SAINTS reserves went down 2018 to Wakefield on Fr

first_imgSAINTS reserves went down 20-18 to Wakefield on Friday night, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.The Saints were first on the board, Matty Ashurst spinning out of a tackle to reach over the line. This after good defence had produced a repeat set.But the Wildcats quickly took control and with it the lead. A big defensive effort on the line kept them at bay twice but on the next set the scrum half jinked around the static Saints defenders to score under the sticks.The Saints were failing to push the Wildcats back with the kicking game and then compounding the problems by turning over possession cheaply in their own half.The Wildcats took the lead from such a knock on as their big prop strolled over unopposed.The Saints continued to battle on and minutes before the break their luck changed. A double penalty put the Reserves on the attack and quick hands from Ben Karalius and then Matty Ashurst saw Jordan Case go over for his first try at this level. Tommy Johnson’s second conversion levelled it at 12 apiece.But on the stroke of half time the Wildcats regained the lead with a penalty for the Saints markers not being square.The second period opened with the Wildcats taking two drop goals to extend their lead but in between the Reserves should have gone ahead.On the last Karalius went wide to Scott Hale. The big second rower stretched his legs before putting a pass out to his winger Simon Atherton. The line seemed to be open for him but he pass it back inside just over the head of Karalius and the chance was lost.The Saints were showing some signs of life at last but the recovery was short lived as Ashurst’s pass was intercepted by the Wildcats centre who had an easy run in to the line.The Saints were running out of troops but battled bravely on and set up a nerve jangling final ten minutes as Karalius took Ashurst’s offload to score after good work from the tireless Jordan Hand and Andrew Dixon.As the time ticked on the Saints got increasingly desperate but just as the last chance seemed to have gone good work at marker by Josh Jones gave the Saints possession in the visitor’s 10 metre area. However with four tackles to go, forty seconds remaining on your correspondent’s watch and the Saints inches short, the final whistle blew.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Ben Karalius, Matty Ashurst, Jordan Case.Goals: Tommy Johnson 3.Wakefield:Tries: Declan Storey, Liam Kay, Ben Gledhill.Goals: Kieran Hyde 3.Drop Goals: Kieran Hyde 2.Half Time: 12-14 Full Time: 18-20Teams:Saints:1. Tommy Johnson, 2. Simon Atherton, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Alex Trumper, 5. Dan Brotherton, 6. Kenny Hughes, 7. Ben Karalius, 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Andrew Dixon, 12. Scott Hale, 13. Matty Ashurst.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Jordan Case, 16. Joe Bate, 17. Samir Tahrouai.Wakefield:1. Josh Hardcastle, 2. Lee Brickwood, 3. Declan Storey, 4. Danny Cowling, 5. Greg Johnson, 6. Kieran Hyde, 7. Liam Kay, 8. Kyle Trout, 9. Tom Henderson, 10. Ben Gledhill, 11. Chris Annekin, 12. Adam Slater, 13. Andrew Tate. Subs: 14. Lucas Walshaw, 15. Russ Spiers, 16. Michael Tate, 17. Lloyd Templeton.last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays R

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Round 13 Super League match at London Broncos.Luke Thompson is set to make his debut whilst Nathan Ashe is also recalled to the side.Adam Swift (pictured) is also likely to occupy the wing spot vacated by Francis Meli.Carl Forster has been withdrawn as he is playing at Rochdale on Sunday. In his place comes James Tilley.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 6. Lance Hohaia, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 23. Nathan Ashe, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 30. Mark Percival, 32. James Tilley, 33. Luke Thompson, 35. Lewis Charnock, 36. Stuart Howarth.Tony Rea, London Broncos’ head coach will choose from:1. Luke Dorn, 3. Jamie O’Callaghan, 5. Michael Robertson, 6. Michael Witt, 7. Craig Gower, 8. Antonio Kaufusi, 10. Mark Bryant, 12. Chris Bailey, 18. Olsi Krasniqi, 19. Dan Sarginson, 20. Matt Cook, 21. Kieran Dixon, 22. Will Lovell, 23. Tommy Lee, 24. Mike McMeeken, 25. Alex Hurst, 26. Ben Fisher, 27. Erjon Dollapi, 29. James Mendeika.The game kicks off at 1pm and the referee is Tim Roby.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:London Broncos are seeking their first home win against St Helens in over eleven years on Saturday afternoon.The club’s last home success was 40-6 on 28 March, 2002. St Helens have won on thirteen consecutive visits to the capital since then, and never tasted away defeat to Harlequins.The capital side’s last win against St Helens was 27-16 (as Harlequins) at Widnes on 11 March, 2011 – with the Saints winning the last three games between the clubs since then.Super League Summary (including Harlequins, 2006-2011):London Broncos won 5St Helens won 35 (includes win in 2003 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:London Broncos highest score: 40-6 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 62-16 (H, 2003) (Widest margin: 54-0, A, 2008)last_img read more

