Disabled campaigners have welcomed the longawaite

first_imgDisabled campaigners have welcomed the long-awaited publication of draft legislation to create Europe-wide access laws.The European Commission – the European Union’s executive body – finally published a European Accessibility Act this week, 15 years after promising to outlaw the discrimination faced by disabled people in accessing goods and services.It said the act would set “common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services”, including cashpoint machines and other banking services, personal computers, telephones and television equipment, telephony and audio-visual services, transport, e-books and e-commerce.The publication came the day before the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), which this year had a theme of “access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.The proposed European Accessibility Act would complement Britain’s own Equality Act by making existing voluntary European access standards mandatory across the European Union (EU).The act’s publication comes only two months after the United Nations said it was “concerned” that a European Accessibility Act had not yet been adopted by the EU, and gave it just 12 months to explain how it would be introduced.Yannis Vardakastanis (pictured), president of the European Disability Forum (EDF), said the act could “contribute to the empowerment of persons with disabilities to better enjoy the freedom of movement of persons, goods and services in the European single market”.He said the act had been a “top priority” for EDF and its members for many years, through its Freedom of Movement campaign.But he said it was too early to comment on the content of the act itself.He said: “In the coming weeks and months EDF and its members will work together with the EU institutions, partner organisations and other stakeholders to make this piece of legislation meaningful for 80 million people with disabilities in Europe.”The European Blind Union (EBU) also welcomed the act’s publication.Wolfgang Angermann, EBU’s president, said: “We have faced discrimination for long enough.“Along with our partners in the European Disability Forum, we will respond thoughtfully to the consultation which has just opened on this proposed legislation.“After that, we will be urging all those involved in the legislative process to ensure this new law is fully effective and thorough.”Marianne Thyssen, the EU’s commissioner for employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility, said: “Disability should not be a barrier to full participation in society, nor should the lack of EU common rules be a barrier to cross-border trade in accessible products and services.“With this act, we want to deepen the internal market and use its potential for the benefit of both companies and citizens with disabilities. In fact, we all may benefit from it.”The commission believes the act will make it easier for companies that want to export goods and services within the EU, and will help small business “take full advantage of the EU market”, with disabled people benefiting from “a greater supply of accessible products and services at more competitive prices”.Without the act, each EU country would continue to develop different laws as they implemented their accessibility obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Richard Howitt, the Labour MEP and co-president of the European Parliament’s all-party disability rights group, said European officials had “shamefully dragged their feet” on a promise made 15 years ago to outlaw disability discrimination in access to goods and services.  Howitt, who played a key role in negotiating that promise in 2000, said it would have been long-forgotten if it had not been for “16 years of relentless campaigning by disabled people’s organisations”.Howitt said: “It is shameful how long disabled people have been forced to wait and the foot-dragging by anyone and everyone in Brussels has to stop right now.“Echoing the slogans of disability activists, this is much more a victory by rather than for disabled people themselves.“When I helped negotiate the EU law against disability discrimination in access to employment in 2000, the European Parliament was promised that action to outlaw the same discrimination in access to goods and services would soon follow.“Today, we are close to achieving what for many years has simply only been a dream and equality itself is finally being given equal treatment.”He added: “Although I am proud that Europe has made progress in the past on disability access rules in relation to the installation of lifts, for some public transport and on the internet, the bitter truth is that a large swathe of the built environment remains a ‘no go’ area for people with disabilities in Britain and in Europe.”There will now be a period of eight weeks’ consultation, followed by legislative procedures in the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.last_img read more

Small Fire at Lolinda Restaurant in Mission District

first_img Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The fire at 2518 Mission St. between 21st and 22nd streets started in the ground-floor kitchen at Lolinda, said Assistant Chief Tom Siragusa with the Fire Department. The fire then traveled up the flue pipe used to carry smoke from the restaurant’s kitchen, reaching the El Techo rooftop bar, Siragusa said. The bar is a spin-off of the Lolinda Argentinian steakhouse. Firefighters extended a ladder to the top of the five-story building, where smoke poured out into the surrounding blocks. Siragusa said the ground-floor suffered water damage from fire-fighting efforts, but did not know the full extent. The manager of Lolinda declined to comment. 0% A one-alarm fire broke out at the Lolinda steakhouse in the Mission District just before 10 p.m. on Friday night, and was extinguished by firefighters after some 30 minutes. Working fire now at Lolinda Barat 21st and Mission, firefighters on scene, whole street smoky pic.twitter.com/M50p9ZGl2W— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) August 6, 2016 Mission Street between 21st and 22nd streets filled with smoke and people rushed from the block, coughing. Traffic and buses were re-routed from the block, as police cordoned off the street to both vehicular and foot traffic. Lolinda restaurant workers stood across the street from their building as firefighters ascended the ladder and watched smoke fill the air. Some would-be patrons walked up and asked if the restaurant was affected, saying they were hoping for dinner.“We had reservations,” one man said, as water streamed down the street. “Does this mean they’re cancelled?”Just after 10:30 p.m., Lolinda restaurant workers were allowed back into the restaurant to retrieve their belongings.  last_img read more

SAINTS boss Royce Simmons spoke about his sides p

first_imgSAINTS boss Royce Simmons spoke about his side’s professionalism after the 30-16 win over Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.“You are always happy after a win… you are happy for about 24 hours and then it starts again,” he said. “I was happy with the attitude of the players, the week was very positive, it was a very enjoyable week and the boys brought a lot of energy to training and trained really well. Our ball control was very good, we were patient and our defence was super.“We didn’t let last week get us down, we have been very professional and handled the situation well.”Simmons was particularly happy with the form of Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell, who ran the match from the half back berths.“Jonny did really really well. He only did two training sessions with us because he was away with the English Knights. I was sitting with him on Tuesday night having a coffee saying can ‘you do this can you do that’ and explaining things to him.“I said I’ll make it really easy for you and just let you play this role and he said ‘no Royce I want to keep playing the way the halves have been playing, I want to keep that responsibility’.“He handled himself very professionally and he’s a boy with a very big future. He’s played full back, left centre and has now played in the halves… and besides all that he is a good young kid too.”Saints next match is this Friday when they host Bradford Bulls – tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre store, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on to the Saints Superstore.last_img read more

SAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and h

first_imgSAINTS lie in fourth place in the West Group and have a real chance of making Rugby League 9s Grand Final night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on June 26.Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have already booked their place after wins this week.The Saints squad that took part in the Cumbria Festival was:Anthony Walker, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer, Danny Jones, Greg Wilde, Joe Greenwood, Josh Greaves, Lewis Sheridan, Marcus Baines, Matt Wood, Mike Fields, Scott Hale, and Ste Yates.West ResultsCumbria Festival Cumbria 10, Wigan Warriors 22Widnes Vikings 26, St Helens 24Widnes Vikings 24, Wigan Warriors 46Cumbria 28, St Helens 30St Helens 42, Wigan Warriors 52Cumbria 14, Widnes Vikings 8Salford City Reds FestivalSalford City Reds 36, Gloucester All Golds 16London Broncos 20, Warrington Wolves 18London Broncos 24, Salford City Reds 12Warrington Wolves 20, Gloucester All Golds 12Gloucester All Golds 4, London Broncos 48Salford City Reds 16, Warrington Wolves 20East ResultsHull FC Festival Hull FC 22, Leeds Rhinos 22Hull KR 10, Bradford Bulls 6Hull KR 12, Leeds Rhinos 38Bradford Bulls 14, Leeds Rhinos 36Hull FC 12, Hull KR 18Hull FC 18, Bradford Bulls 18Wakefield Trinity Wildcats FestivalHuddersfield Giants 0. Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22Featherstone Rovers 22, Castleford Tigers 16Huddersfield Giants 36, Castleford Tigers 24Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 22, Featherstone Rovers 16Huddersfield Giants 12, Featherstone Rovers 22Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30, Castleford Tigers 8Tables:West  PWLDFADiffPtsWigan990032010821218London9621176968013Warrington96302181388012St Helens9540210210010Cumbria9441136148-129Widnes9270114244-1304Salford9171162234-723Uni of Gloucs917196254-1583East  PWLDFADiffPtsLeeds980121210410817Wakefield9810160788216Hull KR9531120126-611Featherstone9450154172-188Bradford9351122134-127Hull FC9243122156-347Huddersfield9270118172-544Castleford9180116182-662last_img read more

CARL Forster was rewarded for his performances at

first_imgCARL Forster was rewarded for his performances at on loan and dual-registration when he faced London last Thursday.The young prop came off the bench to make his first appearance for Saints this season.Carl, 21, has ironically been on loan at London this year and played for both Rochdale and Whitehaven too.“We have tried to rewards all our players over the Easter period,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “Carl didn’t play last weekend but got a chance. It now means all of our players with Super League experience have had a game“We are learning a bit more about our squad and the players too. It’s fair to say although we have a number of player unavailable, one or two could argue they could be playing.“Hopefully as the next three or four weeks develop we will see guys put their hand up and say they should be in this team.”last_img read more

SAINTS would like to pass on their best wishes and

first_imgSAINTS would like to pass on their best wishes and thanks to all the players that are leaving the Club at the end of the season.Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It is always difficult when any player leaves the Saints as they have become part of the family we have at the club.“A number of players have been with the Club for a long time and have contributed both on and off the field to the cause. They have represented Saints professionally and we wish them all the best for the future.“Our Past Players Association ensures the links with these players are never forgotten and we look forward to welcoming them back to Langtree Park in the future.”Sia Soliola joins Canberra Raiders in 2015 after agreeing a two-year contract. He made his debut for the club in 2010 and has made 117 appearances – scoring a crucial try in his final appearance in Saturday’s Grand Final.Willie Manu is retiring from rugby league after a lengthy career. He signed for Saints for the 2013 season from Hull FC and has appeared 47 times for the club.Former Gold Coast Titan forward Anthony Laffranchi is returning to that club to take up a player welfare role. He joined Saints in 2012 and scored 19 tries in 71 appearances.Paul Clough has joined Bradford for the 2015 Championship season. In total he made 189 appearances for the Saints, scoring 24 tries – including a hat-trick against Warrington – before joining Widnes on a season long loan. He has won two Challenge Cup medals with the Club.Academy product Gary Wheeler will be moving on to another club after being at Saints since he was 16. He signed from Blackbrook and represented England at under 15s and 16s as well as touring with the winning Saints Academy side to Australia in 2006.His career progression has been curtailed somewhat by injury but he’s played 64 times for the Club.Carl Forster is also moving on to Salford after making his debut for Saints in 2011. The forward has had spells at London and Whitehaven in his career and will be seeking more guaranteed game time at another club.The Club and Richard Beaumont have agreed to part ways half way through the forward’s two-year contract. The former Hull KR prop has been struggling with injury throughout the course of the season curtailing his chance of making his first team debut. He leaves with our best wishes and good health for the rest of his career.With the lack of reserve team football and the current Academy structure – a scheme Saints vehemently voted against – the Club has reluctantly been forced to release three players.James Tilley, Alex Clare and Connor Dwyer are unable to play in the current Academy system and with no other way for them to gain game time will leave the Saints to find other clubs. James has signed for Rochdale.And finally, after a short-term contract and an unfortunate jaw break in the game against Warrington, Shannon McDonnell has played his last game for the Club.He joined Saints following a long period on the sidelines to put himself in the shop window after leaving Hull earlier in the season. He played three games for the Club, scoring three tries.last_img read more

SAINTS have won three of the last four meetings wi

first_imgSAINTS have won three of the last four meetings with Wigan Warriors.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15)St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15)Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15)St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SLR18, 27/6/14)St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SLR9, 18/4/14)St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Super League Summary:St Helens won 32 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 32 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs two appearances to reach 400 for his career.He has played 337 games for St Helens since 2003, and was previously with Hull Kingston Rovers (39 games, 2000-2002).He has also represented Great Britain (6 Tests, 2006-2007) and England (16 games, 2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012).Super League Milestones: (Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Jon Wilkin – 2 appearances away from 300 (298 for St Helens, 2003-2016)Point-Scoring Run:Luke Walsh has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in St Helens’ last 19 matches.His scoring streak began with five goals and a field goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10 2015.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 102 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings) 94 Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 75 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves) 6Goals:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 312 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 253 = Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 245 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 22Goals Percentage:1 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 86.20 (25/29)2 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 85.00 (17/20)3 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 83.33 (10/12)4 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 82.75 (24/29)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.76 (21/26)Points:1 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 782 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 643 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 584 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 535 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 45last_img read more

