It includes a Saints Mug and Coaster as well as a

first_imgIt includes a Saints Mug and Coaster as well as a ball point pen – ideal to show your colours in the office or workplace.You can purchase yours online quickly and easily here or by popping into the Saints Superstore which is open today from 12pm – 4pm.last_img

St Helens Women

first_imgWomen’s Rugby League will be bigger and better than ever in 2019 – kicking off with a blockbuster opening Sunday featuring all three domestic leagues on April 7.Saints will travel to reigning champions Wigan Warriors – streamed live on the Our League app and website, part of more coverage of the women’s game than ever before in 2019.Newcomers to Super League, Wakefield Trinity, will make their debut with a tough trip to face the Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos at Weetwood.Elsewhere in Round One, York City Knights will face Castleford Tigers and Bradford Bulls welcome Featherstone Rovers to Odsal Stadium as part of a double header fixture which will also see Bradford Bulls men’s side take on Dewsbury Rams in the Betfred Championship.In the Women’s Championship, newly created side Warrington Wolves will travel to face Barrow in their first competitive fixture and Huddersfield Giants, who enter the competition for the first time in 2019 after fielding an Under 19s side last year, travel to face Widnes Vikings.Oulton Raidettes welcome Leigh Miners Rangers and an all-Yorkshire fixture between Hull FC and Stanningley will round off the opening weekend of the Championship competition.Nine teams will take part in the 2019 Women’s League 1 – Cutsyke, East Leeds, Halifax, Hull KR, Keighley Albion, Rochdale Hornets, West Leeds Eagles Ladies, Whitley Bay Barbarians and Wigan St Patricks.In both Women’s Super League and Championship, each team will play each other home and away over 14 rounds of the regular season. In League 1, as nine clubs are involved in the competition, clubs will have a number of bye weeks during the season.In all three leagues the season will begin on April 7 and end on September 29. The top four teams in Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship will then enter into semi-final play-offs, with first place playing fourth and second playing third, before the Women’s Super League Grand Final and Championship Grand Final both take place on Sunday, October 13 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.Women’s League 1 will follow the same format for the closing stages of the season with a final venue to be announced at a later date.The Coral Women’s Challenge Cup, which will take place alongside the domestic league competitions, is expected to be bigger and better in 2019 as more teams than ever before enter.The Women’s Final will take place as part of a triple header event alongside the Coral Challenge Cup men’s semi-finals at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, July 27.Round One, which takes place on Sunday, May 5 will feature sixteen teams – eight teams from the Women’s Championship and eight teams who progress through the preliminary qualifying round.All eight Women’s Super League teams will then enter in Round Two which takes place on Sunday, May 26. The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday, June 6 and semi-finals on Sunday, July 7.Selected fixtures from across both the Women’s Super League and Coral Women’s Challenge Cup will be streamed live on the Our League app and website. Further details will be announced in due course.Download the Our League app on Apple iOS and Android or visit rugby-league.com to sign up for FREE or visit rugby-league.com to sign up for FREE.St. Helens Women 2019 Fixtureslast_img read more

