Month: July 2019

  • Four equality and human rights watchdogs have heav

    first_imgFour equality and human rights watchdogs have heavily criticised the government for its failure to address the serious concerns raised in a “damning” UN report on the rights of disabled people across the UK.A year on from the report by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (pictured), in which it told the UK government to make more than 80 improvements to how its laws and policies affect disabled people’s human rights, the four bodies have concluded that it has taken only “limited steps” to address those concerns.In a new report, they say they are concerned at the government’s failure to produce a comprehensive strategy to show how it will implement the committee’s recommendations.And they have criticised the UK government’s “continuing reluctance” to accept the conclusions of a ground-breaking inquiry by the committee that found in late 2016 that it was guilty of “grave and systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights.This week’s report was put together by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, collectively known as the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM), which is tasked with monitoring progress on implementing the convention in the UK.The UKIM report says the picture emerging from recent evidence is “deeply concerning”, as disabled people across the UK “continue to face serious regression of many of their rights”.It concludes: “Social protections have been reduced and disabled people and their families continue to be some of the hardest hit.“More and more disabled people are finding it difficult to live independently and be included, and participate, in their communities on an equal basis.”The report by the four watchdogs looks at the seven areas in which the UN committee asked the government for a progress report.On independent living, UKIM says there has been “limited progress”, with evidence that adult social care is at “crisis point”, while the closure of the Independent Living Fund has led to a “postcode lottery for support”.On social protection, UKIM says the UK government has failed to act on research showing the “disproportionate and significantly adverse effect of welfare reform on disabled people’s rights to independent living and to an adequate standard of living and social security”.And it says it remains “seriously concerned” at the government’s continuing failure to assess the cumulative impact on disabled people of multiple reforms that have affected living standards and social security.On employment, the UKIM report praises the “very positive first step” made last year by the government in launching plans to increase the number of disabled people in work by one million in 10 years – despite strong criticism of those plans by disabled people’s organisations – but says that further reform of the work capability assessment process is “urgently needed”.UKIM says some work has been done to tackle prejudice and negative attitudes towards disabled people, but it warns that nothing appears to have been done to address the committee’s main concerns in this area, with “no steps taken to tackle the negative attitudes towards those claiming social security benefits, and, more broadly, to promote the human rights model of disability”.The UKIM report also warns of continuing barriers to accessing justice for disabled people in England and Wales, with a “substantial decrease in the number of disabled people being granted legal aid” as a result of reforms introduced through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.And it criticises the “continued lack of action” in setting up systems to “ensure that disabled people and their organisations are involved in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of legislation, policy or programmes that affect their lives”.UKIM also criticises the failure of the UK and devolved governments to make any effort to spread awareness of the committee’s 2016 and 2017 reports, pointing out that neither of them have been published on the UK government’s website.In response to the UKIM report, a government spokeswoman said in a statement: “We’re committed to building a society which is fully inclusive of disabled people across every area of their lives, from transport and housing to healthcare and employment.“Our response to the UN sets out our progress over the last year, including the creation of a new inter-ministerial group on disability and society, which will drive progress against the implementation of the UN convention.“While we’ve made significant progress, there is always more we can do. We’re determined to continue making progress in creating a society that works for everyone, where all can participate fully, and be included in society.”She said the government would spend an estimated £54 billion in 2018-19 on benefits to support disabled people and those with long term health conditions, up from £44.7 billion in 2010-11, while nearly 600,000 more disabled people had moved into work in the four years to 2017.Last month, Disability News Service reported that the UK government – in its own report to the UN committee – appeared to have decided that there was a need for improvements in just six of the 25 areas it was asked to respond on.Its response to most of the UN committee’s recommendations was to ignore or dismiss the criticisms and defend its existing policies, with Inclusion London describing its report as “deeply unsatisfying”. A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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    first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Disabled campaigners have been left bemused and concerned by a report from an independent fiscal watchdog which shows the government’s introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) has led to a sharp rise in spending on disability benefits.Tory chancellor George Osborne (pictured) announced in 2010 that the new coalition government planned to cut spending and the number of claimants on disability living allowance (DLA) by 20 per cent by introducing a new working-age benefit.But instead of leading to a fall, the introduction of personal independence payment (PIP) from 2013 has instead led to accelerated growth in benefits spending, said the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in its annual Welfare Trends Report.It said: “Disability benefits spending has risen faster than anticipated despite reform aimed to reduce it.“The transition to PIP was intended to save 20 per cent relative to DLA remaining in place, but appears to have cost around 15 to 20 per cent more.”There were concerns this week that these figures could prompt the government to attempt to tighten eligibility for PIP, with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) refusing to say if ministers were considering such a move.Disabled activists, including those who have campaigned to raise awareness of the unfairness of the PIP regime, have this week been left bemused by the report.Hundreds of thousands of disabled people have lost support under the move from DLA to the new PIP regime, but they appear to have been outnumbered by the number of successful new claimants.According to the OBR report, spending on disability benefits – PIP, DLA and attendance allowance (for older people) – continued to rise steadily between 2013-14 and 2017-18, with a rising proportion of the working-age population receiving either DLA or PIP.These figures are predicted to continue to rise, with the proportion of the population receiving one of the three benefits expected to increase from 7.9 per cent to 8.4 per cent between 2017-18 and 2023-24, and the proportion of working-age adults receiving DLA or PIP predicted to rise from 5.4 to 6.2 per cent.One explanation for the unexpected increase is that the rise of the internet and social media may have made it easier for disabled people to “navigate the system”, says the OBR.The OBR has also had to explain why its spending predictions in earlier years were so inaccurate.In December 2012, it predicted that moving to PIP would save £2.9 billion a year by 2017-18 and that introducing PIP would see a reduction in the number of claimants of 28 per cent by May 2018 (compared with what this number would have been under DLA).The report produces a series of explanations for this failure.It says the number of new PIP claims was higher than it had been for DLA; that success rates for new PIP claims were higher than expected; that fewer claimants were reassessed; that reassessment success rates were higher than expected; that fewer claimants were coming off PIP than expected; and that average PIP awards were “significantly higher” than expected.Another explanation for some of the rising spending is the string of successful legal actions taken against the government, which have led to more claimants being entitled to PIP, and more receiving higher rates of the benefit.The report says: “There is clearly a risk that future legal challenges to the Government’s interpretation of benefits legislation could expand coverage of the system further, increasing caseloads or average awards.”And it suggests that there is substantial potential for even higher growth in the number of claimants, adding: “The available data suggest there is likely to be a much larger number of people eligible for disability benefits than currently claim them, giving considerable scope for future growth in the caseload through higher take-up.”Marsha de Cordova, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, said: “The introduction of PIP saw DLA support cut for hundreds of thousands, thousands of people with mental distress unlawfully discriminated against and assessments which wrongly deny disabled people social security. And for what?”Disability News Service (DNS) spent months investigating allegations of dishonesty at the heart of the PIP assessment system, hearing eventually from more than 250 disabled people in less than a year about how they had been unfairly deprived of PIP.It continues to receive such reports today, more than two years after the investigation began.In one case – revealed by a secret recording – a nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts in her PIP assessment report.In October 2017, DNS revealed that complaints about the PIP assessment process had risen by nearly 900 per cent from 2015-16 to 2016-17.Earlier that year, DNS reported unpublished DWP figures which showed that nearly half of disabled people subject to “planned reviews” of their eligibility for PIP were having their existing award either cut or removed completely.Other DWP figures from 2017, obtained by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) showed that fewer than half (about 126,000) of the 254,000 people previously receiving the higher rate mobility component of DLA secured the same level of mobility support when reassessed for PIP.Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) were among the disabled activists surprised by the OBR report, following years of research and hearing personal testimonies that showed how disabled people have been unfairly deprived of support as a result of the introduction of PIP.A DPAC spokesperson said that, although more people are receiving PIP than DLA, they have to “go through more hoops” to do so.She said OBR and DWP had “overestimated the savings” and this had been “driving the denial of PIP to many claimants”.DPAC said there would now be “concerns, as always, that changes will be made to limit the number of people eligible for PIP”.Stef Benstead, a disabled researcher and member of the Spartacus Network, said she believed the higher volume of PIP claims was “because the new benefit was publicised and discussed in a way that older benefits, like DLA and ESA (employment and support allowance) aren’t”.Many of those who had had DLA claims rejected may have thought it worth applying for PIP, particularly those with mental health conditions and high support needs, she said.And Benstead said the underlying problem was that the government did not understand disability.She said: “They have grossly underestimated the severity of the functional impact of chronic illness and disability; falsely believe that disability reduces over time; and wrongly think that disability is largely a simple matter to determine.“They simply didn’t realise how many people are severely disabled and how long that disability persists, so they underestimated how many people would be in receipt of PIP.”Despite the OBR figures, she believes that PIP does not capture the extent of disabled people’s disability and that award rates are too low, “particularly for mobility problems, domestic tasks, and remaining safe and as healthy as possible”.Ken Butler, welfare rights and policy officer for DR UK, said: “The OBR’s findings will feel like a kick in the teeth to the many thousands of disabled people whose incomes, independence and physical and mental well-being has been blighted by PIP.“Those hardest hit by austerity have been disabled people and this has been a deliberate result of government policy.“PIP is not just failing those disabled people deliberately excluded by its severe eligibility restrictions.“It is also failing those disabled people who are wrongly being refused entitlement to it.  “Over 70 per cent of PIP (and ESA) appeals are found in favour of the claimant.“What the government needs to do is completely overhaul the flawed PIP system and replace it with one that identifies the true extra costs of living with disability.”The Benefits and Work website added: “Once again a cost cutting reform has proved to simply be an expensive exercise in creating avoidable misery.“It happened with employment and support allowance, it has now happened with personal independence payment and it will happen with universal credit too.”A DWP spokesperson declined to say whether ministers were happy with the figures showing a rise in spending, rather than the intended cut; whether they would take steps to tighten eligibility for PIP; or what lessons ministers drew from the report.Instead, she said in a statement: “Our priority has always been to ensure disabled people get the support they’re entitled to.“PIP is designed to focus support on people with the greatest needs and that’s happening, with 31 per cent of people getting the highest level of support, compared to 15 per cent under DLA.“As with any major new benefit we have been flexible and adapted our approach, and we continue to make improvements to ensure PIP is working in the best way possible.”last_img read more

