Without permission SF Coffee roasters are surfers riding waves of energy

first_img Tags: coffee shops • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% The Drupe is Dope at Four BarrelIn San Francisco, if you’re looking for a drink, camaraderie, and conversation, don’t look to your local bartender. Instead, go to your local barista.At 9:30 a.m., Bradley Allen, 48, is performing a one-man show, starring: coffee! He’s the man behind the slow bar at the Four Barrel Coffee roaster at 15th and Valencia.Allen says the coffee that Four Barrel carries will break your heart, because the taste is so beautiful you’ll want it to last. “But, like life itself, it’s fleeting.”center_img Allen grinds up selections of coffee and offers discerning sniffers a chance to smell. If they like what they smell, he’ll use the pour-over method to brew up a cup for around four bucks.One such discerning palate is Philip Stewart, 31, from Germany. Bradley tells Philip that he recently met a fellow coffee roaster from Germany who works at Five Elephants in Berlin.“That’s two blocks from my house!” Stewart enthuses. The global coffee culture, they agree, is more close-knit than people realize.In fact, Stewart wants to create a “coffeeport.” It would be a document, much like a passport, where you’d get a stamp from every coffeehouse you visited. “But don’t put that in the story,” Stewart warns me, “or someone will steal the idea.”I laugh, saying he’ll never actually do it, right? But he assures me he’s very serious about the idea.“If I put it in the story, though, it’ll be forever memorialized that it was your idea, Philip Stewart from Germany.” He agrees that proof would be helpful.Now Ben Hool, 19, from Wales, joins the group. His last name used to be Holovic, but they shortened it during his family’s short stint in Ireland on the way to Wales. He says his maternal grandfather was in the Hitler Youth and his great-grandfather was an SS soldier. His father’s side is Jewish.These are the kinds of things you learn about people hanging around the slow bar at Four Barrel.“If you want to go to Columbia,” calls out Allen. “I can take you there!” He says that coffee began in Ethiopia and it grows wild there. But then, to everyone’s surprise, he admits that he actually loves tea more than anything.“Why choose just one?” Allen asks. “You can have the Sequoias and the sea otters.” Meaning the mountains and the ocean. Sea otters, he tells me, are actually in the weasel family, as is the wolverine.“I don’t want to sound all Portlandia,” Allen says, “but we have met the cows that our cream comes from.” These cows and this cream are from Double 8 Dairy in Petaluma.The coffee bean is a fruit. “Drupe, if you want to be nerdy about it,” Allen says.Allen asks Stewart how you say “fruitiness” in German, and Philip consults a friend. They decide on “fruchtigkeit.”I make my way to the friend, Max Stockner, and ask him about his stay in San Francisco. He says he likes the bike culture here. There may be more actual bikes on the road in Berlin, but here, bikes are more celebrated. He’s surprised, however, by the rents. In Berlin, you could get a decent two-bedroom for about $1,300 a month. Here, he says, you’d have to be “super-rich to afford any two-bedroom.”And speaking of money, I check my phone and realize I’ve spent longer at the slow bar than I planned to and my parking meter has run out. Allen says that their coffee varieties change so frequently, that they offer a “snapshot of a certain point in time.” And with that, I snap a picture of the gang and move on. last_img read more

