A new research centre that plans to create a centr

first_imgA new research centre that plans to create a centre for “disability expertise” on the Olympic Park – as part of the London 2012 Paralympics legacy – has faced questions about its commitment to collaborating with local disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDIH) wants to spread innovative ideas across inclusive design, assistive technology, sport, arts and inclusive development and use the new centre as a “springboard for change” to improve the lives of disabled people in the UK and internationally.GDIH says it wants to ensure that disabled people are involved in the leadership of all of its programmes and to “promote that ethos and that way of working” internationally.Its aim, it says, is to “change the way we think about disability through co-design, collaboration, and innovation”, and to become “the leading place to come to research, study, practice and share disability innovations”.This week, the hub’s director, Vicki Austin, told Disability News Service (DNS) that she wanted GDIH to develop into a global centre for “disability expertise”, drawing on local communities, DPOs and disabled people.The hub launched last September, but only appointed its 15-strong board of directors – two-thirds of whom are disabled people – last week.It is moving its current base to University College London’s (UCL) new campus on the Olympic Park in east London.But despite its commitment to ensuring that disabled people lead its programmes, there are questions over its apparent failure to work with local disabled people and DPOs.When asked which DPOs it had worked with since its launch, Austin mentioned Together! 2012, which is led by the disabled artist and author Dr Ju Gosling, and has been working since the Paralympics to make the main London 2012 host borough of Newham into an international centre of excellence for disability arts.Together! 2012 is the most prominent DPO in the borough, and the only cultural organisation in east London to have been developed in response to the Paralympic legacy, while Gosling herself has an international reputation as a disabled artist, based in Newham, and is a leader on work looking at the relationship between disabled people and technology.But Gosling disputed Austin’s claims that the hub had been working with Together!, and said she had in fact been frustrated by her attempts to set up a meeting with GDIH, and had been trying to do so since January, in a series of emails seen by DNS.Her last emailed attempt to set up a meeting was on 16 May, which has still not received a reply from GDIH.She said: “They haven’t made any contact with us, and we have tried and tried and tried.“I find it discourteous and disrespectful and very disappointing. They clearly don’t know what co-production means.”A spokeswoman for the hub did not dispute the six-month delay in arranging a meeting, although she claimed that Austin had had “discussions” with Gosling as the hub was being developed.Austin said that GDIH had also been working closely with members of the Olympic Park’s built environment access panel (BEAP), and that it had been using them “as our initial sounding board”, as an interim arrangement before its board was appointed.One meeting was apparently held in the hub’s current home on the Olympic Park, so panel members could meet the team, while the panel’s chair, Peter Lainson, is a member of the hub’s working group, and two of his fellow disabled panel members have now been appointed to the GDIH board.But DNS has spoken to one member of the panel who said they were surprised to hear that GDIH was claiming such a close connection with BEAP, and believed the panel had not been involved with the hub in any significant way.The hub emerged from work at UCL and has some post-London 2012 funding from the London Legacy Development Corporation, although that is due to run out next year.None of GDIH’s other founding partners – the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, the University of the Arts London’s London College of Fashion, Loughborough University in London, Saddler’s Wells Theatre, the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum – are user-led organisations.The GDIH board will be led by the disabled Conservative peer Lord [Chris] Holmes, former disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and London 2012’s director of Paralympic integration.He said he was “delighted” to be “part of a project with such potential to transform lives”.He said: “I have personally benefited from assistive technology and believe truly inclusive design not only removes barriers to disabled people but also, essentially, benefits everyone by leading to ground-breaking technological solutions or applications and truly excellent design.”Early GDIH projects include working with an “innovation lab” set up by a disabled people’s organisation in India and the International Committee of the Red Cross to develop new products to help disabled people, particularly in the global south.The hub is also involved in the development of a masters programme in disability design and innovation, which will begin in September 2018.Another project is the development of a digital/audio “wayfinding” tool that would help blind and partially-sighted visitors find their way around the Olympic Park.Austin said a crucial part of its approach was to ensure that disabled people were involved in leading its programmes. She said: “If there is an opportunity to amplify that message, and also the talents of those people, then that is what we intend and want to do.“We are particularly interested in harnessing the power of technology as it develops and a lot of that technology is being developed in institutions by non-disabled people.“If we are able to challenge some of that and engage people in both academic and non-academic programmes and also challenge some of the academic approaches in a way that puts co-creation and co-design right at the heart, not only are better products made but also it challenges the status quo.”Next month, the hub will host a disability innovation summit, running alongside the 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships, to “explore research and ideas, looking at innovation in tech, design, development, culture and art”.Picture: Lord Holmes at London Tech Week, after the announcement that he would be chairing GDIHlast_img read more

