The minister for disabled people has been heavily

first_imgThe minister for disabled people has been heavily criticised for failing to ensure that his constituency office is accessible to disabled people, after Disability News Service (DNS) confirmed that a ramp used by his staff is potentially unsafe.One leading disabled access consultant described Mark Harper’s failure to provide proper access to the office in Cinderford Gloucestershire, as “totally unacceptable”.And the president of the Liberal Democrats, Baroness [Sal] Brinton, also a wheelchair-user, called on Harper, Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean, to review the accessibility of his office.This week, DNS confirmed that the doorway to Harper’s constituency office in Cinderford high street is just 32 inches wide, and has a large step in front of the door.The entrance to the office is situated on a hill, which means that a standard temporary ramp would be unstable and potentially dangerous. The pavement outside the office is too narrow for any wheelchair-user or scooter-user to enter the office safely.Despite this, Harper’s staff use a standard ramp to provide access to the office for wheelchair-users and others who cannot manage the step.There are also no parking spaces available outside the office.Phil Friend, a leading disability consultant and former chair of Disability Rights UK, said: “For someone in Mark Harper’s position to be working out of offices which are not accessible is totally unacceptable. The minister should be a role model for others.”He said it was clear from pictures shown to him by DNS that it would be “difficult” for a wheelchair-user to gain access to the building, because of the width of the pavement, the slope of the hill and the design of the ramp used by his staff.Baroness Brinton said: “In the light of this information, I hope that Mark Harper will review accessibility to his office, not just for visitors but for prospective staff and volunteers as well.”She added: “I want to see all MPs’ offices… accessible to all disabled people, whether they are working there or just visiting.” Baroness Brinton has pledged to write to all of her own party’s MPs asking them about their access arrangements and what steps they were taking to improve them, particularly when leases on their offices were due to expire.She also plans to recommend to all newly-elected Liberal Democrat MPs that they should rent accessible constituency offices.Only last week, Harper announced the winners of his Accessible Britain Challenge at the House of Commons, and said afterwards: “I hope this will encourage more organisations to think about the needs of disabled people and help drive the UK forward to become a truly Disability Confident nation.”One of the aims of the Accessible Britain Challenge is to “motivate local communities to do more to be inclusive and accessible for disabled people”.Deborah King, co-founder of Disability Politics UK, said that Harper’s entrance was “not suitable for any MP”.She said: “The message Mark Harper’s office entrance sends out to other business and companies is that disabled people are not important, that we are not valued and that we are second-class citizens.“He needs to move to premises which will make is easy for disabled constituents, volunteers and paid staff to access his constituency office.“The public purse, through the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, enables MPs to get accessible offices. There must be alternative premises available.“We need a real sea change in commitment to disabled people from MPs.“This is a one-off change which will show MPs are committed to enabling disabled people to get access to politics.”Linda Burnip, a member of the steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, said: “The feeble access measures made to try to make Mark Harper’s office accessible fail totally to provide a safe way for disabled constituents to gain entry to his office.“As minster for disabled people, he should be ashamed at continuing to exclude them in this way from not only being able to consult him but to volunteer or even work in the office.“Mark Harper’s Accessible Britain Challenge really was a sham exercise when all that he provides is an inadequate and unsafe ramp into his own office.“The message this sends out to other businesses in the town is that disabled people don’t really matter, especially if making safe, adequate access provision might cost you money.”Harper has refused to answer any questions about the access at his office, although he issued a brief statement late last year, in which he stated: “Any constituent who wants to contact me can use either the phone or e-mail to reach my office.“If any wish to meet me to discuss an issue in person at a surgery, then I hold these on a regular basis in accessible venues around the constituency.“A small proportion of constituents call at the office in Cinderford in person. If a wheelchair user was to do so, then we do have a ramp available.”Both Harper and the Department for Work and Pensions have so far failed to comment on the latest evidence.Harper is one of four coalition ministers – including the prime minister, David Cameron – who have been exposed for running inaccessible constituency offices.last_img read more

