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Additional reporting by Raya Al Jadir A civil serv

first_imgAdditional reporting by Raya Al JadirA civil servant, a Falklands veteran, an inclusive design expert, a festival director and two Paralympians are among disabled people recognised in the latest New Year’s Honours.Among those receiving MBEs is Margaret Hickish, Network Rail’s access and inclusion manager, who is responsible for 19 of Britain’s largest rail stations as well as the organisation’s depots, offices and training centres, and is recognised for services to disabled people.Hickish, who has a background in engineering, played a huge part in ensuring the accessibility of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has worked in access and inclusion for more than 20 years.She began working as an access consultant with the consortiums that produced the London 2012 “masterplan” in early 2007, before later joining the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as its accessibility manager.She said she was “absolutely delighted” with the MBE, which she believes recognises the way she has helped Network Rail change the way it looks at inclusive design, including a new inclusive design strategy and standards and a new emphasis on “putting people at the heart of the design process”.Hickish has introduced a built environment accessibility panel at Network Rail, of which three-quarters of its members are disabled people, a development she also championed at ODA.She said she hoped her MBE would help people treat the issue of inclusive design with a “bit more gravitas”.Mark Carne, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: “Over and above her role, Margaret has provided inspiration, encouragement and advice to colleagues who themselves have disabilities.“Every day, she challenges all of us at Network Rail to improve railway journeys for those with disabilities so that everyone can travel equally, confidently and independently.”Hickish is a member of the government’s Paralympic Legacy Advisory Group and a board member of the government’s Built Environment Professional Education project, and two years ago received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Art for her contribution to inclusive design.Bradley Hemmings, one of the two disabled artistic directors for the critically-praised opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, receives an MBE for services to culture and disability arts.Hemmings also directed the inaugural Paralympic heritage flame ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in 2014, which celebrated the Sochi Winter Paralympics.He is artistic director of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in London, which he founded in 1996 and is now recognised as one of the leading outdoor arts festivals in Europe, and has produced the Mayor of London’s Liberty disability arts festival since its launch in 2003.He is proud, he said, of how GDIF – which is free – has been able to survive for 20 years and “carry its audience, who really support it”, while his work with Deaf and disabled artists over the last 15 years “has always been really important for me”.He said: “It is obviously a lovely moment to reflect and you think ‘that’s wonderful that’s been recognised’, but when you work in this world you’re always looking ahead to the challenges and the things you want to achieve next.“It gives you a bit of a boost and you think, ‘yes, somebody’s noticed, and we’re going to do even better and I’m going to make other great things happen in the future.’“That’s always the case, wherever you are in the arts. You have a show or you have a moment or you have a festival, you might have a performance and there’s an afterglow and a fantastic moment where you celebrate that, but you have to go on.”Hemmings said that the recognition coming more than three years after London 2012 was “in a way really rather wonderful”, suggesting that he had been able to make a continuing contribution to “something that is going to carry on in the public realm with Deaf and disabled artists”.Jeanette Rosenberg, who chairs the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) disability advisory group (DAG), and also chairs the Civil Service Disability Network (CSDN), receives an OBE.She said she was “very proud”, and added: “The honour recognises the help and support I’ve offered to countless people over many years, and the progress that has been made in the way that disabled staff in the Civil Service can work together to improve the working conditions for everyone, and particularly for disabled people.”DAG develops responses to important issues for disabled BIS staff, and helps the department become more “disability confident”, while she herself helps individuals through general education and one-to-one mentoring. She has also set up 10 impairment-specific sub-groups to share good practice at BIS.CSDN provides advice and support on disability issues, suggesting ways in which the barriers faced by disabled civil servants can be addressed, and trying to increase the proportion of disabled people employed in the Civil Service.As chair of CSDN she is also “highly involved in influencing the development of Civil Service policy as it relates to disabled staff and carers”.   She said: “I work closely with the Cabinet Office, the Civil Service disability champion and with other policy leads, offering them insight from the experience of the CSDN and of disabled staff on crucial and day-to-day disability issues. “I spend a lot of time talking to CSDN members and the CSDN executive, to get their views and insights.”She added: “All of this is very important, as there is still a long way to go in the workplace to reach the point where everyone understands and accepts the need to take account of disability issues without being prompted.“I think that my honour is recognition of the way that CSDN and DAG have both developed under my leadership. “They have moved from principally being concerned with the problems experienced by individuals, to looking at and dealing with wider disability policy and its implementation in the workplace and beyond.”She now hopes to use the award as a “springboard” to continue her work, and added: “I’m not about to stop doing things because I’ve been honoured with the OBE.  I’m just not the sort of person to sit back and reflect on the past. “I want to continue working to make the Civil Service the best employer possible for disabled staff and staff who have long-term health conditions.”Kate Nash, founder of PurpleSpace, which shares best practice by bringing together networks of disabled employees such as CSDN, praised Rosenberg’s work, and said: “PurpleSpace is indebted to Jeanette’s help and support to create the national network of employee networks.“We offer our huge congratulations to Jeanette and her leadership of the CSDN.”Simon Weston, a Falklands veteran who survived the attack on the Sir Galahad landing ship in 1982, but with burns to nearly half his body, receives a CBE for his charity work.Since the attack, and years of reconstructive surgery, he has been involved with many charities, has developed a career as a public speaker and television presenter, and as a fiction and non-fiction author, and has been a prominent supporter of the government’s Disability Confident employment campaign.He said on Twitter that he was “very humbled and flattered to receive this fantastic honour”.Rowena Macaulay, disability equality champion at the University of Essex and student support services officer in its sociology department, is another disabled person receiving an MBE.The wheelchair-user was a founder member of the university’s Essex Access Forum and is still its chair, and was responsible for launching projects that produced maps highlighting accessible routes around its Colchester campus.She is co-founder of Walk Colchester, which helps protect the town’s network of pathways and green open spaces, and promotes “enjoyable, accessible, informed pedestrianism for walkers of all ages and abilities”, and is also part of a project to create a 13.5 mile walking route around the town.In 2011, she launched a successful campaign to fund an all-terrain wheelchair at Colchester’s High Woods Country Park.Macaulay said: “What really interests me is the good design of public space – in urban areas and in the countryside – for all people.“I try to get away from thinking about disability as a specific category to provide for.“It’s true that gaps still remain at times between what equality law advocates and what happens in practice, and these gaps necessarily focus attention on rights.“But universal design should be a fundamental principle in the creation and management of all public space, and this isn’t about building add-ons to accommodate supposed minorities; it is about recognising and celebrating diversity as the norm.“I’m motivated by spaces that are beautiful and that work well for everybody, across user groups and across individual lifespans.“Where inclusive access is embraced fully and creatively as a design driver, it can be a catalyst for some of the most exciting ways of thinking about how we design the space around us.”Campaigner, public speaker and blogger Lucy Watts (pictured) also receives an MBE – at the age of just 22 – for services to young disabled people.Watts has worked with a string of charities, including Together for Short Lives (a charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions), the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust, Dreams Come True and Scope.She has a life-limiting condition and has to spend much of her life in bed, and is “hooked up to intravenous drips nearly 24 hours a day”.She said she was “absolutely amazed, and truly humbled that people think me worthy of such a prestigious accolade”, and added: “It proves to me that my work is successful, that I am making a difference, and that other people recognise what I do and the impact my work has made.”But she also said the MBE “makes me even more determined to make a bigger difference in the future, to help as many people as possible and continue to grow my work”.She said the award partly recognised her work to “open the eyes of advisers to the government, of Department of Health officials, of commissioners, MPs and policy-makers to the needs of young people and to help them to make sure their decisions and policies will benefit young people and what we as young people want from the services that support us”.She said she hoped it would “open many doors” and help her broaden her work to “show the general public not to underestimate the abilities and potential of a child, young person or adult with an illness or disability”, while also bringing “fantastic attention to the charities I work with and for the causes I champion”.And she said she also hoped the MBE would “show others with illnesses and disabilities that they can still achieve and have a life, that they can contribute to this world with the right support, with hard work and determination”, and would show them that “disability does not mean you’ll never achieve anything”.Two Paralympians have been recognised with MBEs.Paralympic thrower Stephen Miller, who has competed in five Paralympic Games, was swamped with messages of support on Twitter after his MBE was announced, among them congratulations from Match of the Day pundit and former England striker Alan Shearer and sports presenter Clare Balding.Miller, who is set to compete in his sixth Paralympics in Rio this summer, said on Twitter that he was “so proud” of the award and “overwhelmed” by the messages.The triple Paralympic champion added: “This means as much for my family and friends and all the people who have supported me over the years.“Sport has given me so much, I hope I can justify being given this huge honour by continuing to be the best role model I can be and by helping others to find the joy of sport.”Diane McMillan (formerly Barr), from Northern Ireland, won six medals, including two golds, at the Seoul and Barcelona Paralympic Games, in 1988 and 1992, and is recognised with an MBE for services to swimming and disability awareness.Among other disabled recipients of MBEs is Ailsa Bosworth, chief executive of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, who founded the charity – which she sees as a “one-stop shop for people living with the disease” – in 2001 following her own struggle to secure treatment, information and support.She said: “I am delighted, it came totally out of the blue. It is really a reflection on my team. I couldn’t do without their passion and support.“Rheumatoid arthritis is a hidden disease and many people do not really understand it.”Another to receive an MBE is John Howe, for services to the charity Diabetes UK and his local community in Trafford, Manchester.Howe is chair of Trafford Diabetes Support Group, and is a member of several health-related panels in the Manchester area.Access expert Mike Elkerton, chief executive of the consultancy Access and Evacu8 and chair of the north-west branch of the Access Association, is also awarded an MBE (see separate story).last_img read more

