Kerri Prince who works in parliament as a Labour

first_imgKerri Prince, who works in parliament as a Labour MP’s researcher, was recently elected as a local councillor for Barnhill Ward in Hillingdon. She is regarded as soft left, currently supporting Ann Black for Labour’s National Executive Committee. Prince has written for LabourList about trade union funding, the return of David Miliband and adopting the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system for NEC elections.Jessica Beishon, chair of the Constituency Labour Party, stood as a council candidate in Hillingdon earlier this year and is rumoured to be interested. She is a parent governor at Uxbridge High School.Steve Garelick, a Hillingdon council candidate in 2018, is a regional organiser for GMB and led the charge against Uber last year. As we know, the trade union then took Uber to tribunal and won. After being named Organiser of the Year by the TUC, the Jewish union rep was interviewed by Jewish News. Boris Johnson has been called Islamophobic after using his Telegraph column this week to say women who wear burqas look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, and now the Prime Minister, have called on the former Foreign Secretary to apologise, which he has so far refused to do.A spokesperson for Johnson’s local Labour party said: “This is clear racism. It is no coincidence that days after reportedly meeting with Steve Bannon, who helped Donald Trump target Muslims, our MP is using this sort of divisive and offensive language in a national newspaper. His numerous previous offensive comments have been brushed aside by many as gaffes, but in this case Boris Johnson knows exactly what he is doing and why.”While Johnson positions himself on the right of his party, ready for a leadership election, Uxbridge Labour is preparing for a selection contest. It is an open shortlist, and completed applications have to be returned by 6pm on Monday 20th August ahead of the final selection meeting on Saturday 29th September.Who is rumoured to be interested in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip parliamentary selection race? Here are the runners and riders.Vincent Lo, a researcher who stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Uxbridge at the last general election, is thought to be a clear frontrunner. The Brent councillor is reportedly well-liked amongst local members and managed to get a significant 13.6% increase in Labour’s vote share, reducing Johnson’s majority by half to 5,034.Christian Wolmar is no stranger to high-profile contests. Though the railway historian and transport journalist unsuccessfully ran to be the Labour candidate in the 2016 London mayoral election, then came third in the Tory-Lib Dem marginal Richmond Park by-election that same year, he is undoubtedly experienced. In February, he only very narrowly lost the selection race in the Cities of London and Westminster, which Steven Saxby won by eight votes. LabourList understands that Wolmar has already started work on his selection campaign for Uxbridge.Wolmar backed Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 leadership race, and worked in his policy team, but supported Owen Smith in 2016. With a keen interest in transport and therefore a keen eye on the former London mayor’s costly mistakes, Wolmar recently wrote for LabourList about why “Boris Johnson must go“.Ali Milani, a vice-president of the National Union of Students, is local to the area. He is thought likely to be endorsed by Momentum; one local source told LabourList members have already been receiving phone calls from the grassroots campaign group.Before being elected for the first time as a councillor in May, Milani had to apologise for antisemitic comments he made as a teenager. He said: “We all make mistakes and we must be willing to accept that most of us aren’t chiselled from adolescence for public office.”Milani is considered the favourite to win. One friend of his tells LabourList: “He’s well known in the area, will get support of local Muslim members and left members.” As the president of Brunel Students Union until a couple of years ago, he led a huge protest against Johnson’s support for grant cutting, which means he will easily gain the votes of student members.He is also the chair of Labour Muslim Network, and is therefore expected to have a strong campaign team as well as the organisational support of Momentum.James Ogungbose has been nominated by Unite for the selection, making him Milani’s rival left candidate. The Nigerian-born bus driver is a trade union rep and served as a councillor in Barking and Dagenham until this year.Chris Summers was Labour’s candidate for Uxbridge in 2015. He was “vanquished”, as he puts it in his Twitter bio, but he may be interested again now that the seat is deemed winnable. Summers, former BBC journalist now a councillor in Ealing, has described himself as a “loyal Corbynite”. Tags:Boris Johnson /Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Christian Wolmar /Vincent Lo /Kerri Prince /Uxbridge Labour /Chris Summers /Ali Milani /Jessica Beishon /Steve Garelick /last_img read more