Petition pushes for grocery store to replace Everybodys Supermarket

first_img Cameron Management bought the property back in November. A few weeks ago, a spokesman said they were not sure about any plans for the land.Kelsi Arcos started a petition to the City of Wilmington and Cameron Management asking them to put a grocery store back in the plaza.Arcos emphasized how important it was that the community around Greenfield has a grocery store within walking distance, calling the area a food desert right now.Related Article: Memorial Day event at Wilmington National Cemetery honors fallen“I believe that if there’s more economic development and businesses here, we’re going to have jobs,” Arcos said. “We’re going to have people wanting to come to this area to spend their money and enjoy their time here in Greenfield. Greenfield deserves the dignity of having economic development.”Arcos says she plans to share the petition and proposal at Tuesday’s city council meeting.County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield has also said he plans to write to Cameron Management to ask them for a grocery store or restaurant. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The one year anniversary of the fire that burned down Everybody’s Supermarket has come and gone, but that land is still just an empty parking lot.With the support of the community, one woman is trying to change that.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Lamela signs new contract at Tottenham

first_imgArgentine midfielder Erik Lamela has accepted to sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspurs. The 26-year old moved to the English Premier League in 2013 after impressing at Roma.Lamela has at times been plagued by injuries but still managed to play 154 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals over the past 5 years. The Argentine’s previous contract was set to expire in 2 years time but has now decided to remain in North London.Tottenham also confirmed that South Korean Heung-Min Son had signed a new long-term deal on Thursday. The attacker has scored 47 goals in 140 appearances for Tottenham since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Updated Watch Learner driver hospitalised after crash with bus

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A learner driver has suffered slight injuries a collision with a public transport bus in Blata Bajda. The driver was subsequently taken to Mater Dei Hospital.The incident occurred at National Road at around 1:00pm with one lane closed, resulting a traffic jam.The bus was being driven by a 43-year old Egyptian man living in Birżebbuġa, while the learner car was driven by a 21-year old woman from Tarxien.The police have informed that the lane has now been re-opened.WhatsApplast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S IV to reportedly feature floating touch Android 421 Samsung

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Galaxy S IV launch is one of the most anticipated events and now that we’re drawing closer, the rumours are coming thick and fast.The latest one, courtesy SamMobile mentions that the Galaxy S IV will come with a new display technology from Samsung in the form of a “green PHOLED”, that bears similarities to the company’s current AMOLED displays. What’s different you ask? Well, according to the blog’s “insider”, the new display uses colour GREEN-YELLOW to make it 25% more efficient in terms of battery consumption.Furthermore, the blog also reiterates the earlier rumoured floating touch technology that will be a part of the Galaxy S IV. The technology present in Samsung’s Air view, is only found in the famed S Pen as of now. This is the same technology that Sony had first incorporated in its Xperia Sola smartphone. It lets consumers browse the web by hovering their finger above the screen so it acts like a moving cursor, without actually having to touch the display. – Advertisement – The Samsung-focused blog also confirms through its same “insider” source that the device will pack an eight-core Samsung Exynos Octa processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2 GB RAM, and a Photosphere-like function called Samsung Orb.Also, it will run Android 4.2.1 at launch, with an update to Android 4.2.2 promised to come in the same month as its release. An enhanced version of Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX, most likely version 2.0, will also make its way to the smartphone.What’s interesting is that so far, we’ve heard about two different Samsung devices for the Galaxy S IV. While one comes with the aforementioned specs, the other has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and a Super LCD3 screen. It’s still unclear, which of the two will officially be unveiled or whether both indeed will go on sale.From past rumors, we’ve heard that one model will be headed for North America, while the other one will make its way to Europe and other regions.We earlier reported that Samsung is also introducing new ‘Smart’ features that could be seen in its upcoming flagship namely Smart Scroll and Smart Pause amongst Smart Rotation and Smart Stay. The features were earlier leaked via screenshots indicating firmware for the Galaxy S III which will update the phone to Android 4.2.1.Smart Scroll will allow the content on the screen to scroll automatically (considering the feature is turned on) if the device detects your attention towards the screen. Smart Pause, on the other hand seems to be restricted to videos, which will be paused once you look away from the screen.The same blog earlier also reported via its sources that the Galaxy S IV will feature 6 variants with Black and White colours and each colour variant to further include 16/32/64GB storage options.Credit: NDTVlast_img read more

