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The Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC is

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first_imgThe Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is to write to Manchester United and football’s Premier League after Disability News Service (DNS) passed on concerns that disabled fans had had their mobility aids confiscated by stewards.Staff at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground tried to stop several Arsenal fans – including one supporter in his 80s – from taking their seats because they were using walking sticks, which stewards claimed could be used as weapons.They were visiting Britain’s richest football club to watch what was billed as one of the biggest matches of the season, on 17 May.The stewards told the London club’s disabled supporters that they would not be allowed to watch the match because they had not alerted the club about their equipment in advance.They claimed the fans could also pose a health and safety risk in the event of a stadium evacuation.The disabled supporters were only allowed into the stadium to take their seats after the intervention of an officer from Greater Manchester police.But after they had been escorted to their seats, their sticks were confiscated and held by stewards until the end of the match, on 17 May.After DNS asked the EHRC to comment, it said today (Friday) that it was writing urgently to both Manchester United and the Premier League to raise concerns about the treatment of disabled fans. It warned that it had not ruled out legal action.A police spokesman confirmed the incident had taken place and that the Arsenal fans had only been allowed into the stadium after the officer called the stadium control room to seek clarification of the ground regulations.The spokesman said: “He was told if able, the supporters could use their walking aids to reach their seats and these would then be stored by stewards throughout the game and returned post match.”But he declined to comment when asked if the force was comfortable with the club’s policy.Manchester Utd has been repeatedly criticised for failing to provide the recommended number of spaces for wheelchair-users at Old Trafford.It admitted last August that it only had 120 wheelchair spaces, when official guidance states that there should be at least 280.A Manchester Utd spokesman said: “Our club policy is to encourage any supporters who require the use of crutches or a walking aid to contact the club in advance to ensure each case is adequately risk assessed and that we can ensure safe evacuation in the event of emergency.“On some rare occasions, we have also experienced such devices being used as weapons.“This policy is displayed at the turnstiles and on our website. The disability liaison officers from both clubs also communicate this policy in advance.“Where supporters arrive without having pre-notified us of the need for such devices, our stewarding team performs a dynamic risk assessment which usually involves finding a solution to accompany the supporter to their seat and storing the walking device during the game.“At the game in question, a significant number of visiting supporters who had not pre-notified the club arrived with walking devices.“Therefore the above system was put into place. No person was refused entry to the stadium.”When asked whether the club would be apologising to the disabled fans, and whether it was concerned that it might have breached the Equality Act, the spokesman refused to comment further.Speaking before the news emerged of the EHRC’s action, a spokesperson for Level Playing Field (LPF), the user-led organisation that works to improve access to sporting venues, said: “Manchester United is, by all accounts, the only Premier League club with this policy.“LPF would always advise clubs not to confiscate walking aids (such as walking sticks or crutches) from disabled fans and believes that such a practice may even be deemed as discriminatory.”Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief legal officer at the EHRC, told DNS: “Over the past months, we have received a number of complaints about provision for disabled fans at the Premier League.  “This has included discriminatory policies that prevent disabled fans having the same opportunities to attend football matches as non-disabled people.“Complaints have been about disabled fans being prevented from obtaining season tickets, a lack of adequate space for wheelchair-users, and problems for families with young disabled children being unable to sit together to enjoy a game.  “Some of the most recent complaints have concerned Manchester United and the removal of walking aids from disabled away fans. “We are writing to both the Premier League and to Manchester United today to seek urgent assurances that disabled fans will be treated fairly and equally as the law requires. “We are also seeking urgent meetings with them to clear up the issues which have been identified and agree commitments to early progress.” She added: “Premier League clubs have a legal duty under the Equality Act 2010 to ensure reasonable adjustment for disabled fans and to make sure they do not discriminate against them in the provision of goods and services.“While our preference is always to work with organisations to avoid costly legal proceedings, all options remain on the table because disabled fans deserve better.”A spokeswoman for the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) said: “We can’t comment on specific incidents at clubs as we don’t know the facts.”But she added: “The SGSA believes disabled fans should be able to support their team and have access into sports grounds.”She said the authority did not have the regulatory powers to take action against a club for anything other than breaching the rule that Premier League and Championship clubs have to be all-seater stadiums.She added: “The SGSA’s aim is to ensure the safety of all spectators at sports grounds. We strongly promote accessibility at sports grounds and have created guidance that sets out the standards for accessible provision at stadiums.“We are working with our partners at the Department for Culture Media and Sport and Level Playing Field to promote the importance of accessibility at sports grounds.“We use our influence on safety advisory groups to promote accessibility and any other issues that we think need to be improved.”But she added: “As it currently stands, it is down to the individual to take action against a club if they feel they have been discriminated against.”An Arsenal spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of the difficulties experienced by our disabled supporters and will be working closely with our travelling fans to avoid any similar situations next season.”He declined to comment further.Picture: Old Trafford by Wikistadiums.org is licensed under https://creativecommons.org/last_img read more

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Kneeling Kaepernick Mural Painted in Mission District

