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JONNY Lomax has capped an amazing season after he

first_imgJONNY Lomax has capped an amazing season after he was named Engage Super League Young Player of the Year.The 21-year-old scrum-half has come of age in 2011 and was promoted to England’s Elite Training Squad by England coach Steve McNamara earlier this year.He beat off stiff competition from team-mate Jamie Foster and Josh Charnley of Wigan Warriors to be named as the top youngster at tonight’s Man of Steel awards.Meanwhile, Castleford Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase was crowned 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel.The 25-year-old collected the sport’s most coveted individual honour at a gala presentation dinner at The Hilton Hotel, Manchester.Chase was an outstanding figure for Castleford throughout 2011 and has been named in England’s train-on on squad for the Gillette Four Nations against New Zealand, Australia and Wales which starts later this month.He secured the award, which is decided by a secret ballot of every Super League player, ahead of Wigan Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins and Saints James Roby.A former Junior Kiwi, Chase joined Castleford from Australian club St George Illawarra in 2009 and last week signed a new contract that will keep him at the Tigers until the end of the 2015 season. He qualifies to play for England under the residency ruling, having lived and worked in the UK for the last three years.Chase is only the second New Zealander to be named Man of Steel and the first since Dean Bell of Wigan was deemed to be the player who made the biggest impact on the 1992 season.Catalan Dragons had double cause for celebration after collecting two awards, including the prestigious 2011 Engage Super League Coach of the Year award which was presented to Trent Robinson.Robinson has overseen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the Dragons since his appointment at the end of last season, when the French club finished bottom of the table. Under his stewardship Catalan established themselves as the most improved team of the year in 2011, ending the regular season in sixth place and beating Hull KR in the play-offs before bowing out to Wigan.Their improvement was reflected in activity off the field, which earned Catalan Dragons the title as 2011 Engage Super League Club of the Year, an award which recognises the investment they have made in facilities at Stade Gilbert Brutus, their increased attendance and strong business model.Leeds Rhinos’ President Harry Jepson OBE was presented with the Mike Gregory Spirit of Rugby League Award in recognition of his lifelong involvement in the sport.Hull Kingston Rovers player Jason Netherton was named 2011 Engage Super League Community Champion of the Year in recognition of his unstinting work with youth and schools groups in East Hull throughout 2011.Two former Super League players, Sean Long (Wigan, St Helens and Hull FC) and Rob Purdham (London Broncos and Harlequins) were presented with Outstanding Contribution Awards to mark their long service to the competition.last_img read more

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LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook expects nothing less tha

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook expects nothing less than a real nailbiter when Saints take on Hull this Friday.Fifth will play sixth at the KC Stadium and a win for the Red V would realise a home tie at Langtree Park in the playoffs.“We want to finish as high as we can but Hull isn’t an easy place to go,” Louie said. “We’ve had some great contests there over the last few seasons. They are a good team and will have the memory of the Challenge Cup too and so it will be a nailbiter.“Before we played Warrington we had been playing with momentum. But we didn’t turn up and we are disappointed in ourselves and as a team – especially with our first half performance.“We came out a 22-12, still had chances and played well. But the first half did for us. We didn’t help ourselves as you can’t just hand over possession to a side like Warrington.”Tickets remain on sale for the trip to Hull FC from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

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AUSTRALIA have named a formidable looking lineup

first_imgAUSTRALIA have named a formidable looking line-up for Saturday’s crunch World Cup tie with Fiji Langtree Park.The World’s best player according to Rugby League Week, Greg Inglis, will start at full back.Daly Cherry-Evans is selected at scrum half and Canberra forward Josh Papalii is handed an international debut.Canberra’s Papalii will start in the second row alongside Luke Lewis.Jarryd Hayne, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings and Nate Myles are also included after missing out on selection against England in Cardiff.Australia:Greg Inglis; Jarryd Hayne, Josh Morris, Michael Jennings, Darius Boyd; Johnathan Thurston, Daly Cherry-Evans; Matt Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), James Tamou, Luke Lewis, Josh Papalii, Nate Myles.Subs from: Boyd Cordner, Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Paul Gallen, Cooper Cronk, Corey Parker, Brent Tate.Fiji:Jatson Bukuya, Petero Civoniceva, Kane Evans, Aaron Groom, Marika Koroibete, Apisai Koroisav, Daryl Millard, Kevin Naiqama, Alipate Noilea, Vitale Junior Roqica, Ashton Sims, Korbin Sims, Tariq Sims, James Storer, Akuila Uate, Eloni Vunakece, Sisa Ledua Waqa, Semi Radradra Turgasoli Waqavatu.Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by logging on here.last_img read more

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Put on the Glitz at 2018 Wilmington Fur Ball

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 13th Annual Wilmington Fur Ball kicks off Saturday night to raise money for four legged friends throughout the Cape Fear.Started in 2005, the Fur ball has raised nearly a quarter million dollars over it’s 13 year history.  The money is distributed to animal rescue groups and no-kill organizations in Brunswick, Pender and New Hanover counties.- Advertisement – This year the theme is ‘Puttin’ On The Glitz’ and promises a fun-filled night of black tie, red carpet glamour.  Bibis Ellison will headline the event which will also feature lavish hor d’oeuvres, wine, beer and champagne.  There will also be an exciting live auction, a silent auction and a Buy-It-Now Store.The event is Saturday at The Terraces on Sir Tyler in Wilmington.Click here for more information and tickets.last_img read more