Club St Helens Women

first_imgLeah Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Jodie Cunningham, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Emily Rudge, Naomi Williams, Zoe Harris and Katie-May Williams are all included in former England men’s full-back Shaun Briscoe’s Lancashire squad to face Yorkshire.Castleford Tigers, who beat Saints 30-14 in the top of the table clash recently, have seven players selected in Yorkshire’s 17 – while Tara-Jane Stanley, who scored 14 of their points on Sunday, will now be playing against her club team-mates as she plays for Lancashire having started her career with the St Helens community club Thatto Heath.There will be a second Yorkshire-based player in the Lancashire squad in Amy Johnson, the 26-year-old forward who is from Weaverham in Cheshire, and will be playing against four of her Leeds Rhinos club-mates – Dannielle Anderson, Caitlin Beevers, Charlotte Booth and Hanna Butcher.Wigan have five players selected, all in the Lancashire squad, while Bradford Bulls have three players in the Yorkshire squad, York City Knights have two, and Warrington Wolves have two players involved, for Yorkshire and Lancashire respectively – meaning eight clubs will be represented.England Women’s head coach Craig Richards is bound to take a close interest in the Origin clash, which kicks off the second day of the Summer Bash programme on Sunday morning, as it provides a rare chance to see the leading contenders for places in the World Cup Nines in Sydney this October playing at a higher level than regular club rugby.Two members of Richards’ England support staff will take charge of the Origin rivals, with Castleford head coach Lindsay Anfield leading Yorkshire, and Shaun Briscoe working alongside Wigan’s Amanda Wilkinson for Lancashire.Lancashire are the reigning Origin champions, having won a tight game 16-10 on Yorkshire soil in Featherstone last year.This year the Women’s Rugby League Origin has been expanded to a two-match series, with Yorkshire to host a second match on June 16.Sunday’s match will be one of two Origin matches shown live on Our League this weekend – following the Academy Origin match on Saturday morning.SquadsYorkshire: Dannielle Anderson (Leeds), Savannah Andrade (Bradford), Caitlin Beevers (Leeds), Charlotte Booth (Leeds), Hanna Butcher (Leeds), Grace Field (Castleford), Kelsey Gentles (Castleford), Amy Hardcastle (Bradford), Katherine Hepworth (Featherstone), Shona Hoyle (Castleford), Ashleigh Hyde (York), Leah Jones (Bradford), Rhiannion Marshall (Castleford), Sinead Peach (Castleford), Tamzin Renouf (Castleford), Georgia Roche (Castleford), Daisy Sanderson (York).Lancashire: Lucy Baggaley (Wigan), Leah Burke (St Helens), Chantelle Crowl (St Helens), Jodie Cunningham (St Helens), Michelle Davis (Warrington), Zoe Harris (St Helens), Amy Johnson (Leeds), Tara Jones (St Helens), Sarah Lovejoy (St Helens), Roxette Murdoch (Warrington), Emily Rudge (St Helens), Tara Jane Stanley (Castleford), Vanessa Temple (Wigan), Rachel Thompson (Wigan), Naomi Williams (St Helens), Katie-May Williams (St Helens), Georgia Wilson (Wigan).last_img read more

Swamp Thing TV series confirmed for Wilmington

first_imgThe logo for DC Universe’s upcoming live-action drama series “Swamp Thing,” which is eyeing Wilmington as a possible filming location. (Photo: StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — The local film industry is dredging its next major television project from the deep, dark swamp.After several months of rumors, Warner Brothers has confirmed to the StarNews its new TV series, “Swamp Thing,” will officially emerge to film in Wilmington this year.- Advertisement – The comic book-inspired series, which has a first season order for 13 episodes, will be based at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, where offices are already busy with local crew prepping the project.Click here to read more at StarNewsOnline.comlast_img

Feds indict man deported three times found in New Hanover Co

first_img The other suspects include 11 people from Mexico, two from Guatemala and one each from El Salvador and Honduras. Two of them were found in Johnston County, while the rest were found in Wake County.Gutierrez-Rivas and 12 of the other suspects face maximum penalties of two years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release after prison.Investigators say two of the other suspects were previously deported after felony convictions and face tougher penalties if convicted again. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Honduran man found in New Hanover County, who has been deported from the United States three times.Denis Joel Gutierrez-Rivas, 34, is one of 15 people indicted on illegal reentry charges, according to a news release from the US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.- Advertisement – last_img read more

US imposes drugrelated sanctions on Mexican judge former governor

first_imgThe United States slapped sanctions on a Mexican judge and a former state governor on Friday, accusing them of taking bribes from drug traffickers, and saying that government corruption had allowed Mexican drug gangs to grow and operate with impunity.Nine other people and ten groups were also designated in the sanctions for what the U.S. Treasury Department said was their involvement with drug trafficking and links to the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization.The CJNG is one of Mexico’s dominant drug gangs and the second-biggest seller of drugs on U.S. streets, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).“Our ultimate goal is to destroy and degrade drug trafficking organizations such as the CJNG and Los Cuinis. Today’s action is another step toward our goal,” said DEA Los Angeles’ Special Agent in Charge, David J. Downing.The magistrate judge, Isidro Avelar Gutierrez, accepted bribes from drug trafficking organizations in exchange for favourable rulings for their senior members, Treasury said. The former governor of the Mexican state of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval Castaneda, was designated for corruption activities including accepting bribes and misappropriating state funds.Sandoval said on Twitter that he ready to give the authorities the information they needed and that he had been truthful and governed according to the law.Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in prepared remarks in Mexico City, said those targeted with sanctions would be cut off from the U.S. financial system and their activities in Mexico disrupted.“Corrupt officials callously enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens and economic sanctions impose a serious cost to those individuals and limit their ability to enjoy their ill-gotten gains,” said Mandelker.Mexico’s finance ministry said in a statement that the targeted people were on the “blacklists” of both countries.“This is a new era of inter-agency collaboration and coordination between our nations in the fight against corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” said Santiago Nieto, head of the Mexican finance ministry’s financial intelligence unit.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, has pledged to stamp out corruption.A senior member of the CJNG, Gonzalo Mendoza Gaytan, who is also known as “El Sapo,” was among those hit with sanctions, for what the U.S. said was kidnappings and numerous killings. His wife, Liliana Rosas Camba, had sanctions imposed for handling business activities and laundering drug money, Treasury said.Three of Sandoval Castaneda’s family members were blacklisted for holding his “ill-gotten assets in their names,” it said.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

