The number of disabled people who are unemployed has risen for the second quarter in a row, according to new government figures.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) used the publication of quarterly labour market statistics to point to the growth of 225, 000 in the number of disabled people in work, compared with the same period last year.But DWP failed to point out that the number of unemployed disabled people had also risen, from 399,000 in October to December 2014, to 401,000 the following quarter, and now to 423,000 in April to June 2015.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures also show a large rise in the last quarter in the number of sick and disabled people described as “economically inactive” – those not in work and neither seeking nor available to work – from 3,313,000 to 3,399,000, an increase of 2.6 per cent in just three months.One important factor pointed out by disabled activist Caroline Richardson, from the Spartacus online campaigning network, was that the ONS definition of employment includes those on unpaid work experience, as well as government-supported training and employment programmes.Richardson said: “Whilst there is a clear increase in the number of ill and disabled people working part-time since 1997, those in full-time employment is harder to identify.“The actual criteria for being counted as sick and disabled, and its impact on work, is now in line with the core definition of the 2010 Equality Act, and is for the purpose of data collection, self-reporting. The ONS is clear that the figures are therefore estimates.“To muddy the waters further, the definition of work has also been extended to include work experience and work-related training. “There does appear to be an increase in sick and disabled people moving into some type of work, but further analysis may show the work to be part-time, temporary or to be government-related training programmes.”The ONS said there were 2.08 million people who were not looking for work due to long-term sickness for April to June 2015, 75,000 more than for January to March 2015 and 86,000 more than the same period in 2014.For April to June 2015, there were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive.An ONS spokesman said it was not unusual for the number of people in employment and unemployment to rise at the same time, which could happen if large numbers of people moved into the labour market but did not secure jobs.But he said there was “no wider context we’re aware of for the effect you’ve noted”.He also stressed that the figures relating to disabled people had not been seasonally adjusted, so it was more difficult to see whether there were genuine trends.
SAINTS have announced their squad for their First Utility Super League Round 8 match at Castleford Tigers.Jon Wilkin returns from suspension but Kyle Amor misses out through injury.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3.Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson.Daryl Powell will choose from:3. Michael Shenton, 4. Jake Webster, 5. Justin Carney, 6. Luke Dorn, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Adam Milner, 10. Craig Huby, 11. Grant Millington, 12. Weller Hauraki, 13. Nathan Massey, 14. Daryl Clark, 15. Ryan Boyle, 16. Oliver Holmes, 18. Frankie Mariano, 19. Scott Wheeldon, 20. Jamie Ellis, 24. James Clare, 26. Liam Finn.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
WPD dispatched all units, including SABLE, to search for the girl. The sheriff’s office also responded and dispatched its Hanoverian Hound.Using the tracking signal registered with Project Lifesaver, officers found her, unharmed, around 8:05 a.m. in the 3500 block of Aster Court in Wilmington.Project Lifesaver aids in the search and rescue of at risk populations in the community. Police encourage family members of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Down syndrome, autism or other brain related disorders that cause someone to wander or to be difficult to locate to enroll in the Project Lifesaver program. GPS monitoring also has the potential to cut down on rescue times. (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A seven year old girl with autism was reunited with her family Tuesday morning after members of the Wilmington Police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office located her using Project Lifesaver.The father alerted officials around 7:30 a.m. that his daughter, who is non-verbal, had disappeared from the house at some point during the night.- Advertisement –
Charles Batts (Photo: NHSO) McMahon says because one grain of fentanyl can kill you, investigators must take extra precautions and call in CSI as soon as they believe a drug could be fentanyl.Deputies arrested McIntire, Charles Batts, and Wanda Moore.Mcintire is charged with the following:Possession of Marijuana up to ½ ozPossession of drug paraphernaliaMaintaining VehicleMaintaining DwellingManufacture Schedule II CSPossess of heroinConspire traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)Trafficking Opium/heroin (2 counts)PWIMSD Schedule II CSPWIMSD heroinBatts is charged with:Possession of controlled substance in jailPossess of heroinPossession drug paraphernaliaMaintaining DwellingPossession of MarijuanaPossession of marijuana paraphernaliaConspire traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)PWIMSD