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Radio club celebrates Pearl Harbor Day

first_img Licensed Amateur Radio Operator Allan Pellnat says this is a day to commemorate and practice emergency communication. He says they still have functional equipment that is 70 to 75 years old on the ship.“Communication in and out of the ship was almost…exclusively Morse code during the war years,” said Pellnat. “There was little if any voice communication, although there is equipment capable of doing it.”Each year, on December 7th, the radio club boards the Battleship and sends a special postcard to neighboring radio operators by Morse code. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was 77 years ago that over 2,000 people lost their lives in Hawaii. Friday, a local amateur radio club is remembering those for Pearl Harbor Day by using Morse code.The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts the annual worldwide radio event on the U.S.S. North Carolina. The crew was on board, Friday, with old and modern equipment.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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BOE Recount to be held for Bladen County Commission race

first_img According to the Bladen County Board of Elections, that recount will take place Friday at 1:00 p.m. after results are canvassed at 11:00 a.m. An election worker checks results in the Bladen County election do-over on May 14, 2019. (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County commission District 3 race is not over yet. With just four votes separating the incumbent and the challenger, a recount has been scheduled.The republican challenger, Wayne Edge, requested the recount. Edge currently has 672 votes, incumbent democrat Russell Priest has 676 votes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Fowler gets managerial job in Australia

first_img SharePrint Robbie Fowler has been appointed as head coach of A-League side Brisbane Roar. The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker played in Australia for North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory between 2009 and 2011 before being appointed as player-manager of Thai club Muangthong United.Brisbane Roar have endured a poor season and currently sit second from bottom in the table, with only four wins from 26 matches.During his first press conference as coach of the A-League club, Fowler stated:“As soon as it was available [the job], you know, I put my hand up straight away and I knew I wanted to come over here.”WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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St Dorothys School inaugurates new sports and recreational complex

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The St Dorothy’s Sports and Recreational Complex in Ħaż-Żebbuġ was officially inaugurated and blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Mons. Joseph Galea Curmi on Monday 13th May 2019, in the presence of Mother General of the Dorothean Congregation, Sr Sao Ribeiro, the Sisters of St Dorothy and the schools’ leadership teams, as well as various distinguished guests, teachers, parents, students and former students.The complex has been built through the various donations of current and past students.The complex, which covers an expansive 10,000 sq metre and is situated behind the Senior School, consists of an outdoor volleyball court, a multi-purpose indoor gymnasium, a 25-metre short course swimming pool with seven lanes, two five-a-side or one seven-a-side football pitch with a synthetic turf surface (UEFA and FIFA approved), a 200-metre lined running track, including a 100-metre straight track. Athletics facilities include long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin areas.All outdoor facilities are floodlit, and have shower and changing room facilities. The various facilities have all been built to international standards and will be used by all students during school hours.All facilities are open to the public after school hours under a membership scheme. Free parking is also available to members who use these facilities.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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The 2015 East Africa Information Security Conference kicks off in Kampala

first_imgPhoto Credit: @NITAUganda1 (Twitter) Advertisement The 2015 East Africa Information Security Conference organized annually by ISACA kicked off this morning at the Africana Hotel in Kampala, under the theme “Opportunities and Challenges of New Technology: A New Era Or A New Normal?”The premier event is organized for professionals in IT risk, security and governance, annually and is organized by the ISACA Kampala Chapter in partnership with NITA-U. The event will run for 2 days from the 12th to the 13th of August 2015.This year’s conference focuses on the opportunities that are being created by innovations and the new breed of technology & new market scenario with it. As well as challenges and threats on how organizations protect their business and data. – Advertisement – Hussein K Isingoma the President of the ISACA Kampala Chapter welcomed attendees and invited guests to the 2015 East Africa Info Sec Conference, after a moving keynote speech by Robert Kabushenga, the CEO of Vision Group on “transforming an underperforming organization to business excellence”.“It is no secret that government and business leaders now recognize that technology is core to driving enterprise value, but they don’t always know how to integrate IT with business or how to effectively manage emerging trends such as cybersecurity, mobile devices, social media and cloud initiatives among others.” Remarked Hussein.The ISACA Kampala Chapter president, Hussein K Isingoma also pointed out the key business drivers for Information Technology as; product development, process improvement, stakeholder integration, cost efficiencies, competitive advantage and globalization.“With the coming into use of broadband internet, there is a tremendous use of mobile and cloud technologies. Our connectivity to the internet brings extraordinary benefits to our lives, but also with it substantial risks. The EA Information Security Conference provides the opportunity for IT audit, security and governance professionals to come together for a wealth of current industry information, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities.” – Hussein said in his opening remarks.Practitioners, professionals and experts will discuss some of the current issues and solutions in the rapidly evolving IT profession and will arm participants with knowledge and advice to benefit their organizations.last_img read more

