Month: July 2019

A note from the editor For nine years Disability

first_imgA note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Major retailers have backed the launch of the UK’s first “accessible shopping day”, which will see businesses promise to introduce new measures to benefit their disabled customers.Purple Tuesday, to be held on 13 November, is being led by Purple, the social enterprise formerly known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People.It has secured backing from businesses and organisations including Asda, Barclays, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The Crown Estate, the British Retail Consortium, and Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre, and has been endorsed by the government.As well as endorsing and promoting Purple Tuesday, every organisation that signs up must make at least one long-term commitment aimed at improving the experience for their disabled customers, such as introducing regular “quiet hours” for neurodiverse shoppers.Purple will provide retailers that sign up with a training kit to help staff feel confident in assisting disabled shoppers.It believes there are a “vast array” of adjustments that can be made by retailers that will have a “significant impact”, and many – like the training kit – can be introduced quickly.Any business or organisation that interacts with disabled customers can sign up to Purple Tuesday, which will also promote the need for accessible retail websites.Mike Adams (pictured), chief executive of Purple, said: “Less than 10 per cent of companies have a dedicated strategy for targeting disabled customers.“Fundamentally, Purple Tuesday isn’t about a single day in the year but encouraging lasting change that creates a virtuous circle between businesses and disabled consumers.”Earlier this year, a report co-authored by Adams, Leading From The Front, found the estimated value of the “purple pound” – the collective spending power of disabled people in the UK and their families – to be £249 billion a year.The report said that three-quarters of disabled people had walked away from a business because of poor disability awareness – costing businesses £420 million a week – while inaccessible websites and apps cost £11.75 billion in lost revenue in the UK in 2016.It also pointed out that fewer than one in 10 businesses have a defined strategy for targeting disabled consumers.Purple Tuesday has evolved from a campaign launched by Purple last year, Help Me Spend My Money, which encouraged retail and hospitality businesses to provide disability equality training to their in-store staff and take other measures such as providing an accessible website.Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, said: “Shopping should be a pleasant experience, but for many disabled people it can often be the cause of distress and frustration.“By failing to cater to their disabled customers, many businesses are missing out on billions of pounds and denying disabled people the opportunity to enjoy something which many people take for granted.“I look forward to working alongside Purple and members of my Disability Retail Forum on this hugely important agenda, highlighting examples of best practice in the retail sector and encouraging others to make small changes which can make a massive difference to their customers.”last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

Foreign Cinema and Sherwood Design unveil massive new Jet Martinez mural

first_imgAfter about three-and-a-half weeks, the paint has finally dried on Jet Martinez’s new mural shared by Foreign Cinema and Sherwood Design.Hosted and commissioned by both businesses, the work was unveiled on a breezy Tuesday evening in the outdoor area shared by the designers and the restaurant at 2534 Mission St.The mural, called “Amate,” is based on a reinterpretation of traditional Mexican folk art. The title refers to a type of bark paper used for painting by artisans throughout Mexico. In Spanish, “ámate” also means “to love yourself.”Amate-inspired paintings usually feature birds, flowers or other colorful plants, as well as whimsical, terrestrial animals. Martinez is a Mexican-born Oakland resident who has painted other large-scale works in New Zealand, Indonesia, France, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and the United States. In his work, he’s found that these motifs are universal — resonating with people of different backgrounds.Overlooking the Sherwood Design patio, his 70-by-45 foot mural features a 25-inch psychedelic red stag that represents chaos, several flowers, as well as three birds: Two of them are similar, one is slightly different.“Childish, universal, and uplifting” is how Jet Martinez best described “Amate,” his new mural. “When I say ‘childish,’ I don’t mean that in a bad way,” he continued, “but rather, carefree and not concerned with being perfect.” Photo by Jennifer Cortez.While Martinez didn’t originally have a backstory for the mural, the narrative transpired as soon as he began painting.The original concept is that there are simply two male birds and one female bird. “They’re angling at each other, and in comes chaos,” he said. “Let’s see what happens, right? Who’s going to get to mate?”A close-up of “Amate,” Jet Martinez’s newest mural. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.As Martinez started working, a different thought came to mind.“I was listening to NPR, and was hearing a lot about kids and cages at the border,” he said. “Again, two birds and one that is slightly different. You can make it an analogy to humans. It’s the same fucking thing. Here comes chaos. What will happen?”The mural is not an answer, but rather a question and an “evolving poem” — just like the Mission, a neighborhood Martinez views as still trying to hold onto its Latin heart despite gentrification.“Amate,” by Jet Martinez, as seen from the interior of the Sherwood Design Engineers building. Photo by Jennifer Cortez.And while “Amate” encompasses Mexican culture and the Mission neighborhood, the mural, sited on private property, is not viewable from the street.In working on the design, Martinez realized that the deer’s head “just pops out over the roof,” he said, “as if it’s saying, ‘I’m still here!’” Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newslettercenter_img Email Addresslast_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

