Month: July 2019

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The minister for disabled people is refusing to meet a coalition of disabled people’s organisations, in an apparent breach of the UN disability convention.The coalition wrote to Sarah Newton yesterday (Wednesday) to express its “deep disappointment and concern” about her refusal to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).The letter, signed by 14 prominent disabled leaders, asks Newton (pictured): “How can the government improve the lives of disabled people if it is not engaging directly with disabled people?”The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities told the UK government last September in its “concluding observations” that it needed to make more than 80 improvements to the ways its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights.In its review of the UK’s implementation of CRPD, the committee raised concerns and made recommendations on all but three of the 33 treaty articles the UK could have breached.Newton’s letter refusing a meeting was sent on 10 July, two weeks before international development secretary Penny Mordaunt told an international disability rights conference in London: “When disabled people are included, great things happen.”Mordaunt and her civil servants spent much of the Global Disability Summit last month telling other countries and organisations to sign up to a new Charter for Change.The charter calls on those signing it to “hold ourselves and others to account for the promises we have made here today” and to “strive for real change” through implementation of CRPD.CRPD says (in article four) that governments must, in implementing the convention, “closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities… through their representative organizations”.It also says (article 33) that “civil society, in particular persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, shall be involved and participate fully” in monitoring the implementation of the convention in each country.Newton’s letter appears to breach both article four and article 33 as the coalition has been seeking a ministerial meeting since February.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, one of the coalition’s members, says in yesterday’s letter: “We are extremely disappointed that as minister for disabled people you are not able to find the time to meet with the only UK wide coalition of disabled people’s organisations set up to monitor and engage with the UK government on CRPD issues.”Other members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations include Disability Wales, The Alliance for Inclusive Education, Disabled People Against Cuts, Sisters of Frida, Inclusion Scotland and the Mental Health Resistance Network, several of which are members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance.In her two-paragraph letter to the coalition, Newton says she will not be able to meet with them “due to ongoing diary commitments” but “would be pleased to have my officials do so on my behalf”.It is not the first time that Newton’s commitment to disability rights has been questioned.Last December, she refused to explain why she had apparently failed to attend or organise any events – or even post a message of support on social media – on the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).The coalition’s letter also reminds Newton that she previously stated that she strongly welcomed a meeting to discuss how the government was implementing CRPD.In February, the coalition wrote to the prime minister, Theresa May, to question the lack of progress since the UN committee produced its “damning” report and to ask for a meeting to discuss their concerns.In her response, sent on 25 April, Newton said: “I strongly welcome your proposal of a meeting to discuss how Government is implementing the concluding observations of the Committee for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and planning to work with organisations led by disabled people.“This closely fits with work I have been leading with the Office for Disability Issues within government.”DWP had not been able to comment by 1.30pm today (Thursday), after being approached yesterday afternoon.last_img read more

IT is sad to announce the passing of former Saints

first_imgIT is sad to announce the passing of former Saints’ former front-rower Fred Leyland, at the age of 76.Born in Elephant Lane, Thatto Heath, on August 7 1935, Fred began his rugby career at St. Helens RUFC and attained county honours in the fifteen-a-side code. A powerful and mobile forward, he joined the Saints in July 1958 and made his debut against Barrow at Craven Park just before Christmas in 1958. The Saints pulled off a 7-5 victory that day, with the front row consisting of Abe Terry, Tom McKinney and Fred Leyland.Fred made 55 appearances for the club, playing his last match at home to Warrington on November 20 1962, when he shared a front-row berth with the likes of Bob Dagnall and Cliff Watson. He scored six tries during his career and earned two Lancashire Cup winner’s medals, in 1960-61 and 1961-62, when Swinton were beaten on both occasions in front of huge crowds at Wigan’s Central Park. Fred was also a reserve in the 1961 Wembley squad.His commitments with the Police put pressure on his rugby and he retired mid-way through the 1962-63 campaign. The son of the famous ‘Whisper’ Leyland, Fred enjoyed great success in the Police force and was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1980s, just before his retirement. He had been ill for some time and we send our condolences to wife Joyce, his four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Fred was a great guy, full of fun and highly respected by all who knew him. Needless to say, his family are very proud of his achievements with the Saints in particular!last_img read more