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  • In Stunner City Strikes Down Major Mission Project

    first_imgIn a surprise reversal of its previous decisions, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to delay a major, 157-unit Mission District housing project on South Van Ness Avenue near 26th Street. Supervisor David Campos said he changed his mind at the last-minute and moved to support the appeal and delay the project after hearing “hateful and divisive” comments during the public hearing. “I came into this hearing thinking that I would vote against the appeal,” he said. “But for those of you who always wondered does public comment make a difference, I think this area is a perfect illustration that it does.”The decision concerned a housing development at 1515 South Van Ness Ave., which activists were appealing on environmental grounds — an argument that they have lost in delaying other projects. They argued Tuesday – as they have unsuccessfully in the past – that the project’s impact on gentrification should be studied before it went forward.Campos said those arguments won on Tuesday in part because of what he described as hateful comments made by Sonja Trauss, founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation. Trauss, speaking in support of the project, compared activist opposition to new market-rate housing in the Mission to the racist rhetoric of Donald Trump. By preventing new housing, activists were being as unwelcoming of newcomers as Trump, Trauss said.“When you come here to the Board of Supervisors and say that you don’t want new, different people in your neighborhood, you’re exactly the same as Americans all over the country that don’t want immigrants,” she said. “It’s the same attitude, it’s the exact same attitude.”Supervisor Aaron Peskin shook his head as Trauss spoke and sprang out of his seat, walking over to Supervisor David Campos across the chamber room. After another speaker lambasted activists for doing nothing about Mission gangs in the 1990s and called them hypocritical for only caring about the neighborhood now, it became clear that Campos was furious.He conferred with Supervisor Peskin and walked over to Supervisor John Avalos before returning to his seat. He then moved to delay the project until further study could be done by the city.“If there’s ever a time to stand by doing what is right, that is today,” he said.The board voted 9-0 to uphold the appeal — Scott Wiener and Norman Yee were absent. The vote means the 157-unit project put forward by Lennar Multifamily Communities will be delayed until the city conducts further study.At issue in the appeal was what activists called an outdated Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, which governs development in the Mission District, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Central SoMa. The plan, adopted in 2008, exempts projects that meet its guidelines from specific environmental review, a major sticking point for activists who say they are being waved through without regards to their full impact.The board’s decision comes after supervisors in the last five months have twice voted overwhelmingly against appeals launched on similar grounds.In July, a 395-unit development at 901 16th St. in Potrero Hill was cleared by the board 9-1. In September, the same appellants who testified on Tuesday gave similar arguments about gentrification and displacement in appealing a 330-unit project at 2000 Bryant St. in the Mission — but the project was unanimously approved after city staff said concerns about affordability should not be addressed under the state’s environmental law, known as the California Environmental Quality Act.Though city staff made the same argument on Tuesday, supervisors went against their analysis and recommended that the city study the “cumulative impacts” of market-rate projects coming to the eastern half of the city.“We are not paying attention to the entire environment, to the entire landscape,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “We are becoming out of balance, and it’s important for us to be in sync.”Reporting like this takes people, feet on the ground. Keep us there. Join Mission local today. Make the Mission a place that values reported content.Supervisor Campos, for his part, said the appellants “have to do a better job” connecting the issue of displacement with the specific legal issue based on the state’s environmental law.“I’m not happy [with] what was presented by the appellants,” he said. “I don’t think they did a good enough job in many respects.”Nevertheless, he later voted in favor of the appeal.The Lennar development had reached an affordability milestone in August by making 25 percent of its units available to low and middle income tenants. It was the first project in San Francisco to accomplish the feat without public subsidy or upzoning.The discussion on Tuesday steered away from affordability questions per se, though activists said they wanted a third or more of the units to be below-market-rate.It’s unclear whether Tuesday’s decision holds legal muster, since the appeal was based strictly on the state environmental law. Campos himself said he could be open to lawsuits, but was largely unperturbed. “Bring it on,” he said.Trauss said no single public comment from the audience should change the board’s mind “since it’s a legal question” whether the project should be approved. Trauss’s comment was not the only Trump-related one made during the three-hour public hearing. Spike Kahn, a landlord who owns several buildings throughout the city and is the founder of the Pacific Felt Factory arts space, said that in the wake of Trump’s election city supervisors had a particular obligation to “take a stand to protect our neighbors” by blocking projects in minority neighborhoods like the Mission.“How can we do better to walk the walk than to protect the Mission and our Latino community members?” Rick Hall, a neighborhood activist, drew a parallel between San Francisco’s sanctuary city status and the recent increased development. He said instead of being a sanctuary city for immigrants and others, the city welcomed only wealthy newcomers.“We will be a sanctuary city, but only to the undocumented rich,” he said.It was the comments made by those supporting the project, however, that upset supervisors. Many said those experiencing gentrification should be addressed more respectfully.Outside the chamber halls, it was a rare moment of happiness for Mission District activists. Typically a quiet crowd after housing decisions at City Hall, they were elated with what they called a “shocking” victory.“We think it’s the right decision,” said Peter Papadopoulos, a lead activist against market-rate development. “The impacts are clear.”Scott Weaver, a tenants rights attorney who took the lead in opposing the project and argued the appeal, said Campos sided with them because the project is in the Latino Cultural District and that he has an “affinity” for the designation.The Latino Cultural District is a symbolic designation by the city of the area around 24th Street. It has no housing guidelines, though Campos previously urged that all market-rate development be stopped in the area. Several speakers argued that the culture of the neighborhood would be eroded if more market-rate projects were allowed in.It’s unclear what’s next for the Lennar development. It must wait for the city to conduct further study, though it’s unclear whether the project would go forward as envisioned or not. Regardless, the Board of Supervisors is set to see more such appeals. A 117-unit development at 2675 Folsom St. in the Mission will be appealed on the same environmental grounds as the South Van Ness development by the same activists. If today’s decision is any indication, it too may be delayed. Tags: Affordable Housing • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

