One of the countrys most influential disabled cam

first_imgOne of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.last_img read more

HERE are another four players who will be touring

first_imgHERE are another four players who will be touring Australia with the Saints Academy in October.Lewis Fairhurst is a hooker or scrum half who signed from Hindley ARFLC.Matthew Fleming is a centre who signed from Bold Miners having previously played at Warrington RU.Liam Forsyth is a centre or Wing from Bold Miners.Lewis Hatton is a second row who signed from Clock Face.Many thanks to the sponsors who made the trip possible for this quartet.They are:Abtec T Tiling Ltd The Hookery Brook SP Gas North West WirehouseACS Construction Stack Computer Solutions Hills Packaging LtdFlemings Ropes & TwinesBedford Packaging Limited Bridgewater High School Endorsement St Cuthberts High SchoolAnother four players will be introduced tomorrow.Meet the Players #1Meet the Players #2Tour Newslast_img


first_imgPlease note these tickets are subject to availability and are located in Blocks H and I, both of which will hold Wigan Warriors supporters as well as Saints fans.These tickets are on a first come first served basis and cannot be purchased online.All other areas of the Totally Wicked Stadium are SOLD OUT for this evening’s match.For info or to book any of these tickets please contact the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium on 01744 455052.The Ticket Office is also open up until kick-off.last_img

WATCH Tony Hawk surprises friend with renovation of Wilmington home

first_imgProfessional skateboarder Tony Hawk surprise his longtime friend and her family with a fully renovated kitchen, living room and bathroom in their North Carolina home. (Photo: HouzzTV) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk recently surprised his longtime friend and her family with a renovation of her Wilmington home.According to a news release, Hawk met Kerry Overman decades ago when she started dating and married his best friend, Ray Underhill. When Underhill passed away in 2008 after a long battle with brain cancer, Hawk committed to helping his family both as a close friend to Overman and as their children’s godparent. – Advertisement – Hawk said renovating Overman’s house was a way to give the family something meaningful. He used Houzz to transform their kitchen, living room and bathroom into a more functional and bright space that honors Overman’s rustic style with help from PBC Design + Build from the Houzz community.“I’m so thankful to be a in this family’s life and it was a huge honor for me to renovate their home,” said Hawk. “I used Houzz to pull together the entire project from finding a local design-build firm with great reviews and sharing ideas with them to buying the ideal products and furniture we used. When Ray passed, I vowed to help Kerry and her family however I can and I am proud that we were able to create such an open, modern and functional space perfect for their close-knit family.”WATCH THE EPISODE BELOW:Related Article: Crews to break ground on Aloft Hotel in downtown Wilmingtonlast_img read more

Safety concerns raised after new bridge begins sinking

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Less than two months after opening a new bridge in New Hanover County is already in need of attention.The Lords Creek Bridge on River Road just opened on June 4.- Advertisement – $1.6 million was spent to replace the original bridge, which was built in 1974.Lords Creek Bridge on July 31, 2018. (Photo: WWAY)Now, the road that connects to the new bridge is beginning to sink creating a small crack between the bridge and road.The DOT is investigating.Related Article: Wilmington debris cleanup could cost $20 millionBrian Rick with the NCDOT released this statement:“Some of the roads along the waterways have poor, compressible soils that extend very deep below the surface.  It is difficult to predict how these soils will react when there is an existing road already there, such as this location, and we add a minimal amount of additional embankment (weight) onto it, in order to raise the elevation of the bridge.  We take measures to minimize these impacts, but the engineering for some of these unknowns is very challenging.  In most cases where these poor soils are present, the settlement is negligible, but sometimes it is more extensive, unfortunately.  The crack that is present here is strictly a settlement issue.  The bridge itself is on a very deep pile foundation and is not a concern.”last_img read more

