Month: July 2019

  • SAINTS eased to their tenth win in eleven games wi

    first_imgSAINTS eased to their tenth win in eleven games with a 21-8 victory over Widnes Vikings.Adam Swift grabbed a brace at the Select Security Stadium as Keiron Cunningham’s men continued their good form.Matty Fleming and Atelea Vea also crossed – but Joe Greenwood saw yellow in a melee at the end of the game that also saw two Widnes’ players sent off.For 20 minutes, Saints were more than good value for their 12-0 lead.They had the better of the early stages – LMS and James Roby putting in solid runs before Luke Walsh had his kick collected on the full.But just four minutes in Adam Swift shot out from dummy half, well within his own 40, and showed great speed to round Rhys Hanbury and go the distance.Walsh hit a 40:20 on Saints’ next attack – and from there Shannon McDonnell, in for Jonny Lomax, hit Swift for his second of the afternoon.Saints were rampant and should have scored on their next foray into the Widnes’ half.Walsh was once more the architect, producing a wonderful reverse kick to the posts.But LMS was pinged for offside even though he collected the effort and put down.Walsh added a penalty after Greg Richards was hit high on 15 minutes – the young prop unable to return – before the home side finally asserted some pressure on the Saints line.Back to back penalties on 25 minutes forced the visitors into some defence and Aaron Heremaia was held up inches from the line on a characteristic run. Jordan Turner then forced the ball loose with a big hit shortly afterwards and then Manase Manuokafoa knocked on with his side in good positionSaints then had another let off when Hanbury broke through but inexplicably threw it forward to Kevin Brown.A try was always coming though and it was therefore no surprise when Patrick Ah Van went down the left hand side with two minutes remaining in the half.Saints began the second half on Widnes’ line and should have increased the lead when LMS fed Matty Fleming for a simple score.But the young centre lost the ball over the line and the chance was gone.Amends were made 52 minutes in.The ball came left through Turner, Walsh and McDonnell for the youngster to put down in acres of space.Walsh wide with his conversion attempt.McDonnell went close from a James Roby break towards the hour mark and then Dominique Peyroux intercepted but was hauled down by Ah Van.Corey Thompson replied for Widnes in the final ten minutes to make it interesting but Walsh calmed any nerves with a one-pointer.Then a melee ended what had been a competitive contest.Brown appeared to move his head to Greenwood after a tackle and it was all on with Ah Van and several players from both sides also involved.Referee James Child had no option to send Brown and Ah Van off – with Joe receiving a yellow for retaliation.Numbers duly up, Atelea Vea got on the outside of the Widnes’ defence to score as the hooter sounded.Match Summary:Vikings:Tries: Ah Van, ThompsonGoals: White (0 from 1), Thompson (0 from 1)Saints:Tries: Swift (2), Fleming, Vea, Goals: Walsh (2 from 5)Drop: WalshPenalties:Vikings: 4Saints: 10HT: 12-4FT: 21-8REF: James ChildATT: 6128Teams:Vikings:1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Corey Thompson, 14. Chris Dean, 4. Charly Runciman, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 7. Joe Mellor, 6. Kevin Brown; 37. Greg Burke, 9. Lloyd White, 36. Jack Buchanan, 22. Matt Whitley, 11. Chris Houston, 19. Macgraff Leuluai.Subs: 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 24. James Chapelhow, 32. Connor Farrell, 33. Aaron Heremaia. Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 24. Matty Fleming, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Joe Greenwood, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

  • The truth will come out Jungle Rapids murder suspect appears in court

    first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of shooting and killing a teenager outside the Jungle Rapids park in Wilmington had his first day in court in New Hanover County Monday afternoon.Paris Duncan faces multiple charges including first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.- Advertisement – This surrounding the October shooting death of 19-year-old Christopher White.The judge set Duncan’s bond at $500,000.Before leaving the courtroom, Duncan told the family he is sorry for what happened but that the truth will come out.Related Article: #UNSOLVED: Missing woman’s car found burned in Castle HayneWe spoke to the White family after the hearing and they simply told us they want justice for Christopher.last_img read more

  • Pender Co Sheriffs Office Death of child appears to be isolated incident

    first_img The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into the death of 5-year-old Paitin Fields is very active and became a homicide investigation early in the investigative process.On November 11, the child was taken to Pender Memorial Hospital. According to the incident report, she was found just before 5:45 a.m. at her home on Black Water Drive. She died two days later.According to a news release from Capt. James Rowell, the sheriff’s office has detectives dedicated solely to this investigation and are actively working this case.Related Article: Man strikes ‘Karate Kid’ pose before reportedly stealing purse“We want to be able to determine the truth surrounding Paitin’s death, while protecting the integrity of our investigation in a manner that will allow the correct individual(s) to face charges and ultimately be convicted for the crimes they have committed,” Rowell said in the news release. “We understand there are many different opinions circulating in our community as to why more information has not been released concerning this investigation. Our detectives have remained in contact with Paitin’s immediate family and will continue to communicate with them concerning the investigation.”Rowell says when the investigation is at a point that further information can be shared with the community, they will.At this point, Rowell says there is nothing to indicate that any other member of the community may be in jeopardy as this appears to be an isolated incident.If you know anything, call the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 259-1212. Photo of Paitin Fields at the beach. (Photo: Family) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than three weeks since a Pender County child died after allegedly being sexually assaulted and strangled.Since then, her family and the community have raised questions about the investigation.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • HISTORIC HOME TOUR Soverel House

