Top figures from the labour movement have signed a

first_imgTop figures from the labour movement have signed an open letter advocating the release of Brazilian politician Lula.The former President of Brazil is currently serving a 12-year custodial sentence after being convicted of money laundering and corruption. He maintains his innocence.April 7th marked the first anniversary of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment.11 Labour MPs, including frontbenchers Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon, have joined with leaders of the UK’s biggest trade unions, plus journalists and other activists, to “stand in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in Brazil”.Below is the full text of the open letter.We condemn the continued persecution of former President Lula in Brazil (jailed on April 7 2018). Lula was favourite to win Brazil’s 2018 presidential election until he was jailed and barred from standing in a move condemned by the UN Human Rights Committee.The election was subsequently won by the far-right Jair Bolsonaro who has said he hopes Lula “rots in prison”. Astonishingly, Judge Moro who oversaw Lula’s trial has now been appointed as Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice.Lula is a political prisoner. We call for his freedom and stand in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in Brazil.Yours,Richard Burgon MP (Labour)Diane Abbott MP (Labour)Daniel Carden MP (Labour)Emma Dent Coad MP (Labour)David Drew MP (Labour)Karen Lee MP (Labour)Grahame Morris MP (Labour)Laura Pidcock MP (Labour)Danielle Rowley MP (Labour)Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Labour)Laura Smith MP (Labour)Baroness Jean Corston (Labour)Baroness Llin Golding (Labour)Neil Findlay MSP (Labour)Tariq AliJohn PilgerFrances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUCLen McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the UnionDave Prentis General Secretary, UNISONTim Roache, General Secretary, GMBPaddy Lillis, General Secretary, USDAWManuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSAMick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEFRonnie Draper, General Secretary, BFAWUChris Kitchen, General Secretary, NUMTony Burke & Christine Blower, Vice-Chairs, Brazil Solidarity InitiativeRachel Garnham, Labour NEC & Labour Friends of Progressive Latin AmericaTags:Lula /last_img read more

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PAUL Wellens says Saints showed plenty of characte

first_imgPAUL Wellens says Saints showed plenty of character and learnt lessons as they dipped 18-12 to Wigan on Saturday.The Club’s Joint Captain, who has played in all of Saints’ 11 successive Cup Semi Finals, believes enough was thrown at the Warriors, but it lacked the cutting edge needed to break the defence.“We threw a lot at them and gave it our all,” he said, “but I thought we didn’t throw enough quality at them. We lacked a little bit of depth – and I would include myself in that – on the edges and we weren’t direct enough.“We did this in the first half and it’s easier to defend against that than when a team plays direct.“We dominated the first half and unfortunately went in down. I was glad to get a good tackle on Josh Charnley but they sprang the ball wide very quickly.“We now have to move forward though and the next time we have an opportunity to play Wigan, and I feel confident we will, we will need to be more direct and make the most of the opportunities.”Fellow Club Captain James Graham played through the pain barrier for the Saints – and Wellens led the tributes.“Jammer is phenomenal. There was one play towards the end where he caught the ball and fell on the floor – I can imagine 13000 people thinking what is he doing… but we knew exactly what he was doing. He was putting his body on the line.“I didn’t expect him to play and there were times in the match he could barely walk. That says a lot about him and his character that we would do what is better for the team instead of his own health.“He is immense but we are all disappointed we haven’t got the right result. But there is character in the team to move forward and it is certainly something we can build on.”Wellens is set to make his 400th appearance for the Saints in Friday’s home Super League tie with Huddersfield Giants.Kicking off at 8pm, tickets are now on sale from the Club Shop in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comlast_img read more

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THE Super 8 fixtures are out and Saints will begin

first_imgTHE Super 8 fixtures are out and Saints will begin the next phase of the First Utility Super League competition with a trip to Warrington next Thursday.We caught up with Keiron Cunningham and Alex Walmsley at the Super 8s launch event to find out what they think of the seven games that lie ahead.We also got more reaction on that great win at Wigan on Friday.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone pagelast_img

