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first_imgThe new minister for disabled people is facing criticism over her voting record on disability issues from a user-led organisation that provides support in her own constituency.The Cornish MP Sarah Newton was appointed as the new minister late last week as a replacement for Penny Mordaunt, who has been promoted to international development secretary.Newton was previously director of Age Concern England, founder and first director of the International Longevity Centre, and worked in marketing for the hotel group IBIS, the international bank Citibank and credit card giant American Express.Her website says she has focused as an MP on “speaking up for Cornwall’s public services”, and that she has “campaigned tirelessly for local people feeling the pinch as result of the 2008 financial crash, with a focus on helping the poorest”.In parliament, the website says, she has “carried forward her passion for helping the most vulnerable in our society, and those who look after them”, including through her former role as vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for social care.Before last week’s appointment, she was a junior Home Office minister.But Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth since 2010, is now facing criticism from disAbility Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (DCIS), a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) that provides support for disabled people in her constituency.The DPO, which said it had corresponded with Newton on issues such as social security reform over several years, congratulated her on her appointment but pointed out that her voting record “does not necessarily reflect well as an ambassador for people affected by illness or disability, or people who may be more reliant on state support”.Despite her “focus on helping the poorest” in her constituency, her Commons voting record shows Newton consistently voted with her government as it has introduced sweeping cuts to social security since 2010.DCIS said that this voting record showed she had voted against paying higher benefits to disabled people; in favour of the bedroom tax; and in favour of reducing social security spending.In a statement, disAbility Cornwall said it would welcome the opportunity to work more closely with the new minister, and “show her the true impact government policy is having on disabled people, who have been hit by a plethora of welfare reforms, cuts to services, and forced into low skill, low pay inaccessible work, and unaffordable housing stock and public transport”.The statement added: “Disabled people are not just disadvantaged by their impairment, but by the environment and housing they live in, the education and transportation from which they are excluded, the limitations in shopping for food and the additional costs of heating, laundry – those additional costs that disabled people face due to their impairments.“We should all be mindful it has now been 22 years since disability legislation first came in, and yet life has become much worse for disabled people, with real gains made by the independent living movement now directly threatened and undermined.”In the first days since her appointment, Newton has already shown that she will mirror her predecessors in hugely controversial areas such as defending cuts to disability benefits.And she has also shown that she is ready to follow Mordaunt in misleading fellow MPs.Answering questions in the Commons on her ministerial brief on Monday (pictured), just four days after her appointment, she was asked by SNP’s Deidre Brock about the government’s decision to cut weekly payments to new employment and support allowance claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) by nearly £30 a week, a measure that was introduced in April by the government.She replied: “There are no cuts for people on those benefits. Let me be absolutely clear about that.”What she should have said was that – as she had told another MP earlier – the cuts would only apply to new claimants and not those already claiming ESA in the WRAG.Newton also repeated Mordaunt’s claim that the UK was “a global leader in disability rights”, despite the humiliation of her government being found by the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to be responsible for causing a “human catastrophe” to disabled people as a result of its cuts to social security and other support.But in one area, Newton’s appointment may please the disabled people’s movement.In contrast to Mordaunt, who was a keen advocate of legalising assisted suicide, Newton is an opponent of a change in the law, a position that is likely to reassure many disabled activists and disabled people’s organisations.Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national network of disabled people and service-users, was another to criticise the minister’s past voting record.He said her appointment was “an interesting statement on the complex nature of modern politics and politicians”.He said: “She has consistently voted for the bedroom tax, against raising welfare benefits and for reduced welfare benefits spending.“Hardly sounds like someone with an understanding of disabled people, yet she was formerly Director of Age Concern England and has shown a longstanding interest in ageing.”But he said he doubted if she would remain in post for long.She has now become the seventh minister for disabled people to be appointed since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition took power in 2010, following Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper, Justin Tomlinson and Penny Mordaunt.Beresford said: “I doubt Ms Newton, who began as a banker, will have much to contribute to disabled people except more out-of-touch grief.”The new minister declined to respond to questions from Disability News Service about her new role.last_img read more