WordPress makes ten years

first_imgAdvertisement Open-source blogging platform and content management system (CMS), WordPress is ten years old now. It has gone from being a simple blogging platform to an extremely helpful tool for building websites and enabling communication across the web, in the past decade.It was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and started as a blogging platform b2/cafelog. The service now powers 18 percent of the Internet, thanks to its CMS capabilities. Using WordPress anyone can modify designs and themes on their site as well as add third-party plug-ins.The service being open source is one of its greatest advantages. One need not seek permission before going about implementing newly developed features. There is no wonder then, that WordPress is the most commonly used CMS. – Advertisement – To commemorate ten years of existence, Mullenweg wrote a little love letter to the platform he created:Dear WordPress,Has it really been 10 years? It seems just yesterday we were playing around on my blog, and the blogs of a few high school friends. Two of those friends are married, one isn’t anymore, two are still figuring things out, and one has passed away.You were cute before you became beautiful. Wearing black and white, afraid of color, trying to be so unassuming. I know you got jealous when I wore those Blogger t-shirts. They were the cool kids at SxSW and I thought maybe you could grow up to be like them.You wouldn’t have shirts of your own for a few more years. We didn’t know what we were doing when we made them and the logo printed ginormous. People called them the Superman shirt and made fun of them. But, oh, that logo — the curves fit you so well.You showed the world you were growing up, and how much you cared about design and typography and other platonic ideals. You knew that open source didn’t have to be homely. I stretched myself too thin trying to get you there, and I did a stupid thing to pay for it. I hurt you, but instead of casting me away you held me closer, supported me, gave me another chance. I will never forget that. Akismet made me feel less guilty. I wouldn’t change anything, because the mistake made me understand how important it is to fly straight and take your time.You’re so beautiful… I’m continually amazed and delighted by how you’ve grown. Your awkward years are behind you. Best of all, through it all, you’ve stuck with the principles that got you started in the first place. You’re always changing but that never changes. You’re unafraid to try new things that may seem wacky or unpopular at first.I see you all over the world now, glowing from screens, bringing people together at meetups and WordCamps — you’re at your best when you do that. You’re my muse; you inspire me, and I’ve seen you inspire others. You become a part of their life and they become a part of yours. I hope we grow old together.Cheers to ten years, and here’s to a hundred more.Love,Matt.last_img read more

Meet Googles smart WiFi router – OnHub

first_imgGoogle’s OnHub smart Wi-Fi router. Image Credit: SlashGear Advertisement Google has launched a Wi-Fi router, the latest move in the company’s efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.The search giant on Tuesday unveiled the OnHub, a sleek new router that Google developed with the networking hardware company TP-Link.The cylinder-shaped router, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 online from retailers; Google Store and – Advertisement – The idea is this: Most Wi-Fi routers are ugly, with unruly cords, so people put them on the floor or out of the way where they can’t be seen. But that also causes the device to emit a weaker Wi-Fi signal, Google said. The company hopes the answer is making a better-looking device that people don’t mind displaying out in the open. It has subtle blinking lights and all its antennas are packed inside its black, cylindrical shell. The device also displays the Wi-Fi password if someone taps on it.The device supports not only 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, but also Bluetooth 4.0 and a few smart home protocols. One such protocol is Weave, the Android team’s Internet of Things (IoT) communications layer that it announced at Google I/O alongside Brillo, its Android-derived OS for IoT.It also supports Thread, an IoT wireless protocol created by Google’s Nest Labs and Samsung. OnHub also offers IEEE 802.15.4, the basis for Zigbee, another IoT protocol that is popular in many devices.Credit: ArsTechnica, CNet,last_img read more

EU to Fund Free WiFi for its towns with no Internet Coverage

first_imgAdvertisement The European Union has decided to offer free Internet connection in public spaces throughout the entire bloc to its citizens and visitors.Members of the EU reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament to install free wireless Internet access points in public places such as town halls, hospitals and parks by the end of 2017.A commission statement claims the European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WiFi4EU. – Advertisement – [related-posts]last_img read more

