The Labour left slate won almost all the London re

first_imgThe Labour left slate won almost all the London regional board positions up for election, it was revealed at Labour London conference this weekend.Unite activist Jim Kelly and Tottenham’s Seema Chandwani were elected as chair and vice-chair respectively, while other left-wing activists including Claudia Webbe and Apsana Begum became local party representatives.The slate of candidates backed by Momentum won all positions except one in ‘Section 7’ (the London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow), which went to Jewish Labour Movement activist Izzy Lenga, and that of disabilities officer, taken by Unite-backed Sean McGovern over Momentum-endorsed Robert Lugg.Labour’s regional boards are key to ensuring that internal procedures – appeals on selections and disciplinary cases – are conducted fairly. In London, the elected officials also play an important role in shortlisting Great London Assembly (GLA) candidates.Corbynsceptics will now be concerned that London mayor Sadiq Khan could face a hostile Labour group in 2020, and that decisions on issues such as rerunning local party AGMs and membership application appeals will not go in their favour.There was some controversy over the socialist society place, as the Fabian Society, which has the largest vote in the section, took the seat off the Jewish Labour Movement. It was won by Fabian staffer Alex Sanderson rather than JLM’s Peter Mason, who tweeted that they had “asked @thefabians for solidarity, sadly they chose not to give it”.There were few contentious motions. One on climate change, moved by Hackney North CLP, endorsed “halting airport expansion” (which particularly applies to Heathrow). It only narrowly passed: Unite and GMB voted against, while Unison voted in favour along with smaller unions.The emergency motion to “Stop Tory Brexit damaging London’s communities” was approved with almost 80% votes in favour. It urged MPs to extend Article 50 and vote for a ratification referendum including a ‘Remain’ option.Below is the full list of London Labour regional board election results.Chair: Jim KellyVice-chair: Seema ChandwaniBAME officer: Taranjit ChanaLGBT officer: Lucio BuffoneDisabilities officer: Sean McGovernWomen’s officer: Alison McGarryNational policy forum: Adrian Weir, Elly BakerCLP reps:Section 1 – London Assembly constituencies of South-West (Hounslow, Kingston, Richmond) and Ealing & Hillingdon: Rheian Davies and Ranjeev WaliaSection 2 – London Assembly constituencies of West Central (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) and Merton & Wandsworth: Francis Prideaux and Fay DowkerSection 3 – London Assembly constituencies of Lambeth & Southwark and Croydon & Sutton: Sam Green and James McAshSection 4 – London Assembly constituencies of Greenwich & Lewisham and Bexley & Bromley: Munir Malik and Dorinda DuncanSection 5 – London Assembly constituencies of City & East (City, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham) and Havering & Redbridge: Bob Littlewood and Apsana BegumSection 6 – London Assembly constituencies of North-East (Hackney, Islington, Waltham Forest and Enfield and Haringey: Emina Ibrahim and Claudia WebbeSection 7 – London Assembly constituencies of Barnet & Camden and Brent & Harrow: Jumbo Chan and Izzy LengaCAC (conference arrangements committee): Hasib Baber, Theresa Byrne, Kathryn JohnsonSocialist societies: Alex SandersonCo-operative Party: Ria Bernard, Joe SimpsonTrade unions: Chris Clarke, Sonya Davis, Paul Embery, Maggi Ferncombe, Danny Freeman, Dean Gilligan, Michelle Gordon, Yvonne Green, Mary Hanson, Andy Hearn, James Mitchell, Niamh O’Brady, Anu Prasher, Alan TateTags:London Labour /London Labour regional board /Seema Chandwani /Jim Kelly /last_img read more

