Month: July 2019

He is Britains most successful boccia player and

first_imgHe is Britain’s most successful boccia player, and will be taking part in his fifth Paralympics, but Nigel Murray is as excited about Rio 2016 as he was about taking part in his first games in Sydney 16 years ago.Murray (pictured) already has four Paralympic medals, including two golds – he is the fifth most successful Paralympic boccia athlete – and will be going to Rio with strong medal chances in the individual BC2 and BC1/BC2 team competitions.He told Disability News Service that he and his fellow team members have worked just as hard in training as they did in the lead-up to London 2012.As an athlete with cerebral palsy, he said the sport is physically draining because of the need to use so much energy during matches.So from July onwards, the ParalympicsGB boccia team have been balancing the intensity of their training with the need to get as much rest as possible in the lead-up to competition.He said: “All the hard work has been done over the last seven or eight months and now it’s just getting ready and having a bit of tapering off, but because the game we play is a hand-eye coordination game you don’t want to stop altogether, you want to keep yourself just ticking over.”Training over the last months has been a combination of conditioning sessions at home, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, with coming together as a team two or three times a month for three, four or five days at a time.Murray has experience of competing in Rio, as he took part in the Rio 2016 test event last October, so he’s done some “groundwork” and has shared that experience with other members of the squad.Recovery time from the lengthy flight from London to Rio will be crucial, he said, and the “exhaustion” of long-haul flights is something he and his boccia team-mates will have to cope with.He said: “It’s preparing yourself for that and the journey and ensuring when you get there that you get the adequate amount of recovery time to give you the optimum time to feel at your best to compete.”The boccia squad fly out to Brazil on 2 September, with the opening ceremony on 7 September, and will have well over a week before they start competing.Murray said: “It gives us plenty of time to acclimatise to the change in time clocks, get over the travels and the jet lag and get some good quality training time in readiness to start competing.”Long-distance international travel is something the British team are used to now, said Murray, who has watched the popularity of boccia grow over the nearly 20 years he has been playing, with more than 40 countries now playing the sport.He said that putting the new ParalympicsGB kit on for the first time was “fantastic”.He said: “It’s just as exciting as it was the first time. I’m as proud as I was back in 2000 when I went out to Sydney.”And he is excited, too, about the boccia squad’s medal chances.The BC1/BC2 team he is a member of is ranked second in the world, while he is ranked in the top 10 in BC2 singles.David Smith is the world number two in the BC1s, while Stephen McGuire is world champion in the BC4s.The squad also features the McCowan brothers, Jamie and Scott.Murray is optimistic about the development of boccia, although he is “frustrated” – as DNS reported last month – that yet again there will not be live television coverage of the sport at Rio.Despite the lack of live coverage, he said that London 2012 helped boost the sport’s profile across the world, and not just in Britain.He said: “It has raised the standard across the world; there are better competitions, more competitions, everything is bigger and better, standards are raised.“When I came into the sport in 1999, I would never have dreamed that if I was still playing [in 2016] that the sport would be a professional sport.“I’m very proud of my sport. It’s not a sport that has the high profile of many of the sports but I’m very proud of saying I’m a boccia player and will do anything actively to promote my sport and the benefits and merits of my sport and as athletes what we achieve.“It’s a great sport that anybody can play and that’s why I find it a little frustrating because unless we get that key to the door that lets us in and we can really showcase our sport, it does make it difficult for us to compete in the profile stakes.”Picture of Nigel Murray by onEditionlast_img read more