The 3rd Annual Up Accelerate Program Will Focus on Supporting Youth in

first_imgSome of the participants at an information session in Adjumani district. Advertisement The United Nations Population Fund Uganda in partnership with Outbox Hub and Reach A Hand Uganda have on Tuesday launched another annual edition of its health based social incubator Up Accelerate; The WAY Edition focusing on supporting youth from eight districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Arua, Kitgum, Lamwo, Moyo, and Yumbe by identifing and implementing innovative solutions that address challenges in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and Gender Based Violence (GBV).This year’s edition supported by the Government of Denmark in partnership with the Government of Uganda is one of the key interventions under the Women, Adolescents and Young people (WAY) programme.“Up Accelerate WAY edition provides an avenue for talented young people in the Northern and West Nile region of Uganda to tap into innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities that are otherwise limited to major urban cities of Uganda,” Outbox Lead, Richard Zulu said in a statement. – Advertisement – The WAY programme is a five year programme aimed at empowering women and young people in northern Uganda, to contribute to their own and their communities’ development through the realization of their right to live healthy and productive lives.The overall outcome of the programme is to enhance utilization of SRHR and GBV services among the women and young people in northern Uganda, including refugees, in order to realize their right to live healthy and productive lives.The program calls for young people with solutions in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence towards improving access to context appropriate, timely and accurate information and education, essential health services and supplies for women and young people; and integrated approaches towards reducing alcohol and substance abuse.Participants at an Up Accelerate information session in Adjumani district.Selected applicants will participate in the social innovation incubator and will receive business training, mentorship from industry experts, technical guidance and seed funding of upto UGX18 million per team. Eight teams will be selected to join the social innovation incubator over a period of one year for the first cycle of this edition.Up Accelerate a UNFPA flagship was launched in 2016 focused on empowering youth to address sexual and reproductive health bottlenecks. In addition, supports the young entrepreneurs along their journey of leadership of innovations for social change.The program has so far supported 25 young entrepreneurs since its inauguration by incubating their innovations, launching their social businesses that are currently serving upto 70,000 beneficiaries and nine health facilities country wide.Notably, DigiHealth was the team that won last year’s edition. The team tackled the problem of manual patient data collection that is currently being used in most clinics and hospitals especially in the rural areas. Developing a web-based platform and a mobile application that digitizes the manual data collection for the users most especially the medical professionals who conduct outreaches – so that the data collected can be accurate, secure, and can be easily transferable from one hospital to another in one way or the others.last_img read more

£50 CASH New accounts Royal AscotWorld Cup

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Houston Hispanic professionals to meet at Rice University

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: DavidMedinaPHONE: (713) 348-6753EMAIL: dmedina@rice.eduHOUSTON HISPANICPROFESSIONALS TO MEET AT RICE UNIVERSITYThe Latino influence incorporate America, career development tactics, emerging business issues andfunding of ideas are among the topics that will be discussed at the third annualHouston Hispanic Professionals’ Leadership Day at Rice University.Presented by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs(NSHMBA)last_img