What are the thousands of kilos of drugs confiscated in Malta since

first_imgThousands of kilos of drugs have been confiscated by the Malta Customs Department since the beginning of 2013 until April 2019.This emanates from statistics tabled by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna in Parliament, provided following a parliamentary question put forward by Member of Parliament Claudio Grech.The highest amount of drug confiscated by the Police was cannabis, amounting to 16,176 kilograms. 20,400 ecstasy pills were also confiscated, 1,970 kilograms khat and 1,266 kilograms cocaine. Meanwhile, 150 grams heroin were also confiscated.According to statistics, the year in which most drugs were confiscated was 2018, where 184.7 kilograms cocaine were confiscated, amounting to a value of €18 million. A further 15,922 kilograms of cannabis were seized, amounting to a value of €28.5 million.The year in which the highest amount of cocaine was confiscated was 2019, where between the months of January and April, 750 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated, amounting to a total value of more than €86 million. Meanwhile, the highest amount of ecstasy was confiscated by Customs in 2013, where a total of 20,000 pills were confiscated. It appears that there are no statistics about its total value since this type of data started being recording from 2016 onwards.WhatsApp <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> SharePrintlast_img read more

Valencia to leave Manchester United this summer

first_imgAntonio Valencia will no longer be a Manchester United player at the end of the season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that he will be looking for a new captain this summer. Valencia joined Manchester United in 2009 from Wigan and has amassed over 300 appearances during his 10 years at the club.The 33-year-old, Ecuadorian defender won six major trophies with the Red Devils but has fallen out of favour this season as both Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer preferred other players. It is believed that Valencia is interested in completing a move to MLS side DC United.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Blackberry Bold 9900 Curve 9360 Get Certified by MasterCard

first_imgAdvertisement The ecosystem to allow customers to take advantage of the certified BlackBerry smartphones for NFC payments is already growing. France Telecom – Orange believes that mobile NFC has the potential to enable a new revolution in mobile by further connecting people’s mobile digital world with the physical world around them. France Telecom – Orange is the first operator worldwide to have commercial NFC launches in two countries, UK and France, with trials in several European markets.“We are happy to offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 as part of the Orange range of mobile NFC devices. We are committed to actively marketing NFC devices, and these new smartphones will help accelerate the adoption of mobile NFC services secured by an Orange SIM, including mobile payments,” said Vincent Barnaud, Director of Contactless Services at France Telecom – Orange. “We have a strong partnership with RIM, and look forward to working together on more NFC initiatives in the future.”Andrew Bocking, Vice President, Handheld Software Product Management at RIM said, “NFC technology is making smartphones even smarter and the MasterCard certification is a significant step forward in helping transform the way we use mobile devices for payments. We are working proactively with our carrier partners, banks, retailers and other industry players and we are excited to push the boundaries of how NFC can enable new mobile experiences for BlackBerry smartphone users around the world.” – Advertisement – “MasterCard is proud to be the first to certify these popular BlackBerry smartphones for mobile payments, and offer consumers another simple, easy, safe and convenient way to pay.  In card payments, MasterCard has long been a leader in the testing and certification of products – for the benefit of customers, issuers, merchants and acquirers.  We are delighted to extend this leadership role into the mobile payments arena and applaud RIM’s efforts to usher in the next phase of NFC adoption by delivering compliant devices to the market,” said Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive, Mobile at MasterCard Worldwide.“The availability of NFC on popular BlackBerry smartphones is an important milestone for the mobile contactless payments business.”last_img read more