    first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This year’s Azalea Festival Home Tour features a quaint craftsman-style bungalow.Located in Wilmington’s established Brookwood neighborhood, the home was built in 1928 for Ralph Waldo Soverel and his wife, Maude Elizabeth Wilson.- Advertisement – When Charlotte Cohen purchased the home five years ago, she undertook a six-month renovation which included eliminating a wall to open up the living room to the dining area.The original kitchen was completely updated as well as the bathrooms.In the hallway connecting the bedrooms, there is an original ventilation system in the ceiling which draws air in the house up through the attic. Cohen says this was an early invention for keeping homes cooler before air conditioning was available.Related Article: New Hanover Co., Wilmington begin curfew Friday nightYou’ll also find lots of black and white accents throughout the house. Cohen says by using a simple color palatte makes the 1,500-square-foot home feel larger than it is.She’s also got lots of windows in the living, dining and kitchen areas which allow for maximum light to enter the house.Perhaps one of the best features of the home is a large, screened-in back porch overlooking the backyard garden. Cohen says its a popular gathering place for friends and neighbors.You can check out this home on the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Azalea Festival Home Tour which runs Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Click here for ticket information.last_img read more

  • Lane closures start next week for section of MLK Parkway in Wilmington

    first_img According to NCDOT, the closures will start on Monday and will remain in place until Tuesday, Nov. 20. The closures will be in effect between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.NCDOT says there will not be a detour route, as there will always be one lane open. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A section of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilmington will have intermittent lane closures in both directions starting next week.The closures near the Isabelle Holmes Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River will allow crews to replace expansion joints on the bridge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Man arrested in Whiteville police officer hit and run

    first_imgEustance Hunter (Photo: VineLink) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Police have arrested the suspect accused of running over a Whiteville police officer outside of a school early Wednesday morning.It happened around 7:30 a.m. in front of Whiteville Central Middle School.- Advertisement – Police say School Resource Officer Paul Carrano saw a car driving in the wrong direction on South Martin Luther King Boulevard.Police say Carrano, wearing a traffic vest, stepped out of his patrol car and motioned for the driver to stop.According to witnesses, the driver sped up and struck Carrano with his right front headlight. Investigators say Carrano rolled onto the hood, fell off and his left wrist was struck by the car’s passenger side mirror.Related Article: Man in critical condition after being shot in Whiteville homeThe driver sped off.Police arrested the driver, Eustance Hunter, 30.Hunter is charged with the following:Assault with a deadly weapon on a government officialFelony hit and runDriving while license revokedPolice say Hunter was operating the vehicle with no insurance and an expired registration. He is being held at the Columbus County Jail on a $52,500 bond.Police say Carrano was treated and released from Columbus Regional Hospital, but suffered bruising to his right wrist.last_img read more

  • City visits successful tech startups wants to attract more to Wilmington

    first_img This was the first in a series of visits to area employers to gauge what’s going on in our community and what sorts of jobs are available.Councilman Paul Lawler says more jobs like these are needed in our area.“I think everybody on council would like to see more of these techs, more Live Oak banks more PPDs, more KWIPPED, more of those sorts of companies here,” Lawler said. “We wanted to find out from them what they thought would help get more companies like that. The big thing I heard was that we need to do a better job of telling the world what we have here.”Related Article: Crimestoppers offering reward for info in Wilmington teen’s murderOther things mentioned were more bike paths and expanding Wilmington International Airport flights. City leaders visit Apiture on April 11, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and the rest of city council visited two successful tech startup companies in downtown Wilmington Thursday.They visited KWIPPED, which does online equipment rental and leasing, and Apiture, which handles digital banking solutions.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Wilmington activist group participates in national immigration vigil

    first_img Described as a non-partisan event, the goal was to demonstrate that Americans support better treatment for immigrant families.“It’s got to stop, and unless people stand up to what’s going on, it won’t stop,” said attendee Duane DeMeyer.WoW! President Lynn Shoemaker says she’s heard stories from children in our state who went through the process of being detained and separated from their parents.Related Article: Trump says he’d ‘of course’ tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt“Some have been sexually assaulted, some arrived boys in girls clothes that were two sizes too large or two sizes too small. Their lingual skills have digressed, some who were potty trained no longer are,” Shoemaker said.DeMeyer says he believes there are better ways to deal with the issue proactively.“I think they should putting money back into the countries that these people are coming from,” DeMeyer. “Other administrations did that, trying to help out down there, creating jobs, creating safer places to live.”After hearing from several speakers, attendees participated in a candlelit vigil. Some say while their protests may have no effect on this administration’s policies, they want others to hear their message.“I have a grandson who just turned two years old, he’s our only grandson. And it would just break my heart and kill me to see him being treated like this, and I would ask these other people on the other side to think the same way,” DeMeyer said.President Donald Trump has defended the federal border detention facilities, and on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence toured one in Texas, where he said he was not surprised to see a system that was “overwhelmed.”Pence repeated that “the crisis is real” several times, but says what’s not real are allegations of the mistreatment of detainees.“The facts are we have a crisis on our southern border that is being driven by human traffickers who are exploiting loopholes in American law to entice vulnerable families to make the long and dangerous journey north,” Pence said. “I want to make it clear the President and I are ready to roll our sleeves up and work with men in women in both political parties in the Congress to bring about the changes that will bring an end to this crisis.” 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  As President Trump announces more crackdowns on illegal immigration, events are being held across the country to protest the current immigration policies.Women Organizing for Wilmington or WoW! hosted the local event in solidarity with Lights for Liberty, the national vigil to end human detention camps.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Judge denies attempt for rescue squadron to stall agreement termination

