first_imgRemoving Supervisor London Breed as acting mayor required Oceans 11–level plotting and political intrigue. But getting the acting mayor off the ballot is going to require something more: Lawyers and litigation. Despite Breed’s very public Jan. 23 ouster in favor of Mark Farrell, she is still listed as “Acting Mayor/Supervisor” on June’s forthcoming ballot. The deadline for the Department of Elections to summarily change this passed on Jan. 9. (Mark Leno, by the way, is listed as “small businessman.” And if you think he’s peeved about being unable to list himself as “former state senator” — which is factual — while Breed describes herself as “acting mayor” — which is not — then you’d be right).After communications with a bevy of election lawyers, city political strategists, campaign operatives, elected officials and others, it has become readily apparent that a lawsuit to challenge Breed’s designation is all but inevitable, and is likely to be filed in the coming weeks. Such an action is necessary because the review period in which members of the public could merely petition to change a candidate’s designation expired on Jan. 22. Breed was, again, removed as acting mayor on Jan. 23. Interestingly, that vote was pushed back from Jan. 16 after Supervisor Malia Cohen claimed a conflict — after initially agreeing to meet. Tags: Elections • London Breed • politics Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% When we asked Breed if she would proactively move to change her designation to accurately fit her current position, she laughed. “No! Why would I?”The filing. True at the time.And yet, the optics of a candidate either actively attempting to inform voters she is still mayor when she is not — or taking no action to correct this misinformation — could be, shall we say, unflattering. Despite the Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 deadlines, the city won’t send its ballot to the printer until March 10, at the very earliest. The election isn’t until June 5; locking down the ballot designations at this early period harks not to the turnaround times of the last century, but the one before that. The California statute that enables a lawsuit, however, is not burdened by a hard-and-fast deadline. Elections Code Section 13314 states that “an elector” — that would be every registered voter in the City and County of San Francisco — “may seek a writ of mandate alleging that an error or omission has occurred, or is about to occur, in the placing of a name on, or in the printing of a ballot … “Local reporting isn’t free. Join Mission Local today and support feet-on-the ground reporting.The key here will be determining if listing Breed as “acting mayor” when she clearly is not is an “error” — and, per state elections code, would “mislead the voter.” She inarguably was acting mayor at the time she submitted her paperwork in early January. But, again, we live in an age when news of Breed’s ouster needn’t be conveyed to the print shop via the Pony Express — and, even if it was, there’s a long time between Jan. 23 and March 10. “If I were a judge, I might be open to being persuaded, but I would say it’s a misleading title,” says UC Davis law professor Floyd Feeney. “Would somebody who is reading this read it to mean she is the acting mayor now? I think there is some risk to that.” Still, “I don’t think it’s a slam dunk on either side.” Stanford political science professor Bruce Cain largely agreed. “She was acting mayor and that terminated. In the modern era, should we be able to fix ballots faster and are requirements antiquated, given what could be done? I would think San Francisco could do better,” he says. “But, you know, it doesn’t go down in the annals of history as one of the great misleading ballot designations ever.” center_img 0%last_img read more


first_imgSAINTS 2014 Half Season Tickets are now on sale!Fans can secure their ‘spec’ at the remaining six home games of the 2014 season including the big local derby against Warrington Wolves.Adult tickets start from just £120, whilst juniors can come to Langtree Park for as little as £40.Tickets are available in the Hattons Solicitors West Stand and both the Totally Wicked North and Solarking South Stands.Supporters can receive exclusive benefits of being a Saints Season Ticket holder including:10% off all full priced Saints merchandise in the Saints Superstore (T&Cs apply).£15 off the 2014 replica home and away shirts (15% discount off the total price of both shirts combined, only available if both are purchased together).Ticket priority over the general public on cup, playoff and away tickets, including the Super League Grand Final if Saints take part.Discounted away travel AND, not only will you become a Season Ticket Holder for the remainder of 2014 but you will be entitled to the benefits and renewal price for the 2015 season and the exciting changes that will take place in Super League.Junior Season Ticket holders also receive entry into all Saints away games (subject to availability)You can secure your half season ticket by calling our Ticket Hotline on 01744 455 052 or online here.You can also call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.Prices:StandAdultConcession / Young AdultJuniorWest£120£77£40North (Bronze)£150£105£60South (Bronze)£150£105£60last_img read more


