Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is facing fresh calls to quit or be fired after suggesting in the House of Commons that disabled people were not “normal”.Duncan Smith (pictured) told MPs during work and pensions questions this week that the government was trying to increase the proportion of disabled people in work “back up to the level of normal, non-disabled people”.His comments drew an angry reaction from disabled campaigners.John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “We talk about unreconstructed chauvinists. He is an unreconstructed disablist.“If that is the way he is thinking he then has not got a clue about the social model of disability.“It’s appalling, extremely offensive, especially coming from the secretary of state. It requires an apology.”Stephen Brookes, a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “The real danger is that it is this kind of comment which ‘trolls’ and elements of social media use to increase hostility and have a laugh at our expense.“Terminology is a driver to hostility, and it is one of the biggest battles we who are challenging disability hate crime face.”WOWpetition’s Michelle Maher said on Twitter that Duncan Smith had “vilified and ‘othered’ disabled people”, while disabled comedian Francesca Martinez told her Twitter followers: “If Iain Duncan Smith is ‘normal’, I’m glad I’m not.”Disabled social affairs journalist Frances Ryan wrote in the Guardian: “Yes, it is important to bring disabled people up to the level of ‘normal’ people.“Similarly, I often think it would be wonderful to bring the competence and empathy of the secretary of state for work and pensions up to the level of a trained chimp.”She added: “Am I disgusted that on one afternoon Iain Duncan Smith spoke of disabled people as if they are less than other people? I am more disgusted that, through five years into a decade of power, that is exactly how he treats us.”Vicky McDermott, the disabled chief executive of Papworth Trust, said the charity was “surprised and shocked” at his comments.She said: “At a time of such sensitivities around the future of sickness benefits and the comprehensive spending review, Mr Duncan Smith should have chosen his words far more wisely.”Labour MP Debbie Abrahams, who has repeatedly tried to call ministers to account in the Commons over social security reform, asked David Cameron during prime minister’s questions this week if his work and pensions secretary would face investigation for breaching the ministerial code.She said Duncan Smith’s department had “admitted to falsifying testimonies in leaflets”, while he had published data on the deaths of people on sickness benefits, despite telling MPs that these figures did not exist, in addition to his latest “offensive remarks”.Abrahams added on Twitter that these remarks were “more evidence that #IDSmustgo”.Disability News Service asked Duncan Smith’s constituency office yesterday if he would respond to criticism of his comments, and whether he would apologise, but had not heard back by noon today (Friday).Meanwhile, Labour MP David Lammy, a contender to be the party’s candidate for London mayor, has backed the WOWpetition’s attempt to shame the government into assessing the overall impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people.Lammy said: “We should be gravely concerned by the government’s relentless offensive against the country’s most vulnerable groups, including those who are disabled.“As a London MP, I’ve met with many individuals affected by the government’s austerity agenda – a cumulative impact assessment [CIA] is clearly needed to assess the extent to which the country’s disabled population are bearing the brunt of the government’s cuts.“I’m backing the WOW campaign because the failure of the government to carry out a CIA is indicative of [an] agenda which marginalises those who need support in order to live their lives to the fullest.”Last night, the WOWpetition had attracted 17,764 signatures, nearly a fifth of the way to its target of 100,000 by 13 February 2016. If it reaches that target it should ensure the petition is debated by MPs.
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BANG in form Saints are now preparing for their blockbusting home tie with Warrington Wolves.Nathan Brown’s side have won seven from their last eight and scored 246 points in the process.That has seen them rise to fifth in Super League after a season beset with injuries.The next big test will come on Friday August 30 when Warrington come to Langtree Park.Meetings between the two sides are split at present this season and there will be all to play for when the game kicks off at 8pm.Be part of it and be #saintsheartbeatYou can buy your tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
A disappointing 8-6 loss last week to Hull FC was the club’s first in five games and the second rower admits it’s something they need to address at Headingley.“It was a tough one to swallow because we played so well against Castleford,” he said. “We came back home after a good win but dished up football like that. We were pretty disappointed but the boys are ready to bounce back against Leeds.“Whoever held the ball in those tough conditions would take home the win and in the end Hull played a lot smarter than us. We’re dirty about that but we are definitely moving on now and preparing for Leeds the best we can.“It is a big game on Friday for both teams. They need a big game as well as they came up with a disappointing performance against Wakefield.“Then you add in the event around the South Stand too. It might play on their minds a little bit as they need to put on a good performance.”He continued: “We will just go over and do what we have been doing in the last few weeks. If the weather isn’t good then hopefully we will play the conditions a lot better than the opposition.“I think we have the perfect gameplan and if we execute it right we can hopefully get the win.“They’re a team who don’t play a lot structured footy; they offload and have a lot of passing in their game. It’s one of those matches where we need to trust in each other and defensively tie in.”Taia will line up against his former Newcastle teammate Adam Cuthbertson – and he picks him out as one to watch.“I played with Adam at the Knights so know what to expect,” he added. “If he gets that arm free the offload is coming so it is important we stay up, don’t knock off or retreat too early. We have to make sure we defend that stuff as they have a lot of players who have that second ball play.“We can make the four and reach Old Trafford for sure. We are only one point away at the moment but we know we cannot afford to drop many more games.“We are going to Leeds to get the win and kick on after that.”Tickets for our trip to Leeds and our home blockbuster with Wigan on September 1 are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
William Barefoot is charged with breaking and entering (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for breaking into a home on Golden Road Thursday evening. Deputies say the man was fully nude when they caught him, but when he didn’t comply with commands that’s when a deputy tased him.A sheriff’s office spokesman said it happened around 5:30 p.m. near 200 Golden Road.- Advertisement – William Barefoot was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be checked out.Barefoot is charged with breaking and entering. He’s being held in the New Hanover County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond.Highway Patrol assisted deputies during the incident. The deputy who tased Barefoot is not on leave.
