Director Clint Harrison handed over the keys to th

first_imgDirector Clint Harrison handed over the keys to the new signing and we thank them for their valued support.Clint said: “As soon as we were approached it was an easy decision to offer our support to Ben until the end of 2019 and we are really looking forward to working with him over the next couple of years.“Here at PSD, we are big supporters of the Saints and can’t wait to see Ben make his debut for our Club and we are delighted to do our bit to help him and his family settle into life in St. Helens.”Ben added: “It’s great that I have a practical vehicle to get around in and obviously I need a car with a few seats because I’ve got four daughters that I need to get around in town!“I’m really thankful for Clint and the guys at PSD for helping me out.”Ben will be driving a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso and if you are looking to purchase your next car, then give them a call on 01744 649503 or visit their website at Barba DinnerWe have a special Audience With Ben Barba event, sponsored by Robinson’s Brewery, at the stadium on Tuesday September 5.The two-course dinner will also feature the thoughts of Head Coach Justin Holbrook, Captain Jon Wilkin and Zeb Taia and is MC’d by Pete Emmett.Tickets are priced at just £40 per person, whilst 2017 Members can book their places at £35 each, and can be bought from 01744 455 053.,The two-course dinner will also feature the thoughts of Head Coach Justin Holbrook, Captain Jon Wilkin and Zeb Taia and is MC’d by Pete Emmett.Tickets are priced at just £40 per person, whilst 2017 Members can book their places at £35 each, and can be bought from 01744 455 053.last_img read more

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Geoff played 365 games for the club scoring close

first_imgGeoff played 365 games for the club, scoring close to 1,400 points, and became the first ever player to win the Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland trophies to go alongside an impressive haul of medals in the red vee.The Book will be in place for the next couple of weeks.A quick note to say that the Pimblett family requested that a minute’s applause be held at the forthcoming Leeds game. We are pleased to be able to honour such a special player.last_img

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The youngster comes in for Morgan Knowles who miss

first_imgThe youngster comes in for Morgan Knowles who misses the next four games through suspension.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba.Rick Stone will choose his 17 from:1. Jake Mamo, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 4. Jordan Turner, 5. Aaron Murphy, 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Seb Ikahihifo, 9. Kruise Leeming, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 14. Dale Ferguson, 15. Jordan Rankin, 16. Oliver Roberts, 17. Ukuma Ta Ai, 18. Paul Clough, 19. Daniel Smith, 20. Adam Walne, 21. Adam O’Brien, 23. Darnell McIntosh, 25. Colton Roche.The game kicks off at 7:45pm and the referee will be L Moore.last_img read more

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New Hanover Co deputies find missing teen

first_img18-year-old Ashley Jade Stein went missing on September 3.She is 5’1 and weighs around 100 lbs. She has blue eyes with blondish/brown long hair. She had a flower tattoo on her left collar bone and another on her hip.Her last known location was the Ruby Tuesday on College Road wearing the restaurant’s uniform, red shirt and black pants.If you know any information please contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. Ashley Jade Stein (Photo: New Hanover Co. Sheriffs Office) UPDATE: She has been locatedWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff deputies are searching for a woman who was last seen more than a week ago.last_img read more

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NHCS Board returns to debate over redistricting

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Parents and students ending the 2017-2018 school year still wait what 2019 holds for the school redistricting. That’s because school board members have to make a decision to re-district.A decision they do not seem to be any closer to after another workshop Monday.- Advertisement – “Do you have an issue with current capacity? And the answer to that is yes you do,” said school superintendent Dr. Tim Markley to the board beginning their workshop.The school board tabled a decision on redistricting High Schools in February and delayed it to happen in 2019.“With what we were looking at with the variables and with the exemption of senior privilege, junior privilege, sibling privilege, we really weren’t moving that many students,” said School Board vice chair Jeanette Nichols.Related Article: Elementary students rev up for NASCAR-inspired academic skills competitionNichols says this workshop placed more information and capacity projections in front of the board. Superintendent Markley also using it to send a clear message: a decision needs to come soon.“We need to do something at the middle school,” said Dr. Markley. “I think we’ve agreed that we generally will wait, we’ve got construction so we’ve got to do construction before we start doing that.”That construction will put more student in mobile units. Markely reported there are nearly 80 units used county-wide that equal the capacity of two schools. He added that several of them date back to the late 1960’s. He said the average life of all of them is roughly 20 years.Nichols hopes come their next workshop, parents will have the answers they need.“These parents need to know as soon as, they need to know a timeline of, we know when we’re going to have to redistrict for the elementary schools, but what are we going to do for the middle school and high school?”Dr. Markley requested the board set a timeline at their May workshop.last_img read more

