Month: July 2019

Charity campaigners are calling for disabled peoplCharity campaigners are calling for disabled peopl

first_imgCharity campaigners are calling for disabled people to support their search for just seven Tory MPs willing to rebel against their government and so defeat plans for “appalling” cuts to out-of-work disability benefits.Several of the disability and health charities at this week’s Conservative party conference in Manchester focused much of their attention on government plans to cut payments to many new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) by about £30-a-week from April 2017.The move, announced earlier this year by chancellor George Osborne and backed by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, will apply to all new claimants of the ESA work-related activity group – those considered not yet able to work, but who might be able to do so in the future.It will mean that disabled WRAG claimants will receive the same weekly payment as non-disabled claimants of the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), an annual loss of about £1,500 a year, and a cut of £640 million a year from disabled people’s income by 2020-21.The WRAG cut was raised several times at conference fringe events, with disabled people’s minister Justin Tomlinson repeatedly failing to explain why the cut was fair or necessary.Instead he stressed that there would be no cut for those in the ESA support group, and that the majority of people in the WRAG wanted to work.He said the government would increase funding for employment support for people on ESA, with an extra £100 million a year by 2020, because ESA claimants currently receive only about one seventh of the “professional support” provided to JSA claimants, while only a tiny proportion of ESA claimants had so far found work.But he failed to explain how cutting the income of people in the WRAG would help them find those jobs or overcome the barriers they faced in the employment market and wider society.Mark Atkinson, interim chief executive of Scope, told the minister in a fringe event organised by his own charity and the Centre for Social Justice, the think-tank set up by Duncan Smith: “We don’t think it is the answer or that it would incentivise people.”Disability News Service has learned that health and disability charities spent much of the conference week lobbying Tory MPs about the proposed cut and believe they have a good chance of persuading the minimum of seven Tory MPs they will need to vote against the government to ensure the measure never becomes law.Although the first vote on the WRAG cut – clause 13 of the welfare reform and work bill – could come as early as next week, during its committee stage, campaigners will also be targeting later stages of the bill’s passage through parliament, which will take place later this year or early in 2016.One disability lobbyist told DNS: “The WRAG cut is the major concern for many health charities here.“We need at least seven Conservative MPs to defy their party whip, see through the ludicrous argument that it is an ‘incentive to work’, and to put their heads above the parapet.“It is going to be an uphill struggle, but there is growing concern among MPs that this is a step too far.”She said they now needed activists and campaigners to “turn up at advice surgeries in sufficient numbers to remind Tory MPs of the difference between a carrot and a bludgeon”.last_img read more

SF commercial tenants vie for access homeless encampments for spaceSF commercial tenants vie for access homeless encampments for space

first_img Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The building’s tenants were wedged between two sprawling tent encampments along Utah Street and San Bruno Avenue for months. Then, two weeks ago, the Department of Public Works cleared both areas in an abrupt effort to address a growing number of public complaints.Kron4 reported on Wednesday that several companies operating in the building plan to relocate at the end of the month if the remaining campers aren’t addressed, but Thollander said the homeless weren’t the sole reason for the exodus.“I think people are more thinking of moving because they’ve outgrown our space,” he said.Still, the building’s homeless neighbors, who are now just around the corner, are a “detriment to leasing,” he said, adding that he is worried that the current tenants may leave.“I’m sure they want to leave – they are tired of it,” said Thollander.Thollander said that incidents in which campers “break in” to use the building’s restrooms are common, and that he’s found the bathrooms “trashed” on numerous occasions.“They love to get in to use our restrooms – someone leaves, they come into building after them,” he said. “Or [they come in] just to get their living supplies, toilet paper and stuff like that. We are a source for them if given the opportunity to the wrong person.”Randy Quezada, spokesperson for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said that he is aware of the complaints from the building and that the area will soon be targeted by the department’s encampment resolution team.That team’s process is to work with campers in an effort to remove encampments permanently by transitioning their inhabitants into shelters and supportive housing.Though the building’s problems may have eased up after the recent removal of the Utah Street and San Bruno Avenue encampments, they haven’t gone away, said Thollander. The campers simply moved onto the side streets along 15th street and Alameda Street.Those who have been displaced say they are left with few options of where to go next.“We were told to move across the street,” said a 23-year-old woman named Melissa, who camped on Utah Street prior to the removal. “They gave us a list of places we can’t go.”For the past week, Melissa has camped directly outside of Showplace Square’s entrance on 15th Street.“When they moved us over here there were all these [Public Works] trucks and employees, but for what? So we can move over here, ten feet away?” She wanted to know.Some employees in the building said they do not take issue with the campers outside.“The problem is not that they are living out here, it’s that they don’t have homes,” said an employee of a tech firm located inside the building. The man said he is not bothered by the campers’ presence, but knows that it is a problem for others who work in the building.“People complain about them taking up too much space, it being dirty, all this kind of stuff. But where else are these people going go?” he said.  “At least here there is the freeway [underpass] that provides some shelter from the rain.”After being displaced from Shotwell street a year ago, Ortego Flowers has set up his tent near the underpass and behind Showplace Square, on the corner of Alameda Street and San Bruno Avenue.Flowers said he has a hard time understanding the employees’ complaints. The campers, he said, rarely interact with them.“They come to work, they leave. I don’t see anybody out there begging them for change or food,” said Flowers, adding that he “tries to stay as far away from businesses” as he can to avoid displacement. “They’re really pushing us against the fence.”Kelly Cutler, of the Coalition on Homelessness, said she calls the recent encampment clearings authorized by Public Works “sweeps” because the homeless were not offered services or shelter.“[Homeless Outreach workers] didn’t seem to be as actively connected with that effort. That was straight [Public Works],” said Cutler.While the sweeps may remove people temporarily, Cutler said that they are a band-aid at best for business owners and residents as the campers tend to return, and often detrimental to those shuffled out of sight.Most encampments, she said, have established communities that offer inhabitants a sense of protection from the streets.  Utah Street, for example, had become somewhat of a refuge for a community of homeless seniors.“Within their community there they come up with certain rules,” said Cutler. “There’s somewhat of self-regulation. When there are sweeps going on and people are shuffled around, that breaks that up.”Ortego Flowers, who lives near 15th and San Bruno Streets, has been homeless since 2008. Photo by Lola M. ChavezFlowers, for his part, said that he is willing to go anywhere the city puts him, as long as it’s off the streets.“It could be the Tenderloin, or Sunnydale –just put me somewhere,” he said, explaining that his attempts to get into shelters have been largely unsuccessful. “It’s that big old waiting list, 250 pages of people waiting on a list to get housing.”As of March 22, the city shelter waitlist reached 1,196 people.As an interim solution to addressing the immediate crisis, Cutler said that her coalition is researching the benefits of a “safe sleep” policy modeled after cities like Portland, which temporarily allowed homeless camping in select areas until more permanent housing becomes available.That idea, however, has been met with some pushback from the city, she said. “The city doesn’t want to do it because they think it will be saying they approve of encampments,” she said, adding that the current alternative are sweeps.Quezada, of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said he has not seen the coalition’s proposal, but that the department is open to “any number of ideas.”Thollander, the building’s manager, agreed that sweeps aren’t the answer but is nonetheless thankful for the movement.“Sorry if they just move on to the next [block] but it’s so detrimental that we are just happy to see them moved,” he said, adding that his company has to “do what we can to keep our building prosperous and making money.”“They just can’t stay here. People want to rent here and if they are stepping over people and looking out for needles, it doesn’t happen,” he said.Barricades put up along Utah Street between 15th and 16th to prevent homeless encampments. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPart of the encampment on San Bruno and 15th Streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez 0%center_img Following the Department of Public Works’ efforts earlier this month to clear hazardous tent encampments in some parts of the city, an encampment growing in size near an office building on the outskirts of the Mission is drawing complaints from some employees there.  “We have entertainment venues here that nobody wants to come to if they have to fight through the homeless to get in and worry about their car being parked and broken into,” said Joel Thollander, assistant controller with Landmark Realty and the building manager at Showplace Square West, a three-story office building at 550 15th Street.“Nobody wants to come up.”For the past year, Thollander has managed the building that provides space to a number of design firms, entertainment venues and tech companies.last_img read more