Family of Homeless Man Shot by Police Moves to Sue San Francisco

first_imgThe family of Luis Gongora Pat, the homeless man who was shot and killed by police officers in the Mission District in April this year, filed a claim against San Francisco alleging excessive force and wrongful death in the shooting of the 45-year-old.Attorneys for the family say Gongora Pat was shot in the head and back from above, claiming officers fired at him while he was on the ground.“He’s shot, shot, shot, shot, shot — side, back, top of the head,” said John Burris, a civil rights attorney based in Oakland who has represented several police shooting victims. “This should not have happened.”Showing graphic images taken of Gongora-Pat’s body during an independent autopsy, Burris and his colleagues said that wounds to the forehead clearly indicate he was shot from above while lying or sitting on the ground. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img “As you can see the trajectory goes down the top of his head and out the back of his head, indicating that he was below the officer, that the officer was above him and aimed down at the top of his head,” said Melissa Nold, a lawyer with John L. Burris Law Offices.Lawyers did not hire a bullet trajectory expert for those conclusions, however, saying that’s a step they will likely take when the case goes to trial.Those in attendance at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist gasped and sometimes sobbed when viewing photos of Gongora Pat’s body, bruised purple from bean-bag rounds and shot-through from several bullets.Gongora Pat’s two cousins and brother joined Burris for the press conference Friday afternoon, and his wife, parents, and three adult children were phoned in from their hometown in Teabo, Mexico. “We are very hurt because of this terrible tragedy,” said Rosana Gongora-May, his daughter, speaking from Mexico. “We remember him with great love, that he was always kind and loving towards us. Despite his homelessness and poverty, he never lost contact with us here in Yucatan, and we always dreamt of coming back together.”“I can’t tell you how much pain these families have to bear,” said Adriana Camarena, a Mission District activist who spearheaded organizing for police shooting victim Alex Nieto, who was killed in March 2014. “It takes a whole community to come around them, to face up to police.”Burris said that several witnesses have Gongora Pat was not acting aggressively and was sitting against a wall when shot by police. He also said officers escalated the situation when they advanced toward Gongora Pat instead of speaking to him from a distance.“You can’t create a confrontation and fight your way out of it, and shoot your way out of it,” he said.But the city has held that the shooting was justified because Gongora-Pat lunged at officers with a 13-inch knife. The City Attorney’s Office released a statement saying Gongora Pat “posed an immediate and deadly threat” and that several witnesses saw him lunge at officers.Gongora Pat was shot and killed on April 7, 2016, just feet from his tent in a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th streets. Video of the incident — which did not capture the shooting itself — shows three officers exiting their vehicles and advancing towards Gongora Pat, who is off-screen sitting with his back against a wall.The officers were responding to a 911 call about from workers with the Homeless Outreach team about a man with a knife in the encampment, according to police.Officer Michael Mellone, an officer with Mission Police Station, almost immediately draws and aims a bean-bag shotgun, an alternative to a firearm meant to disarm suspects. The officer shouts for Gongora Pat to “Put it down!” while advancing forward, referring to a 13-inch knife police and some witnesses say Gongora Pat had in his hand.One de-escalation trainer said Mellone failed to create time and distance and establish a rapport with the suspect as officers are taught, however.  Mellone then fires four bean-bag rounds at Gongora Pat, after which another officer, Sergeant Nate Steger, begins firing his handgun and is joined by Mellone. The pair fire a total of seven shots, hitting Gongora Pat in the head, arms, and shoulders and grazing his abdomen. Though police said officers they fired in self-defense after Gongora Pat lunged at them, several eyewitnesses have contradicted that claim. They said Gongora Pat was sitting down against a wall, knife either on the ground or in his waistband, and did not lunge at officers when they approached him. They also said he seemed confused by their shouting because he did not understand much English or Spanish. He carried a knife often and was resting against a wall after playing with a soccer ball, according to other residents of the encampment.The case further galvanized Mission District opposition to the then-police chief, Greg Suhr, and convinced the so-called Frisco Five hunger strikers to start their 17-day fast to unseat the chief. On Friday, Burris said that more systemic change is needed in the police department despite the Suhr’s departure.“It looks like a pattern of the use of deadly force that takes place here and goes unchecked and unmonitored,” he said. “Who the chief is doesn’t matter, what we want is [for] the shootings to stop.”Burris and his law firm are also representing the family of two other police shooting victims: Mario Woods, shot and killed in December 2015, and Nieto. A federal jury recently ruled against Burris in the Nieto case, saying the four officers involved did not use excessive force in his death.The claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — regarding Gongora Pat alleges a laundry list of excessive force charges and alleges that the city violated Gongora Pat’s constitutional rights. It asks for damages “in excess of $25,000” to be decided during a trial in federal court — which may be as many as two and a half years away, lawyers said. last_img read more

