ROYCE Simmons refused to accept the 1414 draw at

first_imgROYCE Simmons refused to accept the 14-14 draw at Bradford Bulls as a point gained.Speaking after Jamie Foster kicked a penalty after the hooter to hand his side a point – and their third draw of the season – he thought their performance was worth two.“I thought we should have got the two points,” he said, “as we were slightly the better side. They played well, but we created more opportunities then they did.“For them to get their points, they had to go to air. It still means the same on the scoreboard of course.“We broke through and got over the line too. We had two tries disallowed that we will have a very close look at tonight.“They got to the front through a penalty, but if there wasn’t half a dozen opportunities for us to get a penalty in the last five minutes underneath their posts then I will be surprised when I look at the video.“I felt a little bit sorry for the referees as I didn’t think it was their best day. I thought they were off and I will probably have to go back to Stuart Cummings [head of referees] this week and have a chat with him.“We’ve had three penalties for the opposition being inside the ten this season. The nearest side to us is on six, and the others are at around 15 to 18. So on three occasions this year have other teams been inside the ten when they have faced us.”Simmons also took time out to praise his returning origin players, Paul Wellens and James Roby.“Robes was really brave. He had a late fitness test and we did some things like run tackle bags across his face to make sure he would be fine. We only decided to play him at the last minute really.“The six that came back did well too – and played a lot of time as well. Jon Wilkin played 70 minutes, Jammer 60 in the front row… and Wello and Robes played busted. I wouldn’t have played them but with the preparation we had they needed to. It was a strong effort.“Francis Meli should be back for Friday – he has a dead leg.”last_img read more

STEVE McNamara has opted to rest Saints James Rob

first_imgSTEVE McNamara has opted to rest Saints’ James Roby for Saturday’s Group A match with FijiThe hooker will miss the game alongside South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Tom Burgess and Melbourne Storm half-back Gareth Widdop.England welcome back Souths forward Sam Burgess after he sat out the Ireland match with a one-match suspension, and Wigan Warriors forward Lee Mossop also returns after missing England’s 42-0 victory over the Wolfhounds.“We have trained well and we are ready to put in a performance,” McNamara said. “I get the feeling the group is on the verge of some really big performances and this will be one of them.“We are coming up against opposition we respect. We have so far seen a Fiji team that is very exciting to watch with some brilliant outside backs. They have a set of forwards that are as physical as any team in the tournament. I can see why people see them as a threat on Saturday.Across the make-up of their team, the vast majority of their players are regular starters in the NRL and they are used to this level of intensity.“The aim for us is gradual progression. We are looking to improve each week as the tournament moves towards the knockout stages. It is important to win against teams in and around you, but at some point you have to make sure all elements that have been positive in every game come together aiming for that complete performance.“We know that if we are going to win the World Cup that has to happen.”He continued: “Even though we put in a strong performance against Ireland and prevented them from scoring, I actually feel we can improve on our defence.“In some respects we defended with more vigour the week before against Australia. The aim is to continually improve and we have to test ourselves in that area on Saturday.“We defended a little bit passively against Ireland. On Saturday we need to show some aggression against Fiji. We did just enough to defend what Ireland threw at us and we were slick in our attacking structures especially in that first half.”England:Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, George Burgess, Sam Burgess, Rob Burrow, Rangi Chase, Leroy Cudjoe, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood.Fiji:Peni Botiki, Jayson Bukuya, Petero Civoniceva, Kane Evans, Aaron Groom, Apisai Koroisau, Daryl Millard, Ryan Millard, Kevin Naiqama, Waisale Ligani Naiqama, Vitale Junior Roqica, Ashton Sims, Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, James Storer, Akuila Uate, Eloni Vunakece, Sisa Ledua Waqa, Semi Radradra Turgasoli Waqavatu.last_img read more

THE image of Paul Wellens sinking to his knees and

first_imgTHE image of Paul Wellens sinking to his knees and pounding the Saints badge on his chest is one of the abiding memories of the Grand Final.The Club’s Captain took home his fifth Championship but this one was easily the sweetest yet.“I’m one of the fortunate ones in this group as I have experienced winning a final before,” he said. “But I’ve never really felt it like I did on Saturday.“I’ve watched boys become men over the course of 12 months. The effort and determination within this group should never be underestimated.“We have been finding a way for last four, five, six weeks and we knew we could grind the result out.“Wigan were unbelievable and to play with that intensity with 12 men, shows what they are about. Ultimately, we had that little bit too much in terms of desperation and that made the difference.“We dug deep but if winning a Grand Final was easy everyone would do it. We went into our reserve tank but it was worth it.”He continued: “I said after the winning the League Leaders’ Shield about that being a catalyst for more success.“I won’t be around in three, four, five years but I’d like to think this experience for the likes of Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival… I could go on… will stand us in good stead for the future.“The playing squad may change over the years but what remains is our group of supporters. They have suffered enough at Old Trafford and the win was for them.”last_img read more

