JON Wilkin has been named in the Frontline Index T

first_imgJON Wilkin has been named in the Frontline Index Team For Round 3 of Engage Super League.He tallied 807 points in the index in the defeat to Warrington.Player of the Round was Kevin Sinfield.Despite being on the losing side, the loose forward amassed 987 index points for his contribution in last Friday’s 36-26 defeat by Harlequins RL. He made 151 metres in possession, three clean breaks, two try assists and 25 tackles for the Rhinos to knock Saints’ James Roby off top spot for this week.Points are calculated from every action made by players, every involvement is given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.The player with the single most outstanding performance during the regular season will win the Frontline Index and be presented with a £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner. Frontline Index Team of the Round1. Clinton Schifcofske (Crusaders) 6842. Damien Blanch (Catalan Dragons) 4513. Tony Clubb (Harlequins RL) 5814. Michael Platt (Bradford Bulls) 4825. Shaun Ainscough (Bradford Bulls) 4366. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 9877. Luke Gale (Harlequins RL) 7808. Andy Lynch (Bradford Bulls) 6469. Ian Henderson (Catalan Dragons) 75910. Paul Wood (Warrington Wolves) 62511. Steve Menzies (Catalan Dragons) 73212. Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC) 66413. Jon Wilkin (St Helens) 807last_img read more

SAINTS hooker James Roby has been named Frontline

first_imgSAINTS hooker James Roby has been named Frontline Index Player of the Round for the third time this season following his outstanding display in last Friday’s 52-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.The England star, who was also Player of the Round in the opening two rounds of Engage Super League, topped the table in Round 10 with 870 index points.According to Opta statistics, Roby is the most consistent player of the season so far with the highest average points score for performance.Roby is joined in the Frontline Index Team of the Round by team-mates Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Jonny Lomax.Salford City Reds duo Ashley Gibson and Daniel Holdsworth feature in this week’s select after their outstanding effort in Saturday’s 56-16 triumph against Bradford along with the Bulls’ captain Andy Lynch.Wigan Warriors pair Ryan Hoffman and Josh Charnley make the Team of the Round following their team’s 28-16 victory against Hull Kingston Rovers. Matt Cook of Hull KR also features in the select.Making up the Team of the Round are Warrington Wolves’ Brett Hodgson, Castleford Tigers’ Kirk Dixon, Tony Clubb of Harlequins RL and Huddersfield Giants player Dale Ferguson.Points are calculated from every action made by players with every involvement given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.Castleford Tigers player Rangi Chase is still in the lead for the £1,000 prize that will be awarded at the Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner for the single most outstanding performance during the regular season after scoring 1,049 index points.James Roby’s stats v Harlequins RL281 metres48 carries1 clean break2 tackle busts27 tackles0 missed tackles0 errorsFrontline Index Team of the Round1. Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves) 7372. Kirk Dixon (Castleford Tigers) 6093. Tony Clubb (Harlequins RL) 8184. Ashley Gibson (Salford City Reds) 7635. Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 5166. Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 6277. Daniel Holdsworth (Salford City Reds) 7818. Andy Lynch (Bradford Bulls) 8129. James Roby (St Helens) 87010. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens) 56911. Matt Cook (Hull KR) 65112. Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants) 61513. Ryan Hoffman (Wigan Warriors) 592last_img read more

ANTHONY Laffranchi has been back in the fold for o

first_imgANTHONY Laffranchi has been back in the fold for over a month now and is really looking forward to playing in some big games down the stretch.The forward missed a big chunk of the campaign with a trapped nerve in his forearm and it was a real possibility it would not only end his season… but his career too.“I’m pleased to be back on the field,” he said. “It wasn’t looking good three-and-a-half months ago. My season looked done as did my career. It has been an emotional rollercoaster.“We didn’t know what the injury was but after a short time we knew I needed surgery and the average recovery time was five to six months. And that was season and career ending.“The best case scenario would be two months, but that was rarely seen. Fortunately I got back in seven weeks. The nerve in my arm was compressed and not damaged and I had an instant response after surgery.”Boof said the problem happened in around week one or two and he slowly lost the feeling in his hand.In his last game before surgery – at Castleford – he had to tape his fingers open to catch the ball.“I thought my season was over; this is my new year in a way,” he continued. “I’ve been back a month now and I feel good. It’s good to be coming back into some big games at the end of the year. Now we have to kick on.“We were disrupted before our last game – we lost Walshy and then Wilko pulled out and couldn’t train. We had to fit a pre-season into two days of training and I think you saw that against Hull. We’ve had a few extra days of training and it has been good.“We’re confident with what we have in place but it will take a committed and united effort to move forward.“This week is a big game with the cup either side of it and then coming into the final three weeks of the season all the top six will play each other.“We want to finish top and put a little silverware there. It will be disappointing if it comes to the last week and we get knocked off. We have been there most of the year and it will be disappointing if we let it go.”Anthony will be heading back home at the end of the season to take up a role with the Gold Coast Titans.He will be involved in developing youngsters for the club and spreading the rugby league word.“I’d made up my mind pretty much to go home at the beginning of the season and when the surgery was suggested it was in my mind to get it done, get some rehab and then go back with some function in my arm.“I had to think post Rugby League and the quality of life with my three kids.“I’ve enjoyed my time here and wish I would have come over a bit earlier. It is a great club, I love the culture and I have been blessed to have been here. I will be sad to leave but will be starting a new chapter at the Titans.”last_img read more

