The number of inspections by the social care regul

first_imgThe number of inspections by the social care regulator that are cancelled or rescheduled every month has risen by more than 360 per cent in just one year, the watchdog’s own figures have revealed.The figures – revealed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a freedom of information request by Disability News Service (DNS) – show that 25 inspections of adult social care services were cancelled in April 2015, but that this shot up to 103 in April 2016.The figures also show the number of inspections that had to be rescheduled rose from 25 in April 2015 to 130 in April 2016.The freedom of information request was originally submitted by DNS in an attempt to discover the impact of changes to CQC’s troubled Experts by Experience (EbE) programme, in which people with experience of using services accompany CQC inspectors on their inspection visits of health and care services.The EbE programme was hit by criticism after three of four new contracts to run the programme were awarded to Remploy, the formerly government-owned disability employment business which is now mostly owned by the scandal-hit US company Maximus.In February, DNS reported that the decision to hand the three contracts to Remploy/Maximus had led to confusion, chaos and a stream of resignations, with some Experts even being told to print their own ID badges.Experts had previously been paid more than £17 an hour to take part in CQC inspections, but many were furious when they discovered Remploy planned to cut their pay to just £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London), although CQC later agreed to subsidise these wages for existing Experts for the first six months of the Remploy contracts.The new figures released to DNS show that inspections that were cancelled or rescheduled as a result of “insufficient non-CQC resources” (which includes those where there problems with securing Experts to take part in inspections) rose from six in July 2015 (when CQC began to collect the figures) to 26 in April 2016, an increase of more than 330 per cent.One Expert said the figures were “embarrassing”, but he said they did not surprise him because he was currently having more inspections cancelled by Remploy than those that went ahead.He said: “The inspectors [I speak to] are all saying the same thing: there are not any Experts available. That is what they are being told by Remploy.“Quite a lot of this I suspect is because of Remploy’s chaotic handling of the contract.”He said he had real concerns about the impact of so many cancelled inspections on CQC’s ability to root out abuse and other poor practice in care homes, community-based social care services and home care agencies.He said he believed that the inspection programme was “woefully and dangerously underfunded”, while inspectors were “dropping like flies because they are way too over-worked”.A CQC spokesman refused to say whether the increase in cancellations and rescheduled inspections due to “insufficient non-CQC resources” was connected with the decision to hand the contracts to Remploy/Maximus and the subsequent reported chaos within the EbE programme.And he refused to say whether the overall cancellation and rescheduling figures were due to funding problems within the regulator.But he said it was “clear that the majority of our inspections are able to go ahead, as planned”.He said: “When we do have to make arrangements to reschedule planned inspections of adult social care services, there are many possible reasons behind this. “For example, in adult social care these include urgent inspections or enforcement activity being required elsewhere; changes to the provider’s service, such as closure or relocation; and changes needed due to sickness, annual leave and other personal circumstances.“When making these decisions, we always prioritise our activities according to where we have the greatest concerns as this is in the best interests of people who are receiving care.”But he refused to explain why the number of cancellations and rescheduled inspections had risen by more than 360 per cent in just one year.He added: “The Care Quality Commission continues to have formal meetings with suppliers of the new Experts by Experience services which began in February 2016 on a monthly basis and we will continue to closely monitor their progress in helping us deliver our programme, which will significantly expand the number of Experts by Experience that we involve on inspections.“Our commitment to inspect every adult social care service that was registered on or before 1 October 2014 at least once using our current regulatory approach by the end of March 2017 remains and we are on track to do so.”last_img read more