JON Wilkin believes St Helens 2015 World Club Cha

first_imgJON Wilkin believes St Helens’ 2015 World Club Challenge showdown with South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday February 22 (7.00pm) is the perfect opportunity for the First Utility Super League champions to show their credentials as the best team in the world.Having beaten Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford back in October, the match is Saints’ chance to be crowned world champions and the club’s newly-appointed captain says his team-mates team are relishing the challenge.“We are worthy champions and it’s high time we got the credit we deserve,” said Wilkin. “Some people have said ‘Well, Wigan were down to 12 men’ and that we limped our way into the final so this game is our moment to demonstrate what we’re all about.“We are very confident in the squad we have, there have been a notable difference in attitude amongst the players since our Grand Final win. The confidence is immense; to back it up with a win against the Rabbitohs would give us further crucial experience in our development.“Our game is going to be huge, particularly with the whole Burgess story at South Sydney: I can’t wait to get stuck into them. The prospect of challenging ourselves against the best players in the NRL is fantastic. The NRL is a great competition and we can learn a lot from it but Super League also has some great attributes and we need to put them on show.”Wilkin missed out on the Grand Final due to injury but, having already played in a World Club Challenge back in 2007, he is hungry to get back out on the field.“I was injured towards the end of last year and my focus since then, through all my rehabilitation, has been kicking off to South Sydney. Being involved in that game has been the fuel, it’s motivated m. The excitement has been huge, I’m revved up for this game.“The key word is intensity. When we played Brisbane back in 2007, what stood out to me was the intensity level, it was beyond anything I had ever experienced before and I expect the same again. It’s a huge start to the new era, it’s exciting and a great way to get the momentum started for the new season.“I know that it will be difficult to get a seat at Langtree Park. Packed terraces and passionate support of the English game will be a visible sign to people who don’t usually watch our sport that it is exciting, it will get people interested. I want to come out of the tunnel and not see an empty seat.”last_img read more

Coast Guard searching for missing fishermen near Oak Island

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Rough seas and strong winds could be affecting the search for two missing fishermen off of Oak Island.The Coast Guard says Steve Chaney and David Hambrick took off aboard a 22-foot fishing boat around 11:30 a.m. Sunday from the South Harbor Boat Ramp in Oak Island.Boat belonging to missing men (Photo: USCG)- Advertisement – The wife of one of the men called for help after they did not return by dark as expected.“We are battling severe search conditions due to the approaching tropical system with rough seas and strong winds,” said Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, the command duty officer at Sector North Carolina. “Our crews are trying every possible means to locate these fishermen before weather conditions worsen.”Related Article: Swimming advisory lifted for most of Brunswick CountyAir Station Elizabeth City sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 plane to help search by air. A boat from the Coast Guard Station Oak Island is also searching by water.Crews are searching the coastline south of Oak Island for the men.The Coast Guard asks that if you know anything, call (910) 343-3880.last_img read more

State orders Chemours to stop releasing chemicals begins legal action

first_img In a separate letter also sent Tuesday, DEQ notified Chemours that the state has begun the process to suspend the company’s wastewater permit for failure to adequately disclose the release of GenX into the river. The permit governs Chemours’ discharge of wastewater from its Fayetteville facility and without it, the company cannot release any wastewater into the Cape Fear River. Under the law, DEQ must give the company a 60-day notice before suspending the permit.“Protecting people’s drinking water is our top priority, and we’ve put Chemours on notice that it must stop discharging these chemicals into the Cape Fear River immediately,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “Chemours must stop releasing all fluorinated compounds and fully disclose all chemicals in its waste stream, and we’re taking action to make sure that happens.”In June, DEQ and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services began investigating the presence of GenX, a chemical made at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility, in the Cape Fear River. As part of its investigation, the state continues to test water at multiple locations in the Lower Cape Fear and in groundwater on the facility’s property in Bladen County for the presence of GenX and other fluorinated compounds.Related Article: Town of Belville plans to appeal H2GO decisionThe state’s investigation and pressure from citizens and local officials prompted Chemours to stop discharging GenX into the Cape Fear in June. Since the GenX discharge stopped, concentrations of GenX have dropped below the health goal of 140 parts per trillion. Last week, DEQ also demanded that Chemours stop the release of additional chemical compounds including the Nafion byproducts, one day after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informed the state that those compounds had also been detected in the facility’s waste stream. Little information is known about the potential human health effects of GenX and less is known about the Nafion byproducts.Tuesday’s civil court summons and letter from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office reiterate DEQ’s demands that Chemours stop its discharge of all fluorinated compounds and disclose all compounds in its waste stream. In the letter, state attorneys wrote: “DEQ has reasonable cause to believe that Chemours has violated or is threatening to violate provisions” of state law and “[t]herefore, has directed the Attorney General’s Office to institute a civil action for injunctive relief to restrain the violation or threatened violation of the law.”Injunctive relief could include an order issued by a judge requiring the company to cease the discharge for the time being or take other steps to protect public health and safety.Tuesday’s letter from DEQ puts Chemours on notice that the agency intends to suspend the company’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit, which allows the company to discharge wastewater into the Cape Fear River.In its letter to the company, DEQ writes, “There is sufficient cause to suspend the permit under the provisions cited in this letter. We have found no evidence in the permit file indicating that Chemours or DuPont (Chemours’ predecessor) disclosed the discharge to surface water of GenX compounds at the Fayetteville Works. In particular, the NPDES permit renewal applications submitted to DWR (Division of Water Resources) contain no reference to “GenX” or to any chemical name, formula, or CAS number that would identify any GenX compounds in the discharge.”DuPont ran the Fayetteville Works facility that produces GenX until 2015 when Chemours was created as a spin-off company.The letter also calls on the company to meet several earlier demands, including stopping the discharge of any chemicals related to GenX, including the Nafion byproducts, by Sept. 8 and stopping the discharge of any other perfluorinated or polyfluorinated compounds by Oct. 20. In addition, the letter demands that Chemours provide complete information about all chemicals included in the Fayetteville facility’s waste stream, according to a schedule previously set by DEQ.Additional legal steps are expected soon. SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — State officials ordered Chemours on Tuesday to stop releasing all fluorinated compounds into the Cape Fear River and began legal action against the company and the process to suspend its permit for discharging wastewater into the river.On Tuesday, the state of North Carolina initiated a lawsuit against Chemours in Bladen County Superior Court by filing a summons with the court. Acting on behalf of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, attorneys with N.C. Department of Justice will seek a court order against Chemours, the state said in a letter with the summons.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Plaque commemorates historic role of Williston High School