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  • NATHAN Brown says Saints need to be more consisten

    first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints need to be more consistent if they are to build on recent performances.A win over Widnes and a home point against Hull have given the club a solid start to the campaign – but there is still much improvement to come.“We played ok against Hull and at one point it looked like we would win easy,” he said. “But through their good work, some of our mistakes and misfortune, I suppose we may have been lucky in the last five minutes to get a draw.“Our commitment and effort were really good and we have to keep looking at improving and tidying up in a few areas.”Saints travel to Bradford on Saturday (2pm) and face a team in good form with two wins from three.“They have played well and from a pure attacking point of view their halves are quick and dangerous,” Brown continued. “Jarrod Sammut and Brett Kearney are fliers that can threaten the line as good as any combination in the comp. They also have that resolve they created last season.“For us though we just have to keep on improving. There were signs of that in our last game, but we need to do things consistently well for long periods. When we do that we will be hard to beat.“We are continuing to learn as a team and as a coaching staff too. The more we play and the tighter the situations we get in then the more we learn about the type of personnel we have here.“We have picked up three points from the last four – that is good – and we know it could have been worse and better too. The past three weeks have been a real learning curve.”Saints will head into the match without the services of Paul Wellens who will miss the next three to four weeks with a calf injury.He joins Lance Hohaia and Josh Perry on the sidelines but Gary Wheeler will be in the coach’s thoughts this weekend.“Gary had a couple of mishaps in preseason which delayed his progression,” Nathan added. “But he has been training well. He contributed well for Rochdale in Sunday’s match against Oldham and is training well. He is always a player that will be in contention for the first team.“If he plays consistently then people are aware of what a talent he is. He is adaptable and can play in a number of positions as he has awareness of the game and speed too. But he needs luck with injury.”last_img read more

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  • Businesses get ready to wrap up for the season

    first_img Britt’s Donuts will be open for this Labor Day weekend before closing up shop but owners say not too many people come out for the final stretch. “The week before school starts back up, a lot of people stay at home spend their money on clothes and things, you know, for the kids and when school start back, it really stops a lot of people form coming down,” Nivens said. The end of the season is always very bittersweet for the Britt’s Donuts owner.Related Article: Locals chipping in to rebuild iconic pier decimated by Florence “I’ve been here forty three years. The donut shop done been here seventy eight but we always look forward to closing down. We always look forward to opening it back up too. But we look forward and in a way we have to,” Nivens said. Megerle Shows provides the carnival rides and says they will also be open through this weekend too. A manager says this season did not well for them and they’ve seen better years for business. Nivens says the rides draw lots of visitors.“They brings a lot of people into the area. It gives people things to do, you know, the rides do. And that draws a lot of people,” Nivens said. CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — You can smell what’s left of summer, and fresh made donuts, in the air in Carolina Beach. Some businesses are getting ready to bid farewell to the season. “It has been a very good season. We had right bit of rain in August but overall, it usually works out, pretty much the same or a little bit better, usually,” Bobby Nivens, Britt’s Donuts owner, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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  • Cape Fear River Watch annual StriperFest happening this weekend

    first_img There will be a Live and Silent Auction & Banquet Friday night and all day Saturday is packed with educational events at the Coastline Convention Center. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend you can help restore the Cape Fear Fishery and have fun doing it!It’s the Cape Fear River Watch’s annual StriperFest. Kemp Burdette joined Good Morning Carolina Anchor Hannah Patrick to talk more about the event.- Advertisement – last_img

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  • Suspect in fatal Burgaw shooting turns himself into police

    first_imgCorey Alexander Todd (Photo: Burgaw Police Department) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Burgaw Police Department says the man wanted for allegedly shooting and killing a man in February turned himself into police this afternoon.Police say Corey Alexander Todd, 21, is charged with first degree murder. He is in jail under no bond.- Advertisement – Todd is expected to be in court Thursday morning.On February 26, Rakeem Brown was shot while walking in the area of Satchwell and Bodenheimer Streets in Burgaw.Rakeen Brown spoke to WWAY in 2014 after his brother was killed. (Photo: WWAY)Brown later died from his injuries at Pender Memorial Hospital.Related Article: Mother charged with child abduction makes first court appearancelast_img read more

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  • British Airways to resume Pakistan flights next week after a decade

    first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint FILE PHOTO: A British Airways Boeing 747 comes in to land at Heathrow airport in London, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A British Airways Boeing 747 comes in to land at Heathrow airport in London, June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next week a decade after it suspended operations following a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian country.BA halted service to Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in the capital Islamabad that took place during a period of devastating Islamist militant violence in Pakistan.Security has since improved, with militant attacks sharply down in the mainly Muslim country of 208 million people, reviving Pakistan as a destination for tourists and investors.“The final touches are coming together for the airline’s return ahead of the first flight on Sunday June 2,” British Airways said in a statement. It will launch a three-per-week service to London Heathrow, it said.“We’re on board,” Pakistani Civil Aviation spokeswoman Farah Hussain said about the flights resumption.BA, which is owned by Spanish-registered IAG, will begin the London Heathrow-Islamabad service with the airline’s newest long-haul aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.At present, only loss-making national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flies directly from Pakistan to Britain, but its ageing fleet of planes is a frequent source of complaints by passengers.Middle Eastern carriers Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates have a strong presence in Pakistan and have been eating into PIA’s dwindling market share. Turkish Airlines also lays on a regular service to Pakistan.Islamabad has been running international advertising campaigns to rejuvenate its tourism sector, which was wiped out by Islamist violence that destabilised the country following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.“We hope customers in both the UK and Pakistan will enjoy the classically British service we offer, with thoughtful bespoke touches,” Andrew Brem, Chief Commercial Officer at British Airways, said in BA’s statement.BA said there will be a halal meal option in every cabin and the airline would also ensure sauces in every meal do not contain alcohol or pork.WhatsApplast_img read more