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First freeze is on the way for many in the Cape Fear

first_img Brown says longer exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees can actually kill plants but, there are simple ways to protect them.“You can simply get a sheet or blanket and cover them up but, be sure that as soon as the sun comes out the next day that you remove those off the plants so that they can get sunlight,” said Brown.She says pots are also good alternatives to keep plants warm.Related Article: All aboard the Oleander Express!Brown adds that extreme weather conditions across the cape fear this year will affect your plants this coming spring. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tonight could possibly be the coldest night in the Cape Fear so far this season.The extreme weather this year has impacted plants. New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Agent Susan Brown says this fall has been mild but, forecast temperatures tonight could affect tender plants by burning some edges.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Navy Week to sail into Port City this spring

first_img Navy Week will be in town from April 1-7.The week will feature senior navy leadership from the military branch, sailors from the USS Constitution, naval divers and explosive ordnance disposal teams and other programs, the release states.“Navy Weeks are designed to help Americans understand why having a strong Navy is critical to the American way of life,” said Cmdr. Linda Rojas, director of the Navy Office of Community Outreach. “Because the Navy is concentrated primarily in select locations on both coasts, we’re challenged to communicate our mission away from fleet concentration areas. That’s where the Navy Week program comes in.”Related Article: Dozens of dealers flocking to Wilmington to showcase antiques, collectiblesNavy Weeks reportedly focus a variety of outreach assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements with key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the market.For more information on Navy Weeks and the 2019 schedule, visit USS North Carolina Battleship (Photo: Instagram) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Port City has been selected as one of the hosts for 2019 Navy Week, according to a release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach.Navy Week, which will bring sailors from across the country to Wilmington, is the Navy’s outreach program and allows the Navy to build and strengthen ties to the community, the release said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Teacher of the Week shares her secret to relating with students

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — In some schools, disciplinary problems can inhibit learning, but in this week’s Teacher of the Week, WWAY’s Jeff Rivenbark visited a Brunswick County School where there’s a strong emphasis on “character building” and little room for disruptive behavior.Read, spell, read, is a learning exercise Erin Brangan uses regularly to engage her seventh-grade students in a review of their vocabulary.- Advertisement – It won’t take long for you to see the students in her class are serious about learning. “Character building” is a key component to learning at The Roger Bacon Academy Day School Middle School.“I’m a strong believer that discipline comes first and academics will fall into place,” said Brangan.After earning degrees from Saint Joseph’s University and Long Island University, Brangan landed her first teaching job at The Roger Bacon Academy Day School Middle School where she’s been for the last seven years.Related Article: ‘Teacher of the Week’ uses mousetraps to teach scienceThe person who nominated Brangan noted her unique ability to relate with students.“Honestly, I think its because I was a struggling student myself,” Brangan said. “I think I am able to relate more and I have become more of a rapport builder with my students to help them through the tough times within middle school so they are able to focus on their schoolwork more.”If her students are down emotionally or having a bad day, she offers this advice.“Leave all negativity at the door,” she said. “Be positive. Be happy. We’re going to work to the best of our ability to the best we can and we’re going to be successful, together.”Brangan prides herself on connecting with students on a personal level.“I want to make sure they are entering a safe classroom, that they are able to come to me and I will be their therapist, I will be their advocate, I will be their mentor,” she said. “So I think having that personal relationship with students you can really get that engagement they need within academics.”Perhaps the one educator who inspired Brangan’s teaching style the most was her high school Spanish teacher, Toby Marienfield.“It’s that rapport that I had with her and I had a tough time in high school and it was really–she was someone I could really open up to. So, I try to bring that in with my students,” Brangan said.“She loves her kids and understands the high expectations that our school holds and she believes in them,” said RBA Charlotte Day School Middle School Assistant Headmaster Rosina Walton. “She understands if she wants the best for her kids is to start by understanding them and really having that connection with them.”So how does it feel to be WWAY and Mattress & Furniture Liquidators’ Teacher of the Week?“Its nice to be recognized and I’m truly, truly so honored,” Brangan said. “So, Thank you.”Here’s how to nominate a teacher you know who is making an impact in the classroom.last_img read more