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first_img 0% The building, located at 1899 Mission St. near 15th Street, had its window smashed two months ago, said Amy Kozlowski, an employee of the building’s new tenant. She returned to the building on Monday and found the Kapernick mural painted over plywood she had nailed to the broken window. “The first reaction was, ‘That’s awesome,’” said Kozlowski, a project manager with the coworking space company Impact Hub, which is planning a move there in early 2017. “I think it’s a beautifully done mural and they’re reflecting Kaepernick’s statement.”The 49ers quarterback has been kneeling during the national anthem of football games since August 26 to protest the treatment of minorities by the police.The Kaepernick mural was painted after another mural from Precita Eyes that Impact Hub commissioned some six months ago had to be painted over, Kozlowski said. That mural — of Disney characters, one holding an anti-eviction sign — was ruined when someone smashed the building’s window with a brick, she said. Kozlowski was forced to board up the window and paint over the mural when it was defaced with graffiti — which began occurring weekly.Kozlowski said she does not know who the artist is, who left a “Dino 2016” signature on the mural, but was appreciative of the artwork. She hopes the Kaepernick mural will stay as long as possible, but it will have to be removed when Impact Hub moves into the building and she removes the plywood covering the broken window. Impact Hub is planning to move from its SoMa location in February or March next year, she said, but until that time she invited others to beautify the side of the building.“I would welcome all artists to do the other side of the building,” she said. “It would only be for a few months, but if someone wants to do something where there’s no profanity, I would love to encourage any one who wants to paint something on the other side.”Kaepernick has faced intense backlash for the protest, including from the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the police union, which sent a letter to the National Football League asking that the quarterback apologize for his protest. The Santa Clara police officers union even suggested its officers may boycott security at football games as a result. In the Mission District at least, which has seen three controversial police shootings in the last two and a half years, Kaepernick’s actions were better received. Football players at Mission High knelt in solidarity with Kaepernick last month with the support of their coach and principal.Many of the players spoke of their own experiences being racially profiled by police officers in San Francisco.The captain of the team, who is from the Bayview-Hunter’s Point, said the black community has been affected by the December 2015 fatal police shooting of Mario Woods. The shooting sparked city-wide protests against the then-police chief, Greg Suhr, who resigned in May after another fatal police shooting in the Bayview.The student said he felt unsafe to be around police officers since the Woods shooting.In the Bayview, another mural supporting Kaepernick was painted recently, according to Hoodline. The Bayview mural is similar to the Mission one but has the caption “Believe the Message, Not the Hype.” Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality landed in the Mission District this week, when a mural of him kneeling was painted on the side of an empty building. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Was Apollo 11 a Beginning or an End

