0% As of today, all patrolling officers at the Mission District’s police station will be outfitted with body cameras. Mission Station has received 150 to 160 cameras, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Carlos Manfredi. A total of 112 patrol officers, 23 sergeants and five lieutenants are now mandated to wear the cameras strapped to their chests during most interactions with the public.The station’s captain, Daniel Perea, said that he believes the cameras “are a good thing” for the department, and will help to ensure transparency in police encounters with civilians while reducing complaints against officers. “My hope is people will consider their actions knowing that [they are] being recorded,” he said. “Visual and audio will be captured and provide an objective documentation of what occurred.”Body cameras have been presented as one solution to simmering community mistrust of the police department and a push for greater police accountability following a spate of police shootings in recent years.Two of the recent shootings, one claiming the life of a homeless man carrying a knife in April and the 2015 shooting of 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who also had a knife, involved officers stationed at Mission Station and have sparked local protests against police brutality. The department purchased 1,800 cameras alongside cloud-based storage system for the footage in a multi-million dollar contract with manufacturer Taser International. The first batch of cameras was deployed last month at Bayview and Ingleside Stations, said Manfredi. A complete rollout of the program across San Francisco is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.But the devices’ functionality and the policy that governs them leaves room for concern from those working towards internal reform of the department. “It’s not a cure all,” said David Elliott Lewis, a trainer for SFPD’s Crisis Intervention Team Training Program. However, he said, “the accountability that comes from body cameras will provide the incentive to invest extra time and effort during the de-escalation process.”While Lewis believes that body cameras in San Francisco will have “similar benefits” as seen in other departments – Oakland Police Department has seen a decrease in complaints and use of use of force incidents since body cameras were deployed there in 2010 – Lewis foresees concerns arising about the public’s access the footage. In June, the Police Commission approved a department general order that outlines policy around the use of the cameras, as well as how footage is to be stored and accessed. “The department has a lot of discretion on when they can release what – the general order gives all power to the department [regarding] releasing its footage to the public,” said Lewis.According to the policy, the department may withhold footage if disclosure would compromise the safety of a witness, if an investigation is ongoing, or if the captured footage could violate local, state or federal laws around privacy rights.“There is nothing in the [policy] that says it’s released unless compelled by court order,” said Lewis. “There should be an easier pathway for [the public] to view it.”The policy also allows officers to review the footage before writing incident reports – even if the officers are involved in critical incidents, like a shooting. In those instances, the officers are required to give an initial statement before reviewing their recordings, and policy requires a supervising officer to confiscate the camera in the meantime. Paired with department issued smartphones, officers are able to watch their recordings in real time, said Manfredi, but the cameras are currently unable to livestream back to police headquarters – although this could very soon become a function of the body worn cameras, according to their manufacturer.“The officer could detach [the] camera in a shooting situation and look at footage on [their] phone while [placing] the camera around a corner,” he explained.Filming is authorized in most situations, ranging from routine traffic stops to hostile civilian interactions, except for three – officers are prohibited from recording any interactions that could compromise the identity of sexual assault and child abuse survivors, confidential informants and undercover operatives, or during strip searches. Police are not required to obtain permission from civilians in the line of filming, but should attempt to notify them whenever possible.Though turned on for the entirety of an officer’s shift, the cameras are “not recording every second,” said Perea. “It’s under certain circumstances that they are to be recording.” Officers will be required to start and end recordings manually in situations that are authorized under the general order, but policies around department procedure in addressing instances in which officers forget to hit “record” are currently not in place.“It’s already happened around country when officers involved in shootings have not turned on [the] camera,” said Lewis, suggesting that an “engineering solution” could be wireless activation of the device when officers “enter or exit a police car.” In some cities, police departments have deployed body worn cameras that are designed to begin recording automatically when officers begin running or when police car sirens are turned on.“[In San Francisco] it’s totally at the discretion of the officers to remember to turn their cameras on,” said Lewis. “ Human memory is fallible.” At Mission Station, Perea said that he along with supervising sergeants and lieutenants will be tasked with ensuring that officers comply with policy. Training on the new devices began ahead of the rollout on September 19 and consisted of a daylong, two-part class versing the officers in “policy and functionality.” “The police officers here are very engaged in the training process and all in with [the] technology,” said Perea. Tags: Mission Police Station • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
TONY Puletua and Scott Moore return to the squad for Friday’s Engage Super League tie with Leeds Rhinos.Both have recovered from injury in time for the mouth-watering clash and join a strong looking squad.Only Chris Flannery, Leon Pryce, Gary Wheeler, Paul Clough and Ade Gardner are now on the sidelines.Royce Simmons has indicated he is likely to use Tommy Makinson as a replacement for Gardner.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Leeds Head Coach, Brian McDermott, will choose from:1. Brent Webb, 2. Lee Smith, 3. Brett Delaney, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Danny Buderus, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Ali Lauitiiti, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 20. Weller Hauraki, 22. Jay Pitts, 24. Paul McShane, 27. Zak Hardaker.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStats:St Helens have won their last three home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Saints was 14-10 on 28 March, 2008, at Knowsley Road.Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in nine consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Leeds’ Ryan Hall has scored tries in the Rhinos’ last four meetings with St Helens.Last ten meetings:Leeds 16 St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28 St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41 Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Leeds 18 St Helens 22 (CCR4, 5/4/09)St Helens 26 Leeds 18 (SLR6, 20/3/09)Leeds 24 St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38 Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Super League Summary:St Helens won 24 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 22 (includes wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)
SAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Leeds Rhinos.As expected James Roby returns with Lewis Charnock making way.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 37. Adam Quinlan.Brian McDermott will choose his Leeds side from:1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 15. Brett Delaney, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 19. Brad Singleton, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 27. Ash Handley, 30. Mitch Garbutt.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.