It was a fantastic game of rugby league he said

first_img“It was a fantastic game of rugby league,” he said. “I saw some highlights of the Grand Final clashes over the years in the build up and it delivered for us again.“For us to come through and win, it was great. Some people pointed out we hadn’t won one in eight years so to win today was great for the players, club, the fans and town. I was very proud to watch the boys win today.“Both teams were run off their feet and we just hung on in there. It is hard to single anyone out and there were lots of good performances. It was a cracking game.”He continued: “Towards the back end of the game you could see both teams were out but I thought there was another try in the game. I was really happy with the play – Ryan Morgan made a break down the right to start it off and I think for their instinct to just say play was the right decision.“We missed a couple of chances but to their credit Wigan scrambled well.“I have been proud of the boys all season so for Wigan to get their noses in front and for us to stick to it and come through is great.”Saints are next in action on Monday when they travel to Widnes (3:05pm) before they host Hull FC on April 6.Tickets for that clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

Academy Reserves Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSaints were ahead in only the second minute due to a fabulous try from full back Tom Nisbett.Lewis Dodd’s cut-out pass put Nisbett away on a 50 metre run down the left flank. As he approached his opposite number he had the option of passing out to Jumah Sambou on the wing, but chose instead to use his winger as a foil dummying to him and strolling the last 20 metres to the posts.On quarter time Dodd was again the instigator against his home town club this time putting the ever willing Matty Foster through a yawning gap. He took it to the fullback passing inside to the supporting Keenan McDaid. The hooker had 20 metres of open field, but stumbled before the line. In the act of doing so he miraculously flipped the pass out to Kye Siyani to score, again under the posts.The Vikings capitalised on some missed opportunities for Saints by scoring out wide through Jacob Dugdale with minutes to go to the break after a try saver from Nisbett a tackle earlier.The start of the second period saw the game turned on its head in the opening 10 minutes as the Vikings went ahead, scoring twice thanks to tries from Bradley Calland and Declan Baker.Foster unfortunately knocked on on with line open, before the Vikings stretched their advantage with their fourth try of the match on the hour mark with a score from Daniel Hill.The turning point came with nine minutes to go as the Vikings, having bombed another try minutes earlier, hit the posts with a drop goal attempt which would have put them two scores ahead.The Vikings were by now out becoming increasingly tired and only just managed to hold Foster up over the line on the last. Great line speed saw the Saints get a repeat set pushing the Vikings back over their own line on the first tackle.Nisbett and Pye drove the ball in and from the play the ball Dodd’s show and go down the left saw him round the cover on his way to the corner.Unfortunately his conversion went narrowly wide leaving the Saints still behind by two.But Saints showed great maturity from the kick off by not panicking but going through the process driving deep into the heart of the Vikings.On the last, the ball was spread to the right were Captain Sam Royle went around the cover on a 30 metre run to the fullback. He calmly looked inside before passing to the returning Joe Sharratt to go the final 20 metres to touch down in front of the Saints fans who had gathered for the triple header at the Totally Wicked Stadium.He was rightly congratulated by his team mates who hung on in the final two minutes for the win.Saints U19’s:Team: Tom Nisbet; John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Josh Simm, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C).Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Joe Sharratt, Warren Smith.Tries: Tom Nisbett (2), Kye Siyani (19), Lewis Dodd (74), Joe Sharratt (77).Goals: Lewis Dodd 3 from 4.Widnes Vikings U19’s:Team: Daniel Hill; Oliver Brooks, Billy Glover, Joe Edge, Liam Barnes; Jacob Dugdale, Lewis Else; Jordan Brown, Jake Burns, William Tilleke, Bradley Calland, Joshua Wilde, Ben Davies.Interchanges: Ciaran O’Donnell, Declan Baker, Robbie Ascroft, Alfie Cassidy.Tries: Jacob Dugdale (34), Bradley Calland (42), Declan Baker (49), Daniel Hill (62).Goals: Joe Edge 1 from 4.HT: 12-4FT: 22-18last_img read more