Riceborn detector finds heaviest antimatter

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduRice-born detector finds heaviest antimatterTime-of-flight detector designed at Rice’s Bonner Lab critical to antihelium observation Physicists at Rice University and their collaborators have detected the antimatter partner of the helium nucleus, antihelium-4. This newly observed particle is the heaviest antimatter nucleus ever detected. Scientists at Rice’s Bonner Lab designed and built the new time-of-flight detector that identified antihelium-4. The $7.5 million detector was built by a U.S.-China collaboration led by Rice, with Chinese scientists contributing $2.5 million to the project. The new detector was installed as part of the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. STAR scientists announced their find today in the journal Nature.Antimatter is the yang to matter’s yin. Both were created in ostensibly equal amounts at the time of the Big Bang, but because matter and antimatter annihilate each other upon contact, most of it disappeared almost instantly. But there was an apparent imbalance that favored matter, which makes up nearly all that we see (and are) today. Why this is so remains one of the great mysteries in physics. Scientists hope the study of antimatter created in particle accelerators, which attempt to mimic conditions at the beginning of the universe, will offer clues to why nature allows humans to exist.Last year at Brookhaven, shortly after the long-planned time-of-flight detector was fully installed, evidence of 15 antihelium-4 nuclei (aka anti-alphas) was found among the trillions of particles released when heavy gold ions were collided at nearly the speed of light. These nuclei contain two antiprotons and two antineutrons and do not undergo radioactive decay.The collisions produce a quark gluon plasma which, when cooled, transitions into a hadron gas that contains protons, neutrons and their antimatter equivalents among many other fundamental particles. This rapidly expanding cloud of particles is where the team found antihelium-4. “These are massive clumps of antimatter,” said Frank Geurts, a Rice assistant professor of physics and astronomy and one of the lead authors of the paper. “The fact that two antineutrons and two antiprotons find each other, produce an anti-alpha, travel two to three meters of air and give us a measurable signal when they pass through the time-of-flight detector is astounding.”Just as astounding was the ability of the STAR detector to capture and identify these heavy antimatter particles among the trillions of particles created in collisions at Brookhaven each year. It would be far easier, Geurts said, to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, but the new time-of-flight detector, which Rice scientists designed and built over the course of a decade, was up to the task. Jabus Roberts, a Rice professor of physics and astronomy, and research scientist Geary Eppley, both co-authors on the new paper, started the research that led to the detector more than 10 years ago. Eppley and William Llope, senior faculty fellow in physics and astronomy and also a co-author, managed the construction and installation of the apparatus.The detector is a set of 23,000 sensors that surround STAR, short for Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC. These sensors identify the types of subatomic particles released when heavy nuclei collide. The detector tells researchers how long it takes a particle to travel from its creation to the point it passes through one of the sensors and is accurate to a 10th of a billionth of a second.Rice played a role in the discovery even beyond its creation of the critical detector. A Rice graduate student found the first evidence that antihelium-4 was being created in collisions at RHIC. Jianhang Zhou, now working in private industry in Houston, “dedicated a chapter in his thesis to the fact that he had found two candidates (for antihelium-4),” Geurts said. “At that time, we needed more statistics and a time-of-flight detector to confirm his findings.” In fact, the Nature paper counts Zhou’s two particles among the total of 18 reported, though they were identified at STAR before the time-of-flight detector was installed.“You could argue that it was not an unexpected particle, but the implications for its discovery and the amount we found agrees with what we were expecting,” Geurts said. “We can now see an extension of the periodic system of elements into regions of antimatter and strange matter.”The new observation tops the previous find of an antihydrogen nucleus containing three particles, including an anti-strange quark, by the same team a year ago. The new record will probably stand for a long time, Geurts said.He suggested even heavier antimatter particles might be found — but probably not on this planet. A statement from Brookhaven noted that antilithium-6, a heavier antimatter nucleus that does not undergo radioactive decay, is predicted to be a million times more rare, and its discovery is well outside the reach of current technology.More basic discoveries could be made in distant galaxies where antimatter from the Big Bang may still be detected. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) that will be mounted on the International Space Station will measure cosmic rays for evidence of dark matter and antimatter. The space shuttle Endeavor will carry the instrument to the ISS if it launches April 29 as planned.AMS will also look for antihelium-4 that, if found, could be evidence of the existence of larger regions of the universe made entirely of antimatter. The STAR measurement will help scientists understand the conditions in the very early universe that would allow such antimatter galaxies to form.The discovery of the anti-alpha comes on the centennial of Ernest Rutherford’s first modeling of the atom using alpha particles. The paper’s co-authors include all of STAR’s collaborators, hundreds of researchers from 53 institutions. Six of those institutions are in China; Geurts said they joined the RHIC heavy ion community through their work on the time-of-flight detector.Additional major contributors to the research at Rice and co-authors of the paper are Pablo Yepes, a senior faculty fellow in physics and astronomy; research scientist Jing Liu; and graduate student Daniel McDonald. The United States Department of Energy supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at the Brookhaven National Laboratory press release at a high-resolution photo of the Rice team at University researchers developed the time-of-flight detector that contributed to the discovery of antihelium-4 by the particle collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, reported by the journal Nature. Members of the Rice research team include, from left, Ted Nussbaum, Bill Llope, Daniel McDonald, Kefeng Xin, Pablo Yepes, Frank Geurts, Geary Eppley and Joey Butterworth.(Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute paper NFL athletes are seeking unproven stem cell treatments