The state constitution requires fines and forfeitures collected by state agencies go to public schools, but they haven’t sent all the money along.School boards sued in 1998 and the state Supreme Court agreed that state agencies were violating the constitution. A trial judge in 2008 determined how much money districts should receive, but stopped short of ordering the legislature to pay up, saying that was beyond the scope of his judicial power. DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina school districts are suing the state, again, to get hundreds of millions of dollars that the courts say should go to education.The lawsuit filed Wednesday by the North Carolina School Boards Association and 20 individual school boards, including New Hanover County, revives a decades-long legal battle over nearly $750 million in civil penalties.- Advertisement –
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Plenty of people in our region are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Now some are getting relief, thanks to students willing to sacrifice part of their summer break to help others.“Spreading the love of Christ in a practical way,” that’s this year’s slogan for Mission Serve. Mission Serve is an organization that brings together church youth groups from all over the country to help those in need.- Advertisement – “These kids, not only do they give up a week of summer vacation to be here and sweat in the sun, and shower in a trailer or a nasty school bathroom, they pay to be here. Because they have a heart for it,” said Joseph Partin, an 18-year-old college chaperone with the organization.With people all over Columbus County still dealing with the aftermath Hurricanes Florence and Matthew, Mission Serve decided to bring their efforts there, with nearly 300 students ranging from sixth grade to college.“I’m just really grateful to help these others, and especially since it’s in North Carolina, we don’t think about it being around us but it really is,” said Lindsay Morris, an 18-year-old student from Raleigh.Related Article: Court blocks tree removal company after price-gouging claimVolunteer construction captains are there to help the students, and professional contractors make sure the work is done right. Many of these students have never even picked up a hammer.“It’s kind of hard sometimes, because we’re not all experienced that much with construction work and roofs,” said Julia Harris, an 18-year-old student from Charleston. This is my first time on a roof, so it’s definitely challenging.”On Monday, two groups with the organization began working on a home belonging to a Ms. Fisher. Her son Jonathan told us this work means the world to her.“She’s had a roof leak, and when she uses the bathroom, she has an umbrella that she has to use when it’s raining,” Jonathan Fisher said.The work is funded by the Columbus Baptist Association. Project specialist Alexis Friday says Mission Serve works with local churches to identify homeowners in need.“My mom actually made me go on my first trip. And I really didn’t want to, and then once I got out there, I loved it and I’ve gone back ever since,” Friday said. “It’s just a really incredible experience.”“It’s always a good time, and it’s always tough. But we’re out here to help people who have been hurting, and to spread the love of Christ in a practical way,” said Partin.The students say besides learning construction and people skills, they form friendships that last for years to come.
Advertisement Symbian is on the fast track to extinction, and WebOS (found on Palm and some HP devices) is a minor player.Gladiators, Step ForthAndroid: They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Android is a great example. It’s parented not only by Google but also by the members of the Open Handset Alliance, many of whom are among the biggest, baddest companies in the world. It’s no wonder that this puppy is tearing through everyone else’s market share. Android first appeared on a phone in October 2008. – Advertisement – BlackBerry: The veteran of the four, the BlackBerry OS hails from Research in Motion. When they debuted in 1999, BlackBerry devices were little e-mail machines, and that was pretty much it. Now running on OS version 6, with 7 on the horizon, they can do a lot more.iOS: The first iPhone was born in June 2007 to Apple. What was then known as “iPhone OS” in 2010 changed its name to iOS to incorporate the iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. Coveted by yuppies, hipsters, and pretty much everyone else, iOS looks tough to beat.Full of widgets, apps, and shortcuts, this is an example of extreme customization on Android.Windows Phone 7 (WP7): The rookie. The successor to Windows Mobile OS (and Symbian’s usurper), Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft’s newborn, first appearing in November 2010. Windows Phone 7 was a major shift in focus from the business world to the consumer world, and Microsoft temporarily dropped support for many business features to get this first iteration out. Adoption has been slow, but now that Microsoft has partnered with Nokia, some analysts are predicting a growth spurt. As one might expect from the youngest OS, many features are still missing, but a number of those omissions should be addressed in this fall’s “Mango” update.Now, contenders, return to your corners and come out swinging!The BattlesApps:Apple’s App Store has the most apps available for a phone (nearly 380,000), but soon it will be overtaken by the Android Market (about 300,000), perhaps this summer. Android has already overtaken iOS in the number of free apps. BlackBerry App World hovers somewhere around 30,000 apps, but it is expected that before turning a year old, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace (currently about 18,000 apps) will surpass it later this year.The quality of the apps is the subject of much debate, but such a huge number of app developers are publishing across multiple platforms that the argument is becoming somewhat irrelevant. In general, iOS often gets its edition of most apps first, and the apps tend to be more polished when they first launch. Android equivalents catch up quickly, and sometimes even offer more functionality (such as better sharing options and deeper access to the phone’s resources).Windows Phone 7 apps