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first_imgSean Long looks back at the loss to Widnes and previews the Leigh game whilst Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival both talk about their England call ups.It’s easy to listen to our podcasts – they are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes.Tickets for Friday’s game with leigh, which kicks off at 8pm, are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here. Audio Playerhttps://www.saintsrlfc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Podcast.2017-04-27.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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first_imgHere are the first three.1. Evan Bullen – Prop Forward from Halton Farnworth HornetsHe is sponsored by Optiva.Previous Number 1s: 2004 – Ste Bannister (Blackbrook) 2006 – Tom Armstrong (Pilkington Recs) 2009 – Nathan Ashe (family relocated from NZ) 2011 – Brad Ashurst (Portico Vine) 2013 – Daniel Abram (Bold Miners) 2015 – Brad Billsborough (Newton Storm)2. Sean Croston – Centre from Newton StormHe is sponsored by Eco Boilers, Bury Broncos, West Houghton Barbers and North West Roofing Supplies.Previous Number 2s: 2004 – Liam Bland (Waterhead) 2006 – Karl Ashall (Leigh East) 2009 – Marcus Baines (Burtonwood and Blackbrook) 2011 – Chris Carr (Chorley Panthers) 2013 – Phil Atherton (Orrell St James) 2015 – Cameron Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)3. Matthew Foster – Second Row from Blackbrook RoyalsHe is sponsored by Ash Tree Care, Galaxy Blinds, I Secure NW Limited, Legh Vale Primary School, TLS Management Solutions and Fujitsu.Previous Number 3s: 2004 – Marty Bradshaw (Blackbrook Royals) 2006 – Matty Ashurst (Chorley Panthers) 2009 – Adam Barber (Bold Miners) 2011 – Lewis Charnock (Rylands) 2013 – Ricky Bailey (Shevington Sharks) 2015 – Kevin Brown (Thatto Heath Crusaders)last_img read more

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first_imgHis charges beat Sheffield Eagles 64-6 with new signing James Bentley grabbing a hat-trick.“I was very happy with the performance and impressed with everyone who played,” he said. “For our first friendly of the year it went well and was a really good hit out.“There were some really good signs out there. A few times we fell at the last pass but the boys showed some crisp hands on a lot of the plays which was good to see. We obviously defended well too.”Bentley caught the eye with his hat-trick whilst the younger players didn’t look out of place either.“I thought James went well and looked dangerous,” Justin continued. “He has been training hard so it was good for him and his teammates to get a good hit out.“The junior players went well too and I was particularly impressed with Kev Brown at full back.“We’ll bring the senior boys back next week for our last hit out before round one. There’s around 12 or so that will feature in that game and we are looking forward to it.”Saints take on Leigh on Friday January 26 (8pm) with their first Betfred Super League game of the 2018 season coming a week later at home to Castleford on Friday February 2 (7:45pm).Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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first_imgRegan Grace crossed for a brace in the 26-12 victory, whilst Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Morgan Knowles also tallied tries.Saints couldn’t match the free flowing rugby of their previous two wins but did produce some quality moments for the fans.Jonny Lomax’s 10th minute try came from a Tommy Makinson chip and soon after provider became scorer as he took Danny Richardson’s crossfield kick.The Dragons got themselves back into it when Brayden Williame beat Ryan Morgan to Josh Drinkwater’s kick.But with seconds Morgan Knowles restored the advantage with a mazy run under the sticks.Saints went into the sheds 16-4 up at half time and quickly extended their lead five minutes into the second half.Fages took the line on at speed, linked up with Mark Percival and he sent Grace in for his third in two games.It was a lovely move – but all that hard work was undone as from the restart, Saints overplayed, lost the ball, and Jodie Broughton went over in the corner.Remi Casty went close on 60 minutes – and then Jon Wilkin had one chalked off for a double movement.But Saints put the game to bed with 10 to go – and it came from another flowing move on the left hand side.Grace notching his second after fine hands from Wilkin, Fages, Taia, Lomax and Percival.Richardson tagged on the conversion – his third of the night before Lewis Tierney finished off a blindside move on the right to end the scoring.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Lomax, Makinson, Knowles, Grace (2) Goals: Richardson (3 from 5)Dragons: Tries: Williame, Broughton, Tierney Goals: Drinkwater (0 from 3)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 11 Dragons: 7HT: 16-4 FT: 26-12REF: R HicksATT: 9,138Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 17. Dom Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 7. Matty Smith, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.Dragons: 31. Tony Gigot; 2. Jodie Broughton, 16. Vincent Duport, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 20. Lewis Tierney; 6. Samisoni Langi, 33. Josh Drinkwater; 8. Remi Casty, 19. Michael McIlorum, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 13. Greg Bird. Subs: 10. Sam Moa, 17. Jason Baitieri, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.last_img read more