Disabled peoples organisations and grassroots gro

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations and grassroots groups are set to call on disabled people across England to provide the evidence they need to prepare a “hard-hitting” report on the government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention.The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) has announced that it will put together a “shadow report” to submit to the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD).It emerged this week that the committee is set to hold its delayed public examination of the UK government’s progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) next year, the first time the UK has been examined since the Labour government ratified the convention in 2009.The examination has been delayed partly by a separate, continuing inquiry by the committee into allegations of “systematic and grave” violations of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government, an inquiry triggered by Disabled People Against Cuts, one of ROFA’s members.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said this week that it understands that a pre-sessional working group – in which CRPD meets to decide on the list of subjects that will be discussed at a country’s public examination – would discuss the UK’s case next spring.In this week’s response to a report by peers on how the Equality Act has affected disabled people, the commission also refers to “next year’s examination of the UK” under the UNCRPD.EHRC is working with the other members of what is known as the UK’s “independent mechanism” on the convention – the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and the Scottish Human Rights Commission – to produce their own shadow report.It is also spending £100,000 to fund Disability Rights UK and Disability Wales to write a shadow report covering England and Wales, and to fund Inclusion Scotland and other Scottish disabled people’s organisations to produce a shadow report for Scotland.Non-governmental organisations are invited to submit shadow reports – alternatives to a government’s own report on its convention progress – to CRPD for consideration before it carries out a public examination of a country’s record.ROFA’s members wrote their own shadow report 18 months ago, but because of the delay caused by the inquiry into the UK’s alleged violations of the convention, now needs to prepare an updated version.ROFA is hoping that its report will draw on evidence from an informal network of about 40,000 disabled people who are linked to its member organisations – which include Equal Lives, Disabled People Against Cuts, Inclusion London and Sisters of Frida – and is likely to put out a call for evidence later this summer.Tara Flood, chief executive of The Alliance for Inclusive Education, another ROFA member, said the shadow report would be “incredibly important” and would need to be “very hard-hitting” because the committee’s examination would “set the benchmark” for CRPD’s future scrutiny of the UK government.She said: “What we are planning to produce will be equally robust as the one we drafted 18 months ago.“What it will be clear about is the evidence of the disproportionate impact [of the government’s policies] on disabled people of all ages.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said the alliance’s “grassroots” shadow report would be important because it would “solely reflect the views and experiences of disabled people and Deaf and disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs) on the ground and minimise the risks of diluting these experiences and views because our report will not need to be agreed with other organisations and non-DDPOs who may have different agendas”.She said the report would “build on the extensive data we collected in autumn 2014 and use the same extensive network of disabled people and DDPOs”.A UN spokeswoman said: “There is as yet no information regarding when the committee will conduct its delayed review of the UK.”Picture: The Palais Wilson in Geneva, home of the CRPD, by Romano1246, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licenselast_img read more

THE second round of the 2012 Rugby League 9s tourn

first_imgTHE second round of the 2012 Rugby League 9s tournament takes place this evening with Cumbria, Widnes Vikings, Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers all hosting festivals.Undefeated Leeds Rhinos are currently top of the East league table and will be hoping to keep their 100 per cent record intact whilst in the West league both Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves sit atop the table level on maximum points.Cumbria host their 9s festival at Derwent Park in Workington and will face St Helens, Salford City Reds and the undefeated Warrington Wolves. Gates open at 6.00pm with tickets costing £6 for adults and under 16s go free.The Stobart Stadium will play host to Widnes’s festival which will see the Vikings battle it out with London Broncos, Wigan Warriors and The University of Gloucestershire All Golds. Gates open at 6.30pm and tickets cost £6 for adults and Concessions £3Leeds Rhinos’ 9s festival at Headingley Carnegie Stadium opens at 6.00pm and will see the hosts go head to head with Hull FC, Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers. Tickets for the evening cost £5 adult and under 16s are free.The PROBIZ Coliseum welcomes Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants to face Castleford Tigers. Gates open at 6.30pm with tickets £6 for adults and £3 concessions.Buy a ticket for the 2012 Rugby League 9s Finals Night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday June 26 now and you will receive another absolutely free of charge.This BOGOF offer is for pre-purchased tickets only and will not be available on the day of the game: all complimentary tickets issued will be of equal or lower value to those purchased.Tickets are available for just £10 adults and £5 concessions by calling Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls charged at 10p per min – calls from mobiles may vary) or the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad numbers for the