Smile Youre on a Dolores Park cameraSmile Youre on a Dolores Park camera

first_imgStartingaround a decade ago, the forms filled out by SFPD patrol officers had a section querying whether the officer searched for a camera in the vicinity of the reported incident. “And,” says a former Mission District officer, “depending on the severity of the crime, inspectors would go back during the day and contact the business or residences you indicated.” Video evidence, for lack of a better word, is good. It’s getting to be more and more necessary. “It’s 2017,” says a longtime inspector. “People want the cops to wear cameras. And when we take a case to court, people want to know about video evidence. This is what people want.” But people want more services without increased taxes, too. People like the idea of neat-and-clean video evidence, even if they don’t like the idea of living in an Orwellian fishbowl. Rolling out cameras across the city, it turns out, is something of a Faustian bargain. The increased security comes with a looming societal cost. And, this being San Francisco, we overpaid for that societal cost. To wit, the multiple officers contacted for this story panned the costly crime safety cameras as ineffectual, and for myriad reasons: Like BART cameras, they have not reliably been functioning; the footage is inferior (“like a 1950s black-and-white television”); they cannot be moved in real-time; and the data is purged after 30 days. “Alls I can see are two human beings engaged in an altercation,” summed up one veteran cop. “Well, we already knew that!” You are now under surveillance while recreating. But why should Dolores Park be different than anywhere else in San Francisco?StanleyRoberts, the camera-wielding extrovert behind KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” segment, has referred to Bay To Breakers as “My Christmas.” But Dolores Park is proof that Christmas need not come but once a year. In a typical episode — for both Dolores Park, and Roberts — his camera catches a skeezy nudist sunbathing on the green: “So, the guy’s buck naked. He ties up his junk with a bandana,” Roberts explains. “He goes to piss in the bushes. And, on the way back, he steps in a big pile of dog shit.” Well, that’s some good television right there. So far this year, police or other investigators have made 121 requests to review the footage on our city’s crime cameras. No doubt, some of these have been fruitful endeavors. Many aren’t. “We fax or e-mail the Department of Emergency Management and ask them ‘Can we get Cameras Nos. 12, 13 and 14 from 1 to 1:30?’” says a longtime officer asked to describe a typical interaction. “You look at it, you don’t see shit, you move on.” By now you’ve probably gleaned that nobody monitors our cameras in real-time. They don’t monitor the new Dolores Park cameras in real-time either. City rules and policies have specifically prevented officers from doing so. The notion of cops watching video footage, let alone in real-time, makes people uncomfortable. The ACLU isn’t thrilled with it either. But that’s what actually made crime cameras effective in other cities that took the (expensive and process-heavy) step of installing them. In San Francisco, we’ve chosen to impede on citizens’ civil liberties but, for our own reasons, we’ve opted to do so in the most ineffectual way possible — with cameras that don’t work well, that aren’t being watched.Therules governing this city’s public cameras were formulated in an era before the word “selfie” was ubiquitous. Nor were the smartphones that necessitated this addition to the dictionary, and have also transformed society and law enforcement. The streets of every major city are now patrolled by armies of cameras attached to people. There are cameras in virtually every place of business now, too. “You’re better off having the footage caught on private camera,” grumbles a longtime officer. And you’re more and more likely to be caught on private camera: Dmitri Shimolin, the CEO of the Mission District’s Applied Video Solutions, has overseen camera installations throughout more than half a dozen city Business Improvement Districts. This constitutes some 100 blocks of San Francisco under observation by privately funded cameras not constrained by the city’s restrictive rules and potentially onerous footage retrieval procedures.  If these private cameras are doing what they’re supposed to, criminals glean that it’s unwise to put on a show in front of them. Which is what San Francisco officials hope the cameras at Dolores Park will also do. And, for what it’s worth, the Dolores Park cameras are much better than the maligned George W. Bush-vintage models throughout the city. The new cameras are filming in 12 megapixels instead of three.  So, city workers are confident the Dolores Park cameras will serve as a deterrent — there’ll be signs indicating park-goers are under surveillance. But, then, there are signs reminding park-goers that the park is a drug-free zone where smoking and alcohol is prohibited. The deterrence will come, multiple cops tell us, when the cameras are proven to be effective — with arrests and prosecutions. And, even then, the problems of crime in the Mission won’t be solved. It’ll nearly be moved. Data analyses have indicated cameras don’t all that much to stop crime in this city. Homicides decreased in their vicinity but, maddeningly, increased a stone’s throw away, mitigating any benefits. The cameras and “fixed post” police presence in Dolores Park, bemoan officers, are an example of “scarecrow policing” or “gross motor-skill policing.” It is a simple, short-term fix for a complex, long-term problem. “If there’s a cop on your porch,” explains one, “your house will not be burglarized.” But, he continues, “It absolutely does not get to the roots of crime. It will have no effect on the number of robberies. They just won’t be in Dolores Park.” People, in other words, will continue to behave badly. Elsewhere. There’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission Local, you get real news, from reporters and editors who are accountable to you. After all, you know where we live and work. Keep us reporting, subscribe today.  And that sort of thing is happening every day in Dolores Park. There’s drinking and dope-dealing and unlicensed peddling and bad craziness and all manner of anti-social behavior by man and beast — and, on Aug. 3, a brazen daylight shooting put three people in the hospital. It’s the latter incident that spurred city government to install cameras of its own at Dolores Park, in hopes of observing people behaving very badly. The Recreation and Park Department confirmed that “more than a dozen” cameras will eventually be installed (they were intentionally vague). The first batch is already in place, thanks to $250,000 from the city’s general fund. So, that’s something to think about, whether you’re planning a gangland hit or merely popping the top on a bottle of Lagunitas. You are being watched. And while it’s one thing for Roberts or any private citizen equipped with the powerful, internet-tethered cameras we now omnipresently carry in our pockets to film you, it’s another when the government steps in. It makes people uncomfortable. Even the watchmen.“There is something inherently creepy about the government watching you,” admits a high-ranking San Francisco cop. “I’m not sure the loss of civil liberties is worth the payoff. It’s just too Big Brother.” But the cameras going up at Dolores Park are far from the city’s first foray into snooping on the general public. Starting in 2006, San Francisco began installing “crime safety cameras” in public right-of-ways, as well as in public housing. There are currently more than two dozen batteries of cameras watching over us on the streets; Mission District locations include 16th and Mission, 19th and Mission, 24th and Mission, 26th and Shotwell, and 26th and Treat. So, we have a track record when it comes to keeping an eye on crime in the city. And, believe it or not, it’s not particularly good. Crime victims may not be thrilled to hear this, but civil libertarians can breathe a bit easier: In this city, Big Brother can’t get his act together.Photo by Lydia Chávez. 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS will take on Leeds Rhinos in the Playoff ElSAINTS will take on Leeds Rhinos in the Playoff El

