Julius Turmans departure leaves the Police Commission dark — indefinitely

first_img 0% Tags: police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Nonetheless, Turman oversaw several consequential votes on the commission, including the revision of the department’s use-of-force policy, as well as the implementation body-cameras and the tense approval of Tasers. Until now, he’s led the Commission on implementing the Department of Justice’s reform recommendations for the SFPD. Yet, in spite of his measured insights and fierce advocacy of the commission’s power — even his odd affinity for a public commenter named Ace — Turman wasn’t always known for his charm. He would not hesitate to roll his eyes at public commenters or tell very high-ranking officers to “Sit down!” (He hung up on this reporter at least once.) But on Wednesday evening, he took his colleagues’ valedictions with intermittent smiles and, in response, made a raspy and quiet final statement. “I can never say my work is done, because there is plenty to look forward to,” he said, looking a little sad.There isn’t, however, much to look forward to for the Police Commission — at least not in the near future. The Commission will not convene next week, and possibly for the following weeks — because there aren’t enough members on the board to decide anything. “We do not have a quorum (next week),” Turman said. “There are some commission appointments that need to be filled to bring the quorum levels back up to speed.” Bill Ong Hing quietly stepped down on April 1. Turman will leave his seat empty on May 4 (which is now Julius Turman Day, by decree of Mayor Mark Farrell). And Joe Marshall and Sonia Melara were nominated by Farrell, but have not yet been confirmed. In short, four of the seven seats are empty. The Police Commission is tasked with setting the San Francisco Police Department’s policy, and conducts disciplinary hearings for officers. Four of the seven seats are nominated by the Mayor, and the other three by the Board of Supervisors. The appointments — and approvals for mayor’s appointments — are vetted at the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee. That is headed by District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai, who is responsible for putting the appointments on the calendar. But it’s unclear if he will do that. Safai’s office did not return Mission Local’s request for comment. Commissioner DeJesus said that if Safai does not put the approvals on Tuesday’s calendar, the appointments would have to wait another two weeks, as the committee meets only twice a month. “We could be dark for the entire month,” she said.   center_img Update: As of Friday, approvals for mayoral nominees Sonia Melara and Joe Marshall have been scheduled for Tuesday’s Rules Committee hearing. Petra DeJesus described Julius Turman as refreshingly “blunt.” Thomas Mazzucco described him as “honest,” and compared his integrity to that of Robert Mueller, III. Bob Hirsch said his “bedside manner can be very rough,” but his “heart and mind are admirable.” Even Paulette Brown, a woman shows up to every Police Commission meeting to ask for the police’s help in apprehending her son’s killers, said: “I know we had a few brushes together. But thank you for being here.” It was Turman’s last meeting as President of the Police Commission. After seven years on the commission, he decided to cut his most recent term short, saying he was “tired” and wanted to allow for new ideas. No one has been chosen to replace him. last_img read more

THE latest edition of Saints InTouch Podcast is no

first_imgTHE latest edition of Saints InTouch Podcast is now available to download.In this edition we reflect on the dramatic win over Leeds and this weekend’s Challenge Cup tie at Huddersfield.We speak to Paul Wellens, Nathan Brown, Anthony Walker and Keiron Cunningham.The weekly Podcast is the ideal way to keep up to date with the Saints and the perfect length for your commute too!To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes. You can also hear past episodes there too.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comlast_img

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s Dacia World Club Series match with Sydney Roosters.Travis Burns and Dominique Peyroux have been added to the line-up but James Roby misses out with a rib injury.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 28. Morgan Knowles.Trent Robinson will choose his Roosters’ side from:Aidan Guerra, Blake Ferguson, Brendan Elliot, Dale Copley, Daniel Tupou, Dylan Napa, Ian Henderson, Isaac Liu, Jackson Hastings, Jake Friend, Jayden Nikorima, Joe Burgess, Kane Evans, Latrell Mitchell, Mitchell Aubusson, Mitchell Frei, Sam Moa, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Siua Taukeiaho, Tyler Cornish, Vincent Leuluai.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