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad numbers for the 2013 season.Willie Manu (pictured) takes the iconic number 13 jersey whilst new signings Jordan Turner and Alex Walmsley are ‘three’ and ‘25′ respectively.Danny Yates, Mark Percival and Dom Speakman have been promoted to the top squad from the academy.Fans will be able to buy the new home shirt with their player’s name of choice on the back from Tuesday lunchtime.Player profiles for the new season will be updated in due course.Saints begin their Super League 18 campaign when Huddersfield Giants come to Langtree Park on Saturday February 2.The best way to guarantee your spot for that game is to buy a Season Ticket. Details are here.The 2013 Saints Squad:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Josh Jones, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Thomas Makinson, 22. Carl Forster, 23. Nathan Ashe, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 27. Anthony Walker, 28. Jordan Hand, 29. Danny Yates, 30. Mark Percival, 31. Dom Speakman.last_img read more

ROB Fairclough and Matty Costello have been select

first_imgROB Fairclough and Matty Costello have been selected on England Academy’s Tour of Australia.They will be part of the side that plays in two Tests against Australia High Schools.They will fly out on July 9. Setting up camp at the Sydney Academy of Sports & Recreation during their first week in Australia, England Academy will play a warm-up game against Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs before heading over to Penrith in the second week to face Penrith Panthers in their final warm-up of the tour.England’s two Tests against Australia High Schools will be curtain-raisers with the first being played before Redcliffe Dolphins’ Queensland Cup fixture against Norths Devils at Dolphin Oval. The second will be played ahead of the NRL Telstra Premiership Round 22 fixture between Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders at the Southern Cross Group StadiumEngland Academy – Australia Tour 2016 schedule:Saturday July 16 – England Academy v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (Belmore Sports Complex)Saturday July 23 – England Academy v Penrith Panthers (Pepper Stadium)Sunday July 31 – England Academy v Australia High Schools (Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe, QLD)Saturday August 6 (TBC) – England Academy v Australia High Schools (Southern Cross Group Stadium)last_img read more

5th Quarter Season Preview Bladen County

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In Bladen County, they take their sports seriously, especially football. Fans in the area are getting ready to see their Eagles and Knights back in action this week.Bladen County may only have two football teams, but they don’t have a shortage in support. In Elizabethtown, expectations could not be higher following the successful season Coach Robbie Priest and his Eagles had last year.- Advertisement – At the Three Rivers Conference Media Day, they were tied with South Columbus with first place votes to win the division. One challenge the team will face will be replacing Eian and Ethan hines. But Coach Priest believes in his team.“We look forward to different people stepping up and filling those voids and carrying on a great tradition.” Priest said.One player that will carry on the tradition, and the football, will be running back Xavier Wooten. The Eagles are going to need players like Wooten to step up if the team wants to be successful in an incredibly competitive Three Rivers Conference.Related Article: WWAY 5th Quarter: October 19, 2018“Oh I look for it to be tough,” Priest said. “It’s going back to the way the conference was whenever I was playing. Anybody coming out of our conference with a chance for a spot in the playoffs will be battle tested and ready for playoff action.”Over at West Bladen, focusing on the playoffs isn’t the chief concern for the Knights. This season, Coach Todd Pait is out and Coach Kris Williams is in. The turnaround for the program won’t come over night, so Coach Williams is focused on rebuilding this program and keeping the kids focused on their goals.“We’ve got to instill it every single day, as a coaching staff, the entire coaching staff, during every rep,” Williams said. “If we’re in an individual period, we have to be on every rep. Just give us your best effort.”One player Coach Williams hopes to make an impact is sophomore quarterback Tyre Boykin.“I don’t want to inflate his head but he probably has the best arm I’ve seen here,” Williams said. “I don’t mean that just by strength but by accuracy and strength. Just a very humble coachable kid.”Unlike the Eagles, the Knights aren’t looking at the Three Rivers crown. But they could get there in a few years time if they do one thing: work.“Being a first year, we’re not expecting a championship,” Williams said. “But we’re going to work for it.”The battle for Bladen County went to East last year. we will see who takes it on November 3.last_img read more

