Angela Smith who has literally just quit the Labo

first_imgAngela Smith, who has literally just quit the Labour Party citing racism, here describing BAME people as being a “funny tin…”What were you trying to say, Angela?#PoliticsLive pic.twitter.com/h33MNd0oet— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) February 18, 2019Angela Smith described people from the Black, Asian and minority ethnic community as being a “funny tin…” on Politics Live today.The MP stumbled over her words as she said: “The recent history of the party I’ve just left said it’s not just about being Black or… a funny… tin… you know, different… from the BAME community, but the Jewish community equally.”Novara Media‘s Ash Sarkar then interrupts: “A funny what?”Smith is one of seven MPs who left the Labour Party this morning citing institutional racism as a reason for quitting.Tags:Labour /Angela Smith /last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Fridays Sto

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round Six tie with Hull FC at Langtree Park.James Roby (thigh) and Tommy Makinson (tendonitis) miss out whilst Jamie Foster and Josh Perry return.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 22. Jamie Foster.Peter Gentle’s Hull FC squad is:1. Wade McKinnon, 2. Will Sharp, 3. Tony Martin, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 5. Tom Briscoe, 6. Richard Horne, 7. Brett Seymour, 8. Mark O’Meley, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Andy Lynch, 11. Willie Manu, 12. Danny Tickle, 15. Richard Whiting, 16. Eamon O’Carroll, 17. Sam Moa, 19. Jordan Turner, 20. Jamie Ellis, 22. Martin Aspinwall, 30. Josh Bowden.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Tickets are still on sale for the game and details are here.Stat Pack:Hull winger Tom Briscoe has scored tries in his side’s last four meetings with St Helens as follows: 1-1-1-2.Super League Summary:St Helens won 23 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)Hull FC won 91 drawUps and Downs:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)last_img read more

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MIKE Rush maintains there still is everything to p

first_imgMIKE Rush maintains there still is everything to play for as Saints face up to their final match of the Stobart Super League season.His side travel to Wigan tomorrow with third spot still up for grabs whilst the Warriors have secured top spot.And results depending, both sides could meet yet again at the same venue next week.“The next couple of weeks are big for us and playing them just before we head into the playoffs is a little strange,” Rush said. “But this is how the fixture list is and we need the two points to finish third. That is our target.“Yes, it could be a ‘non-fixture’ if we weren’t doing that but we’re going full out to win it. If Wigan needed to win it then it would be a big match and we wouldn’t have this conversation. I suppose this is the way the fixtures fall. At the end of the day though we still have something to play for and the players need to understand that. It is in our own hands because in the end in any league competition you want to finish as high as you can.”Saints head into Friday’s game without a win against Wigan in three matches this season and Rush admits there’s a lot to do.“We need to defend better than at Magic Weekend for sure,” he added. “That was not good enough for this club. It will be a tough hard match and we have to make sure we don’t cross the line and leave ourselves short in the playoffs.“It would be big for me to coach the side to a win over Wigan because you always want to put one over your local rivals. But I have to stress this is about the players finishing as high up the table as they can. From where we were when Keiron and I took over; to finish third would be a great return.“Of course, I want to make sure we don’t look back on the season with any regrets. The coaching team has to plan in fine detail and control the things we have on our desks. If we do that then we can look back.“We have gone from ninth to third but there are a few performances we weren’t proud of. Overall you have to be happy that you’ve made that progression and nilled a few teams too.“Every team in the comp has been well beaten by another this season.”Saints expect to welcome Michael Shenton back into the line-up after he missed the last two weeks through injury.Chris Flannery has an ankle knock and will be out for a week whilst Rush has indicated he won’t play players if they have bumps and bruises that “could go long term” if they take another bash on Friday.“Ade Gardner only played 50 minutes in the 20s at the weekend so he won’t be ready this week,” Rush continued. “Tommy Makinson and Francis Meli are playing well so it will be difficult to change that around.”Tickets for Friday’s match at the DW Stadium are still on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or via www.saintssuperstore.comThe Red Vee Cafe Bar won’t be open for the match as there are two functions pre-booked in the venue.last_img read more

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TICKETS are now on sale for Sundays Super League

first_imgTICKETS are now on sale for Sunday’s Super League clash with Bradford Bulls.The game kicks off at 3pm and will be Saints first home game for more than a month.The lads are looking forward to playing in front of their fans once again – and putting in a performance to thank the supporters that have backed them over recent weeks.You can buy your ticket from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Why not take advantage of our 5-Star Super League ticket and save ££ on home games for the rest of the season.You can guarantee your spot at the matches against Bradford, Hull KR and London as well as the blockbusting derbies with Wigan and Warrington.And the ticket means you get five games for the price of four!We will also celebrate our armed forces on June 28 and the heritage of Rugby League on August 9.The fixtures included in this ticket are: Bradford (June 9), Hull KR (June 28), Wigan (July 22), London (August 9) and Warrington (August 30).Again, you can buy this great ticket at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or alternatively by logging on here.West PricesTypePriceAdult£84OAP£60YA£60Junior£40Family (1A&1J)£112Family (2A&2J)£224North & South PricesTypeSilverBronzeFamilyAdult£100£90£84OAP£76£68£60YA£76£68£60Junior£48£40£40Family (1A&1J)£134£117£112Family (2A&2J)£267£234£224Offer excludes North and South Gold Blockslast_img read more

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Reduced price Freeman Park annual permits go on sale Friday

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Annual permits to drive out on Freeman Park in Carolina Beach will go on sale Friday.The cost for an annual permit is $150, but you can get the early bird rate of $75 if you buy them between December 1 through December 15.- Advertisement – The permits can be bought at Carolina Beach Town Hall Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Other locations include:Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office 1204 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite DHours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.Island True Value Tackle & Hardware 801 N Lake Park Blvd.Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.,  Friday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.The Kupboard Grocery, 901 Carolina Beach Ave. NHours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.You can also buy them online. They will arrive in the mail within 10 business days. The Town of Carolina Beach says that a paper receipt from an online purchase is not valid at the gate and will not grant entry into Freeman Park. If you would like to pick up your annual permit in person and not receive it in the mail, you must call the Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office at (910) 458-4614 at the time of purchase to make arrangements.last_img read more

