Month: July 2019

  • WE catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law t

    first_imgWE catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub:Heritage ShirtsThanks to those who supported us to celebrate the recent Heritage Match v Huddersfield Giants on May 23 2014.The commemorative shirt we made available in limited quantities certainly caught the imagination of our fans and they now sold through completely. We are looking forward to doing something similar next season.Saints Beach TowelsThe sales of Saints Beach Towels have been very encouraging since they arrived earlier in the year.Get yours before they all go and send us photos showing you Saints “Marching on” this summer.Saints Shade itKeep cool by keeping the sun off your head with a Saints Baseball Cap at a special price.SH Fashion Caps are reduced to clear at just £5 whilst stocks last plus we also have 2014 Media Caps in stockSeasonal SaleVisit the Superstore online or in person to keep up with any seasonal sale items with more lines added each week.Current offers include Home and Away shirts at £30/£25, ISC Gillett’s at £25, and Hoodies starting from £30.last_img read more

  • CENTRE Matty Fleming has extended his contract unt

    first_imgCENTRE Matty Fleming has extended his contract until the end of season 2017.The 20-year-old made his debut against Leeds in 2015 and has since gone on to play a further 11 times for the club, crossing for three tries.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said: “Matty had one of the best pre-seasons I have seen from a young player. He was dedicated, professional and made great strides.“Injury stopped him progressing through the early phase of the season but he was dedicated in his rehab and took his chance well when it came.“He is dependable and his rise to the first team in an example to the younger members in the club.”Matty added: “I’m delighted to have extended my contract at the club. I enjoy being around my teammates and I am working hard so when I do get the chance to play in the first team I can perform to the best of my ability.“I’m looking forward to the future but know I have to get my head down and work hard.”last_img read more

  • Community

    first_imgTogether we have provided funding to the Active St. Helens Campaign to maintain the bikes located at the community hubs throughout the borough.SCDF fully support the initiative to encourage more people to cycle as part of the Active St Helens campaign and both Community Integrated Care and ourselves see the benefits of the Active St. Helens campaign and we believe that if we can make it easier for the people of St. Helens to take part in this initiative, the better.Steve Leonard, Saints Community Development Foundation’s Director said: “The foundation has worked closely with both Community Integrated Cares Sam Brennan and Emma Ciclitira from St Helens Council. As a foundation we believe that collaboration is the way forward and with partners such as Community Integrated Care, St Helens Council and Pedal Power, we can achieve better and stronger things within our very own community. We would like to thank them for their assistance in making this project happen. It is now over to you, the people of our community, to pick up this initiative and get active this summer.”Samantha Brennan, Managing Director (NW) of Community Integrated Care, says: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Active St. Helens’ programme with Saints Community Development Foundation and working closely with St. Helens Council to give opportunities to the people we support and our colleagues in the Borough to encourage them to become more active. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of this campaign in our local community.”Why not participate in the Pedal Power sessions that takes place every Thursday Morning 10am – 12 noon at Taylor Park, St. Helens.For more information visit www.activesthelens.co.uk/cycling.last_img read more

  • Jesse McCartney to perform at UNCW

    first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was announced this afternoon that Pop singer Jesse McCartney will perform at University of North Carolina Wilmington. The school’s Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) announced it via its Twitter account.McCartney is known for songs like “Beautiful Soul” and “Because You Live”.- Advertisement – You voted and we listened! Now presenting your 2017 Big Show… https://t.co/iX8urSFRaU— ACE @ UNCW (@uncwace) August 22, 2017The show is Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium.Related Article: UNCW ranked among best grad programs by US News & World ReportTickets sales for students begin August 28; ticket sales for the general public begin September 4. Tickets are $15 for students, $18 for UNCW staff and $20 for the public; day-of-show tickets are $20 for students and $25 for staff and the public.According to a post on ACE’s Facebook page, tickets will be available for purchase at the Kenan Box Office or through an online link that will be posted to the organization’s social media pages at noon August 28.The singer was selected via a student vote. Past performers include Hoodie Allen in 2014, T-Pain in 2015 and New Politics in 2016.last_img read more

  • Sunset Beach Police arrest Hardees armed robbery suspect

    first_imgDavid Ashley Bates, Sr (Photo: Brunswick County Jail) SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The suspect wanted for robbing the Hardees on Seaside Road SW in Sunset Beach back in September is now in custody.Sunset Beach Police Chief Ken Klamar said in a news release that David Ashley Bates, Sr., 46, is charged with the following:- Advertisement – Robbery with a dangerous weapon, 2 counts2nd Degree kidnapping, 2 countsPossession of a firearm by a felonAssault by pointing a gun, 2 countsCommunicating threatsPolice say on September 22, officer responded to armed robbery around 4 a.m. A masked man entered the fast food restaurant with a gun. He demanded cash from the employees and then forced them into the cooler at gunpoint. No one got hurt.Police say the SBI processed evidence collected at the scene.  DNA was found on one piece of evidence that belonged to Bates. Police say the DNA, along with other evidence collected at the scene, linked Bates to the crime.Related Article: Drivers on flooded roads in Carolina Beach won’t be fined just yetSunset Beach Police, with assistance from Wilmington Police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Task Force arrested Bates yesterday.He is in the Brunswick County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.last_img read more

