Month: July 2019
SAINTS produced an outstanding performance full of passion and never say defence to beat Wigan 16-12 at DW Stadium.A Tommy Makinson double and another from Captain fantastic Paul Wellens sent Nathan Brown’s men three points clear at the top of the Super League table.But this win was more than getting one over your local rivals – it was about guile, commitment effort and never giving up.So much so that when Wigan had repeated sets on Saints line at the death and almost threatened a famous comeback, the attitude to keep the Warriors’ at bay was breathtaking.In the end, a wonderful tackle from Mark Percival on Anthony Gelling sealed the match for Saints in the last second.Thing is, we all knew it was coming as a finale that like was always on the cards after it was tied four apiece at half time following tries from Joe Burgess and Tommy Makinson.Wigan scored after nine minutes as Saints failed to deal with a chip through but wonderful pass from Mark Flanagan – for the second week in a row – ensured the visitors drew level.Paul Wellens’ opportunistic score put Saints ahead in the second half but they couldn’t make their overall domination count – and Josh Charnley made them pay.But Saints showed their resolve going ahead with Mark Percival’s penalty and then a wonder try from Makinson – right before the last minute defensive heroics.Team news saw Saints Alex Walmsley returning from suspension and straight into the front row with 18-year-old Greg Richards.That left a strong looking bench of Willie Manu, Mose Masoe and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook with Luke Thompson.Bone crunching defence was the order of the day in the early stages with Saints in particular putting in huge hits all over the park.But a break on six minutes from Charnley gave Wigan a penalty and the impetus.He broke through from Walsh’s clearing kick and from the resulting infringement the Warriors gained a drop out.Wigan then pounded the line, pushed it left on the last and Joe Burgess collected a nice chip.Matty Smith missing the tricky conversion.It was the last thing Saints probably deserved after their opening charge – but showed how clinical Wigan are with the ball in hand.A clearing Walsh kick brought some respite in the 15th minute but a penalty from the resultant scrum and then a repeat set that never was brought more pressure.Saints withstood it though before Wigan forced them back into their own area once again.A Wigan drop out gave Saints their first real attacking set in the Warriors’ half and they didn’t disappoint.Mose Masoe set it up with a great run before Mark Flanagan flipped it out the back for Tommy Makinson to go over in the corner.The try-scorer missed the conversion – with Walsh off the field injured.It was tied 4-4 but on 28 minutes Wigan got a penalty they simply didn’t deserve – the touch-judge saying Masoe came in late after the Warriors were called for a forward pass.It was harsh and Wigan gained a drop out after Saints repelled borders.Saints finally got their first penalty on 30 minutes and immediately put Wigan on the rack with a repeat set.They then gained a penalty they opted to run… and the ball went to ground.But they continued to come and forced another drop out in the final five minutes – without any luck.Tied 4-4 at half time the game was in the balance – but Saints broke the deadlock just two minutes into the second half.Mark Percival forced an error in midfield and after five strong drives Wilkin’s kick was knocked back by Saints and Paul Wellens mopped up.Saints had their tails up and their defence was rocking Wigan right back on their heels.Massive hits from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wilkin and the impressive Masoe meant the Warriors were coming out of their own 20 on every set.And on 55 minutes that defence almost made all the difference.Saints forced another repeat after a Hohaia chip through but they lost the ball in the most crucial of moments.That gave Wigan a welcome break and they made no mistake; Charnley finishing off a great Wigan move to level it up.Percival showed great nerve to make it 10-8 with a penalty but then Makinson produced another special.Jordan Turner did the damage out on the right drawing in men but his winger scorched down the right hand side, beat two defenders and put down.Percival gloriously slotting from the touchline with the conversion.Wigan weren’t done though and they kept pounding the Saints line.In the final ten minutes they were given five penalties, had two repeat sets and had a Burgess’ try correctly chalked off for a double movement.Charnley did get over for his second with two minutes to go, but despite those penalties, Saints were simply not going to let this go.And Percival’s tackle on Gelling in the last second summed it up. He went mental, as did the fans, and the coaching staff.It meant that much.As it happened.Match Summary:Warriors: Tries: Burgess, Charnley (2)Goals: Smith (0 from 3)Saints: Tries: Makinson (2), WellensGoals: Makinson (0 from 2), Percival (1 from 2)Penalties: Warriors: 11Saints: 5HT: 4-4FT: 16-12REF: Phil BenthamATT: 20,224Teams:Warriors:1. Matty Bowen; 2. Josh Charnley, 23. Dan Sarginson, 5. Anthony Gelling, 32. Joe Burgess; 19. Sam Powell, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Ben Flower, 27. George Williams, 16. Gil Dudson, 14. Jack Hughes, 25. John Bateman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.Subs: 8. Scott Taylor, 17. Dominic Crosby, 28. Jordan James, 42. Jamie Doran.Saints:17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 27. Greg Richards, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Sia Soliola.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Willie Manu, 28. Luke Thompson.
Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.Tickets are $8 at the door and cover admission for all three days of the show.The event will feature 35 dealers from several states offering items like early American furniture, vintage jewelry, silver, fine china, crystal, paintings and more.Related Article: Construction underway for Pier 33 apartments in downtown Wilmington“We have Bob Warren, who is considered our appraiser, so if you want to bring something in, he will tell you what it’s worth,” Wilmington Antique Show & Sale Co-Chair Teresa Lee said.The event will also feature a silent auction benefiting the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.For more information about the Wilmington Antique Show & Sale, click here. Vendors prepare for Wilmington Antique Show & Sale (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Organizers and vendors were gearing up for the 48th annual Wilmington Antique Show & Sale on Thursday afternoon at the Coastline Conference and Event Center in downtown Wilmington.The three day event begins Friday and runs through Sunday.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – More development could be on the way to north Military Cutoff Road. This time a familiar project could return and break ground.(Carroll Companies)“The Avenue” has been in the works for years coming south of Station Road. That was until the developer pulled requests for construction.- Advertisement – Condominiums, apartment like units, shops and a hotel all originally a part of “The Avenue”. That much congestion had city officials wary to approve it given Military Cutoff’s current issues with traffic.Now developers are letting the public see the project with an updated plan to address the issue.The meeting also comes as Wilmington City leaders approved a 75 foot height allowance for Urban Mixed Use zoned projects. That was an issue the developer, Carroll Companies had nearly a year ago when submitting plans. Company CEO, Roy Carroll says the council approving the height allowance was not something he necessarily lobbied for.Related Article: Two charged in Wilmington kidnapping, shootingNeighbors talking and seeing the plans for the development had one key subject of concern: traffic.Neighborhood meeting (Andrew James WWAY)“For right now it’s going to be a little bit hectic,” said Joe Newberry who lives in Landfall.Neighbors know the Arboretum East and West are on the way. The same concerns that led to apprehension in 2017 to “The Avenue” continue.“We’re very concerned about the traffic on Military Cutoff,” said Sharon Jenks.That concern had neighbors pack the public meeting hosted by the project developer Carroll Companies.Company CEO Roy Carroll says they are back with the project after conducting a traffic analysis.“our traffic improvements are over two and a half million dollars. We’re basically adding a third lane to Military Cutoff that’s over six tenths of a mile.”The company also updating plans to scale back of the commercial side of the project.“Our goal is that we have upscale shops and high-end residential and just the nature of the shops, the fact that they’re more boutique shops and not Walgreens or McDonald’s type stores and restaurants and that in itself lowers the traffic generation quite a bit,” said Carroll adding that,”Roughly we’re twenty twenty-five percent less traffic than what we had initially.”Carroll adds that the encompassing 500 residential units will be built over a decade and not all at once. He adds that initially there will be 100 age-restricted units specifically for either single or multifamily style housing.For Jenks, she hopes the developer and the city look at one major factor before approving anything.“Honestly if that space is going to be developed, maybe the time to do it is after the work gets done on the Eastwood, Military Cutoff exchange and we see what the impacts of traffic are going to be on Military Cutoff.”Carroll plans to submit a special use permit to begin construction to the city before next week’s planning board meeting on May 2nd.He hopes the changes they make will influence the city planners and council to give “The Avenue the green light.
