Jeremy Corbyn has accepted Theresa Mays offer of

first_imgJeremy Corbyn has accepted Theresa May’s offer of further Brexit talks to break the deadlock.In a response issued this evening, the Labour leader suggested that he would go into the meeting with his five demands for Brexit – customs union membership, dynamic alignment on workers’ rights, etc – and did not mention a confirmatory public vote.Corbyn said: “I’m very happy to meet the Prime Minister. I don’t want to set any limits, one way or the other, ahead of those meetings. We recognise that she has made a move. I recognise my responsibility to represent the people who supported Labour in the last election and the people who didn’t support Labour but nevertheless want certainty and security for their own future. And that’s the basis on which we will meet her and have those discussions.“Labour has put forward our proposals to ensure there is a customs union with the EU, access to vital markets and protections of our standards of consumer, environmental and workers’ rights. And we’ll ensure that those are on the table. We’re also very clear that there has to be an absolute guarantee that the Good Friday Agreement is maintained for peace in Northern Ireland.“So far the Prime Minister hasn’t shown much sign of compromise, but I’m pleased that today she’s indicated she’ll accept the view of parliament and is prepared to reach out and have that discussion. I have been meeting MPs from all parties over the past weeks. And there is some common ground; there are some areas it’s difficult to agree on. But, however people voted in the referendum of 2016, they didn’t vote for lower living standards or to lose their jobs. And there’s far more that unites people on both sides than divides them.”Tags:Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /last_img read more

MIKE Rush was understandably pleased after Saints

first_imgMIKE Rush was understandably pleased after Saints beat Castleford 44-12 last night.Whilst his side scored eight points he was more impressed with the defensive display.“We were defensively a lot more like it,” he said. “We only conceded one try from a tap and that frustrated me because we didn’t get set and get to the line ready. Maybe that was a kick up the backside we needed. Their last try was a kick but you have to be happy they didn’t break our line on too many occasions. It was a lot better.“I thought Tommy Makinson was very good. Sometimes young players need a little kick up the backside or the feel of feet behind him. Sometimes they need to know that nothing is god given. He was excellent.“Paul Wellens was my man of the match. He scored one and lay on another and to be fair he made another when he came around the corner and Jonny got a kick away.“He is a good captain who leads from the front. He said a lot of things about how we needed to finish this season well and it certainly showed how much it mattered to him.”Anthony Laffranchi suffered a head injury early in the game and didn’t return, but is expected to be fine.last_img read more

Join us for Hospitality in our 1873 Lounge and enj

first_imgJoin us for Hospitality in our 1873 Lounge and enjoy a great three-course meal, receive a complimentary match programme and teamsheet, hear from a couple of first team squad members and former Saints Legends as they preview the game and watch the game from excellent South Stand seats.Then you can finish off your evening with a visit from our Man of the Match as he’s interviewed on stage by our MC Pete Emmett.2018 seasonal members benefit from a discounted price and prices for juniors aged 12 and under are also available, so why not bring the family too?Prices: AdultsJuniors (aged 12 & under)2018 Members £55 + vat£33 + vatNon-members £70 + vat£42 + vatTo book your places:Visit this link and book online anytime.Alternatively, call us on 01744 455053, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pmIf you need further information, visit this link – or email sales@saintsrlfc.comWe also have our Man of the Match Sponsorship available for this game for a group of eight.You will select the winning Saints player, have your company name announced in the stadium as he is revealed and present him with a bottle of Champagne in the 1873 Lounge, post-game.He will then present you with a personalised signed shirt as a thank you for your support, with an image taken by our official photographer emailed through to you in the week after the game.This is a great package to help you reward your staff, entertain your clients or impress potential new ones. Full details can be found hereTo book, please call 01744 455080 or email sales@saintsrlfc.comlast_img read more

WISH GRANTED Sick kids get special day on the water

first_img It was a big day for him.“I’ve always loved being out on the water. I’ve always wanted to be a marine biologist and seeing the dolphins. On my side there was a little baby dolphin that jumped up and it was so majestic and cool,” Owens said.There were waves of happiness as Owens got the chance to take a break from his reality. He’s one of 22 kids who live their lives in and out of hospitals.Related Article: For $2,800, you can be buried in a fishing boat casket“Children like David, they spend so much time in the hospital they have lost so much of their friends, they don’t get to do that social interaction. So these type of events give them the opportunity to just reach out and interact with children their age and people their age. And just be normal regular kids,” Candy Williams, Owen’s mother, said.For the second year in a row, the United Special Sportsman Alliance has taken families with children battling life-threatening illnesses fishing in Southport.“His tumor is very rare so there’s not a tumor protocol for him. So we just keep trying different treatments until, you know, we find something that works,” Williams said.Owens was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at 14. It spread to his spine. Events like this not only give kids like Owens a break, but it also gives volunteers a new perspective.“It changed my life. You know, you’re taking kids that this is their wish of theirs to come fish. And it just takes the smallest, well for us it could take the biggest problems, and make it seem so small cause you know when you see these kids out here having a good time it changes so many things for you,” Melissa Fineman, a volunteer, said.A simple day on the water is one Owens will cherish forever.“It’s so nice on the water that I just want to be there forever,” Owens said.Each of the 22 kids and their family members had their very own boat. United Special Sportsman Alliance has granted nearly 12,000 wish trips nationwide. SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Fishing is something that most of us can do everyday. We live on the coast. It’s easy. But for some, fishing is a dream and dozens of kids with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses had their dream come true.“I did catch some fishes, big ones,” 19 year old, David Owens said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Could Wilmington pick up 100″ of rain this year

