Moon Rocks Megabytes and Fruit Flies Space By the Numbers

first_imgThe State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Enter your email address Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! Last Name Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription. 0.5Percent of the U.S. federal budget that currently goes to NASA.17Days the Apollo 11 astronauts were required to spend in medical quarantine after splashing back down to Earth.2Number of times the Apollo 12 mission’s Saturn V spacecraft was struck by lightning just after it was launched, on November 14, 1969.NASA340Record for the most consecutive days a NASA astronaut—specifically, Scott Kelly—has spent in space.665Record for the most cumulative days a NASA astronaut—specifically, Peggy A. Whitson—has spent in space.6Number of U.S. flags that have been planted on the moon.41Time span, in months, during which all of the manned lunar landings took place (July 1969 through December 1972).4.76Speed of the International Space Station, in miles per second.133Number of successful U.S. space shuttle missions.NASA0.078Amount of memory, in megabytes, installed in the computer used by Apollo 11 mission astronauts. (The iPhone X has a minimum of 64,000 MB.)236Number of people who have visited the space station.6Number of Apollo missions that landed on the moon.100Number of tampons NASA offered astronaut Sally Ride for her weeklong trip on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983.20,000,000A federal court’s high-end estimate of the worth, in dollars, of the moon rock and Martian meteorite samples that three interns stole from the Johnson Space Center in the summer of 2002. After the theft, one of the interns placed the rocks on his bed and had “sex on the moon” with one of his fellow thieves.1947Year the first animals—specifically, fruit flies—were sent by the U.S. into space.12Number of people who have walked on the moon.0Number of people who have walked on the moon more than once.92Percent of men who walked on the moon who were once Boy Scouts (eleven of the twelve).842Weight, in pounds, of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand, and dust the six lunar landing missions brought back to Earth.12Number of pairs of moon boots that were left on the moon to compensate for the weight of those 842 pounds of lunar samples.355Number of people who have ridden on space shuttles.This article originally appeared in the July 2019 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “Space, By the Numbers.” Subscribe today. Why am I seeing this? Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Subscribe If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly Sign up for free access First Name You’ve read your last free articlelast_img read more

THE Saints Superstore at Langtree Park is now open

first_imgTHE Saints Superstore at Langtree Park is now open.A spokesperson for Saints RFC said: “Following widespread gales and driving rain in the region on Tuesday, a triangular section of roof sheeting was dislodged.“Contractors accessed the site as soon as weather conditions allowed and they have now taken steps to make the roof safe. As a result, supporters will be able to visit the club shop as usual from Thursday morning.“Work will continue to repair the roof to the highest standard and the programme of events in the run up to the first match on January 20 against Widnes will continue as planned.”last_img

