KIERON Purtill says Saints showed resilience to

first_imgKIERON Purtill says Saints showed “resilience” to come through their match with Bradford Bulls on Friday night.He was referring to the resolute performance when down to 11 men and reckons it shows the Club’s continuing progression over the last couple of weeks.“We’re pleased,” Saints’ Assistant Coach said. “We came out the back of a tough game with two points and had to hang in there when we were down on numbers.“It showed resilience and, I suppose, removes that hoodoo about winning here [at the Stobart Stadium].“The press will have to find something else to write about now, but yeah, it gets it out of the way!”He continued: “Our half backs showed their increasing maturity too. They are getting better with every match as they gain the experience. It will stand the Club in good stead for the future.“Jonny Lomax showed maturity with the ball and his pass selection. He has been used as a utility player so is still learning the half back role and he’ll get better.“But as well as the younger lads who are getting the plaudits – the senior players have stood up too. Wello [Paul Wellens] is like a vintage wine, he keeps getting better and is leading by example.”Saints lost two players at the back end of the game to sinbinnings and Purtill admits whilst the team coped well when Sia Soliola and Michael Shenton were off the field, there needs to be some consistency with the decisions.“We’re still trying to work out why they were sinbinned and Royce [Simmons] didn’t want to come into this conference and perhaps say something he would regret.“If that’s what we’re doing this season there needs to be come consistency because we don’t want to end up like Rugby Union when we are stopping the game every two minutes. We need to make sure the game runs.”Francis Meli tweaked his hamstring in the game and his injury will be assessed over the next couple of days.last_img read more

OUR official transport partner Hattons Travel is

first_imgOUR official transport partner, Hatton’s Travel is offering two great trips to the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the season.You can book on either of these fantastic excursions by emailing or by calling 01744 811 818.England v Australia and Wales v ItalyFriday Oct 25 – Sunday Oct 27 2013Two nights Bed & Breakfast at The Hilton NewportTransport to and from Millennium Stadium for games£139 ppSemi Finals 2013Friday Nov 22 – Sunday Nov 24 2013Two nights Bed & Breakfast at the Hilton Canary Wharf in LondonTransportation to and from games at Wembley Stadium on November 23 £149 ppTickets are not included in the prices.last_img

SAINTS have announced their 19man squad for Frida

first_imgSAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Three clash with Castleford Tigers.Lance Hohaia, Greg Richards and Matty Dawson are added to the ’19’ with Jordan Turner, Paul Wellens and Andre Savelio missing out.Keiron Cunningham will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Lance Hohaia, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson.Daryl Powell will select his Castleford side from:4. Michael Shenton, 5. Justin Carney, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Adam Milner, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Matt Cook, 13. Nathan Massey, 15. Ryan Boyle, 16. Junior Moors, 17. Scott Moore, 19. Scott Wheeldon, 20. Denny Solomona, 21. Liam Finn, 22. Jordan Tansey, 23. Michael Channing, 24. Mike McMeeken.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.For ticket details please click here.last_img read more

DAY 18 – We were out this morning for the bus ride

first_imgDAY 18 – We were out this morning for the bus ride west to Katoomba and the scenic world tourist attraction within the Blue Mountains region, writes Ian Talbot.The lads had some photographs taken in front of the ‘Three Sisters’, a historical aboriginal landmark, before taking the scenic railway down to the foot of the rainforest.The scenic railway is the steepest passenger train in the world and had Josh Eaves worried.The scenic walkway amongst the ancient temperate rain forest showed some of the history of mining in the area and sights of some local wildlife, which again drew some memorable comments… Jack Unsworth saying “Is that bird a monkey?” and Cameron Brown and Kieron O’Mara asking if Jurassic Park is a place that they can visit.But more notably Eric Frodsham asking if the guide would be able to show us parts of the rainforest that haven’t been discovered yet.After a brief stop at our home it was on to St Mary’s for our final training session of the tour – the Captain’s Run session before tomorrow’s final game against Penrith.This game has historically been the highlight of the tour and tomorrow will be no different.Training went well; a feeling of nervous excitement could be sensed as the lads know they will have to perform at their best if they want to achieve the goal of remaining unbeaten.Dinner was once again at the favourite St Mary’s Leagues Club and their all you can eat buffet.The food throughout the tour has been plentiful and exceptional but this is the only place in this city that can meet the demands of Cameron Brown’s appetite.We’ve had some lads on all of the tours that like to eat but Cameron takes it to another level.Matty Costello made the comment of the evening when discussing the pudding options. A couple were saying how good the bread and butter pudding was, to which Cozzy said, “I’ve always thought that bread and butter pudding is apple crumble covered in cream!”With the big game looming it was back home and in bed for an early night.last_img read more

