By Raya Al Jadir New research will investigate the

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirNew research will investigate the “untold stories” of disabled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the social care system.The study will explore the experiences of LGBT disabled men and women who use direct payments or personal budgets to fund their social care.It has been launched by the disabled LGBT organisation Regard, the gay rights charity Stonewall, the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).Dr Ju Gosling (pictured), co-chair of Regard, said: “We know almost nothing about the use and experiences of using social care support by LGBT disabled men and women, because to date no-one has asked.“This is despite the fact that as many as one in three LGBT people are disabled.“We are also disproportionately represented among social care-users, because we are less likely to live in the area we grew up, and less likely to have children and family members to support us, than other disabled people.“Apart from initial decisions to ‘come out’, social care-users may well need support to access LGBT venues, take part in social activities with other LGBT people, facilitate other ‘ordinary’ daily aspects of being LGBT, and require physical support with sex (alone or with others).“LGBT people with learning difficulties may need particular support to assert and/or explain their needs as they relate to sexual identity.”She added: “The research findings will be used to influence the future delivery of social care and training of social care workers, as well as to raise awareness of the issues facing LGBT disabled people more generally.”Gosling said that Regard continued to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and SCIE to raise awareness of the needs of LGBT people who use social care, and previously worked with CQC’s predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), to draw up the first guidelines for care homes on LGBT equality, which remain in place.Pete Fleischmann, SCIE’s head of co-production, said his organisation’s interest in the issue dated back to 2008 when research by CSCI found 45 per cent of LGBT people experienced discrimination when using social care services.He said: “They also found that only six per cent of providers had carried out any sort of equality work around sexual orientation, when a third of the providers promoted race or disability equality.”He said SCIE had a “long-standing interest in these issues because of the untold stories of LGBT people within the social care services”.SCIE has produced six films covering the issues LGBT service-users face when using a range of social care services, and a briefing on LGBT issues and personalisation, and plans to launch two more films, one aimed at service-users and one at professionals, and briefings, as a result of the research.Fleischmann said that social care service-users “don’t just come out once, it is a continual process because you are always encountering new professionals, new assessments, with various forms of support, with a big turnover of staff… that is really difficult for people.“Personalisation is a real opportunity for LGBT people to commission their own services, feel comfortable and in control, and until we do the interviews we know nothing about this area at all.”Professor David Abbott, head of the school for policy studies at Bristol University and associate director at the National Institute for Health Research’s school for social care research – which is funding the study – said that one of the main things that LGBT people with learning difficulties talked to him about for a study two years ago was “the difficulty they had in coming out to support staff”.He said: “Some were anxious about the response of the [support worker or staff] and some felt they had to keep it a secret or hidden, anticipating only some of the support workers would be sympathetic.”Regard has told him examples of support workers “being quite critical or homophobic, saying quite unpleasant things to disabled people when they came out or refusing to go to venues saying it is not part of their job description or it might not adhere to their belief system”.He said he hoped the research would discover when sexuality was being raised during social care assessments and reviews.He said: “Do people feel able to say, ‘Actually, one of the things I will need support with is going to Pride or gay bars to meet other people of my community.“We don’t know if that actually comes up or not and we may find some really positive and nice examples of how support workers and PAs (personal assistants) and their employers work together to help the disabled person get their needs.“We are not necessarily starting with the assumption that we are just going to find really poor practice examples; we are open to finding what are people doing and how are they managing these relationships and overcoming the difficulties.”The study will involve a survey of more than 100 LGBT adults who use direct payments or personal budgets to fund their social care, followed by 30 anonymous, confidential, in-depth interviews.There will also be two focus groups with PAs from Independent Living Alternatives, the agency founded by the late disabled activist David Morris.The research findings are expected to be published in April 2017.last_img read more