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first_img On Saturday, the Marie Holmes Foundation & Kids Connect will be providing free school supplies and food for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.The supplies will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.The giveaway is at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.Related Article: North Carolina schools to make safety available to studentsIt runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of The Marie Holmes Foundation who hosted the Back to School Drive. (Photo: Madison Morgan/Reporter) SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County lottery winner Marie Holmes is holding another back to school giveaway this weekend. Holmes won $188 million dollars in February of 2015.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) — State officials have directed Chemours to provide bottled water to 11 homeowners near the company’s Fayetteville Works facility after the company’s preliminary test results showed GenX above state health goals in residential drinking wells.The state Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours started testing residential wells near the facility after GenX was detected in 13 industrial, non-drinking water wells on the facility’s property. Chemours is testing the private wells for GenX.- Advertisement – DEQ is testing private wells near the facility also, but in addition to testing for GenX, the state agency is also testing for two other fluorinated compounds, PFOA and PFOS. The state agency is testing for the three fluorinated compounds because they all have established health goals. The state expects its test results in the coming weeks.To date, Chemours has received preliminary test results for 32 residential wells for people living near the facility. GenX was not detected in 13 residential wells. GenX concentrations were found below the state’s provisional health goal of 140 parts per trillion for eight other residential wells.The 11 homeowners with GenX levels above the state’s provisional public health goal were supplied with bottled water and health information about GenX. Most of the 11 wells with elevated GenX levels are north of the facility.Related Article: New Hanover County first in NC to partner with DEQ for new water sampling testsThe company’s test results have not been validated. Out of an abundance of caution, the state directed the company to supply bottled water to residents after receiving word Friday of the first batch of preliminary test results, and then again on Tuesday when Chemours notified the state of another batch of preliminary results.“We want to make sure people with elevated concentrations of GenX in their wells have an immediate alternative water source,” said Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality. “Making sure people have clean drinking water is our top priority.”This week, DEQ has continued collecting water samples for residential wells nearest the facility. As of Wednesday, DEQ had collected water samples for 31 residential wells in Bladen and Cumberland counties.The state will send samples to Gel Laboratories in Charleston, S.C. for analysis and use the results of testing to determine if people need alternative sources of water and if GenX or the two other fluorinated compounds produced at the facility have moved into the surrounding community. If tests reveal levels of any of the fluorinated compounds above established health goals, the state will direct Chemours to provide affected homes with alternative water and health information on the compounds.It’s important to understand that the state’s provisional health goal for GenX represents the concentration of GenX at which no adverse, non-cancer health effects would be anticipated in the most sensitive populations over an entire lifetime of exposure.Health-related information on GenX, PFOA and PFOS has been posted  to the DEQ’s website. Residents with questions about the health effects related to GenX, PFOA or PFOS can contact the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services at  (919) 707-5900.last_img read more

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first_img The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says their investigation revealed Woodcock and the victim exchanged sexually graphic texts and videos using Facebook Messenger for about a month, before the child’s guardian became aware.Detectives arrested Woodcock on Monday after a week-long investigation, after Woodcock allegedly tried to meet with the child.Woodcock is being held under a $200,000 bond.Related Article: NYC mayor has his police detail pull over texting driver Aaron Woodcock (Photo: Pender County Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man faces several charges after investigators say he was sexting with a 13-year-old Pender County girl and tried to meet her to have sex.Aaron Bradley Woodcock, 22, is charged with three counts of soliciting a child by computer, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one counts of first degree sexual exploitation of a minor.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_img The town wants to begin as soon as possible, but they still have to get the blessing to do so.Town leaders are talking with the U.S. Coast Guard to dump dredged material on the five acres the town owns on the LORAN station property south of the Beau Rivage. Town manager Michael Cramer says they are working with the coast guard to get a permit for the work.It’s a project neighbors still want to see happen and say needs to happen.Related Article: Snow’s Cut Bridge to open at noon to residents, business owners“I think it was a worthwhile project as it was originally envisioned,” said Don Fox who lives near the lake and says now the algae is causing an odor.  “I hope that you will see it through to the end.”Town leaders say this time they hope to not repeat the shortfalls of the previous dredging work.