The care regulator is facing fresh questions over

first_imgThe care regulator is facing fresh questions over its inspection failings after it emerged that it delivered glowing reports on standards at a dozen care homes, less than two years before abusive regimes were exposed at all 12 institutions.The Devon care home at the centre of the scandal, Veilstone, had not been visited by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for three-and-a-half years by the time the abuse was finally exposed six years ago.CQC had even failed to order an inspection of Veilstone after receiving allegations of abuse from a resident in August 2010, even though it was by then three years since its previous inspection.Instead, it passed the allegations to Devon County Council to investigate, while also notifying the home and the police, but did not inspect the home until April 2011 – more than three-and-half years after Veilstone’s previous inspection by CQC’s predecessor, the Commission for Social Care Inspection.Even then it failed to uncover the abusive regime.It was not until a second whistleblower came forward in July 2011 and made similar allegations to the police, and CQC ordered another inspection of Veilstone as well as examinations of the other 14 Atlas homes, that the regime was finally exposed.Last week, reporting restrictions on the case were finally lifted following a lengthy series of criminal trials and hearings that led to the conviction of 13 company directors and employees of Atlas Project Team, which provided residential care for people with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour.Bristol Crown Court had heard how managers and staff at two of the homes locked residents in bare, freezing seclusion rooms with no heating or toilet facilities as a punishment.Devon and Cornwall police worked with prosecutors to establish a pattern which showed how staff used “excessive and inappropriate seclusion” as a result of training provided by senior Atlas figures.The Crown Prosecution Service said this had led to a “culture of abuse – unlawfully detaining residents in very poor conditions for long periods of time”.But Judge William Hart jailed only one of the 13 people convicted, Atlas director Jolyon Marshall, with others receiving suspended prison sentences, conditional discharges, or in the case of Atlas founder and director Paul Hewitt, a £12,500 fine and prosecution costs of £105,000.One of the Atlas residents had also been abused at the notorious Winterbourne View private hospital, a regime which was exposed by the BBC’s Panorama in 2011 – at about the same time that the regulator was being warned about the Atlas homes – and also led to criticism of CQC.In the Winterbourne View case, CQC admitted mistakes after failing to follow up a whistleblower’s allegations (it failed three times to respond to his evidence, according to a serious case review) because it believed the local council was doing so.The Atlas trials and hearings focused mainly on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy to falsely imprison residents at two of the company’s homes in Devon, but CQC documents show the abusive regime extended far beyond false imprisonment and spread across many of its 15 properties.Analysis by Disability News Service (DNS) of inspection reports published by CQC show that less than two years before the abusive regimes were finally exposed, the watchdog had branded 12 of the Atlas homes “good” or “excellent”.Inspection reports from 2009 and 2010 showed CQC repeatedly congratulating Atlas for the quality of the service it provided at 12 care homes across Devon, Hampshire and Berkshire.The following year, in 2011, when CQC finally launched urgent inspections of all of Atlas’s homes, it found breaches of care standards in every one of the 12, as well as three others that had opened since 2010.The CQC reports also show that the regulator failed to carry out a full inspection in 2010 of Veilstone, in Bideford, as it had promised it would the previous year.The CQC reports which followed the 2011 inspections, and were published in early 2012, show disturbing levels of abuse across the institutions.In one Devon home, Gatooma – the other home where allegations were dealt with in court – residents’ telephone calls to their relatives were listened to and recorded by staff.In another home, Santa Maria, in Wokingham, Berkshire, records showed that one resident had been “sent to their room” 58 times in December 2010; in July 2011, the same resident was sent to his room 208 times, and by October 2011 he was being sent to his room 438 times.In Santosa, a care home in Holsworthy, Devon, the inspectors found the behaviour of two residents was “being managed through the giving or removal of food”, while residents were paid a tiny amount of money to carry out a series of daily tasks.The previous year, CQC had described Santosa as an “excellent” service.In another Devon home, Teignmead, written information showed staff were attempting to manage one resident’s behaviour by the use of what they called a “time out protocol”, while there were reports of residents being physically restrained.The records showed how one resident (X) “was observed through the crack in the door (lounge) to of been crying for 1 minute – [X] was directed to his room as per his time out policy”.Another Teignmead incident report stated: “Due to [X] not listening to staff, [X] was directed to his room as per time out policy.”That report also stated that, because X had not complied with the time out policy, he had been physically restrained twice for a total of eight minutes.Two years before, CQC had described Teignmead as a “two star good service”.All 15 homes had their registrations cancelled by CQC in August 2012.CQC said this week that its “inspection methodology” in 2010 was that “unless information of concern raised with us indicated that we needed to make an additional visit, we would inspect two-star services every two years”.But CQC had been warned repeatedly that its approach to inspection – which focused on homes submitting written self-assessments – could lead to some institutions avoiding inspections for up to five years.In his book on another major abuse scandal* involving adults with learning difficulties, at the Longcare homes in Buckinghamshire, experts interviewed by DNS editor John Pring warned in 2011 about the “diluted” protection offered by CQC’s new inspection system.One told Pring: “They say they have a focus on poor performing homes, but my view is that this realignment has just been done to save money.“There are just not the inspectors walking through the door like there used to be on a regular basis. It’s a paper assessment and I do not think that is wholly effective.”Another warned that CQC resources were “thin and getting thinner” and that abusive regimes were slipping through the CQC net.Dr Noelle Blackman, chief executive of the charity Respond, which has provided years of advocacy, emotional support and psychotherapy and counselling to victims of the abuse, and their families – and which also supported some of the survivors of the Longcare abuse – said this week that the Atlas regime had spread throughout its homes.She said: “They all lived in fear as they witnessed their fellow residents going through the abuse, even if they didn’t witness it themselves.”She said the abuse went far wider than was exposed by the trial, which focused on the use of solitary confinement punishment rooms.Many residents were forced to carry out work, such as scrubbing the floors.She said: “It was a huge part of the culture that the residents had to do a lot of the manual tasks and it was seen as a way of civilising these people who were seen by the managers and staff as being not quite human.”If they refused to carry out the work, they were punished, by being deprived of food or being locked in a punishment room.She added: “Part of the regime of coming out of isolation was that they had to carry out tasks to prove they deserved their freedom again.”Five years after the abuse was finally halted, she believes CQC still has lessons to learn.She believes the regulator needs to be far more “curious” about the services it inspects and not allow itself to be “fobbed off” by the “glossiness” presented by some of the care businesses it inspects.One improvement in recent years has been the use of Experts by Experience, often disabled people themselves, who have experience of using services and accompany CQC inspectors on their inspections.Blackman said: “They are curious, they ask the key questions, they instinctively know what is right.”But all too often, she said, that information is not captured by CQC’s reports because the criteria they use are too narrow.Asked about its failings, CQC insisted that its procedures had changed in the years since the abuse was exposed.A CQC spokesman said the events took place “six or seven years ago when CQC was a different organisation, using previous methodology.  “When these abusive practices were discovered, CQC took action although we acknowledge that we should have responded more quickly to the concerns raised.   “Much has changed since 2011. Since then we have overhauled our regulatory approach; improved the monitoring of services and the way we respond to safeguarding concerns; introduced a new and more thorough inspection process; increased the numbers of people with learning disabilities involved in our inspections; and strengthened our enforcement processes.“We have also worked with The Challenging Behaviour Foundation on the issue of restraint and we now subject services where staff frequently resort to restrictive interventions to much tougher scrutiny than we did five years ago.”Asked if CQC believed there should be an independent investigation into its failings, he said: “CQC did carry out its own review at the time and we would of course contribute to any serious case review, along with all the agencies who were involved at the time.”But he said the responsibility for preventing abuse “rests with the providers who must be held accountable for delivering on that quality”.   He said: “We will take action if we find that a provider is failing – first to protect people in their care, and also to hold them to account through using our enforcement powers.”He said CQC now had “a new, more thorough inspection process”, introduced three years ago, and “will never rely solely on the assertions of a provider about the quality of their care without crossing the threshold to check”.And he said there were now systems in place “to ensure that safeguarding processes are not closed without the outcome of the investigations being recorded”.*Longcare Survivors: The Biography Of A Care Scandal is available through the DNS websitelast_img read more

