VOTING for Fan of Pride – the award run by Officia

first_imgVOTING for Fan of Pride – the award run by Official Partner of Super League, BRUT for Men, which aims to recognise rugby league’s ultimate fans – is now open.Since the beginning of this season fans from all 14 Super League clubs have nominated their fellow supporters, those who are loyal to their team and who also Man Up in their community. Prizes include season and Grand Final tickets, signed shirts, a behind the scenes tour of a club of their choice, invitation to the Man of Steel Awards and, of course, BRUT product.Alex Walmsley, Saints Fan of Pride player ambassador, has helped whittle down the excellent entries to a shortlist of three per club and he is now calling on fans to get voting.Fans can choose their favourite Fan of Pride nominee at read more

Art takes the spotlight in Carolina Beach

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Artists and their creations took the spotlight at the annual Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival Saturday.There were more than fifty different vendors. From flowers and pottery to paintings and jewelry, there was something for everyone. The Island Arts and Culture Alliance organized and hosted the event. They also put together an interactive project for the community to join in on.- Advertisement – One vendor said this was his first time in Carolina Beach, but he cannot wait to come back next year.“Well I love meeting the people. I mean to me a lot of folks come out here to sell, but for me I think it’s more about meeting people and kind of making them familiar with our family and the history we’ve got with the pottery much more than selling,” vendor Jason Craven said.This event also helps raise awareness and supports local artists in the community.last_img read more

Fair Bluff planning board approves big cat sanctuary site plans

first_img Lions, tigers and bobcats are among the animals planned.The next step is for owner Shazir Haque to acquire the old Ford dealership property, which will take about two weeks.Construction is scheduled to begin next month. Shazir Haque presents site plans for his big cat sanctuary at the Fair Bluff planning board meeting Monday night (Photo: Shazir Haque) FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — The establishment of a big cat sanctuary in Fair Bluff is one step closer to being a reality. The town’s planning board approved site plans at its meeting Monday night.The construction will come in three phases and is expected to take about two years to complete.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Government backtracks on its Victoria Primary student transfer plans

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Victoria Primary Happy School Headmaster Lelio Spiteri announced that the Year 5 and 6 students were not going to move school after all, despite the Government’s plans to transfer these students to the Nadur Primary School can confirm that the Government’s plans to have the Victoria Primary students move to the Nadur Primary School were at an advanced stage.Earlier this week, the students’ parents received a message from the school’s administration informing them about a meeting scheduled to take place on the 5th of July. The meeting was to be addressed by Education Services Director General Maria Mc Namara. Teachers who spoke to said that the parents were going to be informed of the school change during the meeting.This afternoon, Spiteri messaged parents announcing that the students were going to remain  in the same school and that the 5th July meeting was cancelled. Sources within the Education Ministry said that the meeting got cancelled after the parents and teachers disagreed with the move.This latest chain of events comes 24 hours after Partit Nazzjonalista MP Chris Said and Victoria Mayor-Elect Josef Schembri revealed the plans for the move on Facebook.Said said that everything was being kept under wraps. So much so that neither the teachers, nor the parents were notified about the plans. He said that such a decision would have serious transport and congestion implications. He also stated that the Nadur school was not in the best of states.In a statement released late afternoon, the Ministry for Education said that the Victoria Primary students weren’t going to be transferred to a different school. However, according to the Ministry the meeting for the parents will still be happening.WhatsApplast_img read more