I am happy with the two points it was an importa

first_img“I am happy with the two points, it was an important win for us,” he said. “I think we dominated for large periods; Hull are a good side and somehow stayed in the game. I thought we created some good chances in that first half and fell just short a few times.“Then, we were in control for a fair bit of the second half and they hung on in there again, to their credit, so I am really happy with everybody tonight.“It is important to win those games. We cannot afford to miss those opportunities in games but it is great that we are creating them. There is some confidence we can take from that as we know if we finish those off we can put ourselves in good positions at the end of games“In the end, it is the win that counts and we got that.”He continued: “Percy’s (Mark Percival) finish was unbelievable. He is a classy player and we missed him last week. It is great to have him back. He produces some of those freakish things and it is great he could do it again tonight for us.“I thought the game got ruined by the conditions a little bit, but you have to be able to handle that and I thought both teams did as well as they could. Defence forced a number of errors too so for Percy to do that in those conditions made it extra special.“I was happy with Danny. I like the way he has played in the Reserves and he ran well at Champ level last weekend. He has all the gifts you want in a half. He did a good job tonight alongside Theo Fages.“We needed Theo to play a little more for us, take on more responsibility and he did. His little bit of class helped us.“But you have to give credit to Hull. They jagged a try and then kicked a 40:20 – but we were good enough to hold them out and get the win.“It was an important game for us and we put in a good performance. We competed until the end and got the win we needed.”last_img read more

Joe suffered serious head injuries and has been ho

first_imgJoe suffered serious head injuries and has been hospitalised.We understand GM Police are investigating the matter and therefore we cannot make any further comment at this time.Joe is of impeccable character and is an upstanding member of our Academy system. He represented Lancashire Schoolboys against Australian Schoolboys with distinction on Saturday and was hoping to represent England next weekend.He is a top academic achiever with a very bright future ahead of him alongside his rugby league prowess.Our welfare team are now in contact with Joe’s family and we will offer any assistance we can at this distressing time.Understandably, our thoughts are now with Joe and his family.last_img

Got a bike you no longer ride It could put a smile

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bike drive is underway for a local non-profit that makes sure our community youth have one of the most basic forms of joy as the kids grow up.  A bicycle!A Bike for Every Child is collecting new or gently used bikes for their annual event where they teach children how to take care of the bikes, bike safety, and then give them the gift courtesy of YOU.- Advertisement – All sizes are needed, from tricycles to adult bikes for teens. Bikes can be donated here: Harrelson Center: 20 N. 4th St. (lower level of parking garage) Wilmington, NC 28401.Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-1pmFor more information:Phone: (910) 444-3939website: www.abikeforeverychild.orgA Bike for Every Child is a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is tax deductible.last_img read more

WWAY Roof Rescue Winners prayers answered

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 WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville family hopes for a happier 2018 after a rough run that goes back to Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.Hal Lowder and his family are the winners of the WWAY Roof Rescue sponsored by Flores & Foley Roofing, GAF and SunTrust Commercial Banking. Their home will get a new roof soon. Watch the video above of the surprise announcement at the Lowders’ home.- Advertisement – Lowder, whose nomination was selected from among 360 entries, says the roof was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. That combined with illnesses in his family have made things tough. He hopes this will be a sign of good to come.A big thank you to our sponsors for making this possible, and congratulations to the Lowder family.last_img read more