ST HELENS College have teamed up with Saints to de

first_imgST HELENS College have teamed up with Saints to deliver a range of exciting opportunities for those students embarking on vocational courses this September.Students at the College will have the chance to participate in work experience as well as paid work placements at the multi-million pound Langtree Park alongside high profile Saints players.Catering and Hospitality students could gain proficiency in the conference and banqueting areas of the stadium, as well as within match day hospitality and catering outlets.Media and Photography students will also be able to gain experience in video production, editing work, journalism and match day reporting.Jette Burford, Principal, said: “St Helens College is delighted to be working so closely with Saints as it will really enhance the learning of our students who will be given the unique opportunity to gain real, valuable work experience within a prolific environment.”Mike Rush, Saints CEO, added: “This partnership can help students at the College expand their knowledge and skills in a real life setting as well as enhancing their CV’s which could lead to new opportunities for them in the future.“We are also keen to see our own players benefit from a supportive learning environment at St Helens College as we help equip them with qualifications for their future”.This fantastic new partnership comes in addition to the £56 million that the College has recently invested to develop the brand new, state-of-the-art town centre campus, ensuring the provision of world class facilities, classrooms and workshops.St Helens College also prides itself on offering personalised student support which can be anything from help with dyslexia or other learning needs, to financial guidance, health and wellbeing support and careers advice.As enrolment for 16- 19-year-olds opens, new students can drop in to find out more about St Helens College, meet their tutors, get careers advice or information and sign up for a course starting this September.Saints players will also be on campus on Thursday and Friday next week to welcome new students as they embark on their future.Enrolment will be taking place:Thursday August 22, 10am – 5pmFriday August 23 9am – 4pmTuesday August 27 9am – 5pm Wednesday August 28 9am – 5pmIf you are unable to attend enrolment but are interested in starting at St Helens College in September or, for any further information, please call 0800 99 66 99 or visit read more

Justin Holbrook and James Roby preview this Saturd

first_imgJustin Holbrook and James Roby preview this Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash with Castleford. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The podcast is in association with Wish FM.Subscribe!To subscribe to our Podcast, click here or search St Helens RFC Podcasts on iTunes.You can also listen on Stitcher too. Click here to find out more.last_img

Humpday Health Competitive weightlifting for a full body workout

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –Plenty of people head to the gym to pump some iron and gain muscle.“I’d say if you wanted to learn the sport of weightlifting, come see us at the Wilmington Weightlifting Club,” said Walt Neubauer, a USA Weightlifting coach who says there is a growing community of competitive weightlifters in Wilmington.- Advertisement – But if you want to get involved in the sport, you’ll need the proper guidance.“You do want to find yourself somebody that actually is a weightlifting coach and has studied and knows the specific movements,” said Neubauer.The hard work and training culminates in competitive weightlifting events, where the athletes get to show off how much they’ve progressed.“This is the Olympic sport of weightlifting, so we compete in the snatch and clean and jerk. Those are the two events. So you take the highest lift, they have three attempts at each lift, the highest snatch plus the highest clean and jerk equals their total,” said Neubauer.Weightlifting doesn’t just scratch the competitive itch. It also works out almost every muscle.“People do this recreationally and get great benefits. The snatch alone uses 97 percent of the muscles in your body, so it is a full body workout, a full body exercise,” said Neubauer.So any former athletes looking to get back in the game, or a current athlete looking for an advantage, should try out competitive weightlifting.last_img read more

New Hanover County Arboretum gears up for annual plant sale

first_img Azaleas, annuals, perennials, natives, shrubs, Japanese maples, herbs, vegetables, garden decorations, and tool sharpening will be available.New Hanover County Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale chair Sherrel Bunn says the sale doesn’t just benefit the arboretum.“It is our big annual fundraiser,” Bunn said. “We donate to Cape Fear Community College for scholarships, and University of North Carolina Wilmington scholarships, and grants to our communities, and then help with the grounds of our beautiful New Hanover County Arboretum. So I encourage you to come, and we look forward to having you here.”Related Article: UNCW men’s basketball falls to Northeastern in CAA quarterfinalsThe plant sale opens to Friends of the Arboretum members Wednesday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and opens to the public on Thursday.Hours Thursday through Saturday are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours on Sunday are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gardeners listen up! The New Hanover County Arboretum’s annual plant sale starts this week.There will be more than 10,000 plants for sale, 7,000 of which were grown on site.- Advertisement – last_img read more

North Brunswick Marching Scorpions heading to DC for July 4

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A local high school marching band is heading to the nation’s capitol to represent North Carolina this July 4.A Brunswick County Schools spokesman said last year Senator Thom Tillis nominated the North Brunswick High School Marching Scorpions as the representative of North Carolina for the 2019 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC.- Advertisement – The marching band now needs the community’s help to meet their fundraising goal.Brunswick County Schools said it’s been a tough fundraising year with Hurricane Florence, but the band has raised more than $20,000 of the $30,000 goal to be able to pay all expenses for the trip.Community members who want to help the group reach their goal can donate at read more