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute paper: NFL athletes are seeking unproven stem cell treatmentsHOUSTON – (Dec. 4, 2014) – Some National Football League (NFL) players have been seeking out unproven stem cell therapies to help accelerate recoveries from injuries, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. While most players seem to receive treatment within the United States, several have traveled abroad for therapies unavailable domestically and may be unaware of the risks involved, the paper found.Credit: UniversityThe paper is published in the 2014 World Stem Cell Report, which is a special supplement to the journal Stem Cells and Development and is the official publication of the 2014 World Stem Cell Summit being held Dec. 3-5 in San Antonio.“With the rise of new and unproven stem cell treatments, the NFL faces a daunting task of trying to better understand and regulate the use of these therapies in order to protect the health of its players,” said Kirstin Matthews, the Baker Institute fellow in science and technology policy and an expert on ethical and policy issues related to biomedical research and development. She co-authored the paper with Maude Rowland Cuchiara, the Baker Institute scholar for science and technology policy.Each year, more than 700 stem cell clinics around the world open their doors to “stem cell tourists,” according to the paper’s authors. Patients travel abroad to seek treatment for ailments — ranging from autism to multiple sclerosis and paralysis — for which no cure exists and treatment options are limited. The use of stem cells as orthopedic therapies in the U.S. is becoming more commonplace and has drawn the attention of elite athletes, most notably NFL players, who have been vocal about receiving stem cell treatments and their successful recoveries. The paper notes that 12 NFL players have been identified publicly as having received an unapproved stem cell treatment since 2009.“The online data on NFL players and the clinics where they obtained treatment suggest that players may be unaware of the risks they are taking,” Matthews said. “Furthermore, players who are official spokespersons for these clinics could influence others to view the therapies as safe and effective despite the lack of scientific research to support these claims.”The paper notes that while unproven stem cell treatments in U.S.-based clinics rarely have severe side effects, they also arguably have little to no appreciable therapeutic benefits. The paper focuses on treatments unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and undertaken by NFL players in the past five years. The authors highlight the types of treatments obtained and how the clinics advertise specifically to athletes. They also review the intended and unintended consequences of high-profile players receiving and advocating for these types of therapies.The authors suggest the NFL and other sports leagues should review the procedures for stem cell treatment to determine how best to support, evaluate and possibly regulate stem cell treatments to ensure the safety of their players and their followers. “This could be organized similarly to the NFL investigations on the effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” Matthews said.In addition, the NFL should convene an independent committee of medical professionals, without ties to the NFL or any of its teams, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the therapies, establishing a set of criteria for what is considered “safe” and “effective,” the authors said. This committee would make recommendations to the NFL on unproven stem cell treatments and could also investigate other new and controversial medical interventions.Finally, the authors said, the NFL should devote funds for research on stem cell therapies and evaluating the safety and success of previous studies. “The NFL research could focus on safety of the treatment and the potential short- and long-term effects of the procedures,” Matthews said. “The research should also assess the claim that the therapies can shorten recovery times after injury and if the procedure should be considered ‘performance-enhancing.’ Once they evaluate these items, the NFL, along with the NFL Players Association, can determine if and how they want to regulate stem treatments. By staying abreast of the development of these therapies, the NFL will protect itself and its players by enabling new and beneficial treatments while curbing illegitimate and unsafe usage.”-30-For a copy of the paper, “U.S. National Football League Athletes Seeking Unproven Stem Cell Treatments,” or to schedule an interview with Matthews or Rowland Cuchiara, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Matthews bio: on Twitter: @stpolicyRowland Cuchiara bio: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Chinas political reforms economy in focus at Rices Baker Institute Nov 6

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYJeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775China’s political reforms, economy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 6HOUSTON – (Nov. 2, 2017) – A panel of experts will discuss the state of China’s political reforms and economy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 6.The Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Credit: UniversityThe discussion comes just weeks after the Chinese Communist Party’s historic 19th Party Congress convened the week of Oct. 18 and announced the party’s leadership and agenda for the next five years.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s China Studies Program, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Panelists Wenhong Chen, associate professor, Department of Radio-Film-Television, the University of Texas at Austin; Carrie Liu Currier, associate professor of political science and director of Asian studies, Texas Christian University; Hans Stockton, the Cullen Trust for Higher Education/Fayez Sarofim Chair in International Studies, associate dean, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas; and Jon Taylor, professor and chair, Department of Political Science, University of St. Thomas.Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute, will serve as moderator.What: A panel discussion titled “Political Reform in China.”When: Monday, Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Questions remain about China’s future direction, according to event organizers. Will General Secretary Xi Jinping follow the tradition of the last 30 years and pick a successor who will replace him in 2022, or will he use the party meetings this year and next to change the constitution and solidify his leadership, in the style of Vladimir Putin? At the same time, China is facing an economic slowdown that has caused some to wonder if Communist Party leaders will scale down their anti-corruption campaign to focus on stimulating economic development, organizers said.The public must RSVP for the event at A live webcast will be available at the event page.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, last_img read more