SAP launches new software to the African Market

first_imgAdvertisement These new solutions bring speed, allow more people access to data and make BI and EIM easier to use while ensuring a trusted quality of business intelligence information.The launch event, was well attended by over 700 delegates from different industries, including retail, financial services and the public sector. The event served as the platform for SAP to unveil the latest ground-breaking innovation solutions including the 10.0 releases of SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) software.Boasting an un-paralleled user experience and incorporating social networking tools on a common unified infrastructure, the latest BI and EIM releases reveal the range and capabilities of these technologies, which are aimed at shaping the future of analytics in real time with in-memory computing. The software places instant powerful analytics in the hands of users, with more mobile devices supported than ever before. It combines structured and unstructured information and provides the tools to govern this information, while providing flexible on-premise, on-demand, and on-device deployment options. – Advertisement – Paul Webel, General Manager for BAT and LOB Solutions for SAP Africa said after the launch: “In order for African businesses to attract investment and retain talent, they have to overcome the enduring poor perceptions around good governance, compliance and transparency. To mitigate these risks, they must be able to operate off the previously elusive single version of the truth and empower all stakeholders to analyse and present this information in many different ways to different audiences. By embedding BI in the heart of the business processes, the new release of SAP BusinessObjects software is a huge leap forward in this regard and the most significant BI launch ever within the IT industry.“Africa stands at a significant inflection point in this new world, where the demands for its natural resources are fuelled by a return to global growth coupled with a desperate need to modernise private and public sector institutions. These change will ensure that Africa is able to compete globally and the launch of the new SAP Business Analytics releases will aid this transformation and global acceptance.“Early customer statistics and recent analyst reports reveal how SAP is leading the Analytics market,” adds Webel. “The customer results from SAP’s High Performance Analytic Appliance (HANA), which utilises In-Memory computing for the analysis of big data at a super fast speed, is delivering on the promise of high-speed analytics to all users within organisations. We believe that our solutions cut across industries and company sizes, and you don’t have to run SAP ERP to realise the full benefit and advantage of our innovative software.”Key elements of the 4.0 release are, The SAP BusinessObjects Data Services software, which helps consolidate any data source, assess the quality, profile and enhance it, then integrate this data into any BI or application environment. The SAP BusinessObjects Information Steward is a new software solution that gives organisations the power to analyse, monitor and rate data sources and categories on aspects such as completeness, accuracy and consistency, and the ability to visually share the information with the business. The SAP BusinessObjects Event Insight is also new software that helps the business understand the impact of streams of business events in real-time. These are just some of the innovations SAP BusinessObjects is delivering in the biggest release of BI and EIM ever undertaken by SAP.George Mathew, Group Vice President & General Manager for Business Analytics and Technology out of the US comments that these releases illustrate SAP’s vision to bring customers elegant, fast and easy-to-consume business software that provides real business benefit. By empowering these customers, SAP drives closer towards it‘s goal of reaching as many users as possible. “With these releases, SAP is combining best-in-class analytics with the best-in-class SAP business applications.“last_img read more

Lady Gaga Launches Own Social Network Little Monsters

first_imgAdvertisement Little Monsters, now in invite-only beta testing, is the pop princess’s effort at creating a network built around her fan base — which she’s dubbed the aforementioned “monsters.”An early look at the site suggests it will be designed a lot like Pinterest, the fast-emerging mobile app that lets users “pin” locations and items that they like. Gaga’s site also will emphasize sharing and creating photos and videos, as well as letting other users promote content from others that they like (something similar to sites like Reddit and Digg).The site is the first project by Backplane, the startup where Lady Gaga’s manager, Troy Carter, is one of four founders. The company will focus on online community-building. – Advertisement – “Backplane is about bringing together communities and Gaga’s community just so happens to be the community we’re using to learn about proper functionality,” CEO Matt Michelsen said to Mashable. “We think we can really change the world.”When other sites are launched, Backplane allows user to switch back and forth among as many as they want.Even with Gaga’s massive social-media presence (she was the first artist to hit 1 billion YouTube video views), it remains an open question whether a social site devoted almost exclusively to her fans will have a big enough user base to fly.At The Frisky, another CNN content partner, Tiffanie Drayton imagines chat on the site this way:Little Monster 1: “Lady Gaga sure knows how to rock a bad-ass meat dress.”Little Monster 2: “I think that getup must have smelled horrible.” Administrator: “Lady Gaga always smells like roses!” (squishes Little Monster 2) “Carry on with the idolatry you little monsters!”What do you think? Does this site have a chance?Source: CNNlast_img read more

ISPs say they cant block child pornography sites

first_imgAdvertisement The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has explained to the Supreme Court that they can’t block child pornography websites they don’t have logistical capacity to do that.They said that they are mere authorized service providers who provide customers access to internet.ISPs are mere conduits and they cannot be made liable for the contents they do not own. It would be akin to making liable telecom companies for conversations people have on their network,” they said. – Advertisement – The association also questioned the notions associated with the pornography. It said that there is no unanimously accepted definition of pornography and the boundaries of the same are amorphous.It said that one man’s pornography is another man’s high art.In April 2013 Supreme Court had sent a notice to Information and Technology, Information ministry along with the Broadcasting and Home Affairs ministries seeking their views on the ban on porn sites.The petition said that over 20 crore porn videos or clippings are freely available in the market, which are directly been downloaded through internet or other video CDs.Though pornography in India is illegal, due to ineffective law pornographic materials are easily available in public places. Softcore and hardcore pornography movies/photos are easily accessible through magazines, films, or Internet. The law states that possessing and watching pornographic materials is legal, but production and distribution are prohibited.Source: Telecom Tigerlast_img read more