Developments in Development Pricey Coffee and Mondrian

first_imgAt issue – The governor was hoping to spur Californian cities into building more housing. Affordability advocates hope to protect the process of public involvement in planning. Some also want to protect locally designated historic resources, since Brown’s proposal only considers a building historic if it’s on the state or national register. Another concern is that just because something is in the pipeline faster doesn’t mean it gets built any faster. But the city’s current review process is pretty complex, sometimes because of recently passed legislation designed specifically to address the housing crisis. Case in point: This proposal for a seven-story, 53-unit building on 16th and Florida was approved by the city’s Planning Commission this week, but only after being delayed for a week for further discussion. Why?  Because it was the first project affected by the Interim Controls the Planning Commission passed in January – controls meant to put a new level of scrutiny on development in the Mission to more closely examine projects’ impacts on housing supply and displacement pressures.Those controls also require the developer to provide the Commission with information about how the project contributes to or mitigates the removal of production, distribution and repair (light industrial like auto shops and furniture manufacturing, for example) space. Though the Commissioners appeared generally pleased with the developer’s report under the controls, they agreed additional discussion would be beneficial and had some concerns about the design of the project. At the first hearing, the project’s designers said the brightly colored panels are supposed to represent the vibrant culture and murals of the neighborhood, but one Commissioner said the facade reminded her not of the Mission but of the Dutch artist Mondrian, and one public commenter likened it to a stained-glass-tile lampshade. And as for housing costs…is it possible we’ve topped out? Prices rose everywhere except in the Bay Area, reports the Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender. Condo sales in SoMa were particularly sluggish, which one realtor attributed to a slowdown in the tech sector. But overall the real estate market is, of course, still quite hot. Here’s a fun (?) example: The Box Factory is back, now with expensive boxes to live in – A $1.3 million condo. Curbed reports the two-bedroom (with office that could be a guest room) is about to go on the market. The building was converted into lofts in 2001. Also, I spy with my bleary eye another visual Mondrian reference! So I guess that’s another kind of box you will encounter in the “box factory.”Storefront Watch:The former L’Aviateur is going Japanese, but with an international bent: In July, Eater reports Bon, Nene will open as a “tapas bar” of Japanese food made with French technique. Two chefs from New York City’s prestigious Eleven Madison Park are opening a temporary pop-up in the former Roosevelt Tamale Parlor space. It’s unclear what will happen to the space once the pop-up moves on. Not the headline we need, but…hopefully not the headline we deserve? According to the Chronicle, “The $20 cup of coffee is here.” Make no mistake, it is one super-special brew. But as the Chron’s Jonathan Kauffman kindly explains, it’s not just about the quality of the bean (or the enormous distance it has traveled):In many ways, $16 coffee is a food stunt, San Francisco’s version of the KFC Double Down or the Blueberry Pie Oreo. It is made to be discussed, even if half that discussion consists of “WTF NO WAY” tweets.That’s right. San Francisco’s high-brow priceyness is now so key to its image that simply raising the price of an item can be considered a San Francisco Move. Good thing we still have a McDonald’s left in the Mission.Okay, enough sniping about coffee. Here are the development things you might have missed this week: The battle over “by right” housing is heating up. That’s Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to skip certain local planning reviews for housing projects that meet baseline zoning and affordability requirements. At least one group of opponents to the plan will show up at City Hall on Monday. Tags: development • Developments in Development • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

LOUIE McCarthyScarsbrook wants Saints to be hardn

first_imgLOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook wants Saints to be hardnosed when they face London this Saturday.The forward admits it was a wrench to see his former team relegated but they need to put in a strong performance at The Hive.“It was really disappointing to see them go down and when I saw they had, my heart sank a little bit,” he said. “It wasn’t inevitable as such, but you could see how it would pan out.“I made some good friends down there and the back room staff were excellent. When I was there they had kids from 5 to 16 playing and then they would be taken into the Academy and through to the first team like me.“They have a lot of youngsters coming through and they will be blooded throughout next season. Perhaps it was a little too early for them this year.“They have set out their intent by bringing in some old heads to help those youngsters and hopefully that intent is to bounce straight back up and not stay in the Championship.“One thing I know about London; and it was the same when I was there – and I’ve told the lads here – is that they are a team that never gives up. Even when they are getting pumped they won’t give up or they will be hooked and off. That has stayed with them all year.“We ran away with the game at Langtree Park and they kept coming. If you go there expecting to win then we will have a tricky time.”He continued: “My form has been better over recent weeks. I had a mid-season dip but have got closer to where I was. There is a lot of competition in the pack too.“Mose Masoe, Alex Walmsley, Anthony Laffranchi and Kyle Amor are fit with the likes of Greg Richards and Luke Thompson chewing at the bit to get going.“As a team we are frustrated with leaking tries late on as they are making our wins look closer than they are. That happened on Friday.“We’ve had some bad losses and that is down to us as players not performing well. When we do click we are a dangerous team. It is up to us to go out with right mentality and not just think we are going to come away with two points. That is important this week; we need to have a hardnosed mentality.“It is tight at the top and our goal is to finish top before the playoffs. We have been there for a while now and we don’t want to get knocked off because of poor performances.”last_img read more