    first_img Today Coastline officials say that injunction was denied in Superior Court.They are weighing the options of an appeal. The squadron will no longer be allowed to operate after this Saturday. 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) — A volunteer rescue squadron wants to stay active serving the community and they are willing to go to court for it.Brunswick County commissioners voted earlier in May to end their agreement with Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squadron. Earlier this month that vote was solidified with the budget approval. The EMS and first response team attempted to file an injunction on the move.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Healing process on abuses crisis has started

    first_imgPope spoke on the Vatican Summit on Child Protection in the ChurchPope spoke on the Vatican Summit on Child Protection in the Church “The healing process on the clerical abuses crisis has started”. Pope Francis made this statement to a Spanish journalist who asked him about the February summit on clerical sexual abuse. Interviewed on the trip back from Morocco to the Vatican, the Pontiff also said that he understood some victims aren’t satisfied with the results.“I understand them because one sometimes looks for results that are concrete facts of that moment,” he said. “For example, if I had hung 100 abusive priests in St. Peter Square, it’s a concrete fact, I would have occupied space.”Healing process“But my interest is not to occupy spaces, but to start healing processes,” he said.The concrete result of the summit, he argued, was to “start processes, and this takes time,” he said, but it’s the only way “for the cure to be irreversible.”Pope Francis compared the abuse crisis to the conquest of America by the Spanish, saying history has to be understood with the hermeneutics of the time. Prior to the explosion of the Boston scandals in 2002, he said, the “hermeneutics was it’s better to hide it, avoid future evils.”But “when you hide, it propagates, once the culture of uncovering begins, things don’t propagate,” the pope said, encouraging survivors to come forth.Asked about the situation in Venezuela, the pope said that the Holy See has tried to mediate but it “failed.”He said he didn’t make a “judgment of value” on the different actors in the crisis and the failed dialogue attempts, and also revealed that after a failed attempt in 2016, there were other more “discreet, unofficial” attempts, “bridges that have helped a little.”Venezuelan crisisVenezuela today is facing an unprecedented crisis, with President Nicolas Maduro holding on to power with the support of China, Russia and Cuba, although opposition leader Juan Guaido was also sworn in as president by the National Assembly, following the country’s constitution. Guaido has the support of the United States, the European Union and most of Latin America.Asked to give an opinion on Maduro, whom the pope has met twice, Francis said it’s difficult to give an opinion on someone with whom he’s spoken just for a few minutes, but defined him as a man “convinced of his thing” and underlined that he met with the successor of Hugo Chavez before the situation “became more acute.”Asked to give an opinion on Donald Trump he said something similar, that he’s only met with the U.S. president for a short meeting dominated by protocol but defined him as a man who “has his project, has his plan.”Asked who he would have a coffee with if he had to choose between Maduro or Trump, Francis said that he’d have one “with both.”WhatsApp SharePrint <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

  • 3rd Malta Maritime Summit set for Autumn 2020

    first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> DOI/Clifton FenechDOI/Clifton Fenech The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects has announced that the third edition of the Malta Maritime Summit will be held in October 2020.Speaking at the launch of the upcoming event, Minister Ian Borg explained that the event followed two previous holdings of the event in 2016 and 2018 respectively.Marking the third edition, the event would be entitled, ‘The Voice of the Industry’.Minister Borg added that the Summit had offered a forum for discussion on the challenges facing the maritime industry of which it accounts for 12% of Malta’s Gross Domestic Product and a 23,000-person workforce.Read more:Malta’s maritime industry makes up 12% of national GDP – Transport Minister10% increase in superyacht registration since last yearMalta has also seen increases in its registry of vessels and branching into the superyacht hospitality sector.According to the Minister, Malta had seen a 6% increase in its registry of vessels in Malta, accounting for 82 million gross tonnes. Likewise, there had been a major growth of 90% in the superyachts sector.‘The government will continue investing in ports, marinas, appropriate high-quality infrastructure, and we will continue working hand in hand with the industry,’ Minister Borg said.The Summit’s organiser John Gauci-Maistre, explained that the forum offered a key opportunity to discuss many of the pressing issues facing the industry.‘Now a fixture in the international maritime calendar, the Malta maritime week comprises a summit and three conferences once again convening the most influential maritime stakeholders and specialists from all over the world. They will be airing and sharing their views on the most pressing concerns particularly policies, energy, sustainability, finance and yachting demands currently faced by the shipping industry at a time of notable geopolitical shifts and technological advances. Having posited itself as ‘The Voice of the Industry’, the forthcoming debates continue to enhance Malta’s reputation as a key maritime nation,’ Gauci-Maistre explained.WhatsApplast_img read more

