Month: July 2019

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has voiced his exci

first_imgRFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has voiced his excitement at the positive dialogue that is taking place across all levels of Rugby League as part of the ongoing Policy Review that will determine the sport’s structure from 2015 onwards.A number of options were presented to the Super League clubs, Kingstone Press Championships clubs and Community game at a series of meetings in May and further proposals were circulated this week following feedback from a broad spectrum of stakeholders.The Super League clubs met on Monday to debate the merits of the three options published last month and to receive details of a revised version of the option that involves two divisions of 12 clubs splitting into three groups of eight at the end of each season.This improved option was revised in response to much of the stakeholder feedback received and would see the Super League clubs in a 12-team competition play each other home and away, plus a Magic Weekend fixture, before the top eight contest an extended play-off that culminates in the Grand Final.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “I am encouraged and excited by the way in which the clubs are taking this opportunity to engage in positive and proper debate as we look to restructure the professional game from the 2015 season.“The Super League clubs engaged in a full and open debate at Monday’s meeting when there was an acceptance that change of some kind needs to occur. There was also a widespread recognition that sustaining 14 clubs is proving challenging in the current economic climate.“The RFL’s Policy Review is intended is to provide an independent evaluation of the various alternatives that are available to the professional game so that the competitive structure from 2015 is as commercially compelling as possible.“For that to happen there needs to be some degree of jeopardy and an acknowledgement that on-field performance is the key determinant of which league a team plays in.“I am confident the sport as a whole, through proper debate, will deliver a very exciting future for Rugby League. I now expect the debate to continue to develop further at the forthcoming RL Council meeting, where it will involve all sections of the game.”Details of the revised option, whereby two divisions of 12 split into three groups of eight, were circulated to the Championships clubs and Community game in midweek ahead of the RL Council meeting on July 3, when representatives will receive a full presentation.last_img read more

PICK of the round… massive tie… classic contestTh

first_imgPICK of the round… massive tie… classic contest!The hyperbole surrounding the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie at Huddersfield is set to be fully justified when the two sides meet on Sunday.And Paul Wellens is expecting a tough, physical match where Saints will have to be at their very best to progress.“I’m looking forward to the match,” he said. “It is the pick of the round and the toughest too. They are a great side and proved that by winning the League Leaders Shield last season.“We know what they are about and the strengths they have and we will have to play well to advance to the next round.“They have had an inconsistent start but I don’t think that is a reflection on them as a group. I think what they are is a very strong side and they have showed that a lot over the last 12-18 months.“They have strength in the squad and we are mindful of that. In preparing for the game we are getting ready to come up against a formidable outfit.“Right across the board they are a strong side. They are strong up front and have pace in the flanks. Simply, we need to be very close to our best to get through.”Saints failed to beat Huddersfield last season and therefore the tie was probably the most daunting they could have been handed.“If every team is honest in the fourth round of the cup you’d like an easier game but once the draw is made you get on with it,” Wellens continued. “It is a fantastic tie and as a professional Rugby League player these are the types of games you want to be involved in and the ones you look back on.“If you go over there and perform well it is something you will remember for a long time.“But we have no second chances and no second opportunities if it goes wrong.“We are confident and with being seven from seven there’s no reason to suggest we wouldn’t be. But we don’t want to get over confident and we are working hard each week to improve. We are taking nothing for granted.”Tickets remain on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 05201744 455 052 or by logging on here.CallSend SMSAdd to Skype You’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skypelast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Fir

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s First Utility Super League match at Bradford Bulls.Captain Paul Wellens returns to the 19 alongside forward Greg Richards.If selected Josh Jones will make his 48th consecutive appearance for the club.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Francis Cummins will choose his Bradford squad from:2. Elliot Kear, 3. Adrian Purtell, 5. Jamie Foster, 7. Luke Gale, 9. Matt Diskin, 11. Tom Olbison, 13. Chev Walker, 14. Manase Manuokafoa, 15. Adam Sidlow, 16. Danny Addy, 17. Lee Gaskell, 19. Adam O’Brien, 20. Luke George, 21. Adam Henry, 22. Sam Wood, 24. Alex Mellor, 33. Jay Pitts, 34. Joe Arundel, 35. Antonio Kaufusi.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be Matthew Thomason.Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park and online here.last_img read more