Smile Offering its Customers 10 Times BONUS Data

first_imgSmile Communications Uganda is offering customers up to ten times more data when they recharge on Monday | Courtesy Photo. Advertisement Smile Communications Uganda is offering customers up to ten times more data when they recharge on Monday. This has been revealed through an email that has been sent out to customers.According to the email, anyone who recharges with a monthly bundle, except unlimited will receive an SMS with a bonus claim link. Once you claim the offer, you automatically activate the bonus data — which is valid for 7 days.On the other hand, Smile is also offering a Kyookya Weekend (#KyookyaWeekend) offer where a customer has an opportunity to fully use their Kyookya Monday (#KyookyaMonday) bonus data balance over the weekend period before it expires on Sunday at midnight. During the weekend, any Kyookya bonus data will take priority over any paid for data. – Advertisement – The company will also be surprising customers once a month where they will double the data balance on a random day through their campaign Kyokya Double (#KyokyaDouble).Customers will receive a claim link which will enable them activate the double data — which is also valid for 7 days from the date of activation.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he wind was fresh to say the least as it whistled past Andrew and Lofty on the rails. The books were wrapped up well against the elements and prepared for the onslaught of the shrewd each-way types in the opening British Stallion Studs EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle. The percentages may have been a boon for the boffins but the backers that don’t mess about were betting win only, and mostly on Lalor. Trained in South Molton, Devon, by Richard Woollacott and ridden by Star Sports brand ambassador Davy Russell, the gelding was backed from 3/1 into 2/1 briefly dipping into 15/8 in a few places. The first heat underway in brilliant sunshine, the bookies squinting to see what was where. Turning for home it became apparent that Lalor was going very well as it cruised ominously into the race, cue groans from bookies. Richard Johnson on Western Ryder had other ideas though and the combination forged up the hill away from the jolly to win at 5/2, the ring settled for that.Despite being only four runners in the Horse Comes First Novices’ Chase the bookmakers I spoke to weren’t complaining about the business. ‘We’ve gone around the clock’ said one, basically there was money for all four. Best backed of the quartet was Sizing Tennessee sent off 2/1 jolly. There were groans in the ring (though that’s not unusual) when the gelding won, but it might have been different had several firm’s chance Tintern Theatre not fallen out in the country when still going very well.There were more combatants in the Catesby Handicap Hurdle, in which Champagne City was sent off the 9/2 favourite in a competitive race. His backers still had high hopes half way up the hill when doing battle with Remiluc but then supporters of both hopes were dashed when Smaoineamh Alainn under James Best came scything between the pair to bolt home.  The 7/1 winner landing a bit of a punt in the process. It had been 11/1 in early exchanges, and that is cash between bookies and punters not the odd quid on the internet.The fourth race on the card, the CF Roberts Electrical & Mechanical Services Mares’ Handicap Chase looked equally as tricky, at least on paper. The nearest Andrew and Lofty got to taking a half decent bet so far in the afternoon was a £2,600 – £400 cash on Theatre Territory. That punter, and his fancy found one too good in Ms Parfois winning at 9/2 but as joint favourite there weren’t many bookmakers cheering in what was quite a lacklustre ring. The race before the penultimate, The Unicoin Group Handicap Steeple Chase was reduced to five runners with the defection of 9/2 Mysteree just as betting was getting underway. That stuttered things a bit after those that had started betting readjusted their prices. Once they did there was only one that the punters wanted to be on. Harry Fry’s Wotzizname was backed, though not lumped on, from 7/4 into 5/4 clear favourite. Those that joined the modest gamble knew their fate a long way out, the jolly made rick after rick then dropped away eventually finishing fourth behind 7/4 second-in Robinsfirth.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase and others like it tend to be races that garner very little of interest from punters. They are good for bookies and staff who have been hanging in there for an ablution break, they get back in just enough time to pay out over the winning favourite, which makes them happy it’s a race that garners very little interest from the punters. This time it didn’t happen like that. The punters didn’t want to know jolly Josies Orders and instead lumped on one of the the other green and gold horses More Of That from 7/1 into 4/1. As they passed the post it was Davy Russell who’d pulled out all the stops to win the race on Gordon Elliott’s Bless The Wings, a 12/1 bonus for the ring. Read Davy’s blog here every week.Most layers went into the lucky last, the Citipost Handicap Hurdle, with renewed vigour, once again it was a hot heat. Betting opened at 9/2 the field, though by the off Colin Tizzard’s charge The Dutchman had been backed into favouritism though not to hefty bets. That money stayed in the bookmaker’s hods though. The well-touted 6/1 shot Arthur’s Gift came with a late run from well off the pace to win the race from bookies dream 33/1 result, Sykes. Oh what might have been, still the ring got the jolly beaten.Same time same place tomorrow.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more


