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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 NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Port City Robotics team from New Hanover County revealed their latest creation Monday night.The Wired Wizards showed off their new robot, Cube-Bert.- Advertisement – The robotics team had six weeks to build Cube-Bert for an upcoming FIRST Robotics competition.Dozens of people came out to see the robot demonstration.The overall goal of this project, besides winning the competition, is to teach kids across the county about teamwork, engineering, programming, and business.Related Article: Wilmington airport releases photos of terminal expansion plansAs for Cube-Bert, it’s designed specifically for a game it will play in.“It picks up these egg crate like cubes and it will carry them to either a scale, which looks like that, or a switch which is about a coffee table height. And then we’ll take the cubes and then put them on there to help us gain points one way or another,” Wired Wizards Public Relations Coordinator, Emma Pleasants said.The Wired Wizards have made it to the World Championships for the past two years which has helped them create two new teams.The Wired Wizards hope this year is no different.To help support their efforts and inventions, click here.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (Press Release) — Coast Guard response operations are underway in support of the state of North Carolina.Coast Guard crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 193 people and 91 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.- Advertisement – File Photo Members of Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 help pets stranded by floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence near Riegelwood, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 5) Members of Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 help pets stranded by floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence near Riegelwood, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 5) Coast Guard helicopter crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 133 people and 20 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began.Coast Guard shallow water response team from across the Coast Guard have rescued 60 people and 71 pets in North Carolina since Hurricane Florence began. Members of Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 help pets stranded by floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence near Riegelwood, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 5) Coast Guard shallow water response teams are supporting the North Carolina counties of Sampson, Cumberland, Columbus, Robeson, Hoke, Carteret, Brunswick and Lenoir by conducting rescues and clearing roads to enable emergency crews and shallow water vessels to reach those in distress.Related Article: Coast Guard to move Diligence homeport to FloridaCurrently there are more than 3,000 Coast Guard members responding to Hurricane Florence.There are 35 shallow-water rescue boat teams deployed to North Carolina.The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Elizabeth City and Savannah.Port Condition Zulu remains in effect for the ports of Wilmington, Morehead City, and Georgetown, S.C. In Port Condition Zulu the port is closed, and all port operations are suspended.“We are an agile and adaptive force, no matter the mission,” said Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz. “Over the past 24 hours, Coast Guard men and women have saved lives, rescued pets, helped restore power, and teamed with local, state and federal partners in the whole-of-government response to Florence. We are America’s first responders. We are Always Ready.” Coast Guard shallow-water response boat team members assist motorists stranded in flood water caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson) 1 of 5last_img read more

first_imgCarolina Cash 5 game. (Photo: NC Education Lottery) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Did you play the Cash Five last night in Whiteville?According to the North Carolina Education Lottery Twitter account, one lucky person is a winner after matching all five numbers on their Cash Five ticket last night. The prize is $1,482,698.- Advertisement – The winning ticket was sold at the Time Saver Food Mart on Washington St.The winning numbers are 3-9-22-28-30. Check your tickets!This is the second largest Cash 5 jackpot on record in North Carolina. The largest jackpot so far in the game was $1.7 million that was won in June 2017.last_img read more

first_imgBasilica Shrineof St. Mary – 2018 Preservation Award Winner (photo: Wilmington Tree Commission) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Tree Commission (WTC) is currently seeking nominations for their annual Tree Awards.The annual Tree Awards recognize achievement for properties located within the city of Wilmington each year in up to twelve categories, specifically for preservation, landscape design, and reforestation.- Advertisement – You can submit your nominations for the Tree Awards until March 31.Here’s more information to nominate.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint <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> FILE PHOTO: Journalist Lyra McKee poses for a portrait outside the Sunflower Pub on Union Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 19, 2017. Jess Lowe Photography/Handout via REUTERSFILE PHOTO: Journalist Lyra McKee poses for a portrait outside the Sunflower Pub on Union Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland May 19, 2017. Jess Lowe Photography/Handout via REUTERS Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced on Saturday.“Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement He said part of the money would also be used to improve service quality, facilitate trainings and continue the roll out its fibre optic cable across the country.MTN is the largest operator in Nigeria, with 38.7 million subscribers. The company last year added 1,504 2G and 480 3G base stations to its fleet of BTSs, bringing the total BTS to 9,110 at the end of 2010.Goodluck decried the general poor quality of service in the telecoms sector and reiterated that in Nigeria, demand outweighs the supply. He emphasised that quality of service would be a thing of the past if the country’s infrastructure base was effectively managed and improved upon. – Advertisement – He disclosed that all the operators put together, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat and all the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMAs) operators have a total of 15,000 base stations to serve the 89 million subscribers in Nigeria and this is grossly inadequate.He said: “The issue about the persistent drop in quality of service would only be a thing of the past if only we could have serious infrastructure upgrade. I can tell you that all operators, including the CDMAs are only serving the over 83 million active subscribers with just 15,000 base stations. This is compared to the United Kingdom, where the population is just 62 million and they have 66,000 base stations. So you can see now that in Nigeria, demands far outweigh supply. So these are some of the issues.”The firm’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Funmi Omogbenigun, in her comments said operators were expected to maintain competition because more cables would still come into Nigeria. She added that quality of service was an issue in some areas like Abuja, Imo, Osun etc because operators encounter challenges in getting viable landing in those areas.Meanwhile, the Etisalat package came with an interest rate that was not disclosed as according to the company, “it is a matter of commercial confidentiality”.The signing agreement for the facility was held in Lagos yesterday with Citibank as the financial advisers to the transaction and Banwo & Ighodalo as legal advisers.The banks that participated in the loan syndication are First Bank, Zenith Bank, Access Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, Bank PHB, Guaranty Trust Bank and Oceanic Bank.Managing Director of Etisalat, Mr. Steve Evans, said the facility was a landmark development in the telecommunications sector for 2011, and would offer the company the opportunity to aggressively intensify Etisalat Nigeria’s network expansion across the country and offer what he called an even better quality service to its over seven million customers, sealing its claim as the most innovative and fastest-growing GSM operator.last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates on CBS Advertisement Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on CBSSoftware giant’s chairman says the company’s history in the cell phone sector was “clearly a mistake” during an interview on CBS.Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded — and he isn’t always happy with what he sees.During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer’s performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been “many amazing things” accomplished under Ballmer’s leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company’s innovations. – Advertisement – “Well, he and I are two of the most self-critical people — you can imagine,” Gates said during the interview (see video below). “And here were a lot of amazing things that Steve’s leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Bing, people are seeing as a better search product, Xbox.”“But is — is it enough?” he said. “No, he and I are not satisfied that in terms of, you know, breakthrough things, that we’re doing everything possible.”Gates was especially critical of Microsoft’s position in the smartphone sector, where the company currently holds just 2.4 percent of the market, according to recent IDC data.“There’s a lot of things like cell phones where we didn’t get out in the lead very early. … We didn’t miss cell phones, but the way we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. So it’s clearly a mistake.”The primary focus of the interview was the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, the philanthropy to which Gates has dedicated most of his attention since stepping away from Microsoft in 2008.Credit: CNETlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement An activist group calling themselves Anonymous Africa hacked the African National Congress website on Friday.The attack on the ANC site involved multiple computers overwhelming the site’s server with huge amounts of traffic. This is known as a DoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.This came a day after Mugabe used a presidential decree to by-pass Parliament and fast-track amendments to electoral laws. He said he had to do this if he was to comply with a Constitutional Court order to hold elections by end of next month. This unilateral and controversial call for polls at the end of July has created a potential constitutional crisis. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Anonymous Africa, which has a twitter account called “zim4thewin” sent a tweet shortly after the cyber attack saying:http://www.anc.org.za is tango down! for being corrupt and supporting the mass murdering Mugabe. #anc #africa #zimbabwe #anonymous.The activist group accuses President Jacob Zuma’s party of being Mugabe’s enabler. Zuma is the facilitator to the SADC mediated Zimbabwe coalition government between ZANU PF and the MDC formations.The development comes as SADC heads of state prepare to hold an extraordinary summit of Zimbabwe in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Saturday.Africa Anonymous has in the past week also attacked several ZANU PF related sites, including the state controlled Herald newspaper and the Ministry of Defence website in Zimbabwe.They also hacked South African news portal IOL, which had written an opinion piece last Sunday which the activists said “glorified” 89 year old Mugabe.Many people took to twitter to react to what some described as a new form of cyber activism or ‘Internet Street Protest’. One of the tweets read: ‘I hear Herald has been subjected to a DOS attack. Good Job’ and another said: ‘Just want to be a fly on the wall of the ANC boardroom when the @zim4thewin conversation goes down. Imagine’.However other observers were not so impressed: “If they were doing this to get some information would be helpful, but not just to bring down a website.”A DoS attack has frequently been used to obtain sensitive information and e-mail files on a server while it is rebooting. It is not clear if these attacks gained any such information or if they were designed purely to annoy and protest.Credit: www.swradioafrica.comlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement The latest report from IDC has indicated that Apple’s and Google’s mobile OS continue to dominate the smartphone market, and by a wide margin.iOS in the fourth quarter took up 14.8%, while Android in the same quarterly length amassed 81.5% of the market. Together, that means the pair combined for a total of 96.3% of the total market. – Advertisement – This essentially dominates the competing platforms of BlackBerry, Windows Phone and others.iOS climbed just over two percent in the latest results, and the report indicates that Apple shipped 192.7 million iPhones during the year. The report suggests that this was based on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales.Vying for third place is still a powerful battle between the likes of BlackBerry, Windows Phone and others.Via iPhone Hackslast_img read more

first_imgThe mysterious creator of Bitcoin could be an Australian businessman. Image Credit: BBC Advertisement One of the world’s largest cyber-currency exchanges is under investigation after it acknowledged that one of its employee’s PCs had been hacked.South Korea-based Bithumb has said that it believes personal details of more than 30,000 of its customers were stolen as a result.It appears the data was subsequently used to fool users into letting thieves steal funds from their accounts. – Advertisement – Bithumb has promised compensation.But the Korea Internet and Security Agency, a local government-empowered watchdog, has launched an inquiry into the matter, according to the Yonhap news agency.Scam calls Bithumb allows its members to buy and sell the virtual currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum. It is South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, based on recent trading volumes, and one of the five largest in the world.The breach is reported to have occurred in February, and is said to have involved an employee’s home PC rather than computer servers at the firm’s headquarters.Bithumb is reported to have discovered the breach only on 29 June and reported it to the authorities the next day.Although a notice posted to the company’s site said the leaked data did not contain passwords, dozens of customers have reported receiving follow-up scam calls and texts in June that persuaded them to share their accounts’ authentication codes.[related-posts]Bithumb has promised initially to cover losses of up to 100,000 won ($86; £67) per customer, and to add to this once it has been able to verify individual losses.But it is unclear whether victims will be compensated in full.An unverified local report said one member claimed to have lost 1.2bn won ($1.04m; £806,000).At present, virtual currencies are not regulated by South Korea’s financial authorities and efforts to address the matter have made little progress.source: BBC Africa Newslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Andela, the global engineering organization that is building a network of technology leaders across Africa, has officially launched in Kampala. The launch comes as Andela looks to equip the next generation of technologists and innovators in Kampala with the expertise they need to accelerate the advancement of their local communities through technology. The office will house Andela’s 110-strong world-class developers and staff in a workspace aimed at fostering collaboration.Over 100 prominent technology stakeholders and Andela staff congregated at Andela’s Bukoto Street office to mark the event. Five Andelans, comprised of Community Manager Maria Kyamulabye, and Software Developers Caroline Nalubega, John Seremba, and Nigerian-based Tolulope Komolafe, shared their journeys as tech leaders in a panel moderated by award-winning senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni. Also in attendance was Albert Mucunguzi, Board Chair of the Uganda ICT Association who delivered the Keynote address. Commenting on the official launch, he said, “We are happy to see Andela’s presence in Uganda and the expansion of our tech industry. If we have 100,000 developers with the support