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first_imgTWELVE try Saints did their points difference the world of good with a 66-24 victory over London which was littered with some scintillating tries.Straight from the off the Saints were in the mood to entertain scoring with their first possession. Two drives from Ross MacCauley and the virtually unstoppable André Savelio propelled the Saints 60 metres downfield and with a penalty it allowed Matty Fozard to open the scoring with a trademark dart at the line from dummy half.The Broncos gave the Saints a bit of reminder with a try from a deft cross kick to the corner but by the time they scored their second again from a last tackle kick on the stoke of half time the Saints had put the game beyond doubt.Great blind side play from the left hand side of the Saints attack saw Lewis Galbraith score twice tip-toeing his way down the line after quick hands from Olly Davies and Jake Spedding.Sandwiched in between was a trademark Savelio try. A big Greg Richards tackle forced the error on the Broncos 30 and from the resultant scrum Savelio was let loose down the right. He swatted off one tackle and fought his way free from three more as he reached out to score.Not to be out done the right side showed they were just as adept with ball in hand as Matty Fleming’s half break put Jordan Tisdale free and his neat out and in move beat the two covering defenders for his first of the night.The Saints were spreading the ball wide with impunity by this stage and the Spedding/Galbraith combination combined again to put the winger in the clear. As he approached the beleaguered full back he passed inside to the supporting Lewis Charnock for the first of his hat-trick.The seventh Saints try of the half saw Spedding deservedly get his name on the scoresheet finishing off a delightful piece of interplay between himself and Galbraith.The second half saw more of the same as the Saints continued to pound the Broncos line scoring five more tries in the process.A determined run back from a last tackle kick deep in his own half from Galbraith put the Saint s on the front foot. From the quick play the ball a great inside ball put Fleming on a 60 metre run down the middle. Another quick play the ball and Charnock was left with a 10 metre stroll to the line for his second.From the restart a good set of six was followed by a great Charnock clearing kick and a fabulous Jordan Tisdale chase which forced a Broncos knock on on their line. Three tackles later and Joe Ryan drove over at the posts.Again great interplay from two players, this time Dave Hewitt and Olly Davies, produced dividends. Hewitt’s wonderfully disguised short ball put Davies away and the play maker was there to receive the inside ball from his second rower to go the final 30 to the posts.On the hour mark the Saints were going at a point a minute rate as Charnock scored his third from a great training ground move. The ball was moved the width of the pitch from left to right with everyone standing their man up before passing out to the support culminating with Charnock strolling over in the right corner.The last twenty minutes became very scrappy as the Saints lost a little interest scoring only once more through Tisdale in the corner.Whilst the Saints were good with ball in hand and didn’t concede a try crafted by the opposition, the fact that four tries were conceded from kicks and an interception will worry Coach Traynor.The night saw the successful introduction off the bench of another debutant in the form of James Nicholl, and there were good performances from Savelio, Charnock, Hewitt and Morgan Knowles who improves every time he plays.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Jordan Tisdale 2, Jake Spedding, Lewis Galbraith 2, Dave Hewitt, Matty Fozard, André Savelio, Lewis Charnock 3, Joe Ryan.Goals: Lewis Charnock 4, Dave Hewitt 5.London U19s:Tries: Alex Walker 2, Charlie Lawrence, Kieron Morgan.Goals: Charlie Lawrence 4.Half Time: 36-12Full Time: 66-24Teams:Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Jordan Tisdale, 4. Matty Fleming, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Lewis Galbraith; 6. Lewis Fairhurst, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Matty Fozard, 10. Ross McCauley, 11. Olly Davies, 12. André Savelio, 13. Lewis Charnock. Subs: 14. Morgan Knowles, 15. Liam Cooper, 16. James Nicholl, 17. Joe Ryan.London:1. Richard Harris; 5. Brandon Johnson, 4. Junior Ibrahim, 3. Harvey Burnett, 2. Alex Walker; 6. James Woodburn-Hall, 7. Joe Keyes; 8. Toby Everett, 9. Charlie Lawrence, 10. Alex Taverner, 11. Harry Griffiths, 12. Kieron Morgan, 13. Joel Wicks. Subs: 14. Liam O’Callaghan, 15. Sadiq Adebiyi, 16. Ash Gingell, 17. Tom Scarsbrook.last_img read more

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first_imgJustin Holbrook’s men aim to put themselves just 80 minutes away from Wembley – but they face a tricky task in the current holders.Hull FC have won the last two Challenge Cups and won’t give up their crown without a fight.A bumper crowd is expected for the tie that kicks off at 3:30pm on Sunday June 3 and tickets are now on sale.2018 Members can take advantage of discounted prices for the mouth-watering match whilst all 2018 Junior Members can also attend the game for FREE but they must pick up a voucher.Prices: AreaMembersNon-MembersWest Terrace, Family Stands, North & South Stands BronzeAdult£18£21OAP & Young Adult£13£15JuniorFREE£8Youth£10£12North & South Stands SilverAdult£20£23OAP & Young Adult£14£16JuniorFREE£10Youth£12£14North & South Stands GoldAdult£22£25OAP & Young Adult£15£17JuniorFREE£10Youth£12£14OAPs are 65 and over, Young Adults are 19-21 and a Youth ticket is for 17 to 18-year-olds.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, via 01744 455 052 and online.last_img read more