first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: BERNARD MARANTELLI Bernard was born into an Australian bookmaking family and got involved working with the business and studying form in his teens. He soon began to be drawn into pool betting, successful at it he decided to move to England where he continued to do well winning the Scoop 6 on several occasions. In this time he co-founded Colossus Bets and is now striving to get the British betting public to embrace exotic pool bets. Listen to his story.BERNARD MARANTELLI (part 1 of 2)Bernard Marantelli is the co-founder of Colossus Bets and a professional gambler specialising in pool betting. In part 1 Bernard tells of his family upbringing, his father a bookmaker, his decision to relocate to the UK and makes a case for pool betting as a good betting option for serious punters. He also talks why the Lottery decimated the football pools. BERNARD MARANTELLI (part 2 of 2)In part 2 of our interview Bernard explains why he thinks that pool betting is the ‘sleeping giant’ of gambling, how ‘free’ pools are a sustainable business model, the benefits and other wise of social media, twitter trolls and if ‘having an opinion’ is a good or bad thing as a punter or bookmaker.last_img read more

Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap

first_imgAddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionJim Elliott. Photo by Jeff Fitlow.The researchers were able to estimate by county how much of the inequality is attributed to natural disasters. In Harris County, Texas, the disaster-related increase in the black-white wealth gap, on average, was $87,000.The story does not stop there, Howell and Elliott said. Counties that received more aid from the FEMA saw additional increases in wealth inequality beyond that attributed to the natural disasters themselves. For example, whites living in counties that received at least $900 million in FEMA aid from 1999 to 2013 accumulated $55,000 more wealth on average than otherwise similar whites living in counties that received only $1,000 in aid. Conversely, blacks living in counties that received at least $900 million in FEMA aid accumulated $82,000 less wealth on average than otherwise similar blacks living in counties that received only $1,000 in FEMA aid. Similarly, Latinos accumulated $65,000 less on average, and other races (majority Asians) accumulated $51,000 less.“It’s unclear why more FEMA aid is exacerbating inequality,” Howell said. “More research is clearly needed. However, based on previous work on disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, we know FEMA aid is not equitably distributed across communities. This is particularly true when it comes to infrastructural redevelopment, which often has profound effects on residents’ property appreciation and business vitality. When certain areas receive more redevelopment aid and those neighborhoods also are primarily white, racial inequality is going to be amplified.”In addition to exacerbating racial wealth gaps, the researchers found that after natural disasters wealth inequality also increases based on home ownership. Individuals who owned homes in counties that experienced high levels of natural disaster damage accumulated $72,000 more wealth on average than their counterparts in counties with few disasters. Renters, on the other hand, lost $61,000 in wealth on average relative to renters in counties with few natural disasters.“Put another way, natural disasters were responsible for a $133,000 increase in inequality between homeowners and renters in the hardest hit counties,” Elliott said.Similarly, college-educated residents accumulated $111,000 more on average if they lived in a county that experienced extreme disasters compared to their counterparts who did not live through disasters. Conversely, those with only a 10th-grade education who lived in counties that experienced extreme disasters lost $48,000 from natural disaster damages on average when compared to counterparts who did not live through disasters.“In other words, in the counties with the most damage, natural disasters are responsible for a $159,000 increase in the educational wealth gap,” Howell said.Howell and Elliott said the results indicate that two major social challenges of our age – wealth inequality and rising costs of natural disasters – are increasingly and dynamically connected. They hope the research will encourage further examination of wealth inequality in the U.S. and development of solutions to address the problem.“The good news is that if we develop more equitable approaches to disaster recovery, we can not only better tackle that problem but also help build a more just and resilient society,” Howell and Elliott concluded.The researchers are now building on this work by examining how local for-profit and nonprofit organizations influence social inequality after natural disasters.-30-For more information, or to request a copy of the paper, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Supplement highlighting wealth gap between whites and blacks attributable to natural disaster damage from 1999 through 2013 in 20 U.S. counties: link: credit: Howell bio: Howell photo: credit: University of Pittsburgh.Jim Elliott bio: Elliott photo: credit: Jeff Fitlow.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life 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 you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 Jim Elliott. Photo by Jeff Fitlow. Supplement highlighting wealth gap between whites and blacks attributable to natural disaster damage from 1999 through 2013 in 20 U.S. counties. Return to article. Long DescriptionSupplement highlighting wealth gap between whites and blacks attributable to natural disaster damage from 1999 through 2013 in 20 U.S. counties.“Last year the United States suffered more than $260 billion in direct damages from natural disasters –mainly from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria,” said Howell, who was the study’s lead author. “And there were also numerous wildfires, floods and tornadoes. Data show that since 2000, approximately 99 percent of counties in the U.S. have experienced significant damage from some type of natural disaster, with costs expected to increase significantly over coming years. We wanted to investigate how these damages impact wealth inequality and accumulation.”Whites who lived in counties with only $100,000 in damage from 1999 to 2013 gained an average of approximately $26,000 in wealth. However, those who lived in counties with at least $10 billion in damage during the same time period gained nearly $126,000, the paper said. Share4Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduKathryn Fike (University of Pittsburgh)412-624-1085kfike@pitt.eduNatural disasters widen racial wealth gapRice U., University of Pittsburgh study also finds FEMA aid increased inequality HOUSTON – (Aug. 20, 2018) – Damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh.center_img Return to article. Long DescriptionJunia Howell. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh.“In other words, whites living in counties with considerable damage from natural disasters accumulate more wealth than their white counterparts living in counties without major natural disaster damage,” Howell said.However, among blacks, Latinos and Asians, the results went the other direction. Blacks who lived in counties with just $100,000 in damage gained an estimated $19,000 in wealth on average, while those living in counties with at least $10 billion in damage lost an estimated $27,000. Latinos in counties with $100,000 in damage gained $72,000 on average, and those in areas with at least $10 billion in damage lost an estimated $29,000. And Asians gained $21,000 on average and lost $10,000, respectively. These differences occurred even after the researchers controlled for a wide range of factors including age, education, homeownership, family status, residential mobility, neighborhood status and county population.“Put another way, whites accumulate more wealth after natural disasters while residents of color accumulate less,” Elliott said. “What this means is wealth inequality is increasing in counties that are hit by more disasters.” Photo credit: Return to article. Long DescriptionPhoto credit:“Damages Done: The Longitudinal Impacts of Natural Hazards on Wealth Inequality in the United States” will appear in an upcoming edition of Social Problems. A supplement to the paper highlights the wealth gap between whites and blacks attributable to natural disaster damage from 1999 through 2013 in 20 U.S. counties.Researchers Junia Howell, a scholar at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh and Jim Elliott, a professor of sociology at Rice and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute combined longitudinal data from nearly 3,500 families across the U.S. with governmental data on local natural disaster damages, Federal Emergency Management Aid (FEMA) and demographics. They followed these people from 1999 through 2013 as disaster damage of varying scale struck counties where they lived, and examined how their personal wealth was impacted. Junia Howell. Photo credit: University of Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Texas lawmakers dug in their heels on marijuana reform says Baker Institute

