A talented Scottish teenager has described how her

first_imgA talented Scottish teenager has described how her dreams of Paralympic glory may have been dashed by the government’s disability living allowance (DLA) cuts and reforms.Kayleigh Haggo has been told that she will lose her entitlement to a Motability vehicle following her assessment for the new personal independence payment (PIP), the replacement for working-age DLA.Kayleigh, who won three athletics golds at the 2012 European Paralympic Committee Youth Games, holds 13 age-group world records in athletics and swimming, and has set her sights on competing in swimming at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.But she believes that without a Motability vehicle – in which her mother drives her and her equipment – she will find it impossible to travel to and from training.She was told by DWP that because she can walk more than 20 metres, she will not be eligible for the enhanced mobility rate of PIP, and therefore will be unable to lease a Motability vehicle. Under DLA, which she previously claimed, the criteria was 50 metres.But she says that she can only walk that far now because of her athletics training.She told the Daily Record: “When I leave school I’m hoping to train full-time and also go to college or university. But I won’t be able to get there.“I really want to compete in the Paralympics, but not having a car will mean that can’t happen.“To get the bus would mean I’d have to go down the stairs myself, and I can’t do that.”Gavin Macleod, chief executive of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), said Kayleigh was on SDS’s athlete academy programme, and had the potential to be a future “high performance athlete”.He said that the “loss of independence that a car brings could have a significant impact” on her, as the regularity of training and competition increase.When Disability News Service (DNS) asked the British Paralympic Association (BPA) if it was concerned about her case, a BPA spokeswoman said: “The BPA is ultimately responsible for and engages with athletes that qualify for the British team at a Paralympic Games. “We do not therefore have the same knowledge of individuals and their circumstances that are not part of our Paralympic teams as other organisations better placed to comment.”She added: “Of course we would want as much as possible to be in place to support promising disabled athletes at whatever level – and would expect those organisations and [national governing bodies] charged with supporting and developing young athletes at that level to be focused on ensuring that opportunities are maximised.”Kayleigh’s case emerged as a disabled peer warned the government that the move from 50 metres to 20 metres was “extraordinarily harsh”.The Liberal Democrat Baroness [Celia] Thomas said – during a debate on the Queen’s speech – that the tightened eligibility would mean thousands of disabled people were likely to lose their Motability cars, once the bulk of PIP reassessments began in October.She said: “This will surely not help the government’s stated aim of getting a lot more disabled people into work, and will particularly hit disabled people in rural areas.”She said she hoped that assessors working for the government’s PIP contractors Atos and Capita were “diligent in reading any supporting letters from a claimant’s doctor, consultant or physiotherapist, and that they closely question the claimant about whether they can walk the short distance in the test even if there is a gale-force wind blowing, an icy surface, or they have to cross a busy road with kerbs… and, of course, whether they can walk this distance, not too slowly, several times a day if necessary.”A Motability spokesman said it had no role in determining who should receive DLA or PIP, and could not comment on individual cases.But he said: “Motability is providing a one-off package of support and advice to customers who lose their allowance as a result of PIP assessment, to help them through the difficult transition.“The package includes a payment to affected customers of up to £2,000, together with individual help and advice, particularly in regard to insurance.“Early research from recipients of the transitional support package shows that customers are appreciative of the level of support provided and that it has helped them to remain mobile without their Motability car, in many cases by purchasing a used car.“We would encourage anyone who has concerns about their individual circumstances to contact Motability.”Next month, the high court will hear an appeal by the disabled blogger and activist Steve Sumpter against a court ruling that a government consultation on plans to tighten eligibility for PIP was not unfair and unlawful.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) consulted on PIP in 2012 but did not mention its plans to cut the criteria from 50 metres to 20 metres until after the consultation had closed.The judge only ruled in DWP’s favour because ministers had ordered a second consultation, as a result of Sumpter’s legal case.Sumpter said on Twitter this week: “I believe it is only through having support, care, a wheelchair and my car that I am ever able to walk, because I saved my energy.“If I am determined to be able to walk more than 20m I will lose my car, struggle to do anything, then lose my ability to walk 20m.”Government figures have predicted that 548,000 of the 892,000 working-age people who were receiving the higher rate of the DLA mobility component in February 2013 will not receive the enhanced mobility rate of PIP once they are transferred to the new benefit.Kayleigh’s story has highlighted the fears of many British Paralympians that the reforms and cuts to spending on DLA would damage their chances of success at the highest level.In the last three years, a string of Paralympians have told DNS of their concerns that they and other disabled people could lose their support in the move from DLA to PIP, although most of them will not be reassessed until later this year at the earliest.Hannah Cockroft (pictured), who won two golds in London as a wheelchair athlete, told DNS in 2013 that she believed she would lose her support and her Motability vehicle when she was reassessed.David Clarke, at the time the captain of Britain’s blind football team, said in 2012 that withdrawing DLA for those with extra costs would “jeopardise the independence of disabled people”.Gold-winning archer Danielle Brown told DNS that she “couldn’t manage without” her Motability vehicle, and added: “I would struggle if I didn’t have a car.”Before the games, Paralympians Ali Jawad, a powerlifter, table-tennis star Sue Gilroy, Aaron Phipps, a member of the wheelchair rugby team, and his team-mate Kylie Grimes, boccia veteran Nigel Murray and Natasha Baker, who went on to win double dressage gold at London 2012, all spoke out about the importance of DLA and how the reforms and cuts could jeopardise their independence.last_img read more