London Breeds evolving position on Tasers

first_imgBillOng Hing is shocked. Yes, pun intended. But he’s not surprised. The veteran immigration and social justice attorney has turned out to be one of the Police Commission’s most skeptical members when it comes to arming San Francisco’s finest with Tasers. But, on the night of his confirmation by the Board of Supervisors in 2016, that was apparently in doubt. To London Breed at least. She was against them. Now she’s for them. But a police union-backed ballot initiative may render her measured stance meaningless. The board president chided him for seemingly not being anti-Taser enough. “The conversation around Tasers and [your] expressed interest in seeing the possibility of Tasers — you know, again, that surprised me,” a disappointed Breed told Hing before going on to support his affirmed anti-Taser challenger for the position. Hing was confused. “I don’t think I endorsed Tasers,” he responded to Breed, explaining that, in prior testimony, he’d outlined acceptable hypothetical situations for Taser use, even while opposing their adoption — a position Breed forced him to  state unambiguously (“Do you support them or oppose them?” “I am opposed to them.”). That’s the position Breed asked Hing to define. That’s the position she expressed, in print, in subsequent months. (“We’re going to put another tool in our officers’ hands? It’s not a good thing to do.”) But when Hing and others opened up the newspaper on Monday, they discovered it’s not the position that defines Breed now. In a shift distinguishing her from so-called progressive opponents for mayor — and her own recent positions — Breed expressed support for arming our police with Tasers, via an essay on Medium. “If tasers — with thorough training and oversight — can stop one shooting, then I support tasers,” she wrote, adhering to the Police Commission’s current position of a gradual rolling out of the less-lethal electronic weapons. “I will fund their implementation. And NO ONE will be more vigilant than me in making sure they are implemented and used appropriately.” (Bold is Breed’s, not ours)Breed’s campaign spokeswoman, Tara Moriarty, tells us that the candidate’s position has “evolved.”   “The DOJ came back with 272 recommendations, one of which was for the SFPD to implement Tasers,” Breed e-mailed Mission Local. (The actual language in the report calls for the SFPD to make an “informed decision” and “strongly consider” using Tasers). “After extensive conversations with the San Francisco Police Commission, Chief [Bill] Scott and others in the Police Department, and community advocates, I support the DOJ’s recommendation.” Hing, who was forced by Breed to put his position on Tasers succinctly, now puts his position on Breed succinctly: “I am disappointed.” But, again, not surprised. Over the past several years, the public has grown more and more disgusted by police shootings and cavalier use of force — but, at the same time, Tasers as a panacea has become a more and more untenable storyline. Tasers are costly, dangerous and failure-prone. They do not work between one-third and one-half of the time when the trigger is pulled — period — and, even when they do work, are not necessarily conducive to chillier climates like San Francisco’s, where people dress in layers (numerous authorities have cast doubt on the notion that a Taser would have subdued Mario Woods, due to his light “puffy jacket” — which was hardly a Michelin Man-like getup). Tasers’ correct deployment also does not necessarily jibe with the SFPD’s adopted mantra of taking time and keeping one’s distance from an agitated suspect. To effectively use a Taser, an officer must place him or herself within a few meters of a potentially dangerous person, often out in the open, then fire a weapon with an extremely decent chance of not working. Retired Oakland cop Michael Leonesio, an expert in Taser policy, told us in August that the SFPD — which finds itself in a quagmire because of its longstanding inability to follow its extant rules and regulations — would be subject to many, many more of them if it adopts Tasers.  Regardless, they poll through the roof. A January Chamber of Commerce analysis found some 76 percent of San Franciscans favor putting Tasers in the hands of our police. Yet the denizens of the Fillmore and Western Addition, where Breed was raised and which she now represents, have not come out in droves to support Tasers. Quite the opposite. The same goes for folks in the Mission, Bayview and other remaining minority enclaves where residents figure to be the San Franciscans most likely to find themselves on the business end of this city’s future Taser policy. But people on the Westside are going to be pleased. Voters in the Sunset, the Richmond, the Marina — they’re going to be pumped. These are all the places a so-called moderate mayoral candidate like Breed needs to poll well. And yet, Tasers are far more popular than any mayoral candidate. And, come June, they’re on the ballot, too. PuttingTasers in the holsters of San Francisco police officers has long been a white whale and raison d’être for this city’s bellicose police union. Unhappy with the gradual rollout agreed to by the Police Commission, the Police Officers Association (POA) went the signature-gathering route and will, this June, let the voters decide whether to arm the SFPD by year’s end. If the Chamber poll is to be believed — along with every other poll undertaken in this city, ever — it’s pretty clear what’s going to happen. “I think the POA measure will pass,” says former supervisor David Campos, who is also a former police commissioner. “That’s why London can do this.” In other words, she can offer support for the Police Commission’s methodical, logical, split-the-baby approach, which will appeal to this city’s more moderate voters (most voters, actually, and certainly most of the ones inclined to vote for Breed) — despite the fact the Police Officers Association proposition is positioned for an easy victory, relegating that nuanced approach on Tasers to the dustbin. The POA ballot measure figures to supplant not only the civilian authority of the Police Commission but department head reviews from the chief of police. It would not appear to subject officers firing off Tasers to the department’s established use-of-force protocols, and has loose language determining exactly when an officer can use a Taser. What’s more, the measure would lock in funding for Tasers — millions of dollars a year — as a guaranteed set-aside. “The DOJ says we need more oversight, not less. But that’s not what the ballot measure says,” notes Petra DeJesus, one of the Police Commission’s most pronounced Taser skeptics. The POA measure, continues Hing, “leaves a lot of discretion to the officer,” when determining acceptable situations in which to use a Taser. “That’s a bad idea. This ballot initiative is dangerous. It sets up use of Tasers improperly — even beyond what the manufacturer suggests.” But, again, don’t expect that to matter much to the voters. “If I become mayor,” Breed wrote us, “I will be ready to work with the POA, the Police Commission, officers and the community to ensure that tasters are implemented with robust oversight and training.” This ballot measure, however, would reframe the parameters of that negotiation to ones dictated by the POA, a longtime, zealous advocate for Tasers, and an equally zealous opponent of the department’s revamping of its antiquated use-of-force policies. “I have not taken a position on the POA-backed taser measure,” Breed confirmed.  Hmm. Shocking. Tags: Elections • Mayor Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%last_img read more

LUKE Walsh says last seasons heavy loss in Catala

first_imgLUKE Walsh says last season’s heavy loss in Catalan will be in the players’ minds when they face the Dragons on Saturday – but only to sharpen their minds on the task in hand.The scrum half is set to play his fifth game since returning from injury and knows Saints will have to play well to get the win.“It’s always difficult playing them over there – I remember last year we went over and got touched up,” he said. “We have to play really well to beat them.“I’ve played a fair bit of footy against the likes of Scott Dureau, Todd Carney and Willie Tonga and we will have to be on our game.“Willie was outstanding last week and Scottie is a smart player. Todd has the whole lot and if he plays our defence has to be spot on.”Saints’ record in Perpignan is pretty good.Before last season’s loss they’d won five straight in France – and they head into the clash on the back of three wins in their last four Super League matches.Luke continued: “We didn’t play our best against Widnes but got a good win. The performance against Wakefield was much better and we can take a fair bit of confidence from that.“We scored some great tries and it was good to have Mark Percival back in the side. Hopefully this week we can put another performance in.”Luke won the man of the match award for his display in the 44-4 win over Wakefield.He bagged a brace and had a hand in the majority of Saints’ other seven tries.“It’s great to be back; it’s been a long time and I’m enjoying it. I thought it would be hard for me to pick it back up but the boys have made it quite easy for me.“Keiron has helped too with easing me back into the side and starting against Widnes and then Wakefield really stepped up my game.“I know there is still more work to do.”last_img read more