Activists Call Police Policy Review Toothless

first_imgFollowing a series of officer-involved shootings of Latino and Black men in San Francisco, public outrage cumulated in protest after 26-year-old Mario Woods was shot by police more than 20 times in the Bayview last December. The incident was caught on video and earlier this year prompted Mayor Ed Lee to call for a formal review of the police department’s training and practices by the Justice Department. The two lines of commenters waiting to speak spanned the aisles of the auditorium. Those who had come to express their concerns with current police practices criticized the federal review, which they said lacks urgency and is ultimately powerless in making changes. They demanded that the Justice Department send its Civil Rights Commission instead to effectively address what they called a corrupt system.“Who called you to our city?” asked Daniel Landry, who represents the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition. “This city is on the verge of explosion. We want [Attorney General] Loretta Lynch to answer to us why this city isn’t being investigated by civil rights division.”“This whole thing smells like hell,” said coalition member David Carlos Salaverry, addressing the COPS panel. “You guys are being played by being sent out in front of angry crowds and trying to do the what is appropriate for a little suburb, but not for a city with a history of corruption such as San Francisco.”Salaverry echoed Landry’s request for an investigation by the federal Civil Rights Commission instead. “Send us the Civil Rights Commission — make that message go up the food chain.”As speakers switched off, members of the coalition intermittently chanted “Justice for Mario Woods.” Many accused the police department of racism and alleged cronyism within San Francisco’s justice system.“You need to aim higher. The rank and file officers are the least of the problem,” said Tom Selhorst, referring to the San Francisco District Attorney’s past decisions not to press charges against officers involved in police shootings and policies that have protected officers from criminal undergoing investigations. “The [police chief] himself has a history of breaking the law, and when you break the law you get promoted in this town.”Speakers representing the coalition were consistent in their demands for firing Police Chief Greg Suhr, and called for reform of the police department as well as an independent investigation into Mario Woods’ death. “What we want is accountability,” said Michael White, a member of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition. “Every time there is a murder by the cops, the first report we get is that the person who died lunged at the police, until in later reports it turns out that they did not. This happens every time someone is murdered by SFPD.”Many speakers also referenced the ongoing civil trial of Alex Nieto, who was shot by four police officers in 2014. “Yesterday we had the city attorney badgering the mother of Alex Nieto, showing no compassion,” said speaker Francisco Da Costa, pointing to a “rogue mentality of those who have been conditioned” within the justice system.Ken Bouche, a law enforcement consultant for the Justice Department, looked on as community members addressed police brutality in San Francisco. Photo by Laura WaxmannThroughout the three-hour meeting, the panel of experts patiently faced each speaker, but remained largely silent. In an effort to show that public input was valued, the speaking time had been extended from two minutes to five minutes at the beginning of the session, causing the hearing to stretch well beyond the allotted time. Mission High School students were also present at the hearing, and some took to the microphone to share their fears stemming from police interactions. “As a black man in America I’m terrified of the police … I should not feel this way,” said Hatim Mansori, a Mission High School senior. “I’ve been stopped in the streets and they told me to respect the officers, but that’s a threat in a way.  A lot of us youths don’t know our rights and so they are exploiting that.”Mission High School counselor Taffany Jones-Davis spoke to a culture of fear and mistrust among minority youth towards the police that is reinforced by the way officers view and treat them. “Last week, officers came into Mission High after an incident and began to accost students who fit the profile, without checking in with the office. [The students] should feel safe at school,” said Jones-Davis. “These are psychological scars that need more than a bandaid, and that’s all these meetings are.”Mission High School senior Hatim Mansori (left) said that he fears racial profiling by San Francisco police officers. Photo by Laura WaxmannJennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness, told the panel that she had long worked to address police brutality, offering solutions such as Crisis Intervention Training for officers, but that policies currently in place have prevented the full implementation of training alternatives.  “We pushed for CIT but it hasn’t come in place. The general orders haven’t changed, so police are still given orders to use force rather than verbal de-escalation,” said Friedenbach. “There’s a huge opportunity for change at this moment we have to change the use of force guidelines.”District 9 Supervisorial candidate Edwin Lindo was one of the last speakers, but delivered a perspective that resonated with many in the auditorium. “Forty-four percent of people arrested are Black … less than 80 African American high school students are graduating this year. That’s the direct pipeline to prison,” he said. “If those numbers don’t scream out at you perhaps our entire system is morally corrupt.”“I hope you’re here to find the facts to send back to D.C. — that we are bankrupt in justice,” said Lindo. A third and final community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on March 10 at Golden Gate High School, located at 1430 Scott St. A Department of Justice panel holding forums throughout the city to gauge citizens’ opinions of local police practices didn’t get far on Tuesday night before loud and angry feedback cut in. Activists said the panel has no capacity to enact change and amounts only to window-dressing.Addressing a crowd of about 100 people gathered in Mission High School’s auditorium, Department of Justice consultant Kenneth Bouche asked what issue with the city’s police force had brought them to the public hearing. Bouche hardly finished his sentence before protestors and community members holding up “Justice for Mario Woods” posters erupted into shouts of “Murder!” Wednesday’s meeting at the school at 3750 18th St. was the second of three “listening sessions” held by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a division of the Justice Department. 0%center_img Tags: alex nieto • Bayview • crimes • mission • SFPD • shootings Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

An orphaned chicken who found a home

first_imgThis is from 2010, a favorite video by Ayla Albayrak, who now works at the Wall Street Journal in Istanbul. Have a wonderful holiday. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img

The CPD event is open to UKCC Level 2 coaches and

first_imgThe CPD event is open to UKCC Level 2 coaches and secondary teachers who are coaching in Rugby League specifically at Under 12s, 13s and 14s, though other coaches/teachers can attend as part of their own personal CPD.Block 1 is the first part of a three block CPD programme and is FREE of charge and all coaches attending will leave with ETP resources.Coaches attending all three blocks will become accredited England Player Development Coaches. This sits within the ETP philosophy to developing better coaches to develop better players.The coaches are additionally supported to assist their players to profile themselves via the online resource. Beyond accreditation, community clubs are then provided with access to support and resource to further upskill their coaches and / or to incorporate more of their coaches annually with the aim of 100% of their coaches delivering ETP within those age groups.Accredited clubs also have the opportunity to engage with England RL research and initiatives.Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Block 2 and 3 dates will be released at a later date.To register contact   craig.richards@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

Eyewitness describes moments after shark bites girl at Bald Head

first_img “I work on the beach here as a surf instructor, so I just saw it happen,” the caller told the 911 dispatcher. “She was on the sandbar and she screamed and her dad automatically picked her up.”The girl, who wasn’t identified, was brought to shore on a surf board and taken to a local hospital.“We were sitting there and looking out and people were swimming and we saw a girl and her dad, and the girl screamed, and then the dad, like, picked her up and then they started going in as fast as they could and they yelled, ‘Shark!’ and then everyone got out of the water,” eyewitness Rebecca Kenney told ABC News.Related Article: Park ranger: 17-year-old girl bitten by sharkThe Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety said in a statement to the Associated Press that the girl was “bitten by something believed to be a juvenile shark” and that the wound wasn’t life threatening.Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall said first responders identified the bite as that of a shark based on the type of wound sustained.“I knew something was wrong because you could, she wasn’t profusely bleeding, but you could see the blood from the shore,” Kenney said.“People are really freaking out about it, but sharks live in the ocean and we never have any problems. This is just a freak accident,” she added. “We see sharks all the time, but we’ve never had any problems with bites.” BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY/ABC News) — A girl was bitten on her calf by a shark Sunday morning on Bald Head Island, authorities said.According to 911 call logs released to ABC News by Brunswick County dispatchers, the girl was in the water off Bald Head Island. The 911 caller, who identified herself as a surf instructor, said she heard the girl scream.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman medically evacuated to Malta from rescue vessel

