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first_imgSAINTS’ Betfred Super League campaign continues this evening when Leigh Centurions come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 5:15pm.Academy – The 19s take on their Bradford counterparts at 5:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will be at the ground – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. You can also buy Youth Energy too.Member Offer – If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our pie and hot drink combo offer for £3.50. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at keepmeupdated@saintsrlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!The match is sponsored by O2 Rainford with Robinson’s Brewery our Corporate Sponsor. Exact Concrete are sponsoring the Match Ball.Team News Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore The Saints Superstore is open until kick-off. We will be open for 45 minutes after the game. Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale. Featuring an interview with Matty Smith it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there?There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.last_img read more

Many hit the beach to experience Irmas impacts

first_img “I guess we don’t really see storms, like huge hit Carolina Beach. So, it is kind of cool to see what could happen,” Sarah Marchant said.“It’s cool. The waves, huge coming in hitting the rocks, splashing, there nothing like it,” Tyler Swanson said.Winds really picked up, but there was not much rain earlier in the day. Some people described it as a moment to embrace what mother nature has to offer.Related Article: Kure Beach residents discuss living with coyotes“It’s just an incredible Mother Nature thing that’s going on and we’re lucky enough to be safe,” Kathleen Morrison said.The winds got stronger into the night, whipping up sand and water. Though many enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds of the storm, it’s important to remember that safety is priority.“I just hope everybody is safe and have fun in the storm,” Swanson said. “If you’re not used to it, definitely stay indoors, but I mean if you’ve been through it before, like worse than this, than yeah, come out and see what is going on,” Marchant said. KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It is a far cry from what Florida and other southern states are dealing with, but the Cape Fear is still feeling some effects from Irma.As the waves were crashing into the beaches by Fort Fisher, dozens of people were coming out to watch. Some said that as worried as they may be, this was a spectacle worth seeing. As the winds and waves got stronger, people were still hit the beaches into the night.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NCGOP Rep Bill Brission switches from Democrat to Republican

first_imgNC Representative Bill Brisson switched his registration from Democrat to Republican. (Photo: NC Leg) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — NCGOP announced Wednesday that North Carolina Representative Bill Brisson of Bladen County switched his registration from Democrat to Republican.NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes welcomed Brisson to the Republican Party:- Advertisement – “Rep. Brisson has been a hard-working and conservative voice in our state legislature for quite some time now. We are elated with his decision to switch his registration to a political party that will better serve himself and his constituents. I look forward to working with him to spread Republican values and make the 22nd district the best it can be.”North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin released the following statement after Rep. Brisson announced he’s changing his party affiliation:“Rep. Brisson is an honest public servant, but one who rarely caucuses with Democrats and votes more than nine out of ten times with the Republican majority. Our party remains committed to fighting for every seat possible in order to retake the majority by 2020. Under fairer maps in 2018 we are confident we will break the Republican supermajority. Our goal is to provide Governor Cooper with a Democratic Caucus that will stand with him in fighting to improve education, grow the economy, and ensure North Carolinians are ready for the jobs available today and created tomorrow. Today’s news does not change the calculus needed to reach that goal.”Related Article: ‘Prepare to be eviscerated’: McCrory to teach politics at UNC Chapel HillWe have reached out to Brisson for a comment, but haven’t heard back. When we contacted his Raleigh office, the staff member who answered the phone was unaware of the registration switch.last_img read more

FIRST ON WWAY UPDATE Suspect in Good Samaritan attack charged with murder

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man who interrupted a domestic disturbance died last night after his family removed him from life support.Now the man accused of attacking him, Hakeem Sanders, 31, is charged with second degree murder.- Advertisement – Family members say Alan Pearson entered the Safeway Store at 3316 Wilshire Blvd around 11:00 pm Monday night.They say Pearson saw Sanders hitting a woman, so he told her not to follow him outside and he would call 911 and get her some help.Police say Sanders overheard Pearson’s comment and assaulted him.Related Article: WPD: Pizza employee threatened over wait time for foodThe store clerk called 911 and EMS transported Pearson, who was unconscious, to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was placed on life support.The family says they removed him from life support at 9:00 p.m.Pearson died last night.Members of the Wilmington Police Department’s US Marshal’s Task Force apprehended Sanders Tuesday and initially charged him with assault inflicting serious injury.During a court appearance on Wednesday, Sanders’ bond was raised to $1 million.last_img read more