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Online hotel booking service Jovago officially launches in Kampala

first_imgAdvertisement Online hotel booking website, Jovago.com has launched in Kampala, Uganda as more and more travelers as well as potential investors visit the country.Kampala’s hotel industry is waking up to online bookings as more and more people connect to the internet using their smartphones and Jovago has stepped in to be the first of it’s kind to launch.“Uganda is an outstanding country with friendly people and breath-taking landscapes. More and more travelers as well as potential investors are visiting the country and there is huge potential for growth not just for Jovago, but also for the tourism industry and all of our partners.  Being in Kampala close to our customers and hotels with our customer service team shows our willingness to participate in this development and to promote Uganda as the ideal business and leisure travel destination.”  says Louis Badea, Country ManagerThis new expansion to Uganda showcases the value Jovago places on reaching all potential travelers and the drive to engage with all the customers across borders, he added. – Advertisement – “We are very proud to announce the expansion of our presence and services in Uganda. We are passionate about the needs of the travelers, with this in mind, we bring our creativity and innovation to the table so that our customers can have a personal touch to everything we do even though the transactions are carried out online.”  Paul Midy, CEO of JovagoJovago intends to skip the challenge of getting customers to trust online businesses and getting payments from them through using trusted means like Mobile Money and we predict like their sister companies – Kaymu and Jumia are already doing – that they will partner with MTN Uganda’s Mobile Money service to deliver this experience.Jovago was founded by Africa Internet Group in 2013, a consortium that’s behind several other successful internet startups including Kaymu, Jumia, HelloFood and Lamudi.Since its inception in 2013 and the opening of the East African office in Nairobi, Jovago has been steadily expanding with its inventory reaching 25,000 hotels in more than 40 African countries. With ongoing successes in Africa, Jovago aims to accelerate the innovative nature of the hospitality and the hotel industry in the continent.last_img read more

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Texts Internet social networks are gift of God if used wisely Pope

first_imgPope Franics visit to Uganda. Image Credit: Zenit Advertisement Pope Francis, who has acknowledged being “a disaster” when it comes to technology, said on Friday that the Internet, social networks and text messages were “a gift of God” if used wisely.“Emails, text messages, social networks and chats can also be fully human forms of communication,” the pope said in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Communications.“It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal,” said.Last year, the 79-year-old Francis told a young girl he was embarrassed to admit that he did not know how to use computers and was an overall “disaster” with technology. He has also said smartphones should be banned from the family dinner and children should not have computers in their rooms. – Advertisement – Whether by divine providence or human coincidence, Francis’ message was released as he was meeting with the head of a company whose brand is synonymous with those products – Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook.In his message, the pope appeared to take a more conciliatory stand toward modern technology than in the past, saying “the Internet could be used to build a society which is healthy and open to sharing”.“Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups,” he said.Modern communications were “a gift of God which involves a great responsibility,” he said.[related-posts][Reuters]last_img read more

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You Can Visit Any Address in World Virtually With The Google Earth

first_imgGoogle Earth VR. (Photo Credit: Google) Advertisement According to the Mountain View-based internet firm, Google Corp., its new Google Earth Virtual Reality (VR) feature allows users to visit any address in the world with its 3D headset system. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.Using a new updated feature on Google Earth VR, people choose their own destinations, as long as they know the address or name of the(ir) location and then you’ll be able to visit it with a 3D headset system.“People want to quickly find and revisit the places that mean the most to them, whether it is a childhood home or favourite vacation spot,” Joanna Kim, a Product Manager at Google Earth VR said in a blog post. – Advertisement – Sightseers can also visit 27 handpicked locations that are now available on Google Earth VR, including Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Table Mountain in South Africa and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.“When we first launched Google Earth VR last year in November, we knew there was something powerful about being able to point anywhere in the world and start flying. You could soar over landscapes and cities, and discover locations you did not even know existed” Kim said in a press statement. [related-posts]last_img read more

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Government Launches Hotlines to Handle Complaints About Overpriced Sugar

first_imgMinister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde. Advertisement Government through the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives has rolled out hotlines that members of the public can use to lodge complaints about retailers charging extortionate prices on sugar.The lines were unveiled by Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde, on Monday Monday May 15th.Kyambadde over the weekend directed that no one should sell a kilogram of sugar beyond Shs5000 although retailers continue to charge more than that. – Advertisement – She unveiled the hotlines as 031234100/254 and the SMS code *201# which she said have been activated to receive complaints about retailers selling above the recommended price.Currently, a kilogram of sugar ranges between Shs5000 to 10,000 although government indicates that efforts are being made to make sure the prices normalize.Furthermore, Kakira and Lugazi sugar factories have postponed their annual maintenance from June to October 2017 in order to produce more sugar.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW The Ryder Cup

