Disabled campaigners and their allies have called

first_imgDisabled campaigners and their allies have called on the transport secretary to restore “vital” government funding for projects to improve access to rail stations across England, Wales and Scotland.In a letter signed by more than 50 organisations, Transport for All (TfA) – which campaigns for an accessible transport system – calls on Chris Grayling to restore tens of millions of pounds of funding for the Access for All scheme that has been deferred by the government.The letter says that deferring half of all planned Access for All projects means that the “already slow progress on rail access has all but ground to a halt”.The decision by the chair of Network Rail – later rubber-stamped by Grayling – to cut Access for All funding for 2014-19 from £102 million to £55 million, with the rest carried over to 2019-24, was first revealed by Disability News Service last year.The letter has been sent as Grayling is due today (Thursday) to announce future levels of Network Rail funding, which TfA says provides an “opportunity to get things back on track”.But the department’s Accessibility Action Plan, published in August, pledges only that the government will deliver funding already announced – including the deferred funding – in full, and that it will “continue to seek to extend the Access for All programme further in the future”.The letter calls on Grayling to instead “invest in the potential of Deaf and disabled people” and reverse the decision to defer the Access for All funding, as well as commit to further Access for All funding after 2020 through “an ambitious long-term plan for making our railways fully accessible”.It tells Grayling that it is an “injustice” for Deaf, disabled and older people to be “locked out of our rail network”, and that accessible stations also benefit parents with buggies, dog-owners and people with luggage.The letter says government figures show that any money spent improving rail accessibility pays back nearly three times that amount in economic benefits, while an accessible station can mean “the difference between work and unemployment, a lifeline to friends and family or isolation”.The Transport for All letter has been signed by disabled people’s organisations including Inclusion London, Disability Sheffield, Ealing Centre for Independent Living, Kingston Centre for Independent Living, People First (Self Advocacy), Regard, Shaping Our Lives, Asian People’s Disability Alliance and Real.They say that nearly 80 per cent of rail stations across the UK do not have full step-free access, while many others do not have the other necessary access features such as tactile paving, audio-visual information and induction loops that enable Deaf and disabled people to use them.A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “We take the issue of accessibility across all modes of transport very seriously and are continuing to improve station access through the Access for All programme and other major projects.“By 2019 at least 75 per cent of all journeys will be from stations with step-free access.“The Accessibility Action Plan is the next step in a much-needed dialogue with disabled people, carers, transport providers and local authorities to identify new ways to improve travel. “We also secured commitments from the rail industry earlier this year to help make journeys better for disabled people.”last_img read more

Shrimp boat runs aground along Holden Beach coast

first_img Boat Captain, Virgil Coleman said he got in trouble around 4 p.m. Thursday.“He was drifting in real close to shore which looked strange,” Ison said. “And then suddenly from drifting in he just edged on in to the beach.”Coleman said he, along with another person had just started shrimping when the winds caused a net to get stuck in the boat’s propeller. The current winds pushed the boat closer to shore overnight and eventually beached the ship on the east end of the island.Related Article: Silver Alert issued for missing Holden Beach woman“I feel bad for the captain cause we’re all just standing right here, just staring, and he’s trying to figure out how to get his boat out,” tourist, Deborah Driggers said.Coleman told WWAY he called a towing company but their boats able to pull Big Earl were broken. Coleman said his friend was supposed to come help this afternoon but never showed.“What I hope happens is he’s able to get a big boat, pull him off, tow him in, and the damage will be minimal,” Ison said.People on the beach brought Coleman food and water throughout the day.“I was hunting a parking space and when I turned around and started walking here I could see the top of the shrimp boat coming over the hill,” Driggers said. “I’m like oh man I just hate it for him.”After being on the water for two days now, Coleman said he just wants to go home.“I hope it don’t happen to him again because the poor fella won’t ever live it down if it happens again,” Driggers said.As of now the only damage to Big Earl is the net they had to cut off the propeller.Coleman said they will try again Saturday morning around 5 a.m. to get the boat back out to sea.Click HERE to read the latest. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — What started as a normal day on the job turned into a bit of nightmare for one shrimp boat captain. Big Earl, the shrimp boat, washed up on the beach in Holden Beach.“It reminds me of Blackbeard Queen Anne’s Revenge,” tourist, Duke Ison said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Delia to meet Gozitan PN members on Friday

first_imgPartit Nazzjonalista (PN) leader Adrian Delia will be addressing a meeting with PN members in Gozo on Friday. This meeting will take place in a moment in time where a number of PN MPs are waiting for Delia to decide whether he will be resigning or not from the leadership of the party.Newsbook.com.mt is informed that Gozitan PN members have received a message that is urging them to attend the meeting on Friday at the party’s club in Ta’ Sannat.The PN parliamentary group had met both on Monday and Tuesday and sources have referred to Newsbook.com.mt that during the meetings the majority of MPs have asked Adrian Delia and the rest of the leadership team to assume political responsibility for the loss suffered during teh European Parliament and Local Councils election of May 2019, and are expecting the issue to be solved by the end of the week.In a comment to Newsbook.com.mt, the leader of the PN Adrian Delia said that his role as leader of the party is to listen to everyone, MPs, members, and the electorate. He also added “my role as a leader allows me to also make decisions.” Contrary to what Newsbook.com.mt sources referred, Delia stated that the meeting was not an animated one.The Gozitans wanted a meeting with Delia right after the PN Executive Committee had voted for Jean Pierre Debono to take over the vacancy that the 13th District candidate and MP David Stellini had left in Parliament.The PN political coordinator Jean Pierre Debono ended up not forfeiting the position after much protest. Kevin Cutajar who had also contested the General Elections as a PN candidate in the 13th District list, is now in Stellini’s place as MP. SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img <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

