Month: July 2019

A disabled campaigner has described how he was kn

first_imgA disabled campaigner has described how he was “knocked for six” after learning that he had been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.Shaun Webster becomes one of a select group of people with learning difficulties who have been recognised with such an honour.Among his achievements are his work with the human rights organisations Change, including a project working with children and young people with learning difficulties in eastern Europe as the long-stay institutions they had been living in were closed down.He said: “I was teaching them how to speak up for themselves, to believe in themselves, how to talk to other people, to be confident.“I gave them confidence and belief in themselves to train to be a professional like me. Every time I came over and trained them, they got more confidence.”Webster also co-authored a book, Leaving Institutions. Voices for Change – published by Change, Enable Housing Association and the children’s charity Lumos – which aimed to help social workers involved in the de-institutionalisation process.He said he hoped that his MBE would “open doors” for him, and help other people with learning difficulties secure a “proper paid job, with proper respect, and be treated equal like we do at Change, not tokenistic”.One of his proudest moments, he said, was speaking at a conference in Austria earlier this year, and being told by a Bulgarian woman with learning difficulties: “I want to be a role model like you.”He said: “People tell me I speak from my heart and I do. I am passionate about giving people and children with learning disabilities a real voice.“Giving someone with learning disabilities an award from the government will make a big difference to adults and children with learning disabilities.“They will think, ‘If he can get an MBE and he is making a difference, why can’t I?’”He added: “I just couldn’t believe it, it knocked me for six. I felt really happy. I felt very proud.”He said he believed he was awarded the MBE because he was a “hard worker”.He said: “I am very passionate about what I believe in, because I work nationally and internationally, because I am a role model.“I give people with learning disabilities a real voice and confidence and belief in themselves because they see what I can do.”Helen Dolphin (pictured), director of policy and campaigns for Disabled Motoring UK, was another disabled campaigner to receive an MBE.She has campaigned for more than 10 years to improve the blue badge parking scheme, and on other motoring and mobility issues for disabled people.She said: “Maybe people have realised I have had quite a big impact in how disabled people can park. I hope that’s what it’s for.”She has also been a member of the government’s advisory body, the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee, and has volunteered for many years for the charity Meningitis Now, speaking to and visiting other people who have lost limbs through meningitis.Dolphin is also studying for a law degree, and is one of the fastest swimmers in the country in her S5 category.She said she was delighted and surprised by the MBE, but she added: “To a degree as well, life is really difficult for me and it would be easy not to work and it would be easy not to get up at five o’clock in the morning.“I can’t get up quickly, I’ve got to have the carers come in. I have to be home at a certain time.“Life is considerably harder and I don’t think people know what I have even gone through before I have got to the office that day sometimes.”She pointed to the more than six per cent of people recognised in this year’s birthday honours who said they were disabled people, which she said was “on the up, and that too is a good thing”.Another disabled person to be recognised was Paralympian Jordanne Whiley, who said she had to read the letter informing her of her MBE five times before it sunk in.The wheelchair-tennis star said: “I didn’t understand at first what it was and then I was like, ‘Surely not me! It’s the wrong person!’ When it sank in, it was an amazing feeling.”Whiley said she hoped to use her MBE to raise her profile, with the long-term aim of setting up her own charity after she retires from sport.She said: “I want to get my status as high as I possibly can so that I can influence other people to play sport, and be a role model to young children, especially [girls and] women.“I have had a lot of fan mail from children with the same disability as me, saying that I am their idol and because of me they are now playing sport. It is such an amazing feeling to have helped just a few people.”Whiley said she liked to take a one-to-one approach with many of the fans who contact her, often calling them or meeting up with them when she is at home.She said: “I just like it when it’s one-to-one. You can make such a difference in one person’s life if you take one hour out of your day to make them see the person you really are.”The tennis star, who has now won five Grand Slam doubles titles, will be competing in the women’s wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon from 10 to 12 July, with her focus also on next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.She said that the MBE had “relit a spark” with her training and confidence, and that she was “feeling really good going into Wimbledon”.Other disabled people recognised in the birthday honours include Lorraine Mercer, for services to the community and to charity in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, who said she was “very honoured and excited” by her MBE.She has been a volunteer at The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath for 18 years, and visits patients on the rehabilitation wards, who are often “coming to terms with losing their mobility and having to use a wheelchair, so I can understand what that is like”. She said: “I like to think that me going in and chatting and having time to spend with people helps them to stay positive.”A former patient who wrote a reference for her described how he had been lying in bed feeling depressed after a stroke, when Mercer arrived in her electric wheelchair with “a very positive attitude – so positive that it was infectious; so infectious that I caught it, and having caught it from then on I began to fight”.Another disabled campaigner awarded an MBE was Mikey Argy, a member of the Thalidomide Trust’s National Advisory Council, who was recognised for services to thalidomide survivors.About 70 recipients of awards in the Queen’s birthday honours considered themselves to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010, about one in 16 of all successful candidates.last_img read more