Schedule II CSManufacture Schedule II CSTrafficking Opium/heroin (2 counts)Moore was charged with:Maintaining DwellingPossess of heroinPossession of Marijuana up to ½ ozPossession of drug paraphernaliaConspire traffic opium/heroin (2 counts)Trafficking Opium/heroin (2 counts)PWIMSD Schedule II CSManufacture Schedule II CS During the search, they found 12.7 pounds of a powdery substance that tested positive for fentanyl.They also found drug paraphernalia, marijuana and heroin.During a news conference, Sheriff Ed McMahon said they are seeing a change in the way dealers handle opioids.Related Article: Man wanted for allegedly assaulting Wilmington fire chief“What we seem to be finding is the dealers are putting more of the fentanyl and less of the heroin,” McMahon said. “And we believe that’s one of the main reasons why we’re having a lot of these people overdosing and dying.” William McIntire (Photo: NHSO) Wanda Moore (Photo: NHSO) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In what they call one of the largest drug busts in North Carolina’s history, investigators say $2 million worth of fentanyl, heroin, and marijuana are now off the streets.On Wednesday, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force searched a home in the 1400 block of Kornegay Avenue. They acted on a tip that William McIntire was selling heroin out of the home and eventually made controlled buys of heroin.- Advertisement – 1 of 8
BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people have been rescued in Brunswick County over the last few days. Some areas are worse than others, and in the areas hit the hardest, it is absolute devastation.From flooding, to essentially no access in or out of the town, the damage has left some residents feeling hopeless.- Advertisement – Then, a dam breach tore through a major road in Boiling Spring Lakes and leaves it crumbling to pieces. Lots of residents are still without power or water, and they have no idea when they will get anything back.Residents are not sure if they will ever make it out of the town if conditions do not improve.“You can’t get out of town. You can’t get into town. So I think the last thing I was notified about was if you leave Brunswick County, you’re not getting back in,” said Boiling Spring Lakes resident Mike Maedje.Related Article: Florence who? Wilmington Waffle House cooks onBrunswick County crews have been working endlessly to keep residents safe, but the destruction is just overwhelming. Maedje says he cannot imagine how long it will take to repair the life-threatening damage.“Around here it’s pretty devastating. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m new to the area. Been here about three and a half years, and it’s something different. I’ve never experience this one,” said Maedje.Some people are saying this may be more of a rebuild than just a repair. Brunswick County officials urge residents without power or water to contact the EOC for assistance.
The victim told police she tried to get 29-year-old Robert Daniels to move out of her apartment, but he turned violent.He reportedly pointed a gun at the victim during the incident.Daniels was arrested and charged with assault on a female, first degree rape, first degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun.Related Article: WFD teams up with Dominos to spread fire safety tipsHe is in jail under a $1 million bond. Robert Daniels (Photo: NHSO) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint.Wilmington Police responded to the 400 block of N 5th Avenue just before 4 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another residential project is planned for South College Road. Property owners have submitted plans to the New Hanover County Planning Board for the mixed-use complex.Plans for Timbers at Whiskey Branch include more than 300-apartments with a number of town homes and single-family homes as well.- Advertisement – The complex would go up on 5601 S. College Rd.Zoning plans also include space for office buildings and a shopping center. The zoning proposals have been submitted by Cameron Management.Commissioner Rob Zapple says the county still has quite a few acres of undeveloped land, but development is booming. Apartment buildings and mixed-use buildings appear to going up left and right throughout the county.Related Article: Split decision by planning board prolongs debate on potential Castle Hayne sand mineWhen asked if the county may need to take a break from development for a little while, Zapple said growth is always good. He said there are three main things to focus on with development.“Infrastructure,” Zapple said. “Being intentional in that. Being very careful with our zoning laws to make sure that we bring development in in the appropriate places. And keeping a clear eye out and developing a long-term strategy for workforce, or affordable, housing.”Zapple says the county needs to focus on how to accommodate that growth instead of pushing it away.“If we stop all growth, that has a ripple effect that hurts everyone, especially our economy,” he said. “Right now, we are thriving and prospering, so to say that we want to stop, I don’t see the conditions for that right now.”Zapple says New Hanover County is the second smallest county in North Carolina, but it’s the third most-densely populated. He says the county needs to make long-term plans for their growth.
