SAINTS have secured the services of seven young pl

first_imgSAINTS have secured the services of seven young players, six of which hail from the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship programme.Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms.Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community clubs, schools and the army of volunteers that have helped them in Rugby League journey so far.“Players and coaches are excited about the potential of these players and are looking forward to the hard work ahead in trying to convert that potential into successful careers.“The players will have a short break to refresh from a tough year before they are integrated into the under 19s squad in readiness for pre-season in November.”Lewis Furlong – CentreScholarship player at Saints for two years and signed from Clock Face having spent several years at Portico VineRobert Fairclough – Scrum HalfScholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Blackbrook. Played for England Youth v FranceMike Weldon – Second RowScholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from BlackbrookJosh Eaves – Loose Forward/HookerScholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Clock Face having spent several years at HaresfinchMatthew Costello – Full Back/CentreScholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Orrell St JamesBrad Billsborough – Half Back/HookerScholarship player at Saints for two years, signed from Newton StormMatthew Lees – PropScholarship player at Bradford, signed from Rochdale MayfieldBack Row, left to right: Lewis Furlong, Matthew Lees, Mike Weldon, Matthew CostelloFront Row, left to right: Josh Eaves, Brad Billsborough, Robert Faircloughlast_img read more

RCMA Group a global commodities and supply chain

first_imgRCMA Group, a global commodities and supply chain company, has signed as the Saints Principal Partner in a deal that will greatly support and expand the commercial base of the club.The partnership brings a truly global collaboration where St.Helens fans are growing internationally. The RCMA Group boasts offices all over the world including Stratford, London and Liverpool in the UK.The RCMA Group branding will be seen on all Saints home jerseys and the principal branding on the players training wear.Saints’ Dave Hutchinson said:“It is fantastic for the club to have a partner of RCMA Group’s stature on board. Not only do they offer increased valuable commercial support, but they are also able to introduce St.Helens R.F.C. to additional markets and businesses through their extensive network across the globe.“We are extremely grateful of RCMA Group’s support and look forward to the opportunities this brings with it.”Douglas King, Chairman of RCMA Group, added:“We are excited to be partnering with one of the top rugby league sides in the world. Our collaboration with St.Helens comes at the same time as we are also making a new investment in the UK.“We are pleased to announce the start of construction of a sustainable oilseeds processing facility, which will be fully operational in 2017.“Both investments made by RCMA Group pay tribute to the Group’s origins in the UK. The Group is in an expansion phase and we are honoured to be working alongside St.Helens R.F.C. as two global brands and we believe this brings out the best of what our organisations stand for.”last_img read more