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY/NWS) — 2018 is already the wettest year in Wilmington’s history. The all-time annual record that stood for over 140 years was broken on September 16 during Hurricane Florence, almost three and a half months before the end of the year.Every raindrop since then has continued to extend the record, which is now approaching 100 inches. A few climate statistics will show just how unimaginable this year’s rain has been.Wilmington’s average annual rainfall: 57.61″Previous record annual rainfall: 83.65″ in 1877This year Wilmington has recorded the most number of days ever with daily rainfall greater than 1.50, 3.00, and 4.00 inchesTotal rainfall from just the 17 wettest days this year: 58.96″ –more rain than in an entire typical year96 inches is eight feet — the standard depth of the “deep end” of a backyard swimming pool- Advertisement – Why has this year been so wet? A large part of it was Hurricane Florence‘s record-breaking 23.02″ of rain at the Wilmington airport September 13 through 16. This is the largest rainfall total from any single weather event in Wilmington’s history, handily beating Hurricane Floyd’s 19.06″ rainfall total back in 1999. According to NOAA Precipitation Frequency Estimates, that much rain falling at Wilmington in just four days occurs, on average, once every 1,000 years.A steady stream of non-tropical low pressure systems, cold and warm fronts, and daytime thunderstorms also brought well-above normal rainfall amounts in January, May, June, July, and November. Most of North Carolina has recorded well-above normal rainfall this year.Local observations show the last five years (2014 through 2018) have all had above-normal rainfall in Wilmington, and are collectively the wettest five year period since records began in 1871. While it’s never possible to attribute a single storm or even a particular year’s weather events to climate change, the Fourth National Climate Assessment states  “Across most of the United States, the heaviest rainfall events have become heavier and more frequent. The amount of rain falling on the heaviest rain days has also increased over the past few decades.”Related Article: Old StarNews building to house Wilmington’s federal courthouseRead more here.last_img read more

Restart rescue missions in the Mediterranean – UN bodies tell Europe

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) stated that the international community’s approach to refugees and migrants in Libya must change, as they urged for rescue operations to resume in the Mediterranean.READ: At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre – officialIn a joint statement on Thursday, the UN bodies said that Libya cannot be considered a safe port, and that every effort should be taken to prevent people rescued in the Mediterranean from being returned to Libya. Further, the UN bodies called on the international community to consider the protection of the human rights of migrants and refugees a core element of its engagement in Libya.READ: ‘Migrants and refugees in Tripoli detention centres need to be evacuated’ – UNHCRThey reminded that many lives were saved in the past through search and rescue operations which were carried out by European State vessels. Those rescued would be brought to safe ports for disembarkation. The UN bodies urged for the rescue operations to resume in the Mediterranean and called for the establishment of temporary disembarkation schemes to share responsibilities among European Member States.UNHCR and IOM stated that boats operated by non-governmental organisations should not be penalised for their work, which they described as crucial.READ: NGO appeals sanction placed after defying Salvini banThey added that commercial vessels must not be directed to bring rescued asylum seekers back to Libya.The Commissioner Filippo Grandi and IOM’s director general Antonio Vitorino said that any assistance and responsibilities assigned to relevant Libyan entities should be made conditional on no one being arbitrarily detained after they have been rescued and guarantees of human rights standards being upheld. “Without such guarantees, support should be halted,” the joint statement reads.More than 50 refugees and migrants were killed in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Tripoli on 3 July.UNHCR and IOM have asked for the liberation or evacuation of 5,600 refugees and migrants currently held in detention centres across Libya, adding that those migrants who wish to return to their country of origin should continue to be able to do so.WhatsApplast_img read more

Higuain poses in AC Milan colours

first_img SharePrint Serie A club AC Milan have officially announced the signing of Gonzalo Higuain after the former Juventus striker was pictured posing in an AC Milan kit. The Argentine was greeted by numerous supporters as he arrived at a medical centre to carry out routine tests.El Pipita has joined the Rossoneri on an inital loan deal but the transfer can become permanent at the end of next season for €36m. The 30-year-old declared:“I’m happy about this new adventure. Thanks to all Milan fans and to Juventus’ fans as well because they gave me so much love.”Higuain won Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in each of his two seasons with La Vecchia Signora and scored a total of 55 goals in 105 appearances.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