I thought we recovered from the start he said

first_img“I thought we recovered from the start,” he said. “It was the first time we have been in that situation but we clawed our way back and missed a few chances.“That hurt us in the long run; we showed signs of clawing our way back in but it was too little too late.“I thought Ben (Barba) went well and tried hard for 80 minutes. We put him in a tough position by being 14-0 down but I thought his game was really strong.“He will be better for the run and I look forward to seeing him next week.”He continued: “I thought the tackle (Willie Isa on LMS) wasn’t good – if that isn’t a dangerous tackle? It is the most horrible thing for a fan to watch. If I am a mum or dad would I let my kid play rugby if that is not a penalty? How can you put it on report and just let them play the ball.“There is a Salford player out for months because of that exact tackle and then at the end of the game someone gives little shove and gets ten for that. No one is getting hurt for that are they?“I’m disappointed in the tackle but we didn’t deserve to win tonight for the way we played, not because of the official.“We know we have to win the next three games – we needed to win tonight but now we are relying on other teams.“It is what it is – we have to win at Wakefield which will get us one point behind and then move on from there.”last_img read more

Ted Spring to receive nearly 500000 from CFCC

first_img Per the agreement, there is no admission of liability or wrongdoing.Spring resigned from CFCC in January of 2015. Two months later, he filed suit against the college claiming he was forced to resign. In August of 2015, the SBI begin looking into Spring after an state auditor released a report calling some of Spring’s spending “inappropriate.” The SBI provided documents, records and other information to Tammy Smith, a prosecutor for the Conference of District Attorneys.One year later, Smith said there was not enough evidence to support criminal charges against Spring.Related Article: Mantlo stepping away from CFCC men’s basketball, to remain ADIn January of this year, CFCC’s Board of Trustees filed a motion to dismiss the suit, but a federal judge denied it.Late last month, CFCC announced they had settled the suit with Spring, but at the time, full terms of the agreement were not released. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College and its insurer will pay former CFCC President Ted Spring nearly $500,000.According to court documents filed last week, Spring will receive $348,000 from Wright Specialty Insurance.  The Board of Trustees will pay another $120,000, which is equal to the amount of severance pay the college indicated it would provide to Spring at the end of his employment.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Students senior project raises awareness about opioid abuse

first_img He said he chose this project because it hits close to home, his cousin is a recovering addict.Until he did this project he said he did not realize how big of an issue this epidemic is in our area making awareness his mission.“I’m glad about this just because at first I didn’t really know it was going to be this big of a deal but the more I did it the more I spread awareness,” Meehan said. “I guess after this a lot more people know more about this topic and what our community is going through.”Related Article: Lawmakers talk school safety Friday in WilmingtonMeehan presented two times to different classes Wednesday morning.He was one of the only students who presented to multiple classes because his teachers also felt this was a topic that needed to be shared. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One student’s senior project is continuing to help raise awareness on the opioid epidemic in New Hanover County.As part of a graduation project New Hanover High School senior Francis Meehan has been teaching fellow classmates about his research.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Water restrictions at Wilmington Veteran Affairs Clinic lifted by county

first_imgThe Wilmington Veteran Affairs Clinic (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three years ago, New Hanover County raised concerns about the water quality at the Veteran Affairs Clinic in Wilmington.After the clinic made changes to its water system, restrictions put in place by the county have now been lifted.- Advertisement – In 2015, the county issued a “Do Not Use” letter, advising that lead and copper levels in the clinic’s water could be a health risk.The owner of the clinic, Wilmington NC VA 2011, LLC, put in new, lead-free mixing valves and ten faucets for future testing of the water.They are also treating the water with orthophosphate to reduce corrosiveness.Related Article: Keep senior citizens safe in the sunThe NC DEQ will now test the water for lead and copper every six months, as well as perform other tests annually and quarterly.A statement from the owners of the clinic reads: “The stakeholders in the VA Clinic in the Wilmington community will continue to work collaboratively and continuously to assure that water quality within the clinic is assured. Water quality is key to delivering high quality health care services in this region through the clinic, serving the veterans in this community of North Carolina.”last_img read more