work best when they try to match the aesthetics and flow of that interface, but otherwise tend to fall on their faces. Windows Phone 7 is still young, though, and many of these kinks should be worked out over time. Third-party apps can’t multitask at this point, and they don’t feel deeply integrated; however, such shortcomings will be fixed with Mango.Against the other mobile OSs, BlackBerry apps generally feel like 8-bit Nintendo games next to a Playstation or Xbox. Both quality and selection are sorely lacking, and the even best BlackBerry apps are generally less user-friendly than their counterparts on other platforms.Apps Winner: iOS gets the win here, with Android close behind.Productivity and Business Apps:The vast majority of U.S. businesses work in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as with Microsoft Exchange (a server for e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks). Microsoft Office Mobile on Windows Phone 7 has all that and more. Office files are easy to work with, and can be synced using SharePoint.Some businesses have made the leap from Microsoft products to those made by Google–such as Apps for Business, Docs, Calendar, and Gmail–and it’s a safe bet that more will soon make the jump, with cheap Chromebooks on the way.No other mobile OS integrates as fully with Google products as Android does–it’s the only platform with a native Google Docs app. Its Exchange integration is also good. For working with Microsoft documents, third-party Android apps are available.Apple’s excellent iOS productivity suite, iWork, is now available for the iPhone. The App Store is also packed with third-party productivity apps, which range from fantastic to terrible. Exchange integration in iOS is decent. Android and iOS 4, by the way, both allow their devices to be used as Wi-Fi hotspots, which can be a life-saver.BlackBerry is also relegated to third-party apps for dealing with Office files–including Documents to Go. Blackberry App World is relatively miniscule, though there are gems, such as RIM’s BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing. That said, BlackBerry’s Exchange integration is second to none–if your business is running BlackBerry Exchange Server (BES). BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)–the server that’s more for consumers–will sync e-mail but not contacts, calendars, tasks, or notes. The other OSs do this without making you pay (BES is about $15 a month more than BIS).Productivity and Business Apps Winner: Windows Phone 7 wins, thanks to Microsoft Office Mobile. E-mail:BlackBerry e-mail is fast and reliable; plus, it can funnel all of your accounts–and your SMS and BlackBerry Messenger messages–within a single inbox. E-mail on the other three operating systems looks cleaner, but I’ll take functionality first.Android and iOS offer integrated inboxes that combine multiple accounts, whereas Windows Phone 7 keeps them separate (again, this will change with Mango). Interestingly, on Android your Gmail account gets its own app rather than being integrated into the single mailbox.E-mail Winner: E-mail on any OS works well with Exchange, but BlackBerry wins.Calendar:Windows Phone 7 has the best-looking calendar tool of any mobile OS, and it can sync with multiple calendars from different sources. It’s not without limitations, however. For example, it can sync only with your main Google calendar.Android and iOS have straightforward, easy-to-read calendars. They aren’t as pretty as Windows Phone 7’s, but they can handle virtually all of the same tasks, as well as multiple Google calendars. Naturally, Android handles Google Calendar better than the rest, but iOS is almost as good (though you may have to go through a few extra steps to use multiple calendars).BlackBerry’s calendar does most of what the others do, but it doesn’t look as good. It has trouble with multiple Google calendars, and if you want it to sync with Exchange you need BES, as BIS can sync only e-mail. This should change to serve the consumer market.Calendar Winner: Windows Phone 7 edges out Android and iOS. Contacts:All four operating systems deal with contacts fairly well, supporting multiple Exchange accounts and allowing you to integrate contacts from different Exchange accounts. But again, with BlackBerry, you can wirelessly sync contacts only if you’re on a BES server or use third-party software.Contacts Winner: Android gets the nod for merging contacts wirelessly from multiple e-mail accounts and Exchange accounts, as well as Facebook and Twitter. If you already rely on Gmail, though, Android is a clear winner.Remote Control and VNC Options:VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It means, essentially, the capability to control a computer remotely, via the Internet, from another computer or mobile device. It’s handy in a pinch, less so on devices with smaller screens and slower processsors. Android and iOS have the most and the best VNC options, with LogMeIn Ignition at the forefront. For Windows Phone 7, Remote Desktop is the most popular. BlackBerry falls behind; the few VNC clients built for it have low user ratings. The most popular is VNC Plus, but don’t expect too much if you’re using devices with smaller screens and slower processors. Remote Control and VNC Winner: Android and iOS tie.Keyboards:iOS had the first great touchscreen keyboard. It’s generally responsive and accurate, and text correction works well. The first time I saw the software keyboard on Windows Phone 7, I thought there was no way I could type on its tiny “buttons.” Yet somehow, my typing was quick and accurate. Its text prediction and autocorrect are good, but better key visibility would be nice.One big reason to buy a BlackBerry phone is for its hardware keyboard. Touchscreen keyboards on BlackBerrys, however, are nothing to write home about.The native keyboard standard in Android is decent, but the option to install third-party keyboards is great. Options include the sliding keyboards Swype or SlideIT, and the almost spooky text-prediction of SwiftKey.SwiftKey is one of the slick replacement keyboards available for Android.Keyboards Winner: Android rules this hard-fought category.Security:From a business standpoint, BlackBerry remains the gold standard in security. All of the operating systemshave remote-wipe capabilities, can set unlock passwords, and can help you find a lost device, but BlackBerry has more end-to-end data encryption than the others–including encryption for removable storage.Windows Phone 7 lags a bit, though more security features will come with Mango. It’s worth noting that third-party iOS and Android apps often share more information than you would like, so read the permissions before you install. (For a more in-depth analysis, check out this PCWorld Business Center article on smartphone security.) Security Winner: The BlackBerry OS locks it down.www.pcworld.com