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Fair Bluff considering big cat sanctuary for old Ford property

first_img That’s where Shazir Haque, who wants to build the sanctuary, stepped into a proverbial lion’s den and quelled residents’ concerns.“Discussion was mostly was safety and the perimeter between the fence and the wooded area, trees falling down and how the security was going to be implemented,” said Fair Bluff mayor Billy Hammond.Jeff Axelberg is a Fair Bluff resident who had reservations about the sanctuary being so close to his home. He says that Haque addressed all his safety concerns.Related Article: After weathering the storms, Brunswick Emergency Services Director bids farewellAxelberg thinks the town should think outside the box to recover from Hurricane Matthew with an idea like this.Hammond hopes the sanctuary will be a big attraction.“We’re going through the process of recovering from Matthew, and it will hopefully bring tourism into town and more bucks to help the people that is here and get things started back and headed in the right direction,” Hammond said.Fair Bluff town council will hold a public hearing and vote on the zoning change Tuesday. If the council approves the change, Haque would have to apply for a conditional use permit.Haque says his team had explored locations for a sanctuary in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He chose Fair Bluff because of the lack of existing economic development in Columbus County.He’s sensed a good bit of enthusiasm from the town’s residents after their initial fears subsided. FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — It’s an idea Fair Bluff leaders hope has some bite: turning the site of the old Ford dealership on Main Street into a home for lions and tigers.Before a big cat sanctuary can come to Fair Bluff, the town must change its zoning ordinance. The town’s planning board recommended the change after a public hearing on March 20th.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Florence and the coastal dilemma How long will it hover

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land the murkier its future gets.Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever increasing accuracy where it will hit and who will get walloped. But not Florence.- Advertisement – That’s because the weather systems that push and pull a storm disappear as Florence nears land around the border between North and South Carolina. The storm is expected to slow down, stall and then perhaps wander just off the Carolina shore as it nears the coast Thursday, Friday and Saturday.“This is a horrific nightmare storm from a meteorological perspective,” University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said. “We’ve just never seen anything like this. … This is just a strange bird.”Florence is becoming more of a threat to more people — now including some in Georgia — in more ways with a giant dose of uncertainty on top. The more it stalls, the more it rains. The National Hurricane Center is calling for 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 centimeters) of rain in North Carolina, with spots up to 40 inches (100 centimeters). And the more it hovers just off shore — a distinct possibility — the more potentially deadly storm surge it pushes on-shore.Related Article: Thousands line up to get food assistance in affected counties“For a meandering storm, the biggest concern — as we saw with Harvey — is the huge amount rainfall,” said Chris Landsea, chief of tropical analysis and forecast branch at the National Hurricane Center.“It certainly is a challenge forecasting precise impacts when its exact track won’t be known until a day in advance,” Landsea said.And there’s “a huge difference” in the size and type of damage Florence inflicts if it stays 50 miles (80 kilometers) off shore versus heading inland immediately, Landsea said.The wide storm weakened to a Category 3 hurricane Wednesday and forecasters expect it to weaken further as it nears the shore.The storm has pretty much followed the forecast track through now, but the issue will be Thursday or Friday as it nears the coast and the steering currents collapse.“It’s going to coming roaring up to the coast Thursday night and say ‘I’m not sure I really want to do this and I’ll just take a tour of the coast and decide where I want to go inland,’” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private Weather Underground.Steering currents — around clear weather high-pressure systems and stormy low-pressure systems — redirect hurricanes, with the clear weather systems acting as walls that storms have to go around. And forecasts show those currents just not giving the storm any sense direction in a day or so.Masters said there’s a tug-of-war between two clear skies high pressure systems — one off the coast and one over Michigan — and the more the Great Lakes one wins, the more southerly Florence will be.Computer simulations — especially the often star-performing European model — push the storm further south, even into South Carolina and Georgia. The hurricane center also adjusted its projected track but stayed north of what most computer models were showing to prove some continuity with past forecasts.Private meteorologist Ryan Maue of Weathermodels.com in an email called the overnight European computer simulation “another model run for the ages. So many weird/outlandish solutions — but that’s what happens when the steering currents collapse.”The European computer model has Florence veering before landfall and hovering for a couple days off the coast.If the European model is true or the overall trend persists, University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said it “is exceptionally bad news, as it smears a landfall out over hundreds of miles of coastline, most notably the storm surge. he rainfall has been and continues to be a very substantial threat over the entire area.”And if Florence weren’t enough, other storms out there are threatening people. Tropical Storm Olivia is approaching the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Helene is threatening no one in the Atlantic.last_img read more

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Knights of Columbus to host benefit golf tournament

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Knights of Columbus will host a golf tournament this month benefitting the Special Olympics of New Hanover County.The Wilmington Council 1074 Charity Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Nov. 16, at Pine Valley Country Club in Wilmington.- Advertisement – All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Special Olympics of New Hanover County which provides free services to about 600 local athletes and their families annually.“If you’ve never been out there to see just the joy and their faces light up whenever they make an accomplishment or make that milestone, you definitely need to experience that,” said Tiffany Lesley, spokesperson for Special Olympics of New Hanover County. “Volunteers are always needed.”“When our Knights go over and volunteer, all I hear is you gotta do it,” said Bob Benazzi, who serves as the Grand Knight of the KOC Wilmington Council 1074.Related Article: Special Olympics gives athletes chance to showcase skillsIn addition to this event, the KOC Wilmington Council 1074 is very active with other needs in the community. More recently, they’ve undertaken a number of projects to assist flood victims impacted by Hurricane Florence.“Our members have spent over 800 hours on hurricane relief and we think it will probably go until the end of the month,” Benazzi said.The Wilmington Council 1074 Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Pine Valley Country Club located at 500 Pine Valley Drive. It starts at 8 a.m. Click here to register now.last_img read more

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MDA calls for special committee to create and oversee urban lungs

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Malta Developers Association is calling on the government to create a committee which oversees the conservation of open spaces as urban ‘lungs.’MDA says that the committee would be made up of representatives from the government, the MDA and environmental organisations to develop them.They also state that this would include the involvement of the local councils and the assurance of compensation to the landowners.Their suggestion comes after praising the government for its decision to double the existing Ta ‘Qali National Park as well as the further intention to create another park in Birzebbugia, land that originally been considered for Freeport expansion.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Februarys storm cost the Cleansing Division €40000