Seven public beach accesses closed for repairs in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (Press Release) — Planning department staff have inspected every Carolina Beach public beach access to assess damages caused by Hurricane Florence. Seven (7) accesses have been determined unstable or destroyed, and will be closed for public use until repairs are completed. A list of closed beach access locations is listed below:1. Sea Oats2. Sand Fiddler3. Sand Dollar4. Seahorse5. Sandpiper6. South Carolina7. AlabamaFive (5) beach access sites will require maintenance and/or sand reinforcement, and remain open at this time. Please exercise caution when using the following public beach access locations:1. Oyster Shell2. Boardwalk Beach Access Points3. Ocean4. Texas- Advertisement – All other public beach crossovers were minimally impacted from the storm. However, there are several sand-style access points that may have steep drop-offs due to erosion (escarpment). Please exercise caution when using these sites.Please note that it is unlawful for any person to traverse or travel upon any frontal sand dune at any location other than a designated walkway or pathway. Beachgoers should not walk or climb on any portion of the dunes to gain access to the beach.If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Department at 910-458-2978last_img read more

Floating bar distillery taxi issues on agenda at Carolina Beach council meeting

first_img Also on the agenda is a possible distillery, but Benson says it is in it’s very early stages and no details have been released.The town is also looking to clarify what is allowed to operate as a taxi, specifically how electric or low speed vehicles can be used.Benson says the meeting is to get additional information to make an appropriate provision for them.Related Article: Chef’s legacy lives on with another donation to CFCC FoundationThe meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. Joyner Marina (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Town Council meets Tuesday night and there are several interesting things on the agenda.Mayor Joe Benson says the town will consider a hearing on a floating bar at Joyner Marina. However, no details have been released yet.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Proposal to turn Brunswick County intersection into interchange

first_imgRoad closure (Photo: MGN Online) SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting this week regarding the proposal to convert a Brunswick County intersection into an interchange.The proposed project is at the intersection of US 17 and N.C. 211, otherwise known as Ocean Highway and Southport Supply Road Southeast.- Advertisement – The NCDOT says the project is needed due to the volume of traffic at the intersection. A study verified the need for an interchange, which will include building two bridges.That study was part of a project submitted by the Cape Fear Area Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Brunswick County and NCDOT.More information of the proposal can be found at the NCDOT Public Meetings website.Related Article: CFMB nightly closures could continue until Memorial Day weekendThe public meeting will be held Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Brunswick Senior Center, 101 Stone Chimney Road S.E. in Supply.There will not be a formal presentation, but residents can drop in any time during the meeting to learn more about the proposal, have questions answered and talk with NCDOT representatives.The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or may be done by phone or email no later than June 17.For additional information or to submit comments, contact NCDOT Project Manager Brian Harding, P.E. at (910) 341-2000 or, or consultant Project Manager Alison Nichols at (704) 940-4725 or read more