Large limbs from stately magnolia trees were brought down by the hurricane-force winds. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed two separate price gouging lawsuits today. Both involve tree removal in the Wilmington area after Hurricane Florence.The first suit alleges Kentucky-based Action Tree Pros and Premier Landscaping and Lawn Care charged excessive prices for tree removal services, including $29,500 to remove one tree.- Advertisement – The other accuses Scotts Tree Service of charging an excessive amount, adding inflated prices to a previously signed statement of work, and sending a falsified estimate to a debt collection agency.“Each of these cases is a perfect example of why we have a price gouging statute in North Carolina,” said AG Stein. “These out-of-state operators inflate their prices to take advantage of people’s vulnerability as they try to cope with the effects of Hurricane Florence. It’s heartless, illegal, and my office will not allow it.”More on Action Tree Pros and Premier Landscaping and Lawn Care complaintRelated Article: OpenTable: Rx Restaurant ranked among best southern restaurantsMore on Scotts Tree Service complaint
The second one happened at 10:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North 11th Street. No injuries were reported at either, but there was damage to some homes.Dandron said the third shooting happened at 11:10 a.m. on Wayne Drive. She said several rounds were fired. She said a car with a person inside was hit with a bullet and the vehicle spun out of control. Dandron said the person got out of the car and ran.Dandron said no one was hit with any of the bullets, but someone who heard the gunfire ran and was injured while trying to get away.Related Article: Officials: 9 inmates injured in North Carolina prison riotNo other injuries are reported. Police are still looking for a suspect.Yesterday, the police department asked for help after they said officers had responded to 20 Shotspotter alerts each with multiple rounds from districts which cover the Creekwood community, Castle and Meares streets over the past four days. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is investigating three shootings that they say happened within an hour Tuesday morning.Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said the first one happened at 10:15 a.m. in the 400 block of Mercer Avenue.- Advertisement –
DeAundre Sansbury (Photo: Facebook) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a man was shot and killed Sunday night in Wilmington, a newly released 911 call paints a better picture of the scene.After 43-year-old DeAundre Sansbury was allegedly shot and killed by 33-year-old Jody Farrow in Wilmington Sunday night, he was found by a friend who then rushed up the road to a gas station to call 911.- Advertisement – “I have a guy that came in the store and he told me to dial 911 cause his friend got shot in the head,” says the gas station worker, who then puts the friend on the phone.“I don’t have any service on my phone so I had to leave my house to come to the gas station nearby,” he tells the 911 operator.After realizing the caller is not with Sansbury, the 911 operator asks how bad his condition is.Related Article: Jury selection begins in 2017 Monkey Junction murder“Is he awake?” the 911 Operator asks. “I did not get a pulse,” the caller says. “Is he breathing?” the 911 Operator asks. “No ma’am,” the caller says.The operator then offers to give the caller CPR instructions before he goes back to the house.“You don’t have a way to call back once you get there so I can give you CPR instructions?” the 911 operator asks. “Um, honestly I do know CPR, but I honestly think it might be too late for that but I will try it,” the caller says.Before hanging up, the 911 operator asks the caller if he knows where the shooter is.“Where’s the person that shot them?” the operator asks. “I don’t know, I have a feeling on who it is, but there’s no one else at my house right now. My roommate’s car is gone, I just got off work,” the caller says.Sansbury was pronounced dead when crews arrived, and Farrow was arrested by Wilmington Police shortly after. Investigators have not released any other information at this time.We spoke to family members and friends of Sansbury who told us he was a genuinely loving and caring person, and they are struggling with the news of his death.
Advertisement The role would start on a 20 hr/week contract basis with the goal of transitioning to full-time employment. The ideal candidate will have strong technical and people/leadership skills, because the job involves coding as well as supporting and nurturing volunteer software developers across Africa and the rest of the world so they can learn to contribute to the project and build new apps for it.What is required:– 3-5 years of experience in C: very comfortable with pointers, linked lists, complex data structures, basic file system operations, and use of NOR/AND/OR binary operations to pack lots of data into a few bytes; follows good coding practices, such as explicit casts to avoid hard-to-find bugs – Advertisement – – Works well with a virtual team of developers spread across multiple timezones– Experience as a mentor or as a community/team leader– Good email and writing skills: writes professional, cordial, and clear explanations of technical problems and solutionsThe best candidates will have some experience in at least one of the areas below:– open source project work with a diverse developer community– embedded development– writing parsers or data serializers– development of complex web applications or XPath, XSLT, or SMIL apps– tech support for end usersWhat is not necessary:– no need for experience with Microsoft MFC, .Net, or any other standard libraries (not applicable for embedded code)– no need for experience with audio processing since the Talking Book uses existing audio libraries to handle playback and recording (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Advertisement Speaking in Kampala on Tuesday, during MTN Uganda’s handover of its 1 per cent commitment levy to the commission, Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC executive director, said the commission seeks to leverage investment in rural areas where they are socially desirable but not economically viable.The Communication Act (1997) under which UCC was established, mandates the commission to, among others, establish and operate a Universal Access Fund for the growth of rural communications.The scheme requires players to annually submit 1 per cent of their revenue after a review and certification of their audited books. On Tuesday MTN Uganda submitted Shs7.8 billion to the commission indicating that the telecommunications giant posted a profit of Shs78 billion in the 2010 financial year. – Advertisement – The fund is used in the development of internet communications and extension of public pay phones in rural areas.The scheme has also been used to help about 500 governments –aided schools in acquiring ICT laboratories so as to increase access to and usage of ICT in secondary schools.Source: Daily Monitor News