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint DOI/Reuben PiscopoDOI/Reuben Piscopo The cost to manufacture and replace beach furniture destroyed in the storm in February exceeded €40,000.The Cleansing and Maintenance Division is understood to manufactured 150 beach ladders, 80 hand rails and over 100 new brackets for waste containers.The cost of the repairs were delivered in an address by the Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista, to members of the Cleansing and Maintenance Division.Read more:Watch: Bad weather hampers Maltese public transport‘We don’t know the full scale of the damage’ – Hotel in SliemaRadisson Blu ballroom flooded again during Sunday’s stormGovernment to seek European funds to cover storm damagesIt is understood that the Division is responsible for the annual maintenance of Malta and Gozo’s beach furniture and infrastructure. This is said to typically include 340 ladders, 30 decking carpets, 8 bridges and over 1,000 bins.The Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici praised the division for their work stating that, ‘Maintenance works are carried out all year-round, as seven employees are constantly manufacturing and maintaining these facilities which are removed for their yearly upkeep during the non-summer months.’WhatsApplast_img read more

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Local Council elections PL wins Valletta and St Pauls Bay PL 16

first_imgAfter Wednesday’s results the Labour Party has managed to hold on to 14 localities in Malta and Gozo while causing upset for the Nationalists by winning St Paul’s Bay and Valletta. This brings their total to 16.The Nationalists on the other hand managed to hold 7 of its original local council seats.This is just the first day of the Local Council Elections with two more days to go until all of Malta and Gozo’s Councils are decided.22.00Haz-Zebbug – LABOUR HOLD4 PL – 3 PN – 1 INDPL; Malcolm Paul Galea (Mayor), Mark Camilleri, Clive Azzopardi, Patrick Bonnici, PN; George Cortis, Kevin Glynn, David BattistinoIND – Steve Zammit Lupi (Indipendenti)Qrendi – LABOUR HOLDPL; David Michael Schembri (mayor), Patrick Bugeja, Marion Parnis, Carmel Zerafa, PN; Daniel Farrugiain-Nadur – NATIONALIST HOLD3 PN – 2 PLPN; Edward Said (Mayor), Eucharist Camilleri, Josef Frank Camilleri, PL; Joseph Vella, Jean Paul Portelli,iz-Zejtun – LABOUR HOLDPL 7 – PN 2PL; Doris Abela (Mayor), Joan Agius, Stephania Fenech, Gesmond Baldacchino, Raymond Caruana, Dorcas Camilleri, Sean Chircop, PN; Amand Abela, Roderick Caruana21.56Labour wins St Paul’s Bay – CHANGE – LABOURPL 6 – PN 3PL; Alfred Grima  (Mayor), Daryl Connor, Alfred Bray, Paul Bugeja, Mario Joseph Salerno, PN; Graziella Galea, Anne Marie Fenech, Anthony Delia The Prime Minister is already announcing the result that PL has won the locality. Valletta was formerly a Nationalist run council.So proud that @PL_Malta will for the first time ever lead the local council of our capital city #Valletta -JM— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) May 29, 201920.08The results have been declared for Pembroke and it is set to return to Labour. LABOUR HOLDThe 5 councillors representing the locality will be Dean Hili PL, Omar Arab Elaref PL, Raymond Lanzon PL and the PN councillors Desiree Brincat Vella and Charles Cesare.2,011 valid votes counted336 quota to win a seat. 20.59Balzan’s local council remains blue with 1765 to the Nationalists compared to 680 for the Labour Party. NATIONALIST HOLDPN: Ian Spiteri, Angelo Micallef, Stephen Gatt, Louise Mary Briffa, PL; Oliver De Gaetano. DOI/Jason Borg 1 of 2 1 of 3 20.49Ta Xbiex is also staying a Labour led council. LABOUR HOLDPL: Max Zammit, Rosario Portelli, Delana Calleja, PN: Louise Cachia Castelletti, Eugenio Muscat. 18.09Ballot boxes from 23 different localities in Malta and Gozo have been opened in the Naxxar Counting Hall to begin the process that should give the result of the Local Council elections held last Saturday. The electronic vote counting has been fine-tuned, after some teething problems notices last Sunday were identified and solutions adopted.Party officials are in the Counting Hall taking note of the way votes are marked. This can give an unofficial result as well as serve as a counter-check of the electronic counting. The scanning process takes place after the votes are sorted.If the voting trends are similar to those registered in the election for the European Parliament, it is expected that the Partit Nazzjonalista will lose control of a number of Local Councils in different localities.The counting is being spread over three days: today Wednesday, tomorrow Thursday and on Friday.The localities whose votes will be counted today are: Birżebbuġa, Għajnsielem, Ħad-Dingli, Ħal Balzan, Ħal Tarxien, Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Valletta, Fontana, Marsa, Mellieħa, Qrendi, Nadur,  Xewkija, Żejtun, Żurrieq, Għasri, Iklin, Imqabba, Pembroke, San Ġiljan, San Pawl il-Baħar, Santa Venera, u Ta’ Xbiex.Newsbook.com.mt will keep you updated.WhatsApp DOI/Jason Borg 19.59Results for the Valletta Local Council are almost ready to be declared. 