Advertisement The minister for ICT, Ruhakana Rugunda has said the rapid growth in information and communication technology has shaped socio-economic changes. Rugunda said the ICT sector has steadily been growing and more players have joined the industry to offer a wide range of ICT enabled services.These services have enabled tremendous changes that are shaping our society,” Rugunda noted.These remarks were made during the launch of the new 4G Long Term Evolution Technology (LTE) networks by MTN Uganda. The new network comes with data speeds of up to 100mbps, enabling faster downloads of data and video streaming for people with the right devices. – Advertisement – The 100mpbs speed allows users to download information faster in geographical areas where the network exists. It is much faster than the industry average of 42mbps.MTN chief marketing officer Ernst Fonternel said: “The new technology will provide more efficient systems for the transmission of existing voice, text and data services.”“4G LTE brings with it a new suite of exciting multimedia services such as video streaming, games, music videos, sports and news.”Source: New Vision
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Advertisement Software giant Microsoft has announced a new entry-level phone that costs just $20.The new phone is aimed at emerging markets. – Advertisement – It is a 2G-based Nokia 105 which features a 1.4-inch color display and can store up to 2,000 contacts.It has an FM radio and promises up to 35 days of standby time.It weighs just 2.4 ounces (70g), has a replaceable battery and charges via a Micro-USB port. There’s also a dual-SIM version.The Nokia 105 and its dual-SIM variant will go on sale in select markets across the globe this month.Via TNW
Netflix has always had a different method of evaluating success than traditional TV networks or movie studios. Image Credit: DigitalTrends Advertisement The Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa has reportedly given Netflix two weeks to comply with local regulations or face sanctions.FPB, says the US streaming media service has not yet paid licensing fees for their video-on-demand service.FPB chief operating officer Sipho Risiba made the remarks in Nairobi this week, where he signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kenya Film Commission. – Advertisement – The same initiatives have been seen in Indonesia where Netflix has been asked besides these fees to open an office and have Indonesians employed.However, FPB must first get the necessary legislative amendments through parliament before it can regulate Providers like Netflix. It will be illegal under the current legislation.
HP Foundation at the WEF 48th Annual Meeting in January 2018, announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP LIFE platform. This new course will help individuals to learn how to use 3D printing and create entrepreneurial opportunities. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced a new commitment to reach 100,000 learners across Africa over the next three years through HP Foundation’s HP LIFE Program. The Palo Alto, California-based Technology firm kicked off the commitment by opening an HP LIFE Center; a technology-enabled hub to facilitate learning, collaboration and entrepreneurship in a physical, face-to-face setting.The HP LIFE Center was opened in South Africa (SA) on Nov. 30th, in collaboration with institutions such as the Ekurhuleni West TVET College in Katlehong and its Centre of Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator.HP LIFE offers 30 free, online learning courses for users to gain the skills to start and grow their own business or improve their employment opportunities. Building on the success of this global program, HP is working with partners to open HP LIFE innovation centers to further support entrepreneurship and workforce development across the continent. – Advertisement – “Africa is experiencing rapid urbanization and digitization—and it’s essential that people have access to learn skills for the work of tomorrow. This new HP LIFE Center provides a launchpad for innovation and opportunity across the continent,” Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer at HP, said in a statement.HP’s pledge supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 and furthers the company’s goals to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. In addition enroll a million HP LIFE users between 2016 and 2025, as outlined in the HP 2017 Sustainable Impact Report.To date, HP LIFE has reached 744,000 learners in 200 countries and territories. All users need is a computer and Internet connection to access HP LIFE. The HP LIFE Center in South Africa will create a more formal educational environment.HP LIFE has an enrollment goal of 1 million users between 2016 and 2025.In 2017, at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, HP announced a commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. The commitment to education is a part of HP’s broader Sustainable Impact strategy—a strategy to use the scope, scale and expertise of HP to drive positive, lasting change for the planet, its people and the communities where we live, work and do business.[related-posts]Notably, at the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in January, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and HP Foundation announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP LIFE platform.3D printing will fundamentally change the manufacturing industry. USD$4 to 6 trillion of the global economy will be disrupted in the next five to 10 years, shifting economic value and jobs across the globe.This new course is helping individuals to learn how to use 3D printing and create entrepreneurial opportunities.