They ran in five tries to overturn an early defici

first_imgThey ran in five tries to overturn an early deficit and rise to sixth in Super League in the process.Mark Percival and Theo Fages scored in the first half before Ryan Morgan, Regan Grace and Alex Walmsley eased them to victory.Saints also had two more efforts chalked off.Leigh got off to the best possible start when Jamie Acton ploughed through the middle to dot down under the posts after just seven minutes.There was a clear knock on in the build up but that mattered not as Ben Reynolds duly converted to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.The Centurions came again, following an error from Grace, and almost profited in the corner.But their last tackle option kick was just too strong.Saints hit back on the quarter game mark when they forced a mistake.Leigh lost the ball around 40 metres out and Saints, through Tommy Lee, worked the short side for Mark Percival to dance over.Saints then went ahead with a piece of brilliance.Taia kept the ball alive on the left hand side, found Percy who somehow offloaded to Theo Fages to dive over in the corner.Percival making it 12-6 with another kick from the touchline.Saints could have gone further ahead but a one on one strip stopped a certain Percival try as he galloped in from the left hand side.And it took a desperate tackle from LMS to save a try right on the stroke of half time too.A scrappy opening to the second half sprung into life when LMS collected a loose ball in his side’s own 20. He went fully 50 metres before finding Adam Swift who put down under pressure.But the referee ruled he was held up – baffling the West Terrace.Saints were undeterred though and on their next set a fine offload from Walker saw space open up and Ryan Morgan backed himself.Alex Walmsley looked like he’d put down on 56 minutes but as with Swift, the referee was having none of it … baffling the West Terrace once again.But third time lucky came along as Fages hit Grace with a cut out pass for the gamebreaker.Saints were on the front foot and their fifth try came via Wamlsley.Dominique Peyroux made the break and the big prop finished if off by crashing under the posts.Leigh became desperate as the game ended – tensions boiling over with Adam Walker and Eloi Pelissier heading to the bin for a scrap.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Percival, Fages, Morgan, Grace, WalmsleyGoals: Percival (4 from 5)Centurions:Tries: ActonGoals: Reynolds (1 from 1)Penalties Awarded:Saints: 8Centurions: 8HT: 12-6FT: 28-6REF: G HewerATT: 10,268Teams:Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 16. Luke Thompson.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles.Centurions:19. Ryan Hampshire; 2. Adam Higson, 5. Matty Dawson, 3. Ben Crooks, 30. Curtis Naughton; 20. Ben Reynolds, 7. Josh Drinkwater; 24. Jamie Acton, 21. Liam Hood, 10. Dayne Weston, 17. Atelea Vea, 12. Glenn Stewart, 13. Harrison Hansen.Subs: 14. Eloi Pelissier, 15. Danny Tickle, 23. Sam Hopkins, 29. Lachlan Burr.last_img read more

Jonny Lomax made his return on Sunday whilst Theo

first_imgJonny Lomax made his return on Sunday whilst Theo Fages will be back when Saints take on Widnes at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Friday.It leaves the Head Coach with a dilemma at who to select at fullback – but it’s a headache he is glad to have.“Tommy Makinson has done a great job for us at fullback but he would be the first to admit his preferred position is on the wing,” he said. “It was good to have Jonny back on Sunday. He was a little bit rusty but the more he plays the more match fitness he will get. He will definitely get better as the weeks go on.“Theo Fages should be right to return too after his head knock. We have to look after his welfare and after having two this season we sat him down for 14 days.“It means we will have a big decision to make in the next couple of days.”Saints aim to banish Sunday’s tight loss at Castleford at home to Widnes on Friday.The Vikings come into the game on the back of two wins, but Holbrook says his sole focus is on improving.“For us it is about getting our own game right,” he continued. “We have had a good look at that and where we can improve but we haven’t got time on our side. We have to improve straightaway and we have to do that on Friday.“On Sunday, we showed how well we could defend but being kept to 12 points was disappointing. We made the players aware of where the improvements could be made and they agreed with them. Now we have to show it in games.“We have a bunch of guys here that want to learn. Even the most experienced are open to that. They want to learn, get better and be part of it like I do.“Our focus is on improving our own game. We are defending well, which is important, but we have to get better in attack. We are going in the right direction and that is where we all want to head.”Saints are expecting new signing Ben Barba to link up with the squad in the next week or so and are continuing to work with all parties in relation to his NRL ban.Saints take on Widnes on Friday June 9 (8pm) and tickets remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Bell ringer brings holiday joy through song at Wilmington Walmart