Hundreds of gallons of kerosene spill in Carolina Beach

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A portion of Canal Drive in Carolina Beach remained closed Friday morning as crews worked to clean up a kerosene spill.The Carolina Beach Fire Department says it happened around 7:30 Thursday night at the Scotchman on Canal Drive.- Advertisement – Fire crews say a tanker truck was delivering kerosene to underground tanks and as he was filling the tanks, the dispensing unit came out. Between 500 and 600 gallons of kerosene spilled onto the asphalt.Firefighters managed to stop the fuel from going into the storm drains, but some of the kerosene did spill into the yacht basin.The delivery company sent out a hazmat team to clean up the spill.Related Article: USCG to remove navigational markers in Carolina Beach Inlet due to safety concernsNo word on how long the 300 block of Canal Drive will remain closed.last_img read more

Businesses react to downtown Wilmington vandalism

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for a man caught on video spraying graffiti in several areas of downtown Wilmington.WWAY reached out to several business owners to hear their thoughts on the vandalism.- Advertisement – Gene Vadies has owned Barouke Exotic Woods in the Old Wilmington City Market for more than two decades.“Hopefully this is not the beginning of something bigger in Wilmington. The tourist district is the pearl of this city, and we’re all trying to keep it looking nice,” said Vadies.Vadies also helps manage the market.Related Article: Arrest made in Wilmington shooting that injured man“This is bad for tourism,” Vadies said. “Because the tourists walk down the street and they see this, and they think ‘gee, the last time I’ve seen this is Philadelphia, or Newark, New Jersey.’”Last week, a man who signs his work “The Creator” used spray paint to vandalize the market, along with several other businesses and structures in downtown Wilmington.“It’s very hard to understand, it’s hard to read, the English is not very good, I don’t think he did very well in school,” said Vadies.In addition to the market, graffiti signed ‘The Creator’ or simply ‘C’ has popped up at The George on the Riverwalk, the Market Street Parking Deck, and the Groove Jet Salon.Most if not all of the graffiti has since been painted over, but one woman whose balcony overlooks the salon says someone re-sprayed the wall sometime before 3:00 a.m. Sunday.Police have posted video of the suspect on social media, hoping someone can identify him. He appears to drive a white Ford Freestyle.Vadies, who has lived in New York and says he’s seen his fair share of graffiti, says he has his own ideas about the creator.“I would say a young person who doesn’t seem to fit in, he’s crying out for help, he is trying to develop some sort of identity,” said Vadies.The George on the Riverwalk general manager Matt Babson released a statement to WWAY, saying: “We were very disappointed that this sort of thing still happens. We want to express our appreciation to WDI and the Downtown Ambassadors for painting over the graffiti for us, and we hope the police can identify the individual responsible soon.”Groove Jet Salon owner Brandy Alexander also released a statement, saying: “Whoever is vandalizing our building through graffiti is just seeking to be heard on what they feel is important to them. I hope they choose to seek respectful person to person conversations to voice their views as well as hear others. Graffiti doesn’t solve someone feeling lonely but conversations at least allow a seat at the table to be heard.”If you have any information, contact Wilmington Police.last_img read more

There is a clear plan for the future of AirMalta – Muscat

first_imgWhatsApp Prime Minister and Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat discussed the national airline, AirMalta during his intervention on the party’s radio station on Sunday. He said that there are clear plans on how the company will expand thanks to a new and more economical fleet. Muscat added that there are also plans to add to the current routes which the national airline operates on such as India and the United States. He continued that thanks to this addition job opportunities will also increase within the company. He stressed that the government needs to be responsible and realistic. Joseph Muscat said that AirMalta will focus more on the business traveller and will offer a more extensive array of deals and improved products. When asked on the United Nations report which puts Malta as one of the best countries that deals with poverty within its territory, Muscat said there is still poverty in Malta and it is a big challenge. He added that his government had inherited a situation where poverty was on the increase. He stated that policies have to focus on education and employment. The Prime Minister also elaborated that issue is being tackled with an increase in pensions every fiscal year. Touching on the health sector, Muscat said this sector is doing well and the projects in the pipeline will continue to improve the situation. He explained that priority is being given to mental health and cancer issues. 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