New Galería de la Raza exhibit on Queer art bridges generations

first_img Tags: arts • Galería de la Raza • LGBT • mexico Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In Ester Hernández’s print “La Ofrenda,” displayed in the Galería de la Raza on 24th Street, a woman holds out a rose to a the Virgin of Guadalupe, who’s tattooed onto the back of another woman.“This artist is offering a rose both to the Virgin of Guadalupe, but also to her lover,” exhibit co-curator Ed McCaughan said. “This was incredibly controversial when she created it in 1990. She got a lot of backlash.” The work by Hernández is  just one of many by queer Mexican and Mexican-American artists displayed in Galería de la Raza’s new show, “Queerly Tèhuäntin/Cuir Us,” which opened Friday, Aug. 11.Galería de la Raza’s Executive Director Ani Rivera and McCaughan, a former professor at California State University, San Francisco, and the author of Art and Social Movements: Cultural Politics in Mexico and Aztlán, began planning the gallery’s new exhibit a couple of years ago over shots of tequila. Their goal was to bring together queer-identified artists from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and from both older and younger generations. 0%center_img The pieces mix traditional and radical cultural elements to create images that are both familiar and off-putting.In Joey Terrill’s pop-art-inspired “Still-life with Viracept,” H.I.V. pills sit on a table among everyday products, including Arm & Hammer detergent and a Warhol-styled banana. In Felix D’Eon’s digital illustrations, scenes involving male lovers reappropriate classic Mexican advertisements and imagery from the 19th century.Gabriel García Román’s “queer icon” collage series gives queer activists saint-like attributes. Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s “The Formaldehyde Trip” video follows a representation activist, Bety Cariño, as she makes her way through the underworld. McCaughan, a social scientist by trade, started doing research on revolutionary movements in Mexico in the 1970s. He wrote a book about the role of art in Mexican activist movements and, in the process, began learning about gay and lesbian artists in Mexico.A few decades ago, there was no public place for some of the artists in the show – such as Mexican photographer Yolanda Andrade —  to exhibit their work, McCaughan said.  The galleries wouldn’t have them, so they ended up showing their pieces in people’s private homes. Queer artists in Mexico still face obstacles today. When McCaughan and Rivera went to Mexico City in search of younger generations of artists, McCaughan said they quickly hit a barrier.“We just hit wall after wall of sexism,” McCaughan said. “The young gay men saying, ‘Oh, there really aren’t any interesting lesbian artists. Lesbians don’t really know how to express their sexuality,’ which we just knew could not possibly be true.”Even as recently as 2014, Rincón Gallardo and another woman artist received backlash when they created a revisionist history of Mexico’s gay and lesbian movement in a museum exhibit celebrating gay pride.“They got so much flack, including outlandish threats on social media, because the guys were just so offended they had dared to not just sort of tell the same story that’s told every year about, you know, the three main men who founded the organizations,” McCaughan said.It was by chance that McCaughan and Rivera found the artist Rurru Mipanochia at Artspace Mexico, a Mexico City gallery run by two gay men. Some of Mipanochia’s bright pen-and-marker drawings depict the Tlazolteotl, a gender-fluid Aztec deity who represents sexuality. McCaughan said they fell in love with the work and, via the gallery, got in touch with the artist.Somewhere between 200 and 250 people showed up for the exhibit’s opening on Friday, Aug. 11. McCaughan said he was touched by responses from younger attendees.“For a while we were calling [the exhibit] ‘Queerly Mexican,’” McCaughan said. “And, interestingly, in the conversation with the interns and staff here at Galería, … it wasn’t working for them. Mexican wasn’t enough for them to encompass who they feel that they are.” It was too nationalistic. Chicano didn’t work either — too old-school for the younger generation.One of Galería de la Raza’s interns brought up the word “Tèhuäntin.” It’s a word in Nahuatl, an indigenous Mexican language, that means “us.” And because some Spanish speakers have adopted the word “cuir” as a Hispanicized version of “queer,” they added that in, too.“I wasn’t totally sure how much the younger crowd was going to relate to some of the work, and particularly to some of the issues that were older,” McCaughan said. But many approached the organizers to thank them for the exhibit, according to McCaughan, and for the history it uncovered. last_img read more

SAINTS Superstore and wwwsaintssuperstorecom are

first_imgSAINTS Superstore and are holding a Mega Sale with hundreds of items now reduced in price.As the Saints look ahead to the challenge of facing Wigan on their own patch this weekend, why not take this chance to deck yourself out in official merchandise to show your colours.Retro shirts priced from just £5, T-shirts from just 50p and polos and jackets from just £5, are just a few of the lines that have been flying out the door.ISC Trainingwear reductions of up to Half Price, plus Kooga Training wear and protection all at half price are certain to be snapped up fast. Get yourself down to the store and grab yourself a bargain today. Whilst stocks last!last_img

