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Two disability charities are facing questions over

first_imgTwo disability charities are facing questions over their close links to the Conservative party, after they failed to challenge the minister for disabled people about government policies at a conference fringe event.Both Bipolar UK and the Epilepsy Society have close links with the party, Disability News Service has established.Bipolar UK’s chief executive has twice stood for the party in a general election, while the chair of the Conservative Disability Group (CDG) works as a public affairs consultant for the Epilepsy Society.The chief executives of both charities failed to criticise and challenge the government in their speeches at the fringe event, despite years of anger directed at Conservative-led governments by user-led organisations, charities and disabled people – including many with bipolar and epilepsy – following eight years of austerity cuts and unpopular reforms to disability support.Last autumn, a UN committee of disabled human rights experts delivered a damning verdict on the UK government’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.The committee said then that it was “deeply concerned” that the government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”, while its chair said that cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe” in the UK.But neither of the charities took the opportunity to criticise the government, while sharing a platform with the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton (pictured, left).The fringe event was hosted by the Conservative Disability Group and was supposed to discuss ways to make society more inclusive for people with invisible impairments.Peter Hand (second from left), the group’s chair, is a former public affairs manager for Leonard Cheshire and is now a public affairs consultant for the Epilepsy Society. He chaired the fringe meeting.Clare Pelham, chief executive of the Epilepsy Society and former chief executive of Leonard Cheshire, was one of those who spoke at the fringe.Another speaker was Simon Kitchen (second from right), chief executive of Bipolar UK, a former senior executive with both Leonard Cheshire and the Alzheimer’s Society, who contested Newcastle Central for the Conservatives in 2015 and then Newcastle East at last year’s general election.In his speech, Kitchen stressed the medical and treatment aspects of bipolar, and dismissed any suggestion that inclusion or the social model were relevant to people with the condition.He said: “For people with bipolar, it is a very serious, serious illness that can do real serious damage to people.“And I think that is important when we think about inclusion, because often in understanding why we say we talk about the social model of disability and the importance of inclusion, but for people with bipolar it’s actually the condition itself which excludes people from society.“It’s what keeps them in hospital, it’s what ruins their careers, it’s what destroys their families.“So for me, in terms of being able to promote inclusion for people with invisible disabilities, it has to be for people with bipolar tackling the medical side of it as well.”He said that about half of Bipolar UK’s staff and trustees had disclosed a diagnosis of bipolar, as well as hundreds of its volunteers, and that his charity “just about function well as an organisation”.Pelham told the fringe meeting that before talking about what more could be done on inclusion it was important to “celebrate how far we have come” and the “enormous progress” that has been made.She said her charity had been founded 100 years ago to provide refuge for people who were previously confined to workhouses or asylums, “safe from the blatant hostility” and “physical threat” from the communities they would otherwise be in.She also said she could remember a time when Scope was called “the Spastics Society”, and when a child who lived in her road “went off on a bus somewhere” to school and was called “the spastic in the road”, and how mothers would not let their children play with him.She said: “Life isn’t like that any more. And there is lots of credit to people in this room and to governments that have shown leadership about the journey that we have come.”Pelham claimed there was a moment during the London 2012 Paralympics when “we all just noticed that we are at ease with this, we were all comfortable with the Paralympics and I think we felt as a country proud of ourselves. I did.“We had a leadership problem. We took a problem and together, drip drip, changing the language, changing the attitudes, we changed the world.“There’s still lots, lots more to be done but for many, many people with physical disabilities, life is better than it would have been 40, 50 years ago.”Asked afterwards why the Epilepsy Society failed to challenge the government on its policies, Hand refused to answer the question.But he said in a statement: “The event was a great success, we have received excellent feedback from those who attended and we were delighted that the venue was full – it was a great opportunity for the CDG to engage with the wider disability sector.”Hand said he had been chairing the event in his capacity as CDG chair.Kitchen refused to say why he had failed to challenge the government, and why he had dismissed the social model for people with bipolar.But he said in a statement: “Bipolar UK engages with, and makes representations to government, on a range of issues relevant to the concerns and aspirations of people with bipolar in this country, through a range of different forums, including events such as the Conservative Disability Group’s recent fringe event in Birmingham.“Bipolar UK will continue to engage with government on this basis to help improve the lives of people with bipolar and create a more inclusive society for those who live with the condition.“We also work hard to combat the stigma and discrimination associated with the condition.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on disabled people and other marginalised groups, with ministers in a state of “denial” about the impact of their policies, a UN human rights expert has concluded.Professor Philip Alston (pictured), the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said disabled people had faced “endless problems” as a result of the government’s social security reforms.And he said it was clear that there needed to be a better assessment of the impact of the government’s social security cuts and reforms, including any links to the deaths of people found unfairly fit for work.He said work capability assessments that had found disabled people unfairly “fit for work” had caused “a huge cause of frustration and disbelief” and that he had no doubt that disabled people had been “hit particularly hard by the changes in the benefit system”.Alston said figures from the Social Metrics Commission showed that 14 million people, a fifth of the population, were living in poverty and nearly half of them were from families in which someone was disabled.He said disabled people “were feeling a very big crunch” and he added: “Many of them were still getting benefits but those benefits had been reduced dramatically, many others were put in a position where the assessment had concluded that they were not really disabled and that they should simply get out and work.”He said disabled people had told him “again and again about benefits assessments that were superficial and dismissive, and that led to findings that contradicted the advice of their doctor”.Alston said the “lack of compassion” and the “lack of trying to really understand the challenges confronted in life” by many disabled people was “a real problem”.He was speaking to journalists at the end of a 12-day visit to the UK as he published a preliminary statement on his findings.He said the government had succeeded in putting out the message that “the state does not have your back any longer. You are on your own.”And he warned: “By emphasizing work as a panacea for poverty against all evidence and dismantling the community support, benefits, and public services on which so many rely, the government has created a highly combustible situation that will have dire consequences.”Alston said his discussions with ministers had convinced him that they were in “a state of denial” about poverty.He said they appeared to be “happy with the way their policies are playing out” even though they had inflicted “great misery” on groups such as “the working poor, on single mothers struggling against mighty odds, on people with disabilities who are already marginalized, and on millions of children who are being locked into a cycle of poverty from which most will have great difficulty escaping”.He said he had heard “story after story from people who considered and even attempted suicide” and had spoken with many organisations that had needed to introduce suicide prevention training for frontline staff.One adviser told him: “The cumulative impact of successive cuts has been devastating.“People are coming to me because they are suicidal, they have turned to sex work, they can’t live with themselves.”Alston said there was a sense from the government that it should “make the system as unwelcoming as possible, that people who need benefits should be reminded constantly that they are lucky to get anything, that nothing will be made easy”.And he said it was “very hard to disagree” with the conclusion that the government’s sanctions system was “cruel and inhuman”.He said the government clearly wanted sanctions to be “harsh… immediate… painful”, even though the evidence he had seen suggested that they were “usually counter-productive, that they create fear and loathing among claimants, that they impose immense hardships on people who might have been five minutes late for an appointment [or] might have screwed up in some other way”.Alston said this “punitive approach” was “utterly inconsistent” with the “social underpinnings” of both people’s human rights and the “British sense of community and the values of justice and fairness”.Although his report focused on the social security system, particularly universal credit, he also pointed to the real-terms cuts of 49 per cent in government funding faced by local authorities from 2010-11 to 2017-18, alongside a rise in demand for social services.He said: “As I toured the country, I was told time and again about important public services being pared down, the loss of institutions that would have previously protected vulnerable people, social care services that are at a breaking point, and local government and devolved administrations stretched far too thin.”Asked in parliament on Monday about the report’s findings on disability, the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, said the government was “putting in place record levels of funding to support people with disabilities”.She said: “I published a very full response to the previous UN report [by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities], and I utterly repudiate the conclusion that this country does not support disabled people.“I am determined to make sure that every disabled person in our country has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”Asked by Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, about the sanctions regime and the “hostile environment” the government had created for disabled people, Newton claimed wrongly that Alston had stated that no benefit decisions at all were overturned at the internal review, or mandatory reconsideration, stage (see separate story).Newton said: “The benefit system is there to provide personalised and tailored support for its recipients.“We have undertaken a huge number of independent reviews of our benefit system and we do not hesitate in making improvements when they are identified.”Alston will present a full report to the UN Human Rights Council in June.last_img read more