THE Reserves resumed their season after the mini b

first_imgTHE Reserves resumed their season after the mini break in the worst possible way slumping to a 44-28 defeat at the hands of a Salford side containing one or two familiar faces, writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.Both Joe Bate and Dan Brotherton now ply their trade at the Salford City Stadium and both got their names on the score sheet.The game had started well for the Saints with some controlled play in attack forcing the hosts to start from deep in their own half and aggressive defence forcing the normally cool Marc Sneyd to kick out on the full twice.In fact the Saints capitalised on this dominance to open the scoring in the 15th minute. A drive from the hard working Anthony Walker accompanied by a little dummy put the big prop through the line. As he approached the full back he turned it back on the inside for the supporting Scott Hale to stroll to the sticks for the try.However, that was as good as it got for the Saints in a difficult half.Firstly Adam Swift limped off with calf problems forcing a reshuffle with Jamie Foster moving to stand off and Alex Clare to centre. Ten minutes later an injury to Clare saw him replaced forcing Dom Speakman (pictured) into stand off, a position he hasn’t played at this level.Couple this with some poor tackling and the Saints found themselves 14 points behind at the break.There was a determination to turn it around in the second period but it was short-lived as Salford extended their lead scoring on their first set.A sharp run from dummy half by Marcus Baines set up the position for Danny Jones to dart over but two quick tries put the Saints further behind and out of contention by the hour mark.Scott Hale scored his second from Danny Yates’ short pass and there were consolation tries from Dom Speakman, an interception 30 metres out, and Jayden Sandford after good work by Walker, Baines and Foster.In truth though, this was a poor performance. The forwards led by Walker, Jordan Hand and the impressive debutant Greg Richards, worked hard but there was little to worry the hosts.Match Summary:Salford:Tries: Luke Towers, Andy Morris, Josh Veivers, Dan Brotherton 2, Adam Walne, Ryan Boyle, Callum Marriott, Joe Bate.Goals: Marc Sneyd 4.St Helens:Tries: Jaydon Sandford, Dom Speakman, Scott Hale 2, Danny Jones.Goals: Jamie Foster 4.Half Time: 6-20Full Time: 28-44Teams:Salford:1. Luke Towers; 2. Niall Evalds, 3. Andy Morris, 4. Josh Veivers, 5. Dan Brotherton; 6. Tom Whitehead, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Adam Walne, 9. Adam Files, 10. Ryan Boyle, 17. Callum Marriott, 12. Will Hope, 13. Alex Davidson.Subs: 11. Chris Hankinson, 14. Aaron Hewitt, 15. Adam Dybdall, 16. Joe Bate.Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. James Hill, 3. Ste Yates, 4. Jamie Foster, 5. Jaydon Sandford; 6. Adam Swift, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Ant Walker, 12. Joe Greenwood, 11. Scott Hale, 13. Danny Jones.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 17. Aaron McCloskey, 16. Alex Clare, 20. Greg Richards.last_img read more

SAINTS have won their last five meetings with Widn

first_imgSAINTS have won their last five meetings with Widnes.The Vikings’ last win against the Saints was 40-26 at home on April 21 2014.St Helens have also won their last three home fixtures with Widnes, with the Vikings’ last win at Langtree Park coming 35-28 on May 3 2013.2016 Meeting:Widnes 12, St Helens 20 (SLR8, 28/3/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 16Widnes won 2Highs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 62-0 (H, 2012) (also widest margin)Widnes highest score: 40-26 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)Head to Head: SaintsWidnesTries8979Goals7358Metres2461225183Breaks104123Tackles63227108Penalties171181Career and Club Milestones Involving Tonight’s Teams:James Roby needs one appearance to reach 400 for his career.He has played 362 games for St Helens since 2004, to go with representative appearances for Great Britain (7, 2006-2007) and England (30, 2008-2013 & 2015).Jordan Turner needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.He has played 106 games for St Helens since 2013, and was previously with Hull FC (72 games, 2010-2012) and Salford (69 games, 2006-2009). He has also represented England Knights twice (2012).First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers) 242 Jodie Broughton (Catalans Dragons) 183 Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings) 174 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 165 Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 146 = Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 138 = Jake Webster (Castleford Tigers), Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 812 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 733 = Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves), Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 655 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 646 = Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings), Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors), Luke Walsh (St Helens) 549 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 5010 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 43Goals Percentage:1 Jordan Lilley (Leeds Rhinos) 84.37 (27/32)2 Thomas Bosc (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12)3 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 82.65 (81/98)4 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 80.24 (65/81)5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80.21 (73/91)6 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 79.41 (54/68)7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 78.04 (64/82)8 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 77.77 (14/18)9 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 77.41 (24/31)10 Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers) 76.47 (13/17)Points:1 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 1742 Pat Richards (Catalans Dragons) 1663 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1594 Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves) 1545 Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings) 1526 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 1367 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1238 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 1189 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 11510 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 98last_img read more