WIDNES have not beaten St Helens in the Challenge

first_imgWIDNES have not beaten St Helens in the Challenge Cup since winning the 1930 Final at Wembley.Saints have won the last six Cup meetings between the sides since then.They have Saints also won their last three Super League meetings with Widnes – with the Vikings’ last league win against the Saints coming 40-26, at home, on April 21, 2014.Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2012 (Round 4) Widnes 38 St Helens 401996 (Semi-Final) St Helens 25 Widnes 14 (at Central Park, Wigan)1992 (Round 1) Widnes 2 St Helens 101991 (Semi-Final) St Helens 19 Widnes 2 (at Central Park, Wigan)1989 (Semi-Final) St Helens 16 Widnes 14 (at Central Park, Wigan)1976 (FINAL) St Helens 20 Widnes 5 (at Wembley Stadium)1961 (First Round Replay) Widnes 10 St Helens 291961 (First Round) St Helens 5 Widnes 51930 (FINAL) St Helens 3 Widnes 10 (at Wembley Stadium)1926 (Round 1) Widnes 7 St Helens 101925 (Round 1) Widnes 10 St Helens 82015 Meetings:St Helens 34, Widnes 16 (SLR12, 24/4/15)Widnes 20, St Helens 30 (SLR5, 13/3/15)Career Milestones:Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:St Helens’ Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 50.Masoe made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014. He is an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 502 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 423 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 384 Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 355 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) 34First Utility Super League Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 145 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 137 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 1210 = Zeb Taia (Catalans Dragons), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers) 11Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 652 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 604 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 595 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 576 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 567 = Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 399 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 3710 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage:1 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.76 (59/68)2 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)3 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)4 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 82.27 (65/79)5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 77.92 (60/77)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.92 (60/78)7 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 76.08 (35/46)8 Craig Hall (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 71.05 (27/38)9 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 70.90 (39/55)10 Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 69.56 (16/23)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1622 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1453 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1364 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1345 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1326 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1277 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1068 = Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 9410 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 90Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Leading ScorersTries: 1 Kris Brining (York City Knights) 62 = Matty Fozard (Batley Bulldogs), Wayne Reittie (Batley Bulldogs), Steve Parry (Gloucestershire All Golds), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions), Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Rob Massam (North Wales Crusaders), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 4Goals:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 192 = Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders), Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 165 Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 14Points:1 Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 482 Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 443 = Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls), Cain Southernwood (Batley Bulldogs) 405 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 382015 Leading Scorers:(All competitions)Tries:1 Liam Kay (Leigh Centurions) 262 = Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors), Ryan Brierley (Leigh Centurions) 214 = Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Lee Gaskell (Bradford Bulls) 176 = Tom Lineham (Hull FC), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings), Gregg McNally (Leigh Centurions), Menzie Yere (Sheffield Eagles) 16Goals:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 992 Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls) 813 = Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Lewis Palfrey (Oldham) 685 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 676 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 657 = Wes Naiqama (London Broncos), Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 649 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 6210 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 61Points:1 Martyn Ridyard (Leigh Centurions) 2152 Ryan Shaw (Bradford Bulls) 2103 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 2004 Tommy Johnson (North Wales Crusaders) 1605 Lewis Palfrey (Oldham) 1536 Wes Naiqama (London Broncos) 1527 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Atkin (Swinton Lions) 1489 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 14710 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Paul Sykes (Featherstone Rovers) 138last_img read more

Academy Reserves Club First Team Match

first_imgHolbrook revealed earlier this week that he will give youth a chance against London on Sunday with a Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final looming and a number of players carrying niggling injuries or illnesses and he has stood by his word naming four potential debutants in his 19 man squad.There is a total of nine changes in all as Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Theo Fages, Player of the month Alex Walmlsey, James Roby, Luke Thompson and Lachlan Coote all drop out.Danny Richardson gets another chance as does Adam Swift whilst Joseph Paulo has recovered from the injury he picked up against Warrington. Matty Costello comes back in as does young Joe Batchelor who is included for the first time since the win over Catalans back in April. Jack Welsby is another to return having not featured since the defeat against Sunday’s opponents, London, back in June.There are also inclusions for young hooker Josh Eaves, who was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016 and has impressed on loan at Leigh this season playing six times for the Championship club. Loose forward, Callum Hazzard, has been recalled from his loan with North Wales Crusaders where he has scored five tries in 16 appearances. Centre, Josh Simm, grandson of Saints legend Geoff Pimblett, has racked up 23 tries in a staggering 13 appearances for the Academy and is another who has impressed at Leigh and he gets a chance.And 17 year old half back Lewis Dodd is included for the first time having scored 16 tries in 17 for the Academy and kicked an impressive 81 goals so far this season.The young inclusions means there is a total of 13 Academy products in Saints’ 19 man squad for this week’s clash with London and further emphasises the strength of the club’s youth system. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–St.Helens 19 man squad:5. Regan Grace, 7. Danny Richardson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18, Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. James Bentley, 24. Matty Costello, 25. Joe Batchelor, 27. Josh Eaves, 28. Callum Hazzard, 29. Jack Welsby, 30. Josh Simm, 31. Lewis Dodd.London 19 man squad:6. Jordan Abdull, 13. Sadiq Adebiyi, 8. Eddie Battye, 23. Robert Butler, 7. James Cunningham, 26. Sam Davis, 5. Kieran Dixon, 17. Matt Fleming, 14. Matty Fozard, 16. Matt Gee, 3. Ben Hellewell, 10. Mark Ioane, 4. Elliot Kear, 30. Olsi Krasniqi, 12. Jay Pitts, 15. Greg Richards, 1. Alex Walker, 2. Rhys Williams, 20. Luke Yates.last_img read more

Suspect in Greenfield Street shooting arrested

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A suspect has been identified and arrested in a late August shooting.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirms Thomas Point, 19, was arrested in relation to the shooting. Wilmington Police responded to Greenfield and South 8th streets August 18 after reports of a shooting.- Advertisement – They found a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. They reported that he was going to Pyramid Rehearsal and Recording Studio when someone fired multiple shots at him.Police said emergency crews were called and the man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Point was arrested Friday according to the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office. He faces three charges including assault with a weapon and has a bond set for $100,000. He will be in court Tuesday.last_img read more