  • Department welcomes donations after firefighters wife dies in house fire

    first_imgA woman died after a house fire on Old Lanvale Road on May 31, 2018. (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman is dead after a house fire in Leland.According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, it happened on Old Lanvale Road around 9:30 Thursday morning.- Advertisement – Firefighters arrived and found Kimberly Eggleston inside the home.She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center then transferred to the burn center in Chapel Hill where she died.Garner confirms Eggleston was the wife of Winnabow Volunteer Firefighter Edward Eggleston.Related Article: Walmart expanding pickup tower service in Cape FearThe fire remains under investigation.The department is taking donations for Edward and his family.Please contact Chief Mercer or Assistant Chief Ikner for details at (910) 253-5505.You can drop off or mail items to:161 Governors RdP.O. Box 159Winnabow, NC 28479last_img read more

  • Voter registration deadline extended for 28 counties

    first_imgVote sign (Photo: Shannon McGee / CC BY-SA 2.0) RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) — Legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Roy Cooper this week extends the regular voter registration deadline in 28 counties most affected by Hurricane Florence to 5 p.m. Monday, October 15.The 28 counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson.- Advertisement – The registration deadline remains 5 p.m. October 12 in all other North Carolina counties.See map of voter registration deadlines by county here.The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement has set up a special website,https://www.ncsbe.gov/florence, to provide information about voting in the wake of Hurricane Florence.Related Article: North Carolina’s wild horses expected to survive hurricane“We do not want this devastating storm to keep people from voting,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director. “Voters may cast ballots by mail or in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. We hope voters take advantage of the option that works best for them at this difficult time.”Eligible individuals who miss the regular registration deadline may still register and vote in their county of residence during the in-person early voting period, which runs from October 17 through November 3. Voters who register and vote at the same time must provide proof of residence. More information on same-day registration is here.The State Board also wants to remind voters of their voting options in North Carolina. Any registered voter may:Vote by mail (no excuse is needed) by requesting an absentee ballot by October 30;Vote during the in-person early voting period at any one-stop early voting site in their county from October 17 through November 3; orVote at their precinct on Election Day, November 6.All registered voters may check their registrations and 2018 sample ballots using the State Board’s Voter Search tool.last_img read more

  • Police charge driver with DWI in crash that killed two

    first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Police say a drunk driver is to blame for a crash that killed two people last night in Surf City.The crash happened in the 1600 block of North New River Drive around 10:32 p.m.- Advertisement – According to Surf City Police Chief Ron Shanahan witnesses told police that a driver heading southbound was traveling at a high rate of speed before colliding with a second vehicle also heading the same direction. The second vehicle ran off the road, overturned and caught fire, Shanahan said.Shanahan said James Coleman Thomason, 23, of Topsail Beach, is charged with two counts felony death by motor vehicle, DWI, open container, improper passing, careless and reckless driving, driving left of center, exceeding posted speed and failure to reduce speed.Thomason is in custody under $100,000 secured bond. Shanahan said Thomason is due in court tomorrow.The Surf City Police Department, Surf City Fire Department and North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the crash.Investigators say Thomason suffered serious injuries and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Related Article: Thousands expected to dip into Atlantic Ocean to ring in 2019The driver and passenger of the second vehicle died at the scene. As of Monday morning, police were awaiting notification of the victims’ next of kin before releasing their names.Anyone who witnessed the crash and has information should contact the Surf City Police Department at (910) 328-7711.last_img read more

  • Chelsea v PSG 745pm ITV

    first_img[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onfession time. Paris St-Germain are not a team I like much. I’ve always considered them (probably unfairly) a team of expensive individuals but with little collective team spirit or fighting qualities when the going gets tough.In punting though, you have to be prepared to adjust – otherwise you end up making the same mistakes time after time and after the first leg of their tie against Chelsea, which they won 3-1, I went some way to changing my mind.They were value for their win – but a little flattered by the scoreline – Pastore’s injury time winner was harsh on Chelsea and leaves them with a tough job to complete at Stamford Bridge tonight.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Apr 2014 C League Paris St-G. 3-1 ChelseaNov 2004 C League Chelsea 0-0 Paris St-G.Sep 2004 C League Paris St-G. 0-3 ChelseaTonight we’ll find out whether 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea have still got some fighting spirit left after coming off the rails a bit in the race for the Premier League title and we’ll also find out whether PSG can cope without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who picked up a hamstring injury in the first leg encounter in Paris.Ibrahimovic has been responsible for over 40% of their home goals this season domestically – he will be replaced by Edinson Cavani who joined PSG last summer for ‘just’ the odd £55m.Chelsea’s home record under Mourinho now stands at 78 games unbeaten and they are odds on tonight to win, but around 5/2 to qualify.PSG have scored in 17 successive Champions League matches, so ‘both teams to score’ at around 8/11 with Star Sports looks a spot of value, as 8/11 shots go.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)10 points win BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE around 8/11 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (APRIL): PROFIT 26.08 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 64.20 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

  • STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

    first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 12 NovemberRACING1.10 ExeterDashaway 6/1 > 100/301.40 ExeterAlberobello 14/1 > 7/11.20 AyrPlayhara 11/2 > 100/301.50 AyrOscar Lateen 5/1 > 5/23.00 BangorKentucky Hyden 7/4 > 5/44.20 KemptonWarm Order 9/1 > 9/25.20 KemptonWaaleef 8/1 > 4/16.50 KemptonGlorious Asset 16/1 > 9/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

  • STAR PREVIEW Sunderland v Liverpool

    first_img[dropcap]R[/dropcap]ing out the old, bring in the new… Sunderland host the final Premier League fixture of 2015 when they welcome Liverpool to the Stadium of Light tonight and Sunderland will surely be anxious to close the door on 2015.Having narrowly escaped relegation last season, Sunderland are already looking like they will again need the professional services of Mr Harold Houdini alongside Sam Allardyce as they bid to escape the drop. Aston Villa already look doomed and it wouldn’t be huge odds that Sunderland could exit via the trap door alongside arch rivals Newcastle.A win tonight would certainly give them hope heading into the New Year but Liverpool will be tough nuts to crack – even allowing for the fact that the Jurgen Klopp honeymoon period appears to be over.Liverpool’s 1-0 win over high-flying Leicester at Anfield last time was their first win in five matches and they have been beaten by both Newcastle (2-0) and Watford (3-0) on their recent travels.Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp will again be without Daniel Sturridge as he recovers from injury and he will miss the match together with Divick Origi and James Milner.Sunderland v LiverpoolPremier League19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2015 PREMIER Sunderland 0-1 LiverpoolDec 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 0-0 SunderlandMar 2014 PREMIER Liverpool 2-1 SunderlandSep 2013 PREMIER Sunderland 1-3 LiverpoolJan 2013 PREMIER Liverpool 3-0 SunderlandSep 2012 PREMIER Sunderland 1-1 LiverpoolMar 2012 PREMIER Sunderland 1-0 LiverpoolAug 2011 PREMIER Liverpool 1-1 SunderlandMar 2011 PREMIER Sunderland 0-2 LiverpoolSep 2010 PREMIER Liverpool 2-2 SunderlandThere’s been a spate of draws in televised games of late and I think this could end all square too. Surely not another 0-0 – but I won’t object too much if it is. I’m taking the 14/5 with Star Sports about it finishing level.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 6 points at around 14/5 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 74.06 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

  • STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

    first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 9 October HORSE RACING2.25 LimerickScreaming Rose 100/30 > 2/12.40 CurraghG Force 4/1 > 5/23.10 Goodwood Colonel Frank 7/1 > 3/15.00 ChepstowDouble Ross 4/1 > 9/4LIVE FOOTBALLLeague One14:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/5 MK Dons 100/30 Port Vale 5/2 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier17:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/11 Wales 10/1 Georgia 7/2 DRAWFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD10/1 Moldova 4/11 Republic of Ireland 7/2 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

  • Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2017 competitors via Facebook Live Feb

    first_imgShareJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMary Lynn Fernau713-348-5374mlfernau@rice.eduRice Business Plan Competition to announce 2017 competitors via Facebook Live Feb. 27World’s richest and largest student startup competition draws applicants from top universitiesHOUSTON – (Feb. 24, 2017) – The 42 teams that have been accepted to participate in the 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business April 6-8 will be announced via Facebook Live at 11:05 a.m. CST Feb. 27. The teams were chosen from more than 350 graduate-student teams with a business plan for a new startup company who applied to compete for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.Jones School Dean Peter Rodriguez will make the announcement on the competition’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/2017rbpc.The deadline for applications was Feb. 10. Students from the world’s top universities submitted a three-page executive summary and one-minute video pitch through the competition’s website, http://rbpc.rice.edu. This year, all teams who applied received feedback on their startup from the competition’s Review and Selection Committee, which comprises select members of the judging panel.At the competition in April, the 42 teams will compete in four categories: life sciences; information technology/web/mobile; energy/clean technology; and tech innovation. A cohort of more than 300 judges will select the winner based on the company that represents the best investment opportunity.Other top prizes will include the $300,000 Investment Grand Prize from The GOOSE Society of Texas; the OWL Investment Prize, which totaled $280,000 in 2016; the $50,000 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Prize; the NASA Earth/Human Health and Human Performance Innovation Award; and specific prizes for the best women’s health innovation, top energy team, top IT team and top team led by women. The 2017 grand prizewinner will ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City.“The true measure of success for the Rice Business Plan Competition is the number of teams that launch, raise funding and go on to succeed in their business,” said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University, which hosts the event. “The competition has served as the launch pad for a great number of successful entrepreneurial ventures, and the success rate exceeds the national average.”For more information about the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition, visit http://rbpc.rice.edu.-30-For more information or to arrange an interview with a competition representative, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu. The media contact for Cisco is Kati Dahm, 650-248-1226 or kadahm@cisco.com.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is Rice University’s nationally recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three Rice schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. Since inception, more than 1,800 early stage companies have presented at the 180-plus programs hosted by the Rice Alliance and raised more than $4.2 billion in funding. AddThislast_img read more