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  • South Africa MTN earnings up

    first_imgAdvertisement MTN announced an interim dividend of 273 cents per share.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 3.9% to 25.2 billion rand and by 14.0% on a constant currency basis.MTN subscribers increased by 7.5% since December to 152.3 million while MTN South Africa delivered a sound performance for the period increasing its subscriber base by 5.1% to 19.8 million for the six months to end June 2011. This was mainly due to growth in the prepaid segment which increased its subscriber base by 5% to 16.2 million subscribers. – Advertisement – At end June 2011 there were 4.6 million 3G devices on the network, of which 2.6 million were smartphones.Blended average revenue per user (Arpu) decreased by 18.5 rand to 133.8 rand per month, mainly due to lower interconnect rates and the prepaid versus postpaid mix, the group said.Prepaid Arpu decreased by 12.4 rand to 99.8 rand, while postpaid Arpu declined by 37.9 rand to 290.6 rand due to an increase in lower Arpu telemetry SIM cards diluting the postpaid base, MTN said.The group said that continued investment in transmission (undersea cables and fibre) and radio technologies (2G, WIMAX and 3G), as well as mobile data solutions and sourcing of appropriate handsets, enabled it to increase data revenues (excluding SMS) by 24.1% to 3.558 billion rand and total data revenues (including SMS) by 14.2% to 6.950 billion rand.Data growth was still primarily driven by South Africa.Data revenue (excluding SMS) overtook SMS revenue for the first time and contributed 6.3% and 6% respectively of total revenue, MTN said.Capital expenditure for the period of 5.71 billion rand was 32.8% lower than the comparative period following delays in the rollout of certain capital expenditure projects and a 603 million rand currency impact.“We expect to step up the pace of rollout in the second half of the year to make up for the delays. Full year capital expenditure guidance has been revised marginally up to 22.165 billion rand,” the group said.Mobile Money had been implemented in 12 countries and Nigeria was expected to introduce this using a partnership model.At end June 2011, MTN highlighted 5.1 million registered mobile money subscribers, with Uganda and Ghana, each accounting for 37% of the total.Looking ahead, MTN said that it was confident of the opportunities that existed within its footprint and of its ability to profitably maintain and grow its market share.“The group will continue to evolve its business model to better support ICT convergence and cost optimisation through various initiatives. Operations in countries affected by local political tensions continued to operate satisfactorily with the group taking precautionary measures wherever necessary,” it concluded. – I-Net Bridgelast_img read more

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  • Chinese hackers took control of NASA satellite for 11 minutes

    first_imgAdvertisement The successful attacks occurred in 2007 and 2008. The more serious of the two happened in ’08 when NASA had control of the Terra EOS earth observation system satellite disrupted for 2 minutes in June, and then a further 9 minutes in October. During that time, whoever took control had full access to the satellites’ systems, but chose to do nothing with it.The second hack affected the Landsat-7 satellite on two occasions, one in October of ’07, the other in July of ’08. Unlike the Terra OS incident, this hack did not see control taken away, but access was gained.We only know about these hacks because of a report becoming available this month. It is entitled the 2011 Report to Congress of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and made available online at the USCC website (link below). The specific details can be found on page 216 of the document, which is actually page 224 of the PDF. – Advertisement – It is suggested such malicious cyber activity in relation to satellites can be carried out to either destroy the system rendering it useless, or to exploit it to see what the “enemy” sees and gain intelligence on “ground-based infrastructure.”Interestingly, the report points to the use of ground stations outside of the U.S. to control satellites as weak points. The reason being they use the Internet for data access and communication, not a closed link. We don’t know if that is still the case, but we’d hope not, or at least hope that the communication link is using better encryption and security checks.Read the report online at the USCC website (PDF)last_img read more

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  • Top 20 Countries in Facebook Customer Service – Kenya South Africa makes

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  • Citi Bank Rolls Out Tech for Integrity Challenge

    first_imgAdvertisement Citi Bank has launched an open innovation challenge to source solutions that promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector.Dubbed Citi Tech for Integrity challenge, the campaign is a global initiative meant to invite and encourage technology innovators from around the world to create solutions to help public sector entities increase transparency and promote integrity.The whole campaign was started in December 2016 where integrity pain points were crowd sourced globally to give tech innovators concrete examples of where technology has the potential to promote integrity. – Advertisement – Tech innovators can now apply to the challenge by submitting an application form and one-page document explaining their solutions. Applications are reviewed by Citi and allies for the Accelerator program.The challenge is open to entries from all over the world for both start-ups and mature technology corporates.Selected startups and corporates will participate in a world-class virtual accelerator in March 2017, to add value to their proposed solutions where a pilot-ready solution must be showcased. Final submissions will include a 2-minute video explaining the final solution.Successful innovators will be invited to showcase their working prototypes at live Demo Days hosted by regional governments in April from where finalists will be announced.The Finalists will then present to an audience of Citi and her ally stakeholders at Demo Days which will take place in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa.Citi has previously organized different challenges aimed tackling different issues including the Data Scientist Challenge in 2015 which aimed at showcasing analytical skills and abilities to solve complex business problems, Smarter Work life challenge in 2016, aiming at improving employee lifestyle and enriching corporate culture while connecting individuals with productive and fullfilling work among others.last_img read more