UNSOLVED Myrtle Grove teacher found dead in Brunswick Co

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The death of a Myrtle Grove Middle School teacher in 1992 remains unsolved.Charlene Thigpen taught at Myrtle Grove Middle in the early 90s.- Advertisement – “She had that type of behavior, that aura kids were just drawn to her,” Michael Bowen said.Michael Bowen met Charlene Thigpen at UNCW long before they both started teaching at Myrtle Grove Middle School.“We were both athletes there, and she was a standout basketball player there,” Bowen said.Related Article: Police searching for gunman who shot off-duty security officerBowen later became the health and Physical Education teacher at Myrtle Grove. He said Thigpen became a standout teacher.“It was not uncommon for Charlene to come into school dressed very professional, but carry a nice, new pair of Nike basketball shoes under her other teaching materials,” Bowen said.He said that always meant one thing.“She was going to find a kid that’s having academic trouble or behavior trouble and she would normally come to me and say, ‘Can I get a basketball for lunch?’ She would probably beat up on them with a one-on-one basketball game and then have the life lesson afterwards,” Bowen said.On February 27, 1992, Thigpen went missing. Detectives said the last time she was seen alive, she was heading northbound on Kerr Avenue in the 400 block towards Market Street in her vehicle. Behind her was a blue 1990 Mazda 626 four-door directly behind her.Detectives said that car belonged to Thigpen’s husband Oliver. Civilian Investigative Specialist Jim Westbrook with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said the couple was seen leaving their babysitter’s house that day.“Her car was found abandoned on March 3 in a parking lot next to Hilou Market on Princess Place Drive,” Westbrook said.On April 23, her body was found in Brunswick County.“We had laborers out mowing an area where they had power lines off Highway 74/76 just east of Sawmill Road,” Westbrook said. “Their mower accidentally hit a discarded sofa, and that sofa, when turned over, they found the body, and it was in two trash bags.”Westbrook said Thigpen’s body had been there for so long, the medical examiner could not find a cause of death. He said There were indications in the autopsy that her neck had been damaged, but it was not significant evidence.As detectives started looking for a suspect, the Myrtle Grove community was in pieces.“It was a rough day, a for some kids, especially our black population in the school, because she was such a unique figure,” Bowen said. “There’s not that many black female teachers in middle school still to this day, and so it was devastating.”Bowen said it was news he just could not believe.“You hear people that say, ‘Oh, they didn’t have an enemy in the world,’ Bowen said. “Charlene was that girl. I mean she never spoke ill of anybody, and she was a strong Christian woman, very involved in her church. You’re just… just dumbfounded as how, how someone can do this to her.”After 26 years, investigators are still trying to answer that question.“We are wondering if anybody happened to have seen that car being left there in that particular parking lot or just anything else,” Thigpen said.In the meantime, Bowen said their star teacher has not been forgotten.“There’s the Charlene Thigpen Award that we give out each year,” Bowen said.It is given to a star student who embodies her legacy.“Several years ago, I thought it would be appropriate because I think she impacted so many black lives that she would be honored that it would just go to a black female that had those same attributes that she did,” Bowen said.If you know anything, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Ocean Isle Beach police search for accused seat cushion thief

first_img If you know any information, you are asked to contact Det. Rich Heycock with the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department at 910-274-1746. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department is seeking your help in identifying the person they say stole seat cushions from a beach house last week.Home video captured a person taking seat cushions from a home in the Island Park area on February 27 around 11 a.m.- Advertisement – last_img

WPD officers awarded for busting multistate counterfeit ring

first_img“It’s nice that we get to catch these guys,” Bridgeforth said. “Not only do we get to catch them in the act, but we stopped them. Ever since that day we have not seen any more of that counterfeit come across nationwide.”Officers arrested Shawn Buzbee, 46, and Sabe Buzbee, 37, on August 6 for a counterfeit operation that spanned from Florida to North Carolina. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The United States Secret Service presented four Wilmington Police Department officers with certificates of appreciation Tuesday afternoon for their help in busting a multi-state counterfeit ring.Ofc. Dominick Calderone, Ofc. Kirby Kealon, Detective Cardiellea Barksdale and Detective Brandon Reece received their awards during a ceremony with US Secret Service Agent Brandon Bridgeforth.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Ground broken for 30M hotel in downtown Wilmington

first_imgCity leaders broke ground on a new Aloft hotel on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is making more room for visitors.City leaders met Friday morning downtown to break ground on a new $30 million hotel.- Advertisement – The new Aloft hotel will be located next to the Coastline Conference and Events Center on Nutt Street and add 125 more rooms for travelers.Leaders says travel and tourism are the biggest economic drivers in the county.Planners hope the hotel’s close proximity to the convention center will attract more programs and events.An artist’s rendering of the planned Aloft Coastline Hotel along the downtown Wilmington riverfront. (Photo: Developed)Related Article: Frying Pan Tower to host extreme experience for athletesThe hotel will feature a bar named WXYZ, rooftop dining and work and meeting space.“[The hotel] will have enough room for their delegates, so having more rooms within close proximity to that facility is really important for maximizing economic impact in that convention center,” President of Wilmington Downtown Incorporated Ed Wolverton said.The project is expected to be completed by the summer 2020.last_img read more