Police, deputies respond to Burger King on 3rd St (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY) 1 of 3 Police, deputies respond to Burger King on 3rd St (Photo: Tanner Barth/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crime scene tape surrounds the Burger King on 3rd Street in Wilmington as several law enforcement agencies gather at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon confirms that a deputy was involved in the shooting, which happened around 1:00 p.m.- Advertisement – McMahon says that a detective was investigating a well-known heroin dealer.“Our vice narcotics detectives were investigating a heroin dealer,” said McMahon. “During the investigation, due to the actions of the heroin dealer our Detective Bowie shot the suspected heroin dealer.”The alleged dealer was shot and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Store employees were nearby the moment that shots were fired.Related Article: Currie pastor charged with DWI in crash that killed teacher, husband“One car come out of nowhere I don’t know where it came from,” said an employee.“But it sped and hit the vehicle that we were using to stock the items in the restaurant.”We decided to not share the employee’s name because they were afraid for their own safety. He was out behind the restaurant when the incident happened.“There was just a whole bunch of commotion,” said the employee. “Police tried to deescalate the situation by selling them to stop and put their hands up.”The suspect has non-life threatening injuries according to the Sheriff’s Office.The detective is on administrative leave pending an investigation. Wilmington police are investigating the alleged drug dealer and their actions. The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. Police, deputies respond to Burger King on 3rd St (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY)
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Pender County that killed a 23-year-old driver over the weekend.Trooper Evan Brock tell us Saturday afternoon Eleuterio Barrios-Ojeda was traveling along U.S. Highway 117. He says the crash happened around 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement – Barrios-Ojeda over-corrected his Jeep traveling over the center line according to Brock. Brock adds that Barrios-Ojeda rolled into a ditch and hit a tree. He died on scene.Barrios-Ojeda was from Rocky Point. Alcohol is a not a factor in this fatal crash according to the trooper.
Advertisement For instance, Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) said iCloud would let users store and access documents, photos and media online for free — exactly like Dropbox. Apple’s new iMessenger app will allow users to send group texts over data networks — like GroupMe. And iOS 5 will allow Web surfers to sync bookmarks across their devices through a new feature called “Read Later” — just like Instapaper.Of course, Apple is far from the first company to incorporate into its own product services that users previously relied on third party developers for.Last week, Twitter announced it would launch its own photo sharing service, essentially eliminating the need for popular service TwitPic. And after Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) released its own free antivirus software, it become the antivirus market share leader in North America, according to a study released by software management company OPSWAT. – Advertisement – Still, some developers are not pleased.Camera+: “VOLUME BUTTON TO SNAP A PIC… WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA, APPLE!” tweeted Tap Tap Tap, the maker of the iOS application Camera+, which was told by Apple that it couldn’t use the volume button to let users take photos. Apple unveiled that very feature Monday.Tap Tap Tap then conceded: “Eh, at least we’re not @marcoarment right now,” referring to Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper.Instapaper: In a blog post, Instapaper’s Arment acknowledged that those who use Apple’s new Read Later feature are “prime potential Instapaper customers.” But he described himself as “tentatively optimistic,” saying that the user base of Apple’s new feature may try to upgrade to Instapaper, which he claims offers enhanced features.“Reading List is either going to have no noticeable effect on Instapaper, or it will improve sales dramatically,” Arment concluded.Sparrow: Hoa Dinh Viet, the founder of Mac e-mail client Sparrow, took a decidedly more sarcastic tone. During Jobs’ keynote, he tweeted “BREAKING: Apple annonce iAngryAppDev for iOS,” one of a series of cranky tweets about the similarity of many new features to existing applications.When CNNMoney asked whether Apple’s new Mac mail client, which incorporates many features currently available in Sparrow, would impact the company’s business, Dinh Viet responded with another more subtle jab at Apple: “Will still be able to connect to new iCloud formerly known as MobileMe formerly known as dot Mac mail accounts.”MobileMe — a previous attempt at linking Apple devices to Web-based services — was not one of Apple’s finest moments, a fact Steve Jobs acknowledged himself in Monday’s keynote address.Dropbox: Some companies, like Dropbox, are fielding the Apple onslaught by touting their ability to be used across multiple devices and platforms — not just Apple’s.