first_imgSAINTS will take on Leeds Rhinos in the Playoff Elimination Semi Final next Friday September 20.The game will kick off at 8pm at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.Saints allocation is in the Western Terrace and the Main Stand.Prices:Western TerraceAdults: £17 (Season Ticket Holders only)Adults: £20 (Non Season Ticket Holders)Senior Citizen (65+): £10Students: £10Under 21s: £10Juniors (u16s): £5Main Stand:Adults: £24 (Season Ticket Holders only)Adults: £27 (Non Season Ticket Holders)Students: £17Under 21s: £17Senior Citizen (65+): £17Juniors (u16s): £5Under 5s are free in the West Terrace and do not need a ticket.Matchday Prices for Western Terrace:Adults: £20Concessions: £13Students: £13Under 21s: £13Juniors (u16s): £5Under 5s are free in the West Terrace and do not need a ticket.Matchday Prices for the Main Stand:Adults: £27Students: £20Under 21s: £20Senior Citizen (65+): £20Juniors (u16s): £5Tickets are now onsale at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.The Under 19s will take on Leeds in their Semi Final before the main game.last_img read more

AFTER watching such a dominant display from the U1AFTER watching such a dominant display from the U1

first_imgAFTER watching such a dominant display from the U19s the U16s game could have been a bit of a damp squib especially as you never know what you’re going to get from a bunch of lads that have never played together before, writes Graham Henthorne.However, it was a bit like groundhog day as the 16s said anything you can do we can do better scoring three great tries in a dominant opening 12 minutes to eventually win 40-18.The first from Captain and Man of the Match Paul Nash was a typical hookers dive over at the play the ball. But the second two both from Dave Griffiths showed some wonderfully slick handling out wide and both times great centre play form Luke Maloney-Ward to commit his man before putting his winger clear.However, the most pleasing part of the Saints opening stanza happened on the opening set of the game and before they had touched the ball as the whole team charged up and pounded the Wildcats knocking them back in possession and disturbing the balance of the team.The visitors started to get a foothold in the game and were a constant threat as their diminutive but electric fullback continued to chime into the line.The Saints dealt with it all extremely well with some tenacious goal line defence.On the back of one stand the Saints pack got onto the front foot and made easy yards down the middle. On the last the ball was slipped left for Sean Croston to use his winger Jake Pass as a decoy to allow him to dummy his way free to score.After another good step and run from impressive front rower Louis Brogan the ball was again spread left. Ryan Horne showed deceptive pace as he rounded the cover to put Croston clear. The centre took it 30 metres to the full back before feeding it back inside for Horne to finish the move he started going the final 30 for a great try.Easy you would think. No, anything you can do we can do too said the visitors as, inspired by scrum half Pinder they scored twice in the opening five minutes to pull within two scores.The Saints steadied the ship with two of their own. The first, a deserved try to Brogan pouncing on a grubber behind the line, the second to Callum Cooke now operating on the wing after great hands from Mike Wynn and Tom Nesbitt.Back came the Wildcats again with their third try and had their fourth in successive sets not been ruled out for a forward pass the game could have taken a turn for the worst.As it was the Saints weathered the storm and began to do what they did in the first half, pound away down the middle and then hit them out wide with some sparkling handling.On the stroke of full time Cooke scored his second and the final try of the game from a restart after a Wynn grubber. The ball found Joe Sharratt on half way and a combination of good footwork and brute strength saw him through the line to the fullback before feeding the supporting Cooke for the Saints eighth try.Coach Ian Lomax was well pleased with his charges after the game as they showed great vision in attack but also resolute defence to withstand the visitor’s pressure.Match Summary: Saints:Tries: Paul Nash (4), Dave Griffiths (7 & 12), Sean Croston (28), Ryan Horne (34), Louis Brogan (44), Callum Cooke (49 & 69).Goals: Lewis Gartland 2, Mike Wynn 2.Wakefield:Tries: Josh Pinder (37), Colby Colthorpe (40), Jack Dykes (55).Goals: Josh Pinder 3.Half Time: 24-0Full Time: 40-18Teams:Saints:1. Callum Cooke; 2. Dave Griffiths, 3. Luke Maloney-Ward, 4. Sean Croston, 5. Jake Pass; 6. Ryan Horne, 7. Lewis Gartland; 8. Louis Brogan, 9. Paul Nash (C), 10. Matthew Ashcroft, 11. Ben Sims, 12. Joe Sharratt, 13. Sam Royle. Subs: 14. Brandon O’Neill, 15. Reece Jackson, 16. Eddie McLorie, 17. Christian Kellett, 19. Mike Wynn, 20. Tom Nesbitt.Wakefield:1. Clayton Lynch; 2. Tom Markland, 3. Colby Colthorpe, 4. Tom Ashen, 5. Callum Hudson; 6. Owen Hughes, 7. Josh Pinder; 8. Yusuf Aydin, 9. Cameron Lees, 10. Robert Jowett, 11. Tom Murphy, 12. Kieran Lewis, 13. Joe Summers. Subs: 14. Charlie Frost, 15. Jamie Szuluk, 16. Kian Morgan, 17. Jack Dykes, 18. Ben Markland, 19. Connor Bailey, 20. Lewis Teale.last_img read more

ITS been a busy week at Saints with not only toniITS been a busy week at Saints with not only toni