FIRST Utility Super League have today started the process of selecting a venue for the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend.A number of venues across the United Kingdom have already shown an interest in hosting the annual round of Rugby League fixtures, in which every Super League club plays in the same stadium over two days.A record 68,276 people attended the 2016 event at St James’ Park in Newcastle across both days and it is thought that competition to host the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend will be fierce, with a recent independent study estimating that the event brought a direct economic impact to the city of £8m.The study, commissioned by Super League and undertaken by Nielsen Company, Repucom, found that 44 per cent of those who attended the event in 2016 spent at least one night in a local hotel and that 75 per cent of all those who bought a ticket did so at least three months before the event began.The 2016 Dacia Magic Weekend was held at St James’ Park for the second year in a row and was widely regarded as one of the most successful of the 10 that have taken place since the unique concept started at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2007.The opportunity to bid to host the 2017 event is open to any stadium across the country and a number of venues have already shown an interest in being part of the tender process.Venues such as St James’ Park in Newcastle and Four Nations venue Ricoh Arena in Coventry have already indicated an interest whilst stadiums which have held Rugby League games in the past, including the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Ashton Gate in Bristol, Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Murrayfield in Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth Stadium in London have all been suggested as possible destinations for the 2017 event.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People throughout the community in the Cape Fear got together for Earth Day to give back to the Earth. The group, Wilmington stop GenX in our water, held their own cleanup day.The purpose of the Earth Day clean up was to gather community members, elected officials, businesses and students to clean up the Cape Fear River. They hosted the event at Dram Tree Park to welcome all members of the community. The group hopes people will make an effort to keep the earth clean all year round.- Advertisement – “As citizens we can stop littering and polluting as well. Not just on earth day but any other day, you know, we can do our parts in recycling and you know keeping our eco-steps as small as possible as well,” co-founder of the group Beth Markesino said.Markesino said many people in the community reached out and asked the cleanup not happen at Hugh Macrae Park due to the history behind the location.
According to a news release, work is scheduled to begin as soon as May 28 and be completed by May 2019.Drivers may encounter some lane closures during the cable installation.This was one of eight road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law, they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth $56.5 million, about $1.7 million under engineer estimates. Traffic operations center on Barbados Boulevard in Castle Hayne. (Photo: Google Maps) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.9 million contract to route cable and conduit along Interstate 140, from its U.S. 17 Business interchange in Brunswick County to the traffic operations center in Castle Hayne.The contract awarded to Fulcher Electric of Fayetteville will include a fiber-optic cable, which will enable traffic engineers to better monitor and report real-time travel conditions on I-140.- Advertisement –
“I’m gonna be a missionary priest, doing regular priestly ministry,” Father Bob said. “I want to get more into gardening and videography and I write books.”Father Bob is excited for the new challenge, but he will also miss Saint Mary, his parishioners and Wilmington.“It’s a beautiful building, the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, but even more beautiful are the people,” Father Bob said. “It’s a fabulous parish, very exciting, very mission-oriented, very peppy kind of a parish.”Related Article: Mexican officials try to stave off tariffs at White HouseFather Bob has made his mark on the Port City.Reverend John McLaughlin at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church says he and Father Bob are good friends. He says the priest’s presence in the community will be missed.“He was always in the community doing something,” Rev. McLaughlin said. “Chaplain on the police force, chaplain at the hospital, chaplain at UNCW, the Rotary Club, the priest of a big church downtown. He was always in action, showing what he might preach on a Sunday morning.”Looking back on his time in Wilmington, Father Bob says he’s most proud of the creation of the Saint Mary Health Center and establishing a sister parish in Honduras.Father Bob will say his final masses at Saint Mary this weekend before starting his next chapter.Reverend Ryszard Kolodziej of Shallotte and Reverend Francisco Garcia of Wake Forest have been appointed by the Diocese of Raleigh to succeed Father Bob at Saint Mary. 00:00 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 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 20-year career as a Catholic priest in North Carolina is coming to an end for Father Bob Kus. He spent 12 of those years at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary in Wilmington, but Father Bob’s mission is not over.Monday, he’ll head to Honduras, to join two other priests serving 50,000 people in 87 churches.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people could soon be out of jail if a criminal justice reform bill is signed into law. The bill is called the first step act, and is supported by both democrats and republicans.Tuesday night, the senate approved what is being called the most significant change to federal prison sentencing laws in a generation.