iPhone 4S now selling in Uganda but at how much

first_imgAdvertisement iPhone 4S is a top-notch smartphone, with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics and full 1080p HD resolution video recording. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.With the market already flooded with cheap Chinese look-alikes of most high-end phones, Orange CEO, Mr. Philippe Luxcey was careful to remind iPhone fans of the potential danger.“It is also very important to note that what is before you today is the original iPhone 4S as Orange is the only official distributor for iPhone in Uganda. So customers are assured of a great device coupled with exceptional quality of service on the largest and fastest 3G+ network in Uganda,” said Philippe Luxcey. – Advertisement – Pricing (in Uganda Shillings):$1=2425 Uganda ShillingsiPhone 4S typePricingPackage includesiPhone 4S 16GB2,399,000/-iPhone 4S  16GB +  SIM card (free swap to microSIM)  +  1 monthly super combo (worth 45,000/-)iPhone 4S 32GB2,699,000/-iPhone 4S 32GB + SIM card (free swap to microSIM) + 1 monthly super combo (worth 45,000/-)iPhone 4S 64GB3,099,000/-iPhone 4S 64GB + SIM card (free swap to microSIM) + 1 monthly super combo (worth 45,000/-)NOTE: Monthly super combo includes 2400 minutes (40 hours) of Orange to Orange calls, 150 minutes of Orange to other networks calls; 350 SMSs to all networks and 500MB of data. This is the ideal plan to enjoy without worry all the communications feature of iPhone 4Slast_img read more

10 Upcoming Technologies That May Change The World

first_imgThese are all innovations that revolutionized the way we live and work. Image Credit: WANSIKA Advertisement We have seen great leaps in digital technology in past the past five years.Smartphones, cloud computing, multi-touch tablets, these are all innovations that revolutionized the way we live and work. However, believe it or not, we are just getting started. Technology will get even better. In the future, we could live like how people in science fiction movies did.Today’s post is about 10 upcoming, real-life products that is set to revolutionize the world as we know it. Get ready to control the desktop and slice Ninja fruits with your eyes. Get ready to print your own creative physical product. Get ready to dive into the virtual world, and interact with them. Come unfold the future with us.1. Google Glass Augmented Reality has already gotten into our life in the forms of simulated experiment and education app, but Google is taking it several steps higher withGoogle Glass. Theoretically, with Google Glass, you are able to view social mediafeeds, text, Google Maps, as well as navigate with GPS and take photos. You will also get the latest updates while you are on the ground. – Advertisement – It’s truly what we called vision, and it’s absolutely possible given the fact that the Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin has demo’ed the glass with skydivers and creatives. Currently the device is only available to some developers with the price tag of $1500, but expect other tech companies trying it out and building an affordable consumer version.2. Form 1 Just as the term suggests, 3D printing is the technology that could forge your digital design into a solid real-life product. It’s nothing new for the advanced mechanical industry, but a personal 3D printer is definitely a revolutionary idea.Everybody can create their own physical product based on their custom design, and no approval needed from any giant manufacturer! Even the James Bond’s Aston Martin which was crashed in the movie was a 3D printed product!Form 1 is one such personal 3D printer which can be yours at just $2799. It may sound like a high price but to have the luxury of getting producing your own prototypes, that’s a reaonable price.Imagine a future where every individual professional has the capability to mass produce their own creative physical products without limitation. This is the future where personal productivity and creativity are maximized.3. Oculus Rift Virtual Reality gaming is here in the form of Oculus Rift. This history-defining 3D headset lets you mentally feel that you are actually inside a video game. In the Rift’s virtual world, you could turn your head around with ultra-low latency to view the world in high resolution display.There are premium products in the market that can do the same, but Rift wants you to enjoy the experience at only $300, and the package even comes as a development kit. This is the beginning of the revolution for next-generation gaming.The timing is perfect as the world is currently bombarded with the virtual reality topic that could also be attributed to Sword Art Online, the anime series featuring the characters playing games in an entirely virtual world. While we’re getting there, it could take a few more years to reach that level of realism. Oculus Rift is our first step.4. Leap Motion Multi-touch desktop is a (miserably) failed product due to the fact that hands could get very tired with prolonged use, but Leap Motion wants to challenge this dark area again with a more advanced idea. It lets you control the desktop with fingers, but without touching the screen.It’s not your typical motion sensor, as Leap Motion allows you to scroll the web page, zoom in the map and photos, sign documentss and even play a first person shooter game with only hand and finger movements. The smooth reaction is the most crucial key point here. More importantly, you can own this future with just $70, a price of a premium PS3 game title!If this device could completely work with Oculus Rift to simulate a real-time gaming experience, gaming is going to get a major make-over.[related-posts]5. Eye Tribe Eye tracking has been actively discussed by technology enthusiasts throughout these years, but it’s really challenging to implement. But Eye Tribe actually did this. They successfully created the technology to allow you to control your tablet, play flight simulator, and even slice fruits in Fruit Ninja only with your eye movements.It’s basically taking the common eye-tracking technology and combining it with a front-facing camera plus some serious computer-vision algorithm, and voila, fruit slicing done with the eyes! A live demo was done in LeWeb this year and we may actually be able to see it in in action in mobile devices in 2013.Currently the company is still seeking partnership to bring this sci-fi tech into the consumer market but you and I know that this product is simply too awesome to fail.6. SmartThings The current problem that most devices have is that they function as a standalone being, and it require effort for tech competitors to actually partner with each other and build products that can truly connect with each other.SmartThings is here to make your every device, digital or non-digital, connect together and benefit you.With SmartThings you can get your smoke alarms, humidity, pressure and vibration sensors to detect changes in your house and alert you through your smartphone! Imagine the possibilities with this.You could track who’s been inside your house, turn on the lights while you’re entering a room, shut windows and doors when you leave the house, all with the help of something that only costs $500! Feel like a tech lord in your castle with this marvel.7. Firefox OS iOS and Android are great, but they each have their own rules and policies that certainly inhibit the creative efforts of developers. Mozilla has since decided to build a new mobile operating system from scratch, one that will focus on true openness, freedom and user choice. It’s Firefox OS.Firefox OS is built on Gonk, Gecko and Gaia software layers – for the rest of us, it means it is built on open source, and it carries web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3.Developers can create and debut web apps without the blockade of requirements set by app stores, and users could even customize the OS based on their needs. Currently the OS has made its debut on Android-compatible phones, and the impression so far, is great.You can use the OS to do essential tasks you do on iOS or Android: calling friends, browsing web, taking photos, playing games, they are all possible on Firefox OS, set to rock the smartphone market.8. Project Fiona Meet the first generation of the gaming tablet. Razer’s Project Fiona is a serious gaming tablet built for hardcore gaming. Once it’s out, it will be the frontier for the future tablets, as tech companies might want to build their own tablets, dedicated towards gaming, but for now Fiona is the only possible one that will debut in 2013.This beast features next generation Intel® Core i7 processor geared to render all your favorite PC games, all at the palm of your hands. Crowned as the best gaming accessories manufacturer, Razer clearly knows how to build user experience straight into the tablet, and that means 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer and full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch. My body and soul are ready.9. Parallella Parallella is going to change the way that computers are made, and Adaptevaoffers you chance to join in on this revolution. Simply put, it’s a supercomputer for everyone. Basically, an energy-efficient computer built for processing complex software simultaneously and effectively. Real-time object tracking, holographic heads-up display, speech recognition will become even stronger and smarter with Parallella.The project has been successfully funded so far, with an estimated delivery date of February 2013. For a mini supercomputer, the price seems really promising since it’s magically $99! It’s not recommended for the non-programmer and non-Linux user, but the kit is loaded with development software to create your personal projects.I never thought the future of computing could be kick-started with just $99, which is made possible using crowdfunding platforms.10. Google Driverless Car I could still remember the day I watch the iRobot as a teen, and being skeptical about my brother’s statement that one day, the driverless car will become reality. And it’s now a reality, made possible by… a search engine company,Google.While the data source is still a secret recipe, the Google driverless car is powered by artificial intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the car, a sensor on the vehicle’s top, and some radar and position sensors attached to different positions of the car. Sounds like a lot of effort to mimic the human intelligence in a car, but so far the system has successfully driven 1609 kilometres without human commands!“You can count on one hand the number of years it will take before ordinary people can experience this.” Google co-founder, Sergey Brin said. However, innovation is an achievement, consumerization is the headache, as Google currently face the challenge to forge the system into an affordable gem that every worker with an average salary could benefit from.[Hong Kiat]last_img read more

