first_imgMIKE Rush was at a loss to explain Saints 42-16 capitulation to Wigan at the Magic Weekend.The Club’s Acting Head Coach said he could find no positives from the defeat and couldn’t explain why his side weren’t at the races in the opening 20 minutes.“To be fair they were excellent in the first 25 minutes and we were 26-0 down and we hadn’t really had a crack at them,” he said. “I think we completed our first five or six sets, but it didn’t matter as we didn’t do anything to stem that flow. At that point they’d had 14 sets and we had about seven and you can’t play rugby like that.“Defensively you have to aim up and it wasn’t good enough. That takes nothing away from how good Wigan where. They were good in that opening 20 minutes.“I don’t think it is a mental thing [why we can’t beat Wigan] but I know that will sound strange. We just weren’t there in that first 20 minutes and it is impossible to tell you why as it is Saints v Wigan and it is a derby game and therefore we should have no excuse for not being there in the first 20 minutes.“They completed sets, Sam Tomkins was great on the edge. For us? We looked shattered and when we got the ball we went one out and a kick as we were tired. Isn’t that what we did to Leeds and Warrington in the first 20 minutes earlier in the season? It is hard if a side does as well as that to get back into it and we just didn’t get into it. End of.“The short turnaround from Monday made no issue. We had six days so it wasn’t an issue. Monday was a big game and it was a great game. But everything we did well on Monday night we undid today. That’s frustrating.“I haven’t seen the second half incident on the video yet so I can’t comment. It is hard to see it from where we were. Once it started tempers went didn’t they? No doubt we will all be at Red Hall on Tuesday.”last_img read more

first_img USA Today’s 10Best enlisted a panel of North Carolina travel writers and photographers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks, 10Best readers have been voting for their favorites.“We were proud to be named in the list of Top 10 Attractions when the contest began,” Battleship Marketing Director Meaghan Holmes said in a news release. “And to be voted the second best attraction in North Carolina by our visitors, fans and city we are truly honored and thankful, we appreciate all the support.”The Battleship finished second behind Mount Airy Main Street. The top 10 winners in the category Best North Carolina Attraction are:Mount Airy Main Street – Mount AiryBattleship North Carolina – WilmingtonBiltmore Estate – AshevilleSarah P. Duke Gardens – DurhamGrandfather MountainBlue Ridge ParkwayInternational Civil Rights Center & Museum – GreensboroCape Lookout National Seashore – Harkers IslandGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkCorolla Wild Horses – Corolla Battleship North Carolina (Photo: Helen Holt/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Battleship North Carolina was one of the most decorated ships of World War II. And in its decades of retirement, it continues to rack up the honors.The latest is being named the second best attraction in North Carolina in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “There’s already mold on it,” said Holly Vineyard looking at her old high school photos that sat in a box in the families flooded garage.Priceless memories are now covered in mold. Creating new memories and experiences for Chad Shouler and Vineyard that they will never forget.“Very last minute before we left,” said Shouler.Related Article: Motts Channel Seafood welcomes customers first time since FlorenceThe two says they almost did not leave their Glen Ridge home before Florence hit. It’s a good thing they did. Flood waters reached nearly a foot inside forcing them outside and into a hotel .“We did not plan on this at all,” said Vineyard. “And it’s sad because we had just moved in and it just felt like it was where we needed to be.”Vineyard says they were too late to get renters insurance before the storm. Nearly all of their personal items are gone.“The water just came pouring out of this one,” said Barbara “Bobby” O’Neill scanning what use to be her bathroom.Just two doors down Bobby O’Neill had similar damage to her home.“You know there were only two devastating things in my life and that was the loss of my husband and this was the second thing,” said O’Neill.Unlike Holly and Chad, she didn’t leave.“Water was pouring in through the baseboards so maybe when it was two inches high in my house, my cats and I got on my bed and we were just going to stay there and pray,” said O’Neill.She got out with the help of a neighbor and was rescued. The neighborhood suffered historic flooding unlike ever before according to neighbors.O’Neill had insurance, but there are some things it can’t even replace.“Every time they took something down that was damaged, I thought my husband put that up when he was alive so it’s sad in many ways.”Through the sadness and loss there’s come selflessness and grace. Steven and Kathy Stilwell opened their home up to O’Neill as her home is being repaired.For Holly and Chad, neighbors are donating items like food and clothes.that kindness is their fuel to move forward.“Everyone that has found out who we are have really made sure to step up in every way possible and it’s been amazing,” said Vineyard. