As St Lukes Hospital nears completion neighbors worry about parking and a

first_img 0% Tags: St. Luke’s Hospital Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Instead of praising the construction of St. Luke’s Campus for being on time and only months away from completion, neighbors who attended a meeting Wednesday were unhappy about access to an open-air plaza and the possibility of having to give up either parking or a bike lane along Cesar Chavez Street. Paul Klemish, the project director, showed neighbors the plan to widen the sidewalk on Cesar Chavez Street between Guerrero and Valencia streets by four to six feet for a curb extension.“Do you know how the bike lane would be affected?” asked one man in the audience of some 13 who attended the meeting at St. Luke’s Campus. Klemish said he hoped the bike lane would be moved out slightly and not merged with the lane of traffic. However, he said he could not be entirely sure until the city granted him the construction permit.center_img Either the bike lane or street parking would have to go, said Arly Cassidy, a neighbor who works as a city planner for the Town of Portola Valley.Steven Spaid, the construction administrator, and Vahram Massehian, the project manager for CPMC Sutter Health, which owns St. Luke’s hospital, said the bike lane would remain.“So, no street parking,” Cassidy said. “That’s great.” Klemish said that he was still uncertain about the outcome and moved on to talk about the future of the open plaza that would connect 27th Street to Cesar Chavez Street.  The plans show an elevated plaza with a variety of green spaces, with benches for seating and a series of stairways that would allow both community members and patients of St. Luke’s to pass through.In a development agreement with the city, the plaza will replace San Jose Avenue between Cesar Chavez and 27th streets.A rendering of the plaza that connects Cesar Chavez and 27th streets. Illustration courtesy of Sutter Health CPMC.Klemish said the hospital expected to keep the plaza open at all times, but he also did not rule out closing it during specific hours. “I’m really surprised there was not a ramp added,” said Cassidy when speaking of the plaza. Without a ramp, she continued, St. Luke’s would have to allow those in wheelchairs to enter the hospital at any time, so that they would have equal access to the plaza. She assumed that this would be required under the Americans with Disability Act. Spaid said that they had considered a ramp, but ultimately their accessibility reviewer advised that, “there is no accessible requirement for exterior space, only interior space.”“Morally or legally?” said Jesse Nichols, who lives on 27th Street. “Legally,” shouted one member of the audience.“Well,” said Spaid, “legally.”Klemish briefly moved the conversation along, but it eventually returned to plaza access. Spaid said there are some alternatives, such as adding an exterior elevator. And he seemed open to discussing other options.After the meeting, Massehian said he was thankful for the engaged citizens. If this many informed people had shown up to the first meeting for St. Luke’s, he said, “we might have had a slightly different project.” The next opportunity for citizens to shape a project will be in the development of Guerrero Park, which sits at the intersection of 28th Street, Guerrero Street and San Jose Avenue, which will have its first community meeting on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s. last_img read more

The BBC Trust has announced that it has instructed

first_imgThe BBC Trust has announced that it has instructed the BBC to look again at the review of local radio and its original proposals which would have had significant impact on local sports broadcasting.In his announcement, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten gave notice to the impact the proposals would have on Rugby League in particular and instructed the BBC to ensure “ways are found to continue to protect more specialist and distinctive local content out of peak.”He continued, “alongside local news and information, the evening and weekend schedules of many local radio stations carry unique or specialist local content that is of particular value to their audience – for instance sports coverage that has a particular resonance in a particular area such as Rugby League and football.”Specifically, the BBC Trust asked the BBC to review three key areas:To scale back plans for local radio to share programmes in the afternoon;To ensure that local stations have “an adequately staffed newsroom”; andTo protect specialist content outside peak times – for example local sports or specialist music shows.Since the BBC put forward its consultation, the RFL led the campaign on behalf of all sports alongside the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group to ensure that better solutions could be found. The RFL worked with other sports bodies and fans of Rugby League to respond to the consultation – which resulted in more submissions than ever before; the lion’s share of which came from Rugby League fans.On hearing the announcement, RFL Chairman Richard Lewis said: “This is excellent news for fans of all sports and particularly Rugby League which as a community-focused game would have been the worst hit if the BBC’s plans were implemented.“The sports output from BBC local radio stations is one of the defining qualities of a region and we are encouraged that the BBC Trust have listened to the voice of local people and have decided to re-think their proposals. I want to thank the Members of Parliament in the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group and all those that took the time to write to the BBC. The voice of Rugby League fans has obviously made a huge difference.“We recognise the difficult situation the BBC faces and appreciate it has to make tough choices, however this review gives us the opportunity to consider other options and I look forward to the RFL and the BBC working together to find a more pragmatic solution.”last_img read more