Silicon Valley Leaders Slam Donald Trump in an Open Letter

first_imgImage Credit: foxnews Advertisement Inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector often cast themselves above politics, well this time round Donald Trump’s candidacy is too much too swallow. As many as 145 leaders in the tech industry  who are inhabitants of the Silicon Valley ,signed on to an open letter published Thursday, slamming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.Trump would be a disaster for innovation,” they write. “His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.”The letter’s 145 signatories include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Slack co-founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman and investor Vinod Khosla, who co-founded Sun Microsystems. No CEOs from Silicon Valley heavyweights Apple, Facebook and Google are included on the list. – Advertisement – “We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not,” the signatories write. “He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.”“Donald Trump proposes “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy — demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him.”The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has been outspoken on technology issues, calling for a boycott of Apple products earlier this year when the smartphone maker was locked in a security battle with the FBI. Last year Trump surprised his rivals during a debate when he suggested clamping down on internet connectivity as a way to limit ISIS’ ability to recruit and raise funds online.The letter was posted to Medium by signatory Katie Jacobs Stanton, chief marketing officer of Color Genomics.[Meduim.com]last_img read more

Samsung has stopped the production of troubled Galaxy Note7

first_imgA Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul, South Korea, September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo Advertisement After having a number of setbacks concerning the Galaxy Note 7, The company has suspended the production of the phone temporarily.This has been revealed through an announcement today, after cell phone carriers in the United States and Australia said they would stop offering replacement Note 7s following concerns that the new versions are no safer from fire risk than the originals.Samsung has recalled over 2.5 million of the devices, blaming faulty batteries for overheating the phones and causing them to ignite. – Advertisement – Users are reporting that replacement phones that were supposed to solve the issue also have the same dangerous problems.On Wednesday, smoke started billowing from a replacement Galaxy Note 7 aboard a Southwest Airline plane before it departed, prompting the flight’s cancellation.The bad news has affected Samsung’s stock, which fell as much as 4.6% in Seoul on Monday.last_img read more