JON Wilkin has been named as England Captain for t

first_imgJON Wilkin has been named as England Captain for this Wednesday’s International Origin Game Two.England coach Steve McNamara today confirmed debuts for Warrington Wolves utility back Stefan Ratchford while Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants and Salford City Reds’ Matty Smith will form a new-look half-back partnership, with Hull KR prop Scott Taylor starting from the bench.Wilkin will captain the team after Jamie Peacock’s retirement last month and will partner Leeds Rhinos second row Carl Ablett with Jamie Jones-Buchanan of Leeds starting at loose forward.“We have a young, hungry side that will take on the Exiles on Wednesday,” said national coach McNamara. “We have made a number of changes from the first game and it is an exciting opportunity to see some real quality young players coming in and staking a claim for a regular place in the side.”McNamara is also looking forward to see how Brough and Smith cut it at this level forming a new half-back combination.“Matty (Smith) and Danny (Brough) really excite me,” added McNamara. “They have been in tremendous form in the Stobart Super League and I know they have the ability to step up and perform at this level. They will complement each other’s skills and can form a devastating partnership.”Tickets for the International Origin Series Game 2 fixture between England and the Exiles at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, on Wednesday July 4 (7.45pm) cost from £21 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased through the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukEngland: Stefan Ratchford; Josh Charnley, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe; Matty Smith, Danny Brough; Eorl Crabtree, James Roby, Garreth Carvell, Carl Ablett, Jon Wilkin, Jamie Jones-Buchanan.Subs: Rob Burrow, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop, Scott Taylor.last_img read more

Brunswick County man matches words to win 150000 lottery prize

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A love of crossword puzzles led Timothy Pope of Ocean Isle Beach to a $150,000 lottery win.“I like playing the crossword tickets,” Pope said. “I feel like they’re more entertaining.”- Advertisement – Pope’s good luck happened when he bought a $5 Silver & Gold Crossword scratch-off ticket at the Clinton Express Mart on Libson Street in Clinton.“I thought I’d only gotten nine words at first,” Pope said. “I thought, ‘Alright! $1,000 isn’t bad.’ When I checked the ticket again, I realized I matched all ten words. I couldn’t believe it.”Pope claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $104,253. He plans to use the money to pay bills and help pay for his children’s education.Related Article: Mayor: Several injured after steps collapse at OIB homeSilver & Gold Crossword launched in May with six top prizes of $150,000. Two top prizes remain.Ticket sales from instant games like Silver & Gold Crossword make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $600 million a year for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.last_img read more

Man convicted of insurance fraud parts of truck found in Cape Fear

first_imgPeter Dane Koke was found guilty of Insurance Fraud andObtaining Property by False Pretenses. (Photo: Peter Koke) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man was convicted insurance fraud last week after a weeklong jury trail.Peter Dane Koke, 52, was found guilty of Insurance Fraud and Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Koke was sentenced to two consecutive 11-23 month sentences and placed him on supervised probation for 36 months.- Advertisement – The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Department of Insurance concerningmisrepresentations Koke made on an insurance application and other insurance documents. The investigation revealed that Koke’s Dodge Ram pickup truck was involved in an accident on July 3, 2015 in which the truck sustained approximately $9,000 worth of damages.During this time, Koke did not have insurance on the vehicle. The investigation further revealed that Koke arranged for a mobile mechanic to replace some of the damaged truck parts under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.On August 7, 2015, Koke applied for an insurance policy on the truck and failed to disclose that he had been convicted of a felony offense within the past 10 years. This allowed him to receive comprehensive coverage, which the insurance company would not have issued had they known he was convicted of attempted obtaining property by false pretenses previously.Related Article: John Lennon’s killer is up for parole for 10th timeKoke then reported the truck stolen five days after obtaining the insurance policy and failed to disclose to the insurance company that the truck had major repairs since it was purchased.Investigators believed they found the truck submerged in the Cape Fear River under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in September of 2016 and divers with the Wilmington Fire Department dive team were able to pull a side view mirror and a Dodge Ram emblem off the truck.A tow truck driver testified that, a few weeks after the WFD encounter with the truck, Koke hired him to pull a Dodge Ram truck out of the water. The truck Koke reported stolen has not been seen since.last_img read more