20.38The results of Dingli are official. The local council will stay a Labour locality. LABOUR HOLDRaymond Schembri, Sandro Azzopardi, Paul Mamo and Ryan Tanti take the PL seats. David Vassallo will represent the Nationalists.20.29Valletta Local Council is officially now under the Labour Party’s control. CHANGE – LABOUR 19.22Credit: Christoph SchwaigerA lot of people are interested in the Valletta vote result…19.18The local councils for Ghajnsielem, Iklin, Imqabba and Ta’ Xbiex are at an ‘advanced stage’ and expected to declare soon.19.12Images from the counting hall in Naxxar this evening. 1 of 2 Credit: Christoph Schwaiger 21.41Results are coming in thick and fast now..Marsa – LABOUR HOLD6 PL – 1 PNPL: Josef Azzopardi, Joseph Scerri, Francis Debono, Colin Pace, Dominic Spencer and Joseph Lia. PN; Charmaine AquilinaIz-Zurrieq – LABOUR HOLD7 PL – 2 PNPL; Rita Grima (Mayor), Ignatius Farrugia, Joseph Damato, Kayden Schembri, Tiffany Farrugia, Marisa D’Amato, Kenneth Farrugia, PN; Kyle Mifsud, Dino Bonnici.Santa Venera – LABOUR HOLD4 PL – 3 PNPL; Stephen Sultana (Mayor), Gianluca Falzon, Kursten Dimech, Silvio Vella, PN; Darren Carabott, Courtney Farrugia, Joe Vella.Il-Xewkija – LABOUR HOLD4 PL – 1 PNPL; Hubert Saliba (Mayor), Paul Azzopardi, John Vella, Domenic Zerafa, PN; Jeanelle Attard.Tarxien – LABOUR HOLD5 PL – 2 PNPL; Joseph Abela (Mayor), Darlene Zammit Vella, Neil Portelli, Thomas Debattista, Christian Pace, PN; Ismael Dalli, Anabelle Marama.Ghajnsielem – NATIONALIST HOLD4 PL – 1 PNPN; Kevin Cauchi (Mayor), Franco Clagura, Stephen Mercieca, Teddy Saliba, PL; Larry ButtigiegBirżebbuġa – LABOUR HOLD7 PL – 2 PNPL: Joseph Farrugia (Mayor) , Scott Camilleri, Josette Busuttil, Sandro Alexander Caruana, Maria Mifsud, Carlo Stivala, Joseph Baldacchino, PN; Stanley Zammit, Doriana PortelliSt Julian’s – NATIONALIST HOLD6 PN – 3 PLPL; Albert Buttigieg (Mayor), Guido Dalli, Patricia Camilleri, Clayton Luke Mula, Rita Portelli Dimech, Sean Gauci, PL; Dominic Adrian Ellul, John Martin Sultana, John AgiusAccording to Net News, Iklin and Fontana are held by the Nationalist Party.Iklin – NATIONALIST HOLD3 PN – 2 PLPN; Doreen Sciberras (named as Mayor), Yvonne Bartolo (named as Vice Mayor), Emanuel Zammit, PL; Bernice Farrugia, Godwin Catania.Fontana – NATIONALIST HOLD3 PN – 2 PLPN; Saviour Borg (Mayor), Josephine Camilleri, Carmel Farrugia, PL; Horace Micallef and Jonathan Cefai.21.23Mellieha has declared its 10 councillors for the locality and it looks like Labour will hold the council once again. LABOUR HOLDPL; Dario Vella, John Francis Buttigieg, Rebecca Cutajar Bartolo, Annabella Stellini Brincat, Michael Kurt Buttigieg, PN; Ivan Castillo, Marvin Abela, Gabriel Micallef and Emvin Bartolo.21.10Here is the breakdown on the Valletta local council election.PL; Alfred Zammit, Ray Azzopardi, Liam Pace, Jurgen Briffa, PN; Mark Lucas Spiteri, Vincent Fabri.The Labour Party won by 1884 to 1632 votes to the Nationalists. Partit Demokratiku also won 37. (These numbers will be verified.) DOI/Jason Borg 1 of 4center_img 1 of 3 19.30Minister for Transport Ian Borg is seen discussing with Parliamentary Secretary Clint Camilleri.Credit: Christoph SchwaigerParliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Clint Camilleri, with Jason Micallef. 1 of 2 18.47Probable PL victory in St Paul’s Bay – sourcesMiguela XuerebFirst results for the local council elections are expected imminently as the predictions for the PN seem increasingly dire. Observers in the political millieu are predicting a defeat ta the polls, even heavier than that suffered in the EP elections.The results for the Valletta an the St Paul’s Bay Local Councils are of particular interest since the difference between the parties is particularly tenuous. Early indications from the counting hall point towards a Labour Victory in St Paul’s Bay. If the EP election trend persists and is mirrored in the local council elections, the net result could well be that the PN loses the majority representation in other localities. A pro-PL trend could also mean a PL win in Mosta, San Ġwann and Siggiewi.Newsbook.com.mt’s sources noted that the  turnout for the Local Council election was 60.46%, substantially lower than the 72% who voted in the EP elections. The same sources said that it could be that a number of Nationalist voters decided to vote in the EP election to support Roberta Metsola and David Casa who were under constant attack from the PL and were not top of mind of the PN leadership. These same voters then decided to boycott the Local Council elections.Local Council elections: Sorting and scanning in processRead Also: Perici Calascione stirs a hornet’s nest18.45Ghasri Local Council is the first declare tonight. NATIONALIST HOLDThe Gozitan Council will now be a Nationalist led council with 3PN local councillors and 2 Labour Councillors.The Nationalists won by 185 to 158.These are the candidates who were elected to Ghasri local council; PN; Daniel Attard, Salvu Felice Pace, Emanuel Mintoff, PL; Elizabeth Mintoff and Sammy Saliba.Credit: Christoph SchwaigerThere was some tension just as the vote was announced… <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 20.11Valletta Supporters are already getting excited about the result.Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi is among them. 1 of 4 1 of 3 SharePrint 20.42The Mqabba local council will also stay a Labour Party led council. LABOUR HOLDPL: Omar Farrugia, Marie Grace Zerafa, Henry Zaffarese, PN; Jonathan Dingli, Owen Sciberras PN. 20.18The adjudicators are telling the crowds to get back in order for those behind the perspex to continue counting. Credit: Christoph Schwaiger 1 of 2 DOI/Jason Borg 1 of 4last_img read more