District supervisor asks San Francisco to call for Trumps impeachment

first_imgFewer’s co-sponsors on the resolution included District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, District 11’s Ahsha Safaí, District 4’s Katy Tang and District 8’s Jeff Sheehy. Even before the meeting, Fewer co-hosted a rally on the steps of City Hall with Indivisible San Francisco and the Brightline Defense Project, whose attorneys also partnered with her on the resolution. The rally lasted about 45 minutes.Ronen, Safaí and Sheehy spoke at the rally, noting their different reasons for supporting the resolution.“Let’s face it,” Sheehy said. “The man is mentally ill, and he’s got his finger on the nuclear button.”“We have to build a movement,” he continued. “Our very lives are at stake.”Ronen noted a less life-threatening but more bizarre instance of the president’s conflicts of interest.“I cannot believe that the president of the United States is using the most powerful office in the country to peddle his daughter’s fashion goods,” she said, later adding: “I feel like we’re living in an alternative universe.”ADVERTISEMENT 5 Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Apartments available at 3000 23rd St., San Francisco, CA 94110. Applications must be received by 5PM, Nov. 7, 2017, and must either be submitted online here or mailed in with a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 3000 23rd St. BMR, P.O. Box 420847, San Francisco, CA 94124. Applications available here or picked up from an agency listed here.Safaí noted that he was born in Iran—a country banned under Trump’s executive travel order. Esperanza Cuatle, director of operations at Pangea Legal Services,  spoke about being undocumented.  “I know I am not safe anymore, and my family isn’t either,” she said. Cuautle noted that while over 35,000 people had been deported from Northern California between 2010 and 2015, the situation has worsened considerably under Trump. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using more aggressive tactics, she said, and Bay Area sanctuary cities are getting targeted.At the front of the crowd stood Quanah Brightman, his fist closed around a hunk of burning sage. Brightman is executive director of United Native Americans Inc., a non-profit indigenous movement organization. President Trump, Brightman said, is “basically gutting” vital programs for Native welfare, including housing, healthcare and tribal education funds. Brightman said Trump had taken about $2 billion dollars from these programs. If Trump remains in office, he said, “We’re gonna be hit the hardest.”Fewer said she began drafting the resolution in July after receiving multiple requests from constituents and Indivisible San Francisco and Brightline– the former a political organization devoted to organizing San Franciscans against Trump, the latter a policy advocacy non-profit.“Oakland’s done it, Berkeley’s done it, Richmond’s done it,” she said. “San Francisco, I’m sorry, we’re the leader in speaking truth to power. We have seen our residents under attack, we’ve seen our city under attack as a sanctuary city, and still we’re standing strong.”  The resolution, if it passes, has no legal impact. However, Fewer and others believe it will send a symbolic message to senators and members of Congress.“Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Jackie Speier, Kamala Harris … They’ll hear us,” said Christine Wei, a member of Indivisible S.F.Quanah Brightman, executive director of United Native Americans Inc., holds up burning sage and a feather amidst activists from the Tenderloin. Photo by Susie Neilson 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img Less than a year after President Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, more than 16 towns and cities across the country have passed resolutions calling for his impeachment. District 1 Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer wants San Francisco to join them. On Tuesday afternoon, Fewer introduced a resolution at the Board of Supervisors calling for Trump’s impeachment and sponsored by 5 of the 11 supervisors. A vote will take place next week. “Every morning I wake up, I remind myself this is not normal,” Fewer said as she introduced the resolution. Fewer’s resolution charges Trump with three impeachable offenses: Obstruction of justice, collusion, and violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Within these larger offenses, however, it lists 63 clauses. Among the offenses cited are Trump’s improper pressuring of former FBI James Comey; his connections to disgraced former National Security advisor Michael Flynn; and his foreign business ties. last_img read more

