Dennis Queen pictured right a leading member o

first_imgDennis Queen (pictured, right), a leading member of the campaign group Not Dead Yet UK, says the support of disabled academic Dr Tom Shakespeare for the assisted dying bill ignores its dangerous flawsWhat Tom has said is very disappointing to me.Tom seems more concerned about the few in a position to make fair choices who don’t get an easy suicide laid on a plate, than the majority of folks who haven’t got the same privileges and will access the new provisions in law and kill themselves, possibly due to suffering which may have real solutions. There is nothing in the bill to examine the causes of a person’s suffering and suicidal feelings and seek other ways to reduce suffering.It is predicted that 3,500 folks will kill themselves in the first year using this provision in law, if it comes in, more than trebling the assisted suicide figures in the law’s target group (compared to the 1,000 (on average) who already end their lives early using palliative care options, and six (again, on average) whose assisted suicides are investigated by the director of public prosecutions each year).Tom appears to agree that there are going to be some problems with the safeguards – although he believes the number of such cases will be virtually negligible. However, there are serious and unavoidable problems with the safeguards proposed, which will affect everyone assessed under the Bill.  The safeguards Tom refers to take up very few words of the bill and consist of a minimal two conversations with different GPs – who need not know us – and a judge in an office, signing off their paperwork as legal.Just this week, the British Medical Journal finally picked up on doctors’ concerns about whether someone can be both suicidal and mentally competent. This is currently a concept which does not exist in medicine, and is not described in the bill, which includes no obligation to have a psychiatric evaluation before being granted an assisted suicide. I can’t help wondering if the absence of such a safeguard is because the proponents of the bill know that no psychiatrist will say that a suicidal person is mentally healthy. Ordinarily, being suicidal, in medical terms, means a person is not mentally competent. This then provides them with active protection and prevention from suicide.If the bill is brought in, our GPs will have no criteria against which to decide on what is currently a non-existent medical state, so people’s lives will be decided on instead by guesswork. Being calm and sure of ourselves (the bill’s “clear and settled intent”) during two GP consultations does not mean a person is not depressed or is not having other mental health problems. I am glad that Tom agrees that the assisted dying bill would be easily bypassed. This is why we think it is better that assisted suicides are kept to those which happen within healthcare already, under supervision, and those others which actually get investigated, as they are now, by the director of public prosecutions, who is very sympathetic already towards assisted suicide. This law will rule the assisted suicides lawful in advance and they will not be checked afterwards to ensure that they actually were legal.This assisted suicide bill circumvents the messy, expensive issue of meaningfully helping people who are suicidal, suffering and not imminently dying. There is no majority call for it from the people it affects, because they are already helped to die comfortably when they are actually dying. It circumvents society’s responsibility to support people in the last months of their life, as we would anyone else. It doesn’t actually award us anything resembling human rights; instead, it takes away our right to have our death, or killing (depending on how it’s done), investigated like anybody else’s. It is deadly discrimination. We all already have a more than equal right to kill ourselves.Nobody in England and Wales should be left suffering to the point that this is an attractive option. We need to stop accepting that and ask the public to please support our call for help instead, during this time of savage cuts to almost all assistance to live better lives.Death cannot improve our quality of life – it is not the solution to suffering. We will keep fighting this bill because the people it is actually about don’t want it, by an overwhelming majority. The public think they will, but you can’t bring in a law based on what people imagine to be true! Especially if it’s going to cause real people to die, who, let’s face it, have plenty of good reasons to feel miserable.Let’s not play into that, let’s help make sure everyone who lives here can be helped to live the best life they can – for all of it. We should not strip away such basic human rights, based on a rough estimation of a person’s life span.Picture by Paula Peterslast_img read more

