NATHAN Brown was pleased with Saints’ second half intensity as they picked up two points on the road at Salford City Reds.His side ran in nine tries to record a 52-10 victory and climb to seventh in the Super League table.“In the first half I thought we sort of did enough, but fair play to them,” he said. “They responded to a few of their own performances over recent weeks, and a week off, and Brian Noble would have wanted an improved showing. We did some decent stuff but there was a feeling that to do ok would be enough.“But we lifted the intensity in the second half and played good footy like we should do against a side that are in a situation like Salford are at the moment.“We have good players back in key positions and that made a difference. Our second half performance will help our confidence. We could have scored that many against Bradford as we created a lot, but our final pass stuck a little better tonight.”Paul Wellens played his 450th game for the Saints and scored a superb try – his 216th in the Red V – whilst Jordan Turner was also impressive with two four-pointers.“He plays on great committment and effort as well as awareness does Wello,” Brown added. “He has done well and adapted to his new role in the team too. Jordan has had a good year and has been in our top performers. It helps that the likes of Gaz O’Brien, Jonny Lomax and James Roby are getting him the ball.“When I first came off the plane Baloo (Paul Anderson at Huddersfield) told me about this kid at Salford and I’ve followed him. He is similar to Leroy Cudjoe; he has speed, is big, has great hands and makes his winger look good. He has worked hard on his defence and is continuing to improve. He is a fine young player.”Saints’ next Super League match is at Langtree Park on Friday June 28 when they take on Hull KR.Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Day 12 – Friday October 20Not to be deterred, we headed over to the world renowned and historic Sydney Cricket Ground for our panoramic team photo.These team photos are always a favourite for everyone and it is great privilege to still be allowed onto the turf as not many teams get the opportunity.Straight from the SCG it was off to Erskineville Oval, home of the junior rep teams of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and venue of Sunday’s game, for today’s training session.The focus was to recap some of the defensive techniques and sharpen up on set ruck plays. The session went well despite the blustery and wet conditions.The weather certainly was Wet ‘n’ Wild by the time we arrived at the famous water park. Several staff members declared themselves unavailable due to various injuries and illnesses, and soon after the lads got off the bus raring to go, much to their disappointment the conditions were declared too wild.The attraction was subsequently closed for “safety reasons”, or as we prefer to call it “soft Aussie syndrome”.We headed back to base for an afternoon of in-house entertainment and Shaun Ryan led the show with a trick that caught out a few.Tom Nisbet, Matty Foster and Reece Jackson were the winners at cards, grabbing one of the much sought after chocolate Tim Tam biscuits, and Kie Siyani proved to be the domino champion.A few of the boys – Sam Royle, Joe Sharratt, Sean Croston and Brandon Scully – took the opportunity to keep up to date with their school work and nearly all of the lads were able to complete their video review session with Derek Traynor, looking at the good and the bad from Wednesdays game.Another great evening meal at local steakhouse Rashays was to follow, before the first kangaroo court of the tour was completed.With every group having completing the early morning chore of making breakfast for everyone else, it’s now down to a court session to determine who has the duty tomorrow.In front of the Traynor/Kilshaw jury and judge Leonard were Tom Nisbet and Ryan Horne.Nisbet was charged with failing to clean up washing powder after tipping it onto the floor and Horne’s failure to keep his bedside living space tidy also had him in the dock.Both of the accused were found guilty and sentenced to unite to prepare breakfast in the morning.
A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags.Red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters already roiled by the distant storm, and cruise ships and Navy vessels were set to be steered out of harm’s way. People rushed to buy bottled water, plywood and other supplies.Florence crossed the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 mph (140 kph) as the National Hurricane Center warned it was expected to become an extremely dangerous major hurricane by Monday and remain that way for days.Related Article: Wilmington music teacher gets state award for work-based learningAs of 5 p.m. EDT, Florence was centered about 720 miles (1,160 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda, moving west at 7 mph (11 kmh). Drawing energy from the warm water, it could be a fearsome Category 4 with winds of 130 mph (209 kph) or more by Tuesday, the Miami-based center said.Forecasters said it is too early to know the exact path the storm will take but warned that it could roll ashore in the Carolinas by Thursday.Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready — and not just for a possible direct blow against the coast. They warned that Florence could slow or stall after coming ashore, with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. Forecasters also warned that the threat of a life-threatening storm surge was rising.“Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. The state’s emergency management agency said it is “preparing for the possibility of a large-scale disaster.”In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents. Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune urged people to secure their homes but said it’s too early to know if evacuations will be ordered.Myrtle Beach hardware stores and supermarkets were busy ringing up sales of bottled water, plywood and generators.“Literally, they are filling buggies full of water, shopping carts full of water,” Ryan Deeck, grocery department manager at a Walmart, told The Sun News. “They’re coming in and buying water and plates, and that’s about all they’re buying.”North Carolina officials started getting bulldozers and chain saws ready.Across the Southeast, people were urged to put together emergency supply kits, prepare their homes and research evacuation routes. The governors of North and South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency far ahead of the storm to get ready.Florence’s effects were already being felt along the coast, with dangerous swells and rip currents in some spots. On North Carolina’s Outer Banks, the town of Nags Head posted no-swimming flags on beaches.In Jacksonville, North Carolina, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the coast, some residents picked up hurricane supplies during their normal weekend shopping, The Daily News reported. Ilija Cesal told the newspaper he wouldn’t worry about buying extra water or other supplies for a few more days.“I’ll see by Wednesday how that goes — we got over 48 hours before that happens,” Cesal said.In southeast Virginia, Naval Station Norfolk told its employees they should not leave their vehicles parked at the sprawling base in coming days because of the flood threat. The station, the largest naval complex in the world, said in a Facebook post that much of the base is prone to heavy flooding, especially the parking lots adjacent to the waterfront.The Navy planned to send ships from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia out to sea. Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line re-routed its cruise ships.As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington encouraged its students to leave campus for a safer location. The university said Sunday that it has issued a voluntary evacuation for students starting at midday Monday, noting classes would be canceled.___Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia. AP writers Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia, and Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to this story. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1071ad4b5b6d9cf6f4a9e03ab26a6cffc31ff320_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Tropical Update w/ Chief Meteorologist Scott Dean0:46WWAY 2019 Hurricane Special Part 17:30WWAY 2019 Hurricane Special Part 25:41WWAY 2019 Hurricane Special Part 34:07WWAY 2019 Hurricane Special Part 44:03NOAA releases 2019 hurricane season forecast0:48Hurricane Preparedness Week: Building your emergency kit3:452018 Hurricane Special Part 18:172018 Hurricane Special Part 24:412018 Hurricane Special Part 33:17XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings By RUSS BYNUM, Associated PressGet more information on the WWAY HURRICANE CENTER page- Advertisement –