Advertisement In an effort supported through a unique partnership between The World Bank and Twaweza, a regional ICT NGO, an impressive array of civic actors are leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs) to create a new approach to this challenge in Tandale Ward, a vibrant unplanned community a few kilometers west of Dar Es Salaam’s city center. With facilitation from Ground Truth, the creators of Map Kibera, students from Ardhi University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) and residents of Tandale spent much of August using GPS units to collect a wide range of public data points, from school and public toilets to health clinics and trash dumps. Using free and open source software, these volunteers loaded these data onto Open Street Map (OSM), a freely accessible online map.The effort in Tandale is a an ongoing experiment in what Aleem Walji describes as the shift from open data to open development, where “citizen data and user generated content [can create] opportunities for Governments to listen better to their people and be more responsive to their constituents.” The easily expandable, interactive map is a new information resource for the community, as well as a powerful point of reference for discussion and decision-making in government about upcoming infrastructure upgrades.The map’s granular, community-level open data provides new opportunities for what Harvard urban economist Edward Glaeser characterizes as “self-protecting urban innovation, cities’ abilities to generate the information needed to solve their own problems.” On top of this data, technologists and issue experts can build tools to help both better understand and better respond to the most pressing problems facing the city. Within days of the initial mapping, Ramani Tandale, a website that allows residents to report flooding, broken street lights and other problems to online map, was launched. In the future, teams of developers and community leaders in Dar Es Salaam could build smart phone applications for tracking of solid waste collection, web visualizations of drainage catchment areas, or a dashboard to help public service providers better manage citizen requests. – Advertisement – As we continue to draw lessons from Tandale, it is clear that a network of civic actors, encouraged by local public service providers, can use low cost technology to create new opportunities for accountability, enable data-driven government policy making and create a more inclusive and open development process.
Image Credit: blogs.dlt.com Advertisement Two Israeli teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of running a service that allowed paying customers to attack websites.The vDos service the pair are suspected to have run bombarded target sites with data, seeking to knock them offline.The vDos website went offline shortly before the men were taken into custody. – Advertisement – The arrests came soon after cyber-security expert Brian Krebs posted a lengthy article claiming to expose the controllers of the vDos service.But an Israeli police spokesman told Israeli newspaper Haaretz the arrests had come after a tip-off from the FBI.Haaretz and The Marker reported that Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, both 18, had been put under house arrest for 10 days.Both had posted a bail payment of about $10,000.And they had had to surrender their passports and were barred from using the net or any other communication device for 30 days.Mr Krebs said he had based his article on a cache of information stolen from the service that he said had been passed to him by an informant.The two men named in the stolen information as controllers of vDos have the same names as the two people arrested in Israel.Mr Krebs claimed the site’s controllers had been “not terribly careful to cover their tracks” , using email addresses and phone numbers on sites connected to vDos that could be directly connected to them.He said the stolen data indicated the vDos service had generated $600,000 over the past two years by helping to co-ordinate more than 150,000 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.And vDos had charged between $30 and $200 a month for each attack.Mr Krebs wrote: “To say that vDos has been responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the internet over the past few years would be an understatement.”Mr Krebs’s site came under a heavy DDoS attack soon after the article about vDos was published.The UK’s Imperial College, game site GoodGame.co.uk and security company Zare.com were reportedly victims of vDos sourced attacks.One quirk of the service was that it had a policy of never attacking websites located in Israel.Source: BBC News
Advertisement Vivaldi Technologies has today unveiled the new History feature for its Vivaldi browser – that will give users insights into their online behavior backed by statistics and visual clues. The feature will let Vivaldi users quickly scan through visited websites and get helpful hints for finding old URLs.In addition to the list of URLs offered by most browsers, Vivaldi shows history in a calendar view with detailed statistics about previously visited sites. Graphs and a color-coded heat map overlay add another dimension, showing peaks of online activity and key browsing trends.All this data helps you find previously visited web pages even when you can’t remember the right search term. Vivaldi’s history puts searches in context – it may be easier to find an old URL if the user recalls seeing it on a certain day when he or she was particularly active online. – Advertisement – The new History feature will also be able to show you the kind of data that could be tracked by third parties.“Instead of trying to monetize our users’ browsing patterns, we are giving them this data – for their eyes only,” Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi Technologies said in a press statement. This means that all of your information is strictly private and local to a your computer as the browser doesn’t collect user’s history data.With the ability to analyze this information, users can decide if they want to adjust their online behavior or remove certain items from the list.Finally! In the new release, one awesome thing we loved about the History Feature, in the Vivaldi’s Side Panel with fast access to bookmarks, downloads, notes, and so forth, now includes the History fast access as well.The new History Feature for the Vivaldi Browser will reveal a list of previously visited URLs alongside open websites allowing users to quickly search through their history without leaving the current page. Photo credit: VivaldiClicking on the History icon will reveal a list of previously visited URLs alongside open websites allowing users to quickly search through their history without leaving the current page.[related-posts]Vivaldi browser is available for download to Windows, Mac, and Linux OS. Try it out and have a differ with other browsers. And let’s us know your opinon in the comment section below.