Ministers are to push ahead with plans to tighten

first_imgMinisters are to push ahead with plans to tighten eligibility for their new disability benefit, ignoring the views of the overwhelming majority of disabled people and organisations who took part in a consultation on the changes.The changes, which will apply from next January, will see £1.2 billion a year less spent on personal independence payment (PIP) by 2020-21 than if they had not been introduced.The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) estimates that the number of people claiming the daily living element of PIP will be 290,000 lower in 2020-21 than without the new PIP measures, while another 80,000 will receive the standard rather than the advanced rate.The OBR figures differ from those published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which says the changes will affect 640,000 people.DWP says this difference is due to OBR taking into account “behavioural factors”, for example claimants now being likely to provide more information about the impact of their impairment when they are assessed than they would have done without the PIP change.Documents published by OBR this week suggest that the government probably decided to tighten PIP eligibility because the move from disability living allowance to the new PIP for working-age claimants was not producing the savings of 20 per cent it hoped for in 2010.The OBR estimates that the probability of someone receiving DLA being successful when they had to apply for PIP as part of the reassessment programme has risen from 74 to 83 per cent, with a “significantly higher proportion of claims being awarded the enhanced daily living and mobility payments”.The OBR document says this meant that – without the new PIP cuts – Osborne would have saved about five per cent in the move from DLA to PIP, rather than 20 per cent.But it predicts that the PIP cuts will now increase those savings “back towards the original target” of 20 per cent.DWP has insisted, though, that the change was solely to ensure PIP was “meeting the initial policy intent to support people with extra costs associated with their disability”.The announcement of the tightened criteria came in the DWP response to a public consultation, which laid out five possible changes to how PIP assessments take account of the way a disabled person uses independent living aids and appliances.All of the five options laid out in that consultation document would have either reduced payments for many claimants, or made it harder to claim PIP.The PIP change will only affect those claiming the daily living component of the benefit, and will mean that claimants will receive half the previous number of points (two points instead of one) for using aids and appliances for washing and dressing, and for managing toilet needs.But this will mean hundreds of thousands of disabled people will either receive a lower rate of PIP than they would otherwise have received, or will receive no daily living component at all, when previously they would have received the standard rate.Of 281 written responses to the consultation, just 11 – less than four per cent – agreed with the government that any changes at all were needed to how the use of aids and appliances are considered.Those who took part in the consultation, which also included consultation events, were hugely critical of the government’s plans, according to the DWP document.Among their comments, they said the use of aids and appliances was a good indicator of extra disability-related costs; they questioned the “effectiveness and accuracy” of the PIP assessment; they said that all of the five options would have a negative impact on PIP claimants; and they said they believed that any changes would increase people’s need for support from other public services and could eventually lead back to increased spending on PIP.The change will apply from 1 January 2017 to new PIP claims, PIP claimants who report a change of circumstances, and disability living allowance claimants who are reassessed for PIP.Existing PIP claimants who do not report a change of circumstances will be affected when DWP reviews their current award, as long as that is after 1 January.The announcement caused anger among many campaigners at yet another cut to support for disabled people, although some relief that the changes were not as bad as they might have been if one of the other four options had been chosen.Ella Sumpter, who tweets at @latentexistence, said: “Not as bad as it could have been, but they’ve still just made disability benefits much harder to get. Again.”Disability Rights UK criticised the announcement, but said the other four options the government had been considering “would have had a devastating effect on those claiming PIP”.Emma Nock, co-author of the Crippling Choices report for the Spartacus Network – which concluded last month that the government had failed to provide “adequate” evidence to justify any of the PIP changes suggested in the consultation – said mainstream coverage of the changes had missed a “crucial point”.In a Spartacus blog, Nock pointed out that the small number of daily living activities covered by the PIP assessment act as a proxy for all the problems a disabled person could be facing, which was why it was important to keep the points for the use of aids and appliances as they were.She said: “A person who needs to sit down while dressing likely has balance, mobility or strength issues that limit their capacity to engage in other household activities.“They may struggle to lift a load of wet laundry out of the washing machine or to move around the kitchen while cooking and cleaning up afterwards. Neither of these activities are considered in the PIP assessment.”Justin Tomlinson (pictured), the minister for disabled people, said the change was justified because many people were being found eligible for PIP “despite having minimal to no extra costs”, while the courts had “expanded the criteria for aids and appliances to include items we would expect people to have in their homes already”.He said: “We consulted widely to find the best approach. And this new change will ensure that PIP is fairer and targets support at those who need it most.”Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith even claimed in parliament this week that the changes would “improve the lot of the worst off”, although he didn’t explain how.When asked why ministers appeared to have ignored the views of 96 per cent of those who took part in the consultation, a DWP spokeswoman said: “We did listen. We are not implementing any of the first four options and are continuing to recognise aids and appliances in the same number of activities as before.“When making a decision we took into account Paul Gray’s independent review [of PIP], reviews carried out by our health professionals as well as the consultation events and responses.”But Debbie Abrahams, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said the proposals would cut another £1.2 billion a year from disabled people, only three days after the government had forced through cuts of £1,500-a-year to new claimants placed in the work-related activity group of employment and support allowance.She said: “In coming to this decision, the Tories are yet again ignoring the views of disabled people, carers and experts in the field.”She added: “Labour rejected entirely the principles underlying the consultation; all of the proposed ‘options’ impact harmfully on disabled people and removing support for people who need help to use the toilet or dress is an attack on dignity.“Tory cuts have already taken over £24 billion in support from disabled people. These further cuts would represent another huge blow, making life even more difficult for many people who are already facing huge barriers.”last_img read more