July 31, 2019 0

NCDOT improvements underway for three Brunswick County roads

first_img NCDOT says in both locations drivers could see single lane closures in either direction during the day or night, depending on what work is taking place. One lane will remain open for traffic at all times.On N.C. 179, work is expected to wrap up by November 30. The project on Longwood Road is scheduled to finish by March 31, 2019.The other project, also for paving, asphalt patching, shoulder reconstruction and pavement marking, is in Shallotte on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) between U.S. 17 Business and 1 ¼ miles north of Big Neck Road NW. That work will also require lane closures, but will be done at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through March 31, 2019. As with the other projects, one lane will remain open at all times.Related Article: Black Caucus once again demands justice for man killed by policeThere will not be any detours for any of the three sites, but drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes if possible to avoid backups and work crews along the roads. NCDOT says drivers should anticipate needing extra time to travel through the area. Road work SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A trio of road paving projects got under way this week in Brunswick County, each requiring lane closures.In Sunset Beach, pavement patching, paving, shoulder reconstruction and pavement marking work will take place along Longwood Road (N.C. 904) between Longwood Road NW and Pea Landing Road NW, as well as on N.C. 179 (Old Georgetown Road) between N.C. 179 Business and N.C. 904.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Cape Fear region and NC cash in on tourists

first_img New Hanover County registered its seventh consecutive record-breaking year for tourism spending with $578.2 million, a 4.32-percent hike over 2016 figures. It was the eighth highest-earning county in the state.“When tourism revenues are up it not only means more jobs and a better quality of life for our local citizens, it also means more money to fund beach renourishment, the Wilmington Convention Center and other tourism-related projects,” Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority, said in a release.Click here to read more from StarNews. Tourists walk down Front Street on March 31, 2016 (Photo:Madison Morgan/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Tourists didn’t skimp on cracking open their wallets on recent trips to North Carolina.All 100 of the state’s counties saw growth in their tourism spending in 2017 — an upward trend that proved especially sweet for local counties, according to a new report from the N.C. Department of Commerce.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Final days of Glen Apartment evacuation draw closer

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — About a week ago, some tenants were evicted from the Glen Apartments because of hurricane damage. Now, all residents have been forced to vacate with just ten days of notice.All residents are required to be out by Monday.- Advertisement – But, many are still uncertain of where they will live as they await answers from FEMA and insurance companies. Some say the wait is taking too long and they will have to move away from Wilmington because housing options are limited.“There’s not a lot the community managers are really doing in this situation,” said resident Donnell Dumes. “I know that they’re stressed with a lot of different things and they’re up to their eyeballs with a lot of different things and there’s just not that much help going on anywhere, and it’s like survival of the fittest with everyone feening for themselves at this point.”The biggest question multiple residents stressed was: Where are the elderly with limited mobility going to go?Related Article: Residents evicted after alleged mold outbreak at Wilmington complex“There are going to be a lot of homeless people on the streets of Wilmington,” says Dumes.In a statement by the Phillips Management Group, the company states:“While it is our intention to rebuild The Glen community, our focus now is on protecting the health and safety of our residents. Because of microbial growth and other unsafe conditions, we have informed all residents that The Glen will close on October 8.”last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Machine down at TSA checkpoint causes morning delays at ILM