The most difficult moment in my life was when I signed the

first_imgIn her first interview after ending her career, President Emeritus Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said that one of the most difficult moment in her life was when she signed the law regarding the Embryo Protection Act.In an interview with Fr Joe Borg during the programme Newsline on RTK 103FM, the President Emeritus Coleiro Preca stated that she is not against IVF, but her concern is more about what will happen to the embryos.She mentioned how during her presidency, she passed through a period of moral and ethical discernment, and when she decided to sign the law was because it was passed through Parliament. She also explained how after that discernment, she chose to sign for the first time as a President, while stating a clear message to the same Parliament. Coleiro Preca continued to discuss how a person will always carry his/her ethnic and moral issues, even if the person is a President.“I would have resigned before signing a law in favour of abortion”The former President said that if she was in the same position of signing a law in favour of abortion, she would have resigned on the spot, as that would have been a completely different scenario.“These were my greatest moments of anguish during my presidency”She talked about what she described as her greatest moments of anguish during her presidency, which included the Paqpaqli incident and the murder of the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.READ: Plethora of tributes on Daphne’s one year murder anniversaryREAD: Paqpaqli: The Porsche did not touch grass before crashWhatsApp <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

Orange Kenya Gets Free Wikipedia Access

first_imgAdvertisement Orange currently has more than 70 million subscribers in Africa and the Middle East.According to The Star in Nairobi, “the service is geared at supporting Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative of spreading free knowledge to the billions of people around the world, whose primary opportunity to access the internet is via a mobile device.”This will be only the second time that an African mobile service operator has been granted permission to supply its users with free access to the website, as Uganda has already implemented the technology another agreement between the Orange Group and the Wikimedia Foundation. – Advertisement – Source: IT NEWS AFRICAlast_img read more

Japanese Government Launches Internet Fasting Camps

first_imgAdvertisement The Japanese government is introducing a novel solution to the country’s half a million Web-addicted teens: Internet “fasting camps,” where kids can enjoy the great outdoors, no gadgets allowed. According to a report in The Japan Times, Japan’s Education Ministry plans to set up the camps next year, offering addicted students a chance to unplug from their computers and smartphones, enjoy some time in the real world, and face their addictions head-on with tablet-free counseling sessions and lectures.The ministry adds that the 518,000 students in Japan who are addicted are at risk of a host of problems, such as poor grades, sleep and nutritional problems, depression, and even deep vein thrombosis gets a mention.While centres for internet addiction already exist in many countries, such as South Korea, hyper-connected Japan is behind the curve with only a handful of centers specialising in Internet addition, the report added. – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Silicon Valley’s stressed-out tech junkies can head to California’s Camp Grounded, a summer camp for adults who leave their gadgets behind and get back to basics with bunk beds and bonfires. The camps are organised by Oakland, California-based wellness organisation Digital Detox, which offers monthly retreats and device-free cocktail parties. The company offered three international retreats this spring, with a Ukiah, California-based retreat coming up next month.The hotel industry has also tapped the digital detox trend with some establishments requiring guests to hand over their electronic devices at the front desk. They range from a simple “Be Unplugged” option at the Quincy Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., to more developed unplugged packages like one offered by St. Vincent and the Grenadines. – AFPRelaxnews 2013.Credit: TheStarOnlinelast_img read more

Kickstarter hacked Change your password immediately

first_imgAdvertisement Over the weekend, Kickstarter announced that it has been hacked, and private customer information on Wednesday night had been accessed.The company says that no credit card information was accessed by hackers, but is advising all users of the service to reset their password immediately and ensure that any other accounts that use the same password be changed as soon as possible.Other personal information including email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords were compromised in the attack. – Advertisement – Kickstarter has “since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways and is working closely with law enforcement.”Source: TNWlast_img read more