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> A young woman has been medically evacuated to Malta from the rescue vessel, the ‘Alan Kurdi’ this afternoon.According to Sea Eye who coordinates the rescue vessel, the woman had been transported to the Maltese mainland after complaining of circulatory problems and dizziness which the crew could not fully diagnose on board.The medical emergency is understood to have been transmitted to the Maltese authorities who later dispatched a vessel to evacuate the woman.Read more:EC calls on Member States to find a solution for Alan KurdiItaly’s attempt to separate families was a breach of human rights – Sea EyeGerman migrant rescue vessel renamed ‘Alan Kurdi’Commenting on the situation, Alan Kurdi’s Operations Manager Jan Ribbeck said, ‘We have to expect such situations to increase if these people are not allowed to move quickly to a safe place. The political leaders now have to act responsibly.’According to Sea Eye, Malta has cleared a transport vessel to delivered much needed food and water to those rescued.It has been almost a week since 64 people were rescued from the Central Mediterranean by the rescue vessel.Until now, no safe port of disembarkation has been provided for those on board.The European Commission is said to still be consulting with European Member States on the next moves.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Top 5 Ugandan Twitter hashtags that rocked in 2012

first_imgAdvertisement The internet and social media in particular has redefined what media is in the 21 century even though my friends in the mainstream or traditional media will take me through a long and endless debate on what journalism and media really ought to be.Twitter has been at the forefront of this disruption and now as more and more Ugandans become more tech-savy, they’ve learnt to react and engage the world matters that concern them. We love to watch and report about trends and here’s is our rendition of the Ugandan Twitterverse in 2012. #UgandaIsNotSpainEarlier this year, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy sent a message to his finance minister Luis de Guindos in the middle of negotiations on the terms of a bailout for Spain’s banks urging him to play hardball during negotiations over a bailout package from the Eurozone. “We’re the number four power in Europe,” Rajoy texted. “Spain is not Uganda.”. This comment ignited a series of reactions from the Ugandan twitter community through the popular #UgandaIsNotSpain hashtag as Ugandans reminded the spaniards how their economy wasn’t as ill as theirs. – Advertisement – #PLE2012 At first i got confused as i wondered whether tweeps had decided to resit the Uganda Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) or probably it was another scandal and or corruption surrounding examination leakages had plagued the examination board, but i was wrong. It turned out that Ugandan tweeps were venting out their frustration of stories of endermic corruption, poor service delivery with added mixture of humour. However, it was also characterized by lighter social issues.#Kony2012 A well intended campaign by invicible children that started with a Youtube video that went viral overnight through the social media space quickly caught the attention of Ugandan tweeps. Tweeps were stunned by how many people around the globe were misinformed about Uganda and this was made worse by the Video which had some inaccuracies. However, at a rate of 50 tweeps/second on the Hashtag, any reaction from the concerned Ugandan tweep would easily be lost or not noticed. Some Ugandan tweeps attempted to “hijack” or override the tag with what Uganda is really about, but that didn’t yield much success.#kiprotich At the 2012 olympics when there seemed to be no hope for Uganda winning any medal, the little known athlete Steven Kiprotich took tweeps by surprise when he won a gold medal — instantly becoming a national hero and putting Uganda on the world stage. Once again, #Uganda had started trending on the twitterverse.#AskThePMPolitician have learnt to engage and reach out to their voters through social media channels in a bid to be more relevant and connect with the tech-savy community. The Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi has been engaging directly with tweeps through #AskThePM by enabling them ask questions be answered immediately. However, the Office of the Prime minister has been on the media spotlight recently following untold allegations of corruption. Is this tag still relevant?ConclusionIf there’s anything that we can learn from this new trend, it’s that Ugandan’s won’t shutup! Unlike in the past, they won’t just sit there and watch as the world talks about (and to them) on issues that concern them because of the power that these social media platforms have afforded them.They will engage their legislators, government and talk about issues that matter most to them.David Okwii, a Senior Editor at The TechPost is also a contributor for PC Tech Magazine.last_img read more