Following a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Ther

first_imgFollowing a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May this afternoon, further cross-party talks are set to take place with the aim of finding a compromise Brexit deal that could secure a Commons majority.Commenting on the initial meeting, a Labour spokesperson said: “We have had constructive exploratory discussions about how to break the Brexit deadlock. We have agreed a programme of work between our teams to explore the scope for agreement.”Striking a similarly positive tone, a Downing Street spokesman said: “Today’s talks were constructive, with both sides showing flexibility and a commitment to bring the current Brexit uncertainty to a close. We have agreed a programme of work to ensure we deliver for the British people, protecting jobs and security.”The meeting today was attended by Jeremy Corbyn, his spokesman, Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Nick Brown from Labour’s side; the Prime Minister, Steve Barclay, Julian Smith, Gavin Barwell and officials from the government.It is understood that each side has agreed to appoint a negotiating team – Labour’s will be Starmer, Long-Bailey and Brown in terms of politicians – and to hold a planning meeting tonight in parliament. Tomorrow, technical discussions will be had throughout the day.LabourList understands that the Labour leader went into talks with his five demands for Brexit – including a customs union – as the basis for negotiating a cross-party agreement. Another referendum has not been mentioned so far by the leadership as a condition for supporting a deal.But frontbencher Emily Thornberry has emailed all Labour MPs calling for any deal agreed to be subject to a confirmatory public vote, The New Statesman revealed today.A letter to Corbyn and the shadow cabinet was also sent from 12 Labour MPs of the ‘Love Socialism Hate Brexit’ parliamentary group, including Corbyn supporters Clive Lewis and Kate Osamor, saying a “public vote must be our bottom line”.UNISON voted to endorse the idea at a meeting of its national executive committee today, joining GMB and other big trade unions in their support for another referendum. Unite, arguably the closest of the unions to the Labour leader, has not backed the policy.Update, 7pm: On the meeting, Corbyn said: “There hasn’t been as much change as I expected but we will have further discussions tomorrow to explore technical issues.“I put forward the view from the Labour Party that we want to achieve a customs union with the EU, access to the single market and dynamic regulatory alignment, that is a guarantee of European regulations as a minimum on the environment, consumer and workers’ rights.”The Labour leader added: “I also raised the option of a public vote to prevent crashing out or leaving on a bad deal.”He also emailed all Labour MPs. The full text is below.Dear colleague,I held a meeting this afternoon with the Prime Minister, government ministers and officials.I was accompanied by Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Nick Brown, and staff.The government said they were keen to to find common ground and reach an agreement with us.We have had constructive exploratory discussions about how to break the Brexit deadlock.We have agreed a programme of work between our teams to explore the scope for agreement, but no commitments have been made.We raised the benefits of a customs union and close alignment to the single market with dynamic alignment on rights, protections and standards.It was agreed there would further technical discussions on a customs union and close single market alignment. The civil service will be made available to us to support those discussions.It was agreed that the Chief Whips would meet to consider a timetable for a Withdrawal Agreement – with no commitment to support it.There was also discussion on what sort of legislative lock could be used to enforce any agreed changes.I also raised the prospect of a confirmatory vote. The Prime Minister remained resistant to this proposal.We will meet further in the coming days, and I will continue to update the PLP.Jeremy CorbynLeader of the OppositionTags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Emily Thornberry /Brexit /Public vote /last_img read more

John McDonnell has endorsed Liam Byrnes bid to be

first_imgJohn McDonnell has endorsed Liam Byrne’s bid to be the Labour candidate in the 2020 West Midlands metro mayoral contest.Officially announcing his support for the Birmingham Hodge Hill MP in a video, the Shadow Chancellor said: “For years Liam has been campaigning on issues like hunger, homelessness, and for all those people who have suffered so badly at the hands of the Tories after nine years of austerity.“I believe he’s the sort of person we need to lead our campaign and implement the policies that Labour will be implementing in government and at the local level as well. He’s got my support.”Left-wing Labour members may be surprised by the party leadership’s support for Byrne, who co-founded the Blairite group Progress and is not seen as a Corbynite.He was once best known as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury who left the note “I’m afraid there is no money”, which was found by his successor David Laws and weaponised by the coalition government.But Byrne has been working in his local community to support food banks and his plan for the West Midlands promotes many ideas backed by the leadership, such as a ‘Green New Deal’. He is on the frontbench, serving as shadow digital minister in Tom Watson’s team.Following a Skwawkbox report, Momentum chair Jon Lansman recently denied that he or his organisation would be endorsing Byrne’s bid.No other candidate has yet come forward in an effort to become Labour’s candidate, though there has been criticism of the fact that all current metro mayors are men and only three directly-elected mayors in England are women.Tags:Liam Byrne /John McDonnell /west midlands metro mayor /last_img read more