Unveiling of the 2017 Young Achievers Awards Winners

first_imgVodafone Marketing Director, Progress Chisenga (2nd right) holding and representing the overall Young Achiever Award poses for a picture with (left –right) Founder of the Awards Awel Uwihanganye; Social Entrepreneurship Award winner Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador; Fiona Kayitesi, Vodafone Youth Program Manager; Creative Arts-Fashion Award winner Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection; and Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda at the prestigious 2017 Young Achievers Awards recently. Advertisement The 2017 Young Achievers Awards winners were announced on Saturday 12th, August 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.The Young Achievers Awards, is an award program that was started over five years ago to identify and recognize young people in Uganda that have demonstrated excellence, innovation and leadership in their respective fields.“The awards overall objective is to showcase the best examples of young entrepreneurs and leaders to serve as examples for their peers, so that they may inspire an entire generation to do just as much or even more.” Said Humphrey Nabimanya, the Team Leader & Founder of Reach A Hand Uganda. – Advertisement – Ever since its inception the Young Achievers Awards has established itself as arguably the most prestigious awards’ event of its kind in the region. Past winners and recipients of the award include entrepreneur Nelson Tugume, Scientist and Researcher Godfrey Atuhaire, Musician Keko, Tennis champion Duncan Mugabe and two regional presidents H.E Museveni as well as H.E Kagame for the Life Time Achievement Award.“It is a great privilege and joy for us at Vodafone Uganda through our youth livelihoods project Jump by Vodafone that seeks to use the power of the internet to promote youth empowerment through e-learning, to be part of this year’s edition of the Young Achievers Awards.” Said Progress Chisenga, Vodafone Uganda Marketing Manager.This year’s edition of the awards which was announced on January 23rd, attracted over 300 applicants from different parts of the country that were vetted by two panels of distinguished judges. The first phase involved category judges who assessed the top ten nominees in each category to  choose the top 5.  The second phase that involved the audit judges who chose the winners in each of the categories that attracted nominations.The recipients of this year’s special awards included Prof. Peter Mugyenyi for the Heroes Award for demonstrating excellence in fighting HIV/AIDS in Uganda and beyond. Ali Mufuruki, a renown Tanzanian businessperson and founder of the Infotech Investment Group LTD received the Lifetime Achievement Award for building being an advocate for youth empowerment across the East African Region.Other special award categories included The Young Achievers Star Hall of Fame that was awarded to Hon. Amelia Kyambadde who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and sacrifice in supporting the Young Achievers Awards Program.World Economic Forum Outlook on Global Agenda 2014 puts 50% on poverty, Unemployment and youth unemployment as Africa’s key challenges. These Achievers are an example of the great opportunity that lies in the huge numbers of African youths, as opposed to being the problem.The Award ceremony will see the presence of key young people working closely elevate our country and as an organisation, we continue to support strong and robust Youth Engagement in our communities, and giving young people tools to realize their true potential.Full list of winners  of the 2017 Young Achievers Awards Overall Young Achiever of the Year: ZIlla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies.Young Achievers Award for Business: Ricky Papa Thompson, Co-Founder of SafeBoda.Young Achievers Award for Outstanding Sports Personality: Jacob Kiplimo, Athlete.Young Achievers Award for  Media and Journalism Excellence: Ronald Wandera, Founder of UG Extra.Young Achievers Award for Innovations & ICT: Gerald Otim, Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Ensibuko.Young Achievers Award for Social Entrepreneurship: Muhammed Kisirisa aka Slum Ambassador, Executive Director of AFFCADYoung Achievers Award for Farming and Agro-Processing: Zilla Mary Arach, Co-Founder of Lacel Technologies.Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Music) Category: Milege Band.Young Achievers Award for  Creative Arts (Fashion): Brian Ahumuza of Abryanz Collection.Young Achievers Award for Creative Arts (Film and Photography): Ian Akankwasa aka Sasha Vybz.Lifetime Achievement Award: Ali Mufuruki.Hero Award: Prof. Peter Mugyenyi.Star Hall of Fame Award: Hon. Amelia Kyambadde.last_img read more