Airtel partners with Amazon for cloud computing services

first_imgAdvertisement Airtel yesterday announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services to offer its cloud computing services to customers in India.The Cloud computing services will offer software and other facility to customers while charging them on usage basis, without requiring them to buy entire product.Bharti Airtel’s Global Business CEO Ajay Chitkara said that they are excited to strengthen Airtel’s cloud services portfolio by adding Amazon Web Services to our growing list of cloud services providers.“We are confident that this will help our global customers truly leverage the benefits of cloud,”  he said in a statement. – Advertisement – Under this partnership customers will get commitment from the company on a dedicated connection between their premise and AWS data centres – the facility which was not available earlier.Amazon Web Services offers facility like website hosting, data storage and other softwares required to run or manage businesses.Amazon Web Services India Head Bikram Singh Bedi said  that customers are able to reduce network costs, increase bandwidth throughput and provide a more consistent network experience, helping Indian businesses of all sizes to rapidly expand their organisations.Via intoday.comlast_img read more

Aljazeera Huffington Post among 21 Websites Banned in Egypt for Supporting Terrorism

first_imgAdvertisement Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and Huffington Post Arabic, for “supporting terrorism”, state news agency MENA and security sources said on Wednesday.While local media didn’t list all the affected URLs, Reuters sources said the government blocked them, because it believes they’re affiliated with Qatar — Al Jazeera is based in Doha, the country’s capital — or the Muslim Brotherhood.The blocked websites include Mada Masr, Al Jazeera, Al Sharq, Masr Al Arabia, Arabic 21, Huffington Post Arabic, Horria post, Klmty, Rassd, elshaab among many others. – Advertisement – Egypt once shut down the internet in 2011 and blocked VoIP services like Skype and Viber in 2015.last_img read more

Hive Colab Will Host the 4th Annual 1776 Global Challenge Cup –

first_imgPhoto Credit: Tech Point Nigeria Advertisement Washington-based Global Incubator and Seed Fund firm, 1776 in partnership with investment firm Revolution, an active champion for the emergence of entrepreneurial communities and startups together with tech-incubation hub Hive Colab will host the fourth annual global Challenge Cup competition that seeks to find innovative startups solving the world’s most complex and challenging problems often overlooked with respect to venture funding and access to entrepreneurial resources.Mrs. Barbara Birungi Mutabazi; Director at Hive Colab in a press statement said, the goal of challenge is not literally that you compete, win and go home with a trophy.“The idea of the challenge is to nudge startups to do better and think of what matters. The challenge has different themes which all aim at social innovation with a for profit arm,” she said. – Advertisement – The Challenge Cup is also presented in partnership with investment firm Revolution, an active champion for the emergence of entrepreneurial communities and startups outside of Silicon Valley.Notbaly, last year, 1776 crowed MUrgency; a Dubai-based company that uses the power of mobile technology and networks to create one seamless global emergency response network – as winners of the 2016 Global Challenge Cup while Twiga Foods; a mobile-based supply platform for Africa’s retail outlets, kiosks, and market stalls – from Mombasa won the 2015 Global Challenge Cup.These are 5 African cities that will host the 2017 ‘1776 Global Challenge Cup‘:Hive Colab — Kampala, Uganda.Iceaddis — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.iHub — Nairobi, Kenya.iSpace Foundation — Accra, Ghana.BIAT — Tunis, Tunisia.Honorable Mention: On-demand laundry service app, Yoza in 2016 emerged winners in the People’s Choice award category at the 1776 Global Startup Challenge after their successful nomination in the category. Their win got them an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C where they pitched alongside 69 other entrepreneurs to compete in the 1776 Global Startup Challenge final round.Editor’s Note: Startups from Kampala that would love to take/be part of the challenge can apply here. Deadline for Application is 18th August 2017, pitching is 7th September 2017last_img read more