first_img A repairman responded. As of noon, the airport says all issues has now be resolved and both TSA lines are working.ILM reminds all passengers to allow plenty of time to get through security. Long lines at security at ILM on May 17, 2019. (Photo: Jeff Phillips) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Travelers at Wilmington International Airport experienced extremely long waits with the TSA Friday morning.ILM posted online that the TSA PreCheck lane was moving slowly due to technical difficulties.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Use of force simulator approved for Wilmington Police

first_img Both simulators could cost nearly $400,000.Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the “use of force” training will be just as thorough but faster with this machine. He says the current training takes planning, scheduling and more personnel whereas the simulator would need a handful of officers to train on. He adds that it will help the public be more aware of the critical decisions police have to make.“We’ll be able to get them through more often throughout the year number one, number two we can get the public through there,” said Chief Evangelous. “So we want to put our public, put our lawmakers, our representatives, our community groups. Let’s put them through and let’s see how these decision making processes work.”Related Article: NC music teacher accused of forcing adult student into sexual servitudeThe “use of force” simulator will be rented for 5 years. Chief Evangelous says that’s because he expects the department to have access to virtual reality training in the coming years.The simulator will also be rented to law enforcement agencies around the region accoridng to Evangelous. WILMGINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington city leaders approved new tech to come to WPD’s latest training facility. Wilmington police hope to use driving and “use of force” simulators at the new Haynes Lacewell training facility that is under construction.WPD tells us the simulators have screens that surround the trainee. It will place officers into scenarios where they can interact and respond to a situation mirroring what could be seen in the real world.- Advertisement – last_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

iPad Kit for Students

first_imgAdvertisement In addition to apps, you might also want to pick up an accessory or two, like a cover or carrying case, to protect your device. Remember, the iPad ain’t cheap, so don’t skimp when it comes to protecting it from scratches, cracks, and other bruises.While this article points to some great apps you’ll want to snag from the App Store, don’t neglect the apps that come preinstalled on the iPad as well.Make use of iCloud, for instance, to sync your calendar, contacts, and music between devices, or to just back up your data . – Advertisement – Living the university lifestyle usually means money’s tight, so when possible, I recommend the best student-friendly apps that we’ve tested at PCMag, and when they’re paid apps, free alternatives as well.While many of the suggestions on this list point toward academic essentials, we’ve also included plenty of extras that we think college students will want for their leisure time, too.Here’s everything you need to kit out your iPad for school.Source: PC MAGlast_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Microsoft developing instant translation tool that works like a human brain

first_imgAdvertisement Software retains intonation of speaker as it translates almost instantaneously.Software that ‘works like a human brain’ to instantly translate spoken language is being developed by Microsoft.The program retains the intonation and cadence of the original speaker so that the overall effect is broadly similar.The software was demonstrated in a presentation last year, when Microsoft’s chief research officer Rick Rashid spoke in English and it was almost instantly turned into Chinese by the program. – Advertisement – Mr Rashid gave more details of the project in a blogpost today after confessing that the demonstration had generated “a bit of attention”.Instant translation has been historically difficult because of the struggle to capture the range of human vocal ability, the difference between people’s voices, the time taken to crunch the data and the lack of time to edit inaccuracies.Source: Telegraphlast_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

