Month: July 2019


SAINTS beat Salford 3212 on Friday – but the win

first_imgSAINTS beat Salford 32-12 on Friday – but the win came at a cost as Keiron Cunningham explains:“I expected what they threw at us – that is definitely the strongest Salford team you will have seen for the last two or three weeks. Rangi Chase was influential for them and they had a lot of possession.“Part of me says the team were dumb at times but part of me says you have to tip your hat to us as we were resilient once again.“We weren’t as good as previous weeks, but that probably was down to what Salford threw at us.“We went into some dark places tonight; it’s hard when you’re down on numbers and you lose the energy battle. That is the time your middle makes errors with the weight of possession and we did well to come out with the result. We lost four in the end and it hurt us. We had to try and juggle the team and defend Mark Flanagan on an edge.“In the end I am very happy with the win – but it is a costly win for us.“James Roby hurt his hand, Josh Jones his shoulder and they will both be assessed early in the week. When I saw the Tommy (Makinson) incident on the video it didn’t look good but he is up walking so the signs are good. We will have to suck it and see what happens.”He continued: “We scored some sensational tries. In the first half we had two good ball sets and scored twice. When we lost players we lost our shape and when Luke Thompson went off I was happy to get the victory from there. Shannon McDonnell was great and Tommy Mak superb.”last_img read more

Its derby week and Saints travel to Wigan on Thur

first_imgIt’s derby week and Saints travel to Wigan on Thursday (7:45pm) knowing they will finish top of the Betfred Super League heading into the Super 8s.Justin Holbrook’s men are eight points clear of the Warriors and will look to make that ten with their 13th win in a row.However, form counts for nothing in a derby and Shaun Wane will have his side fired up to check the table topper’s progress.Tickets for this match remain on sale from the Ticket Office and there is FREE coach travel available for 2018 Members.To claim simply call into the ticket office or telephone 01744 455 052.You can buy your tickets via the two options above, or online here.last_img

Angler catches 12foot long Tiger shark on Topsail Island

first_imgTeam reels in large shark on Topsail Island (Photo: Get Bent LBSF) TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY/Carolina Sportsman) — A angler recently caught a shark that was more than 12 feet long along an area beach.The Carolina Sportmans reports David Schmidt of Holly Ridge, N.C. and the Get Bent land-based shark-fishing team celebrate big sharks from late August through October, because that’s when they’re showing up off the beach of Topsail Island.- Advertisement – On Sept. 14, Schmidt paddled out his favorite bait and wound up getting bowed up with a beast ― a 12-foot-3 tiger shark estimated to weigh between 700 and 750 pounds.Around 7:30 that evening, Schmidt and his teammates set up shop at their usual spot on the beach, and Schmidt hopped in his kayak to deliver a 10-pound chunk of tarpon about 500 yards out, where the water reaches 20-foot depths. After a good soak with the bait held in place by a 12-ounce spider weight, it was picked up close to 11:30 by a fast-moving target, and Schmidt strapped into his fighting harness to fight back.Related Article: Shark off Big Island bites tourist’s thigh“As soon as it hit, I knew it was a good fish,” Schmidt said, “because it wasn’t like a slow roll or anything. That thing ate the bait and it was taking off quick.”Despite its grand entrance, the shark’s strength seemed to wane, and that gave Schmidt the opportunity to gain line.Read the full story.last_img read more

Duke Energy asks customers to reduce electricity use during cold snap

first_imgDuke Energy (Photo: WSOC) Duke Energy Progress officials are asking customers to reduce electricity use until 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15 to help avoid potential high energy demand on the electric grid caused by frigid temperatures, according to a news release.The release said Duke Energy Progress serves customers in western and eastern North Carolina including Raleigh, Wilmington and the Asheville region, and northeastern South Carolina including Sumter and Florence.- Advertisement – To help lessen energy demand on the power grid during the extreme cold expected Monday and reduce the potential for isolated power outages, Duke Energy Progess offers the following tips:Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting when home, and bump the thermostat down a degree or two when leaving home.Turn off unnecessary lighting.Postpone household chores that require electrical appliances.Unplug cellphone / tablet chargers. These devices draw energy even when not in use. Operate ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, which pushes warm air back down into the room. Leave your drapes or blinds open to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house.For more tips, you can visit: read more

Charges dismissed in Leland cellphone fraud case

first_imgDaniel Gbediame, 26, was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. LELAND, NC (StarNews) – Charges were dismissed Monday against a Fayetteville man arrested in August on allegations he fraudulently obtained over $11,000 in new cellphones.According to a news release at the time of the arrest, Daniel Kwaku Gbediame, 26, was charged by the Leland Police Department with obtaining property by false pretenses in the amount of $11,550 in new cell phones.- Advertisement – The release stated officials believed Gbediame was “involved in multi-jurisdiction fraud involving new cellular phones.”But on Monday the Brunswick County charges against Gbediame were dismissed, according to the Brunswick County Clerk of Court’s Office.last_img

Brunswick Co to turn on water sewer for disconnected customers

first_imgTap water (Photo: MGN) BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County will turn on services for all water and sewer customers that were disconnected for non-payment prior to Hurricane Florence, until County offices re-open so payment arrangements can be made.Brunswick County will also waive all late fees during this period, until normal operations resume in the County.- Advertisement – Brunswick County Inspections will open a temporary satellite office in Town Creek Park (6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow) in the concession stand building. The satellite office will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily beginning Thursday, Sept. 20. The satellite office will offer permitting services and inspections for storm-related issues.last_img

