Disabled campaigners have raised concerns that a m

first_imgDisabled campaigners have raised concerns that a major conference on “end of life choice” – being organised by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) – appears to be tilted in favour of speakers who want to legalise assisted suicide.Of speakers lined up to speak at the conference who have previously expressed their views publicly on the legalisation of assisted suicide, seven have said they are in favour, while just three have made clear their opposition.The conference on 9 February, in central London, would have been set to hear from just two people opposed to legalisation, but the user-led group Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK) contacted RSM last month to express its concern that it had not been asked to speak.NDY UK was not originally invited even though it played a significant role in the high court’s decision last October to reject the latest attempt to change the law.Juliet Marlow, from NDY UK, will now speak at next week’s conference, but she appears to be one of just two of 17 speakers who are disabled or who have a long-term health condition.The conference line-up includes Mark Jarman-Howe, a director of Dignity in Dying, which campaigns for legalisation, and barrister Victoria Butler-Cole, chair of Dignity in Dying’s sister organisation Compassion in Dying.The conference will also hear from the widower of a terminally-ill woman who chose an assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, and the widow of a terminally-ill man who wanted to end his life at the clinic but was not able to.Another speaker will be Dr Catherine Sonquist Forest, who takes part in assisted suicides as a physician in California, where the practice is now legal, and has campaigned for legalisation.As well as Marlow, the conference will hear from two other opponents of legalisation, Professor Rob George and Baroness Finlay, both professors of palliative medicine.A press release issued by RSM says that “polling suggests a large majority of the public want more choice and control when facing the end of life, sometimes including assisted dying”, and claims that “cases where patients and their families are frustrated about the options available to them are increasing”.RSM says the event will “bring together key figures from many sides of these important issues” and that there has been “a cultural shift away from paternalism and towards the empowerment of patients to make decisions about their own care”.Marlow said she was concerned that there were more pro-assisted suicide speakers lined up to contribute to the conference than those opposed to legalisation.She said NDY UK was pleased to be invited to speak but was “concerned however that we had to ask to be included and feel strongly that we should have been invited from the outset”, although she said “this may have been an oversight on the part of the organisers”.She said: “In our experience we have often been ignored for such events, despite the fact that Not Dead Yet UK is the only user-led organisation that opposes assisted suicide in the UK.“We are a well-established group that was founded in 2006 and we offer an important voice to end-of-life discussions.”She added: “We hope that any future events will include us as a matter of course and look forward to an honest and balanced conference.”An RSM spokeswoman said the organisation had “a long-standing and strong reputation for maintaining balance in its educational programmes”.She said that four other speakers known to oppose assisted suicide had been invited but were not able to attend.She said: “Not Dead Yet UK were added to the programme as soon as they contacted us.“This is an educational programme for doctors and clinicians. It includes a broad range of speakers including palliative care specialists, patient representatives, lawyers, the General Medical Council and the Crown Prosecution Service.“We believe the presentations given by Professor Paul Cosford and Juliet Marlow will give a strong voice to those with a long-term health condition or disability.“Strong chairmanship to facilitate balance during all RSM conference sessions is essential and for this meeting chairs with opposing views [Professor Clare Gerada is in favour of legalisation and Professor Simon Wessely is opposed] will lead each session.”She added: “Our position is always to be a forum for debate and discussion on healthcare topics and we remain firmly committed to our independent stance and do not produce policy statements or lobby any political parties or pressure groups.”Picture: Silent Witness star Liz Carr at a Not Dead Yet UK protestlast_img read more