Bathroom bill sponsor Bishop wins N Carolina GOP primary

first_img State Sen. Dan Bishop topped nine other candidates in Tuesday’s Republican primary, winning 48% of the ballots cast in an extremely low turnout election that drew 9.5% of the eligible voters. He now faces Democrat Dan McCready, as well as Libertarian and Green candidates, on Sept. 10.Bishop’s role as sponsor of a headline-grabbing “bathroom bill” that voided anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people is likely to be a focal point in this repeat race, ordered by election officials who deemed last year’s contest too tainted to stand. And despite the low turnout on Tuesday, the general election could draw a heavy infusion of political cash on both sides because it’s virtually alone on the political calendar this year.The vote count last November showed McCready, a former Marine and Harvard MBA, narrowly losing to Republican Mark Harris. But then, an investigation found Harris ignored warnings and paid a political operative who collected mail-in ballots. Harris opted not to run again.Related Article: US envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Trump’s Syria moveIn 2016, Bishop sponsored House Bill 2, the law that voided a Charlotte ordinance expanding LGBT rights and prevented similar anti-discrimination rules anywhere else in the state. HB2 was nicknamed the “bathroom bill” because it also directed transgender people to use public bathrooms and showers that matched their birth sex. The measure made waves nationally and prompted boycotts by entertainers, governments and some businesses thinking about moving jobs to North Carolina.Bishop said while voters knew HB2 had his whole-hearted backing, the law was partially repealed in 2017 and is no longer as important as other issues.“People are astonished and amazed and dismayed at what they see coming out of Washington these days from liberal crazy clowns. Socialism. Open borders. Infanticide. 90% tax rates. Having prison inmates vote. It goes on and on,” Bishop told supporters Tuesday night. “And of course, most of all, an incessant drive to impeach the president.”With conflict between President Donald Trump and Washington Democrats heating up after the investigation into Russian support for the president’s 2016 campaign, the four-month contest between Bishop and McCready is expected to serve as a measure of political tides and an open vault for donors.McCready ran a solar-energy financing fund before starting his run for Congress two years ago. He’s built up his name recognition over the extended campaign and had almost $1.6 million in cash on hand as of May 2, according to Federal Election Commission reports.But McCready will be swimming upstream in a congressional district that has been in GOP hands since 1963 and which Trump won by 12 percentage points in 2016. The 9th Congressional District stretches from suburban Charlotte to suburban Fayetteville along the South Carolina border.Bishop accused McCready of refusing to clearly state his positions on public issues during last year’s primary and general elections.McCready “went through two elections without telling anyone where he stood on anything. That ends tomorrow,” Bishop said Tuesday night.McCready last year said he would not support Nancy Pelosi for her top leadership role in the U.S. House. She was elected speaker in January after Democrats took over the House majority. McCready refused during an October debate to rule in or out whether he supported impeaching Trump.But the GOP’s brand also has suffered in the wake of the much-publicized investigation into Harris’s campaign, followed last month by federal charges accusing the state party’s chairman of working with a big-money donor to try bribing North Carolina’s top insurance regulator. Dan Bishop (Photo: By EMERY P. DALESIO Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s most infamous political story lines of recent years are merging into a congressional race this summer that pits the architect of the state’s “bathroom bill” against a Democrat who was granted an electoral do-over after evidence of ballot fraud tainted his prior opponent’s campaign.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Local WWII veteran shares how the 4th of July has changed through

first_img “I say from the neck up, I’m 30,” Moskowitz sayid. “From the neck down, I know how old I am.”Moskowitz makes it seem like his days in the Army were just yesterday. Decades later, he reflects on his experience.“I don’t think anything that I did is more important as anyone else that put on a uniform,” he said.Related Article: 99-year-old NC veteran finally walks in college graduationHumble is an understatement.From 1943 to 1946, Moskowitz served in the Army in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.“Do you think at 19 years of age I was thinking, ‘Oh I’m going to save the world?’” he said. “I wanted to come home. that’s the name of the game. Do your work. We did our work. Nobody complained.”From the Philippines to Okinawa, Moskowitz has stories that have lasted a lifetime. He is one of the last few left to share the powerful memories.“They sent me out to recover bodies,” he said. “I recovered bodies there. They had armament on them. You wouldn’t believe what they had. I still have a medal that I recovered there.”That Japanese medal is one of several mementos, along with photos, letters and even a flag he used as his diary.More than 70 years later, Moskowitz says it’s not about him, but about the millions of others who fought and sacrificed for our country.On a day like the 4th of July, we typically reflect on those people. Moskowitz says the holiday is different nowadays.“Everything has changed commercially,” he said. “Everything has become commercial. Families just like ours don’t get together.”For Moskowitz, times like these are meant to be spent with loved ones. He says it’s not just about celebrating those who serve.“I want you to celebrate the people that suffer,” he said. “A fellow that goes away and leaves five kids. Or a daughter goes away and the suffering that parents have to go through.”Although he may be one of the fewer than 500,000 World War II vets still alive, Moskowitz says he family goes far beyond. He stays close with many other who served, young and old.After all these years, we asked, what is his key to longevity?“I don’t stop eating,” he said. “I could eat anything but the kitchen sink.”Moskowitz is part of a veteran group that meets every year in Calabash to celebrate fellow World War II veterans. They meet on December 7, which is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As the number of older veterans declines more and more each year, one vet in Brunswick County is keeping our history very much alive.96-year-old World War II veteran Alex Moskowitz shared his story, and tells us how things have changed since he was a young man in the Army.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Panama Papers Mizzi is using every tactic to limit inquiry – Busuttil