first_imgIT’S been a busy week at Saints with not only tonight’s game against Leigh Centurions to look forward to but news of a player ‘swap’.Zeb Taia and Joe Greenwood ‘traded places’ and both players are now waiting on Visas before they can take to the field at their new clubs.“We had the opportunity to do something now and whilst I am disappointed to lose a young homegrown player, we have got the services of a great player,” Saints Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said. “We couldn’t really wait until the end of the year – Zeb might have stayed around the Gold Coast and if not, would have gone on the open market. Lots of clubs are looking for back rowers and we needed security. He will influence a lot of good things for the team.“Zeb is an outstanding player. We tried to get him a few years ago before he went back to the Titans.“It’s now a case of waiting for his Visa but every box has been ticked and we expect him to be with us in two or three weeks.”He continued: “It’s sad to lose Joe. To his credit I asked him to be honest and come and speak to me if he would be leaving – and he did just that. He was due to leave at the end of the season but then the cogs started turning, questions were asked and we are now where we are.“It’s sad to see him go and I’d like to see him come back in the future and pull a Saints shirt on.“We are hamstrung at what we can offer players. The salary caps between the two leagues are so different and to be honest we couldn’t have kept him if we had tried.“People don’t realise the work, time, effort and finance that goes into a junior player.“People have spent lots of time with Joe to help him develop and he still has a lot more learning to do.“But that’s sport and I admire him for going out there, just him and his girlfriend, and taking up the challenge of an NRL career.”last_img read more

SAINTS head to the DW Stadium this afternoon to taSAINTS head to the DW Stadium this afternoon to ta

first_imgSAINTS head to the DW Stadium this afternoon to take on Wigan Warriors in the traditional Good Friday blockbuster.The sides are familiar foes with just one win separating the two in the Super League era.Squads:Luke Thompson and Regan Grace have been named in Saints’ 19-man squad. Read more here.Last Ten Meetings:Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16) Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16) St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SLR7, 25/3/16) 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)Super League Summary: Wigan won 34 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs) St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs) 4 drawsHighs and Lows:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Head to Head:SaintsWiganTries2533Goals1722Metres9,9719,886Breaks4045Tackles2,7692,501Penalties6264Club Milestones:Theo Fages needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. He has played 26 games for St Helens since 2016, to go with appearances for Salford (66, 2013-2015) and France (7, 2013-2015).Super League Milestones:(Players reaching significant figures in Super League games only, including play-offs & Super League Super 8s)Andy Lynch needs one appearance to move ahead of Paul Wellens and into stand-alone second place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 454 2 = Andy Lynch (Castleford/Hull FC/Bradford, 1999-present), Paul Wellens (St Helens, 1998-2015) 439 4 Jamie Peacock (Leeds/Bradford, 1999-2015) 438 5 Leon Pryce (Hull FC/Catalans Dragons/St Helens/Bradford, 1998-2016) 432 6 Rob Burrow (Leeds, 2001-present) 415 7 Keith Senior (Leeds/Sheffield, 1996-2011) 413 8 Lee Gilmour (Wakefield/Castleford/Huddersfield/St Helens/Bradford/Wigan, 1997-2014) 407 9 Ben Westwood (Warrington/Wakefield, 1999-present) 389 10 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 388Danny Tickle needs three points to draw level with Sean Long in sixth place in the list of Super League’s all-time leaders.1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds, 1997-2015) 3,443 2 Paul Deacon (Wigan/Bradford/Oldham, 1997-2011) 2,413 3 Andy Farrell (Wigan, 1996-2004) 2,376 4 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons/Wigan, 2006-2013 & 2016) 2,284 5 Lee Briers (Warrington/St Helens, 1997-2013) 2,232 6 Sean Long (Hull FC/St Helens/Wigan, 1996-2011) 2,200 7 Danny Tickle (Leigh/Castleford/Widnes/Hull FC/Wigan/Halifax, 2000-present) 2,197 8 Danny Brough (Huddersfield/Wakefield/Castleford/Hull FC, 2005-2006 & 2008-present) 2,056 9 Iestyn Harris (Bradford/Leeds/Warrington, 1996-2001 & 2004-2008) 1,674 10 Michael Dobson (Salford/Hull KR/Wigan/Catalans Dragons, 2006, 2008-2013 & 2015-present) 1,571Adam Walker – 1 appearance away from 100 (6 for Huddersfield, 2010-2012; 87 for Hull KR, 2013-2016 and 6 for St Helens, 2017)Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 11 2 = Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 9 4 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 8 5 = Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 6Goals:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 45 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 37 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 32 4 = Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 26 6 = Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 22 8 Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 9 = Ashton Golding (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 14Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 92.50 (37/40) 2 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 91.42 (32/35) 3 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 82.35 (14/17) 4 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 78.78 (26/33) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.58 (45/58)Points:1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 128 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 86 3 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 69 4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 65 5 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 60 6 Morgan Escare (Wigan Warriors) 56 7 Mark Percival (St Helens) 50 8 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Sam Williams (Wakefield Trinity) 44 10 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 40last_img read more