Fellow activists and friends have paid tribute to

first_imgFellow activists and friends have paid tribute to Juliet Marlow, the “campaigning linchpin” of the organisation that leads disabled people’s opposition to the legalisation of assisted suicide in the UK.Members of Not Dead Yet UK (NDY UK) were among those paying tribute to Marlow, after her death on 11 August following a short illness, describing her as NDY UK’s “communication guru” and “one of the most generous people we have ever known”.Baroness [Jane] Campbell, co-founder of NDY UK, said she and fellow activists were “absolutely devastated” at their loss.She said: “Not only did she contribute an invaluable service to our under-resourced fight to protect the lives of disabled people (coordinating, writing and speaking for us), but most importantly she was our steady rock and friend.”She described her as “the most generous-natured person I have ever come across”.In a statement on its website, NDY UK added: “Juliet was totally committed to this work and ensured that everyone knew exactly what we were doing, why we were doing it and she helped everybody take our message forward. “She devoted a great amount of time and energy to our cause.“But there was also so much more to Juliet’s talents. She researched for us, she wrote for us and she spoke for us, often to very hostile audiences.“She was courageous, kind and above all, one of the most generous people we have ever known.”In one campaign video recorded for NDY UK in 2015, in opposition to the latest attempt to force a bill to legalise assisted suicide through parliament, Marlow (pictured) said: “The idea that the pro assisted suicide lobby have that if you need help to do things to help you wash, dress, bath, toilet that you’re not dignified is complete rubbish and it makes me quite angry.“I have been employing my own personal care assistants for the last 20 years and because of them, because I have the right support and I have the right amount of painkilling medication I have a fantastic life.”She added: “Once suicide, assisted suicide, physician assisted suicide, becomes accepted, it will become expected.“Do we really want to live in a society that expects its citizens to end their own life when they’ve outlived their own usefulness?”In one of her last public appearances, in February, she spoke for NDY UK at a controversial conference hosted by the Royal Society for Medicine on “choice at the end of life”.She had only been added to the list of speakers after NDY UK raised concerns at not being invited to speak at the event.She told the conference that legalising assisted suicide would “negatively affect the relationship between disabled people and society” and warned of the risk of people being “slowly” coerced into agreeing to an assisted suicide.Instead of legalisation, she said, “we need to call for better funded social care and palliative care; that’s what makes the difference between a good life and a bad life for disabled people and that is being slowly eroded by the current administration”.Marlow also campaigned on other significant issues affecting the lives of disabled people, including the closure of the Independent Living Fund.She was a former student at the Hampshire residential special school and college Treloar’s, which saw scores of pupils with haemophilia given NHS blood contaminated with HIV and hepatitis in the 1970s and 1980s.Her first husband, Simon Sedgwick – who she met at Treloar’s when they were both taking part in the school’s production of the musical West Side Story – was one of those who was given infected blood and later died.Marlow later campaigned for justice for survivors and relatives of those who had been contaminated.Reports suggest said that of 89 children with haemophilia who attended Treloar from 1975 onwards, all were infected with hepatitis or HIV, while only 16 are still alive.Comedian Laurence Clark was Sedgwick’s classmate and best friend at Treloar’s.He said: “My overriding memory of [Juliet and Simon] at school was just how grown up their relationship was compared to everyone else’s and how much in love they were.“Whilst I was working up the courage to ask out my first girlfriend, they were making wedding plans. They married when Simon left college in 1992.“I went down to stay with them a few times in their flat in Southampton, where we’d binge watch Juliet’s old Monty Python videos.“We lost touch for a while after Simon’s funeral, but years later reconnected through the movement.“In later life I greatly admired her campaigning work against assisted suicide, a deeply personal issue for her. Juliet truly managed to make the personal political.”Ade Goodyear, another friend from Treloar’s, met her when he was 10 when they both started at the school in 1980.He said she was a talented singer-songwriter and he performed alongside her in the school band, The Traill.She sung lead vocals (as Juliet Boyd) on a song with an anti-drugs message, Don’t Chase The Dragon, that was recorded and released, and featured on the television programme Hearts of Gold in 1988, after the intervention of a record producer the students had sent their song to.Goodyear said his friend “had the most remarkable ability to make life feel long, even to those who lives were shortened.“Her friendship was simply life defining and kind, wrapped in the memories of the force for good Ju was and will always be.”He said she was “an absolute joy to know and was always emotionally intelligent from a tender age.“She was also a bundle of knowledge who had the most amazing way of listening without judgement and then offer such supportive advice that so often fitted any individual’s needs.“She was so attentive, [and] emanated a calm but determined strength that made me and all that knew her proud to say so.”In addition to her activism, Marlow was studying for a PhD at Southampton Solent University, where she was studying the changing representation of disabled people with physical impairments on television, and was a freelance writer and a former development worker for Hampshire Coalition of Disabled People.She was also a singer and a member, alongside her second husband, Keith, of the rock/pop cover band The Marx Brothers Band.Dennis Queen, an NDY UK activist, said the loss of their “fierce warrior” had left “such a big hole”.She said Marlow had dealt with much of the day-to-day work of NDY UK “quietly behind the scenes, as well as writing many of our articles, giving interviews with the media, and getting on the streets whatever the weather, when we needed to protest. “We’re going to be a bit lost without Juliet for some time. I’ll personally miss her astute guidance, excellent ideas and rational approach, as well as her fierce and fabulous personality. And her absolute refusal to ever budge off message.“All of us at NDY UK wish to send our love and respect to Keith and the rest of Juliet’s family, and to thank them for sharing Juliet with us.”Another leading NDY UK activist, journalist and presenter Mik Scarlet, said: “Juliet was one of those rare people who was driven by the feeling that she wanted to leave the world a better place than she found it.“I hope that her family know she surely did that. Her passion and drive, and sense of humour, was infectious and made you want to do better.“I’ll miss her so much, and will hold her in my heart, along with so many wonderful disabled allies we lost recently, whenever I campaign for that better world.”Baroness Campbell said that Marlow’s loss would leave a significant campaigning hole, with NDY UK now “in desperate need of someone to carry on the work that Juliet gave so readily and with passionate commitment.“She will never be replaced, but we must continue our fight against the dark forces of assisted suicide – that’s what she would want and expect of us.”Picture by Eleanor Lisneylast_img read more

Labours newest party political broadcast ahead o

first_imgLabour’s newest party political broadcast, ahead of local elections on 2nd May, delivers the message that “austerity isn’t over”. Narrated by Mancunian actor Maxine Peake, who is a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, the film airing tonight focusses on the “land that Brexit forgot”.As with other recent PPBs, Labour eschews Brexit to instead talk about education cuts, the housing crisis, our underfunded NHS and rising violent crime. The effects of Tory policies – and it is made clear that they are a result of “ideological choice”, not necessity – are shown through clips of realistic experiences, from a child in hospital awaiting their operation to people trying to access shut-down services.The latest video was not made by Simon Baker, the award-winning director behind ‘Our Town‘ and ‘Our Country‘, but does again use a naturalistic tone and the voice of a Labour-voting actor. (Julie Hesmondhalgh featured last year; Shameless and Silk star Peake narrates this PPB.)The broadcast was filmed in areas of the country that have been most affected by Tory austerity, including Bolsover, Gloucester and Chippenham. It features young activist Cameron Mitchell from Dennis Skinner’s seat and Labour’s newest MP Ruth Jones, as well as Jeremy Corbyn.“The time for tinkering around the edges is over,” viewers are told. The script emphasises community-oriented work, local decision-making and specifically the importance of high streets, promoting the party policy of establishing regional development banks.Bins in the Tory PPBThe Conservative Party has also shown a willingness to avoid Brexit during the local election campaign, with its own party political broadcast carrying the same message as the one it used in last year’s local elections – “bins not Brexit”.The first Tory broadcast of the local elections makes claims about having better services and lower council tax in Conservative-run councils. It ignores the national picture entirely and appeals to the head rather than the heart – unlike Labour’s offering.Both main parties want to avoid the central issue of the day, which continues to divide voters across the country and within seats. The councils up for grabs are largely in 2016 Leave areas, where Labour usually struggles and where traditional Tory voters are likely disappointed by the government’s chaotic handling of Brexit.Shop window poster in Labour’s PPBCommenting on Labour’s PPB, the party’s campaign chief and local government spokesperson Andrew Gwynne said: “We are saying it like it is. Austerity Britain isn’t over and all across our country, communities are feeling the serious pinch after nine years of austerity and a Tory-made crisis.“Our towns across England are like the land that Brexit forgot. For months and years now, the political establishment has been focussed on the processes around Brexit, but on the doorsteps, they’re not talking about indicative votes. They’re worried about cuts to kids schools, rising violent crime and the decimation of their high streets.”“There is a clear choice on 2 May, between continued austerity with the Tories or proper investment, fairness and change with Labour.”Below is the full text of the PPB script.Austerity isn’t over. It isn’t over for the kids who don’t have the text books they need in school. It’s not over for the young person still living at home, who can’t afford to move out.For the patient left waiting in pain, their operation delayed once more. Nor for the elderly person living in fear, because violent crime has doubled in 5 years.Austerity is an ideological choice, made by politicians who don’t use our hospitals, live in our neighbourhoods, or rely on our public transport.Bringing the chaos to an end starts with electing local leaders who have the courage to break with a strategy that’s not working for the many.Who won’t stand by while your park, library or police station is closed down, sold off to private developers.Public services like the NHS are among our country’s greatest achievements. They support us from our earliest years; always there for us when we fall.We must move quickly to protect and build upon what generations before us built – what belongs to us.Our country is one of the richest in the world. We can afford to keep our schools open, make sure a day’s work pays a proper living wage, and build enough affordable homes to end the housing crisis.We can do this when we work together.  Because a party made up of hundreds of thousands of people from every region of Britain will do things very differently to a party funded by the privileged few.Labour will rebuild our communities after years of austerity. We’ll make our high streets thrive again, with regional development banks supporting local shops and small businesses. And our councillors will work with you to bring decision-making back to where it belongs – the community.The time for tinkering around the edges is over. The time to act is now. Vote Labour on May 2nd.Tags:Austerity /PPB /Party Political Broadcast /Labour party political broadcast /Local elections 2019 /Maxine Peake /last_img read more

