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first_img 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission Street, a commercial strip occupied by SRO homeless residents, tourists and other pedestrians during the day, gives way at night to the party crowd. In a four-block stretch at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday the  flow of scenes became increasingly surreal.At 21st and Mission in front of the Vanguard Properties, police were looking into what one officer called an incident of “road rage.”  Two cars had collided, but no one was talking.Just south at 22nd Street, a party blared above Skechers. It was hard not to wonder if it was overcrowded, if there were sprinklers, if it was a legal space.center_img And up the street, two young residents from a nearby hotel, took care of getting rid of a mattress.Photo by Lydia ChávezGoodnight Mission. last_img read more

first_imgTOMMY Makinson has been named in the 2014 Dream Team.The winger has been rewarded for a stellar season after he crossed the whitewash 27 times.The most competitive First Utility Super League season of all is reflected in the selections of the 2014 Dream Team, the 13 players deemed to be the biggest stars of a year to remember for all Rugby League fans.The all-English Dream Team is drawn from seven clubs and features eight debutants as well as Jamie Peacock, the Leeds Rhinos prop who makes a record-extending 10th appearance in the form team of the year, having made his debut back in 2000.The presence of 13 England-born players for the second year running is testament to the commitment shown by Super League clubs to nurturing and developing home-grown talent, and highlights the success of initiatives such as the club-trained player and federation-trained player rules.For only the third time in its history, the Dream Team sees seven or more different clubs represented, highlighting the wide distribution of talent within the sport’s elite competition.Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin makes his fifth Dream Team appearance in a row – becoming only the fourth player in history to achieve such a feat – whilst Widnes Vikings’ Kevin Brown registers his, and the club’s, first ever Dream Team appearance.The Super League Dream Team is selected by a panel of the sport’s broadcasters and journalists in a secret ballot and represents the form team of the First Utility Super League season.The 2006 and 2007 Super League Dream Teams are the only other teams to represent seven or more different clubs – the 2007 Dream Team holds the record, when eight different clubs were represented.The 2014 First Utility Super League Dream Team:Full-back: Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Wing: Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) – Dream Team appearances: 4 (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)Centre: Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Centre: Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Wing: Tommy Makinson (St Helens) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Stand-off: Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Scrum-half: Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) – Dream Team appearances: 2 (2013, 2014)Prop: Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos) – Dream Team appearances: 10 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014)Hooker: Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Prop: Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) – Dream Team appearances: 2 (2012, 2014)Second Row: Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Second Row: Carl Ablett (Leeds Rhinos) – Dream Team appearances: 1 (2014)Loose forward: Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors) – Dream Team appearances: 5 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)last_img read more

first_imgJustin Holbrook’s side need just a point to secure the League Leaders’ Shield and will head into the game full of confidence after their win over Catalans at the weekend.Hull FC haven’t faired as well in the Super 8s, but the three meetings between the two sides this year have very been close – setting up a clash that has all the makings of another tense one.Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7:45pm, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455058 or online here.last_img


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first_imgThatto knocked North Wales Crusaders out of the Challenge Cup to progress through to round five of the competition and have now drawn a home tie with Dewsbury Rams.Saints Community Clubs Ambassador Billy Dillon has wished Thatto, the only amateur side left in the famous competition, good luck.“Congratulations to Thatto Heath Crusaders on their achievements last weekend,” he said.“Thatto Heath Crusader North West Men’s League team also had a very good win up at Walney Central in the semi final of The Barla Cup and they will now take on West Hull in the final with the date and ground to be agreed.“I am sure that all of the towns community teams would like to wish Thatto Heath all the very best in both competitions as they endeavour to progress further and at the same time highlight how strong community rugby league is in St.Helens.“I would like to say good luck to both teams!”last_img read more