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The INNOCENT and the GUILTY

first_imgTHE INNOCENTThe Scene:The Seymour Place Leisure Centre, Marylebone.Those present:Myself. An individual corrupted by an unlimited number of untrue punter-stories, and acts of treachery, performed by a million and one punters and staff.The leisure centre receptionist. Don’t know his name. Let’s call him, for the purposes of this blog,…Adam. One of life’s little lambs, cosily living in his little bubble, allowing the world to just happen steadily all around him.Being the sad-case that I am, I had planned on spending my Friday night swimming, in order to fight off the effects of my ever aggressive gluttony.The facts:I approached the counter, having had to queue (and obviously did a lot of childish and impatient tutting, whilst doing so), and produced my Westminster Card. This ‘entahhawws’ me to discounted swimming at the leisure centre. I looked down at the individual behind the desk, Adam, and asked to pay for my swim.He responded immediately, that there was no swimming available, at this current time, as the pool was closed for a private club.I asked him when the club would be finishing.He said he didn’t know but welcomed me to go to the pool and find out. (As usual, I was being high-maintenance.)I walked around to the pool, and saw a group of people practising scuba-diving. They had all the correct toys and one of the divers told me they were set for the evening, and that it wasn’t possible to swim.Fine.I walked back around to the counter and said to Adam ‘They’re scuba-diving. No more swimming available tonight.’Adam’s head jolted up in amazement at this news. He looked at me dumb struck for a moment, and then opened his mouth, to ask in all seriousness, ‘Have they got fish in the pool with them?’He actually said that. He actually believed that there may be some fish, possibly even dangerous ones, swimming around in a public pool.It suddenly dawned on me that I had stumbled across one of life’s innocents, Blog. It was also clear that it wasn’t for me to break his bubble. This was a nice person here, not a lying little credit punter, telling me about cheques that had got lost in the Christmas post. How could I answer his question without mocking him? I didn’t want him to feel foolish, but at the same time I wanted to break it to him gently, that there were no fish, brought in especially, to the Seymour Leisure Centre, for the scuba-diving club. That way, someone else, of a slightly crueller nature than myself, wouldn’t be allowed the opportunity of ridiculing his totally innocent, but absurd question, in the future.I waited a second and then looked and down and in the quietest possible voice simply uttered ‘No.’Adam, with a flash of embarrassment over his face, looked down for a second. I allowed him his dignity though and had already started to walk away.Verdict: Innocent.Adam, don’t become a credit bookie – the punters and staff will run rings around you!THE GUILTYCrimescene: Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher.Those present:AM, a friend of this blog, whose holier-than-thou activities have been monitored for some time now. Accompanying him: a group of fellow middle-class lefties, enjoying one of the many easy days in their twelve weeks holiday per year. A holiday period that AM once responded defensively in regard to, by saying ‘It’s actually ONLY twelve weeks!’ Blog, I don’t think I need to tell you that that proved to be a bad move on his part. I’m also unaware Blog, as to if any of this group of fellow MCs were still proudly wearing their ‘Livestrong’ wristbands (ha!ha! – that vile individual and leftie hero is certainly going to be receiving some special blogging attention soon. Be sure of that!)Also present: an on-course bookmaker. One of the few sufferers still going out, each day, romancing that the good times may return, sometime soon. I’m unaware of his name, and so will the poor house be, when he arrives there, in a matter of time. Because he’s trying to fight the Goliaths of Betfair, and a society that no longer uses cash. Let’s, once again, for the purposes of this blog, call him ‘David’.Now, Blog, we need to clear this matter up. A crime was committed at Sandown Park, at a Saturday meeting recently, and AM, and his comrades, were there, in force, for the day. I’m sure, because their farts don’t smell, that none of them could have been the perpetrators of this heinous act, but we shall invite AM into this blog, for questioning anyway.Good evening, AM.It has come to our attention that a punter recently visited Sandown Park Racecourse. Whilst there, he approached an on-course bookmaker to place a bet on a 9/2 chance. He asked the bookmaker for £10 to win. The bookmaker’s clerk made an error in processing the bet, and accidentally, and innocently, gave the punter a betting-slip for £100 win at 9/2. On knowing receipt of this incorrect slip, the punter absconded, and viewed the race from afar. The horse then won, and the devious gambler returned, to take advantage of the situation, and drew the incorrect, and unfair, amount of £550.I have consulted Andrew Needleman, Star’s resident legal adviser, regarding this matter. He has said that this crime would have been referred to as ‘Stealing by finding’. Now, it’s simply, and correctly, referred to as ‘Theft’. Thank you, Andrew.Now, AM, I’m sure you can understand that in the lines of our inquiries, we must cover all bases, and question all of those present.AM, did you approach a bookmaker and ask for £10 at 9/2 on the horse in question?Blog, I must let you know that AM has answered in the positive. Worryingly, we must unfortunately continue with our questioning. I’m sure it’s just a formality, though. There can’t actually be a Guardian reader who wouldn’t do the right thing.AM, were you given, incorrectly, a betting-slip for £100 at 9/2.Muffled protestations heading in our direction.Oh no, I’m sorry, AM. We’re not here to talk about what you think other people should be responsible for, and doing, regarding the necessary extra runway at Heathrow. Let’s stick to the facts, please.Were you given a betting slip for £100 at 9/2?Blog, once again, I advise you that we must continue…AM, please answer the following multiple choice question:Option 1:Did YOU, do the RIGHT thing, like you always say, whilst going red in the face, pinching your nose, clenching your jaw, and breathing through your teeth; that all those horrible people, who coincidentally seem to have more money than you, should do? Did you consider others, and give the bookmaker his money back? Come on, AM. Let’s clear this matter up. No, AM, please stop pointing upwards and talking about ‘them’, let’s stick to the matter in hand. There’s no brownie points for giving the fella his money back. He’s on the floor, YOU VERY WELL KNOW THAT. Did you give him his dough back, immediately, without question? Yes, or No.Blog, no answer has been offered by the accused. We must move forward to option 2. Please pass the pliers over…Option 2:Did you impose yourself, and take a decision on behalf of the bookmaker? Because you have always said you aren’t money motivated, like all the bad and lucky people; did you take the money, and give half of it to Save The Heathrow Hedgehog and the other half to the Teachers Union to fight for a thirteenth week of holiday? Still theft, but, to some, a just cause and reason to head towards the gallows. Did the bookmaker’s lust to win your £10 disgust you so much that you chose to divert the money to a better and more noble cause? This must be the reason, AM. There’s no way that YOU, of ALL people, after all this time, and after highlighting so many financial injustices, would not only seek out an edge but actually have to head to option 3, which is plain and simple criminal theft. There’s no way of that is there, AM?Oh, Blog. Oh dear, Blog. The defendants face has reddened and his eyes are even angrier than when talking about our finest leader. Once again, no answer has been offered.If someone can please inform Albert Pierrepoint, that the defendant, soon to be convicted, is 5’9″, thirteen stone, and of average build.Option 3:The bookmaker made an error.You didn’t care.His financial situation, and the fact it was wrong to take the betting-slip, never entered your mind.Err, AM, Starbucks’ tax affairs have nothing to do with this. Let’s stick to YOUR affairs for once, please. Thank you.When the horse won, you couldn’t wait to get your hands on the money… like all MC lefties, when there’s some of other people’s dough available…You’d found an edge, in its crudest term, and ran free.Now, AM. Would you like to also confess to implicating and incriminating another into your foul act? Please tell us how you finished your business.Yes, Blog. He did. He got one of his Guardian reading cohorts to go up and collect the money. BECAUSE HE COULDNT LOOK THE BOOKIE IN THE EYE WHEN HE RUMPED HIM.Verdict: Guilty!!!Blog, we will finish off by offering our readers the usual advice… if you hear the words ‘Guardian reader’… reach for your gun!Over-and-out, and keep taking the tablets!Ben xlast_img read more