West Nile Virus found in New Hanover County

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Recent testing of the local mosquito pools confirmed one positive sample of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hanover County. The county said public should not be alarmed, but should be vigilant in protecting themselves from mosquito bites.New Hanover County Health Department’s Vector Control monitors sites throughout the county, including coastal areas, for mosquito production and helps to control the mosquito population in the county through active surveillance, community education, and mosquito spraying.- Advertisement – “Human incidence of West Nile Virus is rare, but remains a dangerous disease. There is no cure and no vaccine available for people, so citizens should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites,” says New Hanover County Health Director Phillip Tarte. “Minimize unprotected outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, the times during the day when mosquito activity peaks. Additional protective measures include applying insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. New Hanover County Health Department will continue proactive surveillance and control activities to identify mosquito-borne illnesses in an effort to protect our citizens and visitors of the county.”The young, elderly, and immunocompromised populations are at greatest risk, and WNV can result in death. There are usually no symptoms in most people who become infected with WNV. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.Most people with this type of WNV disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.Related Article: Burgaw to resume mosquito spraying in coming weeksBelow are tips to help eliminate mosquito breeding and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease:Remove any containers that can hold water, even a small amount, including saucers under flower pots. Check tarps, buckets, toys, trash cans, under decks, wheel barrels, kayaks/canoes, boats, pools, pipes, etc. for standing water and eliminate the potential for these items to hold water.Store out-of-service or un-mounted tires under cover to prevent the collection of any water.Change the water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week.Keep gutters clean and in good repair, and repair leaky outdoor faucets.When possible, drain any standing water on your property such as puddles and ditches that hold water for more than a four days after rain.Make sure rain barrels have tight-fitting screens or lids.Use screened windows and doors, and make sure screens fit tightly and are not torn.last_img read more

Carolina Beach offers site for residents to dump yard debris

first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — In preparation for the approaching storm, the town of Carolina Beach is opening up a site for residents to drop off their yard debris.Property owners will be able to dump vegetable and yard debris starting at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.- Advertisement – It can be taken behind the Old Town Garage at 304 Dow Road.Debris should only be dumped at the far southwest corner of the fenced in area as indicated on the map.It will be open Monday from 1 p.m. until 5, then Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.last_img

Mom Cops need better mental health training after sons fight with officers

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington mother says law enforcement needs more training to understand how to better deal with mentally ill people.She is speaking out after officers got into a fight with her son Tuesday night and it was all caught on camera. This is a story that’s first on WWAY.- Advertisement – Barbara Farmer filed paperwork Tuesday to have her son committed for a mental evaluation.When police arrived tried to take him in to custody, she says he started to run, so officers took him down.“I told them, ‘Go ahead. Get him.’ I was right there. But I didn’t know that they were going to run behind him and throw him on the ground real hard like he did,” said Barbara Farmer.Related Article: Man accused of trying to kill uncle with macheteWilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies are seen holding 35-year-old Hiram Farmer down on the ground.In the video, you can see a deputy apparently punching farmer several times.His mother and investigators say Wilmington Police officer tased Farmer, who they say bit an officer on the arm.“They’re scared that everybody’s out to get them. And they’re going to retaliate. They’re going to try to defend themselves because they don’t know what’s going on in their head,” said Farmer.Farmer says her son is bipolar and schizophrenic, and was off his medication during a two-year stay in jail that ended in September. Farmer’s mother says she is upset with how officers handled the situation because she says police know her son struggles with mental illness.“They know how to talk to him,” Farmer said. “They would’ve talked to Hiram. All he would’ve done as got in the car with them and go to the hospital with them because they know him. They know that he has mental issues. They know how to talk with him. They know how to relate with him, but these two officers, they’re very aggressive.”Farmer wants better training on handling people with mental illness.“De-escalation is our ultimate goal. And compliance is our goal. We would much rather someone go voluntarily with us or to the hospital, or to seek help. And there are times where that’s just not possible,” said Wilmington Police Captain Rodney Dawson.Dawson says nearly 100 Wilmington Police officers have gone through a 40-hour crisis intervention team training.“And I think any time that you can empathize with whom you’re negotiating with or whom you’re dealing with, it’s going to work out better that you can understand, slightly, what they may be going through,” New Hanover County Sheriff’s Spokesman Lieutenant Jerry Brewer.All patrol and jail deputies in New Hanover County also go through the training.Brewer says many of them know Hiram Farmer, who has been arrested 48 times since 2000.Farmer says her son can be violent during his arrests.“They don’t know how to approach him and say, ‘Calm down. We’re going to take you to the hospital to be evaluated,’” said Farmer.Farmer says she wants to work with law enforcement to get her son the help he needs.WPD and the sheriff’s office say they will do internal reviews to see if officers violated any policies.The sheriff’s office says the deputy who was bitten is okay.last_img read more

Victims identified in double murder and stabbing

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the victims stabbed at a home in Shallotte on Wednesday.Theresa Lee Rowell, 55, Dennis Edmund Rowell, 66, and Irene Rowell, 19 were stabbed at their home on Iveystone Court. Theresa Rowell was found dead inside the home, Dennis and Irene Rowell were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – Dennis Rowell died at the hospital.According to 911 records, Irene Rowell called for help and told dispatchers she woke up to her parents being stabbed.She also told 911 she was stabbed ‘everywhere.’Related Article: All cars welcome at show to raise money for Special OlympicsShe identified the attacker at Torrence Helms, a man she called a family friend.Brunswick County deputies spotted the car matching the suspect’s description and began a chase. After the sheriff’s office performed a pit maneuver, the suspect crashed.Helms was taken to the hospital and later arrested.He made his first appearance in court Thursday morning, and is being held without bond.Helms’ next court appearance is February 1.Helms faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, as well as other charges.last_img read more