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NCDOT works with Surf City to clarify new roundabouts

first_img(Photo: WWAY) SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Roundabouts are new for a lot of people in our part of North Carolina and they are causing problems for drivers in Surf City.Some say that the roundabouts should have been built larger, but that tends to encourage drivers to speed.- Advertisement – NCDOT will soon be supplying signs that make the roundabouts clearer.Mayor Doug Medlin says these signs will be 10 square feet, so you cannot miss them.last_img

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How many thousands up in tents

first_imgAfter Partit Nazzjonalista MEP hopeful Peter Agius took to Facebook to question how much money is being spent in the popularly called Taħt it-Tinda (Under the Tent) events by Partit Laburista MEP candidates, Josianne Cutajar, Cyrus Engerer and Alex Agius Saliba, asked for the reaction of the same candidates. Cyrus Engerer said that during 2018 he and his partner spent €18,900. Alex Saliba did not disclose any amount and Josianne Cutajar failed to answer by the time of publication.People close to the sector told us that the hiring of a tent, its lighting and the audio visual equipment  used to broadcast it cost between €5,000 and €6,500 for each activity.The spend by Cyrus EngererPL MEP candidate Cyrus Engerer told that he held seven such activities in seven different localities, Xagħra, Paola, Żabbar, Mqabba, Lija, Ħamrun and Rabat. Engerer said that these activities do not fall within the period defined as electoral campaign. He said that during the period covered by the law on party financing, a period of time  which starts as of tomorrow, he would organise just one Taħt it-Tinda event. This is being organised at St Julians tomorrow.  Each activity, said Engerer, amounted to €2,700 excluding VAT and which was paid for by the candidate himself and his partner Randolph De Battista, Engerer explained.Engerer launched his campaign at a private complex at Ħal Farruġ on 23 January. The sum mentioned by Engerer does not include the spend on this activity. Neither does it include the sum paid for the transmission of these activities on Smash TV. is informed that the sum runs in to hundreds of euros for each activity.Engerer told that he would give a full account of his spend on the campaign as stipulated by law.Read: Briguglio and Engerer to contest European Parliament electionAgius Saliba short on detailsPL MEP candidate Alex Agius Saliba replied that he has organised a total of three Taħt it-Tinda events but failed to give any information on the amount of money used to finance these is informed that Saliba launched his campaign at a commercial establishment at Ħal Farruġ. His Taħt it-Tinda  events were organised at Siġġiewi, Raħal Ġdid  and Mosta. Agius Saliba organised another public activity at Bieb is-Sultan in Birgu.Further the candidate said all the records will be reflected in the final financial statement which will be prepared and presented to the Electoral Commission by the candidate.Silence by CutajarPL MEP candidate Josianne Cutajar did not reply until the time of is informed that Josianne Cutajar organised 10 Taħt it-Tinda  events which she calls ‘Niltaqgħu l-Pjazza’. Curajar launched her campaign two times. Once it was launched under a large tent in Żejtun, while the second time she launched her campaign at a private complex in Xlendi.Read: Partit Laburista endorses three more candidates for MEP electionsWhat does the law say?According to the European Parliament Elections (Maximum Expenses) Regulations, subsidiary legislation 467.01. The legislation states that ‘no sum shall be paid and no expense shall be incurred by a candidate at an election of members of the European Parliament or his election agent whether before, during or after an election on account of or in respect of the conduct of such election, in excess of €50,000.’WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Xhaka and Shaqiri face possible ban

