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first_imgOrganisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner.Julie Jaye Charles (pictured), chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), said she believed the discrimination showed itself through the failure of local and central government to fund organisations like hers.She said: “There is a discriminatory imbalance of power. Discrimination we know is not about calling each other names.“If you feel you are being discriminated against and you see a community is being discriminated against and your organisation is being discriminated against, it’s racism, it’s discrimination, full stop.“I will shout to the rooftops about that, because it’s unfair.”She said she believed that at least 60 small BME disabled people’s organisations had been forced to close because of funding cuts, while she could name only a couple of small, local groups that were still operating: the Disabled Asian Women’s Network and Waltham Forest Black People’s Mental Health Association.She spoke out this week as a House of Lords event – hosted by Baroness Uddin and organised by ENC and the charity Include Me TOO – was set to highlight the problem.Lord [Chris] Holmes, the disabled Tory peer and disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was due to speak at last night’s (20 July) event.Jaye Charles said she hoped the meeting would provide impetus to set up an all-party parliamentary group on BME disabled people.She said it was time to have the conversation about why BME organisations were struggling for funding, and she said she was “appalled” at what she saw as “openly discrimintory practices”.She said: “It is time for us to have an open discussion on why BME organisations are closing rapidly up and down the country in England and Wales, due to lack of recognition and lack of power to continue to fight their cause for the most vulnerable they serve.”Parmi Dheensa, chief executive of Include Me TOO, said that “substantial resources” had been invested in improving services and support for disabled children and young people and their families.But she said the needs of BME disabled children, young people and families had been “overlooked”, which further increased the difficulties they faced.Jaye Charles pointed to statistics from 2011 which showed there were nearly 900,000 BME disabled people in England, a figure she believes is certain to be an under-estimate, while in her own local authority, Newham, there were nearly 26,000.ENC supports disabled people across housing, employment, further education, social security, health and social care and immigration.They come to ENC, she said, because they don’t have the funding to access legal support and yet cannot afford to feed their families.Last year, after she won a lifetime achievement award for her work with disabled people from BME communities – she set up ENC and first ran it from her front room in 1997, but she hasn’t been paid for her work since 2007 – she said she hoped to set up a food bank just for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions.ENC has been in talks with the food poverty charity The Trussell Trust, and Jaye Charles said she will soon be able to launch the service.Her organisation still receives regular referrals from well-funded organisations that rely on its expertise with BME disabled people, she said, even though ENC has no council funding itself.ENC has just won a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contract to help employment and support allowance claimants who are not working well with their Jobcentre Plus offices – which will see them using DWP’s Flexible Support Fund – into jobs through the Work Programme.Jaye Charles said DWP has promised that the project will be rolled out across the country if it proves successful.last_img read more

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Ford GoBike again eyes the 24th street BART plaza