“I expect oversight on this project from start to finish,” said Mayor Joe Benson. “Because I suspect that’s what happened last time, just a hunch. You know somebody wasn’t there saying, ‘this needs to go to this spot’ and it ends up going to some other spot. That can’t happen.”The town still needs the Coast Guard to reply to an environmental study of the 5-acre site that town staff performed. If the town can move forward, they estimate clearing the site and gaining vehicle access to it will cost more than $135,000. There still sits more than 50,000 cubic yards of sludge that the town wishes to dredge to deepen the lake from 6 to 8 feet. The town estimates work to revive the actual dredging of that sediment could cost somewhere between $1.3 to 2.2 million.Island GreenwayMore business on Pleasure Island surrounding work on the Carolina Beach Island Greenway is moving along. Work on the Greenway has been going on for months now.Town leaders say it is on time. The Greenway will connect Carolina Beach’s Chappel park to a 1.2 mile trail that connects to Alabama Avenue in Kure Beach. Town leaders say it should be complete by the end of summer.Pedal Pub on WaterIt was not meant to be on land so a pedal pub business plans to hit the water. Town leaders tell WWAY the owners of the pedal pub that was denied are working to launch a similar business within the sound off Carl Winner Drive.They say the owners are submitting a business license. Leaders say they cannot regulate the business like they could have as a pedal pub using public streets.The owners are calling the business Sea Legs Pedal Pub and plan to begin operation by the end of July with bookings starting in mid August. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Town leaders have revived the lake dredging project for Carolina Beach lake hoping to take dredged material across Snows Cut.It comes as the project has sat stagnant for nine months. The council unanimously approved to continue the lake dredging.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A popular restaurant and catering business that has been a Wilmington staple for more than two decades is closing its doors.Bon Appetit on Carolina Beach Road has been around for 22 years and was featured on the Food Network back in 2004.- Advertisement – Owner Claudia Costa says Friday will be their last day in business.Costa took over the business after her husband Eugene passed away three years ago and she says it’s time to move on.She says she knows her husband would be proud of what she and her daughters have done.Related Article: Helping kids move forward while running backwards“I’m very proud of what I did for my husband, carrying on his legacy,” said Costa. “But it’s time for me to let it go and enjoy my life as my husband would want me to. So I thank all my loyal customers and clients for giving me the opportunity to serve everybody.”Costa says she plans to move to Florida to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter.A new catering business will move into the space.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement AN ONLINE mapping system that tracks down areas where mosquitoes, which carry malaria, have become resistant to insecticides has been unveiled by organisations from Kenya and Switzerland.Swiss humanitarian aid company Vestergaard Frandsen has partnered with the ESRI Eastern Africa and the Kenya Medical Research Institute to launch the system called IR Mapper (www.irmapper.com).IR Mapper as a website is planned to help identify locations in malaria-endemic countries where mosquitoes have developed resistance to the insecticides used in bed nets and indoor residual sprays. – Advertisement – According to a statement by the organisations involved with the project, the IR Mapper is planned to help direct as to which control tools should be deployed in areas of high resistance.Resistance among the type of malaria carrying mosquitos referred to as ‘Anopheles’, in particular, has been reported in 64 countries, with parts of sub-Saharan Africa and India of greatest concern, a statement from the organisations reads.IR Mapper then works by consolidating published data on insecticide susceptibility and resistance mechanisms from 1959 to 2012, which includes reports from the President’s Malaria Initiative, National Malaria Control Programmes and other reputable institutes.Tessa Knox, technical specialist at Vestergaard Frandsen SA, has told ITWeb Africa that the tool is the first of its kind for such data as it allows users to tailor maps catered to their informational needs.“We had very positive feedback on the beta version from global malaria stakeholders and malaria control programme personnel and researchers from throughout Africa. This version integrates further significant improvements based on user feedback,” she said.“A key use will be to support the development of Insecticide Resistance Management Plans for malarious regions, in line with recommendations by the World Health Organization,” Tessa Knox explained.Knox adds that, “The anticipated end users are decision-makers for malaria vector control, research entomologists and industry involved in vector control product development.”She explained that the tool was developed as a freely-accessible contribution to advance evidence-based decision making for malaria control.Credit: ITWeb Africalast_img read more

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first_imgUmeme Yaka Recharge Cards Advertisement Umeme Yaka Recharge CardsUtility service provider, Umeme has said it would next year fully roll out the prepaid metering system which is currently under a pilot scheme in some parts of Kampala.Umeme, which is listed on both the Uganda and Nairobi exchanges, said yesterday that the nationwide roll out would start January next year with a view of concluding the exercise by 2018.Mr Henry Rugamba, the Umeme public relations manager, said the utility service provider is currently piloting the system. The system is likely to reduce cases of power theft.” – Advertisement – The ongoing pilot project in parts of Kampala connects customers to the new system, and will continue until all clients within Kampala are converted.”Up-country conversions are according to Mr Rugamba also in the pipeline and is likely to start in the last quarter of next year.Uganda has about 550,000 customer connected to the national grid.Reading this year’s budget, the Finance minister, Ms Maria Kiwanuka, said, “Umeme is required to have connected about 15,000 on the pre-paid metering system to increase efficiency, as well as reduce distribution system losses.”