first_img Last summer opponents of offshore energy exploration rallied in Brunswick County to encourage a reversal. Brunswick was one of two counties in the state that had expressed support for offshore drilling.Commissioners were greeted by another protest before tonight’s meeting in Bolivia with one member of the board telling WWAY this afternoon that no action would be taken. In the end, though, the five Republican commissioners surprised even themselves by voting 3-2 to back off the 2015 resolution. Williams, Randy Thompson and Mike Forte voted in favor of rescinding it. Marty Cooke and Pat Sykes voted against.The move comes two weeks after the Trump administration announced plans to expand oil and gas exploration along the Atlantic coast. Many coastal leaders have expressed concern with potential impacts on tourism and other industries. The federal government granted Florida an exemption from drilling. That led the governors of North Carolina and South Carolina to also declare their preference to be left out of the plan.Related Article: Forest statement on road project points to 2020 governor bidNorth Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his administration “will pursue every option” to prevent drilling near the state’s beaches, fishing waters and coastal communities. Offshore drilling platforms near Long Beach, CA. (Photo: Photo: BSEE) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In a surprise move, Brunswick County commissioners tonight voted to reverse course and rescind a resolution adopted more than two years ago that supported offshore drilling.Back in July 2015, commissioners approved a resolution supporting offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic. A month later they reconsidered the resolution, but a 2-2 vote, with Commissioner Frank Williams recusing himself from the vote, kept the resolution in place.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The City of Southport is now without a police department after a multi-agency investigation found the police chief and his second in command allegedly broke their oaths to serve the public.Chief Gary Smith faces charges of obstruction of justice, willful failure to discharge duties and obtaining property by false pretense. Lt. Michael Simmons is charged with obtaining property by false pretense.- Advertisement – The entire Southport Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. It has left the city scrambling to assure the public they will have police protection.“My heart is broken,” Southport Mayor Jerry Dove said.Dove, who served as police chief before Smith, was a longtime friend and colleague of Smith.Related Article: Officials: Driver was huffing before crash that killed 4A three-month-long investigation by the DA, State Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation was sparked by a tip from inside the department.“At first it was law enforcement officers that came to other law enforcement officers and said, ‘I think we have a problem,’” District Attorney Jon David said.David said the Smith and Simmons worked for a shipping company while they were also clocked in to serve the city. The DA added that at many times their investigation found the two men would leave the city and even the state conducting their work.“Southport was running as a ghost ship,” David said.A ship that lost its sails Thursday morning when the DA went to city leaders with the news of the pending arrests. WWAY’s Andrew James asked Mayor Dove if problems in pay led the men to allegedly break their oaths.“They had a salary increase, what, in the past three years to bring them up to equal some of the departments around here,” Dove said.Now the entire department has to suspend operations with every officer on administrative leave. Chief Smith and Simmons are also suspended with pay.“A lot of these officers have done absolutely nothing wrong,” David said.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will take over policing operations.“We are still going to have police protection, law enforcement protection,” Dove said. “The sheriff is going to come down, and he’s not going to let us down.”David says search warrants have gone to the shipping company for more evidence. He would not disclose what job capacity the two men had with the company nor its name.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — December 1 marked the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. It is the international day of AIDS awareness and a day to remember those lost to the disease.Doctors, nurses, activists, community leaders and Cape Fear residents filled the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, dressed in red Saturday morning.- Advertisement – Seeds of Healing organized the inaugural Red Ribbon Brunch to to reshape the stigma in Wilmington.“In North Carolina, where I’ve lived now for the last five years, there’s a little bit more stigma associated with HIV. We need to work a little harder in making sure people understand HIV isn’t a death sentence,” said Edward Adams, a 35-year HIV survivor.“We want to make sure that the community knows that HIV epidemic is not going, people are still at risk. We want people to know there are resources that exist in our community there are people that have compassion to care for you, there is access to medication,” said Leshonda Wallace, the Executive Director of Seed of Healing.Related Article: Lawsuit alleges sex scandal at Duke-run camp for chronically ill childrenMore than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS. Seeds of Healing is working to make the community more aware of these deadly diseases.If you want to join in on the cause, March 23 is the HIV/AIDS walk.last_img read more