first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is expecting Castleford to provide a tough opposition when they come to Langtree Park on Thursday.Although they can’t make the top four, Saints have to be wary of the Tigers’ carefree style according to the club’s head coach.“They are playing really well,” he said. “If we hadn’t done what we have done over recent weeks I’m sure they would have gone again and grown another leg. They will come here to play for sure. They are playing a carefree type of rugby and have overcome a lot of injuries to do that. These types of teams are usually the most dangerous you can play against.“We have started slow in our last two home games but have played against two sides who have come here and wanted to play. Hull brought in six, seven fresh players who had points to prove and took it to us. We didn’t help ourselves but got better as the game went on.“There were a couple of mental errors in the game but the good thing for me was how we overcame our start. Even taking the Wigan game into account we have been phenomenal defensively over the last nine games and one of the best in the comp. We are growing into that and gaining confidence going into the back end of the year.”Saints will welcome back Luke Walsh and Luke Thompson into the line-up this Thursday after they completed their two-game suspensions.“We had good combinations with them before they were banned,” KC continued. “Theo (Fages) came in perhaps a little too soon for that Wigan game, but he was much better against Hull and looked comfortable. I have some tough decisions to make but you do lean towards that pairing who played well in that seven week block.“We still don’t know where we could finish. All we can do is take care of what we can take care of. We had four really tough games to start this phase of the comp and have taken six points from a potential eight. It has put us in a good spot and now we have the so-called lower teams in the Super 8s.“These games will be humdingers though. Cas pose all types of threat, Widnes rolled Wigan and then you face Wakefield and you don’t know what they can throw at you.“Of course we could like a home draw in the semi-finals – there is an advantage in that – but our away form has been good too. We will know more after the final round.”Tickets for Thursday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s little over two weeks until Saints launch their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against our fiercest rivals on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It’s not often the two biggest clubs in the game face-off so early in the campaign and this one is guaranteed not to be missed with so much at stake.Saints beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.New star signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are also set to feature alongside the World’s Best Prop Luke Thompson and Golden Boot Winner – and World’s Best Winger – Tommy Makinson.Tickets start from just £23 for adults and £10 for under 16s, they can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.,It’s little over two weeks until Saints launch their 2019 Betfred Super League campaign with a mouth-watering clash against our fiercest rivals on Thursday January 31 (7.45pm) at the Totally Wicked Stadium.It’s not often the two biggest clubs in the game face-off so early in the campaign and this one is guaranteed not to be missed with so much at stake.Saints beat the Warriors twice last season and will want to get their season off to the best possible start against the 2018 Champions.New star signings Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Joseph Paulo are also set to feature alongside the World’s Best Prop Luke Thompson and Golden Boot Winner – and World’s Best Winger – Tommy Makinson.Tickets start from just £23 for adults and £10 for under 16s, they can be bought by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, telephoning 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more


first_img She told the city council during a meeting last week that the storm has pushed this lack of affordable housing “beyond a crisis point.”Roughly 1,500 people have been displaced from two affordable housing complexes in the area, shrinking the already limited supply.Knight says people who need affordable housing are being forced to move several counties away because of the shortage. Residents toured affordable housing in the Wilmington area, including the SECU Lakeside Reserve. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city already short on affordable housing is really struggling for solutions after Hurricane Florence.The StarNews of Wilmington reported Tuesday on a presentation by Katrina Knight, executive director of the Good Shepard Center, which helps displaced or homeless residents.- Advertisement – last_img read more


first_img The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol and fire crews responded.The bicyclist was taken away by ambulance.No word yet on what led to the crash or the bicyclist’s injuries. Bicyclist involved with crash in Leland on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo: WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A bicyclist went to the hospital late Wednesday afternoon after a crash involving an SUV.It happened around 4 p.m. at Lanvale and Old Lanvale Road near Leland.- Advertisement – last_img