first_imgPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 96.29 points(not including Premier League ante-post) The word Europe is something that has mostly been used in either political or football circles but now all eyes turn to Paris for the Ryder Cup, a spectacular match-up between Europe and the USA over three gripping days.We also have a brilliant storyline to look forward to. Europe will be followed be fanatical crowds around Paris’ Le Golf National, facing the goliath like nature of a USA side that is, on world rankings, the strongest side ever to take to the field in a Ryder Cup. The average ranking of the US’s 12 players is 11.16, a staggering amount of strength in depth – eleven of their 12 players are in the World’s Top 10.This combined with an impressive Fed Ex Cup for a number of their players (Tiger Woods most notably) has them as favourites but the Ryder Cup is a very different game and home advantage plays a huge part. Two years ago, the US bludgeoned the Europeans off the driver at the open and wide Hazeltine, but the Albatross course at Le Golf National is a very different challenge.An inland links course of 7,247 yards, it is tight and extremely closely guarded, with water in play on holes 1, 2, 13, 15, 16 and 18. There are fairways are of many differing lengths but water cuts short six of them at least and the greens are well guarded by an army of bunkers too. Don’ forget the tough pin positions which will be much harder than two years ago.The Open de France has been held here in all but two years since 1990 and it really is a ‘home venue’ given the huge amount of experience the last two editions of the Open de France have been won by 2018 team members in the shape of Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren.In fact, 10 of the 12 European golfers have earned a top 10 at least once around Le Golf National and only Sergio Garcia (who was eighth at the Open de France this year) has played it just once. Compare that to the USA, who had only one player make the trip this year (Justin Thomas finished eighth) whilst Brooks Koepka missed the cut when a European Tour player in 2014, and Bubba Watson, who has a desperate Ryder Cup record, missed the cut in 2011.They are the only three to play the course and Europe are surely ahead on that count at the very least.The Europeans might not carry the form of their American counterparts, but they hardly come here out of shape – eight of the European team have a top 15 finish on their most recent start and that is more than satisfactory as a preparation for match play tournaments.It is understandable that the US are slight favourites, but they have failed to justify favouritism on five of the last seven occasions they were favourites before the first tee. Europe have won six of the last eight contests, a record which is tougher to argue with even over such a long period of time, and the 5/4 on them taking the trophy back is better value than the 5/6 for an American Triumph.The one thing that could be guaranteed is a tight contest. Home advantage will do a great amount for the Europeans, but the sheer strength of the US side could well keep this close.Four of the last ten have had the same score 14-5-13.5. Backing this correct score could give you a huge run for your money.Whilst we’re at it, the tie is also a potential runner if the margins are so very tight – and we’ve been there more than enough in recent years.The 42nd Ryder CupLe Golf National, Paris, FranceLive On Sky Sports Ryder Cup HD, from 6.30am Friday and Saturday, 9.30am on SundayPrevious Ryder Cup Results2016, Hazeltine National Golf Club: United States (17 – 11)2014, Gleneagles: Europe (16.5 – 11.5)2012, Medinah Country Club: Course No. 3: Europe (14.5 – 13.5)2010, Celtic Manor Resort Twenty Ten Course: Europe (14.5 – 13.5)2008, Valhalla Golf Club: United States (16.5 – 11.5)2006, The K Club: Europe (18.5 – 9.5)2004, Oakland Hills Country Club South Course: Europe (18.5 – 9.5)2002, The Belfry, Brabazon Course: Europe (15.5 – 12.5)1999, Brookline, Massachusetts: United States (14.5 – 13.5)1997, Valderrama Golf Club: Europe (14.5 – 13.5)The key to finding the Top Pointscorer at the Ryder Cup is a simple one; Play as much as possible. No Top European Scorer has ever played fewer than four sessions and many of their winners have played five, a crucial piece of information regarding the overall market as well.For the US, that stat changes; 3 was enough for at least a tie in five of the last ten Ryder Cups. It is no surprise that, with European domination in terms of the overall result and less strength in depth in terms of the world ranking contributing to several more settled partnerships for Europe compared to the Americans.In the last 10 Ryder Cups, a European has finished top overall points scorer eight times and shared it with an American twice, so the stats are clear: Back European for overall, and back in the American only markets.Working out who will play five is a tricky calculation, but good factors should be previous Ryder Cup form, strong performances in majors, and also strong match play form too. Tommy Fleetwood is making his debut in the Ryder Cup, but