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Topham Chase – Video Preview

first_imgDay two of the Aintree Festival sees the Topham Chase where Chance Du Roy is favourite at 10/1. Chance Du Roy was runner-up last last year, but will his recent form prove to be problematic?Get the verdict with Trevor Harris and Liam Kirk.last_img

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Chelsea BOOSTED to 21 to beat Everton

first_imgWe have another Star Sports special on Saturday that BOOSTS the price on a live game to way beyond the industry normal.This weekend it’sCHELSEA at 2/1To beat Everton at Goodison (5.30pm SKY).To give you an idea of just how good a price that is – Chelsea are a BEST PRICE 5/4 on oddschecker (* as at 11am on Friday).So how do YOU get 2/1 ???Easy, just have three bets with us on any of the Channel 4 races on Saturday and you can then bet Chelsea at 2/1 to your average stake across the three qualifying bets (up to maximum of £250).From Sandown to Goodison, you won’t find a bookmaker who rewards loyalty as generously as we do. Not just around the big events, but throughout the entire year.Full terms & conditions below.Look out for these weekly offers EVERY FRIDAY !If you need further information please do not hesitate to call us on 08000 521 321 TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Offer open to both new and existing telephone customers.(2) Bets placed with us on course do not count.(3) To qualify you must place a minimum of three bets (win or each way only) on three separate Channel 4 races this Saturday.(4) Bets must be placed from 9am on Saturday.(5) The value of your stake that you can have at the boosted price on the football will be equal to the AVERAGE of your three qualifying races stakes (win stakes only, or win part of each way). (subject to a maximum of £250).(6) The football bet must be placed prior to kick off.(7) If any of your Channel 4 bets are non runners these will not count towards the three minimum bets – however horses that are withdrawn will do.(8) We reserve the right to refuse or withdraw the concession at our discretion.(9) Usual Star Sports rules apply.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Man U v Bournemouth

first_img[dropcap]L[/dropcap]et’s face it. It’s hardly the climatic Sunday that SKY bosses would have wanted.There was more drama in the Eurovision last night (how on earth did Australia lose from that position ???) than there is likely to be in the Premier League which fizzles out this afternoon.The season as a whole has given plenty – the Leicester story will go down in folklore but the pertinent question is just how poor and inconsistent their rivals have been.So, with the Champions crowned and the relegation places sorted it’s down to bragging rights at the top of the table and European places to be finalised on the final Sunday.The permutations are still pretty vast. Particularly for Man U who are in fifth spot going in to the 3pm kick offs.For a Champions League play-off spot Man U would need to beat Bournemouth and rely on Swansea beating Man City.Bournemouth were long odds-on favourites to be relegated at the start of the season but have performed heroics – not only in staying up but also never really getting dragged into the relegation dogfight.Eddie Howe’s side memorably beat Man U 2-1 in December and can play for fun this afternoon as they chase a remarkable double. Bournemouth have nothing to play for which could again make them trappy opponents for Man U.Man U will be without defender Matteo Darmian with an ankle injury and Adnan Januzaj is also out with a hamstring injury. Marouane Fellaini is banned whilst also on the injury list are Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw.Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth Premier League15:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2015 PREMIER Bournemouth 2-1 Man UtdFeb 1989 FA CUP Man Utd 1-0 BournemouthFeb 1989 FA CUP Bournemouth 1-1 Man UtdJan 1985 FA CUP Man Utd 3-0 BournemouthJan 1984 FA CUP Bournemouth 2-0 Man UtdJan 1983 LEAGUE CUP Man Utd 2-0 BournemouthJan 1983 LEAGUE CUP Bournemouth 2-2 Man UtdMar 1957 FA CUP Bournemouth 1-2 Man UtdJan 1949 FA CUP Man Utd 6-0 BournemouthAt around 2/5 Man U look a little short for me. I’ll have a final day interest on BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at around 8/11 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE for 12 points at 8/11 with Star SportsWednesday: PROFIT 21 points (no bets since)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Diagnostic chip may help hearts cut costs

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Diagnostic chip may help hearts, cut costsRice University technology in human trials to spot cardiac disease, cancer, drug abuseHeart disease is a silent killer, but new microchip technology from Rice University is expected to advance the art of diagnosis.During National Heart Health Month, Rice Professor John McDevitt will discuss the potential of this technology to detect cardiac disease early at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, D.C., Feb. 17-21. Cardiac disease is the focus of one of six ongoing major clinical trials of Rice’s programmable bio-nano-chips (PBNCs). PBNCs combine microfluidics, nanotechnology, advanced optics and electronics to enable quick, painless diagnostic tests for a wide range of diseases at minimal cost.Current clinical trials employ PBNCs to test more than 4,000 patients for signs of heart disease, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, oral cancer and drug abuse. Versions to test for HIV/AIDS and other diseases are also in development.“Too often, the first time people know they’re suffering from heart disease is when it kills them,” said McDevitt, Rice’s Brown-Wiess Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering, who will participate in a global health seminar at AAAS. “With this test, we expect to save lives and dramatically cut the recovery time and cost of caring for those who suffer from heart ailments,” said McDevitt, a pioneer in the creation of microfluidic devices for biomedical testing. He anticipates the PBNCs, when manufactured in bulk, will cost only a few dollars each.PBNCs analyze a patient’s saliva for biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, McDevitt said, only about half of the patients having a heart attack are diagnosed immediately via electrocardiogram. The rest require a series of time-consuming laboratory tests that take up to 12 hours to complete. PBNCs now in development deliver results in as little as 20 minutes and provide clinicians with timely information that can help them manage patients more effectively. “A critical thing to recognize in a heart attack is that if we’re able to open the blocked vessel within an hour, we’ve salvaged a heart muscle,” said Biykem Bozkurt, the Mary and Gordon Cain Chair and Professor of Medicine and director of the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). “Thus, the patient’s chance of survival is significantly improved.”Bozkurt and Christie Ballantyne, chief of atherosclerosis and vascular medicine and professor of medicine at BCM and director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, are leading the trial at Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, one of four sites hosting the cardiac trial that will recruit 1,000 patients. McDevitt noted that of 5 million visits to American emergency rooms each year for chest pain, approximately 80 percent are false alarms. “We have patients clogging the ER system and delaying the recognition of true heart attack cases because we can’t, in an expeditious manner, rule out false alarms that could have been diagnosed in the ambulance or the home setting,” said Bozkurt, who also serves as cardiology section chief at the VA.The potential cost savings for even a single patient are tremendous, said Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and a professor of economics at Rice. “Treating patients in the emergency room is one of the highest costs we have in the health care system,” Ho said, “particularly for heart attacks, because heart disease is the leading killer of Americans and it accounts for a large proportion of our health care costs.“If we can identify these patients quickly so we can avoid aggressive diagnostic tests further on down the road — for example, cardiac catheterizations and procedures that cost tens of thousands of dollars — by instead using a relatively low-cost diagnostic chip, that’s a tremendous opportunity to provide better care and lower costs,” she said.McDevitt expects PBNCs and their toaster-sized reader will ultimately find a place at many points of care — hospitals, doctors’ or dentists’ offices, pharmacies and remote clinics worldwide — where they will allow clinicians to quickly diagnose a variety of ailments.He anticipates Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, part of the Texas Medical Center, to be the hub of a pipeline in which chips will be programmed to spot biomarkers for many important diseases.“PNBC technology marries medical devices and microelectronics,” McDevitt said, “and it has the potential to revolutionize the flow of information in the practice of medicine while significantly reducing cost. I like to think of it as the iPhone of medicine, with the same potential to be a game changer. And it’s just around the corner.” AddThislast_img read more