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first_img Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. NASA, too, has developed something of a global consciousness. The agency may be best known today for its unmanned exploration of the solar system and the Hubble Space Telescope’s photographs of distant galaxies and black holes, but NASA also closely monitors the earth. It was a NASA scientist, James Hansen, who spurred global awareness of climate change with his dramatic 1988 testimony to Congress, and the agency’s Earth Science division has used a global network of satellites to track our planet’s changing atmospheric conditions. Even now, under the direct control of a White House that has sought to undermine climate science, the agency remains clear-eyed. NASA’s website documents the warming of Earth’s oceans, the shrinking of our ice sheets, and the growing prevalence of extreme weather events. The agency has no doubt about the cause: “most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century.”If the Apollo program’s great achievement was to demonstrate that with enough money, courage, and scientific know-how we can do what seems impossible, then perhaps its example can help us tackle the great challenge that NASA sees bearing down on our planet right now. This would, in fact, be in keeping with Apollo’s history.Toward the end of Chasing the Moon, Stone shows archival footage of the Apollo 11 crew’s worldwide goodwill tour. The astronauts have suddenly become international heroes, and everywhere they go, adoring throngs greet them. At press conferences, reporters ask Armstrong and Aldrin how it felt to be there. They often struggle with the answer, but in Stone’s film, we watch the habitually taciturn Armstrong respond to one such question with poetry.“As we looked up from the surface of the moon  we could see above us the planet Earth, and it was very small, but it was very beautiful,” Armstrong says to the crowd of foreign reporters. “And it looked like an oasis in the heavens. And we thought it was very important, at that point, for us and men everywhere to save that planet, as a beautiful oasis that we together can enjoy, for all the future.”  Last Name The plan seemed preposterous. John F. Kennedy was just 43 years old, and he’d been president of the United States for just four months—a rough four months. So far, his attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro had ended in quick and utter disaster at the Bay of Pigs, and the Soviet Union had beaten the U.S. to outer space, launching cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit and bringing him home onto the Russian steppe. Now here was Kennedy, on the afternoon of May 25, 1961, in front of a joint session of Congress, offering up what his national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy, had referred to as a “grandstand play.”“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth,” Kennedy said.Congress greeted Kennedy’s cri de coeur with a smattering of applause. The president’s longtime speechwriter, Ted Sorensen, thought Kennedy sensed that “the audience was skeptical if not hostile.” A Gallup poll taken a week before the speech found that only 33 percent of Americans thought the nation should spend an estimated $40 billion to land a man on the moon. (The final bill ended up being $25 billion allocated over the course of a decade, about $180 billion in today’s dollars.)Fiscal conservatives fumed. “We’re going to go broke with this nonsense!” remarked the president’s own father, former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Joseph Kennedy. Scientists thought Kennedy’s proposed time span was fanciful. The Austrian theoretical physicist Hans Thirring told U.S. News and World Report, “I am quite sure it will not be done within the next 10 years, and I think it very likely not to happen within the next 30 years or 40 years.” And social reformers would come to see the Apollo program as a drain on needed resources. Whitney Young, president of the National Urban League, noted that America could “lift every poor person in the country above the official poverty standard” for a fraction of the cost of putting two men on the moon.   But on July 16, 1969, five and a half months before the end of the decade, a million people packed the beaches and highways of the Atlantic coast of Central Florida to watch the launch of Apollo 11. That morning, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins had woken up long before dawn and eaten the traditional NASA pre-mission breakfast of steak and eggs. As 9:32 a.m. approached, the three astronauts were sitting in their cramped command module atop a 363-foot, three-stage Saturn V rocket, going through their final preparations before countdown. Television viewers in 33 different countries watched as the Saturn V’s five engines reached their maximum thrust of 7.6 million pounds, lurching the spaceship into the air. For the next four days, the world kept following the mission’s progress as the crew flew 230,000 miles, entered the moon’s orbit, and finally touched down on the dusty lunar surface. “Houston, Tranquility Base here,” Armstrong reported back to Earth. “The Eagle has landed.” Subscribe The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! Why am I seeing this?center_img Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. You’ve read your last free article Enter your email address First Name Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Sign up for free access Apollo 11 was immediately celebrated as a signal human achievement. Greeting Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins after they returned to Earth, President Richard Nixon said, “This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation!” And in the decades since, the moon landing has only grown in reputation. NASA has called it humanity’s “single greatest technological achievement of all time,” and polling has shown a steady increase in the public’s belief that the space program was worth its high cost. Pop culture touchstones like The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 have celebrated the courage and resourcefulness of the original astronauts and the genius of the engineers and scientists who powered them into the heavens. Watch oversaturated 1960s footage of one of those mighty Saturn V rockets erupting off the ground and try not to swoon.   But as the moon landing’s fiftieth anniversary nears, new books and documentaries have arrived to remind us that our great American space epic was not, in fact, a frictionless succession of missions accomplished and ticker-tape parades. Even the most hagiographic offerings have moments that serve as correctives to our rose-tinted public memory. Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, by the Dallas writer James Donovan, is a largely familiar tale, a greatest-hits retelling of the Space Age from Sputnik to the moon landing. Donovan thrills at the celebrity of the Mercury Seven; mourns the deaths of Apollo 1 crew Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee; and, in the book’s best section, delivers a bravura ticktock of Apollo 11, with the Mission Control pencil pushers watching anxiously through thick clouds of cigarette smoke as Armstrong, a flyboy with the composure of a Zen monk, improvises a landing on the lunar surface before offering the world his inscrutable “One small step for man” koan.But Shoot for the Moon isn’t all hero worship. Throughout the book, Donovan sprinkles in reminders that the public’s ambivalence about the quest to put astronauts on the moon continued long after Kennedy’s speech to Congress. Four years later, in 1965, Gallup found that only 39 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should do everything possible to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Dwight Eisenhower had dismissed the need for a robust manned spaceflight program in the fifties, and he spent his post-presidency grumbling about the Apollo program, calling it “a mad effort to win a stunt race.” As Douglas Brinkley’s new history, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, makes clear, Eisenhower was far from alone.Brinkley, a Rice University professor, focuses on the birth of the moon shot, taking us back a century earlier to show its roots in fantasy. French novelist Jules Verne imagined, in 1865, that the first lunar mission would involve three American astronauts launched from Florida, and American rocket innovator Robert Goddard announced, in 1920, that he had received applications from nine men who wanted to ride one of his ships to the moon. But Brinkley also notes that making a serious attempt to reach the moon was far from inevitable.During the presidential campaign, Kennedy had hammered the Eisenhower administration for falling behind the Soviet Union in the space race, but in his early months in office, “Kennedy had adopted much the same cautious position toward space as his predecessor,” Brinkley writes. “Rather than focusing on headline-grabbing space launches, Kennedy was looking elsewhere for measurable accomplishment.”Even after issuing his moon shot challenge, the young president expressed doubts and offered inconsistent rationales for why it was worth it. In his famous 1962 speech at Rice University, Kennedy rallied a crowd of 40,000 by promising that “new hopes for knowledge and peace” would come from exploring the moon and beyond. Two months later, in a private conversation with NASA administrator James Webb, the president declared himself “not that interested in space” and said that “the only justification” for the Apollo program’s lavish expenditures was “to beat [the Soviets].” Then Kennedy seemed to waffle on the idea that the moon shot was a geopolitical competition. In September 1963 he proposed in a speech to the UN General Assembly that the U.S. and Soviet Union join together for a binational moon mission. When that proposal led nowhere, the president once more adopted a hawkish pose. On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, he was scheduled to discuss the Apollo program with the Dallas Citizens Council and tell them that “the United States of America has no intent of finishing second in space.” Brinkley argues that Kennedy’s death ensured that the moon shot would have enough funding to meet its before-the-decade-is-out deadline. Delaying or canceling the program became politically untenable. “From 1964 to 1969,” Brinkley writes, “whenever Congress considered gutting the Apollo programs, [President] Johnson evoked the martyred JFK with don’t-you-dare political mastery.”Hundreds of spectators—many of whom had camped out the night before—wait for the launch of Apollo 11 at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.NASAWhen the Apollo 11 crew landed safely back on Earth, the idea that the mission was only the start of the Space Age was widely held. In just over a decade, NASA had built three different generations of spaceships, blasted humans into orbit, sent astronauts outside their vehicles to “walk” in the void of space, and finally orchestrated the dizzying spectacle of the moon landing. The Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk had spurred decades of innovations that had forever changed the nature of war, travel, and trade on planet Earth. The space program seemed to offer the possibility of similarly radical results. “I thought at the time it was the beginning of something,” says the former Mission Control technician Poppy Northcutt during the close of Chasing the Moon, director Robert Stone’s gorgeous, often bittersweet documentary on the space race, which premieres on PBS’s American Experience in early July. “I thought it was the beginning of moving out to other planets.” Instead, in January 1970, NASA announced it would be shrinking its workforce by 50,000 over the next eighteen months. The agency’s budget, which reached a high of 4.4 percent of federal spending in 1966, dipped under 1 percent by 1975 and is now half a percent of the total. Over the past three decades, presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all announced bold goals for human space exploration, with planned return trips to the moon, landings on asteroids, and voyages to Mars. None of these ambitions have come anywhere close to being realized. This past March, Vice President Mike Pence declared that NASA would send astronauts back to the moon by the end of 2024 “by any means necessary.” Don’t bet on it. Since the retirement of the space shuttle, in 2011, the United States hasn’t even had the capacity to launch humans into orbit, much less embark on a far more difficult and costly moon mission. The pronouncements of private space moguls have been no more reliable. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in 2017 that he would land humans on Mars and lay the foundation for a colony there in 2024, but the spaceship that would actually take those first settlers there is still a far-off concept. SpaceX was slated to begin ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station in 2015 as part of a NASA contract. It has yet to launch its first manned mission. Virgin Galactic, founded by the British billionaire Richard Branson, began selling $200,000 tickets to space in 2004. In the fifteen years since, the company has flown a grand total of zero customers, and four people have died during testing. In the epilogue of Shoot for the Moon, Donovan asserts, “A new spirit of space exploration is in the air,” but if there is a new spirit, it’s mostly wishful thinking. The astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a more believable assessment of the state of manned space exploration in his 2012 book Space Chronicles. “Unless we have a reprise of the geopolitical circumstances that dislodged $200 billion for space travel from taxpayers’ wallets in the 1960s,” Tyson writes, “I will remain unconvinced that we will ever send Homo sapiens anywhere beyond low Earth orbit.” So was Eisenhower right? Was Apollo a stunt? Did all those billions give us the world’s greatest photo op—Neil, Buzz, and an American flag on the surface of the moon—a propaganda victory over the Russians, and nothing else? As a kickoff to a new Age of Exploration, Apollo was certainly a dud. No human being has left low Earth orbit since 1972, much less set foot on another celestial body.Apollo defenders point to scientific and technological discoveries to justify the program. As Brinkley writes in American Moonshot, Apollo “teed up the technology-based economy the United States enjoys today,” leading to innovations in everything from computing to lightweight materials and meteorological forecasting. But these were all spin-off technologies that could have been developed for far less than $180 billion. The key engineering feats that powered the moon mission, the Saturn V rocket, in particular, did not spur the creation of bigger and better successors. In Space Chronicles, Tyson notes that “unlike . . . the first airplane or the first desktop computer—artifacts that make us all chuckle when we see them today—the first rocket to the Moon, the Saturn V, elicits awe, even reverence.” The last of those rockets, lying inert at a few museums, including Houston’s Johnson Space Center, stand like Gothic cathedrals. We stare and wonder how a culture ever marshaled the time, resources, and expertise to create something so intricate and grand.Still, Apollo has had psychic benefits that are hard to quantify. It is now our most potent national myth. The word “moon shot” has come to signify a go-for-broke effort to do the impossible. The phrase “If we can put a man on the moon, then—” starts many sentences asserting that seemingly intractable problems may not, in fact, be so intractable. And, unlike the Manhattan Project, a grand American project that resulted in the prospect of nuclear annihilation, Apollo 11 was the realization of an ancient and benign dream.After returning from space, a number of astronauts have talked about how the experience shifted their perspective on Earth, a phenomenon called the overview effect. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell famously said, “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.” Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription.last_img read more