Federal grant dollars on the way for Wilmington rail realignment project

first_img “These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.The total amount granted will be $2,760,000.00 with $2 million coming from the Federal Railroad Administration.“I am extremely excited about the grant and grateful for the FRA’s interest and belief in this unique urban-rural rail project,” Padgett wrote in a project update press release.Related Article: Wilmington tracks ahead with possible rail-realignment projectPadgett says the grant is designated for preliminary engineering or design of the new track over the Cape Fear River and north along the Highway 421 corridor as well as the production of the NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act) documentation.The completion of the NEPA documentation and some engineering will provide information to further discussions and hopefully bring private investment to the project according to Padgett.In May, Padgett provided an update before Wilmington City Council on the project.The City has hired a full-time Project Director. Padgett says Aubrey Parsley has been working with Norfolk Southern Railroad and has accepted to head the project.“He has a degree in Civil Engineering, a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and brings the experience we were hoping to find,” wrote Padgett. “We are excited to welcome him to Wilmington around the end of June. I will be making sure he is introduced to the community and others who have been interested in this project.” Railroad tracks (Photo: Red, White, and Black eyes Forever / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The path to removing and realigning rail lines in Wilmington has caught the attention of Washington D.C. for the positive.The City of Wilmington has been awarded a grant from the Federal Railway Administration. This was a Consolidated Railroad Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) grant according to Wilmington Rail Realignment Project coordinator Laura Padgett.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The Pyramid Builder dies at 102 years

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint I.M. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died, the New York Times reported on Thursday. He was 102.Pei, whose portfolio included a controversial renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, died overnight, his son Chien Chung Pei told the newspaper.FILE PHOTO: US architect Ieoh Ming Pei gestures as he explains a model of his design for the German Historical Museum in Berlin to German Housing and Construction Minister Klaus Toepfer during a presentation in the chancellory in Bonn, Germany January 16, 1997. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannIeoh Ming Pei, the son of a prominent banker in China, left his homeland in 1935, moving to the United States and studying architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. After teaching and working for the U.S. government, he went to work for a New York developer in 1948 and started his own firm in 1955.The museums, municipal buildings, hotels, schools and other structures that Pei built around the world showed precision geometry and an abstract quality with a reverence for light. They were composed of stone, steel and glass and, as with the Louvre, he often worked glass pyramids into his projects.The Louvre, parts of which date to the 12th century, proved to be Pei’s most controversial work, starting with the fact that he was not French. After being chosen for the job by President Francois Mitterrand amid much secrecy, Pei began by making a four-month study of the museum and French history.FILE PHOTO: Tourists stand in front of the Louvre Pyramid designed by Chinese-born U.S. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei in Paris, France, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File PhotoHe created a futuristic 70-foot-tall (21-m) steel-framed, glass-walled pyramid as a grand entrance for the museum with three smaller pyramids nearby. It was a striking contrast to the existing Louvre structures in classic French style and was reviled by many French.A French newspaper described Pei’s pyramids as “an annex to Disneyland” while an environmental group said they belonged in a desert.Pei said the Louvre was undoubtedly the most difficult job of his career. When it opened in 1993 he said he had wanted to create a modern space that did not detract from the traditional part of the museum.FILE PHOTO: Bank of China tower, designed by I.M. Pei & Associates (L) and Cheung Kong Centre tower, designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, Hsin-Yieh Architects, and Leo A. Daly Pacific Limited, are pictured at night in Hong Kong’s central district March 27, 2008. REUTERS/Victor Fraile/File Photo“Contemporary architects tend to impose modernity on something,” he said in an New York Times interview in 2008. “There is a certain concern for history but it’s not very deep. I understand that time has changed, we have evolved. But I don’t want to forget the beginning. A lasting architecture has to have roots.”Other notable Pei projects include the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Dallas City Hall.When Pei won the international Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983, he used the $100,000 award to start a programme for aspiring Chinese architects to study in the United States.Even though he formally retired from his firm in 1990, Pei was still taking on projects in his late 80s, such as museums in Luxembourg, Qatar and his ancestral home of Suzhou.Pei, a slight man who wore round, owl-ish glasses, became a U.S. citizen in 1955. He was married to Eileen Loo from 1942 until her death in 2014. They had four children, two of whom became architects.(By Bill Trott for Reuters with additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Diane Craft and Cynthia Osterman)WhatsApplast_img read more

Successful Spain event result for local offroad racing drivers

first_img SharePrint Between the 23rd and 26th May 2019, off-road racing driver Neville Ciantar, a member of the All-Wheel Drive Club Malta, competed successfully in the ULTRA4 Europe event called King of Spain at Les Comes in Spain.Ciantar – together with his team Nusu Off-Road Racing Team that includes his son Lee Ciantar as co-driver, Brian Agius, Thomas Tanti and Charlene Ciantar – competed against 34 other teams from all around the world.Nusu Off-Road Racing Team finished in fifth place, just 20points behind the French team composed of Cedric Porcher and Noel Herve that finished in second place. The British team composed of Jim Marsden and Steve Grant won the event.The next round of the Ultra 4 championship is set to continue with the King of France event at Vallee Bleu in France between the 21st and 23rd of June.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Meet the bus that runs on human poop