The governments new universal credit benefit syst

first_imgThe government’s new universal credit benefit system could “wreak havoc” and has created a “digital barrier” that prevents many disabled people and other disadvantaged groups from accessing the support they are entitled to, according to a UN human rights expert.Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the government’s “test and learn” approach to universal credit risked treating such groups “like guinea pigs” and could “wreak havoc in real people’s lives”.And he said that the preparations being made by local authorities and charities for the rollout of universal credit had “resembled the sort of activity one might expect for an impending natural disaster or health epidemic”.He said: “They have expended significant expense and energy to protect people from what is supposed to be a support system.”Alston was speaking to journalists at the end of a 12-day visit to the UK, as he published a preliminary statement on his findings. He will present a full report to the UN Human Rights Council in June.Earlier this month, Disability News Service reported how written evidence submitted to Alston’s inquiry described how a man with learning difficulties had died a month after attempting to take his own life, following a move onto universal credit that left him hundreds of pounds in debt.Alston said in his report that a key feature of universal credit was the imposition of “draconian sanctions”, even for minor infringements. He said: “Endless anecdotal evidence was presented to the special rapporteur to illustrate the harsh and arbitrary nature of some of the sanctions, as well as the devastating effects that resulted from being completely shut out of the benefits system for weeks or months at a time.”Alston also warned of the impact of the government’s decision to make universal credit the first major government service that is “digital by default”, with the expectation that claimants will rely on an online service rather than human interaction with DWP staff.He said: “We are witnessing the gradual disappearance of the postwar British welfare state behind a webpage and an algorithm.“In its place, a digital welfare state is emerging. The impact on the human rights of the most vulnerable in the UK will be immense.”Asked about Alston’s concerns about universal credit, the new work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, told MPs on Monday that she had been “disappointed, to say the least, by the extraordinary political nature of his language” in the report.She said: “We on the Conservative benches will always engage with professionals, experts and non-governmental organisations – we are not so proud that we do not think we can learn as we try to adjust universal credit for the benefit of everybody – but that sort of language was wholly inappropriate and actually discredited a lot of what he was saying.“We look forward to working with experts in the area to make sure that we get the right outcome for the people whom we want to look after.”She later described her new department as “a force for good”, but she admitted that there were “problems with universal credit, despite its good intentions”.She said: “I have seen them for myself. I will be listening and learning from the expert groups in this area who do such good work. I know it can be better.“I will make it my role to ensure that we deliver that through our discussions within the DWP and through discussions with the Treasury.“We will have a fair, compassionate and efficient benefits system.”In response to Rudd’s comments, Alston said on Twitter that the government had “a set of talking points about poverty and employment” that fail to address poverty, use “carefully chosen and misleading statistics to paint a rosy picture” and “ignore the horrible situation in which a large number of Britons live.He added: “That’s not the way to find solutions.”He also told Disability News Service: “I am hoping the secretary of state’s criticism of my report is not a substitute for a more systematic policy response to the many issues I have raised. “My report recounts in some depth the many problems experienced by adversely impacted groups, and especially by people with disabilities, and I would hope that DWP will seek to improve the system so that it does not cause such hardship and make already very difficult situations even worse.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Mission Activists Want Action from New Police Chief

first_img 0% Tags: alex nieto • Amilcar López-Pérez • Luis Gongora • police shooting • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Activists who have been pushing for police reform from the Mission District said Tuesday they are waiting for the newly appointed police chief William Scott to prove himself.Scott, a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, spearheaded reform efforts in the LAPD, according to the Chronicle.  That, however, was not enough to win over local activists just yet – they want to see action. Mayor Ed Lee appointed Scott Tuesday –  surprise for many who expected interim Chief Toney Chaplin to take the seat.“I’m very skeptical,” said Adriana Camarena, a writer and activist who has been pushing for use of force reform in the department and advocating for the families of several men shot by officers, including the homeless Mayan immigrant Luis Gongora Pat. center_img “This is the moment in which he makes political moves. Token moves for me will not be sufficient,” Camarena said. “If he wants to release from duty all of the officers involved in police shootings, that would be an important first step.”Camarena also suggested that the chief could demonstrate his intention to make serious changes by initiating a task force on reform that includes members of the Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Office of Citizen Complaints – and activists. Benjamin Bac Sierra, who has been a vocal advocate for the family of Alex Nieto, killed by four police officers in 2014, agreed.  “[His experience] doesn’t mean as much to me as bold action,” said Bac Sierra said he would like to see Scott recommend that Officer Roger Morse be fired. Morse is one of the officers involved in Nieto’s shooting and now embroiled in an Office of Citizen Complaints case that emerged after he made some Facebook comments about Nieto.Father Richard Smith of the Church of St. John on 15th Street, who has been leading weekly silent vigils protesting the killing of 21-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez by police in February of last year, said he hopes for honesty from the new chief. “I hope that this guy will tell us the truth, because that’s what’s been seriously lacking,” Smith said. “We’re just going to have to see what he does, particularly when there is misconduct, how does he respond?”Smith and other activists advocating for criminal charges to be brought against the officers involved in shootings have already had conflicts with the interim chief over the removal of Perez Lopez’ body from the crime scene before the arrival of District Attorney investigators. Although anxious to see, activists said Scott’s appointment has a few upsides. For one, Scott has committed to live in San Francisco, a requirement that the Board of Supervisors recently adopted a non-binding resolution to require. Chaplin does not live in the city.“He actually will be living in San Francisco and being part of the community,” said Oscar Salinas, who has also been very involved in activism around Nieto’s case. “Chaplin was living in Castro Valley. We feel it’s very important that he lives in San Francisco.”Bac Sierra, on the other hand, was unmoved by that commitment. “Living in San Francisco does not matter,” Bac Sierra said. “It’s a changed place, so living here does not matter that much to me.”More convincing is Scott’s outsider status. “Our first initial reaction was, it was very encouraging that Mayor Ed Lee did go with an external candidate,” said Salinas. “[It] brings somebody in with fresh eyes, that doesn’t have any relationship with any of the officers here in San Francisco, that he brings a lot of his open mindedness and also to be open to meeting with the coalitions.”Bac Sierra, Camarena, and Smith agreed.“For him to come from outside this entrenched corrupt department, I do think that can be a positive step forward, but it is simply not guaranteed,” Bac Sierra said. Camarena, however, pointed out that it might be an obstacle for the new chief.  “I think institutional change happens very slowly. And he will have serious limitations being an outsider and also having to negotiate with the POA,” she said. “But let’s see what he does.” last_img read more