Proposals do not exist in vacuum consultation was piecemeal – PN

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Nazzjonalista said that it would have been better had there been a holistic consultation in its comments on the draft regulations on Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property. PN observed that the proposed regulations do not exist in vacuum, with various other laws and regulations which are directly or indirectly to the proposed regulations. Further the PN added it would have been better had the consultation been holistic, thus avoiding unnecessary conflict with existing laws.While the Nationalist Party recognised the urgency on the issue, it was left on the back burner for a long time, leading to a rushed public consultation, it said in a statement on Saturday.READ: ‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationREAD: Draft construction amendments ‘not acceptable in current form’ – KTPThe statement was signed by shadow minister for planning and MP Marthese Portelli, shadow minister for citizens’ rights and MP Claudette Buttigieg and shadow minister for infrastructure and MP Toni Bezzina.READ: Hasty consultation eliminates need to check foundations of buildingsA fragmented consultation processThe PN said that it must be ensured that the definitions for various roles identified in the proposed drafts, conform with existing legal notices that regulate the construction industry as well as laws regulating it.Lack of enforcement, lack of register, lack of adequate trainingThe Party urged for more enforcement of existing laws, saying that this was highlighted in various stakeholder meetings the PN held. The current laissez-faire situation, the PN observed led to more abuse and disregard of procedure and good practice. PN said that the ‘government is solely responsible for enforcing its own laws, which would otherwise would mean that the law is just a piece of paper’.The PN remarked that the a register for contractors is urgently needed, which would clearly list what is expected of each and every contractor, would set the criteria, necessary qualifications and training as well as classify the various services each contractor can offer, as well as their competences.The Nationalist Party further said that proper training is needed, as it highlighted the difference between accredited training and attendance training. The PN also spoke about the need to have the necessary skills and licenses to carry out specific works.READ: ‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationInvest more in the Occupational Health and Safety AuthorityThe Nationalist Party remarked that more investment is needed in the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA), this according to PN ranges from an increase in budget, human resources as well as other resources. Such investment would equip the Authority with better resources to fulfill its functions.PN said that until the new Construction and Building Authority is set up, the Government should also invest in the Building Regulations Office.READ: Process of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister BorgOther proposalsPartit Nazzjonalista also put forward proposals relating to the site manager, geological studies, third parties who are negatively impacted, among others.READ: ‘A manager needs to be on-site for all key decisions’ – construction consultationREAD: Draft construction amendments ‘not acceptable in current form’ – KTPFinally it urged the government to be more proactive in bettering the citizens’ quality of life, and to safeguard everyone’s interests especially those of the common citizen.Read more: We want to be considered professional equals with Periti – MCAST graduatesUpdate (1): Watch: Residence wall collapses near construction site in ĦamrunWatch: “Niece’s First Holy Communion dress is inside; and all we have are the clothes on our back”Process of establishing building and construction regulator ongoing – Minister BorgCurrent construction regulations ‘outdated’ and ‘inadequate’ – KTP PresidentExcavation suspension: Is there a legal basis?Updated: Demolition and excavation permits suspended until further notice – MuscatMDA “shocked” after yet another construction blunderMalta Chamber of Planners proposes reducing permit validity; Ombudsman proposes one-stop-shopWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Africa to launch own Internet exchange point

first_imgAdvertisement The press conference at the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) in Johannesburg, South Africa on 23 August 2012 announcing the the Society’s selection as the implementation partner for the African Union’s African Internet Exchange (AXIS) Program. (Image: Nyani Quarmyne/ Internet Society)An African Union (AU) Internet expert said Wednesday that Africa would establish its own Internet Exchange Point in Gambia to avoid costly fees paid to overseas service providers.The African Union Commission had decided to finance the African Internet exchange program, one of whose major projects was the Gambia exchange point, Moses Bagingana said at the opening ceremony of a stakeholders’ forum here about ways to establish the site.He said Africa needed to find ways of optimizing Internet traffic in the continent and boosting Internet connection with other continents. – Advertisement – Bagingana said the Internet exchange program would encourage regional trade integration, and create various opportunities for Africans.Gambian Minister of Communication Information and Infrastructure Nancy Nyang said Gambia was attaching great importance to the program, noting Internet broad band cables would be launched very soon to improve international connectivity.AU leaders have adopted a declaration to strengthen national and regional broad band infrastructure and build up the Gambia Internet exchange point.Credit: DailyMonitorlast_img read more