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri played a crucial role in Switerland’s win over Serbia but the players, who both ply their trade in the English Premier League, could face disciplinary actions due to their political goal celebrations.Xhaka and Shaqiri celebrated their goals by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle which represents the one on the Albanian flag. Their gesture could be perceived as a way of instigating tensions between ethnic Albanians and nationalist Serbs in Kosovo. Ten years after Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia, the latter still refuses to accept this political decision.Xhaka and Shaqiri are both of Kosovan-Albanian heritage; the Arsenal midfielder’s father was imprisoned in the former Yugoslavia after protesting for Kosovan independence while Shaqiri was born in Kosovo before emigrating to Switzerland.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApplast_img read more

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Twitter for Blackberry gets update

first_imgAdvertisement New Twitter for BlackBerry v 1.1 features include:@mention Push Notifications – Users are now alerted with push notifications to the ribbon when they have @mentions, helping users quickly reply to @mentionsDirect Messages – Renamed “Messages,” direct messages are now threaded in the style of BBM conversations. Related messages are grouped together, making the direct message area less cluttered  #Topic Autocomplete – When users include a hashtag in their tweet, a dropdown list of key words will be presented based on previously used #topicsSocial Feeds Integration – Deeper integration with Social Feeds allows users to perform Twitter actions right from Social Feeds, without launching the appRetweet Updates – Retweets now appear in the Home timeline with a tag of “retweeted by you,” quickly alerting users that a retweet has been sentNew Gesture Support – BlackBerry smartphone users with a touch screen device can now refresh page content by simply dragging a finger down the device screen and releasing itAdditional language support – New languages supported include:  Polish and CzechTwitter for BlackBerry smartphones has been downloaded more than 10 million times!Twitter for BlackBerry 1.1 runs on BlackBerry Device Software 4.5 or higher and requires a data plan.last_img read more

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The Question Of Balance In Emerging Technologies