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Texas lawmakers dug in their heels on marijuana reform, says Baker Institute expertHOUSTON — (June 6, 2019) — The 86th Texas Legislature moved an inch — and no more — toward easing restrictions related to marijuana, according to a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: UniversityKatharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at the institute, is available to discuss with the media the legislative session’s developments on this and related issues. She outlined her insights in a new post for the redesigned Baker Institute blog that was unveiled this week,“The session started optimistically for proponents of reform,” Neill Harris wrote. “Legislators filed a record-number 63 marijuana-related bills, and there was an outpouring of support for the various measures. Advocates, parents, caregivers, patients, veterans, medical professionals and policy experts (including your resident Baker Institute drug policy fellows) traveled to Austin to lobby for and testify in support of legislation to reduce penalties for marijuana possession and create a comprehensive medical cannabis program.”Despite these efforts, and considerable media attention, only two bills made it to the governor’s desk, Neill Harris said: One related to hemp production, and the other a very limited expansion of the state’s restrictive medical cannabis program.“Political calculations are largely to blame for the stagnation,” Neill Harris wrote. “Although polls consistently show that a majority of Texans support reducing penalties for marijuana possession and allowing medical access, approval for these measures is lower among more conservative voters, making it a difficult issue for elected officials from deep-red districts to support.“The arguments presented in opposition to penalty reduction and medical expansion, which mainly came from law enforcement groups and some conservative legislators during House and Senate floor debates, reflected a persistent tendency to conflate these reforms with full-bore commercial legalization, and either an inability or unwillingness to understand the marijuana plant itself and the different policy schemes in question,” she wrote.-30-The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Neill Harris. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Neill Harris bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Drug Policy Program via Twitter @BakerDrugPolicy.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, read more

