mobile Entrepreneurs’ Forum (GIMEF 2010). The event was co-sponsored by CitiFM, Craft Concepts, Promasidor Ghana, and PC Tech Magazine, Uganda. The forum convener, Dr. Richard Boateng, explained that the forum was birthed from a graduate MBA class project aimed at creating a space for interaction and learning between students and real world technology entrepreneurs. The theme was “Building Ghana through Internet Enterprises and Mobile innovations”. The forum took place at the University of Ghana Business School. An audience of up 180 students, researchers, lecturers, practitioners and entrepreneurs had an opportunity to share, discuss and learn from individual career experiences and profiles of Ghanaian Internet and Mobile entrepreneurs.Read More…Download Presentationslast_img read more

BlackBerry in trouble 5 reasons why

first_imgAdvertisement  An infinitely serious future of people tapping away on tiny keyboards loomed. But in recent months it’s all gone a bit wrong for BlackBerry, as its share prices tumble and its latest hardware is panned by reviewers. So what were BlackBerry’s biggest mistakes?Overreaching – Advertisement – The BlackBerry PlayBook? Come on, you’re BlackBerry. You’re not about “play”. You’re about WORK. You’re about eighteen-hour days in your 35th-floor office in the Gherkin. You’re about terse little emails saying “But what about the quarterlies?”. You’re about not seeing your family for weeks at a time, about children who can’t remember what you look like, about a computer-screen tan, about constructive-dismissal lawsuits and golden handshakes and non-disclosure agreements. You are never – never – going to be about playing Grand Theft Auto in a darkened room while your fourth decade slips away aimlessly (Sony) or pretending to work on the script for a sitcom while you actually check Twitter (Apple). Don’t pretend to be what you’re not. Also, stop capitalising every B you can see; it gets tiresome.Only room for one fruit-based tech company in the marketWasn’t that a strategic error – naming yourself BlackBerry? I mean, there’s already Apple. Apple and BlackBerry sounds like a crumble recipe. You had a whole universe of objects to name yourself after, without even getting into abstract concept-nouns: why not move away from fruit? Why not call yourself Pumice or Linoleum or Baobab or something that isn’t a fruit? Well, you didn’t. And now you’re the second-best fruit-based smartphone on the market. You could have ruled the world of volcanic-rock-based smartphones. An opportunity missed.Bloody BUTTONSGood Lord. BUTTONS. How awfully last-century. Or even the century before. Typewriters had BUTTONS. BUTTONS that go CLICK! I mean it’s just not acceptable, in this age of gleaming glass-fronted Space Odyssey monoliths which we laughingly call “phones”. Even Nokia, a phone company which had its last good idea in 2006, has moved beyond buttons. Deep in the Amazon basin, uncontacted by any outsiders since the Mayans ran the continent, there are tribes who, when presented with a BlackBerry, ask: “Why the buttons? My sodding blowpipe has a touch-screen nowadays.”RIM.jobsYou’re a serious-minded company for serious-minded people. Your target demographic wears patent leather shoes and reads the Financial Times. You can’t be expected to keep up with all the disgusting slang for sexual practices that gets bandied around by foul-minded teens. But surely a company that creates web-browsing machines and emails and so on must have at least looked at the internet once, yes? Surely? Yet it seems that BlackBerry, or at least their parent company Research In Motion (RIM), have not. That is the only possible explanation for the HR department at said company calling their employment website RIM.jobs. If you don’t know why that’s rude, look it up on Urban Dictionary; this is a family newspaper.The rise of the slack-jeaned entrepeneurLook at Steve Jobs. He’s one of the richest men in the world. Do you think he’s ever starched his collar? Do you? Do you think he even really knows what a pinstripe is? And that man-child off Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. When he’s not wrestling his dinner to the floor and killing it with his bare hands, for which you presumably need special clothing, he’s wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or a daft grey university hoodie, like one of the tourists wandering around Oxford quadrangles looking confused. The ultra-rich don’t wear Alexander Amosu suits any more, they wear the same threadbare, unwashed jumpers they slouched around campus in when they were 20. The day of the Porsche-driving American Psycho Master of the Universe is over, and he took his BlackBerry with him. Now is the age of the acne-ridden geek with the fear of girls but the obsession with shiny hardware. And Google and Apple’s hardware is shinier, these days, than the BlackBerry.www.telegraph.co.uklast_img read more