first_imgAdvertisement Technology is pretty great, isn’t it? In the past 50 years humanity has become more technologically advanced than even Jules Verne or Ray Bradbury could have imagined. Companies like Google have started rushing toward creating truly innovative, never-before-seen tech with the potential to change how we not only live, work and play, but what it means to be alive.Technology has shone light every place there is dark with almost religious connotations. The invention of the car now allows us to cross vast expanses in a fraction of the time it would take a rider on a quarter horse.  The internet gave the average person communication capabilities on global level, changing all aspects of business and leisure. Nuclear power has opened doors beyond our imagination.These technologies, for all their good intentions, have come with their own set of negative implications. Our connectivity makes our true privacy and online safety questioned, nuclear power is obviously a life-giver and taker, and you’re well aware of the negatives that come with cars. – Advertisement – The negative implications of these technologies never once stopped their progress. They are here. They are unquestionably a source of true revolution, a testament to our superiority as a civilization and necessities to our very existence. And that’s the rule. Many are awed by, and accept all, tech without asking themselves if it need be tempered with balance. Isn’t that a question we should demand be asked? Is there technology on the horizon that we’re dragging into existence without enough knowledge or focus on balance?Balance is a funny concept that many people feel foreign to much of their lives. When we think of balance, we might think it’s a notion reserved for a minority of hippies, spiritualists and others that aren’t in the business of pushing forward the train of progress. For as distasteful a word ‘balance’ might seem to be, it’s a concept that has created the universe and kept it – and us – in business all these eons. A chaotic universe that abided by no natural laws to promote balance would be snuffed out as quickly as it came. Are individuals and companies that have no ethical stopgap putting humanity at the same risk?There are emerging technologies that have well-documented risks associated with them – that we’re not balancing.At first glance, biotechnology seems like the catalyst that will lead us from all manner of suffering. It has the potential to rid us of disease, to lengthen life and modify DNA to give us the physical appearance and performance we’ve always dreamed of.So, what would a future where we all could live well past 100 really look like? What would the strain on our healthcare system look like? If we increase life span to 160, we’re doubling the current life expectancy, so what would our planet’s resources look like? One of the most cited risks with biotechnology is weaponizing the tech. With a reduction in cost and increase in availability, how do we mitigate the risk of synthetic biology getting into the hands of those who wish to do harm? Are these questions on the lips of the creators? Biotech isn’t the only tech that poses serious questions.Artificial Intelligence paints a picture of a semi-utopian future where we can transcend our own course of evolution with the technological singularity, tough decisions will be made using super-intelligent computers and everyone has a robot to get them an ice-cold Coca-Cola. Refreshing.What we don’t often see in big media is the risks that are associated with AI. Tucked away in the back of the room with meek voices are the proponents of the real risks of AI. One of these voices speaks of programmed morality. It’s difficult to give ethics and morality to a robot. Who’s morality should we give it? Yours? Mine? Isaac Asimov’s? If we give it morality, can it one day reprogram itself to override it for improved survival?So maybe we don’t give them morality. If we build robots without morality then they are essentially big, metal sociopaths that could turn into psychopaths bent on using resources for their own survival rather than humans’. The mere fact that something is super-intelligent doesn’t mean it will have the disposition of Superman. In fact, people that are super-intelligent often have problems relating to or socializing with others. Lastly, as with all technology we create, you can bet it will be weaponized as soon as possible. These are just a few of the risks, and along with this we have to assume we will see a number of unintended consequences once these technologies are fully realized.The occurrence of unintended consequence spatters human history. Although the internet has been largely regarded as a success, we now have government programs that encourage our kids to get outside more. Some have become so attached to their computers and phones that there are addiction programs (with low rates of success) designed to wean them off. Hiroshima is the quintessential example of ‘unpredictable consequences’.We’re really smart and capable, but it will be nearly impossible to assess all the risks with biotechnology and AI until the tech actually comes full swing. It’s as if we’re hurtling down the road at 180mph after being told that the road might abruptly end. We’re not slowing down and using caution. Instead we’re simply enjoying the powerful feel of the engine and the look of the scenery. There’s a few groups of people on the roadside trying to get our attention, but we just roll the windows up.Technology isn’t bad. It’s a fantastic tool. We can’t run to the other side of the spectrum and thrust ourselves back into the Stone Age just as much as we can’t kneel down at the feet of the AI gods. It’s more like walking a tight rope as we inch forward, asking the right questions, moving slightly to the left or the right depending on which way we might fall.Balance is crucial, if only because it’s an inescapable fact of nature that when disregarded it often comes back at us with a great leveler. Balance in this sense means we ask ourselves if we really need this technology, will it truly benefit humanity, can it backfire on us in a big way, what does it mean for future generations and are the quality of the cons of it really worth the pros.Shouldn’t the idea that we can avoid a catastrophe be seen as a sign of human progress, revolution and a testament to our civilization, as well? Credits to Matthew Edwards who works for Progressive Automations, a 12 volt linear actuator manufacturer and distributor based in British Columbia, Canada.last_img read more

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Google acquires Anvato

first_imgImage Credit; Techcrunch Advertisement Google  has acquired Anvato in order to expand its cloud service offerings to big media companies. The company provides a software platform that automates the encoding, editing, publishing, and distribution of video content across multiple platforms.Anvato will now become part of the Google Cloud Platform, a group that provides services such as compute, storage  and databases, networking, and big data capabilities to enterprises through the cloud.With OTT adoption rapidly accelerating, Belwadi Srikanth a senior product manager for Google Cloud Platform said this  acquisition will help Google with its plans to focus on delivering video infrastucture solutions via the cloud to businesses in the media and entertainment industries. That includes helping to manage their infrastructures more efficiently, provision servers and networks at rapid scale, and remove unnecessary overhead. – Advertisement – Anvato said that it is the only video platform that guarantees video playback and monetization from signal to screen. Unlike other solutions that rely on hardware components, Anvato’s platform is strictly a software solution, allowing it to run on off-the-shelf hardware and making it easier to update and more modular to deploy.Media companies use Anvato to power multi-screen live streaming, video publishing, live and video-on-demand distribution, and monetization strategies.Google’s acquisition of Anvato is the tech giant’s latest attempt to woo media companies over to its cloud service offerings. In April, the company announced that its Cloud Content Delivery Network, a service that helps speed delivery of media content by caching it closer to users, would be going into beta.Details on the deal between Google and Anvato have not been released by either party, but Google said on its blog post that it’ll share more information in the coming months.last_img read more