Ombudsman Report Cases increase by 6 in 2018

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> While the number of written complaints the Ombudsman dealt with increased in 2018, increases were primarily focused on cases seen by Commissioners.According to the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s Annual Report 2018, the office dealt with 553 complaints, 33 more than 2017 (6%). However, the Parliamentary Ombudsman saw fewer than 7% last year (313 – 2018 / 336 – 2017). In contrast, there were increases seen across the Commissioners for Education, Environment and Planning and Health.In numbers, the Education Commissioner saw 54 cases compared to 39 last year (up 38%), Environment and Planning 84 compared to 62 (up 35%) and Health saw 102 compared to 83 (up 23%).The Parliamentary Ombudsman’s cases still remained 57% of the total case load for 2018.Referring to just over the last two decades to 2018, the Ombudsman has seen a gradual decrease in the number of written complaints. This has dropped from 1,112 in 1996 to 313 in 2018. In comparison, the number of written enquiries received has dropped since 1996 but fluctuated considerably until 2018, from 849 in 1996 to 438 in 2018.Credit: Ombudsman Annual Report 2018Majority of complaints received by sectors under Office of Prime Minister According the report, 46 cases connected to sectors operating under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) were received during 2018.The majority of these were raised about Identity Malta (Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs) (12), closely followed by the People and Standards Division (9). Of the 48 received just over half were investigated (28) and just over a third didn’t involve the sector (18).The second largest number of complaints by sector, were received by the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects (MTIP). The majority of the 39 complaints received pertained to the Lands Authority (Lands) (17) and to Transport Malta (15).The third largest sector of complaints was the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity (MFCS) with 32 total complaints. The Department of Social Security accounted for the majority of these with 20 complaints.Interestingly, the largest number of complaints directed to the Ministry for Energy and Water Management (MEW), referred to the water and electricity utilities company ARMS. The company received almost half of all the complaints (15) lodged at the Energy Ministry (31). Of those 15, 13 were investigated.The full report can be viewed here: WhatsApplast_img read more

Googles Knowledge Graphs making Search intelligent

first_imgAdvertisement As the Internet becomes readily available and continues to play an integral role in our everyday life, Google has been improving its algorithms to further personalize the search experience.At an event in Kampala, Google’s Uganda Country manager Ham Namakajjo explained the company’s latest search feature, Google Knowledge graphs.The graph is made up of a database of over 500 million real-world people, places and things as well as 3.5 billion defining attributes and connections which aims to understand people’s search queries and provide some added information in a box on the right hand side of the search results page. – Advertisement – Namakajjo says that the perfect search engine should understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want. Amit Singhal, Google’s search chief has described the addition of the knowledge graph as a “quantum leap” towards search connecting to real life requests and moving away from key words.Namakajjo goes on to say that with the Knowledge Graph project, they have started teaching Google search what real-world things are; everything from roller coasters, to famous artists, to bodies of water and how they’re all connected.“But in the future we want to offer a computer that works just like the one in Star Trek – it should be smart enough to tell you: ‘You’re going to London tomorrow, the weather is rainy, bring an umbrella.’ Or ‘Here’s an article about your favourite football player that you didn’t know about.’ Imagine actually having an intelligent conversation with your computer,” Namakajjo adds.He however says that for that to happen, Google needs to get smarter. It needs to “think” more along the wavelength of people. And that’s what we’re trying to build.Today the Internet has become a vital tool in every aspect of life and the Google Knowledge Graph project is a step in the right direction in as far as making knowledge accessible is concerned.last_img read more