Ivanka Trump Harassed on JetBlue Plane Reports

first_img Show Discussion Ivanka Trump was reportedly berated on a JetBlue airplane, prompting the airliner to kick the passenger off the plane, according to reports on Thursday.Ivanka, the daughter of President-elect Trump, was with her three young children when another passenger started yelling at her—about her father.“Your father is ruining the country,” the person yelled, according to TMZ and TheWrap. TMZ also apparently obtained photos of Ivanka on the plane.“Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private,” the person added.A passenger on the plane said that Ivanka, who was flying coach, ignored the person and distracted her children with crayons. Related CoverageTrump Team Refutes Report Ivanka Will Take First Lady’s Office“You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!!” the person also angrily questioned as he was being removed, TMZ reported.JetBlue confirmed the incident, saying that the “decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly.”“If the crew determines that a customer is causing conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight,” the airliner added.Ivanka was flying from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article US Ivanka Trump Harassed on JetBlue Plane: Reports By Jack Phillips December 22, 2016 Updated: December 22, 2016last_img read more

Letter From 911 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Reaches White House

first_img US Smoke billows from the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions. (AP Photo/Gene Boyars) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Letter From 9/11 Mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Reaches White House By Jack Phillips January 17, 2017 Updated: January 18, 2017center_img Share this article Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama that ended up at the White House this week.CBS News reported that officials confirmed his letter arrived at the White House, but further details were not revealed.(Public Domain) (Public Domain)The letter was written by Mohammed in 2014, and it was only delivered to the White House after a judge ordered Guantanamo Bay prison officials to send it.The Miami Herald reported that Mohammed “wrote to Obama in 2014 about ‘Muslim oppression at the hands of the West in general and the United States in particular,’ his lawyer David Nevin said then. He also shares his views on what happened in Iraq during the period of U.S. sanctions and ‘events in Palestine and Gaza over the years.’”War prosecutor Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins reportedly didn’t want the letter sent to the White House, saying it’s propaganda. Mohammed, known as KSM, is awaiting his death penalty trial at Guantanamo Bay, where he’s being held on charges of planning the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.Related Coverage9/11 Mastermind Says George W. Bush Stunned al-Qaeda With ‘Ferocity’ After AttacksMore than a month ago, Mohammed admitted that former President George W. Bush’s response stunted al-Qaeda’s plans for another 9/11 attack.Khalid Sheik Mohammed made the confession in a new memoir, “Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America” written by James E. Mitchell.“Then he looked at me and said, ‘How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?’” Mitchell writes. “KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.” He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned “by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response,” according to the Washington Post. Show Discussionlast_img read more

Amazon Ships Florida Couple 65 Pounds of Pot in Their Order

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Share this article Everyone knows Amazon offers quick convenient shopping and delivery to your door. One couple got a benefit from the online retailer they’d rather have done without.An Orlando, Florida, woman and her fiancé had had good luck ordering off of Amazon, so when they needed some sealable storage bins the internet store seemed the place to shop.As expected, the boxes containing the bins arrived swiftly—but they seemed unusually heavy.“They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” explained one of the pair.Once the couple opened their packages, they found out why—inside each sealed storage bin was a big brick of marijuana. All told, the four bins contained 65 pounds of potent pot.The pair immediately called the police. A United Parcel Service employee unloads his truck in Washington, DC, October 6, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) A United Parcel Service employee unloads his truck in Washington on Oct. 6, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)“When the first officer got there, she was actually in disbelief,” the woman said.The police confiscated the marijuana, but that didn’t end the affair. The couple started to wonder what might happen if the recipients of the intoxicating delivery started hunting for their packages.“We were still pretty fearful our home would be broken into, and we didn’t sleep there for a few days,” they explained.Of course the couple called Amazon, hoping to get an apology and an explanation. After about of month of email exchanges, they finally received a $150 gift card, and a message from the customer service worker, “I am unable to do anything else at this time.”The lady who ordered the bins was a little upset. “There was no concern for a customer’s safety. I mean this could have turned into a worst-case scenario,” she said.Doesn’t look like a storage bin. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Doesn’t look like a storage bin. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Amazon released a statement saying its service team had done what it could to address the Orlando couple’s concerns and would be cooperating with police to help track down the smugglers.Police began their investigation at Amazon’s Warehouse Deals facility in Massachusetts which shipped the package using UPS as a carrier. Sometimes Amazon offers unexpected sorts of fulfillment. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) center_img Share Amazon Ships Florida Couple 65 Pounds of Pot in Their Order By Chris Jasurek October 23, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