Google Launches an AdSense Toolbar for Chrome

first_imgAdvertisement The extension, known as the AdSense Publisher Toolbar, offers a summary of your AdSense earnings for the current day, the previous day, the current month and the previous month. In addition to daily earnings data, it also show revenue data for top channels that you have created in your AdSense account. There’s an interesting “lifetime revenue” section in the report that shows your total AdSense earnings from the day your account was approved for AdSense. – Advertisement –  Once you install the extension, it connects to your Google AdSense account using OAuth and then uses AdSense APIs to fetch your earnings data. You need to authorize only once and thus, if you enjoy checking your AdSense report every hour, this extension could save you plenty of time.If you have multiple Google Accounts now you won’t have to switch accounts in order to be able to view basic data on your Adsense account.On a different note, I have no idea why the Google team is calling this extensions the AdSense Publisher Toolbar when it only adds a button near your Chrome address bar and there are no toolbars anywhere. You click the AdSense button and your earnings report are almost instantly display in an overlay.And if you activate the AdSense extension while you are on your website (that is running AdSense ads), you can turn on the “site overlay” mode and it will display a quick summary of each ad unit’s earnings that are available on that page. Channel names are confusing, especially when you have tons of them, so this visual mode will come very handy.last_img read more

REPORT Ghana Kenya Top Africas Fastest Broadband Speed List

first_imgAdvertisement From the results, Ghana currently has download speeds of up to 5.14 Mbps, ranking it 73rd in the world. The country is closely followed by Kenya with 4.94 Mbps, Angola with 4.53 Mbps, Rwanda with 3.28 Mbps and Zimbabwe with 2.98 Mbps in that particular order. Other African countries with the fastest broadband speed include South Africa with 2.98 Mbps, ranked 6th in Africa and 105th in the world; Libya with 2.94 Mbps, ranked 7th in Africa; Morocco with 2.77 Mbps, ranked 8th; Nigeria with 2.30 Mbps, ranked 9th in Africa and 129th in the world; and Tunisia ranked 10th with 2.12 Mbps. – Advertisement – The table below provides full details about the top 10 African countries with the fastest broadband speed.last_img

Mark Zuckerbergs Twitter Pinterest accounts hacked

first_imgMark Zuckerberg pictured at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Image Credit: Dontgetserious Advertisement Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked over the weekend. A hacker group by the name of OurMine Team claimed to have gained access to Zuckerberg’s social media accounts via Twitter. The group’s Twitter account has been suspended, for now.“Hey @finkd, you were in Linkedin Database with the password ‘dadada’ !,” the team wrote from Zuckerberg’s Twitter page. – Advertisement – On his Pinterest, the new title was “Hacked by OurMine Team.”Although the reports have not been able to verify the details as to how the group managed to hack Zuckerberg’s accounts, OurMine Team claims the hack was made possible using the LinkedIn password dump that happened few weeks ago.OurMine Team even claimed to have gained access to the Facebook CEO’s Instagram account. However, Facebook later confirmed that Zuckerberg’s Instagram account was untouched. “No Facebook systems or accounts were accessed,” a Facebook spokesperson told VentureBeat website in a statement. “The affected accounts have been re-secured.”[TOI]last_img read more

BENS BLOG Its a great time to be a Rightie‎

first_img[dropcap]N[/dropcap]igel Farage, doing a job, on every Leftie in the land.Theresa May, ostracising Hoorays from the Tory party.Priti Patel, (ooh, err, Missus), bashing up anyone trying to treat our country’s kindness as a weakness.And Boris entertaining the rest of the globe.The only thing that could be better, is if the great William Hague, made a comeback, to join in with all the fun.IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A RIGHTIE.In other news:It is my sad duty, to inform you, that Will Stockbroker, has been caught telling lies. In a hurry, he announced that he had found a 9, “or even a 10”. But Blog, this was simply an untruth…Tsiakkos, 5 Marylands Road, W9 2DU. We had to sit outside, near a draught, under a form of shelter, on the most uncomfortable chairs on Planet Earth. And where were my favourites; the Taboulleh, Dolmades, and delicious Greek roast potatoes? Maybe, they were just on the menu, of every other Greek Restaurant, ‎in the whole country. As my heart sank, OUT FROM NOWHERE, appeared the incredible, slow-roasted pork (NAP). A nice homemade and family feel, with keen staff. Could improve in time, if they get their act, in full order. HALEPI STILL REIGNS SUPREME, IN LONDON TOWN. 6.5Over and out, B xlast_img read more