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MORE than 100 pupils from Allanson Street Primary

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first_imgMORE than 100 pupils from Allanson Street Primary School in St Helens helped Saints stars make their mark on the town centre.The youngsters staged an ‘impromptu’ flash mob event to help unveil a giant pavement graphic – in the shape of the Club’s iconic red vee logo – in Church Square.With the Club’s anthem playing, the pupils echoed the famous lyrics by ‘marching in’ to the square and performing a choreographed, handclapping routine for hundreds of town centre shoppers.Saints stars including Paul Wellens, Jamie Foster, Gary Wheeler, Ade Gardner, Jonny Lomax and Paul Clough were among those watching – before setting off on a series of visits to town centre shops.The event was one of the highlights of the ‘Love Saints – Love St Helens’campaign – which aims to breathe new life into the town centre.Shops throughout the town centre are already carrying campaign-themed posters and decorations, while specially designed pedestrian signs and smaller floor graphics are visible in many town centre streets.Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration and Housing, Councillor Andy Bowden, said: “It was the high point of a unique, fun campaign that’s got a really serious message – about supporting our hard-pressed town centre retailers.“The arrival of St. Helens R.F.C.’s new Langtree Park in the commercial heart of the town provided the springboard for this initiative and we’re delighted that our newest, superstar neighbours are doing all they can to help the local economy.”Local retailers visited by the players included Tyrers, Greenhalghs, HCUK, St.Mary’s Market, B&M Bargains, Le Frog Bistro, Argos, Marks and Spencer, HMV, BHS, Thorntons, Jones & Hoffman, The Mens Room, Millets, Wilkinsons, OD’s, Fleurs Florist and Colours Restaurant.last_img read more

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THERE is no doubt that the performance against Hul

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first_imgTHERE is no doubt that the performance against Hull KR last Friday was nowhere near good enough from a club of the stature of St.Helens.There has been a lot of soul searching since the defeat and we fully understand the anger and frustrations of our supporters who rightfully expect and deserve better given the strength of our squad.Nathan Brown, the coaching staff and the players are more than capable of producing a strong end to the 2013 Super League campaign. There has never been a more important time for all at and connected with the Club, including our fans, to pull together. We have the quality of coaching staff and players to compete with and beat the best teams in Super League and to make an impact in the season-end play offs. It is still there to be done.We have recently signed two top quality and young NRL players in Luke Walsh and Mose Masoe at a time when the differential in salary cap with Super League was producing a seemingly one way exodus. Nathan Brown and his coaching reputation was critical to this success as was the standing and reputation of the St.Helens Club. This can only augur well.Although our current poor set of results are justifiably uppermost in all our minds presently, it must not be ignored that we are building a new, talented and young squad after a couple of seasons of transition and in a season when a number of senior players are set to retire or leave the Club. We have handed eight debuts to young players this season and all but Alex Walmsley have come from our youth system. There is no doubt that we are building a strong squad for the future and in the right manner, and we must not lose sight of that.That said, we fully expect the current first team squad to have a strong end to the season and we have full confidence in them fulfilling their collective talent, which is as good as any in the Super League.As per my comments no more than a fortnight ago, there is no room left for sub-par performances either from the team or from individual players. We may well have had some bad luck this season but we must also face up to the fact that some of our performances have been well below rightful expectations. The rest of the season gives us the opportunity to correct that.We will work tirelessly to reach the highest standards which we always seek to set.It is only together that we are stronger and there is no doubt that that the continued support of our loyal fans is key to that togetherness.Eamonn McManus, Chairman, St.Helens R.F.C.last_img read more

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Adam Swift grabbed a hattrick as Saints beat the

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first_imgAdam Swift grabbed a hat-trick as Saints beat the Vikings 36-6“I am pleased with the team,” he said. “I know Widnes have been struggling but they have been competitive as we saw that last week. We could have been excused tonight for not being as dominant as we were but we didn’t want to go down that path.“Our defence was fantastic, we scored some good tries and came close at other times as well. It’s all credit to the players, they had a choice tonight and they decided to rip in and we got the result we deserved.”He continued: “We had to have a bit of a reshuffle due to injury but I thought the boys did a fantastic job. Adam Swift was fantastic; he was our best tonight and it was great to give him a game.“He had couple of runs at Sheffield before we had a week off. I told him he could have a week off too but he wanted to play another game.“When blokes make those decisions it is rewarding as a coach to put them in the first team and watch them play so well.”last_img read more

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FREE FOOD Teachers eat for free Tuesday at Red Robin

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first_img The offer is valid dine-in only for all teachers, educational professionals and administrators.A teacher or school identification is required.There is a Red Robin location in Wilmington. Teachers are the best That’s why we’re giving you a FREE Tavern Double Burger & Bottomless Fries. Stop in June 5 with your faculty ID to cash in on this delicious gift. https://t.co/q6E67CmaIK pic.twitter.com/vIT7kry5OJ— Red Robin (@redrobinburgers) May 31, 2018Related Article: 4 Texas prison guards fired, 2 resign for #FeelingCute posts (Photo: Red Robin/Twitter) Educators, it’s your time to eat free at Red Robin!The restaurant is celebrating the end of the school year on June 5 by offering teachers, counselors, bus drivers and school administrators a free Tavern Double Burger and bottomless steak fries.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Big Macs to benefit Battleship this Memorial Day weekend