Advertisement Raxio Data Centre Ltd or simply “Raxio” is setting up Uganda’s first state-of-the-art data centre in the Namanve Industrial and Business Park.Raxio was established earlier this year by the Roha, a US greenfield investment company that builds and develops new businesses across Africa.The firm has also appointed James Byaruhanga as General Manager. James Byaruhanga is a Ugandan national, with more than 18 years of experience in the ICT industry as a manager in several leading telecom companies and internet service providers. – Advertisement – According to Robert Mullins, Director of Raxio, its data centre is the “country’s first Tier III, truly carrier-neutral co-location facility and is ideally located just outside Kampala’s CBD, a key requirement for disaster recovery and business continuity.”“When it opens in mid-2019, this centre will ensure the equipment housed within it operates optimally, 24/7, in a fully safe, secure and redundant environment. At full capacity, the centre will be able to house up to 400 racks, delivering 1.5MW of IT power,” he said.The data centre has been designed to global Tier III standards by Future-Tech, a UK specialist data-centre design company with over 30 years of experience. Raxio has also appointed Symbion, a leading local architectural firm to carry out the civil and structural design of the building. Future-Tech and Symbion are working hand-in-hand to oversee the building and commissioning of the centre.Construction is set to start this quarter.Commenting about the centre, James Byaruhanga said it is a timely investment in Uganda’s Knowledge and ICT sector with wide strategic national benefits that go beyond its primary function of serving as a disaster recovery facility for improved business continuity of financial institutions, enterprises, and government MDAs. “We believe that with the growth in data usage and storage and the broader digital transformation of businesses and the public sector being witnessed in Uganda today, a Tier III data centre will be a key pillar to Uganda’s digital economy and will stimulate and support the growth and digitalisation of the Ugandan economy and thus help meet the goals set in the MoICT Data Strategy and the broader National Development Plans,” he said.He added: “With this world-class facility, we shall attract major global content data networks, cloud services providers as well as regional carriers to Uganda. Other than bringing critical services closer to the local market, this will make internet services cheaper and faster to the end user, but most importantly, bring down the overall cost of connectivity in the country, thus increasing the global competitiveness of Ugandan businesses.”He also said the project would contribute significantly to job creation and tax revenue generation.[related-posts]
[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.Friday 29 AugustRACING2.10 ThirskIndian Keys 2/1 > 11/104.45 SandownTucson Arizona 25/1 > 14/16.40 SalisburyElm Park 7/2 > 7/48.30 WolverhamptonElpida 3/1 > 7/4What’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. Saturday 3 September1.50 HaydockZest 3/1 > 2/12.10 KemptonParfait 2/1 > 10/112.55 ThirskPantera Negra 7/1 > 5/13.10 AscotStargazer 7/2 > 9/45.00 ThirskSwaheen 10/1 > 9/25.05 HaydockMarmaduke Bay 9/1 > 9/25.20 AscotFoxy Forever 16/1 > 9/15.30 NavanRipped 14/1 > 9/26.50 WolverhamptonCajmere 12/1 > 9/27.20 WolverhamptonFlowers On Venus 11/4 > 6/4SATURDAY LIVE FOOTBALLNational League 17:30BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD / BT Sport Extra 15/2 Torquay United evens Lincoln City 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
SIMON NOTT AT EPSOM: Simon Nott reports from the betting ring at Epsom on Oaks Day. The big race changed everything. The day started with glorious sunshine then got even better when I saw Tony Styles T/A Bob Stock back on his number 1 pitch in Tattersalls. Tony is a true gentleman of the turf who was off colour recently so great to see him in fine fettle.The Investec Woodcote Stakes. We just took what the punters threw at us on, they wanted to be on Zap at 5/1 but by the off we had both Cardsharp and the impressive winner De Bruyne Horse losers. The latter was the best of the two but joy of ducking one tempered with news the office laid £8,000 in the morning.Between races there was a sight you don’t see often , a policeman holding a what looked like a machine gun on the Queen’s Stand lawn. I thought better of trying to steal a photo so you’ll have to take my word for it.The Investec Click & Invest Mile. There was sharp each way money for Mutarekez at 15/2 as well as good support for Remarkable the absolute bogey. We were fortunate that the cash punters left us out of GK Chesterton so watching the 3/1 favourite win and only taking the book was handy as was the each-way the ‘shrewdies’ left behind.The Investec Coronation Cup. It was hard to get the jolly Highland Reel into the book on course with betting light. Then the office reported that we’d laid £25k and £5k at 5/2, then another £8k at 2/1. He looked to be beaten when Hawkbill came to challenge. Just as Ben thought he’d got the money the jolly kicked clear again to win nicely. Gutted but not brow-beaten Ben hopped off the stool and shot off to take on the dog punters at Towcester before Matt Chapman came to gloat, and gloat he did, but Kyle took it well.The Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap Stakes could have proved a real rub-down of a race title. Could being the operative word, the money piled in for Fidaawy at 5/1 then one of the off-course firms topped it up at 9/2. At the off we had the gelding for over £8,000. A bit of pluck from Kyle on the stool and some bad luck for backers in running and we clawed some back when Not So Sleepy got the money at 10/1.Bring on the Oaks. Investec Oaks. The feature of the betting was a punter coming up and having £7,650 on Rhododendron. With that the thunder clapped and the rain started to pour. The office called, they’d laid £90,000 and £24,000 bets at 5/6 the jolly. It was make or