“There is some overlap, but the two services aren’t really comparable; iCloud is primarily aimed at making iOS devices & iTunes more convenient,” said Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox, in an e-mailed statement. “There’s a big world beyond Apple, and our users love that Dropbox works just as well with your Android phone or PC as with your iPad or iPhone.”Readability: Like Dropbox, online reading application Readability says that while Apple is focused on itself, Readability has much broader ambitions.“Apple is laser-focused on delivering a great experience around its hardware and software,” said Rich Ziade, founding partner of Readability, in a blog post. “Our motivation is entirely different: allow our users to read anywhere, on any device, while creating a sustainable ecosystem for writers and publishers.”GroupMe: Others claimed to be tickled by Apple’s apparent nod to their success.“We’re honored that everyone keeps thinking about GroupMe in regards to the iMessenger announcement,” Jared Hecht, GroupMe’s co-founder, said in an e-mailed statement. “Fact of the matter is, we’ve always strayed away from being ‘just another messenger.’ We believe the way to do that is by truly being platform agnostic.”Source:money.cnn.com
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Saturday 23 JanuaryRACING1.00 HaydockShades Of Midnight 6/1 > 4/11.55 NavanOrganisedconfusion 6/1 > 4/14.20 HaydockBun Doran 4/1 > 5/2FOOTBALLChampionship12:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD5/4 QPR 12/5 Wolves 9/4 DRAWPremier League12:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD14/5 Norwich City 21/20 Liverpool 12/5 DRAWPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD4/1 West Ham 8/11 Man City 3/1 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation) What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust the one match tonight – more of that in a moment but some racing news first of all.Don Cossack repeated his success of last year in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles this afternoon – winning by nine and half lengths but that in no way tells the full story.Considering he was sent off the 1/8 favourite and had a staggering 22lb in hand over his nearest rival on official ratings it was a far from impressive performance. In fact, if the two rags hadn’t collided at the second last it might have looked even worse.On the positive side it was a confidence booster after his fall in the King George over Christmas and it was a performance over a short (for him) two and a half miles but it was also a performance that did little to boost his chances of success in the Gold Cup in March.Star Trader Liam said tonight: “We were far from impressed. It looked hard work for him and he was looking around a lot. It would come as no surprise to see blinkers fitted and we have moved him out to 5/1 from 9/2 for the Gold Cup.”Winning trainer Gordon Elliott admitted that cheekpieces will be be applied in the Gold Cup. He said after the race: “I was worried about the ground as he’s a better horse on better ground. He worked in cheekpieces the other day and flew in them and while there was no point having them on today, he’ll have them on in the Gold Cup.”“Bryan (Cooper) said from the second-last to the line he was only getting going. He was free and exuberant in the early days and while it’s not good to look at, the last quarter (of his races) is his best now. ”“He’s a better horse in the second half of the season and with a bit of better ground and cheekpieces, the Gold Cup is the plan. If he’s good enough or not I don’t know, but roll on March.”Just one match tonight – it’s the (take a deep breath…..) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section Final 1st Leg between Millwall and Oxford United LIVE ON SKY.Both teams are having good seasons in their respective divisions. Millwall are 8th in League One – three points of the play off zone and Oxford are 3rd in League Two.One thing Millwall don’t do is draws. From their last 13 matches they have won seven and lost six.Millwall v Oxford UnitedJohnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section Final 1st Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Aug 2003 CARLING CUP Millwall 0-1 OxfordFeb 2001 LEAGUE DIV 2 Oxford 0-2 MillwallSep 2000 LEAGUE DIV 2 Millwall 5-0 OxfordMay 2000 LEAGUE DIV 2 Millwall 1-0 OxfordOct 1999 LEAGUE DIV 2 Oxford 1-3 MillwallJan 1996 FA CUP Oxford 1-0 MillwallJan 1996 FA CUP Millwall 3-3 OxfordDec 1993 LEAGUE DIV 1 Oxford 0-2 MillwallNov 1993 LEAGUE DIV 1 Millwall 2-2 OxfordJan 1993 LEAGUE DIV 1 Oxford 3-0 Millwall5/4 with Star Sports doesn’t look too bad for the home win – but I’m not expecting a huge number of goals.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK MILLWALL for 12 points at around 5/4 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 45.49 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] jumped into the back of a black-cab, tonight, and got talking to the driver. He then handed me a pad of paper, and asked me to write down, one brief piece of advice. It turned out, that he collects these lines, and publishes them, in little books. I bought one; ‘Black Cab Wisdom’, by Mark Solomon (twitter @blackcabquotes. And it’s a fascinating read.My favourite quote, in the book, is listed as a Buddhist proverb. It reads “The teacher shows up when the student is ready.”. Too true. Oh, sorry, Blog. DO YOU KNOW IT ALL, ALREADY?BUY ‘BLACK CAB WISDOM’ ON AMAZON: CLICK HEREIn other news:Pere Michel, 11 Bathurst Street, Lancaster Gate, W2 2SD. If you think Oslo Court is stuck in the past, Pere Michel makes it look positively edgy! A charming little spot though, inhabited by loyal regulars. Old-skool sole-fillets in lobster sauce. I loved the veg side (NAP). The French always do great chips. AWFUL tarte tatin (I nearly cried, I was so disappointed). A unique little time-warp. 6Over and out, B x
YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll try and include in the next blog… No wins on the opening day but agonisingly close on Midnight Tour who ran an absolute cracker for me in the Mares’ Hurdle. Also delighted with Mick Jazz’s great run in the Champion Hurdle to finish third behind Buveur D’Air.I have a full book of rides on the second day, here are my thoughts on them:CHELTENHAM WEDNESDAYMIND’S EYE (1.30pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle)Trip is a slight worry but he should be OK in the ground as I was onboard him at the back end of last year when he won both his maiden at Fairyhouse and a handicap at Leopardstown both on testing ground. This really is the deep end for him though and it’s stating the obvious that Samcro is going to be very hard to beat with Next Destination the most likely danger.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PRESENTING PERCY (2.10pm RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase)We were hoping for decent ground and whilst we are not going to get it, it’s encouraging to see some drying weather at the track on Tuesday. He’s raced well on testing ground this season but needs a career best for him to win this. It’s the race of the meeting for me with the likes of Monalee, Dounikos and any number of other dangers.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DIAMOND KING (2.50pm Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle)Just the one run so far this year but he ran well behind the Willie Mullins trained Killultagh Vic at Punchestown. My fella won this for me back in 2016 when he carried 11-3 and tops the weights here off 11-12 which is not ideal in the ground. It’s a wide-open race but he he’s in good form and I can only be hopeful rather than confident. There are dangers everywhere, keep an eye on the novices too.ORDINARY WORLD (3.30pm Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase)Very consistent and likeable horse. Made a mistake behind Min and has a lot of ground to make up with him. Would have preferred better conditions. He’s a good actioned horse who jumps well off better ground. Altior and Douvan are the obvious class acts in a top quality championship race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BLESS THE WINGS (4.10pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase)Now a 13-year-old but I got a great tune out of him the last day here when he won well over this cross country course and trip. The twists and turns really play to his strengths and he was second in this last year. Stable companions Cause Of Causes and Tiger Roll will be big dangers along with the Enda Bolger team.MITCHOUKA (4.50pm Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle)Ground is in his favour. He’s a great jumper and really enjoys it, although might prefer a jump closer to the finish as that’s his strength. Joint top weight but he has earned his rating for a great season so far and fingers crossed he can put in another massive effort.FELIX DESJY (5.30pm Weatherbys Champion Bumper)A lot of confidence behind him, he is working really well. Might appreciate better ground but it is what it is. Very competitive bumper this year – dangers include Acey Milan, the Willie Mullins runners and interesting to see Barry (Geraghty) team up with Joseph O’Brien on Rhinestone.Best of luck on day two.DAVY
AddThis ShareCONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE: (713) 831-4792 JAMAIL, ALLSHOUSE NAMED TRUSTEES OF RICE UNIVERSITY Two new trustees and four governors were named at the May board meeting to fill posts on the Rice University Board of Governors. Lee Hage Jamail and J.D. Bucky Allshouse have been elected trustees of Rice. There were also changes in four of the 12 term governors’ posts. The changes take effect July 1, 1996. Jamail, a local civic leader and a member of the board of trustees of Baylor College of Medicine, joined the Board of Governors as a term member in 1994. Allshouse, a Houston attorney, first served as a member of the board from 1988 to 1992. He was appointed as term governor in 1993 for four years.Named as term members of the Board of Governors were Albert Kidd, manager of the planning department of Exxon Exploration Company; James Elkins III, an attorney and former executive vice president of First City Texas; and William Sick of Chicago, the retired chairman and CEO of Business Resources International. Alumni elected Bernard Pieper, vice chairman of Halliburton Company, as an alumni governor. Jack Trotter, an attorney and private investor, is retiring as a trustee after serving on the Board of Governors since 1979. Paula Meredith Mosle, a private investor in Dallas, is leaving the board after serving four years as a term governor. In addition, Stephen J. Shaper, executive vice president and chief operating office of marketing for TeleCheck Services Inc., is leaving the board after serving four years as alumni governor. Finally, Ralph S. O’Connor, principal of Ralph S. O’Connor & Associates, is retiring as a term governor after filling an unexpired term since 1994. He had previously served as term governor from 1967-71 and from 1972-76. He was a trustee from 1976-88. ###