Communication issues continue to be a challenge. Verizon has improved their system, but it is still not at 100%. AT&T is still not working in the area. Cellular phone service has been intermittent, landlines to Town Offices are not 100%, and communication has been through the Emergency Services Radios. Internet services are down, while phone service is spotty in the area.There continue to be gusty winds, but with less intensity and extraordinary rain amounts. Duke Energy crews are working on the power system as weather allows. However, rain bands continue to hamper their efforts. They have successfully restored approximately 15% of power to the island, but that too is sporadic and not consistent.The Police Department continues to STRONGLY ENFORCE the curfew for the citizens whoremained during the storm, and efforts will be augmented during the night by additional lawenforcement personnel, if needed. With the significant water issues, no one is leaving theirhome. For our citizens who evacuated, please recognize that the Town will continue to protecty our property and any issues will be reported in these updates. There have been NOREPORTS of looting to law enforcement or emergency services in either Carolina or KureBeach at this time. PLEASE do not listen to rumors being spread.Related Article: Carolina Beach town leaders support specific pigs as petsTo those who evacuated, travel is extremely hazardous and NOT RECOMMENDED. If you arewithin New Hanover County, stay where you are. The roads on the island will get worse with the rising tide, and the sewer system will continue to get more stressed. THE BRIDGE WILL NOT BE OPENED TODAY. Carolina and Kure Beach town leadership will meet again tonight at 6:00 p.m.to evaluate the situation, and we will post an update following that meeting.There are extreme supply issues throughout the area in regards to gasoline, power, and foodthat you should review as you plan your return in the future. DO NOT start the trip until youknow that your route is safe and navigable. In addition to supply shortages and cresting rivers on all major routes into the area, you should bring supplies for a significant period of time. Do not count on the supplies at your home as they may be compromised by flood water.Also, please remember to bring your 2018 Town Identification Card (TIC) with you for re-entry to the island. If you do not have a 2018 TIC, one can be obtained at the mobile distribution unit that will be set up in Masonboro Commons (6400 Carolina Beach Rd.) once the bridge has opened to residents and property/business owners. You will need a picture id and proof of ownership/residence in Carolina Beach (i.e. utility or tax bill showing CB address, lease agreement, etc.) If you stayed on the island and do not have a 2-3 day food/water supply, please begin rationing as we may not have support on this issue for a while.The Town is taking pictures and videos of the recent flooding and will post on our Facebookpage later today.Please stay safe and do not drive through any standing water as this can be a deadly situation.If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 910-458-2999. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/f709125d95e0bf77cc67271534fb096377bcab41_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% Surf City will not resume dune restoration until November2:24Gov. Cooper tours Fair Bluff Fire Station, talks hurricane recovery0:55School supply giveaway aims to help those affected by Florence1:41Northside Pool repairs almost complete0:30Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grant0:56Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence0:55HOPE NC INTERVIEW3:25Hampstead woman loses home in Florence, surprised with help 10 months later2:04Tropical Integrated Warning Team meeting helps agencies prepare during hurricane season1:56US 421 bridge work continues after Florence washout0:47Teens help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Matthew2:08Florence victims face 100-degree days in FEMA trailers1:04Volunteers desperately needed to assist with building efforts after Hurricane Florence3:39Hurricane shifts sand in coastal waters, could increase swimming threats2:13First responders join WARM in hurricane recovery efforts0:59Oak Island Pier set to reopen Wednesday0:25Oceanic Restaurant ready to dive in on Mother’s Day0:30Possible return date for Jervay community released2:18New Hanover Schools hourly employees won’t get paid for five days2:14Hurricane Recovery round table gives residents access to mroe help post-Florence2:10Brunswick Town Historic Site museum reopens Saturday1:00Wilmington man meets paramedics who saved his life hours before hurricane2:20Rep. David Rouzer talks Mueller report, storm recovery4:24Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw0:47RESIDE Disaster Relief Shelter holds rubbon cutting0:54Students say “Thank you” to first responders1:25AG sues Florida tree removal company for alleged price gouging in Wilmington2:14’Cross Creek Hero’ continues to lend a helping hand2:17USO shows appreciation to the coast guard, shutdown, hurricane0:52Proposed tax credit could assist repairs for historic homes in disaster zones2:04Two New Hanover schools to move into new buildings next month1:26NC students write book about experience with Hurricane Florence1:22Luncheon highlights ’growth and transformation’ in downtown Wilmington0:32Gov. Roy Cooper says downtown Wilmington ’revitalized’ after Florence2:02Community rolls together to get topsail beach skating rink back open after storm1:36Cape Fear Garden Club plants the seed for Airlie Gardens’ Florence recovery0:57Wilmington firefighters honored for rescue during Hurricane Florence1:50Rep. David Rouzer talks rebuilding damaged dike in Bladen County1:40Fix to Kelly dike system still in limbo following community conversation2:13Neighbors fight to stop construction of ’essential’ hospital water system2:31County, city still waiting on millions in Florence reimbursement1:51Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo talks Florence recovery 6 months after storm1:51Boiling Spring Lakes: Only 40% of recovery completed since historic hurricane2:26Owner moves to new location after Florence wipes out iconic restaurant1:06Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm1:27ONLY ON WWAY: Gov. Cooper gives recovery update six months post-Florence7:42’This is a miracle’: Whitestocking community gets help to rebuild church2:19Bethlehem Baptist Church is on the road to recovery after Florence1:22800+ Pender students still displaced several months after historic hurricane1:58Are some homes worth the renovation after Hurricane Florence?1:17Free seeds offer easier start to families replanting0:54Cape Fear Volunteer Center needs help moving Florence survivors into new homes0:53Florence survivor finds new housing, not out of the woods yet0:31Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence1:35Rebuild continues almost 6 months since Hurricane Florence2:19Florence destroys Pender County farm, help comes from across country2:07How can we improve for next time? Pender reviews storm response to Florence1:40USS Battleship North Carolina continues to battle Mother