The Morris Your Neighborhood Destination Place

first_img 0% The Morris has only been in existence for just over a year-and-a-half, but owing to its location in the old Slow Club space — which was an old-timer at 24 years — it has the feel of a longtime neighborhood spot.The Morris is named after founder/sommelier Paul Einbund’s father, which gives the restaurant an aura of days gone by — conjuring up visions of old art-deco apartments and hotels in Miami Beach — even though the interior is modern/garage/industrial/sleek, with an impressive custom-built, glass-walled wine case. It is pretty clear that owners Einbund (formerly of Frances and Coi) and Chef Gavin Schmidt (Coi) want The Morris to be an amiable, go-to restaurant for those that live in the area, as well as a destination.Because of Einbund, there is an impressive wine list, which we didn’t come near to touching (we did have a bottle of a lovely zin with dinner, though.) The Morris is also playing with bottle-aging cocktails, a method by which a classic cocktail ages for anywhere from months to years. I had the 17-month-old Manhattan, which came with a sidecar.Manhattan Quite interesting — the notes of sweetness played funkily with the brine of the oyster. However, I didn’t note any black pepper, which would have made a nice contrast.Next, we had the five-charcuterie plate. The carrot cake was lovely, sitting in its pool of creamy carrot juice. The cake itself I found drier than most, but not unpleasantly so, with a spicy hint of cardamom. I have to confess I may have been a little too full to completely appreciate this dessert.Although we’d already had quite a bit of the menu, I told the boyfriend we just had to come back, as we’d not had a chance to try any of their house-made charcuterie.On our second visit, we sat at the cozy bar in the back of the restaurant. I started with the oyster with strawberry and black pepper. Those donuts! Fabulous! With a sprinkle of chili and a subtle saltiness, dipped into the creamy, slightly boozy Anglaise, they were pure joy in the mouth. Holy mama! Grilled and olive-oil-drizzled Tartine bread accompanied our Jaegerwurst, smoky pepperoni, tete de cochon, pâté de campagne, duck liver mousse, and, as requested, a side of the duck-offal confit. Luscious, all of it. I loved the crunch of the tete de cochon, the silky, sherry musings of the mousse, the slight bite of the pepperoni, and the rich silkiness of the Jaegerwurst. The confit was heady, and I all but drank the little cup down when I ran out of our second order of bread. The Morris knows its charcuterie.I also had a glass of their in-house blend of wine that evening, a mixture of Semillon and orange muscat.  This was a lovely glass of wine — cool, dry, with mere whispers of the muscat. I would be hard-pressed not to go with their house wines in the future, despite the allure of Einbund’s heady wine program.The board of meaty delights was more than enough for us for a meal, but we’d ordered a salad as well.Burrata peach salad.Can I rave about a salad? I shall. Billed as a peach, burrata and arugula salad, what made it for me were the crispy, nutty artichoke leaves, reminiscent of the Roman carciofi alla giudia. Toasted pistachios added more crunch, and the peach juice dressing over the creamy burrata was a dream. What a way to end a meal!Wait! The real way to end your meal is with a trip to the bathroom, where an ethereal soundtrack lilts over video footage of lovely, peaceful drives through the likes of Sonoma and Belgium. You’ll be tempted to take your wine glass in with you, but don’t: That would be weird. But go.The Morris is clearly Mr. Eindbund and Chef Schmidt’s love child, and a fitting tribute to its namesake.The Morris2501 Mariposa St.San Francisco, CA 94110415-612-8480 Very nice, and I LOVED the cut-glass barware (they pay a lot of attention to locally made dishware, hand-made linens, and cutlery here — keep your eye out for the for-purchase Opinel knives, with Pop Morris’ signature burned into the handle), but while I know the point is to round out those rough, boozy edges and offer a smooth, more in-depth cocktail, the grit is what I crave in a Manhattan. (I also found the $25 price tag steep.)There were four of us, so we started with some shared bites:Chicken and foie gras dumpling.The chicken and foie gras dumplings in broth, topped with shaved bonita flakes that dance delightfully like fluttering petals from the heat of the dish, were orbs of bliss! Such umami, such soothing comfort food.My friend and I split the uni toast bite — and it is literally a bite — which should have been better.Uni toast.The uni was very mild, notably missing some of the funk that I’ve always associated with it. Perhaps I’ve never had uni this fresh? Doubtful. The toast point it was served on was soft, so there was no contrast in texture. It needed crunch, or something to kick it up.We also ordered the cracklins, which were as ethereally light as clouds (like 4505 Meats’ chicharrones, if you’re familiar).Cracklins.They came lightly sauced with honey, which for us was the wrong choice, and the Aleppo pepper was barely discernible. I would have liked more heat and salt.The couple with us had already tried the restaurant’s specialty, the famous smoked duck, but it took no twisting of my arm to order a half for the BF and me.Smoked duck.This duck has been widely touted, and rightly so. It’s a tour de force, with a matching price tag ($60 for half, $120 for a whole), but the labor-intense preparation more than justifies the price: the bird goes through a process of brining, days-long air-aging in the fridge, smoking, and then finally convection-oven roasting, all in the pursuit and ultimate realization of gloriously crispy skin enveloping silky, succulent, ruby meat, all lovingly napped in jus, nestled atop a bed of roasted root veggies. The duck arrives carved, glowing, glistening, beckoning. This is a knockout dish. And if the price gives you pause, the BF and I split the half-duck, our friends had a few bites, and I still had enough left for a substantial lunch the next day.Our friend ordered the black cod.Cod.Perfectly cooked, moist, springy and Springy. If I hadn’t had the duck, I would have been more than happy with this entrée.Her hubby got the house-made sausage (they have many, many ways with the pig here) with rapini, and I believe pulses, and/or sprouts, the latter of which were, for me, a bit undercooked, but his wife loved the crunchy, fresh, vegetal-ness of them.Sausages.We all had a bite of the sausage and deemed it very good.The BF and I also split an asparagus-herb salad with a kimchi aioli.Asparagus salad.Sadly, the aioli was very much lacking any kimchi flavor. When you say kimchi, you expect funk and heat and brine, but this was like a slightly spiced mayonnaise. Despite the rye-toast nuggets and hard-boiled egg chunks, the dish suffered from blandness.The restaurant very kindly, and unbidden, brought us a Dungeness crab salad (on the house) with avocado, breakfast radishes, and cucumbers.Crab salad.While it was a fresh-tasting dish, and I really hate to look a gift crab in the mouth, it was also a bit underwhelming. Perhaps because we’re nearing the end of the season, the crab itself didn’t have much of its usual sweetness.All was redeemed by the next dish, however.Squid and Broccolini.Charred broccolini with grilled squid in a spicy chili/lime sauce was maybe my favorite dish of the night, running neck-and-neck with the duck. It had surprising heat, umami, fun textures, and pizzazz! It was a jolt and made me want to come back again.Although we were more than sated by this time, because we were with friends we ordered dessert. We asked for the buckwheat donuts with a whiskey crème Anglaise, and they generously brought us a piece of carrot cake as well. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