UNSOLVED Opioid crisis fuels violent crime recurring property crime

first_img Whiteville Police Department looking for man breaking into vending machines (left) and another man for an armed robbery at the Econolodge (right) WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Whiteville Police Department is looking for a few different people involved in violent crime and a recurring property crime.Investigator Ron Guyton with the Whiteville Police Department said crime in the town is increasing and he believes it is because of the opioid crisis.- Advertisement – Whiteville Police looking for this man in his 20s, about 5’8″, 5’9″, with a medium build and a mustache. (Photo: Whiteville Police Department) “Our overall crime situation in Whiteville and pretty much everywhere else I believe is driven by the opioid crisis,” Guyton said. Most of my property crime I believe is directly attributed to the users who are desperately trying to fill their habit.”He said the violent crime is being driven by the dealers who are equally addicted to the easy money. Guyton said there is one property crime that has been happening over and over for a few months.“I have a suspect, a couple of suspects that have been hitting coin operated machines,” Guyton said.Related Article: Columbus County leaders to host events promoting unityGuyton said the suspect is using a crowbar to take cash out of vending machines at Go Gas stations and other businesses that have vending machines.“Actually goes after the dollar bill changer, just pops it out and rips it out and takes whatever money is in there,” Guyton said.He said it has happened at least five times in Whiteville and at least twice at Go Gas stations in Shallotte. Guyton believes it is the same person every time, because the man has left a trail of blood in Whiteville and Shallotte.“In reaching in, he apparently cut his hand, because there was blood inside the machine,” Guyton said.Guyton said the suspect is not getting very much money and it actually costs more money to repair the machines than the man actually got out of it. He said the suspect is getting less than $20 from each machine, but it costs about $200 to fix.Investigators are waiting for DNA results from a sample of the blood, but in the meantime, they need help identifying this suspect. Guyton said it is a white man in his 20s, about 5’8″, 5’9″, with a medium build and a mustache. He also probably has scars on his hands.They are also looking for his girlfriend who can be seen on surveillance driving the car. Guyton said she is driving a Hyundai Sonata.Meanwhile, Guyton needs help in a violent crime that happened on August 2, at the Econo Lodge on J.K. Powell Boulevard.“This individual came in,” Guyton said. “He had his whole head wrapped in what appeared to be a t-shirt and was wearing gloves.”Guyton said the suspect had a gun and there was only one clerk working at the time.“She was behind the counter,” Guyton said. “He came in, pointed the gun at here and said, ‘Give me the money.’ She complied with him and just simply handed over the till and he left without any further incident.”He said this case is more serious, because it rises to a much higher level of desperation. That is why he says he needs to get this person off the streets.“Because if he feels he was successful at this, he can possibly do it again,” Guyton said.If you have any information about either case, please contact the Whiteville Police Department or call 911. Whiteville Police are looking for a man who robbed the Econolodge armed with a gun (Photo: Whiteville Police Department) center_img 1 of 5 Suspects’s girlfriend seen driving a Hyundai Sonata (Photo: Whiteville Police Department) Suspects’s girlfriend seen driving this Hyundai Sonata (Photo: Whiteville Police Department)last_img read more

One reportedly killed in Sunday afternoon crash along Gordon Road

first_img New Hanover County dispatch tells us the crash happened around 2:15 P.M. in the area of Rogers Road and Gordon.A source with the county tells us the crash was in fact deadly and the person in the other vehicle lost their life.The State Highway Patrol was the lead investigator on this case but has not returned our calls with further information.Related Article: Motorcyclist identified in fatal trash truck crashWe will update this story when we hear more. Wilmington Police are investigating a car crash where a man drove his SUV into a home. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  We are hearing reports of a deadly crash in northern New Hanover County that happened Sunday afternoon.Sources tell us a waste truck and another vehicle collided along Gordon Road Sunday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

The circus is headed to Elizabethtown

first_img The family friendly event offers show times at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Tickets at the gate are $15  for adults and $6 for kids.The circus will head to Jacksonville Friday. (Photo: Lewis & Clark Circus) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The circus is coming to town! The Lewis and Clark Circus will be at Lu Mil Vineyard in Elizabethtown Thursday evening.Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road.- Advertisement – last_img