first_img “I get a joy out of singing. Because that’s the gift that he gave me. And so I try to sing his praises and if it brings joy other people’s hearts and touches their heart to give, and it help the salvation army out, help the people out, then I’m doing what God told me to do,” Alston said.He says as long as other people keep the meaning of Christmas in their hearts, the world will be a better place. He also says he has no intention of ever stopping what he does. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you go to the Walmart off of Sigmon Road, you may run into a Salvation Army bell ringer with quite the voice. His mission is to bring holiday cheer through song.David Alston sings almost every year for the Salvation Army. He’s been doing it since 2005. He collects donations from shoppers while bringing the Christmas classics to customers. He says his ability to sing is a gift from above. All he wants is to used that gift to remind people of the meaning of Christmas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Pender Co and NCDOT to update public on transportation projects

first_imgHighway 17 in Hampstead (Photo: Hannah Patrick/ WWAY) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Planning and NCDOT will hold a public drop-in session to show current timelines on the Hampstead Bypass and Median projects. The session will be held at the Hampstead Annex on January 23 at 5 p.m.“As our Region continues to grow, it’s important for our citizens to stay informed of these important transportation projects scheduled for Pender County” said Kyle Breuer, Planning Director.- Advertisement – Members of the public and interested parties are invited to review current project timelines, designs, and funding for the Hampstead Bypass and Median projects.“The North Carolina Department of Transportation is aggressively pursuing advancing the timeline of the Hampstead Bypass and median projects,” said Chad Kimes, NCDOT Division 3 Deputy Division Engineer. “These projects are a top priority for both the Department and the region, in which the Bypass has already been accelerated by 5 years.”last_img read more

Man convicted of 2016 overdose death in Sunset Beach

first_img Morgan was indicted on August 17, 2017 for involuntary manslaughter for the overdose death of John Gabriel Langdon that happened on December 16, 2016.Morgan had purchased what he believed to be heroin from an unknown dealer in Columbus County and later injected Langdon with it at a condominium in Sunset Beach.Upon injection, Langdon began to vomit and lost consciousness. Assuming it was a heroin overdose, a friend attempted to revive Langdon with three doses of naloxone with no effect. A short time later Langdon was pronounced dead by emergency responders.Related Article: Prosecutor: Actor gave detailed instructions for fake attackA State Bureau of Investigation analysis of the syringe used by Morgan revealed that it contained the then non-controlled substance acrylfentyl and not heroin. An autopsy further revealed that Langdon died from acrylfentyl toxicity. Naloxone can be ineffective for many of the fast acting and dangerous fentanyl derivatives.The case was investigated by the Sunset Beach Police Department. Hunter McRae Morgan (Photo: VINELink) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County man is headed to prison after being convicted to a 2016 overdose death that happened in Sunset Beach.Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David says Hunter McCrae Morgan, of Lake Waccamaw, was sentenced to at least 17 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Southport gears up for another 4th of July celebration

first_img00:00 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 SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — For more than 200 years, a small community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. This year is no different.The NC 4th of July Festival in Southport happens over the span of multiple days with events for the entire family.- Advertisement – A few notable events include the Firefighter’s Freedom Competition tomorrow from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (115 E. Nash Street), the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile Exhibit tomorrow and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (115 E. Nash Street), the Salute to Veterans on Monday at 6 p.m. (Southport Community Building) and the Naturalization Ceremony on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Fort Johnston Southport Museum & Visitor Center Lawn).On the morning of Independence Day, Southport kicks off the day with a parade through downtown at 11 a.m. Events and activities run all day and the celebration ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. over the Southport waterfront.There will also be food, concerts, an arts and crafts show, a car show and more!Related Article: Officials investigating fire at Fort Mill fireworks store as possible arsonFor a full, detailed list of events, click here.For the parade route and traffic information, click here.last_img read more