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  North New Hanover County was devastated with unprecedented flooding after Florence hit. In a WWAY follow up, we met with neighbors of one neighborhood devastated by flooding.Along one street in Glen Ridge, multiple families were displaced. At the same time, multiple neighbors stepped up to give what they could.  Even if it meant giving a spare room.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Unlike other branches of the military, members of the Coast Guard are not being paid during the shutdown.Those who live month to month are having to pick up second jobs, apply for government programs, or rely on help from the community.Less than two miles from the Oak Island Coast Guard Station is the Oak Island Golf Club. General manager Steve Isley says the chief of Caswell Beach Police came to him with an idea to help these families in need.Related Article: Residents upset over debris grinding behind their neighborhood“We got a lot of commercial fishermen that live here. And our resources, we depend on our guys being able to get out in the ocean and take care of their livelihood. And the Coast Guard is always there for them, they were here for us during Hurricane Florence,” said Isley.Isley says because military members cannot accept large gifts, he asks the community to donate gift cards of $20 or less to gas stations, grocery stores, or other necessities.Coast Guard spouses like Mary Charpek are grateful for the support.“It’s just so joyous to see the community coming together to support us,” Charpek said. “We’re such a small branch, and not a lot of people know what’s going on with the Coast Guard not being paid, and to see the community, the mayor, the golf course, the fire department, the police station coming out to help is just so heartwarming and it’s amazing to see.”Isley says after all the Coast Guard did for Oak Island during Hurricane Florence, he wants them to know how much the community appreciates them.“The Coast Guard is a small branch, but we’re a family, and it’s been really nice to see the community come together and be additional family for us all,” said Coast Guard spouse Katherine York.Any gift cards or other donations worth $20 or less can be brought to the Oak Island Golf Club and then will be distributed to Coast Guard families. They will later be distributed to the families. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Southeastern North Carolina’s large Coast Guard community must continue to work without receiving a paycheck.Now, others in the community are stepping up to give these families a helping hand.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — a Columbus County restaurant that burned down last year is back and better than ever. Dale’s Seafood had it’s grand reopening Thursday night.When Dale’s Seafood burned down in June 2017, owner Rusty Tyson vowed to rebuild.- Advertisement – “I’m not a quitter, I’m a winner. And I told people I’d be back,” said Tyson.Dale’s has been a Tabor City staple since the 1980’s.Tyson had originally planned to have the restaurant rebuilt and ready to reopen by October, but he ran into some setbacks.Related Article: California firefighters fan flames with broken window post“We had 100 rain days, and then we got the metal building up, the metal part,” said Tyson. “And then we put our first piece of metal up, and we had no screws. They sent me somebody else’s screws, the wrong color. I needed grey and they sent me green.”Tyson’s friend and builder of the new restaurant Jeffrey Sumner says it had to be constructed differently to meet new building code.“Metal studs, metal building, all drywall, very little wood in the whole building,” said Sumner. “State of the art fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system, HVAC system. Everything’s state of the art.”Sumner says they got the certificate of occupancy at 8:30 Thursday morning, and the restaurant was open by 4:00 p.m.Besides the building, not much else has changed.“I waited seven months just to come eat at Dale’s Seafood. But I say it was worth the wait,” said one man.With a packed parking lot, it seems the grand reopening was a success.“Dale’s Seafood is back. Just tell the whole world we’re back,” said Tyson.Tyson says he expects to be even busier over the coming weekend.last_img read more

first_img Horrell has owned The Purple Groomery on Wrightsville Ave. in Wilmington since 2012. She worked there under the previous owner starting in 2007.She says last month she noticed the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition had moved in next door.“There’s been a lot of people hanging out in the parking lot and leaving trash in the parking lot,” Horrell said. “People hanging out on the sidewalk when they’re not open.”Related Article: New data show drug overdose deaths, suicides climbed at alarming rates in 2017The organization has a needle exchange program and provides Narcan to those who need it.Horrell says the activity has made both her and her clients feel unsafe.