Lane closures in Pender Co to last through MayLane closures in Pender Co to last through May

first_img Crews will work to construct the new alignment connection between the two roads. Officials said one lane will remain open to traffic at all times on Factory Road.The work is part of the original Hampstead Median Project and has been accelerated to enhance safety along US 17 between NC 210 and Factory Rd.The NCDOT wants to remind drivers to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible and allow extra travel time. Road Closed (Photo: Daniel X. O’Neil/CC BY 2.0) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the next three and a half months, two roads in Pender County will have intermittent lane closures.According to a release from the Department of Transportation the closures are both eastbound and westbound on Dan Owen Drive and Factory Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through May 28.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Thousands attend 71st annual Azalea Festival paradeThousands attend 71st annual Azalea Festival parade

first_img Floats, high school bands, gigantic balloons, and much more made their way through the parade route.A couple Port City natives said the beautiful weather was just one of the reasons they decided to come out for the first time in a few years.“We’re locals, we’re native to Wilmington and we normally watch it on TV, but my grandson is in the parade so we wanted to come see him in person,” said Caroline Autry, who was there with her friend Roxsann Rusher.Related Article: List of road closures in downtown Wilmington during Azalea FestivalOur own Randy Aldridge and Jeff Rivenbark served as Masters of Ceremonies for the parade. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Downtown Wilmington shut down Saturday morning as thousands gathered to witness the 71st annual Azalea Festival parade.Specators lined 3rd Street from Market Street all the way up to Bladen Street to catch a glimpse of one of the most popular Azalea Festival events.- Advertisement – last_img read more

ILM Passengers expect delays at TSA checkpointsILM Passengers expect delays at TSA checkpoints

first_imgPassengers at Wilmington International Airport on January 3, 2017 (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Passengers to ILM will need to arrive early for flights for the next day or so according to a social media post from airport officials.The airport tweeted out that an X-ray machine is out-of-order at the TSA checkpoint.Due to mechanical issues, one of TSA’s x-ray machines at the security checkpoint is out of service until tomorrow. This can affect passenger’s screening time so we are asking our passengers to arrive at least 2 hours early to ensure that everyone makes their flight.— ILM Airport (@ILMairport) August 19, 2018- Advertisement – They say this will impact passengers through the evening and into tomorrow. Airport officials are asking passengers to arrive at least 2 hours early to ensure that everyone makes their flight.The airport also tweeted an apology to customer for any inconvenience this may cause.last_img read more

Flooding and railroad work closes Wilmington streetsFlooding and railroad work closes Wilmington streets

first_img Some calls were for downed power lines, motor vehicle accidents, and stranded or stalled motorists Vincent said. On a typical day, the 911 center receives about 1-4 calls during this time frame.“We ask for everyone to stay alert,” Vincent said. ” Turn around, don’t drown.”Many traffic signal lights were out across Wilmington due to power outages including the intersections of 5th & Dawson Streets, and 3rd & Greenfield Streets. There were also problems with signal lights at 5th and Marstellar Streets.Related Article: Greenfield Grind skate park is undergoing some changesBetween 4-9 AM, ILM Airport received 1.58 inches of rain making it the wettest day of 2019.According to WWAY Meteorologist Justin McKee, the rain is expected to continue through noon and give way to sunny skies in the afternoon.In addition to flooded streets, a number of streets were also closed due to maintenance work on CSX railroad tracks throughout Wilmington. As of 9 AM Thursday, the following streets are now open or closed:30th Street – OPENPrincess Place – OPENHenry Street – OPENClay Street – OPENWestig Street – CLOSEDCovil Avenue – OPENMercer Drive – OPENForest Hills Drive – OPENColonial Drive – CLOSEDWrightsville Avenue – OPEN17th Street – OPENMarsteller Street – CLOSED13th Street – OPEN but will be closing again12th Street – CLOSED10th Street – CLOSED9th Street – CLOSED8th Street – CLOSED7th Street – CLOSED6th Street – CLOSED5th Street – CLOSEDMartin Street – CLOSED4th Street – CLOSED Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear area experienced lots of heavy wind and rain Thursday morning with a weather system that quickly moved through the region.According to Wilmington Fire Department Spokeswoman Natosha Vincent, more than a dozen calls came into the New Hanover County 911 Dispatch Center between 5-9 AM due to weather-related incidents.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Big cat sanctuary begins construction in Fair BluffBig cat sanctuary begins construction in Fair Bluff

first_imgFAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — A wild cat rescue sanctuary is closer to becoming a reality in Fair Bluff, as crews start on the first stages of construction.The idea for Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue dates back to 2013. Founder Shazir Haque says the mission is to rescue wild cats big and small that are being kept as pets, circus performers, or are stuck in other similar situations.- Advertisement – Haque says he chose Fair Bluff for the location due to the economic need after Hurricane Matthew. Some may worry that flooding from future storms may pose problems. Haque says he has a plan to keep the animals safe.Shizzy’s Wildcat Rescue will occupy the old Ford Dealership property in Fair Bluff.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)“We’re going to have two propane generators on the property that are elevated so that we can continue operations as if nothing happened at all,” Haque said. “We’re going to elevate all of the den boxes and platforms… higher than what the flood line was whenever Florence and Matthew came by.”Haque says he plans to open by August of 2020 and there are plenty of volunteer events to help them get ready.Related Article: Illegal “night club” searched in Fair BluffClick here for more information.last_img read more