Worldwide Internet Users to Surpass 27 Billion in 2013

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandans should increase Internet usage capacities in order to bring down the it’s costThe total number of people connected to the Internet worldwide is expected to surpass 2.7 billion in 2013, while the total number of applications downloaded over all types of devices will exceed 50 billion, a new report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said.The 2013 edition of ITU’s flagship regulatory report ‘Trends in Telecommunication Reform’, highlights the increasingly global nature of information and communication technology (ICT) regulation and the crucial link between effective regulation of the ICT sector and the range, quality and affordability of ICT services available to consumers and business users alike.Focusing on ‘Transnational Aspects of Regulation in a Networked Society’, this year’s report confirms continued rapid expansion of tech markets worldwide. – Advertisement – “Rapid growth of broadband has seen global IP traffic skyrocket from around one petabyte 20 years ago to an estimated 44,000 petabytes (44 exabytes) at end 2012. As an indicator of the sheer volume this represents, that amount of data would take 1,100 years to download over a 10Mbps broadband link – or more than 200,000 years over a dial-up connection. In 2013 alone, IP traffic is expected to grow by around 14 exabytes per month – the monthly equivalent of twice total cumulative global traffic for the whole decade from 1994 – 2003.“Traffic volumes are being driven by the ever-growing number of connected people and connectable devices, the trend toward multiple device ownership, an abundance of highly diversified and mostly free online content, and increasingly widespread consumer access to fixed and mobile broadband networks capable of supporting high-bandwidth services like streaming video. The total number of people connected to the Internet is expected to surpass 2.7 billion in 2013, while the total number of applications downloaded over all types of devices will exceed 50 billion’, the report said.ITU’s Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Toure commenting on the report said: “These are interesting times for regulators, with the full impact of the long-term trend towards globalization of services now beginning to be felt.Credit: Daily Trustlast_img read more

Huawei Considering Buying Nokia To Boost Its Smartphone Business

first_imgThe Ugandan government ordered a probe into the national fiber optic project currently being developed by China’s Huawei Advertisement One of Huawei’s top executives has revealed that acquiring Nokia could help the Chinese company raise its profile in smartphones.“We are considering these sorts of acquisitions; maybe the combination has some synergies but depends on the willingness of Nokia. We are open-minded,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer unit said.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Nokia shares briefly jumped nearly 12% Tuesday after the report. A Huawei spokesperson declined further comment. But to be clear, it sounds like Yu was just speculating and wasn’t talking about a specific deal that’s in the works.Huawei is the world’s biggest selling of telecom equipment but has a much smaller mobile business. It was the world’s fourth-largest smartphone vendor in Q1 with 4.6% market share, according to IDC.  Huawei’s mobile business is on the rise: Its smartphone shipments grew 94% compared to last year’s quarter, compared to 60.7% for number one Samsung, IDC said.Huawei has been selling inexpensive phones in China for years. The company launched its Ascend P6 smartphone at a glitzy launch event Tuesday in London, billing it as “the world’s slimmest.” Source: Business Insiderlast_img read more

Meet The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

first_imgAdvertisement Yesterday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung unveiled its two new flagship handsets for 2015: the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.Both of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 devices tout a 5.1” Quad HD (at a whopping 2560×1440 resolution) 577ppi display, a quad-core processor, 3GB DDR-4 memory, Super AMOLED display and will be available in 32, 64 and 128GB storage sizes.The rear camera on the S6 is a 16 megapixel, f/1.9 shooter with optical image stabilization and the front camera is a 5 megapixel, f/1.9 shooter with “real time HDR.” – Advertisement – The new devices are the first Samsung flagships to sport a metal body, with the company touting it as “much tougher than other high end smartphones.” The company also worked to build a better fingerprint sensor that works more consistently.The Galaxy S6 Edge has a gorgeous curved display that wraps around the side of the device and users can use that edge to interact with the phone in some interesting ways, like bringing up contacts.Two big changes to the S6 are that there’s no expandable memory support and the battery is non-removable for the first time, however Samsung says this is fine as it charges significantly faster than the iPhone 6 and supports wireless charging.Samsung also touted its redesigned software, which it says it made simpler and easy to use. It’s based on Android Lollipop, which sports Material Design, and likely was responsible for much of the simplification Samsung alludes to.Both devices will be available in 20 countries from April 10. The S6 comes in white, black, gold and blue and the S6 Edge will be available in all those colors on top of an exclusive green. Credits TNWlast_img read more