Inspiration in Estepona

first_imgI saw an incredible woman on the beach today.I’m over in Spain for a few days for my old friend, Ian Marmion’s, fortiethbirthday celebrations and I am delighted to let you know, blog, that I havestolen a few hours each day to chill out on the beach in Estepona. Thewater has been warm, with some cracking waves rolling over, and the weatherhas been fine. Life is good.This afternoon I was stranded on my sun lounger, as usual, looking like anenormous pink beached jellyfish, and a very attractive woman, the other sideof the beach, caught my eye. A mother of two children, that she was lookingafter, swimming in the sea and building sand-castles with, feeding up on aSpanish picnic, and keeping generally entertained…all with just one arm.The way she managed to compensate and use her ‘stump’ (are you allowed touse the word ‘stump’, blog? Is there a preferential adjective available?)was quite inspirational. Nothing stopped her and it was transfixing to seethe way she didn’t allow herself to be held back in any way.Did I go over and have a chat with her? Did I pay her an admiringcompliment?Naaahhhhh.Noooohhhh.Wouldn’t want to do anything possibly productive or chivalrous like that.Might involve having a little bit of spine in a moment of slight socialawkwardness. No, no, no. What a silly thing to do, that would be.WEAK. WEAK MAN.In other news:Carrying on in a similar vein (actual disability, not my social inability) Iwent to the Paralympics recently and saw the table tennis. I have to behonest and say that it wasn’t thrilling but the great sense of human spirithung in the air thickly enough to cut with a knife. It was one of thoseevents where you just want everyone to win and make their dreams come trueon what would have, most probably, been the biggest day of their lives.Later that evening I went for dinner with Jerry ‘Warfumstaw’ Croxford andTom Power, and the superb event that is the Paralympics, was our primarypoint of discussion. Then out of the blue, Tom told us that he was amazedJoe Cocker had achieved so much as a musician, seeing as he was a ‘spastic’.I was simply lost for words and, in spite of Tom’s protests, I ridiculed hissuggestions that the said singer, had Downs Syndrome. Tom was deadlyserious though, simply wouldnt hear any of my claims to the contrary, andsaid that he had been informed by a ‘very reliable source.’. Err, yes,possibly the same source that informs the Scottish Highlands police eachweek of Loch Ness Monster sightings?!I am able to confirm to all, not just Tom Power, having searched at lengthregarding this topic, using Google, that Joe Cocker, most definitely, doesNOT have Downs Syndrome.Will get back to you again soon, blog.Ben xlast_img read more

World Cup Wire MONDAY

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first_imgYou can’t miss our incredible ‘Insure Vautour’ Thursday offer !!!Back VAUTOUR in today’s JLT Novices’ Chase and if he finishes out of the first three you’ll get your money back up to £500 !!!!TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Maximum £500 win singles only(2) Stake returned as a free bet(3) Applies to bets placed over the telephone only(4) Accumulators will not qualify for this offer.(5) This offer is open to new and existing customers.(6) This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other current Star Sports promotion. nor can Free Bets be used to participate in this offer.(7) Star Sports reserves the right to amend or withdraw this promotion at any point.(8) Star Sports general rules and terms & conditions apply.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Arsenal

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]I[/dropcap]f Liverpool didn’t kill off every acca yesterday in all kingdom come then Spurs made sure in the later kick off. A disastrous result for both sides in terms of dropped points in games they dominated. Potential champions need to do better than that.It’s ridiculously early in the season but Man City are looking rock solid and the title race already looking a three-horse race between them, Man U and Chelsea.Man U and Chelsea both have home games and the home double looks fairly solid in my book.First up, Chelsea take on Arsenal at 1.30pm – a fixture that usually produces goals and despite an early weakness on Chelsea earlier this morning the market has again turned more positive towards them approaching kick off.This should surely be a good time for Chelsea to be taking on the Gunners who have already found Stoke and Liverpool too good this season and only scrambled home to beat Leicester 4-3.Chelsea have bounced back strongly since their opening weekend defeat to Burnley (who continue to play well) and have beaten Spurs, Everton and Leicester in the Premier League and demolished FK Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: “I think that Arsenal is one of the six top teams in England and I think that they have a really good squad and want to fight for something important.“For this reason, I think it is a massive game for us. When you play against Arsenal it is the same as when you play against [Manchester] City, Liverpool, [Manchester] United or Tottenham.“Arsenal are a big rival. I don’t understand why they can’t fight for the title.”The timing of the European games certainly favour Chelsea – Arsenal played 48 (or rather 49) hours later on Thursday when their kick off was delayed. Despite falling behind to FC Cologne, Arsenal ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.Captain Gary Cahill returns to the starting XI for Chelsea and Eden Hazard is on the bench having recovered from a fractured ankle.Theo Walcott is on Arsenal’s bench having sustaining a calf injury in their Europa League game.Chelsea v ArsenalPremier League13:30 Sky Sports Premier / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2017 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-1 ChelseaMay 2017 FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaFeb 2017 PREMIER Chelsea 3-1 ArsenalSep 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 3-0 ChelseaJan 2016 PREMIER Arsenal 0-1 ChelseaSep 2015 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalAug 2015 COMMUNITY SHIELD Arsenal 1-0 ChelseaApr 2015 PREMIER Arsenal 0-0 ChelseaOct 2014 PREMIER Chelsea 2-0 ArsenalMar 2014 PREMIER Chelsea 6-0 ArsenalI’m absolutely in the blue camp for this and going with CHELSEA/CHELSEA HT/FT at around 7/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHELSEA/CHELSEA 8 points win at 7/4 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 13.20 pointslast_img read more