Ocean Cure adds wheelchair accessible flooring at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

first_img Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) 1 of 7 Volunteers put up the flooring at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Ocean Cure Founder and Director Kevin Murphy says this is the only place on the island that will have the flooring because of beach erosion at other accesses. PLEASURE ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach is once again more handicap accessible thanks to Ocean Cure.The non-profit uses beach wheelchairs, accessible flooring, and adaptive surfboards to make beaches accessible to everyone.- Advertisement – Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Murphy says it will stay up through Labor Day weekend.Ocean Cure was recognized by the town earlier this year for the efforts in the community. Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy) Handicap access flooring added to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on April 28, 2019. (Photo: Kevin Murphy)last_img read more

Cassola to have his logo on ballot sheet

first_img SharePrint Photo: Elenia Borg / JCI Photo: Elenia Borg / JCI Independent candidates will be allowed to have their logos on the electoral ballot, the Electoral Commission has informed independent MEP candidate Arnold Cassola.Following a three-day email exchange initiated by Cassola, the Electoral Commission has informed Cassola that he will be allowed to have his logo on the ballot sheet, prompting a “hats off” from the MEP hopeful.The former AD chairman filed a complaint contesting the Electoral Commission’s reasoning that only candidates belonging to a political party could have their logo displayed alongside the candidates’ names.Cassola had argued that nothing at law precluded independent members from having their logos alongside their names.EP elections will be held on 25 May.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Watch Muscat will leave the country full of problems – Delia

first_imgThe Leader of Partit Nazzjonalista Adrian Delia said that the Leader of Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat will leave the country full of problems as he in not planning for the long run.This was said during a rally in Pieta. Delia stated that although Muscat wants the election to be between the leaders of the Parties, he didn’t want to participate in a debate with him on the television show Xarabank. “Today, the socialist party is just one person”, said Delia. He added that although PL enjoys a majority in regards of numbers and finances, the party solely revolves around Muscat. “He wants us to join him, yet he is leaving soon”, stated Delia.He said that PN is not like the Labour Government, that’s priority is to take control and power, but to serve and accommodate the public. Delia said that politics isn’t just a single person. He added that politics should be determined from the below, and not from above.“Multiple reports condemning Government” Delia reminded the audience about the multiple reports which condemned Government. These include, the Venice Commission, the GRECO report, and that of Moneyval. He also said that Muscat ended up criticising those institutions. Delia said that according to Muscat, no institution is serious unless it falls within his grip. Delia continued to explain how Muscat has spent the past month describing the country as being not normal. The Leader of PN said that Malta has become a country where journalists and foreigners are killed and murdered.Read: GRECO report says Malta’s criminal justice system risks collapseThe Leader of the Opposition also discussed the situation involving the two soldiers currently being accused of killing two men because of their race. Delia questioned why the brigadier did not take action against one of the accused, as he had already committed a similar act in the past. “What does he have to hide? Who was he protecting? What was the act?” asked Delia.Read: Ħal Far murder: 2 arrested; weapon seized; Reactions pour inAccording to Delia, Muscat’s Government does not realise and correct its mistakes. Delia apologised for those who have been hurt because of PN.The Leader PN also stated that Government wants to create social classes where locals and foreigners have different jobs and positions.Delia thanked all the PN candidates campaigning for the Local Council Elections, who are giving a public service despite not receiving any compensation or gratitude. He also thanked all the PN PE candidates for their personal sacrifices. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img WhatsApplast_img read more

Nakumatt to Launch Prepaid EMV Cards

first_imgAdvertisement Kenyan retail giant Nakumatt is set to launch the Nakumatt Global MasterCard prepaid card, that will allow customers to preload their cards before making purchases.The cards will be launched in partnership with MasterCard, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), and will enhance paperless transactions.Notably the new cards come with EMV technology that stops card scheming, with banks in the country expected to switch over their cards to EMV from magnetic strip technology by the end of the year. – Advertisement – The preloaded money will also allow the retail chain to acquire interest free capital to support its activities.The company already has a card that allows customers to accumulate points on every purchase and redeem them through purchases of goods.The launch, to be held at the retail giant’s newest store at the Thika Road Mall in Nairobi, is expected to reduce over-reliance on other types of payments including debit and credit cards, as well as mobile money.Nakumatt supermarkets are established in several other East African countries, including Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.Credit: Humanipolast_img read more

