PAUL Clough has been named in the 19-man squad for Sunday’s trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.The 23-year-old could make his first start since injuring his shoulder back in March.Michael Shenton is also named whilst Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook returns from suspension.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.The match kicks off at 3.30pm and the referee is Steve Ganson.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Tickets for the match are now only on sale from Wakefield.
KYLE Amor says this is the season he needs to step up and prove he can play in a top side.At 6ft 2 and 16st 3, the former Wakefield Wildcat joins a sizeable pack for 2014 – and one that is expected to lay a big platform.“This club speaks massively for itself and the finals it has been in,” he said. “The squad that has been brought in this year can definitely be up there and challenging for silverware. That is something that really excited me and something I wanted to be part of.“Is this a defining moment in my career? It probably is. I like to put pressure on myself and I know this is the time I need to step up and prove I can play in a big side and big games.”Amor arrives at Saints via Whitehaven, Leeds and Wakefield and his excited about what lies ahead.“I was with Whitehaven four or five months from amateur and to go from there to Leeds was, looking back now, too big of a rise. I didn’t quite grasp what it took to be in a top side and each day at training. When I played I didn’t do myself justice.“Going to Wakefield allowed me to build up game time and thankfully Nathan Brown saw something in me I could add to this team. I’m looking forward to playing in these big games and challenging for silverware.“My job is to help the team go forward and then the classy players can play off the back of that. The forwards have to stick to their part of the deal and then the rest can follow suit.“There is a lot of competition in the forwards but Browny doesn’t care who you are. If you aren’t doing your job properly then you’ll be out.”Saints will kick off their Super League campaign with a trip to Warrington on Thursday February 13 before hosting Hull FC eight days later in a blockbusting Langtree Park opener.Before then Nathan Brown’s men take on Batley (January 24) and Wigan (January 31) in pre-season friendlies.To buy tickets for these matches click here or pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park. read more
A MINUTE’S silence will observed before every Rugby League match across all competitions and age groups this weekend in memory of Danny Jones.The 29-year-old Keighley Cougars player died from a suspected cardiac arrest after being taken ill during a League 1 fixture at London Skolars last Sunday.A Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to raise funds for Danny’s wife Liz and their five-month-old twins Phoebe and Bobby has already received donations of almost £70,000.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “It’s at times like these that the whole Rugby League family comes together and the sum already raised for Danny’s family is evidence of the sense of loss we all share.“Every penny of the money donated through the Just Giving page will go to Liz Jones and her children and it would be terrific if we were able to reach our goal of raising £100,000 to help provide financial stability for the family.“I am sure that the minute’s silences at this weekend’s fixtures will be impeccably observed as the sport pays its respects to a young man who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”To make a donation click here. read more
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The event is free to the public and fun for the whole family. Plus, you can meet some of the WWAY team throughout the day.Check out the video above for more information. LELAND, NC (WWAY ) — The Town of Leland celebrates its 29th anniversary Saturday with its annual Founder Day event. The party runs from 3 to 9 p.m. at Leland Municipal Park across from Leland Town Hall.Each year on the second Saturday of September, the town celebrates its birthday with a community carnival featuring entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts, business vendors, fireworks and more.- Advertisement –
SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) – A Sneads Ferry woman died in a head-on collision Saturday morning.According to the Surf City Police Department, Travis Luckinbill of Raleigh was driving a 2006 Jeep Wrangler eastbound on N.C. Highway 50. Police say he drove left of the center line striking a 2015 Toyota Prius driven by Robin Blakenship of Snead Ferry.- Advertisement – Police said Blakenship died at the scene. Her two-year-old son suffered critical injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Luckinbill and a passenger in the Jeep were also transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police did not know the extent of their injuries.Police said charges are pending against Luckinbill.Related Article: Underage man faces DWI, drug charges after fatal Surf City crashThe Surf City Fire Department, Pender E.M.S. and Fire, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Pender County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. A.L.E. assisted Surf City Police with the investigation. read more
Ian Ziering WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — 90210 is coming to 28401. An actor who spent a decade starring on a beloved TV show, is leaving Beverly Hills and coming to the cape fear to star in the latest Filmington flick.Entertainment news outlets report Ian Ziering is joining the cast of Swamp Thing.- Advertisement – He has starred in things as diverse as Beverly Hills 90210 to Sharknado.Now, he joins the DC Universe Series.The series tells the story of a young woman who investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana.Related Article: Want to be on TV? ‘Swamp Thing’ is looking for paid extrasShe soon learns the swamp holds mystical secrets.Swamp Thing premiers next year.