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Historic Wilmington Foundation is honoring an historic building that played a major role in the lives of thousands of students in the Port City.The group dedicated a plaque for the former Williston Industrial High School, which is now the International School at Gregory.- Advertisement – Williston was the city’s first public high school for African Americans. It closed as a high school in 1969, when the school board desegregated the school system.last_img read more

California aims to end postEaster parade of unwanted rabbits

first_imgOne of the eight bunnies adopted by Jacob Levitt sits at his apartment in New York, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonOne of the eight bunnies adopted by Jacob Levitt sits at his apartment in New York, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Californians can eat chocolate bunnies and snuggle plush Peter Cottontail dolls to their heart’s content this Easter.But those who want to buy a live bunny as an Easter gift won’t find them for sale at pet stores this year after California became the first U.S. state to pass a law aimed at stemming a post-holiday deluge of maturing rabbits being abandoned or euthanised.The legislation, which took effect in January, prohibits retail shops from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits. The idea is to encourage adoption of rescued animals and to crack down on the sale of pets from “puppy mills,” “kitty factories” and “bunny bundlers.”Legislatures in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania are considering similar bills. Dozens of cities, from Boston and Chicago to Salt Lake City already have local ordinances on the books.The problem of abandonment and euthanasia is particularly acute for rabbits purchased in pet stores, as they tend to be impulse buys, especially in the days before Easter.“In the one to three months after Easter, we traditionally see a spike in shelter rabbit intakes,” said Anne Martin, executive director of the House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit group that rescues rabbits and places them in foster care.“In Northern California alone, thousands of stray and unwanted rabbits end up in the municipal shelter systems, and the majority of these rabbits are under a year old,” she said.The Easter Bunny, an age-old symbol of fertility and renewal, plays an endearing role in the springtime holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, tempting parents to buy one of the cuddly-looking creatures for their families.But to the surprise of many, rabbits are not low-maintenance balls of fur, their owners say, as they require daily cleaning and specialised medical care.‘UNINTENTIONAL ANIMAL CRUELTY’“There is a common misconception that a rabbit just can sit in a cage and eat carrots,” said Jacob Levitt, 44, a dermatologist who owns eight young, adopted bunnies that roam his New York City luxury apartment.He said it was “unintentional animal cruelty” to keep a rabbit cooped up and to fail to give it a proper diet of grass hay.Fulvio Roman, 32, whose fiance made a “spur of the moment” decision to buy a pet store rabbit, admitted to being unprepared for the demands of its care.“Once she saw the bunny and was able to hold her, she immediately fell in love,” said Roman, who lives on Long Island and supervises kitchen workers in New York City public schools. “We didn’t know what it really took to have a bunny.”Eight months later, after the rabbit resisted being picked up, chewed through air conditioner wires, and their landlord demanded a non-refundable $1,000 (£769) security deposit, they surrendered the rabbit to a shelter.“Not everyone knows how much work a bunny takes. We ended up being educated by force,” Roman said.Rabbits typically live 10 years and multiply every 30 days, with an average litter of eight babies. Pet stores often fail to neuter bunnies, according to House Rabbit.Bunnies mature at 3 to 6 months and males spray urine and females become territorial. When they grow less adorable, house bunnies are left in backyard hutches or abandoned in fields or woods.Under Californian Law, consumers can adopt animals from a shelter or buy them directly from a breeder.Some 2.8 million U.S. households have rabbits as pets, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), compared with 60.2 million with a dog, 47.1 million with a cat, 7.9 million with a bird and 2.6 million with a horse.The House Rabbit Society said bunnies are the third most abandoned pet in the United States. Advocates say rabbits are also the third most euthanised, based on a 2010 study of four shelters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.‘DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES’ FOR INDUSTRYIn California, pet industry leaders, many of whom opposed the new law, say local shops that sell animals will suffer. “We expect the California law will have disastrous consequences for the small, local business pet stores,” said Mike Bober, president and CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.But live animal sales account for just 3 percent of the industry’s roughly $70 billion in annual sales, according to APPA’s website. The bulk of U.S. pet store sales in recent years has been for food, vet care, supplies and over-the-counter medicines.John Goodwin, a senior director at the Humane Society of the United States, urged Americans to pass on buying a live bunny as an Easter present.“There are plenty of stuffed animals and chocolates in rabbit form,” Goodwin said.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Intel core i7 processor