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End the war on drugs Baker Institute expert says

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduEnd the war on drugs, Baker Institute expert saysBecker: Nation must embrace a sensible approach of legalization and regulationHOUSTON – (July 21, 2014) – As states around the nation consider the legalization of marijuana and the federal government is reforming drug-sentencing guidelines, the time to end the war on drugs has come, according to Dean Becker, a nonresident research associate and member of the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Becker has written a new book, “To End the War on Drugs” (DTN Media), on the topic and is traveling to Washington, D.C., July 29 to raise awareness about the war’s shortcomings among federal policymakers and the media. He and collaborators will hold a news conference from 10 to 11 a.m. EDT at the Cannon House Office Building, Room 340, C St. S.E. Becker is available to discuss his book and efforts.The war on drugs was launched in the early 1970s during President Richard Nixon’s first term and is based on the concept of prohibition and “zero tolerance” for drug users, producers and traffickers.“We have been duped,” Becker wrote. “It starts with a small lie that many citizens think does some good for a few. It escalates by bending the Constitution to protect that vulnerable few. It increases when the populace becomes jaded to the mechanism of lies, handing the future of liberty to those who proclaim higher priorities must be given sway over principles. It continues to increase, to grow ponderous, overbearing and inquisitorial. It is what binds us to our terrorist enemies and propels our domestic dilemma of gangs, violence, bigotry, financial overload and societal fragmentation. It is the drug war.”Becker’s book features the thoughts of 115 experts on the subject of drug policy. He asks U.S. policymakers to acknowledge the failure of current drug policies and embrace a sensible approach of legalization and regulation.Working with the Baker Institute, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, Becker will provide paperback and electronic copies of his book to the White House, Congress, Supreme Court and governors nationwide and request that this be a “summer reading assignment” for leaders in all branches of government.“Dean Becker has skillfully arranged expert insights and combined them with his own keen insights to provide readers with a clear and compelling account of the myriad failures of the war on drugs and sensible guidelines for moving beyond it,” said William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy and director of the Drug Policy Program.A former police officer, Becker has been a reporter for the Pacifica Radio Network for more than 12 years and has covered the drug war. More than 1,000 experts have appeared on his radio programs, including the late Milton Friedman, noted conservative advocate Grover Norquist and former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Recordings and transcripts of these interviews, now carried on more than 70 radio stations throughout the country, are archived on the Baker Institute website at http://bakerinstitute.org/drug-policy-program/drug-truth-archive.To interview Becker or for more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Becker biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/dean-becker.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 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 www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more

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State of Mexicos energy reform is topic at Rices Baker Institute Feb

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775State of Mexico’s energy reform is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 11HOUSTON – (Feb. 4, 2016) – A conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 11 will bring together leading United States and Mexican energy, legal and public policy experts to discuss rule-of-law issues arising under the Mexican energy reform, most prominently related to regulatory, legal, investment, environmental and social concerns.The event is hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and the University of Houston’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, in collaboration with the School of Government and Public Transformation at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo think tank.Registration for the public is now closed. Media are welcome to cover the panels but must RSVP to attend.Who: Alejandro Ponce, chief research officer at the World Justice Project, will give the keynote address and participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by Tony Payan, the Baker Institute’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center.Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian and Stephen Zamora, director of UH’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, will give welcoming and introductory remarks.For the complete agenda and list of panelists, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1762.What: A conference titled “The Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform.”When: Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Between 2013 and 2014, Mexico reformed its energy industry through constitutional changes and enabling legislation that represented an unprecedented break from long-standing political and legal traditions, according to event organizers. As one of the last countries to open its oil and gas sector to foreign investment, Mexico can learn important lessons from the experiences of other countries, organizers said. However, this does not guarantee the implementation of new laws will be smooth or successful, particularly in today’s fiercely competitive and expanding international energy market.So far the implementation of Mexico’s new energy legislation has been problematic, fueling continued debate on how the reforms are, or are not, enforced. With this in mind, the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and UH’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law launched a major research effort to examine rule-of-law issues arising under the Mexican energy reform, in collaboration with the School of Government and Public Transformation at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo think tank.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow the Baker Institute Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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DNA in unbiased model curls both ways