City Orders Demolitions Investigates Causes After Mission St Fire

first_imgA fusebox at the Graywood Hotel.At the meeting, Department of Building Inspection Director Tom Hui dispelled concerns of evacuated residents that the sprinkler system at the Graywood hotel failed to activate.“The sprinklers did their job,” said Hui, explaining that a “fire wall” at the south side of the building prevented the fire from spreading into much of the hotel and caused a delay in the system’s activation.The anonymous city official added that the sprinkler system was designed to only activate in areas of fire involvement, and therefore would not have turned on in areas that were not yet in flames.The exteriors of several businesses ravaged by Saturday’s fire at 29th and Mission Streets were boarded up and building inspectors combed the block on Monday to assess the extent of the fire’s damage.Hui confirmed that a total of seven businesses surrounding the hardware store have been impacted by the fire. The hardware store’s building and a neighboring restaurant, Playa Azul at 3318 Mission St., will undergo an emergency demolition as the severity of the fire and water damage make it impossible for the buildings to be restored.Tenants of the Graywood hotel, who account for half of the displaced, will not be allowed to enter their rooms until Tuesday afternoon, as the building is still awaiting inspection by the Department of Public Health.“Tenants will likely be able to enter tomorrow around 2 p.m. We have found some asbestos and other toxins and it is not yet safe for them to go in,” said James Sanbonmatsu, a senior housing inspector with the Department of Building Inspections. According to Department of Building Inspection Spokesperson William Strawn, one building on 29th Street sustained some fire and water damage. Those closer to Tiffany Avenue were spared from direct damage but still had their utilities cut off.Earlier in the morning, residents of two buildings affected by the fire, 29-31 and 33-37 29th St., were allowed minutes to enter their apartments and grab a few personal belongings. Hui said that residents may return to their homes once the buildings are restored. “We want to save as much as we can [and] to have tenants move back,” said Hui, adding that his department will work with the landlords of the damaged buildings to move reconstruction forward. San Francisco officials issued emergency orders to demolish two buildings, the former homes of Cole Hardware and Playa Azul restaurant as well as an estimated four residential units, following a five-alarm fire on Saturday that displaced 58 residents.San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter also confirmed Monday that the fire originated at 3312-16 Mission St., the building that housed Cole Hardware. Previous reports indicated the fire had started in the SRO hotel next door at 3308 Mission St. “The exact spot where the fire occurred is still under investigation,” said Baxter, adding that the mixed-use building has four residential units above the commercial space that were undergoing renovations and unoccupied at the time of the fire.A city official who requested anonymity said fire investigators have thus far been prevented from identifying the cause of the fire because the area of suspected origin is inaccessible due to extreme danger from debris. The official also said that reports from SRO residents who had encountered flames coming out of a fuse box may have been due to fire spreading from outside the building inward toward the electrical wiring. 0%center_img Tags: Business • Department of Building Inspection • displacement • Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

WE reflect on the win over Castleford with Head Co

first_imgWE reflect on the win over Castleford with Head Coach Keiron Cunningham and James Roby in the latest edition of the Saints In Touch Podcast.KC also addresses the situation with Jonny Lomax and rebukes rumours that Travis Burns will be leaving the club.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

He was a fans favourite when he played for his ho

first_imgHe was a fans’ favourite when he played for his home town team for well over a decade and will be remembered with a special affection reserved for only a select few. Why? He is not a member of the Greatest 17 or a top appearance-maker or points’ scorer but we all thought the world of him in the red vee.Simply because of this: Roy Haggerty, a local lad, bled red and white. He would go out onto the field and give everything he had for the cause, in his own unique style, with tremendous pride and an unbridled passion. Supporters loved that.Pound for pound the Saints have never had a harder player and he never once took a backward step. In that respect, he was a sort of seventies Duggie Greenall, who could more than hold his own against bigger, arguably more powerful opponents. With socks rolled down to his ankles and his left knee eternally bandaged, he would plunge himself into the fray with unbridled enthusiasm, more often than not after getting on the end of one of skipper Harry Pinner’s passes, to cause absolute chaos and pandemonium in the opposition defence.He seemed to be ‘all knees and elbows’, a nightmare to tackle and possessed a devilish sidestep. Roy was certainly quick off the mark and most effective up to, say 30—40 yards. He was extremely durable and had few major injuries during his career – an undoubted measure of his toughness.Roy had a distinctive one-armed off-load too, which was put to its best use in the forwards, rather than in the centres. He was certainly not necessarily the ‘perfect’ rugby league player. He played it his way and sometimes made the wrong choices on the field, simply because he would try something different, frustrating coaches, his team-mates and supporters alike at times, but he always remained an endearing character throughout it all and a real cult hero. His commitment to the cause was never, ever, in doubt.Born in Thatto Heath, on March 22 1960, Roy played rugby union at Grange Park School, where two great Saints were on the staff, namely Steve Llewellyn and Geoff Pimblett. He played league for Pilkington Recs and came through the ranks from Colts level at Knowsley Road, where his individual flair and determination singled him out as future first team material. He made his debut at left centre, at Naughton Park, Widnes in a second round John Player trophy tie on September 30 1979. Saints lost 20-31 but his winger was another Thatto Heathen also making his debut: Kevin Meadows.He joined a squad in the throes of change, at the end of the 1970s, when many stalwarts from that golden decade were moving on and the club’s fortunes were about to decline. Roy was one of a host of youngsters thrust into the spotlight, such as Chris Arkwright, Steve Peters, Barry Ledger, Paul Round and Brian Parkes, with legendary loose forward Harry Pinner at the helm.Roy gradually managed to cement his place in the seniors with some powerful displays in the centres, as the Saints showed that they were turning their fortunes around. The advent of Mal Meninga saw Roy switched more to the second row, which proved to be the perfect platform for him to become not just a member of a successful Saints’ team, but also take the eye of selectors at county and international level. The Meninga season saw Roy win a Lancashire Cup winner’s medal against Wigan [including a barnstorming try] and a Premiership final victory against Hull KR at Elland Road.The mid to late 1980s saw Roy established as a real fans’ favourite, although he ran out of luck in major finals, with Wembley defeats against Halifax and Wigan [1987 and 1989] and Widnes in the 1988 Premiership final, even though he scored a superb try in the Old Trafford sunshine. He did win the John Player trophy final in 1988, however, after a titanic battle against Leeds at Central Park, followed by selection for the Australian tour that same year. He joined fellow Saints Andy Platt, Paul Loughlin and Paul Groves on the plane Down Under, although he did not play in any of the tests. Roy played in two tests for Great Britain, however, against France at Leeds [52-4] and Carcassonne [20-10] in 1987, in which he packed down in the second row with the likes of Andy Goodway, Chris Burton and Mike Gregory. Roy also represented Lancashire [against Yorkshire] on one occasion.From relatively humble beginnings in Thatto Heath, Roy played rugby league at the top level. He remained close to his roots and had no airs and graces, a veritable ‘working class hero’, in fact. He enjoyed a smoke and a pint and his team-mates loved having a laugh with him, especially when he worked on the groundstaff with the likes of Shane Cooper, Paul Loughlin and Neil Holding and he took it all in good faith. Stories about him are plentiful, although several have that apocryphal touch. Suffice to say, who can dislike a guy who told a subsequently bemused Australian journalist on landing in Sydney that he came ‘from the top of Elephant Lane’ and who took a ready supply of pot noodles with him to France on Great Britain duty because he would miss ‘British food’. Legendary stuff. Roy was a genuine ‘one-off’ and there has been nobody like him since.His last chance of possible Wembley glory evaporated in the 1990 semi-final at Old Trafford, when Wigan secured victory with a controversial last try. Roy also became something of a drop-goal specialist in his later years and notched a one-pointer in his final game against Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue on April 7 1991, as Saints won 22-8. His fellow back-rowers were Paul Jones and Shane Cooper. It was the last of his 363 appearances in the red vee, including 115 tries and 20 ‘drops’.A spell at Barrow followed and a dalliance at amateur level, before his retirement from the game that had meant so much to him. He enjoyed a successful testimonial in 1990 and two sons, Kurt and Gareth followed him by also playing professionally at Super League and international level.Roy leaves us all with some fantastic memories of his career, from an era when we simply loved his contribution to the Saints’ cause. There will surely be a further flood of tributes from team-mates and opponents alike for one of the great entertainers in the Greatest Game. We will never forget him.At this extremely sad time, we would all like to send our extreme condolences to Roy’s family and friends. Funeral details have not yet been arranged.Roy Haggerty – Born March 22 1960, Died April 22 2018Written By Alex Servicelast_img read more