Watch Trumps Yemen veto tragically missed opportunity – Schembri

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Middle East Media Adviser, has described the US President’s decision to veto an end to military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, ‘a tragically missed opportunity.’Karl Schembri told that this would have been a chance for the US President to set an example, holding their ally in the region accountable for their attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One as he returns from Kansas City, Missouri, to the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts‘They are not doing that. What President Trump has done is condemn more Yemeni civilians to more death and suffering.’Schembri’s comments come after shortlived efforts by the US Congress to try and invoke what is known as the 1973 War Powers Resolution or ‘War Powers Act’. The resolution actively limits the President’s executive powers to use US military forces in a foreign conflict or intervention without the approval of Congress.The Act says that the President must formally notify Congress that within 48 hours, US forces will be deployed to engage in military hostilities on foreign soil. The President would have up to 60 days, roughly two months to carry out the objectives. If Congress do not authorize the action, the President has to repatriate US forces within another 30 days, 90 days in total if the operation isn’t sanctioned.Attacks on civiliansSchembri says that had the President agreed, it wouldn’t mean an end to the conflict but it would be an important step in coming to terms with the suffering which the civilian population has been enduring for the past 5 years of the conflict and the further threat of civilian attacks and casualties.Although both sides of the conflict, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) and the Saudi-led coalition are accused of attacking civilians, there is evidence of schools and hospitals, even displacement camps, being attacked using US made munitions heavily supplied to the Saudi-led coalition.Credit: Norwegian Refugee Council‘This is US taxapers money being used here. It means there has to be an account of how it’s being used. These are being used to attack schools and hospitals. These are war crimes. Instead the Saudi-led coalition is getting away with murder.  I even know of there being attacks on funerals and wedding halls. This cannot go on. President Trump had an opportunity to move towards accountability and towards protection of civilians. Instead, he squandered this by vetoing the resolution,’ Schembri said.Dying silentlyWhen asked about the current situation on the ground, Schembri explains that Yemen is host to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in which 24 million people are in need of aid.The country is understood to be crippled both politically and economically linked in part to a blockade of Yemen’s air and sea ports, preventing commercial items and aid distribution to reach its people. Instead, they are reliant on what is allowed to enter via the Saudi-led coalition.Schembri explains that the fluctuation of the fighting also means that a number of those who have fled their homes, have actually been internally displaced multiple times from what were initially safe displacement camps or more peaceful parts of the country.Credit: Norwegian Refugee CouncilThen there are the millions who have hit the poverty line. Schembri says that as the crisis worsens, so to the number of people impacted increases.‘There are public servants; nurses, doctors, teachers, people working with the government, who have not been paid their salaries. They continue to report to work because they feel its important to continue to keep doing their work. But it means they cannot aford to buy meals for their famiies … Millions of people are starving. There are children that are so malnourished you can’t tell if they will survive, many die silent and cruel deaths,’ Schembri adds.What have I done to deserve this?Majed Al WahidiCredit: Norwegian Refugee CouncilConcluding our interview, Schembri talks about the father of one of the families affected by the fighting, Majed Al Wahidi.One night in November 2018 his house was hit by a tank shell. The explosion killed four of his six daughters and serious injured the other two who are understood to still be recovering in hospital.Schembri explains that when he spoke with the school teacher, Majed asked him ‘What have I done to deserve this? I try to teach these children how to co-exist.’‘These are people who have no say in what is happening politically or militarily. They are losing their families in the middle of the night and they end up baring the brunt of this brutal horrific war.’center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Berlusconi says ready for EU vote after big fright of emergency surgery

first_imgFormer Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves the San Raffaele hospital after undergoing bowel treatment, in Milan, Italy May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniele MascoloFormer Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves the San Raffaele hospital after undergoing bowel treatment, in Milan, Italy May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo Four-time Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, 82, said on Monday he was ready to resume all electoral engagements after undergoing emergency surgery last week for a bowel obstruction that made him fear for his life.“I’m fine, I got a big fright. A number of things that happened made me worry I was at the end of my ride, but then I had a formidable recovery,” Berlusconi told reporters as he was discharged from Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.The media tycoon and leader of the conservative Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party was taken to hospital on April 30 and operated on the same day.Berlusconi, who was forced to step down as prime minister in 2011 at the height of the euro zone crisis, is running in this month’s European parliament election after the lifting of a ban that prevented him from holding office due to a tax fraud conviction. WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img SharePrintlast_img read more

Risks of suicide increase during summer – Psychiatrist

first_imgPsychiatrist Dr Mark Xuereb has insisted that research has proved that the risks of suicide increases during the summer months.Dr Xuereb leads Crisis Resolution Malta, a support line for persons who are in the risk of committing suicide. He added that currently, there is a Facebook campaign being carried out which talks about the risks of suicide in different seasons.Read: “One minute of your time may change someone’s life” – CRMHe explained that people suffering from depression or are experiencing a major crisis in their life are the most in risk of commit suicide, as well as people who are a part of a minority ethnic group. Xuereb talked about how the transition between spring to summer is important for the Crisis Resolution team as this period sees a rise in the rates of suicide.When people who are in an unhappy state see photos of others enjoying their time and having fun, Xuereb added, they start to feel that people who are depressed “do not even manage to go out and therefore barely deserve to live”.‘The stigma of suicide is still at large’The psychiatrist explained that the stigma of suicide still exists. He stated that according to the World Health Organisation, suicide is the second most common cause of death of people aged between 15 and 27. Dr Xuereb added that in countries such as the United States of America and the former Soviet Union, suicide is eventually becoming the primary cause of death.Read:  Mental issues affect 50% of youth as early as 14 years of ageIf you or anyone you know is having thoughts about suicide, please call Crisis Resolution Malta on 99339966; or send an email on Professionals are there to help 24 hours a day.WhatsApp SharePrint <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