Angela Rayner faced fierce criticism on Sunday whe

first_imgAngela Rayner faced fierce criticism on Sunday when she praised Tony Blair’s interview on The Andrew Marr Show and declared that “all shades of red are needed” within the Labour Party. By the afternoon, the Labour frontbencher had tweeted that the “trolling” reaction was “typical of the toxic political landscape we are in”, pointing out that Jeremy Corbyn would “never get into No10” if the party did not have room for her.One of the best interviews I’ve seen from Tony Blair on #Marr all shades of red are needed in our @UKLabour party to take on this nasty Tory government who are wrecking our Country.— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) March 3, 2019Rayner has consistently spoken about how New Labour – and particularly the Sure Start initiative – improved her life as a young, working-class single mother. But some Labour members were surprised that the Shadow Education Secretary, as a Corbynite (though often thought of as a ‘soft’ one), would compliment the former Labour Prime Minister responsible for the Iraq war. Last night, she felt the need to say: “For the record I will never turn on Corbyn.”Revealing that a self-proclaimed Corbyn supporter was recently arrested for threatening to rape and murder her on social media, the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne has now posted a longer reaction on her Facebook page that calls on Labour members to be “kinder to each other”.Below is the full text.The nasty tweets and social media comments I’ve had over the last 24hrs prove we have a problem with some on the left that cannot disagree respectfully. I would also like to thank the many members who have given me lots of support and positive messages.I’m not involved in any attempts to undermine our democratically elected leader, I don’t have any ambition to take over the party or be part of any faction and I’m not supporting Tony Blair’s war in Iraq or his attacks on Labour. People who know me know my views on this.I respect Tonys right to disagree as did Jeremy when Tony was leader. I’m glad he isn’t leaving the party. We need more members not less. We have to unite as a party (that doesn’t mean we all agree on everything) but to suggest that because I’m trying to keep our great movement together and fight to get Jeremy into number 10 and the Tories out makes me a traitor and that I should resign (I was even given a #ResignRayner hashtag) tells you we have a problem. Anyone who thinks attacking our representatives, activists or supporters in this way will get us a socialist government are sadly mistaken.It was only a couple of weeks ago someone claiming to be a Jeremy supporter was arrested for making threats to rape and murder me on social media. My house has panic buttons fitted. My colleague was assassinated doing her job that I do week in week out. Jeremy was attacked this weekend. We have to stop the personal attacks and be kinder to each other.Now I’m off to London to fight as I do week in week out to get a Labour government and improve the lives of my constituents, question is are you with me? Tags:Tony Blair /Labour /Angela Rayner /last_img read more

HULL FC hooker Danny Houghton beat off stiff compe

first_imgHULL FC hooker Danny Houghton beat off stiff competition to be named the 2016 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel.Houghton, who is the first ever Hull FC player to win the coveted award, has been at the heart of the Black and Whites attack and defence this year, playing a major role in their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup victory and helping them secure a top three finish in the First Utility Super League for the first time since 2006.Shortlisted alongside teammate Gareth Ellis and Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona, the 28-year-old Hull FC player has been in fine form this season and received the award as the stand-out performer in 2016 at the First Utility Super League Man of Steel dinner held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester.Houghton secured the award following a ballot of 288 Super League players and beat Hull Captain Ellis, who finished in second place, by almost twice as many first choice votes 113 to 59. For the first time ever the choices of every Super League player who voted have been made public on rugby-league.com. Each Super League player votes for three players they feel deserves the award, with their first choice receiving 5 points, second choice receiving 3 points and third choice receiving 1 point.The award winners in full from the 2016 First Utility Super League Man of Steel awards are as follows:Hit man – Danny Houghton (Hull FC – 1289 tackles)Top metre maker – Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves – 3983 metres made)Top try-scorer – Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers – 40 tries)Top Gun – Marc Sneyd (Hull FC – 83% conversion rate)Outstanding Contribution – Gregory Mounis, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Jamie Langley, Kirk Yeaman, Luke Dorn, Luke Robinson, Pat Richards, Paul Jackson, Paul Wood, Richard Mathers, Stuart Littler, Wayne Godwin Foundation of the Year – Widnes Vikings First Utility Super League Club of the Year – Hull FCFirst Utility Super League Young Player of the Year – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats)First Utility Super League Coach of the Year – Lee Radford (Hull FC)The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Danny Houghton (Hull FC)You can see the players’ vote for Man of Steel here.last_img read more