5 Reasons ECommerce Is Going To Thrive In Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement I am intrigued by the growing number of E-Commerce platforms entering the Ugandan Market. In the era where there is a sudden shift from PC to Mobile, I have been fascinated at how Africa has skipped the entire PC era and jumped right into Mobile. The fact that our parents never used PCs but are very busy swiping through smartphone makes me very optimistic about the future.Today am very optimistic about the E-commerce platforms that are going to disrupt traditional ways of doing business in Africa, but am going to use Kaymu Uganda as my case study partly because the team at Kaymu was very generous to accept my offer to talk to them about how they operate in Uganda, and because I think they have a better chance of survival according to the reasons am going to dive into.The Investment:  – Advertisement – I don’t know about other E-Commerce platforms but according to Justin Christianson, “Kaymu has an upfront investment of 3 years in Uganda, and we shall not be able to make a single profit off commissions for 3 years. We trust the system and we want people to first get value from the service before we can go ahead and make money”. I don’t know about you but if someone is putting this much money upfront, then I have all the reasons to trust the system.Educating the Users:Before I talked to Kaymu, a lot of my cousins who work downtown had reached out to me and told me about these “Kaymu guys” who come and teach them how to use the service. Now, I know for a fact these guys don’t care about anything but money and for them to be willing to try a new things means these “Kaymu guys” are doing something right. According to Justin, Kaymu spent the last year trying to sensitize the sellers about this new idea.“We pointed out that this is a marketplace where you can go and place your product, and if someone likes the product, we shall take it from your hands, deliver it to them, collect the money and pay you. We inform the seller every step of the way via phone calls and SMS. The seller can also deliver the product themselves,” Justin added.Online Traffic:Slowly we see the traffic going online increase every year. I don’t remember the last time I sent an SMS and 3 years from now I will surely not remember the last time I went to a physical shop to buy my T-shirts or baby pampers (lol). In February 2014, Kaymu entered the Ugandan Market and right now they get more than 30,000 Visitors every day. If the conversion rate is 10% (for people who add items to their basket/cart) and the number of paying customers is say between 1-3% that means they will be getting about 300 customers doing business on Kaymu and am just speculating here. If someone can get this kind of traffic in less than a year, I have all the reasons to say they are going to thrive in the Ugandan market.Payment:We mostly pay using mobile money and integrating this in the E-commerce platform will make the work very easy. However we have trust issues as individual and we don’t trust some systems right now, this makes the Kaymu model very easy to adopt because the customer only pays when they are satisfied with the product. With over 6,000 sellers on the platform and more than 60,000 products sold through the system, this show that customers are getting real value out of the service.The Time factor:When I asked Justin where he sees e-commerce in 5 years, he said there is a lot of hands-on work needed, you don’t just turn on the site and expect people to come. You have to teach sellers how it works and that there is an actual customer waiting for their product when an order comes in and this is no different from a buyer walking into their shop. However, with that in mind, e-commerce has reached a point where there is no going back. In Uganda, e-commerce is going to have more power here because it will remove a lot of middlemen who would ideally be increasing on the cost of the product without really adding a lot of value to it. Kaymu is going to make the market a lot more efficient because it is building a system that will be a go-to for anyone who wants to buy anything.There are however some few issues with online shopping like delayed delivery and getting a product I might not want. I therefore am going to try buying something from Kaymu and I will follow up with my experience using the e-commerce platform in my follow up article.Be sure to let me know or your experience shopping online and what you think about the e-commerce platforms in Uganda.last_img read more