Rice U study Reflecting on possessions can curb peoples impulse buying

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: Reflecting on possessions can curb people’s impulse buyingPractice provides a way of mentally ‘shopping the closet’ and quells desire to buy, experts findHOUSTON – (May 7, 2018) – Consumers who reflected on their recently used personal belongings experienced less desire for an unexpectedly encountered product, were less likely to buy impulsively and expressed a lower willingness to pay for new products, according to a new paper by marketing and consumer behavior experts at Rice University.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“Should I Buy This When I Have So Much? Reflection on Personal Possessions as an Anti-Consumption Strategy” advances the theory that the desire to consume, like willpower, may function as a limited motivational resource that becomes depleted upon reflecting about favored personal possessions and leaves less desire for subsequent shopping urges.The study was authored by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Rice doctoral students Jihye Jung and Nivriti Chowdhry. It will appear in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing later this year.“Reflection is about thinking deeply and remembering in detail how you used any one of your possessions recently,” Dholakia said. “In our research, we’ve found it helps if the reflected-upon possession is something functional, like a kitchen implement, a lawn mower or a wristwatch.”The researchers conducted four studies. One of them was an online survey that included 165 United States-based participants, with an average age of 37 and consisting of equal male and female participation. Participants were prompted to “describe your recent experience with a product. Specifically, we would like you to think of any product that you purchased, currently own and have used recently.”Two examples of participants’ reflections give a sense of the exercise:– “I have a pair of light Nike running shoes I used this morning. I bought them about a year ago for about $80. The reason I bought them was because my brother has a same pair which I tried on and really liked … I used them this morning to go for a run. I went for a run around the neighborhood for half an hour. I really like these shoes because they’re really light and they breathe easy. … Sometimes I use them at work since I do a lot of walking and they are so comfortable.” — 25-year-old male– “I just purchased a Kindle Fire. It is black. I can read books and access the internet. It opens a world of novelty to me. I read a book in bed and checked the weather this morning before even getting up. I spent about 45 mins. I also downloaded several apps. I was lying down and the ease of Kindle use allowed me to comfortably read without noise to wake up my partner.” — 29-year-old femaleThe study had two other conditions. One was a control condition in which participants didn’t do anything. In the other condition, participants formed a plan to use a possession they hadn’t recently used, which is a common situation many people face because they have so many things they haven’t used lately, the authors said.After this experimental manipulation, study participants were given five products: a cashmere sweater, a stainless steel watch, a coffee maker, a chair and a box of high-quality chocolates. For each item, participants indicated how much they were willing to pay (WTP) for it. The researchers calculated a WTP index for each participant by standardizing each item’s WTP and then adding the values.The researchers found that those who had reflected on using their possession recently had a much lower WTP for a basket of products than either the control or the plan conditions. The total WTP for the five items of those who reflected was $227, compared with $265 for the control group and $281 for the planning group. In other words, reflection about recently used possessions lowered the person’s willingness to pay for new items by about 14 percent compared with the control condition, the researchers found.The other three studies – online surveys including a total of 867 U.S.-based participants, with about equal gender representation — tested whether recalling the recent use of a personal possession would affect consumers’ desire for and likelihood of purchasing an item impulsively; investigated the moderating role of hedonic (pleasurable) versus utilitarian (practical) possessions in producing consumption desire depletion; and ruled out an alternative explanation for the moderating role of the type of possession.“The findings of these studies show that reflection about the recent use of one’s possessions provides an effective method to quell the shopping urge and to reduce consumption,” the authors wrote.For a copy of the study, go to https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3163924, or email jfalk@rice.edu.For more information about and insights from Rice Business faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow Rice Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Dholakia bio: https://business.rice.edu/person/utpal-dholakia. 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China may view Hong Kong protests as needing forceful and violent crackdown

first_imgShare1EXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduChina may view Hong Kong protests as needing ‘forceful and violent crackdown,’ says Rice U. expertHOUSTON — (July 3, 2019) – What do protests in Hong Kong mean for its special status and the Chinese government? Rice University’s Steven Lewis, an expert on China, is available for interviews to discuss the rising tension.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityLewis, who is professor in the practice, research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, said the most recent protests in Hong Kong have surprised many with the superficially destructive and yet highly symbolic storming of the legislative chambers and some offices by young protestors in particular, and Beijing openly calling for accountability.“In previous years, the government has waited until smaller student protests have died down to declare them riots and then charged select youth as rioters,” Lewis said. “This time, the youth who defaced the legislative council chambers felt they had no choice but to resort to destruction in order to force the hand of the Hong Kong government to promise now to not declare the recent large mass protests peaceful. They are gambling that the government will back down and not charge them, or more much larger protests will follow.”Youth leaders in particular may feel they have no choice but to lash out, potentially alienating more conservative older members of society who are equally opposed to the new extradition law with the rest of the People’s Republic of China, Lewis said. “Meanwhile, Beijing may see this as an escalation of protest that demands a forceful and violent crackdown,” he said.To schedule an interview with Lewis, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Rice University’s Baker Institute has a broadcast interview studio with a high-definition television uplink and an ISDN line for radio.-30-Related materials:Steven Lewis biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/steven-w-lewisFollow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow the Baker Institute on Twitter @BakerInstitute.Image for download:www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/expert/2ce6feb8/steve-lewis.jpgSteven Lewis image courtesy of Rice University’s Baker Institute.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts 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, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blog.bakerinstitute.org.    FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