Huddersfield Giants U18s 36 v 34 St Helens U18s Th

first_imgHuddersfield Giants U18s 36 v 34 St Helens U18s The Saints finished much the stronger in this their final game of the season but unfortunately a well below par first half performance had left them with too much to do, writes Graham Henthorne.The Giants set the tone for much of the first half scoring easily on their first possession. A great first set for the Saints was finished with a great chase but then poor tackling let the Giants full back through and five tackle later they were scoring.The Saints hit back after a great dummy at the play the ball from Matty Fozard. He shoved his nose through just enough to offload to emergency standoff Lewis Foster who took it on to the full back before feeding the supporting Lewis Sheridan. The scrum half outpaced the cover to the posts for the score.But poor tackling and lacklustre running gifted four tries to the home side in a golden 13 minute spell.Only the wayward kicking of the Giants kept the Saints in it.But somehow the Saints responded with two tries in the final four minutes of the half to keep themselves in the game.Finally getting some repeat sets put the Giants under pressure. Two drives from Brad Ashurst saw the Saints on the attack and when Sheridan cleverly jinked away from the advancing defence he fed his centre Lewis Galbraith who went over for the score.Sheridan again was at the heart of things as the diminutive scrum half again evaded the cover passing the ball on to Chris Carr who dummied his way through the line beating the full back for a well-deserved try.The Saints got the best possible start to the second period as Cory Lee scored in the right corner. Jack White managed to get a pass out, just as he was about to be clattered, to his centre Fozard who jumped inside his opposite number before setting off down the line. He committed the full back fed it out to Lee who ran rings round the defence before touching down in the corner.The Giants extended their lead, capitalising on a Saints knock on on half way, but this seemed to galvanise the Saints who started to run with their old vigour. Led by Matt Cooke and Greg Richards the forwards started to get on top and the home side started to crack.Cooke’s drive and quick play the ball set Ashurst away and his offload gave Richards the chance to push through and reach over at the side of the posts. Unfortunately Fozard chipped his conversion against the gale of a wind and the ball screwed wide.Richards’ prop partner Chris Webster on for his second stint of the match went over for the Saints sixth try. Another 20 metre burst from Cooke put the Saints on the move. From the play the ball Fozard grubbered behind the line and Webster pounced. Having learnt from his earlier error Fozard blasted the conversion and the scores were level.The Giants, down to 12 men after having had their centre sin-binned for kicking the ball away from a restart, were starting to panic and knocked on at the half way line. A quick play the ball and quick hands from Fozard, Foster and Tom Roughley and Core Lee was racing down the touchline to amazingly put the Saints into an unlikely lead.Unfortunately, the same centre came out of the sin bin broke through the defensive line and broke Saints’ hearts feeding his support for the winning try.In truth it was nothing more than the Saints deserved as the home side were the better side overall, but having got that close to winning it was a bitter pill to swallow.All the forwards were better second time around, Chris Carr showed well for the second game running but head and shoulders above the rest during a 30 minute stint was Tommy Holland.Match SummaryHuddersfield:Tries: Tom Jowitt, Jake Connor 2, Ben Whitehead, George King, Pete Aspinall 2.Goals: Jack Miller 4.Saints:Tries: Corey Lee 2, Lewis Galbraith, Lewis Sheridan, Chris Webster, Greg Richards, Chris Carr.Goals: Matty Fozard 3.Half Time: 16-24Full Time: 34-36Teams:Huddersfield:1. Josh Hunt; 5. Kyle Mayall, 3. Jake Shoel, 4. Jake Connor, 2. Tom Jowitt; 6. Ben Whitehead, 7. Jack Miller; 8. Nathan Mason, 9. Sam Rochford, 10. Jack Blagborough, 11. George King, 12. Pete Aspinall, 13. Joel Farrell. Subs: 14. Danny Maskell, 15. Lewis Graham, 16. Zak Dewhurst, 17. Dom Flanagan.Saints:1. Jack White; 2. Corey Lee, 4. Tom Roughley, 18. Lewis Galbraith, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Lewis Foster, 7. Lewis Sheridan; 8. Chris Webster, 9. Matty Fozard, 10. Greg Richards, 11. Matt Wood, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. Chris Carr. Subs: 15. Mike Fields, 17. Brad Ashurst, 19. Tommy Holland, 20. Matt Cooke.last_img read more