first_img 0% Tags: 24th Street BART • bikes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% For his part, Arguello confirmed that he met with Ford GoBike, but said it’s too soon to tell if the 10-month stalemate will be broken. “We’re in discussion. We still need to meet with the full council and our allies in the Excelsior and the East Bay to brief everybody on the discussion and see what everybody thinks.” And, Arguello implied that Ford GoBike may have competition. “We’ve met with another bike-sharing company for the past six or seven months.” In the meantime, Jean Walsh and Alex Garcia, staff from Ford GoBike’s San Francisco office, canvassed the vendors at the 24th street BART plaza last week and got some interest and mild support. While Ford GoBike has steadily increased its fleet in San Francisco since June of 2017, including 26 stations in the Mission, one location has eluded the service: the 24th Street BART station. The 24th Street BART station is considered a prime location. To that end, Ford GoBike has re-launched its efforts to add two new stations at or near what is popularly known as the heart of the Mission. While Ford GoBike decides where to put the stations, it has has been surveying the community, canvassing plaza vendors and meeting with Erick Arguello, co-founder and president of Calle 24, the merchant-and-cultural association that scuttled plans for Ford GoBike’s expansion into the 24th Street corridor last August.Back then, Arguello cited concerns about the rapid rate of change in the neighborhood, the loss of parking spaces and worries over data collection. Motivate, which operates Ford GoBike in the city, has since said that it is not collecting data. center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterEmail Address “I haven’t had anyone tell me, ‘don’t put bike stations here,’” Garcia noted. Walsh, director of external relations for Ford GoBike and a fluent Spanish speaker, sees the outreach as part of a process. “We’re talking to people at the plaza to find out how they feel about bike share and to find out where we might be able to put a station in this area to connect with BART,” Walsh said. The two possible sites at the 24th Street BART station are on the street, or on the plaza, which is where the docks are located at the 16th Street BART. Street docks are less popular because they generally mean giving up parking spaces.  The site for a second 24th Street station, according to Ford GoBike’s website, might be in front of the Mission branch of the public library. “Calle 24 wants to revitalize this plaza, and we support that,” Walsh said. “Our question is: how does bike sharing fit in with that vision? We want to hear from the vendors, artists and others, who are here all the time and use this plaza, what they think.” Millie Lopez, who has sold jewelry on the plaza for three years, nodded her head when asked if she supported a bike station on the plaza. “I’ve seen people on them,” she said. “They look good!” She was confused by the membership structure. “Is it a rental bike?” she asked Garcia. Walsh explained the pricing structure, including the low-income “Biking for All” membership, which offers a $5 yearly membership available to all who qualify. “That’s nice!” Lopez said. Walsh said an April 6 survey drew 620 responses, including 321 from Mission residents and 30 Mission businesses. Seventy-seven percent of the Mission residents who responded supported Ford GoBike stations at the 24th Street BART plaza, according to Walsh. “The closer the connection to the BART entrances, the better. I support taking any parking necessary to expand bike share,” wrote one survey taker. Roughly 20 percent did not support installing docks on the BART plaza, or on the street.Mayra Madiz, a Mission resident, wants Ford GoBikes in the Mission. “As a Latina Mission resident who does not own a car and who relies on public transportation to move around the city, I’m a strong supporter of the installation of bike share stations near BART stations,” she wrote in an email. Public bikes at 24th Street, she added, would cut her daily commute by 30 minutes and be more affordable and healthier than taking taxis.Of the 30 Mission-based business owners who responded to the survey, 19 supported new bike stations at the BART plaza, including 18 who also supported on-street docks. According to Walsh, a typical on-street station converts 3-4 parking spaces into docks that have the capacity for up to 27 bicycles.  Eleven of the businesses did not support either option. “Get your blue gentrifying logos and bikes that commodify the concept of sharing out of the Mission,” wrote one survey taker. Since GoBike’s launch last June, usage of the bikes has been robust, according to the company’s figures. Riders have taken 703,380 trips in San Francisco — 150,393 of those were to or from the Mission. And 22 percent of Ford GoBikes’ annual members have taken advantage of the low-income Bike Share for All plan. Given these figures and the ubiquity of the blue bikes on the streets of San Francisco, Walsh said that the lack of Ford GoBike station near 24th Street BART has been noticeable. “We’ve heard from a lot of people,” she said. “They want to know why there’s this gaping hole in the Mission in our system.” At present, the closest docks are on Valencia just north of 24th Street, with another near 22nd Street and a third on 25th Street near Harrison. Some people, however,  are still resistant to the bikes. “Others tell us to get out of the neighborhood,” she said. “But there’s also lots of ambivalence. We’re just doing our best to talk to everyone.” San Francisco’s original Bay Area Bike Share program launched in 2013 with 35 stations in San Francisco and 700 bikes. The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency jointly spent $9.8 million on the four-year pilot project. According to a report and evaluation of the pilot program, the agencies actively sought corporate funding. Ford GoBike was selected as the funder, and underwrote the expansion of the program to the tune of  $60 million to have Motivate run it.  In June 2017, Bay Area Bike Share shut down, re-emerging later that month as Ford GoBike. For long-time bicycle activists like Chris Carlsson, the lack of public funding is a problem that no amount of community outreach can overcome. A city-owned and maintained fleet, he maintains, would continue the tradition in San Francisco of public transit systems built to serve the city. “Today’s public bike system emulates other systems that have been in place in other cities for a while, and replicates the same problems, corporate sponsorship and advertising being the top of the list,” Carlsson wrote in an email.For now, the private/public method of funding alternate transportation systems remains in place, however. Moreover, it’s growing. By the end of 2018, Ford GoBike plans to locate 7,000 bikes at 546 stations in all sectors of the city. If the proposal for the installation at 24th Street BART is accepted, the location will come equipped with the newest addition to Ford GoBike’s fleet: electric bikes.There’s no date set for the new 24th street BART docks. Depending on the location, either BART or the SFMTA has to officially sign off on the proposal before the installation can begin, and each agency has an approval process.    Jim Allison, BART spokesperson, said BART’s goal is to have 8 percent of its passengers accessing the trains by bicycle by 2022.  Already the agency has partnered with GoBike at 16th Street, and Allison said they “will review/approve any equipment on our property.” If the dock is located on the street, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency will mail notices to all addresses within 250 feet about any pending installation, according to Heath Maddox, senior planner with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Walsh acknowledges some lingering discontent with the service. “Not everyone’s going to be happy,” she said in the plaza. But she also thinks that this time, the overall reaction might be different. “Now people are used to seeing the bikes,” she said. “and we can show that people are using these bikes, and that they are providing a service. And so we’re back to engage in the conversation again.” Related content: Who is taking whom for a ride?, Joe Eskenazi, August 20, 2017.last_img read more

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In 2018 San Francisco made choices In 2019 well deal with them

