Monthly Archives: July 2019

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Jul
31

Sign up to LabourLists morning email for everythi

first_imgSign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Talks between the government and Labour continued yesterday, with Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey visiting the Cabinet Office for “technical discussions” lasting four and a half hours. Almost everyone has been highly doubtful about the chance of a cross-party deal being reached: many in Labour say it’s a trap that Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) fall into, while Tory Brexiteers are naturally furious about the idea of a soft Brexit winning the day.While there are risks for Labour, two crucial factors have been overlooked: Corbyn has always wanted to shape Brexit, not stop it, and Theresa May, who is desperate to pass her withdrawal agreement, has run out of options. The biggest impediments are Labour MPs who only want another referendum and advisors to the Prime Minister who – incredibly – still hope that a ‘Malthouse Compromise’-style arrangement or no deal are viable. Can the party leaders get away with ignoring them?Established today, Theresa May is not a “Fleabag” fan and has never seen “Bodyguard”. Apparently she is more of an NCS person https://t.co/Nrhm8Fahb4— Rupa Huq MP (@RupaHuq) April 4, 2019If you’re looking for a more entertaining take on the situation, I’d recommend Rupa Huq. The Labour backbencher and campaigner for a public vote managed to secure her own private meeting with the Prime Minister. What did she get out of it? “I actually asked her if Bodyguard was accurate and she hadn’t seen it, so I said ‘ah you’re more of a Fleabag person’ and she didn’t know what I was talking about.” Apparently this was raised during an “uncomfortable silence”. Amazing.The breaking news this morning is that May has asked Donald Tusk for an Article 50 extension until 30th June, with the option to drop out sooner if the Commons passes a Brexit deal before then. Apparently the EU is considering the idea of a ‘flextension’ (i.e. flexible extension, another one for the Brexit dictionary), though is keener on a year long one. Either way, the UK could field candidates for the European parliamentary elections but not then participate if MPs approved a withdrawal agreement before polling day. As LabourList exclusively revealed yesterday, Labour has started preparing for the contests by setting a timetable for the selection of its MEP candidates.On LabourList today, Sadiq Khan has written about what he’s doing to tackle air pollution in London – including the world’s first ultra-low emission zone, which will come into effect on Monday. Ana Oppenheim, a pro-EU Labour activist with Momentum and Labour for Free Movement, has penned a piece on the new ‘Let Us Vote’ campaign to enfranchise migrants in the UK. Launching today, it so far has the support of Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Clive Lewis, David Lammy and Stephen Doughty. And of course we have the results of the Newport West by-election: huge congratulations to Ruth Jones, Labour’s newest MP.Sign up to LabourList’s morning email for everything Labour, every weekday morning.Tags:Sadiq Khan /Ana Oppenheim /Newport West /Article 50 extension /European elections 2019 /Flextension /last_img read more

Jul
31

ERIC Chisnall is on BBC Radio Merseysides Try Tim

first_imgERIC Chisnall is on BBC Radio Merseyside’s Try Time show tonight from 6pm-7pm.You can listen by pointing your radio dial to 95.8fm.last_img

Jul
31

FOUR Saints have been named in the Exiles Squad fo

first_imgFOUR Saints have been named in the Exiles Squad for the International Origin Match against England.Lance Hohaia, Willie Manu, Tony Puletua and Sia Soliola are selected by Coach Brian McClennan.The 27-man squad is:Louis Anderson (Catalan Dragons, New Zealand), Chris Bailey (London Broncos, Australia), Michael Dobson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), David Faiumu (Huddersfield Giants, Samoa), Blake Green (Wigan Warriors, Australia), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings, Australia), Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves, Australia, Captain), Lance Hohaia (St Helens, New Zealand), Antonio Kaufusi (London Broncos, Tonga), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos, Samoa), Heath L’Estrange (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Willie Manu (St Helens, Tonga), Manesi Manuokafo (Bradford Bulls, Tonga), Daryl Millard (Catalan Dragons, Fiji), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), Mark O’Meley (Hull FC, Australia), Micky Paea (Hull Kingston Rovers, Tonga), Cory Patterson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), Justin Poore (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Australia), Tony Puletua (St Helens, Samoa), Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors, Ireland), Jarrod Sammut (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Iosia Soliola (St Helens, Samoa), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons, Cook Islands) and Trent Waterhouse (Warrington Wolves, Australia).Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14.are now on sale online at rugbyleaguetickets.co.uklast_img read more