first_imgAdvertisement Thes “bio-bus” is the first bus powered by biomethane gas in the UK, which is generated through the treatment of sewage.With a full tank, the bus can travel up to 186 miles, while producing up to 30% fewer emissions compared to diesel-powered buses.The eco-friendly bus started regular service on Monday and is expected to carry around 10,000 passengers a month between the Bristol airport and the historic town of Bath. – Advertisement – “The bus is powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself,” said Mohammed Saddiq from GENeco, the company that runs the sewage treatment facility providing the fuel.One person’s annual waste could power the bus for around 37 miles, however, smelly fumes are not a problem.Biomethane gas is generated from sewage using bacteria that breaks down bio-waste into methane and carbon dioxide. Throughout the process, all impurities are removed to produce odor-free emissions, said Saddiq.The bio-bus is the latest invention to demonstrate that human waste can be a valuable source of green energy.Source: CNNlast_img read more

World Cup Wire SATURDAY

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to the Star Sports World Cup Wire. Our daily 4.30pm update from the trading room at Star Sports with all the moves and offers for this evenings World Cup.Saturday 5 JulyWORLD CUP PRICES5pm19/20 Argentina 16/5 Belgium 23/10 DRAW9pm1/2 Netherlands 13/2 Costa Rica 3/1 DRAWWORLD CUP SPECIALS9/4 ENHANCED DOUBLE (Argentina and Netherlands both to win in 90 mins)GOAL LINE5 goals or more 8/114 goals or less 11/10FOR ALL WORLD CUP MARKETS CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW England v Spain

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]H[/dropcap]eaven only knows how seriously either team will be viewing this friendly – rather oddly sandwiched between World Cup Qualifiers and the resumption of the Premier League campaign. The only benefactors would appear to be the FA and, talking of sandwiches, ‘charge what you like for a hot-dog’ Wembley Stadium.The FA’s website tries hard to inflate the status of their hot-dogs “authentic Bavarian hog skin hot dog served with cooked onions, mustard seeds and fresh chives” but, just like the national side, the hype doesn’t quite live up to the experience.Anyway, it’s a sell out at Wembley so what the heck do I know?One thing is for certain. Spain are no Scotland and England may struggle even against a sub-strength Spanish side.  I was far from impressed by England despite betting a woeful ‘pink’ Scotland 3-0.England’s final match of 2016 points towards a draw. England have not conceded since the Euros and Spain have kept clean sheets in five games this season. Something has to give. Or maybe not and 0-0 might well be an option.For England, Rooney is injured so midfielder Jordan Henderson will again wear the captain’s armband.Harry Kane also misses the match through injury but Southgate seems intent of not making mass changes.He said: “There’s any different number of ways we can approach the game. For me, it’s an opportunity to build on the way we are playing. It’s a great challenge in terms of a different style of game.“It’s a game we have to get tactically right, the way we press and use the ball.“We want to build on last few performances, which I think have improved the detail of how we want to play.“I don’t want to make loads of changes. If we don’t keep some consistency then we are not building and are starting again almost.”Spain are likely to field a sub-strength side which would be a concern if you are in a ‘Viva Espana’ mood as even at full-strength they look a long way short of their best.England v SpainInternational Friendly20:00 ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2015 INTERNATIONAL Spain 2-0 EnglandNov 2011 INTERNATIONAL England 1-0 SpainFeb 2009 INTERNATIONAL Spain 2-0 EnglandFeb 2007 INTERNATIONAL England 0-1 SpainNov 2004 INTERNATIONAL Spain 1-0 EnglandFeb 2001 INTERNATIONAL England 3-0 SpainJun 1996 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 0-0 SpainSep 1992 INTERNATIONAL Spain 1-0 EnglandFeb 1987 INTERNATIONAL Spain 2-4 EnglandJul 1982 WORLD CUP Spain 0-0 EnglandI’ll settle back and back the DRAW which looks so obvious it probably won’t happen.After all something has got to pay for the authentic Bavarian hog skin hot-dogs at full-time.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 21/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +72.23 pointslast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thurs Movers and Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.20 UttoxeterKingston 11/2 > 3/14.55 CarlisleRyalex 11/2 > 5/28.45 ChelmsfordFair Selene 10/1 > 9/2LIVE FOOTBALLNO LIVE GAMESBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 18 OctoberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Thursday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more


first_imgDANCING ON ICE Julie Collier looks at the current Dancing On Ice market with a viable alternative to the favourite James Jordan plus has a view on who is next to be eliminated. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET MARKET<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> BET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice building Texas fastest academic supercomputer