Cybergovernance Model proposed by Commonwealth

first_imgAdvertisement The Commonwealth Cybersecurity Forum 2013, that took place at Palais de Congress,Yaoundé, Cameroon has proposed various approaches to Cybergovernance, with general agreement on the role Cyberspace could play to facilitate development equitably and fairly across the worldThe forum organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), was opened yesterday  by Hon Jean-Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Republic of Cameroon, who was representing Hon Philemon Yang, the Prime Minister of Cameroon.Delivering his address, Hon Biyiti Bi Essam referred to the central role Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play in economic development. – Advertisement – He referred to the evidence which suggests that a 10% growth in broadband penetration contributes to the growth of Gross Domestic Product by 1.38%, but also noted that this growth can only be realised if the ICT channels remain safe, secure and resilient. Inviting the delegates to take advantage of the impressive line up of speakers whose expertise covers almost every aspect of Cybersecurity; Hon Biyiti Bi Essam encouraged the CTO to continue to help the Commonwealth build robust Cybersecurity frameworks and help facilitate inter-Commonwealth coordination.The Plenary that followed examined how Cyberspace could be governed and utilised in a manner to foster freedom and entrepreneurship, while protecting individuals, property and the state, leading to socio-economic development. Speakers of this session,  added their perspectives on various approaches to Cybergovernance, with general agreement on the role Cyberspace could play to facilitate development equitably and fairly across the world.While taking the delegates through the range of activities CTO has undertaken to help its members secure their ICT channels, Prof Tim Unwin, Secretary General, CTO, informed delegates of the organisation’s plans to develop a unique Commonwealth model for Cybergovernance. Voicing the commitment of the UK for the CTO’s endeavors to develop such a model, Mr Jamie Saunders, Director, Cyber Policy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK, confirmed the UK’s funding support to the project.The event continued to consider many other aspects of Cybersecurity and Cybergovernance, including legal frameworks, international cooperation and technical measures.Hosted by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cameroon together with the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon and backed by partners and industry supporters including ICANN, Council of Europe, Microsoft, MTN Cameroon, AFRINIC and Internet Watch Foundation.Credit: Africa Telecom & ITlast_img read more

Rwanda testruning its first utilityscale PV plant

first_imgAdvertisement The first utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) power station in Rwanda, built by Norwegian firm Scatec Solar, has begun test operations.The launch of the trial production period, during which 25% of the plant will be in operation, was marked with a visit yesterday by the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg.The plant located on land belonging to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is an  8.5MW installation and is the first grid-connected, utility-scale PV power plant to be built in East Africa. It is expected to increase the generating capacity of Rwanda’s limited grid by around 7%. – Advertisement – The plant is expected to begin full operation in August.Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar, said: “Our objective has been to bring the experience we’ve gained from our large projects in South Africa to other African nations.“The PPA [power purchase agreement] with the utility, EWSA, was signed in July 2013 and the solar plant is operational only a year later, demonstrating that with the combined efforts of experienced partners and national authorities, solar energy is fast and cost effective to implement.”Rwanda is aiming to boost its grid capacity from 110MW to 560MW by 2017 over the coming years, so that 50% of the population has access to power by that time. The country is formulating plans for a renewable energy feed-in tariff, which it is expected to launch this year.Source: PVTech.orglast_img read more

Microsofts Windows 10 anniversary update is coming for free this summer

first_imgAdvertisement Software giant Microsoft has officially announced that its largest update to Windows 10 will arrive this summer.The update will make the OS more convenient for consumers and more powerful developers.The Anniversary update will enable users to use Windows Hello to login to apps and access secure features. – Advertisement – The update also has improved stylus support, and you can also create Cortana reminders right from your notes.Microsoft also showed off a touch-based stencil in Illustrator due to close work with Adobe.last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

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BENS BLOG I cant call bets in son

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was a kid, I was so weird, that whilst others were watching football, I was watching… bookmakers and betting-rings; comparing each ring’s movement and aggression, and each player’s working-style.My favourite bookmaker, was Tony Morris. THE true professional.And Tony had a great workman. You couldn’t forget him, Blog. The one with the fuzzy, Phil Spector, hair-do; Billy Cooke. Well, a pleasure, it was, to see Billy, at yesterday’s Greyhound Racing book-launch. Quicker than all of us, at just 89 years young; laughing and joking, the centre of all attention.As a small boy, at Wembley, on St Leger night, it was too busy, for myself, to get near Tony’s pitch. And once, when he was best price a dog, I asked Billy, who was the ‘floorman’, if he would call in a bet for me. Just a fiver on one. He looked down, and simply replied; “I can’t call bets in, son.”. If you wanted to bet with TM, you had to get in close. THE FIGHT WAS ALL PART OF THE FUN.In other news:Many thanks to El Niño for this recommendation…Kiru, 2 Elystan Street, Chelsea SW3 3NS WEB SITE. You couldn’t have a bad meal here. Each dish (barring the disappointing desserts) is perfection. The decor is a bit of a letdown though. As is, the wooden floor, and lined up small tables, like a noisy pizzeria. NB The popcorn shrimp. NAP The Iberico pork. The service is up there with the best in town. But, at £195 for 2, (no booze), it really should be. 8.5Over and out, B xlast_img read more