Made to play for the final half an hour without Li

first_imgMade to play for the final half an hour without Liam Cooper after he was sent from the field for an uncharacteristic brain explosion, the Saints dug deep for a well-deserved 40-30 win.The visitors took the lead after Ricky bailey failed to knock a speculative grubber dead leaving the ball in the in-goal area.The Saints were under the pump and looking likely to concede again on ten minutes when Tommy Lee shot out from his own line to intercept the pass direct from the play the ball.He took it 20 metres as did Matty Lees then the ball was spread right for make-shift centre Mike Weldon, on to cover for the injured Adam Swift after only six minutes, to further relieve the line. From the play ball Zach Docker-Clay grubbered the ball through for his Rovers team mate Graeme Horne to touch down.The Saints forward pack were dominating their counterparts from over the Lump by this stage forcing error after error and when the ball was put down on half way the Saints turned on the style.The ball was spread right with Bailey and Weldon both taking it to the line which created space for Jordan Gibbons. The winger stepped off his right foot finding space and when he found the full back he just shipped it out to the supporting Horne for his second try in the red vee.The purple patch continued from the kick off as the third member of the Rovers trio Mitch Clarke and Jonah Cunningham drove deep into the visitors. From the play the ball Docker-Clay took it to the line before stepping off his right to go in untouched.The second quarter was a tighter affair as the Saints coughed up too much possession to really put the visitors under any pressure and conceded a second try from a suspiciously forward looking pass.The mood was positive at the break with the aim to get back to dominating the visitors pack and watching them disintegrate again.The Saints took another big advantage from the generosity of the visitors when another knock on in their own half gave the Saints position and Docker-Clay showed his class stepping off his right foot to go through the line and then again to go around the static full back.Matty Costello could have scored Saints fifth try had he pinned back his ears instead of stepping inside to be held up.The melee on the line was where Cooper received his marching orders but the visitors were made to drop out from the original decision. Two great drives from Clarke and Lees and a quick play the ball gave Aaron Smith plenty of time to jump out of dummy half and beat the cover to touch down at the posts.But a Saints knock on in our own half and a still disorganised side could have proved a turning point as the Saints let in three converted tries in a ten minute period to go behind for the first time.It would have been easy to have hid behind the 12 men stat and capitulate at this point but emboldened by the large crowd the Saints dug deep and decided to take the game back to the visitors.And in a fantastic last ten minutes came away with the win. Great defence forced the error and the Saints punished it ruthlessly.With the forwards to the fore led by Matty Lees the Saints were pressurising the line. On the last Bailey grubbered through and Weldon won the chase to touch down and retake the lead.The visitors were metres offside at the kick off and from the restart Clarke and Lees were at it again bulldozing their way through the defence. The ball was spread right from Docker-Clay to Bailey and to Weldon who took three defenders over with him.The final act of redemption was left to another member of the Saints back line that had been described as “soft” by the visitors coaching staff prior to kick off.Clarke, Costello and Bailey had walked the defence back towards their own line and on the last Docker-Clay showed another example of his undoubted talent as he stepped off his right to go through the line before stepping so much that he turned the full back around and left him clutching at his own posts as he offloaded to Weldon. The centre then sent out an overhead miss pass to find Jordan Gibbons unmarked for the touchdown.This was a fabulous advert for Reserves rugby. Coach Talbot was full of praise for his players afterwards and especially the three Rovers players who, like all the others who have pulled on the red vee this season, gave the all for their team mates.His only worry now is how to stop them when the Saints face them next Sunday as a curtain raiser to Rovers next home game!Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Graeme Horne (10 & 15), Zach Docker-Clay (18 & 45), Aaron Smith (50), Mike Weldon (70 & 74), Jordan Gibbons (76). Goals: Jordan Gibbons 4 from 8.Wigan: Tries: Harry Smith 2 (3 & 31), Jack Wells (55), Josh Woods (58), Liam Forsyth (66). Goals: Harry Smith 5 from 5.Half Time: 16-12 Full Time: 40-30Teams:Saints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 5. Jordan Gibbons, 4. Matty Costello, 3. Jake Spedding, 2. Adam Swift; 6. Zach Docker-Clay, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Mitch Clarke, 9. Tommy Lee, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Graeme Horne, 12. Jack Ashworth, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 14. Brad Billsborough, 15. Liam Cooper, 16. Mike Weldon, 19. Aaron Smith.Wigan: 1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Liam Forsyth, 4. James Worthington, 5. Dominic Manfredi; 6. Harry Smith, 7. Josh Woods; 8. Callum Field, 9. Joshua Ganson, 10. Joseph Bretherton, 11. Nicholas Gregson, 12. Jack Wells, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 15. Patrick Casey, 16. Oliver Partington, 19. Samuel Kibula, 21. Liam Paisley.last_img read more