New safety procedures addressed at New Hanover County Schools Summit

first_img These concerns are the reason the New Hanover County School District hosted a safety summit at the Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center.“We felt that it was important heading back into the school year that we let parents know that we’ve made improvements, that we’ve listened to some of their input and to give them an update on what some of those changes are safety wise coming into the new year,” New Hanover County Superintendent Tim Markley said.Some parents just want to bring a lesson back to their kids.Related Article: New Hanover Co. School Board adjusts school calendar because of Florence“A lot of what I learn here I would, I would like to share with my first grader so that he’s also prepared in case there is an emergency. I know that they’re going to talk with him about it at school, but I also want to make sure that he is getting a little more reinforcement of that at home,” parent Jessica Kelwaski said.The summit addressed things like mental health counseling, bullying, internet safety and school shootings. New Hanover County SRO’s were at the summit and expressed the work they’ve done to be at the ready.“With an SRO in the school, you’ve got first responders on the scene immediately. So, having them on the scene and properly trained to handle the situation is imperative,” New Hanover County SRO Unite Commander Lt. Jason Augst said.But despite these preparations, some parents still feel uneasy.“We need to make sure that there’s action not just words And honestly I’m so tired of hearing thoughts and prayers. I want to make sure that there’s steps in place, procedures in place and everybody’s on the same page,” Pia said.Superintendent Markley informed parents that they are increasing their mental health services at the schools and more SRO’s will be at the schools. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In light of the school shootings, parents in New Hanover County are worried and want safety.“I think safety is paramount right now. I’m terrified sending my kids to school, I have to tell you. Every new school shooting just makes me want to home school them,” parent Angel Pia said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington man pleads guilty in Jungle Rapids shooting

first_img White and Colin McElreath arranged to meet Christopher Hallman, Steven Martinez, and Duncan at Jungle Rapids to buy marijuana.Duncan, along with co-defendants Hallman and Martinez, were inside their vehicle in the parking lot of Jungle Rapids when White and McElreath approached to discuss the purchase of the marijuana.During the course of this encounter, White retrieved a .22 caliber handgun from McElreath and shot the weapon two times into the vehicle while Duncan and the co-defendants were still inside it.Related Article: Teen stabbed by classmate at South Carolina high schoolDuncan, seated in the front passenger seat of the car, returned fire with a 9 mm weapon that he brought with him, and shot White once in the neck and once in the arm before leaving the scene.McElreath also left the scene, taking with him .22 caliber handgun that White had fired.White died while on the way to the hospital.Duncan was previously convicted of Felony Flee to Elude Arrest and Felony Breaking and Entering. He was on post release supervision at the time of the shooting.Hallman and Martinez are charged with Conspiracy to Sell Marijuana.McElreath is charged with Felony Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Handgun by a Minor. All three have court dates on July 8, 2019. Paris Duncan made his first court appearance on Dec. 4 (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend at least 7 years in prison for a deadly shooting that happened in the parking lot of Jungle Rapids in 2017.Paris Dimitri Duncan, 23, pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to Voluntary Manslaughter, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Conspiracy toSell/Deliver Marijuana for his involvement in the shooting death of Christopher White on October 18, 2017.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Independence Day festivities help peach farmers business

first_img As residents and tourists head to Independence Day festivities in Brunswick County, small stores and independent shops are gearing up for a boost in business.One Bladen County man started his week at the Oak Island’s Beach Day in hopes of selling a host of fresh grown peaches.From fresh peaches to peach salsa, Andy Dowless says the selection is just right for any costumer. Dowless says it was his first time attending the beach day, but it was so much easier getting customers here than at his stand. After losing 60 trees in his orchard from Hurricane Florence, he says he needs all the business he can get.Related Article: Oak Island man charged with animal cruelty, 8 cats removed“Fresh fruit, especially what’s been ripened on the tree that has not been picked in order to be shipped and stored and vended, but is just picked and ready to be eaten and enjoyed that day is not just something you can find at any supermarket or even these days in many roadside stands,” Dowless said.He says this is the peak of peach season. If you’re interested in tasting his hand picked peaches,  visit their page Dowless Peach Orchard on Facebook. OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — One Brunswick County town is starting the week of North Carolina 4th of July festivities with a historical celebration. Monday, Oak Island celebrates their 20th anniversary as a town.What better way to celebrate a town with beautiful ocean views than with a Beach Day? The town hosted a mix of food and fun at Middleton Park on Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Best Buy closes after reported lightning strike