SAINTS have won on their last four visits to the H

first_imgSAINTS have won on their last four visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.The Wolves last home win against the Champions was in 2011.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12) Super League Summary:Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 41 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jordan Turner needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns.His total of 98 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 38 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns.His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012).Wilkin also made six non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 53.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7, 2014 and has been an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 532 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 413 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 37First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 173 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers) 155 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Jordan Turner (St Helens), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 148 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 13Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 712 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 703 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 664 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 655 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 636 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 617 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 448 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 429 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 4110 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 37Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants) 90.90 (10/11)2 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.41 (70/81)3 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)4 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)5 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 82.55 (71/86)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.38 (65/84)7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (63/84)8 Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 73.91 (17/23)9 Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 72.72 (24/33)10 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) (42/58), Mark Percival (St Helens) 72.41 (21/29)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1842 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1553 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1544 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1485 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1446 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1377 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1148 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 1089 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 10610 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 98last_img read more

Seven of our under 19s side were part of the Lanca

first_imgSeven of our under 19s side were part of the Lancashire Academy team that beat Yorkshire 36-6, whilst nine of our women’s team played for Lancashire in their 16-10 win over the White Rose.Four of our Saints Women’s side also played in the under 19s origin game at Featherstone Lions.Elsewhere, Jumah Sambou and Lewis Foster were in the England under 16s squad that beat a strong Wales side featuring fellow Saints Scholarship teammates Harvey and Keenan McDaid 26-4.Lancashire v Yorkshire Under 19s: 36-6Saints’ Tom Nisbet, Josh Simm, John Hutchins, Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Matty Foster and Sam Royle all started for Ian Talbot’s side with Foster, Welsby and Hutchings crossing for tries.Joe Sharratt was ‘18th’ man.Lancashire v Yorkshire Women: 16-10Katie-May Williams scored the winning try for Lancashire in a closely fought contest that was tied 6-6 at half time.Naomi Williams, Faye Gaskin, Zoe Harris, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Emily Rudge and Channy Crowl started the match with Sarah Lovejoy coming off the bench.Wales v England Under 16s: 4-26England exacted revenge on Wales at the Stebonheath Park on Saturday.Jumah Sambou started for England with Lewis Foster coming off the bench – Harvey McDaid and Keenan playing for Wales at full back and hooker respectively.Lancashire v Yorkshire Under 19s Women: 16-54Pip Birchall captained a young side that also featured her teammates Charlotte Hill, Rhianna Burke and Eleanor Dainty.last_img read more

911 calls released after body found in Greenfield Lake

first_img00:00 00:00 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) — As police await autopsy results on a missing man whose body was found in Greenfield Lake over the weekend, we’re getting a listen to 911 calls from the scene.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the man, identified as 28-year-old Justin Hunter Stroupe, had been missing for four days when his body was found Sunday morning.- Advertisement – Stroupe’s body was found in the lake, near East Lake Shore Drive and Yaupon Drive.In the 911 calls, a woman, who said she was visiting the area from out of town, describes what she and others saw when they stumbled upon the scene that morning.“Hey. Hey, I think we have a dead body on the top of — what is this lake? Greenfield Lake at Cypress Apartments, Cypress Grove Apartments,” the 911 caller said.Related Article: POLICE: Woman causes damage to local nightclub, claims to be officer“Yeah, it’s got hands. It’s dead. It’s a body,” the 911 caller said.The StarNews reports the sheriff’s office is not aware of Stroupe having any cognitive or medical issues, nor a history of disappearing.The death investigation is being conducted by the Wilmington Police Department.Police are waiting on autopsy results to determine whether or not foul play was involved.last_img read more