Clinton Nominates Tapia to National Science Board

first_imgShareCONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793CLINTON NOMINATES TAPIA TO NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARDPresident Clinton has announced his intention tonominate Richard A. Tapia, Noah Harding Professor of Computational and AppliedMathematics at Rice University, to the National Science Board.Tapia is an expert in the field of computational and applied mathematics, andhe has received numerous awards for his significant contributions to minorityeducation. He is director of human resources and education for the Center forResearch on Parallel Computation (CRPC), headquartered at Rice.Tapia directs the Spend a Summer with a Scientist program, which bringsminority students to campus during the summer to assist a faculty member withresearch. He also established the CRPC Mathematical and Computational SciencesAwareness Workshops, which teach elementary and secondary teachers aboutopportunities in math and science for minorities.Tapia formerly served on the National Board of Directors of the Society forAdvancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences, and he is a member ofthe National Academy of Engineering. Tapia earned his Ph.D. from the Universityof California, Los Angeles.“This is an extremely important time to have strong leadership from the boardin developing NSF policies,” Tapia said. “These are trying times, and some hardfinancial decisions will have to be made. I’m looking forward to being involvedwith those decisions, and sharing my understanding.”Malcolm Gillis, Rice University president, said, “This is a richly deservedhonor for one of Rice’s most outstanding faculty. We are immensely proud ofRichard’s contributions to engineering and science and his efforts to make mathand science education more accessible and interesting for minority students. Weare very pleased, but not surprised, that President Clinton would selectProfessor Tapia for membership on the National Science Board.”Michael M. Carroll, dean of engineering at Rice, said, “As an award winningteacher, outstanding researcher and research mentor, and very effectiveadministrator in the area of minority recruitment and retention, Richard Tapiais a most appropriate selection for the National Science Board. I am delightedto have one of our distinguished faculty as a member of this influential policymaking group.”The National Science Board (NSB) is the governing body of the NationalScience Foundation. Established by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950,the NSB has 24 members appointed by the president with the advice and consent ofthe Senate. Members serve six-year rotating terms, and eight members areappointed every two years. The board members are selected from industry andacademia, and they represent a variety of science and engineering disciplines.They are selected for their distinguished service in research, education orpublic service.Members of the NSB will recommend broad national policies for promoting basicresearch and education in the sciences and engineering. Tapia is one of threenominees Clinton announced on Friday.The other nominees are Mary K. Gaillard, professor of physics at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, and faculty senior scientist at LawrenceBerkeley National Laboratory; and Eamon M. Kelly, president of Tulane Universityin New Orleans and an economist in the fields of applied economics and healthdevelopment.### FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice University software helps ID terrorists carrying out attacks