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The Department for Work and Pensions DWP looks s

first_imgThe Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) looks set to have to carry out six separate trawls through the records of disabled people unfairly deprived of benefits because of serious errors by senior civil servants.The minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton (pictured), told MPs this week that she was “pleased” that her department was beginning three new reviews of personal independence payment (PIP) claimants.Together with previous announcements on PIP, universal credit and employment and support allowance (ESA), this means her department will now apparently have to carry out a total of six major trawls through its benefit records to find claimants who have not been receiving the correct level of disability benefits.Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, said Newton’s statement was “the latest example of the Tory government failing disabled people”.One of this week’s reviews is necessary because of a tribunal ruling delivered in March 2017 – concerning a PIP claimant referred to as RJ – on how DWP assesses if disabled people can carry out activities safely and need supervision to do so.This review is likely to affect people with conditions such as epilepsy, with an estimated 10,000 PIP claimants set to benefit by £70 to £90 per week by 2022-23.Another of the reviews will check an estimated 1.6 million PIP claims to find claimants who experience mental distress when making or planning a journey.This review was necessary because of a court ruling in December 2017 – in the case of a claimant referred to as MH – which found that new rules introduced last year by DWP were unlawful, “blatantly discriminatory” and breached the UN disability convention.This week’s third review concerns the way DWP has been assessing an estimated 420 PIP claimants with haemophilia who have the associated condition haemarthropathy (a severe type of arthritis caused by bleeding into the joints).But in addition to this week’s three reviews, DWP is also likely to need to trawl through the files of thousands of other PIP claimants who need support to take medication and monitor their health conditions.This fourth review followed two tribunal findings – in the cases of AN and JM – that DWP should have been scoring such claimants in the same way as people needing support to manage treatment therapies such as dialysis.A fifth review is likely to follow a high court ruling earlier this month that DWP had unlawfully discriminated against two disabled men who each lost disability premiums worth £178 per month when they moved to a new local authority area and were forced to transfer onto the new universal credit.The sixth review has already been launched following the botched migration of an estimated 70,000 former claimants of incapacity benefit and other benefits to the new employment and support allowance (ESA).DWP failed to realise that many of these claimants were entitled to income-related ESA – and therefore to associated disability premiums – rather than just the contributory form of ESA.De Cordova said: “This long overdue statement is the latest example of the Tory government failing disabled people: it has now been forced to carry out six reviews to identify disabled people who were wrongly denied the social security support they were entitled to.“In four of those cases the government only backed down because of legal challenges, but disabled people should not have to fight through the courts to get the support they need.“The next Labour government will transform our social security system by abolishing the discredited ESA and PIP assessments, taking back contracts from private companies, and ensuring that disabled people get the support they need to live independently and with dignity.”A DWP spokeswoman refused to answer a series of questions about her department’s string of serious errors on disability benefits.She refused to confirm that DWP was now set to carry out six separate trawls through its records and refused to say if the department was embarrassed by so many significant errors.She also refused to say if any senior civil servants or ministers would be taking responsibility or apologising for their errors and incompetence.But she did say that implementing the MH judgment was likely to cost about £2 billion by 2022-23, and that implementing the RJ judgment would probably cost about £240 million.And she said: “We’re totally committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with health conditions get the support that they need.“Supporting people with mental health conditions remains a top priority, and more people with mental health conditions get the higher rate of both components of PIP than under disability living allowance.“We will be working at pace to ensure everyone who is eligible receives the support they’re entitled to as soon as possible, and we remain on track to begin making payments this summer.”last_img read more

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Photo essay Mission Sunday Streets

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhn 0%center_img With temperatures near 80 degrees, Valencia Street filled with walkers, bikers and strollers for the Mission’s final Sunday Streets of the summer.Photo by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen NarruhnPhoto by Kathleen Narruhnlast_img

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NOT heading to the Etihad Stadium and the Magic We

first_imgNOT heading to the Etihad Stadium and the Magic Weekend?Then savour Saturday’s action from the Red V Cafe Bar.We’ll be open from 11.30am with the matches live throughout the day.Fans can also take advantage of the loyalty card offer in conjunction with our brewery partner Robinsons.If you buy a pint of Saints Gold, Fosters, Coke or Diet Coke you will be given a stamp to fix to a loyalty card.Simply collect five and you can get a free pint!last_img