Justin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with

first_imgJustin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with James Bentley replacing Jack Ashworth, who continues to get game-time with Leigh Centurions.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Danny Brough, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Kyle Wood,Justin Holbrook makes one change to his squad with James Bentley replacing Jack Ashworth, who continues to get game-time with Leigh Centurions.Justin Holbrook will select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Danny Brough, Jordan Crowther, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Justin Horo, Craig Huby, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Kyle Woodlast_img read more

Leland Police Department releases digital crime map tool

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department is now offering near real-time crime information through the recently launched Community Crime Map digital tool to keep you informed about crime.According to a news release, Community Crime Map automatically syncs to Leland Police Department’s secure record system, cleans data to protect privacy, and displays it to the public, both online and in the mobile app, so citizens are aware of events that occur in their area and take action to stay safe.- Advertisement – The crime data displayed on the map, grid and dashboard is geocoded and included basic information about each incident, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.Leland residents can view the map and grid of reported crimes, sign up for emailed neighborhood watch reports, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to Leland Police.Leland Police Department says the Community Crime Map goes beyond crime mapping by automatically alerting citizens about recent crime activity and improving communication between the public and law enforcement through anonymous tipping.Related Article: Murderer denied parole in 2015 once again considered for releaseThey add that this is a valuable tool for law enforcement to communicate crime activity to the public, and for the public to be empowered to make informed decisions by understanding crime activity in their neighborhood.last_img read more

The Belle of Topsail to become dredge marine construction vessel

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — After almost 12 years in Surf City and 75 years on the water, The Belle of Topsail is headed for a new mission.In April, Captain David Luther announced The Belle of Topsail was retiring from cruises.- Advertisement – According to a post on the Belle of Topsail Facebook page, The Belle left Surf City Monday to the boatyard. Previous posts show the Belle was severely damaged and partially sunk during Hurricane Florence.“Dave Gardner who has The Vonda Kay and The Queen Jean is taking her and giving her a new life. He is going to make her into a dredge/marine construction vessel,” the owner said on Facebook.The post also said the Belle will be renamed after Gardner’s Grandfather, WG NIcholson, who died in World War II and served on the submarine Grayback.Related Article: North Brunswick High football coach to be honored at Panthers game“Those who know me, know I love and respect our Vets. I am so happy about this. May the old girl live on and thank BOTH of them for their service!” Owner David Luther said on Facebook.The post also gave a little history on the Grayback”“Grayback had just torpedoed a Japanese destroyer and a merchant ship and was subsequently subjected to an all night depth charge attack. She managed to slip away around dawn. In dire need to recharge her batteries she was running for home (Midway) and she was out of torpedoes. The radar had quit working so they didn’t see the Val (Japanese torpedo bomber) diving on them out of the sun. He hit them with a 200lb bomb. They submerged, damaged but able to dive. The plane radioed in the destroyers from the night before and they unleashed a savage depth charge attack. The attack continued until diesel, oil and debris came to the surface. Grayback was lost with all hands in the South China Sea February 27, 1944.”After The Belle of Topsail announced it was retiring in April, The Raven was put up for sale.last_img read more

Several apartments damaged in Cypress Grove Apartments fire

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A fire broke out at a Wilmington apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon, forcing several residents out of their home.Natosha Vincent with the Wilmington Fire Department says it broke out around 4:00 p.m. at Cypress Grove Apartments, which is just off 17th Street.- Advertisement – There were reports of people inside, but when firefighters arrived everyone was out of the building.Firefighters did rescue one dog.Multiple fire crews, including trucks from New Hanover County Fire and Rescue.Related Article: Community breaks ground on new fire and police training facilityVincent says so far, seven apartments were damaged. The Red Cross is helping those who were displaced.No word on what caused the fire. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