first_imgShare1CONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRice University software helps ID terrorists carrying out attacksRice University researchers have created a sophisticated new computer program that rapidly scans large databases of news reports to determine which terrorists groups might be responsible for new attacks. During the Thanksgiving Day attack in Mumbai, India, for example, researchers used the program to rapidly identify the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as the most likely culprit. Rice researchers say the U.S. intelligence community and foreign intelligence agencies no doubt make good use of sophisticated computing tools in sifting through the massive amount of information available on terrorists, but a problem remains in the human capacity to absorb all of that information. ”There’s an enormous amount of value in using computing to profile conflicts,” said Christopher Bronk, fellow in technology, society and public policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and development team member. ”While experts on conflict are essential, they need new tools for coping with information overload. That’s what we’re trying to provide.” Bronk said even the best-funded intelligence operation cannot watch everything all the time. The Rice project demonstrates that information technology may help determine where to look. From that, human effort can be directed to make more complete assessment and analysis. Bronk said he hopes to perfect a system that can assist the government in identifying future ”hot spots” of activity before violence occurs. The new software, which was designed using the latest techniques from artificial intelligence, takes advantage of the open-source database at the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) at Sam Houston State University. The program culls thousands of news stories reported throughout the world. Mumbai attackOn Thanksgiving Day, as the attacks unfolded in Mumbai, India, Sean Graham, an undergraduate program assistant at Rice, ran a series of queries based on the information reported by television networks. By entering the weapons used (machine guns, grenades and explosives), the target (public structures) and tactics (raid, direct fire and ambush), and without respect to any geographic or ideological bent, he essentially asked, “Who in the world has done this sort of thing before?” The answers were the expected ones, with al-Qaida at the top of a list that also included the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Palestinian militant group Hamas, a Chechen independence group and the India-based United Liberation Front of Assam. This query provided a simple answer to the question of who might be able to pull off such an attack, regardless of geographic location. Researchers then focused on groups known to be active in South Asia. Keeping the query open to territory beyond India, including Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, they generated a list of names that included Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the Bangladeshi Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and Al-Mansoorian, a group active in Kashmir. By running extremely simple queries against the large, detailed ISVG database, which had no new content added in the immediate period before the Mumbai attacks, the research group came up with the same groups mentioned as likely suspects in Indian, U.S. and other international media.  When they ran the queries against a second database constructed by researchers at the University of Maryland, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was returned as the most likely culprit. ”We designed the software to better assign attribution in terror attacks, and it appears to have worked,” said Bronk. ”It allowed us to match signatures and say, with some confidence, what groups had the requisite experience, resources and coordinating factors to pull off the Mumbai attacks.” To read the complete paper, visit Rice University group includes Bronk, political scientist Richard Stoll, computer scientist Devika Subramanian and students Derek Ruths and Sean Graham. To speak with Bronk, contact Franz Brotzen at 713-348-6775 or AddThislast_img read more

Political expert Mark Jones available to discuss Texas runoff for US Senate

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduPolitical expert Mark Jones available to discuss Texas runoff for US Senate seatHOUSTON – (July 24, 2012) – Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the July 31 U.S. Senate runoff between former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.“With a little over a week until election day, the GOP Senate primary remains a very competitive race, with both Cruz and Dewhurst having a realistic chance of victory,” Jones said. “Both sides have invested heavily in their TV air-war campaigns as well as their ground games as they work to get their supporters to vote absentee, vote early and turn out on election day.”Jones said the strong get-out-the-vote and television advertising efforts should result in between 750,000 and a million voters participating in the GOP primary, and the higher turnout means better odds for a Dewhurst victory.“To reverse the advantage that Dewhurst enjoyed May 29, Cruz will need to mobilize his supporters to turn out at a much higher rate than those of Dewhurst while simultaneously convincing a nontrivial number of those who cast a vote for Dewhurst in May to ‘Choose Cruz’ in July,” Jones said.According to Jones, Cruz is running a very strong campaign against Dewhurst, who has the support of a large share of the state Republican establishment.“A Cruz victory would send shock waves through Texas Republican politics and embolden movement conservatives throughout the state to ratchet up their challenges to the GOP establishment and its principal financial backers in the 2014 Republican primaries,” Jones said. “It would also provide a model for future campaigns by movement conservative candidates against establishment conservative candidates, with the key to victory being the combination of strong grassroots support in state and strong financial support from out of state.”Jones, who is the chair of political science at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is a leading expert on Texas politics and has been quoted nationally about the Texas senate race. He has authored reports on the partisanship of Texas state senators and representatives, and he wrote guest columns about the 2012 GOP primary races and the political affiliation of Dewhurst.To speak with Jones, contact him directly at 832-466-6535.-30-This news release can be found online at materials: Mark Jones bio: media (broadcast and print/online):Texas Senate race down to ‘style’ (July 16, 2012 – KRIV TV): Column: Republican Candidates, Side by Side (May 7, 2012 – The Texas Tribune): Column: How Conservative is David Dewhurst? (March 28, 2012 – The Texas Tribune): Column: How Partisan Are Texas State Senators? (February 28, 2012 – The Texas Tribune): Column: How Partisan are Texas House Members? (July 8, 2011 – The Texas Tribune): media placements (print/online):Texas Race For Senate Is Headed For Runoff (May 30, 2012 – Wall Street Journal): Voters Set Dewhurst, Cruz Republican Senate Runoff (May 30, 2012 – Bloomberg): race in Texas headed for runoff (May 30, 2012 – Chicago Tribune): Party takes on establishment Republican in Texas Senate race (May 25, 2012 – Reuters): Dewhurst: Cruz: credit: WikipediaLocated 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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to 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 77005last_img read more