  • iTunes Store goes live in South Africa

    first_imgAdvertisement Apple today announced the launch of the iTunes Store in Russia, Turkey, India, South Africa and 52 additional countries featuring an incredible selection of local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels.The iTunes Store features local artists including Elka in Russia, Sezen Aksu in Turkey, AR Rahman in India, and Zahara in South Africa, international artists including The Beatles, Taylor Swift and Coldplay, and world-renowned classical musicians including Lang Lang, Yo Yo Ma and Yuja Wang.Customers can choose from over 20 million songs available to purchase and download on the iTunes Store. – Advertisement – Movie fans can choose from a wide selection of films available for rent or purchase from the iTunes Store, with many available in stunning HD, from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as leading local distributors.The iTunes Store is available in 119 countries and is the best way for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings.iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices.In addition, music not purchased from the iTunes Store can gain the same benefits by using iTunes Match, a service that stores your entire music library in iCloud for access at any time, from any iOS device. iTunes Match is available for purchase in the new countries added today.Customers also have access to the revolutionary App Store with more than 700,000 apps available in 155 countries.Source: ItNewsAfricalast_img read more

  • Apple and Yahoo in talks to expand iPhone and Siri access to

    first_imgAdvertisement Apple and Yahoo are believed to be discussing a closer partnership for the iPhone, iPad and Siri that would open up more of Yahoo’s data, such as sports and news. Apple’s iOS already makes use of Yahoo Finance on the built-in Stocks App and taps Yahoo Sports for Siri.Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer’s mobile focus is the force that is reportedly working to get her company’s web services loaded onto more devices, and Apple is a crucial partner.Apple has moved away from Google, dropping its Maps and YouTube apps, as the two have become fierce competitors in the mobile space. Yahoo and Google are also direct competitors, so its chances of gaining a foothold on Android are slim. Yahoo’s strong relationship with Microsoft could make a natural fit for a partnership, but Windows Phone has a fraction of the market share that iPhone does. – Advertisement – Yahoo may meet some resistance from Apple over search services, Apple SVP Eddy Cue is unwilling to compromise on search result quality, even if the company’s relationship with Google is on the rocks. Yahoo’s relationship with Microsoft’s Bing would also be a deterrent.Mayer indicated earlier this year that Yahoo is focused on pursuing “strong partnerships” because it doesn’t make mobile hardware, an OS, a browser or a social network.“So the nice thing at Yahoo is that we have all of the content that people want on their phone, we have these daily habits,” Mayer said during the World Economic Forum in January. “And I think that whenever you’re dealing with a daily habit and providing a lot of value around it there is an opportunity not only to provide a lot of value to the end user but to also create a great business.”The fact that Apple and Yahoo share a common enemy in Google may be enough to get the two talking, but it remains to be seen whether the two can work out a deal.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

  • Hon John Muyingo Flags Off Winners of the Huawei Seed For Future

    first_imgHon. John Muyingo Flags Off Winners of the Huawei Seed For Future Program 2017, at an event in Makerere University on Monday 29th, May 2017. (Photo by: @nathyjrernest) Advertisement Earlier this year in April, the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance partnered with Tech-firm, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd to launch the 2nd annual Huawei Seed For Future Program; which aims at boosting and supporting Technology innovators in the country.The Hon. Minister Frank K Tumwebaze who was the Chief Guest at the launch highlighted the importance of mentoring to especially young ICT innovators before revealing that the best 10 qualifying ICT students selected  out of a competition will be taken to China for mentorship  opportunities alongside cash prizes, and other goodies.The programme which is jointly by the Ministry of ICT and National guidance and the Ministry of Education and Sports on behalf of government together with Huawei as a partner challenged different innovators in the field of ICT from different public university countrywide including; Gulu University, Lira University, Busitema University, Makerere University, Muni University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Kyambogo University. – Advertisement – According to reports we attained from Huawei, they received 35 submissions from these university, of which 20 were shorted listed. Interviewed by a panel of five judges from Ministry of Education & Sports, NITA and Huawei the 20 that were shortlisted presented how their proposed ICT solutions would solve various economic challenges and how usable, how feasible, how sustainable are these to Uganda’s development in thematic areas of commerce, education, agriculture, transport and health among others – where only 10 emerged winners.As of today, during an event that was graced by the Chinese Ambassador in Uganda, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Managing Director at Huawei Uganda, held at Makerere University, saw 10 students flagged off to China for the two (2) weeks training in Beijing and at the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen by the Minister of State at High Education; Hon. John Muyingo.Hon. Muyingo urged the students to be disciplined because they are carry Uganda’s flag during the two weeks training period in China.2017 Winners of Huawei Seed For Future Program (1)1 of 10 Kyobe Allan Kaggwa; Public Relation Office at Huawei Uganda told PC Tech Magazine, that the finalists will be trained in the Chinese culture such as language, calligraphy, painting learning, historical tour in Beijing and cutting-edge ICTs lessons, and also visit the Huawei exhibition hall in Shenzhen, where Huawei’s headquarter is located.The 2017 winners are set to depart from Uganda on Friday 2nd, June 2017 and will be expected to be back on Sunday 18th, June 2017. Notably, last year winners were flagged off by the President of Uganda; H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.Hon. JC Muyingo (2nd row – 5th from left), the State Minister of Education and Sports, H.E Zheng Zhuqiang, the Chinese Ambassador (2nd row – 4th from left) and Stanley Chyn (2nd row – 4th from right), Huawei Uganda Managing Director, with other guests and Seeds for the Future students.This program started globally in 2008 in Thailand and was launched to nurture professionals who are urgently needed to drive development of the ICT industry in countries where Huawei operates.The Full list of the flagged off students is as follows:Hellen Raudha Nakayiza from Lira University.Marvin Ggaliwango from Lira University.Daniel Mutembesa from Makerere University.Godliver Owomugisha from Makerere University.George Joseph Serunjogi from Makerere University.Jonathan Kigozi from Muni University.Francis Bukenya from Busitema University.Sharon Judith Lalam from Gulu University.Maria Drolence Mwanje from Mbarara University of Science and Technology.Maria Angella Namuleme from Kyambogo University.Editor’s Note: This story has been updated on Tuesday 30th, May 2017 on 8:00 a.m (EAT)last_img read more

