Levels of satisfaction among claimants of the gove

first_imgLevels of satisfaction among claimants of the government’s new disability benefit are far lower than for other benefits, according to new Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures.The survey found that only two-thirds (68 per cent) of personal independence payment (PIP) claimants were satisfied with the service they received from DWP, compared with an average of 82 per cent across all 10 benefits surveyed.The report covered the period from summer 2014 to summer 2015.PIP, which is gradually replacing working-age disability living allowance (DLA), has been mired in controversy, delays and backlogs ever since its launch in April 2013.Government documents have previously estimated that the number of working-age claimants would be cut by as much as 28 per cent by 2018, with 900,000 fewer people receiving PIP than if DLA had not been replaced.Some disabled people had to wait more than a year just to be assessed, while Atos – one of two government contractors carrying out the assessments – had to fend off claims that it misled the government over how many assessment centres it would provide across London and the south of England.And earlier this month, research by Caroline Richardson, Stef Benstead and Emma Nock for the user-led Spartacus online network concluded that DWP had failed to provide “adequate” or “robust” evidence to justify changes set to tighten eligibility for PIP, through changes to how assessments take account of the way a claimant uses independent living aids and appliances.In the survey, one in five PIP claimants (19 per cent) believed they had received incorrect or contradictory information, while only two-thirds (69 per cent) said that DWP had done what it had said it would do (compared with an average of 87 per cent across all 10 benefits).And more than a quarter (26 per cent) of PIP claimants reported some difficulties or problems in their dealings with DWP, compared to 12 per cent overall, and as low as four per cent for attendance allowance and five per cent for state pension claimants.Overall levels of satisfaction were lower and levels of dissatisfaction were higher for PIP than for any of the other nine benefits.But there was some good news for DWP, as the survey showed that, for each of the 10 benefits, more than 90 per cent of staff encountered in person were polite.For all but three of the benefits, this level of satisfaction was at least 96 per cent, while for PIP it was 97 per cent, although based on a sample size of just 38.The report, commissioned by DWP, concluded that PIP claimants were “more likely to report their calls left unanswered; explanations of decisions inadequate; information incorrect or contradictory; timings unclear; and progress updates lacking”.A DWP spokeswoman said: “The survey results show the significant progress made since the PIP rollout began in 2013.“The vast majority of claimants have been satisfied with the service they were provided with, but we’re not complacent and are making improvements.“Crucially, PIP decisions are now made in 11 weeks – three times faster than in January 2014.“Since the introduction of PIP we have continued to make improvements to the system.“We accepted the majority of the recommendations of the first independent review of PIP, carried out by Paul Gray, and have also recently changed the process for providing support to terminally-ill people, meaning they now receive their payments at an earlier point than ever before.”last_img read more

A council has been accused of being vindictive a

first_imgA council has been accused of being “vindictive” and trying to “silence” a disabled people’s organisation (DPO) by withdrawing funding for its advice service, just months after the DPO published a critical report about social care provision in the borough.Labour-runMerton council, in south-west London, has been accused of discriminatingagainst disabled people by withdrawing funding from the only advice service inthe borough that provides welfare rights experts who will visit disabled peoplein their own homes.Thecouncil’s equality impact assessment of the decision to withdraw funding from Merton Centre for Independent Living (MCIL)* concluded that it provided “high qualitycasework support” and was “serving a small number of vulnerable disabled peoplevery well”.It alsoconcluded that the loss of funding would mean “potentially a negative impactidentified for deaf and disabled residents”.But thecouncil decided not to offer funding of £75,000 a year to replace an existing£80,000-a-year grant, arguing that MCIL’s high-intensity service was helpingtoo few people.MCIL willcontinue to provide advice and advocacy services in welfare rights and socialcare, and visit service-users at home, but it has had to close its housingadvice service.The loss ofthe funding may also impact other services, including the advice and support itprovides to victims of disability hate crime.Last October, MCIL published a 96-page report intothe flaws and failings of Merton council’s adult social care provision.That report concludedthat a growing number of disabled people were resorting to legal action againstthe council to secure the support they needed, and warned that Merton council appearedto be carrying out reassessments and reviews of people’s care packages with theaim of cutting their support.RoyBenjamin, MCIL’s chair, said he believed the council was now being “vindictive”in the wake of the social care report.He said: “Itis very much about settling scores. I feel angry… because we are a strong voiceand it’s an attempt to silence us, and clearly any decision to cut ourresources is going to impact on our ability to meet the needs [of disabledpeople in the borough].”He added: “Wealready were not in a position to meet all the need that was identified. Thisis only going to exacerbate [that].”Last year,MCIL supported 332 individual Deaf and disabled people with advice andcasework, and provided information, signposting and guidance in another 170cases, leading to a contribution of nearly £700,000 to the local economy in2017-18.Benjaminsaid it was an “irrational decision” and “discrimination” to cut the funding, becauseof its impact on disabled people who find it difficult to access mainstreamservices.MCILprovides a high-intensity advice service, often following disability benefitscases right through to the appeal stage.Benjaminsaid: “We are the only pan-disability organisation in the borough. We are theonly organisation that offers any sort of domiciliary service for those peoplewho can’t get to [Citizen’s Advice] or other advice providers.”MCIL wasoriginally one of six partners that put together a joint bid for funding.When thatbid was unsuccessful, the council asked the six individual organisations to putin individual bids for funding. MCIL said itwas the only one of the six that was unsuccessful in its bid for funding.The councilnow provides no funding at all to MCIL.A Mertoncouncil spokesperson refused to answer a series of questions about whether itwas being “vindictive” and “settling scores”, if it was discriminating againstdisabled people, and why it ignored the conclusions of its equality impactassessment.But EdithMacauley, the cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities,said in a statement: “Merton is one of only a few London boroughs not to havecut overall funding for the voluntary sector and we are spending around£4million between 2019 and 2022.   “All bidsfor funding of the information and advice element of the Strategic PartnerProgramme 2019-22 were scored against the funding criteria, but not everyorganisation’s bid was successful. “MertonCentre for Independent Living’s two bids, the first of which was as part of aconsortium and the second bid in a round which was only open to unsuccessfulbidders from the first round, scored less highly than the other bids which werereceived. “Merton CILchallenged their score, which was upheld after their bid was reviewed by acouncil officer who was unconnected to it.     “Theprogramme has commissioned a wide range of high quality and accessible supportthrough this funding, including a central information and advice offer,complemented by a range of services, including specialist legal support andservices with proven outreach to communities with some of the most challengingneeds. “We havebeen actively working with Merton CIL and our new providers to ensure thatanyone who needs advice and support has access to it.”*To donate money to Merton CIL, visit this pagePicture: Roy Benjamin (with guide dog) at a sponsored walk to raise funds for MCIL in 2015last_img read more

EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE The Radical Love Mural Project

first_img “We all wrote something on this banner(mural)to show people in Charlottesville that we care about them and we want to get along,” Snipes student Kanaja Mitchell told WWAY’s Daniel Seamans.“This particular one is grounded in rejection of what happened in Charlottesville,” UNCW Associate Professor Dr. Candace Thompson said of the mural being created at Snipes.“I’ve tried to make it look nice so the people in Charlottesville don’t think we hate them,” Snipes student Carlos Perez Lopez added.Related Article: Schools announce closures for next week due to FlorenceIt’s called Radical Love.  “Radical Love is a notion that is grounded in the commitment that teaching is an act of love,” Dr. Thompson said. “So we use this creative and critical thinking process to get young people, our students, faculty, staff, kids in the schools thinking about the world they want to create.”Hundreds of students and staff at UNCW are part of the Radical Love Mural Project.  It uses murals to stand up to hate and it has spreaded to two elementary schools.“This idea was presented to me about two weeks ago,” Snipes Arts Teacher Catherine Halecki said of the project in her classroom right now.Halecki was looking for something to get her students more involved in the community.  UNCW sent a canvas their way.“I think that they will be more likely to want to get involved in their community,” Halecki said. “To be a part of making things better, community projects, and I think they’ll take that home to their parents and get their parents excited about becoming active in community projects.”Her students are putting their thoughts on a mural that will head to Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of the tragedy during a white nationalist rally earlier this year.Kanaja wrote “Be Kind” on the mural.  “It means to show people how you want to be treated and treat people with respect.”Carlos and his sister added some “Peace and Love”.  “That you can have a heart with peace, Carlos said. “They might feel happy because they know someone loves and doesn’t want to make things worse for their lives and they don’t have to be fighting with people that are already having trouble with each other.It’s a message of love and solidarity from all ages in hopes of creating a world free of hate.  And THAT is Extraordinary.Organizers say they have 6 little banners and 2 large ones.  One large one is going to Univ of VA and one is staying at UNCW.Two smaller murals are being made at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design and Virgo Preparatory Academy.   One is being sent to Charlottesville High School. The school’s principal, Eric Irizarry, is a UNCW alum and was the principal at Virgo from 2012 to 2016.You can check out the Radical Love mural in the lobby of UNCW’s Warwick Center. WILMINGTON — Creativity is on display with love and solidarity front and center.  Snipes Academy students are taking part in a project put together by students and staff at UNCW.  WWAY’s Daniel Seamans takes you inside the classroom where we find our Extraordinary People of the Week!Something special that started on the campus of UNCW is making its way to grade school campuses in town and it’s all in the name of love.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WFD Investigating structure fire two people displaced

first_img Crews are still working to put out the fire, but it is under control.No word yet on the cause of the fire.Stay tuned for more on this developing story. The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating a structure fire on Barnett Ave. that displaced two people (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating a structure fire on Barnett Ave. that displaced two people.WFD says they received the call shortly after 11:30 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img

Verizon Wireless proposes new cell tower in Wilmington

first_imgA map depicting the coverage of the proposed cell tower at Veterans Park Sports Complex in Wilmington (Photo: Milestone Communications) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In 2018, we live on our phones, but to use them to their peak performance, they require good cell service.Verizon Wireless has identified a community in Wilmington it says would benefit from improved coverage. The company, along with Milestone Communications, is proposing a new cell tower at the Veterans Park Sports Complex.- Advertisement – “It would be fantastic to not have to worry. We’ll go over there and sit and watch games sometimes. It would be nice to not have to worry about dropped service,” resident Andre Shy said.The area the new tower would serve includes Veterans Park, three schools and multiple neighborhoods. Shy lives in one of those neighborhoods, Heritage Woods off of Halyburton Memorial Parkway.He says he and his family rely on cell phones more than ever and it would be great if the service improved.Related Article: City, county close on Echo Farms land deal“Hopefully, the service will get much better, being that I think more people are using cell phones,” Shy said. “We don’t have a home phone. We have four lines: my wife’s number, my number, and the kids’ number. Hopefully, it will work out for us.”The cell tower would require a special use permit, due to how the area is zoned.The New Hanover County Planning Board will consider the permit at its June 7th meeting. If it approves the plan, it would go on to New Hanover County Commissioners.If all goes well with the proposal and permitting process, the tower would be completed this fall or winter, according to David Goldsmith of Milestone Communications.More information about the proposal can be found here.last_img read more

10 rescues in two hours lifeguards patrol busy beaches as summer starts

first_img “We started getting this swell coming in and as it builds at the tide change you’ll have rip currents pulling,” said ocean rescue Lt. John Mauney. “And during that time period we had stronger rip currents than normal.”North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue also reported around 15 water rescues related to rip currents this afternoon.Officials say beachgoers shouldn’t swim on unguarded beaches and, if caught in a current, swim parallel to shore.Related Article: News anchor hospitalized after bodysurfing accident in Wrightsville BeachWBOR began patrolling the coastline full time as of Memorial Day weekend and will stay in the stands through Labor Day.Forecasters say there is a moderate rip current risk Thursday.We will have more tonight on WWAY News. Ocean Rescue on Wrightsville Beach (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Now that kids are out of school and summer is getting underway, more people are headed to area beaches. But before you jump into the water, it’s important to make sure it’s safe.While it may have been a nice beach day Wednesday, Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue reported 10 rip current related rescues. Lifeguards say they happened between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Woman hasnt spent Christmas with father in 53 years trip almost gets

first_img ‘Well we’re screwed. We might as well go home,” said Michelle Chadwick, who was spending Christmas with her veteran father for the first time since she was three years old.A wrench in the plans almost meant they’d go another year without sharing the holiday. It all started when she went to get her rental car.“We made it up to the counter, and it was dark. There was no one there. And so we thought, ‘Well, maybe they’ve stepped away.’ So we waited. They called around. Nobody. I’m in Wilmington. He’s here in Surf City. He’s right there. And I was in tears,” said Chadwick.Related Article: Last chance to get discounted tickets to Cape Fear Fair & ExpoChadwick and her boyfriend came from Arkansas. They had booked a car from Budget Rent A Car well in advance.When they landed at ILM, there was nobody at the Budget counter and no car waiting.“The officer told us, he said, ‘This is a systemic problem with these rental car places here at the airport because they always leave before the last plane lands.’ He said, ‘You’re not the first people to complain about this,’” said Chadwick.Chadwick and her boyfriend had to spend Christmas Eve at a motel. On Christmas morning, Budget finally found them a car.Chadwick says the company has agreed to reimburse what they paid for the rental car, the motel and the cab to get there.“If they had not gotten the car to us on Christmas morning, there would be no consoling me. But the fact that they got the car to us on Christmas morning and we managed to get here, that alone took a lot of stress off of me,” said Chadwick.Chadwick says ultimately what mattered, was spending the holiday with her father, no matter how long the journey took.An airport spokeswoman referred us to Budget for comment. WWAY reached out to the company, but it has not responded yet. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A not so sweet Christmas surprise for some unlucky travelers. It had been 53 years since a woman had spent Christmas with her father.Her trip almost derailed for another year even after their flight landed in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Slovakias new president calls on EUs eastern bloc to respect rule of