SAINTS had their recent good form halted as they w

first_imgSAINTS had their recent good form halted as they went down 22-14 to Salford Red Devils.Tries from Alex Walmsley and Ryan Morgan almost overturned a 14-0 second half disadvantage, only for a late Michael Dobson effort to seal the points for the hosts.Saints battled hard after losing Theo Fages on the first set of the game but weren’t as fluid as in recent weeks.The stand-off never returned to the pitch after going off with concussion and that forced Keiron Cunningham to reshuffle his side.Saints seemed to weather that early disruption to have the best of the early stages before Dobson put Salford ahead with the boot.The visitors responded with a couple of kicks to force Salford to come out of their own 20 but it took until the 35th minute for the tryline to be eventually broken.Sadly, it came the way of the Devils.Mark Percival was collared for crossing and on the resultant set Craig Kopczak ploughed over the line.From the restart, Salford knocked on but Saints couldn’t hammer home their advantage despite securing back to back penalties.8-0 to the home side at the break.Saints forced an error from Salford on their very first set of the second half but failed to execute their play.And to compound matters, the hosts then went up the other end of the field and extended their lead.Kopczak made the break through the middle and Dobson finished it off.Saints finally broke through on the 50 minute mark.Kyle Amor went close thanks to the good work of James Roby, and then the mercurial number nine fed Walmsley for his third of the season.Jon Wilkin and the big forward almost scored on Saints next set – and it took a wonder tackle from ex-Saint Mark Flanagan to stop Ryan Morgan on the left hand side.A try was always coming through and it did on the hour as the returning Lomax put Ryan Morgan over in the corner.Michael Dobson extended the host’s lead with a penalty two minutes later and it proved crucial as on 70 minutes Robert Lui was given 10 minutes for interference after the ball was kicked dead.It kept Saints at arm’s length and despite Walmsley being held up over the line, they couldn’t make the extra man count.Dobson then crossed for his second after Saints made a hash of a kick to the corner.There was a final flourish from Saints as Lomax bagged a superb try but they’d left themselves with little time to cross again.Match Summary:Devils:Tries: Kopczak, Dobson (2),Goals: Dobson (4 from 4), O’Brien (1 from 1)Saints:Tries: Walmsley, Morgan, LomaxGoals: Percival (1 from 3)Penalties Awarded:Devils: 9Saints: 13HT: 8-0FT: 22-14REF: James ChildATT: 3,640Teams:Devils:1. Gareth O’Brien; 21. Gregory Johnson, 22. Kris Welham, 3. Josh Jones, 2. Justin Carney; 6. Robert Lui, 7. Michael Dobson; 14. Lama Tasi, 9. Logan Tomkins, 23. Lee Mossop, 11. Ben Murdoch Masila, 10. George Griffin, 13. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 8. Craig Kopczak, 17. Adam Walne, 20. Kristian Brining, 29. Todd Carney.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 21. Jack Owens, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 2. Tommy Makinson; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Adam Walker, 17. Tommy Lee, 18. Dominique Peyroux.last_img read more

Surfers Healing Changing lives one wave at a time

first_imgWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Learning how to surf can be difficult the first time you step on a board, but it can be a life altering experience.For some children with autism, they got a chance to catch some waves and build memories of a lifetime Monday.- Advertisement – “Look at all these happy surfers,” Dan Wargo, surfer, said. “Just look at them. It’s amazingSurfers Healing is a program exposing kids with autism to the experience of surfing by bringing hundreds of kids to the coast.“You don’t think your son or your daughter with Autism is going to be able to do anything like this ever,” John Pike, Surfers Healing Director said. “So people come from all over to ride the waves with professional surfers that can do it correctly.”Related Article: Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue encourages visitors to prepare for the heatFrom distress to excitement, hundreds of kids get to experience surfing at the beach. An experience many parents say is life changing.“My son loves to surf, he wants to do it all the time,” Mother Lisa Wargo said. “It has changed his life.”Surfers Healing is celebrating its 20th anniversary, 12 of which have been spent here in Wrightsville Beach.last_img read more

Cape Fear Fair and Expo opens for 2017 season

first_img This year it runs from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5. Hours are Monday through Thursday: 5-11 p.m., Friday: 5 .p.m-Midnight, Saturday: Noon-Midnight and Sunday: 1-11 p.m.Tickets are $22 each and include unlimited rides. Walkaround tickets are $5 (available at gate, excludes rides, only valid Monday thru Thursday)Children under 36 inches can ride selected rides for FREE with a paying adult 16 or older.Related Article: Church and School bring community together after FlorenceMilitary Appreciation Day is on Saturday, November 4. Active military and veterans, along with up to 3 members of their families, can go to the fair for $15 each with a valid military ID.Wednesday, November 1 is Preschool Day. The ticket booths and livestock area open at 8:30 a.m. and the midway is open from 9 a.m. to Noon. Entrance is $6 per person (cash or checks preferred) and includes a snack and drink. Preschoolers from 0-5 years of age are welcome. Ticket booths will only be open from 8:30–10:30 a.m. There will be no admission after 10:30 a.m.For more information about the Cape Fear Fair & Expo, including all of the new attractions and rides this year, click here.To purchase tickets, click here. WILMINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NC (WWAY) — The area fair is back and bigger than ever this year.The Cape Fear Fair & Expo takes over the grounds of Wilmington International Airport with rides, games, animals and endless amounts of food.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Boy Scouts and the Wilmington Ballet Company are striving to

first_img Sunday, the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts and the Wilmington Ballet Company joined forces to put on a ballet production of Alice in Wonderland to make effort toward inclusion and proving that gender roles have no limits.Wilmington Ballet Company’s director Elizabeth Hester says that no one should limit themselves with what they can do.“Breaking boundaries to me means we don’t have ceilings,” Hester said. “Anyone doesn’t have a ceiling. You can be everything you want to be from a professional ballet dancer to anything you can imagine. We are no longer limited by our gender, our race by anything. We don’t have ceilings.”Related Article: USIB and Wilmington Ballet Company to present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’Hester encourages everyone to embrace who they are and be the best that they can be. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s 2019, we constantly see headlines of boundaries being broken.This weekend in Wilmington a ballet is striving to do just that.- Advertisement – last_img read more

NWS reports whopping 100° sets new record in Wilmington

first_img Today also marks the earliest date ILM has ever hit 100°. The previous date was on June 1, 1958.As blistering heat conditions persist in the forecast this upcoming week, there is a high potential for additional record-breaking temperatures to come. WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY)– The National Weather Service reports Sunday’s daytime high temperature was 100° at Wilmington International Airport (ILM).This breaks the record of 98° that was set back in 1953.- Advertisement – last_img

Autism is not curable not even by prayer – Autism Advisory Council

first_img <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> SharePrint Autism cannot be cured, not even by prayer, the Autism Advisory Council has said.Their comments come in response to the broadcast of a television programme on F-Living in which the story of an autistic child is said to be ‘cured of autism’ through prayers.AAC responds that ‘there is nothing to be cured as regards autism.’‘Autism is not a disease. It is a lifelong neurological difference, and while certain behaviours and co-occurring conditions – such as anxiety – are regularly linked to it, autism itself is part and parcel of a person’s identity, and not something to be ‘grown’/ ‘prayed’ out of,’ they add.AAC’s concerns are raised after the Il-Verita programme on F-Living broadcast an interview with Ms Phyllisienne Brincat who alleged that prayer would help cure a child’s Autism. This interview was complemented by a video clip which is understood to have dated back to 2013.They stress that this programme had misrepresented understandings of how to treat autism and does, ‘a great disservice to persons on the autism spectrum and their family members.’To conclude, the body calls on the Broadcasting Authority to act on creating better representation of disability on its board.Get Your Facts rightIn addition to the Autism Advisory Council’s response to the misrepresentation of Autism and its apparent cure through prayer, the Autism Parents Association has urged the producers of the F-Living programme il-Verita, to ‘get your facts right.’The association states that the programme had disseminated ‘wrong information’ that insulted the body and parents with children who are Autistic.‘No one who permitted such a programme to be aire has a glimpse or a clue on what is the real definition of Autism and all the hardships which parents go through when their children are diagnosed,’ they add.While requesting the programme apologises to the families who they offended, they also state that they should refer to the evidence and expertise on the subject ‘before reaching out to viewers ‘publicly’ and not refer to unverified and outdated video footage.’WhatsApplast_img read more