NATHAN Brown said he was unimpressed with the offi

first_imgNATHAN Brown said he was unimpressed with the officiating in tonight’s clash but praised Catalans and his youngsters.And following the 22-12 defeat he pointed to how those kidsare getting better week in week out.“I don’t think anyone would argue the team isn’t competing really hard,” he said. “At the moment we are a really small team. But they had a certain set of tactics that slowed the game up and unfortunately the man in the middle didn’t recognise it.“They feigned injury and every scrum they packed wrong to change it; you have to say that is great coaching but the bloke in the middle was poor. But our lack of size showed and in terms of field position we spent most of the game in our half.“To our credit we hung on in there. Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) got pulled up inches short and then, as is the case with most young players learning a passing game, they like throwing long passes. If it was a short pass we probably score don’t we? But you can’t fault the boys’ effort and commitment.”He continued: “Alex Walmsley is getting better, Adam Swift, Mark Percival – the younger kids are getting more time than they thought and that is good for the back end of the year.“Those kids will improve. Adam Swift was better from this week to last week and Percy going to be good long term player for the Club; Joe Greenwood too. Sometimes the pace of the game catches them up but they are getting better and the rewards will come from that.“We have to take some confidence from tonight – we withstood a lot of pressure and did the same against Hull KR. We need to tidy up a few areas, and momentum in our attack to help our kicking game. We are having a lot of defensive practice at present! We are trying hard but we need to get smarter.”last_img read more

THE RFL has announced the appointment of Blake Sol

first_imgTHE RFL has announced the appointment of Blake Solly as the General Manager of Rugby League’s elite competition, the First Utility Super League.Solly will step down from his position as RFL Director of Standards and Licensing to commence his new role on June 1.The appointment comes at a pivotal time for the competition and the sport as Rugby League prepares to embrace exciting new structures from 2015.Super League Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “This is a significant appointment that will enable the First Utility Super League to maximise the opportunities created by the new league structures and ensure that the competition builds on the momentum we have gained in the last few years.“With an expanding commercial portfolio and a record-breaking broadcast contract with Sky Sports in place, Super League is perfectly positioned to grow still further and Blake is the best person to lead that growth.“Blake has proved to be a valuable, respected and accomplished administrator during his time at the RFL and this appointment is recognition of his ability.“The model of having a dedicated General Manager helped us deliver the most successful Rugby League World Cup of all time and I have no doubts that this new role, together with other initiatives, will produce similar results for Super League.”Solly’s elevation to the new role is given further momentum by the announcement that Paul Tyrrell will join the organisation to advise on PR and Corporate Communications.He was previously Head of External Affairs at BBC North and has held senior communications roles at Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton football clubs. He will support Solly in his new role.Solly said: “This is an extremely exciting time for the First Utility Super League and it is a real honour to be appointed as General Manager.“This season we have seen a significant increase in the television viewing audience, sell-out crowds and new sponsors joining the Super League. The appointments of Marketing Director Mark Foster and Paul Tyrrell, with their experience and success in marketing and communications, ensures we are best placed to capitalise on this momentum.“I want to thank the Super League clubs for supporting the appointment, and look forward to working closely with them to ensure the continued growth of their competition.”The RFL is also in the process of recruiting a new Commercial Director to build on the growing appeal of Super League which, as well as title sponsors First Utility, has an impressive stable of commercial partners in Alcatel One Touch, Brut, Foxy Bingo, Irn Bru, Specsavers and Tetley’s.last_img read more

THE new home of St Helens Langtree Park has sold

first_imgTHE new home of St Helens, Langtree Park, has sold out its 18,000 capacity more than three weeks ahead of the finale to the inaugural expanded World Club Series, being the World Club Final between Super League Champions St Helens and NRL Champions South Sydney on 22 February.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:“It’s no exaggeration to say that this World Club Final represents the biggest day in the proud history of both the Club and the Town of St Helens. Although we have won it twice, this the first time we’ve participated in it on our own turf.“We aim to build a history at our new home of Langtree Park comparable with that of our 120 years at Knowsley Road. The evening of February 22 will be a historic one indeed in our new life.“It’s very clear also that the fans are enormously excited about the new concept of the World Club Series, where the cream of Super League clashes full on with the NRL. It’s quite clear that this represents the ideal platform upon which to build a credible and successful international club game.“It represents the expansion of the already established World Club Challenge template and can readily be developed into a competition of real international appeal and with consequent commercial value.“It is certainly capable of garnering much needed global interest in our club game and must be supported at all levels to that end. It is the first, and very credible, step in what our game has been crying out for far too long.“Let’s all get behind it as it fully merits.”last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham enjoyed his sixth Super League w

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham enjoyed his sixth Super League win from six to remain top of the table on Thursday.His side beat Warrington 32-24 at Langtree Park.“There were points of the game tonight when we were in total control,” he said. “You can’t take anything away from Warrington as they came to play and can score from anywhere, but I thought we were very comfortable for large quantities of the game. Our game management let us down at the end… we could have run away with it a touch.“I’m happy with the result and we’re still 100 per cent. I keep saying it but week in week out we revert back to how resilient we are. Sometimes they don’t deserve to stop the tries they stop. We scramble and defend on our own line… and then we go and score. It break’s the opposition’s hearts.”He continues: “We are working hard off the field, working hard on the video and working hard on the field too. We have a great group of people here who want to achieve things.“We’re happy with what we have achieved so far, and we will go again on Monday ready for the next match. It is a good environment to be around.”Cunningham says that Joe Greenwood took a bump to his elbow in the match and will “get checked” over the next few days.“The medical staff aren’t too concerned, which pleased me,” he added.last_img read more