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SAINTS are seeking their first win at the Magic We

first_imgSAINTS are seeking their first win at the Magic Weekend since 2010.They take on Warrington Wolves on Sunday (3.15pm) – a side they have failed to beat at the two-day extravaganza.Magic Weekend Summary:St Helens: Won 3, Lost 4, Drawn 1Warrington: Won 6, Lost 2(Head-to-head: St Helens 0, Warrington 2)Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12)St Helens 12, Warrington 22 (SLR23, 6/8/12)Super League Summary:St Helens won 40 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 88 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 46.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7, 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 462 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 383 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 344 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 315 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 30First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 152 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 124 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 116 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 109 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers), Aaron Murphy (Huddersfield Giants), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves), Gene Ormsby (Warrington Wolves) 9Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 492 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 463 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 456 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 387 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 378 Travis Burns (St Helens) 289 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 27Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.53 (45/52)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 80.32 (49/61)4 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 75.00 (9/12)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 73.77 (45/61)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 73.07 (38/52)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 72.97 (27/37)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 72.22 (26/36)9 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 71.87 (46/64)10 = Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) (45/63), Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 71.42 (10/14)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1202 = Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1044 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1035 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1006 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 937 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 908 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 7410 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 64last_img read more

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Night Nurse

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In 2007, she was named Woman of the Year by New Hanover County. She is a leader in the community in bringing different cultures, races and ethnic backgrounds together. You might just recognize the voice.  WWAY’s Daniel Seamans introduces you to our Extraordinary Person of the Week.It has long been said that music is the one place where you can both lose and find yourself at the same time.   It’s where we find the Night Nurse.- Advertisement – “I started at night on public radio, actually,” Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith told Daniel Seamans. “So it kind of went with a theme I was working with at the time, came up with the name Night Nurse.”Kimberly has a passion for reggae music. “There’s a redemptive quality about this music,” she said. “It’s social commentary, it’s also feel good music at the same time.”Sundays you’ll find her show bringing a one love mission to the air waves with her show Reggae Redemption on Coastal Carolina’s Modern Rock, 98.7, 10am to noon.  “It brings people of all kinds together and that permeates my whole life, my day job as well.”Related Article: Family warns methanol could be possible cause of tourist deathsThe Night Nurse is also bringing people together as a diversity specialist at UNCW. “I would like to see people loving the skin they are in because I find the more you are in tune with who you are and the comfortable you feel in your skin you make that same room for everyone else around you,” she said of her her many goals.This busy woman  plays an active role keeping reggae alive and well at various venues in the Cape Fear, creating festivals as well as weekly shows at venues like the Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach and concert halls.Her passion is music to our ears but also to our minds.  “So I use reggae music and my work in diversity and inclusion to just open the world up and allow other people in to each other to do some good work that is not as hard as we make it,” Kimberly added.Kimberly McLaughlin Smith, aka the Night Nurse, you are the sweet sound of redemption and that makes you, Extraordinary!Check out some of her Extraordinary roles in the community by clicking here.last_img read more

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Olde Towne neighbors tired of Farmers Market sign thief

first_img For months neighbors in Olde Towne have been trying to catch a thief.“We want to know, why? Why are you doing this?” Smith asked.That question was raised after dozens of signs advertising a community farmer’s market were stolen.Related Article: NC man accused of beating girlfriend’s sons with HDMI cord“It was sign after sign,” said community association president Rana LaBrunda. “I mean from signs that were put three feet into the ground to signs that were made out of wood.”So neighbors set up a camera. Just before the New Year they captured video of the supposed sign thief. What it caught was unbelievable.“We weren’t expecting an older woman,” said LaBrunda. “We really were not. Honestly we were very shocked when we saw that.”The signs are for the Olde Towne farm stand. Something the community has had Powell Produce run year round.The Powell family drives an hour to provide the daily picked produce.“They’re very, very loving, loyal people,” LaBrunda said.The Powells had no where to go after the Leland Market closed. Selling to neighbors in Olde Towne or along River Road is a major source of income. Now everyone one feels like the pickers are getting picked on.“They don’t understand why, because they’ve never done anything to anybody,” said Smith.They want the thief to beat it. Now that they have an idea who it could be, neighbors hope the video produces an arrest.“We’re over it,” LaBrunda said. “One to two times somebody takes a sign is one thing but when you start taking them dozens and dozens and dozens of them for months and months it’s just larceny and it’s just theft.”Since the video was posted to Nextdoor and on social media the community association has had several tips on who the woman is. They’ve sent those to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Someone is stealing signs in Belville and neighbors want the thief caught.“It’s just not right, it’s not right and it’s theft,” said community association secretary Stephanie Smith.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Local radio host Harvard Jennings dies