Google to shutdown Gtalk services from today replaces it with Hangouts

first_imgAdvertisement From today on-wards Gtalk will nolonger be functional since Google is shutting down the Gtalk services and forcing its users to embrace Hangouts.Google had announced it few weeks ago that it would shut its Gtalk services from today. Although Google’s Hangouts is not as popular as WhatsApp, Hike, WeChat, and others, but the search engine giant sees its future in Hangouts.Google had last year replaced Gtalk with Hangouts and the users who would download Gtalk were redirected to Google Hangouts download page. Now Google has made it quite clear that Gtalk will no longer be functioning from February 16. – Advertisement – Most users are used to the familiar Gtalk interface, which is also believed to work better than Google Hangouts even on slow internet connections.Were you still using Gtalk? Let us know in the comments section below.last_img read more

Apple expected to unveil USD 10 per month music service soon

first_imgAdvertisement Technology giant Apple is expected to unveil a new USD 10 per month music streaming service during its developers conference next week.According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will make only a handful of songs available for free listening, unlike Spotify, which has an ad-supported service as well subscription.Apple also plans to augment its free, ad-supported internet radio service with channels programmed and hosted by human DJs. People familiar with Apple’s thinking say the company is prepared to cannibalize its download business in favor of streaming. – Advertisement – The company has been in the process of securing licensing deals with music companies but has not yet closed deals with the big three, namely Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony’s Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.Apple plans to update its music app in a software update of its mobile-operating system, and plans to make the new services available on Google’s Android software as well.The company has has hired a number of well-known DJs and producers from BBC Radio 1 to help create the service and is in talks with rap stars Q-Tip, Drake and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre to host shows, according to people familiar with the plans.Vialast_img read more

Larry Page Googles Cofounder Backing Two Flying Car Startups

first_imgGoogle’s Co-founder, Larry Page at Corbett’s “public interest” event, pitching his new Android phone. Image Credit: mediafreedom Advertisement According to Bloomberg’s report on Thursday, Google Co-founder Larry Page is backing two start-ups that are working on flying cars, including funding one of them with more than $100 million so far.Zee.Aero, into which Larry has poured more than $100 million since it started in 2010, conducts test flights of its prototype at an airport hangar in Hollister, California, Bloomberg said.The start-up has a manufacturing facility on NASA’s research center at the edge of Mountain View, the news agency said. – Advertisement – Since last year, Larry has also been funding another start-up, Kitty Hawk, that is working on a similar competing model, Bloomberg said.Kitty Hawk, which employs about a dozen engineers and has its headquarters about half a mile away from Zee.Aero, is working on “something that resembles a giant version of a quadcopter drone”, according to Bloomberg.Larry, who is referred to as the guy upstairs (‘GUS’) by Zee.Aero employees, demanded his involvement in the start-up should stay hidden, Bloomberg said.[Reuters]last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Epsom Tuesday bet

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y worst stage of the Premier League season. First three weeks of great action and then the door gets slammed shut for the World Cup Qualifiers – great only if you like your football bets of the 1/200 variety The World Cup Qualifiers are probably the answer to my next Tuesday gripe. Surely one of the four Premier League games on Sunday could have been held over to give some higher profile focus to Bank Holiday Monday?No disrespect to AFC Fylde and Barrow but to have that as the only televised game on a day of leisure (for most) seems madness.Would it really have caused problems to the precious World Cup Qualifiers if Spurs v Burnely (for example) had been delayed 24 hours to provide live Wembley action on Bank Holiday Monday?Anyway, the dearth of live football continues today with just one televised game Bentleigh Greens v Western Sydney Wanderers and you’ve missed it as it kicked off at 10.30 !!The racing has a Monday (editor: it’s TUESDAY) feel to it as well but a horse catches my eye at Epsom.Hepplewhite (4.20pm) has been dropped a pound by the handicapper after a course and distance second last time out. He was well held by the odds-on Ya Jammeel who was completing a hat-trick but it was still a good effort and I fancy him to go one better on the drying ground.Newton Abbot race tonight and look out soon for a Star video log from our intrepid reporter Simon Nott who has been on course today from 5.45am (this is not a typo) following the clerk of the course. I passed on a tip to Simon for the 6.05pm race – Alcala – a 1/5 chance for the three runner novice chase. He can thank me later.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK HEPPLEWHITE (4.20 Epsom) 4 points win at SP with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 8.75 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday 9 December