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New and used suitcases wanted for local children in foster care

first_imgPainting with a Twist in Wilmington (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington location of Paint with a Twist is trying to make sure children in the foster care system have a good way to carry their clothes.From now until March 22, it will be taking donations of new and used suitcases for the almost 500 children currently in foster care in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – This isn’t their first time helping the community.Painting with a Twist has raised more than $10,000 for the Wilmington community in less than three years.Drop off your new or gently used suitcases at any of these locations:Related Article: Wilmington man killed after being run over by trash truck-Lowe’s Foods            -North College            -South College            -Monkey Junction            -Pine Grove-Painting with a Twist, 5732 Oleander Drive, Unit B-We will be open for donations throughout our office hours (2-6pm Tuesday, Thursday and    Friday) and during any open event times in the evenings. Please call if you have  a special  drop off and Samantha will be sure to be there!-Ogden Tap Roomlast_img read more

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Humpday Health Try out a juice cleanse for health benefits

first_imgA customer picks up a bottle of juice at Clean Juice in Wilmington (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Juice up! Cleansing the body with organic fruit and vegetable juices has been popular for a few years now and you can get involved at Clean Juice in Wilmington.“All of our cleanses are made with our cold press,” Clean Juice general manager Katie Clark said. “All organic, no preservatives, no pesticides, we don’t pasteurize, so it’s really easy for your body to digest all of that nutrients and it’s absorbed right into your bloodstream so it can really just flood your body with all that good.”- Advertisement – Clark says the cleanses give the body a rest and reset, a sort of detox. There are many different options to choose from.“You can do a one day cleanse, a two day cleanse, all the way up to five days or as many as you’d like,” Clark said. “Each day looks the same and you’ll have six 16 ounce organic juices and then you just drink a ton of water in between and they’re all different flavors and they’re so, so good.”Clark says her customers have reported many different health benefits.Related Article: FDA approves 1st immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer“Weight loss is something that we have a lot of people come back and say that they’ve experienced,” Clark said. “We have a lot of people that leave cleanses just really craving those fruits and vegetables that they flooded their body with throughout the days. There’s just so many benefits.”Clark recommends you reserve a cleanse in advance so the shop will have your juice ready when you come in.last_img read more

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New partnership with UNCW transforms DC Virgo

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After years of struggling, a school in Wilmington is getting a big upgrade thanks to UNCW. Not only that, it’s also the first of its kind in the state. At DC Virgo Preparatory School in Wilmington, a new school year is also a new start for the school and students.“It’s an exciting blend of what DC Virgo was and new and incredible possibilities for the future,” UNCW associate dean Donyell Roseboro said.- Advertisement – UNCW formed a partnership with the year-round school, transforming it into a K-8 lab school.“This is a school where we can combine the research based best practices for education with the practice of teaching so that those are always seamless and not necessarily ever disconnected,” Roseboro said.This now opens a new door of possibilities for the school, which was failing in previous years, possibilities some students could not even imagine.Related Article: Fayetteville VA inland sites open; coastal sites closed“It means a lot to me and it means a lot to my fellow classmates because it’s basically the stuff we want to learn basically last year, we have to wait,” seventh grader Jasire Chaney said.The partnership with UNCW will allow more opportunities in community engagement, performing arts, and science technology, engineering and math, or stem.“What we hope and believe sincerely is that college becomes a norm for our kids, for our young people, that they understand that this is aspirational but it is also doable, it is possible, and we expect it of you,” Roseboro said.This makes college more of a reality for these kids.“I thought about going to UNCW when I’m older. But you never know cause I have a long way till college,” Chaney said.So far, more than 250 students are enrolled at the school and many of them are returning students. UNCW students will also have opportunities to work alongside Virgo faculty through college courses.last_img read more