Nature1:54Will Carolina Beach businesses reopen in time for start of season?2:05FEMA assistance starts to end, Florence victims still without homes2:07New Hanover County issues Hurricane Florence after action report1:22Veteran forced out of garage after Florence moves into camper0:31Gov. Cooper proposes funding aimed to help schools recovering from Florence1:44Florence clean up efforts ongoing1:54Pender Co. ends Hurricane Florence state of emergency0:16Volunteers needed to clean up Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland0:30University breaks ground on new student housing0:57Topsail Island is back open post-Florence1:38Barfield: ’State of the county is strong’2:17Habitat breaks ground on 4 new homes in Wilmington0:54Volunteer attorneys could help homeowners denied help from FEMA4:06Pro bono FEMA clinic for those affected by Hurricane Florence4:06First ever pender county state of education and economy held in burgaw1:52Wrightsville Beach restaurant closed since Florence starts rehiring staff0:53Hurricane Florence victims can still apply for disaster mitigation0:55Are you ready for breakfast?1:00Historic grounds reopens after shutdown1:27Hurricane Florence recovery summit brings survivors together1:31New Wrightsville Beach school planned with storms, floods in mind0:33TX official offers affordable housing advice after experiencing Hurricane Harvey1:04Whitestocking residents welcome truckload of donations from Pennsylvania3:06FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns3:39University still repairing classrooms and apartments four months after hurricane0:30Cooper to Trump: End shutdown so NC can rebuild after Hurricane Florence0:33Experts say affordable housing is in more trouble following Florence0:58Stranger drives across country to reunite NC boy fighting cancer with his dog2:19Will a $2M flood plan save the Battleship North Carolina parking lot?1:05Woman says Florence damage is severely affecting her health1:54When you can learn more about applying for buyouts on flood-prone homes0:25Pender County students to receive free meals through January 310:20Animal aid group says majority of supplies lost after theft1:02Duke energy wants customers to help with $760m storm cost0:44Find out how you can help the environment by getting rid of your Christmas tree1:02New study researches how Hurricane Florence could have impacted pregnancies2:16Ward gives back to his community during the holidays1:32Gov. Cooper reflects on efforts to rebuild following Hurricane Florence3:14Gov. Cooper: 2018 was a tough year for North Carolina2:37Man designs ornaments made from Florence debris0:38Businesses team up to host Hurricane Florence recovery fundraiser0:56Rain lowers ’Christmas on the Square’ turnout0:54XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings CAROLINA BEACH, NC – Eighteen hours have made a huge negative difference to our situation. 24 inches of rain and storm surge have combined to overcome the stormwater systems of both Carolina and Kure Beach. US Hwy 421 currently is completely covered from St. Joseph St. to Alabama Ave. with some areas being more than 12 Inches deep and is only passable in elevated emergency vehicles. The Stormwater Division has all emergency pumps at the lake pumping at full capacity. Currently the tide is low. However, these problems will get worse with the expected heavy rainfall and the upcoming 1:37 p.m. high tide.The Bridge WILL NOT be open today except to emergency personnel-both town’s sewer systems are strained due to infiltration and cannot handle any additional load. For those individuals that did not evacuate-DO NOT open your sewer cleanout because:1. This is illegal and,2. This will likely release sewage into you yard.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your children to reading and storytelling, the New Hanover County Public Library is planning a number of upcoming events that may interest you.The library will host a Halloween story time on Saturday from 10 – 11 a.m. geared for families with children up to grade 2. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this family-friendly story time which will be held in the library’s “Story Park” located outside.- Advertisement – Children will also be able to decorate a mini Trick-or-Treat bag and get prizes. Registration is not required. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the New Hanover Room.Joe Sheppard, an associate with the library, says events like this are instrumental for introducing families and children to a number of resources available at the library.“I meet people all the time at these events who say they’ve been intending to come to the library and this was the perfect excuse,” he said.Related Article: Mom to Mom: Halloween safetyOn Monday the library will host Scary Stories Told in the Dark, an event for children (grade 3 and up) and adults between 6 – 7 p.m.“Some stories will be spine chilling but others will be fun and talk about regional ghost stories and some from around the world,” Sheppard said.This frightening performance, however, is not for the faint of heart.Finally, Autumn Over Flo Book Sale, will be held November 16 – 19 at the Northeast Branch Library.“It was delayed because of the storm,” Sheppard said. “It is a great event with great buys, great things to see and you can always find what you want at these sales.”While you’re at the main library in downtown Wilmington, be sure to check out the North Carolina Room on the second floor.“It is a North Carolina collection with materials, books, maps and those types of resources to help you study our state’s history,” Sheppard said. “We have one-of-a-kind manuscripts that date back to 1710, and we have some current things written by friends who are storytellers and children’s books.The library also collects things with historical significance to the region and North Carolina.“If you’re reading about a particular county, we have something on each of the 100 counties in North Carolina,” Sheppard said.
Advertisement MTN Uganda released a statement today confirming that the telecom giant’s sponsorship of the Uganda National Football team had ended after 10 years. Here’s the full statement:The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has rejected the offer made by MTN Uganda to renew its sponsorship of the Uganda Cranes and Regional Football. – Advertisement – MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer said that the company has failed to agree on a sponsorship renewal deal with FUFA as they presented a non-negotiable deal. He said that the terms of the deal were however outside MTN’s sponsorship budget.“At MTN we genuinely believe in the team and our nation and we are extremely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together over the last 10 years. No doubt that the recent ‘We Believe’ campaign from MTN has inspired the nation and the Cranes for them to have gone on to quality for CHAN 2014”, said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.MTN has consistently supported the sporting fraternity in Uganda and aside from football, it has assisted many sports over the years including rugby, basketball, volleyball, table tennis and golf amongst others. Through the MTN Arena in Lugogo, which was refurbished by MTN in 2010 to be the largest and most modern indoor stadium in Uganda and the region, we are leaving a legacy for Ugandans to benefit from. The MTN Kampala Marathon now in its 10th year has supported many noble causes over the years and remains the flagship event on the Uganda Sports and Social Calendar. This year alone, MTN will donate UShs 400 million to assist communities in need for clean and safe water. The company has successfully partnered with the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) over the last decade to uplift upcoming Ugandan athletes.“MTN is proud of the role it has played in the growth and popularity of Football in Uganda. With a yellow family of 8.4 million we remain the biggest supporters of Sports in Uganda and wish them best of luck for the future”, concluded Fonternel.