US space policy focus at Rices Baker Institute Jan 24

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu US space policy focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 24HOUSTON – (Jan. 11, 2013) – Just three days after President Obama’s inauguration for his second term, leading space policy experts will discuss the status and concerns over the future of NASA and the nation’s civil space program Jan. 24 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Participants will also discuss the need for and the elements of a definitive national civil space policy.Who: Mark Albrecht, chairman of the board for U.S. Space LLC. He served as executive secretary of the National Space Council from 1989 to 1992 and as a principal adviser on space to President George H.W. Bush.Leroy Chiao, adjunct professor at Rice University and chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s user panel. He served as a member of the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee chaired by Norman Augustine in 2009. Chiao flew on three space shuttle flights and was commander of Expedition 10; he flew for six months onboard the International Space Station.Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. She is the author of six books, including “Heavenly Ambitions: America’s Quest to Dominate Space” and “Space as a Strategic Asset,” as well as more than 80 articles on space security, globalization and foreign policy.Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute and the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University. He served as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology from 1998 to 2001. Lane also served as the director of the National Science Foundation and a member (ex officio) of the National Science Board from 1993 to 1998.Eugene Levy, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics at Rice University. He served as provost of Rice from 2000 to 2010 and is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee.John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He served as director of the Elliott School’s Space Policy Institute from 1987 to 2008. He is the author of “The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest,” a general editor of the eight-volume series “Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program” and has written numerous articles and reports on space policy and history.George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: Panel discussion on “Lost in Space: The Need for a Definitive U.S. Space Policy.”When: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. (A reception begins at 5 p.m.)Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For more information on the event, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/events/lost-in-space-the-need-for-a-definitive-u.s.-space-policy. A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  last_img read more

Rice engineering students create realtime 3D radar system

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice engineering students create real-time 3-D radar systemTeam D.R.A.D.I.S. designs concept for collision-avoidance system HOUSTON — (May 4, 2005) — A real-time 3-D radar system designed by Rice University engineering students as a concept for a next-generation collision-avoidance system for the auto industry captured the $5,000 top prize at Rice’s annual Engineering Design Showcase and could have wider applications in security screening and biomedical imaging.The trio of students, known as Team D.R.A.D.I.S (dynamic radar and digital imaging system), became the first team in Rice history to win two of the annual showcase’s top three honors — the first-place Excellence in Engineering Award as well as a $3,000 innovation award.“In terms of potential applications, the real-time image processing that the team has demonstrated could be used for security screening, for the automotive industry and for medical applications,” said Aydin Babakhani, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice who sponsored the team. “With security, for example, the full-body scanners that are already used for airport screening are very expensive and huge. If D.R.A.D.I.S.’ technology were fully developed, it could provide a similar type of screening at a fraction of the cost, and it would be far more compact.”D.R.A.D.I.S., an impulse-based radar system for real-time 3-D imaging, won two of the top three prizes at Rice University’s annual Engineering Design Showcase. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityCurrent radar systems in cars sense when objects are near, but they do not attempt to image them. D.R.A.D.I.S. does. Its 16 pulse-radar antennae feed data to a high-end gaming graphics card that uses more than 2,000 processing cores to complete about a trillion calculations per second.D.R.A.D.I.S.’ “pulse radar” technology is different. It uses short bursts of low-power microwaves at a frequency around 10 gigahertz. The power level is about 10 million times less than a cellphone, which means the pulses travel only a short distance. But because they are pulses, they have a very large bandwidth and can capture a great deal of information about the target.To build their antenna array, Rice engineering students Spencer Kent, Jeremy Hunt and Galen Schmidt purchased 16 off-the-shelf pulse-radar transceiver chips from startup XeThru, a reprogrammable piece of hardware called a “field programmable gate array” (FPGA) and an ARM processor like the ones used in smartphones. Almost everything else in D.R.A.D.I.S. was custom-built, including the 16 circuit boards for each transceiver and the backplane circuit board, which allows the transceivers to communicate with the FPGA and remain synchronized to within three-trillionths of a second. The team also wrote more than 10,000 lines of computer code.D.R.A.D.I.S. team members (from left) Galen Schmidt, Spencer Kent and Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityBabakhani said Team D.R.A.D.I.S.’ attempt to incorporate off-the-shelf, low-power radar transceivers into a real-time 3-D imaging system is a first.“They have not yet shown it is generating 3-D images, but they are still working and hope to finish before commencement,” Babakhani said. “If they do, we believe this will be the world’s first impulse-based, real-time 3-D imaging system.”He said D.R.A.D.I.S. is important as a proof of concept because it shows what also might be accomplished using research-grade transceivers that work at more exotic wavelengths, such as the terahertz range.D.R.A.D.I.S.’ faculty mentor Gary Woods, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, said Schmidt, Hunt and Kent “performed at or above the level I have seen from seasoned, practicing engineers.”Rice University’s Team D.R.A.D.I.S. with faculty sponsor Aydin Babakhani (left), graduate student Peiyu Chen (third from left) and faculty mentor Gary Woods (right). Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityThe trio, who are slated to graduate May 16 with degrees in electrical engineering, set a “very aggressive” schedule that called for custom designs or implementations of antennas, printed circuit boards, low-level software and high-level image reconstruction algorithms, Woods said.The team said the prior research of graduate student Peiyu Chen, a member of Babakhani’s research group, was helpful in the early stages of the design phase last fall. Chen had already published research about image processing with a single transceiver setup that had similarities to the multi-antenna device the team envisioned.“We weren’t sure, at that point, which type of radar we were going to use, but we thought we should at least be familiar with what he had done,” Schmidt said. “He had existing code that he was using to generate images off of the data that he was using from his project, so we looked at that code, determined how it worked and began thinking about how we could scale that up and improve it for our system.”D.R.A.D.I.S. uses a multi-input, multi-output array of 16 transceivers based on chipsets from startup XeThru. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityPrior to the showcase, the team spent well over 500 hours writing computer code for D.R.A.D.I.S. For starters, Hunt compiled a custom version of Embedded Linux for the system. Image processing was done on an NVIDIA graphics card, which boasts four teraflops of capacity and a whopping 2,048 processor cores. Schmidt also wrote the image processing code using an NVIDIA processing library called CUDA. In addition, the team had to create its own software for the graphical user interface as well as software to reconfigure the FPGA controller.Though D.R.A.D.I.S.’ designers are graduating, the system will live on in Babakhani’s lab. Chen and other members of the research group are working with the trio to transfer all the software and hardware so they can adapt the setup to work with various chipsets they are researching in the lab.“We’re all hoping it gets used in the future,” Hunt said. “From the beginning, our goal was to build D.R.A.D.I.S. in such a way that it’s modular, with the idea that Dr. Babakhani and his students could pop in a different chipset and build upon what we’ve done.”-30-VIDEO is available at:http://youtu.be/QzXmBj0UBLU High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/05/0504_DRADIS-logo-lg.jpgCAPTION: D.R.A.D.I.S., an impulse-based radar system for real-time 3-D imaging, won two of the top three prizes at Rice University’s annual Engineering Design Showcase.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/05/0504_DRADIS-team-lg.jpgCAPTION: D.R.A.D.I.S. team members (from left) Galen Schmidt, Spencer Kent and Jeremy Hunt.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/05/0504_DRADIS-six-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University’s Team D.R.A.D.I.S. with faculty sponsor Aydin Babakhani (left), graduate student Peiyu Chen (third from left) and faculty mentor Gary Woods (right).CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/05/0504_DRADIS-trans-lg.jpgCAPTION: D.R.A.D.I.S. uses a multi-input, multi-output array of 16 transceivers based on chipsets from startup XeThru.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityFor more information about D.R.A.D.I.S., visit:http://oedk.rice.edu/Sys/PublicProfile/25617124/3637470Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