first_imgMaltese go-kart racing driver and member of the Karting Club Malta Gianluca Dingli was busy racing in Italy between Friday 24th and Sunday 26th May, as he competed in the fourth round of the RoK Cup Championship in Italy.The race was organised at Pista Azzura in Jesolo Italy, where after three days of dedicated training together with his team Zanchi Motorsport, Dingli managed to finish the final race in the third place. This was the fourth round and Dingli has competed in all of them.Dingli is preparing himself for the fifth round which will take place on Sunday 30th June at Pista South Garda in Lonato, Italy.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement From August 1st to 31st, an international experts’ jury will evaluate 454 national nominees from 95 UN-member states to select this year’s best mobile content for the World Summit Award Mobile (WSA-mobile). The jury will award five products in each of the eight contest categories.WSA-mobile is a global follow up initiative of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Its goal is to foster the richness and diversity of mobile content around the globe and to award best practice in content production. “WSA-mobile is unique in its focus on content richness. Hence the WSA-mobile categories and the jury members reflect all parts of social and cultural life,” states Prof. Peter A. Bruck, WSA-mobile chairman.Jury members have backgrounds in the creative industries, telecommunication, advertising, journalism and research, as well as in teaching. According to Bruck, the jury will judge the value of the content as well as the product’s design and its technical realisation. Furthermore, each nominee’s contribution to bridging the digital divide will play a central role for the jury. – Advertisement – For the contest winners, WSA-mobile is a chance to raise global awareness for their products. They will be invited to the WSA-mobile Global Congress will take place in Abu Dhabi, February 1st to 3rd 2015. The event will offer a platform for WSA-mobile Winners to present their services and projects to potential partners and investors. Furthermore, the event will include a conference, hosting internationally renowned experts and opinion leaders in the ICT and mobile technology sector.WSA-mobile Contest Categories:m-Business & Commercem-Government & Participationm-Learning & Educationm-Entertainment & Lifestylem-Tourism & Culturem-Media & Newsm-Environment & Healthm-Inclusion & Empowerment.Organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg, the World Summit Award Mobile is a global initiative within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN GAID. Abu Dhabi, as the city of the award’s key partner ADSIC (Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre), is the host for the WSA-mobile Awards.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not an exaggeration to say Live Photos transforms the whole idea of photography. It adds motion both before and after you take a picture and packages it together in one GIF-like 3-second shot. Image Credit: BusinessInsider Advertisement When I talk with others about Apple‘s new Live Photos feature on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, they’re either unfamiliar with it or don’t quite exactly know how it works.It’s not an exaggeration to say Live Photos transforms the whole idea of photography. It adds motion both before and after you take a picture and packages it together in one GIF-like 3-second shot. For example, you make take a photo of your friend smiling, but you’ll likely capture the little laugh they did too as they got ready for flash. By holding down your finger on the still photo, the 3-second clip will play.How does it work? It captures 1.5 seconds before the shot by continuously recording a buffer that’s never stored unless you tap the shutter. It’s technically a video, but since it’s so short, it’s really more like a cinemagraph, GIF or what Apple calls “living memories.” – Advertisement – Apple’s take on Live Photos is really an outgrowth of how we create and consume visual content today. From Snapchat to Vine to novel apps like Boomerang, sharing this type of content is becoming more and more dynamic experience. Live Photos brings that concept to the iPhone‘s native functions.But nailing the perfect Live Photo may be tricky at first — capturing blurry shots is bound to happen. After spending a bit more time with the feature — and with these tips below — you’ll be able to master the art of it once and for all. Let’s take a look:How to take the best Live PhotosTo take a Live Photo, open up the camera app. Scroll to the photo page, and click the yellow circle icon at the top middle. Press the shutter button when you’re ready.Since Live Photos capture the moments before and after the photo is taken, you’ll want to remember to keep your hand steady.A yellow box that says “Live” will appear when the feature is active. Wait for it to disappear so you know it’s no longer capturing. Sidenote: With iOS 9.1, the iPhone will automatically sense if it is being raised or lowered and will omit anything captured during that time — that way there aren’t any shots of the ground or random angles post-snapshot.The 12MP still image is at the heart of a Live Photo, and it’s what people will initially see when they’re viewing your image. That being said, focus on what makes the best still