Winning lottery ticket sold in Wilmington

first_img#MondayMorning not so bad for someone who got Cash 5 ticket @ Dawson Food Mart, Dawson St, #Wilmington. Ticket won Sunday’s $296,763 jackpot pic.twitter.com/Jm8hm6fQ7A— NC Education Lottery (@nclottery) October 23, 2017Related Article: NC woman gets million dollar lottery win on Mother’s Day The winning numbers from Sunday’s drawing are 11-28-32-34-41.The jackpot was $296,763. Carolina Cash 5 WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Check your Cash 5 tickets!The North Carolina Education Lottery says someone bought a winning ticket worth nearly $300,000 at the Dawson Food Mart on Dawson Street.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Five charged for stealing guns ammo in multiple breakins

first_img On November 27, the rear door of a home on Bill Hooks Road in Whiteville was found to have been pried open. Multiple items were taken. After the break in, the homeowner installed surveillance cameras. A few days later, the suspects returned to the house. This time, the suspects entered the enclosed porch and removed property. During the two break-ins, the suspects removed multiple firearms, ammunition, a compound bow, two Yeti coolers, and other assorted hunting gear. The homeowner’s surveillance cameras captured one of the suspects and the vehicle he was traveling in. CCSO released the individual’s photo and vehicle to the media on December 4. Detectives investigated each tip received after the photos were released and were able to identify the person shortly after.On December 3, the front entry door of a home on Page Road in Clarkton was damaged. Deputies say the door had been forced open. The suspects removed firearms, ammunition, a television, a gaming system, two cell phones, several watches, coin currency, and assorted hunting gear. Detectives were able to use GPS to track one of the stolen items to a home on New Britton Highway East in Whiteville.On December 5, CCSO Detectives went to the home on New Britton Highway East. Detectives found a white Nissan Murano that matched the vehicle captured by surveillance cameras during the Bill Hooks Road incident. Detectives were given consent to search the property and vehicle and found some property items that were stolen from the above listed incidents. Detectives obtained a search warrant where numerous stolen items were located and seized during the search.Related Article: Police searching for gunman who shot off-duty security officerOn December 5, the glass on the front door of a home on Red Hill Road in Clarkton was shattered. Deputies say the suspects entered the house and removed a chain saw, two weed eaters, three compound bows, a cellphone, a jar of coin currency, and a pair of hunting boots.On December 20, the suspects entered a home on Midway Drive in Chadbourn. They took jewelry, a jar of coin currency, a laptop, a television, and a firearm from the house.During the investigation, CCSO Detectives discovered that additional stolen property was being stored at a home on Waynes Way in Whiteville. On December 21, detectives searched and several stolen items were found inside.CCSO Detectives were able to locate and recover approximately 50 items during this investigation. Four of the recovered items were pawned by the suspects. Some of the stolen items the detectives recovered had already been sold to people by the suspects.During the investigation, detectives learned that the five suspects responsible for the break-ins also broke into homes in Bladen County. CCSO Detectives and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detectives collaborated during the investigation. Additional charges for the suspects are pending in Bladen County.On January 5, 2018, detectives arrested Joshua Hulon, Katie E. Sutton, Garrett M. Snodgrass, Nekema Haley, and Joshua Grooms. Deputies say this is an ongoing investigation. Additional charges are possible in the future.Katie Elizabeth Sutton, of Chadbourn, is charged with one count of felony larceny of a firearm, one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny. She was given a $20,000 bond.Joshua Grooms, of Whiteville, is charged with one count of felony larceny of a firearm, two counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny. He was given a $16,000 bond.Nekema Haley, of Whiteville, is charged with three counts of felony larceny of a firearm, four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of felony larceny. He was given a $57,500 bond.Joshua Hulon, of Chadbourn, is charged with three counts of felony larceny of a firearm, three counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny. He was given a $60,000 bond.Garrett Michael Snodgrass, of Chadbourn, is charged with four counts of felony larceny of a firearm, four counts of felony breaking and entering, four counts of felony larceny. He was given a $105,000 bond. Top Left-Bottom Right: Garrett Snodgrass, Joshua Hulon, Nekema Haley, Joshua Grooms, Kati Sutton. (Photo: Columbus County Sheriff’s Office) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five people have been arrested in connection to multiple break-ins in Columbus County. Sheriff deputies say they stole items such as guns, ammo, and hunting gear at several homes during November and December 2017.On November 24, suspects kicked in the rear entrance of a home located on Hallsboro Road South in Whiteville. Firearms, a gaming console, and some collectible coins were stolen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

New Hanover County property taxes could drop

first_img The new fiscal year starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2019.Click here to read more from StarNewsOnline. (Photo: PublicDomainPictures.net) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (Star News) — Property taxes would decrease, school funding would increase and the county would make a new investment in combating the opioid crisis in a 2018-19 New Hanover County budget proposed by staff.“Because we can,” county manager Chris Coudriet said of recommending a decrease from 57 cents to 55.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value, or 2.7 percent. For the owner of a $200,000 home, property taxes would decrease from $1,140 to $1,110. General fund spending, meanwhile, is projected to increase 1.7 percent, from $326.7 million this fiscal year to $332.5 million in 2018-19.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Groups to approach city council to improve Portia Hines Park

first_img “There is a need for those bathrooms and that water,” said neighbor Anita Richardson.Richardson sits along her porch at her 10th Street home often watching and talking about the park she grew up around. The day Anthony Hardwrich came up to her door with a petition to city council, she was all too happy to sign it.“Everybody wants to know where their children are and without lighting you really don’t get to see where the children are running to,” said Hardwrich, who is a part of the Northside Connection.Related Article: City, county close on Echo Farms land dealThe Connection as well as the Blue Ribbon Commission’s Voyage Youth Leadership Council launched this effort to petition the city council to build bathrooms, water fountains, as well as lights at the park.“It’s really needed, I mean it’s really needed,” said Hardwrich as he looks through the Magnolia tree seeing kids of all ages dancing on the basketball courts baking in the mid-evening sun.Neighbors like Richardson know just how busy the park can get. The doors to her home  often sit open for the kids that use the park.“Nine times out of 10 that’s going to be my house, because they know I’m not going to say no. ‘Go ahead and use the bathroom, see if you got something to drink.’ I catch myself buying extra water and extra juices, because I live across from the park,” Richardson said.Richardson said growing up the park had a different image to her and the neighborhood. There was a gazebo, bathrooms, water fountains as well as various playground items and tennis courts. Time and crime, she says, took its toll and eventually all of those things were demolished.Knowing the neighborhoods past, WWAY took the question to city leaders if Portia Hines Park would be restored to its former facade.“I’d like to see them get exactly what they want if it is within our budget of course and if it is within the parameters of what we do to all parks,” said councilman Clifford Barnett, who is a newcomer to the council, but pastors a congregation a couple of streets north on Nixon Street from Portia Hines.It sits now as one of the few parks in the inner city without electricity and running water. Robert Strange Park has two centers, a gym and fitness center as well as multiple water fountains and power. Alfred Blue Park in the Love Grove area garners not all but more utilities.“I don’t think you should charge today’s children for yesterday’s happenings,” Hardwrich said.The two groups plan to speak before City Council Tuesday to push the petition and request the improvements come to the park. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – There’s a petition and a push to improve one park on Wilmington’s northside.Some call it the 10th Street park; others Portia Hines. Whichever name you use, neighbors want to see a change to it. They say it will better safety, hygiene and bring a stronger sense of community.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Elections leader named to probe North Carolina Congress race