“The rationale of piloting the scheme was to aggressively test the reliability of the system, the payment solutions and customer appreciation,” Mr Rugamba maintained.Customers will bear no extra costs in the conversion process.Umeme also claims, to have invested up-to to Shs8 trillion on the pilot scheme in the areas of sensitization and carrying out network restoration.Recently Umeme listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange and the Nairobi Stock Exchange in a bid to raise money to clear its debts as well as fast-tracking the pre-paid metering system.According to available data the proposed investment in the pre-paid metering system is estimated at Shs516 billion in the next five years.Credit: DailyMonitorlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Over 10 million dubious Android applications have been logged by Security firm Kaspersky  to date.This is because Android is the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and the most targeted by cyber criminals. It attracts the most attention from malware writers.“In most cases malicious programs target the user’s financial information. This was the case, for example, with the mobile version of Carberp Trojan that originated in Russia,” Kaspersky explains. “It steals user credentials as they are sent to a bank server.” – Advertisement – Over 98 percent of mobile malware is aimed at Android, Kaspersky notes. The prevalence of third-party app stores and Android’s open architecture both play roles in the reason why it’s such a popular target.SMS Trojans lead the way, followed by backdoor malware. Furthermore, Kaspersky says 62 percent of malicious applications are elements of mobile botnets.Kaspersky offers up a handful of tips, such as recommending against activating the “developer mode” on Android devices. The security outfit also warns against installing applications from third-party sources and carefully studying the rights that seemingly legitimate apps request. And of course Kaspersky recommends using protection software.Source: www.maximumpc.comlast_img read more

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first_imgAsus ZenBook UX303UB is the latest Asus laptops. Advertisement Asus launched its latest flagship laptop, Asus ZenBookUX303B in the market with high-end 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor.The 13.3-inch Full HD display of the laptop has the right color balance and 170-degree wide angle for great viewing experience.On specifications front, Asus ZenBook UX303B has 8GB DDR3L RAM and 1TB of hard disk space. To handle top notch games, it has NVIDIA GeForce 940M integrated with 2GB DDR3 VRAM. – Advertisement – For connectivity, Asus ZenBook UX303B has WiFi, Bluetooth, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, mini Display port, SD card reader and 2-in-1 card reader.For video calling, Asus has provided HD Web camera. To ensure good sound quality, this laptop has ICEpower with Bang and Olufsen technology. The backlit keyboard of the laptop offers great typing experience.[related-posts]Everything works at a brisk speed and the gaming experience is also noteworthy. Having 3-cell Li-on Polymer battery, you can get 5 to 6 hours of battery backup on moderate usage.Weighing just 1.4 kg this laptop can be easily carried around and will suit the needs of students and travelers.Summary of the specs:Processor – Intel Core i5 6200U Processor.Operating System – Windows 10 Home. – Windows 10 Pro.Chipset Integrated Intel CPU.Memory DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, OnBoard Memory 4 GB , DIMM Up to 12 G.Display 13.3″ Auto HD (1366×768)/IPS FHD (1920×1080)/IPS QHD+(3200 x 1800).Graphic NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM.Storage – 512GB SSD. – 1TB HDD.Card Reader 2 -in-1 card reader ( SD/ SDHC).Camera HD Web Camera.Networking – Integrated 802.11 a/g/n or 802.11 ac (WiDi). – BT 4.0 support (on WLAN+ BT 4.0 combo card).Audio – Built-in Speakers And Microphone. – ICEpower. – ASUS SonicMaster Technology.Battery 3Cells 50 Whrs Polymer Battery.Dimensions 323 x 223 x 19.2 mm (WxDxH).Weight 1.4 kg.last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother big race day and it’s Willie Mullins again holding the ace cards.Only a Paul Nicholls win in tomorrow’s Grand National will prevent Mullins from claiming the GB trainers title but even that would just mask the true strength in depth between the two training establishments. The ammunition that Mullins has at it’s disposal is just mind-boggling and as the layers know only too well seldom fails to fire on the big occasions.Mullins has the banker of the meeting running this afternoon in Vautour who will go off even shorter than yesterday’s 18 length winner Annie Power.He has just five rivals in the JLT Melling Chase at 3.25pm and the biggest danger on the betting is Al Ferof who finished eight lengths behind him in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. It’s hard to uncover any angles as to why that form should be turned around and Vautour’s narrow defeat at the hands of Cue Card in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day was made to look even better after Cue Card’s demolition job in the feature race yesterday. Ruby Walsh needs to be sponsored by DFS given the number of armchair rides he’s had this season and Vautour really should be another.I’m also with Mullins and Walsh in the Grade 1 novices’ Hurdle at 2.15pm with Limini. She also streaked home at Cheltenham and remains unbeaten in three races. This is undoubtedly much tougher but she gets the mares’ allowance and can continue her winning run.I’m backing both Limini and Vautour in a Friday win double with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK LIMINI / VAUTOUR double for 15 points at SP with Star SportsThursday: -15.