Complaint against Olde Towne farm stand alleged sign thief identified

first_img Neighbors found out that their farm stand and Riverwalk Park Farmer’s Market were not allowed to operate under zoning law. They were worried that fact would lead the planning board to terminate the stand at the planning meeting Thursday.It comes as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has identified the alleged sign thief.The past fall has been rotten for neighbors who support the Olde Towne Community farm stand.Olde Towne farm stand signRelated Article: North Carolina Rice Festival has a new home“I made the Powell’s eight signs when they first started to help them out all eight of my signs were stolen,” said Olde Towne Community Association president Rana LaBrunda.We showed you last week the video of a woman who apparently has taken dozens of signs advertising the farm stand.Then neighbors this week had to address a new issue, someone complained about parking related to the stand that serves as the sole source of income for the family that runs it.“As far as that complaint has gone,” said LaBrunda. “That’s been fixed and adjusted so that now everybody parks within the park and not on the street.”The complaint reached the Belville Town Planning Board. Neighbors spoke at the meeting hoping to sway town officials to allow it.“We ask that your discussions on new ordinance language that you find a way to for the continued operation of the Olde Towne Farm Stand,” says neighbor and association member John Clark.Instead of rewriting zoning law, town planners came up with a temporary solution and asked the stand to apply for a temporary use permit. If approved, the greens get a green light.“As long as they can stay in business that’s fine,” says association secretary Stephanie Smith. “That’s what we were looking for something that they can say ‘yes they can stay in business as long as they adhere to these rules and regulations’.”Planners and neighbors think that’s a compromise. It comes as there is a break in the case of the alleged sign thief.“They have identified the person, they have spoken to the person in fact they have retrieved a sign and returned it to our vice president,” said Smith. “Because she was the one who built one of the signs and hers was the one that she retrieved and they did return it to her. However I am not at liberty to say who the person is yet until they finish their investigation.”Neighbors tell us no charges have been filed yet in the case. When that changes we will update this story. BELVILLE, NC (WWAY) –  A week ago we told you some neighbors out in Brunswick Countyuncovered video showing a woman stealing dozens of signs advertising a community farm stand.Now a complaint on the stand has neighbors worried about its future and the welfare of the family running it.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Swimming alerts issued for parts of Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach

first_img The alerts are for waters in Banks Channel off Waynick Boulevard in Wrightsville Beach at the following public access sites:Between Snyder and Seashore streetsBetween Taylor and Bellamy streetsApproximately 150 yards north of Iula StreetAt the corner of Waynick Boulevard and Sunset AvenueThe state says tests of water samples collected yesterday show bacteria levels that exceed the state and federal single-sample standard of 104 enterococci per 100 milliliters for Tier 1, high-usage, sites. Swimming areas are classified based on recreational use and are referred to as tiers.State officials say they will test the sites again today, and the results of the sampling will dictate further action. If the new samples also show elevated bacteria counts, state officials will post a swimming advisory sign and issue a swimming advisory.Related Article: Tiny bees found in woman’s eye, feeding off tearsEnterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies indicate that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.State officials sample 209 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when the waters are colder. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — State regulators have issued swimming alerts for parts of Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach.According to a news release from the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, initial testing at four sound-side sites showed levels of bacteria exceeding the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality swimming standards.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick County woman scores big with Panthers pride wins 200000

first_imgCarolina Panthers scratch-off game (Photo: NC Lottery) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Longtime football fan Cathie Ramsey of Leland scored big after she played the Carolina Panthers scratch-off game and won $200,000.Her good fortune happened Friday morning when she stopped at the Buy N’ Go on Ploof Road in Leland.- Advertisement – “I’m a lifelong Panthers fan,” Ramsey said. “So when I saw the scratch-off ticket I knew that was the one I wanted.”She started scratching the ticket as she walked to her car.“When I saw the numbers I stopped and just stood there,” Ramsey said. “I immediately turned around and went back in. I asked the clerk, ‘Is this what I think it is?’”Related Article: UPDATE: One taken to hospital after crash involving Leland PD OfficerIt was, and she drove straight to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to claim her prize. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $141,003.“I’m so excited,” Ramsey said. “This makes up for the Panthers not going to the Super Bowl. They finally came through for me.”She plans to use some of the money to pay off all her bills.“I can’t even fathom it,” Ramsey said. “It’s a great feeling and a huge relief.”The $5 ticket launched in August with five top prizes of $200,000. Since Ramsey claimed the last top prize, the lottery will take steps to end the game.last_img read more

Why is the shrimp industry booming

first_img Vennis Lee Smith works at Howard’s Seafood and Convenience Store on Castle Street in Wilmington.Smith says his shop is busy with customers looking for shrimp.“We sell a lot of shrimp especially at night,” said Smith.Related Article: Rides return to boardwalk to keep Carolina Beach tradition aliveHe says his shrimp is fresh and delivered twice a week by Blackburn Brothers Fresh Seafood. He’s sold a lot of shrimp this month and says the shrimp sales are opposite of crabs.“Since it’s cold [crabs] are going under the mud,” said Smith. “So, we sell a lot of shrimp.”Blackburn says the weather is impacting this boom.“We’ve had more rain this year then I think we’ve ever had,” Blackburn said.He calls that a blessing for shrimpers.“These men are able to go out and still make a living but once cold weather hits and sets in it will be done for the season,” said Blackburn.He and his brothers have been in the seafood business since 1977, providing fresh seafood to local markets and restaurants across the state.“We take a lot of pride in the product that we sell, and we want to make sure that people recognize our name,” said Blackburn.He says last year the shrimp season ended in December. He expects this boom to end in the next two or three weeks as weather forecasts project an arctic air mass.North Carolina shrimpers broke records in 2016 and 2017. A biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries also attributes increased harvests to warmer winters and water. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attention seafood lovers, the Cape Fear area shrimp industry is booming and now local restaurants and seafood markets are set to be filled with fresh shrimp.Co-owner of Blackburn Brother’s Fresh Seafood Bret Blackburn says we are having a longer shrimp season because of our extremely wet year and current mild winter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Belarus Lukashenko says damages from contaminated oil enormous Belta

first_imgBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (L) arrives to attend a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/PoolBelarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (L) arrives to attend a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Pool The president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said on Saturday the cost of damages from contaminated oil received via the Russian Druzhba oil pipeline was ‘enormous’ and Belarus expects compensation from Russia, state-run Belta news agency said.“Right now we are evaluating the damage… damage is enormous to the pipeline, to the equipment on the pipelines (including pumps on the facilities and the like) and to the oil refineries,” Lukashenko was cited as saying.He said costs could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars and that he hopes Russia will not dispute the costs.Russia halted oil flows along the Druzhba pipeline, which flows through Belarus to Eastern Europe and Germany, late last month because of contaminated crude, contributing to a rise in global oil prices to a six-month high and leaving refiners in Europe scrambling to find supplies.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