Weather forces relocation of FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

first_img FEMA representative Pamela Saulsby says the Columbus County DRC in Whiteville was operating at the Columbus County Community Farmer’s Market.The new location opened at noon Thursday at the Econo Lodge on J.K. Powell boulevard.The DRC is located inside the continental room on the first floor, near room 1-30.Related Article: Couple helping with Florence recovery loses home in CA wildfireSaulsby says it is a one stop shop where representatives from FEMA and other organizations will walk you through the process of applying for low interest loans, temporary housing, and more.However, the DRC will not be open much longer.“Don’t sit on the fence and wait or let a deadline come and go,” said Saulsby. “It’s a very simple process to apply and once you’re in the system, we will work with you step by step to make sure that if you are eligible for any kind of assistance, that it comes your way.”Saulsby says the DRC will close December 5th.After that, you can apply online, over the phone, or at a other county’s DRC up until December 13th.She says after you have registered, make sure to keep following up with FEMA. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Cold weather is affecting one Disaster Recovery Center in the Cape Fear.FEMA representatives had to change a location that was in a tent in Columbus County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington restaurant named among the most romantic in the country

first_imgCaprice Bistro (Photo: Caprice Bistro) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, OpenTable says they know the most romantic restaurants to take your sweetie.A restaurant in downtown Wilmington has been named top 100 most romantic restaurants in the country, according to OpenTable.- Advertisement – Caprice Bistro, located at 10 Market Street, specializes in French cuisine.Seven other restaurants in the state made the list.Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, Rey’s, Saint Jacques French Cuisine in Raleigh, Ryan’s Restaurant in Winston-Salem, and The Gamekeeper in Boone, the Melting Pot in Huntersville and Charlotte.Related Article: Students accused of putting bodily fluids in teachers’ foodSee the complete list.last_img read more

Sweet N Savory owner holds Kickstarter meeting for second location

first_imgSweet ‘N’ Savory Leland Kickstarter Meeting (Photo: WWAY/ Monique Robinson) LELAND, NC (WWAY)–Brunswick County residents are excited another restaurant could be coming to Leland.When some Leland residents heard, Sweet ‘N’ Savory was asking for support they jumped up to the call to action. Earlier Tuesday evening, owner Robert Shapiro hosted a community meeting to discuss the crowd sourcing plan to build the second location.- Advertisement – Gerry Sunderland lives in Leland and he says he’s a huge fan of the restaurant and the Kickstarter program.“That to me is kind of innovative, it’s a nice way to kind of help the community get involved, as well as, ease the burden on the risk that the owners are going to take because restaurants are very risky businesses,” said Sunderland.The restaurant’s goal is $450,000 by June 9th.Related Article: Veterans services tour coming to Brunswick CountyCOO Lorraine Barns says this will be a community restaurant providing service, quality, and consistency like they’ve done at their Wrightsville Beach location.last_img read more

Priest and farmer share testimony of horror stories in Nigeria

first_img SharePrint FILE PHOTO: Three Fulani men sell traditional fabric on a road in Sevare, Mali, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Adama Diarra//File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Three Fulani men sell traditional fabric on a road in Sevare, Mali, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Adama Diarra//File Photo A Nigerian Catholic priest and a farmer who witnessed countless of murders and were persecuted by the Fulani because of their faith are the main speakers at a prayer vigil in memory of the modern Christian martyrs. This Night of Witness will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Balzan, this Thursday 11th April starting at 17.30 till 19.00. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Malta will be organizing the event.“84 churches were destroyed by the Fulani” – Fr LammaFr. Polycarp Lamma is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Jalingo, North Eastern Nigeria where a new wave of violent attacks against Christians by militant Fulani herdsmen is raging on an almost daily basis.Since his ordination in 2007, Fr. Polycarp has been working in crisis-ridden areas, living in rural villages with the people and accompanying the faithful in their faith. He has felt the direct impact of these attacks. On his birthday, the Fulani militants stormed his parish home, burning down the parish church, his home and destroying the entire village. His escape was a miracle.  Fr. Polycarp says he has seen countless murdered in the most brutal way and up to 84 churches under his pastoral care completely destroyed by the militants.Constant and intense clashes – farmerMr Solomon Yuhwam, a Catholic father of three, is a farmer. In his community of Dan Anacha, a village in Nigeria’s North Eastern State of Taraba, the clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers is very intense.He will be sharing his encounter with the Fulani herdsmen and explaining the real situation of the crisis in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.In Nigeria the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked and killed Christians. But in northern Nigeria’s Middle Belt area a bigger threat for Christians comes from the Hausa-Fulani Muslim Herdsman. Thousands of Christians have been killed, entire villages razed to the ground and hundreds left homeless.  Just over 38 million people belong to the larger Fulani cluster of ethnic groups found in pockets across 19 Central and West African countries.Everyone is invited to this event.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Measles on the rise warns Health Superintendent

