SF Mission Church Offers Sanctuary to Undocumented Community

first_imgThe Mission’s Episcopal Church of St. John’s the Evangelist on Wednesday joined a number of churches in the San Francisco area and beyond in vowing to protect their immigrant community from deportation.“We’ve given sanctuary to many over the years,” said father Richard Smith, St. John’s vicar, to a group of some 50 community members gathered in front of two red doors marking the entrance of the church at 15th and Julian streets.St. John’s served as a safe haven to members of the gay community during the AIDS epidemic and currently offers temporary shelter to the homeless seeking a reprieve from the streets. On Wednesday, church members reaffirmed their dedication to shielding immigrants from deportation and assisting them in accessing vital resources. That practice has a long history at St. John’s – In the 80s, refugees fleeing the war in El Salvador found protection from immigration and law enforcement officials within its walls. It was during this time that parishioners decided to paint its doors red, signifying its status as a sanctuary church. “We painted the doors red as an indicator – should any of our families…face deportation, we would stand in the way to prevent it,” said Smith. The church renewed its commitment in light of threats of arrest and deportation made against immigrants across the nation by President Donald Trump’s administration. The announcement coincided with the commencement of lent  – a religious period to return to “the values we hold most dear, most important,” said Smith. Earlier, leaders of the faith community and supporters of immigrant rights had met at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to hold a ceremony in observance of Ash Wednesday.About a dozen faith leaders held papers labeled with what they saw as the world’s collective sins – “Deportation,” “Islamophobia,” “Segregation” and “Homophobia,” among others.  One by one, they burned them over a candle set up on the plaza.People tore and burned words of hate. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe group then marched down Mission Street and through Clarion Alley before ending the procession at St. John’s. Onlookers joined in for parts of the march, such as 21-year-old Luis Medina, who immigrated from Mexico two years ago.  “We have a big problem, but the solution is not deportations – the problem needs love,” said Medina, adding that he was “happy” to witness the show of support from community members.“Sometimes I feel alone, but seeing these people here, I know that we are together,” he said.The ceremony was meant to symbolize repentance, while the march denounced Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and made public the group’s intentions to open the doors of their churches to those subjected to hate and racism.“Today we gather here in public as a sign of public repentance and our denunciation of these words and actions that separate stigmatize and divide,” said Reverend Deborah Lee, of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.Father Richard Smith leads a march down Mission Street. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe faith leaders declared their commitment to supporting their immigrant members – both documented and undocumented – by offering them sanctuary from immigration officials as well as assistance with their most basic needs. Hailing from Germany, Maria Eitz, the first female Catholic priest ordained in San Francisco, said that she had come to stand with immigrants.“I am an immigrant,” said Eitz, who arrived in the United States in 1963. Before immigrating, Eitz said that she worked “behind the iron curtain” in Berlin to help smuggle children from East to West Germany.The U.S.’s current administration, said Eitz, is a frightening reminder of that time. “I grew up under Hitler and I know that what is happening now is following exactly those steps – I feel it in my bones,” she said. Presiding over the San Francisco Sophia in Trinity community, Eitz said she is not only offering sanctuary to immigrants but supporting them in finding housing. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCraig Wong, a member of the pastoral staff at the Mission’s Grace Fellowship Community Church, said that his church has long drawn members of the Asian and Latino communities. It is these parishioners and their families that his church is now vowing to advocate for.“Navigating housing, the school system here, getting jobs – there are many obstacles here for these communities,” said Wong.During the ceremony, caseworkers from CARECEN, a Latino resource and social justice center, shared moving testimonies of young immigrant men currently under threat of deportation.Most of the organization’s clients had fled poverty and violence, said Metzi Henriquez, a mental health specialist with the organization and herself a child refugee.Henriquez told the story of an 18-year-old client who found out that he was undocumented after a recent arrest. The young father, who speaks limited Spanish, is now facing deportation to Mexico, where he has no known family members.“I do not work with criminals,” said Hernandez. “I work with people who made simple mistakes, with refugees, with hardworking people who risked their lives to journey to this country.”At St. John’s, the staff is currently supporting three of CARECEN’s clients – two men and one woman, all refugees from Central America.“We meet with them and their caseworkers regularly and provide all the support that we can in the form of little things such as getting them BART cards to clothing, housing and of course lots and lots of prayers,” said Diana McDonnell, a lay leader at St. John’s,  adding that if push comes to shove, the church is prepared to go a step further by thwarting immigration officials’ efforts. “If the Trump administration decides to deport any of our brothers and sisters, we are committed to standing in the way and stopping that from happening,” she said. 0%center_img Tags: deportation • ICE • immigrants • immigration • protests • sanctuary city Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