SOLD Frying Pan Tower flag sells for more than 10000

first_img EBay Inc. said 25 people bid 96 times for the flag. It’s not known who made the winning bid.Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and its relief efforts.Richard Neal bought Frying Pan Tower in 2010 after the former Coast Guard lighthouse was deemed obsolete due to GPS navigation. Neal put the tower up for sale in May, but retained majority control of the site, which is now a bed and breakfast operated by Neal and his partners. Frying Pan Tower during Hurricane Florence (Photo: Explore.org) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. flag captured on a live camera as it was being torn to shreds by Hurricane Florence has brought $10,900 at auction.News outlets report viewers watched the flag flying on the Frying Pan Tower get ripped apart as the storm reached the North Carolina coast last month.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police asking for help finding a car possibly linked to death

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) Update: Police have located the black Toyota Avalon linked to investigationWILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY)– Wilmington Police Department is asking for help looking for a car that is possibly connected to a death at a Wilmington apartment Saturday morning.- Advertisement – In a release sent by Wilmington Police the vehicle is described as a 2002 black Toyota Avalon with tag FJW7303.Officers were dispatched Saturday morning around 9:30 and are investigating a suspicious death that happened in the 600 block of North 30th Street.Anyone with information should use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609.last_img read more

Iran welcomes French efforts to save nuclear deal – spokesman

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> FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during the COP23 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang RattayFILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron looks on during the COP23 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay Iran welcomes France’s efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as French President Emmanuel Macron’s top diplomatic adviser visits Tehran for talks to help ease the crisis.“The spokesman (Abbas Mousavi) welcomed France’s role in reducing tension and implementing the accord and said: ‘The French are part of efforts … to keep the nuclear deal alive,” state news agency IRNA reported.Emmanuel Bonne, Macron’s top diplomatic adviser, is visiting Iran to try to meet Iranian officials as tensions rise between Tehran and the United States.WhatsApplast_img read more

Makerere University to unveil electric bus in October

first_imgAdvertisement Makerere University is in advanced stages of procuring components for their second electronic vehicle, Kayoola bus, ahead of its launch in October.The Kiira EV car that does not use FuelThis follows the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology students having successfully tested their first electronic car, Kiira EV, manufactured two years ago.The key principal investigator and deputy director for Centre for Research in Transportation Technology, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, says they had designed and started to procure the components before they could start construction. – Advertisement – He, however, added that the amount of time to assemble the car would depend on the procurement procedures. The 30-seater innovation is expected to reduce traffic jam and carbon emissions in the city.In addition to using Lithium ion batteries, they were going to add an internal combustion engine to extend the range of drive.He said once this was completed, they would engage the private sector for commercialisation and create special charging stations where individuals could go to recharge.Some of the challenges of electric cars were that they could only take you between 80 to 100 kilometres before you recharge.He said: “…however, in a situation where we don’t have a charging infrastructure installed all over the country, they will look at other ways of extending the range”.Source: Africa Reviewlast_img read more

WhatsApp to remain free in some countries

first_imgAdvertisement Popular messaging app WhatsApp will continue to offer its service for free to users in developing countries like India.The communication was revealed by the Vice-president for business development Neeraj Arora who stated that low debit and credit card penetration was the main reason for not collecting the $1 annual fee the service charges users in North America and Europe.He was speaking at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad on Tuesday. He reiterated that monetization for the service would come from user subscriptions, and not advertisements. – Advertisement – “Monetization is on the cards. It will happen over the next few years. We believe in the subscription model and not in advertising as people do not like to have ads as they converse.”One way WhatsApp could charge users in the subcontinent is by tying up with carriers and collecting subscription charges from offline channels.WhatsApp already works with carriers in bundling data plans that do not charge users for the service, which has a user base of 70 million in the country.The executive, who was pivotal in the $19 billion acquisition by Facebook earlier this year, also stated that there is potential in India to “build the next WhatsApp for the world.”Via Android Centrallast_img read more