US bans Samsung imports

first_imgAdvertisement Last Friday, the US International Trade Commission blocked imports of some older model Samsung mobile devices following complaints by Apple that the South Korean company had violated its patents.This is the latest ruling by the Washington-based trade body in a long-running and bitter global battle over alleged patent infringement between the two smartphone and tablet computer giants.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The ITC ruled that Samsung had infringed two Apple patents – numbers 949 and 501, dealing with touchscreen actions and headphone jack plug-ins – but cleared the South Korean company of charges that it had violated four more.Apple welcomed the ITC ruling while Samsung expressed its disappointment.“With today’s decision, the ITC has joined courts around the world in Japan, Korea, Germany, Netherlands and California by standing up for innovation and rejecting Samsung’s blatant copying of Apple’s products,” Apple said in a statement.“Protecting real innovation is what the patent system should be about,” it said.Spokesperson Adam Yates said Samsung is “disappointed that the ITC has issued an exclusion order based on two of Apple’s patents”.Apple has however been stopped from trying to use its overbroad design patents to achieve a monopoly on rectangles and rounded corners,” Yates said, referring to design features at issue in rejected patent claims.It was unclear precisely which devices would be targeted in the ban, but it was aimed at early model smartphones and tablets that are no longer hot products in the United States.The import block is subject to a review by the White House and Samsung will be allowed to continue to sell the items at issue during the two-month review period.The ITC ruling also opens a door for Apple to try to use the same patent violation claim against newer Samsung gadgets that have incorporated the same technology.In a separate battle in US federal court, Samsung was ordered last August to pay more than $1-billion for patent infringement, a ruling which also opens the door to a ban on some Samsung devices.A judge later slashed the award to $598.9-million. Apple continues its quest to get other Samsung mobile devices banned in that case.Legal brawls between Samsung and Apple became common after the South Korean company began gobbling smartphone market share with devices powered by Google’s free Android operating system.Credit: iafricalast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Fridays World Cup 14 Finals

first_imgUruguay v FranceFIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final15:00 ITVAnd then there were eight, Brazil favourites, Sweden outsiders but it’s a brave man that can rule out any of the remaining eight with any degree of certainty in this most dramatic and open of World Cups.As exciting as it has been – it’s grabbed the headlines more for failures than footballing excellence. The collapse of the previous superpowers Germany, Spain and Argentina have provided the majority of column inches on Russia 2018.We’re still waiting for a team to come to the boil at exactly the right time.The only team to have done that so far, in my opinion, is France who got off to a pedestrian start but exploded into life against Argentina and have a teenage sensation on their hands in the shape of Kylian Mbappe.Uruguay are a hard side to break down and are strong defensively but have been dealt a major blow up front with the news that Edinson Cavani is expected to miss this match with a calf injury.It looks likely that Cristhian Stuani will now play alongside Luis Suarez.Didier Deschamps’ French side should prove strong enough to get the job done inside 90 minutes so the 21/20 makes of appeal.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK FRANCE 18 points at 21/10 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET Brazil v BelgiumFIFA World Cup 2018 Quarter-Final19:00 BBC OneThis has already been christened by some as one of the best World Cups they’ve ever seen and we now have heavyweight clashes to enjoy after thrilling David v Goliath battles at the Quarter-finals and Brazil’s clash with Belgium ought to be just as good as any.The Samba Stars have perhaps been a little slow burning in the tournament, with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland raising some alarm bells, but they have improved with each game and were deserving of a pair of 2-0 wins against Costa Rica and Serbia to progress from the group.They improved once again to beat Mexico, when they were the beneficiaries of some very wasteful counterattacking but also better going forward than any point so far. They struggled with the early speed of the Mexicans early on in the game, but Neymar and Gabriel Jesus got in behind early on to force Ochoa into what would be the first of several excellent saves and by the time Firminho put the second away in the 88th minute Brazil had been dominating.Belgium were expected to dominate against Japan but found themselves all at seas and absolutely dominated for 55 minutes as their midfield was pressed out of the game whilst they fell behind to two excellent goals. The axes were being sharpened for Roberto Martinez, but the former Everton manager pulled a masterstroke in putting on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli. The height and strength of the United man made an instant difference as Hazard found him with a sensational ball for their equaliser whilst Chadli of course provided the cruel killer blow to a Japan side that lost because they played to win.Both managers will probably need to make tactical changes. For Brazil, one has to wonder if they would not improve without replacing Gabriel Jesus with Roberto Firmino, who has looked a much better fit in their front four and scored the goals to prove it. The absence of Casemiro in midfield is a big blow, but such is their depth they may get more attacking joy out of Firmino. Tite has lots to choose from at fullback, with Danilo and Marcelo likely to come back, although perhaps Mexico are a more difficult team to hand out wide rather than Belgium and he has Fagner and Filipe Luís there.Belgium managed to pull victory out of the fire on Monday, but Martinez will surely be considering a tactical change. Kevin De Bryune has to be further forward and one of Dries Mertens or Yannick Carrasco could be dropped to have Moussa Dembele in midfield. This should result in more service to Romelu Luaku, who had an off-colour game for the first time but whose brilliant run and late dummy allowed Chadli to score the winner.Much of this game will be tactical and there’s less between the two sides than the margin suggests. The favourites should be taken on at the prices.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BELGIUM / DRAW DOUBLE CHANCE 10 points at 3/4 with starsports.betCLICK HERE FOR STARSPORTS.BET MARKET PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 76.10 pointslast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday 6 December