photo first.Capture it as though you’re taking a photo — not shooting a video — so don’t move the phone itself too much.Live Photos give context to the moments we freeze, but action is only part of it. Sound also plays a part in our memories. Live Photos include audio, so keep in mind the environment you’re in. If you’re giving someone a countdown, use your fingers to count down 3, 2, 1, instead of saying it out loud.When to use Live PhotosSince Live Photos record such a brief moment in time, subtle movements work great with this feature (i.e. the smile at the end of a giggle, or a breeze blowing through someone’s hair).Anything related to your pet, obviously.Landscapes can come to life with movement. When you’re at the beach, show the waves rolling in. If you’re at the park, see the leaves swaying in the wind.Focus on a subject in the foreground but capture people walking in the distance. This gives a hustle-bustle tone to the image.Photobombs. Now you can actually catch the culprits in the process.Fireworks. Let’s be real — regular photos have never done them justice.[related-posts]When not to use Live PhotosShowing off your Starbucks drink.Capturing a meal. Unless it’s flambéed, then that would be cool.Selfies. Love thy selfie, but not sure we want to see all the readjusting you did for the right shot.Tips to keep in mindYou can use a Live Photo as your iPhone lock screen wallpaper. Add the photo as you would a still image as your wallpaper and when prompted, select Live Photo. You can even take a Live Photo and make it a watch face on your Apple Watch.Live Photos take up twice as much storage as a regular photo, so choose your moments wisely.You can share Live Photos with anyone running iOS 9 or OS X El Capitan.Anyone with previous-generation iPhones and iPads running iOS 9 can view Live Photos. Simply tap and hold down on the display. Remember, you can touch the black border surrounding the image, so you’re not covering the Live Photo with your finger.On Macs running El Capitan, import the Live Photo into the Photos app. The Live Photo will automatically play when you click on it.You can even view Live Photos on Apple TV through AirPlay. We know what the family is doing around the fire this holiday.The Facebook app also supports Live Photos.[Mashable]last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Google’s hunt of making the internet a more secure place is taking another step. The internet giants earlier this week flipped the HTTPS switch for all Blogspot domains, according to their post on the Google Security Blogspot account.“HTTPS is fundamental to Internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors’ browsers,” Google security software engineer Milinda Perera said in a statement. – Advertisement – The search engine giants first enabled this feature last year in September, but bloggers needed to opt in. Now, starting this week, all encrypted connections are enabled by default. Thus, bloggers will also have the option to enable a redirect.last_img

first_imgAdvertisement Western Digital Corporation, a global storage technology and solutions leader, yesterday unveiled its SanDisk® 1TB terabyte (TB) SDXC™ card prototype at the world’s leading trade fair for photo and video professionals.With increasing demand for high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K, the company continues to push the boundaries of technology with solutions that support the exponential growth of data-intensive production demands.“Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. – Advertisement – “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates.”Since the introduction of the record-breaking 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC UHS-I Memory Card at Photokina 2014, Western Digital has proven it can nearly double the capacity in the same SD card form factor using proprietary technology.Higher capacity cards expand the possibilities for professional videographers and photographers, giving them even greater ability to create more of the highest quality content, without the interruption of changing cards.“Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it’s amazing that we’re now at the point where it’s becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1TB when we’re out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards,” said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers.Western Digital will be demonstrating the SanDisk 1TB SDXC card prototype and showcasing its newest offerings at Photokina, Hall 02.1 Stand A014.last_img read more

Glorious Goodwood FREE BET UP TO £250

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first_imgAs always at the top meetings Star Sports have come up trumps with the best FREE BET offer….CHECK OUT OUR GLORIOUS GOODWOOD OFFER BELOWPlace just three bets on three separate televised races on Channel 4 from Glorious Goodwood and you’ll get a FREE 4th BET on us – up to £250 ….TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) Offer open to both new and existing telephone customers.(2) Bets placed with us on course at Goodwood 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 at Goodwood during the same day.(4) Bets must be placed from 9am on the day of Glorious Goodwood.(5) The value of your 4th free bet stake 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 free bet is win only and not each way.(7) If any of your Glorious Goodwood 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