he was a winner of The French Open here two years ago and played well in the EurAsia Cup when had had a full quota of three matches. He earned three points there and pLayed well with both Paul Casey and Henrik Stenson in four before winning his singles match.He’s in great form – having finished eight in the BMW Championship, he was 11th in the Tour Championship – so will surely be a prime selection to be one of the first selected, and his flexibility in terms of any potential partnership is also a big asset for Thomas Bjorn’s plans.We can expect full sessions for Rory McIlroy (10/1 Top Overall Pointscorer with starsports.bet) and Justin Rose (9/2 Top European Pointscorer with starsports.bet). McIlroy has never missed a Ryder Cup session and Rose has played every round in the last three renewals, so it’s understandable that their prices are shorter than most.Rose, who is now World No.1 after a sensational FedEx Cup, makes more appeal of the two although there is a slight worry that Henrik Stenson, a likely playing partner, won’t be 100% thanks to his elbow injury. Apart from that, there’s nothing not to like about his record and he can take the beating in the overall combined. Francesco Molinari is another danger, as the Italian is now a major Champion and a regular around Le Golf National, although he’s 0-6 in Ryder Cup matches.Ian Poulter’s not in the best of recent form but he’s fresh coming into this and his Ryder Cup record is exceptional. Of the players who have competed in a minimum of 15 matches, nobody can beat Poulter’s record of 72.2% in the Ryder Cup. He has been allowed to play five matches in three Ryder Cups and on three occasions he was either top or joint top point scorer, and he’s got a wealth of experience around Le Golf National to boot. One is taking a chance the tournament brings him alive, but at double the price of Rose, that is worth taking.The betting for the US points scoring market is equally well spread, which offers some value given that 3.5 has been enough and there have been several ties on three points.Jim Furyk has plenty of established partnerships he can choose from, although there are various questions as to who will play four matches given the weapons as his disposal. Le Golf National isn’t set to suit as many of the power drivers as much as Hazeltine did two years ago and this is where a player with real touch can thrive.Webb Simpson was benched early after a bad start in 2014 (although he halved his singles game with Ian Poulter) but he took two points from four matches as a rookie in 2012 and the American now returns in fine form.Fourth in the Tour Championship to end the FedEx Cup, he was sixth in the BMW Championship just before that, a perfect way to prepare for his third Ryder Cup.He finished the season ninth on the Money Rank list with nine Top Tens and 16 top 15’s from 26 starts, with four Top 20’s in the four majors this year. He looks to have the game that’s perhaps most suited to the tight and narrow Le Golf National than any other member of the US team, as he is that rarest of things; A non-bomber, and he should be a valuable asset for Furyk in team action over the first two days, especially in foursomes.One weakness of the Americans is that they are lacking players with a large amount of course form, but Justin Thomas played the French Open here and finished tied for eighth, and he could play a key role this week. It’s helpful that he’s already got a strong team golf outing under his belt, as Thomas was unbeaten when playing with Rickie Fowler in the Presidents Cup – his one defeat came after the game had been won – and his mix between power and touch should see him come to the four in foursomes before taking the game to the Europeans in the fourballs.Top Points-Scorers In Previous Ryder Cups2016 Thomas Pieters (4), Patrick Reed (3.5)2014 Justin Rose (4), Patrick Reed (3.5)2012 Ian Poulter (4), 5 x Americans (3)2010 Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker (3)2008 Ian Poulter (4), Hunter Mahan (3.5)2006 Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood (4), Tiger Woods (3)2004 Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood (4.5), Chris DiMarco (2.5)2002 Colin Montgomerie (4.5), David Toms (3.5)1999 Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie, Jesper Parnevik, Hal Sutton (3.5)1997 Colin Montgomerie (3.5), Scott Hoch (2.5)RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK Europe 5 pts at 5/4 with starsports.betBACK Europe 14.5-USA 13.5 1 pt at 11/1 with starsports.betBACK Europe 13.5-USA 14.5 1 pt at 17/2 with starsports.betBACK TIE 1 pt at 12/1 with starsports.betBACK TOMMY FLEETWOOD TOP COMBINED POINTSCORER – 1 point each/way at 16/1 with starsports.betBACK TOMMY FLEETWOOD TOP EUROPEAN POINTSCORER – 1 point each/way at 16/1 with starsports.betBACK IAN POULTER TOP EUROPEAN POINTSCORER – 1 point each/way at 10/1 with starsports.betBACK IAN POULTER TOP EUROPEAN POINTSCORER – 1 point each/way at 18/1 with starsports.betBACK WEBB SIMPSON TOP USA POINTSCORER – 1 point each/way at 20/1 with starsports.betBACK JUSTIN THOMAS TOP USA POINTSCORER – 2 points each/way at 13/2 with starsports.betlast_img read more