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You can grab a burger at America’s favorite fast food chain this weekend to help a local landmark raise money.Head to any McDonald’s in the Cape Fear region through Monday for “Big Macs for the Battleship” to raise money for the Battleship North Carolina.- Advertisement – McDonald’s will donate 50 cents from every Big Sac sold to the ship’s restoration fund.Participating locations include McDonald’s in Wilmington, Burgaw, Carolina Beach, Elizabethtown, Hampstead, Leland, Lumberton, Rocky Point, Shallotte, Sneads Ferry, Southport, St. Pauls, Sunset Beach, Supply, Surf City and Whiteville.last_img

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Minister for Gozo funds 31 beneficiaries

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first_imgMGOZ – Terry CamilleriMGOZ – Terry Camilleri The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana met with representatives from 31 different organisations, all of which will enjoy financial aid after successfully applying for grants from the Minister.During 2019, voluntary organisations have already received a total of €160,000 worth of grants. The Minister for Gozo mentioned how this year, she will be increasing the financial aid supplied to the voluntary sector.A second scheme will also be launched, relating to the ‘Promotion of Sports, Initiatives, and Facilities’.List of beneficiaries:Non-Government Organisations Scheme 2019Assoċjazzjoni Kura, Dar Ġuzeppa Debono, Don Bosco Oratory, Friends of the Crib Gozo-Malta 1985 – Nadur Section, Saint Gregory’s Band Club – Kerċem, Gozo Association for the Deaf, Malta Cadets Corps, Philharmonic Society Santa Marija, Philharmonic Leone, The Scout Association of MaltaPromotion of Sports, Initiatives and Facilities 2019Għajnsielem Redcoats, Gozo Cycling Club, Gozo Half Marathon, Munxar Falcons FC, Xewkija Tigers FCCulture Fund Scheme 2019 – 1st issueOn Bosco Oratory Gozo, D Capitals Band, Carmelino Refalo, Għaqda Mużikali Viżitazzjoni Għarb, Għarb Local Council, Ite ad Joseph – Qala Band Club, Michel Angelo Muscat, Qala Local Council, Sannat Local Council, Philharmonic Society La Stella, Philharmonic Society Mnarja – Nadur, Philharmonic Society Santa Marija – Żebbuġ, Xagħra United Football Club 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

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Microsoft unveils Office 2013

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first_imgAdvertisement “This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done,” CEO Steve Ballmer announced.“The new version of Office is designed to be extraordinarily flexible,” Ballmer said. “Users will be able to run it on touch-screen tablets and PCs. They will be able to interact with it using their fingers, styluses, keyboards or mice. And they can purchase it as packaged software or subscribe to it as a service.”Microsoft has only overhauled two of the applications – the OneNote note-taking program and the Lync collaboration software – so that they will work under the Metro interface. All the other applications can be used only in Windows’ traditional desktop interface. – Advertisement – But the company has added features to all of the Office applications. Word, for example, will get a new “reading” mode that mimics an e-reader. Users will be able to turn pages and add notes to documents much like they would using Amazon’s Kindle app.Excel’s upgrade will allow users to see a quick preview of charts and tables without having to go through the steps of creating each one first.The entire suite of Office software is designed to embrace some of the latest technology trends. By default, the new Office will save users’ documents and settings on Microsoft’s servers. That will allow users to access all their documents and settings regardless of what Office compatible device they are using, from a Windows PC to a Windows phone.Social networking also will be highlighted. Users will be able to share documents on Facebook or LinkedIn and instantly connect with contacts on Skype while within the Outlook email program. And Microsoft is turning its SharePoint service into something of its own social network, allowing users to post messages, comment on others’ messages and share links or videos.“The new version of Office includes plenty of new and promising features,” said Mike Silver, an analyst at Gartner, a technology research firm. But he added that it may struggle to catch on.Microsoft is planning to end its support for Windows XP, the still widely used 10-year-old version of the operating system, in less than two years, noted Silver. Organizations that are still running XP are largely focused on moving their computers and users off of it, rather than worrying about upgrading to the latest version of Office, he said.Spending time to evaluate the new version of the software suite “is time that a lot of organizations just don’t have,” said Silver. Office’s new features “may encourage them to upgrade, but it may not be right away,” he added.Microsoft declined to say when the new Office will be available or how much it will cost.The new Office will come in multiple versions and will go by multiple brand names. For example, the online version will maintain its “Office 365” moniker, while the retail version will go by Office 2013. The version of Office that will run on computers using chips designed by ARM won’t include the Outlook email program that’s included in other versions of the software. But at the news conference Monday, company representatives repeatedly referred to the software suits simply as “Office.”Office has become Microsoft’s main source of cash, providing more than 30 percent of its sales and more than half of its revenue in its current fiscal year. But the new version of the suite comes as Microsoft’s products are beset by heightened competition.The new version of Office may give upcoming Windows 8-based tablets a way to distinguish themselves in a market currently dominated by Apple’s iPad. Source: newsobserver.comlast_img read more

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Adobe releases the source code for the original Photoshop

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first_imgAdvertisement The source code for Photoshop 1.0.1, all 128,000 lines of it, is out today via the Computer History Museum, in cooperation with Adobe itself. You can download all that lovely code here if you are into such things. How could you not. The free version of Photoshop that you can snag came out in 1990.The first version of Photoshop was all but constructed by a single person: its co-founder Thomas Knoll. That first version of Photoshop was written primarily in Pascal for the Apple Macintosh, with some machine language for the underlying Motorola 68000 microprocessor where execution efficiency was important. It wasn’t the effort of a huge team. Thomas said, “For version 1, I was the only engineer, and for version 2, we had two engineers.” While Thomas worked on the base application program, John wrote many of the image-processing plug-ins.Thomas Knoll, a PhD student in computer vision at the University of Michigan, had written a program in 1987 to display and modify digital images. His brother John, working at the movie visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, found it useful for editing photos, but it wasn’t intended to be a product. Thomas said, “We developed it originally for our own personal use…it was a lot a fun to do.” – Advertisement – Gradually the program, called “Display”, became more sophisticated. In the summer of 1988 they realized that it indeed could be a credible commercial product. They renamed it “Photoshop” and began to search for a company to distribute it. About 200 copies of version 0.87 were bundled by slide scanner manufacturer Barneyscan as “Barneyscan XP”.The fate of Photoshop was sealed when Adobe, encouraged by its art director Russell Brown, decided to buy a license to distribute an enhanced version of Photoshop. The deal was finalized in April 1989, and version 1.0 started shipping early in 1990. Over the next ten years, more than 3 million copies of Photoshop were sold.This news is particularly interesting as Adobe has been hard at work in recent months rejiggering the Photoshop brand. The company released a slew of online applications, and has been updating Photoshop itself to better support modern displays.It’s interesting to note that Photoshop 1 in 1990 is far more powerful than Microsoft’s Paint in 2013.Source: The Next Web and The Computer History Museum.last_img read more