Tarr Very Much Lukes Saturday trixie

first_imgI’m sitting at a railway station got a ticket for my destination….. ooooooh er.Enough Simon & Garfunkel – I really am on a railway station and heading for a wedding, so my transmissione is brief, thanks to a poor wifi signal.Can’t believe that guy up in the International Space Station was able to tweet yet Reading railway station is a NO-FI zone Here’s this week’s footy trixie. It was the inevitable two out of three this week and I’m fully expecting the same but keep hopeful of landing them all.LEG 1LIVERPOOL to beat Southampton at around 13/20. My standing order this season is to oppose Southampton – the most over-rated team ever.LEG 2Newcastle v Hull – UNDER 2.5 GOALS at around 8/11. Because, well, it just will be.LEG 3CHELSEA (-1) at around 4/5 v Fulham – After being humiliated midweek – surely Chelsea have a point (or more pertinently three points) to prove against their neighbours?last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 19 AugustRACING1.55 YorkShore Step 14/1 > 11/13.05 YorkGiovanni Canaletto 8/1 > 13/23.40 YorkGolden Horn 4/6 > 4/74.55 YorkShawaahid 14/1 > 10/1FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg7.45pm BT SPORT8/13 Celtic 9/2 Malmo 14/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 21 MarchRACING2.20 SouthwellOwen Na View 9/4 > 6/43.30 KelsoThe Grey Taylor 5/2 > 7/44.10 TauntonNearest The Pin 7/1 > 9/2ANTE-POST1000 Guineas (1 May)Lumiere 7/1 > 11/2 Minding 3/1 > 9/4(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img

£25 FREE BET Wolverhampton Races

first_img£25 FREE BET IFANY RACE AT WOLVERHAMPTON WON BY A NECK OR LESSTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £25 FREE BET if ANY RACE AT WOLVERHAMPTON WON BY A NECK 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 Thursday 1 November and 5.10pm on Thursday 1 November. 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 Thursday 1 November to 5.10pm (GMT) on Thursday 1 November.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 5.10pm (GMT) on Thursday 1 November. 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 of £25 will be paid as a Free Bet if ANY RACE AT WOLVERHAMPTON IS WON BY A NECK OR LESS. The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(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 Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) 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. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Rice announces tuition and financial aid increases for fall 2009

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE: 713-348-6770E-MAIL: balmond@rice.eduRice announces tuition and financial aid increases for fall 2009Rice University today announced that tuition for the 2009-10 freshman class will be $31,430 — an increase of 4.9 percent or $1,470 over last fall. In addition, the university announced increases in financial aid.“We are balancing two important priorities during these difficult times: keeping a Rice education accessible and affordable for students while generating the resources we need to provide these outstanding young scholars with one of the best undergraduate educations in the country,”President David Leebron said. Financial aidLearn more about the financial aid programs provided by Rice New financial-aid policyRice expands its financial-aid policy to help families with the nation’s economic downturn Best valueRice ranks among the nation’s best for its outstanding value “The additional aid recognizes the difficulties that many families are facing. The modest tuition increase helps support our campus and keep our research and education at the high level of quality our students expect and deserve.”The university has announced several enhancements to financial aid available to entering students. Rice also adjusts need-based aid packages, as necessary, for enrolled students to accommodate tuition increases. The university previously announced that it had increased the no-loan threshold for financial aid packages to $80,000, up from $60,000, for entering students this fall. This means that students who qualify for need-based aid from families whose annual incomes are $80,000 or less will not be required to take out loans to pay for their education.The university has also lowered the cap on loans in financial-aid packages for need-eligible incoming freshmen to $10,000 for their four undergraduate years — down from $14,500 for freshmen who entered in fall 2008. Rice has a policy of need-blind admission. About 30 percent of the freshman class will receive a merit scholarship. Overall, about 60 percent of Rice undergraduates receive some form of financial support.Room and board for 2009-10 will increase $480 to $11,230. The total charge for entering students, including tuition, fees and room and board, will be $43,287. Next year’s tuition for current undergraduates will increase 4.9 percent over their present rate. For sophomores and juniors, that means the same rate as entering freshmen. For seniors and fifth-year students, tuition will be $30,920 and $28,700, respectively.Tuition for most graduate students will also increase 4.9 percent, or $1,470, to $31,430. For students entering the MBA program at the Jones Graduate School of Management, tuition will increase 11.1 percent, or $4,000, to $40,000. Jones School tuition includes the cost of a laptop computer.Even with the increase, Rice’s tuition is expected to be $5,000 to $7,000 less than that charged by other premier research universities. Both Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and the Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges for 2009” ranked Rice No. 4 on this year’s list of private schools that offer an exceptional education and an outstanding economic value.Leebron said that Rice’s endowment had fallen by about 20 percent as of the end of 2008, or close to $1 billion, and has suffered additional losses so far this year. Earnings from the endowment support about 45 percent of the university’s total budget, while tuition covers only 37 percent of the cost of providing an undergraduate education. The university plans to reduce spending by 5 percent in the fiscal year beginning July 1 and has taken several other cost-saving steps.“Our goal is to continue supporting the very best in education and research, while at the same time asking all parts of the Rice community to help with the challenges created by a deep and prolonged economic downturn,” Leebron said.“Students who come to Rice know that they’ll be learning and researching with some of the most accomplished professors in the country and working alongside talented, motivated fellow students from around the world,” said Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment. “Our goal is to make sure no student misses out on the Rice experience because of a lack of financial resources. We want the brightest, most promising students from every background.”For more information about Rice and its financial aid programs and to apply, go to read more