Net export contributions will only improve in 2021 – CBMNet export contributions will only improve in 2021 – CBM

first_imgThe contribution to Malta’s economic growth from net exports will only improve by 2021, the Central Bank of Malta has warned.They state that this is,‘expected to be negative in 2019 and 2020,’ owing to weaknesses in the international environment, ‘and a pick-up in import growth as a result of robust consumption and investment growth.’CBM also projects that the country’s economic growth over this year until 2021 should ‘remain strong’ sitting an average of 4.4%.  This runs in line with their projection that the growth will be stressed by increases in ‘private consumption, investment, and government expenditure.’ This is while economic activity is expected to down due to a more downwardly revised investment growth.As for jobs, CBM believes that it will ‘remain strong’ with unemployment expected to sit at 3.8% in two years time.They also state that ‘government finances are expected to remain in surplus over the coming years, such that the debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to decline to below 40%.’You can view the full report for 2019 – 2021 here: CBM concludes their statement by saying that, ‘the external environment poses downside risks to the projections of economic activity and inflation. Conversely, domestic risks remain largely positive in the medium-term. The risks to public finances are broadly balanced, as possible slippages in the implementation of investment projects could be offset by higher current expenditure.’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

Record 5 increase in electricity demandRecord 5 increase in electricity demand

first_imgYesterday’s significant increase in the demand for electricity, an increase of five percent, is what led to the power cuts across multiple localities in Malta. This was confirmed by a spokesperson for Enemalta plc.The spokesperson stated that the demand reached 510MW, the highest rate ever registered by Enemalta. He explained that this was a five percent increase from the last record-breaking number in August 2017, that of 488MW. Moreover, in July’s first few days, a 15 percent increase was registered when compared to 2017 and 2018 numbers.He added that in the past two days, Enemalta clients had been experiencing power cuts due to the recent heatwaves. He sustained that damages were localised and separate. The spokesperson then explained that due to the automated systems in the Enemalta substations, power cuts were resolved relatively quickly. Electrical supply was back on within 10 minutes in 80 percent of the cases.He stressed that despite the power cuts, there were no problems with the electrical generators. Enemalta will continue investing in its distribution systems in order to strengthen its services.Should you experience any difficulties, you may call Enemalta on 80072224.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

How to create a website with Google SitesHow to create a website with Google Sites

first_imgGoogle Sites is a Google service, before you can use it to build websites you’ll need to first sign up for a free Google account. Advertisement The basics of creating a website Sites is a Google service that helps you create websites. You can use the freely available web service to create dynamic and interactive websites with just a few clicks. No HTML knowledge is required!By default, Sites uses a WYSIWYG editor. Its interface also accommodates advanced users who wish to manually edit HTML code.Because Google Sites is a Google service, before you can use it to build websites you’ll need to first sign up for a free Google account. Fire up your web browser and head to the Google Sites website to register a new account. – Advertisement – If you’re already registered with any other Google service, such as Gmail, you can use the same credentials to log into Google Sites.Once you’ve logged in, you’re dropped off at the Sites bare-bones dashboard. From here, follow the walkthrough below to craft a great-looking new website in a matter of minutes.1. Choose a name and address Click the button labelled Create on the Sites dashboard which takes you to the Create new site screen. Here enter the name of your site which is automatically appended to the URL of your website, without any spaces.Remember however that unlike the name of the website, the URL should be unique.2. Select a template and theme By default, Sites doesn’t use a template for new websites to give you full control over its design. However, you can base your website on an existing template.Select one of the listed popular templates or click on the ‘Browse the gallery for more’. Next, expand the ‘Select a theme’ drawer and choose from one of the listed themes.3. Edit site layout Sites will now create your new website and you can edit and customise it using the buttons in the top right corner. To change the default layout, click the Gear icon and go to ‘Edit site layout’.You can now enable/disable and rearrange certain elements of your website such as the sidebar, depending on the theme you selected earlier.4. Create a page To add a new page, click on ‘Create page’. Then, name the page and the template it’ll be based on. Use the default Web Page template.Click on ‘Learn more’ to read about the other templates. Finally, select a hierarchical position for the page, for example, whether you want to place it besides existing pages or underneath one.[related-posts]5. Add content You’ll now be taken to the WYSIWYG interface of Sites to add and edit content. The interface looks similar to any text editor.You can use the menus on top to change the layout of the page, add multiple columns, insert tables, images, and even include a +1 button for visitors to recommend the page.6. General website management Repeat steps 4 and 5 to flesh out your website with multiple pages and content. Before you unveil your creation to the world, set and configure some critical elements by clicking on the Gears button and heading to Manage Site.Here you can change the name of the website and add a more detailed description.7. Control Access To control access to your website, click on the Gears icon, head to the Manage Site option and switch to Sharing and Permissions.By default, new websites can be viewed by anyone. To curb access, click on the Change… link under ‘Who has access’ to restrict access either to a URL to your website or a specific list of people.8. Track and revert changes That’s it, you can now invite other users to view your website. As you modify your website over time you can keep track of the changes by clicking on the Gears icon and heading to Revision History.Click on the ‘view page listing’ link at the top to list all the pages on your website. From here you can view all versions of a particular page.[TechRadar]last_img read more