Duke Energy wants to raise rates public hearing Thursday

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy wants to raise rates nearly 17 percent and a portion of that will go to pay for coal ash cleanup. But first the North Carolina utilities commission wants to hear from you.Happening Thursday a public hearing to discuss the proposed rate hike.- Advertisement – The new rate would increase the average customer’s bill by nearly $18 a month.Duke says that would bring in nearly $478 million a year.Nearly half would cover costs to build or upgrade plants and the rest would go toward handling and removing coal ash.Related Article: Dunkin’ Donuts loses food service permit due to health violationThe meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Hanover County Courthouse.last_img

VIDEO UNCW dance crew competes in national Red Bull competition

first_imgUNCW dance crew, Physical Graffeeti, is showing of their awesome moves in a national dance competition by Red Bull, but they need your help to win. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A group of UNCW students are showing of their moves by competing in a national dance competition by Red Bull, 2017 Bracket Reel.The dance crew, Physical Graffeeti, was chosen as one of 16 to compete. The challenge is for collegiate dance crews to create original videos that are adjudicated by a panel of industry professionals and voted on by the general public.WATCH THEIR VIDEO >>- Advertisement – Click here if you would like to vote.The winning team will earn an opportunity to collaborate with dance legend and producer, Tim Milgram, on an original dance video.last_img

Victim identified after struck killed by van on Carolina Beach Road

first_img Carolina Beach Road was closed for approximately 3 hours.WPD says they do not anticipate filing charges.Police remind pedestrians to always use caution while crossing the street and do so at designated areas. Drivers should be aware of their surroundings. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified Donald Ray Gibson, 62, as the victim in the traffic fatality Saturday night.Gibson was attempting to cross Carolina Beach Road with a shopping cart around 5:30 p.m., but was not in a crosswalk when the accident occurred. The victim was initially run over by a van, and thrown, and subsequently struck by multiple vehicles.- Advertisement – last_img

Commissioners take first step toward buying part of Echo Farms

first_img “It’s not the best case scenario. It just was not an affordable option to purchase and run it as a golf course, but it’s a compromise and it’s a good compromise because it allows for us to have smart growth,” said Woody White, the New Hanover County Commission’s chairman.New Hanover County Commissioners authorized County staff to begin negotiations to buy 18 acres.The County wants to partner with the city of Wilmington to share costs.Related Article: Mellow Mushroom coming to River Place in downtown Wilmington“The citizens in Wilmington and New Hanover aren’t gonna pay one penny more than what it’s worth, but they’re gonna get a lot of real value out of it,” said White.That parcel includes five clay tennis courts and a swimming pool. Right now, there are no clay courts open to the public in Wilmington.Echo Farms’ tennis director, Rod Badash, says making those courts available to all would be huge for the future of the sport in the Port City.“Many of the other cities in North Carolina that have clay court opportunities that are public. Wilmington does not and I think that would be an excellent opportunity for the tennis community,” said Badash.Matrix Development Group, the developer of Echo Farms, closed the golf course in October. They plan to develop the course and build new homes and condos. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five clay tennis courts and a swimming pool at Echo Farms in Wilmington could soon be government-owned. County Commission took the first step toward making it happen Monday morning.The Echo Farms Golf Course is no more, but New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington are working to preserve open space at the neighborhood along Carolina Beach Road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick beaches brace for Florence as state of emergency declared