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The majority of the players are now back in traini

first_imgThe majority of the players are now back in training with just the club’s England contingent to return.“I’m confident with the squad,” the head coach said. “I’m really happy with the new players we have brought in and the younger players who have benefited from the experience they got last season.“Danny Richardson had his first full season in Super League and then you have Matty Lees and Jack Ashworth plus the likes of Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace who are still young too.“The young guys got plenty of game time last year and contributed. That will help us this year.”Holbrook reported that James Roby had surgery on his shoulder in the off-season but is back and in full training.Alex Walmsley is also taking part in pre-season and will have a scan on his neck next week.“Officially, it is similar from our last update,” he continued. “Alex has to get enough bone regrowth to be able to play and he gets a scan and sees a specialist next week. In training he is doing everything asked of him; he is just waiting for the green light to play.“Pre-season is going well and we’re almost back together. Theo (Fages) came in this week and Joseph Paulo has also come in. The England players are due in next Monday.“We started last season really well so there will be a similar build up this time around. It’s about individuals getting to where we want them to be before the team comes together.“The new players coming in will alter how we play slightly but we won’t throw everything out of the window. We won 26 from 30 last season but, with that in mind, we don’t want to do the same as we don’t want the same outcome.“It wasn’t a frustrating season, just disappointing in the end. We had two completely different exits from competitions we wanted to win.“We had won a lot of games before that semi-final with Catalan but we got ambushed. In the other semi-final, there wasn’t a lot in the game. We were leading with five minutes to go so it was disappointing we couldn’t hang on and get it done.”He continues: “It’s early days but I’m excited to see how the season will pan out. You can’t imagine Leeds not being thereabouts and I thought Warrington were really strong last year. Wigan won the comp and then you have Hull, Cas and Catalans too. Everyone looks really strong.“There have been some big signings at some clubs too so I’m expecting it to be another good season.”Tickets for all Saints 2019 Betfred Super League home games – including the blockbusting opener against Wigan on January 31 – are now on sale.You can get yours by calling into the Ticket Office, tel: 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

How will the eclipse affect solar energy production in North Carolina

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “It’s a very strange phenomenon, happens once in a lifetime to a lot of people,” said Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless.Less than two weeks from now, much of the country will experience darkness in the middle of the day.- Advertisement – During this period, solar power companies are forced to make changes.“We’re going to keep the energy grid stable, make sure people enjoy the solar eclipse,” said Wheeless.What you may not know is that North Carolina is a leader in solar power production.Related Article: Sylvia Hatchell stepping down as UNC women’s basketball coach amid investigation“A lot of it is in eastern North Carolina where you have a lot of farmland that was growing tobacco, soybeans over the course of the last 50 years. A lot of those farmers maybe got out of the tobacco business and went into the solar business, so they lease land to solar companies like us and others to build these solar farms,” said Wheeless.On August 21st, companies like Duke Energy will switch from solar to other renewable energy resources like natural gas and hydroelectric.Wheeless says up to two thousand megawatts of solar energy could be lost within a couple of hours. That’s enough to power the homes of a quarter of a million people.“What we’re doing now is planning for what power plants we have in reserve that can come on quickly to take up that slack from solar and then can ramp down when the solar’s coming back up,” said Wheeless.Wheeless says the challenge is keeping the energy grid balanced.“When you lose a lot of solar or power all at once, the grid likes it smooth, so we have to be able to interject new power into the system to make sure the grid is operating evenly and so customers have power regardless, before and after the eclipse,” said Wheeless.So when the sky goes black, you don’t need to worry. Your lights will stay bright.Join us August 21st at 2 p.m. for our special eclipse coverage. It will stream live on our website and our social media platforms so you can take it outside with you and interact with us. You won’t want to miss it.last_img read more

PHOTOS Seniors soak up summer fun during day at Carolina Beach

first_img Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) They set up cabanas for those who may not have wanted to get into the water but still wanted to enjoy time on the sand.For others, they swam along side them as they rode surfboards in with the tide.Related Article: Carolina Beach recognized for wheelchair accessible beachesOcean Cure President Kevin Murphy says it was a great day! Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Ocean Cure is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for those with life challenges and disabilities through surfing. Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Some local seniors had fun in the sun Thursday for Senior Beach Day in Carolina Beach.Ocean Cure took 15 senior citizens from Brightmore of Wilmington out onto the beach to enjoy some sun, waves, and surf.- Advertisement – Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy)center_img Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Brightmore and Ocean Cure team up for 2018 Senior Beach Day on August 9, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) 1 of 6last_img read more