Social Media Your Brand Loyalty Tool

first_imgSocial media is a very significant tool for brands that need to build strong relationship with customers. Image Credit: BlueFountainMedia Advertisement It is very imperative that organizations comprehend the importance of Social Media as a business tool and never a threat but opportunities to enhance their marketing and brand building. If you have recently launched a new product, the comments on Social Media can help you to locate what you should do, your mistakes and how you can rectify them. Every brand has its own characteristics. Your brand should communicate to consumers like a human being, just the way you talk to people. Keep in mind, may be your conversation turn your irate consumer into your loyal one.Social media is a very significant tool for brands that need to build strong relationship with customers. It can be helpful to understand their needs, demands and habits.  Consumers are no longer interested in brands that are only focused on selling and not minding about what the consumer feels and think.On the other hand there are still brands who feel threatened to be online on social media and they feel that may be social media will damage their reputation but many have realized that there are great opportunities to build strong relationship with customers and strengthen brand loyalty. One satisfied customer can be your loyal customers, consider his opinion and feedback. Social networks have completely changed the concept of feedback. In earlier age customers was used to send a letter or wait for the reply, now you just write on the wall post if you are using a Facebook or tweet on Twitter. – Advertisement – We are living in the era of internet where information spread like anything, so reputation of the organization has become a serious concern for companies if they are live on Social Media. Even the negative news is not entirely true but rival can quickly ruin a company’s image. Social Media monitoring can help you stay side by side of what is being said about your brand and how to deal with it in crisis in immediate way. Who wants to be stand out from crowd? Obviously it’s a dream of every one, so you need to be original. Find the best way to market your brand in striking way. Your customers will always remember your company name or brand, if your campaign is original.In today’s diverse new world of growing consumer demands, fueled by changing demographics and the cultural shift in the market, brands have some work to do to say the least. In the rush of business necessity and the desire to meet quarterly financial requirements from the economy, branding has become less about solving specific needs – and more of an attempt to quickly create new revenue streams by promoting solutions for needs that don’t exist. This is bound to fail because it doesn’t support lasting and meaningful engagement. It’s “moment marketing – and it will not allow you to become part of your consumers’ reality and experiences.Moment marketing does little to develop a brand or give consumers permission to interact with them. Brands must have purpose by producing goods and services that improve the lives of consumers and enhance quality of life. With today’s savvy consumer, it’s imperative that brands focus on how to better interact with them, how to build stronger relationships, and how to ensure that those relationships generate trust and meaningful engagement over time.Brands must begin to authentically engage with consumers who are not only becoming more diverse, but wiser about their purchasing habits and more mindful of living healthier lifestyles. Stimulated by sensationalism, social media trends and a generational force that is changing how brands earn loyalty and trust, consumers have become more critical and cynical. Brands earn trust by being authentic, and by being seen to be authentic. They earn loyalty by creating meaningful experiences across all contacts in ways that matter to customers.Today’s marketplace has taught us all, brands must be fully engaged and actively involved in allowing their brands to grow into relevant destinations for consumers looking to solve particular needs – these are the ones that will win market share for your brand and continue to grow. Consumers are no longer brand loyal. They may be loyal to the engagement experience that a particular brand offers. Once the experiential elements of brand engagement disappear, in many cases, so does the emotional connection consumers have with the brand that was providing them that unique experience.We live in an experience-driven world. Consumers gravitate toward those experiences that provide them with the stimulation they are looking for. People have become sensitive about how they spend their time and what inspires them to do so. If a brand focuses more on trying to sell consumers their products/services rather than finding ways to creatively engage with them and solve a need, their brand will be short-lived.Consumers today are having difficulty trusting a brand’s intentions. They want to know what a brand stands for and what they value and they want that brand to live it every day – in everything they do and how they do it. If a brand stands for quality, a consumer expects it at all times. When brands begin to cut-corners, quality suffers and it is reflected in how a product tastes, smells, feels – and this is when the consumer begins to feel slighted.[related-posts]This is also the case when brands lead you to believe that they must raise their prices due to industry-wide increases in cost of doing business. For example, over the past several years, many have grown frustrated with the Telecom industry in Uganda as a result, customers started dropping some mobile lines and sticking to some. Shocking is that many of the customers tend to stick to their old brands than the new ones simply because they feel they have been part of the journey.Brands are extensions of the lives we lead, and if the brand message, intention or engagement is not what is expected – loyalty goes away. Consumers are holding brands accountable to assure they are constantly adding value to their lives. If they don’t get what they expect, you will certainly hear about it on social media.Consumers are paying attention to the manner in which brands communicate. They know when a brand is speaking at them instead of speaking to them. Oftentimes, brands miss the mark (however well-intentioned) and disrupt consumer loyalty because they take creative risks that are not in-tune with their consumers.On the other hand, when a brand is able to make an authentic connection with a consumer, something very powerful happens. You move from a moment – to a foundation for long-term engagement and loyalty. Brands should not be looking only to sell things in a moment; rather they should be exploring ways to build relationships, feed the connection, listen and become a voice that takes action on what you hear from your consumers.last_img read more

8 tips to help you shop online securely

first_imgImage Credit: TheNewAfrica Advertisement With just a click of a mouse or touch on a screen, buyers all over the world can purchase nearly any product online; from foodstuffs to cars, from clothing’s to houses. The world of e-commerce enables buyers to shop online at over a thousand online stores and pay for their purchases from wherever they are, whether at home, work, school or beach.These days you just lay back, grab your phone or laptop, get online and log in directly to your online store whether it is Vendito, Jumia, Kaymu, Kupatana or Checki and do your shopping. That’s how E-commerce has made life easy.Just as shoppers should take measures to protect their PIN numbers when checking out in a physical store, they also need to take sensible precautions when shopping online. – Advertisement – We are sharing these tips to help make your online shopping experiences safe:Always purchase all your products at secure websites Always mind what website you use when shopping, not all E-commerce websites are safe for you. Secure sites use encryption technology to transfer information from your computer to the online merchant’s computer. During the process of paying for the product you have purchased, your details such as your; Credit card number, PIN Numbers are scrambled by the encryption technology.Here’s a few hints to help you know whether the site you’re using is secure:When you look in the address bar, where the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is placed, if you see the address beginning with http and ends with “s” or if the address has a green padlock at the start, then the site you’re using is safe and you’re good to go.The address will have to look like:Keep your password and pins private Before you do any purchasing, you’ll have to first signup with that very online shopping site of your choice. When signing up for an account, this usually requests for a username, email address, billing details, passwords and so forth.Most browser give you an option of it remembering your password or saving it, which should be avoided. Never save your credentials on your computer, or any other gadget as this exposes you to being defrauded by anyone who accesses your account.Also, when signing up for these accounts, NEVER use common passwords that can be easily guessed. Try and use strong passwords, with symbols, numbers, special character, upper and lower cases. Let your password look like: =;E^}5?2s4l22^p and not 123456.Pay on delivery Now in Uganda, many people are new to this online shopping thing and some online shops are also new and haven’t had a chance to build a reputation.There are also several individual sellers, where you can’t be sure about the product since this individual is different from the company that owns the shopping site. And with many classified and shopping groups on Facebook, there are also many transactions happening off any particular shopping site.In such cases where you aren’t comfortable parting with your cash in advance, you can pay on delivery if the seller offers that option.HelloFood is an example of a website that gives you the option to order for your food online and then pay either by Mobile Money or by cash on delivery.Pay with a credit card When using a debit card for shopping, it removes/deducts money straight from your bank account and getting it back in an event of fraud is a bit hard. Your liability with a debit card depends on how soon you report the situation, however, when you pay with a Credit card, you have permitted protection against fraud, limiting your liability.Pay by Mobile MoneyA screenshot of the step where you are prompted to confirm the identity of the person you are sending money to when transaction on MTN Mobile MoneyIn the event that you have ordered for an item which you’re paying for at delivery, you can still pay by Mobile Money. This has its advantages, including giving you an electronic record of your payment to this individual or company, and also helps you identify the seller.In the case of buying from individuals on Facebook and websites like Jumia and OLX, there’s always a chance that the seller is giving you an item that is stolen. You might buy a smartphone and a few months later get arrested for it. If you paid him by Mobile Money, you can always follow the money trail with the Police and the Telecom company. Don’t Fall for “Phishing” Messages Phishing is when a person, most likely a hacker or identity thief attempts to acquire your personal details such as usernames, passwords, credit card details often for malicious reasons.Mostly these hackers and identity thieves send spam emails to internet users asking them to update or re-send their account information for their banks or credit cards or their popular shopping sites. Usually phishing emails that have links that might look just like official e-commerce you’re used to, so you have to be careful not to enter your personal details in a link you entered in email. Also, as I mentioned above, always ensure to check if those links provided to you are secure.Purchase items that have a guarantee / warranty Most times we purchase products whether online or offline, we need guarantee or warranty that whatever we’ve bought is genuine. No one wants to buy a product that is design or made to last for years, only for it to stop working after a few weeks or months. If it had factory defects, a warranty gives you the peace of mind that you can get it fixed or replaced.So as you purchase all your products online, always ensure that they have a guarantee or warranty on them.According to Jumia, at times, things go wrong with these products. Luckily, their brands are committed to their customers as much as they are. They show that commitment through warranties.Image Credit: JumiaAlways Print or Save Copies of Your Orders After placing your order online, maybe you bought that MacBook Air you always wanted or those fancy pants, you always receive a confirmation page that reviews what you’ve purchased. This confirmation page normally contains the costs of the order, your customer information, product information, and the confirmation number.It’s recommended you always print out or save a copy of these confirmation page(s) describing the item you ordered or purchased as well as the page showing company name, postal address, phone number, and legal terms, including return policy. Plus the confirmation messages you receive on your email.last_img read more

