Month: July 2019


THE second edition of Saints Matchday Magazine wil

first_imgTHE second edition of Saints Matchday Magazine will be on sale this Friday.At just £3 it is full of everything you need to know about the Saints including match stats, interviews, news and views.In this magazine, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook talks about his move up ‘North’ and Paul Clough says being named a ‘Knight’ is a great honour.There’s also the latest thoughts from Royce Simmons and James Graham whilst Ian Talbot talks about this plans for the u20s.You can get your copy from the vendors around the stadium and from Saints’ Retail Units which are housed in the North and East Stands.The Units also sell replica shirts, hats, scarves and other Saintly gifts and all forms of credit and debit cards can be taken.Meanwhile, there will be two cash turnstiles open on matchday.North West 1 and 2 turnstiles will be open to give fans access to the unallocated blocks A and B in that Stand.Prices are £25 for adults and £19 for kids.last_img read more


THE Saints Academy completed a well deserved doubl

first_imgTHE Saints Academy completed a well deserved double over the Wolves in a typically robust derby at Close Street on Saturday – emerging 34-18 winners, writes Graham Henthorne.A first minute injury to Danny Jones meant that Derek Traynor’s charges played the whole game with only 16 and despite a mini revival in the second period were never really in any danger.Jordan O’Neill’s knock on over the line gave the visitors a let off which they took advantage of. Bobbie Goulding’s 40/20 gave them the chance to open the scoring down their right.It was a little one way traffic after that, however, as the Saints, playing into the teeth of a strong wind, turned the screw.Corey Lee’s break down the right gave a repeat set but a poor kick meant the attack fizzled out.It was left to Jamie Tracey to keep up his try a game pace as he opened the Saints account. Mark Percival had made good ground down the right before Adam Swift worked the play left putting Tracey through a massive hole.The Saints hit the front just before quarter time as Percival scored from a set move. Callum Welsby jumped out of dummy half, gave it out to Jordan Case, back inside to Dom Speakman through the gap and he fed it on to the supporting Percival to outstrip the defence over the last 40.The Saints, led by Brad Ashurst, James Tilley and Jordan Case, were upping the ante in all facets of the game. Pressure defence forced the Wire error in their own half and three tackles later an offload from the returning Swift and quick hands down the left put Leon Tatlock in at the corner.Jordan Case hit the posts with the difficult conversion but made no mistake 10 minutes later converting the Saints fourth try. Good drives off their own line from Tilley, Jack Francis and Luke Thompson put the Saints on a roll and when Swift took a short Dom Speakman pass he weaved his way through and past the cover to the posts.A repeat set in the final minutes of the half saw the visitors score their second just before the break and another ten minutes into the second period brought them to within a try.That was as close as they got, however, as the ship was steadied on the next set as Luke Thompson made it two in two. Speakman’s’ well placed chip and Corey Lee’s fantastic chase forced the error from the full back on his own 10 which Thompson punished from the scrum.A great chase back from his own intercepted pass from Corey Lee helped Mark Percival bring down the Wolves winger and allowed the defence to get back in position to snuff out the attack.On the next set a great inside ball from Case, even though he knew he was going to get clattered put Swift away down the middle and he stood the full back up to go in under the posts.The was still time for Percival to have a second try disallowed for a forward pass and for tempers to fray enough to make the referee send off the two opposing props for their part in the mass argy bargy.Tilley and Case were outstanding in a good all round team performance which keeps the Saints up at the top of the competition ladder.Match Summary:Saints U18s:Tries: Jamie Tracey, Mark Percival, Leon Tatlock, Adam Swift 2, Luke Thompson.Goals: Mark Percival, Jordan Case 4.Warrington U18s:Tries: Callan Beckett 2, Gavin Bennion.Goals: Bobbie Goulding 3.Half Time: 22-12Full Time: 34-18Teams:Saints:1. Corey Lee; 2. Greg Wilde, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Jamie Tracey, 5. Leon Tatlock; 6. Adam Swift, 7. Dom Speakman; 8. Brad Ashurst, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Danny Jones, 11. James Tilley, 12. Jordan O’Neill, 13. Jordan Case.Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Luke Thompson, 16. Jack Francis, 17. Adam Hesketh.Warrington:1. Gene Ormsby; 2. Nathan Hill, 3. Callan Beckett, 4. Jake Eccleston, 5. Sean Henney; 6. Bobbie Goulding, 7. Scott Turner, 8. Jack Morrison, 9. Ben Moores, 10.Brad Brennan, 11. Gavin Bennion, 12. Zak Dewhurst, 13. Jimmy Rowland.Subs: 14. Micky Learmouth, 15. Brad Smith, 16. Tom Walker, 17. Sam Brookes.last_img read more