Rice ranked No 5 best value by Kiplinger

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first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice ranked No. 5 best value by Kiplinger Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranks Rice University No. 5 on its 2008 list of best values among private colleges and universities.The new ranking, published in the April issue, is based on academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for two-thirds of the appraisal.The quality metric incorporates such measures as Rice’s student-faculty ratio (5:1), the percentage of applicants offered admission (24), the percentage of freshmen who earned a bachelor’s degree within four years or five years (76 and 89, respectively), and the percentage of the 2006-07 freshman class who scored 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT (89), or 24 or higher on the ACT (94).The affordability metric incorporates the total cost for the academic year 2007-08, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board ($39,955), cost after need-based aid ($23,084), percentage of the average aid package that came from grants or scholarships (77), cost after non-need-based aid ($35,600), percentage of undergraduates who received non-need-based aid (31) and average debt at graduation owed by graduates who took out education loans ($15,873).“We believe that Rice offers the best undergraduate educational experience in America, including the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers in the world,” said President David Leebron. “But our institution is measured equally by the opportunity we create for students from all economic backgrounds.  Thus access and affordability remain among our top priorities. We are gratified that this combination of extraordinary educational quality and opportunity continues to be recognized by the Kiplinger ranking.”Rice tuition is about $6,000 per year lower than tuition at its private peer institutions. Because the new Kiplinger ranking is based on the 2007-08 school year, it does not take into account the fact that Rice recently eliminated loan requirements for students from families with incomes under $60,000 — double the previous no-loan threshold.The top four spots on Kiplinger’s new ranking are held by Caltech, Yale, Princeton and MIT. Rounding out the top 10 with Rice are Harvard, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory and the University of Pennsylvania. Last year Rice was No. 4 on Kiplinger’s list.Rice is ranked as the No. 1 best value among private college in the 2008 edition of the Princeton Review’s “America’s Best-Value Colleges.” AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareNEWS RELEASEJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduCyberthreats must require governments and businesses to be ‘cyberrisk intelligent’HOUSTON – (May 1, 2013) – In an age where cybersecurity is of foremost interest for governments and businesses, public and private organizations must deploy risk-intelligence governance to secure their digital communications and resources from eavesdropping, theft or attack, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.CHRIS BRONKThe paper, “Risk-Intelligent Governance in the Age of Cyberthreats,” was authored by Christopher Bronk, a fellow in information technology policy at the Baker Institute. Against the backdrop of technology experts and policymakers’ elusive battle to find a remedy for the myriad cyberthreats and vulnerabilities, the paper proposes the concept of “cyberrisk intelligence,” a general framework for understanding the varied phenomena that impact an organization’s capacity to secure it cyberinfrastructure.“In the geopolitical context of cyberincidents and conflict, perhaps the most important questions revolve around ‘Why?’” Bronk said. “In cyberdefense activities, the typical mindset has been one in which risks are identified and mitigated based on known vulnerabilities and threats. Where organizations often fall short is in pulling together all the different inputs in understanding their vulnerabilities.”Bronk proposes a holistic identification and mitigation model that considers cybersecurity in the broader scope of an organization. “Considering what bad outcomes might occur in the cyberarena needs inputs not just from the IT space but the broader space of operation,” he said. “We suggest three general flows of information in determining an organizational frame for cyberrisk intelligence: one that encompasses the awareness of the IT enterprise and its apparent health; a second that brings internal business activities into view; and a third that encompasses broader geopolitical and economic forces. These three areas can be combined into a common operating picture for cyberrisk awareness.”For organizations to become cyberrisk intelligent, Bronk said, they must move beyond seeing cybersecurity as province of organizational IT. They must also understand and evaluate how they are exposed to competition or harm and join industrywide efforts that identify key security concerns and meet them with a collaborative response.Bronk draws comparisons to more visible security threats in making the case for the importance of cyberrisk intelligence. “Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, two air travelers have tried to blow up airplanes and been thwarted by fellow passengers and flight crew because there is a clear understanding of what is at stake,” he said. “People aboard airliners now