first_imgWhile we’re at it, the union that did the most to elect London Breed, the firefighters, will be eagerly awaiting her decision on who the next chief will be (Chief Joanne Hayes-White, whose ouster was openly called for by both the union and Breed in recent years, has announced she’ll retire in early 2019). While we’re at it, it remains to be seen if a board of supervisors elected as neighborhood character types and newly minted State Senate housing chair Scott Wiener’s relentless push for increased density and against local control have put this city’s local and state representatives on a collision course. It’s difficult to come up with a valediction for 2018, an overstuffed year that was to San Francisco political developments what Buca di Beppo is to portion size and sensible interior decor. In short, there was so much loaded onto our plates that, by the time we were halfway through with one course, we’d forgotten what came only just before. There was just too much to get through; it left us all feeling a bit sick. San Francisco held not one but two blockbuster high-stakes elections in 2018. London Breed started out the year as mayor, was unseated, was in June elected by the voting public, saw the voting public spurn most all of her significant wishes in a disastrous November election — but enters the new year as the prohibitive favorite to win a mayoral contest that may or may not feature serious opposition. Our electorate favored local and state representatives with potentially incompatible views on land use and local control; voters here, intriguingly, both reinforced and reproached the status quo. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter This was a year that could’ve used an editor. The year 2018 was a consequential one for this city. But, in the distant or even not-too-distant future, it may be seen most of all as an inflection point. San Franciscans were offered a distinct set of personnel and policy choices — two roads diverged in a peninsula… We made our decisions. In the coming year, for good or ill, we will live with them.San Francisco became the worldwide epicenter for needles and feces stories in 2018.City leaders are hoping we don’t win the repeat title in 2019.It was George Carlin who noted that he put a dollar in the change machine, but nothing changed. In San Francisco, donors put millions of dollars into our political machine, but it’s hard to argue all that much has changed. Perhaps that was the point. London Breed was — and is — a compelling politician. There were — and are — compelling reasons to vote for her. But the office-seeker overtly supported by the city’s establishment and its entrenched bureaucracy, and with an inner circle in part cobbled from the last three mayors’ inner circles is not ostensibly the change candidate. Accordingly, the mayor’s most visible actions have come around quality-of-life issues (“She talks a lot about poop on the ground,” confirms a City Hall ideological ally). Quality of life issues are important — hence the term “quality of life” — but it’s not something to storm the barricades over.Thank you to all who have helped us reached our goal for the match campaign. This represents about a quarter of our budget so if you are a regular reader and have not contributed, consider doing so today. We need you. The city now spends a stunning $65 million cleaning its streets. That’s some quality of life right there. So, in the run-up to the 2019 election, it figures that Breed will continue to stress quality-of-life issues, and govern the way she has governed so far — in an even-keeled manner that doesn’t rock the boat, and hasn’t led to sweeping change. Other than departed Department of Public Health boss Barbara Garcia — who resigned after city investigations alleged fiscal impropriety — no city department head has been shown the door. Breed sent a sternly worded letter to Muni director Ed Reiskin after it was uncovered that the transit agency clandestinely took buses and drivers off major routes to run shuttles during the Twin Peaks Tunnel upgrade, inducing a summertime Muni meltdown.Muni officials, cavalierly, did not inform the mayor’s office they were doing this. Nevertheless, Reiskin asked for three months to show benchmark improvements. He didn’t meet them. He’s still on the job. Muni’s transit director, John Haley, would all but certainly still be on the job, too, if he hadn’t been sued by a former underling alleging sexual harassment. Intentionally kneecapping your own transit service and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of daily riders — and, cynically, hiding behind Muni’s hyperbolically crappy reputation — won’t cost you your job in today’s San Francisco. But that will. More than one sports-literate governmental observer likened Breed’s leadership style thus far to the old four-corners offense — a methodical, milk-the-clock strategy for a basketball coach who wants to preserve a lead. If you wanted a mayor who’d take a figurative power washer to the interior of City Hall in addition to applying a literal one to the city’s fetid exteriors, you probably didn’t vote for Mayor Breed. If you have issues with a four-corners style of governance, you probably didn’t vote for Mayor Breed. But she could be mayor for quite some time. San Franciscans were presented with a choice in 2018, and we selected Mayor Breed. Depending upon who files to run for mayor by the June 11, 2019 deadline, the 2018 election may be the last seriously contested mayoral race for many years to come. Proposition C will continue to loom large in city politics and governance in 2019, as a series of court battles determine when and if hundreds of millions of dollars can be directed toward homeless and housing issues. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.Personalities don’t transfer. Ideals and beliefs transfer. San Franciscans elected Mayor Breed — and, not insignificantly, like Mayor Breed. But we didn’t like who or what she told us to vote for. Three of the four supervisor candidates she backed lost. And, despite a lived history unlike that of any prior San Francisco mayor, Breed still espoused the Chamber of Commerce position on homeless measure Proposition C, which she adamantly opposed. Some 61 percent of city voters saw things differently. We’ll be sorting through the ramifications and recriminations stemming from these 2018 decisions in 2019 (and beyond). The board of supervisors likely hasn’t had this much potential leverage and power since 2001, following a progressive sweep of Mayor Willie Brown’s handpicked slate. It remains to be seen how this board will govern and what issues our legislators will take up, but this much seems clear — a majority of them owe Mayor Breed nothing.As such, Breed, making amends for her position on Prop. C, has proposed putting $181 million in windfall money toward homeless issues. But nine of the 11 supervisors-to-be have already essentially come out against that plan. So, that’s interesting. Also interesting: Nearly every public-sector union’s contract is up in 2019. Which is, again, an election year — and that may just play into how these deals are cut. Thanks to the leadership decisions we made in 2018, Mayor Breed will be deploying chief of staff (and labor bête noire) Sean Elsbernd to cut these deals — which will, in turn, come under the scrutiny of the labor-backed board of supervisors we just elected. (And if you think the Muni drivers’ union has forgotten that it was Elsbernd who authored the charter amendment that altered their pay structure — they remember).  center_img There will be land-use conflicts. Big money will slosh around the city. There will be a caucus fight. There will be an election. It all may be rather divisive; there will be calls for unity following the caucus fight and election. We’ll drink champagne on New Year’s Eve. Cal will probably lose the Big Game. In 2019, we’ll play the hand we dealt ourselves in 2018. The past informs the present and the present informs the future. Best of luck to everyone in this year. And every year. And while we’re at it, it warrants mentioning that we adopted a Central SoMa Plan in 2018 without resolving exactly how to handle the Proposition M allocations that limit San Francisco office construction. City sources note there are seven or eight major project sites, but only the path forward to build on two or three. Competing developers, jockeying like crabs in a barrel, may in 2019 see fit to shower funds upon the mayor’s re-election campaign and politically favored SoMa nonprofits. Email Addresslast_img read more