BENS BLOG Reach for your gun Blog The WorkLifeBalance Mafia are on

first_img‘Work-Life-Balance’. Yes, it’s the new dreaded buzz-word for Pampered Whitey Staffs.No, no, Blog! Don’t encroach on them. Don’t impose yourself by asking them to go that extra yard, stretch their minds, or actually produce anything (except, of course, social-commentary as to what you, and others, should be doing (for them and on their behalf)).They’re so ‘Balanced’, (Holy), and walk around with such superiority, they can never ACTUALLY get that good at anything (as it might impose even on their own ‘Balance’). But Blog, you wait, it’s lucky that Not-Staffs have no problems and we never need anyone to help us. No, no! As you believe me, in the EXACT MOMENT they have something go wrong, they present a Mensa level knowledge, as to all the ways they are ‘entitled’ to your immediate assistance. And like the Mafia, they move forward together, with a knowing and secret language amongst each other.I HOPE (in a castle protected by a moat) ONE DAY I WILL BE ABLE TO ESCAPE FROM THE WORK-LIFE-BALANCE MAFIA!In other news:The Royal Standard, 8-9 Sale Place, Paddington, W2 1PH. A pub that has enjoyed a full refurb under new ownership. Effort galore and good service. A decent burger and chips but the chicken-wings should be taken off the menu immediately. Did the job but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there again. 6Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Liquid method pure graphene production

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduLiquid method: pure graphene productionResearch could yield novel composites, touch-screen displays In a development that could lead to novel carbon composites and touch-screen displays, researchers from Rice University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology today unveiled a new method for producing bulk quantities of one-atom-thick sheets of carbon called graphene.The research is available online in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.When stacked together, graphene sheets make graphite, which has been commonly used as pencil lead for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until 2004 that stand-alone sheets of graphene were first characterized with modern nanotechnological instruments. Since then, graphene has come under intense scrutiny from materials scientists, in part because it is both ultrastrong and highly conductive.“There are high-throughput methods for making graphene oxide, which is not as conductive as graphene, and there are low-throughput methods for making pure graphene,” said lead co-author Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and chemistry at Rice. “Our method yields very pure material, and it is based on bulk fluid-processing techniques that have long been used by the chemical industry.”Pasquali said the research team found it could dissolve graphite in chlorosulphonic acid, a common industrial solvent. The researchers had to devise new methods to measure the aggregation of the dissolved graphene flakes, but at the end the team was pleasantly surprised to find that the individual graphene layers in the graphite peeled apart spontaneously. The team was able to dissolve as much as two grams of graphene per liter of acid to produce solutions at least 10 times more concentrated than existing methods.The researchers took advantage of novel cryogenic techniques for electron microscopy that allowed them to directly image the graphene sheets in the chlorosulfonic acid.“We applied new methods that we had developed to directly image carbon nanotubes in acid,” said co-author Yeshayahu “Ishi” Talmon, professor of chemical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. “This was no small feat considering the nature of the acid and the difficulty of specimen preparation and imaging.”Using the concentrated solutions of dissolved graphene, the scientists made transparent films that were electrically conductive. Such films could be useful in making touch screens that are less expensive than those used in today’s smart phones. In addition, the researchers also produced liquid crystals.“If you can make liquid crystals, you can spin fibers,” said study co-author James Tour, Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry. “In liquid crystals, the individual sheets align themselves into domains, and having some measure of alignment allows you to flow the material through narrow openings to create fibers.”If the method proves useful for making graphene fibers in bulk, it could drive down the cost of the ultrastrong carbon composites used in the aerospace, automotive and construction industries.The research was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Welch Foundation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the USA-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Co-authors include Natnael Behabtu, Jay Lomeda, Micah Green, Amanda Higgenbotham, Alexander Sinitskii, Dmitry Kosynkin, Dmitri Tsentalovich and Nicholas Parra-Vasquez, all of Rice’s Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology; and Judith Schmidt, Ellina Kesselman and Yachin Cohen, all of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. AddThislast_img read more

Rice economist advocates comprehensive immigration overhaul

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: Rice economist advocates comprehensive immigration overhaulAs Congress prepares to vote this week on one aspect of immigration reform, an economist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has proposed a comprehensive solution to the issue of millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.Dagobert Brito, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Political Economy, called for an immigration policy based on pragmatic grounds, concentrating on the question of what is good for the country but that is also fair to the current undocumented immigrant population. Brito’s compromise solution is centered on the adoption of a biometric Social Security card that contains personal information that cannot be counterfeited, along with strict enforcement of hiring laws.Brito’s proposal is described in a working paper posted on the Baker Institute’s website, new Social Security card, Brito argued, would discourage illegal immigration because it would deny access to the formal labor market to immigrants without documents. The plan would also mitigate the economic destabilization of a sudden mass deportation by spacing out the repatriation dates of current undocumented immigrants.Such a gradual rate of repatriations would be achieved, Brito wrote, by using the biometric Social Security card to register all illegal immigrants but granting them temporary resident status, accompanied by a grace period during which immigrants with illegal documents could obtain and submit a valid Social Security card to their employers. They could also file any claims for political asylum or other causes that may block their deportation.After the grace period expires, employers would be required to accept only the new biometric Social Security cards; the government would implement a fast-track system of deportation for those undocumented individuals who did not register.Under this system, illegal immigrants would have only two choices: 1) register and receive temporary legal status with the opportunity to participate in a lottery that offers the possibility of repatriation at a later date or 2) fail to register, which would be a violation that carried the penalty of immediate deportation. The only burden of proof on the government would be to prove failure to register, Brito wrote. He also urged careful drafting of the legislation to minimize the burden on the immigration courts without violating constitutional rights.The final step of Brito’s plan would involve assigning repatriation dates by lottery. He suggested these repatriation dates could be spaced over a period of two to 10 years. Such a time frame would mitigate hardship on affected immigrants and minimize disruptions to the labor markets. Furthermore, spacing repatriations over several years means that sufficient resources would be available to enforce the law at a reasonable cost. Subsequent lotteries could be used to offer permanent resident status to those individuals who meet desired qualifications.Brito concluded that an immigration plan based on a secure biometric Social Security card would remove incentives for people to immigrate illegally to the United States by denying them access to the labor market. It would also benefit immigrants by bringing them under the umbrella of law, thereby protecting them from criminal and economic exploitation. Finally, the data collected from all immigrants through the cards would facilitate the formulation of “a rational and well-informed immigration policy.” To speak with Brito, contact Franz Brotzen at or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