One Tree Hill cast members coming to Wilmington for charity bake sale

first_img This weekend, there will be a “One Tree Hill” themed charity event called “Karen’s Café Bake Sale” featuring actors who held roles on the show including Moira Kelly (Karen Roe), Barbara Alyn Woods (Deb Scott), Grace McKenna Holcomb (Jenny Jagelski) and Jaeden Earle (Lydia Scott).Organizers will hold the event in a vacant warehouse which served as the fictional Tric night club featured in the show.The event will be Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.Related Article: Teen who inspired Holden Beach community dies from cancerWith a $175 weekend pass, fans can get one photo with each celebrity guest in attendance, Karen’s cafe mug and a Karen’s cafe dog tag souvenir. Once in the event, guests can buy extra photos, a duo photo with Moira and Barbara, and autographs with each.You can also access the bake sale, food and drinks, and experience Tric and a special recreation of the Red Bedroom Records set.Eighty-percent of the net proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s. The event is hosted by Friends with Benefit Charity events. Click here for tickets to the event. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A three-day event this weekend benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is sure to delight fans of the once hugely-popular teen drama “One Tree Hill.”The series debuted in 2003 and wrapped production in 2011. It was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and on location in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chirp – the new way to share smartphone data

first_imgAdvertisement Currently, this content is limited to pictures, links to websites or 140-character messages, much like its precursor, Twitter. These appear in a feed similar to Facebook’s timeline.The designers, however, have grand designs for the future of their invention and see it revolutionizing the world of social media marketing. It could, they claim, be used to send messages across the radio which prompt related downloads, could be used at events to “chirp” content over the speakers or could even be used to make payments in shops.Chirp is unique in that it can send data to multiple devices in one go, without them needing to be paired. Furthermore, if smartphones are out of network reach when they receive the ‘chirp’, they will remember it for later and download the content once they are back online. – Advertisement – “We are pretty sure this is unique,” chief executive of Animal Systems, Patrick Bergel said.“We solve the problem of having to pair devices to move data. It’s fairly novel to be able to transmit information to anyone who is in earshot – a large number of devices can share the same information at the same time using sound. You can also use it as a device shifting mechanism. In the future you will be able to chirp yourself a link to a map from your laptop.”It is free to use, but companies will be charged a fee for add-on services.Mr Bergel says Chirp’s distinctive sound allows it to work at low volumes in relatively noisy locations such as pubs, clubs or busy streets.It can also work over public address systems or radio transmissions – potentially allowing broadcasters a way to send up-to-date pictures or links to background information; or an advertiser to send coupons or snippets of a song or promotional video.Animal Systems subscribes to a “blacklist” service to prevent users transmitting known pornographic or illegal-content website links. However, it does not plan to moderate other material.The application works by uploading a user’s material to the firm’s servers. The data is then identified with a 50-bit address space: one of trillions of available identifiers. This location is then sent to the sender’s device. When the user presses a button in the app it plays an audio-encoded version of the address.For now Chirp is only available as an iPhone app. An Android version is promised “soon”. Source: BBClast_img read more

Liberia LoneStar Cell MTNs suspension could be security nightmare

first_imgAdvertisement The Heritage from Monrovia reports that management of LoneStar Cell MTN has described plans by Liberia’s Telecommunications Authority (LTA) to suspend its operating license for three days as “a serious security nightmare to the country”.LoneStar Cell MTN’s management is concerned the decision by the LTA to suspend its operations could result in a security nightmare for the country. (Image: Google/frontpageafricaonline.com)The LTA recently announced the suspension of two operational licenses of the telecommunications services provider as “a punitive measure from the Board of Commissioners resulting from LoneStar Cell MTN’s ‘unilateral’ implementation of an ‘unauthorised’ change in its status of its interconnection with Comium-Liberia from May 18, 2012 to May 21, 2012,” the report states. – Advertisement – Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, Corporate Communications Executive at LoneStar Cell MTN, is quoted as saying, “”Imagine the level of chaos that the dismissal of just 40 persons from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) is causing in the country. Moreover, you remove over 5,000 Liberians who are dependent on these jobs, at once. This poses a great threat to national security and we shouldn’t be taking that chance.”According to the LTA the suspension means LoneStar Cell MTN customers can receive calls but not make calls for the duration of the suspension, which, as reported, is scheduled to run from 3 December to 5 December.The regulatory body stipulated that customers in areas that are exclusively serviced by LoneStar Cell MTN will be exempted from the order, but the company will have to pay 25% of revenue generated from such operations to the government of Liberia.However, management at LoneStar Cell MTN have refuted the reasoning behind the suspension and that this action will “jeopardise the business of LoneStar Cell MTN and could destroy some of its major equipment.” The company also stressed concern that it could also result in the loss of its partner, the MTN Group.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