SAINTS showed all the spirit and battling qualitie

first_imgSAINTS showed all the spirit and battling qualities that took them to a Championship last season in a 21-14 victory over Castleford Tigers.Tenacious in defence with all hands to the pump at times, they turned away attack after attack and even scored when Kyle Amor was sinbinned in the second half.It was that attitude and commitment for the cause – after a week of such emotion – that saw them top the Super League table.Keiron Cunningham was forced to make one change in his starting 13 through injury – Jordan Turner missing out with concussion. Josh Jones moved into the centres to cover whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook stepped off the bench and into the loose-forward berth.Castleford had the better of the early stages – a break down the right-hand side finally being quelled on the left by Atelea Vea.Saints toiled until Jon Wilkin’s high bomb was knocked on by Jordan Tansey on ten minutes.Greenwood and Amor went close but fast hands saw Adam Swift for his first of the season.Five minutes later Castleford got into Saints’ 20 following a handling error – but they pushed the pass with the line begging.The visitors continued to force chances from Saints’ errors and had one chalked off by the video referee for being held up over the line and another for a forward pass.Cunningham’s men had played the majority of the opening 30 minutes in their own half – but looked dangerous on the break and should have done better when Percival found space on the left.And the centre had one chalked off for a knock on on 34 minutes.Saints weren’t going to give one up though and onceTravis Burns forced a drop out, Jonny Lomax’ dancing feet broke the line and he found Tommy Makinson in acres of space.10-0 to the good Saints needed a solid start to the second half – and they got it.In the 42nd minute, a clearing kick was fielded by Justin Carney and he inexplicably overthrew a pass in his own twenty that Josh Jones scooped up to make it 14-0.Saints should have turned the screw further in the moments after increasing their lead and they were punished.A simple short side pass saw Justin Carney evade the cover defence in the 48 minute to cut the advantage to ten points.Three minutes later Gale chipped to the corner and Carney grabbed his second – although there was more than a hint of offside in the score.That hint being a couple of yards.If that decision seemed harsh then the one that saw Kyle Amor given ten minutes was deemed, by the home fans anyway, a lot worse – the big man sinbinned for a dangerous tackle on Tansey.Saints were annoyed and it showed. They put in some big hits and when given then chance scored again.And it was a piece of genius from Mark Percival.Fed the ball a few metres out and under severe pressure, he got his body in a wonderful position to put down right in the corner.Saints defended two sets on their line and then Walmsley – who was outstanding all night – cleared the lines. That burst and more solid defence set Saints up back in Cas’ 20 and Jon Wilkin duly dropped a goal.Cas never gave up though and were rewarded when Luke Gale’s reverse kick was collected by Tansey under the posts.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Swift, Makinson, Jones, PercivialGoals: Percival (2 from 4)Drop: WilkinTigers: Tries: Carney (2), TanseyGoals: Gale (1 from 2)Penalties: Saints: 6Tigers: 7HT: 10-0FT: 21-14REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 10,066Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Alex Walmsley, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 15. Mark Flanagan, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.Tigers:22. Jordan Tansey; 20. Denny Solomona, 23. Michael Channing, 4. Michael Shenton, 5. Justin Carney; 21. Liam Finn, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Andy Lynch, 17. Scott Moore, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 16. Junior Moors, 13. Nathan Massey.Subs: 9. Adam Milner, 12. Matt Cook, 15. Ryan Boyle, 24. Mike McMeeken.last_img read more

THE Betfred Super League gets underway tonight whe

first_imgTHE Betfred Super League gets underway tonight when Saints host Leeds Rhinos.The game kicks off at 8pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium and you can follow it LIVE with us.Log on to our Official Match Centre for all the latest from the game and you can interact with like-minded fans at our Official Facebook Page throughout the match.Also, don’t forget to follow us @saints1890 on Twitter too.#saintsasonelast_img