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Superintendent for Public Health, Charmaine Gauci said that since the beginning of the year 15 cases of measles have been recorded. All the cases were endemic, that is they started in Malta and were not ‘imported’ by foreign carriers. In an interview with Newsbook.com.mt, Dr Gauci said that last year only four cases were reported and three of those had originated from abroad. This year, so far, the number of persons who have succumbed to the contagion is already three time higher than it was for the whole of last year.Read Also: Health Authorities investigating three measles cases                Millions of children miss measles shots, creating outbreaks – UNICEFA potential killerDr Gauci said that measles is a potential killer illness and can leave a person severely disabled. Among the disabilities it can cause are blindness, deafness or cerebral impairment. It can also kill. Measles spreads with ease through droplet infection but can just as easily be prevented through the vaccine provided by the national health service.Dr Gauci emphasised the importance of the vaccine both in adults and in children. She explained that to take the vaccine, adults need to be under 50 years of age and is free of charge. If a person feels that they are at risk, the best recourse is to go to one’s GP for advice, concluded Dr Gauci.WhatsApplast_img read more

46 persons arrested following raid in Marsa

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Anti-Drug Squad has arrested 46 individuals in the night between Saturday and Sunday in Marsa. Amongst other things, the persons were detained over the possession of various drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, cocaine and synthetic drugs.The arrested persons are of various nationalities. Some are Maltese, others are European, African, Indian and American. There ages vary between 16 and 43.Some have already paid the fine; others are waiting to be arraigned in Court in the coming days.WhatsApplast_img read more

India to Regulate SMS Spam Using Scrubber

first_imgAdvertisement According to the new guidelines, telemarketers would have to cross check their database with the National Consumer Preference Registry, updated by TRAI twice a week, to ensure that all outbound messages and calls are opted into by the recipient. Mobile operators are also required to do a second-level check to ensure mobile consumers are not spammed.According to the Afaqs report, Scrubber, an app launched by India-based SMS GupShup that enables marketers to update their Do Not Call lists as per TRAI’s database, has been tested on its monthly volume of over three billion messages, as well as on multiple network operator locations.With all related parties complying with the guidelines, Viswanath Ramachandran, chief technology officer of SMS GupShup said “Marketers would now be able to target mobile users more effectively, and communicate with only those who are interested in receiving their communications, providing an end to mobile spam.” – Advertisement – The new guidelines ensure that fines are imposed on carriers and telemarketers not complying with the norms.Source: TNW Newslast_img read more