To survive SF Mission bar will transform into pot club

first_imgCoronita’s impending transformation could begin as early as next month, pending approval by the Planning Department. A discretionary hearing on the planned change of use from a bar to a dispensary will be held at the Planning Commission on Thursday.If all goes well, Coronitas will officially close in May and undergo a summer of renovations before reopening sometime in October as La Corona Wellness Center, said Esparza.There, Esparza will work with two partners to man the dispensary. He plans to keep his products accessible to low-income community members by offering discounts to SSI recipients and those who “really need” the medical service.  In an effort to ensure that the operation will benefit his surrounding community, Esparza also plans to hire local.“I’ve talked to the bike shop [on Tiffany Street], we will use them for deliveries once we have that service running,” said Esparza. According to La Corona’s website, its owners also plan to donate some $50,000 annually to local nonprofits or to a disaster-relief fund. Esparza said a drop in sales in recent years has long-prompted him to consider shuttering Coronitas. “Before the dispensary I was looking at what to do, shutting it down and leasing it out,” said Esparza, whose family owns the building that houses the bar. “But then, new people will come into the neighborhood and what are they going to try to do [with the space]?”As Latino-owned businesses are becoming increasingly rare in that area of Mission/Bernal, Esparza said he saw Coronita’s reincarnation as a pot club as his best viable option to stay rooted in the neighborhood.“I”m not going anywhere,” he said.But for the past three years, Esparza has quietly observed one Latino-owned business after another close shop in “La Lengua,” the stretch of Mission Street between Cesar Chavez and Randall streets that bridges the Mission and Bernal Heights. The microhood is now more commonly referred to as “Mission Bernal.”“For a while, there were about 10 Latino businesses around here,” said Esparza, pointing a finger to the adjacent Tiffany Street, where the the Latin club Esperanzas was replaced by the Rock Bar. The latest victim of the neighborhood’s gentrification was La Terraza at 3472 Mission St., which is now the craft beer bar Old Devil Moon Bar. As their customers disappeared, so did the Latino-owned businesses, he said. “A lot of the local neighbors that would frequent us regularly stopped coming in,” said Esparza. “I would ask customers, ‘what’s up, where have you been?’ They told me they moved out of the city, to Richmond, San Pablo, Sacramento and Concord.”Initially, Esparza thought he could weather the changes by adjusting his hours and cutting operation costs. But when a five-alarm fire broke out on Coronita’s block last June, taking out some six businesses and a residential hotel that housed some 60 people, his sales plummeted further.“One of the things that made us special on that block was that my customers would go to Playa Azul, Taco Loco and vice versa. So we kind of gave them a little spot to be at,” said Esparza, referring to two neighboring restaurants that were destroyed in the fire.Esparza said that customers frequenting those establishments would often “stop in for a beer – but when those places burned down, it was over.”The newly minted pot entrepreneur hopes for the same camaraderie among the area’s existing dispensaries.  Two dispensaries – Cookies 415 and Harvest Off Mission – currently operate within a two-block radius of Coronitas. The storefront of the former gun shop High Bridge Arms at 3185 Mission St. is slated to house a third.But Esparza said that while the area lends itself to dispensaries, he does not feel that it is oversaturated with them. “Market Street has like 15 of them in a four-block [radius],” he said, adding that those dispensaries are “doing well.” He hopes that the selection will help drive new customers to the area and create a network in which the dispensaries will complement and supplement each other with their varying products and services.For his part, Esparza said that La Corona Wellness Center will be marketed to target the Latino community, something that is currently lacking in the industry.“All the dispensaries [in the city] are owned by American business people,” said Esparza.  “I want to make [La Corona] more Latino-oriented – no dispensaries that I know of do that.” 0% The Latino-centric bar Coronitas Bar and Grill, located where the Mission meets Bernal Heights, is in the process of trading in its liquor license for a medical marijuana permit in what it says is a bid to stay relevant in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.“At this point, it’s unprofitable for us to continue with [Coronitas],” said owner Jorge Esparza, who ran the bar, located at 3326 Mission St., along with his brother for some 26 years. Esparza said that the area’s high cost of living has displaced many of his long term customers, who were primarily Latino.Unwilling to give up on his family business completely, Esparza is hoping the dispensary will insure his existence in the neighborhood.“It’s a lucrative business, but it’s also a way for me to still be in this community,” said Esparza. “I don’t know any other community. I spend more money two blocks this way or that way than in the whole city.”center_img Tags: bars • food • marijuana • medical marijuana Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

The forward notched up 4256 metres in a stellar c

first_imgThe forward notched up 4,256 metres in a stellar campaign that also saw him score 11 tries too.Elsewhere, Castleford Tigers’ scrum-half Luke Gale was named the 2017 Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel whilst Oliver Gildart beat out Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace for Young Player of the Year.The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel is voted on by all the Betfred Super League players – you can see who voted for whom here.The winners:Hit man – Danny Houghton (Hull FC – 1123 tackles) Top metre maker – Alex Walmsley (St Helens – 4256 metres made) Top try-scorer – Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers – 38 tries) Top gun – Marc Sneyd (Hull FC – 89% conversion rate) Outstanding Contribution – Thomas Bosc, Chris Bridge, Rob Burrow, Eorl Crabtree, Gareth Ellis, Andy Lynch, Iafeta Palea’aesina, Leon Pryce Foundation of the Year – Wigan Warriors Betfred Super League Club of the Year – Castleford Tigers Betfred Super League Young Player of the Year – Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors) Betfred Super League Coach of the Year – Daryl Powell (Castleford Tigers) The Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel – Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)last_img read more