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 20 August RACING MOVERS3.35 KillarneyTaglietelle 4/1 > 5/24.40 PerthMoabit 5/2 > 7/45.05 YorkLaughton 4/1 > 3/15.20 KillarneySimenon 4/9 > 1/47.05 BathWakame 3/1 > 2/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport 4K UHD7/4 Leicester City 13/8 Arsenal 5/2 DRAWChampionship17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD23/20 Derby County 13/5 Aston Villa 9/4 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 E MAIL: unrau@rice.edu OUTREACH EFFORTS EARN RICE’S TAPIA TOP HONOR FROM AAAScenter_img The American Association for theAdvancement of Science (AAAS) named Rice Professor Richard Tapia as therecipient of its Lifetime Mentor Award for 1997.This annual award honors individuals who, during their careers, demonstrateextraordinary leadership to increase the participation in science andengineering fields and careers of underrepresented groups, including women ofall racial and ethnic groups; African-American, American Indian and Hispanicmen; and people with disabilities.Tapia, the Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics,spends summers bringing math and science programs to elementary and secondaryschool teachers and students. He is also director of education and humanresources for the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice. He hasbeen a member of the Rice faculty since 1970. His outreach efforts include:last_img read more

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first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice unveils $100 million initiative for world health technologyProgram aims to improve health in developing world with technology, educatioRice University today announced a new $100 million global health initiative that will develop technologies to address global health problems. It will be supported by a new interdisciplinary institute called “Rice 360°.”  Rice 360° will combine the university’s strengths in science, engineering, public policy, social sciences and humanities to combat HIV, child mortality and other pressing health problems affecting women and children in the developing world.The new institute and initiative were announced today in New York at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Launched in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton, CGI is a nonpartisan catalyst for action that matches people with ideas to those who have the means to see them through. Rice 360° was formally recognized today by CGI for its efforts and commitment.“Nearly 10 million children under age 5 die each year in developing countries because they do not have access to appropriate health technologies — technologies that we often take for granted here and in other developed countries,” said Rice 360° Director Rebecca Richards-Kortum, professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Bioengineering. “Rice’s commitment to involving undergraduate students to address these problems is unique. Rice 360° blends engineering, education and service in a way that fires students’ imaginations and changes their lives.”Rice 360° is designed to tap undergraduates’ desire to make a difference, serve others and save lives. It will build on Rice’s successful Beyond Traditional Borders program, which pairs student teams with doctors in African pediatric HIV/AIDS clinics. The doctors tell the teams about problems they face in providing care, and the students work together to find solutions in class. The teams then take their prototypes to Africa for real-world testing and implementation during summer internships. For example, a Rice student team enrolled in this fall’s class is already working on developing a battery-powered IV drip monitor that can prevent babies from dying in hospitals and clinics where there is no electricity to run traditional monitors.“Rice has all the elements to make a difference in places that don’t have the resources or ability to solve their own health-care problems,” said Rice President David Leebron. “Rice’s bioengineering and nanotechnology programs are among the world’s best. We have strong and growing ties with the world’s largest medical center. But our biggest asset for this initiative is our students.”Rice has committed to raising $100 million for the institute’s programs. Rice 360° has already received $2 million in first-year seed funding, including a gift from Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Crownover and his wife, Molly.n FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

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first_img regions: Los Angeles RelatedFinding A Real Estate Career with a Chicago MBAThe number of MBAs who pursue a real estate career may not be as large as those in finance or consulting, but even still, some of the most prestigious business schools in the Chicago metro offer MBA programs that specialize in the field. An MBA in real estate can take…July 2, 2018In “Chicago”A Look At New York’s Best Real Estate MBA ProgramsIn 2017, the United States Commercial Real Estate Services group (CBRE), listed New York City’s real estate investments markets among the three largest in the world, sandwiched between Tokyo and Los Angeles. This makes New York City the perfect place to learn about the multi-faceted, constantly-evolving field of real estate.