understand that successful hijacking may mean death. Threats in cyberspace are not so clear and so great, in terms of life and limb. The case is clear that the world’s organizations depend on IT to function. The question for preserving cyberspace is how those organizations pool their attentions and resources to preserve a vibrant and functioning cyberspace that may be used to enhance human endeavor. Without adequately studying new and even unorthodox approaches to security, we may eventually lament the loss of the cyberconnected world we once enjoyed.”Bronk is the Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy. He holds additional appointments in the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. His research is focused in the area of cybergeopolitics with additional work in innovation, knowledge management, international politics, and policy related to intelligence and international security. Bronk has a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Bronk, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“Risk-Intelligent Governance in the Age of Cyberthreats,” paper: bio: on Twitter: @techpologist.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct 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 and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

first_img Supporters Gather for ‘March 4 Trump’ Rallies Around US By The Associated Press March 4, 2017 Updated: March 4, 2017 Share Share this article US From Colorado’s state Capitol to Trump Tower in New York and the Washington Monument, groups of hundreds of people rallied for President Trump on Saturday, waving “Deplorables for Trump,” signs and even carrying a life-size cutout of the president.The March 4 Trump demonstrations were planned around the country, and supporters at times clashed with generally smaller groups of counter protesters.Six people protesting the rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, were arrested on felony riot charges after they lit fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capitol and fled, police said. About 400 people attended the St. Paul event, and about 50 showed up to protest it. Some other minor scuffles between the dueling demonstrators were quickly defused.In Nashville, two people were arrested as protesters clashed with Trump supporters at the Tennessee Capitol. The groups at times cursed at each other and made physical contact, which state troopers broke up, WPLN reported.Near Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach Post reported that people on both sides exchanged profanity. Trump’s motorcade briefly stopped so he could wave at supporters.A national March 4 Trump brought out a large crowd in support of President Donald Trump to the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul, Minn.  on March 4, 2017. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP) A national March 4 Trump brought out a large crowd in support of President Donald Trump to the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul, Minn. on March 4, 2017. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP) “We did not want to have something like this happen,” said Ohio Trump supporter Margaret Howe, 57, of Pataskala. “We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him. It’s just all sad.”Outside the state Capitol in Denver, hundreds gathered, listening to speakers including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo on the West Steps facing the mountains. Many in the crowd held American flags or wore red, white, and blue and held signs with messages like “Veterans before Refugees.”Related CoverageTrump Claims Obama Had His Phones WiretappedChelsea Thomas, an accountant from Thornton, Colorado, brought her family to the rally—and a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump. She said the family has taken it with them on camping trips, boat rides and a country music festival.“It’s nice to be surrounded by people who share your morals and opinions,” said Thomas, as her son walked back and forth across the grass with a Trump flag. A group of protesters gathered nearby, separated from the rally by police tape. They chanted “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA” and held signs with messages like “Your vote was a hate crime.”In Augusta Maine, more than 100 people turned out for the event that was supposed to last three hours, but ended early because of freezing temperatures. In Miami, supporters continued a rally while sipping espressos outside a Cuban restaurant, the Miami Herald reported.Trump supporters march east on the bike path along Metro Parkway in Clinton Township, Mich. on March 4, 2017. (Todd McInturf /Detroit News via AP) Trump supporters march east on the bike path along Metro Parkway in Clinton Township, Mich. on March 4, 2017. (Todd McInturf /Detroit News via AP)At a North Carolina rally, speakers said the dishonest media and left wing politicians were bordering on sedition in their opposition to the Republican president. Some men were seen walking through the Raleigh crowd carrying a Trump flag as well as a Confederate flag. Gathered just behind the rally was a handful of protesters, some of whom blew air horns in an attempt to disrupt the event.Related CoverageTrump Tours Private School in Florida, Promoting Choice“We’re gonna take our country back and we’re gonna establish borders and have legal immigration and law and order,” said Cherie Francis, of Cary, North Carolina. “And if you’re against all