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Rice is 87th in new Times Higher Education World University Rankings

first_imgShare1Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduRice is 87th in new Times Higher Education World University RankingsHOUSTON — (Sept. 21, 2016) — Rice University is among the top 100 world universities in the 2016-17 rankings announced today by Times Higher Education (THE), a London-based publication that reports on news and issues related to higher education.Rice moved up to No. 87 from No. 101 last year among 980 top universities from 79 countries in the new rankings. Rice and the University of Texas at Austin, which is No. 50, are the only Texas universities in the top 100, which includes 41 U.S. universities. The University of Oxford’s No. 1 ranking marks the first time that a U.S. school has not occupied the top spot in the 13-year history of the rankings.THE World University Rankings are based on evaluation of a university’s teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, including such performance indicators as academic reputation survey, staff-to-student ratio, research grants, number of papers published in academic journals per scholar, number of research citations, international-to-domestic-student ratio and amount of research income earned from businesses and industry.The complete list of THE world universities is available here.Earlier this month Rice was ranked No. 72 in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.# # #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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews. AddThislast_img read more

Georgia Techs civil and environmental engineering chair named dean of engineering at

first_imgAddThis Share12Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsNEWS RELEASEB.J. Almond713-348-6770balmond@rice.eduGeorgia Tech’s civil and environmental engineering chair nameddean of engineering at Rice UniversityReginald DesRoches will join Rice faculty July 1HOUSTON — (April 13, 2017) — Reginald DesRoches, chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will become dean of Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering July 1.A fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, DesRoches specializes in research on the design of resilient infrastructure systems under extreme loads and the application of smart and adaptive materials. He served as the key technical leader in the United States’ response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.“The George R. Brown School of Engineering is a critical element in Rice’s national and international identity,” said Provost Marie Lynn Miranda. “We undertook a broad and thorough search that included extensive engagement with all stakeholder groups. In Dr. DesRoches, we found a world-class scholar, an award-winning educator, an innovative problem-solver, a collaborative and consultative leader, a creative and compelling communicator and a person of tremendous vision for engineering and higher education more widely. I am delighted that Reggie has agreed to join us at Rice and very much look forward to working with him. I am grateful for the hard work of the search committee. This is a great development for Rice.”DesRoches joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in Atlanta as an assistant professor in 1998 after completing his Ph.D. in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2002 he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. He became a professor in 2008, and in 2012 he was named the Karen and John Huff School Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering – a position in which he provides leadership to a top-ranked program with 100 faculty and staff and more than 1,150 students.As chair, DesRoches has overseen a $13.5 million renovation of the school’s main facility. He doubled the number of named chairs and professors, developed a Corporate Affiliates Program, led both a comprehensive strategic planning process and a strategic interdisciplinary research initiative and guided the development of a new minor in global engineering leadership for engineering undergraduates. He also became Georgia Tech’s faculty athletics representative and helped formulate policies affecting intercollegiate athletics on campus. He has served as thesis adviser to 30 doctoral candidates and 17 master’s students.Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, DesRoches said his love of science and math and his interest in “tinkering with things” led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Berkeley. He was at Berkeley when the San Francisco area was hit with a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in 1989, and he witnessed firsthand the structural damage in the Bay Area. “I became fascinated with studying structural engineering and how we could design structures to perform better in earthquakes, and I ended up studying that for my master’s and Ph.D.,” he said.DesRoches said he’s “thrilled” about coming to Rice. “I’ve always known that the quality of the faculty at Rice is top-notch,” he said. “And Rice has some of the brightest students in the world. Some of them ended up coming to graduate school at Georgia Tech, and they were certainly among the best students I’ve had.” He also likes Rice’s size and the university’s location in a major city that is one of the most diverse in the U.S. “It’s a really exciting opportunity for me and my family,” he said.“On meeting Reggie, I immediately shared the enthusiasm of the search committee,” said President David Leebron. “I am excited to work with him to achieve our highest aspirations for the Brown School of Engineering and Rice University more broadly. He will be an invaluable member of our leadership team.”DesRoches serves on the National Academies Resilient America Roundtable, the Board on Army Science and Technology, the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Advisory Committee, the Global Earthquake Modeling Scientific Board and the advisory board for the Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management Research Center. He has chaired the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Seismic Effects Committee as well as the executive committee of the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering.He has testified before U.S. House and Senate subcommittees on earthquake resilience and the state of the science. He also has participated in Washington, D.C., roundtables for media and congressional staffers on topics ranging from disaster preparedness to challenges for African-American men in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Among DesRoches’ honors are the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award, the 2007 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the 2008 Georgia Tech ANAK Award, which is the highest honor the undergraduate student body can bestow on a Georgia Tech faculty member. He was elected to the UC Berkeley Civil Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.DesRoches said he and his wife, Paula, look forward to moving to Houston. They have three children: Andrew, Jacob and Shelby. During his free time, DesRoches enjoys running, biking, traveling and watching sports.DesRoches succeeds Ned Thomas, who will complete his service as dean of engineering at the end of the 2016-17 academic year and return to the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering as a full-time faculty member.# # #A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/04/Reginald-DesRoches-1rpcb0u.jpgCAPTION: Reginald DesRochesLocated 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Rice U unveils dualchannel biological function generator