…April 25, 2018In “Featured Home”What are the Best Real Estate MBAs in Boston?Despite episodic waves of unrest, real estate is a worthy investment. More importantly, real estate is a cornerstone of the world economy. The importance of understanding the intricacies and nuances of this complex field cannot be overstated. In Forbes, Yolanda Barnes, who runs Savills World Research, said, “real estate is the…April 10, 2018In “Boston” Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer center_img Over the past few years, MBA programs and courses in real estate have seen continued growth, as both interest and need have become undeniable throughout the country. With property values and real estate often having a tremendous impact on the overall economic health of the nation, educating and placing top talent in this sector can be vital. But how can you turn a valuable MBA into a lucrative career in Los Angeles real estate?Although a business focus on real estate is nothing new, the idea of MBAs concentrating in the industry as part of their degree has been getting increasingly more popular. It is somewhat difficult to find MBA programs that offer specializations in the field, even though 2017 saw more than $5 billion invested into real estate technology—a massive increase since the Great Recession. Startups like Airbnb and WeWork area also changing the way the real estate industry overlaps with entrepreneurship and technology, making it even more important for a workforce of talented individuals helping to guide the industry going forward.Los Angeles, long at the center of discussions about urban development and city planning, features some of the country’s most vital real estate business program. Take a look at the three of the best Los Angeles real estate MBA programs below. Marshall School of Business – USCUSC’s Marshall School of Business allows students in the full-time MBA program specialize their degree in real estate through electives that focus on topics like investment, finance, valuation, law, development, and the economics of real estate markets. This degree will prepare students for a variety of careers in the Los Angeles real estate field, pairing a focus on the unique aspects of the real estate field with the acknowledgement that success in the real estate field relies still relies on fundamentals like management, marketing, strategic planning, and economics.The USC MBA in real estate is unique in the student’s ability to tailor the curriculum to their own career and educational needs, acknowledging the wide variety of roles within Los Angeles real estate, such as investment and asset management, consulting, valuation, asset management, and more.Below are just a few Graduate Real Estate courses offered for MBA students at Marshall:Mortgage-Backed Securities and Markets. This course, which includes lectures, assignments and a project, looks at residential and commercial mortgages as well as mortgage-backed securities and markets.Urban Land Use-Feasibility Studies. This course consists of a team field study analysis of a prospective development site. Students will work together with a client to address issues like design, entity choice, deal structure, land use, economic analysis, and allows teams to interact with industry professionals throughout the process of developing their proposals.Real Estate Finance and Investment. This course consists of both cases and lectures, as well as assignments and exams to evaluate student’s understanding of valuation, projects, financing, and investment analysis. Students will also learn to use ARGUS 7.0, one of the top real estate investment software packages used throughout the industry.Anderson School of Management – UCLAThe real estate MBA focus at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management has consistently been named among the best real estate programs in the country, let alone Los Angeles. The real estate concentration at Anderson trains students to join the industry through a strong education in real estate financing, investing, and entrepreneurial development. The concentration is integrated into the school’s overall MBA program, with the option for many real estate-centered electives, providing both theoretical and practical study in the most important aspects of the industry.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: The Top 5 Schools for an MBA in Real EstateThe Anderson School of Management also recognizes that real estate is not just a matter of business, and encourages MBA students to seek classes in other departments at UCLA, including public policy, urban planning, architecture, engineering, taxation, and law.Below are some popular electives available to Real Estate MBA students at Anderson:Urban Real Estate Financing and Investment. This course helps students to bridge the gap between theory and practice in real estate finance and investment, training students to use finance and economics to uncover insights about real estate markets and investments.Entrepreneurial Real Estate Development. This course looks at real estate through the lens of entrepreneurship, helping students identify market opportunity, product definition, and conceptual feasibility through work in an entrepreneurial environment.Public Policy Clinic: Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. Acknowledging the interdisciplinary nature of this field, this course will provide students with a solid education in the complicated connections between land use control, state and local government law, and environmental qualityThe Paul Merage School of Business – University of California, IrvineAt the Merage School of Business‘ Center for Real Estate, students can earn an MBA Certificate in Real Estate and Urban Development, with a curriculum just as dynamic and diverse as the marketplace itself. The MBA certificate presents students with a holistic approach to real estate, using lessons from past trends and cycles within the industry to help students prepare for a career in this often volatile industry.Students who have at least two years of study in a Merage MBA program are eligible to pursue this certificate after successful completion of certain prerequisites in real estate. After completing these courses, students can choose from a number of electives connected to the certificate, such as:Real Estate Capital MarketsThe Real Estate Development ProcessInternational Real EstateApplied Real Estate Security Analysis and Portfolio ManagementPracticum in Mixed-Use Community Development Finding the Best Real Estate MBAs in Los Angeleslast_img read more