that, then you should be afraid. ‘Cause we’re going to take the country in the direction it should be going, instead of the direction it has been going for at least the last 16 years.”In Indianapolis, about 30 Trump supporters rallied at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis to denounce what they see as unfair treatment of the President.A local organizer, 61-year-old Patty Collins, of Indianapolis, said Trump’s critics “aren’t giving him a chance.” A 34-year-old, James Arbogast, added about Trump detractors that it’s “not business as usual in Washington, and they can’t stand it.” center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Supporters of President Donald Trump, cheer at the National Mall near the Washington Monument in Washington during a rally organized by the North Carolina-based group Gays for Trump on March 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_imgUS Share this article Show Discussion Boy Dies After Accident That Killed Pregnant Mom, 2 Brothers By Epoch Newsroom July 27, 2017 Updated: July 29, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share A 6-year-old boy was killed in a deadly crash that also killed his pregnant mother and his two brothers.The crash took place on Monday, July 24, in Beecher, Ill., according to officials, as reported by ABC7.Owen Schmidt died at the Comer Children’s Hospital at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told ABC7.The other victims were identified as 29-year-old mother Lindsey Schmidt, 21-month-old brother Kaleb, and 4-year-old Weston.“We are just so heartbroken,” said Crystal Johnson, who lives in Beecher, after friends and family gathered to pray for the family on Wednesday.The family was just one block away from their home when the accident took place. A 25-year-old driver of a truck that hit their car was injured in the crash. Investigators are trying to ascertain whether the driver should face charges.  Officials are now trying to determine if the driver of the truck was texting on his phone or not before the accident.The name of the driver wasn’t released.“We are a small town. This is what we do,” said Crystal Johnson, who was the prayer vigil organizer, according to the Daily-Journal. “Our hearts just hurt when we heard the news. We just wanted to get everybody together and pray. We are here to support the family.” last_img read more

first_img Show Discussion Share He has outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court for a DUI citation and for interfering with emergency calls from earlier in the year.According to court records, he was arrested in August and granted a conditional release.Garcia also received a DUII in 2011 and was arrested in 2013 for interfering with a probation officer and committing third-degree escape. US News Multiple people dead in two-vehicle crash near Salem.— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) October 9, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A Gervais man is facing manslaughter charges for a five-fatality crash that occurred yesterday north of Salem.— Woodburn Independent (@WBIndependent) October 9, 2017 Police are investigating the exact cause of the crash. The road was closed as officers collected evidence.The father of one of the first responders wrote about his experience on Facebook.“My son was a responder,” Bob Johnson wrote. “Sadly, retrieved and transported all of them to his funeral home. Most emotional call he has ever had to make. Went home and tightly hugged his wife and his 7 children.”A total of five crashes occurred in Oregon over the weekend, killing nine people, KXL reported.Two vehicles crashed in Gresham on Sunday, killing a bicyclist. A man from Molalla, the same town as the mother in the crash, was killed in a crash on Highway 211 on Saturday. Another crash on Saturday killed a man from Dallas near Lincoln City. An 18-year-old was killed in a crash on Highway 58 at the intersection with Rattlesnake Road.Police are asking witnesses who have not been questioned to contact (800) 452-7888.From Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov center_img Favian Garcia (Marion County Sheriff’s Office) The two cars collided head-on when both drivers were negotiating a corner of Highway 99E and Nevada Street NE.Police say that Garcia was intoxicated at the time of the crash and charged him with five manslaughter counts, driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, and driving while suspended.After taking Garcia to a local hospital for minor injuries, police booked him into a Marion County Jail. Police Charge Drunk Driver in Crash That Killed Mom and 4 Children By Ivan Pentchoukov October 9, 2017 Updated: October 9, 2017 Share this article A mother and her four children were killed in a car crash in Salem, Oregon, on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 8, KGW reported.A Buick Century, driven by Lisette Medrano-Perez, 25, collided with a Landrover driven by Favian R. Garcia, 27, at 4:30 p.m. according to Oregon State Police.Medrano-Perez of Molalla, Oregon, and her four children, boys aged 6 and 8, and girls aged 2 and 4, were all pronounced dead at the scene. One of the children was not the woman’s by birth, but she was the legal guardian and filed paperwork to adopt the child next week, KATU reported. Multi-fatality crash has closed Highway 99E north of Salem @Salem_Statesman— Jonathan Bach (@jonathanmbach) October 9, 2017last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share