NATHAN Brown says Saints were clinical in their la

first_imgNATHAN Brown says Saints were clinical in their last match but they’ll need to be as good again if they want to get past Hull KR.Jordan Turner and Francis Meli each grabbed a brace as they handed the Reds a 52-10 defeat on their own patch.But that will count for nothing if Saints falter on Friday.“Whatever chances we created we took them and that was pleasing,” Brown said. “Mark Sneyd and Lee Gaskell kicked well and they challenged us. But I always felt comfortable we’d do ok. In the first half we did just enough but we responded and lifted the intensity in the second.“Now we play Hull KR who are in good form. They have beaten sides running second and fifth so we have a good challenge on our hands.“They key is they’ve kept Michael Dobson, Travis Burns and Greg Eden fit. Mickey Paea has been playing well too and Rhys Lovegrove is probably having his best season.“Getting those combinations fit week in week out has seen them pick up wins. It’s the same with Huddersfield and Wigan… and look at what’s happened to Leeds now they have lost key players.“We have a lot of personnel back and I have no doubt we will challenge them a little better – not that we missed by much last time we faced each other.“The key for us is to build momentum now. We have gone through a lot of change but now we are able to pick the same 1, 6, 7, 9, and 13 for consecutive weeks and that will help us continue to develop.“We’d like to think we can give our fans plenty to cheer about this season. Our away support at Salford was sensational.”Saints have a relatively injury free squad to choose from with only Sia Soliola and Mark Flanagan out long term.Gary Wheeler and Anthony Walker are now free from injury too but are likely to play on dual registration this week.Tickets are on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. They will also be available on the turnstiles on matchnight.last_img read more


WEVE another edition of the Saints InTouch Podcas

first_imgWE’VE another edition of the Saints InTouch Podcast now available to download.Perfect for your trip to Friday’s big match we speak to Nathan Brown and Lance Hohaia on the win over Castleford last Friday.Alex Walmsley also pays tribute to the quality of fans at the Saints and in Rugby League.The weekly Podcast is the ideal way to keep up to date with the Saints and can be found on iTunes.It is in association with our friends at Citytalk 105.9 and they have just been nominated for a Radio Academy Award.To listen? Click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.You can also hear past episodes there too.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email us here.last_img read more


JORDAN Turner was pleased with Sundays win over H

first_imgJORDAN Turner was pleased with Sunday’s win over Huddersfield – but believes Saints left a lot of points out on the field.The stand-off scored his fifth try of the season in the 34-18 victory.But he reckons there could have been more.“We were scrappy in few areas and came off a little disappointed that we weren’t more clinical,” he said. “We wanted to finish off more of the moves we put on.“The most pleasing thing is we are fighting hard for each other and coming away with wins.“We are playing some good stuff but have some tough tests coming up where we will have to take our game up to another level.“We have taken the shackles off a little within the same systems. Confidence is a big thing though and it is making the difference. When it is a low it is hard to get out of a lull. Now, after a few wins, you can see it’s there.“It’s ours to lose now, we can only go forward and finish as strong as we can.”Jordan is revelling in the ‘six’ role and has been pivotal in Saints’ charge up the Super League table.And, he wants to end his career in the Red V on a high after it was announced he would be moving to the NRL with Canberra next season.“I feel I’m playing well and contributing,” he added. “I want to raise my level and go out on a high. As long as I am playing for this club it doesn’t matter where I play.“I’m looking forward to moving to Canberra. It is something that has been an ambition and something I feel I need to take the next step. I love playing for this club and I want to end on a high first though.”last_img read more


CONGRATULATIONS to Kyle Amor who was named Player

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Kyle Amor who was named Player of the Year at the End of Season Awards Dinner sponsored by Robinsons & Arthur J. Gallagher.The big prop took home the award which was selected by Keiron Cunningham and his coaching team.James Roby was runner up but won Players’ Player of the Year in front of a packed out Hattons Solicitors Sponsors Lounge.Elsewhere our 2016 Members voted for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Mark Percival as Player and Young Player of the Year respectively and Morgan Knowles won the coaching team’s Young Player of the Year.Full awards:Invest Protect Insure U16s Scholarship Player of the Year: Joe Sharratt & Sam Royle2Kleen Under 19s Player of the Year: Liam Cooper Reserves Player of the Year: Oliver DaviesMembers Young Player of the Year: Mark PercivalMembers Player of the Year: Louie McCarthy-ScarsbrookPlayers’ Player of the Year: James RobyArthur J. Gallagher Young Player of the Year: Morgan KnowlesRobinsons Runner up Player of the Year: James RobyRobinsons Player of the Year: Kyle Amorlast_img read more