Opioid epidemic increasing foster care numbers

first_img As a foster parent, Klinefelter sees first-hand, the effects opioids and other substances have on children.In North Carolina, the opioid epidemic drove up the number of children going into foster care from 2016 to 2017. In New Hanover County, more than 41% of children in foster care were taken from their homes because of a parent’s substance abuse problem.Klinefelter says this isn’t shocking.Related Article: Program launched to help pregnant women, new moms with opioid use“I was initially sad, but being a foster parent, don’t think ill of me, but I wasn’t totally surprised with that percentage,” Klinefelter said.The Department of Social Services deals with this issue day in and day out. Wanda Marino with DSS says when they saw an increase, they questioned the cause.“When we started talking about it in the agency as well as looking at it with, for example with the hospital, New Hanover Regional, we had a lot more reports from the hospital of babies that were born and they were positive for opioids as well as other substances,” Marino said.So far, as of the 2017 to 2018 year, the rate has gone down, and Marino hopes it continues to trend that way.“I know that we’re in a county that we all work together and we have resources and we’re building those resources. We’re not putting our head in the sand, so to speak. So yes, I do believe we can get to that point,” Marino said.Bladen and Pender Counties were just over 25%. Columbus County hit 42% and Brunswick County came in at 58%.If you would like to donate and help foster parents click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new report by NC child reveals that thousands of children throughout the state were put into the foster care system because of opioids. More than 100 are in New Hanover County.“We have had 20 kids in our home and majority of them have been placed in our home because parents are fighting substance use disorder,” foster parent Emily Klinefelter said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington dad bods join forces to find a cure for rare disease

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Dad bod.” It’s a body type that is often overlooked, but there are a few dad bods in our neck of the woods who are gearing up to put themselves to good use.A few shameless dad bods are getting together this weekend to raise money for a great cause, that’s finding a cure to a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called Duchenne’s.- Advertisement – “It’s a beauty pageant for chubby guys,” said Wally Simpson.Wally and Louise Simpson are choosing to see the light even in one of the darkest situations imaginable by hosting the dad bod strut at Ironclad Brewery on Saturday.Three years ago their son, David, or “Super Dave,” was diagnosed with a form of Muscular Dystrophy that is currently without a cure.Related Article: WWAY gearing up for 2019 Senior Expo“We’re raising funds and awareness for a group called parent project Muscular Dystrophy. PPMD is one of the leading organizations that helps raise awareness and funds for donations and genetic research and therapies and drugs to come to market for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.”Ironclad’s staff is almost as excited as the contestants.“We generally do a lot of weddings and company things like that, but it’s better to give back to the community. We like to be a main supporter and endorser for local Wilmington as well as for people who can’t really get their voice out,” explained Laren Avery, the Director of Operations at Ironclad Brewery.If you are interested in strutting your stuff this Saturday, get more information here.last_img read more

Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on historical markers

first_img The only evidence of the marker’s former location is the post atop which it has sat since being dedicated in 1992 and a broken fragment of the sign.Ansley Wegner, director of the N.C. State Historical Marker program, said it is likely due to Florence but there’s no way to know for certain unless it turns up.“If it got knocked down in the hurricane, someone probably took it and hung it in their (house),” she said.Related Article: Blue Ribbon Run aims to raise awareness of colorectal cancerRead more here. The day after Hurricane Florence hit the region in September 2018, the Thalian Hall historical marker was found nearly toppled at its location on North Third Street. (Photo: StarNews) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (StarNews) — Six months after Hurricane Florence blew through the region, a possible victim of the storm’s wrath is missing.It was discovered this week that the state historical marker dedicated to Lumina Pavilion, the entertainment venue that drew thousands to Wrightsville Beach between 1905 and the 1960s, has disappeared from its post on Waynick Boulevard near The Oceanic.- Advertisement – last_img read more