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Theyve been rewarded for outstanding seasons by h

first_imgThey’ve been rewarded for outstanding seasons by head coach Paul Anderson, the former England and Great Britain prop, assisted by his former St Helens and international team-mate Paul Sculthorpe MBE.Richardson was named in the 2018 Dream Team whilst Lees is nominated for the Young Player of the Year in the Betfred Super League.The Knights leave on October 18 for a week’s preparation at the state-of-the-art Brisbane Broncos training base.They then fly to Lae for the first match against the Kumuls on Saturday October 27, before moving to the capital Port Moresby where the teams meet again at the 15,000-capacity Oil Search National Football Stadium on November 3.England Knights Squad:Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers, Normanton Knights) Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs) Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal) Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Widnes St Maries) Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR. Normanton Knights) Jamie Shaul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Dean Hadley (Hull FC, Skirlaugh) Brad Fash (Hull FC, West Hull) Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds) Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders) Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Hornets) Matty Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield) James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks) Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Chorley Panthers) Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks) Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves, Golborne Parkside) Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles) Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Backs) Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings, Bold Miners) Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings, Rylands Sharks)last_img read more

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First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgThe next game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Hull KR and kicks off at 7:45 pm on Friday 29th March. Tickets are available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img

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Pender County crews taking photos of homes for tax revaluation

first_imgVan being used to take photos in Pender County (Photo: Pender County) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you see people in vans taking photos of your property for the next three months, it could be crews taking images for Pender County.Fieldwork to update images and tax data on all parcels in Pender County will begin on Monday, October 16.- Advertisement – The Pender County Tax Office has contracted Tyler Technologies of Ohio to get high-resolution images from the street.The county says crews will take the photos from customized vans that will be marked as part of the Pender County Imaging Project. The imaging crews will be working throughout the county for approximately twelve weeks.Pender County says it’s important to note:All personnel assigned to this project have been issued photo ID bangles that must be visible at all times.The Pender County Sheriff’s Department has been notified of van descriptions, locations, and crew information.All photographs will be taken from the public right of ways, however, when this is impractical; every effort will be made to be unobtrusive. Crew members have been authorized to access driveways or private lanes when necessary.Related Article: Homeowners still have to pay property taxes despite hurricane or flood damageFor more information, you can call the Office of the Tax Assessor at (910) 259-1221.last_img read more

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Man charged in elderly womans assault banned from CFCC over peeping incident

first_img Kevin Lamont Whiting, 28, is now permanently banned from the campus of Cape Fear Community College, a school spokeswoman confirms. CFCC Police say Whiting has previous assault on a female charges and should be considered a threat.By Friday afternoon, Whiting was in police custody for another incident.Wilmington Police say around 5:45 Friday morning, Whiting assaulted a woman who would not give him cash or cigarettes.Related Article: Police arrest teen in connection with shootingHe’s in the New Hanover County jail under a $50,000 bond. Kevin Whiting (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just hours before a man allegedly assaulted and choked an elderly woman in downtown Wilmington, he peered over a stall in the women’s bathroom at Cape Fear Community College, according to a bulletin from CFCC Police.The peeping incident happened on Thursday on the first floor of the S building.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Commission tables ordinance Columbus Co gun owners feared would forbid target shooting