A Sunday Funday for Autism

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1502968419-e9078b3c8777feb8389502bbe77c3ad3e572f9b1_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Spend your Sunday at a local Irish pub and supporting a non-profit at the same time.This weekend, OASIS NC is holding “A Sunday Funday for Autism” at Slainte Irish Pub in downtown Wilmington.- Advertisement – It starts at noon and includes raffles, food and prizes. You can even win a beach cruiser from Two Wheeler Dealer!100% of tips and donations from the event will go back to OASIS NC.According to their website, OASIS NC is an “organization committed to providing Outstanding Autism Support and Instructional Services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families in North Carolina.” The non-profit says they use “evidence-based practices and highly individualized services and supports to target a broad range of educational, behavioral, social, and communication needs.”Related Article: Downtown pub hosts fundraiser for autism awarenessFor more information on OASIS NC, check out their website or their Facebook page.last_img read more

Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk visits Port City shreds Ogden Skatepark

first_imgTony Hawk skateboarding at Ogden Skate Park Jan. 3, 2018. (Photo: Tony Hawk/Facebook) OGDEN, NC (WWAY) — Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk was in the Cape Fear Wednesday to visit his skatepark for the first time since construction.The Ogden Skatepark opened in February 2017 and there was talk Hawk would stop by later in the year but according to Tony Hawk’s Facebook page he finally made the visit yesterday.- Advertisement – Hawk wrote he got a chance to visit the skate park with Keaton Underhill and Olivia Underhill. The skatepark was built in memory of their dad Ray Underhill. He added “this bowl is challenging but the rest of the park is solid, which is a testament to Ray’s legacy.”Ogden Skatepark shared the photo too thanking Hawk for making it all possible.Kids at the park were able to snap photos with the pro skateboarder during his visit.The skate bowl is the largest Tony Hawk design on the east coast.last_img read more

PICTURE PERFECT Pender Co farmer turns land into sunflower field

first_img Farmer Michael Lanier usually plants strawberries, but since the crop wasn’t great last year he decided to plant something different this time, so he planted more than 100 pounds of sunflower seeds!Lanier says the field of sunshine is shortlived though.“This will be the only week that they’re blooming unfortunately,” Farmer Michael Lanier said. “We are going to try another field of sunflowers that will be ready in the fall so that maybe the weather will be a little more comfortable in late September or October.”Related Article: North Carolina farms concerned about impending return to cold weatherOld River Farms is at 8711 Old River Road in Burgaw.There’s no admission to walk through the flowers Friday or Saturday but if you want to take some home they’re a dollar per stem.Next week, professional photographers can rent the field for private photo shoots. Sunflower fields at Old River Farms near Burgaw. (Photo: WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a field of sunflowers perfect for photos for you and your family and you can even take a few home.It’s happening this weekend at the Old River Farms near Burgaw.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Case of the missing Fort Caswell historical marker

first_img The marker, which has stood near Southport-Supply Road at N.C. 133 since 1950, was reportedly knocked over sometime after Florence hit the region last September, according to Ansley Wegner, who runs the state’s Highway Historical Marker program.Wegner said the N.C. Department of Transportation told her they moved it out of the way to conduct recovery work, while another source reported seeing it pulled down with chains by contractors.Read more here. A broken fragment and a post is all that remains of the state’s historical marker for Lumina Pavillion in Wrightsville Beach (Photo: Hunter Ingram/ StarNews) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (STARNEWS) — Call in Sherlock Holmes. It’s the case of the missing historical marker — again.Just a few months after it was discovered the Lumina Pavilion historical marker in Wrightsville Beach had disappeared after Hurricane Florence, one of the two markers for Fort Caswell has gone missing.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Kevin Cutajar or Jean Pierre Debono

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The resignation of PN MP Stellini has left one seat available, and currently the question is, will it be Kevin Cutajar or Jean Pierre Debono?The main argument being used in this debate which is being argued on social media is that the absence of Stellini should be replaced with another Gozitan candidate. However, this argument could raise problems from PN Leader Adrian Delia, who could possibly opt for Jean Pierre Debono, as the former MP had resigned following the 2017 elections to leave space for Delia.In his letter of resignation, Stellini said that he no longer felt that the country’s politics is benefiting the Maltese and Gozitan population, as we are suffering from divided politics.Read: Stellini’s resignation letter; “Politics is no longer benefiting the country”Nationalist Member of Parliament Therese Comodini Cachia, who was elected as an MP on 2 districts and had therefore given up one of her seats which was later taken by David Stellini, insisted that Kevin Cutajar in an intelligent person who is determined to continue showing willingness the same way he did in local politics. She believes that Cutajar should be co-opted in Parliament.MP Karol Aquilina insisted that it is appropriate to keep the same Gozitan representation in Parliament, and therefore instead of David Stellini, the PN should choose Kevin Cutajar. Aquilina concluded saying that Cutajar has not let his disability be an obstacle in his life. He reminisced to 20 years ago, which was the first time he met Cutajar during their legal studies at the University of Malta.While many agreed with Aquilina, some criticised his message and said that he should leave these discussions to be handled internally.Robert Musumeci, architect and Government consultant wrote on Facebook that the natural choice should be Debono, as a payback to what he had done during the General Elections, where he gave up his seat after being elected. Musumeci added that this choice might be resisted. He stated that if Debono does not want this position, the seat should be given according to geographic representations.WhatsApplast_img read more