St Thomas Is Transforming Healthcare Business Education With The MCTM

first_img regions: Houston Last Updated May 1, 2017 by Metro MBAFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorMetro MBAView more posts by Metro MBA St. Thomas Is Transforming Healthcare Business Education With The MCTM And at the end of the program, every student completes a capstone project that requires a completed business plan to shepherd research discoveries from the lab to clinical care. Some of these capstone projects have included: liver transplant assessment makers, wearable brain stimulators, and a bone regeneration device.“Working under the guidance of faculty advisors with regulatory and business expertise, students will work on translational projects to develop the regulatory and commercialization strategies for the projects,” said Dr. George. “The program brings together coursework, practical experience, and opportunities to connect with the right networks to offer a learning experience that few programs would be able to match.”MCTM Medical PartnershipsMany of the unique learning experiences available from MCTM are because of the Program’s partnerships with the Houston Methodist Research Institute as well as healthcare and biotech organizations in Europe. It’s through these partnerships that students have the opportunity to:Access a global and collaborative network of faculty who are experts in their fields.Attend seminars and didactic programs in areas of clinical and translational research.Explore translational research strategies and infrastructure that move medical research from concept to cure. RelatedThe Best Healthcare Management MBAs in TexasAs the nation’s second-largest field of employment, healthcare is a fast growing and rapidly changing industry expected to be worth trillions in the near future. A job in healthcare can represent any number of opportunities from working in a hospital to working for a government agency, insurance organization, consulting firm,…June 28, 2018In “Dallas”MCTM Cameron Students Take Top Awards in Business Competitions A student in the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business Master in Clinical Translation Management Program recently took first prize among 300 participants in the 2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition. Cameron business students have a number of opportunities to advance their degree, whether through an MBA or through…July 12, 2017In “Featured Region”AACSB Extends Accreditation for Cameron Business SchoolThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools (AACSB) has extended accreditation for both undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of St. Thomas – Cameron School of Business. The Cameron School first achieved accreditation from AACSB in 2011, which has historically represented the highest achievement for business schools across the globe.…March 1, 2016In “Featured Region” As for the reason behind the program’s existence, “It responds to a global need to make the translational process faster and more efficient,” explained Dr. George. “It also addresses a regional need. Much research in the life sciences area is done at and near the Texas Medical Center and in Houston. The business/commercialization talent required to support the development of a life sciences industry in this region would contribute positively to the economy.”Who Should Apply for the MCTM Program?The MCTM Program is ideal for anyone currently working in a medical, research, or science position. “It’s for the individual who is committed to bringing therapies and products to markets faster and passionate about addressing the inefficiencies in the process,” Dr. George said.And while undergraduate students aren’t barred from attending, admissions decisions are based on your work history, meaning that those who would receive the greatest benefit are those who already have professional experience. In particular, the MCTM Program would be highly beneficial to individuals who already have a post-doctorate degree—either an MD or Ph.D.If you’re in healthcare and looking to expand your business acumen, then this is the program for you. “It allows students to bridge the worlds of science and healthcare in a way that is innovative and creative, allowing graduates to explore a range of careers spanning the management of clinical trials to various business roles,” Dr. George explained.MCTM Program OutlineOne of the greatest benefits of the MCTM Program is the fact that it’s completely online with the exception of 4 weeks of residency.“Technology today enables educators to develop and deliver interactive and adaptive learning programs that maximize the learning outcomes for each student,” described Dr. George. “At the same time, it allows a level of convenience and flexibility that maximizes access for students anywhere.”And the residency complements the online coursework, allowing students to reap the benefits of exposure to experts and technology in Houston and locations in Europe.As for the coursework, it’s divided into easily digestible categories:Clinical Translation ProcessMarketing & ManagementFinancial ManagementEthical & Regulatory Issues Sponsored ContentAt first glance, a career in medicine—whether in a laboratory, clinic, or hospital—and a career in business appear to have little in common. However, that’s not the case. According to the most recent 2016 mba.com Prospective Students Survey completed by the Graduate Management Admission Council, 8 percent of MBAs ended up with a job in Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals.There’s just one problem with that. An MBA is a large commitment, and the cost can be too high for many potential candidates who have already gone through years of schooling to earn their MD or Ph.D. For others, the potential ROI of an MBA isn’t worth the time required to be spent outside of work. The good news is there’s another option available from the University of St. Thomas Cameron School of Business: a Master’s in Clinical Translation Management (MCTM).Master in Clinical Translation Management (MCTM)“The MCTM program offered at the University of St. Thomas is truly one-of-a-kind,” said Dr. Beena George, Dean of the University of St. Thomas’ Cameron School of Business. “It is a technology commercialization program focused on the life sciences and is managed by a business school. Students get deep exposure to all facets of the clinical translation process because of our close collaboration with Houston Methodist Research Institute.”What Is Clinical Translation Management?So, what exactly is a Master’s in Clinical Translation Management? First, you need to understand clinical translation, which is the process of turning basic discoveries that occur in laboratories into usable drugs, medical devices, or clinical processes.“This commercialization process is highly regulated and capital-intensive, and requires business expertise to achieve the desired goals,” explained Dr. George. “As an example, drug development can cost upwards of one billion dollars and take over ten years to reach the market, representing staggering investments in capital and human resources. Many of these development projects fail along the way, and pharmaceutical companies are raising the price tags in return for taking on higher risks. To avoid such failures and bring therapies and products to clinical use faster, a combination of scientific knowledge and business expertise is necessary.”It’s a quickly growing field that requires a deep knowledge of biotechnology as well as business and regulatory savviness, all necessary to assess a product’s commercial potential and to navigate the pathway of clinical translation. “The MCTM program endows students with a solid understanding of the unmet needs of the biotech sector,” said Dr. George.Where do Clinical Translation Manager’s Work?There are many different types of organizations looking for people to fill their clinical translation needs. Examples include:Pharmaceutical and biomedical device firms such as GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and Medtronic, Inc.Technology transfer offices at research organizationsLife sciences management consulting firms “Our partnership with the Houston Methodist Research Institute gives our students the opportunity to hear from the most respected experts in the field,” explained Dr. George. “It also gives our students access to networks and resources that deepen their understanding of the field and helps build their knowledge and skills to enter this area of business. We also offer students exposure to the European life sciences industry by leveraging out connections with an exchange partner in France.”Apply NowIf you’re interested in the exciting and growing field of Clinical Translation Management, the Cameron Business School is now accepting applications for their fall class. You can find the basic admission requirements are on the University of St. Thomas website. Your application will be evaluated as whole, with an interview allowing the school to judge your interest and commitment.last_img read more