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Gun owners in Columbus County think a proposed ordinance could challenge their private property rights.Columbus County Commissioners want to start things over with a proposed firing range ordinance.- Advertisement – Brandon Patrick says he shoots on his land in Columbus County and believes the ordinance could infringe on his rights.“There ain’t nobody that’s going to come and tell me that I cannot shoot my gun on my property,” Patrick said.For the last few days that’s been the rallying cry in Columbus County against the proposed gun range ordinance. Patrick owns a business and lives in Columbus County. He believes the proposal is not meant to tell people they cannot shoot on their land, but he thinks it needs more work. So does county Planning Director Gary Lanier, who made it clear at Tuesday’s county commission meeting neighbors do not need to fear this proposal.Related Article: ‘Real hero’: Crowds brave Arizona heat to honor John McCain“It has nothing to do with an individual going on their personal private property and target practice, plink, shoot skeet, do whatever they want to do,” Lanier said.The worry came from the definitions. “Shooting range facility” included both public and private estates. However, Lanier pointed to the last sentence of that definition that clauses out general landowners who want to shoot in their back yard. That clause says that shooting range “does not include incidental target areas on private property.”There does remain an issue with commercial ranges in the county according to neighbors.“When the bullets came on top of my house I told him, ‘:ook that’s as far as I’m going.’ And I turned to y’all for help,” Anthony Buck said during the meeting.“Let us practice common sense and consideration for our neighbors,” pleaded Revis Long.Neighbors like Buck and Long have concerns of the proximity ranges are to their homes and the effects those ranges have had on them.The board of commissioners wants to start the process over with county planners.Patrick hopes planners will make sure it cannot be misread and he does not expect it to any way hurt landowners simply because of the backlash that would happen.“The ordinance I can see where it could be a safety issue with people randomly setting up gun ranges or whatever but as far as for people just shooting on their property, I don’t see how they can enforce it,” Patrick said.last_img read more

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Two men wanted for allegedly stealing from hog farms

first_img The sheriff’s office says warrants are on file for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods.If you have information, you are asked to call (910) 862-6960 or text (910) 874-6850. Wesley Keith Carroll, of Clarkton, and Joshua Bryan Evans, of Bladenboro (Photo: Bladen Co. Sheriff’s Office) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating two men wanted for several breaking and entering cases of farms in the county.Deputies say Wesley Keith Carroll, of Clarkton, and Joshua Bryan Evans, of Bladenboro, stole several thousand dollars worth of property from local hog farming facilities.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Salvation Army shelter still undergoing repairs

first_img After that, systems like fire control will be put back in place, and staff will be rehired and trained.He aims to have the shelter open by February.Until then he says they encourage people to seek shelter at the Good Shepherd Center.Related Article: Church lends hand to family still suffering from FlorenceCraddock also says there are free meals and coats for those in need at the Salvation Army Church. The downtown Wilmington shelter remains closed while it undergoes repairs after Hurricane Florence.(Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As temperatures continue to drop, one place some needy people rely on for shelter remains closed after it was damaged in Hurricane Florence. Now we know when it may reopen.Salvation Army Major Mark Craddock says the emergency shelter in downtown Wilmington just had its roof repaired, and he expects contractors to begin interior work next week.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Majority of university students oppose abortion – KSU survey

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A study carried out by the University Students’ Council found that a majority of university students oppose abortion.The Council published the findings of its survey on Monday in which 58.4% of 733 who participated in the survey said they were against the legalization of abortion in Malta. While 41.6% said that they are in favour.The findings of the survey were adopted by the Council, with the Council stating that given the results, the students are therefore against the legalization of abortion. The report was prepared by the students who were assisted by Professor Liberato Camilleri.The survey was carried out online with 733 out of 11,000 students taking the survey. The study’s margin of error is therefore 3.5%.Out of the 733 participants, two thirds were female respondents.92% of the respondents said that they are against abortion during the last three months of the pregnancy, while 84% said that abortion should remain illegal during the fourth to the sixth month of pregnancy. 44.7% said that abortion should be legal during the first three months of pregnancy being non invasive against 55.3% who said that is should remain illegal.The survey also found that 44.6% said that they are totally against abortion in case the child has any form of disabilities.13% said that they strongly disagree with abortion in case the mother’s life was in danger, while 8% said that they disagree and 16.6% were neutral on the matter. 40.5% said that they strongly agreed with abortion in the case when a mother’s life is endangered.Download full report: WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Decrease in poverty increase in social expenditure – Muscat