Jul
31

SAINTS fans have until Monday August 4 to vote for

first_imgSAINTS fans have until Monday August 4 to vote for Will Hunter, Liam Jones or Christopher Owen to be named the Saints Fan of Pride 2014.BRUT is once again rewarding the fantastic rugby league fans and this year’s overall Fan of Pride 2014 will win £5,000 for their Super League club’s community foundation, a pair of season tickets for 2015, a signed Super League shirt and some BRUT product. They will also be invited to this season’s Man of Steel Awards.Fans have until midnight on Monday August 4 to vote for their club’s number 1 supporter at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleagueSt Helens Fan of Pride player ambassador, Paul Wellens – who was part of the Saints shortlisting judging panel – is calling on fans to vote for one of Will, Liam or Christopher to win the prestigious award before it’s too late.“I’m delighted to be backing Fan of Pride. As someone who’s been around for a little while I know exactly what the Saints fans mean to the players and I’d love it if we could have one of our supporters winning the overall Fan of Pride. I would really encourage people to get nominating.”Nominate now at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleagueEntries close at midnight on Monday, August 4.last_img read more

Jul
31

First Team Match

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Jul
30

Two injured in early morning Wilmington shooting

first_img When they arrived, officers found two victims with gunshot wounds. A 24-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.If you have any information on the shooting, contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text-A-Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left two people injured.According to a release, officers responded to the 1100 block of N. 30th Street around 4:05 Tuesday morning after receiving a Shotspotter alert.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Jul
30

Friday marks the beginning of Passover

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Jewish holiday of Passover begins Friday at sunset and is an annual festival that continues for eight days ending next Saturday.Rabbi Julie Kozlow, the spiritual leader at Bnai Israel Congregation in Wilmington, appeared on WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina to discuss the meaning of Passover, also known as Pesach.- Advertisement – “Passover is, for the Jewish people, our foundational holiday,” Kozlow said. “It tells us who we are and reminds who we are every year, its a story that’s 3,300 years old, a story about us once being enslaved and God freeing us, taking us out of Egyptian slavery.”Seder is observed at sunset on the first night of Passover and Kozlow showed a platter that is passed in her home during this symbolic meal.“We use different props to tell the story, so the Seder is meant to bring the story alive to everyone because we are each commanded to experience ourselves as if we were freed from slavery so that we understand what it was like to be enslaved and can therefore understand the meaning of freedom,” she said.One of the things she adds to her platter is a chain with metal links which symbolizes bondage.“We feel that as long as someone is enslaved in the world, then our obligation is to reach out for them because we feel God reached out to us to bring us out of slavery,” Kozlow said.Another Jewish tradition involves the practice of eating matzo which is unleavened flatbread.“We don’t eat any bread with leaven in it, we don’t eat cakes, or cupcakes, we stay away from what is considered a luxury in the world like croissants and yeast-filled breads,” she said. “Matzo is a flat bread called the poor man’s bread and that’s a way of teaching ourselves that its a time to keep our spirits humble — to be in solidarity with everybody in the world who is living in some sort of enslavement, which is just about everybody at one time or another.”She also adds that Seder involves eating in solidarity, symbolically, with those around the world who do not have freedom.These traditions are passed from generation to generation and are essential to the Jewish faith.“That’s the whole point, we are much more interested in the questions than the answers, so the good Seder that’s doing its job is the Seder that will inspire people to ask questions and to have the children feel like they can see themselves in the story and that’s why every year, we go through this retelling — we drink our history and eat our ethics and remind ourselves of who we are and what we stand for and what it means to be Jewish,” she said.last_img read more