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SAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season w

first_imgSAINTS suffered their third defeat of the season with a 28-20 loss at home to Hull FC on Easter Monday.Battered and bruised from their Good Friday exploits, they put in a solid shift – with two youngsters making their bow – but ultimately couldn’t overhaul their opponents with the game locked at 20-20.Saints had led 12-10 at the break.Giving debutants to 19-year-old Jack Ashworth at centre and Ricky Bailey, 17, on the wing, Tommy Makinson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook cancelled out tries from Jamie Shaul and Curtis Naughton.Leon Pryce bagged one against his former employers early in the second half but an Alex Walmsley inspired power run set Jordan Turner away.Saints probably should have closed out the game but Fetuli Talanoa and a late Shaul effort handed Hull the spoils.FC struck first after Saints had produced a decent opening set.Bailey and Matty Dawson went up for a high ball – getting in each other’s way – and on the resultant new set, following a penalty for interference, Shaul ghosted in on the angle.It was hardly the start the home side wanted and on Hull’s next attack they forced two repeats and won a penalty.Saints defended their lines and almost replied when James Roby made a break.The hooker was instrumental in Saints’ first try of the afternoon.On 15 minutes he combined with Lance Hohaia to put Tommy Makinson over.The winger – at full back in place of Paul Wellens – showing great feet to dance past the defence.After a nervy start it was exactly what the doctor ordered because Saints scored on their very next set.Forcing an error they attacked Hull’s 20 and Turner found LMS on the burst for 10-6.Makinson tagging his second conversion of the afternoon.Saints should have gone further ahead but conceded when two penalties handed Curtis Naughton the space to dive in the corner.Alex Walmsley hacked on a Hull error in the 25th minute and put down under pressure – but the referee bizarrely pulled it back for the first indiscretion.Saints couldn’t make a drop out and a repeat set pay on 35 minutes and the home side’s D did the trick on Hull’s next attack.In the second half, Bailey made way for Flanagan with Jones heading into the centres.Hull retook the lead on 46 minutes as Saints, once again penalised, failed to stop the run of Leon Pryce.Rankin added his second conversion of the afternoon but Saints should have hit right back following another wonderful Roby run.He danced through the defence and set Hohaia free, but the chance was lost on the last.Saints weren’t to be denied though and shortly after Jordan Turner showed great strength to get over following Alex Walmsley’s computer game run.He certainly did press X repeatedly!Makinson putting Saints ahead with the conversion.Saints had their tails up but went behind in controversial circumstances.On 65 minutes, Hohaia gets called for a knock on that looked suspect and on the subsequent set Talanoa flew over in the corner off a slightly suspect pass.No matter though as five minutes later Makinson slotted over to level.On 75 minutes Saints had a set that got them right into Hull’s territory. The ball went to ground and within seconds Shaul was under the sticks for his second.Rankin converted and then added a penalty with the clock kicking down to seal the points.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, TurnerGoals: Makinson (4 from 4)Hull FC: Tries: Shaul (2), Naughton, Pryce, TalanoaGoals: Rankin (4 from 6)Penalties: Saints: 6Hull FC: 8HT: 12-10FT: 20-28REF: Robert HicksATT: 11,088Teams:Saints: 2. Tommy Makinson; 33. Ricky Bailey, 22. Matty Dawson, 28. Jack Ashworth, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 16. Lance Hohaia; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 4. Josh Jones, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 25. Andre Savelio.Subs: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Tom Lineham, 19. Steve Michaels, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 20. Curtis Naughton; 6. Leon Pryce, 32. Jordan Rankin; 8. Mickey Paea, 34. Stuart Howarth, 22. Josh Bowden, 17. Dean Hadley, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 9. Danny Houghton, 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 23. James Cunningham.last_img read more

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Brewery tasting room coming to South Front District

first_img New Anthem Beer Project has been producing beer in the Wilmington area since 2016.Tribute Companies and New Anthem Beer Project announce plans for a 15,000 square foot brewery and tasting room in the South Front District. (Photo: Tribute Companies)Time frames for the new brewery are still unknown, but New Anthem Beer Project Owner Aaron Skiles is quick to appreciate the support Wilmington has shown. “[We] look forward to many years bringing Cape Fear and North Carolina the best craft beer we know how to make”.The brewery will be in the former Capps Industrial Supply warehouse.Related Article: Axe-throwing bar opens in WilmingtonThe District has already caught a buzz with the construction of The Container Building. The multi-use space will be home to 2nd Glass Wine Bar, Yoga Salt Studio, a unique eyeglass boutique, modern office space, and so much more. In addition to The Container Building, New Anthem Beer Project, and Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, a bakery -Love, Lydia, is due to open in early summer at the corner of Greenfield and 3rd Street. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beer lovers, you can cheers to this news! Tribute Companies and New Anthem Beer Project announced plans for a 15,000 square foot brewery and tasting room in the South Front District.According to a news release, although plans for the new space are still under review the facility will allow New Anthem Beer Project to brew more efficiently, while also creating a second taproom and retail space.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Trio wanted for allegedly charging 25K on stolen credit cards at Sams