HULL FC have won their last three meetings with th

first_imgHULL FC have won their last three meetings with the Saints – but Keiron Cunningham’s men did beat them in the return fixture last season at the KC Stadium.2016 Meetings:St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16)St Helens 16, Hull FC 17 (SLR9, 1/4/16)Super League Summary:Hull FC won 14St Helens won 26 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)3 drawsHighs and Lows:Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)Head to Head:SaintsHull FCTries6471Goals5561Metres1873619406Breaks7592Tackles46804761Penalties114122Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 29 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on July 3 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 182 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 153 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 144 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 135 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 118 = Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Kevin Penny (Warrington Wolves), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 10Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 612 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 563 = Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 545 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 526 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 487 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 438 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 429 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 3710 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 29Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 83.33 (25/30)2 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 81.35 (48/59)3 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 80.59 (54/67)4 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 79.22 (61/77)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 78.87 (56/71)7 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) (42/54), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)9 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 75.00 (21/28)10 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 74.00 (37/50)Points:1 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1402 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1333 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1224 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1185 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1176 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1167 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1128 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 949 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 8610 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 72last_img read more

FOR 45 minutes of this match the Saints showed exa

first_imgFOR 45 minutes of this match the Saints showed exactly what they’re capable of and wiped the floor with their hosts, writes Graham Henthorne.Unfortunately for the other 35 minutes at the beginning and end the Saints were decidedly ordinary giving a poor Wolves side a sniff of a chance.The signs were there in the Wolves first set as they marched 70 metres downfield and scored wide out from a 10 metre scrum after Jack Owens had run into touch on the first tackle.Two further tries following piggybacking penalties and wafer thin tackling left the Saints with a 16 point deficit and a mountain to climb.But climb it they did with Danny Richardson leading the way taking a hold of his own game and thence the match bringing the forwards onto the ball with more vigour.The Saints first penalty of the game saw the first try scored as well. Owen Smith and Calvin Wellington were held short on the right and from the play the ball the ball was swung left were Sam Royle did what every good second row should do as he held up his opposite number before feeding his centre and giving Dave Eccleston chance to step inside for his first of the night.The introduction of Jake Spedding and Adam Walker fresh from 18th & 19th man duties for the first team at Widnes gave the team that extra spark and it was on the back of a Walker drive and quick play the ball that Calvin Wellington burst through some woeful tackles to crash over.The Saints finished the half behind on the board but in total control of the game a fact Coach Talbot emphasised. The call was to use the Saints extra skill and fitness levels and blow the Wolves away.And that’s exactly what the Saints did with the forwards rampaging down the middle and steam rolling through the Wolves.But it was Hull KR import Will Jubb whose big hit jolting the ball loose on half way gave the indication of which way the match was going. On this occasion a knock on lost the chance but 2 minutes later a giant Walker push in the back on the Wolves scrum half forced the knock on.The big prop was stopped on the 10 metre line four tackles later and from the play the ball George Milton, looking much more like his self in this second stint, powered over under the sticks.The Wolves were in disarray at this point making no headway in the sets and being pressurised left right and centre.From one such pressured high kick which only reached the Saints 40 metre line Eccleston gathered the bouncing ball and set off on a curving run through the defensive line to the full back whereupon he fed Richardson on his inside who outstripped the cover to the posts.Walker and Jonah Cunningham then displayed some fine passing skills as Cunningham darted out of dummy half to the line fed Walker with a great short ball to get the big man through the line and then backed him up to take the return pass to go under the black dot.Three tries, two to the third Rovers import Will Oakes, were butchered due to forward passes or knock-ons before Eccleston scored his second of the night and registered 34 unanswered points.Walker’s short ball put Richardson away on a mazy run to the full back and in trying to turn him around he decided to pass to the charging Jack Owens who was caught from behind. The chance was not lost, however, as from the play the ball Richardson’s miss pass put his winger in.However, that was when the bad habits of the first quarter returned allowing the home side to make the score look respectable and requiring a last ditch try saver from Oakes to keep the lead intact.So simple when everyone has their head screwed on and plays as they can but so poor when the attitudes just aren’t right.Royle, Owen Smith, Wellington and Cunningham ran hard and got joy as did the three Rovers imports. Aaron Smith and Jack Owens supported Richardson well but in the 50 minutes he played Adam Walker showed that he is a class above Reserve grade and is due a return to higher things soon.Match Summary:Warrington:Tries: Taylor Prell (3), Patrick Moran (12), Brad Stanway (18), Lewis Hatton (66), Declan Kay (68).Goals: Brad Stanway 3 from 5.Saints:Tries: Dave Eccleston (23 & 62), Calvin Wellington (32), George Milton (45), Danny Richardson (49), Jonah Cunningham (55), .Goals: Danny Richardson 5 from 6.Half Time: 16-12Full Time: 26-34Teams:Warrington:1. Will Dagger; 5. Ryan Jones, 3. Danny Rasool, 4. Declan Kay, 2. Taylor Prell; 26. Jack Johnson, 7. Brad Stanway; 29. Patrick Moran, 9. Jay Lobwein, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Lee Mitchell (C), 12. Lewis Hatton, 25. Sam Wilde. Subs: 14. Harry Reardon, 15. Lee Dyas, 16. Kane Ditchfield, 17. Alex Whalley, 21. Paddy Jones, 27. Morgan Smith.Saints:21. Jack Owens; 5. Jordan Gibbons, 4. Calvin Wellington, 3. Dave Eccleston, 2. Will Oakes; 7. Danny Richardson (C), 6. Brad Billsborough; 18. Jordan Olmez, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. George Milton, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Will Jubb, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 8. Adam Walker, 14. Sam Royle, 16. Owen Smith, 19. Jake Spedding.last_img read more