Nokia Siemens Networks Provides Energy Solutions

first_imgAdvertisement “As tougher economic environments continue to characterise mature markets and CSPs look to developing regions for growth, there is a need to find more effective ways to reduce OPEX, while still operating in an environmentally responsible manner,” explains Ranjith Cherickel, Head of Global Services Sales for the Africa Region at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).“CSPs are increasingly looking at outsourcing their network management, operations and optimization in the form of Managed Services to extract the true potential of their business as well as to free their resources to focus on their core activities.”Cherickel explains that Managed Energy Solutions, which forms part of the company’s Managed Services portfolio, can provide savings through better energy efficiency, which constitutes one of the biggest operating expenses for CSPs. – Advertisement – “In mature markets, up to 10% of network opex is used on energy and this can be as much as 15% to 30% in emerging markets like Africa, where access to electricity is often limited, unreliable or intermittent at best,” says Cherickel.Power Supply ResourcesThe challenge of securing an adequate power supply is even more difficult when trying to roll out infrastructure in rural or suburban areas, as CSPs are often unable to connect to the electricity grid or gain access to an efficient and reliable energy source. In these instances, CSPs would be dependent on generators and fossil fuel, which is a costly source of energy and increases their carbon footprint significantly.“CSPs can now benefit from Nokia Siemens Networks’ end-to-end managed energy solutions to reduce OPEX through more efficient site and network infrastructure, remote management systems and energy management network intelligence.This will enable them to optimize the use of available resources, such as fossil fuels and grid capacity,” continues Cherickel.“Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power can also be integrated into a solution to optimise performance and also provide an added level of redundancy for sites located on unstable grids.”Managed energy solutionsAccording to Cherickel, Nokia Siemens Networks has already implemented optimised energy consumption solutions in emerging markets that are allowing customers to reduce their generator runtime by up to 90%, which is reducing their fuel consumption from 20,000 down to 2,000 litres of fuel per year.“That is equivalent to a reduction of 50 tonnes of CO2 emissions per site, per year, in a typical site configuration,” he explains.“When all of these elements are provisioned through a managed services solution and coupled with innovative technology, such as Nokia Siemens Networks’ proprietary Flexi base stations, CSPs have the most ideal solution to reach new potential markets in rural and remote areas, while reducing their carbon footprint and their operating expenditure, in a sustainable manner,” says Cherickel.“Our Managed Energy Solutions will have a significant impact on their bottom line and will also help improve the CSP’s image as an environmentally responsible corporate citizen,” he concludes.Source: itnewsafrica.comlast_img read more

Introducing Mobile Fusion – RIMs New Enterprise Mobility Solution for BlackBerry Android

first_imgAdvertisement  “We are pleased to introduce BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – RIM’s next generation enterprise mobility solution – to make it easier for our business and government customers to manage the diversity of devices in their operations today,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion.“BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organizations.” RIM is the leading provider of enterprise mobility solutions with over 90 percent of the Fortune 500 provisioning BlackBerry devices today. The enterprise market for smartphones and tablets continues to grow in both the company-provisioned and employee-owned (Bring Your Own Device or BYOD) categories. BYOD in particular has led to an increase in the diversity of mobile devices in use in the enterprise and new challenges for CIOs and IT departments as they struggle to manage and control wireless access to confidential company information on the corporate network. This has resulted in increased demand for mobile device management solutions.  – Advertisement – BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together the market-leading BlackBerry® Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3) for BlackBerry smartphones; new management capabilities for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets built on BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology; and mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will provide the following mobile device management capabilities for all supported mobile devices*: Asset managementConfiguration  managementSecurity and policy definition and managementSecure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)User- and group-based administrationMultiple device per user capableApplication and software managementConnectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificate)Centralized consoleHigh scalability BlackBerry smartphones will continue to benefit from the many advantages of the end-to-end BlackBerry solution including the same advanced IT management, security and control available with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which is part of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.These advanced features include BlackBerry® Balance™ technology supporting the use of a single device for both work and personal purposes without compromising the organization’s need to secure, manage and control confidential information; over 500 IT policies; over-the-air app and software installation and management; high availability; and much more. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will also introduce new self-service functionality for employees to secure lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers. RIM is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta program which will start in January, and general availability is expected in late March.last_img read more

Pirate Bay founder sentenced to 2 years in Sweden hacking case

first_imgAdvertisement Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been sentenced to two years in jail for hacking into computers at a company that manages data for Swedish authorities and making illegal online money transfers, a court said.He was extradited to Sweden last year from Cambodia to begin a one-year jail sentence after being convicted in 2009 of internet piracy. He was then charged by authorities as part of the separate hacking investigation.[related-posts]“The hacking has been very extensive and technically advanced, The attacker has affected very sensitive systems.” the Nacka district court said in a statement. – Advertisement – Warg, a 28-year-old Swede, managed to transfer 24,200 Danish crowns ($4,300) online, but also attempted, in several different transactions, to transfer a total of around 683,000 euros ($915,500).The investigation was into data infringement involving outsourcing firm Logica. Swedish authorities have said the hackers gained access to information on several people with protected identities.In the 2009 trial, a court in Sweden – where The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 – fined and sentenced to jail Warg and two co-founders then behind the site for breaching copyright in a case brought by firms including Sony Universal Music and EMI.Swedish prosecutors in May launched a new attempt to close down Pirate Bay, which provides links to music and movie files stored on other users’ computers.The site is now run by an unknown group and uses a domain name registered in Sint Maarten, a Dutch territory in the Caribbean.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

ExNokia Employees Launch Smartphone Company Jolla

first_imgAdvertisement A team of ex-Nokia employees has released the first handset running on a new smartphone platform.The Jolla phone – pronounced Yol-la – is powered by open-source operating system Sailfish, but can run most apps designed for Google’s Android platform.The company has paired with a major Finnish network, and hopes to set up a similar deal with a UK operator. – Advertisement – Industry analysts said Jolla faced a challenge in taking on a market dominated by Google and Apple.Just 450 Jolla phones will be available at launch on Wednesday evening, with the majority going to customers who have pre-ordered the device.Co-founder Marc Dillon told the BBC the company was in the process of ramping up manufacturing.He said the phone’s ethos was to provide a more “open” approach to how people used their mobiles, a contrast to the relatively closed systems used on the iPhone and, to a lesser extent, Android devices.“There’s different opportunities for people to get apps form different places, different stores,” he said.“We’ve created a world-class platform. Users will be getting more choice.”The OSThe platform – originally called MeeGo – was developed by Nokia, but dumped in 2011 in favour of the company adopting the Windows Phone system.Nokia released just one handset running the software, the N9-00.Antti Saarnio, chairman and co-founder of Jolla, told the BBC in May that MeeGo – now called Sailfish – had not been given enough chance to succeed.“Everybody felt so strongly that they wanted to continue,” he said.Large parts of the Sailfish code were open-source, which meant anyone could expand and adapt the platform, Mr Dillon said.“We are ramping up our Jolla community right now.“There’s already a Sailfish website so that developers can come and contribute.”Credit: BBClast_img read more