first_imgFormer Opposition and Partit Nazzjonalista leader Simon Busuttil is accusing Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi of using every legal tactic to limit the Panama Papers inquiry. Last week, Minister Konrad Mizzi lodged a constitutional application arguing that the inquiry filed by Simon Busuttil was breaching his right for a fair trial. The Minister continued to argue that no decision should be taken before his case is heard by the Constitutional Court. On Monday, Simon Busuttil told the Court that the inquest is just a means to collect evidence and not a hearing or a trial in front of a criminal court. He insisted that nobody will be prejudiced with simple collection of evidence. According to Busuttil, Mizzi’s move is nothing short of another attempt from his end to hinder investigations and prevent evidence collection. Simon Busuttil also reminded the Court that Konrad Mizzi had already filed a similar constitutional application back in January 2019, which was then dropped following appeaKonrad Mizzi to drop libel cases in connection to Panama Papers <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Watch Hymnsinging unites Christians from different traditions

first_img SharePrint Christians from different traditions came together to sing hymns during an ecumenical meeting that happened earlier this month.On the 14th of June, an ecumenical meeting was organised by Christians Together in Malta, the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission and the MaltaPraise Project. This meeting was held at the Saint Aloysius’ College Theatre in Birkirkara.The purpose was to unite Christians from different traditions to sing together. Most of the hymns were from the Reformed Tradition, translated to Maltese by Joe C. Aquilina. The crowd united in a form of congregational singing. There were also prayers and reflections conducted by Philip Leone Ganado, who is a Catholic Charismatic, and by Rev. Kim Hurst whose work as a minister at St Andrew’s Scots Church in Valletta is soon to end. Dun Aurelio Mule’ Stagno S.D.B. was playing the organ.Amongst others, the hymns sung were Be Still my Soul, Tiġi Saltnatek, Here is Love, Blessed Assurance and Be Thou my Vision. It is envisioned that another such activity will happen again in the future.WhatsAppcenter_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Lopetegui is shown the exit door

first_img SharePrint Real Madrid have parted ways with Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui after just 14 matches in charge. Last year’s UEFA Champions league winners are currently in 9th place in La Liga and suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.Lopetegui, who will be replaced by former player Santi Solari on an interim basis, was appointed in June following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation. Antonio Conte is the favourite to take over at Real Madrid but some players are not convinced that the former Chelsea coach is the right person to get Los Blancos back to winning ways.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

WordPress urges users to update now to fix critical security holes

first_imgImage Credit: Advertisement WordPress is urging webmasters to update their CMS packages as quickly as possible to protect their domains from critical vulnerability exploits.On Thursday, the content management system (CMS) provider released a security advisory alongside the latest version of WordPress, 4.6.1. Now available, the update patches two serious security problems, a cross-site scripting vulnerability and a path traversal security flaw.The XSS flaw, discovered by SumOfPwn researcher Cengiz Han back in July at the Summer of Pwnage bug bounty project, allows attackers to use a crafted image file, upload to WordPress and inject malicious JavaScript code into the software. – Advertisement – An attacker can exploit this vulnerability to perform a range of actions, including stealing session tokens and login credentials, as well as remotely execute malicious code.The second critical issue, reported by Dominik Schilling from the WordPress security team, is a path traversal vulnerability discovered within the upgrade package uploader.WordPress has patched these problems in version 4.6.1, but all earlier versions of the CMS are vulnerable to exploit. The CMS provider also fixed a further 15 bugs from WordPress 4.6, including email server setup issues, peculiar thumbnail behaviors and plugin install infinite loop errors.Back in June, security researchers warned that over 10,000 WordPress websites were at risk of attack due to the discovery of a zero-day vulnerability within the WP Mobile Detector plugin.[related-posts][]last_img read more