TOM Armstrong bagged a hattrick as Saints complet

first_imgTOM Armstrong bagged a hat-trick as Saints completed their Engage Super League regular season campaign with a 34-16 win at Quins RL.It was a tale of two halves as they recovered from a 12-4 deficit to finish the year off with a victory.Saints were 12-4 down at half time as Quins punished indiscretions and got a fair slice of luck.Two forward passes and an ankle tap as the hooter went stopped Royce Simmons’ men imposing themselves on a game they’d pretty much created the main chances in.Tom Armstrong put Saints ahead but ill-discipline handed Quins the territory for Karl Pryce to send in Karl Temata and then bag one himself.In the second half, another try went begging as Saints passed up a four on two overlap before Lee Gaskell produced a piece of brilliance to chip through and get the ball down.Armstrong’ second and third sandwiched Scott Hale’s first in Saints’ colours and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored against his former employers to complete a satisfying day’s work.Saints fielded a full British 17 with 14 of their players coming through the club’s Academy system.Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax paired up once again in the half backs whilst Gary Wheeler made his first start since he was injured at Wigan on Good Friday. Scott Moore deputised for James Roby who was rested after playing in all of Saints matches this season.Carl Forster made his debut off the bench.For Quins, the day was all about Rob Purdham and his final appearance for the club before he heads up to Cumbria.After a pretty tepid opening 10 minutes a massive high ball was knocked on by Luke Dorn giving Saints prime position.And they didn’t disappoint, pinging the ball left for Tom Armstrong to get over in the corner.Quins responded on their next attack – a chip to the corner was knocked sideways by Karl Pryce and Karl Temata charged to the line. Gale converting to make it 6-4.Saints should have taken the lead moments later when Gary Wheeler sidestepped the defence to send in Tom Armstrong, but the winger’s pass was too strong for Paul Wellens to take in.And on 28 minutes Quins forged further ahead after weathering more Saints pressure. This time the ball was kept alive and Karl Pryce increased the lead – following a wonder tackle on Andy Ellis to quell the original attack.Tom Armstrong had a second chalked off for a forward pass as the half entered its final stages and Wellens took a massive bomb.Saints could have scored as the hooter went as Wheeler broke from within his half, but Lee Gaskell was just caught a couple of feet from the line.Saints forced a drop out in the opening ten minutes of the second half and then finally made the pressure pay.After banging on the door, Lee Gaskell chipped ahead and with the Quins defence standing still he touched down – Makinson with the conversion.Within minutes Saints were ahead – a sweeping move again involving Wellens and Wheeler which Armstrong converted.Makinson adding the extras off the touchline.Scott Hale burrowed over for his first in Saints colours before Tom Armstrong finished off a mazy Wellens run.Quins’ pulled one back through Jamie O’Callaghan but Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook restored the advantage and gave Saints the two points.Match Summary:Quins:Tries: Temata, Pryce, O’CallaghanGoals: Gale (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: Armstrong (3), Makinson, Hale, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Makinson (5 from 6)Penalties:Quins: 8Saints: 10HT: 4-12FT: 34-16REF: Tim RobyATT: 3546Teams:Quins:1. Luke Dorn; 5. Chris Melling, 2. Jamie O’Callaghan, 31. Karl Pryce, 23. Mark Calderwood; 24. Dan Sarginson, 6. Luke Gale; 17. Danny Ward, 7. Chad Randall, 8. Karl Temata, 12. Chris Bailey, 13. Rob Purdham, 3. Tony Clubb.Subs: 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Oliver Wilkes, 14. Jason Golden, 18. David Williams.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Tom Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 24. Tom Armstrong; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 18. Matty Ashurst, 16. Paul Clough.Subs: 19. Andrew Dixon, 26. Carl Forster, 27. Nathan Ashe, 29. Scott Hale.last_img read more

24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival held in Kure

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1508122206-037a356fd33b0a96045686a7e5ca2c7fb956dfa8_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sweet tunes and savory smells were in the air in Kure Beach this weekend during the 24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival.The Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce was expecting around six to seven thousand people to attend the two day event at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.- Advertisement – Fourteen bands hit the blues and jazz stages over the weekend and there were plenty of arts and crafts and food vendors.“Everyone looks for an excuse to come down to our beach and, of course, when you put good music like blues and jazz in with it and the fact that it’s down here at the beach, it just kinda gives people two reasons to come on down,” said Mike Worley, the Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce’s chair emeritus.The weather held up for the festival this year after Hurricane Matthew forced the event to be moved to a different date in 2016.last_img read more

Brunswick Co deputy involved in crash undergoes surgery

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a crash last night is still in the hospital after undergoing surgery today.Officials confirm the surgery was related to a leg injury.- Advertisement – The crash happened in New Hanover County on 421 near the Isabel Holmes bridge.Investigator Trooper Andrew Smith says the deputy and a sheriff’s office volunteer were transporting two people to a facility outside of the county.The Highway Patrol says a driver turned left in front of the deputy and the two collided.Related Article: Life After Addiction: TIDES program aims to help women overcome opioid addictionNo word on the current condition of the other passengers.The highway patrol cited the driver of the other vehicle with failure to yield.last_img read more

Woman pleads guilty to fiery crash that killed 13 month old son

first_imgMelissa Henderson pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2016 wreck that killed her son. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been more than two years since a wreck on River Road near Carolina Beach killed a 13 month old baby.A judge sentenced the mother Monday up to nearly 15 years in prison after she took a plea deal.- Advertisement – Melissa Henderson kept her head down as she pleaded guilty to several charges, including felony reckless child abuse inflicting serious injury and felony death by vehicle.Judge Harrel also said if it weren’t for the constraint of the law he would give Henderson more time.Henderson’s two children were in the car when she crashed her SUV in April 2016. The SUV burst into flames, killing the baby and injuring Henderson and her other child.Related Article: Prosecutors abandon criminal case against Jussie SmollettProsecutors say at the time, Henderson was under the influence of prescription drugs.last_img read more

Cautious Optimism for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan

first_imgWhatsApp <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> SharePrintcenter_img Il-poplu fis-Sudan t’Isfel ibati mill-gwerra ċivili li kissret il-pajjiżIl-poplu fis-Sudan t’Isfel ibati mill-gwerra ċivili li kissret il-pajjiż Cardinal Pietro Parolin has confirmed to ZENIT that there is ‘cautious optimism’ for Pope Francis to visit South Sudan.The Vatican Secretary of State expressed this at the “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom” Symposium, April 3 in Rome, sponsored by the US Embassy to the Holy See and held at the Embassy. He was speaking to press on the sidelines, responding specifically to ZENIT’s question about the widely-speculated and awaited papal trip to the African nation which has been plagued by civil war.Responding, the Vatican Secretary of State said: “We know the Pope wants to go there and we know the situation has improved a little, especially after the agreement was signed, and also because of the good will of the people who are involved the situation.”Spiritual retreat“In Italy, we say we have ‘cauto ottimismo’ (cautious optimism),” he said with a smile.This week in the Vatican, there is a spiritual retreat for the leaders of South Sudan, affirmed April 3 the Director ad interim of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti.Pope Francis has expressed his desire on various occasions to make a trip to the country, also having noting his wish to visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.Encouraging the peace processLast week, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, visited South Sudan. On May 2, 2018, UK Ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury for reconciliation in South Sudan met with Archbishop Paul Gallagher about furthering peace in the nation.On March 16, Pope Francis received the nation’s president and his delegation, in the Vatican, where the Pope, according to the Vatican’s statement: “expressed the wish to ascertain the conditions for a possible visit to South Sudan, as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process.”Pope Francis will be visiting the African nations of Madagascar, Mozambique, and Mauritius, Sept. 4-10.last_img read more