Facebook Accidentally Announced That The Philippines is at War

first_imgThe second “war flag” that Facebook displayed. Image Credit: Business Insider Advertisement On June 12, the social networking giant, Facebook Inc. displayed a banner to its users in the Philippines, wishing them a happy Independence Day.“Here’s to all of the Philippines’ health, happiness and prosperity,” the message read, beneath a stylised woman carrying the country’s flag.As The Philippine Star reported, there was just one problem, The flag indicated the Phillipines is at war. – Advertisement – Normally, the Philippines’ flag is blue on top and red below (along with a yellow sun and three stars in a white triangle). But unlike most flags, it can also be flipped upside-down – so red is on top, and blue is below – when the country is at war.The second “war flag” that Facebook displayed. Image Credit: Business Insider“The flag, if flown from a flagpole, shall have its blue field on top in time of peace and the red field on top in time of war,” reads the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. “If in a hanging position, the blue field shall be to the right (left of the observer) in time of peace, and the red field to the right (left of the observer) in time of war.”Facebook has since apologized for the mess-up. “This was unintentional, and we’re sorry,” a spokesperson said in a statement provided to The Philippine Star. “We care deeply about the community in the Philippines and, in an attempt to connect people on Independence Day, we made a mistake.”[Business Insider]last_img read more

City another nailed on favourite

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]lenty of moaning on the football front from bookmakers about the run of winning favourites over the weekend and it’s hard to see they’ll gain any respite tonight at the Etihad Stadium.Man City take on Championship side Blackburn in take two of their FA Cup third round game which ended 1-1 at Ewood Park.The history book paints a grim picture for Blackburn….HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Jan 2014 FA Cup Blackburn 1-1 Man CityFeb 2012 Premier Man City 3-0 BlackburnOct 2011 Premier Blackburn 0-4 Man CityApr 2011 Premier Blackburn 0-1 Man CitySep 2010 Premier Man City 1-1 BlackburnJan 2010 Premier Man City 4-1 BlackburnAug 2009 Premier Blackburn 0-2 Man CityMay 2009 Premier Man City 3-1 BlackburnDec 2008 Premier Blackburn 2-2 Man CityDec 2007 Premier Man City 2-2 BlackburnIt looks straightforward for City who have won their last 10 home fixtures.Even allowing for Manuel Pellegrini making some changes and the fact he’ll have one eye on Saturday’s home clash in the Premier League against Cardiff they should easily prove strong enough to brush aside Blackburn whose boss is remaining positive.Gary Bowyer says his team will relish the role of the underdog.“We’ve got everything to gain. No one outside of our dressing room gives us a prayer and they are situations we quite like.”City will be boosted by the expected return of Sergio Aguero after his calf injury. Aguero remains City’s leading scorer this season with 19 goals.Blackburn have won the trophy on six occasions, but not since 1928 and that wait looks certain to be extended tonight.We have to go to -2 on the Star Sports handicap to get over evens on City but that looks nailed on.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points MAN CITY (-2) at around 21/20 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): -35.50 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Saturday

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.Saturday 5 AprilRACINGGRAND NATIONAL4.15 AintreeDouble Seven 16/1 > 12/1 (McCoy Factor)Shakalakaboomboom 40/1 > 25/12.05 AintreeTrifolium 4/1 > 3/12.30 ChepstowO’callaghan Strand 10/1 > 8/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

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.Thursday 14 AugustRACING2.20 SalisburyWho’sthedude 20/1 > 10/12.30 BeverleyQuite Sparky 8/1 > 9/23.00 BeverleyTaffetta 20/1 > 10/14.45 BeverleySummer Stroll 15/2 > 4/17.10 FontwellChurch Bray 6/1 > 7/28.10 FontwellCrashing Thew Life 20/1 > 8/1 Uptendownone 13/2 > 7/28.25 ChepstowLast Echo 11/2 > 3/18.55 ChepstowSealed With A Kiss 9/2 > 5/2What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 17 JuneRACING2.20 HamiltonCandelisa 100/30 > 7/43.05 Royal AscotAcapulco 11/2 > 4/13.20 UttoxeterCape York 15/2 > 4/13.55 UttoxeterTrafficker 15/8 > 11/85.35 Royal AscotOsaila 14/1 > 11/1(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

STAR PREVIEW Everton v Man U

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]verton welcome Man U to Goodison for the live game at 4pm.Both sides are underperforming but in particular Everton who have won just one of their last nine matches (home win against West Ham) eroding their fantastic start to the season which saw them win five out of their first six games.Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman said: “If somebody had said to me at the beginning of the season that Everton at the beginning of December will be seventh and if they beat Manchester United we will go sixth, I would be happy.“Of course, I realise we need a win, I realise some away performances have not been good. But we’re still unbeaten at home and that’s also positive.“You need to be realistic and, of course, it’s a difficult time because one [win] out of eight is a long time and we have not been winning enough.”Man U are a punters nightmare and very hard to predict but have at least started scoring goals again with nine from their last three in the Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup.Wayne Rooney is suspended for Man U but Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are back after bans.Everton v Man UtdPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2016 FA CUP Everton 1-2 Man UtdApr 2016 PREMIER Man Utd 1-0 EvertonOct 2015 PREMIER Everton 0-3 Man UtdApr 2015 PREMIER Everton 3-0 Man UtdOct 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 2-1 EvertonApr 2014 PREMIER Everton 2-0 Man UtdDec 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 0-1 EvertonFeb 2013 PREMIER Man Utd 2-0 EvertonAug 2012 PREMIER Everton 1-0 Man UtdApr 2012 PREMIER Man Utd 4-4 EvertonKeeping it simple with a Man U win at 21/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN U 8 points at 21/10 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +53.83 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Former White House Chiefs of Staff to Convene for Washington Event