The Phantom 9 ladies display the smartphone at a launch event in Nigeria. Courtesy Photo/Tecno Nigeria Advertisement Tecno Mobile has already unveiled its anticipated Phantom 9 ginormous handset in Nigeria. Now according to reports the expansion comes to Kenya on July 15th, thereafter unveiled in Kampala at a later date.The flagship smartphone is a successor of the Tecno Phantom 8 that launched in Oct. 2017. It’s been a year since the company unveiled the successor, and we have no explanation to the delay.The smartphone-series are one of Tecno’s most expensive handsets. The predecessor last year cost UGX1.4 million, its successor might surprisingly costs less than the 8. The phone could cost, as per rumors less than UGX1 million. In Nigeria, it is priced at N77,000 (roughly UGX790,000). – Advertisement – Having taken nearly a year and a half in the development, the Phantom 9 comes with hi-tech compared to the Phantom 8. On the selling features is its in-display fingerprint scanner. The Phantom 9 becomes the first smartphone in the Tecno mobiles to come with the feature as we have seen most of its handsets, the fingerprint mount is placed at the back next to the rear cameras.Tecno is keeping with the trend, as most smartphone manufacturers are adopting to this feature. Companies like Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Nokia have this embedded in their newest handsets.Looking at the specs and features perspective, the Tecno Phantom 9 comes with a large screen; an 6.4-Inch FHD AMOLED display with a water-drop notch. The notch is as well the first feature seen on any Tecno mobile. Kudos! to the company.The Phantom 9 runs on Android 9 Pie paired with MediaTek Helio P22 Processor (64-bit, 2.35 GHz Octa-core, Cortex-A73), PowerVR GE8320 GPU, 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a non-removable 3,500mAh battery. Fast charging is supported.In terms of its imaging and video, the Phantom 9 comes with a rear camera setting. The sensors — 16MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide angle + 2MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. The front-facing camera meanwhile is embedded in the water-drop notch, with a 32MP sensor and an aperture of f/2.0. All cameras support 1080p at 30fps video recording.On the connectivity bit, the phone supports a 3.5mm standard audio jack, Wi-Fi, BlueTooth V5.0, microUSB v2.0, USB-OTG, and GPS.
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o, Blog, what do you think, of all of this Cryogenics talk? I can imagine that an organ, like a heart or a lung, might survive the deep-freeze, but a brain? Really?? With it’s millions of nerve-endings, surely they need to be kept moving at all times, don’t they? That said, if it gives hope, and it’s not doing anyone else any harm, is there anything wrong with it? It’s even endearingly eccentric, isn’t it? The recent story, of the 14 year old girl, was heartbreaking, but at least she was able to go, how SHE wanted to. Ben’s Blog Verdict: Cryogenics = NO DOWNSIDE.In other news:Home House, 20 Portman Square, Marble Arch, W1H 6LW. WEB SITE I’m not a massive fan of London private-members clubs, as all seem to be full of 1 of 3 categories:1) Colonel Buffton-Tufftons, with hair growing out of their ears (St James’).2) Effected Marketing-Trendies (Soho House).3) Spoilt hedge-funders (The Arts Club).Although, you press Option 3, for Home House, it is very nice, in parts. I like the drawing-room and the restaurant was SUPERB. I ordered a parsnip soup, a fillet-steak (very rare that I eat red-meat), and then a Tarte-Tatin. All TOP-CLASS. 9Over and out, B x
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t will all come down to 30 seconds. Or, to be more precise, the 28.80 seconds which I am predicting will see trap 1 HIYA BUTT crowned 2017 Star Sports Greyhound Derby Champion.It’s a superb line-up for the final – full of intrigue and Towcester can be rightly proud of the show they have put on in their inaugural Derby year.OK, so Wimbledon had the history but times change and the venue had sadly become dilapidated. Towcester have brought a fresh approach and sewn the seeds for the future of the race. It might not be inside the M25 but it is bang centre in the middle of the country and the back-drop would give the likes of Goodwood a run for their money.The conspiracy critics thought that outside traps couldn’t win or you could’t come from behind – both theories were quashed in the early stages of the competition.It’s not just about the Derby tonight – it’s a bonanza, Star Sports backed, 14 race programme which gets underway at 6.26pm and a card which the Racing Post’s Jonathan Kay described as the ‘best collection of races’ he has seen in his career. Praise indeed.I’ve produced a set of ratings for the final with predicted finishing times for each dog.TRAP 1 Hiya Butt 28.80 TRAP 2 Droopys Acrobat 28.99 TRAP 3 Clares Rocket 28.83 TRAP 4 Astute Missile 28.96 TRAP 5 Tyrur Shay 28.85 TRAP 6 Murrys Act 29.10Shuffling those into predicted order of finish:TRAP 1 Hiya Butt 28.80 TRAP 3 Clares Rocket 28.83 TRAP 5 Tyrur Shay 28.85 TRAP 4 Astute Missile 28.96 TRAP 2 Droopys Acrobat 28.99 TRAP 6 Murrys Act 29.10The key really does look to be the draw (as pulled out the drum by Ben Keith). Hiya Butt showed what he can do from the one box in the semi-finals with an all the way win.He won his opening four rounds last year at Wimbledon and broke well from trap 5 in the final and only got caught close home.Another year of experience plus the number one box could make the difference. Also like the fact that his semi-final was his first win of this year’s competition and it might just be a case of his form being timed to perfection.It’s hard to dismiss Clares Rocket given his unbeaten run and if he’d drawn one I’m convinced he would be odds-on – the break will now be even more crucial for his chances.Tyrur Shay is the likely closer. The course record holder will need luck navigating his way through but has taken to Towcester well but will need every bit of the extra 20 metres of the ‘new’ Derby trip.Towcester offering more, in more ways than one.