of Andela solving one problem each, then we have 100,000 problems in Africa solved.”New Country Director – Advertisement – To coincide with the launch, Andela is announcing Jackie Ochola as Andela Uganda’s new Country Director. Jackie previously held the role of Managing Director at Nokia Uganda and brings nearly 20 years of experience in managing and scaling engineering and tech teams across Africa. As Andela’s Country Director, she will be responsible for building the team and developing Andela’s growth in Kampala by providing strategic leadership and direction in Uganda.Jackie Ochola, the new Country Director – Andela UgandaOn the launch of Andela Uganda’s new home, Ochela commented: “It is an honor to host every one of our guests for such an auspicious occasion. Their support means a lot, not only to Andela, but to our young developers looking to gain a foothold in the tech ecosystem, as they begin their careers.“Andela has a deserved reputation for building elite tech teams, by providing the tools that aspiring young technologists need to be globally competitive software developers. With this launch, we are in a strong position to leverage on the growth opportunities that Uganda has to offer and I look forward to welcoming some of the brilliant minds to Andela Uganda. I am very excited about being part of a movement to create opportunities for young Ugandans, to build out our country’s tech ecosystem and to ensure that Andela is at the forefront of developing the leaders of the future in Uganda.”Since launching in Uganda in 2017, Andela has grown to over 100 hundred team members, a portion of whom are working as full-time engineers at high-growth technology companies. The Andela office has been organized to maximize flexible, distributed working and provide a creative environment for Andela’s Developers.Also present at the event was Kwame Rugunda, Chair of the Blockchain Association of Uganda, who said, “This is a dream come true to see how we can change the world one line of code at a time. Congratulations to Andela.”[related-posts]With citizens under 25 years of age constituting 70% of the country’s entire population in the world, Uganda is home to several tech hubs and incubators. Andela’s office launch and appointment of Jackie is an opportunity to further equip the next generation of young Ugandan technologists and innovators in Kampala, with the expertise they need to accelerate the advancement of their communities through technology. Earlier this year, Andela extended its Andela Learning Community [ALC], a program that provides aspiring technologists with the tools to become globally competitive software developers, to Uganda. Implemented in partnership with Google and Udacity, the program has supported 528 aspiring technologists in Uganda.Andela Uganda Developer ConferenceOn Saturday 28 July 2018, Andela will hold its inaugural Andela Uganda Developer Conference at its premises. Themed ‘Powering Today’s Teams‘, the conference will bring together 150 of Uganda’s top tech influencers for a one day event, comprising of talks, panel sessions and hands-on workshops; all with a goal of igniting and refuelling the passion of techies to continue building solutions that solve for both local and global challenges. To RSVP for the Andela Uganda Developer Conference, please click here.Yesterday, we were excited about the #AndelaLaunchUG!Today, we’re even more excited about the first ever #AndelaDevConUg we will be having on Saturday, 28th July!Passionate about tech?Sign up TODAY!: https://t.co/bFHArr17Cp#AndelaEvents pic.twitter.com/a0C2WGPx30— Andela Uganda (@Andela_UG) July 19, 2018Applications to join Andela are currently open and can be found at uganda.andela.comlast_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the going gets tough, the tough get going.Or, so the song goes and we’ll find out tonight whether Brazil can step up in a gear to progress past Chile in the first of the knock out matches at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte (5pm BBC).Brazil wrapped up the Group stage with a rather disappointing 0-0 draw against Mexico but ended top of Group A with seven points out of nine. The weight of a nation is on them and to some extent it is showing.Ante-post favourites since the tournament began, they now face Chile who caused the shock of the tournament so far by, in effect, sending Spain on the plane back home by beating the holders 2-0.However the stats are amazingly grim for Chile as Brazil have never lost at home to Chile in 26 meetings spanning 95 years !!!This match is a re-run of four years ago (to the day!) when Brazil won 3-0. Even the referee is the same – Howard Webb !There are no major injury worries for Brazil who will be boosted by the news that defender David Luiz is expected to be fit having nursed a slight back problem suffered in training.For Chile, defender Gary Medel is a doubt with a muscle strain but, if fit, will keep his place in a full-strength side.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Nov 2013 International Brazil 2-1 ChileApr 2013 International Brazil 2-2 ChileJun 2010 World Cup Brazil 3-0 ChileSep 2009 World Cup Brazil 4-2 ChileSep 2008 World Cup Chile 0-3 BrazilJul 2007 Copa America Chile 1-6 BrazilJul 2007 Copa America Brazil 3-0 ChileMar 2007 International Brazil 4-0 ChileSep 2005 World Cup Brazil 5-0 ChileJul 2004 Copa America Brazil 1-0 ChileChile have impressed with their attacking football and might just prove a tougher nut to crack this year for Brazil.As such, I’m playing the draw with Star Sports at around 7/2.