Cybercrime fight intesified in Tanzania

first_imgAdvertisement The Tanzania Global Learning Centre (TaGLA) has organised a three-day face to face workshop on cyber security and its effects on corporate businesses and government institutions in Arusha Region on April 16-19 this year.This workshop is relevant due to increased cyber risks. The aim is to provide public awareness, understanding and experience on cyber attacks, which often target companies, organisations and government bodies, which are now technologically interconnected.Corporate or government businesses can be at risk if there is no effective machinery to detect and check cyber attacks, which result in financial losses, intrusion of privacy and security. Participants will be able to acquire some hands-on experience on how to effectively carry out corporate cyber security, knowledge on internet policies and cyber security and key security skills to enhance their daily cyber crime controls, monitoring and prevention. – Advertisement – So, it is useful to computer security and technical support personnel, system administrators, network programmers, database administrators, network administrators, network engineers, IT managers, IT auditors and all IT stakeholders from private and public sectors as well as military and police personnel.The workshop will be facilitated through a blended approach comprising lectures, group work and presentations. After successful completion of the workshop, participants will be assessed on the content and a certificate will be issued to each of them.Cyber security is an amalgamation of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programmes and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access. “The threat is advancing quicker than we can keep up with it. It changes faster than our idea of the risk.It’s no longer possible to write a large white paper about the risk to a particular system. You would be rewriting the white paper constantly…,” says US security services provider Adam Vincent. Linked to cyber threats is an increase in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) skimming incidents, whereby criminals are stealing money from ATMs using fake debit/credit cards.Some bank customers now prefer opening their accounts with mobile phone companies to keeping their money in banks for fear that it could be stolen at anytime. So, the misuse of ICT is threatening stakeholders whether at individual, corporate or government levels.“Cyber security is extremely important in today’s world. Since new viruses are always created, computer and internet users must increase their cyber security literacy and skills,” says a Dar es Salaam-based computer technician, Thomas John.He notes that without adequate up-to-date cyber security literacy, computer and internet users will be at great risk for they may find themselves being spied on and their information stolen unawares. According to the TaGLA Training and Information Services Manager Dickson Mwanyika, the workshop will enable participants to acquire practical knowledge on internet policies and key cyber security skills to enhance daily controls, monitoring and prevention of cyber crime.He says senior researchers and cyber security experts will cover various topics on the subject matter. Kenyan trainers on fraud detection, investigation and prevention, Abdallah Komesha and Kitonyi Augustine, say since the effects of fraud including cyber attacks have far reaching consequences, organisations suffer financially and so managers should set clear guidelines and mechanisms of dealing with them.Although ICT has facilitated communication, it can easily be manipulated to steal personal information, cause financial losses and psychological burdens to victims. You might have received e-mails from unknown sources and wondered how they got your e-mail address.You might have also heard of people, whose personal communication has been invaded by other users to their advantage. This just shows you how important cyber security is. Computer users everywhere are vulnerable to spyware. This is a type of software that spies on what one does on one’s computer by transmitting personally identifiable information from one’s computer to some place without the user’s knowledge.Spyware programmes collect personal information, such as internet surfing sites visited. The result is slow connection speed, loss of internet connection or functionality of other programmes or computer damage. Cyber attacks go against security policies.The distributor of spyware usually presents a programme as a free useful tool or software agent. Users download and install the software without immediately suspecting that it causes harm to them. “Key loggers record what keys one presses on one’s keyboard and so we must be aware of this type of fraud,” says Komesha.“Scammers can use one’s details to steal one’s online banking password or other personal information and use the information fraudulently. A key logger can be connected to one’s computer for fraud purposes without the knowledge of the user. So, it is good to familiarise oneself with how spyware is done to protect one’s personal information saved on the computer,” says Augustine.Spyware may cause direct and indirect economic decline due to losses suffered by prominent corporations and firms and their clients. Through the use of computer and internet services, users can nowadays communicate faster, while in the past they relied on letter writing only, which was time consuming.So, letter writing has dropped considerably thanks to ICT advancement, but there are side effects of ICT advancement, which we have to deal with to protect personal information from being accessed by unauthorised users. Tanzania is rapidly changing because of ICT advancement and people can now communicate and get things done faster.This is a great leap in development, which needs to be maintained. People, who have access to internet services prefer sending e-mails to writing letters to family members, friends, business partners, companies, organisations or institutions. Besides computers, mobile phones have also e-mail and SMS facilities.As a result, more and more people can access e-learning, e-government and e-commerce services and know what is happening. Thus, computer users must know about cyber security and protect personal information from theft, while remaining linked to other users. It requires detection and investigative skills to deal with cyber attacks, whenever they occur.Detecting spyware is difficult and should be made an aspect of routine business in both the public and private sectors. Resources must be allocated specifically for the task. But all these risks can be minimised if more and more employees in the public and private sectors know how to protect personal, company, organisational or institutional information from being stolen, which can endanger people’s lives and national securityCredit: Daily Newslast_img read more

BENS BLOG Cheltenham 2014 God is a Bookmaker

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]log, do you sometimes question the meaning of life and what comes next? Often, I ask myself whether the Punters & Staff will be allowed into Heaven? Or if a separate area, with counsellors on hand to deal with all of their problems and impositions, will be provided for them? Attending events such as Cheltenham and Royal Ascot, really is so painful, having to repeatedly see the faces, of those who have knocked or rumped you, one way or another over the years. I hope it won’t be like that for the rest of eternity for myself and my Bookmaker brethren.What I can assure you of though, Blog, is that God is, in fact, a Bookmaker. How do I know this? How has this piece of divine inspiration reached my disturbed mind? Well, when he built Cheltenham, it obviously took some time. Shall we say a week? There is the perfect layout of the course to consider. The viewing, without equal. And the fabulous hills that sit in the background.There was one thing that he didn’t forget though…One vital aspect, of a racecourse, that assures me he’s one of the good guys…He built a hill.A hill that breaks favourites. It stops them dead in their tracks, and their steering goes, between one and two out. I know that my work is done, when the crowd, that has been building up and up in their cheers all the way round, is suddenly silenced. And again…the Cheltenham Hill has saved the bookmakers.Suddenly, they don’t know they’re 5/4 chances anymore. As the 25/1 shots glide by, they are just levelled up, to being another horse running up a steep field.Whenever there’s a short-one running in a race at Cheltenham and a puntery type asks me what I fancy to beat it. I ALWAYS respond: ‘I fancy THE HILL. THE HILL will beat them all!!’.Yes, I am that mad, Blog.1 day to go.In other news:I have spent the weekend in Brighton: Visiting The Elderly and Infirm (to hear about their ever growing litany of self-inflictions), The Staff (to sooth any pre-Cheltenham union-faces), Belindabelle (must keep showing face here, Blog), running with my dog, Mr Josh, and also enjoying some self-indulgence at my favourite Italian: Marrocco’s. It just gets better and better. The best, thin in the middle but puffed up and crunchy on the sides, pizza bases. Delicious homemade ice-cream (don’t miss the Snickers flavour). And simply the finest starter you will find: their Seafood Bruschetta. Go on, treat yourself.Getting ready to stick it right up some of those Cheltenham jollies! Come on The Hill, get me out of trouble YET AGAIN!!B xlast_img read more