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova meets with Czech President Milos Zeman (not pictured) in Prague, Czech Republic, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Bundas EnglerFILE PHOTO: Slovakia’s President Zuzana Caputova meets with Czech President Milos Zeman (not pictured) in Prague, Czech Republic, June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Bundas Engler Slovakia’s new president called on the Visegrad group of eastern EU member states on Thursday to protect the rule of law to avoid being seen as “weakening the European Union”, signalling a possible rift within a bloc that often acts together.After meeting with Hungarian President Janos Ader, Slovak President Zuzana Caputova said cooperation in the Visegrad group comprising Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic should be based on common values.Without naming names, Caputova – who took office last month – took aim at Hungary and Poland, the two eastern member states often in conflict with the EU over rule of law concerns.“Our (V4) cooperation must also represent such values as the rule of law, democracy and freedom and such basic values of co-operation which are laid down in the founding treaty of the V4,” Caputova told a news conference. “So that we are not regarded as such who are weakening or dissolving the European Union.”Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party have tightened controls on courts and judges, media and academics, as well as non-governmental groups. That has triggered conflicts with Brussels and alarmed rights groups worried they violate democratic principles, but they remain popular at home thanks to a tough line on migrants.Caputova said on Thursday she was “convinced that the liberal democracy which guarantees everyone equal rights is the most effective tool for the protection of minorities.”She also dismissed allegations by some pro-government Hungarian media that she was an agent working for Hungarian-born, U.S.-based billionaire George Soros as “lies”.Orban’s government has been waging a campaign against Soros – who promotes liberal causes through his charities – for years.Ader, an ally of Orban, sought to play down a rift, saying Hungary and Slovakia could differ on issues in the coming years.“But I am sure that it will not make our co-operation impossible, neither on the bilateral and the V4 levels,” Ader added.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

Record Attendance Expected for Innovation Africa 2015 in Kampala

first_imgA panel at the previous Innovation Africa 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo Credit: The Brains Network Advertisement Kampala, Uganda – EDUCATION and ICT Ministers from a record-breaking 30 (thirty) countries in Africa will be in attendance at this year’s Innovation Africa Summit.Innovation Africa conference, is taking place in Kampala, Uganda at the Speke Resort Munyonyo from  30th  September to 2nd October 2015. This will be the fifth conference in Education and Technology summits staged annually in different African countries by AfricaBrains.Event organisers, AfricanBrains, have announced and confirmed attendance of Ministers from the following countries; Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe. – Advertisement – “Both industry and governments are looking forward to the Innovation Africa 2015 conference. The conference is going to give leading industry players up-close opportunities to share the most up-to-date industry developments in education and ICT. More than 200 government officials will deliberate in over 400 focused pre-arranged meetings for decision making purposes,” said Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, Ministry of Education Assistant Commissioner, Communication & Information Management[related-posts]The summit will be a hive of activities as 200 government officials comprising of; ministers, secretaries of state, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries and director generals are joined by board level members from some of the world’s leading education & technology companies which include; HP, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Pearson, Canon, Samsung. The main purpose for theses engagements and meeting is to enable International Technology companies look out for investment opportunities in Uganda.“Over the years, Innovation Africa has proved to be Africa’s leading annual high-level education and ICT forum. Our goal as organisers is to attract increasing investment into education and technology in Africa through building meaningful, widely beneficial public-private partnerships,” said John Glassey, the Chief Executive Officer, AfricanBrains.The previous Innovation Africa summits have taken place in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and last year (2014) in the Republic of Rwanda.This year (2015), the summit is being held under the patronage of the Government of Uganda led by host Minister Hon. Maj. (Rtd). Dr. Jessica Alupo Epel, Minister of Education, Science, Technology & Sports. The Ministry will be hosting meetings throughout the summit with industry investors who can bring new technologies and skills to Uganda’s Education Sector.“We are delighted that Innovation Africa is being held in Uganda this year. Our experience of working with the Ugandan Government has been highly impressive and we are most encouraged by the efficiency and dedication of the National Organising Committee,” Glassey said.last_img read more

STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY BLOG 13

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her 13th weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has a a bumper blog with the first round now just 16 days away… It’s been an eventful week at Hayley Keightley’s kennel. Not only is she nursing a battered and bruised Roxholme Nidge after his tumble in the Bresmed Northern Sprint, but Oi Oi Penalty is now only 50/50 to make the Star Sports Derby as well. Mark Keightley gave this bitch a glowing report last week, though did admit they were nursing a little foot injury. Disaster struck when she cut open another foot at Henlow on Sunday and it’s now touch and go if she will race in the Derby at all. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she makes it into the Keightley’s sizeable Derby team. Talking of Keightley dogs, keep an eye on Roxholme Jim as a dark horse – he clocked 28.51sec in his 500m trial on Tuesday. Roxholme Glory is also a runner. He’s a 28.05sec Shelbourne dog and won a trial stakes race on Monday night. Confusingly, the race comments afterwards read ‘deliberate interference third’ but the matter was quickly cleared up and confirmed to be an admin error. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSRoxholme Nidge It’s been a week of celebrations for Irish trainer Pat Buckley after he won the RPGTV Scottish Derby on Saturday night at Shawfield. Buckley is a man who knows how to get dogs out when it counts and he fancied his Braveheart Bobby at a big price ahead of the final. The money came and the stunning fawn and white boy duly obliged, breaking well and repelling all challenges, returning the 3/1 winner. Buckley thinks Nottingham, being a big galloping track like Shelbourne Park, will suit this dog down to the ground. Could he be the one to finally get Pat that illusive English Derby win which would mean he’d join Nick Savva and Paul Hennessey, who are currently the only trainers to have won the Irish, Scottish and English Derby’s. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSBraveheart Bobby after his Scottish Derby win relaxing with Droopys Davy On a trip around Ireland this week I was lucky enough to meet the Star Sports Derby teams of Peter Cronin, Paul Hennessey and Pat Buckley. You can’t fail to be impressed by all of their dogs and there is no doubt the Irish are coming…and there is also no doubt in any of their minds that an Irish dog is going to be taking the English Derby trophy back across the water via boat come June 29th. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Kevin Hutton’s kennel is a tale of two fortunes right now. Sadly, his very promising youngster Druids Busy Man suffered a broken hock in his race on Monday night. Kevin quite rightly had a moan on twitter about trainers not giving their dogs a look round Nottingham before putting them in a race. The general consensus I am hearing is that trainers love Nottingham as a Derby track but it does have it’s quirks and can take dogs a look or two to master the first and second bends. Busy Man was reported to be heading to vet Daniel Docherty today – he is in good hands. Thankfully, the dog you can always count on to put a smile back on your face did just that AGAIN for Kevin and his team. Last years Star Sports Derby champion Dorotas Wildcat is proving time and time again what a star he is when clocking the fastest time in Monday’s trial session over 500m 29.22. In fact, that’s the fastest time around Nottingham so far of all the dogs looking to head to the Derby. Magical Bale went very well too with a 28.29 over 480m. The Irish may be bullish about their chances of winning the English Derby but I bet they wish they had this pair in their team! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Star Sports saw plenty of money for King Lennon this week after his flying 29.30sec trial around Nottingham on Monday over 500m. Rab is absolutely delighted with the home-bred dog that he has always rated highly and says that if he could only take one dog to Nottingham, it would be Lennon. King Turbo also trialled again and wasn’t far behind in 29.48. There is no doubting the dogs ability and despite some question marks around whether or not the track suits him, as things stand, his name will be in the book when the Derby entries close next Monday night. King Sheeran also trialled well (28.35 over 480m) and takes his place in the Derby, an amazing achievement by the kennel considering the Trafalgar Cup winner has had to come back from a broken hock. Finally, Queen Beyoncé went well for the McNairs in a sprint trial on Tuesday. She could be another to consider in the ‘bitch to go furthest’ market. When I put that to Rab, the response was that she could win the whole thing! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Pond Adonis has been quietly progressing nicely under many people’s radar. The Harry Williams dog was third in the Racing Post Juvenile and won Sheffield’s Ryan Holmes Memorial puppy final and has bombed round the Colwick Park circuit in a ‘best of session’ 29.49 on Tuesday. Harry said afterwards that his home-bred youngster is a ‘strong galloping dog and this track plays right to his strengths.’ Harry only keeps five racing dogs these days but the experienced handler is looking forward to a tilt at the Star Sports Derby with a real contender. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Irish Derby finalist Slippy Cian was another to impress in Monday’s trial session clocking 29.45 over 500m. Graham Holland is certainly firing on all cylinders right now as he scored another double in Monday night’s trial stakes races with Nice Charmer and Ballydoyle Valor both winning. Nice Charmer was lucky to miss trouble at the first bend and lead up the rails with fallers in behind. Ballydoyle Valor reeled in longtime leader Brinkley’s Poet up the home straight to record a winning time of 29.56sec. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Star Sports held their first ever Derby preview night at their shop in Mayfair on Wednesday 8 May. In-form tipster Dave Clark joined the panel to give his views on the runners and riders and Matt Dartnall ran attendees through his team and gave his thoughts on the opposition. Star Sports Lofty was on on-hand with special price boosts. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLATEST VIDEOSLENSON WHELAN (name change TULLIG FOOTPAD)A March 2017 dog who is the first of the two new recruits from Pat Buckley’s kennel. Patrick tells us about the dogs temperament and why he thinks he can get better and better as the competition goes on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOCKOS RORYBockos Rory is a VERY young dog, just August 2017, but he will take his place in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Patrick believes he is progressive enough and whilst he may be learning on the job, the ability and potential is there. He’s also a ready-made pet with an unusual tail!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS TIGERLaid-back by nature, Seaglass Tiger is extremely versatile… and fast! Patrick is hoping his early and middle pace can help him go deep into the Star Sports Derby. He’s already proven in competitions and another youngster that will be improving.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS PHANTOMAt the moment, this is Patrick’s number one pick for the Star Sports Derby. Here he compares him to other top class dogs in the country and tells us why he is so impressed by the dog he calls ‘the fastest he has trained.’<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DESPERADO DANThe dog known as ‘Des’ in the kennel won the Coronation Cup over 575m at Romford. This is a staying type of dog with track craft and a great strike rate who Patrick thinks could keep qualifying.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS BIKERThe second dog of a recent intake from Pat Buckley. He went out of the Star Sports Derby in the third round last year – can he go further this year? Patrick gives his early assessment of Biker and tells us how he is settling in.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>GOLDIES GINOLAA super-friendly dog as you can see! Known as ‘Dave’, Goldies Ginola is still only an April 2017 but may well be part of Patrick’s team depending how he trials. Patrick also tells us what it would mean to him to win the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WORSEFORWEARThis April 2017 dog has only had 7 career starts but has won 4 of them. Peter tells us why he expects this dog to improve through the Star Sports Derby. Only time will tell how far he can go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAZZ BEATJazz Beat is a well bred son of Zero Ten and Volcano. He has had his share of injury problems which means he is lightly raced but he’s now fit, well and raring to go to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DA HEAD HUNTERDa Head Hunter has a different sort of profile to many of Peter’s others dog in that he is a second season dog. He ran in last years Star Sports Derby at Towcester, winning in the first round before a second round exit. Now at three and a half years of age, he is still lightly raced and will take his place in his second English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>COOLAVANNY ABOUTA March 2017 dog who has only had 6 races – and won half of them. Now on the comeback from injury, Peter tells us why he thinks this is a dog that will keep improving and also why detecting and fixing niggles is so important to him.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CROSSFIELD CONCrossfield Con is clearly a dog that Peter likes a lot and it’s easy to see why. The dog has never been out of the first two in his 6 races so far. His seventh race will be in the first round of the Star Sports Derby at Nottingham where Peter tells us why he could be a dark horse for the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BADMINTON JETBadminton Jet was trained by Matt Dartnall during the Puppy Derby at Monmore where he picked up an injury. He was sent to Peter to race in the Con Kirby at Limerick but injury stopped him being entered. He’s raring to go now though and Peter says, totally unexposed.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JACKS TORNADOA 28.20 dog at Shelbourne and a brother to Crossfield Con. A big brindle boy who can definitely run.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEMON EXPRESSThis is the only wide runner of Peter’s team so one who is likely to get decent draws in the Star Sports Derby. We do know he has great early, time will tell if he gets the trip.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRELAND v ENGLANDSo does Peter think this years Star Sports Derby champion will be Irish or English trained? Maybe no surprises in his answer here but it is certainly given with conviction! Peter gives his thoughts on Nottingham as a Derby venue and why he loves the English Derby so much.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRINKLEYS POETBrinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEORomeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALIEN SEAKnown as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOWThese two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>NOELLES PHELPSOHere David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS BULLETPiemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS STARThis is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LIGHTFOOT KINGLightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC DINGLEBallymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERROSean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Heart cells change stem cell behavior