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/StarNews) — A long running talk show host familiar to many radio listeners across the Cape Fear has died.Harvard Jennings had been a fixture on Wilmington airwaves for decades.- Advertisement – For years he worked at WAAV. More recently, he could be heard on WLTT 1180 AM radio.Jennings summed up his approach as, “civil discourse and meaningful dialogue.”Originally from the Bronx, Jennings moved to Wilmington in the 1980s and managed the Kinney Shoe Store and later served as Director of the Southeastern Sickle Cell Association.Related Article: Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy dead at age 61Read more here about Jennings from StarNewsOnline.last_img

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REWARD OFFERED Deputies search for gun store robbery suspects

first_imgCrime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for their arrest.If you have any info about the crime contact Crime Stoppers or the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) 1 of 2 They say the suspects were seen on surveillance driving either a silver or gold 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion.center_img NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) NHSO says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21, 2019. (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says two people broke into a gun store last month, and they need your help finding them.The sheriff’s office says two people forced their way into DB Guns and Ammo on Carolina Beach Road on January 21.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Facebook to launch PIPE a drag drop and share files app

first_imgAdvertisement After one year of developing and tinkering with the app, Facebook-based peer-to-peer file sharing app Pipe is finally launching on today.While acting as a Web-based medium to facilitate file sharing, Pipe allows up to 1GB of file transfers. If you want a quick and dirty way to send a photo to a friend, or looking to send a video file that you and your colleagues have been working on, forget about email attachments.To make the best of the service, ideally your friend should be online to receive the file. If they’re offline, you only get 100MB of temporary offline storage in a “locker” that can be accessed to retrieve the file at a later point. – Advertisement – When you open up Pipe, just select the friends you want to share a file with through the “Friends” button to the left. Then simply drag and drop your file. The idea here is that the file pops up at the other end of the pipe, where the file is waiting for your friend to download.Last year, the network opened up the ability to share files among Group members, although that service was limited to 25MB.Pipe is certainly more equipped than these previous efforts, though there are a few caveats. Security might be a concern: Who would really feel safe about their privacy using a Facebook product?Pipe has the sent files travel from computer to computer – kind of like how you’d use a local network to share files with friends. So, considering Facebook’s vulnerabilities, you don’t have to worry about finding your secret photos or confidential work files splashed all across the Internet.Considering that the platform has yet to be tested by hackers, we wouldn’t be surprised if hackers uncover loopholes in order to intercept said documents, or that people will jump to conclusions that Facebook would be able to read our private documents.A mobile app isn’t in the works just yet, since the team needs to focus on the fact that its desktop-bound Web app works seamlessly. The main issue will likely be getting users comfortable and interested in Pipe. Try as it might, Facebook simply is not a productivity app and convincing users to see it as such will be a challenge.The app will be available on Facebook’s App Center at 6AM PST.Credit: Digital Trendslast_img read more

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Top Ugandan News Websites Resolve to Block Google Ads