  • Rice to host meeting on the future of computer modeling and simulation

    first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice to host meeting on the future of computer modeling and simulation May 7-8HOUSTON – (April 29, 2015) – Rice University will host the Hybrid Modeling Languages (HyML) meeting May 7-8 at Duncan Hall to share technologies that are shaping the future of computer modeling and simulation. The meeting will bring together internationally renowned academic and industry experts to facilitate new research and education programs and to provide a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research related to the hybrid systems modeling and simulation, validated numerics and formal semantics.“There is a pervasive need in industry for methods that can simultaneously model both continuous and discrete behaviors, particularly in situations where there is uncertainty around some model parameters,” said meeting chair Walid Taha, a computer science professor who holds joint appointments at Sweden’s Halmstad University, Rice University and University of Houston. “These are the most challenging features of cyber-physical systems. The technologies being developed by this research community precisely address these challenges and are already beginning to have a profound impact on how we teach and practice science and engineering.”Who: Speakers will include Aaron Ames, Texas A&M University; Molham Aref, LogicBlox; Ferenc Bartha, Rice University; Albert Cheng, University of Houston; Jyotirmoy Deshmukh, Toyota; Franz Franchetti, Carnegie Mellon University; Walid Gomaa, Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology; Gopal Gupta, University of Texas at Dallas; Vlad Kreinovich, University of Texas at El Paso; Eugenio Moggi, University of Genoa; Roland Philippsen and Gabor Simko, both of Google; Sriram Sankaranarayanan, University of Colorado; and Taha.For the complete schedule, What:      Hybrid Modeling Languages (HyML) @ Rice meeting.When:      May 7-8.Where:     Duncan Hall, Room 1070, Rice University, 6100 Main St.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jade Boyd, associate director of news and media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6778.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to media advisory can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated 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 just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked 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 here. AddThislast_img read more

  • Wideranging networking boosts employee creativity

    first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Wide-ranging networking boosts employee creativityFindings have implications for management practiceHOUSTON – (Aug. 26, 2015) – Companies can promote creativity in employees by encouraging them to network beyond their immediate business networks, according to a new study by management experts at Rice University, Australian National University (ANU), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Monash University in Clayton, Australia, and the University of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.Credit: University“Social networks can be important sources of information and insight that may spark employee creativity,” the authors said. “The cross-fertilization of ideas depends not just on access to information and insights through one’s direct network — the people one actually interacts with — but at least as much on access to the indirect network one’s direct ties connect to.”The researchers found it is the “nonredundant ties” — the people one does not interact with directly but with whom one’s direct ties interact — that offer the greatest efficiency for employees to gather novel information. This information can then be used as the raw material for the employee to generate creative ideas, said the authors, who believe the results are applicable to U.S. companies.“More specifically, when networking, building two-step nonredundant ties — which means one’s two direct network ties are not connected by the same third person — is the most efficient way for obtaining nonredundant information and generating creative ideas,” said Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “Thus, employees need to proactively build network ties with such people.”Zhou co-authored the paper with Giles Hirst, the Inaugural Chair of Leadership at ANU’s College of Business and Economics; Daan van Knippenberg, a professor of organizational behavior at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management; Eric Quintane, an assistant professor at the University of Los Andes’ School of Management; and Cherrie Zhu, a professor of human resource management and Chinese studies in Monash University’s Department of Management.The research, which will be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, was based on a multilevel analysis of multisource survey data from 223 sales representatives nested within 11 divisions of a Chinese pharmaceutical company.The authors were engaged by a large state-owned pharmaceutical corporation in the People’s Republic of China to study 11 divisions with an average of 25 sales representatives (ranging from 14-68 people) with an average of three managers (ranging from two to six managers). To help the firm drive expansion, the researchers identified sales representatives who had developed extensive networks and so were likely to build networks in geographic regions beyond the organization’s territory. These reps would then play key roles building sales networks in these regions.The authors then examined the creativity of sales representatives. Sales representatives displayed creativity by developing new ways to promote company products, devising strategies to cross-sell products, identifying ways to connect with hard-to-access sales targets (for example, by seeking introductions through a trusted intermediary) and developing ideas or strategies to enhance client sales (for example, enhancing product visibility in retail outlets and personalizing product launches to push customers to particular distributors). Such examples of creativity are increasingly recognized as essential to gaining competitive advantage and thus core to pharmaceutical marketing and sales the authors said. They then matched measures of sales representatives’ direct and indirect ties in their social networks to managers’ creativity ratings.The authors said the results have timely implications for management practice.“Organizations may benefit from developmental efforts helping employees build the efficiency of their direct networks, meaning the proportion of direct ties in an individual’s network that are not interconnected, and guiding employees to establish nonredundant ties, because such networks are likely to result in indirect networks of high-reach efficiency that are conducive to creativity,” they said.For a copy of the study, “Heard it Through the Grapevine: Indirect Networks and Employee Creativity,” e-mail a Jones Journal article on Zhou’s research in creativity and innovation, “Beyond the Myths of Creativity in the Workplace,” see the Jones School via Twitter @RiceMBA.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Zhou bio: read more