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Global warming conference at Rice U accessible on Web

first_imgGLOBAL WARMINGCONFERENCE AT RICE U. ACCESSIBLE ON WEB “Global Warming: Scienceand Policy,” a three-day conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute forPublic Policy, will be simulcast on the Web Sept. 6-8. Journalists can listen tothe keynote speakers and panel discussions online at www.rice.edu/rtv.To tune in to the Webcast, you will need “RealAudio Player,” a free, downloadable software. The Rice site contains a linkto the Web page from which the free RealAudio Player can be downloaded. With theRealAudio Player installed on your computer, just click on the links located at www.rice.edu/rtv, and the file will begin “streaming” or sending the speech to your computer. The conference agenda and background informationon the keynote speakers appear below.Wednesday, Sept. 612:45 p.m. Opening Remarks Dr. Malcolm Gillis President, RiceUniversity, Houston1-2:50 p.m. Panel I: Computer Simulations of theEarth’s ClimateModerator: Dr. Arthur Few, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Eric Barron, PennStateDr. Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnologyDr. James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institutefor Space StudiesDr. Patrick Michaels, University ofWisconsin-Madison3:10-5 p.m. Panel II: The Recent TemperatureRecordModerator: Dr. Randy Hulet, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. John Christy, University ofAlabama in Huntsville Dr. Thomas Peterson, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. Sydney Levitus, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. John Wallace, University ofWashington5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address No Comments Please feel welcome to post a comment. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentAnti-spam*To prove you are a person (not a spam script), type the words from the following picture or audio file.ListenLoad newCaptcha refreshed.Name *Email *WebsiteSave my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareCONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.edu GLOBAL WARMINGCONFERENCE AT RICE U. ACCESSIBLE ON WEB “Global Warming: Scienceand Policy,” a three-day conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute forPublic Policy, will be simulcast on the Web Sept. 6-8. Journalists can listen tothe keynote speakers and panel discussions online at www.rice.edu/rtv.To tune in to the Webcast, you will need “RealAudio Player,” a free, downloadable software. The Rice site contains a linkto the Web page from which the free RealAudio Player can be downloaded. With theRealAudio Player installed on your computer, just click on the links located at www.rice.edu/rtv, and the file will begin “streaming” or sending the speech to your computer. The conference agenda and background informationon the keynote speakers appear below.Wednesday, Sept. 612:45 p.m. Opening Remarks Dr. Malcolm Gillis President, RiceUniversity, Houston1-2:50 p.m. Panel I: Computer Simulations of theEarth’s ClimateModerator: Dr. Arthur Few, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Eric Barron, PennStateDr. Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnologyDr. James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institutefor Space StudiesDr. Patrick Michaels, University ofWisconsin-Madison3:10-5 p.m. Panel II: The Recent TemperatureRecordModerator: Dr. Randy Hulet, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. John Christy, University ofAlabama in Huntsville Dr. Thomas Peterson, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. Sydney Levitus, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. John Wallace, University ofWashington5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address Ambassador Richard R. Burt Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe 2-3:30 p.m. Panel V: CO2 and theBiosphere Moderator: Dr. Ronald Sass, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Bert Drake, SmithsonianEnvironmental Research CenterDr. Craig Idso, Center for the Study of CarbonDioxide/Global Change Dr. Richard Norby, Oakridge National Laboratory,Environmental Science Division 3:45-5:15 p.m. Panel VI: Alternative EnergyTechnologiesModerator: Dr. Michelle M. Foss,University of Houston Panelists: Dr. Dagobert Brito,Rice University and Dr. Juan Rosellon, CIDEDr. HenryKelly, Federation of American ScientistsDr. LawrenceRuth, Office of Coal/Environmental Systems, U.S.Department of Energy Introduction of Evening KeynoteAddressJames A. Baker, IIIHonorary Chair of The Baker Institute for Public Policy at RiceUniversity, Houston5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “Moving Beyond Kyoto: A Responsible Approach to the Climate ChangeIssue”Senator Charles Hagel, U.S. Senate(Nebraska)Friday, Sept. 88:30-10 a.m. Panel VII: The Kyoto Accords: TheEconomics of CO2 Abatement I–Modeling ApproachesModerator: Dr. Robin Sickles, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr.Stephen Brown, Australian Bureau of Agricultural/Resource Economics Mr.Robert Eynon, Energy Information Agency Dr. John Weyant, StanfordUniversityDr. Joseph Romm, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions10:15 a.m.-noon Panel VIII: The Kyoto Accords:The Economics of CO2 Abatement II–Methods of Control andUncertaintyModerator: Dr. Peter Mieszkowski, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Charles Kolstad, Universityof California-Santa BarbaraDr. Sophie Meritet,French Consulate, French Trade OfficeDr. ThomasMoore, Hoover InstituteDr. Michael Toman, Resourcesfor the Future1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Crystal Balls” Dr. Robert F.Curl Jr.Professor, Rice University /1996 NobelLaureate, Chemistry2-3:30 p.m. Panel IX: Economic Growth and GlobalWarming PolicyModerator: Dr. Donald Ostkiek, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Juliann Allison, Universityof California-RiversideDr. Kenneth Green, ReasonPublic Policy InstituteDr. Peter Hartley and Dr.Kenneth Medlock, Rice UniversityDr. Jeremy Rabkin,Cornell University3:30-4 p.m. Concluding Remarks Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian Director ofthe Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, HoustonBackground information on keynotespeakers:Dr. Neal F. Lane, the assistant to theU.S. President for Science and Technology, in August 1998 began directing theOffice of Science and Technology Policy, where he participates in formulatinggovernment regulatory policy. Lane taught physics and astronomy for more than 27years at Rice University, where he also served as provost from 1986 to 1993.Both a popular university teacher and research physicist, Lane has shared histheoretical expertise with various federal and state agencies to help guide andconstruct national public policy. Prior to his current appointment, Lanedirected the National Science Foundation and served on the National ScienceBoard for six years. He has published articles detailing his research in atomicand molecular physics and currently serves simultaneously as a fellow with theAmerican Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and theAmerican Advancement of Science. Ambassador Richard R. Burt served as the U.S.chief negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) with the formerSoviet Union and was the assistant secretary of state for European and CanadianAffairs. From 1985 to 1989 Burt served as ambassador to the Federal Republic ofGermany and has directed the Office of Politico-Military Affairs for the StateDepartment. For the past 10 years Burt has been involved in several diverse,international business corporations from information technology and European andNorth American newspapers to steel manufacturing. Burt is president of theLauder Institute of the Wharton School of Business at the University ofPennsylvania and currently serves as a senior adviser to the Center forStrategic and International Studies. He most recently joined the Secretary ofDefense’s Defense Policy Board. Senator Charles (“Chuck”) Hagel has served in theU.S. Senate from Nebraska since 1996 and has been active on the Senatecommittees for Foreign Relations and Banking, as well as the committees forHousing and Urban Affairs, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and theSpecial Committee on Aging. Hagel serves as the chair for both the Senate GlobalClimate Change Observer Group and the Senate Government Oversight Task Force.National groups such as the Center for the Study of the Presidency, Watchdogs ofthe Treasury, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Federation ofIndependent Businesses have recognized Hagel’s voting record by awarding him,respectively, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Golden Bulldog Award, Friendof the Farm Bureau, and the Guardian Award. Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr., a leading expert inhigh-resolution spectroscopy and one of the codiscoverers of the carbon cagecompounds called the fullerenes, has taught physical chemistry at Rice since1958, where he now has been appointed the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess professorof natural sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, PhiBeta Kappa, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, aprevious NSF predoctoral fellow, a NATO postdoctoral fellow and an Alexander vonHumboldt Senior Awardee. Jointly with Professor Pitzer at University ofCalifornia-Berkeley, he received the Clayton Prize of the Institute ofMechanical Engineers in 1957 for work on the internal rotation of singlechemical bonds. Jointly with Drs. Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto, he receivedthe Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996, the American Physical SocietyInternational Prize for New Materials in 1992 and the American Carbon SocietyMedal for Achievement in Carbon Science in 1997. Ambassador Richard R. Burt Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe 2-3:30 p.m. Panel V: CO2 and theBiosphere Moderator: Dr. Ronald Sass, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Bert Drake, SmithsonianEnvironmental Research CenterDr. Craig Idso, Center for the Study of CarbonDioxide/Global Change Dr. Richard Norby, Oakridge National Laboratory,Environmental Science Division 3:45-5:15 p.m. Panel VI: Alternative EnergyTechnologiesModerator: Dr. Michelle M. Foss,University of Houston Panelists: Dr. Dagobert Brito,Rice University and Dr. Juan Rosellon, CIDEDr. HenryKelly, Federation of American ScientistsDr. LawrenceRuth, Office of Coal/Environmental Systems, U.S.Department of Energy Introduction of Evening KeynoteAddressJames A. Baker, IIIHonorary Chair of The Baker Institute for Public Policy at RiceUniversity, Houston5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “Moving Beyond Kyoto: A Responsible Approach to the Climate ChangeIssue”Senator Charles Hagel, U.S. Senate(Nebraska)Friday, Sept. 88:30-10 a.m. Panel VII: The Kyoto Accords: TheEconomics of CO2 Abatement I–Modeling ApproachesModerator: Dr. Robin Sickles, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr.Stephen Brown, Australian Bureau of Agricultural/Resource Economics Mr.Robert Eynon, Energy Information Agency Dr. John Weyant, StanfordUniversityDr. Joseph Romm, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions10:15 a.m.-noon Panel VIII: The Kyoto Accords:The Economics of CO2 Abatement II–Methods of Control andUncertaintyModerator: Dr. Peter Mieszkowski, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Charles Kolstad, Universityof California-Santa BarbaraDr. Sophie Meritet,French Consulate, French Trade OfficeDr. ThomasMoore, Hoover InstituteDr. Michael Toman, Resourcesfor the Future1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Crystal Balls” Dr. Robert F.Curl Jr.Professor, Rice University /1996 NobelLaureate, Chemistry2-3:30 p.m. Panel IX: Economic Growth and GlobalWarming PolicyModerator: Dr. Donald Ostkiek, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Juliann Allison, Universityof California-RiversideDr. Kenneth Green, ReasonPublic Policy InstituteDr. Peter Hartley and Dr.Kenneth Medlock, Rice UniversityDr. Jeremy Rabkin,Cornell University3:30-4 p.m. Concluding Remarks Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian Director ofthe Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, HoustonBackground information on keynotespeakers:Dr. Neal F. Lane, the assistant to theU.S. President for Science and Technology, in August 1998 began directing theOffice of Science and Technology Policy, where he participates in formulatinggovernment regulatory policy. Lane taught physics and astronomy for more than 27years at Rice University, where he also served as provost from 1986 to 1993.Both a popular university teacher and research physicist, Lane has shared histheoretical expertise with various federal and state agencies to help guide andconstruct national public policy. Prior to his current appointment, Lanedirected the National Science Foundation and served on the National ScienceBoard for six years. He has published articles detailing his research in atomicand molecular physics and currently serves simultaneously as a fellow with theAmerican Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and theAmerican Advancement of Science. Ambassador Richard R. Burt served as the U.S.chief negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) with the formerSoviet Union and was the assistant secretary of state for European and CanadianAffairs. From 1985 to 1989 Burt served as ambassador to the Federal Republic ofGermany and has directed the Office of Politico-Military Affairs for the StateDepartment. For the past 10 years Burt has been involved in several diverse,international business corporations from information technology and European andNorth American newspapers to steel manufacturing. Burt is president of theLauder Institute of the Wharton School of Business at the University ofPennsylvania and currently serves as a senior adviser to the Center forStrategic and International Studies. He most recently joined the Secretary ofDefense’s Defense Policy Board. Senator Charles (“Chuck”) Hagel has served in theU.S. Senate from Nebraska since 1996 and has been active on the Senatecommittees for Foreign Relations and Banking, as well as the committees forHousing and Urban Affairs, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and theSpecial Committee on Aging. Hagel serves as the chair for both the Senate GlobalClimate Change Observer Group and the Senate Government Oversight Task Force.National groups such as the Center for the Study of the Presidency, Watchdogs ofthe Treasury, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Federation ofIndependent Businesses have recognized Hagel’s voting record by awarding him,respectively, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Golden Bulldog Award, Friendof the Farm Bureau, and the Guardian Award. Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr., a leading expert inhigh-resolution spectroscopy and one of the codiscoverers of the carbon cagecompounds called the fullerenes, has taught physical chemistry at Rice since1958, where he now has been appointed the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess professorof natural sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, PhiBeta Kappa, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, aprevious NSF predoctoral fellow, a NATO postdoctoral fellow and an Alexander vonHumboldt Senior Awardee. Jointly with Professor Pitzer at University ofCalifornia-Berkeley, he received the Clayton Prize of the Institute ofMechanical Engineers in 1957 for work on the internal rotation of singlechemical bonds. Jointly with Drs. Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto, he receivedthe Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996, the American Physical SocietyInternational Prize for New Materials in 1992 and the American Carbon SocietyMedal for Achievement in Carbon Science in 1997. Dr. Neal Lane Assistantto the United States President for Science and TechnologyDirector, Office of Science and Technology Policy Thursday, Sept. 78-9:50 a.m. Panel III: The Influence ofSolar Output on the Earth’s ClimateModerator: Dr.Dale Sawyer, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. TheodorLandscheidt, Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar ActivityDr. Judith Lean, NavalObservatory Washington Dr. David Rind, NASA GoddardInstitute for Space Studies Dr. Sallie Baliunas and Dr. Willie Soon,Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 10:10 a.m.-noon Panel IV: The Geological Recordon Climate ChangeModerator: Dr. John B. Anderson,Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. Richard Alley, PennStateDr. Thomas Crowley, Texas A&M UniversityDr. Andre Droxler, Rice UniversityDr. James Kennett,University of California-Santa Barbara1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Sovereignty: A New International Paradigm?” About admin Dr. Neal Lane Assistantto the United States President for Science and TechnologyDirector, Office of Science and Technology Policy Thursday, Sept. 78-9:50 a.m. Panel III: The Influence ofSolar Output on the Earth’s ClimateModerator: Dr.Dale Sawyer, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. TheodorLandscheidt, Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar ActivityDr. Judith Lean, NavalObservatory Washington Dr. David Rind, NASA GoddardInstitute for Space Studies Dr. Sallie Baliunas and Dr. Willie Soon,Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 10:10 a.m.