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Rensselaer Polytechnic president to speak at Baker Institute

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.eduRensselaer Polytechnic president to speak at Baker Institute Shirley Ann Jackson will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 13 on energy security. The lecture, titled “From Uncertainty to Opportunity: Creating a Comprehensive Energy Road Map and the Human Capital to Make it Happen,” begins at 6 p.m.A theoretical physicist, Jackson is president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The focus of her research and policy work is primarily on global energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the “quiet crisis” in the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.Jackson has a bachelor’s in physics and a doctorate in theoretical elementary particle physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 43 honorary doctoral degrees. Described by Time magazine as ”perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” she is the first African-American woman to lead a national research university. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 and served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004.“Dr. Jackson fully embodies the principles we want to promote with our Civic Scientist lecture series,” said Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. “She has already had a remarkable career working in industry, the academy, government and national laboratories. And, undoubtedly, she has surmounted many barriers, as the first African-American woman to get a Ph.D. in physics as well as a very long list of other major achievements.”Jackson has been extremely active on energy issues, arguing that global energy security is the space race of today. She believes energy independence is not a viable goal, since energy is bought and sold across the global marketplace. Jackson prefers instead to focus on “global energy security.”Jackson’s speech is part of the Civic Scientist lectures, a series of talks by leading scientists who have affected public policy. The goal of the series is to expose current and future scientists to the notion that their roles expand outside the laboratory. It also gives the Houston community an opportunity to hear leading scientists discuss their fields and careers, hopefully promoting science and technology as a public good worthy of federal, state and local funding.Jackson’s lecture will be held in James A. Baker III Hall on the Rice University campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html. Members of the news media who want to attend the event should R.S.V.P. to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

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Journalist David Axe to discuss experiences as war correspondent at Feb 23