UPDATE Wife says husband died attempting to rescue children off Wrightsville Beach

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 WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– The wife of a man who attempted to save his children from rough waters Sunday confirms he died trying to rescue them. Witnesses say first responders tried to a revive a man pulled from the water off Wrightsville Beach Sunday afternoon.New Hanover County Dispatch says a call came in for a drowning near the south end jetty around 4:15 p.m. 35-year-old Johnny Vann died according to his wife Dawn. However it is unclear if he drowned or passed due to a medical event.- Advertisement – Witnesses there tell us Vann tried to rescue his children from being pushed out to deep water around the jetty. Vann’s wife, Dawn, tells WWAY that he did rescue four of his seven children from the water.Rescue crews performed CPR on Vann for at least 45 minutes according to his wife. The family was visiting from Durham after recently moving to North Carolina from Michigan.Mrs. Vann says the other children were rescued by responders and what appeared to be bystanders and lifeguards. WWAY has attempted to hear from Wrightsville Beach Police, Fire and town officials and we are waiting to hear back.Related Article: Coast Guard members rescue man from drowningThe Vann’s are in the process of coping with this loss. They visit a local church in Burgaw called Kingdom Connection and they are working to create an online fund to help with the costs of Mr. Vann’s burial.last_img read more

The Bachelor Live on Stage coming to Wilmington

first_imgThe Bachelor Live on Stage will be coming to the Wilson Center on April 28, 2020 (Photo: The Bachelor Live on Stage) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear singles, do you need help finding love? You may be in luck. The most successful romance reality series is coming to Wilmington.“The Bachelor Live on Stage” will be hosted by Ben Higgins at the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College on April 28, 2020.- Advertisement – The event will fit an entire season of “Bachelor” drama into one night, giving audience members an opportunity to find love within the community with a rose ceremony included.Every stage show will introduce an eligible bachelor from the area to local ladies in the audience searching for a chance at love. Bachelor Nation will have a say in the rose ceremony for the first time ever.Higgins will guide the bachelor in his journey to find love from the first impression rose to the coveted one-on-ones.Related Article: Cape Fear’s Donte Tatum named to JUCO All-American team“The Bachelor Live on Stage” will have something for anyone looking for love or somebody who just wants to enjoy the evening.Tickets go on sale Friday, August 2 at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets through ticket central at (910) 362-7999 or at read more

Muslims in Temara helped by three caring nuns

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Il-Papa jżur iċ-Ċentru ta’ Ħidma Soċjali f’Tamara immexxi minn tliet sorijiet KattoliċiIl-Papa jżur iċ-Ċentru ta’ Ħidma Soċjali f’Tamara immexxi minn tliet sorijiet Kattoliċi While on his visit to Morocco, Pope Francis made a Sunday morning visit to a social center in Temara, on the outskirts of Rabat, and encourages the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul in their efforts to help the poor of the area.In this suburban area, three Daughters of Charity run the “Rural Center for Social Services”, providing around 150 children with material and psychological care.Pope Francis took a moment during his Apostolic Visit to Morocco to greet these three sisters and the local Muslims for whom they care, during a private visit. Care for poor familiesSister Gloria Carrilero, Superior of the community, has staffed the Center since 1990. Sister Maria Luisa Quintana arrived two years later, and Sister Magdalena Mateo came in 2006. All three hail from Spain. They live in the midst of their Muslim neighbors without a fence around their house or bars on their windows.The Center was founded 44 years ago to cure the burns that children and adults often suffer as they cook over open fires outside their homes.The Daughters of Charity are assisted by local Moroccan teachers and nurses, as they open their doors every morning at 8:00 AM to welcome 40-odd children between the ages of 3 and 15. The children are provided with breakfast, a snack, and lunch, and with school lessons.The sisters also help local women with formula, diapers, and food for their newborns. They even organize courses to help illiterate women learn to read and to count change when they go to the market.‘A grace to be among Muslims’Sister Gloria Carrilero told Vatican News that the Daughters of Charity’s ministry is aimed at Muslims, since the closest Catholics are the Franciscan Fathers in Rabat.“I’ve lived with Muslims for more than 28 years,” she said, “and I believe it has been a great grace from the Lord to share their lives and to serve them. Muslims have taught me so many things, all of them good: generosity, openness and welcome, hospitality, and care for the poor. They’ve taught me a lesson, and they’ve show me how to put it into practice. And as a Catholic I’ve accepted it.”Sister Gloria said she often reminds the Muslims she helps that they share the same God. “We have the same God, and we journey toward Him by different roads.” She said Pope Francis’ visit to this Muslim-majority nation “is a great richness and grace.”WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Schiavone suspends himself from PN