Uganda Startup SimuSystems Brings PAYPERVIEW app

first_imgAdvertisement Ugandan Startup SimuSystems is trying something if successful would allow any TV network or TV broadcaster to automatically enable pay-per-view function on any of their programs and profitably attract customers from the huge and untapped segment of African population who could not afford to pay a monthly Tv network subscription.The solution consists of a simple phone app coupled with the usual Tv decoder, and will allow users to seamlessly subscribe for digital Tv on a need only basis. For example, users could just pay few cents of dollars for a 90 minutes movie or $1 for a 24 hours access in order to follow the final match of a football tournament.SimuSystems big plan is to seize the current time frame of shift from analog to ditigal TV in africa to empower any TV Network to grow their sales with a PAY-PER-VIEW solution. According to the founders, the mission of the company is help the underprivileged people to be able to access digital Tv as far as they could afford. Additionally, the SimuTv initiative is the next best option against piracy in Africa. For TV networks, the SimuTv app could be customized to reflect their brand in terms of design, functionality & the like. For end customers, the solution brings flexibility and convenience.  – Advertisement – “Suppose you simply want to watch a movie or a football match on a particular Tv bouquet which is damn expensive monthly! our app will allow you to do just that; effectively creating a need only  Tv system.” Said the founders.I recently spoke with Asiimwe Raymond, co-founder of SimuSystems, and he shared more about his startup:Is SimuSystems like iTunes or AppleTV for African shows and movies? In many ways it appears to be itunes or apple tv, but it is not. While iTunes or Apple tv makes deals with content providers to sell media off their store, we don’t do this. We licence out our app to Tv networks; develop it to reflect the buyer’s brand in terms of functionality, design and so on. For instance assuming dstv bought our app; The app would basically reflect that it is a dstv app.Our job then remains to make updates available, provide technical support for transitioning to our app system and the like.How will you compare to any existing model? The best answer is we in fact are not doing a Netflix, IrokoTv of sorts;  we don’t intend to stream tv using internet signals. Our app only survives when there is an existing pay digitalTv  system.What is your business model? I can only make it clearer by describing how the digital Tv system in Uganda works first. In Uganda, East Africa, and Africa generally; pay tv providers require a monthly subscription; in many parts of Africa this is simply not affordable. Pay tv digital subscription seems the only plausible solution to digitize the continent by 2015, simply because the cost of broadcasting digital signals by countries at a nation wide level is simply impeccable (see this link: in essence what we have done is negotiate with paytv providers. Our app will then allow end users already connected to a provider such as dstv; pay for a particular bouquet or selection of Tvs, only when they need it; say for about 2 hours. This will considerably bring down pay tv costs; for instance a provider that asks for about $20 a month will make it possible for users to watch the same package or tvs at about $1 a day!How will you make money? Our revenue will be generated through licensing the app, providing consultancy and support services in setting up a system dependent on our app and regular app updates. Have you secured any deal with producers and contents holders? Many Tv networks have shown interest. We are still negotiating a deal with them.What about the limited Internet access in most countries? We have designed the app not to be internet dependent. Using mobile phone network technologies like SMS and USSD systems we are confident we won’t need a lot of internet. Except that if a user occasionally connects to the internet they will receive updates. In fact the USSD system is entirely designed for non smartphone users. Accordingly notifications by non smartphone users will be by sms.Have you secured any funding for this project We have not received funding for the project yet, apart from our our personal savings and skills input. Notwithstanding we have launched the indiegogo campaign you might have seen and are open to other options.Credit: SiliconAfricalast_img read more