The 5 Best DC PartTime MBA Programs

first_imgThe 5 Best DC Part-Time MBA Programs About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella regions: Baltimore / Washington, DC The necessity of continuing to work while pursuing an MBA is a reality for many students. Part-time programs, built to fit into work and family schedules, are an increasingly sought after format for the MBA. The DMV metro area is home to some of the top part-time MBAs in the country. Here is a look at five of the best Washington DC part-time MBA programs.Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business’ evening part-time program recently jumped three places to 14th in U.S. News and World Report‘s rankings. Also ranked as the top public university part-time degree, the evening program at Pamplin begins in spring or fall, and can take anywhere from two-to-five years to complete, with the average student receiving an MBA in 3.5 years. Part-time students at Pamplin can choose how many courses to take each semester, and the highly flexible format is fit for professionals who may be searching for a way to shift in their current career. According to Dean Robert Sumichrast, part of what makes Pamplin a leader in part-time education is its awareness of the needs of the working professional. “What we did at Virginia Tech a few years ago was to say that we really want to focus on the working [student]—someone who wants to enhance their career or make a change in the direction of their career … We want [professionals] to  use what they’ve learned as part of the experience of the MBA program.”Johns Hopkins’ Carey School of Business’ Flexible MBA also has the success of the working student at its forefront. With a degree “proven to get six-figure results” Carey’s flex MBA is online, in-person, or in a blended format. The program’s average length is 2.7 years and is comprised of 54 credits. With concentrations in Healthcare Management, Leading Organizations, and Marketing, the online courses are offered in eight-week terms. The in person delivery method, also comprised of eight-week terms, offers the additional concentrations of entrepreneurship, financial businesses, interdisciplinary business, and real estate and infrastructure.While graduates of the Carey Flex MBA program succeed in a wide variety of industries, recent data shows that 67 percent of students landed in consulting positions, and 33 percent took roles in healthcare.The University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, allowed one part-time MBA student, Marie-Anne Audige, ’17, to realize that she was “much more resilient than I thought I was … Smith allowed me to take a leap of faith to start my business.” With classes available at three different campuses (Shady Grove, Downtown D.C. and Baltimore), Smith’s part-time MBA is one of the “most versatile MBA programs in the Washington D.C. region.”With several different options available—24 months, 28 months, or a flexible, self-paced duration—Smith’s degree meets the professional in the middle between their education and career. Smith offers frequent info sessions, both in person and online, for those who wish to learn more about the flex programs in person. Classes are offered throughout the year in four terms.Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business also ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s top part-time MBA programs. Sellinger Professional MBAs may complete the program’s 33-42 credits at a self created pace, in as many as six years or as few as two and a half. Encouraging “students to align personal interests and career goals” with the curriculum, Sellinger has a wide variety of specializations from which to choose; professional MBAs can major in data analytics, finance, accounting, and marketing to name just a few.Kogod School of Business at American University offers its top-ranked part-time online degree in a 24-month course sequence (completed by most students), but it can also be completed on a 12-month, 15-month, or 18-month track. Comprised of 48 credits, there are 12 core courses, three electives, and two in-person immersions.The Kogod MBA is pointed squarely at helping businesses to grow, as stated on the program’s site. “The online MBA program prepares students to apply leadership and financial analysis skills to help businesses operate more effectively”.  Students can choose from six concentrations or can customize their degree to their specific career goals. Concentrations include Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Cybersecurity and Marketing.center_img Last Updated Mar 21, 2019 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedVirginia Tech’s Director of MBA Programs Answers 5 QuestionsIn our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Dana Hansson, the Director of MBA Programs at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. Hansson talks about the school’s culture, the faculty, and the networking opportunities available for students. How would you describe the culture of Virginia Tech…February 21, 2019In “5 Questions”The Fastest MBAs You Can Earn in Washington DCThere’s no doubt that earning an MBA is a serious commitment. Not only do you have to be willing to take time away from your friends, family, and work, but you also have to set aside a decent chunk of change. When time is money, and you want to give…May 22, 2018In “Featured Home”The Best of Baltimore’s Part-Time MBA ProgramsCommitting to graduate school can be both exciting and daunting. Earning an MBA gives aspiring industry leaders an undeniable competitive edge, but going back to school full-time can bring other areas of students’ lives to a screeching halt. Fortunately, many schools offer part-time MBA programs that allow the flexibility to…August 15, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more