UCI Professor Makes Football Tailgating a Science

first_img RelatedKellogg Prof. Honored For ResearchThe following article was originally sourced from the news piece “Carpenter Honored” on Kellogg’s news & events site.  Gregory Carpenter, professor at the Kellogg School of Management has won the Sheth Foundation/Journal of Marketing Award for 2013 for the research that led to his book, Resurgence. The award is presented…August 6, 2014In “Featured Home”Smeal Faculty Members Receive PromotionsFour Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty members and four clinical faculty members have received promotions. The promotions are as follows: Tenure-Track Faculty Promotions: Stephen Humphrey has been promoted to professor of management. Humphrey, who directs the Center for Teams and Negotiation, has been a Smeal faculty member since…July 2, 2014In “Featured Home”McDonough Hires Eight News Faculty MembersLast month, the McDonough School of Business hired eight new full-time instructors to its list of respected faculty members. “We are delighted to welcome our new faculty members, who bring a mix of academic and industry experience to our classrooms as we fulfill our mission of educating our students to…September 5, 2014In “Featured Home” As fans eagerly anticipate the NFL playoffs, a new study by Tonya Williams Bradford, an assistant professor of Marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business, examines college football tailgating in an article titled, “Dwelling dynamics in consumption encampments: Tailgating as emplaced brand community.”Co-authored by Professor John F. Sherry from the University of Notre Dame and published in Marketing Theory, the goal of the research was to explain the mechanisms through which tailgating is managed by tailgaters, so that authorities do not have to intervene to maintain the good-natured fun of the experience.“Tailgating takes place over the course of a day. During that short period, a nomadic brand community encampment arises, replete with ersatz homes, a grid of streets with ingenious address coordinates, playing fields, and channels of information exchange. In the duration of a tailgate, a city is raised, and ultimately razed,” Bradford said. The study examines how tailgates are a type of “consumption encampment”—a type of periodic market, like a farmers’ market, where the entire venue is set up for an event or occasion, and then immediately removed. The researchers also looked into how some universities encourage football tailgating and use it as a branding opportunity for their school.The study unpacks the mechanics of the space-to-place transformation that characterizes collegiate tailgating by identifying three architectonic pillars:Chorography: the place-making effort undertaken by consumers or fans.Conviviality: the fondness that the researchers observed consumers exhibit for the companionship taken in drinking and feasting.Community: the social solidarity arising from the conviviality that chorography situates.“In the brand community emerging in lots surrounding collegiate football games, there is a belief that fans are not only creating a do-it-yourself extravaganza for themselves but that they are also contributing psychic and emotional energy to a prospective victory in the stadium,” Bradford wrote. “Informants told us that tailgating gets them “pumped,” “primed,” and “psyched” for the effortful work of cheering their team to win on the field, but even more, creates a magical or mystical connection to the forces of victory.” Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Los Angelescenter_img About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini UCI Professor Makes Football Tailgating a Sciencelast_img read more

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Be Heaviest Since 2007

first_img Share Travelers stand in line to board a train at the 30th Street Station ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, in Philadelphia, on Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Be Heaviest Since 2007 By The Associated Press November 23, 2016 Updated: November 23, 2016 Almost 49 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, the most since 2007, because of lower gas prices and an improving economy, according to AAA.It will be the first time many have gathered with family and friends since the rancorous election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, and many say they hope they can leave politics behind—even for just a day.“We’ll avoid it,” said 47-year-old boilermaker Kevin Baumann, who stopped in central Montana Tuesday on his way home to Spokane, Washington, after working on a coal plant in Iowa. “We’ve got bigger things to talk about during the holidays.”James Arnold, 18, a freshman at Eastern University in Philadelphia, expects that the election will be a big topic of conversation during Thanksgiving dinner at his family’s home in Silver Spring, Maryland.Travelers make their way through the 30th Street Station ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, in Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Travelers make their way through the 30th Street Station ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday, in Philadelphia on Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)“My family loves to talk about things together and the election is something huge,” he said Tuesday while waiting for a train.“Every holiday they sit down and talk about things like that,” he added. “It’s going to be interesting.”The weather appeared to be cooperating for the most part, with no significant issues as of Wednesday morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley said. There was light rain in Chicago, a major airline hub, but delays were only averaging 15 minutes, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.“It looks pretty quiet across the country today; I’ll take it,” Seeley said.For those who didn’t want to drive, Amtrak was adding some extra trains Wednesday and Sunday between Chicago and Milwaukee, its biggest Midwest corridor, spokesman Marc Magliari said. Some Midwest trains have been sold out for several days, he said. CHICAGO—Americans took to the roads, air and railways Wednesday for what is expected to be the busiest Thanksgiving travel period in almost a decade. Share this article US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