“It’s affecting my business, and now we’ve got needles being left in the parking lot, and that’s a super serious thing,” Horrell said. “Especially if a client’s dog were to step on it.”Bernadette Calicchio, a phlebotomist at the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition, says they do more than just exchange needles. They promote safe sex by giving out condoms, provide a place for homeless people to rest and more.She says she did not expect the push back the organization is getting.“More than anything, we empower our participants to be more safe in their drug use,” Calicchio said. “You can go anywhere and find a syringe, I mean just this weekend I was walking in Halyburton Park and I found a used syringe in the sand on a walking trail.”Horrell says she did contact the police and they’re looking into the issue. She says she can’t afford to move her business, and she’s looking to get a concealed carry permit to protect herself. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington dog groomer is concerned for her business and her safety after an organization that helps drug users moved in next door.“When my child gets here in the afternoon, I want the door locked,” Christina Horrell said. “Because she’s all I have besides my dogs.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgWrightsboro Elementary School (Photo: Wrightsboro Elementary School) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County elementary school had to shelter-in-place for hours Wednesday afternoon because of a domestic incident that happened off campus.New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer said a man threatened a woman with whom he had a relationship and her child. That child attends Wrightsboro Elementary.- Advertisement – Brewer said while no threat was made against the school, deputies increased their presence at the school while they searched for the man.A school spokeswoman said the shelter-in-place went into place at 11:30 a.m. and lasted until the school dismissed.Brewer said as of Wednesday afternoon, they had not located the suspect, so an additional  school resource officer helped coordinate dismissal.Related Article: Why are animal cruelty cases on the rise in New Hanover County?The school district said Wrightboro’s principal notified parents through an automated calling system.Brewer said they will make plans for Thursday if the suspect is not found. There is a warrant out for the man for communicating threats.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Joseph Muscat has met with the Chief Negotiator of the European Union for Brexit Michel Barnier.During a press conference held at the Auberge de Castille, Muscat said that during his visit to Malta, Michel Barnier visited a number of places including Malta Customs. He said that the ball is now in the UK’s Government of the United Kingdom court and stressed that Barnier has done a remarkable job which made the unity and consistency of the European Union stand out.In turn, Barnier turn thanked the Prime Minister and the Maltese diplomatic team for their support to him over the recent months and the confidence to show it the Maltese Government. He spoke about what his job entails, which he described as ‘complex’. He explained that his job is to to listen to what government, the stakeholders, and Maltese businesses and the national parliament have to say, and insisted that he remained committed to work for a common goal.Barnier stressed that the EU must ensure an agreement for the UK as a country with the the Union, and not just what he called a “divorce agreement”.As regards the political situation in the UK, Barnier said that the discussions between the British parties are ongoing. He said he will continue to follow them in order to better understand what the future relationship of the European Union to the United Kingdom will be.He said that the EU could be more ambitious if the UK wanted to form part of the Customs Union. He stressed that the integrity of the single market and the autonomy of the 27 member states of the European Union must be assured.Barnier is currently meeting with several members of the government to discuss the position of the Maltese Government as regards the United Kingdom. WhatsApp SharePrintcenter_img <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

first_img SharePrint Villareal are close to signing Colombian striker Carlos Bacca as part of the deal that will see Samu Castillejo join AC Milan. Bacca spent last season on loan with the La Liga side and impressed during his stint by scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances.The former Seville player is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Yellow Submarine even though AC Milan had reportedly made a deal with Sporting Lisbon to take Bacca on loan with an option to buy. The attacker moved to Milan from Seville in 2015 after the Colombia international scored 49 goals in 108 appearances for the La Liga side.