first_imgFORMER WHITE HOUSE CHIEFS OFSTAFF TO CONVENE FOR WASHINGTON EVENTWHO: 11 Former White House Chiefs of StaffWHAT: James A. Baker III Institute for Public PolicyForum on the Role of the White House Chief of StaffWHEN: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., June 15WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center forScholars/Smithsonian Institute, Washington DCThe Forum on the Role of the White House Chief ofStaff is intended to provide information useful to those coming into the WhiteHouse in 2001, to produce a lasting body of knowledge about the most importantappointed position in any White House, and to create a public climate that makesit easier for presidential candidates to carry out meaningful preparations forgoverning.Participating Chiefs of Staff include James A. BakerIII, Howard Baker, Jr., Leon Panetta, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, ThomasMcLarty, Kenneth Duberstein, John Sununu, Erskine Bowles, Samuel Skinner andJack Watson. They will take part in one or more of four panel discussions,addressing such topics as “Starting a White House,” “Reorganizing andRefocusing,” “Reelection and Closing an Administration,” and “The Chief of Staffin the Governing Community.”Moderating the panels will be Lee Hamilton, formerU.S. Congressman and director of Wilson Center; Marvin Kalb, formercorrespondent and professor, Harvard’s Kennedy School; Bill Plante, White HouseCorrespondent, CBS News; and Richard E. Neustadt, professor, Harvard’s KennedySchool.“The White House Chief of Staff is the most powerfulnon-elected person in government, yet until now, each new administration has hadto re-invent the role,” said Edward P. Djerejian, director of the BakerInstitute. “We trust that this forum FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: MargotDimondPHONE: (713) 348-6775EMAIL: mdimond@rice.eduorCONTACT: SharonColeman JonesPHONE: (202) 691-4016 last_img read more

Costly breeding programs for endangered species pay off

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edu Costly breeding programs for endangered species pay off Consequences of inbreeding often undetectable prior to release into wild Comparative studies of captive breeding strategies conducted at Rice University bolster the case for costly and sometimes troublesome breeding programs that preserve maximum genetic variability in small populations of endangered species. Worldwide, zoos spend millions of dollars each year transporting rare animals thousands of miles in order to breed them with their most distantly related relatives. Some have questioned the need for such programs, which can stress rare animals, even to the point of death. Rice’s results, which are available online, are scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Zoo Biology. The results are based on a yearlong study of 11 generations of houseflies. The study is the first to compare the so-called ”maximum avoidance inbreeding,” or MAI strategy, with regimens that allow limited inbreeding. ”In previous studies, a number of groups identified short-term benefits for breeding schemes that used limited inbreeding in order to produce stronger individuals,” said Lisa Meffert, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the lead researcher on the project. ”Ours are the first tests of the long-term consequences of these strategies. In particular, we wanted to simulate several generations of captive breeding followed by several generations of breeding in the wild.” Meffert, post-doctoral researcher Stacey Day, graduate student Sara Hicks and pre-med student Nsuela Mukana found that populations in both breeding groups exhibited similar levels of fitness and fertility as long as they remained in a controlled, ”captive” setting. However, after the simulated release into the wild, the MAI populations were less likely to go extinct or to suffer population crashes than were the populations that had undergone limited inbreeding. ”The benefits of maximum-avoidance inbreeding were difficult to detect as long as the populations remained captive,” said Meffert. ”It’s not clear why this is the case, but it could be that genes lost through minimal inbreeding allowed the MAI populations to better adapt to the harsh conditions in the wild.” Meffert chose to conduct her experiments on common houseflies because they breed every few weeks. This model system allowed her to simulate several years of breeding for endangered species that breed only once or twice per year. In order to simulate small populations of rare animals in zoos, breeding lines were founded by just five pairs of males and female flies. Moreover, because flies lay many eggs, and most higher-order animals have small broods, each fly breeding line was allowed to grow by no more than 50 percent per generation. Each time a pair of flies mated, researchers measured the fitness of the pair by counting the number of eggs the female laid, and by measuring the number of eggs that hatched. In the MAI breeding scheme, brothers and sisters were never allowed to mate and were instead paired only with offspring from other breeding pairs. In the alternate breeding scheme, the females were allowed to contribute a disproportionate share of offspring to subsequent generations, based on their fitness scores. The release into the wild was simulated by adding environmental stress. In the ”post-release” breeding scenario, temperatures in incubators were altered on a 12-hour cycle based upon the high and low temperatures recorded in Houston that day. In both strategies, all breeding lines survived in captivity. In the ”wild” setting, four of the inbred populations went extinct, compared to just one extinction for the MAI lines. ”Apparently, the stressful environment served to select only the most fit lines while the more benign environment allowed low-fitness lines to persist in captivity,” said Meffert. Though the findings clearly support the case for expensive MAI breeding schemes for some endangered animals, Meffert suspects that might not be the case for species that reproduce faster or have larger broods. For those animals, alternate breeding schemes might indeed prove more effective, and her group is conducting research to see if that’s the case. The research was funded by the Environmental Institute of Houston and the National Science Foundation. AddThislast_img read more