Rice political scientist available to comment on Texas governors race

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL:         Rice political scientist available to comment on Texas governor’s raceRice University political scientist Mark Jones is available today and tomorrow (Election Day) and Wednesday to comment on the Texas governor’s race between Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White. Jones can also comment on Texas House and Senate races. Jones, Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, can conduct interviews in English or Spanish and may be reached by contacting Jessica Stark at or 713-348-6777. MEDIA NOTE: Jones will be an in-studio analyst offering commentary on election results for Houston’s Fox 26 Tuesday evening. AddThislast_img read more

When it comes to population growth Houston is No 1

first_img Media note: A link to a Rice-produced video for this story is available at the end of the news release. A high-definition, unedited version is available via FTP and Dropbox.When it comes to population growth, Houston is No. 1 New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are still America’s largest metropolitan areas, but none of the nation’s 366 metropolitan areas added more people during the past decade than Houston. Based on a new extensive analysis of the 2000 and 2010 censuses by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Greater Houston metropolitan area grew by a whopping 1.2 million people and increased by more than 123,000 per year over the decade. AddThis “Houston’s growth represents more people than the population growth in the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas combined during the past decade,” said Michael Emerson, co-director of the Kinder Institute. “Houston’s growth alone accounts for more people than the nation’s 14 smallest metropolitan areas combined. It is more than the number of people who live in the Buffalo metropolitan area, and more than in the New Orleans metropolitan area — and it is more than the number of people in 322 of the nation’s 366 metropolitan areas.” While 42 of the nation’s metropolitan areas actually lost population, Emerson said, Houston capitalized on its closeness to Latin America, its emergence as a major destination for immigrants from around the world, the area’s pro-business policies, low cost of living, significant job growth and location in the fastest-growing state in the nation.Following closely behind Houston is another Texas giant, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, which grew by just 21,000 fewer people over the decade than Houston. If the growth of two other Texas metropolitan areas — Austin and San Antonio – is factored in, only 13 other metropolitan areas in the country have as many people as these four metropolitan areas added to their populations over the decade. Austin grew by almost 467,000 people and San Antonio by about 431,000, which put them both in the top 13 metropolitan areas for population growth.”As of 2011, the population increases in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas have catapulted the two cities into the No. 5 (Houston) and No. 4 (Dallas-Fort Worth) largest metropolitan areas in the United States,” Emerson said.The only other metropolitan area to grow by more than 1 million people over the 2000-2010 decade was Atlanta, which is the nation’s ninth largest metro.The trend of U.S. population growth being concentrated in the South and the Southwest — which has been true for several decades — continues and, if anything, is intensifying, Emerson said. Of the 15 metropolitan areas that added the most people, only New York (No. 7) and Seattle (No. 15) are not in the South or the Southwest. “A significant portion of the population growth in these Southern and Southwestern metropolitan areas is not due to the relocation of Americans from colder climates but to the influx of immigrants moving directly into these Southern and Southwestern metropolitan areas,” Emerson said. “This is the secret of Houston’s phenomenal growth over the past decade. It comes not primarily from relocating or retiring Americans but from first-generation immigrants and from their children born in Houston.” The researchers’ analysis is based on the official Census Bureau definition: “The general concept of a metropolitan area is that of a large population nucleus, together with adjacent communities having a high degree of social and economic integration with that core. Metropolitan areas comprise one or more entire counties, except in New England, where cities and towns are the basic geographic units.” The 30 U.S. metropolitan areas with the greatest population growth, 2000-2010 1. Houston 1,231,393 2. Dallas-Fort Worth 1,210,229 3. Atlanta 1,020,879 4. Riverside, Calif. 970,030 5. Phoenix 941,011 6. Washington, D.C. 785,987 7. Las Vegas 575,504 8. New York 574,107 9. Miami 557,071 10. Orlando, Fla. 489,850 11. Austin, Texas 466,526 12. Los Angeles 463,210 13. San Antonio 430,805 14. Charlotte, N.C. 427,590 15. Seattle 395,931 16. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. 387,246 17. Denver 364,242 18. Chicago 362,789 19. Sacramento, Calif. 352,270 20. Raleigh/Cary, N.C. 333,419 21. Minneapolis/St. Paul 311,027 22. Portland, Ore. 298,128 23. San Diego 281,480 24. Philadelphia 278,196 25. Nashville, Tenn. 278,145 26. Indianapolis 231,137 27. Columbus, Ohio 224,217 28. Jacksonville, Fla. 222,846 29. San Francisco/Oakland 211,651 30. McAllen, Texas 205,306 For more information or to schedule an interview with Emerson, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.A Rice-produced video for this news release is available at News media are allowed to repost this video with attribution. Media wishing for an unedited, high-definition version of the video should contact Brandon Martin, Rice University video producer, at or 713-348-3161.center_img ShareDavid Ruth 713-348-6327 druth@rice.edulast_img read more