Man Who Threw Burning Liquid in Girls Face is Arrested in Queens

first_img Share (Screenshot/Security camera footage – via CBSNY) More details in a Queens attack on a 13-year-old girl have been released.A man threw an unknown “burning” substance into the face of a 13-year-old white girl. He yelled, “This is for you, white [expletive].”The crime is now being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force, CBS reported. The incident occurred last Tuesday, as the girl was getting off a bus in the Richmond Hill area.The suspect in the case was later arrested and identified as 34-year-old Alexis Cabezas.He was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and harassment, police said.Officers caught Cabezas after he was seen littering, the New York Daily News reported last week. He was arrested less than one mile from where he tossed the liquid in the face of the girl. The girl took a photo of the suspect. (DCPI)According to a later Daily News report, Cabezas’s lawyer said that he’s autistic and couldn’t understand his actions.“He was unable to understand the jeopardy of the situation,” his lawyer Theodora Saal said in court. “It was a spontaneous and irrational action.”“Alexis Cabezas is autistic,” Saal added. “He was diagnosed as a small boy and went through special schooling as a child.”The police who arrested Cabezas, she said, described him as “simple.”“Normally she travels after school with her buddies,” Vincent Evangelista, a doctor, who is the victim’s father said, “but she was part of an after-school program and came back a little later.”“She’s going to move on from this incident and not let this in any way affect her in the future,” Evangelista said. “As long as she feels safe taking the bus she can continue taking the bus,” he added.The girl was taken to the Jamaica Hospital in Queens and is expected to recover.It’s unclear what type of liquid it was.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Man Who Threw ‘Burning’ Liquid in Girl’s Face is Arrested in Queens He was charged with a hate crimeBy Epoch Newsroom November 1, 2017 Updated: November 2, 2017center_img Show Discussion Share this article US News last_img read more

Whoopi Goldberg Sides with Trump on Issue of Shoplifting UCLA Players

first_img Share this article Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View”, came out in full force against three UCLA basketball players who were caught shoplifting by Chinese police.“You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president,” Goldberg said on Nov. 16.The three players, Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, and Jalen Hill, were released and sent back to the United States after President Donald Trump personally intervened and took the issue up with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.The three students, all freshmen, had been detained by Chinese police on Nov. 7 for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou.“It is the stupidest thing a young person has done,” Goldberg said.“Everyone said, don’t blow this, and what does youth do? And I’m blaming it on you, youth, because there’s no other explanation for this.” Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” talks about the three UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China. (Screenshot/ABC’s The View)Goldberg also said that the UCLA players should be punished for their actions. However, she doesn’t believe they should be thrown out of school.“You can embarrass the hell out of them. What you all did is as dumb as dumb can be,” she said.“The fact that he [President Trump] had to call and get your [expletive] out of there, is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.”Other hosts on the show agreed with Goldberg.“They caused an international incident where the president had to get involved and call the president of another country. I mean, this is really significant,” said co-host Sunny Hostin.The father of one of the players, LaVar Ball, sparked a controversy by refusing to thank the president for getting his son freed, and instead questioned the president’s involvement.The players themselves had each thanked Trump during a press conference on their return from China. They also admitted that they attempted to shoplift while in China.“I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,” said LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball.“My family raised me better than that, and I’m going to make myself a better person from here on out,” the player continued. “I’ve learned my lesson from this mistake and am 110 percent sure that I’ll not make a bad decision like this again.”The three players have been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team following the incident.Trump responded on Twitter to the controversy involving LaVar Ball by saying: “Remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!” Whoopi Goldberg Sides with Trump on Issue of Shoplifting UCLA Players By Epoch Newsroom November 25, 2017 Updated: November 25, 2017 US News Share Show Discussion …LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Trump also suggested he should have waited until his next trip to China to help release LiAngelo Ball.“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!” Trump wrote in a tweet on Nov. 19.Trump was in China earlier this month as part of a 12-day Asia trip. During the trip, he gained support from leaders in the region against North Korea’s nuclear weapons development. He also told Asian leaders that unfair trade practices would no longer be tolerated, and called for fair and reciprocal trade.If you enjoyed reading this article, support our independent journalism by sharing this article on social media. It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017 Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View” in New York City on Oct. 1, 2014. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images) last_img read more