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — I-140 is a busy interstate, and living next to it isn’t always ideal, no matter now nice the community is.There is currently no barrier between properties on the cul de sacs in the Windsor Park community, which creates a few concerns for residents.- Advertisement – “Mainly it’s just the noise that is very annoying,” Gina Malpass, a resident said. “A lot of drivers hit the rumble strips. I don’t know if everyone’s texting and driving but that’s probably the biggest annoyance.”In addition to being annoying, they say safety is also an issue. Some of the properties are only 20 feet away from the road.“What scares me the most if someone is to come off [the highway], they would be flying into my backyard,” Samantha Ovsak, another resident said. “There’s nothing for them to stop, also if something falls from the back of their truck, one of the tires breaks off an 18 one of these wheeler there is no safety for us at all. It is gonna come into our backyard and that’s one thing that freaks me out.”Related Article: Sweet n Savory Cafe coming to LelandThe NCDOT is not required to build sound walls, as the highway was planned before Windsor Park was built.But during Thursday’s Leland transportation meeting, Leland Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman discussed reaching out to the NCDOT to do something to help.“We’re working on a resolution now,” Batleman said. “I think my friends in the county are also gonna join with us in a similar resolution to impress about the NCDOT that they have to have some kind of safety barrier.”We have reached out to the NCDOT, but have not heard back. We will keep you updated. read more
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Advertisement Avast has discovered a new form of malware on a number of popular apps throughout the Google Play Store, meaning that millions could be infected.The Anti-virus company discovered the exploit after a user posted a tip to its forums.The malware in question sits on a number of apps in the Google Play Store across a number of countries. What’s even more disturbing is that many of these apps have already been downloaded millions of times. – Advertisement – Most prominent of these infected apps is a card game called Durak, which has (according to Google’s own figures) attracted 5-10 million downloads.When you install an infected app, your phone’s behaviour will appear normal for as long as 30 days, which serves to mask the culprit of what comes next.After the 30 days, you start getting a barrage of ads every time you unlock your phone. These warn you about a security problem, tell you that your phone is out of date, or notify you that it is full of porn.The app in each case, offers a button to help fix this issue and when you agree, you will be redirected to more harmful software on fake app stores, including apps that send premium SMS messages or collect personal data.Google says, the apps listed in this report have now been suspended, but the worry is that there are more of them out there.Via Trusted Reviews read more
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., introduces the Kindle Fire HD tablets at a news conference in Santa Monica, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Amazon.com Inc. is updating its line of Kindle e-readers and tablets in a bid to stoke consumer demand as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. join the crowded market of machines challenging Apple Inc.?s iPad. Photographer: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images Advertisement Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company’s stock have made its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world’s third richest person, according to Forbes.Mr Bezos owns 18% of Amazon’s shares, which rose 2% in trading on Thursday. Forbes estimated his fortune to be $65.3 billion.Amazon’s revenue beat analysts’ expectations, climbing 31% from last year to $30.4 billion in the second quarter. – Advertisement – Profit for the e-commerce giant was $857m, compared with $92m in 2015.According to Forbes estimates, Mr Bezos’s fortune is only surpassed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, worth $78bn, and the $73.1bn fortune of Zara founder Amancio Ortega.Amazon had developed a reputation for announcing little or no profit each quarter, but appeared to hit a turning point last year and has seen improving earnings since.Amazon shares have spiked 50% since February.Amazon’s Prime membership, which offers extra services including free shipping for an annual fee, saw impressive international growth.In June, Amazon launched Prime in India to take advantage of the country’s large consumer market.“It’s been a busy few months for Amazon around the world, and particularly in India – where we launched a new [Amazon Web Services] Region, introduced Prime with unlimited free shipping, and announced that Prime Video is coming soon, offering Prime members in India exclusive access to Amazon Original Series and Movies – including original content featuring top Indian creators and talent,” said Mr Bezos.Amazon has boosted Prime membership by improving its video streaming offerings, an area in which it competes with Netflix.Prime Day, Amazon’s annual promotional shopping festival earlier this month, was the company’s largest ever sales day.Amazon does not release figures for its Prime membership, but Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated US membership to be close to 63 million. Members spend an average of $1,200 a year, compared with $500 by non-members, according to the research firm.Cloud services Amazon’s cloud computing unit also spiked. Revenue for Amazon Web Services, climbed 58.2% to $2.89bn, beating analysts’ exceptions of $2.83bn.Sales growth for the unit in North America climbed 10% and 8% in the rest of the world.Amazon has grown its market share in cloud computing compared with rivals such as Microsoft and Google.It introduced a new Asia Pacific region for its cloud unit this quarter.Amazon has also been looking to expand its presence in other areas. The company has now launched its online grocery store in the UK.Earlier this month, it announced a partnership with US bank Wells Fargo to offer discounts on student loans for members of its Prime Student services.[BBC] read more