first_imgGoogle AdWords Advertisement Ugandan online publishers under the umbrella body, “Online Media Publishers Association (OMPA)” have today resolved to block all ad placements from local advertisers on their websites.The association, constituting of at least 20 websites, said in a statement that the unanimous decision was reached in the interest of safeguarding members’ commercial interests in light of a growing trend by local companies to redirect digital advertising to ad serving operations, notably, Google AdWords. This has led to a loss of significant amounts of revenue for OMPA members, the Association said.Google AdWordsAdvertisers such as Stanbic Bank, Vodafone Uganda, Ayo Uganda, Smile Communications, Kilimall, among others had their adverts removed from all of the 20 websites, as the publishers moved to mitigate a growing trend where ad agencies are sneaking banners into their websites through Google AdSense. – Advertisement – Almost all publishers currently run Google Ads as an alternative revenue stream, but give preference to direct sales. Google pays significantly less than each advertisers rate card.The move, however does not affect foreign ads served by Google (and similar operations) will be allowed to display on members’ websites.The Association’s president Giles Muhame noted that the blockade is intended to encourage advertisers to utilize their websites better.“This move is aimed at encouraging Ugandan companies/institutions/organizations to make good use of local sites which enjoy a combined audience/reach of 8 million people to market their services,” noted Mr. Muhame.“It is our belief as an association that this will lead to a mutually beneficial relationship where indigenous websites are empowered to grow thanks to the advertising revenue from local partners while at the same time delivering an even greater value for local advertisers by reaching wider audiences,” he added.The Association also noted that Google currently does not pay any taxes on the money made from Uganda through its Display Network.The websites include:1. Matooke Republic 2. ChimpReports 3. Howwe.biz 4. Eagle Online 5. Xclusive Uganda 6. Trumpet News 7. Kampala Scene 8. Campus Bee 9. The Ugandan 10. The Watchdog 11. Big Eye 12. PC Tech Magazine 13. Kawowo Sports 15. CEO Magazine 16. The Investigator 17. Showbiz 18. The Insiderlast_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 5 MayRACING1.55 WarwickGlasgon 16/1 > 7/23.50 BeverleyShadowtime 10/1 > 7/15.00 BeverleyEllaal 9/1 > 13/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Bosnia v Wales

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a day to be a Welsh sports fan. It’s already been a nerve shredder in the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham when Wales fell short 15-6 against Australia.The result now means Australia will take on Scotland next Sunday and Wales will face South Africa next Saturday – both at Twickenham.The footballers are agonisingly close to qualifying for Euro 2016 needing just a point to make sure.They face Bosnia tonight and Chris Coleman’s side really just need to continue what they have been doing.They are unbeaten at the top of Group B and are bidding to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since 1958.The hugely important news for Welsh fans and punters is that Gareth Bale will start after recovering from a calf problem.Wales have the safety net of playing Andorra in Cardiff on Tuesday which should prove a formality given Andorra have so far failed to secure a point in the qualifications and have a goal difference of -27.Undoubtedly though, Coleman will want to make sure tonight. He said: “We’re ready and we will take it to Bosnia. This will be a tough game because it’s Bosnia’s last chance to go for that third play-off spot. Sometimes with success comes complacency, but not with this group of players. They’ve been highly focused all week on the next job, the next challenge, and that comes against Bosnia. It’s in our hands so we’ve got to finish it off.”The draw on the three-way handicap was a winner for the column last night and I’m sticking with the DRAW tonight on the outright market at 23/10 with Star Sports which will send Wales home happy.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 23/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 161.90 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY BLOG 2

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In the second weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier captures the greyhound news this week – including the latest on defending champion Dorotas Wildcat and the growing Anglo-Irish banter. Now here is a scary thought…whilst chatting to Kevin Hutton at the weekend he declared this to me – ‘I think The Cat is a better dog this year than last’! He is of course referring to last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat who does indeed look to have come back extremely well and I for one am mildly surprised – given the number of bitches he has served and the fact he isn’t getting any younger. But, I don’t doubt Kevin for a minute and given the fact the dog loves Nottingham and is well proven there in top class company, maybe the 14/1 available with starsports.bet should be snapped up now! The Cat goes in heat 3 of the Winter Derby which starts at Hove on Thursday evening. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Irish Champion Trainer Graham Holland certainly appears to be firing on all cylinders already after sending out no less than 8 winners at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night, including 5 heat winners in the Easter Cup. Amongst them was Slippy Cian who casually reeled in Irish Derby winner Ballymac Sim clocking 29.47 and winning by three and a half lengths. Lenson Blinder was another heat winner for the kennel. Could he be the dog to finally get his owner Len Ponder the Derby trophy he has always dreamed of? LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS There looks set to be some classy bitches entered in this years Derby including Angel of the North Oaks winner Geelo Blissful. She had a sprint trial round Nottingham on Monday night clocking 17.91 (+20) with a view to getting an invitation into the Juvenile. After that, all being well, all roads lead to the Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The McNair kennel must have been disappointed not to be able to enter their super fast King Turbo in the 2018 Derby after he was disqualified as a puppy. The change to the rules this year will potentially allow him to compete at Nottingham. With a kennel full of dogs bred in the purple you’d expect the McNairs to have a decent hand this year. Owner Brendan Keogh says the best of them, to his eye, is King Dylan, one that he regards as a very exciting prospect. The wry smile that accompanied this statement tells me he is going to be one to watch. Dylan also takes his place in the Winter Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Irish commentator Ian Fortune has already started the Anglo-Irish Derby banter on social media bullishly declaring #itscominghome. It has to be said, there do appear to be a large number of strong 550 yard dogs racing in Ireland right now. I also can’t help but feel we may have played into Irish paws a little. The track at Nottingham is far more similar to Shelbourne than either Towcester or indeed Wimbledon were. As well as that, the new one race a week format means some trainers will most likely choose to travel and as such, I think there will be more Irish entries this year. Time will tell, it could make for an even better Derby! I am loving the fact the banter has started already! #we’vegotTheCat  LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLATEST VIDEOSRICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<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>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<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>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<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