break.Aye Aye! Enable under Frankie Dettori changed the complexion of the whole day.There was time take a deep breath and to call Ben and give him the good news before the Investec Savings Surrey Stakes. The rain had stopped but the punters appeared to have gone in and stayed in too. Our field money was very small so as a result we didn’t really get our whack on 8/1 winner Solomon’s Bay.The Investec Foreign Exchange Handicap Stakes. After all the earlier race excitement there was just steady betting in the concluding Investec Exchange Handicap. The punters left us with Wahash losing us four low figures. At Star Sports we don’t snap the elastic band around the readies in order to keep the winnings but if the punters don’t come at us we’re not giving it back. A good day was ensured regardless but Juanito Chico running down the bogey was the cherry on the cake despite retuning 4/1F. We didn’t crow too much as those firm around us invariably did their dough on the race. We ARE the Gentlemen’s Bookmaker after all. See you tomorrow for the big one.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
AddThis ShareContacts:Rice University — Mike Williams, 713-348-6728, email@example.comTexas Children’s Hospital – Veronika Javor Romeis, 832-824-2157, firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Methodist Hospital – David Bricker, 832-667-5811, DMBricker@tmhs.org Simmons Family Foundation awards collaborative research grantsTeams from Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute study nanobubbles, astrocytes, peroxisomal disorders and bone cancerHOUSTON – (Feb. 11, 2013) – Nanobubble treatment for cancer patients, a study of peroxisomal disorders, the role of astrocytes in the central nervous system and a search for genetic factors in bone cancer are the focus of this year’s grants supported by the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund.These four projects will receive seed grants that go to teams of collaborators from Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions centered at Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI).The fund was formed to promote novel solutions to difficult medical problems through the combined expertise of TMC scientists, engineers and physicians who might not otherwise collaborate. This is the fifth and final year of the $3 million initiative funded by Simmons, an emeritus trustee of Rice, a trustee at Texas Children’s and a board member of TMHRI.“One of the things I’ve been very impressed with is the level of consistency of these important, innovative proposals,” Simmons said. “The number of proposals stayed pretty steady each year, in the mid-30s, and I’m particularly pleased with how smooth the collaboration between the institutions has been.“I have, personally, no way in the world of adequately assessing the research value or scientific technology of these projects, but we have really good outside reviewers who do that,” he said. “My interest has been in having the researchers and institutions find ways to work together. In that context, it’s been a home run.”This year’s winners:Nanobubbles for selective cancer therapyDmitri Lapotko and Malcolm Brenner are looking for faster, safer and more accurate ways to manipulate the components of human tissue grafts for cancer patients by using plasmonic nanobubbles to simultaneously select specific cells for gene therapy while eliminating others.Plasmonic nanobubbles form and burst in a fraction of a second when a gold nanoparticle targeted to a specific type of cell is heated. The size of the plasmonic nanobubbles dictates whether the cell is destroyed or its wall is temporarily opened to allow drugs to enter. A recent development allows the researchers to target multiple types of cells for treatment or destruction and activate the plasmonic nanobubbles with a pulse of laser light.Lapotko is a faculty fellow in biochemistry and cell biology and in physics and astronomy. Brenner is a professor of medicine and of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital. Their co-investigator is Ekaterina Lukianova-Hleb, a research scientist at Rice.Peroxisomal disorder treatmentsMichael Wangler, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM and a pediatric geneticist at Texas Children’s Genetics Clinic, is looking for the roots of peroxisomal biogenesis disorders and associated diseases that cause seizures, intellectual impairment, blindness and hearing loss. Scientists understand a great deal about the genetic cause of peroxisomal disorders, and they have linked the genes involved to the peroxisome, a compartment of the cell involved in the body chemistry for specialized fats, protection from toxins and oxidation. However, what is missing is an understanding of how the loss of the peroxisome in these diseases causes the symptoms. Without this, patients with peroxisomal disorders like those seen by Wangler in his clinic are left without effective treatments.The team will study peroxisomal systems in fruit flies, which have a complex brain and all the peroxisomal machinery found in humans. Studies in flies allow for sophisticated approaches to understanding genetic mechanisms. The researchers will introduce peroxisomal defects in flies using biochemical techniques pioneered at Rice by James McNew and powerful assays for understanding brain dysfunction in the laboratory of Hugo Bellen. With this data, the group can test potential treatments based on these findings and test these treatments in human cell lines from Wangler’s patients.McNew is an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice, and Bellen is a BCM professor, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a researcher at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.What do astrocytes do?Researchers say much is known about neurons in the brain but little is known about glial cells. These cells have long been thought of as simple structural elements but are now suspected of playing a much greater role. A team led by Benjamin Arenkiel of Texas Children’s Hospital and BCM plans to investigate