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Watch We have respected the courts decision New members of the judiciary

first_img Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb Swearing inNewly appointed President George Vella told those present that it is an honor for him to preside over the swearing in of new members of the judiciary. He congratulated those appointed. Referring to the Venice Commission report, Vella said that at the moment there is a lot of discussion on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. He noted how the Venice Commission noted the establishing of the Committee for the Administration was a step in the right direction, however more needs to be done, with the Commission making its recommendations to the government. President Vella encouraged the Government to implement the recommendations made, saying that in people’s eyes, the appointments will be based on merit.The newly appointed members of the judiciary thanked their respective families for their support.Newly sworn in Magistrate Bridget Sultana thanked her family for the support she received throughout her years and said she looks forward to the challenges ahead. Magistrate Victor Axiak, son of ERA chairman Victor Axiak, spoke of the political injustices suffered, as he thanked his family for their support. Magistrate Nadine Lia said that since she was a child she looked forward to a career in the legal field. Judge Aaron Bugeja described his promotion as a starting point saying it is not an arrival but the continuation of his legal career. Judge Joanne Vella Cuschieri spoke of personal insults and lies leveled at members of the judiciary. Further Vella Cuschieri said that some have even suffered from acts of vandalism against their property. In a lengthier speech, Judge Francesco Depasquale wished President George Vella well for his appointment, as well as thanked the Prime Minister for the trust shown in the judiciary. He commended the government for increasing the pensions and pay of the judiciary. Turning to the Justice Minister, Judge Depasquale spoke of case management and urged for the introduction of sentencing in absentia.Video – Miguela XuerebWhatsApp Miguela Xuereb Updated with the Opposition’s reactionPrime Minister Joseph Muscat said that as a Government they have always respected the decisions that the court has taken. Speaking after the swearing in of six new members of the judiciary, Muscat flanked by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici was replying to questions by the press on Thursday afternoon.READ: Half of new judicial appointments are femaleReferring to the judicial protest and application filed by civil society NGO Repubblika, the Prime Minister said that the first judicial protest which had been filed by the NGO on 12 April asking the court to demand that the government freezes appointments to, and promotions in, the judiciary until measures to ensure judicial independence are properly introduced. On Thursday morning, the NGO filed another application in the First Hall of the Civil Court asking it to order the government not to appoint new judges and magistrates until a new system is introduced. This was subsequently rejected by the court, this means that the Court will start hearing the case on Monday at 9.15am.Prime Minister Joseph told the press that they have waited and respected for the court to decide before forging ahead with the new appointments saying that they have always respected the court’s decisions.‘Stopping judicial appointments does not strengthen the rule of law’ – Justice MinisterJustice Minister Owen Bonnici told the press that what happened on Thursday was due to ‘some people’s agenda’ describing the attitude as ‘negative and destructive’ which leads to regression. Bonnici said that by trying to stop the judicial appointments from happening, one does not strengthen the rule of law. The Justice Minister explained that the rule of law is strengthened through discussions which would lead to bettering the system.He then appealed to those who ‘their agenda is to obstruct rather than improve the situation’ to change their agenda saying that such attitude would not improve the justice system but rather lead to a regression. Bonnici stressed that the government does not agree with those who use ‘a negative and destructive attitude’ which leads to regression rather than progression. He concluded by saying that he believes that the citizens deserve a justice system which is efficient and requires people who fulfill their duties.“The Government keeps ignoring the recommendations made by the Venice Commission on judicial appointments’ – OppositionThe Opposition in a statement on Thursday stated that the “Socialist” Government chose to forge ahead with the judicial appointments without consulting with the Opposition on the matter and without having implemented the ‘much needed reforms’ as recommended by the Venice Commission.Referring to the Venice Commission report, the Opposition said that the Commission made it clear that the system by which judicial appointments are made needs to change. Partit Nazzjonalista remarked that the Government instead chose to continue with the appointments.Partit Nazzjonalista said that the Opposition will not give its consent to ‘fictitious reforms’ that will only serve to concentrate power in the hands of the government. It also referred to its parliamentary mission proposing the setting up of a parliamentary committee that would study the reports prepared by GRECO and the Venice commission and would prepare a draft on how the government should go about the implementation of the recommendations contained in the reports.The statement was signed by the Opposition Leader and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia.‘The Government is determined to pay lip service to the Venice Commission’ – RepubblikaRule of law NGO Repubblika in a reaction to the swearing in on Thursday, observed that the event was organised hurriedly and described it as the result of a panicked reaction to the risk of a Court which might halt the Government’s “explicit intention of stuffing the judiciary with members of its choice”.The NGO referred to the comments made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Justice Minister Owen Bonnici to the media, saying that the Court found it was not necessary to halt the ceremony since it would have the power to declare the appointments null and order their reversal if it finds at the end of the urgent hearing of the case that they should have never happened.Repubblika further argued that the ‘hurried appointments amount to effective contempt to the course of justice. The rule of law NGO remarked that the “Government is determined to pay lip service to the Venice Commission recommendations on democratic reforms and to act in a way that continues to crush the independence of the judiciary”.Opposition MP and lawyer Jason Azzopardi who signed the application along with former Opposition leader and MP Simon Busuttil in a Facebook post said that in a “normal country the Government would not attack the lawyers who sign court applications on behalf of their clients”.The Venice Commission reportThe Venice Commission in its report had observed that the Prime Minister should not have the power to influence the appointment of the judiciary, saying that such power would potentially open the door to political influence which is not compatible with modern notions of independence of the judiciary. The Venice Commission further noted that the amendments which had been introduced in 2016 were a step in the right direction but full short of ensuring full judicial independence. In its report the Venice Commission remarked that further steps are required to ensure that the selection of judges and magistrates be made upon merit and any undue political influence should be excluded.READ: Malta faces “prevailing ‘law of Omertà’” – Venice CommissionREAD: Watch: ‘This Government will implement proposals en masse’ – MuscatREAD: Venice Commission suggests creation of independent prosecutorREAD: Venice Commission calls for revision of constitutional rolesREAD: “Perfect laws in the hands of crooks” – Vanni Bonello SharePrintcenter_img Miguela Xuereb Miguela Xuereb 1 of 9 Miguela Xuereb <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Miguela Xuereblast_img read more