A safeboda rider pictured helping out a young lady with wearing her helmet as she gets ready to take on with the ride. (Photo Courtesy: Quartz) Advertisement With over 4,000 riders (and counting) in Kampala, Uganda’s Moto-taxi hailing firm; Safeboda finally expanded its services in Nairobi, Kenya after months of research, and training riders. Safeboda took to its LinkedIn page to announce the expansion, quote, “Karibu! We are happy to announce that SafeBoda is now available in Nairobi, Kenya.”“We are working there in exactly the same way as in Uganda, creating a community of boda drivers that value professionalism, road safety and being role models in their community,” writes Safeboda.For starters, safeboda kenya will be operating in areas of Kilimani, Upper Hill, Lavington, Kileleshwa, and Riverside. – Advertisement – Safeboda will see face its competitors Taxifyboda who launched in the city before them (safeboda).However, according to reports by Tech Moran, Kenyans still despise boda bodas most especially to a group of people that are earning less than ten dollars a day. The website also noted that mobile data can also be a challenge as well, quote, “But with partnerships, firms like SafeBoda can subsidize data for their clientele across the city.”While TaxifyBoda is already operating in the city, its rumored that Uber also plans on launching their moto-taxi service in Kenya as well.Notably, in a new safeboda update, the company was rolling an M-Pesa payment integration that will allows Kenyans to buy credit. The other options they have are MTN and Airtel mobile money. But since M-Pesa is so popular in the country, the company saw it as advantage to have the integration in the app. read more
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ouldn’t have got last night much more wrong I’m afraid. Although, in fairness to Sunderland, they deserved their win.Hopefully more luck in Europe, or more specifically the Emirates Stadium tonight for Arsenal’s must-win Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb.Star Sports have the home win priced up at 1/5 which, although understandable, is a little insulting to their rivals who beat the Gunners 2-1 in the reverse leg. Add to that Arsenal’s confidence being shaken by a defeat at the hands of West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday (despite taking the lead) and I am not sure I can be steaming in at short odds.On the positive side for Arsenal, their rivals tonight were beaten home and away by Olympiakos and had the advantage of Olivier Giroud’s red card in the reverse match. Dinamo Zagreb have not won any of their last 11 away games in the Champions League (D2, L9) and have failed to score in eight of those games. Mind you, I seem to recall trotting out some similarly dismissive stats about Sunderland 24 hours ago The math of Group F is straighforward(ish). Arsenal need a win but also need Olympiakos to lose to stand any chance of progression. Olympiakos play Bayern Munich – the pair are currently locked at the top on nine points each.Arsenal maybe boosted by the return of Aaron Ramsey after a hamstring injury but will be without Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta who were both injured in the West Brom game. Also missing will be Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are not match fit.Arsenal v Dinamo ZagrebUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2015 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Din Zagreb 2-1 ArsenalAug 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Arsenal 2-1 Din ZagrebAug 2006 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Din Zagreb 0-3 ArsenalIt’s not a match I want to get too heavily involved in, but for something a little different I am backing 2 AND 3 match goals at 4/1 and 3/1 respectively with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK 2 and 3 MATCH GOALS for 3 points each at 4/1 and 3/1 respectively with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 85.41 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 read more
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AddThis ShareFranz Brotzen PHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgBaker Institute to host biofuels conferenceThe politics and economics of biofuels are on the agenda for a Sept. 25-26 conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Speakers will discuss the commercial possibilities and the political realities of converting to biofuels, including how much the transition from fossil fuels would cost, who is pushing it and how soon it could happen. They will also look at the latest scientific advances in the field.Titled “Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels: Science, Technology and Public Policy,” the conference will be held in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons.The U.S. Energy Department’s assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, Alexander Karsner, will deliver the keynote speech at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25.The conference will also include speakers from major biofuels manufacturing companies.For the complete list of topics and speakers, visit http://www.rice.edu/energy/events/upcoming/biofuels_092506.html. read more