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Study Repetitive motion speeds nanoparticle uptake

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduStudy: Repetitive motion speeds nanoparticle uptake‘Bucky amino acid’ penetrates faster, deeper when skin Is flexedNewly published research by Rice University chemists and North Carolina State University toxicologists finds that repetitive movement can speed the uptake of nanoparticles through the skin.The research is based on in vitro experiments involving animal skin that was exposed to buckyball-containing amino acids. It appears in the Jan. 10 issue of the American Chemical Society’s journal Nano Letters.“Our results confirm that repetitive motion can speed the passage of nanoparticles through the skin,” said Nancy Monteiro-Riviere, professor of investigative dermatology and toxicology at NC State. “As more nanoparticles find their way into the workplace and consumer goods, and as scientists look for innovative ways to use nanoparticles to deliver drugs into the body, it is critical that the nanoscience community identify these types of external exposure factors.”In the study, a solution of buckyball-containing amino acids were placed on small sections of pig skin. In some experiments, the skin was held still, and in others it was flexed for either an hour or an hour and a half. Measurements were taken eight hours after exposure and 24 hours after exposure. The team found that the more the skin was flexed, the more buckyballs it took up and the deeper they penetrated. Penetration was also found to be deeper after 24 hours than after just eight.Buckyballs, are spherical, soccer-ball-shaped molecules containing 60 carbon atoms. The buckyballs used in the study were part of an innovative molecule called Bucky amino acid, or Baa, that was created in the lab of Rice chemist Andrew Barron. Baa is a marriage of buckyballs and phenylalanine, one of the 20 essential amino acids that are the building blocks of all proteins.“The findings were a bit surprising because the Bucky amino acids tend to form spherical clusters that are up to 12 times larger in diameter than the known width of intercellular gaps in the skin,” said Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry, professor of materials science and associate dean for industry interactions and technology transfer. “It’s not clear why flexing increases the uptake of fullerene peptides, but it will be important to further investigate these mechanisms as we study the medical potential of Bucky amino acids.”Co-authors include NC State graduate student Jillian Rouse and Rice graduate student Jianzhong Yang.The research was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative and the Welch Foundation.last_img read more

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Rice ranks among worlds top 50 universities

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice ranks among world’s top 50 universitiesRice University is among the world’s top 50 universities in rankings released this week by Times Higher Education magazine in London.Ranked 47th (up from 100th last year), Rice is the only university in Texas that appears on the magazine’s list of 200 schools around the world. Harvard University is No. 1.In the North America region, Rice is No. 29 among 81 universities from the U.S. and Canada that made the list.For this year’s rankings, the magazine revised its methodology to place less importance on reputation and heritage than in previous years and to give more weight to measures of excellence in research, teaching and knowledge transfer. The rankings used data provided by Thomson Reuters and an invitation-only reputation survey of more than 13,000 verified academics.Criteria covered five broad categories:Teaching/the learning environment — school’s income, staff-student ratios, undergraduate-postgraduate student mix, academic reputation for quality of teaching.Citations — number of times the university’s published research is cited in other academics’ papers.Research — income from research grants, publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and academic reputation for research.International mix — ratio of international staff and students to domestic staff and students.Industry income/innovation — research income from industry.“The top 200 universities in the world represent only a tiny fraction of world higher education, and any institution that makes it into this table is truly world-class,” said Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education. “Being ranked 47 in the world’s top 200 is an impressive achievement.”Times Higher Education magazine covers policy and academic issues in higher education and research. The magazine’s complete 2010-11 World University Rankings are posted at http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings.last_img read more