Comprehensive ICT Law in Pipeline for Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement The government of Tanzania is reviewing laws to cope with the growth of cyber crime and other computer-related offences including e-fraud and violation of privacy.This was said by The Director of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Dr Zaipuna Yonah in Dar es Salaam yesterday . The technical process of the laws would be ready by the end of the year.“We are on the consultation process with various experts and we hope by the end of the year we will be through and forward the matter to relevant processes and eventually we will have laws in place,” he said. – Advertisement – Dr Yonah was speaking during the opening of the East Africa Banking and IT Security Summit 2013, held under the theme “combating the emerging threats in banking and payment transactions in East Africa.”Cyber crime is a critical challenge in the country and in the region, in particular adding that the government is taking measures to protect its people from the same. “There are so many crimes being reported, but we do not have a strong cyber crime law to help the victims get legal redress,” he said.He said there are so many challenges that have been brought by ICT as advancement of technology gives no time for offended individuals to complain as things are happening through automated devices.“So many people are now using mobile phones almost half of the country’s population and so many transactions are being made online and yet our legal control is much limited,” he said.He added that with the country’s national ICT backbone well spread, so many challenges related to cyber were inevitable and the legal systems need to be strengthened. He called on business operators and investors to ensure that their companies are being run responsibly.In another development, Dr Yonah said the government was also planning to have ICT experts certified to ensure maximum security. He added that plans were underway and the move comes following the rapid increase of individuals purporting to be ICT experts without academic qualifications.“We want to ensure secure businesses, investments and make sure that our people stay safe in this technological world,” he said. The Cyber Security Africa Operations and Communication Manager, Mr Luke Mulunda said Tanzania has pioneered the ICT backbone in the East African region and is now about to set the pace by introducing a cyber crime law.“In Kenya we have ICT law but it is not focused on cyber security, I am glad that Tanzania is leading the way and other countries will follow,” he said. The Cyber Security Africa Alliance Manager, Sammy Kioko said his company organised the meeting to bring together ICT stakeholders to learn on the risks of applying ICT and the best ways to address the challenges.“We are helping participants to put in place systems that works and we have technologies that can help prevent some of the crimes especially those involving stealing monies from ATM machines,” he said.Credit: Daily Newslast_img read more


July 30, 2019 0

18 African Countries Will Take Part at the 4th Annual Seedstars Summit

first_img18 African Countries Will Take Part in the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April 6th at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre in Lausanne. Image Credit: Seedstars World Advertisement Seedstars World toured Africa over the course of 2016, selecting winning startups in Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and  Zimbabwe, who now stand a chance to win US$1 million in funding’s as well as prizes worth over US$90,000.From Uganda, a Fintech startup Akiba; which aims to transform finance by making it collective, giving people the tools for practical and transparent management of their finances was last year in October crowned winner of the Seedstars Kampala during a pitching event that took place at Outbox Hub, and will be representing the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April 6th at the Swiss Tech Convention Centre in Lausanne.The best startups in categories; fintech, education, Intel solutions, most innovative startup, and best woman entrepreneur, as well as the public vote winner, will also be awarded.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Seedstars world, a global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startups is aimed at addressing how technology and innovation from emerging markets will be impacting businesses in the next decade.last_img read more


July 29, 2019 0

BENS BLOG RIP Neal Wilkins

first_img[dropcap]D[/dropcap]uring Royal Ascot and Cheltenham, I shall now always miss, Neal Wilkins, the well known, betting-industry, PR-man, quietly approaching my pitch; pinching a Star Sports cigar, and then gently sidling off again.It is such sad news, to hear that this dapper, Gentleman of The Turf, has passed away. And still so young. RIP Neal Wilkins. RIP THE SCHMOOZER.In other news:Half A Sixpence, St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4AU. WEB SITE This traditional, but smooth and catchy, Cameron Mackintosh production, is a guaranteed winner. An entertaining storyline (isn’t that so rare‎ in a musical?). And fun songs too. The first half was great, and the second half; just got better. The best show I’ve seen this year. 8.5 Over and out, B xlast_img read more