HISDs Apollo 20 program should expand tutoring according to Rice review

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHISD’s Apollo 20 program should expand tutoring, according to Rice reviewHOUSTON – (Feb. 10, 2014) – The Houston Independent School District’s Apollo 20 program, aimed at improving the district’s 20 lowest-performing schools, should expand its intensive tutoring, according to an independent review from Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). The review also found that the program’s reported effects on standardized test scores are mixed and that its claim to be able to close the math achievement gap in three years is unlikely.HERC, which is part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, reviewed Harvard economist Roland Fryer’s report on the Apollo program, “Injecting Charter School Best Practices Into Traditional Public Schools: Evidence From Houston.” The report outlines five strategies that aim to improve the achievement of highly disadvantaged students attending the worst-performing schools in HISD in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 academic years.The report said the strategies – increased instructional time, a more rigorous approach to building human capital of teachers and administrators, intensive tutoring, frequent use of data to inform instruction and a culture of high expectations – helped improve math standardized test scores over two years and had a smaller positive impact on reading scores; the report said these results are comparable to the reported impacts of attending high-performing charter schools.Ruth López Turley, director of HERC and an associate professor of sociology at Rice, said that taken together, the strategies had positive effects on math standardized-test gains but negligible effects on reading standardized-test gains. She said the strongest evidence of the program’s positive effects is from the small-group, intensive tutoring, which was provided only for math, and resulted in average improvement over two years, compared with students who did not receive tutoring.“Due to budget constraints, not all students involved in the Apollo program received small-group, intensive tutoring,” Turley said. “This allowed a comparison of Apollo students who received tutoring with Apollo students who did not, and there were significant differences in favor of those who received tutoring. Given its positive effects, our recommendation is to expand this tutoring to include reading as well as additional grade levels.”Turley also said that the report’s conclusion that the Apollo program can close the math achievement gap between minority and white students in three years is problematic.“The report assumes that the observed improvements on test scores will persist over time,” she said. “However, there is no evidence that the effects will persist; in fact, there is evidence to the contrary. Statistics calculated by HERC staff show that student gains were smaller in the program’s second year (5.8 point increase on Stanford Math tests and 13.1 point increase on Stanford Reading tests) than in the first year (31.1 point increase on Stanford Math tests and 15.6 point increase on Stanford Reading tests).”Turley said that the other issue with these test-score improvements is that they do not show the effects of the Apollo program separately by race; therefore, it is impossible to say whether the program is actually closing the math achievement gap between minority and white students, she said.“In order to close the gaps, the program must either target minorities or be shown to have a stronger impact on blacks and Hispanics than on whites,” she said.Turley said she hopes the review will have a positive impact on HISD’s work aimed at closing the achievement gaps.“I’m really impressed by HISD’s efforts to close the achievement gaps, and the Apollo program is a great example of their commitment,” she said. “However, the results are mixed, and we should take steps to focus on the components for which we have evidence of positive impact.”A copy of the review is available online at more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Ruth López Turley is an associate professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Education Research Consortium. Ruth López Turley photo (Credit: Rice University): López Turley bio: Education Research Consortium: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 AddThislast_img read more


Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to ecofriendly buying

first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduReligiosity diminishes conservative opposition to environmentally friendly consumer decisionsHOUSTON – (July 12, 2016) – Some people have perceived that the combination of religion and political conservatism exacerbates environmental concerns in the United States. But researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.Photo credit: Rice University.At first glance, the researchers’ data show that political liberals are 8 percentage points more likely to say they identify as pro-environment consumers when compared with political conservatives. However, a closer look across levels of religiosity shows that this political gap is larger among the nonreligious (a difference of 12 percentage points between extreme political conservatives and extreme political liberals) and smaller among the very religious (a difference of 3 percentage points). The researchers said this suggests that religion can mute political differences when someone is being identified as a pro-environment consumer.“We suspect that a religious identity tends to diminish political conservatism’s negative impact on environmental consumption because religious identification encourages people to seek out visible behaviors (such as environmentally friendly behaviors) that demonstrate the value of their faith,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, the study’s principal investigator and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice, and Jared Peifer, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of management at Baruch.“Put more colorfully, Americans who are watching Fox News instead of attending church on Sunday morning appear to be particularly uninterested in buying with the environment in mind,” said Ecklund, who is also director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program. “It would stand to reason that those who participate in their houses of worship and who tend to be more engaged in civic life may have less time to be exposed to such media and therefore be less likely to follow the politicized conservative ‘line’ with respect to the environment.”The study also found that 12 percent of blacks are pro-environment consumers, compared with 19 percent of white consumers. Peifer said that a possible explanation for this is that black Americans face more social and economic issues than their white counterparts and have limited ability to be environmental consumers.Peifer and Ecklund said they hope the study will challenge stereotypes about how religion relates to environmental care.Simranjit Khalsa, a graduate student at Rice, was also an author of “Political Conservatism, Religion and Environmental Consumption in the United States,” which appeared in a recent edition of Environmental Politics. It is the first study known to measure various aspects of religiosity, politics, and their relationship to environmentally responsible consumer decisions, the authors said.The research was supported by a grant from Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program.-30-To request a copy of the study, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or news release can be found online at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Religion and Public Life Program: Howard Ecklund bio: Howard Ecklund Twitter account: link: credit: Rice University.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more