THE Saints ran in 15 tries to beat Crusaders 820

first_imgTHE Saints ran in 15 tries to beat Crusaders 82-0 in a decidedly one-sided curtain raiser to the main game at Widnes on Saturday writes Graham Henthorne, Team ManagerLed around the park by Dom Speakman and Danny Yates, 13 of the 15 tries came from the backs who showed a clean pair of heels to their opponents all day.But as usual it was the forwards w/ho laid the platform for their more fleet of foot compatriots. This was typified in the opening score of the game. Drives from Jack Francis and Brad Ashurst, who terrorised the opposition every time he touched the ball, took the Saints forward and quick hands to the right saw James Hill get the first of his brace in the corner.Another massive Ashurst drive taken on again down the left by Joe Greenwood put the Academy on the front foot. Alex Clare broke through gave it on to Corey Lee who took it to the full back before feeding Yates on his inside.Mark Percival showed his class in knocking off three would-be tacklers on his way to the line for the third and when Leon Tatlock opened his account the match was effectively over after a quarter of an hour. Another Greenwood drive put James Hill in at the corner and Lewis Foster dove in at dummy half to keep the score at a point a minute.A good inside ball from Yates saw Corey Lee show his pace in running under the sticks for his first.The final act of the first half saw Crusaders pick up a Saints loose ball and go 90 metres to threaten the Saints line only to drop the ball at Leon Tatlock’s feet and the winger outpaced the cover for a great wingers try.Being so far ahead at half time can often be the kiss of death and sides find it difficult to keep up the momentum after the break but Coach Derek Traynor asked his side to be professional in their attitude and show no mercy to the visitors. Seven more tries in the second period speaks for itself.Joe Greenwood left the match at the break to take up his position as 18th man to the first team, a well earned recognition for his displays for both 18’s and 20’s, so it fell to Connor Dwyer to make the breaks down the left and that’s exactly what he did.He put Lee in for his second as the full back supported his break brilliantly.Dom Speakman scored twice in back to back sets before Dwyer put James Tilley away and he found Yates to go under the sticks.Foster’s wide miss pass put Tatlock in for his hat-trick and then Ashurst swatted away defenders before Yates found Alex Clare on the burst to score.A serious injury to centre Nathan Skupski gave put a downer on proceedings but the 80 point mark was brought up on the final whistle as Yates completed his hat-trick.One sided it may have been but you can only play what’s put in front of you and that’s exactly what the Academy did today.Brad Ashurst had his best game in the red vee, Corey Lee again showed his class chiming into the line well, Lewis Foster and James Tilley add go forward from the bench and Connor Dwyer showed how he’s benefited from his recent outings at Reserve level. But it’s hard to look past someone who scores 34 points and has a hand in almost everything else for Man of the Match, so well done again Danny Yates.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Corey Lee 2, James Hill 2, Mark Percival, Leon Tatlock 3, Dom Speakman 2, Danny Yates 3, Alex Clare, Lewis Foster.Goals: Danny Yates 11.Crusaders:Tries:Goals:Half Time: 42-0Full Time: 82-0Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee, 2. James Hill, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Nathan Skupski, 5. Leon Tatlock, 6. Dom Speakman, 7. Danny Yates, 8. Brad Ashurst, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Jack Francis, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Connor Dwyer. Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. James Tilley, 16. Adam Hesketh, 17. Chris Webster.Crusaders:1. Jacob Morgan, 2. Josh Ramsay, 3. Bradley Hill, 4. Jack Pring, 5. Tom Jones, 6. Olly Olds, 7. Courtney Davies, 8. Owen Thomas, 9. Dale Evans, 10. Rhys Watkins, 11. Sebastian Vidal, 12. Thomas John Collin, 13. Rhodri Lloyd.Subs: 14. Efan Ellis, 15. Dan Maguire, 20. Tom Evans, 17. Luke Kell.last_img read more

ADAM Swift and Matty Dawson will be in the Saints

first_imgADAM Swift and Matty Dawson will be in the Saints Superstore this Saturday from midday until around 2pm.They will be on hand for pictures and autographs as well as helping fans choose their Saintly gifts for the festive season.We have a great range of ideas for Christmas including our brand new ISC Trainingwear, Replica Home and Away shirts, leisurewear and a whole host of other products,Pop into the Saints Superstore to find out more or click here for our Christmas catalogue.last_img

Mahjong with Meaning for Brunswick Little Theatre

first_imgSOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The tile game Mahjong requires skill, strategy and sometimes a bit of chance, much like being an actor on a stage. Some thinking thespians are now coordinating a Mahjongathon, to raise money for the Brunswick Little Theatre.President of the Board of Directors at Brunswick Little Theatre Kathy Cagney Rossi and Mahjong expert Elaine Simpson sat down with WWAY’s Donna Gregory with a preview of the Mahjong with Meaning Fundraiser.- Advertisement – The event is June 7, but you must register by Friday, May 17.last_img read more