first_imgOAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) –  A state of emergency declared county-wide in Brunswick County. Many Brunswick beaches as well as the municipalities inland  are mirroring that same declaration.Neighbors on Oak Island are taking that very seriously and safeguarding what’s theirs. We saw several homes along Beach Drive and East Oak Island Drive with boarded up windows and doors.- Advertisement – “Anything that gets over a Cat 3 it’s time to go,” said homeowner Mike Lester who plans to board his home and clear out the garage along Beach Drive.Neighbors fueling up on Oak Island (Andrew James/WWAY)If they can’t go, many Brunswick County neighbors are stocking and fueling up.“If it does hit, everything I own is here. I have a business here I have a house here,” said John Narcice who owns a hotel on Oak Island and has told his guests they need to leave town.Related Article: Possibly month long effort to restore road damage in Ogden areaVisitors to Oak Island and Caswell Beach have already been told to evacuate. Business owners like Art Skipper have seen several storms pass the island over the years. He knows this is serious.“This really looks worse and this is probably comparable to hurricane Hazel,” Skipper said.Skipper has already boarded up his business and plans to board his home and leave town. Mike Lester is doing the same and heading south.“There’s nothing about a house that’s worth staying here and risking your life,” said Lester.Neighbors are filling up at station all over the island and sealing up homes.“That air will get inside of a home and it will create a vortex and it will completely destroy the inside of the home,” said Nick Liles who had boarded three homes already on Monday.Voluntary evacuation orders are in effect for Oak Island as well as at Caswell andWorkers board up Art Skipper Realty (Andrew James/WWAY)neighboring beach towns. Lifelong neighbors like Skipper urge other to be proactive.“Get boarded up and ready for it and hope it don’t come,” Skipper said.Some towns and cities will be going under mandatory evacuation for their residents come Wednesday.Southport Ocean Isle Beach and Holden are some that sit in that category. Some of these residents that now sit on voluntary evacuation orders don’t be surprised if that is upgraded to mandatory.last_img read more

30 tons of food collected for the hungry during WWAYs OneDay Blitz

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Once again the Cape Fear came out in droves for WWAY’s annual One-Day Blitz at Krispy Kreme.This year, we shattered our record!- Advertisement – We have huge crowds donating non-perishable food for the Salvation Army’s food pantry.We want to thank all of you for your generosity!In the end, you donated 30 tons of food that day. That makes yet another year we’ve broken our giving record.last_img read more

Less than a fifth of Maltese population has high level of education

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Less than a fifth of Malta’s population has high educational attainment, new figures show.According to Eurostat’s 2018 figures on National education attainment across the European Member States, only 18.6% of Malta’s population has a high educational attainment level.This places Malta third from the bottom of the EU28, just ahead of Italy (16.7%) and Romania (14.3%). This figure is also registered as being almost 10% lower than the EU average (27.5%).The highest performing countries for high level educational attainment are Cyprus (37.7%) and the United Kingdom (37.6%).At the same time, this means that Malta records just over half of those with educational attainment to be in the lower bracket (53%), second from the top of the EU28, just behind Portugal (55.4%). Malta’s Medium level attainment accounts for just over a quarter (28.4%), considerably lower than the percentages recorded for the likes of Germany (58.5%), Poland (59.8%), Slovakia (64.2%) and the Czech Republic (67.7%).People on the MoveThe newly published report entitled ‘People on the Move’ by Eurostat examine the various different mobility factors governing European movement for the 20 – 64 age bracket. This report examines different aspects including the level of educational attainment, work, migration and tourism.Read more:Maltese citizens make up the 3rd highest rate of EU holiday makersRisk of poverty twice as high as the rate of overcrowding in Malta – EUROSTATMalta 5th from bottom in female employment rate across EUMore non Maltese EU citizens and Non-EU citizens than Maltese in workforceAccording to the Eurostat figures, 80.3% of EU citizens in Malta who are between the ages of 20 and 64 years old are employed. This is only slightly higher than the EU average of 77.1%. Lithuania represents the highest number of EU citizens of this age group working in the country (95.3%).Where non-EU citizens are concerned,  77.3% of that demographic are in employment  This almost 20% higher than the EU average of Non-EU nationals working across the EU28 (59.3%).Within the same age bracket, only 74.2% of Maltese are in employment. This is only slightly higher than the EU28 average (73.8%). Sweden has the highest recorded number of its own nationals working its workforce (84.9%)Most Maltese citizenships granted to RussiansThe Eurostat figures show that citizens from Russia were granted the most citizenship from Malta in 2017.Over 400 people were granted citizenship (464) compared to 342 people from Saudi Arabia and 195 people from the United Kingdom.This number of Russian citizenships were far higher than those granted by Bulgaria (174), Estonia (224), Lithuania (52) or Poland (220), but lower than those granted by Czech Republic (590) and Cyprus (1,315).While the number citizenships granted by Malta sat at 1,973 in 2017, this was far exceeded by older EU member states like France (114,274), Germany (115,421), United Kingdom  (123,106) and Italy (146,605). Over 825,000 (825,447) citizenships were granted within the EU in 2017.Read more:Malta down to 9th place on Henley and Partners Passport IndexHenley and Partners’ profits rise by 500%, selling passportsWhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