Image Credit: Tech Crunch Advertisement Approximately 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60% of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed. But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties a new Featured Events list full of hand-picked gatherings.Effective today, iOS users in 10 U.S. cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of upcoming soirees. Facebook’s curators will peruse each city’s top art, entertainment, family, festival, fitness, food & drink, learning, community, music and sports events and select a few with the capacity to accept some extra foot traffic.“You can think about it like a weekend or weekly digest of cool stuff that you can do in your city,” Facebook Events product manager Aditya Koolwal tells me. The first cities with access are Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., though it may roll out wider if it works well. – Advertisement – Facebook was already algorithmically surfacing events coming up soon in News Feed, as well as the Events sections like Popular With Friends and Suggested For You. These analyzed what friends had RSVP’d for, your interests and the past events you attended. But often, the events were too soon to be able to assemble a squad to go with.Featured Events will give you a little more lead time to plan. Highly engaged Events users will also receive a push notification, which Koolwal says will give them “enough to time to see what the Featured Events are, reach out to friends, and see if they want to go.”Facebook is being cautious about exactly how curators select what gets featured after allegations that it was suppressing conservative subjects in its Trending Topics feature. The events curation team “will not include events primarily focused on politics or worship.” Koolwal admits, “After trending we’ve learned a lot.”Facebook is also going to avoid blowing up the spot of small or private events that might not be able to handle a massive influx of guests. More than 123 million public and privateEvents were created last year, but many of them are friends-only affairs or couldn’t fit an extra thousand people.“What we do is have a team of people who are basically looking at events on Facebook that have broad appeal, that a lot of people could go to, and they’re highlighting ones they think will be good to list out,” Koolwal explains. But that downplays the distinct tastes of Facebook’s users. Late-night raves, early morning yoga, fancy gallery openings and relaxed crafting meetups all appeal to different types of people. Finding events that appeal to everyone will be a challenge.Buying ads also won’t increase the likelihood of being included in the list. However, Facebook could eventually sell sponsored spots in the Featured Events list if it wants to earn money. It recently began offering Event ads that lead directly to a ticket purchase site instead of the Facebook RSVP.Alongside the new curated feature, users will also see specific event categories like “Music” or “Food” and time frames like “This weekend” where they can explore algorithmically aggregated events. And for frequent event hosts, there’ll be a new tab that helps them see who typically is or isn’t responding to their invites so they can avoid sending spam and ensure they don’t waste their allotted 500 invites per event on people who won’t come.Still, Koolwal said Facebook has no plans for a standalone Events app. While the feature is buried in the More tab, he says, “The cost to installing an app is high. If we can build a lot of discovery features into Facebook and get people to use them, that’s a huge win.”Facebook Events has quietly grown into one of the company’s most powerful and unique features. While there are feeds and messaging options in every social network, Facebook leveraged its grip on real-world identity to dominate the world of birthday parties, gallery openings and street festivals.[Tech Crunch]
Advertisement The 3-day Mobile World Congress 2017 event that took place in Barcelona from 27th Feb to 2nd March, 2017 officially ended last week.The event saw smartphone giants all over the world launching their newest flagship, although Samsung Electronics; the world’s third biggest smartphone maker didn’t launch any smartphones during the event. As many expected the South Korean firm to launch the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung Mobile Chief Koh Dong-jin told Reuters that the firm wouldn’t be launching the flagship at the MWC 2017.During the keynote session at the MWC 2017, Samsung confirmed that Galaxy Unpacked 2017 will be held on March 29th expecting to unveil the successor of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and later on go on sale by April 21st. However, early this week, According to reports by VentureBeat‘s Evan Blass, the phablet will be launched on March 29th, but will be delayed by a week before it hits the stores. This means that after it was scheduled to hit the stores on April 21st, they’re to go on sale on April 28th. – Advertisement – There were no mentions as to why the phablets would be delayed.In our editor’s pick this week, we looked at 5 of some of the smartphones that were launched at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.1. Huawei P10 and P10 Plus The awaited P-series smartphone, the ‘Huawei P10 and P10 Plus’. Following the success of its predecessor, the Shenzhen-based smartphone markers, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, launched the phablets along its second-edition smartwatches, the Huawei Watch 2 and Huawei Porsche Design. The newly introduced P-serie flagship are a combination of beautiful hardware and the latest advances in software. Even more, the smartphones showcase striking colors and finishes, and introduce new Leica front and back cameras with cutting-edge portrait features to make every shot a cover shot.The HUAWEI P10 and P10 Plus, a stunning combination of technology and art.Specs: They are powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC, a dual rear camera setup with one 20MP and 12MP, 8MP front camera. Both a dual-SIM devices (Nano + Nano/ microSD) running on Android 7.1 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 OS, while in terms of connectivity, spot 4.5G LTE, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C, GPS, and DLNA. The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch HD display while the Huawei P10 Plus features a 5.5-inch 2K display, and packs a 3200mAh and 3750mAh batteries respectively.Pricing and Availability: Huawei P10 is priced at EUR 649 (roughly 2,458,200 UGX), the Huawei P10 Plus 4GB is priced at EUR 699 (roughly 2,647,500 UGX), while the Huwei P10 Plus 6GB is priced at EUR 799 (roughly 3,026,300 UGX). The smartphones are currently available to Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and Vietnam. Meanwhile other countries including Uganda will have to wait.Color Variants: Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Dazzling Gold, Dazzling Blue, and Greenery.2. Nokia 6 Launched in China first in January, HMD Global; who currently own the right to the Nokia Branded phones, re-launched the smartphone at the MWC this year. The company alongside a launched its Android smartphones; Nokia 3 and 5. And not forgetting the famous Nokia 3310.Nokia 6 was the first Nokia Android Smartphone launched. It was launched in China and made it limited to China market, and was later on launched at MWC 2017 to make available globally.Specs: Spots 5.5-Inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, 16MP & 8MP rear and front cameras respectively, a fingerprint sensor mounted at the front, 3GB RAM/32GB ROM, and 4GB RAM/64GB ROM with an expandable microSD card of up to 256GB, running on a Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) OS which is backed on a non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery.Price and Availability: The Nokia 6 will be available at EUR 229 (roughly 868,000 UGX), while the all-new Nokia 6 Arc Black variant which will sport high-class piano black color has been priced EUR 299 (roughly 1,132,800 UGX). HMD Global in a statement said that Nokia 6 will as well as Nokia 3, 5, and 3310 will be launched in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe in the second quarter of this year.Color Variants: Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, and Copper.3. Moto G5 and G5 Plus As expected, Motorola after confirming their attendance at the MWC 2017 where they launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. According to reports we managed to get, the phablets received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments.Motorola G5 and G5 Plus received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments.Image Credit: PC AdvisorSpec: Both the smartphones come with fingerprint scanners in the front underneath the Home Button, Google Assistant, the duo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. While in comparison, the Moto G5 features a 5-Inch full-HD display screen, powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of ROM, with the option to expand further via a a microSD card slot up to 128GB and packs a 2800mAh removable Li-lon battery with support for fast charging, 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.While the Motorola G5 Plus features a 5.2-Inch full-HD display, powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM models depending on the region, 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot up to 128GB, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, a 3000mAh non-removable Li-lon battery with TurboPower charging.Price and Availability: The Moto G5 will start at Euros 199 (roughly ) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant and the Moto G5 Plus will be priced at Euros 229 (roughly ) for the 2GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, and Euros 279 (roughly) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. Available in Europe.Color variants: Lunar Grey, and Fine Gold.