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Rice Universitys Baker Institute to host 60th annual BP world energy review

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Rice University’s Baker Institute to host 60th annual BP world energy reviewEnergy markets have been pressured by rising demand in the developing world and political uncertainty in the Middle East, despite the slowdown in global economic growth. To better understand the impact of these factors on the markets, the Energy Forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host the 60th annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 21.For 60 years, the BP Statistical Review of World Energy has provided objective and globally consistent data on world energy markets. The research is used for reference by the media, academia, world governments and energy companies. A new edition is published every June.Mark Finley, BP America’s general manager for global energy markets, will present the study’s findings at 11:30 a.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/media_directions.cfm.Finley is responsible for BP’s coverage of global energy markets as well as the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy. He previously served as a senior member of BP’s economics team in London and Washington, D.C. Finley has more than 20 years of private and public sector experience as an energy economist. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University and George Washington University. Members of the news media who wish to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more

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Amplified nanotubes may power the future

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu‘Amplified’ nanotubes may power the future Rice University lab bulks up raw materials for highly efficient electric grid Rice University scientists have achieved a pivotal breakthrough in the development of a cable that will make an efficient electric grid of the future possible.Armchair quantum wire (AQW) will be a weave of metallic nanotubes that can carry electricity with negligible loss over long distances. It will be an ideal replacement for the nation’s copper-based grid, which leaks electricity at an estimated 5 percent per 100 miles of transmission, said Rice chemist Andrew R. Barron, author of a paper about the latest step forward published online by the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters. A prime technical hurdle in the development of this ”miracle cable,” Barron said, is the manufacture of massive amounts of metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes, dubbed armchairs for their unique shape. Armchairs are best for carrying current, but can’t yet be made alone. They grow in batches with other kinds of nanotubes and have to be separated out, which is a difficult process given that a human hair is 50,000 times larger than a single nanotube.Barron’s lab demonstrated a way to take small batches of individual nanotubes and make them dramatically longer. Ideally, long armchair nanotubes could be cut, re-seeded with catalyst and re-grown indefinitely. The paper was written by graduate student and first author Alvin Orbaek, undergraduate student Andrew Owens and Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science. Amplification of nanotubes was seen as a key step toward the practical manufacture of AQW by the late Rice professor, nanotechnology pioneer and Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, who worked closely with Barron and Rice chemist James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, to lay out a path for its development. Barron charged Orbaek with the task of following through when he joined the lab five years ago. “When I first heard about Rice University, it was because of Rick Smalley and carbon nanotubes,” said Orbaek, a native of Ireland. “He had a large global presence with regard to nanotechnology, and that reached me.“So I was delighted to come here and find I’d be working on nanotube growth that was related to Smalley’s work.”Orbaek said he hasn’t strayed far from Barron’s original direction, which involved chemically attaching an iron/cobalt catalyst to the ends of nanotubes and then fine-tuning the temperature and environment in which amplification could occur. “My group, with Smalley and Tour’s group, demonstrated you could do this — but in the first demonstration, we got only one tube to grow out of hundreds or thousands,” Barron said. Subsequent experiments raised the yield, but tube growth was minimal. In other attempts, the catalyst would literally eat — or “etch” — the nanotubes, he said.Refining the process has taken years, but the payoff is clear because up to 90 percent of the nanotubes in a batch can now be amplified to significant lengths, Barron said. The latest experiments focused on single-walled carbon nanotubes of various chiralities, but the researchers feel the results would be as great, and probably even better, with a batch of pristine armchairs.The key was finding the right balance of temperatures, pressures, reaction times and catalyst ratios to promote growth and retard etching, Barron said. While initial growth took place at 1,000 degrees Celsius, the researchers found the amplification step required lowering the temperature by 200 degrees, in addition to adjusting the chemistry to maximize the yield.“What we’re getting to is that sweet spot where most of the nanotubes grow and none of them etch,” Barron said.Wade Adams, director of Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and principal investigator on the AQW project, compared the technique to making sourdough bread. “You make a little batch of pure metallics and then amplify that tremendously to make a large amount. This is an important increment in developing the science to make AQW.Adams noted eight Rice professors and dozens of their students are working on aspects of AQW. “We know how to spin nanotubes into fibers, and their properties are improving rapidly too,” he said. “All this now has to come together in a grand program to turn quantum wires into a product that will carry vast amounts of electricity around the world.”Barron and his team are continuing to fine-tune their process and hope that by summer’s end they can begin amplifying armchair nanotubes with the goal of making large quantities of pure metallics. “We’re always learning more about the mechanisms by which nanotubes grow,” said Orbaek, who sees the end game as the development of a single furnace to grow nanotubes from scratch, cap them with new catalyst, amplify them and put out a steady stream of fiber for cables.“What we’ve done is a baby step,” he said. “But it verifies that, in the big picture, armchair quantum wire is technically feasible.”Orbaek said he is thrilled to play a role in achieving amplification, which Smalley recognized as necessary to his dream of an efficient energy grid that would catalyze solutions to many of the world’s problems. “I’d love to meet him now to say, ‘Hey, man, you were right,’” he said.The Robert A. Welch Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research funded the research. The Air Force Research Laboratory is primary funding agency for the AQW project.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl201315jDownload high-resolution images here: http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0712_AQW_montage1.jpghttp://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0712_AQW.jpgCAPTIONS(nanotubes)These images show a single carbon nanotube before and after amplification, a process developed at Rice University seen as key in the development of armchair quantum wire. Such a wire would transmit electricity over great distances with virtually no loss. (Credit: Barron Lab/Rice University)(researchers)Rice University graduate student Alvin Orbaek, left, and Professor Andrew Barron developed a method to extend the length of carbon nanotubes. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more