Nano sandwich offers unique properties

first_img Shahsavari. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to of magnesium oxide sandwiched between layers of graphene make a compound with unique electronic and optical properties, according to researchers at Rice University who made computer simulations of the material. (Credit: Lei Tao/Rice University) AddThiscenter_img ShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNano ‘sandwich’ offers unique propertiesRice University researchers simulate two-dimensional hybrids for optoelectronics HOUSTON – (Feb. 27, 2017) – Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists.Their recipe puts two slices of atom-thick graphene around nanoclusters of magnesium oxide that give the super-strong, conductive material expanded optoelectronic properties.Nanoclusters of magnesium oxide sandwiched between layers of graphene make a compound with unique electronic and optical properties, according to researchers at Rice University who made computer simulations of the material. Illustration by Lei TaoRice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari and his colleagues built computer simulations of the compound and found it would offer features suitable for sensitive molecular sensing, catalysis and bio-imaging. Their work could help researchers design a range of customizable hybrids of two- and three-dimensional structures with encapsulated molecules, Shahsavari said.The research appears this month in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Nanoscale.The scientists were inspired by experiments elsewhere in which various molecules were encapsulated using van der Waals forces to draw components together. The Rice-led study was the first to take a theoretical approach to defining the electronic and optical properties of one of those “made” samples, two-dimensional magnesium oxide in bilayer graphene, Shahsavari said.“We knew if there was an experiment already performed, we would have a great reference point that would make it easier to verify our computations, thus allowing more reliable expansion of our computational results to identify performance trends beyond the reach of experiments,” Shahsavari said.Rouzbeh ShahsavariGraphene on its own has no band gap – the characteristic that makes a material a semiconductor. But the hybrid does, and this band gap could be tunable, depending on the components, Shahsavari said. The enhanced optical properties are also tunable and useful, he said.“We saw that while this single flake of magnesium oxide absorbed one kind of light emission, when it was trapped between two layers of graphene, it absorbed a wide spectrum. That could be an important mechanism for sensors,” he said.Shahsavari said his group’s theory should be applicable to other two-dimensional materials, like hexagonal boron-nitride, and molecular fillings. “There is no single material that can solve all the technical problems of the world,” he said. “It always comes down to making hybrid materials to synergize the best features of multiple components to do a specific job. My group is working on these hybrid materials by tweaking their components and structures to meet new challenges.”Farzaneh Shayeganfar, a visiting research scientist at Rice and researcher at Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran, is lead author of the paper. Co-authors are Javad Beheshtiyan and Mehdi Neek-Amal, both of Shahid Rajaee and the University of Antwerp, Belgium.Rice University and the Iran Science Elites Federation supported the research. Computing resources were supplied by Rice’s National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer administered by Rice’s Center for Research Computing and  procured in partnership with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at!divAbstractFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Multiscale Materials Laboratory home page: R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engineering.rice.eduRice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: www.ceve.rice.eduRice Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

London Business School Welcomes New Dean OrtaloMagné

first_img Last Updated Sep 21, 2017 by Yessenia FunesFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail London Business School Welcomes New Dean Ortalo-Magné The London Business School newest dean has arrived, heading to London from Wisconsin.Dean François Ortalo-Magné will be the school’s ninth dean. He previously served as dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2011 to 2017, according to a press release. Now, he’ll be embarking on a tenure with the London Business School.“In a challenging world, LBS has the opportunity to show the way,” he said. “I am excited for the journey.” While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ortalo-Magné built the university’s faculty, raised money, and improved the school’s brand. Inclusion and diversity were some of his key pillars as dean. Though Ortalo-Magné was previously based in the United States, his career actually began in London, attending the London School of Economics and Political Science in the mid-90s. He taught at the London Business School for six months as a visiting research scholar as well.The previous dean, Sir Andrew Likierman, leaves his eight-year position, but he’ll continue teaching at the London Business School as a professor of management practice in accounting. Ortalo-Magné is excited to follow in his foot steps.“I feel particularly grateful for the opportunity to succeed Sir Andrew, who has created such great momentum in the school,” Ortalo-Magné said. “I am energized by how engaged everyone is: our alumni, students, staff, and faculty members. They are all ambitious for the school, and this makes it an inspiring place to be.”However, the new dean isn’t the only one excited about this change. So is the school’s Governing Body Chairman Apurv Bagri.“François is ideally placed to take us forward and build on the great work carried out by Sir Andrew,” Bagri said. “The school goes from strength to strength, and I’m confident that François will continue to enhance its reputation for academic excellence and the delivery of world-class degree and executive education programs.” About the AuthorYessenia FunesView more posts by Yessenia Funes center_img regions: London RelatedLondon Business School Announces New DeanLondon Business School announced the appointment of its ninth dean on July 25, 2016. François Ortalo-Magné will become the first non-British European to hold the position in the school’s history. His appointment will be made official when he assumes the deanship in August of 2017. Ortalo-Magné will succeed Sir Andrew…July 28, 2016In “Featured Region”Francisco Veloso Named New Imperial College Business School DeanThis month, Imperial College London named internationally renowned innovation scholar and professor Francisco Veloso as the new Dean of the Business School. Veloso is a prominent expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, where his research—including studies into the development of Silicon Valley—has mainly focused on how corporations and regions develop and…March 16, 2017In “Featured Region”Inside Dean Matthew Myers’ Plans for the SMU Cox School of BusinessOn August 1, 2017, Matthew Myers became the ninth dean of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. As the former dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, Ohio, Dean Myers comes to Cox with plans to build on the school’s current strengths and enhancing its offerings.…December 22, 2017In “Dallas”last_img read more

How Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBA

first_imgHow Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBA Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Toronto Earning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants.So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living, and other expenses to pay for your MBA?Canadian ProgramsFirst, let’s talk Canadian programs that are available to help students. Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP): LLP allows students to withdraw up to $10,000 (CAD) a year from a registered retirement savings plan. These amounts will not count toward income and taxes are not withheld.Ontario Student Assistance Program: For full-time students in the province of Ontario, the government offers loans to help pay for school.Out of Province Loans: For Canadian citizens who do not live in Ontario, there is government funding available for each specific province. You can determine the loans available in your province by visiting the official website.Scholarships Canada: Scholarships Canada features almost 100,000 different awards for a variety of different types of students, schools, and more.Schulich School of Business – York UniversityAt the Schulich School of Business, there are various financial aid opportunities for graduate students including a full range of scholarships. These awards are available for students who demonstrate academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, or participation in the community. The amount of the award varies but ranges from $10,000 (CAD) to $40,000. A few of the scholarships available include:Robert Krembil Scholarship of Merit: $40,000 (CAD) available to full-time MBA students who demonstrate high academic standing.Scotiabank Scholarship in International Business: $20,000 (CAD) available to second-year MBA students who have completed a year of study at the Guanghua School of Management.Resource Capital Funds Scholarship: $15,000 (CAD) available to second-year MBA students specializing in Global Mining Management.To apply for these scholarships, students must complete an entrance funding application. Recipients are chosen based on how well they meet the award’s criteria and are notified via email when they are selected.’Other options for funding include Line of Credit Programs for Domestic Students. These loans are available from three banks—RBC, TD, and CIBC—with a loan amount up to $125,000 available. Finally, there are many job opportunities for MBA students looking for part-time work to supplement their income.DeGroote School of Business – McMaster UniversityThere’s over $450,000 (CAD) in scholarship funding available at the DeGroote School of Business. Most MBA entrance scholarships at the school offer between $2,000 and $10,000 (CAD) in funding and are based on your average GMAT score. Other scholarships and bursaries range from $500 to $15,000. One such award is the Mutual Group Graduate Scholarship, which is valued at $11,000 and available to all incoming MBA students based on their academic achievements.Other opportunities to pay for your MBA program include MBA Teaching Assistantships. The rate of pay is negotiated once chosen for the position and is available for a year. Lastly, the Student Line of Credit offered by TD Canada Trust is a loan program specifically available to McMaster University students.Rotman School of Management – University of TorontoPaying for your Rotman School of Management MBA doesn’t have to break the bank. The business school offers over $4 million in available financial aid through fellowships, scholarships, awards, financial assistance, paid work placement, and more.Specifically, there are three fellowships available at Rotman:Forté Fellows Program: Eligible women can apply for the Forté Fellows Program by submitting an MBA application and applying at the Forté Foundation.Reaching Out LGBT Fellows Program: This program offers Fellowship recipients a minimum of $10,000 (CAD) per academic year. To apply, you’ll need to submit an MBA application to the University.Creative Destruction Lab Fellows Program: This fellowship is available to 20 incoming full-time MBA students interested in careers in entrepreneurship and start-ups, offering financial awards up to $27,000.Other opportunities to pay for your Rotman MBA include the unique Rotman Problem Solving Challenge open to incoming MBA students. Students who best demonstrate Rotman’s model-based approach to problem-solving can win up to $100,000. There are also multiple scholarships available that range from $10,000 to full tuition. Awards are available based on academic merit and financial need.Ivey Business School – Western University CanadaAt the Ivey Business School, financing your MBA is a relatively simple process. That’s why around 50 percent of MBA candidates receive a scholarship or another award upon admission to the program. Many of the awards are academically based and range from $10,000 to half of tuition. Candidates will be considered based on their education, activities, and work experience.The school also offers preferred banking loans through the BMO Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Royal Bank, and TD Canada Trust. These programs are available to Canadian citizens and offer various loan options in competitive packages to help you secure private financing.As for Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Toronto campus, they also offer a variety of their own scholarships, awards, and bursaries. To learn more about how they help financially strained MBA students, we recommend visiting their websites.center_img 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 RelatedTop Toronto MBA Programs for Financial AssistanceToronto is the fourth most populous city in North America and widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. It’s also an established global city, attracting people and businesses from around the world as a center of trade, finance, arts and culture. So, it’s…October 12, 2016In “Advice”School v. School: Queen’s University Smith School of Business vs Toronto Rotman School of ManagementApples or oranges? Steak or chicken? Toronto or Kingston, Ontario? If you’re having a difficult time making a decision, you’re not alone. When it comes to choosing the best MBA program for your needs, there can be more than one choice that seems like the “perfect” fit, so how make…May 28, 2019In “Economist”The 5 Most Affordable Canadian MBA ProgramsFor many the MBA cost of entry might appear too high. One could certainly find more affordable alternatives, but it might not open the same doors that elite programs can. The choice is even more pronounced in Canada, which typically only cost a fraction that the elite U.S. schools offer.…March 4, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more