first_img Many customers arrived to the store looking to shop, but were turned away at the door due to the situation.Courtney said that most of the employees were sent home around 4:30 p.m. after it was determined that they would not have power for the rest of the day.According to Courtney Best Buy is expected to reopen Sunday morning. 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)– Best Buy closed early Saturday after losing power early in the afternoon.According to Best Buy General Manager Michael Courtney the store lost power around 2:30 p.m. after the building was reportedly struck by lightning.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Economic model adopted by Government is leading to low paid jobs competition

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Partit NazzjonalistaPartit Nazzjonalista Precarious work in Malta is at its worst, Partit Nazzjonalista said on International Workers’ Day on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference held at the Party headquarters, Opposition spokesperson on Employment Karl Gouder and MEP candidate Michael Mercieca lambasted the economic model adopted by the current administration which they explained is based on increasing the population however lacking a proper plan. According to Partit Nazzjonalista, the economic model is resulting in a decrease of wages and an ever increasing cost of living, saying that the situation is such that Maltese and Gozitan employees are competing for lower wages rather than better wages.READ: Watch: ‘PN always believed in the capabilities of the Maltese’ – DeliaReferring to the recent Eurostat surveys which showed that Maltese employees saw the lowest increase in their wages and salaries across the bloc as well as showed that wages in Malta are lower than EU average, Gouder said that workers in Malta ended in a situation where they’re competing for low paid jobs while the cost of living is not compensated through the €2.33 COLA adjustment.MEP hopeful Michael Mercieca spoke about the lack of skills, saying that this was confirmed by Jobs Plus CEO. Mercieca said that Partit Nazzjonalista wants to address the issue of skills gap which would empower the workers attain better jobs and higher wages.Partit Nazzjonalista referred to Work Life Balance legislation which was negotiated by the Head of Delegation and MEP candidate David Casa, citing it as an example of how the PN representatives at the EP strive to improve the workers’ condition.‘Government should undertake study to identify the sectors at risk of social dumping’ – PN MEP candidate Peter AgiusPN MEP candidate Peter Agius speaking at UHM – Voices of the Workers general conference said that the ‘job market is under a classical social dumping scenario, where work supply is flooding the market, putting pressure on the salary and work conditions’.Peter AgiusAgius explained that in such a scenario there are only two possible ways forward, either to limit the influx of third country national workers in areas where they are directly impacting the salary and the conditions of Maltese workers or to compete better on quality, remarking that so far we are not competing well enough on quality.Agius said that the European Commission country report already pointed out a serious skill gap in Malta’s job market saying this could be addressed by accessing the €700m digital transition fund coming up after 2020 by following the German Mittlestand Model.WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda MTN to deploy LTE in the coming months

first_imgMTN Uganda CEO Mazen Mroue (Centre), CMO Ernst Fonternel and Head of MTN’s Business Unit, Ms. Katlego Arnone Advertisement MTN Uganda plans to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Uganda during the coming months, which will make it the first to offer this Technology in East Africa. Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals’. A 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access.MTN Uganda CEO Mazen Mroue (Centre), CMO Ernst Fonternel and Head of MTN’s Business Unit, Ms. Katlego ArnoneMTN Uganda has announced the Network Infrastructure upgrade plan to provide its customers with world class data access and speed of up to 100Mbps. With the upgraded data speed, an MTN data customer will enjoy faster access to Internet and superior quality live streaming and video chatting to mention a few.As good news to the largest mobile subscriber base in Uganda, MTN will over the next few months roll out the 4G network leading the way by introducing the latest Technologies to Ugandans. – Advertisement – Over the last two years, MTN Uganda has made major investments in the Uganda. MTN Uganda launched the first mobile money service in Uganda with tremendous success, introduced 3G+, expanded its distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the core, radio capacity and infrastructure technology. Furthermore, it extended its fibre network by laying optical fibre and built regional switching centres in the North, East, West and Central regions.In 2013 alone, MTN Uganda plans to invest USD 70 million added to another USD 80 million spent in 2012. This investment has been mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscribers growth as well as rollout new innovative products and digital solutions.In 2013 alone, MTN Uganda plans to invest USD 70 million added to another USD 80 million spent in 2012— Mazen Mroue (@Mazen_Mroue) January 4, 2013 “MTN remains committed to development of the ICT sector and the Ugandan economy. LTE becomes the new standard determining the level of Technology development and offering substantially faster data speed than other technologies” said Mazen Mroué, MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer.The rise of MTN 3G+ has given more than one million Ugandans internet access for the first time with widest network coverage, wide range of devices and affordable tariffs. The World Bank estimates that in Africa a 10 percent rise in broadband penetration is linked to a 1.3 percent increase in economic growth. In terms of Network Infrastructure, MTN Uganda has deployed close to 2,800km of fibre backbones achieved with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and Corporate Enterprises.MTN Uganda has over the last 6 months rolled out 81 new Base Transmission Sites to new coverage areas while commissioning another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services. MTN has a total of 1100 sites at the end of 2012.“The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. We would like to ensure consistently reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new subscribers to enjoy the Mobile Technology.” said Rami Farah, MTN Uganda Chief Technical Officer.Over the past couple of years MTN has also made backhaul links expansion and enhancements to the Mombasa submarine cables (EASSY and TEAMS). This has enabled connectivity with the rest of the world while providing better connectivity and high level redundancy for voice and data services.(UPDATE: MTN will not actually be the first to launch LTE in the region as earlier reported. We regret the error.)last_img read more