BlackBerrys BBM has come to Windows Phone initially in an open beta

first_imgAdvertisement Finally, BlackBerry’s messaging service has landed on Windows Phone, after  teasing the launch of its BBM messaging service on Windows Phone back in February.Users can finally get their hands on a beta version, the company announced today.The app boasts a native experience that makes use of the Windows Phone user interface and focuses on three areas: Contacts, Chats and Feeds. Swiping left and right will move you between the three pages, while common actions are found at the bottom of the page, and additional controls can be accessed in the menu through the button with three dots. – Advertisement – One of the more unique features BBM for Windows Phone has is the ability to pin a contact to the Start menu for easy access — when you select that BBM contact right from the Start menu, you’ll be taken directly to a chat window with them.Users can chat with one or many BBM contacts and have the ability to share pictures, voice notes, contacts and location. However, the beta version is still lacking stickers which BlackBerry introduced earlier this year,  BBM Voice, BBM Channels and location sharing powered by Glympse.However, BlackBerry says these will be landing in the “coming months.”There is also a feature known as BBM Groups, which not only has a private group chat, but a shared photo album where group members can chat about pictures, as well as shared calendars and shared lists.BBM features feeds too, which lets you see when contacts update their status or profile photo (think Facebook updates in a chat app). If you want to chat with your friends about their latest updates, you just have to tap on their name to be redirected to a chat.BlackBerry is opening up the beta version of BBM for Windows Phone so users can test it and provide feedback, but if you’re waiting for the full release, the company advises you to wait “just a bit longer.”BBM was rolled out for iOS and Android devices in October last year, with BlackBerry saying it hit over 10 million downloads in the first 24 hours. However, the company seems to be fighting a losing battle as it joins the game so late. When iOS and Android became the dominant forces in mobile, BlackBerry didn’t speedily bring BBM over to its two competing platforms — and saw a ton of chat alternatives pop up instead.Source: TNWlast_img read more

Facebook Brings Gameroom for Windows PC

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook has announced Gameroom; a Windows PC desktop client that lets you play games, much like Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, Windows Store, and Uplay, among others.Gameroom let users play web games, mobile ports, and native Gameroom games in a dedicated PC app without the distractions that come with being on Facebook proper such as its news feed.Right now though, there appear very few benefits to using Gameroom over other existing options for users barring cross-platform support – allowing you to play a game such as Game of Dice on your mobile and then carrying it over to your desktop via Gameroom. – Advertisement – Nonetheless, Facebook’s re-entry into the gaming space comes at an interesting time. The PC has grown from strength to strength on the back of massive hits such as Minecraft, Dota 2, League of Legends, The Witcher 3, GTA V, and Fallout 4 to name a few. Facebook could find its niche in the casual space or at least it attempts to do so with a line up of games including Bubble Witch Saga 2, Cooking Mama, and Criminal Case to name a few. No surprise considering the maximum file size for a game is no more than 200MB with special exceptions going all the way upto 500MB.source: Gadgets 360last_img read more