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JUST IN Zimba Women Wins Entrepreneur Award at the WIT Challenge

first_imgPeace Kuteesa one of the founders of Zimba Women accepts the Entrepreneurs Award at the Women in Tech (WIT) Challenge in Paris, France. Courtesy Photo/Women in Tech Advertisement Uganda’s own Zimba Women has been honored with the ‘Entrepreneur Award’ at the Women in Tech (WIT) Challenge in Paris, France. Peace Kutesa one of the founders of the company accepted the award. They managed to win in the category that consisted of two Australian projects and one from the U.K.Zimba Women were among the 16 project finalists selected from 200 entries for the challenge. The firm as well as Andela’s Women in Tech – Leadership Program were the only two projects from Uganda that emerged finalists for the challenge.Zimba Women was selected in the Entrepreneur’s category while Andela was in the Education category who they lost to Stem Talent Girl from Spain. The Education category consisted of projects from Spain, Nigeria, France, and then Uganda. – Advertisement – Zimba Women is creating opportunities for African women to actively, safely and fairly participate in the economy by providing them access to skills and training.The company is using technology to find innovative solutions to create sustainable future for them. They’re currently working with over 1000+ women-owned businesses and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa by providing them with tools and technology platforms, business training, digital literacy training, mentorship and networks to improve their livelihoods.The company introduced a product dubbed; Zimba Mart, that allows women to sale their products outside their community. This according to the company, ‘helps them earn an additional income’.Zimba Mart works in a way with no middlemen, but rather the seller and buy who negotiate on the price coming to a fair price for the product.With the money — termed as ‘an additional income’ earned from the platform helps the women to facilitate their families.“Through the Zimba Mart, women are able to earn additional income for their families,” says the company. “With stronger finances, they have been able to improve lives for their families — better education,  better nutrition and better healthcare.”Notably, the Women in Tech challenge recognizes initiatives that have helped improve diversity and promote women empowerment in STEM. This looks at four categories; Education, Entrepreneurship, Science & Research, and Social Inclusion.last_img read more

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PREVIEW Arsenal v Man City

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat an amazing weekend of sport to look forward to. Especially if you are a racing and football fan.It’s the final Classic of the season, the St Leger at Doncaster and just an incredible days racing at Leopardstown on day one of the Irish Champions Weekend where dual Derby winner Australia will be at prohibitive odds to win the title race of the weekend.The St Leger looks a little more competitive for sure.What a storm in a tea-cup has been kicked off this week by the apparent stand off between Roger Varian and the clerk of the course.Varian was portrayed as the villain of the panto by stating (or threatened if you so wish) that he wouldn’t run the favourite Kingston Hill unless the clerk of the course watered the track.The clerk, rightly in my opinion, refused and it’s hardly surprising given the going on the round course is good to soft anyway !!!!Anyway, it turned into a war of words and pretty much it’s a non story – Kingston Hill runs and the ground will be fine for him. So nothing more to see here. Just another example of racing, to coin a phrase, getting its knickers in a twist. In any other sport, Varian’s comments would have been dismissed as a bit of gameplay or brinksmanship, along the lines of Wenger and the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.Talking of Wenger, he leads his Arsenal side out at 12.45pm for the first Premier League game of the weekend. And what a cracker it is:ARSENAL v MAN CITYPremier League12.45pm (LIVE ON BT SPORT)HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2014 Community Shield Arsenal 3-0 Man CityMar 2014 Premier Arsenal 1-1 Man CityDec 2013 Premier Man City 6-3 ArsenalJan 2013 Premier Arsenal 0-2 Man CitySep 2012 Premier Man City 1-1 ArsenalApr 2012 Premier Arsenal 1-0 Man CityDec 2011 Premier Man City 1-0 ArsenalNov 2011 Carling Cup Arsenal 0-1 Man CityJan 2011 Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Man CityOct 2010 Premier League Man City 0-3 ArsenalBoth sides have made a quieter start to the season than expected. Stoke shocked punters by beating Man City 1-0 in their latest game and Arsenal needed an injury time goal to get past Crystal Palace and have drawn their other games against Everton and Leicester.Danny Welbeck could make his Arsenal debut and he certainly looked good on Monday when scoring twice for England against Switzerland.Three of the last five times these sides have met at the Emirates it’s resulted in a draw and I’m heading that way again today.Unless the groundsman has watered the pitch however, and then all bets are off !RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW at around 5/2 for 4 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 22.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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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.Monday 3 NovemberRACING2.05 KemptonHatters River 11/2 > 3/12.25 PlumptonCheat The Cheater 9/2 > 5/24.15 KemptonRayvin Black 7/1 > 7/2FOOTBALL11/10 Crystal Palace 11/4 Sunderland 9/4 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STAR PREVIEW Wolfsburg v Man Utd