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2013/05/0506_JACOT-2-web.jpgResearch by the lab of Rice University bioengineer Jeff Jacot found that stem cells drawn from the amniotic fluid of pregnant women change their behavior when near heart cells, but do not become heart cells. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/05/0506_JACOT-1-web.jpgThe transfer of dye from one amniotic fluid stem cell to another demonstrated functional gap junction communication in amniotic cells exposed to heart cells. The experiments by the Rice University/Texas Children’s Hospital lab of bioengineer Jeff Jacot contributed to research in repairing newborns’ heart tissues with stem cells from the mother’s amniotic fluid. (Credit: Jacot Lab/Rice University) AddThiscenter_img Share David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduHeart cells change stem cell behaviorRice University, Texas Children’s study shows amniotic fluid stem cells, heart cells pass signals without touching HOUSTON – (May 2, 2013) – Stem cells drawn from amniotic fluid show promise for tissue engineering, but it’s important to know what they can and cannot do. A new study by researchers at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital has shown that these stem cells can communicate with mature heart cells and form electrical couplings with each other similar to those found in heart tissue. But these electrical connections alone do not prompt amniotic cells to become cardiac cells.The study led by bioengineer Jeff Jacot, who has a joint appointment at Rice and Texas Children’s, is part of ongoing research into repairing the hearts of infants born with congenital defects. Jacot’s lab is designing scaffold patches that can be implanted into infant hearts. The patches, seeded with stem cells from the mother’s own amniotic fluid, would ideally prompt the growth of healthy tissue that would not be rejected.But to get there, researchers have to figure out how signals that are passed from cell to cell might guide stem cells to differentiate into heart tissue.In a paper that appears today in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Jacot and his team found that amniotic fluid stem cells that are cultured with but physically separated from rat heart cells (to keep them from fusing) don’t differentiate into heart cells. But the stem and heart cells do communicate through channels in the thin membrane that allow ions and small molecules to pass.“People have suggested that if amniotic fluid cells are in an environment where they’re near heart cells, something happens that causes differentiation of the amniotic fluid cells into cardiac tissue,” Jacot said. “We found that isn’t the case.”He said researchers have seen other types of stem cells take on the characteristics of cardiac cells and determined it was because the cells had fused together. “You get a single cell with proteins from both the stem cells and the heart cells,” he said.Jacot wanted to see if amniotic cells could take on the characteristics of heart cells if they weren’t allowed to fuse. “We showed there’s no evidence of actual cardiac differentiation, although there were some changes in protein expression (among the stem cells),” he said. But the stem cells “become electrically coupled to each other, like cardiac cells do with each other. That was the main finding: We do get very good electrical coupling, which we call functional gap junction connections.“Electrical ions or really small molecules that are in one cell can diffuse directly into a cell next to it,” he said. “It’s like they put holes in their membranes when they’re up against each other.”Knowing what signals are passed is of great value as researchers figure out how to prompt stem cells to differentiate into the desired tissue, Jacot said.He said other labs are studying how injecting amniotic fluid stem cells directly into hearts can help recovery after a heart attack. “There are a lot of people doing this with bone marrow-derived stem cells in the U.S., including two of the biggest groups in Houston, the Methodist Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute,” Jacot said. “They seem to find what we call paracrine signaling effects, where the stem cells draw in more blood vessel-forming cells. There’s some discussion as to whether they stabilize the cells, but don’t seem to actually make new heart tissue.”Jacot said there are probably many ways to get amniotic fluid stem cells to differentiate into viable tissue for medical uses, and the new results are just a small step toward the goal of finding the best way.“What we’ve observed is a little removed from any kind of translational therapeutic aspect,” he said. “But we feel what we’ve observed will help us understand amniotic fluid stem cells in this environment.”Co-authors are Rice graduate student Jennifer Petsche Connell, Rice junior Emily Augustini and maternal-fetal specialists Kenneth Moise Jr. and Anthony Johnson. Jacot is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice, director of the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Laboratory at the Congenital Heart Surgery Service at Texas Children’s and an adjunct assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine.Texas Children’s Hospital, the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcmm.12056/abstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Jacot Lab: http://jacotlab.rice.edu/Images for download:last_img read more

Flexible battery no lithium required

first_imgIf you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-6-web.jpgRice University researchers have created a new flexible energy storage technology that uses no lithium. From left, postdoctoral researcher Yang Yang, Professor James Tour and graduate student Gedeng Ruan. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-7-web.jpgRice University postdoctoral researcher Yang Yang holds an energy storage unit with the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors in a scalable, flexible package. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-3-web.jpgTests on a flexible battery less than 200 microns thick showed it retains more than 76 percent of its energy capacity after 10,000 charge and discharge cycles. The battery was created at Rice University. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-4-web.jpgNickel-fluoride electrodes around a solid electrolyte are an effective energy storage device that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors, according to Rice University researchers. The electrodes are plated onto a gold and polymer backing (which can be removed) and made porous through a chemical etching process. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-1-web.jpgA porous nickel-fluoride film less than a micron thick, seen here in an electron microscope image, is an effective electrode in a new type of battery created at Rice University. The flexible film combines the best qualities of supercapacitors and batteries for potential use in flexible electronics. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/04/0428_FLEX-5-web.jpgA thin-film energy storage device, seen attached to a polymer backing, retains its battery- and supercapacitor-like qualities even after being flexed 1,000 times, according to tests at Rice University. The device shows potential for flexible and wearable electronics. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) Share2David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFlexible battery, no lithium requiredRice University lab creates thin-film battery for portable, wearable electronics HOUSTON – (April 28, 2014) – A Rice University laboratory has flexible, portable and wearable electronics in its sights with the creation of a thin film for energy storage.Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues have developed a flexible material with nanoporous nickel-fluoride electrodes layered around a solid electrolyte to deliver battery-like supercapacitor performance that combines the best qualities of a high-energy battery and a high-powered supercapacitor without the lithium found in commercial batteries today.The new work by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour is detailed in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Their electrochemical capacitor is about a hundredth of an inch thick but can be scaled up for devices either by increasing the size or adding layers, said Rice postdoctoral researcher Yang Yang, co-lead author of the paper with graduate student Gedeng Ruan. They expect that standard manufacturing techniques may allow the battery to be even thinner.In tests, the students found their square-inch device held 76 percent of its capacity over 10,000 charge-discharge cycles and 1,000 bending cycles.Tour said the team set out to find a material that has the flexible qualities of graphene, carbon nanotubes and conducting polymers while possessing much higher electrical storage capacity typically found in inorganic metal compounds. Inorganic compounds have, until recently, lacked flexibility, he said.“This is not easy to do, because materials with such high capacity are usually brittle,” he said. “And we’ve had really good, flexible carbon storage systems in the past, but carbon as a material has never hit the theoretical value that can be found in inorganic systems, and nickel fluoride in particular.”“Compared with a lithium-ion device, the structure is quite simple and safe,” Yang said. “It behaves like a battery but the structure is that of a supercapacitor. If we use it as a supercapacitor, we can charge quickly at a high current rate and discharge it in a very short time. But for other applications, we find we can set it up to charge more slowly and to discharge slowly like a battery.”To create the battery/supercapacitor, the team deposited a nickel layer on a backing. They etched it to create 5-nanometer pores within the 900-nanometer-thick nickel fluoride layer, giving it high surface area for storage. Once they removed the backing, they sandwiched the electrodes around an electrolyte of potassium hydroxide in polyvinyl alcohol. Testing found no degradation of the pore structure even after 10,000 charge/recharge cycles. The researchers also found no significant degradation to the electrode-electrolyte interface.“The numbers are exceedingly high in the power that it can deliver, and it’s a very simple method to make high-powered systems,” Tour said, adding that the technique shows promise for the manufacture of other 3-D nanoporous materials. “We’re already talking with companies interested in commercializing this.”Rice graduate student Changsheng Xiang and postdoctoral researcher Gunuk Wang are co-authors of the paper.The Peter M. and Ruth L. Nicholas Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja501247fFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comRichard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology: http://cnst.rice.eduImages for download: FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Rice U expert Trust is the basis of leader influence in times