first_imgAddThis ShareDACONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE:(713) 348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRICE BUILDING TEXAS’ FASTEST ACADEMICSUPERCOMPUTERRice Terascale Cluster Among the World’s Fastest UniversityComputersRice University hassecured grant funding from the National Science Foundation and Intel Corporationto build a supercomputer that will rank among the world’s fastest.When fully operationalnext year, the Rice Terascale Cluster (RTC) will be approximately three timesfaster than any university computer in Texas. The RTC will consist of at least70 interconnected servers containing the powerful new Intel” Itanium” 2processor.Housed at Rice’sComputer and Information Technology Institute (CITI), RTC will be the firstuniversity computer in Texas with a peak performance of 1 teraflop, or 1trillion floating-point operations per second (FLOPs), the standard measure ofsupercomputer performance. The total cost for RTC is undetermined. Fundingincludes $1.15 million from the NSF.Were it operationaltoday, RTC would rank among the 10 fastest academic supercomputers in thecountry and the top 25 university computers worldwide, according to, a semi-annual ranking of theworld’s top supercomputers that is compiled by researchers at the University ofTennessee and Germany’s University of Mannheim.The fastestsupercomputer in Texas, according to the list, is the University of Texas atAustin’s IBM Regatta-HPC Cluster, which has a peak performance of one-third of ateraflop.Scientists need fastercomputers to tackle increasingly complex mathematical problems that wouldrequire weeks or months to compute on existing machines. For example, toprecisely map the movements of every atom in a large molecule, researchers needto develop a complex mathematical model that contains thousands of variables.Such models are useful for drug designers and biomedical researchers, and awhole new scientific discipline known as bioinformatics has been created tosolve this and other complex biological computations. Increasingly, researchacross academic disciplines requires a similar level of complex computation, andit also requires a new generation of distributed software.“Rice faculty fromdisciplines as diverse as biochemistry, earth science, economics, neuroscience,computer science and political science will use RTC in their research,” saidMoshe Vardi, RTC principal investigator and CITI director. “It will also be avital tool for basic computational research aimed at better designing softwarethan can run on hundreds or even thousands of processorssimultaneously.”Rice’s proposal for NSFfunding for RTC faced stiff competition in a process that saw awards for justone-in-three applicants. Rice won based on independent evaluations by reviewerswho praised CITI’s expertise in high-performance computing, theinterdisciplinary nature of CITI research, and the caliber of the facultyinvolved.Complex research alreadyslated for RTC includes simulations of biomolecular interactions, the physics ofheavy ion collisions, simulations of Internet-based computer applicationsrunning on hundreds of computers, and simulations that aim to better understandand predict international conflicts.RTC is slated to beginoperation in early 2003. Tentative plans call for the cluster to include 70interconnected HP servers, each containing four 900-megahertz, Itanium 2processors. The cluster will have more than 500 gigabytes of RAM, and it will belinked to a 1 terabyte array of dedicated hard drives.According, most of the fastest supercomputers, including the world’sfastest — the 35.9-teraflop NEC Earth Simulator in Japan — and the UnitedStates’ fastest — the 7.2-teraflop ASCI White-Pacific at Lawrence LivermoreNational Laboratory in California — are operated by private or government-runresearch laboratories. See for the Top 500 list of supercomputers.last_img read more

Biofilm reorganization Back to the theoretical drawing board

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: Biofilm reorganization: Back to the theoretical drawing boardMicrocinematic image analysis finds existing theories of bacterial self-organization are lackingIn a surprising new study, researchers using image-analysis methods similar to those employed in facial-recognition software have made a startling discovery that rules out the two main theories scientists had created to explain how bacteria self-organize into multicellular aggregate mounds. The study by researchers from Rice University and the University of Georgia appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The find is important for the study of biofilms — slimy colonies of bacteria that form on everything from teeth to pacemakers. Federal health officials have estimated that as many as 80 percent of all microbial infections arise from biofilms, and scientists know that the same bacteria can be up to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics if they’re living inside a biofilm rather than living on their own. To better fight biofilms, scientists have been scrambling to understand the biochemical and biophysical mechanisms that allow bacteria to form aggregates, reorganize and interact.“The results of our analysis were really surprising,” said study co-author Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor in bioengineering at Rice. “Our results didn’t support either of the major competing theories people have come up with. Those theories were each predicated on the idea that as the bacterial mounds were forming and reorganizing, the individual bacterium were drawn toward one or another of them by some sort of chemical signal.“That doesn’t appear to be the case at all,” Igoshin said. “We didn’t find any neighbor-related factors between the groups at all. Instead, there seems to be a signaling mechanism within the group itself that trumps everything else.”The study involved the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, a common soil bacteria that’s often studied for its ability to self-organize into various patterns. In the wild, M. xanthus are content to collectively hunt other bacteria. But when food is scarce, they stream together into aggregates containing up to 100,000 cells and form spores. The resulting aggregate mounds are large enough to be carried away to better environs by the wind or passing insects.To study this behavior in the lab, Igoshin and Rice co-authors postdoctoral fellow Chunyan Xie and graduate student Haiyang Zhang created a computer program that could analyze thousands of still frames from microcinematic movies of M. xanthus. The movies were created in the laboratory of University of Georgia collaborator and co-author Lawrence Shimkets. The movies showed how M. xanthus streamed together to form “aggregates.” One hallmark of the M. xanthus streaming process is that less than half of the aggregates that initially form will survive through the end of the process. The factors that control this ripening are not understood.In designing their image-analysis application, Igoshin’s team had the computer scrutinize every aggregate — frame-by-frame — throughout the streaming process. The computer cataloged 33 properties for each aggregate, including things like area, perimeter size,.distance to and size of the nearest neighbor. After all the data were collected, the team ran a statistical analysis to find out if any feature or combination of features could be used to predict which aggregates would eventually win out over their neighbors.“We found that size mattered most,” Igoshin said. “Not size in relation to neighbors, which is something people had previously thought might matter, but size of the aggregate itself. We found that if we answered one question — is the size of an aggregate beyond a certain threshold — then we could accurately predict whether the aggregate would survive with 90 percent accuracy.”Igoshin said some of the image analysis methodologies that the team applied to study M. xanthus are similar to ones that Chunyan Xies used for facial recognition analyses in her previous work. He said scientists have only recently begun to apply these sorts of image analysis techniques to fundamental biological questions like bacterial self-organization.“One of the most exciting aspects of this study is the fact that we can apply these methods much more broadly to study self-organization in other bacteria and unicellular organisms,” Igoshin said. “In fact, this kind of analysis is sorely needed, because most of the existing methods to study these phenomena are qualitative rather than quantitative. As a discipline, we need quantitative methods if we want to conduct side-by-side comparisons between real-world and computer-generated results.”last_img read more