July 29, 2019 0

STAR PREVIEW Leganes v Real Madrid

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e did the hard work last night getting the DRAW at half-time and Chelsea leading in the second half but as Cloughie famously said ‘it only takes a second to score a goal’ and Norwich didn’t have many seconds left to score their late equaliser in a match which (for the neutrals) got better as it went on.Let’s be having you for another bet tonight…….. but it’s not on TV.Absolute scenes tonight as there is NO TELEVISED ACTION in England – well certainly not on my feeds so I may have to go all retro and check the result on teletext.There’s Copa Del Rey action with Leganes taking on Real Madrid at 8.30pm – it looks one-sided on paper if La Liga form is to be believed but we saw a shock last night with Espanyol (17th) knocking out leaders Barcelona in a bad tempered match in which Messi also missed a penalty.The team news is likely to be a leveller. Both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are likely to be left out by coach Zinedine Zidane.Benzema will also miss out as he has not completely recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up in El Clásico.Both Ronaldo and Bale are being used sparingly presumably for an end of season push but it looks futile this season with Real Madrid now 19 points off Barcelona.Leganes v Real MadridCopa Del Rey 8.30pmHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2017 SPANISH LA LIGA Leganes 2-4 Real MadridNov 2016 SPANISH LA LIGA Real Madrid 3-0 LeganesOct 2004 COPA DEL REY Leganes 1-2 Real MadridDec 2003 COPA DEL REY Leganes 3-4 Real MadridLeganes have had two days less to recover for this game and also had a tough game on Monday when beaten 3-2 by Real Betis.That tilts me towards Real Madrid who should be good enough for the HT/FT even being sub-strength.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK REAL MADRID/REAL MADRID HT/FT 8 points at 6/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 100.28 points MEETING PETER FINCH (part 1)MEETING PETER FINCH (part 2)MEETING PETER FINCH (part 3) BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


July 29, 2019 0

JULIE COLLIER Weekend Premier League Preview

first_imgBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 WEEKEND PREMIER LEAGUE Julie Collier looks ahead to this weekend’s Premier League action with some recommended bets starting with Newcastle v West Ham. 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>last_img read more


July 29, 2019 0

SIMON NOTT Tick tock Racing WILL be banned

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Firstly I sincerely hope I’m wrong but there’s a real danger there will be a point in the future when horseracing is banned in the UK. National Hunt racing will go first, eventually flat racing will follow it. The people that make that decision will not be horse racing fans, the vast number of them will have never had a bet or visited a racecourse. Nevertheless, public opinion will eventually tilt in favour of banning horse racing.Hopefully that is way past living memory of people reading this when that eventually happens but happen it will. It will happen because there is nothing that can be done to eliminate injury or deaths of horses whilst competing. There will be a point when public opinion will consider that one equine death during an event held for entertainment is unacceptable.What Nick Rust (pictured) and the BHA are doing is trying to buffer up the defences, foresee the dangers. Their only course of action is to try and help racing eliminate flashpoints which will nudge public opinion from the green side of the dial the sport enjoys now. Each nudge will be a non-reversible tick of the dial towards the red and ultimately the end, trying to predict and prevent each flashpoint, hence tick, successfully postpones the inevitable for the sport we love.In years to come, use of a whip to encourage horses to run faster will be seen as alien as smoking a post-meal cigar in a restaurant is today. The people that eventually make certain of that ban won’t be horse men or women that know the whip is air cushioned and causes no pain. It will be people watching a race posted on social media where a tired horse is being ‘thrashed’ by a jockey wielding a whip. The facts won’t matter.And so, it will go on, each with nudge of the flashpoint dial.Of course, education of the non-racing public is a very important tool to try and slow the tick of the dial too. The reality is, education is never going to be as effective a lever for lovers of the sport as images of an horrific fall, injury or overzealous ride is going to be for those who oppose the sport. Cries that ‘It’s a sport, people and animals get hurt in sport’, ‘Yes there are fatalities, but racehorses are the best-treated animals on the planet’ and ‘If you don’t like it go and watch an animated kids TV show instead’ are not going to help stop the tick-tick-tick-tick…The BHA continuously looking to ‘improve’ the sport and public perception is seen by many as pandering to people that know very little about horses and horse racing. Anticipation and appeasement of non-racing public opinion with ‘harsh’ punishments for rule infringements do not sit well with the racing community. Hard as it might be to swallow, it’s not the racing community’s opinion that really matters in the bigger picture. It is, however, us, as I include myself in that racing community number, that will ultimately suffer sooner rather than later if it’s not that bigger picture that’s given priority when the hard decisions are being made.Simon Nottlast_img read more