Arsenal keen on signing Gomes

first_img SharePrint Arsenal have already completed a number of impressive signings ahead of the new season but it seems that the Gunners are still on the lookout for more reinforcements. According to AS, Arsenal could make a move for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes.The Portuguese midfielder has disappointed during his spell with the Spanish champions following his move from Valencia for £31 million. Gomes, whose dip in form cost him a World Cup place with the Portuguese national team, wants to get his career back on track with a summer move. Tottenham Hotspurs and Wolverhampton Wanderers have also made inquiries about the 24-year-old midfielder who was excluded from Barcelona’s US pre-season tour.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Egypt Successfully launches Nilesat 201 Satellite

first_imgAdvertisement Nilesat 201,Egypt’s telecommunications services and digital broadcasting satellite which is planned to serve the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has been successfully launched. The launch took place last week Wednesday from a base in French Guiana, Latin America, an Egyptian government report released yesterday said.Egyptian officials say the satellite meets technical needs for the coming 15 years. Nilesat 201 replaces Nilesat 101, which was launched into orbit in 1998 by Egypt. Nilesat 201 is further planned to cover the entire Arab region, the Middle East, southern Europe, southern Sudan and the Nile sources, government officials have said.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The satellite is set to allow capacity for 500 channels in addition to the current 560 ones in operation now, said Egypt’s information minister Anas el-Fikki. The the new satellite needs around 10 days to be fixed on its final orbit.Thales Alenia Space built Nilesat 201 and weighed around 3,000 kg at launch. The satellite is fitted with 24 Ku-band transponders and 3 Ka-band transponders to provide direct TV broadcast services throughout the Middle East.Source: ITWeblast_img read more

Chinas Tencent is Giving Away 10TB Worth of Free Cloud Storage

first_imgAdvertisement Chinese tech company Tencent has upped the game, offering a jaw-dropping 10TB worth of free storage. Yes, that’s a whopping 10 times more than the already-shocking 1TB being offered.There is a caveat though — you won’t get the whole 10TB worth of space at one go. Instead, Tencent will top up your storage space as you deplete it.How it works: sign up for a Tencent QQ account and download the latest version of the Tencent Cloud (Weiyun) mobile app. Click on the big blue button on Weiyun’s promo site and you will immediately receive 1TB worth of free space first. As the amount of space you use increases (and in turn lowering the amount of space you are left with), Tencent will top up your storage space automatically, up to a maximum of 10TB. The table below demonstrates how it works, with the first row referring to used storage space, and the second row referring to the auto top-up amounts. – Advertisement – The promotion is ongoing, so those who want to get your hands on this staggering 10TB worth of space had better be quick.This latest move, besides being beneficial for consumers, will also likely put pressure on cloud storage services, which often give away set amounts of free storage space as an incentive for users to sign up. Dropbox has offered free space amounts ranging from 25-50GB as part of promotional deals with Samsung and HTC, Box has offered 50GB of free storage with file-size limitations before, and earliar Microsoft upped the storage space for its SkyDrive Pro offering from 7GB to 25GB.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

What you need to know about web surveillance

first_imgThe Government proposing with its new web surveillance bill and how this will affect you. Image Credit: MicroNetworks Advertisement Find out what the Government is proposing with its new web surveillance bill and how it will affect you.The Home Secretary Theresa May is pushing for a major overhaul of online surveillance laws. Here’s what you need to know.What will be recorded under the new law? The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill will require internet firms to record the internet browsing history of every person in the UK for a year. – Advertisement – Who will be able to access this? The police and security services.So everything I do online will be recorded? Not quite. The websites you visit will be recorded, but not the individual pages within that site. So SkyNews.com would be recorded, but not that you’re reading this specific story on our site.They’ll also be able to see which apps you used on your phone or tablet, and when.Will councils be allowed to access your internet history? No. The government says local authorities will not get access to the data. It says another safeguard will be the introduction of a new offence of misusing the data, carrying a two-year prison sentence.What if the police or security services want even more detailed data? They can request to have your detailed web browsing history recorded and handed over, but this requires the Home Secretary’s approval.[related-posts]Can the government access encrypted communications? Chat apps like WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage use end-to-end encryption, a form of security which means even the companies themselves cannot see user communications. The government is lobbying firms directly for back-door access to these apps, but it is difficult to see how it could force companies like US-based Apple to comply.David Cameron promised to outlaw end-to-end encryption earlier this year, but it didn’t happen.Who are the new laws aimed at? The government says terrorists and serious criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and that some sites have become “safe havens” for them.Why is this bill being proposed now? Current laws on online surveillance were drafted 15 years ago when the web was a very different place. The existing legislation is complicated and has a number of grey areas.The Lib Dems blocked a similar bill in coalition and put a temporary measure in place for two years, which is now running out.[Sky News]last_img read more

WhatsApp in New Update Adds More Colorful Options to the TextBased Status

first_img(Photo Courtesy) Advertisement When first launched, the status feature was simple text only, and then earlier this year, the Facebook-owned social messaging platform decided to get rid of the text-based status and introduced a revamped status that gives users the ability to share photos, GIFs, and videos. However, users were discontented with the update and criticized the company for copying Instagram and SnapChat. It was until then the firm decided bring back the old text-based status, allowing users to use both statuses.As the company keeps growing with its user base growing too – with now over 1 billion daily active users, the firm has been seen rolling out updates on a daily or monthly basis to make its web and app platforms more friendly, and easy to use. The popular calling and messaging service on Monday rolled out some new text-based status features for its apps and the web version.The Web version finally got the status feature too just like the apps. However, unlike the apps, the status on web version comes with a Black theme for the background when opened, and all statuses appearing in a list format. – Advertisement – The other update was made available for the apps, giving users the ability to create text-based statuses that can include a choice of font, background color, and even add links.According to reports by Venture Beat, the colored backgrounds on the status updates are supposed to increase engagement, but some/many users are find them annoying.last_img read more