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Ever had a scenario where you had no internet data to send that email, when you very well knew that a friend had like 1 GB of data they are not using at the moment! Or worse ever been in a situation where you have to approve your URA(Uganda Revenue Authority) TIN but could not access any internet? This list is fairly goes on and it is because Uganda and Africa is still facing the Internet access problem and the few companies (ISPs and Mobile Telecoms) are over charging for their services.We all dream of the day when the internet will be free or approximately free, this is evident with the rate with which we access the free WiFi spots around town. A lot of innovation is still required and many telecoms in Uganda are not asking a lot of  “What if” questions to solve this problem, well I said many beside Airtel Uganda which just launched the Multi Surf data product.What is Multi Surf? – Advertisement – Multi surf or Surf Share service enables Airtel customers to share bundle to 4 more other Airtel subcribers  irrespective of where these other subscribers are. Is that cool or what!Imagine having a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop, and let’s  say you subscribed data for your modem and shared it with the number in your phone and tablet. You will not have to worry about Internet or switch lines when you have to travel up country, what this telecom is saying is that they know you have many devices and all they want to do is make the internet experience on all these devices as friction-less as possible.Why I think it’s cool 😉Whoever came up with this idea did a great job of analyzing the trends because sharing will always be caring, and if social media now enables you to share your moments with the people you love, Why cant Airtel enable you to do the same but for bundles.We now don’t have to worry about not having WiFi connection any more, If I know a friend who has bundle, I will just tell them to add me to their Multi Surf service and I will start enjoying.What Airtel should Improve.The service is limited to Monthly subscribers which limits who is supposed to sing up for the service, the other turn down would be that the person who initially subscribed cannot control the data usage of the people who are accessing the data.My recommendationsI think this is a step into disrupting how people access internet in Uganda and I am happy about this innovation, however Airtel needs to let me limit the bundle usage because using a photo sharing analogy, I like controlling the photos I share on Instagram, we don’t want my drunk photos out there if you know what am saying. Just let me assign a data limit to the people I share my data with.Try the product via *175# and follow the prompt from surf share. Finally I think this is a step into the unknown, and I want to see other Telecoms in Uganda bringing services like these to their customers. Please care to leave your thoughts in the comments section and I will see you in the next one.last_img read more

first_imgUK developers are unlikely to build backdoors for their softwares. Image Credit: TechBubble Advertisement The UK government is unlikely to force developers to build backdoors in their software so that its spooks can snoop on users’ doings.The move had been expected since Prime Minister David Cameron said that “in our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?” Of course he thought that most people would answer no, when the majority think “yes David I don’t want you reading my emails”Baroness Shields said the government has no intention in forthcoming legislation either to weaken encryption or provide back doors to it. Instead government wants companies to decrypt ‘targeted’ data when required, and provide access to it. – Advertisement – In other words, David is saying “you don’t have to build backdoors, but if the only way you can do what we want is by building one, you better get your skates on, or let us in through the front door.”[related-posts]The difficulty is that the Conservative government has a lot of backers who are in big business and they want strong encryption to stop the Chinese stealing their data.  But Current law requires that companies must be able to provide targeted access, subject to warrant, to the communications of those who seek to commit crimes or do serious harm in the UK or to its citizens.Baroness Shields said: “It is absolutely essential that these companies which understand and build those stacks of technology are able to decrypt that information and provide it to law enforcement in extremis”.Confused?  Yeah.  It appears that this is yet another technology issue that Cameron’s government has not thought through.[TechEye]last_img read more

first_imgImage Credit: thejournal Advertisement On Wednesday, Reuters reported how the Menlo Park-based social networking firm, Facebook Inc. was set to be fined by the EU. According to new reports by the News Agency, on Thursday, today – the European Union antitrust regulators has fined the social media platform 110 million Euros (Roughly USD$122 million) for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.Calling it a “proportionate and deterrent fine“, the European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its namesake platform and WhatsApp but two years later launched a service that did exactly that.“The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook’s statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users’ identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility,” the Commission said. – Advertisement – Facebook said in a statement the errors made in its 2014 filings were not intentional and that the Commission had confirmed they had not affected the outcome of the merger review.