Blast near shrine in Pakistan nine dead – police

first_img <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> SharePrint Security officials and members of a bomb disposal team survey the site after a blast in Lahore, Pakistan May 8, 2019. REUERS/Mohsin RazaSecurity officials and members of a bomb disposal team survey the site after a blast in Lahore, Pakistan May 8, 2019. REUERS/Mohsin Raza At least nine people were killed by a blast targeting a security checkpoint outside a major Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, officials said.The blast, one day after the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, took place close to the Data Darbar, one of the largest shrines in South Asia, which was cordoned off by security forces.“Police was the prime target in this attack. We are collecting forensic evidences to ascertain the nature of the blast. This attack has left nine dead and 24 injured,” said Ashfaq Khan, deputy inspector general of police operations in Lahore.Many people were wounded and Muhammad Farooq, a spokesman for the city’s rescue services, said at least seven or eight of them were in critical condition.Sufis, who follow a mystical form of Islam that has been practised in Pakistan for centuries, have been attacked by hardline Sunni Muslim militants in the past but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.Police out up checkpoints on main thoroughfares leading to the shrine and hospitals were placed on alert, officials said.Militant violence has declined sharply in Pakistan following a sustained crackdown in recent years and over the past two years Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, has been free of the kind of attacks that were once common.However, officials warned that the attack highlighted the need for vigilance by people gathering for worship during Ramadan.“People should remain aware of their surroundings when going to pray,” said Punjab provincial minister Mian Aslam.Khan said authorities had maintained a general security alert but there had been no specific warning about a threat to the Data Darbar, which attracts large numbers of visitors every year.center_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Most perpetrators in 2018 mass attacks made threats – US Secret Service

first_img <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> REUTERS/Joe SkipperREUTERS/Joe Skipper Most of those responsible for mass attacks in public areas in the United States in 2018 made prior threats or sent messages that sparked concern, the Secret Service said on Tuesday, in a study highlighting advance clues to such violence.Two-thirds of the attackers also had a history of mental health issues and half were motivated by workplace or personal grievances, the agency said in a report published by its National Threat Assessment Center.“The violence described in this report is not the result of a single cause or motive,” it added. “The findings emphasise, however, that we can identify warning signs prior to an act of violence.”The report studied 27 attacks in which three or more people where harmed, with a total of 91 killed and 107 wounded.The incidents included the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, in which 14 students and three staff were killed, and October’s attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people.“These acts have impacted the safety and security of the places where we work, learn, dine, and conduct our daily activities,” Secret Service Director James Murray said in a statement accompanying the report.Nine of 10 perpetrators made threats or sent messages that aroused concern and three-fourths had a history of eliciting concern before their attacks, the agency said.The centre’s analysts also found that eight of 10 attackers experienced a major stressor in their lives such as a divorce, job loss or homelessness within five years before the incident.The report titled, “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces – 2018”, is the centre’s second such analysis, following a 2017 report. Both are intended to help prevent future attacks, Murray told a news conference.“The faster all of us with a concern for public safety can educate ourselves and others as to the warning signs and the options that exist for taking action, the better we will be able to prevent and deter acts of targeted violence,” he said.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Verizon Wireless To Pay 10 Billion Dividend To Owners

first_imgAdvertisement Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, owns 45 percent of Verizon Wireless, yet hasn’t received any cash from the U.S. carrier in years.Vodafone shares initially rose $1.40, or 5.2 percent, in aftermarket trading in New York. Verizon gained 20 cents to $35.86.New York-based Verizon owns the other 55 percent of Verizon Wireless and controls its operations. It will receive $5.5 billion of the dividend while Vodafone will get $4.5 billion. – Advertisement – Analysts have seen Verizon’s strategy denying Vodafone a dividend as a way to squeeze the British company into selling its stake in the wireless carrier to Verizon.But no deal has materialized, and Verizon itself started getting squeezed. Without dividends from Verizon Wireless, it would soon have run out of cash for its own dividend to shareholders, according to analysts. Verizon spends about $5.5 billion a year on its dividend.Source:  Huffpost tech newslast_img read more