first_imgFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0613_CHROMOSOMES-2-web-1qzeijw.jpgA coarse-grained model shows DNA forming a helical chromosome during mitosis. Rice University scientists are using computer models to determine the forces that take place as DNA duplicates itself during cell mitosis. (Credit: Illustration by Bin Zhang/Rice University) https://youtu.be/EnwoU8DI4yMAnimgif:http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0613_CHROMOSOMES-animgif-vsackv.gifRelated materials: Chromosome-folding theory shows promise: http://news.rice.edu/2015/04/28/chromosome-folding-theory-shows-promise-3/Molecular visualizations of DNA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjPcT1uUZiEWolynes Research Lab: http://wolynes.rice.edu/node/129Center for Theoretical Biological Physics: https://ctbp.rice.eduRice Department of Bioengineering: http://bioe.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0613_CHROMOSOMES-3-web-1vridkh.jpgA simpler version of the chromosome model produced by a simulation at Rice University shows how the energies at work in the process of mitosis lead DNA to take a helical form. (Credit: Illustration by Bin Zhang/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 best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0613_CHROMOSOMES-1-web-21o5wps.jpgPeter Wolynes, left, and Bin Zhang. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduDNA in ‘unbiased’ model curls both ways  Rice University calculations show chromosomes’ ‘superhelix’ can twist left or right HOUSTON – (June 14, 2016) – In 1988, scientists in Switzerland looked through a microscope and saw something they didn’t expect: two sections of an X-shaped chromosome spiraling in opposite directions. Now scientists at Rice University have confirmed that such anomalies are indeed possible.Peter Wolynes, a theoretical biological physicist, and Bin Zhang, a postdoctoral associate, saw the same phenomenon in their sophisticated computer models of DNA, a finding they said should encourage deeper investigation of a basic biological process. Understanding such processes is important as researchers seek new ways to fight cancer and other diseases.Their work is described today in Physical Review Letters.Wolynes said biologists are learning much about how a cell functions during interphase — the workaday part of its existence when it makes proteins and regulates other processes necessary to life. They also know much of what happens to a cell in the final stages of mitosis, when it divides.Between those extremes lie mysteries. At the onset of mitosis, the meter-long strand of DNA in a cell’s nucleus condenses into a pinpoint-sized blob. Microscope images show frantic activity as the DNA pushes, pulls and pulses, eventually organizing itself into 23 recognizable, X-shaped chromosomes before splitting.The Rice scientists developed their simulation software to help understand these hidden phases as DNA folds into chromosomes, which they believe play a central role in gene regulation, DNA replication and cell differentiation.The simulation models probable crosslinks between genetic sequences in DNA to see how they interact. The researchers used experimental data that details likely contacts between the sequences. They believe these contacts play a critical part in mitosis, but the details remain hidden inside the compressed blob.They were surprised when their simulations – based on “unbiased” experimental data – showed superhelices in the chromosomes that emerged from the blob that curled both to the right and to the left, matching the 1988 observation of sister chromatids (the original chromosome and its centrally joined copy) with opposite helical “handedness.”“That’s why this was particularly cool to us,” Wolynes said. “The handedness result just sort of fell out of the data even though we weren’t looking for it.“Think of the chromosome at mitosis as a bit like what would happen to a piece of sewing thread if you doubled it up and rolled it between your finger and your thumb,” he said. “Depending on how you rolled your fingers, you would get right- or left-turning structures.”The thread itself has a helical arrangement of even smaller fibers, though the twist at one scale doesn’t necessarily determine the twist at the larger scales. “But bundles of threads usually get twisted somehow,” Wolynes said.That “somehow” remains one of the mysteries, he said.Since Crick and Watson described DNA’s basic twisted-ladder form, the double helix has always turned to the right – and woe unto those who flipped the image.But DNA is far more complex. The twisted ladder further coils around histone proteins to form nucleosomes. The strand of nucleosomes twists again, forming a cylindrical coil. And then those coils form coils, the superhelices that fold into recognizable chromosomes.With the exception of Z-DNA, which turns to the left, it was commonly thought that evolution dictates the helix and its larger-scale structures always go right.That is possibly still the case, but unlikely, Wolynes said. The Rice model didn’t take into account the influence of proteins or other molecules in the nucleus that influence DNA organization, any of which may nudge the coils’ chirality into right-handed compliance.In a subsequent simulation, they increased the agitation of the DNA and saw a quite different result. Raising the temperature in the model forced the DNA to become solidly cylindrical rather than left- or right-handed. “The chirality was lost,” Wolynes said. “That raises an interesting question: Does the cylinder form without chirality at first when the chromosome is duplicated and only later pick up its handedness?”He and Zhang hope their technique will help find the mechanism that gives the superhelix its handedness and determine whether it makes any functional difference.The study of DNA at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics is a natural extension of the center’s groundbreaking work on proteins, Wolynes said. DNA during interphase is a single long molecule, and molecules and their constituent atoms always seek the easiest path to their natural structures, also known as their lowest energy states. Wolynes and his colleagues have led the study of energy landscapes; they pioneered the model to predict how a protein will find its lowest energy state based on the interaction energies — the “folding funnel” — of its components.Now the lab has extended these ideas to study entire chromosomes. The task is much more difficult for the chromosome than for analyzing a protein, because there are billions of subunits in a strand of DNA as opposed to hundreds for a protein.For that reason, the simulations are “coarse-grained” and take into account only a fraction of the atoms rather than the whole set. Computations are faster this way, yet they retain an accurate view of the entire system because the forces are based on experimental input data, the researchers said. They expect their method will be a useful tool in their continuing study of cellular processes.Wolynes said the helical formation of the “X” chromatids — the original target of the study — can be traced back to the liquid crystalline nature of DNA. “Liquid crystals are oriented but remain fluid,” he said. “The twist transition in the mitotic chromosome resembles what happens when a pixel in a liquid crystal display on your computer changes color.”The National Science Foundation (NSF) supported the research. Wolynes is the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, a professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice and a senior investigator of the NSF-funded Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice. Zhang will join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in July.The researchers used the NSF-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.248101.last_img read more

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Baker Institute expert available to comment on Turkish coup

first_imgAddThis Share2David Ruthdavid@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on Turkish coupHOUSTON — (July 15, 2016) – The following are initial comments by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Kadir Yildirim on today’s attempted Turkish coup.“Developments earlier today in Turkey indicate a coup attempt by a military faction,” Yildirim said. “The outcome is uncertain at this time and will likely continue to be uncertain until tomorrow, at the earliest.“The coup attempt will hurt Turkish democracy regardless of its outcome. If the coup is successful, the military will suspend democracy for years to come and a return back to civilian rule will be marred by authoritarian tendencies.“If the coup is unsuccessful, President Erdogan will increase his control and eliminate all opposition by using the coup attempt as pretext. Turkish democracy could face a similar fate to Chavez’s Venezuela.”Yildirim’s research interests include democratization, politics and religion, political economy, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East and Turkish politics.To schedule an interview with Yildirim, contact David Ruth at david@rice.edu.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.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 best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

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