the critical, and yet unknown, mechanisms of neuron-glia interactions, specifically those of the astrocyte glial cells.Astrocytes are the most abundant glial cells in the central nervous system and have recently been identified as having roles in neural development and circuit function and formation of the blood-brain barrier. Evidence suggests astrocyte dysfunction directly contributes to neurological diseases that include autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. The researchers want to know if there are molecularly distinct subtypes of astrocytes and will work toward a more complete picture of how they interact with neurons.Arenkiel is an assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM and at Texas Children’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. His co-investigators are Stephen Wong, the John S. Dunn Distinguished Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at TMHRI, and Benjamin Deneen, an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at BCM.Treatment for bone cancersResearchers led by Brendan Lee of Texas Children’s and BCM will study chondrosarcoma, the second-most common form of malignant bone cancer. Treatment options are poor, and only about 25 percent of patients with aggressive forms of the disease survive for five years.The team will apply state-of-the-art genetic and genomic technologies to identify the genes and pathways that are altered in this cancer. They hope this will help find its cause and contribute to possible diagnostic tests and treatments.Lee is director of the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, a professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Co-investigators are Shanda Blackmon, an assistant member at TMHRI, an attending physician at The Methodist Hospital and an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Lisa Wang, an associate professor of pediatrics at BCM and director of the osteosarcoma program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center.The Simmons familyL.E. Simmons is president and founder of SCF Partners, an investment firm that provides management expertise to energy service companies.Virginia Simmons is vice president of the Simmons Family Foundation, which supports religious, art and cultural organizations, education, and youth and medical associations.For information on the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund, visit www.collaborativeresearchfund.org.– 30 –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 3,708 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. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Texas Children’s has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children’s has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children’s, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children’s by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens. The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies, and treatments. Important advances in biomedical sciences and health care are made by collaborative, interdisciplinary teams of individuals with diverse scientific backgrounds and training. TMHRI provides the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and houses the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. With the completion of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute building and other projects at The Methodist Hospital, TMHRI administers 560,000 square feet of modern research space. TMHRI currently conducts more than 645 clinical trials with more than 1,300 credentialed investigators.
Share this article Share Show Discussion Los Angeles police are investigating the vandalizing of Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Det. Meghan Aguilar says investigators were called to the scene before dawn Wednesday following reports that the presidential candidate’s star was destroyed by blows from a hammer.A man who identified himself as Jamie Otis says he’s responsible for the damage. Otis tells Deadline Hollywood (http://bit.ly/2dK4kON) that he originally intended to remove Trump’s star. He says he wanted to auction it off to raise funds for the 11 women accusing the presidential candidate of groping them. Trump has denied the groping allegations.Aguilar says she’s aware of the Deadline report but couldn’t comment on whether Otis is a suspect.Trump’s star was dedicated in 2007 in recognition of his work on NBC’s reality TV show “The Apprentice.”Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood walk of fame vandalized. This just made my whole day pic.twitter.com/mqLG5OxZDs— DJ Luna ☾ (@mikaarianna) October 26, 2016“Investigators are looking at [a] felony vandalism [charge] because of the value which the Chamber of Commerce has placed [on the star] at $2,500…” a police spokesperson told Fox News. “As soon as investigators can positively identify the suspect, which they are very sure they can do… they will go ahead and make a decision whether they want to arrest that suspect or seek a warrant.”Epoch Times contributed to this report. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Smashed With a Sledgehammer By The Associated Press October 26, 2016 Updated: October 26, 2016 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US
Cash seized by the U.S. Border Patrol who says it’s seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico. The cash was found inside two cars in Escondido on Dec. 20, 2016. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP) Share Border Patrol Seizes $3 Million From Cars Headed to Mexico By The Associated Press December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US SAN DIEGO—The U.S. Border Patrol seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico.The cash was found in august inside two cars in Escondido. It’s the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County.Authorities say they followed a speeding Kia Forte from a freeway and pulled it over. They found nearly $34,000 in vacuum-sealed bundles in the center console. Cash seized by the U.S. Border Patrol who says it’s seized more than $3 million that was being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico. The cash was found inside two cars in Escondido on Dec. 20, 2016. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)A second car, a Volkswagen Passat, raced away but was later found abandoned in a cul-de-sac and the driver was found hiding in some brush. Authorities say they found more than $3 million in cardboard boxes in the trunk.The two drivers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal currency-smuggling charges. Share this article Show Discussion