  • Superconductors magnetic persona unmasked

    first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University physicists Pengcheng Dai (left) and Tong Chen conducted neutron scattering experiments with colleagues from the U.S., China and Europe and found that magnetic correlations associated with superconductivity in iron selenide are highly anisotropic, just as they are in other iron-based superconductors. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Rice University physicist Pengcheng Dai, corresponding author of a study of the results published online this week in Nature Materials, offered this bottom-line assessment of iron selenide: “It’s a garden-variety iron-based superconductor. The fundamental physics of superconductivity are similar to what we find in all the other iron-based superconductors.”That conclusion is based on data from neutron scattering experiments performed over the past year in the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom. The experiments produced the first measurements of the dynamic magnetic properties of iron selenide crystals that had undergone a characteristic structural shift that occurs as the material is cooled but before it is cooled to the point of superconductivity.“Iron selenide is completely different from all the other iron-based superconductors in several ways,” said Dai, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice and a member of Rice’s Center for Quantum Materials (RCQM). “It has the simplest structure, being composed of only two elements. All the others have at least three elements and much more complicated structure. Iron selenide is also the only one that has no magnetic order and no parent compound.”Dozens of iron-based superconductors have been discovered since 2008. In each, the iron atoms form a 2D sheet that’s sandwiched between top and bottom sheets made up of other elements. In the case of iron selenide, the top and bottom sheets are pure selenium, but in other materials these sheets are made of two or more elements. In iron selenide and other iron-based superconductors, iron atoms in the central 2D sheet are spaced in checkerboard fashion, exactly the same distance from one another in both the left-right direction and forward-back directions. Gloved hands working on a small black crystal under a microscope lamp ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduSuperconductor’s magnetic persona unmaskedIron selenide revealed as ‘garden-variety iron-based superconductor’HOUSTON — (May 20, 2019) — In the pantheon of unconventional superconductors, iron selenide is a rock star. But new experiments by U.S., Chinese and European physicists have found the material’s magnetic persona to be unexpectedly mundane. AddThis Rice University physicists Pengcheng Dai and Tong Chencenter_img Return to article. Long DescriptionGraduate student Tong Chen spent weeks creating samples to test in neutron scattering beams. About 20 to 30 1-millimeter squares of iron selenide had to be aligned and glued in place atop each crystal of barium iron arsenide. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Chen spent weeks creating several samples to test in neutron scattering beams. About 20 to 30 1-millimeter squares of iron selenide had to be aligned and placed atop each crystal of barium iron arsenide. And applying each of the tiny squares was painstaking work that involved a microscope, tweezers and special, hydrogen-free glue that cost almost $1,000 per ounce.The work paid off when Chen tested the samples and found the iron selenide was detwinned. Those tests with neutron scattering beams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Technical University of Munich and U.K.’s Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory also showed iron selenide’s electronic behavior is very similar to that of other iron superconductors.“The key conclusion is that the magnetic correlations that are associated with superconductivity in iron selenide are highly anisotropic, just as they are in other iron superconductors,” Dai said. “That has been a very controversial point, because iron selenide, unlike all other iron-based superconductors, does not have a parent compound that exhibits antiferromagnetic order, which has led some to suggest that superconductivity arose in iron selenide in a completely different way than it arises in these others. Our results suggest that is not the case. You don’t need an entirely new method to understand it.”Additional co-authors include Rui Zhang and Yu Li, both of Rice; Youzhe Chen of Johns Hopkins University; Andreas Kreisel of the University of Leipzig; Xingye Lu and Yan Rong, both of Beijing Normal University; Astrid Schneidewind of the Jülich Center for Neutron Sciences; Yiming Qiu of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Jitae Park of the Technical University of Munich; Toby Perring and Ross Stewart, both of the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory; Huibo Cao of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Yuan Wei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Brian Andersen of the University of Copenhagen; P.J. Hirschfeld of the University of Florida; and Collin Broholm of both Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.The research was supported by the Department of Energy (DE-SC0012311, DE-FG02-08ER46544, DE-FG02-05ER46236), the Welch Foundation (C-1839), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11734002), the Carlsberg Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (DMR-1508249) and the National Science Foundation (DMR-1508249).RCQM leverages global partnerships and the strengths of more than 20 Rice University research groups to address questions related to quantum materials. RCQM is supported by Rice’s offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Brown School of Engineering, the Smalley Curl Institute and the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Materials Science and NanoEngineering.-30-Related materials:The DOI of the Nature Materials paper is: 10.1038/s41563-019-0369-5A copy of the paper is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41563-019-0369-5Pengcheng Dai Group: pdai.phys.rice.edu/Rice Department of Physics and Astronomy: physics.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: naturalsciences.rice.edu/IMAGES for download:https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0520_DETWIN-pdtc027-lg.jpgCAPTION: Rice University physicists Pengcheng Dai (left) and Tong Chen conducted neutron scattering experiments with colleagues from the U.S., China and Europe and found that magnetic correlations associated with superconductivity in iron selenide are highly anisotropic, just as they are in other iron-based superconductors. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0520_DETWIN-cls006-lg.jpgCAPTION: Tong Chen, a Rice PhD student “detwinned” iron selenide crystals by gluing them atop much larger crystals of barium iron arsenide. Using a 2014 method developed at Rice, the larger crystals are placed under pressure and detwinned, causing the smaller iron selenide crystals to also snap into alignment. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)https://news-network.rice.edu/news/files/2019/05/0520_DETWIN-mic002-lg.jpgCAPTION: Graduate student Tong Chen spent weeks creating samples to test in neutron scattering beams. About 20 to 30 1-millimeter squares of iron selenide had to be aligned and glued in place atop each crystal of barium iron arsenide. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Related research from Rice:Quirky kindred compounds could crack quantum code — Dec. 20, 2018https://news.rice.edu/2018/12/20/quirky-kindred-compounds-could-crack-quantum-code/‘Magnetic topological insulator’ makes its own magnetic field — Nov. 19, 2018http://news.rice.edu/2018/11/19/magnetic-topological-insulator-makes-its-own-magnetic-field%E2%80%A8/A superconductor story with a twist — Aug. 7, 2018http://news.rice.edu/2018/08/07/a-superconductor-story-with-a-twist/Rice U. physicists discover new type of quantum material — Dec. 18, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/12/18/rice-u-physicists-discover-new-type-of-quantum-material-2/Rules for superconductivity mirrored in ‘excitonic insulator’ — Dec. 7, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/12/07/rules-for-superconductivity-mirrored-in-excitonic-insulator-2/Copper stripes help iron pnictide lock in insulating state — Dec. 19, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/12/19/copper-stripes-help-iron-pnictide-lock-in-insulating-state-2/Physicists probe magnetic fluctuations in heavy fermions — Sept. 29, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/09/29/physicists-probe-magnetic-fluctuations-in-heavy-fermion-2/Study finds physical link to strange electronic behavior — July 31, 2014http://news.rice.edu/2014/07/31/study-finds-physical-link-to-strange-electronic-behavior/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 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long DescriptionTong Chen, a Rice PhD student “detwinned” iron selenide crystals by gluing them atop much larger crystals of barium iron arsenide. Using a 2014 method developed at Rice, the larger crystals are placed under pressure and detwinned, causing the smaller iron selenide crystals to also snap into alignment. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)As the materials cool, they undergo a slight structural shift. Instead of exact squares, the iron atoms form oblong rhombuses. These are like baseball diamonds, where the distance between home plate and second base is shorter than the distance between first and third base. And this change between iron atoms causes the iron-based superconductors to exhibit directionally-dependent behavior, like increased electrical resistance or conductivity only in the direction of home-to-second or first-to-third.Physicists refer to this directionally dependent behavior as anisotropy or nematicity, and while structural nematicity is known to occur in iron selenide, Dai said it has been impossible to measure the exact electronic and magnetic order of the material because of a property known as twinning. Twinning occurs when layers of randomly oriented 2D crystals are stacked. Imagine 100 baseball diamonds stacked one atop the other, with the line between home plate and second base varying randomly for each.“Even if there is directionally dependent electronic order in a twinned sample, you cannot measure it because those differences average out and you wind up measuring a net effect of zero,” Dai said. “We had to detwin samples of iron selenide to see if there was nematic electronic order.”Study lead author Tong Chen, a third-year PhD student in Dai’s research group, solved the twinning problem by cleverly piggybacking on a 2014 study in which Dai and colleagues applied pressure to detwin crystals of barium iron arsenide. It was impossible to apply the same method to iron selenide because the crystals were 100 times smaller, so Chen glued the smaller crystals atop the larger ones, reasoning that the pressure needed to align the larger sample would also cause the layers of iron selenide to snap into alignment. 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  • UMD Smith Board of Advisors Announces Newest Members