Baker Institutes Monaldi available to discuss naming of general to head Venezuelas

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff  Baker Institute’s Monaldi available to discuss naming of general to head Venezuela’s oil firmHOUSTON – (Nov. 28, 2017) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has named a military leader, Maj. Gen. Manuel Quevedo, to head the state oil company, PDVSA, and the country’s energy ministry.Credit: UniversityFrancisco Monaldi, an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss these developments and their implications ahead of the 173rd OPEC Meeting in Vienna Nov. 30.Quevedo’s appointment comes as six senior executives at Citgo, PDVSA’s refining subsidiary in the United States, were recently arrested and charged with corruption. This comes on top of dozens of PDVSA officials being charged with corruption over the past several months.“You have corruption everywhere (in Venezuela), but clearly only a few are targeted,” Monaldi told the New York Times. “Why did this happen now? It’s hard to understand.”Monaldi, the fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. He has consulted with numerous international institutions, governments and companies, including The World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF Development Bank of Latin America, PDVSA, Shell, Total, Statoil, IHS, Wood Mackenzie, Ministry of Petroleum of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Kazakhstan and Albania, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Eurasia Group and Medley Global Advisors.To schedule an interview with Monaldi, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available.-30-Related materials:Monaldi bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Energy Studies via Twitter @CES_Baker_Inst.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, AddThislast_img read more

Michigan Family Wants to Find Man Who Bowed Head at Funeral Procession

first_img A Kalamazoo, Michigan, family is now looking for a stranger who gave a tribute to a passing funeral procession.Phillip “Paw Paw” Dooley Sr. died from cancer several days after Thanksgiving, and he was laid to rest Thursday at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Michigan, WWMT reported.“It’s always tough saying goodbye but to the man who was the rock in our family, it was something that I didn’t expect to do when he was 65,” Shelby Sams, Dooley’s granddaughter, told the station.“There was a man who actually got out of his car, stood by his driver side door with his head bowed and his hands clasped in front of him for the entire procession,” said Sams.Their 30-car procession traveled 15 miles. One driver—the man referenced by Sams—got out of his vehicle and bowed his head. “It was the greatest gesture of respect that I’ve ever seen,” Sams’ sister, Courtney Steffler, said.Dooley’s grandson, Garrick Dooley, said that he wants to find the man.“To the man that gave respect to my PawPaw as we passed by on the way to Ft. Custer I want to say thank you. This lifted up many lowered heads today. If my Facebook friends and family could share this post to find this man I would love to shake his hand,” he wrote on Facebook, adding an image of the unnamed man with his head bowed.Garrick added to Fox Detroit: “If the guy isn’t found I still love seeing the positivity out of it. My Paw Paw deserves it and he never gave himself enough credit.”Dooley’s grandkids said that the man’s gesture is a sign from their grandfather.Sams told WWMT: “Looking down on us saying we know you’re in pain but everything is going to be okay.” Show Discussion US News (Screenshot / Google Maps) Michigan Family Wants to Find Man Who Bowed Head at Funeral Procession By Epoch Newsroom December 6, 2017 Updated: December 6, 2017 Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share And while you’re here … We have a small favor to ask of you. If you can, please share this article on Facebook so you can help The Epoch Times. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! last_img read more