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK TRAP 1 HIYA BUTT (8.56 Towcester) 15 points win at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 5.4 points BET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/04/brace-kelsey.jpgRice University bioengineering student Kelsey Horter wears the HeadCase, an adjustable cervical collar for emergency use. Members of the student team that developed the device believe it outperforms standard cervical collars in its ability to immobilize the head and neck of a patient. (Credit: Rice University) Mike Williams713firstname.lastname@example.orgRice University HeadCase is designed to quickly immobilize accident victims’ heads to protect necksHOUSTON – (April 9, 2012) — Undergraduate students at Rice University have come up with what they hope will prove to be a better and safer version of cervical collars to stabilize the heads and necks of accident victims. Cervical collars have been in common use since their introduction during the Vietnam War.The Rice seniors known as Team CivSAFE took on the challenge of a Houston researcher, an expert in spine mechanics, to develop safe and effective cervical spine protection for trauma victims.The team of three mechanical engineering and three bioengineering students responded to the challenge with a prototype that immobilizes the head without putting pressure on the neck. Kelsey Horter, a bioengineering student and a certified emergency medical technician, said the students tested a cervical collar currently used and found that when a patient’s neck is injured, the collar can push the head away from the body. “That separates the vertebrae and can make neck injuries worse. Some physicians believe the current collar may have compounded injuries,” she said.“The collar was developed during the Vietnam War as a device that could be put on really quickly and would be easy to use,” said Rice senior Georgia Lagoudas.“Now problems with the current collar are being discovered,” Horter said. “We went back to basic emergency-care ideas. As EMTs, we’re taught that if the knee is hurt, you stabilize above and below it. You never just stabilize the part that’s injured – which is exactly what we think the current cervical collar does. We jumped on the premise that if we could stabilize the head and the torso right beneath the neck, then we could stabilize the neck. That’s what our device does.”Standard collars wrap around the neck. The Rice device, called the HeadCase, takes a very different approach. “We placed the support on the side of the cheeks and the chest, and the top of the back,” said team member Sailesh Prabhu. “The result has been greater immobilization. Also, you’re immobilizing with contacts in places that won’t hurt the patient.”The disposable HeadCase is expected to cost less than the $15 price tag on current disposable collars, of which 15 million are used in the United States each year, the students said. “Mass production will drive down the cost,” said team member Oviea Akpotaire.The HeadCase stores flat for easy transport and can be placed on a patient in 60 seconds, team members said.Inspiration for the device came from John Hipp, former director of the Spine Research Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, who has long sought a replacement for standard cervical collars. A team led by Hipp published a study in the Journal of Trauma in 2010 showing abnormal separation between vertebrae due to cervical collars.“Our interest in cervical stabilization began with the realization that the collars themselves may do more harm than good,” Hipp said. “The BCM research team then confirmed through multiple experiments that conventional collars not only do not protect an injured cervical spine, but have clear potential to exacerbate cervical spine injuries. The Rice design team has arrived at what is likely to be a viable solution to the problem. Their design has the potential to save the lives of many people following severe blunt trauma.”He approached Maria Oden, a professor in the practice of engineering education and director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, about offering this challenge to engineering students, who are required to complete a senior capstone design project.“This challenge was very interesting for our mechanical engineering and bioengineering students because they could see that a successful design, which would require creativity and excellent engineering, could make a huge difference in trauma victim care and potentially save these patients from additional injuries,” Oden said. “And the market size for this product is large, a big plus for students interested in entrepreneurship.”All of the students on Team CivSAFE have spent time wearing both the original collar and their prototype, and found the new device to be much more comfortable. “We hope that will reduce the chance patients will have pressure sores,” said team member Elias Hoban.The team, which has filed a provisional patent through Rice, is testing student volunteers to develop statistics on just how immobilized a variety of patients wearing the HeadCase will be. Horter and Prabhu have volunteers bite down on a popsicle stick attached to an accelerometer, like those now commonly found in smartphones, to measure the range of motion they’re able to achieve both with the standard collar and the HeadCase in place.“One of the critical questions we’ve asked is, When a patient is turned on his side, will his head flop to the ground?” Hoban said. “We’ve found ours just does a better job” compared with standard collars, he said.Michael Zylberman, a mechanical engineering member of the team and an EMT with Rice’s Emergency Medical Services, has extensive experience with the use of standard collars over the past three years. “In the simplest terms, we think ours works better,” he said.The team will take its HeadCase prototype to IShow, a student engineering design competition to be held in Montreal in June. The high-profile competition is sponsored by ASME, formerly the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Ten student teams, including CivSAFE, have been named finalists in the competition, two of them from Rice.CivSAFE’s device will be on display during Rice’s UnConvention, April 12-14, during which the public is invited to take part in a wide range of activities, including the 2012 Engineering Design Showcase at Tudor Fieldhouse April 12.