Dropbox Vs Google Drive Which Storage Service Is Better

first_imgAdvertisement Both Dropbox and Google Drive are two comparable cloud storage services. With a good amount of us using more than one device these days, tools like Dropbox and Drive can really come in handy for syncing and sharing files across multiple devices. As of November 2012, Dropbox claimed more than 100 million users. Drive, which launched last year in April, has just over 10 million users. They both feature similar drag-and-drop syncing, and offer a certain amount of free storage. Let us compare their services and see who is better.Storage Space For The Price: Dropbox offers 2 GB of storage for free while Google Drive offers 5GB for free. But Dropbox makes it a little easier to access additional storage for free, offering a 125 MB of extra storage if you connect your account with Facebook, and 125 MB of storage if you connect with Twitter. You can also earn extra storage by inviting your friends to join Dropbox.Dropbox also offers a Pro plan, starting at $9.99 per month for 100GB, and up to $49.99 per month for 500 GB. – Advertisement – Drive, on the other hand, offers 25 GB for $2.49 per month, 100 GB for $4.99 per month, and up to 16 TB of storage, for as much as $799 per month.Winner: Google Drive offers cheaper plans than Dropbox, while also offering more storage for free up front. Even though Dropbox makes it very easy to get additional free storage space, Drive offers significantly more space for much less.Desktop Client: Both Drive and Dropbox offer very similar desktop clients. Both allow you to see and access all of your files in a desktop folder. One caveat with Google Drive: You can only open documents in Google Docs. Even though Docs works well in offline mode, people who prefer Microsoft Word, for example, would first have to export the file from Docs and then open it in Word.Winner: If you want more flexibility with your files, go with Dropbox.Web Client: This is where Google Drive really shines. Google Drive features a suite of apps including Docs, Spreadsheets, PicMonkey for editing images, and DocuSign for collecting and sharing signatures.Drive also comes with Google’s powerful search tools. Users can specifically search through presentations, documents, spreadsheets, private files, shared items, and more. Drive’s search taps into Google’s Optical Character Recognition service and Images, making it possible to scan and search documents for text and images.For example, if there’s an image of Florence, Italy in your Drive, simply search for “Florence” and all relevant images will come up.Dropbox does offer an advanced search, but nothing anywhere close to the robustness of Google Drive’s. Dropbox only gets as advanced as searching for “all of these words,” “exact phrase,” “any of these words,” and “none of these words.”Both Drive and Dropbox feature built-in viewers for documents, images, and other file types. That way, you don’t need to download the file in order to look at it. And Drive takes it a step further, allowing you to actually edit documents online. However, what Drive lacks is a built-in player for music. Still, you can download and install a Chrome extension for audio files.Winner: Drive’s search functionality simply puts Dropbox’s to shame. Drive is also packed with a wide range of apps and services for real-time collaboration and editing.File Type Support: Google Drive supports up to 30 different file types, all of which you can open directly within your Web browser. Other than your standard text, audio, and video files, Drive also supports AutoDesk, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files, even if you don’t have those programs installed on your computer. That means you can edit documents and other files without needing to download them to your computer.Still, Dropbox does support many file types including PDFs, documents, video, photos, Photoshop files, and music. They can be viewed in the browser, but you can’t edit them online.Winner: Drive, for its ability to open and edit any type of file online. If you want to be able to view and edit a wide range of files online, Drive is the one for you. Sure, you can view files online using either Dropbox or Drive, but Dropbox requires you to download files in order to make edits.Sharing Features: Both Drive and Dropbox are pretty good when it comes to sharing. A key difference: Drive only allows you to share through its Web app, while Dropbox offers sharing directly from its desktop app.Dropbox offers two ways to share: via a link, which you can share with anyone, or via a shared folder. When someone joins a shared folder, it will automatically sync with their Dropbox account.Google Drive’s sharing features are a bit more convoluted, but just as effective. Drive users can share files as an email, and can also specify how much access someone has to the file. For example, you can share a file with someone but only let them view it, rather than view it and edit it.Still, it’s worth noting that if you’re running Mac OS X Mountain Lion, you can share any file via AirDrop, iMessage, and email.Winner: Dropbox provides a more seamless sharing experience. Sure, Drive gives you more visibility options, but Dropbox requires far less work on either end of the sharing spectrum.CompatibilityBoth services are available on iOS, Windows, Mac, and Android devices. But Dropbox has a slight upper-hand, as it’s also compatible on Linux and Blackberry. But Google is working on developing Drive for Linux. Neither support Windows Phone.Winner: Dropbox, because it’s available on more platforms.Security: Dropbox offers a similar two-step verification feature, where you must submit your password in addition to a six-digit security code in order to sign in.Winner: TieThe DecisionIt’s a close call between Dropbox and Drive, but Drive ultimately comes out victorious. Drive is much cheaper than Dropbox, offers more functionality online, and supports a unique set of file types.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

IT talent being lured out of London by other Tech Cities

first_imgExperis’s latest Tech Cities Job Watch report revealed that the number of IT jobs advertised in London dropped by eight per cent to 35,610 in the third quarter of 2015. Image Credit: Hays Advertisement Technology talent could be tempted away from London, with almost one in three IT jobs now being offered outside of the capital, a study released today by resourcing specialist Experis has found.Experis’s latest Tech Cities Job Watch report revealed that the number of IT jobs advertised in London dropped by eight per cent to 35,610 in the third quarter of 2015.By comparison, the number of jobs advertised in the other nine Tech Cities in the report fell by just one per cent. – Advertisement – With an average salary of £52,649, London is still the best paid city for IT professionals looking for a permanent role. But, while London salaries slid one per cent during the last quarter, salaries in other cities rose. Salaries in Cambridge increased seven per cent to £44,821, while salaries in Manchester went up five per cent to £38,474.And those skilled in big data could be better off looking outside the capital, with average salaries in Edinburgh (£69,733) and Birmingham (£66,667) beating the average salary on offer in London (£65,682).“Since the start of the year, the proportion of roles advertised in Tech Cities outside of London has been on the rise,” explained Geoff Smith, managing director, Experis Europe. “In this quarter nearly one in every three jobs we’ve analysed is now being offered outside the UK’s tech capital. This has been the dominant trend through 2015: a country invigorated by positive economic sentiment to hi-tech skills. Efforts related to government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative are set to further support this trend.”[related-posts]Those seeking out contract work were also in luck, with the number of contract roles advertised rising by six per cent during the last three months.Smith added: “Contract roles are being used to coax flexible, short term workers in at attractive rates.”[CITYA.m.]last_img read more