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775EMAIL: franz.brotzen@rice.edu Journalist David Axe to discuss experiences as war correspondent at Feb. 23 Baker Institute lectureFreelance journalist David Axe will speak Feb. 23 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His presentation, “Manufacturing War: How Peace Drives Us Crazy,” will begin at 11 a.m. in Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St. For directions, go to www.bakerinstitute.org/media/media_directions.cfm.Axe is based in Columbia, S.C. His work has appeared in Wired, World Politics Review, The American Prospect and Popular Science, as well as on Voice of America and C-SPAN, among others. He has reported from a number of conflict zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chad and Congo. Axe is the author of the graphic novels “War Fix” and “War Is Boring,” as well as the forthcoming nonfiction book “From A to B.” He also blogs at http://www.warisboring.com.The event will also be webcast at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/manufacturing-war-how-peace-drives-us-crazy. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.last_img read more

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Former National Space Council official to share insight on end of space

first_imgShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduMark Albrecht, former executive secretary of the National Space Council, will speak on the decline of U.S. manned space exploration in a lecture Oct. 26 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Who: Mark Albrecht, author and former executive secretary of the National Space Council.What: Lecture on “Falling Back to Earth: A Firsthand Account of the Great Space Race and the End of the Cold War.” A book signing will follow.When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.Despite President Barack Obama’s calls for NASA to develop “game-changing” technologies, the space agency is undeniably in decline, Albrecht said. The United States continues to shrink its space ambition, as it has since the early 1990s. The American era of manned spaceflight is essentially over, Albrecht proclaims in his 2011 book, “Falling Back to Earth.”Albrecht argues that this decay was triggered by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. His firsthand account charts the end of the space race, which effectively halted large-scale government science initiatives and led to the decline of aerospace industry.The event is by invitation only but open to members of the news media. It will be webcast at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/falling-back-to-earth-a-firsthand-account-of-the-great-space-race-and-the-end-of-the-cold-war.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Franz Brotzen at franz.brotzen@rice.edu or 713-348-6775. AddThislast_img read more

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Squid skin metamaterials project yields vivid color display

first_imgShare1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.edu‘Squid skin’ metamaterials project yields vivid color displayRice lab creates RGB color display technology with aluminum nanorodsHOUSTON — (Sept. 15, 2014) — The quest to create artificial “squid skin” — camouflaging metamaterials that can “see” colors and automatically blend into the background — is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP).Rice University’s new color display technology is capable of producing dozens of colors, including rich red, green and blue tones comparable to those found in high-definition LCD displays. Credit: J. Olson/Rice UniversityThe new full-color display technology uses aluminum nanoparticles to create the vivid red, blue and green hues found in today’s top-of-the-line LCD televisions and monitors. The technology is described in a new study that will be posted online this week in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).The breakthrough is the latest in a string of recent discoveries by a Rice-led team that set out in 2010 to create metamaterials capable of mimicking the camouflage abilities of cephalopods — the family of marine creatures that includes squid, octopus and cuttlefish.“Our goal is to learn from these amazing animals so that we could create new materials with the same kind of distributed light-sensing and processing abilities that they appear to have in their skins,” said LANP Director Naomi Halas, a co-author of the PNAS study. She is the principal investigator on a $6 million Office of Naval Research grant for a multi-institutional team that includes marine biologists Roger Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and Thomas Cronin of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.Naomi Halas“We know cephalopods have some of the same proteins in their skin that we have in our retinas, so part of our challenge, as engineers, is to build a material that can ‘see’ light the way their skin sees it, and another challenge is designing systems that can react and display vivid camouflage patterns,” Halas said.LANP’s new color display technology delivers bright red, blue and green hues from five-micron-square pixels that each contains several hundred aluminum nanorods. By varying the length of the nanorods and the spacing between them, LANP researchers Stephan Link and Jana Olson showed they could create pixels that produced dozens of colors, including rich tones of red, green and blue that are comparable to those found in high-definition LCD displays.Each pixel in Rice University’s new color display technology contains an array with hundreds of aluminum nanorods. Credit: J. Olson/Rice University“Aluminum is useful because it’s compatible with microelectronic production methods, but until now the tones produced by plasmonic aluminum nanorods have been muted and washed out,” said Link, associate professor of chemistry at Rice and the lead researcher on the PNAS study. “The key advancement here was to place the nanorods in an ordered array.”Olson said the array setup allowed her to tune the pixel’s color in two ways, first by varying the length of the nanorods and second by adjusting the length of the spaces between nanorods.“This arrangement allowed us to narrow the output spectrum to one individual color instead of the typical muted shades that are usually produced by aluminum nanoparticles,” she said.Olson’s five-micron-square pixels are about 40 times smaller than the pixels used in commercial LCD displays. To make the pixels, she used aluminum nanorods that each measured about 100 nanometers long by 40 nanometers wide. She used electron-beam deposition to create arrays — regular arrangements of nanorods — in each pixel.Stephan LinkShe was able to fine-tune the color produced by each pixel by using theoretical calculations by Rice physicists Alejandro Manjavacas, a postdoctoral researcher, and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy.“Alejandro created a detailed model of the far-field plasmonic interactions between the nanorods,” Olson said. “That proved very important because we could use that to dial in the colors very precisely.”Halas and Link said the research team hopes to create an LCD display that uses many of the same components found in today’s displays, including liquid crystals, polarizers and individually addressable pixels. The photonic aluminum arrays would be used in place of the colored dyes that are found in most commercial displays. Unlike dyes, the arrays won’t fade or bleach after prolonged exposure to light, and the inherent directionality of the nanorods provides another advantage.Rice researchers tune the color output of each array both by varying the length of the nanorods and by adjusting the length of the spaces between nanorods. Credit: J. Olson/Rice University“Because the nanorods in each array are aligned in the same direction, our pixels produce polarized light,” he said. “This means we can do away with one polarizer in our setup, and it also gives us an extra knob that we can use to tune the output from these arrays. It could be useful in a number of ways.”Link and Halas said they hope to further develop the display technology and eventually to combine it with other new technologies that the squid skin team has developed both for sensing light and for displaying patterns on large polymer sheets. For example, Halas and colleagues published a study in Advanced Materials in August about an aluminum-based CMOS-compatible photodetector technology for color sensing. In addition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign co-principal investigator John Rogers and colleagues published a proof-of-concept study in PNAS in August about new methods for creating flexible black-and-white polymer displays that can change color to match their surroundings.The Rice University research team that developed a new nanophotonic color-display technology includes (back row, from left) Alejandro Manjavacas, Lifei Liu, Nicholas King, Jana Olson and Wei-Shun Chang and (front row, from left) Peter Nordlander, Stephan Link and Naomi Halas. Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University“We hope to eventually bring all of these technologies together to create a new material that can sense light in full color and react with full-color camouflage displays,” Halas said.The research was funded by the Department of Defense through the Office of Naval Research’s Basic Research Challenge program and by the Welch Foundation. Co-authors of the color display study in PNAS include Lifei Liu, Wei-Shun Chang, Benjamin Foerster, Nicholas King and Mark Knight, all of Rice.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-array-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University’s new color display technology is capable of producing dozens of colors, including rich red, green and blue tones comparable to those found in high-definition LCD displays.CREDIT: J. Olson/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-SEM1-lg.jpgCAPTION: Each pixel in Rice University’s new color display technology contains an array with hundreds of aluminum nanorods.CREDIT: J. Olson/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-detail-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice researchers tune the color output of each array both by varying the length of the nanorods and by adjusting the length of the spaces between nanorods.CREDIT: J. Olson/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-group-lg.jpgCAPTION: The Rice University research team that developed a new nanophotonic color-display technology includes (back row, from left) Alejandro Manjavacas, Lifei Liu, Nicholas King, Jana Olson and Wei-Shun Chang and (front row, from left) Peter Nordlander, Stephan Link and Naomi Halas.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-link-lg.jpgCAPTION: Stephan LinkCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0915_COLOR-halas-lg.jpgCAPTION: Naomi HalasCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