Twins Delivered Minutes Apart Have Different Birth Years

first_img Share this article US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Twins Delivered Minutes Apart Have Different Birth Years By The Associated Press January 2, 2017 Updated: January 2, 2017center_img Show Discussion GLENDALE, Ariz.—Twins delivered 10 minutes apart at an Arizona hospital over the New Year’s weekend have different birth years.Phoenix TV station KNXV-TV reports that parents Holly and Brandon Shay welcomed their first son, Sawyer, into the world at 11:51 p.m. Saturday at Banner Hospital.Their second son, Everett, arrived one minute after midnight on Sunday.The father joked that Sawyer will tease his brother about being the older sibling.Arizona twins born in different years https://t.co/sKhN1DodO9 pic.twitter.com/nRaT1GHkHr— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 2, 2017The same thing happened over the weekend in San Diego.Twin girls born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns were delivered at 11:56 p.m. Saturday and at midnight on Sunday. (YouTube Screenshot) last_img read more

Alligator Sanctuary Owners Struggling to Keep Alligators From Escaping in Rising Floodwaters

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An adventure park and sanctuary, Gator Country, is struggling to contain its hundreds of alligators and other reptiles amid Hurricane Harvey’s damage. The flooding has caused the water to almost rise above the high fences in Gator Country, worrying the owner that the reptiles could escape. The owner has captured the two biggest alligators, but worries about the others swimming around on the flooded property, as Huffington Post reported.Gary Saurage, one of the owners, has even sent out a Facebook post asking for help in catching the animals. Saurage said in a video that all of the dangerous and exotic animals that he obtained from outside of Texas have been moved to safety. The alligators that are native to Texas still need rounding up on the flooded property.Videos on Saurage’s Facebook page show him and others hunting down alligators in the shallow parts of the floodwaters on the property. Saurage has spent 12 years collecting the animals since he opened Gator Country. He is worried that the water is not clearing out, preventing him from safely securing all of them.“I have never seen it stay anything near this before. The staying power of this storm is just unbelievable,” said Saurage to KFDM.Saurage’s prized possessions are two huge record-breaking alligators. They were the first of his local animals that he decided to catch and put in trailers. Big Al is an 84-year-old 13-foot 4-inch alligator that used to hold the title of largest live-caught nuisance alligator. In 2016 that title was taken by Big Tex, who also stays at Gator Country and measures 13-feet 8.5-inches. In his Facebook post he appears to refer to Big Tex as Big Red. Besides acting as a public sanctuary for reptiles, Gator Country also hosts educational field trips, a traveling show, community service opportunities, a party space, and swamp tours. Participants can interact with animals captured from ponds, swimming pools, and backyards, or those left stranded when storms or extreme weather hits.The property held over 450 animals before Hurricane Harvey. Saurage has been on constant patrol to make sure the animals do not escape as the water rises close to the top of the fences surrounding his property. “But look, when it won’t quit, it won’t quit. We’ve worked around the clock and I don’t know what else to do. We’re truly tired, everybody’s at the end of it. We don’t know what to do,” said Saurage.From NTD.tv US Share Show Discussioncenter_img An alligator surfaces in a pond. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Alligator Sanctuary Owners Struggling to Keep Alligators From Escaping in Rising Floodwaters From Harvey By NTD Television August 29, 2017 Updated: August 29, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