first_img If you have any information, please contact WPD at 910-343-3609 or use Text A Tip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Do you recognize these men?Wilmington Police Department say they’re suspected of breaking into a vehicle. Police say they then used the stolen credit cards to charge about $25,000 at Sam’s Club in Wilmington.- Advertisement – The men seen above are wanted for allegedly breaking into car, stealing credit cards and buying thousands worth of items at a Wilmington business. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

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Wilmington marina developer ordered to pay 860000

first_img Northern Riverfront’s manager, Chuck Schoninger, said Tuesday he does not plan to appeal the judgment and is negotiating with Clancy and Theys.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The developer of riverfront property that includes what is now the Marina Grill restaurant will have to pay a Raleigh contractor about $860,000 in overdue bills and interest, according to a judgment in New Hanover County Superior Court.Judge R. Kent Harrell ruled that Northern Riverfront Marina and Hotel failed to pay its obligations of about $796,000 to contractor Clancy and Theys Construction, which was hired to build two restaurants, Blackfinn and Vida, at 14 and 18 Harnett St., which is north of the Wilmington Convention Center. The judgment said Northern Riverfront will also have to pay about $62,000 in interest.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Repairs underway for section of US 421 washed out during storm

first_img NCDOT says this section of highway experienced the worst degree of washout in the state. More than 500 feet of roadway was completely washed away by flood waters that crested almost a week after the rains had stopped in this area, the release states.NCDOT began work this week to open a two-lane, two-way temporary traffic pattern that will open within 30 days. During that time, crews will work toward a permanent solution to repair the damaged road.Other roads, including three primary routes, also remain closed across Highway Division Three, which includes the Wilmington area and nearby counties.N.C. 133 in Brunswick County is impassable near Fifty Lakes Drive due to washout.N.C. 210 in Pender County is washed out between Blueberry Road and the Bladen County line.N.C. 53 in Pender County is closed near Maple Hill between Whitestocking Road and N.C. 50 because of high water and washout.Secondary roads are closed in 28 spots across the division.Related Article: Oak Island bridge to close for months starting MondayRepairs on several of these roads are already underway.Local NCDOT crews, as well as department workers from four other DOT divisions based in other parts of the state, are handling road washout and sign repairs. For bigger repairs, such as U.S. 421, outside contractor companies are being used. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced its plan for rebuilding the section of U.S. 421 at the Pender-New Hanover line that was heavily damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.The first step is to open it up in a limited traffic pattern within 30 days, according to a news release.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Malta Italy agree to cooperate more on migration

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> FacebookFacebook Italy and Malta have agreed to cooperate more on migration by embarking ‘on a more intense and systematic consultations’ which include policy aspects related to the management of migratory flows.READ: Watch: ‘Malta and Italy fail to honour migration commitments’The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the talks started following up on a previous meeting held in Rome for which Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela met with his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi.The Ministry announced that Italy and Malta will also undertake joint initiatives in the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027.According to the Ministry, the joint initiatives will ensure greater allocations for more incisive action in the cooperation and development of the countries of origin and transit of migration flows.READ: Reform of European asylum laws is ‘much needed’ – Minister FarrugiaWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Illegal animal waste discharge causes sewage plant shutdown

first_img WSC WSC The WSC stress that only human waste and degradable toilet paper are discharged through the sewage system. They provide the following details to the public in order to report future problems or suspected foul play:Freephone: 8007 6400;Email: customercare@wsc.com.mt;Website live chat: www.wsc.com.mt ; or through our social media.WhatsApp SharePrint 1 of 4 WSC WSC WSCWSC The Ta’ Barkat Sewage Plant has been shut down due high levels of animal waste illegally discharges clogging the machinery.The Water Service Corporation says that the shutdown has affected the sewage screening areas and has also led to the interruption in the production of clean water. The authority says that the disruption will last for the next five days.A similar occurrence took place earlier in the year in which animal waste was believed to have clogged the machinery at the sewage plant on Gozo.Animal waste shuts down Gozo Sewage Plant <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

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Two university examinations postponed at the eleventh hour

first_imgWhatsApp Law students saw two of their examinations postponed in the past days.On Wednesday, fifth year law students were shocked to when a quarter of an hour in the Criminal Procedures examination they were informed that the session had to be suspended because of errors in the examination paper. To be noted that it was same students that noticed these on the papers. Newsbook.com.mt is also informed that on Tuesday physiotherapy students also saw their examination postponed. <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>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