BU Professor Explores Consumer Choice Accuracy

first_img Boston University’s Questrom School of Business recently looked into a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics that explores how standardized health insurance plans affect consumer choice.Titled, “How Product Standardization Affects Choice,” the study, which was co-authored by Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law Keith Marzilli Ericson and Northwestern Professor Amanda Starc, illuminates how consumers tend to “prefer plans that were more financially generous in areas including deductibles and coinsurance.” The study found that those who enrolled “were more likely to care about the overall cost-sharing of the plan,” as well as the particular insurance brand, post-standardization. Ericson comments on the natural selection process inherent to standardization: “Standardization leads some insurers to introduce new and exceptionally popular plans, creating clear winners and losers among the firms.”The article explains how pre-standardization insurance “varied widely from insurer to insurer and plan to plan” but in post-standardization, insurers were “required to offer plans within seven different “tiers” of quality [that offered] the same co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and hospital stay costs.”Ericson explains, “Standardization provides helpful clarity in an often confusing marketplace. [Since] consumers [are] likely to better understand their choices, their selections were likely much closer to their true preferences.”The study can be purchased or rented now courtesy of Elsevier, which describes the duo’s work below:This paper examines the effect of choice architecture on Massachusetts’ Health Insurance Exchange. A policy change standardized cost-sharing parameters of plans across insurers and altered information presentation. Post-change, consumers chose more generous plans and different brands, but were not more price-sensitive. We use a discrete choice model that allows the policy to affect how attributes are valued to decompose the policy’s effects into a valuation effect and a product availability effect. The brand shifts are largely explained by the availability effect and the generosity shift by the valuation effect. A hypothetical choice experiment replicates our results and explores alternative counterfactuals. regions: Boston BU Professor Explores Consumer Choice Accuracy RelatedBusiness and Climate Change, and More – Boston NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week. Is It Up To Business To Save the Planet? – MIT Sloan Ideas Made to Matter The MIT Sloan Management Review recently hosted a debate between engineering professor and Center for Transportation and…December 10, 2018In “Boston”Rutgers Prof Discusses Impact of Anxiety on Consumer BehaviorRutgers Business School recently published an article by Dory Devlin that explores the connection between anxiety and consumer behavior as part of a study associate professor of marketing Kristina Durante and the University of Miami’s Juliano Laran published in the Journal of Marketing Research last month. Durante, whose area of…November 25, 2016In “Featured Region”Cornell Study Reveals Curious Fashion Findings, and More – New York NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week, including curious new findings from a recent Cornell study. How Disclosing Sponsored Content Affects Consumer Trust in Bloggers – Johnson Business Feed Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management Assistant Professor…August 23, 2018In “Featured Home”center_img Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more

Trump Supporter Well Be at the White House In Arms If Clinton

first_imgSupporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump boo as he mention the Syrian refugee program during a campaign rally, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Share this article Politics center_img Show Discussion SELMA, N.C.—Donald Trump’s legions of followers say they’re growing confident of victory—and many say they won’t accept defeat.“We’re going to win. And if we don’t win and Hillary wins, I think we’re going to take over the government,” said Nancy Fraize, 51, who works as a cleaning lady in Manchester, New Hampshire. “I think personally we’ll all be at the White House sitting on the front lawn. In arms.”Her view of the possible outcome and aftermath are hardly rare. Poll numbers show an uncertain race and renewed scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s emails just before Election Day, and a survey last month showed only one-third of Republicans saying they have confidence the votes will be counted fairly.The blend of confidence in Trump and distrust of those in power was reflected again and again in more than two dozen interviews with his supporters across battleground states where the presidential race is being fought.Trump backers are nearly uniformly confident about their candidate’s prospects, despite the controversies that have surrounded his campaign all year and opinion polls that show him trailing Clinton in potentially decisive states. Many of those interviewed agree with the Republican nominee’s incendiary assertion that the election could be “rigged,” an unprecedented challenge to the nation’s democratic tradition.The New York businessman speaks of his supporters as “a movement,” one drawn by his celebrity, his fiery populist rhetoric and his denunciations of Democrat Clinton as the embodiment of an establishment Washington that many Americans feel has forgotten about them. “It’s about time we had someone with the balls to get things done,” said Lugene Martin, 51, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “I’m so tired of this country being led by same-old, same-old politicians. We need one who won’t follow the rules.”“If he lost?” she asked herself. “I don’t even know what I’d do.”From early in his candidacy, Trump has drawn super-fans, those who have attended several rallies and watched the internet live streams of many more.Related CoverageThe Odds of Donald Trump Becoming ‘Mr. Brexit’Paula Pierce, 63, who attended a Trump rally in New Hampshire last week, said the election “feels very different this time,” as if the country has reached a historic turning point. Trump, she said, “has ignited a movement, a fire.”Most Trump supporters interviewed said they are convinced he has the momentum, especially after FBI Director James Comey’s announcement of a review of more emails that may be connected to Clinton’s private server. And many Trump backers are deeply skeptical of public opinion polling.Cindy Spritzer, 51, said at a rally Wednesday in Miami that mainstream polling is missing Trump voters who make up a “silent majority.”“These are people who don’t do polls. They don’t answer the phone. They don’t put Trump bumper stickers on their car or buttons on their shirt,” Spritzer said. “But they are smart. And they will vote. And they will vote for Trump.”For these Trump supporters, Clinton’s advantage in polls seems incompatible with what they see and hear. Many say they’ve never even met a Clinton supporter. And they see thousands of people at Trump’s raucous rallies.The candidate himself tells them repeatedly the only way he can lose is if the election is rigged. In Michigan recently, he urged supporters to vote and then go to a different polling place with friends and make sure “it’s on the up and up.” He said voter fraud is “a big, big problem in this country.”Related CoverageJudge: No Evidence of Voter Intimidation From Trump WorkersThere is no evidence that voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States. A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.Yet only about one-third of Republicans say they have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence that votes on Election Day will be counted fairly, according to a poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released last month.Still, not all Trump supporters say they doubt the system or want a prolonged legal challenge that could plunge a nervous nation into uncertainty.“If he lost fair and square, we’d have to accept it. We all would,” said Andrew Armitage, 18, a first-time voter from River Falls, Wisconsin. “It’s what I learned in school. That’s the American tradition and that’s the way it should be.” Trump Supporter: We’ll Be at the White House ‘In Arms’ If Clinton Wins By The Associated Press November 4, 2016 Updated: November 4, 2016last_img read more