Government of Uganda Estonia sign eGovernment Services Cooperation agreement

first_imgFrom left: Jaanus Varu, Head of African table of the Estonian Min of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Kadri Humal-Ayal, Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya, Mr. Paul Teesalu, Acting Undersecretary of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Hon Akora Maxwell, Vice Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on ICT, Hon. Bernard Atiku, ICT parliamentary committee member, Julius Torach, Commissioner, Information Technology and Peter Kahiigi, Director eGovernment Services, NITA-U Advertisement The Ministry of Ministry of ICT and National Guidance on Friday 10th November 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Estonian Government following a five day benchmarking visit by the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, Ministry of Public Service, National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) and Members of Parliament from the Committee on ICT and National Guidance.In her remarks during the ceremony, the head of the Ugandan delegation, Ms. Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwiire, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance of Uganda, acknowledged that the Republic of Estonia has a strong and robust ICT sector that has been responsible for Estonia’s fast development and GDP growth. It is this rich experience that Uganda can learn from in its quest to harness and grow eGovernment services.She added that as Government of Uganda, they are constantly exploring ways of becoming more efficient so as to make it as easy as possible for the citizenry to access eGovernment services, taking services online is one of these innovative ways. – Advertisement – On his part, Acting Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Mr. Paul Teesalu, reaffirmed the Estonian Government’s commitment in helping Uganda realize their digital vision through this cooperation. The MOU is going to provide a platform upon which the Estonian Government can extend meaningful support to enable Ugandan Government to implement what they have learned but also to pursue joint projects, he said.Exchange of complimentary gifts between the Estonian and Ugandan delegation“We are excited about the formalization of this partnership. The expected benefits of this collaboration will include:It will result in faster and timely service delivery and ensure that the benefits of development will reach all citizens of the country in equal measure.It will compel a change in governance processes for delivery of services, ensuring efficiency.Once the digital vision is delivered upon, this realization will open a new world of economic opportunities in rural areas for e-commerce, youth employment, outsourcing and back offices, marketing of agricultural products etc.As NITA-U, we are happy that such deliberate benchmarking with the very best in eGovernment services will allow Uganda to realize its digital vision.” said Peter Kahiigi, Director eGovernment Services, National IT Authority, NITA-U.The Parliamentary Committee ICT, Vice Chairperson, Hon. Maxwell Akora added that “As a committee, whose mandate is to provide oversight on the Ministry of ICT and its affiliate agencies like NITA-U, we applaud this new relationship between Uganda and Estonia and look forward to an accelerated delivery of trusted online services.”The Memorandum of Understanding covered four areas of cooperation which includes: Electronic Government (e-Government), Policy and Regulation, Smart City Technologies and Research and Innovation. This will allow for the promotion of modern and efficient country governance within the Government of the Republic of Uganda for better efficiency, greater revenue gain and management, for improved service and better citizen experience.[related-posts]The cooperation in these areas will enable the two Governments to promote local content, enhance the security of data and information they have online, build capacity in Policy and Regulation, advance in research and innovation and reduce duplication of initiatives.last_img read more

Irish Champion Hurdle – Video Preview

first_img“Another Frankel scenario!” This is how Trevor Harris and Luke Tarr describe the current and impressive race-horse, Hurricane Fly.  As of December 2012 the two-on favourite has contested in eighteen hurdle races, winning fifteen times with one second place and two third places. Binocular could have a chance in terms of recent form but perhaps its best days are behind it. Grandouet, if it runs looks to be the value bet on the day. (Note: Prices are correct at time of publication, but are subject to fluctuation. Many more markets are available.)last_img


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Rice Receives 5 Million Gift from Jamail Family

first_imgAddThis ShareContact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 E-Mail: mcinelli@rice.eduRICE RECEIVES $5 MILLION GIFT FROM JAMAIL FAMILYRice University received a $5 million, five-yeargift from Lee and Joseph D. Jamail today, with the first installment of thecontribution helping to fund major initiatives in nanoscale science andcomputational engineering.The Jamails designated $1 million this year for the Center for NanoscaleScience and Technology (CNST) and for computational engineering. Both of theseprograms will receive $500,000 this year.During the next four years, the Jamails will consult with universityofficials to determine where the remaining $4 million should be applied.“Lee and Joe Jamail’s gift to Rice has great meaning to us because of ouradmiration and respect for the donors,” said President Malcolm Gillis. “Theirtruly generous gift will play a material role in positioning Rice to meet thechallenges posed by the next century. Through their generosity, we are able topress forward in the exploration of highly promising new and emergingdisciplines, and to consolidate our strengths in others. We are immenselypleased to be among the select institutions chosen by Lee and Joe Jamail toreceive these gifts.”Lee Jamail serves as a trustee of the Rice Board of Governors. She is along-time supporter of higher education, having served on the Texas HigherEducation Coordinating Board from 1983-89, acting as chair of its Health AffairsCommittee.The Jamail donation to Rice was part of a $17 million philanthropic giftpackage to seven institutions in Houston and Austin, including The University ofTexas at Austin, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, TheUniversity of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Museum of Fine Arts inHouston, Baylor Medical School and The Jamail Foundation.### last_img read more