first_img SharePrint The Nationalist MP Hermann Schiavone has chosen to suspend himself from his party following the revelations of a meeting with the Electrogas shareholder Yorgen Fenech.It is understood that Schavione had met with Fenech in Malta when the MP had been seeking an initial audience with the Tumas Director in order to sponsor a conference.Fenech was named as the owner of the Dubai-based 17 Black shell company back in November last year. The company has been linked to the secret companies set up by the current Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.The MP for the Fifth District will now become an independent MP within the House of Representatives.In the resignation letter to the PN leader, Schiavone explains that his fellow MP Kristy Debono was unaware that she was about to meet Mr Fenech and that the conference was still being planned. For this reason, he did not feel the need to inform Adrian Delia about its progress.You can read the full letter here.He adds that he will continue to push the PN agenda as an independent.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Lets put the positive verbs surrounding modern migration into practice – Pope

first_imgPope Francis gestures as he leads the Holy Mass with First Communions at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yara NardiPope Francis gestures as he leads the Holy Mass with First Communions at Most Holy Heart of Jesus church in Rakovski, Bulgaria May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi Pope Francis has said that by putting the verbs surrounding the migration situation into practice, it will lead to the development of humanity and to better reach our sustainable development goals.The Pope says that challenges surrounding the migration crisis could be centred around four key doing words; ‘welcome, protect, promote and integrate.’By acting on them, Pope Francis explains that it will mean not only the building ‘the city of God and man,’ it would also, ‘promote the integral human development of all people. We will also help the world community to come closer to the goals of sustainable development that it has set for itself and that, lacking such an approach, will prove difficult to achieve.’This address is part of Pope Francis’ recognition of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees due on September 29th and themed on the issue ‘it is not just about migrants.’The Holy leader’s view is there is a strong wave of ‘extreme individualism’ and ‘utilitarian mentality’ within advanced economies and societies, which is creating a ‘globalization of indifference’ towards migrants and refugees. This ultimately had led to their exclusion and to be, ‘looked down upon and considered the source of all society’s ills.’He in turn encourages people to show concern and compassion for migrants is to show, ‘concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well regarded nowadays.’Preventing exclusionIn the course of the Pope’s address, he outlines that with it not being simply about migrants, it is about other vital aspects like opening ourselves up to charity, to humanity and to the prevention of exclusion.He stresses the problem of the developing world being, ‘drained of their best natural and human resources for the benefit of a few privileged markets.’He then cites a point raised about war, stating that, ‘Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which are then unwilling to take in the refugees produced by these conflicts. Those who pay the price are always the little ones, the poor, the most vulnerable, who are prevented from sitting at the table and are left with the “crumbs” of the banquet.’Therefore, development that continues to exclude people only, ‘makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. A real development, on the other hand, seeks to include all the world’s men and women, to promote their integral growth, and to show concern for coming generations.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Syntech and Raidmax introduce the VAMPIRE gaming chassis