British Academy Games Awards Winners 2016

first_imgFall Out wins “Best Game” at the British Academy Games Awards Winners in 2016. Image Credit: Kinja Advertisement The winners of the British Academy Games Awards, celebrating the very best in games of the past year were announced on Thursday 7th, April 2016 at the ceremony hosted by Dara O’Briain at Tobacco Dock, London.Fall Out 4 wins “Best Game” at the British Academy Games Awards Winners 2016. Image Credit: GamespotFallout 4, the action role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios won “Best Game“. This is the first win for the series which has been British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominated six times.Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, the story-based game that takes place in a small English village whose inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared, took home three BAFTAs: Audio Achievement, Performer for Merle Dandridge as Kate Collins, and Musicfor the haunting score composed by Jessica Curry. – Advertisement – Sam Barlow collected three awards for Her Story, a novel piece of interactive fiction. The game is Barlow’s first project as an independent developer and won in the Debut Game, Game Innovation and Mobile & Handheld categories.Futuristic sports-action game Rocket League fought off strong competition across three categories to win BAFTAs for Family Game, Multiplayer and Sport.Anime-inspired Ori and the Blind Forest won the BAFTA for Artistic Achievement. Batman: Arkham Knight, the fourth installment in the multi-BAFTA-winning Batman: Arkham series, collected the award for British Game, while the Gothic-inspired action role-playing game, Bloodborne, won the Game Design category.Interactive survival horror title Until Dawn picked up the BAFTA for Original Property, while Prison Architect, a construction and management sim where the player takes control of their own prison, won the Persistent Game award. The BAFTA for Story was won by Life is Strange, an episodic adventure that set out to revolutionise story-based choice and consequence games.The AMD eSports Audience Award was won by SMITE, seeing off competition from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and League of Legends.Showcasing the best in young games development and design talent, the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital was won by SUNDOWN, a multiplayer stealth game created by a team of student developers from the US.The Fellowship the highest accolade the Academy can bestow was presented to John Carmack, a leading figure within computer and game engineering and one of the pioneers of 3D graphics, for his outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the industry.Below is the summary of the winners:CategoryWinnerBest gameFallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios)British gameBatman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios)Debut gameHer Story (Sam Barlow)StoryLife Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)PerformerEverybody’s Gone to the Rapture (Merle Dandridge)Artistic achievementOri and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)Audio achievementEverybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)Family gameRocket League (Psyonix)Game designBloodborne (FromSoftware)Game innovationHer Story (Sam Barlow)Mobile and handheld gameHer Story (Sam Barlow)Multiplayer gameRocket League (Psyonix)MusicEverybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room)Original propertyUntil Dawn (Supermassive Games)Persistent gamePrison Architect (Introversion Software)Sport gameRocket League (Psyonix)Ones to watchSundown (Mild Beast Games)eSports audience awardSmite (Hi-Rez Studios)Bafta fellowshipJohn Carmacklast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 2 November1.25 AyrAlmutaham 12/1 > 8/11.45 NewmarketIsland Remede 10/1 > 13/23.50 AscotZamdy Man 4/1 > 2/14.05 WetherbyArdlui 7/2 > 9/4last_img


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 19 NovemberRACING12.30 LingfieldSamsamsam 5/1 > 5/212.35 FairyhouseWaxies Dargle 4/1 > 2/112.40 WarwickJayo Time 11/4 > 11/8What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