MTN Nigerias acquisition of Visafone shows commitment to Nigeria

first_imgMTN has confirmed the acquisition of Nigerian mobile network operator, Visafone Communications, for an undisclosed sum. Image Credit: TheBreakingTimes Advertisement MTN has confirmed the acquisition of Nigerian mobile network operator, Visafone Communications, for an undisclosed sum.“The acquisition of Visafone highlights MTN’s commitment to Nigeria,” says MTN executive Amina Oyagbola.Oyagbola notes the acquisition, which seeks to leverage resources for service enhancement, will aid in the increasing data needs of Nigerian customers.“As we work to maximise our data capabilities towards achieving broadband of international quality, our objective is to ensure that Nigerians experience a boost in the quality of broadband Internet services, translating to the much needed enhanced data speeds and value to enhance personal and business productivity,” she says. – Advertisement – “Voice is still king. However, data is becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives, and our energies are focused on enhancing data and Internet services to the benefit of our customers and the country at large,” says Oyagbola.“[The acquisition] is also reflective of our concerted efforts to deepen the growth and roll-out of broadband services across the country in support of the National Broadband Plan for the benefit of Nigerians.”She says the completion of the deal, which has been on the cards for some time, shows MTN’s commitment to Nigeria.The South African-based telco’s Nigerian business has had a tumultuous few months after being slapped by a mammoth $5.2 billion fine from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in October last year. The fine was later reduced to $3.9 billion, but MTN continues to contest the penalty and is currently proceeding with an action in the country’s federal high court to fight the fine.The hefty penalty was incurred for failing to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered sim cards on the MTN Nigeria network by the NCC’s deadline. MTN also missed a new year’s eve deadline to pay the R62 billion fine.[related-posts]Who is Visafone? “Visafone is one of the leading CDMA/ICT companies in Nigeria, offering a number of services including voice, high speed data (3G), Internet and other value-added services (VAS). Visafone also provides business solutions to small and medium-sized companies and corporate organisations in Nigeria,” according to MTN’s acquisition statement.Visafone was founded by Nigerian millionaire and Zenith Bank founder Jim Ovia back in 2007. The company was born out of the strategic acquisition of three CDMA (code division multiple access) mobile network operators. Ovia was listed as Africa’s 37th richest person on Forbes’ 2015 Africa’s 50 Richest list, with an estimated net worth of around $550 million.According to NCC statistics, Visafone only has around two million subscribers in the country, compared to MTN’s close to 62.5 million subscribers.[ITWebAfrica]last_img read more

Opportunity Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict

first_imgImage Credit: ChildRenonTheEdge Advertisement ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) last year organized a Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Food Security and Improved Income Generation (RIC4FIG). The Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RI Lab) was to identify and fund projects in three priority; intervention pathways for resilience building around improved life and entrepreneurship skills, diversified local economy for resilience and transformed agricultural practices and markets for resilience.This year ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN) Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda is pleased to invite you to apply for its Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF).  The Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab will select and fund projects in 3 priority intervention pathways for resilience building addressing conflict; curriculum development towards skills development and entrepreneurship,  Financial inclusion for wealth creation, Creating an inclusive environment for every citizen.If you have an innovation idea, approach or best practice solving community challenges in the following areas, please feel free to apply?Curriculum development towards skills development and entrepreneurship.Psyhosocial health.Agricultural modernization and promotion of value addition.Financial inclusion and wealth creation.Livelihood diversification.Inclusive environment for every citizen through good governance. – Advertisement – Apply and stand a chance to win grants ranging from $15,000 (51,150,000 UGX) to $40,000 (136,400,000 UGX) under this calls to support the development of innovative approaches and technologies.Send in your application before April 11, 2016 if you want to stand a chance of wining grants worth $40,000 (136,400,000 UGX).For more information and how to apply, visit the link. And you can also keep following the challenge via facebook, linkedin and twitter.[related-posts]Download our PC Tech Android App and keep updated on the move.last_img read more