July 29, 2019 0

Tapia receives SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Tapia receives SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service Rice professor honored by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has awarded Rice University’s Richard Tapia with its prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Applied Mathematics. Established by SIAM in 1985, the prize recognizes applied mathematicians who have made distinguished contributions to the furtherance of applied mathematics on the national level. Tapia is the Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, associate director of graduate studies and director of Rice’s Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. SIAM honored him for ”his extensive and tireless work in mentoring and encouraging minority and female students in mathematics, science, and engineering, as well as for his many contributions to applied mathematics, particularly optimization.” He was presented with the award at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July12-16, 2004. ”He has advised numerous undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and has influenced countless others through personal contacts, lectures, and presentations to students from elementary school through graduate school,” the society said in a written announcement of the award. ”We thank him for all of his contributions to the applied mathematics community and for helping to make SIAM a more inclusive organization.” Tapia has received dozens of awards and has been an invited speaker at numerous schools and conferences on topics related to excellence in education for minorities and women.   Recent honors and awards include an Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Mathematics Society in 2004 and a special event co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE-Computer Society in 2001 entitled “Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Symposium.” In 1998, he received the Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1996, Tapia was one of the first recipients of the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Founded in 1952, SIAM supports and encourages the important industrial role that applied mathematics and computational science play in advancing science and technology. An active SIAM member, Tapia has served in many roles to improve the representation of women and minorities in SIAM. For example, he was member of the society’s board of trustees from 1990-1992, co-chaired the group’s annual meeting in 2000 and co-chaired the Second SIAM Conference on Optimization in 1987. As a testament to Tapia’s stature in science, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992, appointed by President Clinton to the National Science Board in 1996, and named 1996 Hispanic Engineer of the Year by Hispanic Engineer Magazine. Within the past year, he was awarded honorary doctorates by both Carnegie Mellon University and the Colorado School of Mines. ### AddThislast_img read more


July 28, 2019 0

World Bank president to speak at Baker Institute on the global economic

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduWorld Bank president to speak at Baker Institute on the global economic outlookIn the wake of the worst economic crisis in decades, many are wondering where the global economy is headed. To shed light on the subject, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host a March 19 discussion with Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank.Zoellick will discuss “The Global Economic Architecture After the Great Recession” with Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics and Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance, and Management. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in Baker Doré Commons on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/media_directions.cfm.Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute, will deliver the welcoming remarks.Zoellick has been the president of The World Bank Group since July 1, 2007. He served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as U.S. trade representative from 2001 to 2005 and as deputy secretary of state from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities for Baker, as well as briefly in the White House as deputy chief of staff. In 2006 and 2007, he served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.El-Gamal, who is also a professor of economics and statistics, is the co-author of the newly released “Oil, Dollars, Debt and Crises: The Global Curse of Black Gold.” He specializes in international economics and finance, econometrics, behavioral economics and Islamic law and finance.The event is part of the Mosbacher Global Issues Series.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more