WFD Driver runs off after crashing into Wilmington home

first_img Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron says a neighbor noticed the damage around 1:30 p.m. and called 911. It’s believed the crash happened earlier than that. SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) 1 of 3 SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The search is underway for the driver who crashed into a Wilmington home and then ran off.The crash happened at a home in the 3500 block of Chalmers Drive in the Pine Valley community.- Advertisement – Dandron says the SUV was reported stolen around 3:30 a.m. from a home on Waltmoor Road.According to WFD, no one was in the home and no injuries are reported.Related Article: The debate continues after protesters topple Confederate statuePolice say the church next door owned the home. According to online records, the house belongs to Pine Valley Church of Christ.Wilmington Fire says it’s a possible DWI and stolen vehicle case. Fire crews are shoring up the home at this time.Wilmington Police are investigating.last_img read more

Bond reduced for oral surgeon charged with nearly 30 sex crimes

first_img The NC State Board of Dental Examiners suspended Dr. Michael Lee Hasson‘s license in February, shortly after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery and forcible sexual offense. The crimes allegedly happened while his patients were under anesthesia.After the arrest, more alleged victims came forward and police charged Hasson with 13 additional sex crimes that allegedly took place while treating patients. The abuse allegedly took place between 2009 and 2018.Documents released on March 26 provide more details about those allegations. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington oral surgeon accused of dozens of sex crime charges received a lower bond in court Wednesday.Michael Lee Hasson‘s bond was reduced from $1.1 million to $500,000.- Advertisement – last_img read more

1 killed 2 airlifted after tanker truck hits car

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and two others in the hospital after a crash involving a tanker truck in Columbus County this afternoon.Highway Patrol says a car heading east on US 74 got off at NC 410 north of Chadbourn and ran a stop sign at the end of the ramp. That’s when a tanker truck hit the car.- Advertisement – Investigators say one person in the car died. Two others in the car were airlifted to the hospital.No word yet on the names of the people involved or if anyone will be charged.last_img read more

Pope invoking Mother Teresa encourages North Macedonias bid to join EU

first_imgPope Francis leads the Holy Mass at the Macedonia square in Skopje, North Macedonia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ognen TeofilovskiPope Francis leads the Holy Mass at the Macedonia square in Skopje, North Macedonia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski Pope Francis on Tuesday implicitly blessed efforts by North Macedonia and other Balkan countries to join the European Union, saying Skopje could look to its most famous daughter, Mother Teresa, as a stimulus to build a common destiny.After two days in Bulgaria, Francis arrived in the North Macedonian capital for a 10-hour stop, becoming the highest profile international figure to visit since the country changed its name from Macedonia in January.The decision ended a decades-old dispute with neighbouring Greece, whose northernmost province is also called Macedonia, and opened the way for North Macedonia, a former Yugoslav republic, to join the European Union and NATO.Addressing authorities in Skopje’s presidential palace, Francis praised what he called the newly named country’s “crucible of cultures and ethnic and religious identities” that could serve as an example to others.“These particular features are also highly significant for increased integration with the nations of Europe. It is my hope that this integration will develop in a way that is beneficial for the entire region of the Western Balkans, with unfailing respect for diversity and for fundamental rights,” Francis said.Six Western Balkan states – Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – are in various stages of accession process to join the bloc.But in his speech, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov complained bitterly about delays.“You come at a time when Macedonian society is deeply divided, and the Macedonian (nation) is heavily wounded by broken promises, unfulfilled expectations and faltering trust in the international community,” Ivanov said.He said “decades of blockades on our European path” had led to diminished spiritual and political morale.Skopje has aspired to NATO and EU membership since the end of a 2001 uprising by the country’s ethnic Albanian minority, but was blocked by Greece, which held that the name Macedonia implied a territorial claim on its own northern province.Yet even after cutting the name change deal with Greece, North Macedonia has not yet received the date for starting EU accession talks, though it is expected to become NATO’s 30th member state next year.Nearly every event on the pope’s programme in Skopje revolved around the late Mother Teresa, who was born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu to ethnic Albanian parents in 1910 when the country was still part of the Ottoman Empire.Francis praised Mother Teresa for working to unify people and urged Ivanov to take her example.“I encourage you to persevere with confidence along the path you have taken in order to make your country a beacon of peace, acceptance and fruitful integration between cultures, religions and peoples,” Francis said.Mother Teresa was known as the “saint of the gutters” for her work among the poor in India. She died in 1997 and was officially made a saint by Pope Francis in 2016.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Latest Seacom Cable damage repaired