Uganda maintains position in Global ICT rankings

first_imgAdvertisement Uganda maintained its ranking in its usage of ICT-related competitiveness at position 110 out of 144 countries and 14th in Africa, according to the  Global Information Technology Report 2013. The report finds most developing economies still failing to create the conditions necessary to close the ICT-related competitiveness gap with advanced economies.Despite efforts in the past decade to improve information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure in developing economies, there remains a new digital divide in how countries harness ICT to deliver competitiveness and well-being.The Networked Readiness Index, calculated by the WEF and INSEAD, ranked 144 economies based on their capacity to exploit the opportunities offered by the digital age. The ranking capacity is determined by the quality of the regulatory, business and innovation environments, the degree of preparedness, the actual usage of ICTs, as well as the societal and economic impacts of ICTs. – Advertisement – According to the Davos-based Forum, the assessment is based on a broad range of indicators from Internet access and adult literacy to mobile phone subscriptions and the availability of venture capital, adding that indicators such as patent applications and e-government services gauge the social and economic impact of digitization.On the African continent, the top countries are Mauritius (55th with a score of 4.12), South Africa (at 70th with a score of 3.87), Seychelles (79th with a score of 3.80) and Egypt (80th with a score of 3.78), Cape Verde (81st with a score of 3.78), Rwanda (88th with a score of 3.68), Morocco (at 89th with a score of 3.64) and Kenya (92nd with a score of 3.54), Ghana(at 95th with a score of 3.51) and Botswana(96nd with a score of 3.50).A Pdf copy of the rankings can be downloaded here.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 6 November6.30 KemptonEchua 14/1 > 4/13.25 WarwickGuess Again 9/2 > 11/45.30 KemptonJohn Biscuit 10/1 > 13/27.00 KemptonGatewood 15/8 > 13/8Chelsea weak tonightlast_img

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [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.Sunday 6 MarchRACING2.10 NaasGurteen 2/1 > 6/43.20 SedhefieldAskamore Darsi 9/2 > 7/24.10 NaasCall It Magic 7/4 > 10/11CHELTENHAM MOVERSCLAN DES OBEAUX 22/1 > 16/1Triumph HurdleLIVE FOOTBALLPremier League1:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/4 Crystal Palace 11/10 Liverpool 5/2 DRAWPremier League4:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD16/5 West Brom evens Man Utd 9/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

Ecodetector will hunt GMOs that escape to environment

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/1010_GMO-2-WEB-2ej8o3j.jpgStudents test the contents of a stream at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility. Rice University scientists will bring the light transmission spectrometer into the field under natural conditions as part of the device’s testing. (Credit: Arial Shogren) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/1010_GMO-1-web-2ix2dum.jpgScott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences at Rice University, is leading a project to develop technology that will monitor and quantify genetically engineered organisms and their byproducts in the environment. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share3Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduEco-detector will hunt GMOs that escape to environmentRice University scientists lead development of tools to track genetically engineered organisms HOUSTON – (Oct. 10, 2016) – Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment.With federal support, researchers led by Rice’s Scott Egan, an assistant professor of biosciences, are building tools to detect, quantify and track the dispersal of genetically engineered crops and animals and their byproducts.The technology being developed over five years will allow researchers to sample water from the environment and analyze it for the presence of DNA or proteins from organisms that have been engineered for specific purposes but may have unintended consequences.“Bt-corn is a good example,” Egan said. “This genetically modified corn has a gene from bacteria that kills some of the herbivorous insects that attack it. It’s a wonderful invention that lets us produce more corn per unit area.“But then that corn and the detritus — the leaves, stems and roots — get into the creek system. And lo and behold, a very close relative to the herbivores that attack the corn is the caddisfly, which lives within the aquatic system.” Caddisflies are a critical member of aquatic ecosystems, Egan said, and negative impacts to the species could cascade throughout the aquatic environment. He noted a study had already found Bt proteins from Bt-corn distributed throughout aquatic systems in a county in Indiana.“That’s the spirit behind the grant,” he said. “We have these wonderful (genetic) technologies but we should also have the tools to detect them if they get outside their intended ranges.”The project is not specific to any genetically altered crop or species, Egan said. “It’s meant as a tool that can be used in any situation to detect and quantify, and get that information back to the stakeholders in the field or Department of Natural Resources folks who care about whether certain chemicals are floating around.”The technology is being developed with consecutive grants totaling about $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funneled through its Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants. The funding has made possible an ambitious plan to outline where and how genetically modified organisms could impact nature.Egan’s multidisciplinary team includes physicists, biogeochemists, eco-hydrologists and engineers at Rice, Notre Dame and Purdue universities and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York.Having developed and tested a light transmission spectrometer (LTS) to find signs of genetically modified DNA in the wild, the collaborators will now refine it to not only find signs of proteins related to genetically engineered organisms but also to quantify them.Egan, who grew up in Texas and joined Rice in 2013, considers this part of his work ecological forensics and thinks of the portable LTS as the ecologist’s equivalent of a “Star Trek” tricorder.“The tricorder inspired what we’re trying to do,” Egan said.He said the LTS will bind nanoparticles to target DNA or antibodies to proteins from genetically modified organisms. Upon binding, Egan said, the targets become big enough for detection and quantification.“We have nanoparticle physicists in the field who don’t do biology but deal with the way in which light is absorbed and fragmented and scattered at the nanoscale,” he said. “They can interpret that information to measure things at very small scales.”The researchers hope to detect ever smaller amounts of genetic material from plant and animal detritus. “Right now, LTS requires about 50 copies of the target DNA per milliliter of water, which is pretty high,” Egan said. “Lab-based qPCR works at about three copies per mil. That’s something we’re working toward.” QPCR stands for quantitative polymerase chain reaction, a method to monitor the amplification of a targeted DNA molecule.Initial tests of LTS will take place in controlled environments, he said. “First, in the lab, we’ll test microcosms in baby pools or cattle tanks. Second, we’ll work at three awesome field-like experimental setups, where we can scale up ecological capacity. One is the Cary Institute, which has replicated synthetic streams in a giant greenhouse. We’ll add some complexity, change the substrate from tiny gravel to large gravel, add biofilm, things like that.“We’ll also explore this at a truly outdoor experimental system called ND-LEEF (the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility), which has flow-through systems with a creek running into a pond running into a wetland. We can release water that was in contact with a genetically modified organism that would have its DNA or proteins to test for their presence.“Third, we’ll test at the flume flow-through at the hydrodynamics lab at Purdue, where they divert part of a river through the lab, and we can explore particle flow and how to detect them. Then we will literally go out in the field for verification,” Egan said.In the future, Egan said LTS technology may be of interest to space scientists who look for the origins of life. “We should be grinding into the center of meteorites and trying to detect very low concentrations of DNA,” he said.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Egan Lab: https://sites.google.com/site/scottpegan/Rice Department of BioSciences: https://biosciences.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/1010_GMO-3-WEB-2826oct.jpgThe original light transmission spectrometer sent results to a monitor in the Ruggiero-Tanner Lab at the University of Notre Dame. The Egan Lab is adapting a portable version of the device developed by physics collaborators at Notre Dame to test for signs of genetically engineered plants and animals in the environment. (Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