Dozens get SKYWARN storm spotter training at WWAY Event Center

first_imgStorm spotter training in the WWAY Event Center on May 20, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of Cape Fear residents interested in learning how to forecast, track and report weather events are now storm spotter trained.From thunderstorm dynamics to hazards, these curious minds are ready to safely assist their community no matter the weather.- Advertisement – Steve Pfaff, warning coordinator for the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, led the program.Joshua Henderson says this is one step closer from him becoming a meteorologist.“The stuff that people do here is going to help the community out and more people should be joining this SKYWARN thing so then people will be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has to throw at us,” Joshua said.Related Article: Water Street slated to reopen to two-way traffic in early MayJoshua says he can’t wait to start helping the National Weather Service and join his father in storm spotting as he has done since 2007.last_img read more

Orange Expo Launched in UgandaIssue 8 ReleasedRIM joins the CTO as Sector

first_imgAdvertisement The Orange Expo, which has clearly attracted various classes of people, will be taking place for 3days, from 5th to 7th November 2010.Crazy purchaseWhat Orange called Crazy Sale ended up being a Crazy Purchase. The organizers have set out 30 minute intervals 3 times each day for people to buy phones at very discounted prices. Phones like Samsung C160, Coast FH, ALCATEL OT-S120 were being sold at UGX. 25,000/= (about US$ 10), and security had to deal with people scrambling to get buy. – Advertisement – Fun and GamesIn the gaming section, youths spent time playing some of the computer games that were being showcased.Overall, Orange’s current and future products including the iPhone 4, and HiFi adapter give the expo an unusual uniqueness.“We believe Orange is much more than a telecommunications provider, our products and services should allow Ugandans to share lasting connections and experiences,” said the Orange Uganda CEO Mr. Phillippe Luxcey.There will be music entatainment by Quela Band, Cindy, and Peter Miles.You can see photos from the Expo on the following link:http://facebook.com/pctechlast_img read more

MTN SA announces international call promo

first_imgAdvertisement MTN South Africa customers who are on the company’s MTN Zone price plan can receive up to 100% discounted rates on calls to 200 countries.MTN SA has announced its International Calling promotion which offers discount on call rates to 200 destinations. (Image Image: Google/ otekbits.com)The company has introduced the MTN Zone International Calling promotion, which applies to customers on MTN Zone PayAsYouGo, MTN Zone Anytime TopUp and MTN Zone Off-Peak TopUP price structures. – Advertisement – The service covers destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.“MTN is always evaluating its price plans and packages in line with our customers’ needs and usage behaviour,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN SA. “South Africa hosts a significant number of people from neighbouring and foreign countries who want to connect with business partners, friends and family overseas at affordable rates.”The MTN Zone International Calling promotion offers up to 100% Mahala discounts on international call rates, depending on the called destination.Customers will be able to enjoy discounts between 10% and 90% when calling 200 destinations, while 100% discounts will be offered to a few countries including some of the most popular international calling destinations.Customers calling any of the destinations discounted between 10% and 90% will be able to make their calls at these rates for any length of time between 06h00 and 18h00 on weekdays whilst the 100% discount will only apply only for one specific hour, after which the normal discounted rate (between 10% and 90%) will apply.The countries which will be discounted at 100% will vary for the duration of the promotion. MTN customers will be able to view the promotional discounts on www.mtn.co.za or by dialling *111*2# on their mobile device.The promotional rates are only available between 6am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. The promotion runs from 1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013, and is not available to customers on MTN Call Per Second, MTN OneRate, MTN Muziq, MTN TopUp price plans or MTN Anytime Contract customers.Source: ItnewsAfricalast_img read more

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider

first_imgAdvertisement Transferring  your business operations to the cloud can cut costs, streamline your workflow and eliminate the need for in-house IT personnel and hardware. The cloud can also make it easier for remote employees to report for duty, access key information and collaborate online.One of the biggest benefit for small companies is the ability to concentrate on the business at hand and let the cloud-based service handle such worrisome IT concerns as security, maintenance, backup and support.[related-posts] – Advertisement – With an increasing number of companies offering an ever-growing menu of cloud computing solutions, choosing one can be challenging. Here are 10 essential questions to ask as you screen potential providers to select the right one for your particular needs:1. Which cloud services do you provide?  Knowing what your cloud computing needs are will dictate the type of service or services you choose. There are software-based cloud offerings, such as Dropbox for online document, photo and video storage. Intuit offers QuickBooks for online accounting. And there’s Salesforce for online customer relationship management (CRM).If you need more than basic data storage, several vendors offer a range of general-purpose cloud computing services, including IT networking infrastructure with on-demand access to virtual servers, applications and software. These include IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, Amazon Web Services and GoGrid.2. What is your pricing structure?  You should only pay for what you use. Also, be wary of large upfront costs, which aren’t the norm for reputable cloud vendors. The pricing scheme should be pay-as-you go from the outset, with the ability to add services as needed. Fees can typically be charged hourly, monthly, semi-annually or annually, depending on the vendor. Pricing for cloud computing services can vary significantly, from as low as about $1 per month per user to $100 a month per user and up, depending on a company’s needs.3. How secure is your cloud?  Security should be a major consideration when it comes to storing your company’s critical data in the cloud. Cloud providers should have several standard security measures in place and constantly update them. You’ve got to be sure that you’re completely comfortable with your cloud provider’s approach to security.Security measures to look for include firewalls, anti-virus detection, multifactor user authentication and data encryption, and routine security audits. It’s also important to ask who at the cloud company will have access to your data in the cloud and whether the cloud provider does employee background checks to weed out potential cybercriminals or identity thieves.Providers also should answer questions about compliance with government legislation specific to your industry.4. Where is your data center and how safe is it?  The location and security of the data centers and servers where your company’s information will be stored are as important as online security, Foreman says. “You want to make sure you’re not doing business with a guy with a couple of servers in a spare room somewhere that could quite easily be accessed and compromised.”To make sure that isn’t the case, ask how a potential cloud vendor protects its data center from natural disasters, including fires, floods, earthquakes and storms. Also, find out how the facilities are protected from thieves who could walk away with your sensitive data.5. What happens if you lose my data?  On the off chance your cloud provider accidentally deletes or loses your precious data, you need to know how it will rectify the problem. Be sure to ask: What provisions are in the company’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) that address potential data losses? Will the provider compensate you for losses? What data redundancies does it have in place to mitigate the risks of data loss? It’s also important to ask if the company has experienced any significant issues resulting from the loss of customer data.6. What customer support services do you offer?  Without exception, technical support should be available to you online or by phone 24 hours a day, every day, including holidays, Bessmer advises.You should also inquire about the average response and resolution time, and whether you’ll be interacting with knowledgeable engineers or customer service reps reading scripts when you call the customer help line or use a live chat feature.7. Can your cloud scale up to meet my business needs?  As your business grows, so will your cloud storage needs. To ensure that you’re choosing a flexible cloud provider, find out what additional storage capacity and other services can be offered over time and for how much. If you plan to increase your staff, you’ll want to make sure that you can easily add additional users to your account.8. What’s your downtime history?  Downtime is when a cloud provider is inaccessible to users via the internet for a period of time. Naturally, the best answer to this question is never. However, even the biggest, best-known cloud providers occasionally experience downtime, as Amazon recently did during an outage that took down Netflix.Because cloud outages can be disruptive and costly for your business, it’s best to choose a provider with as few as possible. Some vendors post their downtime history logs online. If not, be sure to ask for a cloud provider’s track record.9. How will I get set up?  Once you choose and sign with a cloud provider, the next step is typically to log in to your user dashboard and begin configuring your account and adding employees as users. Some cloud vendors will walk you through how to install and set up their services, while others, such as Amazon and Google, simply provide online introductory guides, Bessmer says.10. How will I access my company’s cloud?  You should be able to access your business information in the cloud from anywhere at any time via the web simply by signing in to your provider’s client login page. You can use any device to log in, including your laptop, smartphone or tablet.Source: www.entrepreneur.comlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Deportivo La Coruna v Girona