first_imgParking in Wrightsville Beach (Photo: WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Starting soon you’re going to be needing your bag of change again if you’re heading to Wrightsville Beach.Paid parking begins Friday for the season.- Advertisement – Paid parking is in effect from March 1 through October 31 except where otherwise posted.Parking rates are $3 per hour or $17 per day.Parking is enforced from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 7 days a week, unless otherwise posted.last_img


first_imgNew residential blocks for St Vincent de Paule care home near Luqa, have been given clearance for construction from the Planning Board.The new development is understood to include space for a further 490 elderly residents, alongwith a series of facilities including stores, laundry rooms, plant rooms, a waste marshalling area, therapy pools and a multi-purpose hall and reservoir.The release also states that all of the individual residential blocks will come with special activity and treatment rooms as well as dining/living areas, and facilities for staff. The 16,500 square metre development is also understood to include 264 new car parking spaces.This is the latest renovation and improvement in the St. Vincent de Paule complex, which was first built in 1862 by Sir Gasparre Le Merchant, the then governor of the Maltese Islands.Service stationsAlong with announcing the go-ahead for the care home, the Planning Board also granted planning permission for the building of a new fuel station in Burmarrad, close to San Pawl il-Bahar.The station is expected to include a series of new facilities including a car wash and retail outlet. The Planning Board also imposed a planning gain of the value of €94,000.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement International experience shows that borrowers may be able to get interest rates at half of those offered by banks, while lenders may be able to achieve double the returns they receive in current accounts.Says Sean Emery, co-founder and CEO of RainFin: “Social lending is bringing massive disruption to the financial services sector around the world by using the Internet to disintermediate banks, the traditional middlemen between people who have money to invest and those who need to borrow.”“This new model for lending and borrowing provides a viable alternative to the high costs and complexity of the banking oligopoly to South African consumers for the first time. Consumers will benefit from more competitive rates, lower and more transparent fees and charges, and better terms and conditions than they could get from the banks.” – Advertisement – Peer-to-Peer lending services have been booming in the US, UK, Europe and China since 2010. The two largest players in the US alone closed more than over $50m in loans just last month. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2013, 10% of all loans will be secured on Peer-to-Peer platforms across the globe.Says Emery: “RainFin is bringing this model into South Africa because we believe it will find a receptive market here. The country has a well-established stokvel sector – essentially an offline Peer-to-Peer industry worth R44 billion.”Any South African resident over 18 can borrow and lend through RainFin. After passing a strict credit vetting process, borrowers can apply in the marketplace for loans of between R1,000 and R75,000 with a maximum repayment period of one year.Individual lenders can invest between R100 and R500,000 across a portfolio of RainFin loans. Borrowers can specify the loan amount, the maximum interest they are willing to pay and the loan duration up to a year.Investors can make informed decisions about which group of borrowers or individual borrower to lend money to, through credit risk information based on their gender, age, location and credit score.To lenders, RainFin provides anonymous information on each borrower from the credit bureaus so that lenders can make sound risk decisions. RainFin earns a low percentage-based transactional fee on every loan, making the costs of its platform completely transparent to its users. Says Emery: “South Africa’s banking sector is ripe for change. A recent survey found that 47% of people are unhappy with their financial service providers and would change if they could get a better rate or simply find a provider who cared more about them.”Peer-to-Peer lending is all about creating a marketplace where borrowers can turn to people just like them who want to help, but also want to make a fair, sustainable return. Banks offer interest rates below prime for money deposited to them, and then loan it out above prime, making a healthy margin in the process. On top of that, they charge high fees and charges, too.“We believe that consumers have an opportunity to take back some of the power they have given to banks, benefitting each other rather than large institutions in the process,” says Emery.