Rice U political scientist available to discuss Trumps Supreme Court choice

first_imgShare2Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEditor’s note: Paul Brace is available for phone interviews only. He can be reached directly at 832-628-5285. EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruthdavid@rice.eduAmy McCaig217-417-2901amym@rice.eduRice U. political scientist available to discuss Trump’s Supreme Court choiceHOUSTON – (July 9, 2018) – As President Donald Trump prepares to announce his choice to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss the scenario.“With a GOP majority in the Senate to confirm his choice, President Trump holds a seemingly strong hand,” Brace said. “This majority, however, is razor-thin. Moreover, this confirmation will compete with growing negative headlines concerning the Trump White House, including the Russia investigation, continuing scandals concerning his cabinet and others, North Korea and the negative reactions to Trump’s tariffs. Hence, while he might ultimately prevail, this is not a good time for a protracted battle or, even worse, a defeated nomination on the eve of midterm elections that could drastically alter confirmation politics.”Brace said any of the potential court nominees being considered by Trump can easily be sold to his enthusiastic political base as a win, but added that some of these candidates offer confirmation risks which the president seems unlikely to accept. As of Monday afternoon, Brace said judges Thomas Hardiman and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as the most likely contenders for the high court.Hardiman, judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, has a compelling backstory. He worked as a taxi driver as a student and was the first in his family to graduate from college, Brace said. He has also served alongside Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the Third Circuit.“He is popular among gun rights activists for his dissent in a 2013 New Jersey case involving a handgun law in which he declared, ‘Because the need for self-defense naturally exists both outside and inside the home, I would hold that the Second Amendment applies outside the home,’” he said.Brace said that Kavanaugh, who has sat on the D.C. Circuit Court since 2006, is the “most establishment choice.” A former clerk for Kennedy, Kavanaugh also has extensive ties to the George Bush family, which Brace said could hurt his candidacy because of a long paper trail from the Bush White House and his time as a lawyer for Whitewater independent counsel Ken Starr.“Reviewing this extensive paper trail could slow down a confirmation process that Republicans hope to have wrapped up before the November midterms,” Brace said.Other potential nominees:Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and clerked for the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, is “a superstar among the religious right,” Brace said.“Her academic writings would likely fuel questions about whether Barrett would be willing to cast a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Brace said. “Such concerns would likely loom large at her confirmation hearings and offer prospects for a long and protracted battle. The president’s taste for conflict, while normally strong, is likely attenuated by the confluence of negative headlines and the countdown to the midterm election.”Judge Raymond Kethledge, another former Kennedy clerk who serves on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, has “made a name for himself in conservative circles,” Brace said.“His opinions have been admired by conservatives, but some have expressed reservations concerning his opinions regarding immigration,” he said.Brace is the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences. He is widely published, primarily in the areas of state politics and judicial decision-making. He comments regularly on presidential politics and the judiciary. For more information on Brace, visit http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace/.To schedule an interview with Brace, contact him directly at 832-628-5285. Brace is available for phone interviews only.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 217-417-2901 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Paul Brace bio: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pbrace/.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more