Updated Man killed near Garfield Square suspect arrested

first_imgWolfe has been booked on felony charges of murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and for two counts of threats.Johnson’s death was the fourth homicide in the Mission District this year. In 2016, there were 10 homicides, but only one by this time last year. This is a developing story and we will update as information comes in. Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found here. Victims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF. 0% Update: Lyris Wolfe, 52, has been arrested and charged in connection to the homicide. Wolfe has been identified as a teacher’s aide who worked at the San Francisco School District’s Dr. Charles R. Drew Alternative Elementary School for some 15 years and has been placed on administrative leave, according to Gentle Blythe, a spokesperson for the school district.Original story: A 45-year-old man was killed at 1:11 a.m. on Monday near 26th Street and Treat Avenue and police have a arrested a 52-year-old woman in connection with the homicide.The victim has been identified as Aaron Johnson, a San Francisco resident. Responding officers found Johnson suffering from a severe stab wound, according to police reports. San Francisco Fire Department paramedics rendered aid, but Johnson died of his injury at San Francisco General Hospital.Police immediately launched an investigation and detained a female suspect, identified as Lyris Wolfe. Following an interview with Wolfe, police determined that she was responsible for Johnson’s murder, according to a press release issued by the San Francisco Police Department on Wednesday. Tags: Homicide • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ST HELENS prop Tony Puletua has been named as Bria

first_imgST HELENS prop Tony Puletua has been named as Brian McClennan’s fourth selection for the 22-man Exiles squad that will take on England in the International Origin Match on Friday June 10 at Headingley Carnegie (8.00pm).The Exiles squad will consist of the best Australian and New Zealand players currently playing in the Engage Super League and Puletua joins Exiles captain and current Leeds Rhinos hooker Danny Buderus, vice captain Thomas Leuluai from Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants’ Luke O’Donnell as Brian McClennan’s current selections and the new concept is something Puletua is excited to be involved in.“It is a great honour to be part of something very special,” said the St Helens forward. “This is the first Exiles team to be selected to take on England and it is a fantastic opportunity to play alongside some great players.“I am really excited about the International Origin Match now that I know I have been selected. I am looking forward to playing in a team with other previous NRL players that you wouldn’t usually get the chance to play alongside.“All of the current squad have represented either Australia or New Zealand and it is a great chance to come together and see what we can do.“I think it is going to be a tough game. I am sure that England will put together a very strong squad so I am expecting a tough challenge.”Puletua becomes the fourth of nine players to be selected by Brian McClennan for the 22-man Exiles squad which will also comprise of 13 players voted for by Rugby League fans and McClennan believes Puletua will be a great asset to the Exiles squad.“Tony is one of the form props in the Engage Super League,” said the Exiles coach. “He has had a good start to the season for St Helens and I feel he is an ideal choice for the Exiles squad.“TP (Tony Puletua) is such a versatile forward having played most of his career as a back row. He is a big unit and has the ability to offload the ball in heavy traffic. That will be imperative against England as we try to combat their biggest strength, which is their pack of forwards.“My objective is to build a formidable pack that will add stability and muscle in the middle but will also have dynamic elements in our offensive play. TP is integral to our planning and will compliment the other forwards we are looking at.”In a unique concept to British sport, the final Exiles squad will be chosen in part by the public, with fans having the chance to choose 13 of the 22 squad members to face England. The remaining nine selections will be made by the Exiles coach, Brian McClennan, and his assistant Terry Matterson. Fans can make their selections and collect their £5 discount voucher (redeemable against the cost of a full price adult ticket) online at www.internationalorigin.comPre-purchased tickets for the International Origin match start from £19 for adults and £12 concessions and are available at www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or by contacting the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113. Tickets purchased on the day of the match start from £22 for adults and £15 for concessions.last_img read more

With tickets for the fixture selling fast a numbe

first_imgWith tickets for the fixture selling fast, a number of areas of the Totally Wicked Stadium have now been designated as very limited availability, with many seated areas virtually sold out other than for single seats.In addition, the Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge has now SOLD OUT and the 1873 Lounge VIP Hospitality is also limited availability.Please see map below;West Stand:Less than 450 tickets available.Totally Wicked North Stand: Gold – blocks ND, NE, NF – VERY LIMITED only single seats available.Silver – block NC – VERY LIMITED only single seats available.South Stand:  Gold – blocks SF – SOLD OUT, blocks SE, SG – VERY LIMITED only single seats available.Silver – blocks SD, SI, SH – VERY LIMITED only single seats available.Family Stand:  Block SK – VERY LIMITED.Tickets start from just £23 for adults and £10 for under 16s, they can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.We also have one corporate package left available this is our Matchball Sponsorship package that includes:x8 VIP Hospitality places in the 1873 Lounge – including three-course mealPre match TourSets behind the dug-outSigned, framed matchballMeet the Man of the Match post-game£1,400 + VATTo book this package please call 01744 455080 or email sales@saintsrlfc.comFor Hospitality enquiries please call 01744 455050 or email sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