- Advertisement – “This is a good day in America if this law is passed, and becomes the law of the land. Because we have already had that experiment here in North Carolina, and it’s an experiment that’s working,” said New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David.David, who is used to prosecuting criminals, actually agrees with the new bill.“About three years ago, many of us went to up to Washington, DC and met with some of the same senators and representatives who are at the very core of this bill now,” said David. “And I’m very proud of them for pushing this legislation through because this is not always a political talking point. But it’s not left versus right, it’s right versus wrong.”Related Article: US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettesThe bill, called the First Act, was a bipartisan effort. President Trump was urged on by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who enlisted the help of democratic lawmakers, Kim Kardashian West, and CNN’s Van Jones.Chief Public Defender for New Hanover County Jennifer Harjo says right now, drug traffickers for the cartel are viewed the same in the eyes of the court as low level dealers who are just trying to feed their own drug habit.“Without knowing something about the background and history of an individual, a judge cannot appropriately meet out a sentence that addresses those issues,” said Harjo.Harjo says the bill puts more focus on rehabilitation than incarceration for drug offenders.It would allow prisoners to remain close to their families, and offer them better resources so they don’t become repeat offenders.“At the same time that they reduce their sentence, they are learning ways and methods in which they can come out and be productive citizens and not get back into the system,” said Harjo.David added that this will only affect federal prisoners, just 300,000 of the 2.5 million people currently incarcerated.Still, he and Harjo both believe it’s a step in the right direction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Southern banking giants BB&T and SunTrust announced they would merge in a $66 billion deal, the first big bank merger since the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis. The deal would create yet another financial titan in the U.S.The combined company will be the sixth-largest retail bank in the country, putting BB&T and SunTrust in the ranks of other megabanks like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.- Advertisement – The banks said Thursday that the combined company will be have $442 billion in assets, $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits serving more than 10 million households. The two banks’ market share will make them a formidable presence in the South, particularly in growing parts of the country like Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee. The companies operate banks from Pennsylvania to Florida, and as far west as Texas.Big bank mergers had been nonexistent after the financial crisis, when a flurry of government-directed mergers created a handful of megabanks. Wells Fargo merged with Wachovia, JPMorgan acquired Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual and Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch. Most bank mergers stopped after the crisis because the banks had to clean up their balance sheets, and the regulatory environment under the Obama administration made mergers more difficult.Since that time, the gap between the size of the big Wall Street banks and the regional banks like BB&T, SunTrust, PNC Bank, Fifth-Third and others has only widened. The only bank with the size and scale of the new merged BB&T-SunTrust would be Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, which has a large presence in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. But even U.S. Bank with $456 billion in assets is dwarfed by the next largest institution, Citigroup, which has more than $1.4 trillion in assets.Related Article: 5 things for businesses to know about disaster recoveryThe Trump administration is taking a much softer stance on bank regulations, and has appointed dozens of new business-friendly policymakers into critical positions at the nation’s bank regulators. Further, Congress passed a law last year to ease some of the rules put into place under the Dodd-Frank Act after the financial crisis.“The regulatory environment is much easier for something of this size to happen,” said Brian Klock, an analyst with KBW.Klock said he believes that with attention of the SunTrust-BB&T deal, as well as the easier regulatory environment, more large bank mergers may be coming.Under the terms of the deal, SunTrust shareholders will receive 1.295 shares of BB&T for each share they own. BB&T shareholders will own about 57 percent of the combined company and SunTrust shareholders will own the rest – creating roughly a merger of equals. The new merged bank will have a new name, the companies said, and will be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.The combined company will keep a presence in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where BB&T is based. It will keep a wholesale banking center in Atlanta, where SunTrust has its headquarters.BB&T and SunTrust have about 740 branches within two miles of each other, or about 24 percent of all branch locations run by the banks. BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly King said during a conference call that the companies will be “careful and methodical” about which branches they close.“It’s an extraordinarily attractive financial proposition that provides the scale needed to compete and win in the rapidly evolving world of financial services,” King said in a prepared statement.King will serve as chairman and CEO of the combined business until Sept. 12, 2021. After that, he will serve as executive chairman for six months. He’ll serve on the board until the end of 2023. Bill Rogers, chairman and CEO of SunTrust, will serve as president and chief operating officer of the combined company until Sept. 12, 2021. He will then become CEO for six months, after which he’ll add board chairman to his title.Shares of SunTrust jumped 8.3 percent in midday trading, while BB&T’s stock rose 2.4 percent.