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]embley did indeed turn out to be ‘home sweet home’ for Spurs yesterday with a convincing 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool and a nice boost for this column’s P&L to boot.Earlier on Sunday afternoon Everton were on the wrong end of a 5-2 win for Arsenal and it proved too much for the Everton board who today sacked Ronald Koeman and are now looking for a new manager to pull their side out of the regelation zone.Burnley manager Sean Dyche is the early favourite at 7/4 with Star Sports but as we all know these next manager markets can be incredibly volatile so it’s a case of caveat emptor, as always.David Unsworth, currently under-23 manager at Goodison, will take charge for the short-term.No domestic action tonight but Sky have a double dose of La Liga with Deportivo La Coruna v Girona at 8pm.Deportivo La Coruna v GironaLa Liga20:00 Sky Sports Red ButtonHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jun 2014 SPANISH SEGUNDA Girona 3-1 DeportivoJan 2014 SPANISH SEGUNDA Deportivo 0-0 GironaMar 2012 SPANISH SEGUNDA Girona 1-0 DeportivoOct 2011 SPANISH SEGUNDA Deportivo 3-2 GironaIt’s not the most promising match on paper – both sides are relegation candidates and Gerona have only won one of their nine league games this season. Their cause tonight not helped by the suspension of former Middlesbrough striker Christian Stuani who has scored four of their seven goals this season.Deportivo are bidding for a third straight home win and should get it, though the margin might well be fine.The hosts have only failed to score once in their last eight home games in La Liga and should leave the newly promoted Girona in further trouble at the foot of the table.They might even be looking for a new manager. Any odds about Koeman?RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DEPORTIVO 8 points at evens with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 10.43 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

April 11 forum to focus on cultural differences in global business

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Yuling LiPHONE: (832) 858-0026EMAIL: Yuling.Li@rice.eduApril 11 forum to focus on cultural differences in global businessTheRice Asian Business Student Association is hosting a culture forumtitled “Navigating Cultural Differences in Global Business” April 11.The forum will be held in the Shell Auditorium at Janice and RobertMcNair Hall. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., with keynote speeches at4 p.m. by Ashok Rao, president of The Indus Entrepreneurs Houston andCEO of Excalibur Pictures, and Martyn Goossen, president of JPMorganChase Houston. A panel session and reception will conclude the forum at5:45 p.m. in the Anderson Family Commons.Universityrepresentative Y. Ping Sun and William Glick, dean of the Jesse H.Jones Graduate School of Management and the H.J. Nelson III Chair andprofessor of management, will give welcome remarks, and Jing Zhou,professor of management, will serve on the panel.last_img read more