Tiny octopods catalyze bright ideas

first_img and maps detail the localized surface plasmon resonances in gold-palladium octopod nanoparticles created at Rice University. The light-driven oscillations on the surface, especially at the tips, help define and enhance the ability of the palladium catalysts. (Credit: Ringe Group/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis scanning electron transmission microscope image shows an octopod, left, created at Rice University that has both plasmonic and catalytic abilities. At right is an illustration of the octopod, which has a gold core and a gold-palladium alloy surface. The scale bar is 50 nanometers. (Credit: Ringe Group/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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction 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 University scientist Emilie Ringe, working at Rice’s electron microscopy center, led a new study to establish that plasmonic nanoparticles can support catalysts without losing their beneficial optical properties. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img ShareEditor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduTiny octopods catalyze bright ideasRice-led study shows plasmonic sensors and catalysts need not be mutually exclusive HOUSTON – (Nov. 30, 2015) – Nanoscale octopods that do double duty as catalysts and plasmonic sensors are lighting a path toward more efficient industrial processes, according to a Rice University scientist.Catalysts are substances that speed up chemical reactions and are essential to many industries, including petroleum, food processing and pharmaceuticals. Common catalysts include palladium and platinum, both found in cars’ catalytic converters. Plasmons are waves of electrons that oscillate in particles, usually metallic, when excited by light. Plasmonic metals like gold and silver can be used as sensors in biological applications and for chemical detection, among others.Plasmonic materials are not the best catalysts, and catalysts are typically very poor for plasmonics. But combining them in the right way shows promise for industrial and scientific applications, said Emilie Ringe, a Rice assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry who led the study that appears in Scientific Reports.“Plasmonic particles are magnets for light,” said Ringe, who worked on the project with colleagues in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Germany. “They couple with light and create big electric fields that can drive chemical processes. By combining these electric fields with a catalytic surface, we could further push chemical reactions. That’s why we’re studying how palladium and gold can be incorporated together.”The researchers created eight-armed specks of gold and coated them with a gold-palladium alloy. The octopods proved to be efficient catalysts and sensors.“If you simply mix gold and palladium, you may end up with a bad plasmonic material and a pretty bad catalyst, because palladium does not attract light like gold does,” Ringe said. “But our particles have gold cores with palladium at the tips, so they retain their plasmonic properties and the surfaces are catalytic.”Just as important, Ringe said, the team established characterization techniques that will allow scientists to tune application-specific alloys that report on their catalytic activity in real time.The researchers analyzed octopods with a variety of instruments, including Rice’s new Titan Themis microscope, one of the most powerful electron microscopes in the nation. “We confirmed that even though we put palladium on a particle, it’s still capable of doing everything that a similar gold shape would do. That’s really a big deal,” she said.“If you shine a light on these nanoparticles, it creates strong electric fields. Those fields enhance the catalysis, but they also report on the catalysis and the molecules present at the surface of the particles,” Ringe said.The researchers used electron energy loss spectroscopy, cathodoluminescence and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy to make 3-D maps of the electric fields produced by exciting the plasmons. They found that strong fields were produced at the palladium-rich tips, where plasmons were the least likely to be excited.Ringe expects further research will produce multifunctional nanoparticles in a variety of shapes that can be greatly refined for applications. Her own Rice lab is working on a metal catalyst to turn inert petroleum derivatives into backbone molecules for novel drugs.Co-authors of the paper are Christopher DeSantis and Sara Skrabalak of Indiana University; Sean Collins and Paul Midgley of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; and Martial Duchamp and Rafal Dunin-Borkowski of the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons and the Peter Grünberg Institute, Jülich, Germany.The research was supported by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Program, the European Research Council, the Royal Society, Trinity Hall Cambridge, a University of Cambridge Gates Fellowship and the National Science Foundation.-30-Read the paper at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: FOR VIDEO: Three-dimensional images of an octopod nanoparticle of gold and palladium were captured at Rice University’s electron microscopy center and animated. The research proved that plasmonic nanoparticles can support catalysts without losing their beneficial optical properties. Such alloys could make industrial processes more efficient or enable sun-driven chemical reactions. (Credit: Ringe Group/Rice University)Related Materials:Emilie Ringe Group: Department of Material Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