Moving USAfrican Relations Forward Focus of Panel Discussion

first_imgShareCONTACTMichael Cinelli Rice University director, Office of MediaRelations (713) 831-4794 Pamella R. Thorne The Thorne Group Inc. (713)334-1109 MOVING U.S.-AFRICA RELATIONS FORWARD FOCUS OF PANELDISCUSSION African Nation Leaders, State Department RepresentativeBring Key Topic to Rice Program Heads of state and senior governmentrepresentatives of four African nations will participate in a panel discussion “U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Which Way Forward” on Tuesday, April 27, at RiceUniversity’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.The program will start at 9:30 a.m. in Baker Hall. Thepanelists will be Botswana President Festus Mogae, Namibia President Sam Nujoma,Gabon President Omar Bongo, Nigeria’s Vice-President-elect Atiku Abubakar andSusan E. Rice, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africanaffairs.The panel discussion will be moderated by Baker InstituteDirector Edward Djerejian. The program is open to the public.“This forum at the Baker Institute featuring the heads ofgovernments and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Susan Rice is a uniqueopportunity to discuss what the strategic goals and long-term vision of therelations between the countries of the Africas and the United States should be,” Djerejian said.“Africa faces major challenges in terms of economic and socialdevelopment, investment and trade, conflict resolution and the prospects forregional integration. We hope this discussion will provide insights on howAfrica and the United States can move forward together in thisframework.”The Baker Institute program is part of the “Attracting Capitalto Africa” Summit scheduled for April 24-28 in Houston. That event is beinghosted by Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Council on Africa.The council selected Houston for its bi-annual summit becauseof the city’s large volume of trade with Africa as well as its majorpetrochemical industries. More than 550 Houston companies currently trade withnations on the African continent.“This summit provides a great opportunity to meet the manydistinguished African officials and to begin positive dialogue that will lead tomore trade with the rich and vast continent,” said Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown.“Houston prospers when business men and women know that their economicopportunities are limitless.”The program will be broadcast live on Rice’s campus cable andon the Internet at: For more information about Rice’s Baker Institute see: AddThislast_img read more

Sound could save circuits

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduSound could save circuitsRice researchers theorize acoustic waves may cool microelectronics“Hot sounds” has one meaning to music fans and another to physicists. Count a team of researchers at Rice University among the latter, as they’ve discovered that acoustic waves traveling along ribbons of graphene might be just the ticket for removing heat from very tiny electronic devices. A theoretical model by Rice physicist Boris Yakobson and his students has determined graphene – a single-layer honeycomb of carbon atoms and the focus of much materials science and electronics research – can transmit thermal energy in waves. Given the elastic properties of graphene, long waves of the acoustic kind seem to work best. Because the scattering properties of graphene are low, such waves can go fast and far, unobstructed by each other or by imperfections in the material.You’d never hear anything, no matter how close you put your ear to the nanoscale ribbon, Yakobson said. But to the researchers, the implications are clear as a bell.“On this scale, graphene has promise for fundamental reasons,” said Yakobson, a Rice professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemistry and part of a program recently named No. 1 in the world for the quality of its materials science research. “The speed of sound is the speed with which energy can be carried away, because heat is transported, essentially, through vibrations.”Yakobson and his co-authors, former postdoctoral associate Enrique Muñoz, now an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Playa Ancha in Chile, and Jianxin Lu, a Rice graduate student, published their results last week in the online edition of the journal Nano Letters.Muñoz, the paper’s primary author, said the “nearly ballistic behavior” of phonons, quantum particles considered sound’s equivalent to light’s photons, makes the graphene material 10 times better than copper or gold at conducting heat. The trick to making such graphene-enabled heat pipes effective will be to figure out where the heat goes when it gets to the end of the ribbon, an issue Lu continues to study for both nanoribbons and nanotubes. Without an effective interface, the propagating waves of phonons would simply bounce back.“You need another medium,” Yakobson said. “That’s why I say this is more of a heat pipe than a heat sink, because at the far end of the graphene, you need contact with fluid, in a gas or liquid phase, so this wave energy can dissipate.”The power density of current microelectronics would, on a macro scale, be enough to heat a teapot to boiling in seconds. So it’s becoming increasingly important to remove heat from sensitive instruments and release it to the air in a hurry.“We’re dealing with a very high heat density – maybe a kilowatt per centimeter square,” Yakobson said. “When you want to barbecue, such heat is very useful. But in this case, you’d basically barbecue your device.”Finding a way to deal with transmitting heat away from ever-smaller devices is critical to sustaining Moore’s Law, which accurately predicted (so far) that the number of transistors that could be placed on an integrated circuit would double about every two years.“Another interesting application of these ribbons is in the construction of phonon waveguides,” Muñoz added. “Graphene ribbons could be pieces in a nanoscale circuit where phonons, instead of electrons, serve as information carriers in a different computer architecture.”The research was carried out on a grant from LANCER, a joint project between the Lockheed Martin Corp. and Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Read the abstract here: graphic is available here: AddThislast_img read more