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 9 DecemberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Sunday:<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><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> HORSE RACING1.05 KelsoCalett Mad 9/1 > 5/11.20 HuntingdonBrecon Hill 12/1 > 7/11.25 PunchestownGrotesque 11/2 > 3/11.55 HuntingdonShiroccan Roll 6/1 > 3/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League16:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD19/10 Newcastle United7/4 Wolves2/1 DRAWBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday 19 June

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Wednesday 19 JuneHORSE RACING2.10 UttoxeterMacca’s Stowaway 22/1 > 7/14.20 Royal AscotI Can Fly 9/2 > 7/27.20 RiponAyraaf 5/1 > 7/27.50 RiponBlack Lotus 3/1 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLFIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Group Stage20:00 BBC One11/4 Japan Women23/20 England Women11/5 DRAWFIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Group Stage20:00 BBC ALBA / BBC Four8/15 Scotland Women21/4 Argentina Women10/3 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img read more

Natural scientists are less likely to believe in God than are social

first_imgAddThis Share2CONTACT: B.J. Almond PHONE: (713) 348-6770 E-MAIL: balmond@rice.edu Natural scientists are less likely to believe in God than are social scientistsRice U. sociologist studying religion and spirituality among academic scientists Scientists in the social sciences are more likely to believe in God and attend religious services than are scientists in the natural sciences, according to a survey of 1,646 faculty members at elite research universities by a Rice University sociologist. “Based on previous research, we thought that social scientists would be less likely to practice religion than natural scientists are, but our data showed just the opposite,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Rice. She will present the preliminary results of her study Aug. 14 at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Philadelphia. “Science is often perceived as incompatible with religion and spirituality, but few have asked how scientists themselves think about religion,” Ecklund said.   “So I wanted to examine how academic scientists in the natural and social sciences understand the relationship of religion and spirituality to topics ranging from developing a research agenda to ethical decisions involving human subjects and interactions with students.” With a $283,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation, Ecklund mailed $15 and a request to participate in a 10-minute on-line survey to 2,148 faculty at 21 of the top U.S. research universities.   She phoned those who did not take the survey to give them a chance to answer questions by phone.   After seven weeks, more than 1,600 had completed the survey either on-line or by phone.   The final response rate of 75 percent was “quite high” for social science research, Ecklund said.   The 36 questions on the survey examined a variety of topics, including religious beliefs, participation in religious services, spiritual practices, and the intersection of spiritual beliefs and research ethics. When Ecklund compared faculty in the natural science disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology with those in the social science disciplines of sociology, psychology, political science and economics, she found “distinct frameworks” for the ways in which they view religion and spirituality as well as how they make ethical decisions related to their research. Nearly 38 percent of natural scientists surveyed said they did not believe in God, but only 31 percent of the social scientists gave that response. Among each of the two general groups, one discipline stood out: Forty-one percent of the biologists and 27 percent of the political scientists said they don’t believe in God. “Now we must examine the nature of these differences,” Ecklund said.   “Many scientists see themselves as having a spirituality not attached to a particular religious tradition. Some scientists who don’t believe in God see themselves as very spiritual people.   They have a way outside of themselves that they use to understand the meaning of life.” Ecklund and colleagues are in the process of conducting longer interviews with some of the participants to explore issues in more depth.   About 250 to 300 of the respondents will be selected randomly from those who completed the survey to participate in hour-long interviews conducted in person or by phone.   They will be asked about deeper topics, such as the meaning of life, their understanding of the importance of religious beliefs in their lives and the perception of conflict between religion and science. The in-depth interviews should be completed within a year, and then Ecklund plans to analyze the results and summarize her findings in a book as well as in several journal articles. The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) is an international scholarly association with more than 800 members around the world. The ASR promotes empirical study and social criticism related to the social teachings of religion.last_img read more