What You Need to Know About Googles Upcoming Native AdBlocker for ChromeWhat You Need to Know About Googles Upcoming Native AdBlocker for Chrome

first_imgAdvertisement Google is preparing to introduce an ad-blocker to Chrome browser despite fears that it would hit their online advertising revenues — a move that has been hailed by publishers in the US and Europe, the Financial Times reported.This move comes after Google was recently criticized for placement of ads on its video hosting platform YouTube.Unlike many of the most popular ad blockers in use today, including AdBlock Plus, Adblocker Ultimate, and uBlock Origins, the Chrome ad blocker is intended to focus on the most problematic and “annoying” ads. That includes “pop-up ads, auto-play video ads with sound, prestitial ads with countdown and large sticky ads.” That definition comes courtesy of the Coalition for Better Ads, an independent organization formed by a group of companies in March, including Google, Facebook, Newscorp, and more. The Coalition’s goal is to eliminate “ads that disrupt [consumer’s] experience, interrupt content and slow browsing.” – Advertisement – The native Chrome ad blocker will also seek to supplant current offerings with ads which consumers find less bothersome; currently, it’s estimated that about 26 percent of internet users use an ad blocker, a number which keeps increasing as browsers become increasingly frustrated with online ad companies that have no standards or oversights, and as “poisoned” ads continue to be responsible for security breaches and installing malware on target machines.According to Tripwire, poisoned ads have even been spread by major websites recently, including MSN, BBC, the New York Times, AOL, and Newsweek, hijacking browsers and installing malicious software.ChallengesGoogle is the web’s largest advertising provider already, making some 86 percent of their revenue from advertising – and Chrome is the most popular web browser, making up over 50 percent of the market share. By adding a native ad blocker to Chrome, where they decide which ads are shown and which are blocked, Google is potentially drastically increasing their already impressive hold on the online advertising market. Add to that Google’s policies about which sort of sites they will serve – for example, they won’t service adult sites – and their stranglehold on the search engine market, and you have a real recipe for one company controlling the content of the open web.Industry experts believe that a native Chrome ad blocker could be announced as soon as the Google I/O conference in May.[related-posts]Credit: Inquisitrlast_img read more

Worlds First Wireless Charging Mousepad Two New Gaming Mice unveiledWorlds First Wireless Charging Mousepad Two New Gaming Mice unveiled

first_imgLogitech’s Wireless Charging Mousepad. (Photo Courtesy) Advertisement While we’ve been distracted by the benefits of wireless charging technology for smartphones, Logitech has found a very practical use for it in the form of a mousepad.The Logitech G Powerplay is the world’s first wireless charging system for gaming mice, which is being launched alongside two new flagship gaming mice Logitech G903 and G703.The Logitech Powerplay is priced around $100 (roughly 359,200 UGX) and will be available in August, while the Logitech G903 and G703 wireless gaming mice are priced at $150 (roughly  538,800 UGX) and $100 (roughly 359,200 UGX), respectively and will be available in June. – Advertisement – Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, says that Powerplay is a departure from existing wireless charging standards and is designed to deliver uninterrupted charging over surface of the mousepad, which essentially means your wireless mouse will constantly be charged when in use.The wireless charging system uses an application of electromagnetic resonance that creates an energy field on the surface of the 275x320mm mousepad. Notably, the company also says that this will not hamper or cause any interference with the mouse’s functionality.“For decades, we’ve pioneered development in wireless gaming, and our new Powerplay and Lightspeed wireless technologies continue this commitment to wireless superiority,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of Logitech G. “With Powerplay, Lightspeed and our new G903 and G703 mice, you’ll get unbeatable precision, lag-free performance and infinite power, which gives gamers the highest-quality experience,” he adds.The new Powerplay mousepad is accompanied with two new wireless gaming mice, Logitech G903 and G703. Logitech says the mice come equipped with PMW3366 optical sensor which has zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration across the entire DPI range (200-12,000 DPI) for accurate tracking and consistent responsiveness, even at speeds over 400 IPS.[related-posts]In terms of looks, the mice have a pretty intimidating body design with advanced mechanical button tensioning that give the left and right mouse buttons a good feel, response and consistency. The buttons are also more durable with up to 50 million click switches. Despite its solid feel, the mice have been designed to give a perfect grip, with rubber grips on either sides for greater control. Gamers can assign the buttons with custom game commands using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).Lastly, at the heart of both the Powerplay mousepad and the gaming mice is Logitech G’s Lightspeed wireless technology that delivers competition-level responsiveness at speeds faster than many competitive wired gaming mice.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Stupendous SaturdaySTAR PREVIEW Stupendous Saturday

first_img[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s sporting days go this just about has the lot.Djokovic and Murray fighting it out for a place in the French Open Final, the Ladies Final at Roland Garros, the Derby at Epsom this afternoon, the Champions League final tonight and late night racing action Stateside as American Pharoah bids for Triple Crown glory and to become the first since Affirmed in 1978 and 12th Triple Crown winner of all time.… and I haven’t even mentioned more heats of the Greyhound Derby at Wimbledon !!Where on earth to start ????It would be tempting to ignore all of them and say ‘I really fancy one in the Hexham seller’ but how on earth can I not get involved in the main action ?Let’s start with a summary:WILLIAMS will win the French OpenGOLDEN HORN will win the DerbyBARCELONA will win the Champions LeagueAMERICAN PHAROAH will win the Belmont StakesSo that’s sorted then but no awards for originality I hear you cry with all four being favourites for their respective events but as much as I like opposing favourites, sometimes, when the credentials are so solid you need to pay heed.Let’s put a little more flesh on the bones:FRENCH OPENWilliams was lethargic and ill in the semi-final but found a way to beat Bacsinszky. She should be a lot more refreshed for this final and should overpower Safarova who took time to get her game going in her semi-final win against Ivanovic. Crucially, Williams holds an 8-0 head to head record over Safarova – two of those wins coming on clay.THE DERBYThe Dante was always going to be the key trial for this year’s Classic and the John Gosden trained winner can maintain his unbeaten record here and end Aidan O’Brien’s recent domination. Golden Horn should relish the extra distance and quick ground which has gone against several including Elm Park.BARCELONABarcelona are so hard to look beyond in Germany tonight and the combined force of Messi, Neymar and Suarez should again prove potent and Barcelona are likely to make a move early in the game as they so often do. Both teams won their domestic leagues but Chiellini’s injury leaves Juventus with a problem in defence.BELMONT STAKESSo many have tried and failed but American Pharoah looks set to end the drought of Triple Crown winners since Affirmed in 1978. The 1m 4f trip is very much considered a marathon trip in American racing terms which is why it catches so many out on the dirt but American Pharoah comes into this having beaten all his rivals previously and given every indication he will see out the trip.So which one to go with for the bet?Simple, the ‘Bank of Barcelona’ at 8/13 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK BARCELONA for 10 points at around 8/13 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 52.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man U v ArsenalSTAR PREVIEW Man U v Arsenal