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Liam Debono sentence has been postponed father did not take to the

first_imgOn Wednesday, evidence against Liam Debono was concluded in court. His father chose not to give witness but decided to sit in court to follow procedures. Liam Debono is standing once again in front of the law after he has been caught driving a car without a license by the Police in May. He was remanded in custody as he had breached his probation. Liam Debono under arrest after being caught drivingThe accused is still pending procedure against him in the case of the attempted murder of then Police Officer Simon Schembri in 2018. More charges for youth who mowed down policemanTaking to the stand today, were a number of police officials from the Rapid Intervention Unit, Jason Żammit who was in the car with Debono on the day of the arrest, and Żammit’s daughter. Prosecution was led by Inspectors Fabian Fleri and Pierguido Saliba. Victor Bugeja was legal aid for the accused. Magistrate Joe Mifsud set the sentencing on the case for the 21st of June. For a full report in Maltese click here. SharePrint WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Ugandan Developer Awarded Microsofts MVP for the 4th Consecutive Year

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The worlds first mobileonly government bond is set to launch in Kenya

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Conservative Texas Republicans most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (May 15, 2012) – Conservative Texas Republicans are most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach, according to a new study from researchers at Rice and the Universidad de Monterrey.The study, “The Use of Electronic Technology and Legislative Representation in the Mexican and U.S. States: Nuevo León and Texas,” examines how the advent of new electronic media has provided legislative representatives with a plethora of potential tools with which to strengthen their connection with their constituents. The research also examines the forms of electronic technology — websites, email and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter — used by members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Nuevo León Legislature.The researchers evaluated the extent and nature of the use of these technologies across the two legislative bodies as well as within each legislature. They found few differences in social media use between Democrats and Republicans; however, the study did reveal that within the GOP, the more conservative wing of the party uses social networks more frequently than the more moderate party establishment.“Electronic technology, ranging from websites to social networks, plays an increasingly important role in politics today, particularly in election campaigns,” said Mark Jones, Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “And for nonestablishment candidates with limited financial resources, it’s a great way to expand and mobilize their base of support inexpensively. We’ve seen this pattern on the national level with candidates like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul, and our research shows that similar things are happening here in Texas.”While the study found that more conservative Republicans are more likely to be active on social networks than their moderate brethren, no differences were found in usage between liberal and conservative Democrats. The study also found that younger representatives are more likely to use social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to reach out to their constituents and supporters than are older representatives.“Electronic technology offers representatives a plethora of tools with which to inform and interact with their constituents and improve the degree and quality of legislative representation,” Jones said.The paper was written for the Puentes Consortium sponsored conference held at Rice last month.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2012/05/15/conservative-texas-republicans-most-likely-to-use-electronic-technology-in-voter-outreach-according-to-new-rice-study/.For more information or to schedule an interview with Jones, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.Related materials:The Use of Electronic Technology and Legislative Representation in the Mexican and U.S. States: Nuevo León and Texas: http://www.puentesconsortium.org/papers/use-electronic-technology-and-legislative-representation-mexican-and-us-states-nuevo-león-andMark Jones bio: http://politicalscience.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=103Located 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.last_img read more

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Mexican energy reform will allow country to reduce dependence on fertilizer and