Topsail Middle School student charged with assaulting teacher

first_img A secure custody order was issued Tuesday against the male student by the North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice.The student was taken into custody and has been charged with assault on a school official. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A middle school student has been charged after Pender County Sheriff deputies say he assaulted a teacher last Thursday.Captain James Rowell with the sheriff’s office say following the assault report, an investigation was conducted and the results were turned over to Juvenile Justice for adjudication review.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD Spike in reported heroin overdoses in last month

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say there have been dozens of heroin overdoses in just one month, and eight of them were fatal.WPD responded to 40 overdoses in the past 30 days, and that’s not counting any that went unreported.- Advertisement – WPD says there have already been 162 overdoses reported in 2019.Lt. Mat Ingram says heroin could be deadlier now than ever before.“It is very dangerous at this time,” Ingram said. “We’re urging everyone, even daily users, people who are accustomed to using heroin, to seek treatment and not use what’s out there at this time.”Related Article: Advice on salt, hidden in an array of foods, gets specificWhat’s out there is a strength of heroin that some users might not be able to tolerate. Ingram says heroin does not discriminate by demographic.“It is quite of a spike,” Ingram said. “In the last 30 days as you said, we have had eight fatal overdoses, which is quite high.”With the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD program, Ingram says they are not just getting users off the streets, but they are also getting them the help they need to treat their addiction.The Quick Response Team at Coastal Horizons Center also partners with WPD to battle the epidemic.Despite these efforts, Coastal Horizons’ Kenny House says the road to recovery is a long one.“Really, we’ve just not really captured yet, the volume of this epidemic,” House said.That’s not to say there has not been progress.Buffy Taylor says she used to help around 10 people a month get into a treatment program.“Now, over the past couple of months, we’ve had an increase in those numbers,” Taylor said. “We’ve had 17. We’ve had 16. I think this month is going to be about the same.”Without treatment, police say given the spike in overdoses, the risk of dying is high. With a strand like this, he says you cannot rely on Narcan to save your life.“In many instances in the last 30 days, it has not been effective,” Ingram said. “So when we arrive, it’s too late.”Taylor says they hope to get approved for a third year of funding for the Quick Response Team.Taylor says if would want to get in touch with a member of the Quick Response Team, call (910)-833-2052.last_img read more

Watch Rare finds at Salesians bargain book fair Proceeds aid youth project

first_imgThe Salesians of Don Bosco in Malta are organising a bargain book fair at St Patrick’s Salesian School in Sliema. The book fair will come to an end on visited the book fair where we met with Fr Charles Cini SDB who explained more about the book fair which has been organised for the past 25 years. Speaking to this newsroom, Fr Charles explained that for the community this is a cultural moment and in which they follow upon the footsteps of the organisation’s founder, John Don Bosco, an Italian priest who dedicated his life to the service of youth and children, and who would do anything to educate them.The proceeds from the selling of books help the community collect funds to continue their work at the residential care home, a space where the community offers a home away from home to children and youth who need assistance. Like the organisation’s founder, through their project the Salesians guide the youth entrusted in their care.READ: Watch: ‘Creating a unique sense of family’ – the Salesians in MaltaMost of the books on sale have been donated by the general public, and one may find some rare finds especially in the Melitensia section. Fr Charles said that the history section is also very interesting this year. There are also books which were previously available in libraries around Malta on sale. For those who would like to contribute and donate books, they may do so, by dropping the books at St Patrick’s reception. However they do not accept text books. The books will then be stored until the next book fair.The book fair started on 19 March and will come to an end on Sunday 24 March. The opening hours are from 9am – 7pm on Saturday, and 9am-9pm on Sunday. For those planning to visit, parking is also available on the school grounds.Video – Luke ZerafaWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife vote in Burmarrad