Ugandan Entrepreneurs Selected As Obamas Emerging Leaders For Africa

first_imgFormer US President Barack Obama speaks during his town hall for the Obama Foundation at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool) Advertisement Following last year’s call for African entrepreneurs to send in their entries for the Obama Foundation Fellowship Programme – a program that seeks to support outstanding civic innovators in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation, 200 entrepreneurs were selected hailing from 44 countries (Uganda Inclusive) across the continent.Speaking to participants in his Leaders Africa program, Obama urged them to pursue change at home and emphasized the impact they can have as the continent’s population is the fastest-growing in the world, according to reports by Associated Press.“How big are your ambitions?” Obama asked. – Advertisement – The entrepreneurs bring on board a wide range of skills and experiences to share with one another and the rest of the world. The 200 were in attendance during the President’s visit to South Africa for the Commemoration of Former President of South Africa; Nelson Mandela.Here are the 12 Uganda Entrepreneurs:Kiyingi Amos Amos is National Director and Founder of Uganda Unites, a youth-led movement that seeks to connect youth from different religious and ethnic backgrounds across Uganda.Francis Xavier Asiimwe Francis is the CEO at Kaaro Health, an innovative Uganda-based health-tech company that is using software and hardware tools to improve access to high-quality healthcare for underserved communities.Robert Katende Robert a social worker working with children in less privileged communities uses the game of chess as a platform to restore and transform their lives by awakening the sleeping genius in each of them.Kevin Lubega Kevin has founded and contributed to various technologically dependent businesses, in sectors including FinTech, renewable energy, e-commerce, e-learning, and high-tech.Abaas Mpindi Mpindi is the CEO and Founder of the Media Challenge Initiative, a youth-driven non-profit building the next generation of journalistsAndrew Mukose Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Gifted Hands Network, an organization that aims to reduce breast cancer deaths and increases the employability of visually impaired women in Uganda.Elizabeth Nalugemwa Elizabeth is the CEO and Founder of Kyaffe Farmers Coffee with her passion to empower women coffee farmers through fair trade coffee and foster leadership within her community.Enock Nkulanga Enock is a National Director for African Children’s Mission, an NGO with operations in Uganda and Kenya reaching out to vulnerable children through education.Monica Nyiraguhabwa Monica is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Girl Up Initiative Uganda, which aims to provide young women and girls with opportunities to succeed and thrive as leaders in their slum communities through holistic education and economic empowerment.Manuela Pacutho Manuela Founder and CEO of The Cradle; Uganda’s first ever 24-hour workplace infant and toddler care center.Ogik Peter Peter Co-founder and Chairperson of the Source of the Nile Union of Persons with Albinism (SNUPA), an NGO that advocates for the rights of persons with albinism in Uganda.Mushusha Richard Mushusha Founder, and CEO at Footmo Kit, a handheld device that diagnoses foot and mouth diseases in livestock in hard to reach and underserved areas.last_img read more

Chromosomefolding theory shows promise

first_imgAddThis University researchers Peter Wolynes, left, and Bin Zhang are working to formulate an energy-landscape theory for chromosomes. The theory could help scientists understand the genomic roots of gene regulation, DNA replication and cell differentiation. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Share1Editor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduChromosome-folding theory shows promiseRice University researchers seek new understanding of gene regulation, other bio functions HOUSTON – (April 28, 2015) – Human chromosomes are much bigger and more complex than proteins, but like proteins, they appear to fold and unfold in an orderly process as they carry out their functions in cells.Rice University biophysicist Peter Wolynes and postdoctoral fellow Bin Zhang have embarked upon a long project to define that order. They hope to develop a theory that predicts the folding mechanisms and resulting structures of chromosomes in the same general way Wolynes helped revolutionize the view of protein folding through the concept of energy landscapes.The first fruit of their quest is a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that details a coarse-grained method to “skirt some of the difficulties” that a nucleotide-level analysis of chromosomes would entail.Essentially, the researchers are drawing upon frequently observed crosslinking contacts among domains – distinct sequences that form along folding strands of DNA – to apply statistical tools. With these tools, they can build computational models and infer the presence of energy landscapes that predict the dynamics of chromosomes.How macromolecules of DNA fold into chromosomes is thought to have a crucial role in biological processes like gene regulation, DNA replication and cell differentiation. The researchers argue that unraveling the dynamics of how they fold and their structural details would add greatly to the understanding of cell biology.“It’s inevitable that there’s a state of the chromosome that involves having structure,” Wolynes said. “Since the main theme of our work is gene regulation, it’s something we would naturally be interested in pursuing.”But it’s no small task. First, though a chromosome is made of a single strand of DNA, that strand is huge, with millions of subunits. That’s much longer than the average protein and probably a lot slower to organize, the researchers said.Second, a large “team of molecular players” is involved in helping chromosomes get organized, and only a few of these relevant proteins are known.Third, chromosome organization appears to vary from one cell to the next and may depend on the cell’s type and the phase in its lifecycle.All those factors led Wolynes and Zhang to conclude that treating chromosomes exactly as they do proteins — that is, figuring out how and when the individual units along the DNA strand attract and repel each other — would be impractical.“But the three-dimensional organization of chromosomes is of critical importance and is worthy of study by Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics,” Wolynes said. He holds out hope that the theory developed in this study will lead to a more detailed view of chromosome conformations and will result in a better understanding of the relationships of the structure, dynamics and function of the genome.He said there is already evidence for the idea that actual gene regulatory processes are influenced by the chromosomes’ structures. He noted work by Rice colleague Erez Lieberman Aiden to develop high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of folded genomes will be an important step toward specifying their structures.One result of the new study was the observation that, at least during the interphase state the Rice team primarily studied, chromosome domains take on the characteristics of liquid crystals. In such a state, the domains remain fluid but become ordered, allowing for locally funneled landscapes that lead to the “ideal” chromosome structures that resemble the speculative versions seen in textbooks.Wolynes and Rice colleague José Onuchic, a biophysicist, began developing their protein-folding theory nearly three decades ago. In short, it reveals that proteins, which start as linear chains of amino acids, are programmed by genes to quickly fold into their three-dimensional native states. In doing so, they obey the principle of minimal frustration, in which interactions between individual acids guide the protein to its final, stable form.Wolynes used the principle to conceptualize folding as a funnel. The top of the funnel represents all of the possible ways a protein can fold. As individual stages of the protein come together, the number of possibilities decreases. The funnel narrows and eventually guides the protein to its functional native state.He hopes the route to understanding chromosome folding will take much less time than the decades it took for his team’s protein-folding work to pay off.“We’re not the first in this area,” he said. “A lot of people have said the structure of the chromosome is an important problem. I see it as being as big a field as protein folding was – and when you look at it from that point of view, you realize the state of our ignorance is profound. We’re like where protein folding was, on the experimental side, in 1955.“The question for this work is whether we can leapfrog over the dark ages of protein folding that led to our energy-landscape theory. I think we can.”The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the D.R. Bullard-Welch Chair at Rice supported the research. The researchers utilized the National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer and the BlueBioU supercomputer, both administered by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-center_img View a simulation of chromosome folding here: A computer simulation shows a macromolecule of DNA folding into a chromosome. The simulation is part of a Rice University project to build an energy landscape theory for chromosomes that could help scientists understand the genomic roots of gene regulation, DNA replication and cell differentiation. (Credit: Wolynes Lab/Rice University)Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Peter Wolynes: for Theoretical Biological Physics: http://ctbp.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