An unlikely guest stole all the attention at a Pennsylvania wedding, as the bride posed for photos on her special day.Patty Womer was taking photos with two of her beloved horses, Dutch, a sorrel gelding breed and Cricket, a paint mare, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.But the camera captured a rare moment from Cricket when he started smiling.The photo of Cricket’s tilted head and huge grin has since garnered much attention on social media, after the photographer, Tony Bendele posted the photos on his Facebook page.As of writing, the photo, first posted on Oct. 31 had garnered over 4.6 thousand reactions.Womer told Yahoo that she welcomes all the attention her horses are getting. “I honestly don’t mind having attention on her instead of me. Dutch and Cricket are such a big part of me, and I will always have a special place in my heart for them,” Womer told Yahoo.Both horses were given to Womer as a present from her father back when she was 8 years old. And now the close bond she has with the two animals and their connection to her father who passed away in 2016, propelled her to include the pair in her wedding.The two even escorted Womer up to the ceremony. As Womer rode Cricket, her father’s horse Dutch, walked alongside wearing an empty saddle.“This just showed that my father was there with me through the whole thing,” Womer told Yahoo.The newlywed wife is an agriculture science major at Penn State University.Photographer Bendele who has photographed wildlife in the past told Yahoo that he’s “never seen a horse doing the smile like that.”“It actually caught my eye initially when we first started doing the photographs. As the bride was smiling the horse would look up and put its teeth just like that,” he said.But Womer confesses that Cricket is not entirely smiling for the cameras.“Honestly, the horse is just shaking her head trying to get a fly off or something but with her showing her teeth, it looks like she is smiling,” she told Yahoo.People on Facebook, however, have been praising and admiring the smile captured on camera.Bendele advises others that if they want to use animals in their own ceremonies, to be aware of the surroundings, as they will react to large groups and loud sounds.“We had an experience back in 2016 where we had a bride come down in a carriage and they were going to walk it down the aisle,” Bendele told Yahoo. “As soon as one of the horses got close to the people, somebody had their back turned to it and then turned around and scared it, so it took off and actually flipped the carriage.”Luckily the bride was not hurt in that incident. Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 Smiling Horse Steals Spotlight at Bride’s Wedding By Bowen Xiao November 5, 2017 Updated: November 5, 2017 Share this article US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

first_img(Jacob Dyer/Unsplash)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   But the tumor had shifted, meaning that the operation could take place, Fox News reported.“He [Dr. Elbabaa] had told us that because of where the tumor had shifted to, that it probably was something where he could get in and operate,” Matt Tietjen said to the news outlet. “His estimate initially was 50 to 70 percent of the total tumor could possibly be removed.”Elbabaa reportedly managed to remove about 90 percent of the tumor, giving Lina a new lease of life, and more options for treatment.“What this does buy us is time with her and time to pursue all different courses of treatment,” said Erin Tietjen.She felt that the trip to Florida was meant to be.“When we first got the diagnosis, that very, very first day back in November in the room, the first question I asked, strangely enough, was, ‘When can I take her to Disney World?’ I don’t know why I thought it, it just popped out of my mouth and I look back on that and I think there is a miracle in Florida for us,” Erin said, according to Fox News.Erin described the experience as a “Christmas miracle.”“Dr. Elbabaa, I think he might actually be an angel,” she said to Inside Edition. “I really do think that our Christmas miracle was meeting him.” Follow Jane on Twitter: @itsjanewriting Four-Year-Old Girl’s Final Wish May Have Saved Her Life By Jane Werrell December 29, 2017 Updated: December 29, 2017 Show Discussion A 4-year-old girl with an inoperable brain tumor has survived Christmas thanks to an unexpected turn of events.When parents Matt and Erin Tietjen found out their daughter needed treatment for anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare type of brain tumor, they decided to take her to Disney World in Florida to fulfill their daughter’s final wish.The family told Inside Edition that as they were preparing to board the plane back, Lina’s condition suddenly worsened and she needed emergency surgery. They rushed her to a hospital and were told by doctors that the tumor had doubled in size.But Dr. Samer K. Elbabaa gave them unexpected hope. He said the tumor’s location had shifted, and suggested radical surgery.“They told us in the very beginning that if we did the procedure on the tumor that it would be devastating to her. It could kill her immediately or it could cause just significant damage to her,” said Lina’s mother Erin, according to Inside Edition.center_img Share Share this article Family praises ‘miracle surgeon’ after daughter’s emergency surgery via the @FoxNews App— Florida Paratrooper (@kjross1970) December 29, 2017 US News last_img read more