“Today’s announcement brings this matter to a close,” Facebook said.The fine would not reverse the Commission’s decision to clear the purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues, it added.[related-posts]The Commission could have fined Facebook up to 1 percent of its turnover – which would have been $276 million based on 2016 results – but said that Facebook had cooperated with the proceedings and acknowledged its infringement.The EU sanction comes after Facebook received a separate 150,000-euro fine on Tuesday by a French data watchdog for failing to prevent its users’ data being accessed by advertisers.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto Courtesy Advertisement Crown Bottlers Uganda; Marketing Director and board member of Uganda Manufacturers Association; Prof. Maggie Kigozi together with Ashish J. Thakkar; Founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation will be headlining the Young Entrepreneurship Day (YED) at the Africa 2017 Forum next month in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from December 7th to 9th.The forum is organised by the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt and the COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA), and will bring together Heads of State and delegates from across the global – including; H.E the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, H.E. Sherif Ismail; Prime Minister, Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya; Secretary General, COMESA, Kristalina Georgieva CEO, World Bank to mention a few.The YED is a new addition to the forum that has been designed to connect some of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs and give them exposure to investors, incubators and accelerators. In addition also take part in workshops that will give them the skills and tools to scale up their businesses. – Advertisement – Both Maggie and Thakkar have been championing entrepreneurship and will share their perspectives, as well as engage in an open platform with some of the upcoming leaders from across Africa.As part of the Forum, Egypt (the hosts) will be showcasing its flagship mega-projects including the construction of a new capital city 45km outside of Cairo, and a number of industrial and special economic zone projects along the Suez Canal, among others.This Forum reinforces Egypt’s commitment to support and enhance the economic and cultural integration of Africa and to spur investment into what is still one of the fastest growing regions in the world.last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]appy New Year……It’s of course the time to make resolutions and mine, for this column, is to record the performance of the daily selections to the recommended stakes. Starting today !I just wonder how many more leaders of the Premier League we’ll see before the end of the season. Talk about flip-flopping.Man U were written off by many (including myself) after their wobbles at the start of the season but if they continue their current form then current outright prices could look very juicy indeed as they look to get back into the most compact of leaderboards.Man U start the New Year on a run of six winning matches and face a Spurs side also in resurgent form under new manager Tim Sherwood – so we should be in for a cracker at Old Trafford (5.30pm, LIVE BT SPORT).Spurs have enjoyed a good recent record over Man U:HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Dec 2013 Premier Tottenham 2-2 Man UtdJan 2013 Premier Tottenham 1-1 Man UtdSep 2012 Premier Man Utd 2-3 TottenhamMar 2012 Premier Tottenham 1-3 Man UtdAug 2011 Premier Man Utd 3-0 TottenhamJan 2011 Premier Tottenham 0-0 Man UtdOct 2010 Premier Man Utd 2-0 TottenhamApr 2010 Premier Man Utd 3-1 TottenhamDec 2009 Carling Cup Man Utd 2-0 TottenhamSep 2009 Premier Tottenham 1-3 Man UtdMan U have the bigger injury problems. They will assess the fitness of Wayne Rooney, who missed the win at Norwich with a groin problem and has yet to return to training.The game may come too soon for Robin van Persie but Antonio Valencia returns after a one-game ban.Spurs won this fixture 3-2 last season, claiming their first victory at Manchester United since 16 December 1989.The sides are tied in the table on 34 points with Man U ahead on goal difference and for my first bet of 2014 with Star Sports I’m sticking with the draw at around 14/5.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)5 points DRAW at around 14/5 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (JANUARY): 0.00 POINTS What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_img£25 CASH IFANY RACE WON BY HEAD OR LESSTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £25 CASH if any race at Windsor on Monday is won by HEAD or less.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Monday 13 August and 5.30pm on Monday 13 August. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Monday 13 August to 5.30pm (GMT) on Monday 13 August.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 5.30pm (GMT) on Monday 13  August. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer if any race at Windsor on Monday is won by head or less.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £25 CASH within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