PREVIEW QPR v Aston Villa

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he good run of tipping ended yesterday when Man U’s last minute goal scuppered the bet.Premier League action tonight from Loftus Road.A lot will depend on how QPR shape up mentally and physically after their heart breaking defeat to Liverpool. When you are at the foot of the table things seldom go your way.If this was a horse race you would argue that QPR left a ‘lot behind’ in that match and for that reason alone I am favouring Villa in what is quite an evenly priced match.QPR v Aston VillaPremier League8pm LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max. 10 matches)Mar 2013 PremierAston Villa 3-2 QPRDec 2012 PremierQPR 1-1 Aston VillaFeb 2012 PremierAston Villa 2-2 QPRSep 2011 PremierQPR 1-1 Aston VillaSep 2008 Carling CupAston Villa 0-1 QPRSep 2004 Carling CupAston Villa 3-1 QPRMar 1996 PremiershipAston Villa 4-2 QPRDec 1995 PremiershipQPR 1-0 Aston VillaNov 1995 League CupAston Villa 1-0 QPRJan 1995 PremiershipAston Villa 2-1 QPRVilla have a good recent record against QPR and this is a massive match for them in terms of laddering up the table. A win would take them from 15th to 9th.They started the season well but then had a tough run of fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.Redknapp can take a lot of heart from his sides 3-2 defeat to Liverpool but on the balance of form this season I fancy Villa to sneak the away win.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ASTON VILLA at around 21/10 for 10 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 16.33 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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Rice U political scientist available to comment on Texas governors and House

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduRice U. political scientist available to comment on Texas governor’s and House races‘White’s thoughts now must begin to turn to his 2012 campaign for the US Senate’Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available now through Election Day to comment on the Texas governor’s race between Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White. Jones provided the following commentary for attribution in news reports:“With only three weeks remaining until Election Day, and less than one week before early voting begins, the door is slowly closing on the possibility of a Bill White victory over Gov. Rick Perry in this year’s gubernatorial contest. Over the past seven months, despite White and his supporters’ substantial advertising campaign and his tireless efforts to meet with voters throughout the state, White has been unable to significantly reduce the approximately 6 to 8 percent difference in the polls that has separated him from Perry. While White’s quest for the governorship is not a lost cause, time is rapidly running out for the type of game-changing event he needs to dramatically alter the dynamics of the gubernatorial campaign.“With victory increasingly unlikely, White’s thoughts now must begin to turn to his 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate. A strong showing against Perry Nov. 2 (more than 45 percent of the vote) in what is turning out to be a very difficult year for Democrats nationwide would make White an early favorite for the 2012 Senate race. Conversely, a poor performance (less than 40 percent of the vote) would raise serious doubts about White’s viability as a statewide candidate.”Jones, who has also conducted research on the Texas House, provided the following statement regarding House races:“Republicans are certain to increase their number of seats in the Texas House of Representatives, picking up between five and 10 seats currently held by Democrats while losing only one or two seats presently occupied by Republicans. Ironically, a substantially larger Republican delegation in Austin in January may increase the prospects for efforts by conservative Republicans such as Warren Chisum (Pampa) to oust current Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio. In 2009, Straus himself overthrew then-Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, with the backing of a handful of moderate Republicans and an overwhelming majority of Democrats.”Jones, who is Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can conduct interviews in English or Spanish and may be reached at or 713-348-6777.last_img read more

Rice U political experts available to comment on Hillary Clintons second presidential