Amazons InHome Delivery to Draw Customers Further into an allAmazon World

first_imgAmazon In-Home Delivery option allows delivery personal to access your house in order to place your package inside. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement Seattle-based eCommerce firm; Amazon Inc is one of the biggest eCommerce firms in the world. Earlier this week, the company become the second American company after Cupertino-based tech firm, Apple Inc. to cross that once-unimaginable line; USD$1 trillion share value. Quoting the New York Times, ‘Amazon’s shares rose as high as USD$2,050.50 on Tuesday morning, pushing it over USD$1 trillion in value, before immediately falling back and then ending the day at USD$2,039.51, below the USD$1 trillion threshold.’This article isn’t the company’s share value, but rather their delivery option, dubbed, the In-Home Delivery. In simple terms, Amazon delivers your packages right inside your house. This, to avoid thieves, or the weather; rain, storm, you name it.Let’s explain this further. – Advertisement – According to online media reports, Amazon announced the delivery option back in October of 2017. Whereas some of the audience saw it ‘creepy’ to let ‘strangers’ in their house, some saw it has an opportunity – this for those that live in neighborhoods with a lot of thieves. On the part of letting strangers out is ‘not the word’. The delivery guys literally push the door a few inches to place in your package minus entering your house. It’s only if the recipient order for a lot of products that will require the delivery guy to enter to place in the package far from the door as not to block it.To achieve this, one has to buy the Amazon’s Key In-House Kit that costs about USD$249.99, and includes; Amazon’s Compatible Digital Smart Locks (USD$149.99 if you’re buying separately) and Amazon’s Cloud Cam (USD$119.99 if you’re buying separately). Then Amazon sends someone to your house to install them at no cost. Once done, if you’re buying something and choose In-Home as a delivery option, on time of delivery, the Amazon’s Delivery Personal uses the a specific app from the company that grants them one time access to open the door, places the package inside and then locks the door with the same app. Once the delivery person opens your door through the app, the home owner gets a notification in form of a live video feed which is also archived online for security purposes.The customer gets a notification in form of a live video feed once his/her house is accessed while delivering their packages. (Photo Courtesy)Some of the biggest concerns we looked at;What if there’s no power at home? Then probably your package will be placed outside your door where you will have to find it in case no one attempts on taking it.What if your lock in hacked? In this digital era, anything connected to the Internet can be hacked. But once your door is locked, you still get a notification via a live video feed. If you didn’t order anything to have delivered to your place, your should probably call 911.What if your lock jams admits locking it? Geoffrey Folwer; Technology Columnist at the Washington Post, who was reviewing this feature, had his lock jam during one of his In-Home delivery. And according to him, quote, said the company claimed the problem could have been during the installation process. He further noted that the delivery person found how to resolve the problem which in the end did work out. However, this still worries many a lot.What if the delivery guy goes beyond where the camera is placed? The Amazon Cloud Cam is likely positioned over the doorway. But if someone steps out of the narrow frame of the camera, then homeowners will have no idea what the person is doing in the house.Notably, according to Geoffrey, Amazon isn’t just trying to fight package thieves but wants to draw its customers further into an all-Amazon world. The company begun with likes of Alexa, then the Amazon Fire TV, now its Amazon In-Home Delivery.What are your thoughts on this, let us know in the comment section below!last_img read more

Star Sports Greyhound Derby SIMON BANKS

first_imgSIMON BANKS: The Greyhound Board Of Great Britain’s PR man Simon Banks talks to us about his history in Greyhound Racing, being an owner, the difficulties facing the sport, the public image of Greyhound racing and why he objects to it being as described as being in decline. He talks about the welfare issues of greyhound racing and his hopes for the future.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Rice chemist to testify about hydraulic fracturing Oct 5

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduAndrew Barron, Rice University’s Charles W. Duncan, Jr. – Welch Chair of Chemistry and professor of materials science, will give expert testimony before the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) about the newly proposed hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rule at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.The rule will implement House Bill 3328, enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature (regular session, 2011), and proposes to require operators to disclose the makeup of hydraulic fracturing fluid, including water. The proposed rule would enhance the transparency of the decades-long technique.Who: Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. – Welch Chair of Chemistry andprofessor of materials science at Rice UniversityWhat: Expert testimony on hydraulic fracturing before the Railroad Commission of TexasWhen: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5Where: RRC headquarters in Austin, 1701 North Congress, Room 1-111Barron is the author of more than 380 scientific publications, five books and 20 patents. He has graduated more than 30 Ph.D. students. His current research focuses on the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy and health research. His research group has projects involving down-hole sensors, carbon dioxide mitigation and cancer treatment.Barron’s research group is the core to a number of Rice startup companies, including businesses that range from oil and gas production (Oxane Materials Inc.) to solar power systems (Natcore Technology Inc.) to water purification (Molecular Filtration Inc) and storage (Surface Matters Inc).Barron is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Hümboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, the Corday Morgan Medal and Prize, the Meldola Medal and Prize and the first Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award. In 2009 Barron was appointed as the first Prince of Wales Visiting Innovator. In 2011 he won the Houston Technology Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology.Barron’s testimony will be available via webcast at www.texasadmin.com/txrail.shtml.last_img read more