first_imgAdvertisement SEACOM reports that the latest damage to its cable network was successfully repaired on the 20th April and all circuits were restored to the core network as of the 23rd April. This was through a press release on their website which read:The SEACOM cable network was successfully repaired on the 20th April and all circuits were restored to the core network as of the 23rd April.SEACOM would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, partners and peers for their collaboration and support during the outage.Our partner network has informed us that the assigned cable ship worked in optimal weather conditions for the duration of their repairs. The cable was quickly lifted, the new cable spliced in, tested and re-laid thanks to close coordination between the ship crew and on-shore support.SEACOM will continue striving to provide the most reliable service to our customers and to enable the rapid growth of the African Internet.”Source: Seacomlast_img read more

Man arrested for driving car with pliers instead of steering wheel

first_imgAdvertisement A 38-year-old man in Adelaide, Southern Australia has been arrested after he was found driving a  car with two blown-out tyres and no steering wheel. The Police were stunned when they pulled over the motorist to find he was steering his damaged car – with a pair of workshop Pliers.Amazingly, his car did not have a steering wheel and he was attempting to control the vehicle using a vice grip. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Pliers were clamped around the steering column and he was using them to steer the vehicle, turning the shaft with the pliers.He was arrested and charged with a long list of offences including driving while disqualified and under the influence of methyl amphetamine and cannabis.He was also charged with driving without due care, driving in a dangerous manner, driving while unregistered, uninsured and contrary to defect and breaching his bail conditions.‘Operation Distraction, a state-wide focus on driver behaviour, in particular the use of mobile phones while driving and failing to wear seatbelts, continues to run throughout the month of July and more than 1,700 offences have been detected.’ Source: Daily Maillast_img read more

Why are Spurs odds against

first_imgSunderland v TottenhamPremier League5.30pm, SKY[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst things first. I can hardly just blank out what a lousy tip Motherwell was yesterday. Apologies for that, I did my money on the handicap of +1 and clearly will look for a price on a +6 handicap next time With yesterday’s tip in mind, you might want to take my thoughts with a pinch of salt wrapped up in a government health warning but here goes….Why are Spurs odds against ?It’s not often you look at prices these days and think the market is wrong, especially in a top flight game which is live on SKY tonight.But I fail to understand why Tottenham are not odds-on given the respective current form of both teams.Sunderland last beat Spurs in 2010 but since then the Londoners have had the edge.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)May 2013 Premier Tottenham 1-0 SunderlandDec 2012 Premier Sunderland 1-2 TottenhamApr 2012 Premier Sunderland 0-0 TottenhamDec 2011 Premier Tottenham 1-0 SunderlandFeb 2011 Premier Sunderland 1-2 TottenhamNov 2010 Premier Tottenham 1-1 SunderlandApr 2010 Premier Sunderland 3-1 TottenhamNov 2009 Premier Tottenham 2-0 SunderlandMar 2009 Premier Sunderland 1-1 TottenhamAug 2008 Premier Tottenham 1-2 SunderlandAfter Crystal Palace won midweek Sunderland are now rooted to the bottom of the table with just eight points and even more incredibly, the Black Cats have had just 33 shots on target this season – the lowest tally in the top flight.Tottenham are in sixth having had a November to forget with defeats to Newcastle at home and of course the 6-0 drubbing from Manchester City.But they have lost just two of their last eight Premier League away matches and surely will find Sunderland easy pickings?And odds against too.Christmas HAS come early ?RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points TOTTENHAM at around 21/20 with Star SportsWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS08000 521 321last_img read more