Club Community SAINTS TV

first_imgSCDF launched a support group for local veterans and servicemen or women back in 2018 and recently helped change the life of a former special forces soldier by transforming his home.Commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, also known as the Normandy landings, took place this week and SCDF played their part as veterans took part in a minutes silence outside the Totally Wicked Stadium before the Last Post was then played.SCDF would like to thank all of the Veterans and Servicemen who attended the ceremony.last_img read more

Man accused of trying to run over former Columbus County sheriff

first_img According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew Burney, 42, tried to break into a piece of property in the 8000 block of Red Hill Road in Whiteville.Former Sheriff Chris Batten owns the property and was alerted that a break-in was happening. When Batten got to the home, he approached Burney. The Sheriff’s Office says Burney then tried to hit Batten with his vehicle.When law enforcement stopped Burney, he had crack cocaine on him.Related Article: Woman sent 159K texts to man she met on dating siteBurney is charged with burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine, and was served with a failure to appear.Burney is in jail under a $35,000 bond. WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville man is accused of trying to break into a piece of rental property that just happens to be owned by the former sheriff.The alleged crime happened around 2:00 a.m. Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Great white shark pings off Wrightsville Beach coast

first_img OCEARCH is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on great white sharks and other large apex predators.Since being tagged, Miss Costa has traveled from the Massachusetts down to Florida.You can track the shark and others on the OCEARCH website. (Photo: Ocearch) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A large great white shark “pinged” off the coast of Wrightsville Beach early Wednesday morning.OCEARCH tagged the female shark, named Miss Costa, last September in Nantucket, Massachusetts. It is a 12’5″ and weighs more than 1,600 pounds.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pope thanks rescuers who risked lives to save Notre Dame Cathedral

first_img SharePrint L-artal maġġur tal-Katdiral ta’ Notre Dame baqa’ intattL-artal maġġur tal-Katdiral ta’ Notre Dame baqa’ intatt Speaking to French pilgrims present at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis thanked the many people who risked their lives to salvage Notre Dame as fire tore through Paris’ Cathedral.“The gratitude of the whole Church goes to those who did everything they could, even risking their lives, to save the Basilica,” he said. The Holy Father said he felt a great sense of sorrow for the damage caused by the devastating blaze. Extensive damageFire broke out on Monday evening in Notre Dame’s rafters, where workmen had been carrying out renovations. The spire of the 12th-century Cathedral collapsed, along with the entire roof.Courageous firefighters saved the Blessed Sacrament and several relics, including the Crown of Thorns and the tunic of St. Louis. Much of the artwork was also rescued.Authorities consider the fire an accident.Phone call with MacronPope Francis spoke by phone with President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, personally expressing his solidarity with the people of France. He repeated the feeling again on Wednesday, telling the nation: “I feel very close to all of you.”“May the Virgin Mary bless you and support the work of reconstruction,” he prayed at the General Audience. “May it be a harmonious work of praise and glory to God.”Support pours inDonations are pouring in to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. Nearly $1 billion has already been raised. The French government, which owns the Cathedral, is setting up an office to gather donations.France’s cultural heritage envoy, Stephane Bern, said contributions came from both ordinary Catholic faithful and wealthy donors.Barbara Jatta, the head of the Vatican Museums, told Reuters that her staff of art historians and restorers “are willing to do anything we can to help.”Daring the odds, President Macron has pledged to restore Notre Dame Cathedral to her former glory in 5 years, just in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Undersea quake south of Indonesias Bali causes brief panic

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck south of Indonesia’s Bali on Tuesday, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC said, causing minor damage and prompting residents and visitors on the tourist island to briefly flee buildings.There were no reports of casualties and no tsunami warning issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the Indonesian quake monitoring agency.The epicentre was 102 km (62 miles) southwest of the island capital Denpasar and was 100 km (60 miles) deep, the EMSC said.The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.One resident said people in Denpasar ran out of their boarding house in pyjamas after feeling the quake.A Twitter user with the handle Indounik in the city of Ubud on Bali said the quake was “strong enough to make me adopt the drop, cover & hold approach recommended to survive a quake”.Another Twitter user, Marc van Voorst, described the quake as feeing like “a heavy truck or train passing by at close range”. He said there was no panic, even though his hotel in the Uluwatu area shook quite a bit.Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency distributed a photograph of damage at the Lokanatha temple in Denpasar, showing smashed masonry lying on the ground. Bali is a predominantly Hindu enclave in overwhelmingly Muslim Indonesia.Lius Winarto, a sales administrator at the Mercure Hotel Nusa Dua, said by telephone a small part of the building’s roof had been damaged.“We felt the quake quite strongly…but thankfully no one was hurt and there was only minor damage,” he said.“Everything has gone back to normal now.”There was also minor damage at a school, a house and a temple in different areas on the southern side of Bali, according to online portal quake could also be felt in other cities on the neighbouring islands of Lombok and Java, Indonesia’s meteorology and geophysics agency said in a statement.A roof of a mosque in the city of Banyuwangi in East Java also partially collapsed, another photo from the disaster mitigation agency showed.The transport ministry said Bali airport was operating normally.Indonesia suffers frequent earthquakes, sometimes causing tsunamis, because it lies on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.Its Moluccas islands were hit by a powerful 7.2 quake on Sunday that killed at least two people and prompted hundreds to flee their homes.The most devastating tremor in recent Indonesian history was on Dec. 26, 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake triggered a tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia.A tsunami also hit the city of Palu in Sulawesi last year, killing thousands.WhatsApplast_img read more