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Its available to buy NOW either online at saintss

first_imgIt’s available to buy NOW either online at or in the Club’s superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Regan Grace, Tommy Makinson and Zeb Taia model the new range and it has been well received by all of the players who are excited to wear it as we enter summer.Available in both Adults and Kids sizes the new line includes Vests, T-shirts, Polos, Shorts, Sweatshirt, Tops, Skinny Pants and a padded Gilet, all in partnership with the world famous sportswear brand, O’Neills.Prices for each item and details for each product can be found here – with limited quantities available.Demand is expected to be high so get yours now before you miss out.The trainingwear is made from a range of high quality fibres to produce a polymicro material – lightweight and ideal for training.The advanced, high performance breathable fabric keeps you cool and comfortable too whilst allowing for moisture management and movement for advanced performance.And with four co-ordinating colours; grey, navy, white and gold, they are perfect for both in and outside the gym this upcoming summer.Our vests, t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and squad top feature the club’s crest, sublimated for extra comfort in a white, gold and navy finish to tie in with the rest of the range’s colour scheme.Prices range from £17.99 through to £34.99.Visit Saints Superstore, or shop online at to secure your order!You can find our opening hours here.last_img read more

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Humpday Health Keeping your diet intact this Thanksgiving

first_img “I think that it’s perfectly fine to pig out on Thanksgiving as long as that’s the exception and not the rule,” said licensed dietitian Laura Bransfield of Summerfield Custom Wellness in Wilmington.Thanksgiving is almost here and many are preparing for one of, if not their largest meal of the year.Eating all that comes with dinner on Turkey Day can cause you to develop some bad eating habits for the rest of the holiday season.Related Article: Thanksgiving appetizers don’t have to be difficult to prepare!That’s why it’s important to treat the dinner on the holiday as a special occasion.“If you eat a balanced diet, all day, every day, and then Thanksgiving is this special celebration day, and then you wake up on Black Friday and you’re a balanced eater again, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Bransfield.Bransfield says the temptation to save your appetite throughout the day for Thanksgiving dinner is actually not a good idea.“Throughout the day, if your dinner meal isn’t until 5 o’clock, still eating a balanced breakfast and lunch so then you have the appropriate amount of hunger going into that meal and then it will be easier to gauge the amount that is right for you to eat at that time,” said Bransfield.How you fill your plate might be the biggest factor in being healthy this Turkey Day.Bransfield recommends eating less of the turkey and stuffing and doubling up on veggies.“The number one strategy we recommend is making sure that half of your plate is full of vegetables and the starches and the proteins on the other side of your plate, instead of having a whole mound of macaroni and mashed potatoes and only carbohydrates,” said Bransfield.Filling up a smart plate, not starving yourself, and treating the holiday like a special occasion. All good ideas if you want to come out of Thanksgiving with your diet intact. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Family, friends, football, and, of course, food are some of the things that come to mind when we think about Thanksgiving.As you’re enjoying a special meal for the holiday Thursday, there are some tips to remember to keep your diet intact.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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New testing finds chemical across river from Chemours plant

first_imgThe sign at the Chemours facility near Fayetteville (Photo: WWAY) FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say elevated levels of an industrial chemical have been found on the opposite side of the Cape Fear River from the chemical plant.The Fayetteville Observer reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality found the chemical GenX on the east side of the river as part of their testing of wells within a mile of the Chemours plant in Bladen County.- Advertisement – Previous testing had shown GenX only on the side of the river where the plant operates.GenX is classified by the federal government as an “emerging contaminant” needing more study.It is used to make Teflon and other coatings. State officials also say they will expand water testing to well within a mile-and-a-half of the plant.last_img read more

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More time may be needed for North Carolina election decision

first_img The schedule is important because a new session of Congress begins Jan. 3. Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The board could call a new election or declare a winner. Without resolution, the seat likely will become vacant. (Photo: MGN/Erik Hersman/ CC BY 2.0 ) RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The head of the North Carolina elections board is suggesting more time may be needed to decide whether a new congressional district election is necessary due to absentee ballot fraud allegations.Chairman Joshua Malcolm wrote state judges Monday that those subpoenaed in the 9th Congressional District case have said they need more time to produce additional records. Malcolm says the delays may “lengthen the timeframe” the board initially contemplated. The board previously scheduled an evidentiary hearing on the district race on or before Dec. 21.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Brunswick county settles lawsuit with former county attorney

first_img Marshall later sued the county, citing breach of employment contract regarding his leave and benefits.Brunswick County agreed to pay Marshall $9,000.The case was dismissed in April as part of the settlement agreement. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County has settled a lawsuit with its former county attorney.Huey Marshall resigned in 2015, shortly after he was cited for marijuana possession.- Advertisement – last_img