Drug resistance Baby steps can pay off big

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduDrug resistance: ‘Baby steps’ can pay off bigMinor mutations can lead to big improvements in antibiotic resistanceHOUSTON — (Jan. 9, 2013) — Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs.The discovery came during an exhaustive, three-year effort to create a mathematical model that could accurately predict how specific mutations allow bacteria like E. coli to adapt to antibiotics like minocycline. The findings are detailed in a Dec. 10 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Yousif Shamoo“As biologists, we tend to focus on big effects that result from big changes, but this study shows that bacteria don’t have to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance in one giant step,” said Rice University biochemist Yousif Shamoo, the lead researcher on a new study. “We were surprised to see that small mutations could make a big difference. In some cases, we saw that minor molecular changes could boost resistance by as much as 500 percent.”Despite the remarkable success of antibiotics, bacterial infections remain a leading cause of death, and antibiotic resistance among bacterial pathogens is a significant threat to public health.Shamoo, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, said the study of antibiotic resistance offers opportunities to both examine complex cellular phenomena and address the “genotype to phenotype problem,” one of modern biology’s major challenges.“We’ve sequenced hundreds of genomes, and we’re finding that it’s one thing to read the blueprint, and it’s another thing to predict how the DNA in that blueprint will affect change in a living cell,” Shamoo said.Shamoo said that because a single antibiotic resistance gene can make big changes in whether a cell lives or dies, it is possible to make the connection between the gene and the cell’s fitness to its environment.Researchers examined the structure and performance of seven forms of a protein called TetX2 that had evolved to allow E. coli to resist attacks by the antibiotic minocycline. This image shows how a molecule of the drug, shown in yellow and gray, fits within the active site of a TetX2 protein.To show that a mathematical model could accurately predict how specific mutations would affect E. coli resistance, Shamoo’s team examined a gene called TetX2. The gene encodes an enzyme that inactivates the antibiotic minocycline. The researchers looked at the most likely mutations of the gene and found seven that led to increased antibiotic resistance. They then spent two years amassing a catalog of basic biochemical measurements for each mutant.“If this organism were a car, then these enzymatic measurements would be the equivalent of things like the cubic displacement of the engine, the torque and so on,” Shamoo said. “These are measurable variables, but by themselves they won’t tell you the car’s top speed or how fast it can accelerate from 0 to 60 (miles per hour).”By measuring the performance improvements from each of the seven TetX2 mutants, the group was able to build a mathematical formula that accurately correlated the E. coli resistance with enzyme performance. To test the formula, the team measured the resistance of a new family of mutants and used the formula to calculate their enzyme performance metrics.“Using the car analogy again, it’s like we took one car and measured its top speed and acceleration using seven different engines,” Shamoo said. “Then, we took the same car with an unknown engine and showed that we didn’t have to open the hood and look to tell what kind of engine it had. We could tell that strictly by knowing its top speed and acceleration.” By knowing how the car with the unknown engine performed on the race track, we could describe the engine without ever popping the hood and vice versa.Shamoo said the research could lead to faster screening methods for resistant strains of bacteria, but the most immediate benefit is an improved understanding of how resistance develops.“An example of that is this finding about the small steps,” he said. “That was unexpected, and it tells us something fundamental about how resistance evolves. We still know that big changes can confer big benefits, but now we know that small changes can yield big benefits too. This tells us that we may need to look at things we might have overlooked in the past.”Co-authors include former graduate students Katarzyna Walkiewicz and Andres Benitez Cardenas, undergraduate senior Colin Barcorn, alumna Christine Sun and faculty fellow Gerda Saxer. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Kresge Science Initiative.###High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: Researchers examined the structure and performance of seven forms of a protein called TetX2 that had evolved to allow E. coli to resist attacks by the antibiotic minocycline. This image shows how a molecule of the drug, shown in yellow and gray, fits within the active site of a TetX2 protein.CREDIT: Y. Shamoo/Rice UniversityA copy of the PNAS paper is available at: AddThislast_img read more