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Matrix Comsec launches New RD Center in Vadodara

first_imgAdvertisement The other factors considered at the setup of the R&D centre was the vibrant and burgeoning Global Electronics markets as well as the target of catering to the need of the international market.Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ganesh Jivani, the Managing Director of Matrix Comsec said, “Matrix is among the few Indian companies which indigenously manufactures and markets both Telecom and Security products. Research at Matrix has been the foundation for its growth and sustenance. Today Matrix is positioned as a qualitative and competitive product manufacturer on the global plane and has introduced more than 40 innovative products through continuous research and development activities; strengthening its global competency. We see this new centre as a great opportunity to extend our product development capability in order to best serve the needs of our customers and the market worldwide.”The R&D center plans to recruit more technical talents from premier engineering institutions and companies. By closely studying the evolving needs of the global market, the company will now be able to pioneer new products in the market, strengthening the portfolio of both Telecom and Security products. – Advertisement – ABOUTMATRIX COMSECEstablished in 1991, Matrix Comsec is a versatile designer and manufacturer of Telecom and Security products which are marketed in more than 50 countries. Matrix has launched cutting-edge telecom devices like IP-PBX, IP Servers, Universal Gateways, VoIP Gateways and Terminals, GSM FCTs, GSM Gateways and IP-Phones. With presence in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa through an extensive network of more than 500 partners, Matrix ensures that the products serve the needs of its customers faster and longer. Matrix has won several national and international awards which are a testimony of its designing and manufacturing competencies.last_img read more

44 Of All Twitter Accounts Not active

first_imgAdvertisement If we are to base size of a social network on actice accounts, then twitter is not doing well.A new report from Twopcharts has found that 44% of all the world’s Twitter accounts have never sent a tweet!Twitter has approximately 974 million Twitter accounts, this implies that over 428 million accounts are not active! which is a lot. – Advertisement – [related-posts]This could mean that people, scammers, or bots simply signed up for an account and never came back — or that there are hordes of shy people out there waiting for the moment to strike.The value of a social network is based on the number of people using it, these statistics can mean that twitter’s value is far less than what the market thinks they are.Credit: Gizmodolast_img read more

PayPal set to discontinue Windows BlackBerry and Amazon Apps

first_imgAdvertisement PayPal is discontinuing its mobile app for Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire OS devices to focus its efforts on Android and Apple. As of 30 June, users of affected devices will no longer be able to access the PayPal app, the company said.The company claimed that by ending support for Windows, BlackBerry and Fire OS, it will be able to produce a better app experience for Android and iOS devices. Customers using older versions of the PayPal mobile app on Android and iOS will be required to upgrade to version 6.0 Starting on June 3rd through June 30th.Joanna Lambert, PayPal Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, stated, “It was a difficult decision to no longer support the PayPal app on these mobile platforms, but we believe it’s the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers. We remain committed to partnering with mobile device providers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.” – Advertisement – PayPal is quick to point out that despite being left without a native app, affected users will still have full access to PayPal’s mobile website for account management and money transactions. There are other options, too; BlackBerry users can still send peer-to-peer payments with PayPal through BBM. And on the Windows side, users can enable the PayPal add-in to send payments right from the email app.last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Gowran Park Thursday

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack with a midweek extra blog looking at the Gowran Park Thursday card which features the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase at 3pm.Shame not to have a ride in the big race but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes however I’ll be watching the race with great interest.Last year’s 1-2 Champagne West and Ucello Conti renew rivalry. Champagne West ran out an easy 7 1/2 length winner on soft ground 12 months ago and is up 5lb in the handicap but Dylan Robinson is taking 5lb off the top weight who interestingly is also wearing cheekpieces for the first time.Gordon (Elliott) has a strong challenge with six of the 15 declared runners. His Ucello Conti was a good second in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas where Gordon’s Outsam finished 10th.Outsam was having his first run for the yard and gets into this with a feather weight with the added bonus of James Bowen claiming 3lb and he can’t stop riding winners at the moment.I have three rides on the card where the going is expected to be heavy and the course have tweeted that the fourth last fence will be omitted in the two chases.ThursdayGOWRAN PARKMONATOMIC 12.50pmI don’t know too much about this fella who is making his debut in what looks a wide open maiden hurdle. He was also entered up for a bumper at Naas at the weekend but Gordon has decided to start him off over hurdles. He’s unraced on the flat or point to points so we’ll clearly know a lot more about his ability after this first run.PRESENTING PERCY 1.50pm (Galmoy Hurdle)Switches back to the smaller obstacles after three runs over the jumps where he he has progressed very nicely. He made a winning start at Galway where he beat De Plotting Shed who I also ride today and also won a handicap chase in good style the last day at Fairyhouse. The Willie Mullins trio of Bacardys (NOW NON RUNNER), Augusta Kate and Let’s Dance all have good claims and Alpha Des Obeaux who won this in 2016 can by no means be ruled out.DE PLOTTING SHED 3.35pmRan another solid race last time out at Fairyhouse behind the favourite Saturnas. He should again appreciate the testing conditions and hopefully a first win over fences is not far away and he can gain reward for consistency. That said, this looks quite competitive with the Willie Mullins trained Bunk Off Early perhaps the biggest danger.I’ll be back for the weekend looking at Fairyhouse and Cheltenham on Saturday and the Naas card on Sunday.YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Texas Job Fair