    first_imgTwo of the newest advisors were former UMD Smith MBA students:Göran Espelund MBA ’87, Chairman of the Board, Lannebo FonderWendy Sanhai-Madar MBA ’09, Federal Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Consulting The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business has officially named nine new appointees to its Board of Advisors. Each new advisor began their three-year term on July 1, 2017, according to a recent press release from the school.The new members join a board charged with helping shape UMD Smith’s strategic directions and strengthen community partnerships. According to the school, the stated mission is to “enhance the Smith School brand through advice and action.”University of Maryland and UMD Smith graduates are among the new advisors: Lisa Anders MBA ’95, VP for Business Development, McKissack & McKissackJason Cohen ’96, CEO & Founder, Halen Brands, Inc.Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, Chairman, American Institute of CPAs, and Global Accounting Strategy Director, Oracle CorporationLaura Freitag ’88, Partner, EYNina R. Mitchell ’81, Partner, Bridgewater WealthNicole Pollard ’91, Office of General Counsel, National Education AssociationKathryn Stewart, Managing Director, Cranbrook Capital Also joining the board are Andrea Brody ’87, Chief Marketing Officer of BravoSolution, and Tony Washington, MBA ’89, Senior Vice President of FHA Multifamily Lending, EagleBank. Both are representatives of the Alumni Chapter Board.Two members were also added to the newly formed Young Alumni Council: Khalil Pettus ’15, an Investment Banking Analyst with Goldman Sachs, and Ali Von Paris ’12, Founder and CEO of Route One Apparel.Click here to take a look at the complete UMD Smith Board of Advisors. UMD Smith Board of Advisors Announces Newest Members Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Baltimore / Washington, DC About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedWomen’s Week Coming to Smith School’s College Park CampusWomen’s Week is coming to College Park. The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is hosting a week-long series of speakers and activities geared to professional growth from March 28 through April 1. Each program is free to attend. Statistics show that women attending universities in the U.S.…March 22, 2016In “Featured Region”$2 Mil. Endowment Will Fund Scholarships for Robert H. Smith School BusinessThe Kimmy Foundation Inc. has announced it will allocate a $2 million endowment for undergraduate scholarships in the University of Maryland (UMD)’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The scholarships—called the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Scholarships—will be given to Maryland high school…February 28, 2017In “Featured Region”University of Maryland Smith School Program Inspiring Young EntrepreneursThis summer, the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business has served as host for middle school students in the Ashoka Youth Venture Program, helping students to think like an innovator as they venture out to change the world. The Ashoka Youth Venture Program is sponsoring middle school students in…August 25, 2017In “Featured Region”last_img read more