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IsoHunt has launched a mirror for KickassTorrents

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first_imgAdvertisement These guys are fast!Just hours since Kickass Torrents was taken offline, a mirror has been already created by isoHunt, which can be accessed kickasstorrents.website.The site looks like the original KAT site, and it is upon keen observation that one can notice that is a mirror. – Advertisement – However, there is  a warning; not everything is available and there is no forum, community, or support available.It should be noted that the same isoHunt team was behind the resurrection of The Pirate Bay when it was taken offline.last_img

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BENS BLOG HolierThanThouCommittee holding back the UK BettingIndustry

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first_imgOver and out, B x [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Racing Post today, carry an interview with Warwick Bartlett, Bookmakers Committee Man/Expert. Mr Bartlett says, that the entire Betting Industry, is being held back by the Holier-Than-Thou-Committee, because of the mountains of compliance, we have to deal with, as bookies. And whilst this is happening, foreign firms, once non-entities, are marching forward.He is 100% correct. And I add: All of these characters want to provide legals, compliance, IT systems, tills, apps, PR, Marketing, payment processing, the list goes on… BUT NONE HAVE THE BALLS TO BE THE LAYER.In other news:“The world is a sweeter and cleaner place now.”. Ben’s Blog Icon; Norman Tebbit, on the death of Martin McGuinness. ONE LESS TO WORRY ABOUT, NORMAN.last_img

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Rice Physicists Help Discover Existence of Top Quark

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first_imgAddThis ShareUntitled DocumentContact: Philip Montgomery Phone: (713) 831-4792 Rice Physicists Help Discover Existence of Top QuarkRice physicists played an important role in the discovery of the top quark, a long-sought building block of the universe. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory officials announced today the top quark was discovered through a collaboration of physicists from a number of research institutions and universities including Rice. Discovering the top quarks confirms physicists’ theories of the basic underlying laws of nature, said Hannu Miettinen, a Rice professor of physics and leader of the Rice research team. Although top quarks may not seem relevant to most people, they are directly tied to our own existence because these particles were formed in the first moments of the universe at the same time the matter forming our world was created. Physicists had strong theoretical reasons to believe that the top quark existed, but it had not been seen. For almost two decades, researchers sought evidence of the elusive particle. It took the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and three years of data collection with two giant detectors to end the 18-year-old search. Miettinen and Geary Eppley, a graduate student, along with two mathematicians from Rice, developed a new mathematical technique about two years ago just to attack the problem of finding the top quark. The method complements and improves on existing methods. Miettinen and Eppley have worked with the top quark analysis group at Fermilab for more than a year to help make this discovery. For nearly two decades, physicists passionately searched for the top quark to confirm the underlying theory of modern physics. According to the big bang theory, when the universe was created six types of quarks came into existence. Of those six, two are found in ordinary matter and make up the protons and neutrons of atoms. The remaining four are less stable and can only be detected through the use of huge particle accelerators. The Rice physicists are part of the D0 (DZero) research group at Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. Fermilab is a high-energy physics laboratory, and the site of a four-mile-circumference particle accelerator. Rice physicists participating in the D0 experiment are David Adams, Iain Bertram, Geary Eppley, Hannu Miettinen, Paul Padley and Pablo Yepes.last_img read more

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Mexican director Arturo Ripstein to attend Rice Cinema for film retrospective

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first_imgAddThis ShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.edu Mexican director Arturo Ripstein to attend Rice Cinema for film retrospectiveRice Cinema will screen a retrospective of noted Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein’s work Sept. 9-11. Ripstein will attend the film screenings Sept. 9 and 10 and will discuss them with audience members.The series is free and open to the public and will be shown at Rice Cinema on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html. “The Films of Arturo Ripstein: A Retrospective Film Series” begins Sept. 9 with “El Castillo de la Pureza” (“The Castle of Purity”), the story of a disciplined and sexually driven man who keeps his family isolated in his home for years to protect them from the “evil nature” of human beings while inventing (with his wife) rat poison. Doors open at 6 p.m., and Ripstein will be interviewed at 6:30. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., followed by a reception.“Principio y Fin” (“Beginning and End”) will screen at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, “Principio y Fin” tells the story of a middle-class family struggling against poverty after their father’s death. There will be a reception at 5 p.m., and Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego will be interviewed at 6 p.m.The series ends Sept. 11 with a double feature. “Profundo Carmesi” (“Deep Crimson”) begins at 3 p.m. The film examines the life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living, but is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him. And “El Carnaval de Sodoma” (“Crazy Carnival”), in which residents of a bordello scurry to put together their outfits for an annual carnival, screens at 5 p.m.All films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.The festival is sponsored by Rice University’s Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs, Rice Cinema, the Department of Hispanic Studies and the Mexican Consulate.For more on the films, go to http://ricecinema.rice.edu/Events.aspx.last_img read more

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Rice Space Institute director available to discuss ISS

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first_imgAddThis ShareContact:David Ruthdavid@rice.eduRice Space Institute director available to discuss ISS HOUSTON – (Dec. 21, 2013) – David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and a Rice University professor of astronomy and physics, is available to comment on today’s spacewalk to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station (ISS). Two American astronauts are making the 6.5-hour walk. According to NASA and news reports, thing are going well and the astronauts are ahead of schedule.NASA said a Christmas Day walk might not be needed if the walk continues to go well.Alexander is available for interviews about the ISS today through Dec. 25.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio available 24/7 to news organizations throughout the world.To interview Alexander, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.last_img read more