Arctic – by default – at Yarmouth

first_img[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou can tell I’m missing the footy when I get drawn in by a four runner handicap at Yarmouth this evening but I’m struggling to find reasons not to back Arctic Lynx in the 7.30 at Yarmouth.It might not be the most original selection in the world but we will get around 15/8 for our money with Star Sports and the old cliché about a 15/8 winner at Yarmouth paying the same at the Cheltenham Festival is spot on – and sometimes hopefully easier to find.Most of the reasons for fancying him actually lie with the opposition being out of form:PEACE SEEKERBeaten favourite at Epsom last time out when disappointing 7th of 10.UBETTERBEGOODNot living up to his name at present having only beaten one horse home in his last two races.GREEN MONKEYAgain only beaten one horse home in his last two starts and seemingly now firmly in the grip of the handicapper after a good spell last season.That leaves us, by default, at the door of Arctic Lynx and it’s a door that’s been knocked on in his last two starts but he has finished second on both occasions. It should be third time lucky after seconds at Windsor and Lingfield.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points ARCTIC LYNX at around 15/8 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (MAY): PROFIT 4.85 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 109.85 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_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.Sunday 20 DecemberRACING12.50 FakenhamStorm Alert 6/1 > 7/22.00 LingfieldKoreen 6/1 > 11/43.00 LingfieldClovelly Bay 6/1 > 4/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League13:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD11/4 Watford 11/10 Liverpool 5/2 DRAWPremier League16:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDevens Swansea City 3/1 West Ham 12/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

Advanced Energy Consortium Will Develop Micro and NanoSensors to Boost Energy Production

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareContacts:Jade Boyd, Rice University, 713-348-6778J.B. Bird, The University of Texas at Austin, 512-232-9623Advanced Energy Consortium Will Develop Micro and NanoSensors to Boost Energy ProductionRice University today announced that the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology has been chosen as the lead technical partner for the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), a multimillion-dollar research consortium dedicated to the development of micro and nanotechnology applications to increase oil and gas production.The Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences announces will be the consortium’s managing partner.Geoscientists believe that more oil and gas can be extracted by improving their understanding of the chemical and physical characteristics of existing oil and gas reservoirs. Using current technology, typically 60 percent of oil remains underground after primary, secondary and in some cases even tertiary recovery methods.The consortium’s primary goal is to develop intelligent subsurface micro and nanosensors that can be injected into oil and gas reservoirs to help characterize the space in three dimensions and improve the recovery of existing and new hydrocarbon resources. By leveraging existing surface infrastructure, the technology will minimize environmental impact.Members of the privately funded consortium include BP America Inc., Baker Hughes Incorporated, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton Energy Services Inc., Marathon Oil Corp., Occidental Oil and Gas, and Schlumberger. The Bureau of Economic Geology will manage the Houston-based AEC on behalf of the funding members.“Although the field of nanotechnology has been expanding rapidly over the past couple of decades, the oil and gas industry has not benefited from many of the advances in nanomaterials and sensors, which have been developed for other applications, such as military and aerospace, homeland security, and medicine,” said Smalley Institute Director Wade Adams. “This consortium will greatly accelerate the insertion of new nanotech ideas into practical systems ‘down-hole,’ and the unprecedented collaboration of the companies in supporting the basic research needed to adapt nano thinking to energy applications will be a big shot in the arm for nanotech researchers worldwide, and especially here in the Houston/Texas region.”The AEC will solicit leading universities and researchers worldwide for competitive project proposals and the most promising will be funded.“The petroleum industry realizes there are exciting possibilities for the application of nanotechnologies that will provide a more comprehensive picture of existing oil and gas reserves,” said Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology. “The consortium provides a vehicle for this critical pre-competitive research and sends a great message to young people that the industry is investing substantially and for the long term.”Tinker and Jay Kipper, also of the Bureau of Economic Geology, are serving as the AEC’s managing directors.“We look forward to working with the world’s leading energy companies and oil field service firms and with Rice University as a technical partner to make this research program a success,” Tinker said. “The AEC intends to kick off a series of forums starting in early 2008, bringing leading nanotechnology experts together with oil and gas exploration and production technologists. The goal is to develop a technology roadmap which will serve to more specifically target and further narrow the focus of the subsequent project solicitations.”Intelligent sensors could range from hundreds of micrometers down to hundreds of nanometers. (For reference, the human hair is about 100,000 nanometers wide.) These functional units would collect data about the physical characteristics of hydrocarbon reservoirs.last_img read more