We dont want Djokovic in the office…

first_imgIt’s finally here. Wimbledon finals weekend!Who’d have thought the hot odds on favourite Serena Williams wouldn’t be here defending her title?! She’s one of the greatest ever and has been in the form of her life winning three out of the last four slams before crashing out at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki. And it’s her conqueror who lived up to the pressure and made it to the final.Now as there’s only two women left you really just have to pick one and stick to your guns. For me that lady is Bartoli at 7/4. I think the odds should be a lot closer. There’s been a very steely resolve about her through the whole tournament. She hasn’t dropped a set and seems to have put personal problems of the past behind her. Having also been a beaten finalist that was overwhelmed by the occasion, this time around she’ll be a lot better mentally prepared and this should be a mini advantage over Lisicki. With this advantage I’d recommend Bartoli 2-0 at 4/1. She can catch Lisicki cold in the first set and grind out the second. However, if it goes to a third set I’d slightly favour Lisicki as she looks the fitter of the two. So, it’s all or nothing for Bartoli. Sit back and enjoy!Now the men’s. There isn’t really much to say apart from please let Murray win! We don’t want Djokovic in the office and the whole country wants Murray. Djoko has played by far the better tennis – the SF with Del Potro was one of the highest standard matches I’ve seen in a very long time. However, I think Murray realises this is a fantastic opportunity and will raise his game to the absolute maximum. The crowd will be electric which he feeds off. So take the 6/4 and enjoy what promises to be a cracker. It’s a shame Djokovic will have to lose but the nation needs a Murray victory!I’ve gone against the two favs but this tournament has been full of surprises. Enjoy.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Newcastle v Tottenham

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Newcastle last met Spurs in December they were on the end of a 4-0 battering in the Capital One Cup and given current form it’s hard to see the Magpies getting any joy out of today’s game at St James’ Park.Newcastle are on a wretched run of form with five consecutive defeats putting pressure on manager John Carver and the attendance will be interesting – given the talk of a supporters boycott !! Only QPR have a worse form record since the turn of the year.Newcastle will be re-united with captain Fabricio Coloccini after suspension but Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse are still banned.Siem de Jong could be involved for the first time since he suffered a collapsed lung in August.Spurs will assess Hugo Lloris and Kyle Walker, who are nursing knee and foot problems respectively whilst Jan Vertonghen will also be monitored following an illness.Spurs might well be able to take all three points here – it’s not usually a fixture that ends up all-square. There have only been three draws in the last 35 league matches between the sides.Newcastle United v Tottenham HotspurPremier League4pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2014 Capital One Cup Tottenham 4-0 NewcastleOct 2014 Premier Tottenham 1-2 NewcastleFeb 2014 Premier Newcastle 0-4 TottenhamNov 2013 Premier Tottenham 0-1 NewcastleFeb 2013 Premier Tottenham 2-1 NewcastleAug 2012 Premier Newcastle 2-1 TottenhamFeb 2012 Premier Tottenham 5-0 NewcastleOct 2011 Premier Newcastle 2-2 TottenhamJan 2011 Premier Newcastle 1-1 TottenhamDec 2010 Premier Tottenham 2-0 NewcastleSpurs at 5/4 with Star Sports looks the call.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK SPURS for 8 points at around 5/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 58.31 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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STAR PREVIEW Everton v Man U

first_imgAccording to many the wheels have fallen off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United but they’re still in a much better place than they were at the start of the season and they’ve still got a chance of getting back into Europe via the top four as they head to Everton this weekend.Things have gotten more difficult for them after a stunning start with 10 wins from 11 games, but they are still in a better place than they were under Jose Mourinho. Things were always going to get more difficult in the latter stages of the FA Cup and Champions League and in hindsight a top class Barcelona side with Lionel Messi was always going to be too much over the two legs.However, as strange as it might sound regarding a 4-0 defeat over two legs, there were positives for United to take from the game, even in their second leg defeat where United actually started brightly, hit the bar in the first minute, and did manage to frequently get in behind on the flanks before Lionel Messi’s superb opener, followed by a David de Gea clanger.They will need to be on their toes at Goodison, although Marco Silva must be tearing his hair out at Everton not being able to follow up three good wins with a lifeless performance at relegated Fulham, when they had just one shot on target. That is not the first time Everton have thrown a stinker following a good performance and it’s hard to know which side will turn up, although the visit of United out to give plenty of motivation for a side still chasing seventh.Everton v Man UtdPremier League13:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)OCT 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 EvertonJAN 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-2 Manchester UnitedSEP 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-0 EvertonAPR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 EvertonDEC 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 1-1 Manchester UnitedAPR 2016 FA CUP Everton 1-2 Manchester UnitedAPR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-0 EvertonOCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 0-3 Manchester UnitedAPR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 3-0 Manchester UnitedOCT 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 EvertonAPR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Everton 2-0 Manchester UnitedThey also have a strong record against the Big Six this season, having beaten both Chelsea and Arsenal here in recent weeks. In Idrissa Gueye, Andre Gomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison there’s the quality to go toe to toe with United from the start. An open game would be music to the ears of the Red Devils, giving the likes of Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot space to supply Marcus Rashford, and they should feel confident about getting on the scoresheet too.13/10 feels fair about United’s chances but the best bet might be to go for over 2.5 goals.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 5 pts at 4/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 285.67 points(excluding Premier League ante-post, RBC Heritage)last_img read more