Wilmington man sentenced to 10 years for selling cocaine heroin

first_img In January 2017, agents with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the WPD gang unit began investigating Hines. A confidential source advised authorities that they could purchase drugs from Hines.Between January and February, law enforcement had the confidential source buy drugs on four separate occasions.The source bought 251 bindles of heroin for $1,120, 147 bindles of heroin for $675, 29 grams of cocaine for $1,400 and 14 grams of crack cocaine for $700.Related Article: Carolina Beach woman pleads guilty in adoption scamOn February 6, 201, law enforcement served a search warrant at Hines’ home. They found  36 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales, one Glock magazine, various rounds of ammunition and empty bindles of heroin.Hines has prior convictions in North Carolina for discharging a weapon into an occupied property and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He also has a prior federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.After serving his sentence, Hines will have five years of supervised release. Lewis Hines (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man who pleaded guilty in October to distributing drugs will spend ten years in prison.Lewis Alexander Hines, 26, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.- Advertisement – last_img read more

State Board of Elections schedules hearing on Columbus County sheriff race

first_imgJody Greene and Lewis Hatcher (Photos: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Office/WWAY) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The long-disputed race for Columbus County sheriff could soon come to a close.The State Board of Elections today announced it will hold a hearing on the case Monday in Raleigh.- Advertisement – Republican Jody Greene had 37 more votes than incumbent Lewis Hatcher, a Democrat, in November’s election. The Columbus County Board of Elections certified the race after a recount later that month and Greene later took the oath of office.What has followed has been months of challenges as Hatcher and others called into question Greene’s residency and eligibility to run and serve as sheriff.In December, the State Board of Elections said Greene should not have been sworn in.Related Article: Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg won’t run for president in 2020Greene announced in February he would take a leave of absence from office while the situation is settled.A month ago the Columbus County Board of Elections voted that Greene did not meet residency requirements to run for sheriff. That decision now moves to the State Board of Elections, which will hear the case starting at 1 p.m. Monday.last_img read more

Trump tells Pennsylvania voters that trade war has helped economy

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump, facing a potentially difficult path to winning a second term in November 2020, on Monday told supporters in Pennsylvania that his trade war had strengthened the battleground state’s steel industry and jobs.Although Trump does not launch his re-election bid officially until next month, his appearance at a raucous rally in an airport hangar in northeastern Pennsylvania, using Air Force One as a backdrop, had the hallmarks of a campaign event.He took aim at Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden. “Sleepy Joe said that he’s running to ‘save the world.’ … He’s going to save every country but ours,” Trump said.The president previewed the arguments he will make to voters in the 2020 election, crediting his trade stance with helping the U.S. economy.“When you have the best employment numbers in history, when you have the best unemployment numbers in history, when you have the best economy probably that we’ve ever had, I don’t know – how the hell do you lose this election, right?,” he said.Trump has waged a high-stakes trade dispute with China, and tariffs imposed by both countries on a range of goods have raised fears of a global economic slowdown.Trump last year also imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium. He claims that the move saved and created jobs at U.S. mills as well as spurred investment such as by U.S. Steel in Pennsylvania. Many economists say that those benefits are outweighed by higher costs to U.S. companies and consumers.Trump was stumping for a special House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania, one of three “Rust Belt” states he won in 2016 with votes from white, blue-collar voters who had previously voted Democratic.His campaign sees the state as key to keeping control of the White House, along with Michigan and Wisconsin. A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed the president trailing the main Democratic contenders in Pennsylvania in particular.“I’ll be seeing a lot of you over the next year,” Trump said. “Gotta win this state.”‘TROUBLESOME’ TRIO OF STATESTrump has already been raising money for his re-election and holding political rallies for many months. But he plans an official rollout for his campaign in mid-June, the four-year anniversary of when he rode the escalator at Trump Tower down to a crowd of supporters and announced his candidacy.He is likely to hold a rally in Florida, possibly on June 15, to mark the occasion, sources said. The Trump campaign declined to comment.Trump , who considers Florida to be something of a second home, won the state in 2016. But as is the case for Trump in many battleground states, his victory is not assured there in 2020, and he will likely face a fight to win it again.The Trump campaign has privately expressed concern about the trio of upper Midwest swing states that provided his 2016 margin of victory, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.A source close to the campaign called Trump’s position in those states “troublesome.”“They’re awakening to the fact that they’ve got a problem. They have a solid base among Republicans but a lot of independent voters that gave them the margin in these states are not doing well,” the source said.‘SLEEPY JOE’Since Trump took over as president in early 2017, the United States has had low unemployment and strong growth. Typically, presidents with an economy this vibrant would be strong bets for re-election.But Trump’s polarizing presidency has given hope to a host of Democratic contenders that he can be denied a second term.Biden has sounded a unifying theme to try to rally Americans behind his candidacy. In second place in the Democratic polls is democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.Biden has put his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia and has held two rallies in the state during the past month.Trump has dubbed Biden “Sleepy Joe” to try to undermine him, in much the same way as he gave Republican contender Jeb Bush the nickname “low-energy Jeb” in 2016.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Walmart Labs launches Electrode RN the first open react native application for