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)5 points DRAW at around 7/2 with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 7.21 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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first_imgA late goal gives Doncaster hope of making Wembley but Charlton have the advantage following their first-leg win at the Keepmoat Stadium and they can finish the job tonight. Charlton took advantage of a wild three minutes to turn the first leg into their advantage – they had initially been second best in what was a tightly contested game before Lyle Taylor’s low header put them in front before Taylor put Joe Aribo in to make it two, but the victory was a tremendous result and they may just be the better side.Charlton finished 15 points ahead of Doncaster in the regular season and they ended the season full of running too, finishing 4 points clear of the form table (taken from the last eight games of the season). They look to be in an even stronger position when you take their home record into account – they earned 55 points at the Valley, second only to Luton – a record that is much better than Doncaster’s 27 points on their travels.Until Blair’s late goal their defence was heading for an eighth clean sheet in their last ten games with Krystian Bielik having had a stormer playing as the right-sided centre back alongside Patrick Bauer and Ben Purrington. Those three gave Lee Bowyer plenty of balance in a 3-5-2 formation that proved effective and perhaps at home, midfield talents like Josh Cullen and Josh Parker might be able to get into the game earlier and supply the dynamic duo of Taylor and Joe Aribo.Charlton are unbeaten in their last 13 at home and they can seal the deal here.Charlton Athletic v Doncaster RoversLeague One Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports Football HD / Sky Sports Main Event HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)MAY 2019 LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF Doncaster 1-2 CharltonMAR 2019 LEAGUE ONE Doncaster 1-1 CharltonDEC 2018 FA CUP Charlton 0-2 DoncasterNOV 2018 LEAGUE ONE Charlton 2-0 DoncasterFEB 2018 LEAGUE ONE Doncaster 1-1 CharltonOCT 2017 LEAGUE ONE Charlton 1-0 DoncasterJAN 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Doncaster 3-0 CharltonNOV 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Charlton 2-0 DoncasterMAR 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP Charlton 1-2 DoncasterSEP 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP Doncaster 0-1 CharltonRECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK CHARLTON 5 pts at 10/11 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017 (excludes US PGA) : PROFIT 219.00 pointslast_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J.AlmondPHONE: (713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduPOPULAR RHETORICABOUT ROLE OF SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES IN INCREASING U.S. GASOLINE DEMAND ISOVERSTATEDRice University study examines stats on vehicles and fuelusageThe UnitedStates would be able to shave crude oil imports by only 170,000 barrels a day ifAmerican consumers drove higher-mileage cars instead of sport utility vehiclesor if the fuel efficiency of SUVs matched that of sedans, according to a studyat Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy in Houston.The Institute’sstatistics debunk claims that SUVs have caused greater dependence on Middle Eastoil and are at the root of the country’s energy security problems. “U.S. energy securityconcerns and the fate of gasoline prices derive from a host of complicatedissues,” said Kenneth Medlock, energy research fellow at the Baker Institute,who compiled the statistics. “The SUV craze is only a very smallfactor.”The U.S. Department ofEnergy generally counts SUVs within the class of light trucks, which alsoincludes pickups, vans and minivans. According to the latest Vehicle Inventoryand Use Survey (1997), SUVs accounted for 20.5 percent of the category of lighttrucks — up from 13.2 percent of all light trucks in 1992 — and yielded anaverage annual growth rate of 14.02 percent. The average annualgrowth rate for the entire light truck category was 4.42 percent, with minivanshaving the second highest increase at an average annual rate of 9.92percent.“There has indeed beensignificant growth in the stock of SUVs relative to other light trucks,” Medlocksaid. Projecting these growth rates to 1999, he said SUVs account for about 25percent, or about 18 million, of the 73 million light trucks. In addition, thenumber of pickups and minivans is estimated to be 37 million and 12 million,respectively.According to the EnergyInformation Agency (EIA), the U.S. consumed about 11.9 million barrels of oilper day in the transportation sector in 1999; about 8.9 million barrels per daywere for road transportation. Light trucks accounted for about 2.76 millionbarrels per day, and SUVs accounted for about 25 percent of that amount, orabout 690,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Pickups and minivans accounted forabout 1.35 million and 450,000 barrels per day, respectively. The average “on theroad” fuel economy of vans, pickup trucks and SUVs is 17.4 mpg, but cars average21.5 mpg, the EIA reported. Median mileage ratings for new vehicles are slightlyhigher. If the fuel efficiency of the entire light truck category matched thatof cars, the fuel savings would be more significant — about 690,000 barrels ofcrude oil per day, Medlock said.The majority of growthin on-road fuel demand in the last decade, however, can be traced to otherfactors:–The total number ofvehicles registered in the U.S. has increased by about 12 percent. –Thenumber of miles driven per vehicle has also increased by about 10 percent.