first_img Penry said he resigned because he didn’t want to undermine an ongoing probe of potential wrongdoing in the state’s 9th Congressional District.The board voted last week to hold an evidentiary hearing before Dec. 21 about absentee ballots in the south-central 9th District. Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The Associated Press has retracted its call of Harris being the winner, saying it is treating the board’s action as if the case proceeded to a recount.Malcolm’s “leadership and experience will help ensure fair and honest elections,” Cooper said in a statement. The governor also appointed another Democrat Monday to fill a vacancy on the nine-member board.Related Article: NCGOP chairman, others indicted in federal corruption probeThe board declined last week to finalize Harris’ victory. Members have expressed concerns about voting totals in other races in Bladen and Robeson counties, two of the district’s eight counties. The district attorney in Wake County also revealed Monday that her office has been investigating potential “voting irregularities” in Bladen County since early this year, going back to 2016.A state board investigator took mail-in absentee ballot applications and envelopes from Bladen County the day after Election Day. Harris performed extremely well in Bladen County in last month’s general election and during his primary election win over GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger.Bladen also was the only county in the 9th where Harris won a majority of the mail-in absentee ballots. In the primary, Harris won 96 percent of the mail-in ballots in Bladen on the way to his narrow victory over Pittenger.Malcolm, a Democrat from Robeson County, which adjoins Bladen, expressed frustration last week with voting problems in his area. He said information about past “unfortunate activities” had been referred to federal and local prosecutors.Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman, whose office often investigates election-related crimes, said her Bladen County probe began 10 months ago related to 2016 voting but now includes allegations from this year’s primary and general election. Freeman couldn’t say when she expected a resolution.“This is a large, paper-intensive investigation and these things just take time,” Freeman said in an interview. Her investigation was first reported by The News & Observer of Raleigh.A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh would neither confirm nor deny the existence of a federal investigation.State Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said recently that there’s been no evidence made public that illegal conduct occurred. And Harris said late Friday that to date there was “absolutely no public evidence that there are enough ballots in question to affect the outcome of this race.”Malcolm told the AP on Monday the board would inform the public on its work ahead of a hearing. He declined to say when the hearing would occur.The state Democratic Party has provided affidavits from Bladen County residents. Registered voters signing two of the affidavits said a woman came to their homes in September and October requesting their absentee ballots. Those affidavits said the woman took the ballots but they were not in sealed envelopes, as is required. Another voter said she received an absentee ballot request in the mail for which she didn’t ask.Democratic Party Chair Wayne Goodwin said Monday it was too soon to know whether the investigation would change the vote tally but said the investigation needs continue.“From what we’ve seen from these sworn affidavits, and we will learn more as the hearing is held, there appears to be election tampering, election rigging, election stealing,” he told reporters.Shortly after the November 2016 election, McCrae Dowless of Bladen County filed an election protest alleging a “massive scheme” by a local political group to run an “absentee ballot mill” designed to improperly turn in votes for a write-in candidate for a local position for which Dowless was running.Then-GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign supported investigating such allegations as he trailed Cooper in their gubernatorial race. Dowless appeared in a December 2016 board hearing in which members questioned him about other voting activities and dismissed his protest.Harris consultant Andy Yates told The Charlotte Observer that Dowless worked for him as an independent contractor, doing grassroots work for the Harris campaign. Dowless and Yates didn’t return phone calls Monday seeking comment. Dan McCready (D) and Mark Harris (R) faced off in the 2018 election for NC’s 9th Congressional District. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor named a new state elections board chairman on Monday, tasked with leading an investigation into alleged absentee ballot fraud and other irregularities in a very close congressional race.Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper elevated Vice Chairman Joshua Malcolm to the top position. The previous chairman, Andy Penry, resigned last weekend after Republicans accused Penry of violating board rules with overtly partisan comments online in recent months.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brunswick residents worry over impacts from proposed Cape Fear Skyway

first_img “There’ll be public hearings held in the spring with a merger team meeting scheduled for the summer to select what’s considered the least environmentally damaging and practical alternative,” Transportation Planning Manager Mike Kozlosky said.“Houses are quite close together,” Brunswick Forest resident David Johnson said. “It’s very conducive to neighbors walking to each other’s houses. This lake, for example, is for biking and other activities, and the concept of having a disturbance of that size encroaching on us and the quality of life we’ve come to enjoy here is really hard to imagine.”Even when the decision is made, it will be a long time before construction begins, but some residents fear the effects will happen soon, regardless of the start date.Related Article: 5 things to avoid buying during Labor Day sales this year“Property values will decrease,” Resident John Morbito. “The amount of traffic will increase. The noise level will increase.”Depending on the route chosen, residents say some homes in Brunswick Forest would have to go to make room for the new highway.The Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization is meeting Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Leland Town Hall and one topic being discussed is the Skyway. Residents are welcome to attend. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new bridge across the Cape Fear River has been talked about for years. Now, there’s new talk about the plans and it has some Brunswick County residents concerned about where a highway will be built.The proposed Cape Fear Skyway would give drivers another route between Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Some people are worried about where the state would build the highway to get to the bridge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Earn some bills by picking the right duck at Coastal Duck Derby

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This weekend you can beat the heat and have a quack-tastic time at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington at the 5th Annual Coastal Duck Derby to benefit Coastal Horizons.You can adopt a duck online or visit Jungle Rapids on Oleander Drive to get your ducks in the race.- Advertisement – A single duck costs $5, a Quack Pack of 6 ducks is $25, and a Quaker’s Dozen is 12 ducks for $50.The ducks will race down the water slide at the Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park.You can win some great prizes, the top award is ten grand!Related Article: 2 injured in early morning shooting New Year’s DayHere’s more information.last_img read more

Inter put five past Genoa

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Inter Milan warmed up for their UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona by beating Genoa at the San Siro.Roberto Gagliardini put Inter ahead after 14 minutes before Matteo Politano added a second two minutes later. Gagliardini scored another goal at the start of the second half following Radu’s save on Ivan Perisic’s attempt at goal. This was the first brace in 69 Serie A appearances for the the Italian midfielder.Joao Mario and Radja Naingollan, who was making a return to Inter’s squad since last month’s derby win over AC Milan, scored a goal apiece in stoppage time as Luciano Spalletti’s side secured their 7th Serie A win in a row.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Vine will Completely Shut Down on January 17

first_imgVine-App. Image Credit: Digital Trends Advertisement Last year on October 27th, Micro-blogging website; Twitter Inc. announced that it would be shutting down its popular six-second video sharing site/app – Vine. However, the company altered its plans and said that Vine would be replaced by a new ‘Vine camera’ app, having similar functionality as the original service.According to GadgetsNow news, the app will completely shutdown and transform into Vine Camera app on January 17. Twitter says, the new app will allow users to shoot 6.5-second long looping videos and share them directly on their Twitter accounts.Support for Vine has also been withdrawn and now, users won’t be able to share their posts. However, Vine users were reassured that their previously posted clips won’t be deleted. Vine users would be in position to access and download Vines videos since the website will be kept online. As per a report on 9to5Mac website, it will function as an offline content-creation app. – Advertisement – It was also reported that top Vine creators wanted to save the app, but Twitter blew it.[related-posts]last_img read more