first_imgAdvertisement Walmart labs has today launched  Electrode Over The Air (Electrode OTA hence forth), an independent application that will manage your bundles, and is compatible with the Microsoft Code Push Client.Now you can use a 100% open source solution for enabling your React Native OTA updates, with Code Push on the client side and Electrode RN OTA on the back end.With Electrode OTA Server, you can host, manage, and monitor your JavaScript bundles on your own server, so you’re in control of access and security. With a small adjustment to your Code Push Client application, pointing it to your own server instead of Microsoft’s, you can seamlessly deploy React Native bundles to client apps running on iOS and Android. – Advertisement – It takes a strong CI system to smoothly manage cross-platform apps. Because Electrode OTA Server is open source, you’re free to modify and adjust its behavior to suit the needs of your application, and its pluggable architecture (based on our own Electrode Server infrastructure) means the community can extend its capabilities into areas we haven’t thought of yet.Deploying and updating your app is only half the battle, so we also built in the ability to query the Cassandra backend for advanced heuristics to give your data team plenty to analyze. You’ll get insight into questions like when to update, how effective your last update was, and more.We didn’t stop there. We also developed Electrode OTA Desktop, a cross-platform Electron-based application (that’s right, Electrode on Electron) to ease the management of multiple deployment environments.Electrode OTA gives you complete control of rollout plans, and rollback in case of a misadventure in configuration management — because any rollout without a rollback plan is just tempting the deployment gods.All of this is just the first step in our plans for the React Native ecosystem. We appreciate all the work the community has put into Code Push, and hope this contribution helps express our commitment to giving back.“When companies embrace open source, everyone wins; the community gets a collection of production-ready tools that have already been tested and hardened, and the community of developers on GitHub can further refine and grow the tools,” said Brandon Keepers, Head of Open Source, GitHub. “By publishing Electrode OTA on GitHub, @WalmartLabs is helping further innovation for the React Native platform and increasing standardization of the technology in its stack.”last_img read more

Bid Farewell to MTNs Gaga Wednesday

first_imgMTN’s Gaga Wednesday mid-week internet promo ends effective today after 5 months in running. Advertisement After five months of running, telecom firm; MTN Uganda, has finally decided to rest its mid-week data bundle promo; Gaga Wednesday. Launched on Wednesday 08th, November 2017, begun with 1GB data for 3000 UGX but later went on making it more affordable for its customers reaching giving them more data at a cheaper prices. On valentine’s day, they offered its customers 4GB data for 2500 UGX.However, one of the main aims for launching the promo was to create more awareness for the MyMTN App that improves customer experience allowing them to access MTN services without using USSD codes.Having now over a million downloads and thousands of reviews on playstore, the app saw over 72,000 downloads in less than a week after its revamp early this year. The 21MB application is content rated at 4+ and 3+ on iTunes and Google Playstore respectively. – Advertisement – The promo ends effective today. And the running promo is 4GB for 4000 UGX valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase. It being the last day, MTN might decided to reduce on the price. There’s no comment on this but we assume it might happen.MTN Uganda is trying its best to see that more Ugandans are connected to internet. By this, they have made their internet plans more affordable. In February, they reduced their price data rates and increased the data bundles. And according to Wim Vanhelleputte, the company’s CEO, the reduction was expected to drive further internet connectivity to facilitate business growth and enable communication.In the same month they as well introduced Pulse bundles that helps its customers balance their data between socializing and browsing the web. The pulse data bundles come in three packages; MTN Pulse, MTN Pulse plus, and MTN Weekend bundle. Unlike the Pulse and Pulse+, the weekend bundle allows one to share weekend plans, and events.Just a brief of what the pulse bundle could mean. In the MTN Pulse package, there’s a 50MB + 200MB SWIFT option. So this mean that if one bought that, they get 50MB for web browsing and 200MB for social networking (SWIFT). Say the 50MB was used, does this mean the SWIFT gets done too. The answer to that is NO! One of the two can get done before the other and won’t affect the remaining data.[related-posts]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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STARTERS ORDERS Mon Movers Specials

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New York Posse of Engineering Students to Enroll at Rice

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807 New York `Posse’ of Engineering Students to Enroll at Rice A “posse” of about 10 high school graduates from New York City intent on earning engineering degrees will enroll at Rice University this fall as part of a new engineering collegescholarship program. Rice is the first university in the nation to participate in theNACME/metaNetworks Engineering Posse Program. Rice president Malcolm Gillis also committed the university to accepting groups of culturally diverse engineering students in future years through the Posse Program from a local pool of candidates created by metaNetworks and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).”Texas is rapidly becoming a center of innovation in assuring opportunities for culturally diverse businesses and students,” Gillis said. “For example, the Greater Houston Partnership, the primary advocate for improving Houston’s business community, has just appointed a task force to find measures to stimulate the growth of minority businesses.”Rice has also recently established a number of programs to enhance the growth of talents among culturally diverse students,especially in the sciences and engineering.” Strongly supported by Gillis and Michael Carroll, the dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Posse Program at Riceis part and parcel of these broader efforts, Gillis added.”This program exemplifies the type of resourceful commitment that will be required to bring growing numbers of culturally diverse students successfully into engineering before the 21st century,” he said. The group of students headed for Rice in August includes four African Americans, two Hispanics, and individuals with Russian, Asian, Vietnamese and West Indian backgrounds. Rice is sharingeducation costs of this group with metaNetworks and NACME. NACME sends groups of students-“posses”-to engineering schools after an intensive process designed to build a multicultural team. During eight months of workshops, the group refines its leadership skills, develops cohesiveness and expands academic proficiency. The precollege component of the program includes a series of workshops designed to prepare studentsfor an engineering curriculum.”Posse is one of the most innovative and exciting ventures we have ever undertaken,” said NACME president George Campbell Jr. “We see enormous potential for the program because the concept is so clearly compelling to universities seeking to diversify their student body.” A four-year liberal arts-oriented pilot program in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University will graduate 100 percent of itsfirst “posse” this spring. In preparation for the arrival of the New York City students, Rice has established a faculty committee of mentors under the direction of Don Johnson, associate dean for academic affairs in theGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering. The committee will include engineering and nonengineering faculty, and it will work with the university’s Multicultural Affairs Office and the students to insure the students’ academicsuccess, said Carroll.”We are excited about this new program and welcome the partnership with metaNetworks and NACME,” Carroll said. “This will give us the opportunity to attract some more talented young people to Rice. The Posse Program will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our campus climate. We hope to learn from it and to see it flourish and grow at Rice and elsewhere.” Rice is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian private university dedicated to undergraduate teaching and graduate studies, research and professional training in selected disciplines. It has an undergraduate student population of 2,674 and 1,449 graduate and professional students. ### AddThislast_img