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share Contact: Deborah Field Phone: 527-4055 Texas Job Fair The Houston-Area Consortium of Career Centers will sponsor the Texas Job Fair in the Rice Memorial Center of Rice University from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. The consortium is composed of career centers from Houston-area colleges and universities. This is the third year for the Texas Job Fair. This year’s event will host 98 companies that are actively recruiting employees. Approximately 600 job-seekers.are expected to attend the job fair. Rice Memorial Center is accessible from Entrance 13 (Kent Street) on Rice Blvd. Media parking is available in Lot L, just past the Kent Street and Labatory Road intersection and directly across from Rice Memorial Center. ###last_img read more

NSF 15 Million Grant Funds New Scientific Field

first_imgShare Contact: Marc ArchambaultPhone: (713) 527-4752 NSF $1.5 Million Grant Funds New Scientific Field Innovative training may change the face of science, medicine &health care Houston’s scientific community and three of its key institutions of higher learning received atremendous boost from the federal government this week. The W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, a joint effort of Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston, was awarded a grant of approximately $1.5 million over five years by the National Science Foundation to continue the center’s groundbreaking program of cross-training students of all levels in both biology and cutting-edge computer science. The Center was founded in 1990, with the support of the W. M. KeckFoundation. The grant funds a proposal headed by George N. Phillips, Jr., professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University andscientific and training director of the Keck Center at Rice.”This award is the result of a unique collaboration between faculty and students in different disciplines and at different institutions working together as a community of scientists,” said Phillips. “We share a common vision of the exciting new possibilities that modern computing technologies can bring to biology.” The Keck Center’s scientific and training directors at Baylorand University of Houston each stressed the award’s importance.”The Center is ushering in an entirely new branch of science, whose practitioners take full advantage of the recent breakthroughs in computational science in their pursuit of important biological questions,” said Monte Pettitt, Cullen Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston. Drawing on their interdisciplinary training, Keck Center faculty and trainees find that analyses that only recently required painstaking weeks are now performed in seconds; crucial data once buried in overburdened databases are now at their fingertips; and previously mysterious molecular interactions are now revealed in breathtaking detail. Emphasizing the potential contributions of this new field, Wah Chiu, director and professor of Baylor’s Program in Structural and Computational Biology, said “Computational biology can be used to design anti-viral drugs, analyze normal and diseased human genes and engineer proteins for industrial use. These tools will carry medicine, industry, agriculture, and forensics into the twenty-first century. And they hold vast potential for revolutionizing American health care while holding down costs.” The NSF award fuels the Keck Center’s successful graduate study program and expands its current training efforts with undergraduate and postdoctoral trainees by paying for tuition, living stipends, and some research expenses. The grant will also fund the development of innovative new curricula for students and help disseminate the center’s research through seminars, symposia, and workshops. Interview opportunity: If you would like to schedule an interview with Scientific Directors Chiu, Pettitt or Phillips or other representatives of the Keck Center, or would like more information, contact Marc Archambault, executive director of the W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology at (713) 527-4752.### AddThislast_img read more

Shoah Foundation president to speak at Rice Feb 10

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Margot DimondPHONE: (713) 348-6775E-MAIL: mailto:mdimond@rice.eduSHOAH FOUNDATION PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT RICE FEB. 10 Genocide and mass murder will be examined using video from Shoah archive Douglas Greenberg, president and chief executive officer of Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, will use the video testimony of a Holocaust survivor to compare survivor memories with historical fact in a lecture, Thursday, Feb. 10, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Duncan Hall McMurtry Auditorium on the Rice University campus. The presentation, titled ”Henry’s Harmonica: Memory and History in a Genocidal World,” explores the implications of the intersection of memory and history on digital libraries. The Shoah Foundation archive contains approximately 117,000 hours of videotapes of eyewitness testimony from 52,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses — recorded in 32 languages and 56 countries. The Foundation has also produced 10 documentary films using the testimonies in its collection and creates educational products and programs that are in use in 16 countries and 11,000 schools around the world. Rice is one of three institutions — along with Yale and University of Southern California – that are participating in a pilot project to explore the scholarly uses of the foundation’s digital video archive in its research and instruction programs. Charles Henry, vice provost and university librarian, said the results to-date of that project had a great deal to do with the decision to invite Greenberg to campus. ”We’ve had a very powerful experience working with the Shoah Foundation – both in the effectiveness of the archive as a classroom tool and in our developing relationship with the foundation itself,” Henry said. ”Working with Doug Greenberg helped us better understand the importance and transformational potential of the archive. ” Henry said that the topic of Greenberg’s lecture also dovetails with the goal of Rice’s Technology, Cognition and Culture Lecture Series, which traces the evolution of information technologies and their influence on civilization. ”We felt that this talk would be an opportunity for us to explore the ways that technology can preserve and make accessible profoundly important cultural artifacts and historical records,” he said. Greenberg came to the Shoah Foundation in 2000 from the Chicago Historical Society, where he served as president and director for seven years. Previously he was vice president of the American Council of Learned Societies and associate dean of the faculty at Princeton University. He also taught history at Rutgers, Lawrence, and Princeton universities and is author or editor of many books and essays on the history of early America and American law, as well as on technology, scholarship and libraries. More recently he has begun to write and speak about the Holocaust and genocide and their impact upon the modern world. A native of New Jersey, Greenberg received his undergraduate degree in history from Rutgers University, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He serves on the boards of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the California Council on the Humanities, and the Center for The Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College. For more information on Greenberg’s lecture and for parking information, call 713-348-4636. ### last_img read more