Now a new North Carolina law will make that growth a little easier.“We’re moving in the direction of no ceilings, no artificial roof on a brewery, so we kind of control our own destiny,” said Wrightsville Beach Brewery owner Jud Watkins.On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 363 into law. It raises the barrels of beer a brewery can produce before requiring commercial distribution from 25,000 to 50,000.Related Article: Governor says more than $700 million in hurricane relief to NC“To be forced to sign up with a distributor is not something any craft brewer, or really any business wants to hear,” Watkins said.Watkins says he expects Wrightsville Beach Brewery to produce about 2,500 barrels this year. While that’s nowhere near the newly raised limit, he says it’s nice to know they have the ability to grow even more.“It’s a move in the right direction, whereas it might not affect us this year, or next year, it’s a good thing overall for small independent businesses,” Watkins said.But could more freedom mean more competition? Watkins says he isn’t worried.“Each time we’ve seen new breweries open up in town, we’ve actually seen bumps those weekends,” Watkins said. “I think it’s a presence of mind thing for folks, cause they’re thinking local, they’re thinking craft beer.”Click here for more information about Cape Fear craft breweries. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A decades-old law restricting craft beer sales in North Carolina is no more, allowing more expansion in an ever-growing market.Over the past few years, microbreweries have been popping up all over North Carolina. With 20 in the Cape Fear alone, it’s clear the industry is continuing to grow.- Advertisement –
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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening held at Castle Inn, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 27 February.On the panel:Dessie Hughes DH (Trainer)Barry Connell BC (Owner)Tony O Hehir TOH (Journalist)Donn McLean DM (Journalist)Geoff Lester GL (UK Sports Writer)Denis Kerwin – chairmanDon’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HEREPanel’s Best Bets of FestivalDH Wicklow Brave – Supreme Novices BC Foxrock – National Hunt Chase DM Morning Assembly – RSA Chase TOH Sea Beat ew – Fred Winter GL Pendra – Nov Handicap ChaseTuesday 11 MarchSupreme NovicesDH – Willie Mullins will be hard to beat. WICKLOW BRAVE beat a horse of his that he thought was very good, Lieutenant Colonel, quickening away nicely. Tip WICKLOW BRAVE.BC – IRVING is quality and speedy but won’t go left handed. Toss up between VAUTOUR & WICKLOW BRAVE.GL – Barry Geraghty keen on JOSSES HILL.ArkleDH – TRIFOLIUM jumps great which is what you need. Tip – TRIFOLIUM.BC – CHAMPAGNE FEVER is the lay of the meeting, far too short.Denis – ROCK ON RUBY is a hurdler going chasing. Can’t have him. Tip – TRIFOLIUM.TOH – ROCK ON RUBY is fav only on Cheltenham form. Don’t dismiss DODGING BULLETS. Tip – VALDEZ ew.GL – Tip – GRANDOUET.Mares HurdlePanel think QUEVEGA is exceptional.BC – COCKNEY SPARROW for the forecast.Champion HurdleThe panel left the Champion Hurdle Day 1 till last. All agree it is the best race of the meeting.BC – His horse, OUR CONOR has shown marked improvement. Loves Cheltenham. This race is all about jumping at speed, he says they beat HURRICANE FLY, they have only 1 and a half lengths to find. MY TENT OR YOURS is too free and THE NEW ONE has jumping issues.DH – HURRICANE FLY will be hard to beat, he thinks the two English are very good. On the day THE NEW ONE won at Cheltenham last year he immediately said ‘that’s the Champion Hurdle winner next year’. That was before his horse OUR CONOR won and he thinks they have a great chance in a tough race.TOH – The handicapper Noel O Brien has said, HURRICANE FLY has only run to 170 this year with a rating of 175 so there is improvement. THE NEW ONE will turn tables on MY TENT OR YOURS, but don’t rule out JEZKI for a place.DM – HURRICANE FLY is horse to beat. JEZKI to place.GL – MY TENT OR YOURS, with OUR CONOR, HURRICANE FLY the dangers.Note: When the question was put as to where the pace would come from in the race DH confirmed that OUR CONOR will not make the running.Wednesday 12 MarchNeptuneTOH – ROYAL BOY value ew @ 8sDM – FAUGHEENDH – FAUGHEENRSATOH – BALLYCASEY too skinny. Tip – SMAD PLACE.GL – Tip – SMAD PLACE. DON COSSACK ew.BC – likes MORNING ASSEMBLY. Doesn’t think SMAD PLACE jumps well enough.DH – Toughest race of meeting. He likes SMAD PLACE too but he spoke to Gordon Elliott last week and he likes DON COSSACK.GL – MORNING ASSEMBLY.Queen MotherGL – SIRE DE GRUGY better going the other way. Tip – CAPTAIN CONAN.DH – Tip SIRE DE GRUGY.BC – Thinks SIRE DE GRUGY is an exceptional horse and would have given Sprinter Sacre a race.TOH – BENEFFICIENT if it’s soft. If BAILY GREEN runs he’s a very good ew.DM – SIRE DE GRUGY jumps right and that will be exasperated at Cheltenham. Forgive KID CASSIDY his last run, he needs to be held up, he’s a good ew. Tip – BAILY GREEN.BumperBC – GOLANTILLA 14/1 good value.GL– OUR KAEMPFER. Longsdon said great chance at a big price.DM – KILLULTAGH VIC impressed him don’t dismiss a Willie Mullins 3rd or 4th choice.Thursday 13 March JLTDM – OSCAR WHISKY doesn’t perform at Cheltenham. WONDERFUL CHARM a worthy fav, but DJAKADAM or FELIX YONGER are the ones.DH – Tip – OSCAR WHISKY, but BRIGHT NEW DAWN is a good ew if he gets his groundGL – Likes OSCAR WHISKY but VUKOVAR ran first time for Harry Fry and got beaten. They then discovered that he had always worn a tongue tie in France. When they fitted it next time he was very impressive.TOH – WONDERFUL CHARMRyanair ChaseNone keen on this race or the quality of the field.DM – AL FEROF the one to beat.BC – HIDDEN CYCLONE ewDH – BENEFFICIENTTOH – AL FEROF around Cheltenham most likely winner.GL – Again AL FEROF because of the trackWorld HurdleDH – ANNIE POWER has a great chance but if you allow for his fitness on his first run back, BIG BUCK’S is the one to beat.DM – BIG BUCK’S too old. Winner is generally from first 4 in the betting, he’d go for RULE THE WORLD or AT FISHERS CROSS.GL – Nicholls will run 4 in the race to ensure proper test, ANNIE POWER well need to stay.BC – Doesn’t see it as strong as previous years and is supplementing MOUNT BENBULBENFriday 14 MarchTriumph HurdleDH – GUITAR PETE has a great chance.GL – Daryl Jacob had ridden top two in the market and says CALIPTO is the one.DM – GUITAR PETE has improved (Dessie confirmed that he has improved massively). TIGER ROLL that he beat was impressive and is over priced.TOH – Mullins horses need dig in the ground. GUITAR PETE looks Irish pick.Albert BartlettAll tip BRIAR HILL. He always just does enough.Gold CupTOH – BOBS WORTH but would be afraid of SILVINIACO CONTIDM – SILVINIACO CONTI wouldn’t have beaten BOBS WORTH despite the fall last year. Tip – BOBS WORTH. LAST INSTALMENT good ew.BC – One horse race. BOBS WORTH bet of meeting.What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
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AddThis ShareNSF Grants Position City to Be LeaderRICE NEWS October 14, 1999The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the third of three related grants totaling more than $40 million in matching funds to Houston’s educational institutions with the goal of ensuring equal access to and quality of education for all in the areas of math and science, the city’s educational leaders announced Oct. 5.An event at the Houston Museum of Natural Science celebrated the new grant programs, led by the University of Houston (UH), which most recently received the third grant; the Houston Independent School District (HISD), which received its grant several months ago; and Rice, which was awarded the first grant last year.The NSF grants specifically target minorities, aiming to increase the number of students who pursue mathematics and science in their kindergarten through 12th-grade years and in their undergraduate and graduate studies. However, when applied in Houston and Texas, all underserved students (minority, lower-income and/or first-generation college students) may be eligible to participate in the grants’ programs.The final award to UH makes Houston the largest city in the nation to have all three such grants, positioning the city to become a national leader in providing mathematics and science education for minority and other underserved students.An interesting aspect of the grants is that they effectively set up partnerships between the city’s institutions of higher learning and HISD.The first grant, NSF’s Minority Graduate Education grant, is geared at recruiting and retaining students in the math and science arena at the graduate level. Rice, which named its program the Diversity Graduate Program in Science and Engineering, serves as the principal investigator or lead institution on that grant and will be actively working with Texas Southern University, UH, UH-Downtown, Houston Community College (HCC) , the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others in implementing the grant’s programs. The grant is $2.5 million, to be matched by private dollars, and it is predicted to impact–at least initially–a minimum of 300 students.“We believe that a diverse student body is an indispensable feature of the educational experience offered by any university,” Rice University President Malcolm Gillis said at the event. “The perspective of students from varied backgrounds enrich our campus and better prepare our students for an increasingly global environment.”The NSF grant awarded to HISD, the Urban Systemic Initiative, or HU-LINC as it is called in Houston, targets students from kindergarten through 12th grade and incorporates partners like Rice, the UH System, TSU, Houston Baptist University, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M and the University of St. Thomas. Over the next five years, this grant, which is $15 million–also to be matched–will impact all 280 HISD schools and literally thousands of students.The undergraduate grant awarded to UH, the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) grant, pulls in not only three of the UH campuses, but also partners with Rice, TSU, HISD, San Jacinto College, HCC and Southwest Texas State University. The AMP, funded by NSF at $3.5 million, also a matching grant, is projected to impact more than 4,200 students over the next five years.“Today’s announcement marks a major partnership with government, business, Houston’s universities and colleges and the public schools,” said Arthur Smith, Chancellor of the UH System. “We all recognize the critical importance of enhancing our educational system, particularly with regard to meeting the needs of underrepresented students.”HISD Chief of Staff for Educational Services Susan Sclafani said that mentoring begins as early as kindergarten, with programs varying throughout the years to include workshops, hands-on educational opportunities as well as curriculum development and reform.“In short, these grants will help us to prepare Houston’s young people for productive lives and challenging careers in science, mathematics and technology,” Sclafani said.At the undergraduate level, the grants will support expansion of many current programs while allowing the addition of other programs. Those programs include workshops, internships, financial support and mentoring, just to name a few. Similarly, at the graduate level, students will receive year-round support as they pursue their graduate degrees via mentoring, internships, counseling and more.In closing, Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics Richard Tapia, who is involved in all three proposals for the NSF grants and currently serves on the National Science Board, the NSF’s governing body, commented on the long-term significance for the city of Houston and beyond.“If the nation is to solve its problem of under-representation in science, engineering and technology, cities with concentrations of these groups must play a major role,” Tapia said. “These awards position Houston to lead the nation by creating a model that other cities can emulate.”
ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: email@example.comRice’s West honored as one of Texas’ best researchersBioengineer earns O’Donnell Award from Texas AcademyRice University bioengineer Jennifer West is being recognized today with one of the Lone Star State’s highest scientific honors, the O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST).The O’Donnell Awards, given for excellence in medical, scientific and engineering research, include a $25,000 honorarium, a citation and an inscribed statue. West, a pioneer in the field of biomaterials engineering, will receive the O’Donnell Award for engineering today at the academy’s annual conference in Houston. She is being honored “for advancing the fields of tissue engineering and bionanotechnology leading to life- saving medical products, for cutting-edge research in basic cell and molecular bioengineering, for leadership in bioengineering education and for excellence in teaching and mentoring.”West is the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering.“Jennifer West is simply one of the most extraordinary young academics in America, and both Rice and Texas are fortunate to have her here,” said Rice President David Leebron. “She excels in contributing to every aspect of our mission: research, teaching and service. Her contributions to scientific knowledge are poised to produce important benefits to humanity. TAMEST could not have chosen a more worthy recipient for the O’Donnell Award.”West joined Rice in 1996. Her research in two of bioengineering’s most competitive fields — nanotechnology and tissue engineering — has earned honors that include recognition as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2006, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation’s 2004 Annunzio Award, Nanotechnology Now’s “Best Discovery of 2003” and recognition in Technology Review magazine’s 100 Top Young Innovators list.West’s research focuses on the synthesis, development and application of novel biomaterials and includes groundbreaking work on a revolutionary cancer therapy based on metallic nanoshells. Her group is currently creating new materials for small-diameter vascular grafts that could eliminate the need for doctors to use veins from a patient’s leg for heart-bypass surgery. In addition, her team is partnering with researchers from Baylor College of Medicine to regenerate damaged brain cells and blood vessels for the treatment of stroke.TAMEST provides broad recognition for Texas’ leading researchers in medicine, engineering and science, and it helps build a strong identity for Texas as a center of achievement in each of those fields. Academy members include all Texas Nobel laureates as well as the 200-plus Texas members of the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.Named for Dallas philanthropists Edith and Peter O’Donnell, the O’Donnell Awards were established to recognize outstanding Texas up-and-comers and their work.The 2008 O’Donnell Award ceremonies conclude with a dinner this evening in honor of West and fellow award-winners Beth Levine (for medicine) from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Edward Marcotte (for science) from The University of Texas at Austin and Sameer Pendharkar (for technology innovation) from Texas Instruments.In April 2006, West received a four-year, $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop a model educational program that infuses undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research. Using the grant, she has developed a summer academy for high school students, a new seminar-style course to introduce college freshmen to the interdisciplinary elements of bionanotechnology, a biology course designed for upper-level college students in engineering and the physical sciences, and a summer internship program for both Rice and non-Rice engineering and physics students who want to participate in bionanotechnology research. AddThis
ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Baker Institute fellows to discuss path to peace between Israelis, Palestinians May 10Will the dramatic change that the Arab world is undergoing open new opportunities for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process?Two fellows at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will share their insight on the matter May 10 during a discussion titled “Seeking Peace Between Israel and Palestine: The Way Forward.” The event begins at 6 p.