ShareDavid Ruth713firstname.lastname@example.orgJeff Falk713email@example.com Baker Institute experts: Islamic State is down but not outHOUSTON — (Feb. 7, 2018) — As president, Donald Trump has continued — and intensified — the military effort against the Islamic State begun under President Barack Obama. The physical caliphate may be on the verge of extinction, but ISIS and jihadist movements as a terrorist threat remain very much alive and pose a major challenge, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice University“Trump Policy in the Middle East: ISIS” was co-authored by Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at the institute, and Robert Barron, policy assistant to the Baker Institute director.In 2017, Trump’s policy achieved a signal victory: The caliphate declared by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 has largely been defeated on the battlefield, the authors said. “With last October’s fall of the Syrian city of Raqqa — ISIS’ unofficial capital — the Islamic State, which once stretched over vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, has been reduced to a handful of enclaves manned by a few thousand battered fighters,” they wrote.By the time Trump became president in January 2017, the tide had already turned decisively against ISIS, the authors said. “Obama may have underestimated ISIS before the seizure of Mosul; he notoriously dismissed it as the ‘JV team’ less than six months before the organization routed the Iraqi army and took control of the city,” they wrote. “But by the end of Obama’s term, the United States had long since made defeating ISIS militarily a top priority and committed substantial military resources to degrading and destroying the organization.”Moving forward, there is no sign of any change in the United States’ broad approach to jihadist terrorism (which includes allies beyond the region, notably in Europe), the authors said. In addition to direct military action, this approach includes intelligence sharing, coordination among law enforcement and cooperation to stem the flow of funds to terrorist organizations.“Addressing the deeper causes of jihadist extremism — weak states, inadequate economic performance, alienated Sunni populations — remains beyond our reach, though the United States can help on the margins, in places like Iraq, through fostering more inclusive political systems,” the authors wrote.“Complicating this effort is what many consider to be the anti-Muslim bias of Trump himself and some of his administration’s policies — notably the travel ban on certain Muslim countries. We should not overestimate the impact of such rhetoric and policies on ISIS and similar organizations; after all, the anti-U.S. views of jihadist terrorist groups long predate Trump’s assumption of office. But a widely held belief that the president of the United States holds a personal animus against Islam is surely unhelpful in sustaining support among the vast majority of Muslims who oppose terrorism.”In conclusion, the defeat of ISIS on the battlefield may be cause for celebration, the authors wrote. “But the organization remains a significant threat in the region and beyond,” they said. “Moreover, the movement of which it is part — jihadist terrorism — represents a major challenge, not just across the Muslim world, but in places as far-flung as the United States, Western Europe and even Oceania. Not least, the defeat of the physical caliphate still leaves the Middle East a region in turmoil, with the Syrian civil war a major focus of instability.”This brief on the Trump administration’s approach to the battle against ISIS is the first of a three-part series on America’s foreign policy in the Middle East. Subsequent reports will examine U.S. policy in Syria and the intensified competition between Iran and traditional U.S. partners in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and Israel.“These issues do not, of course, exhaust the challenges that the United States faces in the Middle East; we do not, for instance, address the perennial challenge of the Arab-Israeli dispute,” the authors wrote. “But the three areas do, we believe, represent a useful start in assessing the Trump administration’s policies toward the Middle East.”For more information or to schedule an interview with Barnes, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-6775.-30-Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/research/trump-policy-middle-east-isis.Barnes bio: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/joe-barnes.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Barnes via Twitter @BrazosRealist.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. 