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Nanohybrid materials create magnetic effect

first_imgAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/0118_CARBON-1-web-102ll1q.jpgThe calculated properties of a three-dimensional hybrid of graphene and boron nitride nanotubes would have pseudomagnetic properties, according to researchers at Rice University and Montreal Polytechnic. (Credit: Shahsavari Lab/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/0118_CARBON-3-web-pl500r.jpgResearchers at Rice University and Montreal Polytechnic analyzed the electromagnetic effects of junctions between nanotubes and graphene sheets. From top to bottom are a graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid with seven-membered junctions, a graphene/carbon nanotube hybrid with eight-membered junctions and a graphene/BNNT hybrid with eight-membered junctions. (Credit: Shahsavari Lab/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 http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNano-hybrid materials create magnetic effectRice, Montreal Polytechnic study details electromagnetic properties of graphene-boron nitride materials HOUSTON – (Jan. 13, 2016) – Developing novel materials from the atoms up goes faster when some of the trial and error is eliminated. A new Rice University and Montreal Polytechnic study aims to do that for graphene and boron nitride hybrids.Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Farzaneh Shayeganfar, a postdoctoral researcher at Montreal Polytechnic, designed computer simulations that combine graphene, the atom-thick form of carbon, with either carbon or boron nitride nanotubes.Their hope is that such hybrids can leverage the best aspects of their constituent materials. Defining the properties of various combinations would simplify development for manufacturers who want to use these exotic materials in next-generation electronics. The researchers found not only electronic but also magnetic properties that could be useful.Their results appear in the journal Carbon.Shahsavari’s lab studies materials to see how they can be made more efficient, functional and environmentally friendly. They include macroscale materials like cement and ceramics as well as nanoscale hybrids with unique properties.“Whether it’s on the macro- or microscale, if we can know specifically what a hybrid will do before anyone goes to the trouble of fabricating it, we can save cost and time and perhaps enable new properties not possible with any of the constituents,” Shahsavari said.His lab’s computer models simulate how the intrinsic energies of atoms influence each other as they bond into molecules. For the new work, the researchers modeled hybrid structures of graphene and carbon nanotubes and of graphene and boron nitride nanotubes.“We wanted to investigate and compare the electronic and potentially magnetic properties of different junction configurations, including their stability, electronic band gaps and charge transfer,” he said. “Then we designed three different nanostructures with different junction geometry.”Two were hybrids with graphene layers seamlessly joined to carbon nanotubes. The other was similar but, for the first time, they modeled a hybrid with boron nitride nanotubes. How the sheets and tubes merged determined the hybrid’s properties. They also built versions with nanotubes sandwiched between graphene layers.Graphene is a perfect conductor when its atoms align as hexagonal rings, but the material becomes strained when it deforms to accommodate nanotubes in hybrids. The atoms balance their energies at these junctions by forming five-, seven- or eight-member rings. These all induce changes in the way electricity flows across the junctions, turning the hybrid material into a valuable semiconductor.The researchers’ calculations allowed them to map out a number of effects. For example, it turned out the junctions of the hybrid system create pseudomagnetic fields.“The pseudomagnetic field due to strain was reported earlier for graphene, but not these hybrid boron nitride and carbon nanostructures where strain is inherent to the system,” Shahsavari said. He noted the effect may be useful in spintronic and nano-transistor applications.“The pseudomagnetic field causes charge carriers in the hybrid to circulate as if under the influence of an applied external magnetic field,” he said. “Thus, in view of the exceptional flexibility, strength and thermal conductivity of hybrid carbon and boron nitride systems, we propose the pseudomagnetic field may be a viable way to control the electronic structure of new materials.”All the effects serve as a road map for nanoengineering applications, Shahsavari said.“We’re laying the foundations for a range of tunable hybrid architectures, especially for boron nitride, which is as promising as graphene but much less explored,” he said. “Scientists have been studying all-carbon structures for years, but the development of boron nitride and other two-dimensional materials and their various combinations with each other gives us a rich set of possibilities for the design of materials with never-seen-before properties.”Shahsavari is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.Rice supported the research, and computational resources were provided by Calcul Quebec and Compute Canada.-30-Read the abstract at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0008622315305303Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Shahsavari Group: http://rouzbeh.rice.edu/default.aspxGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/01/0118_CARBON-2-web-tab6oi.jpgRouzbeh Shahsavari (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more


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