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Maria Oden elected AIMBE Fellow

first_img Maria Oden ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduMaria Oden elected AIMBE FellowHOUSTON — (March 25, 2019) — Rice University bioengineer Maria Oden has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.Oden is a teaching professor of bioengineering, director of Rice’s award-winning Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. Return to article. Long DescriptionMaria OdenShe is one of 156 new fellows elected this year by peers and members of the college for her “seminal contributions to the advancement and acceleration of medical and global health technologies through programs in invention education and training.”A formal induction ceremony for Oden and the 2019 class of AIMBE fellows will take place today at the AIMBE Annual Event at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington.AIMBE is an organization of leaders in medical and biological engineering that consists of academic, industrial, professional society councils and elected fellows who communicate with and respond to U.S. and state government agencies and lawmakers to advocate science and contribute to policymaking that benefits the public.Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer, with AIMBE fellows comprising the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and medicine research, practice or education” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education.”Oden earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and served as both a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at Harvard Medical School, as a senior research associate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and as a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston prior to joining Rice in 2004.As the founding director of the OEDK, a 20,000-square-foot design studio used by more than 200 undergraduate student teams each year, Oden collaborates with Rice faculty members to develop and implement engineering design and innovation curriculum programs. Her previous honors include the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2012 Fred Merryfield Design Award, the Lemelson Foundation’s 2013 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, Science magazine’s 2012 Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction, and Rice’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching in both 2012 and 2016.As a leader in biomedical engineering and design education, Oden was selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s 2012 Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, is deeply involved with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the Biomedical Engineering-Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance, and has served as a AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Lemelson Foundation. She is a fellow of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and a founding member of NEST360°, an international initiative between Rice 360° and partners on three continents that aims to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care.-30-A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at:https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/03/0325_ODEN-018-4-lg-1i7duuw.jpgCAPTION: Maria Oden (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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