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice U. unveils dual-channel biological function generatorTool brings mathematical predictability to multicircuit optogenetic testsHOUSTON — (May 8, 2017) — Rice University bioengineers who specialize in creating tools for synthetic biology have unveiled the latest version of their “biofunction generator and “bioscilloscope,” an optogenetic platform that uses light to activate and study two biological circuits at a time.Rice University’s latest new dual-function bioscilloscope uses a Light Plate Apparatus, or LPA, that is outfitted with the spectral LEDs. (Image courtesy of Karl Gerhardt/Rice University)The biofunction generator and bioscilloscope are a toolkit of genes and hardware that use colored lights and engineered bacteria to bring both mathematical predictability and cut-and-paste simplicity to the world of genetic circuit design.“Unfortunately, all biological light sensors are ‘sloppy,’ in that they tend to respond to multiple colors of light,” said Jeffrey Tabor, an associate professor of bioengineering at Rice. “We’ve developed a detailed mathematical model to capture this sloppiness and design multicolor light signals that compensate for it so that two light sensors can be independently controlled in the same cell. Because most of the circuits that control biological behaviors are composed of two or more genes, this technology will make it easier for our lab and others to study complex synthetic biological systems.”The LPA works with a standard 24-well plate, and the LEDs can be programmed to shine light of various colors and duration on different test tubes in each well.(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The research is described in a recent paper in Molecular Systems Biology.Life is controlled by DNA-based circuits. These are similar to the circuits in smartphones and other electronic devices with a key difference: The information that flows through electronic circuitry is voltage, and the information that flows through genetic circuits is protein production. Genetic circuits can be switched on or off — produce protein or not — and they can be tuned to produce more or less protein, much like voltage from an electronic circuit can be raised or lowered.The biofunction generator and bioscilloscope, which were first created in Tabor’s lab three years ago, show how closely the analogy holds. Function generators and oscilloscopes, stock components of electrical engineering labs for more than 50 years, are test instruments that can feed voltage signals into circuits and show how signal voltage varies with time at other locations within the circuit. Oscilloscope screens usually show wave functions and can plot one or more signals at a time.The dual-function bioscilloscope uses a multiplexing approach to study multi-input biological circuits. (Image courtesy of Evan Olson/Rice University)The bioscilloscope plots the output of biocircuits in exactly the same way. The inputs and outputs for the biocircuits are light. Specifically, Tabor’s team has developed a biofunction generator, a set of light-activated genes that can be used to turn genes on and off and to regulate the amount of protein they produce when turned on. The bioscilloscope comprises another set of genes that add fluorescent tags to the DNA to read out the circuit response, which means the more protein that’s produced, the more light that’s given off by the sample.In the new paper, recent Ph.D. graduate and lead author Evan Olson and colleagues tested new dual-function tools using the latest optogenetic hardware and software tools developed by Tabor’s lab in conjunction with a new mathematical model for the biofunction generator output.Jeffrey Tabor (left) and Evan Olson with their prototype bioscilloscope in 2014.(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“The model allows us to predict the output gene-expression response to any light input signal, regardless of how the intensity or spectral composition of the light signal changes over time,” Olson said. “The model works by describing how light of any wavelength and intensity is converted into a population of light sensors in the ‘on’ or ‘off’ states.”Olson said they demonstrated the system in two proof-of-concept experiments. In the first, they showed the system could compensate for “perturbative” signals, incoming light such as that from a microscope or fluorescent imager that might otherwise interfere with the incoming optogenetic signal. In the second, they demonstrated multiplexed control by simultaneously driving two independent gene expression signals in two optogenetic circuits in the same bacteria. The output on the bioscilloscope shows the