Cell membrane proteins give up their secrets

first_imgBut until recent years, similar structures for transmembrane proteins have been hard to come by because of the difficulty of isolating them for imaging without destroying them. Recent advances use a detergent to wash most of the membrane away from a protein of interest, Wolynes said. “It leaves a fatty layer around the protein but nevertheless gives a sort of coating that allows the whole molecule to form a crystal lattice later on,” he said.Wolynes was inspired to study membrane proteins when he noticed that two widely used cell biology textbooks were in complete disagreement about how they folded.“One of them, after listing all the rules, said, ‘This is evidence that it’s kinetically controlled.’ The other said, ‘This is evidence that it’s equilibrium-controlled.’ They’re written in that way of introductory textbooks where anything they tell you about, they act as if it’s absolutely certain. And they were in direct opposition.“I would say I’m still not certain, but I think our work points much more in the direction that folding is thermodynamically (equilibrium) controlled, at least once the protein is stuck in the membrane.”Kim and Schafer modified a protein-folding algorithm used by the Wolynes lab called the Associative Memory, Water-Mediated, Structure and Energy Model (AWSEM) to account for outside influences unique to membrane proteins, including the translocon mechanism that inserts partially folded proteins into a membrane, and the membrane itself.With the algorithm, they successfully determined that thermodynamic funnels still seem to hold the upper hand in folding proteins inside a membrane, as they do for globular proteins.“We had a database of membrane protein structures from many different labs and we were able to learn the parameters that were transferable between them,” Kim said. “These parameters specify how strongly two residues (the “beads”) should interact and take into account the surrounding environment. That allowed us to make predictions from the raw sequences.”The researchers expect to fine-tune the AWSEM-membrane algorithm as more structures become available. “I don’t think we’re done learning about membrane interactions,” Wolynes said, suggesting that much of the funneled folding happens after the protein enters the membrane and that very little of it is due to the hydrophobic (kinetic) interactions that play a somewhat larger role in globular protein folding. “My gut feeling is that’s going to be right,” he said.“The significance of the paper is that we now have an algorithm to predict membrane protein structure pretty well based on the raw genome sequence,” Wolynes said. “This is going to be very useful to interpret a new generation of experiments.”The National Institutes of Health, through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported CTBP and the D.R. Bullard-Welch Chair at Rice University supported the research.The researchers utilized the Data Analysis and Visualization Cyberinfrastructure (DAVinCI) supercomputer supported by the NSF and administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/16/1410529111.abstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Wolynes Research Lab: http://wolynes.rice.edu/node/2?destination=node/2Center for Theoretical Biological Physics: http://ctbp.rice.eduBioScience Research Collaborative: http://brc.rice.edu/home/Animation for embedding: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0721_FOLDING-2-WEB.jpgRice University researchers, from left, Peter Wolynes, Nicholas Schafer and Bobby Kim  have applied Wolynes’ groundbreaking energy landscape theory to predict how transmembrane proteins in cells are likely to fold. The work could give new tools to scientists who study proteins implicated in diseases. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. http://youtu.be/ZEJyFBQ_m0cThe animation produced with Rice’s AWSEM membrane program simulates the annealing trajectory of a nicotinic acetylcholine receptor transmembrane protein subdomain. At left, the protein is shown in the plane of the membrane, while on the right the same protein is seen from the top down. Confined within an implicit membrane represented by the blue boundaries, the protein chain is initially unfolded at high temperature and gradually cooled to a quenching temperature. The simulation allows for the protein to rapidly reach its low-energy native configuration. The video concludes with a comparison of the predicted structure (in white) and the experimentally determined native structure (in blue). Images for download: ShareEditor’s note: A movie and links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduCell membrane proteins give up their secretsRice University researchers apply predictive powers to transmembrane protein folding HOUSTON – (July 16, 2014) – Rice University scientists have succeeded in analyzing transmembrane protein folding in the same way they study the proteins’ free-floating, globular cousins.Rice theoretical biologist Peter Wolynes and his team at the university’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) have applied his energy landscape theory to proteins that are hard to view because they live and work primarily inside cell membranes.The method should increase the technique’s value to researchers who study proteins implicated in diseases and possibly in the creation of drugs to treat them, he said.The study appeared this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author Bobby Kim, a graduate student, and co-author Nicholas Schafer, a postdoctoral research associate, are both members of Wolynes’ Rice lab.Membrane proteins are critical to such functions as photosynthesis and vision, among many others. They can also serve as a cell’s gatekeepers by deciding what may pass through, and also as its gates by helping transport nourishment from the outside and waste from the inside. Because of these multiple roles, they constitute a large percentage of drug targets.While their function is clear, information about how they fold lags far behind what is available for globular proteins, Wolynes said. “This is strange because membrane proteins are about 30 percent of the genome,” he said.Wolynes and his colleagues use raw genomic information to predict how strands of amino acids will fold into functional proteins by following paths of least resistance (aka the principle of minimal frustration) dictated by the energy associated with each “bead” in the strand. The closer a protein gets to its functional “native” state, the more stable it becomes. Wolynes’ pioneering theory graphically represents this energy as a funnel.The researchers test their computer models by comparing them to the structures of actual proteins acquired through X-ray crystallography. Plenty of structures are available for globular folded proteins, which float around the body to carry out tasks essential to life. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/07/0721_FOLDING-1-WEB.jpgRice University researchers are using a custom computer-modeling program to predict how transmembrane proteins will fold from basic genomic data. Here, the experimentally determined native structure of the bacteriorhodopsin subdomain (left), a predicted structure using AWSEM membrane (center), and a comparative alignment of both structures (right: native in beige, predicted in blue) shows how well the predictive algorithm succeeded. (Credit: Bobby Kim/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Preventable asthma attacks in Houston cost millions