YouTube to Mp3 converter website sued by Major record labels

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube-mp3.org, a website which rips audio from YouTube videos is being sued by a group of major record labels—including Universal, Sony, Capitol and Warner Brothers for every single instance of piracy the site allegedly facilitated. The plaintiffs claim  that the website facilitates means for its users to engage in copyright infringement, while profiting from the infringement. The record labels are suing for $150,000 in damages for every single case of alleged piracy.The website gets over 60 million users per month.Currently, they are also requesting a court order that would forbid web hosts, advertisers and other third parties from facilitating access to youtube-mp3.org.last_img read more

Desktop Version of Google Chrome Moved to a Stable Channel come with

first_imgAdvertisement On Wednesday, the Google Chrome browser for desktop version has been moved/updated to Chrome 54 and will be rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux in the coming weeks. The browser can be updated via the About section in the browser itself, or the new version can be downloaded from Chrome’s website.The updates brings along bug and security fixes apart from performance improvements, instead of using the Flash Player, Chrome 54 will use HTML5 embed style for YouTube videos, since Google confirmed in August that Chrome browser will start blocking Flash and switch to HTML5.Whereas, Chrome 54 on Android; users will be able to download webpages, pictures, music, and videos for offline viewing when they don’t have proper Internet/Data access. Further, new tabs in Chrome 54 will provide users with suggestions for articles – which will be suggested on the basis of your reading habits learned by the browser. – Advertisement – The update for Android is expected to roll out soon.last_img read more

Gunners fans are Daylight Believers

first_imgArsenal v EvertonPremier League4pm, SKY[dropcap]S[/dropcap]purs landed our bet yesterday – but it’s never easy….. they had to come from behind after Sunderland scored first.You could argue that Arsenal’s chances of winning their first Premier League title since 2004 were enhanced more by the failure of their rival teams yesterday rather than anything that may happen at the Emirates at 4pm this afternoon.It couldn’t have been scripted any better for fans of the Gunners with Chelsea and Man U both suffering surprise defeats and Man City only drawing.Now for the visit of Everton at the Emirates and a chance for Arsenal to open the daylight of seven points at the top of the table. Things get tougher for Arsenal in December with Man City and Chelsea to come and this match will also be a big test with Everton who are currently in 5th place in the table.Arsenal have won 15 of their last 18 home games against Everton, however the recent encounters have been short on the goals front:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Apr 2013 Premier Arsenal 0-0 EvertonNov 2012 Premier Everton 1-1 ArsenalMar 2012 Premier Everton 0-1 ArsenalDec 2011 Premier Arsenal 1-0 EvertonFeb 2011 Premier Arsenal 2-1 EvertonNov 2010 Premier Everton 1-2 ArsenalJan 2010 Premier Arsenal 2-2 EvertonAug 2009 Premier Everton 1-6 ArsenalJan 2009 Premier Everton 1-1 ArsenalOct 2008 Premier Arsenal 3-1 EvertonEverton come into this in cracking form and it might not be as straightforward for Arsenal as it has been in other years. Their late winner at Old Trafford was a real body blow for Man U who of course lost by the same scoreline against Newcastle yesterday.Everton have no new injury concerns so they could field the side that started in their win at Man U.It should be a cracker with both teams in good form and I’m taking both teams to score at around 8/11 as the preferred bet with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at around 8/11 with Star SportsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Crystal Palace v Arsenal

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsenal are short and getting shorter for their trip to Selhurst Park tonight – despite their recent abject away form.It’s not confidence in the Gunners however (how could it be at present?) but a weakness in Crystal Palace that is causing the price contractions.Palace may be without a staggering 11 players for the 8pm Premier League clash and that’s bad news for Sam Allardyce with his side hovering just three points off the relegation zone – although in fairness Palace will still have a game in hand on both Hull and Swansea after tonight.Allardyce said: “I can see it going right to the wire, in the end it will be about who can hold their nerve and that is the big key to success when the pressure is on you at this level.“When the bell starts ringing you know the time is running out. You’ve got to be very brave and stand up and be counted in those situations if you want to survive and be in the Premier League next year.”Arsenal will leapfrog Man U on goal difference and move into fifth if securing all three points and it’s a match that is likely to see goals with the temporary Palace starting XI combining with a leaky Arsenal defence which have conceded 14 goals in their last five matches on the road in all competitions.Crystal Palace have just two wins in 33 top-flight matches against Arsenal (D9, L22) and may struggle again tonight with their injury woes and against a side that desperately have a point (or three) to prove at the moment.Crystal Palace v ArsenalPremier League20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 C PalaceApr 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 C PalaceAug 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE C Palace 1-2 ArsenalFeb 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE C Palace 1-2 ArsenalAug 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-1 C PalaceFeb 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 C PalaceOct 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE C Palace 0-2 ArsenalFeb 2005 PREMIERSHIP Arsenal 5-1 C PalaceNov 2004 PREMIERSHIP C Palace 1-1 ArsenalFeb 1998 ENGLISH FA CUP C Palace 1-2 ArsenalGoals though is the angle for me and I’m backing over 3.5 at 11/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)OVER 3.5 GOALS at around 11/8 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: -50.27 pointslast_img read more