BENS BLOG Email of The Century

first_img[dropcap]J[/dropcap]UST when you thought Myleene Klass might look like a dizzy trust-fund artie…WRONG.The officially-registered, exotic-hottie, received the following email, from the local hand-out club, at her children’s school:Ladies, Jane and Hannah would prefer a class birthday gift for their daughters this year.Sarah would like a Kindle and Lola a desk, (very studious choices!!)So if you would like to join in, please can I collect a suggested £10 from you before the party on Feb 9th.”Hmm…a bit grasping for your liking, Blog..? So surely, in what MUST be, email of the century, so far, this was her response:Dear All,For Ava’s birthday, she has requested a real live Unicorn. I will be collecting Unicorn money via her book bag, in the playground or at www.getwhatyouregivenandendthismadness.com(Additionally, I’d like a Ferrari and Leonardo DiCaprio, so by all means, do feel obligated to contribute to this too).If you don’t wish to, please don’t feel any pressure from the countless emails I intend to follow this up with and clog your inbox. Love and thanks!!”PURE CLASS. Myleene, never mind Leonardo; I’M AVAILABLE!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsenal have beaten Villa by an aggregate of 8-0 in their two Premier League games this season so it’s easy to see why they are 8/15 favourites to defend their FA Cup title inside 90 minutes at Wembley.The teams finished third and 17th in the table with Villa narrowly escaping relegation.Arsenal’s striker Danny Welbeck misses the match after failing to recover from a knee injury but there could be starts for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mathieu Debuchy and captain Mikel Arteta who are all back in training after recent injuries.For Villa, Dhay Given is fit after recovering from a groin injury and Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf) and Jores Okore (knee) have also trained. Ciaran Clark misses the final with a knee injury.Arsenal’s midfielder Aaron Ramsey was the hero last season when he scored an extra-time winner to beat Hull 3-2 and gave Arsenal their first trophy in nine years.Ramsey said: “To score a winner in the FA Cup final, it’s everybody’s dream and I managed to live it. To finally win something after all those years and the pressure that has been put on this club was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something. We never do it easy. We’ve experienced what it’s like now, going a few goals behind early in the game, but we still believed in ourselves and our ability to get through it.”Arsenal v Aston VillaFA Cup Final5.30pm BBC1 / BT SPORTSTAR SPORTS BET (subject to change) 8/15 Arsenal 11/2 Aston Villa 16/5 DRAWHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 Premier Arsenal 5-0 Aston VillaSep 2014 Premier Aston Villa 0-3 ArsenalJan 2014 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 ArsenalAug 2013 Premier Arsenal 1-3 Aston VillaFeb 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-1 Aston VillaNov 2012 Premier Aston Villa 0-0 ArsenalMar 2012 Premier Arsenal 3-0 Aston VillaJan 2012 FA Cup Arsenal 3-2 Aston VillaDec 2011 Premier Aston Villa 1-2 ArsenalMay 2011 Premier League Arsenal 1-2 Aston VillaTeamsArsenal (from): Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud, Szczesny, Gabriel, Monreal, Debuchy, Coquelin, Cazorla, Rosicky, Flamini, Arteta.Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Senderos, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Baker, Richardson, Cissokho, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Grealish, Cole, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor.I’m expecting Arsenal not to make life too difficult for themselves this year and get out of the blocks a bit quicker.Arsenal to be winning at both HT and FT can be backed at around 6/5 on Star Sports and looks the bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ARSENAL to be winning at HT and FT for 15 points at around 6/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 17.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

DAVY RUSSELL Cheltenham Friday

first_imgSimply stunning day at Cheltenham on Thursday for our brand ambassador Davy Russell who stormed to the top of the jockeys table with a sensational 377/1 treble !!!!We caught up Davy after The Storyteller won – listen to his message for Starsports blog readers below:DAVY’S WINNERS WERE ……..Pertemps Network Final Handicap HurdleDELTA WORK WON 6/1Ryanair ChaseBALKO DES FLOS WON 8/1Brown Advisory Handicap ChaseTHE STORYTELLER WON 5/1Davy’s Cheltenham dream day even started trending around the world on twitter. After The Storyteller won ‘Davy Russell’ was trending second in the UK and ninth in the entire WORLD !!!Well done Davy from us all at Star Sports, now let’s hear your views on Friday’s racing. No pressure ……CHELTENHAM FRIDAYNo resting on any laurels !! I have three booked rides on Gold Cup Day …1:30 JCB Triumph HurdleSmaller field than usual and I think Mr Adjudicator and Apple’s Shakira set the standard.  The filly has such good form around the track and whilst not beating horses of this level she can improve further and I just prefer her chances. Farclas is a nice horse but he just has a little bit of ground to find with Mr Adjudicator on Leopardstown form.BEN DUNDEE (2:10 Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle)A real minefield of a race. We think what he needs is a real fast run two miles which I’m sure we’ll get here. There’re dangers everywhere you look but I thought last year’s Fred Winter winner Flying Tiger was one of the more likely sorts to go close.DORTMUND PARK (2:50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle)Continues to pleasantly surprise us. He has kept on improving as the year has gone on although was a little disappointing when fourth in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown the last day on his first run since having a wind op. Again, it’s another hugely competitive race but on my shortlist would be Chris’s Dream who loves the ground and won by an eased down 64 lengths the last day at Clonmel !DAVY ON DORTMUND PARK3:30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup ChaseSadly no ride for me this year but it’s a big field and on the ground will turn out to be a massive test of stamina. I’m not sure the conditions will suit Might Bite as I think the ground has gone against him. It’s wide open, I wouldn’t dismiss Definitly Red whilst Our Duke and Native River have obvious big claims too.DAVY ON THE GOLD CUP4:10 St. James’s Place Foxhunter Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ ChasePass !!4:50 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap HurdleAt a big price I like the look of Dream Berry. He ran a brilliant race at Punchestown when last seen and I can see him coming back after the break a nice fresh horse. Jonjo rarely leaves the Festival without a win, so hopefully this fella can run well for him. Gordon’s (Elliott) Flawless Escape is a nice novice and his third at Leopardstown reads better now after Delta Work’s win today. Delta Work was a short head behind Flawless Escape in fourth spot that day.TOP GAMBLE (5:30 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase)I ride this one for Kerry Lee and a fast run two miles should prove perfect. He will also like the ground. JP’s Don’t Touch It looks a big danger to all.Best of luck on the final day, thanks for all your support and kind messages.DAVY YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday 25 April