first_imgAdvertisement Syntech (a South African based IT hardware distributor) and Raidmax proudly introduce the VAMPIRE gaming chassis.The VAMPIRE is a full tower case with all the features a PC building enthusiast could want: tool-free design, convenient top input/output panel, zero-clutter cable management, water cooling support, and SSD hot swap functionality. Supporting motherboard form factors up to XL-ATX, the VAMPIRE is an ideal chassis for those looking for a spacious no-hassle case.Raidmax combines modern design with aggressive functionality to bring you some of the best gaming cases in the industry. Raidmax gaming chassis’ are ideal for gamers seeking an aesthetically pleasing framework with numerous tool-less features and impressive cooling. – Advertisement – Ryan Martyn, Director of Syntech states: “Syntech is proud to offer a range of quality Raidmax gaming cases. The VAMPIRE is a great addition to the stable”.The VAMPIRE is distributed by Syntech, and is now available for purchase via resellers. You can contact Syntech via e-mail on, on the Twitter handle @syntechsa, or via FacebookThe VAMPIRE features:•              Removable metal mesh top panel for easy installation / anti dust•              Water-cooling system•              Hot swap function for 2.5″ HDD•              2 x USB3.0 with anti-dust rubber covers•              Tool-free installation•              Black rubberised chassisSpecifications:EXTERNAL DRIVE BAYS: 5 X 5.25″INTERNAL DRIVE BAYS: 7 X 3.5″ H.D./ 2.5″ SSDSYSTEM BOARD: Micro-ATX, ATX, SSICEB, SSIEEB, MINI ATX, FLEX ATXEXPANSION SLOTS: 10 SLOTSI/O PORTS: 2 X USB3.0 / 2 X USB2.0 / 2 x AUDIODIMENSIONS: 510(L) X 246(W) X 545(H)mmCOOLING SYSTEMFRONT: 1 X 200mm LED fanSIDE: 2 x 120mm fan (optional)BACK: 1 x 140mm fanTOP: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm or 1 x 200mm fan (optional)last_img read more

New Software lets you run Apple apps on Android

first_imgAdvertisement Postgraduate researchers at Columbia University have developed a software, called Cider that lets Android gadget owners mix and match the Android and iOS apps they load on their phone or tablet.The six-strong team of researchers said Cider was only a prototype and that they had no plans to turn it into a commercial product.They embarked on the project to create Cider to get around the limitations that smartphone and tablet users are forced to accept. – Advertisement – For instance, they said in an academic paper about Cider that Android users cannot get at apps that call on media in Apple iTunes and iOS gadget owners struggle to use Flash-based content.Cider would let people use just one gadget to access both, said the researchers.Getting an application written for one operating system to run on another often involves a technique known as virtualisation.To avoid the performance problems that virtualisation can introduce, the Columbia researchers adopted a different approach that involves the core or kernel of the Android operating system.This approach works on the stream of instructions passing through an Android device and alters only those relating to the iOS apps. An additional software helper provides some of the specialised data those apps require to work properly.A demo video produced by the researchers shows both iOS and Android apps running on a Nexus 7 tablet, though some commentators pointed out that the Apple apps run relatively slowly on the device.In addition, some Apple apps that call on a phone’s camera, GPS system or Bluetooth perform poorly and the researchers are continuing their work on Cider to fix these problems.Source: BBClast_img read more

Road to Cheltenham 2013

first_imgThe Star Sports team are already on their way to Cheltenham …. via a whistlestop tour of the country with a series of pre-Festival preview evenings.We’ll be bringing you a summary of each and every preview with the best bets from the high-profile panelists and photos.Star Sports are also offering the panelists a charity bet and we’ll record the selections and chosen charities.For those turning up on the night – as well as the excellent in-depth preview all guests will receive a FREE £50 MATCHING BET from Star Sports, a chance to enter the Super 8 competition, a pocket guide to the Festival and a chance on the night to bet at competitive odds.[headline]CLICK HERE TO VIEW FORTHCOMING PREVIEW NIGHTS AND NOTES FROM THOSE ALREADY COMPLETED[/headline]last_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Memorial Tournament