10 of Martin Luther King Jrs most tweeted quotes

first_imgImage Credit: Advertisement Twitter takes a mindful pause to honor the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. every year, but his legacy is evident on many people’s timelines every day. As an icon and activist, Dr. King is an ever present topic of conversation in Tweets.Twitter looked at how widely his quotes are circulated on Twitter, and found that in the past year alone, there have been over one million Tweets containing the words of the revered civil right leader.On his birthday, yesterday, they put together the list of 10 of his most Tweeted quotes, starting with his most Tweeted phrase:Image Credit: QuoteFancy – Advertisement – And here are the top ten quotes that continue to live on through Tweets:“The time is always right to do what is right.”“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”Let’s continue to ring these phrases through our timelines every day as a reminder of the progress we’ve made and the work that still needs to be done.[related-posts]last_img read more

Ridesharing service Taxify officially launches in Uganda

first_imgTaxify adds the XL feature car option to its apps. Advertisement Taxify, Europe and Africa’s fastest-growing ride-sharing platform has launched today in Kampala, Uganda with hundreds of drivers signed up to the platform and ready to accept rides anywhere in the city.To celebrate, Taxify is offering a 15% discount to riders from now until the end of this November. The fares for this period are Start UGX950, UGX600 per Km, UGX150 per minute, while the minimum price is UGX4,500.“Kampala is a huge and thriving marketplace for private urban transport. We’re very excited to launch here and are confident that Taxify can effectively contribute to healthy competition by improving the quality of service and providing an opportunity for drivers to make a sustainable income,” Shivachi Muleji, Kampala Operations Manager, said. – Advertisement – Taxify takes only 15% commission from its drivers, which is far lower than the 25% that competitors take. The lower commission allows Taxify to offer both lower prices for riders and more take-home pay for drivers.Happy drivers mean a better quality service for riders. Taxify believes in treating its drivers with respect, allowing them to earn more than what they receive on other platforms and providing a range of safeguards and features that help them work in the way that suits them best. It also believes in providing exemplary customer service to riders, with a local customer support team and the option to pay for rides in cash.Taxify already operates in 20 countries worldwide and has seen huge success with its fairer, more transparent ride-sharing service. Taxify operates in 20 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central America. It was founded in 2013 in Tallin, Estonia, where it is also headquartered.The ride-sharing platform has a global team of over 250 employees.In August 2017, Taxify announced a strategic partnership with Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform. Under this partnership, DiDi will invest in and collaborate with Taxify to support the latter’s further growth and innovation.The Taxify app is available on iOS and Android.Via FastLaneXtra (Medium)last_img read more

MTN Fero Mobile Unveil Affordable InternetEnabled Mobile Phone in New Partnership