Stolen Dog That Helped Vet With PTSD Reunited With Family

first_imgA German shepherd named Boru at the Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade in Goshen on March 13, 2016. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times) US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img LOS ANGELES—A dog that helped an Iraq War veteran cope with post-traumatic stress disorder has been reunited with its owner after being stolen out of his southern California front yard last week.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tells KABC-TV the German shepherd named PJ was returned unharmed to his family in East Los Angeles on Saturday night.#LASD Missing Dog PJ From ELA, F/8mo, German Shepherd, Returned To Owner Safe, 4300blk Dozier St, @EastLALASD— LA County Sheriff’s (@LASDHQ) November 6, 2016The station reports the dog’s theft devastated owner Francisco Torres because of his struggles with PTSD. Angela Torres says PJ has “been really good” to her husband.Surveillance video caught someone taking the dog from the gated yard outside of the family home.No arrests have been made and officials aren’t saying how PJ was found. Share Stolen Dog That Helped Vet With PTSD Reunited With Family By The Associated Press November 7, 2016 Updated: November 7, 2016last_img read more


Obama First Lady Hike Through Botanical Garden

first_img Share this article Show Discussion The latest on President Barack Obama’s annual two-week vacation in Hawaii (all times local):10 a.m.President Barack Obama began the second day of his annual Hawaiian holiday vacation with a mid-morning hike at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden.The park is at the base of the Koolau mountain range on the east side of the island of Oahu and is comprised of 400 lush acres. The name Hoomaluhia translates to “a peaceful refuge” in native Hawaiian. The garden was established in 1982 and designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers.The president and the first lady were joined by friends on the nature walk on a rainy, overcast day. The president’s motorcade departed his family’s Kailua beachfront rental home at 9:40 a.m. and arrived at the botanical garden at 10 a.m.The Latest: Obama, first lady hike through botanical garden— QCT Nation (@QCTnation) December 18, 2016  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharecenter_img Obama, First Lady Hike Through Botanical Garden By The Associated Press December 18, 2016 Updated: December 18, 2016 US U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, second from right, with their daughters Malia, third from left, and Sasha, fifth from left, are greeted as they arrive on Air Force One, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, for their annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. Greeting the first family from left are Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and his wife Bruni Bradley, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Mayor of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) last_img read more


Israels Leader Endorses Trump Wall

first_img Israel’s Leader Endorses Trump Wall By Jack Phillips January 29, 2017 Updated: January 29, 2017 Share this article Israel’s leader has endorsed President Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted Saturday that Israel’s wall along its border with Egypt has been successful in stopping a swell of African migrants, AP reported.President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 28, 2017“President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel’s southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea,” he wrote, with images of the Israeli and American flag.The tweet marked a rare public foray for the Israeli leader into a charged American domestic affair. The two leaders spoke earlier this week and Netanyahu is planning to visit Trump in the White House next month.After repeated clashes with President Obama, Netanyahu has high expectations for Trump, who has signaled he will take a kinder approach. Related CoverageTrump Wants to Enlist Local Police in Immigration CrackdownIsraeli Opposition politician Yair Lapid criticized the prime minister. “A serious mistake by Netanyahu,” Lapid tweeted, Reuters reported.He added: “It is a needless declaration of war on Mexico and Hispanics and a rupture with the Democrats (including the majority of U.S. Jews). It doesn’t matter what we think of the wall, don’t we have enough troubles of our own?”Mexico’s government signaled that it was outraged over Netanyahu’s tweet.“The foreign ministry expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s message,” the foreign ministry wrote in a statement. “Mexico is a friend of Israel and should be treated as such by its Prime Minister.”The Associated Press contributed to this report. US Show Discussioncenter_img Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Dec. 25, 2016. (Dan Balilty/Pool photo via AP)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Sharelast_img read more