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Buffon swaps shirt with Lilian Thurams son

first_imgGianluigi Buffon, who moved to Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer after ending a 17-year spell with Juventus, swaped shirts with Marcus Thuram after yesterday’s 3-1 win against Guingamp. Marcus is the son of former French defender Lilian Thuram who played alongside Buffon at both Parma and Juventus.The Guingamp striker was born on August 6th 1997 in Parma and started his senior career with Sochaux in 2015. His father is France’s most capped player with 142 appearances and enjoyed a brilliant career during which he won two Serie A titles, the UEFA Cup, the Italian Cup and also the 1998 World Cup.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

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MTN Cote dIvoire renews telecom operators unified license

first_imgMTN officials at the handover of the partial payment in Côte d’Ivoire. Image Credit: rumeursdabidjan Advertisement MTN Cote d’Ivoire announces partial payment of the new telecommunications operators unified license cost.MTN Côte d’Ivoire today announced that the company has paid 75% of the new telecommunications operator unified license acquisition cost to the Government of Cote d’Ivoire.Indeed, given that the GSM license expires on 1 April 2016, after 20 years of operation, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire had anticipated the allocation of the new telecommunications operator unified license as of 15 December 2015, by receiving the required advance payment representing 50% of the license cost amounting to CFAF 100 billion. – Advertisement – By paying 75%, which is above the required 50% minimum, MTN CI obtains the extension of the operating term of the unified license for 17 years, for commissioning all services and products associated to 2G / 3G / 4G /  LTE and upcoming new technologies.The CFA F 75 billion cheque handing over ceremony took place on 15 December 2015 at 19:30 at the premises of the Prime Minister in the presence of Mr. Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of the State of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Bruno KONE Nabagné, the Minister of ICT and Postal Services and Government Spokesman, the CEO of MTN Côte d’Ivoire and CEOs of all operators concerned by the renewal of their licenses.For MTN, this CFA F 100 billion investment confirms its commitment to work as a key player for telecommunications development for the Cote d’Ivoire economy and its clients.Through this new license opportunity, MTN Côte d’Ivoire is consolidating its positioning as the leading provider of the bold new digital world to the Ivorian market.last_img read more

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How Netflix measures success

first_imgNetflix has always had a different method of evaluating success than traditional TV networks or movie studios. Image Credit: DigitalTrends Advertisement Netflix has always had a different method of evaluating success than traditional TV networks or movie studios. While TV giants rely on ratings so they can hawk space to advertisers, Netflix is purely subscriber-based.That means that the most important economic metric for Netflix is how much a TV show or movie contributes to Netflix’s ability to sign up and retain customers.The problem is that it’s a hard thing to measure, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt tells Business Insider. Hunt says to get close, the main metric the company uses to judge success is a variation on viewing hours called “valued hours.” – Advertisement – This isn’t simply a raw tally of how many hours people spent watching Netflix. It also takes into account what percentage of someone’s total viewing that represents. In other words, if you watch a lot of Netflix, your hours are worth less to Netflix. This makes sense when you consider that the most vital unit to Netflix is a “subscriber.”Hypothetically, if one particular show is the only thing on Netflix a subset of subscribers watches, but they still pay every month for Netflix, then that show must be really important for them. And Netflix will consider that show valuable to the service.But Hunt says that while this metric is probably the biggest single factor Netflix looks at, it’s just one of many that make up the company’s analysis.[related-posts]Another crucial factor Netflix is trying to nail down is the concept of “enjoyment,” or how much you liked a show. This hasn’t been easy. We previously reported that Netflix has been looking to change its five-star rating system because the company thinks people tend to rate shows based on how objectively good they consider them, and not how much they enjoyed watching them.Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.[Business Insider ]last_img read more

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Ugandas ICT Private Sector Players Move to Further Strengthen ICT Association

first_imgSome of the members at the Association’s launch Advertisement NITA-U in the process of drafting an ICT Practitioners /Professionals Bill that will be used for regulation of the ICT professionIn September this year, government revealed that it had earmarked an annual fund of Ushs. 15billion to support innovators.Announced by the Minister of ICT, the decision was reached at the realization that “what most of our people, especially students who innovate (develop) stop(s) at laboratories; good innovations are not translated into finished products and end up only as experiments”, according to the Minister, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, as quoted by Daily Monitor.But the challenges that have faced the young innovators have been, in some cases, a mirror of the overall industry challenges. A few years ago, the private sector undertook to form an umbrella Association, the ICTAU, with a goal of not just supporting upcoming talent, but also offering professional guidance to key stakeholders, including government. – Advertisement – But the Association, some say, has not had the impact its founders envisaged. This writer spoke to James Saaka, the Executive Director of the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), about why it has been difficult to form a strong Private Sector Association.“It has been difficult to set up a strong private association for ICT in Uganda mainly because of lack of commitment from the ICT fraternity, and that the current associations are not backed up by the law,” said Jame SaakaJames Saaka, Executive Director, NITA Uganda“[Also], ICT as a profession is not well defined,” Saaka added.He however maintains that the importance of a strong sector association can never be understated.“IT Professionals Association sets the environment for growth and competitiveness of the ICT Industry players and an avenue for regulating the Sector. A strong ICT Association helps self regulation of the sector. This as a result promotes ICT as an Industry for social and economic development,” continued Mr. Saaka.He emphasized that government is working with key stakeholders from the Private and Public sector to get a good understanding of the objectives of a vibrant ICT Association.“Once we get consensus we would like to move and [facilitated its creation]. However, alongside, we are drafting an ICT Practitioners /Professionals Bill that will be used for regulation of the ICT profession. So a strong ICT Association together with the ICT Practitioners / Professionals bill will create that much required environment for self regulation,” concluded Mr. Saaka.Members of the ICT Association will meet next week on Tuesday 18th to discuss ways in which the Association can be strengthened. You can click here to book your seat (you will need to be a registered, paid-up member and have a Google Account).UPDATE: There is an ongoing 50% discount on all fees indicated on the ICTAU website.last_img read more