first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.edu  Rice U. expert: ‘Trust is the basis of leader influence in times of uncertainty’HOUSTON — (Jan. 24, 2018) — The resolution to the recent federal government shutdown was premised on trust between the negotiating parties. Rice University’s Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is available to discuss the importance of trust in leaders and organizations, including government.TOM KOLDITZ“Trust is important for leaders because it is the basis of leader influence in times of uncertainty,” said Kolditz, a retired brigadier general. “In routine management contexts, leaders make decisions and exert influence based on known facts, logical analysis and common sense. People are easily led when the facts are known and there is no threat. But uncertainty is characteristic of virtually all crisis situations. In such ambiguous circumstances, the only leverage a leader has is trust, and that trust must have been reinforced, nurtured and built over time.”Kolditz said levels of trust in the media and in the U.S. government have radically declined after the election of President Donald Trump, as measured by the Edelman Trust Barometer, www.edelman.com/trust2017.“Our president has been fact-checked and shown to lie, on average, five times per day,” Kolditz said. “This is exceptionally dangerous, because our national leadership has, for the past year, only faced problems we would historically define as routine — no brushfire global conflicts, no major terrorist attacks, no pandemic, no destabilization of markets, just policy arguments and ideological posturing. Such conditions of low trust and normal activity cause leaders to be vastly overconfident in their ability to influence people and exert control. When the inevitable serious crisis occurs and conditions of uncertainty soar, there is no basis of trust in our political leadership and thus no real basis for influence in crisis. A president and Congress with low levels of trust will see a precipitous, predictable collapse in the willingness of people to be influenced by them, or to even believe what they say, and it will be very difficult for the United States to organize an effective national response to a major threat under such conditions. The irony of this circumstance is that the mistrust of the media has been engineered for political purposes, rather than by consistent failure of journalists to do their job. A large part of Russian meddling in our election has been by undercutting trust in the Fourth Estate and creating conditions of uncertainty.”Kolditz biography:Prior to joining Rice, Kolditz taught as a professor in the practice of leadership and management and director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management.Kolditz led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. In that role, he was responsible for West Point’s teaching, research and outreach activities in management, leader development science, psychology and sociology and was appointed professor emeritus after retirement. His career has focused on either leading organizations himself or studying leadership and leadership policy across sectors.Kolditz served for two years as a leadership and human resources policy analyst in the Pentagon and for a year as a concept developer in the Center for Army Leadership. He was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. He was instrumental in the design and formation of the Thayer Leader Development Group and is the managing member of Saxon Castle LLC, a leader development consultancy. Kolditz is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s second-highest award in order of precedence, and recently received the Warren Bennis Award. He is the author of “In Extremis Leadership: Leading As If Your Life Depended On It,” which explains how leadership lessons and principles in dangerous settings also apply to leading in business and everyday life.Kolditz holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Vanderbilt University, three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Missouri.To schedule an interview with Kolditz, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.-30-This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Tom Kolditz bio: https://doerr.rice.edu/content/tom-kolditz-0Photo link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/09/170426_-Doerr_fitlow_085-1658web.jpgPhoto credit: Rice University/Jeff Fitlow AddThislast_img read more

Get Ready for These March MBA Deadlines

first_img RelatedUpcoming December MBA Application DeadlinesAs winter approaches and December comes into clear view, let’s review all the major upcoming MBA application deadlines for December and January. Get those applications in ASAP so you have more time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family as you await your acceptance letter in 2019. Best of…November 28, 2018In “Advice”Get Ready for these February MBA DeadlinesDon’t delay your future! Being timely when submitting graduate school applications can increase your chances of scholarships and other not-to-miss opportunities when applying for your MBA. Stay up to date with this month’s MBA admissions deadlines! New York City With a application due date of February 21, applicants to the…February 9, 2018In “Advice”Don’t Forget These April MBA Deadline DatesDon’t be left behind, and get a jump on the MBA application process this April! Here’s your guide to the April MBA deadline dates in some of our top metros. April MBA Deadlines New York City April has quite a few deadlines early in the month, including the MBA@Syracuse priority…March 29, 2018In “Advice” Last Updated Feb 28, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Be on top of the MBA application process and submit your graduate school applications in a timely fashion. Getting applications in early can increase your chances of scholarships and other not-to-miss opportunities when applying for your MBA. Here’s your guide to the March MBA deadlines in some of the biggest metros.New York CityThe deadline for Early Application to Columbia Business School’s EMBA Friday/Saturday Option is March 21, while the deadline for Domestic Applicants to Seton Hall’s Summer MBA is March 31. The Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University and NYU’s Stern School of Business also have deadlines within the first couple weeks of the month.April has quite a few deadlines on the horizon, including MBA@Syracuse priority deadline on April 2 and Columbia full-time MBA regular decision deadline on April 11. The Columbia Business School’s New York Friday/Saturday Option EMBA early deadline is coming March 21, 2018.To see more information on upcoming events and deadlines in New York, click here.Los AngelesThe deadlines for the Mount Saint Mary’s University fall and summer intakes will arrive on March 1, so get those applications in! This also goes for students interested in applying to the part-time MBA at USC Marshall.April will be a very busy month for Los Angeles applications, including deadlines at Loyola Marymount University, California State University, Long Beach, and USC’s Online MBA.Click here for more information on important deadlines in the Los Angeles metro.TorontoAs we mentioned last month, the deadline for Rotman’s EMBA program is March 1. Ted Rogers School of Management’s full-time MBA deadline for the spring semester is March 26.April deadlines for Toronto-area business schools include Ivey Business School’s full-time MBA on April 9 and Rotman School of Management’s Morning/Evening MBA on April 18.The final deadline for the Ted Rogers School of Management’s full-time spring MBA, starting in May, arrives March 26.More information on Toronto deadlines can be found here.PhiladelphiaApplication season is in full swing in the Philadelphia metro, with several deadlines throughout March. The La Salle University Online MBA has a quickly approaching deadline on March 5. Domestic applicants to the Haub School’s summer MBA intake have a deadline on March 15, along with Lehigh University College of Business and Economics MBA applicants.Deadlines for the Global MBA for international students, the part-time MBA fall intake priority for scholarships, and the Online MBA summer intake at Temple University’s Fox School of Business all conclude on March 31.Things slow down April, with deadlines for Rohrer College of Business full-time summer MBA deadline on April 1 and a few different Villanova programs on April 30.For more upcoming deadlines in the Philadelphia metro, click here.Washington DCIn addition to tomorrow’s full-time MBA deadline, applicants to UMD Smith should be aware of a deadline on the first of March for the school’s full-time MBA. Other deadlines in mid-March include programs at the George Washington University School of Business and Kogod School of Business.The next deadline for the UMD Smith full-time MBA program arrives March 1, with decisions to be revealed in the coming weeks.More deadlines for the Washington DC metro can be found here.For updated deadline information in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, and London, click here.center_img 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 Get Ready for These March MBA Deadlineslast_img read more