first_img Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa WhatsApp Luke Zerafa Prime Minister and Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle Muscat went to vote at their local polling station in Burmarrad at around 10am. They stopped to talk to a number of persons that were outside of the polling station. Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa 1 of 20center_img Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Voting stations have been open around Maltese and Gozitan localities from 7am on Saturday. They will stay open until 10pm. Read: LIVE: European Parliament and Local Councils elections 2019 Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa SharePrint Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa Luke Zerafa <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Wenger lined up to become Japans coach

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Japanese FA are interested in appointing Arsene Wenger as the new manger of their national team. The Frenchman worked in the Asian country for a year with Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal in 1996.The 68-year-old left the English club at the end of last season after spending 22 years at the helm. At first, Wenger looked to be heading towards Real Madrid or Paris Saint Germain but both clubs decided to recruit other managers.Japan sacked Halilhodzic sacked right before World Cup commenced and are now hoping to agree terms with Wenger on a long-term basis. Japan reached the last-16 at the tournament in Russia, losing 3-2 to Belgium after taking a two-goal lead.WhatsApplast_img read more

Waterstones to launch ereader

first_imgAdvertisement Amazon customers now buy more Kindle titles than paper versions.Waterstone’s is currently in the midst of a shake-up after being bought from HMV Group by Russian businessman Alexander Mamut.James Daunt was brought in by the new owner in an attempt to reverse its declining sales. – Advertisement – Entering the hardware market would be an ambitious move for Waterstone’s and likely involve it partnering with a major electronics company.Barnes & Noble teamed-up with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn – best known for making the iPhone – in 2009 to create the Nook.The American retailer predicted last month that it would sell around $1.8bn (£1.1bn) in Nook e-books by the end of the financial year.Amazon does not provide a detailed breakdown of e-book sales and has never revealed the number of Kindle devices sold, other than to say it is in the millions.However, Mr Daunt believes that Barnes and Noble has managed to claw back market share from its online rival by linking the electronic product with its high street stores.Nook owners are allowed to read for free in Barnes and Noble stores for up to one hour each day.“We in Waterstone’s need to offer you a digital reader which is at least as good, and preferably substantially better, than that of our internet rival, and you will have a much better buying experience purchasing your books through us,” Mr Daunt told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme.Waterstone’s e-reader project was “well down the planning line”, according to Mr Daunt, and would launch in Spring 2012.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

StarTimes dragged to court for distributing Outdated decoders

first_imgAdvertisement Star Times, A Digital  Television provider has been dragged to court for allegedly distributing decoders using technology condemned by communications regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).Uganda recently adopted Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial2 DVB-T2 set top boxes as the standard for the digital switch with UCC directing players to seize selling devices that do not meet specifications.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The Uganda Consumer Protection Awareness Association (UCPAA), jointly with two consumers of the pay television subscribing to Star Times TV, Mr Mulwani Taminwa and Muzamir Kasamba, have sued the company alleging that Star Times promised to stop the sale and importation of DVB-T decoders, those incompatible to digital technology.Star Times pay TV subscribers allege that the firm has continued selling them DVB-T1 set top boxes— an outdated technology which is yet to be switched off instead of Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2), a modern decoder with a bigger frequency spectrum capable of carrying higher TV content and compatible with digital broadcasting compared to DVB-T.They are seeking orders to exchange their decoders with the new technology.Through their lawyers; Omongole and Company Advocates, the consumers allege that a year after the UCC announcement, Star Times has not stopped the selling of decoders with outdated technology bearing in mind that those very decoders will be switched off.The Commercial Division of the High Court has granted permission to the three parties to sue on behalf of the 130,000 consumers.Source: Daily Monitorlast_img read more