  • Criminal Probe Opens Into Eight Deaths at Florida Nursing Home After Irma

    first_imgTwo days after Hurricane Irma, Mary Mitchell, 82, lays on a hospital bed in her room, without power, food, or water at Cypress Run, an assisted living facility, in Immokalee, Florida, U.S., September 12, 2017. Picture taken September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston Two days after Hurricane Irma, Mary Mitchell, 82, lays on a hospital bed in her room, without power, food, or water at Cypress Run, an assisted living facility, in Immokalee, Florida, September 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)Trump to Visit KeysFlorida Power & Light provided electricity to parts of the nursing home but the facility was not on a county top-tier list for emergency power restoration, the utility said.Total insured losses from the storm are expected to run about $25 billion, including $18 billion in the United States and $7 billion in the Caribbean, catastrophe modeler Karen Clark & Company estimated on Wednesday.The Florida Keys were particularly hard hit, with federal officials saying 90 percent of its homes were destroyed or heavily damaged. The remote island chain stretches nearly 100 miles (160 km) into the Gulf of Mexico from Florida’s southern tip, connected by a single highway and series of bridges.A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida,  September 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) Boats are pictured washed ashore in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathoni, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Boats are pictured washed ashore in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, September 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness.Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were still without power on Wednesday in Florida and neighboring states, down from 7.4 million customers on Monday.Three elderly residents were found dead on Wednesday inside a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, north of Miami.the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hill had been operating with little or no air conditioning, officials said.Four more patients died at or en route to a nearby hospital and a fifth was later identified as having died the night before.Governor Rick Scott called the tragedy “unfathomable,” and police said they had opened a criminal investigation, sealing off the building after the remaining patients were transferred to hospitals.City officials described the interior as “excessively hot,” despite portable air coolers and fans that, according to state records, had been placed throughout the facility.The eight who died ranged in age from 71 to 99, according to the Broward County medical examiner’s office. The cause of their deaths has yet to be determined.But most of the survivors were treated for “respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues,” Memorial Regional Hospital’s emergency medical director, Dr. Randy Katz, told reporters.Representatives of the for-profit nursing home, which had received a “below average” grade from Medicare’s rating system for such facilities, could not immediately be reached for comment.The physician listed in state records as its manager, Jack Michel, previously ran afoul of state and federal regulators over assisted-living facilities that he partially owned.In 2006, he and three co-defendants paid $15.4 million to settle Medicare and Medicaid fraud claims against them, according to the U.S. Justice Department.Two days after Hurricane Irma caused a power and water outage, William James, 83, checks the faucet for water, in his room at Cypress Run, an assisted living facility, in Immokalee, Florida, U.S., September 12, 2017. Picture taken September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston Two days after Hurricane Irma caused a power and water outage, William James, 83, checks the faucet for water, in his room at Cypress Run, an assisted living facility, in Immokalee, Florida, September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston) (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) Criminal Probe Opens Into Eight Deaths at Florida Nursing Home After Irma By Reuters September 14, 2017 Updated: September 14, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Eight elderly patients died after being left inside a stifling South Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma, officials said on Wednesday, prompting a criminal probe and adding to the mounting loss of life from the storm.The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess the damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland this year.Irma killed at least 31 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and South Carolina combined, authorities said.One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, Irma bore down on the Caribbean with devastating force as it raked the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday, packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour.It then plowed north up the Gulf Coast of the state before dissipating.A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, September 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) Share Share this article A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, September 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)On Key West, at the end of the archipelago, hundreds of residents who had refused evacuation orders lined up on Wednesday outside the island’s Salvation Army outpost for water and military-style rations after enduring days of intense heat with little water, power or contact with the outside world.The stench of dead fish and decaying seaweed permeated the air.Elizabeth Martinez, 61, said the ordeal, including losing part of the roof of her home, had convinced her it was time to leave the island. “I’m saving my money up and moving out of here,” she said.But David Sheidy, a 58-year-old painter, predicted Key West would bounce back quickly.“That’s what we do,” he said. “This is a small community where everybody knows each other and takes care of each other.”President Donald Trump was due to visit Florida on Thursday.Irma wreaked utter devastation on several of the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, where at least 43 people have died. Irma hit Florida about two weeks after Hurricane Harvey plowed into Houston, killing about 60 and causing some $180 billion in damage, mostly from flooding. Show Discussion US last_img read more