Rice University’s Neal Lane wins National Academy of Sciences’ highest honorBaker Institute fellow to receive Public Welfare MedalRice University’s Neal Lane has been chosen to receive the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. Established in 1914, the medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for public good. The academy is recognizing Lane for serving the scientific community in many executive and leadership roles and for his continuing efforts to advance and promote science and technology in the United States. Lane, a physicist, is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice and senior fellow in science and technology at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “The National Academy of Sciences could not have found a more deserving recipient for this recognition and honor,” said David Leebron, president of Rice University. “We are extremely proud of Neal for all he has done to advance scientific policy and to promote funding for research. His dedication to promoting science in the public interest is unrivaled.” Lane is well-known for his work as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 1998 to 2001, and as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1993 to 1998. At OSTP, Lane was instrumental in establishing the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nearly doubling the national expenditure in nanotechnology. The initiative now has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 billion. NSF also benefited from an increase of 17 percent in its fiscal year 2001 budget with Lane’s help. “Neal Lane’s leadership and effective advocacy of the research community has greatly advanced basic scientific research,” said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. “His ability to work across political lines was crucial to the success of such projects as the National Nanotechnology Initiative and research in Antarctica.” When Lane went to NSF in 1993, he worked tirelessly to build consensus with Washington policy leaders to strengthen federal funding for basic research. Lane and his team developed a long-range plan for Antarctic research, securing funding for the construction of the new Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station, which was dedicated last year. Other NSF initiatives on Lane’s watch included construction of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory and the Gemini telescopes; reorientation of the NSF Supercomputer Centers and NSF Science and Technology Centers; formation of the CAREER program for young investigators; establishment of funding lines for major research equipment and for interdisciplinary projects; creation of NSF’s online proposal submission and review process; and revision of NSF review criteria to include broader impacts of projects, for example, to innovations in education and mentoring of women and underrepresented minorities. Lane also began a conversation with the science community about the concept of the “civic scientist” and encouraged dialogue among scientists, the public, and policymakers. Before becoming NSF director, Lane taught physics at Rice University, starting as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics in 1966 and then serving as chairman of the department. In 1984 he left Rice to become chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He returned to Rice in 1986 as its provost and chief academic officer. Much of Lane’s research during this period focused on theoretical investigations of collisions between electrons, atoms, and molecules and the behavior of excited atoms in liquid helium and on electron-ion collision processes in high-temperature, dense plasmas. From 1979 to 1980, Lane took a leave from Rice to direct NSF’s physics division, and in the mid-1980s he served as chairman of the agency’s advisory committee for advanced scientific computing, which helped set up a series of national supercomputer centers and networks. Since leaving government service in 2001, Lane has continued his work in support of science and technology policy. At Rice’s Baker Institute, Lane established the Science and Technology Policy Program, which spans such fields as climate change and energy technology, health and medicine, K-12 education, national security (nuclear non-proliferation) and U.S. space policy. His work continues to influence policy at all levels — international, domestic, state, and local. Lane was instrumental in establishing the international stem cell policy program at the Baker Institute, which organizes conferences and workshops in the U.S. and Qatar. Closer to home, Lane chaired a statewide task force on health care in Texas, which led to legislative initiatives. A native of Oklahoma City, Lane earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Oklahoma. He has published numerous papers on atomic and molecular physics and has received over a dozen honorary degrees from U.S. universities and from the Queen’s University of Belfast. Lane has participated on review and advisory committees for federal and state agencies as well as for the National Research Council. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Association for Women in Science and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Chemical Society. Lane and his wife, Joni, have two children, John and Christy Saydjari, and four grandchildren, Alex and Allia Saydjari and Matthew and Jessica Lane. The Public Welfare Medal, consisting of a medal and an illuminated scroll, will be presented to Lane April 26 during the academy’s 146th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Previous recipients of the medal include Norman Neureiter, William T. Golden, Maxine F. Singer, Norman R. Augustine and Carl Sagan. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies. They are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter. AddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: email@example.com read more
ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdruth@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775The politics of reform in China topic at Rice’s Baker Institute March 24HOUSTON – (March 17, 2014) – The politics of reform in China and the country’s global dreams will be the topic of a March 24 discussion at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event is co-sponsored by the institute’s China Studies Program and Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies.Recent economic policies by China’s leaders suggest Beijing is increasingly concerned about inflation, a slowing of economic growth and increasing local government debt, according to event organizers.Who: Carrie Liu Currier, associate professor of political science and director of the Asian Studies Program at Texas Christian University.Aynne Kokas, fellow in Chinese media at the Baker Institute and sustainability postdoctoral fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies.Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute.What: “The Politics of Reform in China: Global Dreams” discussion.When: Monday, March 24, 4-5:30 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Recent economic policies by China’s leaders suggest Beijing is increasingly concerned about inflation, a slowing of economic growth and increasing local government debt, according to event organizers. In addition, incidences of terrorism, corruption and changes in the one-child policy suggest that domestic politics and economics will preoccupy China at least in the near future, leaving little room to explore what new Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping calls “China’s Dream,” organizers said. At this event, three China experts will assess recent political reforms and economic policies and share their thoughts on China’s interest in — and ability to pursue — global dreams.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6775.A live webcast will be available at http://bakerinstitute.org/webcasts.For a map of Rice University’s campus, go to www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.-30-Related materials:Baker Institute China Studies Program: http://bakerinstitute.org/china-studiesChao Center for Asian Studies: https://chaocenter.rice.eduFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. 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 and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThis read more
ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713email@example.comJeff Falk713firstname.lastname@example.orgBaker Institute expert available to discuss medical marijuana legislationHOUSTON – (April 28, 2015) – The Texas Legislature will hear three bills today authorizing the use of medical marijuana. Katharine Neill, a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss the bills’ prospects and how they fit in with national drug policy developments.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice University.“We can expect to see a lot of people come out to show support for medical marijuana,” said Neill, the Baker Institute’s Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy. “As for the bills’ prospects, HB 837, which is sponsored by Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) and would provide a defense for patients arrested for marijuana possession, probably has the best chances because it doesn’t change the legality of marijuana.” Naishtat also introduced this bill last session but the bill did not make it out of committee.Another bill, HB 892, allows for the use of low-THC, high-CBD cannabis that can help with some medical ailments. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive element in marijuana that gets users “high”; CBD, cannabidiol, is the nonpsychoactive element that increases the happy, euphoric effects of THC while decreasing paranoia, anxiety and nervousness. HB 892 is also known as a CBD-only bill and has been popular in southern states with Republican lawmakers, Neill said. It has some support among Republicans here as well — Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) is the author of the House bill and Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) is the author of the companion bill in the Senate.“This bill may have a chance of passing, as people do not get high from the form of cannabis that it legalizes,” Neill said. “However, it would only address the needs of a very small subset of patients, and the majority of people who could benefit from using cannabis as medicine would still not have access to the strains that could bring them relief.”Finally, HB 3785, authored by Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso), would address the needs of these other patients because it would legalize the whole marijuana plant and grant access to more strains, some of which would include more THC. “This bill has support from veterans’ groups and patients and other advocacy groups; however, it also probably has the least likelihood of passing because it would legalize whole-plant marijuana for patients,” Neill said.Neill said even if these bills can make it out of the House and Senate, Gov. Gregg Abbott would still have to sign them, and he has stated his opposition to both decriminalization and legalization. “This is despite polls that show a majority of Texans supporting access to legal medical marijuana,” Neill said.To interview Neill, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at email@example.com or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute Drug Policy Program via Twitter @BakerDrugPolicy.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Neill biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/katharine-neill.Baker Institute Drug Policy Program: http://bakerinstitute.org/drug-policy-program.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 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 www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThis read more
New Jindal Healthcare Leadership and Management Center Debuts regions: Dallas About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer The newly formed Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management debuted April 20th, uniting the health care management programs at the University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management.The new Center is a banding together of Jindal’s many health care programs, including: the MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Executive MS/MBA in Healthcare Management (for physicians), Executive MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management (for health care professionals), Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management for Physicians and Essential Elements of Accountable Care Organizations program. “The center is intended to bring all of faculty together, reach out to many of you that are in industry, and invite you to speak and lecture and be part of this great effort, said center director Dr. Britt Berrett to an audience of students, faculty, and health care professionals.According to Dr. Forney Fleming, director of the M.S. in Healthcare Leadership and Management program, earning a master’s degree is no longer optional for entering the health care field. UT Dallas makes the process as simple as possible, offering evening classes and online options so students can continue a full-time career while earning their degree. And with a field that changes so constantly, creating well-educated and flexible leaders is more important ever. “Like Professor Fleming says, they’re training us for jobs that don’t really exist … yet,” said a student in Fleming’s American Healthcare System course.With the uniting of the many programs into one cohesive Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management, UT Dallas can help provide students with a solid foundation and community for exploring the many aspects of the healthcare field.