Finding Your Dream MBA Career at Barclays

first_img For over 300 years, Barclays has been one of the leading international banks for both consumer corporate investments. MBA candidates are drawn to Barclays not only for its stature in the global finance industry but also for the vast array of professional opportunities it offers. Within business banking, corporate banking, customer banking solutions, marketing, investment banking, and technology career paths, Barclays’ training, mentorship, networking, and travel opportunities are often unparalleled in the financial industry.Barclays’ MBA Recruitment ProgramAt Barclays, one major key to continued growth and success consists of building strong interdisciplinary business networks. As part of Barclays’ ongoing development opportunities, the company maintains a robust campus recruiting system. Barclays makes a point to develop relationships with their future prospects as early as possible in their educational and professional careers.For students pursuing an MBA, Barclays offers the MBA Ambition Diversity Program, a summer internship program dedicated to talented and motivated MBA candidates. Within the MBA Ambition Diversity Program, Barclays initially gives a candidate a “condensed version of our on-campus recruiting process during the summer before you start your MBA, culminating in interviews at our New York office.” Successful candidates will then be offered an internship position the following summer after the first year of business school is completed. Once a candidate has been accepted, Barclays offers a fellowship program that “provides $45,000 toward first-year tuition and academic expenses.” Barclays prides itself in seeking out women, men, and non-binary individuals of all backgrounds to cultivate a diverse environment for employees to learn from one another. The idea is that this multifaceted workspace will help employees expand their cultural perspective as they embark on a career in global finance.As of October 2017, Barclays has begun to offer free accommodation for graduates taking job interviews in London, Birmingham, and Manchester. This is for all graduates—not only Barclays applicants.The Barclays CareerIn 2016, Barclays’ head of banking associate recruitment, Kristi Robson, explained in an interview that MBAs are commonly hired into their banking division where Barclays has its largest intake. Banking interns and employees generally move into a product or coverage role within Equity Capital Markets or Technology, Media & Telecommunication, for example. Robson explains, “We do hire a small number of MBAs into our research business but this is dependent on business need.”According to the 2017 WSO Investment Banking Industry Report, first-year analysts earn between $70,000 and $150,000 USD based on experience and by year three average between $120,000 and $350,000. “At the analyst level, it is not uncommon to work between 80 to 120-hour weeks at some firms. Most analysts start in the summer and receive their first investment banking analyst bonus around June or July, approximately one year after the analyst starts working. Analysts also often receive a signing bonus from $5,000 to $20,000, as well as a moving bonus if they are transferring laterally to a different bank.” For these reasons and more, Barclays strives to provide their candidates with every opportunity to grow professionally.Education OpportunitiesThe following London MBA programs are reputable feeders for roles at Barclays. They are all remarkable schools for distinct reasons but each provides a formidable mix of business education and valuable alumni networks:Ashridge Executive EducationCass Business School – City University LondonCranfield School of ManagementHenley Business School – University of ReadingImperial College Business School – Imperial College LondonJudge Business School – University of CambridgeLondon Business SchoolSaïd Business School – University of OxfordIf you’re driven and wish to work for a large organization that still believes in “small-business”-style relationships and offers unique opportunities to develop business skill-sets and global perspectives, then Barclays could be the perfect fit. Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Finding Your Dream MBA Career at Barclays About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedWhat are the Highest Paying Finance Companies for MBAs?Let’s face it: even if money isn’t the number one reason you are looking into an MBA, it’s probably pretty high on the list. We know that earning an MBA can not only lead to a raise in salary, but can open the door to even more career opportunities that…April 11, 2018In “Advice”New Investment Banking Jobs for MBA Students and GradsMore than a decade removed from the Great Recession, finance remains a popular and lucrative career for MBAs. There are plenty of varied and well-playing opportunities available across the U.S., with the average graduate earning more than $140,000 according U.S. News & World Report at top firms. Those interested in…February 4, 2019In “Bank of America”The Best Finance MBA Programs in LondonThe economy of London is dominated by the financial services industry. In fact, the city is the largest financial exporter in the world and is home to exchanges, banks, brokers, pension funds, reinsurance markets and more. It’s also a notable center of international finance and home to the second oldest…October 26, 2016In “Advice”last_img read more