Jul
30

Its not much but every bit helps – 9 year old donates

first_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> There is a popular supermarket chain in the UK that has the phrase, ‘every little helps’. Well, in the case of the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral, the same seems to apply.A nine year old girl from the UK has donated just over €3 towards the reconstruction of the nearly 900 year old Gothic French Cathedral in the heart of Paris.Speaking to the American broadcaster CNN, young Caitlyn Handley’s father said that his daughter was so affected by the images of the fire on the news that she decided to make a donation to Fondation du Patrimoine, one of the four organisations collecting funds on behalf of the French government.‘She felt she had to do something about it — she said that she couldn’t give hundreds or thousands, but would give what she could,’ Simon Handley told CNN.Updated: Notre Dame Cathedral spire collapsesIt’s been almost two weeks since a fire ravaged the roof and interior of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The fire destroyed the roof and caused the spire of the building to collapse. The fire was understood to have happened around 7PM in the evening. Fire crews fought to save as many of the artifacts and paintings which adorned the walls of the building.A view of the debris inside Notre-Dame de Paris in the aftermath of a fire that devastated the cathedral, during the visit of French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner (not pictured) in Paris, France, April 16, 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERSIt’s not muchIn her letter, Caitlyn writes, ‘Dear people of France and Paris. My name is Caitlyn, and I am 9 years old, I live in England … I heard about the Notre Dame fire on the radio and wanted to help, I know it’s not much, but every bit helps. Hopefully it won’t take too long to build. Thanks, Caitlyn.’Could an electrical short have caused the Notre Dame fire?Notre Dame fire: Vatican offers technical expertiseBold chaplain rescues invaluable relic from blazing Notre DameWatch: Archbishop Scicluna meets French ambassador following Notre Dame disasterCaitlyn’s contribution adds to the almost €850 million which has already been raised so far. This is also the second donation from the UK, that been received by the organisation. A sum of £300 in £50 notes ($387) has also been sent to Fondation du Patrimoine.These are just two of around 17,300 donations from over 160 countries around the world, totalling €1.6 million.These two British donations are among thousands from abroad. The Fondation du Patrimoine said in a statement that it had received 17,300 donations totaling €1.6 million from more than 160 foreign countries.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Jul
30

Watch Students form heart shape as Heartfelt Week came to an end

first_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> 507 students at St. Aloysius Primary School formed a huge heart at the end end of this year’s Heartfelt Week.Among the activities held in connection to the Heartfelt Week themed ‘Alive’, a student explained to Newsbook.com.mt that they visited San Anton where they handed out flowers and notes, as they explained what the Heartfelt Week was all about.The Heartfelt Week was held during 6-13 May, and for which various activities were organised and students reached out to children, elderly, people who give service and refugees, among others.The Head of St. Aloysius Primary School, Daniela Camilleri Sacco in a comment she gave to Newsbook.com.mt explained the idea behind the chosen theme. She described the activities held saying that the pupils participated in various activities held at the school and around Malta. The parents and guardians were invited to join the students for the School Community Celebration of Heartfelt Week on Monday. On the day students were asked to wear plain coloured shirts while younger students were asked to wear a plain red top.Camilleri Sacco said that the parents and guardians of the students were encouraged to become organ donors. Describing the act as a ‘heroic gesture’, the students were told why it is important to become an organ donor.‘I had donated a kidney to my wife; She died after 18 years and a half’ A retired retail manager, John Grima, who was present during the final event of Heartfelt Week recounted how his wife had two kidney failures and needed dialysis. He explained that he had managed to convince the doctors that he would be donating one of his kidneys to his late wife. The transplant happened two years later in 1998 and his wife lived 18 years and a half before passing away due to unrelated reasons.Grima reiterated that organ donations can happen during one’s lifetime as well as after one’s death.The activities on the day also included a short presentation of the students’ work throughout the week, students and staff formed a big heart while parents and guardians formed the words ‘Heartfelt Week’, the Transplant Support Group gave a short presentation and were available for all those who wanted to sign up, and finally the parents and guardians were invited to join in a dance.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Jul
30

Bay opposite Wilga Street in St Julians fit for bathing

first_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> SharePrint The Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health wishes to notify that the bay opposite Wilga Street in St Julian’s is now fit for bathing and the health warning is now lifted. The Directorate has reached this conclusion after repeated sampling of seawater carried out on a daily basis during the last few days in the area. For more information on the quality of bathing water, the public is requested to contact the Health Inspectorate Services between 8am and 2,30pm on 21 337 333 or via email on mhi@gov.mt. Outside office hours the public is requested to call the automated system on 21 827 146 or 79 509 918 (Malta), 79 509 919 (Gozo). The public is also being invited to access the Directorate’s Facebook page or the official website. center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Jul
30