Google Search App Gets New Now on Tap Animations Customisable Logo

first_imgGoogle search app. Image Credit: TechSpot Advertisement Google is rolling out an update to its Search app on Android with new Now on Tap animations and custom coloured logo. The update bumps the app version from 5.9.33.19 (on Android) to 5.10, and appears to be rolling out gradually across the world.As spotted by 9to5 Google, while the Google Now on Tap till date showed a blue circle as a progress indicator, it now will start showing search related icons like a magnifying glass, eating utensils, and more.The Google app update also brings a customisable Google logo on top of the Now cards stream. The feature will be seen in all the devices updated to v5.10, however, it is said to take a few more seconds to load. The large Google logo makes full use of the width of the device. At first, the logo will be shown in its flagship Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green colours, which will slowly fade in to White. When a part of the logo is tapped, it will be filled with a splotch of colour. Every touch is said to change the colour. The new-coloured logo made by user resets after a device reboot. – Advertisement – While Google has not listed it as such, it may be part of the company’s doodle initiative, which have featured interactive designs in the past. Since the rollout appears to be occurring in phases, it might take a while to reach other regions.[related-posts]Google earlier this month announced that it will offer flood alerts in India through Google Public Alerts. The company said that users will be able to find flood alerts with river level information for over 170 areas in which Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations.[Gadgets 360]last_img read more

You Can Now Pay For Products on Amazon and EBay with MTN

first_imgBusinessman using smart phone to pay for his online products.(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Uganda’s telecom giant; MTN Uganda for its existence in Uganda for the past 19 years and still counting keeps surprising us.Following their introduction on unlimited internet which comes in three packages i.e. Unlimited Premium, Unlimited Basic, and Unlimited Night – last month, MTN also earlier this month made a number of other changes – on their Mobile Money rates and data packages especially on the Social Bundles (WTF) and the usual daily bundles. Of which the data changes caused havoc on social media platform, with some of its loyal (that’s what I might say “Loyal”) customers said because of the revised in the data change and also over depletion of data – were shifting to another telecom firm; which most were saying was Africell Uganda.However, putting all that aside, the company has surprised us with something that I presume most people or most of us have thought about for quite some time or even wished they/we would do so……[related-posts] – Advertisement – MTN Uganda in a tweet announced that now its customers can pay for their products from Amazon and EBay using their MTN Mobile Money with FREE shipping to Uganda.Shop on Amazon, eBay and pay using #MTNMobileMoney. Get FREE shipping to Uganda. Visit https://t.co/tjOOQRMTXn;. #Enkolera pic.twitter.com/hvdERXVYyz— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) July 25, 2017For one thing we know, Amazon and EBay are some of the biggest online shopping platforms globally. However, they’re somehow limited to a few countries. For instance, customers in Uganda can’t purchase products from these platform and have their products shipped to the destination (in this case Uganda) – which it can’t. One has to have a friend, a relative, or an acquaintance that can buy the product for you in case they are in countries where these products can be shipped – who later will mail the product to you or simply bring it to you on their return and in the end, you pay them back.Well! This all ends. With now MTN mobile money, you can pay for your products and have them shipped to Uganda at zero cost and all will be done/go through goodsexpress.com.Editor’s Note: We haven’t tried this out. However, we shall make a review once we have an order purchased and delivered. But you can also try it out and let us know your experience in the comment section below.last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Friday

first_img[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.Friday 31 JanuaryRACING2.20 KemptonClondaw Banker 7/2 > 7/47.45 DundalkDanseur De Feu 4/1 > 5/29.15 DundalkBog War 7/2 > 9/4What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