BENS BLOG Ed Chamberlin A man who talks a lot of sense

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have to wholeheartedly agree with Ed Chamberlin, following the article in yesterday’s Racing Post, regarding his recent speech, at The Gimcrack Dinner.OF COURSE, it’s tiring going to The Dogs and being surrounded by 6-Packers and total piss-heads, at the races. BUT, we need them, to keep the show on the road, and as a desperate attempt to attract new blood to The Game. We live in a lowest-common-denominator world now, and attracting The Facebookers, however it can be done, is how it must be done. Pop Concerts ‘n all.Ex-Eton, Mr Chamberlin, then continues to talk sense, by saying that racing needs to “demystify” itself and also encourage jockeys to do media-training (of which some appear to be in dire need). New initiatives must be tried, kept on being tried, and NOT SNEERED AT.Hmm…what price Mr Chamberlin NEXT HEAD OF THE BHA…?In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 43: Gilbert & Scott, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 2AR WEB SITE. Beautiful venue. Superb service. Immaculate menu. And great food, from start to finish. But loses marks for being EXTREMELY expensive. And for The Portions Police having to make regular call-outs. 7.5Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Chelsea

first_imgManchester City have taken the initiative in the Premier League’s title race and they can keep their noses in-front, whilst also taking revenge on Chelsea for their 2-0 victory in December.The only slip up up that Guardiola’s men have made in 2019 was a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle but that was merely a mistake which is dwarfed by their sensational form. Before then they had won their last four league games by an aggregate of 12-2 and if one adds their cup successes, then it becomes a staggering 33-2.A Sergio Aguero hat-trick gave them an entirely deserved 3-1 success against Arsenal, the highest played side that they have faced, but the team is stacked with goalscoring talent, as readers will know. Bernardo Silva was excellent all game against Arsenal whilst Raheem Sterling set up two of Aguero’s goals then and they battled hard to get past Everton, a side who have often given them trouble.Chelsea did give City a shock defeat in the reverse fixture – which actually knocked them off the top of the league table at the time – but the 2-0 scoreline in that fixture was incredibly flattering, with City dominating the game until N’Golo Kantè’s sucker punch at half time and more often than not City would win a game when they have 61% and won the shots (14-8) and corners (13-1) count.In any case, since then, the Blues have struggled for consistency, failing to win half of their last eight games with the side struggling badly for goals. Gonzalo Higuaín’s arrival (with his trusted manager) has started well with two goals against Huddersfield but it remains to be seen if he starts and even then this is a different level of competition for Chelsea.Putting in five against Huddersfield was a welcome respite but their last two away days have seen a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal and then amazingly a 4-0 defeat against Bournemouth afterwards, and they face what must be the toughest trip in English football.Man City v ChelseaPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, from last 10 years)DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Manchester CityAUG 2018 COMMUNITY SHIELD Chelsea 0-2 Manchester CityMAR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 0-1 ChelseaSEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-1 Manchester CityDEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-3 ChelseaAPR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-3 Manchester CityFEB 2016 FA CUP Chelsea 5-1 Manchester CityAUG 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 3-0 ChelseaJAN 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Manchester CitySEP 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-1 ChelseaFEB 2014 FA CUP Manchester City 2-0 ChelseaOver the last two seasons, City have won 28 of their 31 home games in the Premier League and won 23 of those by at least two goals – the 13/10 on them overcoming a one goal handicap looks to be the most appealing play in the game.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY -1 (three way handicap) 10 pts at 13/10 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 226.64 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more

Firstofitskind research Facebook fan pages are effective marketing tool

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327                                                                                   E-MAIL: druth@rice.edu   First-of-its-kind research: Facebook fan pages are effective marketing toolCompanies that use the popular social-media site Facebook and its fan page module to market themselves to customers can increase sales, word-of-mouth marketing and customer loyalty significantly among a subset of their customers, according to new research from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The study is featured in the March issue of the Harvard Business Review.Research for the article, “How Effective is Facebook Marketing?”, was conducted by Utpal Dholakia, associate professor of management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Emily Durham, a Jones School alumna and founder of Restaurant Connections, a Houston‐based restaurant consultancy.Dholakia and Durham surveyed customers of Dessert Gallery (DG), a popular Houston-based café chain. Prior to the study, DG did not have a Facebook presence. The study, based on surveys of more than 1,700 respondents over a three-month period, found that compared with typical Dessert Gallery customers, the company’s Facebook fans: AddThislast_img read more