Ugandan entrepreneurs changing lives with the touch of a button

first_imgAdvertisement A spotlight will shine on the rising stars of Ugandan technology and education scene this year, as Kampala plays host to the eLearning Africa 2014 Conference later this month. A key focus will also be on those in the nation who don’t yet have the access and education allowing them to reach their potential.It is clear to Africa and the world that Uganda needs to generate more employment for its young people, 78% of whom are under the age of 30. In theory it is a desirable situation: a large youth population that is buzzing with energy and new ideas – but in reality this places huge pressure on Ugandan young people to fend for themselves with limited resources.Offering the access to technology and an opportunity to learn and innovate is the Kampabits Digital Design School in Kampala, which up-skills underprivileged young people in ICT. To prepare them for an employment market that is growing, the young people are trained in using graphic design software such as Photoshop, as well as in web design using Dream weaver, Flash and Joomla – transferrable skills for an increasingly online world. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Helping to improve future prospects for these kids at the Kampabits School is 49-year-old education graduate Alex Okwaput, who leads advocacy initiatives for the sustainability of the Bits training concept in Uganda and raises awareness of the work the school does. Although not a digital native himself, Alex provides the intergenerational solidarity and support essential to young people, who require basic computer training and guidance from in order to lift themselves out of what can be a hopeless job market for many Ugandan youth, with almost two thirds unemployed.One young Ugandan self-starter noticed a disconnect between the law and technology, and sought to find an accessible solution that would give Ugandan people greater access to legal information via Skype, email, Facebook and Twitter. 30-year-old law graduate Gerald Abila founded the BareFoot Law Project (BFLP), which empowers Ugandans with legal knowledge – a luxury often reserved for the most privileged and formally educated of citizens. With just a quarter of people in Uganda receiving formal education at a secondary level, free and accurate legal counsel is an important way to help Ugandans become agents for change in their own lives and for their communities.Over 300 speakers will be sharing ideas like these at eLearning Africa, as well as news of ground-breaking technologies and education strategies, not just in Uganda, but from across Africa and the globe. More than 1500 participants from all corners of Africa will have the opportunity to partake in knowledge exchange sessions, engage with keynote speakers in plenaries and network with fellow eLearning enthusiasts.From May 28th – 30th, African education and technology experts will come together with Conference participants to discuss the latest developments in this space, as well as brainstorm for future progress in Uganda and Africa more broadly.last_img read more

Navio Now MTN Ugandas Smart Series Brand Ambassador

first_imgDaniel Kigozi a.k.a Navio is the new MTN Smart Series brand ambassador. Advertisement The Smart Series is MTN Uganda’s campaign that aims at promoting the adaptation of data usage with the use of a series of affordable smartphones.Daniel Kigozi also known by his stage name as Navio is the latest MTN Smart Series brand ambassador who will be marketing one of the phones called the “MTN Smart Mini” according to the telecom giant.Kigozi joins the bouquet of three other celebrated music artists; Lillian Mbabazi – brand ambassador for MTN Smart Mega, Pius Mayanja a.k.a Pallaso – brand ambassador for MTN Smart Buzz and Ronald Mayinja – brand ambassador for MTN Shyne, signed up by MTN to promote a series of MTN branded, affordable smartphones flagged under the “Smart Series” campaign. – Advertisement – Lillian, Pallaso and Mayinja who were signed to the campaign late last year, renewed their contracts sometime this year. However, Ziza Bafana who was part of the quartet last year didn’t renew his contract citing a busy schedule.Navio said, “Ugandans are definitely going really hard on social media. In my view, if I wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, why would I say to them online?”“Internet in general has changed Uganda. And even affordable smartphones like the MTN Smart Mini are making it easier for upgraded experience. Instead of charming visits to sort out business face to face, someone can knock out 20 meetings online in one day on phone. The introduction of Internet on smart phones gives freedom of movement,” he added.According to Mapula Bodibe, MTN’s Chief Marketing Officer, Navio as a youth influencer represents the portfolio of the subscribers that MTN is targeting by ensuring that they join the Information Society through affordable and reliable Internet access.“The Smart Series smartphones’ campaign offers affordable 2G and 3G connectivity. With this campaign we are removing the barrier to Internet entry for so many young people who have so far not been able to access the Internet because they can’t afford smartphones,” she said.“While we want to recruit new customers to the Internet, through the Smart Series MTN increases access to affordable 3G devices and penetrate previously untapped segments that haven’t tried data due to the cost of the device,” she added.[related-posts]The four series include the MTN Smart Buzz which goes for 70,000ugx, the MTN Smart Mini which costs 95,000ugx, the MTN Smart Mega (Single SIM) costs 120,000ugx and the MTN Smart Mega (Dual SIM) which goes for 130,000ugx.With the ‘Smart Series’ campaign, MTN not only is bringing the internet to some communities for the first time, but to also enables upgrades from older technologies like 2G to faster and wider 3G Internet connectivity to enable a better customer experience.According to officials, MTN as the leading telecom giant in Uganda, it aims to continue driving growth and connectivity across Uganda, leveraging its extensive investment over the past four years as well as to increase access to smartphones, thereby maintaining its leadership position in the provision of Internet services.last_img read more


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Rice wins 12 million for heartvalve tissue research