Hubble Image of GammaRay Burst Confirms Rice Predictions

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 unrau@rice.eduHUBBLE IMAGE OF GAMMA-RAY BURST CONFIRMS RICE PREDICTIONS It’s ideal for astronomers to have theirpredictions tested in space — which is just what happened for Rice scientistsrecently.When the Hubble Space Telescope tracked the visible-light counterpart of agamma-ray burst just over a week ago, it did more than give astronomers theirfirst close-up look at its fading light — it confirmed a prediction made byRice University scientists that the x-ray and visible light afterglows wouldfade at a certain rate.The find is leading astronomers closer to solving modern astronomy’s greatestmystery, the origin of gamma-ray bursts — the highest-energy radiation in theuniverse.The Rice University scientists predicted that the brightness of the x-ray andvisible-light counterparts would fall as the reciprocal of time. Such a slowdecay is highly unusual in energetic astrophysical phenomena.The burst was detected by several space-based, high-energy astrophysicsobservatories on Feb. 28, and then a fading visible-light source was discoveredby ground-based telescopes. On March 26, this burster was finally imaged byNASA’s Hubble Space Telescope with unprecedented precision.“Researchers have been diligently looking for these fading counterparts fordecades, without success, so this is a real breakthrough for the field,” Riceprofessor Edison Liang says, “and a key confirmation for our model.”In a series of articles written at the end of last year, and to appear in theApril 10 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the Rice team proposes thata gamma-ray burst fades, not because of explosive expansion as oftenconjectured, but mainly due to radiation cooling, in which the energy of theescaping radiation, or so-called photons, closely mimics the energy of thecooling plasma. This physical model is proposed by Liang together with researchscientist Ian Smith, graduate student Anthony Crider and professor MasaakiKusunose of Japan.“Picture the source as a large ball of very energetic particles whizzingaround,” explains Liang. “A low energy radio or microwave photon injected intothis ionized plasma — most likely created by the plasma itself — bounces offmany particles before it can finally escape. But in the scatterings, theparticles transfer energy to the photons. During the burst, the escaping photonsspan almost the entire electromagnetic spectrum, with most of the energyappearing in the gamma-ray region. As the source slowly cools, gamma rays are nolonger produced, but the source is still visible across the rest of thespectrum, from x-rays to visible-light, as a slowly fading object.”In addition to the inverse-time fading law, the Rice model also predicts thatthe ratio of the burster distance to the size of the source should be around oneto ten trillion. “This relation plus other physical considerations willeventually provide powerful limits to the distance of bursters, which is thesubject of the hottest debate in astronomy today,” comments Liang.Discovered accidentally in the late 1960s by United States nuclear testsurveillance satellites, the origin of gamma-ray bursts has puzzled astronomersfor almost three decades. Results obtained by the Burst and Transient SourceExperiment (BATSE) on board the NASA Compton Observatory, launched in 1991,further deepened the mystery. Currently, astronomers are deeply divided overwhether the bursts originate from an extended halo around our own Milky Way orif they originate in galaxies billions of light years away.###Editors: For a graphic illustrating the Rice predictions in GIF and TIFFformats, see:http://spacsun.rice.edu/~acrider/papers/GRB_DECAY.HTML.Edison Liang, Rice professor of space physics and astronomy, can be reachedat (713) 527-8101, ext. 3524, or liang@spacsun.rice.edu. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice University 1997 Commencement Tip Sheet