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Artist Mary Ellen Carroll to rotate house and property 180 degrees live

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David Ruth                                                                                                     PHONE: 713-348-6327                                                                          EMAIL: druth@rice.eduArtist Mary Ellen Carroll to rotate house and property 180 degrees live on the Internet“prototype 180,” a work of conceptual art by Rice University artist Mary Ellen Carroll, will rotate an entire property – the house, outlying structures and landscape – in Houston’s aging, first-ring suburb Sharpstown. In planning for 10 years, “prototype 180” is a reconsideration of monumentality that combines live performance, sculpture, architecture and technology.The project will be streamed live online Friday, Oct. 8, in high-definition video using Rice-developed technology at www.prototype180.com. Carroll worked directly with William Deigaard, director of networking, telecommunications and data center operations at Rice, to develop the system. Viewers will see the transformation from many angles, including that of the house itself. The long-vacant home will be retrofitted as a model/laboratory for the application of innovative building and communication systems.“prototype 180” is the centerpiece of Carroll’s Innovation Territories, an initiative co-sponsored by the Rice University Building Institute. Her desire is to give the project’s neighbors – in Sharpstown and, via the Web, around the world – an inside look at what it means to make architecture and building systems perform but where the process is a conceptual work of art.“The structure will act as the protagonist,” Carroll said. “We will see the reaction to the process from the building’s perspective.”Who: American artist Mary Ellen Carroll, a lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture, in collaboration with the Rice University Building Institute.What: “prototype 180,” a ground-shifting exercise in monumental land art, architecture and performance.When: Friday, Oct. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. CDT. Where: 6513 Sharpview Drive, Houston. Live on the Internet at www.prototype180.com.What viewers won’t necessarily see is the hard work Carroll and the community, which includes her students, have done over the years to prepare for this catalytic moment. Carroll has worked extensively to bring the area to the attention of city, county and federal officials for the development of policy and the implementation of retrofitting programs for energy savings and communication technology. A hydroponic curtain wall, solar panels, geothermal heating and rainwater recycling are all part of the plan for 6513 Sharpview, and she hopes others will jump on the chance to turn their homes into energy-neutral, if not energy-negative, properties and revive Sharpstown’s standing as an innovative community.The house, which will be renovated after the rotation and remain as a single-family home for possible use as a satellite of a new institute, will be fitted with cameras in the eaves so project partners at Rice, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the public can see the process from the building’s point of view and interact with it through a computer program that will be able to remotely control some elements. The area will eventually incorporate technology developed by Edward Knightly, a Rice professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. Knightly’s Rice Networks Group is developing techniques for the deployment and management of large-scale urban mesh networks in underserved communities.For information or to speak to Mary Ellen Carroll, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or druth@rice.edu.last_img read more