Going deep to study longterm climate evolution

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduGoing deep to study long-term climate evolution Rice geoscientists building whole-Earth model for long-term climate cluesHOUSTON — (Oct. 31, 2013) — A Rice University-based team of geoscientists is going to great lengths — from Earth’s core to its atmosphere — to get to the bottom of a long-standing mystery about the planet’s climate.“We want to know what controls long-term climate change on Earth, the oscillations between greenhouse and icehouse cycles that can last as long as tens of million years,” said Cin-Ty Lee, professor of Earth science at Rice and the principal investigator (PI) on a new $4.3 million, five-year federal grant from the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics (FESD) Program.A Rice University-based team of geoscientists is going to great lengths — from Earth’s core to its atmosphere — to investigate the role that deep-Earth processes play in climate evolution over million-year timescales. Credit: Rice University“There are long periods where Earth is relatively cool, like today, where you have ice caps on the North and South poles, and there are also long periods where there are no ice caps,” Lee said. “Earth’s climate has oscillated between these two patterns for at least half a billion years. We want to understand what controls these oscillations, and we have people at universities across the country who are going to attack this problem from many angles.”For starters, Lee distinguished between the type of climate change that he and his co-investigators are studying and the anthropogenic climate change that often makes headlines.“We’re working on much longer timescales than what’s involved in anthropogenic climate change,” Lee said. “We’re interested in explaining processes that cycle over tens of millions of years.”Lee described the research team as “a patchwork of free spirits” that includes bikers, birdwatchers and skateboarders who are drawn together by a common interest in studying the whole Earth dynamics of carbon exchange. The group has specialists in oceanography, petrology, geodynamics, biogeochemistry and other fields, and it includes more than a dozen faculty and students from the U.S., Europe and Asia. Rice co-PIs include Rajdeep Dasgupta, Gerald Dickens and Adrian Lenardic.The team will focus on how carbon moves between Earth’s external and internal systems. On the external side, carbon is known to cycle between oceans, atmosphere, biosphere and soils on timescales ranging from a few days to a few hundred thousand years. On million-year to billion-year timescales, carbon in these external reservoirs interacts with reservoirs inside Earth, ranging from crustal carbon stored in ancient sediments preserved on the continents to carbon deep in Earth’s mantle.Cin-Ty Lee“Because of these differences in timescales, carbon cycling at Earth’s surface is typically modeled independently from deep-Earth cycling,” Lee said. “We need to bring the two together if we are to understand long-term greenhouse-icehouse cycling.”From the fossil record, scientists know that atmospheric carbon dioxide plays a vital role in determining Earth’s surface temperatures. Many studies have focused on how carbon moves between the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. Lee said the FESD team will examine how carbon is removed from the surface and cycled back into the deep Earth, and it will also examine how volcanic eruptions bring carbon from the deep Earth to the surface. In addition, the team will examine the role that volcanic activity and plate tectonics may play in periodically releasing enormous volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. One of several hypotheses that will be tested is whether Earth’s subduction zones may at times be dominated by continental arcs, and if so, whether the passage of magmas through ancient carbonates stored in the continental upper plate can amplify the volcanic flux of carbon.“Long-term climate variability is intimately linked to whole-Earth carbon cycling,” Lee said. “Our task is to build up a clearer picture of how the inputs and outputs change through time.”In addition to the Rice team, the project’s primary investigators include Jaime Barnes of the University of Texas at Austin, Jade Star Lackey of Pomona College, Michael Tice of Texas A&M University and Richard Zeebe of the University of Hawaii. Research affiliates include Steve Bergman of Shell, Mark Jellinek of the University of British Columbia, Tapio Schneider of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Yusuke Yokoyama of the University of Tokyo.For more information about the research, visit http://arc2climate.org.###High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/10/1104_FESD-earth-lg.jpgCAPTION: A Rice University-based team of geoscientists is going to great lengths — from Earth’s core to its atmosphere — to investigate the role that deep-Earth processes play in climate evolution over million-year timescales.CREDIT: Rice UniversityA copy of the NSF grant abstract is available at:http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1338842http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=128983&org=NSFLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.last_img read more