British fugitive arrested in Malta

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A British man involved in a homicide, has been arrested by the Maltese police using a false identity.  He is expected to appear in court where the process of his extradition back to the United Kingdom will begin.The arrest is understood to have occurred after several days of surveillance involving a joint effort by the Maltese and British Police Force. On Thursday, members of the criminal intelligence section were involved in the case which saw them make the arrest under a European Arrest Warrant.The arrested person was in Malta using a false identity and is understood to be the same person wanted by the British authorities in connection with the murder of a British male Brian Waters Tabley, 16 years ago.One of Europe’s most wanted has ties with MaltaOne of Europe’s most wanted connected to MaltaSince the beginning of 2019, 8 European Arrests Warrants had been sanctioned in Malta. The police say this is evidence of their intensive work carried by the Maltese police in assisting in the breaking of local and international criminal circles.These operations are intended to catch wanted international fugitives and to hand them over to face justice and to strengthen the fight against criminal organisations.WhatsApplast_img read more

Airtel Nigeria Appoints New CEO

first_imgAdvertisement Segun-OgunsanyaBharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider, with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has appointed Segun Ogunsanya as the Chief Executive Officer of  Airtel Nigeria.Ogunsanya takes over from Rajan Swaroop, who has successfully led operations at Airtel Nigeria for the past two years. He will resume his appointment from the 26th of November, 2012 and report  to Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and Joint MD, Bharti Airtel.Meanwhile, Swaroop will be appointed as Non-Executive Director on the Board of Airtel Nigeria following the completion of the transition process and will continue to work closely with the Airtel Nigeria leadership team. – Advertisement – The appointment of Ogunsanya underlines Bharti Airtel’s commitment to promoting African talent, Kohli said.With over 24 years of industry experience across multiple geographies, Ogunsanya has worked for various organisations and diverse sectors such as Coca-Cola, Banking and Arthur Anderson.Ogunsanya is a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Ife, in Southern Nigeria.Prior to his appointment with Airtel, Ogunsanya was the Managing Director and CEO of Nigerian Bottling Company. His last assignment was with The Coca-Cola Company, where he started his career in Finance and gradually transitioned into senior leadership roles with the various bottling operations of The Coca-Cola Company across diverse markets and countries in Africa.Source: PC Tech Nigerialast_img read more

EU fines Microsoft 733 million for breaking browser pact

first_imgAdvertisement Joaquin Almunia, Vice-President of the European CommissionThe European Union has fined Microsoft €561 million ($733 million) for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company’s flagship Windows operating system.The penalty imposed by the EU’s executive arm, the Commission, is a first for Brussels: no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before.In 2009, Microsoft Corp. struck a broad settlement with the Commission to resolve disputes over the company’s abuse of the dominance of Windows, which had spanned more than a decade. – Advertisement – Back then, the company agreed to pay €860 million and promised to give Windows users the option of choosing another browser rather than having Microsoft’s Internet Explorer automatically installed on their machines.But Microsoft failed to stick to the deal for some 15 million installations of Windows 7 software in Europe from May 2011 until July 2012. The company admitted the failure last year, adding that it was a mistake.The Commission’s top competition regulator, Joaquin Almunia, said at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday that the fine reflected the size of the violation and the length of time it went on for. It was also intended to make an example of Microsoft and deter other companies from doing same thing. In theory, the commission could have fined Microsoft up to 10 percent of its global annual sales during the period the violation took place.“A failure to comply is a very serious infringement that must be sanctioned accordingly,” Almunia said.Keith Hylton, a professor of law and antitrust specialist at Boston University said the fine was “far in excess of any benefit Microsoft could have gotten from the error, and vastly in excess of any harm to EU consumers, who are all aware of alternatives to Internet Explorer.”In all, Microsoft has now paid €2.2 billion in fines to the Commission since 1998, when regulators opened their first investigations into the company after Sun Microsystems complained it had been denied access to technical documents. Over the years, the EU has broadened its investigation to include whether Microsoft had abused Window’s near-monopoly over the market for computer operating systems to corner other markets, including server software, streaming media software, and Internet browsers.Anthony Sabino, an antitrust lawyer and professor at St. John’s University, said the Commission was right to fine Microsoft for the latest lapse, but the size of the penalty seemed “disproportionate…perhaps even petty, given that Microsoft has paid its fines and yielded to all the demands of the EU.”“They have been slow to acknowledge that, while powerful, Microsoft is not invincible,” he said.Sabino added that Microsoft may be paying the price in part for its aggressiveness in the past in testing the limits of what regulators will tolerate.Given the length of time the latest violation went on, and the number of users affected, “it does strain credibility” that Microsoft wouldn’t have known it had failed to keep its part of the agreement, Sabino added.For its part, Microsoft was apologetic.“We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologized for it,” the company said in a statement. “We provided the Commission with a complete and candid assessment of the situation, and we have taken steps … to help avoid this mistake – or anything similar – in the future.”Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still has a 56 percent market share for Internet browsers on personal computers, according to statistics by Net Applications. Mozilla’s Firefox has 20 percent while Google’s Chrome has a 17 percent share. Microsoft is required to continue to offer consumers a choice of browsers through 2014.But the wider competitive landscape has changed greatly since the Commission started its action against Microsoft. Software applications on mobile phones usually bypass browsers entirely. Tech companies are now often less concerned with Internet browsers and more concerned about Google Inc.’s dominance in Internet search technology, Facebook’s dominance in social networking, and Apple’s dominance on mobile devices.“For technology companies, often the best policeman is technological progress itself,” Sabino said.Rather than imposing unilateral fines, Almunia has advocated negotiated settlements since he took over as commissioner in 2010. He believes that competition issues are best resolved quickly and that slapping big fines on companies years after the fact does little to help consumers.But he said the whole point of a settlement is undermined when companies then don’t abide by its terms.“They must do what they committed to do, or face the consequences,” he said.Almunia conceded that the Commission had been “naive” in appointing Microsoft itself to oversee compliance with the agreement, and said the Commission won’t allow that in the future.last_img read more