Nikolas Cruz Might Have Tried to Create Vantage Point to Gun Down

first_imgStudents are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting incident in a still image from video in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018. (WSVN via Reuters) Crime and Incidents NEW PICTURES obtained by Fox News show #Parkland shooter might’ve tried to shoot out a window to use as a perch to fire down on people below. Sources say many more could’ve been killed or hurt but the hurricane-resistant windows wouldn’t shatter. Full story 530 & 7pm on @FoxNews— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) March 3, 2018 Share Recommended Video: Trump Calls on Nation to ‘Answer Hate with Love’ after Florida School Shooting Tragedy Law enforcement sources told Fox News that it appeared Cruz might have tried to create a sniper’s vantage point but his efforts were thwarted by hurricane-proof windows that could not be shattered. An official briefed on the shooting told CBS4 News that Cruz had fired 16 rounds into the window. The suspect then attempted to reload but after changing magazine clips, the weapon was believed to be jammed forcing Cruz to abandon his gun and flee the building with the other students, according to unnamed sources.Had Cruz succeeded in his efforts, the carnage would have been much more devastating, reported Fox News, citing another unnamed source. Cruz attempted to create a sniper’s nest by shooting out the glass window in the stairwell, firing 16 rounds into the impact glass. Luckily, the hurricane proof window did not shatter. Cruz then attempted to reload, and after changing magazine clips, the weapon …— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 27, 2018 Newly emerged photos appear to show that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz might have attempted to shoot from a window on a higher floor in an effort to gun down more students fleeing below.One of the photos shows what looks like multiple bullet holes on the inside of a third-floor teachers’ lounge window, reported Fox News, citing unnamed sources. This is the third floor window at Stoneman Douglas where Nikolas Cruz tried to set up a sniper’s nest. Bullet holes show how the impact glass held together frustrating Cruz and saving lives. @CBSMiami #stonemanshooting #msdstong— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 27, 2018  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan center_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Nikolas Cruz Might Have Tried to Create Vantage Point to Gun Down Students Below By Janita Kan March 3, 2018 Updated: March 3, 2018 …is believed to have jammed, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Frustrated, and with police now responding, Cruz dropped the gun in the stairwell, ran down to the ground floor and fled the building with the students.— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 27, 2018 An official briefed on the shooting investigation tells @CBSMiami the carnage could have been far worse. Investigators believe self-confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz planned on using a vantage point on the third-floor stairwell on the west side of the building to shoot at students…— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 27, 2018 In a second photo, boxes of evidence appeared to be stacked in the school, some with biohazard labeling on them, according to Fox News.“By the looks of it, the ones with orange biohazard are anything from that day in the school that has blood or bodily matter on them; the rest is probably anything that was left behind that was unclaimed or evidence from the school shooting,” a law enforcement source who reviewed the pictures told the news station.Cruz, 19, is accused of open firing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 which left 17 students and teachers dead. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. Feb. 19, 2018. (Reuters/Mike Stocker/Pool)The building on the school campus where 17 people were murdered is expected to be demolished. Florida lawmakers decided on Feb. 15 to provide the resources needed to demolish the building as it will be traumatic for students to have to return to it.“This building has to come down,” Sen. Bill Galvano told the Miami Herald during a visit to the school.“It will still be very difficult for students to return,” Galvano said. “But that particular building should be razed, and the memory of the perpetrator erased and a memorial honoring the victims and their families be put in its place.”From “What you are looking at is the third-floor teachers’ lounge, which faces west, Cruz was trying to shoot those windows out from the inside, creating a perch so he could act like a sniper — little did he know, those windows are hurricane windows and they won’t shatter. Had he been able to get those shot out, who knows how many more people would’ve died, because he would’ve had sight to a wide-open courtyard where the other buildings funnel,’ the source told the news station. Show Discussionlast_img read more