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Despite Time honor Indias Modi has not executed his power forcefully Baker

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first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduDespite Time honor, India’s Modi has not executed his power forcefully, Baker Institute expert saysHOUSTON – (Dec. 8, 2014) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered office this year on the promise of reviving the country’s economy, is the winner of the 2014 readers’ poll for Time Person of the Year, the magazine announced today. Despite this honor, Modi has not executed his power forcefully enough to tackle the country’s economic challenges, according to an India expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: narendramodi.in“Modi has achieved the largest consolidation of power in India since Indira Gandhi in the ’70s and ’80s, and he wants to unleash the Indian economy to regain the mojo of the last decade,” said Rice economist Russell Green. “But despite glitz and fanfare, he has not executed his power forcefully.”Green, the Baker Institute’s Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice, is available to comment on India’s economy and Modi’s reform efforts. Green served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to India from 2008 to 2011.“I hope that by next year we can point to substantial measures to liberalize the economy and improve government performance,” he said. “We will see if industrial activity picks up or if the Clean India initiative makes a difference. But until then, the jury is out.”Apart from the readers’ poll, the editors of Time will choose a Person of the Year, who will be announced Wednesday.For more information or to interview Green, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Green biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/russell-green.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 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://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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Why do consumers pay more Rice research finds the surprising effect of

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first_imgAddThis Share2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduWhy do consumers pay more? Rice research finds the surprising effect of consumer local identityHOUSTON – (Oct. 25, 2016) – New research by a Rice University marketing professor debunks a long-held belief by companies that they could charge more for locally produced goods and services because of consumers’ sense of attachment to their community. The study, published in the Journal of Marketing, determined consumers with a local identity will pay more than consumers with a global identity even when a product’s country of origin is unknown.Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityRice’s Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at the university’s Jones Graduate School of Business, examined differences between consumers with a local versus global identity in the study “How Does Local-Global Identity Affect Price Sensitivity?” Those with a local identity view themselves as local citizens identifying with their community, traditions and culture. In contrast, consumers with a global identity view themselves as world citizens and identify with worldwide traditions and cultures.Along with co-authors Huachao Gao of the University of Victoria and Yinlong Zhang of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Mittal conducted several studies with more than 5,000 customers. In these studies, they used different approaches to measure and experimentally manipulate consumers’ local or global identity. They also measured price sensitivity using different metrics, such as purchase quantity, willingness to pay and purchase likelihood.“On average, we found a 17.38 percent decline in price sensitivity among local than global consumers” Mittal said. “Interestingly, the results persisted when we did not mention where the products were produced.”The most powerful evidence came from a randomized field study in a grocery store in Hefei, China. As customers entered the store, half randomly received a local-identity brochure that described a “Think Local Movement” supporting the local community and focusing on local news. The other half received a “Think Global Movement” brochure supporting the global community, focusing on global news and highlighting global cultures.Results of this study showed that overall sales could be boosted by 13 percent from applying a local communication strategy. A follow-up study determined this occurred because local-identity customers were more prone to making sacrifices. To the extent that paying more is akin to a sacrifice, they displayed lower price sensitivity.The authors also analyzed a country-level dataset spanning 142 countries. Controlling for factors such as country culture, per capita income and competitiveness, the authors found that the less globalized a country — or the higher its local identity — the less price-sensitive its citizens were to food prices.“Why does this happen?” Mittal asked. “A local identity seems to trigger a sacrifice mindset that increases a consumer’s willingness to pay. By triggering this sacrifice mindset via a local identity, a company can improve its revenue without having to offer more features or product modifications.”The authors also tested whether this effect of localism on price sensitivity was robust to consumer ethnocentrism, a tendency to pay more for local products out of a sense of patriotism. “Reassuringly, we found that local identity reduces price sensitivity for products whose country of origin is unknown — even after controlling for ethnocentrism,” Mittal said.As the studies show, a local identity can be activated in simple, inexpensive yet effective ways. These include messages that remind consumers of their local roots, simple activities that trigger local associations and measurements of trait identity. A communication-based approach to appeal to consumers’ local identity is likely to use fewer resources while being more effective than altering a company’s supply chain to set up local manufacturing in host countries.Does this imply that global companies can drive out local competition? Not necessarily, Mittal said. “First, if low-cost global companies can reduce consumer price sensitivity, local producers and manufacturers do not have to lower their prices to be competitive; the latter can compete better by differentiating on factors other than price,” he said. “Second, companies can further reinforce their customers’ local identity and desire to pay more by being good citizens of local communities. These include supporting local causes that are endemic to consumers with a local identity.”For the full version of the study, visit http://journals.ama.org/doi/10.1509/jm.15.0206.For more information about and insights from Rice Business faculty research, visit the school’s Rice Business Wisdom website, http://ricebusinesswisdom.com.-30-Follow the Jones School via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Mittal bio: http://business.rice.edu/person/vikas-mittal.last_img read more

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Rice names Nelson associate vice president for human resources

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first_imgShareDoug Millerdoug.miller@rice.edu713-348-6770Rice names Nelson associate vice president for human resourcesHOUSTON – (Sept. 26, 2018) – Joan Nelson has been appointed Rice University’s associate vice president for human resources. Nelson, the associate vice chancellor and vice president of human resources at the University of Houston (UH), will join Rice in November. She succeeds Mary Cronin, who retired this summer.JOAN NELSONNelson was hired following a national search. “Joan was clearly the leading and consensus candidate throughout the process, and I am excited that she is coming to Rice to assume the role of chief human resource officer and to be a key member of our leadership team,” said Vice President for Administration Kevin Kirby.Nelson, who held senior human resources positions at Texas Children’s Hospital and Continental Airlines prior to working at UH, joins Rice at a critical time as the university implements the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) laid out by President David Leebron. Recruiting top faculty and staff members to campus and enhancing services that support the V2C2 will be critical to Rice’s teaching and research endeavors in the years ahead.“I’m thrilled that Joan will be leading our human resource efforts and be part of our leadership team at Rice,” Leebron said. “Joan will bring both leadership and vision in this rapidly changing environment.”Nelson will also oversee the continued implementation of Careers At Rice and the new information technology tools necessary for human resource processes at the university.“I am delighted to be joining Rice University, where the human resource function will be an important enabler of the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade,” Nelson said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students at Rice to articulate an innovative human capital vision for Rice and make that vision a reality.”Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management at the University of Maryland University College and an MBA at UH. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