Shepherd School students to showcase talent at Kennedy Centers Conservatory Project May

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jennifer Evans PHONE: 713-348-6777 E-MAIL: jevans@rice.edu Shepherd School students to showcase talent at Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project May 5 For the third consecutive year, the Shepherd School of Music has been invited to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program designed to introduce audiences to the top young musical artists in classical music, jazz, musical theater and opera from the nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges and universities. Seven of the Shepherd School’s best and brightest students will have a chance to showcase their talents May 5 at one of the best-known venues in the country, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. “We’re delighted to be one of the seven elite institutions chosen to participate,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase on a national stage the extraordinary talent indicative of the students at the Shepherd School.” This year’s participants are: — Aidan Soder, mezzo soprano, and Kris Becker, piano, performing works by Brahms and by Karim Al-Zand, the Lynette S. Autrey Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory — Rebecca Corruccini, violin, and Jennifer Yeo, piano, performing works by Ravel and Kreissler — Maiko Sasaki, clarinet, and, Kana Mimaki, piano, performing works by Leonard Bernstein — Wenli Zhou, piano, performing works by Mendelssohn, Chopin and Scriabin. The performances by the Shepherd School students are part of a seven-day series of concerts by students from Berklee College of Music, the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, the Juilliard School, Northwestern University School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The 6 p.m. performance in the Terrace Theater is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Web at 6 p.m. EST. The streamed concert will be available at . Student bios Mezzo-soprano Aidan Soder has earned acclaim for her versatility, displayed through the diversity of her orchestral, chamber, opera and art song repertoire. She has performed with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Houston Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony, the Omaha Chamber Symphony, as well as with orchestras in Austria and England. Soder was a Young American Artist for two consecutive seasons at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y., added to her opera credits, which include Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, “The Mikado” and Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi.” In 2005, Soder completed her doctorate of music at the Shepherd School, studying with Joyce Farwell, professor emerita of voice, and now is an assistant professor of music at the University of South Dakota. Pianist Kris Becker began playing piano by ear and composing at age 3. At 12 years old, after only one year of classical training, he became a finalist in the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition. In 2004 he won the piano prize in the prestigious national Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, an accomplishment he followed with receipt of the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, selection as a finalist in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and winner of the Artist Presentation Society auditions. Becker has competed, performed and studied in the U.S., Poland, France, the Czech Republic and Italy. Last year he released his debut CD, “Variations.” Becker earned his bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Illinois and now is pursuing a master’s degree in performance as a full-scholarship student of Robert Roux, professor of piano. Rebecca Corruccini has been a longtime student, performer and teacher of violin. She earned her undergraduate degree with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music and currently is pursuing a master’s degree, studying with the Shepherd School’s Kathleen Winkler, professor of violin. Corruccini has been active in orchestral programs, as well as chamber performances. She has distinguished herself with achievements that include performing with the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) orchestra as a winner of CIM’s concerto competition, being named CIM’s Presser Scholar for academic and artistic excellence and performing during 2005 as a one-year member of the Houston Symphony’s first violin section. Jennifer Yeo grew up in a musical family and began studying piano at 6. At 11, she made her orchestral debut with the Springfield Symphony and since then has made solo appearances with the Richmond Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The prizewinning musician has distinguished herself at, among others, the Beethoven Society Piano Competition, the American Music Scholarship Association Competition and the National Society of Arts & Letters Competition. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and currently is working on her doctorate, studying with Rice University’s Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano. Maiko Sasaki has been studying clarinet since age 7 and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. With her focus on solo performance, she came to Houston to expand her musical experience and currently is pursuing a doctorate of music, studying with the Shepherd School’s Michael Webster, associate professor of clarinet and ensembles. Among awards and honors Sasaki has earned are the Japan Classical Music Competition, the All Japan Soloist Competition, “The Great Wall of China Cup” International Music Competition, the Shepherd School Concerto Competition and the Presser Award. She has performed in Japan and the U.S. with Orchestra Symposion, the Houston Grand Opera and the Bach Collegium Japan, as well as the Shepherd School’s symphony and chamber orchestras. Kana Mimaki is an acclaimed soloist who started playing piano at age 3. Only two years later she won her first piano competition. She became a devoted student of piano, attending one of Japan’s top music high schools and was ultimately accepted to Japan’s top music school, Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Arts. After earning her bachelor’s degree — and in the process performing at the E. Nakamichi Piano Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival — Mimaki attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for her master’s degree and currently is a doctoral student of Shepherd School Professor Robert Roux. Pianist Wenli Zhou began her early music training at age 5 at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in her native China and made her first public appearance at age 6 in Chengdu. As a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, Zhou has given performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theaters in New York City and Liszt Academy of Budapest in Hungary, as well as venues in Japan, Poland, Canada, China and the U.S. She is the recipient of prizes and awards from international and regional competitions, including the World Piano Competition, the Grace Welch International Piano Competition in Chicago and the Rislov Foundation Award. Zhou takes a strong interest in the music of her homeland. Zhou holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at Rice, where she is a student of Robert Roux. AddThislast_img read more