Obama Reveals One of His Planned Missions After Hes out of Office

first_img US President Barack Obama during a “My Brother’s Keeper” summit in South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, on Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Share this article President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform, and expanding health insurance coverage.In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have “whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up.”Obama said in the interview airing Monday that the issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority.The Democratic Party has been hit hard during his presidency. He’ll leave with the GOP controlling the White House and Congress.Obama said Republicans have been systematic in building from the ground up while Democrats have had a bias toward national and international issues.“As a consequence I think we’ve ceded too much territory,” Obama said. Obama said he leaves office with some ideas about how to build up the party, but he says he’ll serve more as an adviser, coach, and friend.“I’m less likely to get involved in all the nuts and bolts of electioneering,” Obama said.“What I am interested in is just developing a whole new generation of talent,” Obama added in the interview. “There are such incredible young people who not only worked on my campaign, but I’ve seen in advocacy groups,” Obama said. “I’ve seen passionate about issues like climate change, or conservation, criminal justice reform. You know, campaigns to—for a livable wage, or health insurance. And making sure that whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up. That’s something that I think I can do well, I think Michelle can do well.”Epoch Times contributed to this report.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share Obama Reveals One of His Planned Missions After He’s out of Office By The Associated Press December 19, 2016 Updated: December 19, 2016 Show Discussionlast_img read more

The Earth Is Shaking Under Irma as the Hurricane Powers Through the

first_img The Earth Is Shaking Under Irma as the Hurricane Powers Through the Caribbean Irma’s wrath is registering on earthquake seismometersBy NTD Television September 6, 2017 Updated: September 9, 2017 US Share this article Show Discussion Share The monstrosity of Hurricane Irma is shaking the earth in the Caribbean Islands.The winds from the hurricane are so strong that seismometers—instruments used to measure earthquakes—are detecting movement in the ground, a seismologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Stephen Hicks, told USA Today.“What we’re seeing in the seismogram are low-pitched hums that gradually become stronger as the hurricane gets closer to the seismometer on the island of Guadeloupe,” said Hicks.Related CoverageRecord Evacuation: 650,000 Ordered to Flee Miami-Dade County as Hurricane Irma NearsAs Irma approached the island of St. Maarten in the northern Caribbean, there was a dramatic increase in seismic activity, and then the seismometer went offline for some unknown reason. center_img Hicks explains it is the intense winds from the hurricane, reaching 185 mph in some areas, that are generating reverberations in the ground. The increase in seismic energy is mostly created by the increase in wave activity in the ocean, which is similar to what the U.K. experiences when they get winter storms, Hicks tweeted. But this can make it difficult to distinguish between movement from storms and small earthquakes.Hicks says that this type of vibration in the earth is different to that caused by earthquakes, which “occur tens of (miles) deep inside Earth’s crust.”But a seismometer can detect such vibrations, no matter their origin. Seismometers can also be used to detect nuclear explosions.It is not uncommon for seismometers to detect energy from large storms like Irma.“We saw this for Hurricane Harvey on seismometers located close to Houston,” Hicks told USA today.Scientists also recorded flexing of the Earth’s crust as a result of the flooding after Hurricane Harvey made landfall almost two weeks ago. GPS data showed that the Houston area was pushed more than half an inch lower by the sheer weight of Harvey floodwaters.At least 60 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, with the cost of damages expected to reach as high as $180 billion.Hurricane Irma hit the northern Caribbean islands Wednesday, Sept. 6 morning, causing extensive damage to buildings and property. Heavy rain began lashing Puerto Rico by mid-morning.Irma is expected to pass just 30 miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday before scraping the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday. The hurricane will reach Cuba and the Bahamas later in the week before most likely reaching parts of Florida this weekend. Precise trajectories for Irma’s path remain uncertain.Irma has just broken the all-time record for highest sustained wind speed as the strongest Atlantic storm on record.Both Florida and Puerto Rico have declared states of emergency in preparation for the storm’s arrival. Additionally, many counties in South Florida will soon begin the process of mandatory evacuations.“Normally, people here don’t like to prepare,” Gary Palmer, a 60-year-old deputy sheriff who visited a home supply store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told Reuters. “But what happened in Texas opened up everybody’s eyes.”For updates on Hurricane Irma and tropical storms Jose and Katia, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov. From NTD.tv (NOAA [Accessed at 11:00EDT/15:00UTC 5 September 2017, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62205011])  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Frozen Green Beans Vegetables Recalled Across US Over Listeria Contamination

first_imgRecommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murderers US News Share this article Frozen Green Beans, Vegetables Recalled Across US Over Listeria Contamination By Jack Phillips January 26, 2018 Updated: January 26, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Jan. 24, that frozen green beans and other vegetables have been recalled due to a possible listeria contamination.The National Frozen Foods Corporation said in the FDA release that it is voluntarily recalling a number of frozen green bean and vegetable products due to concerns of listeria.The products, according to the FDA, “have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.”The products were distributed in these states: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, KS, MI, MS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, TN, TX, VA, and WA. The products being recalled were distributed between Aug. 18, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2018, the agency said.Here is a list of the recalled products: (FDA / screenshot) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is “a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes,” sickening about 1,600 people in the United States each year while killing about 260.“The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems,” it says.center_img Cut green beans. (Mattysc/CC BY-SA 3.0)  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Show Discussion Sharelast_img read more

Woman Falsely Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted Because Man Refused to Drive