first_imgGolf punters are in the middle of a golden summer. In previous weeks we have had the Players Championship and the PGA at Wentworth, and in two weeks we have the US Open. One of the leading warmups for that event is the Memorial Tournament, which takes place in Ohio this week.The tournament has been played at Muirfield Village since 1976. A course designed by Jack Nicklaus, Muirfield is designed on the same course in Scotland that has been a regular venue for The Open in recent times. Much like many links courses, it is a fair test but a difficult one. The rough here is far more European than American courses, although the fairways are reasonable. An interesting fact to note; there are 11 holes where the water is a risk. The greens are also undulating and very fast.Being accurate off the tee and avoiding the rough is much more important than hitting it long, and playing the par fours well through the week will be crucial.These are all things that Ryan Moore (60/1 with does very well and this course ought to suit him. Moore went through a hot streak in April when recording his best results of the season, starting with a fifth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then very respectable results at The Masters and the RBC Heritage before a seventh at the Texas Open.He went off the boil a bit when missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship and took a lot of time to warm up at the Players, but he hit form with his last round of 66 at Sawgrass, which suggests that he can find balance with the putter here. If he does that then the rest of his game is set to go – he’s statistically the ninth most accurate driver on the tour – and he’s worth taking on that basis.Bryson DeChambeau (45/1 with was 38th here on his first start last year and the 25-year-old should learn a huge amount from that experience. He took a maiden US Tour title last year, and he’s come close on a number of occasions to gaining a second one. Followers of his would have a healthy each/way return this year – he’s finished fifth in the Phoenix Open, second in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, third in the Heritage and fourth in the Wells Fargo Championship.Bubba Watson’s (33/1 with erratic nature at times wouldn’t seem the most ideal style of play here but his record is much better than his finishing results would suggest. He had a multitude of problems with equipment and form last year but this season he’s been right back to his best and he’s already won two tournaments – the Genesis Open at Riviera and then the WGC Matchplay to boot. He followed that up with a fifth at The Masters and this course ought to reward him more than Sawgrass.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK RYAN MOORE 2 points ew at 66/1 with starsports.betBACK BRYSON DECHAMBEAU 1 point ew at 45/1 with starsports.betBACK BUBBA WATSON 1 point ew at 33/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 131.53 pointslast_img read more

£25 FREE BET Bolton v WBA

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STAR PREVIEW Zurich Classic

first_imgGreetings golf fans. Well, Blue Horseshoe found a place with Patrick Cantlay finishing third at the RBC Heritage last week, but I can’t help feeling a little frustrated with him. If it wasn’t for a couple of slightly sloppy holes coming in Cantlay had a very realistic shot at forcing a playoff situation with C.T. Pan, thereby giving himself the chance to win the whole shooting match.Anyway we can’t live in the world of should’a, would’a, could’a. Let’s look to this week.The Zurich Classic is unique in that is a pairs event. During the first and third rounds the teams play four-ball. (Otherwise known as best ball where the teams play two shots from the tee and choose the best shot of the two) During the second and fourth rounds the teams play foursome, which means the teams play with one ball and have to hit alternately.Because of this format you have to look at course form along with the pairings strengths and weaknesses.I have chosen three pairings this week. One based on course form. One based on the combined strength of the pairing and one based on recent form with a bit of good each way value thrown.Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won this event in 2017 and keep coming back to play this tournament together. Both are great ball strikers on this Pete Dye course that rewards accuracy. They can be backed around 40/1 with starsports.betTony Finau and Kyle Stanley are an interesting combo. Finau is the longest hitter on tour this year which will give Stanley all sorts of advantages with his excellent iron game which he is well known for. Currently around 18/1 with starsports.betCameron Champ and Sam Burns Both of these guys are huge hitters and Burns was in great form last week finishing ninth at the RBC Heritage and he should have finished higher if not for a slightly messy finish. They are great each way odds at around 80/1 with starsports.betRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt 1pt each way at 40/1 with starsports.betBACK Tony Finau and Kyle Stanley 1pt each way at 18/1 with starsports.betBACK Cameron Champ and Sam Burns 1pt each way at 80/1 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 275.17 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, Man U v Man City, Zurich Classic)last_img read more