SEDGEFIELD Cheltenham Festival Debrief

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ere are the key notes from our Sedgefield Festival Preview Evening held at Sedgefield Racecourse on Thursday 6 March.On the panel:Compere Gareth TophamMartin Greenwood BHA Handicapper.Trevor Harris Star SportsBrian Hughes and James Reveley (jockeys)Brian Toomey (ex jockey)Brian Ellison (trainer)Don’t forget to check out:STAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW EVENINGS CLICK HERESTAR SPORTS CHELTENHAM PREVIEW VIDEOS CLICK HEREKEY NOTESSUPREMEIrving opposed by everyone in Supreme with big preference for VautourCHAMPION HURDLEHurricane Fly should be clear fav whether you are with him or notARKLETrifolium the solid ew shout against Champagne Fever who had his fans due to his Festival recordNEPTUNEFaugheen regarded by many as the potential superstar of the meet and can’t seriously be opposedRSAMany Clouds overpriced and serious ew contender provided good/soft or softerCorrin Wood very popular with Reveley and Hughes and described as brilliant jumperJLT Vukovar the pick for Harry Fry with also a note for Djakadam who appears to be gaining momentum in the market and may usurp Felix Yonger as Mullins no 1RYANAIRFirst Lieutenant fancied to keep the sponsors money and ew banker in RyanairWORLD HURDLEAnnie Power will break Big Buck’s heart and Brian Ellison thinks she is best mare he has ever seenTRIUMPHReveley connected to Nick Williams yard very complimentary about Le Rocher and expects him to winALBERT BARTLETTBriar Hill preferred to Kings Palace just in A Bartlett but feeling it’s between the pair although Urban Hymn got a positive mention for ew betsHUGHESBrian Hughes remains cautiously optimistic about At a Glance and Pearl Castle two of his best ridesWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rice launches firstofitskind data science center

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionStudents from the D2K Learning Lab discuss a project that makes use of 3-1-1 call data from the City of Houston. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The D2K Consulting Clinic, which began in the spring, has a mixed enrollment this fall of 12 graduate students and undergraduate upperclassmen. Allen said this mixture of graduate and undergraduate talent and training is one thing that makes D2K unique. Allen matches clinic clients, which can be either walk-in or by appointment, with small teams of three to four students who are chosen specifically for each client based on their shared skills and areas of expertise. Clients meet with the team and discuss their problem, and the team delivers a report with a suggested course of action within a few days.“The clinic experience is invaluable for students because they see a wide range of problems and clients,” Allen said. “No two data science problems are quite the same, and clients can also be very different in terms of their expertise and expectations. The D2K Consulting Clinic teaches students how to analyze and solve problems as well as how to communicate those solutions to non-experts.”In the D2K Learning Lab, which is being taught for the first time this semester, students focus on solving data science problems over the course of a semester. Potential clients meet with Allen and D2K staff the preceding semester and pitch ideas for projects, which are chosen based on learning opportunities, skill sets and expertise of student teams and other factors. Allen said Rice has developed a sponsored research agreement so companies can sponsor D2K Learning Lab student teams and own any resulting intellectual property. D2K Learning Lab students discuss a project FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Students working at a D2K Consulting Clinic Return to article. Long DescriptionStudents from Rice’s new Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge discuss client recommendations at a D2K Consulting Clinic in September. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The D2K Lab will provide courses, co-curricular programs and events focused on linking students with people who need help interpreting their data. In each of the lab’s marquee courses, for example, Rice students work in teams to solve real problems brought in by clients. In one course, students participate in the D2K Consulting Clinic, a weekly walk-in clinic on Monday afternoons that is designed for smaller-scale problems that can be tackled in a few hours or a couple of days. Another course, the D2K Learning Lab, features in-depth, semesterlong or yearlong data science projects defined by the sponsor. Allen is teaching each course this fall and has about 50 students, including the first seven D2K Learning Lab teams. Allen said the D2K Lab plans to expand within five years to serve up to 300 students and 100 clients per year.