Uber had little impact on traffic deaths in South Africa Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis Share6David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduUber had little impact on traffic deaths in South Africa, Baker Institute expert finds HOUSTON – (Jan. 30, 2019) – Uber may reduce traffic death rates due to drunk driving in the U.S., recent studies suggest, but researchers report a different result in South Africa.A highway in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThe introduction of Uber in South Africa did not lead to either an increase or a large decrease in province-level traffic-related deaths, according to a report co-authored by an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The study is noteworthy because road traffic fatalities are such a serious problem in low-income and middle-income countries that the United Nations considers them a substantial barrier to improving overall population health. In South Africa, the traffic injury mortality rate of 27 deaths per 100,000 people is twice the global average; over 60 percent of those accidents are alcohol-related.Farhan Majid, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at the Baker Institute, co-authored the report, “Estimating Effects of Uber Ride-Sharing Service on Road Traffic-Related Deaths in South Africa: A Quasi-Experimental Study,” with colleagues Jonathan Yinhao Huang of McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy and Mark Daku of Texas Christian University’s Department of Political Science.The researchers used a so-called “difference-in-differences” approach.Analyzing certification data from all deaths reported in South Africa between 2010 and 2014, they investigated the relative change in weekly traffic fatalities between provinces that received Uber services (beginning in 2013) against those that did not.The researchers found that weekly traffic-related deaths dropped in provinces with Uber  compared to provinces without Uber, but the difference was almost insignificant. The effect size was larger in the province that had Uber the longest (Gauteng) and among young adult males (ages 17–39). But the absolute effects were very small (less than 2 deaths per year) and may just reflect a seasonal variation, the authors said.Still, reducing road-traffic injury mortality is a global priority and mobile-based ride sharing technologies like Uber promise to be a novel solution, the authors said.“Replications in this and other low-income and middle-income settings are critically needed,” the researchers wrote. “In South Africa, road-traffic injury mortality represents the fourth largest contributor to lost life years, and costs associated with road traffic injury account for about 3 percent of gross domestic product.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Majid, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media.Related materials:Report: https://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2019/01/11/jech-2018-211006Majid bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/farhan-majidMajid on Twitter: @M_FarhanMajidFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three 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

Breakdown Donald Trump Actually Did Shake Angela Merkels Hand Media Freakout Ensues

first_img Share this article US Show Discussion Share President Donald Trump did, in fact, shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her White House trip—but it was before the cameras were rolling. They also shook hands at the podium.Headlines blared that Trump “refused” to shake Merkel’s hand on camera as they were sitting in the White House, with some media outlets describing it as “awkward.”“Do you want a handshake?” she asked as photographers took their picture. Trump didn’t respond and then Merkel reacted.Previously, Trump shook the hands of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, and he appeared to hold the hand of U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May when she visited the White House. German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked Trump: “Do you want to have a handshake?”Trump’s response: *crickets*https://t.co/SM9M8S8mjA pic.twitter.com/JY60uElrNJ— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) March 17, 2017What happened?1. There is the possibility that Trump simply didn’t hear Merkel. Some reporters or people in the room asked Trump and Merkel for a handshake several times before Merkel asked him directly. Trump, however, avoided eye contact with her. 2. Many of Trump’s supporters don’t trust Merkel. They view her as a “globalist” who sold out her own country by allowing refugees and migrants to flood into Germany. By refusing to shake her hand, an undoubtedly viral moment, Trump can continue to keep his anti-globalist base.In a recent interview with Tucker Carlson, Trump acknowledged that the Democrats will likely never support him, meaning he wants to persist in impressing his voter base.“We’re never gonna get a Democrat vote, they’re not gonna vote for us. If I had the greatest bill in the history of the world, they would not vote for it, because they hate the Republicans—they probably hate me—but they hate the Republicans so badly that they can’t see straight,” the president told the Fox News host this week.While it may have looked “awkward,” his base thought it was great. In the popular pro-Trump sub-Reddit, Trump “publicly clowned her” because she’s a “sell-out elitist globalist traitor.” There were similar declarations made on Twitter.3. Trump was ignoring the request by reporters and photographers in the White House, not Merkel.  center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   President Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. (REUTERS/Jim Bourg) Breakdown: Donald Trump Actually Did Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand, Media Freakout Ensues Anyway By Jack Phillips March 17, 2017 Updated: March 17, 2017last_img read more