  • Biological Weapons Testing To Happen Near Oklahoma Kansas Border

    first_img US News Share The weapons simulation will be carried out in two buildings of the now-abandoned Chilocco Indian School near the Oklahoma border with Kansas.“I just got sick to my stomach,” Newkirk resident Dennis Jordan told Fox23. “I think if they want to test that stuff, let them go to Los Alamos, you know? I think it’s stupid.”A petition has been started on Change.org to stop the testings. As of Monday, Nov. 13, over 5,000 people had signed it.U.S. Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.) of Kansas told AP that he’s is “monitoring the situation closely.”“I have numerous questions regarding this proposed test,” Estes was quoted as saying. “While it’s important for our federal agencies to test their abilities in response to threats, we need to be 100 percent certain this test is safe for the residents of south-central Kansas.”Arkansas City, Kansas, said it’s reviewing the testing.“This is the first time the city has been made aware of any testing to occur at Chilocco,” the city wrote on its Facebook page. “Inert means chemically inactive, which means by definition there should be no risk to the citizens. However, we are looking into the situation to gather more information for our citizens and their safety.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article A biological weapons simulation test is being planned in Oklahoma near the Kansas border by the Department of Homeland Security, Fox23 reported.The department is planning to release chemicals to test protection offered by buildings in Newkirk, Oklahoma, from biological chemicals. Many residents, however, were put on edge by the announcement, disseminated through a legal ad in an Oklahoma newspaper.The notice said that the department would release “non-hazardous, non-toxic chemicals and biological materials,” Fox23 reported. The tests are slated to begin in the early months of 2018. Planned chemical biological warfare tests at the Chilocco Indian School, Oklahoma, sparks protest https://t.co/6pSdutolCY #DHS— Alexandra Lee (@Christseekerk) November 13, 2017 (Screenshot via Google Maps)The department said that the data will help them to determine how much of the biological weapons would penetrate single- and multi-family homes—specifically what might happen if a terrorist or an enemy state actor were to release biological weapons. “These tests will release inert chemicals and biological materials that will be used to measure the amount of material that penetrates the buildings under varied conditions,” the DHS said in a notice on its website.They plan on releasing titanium dioxide, which was described as a “white odorless powder that is chemically insoluble in water, nonreactive, nonflammable and nonhazardous” for a particle test, Fox 23 reports.For the biological test, the agency wants to release “genetic, barcoded spores of an insecticide sold under the trade name of Dipel,” the Fox 23 report said. Dipel isn’t considered hazardous by the government if handled properly, a draft environmental assessment of the project states.Homeland Security said the test will have no negative impact on human health or the environment. The Chilocco Indian School. (Screenshot via Google Maps) Biological Weapons Testing To Happen Near Oklahoma, Kansas Border By Jack Phillips November 13, 2017 Updated: November 13, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more