“Expanding the program is something that couldn’t have happened without this gift,” said Allen, a statistician, mathematician and neuroscientist who holds joint appointments at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine.“We are extremely grateful to Kevin and Catherine for their visionary support of the D2K Lab and providing the resources to make this a truly transformational teaching program for our undergraduate and graduate students,” Rice President David Leebron said. “The D2K lab is a critical piece of our intensified investment in data science education, research and application at Rice. In connecting our students with non-profit organizations, government agencies and companies, we will bring the very best in experiential learning to our students while they simultaneously solve real problems and make an important contribution to Houston and beyond.”center_img Genevera Allen at a D2K Consulting Clinic Return to article. Long DescriptionD2K Lab Director Genevera Allen teaching at a consulting clinic in September. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The D2K Lab also plans a range of co-curricular programs, including a lift-off program for first-semester freshmen, data visualization and “data-thon” competitions, an industry lunch series and a distinguished lecture series.“Courses and client-facing work are the backbone of the program, but co-curricular activities are key for keeping students engaged and enriching their experience at Rice,” Allen said. “These are the places they’ll have the most fun and the most interaction with leading data scientists from industry and academia.”The D2K Lab addresses several of Rice’s strategic goals by offering a transformative undergraduate experience, research and mentoring opportunities to graduate students, deeper engagement with Houston officials, companies and organizations and by contributing to research for the betterment of our world. For more information about the D2K Lab, visit d2k.rice.edu. For more information about Rice’s strategic plan, Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade, visit v2c2.rice.edu.Allen is an associate professor of statistics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering at Rice and associate professor of pediatric neurology at Baylor College of Medicine’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.-30-VIDEO is available at:https://youtu.be/d2xcaDVfVl8High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1015_D2K-cc70-lg-1eugomz.jpgCAPTION: Students from Rice’s new Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge discuss client recommendations at a D2K Consulting Clinic in September. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1015_D2K-vz02-lg-1n9nufj.jpgCAPTION: Students from the D2K Learning Lab discuss a project that makes use of 3-1-1 call data from the City of Houston. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/10/1015_D2K-ga19-lg-1q2qrio.jpgCAPTION: D2K Lab Director Genevera Allen teaching at a consulting clinic in September. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 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. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice launches first-of-its-kind data science centerD2K Lab students will work directly with clients to make an impact through dataHOUSTON — (Oct. 19, 2018) — Rice University is launching a unique data science laboratory where students will work directly with companies, academic labs, government agencies and nonprofits to translate their data into actionable ideas. The Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge (D2K Lab) is supported by a generous $4 million gift from Rice alumnus Kevin Harvey and his wife Catherine Harvey.“Data is everywhere, in seemingly endless varieties and massive quantities, but there’s a critical shortage of people who are trained to turn data into actionable, useful knowledge,” said Associate Professor Genevera Allen, founding director of the D2K Lab. “The key is to connect Rice students with people who have data challenges. Our students will not only gain invaluable experience and unique learning opportunities, they’ll also make an impact by solving real-world data science problems.”last_img read more