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice wins $1.2 million for heart-valve tissue researchNIH funds four-year study of new materials for growing replacement heart valvesA team of bioengineers from Rice University is bringing a promising new strategy for growing replacement heart valves closer to reality, thanks to a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team hopes to use gel-like materials to generate three-dimensional patterns called scaffolds that can simultaneously mimic the complex structural and physical properties of heart-valve tissues and guide the behavior of tissue-forming cells.Tissue-engineering researcher Jane Grande-Allen, the lead investigator on the grant, said researchers once believed that replacement heart valves would be one of the easiest and first tissues that could be grown in the laboratory. At just a millimeter thick, the rugged flaps of tissue in heart valves seemed simple enough when researchers first started trying to engineer them in the mid-1990s.“It’s ironic because they turned out to be one of the most difficult and complex tissues of all,” said Grande-Allen, associate professor in bioengineering at Rice.Grande-Allen said it’s been difficult for engineers to find synthetic materials that truly mimic the complex structure and mechanical properties of heart-valve “leaflets,” the tough yet flexible flaps of tissue that form a tight seal to prevent blood from flowing backward each time the heart pumps. Having materials that can both mimic the leaflets’ microscopic structure and act as a pattern for tissue-forming stem cells has been a missing link in growing replacement heart valves.Each aortic or pulmonary heart valve contains a trio of leaflets. Prior to each heartbeat, the leaflets open, like the petals of a blooming flower, allowing blood to flow into one of the heart’s chambers. Then the leaflets fold back, interlocking with one another to form a tight seal that prevents blood from flowing backward. In cases of heart-valve disease, the valves don’t seal properly, and the heart must pump much harder to deliver sufficient amounts of blood.More than 90,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for heart-valve disease, and with too few human valves available for transplant, the most common surgical options are mechanical valves, which are noisy and require patients to stay on anticlotting medications for life, and artificial valves made of biological material, usually from pigs, which wear out after about 15 years.Ideally, tissue engineers would like to grow living valves that use a patient’s own cells to eliminate the risk of tissue rejection. But engineers have struggled to find nontoxic, biodegradable materials that can act as a scaffold to guide the cells’ behavior. The ideal scaffold will have the same mechanical properties of a valve so that it can be surgically implanted and function as a valve, even as cells grow new tissue to replace it.Grande-Allen said the fact that valve leaflets have three distinct layers has presented serious complications to creating scaffolds. Leaflets have a soft, malleable layer sandwiched between denser outer layers. The soft layer adds flexibility and sits between outer layers that have subtly different properties. The upshot is that to truly mimic the valves, engineers must design a multilayered scaffold.“That hasn’t been done before, but we have a real shot at success with some of the new methods that have been developed here at Rice in recent months that will allow us to cross-link, layer and reinforce hydrogel scaffolds to have spatially varying mechanical behavior,” Grande-Allen said.Grande-Allen and co-principal investigator Jennifer West, department chair and the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering at Rice, will work with several graduate students to create a multilayered, patterned scaffold with new techniques initially developed by West’s team and then further refined in collaboration with Grande-Allen’s laboratory. The key technique is one that allows researchers to selectively reinforce soft, nontoxic polymer scaffolds so that they’ll mimic the various leaflet layers and won’t peel apart.“We’re taking a very pragmatic approach,” Grande-Allen said. “We have the tools to make a lot of headway in designing appropriate patterns, but we want to make certain the class of materials that we’re planning to work with will ultimately be translatable to create functional valves.”Grande-Allen’s and West’s laboratories are located in Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), an innovative space where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together to conduct research that benefits human medicine and health.last_img read more