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share Army Drops Political Correctness Training to Focus on Warfighting By Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times June 26, 2018 Updated: June 26, 2018 The U.S. Army will soon switch its training doctrine back to warfighting and will drop its mandatory training programs on “political correctness” issues such as transgenderism, declaring that such training is now complete.The shift was outlined in a series of servicewide memorandums obtained by The Washington Times. They were allegedly approved by Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.The new guidelines will bring the Army in line with the Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy, initiated by Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis, and move away from changes implemented under former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.Mattis ordered a review of all the requirements for training and administration in the military, in order to bring back a focus on training for warfighting.A July 21, 2017, memo from Mattis states, “I want to verify our military personnel policies also support and enhance warfighting readiness and force lethality.” It notes the shift is in support of President Donald Trump’s plan to build a larger, more capable, and more lethal fighting force that will be ready in the event of war. Ranger-qualified troops participate in events for the 2018 Best Ranger Competition on April 13, 2018, at Fort Benning, Ga. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick A. Albright) Shortly after Mattis was named as the next secretary of defense, army combat veteran and former intelligence official Mike Furlong told The Epoch Times that Mattis was “a big defender for the troops at the spear-end of the fight,” and that compared to his predecessors, Mattis was less political but had a stronger focus on personal principles.Under Bush, soldiers were forced to become pseudo diplomats for the counterinsurgency strategy, while under Obama, training for soldiers shifted to political correctness.While the idea of political correctness is often associated with shifting social issues in the United States, the concept originated in 1967 with former Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. The concept was that those who fell in line with state agendas were “politically correct” and those who did not would be punished by the state. Follow Joshua on Twitter: @JoshJPhilipp Show Discussion An AH-64 Apache attack helicopter takes off near soldiers participating in the Allied Spirit VII training exercise, Nov. 18, 2017 at Grafenwoehr, Germany. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven) US News Share this article
Hundreds of Homes Imperiled as Northern California Fire Spreads By Reuters July 3, 2018 Updated: June 23, 2019 A wildfire in Northern California continued to spread on Tuesday, as firefighters battled the blaze that threatened hundreds of homes and other structures, sending thick black smoke across the San Francisco Bay Area.The County Fire, which broke out on Saturday afternoon in rural Yolo County, west of Sacramento, blackened more than 70,000 acres (28,800 hectares) of grass, brush and dense scrub oak. That was 17 percent more than the 60,000 acres (24,280 hectares) it had burned as of late Monday.The United States is in the midst of a more-active-than-usual fire season, with the risk significantly above normal for many western states, according to federal forecasters.The County Fire was only 5 percent contained early on Tuesday, with more than 2,100 fire personnel battling the flames, the California Fire authority said.The blaze threatened about 700 homes, a local NBC affiliate reported on Monday, as authorities issued evacuation orders and advisories to hundreds of residents.The job of hand crews and bulldozer operators trying to cut containment lines was made more difficult by high winds, which were blowing embers and starting new spot fires, Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection said on Monday. “The potential for growth remains high as crews battle the fire in difficult terrain,” Cal Fire said in an advisory.The smoke reached about 75 miles (120 km) south to San Francisco, leaving a film of ash on cars and windows. No casualties have been reported.Wildfires have burned through nearly 2.5 million acres in the United States from Jan. 1 through Monday, well above an average of about 2.3 million for the same calendar period over the last 10 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.Western Colorado, where six major wildfires have charred more than 100,000 acres, along with much of Utah and Eastern Nevada were under a Red Flag warning on Tuesday when wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, extremely low humidity levels and hot temperatures were expected, the National Weather Service said.The largest blaze, the Spring Fire in southern Colorado, has burned nearly 61,000 acres, destroyed at least 104 homes and forced the evacuations of hundreds of residents, officials said.That fire, caused by humans, was just 5 percent contained, according to InciWeb, a federal government wildfire website.By Dan Whitcomb and Keith Coffman Share this article Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Smoke rises in distance from County Fire near County Road 63 and Highway 16 in Rumsey Canyon in this #CountyFire image on social media in Brooks, California, on July 2, 2018. (REUTERS) US News Share