first_imgShareCONTACT: Michael Cinelli PHONE:(713) 831-4794 EMAIL: mincelli@rice.edu ‘FABULOUS NOACK’ SISTERS PREPARE TO TRAVEL SEPARATE PATHSWhen asked if they know they’re sometimes called “The Fabulous Noack Girls”at Rice University, graduating seniors Krista and Kathy Noack both grinned atthe phrase they had not heard before. The two sisters, who are 18 months apartin age, would later admit they were dubbed “The Noack Dynasty” at Florida’s St.Petersburg High School, where together Krista, as a senior, served as presidentand Kathy as a junior served as vice-president of Junior Civitan, the school’sservice club. Kathy later took over as president of the club her senior year.Though “The Fabulous Noack Girls” graduate May 10, Rice may not have seen thelast of the Noacks. Younger sister Becky, who is just finishing high school, isconsidering coming to Rice in the fall.‘HUTCH’ EARNS TOP FACULTY HONORS FROM RICE ALUMNISome would call his work-day intense. John Hutchinson describes it as“wonderful.” The associate professor of chemistry and winner of the 1997 GeorgeR. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching stays busy teaching, researching,mastering at Wiess College, volunteering for Leadership Rice as a teacher and afaculty coordinator, and parenting his daughters, Ashlyn, 16, and Emma, 9.Hutchinson, or “Hutch” as his students like to call him, says he sees teachingprimarily as “communication, personal interaction and listening. I try to fosternot just an understanding of chemistry but a development of critical thinkingskills. I want my students to learn to question, analyze and reason.”J. EVANS ATTWELL RECEIVES RICE ALUM GOLD MEDAL AWARDRice’s Gold Medal is awarded for extraordinary service to the university andfor promoting the ideals of the school’s founder, William Marsh Rice. The 1997Gold Medalist, J. Evans Attwell ’53, will be honored at a dinner May 10 at theDoubletree Post Oak Hotel in Houston. During the last 12 years, Attwell helpedRice choose a president, grapple with the impact of big-time athletics on campusand steer a course for the 21st century. Attwell, who earned a bachelor of artsin 1953, served on the board of governors for the university from 1982 to 1996,when he retired as one of the university’s seven trustees. ### AddThislast_img read more

Rice Lands 25 Million NSF Grant

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: mcinelli@rice.edu ACADEMIC RECRUITMENT EFFORTS HELP RICE LAND $2.5 MILLION MINORITYEDUCATION GRANT FROM NSF Programs that encourage minoritystudents to pursue advanced degrees in science, math and engineering helped RiceUniversity earn a $2.5 million Minority Graduate Education (MGE) grant from theNational Science Foundation (NSF).Rice is the only university in the Southwest, and one of onlyeight institutions in the nation, to receive a portion of $20 million the NSFearmarked for launching its MGE program, which is aimed at significantlyincreasing the number of minority students receiving doctoral degrees in thesciences, mathematics and engineering.The eight universities will each receive awards of up to$500,000 per year for five years depending on numbers of students served andfactors related to project design.In its application to the NSF, Rice highlighted the success ofits Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) department to recruit andretain minority students in graduate degree programs. Principles learned in CAAMwill provide a strong foundation for the university’s MGE effort. In addition,Rice proposes an experiment to develop and implement admissions criteria thatmore effectively predict success in graduate research programs and subsequentcareer positions. “For many years, Texas was adversely affected by a drain ofsome of our best minority talent to graduate programs on the East and Westcoasts,” said Rice President Malcolm Gillis. “Having once left, theseindividuals tended strongly not to return to Texas. Rice and other universitiesin Texas have sought to counter this ‘brain drain’ through resourcefulrecruiting of budding minority scientists and engineers.“This new NSF grant will materially strengthen our ability toattract and retain these valuable individuals.” The Rice MGE project will operate under the direction of aleadership team which includes Provost David Auston; Kathleen Matthews, dean ofthe Wiess School of Natural Sciences; Sidney Burrus, dean of the George R. BrownSchool of Engineering; Jordan Konisky, vice provost; and Professor RichardTapia, a member of the National Science Board.Tapia’s outreach programs, funded through the NSF’s Center forResearch on Parallel Computation, have been honored for theirsuccesses.“We are proud that we have won this highly competitive awardfrom the NSF, largely based on the things we have done here at Rice to addressinclusiveness,” Tapia said. “We are very much aware at the national level thatunder&endash;representation of minorities in these disciplines is ofcritical importance and endangers the health of the nation.”The 1996 Hopwood case in Texas, which removed the use of raceas a determining factor in admissions and financial aid decisions, presentedanother challenge that Rice has worked through, Tapia added.“We have acknowledged that Hopwood presented us withconstraints in which we had to work, but we still have been successful,” hesaid. “Now we are prepared to implement a program that universities around thenation can emulate.”Included in the Rice MGE program is the University ofWisconsin-Madison.“UW-Madison will not only help us evaluate components of ourprogram, but will establish programs based on the Rice model to its College ofEngineering, which has already been very active in promoting and supportingprograms intended to increase the number of minority graduate programs on theMadison campus,” said Konisky.The seven other universities receiving MGE grants are theGeorgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, The University of Alabama atBirmingham, the University of Florida, the University of Missouri at Columbia,the University of Michigan, and the University of Puerto Rico at RioPiedras.Rice University is a leading American researchuniversity–small, private and highly selective–distinguished by its superiorteaching, commitment to undergraduate education, outstanding graduate andprofessional programs, residential college system, collaborative andinterdisciplinary culture, and global perspective.###last_img read more