eCommerce site Jumia launches in Uganda

first_imgJumia is a leading ecommerce company with presence in African markets Advertisement Jumia is a leading ecommerce company with presence in African marketsKampala, Uganda – Jumia, one of Africa’s largest e-Commerce websites is extending its service offering to Uganda.The company provides a range of products including electronics, home appliances, mobile devices and beauty items at, and joins a market that’s been the target of young local entrepreneurs  over the last few years.The Eye Trade and Meka are currently the biggest names in that industry in the country, but there are numerous other sites with the same service offering. – Advertisement – With Jumia, though, after the purchase has been completed online it will be delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep. The payment is made in cash once the goods have been received, a method which is called ‘Cash-On-Delivery’ (COD) and if the customer desires to return, JUMIA offers an easy and stress-free returns policy.“We want to offer all Africans a variety of assortments with a high quality for best prices. After our launch in Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Egypt and Ivory Coast in less than one and a half years we are eager to expand our success story to Uganda,” said Co-founder Jeremy Hodara.“We see the same potential here and are more than happy to provide every citizen in Uganda with a secure, convenient and stress-free online shopping experience,” he added. [related-posts] In 2013, JUMIA launched its first mobile application, created its own ecommerce campus in West Africa and won “The Best New Retail Launch of the Year” at the World Retail Awards – being the first African company to win an award at the prestigious conference. JUMIA is now present in six African countries. All products will be transported to customers and made available all over the country – with just one simple click.JUMIA is part of the Africa Internet Holding (AIH). The AIH “introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa – for its people and its culture”. AIH is the parent group of eight fast-growing ventures in six African countries: JUMIA, Zando, Kaymu, Hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Jovago and Easy Taxi.last_img read more

Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Womens Rights Info In

first_imgAdvertisement No one should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s rights resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by UNICEF.Facebook worked with Zambian carrier Airtel and local governments to identify the need for these resources and bake them into But as the app gets rolled out in more countries around the globe, Facebook could cause tension with governing regimes that have historically oppressed women. And that’s a fight worth fighting. “’Women’s access to technology – and their ability to use it to shape and drive change in their communities – is critical to gender equality” says Global Fund for Women’s President and CEO Musimbi Kanyoro. “This technology will give voice to millions of people, including women, in Zambia, Africa and the whole world, and empower them to share ideas, drive innovation, and build more inclusive and democratic societies.” – Advertisement – The app launched this week  in Zambia, its first country, as a standalone Android app, a tab in the Facebook for Android app, and as a mobile website available on the feature phones most Zambians carry. It gives free access to a limited set of Internet services including Facebook, Wikipedia, and Google Search, as well as local info on weather, jobs, government, and human rights. Airtel subsidizes this free access because the app proves the value of the Internet to people, some of whom may buy data plans through it to reach the rest of the web.MAMA provides critical health information to new and expectant mothers. Facts For Life offers tactical tips for handling pregnancy, childbirth, childhood illnesses, and childcare. And WRAPP lets Zambian Women learn about what their rights are, what legislation protects those rights, and what to do if their rights are violated. For example, a woman could find out that she has equal rights to education, as protected by the Education Act of 2011 [Cap 1, Section 22], and can contact The National Legal Aid Clinic For Women if that right is violated.The former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer says that “Through, women in Zambia will have greater access to vital information and needed services to improve their lives and the lives of their children.”The Zambian government has been supportive of the project, but could face friction in other parts of Africa, the Indian subcontinent, or the Middle East where gender discrimination is more institutionalized. Facebook has endured censorship in the past by governments that oppose social media and some types of content due to “moral concerns”, including Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia as well as China. Some have lifted their bans, but purposefully giving free access to information that could encourage women and other disadvantaged groups to call for more freedom could potentially invoke governmental ire.These situations could draw a fine line for Facebook to walk, where it doesn’t want to get its social network banned, leaving users in the lurch, but wants to empower people through the Internet. Hopefully Facebook will do everything it can to make sure these human rights resources are available in the places they’re needed most. Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, says “This technology will empower countless women to make a positive impact on their societies and the world.”Mark Zuckerberg pushed to start because he says “I believe connectivity is a human right.” Empowerment through information can cause temporary destabilization and hardship, as we saw with the Arab Spring. But while these may be the growing pains of humanitarian progress, access to knowledge should help us emerge as a more just species.Source Techcrunchlast_img read more