Top 20 Most Pirated Movies of 2014

first_imgThe hunger Games Movie Advertisement Having hit the 750,000-illegal-downloads mark in the first 20 hours, some observers started making predictions that Sony Pictures’ now infamous The Interview comedy movie would end up being history’s most downloaded movie.Initially released digitally for paid access in the US, The Interview has already been legally streamed more than 2million times, underscoring the argument that people are willing to pay to legally stream movies online.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Of course, Sony’s controversial political comedy movie was dealt a helping hand by the controversy surrounding its release after Sony cancelled its Christmas premiere citing intense cyber attacks.Most of the other people online still prefer to get access to movies without paying for them; usually using torrent software.So what did torrent users want to see — but not pay for — the most in 2014?Excipio, a firm that tracks online copyright infringement, found that the year’s most pirated movies (between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23) range from serious Oscar contenders (12 Years a Slave) to children’s classics (Frozen) to … Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction).Here’s the list of 2014’s top 20 pirated movies and the number of downloads, as published by Variety.1. “The Wolf of Wall Street”: 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013) 2. “Frozen”: 29.919 million (Disney, Nov. 27, 2013) 3. “RoboCop”*: 29.879 million (MGM, Feb. 12, 2014; and Orion, July 17, 1987) 4. “Gravity”: 29.357 million (Warner Bros., Oct. 4, 2013) 5. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: 27.627 million (Warner Bros., Dec. 13, 2013) 6. “Thor: The Dark World”: 25.749 million (Disney/Marvel, Nov. 8, 2013) 7. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”: 25.628 million (Disney/Marvel, April 4, 2014) 8. “The Legend of Hercules”: 25.137 million (Summit, Jan. 10, 2014) 9. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: 24.380 million (20th Century Fox, May 23, 2014) 10. “12 Years a Slave”: 23.653 million (Fox Searchlight, Oct. 18, 2013) 11. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: 23.543 million (Lionsgate, Nov. 22, 2013) 12. “American Hustle”: 23.143 million (Sony/Columbia, Dec. 13, 2013) 13. “300: Rise of an Empire”: 23.096 million (Warner Bros., March 7, 2014) 14. “Transformers: Age of Extinction”: 21.65 million (Paramount, June 27, 2014) 15. “Godzilla”: 20.956 million (Warner Bros., May 16, 2014) 16. “Noah”: 20.334 million (Paramount, March 28, 2014) 17. “Divergent”: 20.312 million (Lionsgate, March 21, 2014) 18. “Edge of Tomorrow”: 20.299 million (Warner Bros., June 6, 2014) 19. “Captain Phillips”: 19.817 million (Sony/Columbia, Oct. 11, 2013) 20. “Lone Survivor”: 19.130 million (Universal, Dec. 25, 2013)* Combines data for both 1987 and 2014 versions.last_img read more