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first_img US News Share this article Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   First Lady Melania Trump attends a roundtbale at Lily’s Place, the first nonprofit infant recovery center that provides services to parents and families dealing with addiction in Huntington, West Virginia, on Oct. 10, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Melania Trump Visits Center for Babies Withdrawing From Drugs By Charlotte Cuthbertson October 11, 2017 Updated: October 11, 2017 WASHINGTON—First Lady Melania Trump continued her work to help fight the opioid crisis on Oct. 10 with a visit to an infant recovery center. Lily’s Place, based in Huntington, Virginia, treats infants for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), which occurs when a baby suddenly experiences withdrawal after birth because it was exposed to illegal and/or prescription drugs while in the womb. NAS symptoms range from excessive crying and irritability to difficulties with breathing and feeding.“We use proven therapeutic handling methods and the latest weaning techniques to ease withdrawal symptoms,” the center’s website says. The center also provides services to parents and families dealing with addiction.“By placing a priority on the whole family, infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive because their parents are also given the support and tools they need to recover and succeed, as parents and members of their community,” Mrs. Trump said during the visit. First Lady Melania Trump (C) and advisor Kellyanne Convay (R) attend a roundtbale at Lily’s Place in Huntington, West Virginia, on Oct. 10, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) “It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place, so that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults.”Although NAS is rarely fatal, it can cause significant illness and often results in prolonged hospital stays, according to a Pediatrics journal article.A recent study found that cases of NAS have grown nearly five-fold between 2000 and 2012 and that most infants with NAS are covered under Medicaid, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).A baby with NAS is born every 25 minutes in the United States, according to a 2015 study cited by the GAO. The GAO published a report on Oct. 4, which said the most frequently cited challenges around NAS include the mother’s use of multiple drugs—as it can exacerbate NAS symptoms; stigma faced by pregnant women who use opioids; hospital staff burden and limited physical capacity to care for infants with NAS; limited coordination of care for mothers and infants with NAS; and gaps in research and data on NAS, such as research on the long-term effects of the condition.Related CoverageReining in the Opioid CrisisWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Oct. 10 that 40 percent of babies born addicted to opioids go into the foster system.In 2015, there were more than 425,000 children in foster care, according to a Health and Human Services report—an increase of about 30,000 since 2012. When a newborn has been found to have been prenatally exposed to drugs or alcohol, this often triggers an investigation of suspected child abuse and neglect; and in in some states, prenatal substance exposure itself constitutes neglect and is grounds for removing a child from its parents, the GAO states.Mrs. Trump hosted a roundtable on Sept. 28, saying that addressing the crisis would be a focus as first lady. “I’m here to listen and learn,” she said. “I look forward to working alongside the presidential opioid commission and people such as yourself to do all we can to teach children the dangerous consequences of drug abuse.”The Trump administration has launched several initiatives to combat the opioid crisis in America, including the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.Mr. Trump has instructed his administration to use all “appropriate emergency and other authorities” to respond to the opioid epidemic, in an official statement on Aug. 10. Attorney General Jeff Sessions talks about the opioid epidemic at The Columbus Police Academy in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 2, 2017. Since taking office, Sessions has advanced a more aggressive line in federal drug policy. (Maddie McGarvey/Getty Images)Attorney General Jeff Sessions has introduced several measures from the law enforcement end.Sessions announced that $58.8 million has been allocated to strengthen drug court programs and to help public health agencies address prescription drug and opioid abuse.Related CoverageThe Winding Road of a Heroin Addict’s RecoveryIn August, Sessions announced the formation of a unit that will investigate the overprescribing of opioids within the health care system.“This is an urgent problem, and we are making it a top priority,” Sessions said. “The best long-term solution is prevention. The best action is not to start. Just say no.”Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.Based on preliminary data, approximately 64,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses last year, according to the Department of Justice. This is up 23 percent from 2015, when 52,000 people died of overdoses.Most often an opioid addiction starts with a prescription pill obtained through a friend or family member. It can take just one painkiller like oxycodone, or an anti-anxiety medication like Adderall, for some people to get hooked.Read MoreAn Addicted County and a Sheriff’s Cry for Help Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Show Discussionlast_img read more