[related-posts]4. LG G6 LG G6 launched at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on Sunday followed the company’s Less Artificial, More Intelligence theme. According to reports by NDTV news, Juno Cho, President of Mobile Communications Company at LG Electronics, at the company’s keynote stressed that the smartphone war isn’t about specifications but about usability. The LG G6 highlight is of course the presence of the Google Assistant, the first non-Google Pixel smartphone to sport the virtual assistant.Further mentioned that the company confirmed that LG G6 comes with a G6 Game Collection promotion which will be free for the buyers and will offer in-game content with a retail value of up to a total of $200 for six games including Temple Run 2, Spider-Man Unlimited, Crossy Road, SimCity BuildIt, Cookie Jam and Genies & Gems – on Google Play.LG G6 comes with a G6 Game Collection promotion which will be free for the buyers and will offer in-game content with a retail value of up to a total of $200 for six games.Specs: The LG G6 specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB RAM, 5.7-inch FullVision display bears a QHD+, two storage options; 32GB and 64GB, expandable storage via microSD card up to 2TB, a dual rear camera setup with two 13MP sensors, 5MP front camera with autofocus, packs a 3300mAh non-removable battery running on Android 7.0 Nougat on the company’s brand new UX 6.0.Price and Availability: The LG G6 will first go on sale in South Korea and will most likely hit the US (and other markets) sometime in late March or April, according to reports by Android Police. However, the price and availability aren’t yet confirmed.Color variants: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White.Honorable MentionsSony Xperia XZ Premium.Nokia 3310.BlackBerry KEYOne.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 13 OctoberRACING3.10 SedgefieldOdds On Dan 20/1 > 9/14.10 WindsorPolski Max 7/2 > 11/45.20 SedgefieldRory Boy 25/1 > 10/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust when you thought it was safe to get up from the sofa….. it’s not. The final part of Super Sunday’s Premier League action will be played out at Anfield as Liverpool host Southampton.It’s Jurgen Klopp’s first league home game – his first match at Anfield was earlier this week when Liverpool disappointingly couldn’t convert a half-time score of 1-1 to a win despite Rubin being down to 10 men.Liverpool are very much draw specialists this season. Incredibly seven of their last eight matches across all competitions have ended all-square. The only result that spoit that from being a perfect eight was their 3-2 win over Aston Villa (BREAKING NEWS: Tim Sherwood sacked today as Villa’s manager).Klopp has already proved one thing. He is no miracle worker and shaping this Liverpool side is going to take some time. From the Liverpool supporters point of view hopefully this will be slightly speedier than Brendan Rodger’s infamous ‘three year plan’.Southampton will be a tough challenge. They have won three of their last four games and in their last match earned a 2-2 draw with Leicester who are themselves in great form this season.Liverpool are again likely to be without Daniel Sturridge due to his ongoing knee injury but Klopp will be pleased to have the services of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino after their recent absences.Southampton’s goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has overcome a back problem and Cedric Soares is also fit despite suffering a cut above his eye last weekend.Liverpool v SouthamptonPremier League16:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2015 PREMIER Southampton 0-2 LiverpoolAug 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 SouthamptonMar 2014 PREMIER Southampton 0-3 LiverpoolSep 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 0-1 SouthamptonMar 2013 PREMIER Southampton 3-1 LiverpoolDec 2012 PREMIER Liverpool 1-0 SouthamptonJan 2005 PREMIERSHIP Southampton 2-0 LiverpoolDec 2004 PREMIERSHIP Liverpool 1-0 SouthamptonMar 2004 PREMIERSHIP Southampton 2-0 LiverpoolDec 2003 PREMIERSHIP Liverpool 1-2 SouthamptonDespite Liverpool winning the last three meetings I think Southampton have a great chance of reversing than and I’m more than happy to take the 14/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK SOUTHAMPTON for 12 points at around 14/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 89.40 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 15 DecemberRACING12.45 CatterickBerland 6/4 > 11/101.30 SouthwellBrassbound 3/1 > 6/43.20 CatterickShambougg 13/2 > 4/1FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD / Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD17/10 QPR 15/8 Brighton & Hove Albion 11/5 DRAWFA Cup 2nd Round Replay19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD4/6 Hartlepool United 4/1 Salford City 3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)
[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ad a good run for my money with Milos Raonic in Melbourne and had high hopes of collecting on the 3-2 and 3-1 set scores when he went 2-1 up but Murray came through with a strong finish at the Rod Laver Arena to win in five sets.FA Cup 4th Round weekend and Liverpool take on West Ham at 5.30pm on Saturday (live on BT Sport).Liverpool had a titanic battle to get past Stoke on penalties in their Capital One Cup replay on Tuesday and face another tough cup match here against a West Ham side who have aggregated a 5-0 win over Liverpool in their last two Premier League games.The last thing that will be on Jurgen Klopp’s mind is the prospect of another replay. He said: “I don’t want a replay – I would like to win without a second game. Yes. It will be a different team, for sure. We have to make a few changes. We will make them, but only because we want to win the game.”Daniel Sturridge remains absent for Liverpool and the Hammers fire-power will be dented by the absence of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini who are all injured.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: “It is one of the most difficult games we could have got. But we are confident, we beat them twice and have the recent memory of beating them, and we know what to do in the game to have a chance of beating them again.”Liverpool v West HamFA Cup 4th Round17:30 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2016 PREMIER West Ham 2-0 LiverpoolAug 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 0-3 West HamJan 2015 PREMIER Liverpool 2-0 West HamSep 2014 PREMIER West Ham 3-1 LiverpoolApr 2014 PREMIER West Ham 1-2 LiverpoolDec 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 4-1 West HamApr 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 0-0 West HamDec 2012 PREMIER West Ham 2-3 LiverpoolFeb 2011 PREMIER West Ham 3-1 LiverpoolNov 2010 PREMIER Liverpool 3-0 West HamThere should be goals but the bet that appeals most is the DRAW at around 12/5 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 10 points at around 12/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: LOSS 16.51 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] waited for the conclusion of the Sunderland v Spurs game before finalising my selections for the later Spurs v Man U game.Kick off has been delayed until 4.30pm at the earliest as the Man U coach is stuck in traffic !!The truth was though – I didn’t need to wait because any outcome from the game at the Stadium Of Light doesn’t adjust this from being a must win game for Spurs.In every way though Leicester’s 2-0 win puts greater pressure on Spurs and you can’t help thinking they’ll be deflated before a ball is even kicked this afternoon (or make that this evening if the traffic doesn’t improve!).There are certainly easier opponents for Spurs to be facing than Man U – when you know even a win will probably not be good enough. Man U won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Old Trafford.The good news for Spurs is that Man U’s form on the road is as poor as the traffic around White Hart Lane. They have lost four of their last six matches.Spurs will be reunited with defender Jan Vertonghen after three months off with an injury.For Man U Anotonio Valencia and Ashley Young will be on the subs bench after recent injuries.Tottenham Hotspur v Man UtdPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 1-0 TottenhamMar 2015 PREMIER Man Utd 3-0 TottenhamDec 2014 PREMIER Tottenham 0-0 Man UtdJan 2014 PREMIER Man Utd 1-2 TottenhamDec 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 2-2 Man UtdJan 2013 PREMIER Tottenham 1-1 Man UtdSep 2012 PREMIER Man Utd 2-3 TottenhamMar 2012 PREMIER Tottenham 1-3 Man UtdAug 2011 PREMIER Man Utd 3-0 TottenhamJan 2011 PREMIER Tottenham 0-0 Man UtdAt the prices I have to be with the DRAW on Star Sports at around 12/5. I’ve got Grand National losses to recoup.If it finishes this way. Well done and congratulations Leicester City. Nothing more to see this season.