first_imgWhat or who can stop Manchester City? It is a question that sometimes feels evergreen, so rare are the occasions when Pep Guardiola’s men make slip ups. Coming towards the end of February, they are still in all four competitions, and what’s more, they’re favourites for each of them, including the Champions League.For all that the trophies could well flow under Pep, the one he and the club really wants is the pinnacle of European football, and City are well placed to take an advantage home against Schalke.The Germans have had a very tough time in the Bundesliga – they are only 14th in the table and they’ve won just six games all season – but the Champions League has actually been a welcome relief for last season’s runners up.They prepared for this with a goalless draw against Freiburg when they managed to escape with a point despite playing with 10 men for 48 minutes, and previously Bayern Munich were far too good for them at the Allianz Arena.Schalke 04 v Man CityUEFA Champions League Last-16 1st Leg20:00 BT Sport 2HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches, since 2000)NOV 2008 UEFA CUP Schalke 0-2 Manchester CityCity are operating at an even higher level of form and in 2019 they have been almost untouchable. They have won 11 of their 12 games in this calendar year, scoring a barely believable 46 – yes 46 – goals, with a variety of teams used in both domestic cups and the Premier League. No matter who they meet they have the tools to get the job done in style, and they have won three of their last four games on the road by more than one goal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK MAN CITY -1 5 pts at 3/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 252.96 points(excluding Premier League ante-post and Six Nations ante-post)last_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Michael Cinelli (713) 831-4794 Danny P. Gibbs PanEnergy Corp. (713) 627-5011 PANENERGY CORP. PRESENTS ARCHIVES TO RICE UNIVERSITY; NEW BOOK DETAILING COMPANY’S HISTORY UNVEILEDHistorical information exemplifying the relationship between United States regulatory policy and the modern corporation will soon be available at Rice University’s Fondren Library courtesy of PanEnergy Corp. Paul Anderson, PanEnergy’s president and chief executive officer, and Dennis Hendrix, PanEnergy chairman, will symbolically present a small portion of the archives to David Auston, Rice provost, at the university’s Fondren Library Woodson Research Centerat 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18. The archives detail the more than 65-year history of Houston’s PanEnergy Corp. PanEnergy, previously known as Panhandle Eastern Corporation, will underwrite the university’s cost of cataloging and preserving the 60 cubic feet of Panhandle Eastern and Texas Eastern Corporation historical documents. Texas Eastern was merged into the company in1989. The Woodson Research Center will make the collection available to researchers once all the documents are in place, said centerdirector Nancy Boothe.“These archives will be a welcome addition to our collection,” said Auston. “Business historians and regulatory researchers shouldfind these records very valuable.” Along with the archives, PanEnergy will unveil its newly published history, “Gas Pipelines and the Emergence of America’s Regulatory State, a History of Panhandle Eastern Corporation, 1928-1993.” Book author Christopher Castaneda, who researched the PanEnergy archives in developing the historical account, will present copies of the book to the university. “Gas Pipelines” is published by Cambridge University Press as part of its prestigious series,”Studies in Economic History & Policy: The U.S. in the 20thCentury.” “From the birth of interstate pipelines and minimal regulation to increased government oversight and open access transportation, PanEnergy’s history documents an important evolutionary process in the relationship between business and government in our nation,”Castaneda said. Castaneda, assistant professor of history at California State University, Sacramento, previously co-authored the history of Texas Eastern Corporation. “From Texas to the East” was published by Texas A&M University Press in 1993. Hendrix commissioned the Texas Eastern history book in 1987, when he was chief executive officer of Texas Eastern. Castaneda’s work on the Panhandle Eastern history then began in late 1991 after “From Texas to the East” was submitted to thepublisher.The PanEnergy name change earlier this year reflects the company’s move from primarily a natural gas transporter to a morediversified provider of energy services.###last_img read more