Focus General Insurance To Deploy Agilis Core General Insurance Solution

first_imgKalpesh Desai – CEO of Agile Financial Technologies Advertisement Kalpesh Desai – CEO of Agile Financial TechnologiesAgile Financial Technologies, a leading software provider for insurance, banking and financial services sectors, announced that it has signed a contract with Focus General Insurance (FGI), who have recently acquired their license in Zambia, to deploy its general insurance solution – Agilis Core General Insurance.Agile FT’s integrated comprehensive insurance solution will cover FGI’s entire business cycle from underwriting and claims management to reinsurance and accounting in addition to helping the company streamline its business processes and increase operational efficiency.“In our quest to meet the changing needs of our marketplace as well as to meet our company’s strategic objectives, we were looking to implement a comprehensive core insurance software , which would not only automate our day to day tasks, but would also provide mobility and accessibility to our brokers, agents and customers. – Advertisement – The solution also needed to be scalable, where it could easily be integrated with new technologies to aid our future growth and expansion in the region. After thoroughly reviewing a number of solutions from different vendors, we found that Agilis Core General Insurance came closest to meeting all of our requirements,” explained Isaac Gunda, Managing Director of Focus General Insurance.“Agilis will cover the entire spectrum of FGI’s operations and finance management including insurance product management and distribution (policies), underwriting, reinsurance, claims and accounting. It not only meets the end-to-end processing of our business requirements but it also has strong mobile technology integration capabilities as well as the ability to extend our outreach to agents over the web. We are confident that Agilis will help us streamline our insurance business processes, enhance operational efficiency and aid in scaling up the business to new geographical regions,” Mr. Gunda added.Agilis Core General Insurance is an integrated comprehensive solution for insurance companies covering the entire business cycle from underwriting and claim management to reinsurance and accounting. With a set of powerful tools, this solution is aimed at enhancing insurance business processes and other aspects of an Insurance company that directly leads to higher profitability.Featuring multi-language and multi-currency support as well as consolidated financial information on multi-currency transactions, Agilis’ well-defined workflow covers all the steps of the insurance business from a single view of the customer profile to effective management with pre-configured reports, including MIS, as well as web-portals.“FGI is a recently established general insurance company and a firm believer in technology being the foundation for growth and market penetration. After a stringent evaluation process, FGI chose Agilis Core Insurance as their technology backbone. Agilis is entirely web-based and ensures quick, accurate and easy access to information by employing a modular and parametric approach to the management of insurance business and deploying it enterprise wide.In addition to the core operational efficiencies that Agilis brings in, FGI will also be able to leverage our mobility solutions and web portals to automate agents and brokers. FGI’s time-to-market will be substantially reduced due to our comprehensive product configuration capabilities,” said Kalpesh Desai, CEO at Agile FT.“We are working closely with FGI’s management and IT teams to ensure that the implementation is done quickly and the transition is smooth and successful. With this sign up, Agile FT has now consolidated its position as the market leader in the provisioning of core insurance software in the Sub-Saharan region,” he added.FGI offers a wide range of structured general insurance for both commercial insurance products and retail/personal insurance products. Currently operating only in Zambia, FGI plans to expand its business and reach across the African continent in the near future.last_img read more

Research shows Android apps now ask for over 200 kinds of permission

first_imgAndroid shows a list of permissions an app wants you to accept during installation and often, it seems like the app wants permission to do an awful lot of things. Image Credit: GeekSnack Advertisement If you’ve got Android, you know it shows you a list of permissions an app wants you to accept during installation — and often, it seems like the app wants permission to do an awful lot of things. Pew Research must have had the same thought, because the company looked at the 1,041,336 apps in Google Play back between June and September 2014 and found 235 different kinds of permissions requested.In the report, Pew said that in the year since they collected the data, Android had been upgraded twice in that time from Kitkat (4.4) to Lollipop (5.x), and then again to Marshmallow (6.0). However, since Google’s own Android Dashboard indicates that Kitkat (4.x) is still the most common version accessing its app store (37.8%), with Lollipop (5.x) close behind at 35.6% and the recently released Marshmallow (6.0) with a mere 0.3% of devices running it, the report is still relevant.Marshmallow introduces a significant change to the way permissions are handled, Pew notes: Android 6.0 users are able to select individual permissions within an app. But in addition to system-defined permissions, software developers can create their own permissions, although this is strongly discouraged. Thus, the total number of permissions used in the universe of Android apps fluctuates not only by operating system version, but also by whatever app specific permissions might be floating out there. – Advertisement – Most of the 235 permissions were related to allowing accessing hardware functions. Another big category is access to personal information. There were 70 different permissions requesting access to personal information. Pew found that the average number of permissions required by an app is five. Full network access is the most commonly sought permission (83% of all apps). The second most common permission required is viewing network connections (69%). 27% of apps require permission to prevent the device from going to sleep. 24% want to use your GPS to get your location while 21% also ask for approximate location information based on cell tower and Wi-Fi access point location information.[related-posts]If you’d like to see which permissions were needed by 18 of the most popular Android apps in the fall of 2014, take a look at Pew’s Google Play Store Apps Permissions, which shows you a list of which ones are requested by each of the apps along with how many other apps also request it.Among the list of apps popular in the fall of 2014, Adobe Acrobat requested the fewest permissions (4), while Facebook asked for the most (42). As of November 2015, Adobe Acrobat now asks for 7 permissions while Facebook asks for 46.You can find which permissions an app requires by visiting the app’s page in the Google App Store on the web, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and clicking on Permissions View Details.In the year since Pew conducted its permission research, the number of apps in Google’s Android store has increased from 1 million to 1.8 million.[ExtremeTech]last_img read more