–Even though the on-road fuel efficiency of all vehicles has increased(21.5 mpg from 20.2 for cars, 17.1 mpg from 16.1 for light trucks, and 6.5 mpgfrom 6 for heavy trucks), the proportion of less-fuel-efficient vehicles hasincreased. Light trucks account for about 35 percent of all motor vehiclestoday, compared to 25 percent in 1990. The average on-road fuel efficiency forall motor vehicles, therefore, has been stagnant at about 17 mpg. All together,these factors have increased motor-fuel consumption.The composition andcharacteristics of the motor vehicle fleet in the U.S. could have a large impacton reducing U.S. oil demand after 2010, Medlock said. By that year, high-mileageautomobiles such as the gas-electric hybrids could make up as much as 15 to 20percent of new vehicles. This would trim U.S. crude oil demand by about 600,000barrels per day, according to the Baker Institute study. However, between 2010and 2020, as these technologies diffuse into the on-road vehicle stock, theycould begin to make a significant contribution to curbing the growth in energyuse. Several major carcompanies have announced plans to introduce new prototype hybrid cars by2003-2004. However, assuming no major breakthroughs occur in automotivetechnology, IEA projects that 59 percent of the expected increase of 41 millionbarrels per day in worldwide oil demand from 1995 to 2020 will come from thetransportation sector. About admin AddThis last_img read more

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fourth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. AddThis ShareCONTACT: MargotDimondPHONE: (713) 348-6775EMAIL: mdimond@rice.eduRICESTUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP FOR CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERSHIPOnly Five NationwideWin $50,000 ScholarshipsRice University studentAudrey Ette, a senior from Dayton, Texas, is one of five national winners of a$50,000 Fight For Your Rights Leadership Scholarship.The FFYR scholarshipprogram is sponsored by MTV and SHiNE, a national nonprofit organization that isthe designated youth component of the White House’s national Campaign AgainstYouth Violence, and the National Conference for Community and Justice, inpartnership with the Anti-Defamation League and the Leadership Conference onCivil Rights. (SHiNE stands for Seeking Harmony in NeighborhoodsEveryday.)The scholarship is givento a student leader between 16 and 24 who is committed to social change, has ademonstrated record of involvement in civil rights work and plans to study orpursue a career that supports the advancement of civil rights.“I feel very blessed andfortunate to have been selected for such an honor,” said Ette. “Out of anestimated 30,000 students who downloaded the application from the MTV web site,only five were chosen and I was one of them.”A politicalscience/managerial studies major, Ette plans to use her scholarship money toattend law school after completing her undergraduate degree. She sees her lawdegree “as an avenue into politics to work in areas concerning minority affairsor education.” Ette graduated fromDayton High School as the salutatorian of her class. Her mother, Rita Gilmore,is a high school economics teacher and debate coach and her father, RenwickGilmore, is a pastor.She is currentlypresident of the Black Student Association and a member of the MinorityInterests Committee; ADVANCE, which stands for Advocating Diversity and the needfor Cultural Exchange; the National Society of Black Engineers; and the newlyformed chapter of the Rice NAACP. In addition, she serves on the President’sCouncil for Minority Affairs.Ette has served as anOrientation Week advisor at Baker College and a diversity facilitator. As amember of the Black Student Coalition, she was involved in bringing the esteemedscholar Cornel West to Rice and coordinating the second Racial Solidarity Week.She also is a member of the Rice Melodious Voices of Praise Gospel Choir andIMPACT Bible Study. Last year, she was selected for Who’s Who Among AmericanColleges & Universities.“It is exciting but notsurprising, that Audrey would win a national leadership award,” said TerryShepard, vice president for public affairs, the campus office where Ette isemployed. “Across campus, she has been a poised, strong and quietly determinedleader in support of harmony, justice and public service. In my office, whereshe has worked since her sophomore year, she has displayed maturity,intelligence and judgment, becoming a full-fledged member of theteam.”For more information onthe FFYR Leadership Scholarship and profiles of the scholarship winners, go to.last_img read more

first_img For the 25th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business as the number one program for entrepreneurship in the United States. Entrepreneurship is an indelible part of the business school and MBA program, found within the curriculum, faculty, clubs, centers, and more.Babson’s Entrepreneurship Curriculum At Babson, the 50-plus faculty members and 30 adjunct entrepreneurs—the largest dedicated entrepreneurship faculty in the world—come together to teach Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®. This methodology is a way to balance action, experimentation, and creativity with business fundamentals. The goal is to empower students to take action on social, economic, and environmental issues to create value. Students are taught to apply ET&A™ in everything from large corporations to running a charity, solving social