Landscapes give latitude to 2D material designers

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionResearchers at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict and confirmed that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. At left, a Rice model predicts how a grain boundary would form on a steep cone and extend onto a shallow cone. Scientists at Oak Ridge confirmed the prediction when they created the material seen in an electron microscope image at right. Click on the image for a larger version. Courtesy of the Yakobson Research GroupThe Rice team extended its theory to see what would happen if the cones sat on a plane. They predicted how grain boundaries would form over the entire surface, and again, Oak Ridge experiments confirmed their results.Yakobson said both the Rice and Oak Ridge teams were working on aspects of the research independently. “It was slow going until we met at a conference in Florida a couple of years back and realized that we should continue together,” he said. “It was certainly gratifying to see how experiments confirmed the models, while sometimes offering important surprises. Now we need to do the additional work to comprehend them as well.”Rice graduate students Henry Yu and Nitant Gupta are co-lead authors of the paper. Co-authors are former Rice postdoctoral researcher Zhili Hu, now at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and researchers Kai Wang, Bernadeta Srijanto and Kai Xiao of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Geohegan is the functional hybrid nanomaterials group leader at Oak Ridge’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. Yakobson is the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry.The U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences and its Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the Office of Naval Research supported the research.Computer resources were provided by the Night Owls Time-Sharing Service and its National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer, both administered by Rice’s Center for Research Computing; the resources were procured in partnership with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at news release can be found online at news.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.eduDavid Geohegan bio: University Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long DescriptionTwo-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. These defects can be used to enhance the materials’ useful properties. Courtesy of the Yakobson Research GroupThe Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are combining theory and experimentation to prove it’s possible to give 2-D materials specific defects, especially atomic-scale seams called grain boundaries. These boundaries may be used to enhance the materials’ electronic, magnetic, mechanical, catalytic and optical properties.The key is introducing curvature to the landscape that constrains the way defects propagate. The researchers call this “tilt grain boundary topology,” and they achieve it by growing their materials onto a topographically curved substrate — in this case, a cone. The angle of the cone dictates if, what kind and where the boundaries appear.The research is the subject of a paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano.Grain boundaries are the borders that appear in a material where edges meet in a mismatch. These boundaries are a series of defects; for example, when two sheets of hexagonal graphene meet at an angle, the carbon atoms compensate for it by forming nonhexagonal (five- or seven-member) rings.Yakobson and his team have already demonstrated that these boundaries can be electronically significant. They can, for instance, turn perfectly conducting graphene into a semiconductor. In some cases, the boundary itself may be a conductive subnanoscale wire or take on magnetic properties. AddThis Researchers at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict and confirmed that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. At left, a Rice model predicts how a grain boundary would form on a steep cone and extend onto a shallow cone. Scientists at Oak Ridge confirmed the prediction when they created the material seen in an electron microscope image at right. Return to article. Long DescriptionA theoretical model at left, created at Rice University, shows a triangular flake of tungsten disulfide grown around a cone that forces the creation of a grain boundary at a specific angle. The Rice researchers showed the width of the cone could be used to determine the placement of the boundary, and scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory proved it when they made the matching material seen in the electron microscope image at right. Courtesy of the Yakobson Research GroupBut until now researchers had little control over where those boundaries would appear when growing graphene, molybdenum disulfide or other 2-D materials by chemical vapor deposition.The theory developed at Rice showed growing 2-D material on a cone would force the boundaries to appear in certain places. The width of the cone controlled the placement and, more importantly, the tilt angle, a crucial parameter in tuning the materials’ electronic and magnetic properties, Yakobson said.Experimental collaborators from Oak Ridge led by co-author David Geohegan provided evidence backing key aspects of the theory. They achieved this by growing tungsten disulfide onto small cones similar to those in Rice’s computer models. The boundaries that appeared in the real materials matched those predicted by theory.“The nonplanar shape of the substrate forces the 2-D crystal to grow in a curved ‘non-Euclidian’ space,” Yakobson said. “This strains the crystal, which occasionally yields by giving a way to the seams, or grain boundaries. It’s no different from the way a tailor would add a seam to a suit or a dress to fit a curvy customer.”Modeling cones of different widths also revealed a “magic cone” of 38.9 degrees upon which growing a 2-D material would leave no grain boundary at all. Two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. These defects can be used to enhance the materials’ useful properties. Return to article. Long Description Researchers at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict and confirmed that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. At left, a Rice model predicts how a grain boundary would form on a steep cone and extend onto a shallow cone. Scientists at Oak Ridge confirmed the prediction when they created the material seen in an electron microscope image at right. A theoretical model at left, created at Rice University, shows a triangular flake of tungsten disulfide grown around a cone that forces the creation of a grain boundary at a specific angle. The Rice researchers showed the width of the cone could be used to determine the placement of the boundary, and scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory proved it when they made the matching material seen in the electron microscope image at right. at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory determined that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. These defects can be used to enhance the materials’ electronic, mechanical, catalytic and optical properties. (Credit: Yakobson Research Group/Rice University)Long Descriptioncenter_img materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. These defects can be used to enhance the materials’ useful properties. (Credit: Yakobson Research Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description A theoretical model at left, created at Rice University, shows a triangular flake of tungsten disulfide grown around a cone that forces the creation of a grain boundary at a specific angle. The Rice researchers showed the width of the cone could be used to determine the placement of the boundary, and scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory proved it when they made the matching material seen in the electron microscope image at right. theoretical model at left, created at Rice University, shows a triangular flake of tungsten disulfide grown around a cone that forces the creation of a grain boundary at a specific angle. The Rice researchers showed the width of the cone could be used to determine the placement of the boundary, and scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory proved it when they made the matching material seen in the electron microscope image at right. (Credit: Rice University/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory predict and confirmed that two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allows control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. At left, a Rice model predicts how a grain boundary would form on a steep cone and extend onto a shallow cone. Scientists at Oak Ridge confirmed the prediction when they created the material seen in an electron microscope image at right. (Credit: Rice University/Oak Ridge National Laboratory)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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction 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 Return to article. Long Description Two-dimensional materials grown onto a cone allow control over where defects called grain boundaries appear. These defects can be used to enhance the materials’ useful properties. Share2Editor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduLandscapes give latitude to 2-D material designersRice University, Oak Ridge scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects HOUSTON – (Aug. 9, 2017) – Rice University researchers have learned to manipulate two-dimensional materials to design in defects that enhance the materials’ properties.last_img read more