Vivo Energy the Shell licensee in Africa and Orange announce a collaborative

first_imgAdvertisement Vivo Energy, and Orange have announced a new collaborative Pan-Arican partnership agreement, under which Orange Money customers will be allowed to cash in and cash out money from their Orange Money account and pay in any Shell service station operated by Vivo Energy.The services – already available in Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Madagascar – will be extended to the rest of the common footprint by mid-2017.This agreement was made in an effort to strengthen both companies’ footprints and to improve customers’ experience by offering them more convenience. – Advertisement – Orange Money customers will have access to a network of over 1,000 Shell service stations to transact from. On the other hand, Vivo Energy customers will enjoy the trusted and secured services offered by the Orange Money platform. They will also save time and money on their payment transactions.Commenting on the partnership David Mureithi, Executive Vice President at Vivo Energy, said: “Mobile money represents a huge opportunity in Africa. Mobile Money services have gained momentum in a number of countries across the continent, led by operators, like Orange (, looking to add to their portfolio value-added services.This initiative fits our overall strategy of offering innovating solutions, a convenient experience to our customers and developing a lasting relationship with them. Through this alliance with Orange Money, we want to expand the range of services we offer to our customers and also allow them to pay in a simple and easy way on our retail sites.”For Thierry Millet, Executive Vice President in charge of mobile financial services at Orange Group: “Orange Money has evolved well beyond money transfer to cover from now on all the essential transactions that our customers perform every day. It has become a decisive financial inclusion tool on the continent. Together with Vivo Energy, through this multi-country partnership, we significantly increase the number of merchants that accept mobile money transactions. This is a real gain of proximity for our shared customers that can pay in a fast and secure way, and cash in and cash out from any Vivo Energy outlet”.last_img read more

NokiaUNICEF to Boost Digital Literacy in Primary Schools in Kenya

first_imgNokia and UNICEF launch a shared-value partnership to increase equitable access to digital literacy to the disadvantaged children in Kenya. File Photo/KICD Advertisement Nokia and UNICEF have launched a shared-value partnership during this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week — to increase equitable access to digital literacy to the disadvantaged children in Kenya. This includes girls and children with disabilities in urban informal settlements and remote areas of Kenya.The partnership builds on the Kenyan Government’s investment in the Digital Literacy Project which provided one million tablets to primary schools with a focus on improving the availability and use of quality digital content.The partnership brings together stakeholders from Kenya’s Ministries of Education and ICT, as well as the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to address challenges and unlock opportunities for digital learning and literacy. – Advertisement – Joachim Wuilmet, Nokia’s head of Marketing and Communications, MEA, said in a press statement, Nokia is honored to work with UNICEF and the Kenyan Government to connect schools in remote areas.“We’re committed to using our technologies to meet the goals of sustainable development worldwide,” said Wuilmet.As an initial step, the Accessible Digital Textbook with special features for children, with hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities, has successfully been piloted in schools during the Q1 of 2019. Thus, the Kenyan Government plans on officially launching it later this month.The textbook is produced by KICD with the active involvement of disability stakeholders. They infused different media-overlays with audio for the visual impaired, simplified text for children with intellectual disabilities, and Kenya Sign Language video inserts for the hearing impaired.KICD, Chief Executive; Dr. Julius Jwan confirmed that KICD successfully produced the first accessible digital textbook for children in Grade 1, contributing to equitable access to digital literacy.“This accessible digital course material is for Grade 1 in Environmental Activities. Within the same platform caters for children with visually impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disabilities,” says Jwan.He further emphasized that the course allows learners without disabilities to access features like Kenya Sign Language videos, thereby contributing to inclusive education.The textbook provides quality digital content for children with disabilities on the Digital Literacy Project devices.Maniza Zaman, the Rep. of UNICEF Kenya said the first Accessible Digital Textbook is a major step in furthering inclusive education through innovative technology for children in Kenya and beyond.“This innovative partnership is to empower the most disadvantaged children to get quality education with the most powerful tool of the century — ‘the internet’,” said Zaman.Going forward, the partnership will provide support to the Kenyan Government to avail more digital learning materials to schools in urban informal settlements of Nairobi and the frontier counties of Garissa and Turkana. This will be achieved by connecting them to the internet using the latest Nokia connectivity technology.Scaling-up of internet connectivity in schools is planned to allow students to access quality digital learning materials that are aligned to the new competency-based curriculum and approved by the government.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW 11th hour call for Gleneagles