first_imgShare1Editor’s note: A link to a high-resolution graphic for download appears at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu‘Preventable’ asthma attacks in Houston cost millionsRice University and city work with school district to help students minimize risk HOUSTON – (March 13, 2017) – “Preventable” asthma attacks among schoolchildren cost millions in health care dollars over 10 years, according to a new study by the city of Houston, Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD).The revelation is part of a project that seeks to minimize risk to students by showing where, when and how often emergency medical crews were called to treat “uncontrolled” asthma attacks at public schools in Houston and at students’ homes.When asthma is not controlled either by medication or mitigated by strategies that protect children from triggers that place them at risk, an asthma attack is more likely to happen, according to the researchers. High ozone or nitrogen dioxide levels in the atmosphere can trigger attacks outdoors. Smoke, cleaning products and other household items can trigger them indoors.A map produced for a study in the Journal of School Health shows where ambulances responded to elementary school zones in Houston from 2004 to 2013, as well as school nurse assignments. The study by Rice University researchers in collaboration with the city and Houston Independent School District details where and when students with asthma were most likely to suffer attacks that required emergency treatment over a 10-year span. Graphic by: Laura CamposThe most effective solution may be ensuring that school staff, especially nurses, know which students are at risk, when to shield them from triggers and how to respond when attacks occur, the researchers said.Several years ago, the team led by Rice statisticians Katherine Ensor and Loren Raun and Houston Public Health Authority David Persse set out to map regions with high air-quality risks and their proximity to HISD schools and compare them with ambulance data collected by the city’s emergency medical services from 2004 to 2013. In partnership with Gwen Johnson, health and medical services nurse manager at HISD, that led to a more comprehensive look at how well schools support students with asthma.The data listed 1,826 ambulance-treated asthma attacks for children age 5 to 18, with details on where and when those incidents occurred. The researchers’ maps showed a strong link between asthma incidents where an ambulance was needed for treatment and a swath of HISD schools on Houston’s east side.According to the report that appears this month in the Journal of School Health, African-American children comprised the largest percentage of ambulance-treated asthma cases: 72 percent for elementary school students, 81 percent for middle schoolers and 79 percent for high schoolers. Hispanic children comprised 23 percent (elementary), 15 percent (middle) and 15 percent (high school).The number of cases was five times higher for elementary students, three times higher for middle school students and twice that for high school students in the highest-case school zones compared with all other school zones in the city, the researchers reported. They noted students with asthma who are poor or African-American but attend schools with full-time nurses miss 23 percent fewer days than their counterparts in schools with part-time nurses.At an estimated cost of as much as $10,000 per response, including transportation, emergency room and hospital costs, the researchers said it would be worthwhile for Houston and other cities to focus policies and program interventions to help students manage asthma.“We identify the cases by school zone, but the ambulance may not come to the school,” said Raun, who also works with Houston’s Health Department. “A child can start feeling asthma symptoms building while at school, go home and wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe.“So ambulances aren’t often called to the school, but school nurses are the key to monitoring children at risk of attacks,” she said. “They see them on a regular basis, know who’s at risk and can be the first line of defense, but they have to have an asthma action plan on file, and it has to be correct and up-to-date to treat the child effectively.”Rice and the city are helping HISD nurses on the front lines. Using Rice algorithms, the Health Department automatically emails nurses to warn them when outdoor air quality could trigger an attack. “We know the conditions that historically cause asthma attacks,” Raun said. “The nurses let their faculty members know when the condition of outdoor air poses a risk and have a list of actions that should be taken to reduce the chance of an attack.”Rice also hosts workshops for school nurses to discuss strategies and the Health Department is running a pilot program backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build communications among the department, school nurses, health care providers and health insurers.“It’s all about integrating the care we are already individually providing to the child so that our services can be more effective,” Raun said. The pilot incorporates Health Department community workers who visit the homes of children with asthma to help parents with medication or to identify triggers in the home and help the school nurse, health care provider and health plan provider communicate.Co-authors of the paper are Rice researcher Laura Campos and Elizabeth Stevenson, a health consultant with Stevenson Solutions, Atlanta. Ensor is a professor of statistics at Rice.The study was supported by a Houston Endowment grant and the city of Houston.-30-Read the abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josh.12494/fullFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Goal: Alert Houston children with asthma about air danger: http://news.rice.edu/2014/03/03/goal-alert-houston-children-with-asthma-about-air-danger-2/Building a bridge to clean air in Houston: http://news.rice.edu/2016/07/27/building-a-bridge-to-clean-air-in-houston/Racial gap in children’s asthma linked to social inequality in Houston neighborhoods: http://news.rice.edu/2017/02/28/racial-gap-in-childrens-asthma-linked-to-social-inequality-in-houston-neighborhoods-2/Rice Environmental Statistics & Health: Ensor & Raun Research Group: http://ensorgroup.blogs.rice.eduDavid Persse: http://www.houstontx.gov/fire/divisions/medicaldirector.htmlRice Department of Statistics: https://statistics.rice.eduImage for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/03/0313_ASTHMA-1-web-1yamts2.jpgA map produced for a study in the Journal of School Health shows where ambulances responded to elementary school zones in Houston from 2004 to 2013, as well as school nurse assignments. The study by Rice University researchers in collaboration with the city and Houston Independent School District details where and when students with asthma were most likely to suffer attacks that required emergency treatment over a 10-year span. (Credit: Laura Campos/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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 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. AddThislast_img read more

Carrier Says It Has Deal With Trump to Keep Jobs in Indiana

first_imgPresident-elect Donald Trump (C) eats dinner with Mitt Romney (R) and Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant in New York on Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Share WASHINGTON—Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to the state Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.Trump confirmed the meeting on Twitter late Tuesday, promising a “Great deal for workers!”Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas. His focus on manufacturing jobs contributed to his unexpected appeal with working-class voters in states like Michigan, which has long voted for Democrats in presidential elections.The details of the agreement were unclear. Carrier tweeted that the company was “pleased to have reached a deal” with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in Indianapolis.A transition official confirmed that the president-elect and Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, would appear with Carrier officials Thursday. The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the trip ahead of an official announcement.Trump said last week that he was “making progress” on trying to get Carrier to stay in Indiana. Related CoverageTrump Says He’s ‘Working Hard’ on Thanksgiving to Keep Carrier AGDan Quayle Meets with Donald Trump at Trump TowerIn February, Carrier said it would shutter its Indianapolis plant employing 1,400 workers and move its manufacturing to Mexico. The plant’s workers would have been laid off over three years starting in 2017.United Technologies Electronic Controls also announced then that it planned to move its Huntington manufacturing operations to a new plant in Mexico, costing the northeastern Indiana city 700 jobs by 2018. Those workers make microprocessor-based controls for the HVAC and refrigeration industries.Carrier and UTEC are both units of Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp.—which also owns Pratt & Whitney, a big supplier of fighter jet engines that relies in part on U.S. military contracts.In a September debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump railed against Carrier’s plans.“So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this,” Trump said. “We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States.”Carrier wasn’t the only company Trump assailed during the campaign. He pledged to give up Oreos after Nabisco’s parent, Mondelez International, said it would replace nine production lines in Chicago with four in Mexico. He criticized Ford after the company said it planned to invest $2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants in Mexico.Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier workers, said of Tuesday’s news: “I’m optimistic, but I don’t know what the situation is. I guess it’s a good sign. … You would think they would keep us in the loop. But we know nothing.”The event Thursday in Indiana will be a rare public appearance for Trump, who has spent nearly his entire tenure as president-elect huddled with advisers and meeting with possible Cabinet secretaries. He plans to make other stops later this week as part of what advisers have billed as a “thank you” tour for voters who backed him in the presidential campaign.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US center_img Carrier Says It Has Deal With Trump to Keep Jobs in Indiana By The Associated Press November 29, 2016 Updated: November 30, 2016 Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more