PREVIEW A Tropical tip

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood profit for the column with a 3-2 set score recommendation on the Federer v Monfils quarter final which turned out to be an absolute classic.A quiet day for football today on the eve of qualifying for Euro 2016 but as ever it’s a busy Saturday on the racing front.All eyes will be at Haydock for the Sprint Cup – a Group 1 in which the remarkable Sole Power tops the market as he attempts to go for his third Group 1 prize in a row after successes in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.Crucially, both those wins came over five furlongs and for those taking him on today will point to the fact that he has never won over six furlongs.It’s dangerous though to just make an assumption that he won’t get the six furlong trip. Throughout his career he’s been campaigned over the minimum trip – although was second (beaten five lengths) in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December.Personally, I think he’ll get the trip fine, but whether he gets it well enough to win a Group 1 when often the margins are so slim is another matter entirely.Last year’s winner Gordon Lord Byron is back for another crack but conditions were more testing 12 months ago and it looked a weaker renewal than todays.I’m going to have an each way interest in Tropics. Dean Ivory’s stable star has already proved he can mix it at Group 1 level when he was an excellent second at 66/1 in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket behind Slade Power and six furlongs is very much his optimum trip.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK TROPICS 3 points each way at around 10/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 46.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 21 SeptemberRACING2.10 KemptonTeresar 3/1 > 7/42.30 LeicesterCurtain Call 11/2 > 11/42.40 KemptonSailor’s Way 8/1 > 5/14.00 LeicesterMidlander 8/1 > 5/14.15 NavanTo Choose 8/1 > 4/1LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/10 Derby County 13/5 Burnley 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice Professor Mason Tomson elected AAAS fellow

first_imgAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice University Professor Mason Tomson elected AAAS fellowHOUSTON — (Nov. 21, 2016) — Rice University engineer Mason Tomson has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general scientific society in the world and publisher of the journal Science.He is one of 391 new fellows announced today by AAAS. This honor is awarded to AAAS members by their peers on the basis of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.Tomson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, was elevated to this rank for his “research and education on aqueous chemical adsorption, desorption and transport important in environmental chemistry of arsenic, hydrocarbons, and mineral scale prediction and inhibition.”A member of the Rice faculty since 1977, Tomson specializes in research on the fate and transport of organic and inorganic chemicals in the environment. In the late 1970s, Tomson’s research group was among the first to prove that groundwater could be readily contaminated by organic chemicals from the surface. His group helped develop and demonstrate the concepts of enhanced chemical transport in groundwater and of resistant desorption of chemicals from soils and sediments. These concepts have recently been demonstrated to apply to fullerene and activated carbon nanoparticles.Tomson is also an expert on the mechanisms of mineral scale formation and control. He has decades of experience in researching the processes involved in scale formation — processes that govern the formation of mineral deposits in household water pipes, industrial cooling towers and even kidney stones. He developed one of the fundamental theories that scientists use to explain how chemicals called scale inhibitors prevent mineral formation. Scale inhibitors are widely used in nearly all arenas of industrial water treatment and in virtually all oil and gas wells in the world.Tomson is leading an effort to establish a joint program on sustainable environmental development between Rice University and Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He also heads the Brine Chemistry Consortium, an industrial group that focuses on applied research and development on scale and corrosion inhibitors in natural gas wells.Tomson and the other new AAAS fellows will be listed in the Nov. 25 issue of Science and will be presented with a certificate and pin Feb. 18 during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston.Founded in 1848, AAAS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education and public engagement.# # #A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at: Mason TomsonPHOTO CREDIT: Tommy LaVergne/Rice UniversityLocated 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 Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Baker Institute experts Major parts of the US shale sector will ramp