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  • STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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After being checked out again today (Wednesday) it was deemed that his shoulder injury sustained in the Bresmed Northern Sprint final hasn’t recovered in time for him to take his place in the Star Sports Derby. As always with the Keightley’s, the welfare of the dog has taken priority, despite them being absolutely gutted. Fingers crossed that Nidge can be well enough to race Derby Finals night and show everyone what he can do. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Star Sports Greyhound expert ‘Lofty’ has retreated to Portugal ahead of the fun and games of the greyhound derby and one punter has taken advantage of his perhaps more than usual relaxed outlook. Whilst sat on a balcony drinking a cold beer, he laid Jaytee Taylor to lose £25,000. As those of you who have been watching my kennel visits will be aware, the 2016 winning camp of the Hennessy’s have Taylor down as their best chance of winning another English Derby and that was before the dog clocked 29.56 in his first look round Nottingham on Saturday – and bear in mind Susan Hennessy said the dog is currently undercooked! You better come home soon Lofty!! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The Irish are still being extremely bullish about their chances of winning this years Star Sports Derby so it was all eyes on Brinkleys Poet’s race against Slippy Cian on Monday night, the later being Ian Fortune’s number one pick of the Irish contenders in the Star Sports Derby preview. It’s was Poet who led (off a 4.96 sectional) and was never picked up (clocking 29.60) cementing his amazing comeback from injury and in many eyes making him a genuine contender for this years Derby. He might also have given those Irish commentators something to think about! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Another big name has been added to the Irish challenge for the Star Sports Derby when Skywalker Logan was confirmed as a runner before the entries closed on Monday. The brilliant son of Tarsna Havana had flown under the radar mainly due to the fact that he had been engaged in the Larry Clancy Memorial Cesarewitch at Mullingar, but after an impressive victory in the midlands classic, his owner Ray Patterson and trainer Pat Guilfoyle decided to allow him to take his chance at Nottingham. A strong runner to follow. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Star Sports this week launched an enticing Greyhound Derby offer and one that certainly would have benefitted me over the years! If you bet a dog ante post and it gets knocked out in the first round then you’ll get your money back as a free bet to get involved again from the second round onwards. Obviously, we are all experts and so won’t need to take advantage of this … but just in case… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS The Star Sports preview night in their prestigious Mayfair shop proved to be a massive hit! It was attended by a range of enthusiasts including trainers, owners, punters, bookmakers and media personnel who all left in no doubt about the strength of the Irish challenge this year but also that we have a pretty solid English team bidding to retain the title. Given all that, perhaps it was no surprise that a gamble soon developed for the 29.16 track record (set by Sawpit Sensation in 2012) to go offered at a special price of 5/2. That went by the end of the evening, but 6/4 still looks very fair given the class of dog heading to Nottingham. Local trainer Peter Harden also expressed his surprise at how Martinstown Band is seemingly being underestimated in many quarters. Peter has been extremely impressed with the dog, which is a concern to Star Sports given the liability on the dog is as big as £350,000!!! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Whilst visiting Pat Buckley in Ireland and learning more about his team for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby I noticed that glint in his eye that I have seen a few times before. Most notably ahead of Mind The Net’s Derby campaign where he ended up well fancied in the final. The dog that prompted ‘the glint’ this year was Burgess Bucks, a relatively unknown quantity over on our shores. I promptly added him to my ante post portfolio and I hope many of you did too as he clocked 29.51 last Thursday on his first look round Nottingham and his price was slashed. Definitely one to watch. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Defending Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat had his final preparatory look round Nottingham in a trial on Tuesday and as if like clockwork, matched his very fast 29.22 from the week before, the fastest any dog has gone round the track pre-Derby. Trainer Kevin Hutton had planned to enter Wildcat in a trial stakes race but was put off doing so due to the risk of racing against dogs that hadn’t had a look at the track and following the injury to his Druids Busy Man (pictured below) in a trial stakes race (that dog is recovering well from his broken hock). In the Star Sports Derby preview this week Kevin flagged up his Ballymac Osby as being a decent value ante post bet and also admitted that Magical Bale will have to be nursed through the competition slightly, the week in between all rounds will definitely help his cause. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Anneliese Thompson’s two Star Sports Derby entries, Haggswood River and Madabout Rioga are preparing for the competition in unusual fashion! By launching their modelling careers!! These knitwear gems (below) are made by one of the kennels owners in aid of the Greyhound Trust. Very fetching. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS I still feel that there are some big price ante post bets that are going under the radar a little. One of those could be Forest Alan, owned by the New Forest Lads. He’s trialled once at Nottingham clocking 29.81 and you would think will improve for another look on Saturday. He’s also just won a good open at Hove over 515m by five and half lengths in 29.81. The dog is clearly in good heart and is a huge price still. Bockos Doomie could be another worth taking a chance on. Patrick Janssen’s has made a late decision on entering this exciting and precocious young talent after he won a 515m maiden final at Hove this week in 29.72. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLATEST VIDEOSSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019: Our expert panel preview the 2019 Star Sports Greyhound Derby held for the first time at Nottingham Greyhound Track.Our panel, hosted by Julie Collier is:Kevin Hutton Greyhound Derby Winning TrainerMartin Chapman ‘Lofty’ Star Sports Greyhound ExpertIan Fortune Irish Greyhound ExpertTo check out the latest betting for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby visithttps://starsports.bet/event/greyhoundracing/228423/greyhound-derby-2019/ante-postYou can also download the Star Sports App, full details at:https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/new-the-star-sports-app/STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019LEADING ENGLISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEADING IRISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ENGLISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WHAT TO EXPECT<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE TAYLORJaytee Taylor was a puppy star in the second half of last year at Shelbourne Park when he headed the betting for the Irish Derby after the early rounds. He’s barely raced since in anticipation of the English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PRICELESS BLAKEPriceless Blake was most recently knocked out of the Scottish Derby semi-finals in 3rd place. A dog with nice early and a never give up attitude who will take his place in the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOYLESPORTS XTRAWhat a stunning looking greyhound! Meet Bob. A dog who can ping the boxes like he is on elastic, as he showed at Shawfield in the Scottish Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PANTHERPanther is a huge, strong greyhound who has already caught the eye of a few after his trial at Nottingham last week. He didn’t handle the first two bends perfectly and you would think he will improve on his next look around.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE JERRYAn October 2016 dog who still needs to mature a little. If he can do that and the Hennessy’s can keep him sound in the coming weeks, there is no doubting this lovely, friendly dog’s ability and potential.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DREAMING AGAIN: THE ENGLISH DERBYSusan tells us what it’s like to win an English Derby, why they want more and their best chance of winning a second English Derby this year.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LENSON WHELAN (name change TULLIG FOOTPAD)A March 2017 dog who is the first of the two new recruits from Pat Buckley’s kennel. Patrick tells us about the dogs temperament and why he thinks he can get better and better as the competition goes on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOCKOS RORYBockos Rory is a VERY young dog, just August 2017, but he will take his place in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Patrick believes he is progressive enough and whilst he may be learning on the job, the ability and potential is there. He’s also a ready-made pet with an unusual tail!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS TIGERLaid-back by nature, Seaglass Tiger is extremely versatile… and fast! Patrick is hoping his early and middle pace can help him go deep into the Star Sports Derby. He’s already proven in competitions and another youngster that will be improving.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS PHANTOMAt the moment, this is Patrick’s number one pick for the Star Sports Derby. Here he compares him to other top class dogs in the country and tells us why he is so impressed by the dog he calls ‘the fastest he has trained.’<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DESPERADO DANThe dog known as ‘Des’ in the kennel won the Coronation Cup over 575m at Romford. This is a staying type of dog with track craft and a great strike rate who Patrick thinks could keep qualifying.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS BIKERThe second dog of a recent intake from Pat Buckley. He went out of the Star Sports Derby in the third round last year – can he go further this year? Patrick gives his early assessment of Biker and tells us how he is settling in.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>GOLDIES GINOLAA super-friendly dog as you can see! Known as ‘Dave’, Goldies Ginola is still only an April 2017 but may well be part of Patrick’s team depending how he trials. Patrick also tells us what it would mean to him to win the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WORSEFORWEARThis April 2017 dog has only had 7 career starts but has won 4 of them. Peter tells us why he expects this dog to improve through the Star Sports Derby. Only time will tell how far he can go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAZZ BEATJazz Beat is a well bred son of Zero Ten and Volcano. He has had his share of injury problems which means he is lightly raced but he’s now fit, well and raring to go to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DA HEAD HUNTERDa Head Hunter has a different sort of profile to many of Peter’s others dog in that he is a second season dog. He ran in last years Star Sports Derby at Towcester, winning in the first round before a second round exit. Now at three and a half years of age, he is still lightly raced and will take his place in his second English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>COOLAVANNY ABOUTA March 2017 dog who has only had 6 races – and won half of them. Now on the comeback from injury, Peter tells us why he thinks this is a dog that will keep improving and also why detecting and fixing niggles is so important to him.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CROSSFIELD CONCrossfield Con is clearly a dog that Peter likes a lot and it’s easy to see why. The dog has never been out of the first two in his 6 races so far. His seventh race will be in the first round of the Star Sports Derby at Nottingham where Peter tells us why he could be a dark horse for the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BADMINTON JETBadminton Jet was trained by Matt Dartnall during the Puppy Derby at Monmore where he picked up an injury. He was sent to Peter to race in the Con Kirby at Limerick but injury stopped him being entered. He’s raring to go now though and Peter says, totally unexposed.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JACKS TORNADOA 28.20 dog at Shelbourne and a brother to Crossfield Con. A big brindle boy who can definitely run.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEMON EXPRESSThis is the only wide runner of Peter’s team so one who is likely to get decent draws in the Star Sports Derby. We do know he has great early, time will tell if he gets the trip.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRELAND v ENGLANDSo does Peter think this years Star Sports Derby champion will be Irish or English trained? Maybe no surprises in his answer here but it is certainly given with conviction! Peter gives his thoughts on Nottingham as a Derby venue and why he loves the English Derby so much.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRINKLEYS POETBrinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEORomeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALIEN SEAKnown as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOWThese two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>NOELLES PHELPSOHere David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS BULLETPiemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS STARThis is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LIGHTFOOT KINGLightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC DINGLEBallymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERROSean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