“RainFin’s uncollateralised loans are just the start,” he adds. “The company plans to add other products such as SMME financing and mortgages to its portfolio in the months to come.”For more information, visit www.rainfin.comlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Instagram asked a federal court yesterday to throw out a class action lawsuit filed by users upset over the photo-sharing app’s changes to its terms of service.The lawsuit was brought against the service in December by an Instagram user who accused it of breach of contract, among other claims.As many people will recall (because the controversy dragged on for a while), an update in Instagram’s terms of service and privacy policy, which was introduced so it could better collaborate with Facebook after the social networking service purchased it, upset and confused users who worried that their photos would be sold or used in ads without their permission. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom changed the problematic wording in the policy, but it kept language indicating “that we may not always identify paid services, sponsored content, or commercial communications as such.” – Advertisement – Instagram also kept wording that gives it the ability to place ads related to user content, as well as a new a new mandatory arbitration clause that means users waive their rights to participate in class action lawsuits under almost all circumstances (the lawsuit came before the new TOS went in effect on January 19).The lawsuit, filed by San Diego law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, alleged that even if users delete their Instagram account, they forfeit rights to photos they have already uploaded to the service. In its filing on Wednesday, Instagram argued that plaintiff Lucy Funes has no right to bring her claim because she could have deleted her account before the changes in the terms of service went int effect. The changes were announced on December 17, before Systrom changed them a few days later in response to the controversy. Funes filed her lawsuit on December 21, about a month before new terms of service went into effect on January 19, and continued to use her account after that day, according to Instagram’s filing.Instagram also disputed Funes’ claims that the policy changes meant she transferred rights to her photos to the company.Source: Tech Crunchlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Economic transformation happens through a positive change in the mind-set of the people, said Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame when he addressed delegates on the second and final day of the African Transformation Forum (ATF) in Kigali, Rwanda.The ATF is organized by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) and the Government of Rwanda.President Kagame, reflecting on Rwanda’s remarkable transformation from the debris of the 1994 genocide, said “Rwandans are ordinary people with an extraordinary history.” – Advertisement – Twenty-two years ago, he recalled “Rwanda’s very survival was at stake and everything was a priority. We figured out what to do by doing it, because we had no choice. Help took years to arrive and was not appropriate to our circumstances. We had to start with our own resources and ideas and in fact, the desire to get out of the mess and chaos our country was in.”He told the approximately 250 delegates from all parts of Africa and the globe that in terms of transformation, “we really only have two strategic tools in my opinion: One, let’s change how people think; and two, let’s shape how resources are allocated and later on utilized.”On changing mind-sets, he told the audience: “this challenge is not technical. It is political and social because it’s about people. It’s about developing a mind-set of urgency, ownership, responsibility and service as well as, quite frankly, the mind-set of money-making and long term investing.”Citizens, he said, bear most of the risks – and gains – of transformation.  “They have to be included in the decisions and understand the benefits of transformation – because success comes from what they do every day.”In his remarks welcoming the President to address the Forum, K.Y. Amoako, the president of ACET said that in order for transformation to happen, it was necessary to galvanize all sections of the population – “it must become a movement” he stressed. He added that the Coalition for the Transformation of Africa, which was launched at the Forum, would be part of that movement. “We talk about Africa but we are a sum of different countries. Every country can move at its own pace but we need to push collectively. How do we share best practices? How do we learn from each other?”President Kagame said the launching of the Coalition for the Transformation of Africa promised to be an innovative and promising outcome of the gathering. But he cautioned: “One way to avoid it becoming a venue for more talking among like-minded elites is to build in an element of outward-facing service in the work of each chapter.”He also agreed that the ACET motto: ‘transformation in a generation’ was achievable and added: “We all want a prosperous, stable and equitable Africa and we want it as soon as possible. Period. This contrasts so radically with Africa’s past and present, that we rightly speak of the need for transformation