first_imgOlivier Prentout (center) the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Vikram Gopal (right) a Fero representative in Uganda Advertisement MTN Uganda has partnered with Fero Mobile to launch an entry-level smartphone onto the market that will enable more Ugandans to get connected to the internet. The handset has been made available at the start of the festive season; at a time considered for gifting. It is the perfect gift for the perfect price this Christmas.“If you were looking for the perfect gift this Christmas, why not gift a Fero? Even with internet connectivity rapidly rising in Uganda, there are Ugandans who would still want to get online, at an affordable rate. The Fero Mobile comes in handy,” said Olivier Prentout the MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer.According to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), nearly 60% of Ugandans have access to a mobile phone. Not all these mobile handsets are connected to the internet. There are several people looking to own handsets that are affordable and within their means. The Fero A4100 is an entry-level smartphone that can connect to 3G, one of the fastest and most reliable internet connections in Uganda. MTN Uganda also offers fast and reliable 4G LTE internet connectivity. – Advertisement – “On top of ensuring Ugandans have access to the internet, the handset will be connected to the MTN network, which is reliable and accessible all over the country. We are glad to be enabling increased access to the internet in Uganda and making the lives of many Ugandans brighter by staying connected. MTN Uganda has invested heavily in infrastructure countrywide to further expand reliable and affordable internet connectivity. Coupled with our recently reduced internet and social bundle rates, we believe this combination will be the perfect gift this Christmas. This is in line with our vision at MTN to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers,” Olivier added.The choice of a Fero mobile phone comes with it having a long battery life, thereby prolonging internet surfing experience. This handset will be retailing at Ugx.119,000 a bargain price for its unique features and will be available at MTN service centers across the country. As a perfect gift from MTN, customers will be further pleased to enjoy free data worth 1GB, a free sim-card, and a phone jacket, compliments of MTN Uganda when you buy the Fero Mobile this festive season.The perfect gift this festive season for your friends and family is the all new MTN Fero smartphone.Price; 119,000shs Comes with; 1GB free internet, Free Phone Cover, #MyMTN app and so much more. Available in MTN Shops countrywide. #GiftAFero 🎁🎁— MTN Uganda (@mtnug) November 21, 2017Commenting on the device, Vikram Gopal, a Fero representative in Uganda said, “We are excited to be partnering with MTN Uganda on this device. It is one of our most highly demanded and reliable devices especially for the markets in Africa. The partnership with MTN means we can now connect more people to the internet with a device that fits their budget.”last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Portsmouth v Derby

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ot there in the end with the over 2.5 goal recommendation at Tannadice Park but it wasn’t exactly looking good at halftime when it was 0-0 !Toe in the water with the Capital One first round tonight and I’m off to Fratton Park for Portsmouth v Derby which is live on SKY at 7.45pm.There are now two tiers between these two sides – it was only in 2008 when they were both Premier League clubs. Derby are now in the Championship and went close last season to getting back into the top flight whereas Portsmouth are in League Two after their dramatic fall from grace which included them entering administration twice in two years.The Capital One Cup can be really risking punting territory, as we saw last night at Griffin Park with an abject performance by Brentford who were brushed aside 4-0 by Oxford. However, one thing the competition usually can be relied upon for though is goals.Paul Cook, manager of Portsmouth is expected to make a few changes after they began their season with a win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Striker Conor Chaplin and forward Adam McGurk may start, with Kyle Bennett and Matt Tubbs dropping out.Derby are without Will Hughes who injured his knee against Bolton on Saturday and could be out for as long as six months.Derby’s recent form against Portsmouth is strong – winning three of the last four games.Portsmouth v Derby CountyCapital One Cup 1st Round7.45pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2012 Championship Portsmouth 1-2 DerbyOct 2011 Championship Derby 3-1 PortsmouthFeb 2011 Championship Portsmouth 1-1 DerbyNov 2010 Championship Derby 2-0 PortsmouthJan 2008 Premier League Portsmouth 3-1 DerbyAug 2007 Premier League Derby 2-2 PortsmouthFeb 2003 League Div 1 Portsmouth 6-2 DerbyNov 2002 League Div 1 Derby 1-2 PortsmouthFeb 1996 League Div 1 Derby 3-2 PortsmouthSep 1995 League Div 1 Portsmouth 2-2 DerbyDerby look worthy favourites but again I prefer to play the over 2.5 goal market on Star Sports – this time at around 5/6.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS for 8 points at around 5/6 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 104.74 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_img£100 CASH IF:SALAH SCORES HAT-TRICKTo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS £100 IN CASH if SALAH SCORES A HAT-TRICK TONIGHT at Anfield against Roma.You simply need to open an account and place a bet of at least £10 online at between 9am and 7.45pm on Tuesday 24 April.  The bet must be on a selection at even money (or bigger) in any event displayed on the web site.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Tuesday 24 April to 19:45 (GMT) on Tuesday 24 April.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online before 19:45pm (GMT) on Tuesday 24th April. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more) on any selection at even money (or bigger), in any event displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer is based around MO SALAH scoring a hat-trick for Liverpool against Roma. If Salah doesn’t start then the offer is void.(4) If, for any reason, the match does not take place or is declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus, if successful, will be paid as £100 cash (not free bet) within 48 hours of the race, direct to your online account.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address.(8) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(9) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Holocaust awareness and remembrance event features art lecture