Vegas Gunman Shot Security Guard First Officials

first_img Share this article The Las Vegas gunman opened fire on a security guard six minutes before he rained down bullets on a crowd and killed 58 people, officials said on Monday in a change to the timeline of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, was seen on numerous occasions in Las Vegas without any person accompanying him and he gambled the night before the shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at a news conference. He killed himself after the attack.“This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event, and it is difficult for us to find the answers,” said Lombardo, who said he was frustrated with the speed of the investigation.Paddock sprayed an outdoor concert with bursts of gunfire from high above in a Las Vegas hotel window on Oct. 1, killing 58 and wounding hundreds more, before shooting himself.“In coordination with the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit, a comprehensive picture is being drawn as to the suspect’s mental state and currently we do not believe there is one particular event in the suspect’s life for us to key on,” Lombardo said.There is no indication anyone other than Paddock fired on the crowd, Lombardo said, adding investigators are talking to family members and the girlfriend of the gunman. Paddock shot and wounded a security guard who came to his floor at the Mandalay Bay hotel to investigate an open door down near Paddock’s suite, Lombardo said, providing new details on what occurred immediately before the mass shooting.The security guard, Jesus Campos, was struck in the leg as the gunman, from behind his door, shot into the hallway on the 32nd floor. Paddock apparently detected Campos via surveillance cameras he set up outside his hotel suite, police have said.Paddock shot the guard at 9:59 p.m. local time, Lombardo said, shortly before raining down bullets on the Route 91 Harvest festival in an attack that began at 10:05 p.m. and lasted 10 minutes.Police officers found Campos when they arrived on the floor.Paddock had a document in the room with him that contained numbers, Lombardo said, adding he could not immediately say what purpose the figures served.Las Vegas police officer David Newton told CBS News program “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he entered the room and saw a note on the shooter’s nightstand with numbers that appeared to be designed to help his aim.It was unclear why Paddock stopped firing at the crowd, suggesting he may have initially planned to escape, Lombardo said.He shot at jet fuel tanks at McCarran International Airport and had protective gear in the hotel suite and explosives in his parked car, Lombardo said. Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where shooter Stephen Paddock conducted his mass shooting along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., October 6, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Vegas Gunman Shot Security Guard First: Officials By Reuters October 10, 2017 Updated: October 10, 2017 US News center_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

US Food and Drug Administration Warns Dog Owners About Dangers of Bone

first_imgDear reader, we have a little favor to ask of you. We work hard to deliver important and interesting articles to you, but we can’t do it without ad revenue.Please help support independent journalism by sharing this article with your friends and family. It takes less than a minute. Thank you! Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Share this article Share US Food and Drug Administration Warns Dog Owners About Dangers of Bone Treats By Janita Kan November 29, 2017 Updated: November 29, 2017 Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked pet owners to reconsider giving your dog a stocking full of bone treats this Christmas.The federal agency issued warnings to consumers about the dangers of commercial bone treats after 90 dogs fell ill and at least 15 died after eating a bone treat. (Pixabay/54629)According to the FDA, bone treats are different from uncooked butcher-type bones because they are processed and packaged for sale as dog treats. These products could be dried using a smoking process or baking and may contain other ingredients such as preservatives, seasoning, and smoke flavorings. Examples of these treats include Ham Bones, Pork Femur Bones, Rib Bones, and Smokey Knuckle Bones.“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA, said in a statement. (Pixabay/Cherylholt) Dogs may experience a number of health issues after consuming these products, including:Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage of the digestive tract)ChokingCuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsilsVomitingDiarrheaBleeding from the rectum, and/orDeathThe FDA also received reports of product problems, such as moldy-appearing bones, or bone treats splintering when chewed by the pet.Some tips the FDA provided to keep your dog safe include keeping chicken bones and other bones away from the kitchen table, being careful of what is placed in the trash can especially bones, and asking advice from a vet to see what other toys and treats are most suitable for your dogs.“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Stamper advised. (Pixabay/Pezibear)<br /><script src=”//cdn.playbuzz.com/widget/feed.js”></script></p><div class=”pb_feed” data-item=”5f279625-fb16-4ed7-ae29-dcc73470d630″ data-embed-by=”9a180b76-c8d0-408d-8b68-ba4cb28f4688″ data-version=”2″></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p> US News Bone treats can be dangerous for dogs. (Pixabay/esmalen) last_img read more