Winners at the CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hackathon

first_imgTrauma Call win $1000 from Babson Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. Advertisement CAMTech Hackathons serve as an open-innovation platform for a diverse community of clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, industry experts and all end-users to co-create innovations over a period of 48- hour.Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, mentor-ship, time/resource constraints and award incentives, participants are provided a unique environment that spurs innovative solutions that have the potential to transform the way health care is delivered in many settings across the globe.Late last week, CAMTech Uganda held its 4th annual “CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hackathon” at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. – Advertisement – The 3 day event was graced by a number of people from different institutions around the world including; Mbarara University, Makerere University, Uganda Technology & Management University, Kyambogo University, Kampala International University…. to name a few, government officials from Uganda .i.e. Minister of ICT, HON. Frank K. Tumwebaze and Minster of Science, Technology and Innovation, HON. Elioda Tumwesigye and other guests from USA, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and India.During the 2 day of hacking that was officially opened by HON. Frank K. Tumwebaze, different groups/participants came out with awesome ideas .i.e. Blood bank databases, ambulance dispatch & tracking, low cost & sustainable stoma appliances, chest drain devices, that amazingly blew off the judges and mentors. However, only 7 groups were to be declared winners. Three (3) groups were to win from the CAMTech Global Prizes and the other four (4) were to win from CAMTech Uganda Prizes.I hv opened the Global Surgery Hack-a-thon conference @MbararaUST organzd jointly with @CamtechUganda #HackSurgery— Frank K Tumwebaze (@FrankTumwebazek) August 27, 2016CAMTech Global Prize Winners:Trauma Call walked away with $1,000 (3.4 million UGX) from the Babson Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. Their task was to come up with an innovation focused on attending delays in seeking, reaching and receiving medical care.MediClave walked away with $850 (2.9 million UGX) from Safe Surgery 2020 and GE Foundation. Their task was to come up with an innovation focused on solving the problem the out services medical equipments that cause delays.FistApp walked away with $750 (2.5 million UGX) from the United Nations Population Fund Association (UNFPA). Their task was to come up with an innovation in the surgical field that best enables better care for women’s reproductive health.CAMTech Uganda Prize Winners:CIF (Contraceptive Implant Finder), a device to simplify hormonal implant retrieval. The team managed to walk away with $782 prize.IDRAIN, a chest drainage system. The team won themselves $625.Amagara won $469.Boda Boda Bonnet won $219.The hackathon was official closed by HON. Elido Tumwesigye.Pictorial at CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hackathon1 of 5 Trauma Call win $1000 from Babson Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship.Trauma Call win $1000 from Babson Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. Team MediClave won $850 from GE Foundation and Safe Surgery 2020. Team IDRAIN took the 2nd place for the CAMTech Uganda prize, walking a way with $625. Participants at the CAMTech Uganda Global Surgery Hackathon take a group photo with the Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, HON. Elioda Tumwesigye. Team CIF emerged winners of the CAMTech Uganda prize walking a way with $782.last_img read more

Facebook is Working on an AI that Will Get Rid of Offensive

first_imgImage Credit: thejournal Advertisement Reuters reports that San-Francisco based social media platform, Facebook Inc. is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content.The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site.Facebook has historically relied mostly on users to report offensive posts, which are then checked by Facebook employees against company “community standards.” Decisions on especially thorny content issues that might require policy changes are made by top executives at the company. – Advertisement – Joaquin Candela, the company’s Director of Applied Machine Learning, told reporters that Facebook increasingly was using artificial intelligence to find offensive material. It is “an algorithm that detects nudity, violence, or any of the things that are not according to our policies,” he said.The company already had been working on using automation to flag extremist video content, as Reuters reported in June.Now the automated system also is being tested on Facebook Live, the streaming video service for users to broadcast live video.Using artificial intelligence to flag live video is still at the research stage, and has two challenges, Candela said. “One, your computer vision algorithm has to be fast, and I think we can push there, and the other one is you need to prioritize things in the right way so that a human looks at it, an expert who understands our policies, and takes it down.”Facebook said it also uses automation to process the tens of millions of reports it gets each week, to recognize duplicate reports and route the flagged content to reviewers with the appropriate subject matter expertise.Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in November said Facebook would turn to automation as part of a plan to identify fake news. Ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. election, Facebook users saw fake news reports erroneously alleging that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump and that a federal agent who had been investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was found dead.However, determining whether a particular comment is hateful or bullying, for example, requires context, the company said.Yann LeCun, Facebook’s director of AI research, declined to comment on using AI to detect fake news, but said in general news feed improvements provoked questions of tradeoffs between filtering and censorship, freedom of expressions and decency and truthfulness.“These are questions that go way beyond whether we can develop AI,” said LeCun. “Tradeoffs that I’m not well placed to determine.”source: Reuterslast_img read more