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]leneagles is fast turning into a party pooper….The brilliant dual Guineas winner missed his intended run in the Eclipse (and showdown with Golden Horn) and also missed out on the ‘Duel On The Downs’ which ended up being a Solo on The Downs or at least a ‘Solow’ with the French star winning easily.And now we have another 11th hour call on whether Gleneagles will grace us with his presence in the Juddmonte International Stakes and what looks, on paper, the race of the season so far with Golden Horn and rising star Time Test set to do battle on the Knavesmire.Many doubted whether it would ever take place but it certainly looked set to until the pesky rain arrived in York yesterday and has changed the going to good to soft.A final decision will be made after Aidan O’Brien has walked the course but with ‘soft’ in the going description, sadly, it surely looks odds against. The interests of the betting public and racing fans are often discordant with those of the breeding business.Without Gleneagles it should be another romp for Golden Horn as I think it’s a massive ask for Time Test who, although impressive at Royal Ascot, was after all only winning a Group 3.There could well be some interesting results on the York card (and possibly a few more non runners) as most of these entries were made in the knowledge of the ground being faster.The Great Voltigeur Stakes looks a great race this year and O’Brien has three of the seven runners.I’m siding with Bondi Beach who will handle the give in the ground and won the Group 3 At The Races Curragh Cup last time out proving his stamina. Joseph is onboard and could give him a day one winner and the perfect consolation should Gleneagles be a non starter.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BONDI BEACH for 5 points at around 4/1 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 152.43 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG They do things properly at Towcester

first_img(Towcester greyhound picture via [dropcap]I[/dropcap] must report back to you, Blog, regarding myself, and Star MD, Gaul Wood’s, wonderful night, last night, as guests, at Towcester Dogs; for the TV Trophy.Okay, okay; you think the track’s too far from the stand, and it might lack a yard of atmosphere, because being so open, it doesn’t have the old-skool feel. But, enough of that now, please. Believe me; Towcester, with their hopes and dreams, is one class act, and surely; a fantastic credit to the game.Whilst I was tucking into the coronation-chicken, Ooly-Fooly Fancy-Foodie, Gaul Wood, was nudging me, to tell me how pukka the wines were. The service also, of a top Mayfair standard, ‎and a happy and friendly atmosphere, which spreads from the boss, Lord Hesketh, right the way down; throughout the whole track. THEY DO THINGS PROPERLY AT TOWCESTER.In other news:Blog, I wake up every night in a cold sweat; shivering myself to the bone. The pain is too deep. What shall I do? Who can help me? Gaul Wood, has thought they might open a pop-up one, in Camden, to keep us addicts going. It’s not good enough though. I need a real hit.‎ OSLO COURT – CLOSED FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST…!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 10 November HORSE RACING2.05 CheltenhamO O Seven 6/1 > 4/12.30 LingfieldDream Of Summer 3/1 > 2/13.40 LingfieldBamako Du Chatelet 9/2 > 5/23.50 CheltenhamTop Wood 10/1 > 15/24.45 WolverhamptonNathan Mayer 9/2 > 7/27.50 WolverhamptonSecret Millionaire 7/1 > 7/2WORLD CUP QUALIFIERFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 ITV / ITV HD4/9 England 8/1 Scotland 100/30 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Dont Blame Chafers Theyre Just Grub