Whirling particles are fastest ever detected

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionFrank Geurts“Measuring the protons’ emission angles tells us that, indeed, with respect to the event plane in which heavy ions collide, on average all lambda spins seem to be aligned,” Geurts said. “That agrees with a picture in which the original lambda particles have been emitted from a whirling system.”The lab’s work is far from done, as it hopes future experiments will better measure the plasma’s vorticity, as well as measure the massive magnetic field created by these collisions, which they estimate may be the largest ever seen.“There’s a lot that needs to be done, because we think this is an opening to looking at fundamental symmetries in nature,” Geurts said. “Our group feels its responsibility to make sure the detector is able to deliver exciting physics. And we see here again a very exciting result.”Along with Geurts, Rice co-authors of the Nature paper are graduate students Daniel Brandenburg and Joseph Butterworth, postdoctoral researcher David Tlusty, research scientist Geary Eppley and Jabus Roberts, a professor of physics and astronomy.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Rice-born detector finds heaviest antimatter: University’s Bonner Nuclear Lab wins DOE backing for heavy-ion research: Heavy-Ion Physics (Geurts Lab): http://heavyions.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long DescriptionTracking particle spins reveals that the quark-gluon plasma created at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider spins faster than the cores of supercell tornadoes, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot or any other fluid, according to researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Courtesy of Brookhaven National LaboratoryThe collaboration that operates the STAR detector, part of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at the New York facility, reported in a cover story in Nature this week that collisions between gold ions produce a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) that swirls faster than any other fluid ever observed.The phenomenon lasts only a fraction of a millionth of a second, but while it does, particles in the frictionless fluid described by physicists as “nearly perfect” spin 10 billion trillion times faster than the most powerful tornado, according to Brookhaven researchers.The low viscosity in the QGP allowed the vorticity to persist. “Viscosity destroys whirls,” said Michael Lisa, a member of the STAR collaboration from Ohio State University. “With QGP, if you set it spinning, it tends to keep on spinning.”The plasma of the combined quarks and gluons is hundreds of thousands of times hotter than the center of the sun, the researchers reported.“We’re usually interested in having these heavy ions collide as head-on as possible, but we’ve come to realize that if we look at the off-center incursions, there are a lot of interesting things happening,” said Frank Geurts, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at Rice and deputy spokesperson of the STAR collaboration.Long DescriptionThis shows telltale signs of a lambda hyperon decaying into a proton and a pion as tracked by the Time Projection Chamber of the STAR detector. Because the proton comes out nearly aligned with the hyperon’s spin direction, tracking where these “daughter” protons strike the detector can be a stand-in for tracking how the hyperons’ spins are aligned. Courtesy of Brookhaven National LaboratoryBecause collisions between the heavy ions that travel at nearly the speed of light are off-center, the nucleons on the extremities continue on almost as if nothing had happened. But those closer to the impact may create a QGP that will take on a substantial angular momentum, Geurts said. Particles that form as the plasma cools are expected to spin in a manner that is, on average, aligned with this angular momentum.Rice scientists and their students designed, led construction of and continue to operate and calibrate the time-of-flight detector that is part of STAR (short for Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC). This detector plays an important role in this discovery, as it helps identify particles flying away from the collision.“The STAR experiment is built around a big gas detector, called the Time Projection Chamber, which helps track the particles that emerge from the whirling plasma,” Geurts said. “Together with the time-of-flight detector, particles can be accurately identified.Lambda particles are of particular interest. These particles align their spin with the QGP’s global spin. As lambdas decay, they pass that information along to their daughter particles, including protons. Tracking particle spins reveals that the quark-gluon plasma created at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider spins faster than the cores of supercell tornadoes, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot or any other fluid, according to researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Frank Geurts particle spins reveals that the quark-gluon plasma created at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider spins faster than the cores of supercell tornadoes, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot or any other fluid, according to researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory. (Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory) Share3Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduWhirling particles are fastest ever detectedRice University physicists help find speediest vortex in ‘perfect liquid’ plasmaHOUSTON – (Aug. 2, 2017) – The spin of the strongest tornado is a pale shadow of the vortex seen at the heart of matter colliding into a nearly perfect fluid, according to researchers at Rice University and their colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Frank Geurts. (Credit: 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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 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 happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to shows telltale signs of a lambda hyperon decaying into a proton and a pion as tracked by the Time Projection Chamber of the STAR detector. Because the proton comes out nearly aligned with the hyperon’s spin direction, tracking where these “daughter” protons strike the detector can be a stand-in for tracking how the hyperons’ spins are aligned. (Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory)Long Description Frank Geurts This shows telltale signs of a lambda hyperon decaying into a proton and a pion as tracked by the Time Projection Chamber of the STAR detector. Because the proton comes out nearly aligned with the hyperon’s spin direction, tracking where these “daughter” protons strike the detector can be a stand-in for tracking how the hyperons’ spins are aligned. Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description AddThislast_img read more