With Humor Pinker Explores the Mind

first_imgShareWith Humor, Pinker Explores the Mind BY DAVID KAPLAN Rice News StaffFeb. 25, 1999While explaining how the human mind works, Steven Pinker recited camp song lyrics, compared love to shopping and held up an olive pitter, often reminding the packed Grand Hall crowd that humor is one of the mind’s best byproducts.Pinker presented “How the Mind Works” Feb. 16 at the Rice Memorial Center as part of this year’s President’s Lecture Series. One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, he is a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of the popular and critically acclaimed works “The Language Instinct” and “How the Mind Works.Rice President Malcolm Gillis welcomed the crowd, then introduced Professor of Psychology Randi Martin, who is director of the Cognitive Sciences program at Rice. With some humor of her own, Martin introduced Pinker.Pinker described the human mind as both a “remarkable organ” and a “paradox. On the one hand,” he said, the mind is “an engineering masterpiece. No robot or computer can see, move, speak and understand, or use common sense as well as a person.”On the other hand,” he observed, “for all its engineering excellence, the mind has a number of apparent quirks.” For example, Pinker asked, why are we so disgusted by the idea of eating something as perfectly nutritious as a worm? And why would we do something as foolish as fall in love?He offered three key ideas for understanding the mind: computation, evolution and selectivity.Using the computation model, Pinker defined the function of the human brain as information processing. It is in some ways like a computer, he said: “Part of the explanation for what makes a computer smart and what makes a brain smart are the same,” but there are differences. For example, computers are faster while “brains are massively parallel, doing hundreds of thousands of things at once.”Turning to his second key idea, evolution, Pinker said the mind’s ultimate function over evolutionary time has been survival and reproduction in the hunting and gathering environment in which the mind developed. Man has spent 99 percent of his existence in the hunting and gathering environment, he noted.Pinker said that an evolutionary perspective of the mind can be better understood by relying on reverse engineering, a method in which “you stumble upon the device and try to figure out what it’s designed to do.” Pinker quipped, “Reverse engineering is what the people at Panasonic do when Sony comes out with a new product.”His third model, specialization, is helpful in describing the mind because the human mind has to solve many types of problems, he said, and various mental tools are required.Merging his three key ideas, Pinker said that the mind is “a system of organs of computation that allowed our ancestors to understand and outsmart objects, animals, plants and one another.”Surviving as a hunter and gatherer is the most demanding intelligence test ever devised,” he said.Pinker turned to the world of human emotions, first focusing on the emotion of disgust, and recalled a song lyric from his summer camp days: “Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts.” Disgust serves an evolutionary purpose, he said: It is a deterrent to being poisoned by untested foods.He also explored the emotion of romantic love, describing it as a marketplace in which humans do “smart shopping” for “the nicest, best-looking, smartest, richest, stablest, funniest person who will settle for us.” There may be someone better out there, Pinker said, but we may die single if we wait too long for him or her. We are “forced to trade off value against time” and to “set up house with the best person we’ve found so far.”Of course, love is more than shopping, Pinker noted. It’s more complex and mysterious. It is often capricious, irrational and involuntary, he said. “You can’t will yourself to fall in love.”Noting that some people are discouraged by the notion that the mind and brain are products of evolution, Pinker held out hope for optimism. The legacy of human evolution is not just greed, lust and territoriality, he said, noting that “kinder, gentler” emotions of love, friendship and a sense of justice are also part of natural selection. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice University professor to receive award from National Action Council for Minorities

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduRICEUNIVERSITY PROFESSOR TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL FORMINORITIES IN ENGINEERINGRichard Tapia will be awarded NACME’s highesthonor Saturday in BaltimoreRichard Tapia, the NoahHarding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University,will receive the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering’s (NACME)highest honor Saturday, Oct. 27, at a luncheon in Baltimore. NACME is presenting itsReginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award to Tapia for his contributions toengineering and other science-based careers. The award is named forthe former chairman and CEO of General Electric Company, whose leadership gavebirth to NACME Inc. The prize includes a $10,000 donation in Tapia’s name to atax-exempt organization of his choice that is committed to increasing therepresentation of minorities in engineering and technology. AddThislast_img read more

Commerce secretary to address Baker Institute conference on free trade

first_imgLong Description ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Commerce secretary to address Baker Institute conference on free tradeCarlos Gutierrez, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will address a conference on free trade at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 30.  CARLOS GUTIERREZ Gutierrez’s speech, part of the Robert A. Mosbacher Global Issues Lecture Series, begins at noon, followed by a luncheon and a discussion panel.  The conference is titled “Is Foreign Trade Good for the Economies of the Western Hemisphere? The Future of Free Trade Agreements.” It also features speeches by Eduardo Muñoz, Colombia’s vice minister for foreign trade, S. Malcolm Gillis, University Professor and the Ervin K. Zingler Professor of Economics at Rice University, and Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas.  The Baker Institute’s Tax and Expenditure Policy Program is hosting the discussion of the economic advantages and disadvantages of free trade agreements between the United States and Latin America. This is a timely and important topic as bilateral free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Panama are being debated in the U.S. Congress and in the light of Costa Rica’s recent narrow vote to ratify the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).  For details on the conference, including the agenda, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/Event_View.cfm?EID=662.   The event will be held in James A. Baker III Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html. Members of the news media who want to attend should R.S.V.P. to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more