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.Samih Al-Abed, the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Baker Institute, will be joined by Yair Hirschfeld, the Baker Institute’s Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin, at the event. Al-Abed heads the Palestinian Housing Council, a nonprofit institution that provides development plans, loans and other forms of support to help meet Palestinian housing needs in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. He is also a consultant for the CEO and chairman of the Palestinian Investment Fund, an independent firm that aims to strengthen the local economy and generate investor returns through projects that create jobs and other benefits for Palestinian citizens. Under the auspices of the institute’s Conflict Resolution Program, Al-Abed participates in the Baker Institute’s Israeli-Palestinian Working Group, both at the institute and in the Middle East. Previously, as head of the Committee for Borders and Territory, Al-Abed was integrally involved in a final status agreement between Palestine and Israel. In addition, he was a key participant in negotiations during the Camp David, Taba and Annapolis processes in pursuit of peace and stability in the region. Al-Abed has been involved in the planning and development of the West Bank for more than 30 years. As the Palestinian Authority unity government’s minister of public works and housing (2007) and deputy minister of planning (1995-2007), he developed planning policies at the regional and national levels, coordinated with various ministries to put a unified strategic development plan for Palestine before the cabinet, and negotiated with donor countries to establish programs for an economically viable Palestine. Al-Abed earned a Ph.D. in regional planning from Liverpool University in the United Kingdom; a master’s degree in urban design from North Carolina State University in Raleigh; and a bachelor’s in urban planning and architecture from Al-Azhar University in Cairo.Hirschfeld is currently teaching at the University of Haifa in the Department of Middle Eastern History. He is also the director general of the Tel Aviv-based Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF). The ECF aims to develop a comprehensive strategy toward regional peacemaking and reconciliation by pursuing policy planning on issues of permanent status and by developing concepts, strategies and implementation designs supporting Israeli-Arab (Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian) cooperation and coordination in political, economic and social spheres.Under the auspices of the institute’s Conflict Resolution Program, Hirschfeld participates in the Baker Institute’s Israeli-Palestinian Working Group, both at the institute and in the Middle East. In December 1992, Hirschfeld created the Oslo Channel and headed its Israeli team until May 1993. Having developed bridging concepts and obtained support from the Israeli government as well as the Palestine Liberation Organization, the unofficial track became official May 20, 1993, when Hirschfeld joined the official Israeli negotiating team. From 1994 to 1995, Hirschfeld was a member of the Israeli team that prepared the first Israeli-Palestinian blueprint for the Permanent Status Agreement, which has become known as the “Beilin-Abu Mazen Understanding.”Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at email@example.com or 713-348-6775. AddThis
AddThis ShareAmy Hodges713firstname.lastname@example.orgHOUSTON – (Aug. 14, 2012) – Formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education, the HERE Project has become the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and is now a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.CERCL is a curricular and research initiative that uses innovative research, engaged pedagogy and other approaches to promote and advance creative models and practices of leadership benefiting new generations of leaders, said founding director Anthony Pinn.“CERCL is committed to engaging with, learning from and contributing to the city of Houston, and our new relationship with the Kinder Institute is a perfect way to fulfill this mission,” said Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities.Michael Emerson, co-director of the Kinder Institute, agreed: “CERCL will directly contribute to the Kinder Institute’s mission to conduct urban research, sponsor educational programs and engage in public outreach.”CERCL sponsors a number of initiatives, including a distinguished visiting lecturer program, a high school outreach program, a scholars-in residence-program and a speaker series. CERCL is also a co-sponsor of the Hip Hop Archival Network, the leading depository of information for scholars to study hip-hop culture. An example of its work was a recent two-day conference on hip-hop culture in Houston. All outreach efforts are intended to build intellectual infrastructure by creating a model for integrated learning and collaborative research.“The Kinder Institute’s partnership with CERCL represents an important expansion in the institute’s mission to foster more humane, sustainable cities,” Emerson said. “It will do so by focusing on the development of future urban leaders from area high schools, and by creating a network of scholars from other urban areas around the world, working on common issues facing cities.”For more information on CERCL, visit http://cercl.rice.edu/. For more information on the Kinder Institute, visit http://kinder.rice.edu.-30-For more information, contact Amy Hodges at 713-348-6777 or email@example.com.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/category/news-releases.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005