Interview Steven Kirenga talks about MTNs 4G journey in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement Steven Kirenga is the Enterprise Marketing Manager of MTN Uganda, a tech enthusiast and local developer supporter. PC Tech Magazine’s Jeddy Genrwot caught up with him to understand MTN’s 4G journey so far. In July last year, MTN Uganda launched the first countrywide 4G network coverage in the country, a result of more than 2 years of substantial infrastructural development for Uganda’s telecom industry leader.Steven, MTN has been praised to have the best internet speeds in the country – 4G speeds – tell us how has been the adoption rate of this? – Advertisement – The adoption has been impressive so far. The market has responded well to the call of upgrading to the fastest and widest 4G network. It’s clear our customers want more than fast speed, they want the fastest speed available in Uganda and we are happy that they resonated well with our message and joined our LTE.Further testimony to this is Corporates and public institutions that have used MTN’s 4G to improve their efficiency owing to the reliability that comes with MTN’s service.  They are now able to do more in less time.Last year’s rollout of 4G/LTE ensured that we covered all major towns, including Kampala (MTN has increased the number of sites in Kampala from 80 in 2015 to over 120 in 2016) , Entebbe, Mbale, Mbarara, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Kabale, Kasese, Fort Portal, Moroto, Masaka and Jinja. This in addition to the already existing country-wide coverage of 3G.Customers like to download videos and music; playing games, sharing photos and streaming sports content, all on their mobile devices and have a need for enhanced and uninterrupted experience.  With MTN’s 4G, MTN promises to offer an enhanced and seamless user experience, lower latency and high spectral efficiency. This also means that a higher number of data users can be serviced without compromising the quality of service they receive.What is more is that customers love the convenience that comes with the fall back to 3G or 2G in areas where there is no 4G.Steven Kirenga – Enterprise Marketing Manager, MTN UgandaWhat are the challenges hindering LTE adoption in Uganda today?Well, the cost of 4G devices is still a challenge. Industry wide, the cost of 4G devices is still high as most OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) haven’t diversified their 4G portfolio.Nonetheless, MTN continues to engage OEMs to ensure that we get the right 4 G devices are the right cost. Additionally, inspite of the above challenges, MTN continues to provide the best smartphones at the best prices.We also have a range of promotional devices including dongles, routers, Wingles, Mi-FIs and phones that customers can purchase at very competitive prices and straight away start experiencing faster speeds on our 4G network. We are committed to consolidating our position as the network of choice for the best device deals, the widest and fastest 4G coverage in Uganda.DOWNLOAD: MTN Uganda’s 4G Devices MagazineThe issue of cost continues to be a factor in MTN’s journey of enabling our customers’ lifestyle through the provision of fast and reliable internet.There is a combination of factors that have kept the industry price points at the current level. One would have to consider the cost of infrastructure that delivers the internet to Uganda, the cost of maintaining infrastructure including fibre cables that are continually vandalized, etc. MTN has been a leader in this space, demonstrated by its investment in the largest 3G and 4G networks in Uganda.Not all hope is lost though, as we continue to increase internet use in the region, we shall see the cost decrease as we start to benefit from synergies and economies of scale.Additionally, we continue to lobby the government to support telecommunication companies in reducing the associated transmission costs that are required in ensuring Ugandan customers have reliable internet.MTN Uganda, notwithstanding these challenges, has led the market in ensuring that the cost of internet is relatively priced, through last year’s reduction of its internet bundle pricing, making MTN’s bundle pricing one the most affordable in the market, in light of the challenges shared. And indeed to which competition has had to respond. In addition, MTN offers even more value through the very affordable night bundles that enable customers to use exceptionally high volumes within a limited time, to satisfy that once in a while near unlimited or higher data need that would fall out of their regular usage. These are available for immediate purchase whenever you need them, using airtime, mobile money and the now popular MyMTN mobile money app available on Google Play store and Apple App store.We expect internet use to keep increasing. Our aim is to continue enabling the lives of our customers by demystifying the concept of internet through the provision of high-speed and far reaching internet. From keeping in touch on social media to enabling corporates and governments through e-governance, e-health, e-legal, to mention but a few.Technology keeps evolving. MTN pledges keep at the forefront of it. That is who we are, we strive to the best for those we consider the best, our customers. MTN led the way with the introduction of 3G speeds (7.2Mbps, 21Mbps, and 42Mbps) and now the first telecom to provide nation-wide 4G/LTE in Uganda. MTN will continue to look for opportunities and efficiencies to ensure increased affordability and accessibility for its Data services.How does 4G data uptake compare to 3G in Uganda so far?MTN 3G is obviously higher owing to the fact that it a technology that was launched before 4G. 4G’s uptake is aggressively growing and we hope to have as many customers on 3G as we have on 4G.Airtel recently announced plans to launch its 4G network. What does this mean for MTN, and for the industry in general?We welcome the move as it represents the positive development of internet provision in the country. Having another player provide 4G, after MTN pioneered 4G in the industry is testament to the market needs as they relate to internet.MTN will continue to roll out other sites as we keep true to our customer promise of giving them the widest and fastest 4G network in Uganda.What is the biggest data driver in Uganda today?I would say the biggest data driver would social media. Streaming & entertainment sites, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat to mention but a few.With this insight, MTN has shared with the market innovative products like WTF and MTN’s Night Shift that speak to the customer needs.Do you think 3G will become obsolete among Ugandan internet users in the coming years?Barring the challenges associated with rolling out 4G as earlier discussed above, 4G will be become dominant in years to come.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 18 SeptemberRACING2.45 NewburySatellite 5/2 > 13/83.05 AyrSupplicant 16/1 > 12/13.40 AyrMoney Team 20/1 > 14/14.25 NewburyAscription 9/4 > 7/4RUGBY WORLD CUP10/11 England (-25) 10/11 Fiji (+25) 18/1 Draw (-25)LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 5 / Sky Sports 5 HD10/11 Ipswich Town 3/1 Birmingham City 13/5 DRAWScottish Championship19:45 BBC ALBAevens St Mirren 5/2 Raith Rovers 5/2 DRAWNational League19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD8/11 Grimsby Town 7/2 Tranmere Rovers 11/4 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img read more