Accused of raping wife during separation process

first_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> A 38-year-old man is being kept under arrest after having been accused of raping his estranged wife.The man, whose name cannot be circulated by Court order, has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.The defence lawyer asked for the immediate release of the accused and said that even though the couple are living under the same roof and sharing a bed, they are going through a separation process.The same lawyer also reminded the Court that no bruising or other marks were found on the alleged victim’s body when she was examined by a medical professional, and that the woman kept sleeping next to the man after the sexual act in question.Magistrate Audrey Demicoli refused the defence lawyer’s request ad remanded the accused under arrest, as the alleged victim still needs to testify.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Jul
30

HP resurrects TouchPad tablet to pacify rabid customers

first_imgAdvertisement “As we know more about how, when and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through e-mail to those who requested notification.”Budgell says it will be a few weeks before devices from the additional run will be available for purchase.The blog post signals further confusion from a company in upheaval. Two weeks ago, HP announced suddenly it would end production on all of its mobile hardware, including the soon-to-be-released Pre 3 and Veer smartphones. – Advertisement – The decision also included the company’s iPad competitor, the TouchPad, killed off a mere 49 days after its debut in July. Circulating rumors suggested third-party retailers were sitting onhundreds of thousands of unsold units.HP followed its announcement by slashing prices on remaining TouchPad inventory, reducing the price of the 16-gigabyte TouchPad to $100, and the 32-gig version to $150.Since the blowout sale prices, however, the company hasn’t been able to keep any TouchPads in stock. Retailers have been bombarded by customer requests for the cheapened devices, and dozens of retailers have reported completely selling out.Which is most likely the reason behind HP’s decision to once again beef up its inventory for a last TouchPad blast.“Tablet computing is a segment of the market that’s relevant, absolutely,” HP personal systems group exec Todd Bradley told Reuters in an interview. The company continues to explore licensing options for, webOS — its proprietary operating system — according to Bradley.There’s no guarantee, however, that HP will continue to sell the last round of tablets at a $100 rate. Hardware teardown website iSupply speculates that, in terms of components alone, a 16-GB TouchPad costs HP approximately $300 to build. That’s a $200 bath HP is taking on each individual unit sold, not including the cost of labor, shipping and associated expenses.HP did not immediately respond to a phone request for comment.While the resurgence in TouchPad interest may be a promising sign for HP, the company’s flip-flopping decision process isn’t serving its public image.“The only thing I know for sure that’s going on at HP is that they have completely lost control of their message,” Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said by e-mail to Wired.com. Epps continued, saying HP was “sabotaging their brand with the mixed messages.”As of today, the TouchPad is now the No. 2 best-selling tablet after the iPad, according to FastCompany. Ironically, that’s the exact position HP was vying for.Unfortunately for the company, it took bargain-bin pricing and the threat of extinction to get there.Source: CNN Techlast_img read more

Jul
30

Uganda readies for regional BPO conference

first_imgBPO Association’s Secretary General, Rogers Karebi and NITA-U’s Exec. Director, James Saaka [File Photo] Advertisement BPO Association’s Secretary General, Rogers Karebi and NITA-U’s Exec. Director, James Saaka [File Photo]Government targets Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to solve youth unemployment problem in the country.The National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) in partnership with the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) are organizing a 3-day regional BPO Leadership Conference from 18th to 20th September 2013 at the Serena Hotel, Kampala.The East Africa Regional BPO Conference is a specially designed forum that brings together key players and policy makers in the ICT sector to discuss and debate around critical issues and needs in Offshore/Near shore IT & BPO outsourcing. – Advertisement – Government believes promoting BPO is a step into reducing rampant unemployment in the country.“The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry is one of the key areas Government of Uganda has identified as a long-term solution to addressing issues of unemployment amongst educated youths as well as to increase investment in area of Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES),” read a press statement release by NITA-U today.The conference will also mark the official launch of the BPO incubation Centre. The BPO Association said the center is a “critical milestone” in the development of the sector which “we strongly believe will play a strong role in the development and transformation of the use of ICT in business innovation and competitiveness”.The forum will bring together visionaries from Government, Services Providers (IT & BPO) and leading buyer dignitaries. In addition, a delegation from India NASSCOM (leading in BPO) will also be attending and sharing their experiences in the transformation of India into a global leading BPO center.The Conference theme this year is “Optimizing BPO for Competitiveness.”The BPO Association Secretary General, Rogers Karebi, and the Executive Director or NITA-U, James Saaka, today jointly addressed the press at NITA-U offices.“The conference is intended to find solutions to create better understanding of the potential of BPO in addressing some of the pertinent issues in Uganda like increasing youth unemployment and development of SMEs in Uganda as a key driver of growth and development,” said James Saaka.NITA has carried out a number of initiatives that include setting up of the training and incubation center at Statistics House that has already trained over 500 Ugandans in ICT.  This marks the beginning and a concerted effort in the development of the ICT and BPO Sector in Uganda.last_img read more