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMexican energy reform will allow country to reduce dependence on fertilizer and imports of staple foods, Baker Institute saysDuhalt: Increasing natural gas supply and transport infrastructure will contribute to gains in ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer  HOUSTON – (Jan. 6, 2015) – After decades of underinvestment, Mexico’s natural gas pipeline network faces severe limitations in capacity and geographical coverage; consequently, the country is facing limitations in meeting domestic demand and dependency on imports of both nitrogen fertilizers and staple foods, according to a new policy paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s energy reform and regulatory changes that give incentives to policies to increase production of ammonia and urea could help change that, according to Adrian Duhalt, a nonresident scholar in the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute. He shares his perspective in a policy paper titled “Natural Gas Supply and Production of Ammonia and Urea in Mexico: Structural Setbacks and Policy Implications.”Duhalt, who is also an associate professor at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla, is available to comment on these and other developments related to Mexican energy reform.“The production activities of several important industrial sectors in Mexico depend on an inadequate supply of natural gas,” Duhalt said. “To correct this, the government has launched an aggressive program to upgrade natural gas transport capabilities. However, Mexico is likely to see stronger consumer demand in the years to come. The country possesses important natural gas reserves that it does not have the capital to exploit. The recent energy reform in Mexico aims to correct this shortcoming by attracting foreign investment in the natural gas sector.”Duhalt said the government’s recent natural gas-related infrastructure program and energy reform are designed in part to help decrease the country’s reliance on imports of fertilizers (urea) and basic food staples, which stand at approximately 70 percent and 43 percent of domestic consumption, respectively.“Increasing natural gas production and infrastructure will contribute to gains in ammonia and nitrogen fertilizer production, which would in turn have a positive impact on Mexico’s agro-industry,” Duhalt said.For more information or to interview Duhalt, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Duhalt biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/adrian-duhalt.Baker Institute Mexico Center: http://bakerinstitute.org/mexico-center.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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French ambassador to US to speak at Rices Baker Institute April 22

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775French ambassador to US to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 22 HOUSTON – (April 13, 2015) – Gérard Araud, French ambassador to the United States, will engage in a wide-ranging discussion on global affairs, including terrorism, climate change and recent developments in the Middle East, with Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, at Rice April 22.Co-hosted by the Baker Institute and the French Consulate General in Houston, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Gérard Araud, French ambassador to the U.S., and Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice’s Baker Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria.What: “An Ambassadorial Conversation on Global Affairs.”When: 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22. Breakfast will be served at 8:30; the presentation begins at 9.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Araud was appointed ambassador of France to the U.S. in September 2014. A career diplomat, he previously held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, including director for strategic affairs, security and disarmament (2000-2003); ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006); director general for political affairs and security (2006-2009); and permanent representative of France to the United Nations (2009-2014).Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service for eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton (1962-1994). Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel (1993-1994), he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations (1991-1993). He was the U.S. ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic (1988-1991). He also served as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the White House (1985-1986). After his retirement from government service in 1994, Djerejian became the founding director of the Baker Institute.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/register/1708/?submit=RSVP. A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/videos.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.Members of the news media who want to attend must RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow the French Embassy in the U.S. via Twitter @FranceInTheUs.Follow the French Consulate General in Houston via Twitter @FranceInTexas.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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Friday News Notes The Trump Effect Career Bumps And Early Careers

first_img RelatedTrump vs. Clinton: What It Means to Business School StudentsIt may be U.S. citizens headed to the polls today, but another group is watching the outcome of the presidential election pitting Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton with much more than simply passing interest. Prospective international students thinking of studying in the United States could be significantly impacted by today’s…November 8, 2016In “Featured Home”Friday News – Vanderbilt Receives STEM Designation, Michigan Ross Honored by AACSB, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including the new Vanderbilt STEM designation at the university’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Vanderbilt MBA Finance Concentration Receives STEM Certification – News & Events The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University has announced that,…May 31, 2019In “Atlanta”The Best Boston Global MBA ProgramsBoston may be a well-known hub for education in the U.S., but it’s also a center for global business studies. Global MBA programs are similar to executive MBA model, which usually meet on weekends and cater to students who are mid-career professionals, but focus on conducting business in international settings. A…February 6, 2017In “Featured Home” 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 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 The “Trump Effect” Is Turning Away Business School Students | BloombergBusinessWeekBloombergBusinessWeek writer Nick Leiber has found a slow but noticeable trend among incoming international business school students that does not bode well. Leiber cites a Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) survey from March that found nearly 40 percent of prospective international MBA students “were less likely to pursue a graduate management degree in America as a result of the 2016 election.”Tim Mescon, a vice president at AACSB International, a B-school accrediting group, attributes it to the ‘Trump effect.’ With increasing concern over the president’s travel ban, anti-immigration rhetoric, and proposals to tighten visa rules, ‘students and their families begin to look for alternatives,’ he says. ‘This is a very dangerous scenario for higher education in the U.S.’Business Schools Help Alumni Over Career Bumps | Financial TimesWith uncertain degrees of work and industry volatility, employees need foundational assistance. That remains true for working class blue collar employees as well as high-level MBA graduates. A new piece from Financial Times writer Miranda Green looks at a handful of primary examples; from those that lost finance jobs during the Great Recession ten years ago, to those who are simply casualties of corporate restructuring. There is no complete safety net, but with a strong alumni network, there is a greater sense of security.10 MBA Programs With Early-Career Students | U.S. News & World ReportNew findings from a recently released “U.S. News Short List” revealed the ten business schools in the United States that had the lowest average work experience for its incoming classes. Topping the list was the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University in Tennessee, which sported a confounding 0 percent in the survey (which included 126 total business schools). How that is actually possible is a bit of a mystery, considering it was the only school in the country to have no students with professional work experience.Following in second place was the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky and in third was the George Mason University School of Business.Stanford Seed Program Builds on African Success, Expands to India | Clear AdmitThe Stanford GSB Seed has been a foundational resource for many up-and-coming business enterprises, both domestic and international. A new piece from Clear Admit takes a look at the life of Nigeria-born Femi Oye and how the Seed program has helped him cultivate and invest in his business, providing environmentally-friendly biofuel stoves throughout Africa.Building on its success in Africa, Stanford yesterday announced that Seed is now expanding to India. ‘The impact of Seed in West and East Africa has been astounding, with nearly two-thirds of participants reporting increased revenue and job creation,’ Stanford GSB Professor and Seed Executive Director Jesper Sørensen said in a statement. ‘We are five years into our journey, and just getting started. We believe—and have seen first-hand—that this unique model can help some of the most dynamic business leaders in these regions drive the kinds of firm growth that underlies sustainable regional prosperity. We are very eager to see its impact in India.’Is The Gig Economy Working? | The New YorkerIn the mid-May issue of The New Yorker, reporter Nathan Heller takes an incredibly detailed dive into the work of the ever-evolving gig economy—a phrase that may also be known as the the sharing, on-demand, or platform economy.” In his journey he speaks with those that have cultivated their careers and side-gigs around familiar service apps like AirBnB and TaskRabbit. Heller’s stories are that of people who find profound joy from their new, personal work environments, but places an unsettled dread of uncertainty towards where the new economy could end up.The American workplace is both a seat of national identity and a site of chronic upheaval and shame. The industry that drove America’s rise in the nineteenth century was often inhumane. The twentieth-century corrective—a corporate workplace of rules, hierarchies, collective bargaining, triplicate forms—brought its own unfairnesses. Gigging reflects the endlessly personalizable values of our own era, but its social effects, untried by time, remain uncertain. Friday News & Notes: The Trump Effect, Career Bumps And Early Careers Good morning and happy Friday!Here are a few stories you may have missed from the week that was … Last Updated May 12, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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Texas School District Approves Paddling to Punish Students