  • Rice students wireless epilepsy monitor wins in Japan

    first_img University engineering students who developed a wireless recorder for intracranial epileptic seizure monitoring won the top prize at the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society student design competition in Sapporo, Japan. From left arestudents Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Cavallaro)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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Rice University engineering students who developed a wireless recorder for intracranial epileptic seizure monitoring won the top prize at the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society student design competition in Sapporo, Japan. From left are students Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Cavallaro) ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to video and a high-resolution image for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice students’ wireless epilepsy monitor wins in JapanAxon Mobile team tops international competition at IEEE circuits and systems symposiumHOUSTON – (May 29, 2019) – Rice University students who invented a device to give patients with intractable epilepsy more freedom to move have won first prize in a student competition at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Sapporo, Japan.The Axon Mobile team was invited to compete against four others after being named winner of the North American division. The members — junior Aidan Curtis and seniors Sophia D’Amico, Andres Gomez, Benjamin Klimko and Zhiyang Zhang, all electrical and computer engineering majors at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering — developed an instrument to gather signals from a patient’s brain and send them wirelessly for analysis. for download: Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University engineering students who developed a wireless recorder for intracranial epileptic seizure monitoring won the top prize at the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society student design competition in Sapporo, Japan. From left are students Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. Photo courtesy of Joe CavallaroRice University engineering students who developed a wireless recorder for intracranial epileptic seizure monitoring won the top prize at the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society student design competition in Sapporo, Japan. From left are students Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. Photo courtesy of Joe CavallaroTheir goal is to untether patients who, while being monitored for seizures, must now remain bound to a computer that collects data from wires implanted in their brains. Because these patients are not helped by medication, they sometimes have small parts of the brain where seizures originate surgically removed. Data taken during seizures helps doctors pinpoint the location, but the process can take weeks.Competing teams were from China, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Brazil.The Rice team was nominated for the Circuits and Systems Society regional competition by faculty members Joseph Cavallaro, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, and Gary Woods, a professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering. Cavallaro chairs the Houston chapter of the society and was in Japan with the team.The students were advised by Dr. Nitin Tandon, a professor of neurosurgery at the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and Caleb Kemere, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice. Tracy Volz, a Rice professor in the practice and director of the Engineering Communications Program, coached the team on its presentation.Cavallaro said the IEEE, Dean Reginald DesRoches, the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Bybee Travel Fund and Tandon funded the students’ travel.Their presentation was broadcast via Facebook and remains available for viewing here: Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Students hope to cut ties that bind seizure sufferers: Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduVideo:center_img FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Rice University engineering students who developed a wireless recorder for intracranial epileptic seizure monitoring won the top prize at the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society student design competition in Sapporo, Japan. From left are students Andres Gomez, Aidan Curtis, Benjamin Klimko, Sophia D’Amico, and Zhiyang Zhang, and Joe Cavallaro, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Cavallaro) Return to article. Long Descriptionlast_img read more