first_img[dropcap]P[/dropcap]leasing result with the recommended DRAW at Goodison last night.And now for the Champions League and I’m in a musical Mancunian mood.On the ninth day of Christmas, Van Louis Gaal gave to me……9 Ladies Dancing 8 Maids a Milking 7 Swans a Swimming 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and FFS not another 0-0 under the Christmas treeFIVE of the last NINE games from Man U have resulted in 0-0 bore draws which is bordering on socially unacceptable.Van Haal’s men have scored just one goal in their last 270 minutes of football. Bastian Schweinsteiger conspiring to spoil the perfect record of sheer unadulterated blankness with his goal against Leicester.You certainly wouldn’t want the Xmas ex’s betting against them getting nil goals again. Even though Wolfsburg and Man U are first and second in Group B there is still plenty to play for – especially if PSV get, as expected, a win over CSKA Moscow which could leave them at the top of the table come 9.30pm.Man U will again be without captain Wayne Rooney with an ankle injury and will also not have the services of Morgan Schneiderlin, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and midfielder Ander Herrera who are all injured.Wolfsburg v Man UtdUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man Utd 2-1 WolfsburgDec 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Wolfsburg 1-3 Man UtdSep 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man Utd 2-1 WolfsburgI’m going for a DRAW at around 12/5 with Star Sports. And if it’s another 0-0 I’ll be singing all the way to the bank.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 12/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 88.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduQuantum criticality observed in new class of materialsObservation of quantum phenomenon advances new theoretical understandingsHOUSTON — (June 4, 2014) — Quantum criticality, the strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high-temperature superconductivity, is notoriously difficult to study. But a new discovery of “quantum critical points” could allow physicists to develop a classification scheme for quantum criticality — the first step toward a broader explanation.Quantum criticality occurs in only a few composite crystalline materials and happens at absolute zero — the lowest possible temperature in the universe. The paucity of experimental observations of quantum criticality has left theorists wanting in their quest for evidence of possible causes.Qimiao SiThe new finding of “quantum critical points” is in a class of iron superconductors known as “oxypnictides” (pronounced OXEE-nick-tydes). The research by physicists at Rice University, Princeton University, China’s Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Normal University, France’s École Polytechnique and Sweden’s Linköping University appears in this month’s issue of Nature Materials.“One of the challenges of studying quantum criticality is trying to completely classify the quantum critical points that have been observed so far,” said Rice physicist Qimiao Si, a co-author of the new study. “There are indications that there’s more than one type, but do we stop at two? As theorists, we are not yet at the point where we can enumerate all of the possibilities.“Another challenge is that there are still very few materials where we can say, with certainty, that a quantum critical point exists,” Si said. “There’s a very strong need, on these general grounds, for extending the materials basis of quantum criticality.”In 2001, Si and colleagues advanced a theory to explain how quantum critical points could give seemingly conventional metals unconventional properties. High-temperature superconductors are one such material, and another is “heavy fermion” metals, so-called because the electrons inside them can appear to be thousands of times more massive than normal.Heavy fermion metals are prototype systems for quantum criticality. When these metals reach their quantum critical point, the electrons within them act in unison and the effects of even one electron moving through the system have widespread results throughout. This is very different from the electron interactions in a common wiring material like copper. It is these collective effects that have increasingly convinced physicists of a possible link between superconductivity and quantum criticality.An artist’s depiction of a “quantum critical point,” the point at which a material undergoes a transition from one phase to another at absolute zero. The recent discovery of quantum critical points in a class of iron superconductors could allow physicists to develop a classification scheme for quantum criticality, a strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high-temperature superconductivity. Credit: University“The quantum critical point is the point at which a material undergoes a transition from one phase to another at absolute zero,” said