Increasing LNG exports marginally positive for US economy

first_imgAddThis ShareNEWS RELEASEDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduIncreasing LNG exports ‘marginally positive’ for US economy  HOUSTON – (Dec. 29, 2015) – Increasing the United States’ export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) above 12 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) would allow the U.S. to continue to provide a competitive advantage for domestic natural-gas-intensive industries relative to their counterparts overseas, according to a new report presented to the U.S. Department of Energy from the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics.The study, “The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing U.S. LNG Exports,” was co-authored by Kenneth Medlock, senior director for the Center for Energy Studies.“The dramatic growth in shale gas production in the United States has presented a number of opportunities and challenges for the U.S. economy,” Medlock said. “To begin, shale gas production has lowered the domestic price of natural gas so that the United States now has among the lowest prices in the world and shifted the U.S. from emerging as a significant importer to a pending exporter of LNG. This has benefitted consumers and led to gains in competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers.“Low natural gas prices in the United States negatively impact the profitability of domestic upstream activities, which has, in fact, been a primary driver of interest in exporting LNG as suppliers seek new demands in higher-priced markets. While selling natural gas at higher prices on the world market would increase profits for U.S. gas producers, the price gap between the United States and the rest of the world will shrink, thereby eroding some of the benefits that have accrued to U.S. consumers and manufacturers. So the net balance of the gains and losses associated with trade are at the core of the analysis. In sum, the balance is positive for the U.S. economy.”For the report, the Center for Energy Studies used the Rice World Gas Trade Model to simulate alternative futures to assess natural gas production, demand and, more generally, the international gas market based on a range of projections of U.S. resource endowments. Oxford Economics addressed the macroeconomic impact of the center’s market analysis.A comprehensive set of scenarios was developed in the analysis – including U.S. natural gas recovery, international and domestic demand, and natural-gas supply opportunities in the rest of the world – to examine the impact on energy markets and the U.S. macroeconomy.Key findings from the report include:LNG exports are associated with a net increase in domestic natural gas production. Medlock said the study found that “the majority of the increase in LNG exports is accommodated by expanded domestic production rather than reductions in domestic demand, a result that reflects the very elastic long-run supply curve in North America.”As exports increase, the spread between U.S. domestic prices and international benchmarks narrows. In every case, greater LNG exports raised domestic prices somewhat and lowered prices internationally. The majority of the price movement (in absolute terms), however, occurs in Asia.The overall macroeconomic impacts of higher LNG exports are marginally positive, a result that is robust under alternative assumptions. With external demand for U.S. LNG exports at 20 Bcf/d, the impact of increasing exports from 12 Bcf/d is between $7 billion to $20 billion annually from 2026 to 2040 in today’s prices.Medlock said that the impact from added LNG exports will not be felt until after 2025 due to the large amount of LNG supply that is coming online globally in the next few years. The global market simply cannot accommodate U.S. volumes in excess of 12 Bcf/d before 2025 in any of the scenarios considered. Accordingly, while international demand continues to increase, the market must first work through a large amount of available LNG supply before turning to U.S.-sourced LNG.The reference case forecasts U.S. LNG exports of around 6.5 Bcf/d as there are abundant, competitive resources around the world that can be delivered to international markets via LNG or pipelines. Higher U.S. LNG exports require a variety of factors that limit the otherwise competitive production of natural gas outside of the U.S. Moreover, those factors must become increasingly restrictive to raise U.S. LNG exports over 12 Bcf/d.Across all of the scenarios assessed, “the macroeconomic impacts of LNG exports are marginally positive,” Medlock said. “Across the domestic cases, the positive impact of higher U.S. gas production exceeds the negative impacts of higher domestic natural gas prices associated with increased LNG exports. The overall macroeconomic impacts of increasing U.S. LNG exports to 20 Bcf/d from 12 Bcf/d are small, reflecting the small size of the natural gas sector and supporting industries relative to the over $13 trillion U.S. economy.”The full report is available here.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Medlock, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.Related materials:The full report is available at http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/12/f27/20151113_macro_impact_of_lng_exports_0.pdf.Medlock’s biography is available at http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/kenneth-b-medlock-iii/.Follow the Baker Institute on Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Discrepancy between health care spending and outcomes in focus at Rices Baker

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Discrepancy between health care spending and outcomes in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute April 25HOUSTON – (April 20, 2018) – Houston health care expert Elena Marks will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 25 on the assumptions underlying the United States’ $3.3 trillion in annual health expenditures and explore why this huge cost fails to produce better health outcomes for Americans.In her presentation, Marks will make the case that Americans have confused health care with health, leading to the assumption that the more people invest in health care, the healthier they will be. Research shows that of the factors that determine health status — as measured by quality and quantity of life — health care accounts for only 10 to 20 percent, yet the U.S. commits more than 95 percent of its national health expenditures to health care.Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.Who: Elena Marks, president and chief executive officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a nonprofit based in Houston. Marks is also a nonresident fellow in health policy at the Center for Health and Biosciences, where her work focuses on health reform and access to care for low-income and uninsured populations.Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, will give welcoming remarks.What: A presentation titled “Health, Not Health Care: What’s the Difference?”When: Wednesday, April 25, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration begin at 8.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.The Episcopal Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the 11 million people of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, which covers 57 counties in east, southeast and central Texas and includes Austin, Houston, Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Waco and Bryan-College Station.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1936. A live webcast will be available at the event webpage.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.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. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more