first_img Show Discussion An English teacher in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Texas School District Approves Paddling to Punish Students By NTD Television July 23, 2017 Updated: July 23, 2017 US Share this articlecenter_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   School officials from a Texas district have approved a controversial way to discipline misbehaving students—paddling. The policy will allow for paddles, most likely made out of wood, to administer corporal punishment when a student misbehaves at school, USA Today reported. The board of trustees from the Three Rivers Independent School in Southern Texas approved the new policy on July 18. Corporal punishment is defined as the “deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as a means of discipline,” according to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA).  Board Trustees voted unanimously 6-0 in favor of the motion—one member was absent. The policy states that the disciplinary measures can only be used by a campus behavior coordinator or principal, USA Today reports. Parents will be able to decide whether to opt in or out of the new policy upon registering their children for the next school year. “If the parent is not comfortable with it, that’s the end of the discussion,” the school district’s superintendent Mary Springs told the Caller-Times.Texas is one of 15 U.S. states where corporal punishment is legal, and eight other states have no law prohibiting it.The new policy at the Three Rivers Independent School District is set to begin at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. In November, former education secretary John B. King Jr sent a letter to state leaders urging a ban on the use of corporal punishment in schools. King argued that the practice is linked to harmful short-term and long-term effects for students, USA today reported. Kings letter cited a study concluding that students who received physical punishment at school showed an increase in aggressive and defiant behavior in the short-term. In the long term, however, students were more likely to grapple with substance abuse and mental health issues, including depression, personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress. From NTD Television Sharelast_img read more

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Hurricane Jose Is Category 1 Continues to Weaken

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Hurricane Jose is continuing to weaken as it takes a clockwise loop in the Atlantic Ocean.According to the National Hurricane Center in an update at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, Jose is a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds. It was once a Category 4.It’s now “[turning] eastward,” the NHC said, adding that it is “[weakening] a little.”It’s possible that Jose could become a tropical storm by the day’s end.(NHC / NOAA) (NHC / NOAA)(NHC / NOAA) (NHC / NOAA) Currently, the storm is located 450 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island, and 645 miles north-northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico.There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for Jose, the center said.Irma updateHurricane Irma—now a tropical depression—slammed Florida and other parts of the southern United States.Florida allowed some residents to return on Tuesday to areas hammered by Hurricane Irma’s high winds and storm surge, it was the second major hurricane to hit the United States this year, Reuters reported.Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times) Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times)Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times) Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times)Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times) Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times)Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times) Downtown Miami on Sept. 11, 2017, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (The Epoch Times)Irma, which had rampaged through the Caribbean as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday. It will likely dissipate from Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.At its peak the storm prompted evacuation orders for 6.5 million people in Florida, the largest evacuation in modern U.S. history.Irma killed nearly 40 people in the Caribbean and more than a dozen in Florida and Georgia.Reuters contributed to this report. US Share this articlecenter_img Hurricane Jose Is Category 1, Continues to Weaken By Jack Phillips September 12, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 Show Discussion The 5 a.m. Tuesday NHC update for Hurricane Jose (NHC / NOAA) last_img read more