  • Update No Injuries Reported After Fire at Clintons NY Home

    first_img15 Old House Lane. (Google Street View) #BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters are responding to a fire at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s house in Chappaqua, NY. pic.twitter.com/rGMyDUW2lb— BREAKING NEWS (@NewsAlertHQ) January 3, 2018 Share Last year, the couple bought a four-bedroom house next door to the house for $1.16 million.Recommended Video:Boiling water turns to snow US News Update: No Injuries Reported After Fire at Clintons’ NY Home By Epoch Newsroom January 3, 2018 Updated: January 3, 2018 This report is wrong, & creating much hysteria. Yes, a small fire broke out in the @SecretService facility today on Clinton property, in a building not connected to their home. Fire was put out, local FD responded. The Clintons were not home. All is ok!https://t.co/fXnbqtLb2K— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) January 3, 2018 Reuters contributed to this report. Fire at the Clintons pic.twitter.com/HRF0C7Z1mV— Jake Beiner (@BreezymJustin) January 3, 2018center_img Share this article “Yes, a small fire broke out in the @SecretService facility today on Clinton property, in a building not connected to their home. Fire was put out, local FD responded. The Clintons were not home,” he wrote. “All is ok!”According to local Journal News, citing radio transmissions from the emergency services, said the fire was reported at 2:50 p.m. in a bedroom and that it was quickly extinguished. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire or whether the Clintons were home at the time. Sergeant Arthur Mendoza of the New Castle Police Department referred further questions to the U.S. Secret Service. A spokesman for the agency could not immediately be reached.The Clintons purchased the five-bedroom, 5,232-square-foot home for $1.7 million in 1999, the Journal News said. Chappaqua is about 40 miles north of New York City. Firefighters were called to put out a fire on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Chappaqua, New York, home of former President Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, police said.The fire began around 2:50 p.m. and was extinguished around 3:15 p.m., police officials told NBC New York. The house at 15 Old House Lane. (Google Street View)Clinton’s communication director, Nick Merrill, wrote on Twitter that the fire was at a Secret Service building on the property. The Clintons weren’t home at the time of the fire.The fire, he said, was small.Merrill tweeted that some reports are “wrong, & creating much hysteria.”  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion Breaking: Multiple crews on the scene at @HillaryClinton house in #Chappaqua fire is reportedly knocked down @News12WC pic.twitter.com/86GIakMU4J— Nadia Galindo (@NadiaGalindoTV) January 3, 2018last_img read more

  • What the National Guard Will Likely Do at the Border

    first_img  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Trump Presidency  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Recommended Video: Trump Delivers Remarks After Reviewing Border Wall Prototypes Texas National Guard soldiers operate a LRAS3 surveillance system while monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 11, 2014, in Havana, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images) WASHINGTON—Plans are underway to send National Guard troops to boost enforcement along the U.S.–Mexico border.President Donald Trump said on April 5 that anywhere between 2,000 and 4,000 troops will be deployed. “And we’ll probably keep them, or a large portion of them, until such time as we get the wall,” he said.Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the National Guard’s role will be similar to that during “Operation Jump Start” launched in 2006 by President George W. Bush, where 6,000 troops were deployed in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Several years later, in 201o, “Operation Phalanx,” under former President Barack Obama, saw 1,200 National Guard troops deployed during a border surge. During the two-year Jump Start operation, National Guard troops mostly assisted Border Patrol with logistical and administrative support. National Guard units operated detection systems, provided mobile communications, augmented border-related intelligence analysis efforts, and built and installed border security infrastructure, according to Customs and Border Protection. “Guardsmen are building fences, as well as manning detection equipment on the border and in command centers,” Bush said in August 2006.The 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Department of Defense and the governors of participating states stipulated that the National Guard will not participate in “overt” law enforcement, according to the Department of Defense. “After guardsmen spot suspected illegal immigrants crossing the border, they will inform Border Patrol agents, who will then respond to the scene,” the department said. “In essence, the Guard will do detection work and Border Patrol agents will make the appropriate apprehensions.” Texas National Guard soldiers monitor the U.S.-Mexico border on September 11, 2014, in Havana, Texas. The 1,000 strong force was called up by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to guard the Rio Grande border. (John Moore/Getty Images)A 2011 GAO report said the then-Secretary of Defense had precluded National Guard forces from making arrests while performing border missions “because of concerns raised about militarizing the U.S. border.”Nielsen said she is currently working out a memorandum of understanding between the participating governors and the Department of Defense. The size and duration of the deployment will be available once the memorandum is signed, she said. “It will be strong. It will be as many as is needed to fill the gaps that we have today, is what I can tell you,” Nielsen said at a White House press briefing on April 4.A statement released on April 4 by the Interior Minister for Mexico, Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, says that National Guard members “will not carry weapons or carry out immigration or customs control functions.”Caso said he released the statement after speaking with Nielsen.“In all communications on the subject, the government of Mexico has expressed to the government of the United States that, if the announced deployment of the National Guard resulted in a militarization of the border, it would seriously damage the bilateral relationship,” Caso said. CostA GAO report estimated the combined total cost of sending the National Guard to the border during operations Jump Start and Phalanx was about $1.35 billion.Jump Start ran from June 2006 to July 2008 and Phalanx ran from June 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011.BackgroundThe National Guard plays a dual role in the U.S. military. Guardsmen can be deployed by the governors of their resident states to support communities stricken by natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, or they can be deployed by the president to defend the United States or support allies overseas. “Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time,” according to the National Guard website.In border operations, President Donald Trump would use the National Guard under Title 32 of the U.S. Code, which doesn’t require congressional support.center_img What the National Guard Will Likely Do at the Border By Charlotte Cuthbertson April 6, 2018 Updated: April 6, 2018 Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more