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Revealed Afghanistanbased Roshan Telecom Setting up Shop in East Africa

first_imgThe colors and styles of the artworks are identical. Advertisement Rumored “nameless” telecom operator believed to be Afghanistan’s Roshan.PC Tech understands that Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider, serving nearly 6.0 million active subscribers in the country is setting up shop in Uganda and three other East Africa countries.The company has launched an Internet (Social Media) and SMS-based campaign in which it is asking users to nominate a name and win prizes, as reported by PC Tech yesterday. – Advertisement – In Afghanistan, Roshan is completely owned by foreign parties and interests.In January 2003, with the help of the US military intervention in Afghanistan, Roshan was awarded the second GSM license in Afghanistan at a time when there was virtually no telecommunications infrastructure in place due to the ongoing wars; national calls were prohibitively expensive and Afghans had to travel abroad to make an international call. In ten years of operations, Roshan’s subscriber base has grown from 30,000 to nearly six million, as there was no real competition in the market because of the ongoing war.[related-posts]Roshan, which means “light” or “hope” in Persian, is Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider. Today, Roshan’s GSM network reaches 240 cities and towns across all of Afghanistan’s provinces. Roshan covers over 60% of the population, including the most remote rural areas.The CluesWhile the teleco’s objective was to remain anonymous for now, obvious clues helped editors from UGO and PC Tech to determine the identity of the company. Some of the artworks on the current domain, GiveUsAName.net show embeded links to Roshan’s Afghan domain.Also, see image below (while paying attention to the brand colors as well).The colors and styles of the artworks are identical.last_img read more

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2016 in Review Social Media in Apps and Software

first_imgImage Credit: Digital Spy Advertisement This year in social media has really been exciting and we’re looking forward to more exciting surprises next year; for instance – WhatsApp bringing the feature ability for editing, revoke sent messages. At least we’ve seen, heard, helped, to see that every social media platform is doing it’s best to have more users on it’s platform. This year’s social media reviews, we see the likes of Facebook Messenger, and Instagram growing more users on their platform, Facebook now available in more than 100 languages, WhatsApp being the most used social media app on Android in the world, SnapChat Re-branding, Twitter works on it’s 140-Character limit, and so forth.However, one of the bad news we shall have on this list, was Vine’s three service brought to rest.There was a lot in social media this year, but we can’t list everything here. On our social media panel, you will definitely find everything there. – Advertisement – 1. Facebook plans to grow its African Ecosystem at AfricaCom 2016 Facebook CEO and Co-Founder; Mark Zuckerberg posted an announcement in a Facebook post. “The social networking platform is now available in more than 100 languages with more than one billion people using a language other than English,” he said. Among the languages  that were added included; Fula, Maltese and Corsican.Other exciting Facebook stories this year, were; introducing a “Market-Place” for buying and selling within your community.2. Twitter get’s rid of Media Attachments in the 140-character Limit Twitter is one of those social media platforms that have had a rough 2016. Top executives leaving, being sued multiple times, being hacked multiple times, blocked in various countries for several reasons, twitter servers shutting down, and so forth. But one thing we really loved about Twitter this year, was removing media attachments off the 140-character limit.On September 19th, 2016, the San Francisco-based Micro blogging website finally announced that media attachments such as photos, GIFs, and videos along with quoted tweets and user polls would no longer be part of the 140-character limit per tweet.Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters. pic.twitter.com/I9pUC0NdZC— Twitter (@twitter) September 19, 2016One other exicting story, was Twitter giving a chance for tweeps request for Twitter accounts verified. According to Twitter, the purpose was to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers no matter where they are in the world to easily connect with a broader audience.3. WhatsApp world’s most popular messaging app on Android This year was really a year for WhatsApp in the bad and good times; from being blocked several times in countries around the world, to introducing new updates such as; the End-to-End encryption, Video calls, Quoting messages, Document Sharing, Bold/Italics/StrikeThrough of messages, Gif support, and soon iOS Users’ will be able to Edit, Revoke Sent Messages. But the story we’re looking at this 2016 review, is the app being ranked the most popular messaging app on Android.Research from analytics firm SimilarWeb showed that WhatsApp is currently the world leader, being the most popular messaging app in 109 countries.Messenger app came second, topping the charts in 49 countries while Viber, Line, WeChat and Telegram came in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th positions repectively, though Viber is the only one of the four [Viber, Line, WeChat and Telegram] to claim more than ten countries.4. Instagram 500 million users, with 300 million being daily users Since nine months the photo-sharing app hit a notable milestone of 400 million users, the company on June 21st, 2016 announced a new milestone of 500 million Instagrammers — more than 300 million of whom use Instagram every single day and Instagram community continued to become even more global, with more than 80% living outside of the United States.One other Instagram story we loved this year was; the new algorithm to display your best posts first becoming more like Facebook‘s News Feed.5. SnapChat re-branding to Snap Inc. September 24, 2016, Image messaging app; SnapChat underwent a major re-branding this year, to Snap Inc. According to CEO Evan Spiegel, The change in name was because SnapChat is bigger than just an app on your phone.Breaking: Introducing Spectacles. Snapchat launches camera company called Snap Inc.? #Snapchat #spectacles https://t.co/sMzZ8Ztk6g— Justin Odisho (@JustinOdisho) September 24, 2016One other SnapChat story that caught our attention this year, was it’s daily usage passing Twitter’s. Reports showed that the app had 150 million people using the service each day, making it more popular than Twitter Inc. in terms of daily active users. Bloomberg calculated finding out that Twitter has fewer than 140 million daily users, which means SnapChat is the latest app to overtake Twitter following the likes of Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.And one last story was SnapChat hitting eight (8) billion video views every day. This is an awesome milestone for the company.6. Facebook Messenger reaches a milestone of one billion active users Facebook Messenger team on July 20th, 2016 announced that more than one billion people now use Facebook Messenger every month, making Messenger one of only a handful of apps worldwide that touch so many lives.Messenger has grown rapidly this year, gaining around 100 million active users every three months. The service hit 800 million users in January and 900 million in April.7. Periscope comes to Twitter Android and iOS apps On June 15th, 2016, Twitter Inc. a tweet mentioned that they had placed a Periscope button in its app for both iOS and Android phones, after a limited test in May and June. The Periscope “Live” button shows up on the screen for posting a new tweet, alongside buttons for posting a photo or posting a video.Ready to go live? Now everyone can tap a new button on iOS & Android to easily broadcast on #Periscope from Twitter! pic.twitter.com/tedpUN1QMA— Twitter (@twitter) June 15, 2016Users now have the ability to create live videos via their Android and iOS apps with the help of Periscope, allowing tweeps to live stream videos through the platform via a single tweet.On tapping that Periscope button simply opens the app. However, if you haven’t downloaded Periscope, Twitter will prompt you to do so. After signing up on Periscope, head back to Twitter to use the ‘Live Video’ feature.Once you click on Live Video, you are directed to Periscope to start the live video and also live streamed simultaneously on Twitter as well.By default, the Tweet will read live on #Periscope, and all the users on your timeline can watch it.8. Vine shut down After three years of service, Twitter Inc. on 27th October, 2016 announced that their video-sharing app, Vine would be brought to rest. The announced was made in a post to Medium.We have some important news to share about Vine. Read more here: https://t.co/jPveGelXgS— Vine (@vine) October 27, 2016Millions of people who have shared their 6 second videos were reassured that their previously posted clips won’t be deleted, though the creation of new ones seems less likely in coming months.According to the company, this was made as a part of the restructuring process of the employees in order to become profitable in 2017.After the shut down of the service (Vine), Colin Kroll and Rus Yusupov previsouly the Co-Founders of the app unveiled their new live video broadcasting app, dubbed HYPE, which might act as a direct competitor to Facebook’s live videos. Launched first in the beta phase, the HYPE app is now available for download via the App Store.Happy Holidays!!!last_img read more