Rotman MBA Receives Forté Foundation Award

first_imgRotman MBA Receives Forté Foundation Award regions: Toronto About the AuthorKelly Vo Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo RelatedHow Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBAEarning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants. So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living,…March 7, 2018In “Featured Home”Two Rotman MBAs Named as Canada’s Top Female EntrepreneursThe PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs has recognized two Rotman School of Management MBA graduates. A third Rotman MBA was ranked as a rising entrepreneur to watch and a fourth company, co-founded by a Rotman MBA, placed #1 in the ranking. The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking and awards…May 30, 2016In “Featured Region”Rotman Launches Canadian Graduate Women in Management ConferenceOn February 1, 2017, for the first time, graduate business students and industry leaders from across Canada will have a chance to come together and discuss the most pressing matters facing the business community. The annual event, titled the Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference, was organized by the Rotman…January 25, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Alex Walker Turner, a 2017 MBA graduate from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, has received the Edie Hunt Inspiration Award from the Forté Foundation. The award recognized her achievements in advancing women into business leadership positions as well as her significant contributions to her school and community.In part, Turner received the award for her work establishing a new initiative, alongside four other Rotman classmates: Rotman LINKS. The initiative connects Rotman MBA students—both male and female—with female undergraduates across the University of Toronto campus to act as mentors for those interested in business as a career. It was a legacy project to help Rotman mentors gain volunteer experience as well as coaching skills.“The idea was that a lot of us have non-traditional backgrounds,” Turner said in a Globe & Mail interview. “We wanted to open their [undergraduate] eyes to a broader set of possibilities with regards to career options.” Turner also launched the first Canadian Graduate Women in Management Conference, which was held at Rotman earlier this year. The Conference theme for the inaugural year was “Men as Allies and the parity proposition.” Featured speakers included Bruce Simpson, a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and Andrew Edwards, a Partner at Bain & Company.The Edie Hunt Inspiration Award was named in honor of the Forté Foundation’s Board Chair Emeritus, Edie Hunt, who is a retied partner at Goldman Sachs. The award was presented to Turner during the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference, which took place June 17 and 18 in Seattle, Washington.“In her two years in the program Alex has had an impact on in the school and university on an almost daily basis,” Niki da Silva, Managing Director of the Rotman full-time MBA program, said in an interview.The award marks the first time that a Rotman School student and Canadian business school was chosen.last_img read more

Scheller Students Become Sustainability Experts During the Carbon Reduction Challenge

first_img Last Updated Sep 6, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail A team of SunTrust interns, including two students from the Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business, recently took top prize during the inaugural Internship and Co-op Carbon Reduction Challenge.The SunTrust internship invited students from all throughout Georgia Tech who agreed to serve as sustainability ambassadors for their organization, taking on the challenge of developing plans that could reduce carbon admissions at their company while still cutting costs. The cohort included 20 students from four colleges at Georgia Tech, working on projects at more than ten organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to the City of Atlanta. A number of proposed projects have already been approved by the respective companies, proposals that will ultimately result in more than 12 million pounds of Co2 emissions reductions. The Internship and Co-op Carbon Reduction Challenge is the result of an innovative partnership between Scheller and the College of Sciences. Together, the two schools will allow students to take on the challenge as a sustainability ambassador, while still benefiting from the business experience of their internship roles in fields like IT, research, business analysis, and engineering support.The winning team was made up of two students from the Scheller College of Business and four from the Industrial and Systems Engineering program that were interning at SunTrust. Using a three-pronged approach to reduce carbon emissions for SunTrust employee travel, such as improving the quality of conference calls and reducing the need for in-person travel among other techniques, the team impressed at the highest level of SunTrust leadership, with parts of their proposal implemented immediately. RelatedGA Tech Alum Named New Director of TI:GER Program at Scheller CollegeThe Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business has named Robert Gemmell, BSEE 1979, MSEE 1980, as the new executive director of the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) program. Gemmell earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech — plus an MBA at Duke University’s…August 17, 2016In “Featured Region”Scheller College Students Gain Experience in Partnership with Children’s Healthcare of AtlantaThe Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business is expanding its long-standing partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to discover new ways of improving business practices and management. This November, nine students at Georgia Tech—four from the Scheller College of Business—presented a semester’s work on the future of pediatric…December 21, 2016In “Featured Region”Best MBA Internships in AtlantaHome to peach trees as far as the eye can see, ATliens who often hide in plain sight, an international airport that boasts the world’s busiest passenger traffic, and a thriving entertainment mecca Black Filmmaker Foundation President Warrington Hudlin compared to a “black Hollywood” in a recent New York Times…August 30, 2016In “Featured Region” regions: Atlantacenter_img Scheller Students Become Sustainability Experts During the Carbon Reduction Challenge About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer last_img read more