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice U. political experts available to comment on Hillary Clinton’s second presidential bidHOUSTON – (April 10, 2015) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy for president Sunday. Rice University political experts are available to comment on her second attempt to follow in her husband’s footsteps and win the White House.Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, calls Hillary’s upcoming announcement “perhaps the least surprising announcement this political season.”Brace said that her campaign starts from a position of enviable strength relative to other 2016 aspirants.“Within her party there appears no formidable challenges other than complacency,” he said. “In 2008, her strategic focus on the general election may have led her to overlook an obstacle in the primary named Barack Obama.”Brace said that early reports suggest that despite no obvious intraparty challenges, she intends to campaign hard in the Democratic primaries. “Regarding possible Republican challengers, and there are many, none thus far have emerged as either likely or strong opponents,” he said. “The race is young, however, and if Republican aspirants can avoid self-destruction in their own primaries, expect Republican hopefuls to capitalize on several Clinton vulnerabilities, including Benghazi, her private email accounts and acceptance by the Clinton Foundation of funds from foreign governments, among others. Ironically, Clinton’s strongest asset — unprecedented Washington experience as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state — could also make her vulnerable to attacks that she is an old-school Washington insider.”Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs, professor of political science and dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences, calls Clinton “one of the ultimate strategic politicians of the Democratic Party” and said Clinton faces a central question: how to use her experience in 2008 to avoid the mistakes of the past and come forward to victory as the first woman president.“Although strong Democratic opponents seem unlikely, Republican primary candidates and the eventual Republican nominee will make the race about Hillary as a person, a woman and a Clinton,” Ragsdale said. “Republicans will invest less in discussing the issues than they will in making Clinton the issue. Whether Clinton is able to counter the likely attacks and gain the upper hand from them will be one of the chief stories of the 2016 campaign.”Mark Jones, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said that Texas should not expect to see Clinton much on the campaign trail in the Lone Star State.  “While Clinton will almost without question win a larger share of the Texas vote than President Obama in 2014 (41 percent), there is no doubt that the GOP nominee will be garnering all of the state’s votes in the 2016 Electoral College,” Jones said. “To the extent to which Hillary Clinton visits Texas between now and November of 2016, it will be principally to tap the deep pockets of Texas Democratic donors. Perhaps the most interesting dynamic surrounding the Clinton presidential bid for Texas politics will be if she opts to tap former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as her running mate.”Jones said it seems increasingly possible that Hillary Clinton’s announcement will simultaneously also be her coronation as the 2016 Democratic nominee.“To date, no credible challenger has indicated interest in facing off against Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary,” he said.Brace, an expert on American politics, is co-author of “Follow the Leader: Opinion Polls and the Modern Presidents,” author of “State Government and Economic Performance” and co-editor of “The Presidency in American Politics” and “American State and Local Politics.” He has published research in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly and other journals.An expert on the history of the presidency, Ragsdale is the past president of the Western Political Association and has served as the editor of Political Research Quarterly. She has authored four books on the American presidency and U.S. Congress, the most recent being “Vital Statistics on the American Presidency, Washington to George W. Bush, Third Edition.”Jones is a leading expert on Texas politics and has been quoted nationally on presidential politics. He is also an expert on Latin American politics and has authored guest columns on these topics in Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.Media who want to interview Jones may contact him directly at 832-466-6535.To schedule an interview with Brace or Ragsdale, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” click here. AddThislast_img read more