Couple Dead in Apparent MurderSuicide While Children Inside Home

first_img US News A couple are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Maryland while their children were present at home, less than a day after the wife obtained a protective order against the husband.Police found Candace and Calvin Carnathan, both 33, dead in their home on the morning of Jan. 27. Authorities say it appears he shot her and then turned the gun on himself, reports NBC Washington.The couple’s three children were in the house at the time. Police say it was one of the couple’s sons who called 911 reporting that he had heard gunshots. The operator then told the boy to take his siblings to the basement and hide there, ABC7 WJLA reports.Police arrived within minutes and found the children, aged 12, 10, and 7, safe in the basement, ABC7 WJLA reports. They then discovered the bodies of the parents in the upstairs bedroom.Police do no believe the children witnessed the shooting.He was given a temporary protective order last night, but the Charles Co. Sheriff’s Office says Calvin Carnathan returned this morning & killed wife Candace while their 3 kids-12, 10, & 7-were inside. Kids now with family. Happened on Amberton Ct. in Greenhaven Run, White Plains.— Tom Roussey (@tomrousseyABC7) January 27, 2018 On the previous night Candace Carnathan obtained a temporary protective order against her husband. At around 5:30pm Calvin was served with the order by police, which required him to stay away from Candace and the children. Neighbors told WUSA-9 that the couple were in the process of divorcing.“He was ordered to vacate the house and have no more contact with his wife or children. But obviously he came back,” said Diane Richardson, spokesperson for the Charles County Police Department, according toWUSA-9.“Ideally, [protective orders] work in the way in which they were intended, and that is that the person who was served that order respects the order. Sometimes that doesn’t happen it can be a very dangerous time.”The children and the family dog are currently staying with a family member, WUSA-9 reports.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Firefighter Going Over 100 mph Before Deadly Crash (Shutterstock/SeaRick1) Share this article Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide While Children Inside Home By Cathy Zhang January 28, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Beef Jerky Products Recalled Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

first_imgUS News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: Supermarket clerk has sensational voice! Share Show Discussioncenter_img Beef Jerky Products Recalled Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen By Jack Phillips February 2, 2018 Updated: February 2, 2018 A Massachusetts firm is recalling hundreds of pounds of beef jerky and related products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said this week.The products contain “milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label,” the agency said.The jerky products were produced on various dates between Dec. 18, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018, according to the USDA.They include:2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY BBQ BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020918, 022318, 030218, 030918, 031618 and 032318.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY BLACK PEPPERED CURRY BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021218, 021918, 022618, 030518, 031218 and 031918.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY CAJUN BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021118, 021818, 022518, 030418, 031118 and 031818.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY HAWAIIAN BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021118, 021818, 022518, 030418, 031118 and 031818.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY HOT ORIGINAL BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020918, 022318, 030218, 030918, 031618 and 032318.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY JALEPENO BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021118, 021818, 022518, 030418, 031118 and 031818.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY LEMON PEPPER BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021018, 022418, 030318, 031018 and 031718.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY MAPLE BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020818, 021518, 022218, 030118, 030818, 031518 and 032218.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY MESQUITE BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021018, 022418, 030318, 031018, 031718 and 032418.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY ORIGINAL BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020818 through 032418.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY PLAIN BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020818, 030118, 030818, 031518 and 032218.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY RAGIN BUFFALO BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 020918, 022318, 030218, 030918, 031618 and 032318.2.8-oz. packages containing “WHIPCITY JERKY REDHOT RUDOLPH BEEF JERKY,” with BEST WHEN USED BY dates of 021018, 022418, 030318, 031018 and 031718.They have the number “EST. 00948M” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the product. They were shipped to stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts.From Share this articlelast_img read more