Court Ruling Deals Minor Blow to Trump on DACA but Opens Door

first_img Share this article Recommended Video: The National Guard Has Started Deploying Troops to the U.S.–Mexico Border  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wait for the arrival of President of France Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron at the White House in Washington on April 23, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) center_img Court Ruling Deals Minor Blow to Trump on DACA, but Opens Door to Victory on Appeal By Bowen Xiao April 25, 2018 Updated: April 26, 2018 A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President Donald Trump does not have the power to legally end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, insisting that protections for these young illegal immigrants must stay.U.S. District Judge John Bates called the president’s decision to end DACA “arbitrary and capricious because the department failed adequately to explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful,” according to a memorandum opinion.The judge’s decision appears to imply that Trump cannot undo executive orders issued by his predecessors, but Bates left an opening for Trump’s administration to appeal the decision by providing an adequate explanation for ending the DACA program.“This is a huge victory for DOJ. By providing a modified justification, this can save the case on appeal,” Josh Blackman, a prominent constitutional-law professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, wrote on Twitter.“I have long called on DHS to issue a revised memo w/ clearer justification for DACA recision. They haven’t done so for political reasons, or otherwise. Now J. Bates has given them a perfect opportunity to do so,” Blackman continued. “And it may actually moot other litigation based on the initial memo.”This latest ruling is the third in recent months to block the Trump administration’s rollback of the program. Two other judges in California and New York had previously ruled it as illegal, even after a judge in Maryland ruled last month that Trump’s phaseout of the program was legal. But both of those rulings have been appealed to circuit courts.“Today’s (Tuesday) order doesn’t change the Department of Justice’s position on the facts: DACA was implemented unilaterally after Congress declined to extend benefits to this same group of illegal aliens,” Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for the department said in a statement. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously defend this position.”O’Malley also called the DACA injunction an “unlawful circumvention of Congress” that was vulnerable to the very challenges that ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, also known as DAPA.DACA was first created by Janet Napolitano who was then the Homeland Security Secretary in 2012 under the Obama administration. It was meant to work as a temporary measure designed to shield individuals brought to the United States as children by their illegal immigrant parents by giving them work permits.From NTD.tv Show Discussion US News last_img read more

Mollie Tibbetts Found Dead Fox Report

first_imgQualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video BREAKING: Two sources tells Fox News Mollie Tibbetts found deceased.— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) August 21, 2018 Tibbetts vanished more than one month ago, and a $366,000 reward is being offered for her return.Earlier this week, her father, Rob Tibbetts, said that he is returning home to California. “Very reluctantly, I’m being told I sort of need to do this,” he told KCRG. “We’ve called this sort of a halftime, a break.”Read MoreEx-FBI Official: Mollie Tibbetts Disappeared With Someone She KnewMollie was last seen in Brooklyn, Iowa, after going for a jog. She had been dogsitting for her boyfriend, Dalton Jack, who has been ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance.“I still feel that way, we all feel that way, that’s why it’s difficult for me knowing there’s a good chance that we’re going to bring her home,” said Rob Tibbetts about returning home. “I want to be there when she arrives.”Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was seen last jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, before she disappeared. Her family reported her missing on July 18 when she didn’t show up for work. Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was seen last jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, before she disappeared. Her family reported her missing on July 18 when she didn’t show up for work. (Facebook / Fox News video screenshot)Meeting with PenceLast week, on Aug. 15, Vice President Mike Pence said he met with the family of Tibbetts, according to the Des Moines Register. “I just want Mollie’s family to know: You’re on the hearts of every American,” he said, “and we will continue to work and we will continue to pray for Mollie’s safe return.”Her father said that the meeting with Pence was “touching” and “genuine,” and Pence was “just another father that was just hurt and bewildered by Mollie’s story,” Fox reported. “He just expressed in a very private way his compassion. It was very genuine and it was real. It was very touching,” Tibbetts said.Related CoverageMollie Tibbetts Case: Boyfriend Dalton Jack Speaks Out About the Search“I got the sense that it was not a politician at all, it was just another father that was just hurt and bewildered by Mollie’s story just like everybody else in America,” Tibbetts added.The father added that he thinks “that ordinary quality of Mollie that people can identify with and that makes this story, this whole episode all the more frightening” is why people, including the vice president, can relate to the case. Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.In an Aug. 13 report, the Register said that investigators have carried out more than 500 interviews.Mitch Mortvedt, assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said that her disappearance is “completely out of character” for Tibbetts.“It is possible that Mollie came into contact with someone who has caused her harm,” Mortvedt said at the time. “Individuals who commit violent crimes often display behavior that is recognized by those with whom they live, work, attend school or are in otherwise close relationships with,” he said. Mollie Tibbetts Found Dead: Fox Report Story is developing; check back for updates laterBy Jack Phillips August 21, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2018 Share Mollie Tibbetts, the missing 20-year-old college student whose case has gripped the nation, was found dead, according to a report on Aug. 21.Two sources told Fox News about the latest development, saying that her body is believed to have been found in Iowa.Other details about the finding are not clear.According to KCRG on Aug. 21, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said that a press conference will be held at 5 p.m. in Montezuma regarding the search for the young woman. The conference will be held at the local sheriff’s office. “Officials won’t confirm anything right now, but say a significant amount of information will be shared,” the KCRG report stated.center_img Show Discussion Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News last_img read more