Share3Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgMike Williams713email@example.comRice’s spectral eyes bound for the skiesNASA awards grant to Rice to develop snapshot spectrometer for Earth observation HOUSTON – (Nov. 14, 2016) – Rice University bioengineer Tomasz Tkaczyk is widening his view from the health of cells to the health of the planet through a new grant from NASA.Tkaczyk and Rice Space Institute Director David Alexander will develop technology to place a small, sophisticated spectrometer in the air or in space for remote sensing of surface and atmospheric phenomena.The $2 million, 3-year award to Rice was part of $53 million in grants announced by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. All 17 grants will fund proposals to the agency’s Instrument Incubator Program to develop innovative instruments and technologies for future Earth science methods and observations.The Rice device is called the tunable light-guide image processing snapshot spectrometer (aka TuLIPSS). Tkaczyk expects to have a high-fidelity prototype ready for flight testing on a high altitude balloon by the end of the grant. It will allow NASA to capture images and spectra instantly in visible and near-infrared light, aiding in the analysis of a number of atmospheric and surface conditions from algae blooms and other contaminants in coastal waters to lightning strikes in major storms.Tkaczyk, an associate professor of bioengineering, is an optics expert whose lab specializes in portable instruments for rapid, point-of-care medical diagnostics and treatment. But he was inspired to look skyward by continued conversations with Alexander at their daughters’ soccer matches and, subsequently, through a pilot project with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, which will test Tkaczyk’s spectrometers on drones for analysis of conditions on the ground. Other collaborators are Burgess Howell at the Universities Space Research Association in Huntsville, Ala., and scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory in Colorado, which hopes to fly the instruments on a high altitude balloon in 2019.“I’ve been working in the biomedical space for some time, but my training is not medical at all,” Tkaczyk said. “It’s optical metrology, measurements. That’s where I started, but I see a lot of what we’ve developed as platform devices. The applications in the medical field provide a very good outlet, but there are other opportunities for the same devices.“We’ve been looking at using our systems for spectroscopy in tissue or basic basal cell signaling experiments and in diagnostics, but we can also see there are opportunities for environmental diagnostics, remote sensing or the detection of high-speed phenomena,” he said.The instrument will be small but powerful, Tkaczyk said. Its adaptable design uses densely packed fiber optic waveguides coupled with electronics that can read spatial or spectral information, or a combination of the two. The spatial information provides the scale to which researchers can resolve the actual structures being studied while spectral information allows the differentiation of target compounds, like chlorophyll or nitrous oxides.A snapshot spectrometer will be important for space-based applications where a platform like the International Space Station, which travels 7 kilometers per second in low-Earth orbit, doesn’t have the luxury of pausing over a single location. “The ability to collect data across an entire scene in a single exposure makes TuLIPSS uniquely suited to a range of Earth science applications, including the ability to record transient surface and atmospheric phenomena, and to provide multiple views through an atmospheric column for tomographic studies,” Tkaczyk and Alexander wrote in their proposal.“The versatility of the proposed instrument allows us to consider a number of different observation platforms like drones, aircraft, balloons and satellites, and a wide range of remote sensing applications,” said Alexander, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice. He noted the NASA review panel was enthusiastic about applying technology from a different field for Earth science.Alexander said the technology is open-ended enough that neither he nor Tkaczyk can yet imagine all the possible benefits. “By spanning optical to near-infrared wavelengths, the instrument will provide critical information on land use, water use, atmospheric pollutants and other diagnostics for scientific, ecological and humanitarian applications,” he said.The platform’s future has few limits, said Tkaczyk, who sees his tiny, versatile spectrometers being deployed on cube satellites arrayed around the planet or even on rovers or probes sent to other planets.“There’s a lot of opportunities, and I’m very open,” he said. “And space seems like an exciting opportunity. I’ve always appreciated the connection Rice has to the space program, and I’ve always wanted, a little bit, to be a part of that.”-30-Read the project abstract at https://esto.nasa.gov/files/solicitations/IIP_16/ROSES2016_IIP_A42_awards.html#Tkaczyk http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/11/1114_NASA-3-WEB-1so5ywc.jpgRice University bioengineer Tomasz Tkaczyk and graduate student Ye Wang work at the bench prototype of a spectrometer being developed for aerial applications. The NASA-funded project is intended for use in the air or in space for remote sensing of surface and atmospheric phenomena. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Modern Optical Instrumentation and Bio-Imaging Laboratory (Tkaczyk lab): http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~tt3/David Alexander bio: http://rsi.rice.edu/en/welcome/leadership/Rice Space Institute: http://rsi.rice.edu/en/Images for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/11/1114_NASA-4-WEB-2kbbcfy.jpgDavid Alexander (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/11/1114_NASA-2-WEB-1q2shwb.jpgTomasz Tkaczyk. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/11/1114_NASA-1-WEB-257lpi2.jpgA portion of a spectral image recorded by a Rice spectrometer being developed for aerial and space applications shows one rainbow-like distribution from each optic fiber output to the camera. As in laboratory spectroscopy, the color bands can be interpreted to indicate the amount and type of chemicals in the field of view. (Credit: Tkaczyk Lab/Rice University)