Telltale signs of bioterror

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduTelltale signs of bioterrorRice lab developing rapid test for cultivated pathogensResearchers at Rice University have won federal support to develop a genomic test that can quickly determine whether a disease outbreak is caused by a natural pathogen or one that was grown in a lab by terrorists.The three-year grant — Rice’s first from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency — is designed to provide homeland security and public health officials with the tools they need to quickly determine how to respond to an outbreak.“In a natural outbreak, there are classic rules of epidemiology that describe how particular types of diseases will spread,” said principal investigator Yousif Shamoo, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and director of Rice’s Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering. “In a man-made outbreak, you may be faced with an actor who is continuously spreading the disease, or you might have a person who’s engineered strains knowing public health strategy.”The project’s goal is to find telltale signs that an organism has become accustomed to living in a biology lab. Shamoo said that’s possible because of the way bacteria evolve — they can progress through hundreds of generations in just a few weeks and rapidly adapt to new conditions giving telltale signs of their domestication in a lab. “Living out in the wild is a pretty rough existence,” Shamoo said. “By comparison, life in the laboratory is very posh. You live in very nice conditions on agar plates eating this very rich media. And it’s the same diet every day. Our expectation is that organisms will lose certain genes that allow them to get nutrition from the soil or the gut or wherever they came from, simply because they won’t need them anymore.”Shamoo’s lab specializes in studying how the process of evolution plays out at the molecular level. His group also studies how bacteria evolve to become drug resistant. He said the same forces that allow drug-resistant strains of a organism to outcompete their nondrug resistant cousins in a hospital will also allow his team to discern between pathogens whose origins are in nature or the lab.“There’s a cost to the organism to maintain its genes,” Shamoo said. “If genes are no longer necessary, that presents an advantage for new strains that put more energy into dividing and growing, rather than maintaining unnecessary functions. Those strains will outcompete the wild-type, which will disappear from the lab within just a few generations.”For the DTRA project, Shamoo and his students will gather wild strains of two common bacteria — Enterococcus faecalis and Escherichia coli — and domesticate each of them in the lab. Genomic snapshots will be taken throughout the process, and they’ll be analyzed for telltale patterns.“You don’t want to get into the business of trying to catalog the specific changes that take place for thousands of different organisms,” Shamoo said. “The idea is to look for commonalities. Is there a common set of responses to domestication that you would likely see for any organism that’s adapting from living in the wild to living in the laboratory?”While E. faecalis and E. coli are each common, well-studied bacteria, they also come from opposite ends of their species’ genetic spectrum. Due to fundamental differences in the chemical and physical properties of their cell walls, for example, they fall into very different classifications: E. faecalis is Gram-positive, and E. coli is Gram-negative.The upshot is that if genetic patterns associated with domestication can be found in each of these, those same patterns are likely to be found in other bacteria, Shamoo said.“There’s nothing to stop us from going further with this,” Shamoo said. “If we find something after three years, and we want to expand the pool to include soil bacteria, or other types, we can do that and see if the patterns repeat.”last_img read more

Triplemode transistors show potential

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 7123-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduTriple-mode transistors show potentialRice researchers introduce graphene-based amplifiersRice University research that capitalizes on the wide-ranging capabilities of graphene could lead to circuit applications that are far more compact and versatile than what is now feasible with silicon-based technologies.Triple-mode, single-transistor amplifiers based on graphene — the one-atom-thick form of carbon that recently won its discoverers a Nobel Prize — could become key components in future electronic circuits. The discovery by Rice researchers was reported this week in the online journal ACS Nano.Graphene is very strong, nearly transparent and conducts electricity very well. But another key property is ambipolarity, graphene’s ability to switch between using positive and negative carriers on the fly depending on the input signal. Traditional silicon transistors usually use one or the other type of carrier, which is determined during fabrication.A three-terminal single-transistor amplifier made of graphene can be changed during operation to any of three modes at any time using carriers that are positive, negative or both, providing opportunities that are not possible with traditional single-transistor architectures, said Kartik Mohanram, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice. He collaborated on the research with Alexander Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and their students Xuebei Yang (at Rice) and Guanxiong Liu (at Riverside).Mohanram likened the new transistor’s abilities to that of a water tap. “Turn it on and the water flows,” he said. ”Turn it off and the water stops. That’s what a traditional transistor does. It’s a unipolar device — it only opens and closes in one direction.” ”But if you close a tap too much, it opens again and water flows. That’s what ambipolarity is — current can flow when you open the transistor in either direction about a point of minimum conduction.”That alone means a graphene transistor can be “n-type” (negative) or “p-type” (positive), depending on whether the carrier originates from the source or drain terminals (which are effectively interchangeable). A third function appears when the input from each carrier is equal: The transistor becomes a frequency multiplier. By combining the three modes, the Rice-Riverside team demonstrated such common signaling schemes as phase and frequency shift keying for wireless and audio applications. “Our work, and that of others, that focuses on the applications of ambipolarity complements efforts to make a better transistor with graphene,” Mohanram said. “It promises more functionality.” The research demonstrated that a single graphene transistor could potentially replace many in a typical integrated circuit, he said. Graphene’s superior material properties and relative compatibility with silicon-based manufacturing should allow for integration of such circuits in the future, he added.Technological roadblocks need to be overcome, Mohanram said. Such fabrication steps as dielectric deposition and making contacts ”wind up disturbing the lattice, scratching it and introducing defects. That immediately degrades its performance (limiting signal gain), so we have to exercise a lot of care in fabrication.“But the technology will mature, since so many research groups are working hard to address these challenges,” he said.The National Science Foundation and the DARPA-Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Focus Center Research Program supported the work.Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn1021583. AddThislast_img read more

Rice Theatre to present Little Shop of Horrors April 1119

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice Theatre to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ April 11-19HOUSTON – (April 1, 2014) – Rice University Theatre and the student-run Rice Players troupe will present “Little Shop of Horrors” at the university’s Hamman Hall, 6100 Main St. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 11-12 and April 17-19. A 3 p.m. matinee is scheduled for April 13.“Depression is just status quo” for the residents of Skid Row until flower shop clerk Seymour Krelborn discovers a strange and unusual plant of unknown origin. Written by the award-winning team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast”), this rock musical is a “classic deal-with-the-devil tale with a horrifically horticultural twist,” said Christina Keefe, director of Rice’s Theatre Program and professor in the practice.George Brock is the guest director of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Currently the director and coordinator of the Tommy Tune Award-winning theater program at Episcopal High School, Brock is also the founding artistic director of Generations: A Theatre Company. Generation’s most recent production, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” won 10 BroadwayWorld.com Houston Awards, including “Best Director” for Brock. Brock is reunited in “Little Shop” with his Generations counterpart, music director Jack Beetle. A visiting lecturer in Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Beetle has worked on many productions around Houston as a music director, including work with Generations and Stages Repertory Theatre.Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager of the Rice Theatre Program, who recently designed the magical set for Rice’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be designing the set along with Rice Theatre student Jake LaViola.“Little Shop of Horrors” contains mild violence and suggestive language that may be inappropriate for children.Tickets are $5 for Rice students; $8 for Rice alumni, faculty, staff and senior citizens; $10 for general admission; and $5 per person for groups of 10 and more. Tickets are available in advance at 713-348-PLAY.For more information on the performances, visit http://arts.rice.edu. For a Rice University map and parking information, visit http://rice.edu/parking.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