  • Foster Partners with MLT to Help Underrepresented Students

    first_imgFoster Partners with MLT to Help Underrepresented Students Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail RelatedScheller College Hosts Diversity Seminar for Management Leadership for TomorrowThis summer, the Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business hosted three hundred prospective MBA students as part of a pre-MBA prep seminar for Native Americans, African Americans and Latinos. The Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is responsible for organizing the annual event, which took place from June 16-18 this…June 28, 2017In “Featured Region”Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT): Increasing Diversity in Leadership Since 2002.While Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans make up 31.8% of the U.S. population, they only make up 3% of the U.S. senior leadership in the private and social sectors according to Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). It’s a stark racial disparity in America, and one that MLT is working to…February 9, 2016In “Advice”NBMBAA Announces Georegtown McDonough PartnershipGeorgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has announced a new partnership with the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) as part of the first installment of the NBMBAA Collegiate Partnership Program. According to a press release, the program aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs…January 2, 2018In “Featured Region” regions: Seattlecenter_img In an effort to improve access to education, skills, coaching and connections for underrepresented students, the Foster School of Business partnered with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). MLT is a well-respected national business leadership program with a powerful and professional network of peers, mentors and senior leaders looking to create a diverse, equitable and thriving community. Foster became the 31st school to join MLT and the 14th Premier Partner school.The Foster School of Business is one of 11 Premier Partner ranked in top 30 “Best Business Schools” in the country according to the U.S. News & World Report. It also means that the Foster School has an opportunity to help reach and connect with the 30 percent of the U.S. population that identifies as a Black, Latino or Native American. Already, since 2002, MLT has helped more than 6,000 young leaders in all stages of their careers from getting into college, getting their first job, getting into business school and entering C-Suite level careers.One example of the benefit of MLT’s partnership is Kiersa Sanders, a 2014 Foster School undergraduate alum who joined MLT’s MBA Prep program. “I learned about MLT during my junior year at Foster,” Sanders said in an interview on the school website. “I was participating in the Harvard Summer Venture in Management Program, and several of the students already knew each other because they had been MLT Career Prep fellows. I missed the window for Career Prep because the program is for college sophomores, but I made a mental note to apply for MBA Prep.”Through the MBA Prep program, Sanders connected with over 6,000 peers and a robust network of mentors to learn more about how to frame her story and brand for MBA applications. She learned how to be more thoughtful about herself as a professional and how to apply to MBA programs that were truly the best fit for her.“The network you develop in MLT is unparalleled. I am not aware of any other program that gives you the opportunity to connect with over 200 like-minded professionals of color all working toward a similar goal,” Sanders explained. “I knew I would develop life-long friendships and a support system for my business school application process.” About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo last_img read more

  • Here Are The 7 Hardest MBA Admissions Interview Questions

    first_imgHere Are The 7 Hardest MBA Admissions Interview Questions Last Updated Mar 2, 2018 by Staff WriterFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Page 1 of 212» RelatedThe Seven Hardest MBA Admissions Interview Questions—and How to Answer ThemThis post was originally published in its entirety on We recently shared our list of the most commonly asked MBA admissions interview questions, along with extensive advice on how to approach such queries. In light of the popularity of that piece, we’ve decided to up the ante this time…February 22, 2016In “Featured Home”How to Succeed at Your MBA Interview: Putting Your Best Foot ForwardDuring our interview article series we’ve talked about invited vs. open interviews, and we’ve discussed the difference between video vs. in-person interviews. In this article, we’ll discuss how to put your best foot forward with advice from the Schulich, as well as the unique new interview process that is rolling…October 22, 2015In “Admissions Tips”Admissions Director Q&A: Alex Lawrence Of The UCLA Anderson School of ManagementAlex Lawrence, an alumnus of the UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA ’99), took the helm as the school’s Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid in August 2012. Lawrence knows the school well. Five years after receiving his MBA, he returned to campus in 2004 to serve as…June 16, 2017In “Admissions Tips” Clear Admit recently explored seven of the hardest MBA interview questions you may encounter, with helpful tips on how to handle them.We recently shared our list of the most commonly asked MBA admissions interview questions, along with extensive advice on how to approach such queries. In light of the popularity of that piece, we’ve decided to up the ante this time around and spend some time deconstructing the absolute worst, totally unfair, just all-around-tough MBA admissions interview questions.How did we do this, you ask? We called on three members of our team—all of whom have significant admissions experience at top schools—to comb through our extensive Clear Admit MBA interview archive and hand pick a set of particularly challenging questions. The only ground rule was that they needed to be questions posed to applicants with some degree of regularity, as opposed to one-off, oddball questions from an ‘off the reservation’ alum.Arriving readily enough at a set of incredibly tough questions, our team of former admissions officers then crafted extensive guidelines on how to approach each one. WARNING: Some questions on the list appear very sweet and innocent. Be aware that looks can be deceiving.If you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, you won’t want to miss this valuable insider advice. It can help make answering even the most challenging questions feel like a walk in the park.The Seven Hardest MBA Admissions Interview Questions1. Describe a failure in which you were involved.Why It’s ToughMost candidates, when preparing for an interview, focus on the positive aspects of their story. They cannot wait to share their successes and highlight their strengths. So when asked directly to describe a failure, they can be unnerved at best and completely thrown at worst, especially if they haven’t given such a question any thought.Key ConsiderationsThe type of failure, the time frame of the failure and what you learned as a result will all be relevant in terms of addressing the question.Risks:Picking a failure that is really just a veiled success story, i.e. not a real failure. “We missed one deadline (failure) but we shipped an outstanding product (success).” This type of answer can be perceived as avoiding the question.Picking a failure that is so substantial, and recent, that the interviewer genuinely worries that you might make the very same type of mistake again—either due to incompetence or because you just simply haven’t had time to learn from it yet.Planning Your ResponseMake sure you prepare to address a real failure that you played a part in and acknowledge your direct role. While the failure should be substantial, it should not be catastrophic to an organization. Address the process you went through in terms of deconstructing the failure and how you have learned from the experience. Finally, discuss a more recent success that demonstrates your use of the lessons learned from the earlier failure.2. What other schools are you applying to?Why It’s ToughMany professionals in the admissions community feel that this question is simply unfair. There are several reasons for this, one of which is that applicants don’t really know how the answer is going to be used (more on this below). In addition, it’s not as though candidates are allowed to ask their interviewer about the other applicants the committee is considering…Key ConsiderationsFair or unfair, let’s unpack the purpose of the question a bit: Is it to determine your likelihood of attending the program you are interviewing for? Is it to assess whether you are ambitious in terms of school selection or more conservative? Is it simply to see if your list of target schools makes sense and demonstrates a thoughtful approach on your part? Any or all of these options are possible depending on the school interviewing you.In most instances where this question is used, it is being asked by schools that are concerned about their yield. They want to avoid admitting candidates that clearly will select another school when given the choice. That being said, there are admissions interviewers who ask this question merely to better understand your approach to selecting target schools—and to determine whether you are simply applying to schools ranked in the top 10 or have a more nuanced approach. Regardless, you should prepare a solid answer.Planning Your ResponseThere are three parts to addressing the question. First, you do want to be honest even if the question feels unfair. Second, as you list your schools, explain why you chose them. You want to demonstrate that your selections are thoughtful ones resulting from thorough research and careful consideration of your career plan, preferred teaching methods, campus environment, etc. Finally, should make the case for why the school you are interviewing with is a very excellent choice among the group of schools you’ve listed—citing specific elements of the program that fit well with the criteria that drove your overall school selection.3. Describe a conflict at work and your role in it.Why It’s ToughIt can be hard to discuss conflict without taking sides or painting some of your colleagues (or yourself) in a negative light. It can also be dangerous to highlight a conflict and appear detached from it—e.g. downplaying your role—because that could suggest either that you did nothing to stop it or that you simply aren’t important enough at work to have played a role/taken a side. In short, this kind of question is loaded with “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” issues.Key ConsiderationsA common question in an MBA interview will look at how you handle conflict, and usually conflict at work. Schools ask this question to test your emotional intelligence and to see how you talk about your peers, your bosses, your organization, etc. Even the slightest whiff of “throwing someone under the bus” can backfire. It’s also important to showcase your ability to see the various sides of a conflict.Preparing Your ResponseIt makes sense to prepare a particular conflict you have had at work and be ready to use the example. A strong response to this question needs to show your role in the conflict, who it was with, how it was addressed (if, in fact, it was addressed) and what the result was. Equally as important will be to share what you learned from the experience and how a subsequent situation at work was resolved positively or avoided altogether as a result of what you learned. regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC About the AuthorStaff WriterView more posts by Staff Writer last_img read more