Conference to discuss monetary policies and economy

first_imgAddThis About admin ShareCONTACT: EllenChangPHONE: (713) 348-6777EMAIL: ellenc@rice.eduCONFERENCETO DISCUSS MONETARY POLICIES AND ECONOMYWorkshops To Evaluate MonetaryPolicies and Ideas Economists will discussthe international economy and monetary theories and policies at the 9th AnnualTexas Monetary Conference at Rice University from March 31 to April 1.The annual conferencebrings together professors at Texas colleges and universities to exchange ideasabout monetary policies with other professors in the United States, said MonikaMerz, assistant professor of economics.“The idea is to enhancethe academic exchange between economists,” she said.The sessions will takeplace on the first floor of the James A. Baker III Institute for PublicPolicy.The seven speakers whowill present their papers include:center_img Nobu KiyotakI, LondonSchool of Economics, discussing “Inside Money and Liquidation” Vincenzo Quadrini, NewYork University, discussing “Aggregate Consequences of Limited ContractEnforceability” StephanieSchmitt-Grohé, Rutgers University, discussing “Optimal Fiscal and MonetaryPolicy Under Imperfect Competition” Harald Uhlig, HumboldtUniversity, discussing “Should We Be Afraid of Friedman’s Rule?” Carl Walsh, Universityof Californialast_img read more

Rice Alberta join forces to produce green energy through nanotechnology

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike Williams                                              Earl McKenzie (Alberta AE&T)    PHONE: 713-348-6728                                                  780-415-0891E-MAIL:                                   earl.mckenzie@gov.ab.caRice, Alberta join forces to produce green energy through nanotechnologyDays after President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met in the Oval Office to discuss mutual concerns, including energy and the environment, Rice University and the province of Alberta are moving forward with plans to collaborate on those very issues. Rice President David Leebron and Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Edmonton, Alberta, today that will lead to greener energy production through advances in nanotechnology.A research collaboration between nanoAlberta, part of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, and Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology will address issues surrounding the production of petrochemicals from Alberta’s oil sands, one of the world’s largest reserves of recoverable oil.“The extraordinary scholars and researchers of the Smalley Institute of Rice University are developing advanced nanoscale technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems,” said Leebron. “Collaborating with nanoAlberta of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology has great potential to benefit North America and the rest of the world with new solutions to energy and related environmental challenges. “The Houston area and the cities of Alberta have much in common, and we believe this relationship will lead to important joint projects and deep research relationships.”The MOU grew out of Stelmach’s missions to Texas in 2008 and 2009, where he met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and business leaders and visited Rice and the Smalley Institute. During these missions, the premier discussed Alberta’s commitment to clean technologies, like carbon capture and sequestration and the role other technologies, like nanotechnology, can play in the greater energy equation.“In both Alberta and Texas, energy is our foundation, and technology and innovation are our future,” said Stelmach. “Combining the energy and nanotechnology expertise of teams in Alberta and Texas could help bring about energy technology solutions that haven’t even been considered yet.”Earlier this year Stelmach addressed Rice students and faculty as well as energy executives at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, telling them, “The best legacy we could leave for the next generation is a cleaner environment based on science and research.”Wade Adams, director of the Smalley Institute, said the interests of nanoAlberta and those of his team at Rice are perfectly aligned. “We want to help them figure out how to extract oil from their resources in a more environmentally friendly way, a more efficient way and one that will cause less damage to their own territory as well as provide oil for the needs of the human race, as they become a more important source of it.”Adams noted America is the biggest market for Canadian oil, and he said Rice is also eager to work with nanoAlberta on applications for health care, another area of common interest. “It makes sense that we help them in any way we can,” he said.Adams accompanied Leebron to the signing ceremony. Emil Peña, executive director of the university’s Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, will help coordinate Rice’s efforts.NanoAlberta works with industry, researchers and investors to help build the province’s nanotechnology industry and apply the benefits of nano research to the energy, environmental, medical, agriculture and forestry sectors. Alberta aims to generate $20 billion in nanotechnology commerce by 2020. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more