ISPs to Suspend Unauthorized Online News Bodies Effectively

first_imgImage Credit: kamukamapolly Advertisement What begun as a rumor has been brought to work. Communication regulator body; Uganda Communication Commission in a Public Notice signed by the Acting ED; Fred Otunnu, on April 19th directed Internet service providers (ISPs) to suspend the provision of carriage services to any online data communication service provider online/electronic media news provider that isn’t listed below and/or had not presented an authorization certificate or other express clearance to them (UCC).S/NName of Service ProviderStatus1Nile Post News Uganda LtdAuthorised2China Haijiang Online Africa LtdAuthorised3Dimension Media LtdApplication in process4Post Media LtdApplication in process5Uganda Online Website DirectoryApplication in process6Hive Digital LtdApplication in process7Mirror Digital LtdApplication in process8Trumpet Media LtdApplication in process9Newslex Point LtdApplication in process10Gold Cast (U) LtdApplication in process11Newscorn Uganda LtdApplication in process12Hot Spot LtdApplication in process13Chimp Media LtdApplication in process14Guide 2 UgandaApplication in processThis follows a public notice that the regulator body released in March 6th, 2018 stating that online data communication platforms required authorization and tasked all of them to apply for authorization before the end of April.As seen from the list above, only 14 have been considered, however only two Nile Post News Uganda Ltd, and China Haijiang Online Africa Ltd have been authorized by the regulator body while 12 are still in process. We are not quite sure whether these were the only online news bodies that submitted for authorization from UCC.last_img read more

STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY Round Three Preview Blog