issues, and starting a business.In addition, at Babson, there’s the idea that “we are all entrepreneurs,” which falls under the Entrepreneurship of All Kinds® heading. This concept re-imagines entrepreneurship to include all brilliant improvisers, not just startups, venture capital firms, and business incubators. It looks at how every organization can use entrepreneurship to creatively solve problems and adapt to change. Both ET&ATM and Entrepreneurship of All Kinds® are interwoven into the very fabric of Babson, being taught in every classroom and every topic.Babson’s Entrepreneurship FocusOutside of the curriculum and academic philosophy of Babson, entrepreneurship can be found in dedicated centers and other resources. For example, the school is home to the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, which helps to accelerate the practice of entrepreneurship through mentoring, competitions, events, workshops, and more. This Center is the hub of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.There’s also the John E. and Alice L. Butler Launch Pad, which hosts two signature entrepreneurship events every year: the Rocket Pitch and B.E.T.A. Challenge both of which bring together students and alumni to compete in business innovation. The Launch Pad is also responsible for the Summer Venture Program, which accelerates the top 15 student ventures at Babson each year.To gain more in-depth insight into Babson’s entrepreneurial focus, we had the opportunity to interview Keith Rollag, the Dean-Elect of the Graduate School (starting July 1). He was able to talk to us about how Babson has been able to stay as the number one program for entrepreneurship for 25 years as well as what that looks like at the university. Babson Entrepreneurship Stays at #1 for 25 Consecutive Years Why do you feel that Entrepreneurial Thought & Action is vital to an MBA education? RelatedProgram Spotlight: Entrepreneurship at BabsonBabson College president Len Schlesinger steps down today, July 1, to return to a teaching post at Harvard Business School. Although Schlesinger’s tenure at Babson lasted just five years, he had a momentous impact on both the college’s undergraduate program and the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Schlesinger bequeaths to his successor, former…July 1, 2013In “Featured Home”Babson’s MBA Program Ranked #1 for Entrepreneurship 24 Years in a RowFor the 24th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Babson’s MBA Program No. 1 for entrepreneurship. This ranking places Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business ahead of Stanford Graduate School of Business (No. 2), Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management (tied…April 3, 2017In “Advice”Best Boston Entrepreneurship MBAsClimbing the corporate ladder has gone the way of the Dodo. There’s genuine concern that employees no longer have faith investing their prime years in large corporations that bankrupted, decimated retirement plans and left the economy in shambles back in 2008. Now more than ever, the trend among those with some gumption and likely a small degree…November 1, 2016In “Featured Home” How has the Babson MBA managed to maintain the #1 entrepreneurial slot for so long? There are several reasons; some of it comes from our first-mover advantage.  We taught our first course in entrepreneurship in 1967, and created the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the 1970’s at a time when entrepreneurship wasn’t really accepted as a separate business discipline.  We started the Babson Entrepreneurship Research Conference in 1981 (which continues to be one of the premier conferences for entrepreneurship) and the Price-Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Education in 1984, which over the years has taught almost 5000 educators from over 1000 institutions and 80-plus countries how to teach entrepreneurship.But our #1 ranking is also due to the creation of a Babson community, culture, and curriculum that is built around entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been an important part of our curriculum since the 1980’s, and we’ve built what we think is the largest entrepreneurship department in the world with over 50 full-time and adjunct faculty members.Entrepreneurship has been a part of our Babson DNA for decades, and we live it as well as teach it.  We are constantly updating our curricula, trying new things, building new partnerships, and exploring new opportunities. The term Entrepreneurial Thought and Action is the latest embodiment of this spirit, and it aptly implies the energy and enthusiasm that is an integral part of Babson. Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img At its core, Entrepreneurial Thought and Action is all about rapid learning, and in today’s dynamic world of uncertainty, whoever learns fastest wins. We teach our students to know when to learn quickly through analyzing, strategizing, and planning, and when to learn quickly through prototyping, experimenting, interacting with customers.  Both are critical for success, but our education and reward systems tend to favor thinking and discussing over acting.  We know from the habits of successful entrepreneurs that in times of high uncertainty, action (and the learning that comes from it) is the best way to solve problems and take advantage of emerging opportunities.In our Babson MBA programs, we help students develop both a mindset and habit of learning through action.  