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: stark@rice.eduHolocaust awareness and remembrance event features art, lectureNoted scholar Shlomo Aronson to speakAs part of the Holocaust Awareness and Remembrance Event at Rice University April 30, world-renowned scholar Shlomo Aronson will present a lecture about the history of the Holocaust, and two artists will display their works on the subject.Aronson will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Grand Hall at Rice Memorial Center following a 6 p.m. art exhibition opening and 7:15 p.m. reception in the center’s Farnsworth Pavilion. The events are free and open to the public.Aronson is a political science professor from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a noted Holocaust scholar. His lecture and book, “Hitler, the Allies and the Jews,” examine the relationships and issues at the time of the second world war. Aronson served as a consultant to the Interagency Working Group in charge of implementing the U.S. Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act. He also was a scholar in residence at the U.S. National Archives and a fellow at the Library of Congress. The art exhibit will feature 28 works from Avraham Sapir of Israel and Saul Balagura of Houston. It will also be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to noon May 1, 2 and 4.Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1931, Sapir is the only member of his family who survived the Holocaust’s death camps. His featured pieces include 14 Holocaust paintings done during the 1980s. Sapir’s artwork has been exhibited in Tel Aviv and in the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, where one of his other paintings is part of the museum’s permanent collection.Balagura is a self-taught Colombian-born artist who, after retiring, opened an art studio in New Mexico and another in Houston. With his “Holocaust Series,” he hopes to use his voice to keep the memory of the Holocaust victims alive. Balagura’s poetry will accompany his paintings in the exhibit at Rice.Because of special security arrangements, patrons should plan to arrive early for the lecture. The following security precautions will be in place: AddThislast_img read more

Rice University joins national engineering education initiative

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice University joins national engineering education initiativeWhite House announces ‘Grand Challenges’ engineering education programHOUSTON — (March 23, 2015) — Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering is one of more than 120 U.S. engineering schools leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced today at the White House.In a letter presented to President Barack Obama, Rice’s engineering school and its peers committed to establish unique educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges,” complex yet achievable accomplishments that improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century. Together, the schools plan to graduate more than 20,000 formally recognized “Grand Challenge Engineers” over the coming decade.“The programs and activities of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) are perfectly aligned with the goals of this initiative,” said Edwin “Ned” Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering. “There are five components that go into educating a Grand Challenge Engineer: hands-on design or research, real-world experiential learning, entrepreneurship and innovation, and service learning. Most of these are integrated into RCEL’s Leadership Certificate Program, and with the added cross-cultural perspectives that many of our students get through Rice’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, every aspect required to be a Grand Challenge Engineer has been covered.”Thomas has estimated that Rice will graduate 20 Grand Challenge Engineers per year, a considerable number for a school its size.RCEL Executive Director Kazimir Karwowski said, “RCEL used the National Academy of Engineering’s ‘Engineer of 2020’ report as a template to craft a leadership certificate program that is dedicated to educating leaders with the skills necessary to help solve the grand challenges in engineering.”-30-For details about the initiative, see the National Academy of Engineering’s press release, “U.S. Engineering Schools to Educate 20,000 Students to Meet Grand Challenges,” online at on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

Baker Institute expert HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years but

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Share1EXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert: HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but they still have a long way to go HOUSTON – (Feb. 24, 2016) – The infection rate from the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) has been dropping among young women, according to a new study released this week by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Credit: UniversityKirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, said that while this is great news, “the rates of vaccination are still lower than we’d like in the United States. We need to get more universal coverage in the high 80 to 90 percent range, like with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. But this might only occur if we have a mandate.”Matthews is available to discuss issues surrounding HPV vaccinations in Texas and across the U.S.More than 79 million Americans are infected by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus known to cause cancer. The state of Texas does not have an HPV vaccination policy. “Texas does not have school mandates or education policies to encourage vaccination of adolescents to protect them from the virus,” Matthews said. “These deficits put children at risk for becoming infected with the disease as well as potentially developing cancer later in life. Now is the time for Texas to be responsible and to require the HPV vaccine for all children in early adolescence, and physicians in the state should lead this charge.”To interview Matthews, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute and @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Matthews biography: in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more