BENS BLOG The Banker or The Bank Robber

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was a child, and had run out of reading material, I would creep into my dad’s study, and pinch a book from his shelves. It led to a fascination into the Criminal Mind.My lawyer, Andrew Needleman, says that, in reality, if somebody really wants to do something, the law is rarely able to stop them. And what stuns me, is what the human-mind is capable of, without social boundaries. Prison escape plans, which take years to execute. Submarines to traffic drugs around the world. Meticulous planning; to rob banks. Not using hard work to achieve an end goal, but instead; Fear.Many such operators, were regulars at Walthamstow Dogs. On nights-off, these chaps all seemed most pleasant, and their take on life; intriguing. A retired bank-robber, once told me, that he had learnt, healthwise, to “listen to the messages your body sends you” and how he would look out for these (not for here, Blog). I suppose, when judging such characters, it all comes down to the age old question: Who do you have contempt for; THE BANKER, OR THE BANK ROBBER?In other news:One man, with the same fascination, is Wensley Clarkson. I have read many of his books, ‘Killing Charlie’, the biography of Great Train Robber, Charlie Wilson; the best of all. However, he has recently finished ‘Killing Goldfinger’, the life-study, of the illiterate but precocious Brinks Mat and Timeshare fraudster; John Palmer. A man more unpleasant; you would struggle to meet. A meticulously written book. 9Over and out, B xlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Arsenal v BATE Borisov

first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s hard to know what to expect from the Gunners at the best of times but tonight they should outclass Bate Borisov who still have a chance of finishing second in their group but were brushed aside 4-2 by Arsenal in the reverse fixture.Arsenal were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by Man U last weekend and Arsene Wenger will presumably be more focussed on Sunday’s trip to Southampton.However, Arsenal’s XI looks strong enough in the circumstances with most notably Wilshere starting:Arsenal13 Ospina2 Debuchy21 Chambers16 Holding30 Maitland-Niles35 El Neny34 Coquelin14 Walcott10 Wilshere23 Welbeck12 GiroudIt’s the first of the ‘rush hour’ matches for Arsenal which sees the side play four times in just 10 days but Wenger seems keen for them to make a statement after Saturday’s defeat.He said: “I was very angry to have lost Saturday’s game, especially because we produced a quality performance with desire,” he said in his pre-match programme notes.“The best way to deal with the situation is to turn up with a series of consistent performances, starting from tonight.“My team selection won’t be affected too much by the fact that we’ve already won the group.“I have many players available who need competition.“Next week we go into a spell with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team tonight.”Arsenal v BATE BorisovUEFA Europa League Group Stage20:05 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Sep 2017 EUROPA LEAGUE Bate Borisov 2-4 ArsenalBate’s slim chances were dependent on the Arsenal team news and with this in mind I can’t look beyond Wenger’s men and will back them to be in the lead at both HT and FT at around 10/11 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL/ARSENAL HT/FT 7 points at 10/11 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 100.69 points BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Silvestre drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog… Friday’s blog was posted on Thursday night before Chelmsford where it was great to ride a double making it four on the day! I ended up missing the ride aboard Vivionn as we were delayed leaving Chester as there was a problem with the plane. Anyway, I ended up picking up a nice spare aboard Freerolling so in the end it all balanced itself out.No joy at Chester on Friday – it became a real slog in the ground which turned heavy and it was no surprise to see some wide margin winners with the mudlarks loving it. It was nice though to bank two winners on the week at what is always a great meeting to ride at.As for this weekend, it’s going to be a relatively quiet one for me with only two rides at Ascot and I’m also taking the day off on Sunday. My son Ryan was 12 earlier in the week so it will be nice to spend some time with him. That said, he’ll be off showjumping on Sunday with my wife Vicky and I’ll be left at home with the two little ones. I’ll be nanny for the day !Here are my thoughts on my two Ascot rides…SATURDAYASCOTSTRAIGHT RIGHT (4.00pm Ascot – Tote Victoria Cup)I ride Straight Right for Andrew Balding and the King Power team in the Victoria Cup. He was in good form over this trip on the all-weather over the winter and ran better than his finishing position implies last time at Lingfield. Whether he wants the ground this soft is the question, but I’m hopeful he can run well. Picking out dangers in a big field like this is difficult, but Ripp Orf goes well here and handles soft ground.ENDOWED (4.35pm Ascot)My only other ride is Endowed who is a newcomer for Richard Hannon in the novice stakes. I don’t know too much about him, but he looks a nice type on paper and being by Dark Angel should be fine on the ground. It looks a hot little contest, but I always respect the yard’s two-year-olds at this track and am looking forward to riding him.Good luckSILVESTRElast_img read more