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Huawei MUK Sign MoU to Establish an ICT Academy in Uganda

first_imgHuawei MD; Liujiawei (L) and Prof. Tony Oyana; the College of Computing Principal Makerere University shake hands after signing an MOU to establish ICT Academy in Uganda. Advertisement Makerere University (MUK) entered a collaboration with Chinese tech firm; Huawei to establish an ICT Academy in Uganda. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Huawei Uganda’s Managing Directior; Liujiawei, and Prof. Tony Oyana; the College Principal of College Computing and Information Science at MUK during its official launch at MUK on Tuesday.The event graced by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze as the guest honor officially took the veil off. At the same time, the Minister was flagging off 10 university students to China under Huawei’s seeds for future program.Huawei has invested USD$30,000 (approx. UGX113.6 million) in setting up the academy. The academy is to offer free certification to students with the aim to improve and cultivate ICT talent. In addition bridge the gap between universities and the corporate world by offering hands-on training, promote ICT industry technology certification, develop ICT industry talent and a strong learning ecosystem. – Advertisement – The academy, according to an MoU will run as a non-commercial cooperation project between Huawei and universities, colleges, and other educational institutions all over the world.ICT Academy is to teach ICT courses to over 1,000 students without a charge.The academy on the other hand is to encourage students on getting certified by Huawei and cultivate professionals with practical skills for the world and ICT Chain.Tuwembaze noted that today students should be skilled. He claimed the gov’t of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports have a program specifically for skilling Ugandans — emphasizing that the gov’t is skilling people to earn.Quoting the Minister, he said, “If you’ve the skill, you’re able to shape it, nature it, incubate it, tailored to solving a problem, and you will surely earn.”Minister of ICT and National Guidance; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze speaking at the flag off of the seed for future winners to China at Makerere University on Tuesday 14th, May 2019. Photo by : Humphrey Mpairwe/TECH POINT MAGAZINETherefore, the ICT Academy courses will combine both theories and practical operations since some students hardly have project experience.The academy starts enrolling students in June this year after certifying the lecturers — who are currently undergoing training.The academy for now is focusing on public universities, including; Makerere, Kyambogo, Lira, Gulu, Muni, Busitema and Mbarara.Huawei Uganda’s PR Manager; Allan Kyobe on the sidelines of the event told PC Tech Magazine, “the extension to private university will come at a later date. This time around the focus starts with public universities.”During his closing remarks, Tuwembaze commended Huawei for their consistency in skilling and talent nurturing. Claiming it is in line with the digital strategy of transforming Uganda into a middle income country.He affirmed that, “through Huawei’s initiatives shall cultivate and pool together ICT professionals that are crucial to industry development. Thus boosting ICT industry development, driving the development of different sectors and contributing to lower unemployment rates over the long term.”Notably, Huawei has so far cooperated with more than 300 universities around the world educating more than 10,000 students every year.last_img read more

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first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f today doesn’t whet your appetite. Pack the game in.I’ve no idea of what punting heaven is like but if Belinda Carlisle is right and ‘heaven is a place on earth’ after all, then the head on collision of the World Cup with Royal Ascot must be it.It’s such a tempter to put up something REALLY random and left-field today – like Trap 6 in the 3.38 at Crayford (only joking) but it’s centre stage I must head.The big hitters already look to be getting stuck into Toronado in the opener at Royal Ascot despite his lengthy absence from the track.The Hannon team are bullish (of course) but I’m not sure I can be backing him at odds-on especially as there is a real live danger in Verrazano. Don’t forget Aidan O’Brien came to the rescue of the bookies last year in this race when hot favourite Animal Kingdom flopped.The first big head to head battle of the meeting takes place in the St James’s Palace Stakes when ding dong, seconds out, it’s round three between Kingman and Night Of Thunder.The score is 1-1 and the race should develop into the expected match. Seldom has the 2,000 Guineas form from Newmarket worked out better. It’s rock solid, but my underlying suspicion is that Kingman is the better racehorse and I expect that to be confirmed today.There’s no rest after Royal Ascot. Belgium and Algeria will already be underway in the World Cup and at 8pm we can look forward to hosts Brazil taking on Mexico.The betting says it’s one sided but a word of warning. No team has beaten Brazil in the 21st century as often as Mexico, who have managed six wins and two draws in 12 meetings during that period.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jun 2013 Confederations Cup Brazil 2-0 MexicoJun 2012 International Brazil 0-2 MexicoOct 2011 International Mexico 1-2 BrazilSep 2007 International Brazil 3-1 MexicoJun 2007 Copa America Brazil 0-2 MexicoJun 2005 Confederations Cup Mexico 1-0 BrazilJul 2004 Copa America Mexico 0-4 BrazilJul 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico 1-0 BrazilJul 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Mexico 1-0 BrazilApr 2003 International Mexico 0-0 BrazilTime is a precious commodity today so down to business.I kept it simple with an even 6 points on Germany yesterday. Happy days.Two bets today (it would be rude not to).RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)6 points KINGMAN (4.25 Royal Ascot) at around 10/11 with Star Sports3 points DRAW on the BRAZIL (-1) three way handicap (Brazil v Mexico) at around 13/5 with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 20.1 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Cheltenham Festival PREVIEW NIGHT TIPS