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW for 8 points at 12/5 with Star SportsSaturday -18.00 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD THURSDAY: Simon Nott is on the Sussex Downs this week reporting on the action in the betting ring and the big bets laid at starsports.bet. As half-time approaches it’s 1-1 between backers and layers. Could the books take the lead on Thursday?Having got back most of Tuesday’s losses yesterday, the firm were hoping to kick on. As with the other bookmakers in the ring there were not inconsiderable expenses to win before any thoughts of getting a living, with three days to go another good winning day was required.We suffered a blow before racing even started when lynchpin of the firm Michelle had to seek out a doctor for what appeared to be a nasty eye infection.Before Racing unofficial bookmaker best-turned out award went to Rocky and Paul on the Kelross firm.For those who haven’t seen it, Rocky Roberto was a recent interviewee CLICK HERE1:50 Matchbook Best Value Exchange HandicapBetting in the opener was lively if not hefty. At the off we had Rock Eagle and Al Jellaby bad losers with Completion a taker.It was just the way it came in to us but the winning 7/2 favourite Communique won over a grand in the book. Lofty didn’t have a lean up… honestly Ben.2:25 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 2)Betting underway for the second and poor Michelle had been directed to hospital by the racecourse doctor. At the off we had God Given and Precious Ramotswe the two losers and Pilaster a small winner with just two working the busy rail. It looked like yours truly was going to have to come out of ‘working the pitch’ retirement.Pilaster the 11/4 second-favourite scrambled home by a short-head from the 16/1 bookies result in second. The firm had got out of jail on short ones twice but were careful not to advertise the fact to fellow layers doing their brains. Then ‘bing bong’ Steward’s Enquiry which is just what you don’t need when working two-handed. People hog the joint waiting to be paid then all want paying at the same time when the result is called. The last thing you want in the Punter Good Humour Stakes is a fancied horse disqualified.3:00 Qatar Richmond Stakes (Group 2)Despite a fairly lengthy enquiry the result stood, the punters were paid and Jamie cracked on with betting on the next. Betting was once again steady, £400 the biggest bet of the race on Land Force but plenty of horses backed with Land Force and Marie’s Diamond the bogies at the off.Land Force winning put us back to level on the day but the majority of our neighbours would have been well in it. We’d got away with it so far, three short ones winning in as many races.All eyes on the big screen, what they saw wasn’t good.3:35 Qatar Nassau Stakes (Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 1)While tapping away on the next Lofty was nearly, yes nearly, lost for words when a punter that’s long been on the missing list approached the joint. This particular gentleman was a huge hitter a few years ago, regularly walking up and down the rail backing horses to win four and sometimes five figure sums with each firm depending on the strength of them. Lofty braced himself for a lump but was surprised when a modest by his past standards was tendered. It was good to see him back in the ring, big punters always add a buzz.At the off the book was described as ‘a funny one’ by Lofty. The two outsiders and Rhododendron the losers.Funny or not, it meant that 4/1 winner Wild Illusion was an excellent result and put us right back in front again.I had to do a double take when checking the prices on the Olympic Board just down from Star Sports on the rails, a familiar face in racing but not so much the betting ring. I wonder if he’ll be writing a piece.4:10 Telegraph NurseryThe Nursery looked fiendishly hard, there had been a whisper circulating for More Than This. The word had evidently been backed up with money – opening the 7/2 favourite.I checked up on the Tatts pitch, they were missing Michelle and pretty much losing what the rails pitch were winning. Senior Rank on the pitch Dave Seeley (employed to attract ladies of a certain age, we understand the value of the ‘grey pound’) seemed quite hot and asked if I was OK just wandering about, obviously doesn’t understand!By the time I’d got back to the rails the gamble on the tip horse had gathered steam, the only one the punters wanted to be on (after easing to 4/1) and red in the book for almost £5,000. The worst loser in any on-course book the firm had so far this Glorious Goodwood. We needed the racecourse rumours to be proven wrong here.Sadly ‘they’ knew. The gamble was landed More Than This made all returning 7/2 favourite. An absolute disaster.4:45 Markel Insurance British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10)The penultimate heat was very quiet, which was surprising as most of the punters must have been flush.There was a bit of support for Rux Power but it was only really the jolly Mehdaayih they wanted to be on with us. Despite being a poor race the jolly still lost us four-figures after the delayed start.Getting the jolly beaten was small mercies but the winner Accordance was one of the smaller cops in the book.I was helping Lofty and Jamie on the pitch when a gentleman, who turned out to be the owner of More Than This, came to draw a nice few quid. He was absolutely ecstatic, over the moon to have a winner at Glorious Goodwood. His happiness was infectious and eased the pain of the firm doing their cobblers just a bit.5:20 Tatler HandicapI helped take bets on the last, I forgot how much I enjoyed it, though will be going back to our digs looking like a Swan Vesta. Betting was steady and winner Lord Riddiford a fair cop in the book.So after three days it’s now 2-1. Actually make that 1-2 Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
Interview: DEAN VALENTINE Dean Valentine started in ‘The Game’ after a chance meeting on holiday when still a teenager. He started out giving change for a bookmaker at the dogs then swiftly rose through the ranks. He did this by keeping the best company, not only the bookmakers he was employed by but by listening to and befriending the really shrewd punters too. He eventually deserted working for the bookies in favour of taking them on full time. This he has done very successfully, once a familiar figure on course but now deep undercover off course. This series of three interviews is a fascinating insight in the life and workings of a real professional punter and his operation. Meeting Dean Valentine.DEAN VALENTINE (part 1 of 3)Dean Valentine has been in ‘The Game’ since he was 17 years old, working for on-course bookmakers before turning pro-punter. In part one he talks about his early days working for layers. He has fond and not so fond memories of bookmakers back in the day, he also explains how the advent of the betting exchanges made him change his strategy, learning the hard way. DEAN VALENTINE (part 2 of 3)In part two Dean talks about the cold calculated business of getting a few quid from bookmakers. He talks about the information he receives and the struggle to get his and other people’s money on. He also talks about getting knocked for the price of a nice house. He also talks the stresses of the job and how it sits with supporting a family, the importance of spotting value and acting on it. Plus some helpful advice to bookmakers pricing up races. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS DEAN VALENTINE (part 3 of 3)In the final part of our interview with professional punter Dean Valentine, he talks about his punting morning. ‘There’s more than one way to skin a cat (* no cats were harmed in this video) he also talks about the attributes needed to become a successful professional punter and stay one. He also talks emotionally with very strong views on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals FOBT’s. Would he have changed anything?