You Can Now Play These PS4 Games on PS Now

first_img(Photo Credit: PS4 Daily) Advertisement PlayStation Now (PS Now), Sony’s Netflix-like game streaming service will finally let subscribers play PS4 games. Announced in March, it’s now live. This means you will be able to play PS4 games on Windows PCs as well as the PS4 itself. For the latter it gives another method to play games aside from buying them digitally and on disc.As for the former, it means PC gamers could see greater value in PlayStation Now depending on how this is implemented. To drive adoption, Sony has brought back special pricing for PS Now.“Now is the perfect time to try PS Now, or upgrade your existing subscription. By popular demand we are bringing back our USD$9.99 intro offer for the first month (new subscribers only), and the 1-year subscription for USD$99.99. That’s less than USD$9 a month for a full year of on-demand access to an ever-expanding library of PS4 and PS3 games to stream any time you want. Start streaming today because this offer is only available until September 22, 2017,” a post from the company reads. – Advertisement – Furthermore, there’s a free trial for a week. Though keep in mind that to take advantage of the USD$9.99 offer, you will need to purchase that directly, as the seven day trial will transition into the standard monthly subscription.[related-posts]PS4 games on available for PS NowKillzone Shadow Fall.God of War 3 Remastered.Saints Row IV: Re-Elected.WWE 2K16.Tropico 5.F1 2015.Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition.Evolve.MX vs ATV Supercross Encore.Resogun.Helldivers.Broken Age.Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition.Grim Fandango Remastered.Guilty Gear Xrd Sign.Castlestorm Definitive Edition.Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky.Arcania Complete Tale.Nidhogg.Super Mega Baseball.source: Gadgets 360last_img read more


David Leebron elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_imgShare2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduDavid Leebron elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesRice University president elected to prestigious academyHOUSTON — (April 20, 2016) — Rice University President David Leebron has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s foremost scholarly honors.Founded in 1780, the academy is among the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. The society’s list of current and former members includes Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Albert Einstein. The 2016 class of 213 new members includes noted autism rights activist Temple Grandin, jazz artist Wayne Shorter, former Time magazine editor Walter Isaacson, as well as winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, the Fields Medal, the Grammy Award and National Book Award.David LeebronLeebron became Rice’s seventh president in 2004 and also is a professor of political science. In addition to his duties at Rice, Leebron chairs the board of directors for the Consortium on Financing Higher Education as well as the advanced technology organization Internet2. He also is vice chair of the board of directors of the American Association of Universities, serves on the NCAA Board of Governors and on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership and the IMAX Corp. Leebron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the Commission on Federal Election Reform and the Commission on the War Powers.Prior to joining Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School for eight years. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a former president of Harvard Law Review and also served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began his teaching career in 1980 at the UCLA School of Law and joined the New York University School of Law in 1983. He has written numerous articles on wide-ranging issues including international trade, legal education, human rights and corporate finance.Leebron’s many honors include France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre national du Mérite, Spain’s Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, an honorary doctorate from Nankai University, an honorary professorship at Tianjin University’s School of Law, the Greater Houston Partnership’s International Executive of the Year award and the Chinese Civic Center of Greater Houston Chinese Community’s Distinguished Friend of China award.The academy’s new members will be inducted Oct. 8 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.-30-IMAGES are available for download at: David Leebron (Photo by Tommy LaVergne/Rice University)A list of the new 2016 members is available at: release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated 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