US News

first_img US News WASHINGTON—Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, in his first public remarks since taking office last month, said some further gradual increases in the federal funds rate would be appropriate.“I supported the FOMC’s [Federal Open Market Committee] decision last month to raise the target for the federal funds rate to a range of 2 to 2.25 percent,” he said Oct. 25 at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington-based think tank. “If the data come in as I expect, I believe that some further gradual adjustment in the federal funds rate will be appropriate.”Clarida defined the current state of policy as “accommodative,” even though the FOMC decided to remove the phrase from its statement following its policy meeting last month.The term “accommodative” means that interest rates are sufficiently low to spur economic growth and reduce unemployment.“I believe monetary policy today remains accommodative, and that, with the economy now operating at or close to mandate-consistent levels for inflation and unemployment, the risks that monetary policy must balance are now more symmetric and less skewed to the downside,” he said.Clarida who started his four-year term as vice chairman on Sept. 17, also said Fed independence is important to achieve its mandates. ‘Biggest Risk to the Economy’The remarks come as President Donald Trump has recently doubled-down on his Fed criticism. Trump blamed the nation’s central bank for the latest market turmoil, saying the “Fed has gone crazy.”In an interview earlier this week with The Wall Street Journal, Trump criticized Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, saying that he threatened economic growth and seemed to enjoy hiking rates.“Every time we do something great, he raises the interest rates,” he said. President Donald Trump announces Jerome Powell as the new chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/ The Epoch Times)When asked about what is the biggest risk to the economy, Trump answered: the Fed.“To me, the Fed is the biggest risk, because I think interest rates are being raised too quickly.”Fed officials raised their benchmark rate by 25 basis points in September. It was the third increase this year and the eighth since December 2015, when the Fed started inching rates up from effectively zero percent.The Fed projects one more rate boost in December and three in 2019.Market VolatilityIncreases in the federal funds rate have a ripple effect on the economy and the stock market.When the rates go up, they tend to create volatility in the stock markets. As more investors dump riskier assets such as stocks, they often turn to Treasury bonds that offer safe and predictable returns.In addition, investors and economists view lower interest rates as catalysts for growth. Hence, higher rates mean higher cost of borrowing for consumers and corporations, which, in turn, lead to lower profits and a weaker economy. The stock prices take a hit as well.The recent equity selloff early this week was driven by a series of fears, including a global economic slowdown and further Fed tightening, according to analysts.Stocks jumped on Oct. 25, recovering from prior days’ rout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 400 points, or 1.6 percent, while the S&P 500 gained 1.9 percent, and the Nasdaq surged 3.0 percent.In his remarks, Clarida said sustained stock-market turmoil would need to be part of the Fed’s policy decision.“Changes in financial conditions are something that is relevant for the economic outlook,” and need to be accounted for “if they are sustained,” he said.Continued volatility in asset prices including stock prices are indicators of financial conditions, he added.He also said a recent pickup in productivity, a rebound in business investment, a historically high household saving rate, and tax cuts are tailwinds for the economy.Despite the unemployment rate at a record low and rising wages, he admitted that the inflationary pressures aren’t that strong. There are no alarms going off currently from labor market, Clarida said.“Even with today’s very low unemployment rate, the labor market might not be as tight—and inflationary pressures not as strong—as I once would have thought.”He warned, however, that monetary policy operates with a lag, and with inflation presently near the 2 percent goal, it would be important to monitor inflation projections closely, he said.Clarida won Senate confirmation to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve on Aug. 28. His confirmation helped fill the ranks on the Fed’s Board of Governors, which was operating with three out of potential seven members. He joined Trump’s other two picks, Powell and Randal Quarles, who currently sit on the board with Lael Brainard, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. Follow Emel on Twitter: @mlakan  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Federal Reserve’s New Vice Chairman Cautiously Backs Further Rate Increases Sustained stock market turmoil would need to be part of the Fed’s policy decision making, Clarida saysBy Emel Akan October 25, 2018 Updated: October 26, 2018 Share this articlecenter_img Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard H. Clarida presents his insights on the economic outlook and monetary policy at the Peterson Institute in Washington, on Oct. 25, 2018. (Jeremey Tripp/Peterson Institute) Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more