Rices Jones School to host launch event for new book Stretch

first_imgAddThis Share3MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Rice’s Jones School to host launch event for new book ‘Stretch’ HOUSTON – (Jan. 23, 2017) – Author and Rice University professor Scott Sonenshein will moderate a panel of business and thought leaders at the university’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 9 to mark the launch of his new book, “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.” The book provides a groundbreaking approach to succeeding in business and life using the science of resourcefulness.The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.What: Launch of “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined,” which hits bookstores Feb. 7, and a panel discussion of how “stretching” improves organizations, careers and lives.Who: Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones School, and panelists Brené Brown, researcher, writer and entrepreneur; Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, Rice alumna and former chairman and CEO of Sunoco; Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP charter schools; David Rhodes, Rice alumnus and president of CBS News; and Brock Wagner, Rice alumnus and founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.The public must register at https://business.rice.edu/event/stretch-unlock-power-less-and-achieve-more-you-ever-imagined.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Scott Sonenshein via Twitter @ScottSonenshein.Follow Rice Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.last_img read more

Merage Jumps in Rankings UCLA Grows Greener and More

first_imgMerage Jumps in Rankings, UCLA Grows Greener, and More About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Let’s take a peak at some of the biggest Los Angeles business school stories that have emerged this week.UC Irvine’s Merage School Jumps Forward in The Economist‘s Rankings – UCI Merage School of Business NewsUniversity of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business  jumped forward in The Economist’s 2018 ‘Which MBA?’ rankings, with a move from 39th to 37th in the U.S., and 56th to 52nd in the global standings.Assistant Dean Jon Kaplan of Merage’s MBA and specialty master’s programs says, “[What is unique about the program] is our focus on preparing students to be leaders in a digitally driven world. When you combine that with our continuous efforts to attract the best and brightest students and to provide them a one-of-a-kind experience, you start to see the rankings improve.”Earlier this year, Merage’s Executive MBA program was ranked 20th in the U.S. and 30th globally. Dean Eric Spangenberg reiterates the program’s focus on digital transformation. “Our team has done a great job of pivoting our curriculum to focus on how digital technologies are disrupting all aspects of the business world—not just in Silicon Valley, but across industries,” he says. “Students recognize that, and they choose to come here. This climb in the rankings is evidence not only of our teaching excellence and outstanding career services, but of the caliber of students we’re attracting.”You can read more about Merage’s place in the rankings here.How Green is Your Campus? – UCLA Anderson BlogUCLA Anderson School of Management alum Nurit Katz (’08), the university’s Chief Sustainability Officer, recently gave a report on five major movements that the school has made to become a leader in green campus design.For one, the business school’s Marian Anderson Courtyard is shaded from the California sun by ZON Powersol umbrellas that not only provide shade, but also utilize solar power for USB mobile devices.In addition to the use of solar power, the school uses a 42-megawatt cogeneration plant that provides heat, cool air, and electricity for major facilities on campus such as the Regan Medical Center. The plant is partially powered by biomethane gas from a nearby landfill. The use of the gas drastically reduces the campus’ carbon footprint.UCLA Anderson Chief Sustainability Officer Nurit Katz recently explained the major ways the LA school is moving forward with green energy innovation / Phot via blogs.anderson.ucla.eduGreen roof installation is another way the school is implementing sustainable technology, as shown in the Safdie Rabines Architects’ designed Court of Sciences Student Center food hall. Drought tolerant plants combine attractively with the surrounding landscape to provide natural cooling and water collection methods, while also providing attractive outdoor gathering space.The Semel Healthy Campus initiative is another example of the school’s commitment to sustainability. With a garden at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, this initiative focuses upon healthy solutions for the campus and its neighbors by growing plants for food and medicinal purposes.Finally, UCLA is working to reduce carbon emissions in the infamously congested city of Los Angeles through the use of the Bruin Bike Share system. This allows students to rent bikes for commuting around campus, making the standard non-automobile transit more visible. The project also allows inexperienced bikers to pair with those who are more seasoned to learn the rules of the road.Learn more about the school’s green energy initiative here.Graziadio Women in Leadership Series to Feature Intuit Exec – Pepperdine Graziadio EventsMary Ann Somers, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Intuit, Inc., will be a featured speaker at Pepperdine Graziadio‘s Center for Women in Leadership (CWL) discussion series on November 8, 2018.With a background at companies such as Coca-Cola, Hershey, Unilever, and Colgate-Palmolive, Somers has a wealth of experience in reviving struggling brands. She will speak about the increasingly relevant trends in FinTech, and the ways in which it has transformed production and profitability.Since 2015, the Center for Women in Leadership has strengthened and empowered women in the Graziadio community, and connected them with leaders such as Somers as they move forward in their careers.Somers’ discussion will take place at the West Los Angeles Campus from 4-6 p.m. on November 8. You can register here for the event. RelatedThe New East LA Incubator, Merage Rankings Rise, and More – Los Angeles NewsTake a peek at some of the top stories coming out of the Los Angeles business schools this week. From Family Business to Drucker School: A Talk With Koji Ogura (EMBA ’11) — Drucker Newsroom Koji Ogura, alumnus and staff member at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate…April 4, 2018In “Featured Home”Los Angeles News: Black Panther’s Success, UC Irvine Commencement, and MoreWe’ve rounded up some of the biggest news coming out of Los Angeles business schools this week. ‘Black Panther’ success amplifies findings of UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report – UCLA Newsroom The immense success of Black Panther, the newest entrant into the Marvel cinematic universe, is pushing against the old Hollywood narrative…February 28, 2018In “Featured Home”Merage School of Business MBA Earns Praise From The EconomistThe UC Irvine’s Merage School of Business received some good news after the school was ranked in latest business school rankings of The Economist. The school placed 39th in the nation, 16th among public schools, and 56th in the world. The Los Angeles metro business school also scored well in categories including 29th…November 13, 2017In “Featured Home”center_img regions: Los Angeles Last Updated Nov 2, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