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Is CertaHosting the Right Choice for Your VPS Servers

first_img(Photo Credit) Advertisement When it comes to running a business, you have to think about a lot of different things in order to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. One of these is to ensure you choose the right services for your business in terms of both quality and cost. Businesses these days have to look at a range of services to aid in their smooth running. Also, because we now live in a digital era many of these services are digital ones such as VPS.When it comes to VPS servers, it is important that you find a reliable provider and the right VPS plan to suit the needs of your business. All businesses will have different requirements when it comes to VPS, which is why you first need to assess your specific needs before you make your choice. In addition, you have to remember that your needs may change over time such as if your company enjoys rapid growth. With this in mind, you need to ensure that the provider you use offers flexibility and adaptability with VPS plans. This is something that you will get with the hugely popular CertaHosting, which has become the provider of choice for businesses of all sizes.Why make this provider your natural choice? So, why should you consider making this provider your natural choice for business VPS services? Well, there are many reasons why you should do this so let’s look at a few of the key ones. First of all, you will be able to benefit from using a company with an excellent reputation and a very high level of respect within the world of business. It is a provider that is used by businesses of all sizes so you will be joining many other very happy customers when you opt for this provider. In addition, you can benefit from the peace of mind that comes with using a reputable provider when it comes to vital digital services such as this. – Advertisement – Another great benefit is that you will have lots of choice available to you with this provider. You can choose VPS services at a range of different levels based on your specific needs and budget. The cost of the service will vary based on the level you choose because you can get everything from entry level to master level depending on your business requirements. While the prices of the plans do vary all of them offer excellent value for money. You can enjoy low prices without having to compromise when it comes to service levels and quality of the service, which is ideal for your business.Finally, excellent support is crucial with this sort of service and this is exactly what you will get when you choose this provider. You can get support around the clock from experts that are always on hand to help. So, if any problems do arise you know that you can get them sorted out quickly and efficiently.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW PSG v Man City

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result last night with the ‘Double B’ double obliging at 10/11 – Barcelona and Bayern Munich.It wasn’t without it’s fair share of concern however with Barcelona making life difficult for themselves when they fell a goal behind.The other two quarter finals get under way tonight with remaining British interest at the Parc des Princes for PSG against Man City.PSG despatched Chelsea in the last round and immediately followed that up by beating Troyes 9-0 in Ligue One and they have stretched their domestic lead to an incredible 25 points.A Man City at their best would certainly be stiff opposition for the Parisians who have lost just one of their last 19 Champions League games but this season’s version of City looks far from vintage and they have several key injuries to worry about – although goalkeeper Joe Hart is back after his calf injury.City’s midfielder Yaya Toure misses the game with a heel injury, while forward Raheem Sterling is sidelined by a groin problem.STARTING XIParis St G16 Trapp19 Aurier2 Thiago Silva32 David Luiz17 Maxwell25 Rabiot8 Motta14 Matuidi11 Di María10 Ibrahimovic9 CavaniMan City1 Hart3 Sagna30 Otamendi20 Mangala22 Clichy6 Fernando25 Fernandinho15 Jesús Navas17 De Bruyne21 Silva10 AgüeroPSG v Man CityUEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)NEVER PLAYEDPSG to be winning at both HT and FT makes plenty of appeal at around 13/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK PSG/PSG at HT/FT for 15 points at 13/8 with Star SportsTuesday: +30.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