Children in immigrant families more likely to be sedentary

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs/News & Media RelationsAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduChildren in immigrant families more likely to be sedentaryHOUSTON – (Aug. 4, 2014) – Immigrant children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be sedentary than U.S.-born white children, according to a new study by sociologists at Rice University. The researchers said their findings should remind pediatricians and parents of children in immigrant families to encourage physical activity.The research revealed that children of immigrants from all racial and ethnic backgrounds have lower levels of physical activity than U.S.-born white children, even when adjustments are made for socio-demographic and neighborhood characteristics. A low level of physical activity is zero days in a typical week of exercise that causes rapid breathing, perspiration and a rapid heartbeat for 20 continuous minutes or more. Children of Asian immigrants are nearly three times as likely to have lower levels of physical activity than U.S.-born white children, and children of Hispanic immigrants and immigrants of unspecified ethnicity are nearly two times as likely.The study, “Neighborhood Context and Immigrant Children’s Physical Activity,” will appear in the August edition of Social Science and Medicine. The study included data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, which surveyed 17,510 participants with kindergarteners on issues affecting child development between 1998 and 1999.The study also found that U.S.-born white children have higher rates of physical activity than minority children born in the U.S., although the gap is smaller than the one that exists with children of immigrants. U.S.-born black children are 1.35 times as likely to have lower levels of physical activity, U.S.-born Hispanic children are 1.23 times as likely and U.S.-born children of unspecified ethnicity are 1.52 times as likely.“Children in immigrant families are at particular risk for low levels of physical activity, which we were unable to explain with a host of factors relating to family and neighborhood characteristics,” said Rachel Kimbro, an associate professor of sociology at Rice and the study’s co-author.Mackenzie Brewer, a doctoral student in sociology at Rice University and the study’s lead author, said that in terms of health status in the U.S., it is important to understand the health behaviors of children in immigrant families.“These children comprise a growing population of American youth, and failing to address the low levels of physical activity among this group could have important long-term health consequences as this population transitions into adolescence and adulthood,” Brewer said.The authors hope the study will promote additional research on how physical activity of children varies across racial and ethnic backgrounds.The study was supported by a Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar grant and is available online at http://bit.ly/VtOIqj.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.If you would rather not receive future communications from Rice University, let us know by clicking here.Rice University, Public Affairs – MS300 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1827 United Stateslast_img read more

Columbia Business School Professor On Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

first_img Last Updated Jan 3, 2019 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Every year, half of all Americans make New Years resolutions. Unfortunately, according to the latest Marist Poll, one-third will fail. So, how do you make sure you succeed? Columbia Business School professor of business Gita Johar has advice for holding fast to your goals. Her trick: “Make it painful to break your resolution.”How to Make Breaking a New Year’s Resolution PainfulThe idea is to impose penalties on yourself for failing to keep your resolution. This can make it far more likely that you’ll follow through. By associating a negative outcome with failure, you’ll resist temptations to quit. “Self-punishment leads to heightened goal accessibility,” Johar believes. And the idea of adding self-imposing penalties and restrictions is not new. Its origin goes back to ancient Greece and the Odyssey when Odysseus tied himself to his ship’s mast to resist the call of the Sirens. For modern times, the concept can be applied to using a smartphone app to reduce screen time or using an alcoholism drug to stop alcohol abuse.“Enduring pain, in other words, is not just a nudge to do better in the future but also an inward sign of self-control,” Johar’s research explained. “You feel you have more self-control if you’re able to withstand pain.”Proof Is in the PuddingTo prove her concept of using pain to succeed, Johar and her colleagues conducted a “painful” experiment that tested students’ willingness to drink bitter juice and listen to unpleasant noise.In one experiment, 205 undergraduate students were tasked with thinking about a time they had too little self-control and overspent. They were then asked to read either an article about how negative sensory experiences were an indicator of self-control or how negative experiences had no indication of self-control. All students were then asked to drink bitter juice.The students who read that self-control and negative experiences go together drank more bitter juice than others—they punished themselves for their failure with money. “Upon recalling a self-control failure that one feels responsible for, individuals who believe their personal qualities can change are more likely to endure negative experiences,” explained Johar.The takeaway is that if you want to reach your 2019 New Years resolutions, you need to aim high and back up your goals with firm self-punishments when you fail. Read more about this idea on the Columbia Business School news site.This article has been edited and republished from its original source, Clear Admit. regions: New York Citycenter_img Columbia Business School Professor On Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions Relatedlast_img read more