Jake Shields MMA Fighter Says He Helped Man Jumped by Thugs at

first_img US Show Discussion Share this article Dan Henderson (L) and Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (R) at an event March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Valerie Macon/Getty Images)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Jake Shields, the former UFC fighter and ex-Strikeforce middleweight champion, apparently stopped a man from being jumped at riots at the University of California, Berkeley.Shields wrote on Twitter that he helped a man who was allegedly “jumped by thugs.”“The aftermath of me helping a guy after being jumped by thugs. The police and 100’s of civilians stood and watched,” he tweeted.“Dude, you guys have your faces covered, you’re attacking people, you’re being [expletive] fascists,” Shields told one of the assailants in a video accompanying his tweet. “Look at you guys, you’re [expletive] embarrassing.”The video didn’t show a physical confrontation.“You are what you hate,” he said. “Who’s a Nazi?” he later asked during an argument with a protester.The aftermath of me helping a guy after being jumped by thugs. The police and 100’s of civilians stood and watched.— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) February 2, 2017The riots were triggered as Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was slated to hold a talk at the school, which was approved by the university. He gives talks on political correctness, feminism, Islam, and freedom of speech.The riots resulted in injuries and property damage around the campus.Shields, who made his MMA debut in 1999, currently competes under the World Series of Fighting banner.President Donald Trump has tweeted to cut federal funding to UC Berkeley after the cancellation and protests. Jake Shields, MMA Fighter, Says He Helped Man ‘Jumped by Thugs’ at UC Berkeley Protest By Epoch Newsroom February 2, 2017 Updated: February 2, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Harvey in Photos

first_imgBarb Davis, 74. is helped to dry land after being rescued from her flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Photos coming from the expansive area affected by former Hurricane Harvey reveal the devastation and suffering but also the strength of the human spirit in the disaster’s wake.Property in Rosharon, Texas, before and after Harvey flooding. (Google Street View/Charlie Zhang) Property in Rosharon, Texas, before and after Harvey flooding. (Google Street View/Charlie Zhang)Before and after Harvey at Telephone Rd, Houston. (Google Street View/THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images) Before and after Hurricane Harvey at Telephone Rd, Houston. (Google Street View/THOMAS B. SHEA/AFP/Getty Images) Harvey in Photos Before and after the floodsBy NTD Television September 1, 2017 Updated: September 1, 2017 Share this article Share As Harvey dies down, millions have been left in its wake looking for shelter, food, and water. It may take days for the floodwaters to recede, and months before local residents are able to get back to some more normalcy in daily life.Volunteers organize donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter at the Lakewood Church August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Thousands of Houston area residents are currently residing in shelters due to flooding caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Volunteers organize donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter at the Lakewood Church August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Thousands of Houston area residents are currently residing in shelters due to flooding caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)For those wanting to help families affected by Harvey, donate through a trusted organization.From Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing floods left an area 15 times the size of Manhattan underwater, reported the Houston Chronicle.Almost one third of Harris County, which includes Houston, is flooded after a record-breaking 51.88 inches of rainfall—the most from any storm on the continental United States.According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1.7 million Texans are estimated to have been displaced by the disaster, reported Reuters. Larry Koser Jr., calls his wife looking for important papers and heirlooms inside his father's house after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in the Bear Creek neighborhood of west Houston, Texas. The neighborhood flooded after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) Larry Koser Jr., calls his wife looking for important papers and heirlooms inside his father’s house after it was flooded by heavy rains from Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in the Bear Creek neighborhood of west Houston, Texas. The neighborhood flooded after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir. (Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)Residents wait for rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Residents wait for rescue at an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)Rescue workers and volunteers help residents make their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water following Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Rescue workers and volunteers help residents make their way out of a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water following Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Michael Boyd passes his son Skylar over to a rescue worker as they are evacuated on an airboat from their apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Michael Boyd passes his son Skylar over to a rescue worker as they are evacuated on an airboat from their apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Downgraded to a tropical depression, Harvey is tracking northwest towards Mississippi after dumping huge amounts of rain on southwest Louisiana, causing more flooding. Bayou Conway, Louisiana, received 22.25 inches of rain—much more than the 10 inches predicted.Harvey is anticipated to dissipate by Saturday afternoon. Before then, areas in northern Mississippi, western Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and North Alabama remain at risk of heavy rainfall and flash flooding.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Show Discussionlast_img read more