Deepdiving whales could hold answer for synthetic blood

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share72David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduDeep-diving whales could hold answer for synthetic bloodStudy shows how marine mammals pack muscle cells with oxygen-holding proteinHOUSTON — (Sept. 25, 2015) — The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help Rice University biochemist John Olson and his colleagues finish a 20-year quest to create lifesaving synthetic blood for human trauma patients.In a new study featured this week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Olson and colleagues George Phillips, Lucian Smith and Premila Samuel compared the muscle protein myoglobin from humans, whales and other deep-diving mammals. Myoglobin holds oxygen for ready use inside muscle cells, and the study found that marine mammals have ultra-stable versions of myoglobin that tend not to unfold. The researchers found that stability was the key for cells to make large amounts of myoglobin, which is explains why deep-diving mammals can load their muscle cells with far more myoglobin than humans.“Whales and other deep-diving marine mammals can pack 10-20 times more myoglobin into their cells than humans can, and that allows them to ‘download’ oxygen directly into their skeletal muscles and stay active even when they are holding their breath,” said Olson, Rice’s Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. “The reason whale meat is so dark is that it’s filled with myoglobin that is capable of holding oxygen. But when the myoglobin is newly made, it does not yet contain heme. We found that the stability of heme-free myoglobin is the key factor that allows cells to produce high amounts of myoglobin.”That’s important to Olson because he wants to create a strain of bacteria that can generate massive quantities of another protein that’s closely related to myoglobin. Olson has spent two decades studying hemoglobin, a larger, more complex oxygen-carrying protein in blood. Olson’s goal is to create synthetic blood for use in transfusions. Hospitals and trauma specialists currently rely on donated whole blood, which is often in short supply and has a limited storage life. A crucial part of Olson’s plan is maximizing the amount of hemoglobin that a bacterium can express.From left, Rice University biochemists George Phillips, Premila Samuel and John Olson use a 3-D visualization facility to study the structure and function of myoglobin (red) in the hopes of making recombinant hemoglobin as artificial blood for use in transfusions. Myoglobin and hemoglobin use a molecule called heme (green) to transport oxygen.“Our results confirm that protein stability is the key,” Olson said. “In this study, Premila and George developed an in vitro method for testing myoglobin expression outside of living cells. That allowed us to carefully control all the variables. We found that the amount of fully active myoglobin expressed was directly and strongly dependent on the stability of the protein before it bound the heme group.”All proteins have a characteristic shape, and the globin family of proteins is shaped around a pocket where heme is stored. The heme pocket opens and closes — much like the pocket of a baseball glove — to trap and release oxygen.Samuel, a graduate student in the Department of BioSciences at Rice, said the heme-free form of myoglobin that she studied is called apoprotein or apomyoglobin.“The more stable the apoprotein, the more final product we could make,” she said. “Human apomyoglobin isn’t very stable at all compared to that of the diving mammals, which have versions of the apoglobin that are up to 60 times more stable than ours.”Samuel said the stability differences aren’t obvious if one simply compares the overall structures of the myoglobin from each species. Their overall shapes, including the shapes of their heme pockets, are the same. However, thanks to subtle differences in their amino acid sequences, the more stable myoglobins are better able to retain their shapes. Samuel said this underlying stability only becomes apparent when one studies the heme-free, or “apo” versions of the protein. She measured stability using chemicals that forced the apoproteins to unfold. By carefully measuring the amount of chemical required, she was able to precisely measure stability.She said her work was made possible by three earlier studies. In 1999, Emily Scott, a graduate student in Olson’s lab, noticed that sperm whale apomyoglobin was much more resistant to chemically induced unfolding than the corresponding human or pig apoproteins. Scott wondered if the resistance to unfolding was a trait of deep-diving whales, so she gathered samples from a variety of mammals and confirmed the idea in 2000.At the same time, study co-author Smith, another of Olson’s graduate students, was examining a catalog of 250 mutant sperm-whale apomyoglobins. He noticed that a certain class of mutations in the heme pocket caused the proteins to become extraordinarily stable even though the mutations damaged their ability to bind heme and oxygen.Finally, in 2013, Michael Berenbrink of Liverpool University and Kevin Campbell of the University of Manitoba noted that deep-diving mammals expressed large amounts of myoglobin in their muscle tissue. Berenbrink and Campbell systematically analyzed the genes and available information for all mammalian myoglobins, including those from deep-diving species, and found that the myoglobins from aquatic mammals had large positive surface charges compared with those from land animals. They hypothesized that the charge differences allowed the aquatic species to pack more myoglobin into their muscle cells.The shape of myoglobin (red) includes a waterproof pocket that is used to store heme (green), a molecule that allows myoglobins and hemoglobins to transport oxygen.“I heard Berenbrink present his work, and I wondered whether we should re-investigate Emily’s and Lucian’s work on expression levels and apoglobin stability,” Olson said. “At the time, we were in the process of trying to screen large-scale libraries of hemoglobin mutants to try to select for higher stability and expression as part of our work on evaluating blood substitutes. George had suggested we use a wheat-germ-based cell-free translation system for those screens, and Premila was preparing to test the methods with myoglobin.“The three of us decided she should conduct her tests on a series of proteins that included myoglobins from humans, pigs and several of the deep-diving mammals that Emily had tested and Berenbrink had examined,” Olson said. “We also used Lucian’s Ph.D. results to construct three mutants that were far more stable than anything found in nature.”In her tests, Samuel compared the stability and cell-free expression level of myoglobins from humans, pigs, goosebeak whales, gray seals, sperm whales, dwarf sperm whales and the three mutants, which had low heme affinity but were 50 times more stable than apomyoglobins from the whales. The research confirmed that the stability of apoprotein is directly correlated with expression levels. For example, very little pig and human myoglobin could be made in the cell-free system, which yielded 10- to 20-fold higher amounts of whale and mutant myoglobins.The results of the cell-free study unequivocally verify the expression-stability correlations that had been anecdotally observed in previous work in both mammalian cells and E. coli, Olson said.“This work is very important for our projects on synthetic blood substitutes and determining the toxicity of acellular hemoglobin,” he said. “Premila has laid the groundwork for high-throughput screening of large libraries of hemoglobin variants without the need for purifying milligram quantities of pure protein. This method is a big step forward in our efforts to identify more stable recombinant hemoglobins.”Phillips is the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and also a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Rice. Samuel is a Robert Welch Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice. Smith, who earned his doctorate from Rice in 2003, is a consultant scientist in the Department of Bioengineering at University of Washington.The National Institutes of Health and the Welch Foundation funded the research.-30-VIDEO is available at:http://youtu.be/QD18mGi24RUHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0925_WHALE-safe166-lg.jpgCAPTION: From left, Rice University biochemists George Phillips, Premila Samuel and John Olson use a 3-D visualization facility to study the structure and function of myoglobin (red) in the hopes of making recombinant hemoglobin as artificial blood for use in transfusions. Myoglobin and hemoglobin use a molecule called heme (green) to transport oxygen.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/09/0925_WHALE-mb-133-lg.jpgCAPTION: The shape of myoglobin (red) includes a waterproof pocket that is used to store heme (green), a molecule that allows myoglobins and hemoglobins to transport oxygen.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of the Journal of Biological Chemistry paper is available at:http://www.jbc.org/content/early/2015/07/23/jbc.M115.672204Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more