  • House Committee Passes 10 Billion Funding for Border Wall

    first_img Share this article House Committee Passes $10 Billion Funding for Border Wall By Charlotte Cuthbertson and Jasper Fakkert October 5, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 The secondary fence of the U.S.-Mexico border is near an area popularly known as “Smuggler’s Gulch,” in San Diego on July 12, 2017. The Border Patrol added a second layer of concertina wire along the bottom of the fence which helped curtail assaults on agents. (Joshua Philipp/The Epoch Times) Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img A border security bill that includes $10 billion in spending for a border wall—”wall, fencing, technology, air assets, and other barriers”—was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee on Oct. 5.In addition to the wall funding, the bill would add 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers.The bill, named “Border Security for America Act,” includes $5 billion to help combat illicit drug trafficking at major ports of entry—most drugs enter the country over bridges and airports, rather than over the border.Funding up to $35 million would be available to deploy the National Guard to help with aviation and intelligence support along the southwest border, especially in Texas, which has called for help in securing the border. Texas has one of the more difficult borders to secure, due to much of the border being the Rio Grande. Most of the nation’s illegal border crossers come over the river in the Rio Grande Valley.The bill, introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R–Texas), also targets visa overstayers by fully rolling out biometric entry and exit systems at all air, land, and sea ports of entry. A significant portion of the illegal immigrants in the United States are visa overstayers. In 2016, more than 544,000 people on visas who were supposed to leave the United States, did not, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Labourers work on a prototype of a border wall that could be built along the border between the United States and Mexico on Sept. 28, 2017. (OMAR MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images) Committee votes for the bill followed party lines with an 18–12 split and, if brought to a vote in the House, it is expected to pass.However, it would likely die in the Senate, where it needs 60 votes. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate and the Democratic leadership has vowed to oppose a wall.The construction of a border wall along the southwest border has been a key promise of President Donald Trump, and one he is adamant in fulfilling.The new bill is aligned with Trump’s executive order, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” introduced during the first week of his presidency.The order asked for the “immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”Trump has consistently mentioned the construction of a border wall throughout his presidency, and tweeted on Sept. 14: “The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.”Submissions for wall prototypes were solicited earlier in the year and the eight winning companies broke ground on their designs in San Diego at the end of September. They are expected to take 30 days to build.Four of the prototypes will be made of concrete, while the other four will be constructed of alternate or “other materials,” according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).“All eight prototypes will be between 18 and 30 feet high and designed to deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed and will inform future design standards which will likely continue to evolve to meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s requirements,” CBP said in a statement. Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Show Discussion US News last_img read more