first_imgPheasant Inn, LambournSam Thomas – Hargam – County Hurdle Friday 25/1Jerry Mcgrath – Beware The Bear – National Hunt Chase Tuesday 10/1Jamie Snowden – Three Ways – Pertemps Thursday 20/1Luke Harvey- Shantou Village – National Hunt Chase Tuesday 25/1 Ganley’s Irish Pub, Morden, LondonPaul Kealy – Racing Post betting editor – Cole Harden – Stayers Hurdle – Thursday.Wonderful Charm should be 6/4 in the Foxhunters – good ground and he’s a certainty’Mick Fitzgerald – Empire of Dirt – Ryanair Thursday.Luke Harvey – Divin Bere – Fred Winter Wednesday.‘Divin Bere has had a wind op ahead of the Fred Winter and will improve immensely for it’.Noel Fehily – jockey – Neon Wolf – Neptune Wednesday.‘On Neon, wold the best young horse I’ve sat on’.Richard Johnson – Champion Jockey – Native River Gold Cup.On Native River – ‘he’s done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t swap him for anything else in the race’. Star Sports shop, Mayfair, LondonMick Fitzgerald – ex jockey/ITV pundit – Empire of Dirt – Ryanair Thursday.‘My Tent Or Yours worked very well yesterday at Nicky’s. Champion Hurdle outsider.Tom Segal – Pricewise tipster Racing Post – Peregrine Run/ Consul de Thaix both big prices Coral Cup Wednesday.‘Unowhatimeanharry the worst price favourite at the Festival – I prefer Ballyoptic at 16/1′.Luke Tarr – Sub Lieutenant – Ryanair- Thursday.Bill Esdaile- City AM Racing Editor – Monalee – Albert Bartlett – Friday. Hereford RacecoursePaul Nicholls – Champion Trainer – Native River 4/1 Gold Cup.Romain De Senam my best chance of the week in the novices handicap chase on the Tuesday’ 10/1 Star Sports.Richard Johnson – champion jockey – Native River 4/1 Gold Cup Fri.On Defi du Seuil Triumph Hurdle fav his ride ‘could go on to win a Champion Hurdle or an Arkle next year’ very keen.Cornelius Lysaght BBC racing correspondent – Jezki– 8/1 Stayers’ Hurdle Thursday.on Nigel Twiston-Davies trainer ‘worrying lack of winners this close to the Festival’Trains fancied runners on the first day Ballyandy, The New One and Foxtail Hill. Haydock RacecourseNAPSHenry Brook- Presenting Percy (Pertemps final)Andy Gibson – Ballyoptic W/O Fav (Stayers’ hurdle)Micky Hammond – Domperignon du lys (Fred Winter handicap hurdle)Kyle Drummond – Uxizandre ew (Ryan Air)QUOTESAndy Gibson on Melon: “His winning time in the maiden hurdle he won was 5 seconds slower than a novice hurdle race won over an extended trip later in the card. Big lay”Kyle Drummond on Un de sceaux: “He’s the kind of a horse that if you were in the army, on your side and got captured behind enemy lines; he’d give your mates away when interrogated with a mere tap of the whip” King’s Head Hotel, CirencesterNico de Boinville – jockey – A Hares Breath ew – Arkle Tuesday.On River Wylde his Supreme mount ‘he’s quite highly strung bet very talented.’Charlie Longsden – trainer – Our Kaempfer– RSA his own horse.On the RSA ‘keen to take on Might Bite with my horse who will prefer a smaller field to the handicap – the dangers are Whisper and Alpha Des Obeaux’.Christian Williamson – Dai Walter’s racing manager – Limini (Mares Hurdle Tues) Unowhatimeanharry (Stayers Thurs) double.On the Gold Cup ‘Djakadam has had a much smoother preparation and can go one better this year’. Brave Nelson Pub, BrentwoodSteve Jones – Templegate The Sun – Native River Gold Cup 7/2.‘The New One also looks overpriced at 14/1 in a weak Champion Hurdle’Luke Tarr – Sub Lieutenant 10/1 Ryanair‘Court Minstel an interesting outsider in the County Hurdle’Bill Esdaile – Monalee 12/1 Albert Bartlett‘Limini will go off fav for the Champion Hurdle if supplemented’ currently 11/2.Mick Fitzgerald – Empire of Dirt 6/1 Ryanair.‘Might Bite (RSA fav) will suit himself when he sees the first fence!’center_img HamiltonNAPSMark Howard: Empire of Dirt (Ryanair)James Griffin: Paul Nicholls to not train a winner at the FestivalIan Robinson: Yanworth (Champion Hurdle)Kyle Drummond: Uxizandre (Ryanair)Paul Carberry: Cue Card (Gold Cup)QuotesKyle Drummond to an angry James Griffin on why Yorkhill was opposable: “If Yorkhill had translated his hurdles form, we’d be laying this horse at odds on. But he simply has questions to answer and the price reflects this” Newcastle RacecourseNAPSGordon Clarkson: Let’s Dance (Dawn Run Novice Hurdle)Niall Hannity: Death Duty (Albert Bartlett)Brian Hughes: Double Ws (Ultima Business Novice Handicap) ewDarren Owen: Neon Wolf (Neptune Novice Hurdle)Kyle Drummond: Uxizandre ew (Ryanair)Graham Wylie: Yorkhill (JLT)QUOTESGordon Clarkson: “I like cue card, but I dislike paddy Brennan tremendously. There is no secret me and paddy hate eachother”Graham Wylie: “Yorkhill is my bet of the entire meeting. Fill your boots”Kyle Drummond: “Yorkhill is the worst priced favourite the entire festival and the lay of the entire meeting” Exeter RacecourseNick Schofield jockey – Art Mauresque – his ride in the Brown Advisory Plate Thursday.Quote on his boss’s Paul Nicholls Movewiththetimes who runs in the Supreme ‘highly likely to improve past Ballyandy on their last run’.Harry Derham – assistant trainer Paul Nicholls – El Bandit – Pertemps Thursday.On their Lifeboat Mona ‘will be the best of the English challengers in the Mares Hurdle’.Luke Harvey – ITV pundit – Neon Wolf – Neptune Wednesday.‘Divin Bere has had a wind op ahead of the Fred Winter and will improve immensely for it’.David Pipe – trainer – Moon Racer – Champion Hurdle.Phillip Hobbs – Defi de Seuil – Triumph Hurdle. ‘a stone better than my two other winners of this race’. 21 Club, CheltenhamAlex Steedman Racing UK presenter – Un De Sceaux 3/1 – Ryanair Chase Thursday.Catherine Fry journalist – Shaneshill 8/1 – Stayers’ Hurdle Thursday.On Uxizandre 2nd fav Ryanair ‘defied all of Alan King’s (trainer) expectations in his trial at Cheltenham in January’.Ed Quigly ‘Longshot’ Racing Post – Bristol de Mai 20/1 – Gold Cup Friday.‘Defi du Seuil his lay of the Festival’ fav for the Triumph Hurdle Friday.Ryan Hatch – Festival winning jockey – Native River 4/1 – Gold Cup Friday.On his bosses Nigel Twiston-Davies The New One 14/1 for the Champion Hurdle Tues ‘won’t be out the first 4’Martin Keighley – trainer – Any Currency 10/1 Cross Country Chase – Weds (his own horse)!On Neon Wolf fav for the Neptune Novice Hurdle Wed ‘Noel Fehily (Neon Wolf jockey) said he’s never sat on a nicer young horse!’ CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2017CHELTENHAM 2017: HOME PAGE CHELTENHAM 2017: OPEN AN ACCOUNT CHELTENHAM 2017: ANTEPOST PRICES CHELTENHAM 2017: VIDEO PREVIEWS CHELTENHAM 2017: PREVIEW NIGHTS CHELTENHAM 2017: PREVIEW NIGHTS TIPS CHELTENHAM 2017: FREE BETS CHELTENHAM 2017: FREE PDF STATS GUIDE CHELTENHAM 2017: LATEST NEWS CHELTENHAM 2017: MARKET MOVERS CHELTENHAM 2017: COUNTDOWN BOOSTSlast_img read more