Baker Institute for Public Policy launches blog email newsletter Facebook and Twitter

first_imgShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327                                                                                   E-MAIL : Baker Institute for Public Policy launches blog, e-mail newsletter, Facebook and Twitter pagesSites designed to engage the public, media and policymakers                Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy today announced that it has launched the “Baker Institute Blog” to promote public discussion of policy issues and provide information to policymakers. The blog, which is hosted on the Houston Chronicle Web site but written independently of the newspaper, features posts by Baker Institute scholars and fellows on diverse topics, including current events, institute news and research.The blog complements the other social media initiatives the institute is using to reach and engage the public, media and policymakers. The Baker Institute recently incorporated the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter into its internal and external communications.Also new is an e-mail newsletter that offers a snapshot of the institute’s events, research reports and news. To sign up to receive the “Baker Institute Update,” click here.Media who want to learn more about the Baker Institute’s social media efforts or to sign up to receive the institute’s news releases should contact David Ruth at or 713-348-6327.The Baker Institute houses state-of-the-art television and radio studios to easily accommodate news media requests for interviews with its fellows, scholars and founding director Edward Djerejian, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria.Links:Baker Institute: Baker Institute Blog: Facebook: Twitter: To sign up for the institute’s newsletter, click here.Rice University: AddThislast_img read more