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Brother of Florida School Shooting Suspect Held on 500000 Bail

first_img Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A Florida judge ordered the brother of suspected high school shooter Nikolas Cruz to be held on $500,000 bail for a trespassing charge after prosecutors on Tuesday said he had visited the campus three times since the Feb. 14 massacre.Zachary Cruz, 18, told deputies he went to the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, to “reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in,” according to the arrest report.Also on Tuesday, the local sheriff’s department asked that a judge invoke part of a new Florida gun law passed earlier this month in reaction to the mass shootings to keep Zachary Cruz from having a firearm.The Broward Sheriff’s Office said it is using the “red flag” or “risk assessment” portion of the measure signed into law March 9.If granted, it would place a protection order on Zachary Cruz that would prohibit him from possessing or buying a firearm for a term determined by the court.During Cruz’s court appearance on Tuesday for trespassing, a Broward County prosecutor said school officials had told him to stay away from the campus, where his brother killed 17 people last month. “Weeks after his brother murdered, injured and terrorized the school, he is there with no legitimate purpose,” Assistant State Attorney Sarahnell Murphy said of Zachary Cruz. Rocxanne Deschamps, who took in accused Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, speaks during a news conference with her attorney Gloria Allred, in New York on Mar.20, 2018. (REUTERS) Brendan McDermidMurphy said Cruz currently lived with a guardian in a nearby county but gave a false address to police.The brothers lived with a Florida neighbor, Rocxanne Deschamps, after their mother’s death in November.At a news conference in New York City on Tuesday, Deschamps told of her attempts to warn police that Nikolas Cruz had a history of violence and had purchased a gun. She said she called 911 three times to tell police he had punched holes in her wall and may have been planning to bury a gun in the backyard.“I was very concerned that the gun which he had purchased might be brought into my house or that he might get the gun and use is to harm himself and others,” Deschamps read from a prepared statement.“Law enforcement said nothing could be done,” she said, wiping away tears.She said she begged Nikolas to see a doctor because “he was very depressed” after his mother’s death, but he refused to take medication.In the Florida courtroom, Murphy said Zachary Cruz had visited his brother in jail, “where he has been heard and observed discussing how popular his brother is now.”A defense lawyer for Zachary Cruz said he was not dangerous.“He is being held because of who he is related to, not because of what he did,” attorney Joseph Kimok said.Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered Cruz to be fitted with an ankle monitor should he post bail and told him to stay at least a mile away from the high school in Parkland.She instructed him not to have any contact with his brother or anyone at the school.The Broward Sheriff’s Office, which was criticized for its performance in the school shooting, on Tuesday detailed recent incidents at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including the arrest of a 10th-grader on a misdemeanor charge of posting threatening images on social media. The unnamed student posted on Snapchat a photo of a gun in his waistband and another image of bullets, officials said.Two other students were arrested for bringing knives in separate incidents to the school, the sheriff’s office said.The sheriff’s office also said it was suspending with pay a deputy found asleep in a patrol car shortly after Zachary Cruz was arrested on Monday.Recommended Video: Accused Florida Shooter’s Neighbors Sensed Something Amiss with Cruz from a Young Age US News Show Discussion Brother of Florida School Shooting Suspect Held on $500,000 Bail By Reuters March 21, 2018 Updated: March 21, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Zachary Cruz, brother of suspected Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, in Parkland, Florida on Mar.19, 2018. Broward County Sheriff’s Office (REUTERS) Share this articlelast_img read more

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IKEA Recalling 16700 ChineseMade Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die

first_img Share this article Swedish furniture giant IKEA said it is recalling 16,700 pet water dispensers sold in the United States after two dogs died.IKEA said on July 11 that it “received two reports worldwide, concerning tragic accidents where the pet has suffocated after getting their head stuck in the water dispenser.”The $7.99 LURVIG water dispenser, which was made in China, was sold in U.S. stores between October 2017 and June 2018. IKEA is recalling 16,700 LURVIG pet water dispensers sold in the United States after two dogs reportedly died. (IKEA)In a press release, IKEA stated that it has the article number “303.775.72,” and the item is specifically called the LURVIG Water Dispenser for Pets, which includes a black plastic base with two water wells. The article number is printed on a sticker at the bottom of the bowl.The release states IKEA received “two (2) worldwide reports of dogs suffocating.” The chain is calling on consumers to stop using the dispenser and return it to an IKEA store for a refund.“We are saddened by the events that resulted in two dogs suffocating. We know that pets are important and loved family members for many of our customers,” Petra Axdorff, who is the business area manager at IKEA of Sweden, said in a statement to the South China Morning Post. “At Ikea, safety always comes first and that is why we have decided to recall the Lurvig water dispenser.” Watch Next:Why is Falun Gong Persecuted in China?Although it’s freely practiced in over 70 countries, doing this in China can lead to unlawful arrest, imprisonment, torture, or even death. Share US News  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Show Discussion IKEA Recalling 16,700 Chinese-Made Pet Water Dispensers After 2 Dogs Die By Jack Phillips July 16, 2018 Updated: July 16, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Ikea store in France. The swedish furniture retailer has been awash in recalls. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