Uber Picks Expedias Dara Khosrowshahi as New CEO Sources

first_imgFILE PHOTO – CEO of Expedia, Inc. Dara Khosrowshahi attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 13, 2012. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) Share this article Uber Picks Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as New CEO: Sources By Reuters August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 Share Uber Technologies Inc chose Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive on Sunday, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing him the challenge of leading the ride-services company out of a nearly year-long crisis.Khosrowshahi, 48, would take on the daunting task of mending Uber’s image, repairing frayed relations among investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses.In Khosrowshahi, Uber’s board has picked an executive with a track record of driving growth while also delivering profits – precisely what the unprofitable Uber needs to satisfy investors. He has also proven capable of making Expedia the leader in another industry full of change and competition — online travel.But he would also have to contend with the legacy of Travis Kalanick, Uber’s pugnacious co-founder, who was ousted as CEO in June after shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company’s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down amid growing concern over his behavior and the behavior of senior managers under him.Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, speaks during the opening of the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich, Germany in 2015. He announced he was stepping down from his role with the ride-sharing giant on June 20, 2017. (Tobias Hase/AFP/Getty Images) Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, speaks during the opening of the Digital Life Design (DLD) Conference in Munich, Germany in 2015. He announced he was stepping down from his role with the ride-sharing giant on June 20, 2017. (Tobias Hase/AFP/Getty Images)The Uber board of directors has been meeting daily and deliberated on its pick for CEO throughout the weekend. A spokeswoman said on Sunday that the board had voted but was declining to disclose its choice publicly until after informing employees. An Uber spokesman and an Expedia spokeswoman declined to comment. Khosrowshahi did not immediately respond to requests for comment through email and on Twitter.Khosrowshahi, who has run Expedia for 12 years, was not known to the public to be among the top candidates for the job.He beat out Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co and one of the finalists for the job, who said earlier on Sunday he was no longer in the running. Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been a leading candidate, according to sources close to the process. Whitman last month denied having any interest in the job.Unlike Immelt and Whitman, Khosrowshahi is not a fixture in the celebrity executive community. And since Expedia is based in Bellevue, Washington, he is a Silicon Valley outsider, offering a contrast to the “tech bro” culture Kalanick established at Uber.Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in this file photo. (Expedia, Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Expedia, Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, in this file photo. (Expedia, Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDITFocused on GrowthThe Iranian-American businessman came to the United States as a child in 1978 with his parents following the Iranian Revolution. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brown University and got his start at investment bank Allen and Co.Khosrowshahi has certainly done well for himself – in 2015 he was the highest paid CEO in the country, mainly because of a nearly $91 million stock option grant. He is also on the board of the New York Times Company and sports merchandise company Fanatics Inc.Under Khosrowshahi’s leadership, Expedia more than doubled its annual revenue since 2012 to nearly $8.8 billion in 2016. The company reported net income of $281.8 million for 2016.In an interview with CNBC in May, he said: “Analysts are focused on margins. I am focused on growth.”He led Expedia through a string of acquisitions since 2014, buying Airbnb rival HomeAway Inc for $3.9 billion, Orbitz Worldwide Inc for $1.3 billion and Travelocity for $280 million, cobbling together an online travel empire. Expedia is the world’s largest online travel agency by bookings.A general view of atmosphere at launch of new Citi and Expedia travel credit cards in New York City on Sept. 17, 2014. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Citi) A general view of atmosphere at launch of new Citi and Expedia travel credit cards in New York City on Sept. 17, 2014. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Citi)At Uber, he would bring an end to a company culture built on founder control. Kalanick enjoyed sweeping authority on the board and nearly complete autonomy in running the company, a governance style that helped to create a workplace that had few checks and balances.Uber has been hit by allegations of sexual harassment, a lawsuit alleging trade-secrets theft, a federal criminal probe over use of software to evade city regulators, and allegations of executives mishandling the medical records of a victim who was raped by her Uber driver in India, among other controversies.Uber was valued at $68 billion at its most recent investment last year, but recently some mutual funds have written down the value of their Uber investment by as much as 15 percent, a sign of wavering confidence in the company.Despite the controversies, Uber is still a growing company. Last week, the company reported a 16 percent increase in ride bookings and a 17 percent jump in net revenue for the second quarter over the previous period, and its losses shrank by 9 percent. Show Discussion A sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,) A sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,)Among Khosrowshahi’s first tasks at Uber would be filling a slew of executive vacancies, including those of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and general counsel. In the absence of top leadership, Uber has been run by a 13-person committee.What role Kalanick has in the company going forward is a critical question whose answer remains unclear.In a previous statement, Kalanick said he would support the new CEO “to guide Uber into its next phase of growth and ensure its continued success.”A spokesman for Kalanick did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday evening.By Heather Somerville US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more


9YearOlds Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint in North Carolina Police

first_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article 9-Year-Old’s Lemonade Stand Robbed at Gunpoint in North Carolina: Police By Jack Phillips August 6, 2018 Updated: August 6, 2018 Share A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was running a lemonade stand in Monroe was robbed at gunpoint. (Google Maps)  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Neighbors told WSOC-TV in Charlotte that the boy went back out and began selling lemonade despite the robbery. They said that he relocated the lemonade stand to another location. “If he’s trying to have some kind of goal, maybe the people of the neighborhood could chip in and help out, reward some hard work,” neighbor Lou Armada told the station. “I’m often seeing the young man selling organic lemonade,” Robert Pendleton added.“In today’s world, people are very bold,” Union County spokesman Tony Underwood said, lamenting the crime, according to WSOC-TV. Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.He said that nowadays, “Criminals are very bold” and that “this is a new low.”Underwood added that only $20 was stolen from the boy.The suspect hasn’t been located.Those with information that might assist detectives in this matter should contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office or Union County Crimestoppers. Show Discussion A 9-year-old North Carolina boy who was running a lemonade stand was robbed at gunpoint on Aug. 5, officials said.The boy was selling lemonade in Monroe, about 25 miles from Charlotte, when a teen approached him and pointed a handgun at the child’s stomach, demanded money, and then ran away, said the Union County Sheriff’s Office in a news release on Aug. 5.“The boy was allegedly approached by a teenage black male suspect wearing a [camouflage] hat and black shirt. The suspect allegedly stuck a black handgun to the boy’s stomach, demanded money and fled the scene on foot,” the office stated.When officers searched for the suspect, officials located a trail in the woods and found a camouflage hat, a black-colored BB handgun, and the stolen metal money tin.Officials said they believe the suspect left a bicycle and walked from there to the lemonade stand before the robbery took place.last_img read more