8YearOld Suffers LifeChanging Stroke Moments After Complaining About Headache

first_img US News Recommended Video: Make-A-Wish Fulfills Teenager’s Med School Dream The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children’s Pavilion in Richmond, Virginia. (Screenshot via Google Maps) Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   An 8-year-old Virginia boy is recovering from a stroke he suffered after complaining to his mother of a headache.Doctors told Jamarion Bryant’s family that he suffered a stroke due to brain hemorrhaging, CBS 6 reported.“He was like my head is hurting,” Jamarion’s mother Tiffany Curry told CBS 6. “We gave him ibuprofen and we went upstairs and not even four minutes after that he started screaming, screaming and crying, ‘mom help me, help me!’”He was taken to the hospital and underwent 12-hours of emergency surgery to alleviate the bleeding and swelling in his brain on Jan. 4. Doctors attribute his condition to arterial venous malformation.“It’s a life-threatening issue that many patients don’t survive,” said Dr. Marinello of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, to CBS. “They were able to go into his brain and resect all of those weakened blood vessels and remove them to prevent them from bleeding and this happening again.” An arterial venous malformation is when tissues in the brain cannot properly receive oxygen because the connection between arteries and veins is abnormal. It occurs in less than one percent of people, according to The American Heart Association.Jamarion is recuperating in the hospital, unable to talk and with a weak left side of his body.“His prognosis is very good,” said Dr. Marinello to CBS. “He did have a stroke, he will have some permanent effects from this, but because of his age he will likely regain a lot of the function he had before, but a lot of that is still yet to be determined.”According to CBS, Jamarion, his 10-year-old brother, and another relative found his grandfather dead days before Christmas. The grandfather died of a heart attack.The family set up a Youcaring fund to help pay expenses while Jamarion recovers.From NTD.tv Share 8-Year-Old Suffers Life-Changing Stroke Moments After Complaining About Headache By Colin Fredericson January 19, 2018 Updated: January 19, 2018 Share this articlelast_img read more

Woman Leaves Dog on Her Yard–Leads to Devastating Encounter With Child

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   (Screenshot/Tribune) Share this article “He’s like my baby. I’ve had him for eight years—he’s the baby of the family now.”That is how Carolyn Brown describes “Mr. Wiggles,” her 8-year-old toy poodle, which was kidnapped from the yard of her Garfield Heights, Ohio home on June 1.Mr. Wiggles (Fox screenshot) Mr. Wiggles (Fox screenshot)Brown told Fox News that a friend had just let Mr. Wiggles out into the yard when a small gray or silver car drove up and stopped.A child got out of the car, snatched up Mr. Wiggles, and jumped back into the car that then drove away. It’s really sad to know that an adult put a child up to doing this—they sent their child up to grab him. Who does that?” Brown asked. “What type of parent teaches their child that it’s okay to steal somebody else’s anything?”Mr. Wiggles (Fox screenshot) Mr. Wiggles (Fox screenshot)Brown is particularly worried because Mr. Wiggles has a number of allergies and needs a specialized diet. If whoever took him doesn’t know how to feed him Mr. Wiggles’ health could suffer.(Fox screenshot) (Fox screenshot)Carolyn Brown and her friends are plastering the neighborhood with “Lost Dog” posters, hoping someone might have seen something.Brown said Mr. Wiggles might have been stolen because he is such a friendly dog. “I’ve seen people stop and admire him, she said, “but I never thought somebody would actually send their child to jump out of their car and grab him.” Woman Leaves Dog on Her Yard–Leads to Devastating Encounter With Child By Chris Jasurek June 13, 2018 Updated: June 13, 2018 US News Watch Next:Orcas Spotted in Scotland’s River Clyde  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Report Satellite Images Show North Korea Dismantling Missile Test Facility

first_img  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK US News Show Discussion Share A day after President Donald Trump said he wasn’t concerned with a lack of visible progress on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons, a report suggests that the North Korean regime is doing just that.Washington-based website 38 North, which offers analysis and news on North Korea, published satellite images that it says show the dismantling of an important satellite launch facility, based on images from July 20 and July 22.The Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which sits near North Korea’s west coast, has been the country’s main space launch facility for over five years, according to 38 North.It has lain dormant since last December, but is still intact, and a new building was being built at the site since as recently as this March.   In this handout photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic U.S.-DPRK summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)On July 20, the images seemed to show a crane and several vehicles at the Sohae launch pad, and a rail-mounted processing structure with its top removed. At the Sohae vertical engine test stand, the test stand structure appeared partially demolished and a rail-mounted environmental shelter had been razed and removed. Some older fuel/oxidizer bunkers appeared to be in the process of being razed.Two days later, the vehicles and cranes were still at the launch pad, but the rail-mounted processing structure had been further dismantled.The test stand had been completely demolished, although the older fuel/oxidizer bunkers seemed to have stayed the same.“Since these facilities are believed to have played an important role in the development of technologies for the North’s intercontinental ballistic missile program, these efforts represent a significant confidence-building measure on the part of North Korea,” wrote 38 North analyst Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., the CEO and founder of KPA Associates LLC, which specializes in forensic architecture.If verified, the development is significant, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week that North Korea was trying to evade oil sanctions meant to force it to negotiate on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.In the first five months of the year, North Korea made 89 illegal ship-to-ship oil transfers to get around international sanctions on oil imports, Pompeo said.Pompeo called on the world leaders to keep up the pressure on North Korea, saying that if sanctions are loosened, “the prospects for the successful denuclearization are diminished.”Trump said he remained “upbeat” about the prospects of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and added that “progress is happening.”Addressing a July 22 article in The Washington Post, Trump refuted the article’s claim that he is “frustrated” by the lack of progress and has “fumed” privately to his aides about it.“A rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months. Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!” he wrote in a July 23 tweet. Watch Next:Trump, Kim Sign Joint Statement During Historic Summit  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Trump seemed to acknowledge the report by 38 North today during a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 24.“We’re all pursuing the denuclearization of North Korea and a new future of prosperity, security, and peace on the Korean Peninsula and all of Asia,” Trump said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention.“New images just today show that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site and we appreciate that. We had a fantastic meeting with Chairman Kim, and it seems to be going very well.” This picture from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on Aug. 29, 2017 and released on Aug. 30, 2017 shows North Korea’s intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months. Likewise, no Nuclear Tests. Japan is happy, all of Asia is happy. But the Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018 Share this article Report: Satellite Images Show North Korea Dismantling Missile Test Facility By Holly Kellum July 24, 2018 Updated: July 24, 2018last_img read more