Si, Rice’s Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy. “Unlike the classical phase transition of ice melting into water, which occurs when heat is provided to the system, the quantum phase transition results from quantum-mechanical forces. The effects are so powerful that they can be detected throughout the space inside the system and over a long time.”To observe quantum critical points in the lab, physicists cool their samples — be they heavy fermion metals or high-temperature superconductors — to extremely cold temperatures. Though it is impossible to chill anything to absolute zero, physicists can drive the phase transition temperatures to attainable low temperatures by applying pressure, magnetic fields or by “doping” the samples to slightly alter the spacing between atoms.Si and colleagues have been at the forefront of studying quantum critical points for more than a decade. In 2003, they developed the first thermodynamic method for systematically measuring and classifying quantum critical points. In 2004 and again in 2007, they used tests on heavy fermion metals to show how the quantum critical phenomena violated the standard theory of metals — Landau’s Fermi-liquid theory.In 2008, following the groundbreaking discovery of iron-based pnictide superconductors in Japan and China, Si and colleagues advanced the first theory that explained how superconductivity develops out of a bad-metal normal state in terms of magnetic quantum fluctuations. Also that year, Si co-founded the International Collaborative Center on Quantum Matter (ICC-QM), a joint effort by Rice, Zhejiang University, the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany.In 2009, Si and co-authors offered a theoretical framework to predict how the pnictides would behave at or near a quantum critical point. Several of these predictions were borne out in a series of studies the following year.In the current Nature Materials study, Si and ICC-QM colleagues Zhu’an Xu, an experimentalist at Zhejiang, and Jianhui Dai, a theorist at Hangzhou, worked with Antoine Georges of École Polytechnique, Nai Phuan Ong of Princeton and others to look for evidence of quantum critical points in an iron-based heavy fermion metallic compound made of cerium, nickel, arsenic and oxygen. The material is related to the family of iron-based pnictide superconductors.“Heavy fermions are the canonical system for the in-depth study of quantum criticality,” Si said. “We have considered heavy fermion physics in the iron pnictides before, but in those compounds the electrons of the iron elements are ordered in such a way that it makes it more difficult to precisely study quantum criticality.“The compound that we studied here is the first one among the pnictide family that turned out to feature clear-cut heavy fermion physics. That was a pleasant surprise for me,” Si said.Through measurements of electrical transport properties in the presence of a magnetic field, the study provided evidence that the quantum critical point belongs to an unconventional type proposed in the 2001 work of Si and colleagues.“Our work in this new heavy fermion pnictide suggests that the type of quantum critical point that has been theoretically advanced is robust,” Si said. “This bodes well with the notion that quantum criticality can eventually be classified.”He said it is important to note that other homologues — similar iron-based materials — may now be studied to look for quantum critical points.“Our results imply that the enormous materials basis for the oxypnictides, which has been so crucial to the search for high-temperature superconductivity, will also play a vital role in the effort to establish the universality classes of quantum criticality,” Si said.Additional co-authors include Yongkang Lou, Yuke Li, Chunmu Feng and Guanghan Cao, all of Zhejiang University; Leonid Pourovskii of both École Polytechnique and Linköping University; and S.E. Rowley of Princeton University.The research was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China, the National Science Foundation of China, the NSF of Zhejiang Province, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China, the National Science Foundation, the Nano Electronics Research Corporation, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the China Scholarship Council and the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: An artist’s depiction of a “quantum critical point,” the point at which a material undergoes a transition from one phase to another at absolute zero. The recent discovery of quantum critical points in a class of iron superconductors could allow physicists to develop a classification scheme for quantum criticality, a strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high-temperature superconductivity.CREDIT: University Qimiao SiCREDIT: Rice UniversityA copy of the Nature Materials paper is available at: 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 6.3-to-1. 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