-noon Panel IV: The Geological Recordon Climate ChangeModerator: Dr. John B. Anderson,Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. Richard Alley, PennStateDr. Thomas Crowley, Texas A&M UniversityDr. Andre Droxler, Rice UniversityDr. James Kennett,University of California-Santa Barbara1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Sovereignty: A New International Paradigm?” CONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.edu FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis CONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.edu Dr. Neal Lane Assistantto the United States President for Science and TechnologyDirector, Office of Science and Technology Policy Thursday, Sept. 78-9:50 a.m. Panel III: The Influence ofSolar Output on the Earth’s ClimateModerator: Dr.Dale Sawyer, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. TheodorLandscheidt, Schroeter Institute for Research in Cycles of Solar ActivityDr. Judith Lean, NavalObservatory Washington Dr. David Rind, NASA GoddardInstitute for Space Studies Dr. Sallie Baliunas and Dr. Willie Soon,Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 10:10 a.m.-noon Panel IV: The Geological Recordon Climate ChangeModerator: Dr. John B. Anderson,Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr. Richard Alley, PennStateDr. Thomas Crowley, Texas A&M UniversityDr. Andre Droxler, Rice UniversityDr. James Kennett,University of California-Santa Barbara1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Sovereignty: A New International Paradigm?” Ambassador Richard R. Burt Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe 2-3:30 p.m. Panel V: CO2 and theBiosphere Moderator: Dr. Ronald Sass, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Bert Drake, SmithsonianEnvironmental Research CenterDr. Craig Idso, Center for the Study of CarbonDioxide/Global Change Dr. Richard Norby, Oakridge National Laboratory,Environmental Science Division 3:45-5:15 p.m. Panel VI: Alternative EnergyTechnologiesModerator: Dr. Michelle M. Foss,University of Houston Panelists: Dr. Dagobert Brito,Rice University and Dr. Juan Rosellon, CIDEDr. HenryKelly, Federation of American ScientistsDr. LawrenceRuth, Office of Coal/Environmental Systems, U.S.Department of Energy Introduction of Evening KeynoteAddressJames A. Baker, IIIHonorary Chair of The Baker Institute for Public Policy at RiceUniversity, Houston5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “Moving Beyond Kyoto: A Responsible Approach to the Climate ChangeIssue”Senator Charles Hagel, U.S. Senate(Nebraska)Friday, Sept. 88:30-10 a.m. Panel VII: The Kyoto Accords: TheEconomics of CO2 Abatement I–Modeling ApproachesModerator: Dr. Robin Sickles, Rice UniversityPanelists: Dr.Stephen Brown, Australian Bureau of Agricultural/Resource Economics Mr.Robert Eynon, Energy Information Agency Dr. John Weyant, StanfordUniversityDr. Joseph Romm, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions10:15 a.m.-noon Panel VIII: The Kyoto Accords:The Economics of CO2 Abatement II–Methods of Control andUncertaintyModerator: Dr. Peter Mieszkowski, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Charles Kolstad, Universityof California-Santa BarbaraDr. Sophie Meritet,French Consulate, French Trade OfficeDr. ThomasMoore, Hoover InstituteDr. Michael Toman, Resourcesfor the Future1:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Address: “Science and Crystal Balls” Dr. Robert F.Curl Jr.Professor, Rice University /1996 NobelLaureate, Chemistry2-3:30 p.m. Panel IX: Economic Growth and GlobalWarming PolicyModerator: Dr. Donald Ostkiek, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Juliann Allison, Universityof California-RiversideDr. Kenneth Green, ReasonPublic Policy InstituteDr. Peter Hartley and Dr.Kenneth Medlock, Rice UniversityDr. Jeremy Rabkin,Cornell University3:30-4 p.m. Concluding Remarks Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian Director ofthe Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, HoustonBackground information on keynotespeakers:Dr. Neal F. Lane, the assistant to theU.S. President for Science and Technology, in August 1998 began directing theOffice of Science and Technology Policy, where he participates in formulatinggovernment regulatory policy. Lane taught physics and astronomy for more than 27years at Rice University, where he also served as provost from 1986 to 1993.Both a popular university teacher and research physicist, Lane has shared histheoretical expertise with various federal and state agencies to help guide andconstruct national public policy. Prior to his current appointment, Lanedirected the National Science Foundation and served on the National ScienceBoard for six years. He has published articles detailing his research in atomicand molecular physics and currently serves simultaneously as a fellow with theAmerican Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and theAmerican Advancement of Science. Ambassador Richard R. Burt served as the U.S.chief negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) with the formerSoviet Union and was the assistant secretary of state for European and CanadianAffairs. From 1985 to 1989 Burt served as ambassador to the Federal Republic ofGermany and has directed the Office of Politico-Military Affairs for the StateDepartment. For the past 10 years Burt has been involved in several diverse,international business corporations from information technology and European andNorth American newspapers to steel manufacturing. Burt is president of theLauder Institute of the Wharton School of Business at the University ofPennsylvania and currently serves as a senior adviser to the Center forStrategic and International Studies. He most recently joined the Secretary ofDefense’s Defense Policy Board. Senator Charles (“Chuck”) Hagel has served in theU.S. Senate from Nebraska since 1996 and has been active on the Senatecommittees for Foreign Relations and Banking, as well as the committees forHousing and Urban Affairs, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and theSpecial Committee on Aging. Hagel serves as the chair for both the Senate GlobalClimate Change Observer Group and the Senate Government Oversight Task Force.National groups such as the Center for the Study of the Presidency, Watchdogs ofthe Treasury, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Federation ofIndependent Businesses have recognized Hagel’s voting record by awarding him,respectively, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Golden Bulldog Award, Friendof the Farm Bureau, and the Guardian Award. Dr. Robert F. Curl Jr., a leading expert inhigh-resolution spectroscopy and one of the codiscoverers of the carbon cagecompounds called the fullerenes, has taught physical chemistry at Rice since1958, where he now has been appointed the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess professorof natural sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, PhiBeta Kappa, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, aprevious NSF predoctoral fellow, a NATO postdoctoral fellow and an Alexander vonHumboldt Senior Awardee. Jointly with Professor Pitzer at University ofCalifornia-Berkeley, he received the Clayton Prize of the Institute ofMechanical Engineers in 1957 for work on the internal rotation of singlechemical bonds. Jointly with Drs. Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto, he receivedthe Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996, the American Physical SocietyInternational Prize for New Materials in 1992 and the American Carbon SocietyMedal for Achievement in Carbon Science in 1997. GLOBAL WARMINGCONFERENCE AT RICE U. ACCESSIBLE ON WEB “Global Warming: Scienceand Policy,” a three-day conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute forPublic Policy, will be simulcast on the Web Sept. 6-8. Journalists can listen tothe keynote speakers and panel discussions online at www.rice.edu/rtv.To tune in to the Webcast, you will need “RealAudio Player,” a free, downloadable software. The Rice site contains a linkto the Web page from which the free RealAudio Player can be downloaded. With theRealAudio Player installed on your computer, just click on the links located at www.rice.edu/rtv, and the file will begin “streaming” or sending the speech to your computer. The conference agenda and background informationon the keynote speakers appear below.Wednesday, Sept. 612:45 p.m. Opening Remarks Dr. Malcolm Gillis President, RiceUniversity, Houston1-2:50 p.m. Panel I: Computer Simulations of theEarth’s ClimateModerator: Dr. Arthur Few, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. Eric Barron, PennStateDr. Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnologyDr. James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institutefor Space StudiesDr. Patrick Michaels, University ofWisconsin-Madison3:10-5 p.m. Panel II: The Recent TemperatureRecordModerator: Dr. Randy Hulet, RiceUniversityPanelists: Dr. John Christy, University ofAlabama in Huntsville Dr. Thomas Peterson, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. Sydney Levitus, National Climatic DataCenter/NOAADr. John Wallace, University ofWashington5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Addresslast_img read more