first_imgPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 186.36 points(not including Premier League ante-post or cricket) Arsenal’s North London Derby against Tottenham was filled with goals and it could well be the case against Manchester United as Unai Emery’s men face another blockbuster clash.Often in recent times, United have held the whip hand in this power struggle but it’s clear that the visitors come here in the better form. Unai Emery has quickly gotten the best out of his side in his first season and his tactical interventions at half time changed the course of the North London Derby on its head. The addition of Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal more pace and energy that they used to overwhelm their rivals and a 4-2 victory was entirely deserved.If anything, the scoreline flattered the visitors given that Bernd Leno should have saved Dier’s goal before a blatant dive from Heung Min-Son gave Harry Kane a penalty that he duly tucked away. However, in the second half there was a complete onslaught that the visitors could not handle, and it must go down as one of the most impressive performances seen this season.Meanwhile United dropped yet more points with a 2-2 draw against Southampton and they are seventh, eight points off a Champions League place. Jose Mourinho had reportedly told Brazilian television network RedeTV that United needed a “miracle” to finish in the top four and whilst he walked back those comments, it was another poor result and the pressure is once again sky high on Mourinho.His relationship with Paul Pogba is under strain yet again and it was left to Marcus Rashford to inspire a comeback from 2-0 down with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera earning the visitors a point. For a sign of how things have changed between the two sides, United were 4/11 to beat Arsenal only in April; They’re now as big as 11/8 for a win.And that price does not make much appeal either, even with home advantage. United have failed to win on six occasions at Old Trafford this season and they have only won half of their 6 Premier League games at Old Trafford here. Arsenal have won four of their six games on the road this season and look solid at 19/10.For those who want to avoid the match odds, this could be a high scoring encounter. In 22 of the combined 28 head to head games we’ve seen over 2.5 goals but both sides were involved in thrillers last weekend and Over 3.5 could be a real runner. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored with each of his last 10 shots on target in the Premier League whilst the Gunners have scored two goals at least in all of their away games in the league so far. Only Crystal Palace have failed to score at Old Trafford.Man Utd v ArsenalPremier League20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 ArsenalDEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-3 Manchester UnitedMAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Manchester UnitedNOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 ArsenalFEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 ArsenalOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-0 Manchester UnitedMAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 ArsenalMAR 2015 FA CUP Manchester 1-2 ArsenalNOV 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-2 Manchester UnitedFEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-0 Manchester UnitedMourinho’s injury problems led to him naming a back three with two midfielders last week but they’ve had issues defending all season and even the return of Chris Smalling or Eric Bailly to the fold might not prevent this from being a goal-fest.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 5 points at 17/5 with starsports.betlast_img read more

Rice School of Architecture tops deans listRice School of Architecture tops deans list

first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to an image for download appears at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice School of Architecture tops deans’ listDean Whiting among most-admired educators in annual DesignIntelligence ranking HOUSTON – (Nov. 5, 2014) – Rice School of Architecture (RSA) has been named the most-admired undergraduate architecture program in the nation in a survey of 78 architecture deans and department heads released this week by DesignIntelligence and the Design Futures Council.The annual ranking also named RSA Dean Sarah Whiting one of the 30 most-admired educators for 2015, as chosen by DesignIntelligence staff “with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students.”In overall rankings released Nov. 3, RSA retained its No. 3 ranking for undergraduate education and is tied for seventh place among the top graduate programs. The school was named No. 1 in the South for both undergraduate and graduate education.A breakdown of student responses showed 100 percent of RSA students ranked the program as excellent (95 percent) or above average (5 percent). Ninety-eight percent responded they feel they will be well-prepared for graduation.The rankings are based on a survey of the leaders of hundreds of architecture firms who have had direct experience hiring and judging the performance of recent architecture graduates. Participants were asked which accredited programs have best prepared their students for real-world practice.Whiting, according to the report, “receives high praise from faculty, students and professionals for her strong leadership and inspiration to students. She has a great vision for the school and is extremely knowledgeable while maintaining personability and genuine concern for every student in the program. She is insightful, brilliant, enthusiastic and open-minded, a ‘recipe for success across the board.’”“It’s always terrific to have outside confirmation that things are going well,” said Whiting, the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture. “We see it every day in the school with the work our faculty and students are producing.“However, to have our students go well beyond our demanding course work to surprise us with innovations like the Soundworm! and Architectronica is even more gratifying to me than rankings. Architecture is equal parts material and intellectual culture, and our students relish both,” she said.For the second year in a row, Cornell University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, retained the top two undergraduate positions. Harvard University led the graduate ranking, followed by Columbia University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University and the University of Michigan. The University of Pennsylvania tied with Rice for seventh.-30-This news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Rice School of Architecture: http://architecture.rice.eduImage for download: Soundworm! project by Rice School of Architecture students brings ambient audio from various points around Rice’s Houston campus to the wirelessly connected yellow steel tube. The school was chosen this week by the nation’s architecture deans and department heads as No. 1 for undergraduate education. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.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