-30-Related materials:CivSAFE: http://oedk.rice.edu/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=1137258&memberId=5614580Journal of Trauma abstract, “Extrication Collars Can Result in Abnormal Separation Between Vertebrae in the Presence of a Dissociative Injury”: http://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/2010/08000/Extrication_Collars_Can_Result_in_Abnormal.30.aspxRice UnConvention: http://unconvention.rice.edu/index.aspxOshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.edu/Watch the video: Share2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to a high-definition video and photos for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713email@example.com FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8wnuXQTm-kPhotos for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/04/group.jpgA team of Rice University seniors developed the HeadCase, a cervical collar that properly immobilizes the head without putting pressure on the neck. From left: Oviea Akpotaire, Kelsey Horter, Michael Zylberman, Elias Hoban, Georgia Lagoudas and Sailesh Prabhu. (Credit: 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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.
Rice researchers demo solar water-splitting technologyProcess uses light-harvesting nanoparticles, captures energy from ‘hot electrons’HOUSTON — (Sept. 4, 2015) — Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules.The technology, which is described online in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters, relies on a configuration of light-activated gold nanoparticles that harvest sunlight and transfer solar energy to highly excited electrons, which scientists sometimes refer to as “hot electrons.”Isabell Thomann“Hot electrons have the potential to drive very useful chemical reactions, but they decay very rapidly, and people have struggled to harness their energy,” said lead researcher Isabell Thomann, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of chemistry and materials science and nanoengineering at Rice. “For example, most of the energy losses in today’s best photovoltaic solar panels are the result of hot electrons that cool within a few trillionths of a second and release their energy as wasted heat.”Capturing these high-energy electrons before they cool could allow solar-energy providers to significantly increase their solar-to-electric power-conversion efficiencies and meet a national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity.In the light-activated nanoparticles studied by Thomann and colleagues at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), light is captured and converted into plasmons, waves of electrons that flow like a fluid across the metal surface of the nanoparticles. Plasmons are high-energy states that are short-lived, but researchers at Rice and elsewhere have found ways to capture plasmonic energy and convert it into useful heat or light. Plasmonic nanoparticles also offer one of the most promising means of harnessing the power of hot electrons, and LANP researchers have made progress toward that goal in several recent studies.Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules.Thomann and her team, graduate students Hossein Robatjazi, Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Chloe Doiron, created a system that uses the energy from hot electrons to split molecules of water into oxygen and hydrogen. That’s important because oxygen and hydrogen are the feedstocks for fuel cells, electrochemical devices that produce electricity cleanly and efficiently.To use the hot electrons, Thomann’s team first had to find a way to separate them from their corresponding “electron holes,” the low-energy states that the hot electrons vacated when they received their plasmonic jolt of energy. One reason hot electrons are so short-lived is that they have a strong tendency to release their newfound energy and revert to their low-energy state. The only way to avoid this is to engineer a system where the hot electrons and electron holes are rapidly separated from one another. The standard way for electrical engineers to do this is to drive the hot electrons over an energy barrier that acts like a one-way valve. Thomann said this approach has inherent inefficiencies, but it is attractive to engineers because it uses well-understood technology called Schottky barriers, a tried-and-true component of electrical engineering.“Because of the inherent inefficiencies, we wanted to find a new approach to the problem,” Thomann said. “We took an unconventional approach: Rather than driving off the hot electrons, we designed a system to carry away the electron holes. In effect, our setup acts like a sieve or a membrane. The holes can pass through, but the hot electrons cannot, so they are left available on the surface of the plasmonic nanoparticles.”Rice University researchers (clockwise from left) Chloe Doiron, Hossein Robatjazi, Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Isabell Thomann.The setup features three layers of materials. The bottom layer is a thin sheet of shiny aluminum. This layer is covered with a thin coating of transparent nickel-oxide, and scattered atop this is a collection of plasmonic gold nanoparticles — puck-shaped disks about 10 to 30 nanometers in diameter.When sunlight hits the discs, either directly or as a reflection from the aluminum, the discs convert the light energy into hot electrons. The aluminum attracts the resulting electron holes and the nickel oxide allows these to pass while also acting as an impervious barrier to the hot electrons, which stay on gold. By laying the sheet of material flat and covering it with water, the researchers allowed the gold nanoparticles to act as catalysts for water splitting. In the current round of experiments, the researchers measured the photocurrent available for water splitting rather than directly measuring the evolved hydrogen and oxygen gases produced by splitting, but Thomann said the results warrant further study.