This is valuable whether you are trying to lead innovation within large corporations, grow and expand small and medium-size businesses, create new ventures, or simply find new ways to address complex-but-important problems facing communities, regions, and the world.Learning quickly is a skill that will always be valued by organizations.  While markets, technologies, structures, and roles may change, the need for a manager to learn quickly will never go away. regions: Boston About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo We do many things under the broad heading of “entrepreneurship of all kinds.”  Students have the opportunity to participate in intensity tracks around entrepreneurship (where they can build their venture while they are getting an MBA), women-led entrepreneurship, social innovation, and technology development.  We also have the Butler Launch Pad as well as our highly competitive Summer Venture Program that helps start dozens of ventures (both business and social-focused).  And our MBA students have several clubs focused on regional entrepreneurship and host well-attended conferences on United States, Asian, Indian, and Latin American entrepreneurship.Whether one is considering starting a company or looking to lead ventures within larger organizations, or just wanting to maximize their impact on the world, an entrepreneurial, can-do, action-oriented mindset primes everyone for success. 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first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion US BOSTON—Police say a fight between two men inside the building that houses Boston Public Schools administrative offices led to gunfire, but no one was injured.Officer Rachel McGuire says officers responded to the building in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood at about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.She says during a physical altercation in a common area on an upper floor, one of the men produced a gun that went off during the struggle.A suspect has been arrested and police have recovered a gun.No names were released.The building is also home to the city’s Department of Neighborhood Development.No additional information was immediately available. Stock photo of police tape. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) center_img Police: Shots Fired in Boston Schools HQ; No One Injured By The Associated Press February 1, 2017 Updated: February 1, 2017 Share this article Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share Share this article PBS/NPR Poll: Most Americans Think Confederate Statues Should Stay By Jack Phillips August 18, 2017 Updated: August 18, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussioncenter_img A new poll from Marist College, PBS, and NPR carried out this week has found that 62 percent of Americans think that Confederate statues shouldn’t be taken down.Only 27 percent believe that they should be removed, according to the poll.Two-thirds of white and Latinos believe the statues should remain. African-Americans are divided on the issue, with 44 percent agreeing that they should stay. Forty percent believe they should go.DURHAM, NC - AUGUST 17:  A statue on the portal of Duke University Chapel bearing the likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was vandalized on early August 17, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. The statue is one of 10 historical figures adorning the exterior of the chapel; the group includes significant figures from the American South and the Protestant and Methodist traditions.  (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) A statue on the portal of Duke University Chapel bearing the likeness of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was vandalized on early August 17, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)The poll was conducted among 1,125 U.S. citizens by phone on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.It comes amid a debate over whether the monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals should be removed, relocated, or left alone. On Saturday, a violent protest in Charlottesvile, Virginia, erupted around the the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. A white supremacist was arrested for ramming his car into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Virginia State Troopers stand under a statue of Robert E. Lee before a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.   REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Virginia State Troopers stand under a statue of Robert E. Lee before a white supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsVirginia State Police in riot gear stand in front of the statue of General Robert E. Lee before forcing white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" out of Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Virginia State Police in riot gear stand in front of the statue of General Robert E. Lee before forcing white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” out of Emancipation Park after the “Unite the Right” rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)There have been calls to remove statues in other cities as well. In Baltimore, city leaders quickly removed four Confederate statues in the dead of night.Trump weighed in on the matter, arguing that it smacks of historical revisionism.“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson—who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” Trump wrote. US A Sheriff’s deputy stands near the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the old Durham County Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. August 14, 2017. (REUTERS/Kate Medley) last_img read more