Bizarre matter could find use in quantum computers

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduBizarre matter could find use in quantum computersRice physicists: Odd electron mix has fault-tolerant quantum registryThere are enticing new findings this week in the worldwide search for materials that support fault-tolerant quantum computing. New results from Rice University and Princeton University indicate that a bizarre state of matter that acts like a particle with one-quarter electron charge also has a “quantum registry” that is immune to information loss from external perturbations.The research appeared online April 21 in Physical Review Letters. The team of physicists found that ultracold mixes of electrons caught in magnetic traps could have the necessary properties for constructing fault-tolerant quantum computers — future computers that could be far more powerful than today’s computers. The mixes of electrons are dubbed “5/2 quantum Hall liquids” in reference to the unusual quantum properties that describe their makeup. Jeff Fitlow/Rice University From left, Rice University physicist Rui-Rui Du, graduate students Chi Zhang and Yanhua Dai, and former postdoctoral researcher Tauno Knuuttila (not pictured) have found that odd groupings of ultracold electrons could be useful in making fault-tolerant quantum computers. “The big goal, the whole driving force, besides deep academic curiosity, is to build a quantum computer out of this,” said the study’s lead author Rui-Rui Du, professor of physics at Rice. “The key for that is whether these 5/2 liquids have ‘topological’ properties that would render them immune to the sorts of quantum perturbations that could cause information degradation in a quantum computer.”Du said the team’s results indicate the 5/2 liquids have the desired properties. In the parlance of condensed-matter physics, they are said to represent a “non-Abelian” state of matter.Non-Abelian is a mathematical term for a system with “noncommutative” properties. In math, commutative operations, like addition, are those that have the same outcome regardless of the order in which they are carried out. So, one plus two equals three, just as two plus one equals three. In daily life, commutative and noncommutative tasks are commonplace. For example, when doing the laundry, it doesn’t matter if the detergent is added before the water or the water before the detergent, but it does matter if the clothes are washed before they’re placed in the dryer.“It will take a while to fully understand the complete implications of our results, but it is clear that we have nailed down the evidence for ‘spin polarization,’ which is one of the two necessary conditions that must be proved to show that the 5/2 liquids are non-Abelian,” Du said. “Other research teams have been tackling the second condition, the one-quarter charge, in previous experiments.”The importance of the noncommutative quantum properties is best understood within the context of fault-tolerant quantum computers, a fundamentally new type of computer that hasn’t been built yet.Computers today are binary. Their electrical circuits, which can be open or closed, represent the ones and zeros in binary bits of information. In quantum computers, scientists hope to use “quantum bits,” or qubits. Unlike binary ones and zeros, the qubits can be thought of as little arrows that represent the position of a bit of quantum matter. The arrow might represent a one if it points straight up or a zero if it points straight down, but it could also represent any number in between. In physics parlance, these arrows are called quantum “states.” And for certain complex calculations, being able to represent information in many different states would present a great advantage over binary computing.The upshot of the 5/2 liquids being non-Abelian is that they have a sort of “quantum registry,” where information doesn’t change due to external quantum perturbations.“In a way, they have internal memory of their previous state,” Du said.The conditions needed to create the 5/2 liquids are extreme. At Rice, Tauno Knuuttila, a former postdoctoral research scientist in Du’s group, spent several years building the “demagnetization refrigerator” needed to cool 5-millimeter squares of ultrapure semiconductors to within one-10,000th of a degree of absolute zero. It took a week for Knuuttila to simply cool the nearly one-ton instrument to the necessary temperature for the Rice experiments.The gallium arsenide semiconductors used in the tests are the most pure on the planet. They were created by Loren Pfieiffer, Du’s longtime collaborator at Princeton and Bell Labs. Rice graduate student Chi Zhang conducted additional tests at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Fla., to verify that the 5/2 liquid was spin- polarized.Study co-authors include Zhang, Knuuttila, Pfeiffer, Princeton’s Ken West and Rice’s Yanhua Dai. The research is supported by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and the Keck Foundation.last_img read more