Students hope to cut ties that bind seizure sufferers

first_imghttps://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0429_AXON-1-web-z53eah.jpgMembers of the Axon Mobile team of Rice University engineering students gather with their adviser, Dr. Nitin Tandon, to discuss progress on their wireless monitor to record seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. From left: Andres Gomez, Irene Zhang, Sophia D’Amico, Tandon, Benjamin Klimko, and Aidan Curtis. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0429_AXON-3-web-txetuf.jpgRice University engineering student Andres Gomez and Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houstonhold a cap with sensors used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0429_AXON-4-web-1jk5jad.jpgMembers of the Axon Mobile team at Rice University developing a system to allow patients with intractable epilepsy to be monitored wirelessly. From left: front, Andres Gomez and Aidan Curtis; rear, Irene Zhang, Dr. Nitin Tandon, Sophia D’Amico and Benjamin Klimko. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 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. Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston holds a skull cap students at Rice University used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. The system is meant to free patients from being wired to a hospital monitor for days on end waiting for seizures to occur. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description https://youtu.be/SluLUA3ErF0Video produced by Brandon Martin/Rice UniversityRelated materials:George R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduOshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long DescriptionRice engineering student Andres Gomez and Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hold a cap with sensors used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“That means patients need to be in the hospital for a long enough period to get the large sample size of seizures they need to understand where they’re coming from,” Curtis said. “There are a lot of costs associated with that, including psychological costs. Patients have to stay connected, and can’t move around. They can’t go home.”“These patients are already struggling because their seizures are at the point where they don’t have any quality of life,” Klimko added. “And it turns out a lot of people with intractable epilepsy have context dependency, so if they can’t move, they might not have as many seizures.”Because that means longer and more expensive hospital stays, any degree of freedom would be a welcome relief, Klimko said. “Far down the road, with our system, a patient could bypass those hospital-related costs in addition to getting rid of context dependency,” he said.The students are working with 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. Their proof-of-concept system shows high-quality data collected from electrodes in the brains of rodents transmitted wirelessly to a computer. Return to article. Long DescriptionMembers of the Axon Mobile team of Rice University engineering students gather with their adviser, Dr. Nitin Tandon, to discuss progress on their wireless monitor to record seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. From left: Andres Gomez, Irene Zhang, Sophia D’Amico, Tandon, Benjamin Klimko, and Aidan Curtis. Photo by Jeff FitlowBecause of the complexity of the latter surgery, which involves removing a large piece of the skull, the students are gathering data from six sEEG implants. They attach their nodes to wires that protrude from the skull, which in turn send data to the central wireless unit.The students, advised by Gary Woods, a professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering, worked on their project at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and presented it to the public at the annual Engineering Design Showcase by fitting visitors with a 3D-printed cap with electroencephalogramsensorsand their transmitter, which sent real-time data to a visual display.For its efforts, the team has been invited to the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Sapporo, Japan, May 26-29, as a finalist in the student design competition.-30-Visit the team’s webpage at http://oedk.rice.edu/Sys/PublicProfile/47574275/1063096.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Video: Members of the Axon Mobile team of Rice University engineering students gather with their adviser, Dr. Nitin Tandon, to discuss progress on their wireless monitor to record seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. From left: Andres Gomez, Irene Zhang, Sophia D’Amico, Tandon, Benjamin Klimko, and Aidan Curtis. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionThe system is meant to free patients from being wired to a hospital monitor for days on end waiting for seizures to occur. Photo by Jeff Fitlow“This prototype, their embodiment of this method of wireless recording and transmission, gives us hope that we can do this in the near future,” Tandon said. “We used mostly off-the-shelf components for this, but to get to the next, more evolved level, we would need more complex and tailor-made hardware solutions.”Tandon is also director of the epilepsy surgery program at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice. He worked with another Rice team last year on a technique to simplify the placement of electrodes in patients.The students’ custom circuit board currently collates signals from six implants in a model rodent and sends them wirelessly via radio frequency. “The chip we chose also has Bluetooth capability, so theoretically we could transmit data to a phone,” Zhang said, “but we’re implementing it with a proprietary radio frequency protocol for the higher data rate.”For now, “The receiver will be hooked up to a computer to display the data,” Gomez said, “but the fact is that you, the patient, can be mobile.”The data will likely come from one of two types of implant: stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG) or electrocorticography. In the first, single electrodes are implanted through a hole in the skull to monitor single or small groups of neurons. In the latter, a mesh is implanted under the skull to gather local field potential data from thousands or perhaps millions of neurons. ShareNEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to video and high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduStudents hope to cut ties that bind seizure sufferersRice University engineering team develops wireless monitor for patients with intractable epilepsyHOUSTON – (April 23, 2019) – Wiring a brain to record epileptic seizures binds a patient to a machine. It’s uncomfortable, to say the least, but Rice University engineering students want to untether them.Axon Mobile team members — junior Aidan Curtis and seniors Sophia D’Amico, Andres Gomez, Benjamin Klimko and Irene Zhang, all electrical and computer engineering majors at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering — are developing an instrument to gather signals from a patient’s brain and send them to the computer wirelessly.They hope their effort, part of the seniors’ capstone design requirement, will someday aid patients with epilepsy of the sort that medications can’t help, but may require surgical removal of small parts of the brain where seizures originate. First, doctors must figure out which parts are relevant, and to do so requires implanting electrodes that collect data during seizures. Rice University engineering student Andres Gomez and Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hold a cap with sensors used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Members of the Axon Mobile team at Rice University developing a system to allow patients with intractable epilepsy to be monitored wirelessly. From left: front, Andres Gomez and Aidan Curtis; rear, Irene Zhang, Dr. Nitin Tandon, Sophia D’Amico and Benjamin Klimko. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Members of the Axon Mobile team of Rice University engineering students gather with their adviser, Dr. Nitin Tandon, to discuss progress on their wireless monitor to record seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. From left: Andres Gomez, Irene Zhang, Sophia D’Amico, Tandon, Benjamin Klimko, and Aidan Curtis. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/04/0429_AXON-2-web-wi2u6w.jpgDr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houstonholds a skull cap students at Rice University used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. The system is meant to free patients from being wired to a hospital monitor for days on end waiting for seizures to occur. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston holds a skull cap students at Rice University used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. The system is meant to free patients from being wired to a hospital monitor for days on end waiting for seizures to occur. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Rice University engineering student Andres Gomez and Dr. Nitin Tandon of the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston hold a cap with sensors used to develop a wireless monitor that records seizure data from patients with intractable epilepsy. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)last_img read more