“Utilizing hot electron solar water-splitting technologies we measured photocurrent efficiencies that were on par with considerably more complicated structures that also use more expensive components,” Thomann said. “We are confident that we can optimize our system to significantly improve upon the results we have already seen.”Robatjazi is a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, Bahauddin is a graduate student in physics and astronomy and Doiron is a graduate student in applied physics. The research was supported by the Welch Foundation and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0901-ELECTRO-team-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers (clockwise from left) Chloe Doiron, Hossein Robatjazi, Shah Mohammad Bahauddin and Isabell Thomann.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/08/0901-ELECTRO-color-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules.CREDIT: I. Thomann/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/06/0616_THOMANN-Isabell3-lg.jpgCAPTION: Isabell ThomannCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of the NanoLetters paper, “Direct Plasmon-Driven Photoelectrocatalysis,” is available at:http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02453This release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated 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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThis ShareJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgJade Boyd713email@example.com
About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Meg Whitman has been slaying the business world one corporation at a time. She’s the true definition of a businesswoman who doesn’t play when it comes to her money—and success. She’s currently reigning over Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, but she’s been building her empire for more than 20 years.And she’s not done.The CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise set her expectations high from the start. Raised in the wealthy suburbs of Oyster Bay, New York, on Long Island, Whitman has ties to Boston’s elite, reports Business Insider. She eventually left the nest to study at Princeton University. While she initially had interests in medicine, Whitman changed her major to economics, eventually going on to receive her MBA at Harvard Business School. Her first major gig landed her in Cincinnati in the late ’70s when she joined P&G, a consumer goods corporation. That’s where her feminist leanings truly began to reveal themselves. Whitman learned that the company refused to give female employees company credit cards because it didn’t find it safe for women to travel alone, as Business Insider describes. The lady boss got the company to change that policy. She continues to influence the corporation through its board, on which she sits.READ MORE: “Top MBA Recruiters: Hewlett-Packard”From there, it was a wrap. Whitman went on to work for major toy company Hasbro, where she was in charge of the famous Mr. Potato Head, as well as bringing Teletubbies to U.S television. Where Whitman left one of her greatest marks, however, was online retailer eBay. In 10 years, she helped increase the company’s revenue from $4 million to $8 billion, and its employee numbers grew from 30 to 15,000, creating one of the most massive and quick corporate turnarounds in recent memory.Her hard work there paid off. She moved on to become CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 2011, where she’s transformed the company and even separated it into two entities: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. That’s where she plans to stay—even amid offers from places like like hyper-valued ride sharing startup Uber. The company was seeking a new CEO, preferably a woman, but she wasn’t interested.Her time at Hewlett-Packard hasn’t been all sunshine though. She took her role as CEO during turbulent times and was forced to do massive layoffs to salvage the company. The layoffs began in 2012 and continued well into 2015. But making tough decisions is part of what makes Whitman a great leader—at least, in the business world.Whitman ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2010. Though current politics might show that some people value a leader with a business background Whitman ultimately lost to current Governor Jerry Brown.Politics may not be her game, but her place in business is abundantly secure. In 2015, she was named 7th overall on Fortune‘s list of highest paid women and 7th on its list of most powerful women. She kept the latter title last year too—and moved up the list when it came to her income. Whitman’s success highlights how far an MBA can take someone, especially women, who aren’t always as welcome in the business world as some of their male colleagues. Last Updated Sep 20, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedMore Harvard MBAs Are Turning to PoliticsThere’s no doubt that politics and public service have been hot topics since the November 2016 election. These subjects have dominated news stories and talk shows across the country. And, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, politics and public service are also moving up as career choices…January 22, 2018In “Boston”Real Humans of the Syracuse Whitman Class of 2019On the eve of its 100th anniversary, the student body of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University has become more diverse than ever before. Not only do most of the students from the Whitman Class of 2019 come from outside the United States, but the majority also earned undergraduate…February 6, 2018In “Featured Home”Social Impact and the MBA: Business Schools Where the Two Are SynonymousThis article originally appeared in its entirety on clearadmit.com “Oh, God yes!” replied Stacey Rudnick when asked if interest in social impact is on the rise among the MBA students she counsels. Rudnick leads career services for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, but…March 18, 2016In “Featured Home” MBA Alumni Spotlight: HP CEO Meg Whitman
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