Rice team boosts siliconbased batteries

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/ANODE-3-WEB.jpgRice University researchers Madhuri Thakur, left, and Sibani Lisa Biswal are testing anodes made of treated porous silicon that can be spread on a current collector and holds up to 10 times the amount of lithium than graphite anodes in current lithium-ion batteries. The robust anodes have achieved more than 600 charge-discharge cycles. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/ANODE-4-WEB.jpgA half-cell battery that incorporates a porous silicon developed at Rice University has achieved more than 600 charge-discharge cycles in the lab. The work holds promise for next-generation batteries for electric vehicles. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/ANODE-2-WEB.jpgRice University and Lockheed Martin have created a porous silicon powder that may lead to robust, powerful lithium-ion batteries. Fifty milligrams of the treated powder in the right vial has much more surface area than an identical weight of crushed silicon in the left vial. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/ANODE-1-WEB.jpgRice University Professor Sibani Lisa Biswal holds two vials, the left with 50 milligrams of crushed silicon, the right with 50 milligrams of her lab’s porous silicon powder. The treated silicon, with more than 50 times the surface area, holds up to 10 times its weight in lithium in a form that may lead to robust, powerful lithium-ion batteries. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)center_img This news release can be found online at http://news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Biswal Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~biswalab/Biswal_Research_Group/Welcome.htmlLockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University: http://lancer.rice.edu/Images for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/10/ANODE-6-WEB.jpgPorous silicon powder mixed with pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile is the basis for a robust anode for lithium-ion batteries. Anodes developed with the powder at Rice University have achieved more than 600 charge-discharge cycles in the lab. (Credit: Madhuri Thakur/Rice University)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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 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 has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. ShareSUMMARY: Rice researchers crush their custom silicon sponges to make battery anodes that outperform those in current batteries and should easily scale up for manufacturing.Editor’s note: Because of Hurricane Sandy, Nature’s servers have been down this week and no papers have been posted to Scientific Reports since Monday. Please check the Scientific Reports website for updates and contact us for a copy of the paper.Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this releaseDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice team boosts silicon-based batteries‘Crushed’ porous silicon anodes show dramatic increase in charge-discharge cycles HOUSTON – (Nov. 1, 2012) – Researchers at Rice University have refined silicon-based lithium-ion technology by literally crushing their previous work to make a high-capacity, long-lived and low-cost anode material with serious commercial potential for rechargeable lithium batteries.The team led by Rice engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and research scientist Madhuri Thakur reported in Nature’s open access journal Scientific Reports on the creation of a silicon-based anode, the negative electrode of a battery, that easily achieves 600 charge-discharge cycles at 1,000 milliamp hours per gram (mAh/g). This is a significant improvement over the 350 mAh/g capacity of current graphite anodes.That puts it squarely in the realm of next-generation battery technology competing to lower the cost and extend the range of electric vehicles.The new work by Rice through the long-running Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice (LANCER) is the next and biggest logical step since the partners began investigating batteries four years ago.“We previously reported on making porous silicon films,” said Biswal, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “We have been looking to move away from the film geometry to something that can be easily transferred into the current battery manufacturing process. Madhuri crushed the porous silicon film to form porous silicon particulates, a powder that can be easily adopted by battery manufacturers.”Silicon can hold 10 times more lithium ions than the graphite commonly used in anodes today. But there’s a problem: Silicon more than triples its volume when completely lithiated. When repeated, this swelling and shrinking causes silicon to quickly break down.Many researchers have been working on strategies to make silicon more suitable for battery use. Scientists at Rice and elsewhere have created nanostructured silicon with a high surface-to-volume ratio, which allows the silicon to accommodate a larger volume expansion. Biswal, lead author Thakur and co-author Michael Wong, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, tried the opposite approach; they etched pores into silicon wafers to give the material room to expand. By earlier this year, they had advanced to making sponge-like silicon films that showed even more promise.Even those films presented a problem for manufacturers, Thakur said. “They’re not easy to handle and would be difficult to scale up.” But by crushing the sponges into porous grains, the material gains far more surface area to soak up lithium ions.Biswal held up two vials, one holding 50 milligrams of crushed silicon, the other 50 milligrams of porous silicon powder. The difference between them was obvious. “The surface area of our material is 46 square meters per gram,” she said. “Crushed silicon is 0.71 square meters per gram. So our particles have more than 50 times the surface area, which gives us a larger surface area for lithiation, with plenty of void space to accommodate expansion.” The porous silicon powder is mixed with a binder, pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile (PAN), which offers conductive and structural support.“As a powder, they can be used in large-scale roll-to-roll processing by industry,” Thakur said. “The material is very simple to synthesize, cost-effective and gives high energy capacity over a large number of cycles.”“This work shows just how important and useful it is to be able to control the internal pores and the external size of the silicon particles,” Wong said.In recent experiments, Thakur designed a half-cell battery with lithium metal as the counter electrode and fixed the capacity of the anode to 1,000 mAh/g. That was only about a third of its theoretical capacity, but three times better than current batteries. The anodes lasted 600 charge-discharge cycles at a C/2 rate (two hours to charge and two hours to discharge). Another anode continues to cycle at a C/5 rate (five-hour charge and five-hour discharge) and is expected to remain at 1,000 mAh/g for more than 700 cycles.“This successful endeavor between Rice University and Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors will provide a significant improvement in battery technology by the development of this inexpensive manufacturing technique for silicon anode material,” said Steven Sinsabaugh, a Lockheed Martin Fellow who works with LANCER and a co-author of the paper along with Lockheed Martin researcher Mark Isaacson. “We’re truly excited about this breakthrough and are looking forward to transitioning this technology to the commercial marketplace.”“The next step will be to test this porous silicon powder as an anode in a full battery,” Biswal said. “Our preliminary results with cobalt oxide as the cathode appear very promising, and there are new cathode materials that we’d like to investigate.”-30-Read the abstract at http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/121108/srep00795/full/srep00795.htmllast_img read more

Rices Shepherd School Chamber Symphony orchestras to conclude fall semester with performances

first_imgAddThis Share1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice’s Shepherd School Chamber, Symphony orchestras to conclude fall semester with performancesHOUSTON – (Nov. 29, 2016) – Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra will offer their final concerts of the season on Dec. 1 and 2, respectively. Both performances will take place at 8 p.m., are free and open to the public and will take place in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall on the Rice University campus. Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music, will conduct all the performances.WHAT: Shepherd School Chamber and Symphony orchestra concerts.WHEN:  8 p.m. Dec. 1 (chamber orchestra) and Dec. 2 (symphony orchestra).WHERE: Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall, located on the Rice campus at 6100 Main St.The chamber orchestra concert will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D Major, “Haffner” and Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, “Unfinished.” In addition, the orchestra will premiere Ouyang’s “ONEness” under the direction of Benjamin Manis, a graduate student in orchestral conducting. The symphony orchestra’s program will open with the world premiere of Shepherd School Associate Professor of Composition and Theory Karim Al-Zand’s “Ring the Bells at Break of Day,” followed by Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, conducted by Jerry Hou, associate conductor of the Shepherd School orchestras and featuring soloist Scott Cuellar, a doctoral student in piano performance. The concert will conclude with Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier Suite.”For more information on the performances, visit http://music.rice.edu. -30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Shepherd School website: http://music.rice.edu/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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more