Baker Institute study finds continuing upward pressure on retail gasoline prices

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Baker Institute study finds continuing upward pressure on retail gasoline pricesWith the price of a barrel of oil hovering around $120, U.S. drivers can expect to pay more at the pump in the near future, according to a new study by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. “There is room for retail gasoline prices to move up,” said Kenneth Medlock III, a Baker Institute fellow in energy studies and one of the study’s authors. While Medlock cautioned that seasonal variability and other factors could affect prices in the near term, he said gasoline could easily reach $4.20/gallon around the Memorial Day holiday, especially if demand spikes as it normally does.  The study, titled “U.S. Energy Policy and Transportation,” is part of a series of working papers on “The Global Energy Market: Comprehensive Strategies to Meet Geopolitical and Financial Risks.” It was co-authored by Medlock and Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the Baker Institute. “In the short term,” the study found, “temporary demand and supply factors can cause gasoline prices to rise substantially. Given the shortage in refinery capacity in the United States, these short-run departures have been growing larger and more frequent. Demand has grown steadily, but U.S. refinery capacity has not kept pace. Thus, the U.S. market has become increasingly dependent on foreign gasoline imports. At the same time, growing demand elsewhere in the world means increased competition for gasoline, which, in turn, drives up the price to attract imports during high U.S. demand periods.”  However, the study also warned against blaming the growing demand in other countries for the high fuel prices in the United States. “Many have pointed to growing demand in Asia as the culprit for higher prices,” according to the study, “but the United States consumes 33 percent of the world’s road transportation fuel and demand continues to grow. Thus, as American demand goes, so goes the world price of oil.” The only way to address high energy prices over the long term, the study’s authors argued, is to curb U.S. demand growth. They call for “a combination of conservation, higher fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and greater domestic production capacity” to achieve “manageable and acceptable” gasoline prices in the future.  An embargoed version of the study, which was written in conjunction with the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, is available to journalists. To obtain a copy of  “U.S. Energy Policy and Transportation,” please contact Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.  AddThislast_img read more

Rice economist Antonio Merlo named dean of Rices School of Social Sciences

first_imgShare9Rice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduRice economist Antonio Merlo named dean of Rice’s School of Social SciencesHOUSTON – (March 23, 2016) –Antonio Merlo, the George A. Peterkin Professor and department chair of economics at Rice University, has been appointed dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences. The appointment is effective July 1.Antonio Merlo“Antonio has done a remarkable job of enhancing the reputation of Rice’s Department of Economics in just two years, and we expect the same level of passion as he takes on this new role,” said Rice President David Leebron. “Antonio’s expertise and leadership are well-suited to making Rice’s School of Social Sciences even more vibrant and visible not just on campus, but also in Houston and throughout the world.”“It is a great honor to be chosen as the next dean of Rice’s School of Social Sciences,” Merlo said. “Since my arrival at Rice in the summer of 2014, I have been extremely impressed by the university’s extraordinary accomplishments and future aspirations. I am thankful for President Leebron and Provost (Marie Lynn) Miranda’s trust in my skills and ability to lead and advance the School of Social Sciences to an even higher level of excellence and impact.”As dean, Merlo will oversee the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Sport Management. He will also supervise interdisciplinary programs, including cognitive sciences, managerial studies and policy studies; the school’s research institutes, centers and programs, including the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, the Social Sciences Research Institute, the Douglas S. Harlan Program in State Elections, Campaigns and Politics and the School of Social Sciences Gateway programs; and the Master of Global Affairs and Master of Energy Economics degree programs.“There are tremendous opportunities on the horizon for Rice’s School of Social Sciences, and we are excited for Antonio to step into this new role and continue his work with the exceptionally talented team of faculty, students and staff at Rice,” Miranda said. “Antonio’s energy and creativity are always apparent, and we expect many wonderful innovations under his leadership.”The first member of his family to graduate from college, Merlo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and social sciences from Italy’s Bocconi University and a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Before coming to Rice in 2014, Merlo taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Minnesota and New York University and has held numerous visiting positions throughout the U.S. and Europe.Merlo’s areas of expertise are political economy, public economics, empirical microeconomics and bargaining theory and applications. He has published numerous articles in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Economic Theory. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society. He also serves as a research fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research and as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.Since coming to Rice, Merlo has led efforts to create a new professional master’s degree in energy economics and added an endowed chair position and recruited several highly respected economists to the department.“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with all departments, institutes, centers and programs in the social sciences,” Merlo said.Leebron and Miranda said Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Chair of Political Science, who has led Rice’s School of Social Sciences for the past 10 years, made many important contributions to the school and university. Ragsdale will remain a faculty member in the Political Science Department and will continue to be active in Rice’s Master of Global Affairs program. She has a forthcoming book titled “The American Nonvoter,” which she co-authored with Jerrold Rusk, a professor of political science at Rice.For more information on Merlo, visit http://economics.rice.edu/faculty/antonio-merlo.-30-For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials: Antonio Merlo biography: http://economics.rice.edu/faculty/antonio-merloRice University School of Social Sciences: http://socialsciences.rice.edu/Rice School of Social Sciences Twitter: https://twitter.com/RiceSocSciAntonio Merlo photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/140814_Economics_Faculty-0088-we0dyg.jpgPhoto credit: Rice UniversityLocated 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 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 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 to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity.If 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