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Pixel engineered electronics have growth potential

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-3-web.jpgThis atomic-resolution image shows the sharp line between tungsten disulfide (brighter) and molybdenum disulfide (darker) in a new material made in a collaboration led by Rice University. The two-dimensional material shows promise for nanoelectronic applications. (Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-1-web.jpgStacked (top) and in-plane nanomaterials self-assemble in two ways, depending on the temperature at which they’re grown, according to Rice University researchers who led the project. The semiconducting materials show promise for a new generation of “pixel” electronics. In the illustration, green spheres are tungsten, purple are molybdenum and yellow are sulfur. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-6-web.jpgAn image of a vertically stacked heterostructure of tungsten disulfide (bottom) and molybdenum disulfide, created in an experiment at Rice University. The structures self assemble in a furnace at 850 degrees Celsius. Lower temperatures formed single-layer heterostructures. The structure is about 20 microns across. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-5-web.jpgStacked heterostructures of tungsten disulfide and molybdenum disulfide were grown in experiments at Rice University. The form of the structures depends on the growth temperature: Higher temperatures resulted in stacked structures, while lower temperatures produced in-plane structures. The material may be useful for nanoelectronic applications. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu‘Pixel’ engineered electronics have growth potential Rice, Oak Ridge, Vanderbilt, Penn scientists lead creation of atom-scale semiconducting composites HOUSTON – (Sept. 29, 2014) – A little change in temperature makes a big difference for growing a new generation of hybrid atomic-layer structures, according to scientists at Rice University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and Pennsylvania State University.Rice scientists led the first single-step growth of self-assembled hybrid layers made of two elements that can either be side by side and one-atom thick or stacked atop each other. The structure’s final form can be tuned by changing the growth temperature.The discovery reported online this week in Nature Materials could lead to what Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan calls “pixel engineering”: atomically thin semiconductors with no limit to their potential for use in optoelectronic devices.The researchers led by Ajayan and Wu Zhou, a materials scientist at Oak Ridge, discovered the interesting new composites when they combined the growth of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide through chemical vapor deposition. In this process, specific gases are heated in a furnace, where their atoms gather in an orderly fashion around a catalyst to form the crystalline material.High-temperature growth – about 850 degrees Celsius (1,563 degrees Fahrenheit) – yielded vertically stacked bilayers, with tungsten on top. At lower temperatures, about 650 degrees C (1,202 degrees F), the crystal lattices preferred to grow side by side. The interfaces in either material are sharp and clean, as seen under a scanning electron microscope and in spectroscopic studies.“With the advent of 2-D layered materials, people are trying to build artificial structures using graphene and now dichalcogenides as building blocks,” Ajayan said. Because graphene is atomically thin and flat and dichalcogenides like molybdenum disulfide are not quite that flat, there is some incompatibility when these are grown together — but two dichalcogenides with different compositions could be compatible. “We show that depending on the conditions, we can combine two dichalcogenides to grow either in-plane hybrid or in stacks.”The monolayer composites have small but stable band gaps, while the stacked composite layers show modified electronic properties such as enhanced photoluminescence, which will be useful for electronics that rely on optical signals.“What’s even more interesting is that the layered structure has a particular lock-in stacking order,” Zhou said. “When you stack 2-D materials by transferring layers, there’s no way to control their orientation to one another. That impacts their electronic properties. In this paper, we demonstrate that in a certain window, we can get a particular stacking order during growth, with a particular orientation.”The new materials could be used for vertically stacked field-effect transistors as well as electronic devices only a few atoms thick, he said.“We should be able to tweak certain regions to control certain functions, like light or terahertz emission,” said Robert Vajtai of Rice, a co-author of the study. “The whole idea, really, is to create domains with different electronic characters within a single layer.”“Our goal is to build fully functional electronic devices on a single plane, or maybe a few layers,” added Mauricio Terrones, a co-author from Penn State. “What we’ve accomplished means that pretty much any architecture for devices is now possible on a single atomic layer. And that’s remarkable.”Co-authors are graduate students Yongji Gong, Gang Shi, Sidong Lei and Gonglan Ye and postdoctoral researcher Xiaolong Zou; Jun Lou, an associate professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering; and Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, all of Rice; Junhao Lin and Sokrates Pantelides of Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt University; Xingli Wang, Beng Kang Tay and Zheng Liu of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; graduate student Zhong Lin of Pennsylvania State University; and Humberto Terrones, the Rayleigh Endowed Chair Professor of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.Vajtai is a faculty fellow at Rice. Mauricio Terrones is a professor of physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering at Penn State. Ajayan is Rice’s Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering.The Army Research Office, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp., the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund and Silicon Technologies Center of Excellence, Singapore, supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat4091Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Ajayan Group: http://ajayan.rice.eduThe STEM Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Zhou): http://stem.ornl.gov/index.shtmlMauricio Terrones: http://www.phys.psu.edu/people/mut11Rice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: http://msne.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-2-web.jpgThis image shows the interface between elements of the in-plane material created by scientists at Rice University and their colleagues. Tungsten disulfide (orange) and molybdenum disulfide (blue) molecules self assemble into either single- or multiple-layer materials, depending on growth temperature. (Credit: Yongji Gong and Junhao Lin) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-7-web.jpgAn image of an in-plane heterostructure of tungsten disulfide and molybdenum disulfide, created in an experiment at Rice University. The structures self assemble in a furnace at 650 degrees Celsius. Higher temperatures formed stacked heterostructures. The structure is about 20 microns across. (Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/09/0929_STRUCTURES-4-web.jpgThis atomic-resolution image shows the sharp line between tungsten disulfide (brighter) and molybdenum disulfide (darker) in a new material made in a collaboration led by Rice University. The two-dimensional material shows promise for nanoelectronic applications. (Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory) AddThislast_img read more

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New book and online class launch celebration Feb 19 at Alley Kat

first_imgFollow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Follow Pinn on Twitter @anthony_pinn.Follow Bun B on Twitter @BunBTrillOG.Follow the forthcoming hip-hop and religion class on Twitter @RELI157X.Like RELI157X on Facebook here.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduNew book and online class launch celebration Feb. 19 at Alley KatHOUSTON – (Feb. 16, 2015) – Houston’s hip-hop community will host the launch of a new book from Rice University’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s (CERCL) at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Houston’s Alley Kat, 3718 Main St. The book, “Break Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop — A Basic Guide to Key Issues,” was authored by the CERCL Writing Collective.The writing group’s mentor, Anthony Pinn, Rice professor of religion, and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, a CERCL distinguished visiting lecturer, will also be honored by the hip-hop community for their forthcoming new free online edX course, Religion and Hip-Hop Culture.Who: CERCL Writing Collective, Anthony Pinn and Bun B. What: Book launch for “Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop — A Basic Guide to Key Issues.”When: 7 p.m. Feb. 19.Where: Alley Kat, 3718 Main St., Houston.“Breaking Bread, Breaking Beats” is a project where 10 people “write as one voice to illuminate the ways that hip-hop and the black church agree, disagree and inform each other on key topics.”The book grew out of the popular religion and hip-hop classroom course offered at Rice by Pinn and Bun B, and it offers “engaging insights into one of today’s most important musical genres and reflects on its broad cultural impact.”The Religion and Hip-Hop Culture course, RELI157x, is the first massive open online course for Pinn and Bun B. It is built upon and expands the popular class they have taught together at Rice University.-30- AddThislast_img read more

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