Senator FBI Secret Society Held Secret Offsite Meetings Informant Says

first_imgRecommended Video: Year One: Thank You, Mr. President In a landmark speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, Kennedy said that danger from secret societies is clear and imminent and that, “our way of life is under attack.”“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence—on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day,” Kennedy said, two years before his assassination.Evidence of bias and a potential conspiracy against Trump at the top levels of government continues to pile up. Strzok and Page were at the top tier of the FBI with then-Director James Comey, who admitted to leaking memos, at least one of which was classified, to a friend with the intention of the information reaching the press.Revelations of Strzok’s bias against Trump also cast doubt on his work as the lead investigator in the Hillary Clinton email probe. Strzok revised a report on the investigation to remove language that could criminally implicate Clinton.Simultaneously to reports of a secret society, numerous congressmen are calling for the release of a potentially devastating House Intelligence Committee report on abuses of government surveillance. Lawmakers are calling the content of the memo “worse than Watergate” and a “palace coup.”Sixty-five lawmakers have called for the memo to be publicly released and more than 130 members of Congress—almost all of them Republicans—have viewed it.The notion of a secret society operating at the top tier of government hasn’t entered the news cycle since the 2004 presidential election when Bush and Kerry admitted to their membership in Skull and Bones but would not elaborate further.Although no evidence has yet surfaced to link Skull and Bones to the Illuminati, both groups have a unique fascination with death. Secret society researchers have long pointed to a common thread running through groups like the Illuminati, Freemasons, and Skull and Bones—all practice occult rituals.Footage recorded outside the Skull and Bones building at Yale shows a ceremony which includes actors carrying out a staged murder while hysteric yells and shouts fill the private courtyard of the society’s building named The Tomb.A painting inside the Skull and Bones Tomb at Yale has text that reads, in translation from German, “Who was the fool, who the wise man, beggar or king?” That phrase is parallel to the one used in a high-level Illuminati initiation ritual where an initiate is faced with a skeleton and asked, “whether that is the skeleton of a king, nobleman, or beggar?”According to Mark Dice, a secret society researcher who spent more than a decade separating facts from fiction on the subject, writings of prominent members of the Illuminati show that the group’s members practice Luciferianism and worship Satan.From .@SenRonJohnson on alleged ‘secret society’ mentioned in @FBI agents’ texts: “That ‘secret society’ – we have an informant that’s talking about a group, they were holding secret meetings offsite.” #SpecialReport— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 23, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Senator: FBI Secret Society Held Secret Offsite Meetings, Informant Says By Ivan Pentchoukov January 24, 2018 Updated: January 24, 2018 Strzok and Page are under renewed scrutiny after the FBI announced that five months of their text messages went missing. Trump called the missing messages “one of the biggest stories in a long time” and Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the DOJ will “leave no stone unturned” to recover the texts.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Peter Strzok (FBI)“In one of the biggest stories in a long time, the FBI now says it is missing five months worth of lovers Strzok-Page texts, perhaps 50,000, and all in prime time,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Wow!”center_img Politics Show Discussion President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump arrive at the White House in Washington, on Jan. 1, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) Share this article The House of Representatives seeks contempt citations(?) against the JusticeDepartment and the FBI for withholding key documents and an FBI witness which could shed light on surveillance of associates of Donald Trump. Big stuff. Deep State. Give this information NOW! @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017 A secret society with members operating at the top levels of the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) held secret meetings outside of government offices, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Fox News, citing an informant.The revelation of the secret meetings comes one day after two congressmen said they saw text messages between top FBI officials discussing a “secret society” conspiring against President Donald Trump.Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) discovered the messages during their review of 9,500 texts sent between top FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his mistress, senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page.Strzok and Page came under fire when texts exposing their anti-Trump bias became public. In one of the messages, the couple discussed an “insurance policy” in the event that Trump would win the presidency.“That secret society—we have an informant that’s talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off-site,” Johnson said, according to Fox, adding, “I think there are indications there were a number of high-level FBI officials that were holding secret meetings off-site.” The missing messages and emails among top FBI officials contain conversations about initiating physical harm against Trump, according to a high-ranking FBI official who spoke to True Pundit.“This is much larger than just texts between two FBI agents,” the official told True Pundit. “This is dangerous territory and all FBI text messages and personal phones should be examined. It would reveal some frightening conversations.”Public statements by sitting government officials about secret societies operating within the top tiers of government in Washington are extremely rare, despite ample evidence to such groups’ existence. During the 2004 presidential race, leading candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry both admitted that they were members of Skull and Bones, a secret society founded in Yale University.The existence of a shadowy group working against Trump became quickly apparent after his election. The president was inundated by an avalanche of leaks, reaching a rate of one per day during his first five months in office, according to a report by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.Trump is the first president since John F. Kennedy to call out secret societies in public. Trump used the words “Deep State” in several tweets, including one referencing the surveillance of Trump associates.last_img read more