in the real sense.”Everything, he said “starts with a clear and even very simple vision for the future that everyone understands and agrees on”. He told the delegates that Rwanda’s experience “has taught us some important things: you don’t need to have all the answers or all the funds to get started. Constantly assess and correct course, but don’t wait for perfection or rescue.”Alluding to Africa’s often haphazard implementation of policies, he said: “If we know where we want to go and what has to be done to get there, then why do we seem stuck when it comes to implementation?” A wish list, he warned, “is not a strategy for getting things done: it is a recipe for an endless loop of conferences and declarations.”On the role of the state and the market in the economic life of a country, he argued that in the African context, “we can grow very old waiting for the invisible hand of the market to work its magic. Government often must lead, catalyze, support, and invest by bringing in partners to fix market failures and mitigate risk.”Referring to worries about the decline of overseas development aid (ODI) expressed by some speakers during the Forum, he said it was not the decline of aid that Africa should be worried about now – the continent should have seen that coming; we need to be more worried about how the money was invested when it was available.The projected reduction in ODI, he argued, could be seen as a paradox where it was “a very bad thing, but also a very good thing” It had helped many needy people, but the process itself has led to dependency. “There has been a cycle where we have invested in perpetuating a problem.”In terms of international trade relations, he added: “We actually already have much of what we need right here in Africa. We will never win by discounting the quality of our own products and our people.”Expanding on pathways to transformation, he said: “We have to stay adaptable and flexible. Plans and frameworks should not become a barrier to action or to course corrections. Mistakes will be made along the way and money wasted. But that should not be the end of the road – it serves a purpose if it helps to discover the most effective approach more quickly and build public understanding and unity of purpose.”last_img read more


first_imgStacey Mwesezi Marketing Manager, Jumia Uganda. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter @iam__one) Advertisement Jumia Uganda, has announced the return of its annual Black Friday dubbed the Jumia Black Friday Festival which has been scheduled to run for 2 weeks (14 days) instead of just 1 day.As usual the eCommerce firm will give out exclusive discounts of up to 70% across all product categories ranging from electronics to appliances to fashion to home supplies to kids products and more, starting November 24th to December 8th and will be done via their online shop which is their Jumia website and also via the free Jumia mobile app.Recap, Black Friday originated from the U.S. when retailers noticed a spike in sales on the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers decided to capitalize on this trend by offering discounts and special deals – and now, “Black Friday” has grown into a global movement that Jumia has made sure Ugandans do not miss out on. – Advertisement – Jumia Uganda’s Country Manager, Ham Namakajjo, advises shoppers to research their desired products in advance as they await the discounts; and also take advantage of the double shillings voucher promotion.Jumia Uganda’s Country Manager, Ham Namakajjo. (Photo by: twitter @iam__one)“We are giving our customers the opportunity to save even more during Jumia Black Friday. If they purchase a 20, 30, or 50k voucher on our website before November 23rd, we will give them double the money to spend during Black Friday,” Namakajjo announced at the Jumia Black Friday press meeting.“With the support of our Black Friday partners: MTN, Samsung, Tecno, Infinix, Fero, Bata, Pampers and Kwese TV – we have planned a shopping event that will save our customers a lot of money as we approach the festive season,” Namakajjo concluded.During the campaign, Jumia Uganda will also be running other flash sales, contests, voucher and prize giveaways to make the campaign more fun and enjoy for its shoppers.Cynthia Tumwiine – PR Jumia Uganda’s Travel & Foods (Photo Courtesy: Twitter @iam__one)Cythina Tumwiine; PR at Jumia Travel, said not only will the shoppers enjoy discounts and special deals but will also stand a chance to win the prize of a lifetime – a 2 flight tickets to Dubai.For convenience, orders are placed online through the Jumia website or app, delivered directly to the customer’s preferred location, with the option to pay cash or card on delivery in Kampala, and MTN Mobile Money across the country.Jumia will continue to post updates on its social media platforms to keep fans informed about all things to do with #JumiaBlackFriday.