first_img Share this article Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A New York woman has been charged with making a false report of a crime after claiming she was sexually assaulted, police said. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office said she was angry the man didn’t give her a ride home.Jessica R. Gallagher, 27, of Clyde, New York, was charged with falsely reporting an incident, according to the sheriff’s office, the Democrat and Chronicle reported on Tuesday. She told officials that she was picked up by a man on a dating app, was blindfolded, was forced into a residence, and was later raped. Deputies say 27-year-old Jessica Gallagher, of Clyde, told them she was picked up by a man she met on a dating app, blindfolded, and raped. https://t.co/sfdpGz73s8— Monroe County Post (@MonroeCtyPost) July 10, 2018 US News center_img Woman Falsely Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted Because Man Refused to Drive Her Home: Police By Jack Phillips July 12, 2018 Updated: July 12, 2018 Investigators said that she later told them that she fabricated the encounter because she was angry that he didn’t give her a ride. She was arraigned in Galen Town Court and was taken to a Wayne County Jail on $1,500 bond. She’s slated to appear in court later this month.The man she accused of rape was not named in local media reports. His portion of the story is not known.It comes several weeks after a student at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut pleaded guilty to falsely accusing two football players of rape. Nikki Yovino said she made up the accusation because she was trying to garner sympathy from another student, according to the Connecticut Post. And nearly four years ago, a story published by Rolling Stone magazine was later retracted after lawyers for Jackie Coakley, a University of Virginia student, said she faked an account saying she was gang-raped as a freshman. Coakley wasn’t punished by the university and didn’t file a police report. Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.The National Sexual Violence Resource Center said that “a review of research finds that the prevalence of false reporting [of rapes] is between 2 percent and 10 percent.”“Research shows that rates of false reporting are frequently inflated, in part because of inconsistent definitions and protocols, or a weak understanding of sexual assault. Misconceptions about false reporting rates have direct, negative consequences and can contribute to why many victims don’t report sexual assaults,” the organization concluded in its report. Share Police car. (Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock) last_img read more

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first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video DES MOINES, Iowa—Despite the terrible odds—one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home—someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions.Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket.I’ve won. Now what?Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would now be $513 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, but the annuity has advantages, as it reduces the tax bill a little and offers a stable flow of income that climbs by 5 percent annually.How long do I have to claim the jackpot?States have different rules, so depending where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year.Do I get my money instantly?No, you can’t just cash one of those oversized checks shown in all the winner photos. Payment speed also varies by state, but a week or two is common. Carole Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland lottery, said the requirement is seven to 10 days in that state. Can I keep my name secret?Winners can remain anonymous in six states—Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina. In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep their names secret for 90 days after claiming prizes, but after that names are public record. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes.What about taxes?For winners of $5,000 or more, all states automatically deduct 24 percent in federal taxes but state taxes vary widely. Some big states, including California and Pennsylvania, don’t withhold taxes from lottery winnings, and some like Texas don’t have individual income taxes at all. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in New York, where a winner would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent. Residents of New York City would pay an additional tax of 3.9 percent. In general, taxes eat up nearly half of winnings.What are my taxes if I don’t live in the state where I bought the ticket?This can get complicated, but for the most part, winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket. The final tax bill depends on if the state where you live taxes at a higher or lower rate than where you purchased the ticket. Rules vary by state, so this is a good topic for that financial planner.By Scott McFetridge Show Discussion Share US News center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article You’ve Won the Mega Millions Jackpot. Now What? By The Associated Press October 17, 2018 Updated: October 17, 2018last_img read more

President Donald Trump holds a drone as George Mat

first_imgPresident Donald Trump holds a drone as George Mathew CEO & Chairman of Kespry explains how it works during the American Leadership in Emerging Technology Event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 22, 2017 (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) WASHINGTON—The United States is back as the “most competitive economy” in the world, reclaiming the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual global survey. However, there is a real challenge in maintaining that position, as the United States keeps losing its capability for innovation in addition to its factories, experts warn.The United States is at the pinnacle of global success, according to WEF’s 2018 survey, which ranks countries according to 12 drivers of competitiveness. America tops the list of 140 countries in business dynamism, labor markets, and the financial system. In addition, it has near-perfect scores on innovation and market size.All these factors contribute to the country’s vibrant innovation ecosystem, making it a “super innovator,” says the WEF report.However, its innovation ecosystem faces challenges as more companies continue to offshore their research and development.“As more production of advanced technologies has moved abroad, more research and product development has moved with it due to the close ties between product and process technologies,” according to a report by Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight), a nonprofit consortium led by representatives from the U.S. manufacturing community.Since 2000, more than 70,000 factories have closed or moved overseas, threatening the nation’s innovation ecosystem, according to the report. It has affected the ability of U.S. innovators to make new products. The Lifeblood of the CountryInnovation has been the lifeblood of the country since its founding, according to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.A milestone was achieved in June when Ross and President Donald Trump signed the 10-millionth U.S. patent issued by the Patent and Trademark Office. President George Washington signed the first U.S. patent 228 years ago.The United States was once the world’s leader in manufacturing. After World War II, the country heavily invested in research and development and was significantly ahead of other countries in employing cutting-edge technologies. However, that picture started to change in the 1980s.When a country loses the capability to manufacture, it loses the ability to innovate and compete as well, Harvard professors Gary Pisano and Willy Shih say in their book “Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance.”For decades, many large U.S. manufacturers moved their operations to low-cost countries, primarily China. Such moves were expected to bring cost benefits and competitive advantage. It did bring benefit, but at the expense of harming the “industrial commons” in the United States, the authors said. Willy C. Shih (L), Professor of Management Practice and Gary P. Pisano, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Jan. 27, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)Industries form industrial commons that operate within an “ecosystem” and share know-how and capabilities. This know-how is used by the members of the ecosystem, including workers, companies, suppliers, and universities. The decline of one industry affects the whole ecosystem and leads to the erosion of the industrial commons in that region.Business leaders and politicians are now seeing the fallout of offshoring decisions in some industries in which the United States has fallen behind in its ability to compete.In solar power, for example, a significant amount of the required know-how and production infrastructure have shifted to Asia over time.Although solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells, were first invented in the United States, today only 3.7 percent of PV production is based in North America (United States and Canada); 85 percent is in Asia, with China and Taiwan leading the market, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.‘Invent There, Manufacture There’The case of solar PV isn’t an isolated example. There is a long list of “endangered species” of American industries, from semiconductors to rechargeable batteries.“It all started with the globalization of supply chains,” said Pisano in an interview. “Companies thought they could move their manufacturing elsewhere and be cost-competitive. They could design here and manufacture there.”This assumption, however, failed to recognize the strong interaction between inventing a product and producing it.And today, as many firms shift their innovation overseas, the new trend is “invent there, manufacture there,” according to the MForesight report.Maintaining domestic manufacturing capabilities is key to retaining the know-how needed to produce next-generation technologies, states the report. Otherwise, the United States may lose its competitive advantage in emerging industries such as autonomous vehicles, robotics, bio-manufacturing, energy storage, and quantum computing. Follow Emel on Twitter: @mlakan Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Innovation Key to Sustaining America’s Competitiveness After decades of globalization, the country’s innovation ecosystem faces serious challenges, experts sayBy Emel Akan October 19, 2018 Updated: October 19, 2018 Economies Show Discussionlast_img read more