US Sees 38 Percent Jump in Families Apprehended at Southwest Border

first_img Show Discussion Share US Sees 38 Percent Jump in Families Apprehended at Southwest Border Immigration loopholes spur rush for the border, immigration officials suggestBy Charlotte Cuthbertson September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 A Border Patrol agent takes down information of a man and his son who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States in Hidalgo County, Texas, on May 26, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) WASHINGTON—Cross the border into the United States with a child, claim asylum, and you’re home-free.That’s the message smugglers and migrants are hearing, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“Smugglers and traffickers understand our broken immigration laws better than most and know that if a family unit illegally enters the U.S., they are likely to be released into the interior,” DHS spokesman Daniel Hetledge said in a Sept. 12 statement. “Specifically, DHS is required to release families entering the country illegally within 20 days of apprehension.”The number of family units crossing the southwest border illegally and claiming asylum jumped 38 percent in August over the previous month, according to the latest numbers published by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).More than 12,700 individuals who were part of a family unit (at least one adult and one child) were apprehended by Border Patrol after crossing the border in August. That’s 3,500 more than in July.“It’s really telling that the numbers have increased so much in a one-month period, during the time when this was in the news so much,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy at the Center for Immigration Studies. “The court-imposed catch-and-release policy is a major enticement for people to come here.” A Border Patrol agent by the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales, Ariz., on May 23, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times) A Border Patrol agent by the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales, Ariz., on May 23, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)CBP said the increase in family units is “a clear indicator that the migration flows are responding to gaps in our nation’s legal framework.”“We know that the vast majority of family units who have been released—despite having no right to remain in any legal status—fail to ever depart or be removed,” Hetledge said.He said that through the third quarter of fiscal 2018, only 1.4 percent of family units have been repatriated to their home country from non-contiguous countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Individuals from those three countries make up almost 98 percent of family units apprehended.Catch-and-ReleaseAt issue is a court judgment dating back to 1997—called the Flores Settlement Agreement—that mandates immigration authorities to release family units from custody after 20 days. On top of that is a 2015 Obama-era amendment that says children can’t be detained in adult facilities—forcing either separation or release.That means the administration can’t prosecute illegal border crossers without separating the adults and children—which is what started happening in April when a “zero tolerance” policy was reinvigorated.An outcry ensued when around 2,500 children were temporarily separated from adults who were in custody pending their cases.Trump issued an executive order on June 20 to stop the separations, and a court injunction gave the government less than a month to reunite the families.The 2,500 children represented about one-quarter of the number of family units that entered each month in the last several months. Most have since been reunited; however 14 of the adults were discovered to not have a familial relationship with the child or were convicted criminals, for crimes including rape, child abuse, and kidnapping.Without the ability to separate adults for prosecution, authorities have no choice but to release them without consequence.“This is exactly what even the Obama administration lawyers predicted when the judge ruled back in 2015 that they could not detain kids with their parents,” said Vaughan.She said the continuation of catch-and-release is a “major motivation” for illegal entry.“The family-separation uproar was not really representative of all cases, and it certainly didn’t seem to have deterred many people from coming,” Vaughan said.Hondurans Fidel Arcangel Gonsalez Meza, 26, and his 5-year-old son, at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, after corssing the border, on May 30, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Hondurans Fidel Arcangel Gonsalez Meza, 26, and his 5-year-old son, at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas, after corssing the border, on May 30, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)Amendment DeniedTrump’s executive order also resulted in Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting amendments to the Flores agreement. One would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain families together in ICE family residential facilities, and the second would allow ICE to detain families longer than 20 days.The amendments would enable an immigration case to be adjudicated while the aliens are in custody, which takes a median of 40 days, rather than years if they’re released into the country.It also means that those who don’t qualify for asylum (usually around 80 percent), or some other immigration benefit, can be readily repatriated.On July 9, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which issued the Flores order, declined to amend the 20-day provision.Meanwhile, on June 28, the Defense Department said it had been asked by DHS to help house and care for “an alien family population of up to 12,000 people,” a Defense spokesman said.The total number of family units apprehended by Border Patrol so far in fiscal 2018 is almost 90,000. 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first_imgDid you enjoy this article? Continue to read more stories here. Share this article Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “I’m dying. I need help,” said a man’s voice, coming from the roof of a local convenience store on the morning of Sept. 22 in DeLand, Florida, which is an hour north of Orlando.A shirtless man named Michael Monacelli, who was dressed in only pants and socks with no shoes, was stuck on the roof of locked local business Woodland Food Market when police arrived.Burglar was stuck on a roof A shirtless alleged burglar was stuck on a roof in DeLand, Florida on Sept. 22, 2018. (Screenshot/Volusia County Sheriff)The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office released video footage of the incident on Sept. 24.Monacelli, 31, claimed that he had been thirsty and was just looking for water. He tried to get into the business, but was unsuccessful. He then climbed up a tree and ended up on the roof.According to the arrest report, Monacelli said he crawled into a hole on the roof for shelter. Later, he was unable to get down and started calling out for help. A local business owner heard his cries at about 8:00 a.m. Burglar was stuck on a roof A shirtless alleged burglar was stuck on a roof in DeLand, Florida on Sept. 22, 2018. (Screenshot/Volusia County Sheriff)“I didn’t even try to do it. It just happened, man,” he said to the deputies before getting into the police car.The Volusia County Professional Firefighters Association brought a ladder so that deputies can climbed up to save Monacelli, who is now charged with attempted burglary and property damage. Alleged Burglar Climbs on the Roof of a Local Business, Gets Stuck By Mandy Huang September 25, 2018 Updated: September 25, 2018 US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussionlast_img read more

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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share 2 Cats Found Inside Sealed Buckets Buckets in NYC; Police Looking for Suspect By Jack Phillips December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018 Stock photo of two cats. (Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “I think that’s mean,” resident Brian Jamont said. “Some people just can’t take care of cats, unfortunately.”The shelter said it’s not clear if the same man is behind both incidents, according to the CBS report.“We just want this individual to be arrested for what is animal cruelty and abandonment,” shelter worker Mika Ito said. “Shelters are here to accommodate people who can’t keep their pets.”Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The New York Police Department said it is investigating two incidents involving cats being abandoned inside sealed buckets in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.According to ABC7, a video shows a man leaving a sealed bucket that contained a cat near a garbage can in front of Animal Haven on Hester and Centre streets in Little Italy last week. The man then went north on Centre Street. Share this article US News “This poor kitty is in bad shape and, needless to say, is terrified. We have contacted the police, but we’re asking that everyone in the vicinity of our shelter in Soho PLEASE keep your eyes out for any suspicious buckets or containers like the ones in these photos,” the group said.Regarding the first incident last month, “Staff isn’t left speechless that often anymore but when morning kennel went to move what appeared to be just an empty bucket on the side of our building near the back door, they were shocked to see a tiny eye looking back up at them. Yes, believe it or not but someone left an innocent cat in a bucket outside our door overnight. Luckily the sweet thing who we have named Sage is safe and sound now but we can only imagine how scary the ordeal must have been,” according to Gothamist.Putting the cats in sealed buckets could have killed the animals if nobody found them.“The buckets snap shut tight,” a shelter worker told HuffPost. “You can’t just pop [them] open. We had to use pliers. There is no way a cat could escape.”Locals told CBS New York that it’s a bad situation.“I think that’s so sad,” resident Darya Safavi told the station. “If he didn’t want them, he could’ve put them in a shelter.” The suspect is described as an Asian male who was wearing jeans, a sweater, and dark-colored shoes. A similar incident occurred on Nov. 17, when a worker found a plastic bucket near the trash close to the shelter’s door. A cat was seen peeking out of a hole in the bucket before it was brought inside.There have been “two buckets and both were sealed,” Tiffany Lacey, who heads the animal shelter Animal Haven, told HuffPost. “Each one had a cat in them and both cats are safely at Animal Haven now. They were left to go out with the trash and were only found because they seemed suspicious,” she said.In the most recent incident, the shelter said, “We found another bucket left next to the public trash can with a cat inside, as if left for garbage. Luckily one of our staff members recognized the bucket, brought it inside and pried it open.” Show Discussionlast_img read more