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> Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stated that although there was a decrease in unemployment, poverty, and social benefits dependence, the social sector expenditure still increased by 50%.Dr Muscat described that the main social target of the Labour Government is that children living with employed parents do not live in poverty.Muscat announced that for the first time, besides tackling the current situation, Malta will be following a long-term strategy regarding prices and social housing. Social housing should be there for those citizens who truly need it, concluded Muscat.WhatsApplast_img read more

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MTN Launches 4GLTE in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement MTN has become the first operator in Uganda, and one of the very first in the region and on the African continent to successfully launch its 4G LTE network.Long Term Evolution technology (LTE) is the latest technology in the world with the fastest internet speeds of up to 100Mbps, giving customers the most seamless experience in data services.Popularly known as 4G, LTE is a ‘standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for data terminals and mobile phones.’ 4G LTE Data Networks provide mobile ultra-broadband internet access.“We are happy to claim another first in Uganda with this momentous announcement as MTN Uganda successfully launches its 4GLTE network offering World-class internet services to our customers. What is even more pleasing is that we’ve done this ahead of many other advanced economies around the world,” said Ernst Fonternel, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer. – Advertisement – The launch of LTE represents a major stride in mobile connectivity capabilities in Uganda. The service offers almost triple the speed of any existing mobile connection available commercially in Uganda and in the region.“This launch further emphasizes MTN’s commitment in not just transforming its own network but also the businesses of its Corporate and SME customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Uganda,” Fonternel added.For the customer this means you can download large files in no time, stream music videos and HD movies without buffering and upload pictures without delay. These services will significantly transform the way you interact with the world.“The higher LTE speeds will give our customers lower latency which translates into a much more stable user experience. The technology’s impressive speeds create endless possibilities for the user including instantaneous music and picture downloads,” said Fonternel. “Our challenge isn’t keeping ahead of the other operators. It’s keeping ahead of the tidal wave of data demand both in our country and in the region. Last year we launched our 21.6Mbps Data Network and last month we rolled out our 42Mbps Data Network and now LTE. In all these innovations, we have been the first, and our intention is to continue pushing boundaries so that our customers enjoy World-class internet.”MTN’s LTE service will initially be available in greater Kampala, with other towns to follow in the very near future. There are currently 20 locations fully integrated onto the LTE network. Furthermore LTE capable dongles will be on sale at selected MTN outlets.Fonternel said that the commercial launch of LTE is part of a bigger network transformation plan that MTN has been undertaking over the past few years in order to give its customers World-class services.Over the last two years, MTN has made major investments to its data infrastructure in Uganda, expanded the mobile distribution foot print, and greatly enhanced the mobile core, radio capacity and Network infrastructure.MTN Uganda launched the first Mobile Money service in Uganda with tremendous success and was recently ranked 2nd in the world-wide sample for the number of active Mobile Money accounts as per GSM Association’s 2012 Survey.MTN Uganda was also recently named Uganda Number 1 Leading Superbrand and was voted as the Best Mobile Telephone Service provider of the year in the Uganda Responsible Investment Awards 2013. MTN was voted for by the people of Uganda in appreciation and recognition of its contribution towards the promotion of international best practices and standards.“MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World to our customers. MTN Uganda is embracing this vision through constant enhancements to our Data Network to deliver World-class Internet and make our customers’ lives a whole lot brighter,” added Fonternel.Since MTN was launched in Uganda in 1998, it has made major investments in the country. In 2012 alone, its CAPEX investments exceeded USD 80 million. This investment was mainly in expanding the network infrastructure to support the mobile subscriber growth as well as the rollout of new innovative products and digital solutions. MTN Uganda plans to invest an additional USD 70 million in 2013 towards further infrastructure development.“In terms of Network Infrastructure, MTN Uganda has deployed 2,800km of fibre backbones achieved with multiple layers and rings to protect customer experience across all national regions and provide dedicated business solutions to SMEs and Corporate Enterprises. Another 400km of Fibre is currently under deployment between Mutundwe in Kampala and Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda and should be completed within the coming months,” said Rami Farah, MTN Uganda Chief Technical Officer.Furthermore, MTN Uganda extended the fibre network backbone and built five regional switching centres in the East, West, North and Central regions. MTN also built a fibre optic cable through Tanzania into Rwanda, providing an alternative data capacity route through Katuna into Uganda.MTN Uganda has over the last 6 months rolled out approximately 100 new Base Transmission Sites to new coverage areas while commissioning another batch of capacity sites to enhance the quality of network services. MTN Uganda currently has more than 1,100 network sites across all regions in Uganda.“The continuous CAPEX investment by MTN is aimed at providing our customers with the best possible user experience across the country. We would like to ensure consistent and reliable network quality for all existing customers and also to enable many more new customers to enjoy the best of what Mobile Technology has to offer,” concluded Farah.last_img read more