two functions as red and green lines. The researchers showed they could activate the genetic circuits to produce smooth waves and stair-step patterns, and they showed the two circuits could be switched on in unison or at different times.CAPTION: These bioscilloscope outputs show how two, light-activated genetic circuits can be independently driven by different reference signal inputs. Red and green programs are driven by inputs with different wavelengths of light. The top bar shows light input for four different patterns, and the bottom bar shows the corresponding output in fluorescent proteins produced by those inputs. Researchers found they could produce smooth sinusoidal waves and stair-step outputs that were in sync (left), out of sync (second from right) or time-shifted (right). (Image courtesy of Evan Olson/Rice University)“This multiplexing approach enables a completely new generation of experiments for characterizing and controlling the biological circuits that integrate multiple signals and that are ubiquitous in biological networks, particularly those used for decision-making and developmental processes,” Tabor said.The study was co-authored by undergraduate Constantine Tzouanas. The research was supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0508-OPTOGENETIC-LTA002-lg-xjafas.jpgCAPTION: Jeffrey Tabor (left) and Evan Olson with their prototype bioscilloscope in 2014. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0508_OPTOGENETIC-spectral-lg-xii32f.jpgCAPTION: Rice University’s latest new dual-function bioscilloscope uses a light plate apparatus, or LPA, that is outfitted with the spectral LEDs. (Image courtesy of Karl Gerhardt/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0508_OPTOGENETIC-tray054-lg-2f7x9uz.jpgCAPTION: The LPA works with a standard 24-well plate, and the LEDs can be programmed to shine light of various colors and duration on different test tubes in each well. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0508_OPTOGENETIC-DualFg-lg-1qvviwn.jpgCAPTION: The dual-function bioscilloscope uses a multiplexing approach to study multi-input biological circuits. (Image courtesy of Evan Olson/Rice University)http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0508_OPTOGENETIC-bioscillo-lg-28e0z98.jpgCAPTION: These bioscilloscope outputs show how two light-activated genetic circuits can be independently driven by different reference signal inputs. Red and green programs are driven by inputs with different wavelengths of light. The top bar shows light input for four different patterns, and the bottom bar shows the corresponding output in fluorescent proteins produced by those inputs. Researchers found they could produce smooth sinusoidal waves and stair-step outputs that were in sync (left), out of sync (second from right) or time-shifted (right). (Image courtesy of Evan Olson/Rice University)The DOI of the Molecular Systems Biology paper is: 10.15252/msb.20167456A copy of the paper is available at: http://msb.embopress.org/content/13/4/926Related research from Rice:Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria — April 5, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/04/05/synthetic-biologists-engineer-inflammation-sensing-gut-bacteria/Rice U. lab creates open-source optogenetics hardware, software — Nov. 7, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/11/07/rice-u-lab-creates-open-source-optogenetics-hardware-software/Photosynthetic bacteria give biologists a cool new tool — May 10, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/05/10/photosynthetic-bacteria-give-biologists-a-cool-new-tool/It’s now easier to go with the flow — May 3, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/05/03/its-now-easier-to-go-with-the-flow/Jeffrey Tabor wins CAREER Award — April 4, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/04/04/jeffrey-tabor-wins-career-award-2/Red means ‘go’ to therapeutic viruses — Dec. 1, 2015http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/01/red-means-go-to-therapeutic-viruses/No bioengineered gut bacteria, no glory — May 12, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/05/12/no-bioengineered-gut-bacteria-no-glory/Rice synthetic biologists shine light on genetic circuit analysis — March 9, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/03/09/rice-synthetic-biologists-shine-light-on-genetic-circuit-analysis/Rice, UW win $2M grant for synthetic biology research — Sept. 12, 2011http://news.rice.edu/2011/09/12/rice-uw-win-2m-grant-for-synthetic-biology-research/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 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 http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more