Hurricane Irma Wrecks WorldFamous Airport in St Maarten

first_img US Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An airplane descends toward the runway at the Princess Juliana International airport as seen from Maho Beach, St Marteen. (Texas.713 CC BY-NC 2.0 [] via Flickr) Hurricane Irma slammed the tropical island of St. Maarten on Wednesday, Sept. 6, downing trees, tearing the roofs from homes and ripping through the Princess Juliana International Airport, which is world famous for airplanes landing over the heads of beachgoers.Freelance photographer Eric de Bondt documented the damage inside and outside the airport terminal in a series of photos posted on Twitter.The airport is famous because of its peculiar location right next to a beach. Dozens of spectacular photos of jumbo jets landing over the heads of beachgoers have circulated for the years.An airplane approaches the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport. (Lawrence Lansing [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons) An airplane approaches the runway at Princess Juliana International Airport. (Lawrence Lansing BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons) Now the iconic airport is heavily damaged inside and out, with parts of the structure torn away by Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds.Irma could become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks, but its precise trajectory remained uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people and caused as much as $180 billion in damage after hitting Texas late last month.The eye of Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of 185 mph, was bearing down on the Virgin Islands after passing over the half-French, half-Dutch island of St. Martin, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said. Category 5 is its highest category.Its trajectory indicated Irma, which the NHC said was the strongest Atlantic storm on record, would skirt most of the Caribbean as it moves west-northwest.Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands ambassador to the United Nations, said Irma hit the Dutch islands of Saba and Sint Eustasius before overrunning St. Martin.“First information indicates that a lot of damage has been done, but communication is still extremely difficult,” he said at a U.N. meeting.Irma began lashing Puerto Rico with rain at mid-morning. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told residents to stay inside as the storm bore down on the island. “There is no reason to be in the street,” Rossello told a midday press conference.Many businesses in San Juan, the island’s capital, were closed and many buildings were covered with storm shutters. Occasional shoppers were out making final purchases of water, ice, and food to prepare for what could be several days without power.Roofs Blown OffAfter Irma battered the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, emergency officials reported three injuries and minimal damage, with some roofs blown off. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said flights would resume from the airport Wednesday afternoon.Much of the Leeward Islands were under a hurricane watch, as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeastern Bahamas, the NHC said.In Paris, the French government said it had delivered water and food to two overseas territories, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, and that emergency response teams would be sent once the storm had passed.Power was knocked out on both islands, according to prefecture officials on Guadeloupe. At least four buildings were damaged and low-lying regions had been flooded, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.The U.N. World Food Program prepared to provide emergency aid to Haiti if it was hit by Irma. The country was ravaged by a 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew last year.U.S. President Donald Trump said he and aides were monitoring Irma’s progress. “But it looks like it could be something that will be not good. Believe me, not good,” he told reporters in the White House.Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew, which struck the state in 1992, especially with a storm surge that could reach 10 feet.Residents of the Florida Keys, a resort archipelago at the state’s southern tip, were ordered to leave by Wednesday evening. Residents of low-lying areas in densely populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground.“We can expect additional evacuations as this storm continues to come near our state,” Scott said at a news conference in the Keys.He said 7,000 National Guard troops would report for duty on Friday, ahead of the storm’s expected arrival.Irma ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years and the strongest Atlantic storm recorded by the NHC outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts.With Irma’s looming arrival, the Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, scheduled for Sunday, was postponed until Nov. 19, the National Football League said.Reuters contributed to this report.From center_img Share Hurricane Irma Wrecks World-Famous Airport in St Maarten By NTD Television September 6, 2017 Updated: September 6, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

NRA Calls for Regulations on Gun Modification Used by Vegas Shooter

first_img NRA Calls for Regulations on Gun Modification Used by Vegas Shooter By Petr Svab October 5, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018 Share this article The logo of the National Rifle Association is seen at an outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017 in Harrisburg, Penn. (DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images) Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   The National Rifle Association calls for additional regulations on bump fire stock, a device used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows a semi-automatic rifle to function like an automatic.“Despite the fact that the Obama administration approved the sale of bump fire stocks on at least two occasions, the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law,” the NRA stated in an Oct. 5 release. “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.”The shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, had many of his rifles outfitted with a bump fire stock device—a modified part that allows for rapid fire while dodging the laws banning automatic weapons.That way, Paddock was able to fire hundreds of rounds in some 10 minutes from his 32nd floor hotel room, killing 59 and injuring over 450 at a crowded country music concert down below.Semi-automatic rifles, which can be legally purchased in America, allow only one shot per firing.The bump fire stock is a modified stock (the part of the gun set against the shoulder) that allows the shooter to press the trigger repeatedly at a high rate. It includes a grip that keeps the trigger finger at a static position. The shooter fires the gun by pushing the barrel forward, thus pressing the trigger against the static finger. As the round is fired, the recoil from the shot sends the body of the gun back, where it slides about an inch inside the modified stock. As the shooter keeps pushing the barrel forward, the gun slides out of the stock about one inch and the trigger is pressed against the finger again. Multiple video demonstrations online show the bump fire stock can make a semi-automatic rifle achieve a rate of fire similar to an automatic.At least manufacturer of bump fire stocks, Slide Fire, states on its website it submitted the part to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and had it approved.The argument for the legality of bump fire stocks is that the rifle itself remains semi-automatic. The stock only helps the shooter press the trigger much faster.The shooter also used 60 and 100-round magazines—some of the largest available.Police said he had 22 rifles and a handgun in his hotel room. Another 19 guns were found in his Mesquite, Nevada, home.The NRA warned against trying to disarm Americans at large based on the Las Vegas shooting.“Banning guns from law-abiding Americans based on the criminal act of a madman will do nothing to prevent future attacks,” it stated. Show Discussion Police said Paddock shot himself in the room. His motive remains unclear. Police hope to get some answers from his girlfriend Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines, her home country, during the shooting and returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab last_img read more