Mexicos future in focus at Rices Baker Institute May 18

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Mexico’s future in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute May 18  HOUSTON – (May 8, 2015) – Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, former leader and founding member of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), will share his perspective on the country’s upcoming elections at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy May 18. This Baker Institute Mexico Center event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano, former politician and current president of the Mexican foundation, Fundación para la Democracia.Allen Matusow, the Baker Institute’s director of academic affairs and the William Gaines Twyman Professor of History at Rice, will provide welcoming remarks.Tony Payan, the Baker Institute’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Mexico Center director, will give the introduction.What: “The State of Mexican Democracy: A Conversation with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas.”When: Monday, May 18, 6-7:30 p.m. A reception will begin at 6; Cárdenas’ presentation will begin at 6:30.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.In June, voters in Mexico will head to the polls to elect the 63rd Congress as well as a number of governors, mayors, city council members and state legislators. Will Mexico’s recent electoral reforms and the new National Electoral Institute foster transparency and fair elections? What will the elections mean for international investors in energy and telecommunications? In his presentation, Cárdenas will share his perspective on the upcoming elections and the future of democracy in Mexico.Cárdenas is available for interviews in advance of his presentation.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.The public must register to attend this event at a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Women at center of undocumented revelations will speak at event sponsored by

first_imgAddThis Share1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduWomen at center of ‘undocumented’ revelations will speak at event sponsored by Rice’s Tapia Center HOUSTON – (June 20, 2016) – Two young women who revealed their undocumented status at the time of their graduation from high school and a third who drove thousands of miles to bring her undocumented mother to her college commencement at Harvard last month will be part of a panel discussion presented by Rice University’s Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equality Tuesday, June 21.The event, “The Importance of Education for All,” will be held at the Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd., Houston, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.All three women garnered national press for their revelations and the aftermath. Norma Torres Mendoza, a 2013 graduate of Rice and now a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, flew to Houston in May to pick up her mother and drive her to Massachusetts to attend her commencement. She feared that her mother would be detained at the airport if she attempted to fly.The Texas high school students, Larissa Martinez and Mayte Lara Ibarra, were valedictorians and revealed their status on the occasion of their graduations, Martinez from the lectern and Ibarra on Twitter before the event. Ibarra graduated from David Crockett High School in Austin and will attend the University of Texas at Austin, and Martinez graduated from McKinney High School in McKinney and will attend Yale University.Joining them on the panel will be Richard Tapia, a University Professor and mathematician at Rice who was the first Hispanic elected to the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2011; State Sen. Sylvia Garcia; Juliet Stipeche, director of education for the city of Houston; and Houston immigration attorney Charles Foster.The Tapia Center is dedicated to advancing women and minorities through their higher education goals, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.What: A panel discussion titled “The Importance of Education for All.”When: Tuesday, June 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Ripley House Neighborhood Center, 4410 Navigation Blvd., Houston.Tapia is available to speak with media about the event today, and press are invited to cover the event on Tuesday. Contact Jaime Rodriguez at the Tapia Center at 202-905-3652 or or Mike Williams at Rice Public Affairs at 713-348-6728 or Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:2 valedictorians in Texas declare undocumented status, and outrage ensues:  She had to drive her mom 2,000 miles to see her graduate from Harvard. Here’s why:  Tapia Center at Rice: tapiacenter.rice.eduTapia Magazine: 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 best quality of life 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 read more