Jul
29

Twitter Increases Follow Limit From 2000 to 5000 Accounts

first_imgAdvertisement If the hundreds and thousands of tweets that appear on your Twitter timeline aren’t enough, the micro-blogging platform is now allowing you to follow more people. Twitter on Tuesday increased the follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 accounts.It may come as a surprise to many, as you may have seen many people who follow tens of thousands of users. This happens because the company allows users that have a high following to follower ratio to exceed the follow limit. But if a user only has 10 followers and it is following 5,000 accounts, the company is likely to find it a spam practice, and won’t let users follow more than the follow limit.[related-posts]“You’ll need to wait until you have more followers in order to follow more users–for example, you can’t follow 10,000 people if only 100 people follow you,” the company wrote in a help centre post. – Advertisement – Detailing how it identifies spam practices, Twitter added, “We monitor all accounts for aggressive following and follow churn (repeatedly following and unfollowing large numbers of other users). You can read more about these below, but if you don’t follow or unfollow hundreds of users in a single day, and you aren’t using automated methods of following users, you should be fine.”This is one of the many changes Twitter has made to the social network in recent times. Not long ago the company announced that it is increasing the number of characters count allowed in DM from 140 to 10,000. The company also noted that it would soon allow users to tweet in more than 140 characters. But perhaps the biggest addition was the introduction of Moments earlier this month, a separate channel in the Twitter client that allows users to find the hottest topics of discussion on the social network. These new additions signal the company’s intention to make the social network more user engaging, a major aspect that it has struggled on since its inception.On Tuesday, Twitter revealed its 3Q earnings, where it also noted that the core audience on the platform has hit 307 million active users, an increase of just 3 million since June. CEO Jack Dorsey during the earnings call said, “Twitter is getting easier to use every single week.”[ndtv]last_img read more

Jul
29

Orange and Ecobank launch a banktowallet money transfer service linked to Orange

first_imgOrange. Photo Credit: XMobile Advertisement This partnership, which is already operational in Mali since January 2015 and in Cameroun since August 2015, facilitates money transfers for both Ecobank (www.Ecobank.com) and Orange (www.Orange.com) customers by allowing them to top-up their Orange Money e-wallet from their bank account, and vice versa.Customers can use their mobile phones to securely transfer money between accounts at any time, without the need to go to a distribution point or to have any physical cash. Ecobank customers can also view bank account balance and obtain mini-statements by SMS via the service.By enabling customers to link their bank account with their Orange Money account, this new service in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger furthers the development of mobile financial services in Africa. – Advertisement – “Since its launch in January 2015 in Mali, this service has been a huge success with close to 110 million euros transferred between Ecobank and Orange Money accounts,” said Thierry Millet, Director of Orange Money, Mobile Payment and Contactless. “This easy-to-use system meets the demands of customers who already have a bank account and who want to use their mobile phones to carry out bank operations, wherever they are in the country and at whatever time of day. Customers will also benefit from the extensive network of thousands of licensed Orange Money vendors in addition to Ecobank’s own high-street branches, considerably increasing the number of withdrawal points. We are happy to deploy this partnership in large scale,” he said.Patrick Akinwuntan, Group Executive, Consumer Banking at Ecobank Group said: “We have seen remarkable success in the volume of bank transfers since the beginning of a successful partnership between Ecobank and Orange and we are confident that this service will also have a great success the new countries that are embarking on this service. It is a platform which highlights the importance of on-line banking and mobile today and to our commitment in bringing convenient banking services to everyone in central Africa.”Launched in the Côte d’Ivoire in December 2008, Orange Money is currently available in 14 countries in Africa and the Middle East. With close to 8 billion euros exchanged over the course of 2015 and over 16 million customers, Orange Money continues its rapid growth.Orange Money is a service that enables customers to transfer money from their mobile phone to other account-holders across the country and, from certain countries, to users based abroad. Depending on the country, they can also use the service to remotely pay electricity, water or television bills, buy air time for their mobile, or benefit from savings or insurance services.last_img read more