Rice scientists make first nanoscale pH meter

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice scientists make first nanoscale pH meter Tiny, high-resolution sensors could probe living cells, tissues HOUSTON — (June 29, 2006) — Using unique nanoparticles that convert laser light into useful information, Rice University scientists have created the world’s first nano-sized pH meter.The discovery, which appears online this week in the jour nal Nano Letters, present s biologists with the first potential means of measuring accurate pH changes over a wide pH range in real-time inside living tissue and cells.“Almost every biologist I speak with comes up with one or two things they’d like to measure with this,” said lead researcher Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, professor of chemistry and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP).For example, pH may be useful in determining whether or not some cancer tumors are malignant. With current methods, a piece of the tumor would need to be physically removed via biopsy – a painful and invasive procedure – and visually evaluated under a microscope. Halas said LANP’s new nano-pH meter could be used instead as an “optical biopsy” to measure the pH inside the tumor with nothing more invasive than an injection.Halas’s LANP team created the pH sensor using nanoshells, optically tuned nanoparticles invented by Halas. Each nanoshell contains a tiny core of non-conducting silica that’s covered by a thin shell of metal, usually gold. Many times smaller than living cells, nanoshells can be produced with great precision and the metal shells can be tuned to absorb or scatter specific wavelengths of light.To form the pH sensor, Halas’ team coated the nanoshells with pH-sensitive molecules called paramercaptobenzoic acid, or pMBA. When placed in solutions of varying acidity and illuminated, the nanoshell-molecule device provides small but easily detectable changes in the properties of the scattered light that, when “decoded,” can be used to determine the pH of the nanodevice’s local environment to remarkably high accuracy. Inspired by techniques normally applied to image recognition, the team formulated an efficient statistical learning procedure to produce the device output, achieving an average accuracy of 0.1 pH units.The term “pH”   was coined by the Danish chemist Søren Sørensen in 1909 as a convenient way of expressing a solution’s acidity. pH ranges from one – the most acidic – to 14 – the most alkaline.Co-authors on the paper include postdoctoral researchers Sandra Bishnoi, now an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Muhammed Gheith; graduate students Christopher Rozell and Carly Levin; Bruce Johnson, distinguished faculty fellow of chemistry and executive director of the Rice Quantum Institute; and Don Johnson, J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Statistics.The research was supported by the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Keck Foundation, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and by Texas Instruments. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more