Study reveals H1N1 unexpected weakness

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728                                                                                   E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Study reveals H1N1 unexpected weaknessRice, BCM team finds weakness in H1N1’s method for evading detection by the immune systemThe H1N1 influenza virus has been keeping a secret that may be the key to defeating it and other flu viruses as well. Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have found what they believe is a weakness in H1N1’s method for evading detection by the immune system.Comparing its genetic sequences going all the way back to the virus’s first known appearance in the deadly “Spanish flu” outbreak of 1918, they discovered a previously unrealized role of receptor-binding residues in host evasion, which effectively becomes a bottleneck that keeps the virus in check.Rice’s Jianpeng Ma and graduate student Jun Shen and BCM’s Qinghua Wang compared the sequences of more than 300 strains of H1N1 to track its evolution; they reported their results in a recent online edition of the scientific journal PLoS ONE.The researchers were looking in particular at hemagglutinin (HA), the protein “hook” that allows the virus to attach itself to and infect host cells. It’s long been known that five regions of H1N1’s HA serve as antigenic sites, the protein fragments that trigger the body’s immune system. These antigenic sites, first mapped in 1981, shuffle their amino-acid sequences in the endless cat-and-mouse game that viruses play to survive.The researchers discovered several key residues involved in both antigenic sites and the receptor-binding site, the part of the protein that attaches to a cell and allows the virus to invade.The common belief has been that the receptor binding could not change. “The site is known, but no one thought it was involved in the immune system. In order to recognize the receptor, that particular region has to be robust,” Ma said. “But it turns out this region is not only variable, but also interacts with the immune system.”For a virus to evade antibodies, all five antigenic sites would have to disguise themselves by mutating. The new finding led the researchers to believe the receptor-binding residues would also have to mutate, but not so much that the binding no longer works. “If the binding is abolished, the virus dies,” said Ma, a Rice professor in bioengineering with a joint appointment at BCM.Such dual-function residues are a likely bottleneck for the virus, he said, because they’re under the tightest restrictions. Thus, they could be easier to track over time and may chart a path to predict future mutations that will aid in vaccine design.“It becomes a weak link and provides us with a window into the virus that we can monitor,” Ma said. “The virus’s bottleneck is our opportunity.”Wang, an assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at BCM who has long studied the structure and function of HA, has been involved in the project since it began and is now working to verify the results in vitro. She hopes confirming the computations will lead to more efficiency in creating vaccines not only for H1N1 but also for other strains of the flu. “An underlying implication is that this may not be restricted to H1N1,” Wang said. “It may apply to other influenza viruses as well. If studying viral evolution can help predict what will cause a severe problem in humans, you can actually pre-stock vaccines, which will save time.” The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation, the Welch Chemistry and Biology Collaborative Grant from the John S. Dunn Gulf Coast Consortium for Chemical Genomics and the Rice Faculty Initiatives Fund. View the paper at www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007789. Download a graphic here. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Nanomaterials poised for big impact in construction

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduNanomaterials poised for big impact in constructionRice study give pros, cons of nanotech-enhanced building materialsNanomaterials are poised for widespread use in the construction industry, where they can offer significant advantages for a variety of applications ranging from making more durable concrete to self-cleaning windows. But widespread use in building materials comes with potential environmental and health risks when those materials are thrown away. Those are the conclusions of a new study published by Rice University engineering researchers this month in ACS Nano.“The advantages of using nanomaterials in construction are enormous,” said study co-author Pedro Alvarez, Rice’s George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “When you consider that 41 percent of all energy use in the U.S. is consumed by commercial and residential buildings, the potential benefits of energy-saving materials alone are vast.“But there are reasonable concerns about unintended consequences as well,” Alvarez said. “The time for responsible lifecycle engineering of man-made nanomaterials in the construction industry is now, before they are introduced in environmentally relevant concentrations.”Alvarez and co-authors Jaesang Lee, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice, and Shaily Mahendra, now an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, note that nanomaterials will likely have a greater impact on the construction industry than any other sector of the economy, after biomedical and electronics applications. They cite dozens of potential applications. For example, nanomaterials can strengthen both steel and concrete, keep dirt from sticking to windows, kill bacteria on hospital walls, make materials fire-resistant, drastically improve the efficiency of solar panels, boost the efficiency of indoor lighting and even allow bridges and buildings to “feel” the cracks, corrosion and stress that will eventually cause structural failures.In compiling the report, Lee, Mahendra and Alvarez analyzed more than 140 scientific papers on the benefits and risks of nanomaterials. In addition to the myriad benefits for the construction industry, they also identified potential adverse health and environmental effects. In some cases, the very properties that make the nanomaterials useful can cause potential problems if the material is not disposed of properly. For example, titanium dioxide particles exposed to ultraviolet light can generate molecules called “reactive oxygen species” that prevent bacterial films from forming on windows or solar panels. This same property could endanger beneficial bacteria in the environment.“There are ways to engineer materials in advance to make them environmentally benign,” Alvarez said. “There are also methods that allow us to consider the entire lifecycle of a product and to ensure that it can be recycled or reused rather than thrown away. The key is to understand the specific risks and implications of the product before it it is widely used.”The study is available for download at: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021%2Fnn100866wlast_img read more