Nanoscale islands dot lightdriven catalyst

first_imgShare4Editor’s note: Links to video and a high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanoscale islands dot light-driven catalystRice University scientists develop method to make multifunctional plasmonic nanostructuresHOUSTON – (Oct. 4, 2017) – Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it to work are being employed by Rice University scientists who have discovered a way to build multifunctional nanoscale structures.The structures have an aluminum core and are dotted with even smaller metallic islands. The materials all sustain localized surface plasmon resonances, collective oscillations of the electrons inside the nanostructure that activate when light hits the particle.An animation shows the position of hundreds of ruthenium nano-islands on a single aluminum nanocrystal. Rice University scientists combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles to create versatile plasmonic nanostructures. The technique allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one material.These nanoscale oscillations in electron density can power chemical reactions and even power reaction-promoting catalysts.The technique developed in the labs of Rice materials scientists Emilie Ringe and Naomi Halas uses aluminum nanocrystals as a base for size-tunable transition metal islands that enable localized surface plasmon resonances. Aluminum is an effective plasmonic material, but adding smaller catalytic particles from three columns of the periodic table enhances the structure’s ability to promote chemical reactions driven by light’s energy, as shown in a previous collaboration between the Halas and Ringe groups. Nano-islands of ruthenium adhere to an aluminum nanoparticle. Rice University scientists and colleagues at the University of Cambridge combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles as they created versatile plasmonic nanostructures. Return to article. Long DescriptionNano-islands of ruthenium adhere to an aluminum nanoparticle. Rice University scientists and colleagues at the University of Cambridge combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles as they created versatile plasmonic nanostructures. Image by Sadegh YazdiThe technique allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one material, the researchers said. It could be useful for photocatalysis, surface-enhanced spectroscopy and quantum plasmonics, the study of the quantum properties of light and how they interact with nanoparticles.The research appears in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano.The researchers said their general polyol technique can be used to combine multiple materials in a simple, controllable process.Rice graduate student and lead author Dayne Swearer and his colleagues used a two-step synthetic method that began with the reduction of an aluminum precursor to purified aluminum particles between 50 and 150 nanometers wide. They suspended the particles in ethylene glycol, added a metal salt precursor and boiled the solution to reduce the salts that eventually nucleated and grew into nano-islands that decorated the surface of the original aluminum nanocrystals.The researchers found using an electron microscope that a 2- to 4-nanometer native aluminum oxide layer separated the aluminum nanocrystal and catalytic nano-islands. Additionally, in collaboration with Rowan Leary and Paul Midgley, material scientists at Cambridge University, the team was able to use electron tomography to identify the size and location of more than 500 individual ruthenium nano-islands on a single aluminum nanocrystal.“The naturally occurring nanoscale geometry of these new materials is really exciting,” Swearer said. “Because a thin layer of aluminum oxide separates the two materials, we can independently tune their properties to suit our needs in future applications.”The lab used the method to decorate aluminum nanocrystals with iron, cobalt, nickel, ruthenium rhodium, platinum, palladium and iridium. The islands were as small as 2 nanometers wide and as large as 15 nanometers.Custom-designed devices that couple aluminum and plasmonic islands will make sought-after reactions easier to trigger, Ringe said. Researchers at Rice University and the University of Cambridge made and characterized aluminum nanostructures decorated with “islands” of various transition metals (above, palladium and ruthenium). The versatile plasmonic allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one-material nanostructures. Nano-islands of ruthenium adhere to an aluminum nanoparticle. Rice University scientists and colleagues at the University of Cambridge combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles as they created versatile plasmonic nanostructures. Return to article. Long Description Researchers at Rice University and the University of Cambridge made and characterized aluminum nanostructures decorated with “islands” of various transition metals (above, palladium and ruthenium). The versatile plasmonic allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one-material nanostructures. at Rice University and the University of Cambridge made and characterized aluminum nanostructures decorated with “islands” of various transition metals (above, palladium and ruthenium). The versatile plasmonic allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one-material nanostructures. (Credit: Rowan Leary/University of Cambridge)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 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to Return to article. Long DescriptionResearchers at Rice University and the University of Cambridge made and characterized aluminum nanostructures decorated with “islands” of various transition metals (above, palladium and ruthenium). The versatile plasmonic allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one-material nanostructures. Graphic by Rowan LearyIn 2016, the team showed that aluminum nanocrystals decorated with palladium islands, made using a different method, could be used for selective hydrogenations when exposed to light that were not possible when simply heated in the dark. “We hope that with this new, expansive library of similar nanomaterials, many new types of previously inaccessible chemical reactions will become possible,” Swearer said.The islands’ small size makes them better at absorbing light than larger nanoparticles and also makes them better at producing hot electrons and injecting them into target molecules for catalysis, he said.“The synthesis could be used to make even more elaborate combinations of metals and semiconductors from the periodic table,” Swearer said. “Each new material combination has the potential to be explored for several applications.”Co-authors of the paper are Rice researchers Ryan Newell and Sadegh Yazdi, graduate students Hossein Robatjazi, Yue Zhang and David Renard, and Peter Nordlander, a professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering. Leary is a research fellow and Midgley is a professor of materials science at the University of Cambridge. Swearer is co-advised by Ringe and Halas.Ringe is an assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and director of the Laboratory for Nanophotonics and of the Smalley-Curl Institute.The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, the Army Research Office, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Welch Foundation and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: animation shows the position of hundreds of ruthenium nano-islands on a single aluminum nanocrystal. Rice University scientists combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles to create versatile plasmonic nanostructures. The technique allows for customizable surface chemistry and reactivity in one material. (Credit: Rice University/University of Cambridge)Related materials:Rice’s “antenna-reactor” catalysts offer best of both worlds: Group: http://ringegroup.rice.eduHalas Research Group: http://halas.rice.eduElectron Microscopy Group (Midgley): for Nanophotonics: http://lanp.blogs.rice.eduDepartment of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description of ruthenium adhere to an aluminum nanoparticle. Rice University scientists and colleagues at the University of Cambridge combined aluminum nanoparticles and smaller metal particles as they created versatile plasmonic nanostructures. (Credit: Sadegh Yazdi/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more