first_imgSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: It’s third round night, tonight!! It’s a change to the usual format of the third round being on a Saturday night so make sure you don’t miss a beat of the action… This week I’ve spoken to both Rab McNair and Angela Harrison (interviews just below) about their remaining Star Sports Derby chances. I loved listening to Rab about how he treats the lady in his life, Queen Beyonce, just that bit different to the dogs in the kennel. I hope Liz gets the same treatment! Angela also tells us about Droopys Verve and how the dog is as good as he has ever been, despite a couple of perplexing results. Let’s hope the dog will light up the track tonight and show what he can do. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Dorotas Wildcat is set to race from trap 2 tonight and in the view of trainer Kevin Hutton, his heat is ‘less than ideal but could have been worse with five railers in the race’. Kevin likes his champion from 1,2,3 or 4, ideally trap 3. His concern is Bockos Doomie driving for the bend on his outside but the dog is in good order having had two gallops this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. For me, Wildcat is the dog of the Derby so far, though Kevin says it will still be a couple of races until he is back to peak fitness. Frightening. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSWildcat on the gallops this week It was the Star Sports Derby lunch planning meeting on Wednesday at London’s most iconic hotel, The Ritz. Not only are the Derby finalist connections in for an experience of a lifetime on the track but also at the lunch, where they will be treated to a champagne reception hosted by myself and Jonathan Hobbs, followed by bottomless afternoon tea. It’s also been confirmed that the Derby Final draw will take place the same day at 1.15pm sharp. When to make the draw has been a subject of some debate over the years. Personally, I think it’s a nice touch having the draw at the Derby lunch, though I am glad the decision has been taken to have it at the start of the event rather than the end and also on the Monday rather than, as it was last year, on the Wednesday. There is enough adrenaline and excitement around the Derby semi-finals. Eeeking the draw out till the Monday, I think, builds the excitement even more and still gives plenty of time for betting opportunities. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS If you think a finishing sort is what you need to look for to find a Derby winner then the stats this week in the Greyhound Star may have been of interest. The fastest dog from half way in the second round was Jelly Flood, still available at 125/1 with Star Sports! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS It wasn’t a good weekend in the Star Sports Derby for Graham Holland and his team but he is happy with the two dogs he takes into the third round. This week he said that Clonbrien Prince will relish the runs in the competition so we can expect more from him and Nice Charmer has always been his ‘20/1 Derby finalist!’ Only time will tell if Graham is right but for now, he’s still available at 66/1 ante-post with Star. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS There was quite a debate on RPGTV on Thursday night as to whether or not dogs racing from trap 6 at Nottingham are at a disadvantage. The trap stats in all heats to date read eight wins for trap 1, nine wins for trap 2, eight wins for 3, trap 4 leads the way with thirteen wins (27%) and it’s five wins each for traps 5 and 6. I haven’t necessarily seen a disadvantage at the boxes for the wide runners but, in my opinion, they may need a bit more luck in the sense that they need to have a decent pitch by the first bend to avoid any domino effect of dogs coming together. It will be interesting to see how the figures pan out because the wide runners are at least guaranteed their draw. The same can’t be said for the railers. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS This week Star Sports laid what I think is an overdue big bet for Worseforwear to win the Derby. Those of you who watched my kennel visits on the Star website will have hopefully noted that Peter Cronin rates this dog highly and says he will be improving. He looks to have the full package, most notably, all round pace. I keep saying it – Peter Cronin has got worse dogs to Derby finals… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Nottingham have tweeted this week that they only have a few tickets left for sale in some areas on Derby final night. Whilst I’m sure tickets may not imminently sell out, I’d advise you to get your tickets in advance. Towcester knew they had the space for ‘walk-in’s’ on the night but Nottingham are restricted by a much lower health and safety limit and once those numbers are reached, they will shut the gates. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS Despite the Irish not having the best of weekends last week, there is still a lot of confidence out there amongst the trainers, including two men where it’s a case of one man and their dog. Firstly, Gerry Holian has spoken about his dog Lemon Shane, who is so far, unbeaten at Nottingham in the Star Sports Derby. He explained that because he’s so tied up in coursing, he doesn’t race his dogs for a good part of the year and, as a result, despite being three and a half years of age, Shane is very lightly raced. The son of Droopys Jet has certainly impressed so far and Gerry is confident his dog can progress. Also feeling positive ahead of the third round is Mark Robinson. And why wouldn’t you be when you’re handling an Irish Derby winner?! Robinson says the dog is working well on the gallops and he ‘expects to see improvement, hopefully similar to the Irish Derby’. Ballyanne Sim is still 33/1 with Star Sports. There are now 13 Irish dogs left in the competition. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDSLet the fun and games commence…LATEST VIDEOSSTAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019: Our expert panel preview the 2019 Star Sports Greyhound Derby held for the first time at Nottingham Greyhound Track.Our panel, hosted by Julie Collier is:Kevin Hutton Greyhound Derby Winning TrainerMartin Chapman ‘Lofty’ Star Sports Greyhound ExpertIan Fortune Irish Greyhound ExpertTo check out the latest betting for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby visithttps://starsports.bet/event/greyhoundracing/228423/greyhound-derby-2019/ante-postYou can also download the Star Sports App, full details at:https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/new-the-star-sports-app/STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019LEADING ENGLISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEADING IRISH CONTENDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ENGLISH OUTSIDERS<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WHAT TO EXPECT<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kevin Hutton is the Star Sports defending Derby champion having won his first ever Greyhound Derby at Towcester last year with superstar dog Dorotas Wildcat. Now the Derby moves to Nottingham and ‘Cat-mandoo’ will be back to defend his crown, backed up by a very smart team.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC OSBYBallymac Osby was one of the dogs stolen from the Hutton kennel this time last year and came back in the worst state – it was touch and go for a while. He has gone on to become a very nice dog and heads into the Derby as a lively 50/1 chance.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>KINGSBROOK GLYNKevin hasn’t had Kingsbrook Glyn in his hands very long, in fact the first round of the Derby will be just his second race for the kennel. He’s a youngster who looks to have a very big future over slightly further distances than the 500m at Nottingham but, as a staying sort who will handle the trip and the rigours of a Derby, he takes his chance this week.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DOROTAS WILDCATThe 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby winner was a very classy champion. Since then he has won the Eclipse at Nottingham, a track he loves. He’s also been on stud duty but has returned to racing, Kevin believes, as good as ever. He is the fastest dog to go round Nottingham so far in pre-Derby trials and races and is the Star Sports ante-post favourite.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MAGICAL BALEThis dog has been on a real journey. He was entered into last years Derby at Towcester but went out of the competition in the second round. Following that, he crossed the pond for a tilt at the Irish Derby, eventually finishing second in the final. Things haven’t been straight forward since but the dog looks great and Kevin tells us why he thinks this dog has a real chance of winning the Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE TAYLORJaytee Taylor was a puppy star in the second half of last year at Shelbourne Park when he headed the betting for the Irish Derby after the early rounds. He’s barely raced since in anticipation of the English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PRICELESS BLAKEPriceless Blake was most recently knocked out of the Scottish Derby semi-finals in 3rd place. A dog with nice early and a never give up attitude who will take his place in the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOYLESPORTS XTRAWhat a stunning looking greyhound! Meet Bob. A dog who can ping the boxes like he is on elastic, as he showed at Shawfield in the Scottish Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PANTHERPanther is a huge, strong greyhound who has already caught the eye of a few after his trial at Nottingham last week. He didn’t handle the first two bends perfectly and you would think he will improve on his next look around.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAYTEE JERRYAn October 2016 dog who still needs to mature a little. If he can do that and the Hennessy’s can keep him sound in the coming weeks, there is no doubting this lovely, friendly dog’s ability and potential.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DREAMING AGAIN: THE ENGLISH DERBYSusan tells us what it’s like to win an English Derby, why they want more and their best chance of winning a second English Derby this year.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LENSON WHELAN (name change TULLIG FOOTPAD)A March 2017 dog who is the first of the two new recruits from Pat Buckley’s kennel. Patrick tells us about the dogs temperament and why he thinks he can get better and better as the competition goes on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BOCKOS RORYBockos Rory is a VERY young dog, just August 2017, but he will take his place in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Patrick believes he is progressive enough and whilst he may be learning on the job, the ability and potential is there. He’s also a ready-made pet with an unusual tail!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS TIGERLaid-back by nature, Seaglass Tiger is extremely versatile… and fast! Patrick is hoping his early and middle pace can help him go deep into the Star Sports Derby. He’s already proven in competitions and another youngster that will be improving.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SEAGLASS PHANTOMAt the moment, this is Patrick’s number one pick for the Star Sports Derby. Here he compares him to other top class dogs in the country and tells us why he is so impressed by the dog he calls ‘the fastest he has trained.’<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DESPERADO DANThe dog known as ‘Des’ in the kennel won the Coronation Cup over 575m at Romford. This is a staying type of dog with track craft and a great strike rate who Patrick thinks could keep qualifying.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS BIKERThe second dog of a recent intake from Pat Buckley. He went out of the Star Sports Derby in the third round last year – can he go further this year? Patrick gives his early assessment of Biker and tells us how he is settling in.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>GOLDIES GINOLAA super-friendly dog as you can see! Known as ‘Dave’, Goldies Ginola is still only an April 2017 but may well be part of Patrick’s team depending how he trials. Patrick also tells us what it would mean to him to win the Star Sports Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>WORSEFORWEARThis April 2017 dog has only had 7 career starts but has won 4 of them. Peter tells us why he expects this dog to improve through the Star Sports Derby. Only time will tell how far he can go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JAZZ BEATJazz Beat is a well bred son of Zero Ten and Volcano. He has had his share of injury problems which means he is lightly raced but he’s now fit, well and raring to go to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DA HEAD HUNTERDa Head Hunter has a different sort of profile to many of Peter’s others dog in that he is a second season dog. He ran in last years Star Sports Derby at Towcester, winning in the first round before a second round exit. Now at three and a half years of age, he is still lightly raced and will take his place in his second English Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>COOLAVANNY ABOUTA March 2017 dog who has only had 6 races – and won half of them. Now on the comeback from injury, Peter tells us why he thinks this is a dog that will keep improving and also why detecting and fixing niggles is so important to him.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CROSSFIELD CONCrossfield Con is clearly a dog that Peter likes a lot and it’s easy to see why. The dog has never been out of the first two in his 6 races so far. His seventh race will be in the first round of the Star Sports Derby at Nottingham where Peter tells us why he could be a dark horse for the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BADMINTON JETBadminton Jet was trained by Matt Dartnall during the Puppy Derby at Monmore where he picked up an injury. He was sent to Peter to race in the Con Kirby at Limerick but injury stopped him being entered. He’s raring to go now though and Peter says, totally unexposed.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>JACKS TORNADOA 28.20 dog at Shelbourne and a brother to Crossfield Con. A big brindle boy who can definitely run.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LEMON EXPRESSThis is the only wide runner of Peter’s team so one who is likely to get decent draws in the Star Sports Derby. We do know he has great early, time will tell if he gets the trip.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>IRELAND v ENGLANDSo does Peter think this years Star Sports Derby champion will be Irish or English trained? Maybe no surprises in his answer here but it is certainly given with conviction! Peter gives his thoughts on Nottingham as a Derby venue and why he loves the English Derby so much.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BRINKLEYS POETBrinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEORomeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALIEN SEAKnown as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOWThese two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>NOELLES PHELPSOHere David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS BULLETPiemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>PIEMANS STARThis is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LIGHTFOOT KINGLightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>BALLYMAC DINGLEBallymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERROSean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS NADALDroopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS TRAPPERDroopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS EXPERTAfter winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DROOPYS VERVEThe 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ALISON KELLY PILGRIMAlison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>MATT REDMANJune Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>CRAIG MORRISCraig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEWWith just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>ANTIGUA ROMEONic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>RISING BRANDYRising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Dec 5 Baker Institute conference to weigh future of US energy resources