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    first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.edu Former US Census director, Texas demographer available to comment on poverty reportA new U.S. Census report shows that poverty in the United States is at its worst in 52 years and that Texas is even poorer compared to the rest of the nation.Steve Murdock, professor of sociology at Rice University, has seen the data and is available for media interviews to discuss the new report.Murdock previously served as the first official state demographer of Texas and directed the U.S. Census from 2007 to 2009. He is known for his work in assessing the effects of demographic change on socioeconomic change and in assessing the impacts of large-scale developments on the economic, demographic, public service, fiscal and social/cultural dimensions of small population areas.Murdock is currently traveling, so he is available for phone interviews only until this weekend, when he can do on-camera television interviews.To schedule an interview with Murdock, contact David Ruth at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327. last_img read more

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    first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/03/RSI-Alexander-and-Massimino.jpgDavid Alexander, left, has been named director and Mike Massimino, right, executive director of the Rice Space Institute. The institute enhances research efforts and cooperation with NASA Johnson Space Center and coordinates public outreach activities. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) David Alexander, Mike Massimino to lead retooled center at Rice University HOUSTON – (March 6, 2012) – Rice University solar physicist David Alexander has been named director of the Rice Space Institute (RSI), which coordinates the university’s space-related research, education and outreach programs.The institute is strengthening its collaborations with NASA; as part of that effort, astronaut Mike Massimino, on loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), has joined RSI as executive director.Alexander takes over for longtime director Patricia Reiff. Both are professors of physics and astronomy at Rice. Reiff will remain with RSI as associate director of outreach programs.“By sharing the leadership among research enhancements, NASA cooperative efforts and outreach, we’ll be able to do far more than before,” Reiff said. “David has already proven his vision and energy, and having Mike on board is very exciting.”Last September, the institutions signed the Rice-NASA Space Act Agreement to streamline educational and research collaborations. The signing came during the university’s NASAversary, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Houston’s selection as the site of the Manned Spacecraft Center, now JSC, built on land donated by Rice.Retooling RSI is a way to meet the new collaboration’s goals, Alexander said. “We want strong partnerships with NASA and other local space efforts, and we need a healthy and vital research environment at Rice that takes advantage of those connections,” he said. “We compete with the best universities in the country to attract the best students. If the connections we have forged with NASA JSC leads students to choose Rice over our competitors, we’ve succeeded.”Alexander said RSI’s immediate goal is to increase awareness about the broad scope of space-related research at Rice. That includes solar, space, Earth, astronomical and life sciences; materials, nanotechnology, electronics and robotics research; national and international policy studies through the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and work at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, based at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.“NASA has been a strong partner for 50 years. We want to strengthen our institutional collaboration with Johnson Space Center to bring together complementary expertise,” Alexander said.“In addition to providing focus and points of contact, the institute will make us aware, on a regular basis, of engineering and science activities at Rice,” said Kamlesh Lulla, director of the University Research, Collaborations and Partnership Office at JSC. Lulla said he’s particularly interested in biomedical and biosensor devices, green energy technologies and “areas of research that will help us propel faster and better.”Massimino, a veteran of two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, will help solidify links to JSC as RSI’s first executive director. Massimino, an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Rice since 2004, has joined the university full time for a year under NASA’s Executive on Loan program.“My job usually gives me good access to facilities at NASA, so I see my role as helping to build relationships,” Massimino said. “NASA is supporting this arrangement at its highest level, at JSC in particular. They know it’s a great opportunity to build a strong relationship with a school that’s one of the best in the world.”“Having Mike, one of our most experienced astronauts, work with the university will be a great opportunity for both organizations to exchange ideas and share expertise, furthering our mutual goals of understanding the universe,” said Peggy Whitson, chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office and a veteran of two missions to the International Space Station, the second as commander. Whitson earned her doctorate at Rice and is an adjunct professor of biochemistry and cell biology.“Mike understands the opportunities and needs of both NASA and academia and will help us identify the unique role Rice can play in these arenas,” said Daniel Carson, dean of Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Schlumberger Chair of Advanced Studies and Research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology.Massimino has become the public face of NASA since his last mission to the Hubble in May 2009, one of the riskiest ever. On that mission he not only became the first astronaut to send messages via Twitter from space but also gained notoriety when, during a spacewalk, he ripped a stuck handle from the space telescope to gain access to an instrument due to be repaired.Since returning to Earth, Massimino has appeared on a number of talk shows and hosted a NASA-produced series of videos, “Inside the International Space Station.”George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said Massimino is “a great asset” and noted, “He’s a great individual and we’re really fortunate to have him.” Abbey joined NASA as an engineer during the Apollo era; as director of JSC, he served as Massimino’s boss.Abbey said RSI is “going to really reinvigorate Rice’s involvement in space activities. David will have a very active Rice Space Institute, and I think that’s going to be good for Rice and good for our relationship with NASA.”Rice and NASA share a history of collaboration that goes back to the early 1960s and President John F. Kennedy’s famous “we choose to go to the moon” speech at Rice Stadium. Several Rice-built experiments went to the moon with Apollo, and a Rice emeritus professor, Robert O’Dell, was the original chief scientist on the Hubble Telescope.Public outreach will continue to be an important aspect of RSI under Reiff, who earned her Ph.D. at Rice analyzing data from Apollo experiments and co-produces planetarium films with the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS). Through RSI, Reiff will coordinate such public activities as the highly successful annual Sally Ride Festival, the many Discovery Dome outreach events and the Space Frontiers Lecture Series.-30-Related materials:Rice Space Institute: http://rsi.rice.edu/“Of Owls and Eagles,” a history of the relationship between Rice and NASA:http://news.rice.edu/2009/07/16/we-choose-to-go-to-the-moonMike Massimino’s Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/Astro_MikeVideo:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6z70xbW1loPhotos for download: ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images and video are at the end of this release.Mike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/03/RSI-Alexander.jpgDavid Alexander (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/03/RSI-Massamino.jpgMike Massimino (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/03/Massimino-EVA.jpgAstronaut Mike Massimino smiles at his crewmates inside the shuttle during one of two spacewalks to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. Massimino, on loan from NASA, has been named executive director of Rice University’s Rice Space Institute. (Credit: NASA)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 known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. 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  • Researchers divide enzyme to conquer genetic puzzle