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ShareNEWS EDITORS: Images available at http://www.rice.edu/media/Tao_flu.htmlCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: email@example.comProtein’s tail may be flu virus’s Achilles heelRice, UT find common weakness in strains of human, swine, bird fluStriking new research from Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) has revealed a potential new target that drug makers can use to attack several strains of influenza, including those that cause bird flu as well as the common variety that infects millions each flu season.The research, published online today by Nature, offers tantalizing evidence of a potential drug target in a flu protein called nucleoprotein, or NP. NP plays a vital role in all strains of influenza A, including Hong Kong flu, Spanish flu and bird flu.The target is NP’s long, flexible tail. Biochemists at Rice and UT found that even minor changes to the tail prevented NP from fulfilling one of its roles – linking together into structural columns that the virus uses to transmit copies of itself.“There is a small binding pocket for the tail loop of the protein that appears to be a promising target for a new class of antiviral drugs,” said lead researcher Jane Tao, assistant professor in biochemistry and cell biology. “We know from previous genetic studies that this tail loop is almost identical across strains of influenza A, so drugs that target the tail have a high potential of being effective against multiple strains, including the H5N1 strains. Such new antivirals are especially needed at the moment as some H5N1 viruses are resistant to the flu drug Tamiflu.”Tao’s findings are based on a painstaking series for experiments that revealed the atomic structure of NP. The protein’s structure was discerned via X-ray crystallography, a method that allows scientists to discern the three-dimensional placement of atoms in a crystal based upon the diffraction patterns of X-rays that pass through it.Tao said it was a challenge to growing NP protein crystals. The method used was the hanging drop vapor diffusion method, which involves suspending a liquid droplet of concentrated protein solution on the underside of glass slide that is sealed inside a jar. As the liquid in the droplets evaporates, the proteins become supersaturated, and in some cases they form tiny crystals of a few hundred microns in size. Tao estimates that postdoctoral research associate Qiaozhen Ye prepared about 1,000 jars, with multiple droplets per jar, to get the 100 or so crystals that were needed for the experiments.NP is one of only 11 proteins that are encoded by the influenza A genome. One of its main functions is structural. Once the virus has hijacked a host cell, and converted it into a virus-replicating factory, the NPs come together in small rings as building blocks. Many NP rings stack one atop the other in a slightly off-registered fashion, forming long helical-shaped columns. The virus’s RNA genome is twisted around this column and shipped out to infect other cells.“NP has about 500 amino acids and the tail loop contains about 30 of those,” Tao said. “We found that a mutation in only one residue out of 30 was enough to prevent the NPs from coming together to form the building blocks for the columns, and without these columns the virus cannot make copies and infect other cells.”Tao said the research also provides clues about NP’s role in signaling a cell to begin making copies of the viral genome, and Tao’s group is continuing its work with co-author Robert Krug at the University of Texas at Austin to explore the protein’s regulatory functions.The research was funded by.the Welch Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation. AddThis
AddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgRice researchers take molecule’s temperatureNatelson Lab pioneers technique to measure heat, dissipation at very small scalesYou can touch a functioning light bulb and know right away that it’s hot. Ouch! But you can’t touch a single molecule and get the same feedback. Rice University researchers say they have the next best thing — a way to determine the temperature of a molecule or flowing electrons by using Raman spectroscopy combined with an optical antenna.A new paper from the lab of Douglas Natelson, a Rice professor of physics and astronomy, details a technique that measures the temperature of molecules set between two gold nanowires and heated either by current applied to the wires or laser light. The paper was published this week in the online edition of Nature Nanotechnology.Natelson, postdoctoral research associate Dan Ward and their colleagues found that while measuring heat at the nanoscale can be much more complicated than taking the temperature of macro objects, it can be done with a level of accuracy that will be of interest to the molecular electronics community or anyone who wants to know how heating and dissipation work at very small scales.“When you get down to making small electronic devices or tiny junctions, you have to worry about how energy ends up in the form of heat,” Natelson said. “In the case of macroscopic objects, like the filament in a light bulb, you can attach a thermocouple — a thermometer — and measure it.” When light bulbs get hot, they also glow. “If you look at the spectrum of the light coming out, you can figure out how hot it is,” he said.That’s an over-simplified version of what Natelson and Ward are doing. One can’t see the glow of a molecule. However, the researchers can send in light as a probe and detect the wavelength of the light that molecule is returning when heated. “In Raman scattering, you send in light that interacts with your target. When it comes back, it will either have more energy than you put in, or the same, or less. And we can see that and figure out the effective temperature of whatever is scattering the light.” The new work follows a paper published in September about the lab’s creation of nano antennas that concentrate and magnify light up to 1,000 times. That paper focused on the intensity of laser light shot into a gap between the tips of two gold nanowires. This time, Natelson and Ward spread molecules — either oligophenylene vinylene or 1-dodecanethiol — on the surface of a gold nanowire and then broke the wire, leaving a nanoscale gap. When they were fortunate enough to find molecules in the gap — “the sweet spot” being where the metal wires are closest, Natelson said — they’d power up and read the resulting spectra.The experiments were carried out in a vacuum with materials cooled to 80 kelvins (-315 degrees Fahrenheit). The researchers found they could easily detect temperature fluctuations of up to 20 degrees in the molecules. On the macro level, Natelson said, “You’re usually looking at something that’s essentially cold. You send in light, it dumps some of the energy into the thing you’re looking at and the light comes out with less energy than when you started. With Raman scattering, you can actually see particular molecular vibrational modes.” But the opposite can happen if the atoms are already vibrating with stored energy. “The light can grab some of that and come out with more energy than when it started,” he explained.The effect is most dramatic when current is supplied through the nanowires. “As we crank up the current through this junction, we can watch these different vibrations shaking more and more. We can watch this thing heat up.”Natelson, named by Discover magazine in 2008 as one of the nation’s top 20 scientists under age 40, said the experiments show not only how molecules wedged into the nanogap heat up, but also their interaction with the metal wires. “The vibrations show up as sharp peaks in the spectra,” he said. “They have very definite energies. Underneath all that, there’s this sort of diffuse smear where the light instead is interacting with the electrons in the metal, the actual metal wires.”Natelson said it’s extremely hard to get direct information about how heating and dissipation work on nano scales. “In general, you can’t do it. There’s a lot of modeling, but in terms of experimental things you can actually measure that tell you what’s happening, everything is very indirect. This is an exception. This is special. You can see what’s happening. “In our fantasy experiment, we’d say, ‘Boy, I wish I could go in with a thermometer,’ or, ‘I wish I could see each molecule and see how much it’s shaking.’ And this is effectively a way of doing that. We can really watch these things heat up.”Co-authors of the paper are James Tour, Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, and former Rice chemistry graduate student David Corley.The Robert A. Welch Foundation and the Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice supported the research.