Jul
29

Cheltenham Festival 2013 End Of Week Review

first_imgThe roar was definitely heard at the Cheltenham Festival this year. The four days proved to be a difficult battle for us, as a majority of the favourites were unstoppable. As the festival’s highlight-race approached, The Gold Cup, it was hard not feel the tension.Ben Keith provides a break down of how we were doing both on-course and in the office. Luke Tarr, Martin Chapman and Alex Wheeler provide a detailed account into the days activities and the weeks overall performance.last_img

Jul
29

STAR SPECIALS Europhile Hammond Wont Join Europeans In Celebrating Pride Banning Hagues

first_imgStar Sports unveil betting on whether Foreign Secretary will ban the Foreign Office flying the rainbow flag for Pride 2016, a gesture that previous Foreign Sec William Hague encouraged. The bookmaker makes Hammond banning the rainbow flag an odds-on shot at just 1/3, and offers 9/4 that Hammond does allow the flag to fly at the Foreign OfficeJamie Loughead, Star Sports spokesman, comments:“The Foreign Secretary went to great lengths this week to convince the public that the UK is best being a part of a united Europe- but last year refused to join our European neighbours in flying a rainbow flag for Pride. So regrettably, we are offering an odds-on price of just 1/3 that he will refuse to fly the flag at the Foreign Office again this year.”He continued ”Mr Hammond certainly appears to be more ‘homosceptic’ than he is ‘Eurosceptic’.”Will The UK Foreign Office (London) Fly The Rainbow Flag For Pride 2016?No 1/3Yes 9/4last_img read more

Jul
29

Interview NEIL CHANNING

first_imgSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS [dropcap]N[/dropcap]eil Channing is one of the most successful professional gamblers of recent times. He’s also one of the most versatile. He’s succeeded at Poker, Spread Betting, Horses, backing and laying sports betting and racecourse bookmaking.It’s not all been plain sailing though, there have been some magical highs, winning $1,200,000 in the Irish Poker Open in 2008, and some crushing lows, losing his entire tank laying horses thanks to a Martin Pipe purple patch.In this series of interviews with Simon Nott Neil tells it warts and all from his humble beginnings winning money playing cards with older kids more interested in getting drunk and having sex, though on-course bookmaking, working in the spread betting industry and winning a fortune playing poker.He also talks candidly about the mentality of gambling, how to deal with a losing run and advice to those who may be watching his career starry-eyed and ambition to emulate him burning in their hearts. It’s all here, all you wanted to know about the life and times of the modern day professional punter.1. EARLY DAYS2. GOING RACING3. PITCHING UP4. SPREADING OUT5. GETTING ON6. LOSING RUNS7. AND FINALLYTHE COMPLETE SETlast_img read more

Jul
28

Shepherd School musicians to serenade Rice Gallery visitors April 7

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Shepherd School musicians to serenade Rice Gallery visitors April 7Students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music will perform a concert for visitors at the Rice Gallery at 7 p.m. April 7.The concert is free and open to the public and will feature new works inspired by the Gallery’s current installation, Mary Temple’s “Northwest Corner, Southeast Light.” Graduate student Max Pipinich and senior Rachel Sandman are Shepherd School musicians who organized the event. The composers of the four new pieces are also students at the Shepherd School. Senior Keith Allegretti wrote “Projections,” senior Mindy Chen wrote “Installation,” senior Ross Griffey wrote “Dancing Shadows” and junior Hilary Purrington wrote “Fixed Mediums.” An encore performance will be held in Rice Gallery April 10 at 3 p.m.Last fall Pipinich organized a concert of new music in the Rice Gallery space to coincide with to Sarah Oppenheimer’s installation “D-17,” which was on exhibition at the time.The Rice Gallery is located on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.last_img read more