Barbour Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice Universitys Baker Institute

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduBarbour, Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice University’s Baker InstituteHOUSTON – (June 28, 2013) – A Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) conversation on border security, its role in reform and the implications for border communities will be held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 11. BPC Immigration Task Force co-chairs Haley Barbour and Henry Cisneros and task force member Michael Chertoff will lead the discussion.As Congress grapples with immigration reform, border security remains a critical component of the debate. Barbour, Cisneros and Chertoff will talk about why many in Congress — and around the country — consider securing the southern border and effectively enforcing the country’s immigration laws essential to reforming the U.S. immigration system.WHO:             Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment and co-chair of BPC Immigration Task Force;Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,chairman and co-founder of the Chertoff Group and member of BPC Immigration Task Force.WHAT:           “The Evolving Immigration Debate: Reform and Our National Security.”WHEN:           2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 11.WHERE:        Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Dore Commons,Baker Hall, 6100 Main St.The event will be webcast at in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.The event is part of the BPC Immigration Task Force led by Barbour, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cisneros.The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required via the BPC website.Media who want to attend the event should RSVP with BPC at information:Baker Institute parking and directions are available here.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Rice University’s Baker Institute on Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Bipartisan Policy Center on Twitter @BPC_Bipartisan.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Marie Osmond Says She Wont Perform at Trumps Inauguration After Misleading Reports

first_img Longtime singer Marie Osmond says that while she’s not performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, she said it’s “wrong” to not support the U.S. president. Later, she was forced to clarify her statement after reports claimed she would perform on Inauguration Day.“I think when it comes to our country, we need to unite. And to not support our president I think is wrong. I think we should. I think we all should whether we are happy or sad or everything else. This is America,” she told Yahoo.Several media outlets then reported on her comments, mistakenly implying that she would be performing on Inauguration Day.As a result, Osmond was forced to respond on Twitter.“Many of you have seen various stories saying that I volunteered or that I am performing at the inauguration. So let me be clear! I had no intention of performing at this inauguration, no matter who won!” she wrote in a statement.She added: “I try to stay out of politics. I am an entertainer. My interview statement simply tried to be nice and promote a message of love, not hate. I have performed for several Presidents, done USO tours, and my charity, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals takes children to the White House to visit the President every year—regardless of who the sitting President is. I love this great country!” Share US Marie Osmond Says She Won’t Perform at Trump’s Inauguration After Misleading Reports By Epoch Newsroom January 16, 2017 Updated: January 16, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article This June 10, 2013 file photo shows TV host Marie Osmond at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hallmark Channel announced that they are canceling Osmonds’ show “Marie.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) Show Discussionlast_img read more

Family Reaches 3 Million Settlement With Minnesota City in Death of Philando

first_img NEW YORK–The family of Philando Castile, a motorist who was shot five times during a traffic stop in Minnesota last year by a police officer, reached a $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, according to media reports.The Minnesota city said in a statement acquired by CNN that “the parties moved expeditiously to resolve potential civil claims resulting from this tragedy in order to allow the process of healing to move forward.”St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez, who testified that he feared for his life when he shot Castile, was acquitted last week in the death of the 32-year-old. Show Discussion Share this article Family Reaches $3 Million Settlement With Minnesota City in Death of Philando Castile By Reuters June 26, 2017 Updated: June 26, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A still photo taken from a dashcam video shows the July 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist, during a traffic stop in Ramsey County, Minnesota, U.S., by officer Jeronimo Yanez released on June 20, 2017. (Courtesy Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS) US Sharelast_img read more