Is it time to ditch annual performance reviews

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth612-702-9473david@rice.eduIs it time to ditch annual performance reviews?HOUSTON – (May 11, 2015) – Most of us have had annual or semi-annual formal performance reviews, but a new paper by psychologists at Rice University reinforce the importance of continuous feedback on employee performance, and how the social environment can either encourage or inhibit that feedback. Although there is little disagreement that companies need to evaluate and obtain accurate information on its talent and need to have performance management systems in place, the report cites the problems annual reviews inherently present.Jisoo Ock photo courtesy Rice University“The key really is accuracy in the ratings managers give their employees,” said Jisoo Ock, lead author and Rice doctoral candidate in psychology.According to the paper, supervisors are legitimately concerned about demotivating or disengaging employees by providing appraisal ratings that are accurate yet on the low end of a rating scale, so having ratings that are clustered at the high end of the rating scale is quite common across organizations.“Organizations by nature are large social environments, and we cannot forget that context when making use of performance-rating data,” Ock said. “We think that the critical factors of interpersonal relationships and interpersonal politics in an organizational environment may have a profound influence on a company’s review process. But these factors are typically under-researched.”For co-workers who are asked to rate each other’s performance, the social context of appraisals can often make it generally difficult and discomforting to provide negative ratings or negative feedback. The researchers note that it is sensible for peers not to provide accurate negative feedback, because they ultimately have to work together on a day-to-day basis.“Likewise, supervisors and co-workers may have a difficult time transitioning from being inspirers, motivators or even friends to being judicial evaluators of employees,” Ock said. “Regardless of the nature of the organization, it is no surprise that raters will often tread carefully in ways that avoid negatively affecting their long-term relationships with those people whose performance they have to rate. Anecdotal evidence has shown that interpersonal political considerations are nearly always a part of the employee review process.”Another problem arises when managers have infrequent interactions with employees, or interactions where employees know that they have to be on their best behavior. Under these circumstances, it becomes difficult to pinpoint areas of improvement or identifying potential growth, all of which does little good for the employee, supervisor or the company.“The nature and amount of interaction between managers and employees affects the performance dimensions on which raters have useful and accurate information,” Ock said. “These interactions – like any interpersonal interaction – likely affect how naturally employees performs in front of the rater, whether performance is alone or on a team.”The authors point out that research on informal performance management systems is quite limited, but their paper suggests why it theoretically has strong potential.“Certainly no organization is going to be without politics, but the more that an organization has a nonthreatening social environment or culture that facilitates ongoing communication and feedback among employees, the more productive and beneficial the performance appraisal process will be.” Ock said. “Continuous feedback that occurs on a day-to-day basis in such an environment is much more likely to create real-time alterations in employees’ job performance behaviors than are infrequent or annual formal feedback sessions. Compared with formal feedback, informal feedback occurs naturally and is perhaps unexpected, which is why there needs to be an environment in which organizational members feel comfortable about providing and receiving frequent informal feedback.”Supporting this point, the authors note that in most cases, an environment of aggressive competitiveness among employees is generally counterproductive for creating a positive feedback environment. “Competition itself is not necessarily a bad thing, and many occupations like sales require it, but performance management systems still need to align positively with the competitive norms of the organization,” Ock said.Not all of the burden of appraisal is on management, though. Employees, according to the paper, should always be thinking about their own interpersonal skills for their own career advancement and development, if not for their own happiness and satisfaction at work.The paper, “Managing the Interpersonal Aspect of Performance Management,” was co-authored by Fred Oswald, professor of psychology at Rice, and appeared in the journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.News media interested in interviewing Ock or Oswald should contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.-30-Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Located 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 among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. 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New Research from Terry College Reveals Impact of Hispanic Market in US

first_img Last Updated Mar 8, 2017 by Alanna ShafferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta About the AuthorAlanna ShafferStaff Writer, covering MetroMBA’s news beat for Atlanta, Houston, and Dallas.View more posts by Alanna Shaffer New Research from Terry College Reveals Impact of Hispanic Market in U.S.center_img A new report from the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business reveals that Hispanic market buying power in the United States exceeded the gross domestic product of Mexico last year.The news comes from Terry’s most recent ‘Multicultural Economy Report,’ which estimates the country’s buying power at $13.9 trillion last year, predicting an increase of up to $16.6 trillion in 2021. In the United States, Hispanic buying power grew exponentially from 2000 to 2016, increasing from $495 billion to $1.4 trillion. At this number, the Hispanic market is greater than the GDP of Mexico and bigger than the economies of all but just fourteen countries across the globe.A big part of the recent gains in Hispanic buying power comes from an increase in the number of Americans who can claim Hispanic origin. Indeed, more than one in six Americans today can claim Hispanic descent. Among the population, those identifying as Mexican-American account for $797 billion worth of the buying power. They are followed by those of Puerto Rican decent at $146 billion.Jeff Humphreys, Director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at Terry, authored the report. “As America grows more diverse, minority groups are reaping great economic dividends, and business owners would do well to pay attention,” he said. “Minority buying power is growing at a faster pace than the white consumer market for a number of reasons, such as demographics, increases in educational attainment and entrepreneurial activity.”African-Americans and Asian-Americans are among the other groups which make up a significant portion of the country’s buying power. Buying power of African-Americans, the nation’s largest racial minority market, is expected to increase from $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion over the next five years. Asian-American buying power has witnessed the largest increase of any U.S. minority group, increasing 222% between 2000 and 2016.The full report can be purchased here. RelatedCSULB Recognized for its DiversityCal State Long Beach has again been recognized for its diversity. The most recent recognition of the school’s diversity is the ranking of no. 12 in the most recent listing of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. CSULB was ranked in conferring baccalaureate degrees to…November 12, 2014In “Featured Home”Cal. State LA Ranked by Hispanic Outlook Mag.California State University, Los Angeles has once again been ranked by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education as one of the top schools in the nation serving Hispanic students. Cal State L.A. ranks no. 13 on the Top 100 4-Year Colleges & Universities Undergraduate Hispanic Enrollment list and no. 28…July 25, 2014In “Featured Home”The Consortium: Promoting Minorities in American Business and Business Schools for 50 YearsFewer than 8 percent of the 10,000 MBA students who graduate from top-tier business schools are African-American, Native American or Hispanic American. And according to a recent BloombergBusiness article, “corporate recruiters consistently bemoan the lack of qualified candidates of color, and they’re willing to pay a premium to nonwhite (and non-Asian) new…December 22, 2015In “Advice”last_img read more