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Students respond to pressure – in babies

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first_img Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0506_LOBE-4-web.jpgA system developed by Rice University engineering students is designed to monitor high intracranial pressure within the skulls of infants, a condition that affects more than 400,000 every year. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0506_LOBE-1-web-1.jpgRice University senior engineering student Sammi Lu attaches a sensor to a mannequin to test a noninvasive system designed to monitor intracranial pressure in infants. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) A system developed by Rice University engineering students is designed to monitor high intracranial pressure within the skulls of infants, a condition that affects more than 400,000 every year. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University senior Sammi Lu watches as her classmate, Tensae Assefa, attaches a sensor to the head of a mannequin set up to help them monitor intracranial pressure. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University senior bioengineering students created a noninvasive device to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. From left, Tensae Assefa, Sammi Lu, Kiara Reyes Gamas, Brett Stern and Patricia Thai. Photo by Jeff Fitlow-30-Visit the team’s website at http://oedk.rice.edu/Sys/PublicProfile/47560580/1063096Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: https://youtu.be/jYE5xEhTG5gVideo produced by Brandon Martin/Rice UniversityRelated materials:Rice Department of Bioengineering: https://bioengineering.rice.eduBrown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University senior bioengineering students created a noninvasive device to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. From left, Tensae Assefa, Sammi Lu, Kiara Reyes Gamas, Brett Stern and Patricia Thai. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0506_LOBE-3-web-5.jpgRice University senior Sammi Lu watches as her classmate, Tensae Assefa, attaches a sensor to the head of a mannequin set up to help them monitor intracranial pressure. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionA system developed by Rice engineering students is designed to monitor high intracranial pressure within the skulls of infants, a condition that affects more than 400,000 every year. Photo by Jeff FitlowThe sensor feeds a processing unit that displays the numerical pressure level on an LCD screen. The system also stores data on an external SD card for later interpretation by other medical professionals.“In actual cases, prolonged levels of ICP are more problematic than random spikes,” Lu said. “So we’ve built in an alarm system through LED lights and a buzzer.”The bandages are already in common use to dress wounds, Reyes Gamas said. “We tested it,” she said. “We put it on our arms and it stayed on for nine days. It will not come off unless you use ethanol on it. And we didn’t avoid any activities like exercising or showering; it’s pretty stable.“We also tested the sensor itself to see if there was any change in accuracy over time in ideal conditions,” she said. “We found it was very consistent throughout.”Dr. Sandi Lam, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Vijay Ravindra, a pediatric neurosurgery fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital, worked with the team, who were advised by Sabia Abidi, a postdoctoral teaching fellow of bioengineering at Rice.center_img Share1NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to video and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduStudents respond to pressure – in babiesRice U. team’s intracranial pressure monitor will help docs diagnose infants at risk of brain damageHOUSTON – (April 30, 2019) – Feeling the soft spot atop a newborn’s head can give a doctor a sense of whether there’s too much pressure inside, but Rice University bioengineering students have found a way to get more comprehensive data without an invasive procedure.The student team at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering created a seemingly simple but sophisticated system to monitor high intracranial pressure (ICP) within the skulls of infants, a condition that affects more than 400,000 every year. ICP can be caused by trauma to the brain and is a marker for hydrocephalus, a buildup of excess cerebral spinal fluid within the brain’s ventricles.Their Bend-Aid, created in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital doctors at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, combines an old-school adhesive bandage with a sensor that has the potential to replace two current techniques: Palpating the child’s soft spot to get a general sense of pressure, or drilling into the skull to insert an accurate but highly invasive sensor. A system developed by Rice University engineering students is designed to monitor high intracranial pressure within the skulls of infants, a condition that affects more than 400,000 every year. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0506_LOBE-2-web.jpgRice University senior bioengineering students — from left, Sammi Lu, Brett Stern, Tensae Assefa and Patricia Thai — set up a test of their system to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University senior bioengineering students created a noninvasive device to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. From left, Tensae Assefa, Sammi Lu, Kiara Reyes Gamas, Brett Stern and Patricia Thai. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0506_LOBE-6-web-3.jpgRice University senior bioengineering students created a noninvasive device to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. From left, Tensae Assefa, Sammi Lu, Kiara Reyes Gamas, Brett Stern and Patricia Thai. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice senior Sammi Lu attaches a sensor to a mannequin to test a noninvasive system designed to monitor intracranial pressure in infants. Photo by Jeff FitlowThe non-invasive method created by seniors Sammi Lu, Kiara Reyes Gamas, Tensae Assefa, Patricia Thai and Brett Stern allows clinicians to monitor babies for as long as necessary to build a record of intracranial pressure over time that would be impossible to acquire through occasional palpitation.“What physicians usually do is feel the soft spot where the skull hasn’t fused together yet,” Thai said. “If it’s tense, that’s a sign of higher pressure. If it’s sunken, it’s low pressure. But it’s really subjective between doctors and previous research showed it’s not very accurate.“There’s a need for a quantitative and continuous method to measure pressure in the skulls of infants, to see changes in ICP over time,” she said.The team embedded a soft, ribbon-like sensor with a 2.2-inch working length into a bandage that, when affixed to the baby’s head, reports to a data processor when bent in or out by the changing shape of the soft spot, called the fontanelle. The fontanelle generally closes after 18 months as the skull plates fuse.“From our literature search, we discovered there is a correlation of ICP levels within the skull space and the bending level of the fontanelle,” Lu said. The team used that data to build a mathematical model that correlates the sensor’s bending angle to standard measures of ICP. Rice University senior bioengineering students — from left, Sammi Lu, Brett Stern, Tensae Assefa and Patricia Thai — set up a test of their system to monitor intracranial pressure in newborns. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Rice University senior engineering student Sammi Lu attaches a sensor to a mannequin to test a noninvasive system designed to monitor intracranial pressure in infants. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University senior engineering student Sammi Lu attaches a sensor to a mannequin to test a noninvasive system designed to monitor intracranial pressure in infants. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

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