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Uganda to host the International ICT and BPO Conference 2015

first_imgPresident Museveni at the launch of the BPO Incubation Centre. Photo Credit: EA Official Advertisement The Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) is working together with the ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU), National IT Authority Uganda (NITA-U), Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB) and AVASANT- India to jointly organize the International ICT and BPO Conference 2015 Exhibition to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Uganda, to network among the potential investors and local players and to allow business deals to be made.The two day event under the theme “Harnessing export competitiveness for job creation” is expected to bring together ICT and outsourcing academicians, practitioners, researchers and policymakers from within the African continent and across the globe and focus on leveraging opportunities to create jobs, current best practices and exploring new innovations in the Outsourcing industry.The International ICT and BPO Conference 2015 will take place from 30th September to 2nd October 2015 at the Serena Hotel, Kampala. – Advertisement – The conference will look to bring together over 200 participants from the global community of ICT/BPO stakeholders from around the world and high profile delegations from Europe, Asia, USA and Africa.The main objectives of the conference are to showcase Uganda as a potential ICT/BPO hub and a preferred ICT Centre of Excellence with its achievements and capabilities in the ICT sector, and to serve as a strong marketing tool to position it in new markets.The government of Uganda has identified Information Technology Enabled Services–Business Process Outsourcing (ITES-BPO) as one of the key sectors to enhance economic growth and reduce youth unemployment in the country.“Uganda has the potential to achieve further estimated BPO revenues of around $375 million by 2020 by accessing local and regional customers, with the potential for further overseas markets.” Rogers Karebi – Secretary General and founding member of the UBPOA remarked. More specifically, to promote the IT/ITES sector and to showcase, sensitize and create awareness about the existing International Trade Centre (ITC) interventions to increase firm level competitiveness in Uganda.About the Annual International BPO ConferencesThe Annual International BPO Conference is an annual event where outsourcing professionals come together to focus on leveraging opportunities to create jobs, current best practices and exploring new innovations in the outsourcing industry. The conference was initiated in 2012 by the Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) in partnership with National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U).last_img read more

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Tesla Motors to add Samsung to its battery supply chain

first_imgAdvertisement Tesla Motors may source batteries from Samsung SDI Co Ltd for its energy systems in homes, companies and utilities, rather than for its electric cars , the US company’s chief executive said on Wednesday.Elon Musk initially was responding to earlier reports from Reuters citing unnamed sources that said Samsung batteries would find their way into the Models S and X. Not so, according to Musk, who tweeted, “Would like to clarify that Tesla is working exclusively with Panasonic for Model 3 cells. News articles claiming otherwise are incorrect.”But when asked by a follower if Samsung might supply batteries for Tesla Energy, Musk said “yes.”S and X cells are also Panasonic— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 8, 2016 – Advertisement – The company launched Tesla Energy storage systems last year to expand its business beyond electric vehicles into supplying energy for homes and businesses.[related-posts]last_img read more