    first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduResearchers divide enzyme to conquer genetic puzzleRice University scientists find split, mutant protein serves as building block for synthetic biological circuitsHOUSTON – (March 14, 2013) – Rice University researchers have found a way to divide and modify enzymes to create what amounts to a genetic logic gate.Biochemist Matthew Bennett and graduate student David Shis created a library of AND gates by mutating a protein from a bacterial virus. The well-understood protein known as T7 RNA polymerase (RNAP) is a strong driver of transcription in cells.Their discovery should help overcome a bottleneck in the development of synthetic gene networks that mimic digital circuitry. These networks could become diagnostic systems that look for signs of disease and, perhaps, gene therapies to find and treat disease in one step.The research appeared online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“AND logic gates are normally found in electronics: You have a circuit with two inputs and one output,” said Bennett, an assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology. “In an AND gate, if the two wires leading to the gate are both on, then the output is also on. If either one or both are off, then the output is turned off.”Few options have been available to researchers seeking reliable and flexible components for their synthetic circuits. The library of AND gates created at Rice should add significantly to the toolbox available to build larger and more complex gene circuits, Bennett said.In its native, full-length state, T7 RNAP turns on genes that have a specific “promoter,” or target DNA sequence. The Rice researchers found they could program DNA to express the RNAP in two pieces, which could be manipulated via point mutations to target different promoters in a host cell. “The two pieces of the RNAP might even be made in different parts of the cell and they’ll still find each other,” Bennett said. “They have an affinity for each other, and once they combine, they’ll work together as if they hadn’t been split.”The enzyme carried out its function only when both halves of the split RNAP were present. Bennett and Shis modified the bacterium E. coli to produce the RNAP segments in response to specific sugar molecules found in the environment. One half of the RNAP is produced only in the presence of arabinose and the other in the presence of lactose. When both sugars were found, their proof-of-concept polymerase would turn on a target gene, in this case a reporter gene that encodes a green fluorescent protein.Better yet, the RNAP was orthogonal; that is, it didn’t fraternize with the E. coli’s native protein pathways. “This special T7 RNAP will not turn on any other gene but its specific target,” Bennett said. “In that way, it’s transparent to the host. This gives us an easy way to determine whether or not it’s working.”The researchers found that while split T7 RNAP was not as active in expressing protein products as the full-length polymerase, the pieces were more stable and less prone to mutations that could affect a gene circuit’s function.Bennett said the next step would be to test the split RNAP in hosts other than E. coli. “We want to port this into more complicated organisms: eukaryotes like yeast or zebrafish or mammalian cells. It will take a little bit of engineering to get them to work in more complicated organisms.”He sees advanced diagnostics as a reasonable goal for gene circuits using AND gates. “The two inputs can be programmed to respond to separate conditions, whether they’re environment factors outside the organism or tissue-specific markers within a multicellular organism,” Bennett said.“For instance, your inputs could be cancer markers that would trigger a fluorescent reporter gene for diagnosis or tumor suppressors for treatment,” he said. In addition, multiple gates from the library could be combined and layered to create more complicated circuits that simultaneously monitor many variables. “This means you could build circuits that turn on only in very specific conditions, which is important if you want to kill tumor cells without harming healthy tissue.”The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1220157110This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/2013/03/14/researchers-divide-enzyme-to-conquer-genetic-puzzle/Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Bennett Lab: http://biodesign.rice.eduImage for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/03/0318_BENNETT-1.jpgRice graduate student David Shis, left, and biochemist Matthew Bennett reported their success at creating a library of synthetic transcriptional AND gates by manipulating a protein from a bacterial virus. 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  • Baker Institute paper Higherskilled Mexican migrants face uncertainty about US

    first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Baker Institute paper: Higher-skilled Mexican migrants face uncertainty about USHOUSTON – (May 9, 2018) – Uncertainty about the status of Mexican immigrants to the United States and conditions for future migration has affected not only undocumented workers but also higher-skilled migrants, according to a new issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“The U.S. Visa System and the Migration of High-skilled Mexican Workers Into the United States: Uncertainties and Options” was authored by Elizabeth Salamanca, a nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and professor of international business at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico. The brief reviews existing literature on the types of U.S. visa categories most frequently requested by qualified Mexican migrants, the possible changes that may impact these visas under the administration of President Donald Trump and the implications of those changes.Since the election of Trump, one of the main fears of Mexican migrants has been the adoption of stricter policies regarding the issuance of visas, Salamanca said. In the case of traditional migrants, this fear has largely focused on potential changes to family-based immigration visas, which protect the migratory status of family members of U.S. citizens.“However, uncertainty about the status of immigrants to the United States and conditions for future migration has affected not only undocumented Mexican workers but also higher-skilled migrants who have benefited from the opportunities offered by visa programs such as the specialty occupation working visa (H-1B), the treaty investor visa (E-2), the EB-5 investor program and the North American Free Trade Agreement professionals (TN) visa, among others,” Salamanca wrote. “These programs are mainly directed at attracting skilled migrants such as scholars, professionals (i.e., lawyers, physicians, architects and scientists) and entrepreneurs. However, these visa categories have become a subject of public debate among those who favor the restriction of immigration.”During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to reduce H-1B visas, since they cut into jobs that, he argued, should be filled by Americans. Since assuming office, he has ordered a comprehensive review of the H-1B visa program, Salamanca said. “Given that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that 44 percent of H-1B applicants approved in 2016 have a bachelor’s degree, it is expected that any resulting changes to the program will be geared toward eliminating the common practice of some employers of hiring foreigners for jobs that only require a bachelor’s degree, and instead ensuring that H-1B visas are only granted for the most skilled immigrants filling the highest-paid jobs,” she wrote.There may be a silver lining for Mexico in the face of Trump’s attempts to reform the U.S. visa system, Salamanca said. “A new, more restrictive system can potentially reshape transnational business activities and cause visa holders to develop other business or professional opportunities,” she wrote. “More restrictive visa conditions could create a virtuous cycle in the sense that higher-skilled professionals and entrepreneurs could employ deported Mexican migrants in their business ventures as well. Such a practice could result in more sustainable economic and social conditions in Mexico for both entrepreneurs and traditional migrant workers.”Even so, it is unlikely that the Trump administration will make radical changes to the E-2 and EB-5 visas, though changes to the H-1B and TN visas are more likely, Salamanca said. “But, again, this situation may push higher-skilled Mexicans to look for labor and academic opportunities elsewhere, specifically in countries facing talent shortages — such as Canada or Australia — or simply to stay in Mexico,” she wrote. “In the long term, however, the Mexican government must invest more in research and development projects to retain Mexicans with more sophisticated skills, knowledge and competence and must implement policies that lead to higher salaries in order to keep Mexican talent in the country.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Salamanca, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/95fc246b/bi-brief-050318-mex-skilledvisa.pdf.Salamanca bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/elizabeth-salamanca.Follow the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center via Twitter @BakerMexicoCtr.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