Apollo 11 anniversary puts focus on historic achievements and returning to the

first_imgShareJeff  Apollo 11 anniversary puts focus on historic achievements and returning to the moon, says Baker Institute’s Abbey HOUSTON — (June 12, 2019) – With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on July 20, a new paper by George Abbey, a senior fellow in space policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, traces America’s race to the moon and describes what it took to be the first there.Credit: University“50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: America’s Race to the Moon” details the dramatic events and ingenious ideas set into motion in the U.S. by the Soviets’ launch of Sputnik and subsequent launch of Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. Abbey also laments the current state of U.S. space policy.“In December 2019 it will be 47 years, almost half a century, since a human last stepped on the lunar surface,” Abbey wrote. “It will be eight years this July since the space shuttle program was brought to a close and the United States last carried its astronauts to orbit. We have yet to again fly a spacecraft successfully carrying Americans to orbit, let alone back to the moon.”As one of the most influential figures in NASA’s history, Abbey served a key role in shaping the Apollo moon missions and the space shuttle program.“In October 1957, the Soviet Union startled the world by launching the first man-made satellite into orbit, Sputnik,” Abbey wrote. “This event created great concern in the United States and the Western world, as it demonstrated the Soviets had unexpectedly advanced their technological capabilities — technologies that could, in turn, lead to very capable intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Soviets subsequently achieved further firsts in space, launching another satellite with a passenger, a dog called Laika, as a first step toward launching humans into space. The United States suddenly found itself in a space race in which it was behind and trying to catch up.”Among the most notable of these events was President John F. Kennedy’s address to a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, when he challenged the nation to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade, Abbey said. “Subsequently, the U.S. successfully completed the Mercury and Gemini programs and worked relentlessly and tirelessly to enable astronaut Neil Armstrong to step on the lunar surface on July 21, 1969, eight years after Kennedy’s speech,” he wrote.Abbey said the 10 manned Gemini flights in 1965 and 1966 provided the essential preparation and experience needed for Apollo. The first manned flight, Gemini 3, launched in March 1965 and the last flew in November 1966.During Gemini, preparations were underway for the first Apollo mission. The first manned Apollo flight was to be launched in February 1967, approximately three months after the last Gemini flight, with a crew of commander Virgil “Gus” Grissom, command module pilot Ed White and lunar module pilot Roger Chaffee.A dress rehearsal was held approximately one month before the planned launch of Apollo 1. On Jan. 27, 1967, a countdown demonstration test was held with the crew in the spacecraft and the hatch closed. Nylon-based Velcro used to secure items in zero gravity and other flammable materials were also inside. “There was a spark, probably caused by frayed wiring, resulting in a fire in the spacecraft,” Abbey wrote. “The crew frantically tried to open the inward-opening hatch but it proved to be too difficult and all three crewmen subsequently lost their lives through asphyxiation.“The tragic loss during the launch test was a major setback for the Apollo program and Kennedy’s goal of a successful landing on the moon; that objective now seemed even more unattainable,” Abbey wrote. “In order to proceed, the cause of the fire had to be determined and corrective actions implemented. With an atmosphere of 100% oxygen inside the cabin, new fireproof material had to be developed, tested and fabricated. A new outward, quick-opening hatch had to be designed and tested. The accident also led to a further evaluation of the spacecraft’s basic design and systems, which led to additional design and reliability improvements.”Of NASA’s plans to return to the moon, he concluded, “It will require the commitment of the necessary funds and resources and a major redirection of NASA’s ongoing activities. … And it should be a cooperative effort, building on the foundation of the International Space Station partnerships, in order to achieve success.”Abbey’s rise from Air Force pilot to NASA power broker is the focus of a new biography, “The Astronaut Maker: How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation.”To schedule an interview with Abbey, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available.-30-Related materials:Issue brief: bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three 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, FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more