Foster MBA Program 1 in Job Placement in the Northwest

first_img RelatedSchool v School: UNC vs. UVAShould you go to school in the Research Triangle or Virginia? What’s the benefit to each location and the MBA programs offered? How do you choose which school is best? You have to look at everything from the cost of living to employment and more. Recently, our School v. School…June 17, 2019In “Advice”School v. School: UNC Kenan-Flagler vs. Duke Fuqua School of BusinessThe MBA application process is not for the faint of heart. Elite programs have increasingly required applicants to follow paths unique to their schools, which makes the process of narrowing down the options to find the right fit even more essential. Our School v. School series saves you the headache…March 14, 2019In “Admissions Tips”The Foster MBA Program Reviews the Ranking Metrics that MatterHow do you know if an MBA program is well ranked if their rankings change between publications? For example, the University of Washington Foster School of Business is ranked in four different publications, and each places them differently. They are ranked 19th in the nation and fifth among public universities by…July 3, 2017In “Featured Region” Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo regions: Seattlecenter_img If you want to ensure that you have a job after earning an MBA, then you ought to consider the full-time and Evening MBA programs at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. According to the most recent U.S. News & World Report release on the Best Business Schools, the Foster MBA program led the top 30 schools in job placement, ranking first in the Northwest region and 27th overall. And Foster’s Evening MBA program performed even better, ranking first in the Northwest and 18th overall.Job placement is a fundamental component of the Foster MBA program. On average, Foster MBA graduates earn $133,299 a year in salary and bonus pay — a $15,000 increase over last year. And 75 percent received a signing bonus of more than $28,000. That’s a higher pay rate than schools such as Northwestern (Kellogg), Georgetown (McDonough), USC (Marshall) and UNC (Kenan-Flagler). It’s also a telling statistic; the Foster MBA program is among the best.This year, MBA hiring was strong for almost every school. In fact, 23 of the top 30 business schools reported a higher than 90 percent job placement rate with Foster reaching 98 percent. As for where Foster MBA graduates are gaining jobs, they’re accepting positions in a variety of industries including technology, consulting, healthcare and financial services. In a university press release, Dan Poston, Assistant Dean for Master’s Programs, spoke about the placement.“The U.S. News business school rankings are formulated from a controversial mix of subjective ratings by business school deans and a small sampling of MBA recruiters combined with hard data on admissions and career outcomes,” he said.  “In terms of the hard data, Foster had its best overall performance in the history of this ranking. For someone who believes more in numbers than opinion, that pleases me.”What does this high job placement rate mean for the Foster School and its students? For one thing, it lifted the full-time MBA program into the top 20 elite U.S. schools in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Economist and The Financial Times. It also increased the ROI for Foster MBAs, considering the average debt of a Foster graduate is only $32,047. Foster MBA Program #1 in Job Placement in the Northwestlast_img read more