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STARTERS ORDERS Monday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 12 JanuaryRACING1.55 PlumptonAlbatros De Guye 7/1 > 4/13.55 WolverhamptonAbility N Delivery 3/1 > 9/44.25 WolverhamptonBirkdale Boy 12/1 > 7/15.25 WolverhamptonDutch Uncle 5/4 > 10/11FOOTBALL11/5 Coventry 5/4 Swindon 11/5 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

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STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 24 NovemberRACING1.20 SedgefieldStar Presenter 6/1 > 4/11.40 SouthwellStrictly Art 16/1 > 9/12.40 SouthwellLexington Bay 7/1 > 5/12.00 LingfieldAlberta 9/4 > 6/42.40 SedgefieldNot A Bother Boy 11/2 > 3/13.20 SedgefieldBenjamin Tree 4/1 > 3/13.30 LingfieldThe Poodle Faker 10/11 > 4/7HENNESSY NEWSWith the news this morning that Coneygree now misses the race our ante-post top three is now:3/1 Saphir Du Rheu 6/1 Smad Place 6/1 Bobs Worth(Others on application)FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport Showcase / BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD / BT Sport Ultra HD1/5 Arsenal 12/1 Dinamo Zagreb 6/1 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD8/1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4/11 Chelsea 7/2 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

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JULIE COLLIER Made In Denmark Preview

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Equations can help computers solve geometric problems

first_imgShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduEQUATIONS CANHELP COMPUTERS SOLVE GEOMETRIC PROBLEMSMathematician at Rice Universityis optimistic his research will have practical applicationsA Rice Universitymathematician is on the hunt for equations that represent countless geometricproblems. When these equations areidentified, computers can be used to find solutions to complicated problems thatmight be encountered in engineering and other industries.“To understand thegeometry of something, you need ways to analyze it systematically and learn moreabout the properties it might have,” said Brendan Hassett, the Edgar OdellLovett Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Rice in Houston. “Trying tovisualize the abstract properties of something can be a struggle, but if you canrepresent those properties with equations, you can use a computer to perform ananalysis.”Hassett specializes intranslating geometric problems into algebraic equations. Mathematicians usecoordinates to study lines, circles and other geometric objects, just as sailorsuse longitude and latitude to map a coastline. The relations among thecoordinates of the points on a line or circle are expressed concisely asequations.The geometric problemsthat Hassett is most interested in involve the fourth dimension, in whichobjects are identified by four coordinates, or numbers. That increases thecomplexity of the equations as well as the number of possiblesolutions.“For a computer to solvean equation, it needs clear, step-by-step instructions on how to calculate thedefinitive answer,” Hassett said. “So it’s important to come up with a systemfor identifying all the possibilities and expressing each with aformula.”The complexity of suchproblems, which can entail thousands of equations, means that their solutionsmight not find immediate uses in industry. But the vast quantity of informationcoursing through today’s digital world means that intricate mathematics arisesmore and more in everyday life.Hassett cites the compact disc as an example,where sophisticated algebraic formulas are used to safeguard the integrity ofthe music.“If you scratch a musicCD, the disc will keep playing,” he said. “Some redundancy has been built intothe disc. The extra information allows the CD player to reconstruct the musicwhen some of the information is lost. “Mathematically, youwant to repeat information so it can be recovered in more than one way,” Hassettsaid.The geometricinspiration for the algorithms used to store information on CDs is more than 120years old. But that’s par for the course in mathematics, he said.“When you work inmathematics, you need to be confident that your findings will continue in thefuture,” said Hassett, whose research is supported by the National ScienceFoundation. “The long-term development of science, the things you study out ofpure curiosity, will lead to very useful applications, even if you can’t predict120 years from now how your work will benefit society. The historical trend isthat mathematics tends to be useful, even in areas where it wasn’texpected.” AddThis Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among 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. last_img read more

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