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Share this article Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein speaks at a news conference on Fifth Avenue across the street from Trump Tower in New York City on Dec. 5, 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) US Judge to Hear Arguments in Pennsylvania Election Recount By The Associated Press December 6, 2016 Updated: December 6, 2016 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US A federal judge is ordering a hearing on a Green Party-backed bid to force a recount of Pennsylvania’s presidential election result. Green Party lawyers also want permission to examine election system computers for any evidence of hacking.U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond scheduled the hearing for Friday.Also Tuesday, Pennsylvania election officials updated the state’s vote count to show Republican Donald Trump’s lead shrinking to about 44,000 over Democrat Hillary Clinton out of more than 6 million votes cast.A state spokeswoman says 15 provisional ballots remain uncounted.Green Party lawyers haven’t produced evidence of hacking but call Pennsylvania’s election system “a national disgrace.” The Republican Party and Trump oppose a recount.Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, states where Trump won narrowly over Clinton. Show Discussion Share
People walk in the snow in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) DURHAM, N.C.—Snow and sleet pounded a large swath of the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, coating roads with ice and causing hundreds of crashes. Thousands of people lost power and forecasters warned of blizzard-like conditions from Virginia to parts of the Northeast.Police investigated several fatal crashes as potentially storm-related, but some of the South’s biggest cities—Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh—appeared to avoid the worst of the storm. Authorities praised residents for learning the lessons of past storms that resulted in icy gridlock, where thousands of people were stranded along the interstates. But officials warned that bitter cold would keep roads treacherous well after the snow and sleet stopped.“If I tell you anything it would be stay home,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Do not go out and drive on the roads unless you absolutely have to.”The storm lingered in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, where blizzard conditions were reported. The weather was believed to be responsible for a 20-vehicle pileup on a Connecticut highway, although initial reports indicated there were no serious injuries. Road crews clear the street during a snowstorm in Norfolk, Va. on Jan. 7, 2016. Snow pounded a swath of Virginia on Saturday as hundreds crashed on icy roads, thousands lost power and blizzard warnings were issued along the East Coast. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)A National Weather Service map showed the snowfall seemed to follow the Interstate 85 corridor through the state, with locations along and north of the highway receiving snow, and areas to the south getting rain and sleet. Burlington and Roxboro in central North Carolina received 8 inches or more of snow. Preliminary figures from the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, showed snowfall totals reached up to 10 inches in at least seven locations, including Greensboro and High Point, Lewisville in Forsyth County, and Lenoir and Rhodhiss in Caldwell County.Several inches fell in southeast Virginia, where a blizzard warning was issued for the cities along the coast.North Carolina reported more than 250 crashes. Virginia State Police said they responded to 325 crashes and 322 disabled vehicles across the state between midnight and noon on Saturday. Hundreds of crashes were reported in Tennessee starting Friday. Parts of three interstates in Mississippi have turned into parking lot as motorists were stuck when the roads became too icy to negotiate. Hundreds of flights were canceled, from Atlanta to airports farther north. Randall County Emergency responders work an accident at Interstate 27 and Highway 2219, after a driver slide off the service road, in Amarillo, Texas on Jan. 6, 2017. One person was transported to nearby a nearby hospital. (Michael Schumacher/The Amarillo Globe News via AP)At least two deaths are being blamed on the weather. In Kentucky, a man was killed when his pickup truck went off a snow-slickened Kentucky road Thursday. In Georgia, a 20-year-old Georgia State University student was killed after his SUV crashed on Interstate 75 in Monroe County. Motorist deaths in North Carolina and Maryland as the storm blew in were being investigated to see if they were caused by the weather.Power outages had grown to about 25,000 in North Carolina alone, according to a news release from the governor. By sunset on Saturday, the number had dwindled to just below 2,400.In Cornelius, north of Charlotte, Matt Thomas said he used a ruler to measure nearly 6 inches of snow and sleet that had piled up on the back of his pickup truck. He planned to spend the weekend enjoying the snow and watching television. A plow passed through his neighborhood, but the road still looked slippery.