first_imgSimon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS When you are at the end of summer you don’t really expect there to be a couple of flat meetings lost in quick succession. Epsom and Salisbury abandoned, plans scuppered, horses’ carefully mapped seasons disrupted, jolly-ups a-plenty and races snatched from the lips of eager racegoers and not to mention livelihoods put on hold. What on Earth is going on?A tweet from lover of cakes and trainer of note Fergal O’Brien shed some light, it read:Salisbury also pointed the finger ‘Unfortunately all racing at Salisbury Racecourse for today has been abandoned, due to the discovery of loose turf on the loop section of the course, believed to be as a consequence of chafer grub damage, which has appeared overnight.’As did Epsom, ‘Due to chafer grubs impacting areas of the racing surface, racing at Epsom Downs Racecourse will not go ahead on Thursday 13th September.’So, it was Chafer Grubs what did it officer.It got me wondering, what are these arch-enemies of the turf, infant-insect racecourse disruptors, mini-race wreckers?Well, it turns out that they are a beetle of the Scarabaeidae family of which there are over 30,000 varieties, Scarab beetles, nasty critters all, at least if you are a racecourse. Before you get angry and reach for the insecticide, spare a thought for Chafer. They only live for about a year and when they emerge from the soil as beetles their days are numbered less than 14. The adult beetles use what time they have left, quite wisely, breeding like there’s no tomorrow, of course it’s only 100/7 that there isn’t. They like to get in it on it trees, go for it hammer and tongs then die, that’s not before the female lays about 40 eggs in the turf from which they emerged.So how do they do so much damage lounging around as grubs for most of their lives? That’s where you feel even more sorry for their lot, they don’t. Well, they do, a bit, when they emerge from the turf as beetles, but their biggest crime?They are so tasty.The damage to Epsom and Salisbury has led to the poor old Chafer getting a real bad rep, remember Fergal’s tweet, ‘Chafer grubs rapidly becoming more unpopular than politicians. Which is some feat’. Well, that’s just the point, the damage is done for precisely the opposite reason, they are very popular, because they are so darn tasty. They are to crows and foxes as a homemade Victoria Sponge is to Fergal, irresistible grub, most of the ‘Chafer’ damage is in fact done by predators digging them up to scoff them.Imagine that, being born a beetle grub must have its drawbacks, but when you get blamed for racecourse abandonments because you have been eaten by a bird or a fox, nobody blames the bird or fox for digging the turf up to unearth the tasty morsels.Well, they wouldn’t would they, that would be a bit like bookmakers blaming punters for betting with them because they were the best odds and snapping them up, it would never happen, would it?Simon Nottlast_img read more


first_imgJORDAN VINE (part 2 of 3)In part two, professional dog punter Jordan talks about handling the ups and downs of the game and how he unwinds after a good (or bad day’s punting). Getting his bets on, the importance of trustees to help out but also having a complete distraction, in his case weightlifting which his father took to an Olympic level. Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS Interview: JORDAN VINE At just 25, Jordan Vine is a rare commodity, an actual professional punter. He made a point of surrounding himself with and most importantly, learning from, some of the top greyhound judges in the country. He’s now ‘made it’ in his own right. Betting ‘head-down’ when he really fancies one. Meeting Jordan Vine.JORDAN VINE (part 1 of 3)Jordan Vine talks about his meteoric rise to the ranks of a top professional greyhound punter and explains why he has always kept himself in the best punting company.center_img JORDAN VINE (part 3 of 3)Jordan talks about how he juggles life as a single man about town with the discipline required to become a professional dog punter, owning dogs and generally enjoying life. Why he enjoys going to the dogs and supporting the sport, he also mentions on-course bookmakers that he respects in both Ireland and the UK.last_img read more