Why US News World Report Changed Its Rankings Methodology

first_imgWhy U.S. News & World Report Changed Its Rankings Methodology About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman For prospective MBAs, the most difficult step towards a business school degree is knowing where to start. And for many, the most obvious is researching the near-endless amount of college ranking sites. After years of scandals and much-publicized doubts, however, the authority of these rankings may be in question.In a recent Philadelphia Magazine op-ed, writer Sandy Hingston asks, simply, “Can We All Agree Now That College Rankings Are Bunk?”Hingston’s critique, which highlights in relative inexactness of the college ranking sites, is not the first of its kind. In 2011, popular New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell wrote wrote about his issue with college rankings. In “The Order of Things,” Gladwell notes that the outcomes of students sometimes do not match college reputations. Principally, Gladwell, the author of the massively popular 2008 book Outliers: The Story of Success, found fault in how publications like U.S. News & World Report conducts rankings. He writes, “the magazine sends a survey to the country’s university and college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans (along with a sampling of high-school guidance counselors) asking them to grade all the schools in their category on a scale of one to five.”In regards to the scoring system, Gladwell cites numerous incidents that say reputation weighs too heavily. This is important considering that personnel often do not know what other schools are actually like. To illustrate, he brings up a different ranking from the time, with much different results:“In an article published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Ashwini Sehgal analyzed U.S. News’s ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings, which also rely heavily on reputation ratings generated by professional peers. Sehgal put together a list of objective criteria of performance—such as a hospital’s mortality rates for various surgical procedures, patient-safety rates, nursing-staffing levels, and key technologies. Then he checked to see how well those measures of performance matched each hospital’s reputation rating. The answer, he discovered, was that they didn’t. Having good outcomes doesn’t translate into being admired by other doctors. Why, after all, should a gastroenterologist at the Ochsner Medical Center, in New Orleans, have any specific insight into the performance of the gastroenterology department at Mass General, in Boston, or even, for that matter, have anything more than an anecdotal impression of the gastroenterology department down the road at some hospital in Baton Rouge?”He goes on to say, “reputational ratings are simply inferences from broad, readily observable features of an institution’s identity, such as its history, its prominence in the media, or the elegance of its architecture. They are prejudices.”In addition, Gladwell notes important economic distinctions that many college ranking sites ignore. For the sake of simplified ranking, small private schools are compared to massive public institutions and scored equally. But doing so overlooks the economic makeup of enrolled students, funding, and much more.A Modern Change for U.S. NewsSeven years later after Gladwell’s critique, U.S. News & World Report continues to refine its rankings method. The publication’s new changes aim to emphasize economic mobility. This comes just one year after Politico revealed that the upper-echelon schools continually reward students that are already wealthy. That discovery may not be “groundbreaking,” but the data is still jarring. Many of the country’s most well-known institutions enroll more students that come from the top 1 percent of income-earning families than the bottom 60 percent of earners.Why is this important and why did U.S. News & World Report need to change? Like Gladwell said seven years prior, prejudices feed the rankings and the economics factors are biased. And the amount of inequality it expanded may have been profound.The Politico study outlined these key factors in the previous U.S. News ranking formula:Student PerformanceLower Acceptance RatesHigher Performance on SurveysAlumni DonationsThese factors weigh heavily for students from more affluent backgrounds. U.S. News, like many of its popular ranking competitors—such as the Financial Times and Bloomberg—rely on similar scoring systems, which often left the economically disadvantaged out of the equation.The aforementioned 2017 Politico report points to the lengths some schools and state governments went to meet the U.S. News standards:“Colleges go to great lengths to rise in the rankings. The president of one school ranked in the top 20 said the college caps classes at 19 students, simply because the rankings reward schools for keeping classes under 20 students. In some states, the rankings are built into accountability systems for university presidents. Arizona State trustees put a bonus pegged to the rankings in the president’s contract. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott set a goal to ‘achieve the first top-10 research public university and a second-ranked public university in the top 25.’”Robert Morse, U.S. News Chief Data Strategist, says of the changes; “There is an active and ongoing debate about how to best measure quality in education, and we pay close attention to that debate. Over time, our ranking model has put more emphasis on outcomes measures … As part of this evolving process, we’ve wanted to measure whether schools were successful at serving all of their students, regardless of economic status.”The publication will begin accounting more for social mobility and rewarding of Pell Grants. As well, Morse says, schools that enroll a higher percentage of lower-income students will get more credit for graduation rates. In total, “13 percent of a school’s rank is now dependent on the economic diversity of its campus.”Will Other College Ranking Sites Follow?The changes for U.S. News‘s rankings may cause a slow sea change for its competitors. For its undergraduate ranking, SAT/ACT scores now factor less in the overall score. This, like many of the highlights indicated above, is because standardized tests are highly correlative with income. The acceptance rate boost is being completely removed as well.The dismissive stances from the likes of Hingston and Gladwell likely will not be re-mediated immediately. After all, college ranking sites will likely remain among most popular resource for school research. However, a more modern evaluation can pay dividends in the long-term. And for U.S. News‘ prime competitors, following suit may be an unavoidable remedy.The next annual U.S. News ranking of the country’s best business schools will arrive early next year. Whether the new changes will weigh heavily in the rankings remains to be seen. 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, DCcenter_img Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedCaught: Why Business Schools Might Lie to Improve RankingsSchool rankings from sites like Forbes or U.S. News & World Report are often a crucial factor for students before they decide where they should pursue a degree. Using a combination of rankings, standardized test scores, job placement after graduation, and tuition costs, among other crucial factors, a school ranking a…February 1, 2018In “Bloomberg”Wharton Takes Over Top Spot on New U.S. News MBA RankingHarvard loses its crown, Wharton ranks first, and Purdue stumbles in new U.S. News & World Report “Best Business Schools” ranking. The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools ranking, largely regarded as the most prominent MBA ranking system in the United States, debuted its newest annual listing, with The…March 12, 2019In “Featured Home”Foster Ranked #24 Best Business & Economics Program WorldwideA new ranking completed by The Best Schools reviewed business and economics programs from around the world to find the top 100 best programs. The ranking looked at schools with the best faculty and most well-established alumni, as well as looking at which school were most likely to land a…August 1, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more