“The sleet started first, so there’s definitely a layer of ice under the snow,” he said by phone. “I’m staying home.” People bundle against the cold and snow as they walk downtown in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The unpredictable storm left some areas with much different outcomes than neighboring counties. Unofficial totals from the National Weather Service showed that much of Raleigh and Charlotte had 2 inches or less of precipitation—much of it sleet—while areas to the north of both cities got several inches of snow.In Atlanta and parts of Georgia, people who were expecting a couple of inches of snow instead woke up to a thin coat of ice. The National Weather Service said a wind chill advisory for northern Georgia was to go into effect later Saturday into Sunday. Residents should brace for bitterly cold air and strong wind.Along the Outer Banks in North Carolina, snow wasn’t a problem, but high winds forced officials to cancel ferry service. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph were reported.“There are quite a few disappointed residents here who were hoping to see a few inches of snow on the sand, maybe take a ride on their bodyboards down Jockey’s Ridge,” said Sam Walker III, news director for Max Radio and the Outer Banks Voice. “Instead, it’s just been another typical, windy, wet and cold nor’easter on the Outer Banks.” Daniel Mitchell operates a snowblower along the sidewalk on Norfolk Ave. next to Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. on Jan. 7, 2017. (Jay Westcott /News & Daily Advance via AP)Some took to social media to complain that they didn’t have anything to sled in, prompting an apologetic Tweet from one well-known Raleigh weatherman.“To all my detractors, more than 24 hours ago I began talking about how this snow event could go up in smoke. I try to be honest-all I can do,” WRAL-TV chief meteorologist Greg Fishel said early Saturday.The men’s basketball game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University scheduled for Saturday night was postponed because of the winter weather and potential for hazardous driving conditions. The game was rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.Related CoverageWinter Storm: South Braces for Snow, Sleet and Freezing RainHunter Found After Digging Into Snow to Survive BlizzardA blizzard warning for southeast Virginia accompanied forecasts of high winds and up to 9 inches of snow there. The National Weather Service had already measured nearly 6 inches of snow at its post in Wakefield on Saturday.Even with snow coating Virginia Beach roads, diners and staff made it to the popular breakfast spot Citrus.“When there’s bad weather, people come out,” manager Tara Junke said. “I’ve worked in restaurants for 20 years in Hampton Roads and we’ve never shut down for snow.”Chris Turner, 58, a health care analyst sitting at the counter with a mug of tea, said he drove 7 miles to his usual breakfast spot, aided by four-wheel drive.“It’s fun to enjoy mother nature in all her glory,” he said. “I’d rather be out. I can’t stay at home.”Out west, rain on top of heavy snowpack led to flooding in Nevada. Rains in California raised the prospect of mudslides, while snow, freezing rain and strong winds plagued Utah. Snow Pounds Parts of East Coast, Spares Several Big Cities By The Associated Press January 7, 2017 Updated: January 7, 2017 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US Show Discussion Share this article Share
(Video Screenshot/YouTube) US LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share Documents: Woman Knew for Months She’d Been Stolen at Birth By The Associated Press January 19, 2017 Updated: January 19, 2017 Show Discussion Share this article JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Court documents show that an 18-year-old who was kidnapped as an infant had discovered months ago the truth that she was living with her abductor under an assumed name.An arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case Wednesday says the girl, living under the name Alexis Manigo, knew a year and a half ago that she’d been kidnapped as a baby and was listed as a missing person.Related CoverageTeen Abducted as Newborn Still Loves Only Mom She’s KnownThe girl’s real name was Kamiyah Mobley, and after her admission to a friend last summer court documents say an anonymous tip was received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who contacted authorities.DNA tests confirmed Mobley’s identity, and 51-year-old Gloria Williams was arrested for kidnapping.The affidavit also says Williams had admitted to associates that she took Mobley from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital and raised her in South Carolina.
US Show Discussion Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Acting AG Sally Yates Fired by Trump After Refusing to Defend Immigration Orders By Epoch Newsroom January 30, 2017 Updated: January 30, 2017 Share this article President Donald Trump on Monday night fired Sally Yates, the acting U.S. attorney general, who refused to defend his immigration executive orders in court.The White House said in a statement that Yates was let go after she told staff to hold off on Monday afternoon.“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said in a statement on Monday. “This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.”“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Yates wrote in a letter announcing her position to employees before she was let go, AP reported. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”Yates, a President Barack Obama administration holdover, was acting as attorney general until the U.S. Senate confirms Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.Dana Buente is Yates’ replacement, the White House said. Share