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Interview ROGER BUSH

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ROGER BUSH (part 3 of 3) Interview: ROGER BUSH: Meeting Roger Bush, successful businessman, owner & punter. He’s also one of those much maligned characters in racing, a tipster. He is in the oft considered mythical bracket if that ilk, a profitable one. But of course you are only as good as your last winning advice! He talks winning without winning, the value of going racing, terrible losing runs, irate punters, how he beats restrictions and what really gets his goat. Over to you Roger.ROGER BUSH (part 1 of 3)center_img ROGER BUSH (part 2 of 3)last_img

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£25 CASH New accounts ENGLAND v PANAMA

first_img£25 CASH IFANY PLAYER SCORES HAT-TRICKTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £25 CASH if ANY PLAYER SCORES A HAT-TRICK.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Sunday 24 June and 1pm on Sunday 24 June. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Sunday 24 June to 1pm (GMT) on Sunday 24 June.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 1pm (GMT) on Sunday 24 June. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer will be activated if ANY PLAYER SCORES A HAT-TRICK in the ENGLAND v PANAMA game.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £25 CASH within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Rice University experts available for holiday topics

first_imgShare12/8/2011David Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduRice University experts are available to discuss the following holiday topics with the news media:Saving money in a down economy; online shopping.Religious traditions.Community service during the holidays.Holiday films and television.Presidential primaries: just around the corner.Holiday economy.History of “Carol of the Bells.”1. Saving money in a down economy; holiday shoppingHow do we save money in a bad economy? Moreover, how do we shop for the holidays on an already tight budget? Utpal Dholakia, professor of management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, has published studies on family economics and savings and is an expert in online marketing and consumer psychology.2. Religious traditionsFrom decorating the Christmas tree to lighting the menorah, Mike Pardee, executive director of Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, is available to discuss the various religious holidays and seasonal celebrations that take place at this time of year.3. Community service during the holidaysCan’t afford to donate those precious dollars this year? There are other ways to help your neighbors, your city, your state and your country. Experts at Rice University’s Community Involvement Center can suggest plenty of ways to serve your community throughout the holidays and in the new year.4. Holiday filmsTired of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” 10 times each holiday season? Charles Dove, lecturer with Rice University’s Visual and Dramatic Arts Department, is available to discuss Hollywood’s most cherished holiday flicks and lesser-known options before you rent, buy or download movies.5. Presidential primaries: just around the cornerThe 2012 Iowa caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries are right around the corner. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice, and Mark Jones, chair of political science at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are available to comment on the 2012 election cycle. 6. Holiday economyWill holiday shoppers boost this year’s economy? Jill Foote, a senior lecturer in finance at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to comment on the economic impact of holiday shopping. Foote is also available to discuss general issues related to the U.S. economy, including the impact of foreign markets. 7. History of “Carol of the Bells”“Carol of the Bells” is one of the most beloved holiday songs ever written. It also has one of the most interesting backgrounds. Anthony Potoczniak, administrative director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, traced the carol’s origins and complicated history during his time as a graduate student at Rice. Potoczniak traveled to the Ukrainian village where Soviet government agents murdered the carol’s composer, Mykola Leontovych, in 1921.To schedule an interview with any of the experts listed above, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or 0Digg0Email0 0 AddThislast_img read more