HERE to host Teach for America leader

first_imgShareHERE to host Teach for America leaderBY MIKE WILLIAMSRice News staffThe Houston Enriches Rice Education (HERE) project kicks off its second year this month with a Speakers Series talk by Ann Best, executive director of Teach For America in Houston.Best will discuss ”Leadership in Service” Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Sewall Hall, Room 307. The free lecture is open to the public. Long Description Best rose from the ranks of Teach for America’s kindergarten teachers to become regional leader in 2004, reflecting her passion for ensuring that children in low-income communities have the opportunity to get an excellent education. Teach for America is a national corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.The Speakers Series, which will continue with a panel discussion Oct. 20 on Texas’ role in the current presidential election, is one element of HERE’s multifaceted approach to sharing Rice resources with the community, an important part of the university’s Vision for the Second Century.Founded by Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, HERE is a curricular and research initiative to strengthen connections between the university and the community while enhancing education on campus and beyond by spreading Rice’s academic culture to Houston schools. Another HERE program, the Distinguished Visiting Lecture series, brings community leaders to campus to teach courses, give public presentations and share their knowledge and experience. Last year’s lecturer, the Rev. William Lawson, is the retired pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and a civil rights leader in Houston who both marched with and hosted the Rev. Martin Luther King.Lawson, who taught a course in religion and social transformation in Houston, is helping HERE in another way, having donated his private papers to the Social Change in Texas archival collection, which will preserve the papers of Houstonians who have played important roles in local and national social change and build an oral history archive. A Distinguished Visiting Lecturer has not yet been selected this year.A third HERE element, the High School Outreach Initiative, is an essay competition for students at 10 Houston-area high schools. The competition awards cash prizes and SAT preparation courses for the most thoughtful and ambitious works. Last year’s first-place essay, by Kierra Lee, a junior at Yates High School, cited violence as a sickness plaguing Houston and called for compassion as a tool to heal the community.For information about HERE, visit ANN BEST AddThislast_img read more

Rice University to hold asphalt breaking today for new Continuing Studies building

first_imgShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2012) – Five kids holding toy jackhammers will help break asphalt at Rice University at 2 p.m. today for a new building for the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. That building will benefit Houstonians, who account for most of the 14,000 enrollments in continuing studies there each year. The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center will be located on land that is now a parking lot between Rice Stadium and campus Entrance 8 at Stockton and University Boulevard. Construction for the Anderson-Clarke Center will begin this month.What:    “Asphalt breaking” for new Continuing Studies building at Rice University.When:    2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.Where:    West Lot 4 between Rice Stadium and campus Entrance 8 at Stockton and University Boulevard, located at 6100 Main St., Houston.D. Kent and Linda Anderson and Robert Clarke and members of their families will be present at the event, including five of their grandchildren, who will hold toy jackhammers during the “asphalt breaking.”The center will be a three-story, 53,000-square-foot, $24 million facility that houses 24 classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, an auditorium and a commons area and terrace for events. It will be built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.Founded in 1967, The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies currently attracts 14,000 enrollments annually for classes in the Center for College Readiness, the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, The Language Programs, the Master of Liberal Studies, the Master of Arts in Teaching as well as personal and professional development and certificate programs. More than 6,000 college-preparatory teachers, students and administrators from all across the country and beyond attend the school’s programs in the Center for College Readiness and School Literacy and Culture Project. The English as a Second Language program has attracted students from more than 100 countries. The new Anderson-Clarke Center will enable the Glasscock School to continue to expand its programs.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or a map of Rice University’s campus, go to news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies website: 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 you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more