“This area has a perfect climate to bring engaged health care-minded individuals to the issues and find solutions,” Dr. Berrett commented on the Dallas metro. “From the long waits in the lobby to how many bills you see, we have a terrific chance to improve efficiency.” RelatedThe Best Healthcare Management MBAs in TexasAs the nation’s second-largest field of employment, healthcare is a fast growing and rapidly changing industry expected to be worth trillions in the near future. A job in healthcare can represent any number of opportunities from working in a hospital to working for a government agency, insurance organization, consulting firm,…June 28, 2018In “Dallas”Jones REMP Program Provides Business Training to PhysiciansA new program at the Rice University – Jones Graduate School of Business will give Rice business faculty the chance to train physicians in the necessary management skills for a successful business career. The Rice Education in Management for Physician Trainees program (REMP) is a new 14-day certificate program aimed at developing…June 14, 2017In “Featured Region”Top 10 Schools that Specialize in Healthcare ManagementHealthcare Management MBAs are becoming a popular track for students who want to enter a growing industry that’s ripe with innovation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health care managers, also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating medical and health services. They manage…November 15, 2018In “Featured Home” Last Updated May 10, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail read more
DePaul Alumni Spotlight: Charles Perino, Co-Founder of La Compagnie and Kellstadt MBA ‘93 RelatedHow An MBA Helped A Kellstadt Alum Make It At McDonald’sA recent post on the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business website highlights the achievement of alum Michael Friedrich (MBA ’95). Friedrich is one example of a graduate who has benefited from the business school’s relationship with the business community. Friedrich was able to land an internship with locally-based McDonald’s Corp.…January 10, 2017In “Featured Region”New DePaul Startup Program Helping These Students Launch New BusinessesA new startup launch program hosted by the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and the Founder Institute will give 19 DePaul University students the opportunity to develop a business over the next four months. With the help of 50 mentors made up of alumni from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, students…January 31, 2018In “Chicago”Misty Johanson Steps in as Interim Dean of the DePaul Driehaus College of BusinessMisty Johanson is just settling into her new job, entering a new phase in her career by stepping in as the interim Dean of the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. She formally started the role on July 1. As we reported back in February, Johanson…August 1, 2017In “Featured Region” Robin Florzak of the DePaul University communications department recently interviewed Jean Charles Perino, the co-founder of La Compagnie, a boutique all-business class airline that flies between Paris and New York. Perino, who earned his MBA in finance in Chicago at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in 1993, said that he applies the business lessons he learned at DePaul to his job at the Paris-based airline.The executive shared his insights on the airline industry and La Compagnie’s strategy, while also sharing advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and MBAs. Here are some excerpts from the interview.Perino was asked why he decided to attend DePaul’s business school: “When I moved to Chicago for 18 months, I was looking for a university that would bring great value in education to complete my graduate studies begun in Paris. DePaul was the best alternative in the city, without impairing my future with huge tuition! As an international student, DePaul University at that time was probably one of the best kept secrets when it comes to graduate education in the U.S.A.”He was also asked how his company, La Compagnie, fits into the airline market:“We are targeting the corporate segment, affluent people who want to fly in comfort without paying the high price tag, and people in summer who are mad at flying coach class at sky-rocking air prices. We are a very small player facing huge legacy airlines. Our size is probably one of our strengths: we are more focused on our customers, and more personal, and closer to our customers. When you are small, you need to walk the extra mile to do more for your customers.”Lastly, Perino was asked his he had any advice to impart to students who want to break into the airline industry:“There is no magic answer to this question. Just a few rules that help. Work, listen, challenge, and remain humble! Those are four milestones that shall lead to succeed in this arena. This is not a guarantee, but it definitely helps to grow your chances of success.”You can read the full interview here and learn more about La Compagnie by visiting the airline’s website. regions: Chicago About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Last Updated Aug 29, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail read more