Jul
28

Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionA reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. Graphic by Rong-Ming Ho“From a properties standpoint, chirality is pretty big for optics,” Thomas said. “The hope is that we can control self-assembly of chiral entities to make super-chiral entities 10 or 100 times bigger so that they are able to interact with visible or even infrared light.”The discovery led by the Rice professor’s experimental colleagues in Taiwan is the focus of a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Thomas and his team have spent years developing expertise in block copolymers, a class of metamaterials that can assemble themselves into many distinct patterns, including alternating layers. One alternating layer copolymer they created proved able to absorb the energy of a micro-scale bullet, while another formed a color-changing film able to act as sensor in food packaging could detect spoilage, and another that could be used to reversibly write in color on ordinary paper.Thomas noted the importance of chirality in nature, especially in drug design, where a left-handed molecule can be a savior while the same molecule, but right-handed, is toxic. Chiral-specific copolymers that mimic nature could also become tough-but-flexible compounds with unique, tunable properties, he said.Scientists at the National Tsing Hua and National Chung Cheng universities in Taiwan grew arrays of polymer cylinders from monomers and showed through tomographic electron microscope 3D reconstructions and videos that the cylinders twisted themselves to the left or right as dictated by the molecular building blocks.Thomas said the resulting elastic polymers could be stretched and tuned on demand to react to specific wavelengths of light. “We could make photonic crystals that reflect right-handed light and transmit left-handed light,” he said. “With circularly polarized light, it could transmit for one handedness and reflect for the other handedness. It would be a mirror for right and perfectly transparent for left. A reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. (Credit: Rong-Ming Ho/ National Tsing Hua University) Return to article. Long DescriptionNed Thomas“I’m looking forward to experimenting with light with these materials, because light is fascinating,” Thomas said. “You can do things you can literally see by manipulating the material.”He looks forward to the creation of chiral objects that are even more complex. “What if we can make left-chiral structures that fuse into right-chiral structures? And suppose we can do it in three dimensions? What happens there?“Every time we solve something or think we’ve found some interesting thing, all we’ve done is opened up a thousand new questions,” he said. “And I have new questions.”Professor Rong-Ming Ho of National Tsing Hua University and Jing-Cherng Tsai of National Chung Cheng University are co-lead investigators of the work. Co-authors are Hsiao-Fang Wang, Wen-Chun Hsu and Kai-Chieh Yang of Tsing Hua, Jing-Yu Lee and Jung-Tzu Hsu of Chung Cheng, and Gregory Grason, a professor of polymer science and engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.The Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1812356116Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Photonic gels are colorful sensors: http://news.rice.edu/2012/10/10/photonic-gels-are-colorful-sensors-2/Microbullets reveal material strengths: http://news.rice.edu/2012/10/30/microbullets-reveal-material-strengths-2/Thomas Research Group: http://elt.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering: https://msne.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description Rice University materials scientist Edwin Thomas was part of an international team that established how block copolymers follow the chirality of their basic elements as they self-assemble into larger structures. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/01/0204_BLOCK-2-WEB-16ubxky.jpgRice University materials scientist Edwin Thomas was part of an international team that established how block copolymers follow the chirality of their basic elements as they self-assemble into larger structures. (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. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. A reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. (Credit: Rong-Ming Ho/ National Tsing Hua University)center_img Return to article. Long Description FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Ned Thomas ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduLefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structuresRice University researcher aids effort to build bottom-up chiral polymers with unique functionsHOUSTON – (Feb. 11, 2019) – As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality — or “handed-ness” — and pass it on as they combine into larger structures.An international team that included Rice University materials scientist Edwin Thomas pried a new, fundamental detail from its bottom-up creation of several block copolymers, synthetic materials that naturally assemble themselves from small building blocks.They found the left or right chirality established by the smallest building blocks (monomers) of the polymer replicated itself as the microscopic material came together to form larger scale spiraling structures akin to those commonly found in nature — for instance, in helical DNA — and could enable the creation of materials with unique properties. https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/01/0204_BLOCK-1-WEB-rq25x9.jpgA reconstruction of block copolymers as seen through an electron microscope clearly shows how they follow the chirality, or handedness, established by their basic molecules and grow into spiraling structures that twist left or right. Their controllable “handed-ness” and tunability could lead to materials with unique optical qualities. (Credit: Rong-Ming Ho/ National Tsing Hua University)last_img read more