first_imgLong Description Tracking new cancer-killing particles with MRINanoparticle could allow diagnosis, treatment in one visitResearchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have created a single nanoparticle that can be tracked in real time with MRI as it homes in on cancer cells, tags them with a fluorescent dye and kills them with heat. The all-in-one particle is one of the first examples from a growing field called “theranostics” that develops technologies physicians can use to diagnose and treat diseases in a single procedure.The research is available online in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. Tests so far involve laboratory cell cultures, but the researchers said MRI tracking will be particularly advantageous as they move toward tests in animals and people.“Some of the most essential questions in nanomedicine today are about biodistribution — where particles go inside the body and how they get there,” said study co-author Naomi Halas. “Noninvasive tests for biodistribution will be enormously useful on the path to FDA approval, and this technique — adding MRI functionality to the particle you’re testing and using for therapy — is a very promising way of doing this.”Halas, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering, is a pioneer in nanomedicine. The all-in-one particles are based on nanoshells — particles she invented in the 1990s that are currently in human clinical trials for cancer treatment. Nanoshells harvest laser light that would normally pass harmlessly through the body and convert it into tumor-killing heat.In designing the new particle, Halas partnered with Amit Joshi, assistant professor in BCM’s Division of Molecular Imaging, to modify nanoshells by adding a fluorescent dye that glows when struck by near-infrared (NIR) light. NIR light is invisible and harmless, so NIR imaging could provide doctors with a means of diagnosing diseases without surgery.In studying ways to attach the dye, Halas’ graduate student, Rizia Bardhan, found that dye molecules emitted 40-50 times more light if a tiny gap was left between them and the surface of the nanoshell. The gap was just a few nanometers wide, but rather than waste the space, Bardhan inserted a layer of iron oxide that would be detectable with MRI. The researchers also attached an antibody that lets the particles bind to the surface of breast and ovarian cancer cells.In the lab, the team tracked the fluorescent particles and confirmed that they targeted cancer cells and destroyed them with heat. Joshi said the next step will be to destroy whole tumors in live animals. He estimates that testing in humans is at least two years away, but the ultimate goal is a system where a patient gets a shot containing nanoparticles with antibodies that are tailored for the patient’s cancer. Using NIR imaging, MRI or a combination of the two, doctors would observe the particles’ progress through the body, identify areas where tumors exist and then kill them with heat.“This particle provides four options — two for imaging and two for therapy,” Joshi said. “We envision this as a platform technology that will present practitioners with a choice of options for directed treatment.”Eventually, Joshi said, he hopes to develop specific versions of the particles that can attack cancer at different stages, particularly early stage cancer, which is difficult to diagnose and treat with current technology. The researchers also expect to use different antibody labels to target specific forms of the disease. Halas said the team has been careful to choose components that are either already approved for medical use or are already in clinical trials.“What’s nice is that every single component of this has been approved or is on a path toward FDA approval,” Halas said. “We’re putting together components that all have good, proven track records.”Bardhan and BCM postdoctoral researcher Wenxue Chen are co-primary authors of the paper. Additional Rice co-authors include Emilia Morosan, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate students Ryan Huschka and Liang Zhao. Additional BCM co-authors include Robia Pautler, assistant professor of neuroscience and radiology, postdoctoral researcher Marc Bartels and graduate student Carlos Perez-Torres.The research was sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Welch Foundation and the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.View the paper at RICE CONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: BCM CONTACT: Graciela GutierrezPHONE: 713-798-4710EMAIL: Sharecenter_img AddThislast_img read more

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduDjerejian available to comment on Syria and TurkeyThe founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute is a former US ambassador to Syria and assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairsHOUSTON – (Nov. 27, 2012) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, is available to comment on the Syrian crisis and Turkey’s request to NATO to assist in protecting Turkey from Syria with Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries. In June, Djerejian traveled to Istanbul, where he met with Turkish policy experts and Syrian opposition representatives.A leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia, Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy toBill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. In 2003, Djerejian chaired the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World at the request of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and was senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group in 2006. Djerejian is the author of the book “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.To see a previously aired interview with Djerejian discussing the Israel-Hamas cease-fire, click below or go to Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Djerejian on Twitter: @edwarddjerejianDjerejian biography: courtesy: Rice University’s Baker Institute FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more