Radiation belt probes may help predict space weather

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/RESP-2-web.jpgEngineers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, prepare to place Radiation Belt Storm Probe spacecraft “B” in a thermal-vacuum chamber, where they can make sure the propulsion system will stand up to the range of hot, cold and airless conditions RBSP will face in outer space. The probe is one of two set for launch this month to help predict space weather. (Credit: JHU/APL) ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRadiation belt probes may help predict space weatherRice physicist Anthony Chan prepares for launch of satellites to Earth’s Van Allen BeltsHOUSTON – (Aug. 16, 2012) – Living with a star can be a challenge, especially as Earthlings extend their reach into space. A Rice University scientist is contributing to an effort to make life more comfortable for both the people and satellites sent out there, and provide valuable research for those who remain planet-bound.Two Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 23 will monitor space weather, from the normal eddies of particles that flow through what was once thought of as a void, to the sun’s raging plasma blasts that endanger astronauts, orbiting electronics and even the power distribution grid on Earth’s surface.The probes will do so from elongated orbits that take them into the heart of the Van Allen Belts, doughnut-shaped regions of high-energy particles encircling Earth. The two NASA spacecraft will travel through constantly changing magnetic fields that trap the high-energy particles but also keep the majority of the harsh radiation of the sun at bay. They’ll back each other up by gathering data on events from different perspectives to give researchers a clearer picture than ever of how solar storms affect the belts.“These two spacecraft have an unprecedented number of instruments, spanning fields and particles over exceptionally wide ranges,” said Anthony Chan, a Rice professor of physics and astronomy and part of the Energetic Particle, Composition and Thermal Plasma Suite (ECT), which operates one of the instrument sets. “We think we’re finally going to be able to answer some basic questions about the physics of the Van Allen Belts, questions that have been around for over 50 years.”Chan said it is particularly satisfying that Rice is part of a project that promises to solve long-standing mysteries of the Van Allen Belts – and not only because Rice emeritus professor John Freeman was a student of James Van Allen himself. “There’s a very strong theory and simulation group at Rice in space plasma physics,” he said. “The most famous space physics model developed here, the Rice Convection Model, operates in a similar region of space to the Van Allan Belts, but with generally lower-energy particles.”Chan said the outer radiation belts contain energy in the million-electron-volt range. “We’re especially interested in the electrons, which in those energies are relativistic. They travel close to the speed of light and are much more energetic than anything else out there,” he said.His task will be to use data gathered from the probes to verify and refine his group’s theories and simulations. “We want to understand the dynamic variability of the outer belt and eventually be able to predict it to the point where it could be useful for spacecraft operators and designers,” he said. “That is one of the practical consequences of this research.”High-energy particles come primarily from the sun, which bombards Earth through coronal mass ejections (CME) that are expected to become more frequent as the sun approaches its “solar max” in 2013, and from coronal holes that appear during less-active periods.“Most of what we call magnetic storms are driven by solar-wind events,” Chan said. “Some are CMEs, which tend to produce the most violent storms. But another type is caused by high-speed streams in the solar wind that originate in coronal holes. In certain wavelengths, we see dark patches on the sun, usually near the poles. But they sometimes creep down, especially approaching solar minimum.“These holes have low density but very fast streaming solar wind,” he said, “and can cause some of the largest increases in relativistic electrons.” The particles can overwhelm sensitive electronic instruments like those aboard the location-finding GPS satellites that dot the skies and frequently spend time in the harsh environment of the Van Allen Belts.“Usually spacecraft avoid these regions, or they switch off equipment when they pass through because it disrupts their operation,” Chan said. “Radiation degrades the instruments’ lifetimes, but the RBSP satellites are designed to fly through these regions and last a number of years.”The twin satellites will allow researchers to gather the most accurate data yet from energetic events in the Van Allen Belts. They will sweep within 400 miles of Earth and out through the belts, which range from about 8,000 to 40,000 miles. Because researchers can see events triggered by solar activity coming (particularly with the STEREO and Hinode satellites standing guard), they’ll know where and when to look.Chan said he hopes the probes’ sophisticated instruments will lead to some surprises. “Because electrons are all identical, it’s hard to know where they’re coming from. Nevertheless, we think the majority of them are coming from the sun,” he said.“There was an interesting theory a while back that some of these relativistic electrons were coming from Jupiter,” Chan said. “There are times – and it’s not as crazy as it sounds – when Jupiter is magnetically connected to Earth. We’re sometimes on the same interplanetary magnetic field lines, and Jupiter is a strong source; it makes lots of radio waves and energetic electrons.“We see some small peaks about when we expect to see Earth and Jupiter magnetically connected. It’s a great idea and interesting to think about, but it’s probably very weak,” he said. “If it turns out to be much stronger than expected, it would be really interesting.“The most interesting results scientists get are the ones we don’t expect,” Chan said. “We design the missions looking for certain things and try to allow enough data collection in regions that haven’t been explored to look for something new. And you always hope you’ll find something new.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated links:Anthony Chan: http://aachan.web.rice.edu/RBSP home page: http://rbsp.jhuapl.edu/index.phpLiving With a Star program: http://lws.gsfc.nasa.gov/Images for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/0817_RESP-3-CHAN.jpgAnthony Chan (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 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/RESP-1-web.jpgTwin Radiation Belt Storm Probes will explore high-energy particles that become trapped in Earth’s protective Van Allen Belts. The data they return will help Earth-bound scientists, including Rice University physicist Anthony Chan, predict solar storms. (Credit: JHU/APL) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice MBA ranked No 25 in the US

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduRice MBA ranked No. 25 in the US – up 14 positions in global rankingHOUSTON – (Oct. 5, 2012) – The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 25 in the U.S. and No. 39 among full-time global MBA programs, according to new rankings from The Economist. The global ranking is 14 positions higher than last year and historically the best ranking for this program by The Economist. It is consistent with upward trends in other rankings among U.S. full-time MBA programs from Businessweek (No. 29), U.S. News & World Report (No. 25), and Financial Times (No. 20).“We are pleased in the improvement reflected in this year’s Economist ranking, both nationally and globally,” said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School. “The increase is reflective of our ongoing commitment to impact business education and research at a global level.”The Rice MBA Full-Time Program provides students with a comprehensive MBA learning experience that combines specialized course work and real-world experience to improve and amplify their strategy, leadership and creative credentials. The program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of candidates who often become colleagues for a lifetime. Contributing to the increase were such factors as “Graduates Finding Jobs through Career Services” (18th globally), “Faculty Quality” (27th globally) students’ “Educational Experience” (27th globally) and “Alumni Effectiveness” (33rd globally).The Jones Graduate School of Business is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals. For more information on the Jones School, visit http://business.rice.edu/future.-30-
For more information, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or david@rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Rice MBA Full-Time Program: http://business.rice.edu/MBAFTJones Graduate School of Business: http://business.rice.eduLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf. AddThislast_img read more