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  • MBA Alumni Tout Degrees Value and Versatility GMAC Survey Finds

    first_img There have long been MBA applicants who view business school as an opportunity to make a career pivot—changing industry, function or both. Indeed, according to survey results released today by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), more than half of alumni respondents currently work in an industry or job function they had no prior experience in before entering business school. Not only that, two in five alumni (39 percent) currently work in an industry they hadn’t even considered prior to starting business school.GMAC’s 2017 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report, conducted last fall, includes responses from 15,000 graduate business alumni representing 300 business schools from around the globe. Respondents spanned three generations and graduated from a range of program types—including full-time, two-year MBA; executive MBA; one-year MBA; part-time MBA and several non-MBA business master’s programs. Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Business School Opens Doors—Including Ones You Hadn’t Considered“In years past, we always knew that business school was a place for students to pivot from one career to another, but we had the assumption that most who did so had that intention going in,” says Gregg Schoenfeld, GMAC director of management education research. To gain a better understanding, GMAC added a new question to its most recent survey. Asked if the industry they now work in was one they considered before business school, almost 40 percent of alumni said no. “Rather, they found an opportunity in another industry after graduation and 88 percent are satisfied with their job and employer,” read the GMAC report. “Interestingly, 51 percent of alumni who are working for a nonprofit organization and 45 percent of those in manufacturing did not initially consider these sectors for postgraduate employment,” it continued.GMAC’s Schoenfeld interprets these findings as an indicator of the versatility of graduate management programs. “Not only do they help students develop knowledge, skills and abilities, but they open up new possibilities never imagined before,” he says. “Going to business school helps students discover new things about themselves and their interests, providing the networking opportunity and necessary skillset to pivot their careers.” This could prove especially valuable in times of industry disruption, he added.Business Degrees Yield Personal, Professional, Financial RewardsPerhaps more than anything else, this latest GMAC report suggests that alumni, regardless of graduation year or program, see graduate management education as a high-value proposition. A whopping 95 percent of alumni surveyed rate their graduate management education a good to outstanding value. Looking at graduates of two-year, full-time MBA programs, the figure is even higher—97 percent. Of those, 40 percent rated the value as outstanding, 44 percent as excellent 13 percent as good.“What we find is that the alumni are valuing their education personally, professionally and financially and providing recommendations to their friends and colleagues,” Schoenfeld says. Indeed, 93 percent of all respondents said their degree was personally rewarding, 91 percent said it was professionally rewarding and 76 percent said it was financially rewarding. More graduates of two-year, full-time MBA programs than any other—83 percent—praised their degree’s financial impact.Graduates of full-time, two-year MBA programs also command the greatest total compensation, according to the survey. The average total compensation package for these alumni ranges from a median of $85,870 for an entry-level position to a median of $464,516 for a C-suite executive. On average, across all degrees, alumni receive 76 percent of their total compensation in base salary. A greater percentage of compensation comes from non-salary sources—such as bonuses—as alumni move up the corporate ladder.Alumni respondents overwhelmingly report that their graduate management education prepared them for leadership positions (86 percent agree/strongly agree), prepared them for their chosen career (85 percent), and increased their earning power (82 percent).Where Have They Landed?With regard to both industry and function, business school alumni are wide spread. Of all alumni surveyed, 27 percent work in the products and services industry, 14 percent work in technology and 11 percent work in finance and accounting. Alumni who earned MBA degrees—as opposed to non-MBA business master’s—are more likely to work in tech, nonprofits, manufacturing, healthcare, energy and utilities. Business master’s alumni, meanwhile, most often report working in the products and services, finance and accounting and consulting industries.As far as function goes, here, too, more than half—52 percent—of alumni work in a different job function than they did before business school. That said, fewer alumni—26 percent—report being in job functions they had not considered prior to business school, as compared to the 39 percent who entered industries they hadn’t considered before.All told, a third of alumni have changed both industry and function since entering business school, 29 percent are working in the same function and industry, and the remainder have either changed industries (19 percent) or job functions (19 percent).Programs Support Entrepreneurial StudentsJust as it added new questions to better understand alumni career changers, GMAC also sought with this most recent survey to gain more insight into alumni entrepreneurs. Of this year’s respondents, more than 1,500—or roughly 11 percent—are entrepreneurs. But of these, the majority—65 percent—only launched their own ventures after working for another company after graduation. “It seems like students are aware of the value of gaining some more experience before starting their own business,” Schoenfeld says. “They think, ‘Now that I have learned all these things in business school, let me put some of them into practice working for someone else first.’”Some of the other findings specific to alumni entrepreneurs:They typically own businesses in the consulting and products and services industries that employ fewer than 25 people.Approximately 12 percent sought venture capital for their business; 72 percent of those who sought VC received it.Roughly one in eight (12 percent) partnered with a classmate to start a business.Fifty percent reported having access to faculty guidance within their school, and another 50 percent had access to mentors or community experts. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedGrads Praise MBA for Helping Land Jobs, Increase Pay, Expand HorizonsIn a survey this past fall of 1,000 business school graduates from the Class of 2016, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), which owns and administers the GMAT, found that the vast majority is highly satisfied with the decision to seek an MBA, which helped them land jobs, earn better…February 22, 2017In “Advice”It’s Dream Job or Bust, Say Today’s MBA ApplicantsThis article originally appeared in its entirety on clearadmit.com Seventy-one percent of current applicants to business school say there’s just one industry they want to work in, up from 58 percent with such a singular focus in 2014. This according to the latest Prospective Students Survey Report from the Graduate…May 11, 2016In “Featured Home”The Big Picture: The 5 Most Important MBA Numbers of 2018Each year there’s a ton of new information that comes out about MBA programs. From new rankings to the latest GMAC news, there are a thousand little tidbits that can overwhelm applicants, students, and alumni. We’ve collected the most important MBA numbers of 2018. To pare down the news into…December 31, 2018In “Featured Home”center_img MBA Alumni Tout Degree’s Value and Versatility, GMAC Survey Finds Alumni Loyalty Runs DeepTo understand how likely alumni were to recommend their programs to others, GMAC used a customer loyalty metric called Net Promoter Score (NPS). Overall, alumni gave their business schools an NPS of 47—which is higher than the average NPS for most industry sectors, according to Satmetrix, which co-developed the metric. Though positive for all graduate business programs, NPS varied according to program type, ranging from 22 for Master in Management programs to 62 for full-time, two-year MBA programs. Overall, 92 percent of alumni surveyed say that if given the choice they would again pursue their degree knowing what they now know.“It’s clear from the results that alumni feel their education helped prepare them for leadership positions, as well as enhanced their earnings potential and guided their career development,” GMAC President and CEO Sangeet Chowfla said in a statement. “This positivity is reflected in their recommendation of a graduate management education to others.”Click here to view the complete GMAC 2017 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman last_img read more

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