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Floridas Voters Feel Brunt of Hurricane in Upcoming Election

first_imgVoters wait in line to cast their ballots in Riviera Beach, Florida on Nov. 2, 2004. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) PORT ST. JOE, Fla.—Two days after Katherine Shimonis returned to her home in the Florida Panhandle to find it destroyed by Hurricane Michael, she went to her local post office, which was empty and without power, and shouldered her way through the front door.To her shock, the 69-year-old retired teacher found her mail-in absentee ballot sitting in her post office box in the town of Port St. Joe.“It was like gold to me; it really was,” said Shimonis, who like many in storm-ravaged northwest Florida worried she might miss out on a chance to vote in November’s congressional and gubernatorial elections.With much of the region still working to secure basic services like electricity, passable roads, and phone service after one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, election officials in the Panhandle are scrambling to ensure tens of thousands of people are able to vote.The concern is not just local. In Florida, the ballot includes one of the country’s most closely watched races for the U.S. Senate, pitting Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson against Republican Governor Rick Scott. Opinion polls show the contest is essentially tied.The race to succeed Scott, who is prevented by law from seeking a third term as governor, is also drawing intense national interest. Republican former U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis is facing off against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat seeking to become the state’s first black governor, in another close contest. While it has a relatively sparse population, the Panhandle is one of Florida’s most reliably Republican areas, and lower voter turnout in the area could hurt both Scott and DeSantis.There are nearly half a million registered voters in the 12 counties eligible for federal emergency aid after Michael. All but two of those counties were carried easily by Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.“It’s certainly going to impact the turnout a little bit,” said Brad Coker, managing director of Jacksonville, Florida-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy. “Who knows, it might be the difference.”In some affected Florida counties, regular polling sites housed in schools and community centers were severely damaged or destroyed after Michael smashed ashore on Oct. 10.Residents who planned on voting by mail may have seen their ballots washed away by the storm; others have left the state and cannot receive absentee ballots by mail.Many voters in the area said they were focused on recovery, not politics.“I haven’t even thought about it that much,” said Kenneth Williams, 58, a retired U.S. Air Force mechanic, who was at a Red Cross shelter in Honeyville, Florida.Williams, who said he would like to vote for DeSantis but had not made a decision in the Senate race, said he still had to register his changed residency after moving recently and was not sure whether he could do so in time for the election.At stake in the Nov. 6 election is control of Congress. Democrats need a net gain of two seats to take control of the 100-seat Senate, but they are defending 26 seats, including 10 in states like Florida where Trump won in 2016. They have a better shot at winning the House of Representatives, where they need a net gain of 23 seats to take the majority.Expanding Voting AccessFlorida officials have taken steps to expand voting access to people hit by the storm but face difficulties in communicating changes, since many people have no power and no ability to receive mail.Scott issued an executive order on Oct. 18 permitting election officials in affected counties to extend early voting days, designate additional voting locations and make it easier for displaced voters to obtain vote-by-mail ballots.Early voting starts as soon as Oct. 22 in some counties.In badly hit Gulf County, John Hanlon, the elections supervisor, said had set up two voting “super centers” that will open on Oct. 27 and remain open through Election Day, replacing polling sites too damaged to be used.“Every voter in my county is going to have an opportunity to vote if I have anything to say about it,” he said.In neighboring Bay County, with 120,000 registered voters, officials will open five “mega-voting sites” for 12 hours a day starting Oct. 27 through Election Day, in lieu of regular polling sites, said Mark Andersen, the county’s supervisor of elections.“We won’t fail,” said Andersen during a phone interview, while his driver asked police to allow them through a blockade to deliver 400 vote-by-mail ballots to the county’s only operating post office.Karla McGhee, 55, a nurse from Panama City in Bay County, said the election was hardly a priority for her since the storm.“I think that’s the last thing on our minds at the moment,” said McGhee, who was at a site that was providing free hot food to storm victims in Blountstown. McGhee, who voted for Trump, said she had not yet decided how to vote in November.By Terray Sylvester Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News center_img Florida’s Voters Feel Brunt of Hurricane in Upcoming Election By Reuters October 18, 2018 Updated: October 18, 2018 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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