The Lorenzo Fertitta Legacy at NYU Stern

first_img regions: New York City “Never be the smartest guy in the room. Surround yourself with talent.”This is how Lorenzo Fertitta, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO and part-owner of Red Rock Resorts Inc., advises young business leaders. A ’93 graduate of the Stern School of Business at NYU, Fertitta’s philosophy may stem from his MBA education at one of the country’s top business schools. From NYU, surrounded by talent and armed with a first-rate business education, Fertitta was able to quickly move from the casino business to ownership of a company worth $4 billion. The Fertitta Family LegacyLorenzo and his brother Frank Fertitta III grew up in Las Vegas, where their father—casino mogul Frank Feritta Jr.—would get them involved in his company Station Casinos, a U.S. based casino operator and developer. Throughout high school and college, the brothers would assist in the casino, ultimately taking over after their father’s retirement in 1993. In that year, Lorenzo and Frank would raise $294 million for Station Casinos, becoming principle shareholders and co-founders of Station Casinos Inc. Under direction of the Fertitta’s, the company has grown to include twenty-one casinos in three states, and was named among the “Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune. At the time the company went public, Fertitta had only just graduated with his MBA from NYU, and was already a millionaire.Tillman Fertitta, third-cousins of Frank and Lorenzo, also made his fortunes as one of the country’s biggest casino moguls, as the sole-owner of Houston-based Landry’s Inc, which owns all of the Golden Nugget casino locations, as well as various resorts, restaurants, aquariums, sports stadiums, and more. This past September, Tillman also officially acquired the Houston Rockets NBA franchise for $2.2 billion—the highest-ever purchase for an NBA team.Becoming Part of the UFCGrowing up in Las Vegas without any professional local sports teams, Fertitta had long been a fan of boxing. After a trip to see a UFC fight in New Orleans with his brother and high school friend Dana White (current UFC president), Fertitta became acutely aware of the failures of the UFC as a business model—he was passionate about the sport, and saw the many ways that the industry could be improved to better benefit fan like him. Fertitta, his brother, and White purchased the company for $2 million under their sports promotion company Zuffa, LLC.Over the next five years, Fertitta’s focus was on making the company safer and more fan-friendly, an endeavor that would cost more than $40 million and incur a lot of rejection from networks who refused to air the fights. It was time for Fertitta to try a new strategy: cashing in on the reality TV trend of the early 2000’s, the team created a reality TV show including a new fight each week and in which the final champion would receive a UFC contract. The show helped rebuild a fan base for the sport, shaping it into the primetime event watched by millions around the globe today.“The UFC had baggage at the time,” Fertitta told Bloomberg of the UFC’s early years. “We bought the business for $2 million. We have 519 athletes from 44 countries, $600 million in revenue, and 41 live events a year. We’ve also launched UFC Fight Pass, a streaming service that accesses 17,000 fights.”Today, Fertitta is worth upwards of $2.2 billion, and when the UFC was finally sold in 2016 to an investment group led by WME/IMG for $4 billion. In August of 2017 the brothers sold their remaining stakes in UFC at a valuation of $5 billion. In May of 2017, Lorenzo and Frank launched Fertitta Capital, a new investment firm.Giving Back to NYU SternDespite the many business dealings that keeps Fertitta occupied, he continues to find ways to give back to his alma mater. In 2016, they established the Fertitta Veterans Program at NYU Stern, with a $15 million endowment gift to the university. The program allows U.S. military veteran and active duty students to attend Stern’s full-time MBA program at a flat-tuition cost of $30,000 per year. Throughout their time at the school, students in the program will also have additional access to academic and professional support that helps ease the transition from military life to business school.In a November press release from Stern, second-year MBA, Coast Guard Lieutenant, and Fertitta Veterans Program participate Francis Varrichio told the school:“Students from this year’s Fertitta Veterans Program reflect the Stern community because they are uniquely skilled and practiced at the values the School seeks to build in all of its students: leadership, character and commitment to each other. After years of service in defense of this country, these veterans complement the Stern community with their unique perspectives, values and commitment to teamwork.” Last Updated Dec 20, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer center_img The Lorenzo Fertitta Legacy at NYU Stern RelatedNYU Stern Announces New Veterans Scholarship ProgramBrothers Lorenzo and Frank III Fertitta, sons of retired casino magnate Frank Fetitta Jr., have recently gifted the NYU Stern School of Business with a generous $15 million endowment for the newly established Fertitta Veterans Program. The donation will assist the full-time acceptance of around 20 military veterans looking to…November 7, 2016In “Featured Region”Marshall Breaks Ground on New Business BuildingUSC Marshall School of Business broke ground on Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall, a visionary new building that will transform the experience of its business undergraduates. The groundbreaking occurred September 19, 2014. The building is scheduled to open by fall 2016. Fertitta Hall will foster collaborative and technology-enabled learning, featuring…October 8, 2014In “Featured Home”NYU Stern MBA Scholarship SpotlightFinding a way to afford your MBA degree shouldn’t be as challenging as the application process, but often it can be. With acceptance to a top MBA program can often come a top cost, which can often be a deterrent for someone pursuing their graduate degree. Through funding and scholarship…July 20, 2017In “Featured Home”last_img read more