first_imgAddThis Share12/2/2011David Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduThe Energy Forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will hold a workshop Dec. 5 to discuss the National Petroleum Council’s recent report on recommendations for market potential and sustainable development of North American energy resources.Who: Four members of the National Petroleum Council study team: Clay Bretches, vice president for E&P Services and Minerals at Anadarko; Christopher Conoscenti, executive director of energy investment banking at J.P. Morgan Securities; Andrew Slaughter, business environment manager for Upstream Americas at Shell Exploration & Production Co.; and Christopher Smith, deputy assistant secretary for oil and natural gas at the U.S. Department of Energy.What: Conference on “Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North America’s Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources.”When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall’s Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.In September the National Petroleum Council released an 18-month study of North American natural gas and oil resources that represents “a comprehensive and candid view” of the nation’s energy future. The report, “Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North America’s Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources,” said “significant technology advances have unlocked abundant natural gas and oil resources,” but the potential benefits “can only be realized if developed prudently.” The study provides recommendations for the market potential and sustainable development of this resource.At the Dec. 5 workshop, key study leaders will present the report’s findings viewed through economic, environmental and national security lenses.The Baker Institute’s Energy Forum organized the workshop in conjunction with theUnited States Association for Energy Economics and the U.S. Department of Energy.Admission to the event is by invitation only but open to members of the news media. It will be webcast at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/prudent-development-realizing-the-potential-of-north-americas-abundant-natural-gas-and-oil-resources.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to David Ruth at druth@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.last_img read more

Baker Institute paper No need yet for US to engage in Nigerian

first_imgAddThis ShareJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute paper: No need yet for US to engage in Nigerian civil warHOUSTON – (Dec. 15, 2014) – The United States should not engage in the Nigerian civil war, according to a new policy paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper examines the implications of the civil war currently underway in Nigeria between the Salafi-jihadi group popularly called Boko Haram and the country’s military.Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/Rice UniversityWhile there is some support among the United States foreign policy community for proactively combating Boko Haram, there are only extreme circumstances under which the U.S. should involve itself in the civil war; so far, this conflict does not coincide with those circumstances, according to the policy paper, “Boko Haram: A New Islamic State in Nigeria.”“During the years since 2011, Boko Haram has morphed from being a local Salafi-jihadi group into a major player in West African radicalism,” said the paper’s author, David Cook, an associate professor of religious studies and Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute. “Its tactics have ranged from standard guerilla pin-prick attacks against governmental, military and Christian targets to sophisticated suicide attacks and mass slayings of target populations.”Since July of this year, Boko Haram has clearly set the establishment of a physical Islamic state in Nigeria as its goal and has fought the Nigerian military to a draw, Cook said. “However, the Nigerian civil war is not one that commands much interest among Americans as a whole. Nor is it clear the manner in which aid for fighting Boko Haram could be rendered or what exactly would be the acceptable scope of such a conflict for the United States. That said, it is possible that with Boko Haram set upon the establishment of an Islamic state, there could come a set of circumstances under which this reality could change.”Cook believes that it would be foolish for the U.S. government to involve itself with the fight against Boko Haram at this stage, “at least until the Nigerian government has established an adequate track record of transparency” in its efforts to combat the group.The U.S. should be wary of a situation like that in Pakistan, where the elite might seek to prolong a given conflict to gain access to American military and financial resources, Cook said. “Certain elements of the Nigerian government and military are definitely set on U.S. involvement in the conflict,” he said. “This fact should make us all the more cautious about involvement.”Cook studies early Islam, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements for radical social change. His most recent books are “Understanding Jihad” and “Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature.”-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Cook, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Paper: http://bakerinstitute.org/research/boko-haram-new-islamic-state-nigeria.Cook bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/david-cook.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 15 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

Rice University students produce energy from movement of leg brace

first_imghttp://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/0504_FARMERS-2-web.jpgThe Farmers team of Rice University engineering students, from left: Taylor Vaughn, Sean LaBaw, Chase Gensheimer, Hutson Chilton and Adrian Bizzaro. The students worked on the development of a leg brace that captures energy from human motion. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice University students produce energy from movement of leg brace HOUSTON – (April 30, 2015) – Rice University engineering students have created an energy-generating knee brace that they hope may someday help power artificial hearts.The device is a modified medical brace that generates power with every bend of the knee. The electricity produced by a motor attached to the joint of the brace is funneled into a battery, but someday may go straight back into one’s body.The brace produces 4 watts of energy as the wearer walks and feeds it to a lithium-ion battery pack.That’s not quite enough power for the artificial heart being developed by the students’ sponsors, Omar Kabir and John Bartos of Houston company Cameron International, which brought the energy-harvesting project to Rice. But the team collectively known as Farmers, the third to take on the multiyear project that started with a shoe-based generator, has pushed the technology significantly forward.“We added a power conversion and storage system that was not present in the device at the beginning of this year,” said Hutson Chilton, a bioengineering major who also studies sustainability issues. “So we’re getting about the same power output, but we’re also able to convert it to direct current and store that into something useful.”She was joined by an electrical engineering major, Taylor Vaughn, and three mechanical engineering majors, Adrian Bizzaro, Sean LaBaw and Chase Gensheimer. LaBaw is a junior; the others are seniors.The brace is comfortable enough to wear for long periods, said Gensheimer, who has done most of the road testing, including stretches on a treadmill. “We had a previous design to build on, but we tried to make it lighter and easier to wear and move in.”“We went through a very long process to get where we are today,” Vaughn added.LaBaw said it was a challenge to reduce the mechanism and its casing to reasonable proportions while also reducing friction from the moving parts. “We didn’t want somebody walking with a motor 6 inches off the knee and running into tables,” he said.The team expects a future version to supply energy wirelessly to medical devices.The team’s adviser is Steven Rickman, an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, with assistance from course professors Gary Woods, a Rice professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering; Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering; and Eric Richardson, a lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering.-30-Watch a video about the project at http://youtu.be/mRMzuJc3kvEFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Farmers website: http://oedk.rice.edu/Sys/PublicProfile/25540911/1063096George R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduOshman Engineering Design Kitchen: http://oedk.rice.eduPrototype provides pedestrian power: http://news.rice.edu/2013/05/06/prototype-provides-pedestrian-power/Images for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/0504_FARMERS-3-web.jpgRice University engineering student Chase Gensheimer takes a walk with a power-generating knee brace. The invention by Rice students charges a battery pack but they hope it will lead to a device that will charge artificial hearts. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/0504_FARMERS-4-web.jpgThe energy-harvesting device invented by Rice University students amplifies the motion of a knee as it bends. (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 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 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 among some of the top schools for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceU.center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/04/0504_FARMERS-1-web.jpgThe energy-harvesting device invented by Rice University students amplifies the motion of a knee as it bends. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more