The man behind the viral GoFundMe to fund the wal

first_img The man behind the viral GoFundMe to “fund the wall” is challenging people, who think his plan to raise $1 billion will not pan out, to reconsider.“They’re full of crap,” Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham during her TV show aired on Dec. 20.As of Dec. 21, more than 218,000 people donated and the fund has raised more than $13 million. One anonymous donor contributed $50,000, several contributed around $10,000, and more gave $5,000.“We’re not getting just people who voted for Trump now,” Kolfage told Fox Business on Dec. 21. “I’m getting messages from many Democrats who say they support this wall … It’s showing the support of all Americans who are coming together on this.”Kolfage explained the average GoFundMe donation is about $60 per contributor, but his page recommends an $80 donation“This is the United States, and we can do anything we want,” he said on Ingraham’s show. “If people want to donate to that wall … what’s $80 for 60 million people.” The 60 million figure likely refers to the number of people who voted for Trump. Kolfage maintains his GoFundMe is legitimate.“I’m a retired United States Air Force member who was wounded in Iraq, and lost three limbs. I have a website, BrianKolfage.com, where you can verify more about me. I will respond. I’ve been on Fox News many times, you can see I’m credible and a real person. Do your research before donating, and contact me if you have any questions,” the page read.Kolfage added that he has “contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go upon completion. When we get this information secured we will update,” adding that he is working with a law firm on an agreement to “bind the government to [use] the funds for the border wall itself, nothing else.” Show Discussion Share US News Veteran Behind Viral GoFundMe for Wall Says ‘Many Democrats’ Thanked Him By Jack Phillips December 21, 2018 Updated: January 14, 2019center_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A GoFundMe page titled, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” has raised $13 million out of the $1 billion required for construction as of Dec. 20, 2018 (GoFundMe) last_img read more

That could be the missing piece that were waitin

first_img“That could be the missing piece that we’re waiting on, that ties everything together,” he said. “Any little tip could be the piece that we need.”Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter spoke directly to the unknown assailant during the briefing, which was also attended by Carroll County’s sheriff, an FBI agent, and other law enforcement officials.“If you’re watching, we’re coming for you,” Carter said.Within days of the killings, investigators released two grainy photos of the suspect walking on the abandoned railroad bridge the girls had visited, and an audio recording of a man believed to be the suspect saying “down the hill.” A man they consider the main suspect in the killings of two teenage girls A man they consider the main suspect in the killings of two teenage girls who disappeared from a hiking trail near their hometown of Delphi in northern Indiana on Feb., 13. (Indiana State Police via AP, File)That evidence that came from German’s cellphone. Police have hailed her as a hero for recording potentially crucial evidence.In July 2017, an FBI artist’s composite sketch of the suspect was released. It depicts a white man with a prominent nose and a goatee, wearing a cap and what appears to be a hooded sweater. Police said the suspect has reddish-brown hair, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 and weighs between 180 and 220 pounds.A man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Ind., A man walking along the trail system in Delphi, Ind., that authorities say is a suspect in the killings of two teenage girls. (Indiana State Police via AP, File)A reward of more than $230,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or arrests and convictions in the teens’ killings. 😢 https://t.co/Jb3V7tuq7w— Linda Rogers (@illuminateyour) February 14, 2019 They failed to show up at a pre-arranged pickup location, and their bodies were found the next day in a rugged, wooded area following a search.Police have disclosed few details in their investigation and have not said how the teens were killed.Carroll County prosecutor Nicholas McLeland during a Wednesday briefing on the crime that the teens’ unsolved killings is not a cold case but remains under active investigation and he’s confident it will eventually be solved.McLeland said that more than 38,000 tips have been received to date, but urged the public to keep sending tips to authorities to investigate if they believe that information is legitimate and could help investigators. Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   DELPHI, Ind.—Indiana authorities urged the public on Feb. 13, to keep passing on tips in the slayings of two teenage girls killed during a hiking trip, saying on the 2-year anniversary of the crime that the next tip could help solve the case.Liberty German, 14, and Abigail William, 13, vanished on Feb. 13, 2017, after a relative dropped them off for a hike near an abandoned railroad bridge near their hometown of Delphi, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis, during a day off school. A checklist of tips for investigators trying to solve a two-year-old case of who killed teenagers A checklist of tips for investigators trying to solve a two-year-old case of who killed teenagers Libby German and Abby Williams, in Delphi, Ind., during a news conference on Feb. 13, 2019. (Ron Wilkins/Journal & Courier via AP) US News center_img Public Urged To Keep Providing Tips In 2 Girls’ Killings By The Associated Press February 14, 2019 Updated: February 14, 2019 Public urged to keep providing tips in 2 girls’ killings: https://t.co/cvKYIXj1AV pic.twitter.com/OUJhmhvhFk— nwi.com (@nwi) February 13, 2019 Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland, from left, Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby and Delphi Police Chief Steve Mullin attend a news conference in Delphi, Ind., on Feb. 13, 2019. (Ron Wilkins/Journal & Courier via AP) Share this article Sharelast_img read more