NEETs are prime suspects in breast cancer proliferation

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduNEETs are prime suspects in breast cancer proliferationProteins blocked in diabetes treatments connected to lower incidence of cancer in patients HOUSTON — (Aug. 19, 2013) — Two proteins have been identified as prime suspects in the proliferation of breast cancer in a study by an international consortium of researchers from Rice University, the University of North Texas, Denton (UNT); the University of California, San Diego (UCSD); and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.The research, which appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’ Online Early Edition, may offer a path to therapies that could slow or stop tumors from developing.An enlarged illustration of a mitoNEET protein backbone fold (pink and purple) with essential iron-sulfur clusters (orange and yellow) is superimposed on a microscopic image of a breast cancer cell’s mitochondria. (Credit: P. Jennings/UCSD)Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) coordinated the research, which found that reducing the expression of a pair of proteins known as NEETs — NAF-1 and mitoNEET — significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation and breast cancer tumor size.The research stemmed from a recent CTBP study of the shape and functions of one of the proteins, mitoNEET. The other protein, NAF-1, is closely related to mitoNEET.CTBP co-director José Onuchic, a biological physicist at Rice, said the new study was triggered by the team’s recognition of a connection between NEETs and reduced rates of breast cancer among women who take a diabetes drug that targets mitoNEET.“NEET proteins play a key role in the overall stress response of cells,” Onuchic said. “Anytime you stress a system, these proteins are there to help, but in cases where cells are overcome by stress, NEETs can become highly overexpressed. That’s what drew our interest in a potential connection to cancer.”Onuchic, Rice’s Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, co-authored the study with longtime research partner Patricia Jennings, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD; Rachel Nechushtai, a professor at the Alexander Siberman Life Science Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Ron Mittler, professor of biological sciences at UNT.NEET proteins transport iron molecules or iron sulfur clusters inside cells. The proteins naturally adhere to the outer surface of the mitochondria, the “power plant” that supplies cells with chemical energy. Mitochondria also play a role in a cell’s life cycle, including its death.“Maintaining mitochondrial health is a key factor in the health of a cell,” said Nechushtai. She and Mittler are experts in iron and reactive oxygen metabolism and collaborated on a prior study that identified a key role for NEET proteins in maintaining mitochondrial function in cells under conditions that resembled cancer cell metabolism.“We found that novel motions in NEET proteins control cluster properties and suggest the NEET proteins can be your best friend or worst enemy,” Jennings said.“Based on our own prior results and the recent CTBP findings, we decided to examine the role that NEET proteins and iron metabolism might play in conferring drug resistance to breast cancer cells and tumors,” Nechushtai said.Experiments in Mittler’s and Nechushtai’s labs found an overabundance of both mitoNEET and NAF-1 in breast cancer cells. Moreover, the team found a direct correlation between NEET protein levels and the overall progression of the disease.The results suggest that the overabundance of NEETs is a factor in the runaway growth of cancer cells, and that would make NEETs a prime target for anticancer drugs.“Developing drugs that target important cellular pathways that are specific for cancer cells is perhaps the most important goal of anticancer therapy,” Mittler said. “Historically, mitochondrial pathways have largely been overlooked, but our results indicate that these are important pathways and that targeting the NEET proteins could have a significant effect.”Jennings and Nechushtai first detailed the molecular structure of mitoNEET in 2007. They were also the first to analyze the unique structural features of NAF-1 three years ago. That work led to the realization that NAF-1 and mitoNEET had similar structures. But it also showed the two had distinct surface features, which means each interacts with a different set of partner proteins and can be individually targeted with drugs.“What’s interesting about these two proteins is that mitoNEET is always on the surface of the mitochondria membrane, while NAF-1 is on the mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum,” Onuchic said. “A lot of messaging rolls between these two proteins. You have to affect both of them to stop proliferation.”Jennings said the researchers took the path less traveled in making their latest finding. “We work opposite from the way most people do,” she said. “We start with the structure of a protein — usually one with important properties but unknown function — and we move into the biology from that point.“In the case of the NEETs, we knew about the connection to diabetes, and Rachel and Ron’s work showed the key regulation point involved iron and redox metabolism,” Jennings said. “Ron’s functional studies took us from the computational and cellular arena into the whole organism — for example, in plants — and confirmed that NEETs have an ancient role in iron and reactive oxygen metabolism.”Ideally, the researchers said, they would like to see drug designers create small molecules that are customized to target cancer cells and block NEETs from interacting with other proteins that are key players in chemotherapy drug resistance. There’s also a chance that using this approach could make tumors more susceptible to standard chemotherapy.“Your immune system is trained to build resistance to one attack, but not to a coordinated attack,” Onuchic said.Co-authors are Yang-Sung Sohn, Sagi Tamir, Imad Matouk, Dorit Michaeli, Yael Harir, Abraham Hochberg and Ioav Cabanchick of Hebrew University; Luhua Song, Sarah Holt and Vladimir Shulaev of the UNT; and Andrea Conlan and Mark Paddock of UCSD.The work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation, the UNT College of Arts and Sciences, the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.-30-Read the abstract at: Materials:The Center for Theoretical Biological Physics:é Onuchic: Jennings: Mittler: Nechushtai: Research Collaborative: for download: An enlarged illustration of a mitoNEET protein backbone fold (pink and purple) with essential iron-sulfur clusters (orange and yellow) is superimposed on a microscopic image of a breast cancer cell’s mitochondria. 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Baker Institute event to explore the water and energy nexus Oct 14

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Baker Institute event to explore the water and energy nexus Oct. 14HOUSTON – (Oct. 6, 2015) – Leading government and private sector experts will explore the changing legal, international and industry landscape surrounding water and energy, including industry implications of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on Waters of the United States, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 14.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, the conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Speakers include Todd Werpy, chief technology officer at Archer Daniels Midland Co.; Kate Zerrenner, manager of energy-water initiatives at the Environmental Defense Fund; Roy Hartstein, vice president of strategic solutions at Southwestern Energy; Kathleen Jackson, member of the Texas Water Development Board; and Michael Teague, Oklahoma secretary of energy and environment.For a full list of speakers and the agenda, see A conference titled “Water and Energy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Nexus.”When: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The conference’s goal is to advance the conversation around leading developments in water and energy in the legal, international and industrial contexts, according to organizers. Conference speakers will discuss industry implication of the Waters of the United States rule and how other nations are thinking about problems in the water-energy nexus. They will also discuss advances and challenges in recycling and reusing produced water from upstream oil and gas operations in addition to a range of other topics.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.The public must register to attend this event at A live webcast will be available at the registration page.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more