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute experts: Major parts of the US shale sector will ramp up with $60 oil pricesHOUSTON – (Jan. 23, 2016) – If West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices stabilize at or above $60 per barrel, major parts of the United States shale sector that are currently dormant will ramp up, according to an analysis by experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. This as the oil production targets agreed to at the Nov. 30 OPEC meeting have created the firmest prospect in the past two years of a meaningful oil price recovery.Credit: University“Assessing Shale Producers’ Ability to Scale-up Activity” was co-authored by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs, and Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies. The issue brief highlights the challenges U.S. unconventional liquids producers will likely face during a scale-up. It also points out price and timing inflection points likely to broadly influence industry decision-making.“Fundamentally, U.S. shale producers are likely to commence higher activity levels in two broad, price-dependent phases: bringing online drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs, in industry parlance) and scaling up drilling and completions of new wells if WTI prices can stay at or above a sustainable level, most likely $60 per barrel,” the authors wrote. “That said, the manner in which costs respond to any uptick in drilling and completion activity will serve as a check on pace, and not all regions will see the same level of interest as prices climb. The Permian Basin is already adding rigs and will likely continue to see a majority of new interest, but as prices stabilize other plays such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Niobrara will follow.”The extent to which this occurs depends upon the extent to which the productivity gains observed over the last couple of years can persist, the authors said. A significant ramp-up in development would likely induce crunch points in the long and complex shale supply chain and impact costs per well. But operators’ moves to capture economies of scale can help blunt the impact of such headwinds, according to Medlock and Collins. Examples include the 19,000 ton unit train of frac sand that Halliburton and U.S. Silica moved into the Eagle Ford region in October and the frac jobs in the Delaware Basin that now sometimes exceed 30 million gallons of water — enough to fill more than 45 Olympic-size swimming pools.“As the benefits of such structural shifts percolate through the industry, if and when oil prices reach a sufficient level to stimulate broader drilling and completions activity, logistics will matter as much as geophysics in driving production forward,” the authors wrote. “Indeed, near-term constraints on equipment and personnel could force extended lead times for those not fortunate enough to have long-term agreements or vertically integrated supply chains already in place. Thus, the pace at which shale responds to a higher price could become as much a function of logistics and oilfield service capabilities as it is geology and mineral rights. In sum, many factors must be elastic in the short run for shale production response to be robust.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Medlock and Collins, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: biography: biography: the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow 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 five 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, last_img read more

Baker Institute experts New immigration policies arent ending practice of hiring undocumented

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute experts: New immigration policies aren’t ending practice of hiring undocumented workers HOUSTON – (July 12, 2018) – New immigration law enforcement policies are not ending the practice of hiring undocumented workers, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: University“Political Turpitude: The Negative Impact of Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policies on Irregular Labor Markets” was co-authored by Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and associate professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, and Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the Mexico Center.The brief explores the impact of zero-tolerance immigration law enforcement policies on labor markets that depend on immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, for their workforce. To understand this impact, the authors focused on the construction industry as an example of an economic sector that relies on migrant workers, both authorized and unauthorized.“Labor markets have adjusted to the zero-tolerance immigration policy by reconfiguring their hiring processes to find the workers they need, but such workers are now supplied by labor brokers, a kind of middleman between legitimate employers and undocumented workers,” the authors wrote. “This in turn leaves workers, specifically undocumented migrants, extremely vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and even labor trafficking. This is an important consequence of immigration law enforcement today, one that further makes it evident that Congress must act to fix the immigration system, carefully considering the dynamics of America’s labor markets.”On April 6, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions re-emphasized the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration by instructing all federal prosecutors to take swift action against all undocumented migrants who enter through the Southwest border. This directive came on the heels of increased efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport indiscriminately all individuals present in the country without proper documentation, the authors said.Driving workers underground only complicates what should be a simple economic issue, the authors said. “Workers should be able to offer their labor, legally, to legitimate employers, under fair conditions and without having to go underground and face conditions of abuse and exploitation as they contribute to the vibrancy of the U.S. economy,” they wrote.In addition to reviewing publicly available data, the authors conducted field research for this brief in Houston in May. The authors spoke with undocumented employees working in construction in Houston, a CEO of a construction company, a six-member construction company team and a labor broker. For privacy purposes and to assure the personal safety of the interviewees, the authors chose to keep all names anonymous.The authors concluded, “Comprehensive immigration reform that would legalize the presence of these much-needed workers in times of economic expansion – through the increase of temporary working visas, for example – might be part of an appropriate solution. Zero-tolerance policies in general do not seem to be the most effective measures for the U.S. labor markets and the continued development of the U.S. economy, as well as for ensuring just compensation for a needed labor force.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Correa-Cabrera or Payan, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: bio: bio: on Twitter: @PayanTonyFollow 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 or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more