Rice device gently warms hypothermic infants

first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice device gently warms hypothermic infantsStudent team designs low-cost incubator for developing countries HOUSTON – (April 9, 2015) – Rice University students have built a unique incubator for hypothermic infants that can be flat-packed and shipped at minimal cost anywhere in the world.The lightweight incubator designed and built at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen uses a pair of heating pads and a sophisticated configuration of simple materials to keep an infant’s body temperature stable.The IncuBaby team built the incubator as its capstone design project, required of most graduating engineering students at Rice. They expect their final prototype to travel to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, this summer, where it will be evaluated by staff who work closely with Rice 360˚: Institute for Global Health Technologies.The project represents what the students hope is the last in a series of incubators intended to give the neonatal wards of hospitals in developing nations much-needed equipment at a reasonable cost. IncuBaby is designed to gently raise the core temperature of an infant experiencing hypothermia, a dangerous condition in which the baby’s temperature falls below 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 degrees Fahrenheit).The team designed the incubator for wards that have a steady supply of power, choosing to focus on keeping an infant’s environment appropriate to raise its core temperature. That required electronics to monitor the baby’s temperature and control heating pads set into double-wall plywood panels in one wall and the floor.“There have been a lot of solutions in the past for incubator designs, but they all fell short in one area or another,” said bioengineering major Carissa Livingston. “Others haven’t necessarily prioritized safety or they focused on short-term solutions you would find outside of a hospital, like warming up some sort of a sleeping bag to keep a baby warm for about three hours.“We want to focus on creating low-cost but safe incubators and make it suitable for in-hospital settings, so we incorporated temperature feedback to automatically adjust to the temperature of the baby to keep the baby at an optimal, non-hypothermic temperature,” she said. “That’s something you see in a lot of incubators in the developed world but you don’t see it at all in developing countries.”One other difference, she said, is that hospital incubators cost as much as $35,000. Parts for the Rice device cost about $250, and the IncuBaby team hopes to keep its production version between $300 and $400.Livingston is one of five seniors who have worked on the project since last fall. Joining her are mechanical engineering major Amanda Boone and bioengineering majors Bailey Flynn, Caleb Owsley and Zaid Haque.The current version, their fourth prototype and the one they will enter into Rice’s upcoming Engineering Design Showcase, consists of two boxes: One to hold the baby and one to hold the electronics and readouts. Both are made primarily of laser-cut plywood, with acrylic windows in the top and front and polystyrene foam for insulation in the hollow walls that don’t contain heating pads.The team wrestled with the decision to design the incubator in a way that could be replicated in-country or manufactured elsewhere and shipped. “This box could be easily laser-cut in-country, if they have access to the equipment, but there are other constraints,” Boone said. “The acrylic and foam are a lot easier to get in the United States, so we designed it so it could be fabricated here and flat-packed for assembly on-site.”Another consideration was making the incubator big enough for many babies. “Primarily, it’s meant for neonates,” Flynn said. “Typically, hypothermic neonates would be premature, so they’re smaller than a normal baby, but we wanted our box to be able to accommodate infants as well.“We also have to allow room for the doctor to be able to access the infant, and in case the child has any medical equipment that has to be in the box,” she said.Without access to a baby for testing, the team used an IV bag connected to a beaker on a hot plate to simulate an infant’s core temperature. “A lot of the work we’ve done has been testing,” Owsley said. “Our goal is to make something really simple and user-friendly. If you’re putting a fragile life in there, you’re going to want a lot of validation.”Flynn will remain at Rice this summer to work on the project, which she expects will be taken over by an associate at Rice 360˚ after it returns from Malawi. “There are still aspects that need to be added or tweaked,” she said.“The challenge has been to get it to a place where it works pretty well and there won’t be much left to do,” Boone said. Features they hope to add before they graduate include a fabric band to secure the temperature probe to the infant and a weaning setting.The projects sponsors are the Association of Rice Engineering Alumni, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Rice 360’s Beyond Traditional Borders.-30- heating pad nestles between the plywood walls of a Rice University student project to provide low-cost incubators to hospitals in the developing world. The incubator is designed to help infants recover from neonatal hypothermia by controlling the temperature inside based on the baby’s core temperature. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) University students Amanda Boone, left, and Carissa Livingston peer through the window of their senior engineering team’s incubator which they designed to help newborns in developing countries recover from neonatal hypothermia. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) University senior engineering students designed and built a low-cost incubator for hospitals in developing countries. The incubator automatically monitors the core temperature of infants and controls heat inside the box to help them recover from neonatal hypothermia. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Watch a video about the IncuBaby team here: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Rice 360˚: Institute for Global Health Technologies:George R. Brown School of EngineeringImages for download:center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis IncuBaby team of Rice University senior engineering students has designed an incubator to help babies in developing countries recover from neonatal hypothermia. From left, Amanda Boone, Bailey Flynn, Caleb Owsley, Carissa Livingston and Zaid Haque. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) University senior engineering students designed and built a low-cost incubator for hospitals in developing countries at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more