Paul Beatty Becomes First American Booker Prize Winner

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussion US Paul Beatty Becomes First American Booker Prize Winner By The Associated Press October 26, 2016 Updated: October 26, 2016center_img LONDON—Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout,” a stinging satire of race and class in the United States that has drawn comparisons to Richard Pryor and Mark Twain, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday—the first time an American has taken the prestigious fiction award.Judges said Beatty’s provocative book was a satire to rank with the classics, and as timely as the evening news.Historian Amanda Foreman, who chaired the judging panel, said the book “plunges into the heart of contemporary American society, and with absolutely savage wit—the kind I haven’t seen since (Jonathan) Swift or (Mark) Twain.”Luke Ellis and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall present shortlisted author Paul Beatty with a copy of his book 'The Sellout ' at the 2016 Man Booker Prize at The Guildhall in London on Oct. 25, 2016. (John Phillips / Pool via AP) Luke Ellis and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall present shortlisted author Paul Beatty with a copy of his book ‘The Sellout ‘ at the 2016 Man Booker Prize at The Guildhall in London on Oct. 25, 2016. (John Phillips / Pool via AP)“The Sellout” is set in a rundown Los Angeles suburb called Dickens, where the residents include the last survivor of the Little Rascals and the book’s narrator, Bonbon, an African-American man on trial at the U.S. Supreme Court for attempting to reinstate slavery and racial segregation.The book has been likened to the comedy of Richard Pryor and Chris Rock, and Beatty goes where many authors fear to tread. Racial stereotypes, offensive speech and police killings of black men are all subject to his scathing eye. Beatty acknowledged that “The Sellout” was a hard book—both to read and to write—and would push readers out of their comfort zone.“I knew people could misread the book really easily,” he told reporters.“I think people get caught up in certain words and their brains lock, certain ideas and their brains lock.”Paul Beatty (L) with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, during the 2016 Man Booker Prize ceremony, at The Guildhall, in London, on Oct. 25, 2016. (John Phillips/Pool Photo via AP) Paul Beatty (L) with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, during the 2016 Man Booker Prize ceremony, at The Guildhall, in London, on Oct. 25, 2016. (John Phillips/Pool Photo via AP)Beatty was awarded the 50,000 pound ($61,000) prize by Prince Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a black-tie ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall.“I don’t want to get all dramatic, like writing saved my life,” said 54-year-old Beatty, who has written three previous novels. “But writing’s given me a life.“I’m just trying to create space for myself — hopefully that creates space for others,” added the visibly emotional author as he accepted the prize.Foreman said “The Sellout,” which mixes pop culture, philosophy and politics with humor and anger, sets out to “eviscerate every social taboo.”“This is a book that nails the reader to the cross with cheerful abandon,” she said. “That is why the book works — because while you’re being nailed, you’re being tickled.”The five judges met for a marathon four hours Tuesday to choose the winner from among six finalists, whittled down from 155 submissions. Foreman said the decision for Beatty’s work was unanimous.Chris White, fiction buyer for bookstore chain Waterstone’s, called Beatty’s book “the most significant novel to have emerged in these strange and difficult times.”Foreman said the book spoke to “the complexities that modern society is confronting now,” including cultural debates about racism, diversity and who has the right to tell certain stories.Beatty said no single book could, or should, encapsulate the diversity of experience.“We just need a bigger shelf,” he said. “Hopefully me winning this is a sign of that.”Founded in 1969 and previously open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, the Booker expanded in 2014 to include all English-language authors.There were fears in Britain’s literary world that the change would bring U.S. dominance to a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel. But the 2014 and 2015 winners were Australia’s Richard Flanagan and Jamaica’s Marlon James.The Man Booker prize short list writers pose for the media with the books  during a photocall for the Man Booker Prize for fiction in London, on Oct. 24, 2016.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) The Man Booker prize short list writers pose for the media with the books during a photocall for the Man Booker Prize for fiction in London, on Oct. 24, 2016.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)One other American novel was among the finalists: Ottessa Moshfegh’s twist on the psychological thriller, “Eileen”Bookies had considered Beatty a longshot. The favorite was Canada’s Madeleine Thien for “Do Not Say We Have Nothing,” the story of two families roiled by China’s tumultuous history during the 20th century.The other contenders were Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Scottish murder story “His Bloody Project”; Deborah Levy’s tale of mother-child trauma “Hot Milk”; and “All That Man Is,” a portrait of masculinity in a fragmented Europe by Canadian-born British novelist David Szalay.The prize, subject to intense speculation and a flurry of betting, usually brings the victor a huge boost in sales and profile.Apart from Levy, a 2012 Booker finalist for “Swimming Home,” most of this year’s contenders are relatively unknown. But Foreman called them “the household names of the future. Share Paul Beatty, from the United States, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for fiction with his book “The Sellout” after the award ceremony in London, on Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) last_img read more

Minnesota Lawyers Found Dead in Apparent MurderSuicide

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Share this article Well-known Minnesota lawyers Ryan and Sarah Cheshire were both found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, according to reports this week.The two were both found inside an apartment in Fergus Falls, Twin Cities reported, on Wednesday night, Dec. 6. Police said it’s where Ryan was living.Police said that Ryan shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. They had recently divorced, and they had three children together.The report said their divorce was finalized three weeks ago. It’s unclear why Sarah went to her ex-husband’s place on Wednesday night.Neighbors heard screams and called the police. When the officers arrived at around 11 p.m., they found the two dead inside the apartment.Neighbor Danny Yackley said, “There was a wow, factor. Like surprise, like should we be scared?” according to WDAY. “They had the road crossed off. Then they had this side of the road filled with eight or nine police vehicles,” said Yackley. “I was just in my car, and I just heard a yell out call 911. And then I heard the girl on the phone freaking out,” said Daniel Budd, also a neighbor.Brad Benson, her uncle, told Twin Cities that the family worried about her marriage to him, saying he was abusive and controlling.The friends of the couple set up a GoFundMe page for the three orphaned children, raising several thousand dollars. “Please consider helping them save for the future,” the page reads.Ryan Chesire was a prosecutor for Otter Tail County in Minnesota, while Sarah Chesire was a partner at Karkela, Hunt & Cheshire. The couple lived in Fergus Falls for 11 years.The law firm issued a statement, saying “our firm family is grieving this tragic loss,” WDAY reported. US News Minnesota Lawyers Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide Friends raise money for their 3 orphaned childrenBy Epoch Newsroom December 8, 2017 Updated: December 8, 2017last_img read more