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.Sunday 30 April HORSE RACING4.00 SalisburyStone The Crows 6/4 > evens4.15 ThirskMalabi 8/1 > 9/25.15 ThirskSecret Advisor 7/2 > 5/2PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League14:05 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/1 Everton 10/11 Chelsea 11/4 DRAWPremier League16:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HD3/4 Tottenham Hotspur 100/30 Arsenal 3/1 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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BULLSEYE FOR A BULLSEYE

first_imgIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. the arrers are back at Ally Pally with the PDC World Darts Championship.We have a tournament long offer that will reward any losing bets with a FREE BET OF UP TO A BULLSEYE (£50) – if a player checks out with a BULLSEYE to win a match.Your FIRST bet on each match will qualify as long as it’s placed prior to the last leg.Full terms and conditions below.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new and existing account holders.(2) It applies to every day and every match of the World Darts Championship scheduled from 13 December to 1 January 2019.(3) Minimum stake for the promotion is £5 on any PDC World Championship match market, bets placed prior to last leg.(4) Only your first bet on any match will qualify for the promotion. Excludes cashed out bets and cannot be applied to a match in which we may already have a promotion on.(5) Only applies to bets placed via mobile or desktop.(6) If your match is won by a bullseye, we will match any losing bet stakes on that match as a FREE BET up to £50. Please note one free bet per match per customer.(7) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at starsports.bet.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team cs@www.starsportsbet.co.uklast_img read more

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Can reforms make quality care available at reasonable prices

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu   Can reforms make quality care available at reasonable prices?Baker Institute panel to weigh impact of comparative effectiveness research on health careThe debate over health care reform has dominated the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. One part of the proposed overhaul is an emphasis on quality care at reasonable prices. A Feb. 24 discussion panel at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will weigh the impact of comparative effectiveness research on that effort.Experts will discuss how comparative effectiveness research measures the outcomes and impact of different drugs, therapies and procedures. The event begins with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, you can go to the following site: http://www.bakerinstitute.org/contact_directions.cfm.  Comparative effectiveness research directly evaluates existing health care interventions to determine which procedures work best for various patient populations and which pose the greatest benefits and harms.Carolyn Clancy, the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Sheldon Greenfield, the Donald Bren Professor of Medicine and the executive director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California at Irvine, will be the panelists. The moderator will be John Mendelsohn, president of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.The discussion is part of the Medicine, Research and Society Public Policy Issues Series, a joint project between the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Additional sponsors for this event include the Baker Institute Health Policy Forum and the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering.For more information, go to http://www.bakerinstitute.org/events/the-impact-of-comparative-effectiveness-research-on-the-u.s.-health-care-system. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more

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Rice University student chosen for Beinecke Scholarship

first_imgAddThis ShareBlaque Robinson one of 20 students nationwide to receive this honorRice University’s Blaque Robinson is one of 20 college students across the country selected for a 2015 Beinecke Scholarship. The $34,000 award supports graduate education in the arts, humanities and social sciences.Thomas Parkinson, director of the Beinecke Scholarship Program, said Robinson was chosen on the basis of her academic achievement, personal statement, future plans and “enthusiastic endorsements” from faculty members.Robinson, who attended high school at the University School of Milwaukee in Wisconsin, is a junior majoring in sociology — a field she chose after observing that some elementary and middle school students were labeled as “perpetual problem children” and struggled in a system where they were continually marked as outsiders without a chance for redemption. These observations caused Robinson to question the disciplinary system in the nation’s schools.“As a black female from a working class family, I have come face-to-face with the long-lasting effects of educational inequalities,” she said. Committed to making a change for the next generation, Robinson decided that sociology would enable her to become an “effective scholar-activist.” She was particularly intrigued by sociologist Howard Becker’s analysis that people only become deviant once they have been labeled as such.After graduating from Rice next year, Robinson plans to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology with an interdisciplinary focus in criminology and African-American studies and a master’s in public policy. “This combination of degrees will enable me to develop my skills as a researcher and to translate my findings into policies that address race-based educational inequalities,” she said. She hopes to work for a nonprofit organization that focuses on remedying educational disparities in minority communities, but her “greatest dream” is to become the U.S. secretary of education.Robinson, who is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow at Rice, has been active with a number of organizations and projects on campus, including volunteering for the Mentorship Project, helping with Orientation Week at her residential college and organizing a protest and candlelight vigil for the #Blacklivesmatter Movement. She is founder and president of Generation College — an organization that supports the educational aspirations of current and future first-generation college students — and a former vice president of the Black Student Association.The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the board of directors of the Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick and Walter Beinecke, three brothers in New York City who led the company in the 1920s and built it into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.# # #Image for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/Blaque-Robinson-b.jpgCAPTION: Blaque RobinsonLocated 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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

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