ShareFranz Brotzen713email@example.comProgressive theologian Jim Wallis to discuss faith and politics at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 29The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the progressive Christian organization Sojourners, will discuss faith and politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 29.His lecture, “Forging a More Civil Democracy: A Discussion of Faith, Values and Politics,” will begin at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.Who: Author and theologian Jim Wallis.What: Free public lecture on “Forging a More Civil Democracy: A Discussion of Faith, Values and Politics.”When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s DorÃ© Commons, 6100 Main St.The event, which is organized by the Baker Institute Student Forum, will be webcast athttp://bakerinstitute.org/events/forging-a-more-civil-democracy-a-discussion-of-faith-values-and-politics.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6775. AddThis
Admissions Tip: Top 5 MBA Interview Questions Interviews, interviews, interviews … it’s all anyone seems to be talking about these days, and with good reason. Wharton is scheduled to release its interview decisions tomorrow, Harvard Business School has already sent its invitations out, as have many other top schools.Instead of driving yourself crazy with worry, why not buckle down and perfect your answers to the questions you are most likely to be asked? To help you prepare, Clear Admit has prepared Interview Guides and Interview Archive to compile its very own Top Five list of the questions that most often make their way into MBA admissions interviews at leading schools.While these refer primarily to questions asked as part of blind interviews, they can certainly also come up as part of non-blind interviews. In those cases, you’ll want to be prepared to go deeper into some of the specific experiences you shared in your application. For a quick refresher on the difference between blind and non-blind interviews, click here. For detailed insights into each school’s interview process, the questions they ask, and how to tackle those questions, access Clear Admit’s Interview Guides.Top Five MBA Admissions Interview QuestionsWalk me through your résumé.The real trick with answering this open-ended question is to gauge how much detail is too much. Imposing a structure can help. “It’s best to err on the side of brevity,” says Alex Brown, who asked this very question of many hopeful Wharton applicants during his time working in admissions at the Philadelphia school. “Think of this résumé walk-through as simply laying the groundwork for deeper discussion of your background and accomplishments.” A good idea is to develop a two- to three-minute run-through, beginning with where you grew up and went to college, what you studied and perhaps something you enjoy outside of work. Then move into a concise overview of your work experience, beginning with your first job and continuing to present day, making sure to explain why you made the choices you did and what you learned in each major role. “This kind of high-level overview gives your interviewer the perfect opportunity to ask for more detail about specific points if she wants it,” Brown says. If you have a gap of three or more months due to unemployment or some other cause, you should be prepared to address it, Brown warns, although in a short résumé question as part of the interview, it may not come up.What are your career goals?With any luck, you will already have a well-honed response to this question, developed and refined as part of the process of writing your application essays. “If you are looking to shift industry or function, this is your chance to explain your reasoning and that you have carefully thought through what may be involved in successfully making the transition,” Brown says. Keep in mind why the adcom is asking this question, Brown suggests. “They want to know how focused you are on the MBA and whether you are in a position to take advantage of the resources business school offers or at risk of getting overwhelmed,” he says. Present a very clear post-MBA goal, Brown recommends. “Schools prefer to admit students who can explain exactly what kind of job they want to pursue beyond graduation and articulate how it will set them up to obtain their long-term career objectives,” he says. Schools are also looking, with this question, to see if your goals make sense and are feasible in light of your past experiences; are you able to articulate a clear path and plan?YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: No GMAT, No ProblemWhy X school?Here, schools want to see if you have really done your research on their program and whether you are a good fit with their culture. So, do your research. “I recommend a three-pronged approach to make a truly compelling case for your interest in a given school,” Brown says. Start with academics, he says, naming specific courses and professors that you are interested in. “Remember, your interviewer wants to see that you have really researched the school.” Second, mention specific clubs, conferences and other special programs that will help position you for your career goals. “Even better, show how you would contribute to the school community, such as by organizing an event to share specific knowledge you bring with your future classmates,” Brown suggests. Third, show that you have a good understanding of the school’s community, culture, class size and location and have thought about how these fit with your personality, goals and background. “If you have visited campus or talked with current students or alumni—definitely say so, lead with this.” Brown stresses. “Beyond showing that you’ve invested time in getting to know the school, this also helps your interviewer have a mental picture of you on campus.” he says.Give us an example of a time you took a leadership role.The way interviewers ask this question can vary—sometimes you’ll be asked directly about your most notable leadership experience and other times you’ll be invited to describe your general leadership style. “It’s important to keep a few basic principles about leadership in mind,” Brown says. “A leader is someone who has a strong vision or point of view and is able to see things others are not,” he continues. A leader must also have excellent communication skills. Choose an example that demonstrates these points. An ideal leadership example will describe a time when you negotiated with and persuaded key stakeholders, such as clients or a supervisor, to buy into your vision and then delegated the work and managed colleagues or juniors. “If you encountered obstacles along the way, share how you dealt with them,” Brown says. “If possible, you should also show success through quantified results,” he adds. As important as a successful outcome is demonstrating how you drew on the help of others where necessary. “No one is successful on their own,” Brown says. Show that you understand that strong leadership means teamwork and playing well with others, he says.Tell us about a time you failed.As tempting as it may be to say that you’ve never failed at anything…that is not what that adcom is looking for here. “In fact, this is a favorite question for those who appear to be ‘rock stars’ on paper,” Brown says. But rock stars make mistakes, and having an example in your back pocket of a time things did not go according to plan can show humility as well as your capacity to learn and grow. “The best answer to this type of question ends with a more recent experience where you took the lesson you learned from the failure and put it into play, affecting a better outcome.” he says.These five questions certainly don’t cover everything your interviewer is likely to ask you, but they do touch upon some of the things you’re most likely to be called upon to share as part of your MBA admissions interview. You can take some of the anxiety out of the interview process by giving each one some thought, drawing on some relevant experiences from your past, and practicing the responses you would give. Don’t practice too much so that you appear overly rehearsed—since it’s important to seem both authentic and genuine—but prepare enough so that you’ll be ready to truly put your best self forward.This article has been edited and republished with permissions from Clear Admit. RelatedTop 5 MBA Interview QuestionsInterviews, interviews, interviews … it’s all anyone seems to be talking about these days, and with good reason. Harvard Business School, Michigan Ross and Chicago Booth have already sent out their Round 1 interview invitations. Stanford GSB starts rolling out invites this week and UPenn/Wharton is also scheduled to release…February 6, 2017In “Admissions Tips”How to Ace These 5 MBA Interview QuestionsClear Admit recently explored 5 crucial interview questions you’ll need to know during the height of MBA interview season, based off the site’s in-depth interview guides and archives, which you can read below. 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