[related-posts]last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement How Africa performed in the year it was 2017, winning accolades, cash prizes and grants, and being recognized globally. We are glad to say, thanks to all the innovators, tech and startup entrepreneurs that represented.He we go:16: Ugandan Fintech Startup Won USD$100,000 Investment in Rwanda Ugandan Fintech startup, Smart Credit developed by Killer Analytics won capital investment worth USD$100,000 from a group of investors. Smart Credit is a solution to solving barriers to small businesses and credit access stood out during the pitching sessions dubbed “Face the Gorillas” at the Transform Africa Summit 2017 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali (goo.gl/QJ5xkX). – Advertisement – 15: DigiHealth Emerged Overall Winners at the 2017 Up Accelerate Demo Day The overall winners; DigiHealth – tackled the problem of manual patient data collection that is currently being used in most clinics and hospitals especially in the rural areas. The team developed a web-based platform and a mobile app that digitizes the manual data collection for the users most especially the medical professionals who conduct outreaches – so that the data collected can be accurate, secure, and can be easily transferable from one hospital to another in one way or the other (goo.gl/zFhzeL).14: 4 Ugandan Were Tech Entrepreneurs Awarded Windows Insiders4Good Fellowships Windows Insiders, a global community of people using technology to make a lasting impact on the world awarded Insiders4Good fellowships to a total four Ugandan startup entrepreneurs. The community aimed at building and sustaining meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs and problem-solvers who think deeply about the issues confronting their communities around the world (goo.gl/VWVyx4).13: Rwandan Local Startups Won USD$6,000 in Inaugural Fintech Competition Three local startups in Rwanda won seed fund to a tune of USD$6,000 at the ‘DataHacks4Fi Competition’ in Kigali. Having happened for the first time in the country, the DataHacks4Fi (Data Hacks for Financial Inclusion) was aimed at leveraging technology to deepen financial inclusion in the small East African country (goo.gl/7fS2v3).12: Four Ugandan Startups Won USD$10000 Seed Fund in Up Accelerate Program At least four Ugandan start-up groups have been awarded USD$10000 each, to assist them in the development of transformative solutions to tackle persistent sexual and reproductive health bottlenecks in the country. The four groups were revealed on January 17th,2017 after a pitching session in the Up Accelerate program at Outbox hub in Kampala (goo.gl/fOMe4j).11: Team JustGo Emerged as the Overall Winners at the 2017 MTN App Challenge For their mobile app dubbed ‘Just Go’- that intends to solve a problem of queues at bus offices targeting market of people who travel long distances by booking buses through both mobile app and USSD code. The team were crowned the overall winners after at tough decision from the judges (goo.gl/z65tkW).10: Art Planet Academy Uganda Emerged Winners in the Agriculture Sector at the Anzisha Grand Prize Art Planet Academy was announced as the overall winner of the Agriculture Sector Prize at the Anzisha Grand Prize – a prize that was sponsored by the Louis Dreyfus Foundation. The award was accepted by Ignatius Ahumuza the Co-Founder of the firm. (goo.gl/RqcCMa).9: Kenya’s Logistics Platform Emerged Overall Winners at the 2017 Startup Battlefield Africa Kenya’s Logistics Platform; Lori Systems from Kenya were named the overall winners of TechCrunch startup battlefield Africa, walking a way with a cash prize of USD$25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event Disrupt SF 2018 (goo.gl/ix4E3w).8: Ugandan Innovator Ssekatawa Won Africa’s Entrepreneurship Award Geoffrey Ssekatatwa, the founder of Ugandan startup Brent Technologies emerged among the 12 top winners in the third edition of the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. The awards are an initiative of BMCE BANK of Africa aim to support African entrepreneurs (goo.gl/7BzKV2).7: Ugandan Female Tech Entrepreneur Was Named Among the ‘Best African Female Tech Entrepreneurs’ by WEF Esther Karwera Co-Founder of Akorion was selected as one of the best emerging female technology executives at the second annual search for Africa’s next generation of top female technology innovators and entrepreneurs ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa which was held in South Africa (goo.gl/cvUkgU).6: Uganda’s ‘MamaOpe’ Invention Won the 2017 Pitch@Palace Africa Contest Ugandan engineering graduate Brian Turyabagye alongside his team who participated in the contest had their invention dubbed ‘MamaOpe, or Mother’s-Hope’ a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor – were crowned as the winners of the 2017 annual edition of the Pitch@Palace Africa contest (goo.gl/zRVNNd).5: Rwandan Startup ‘EarthEnable’ Emerged Overall Winner of the 2017 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge EarthEnable emerged the overall winner of the 2017 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge; an annual competition organized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery that provides a helping hand to starting green entrepreneurs – walked a way with an accolade and a grand prize of €500,000 (approx. USD$587,000 or 2.2 Billion UGX). The startup offers a sustainable and affordable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors which are a major cause of disease, discomfort and indignity (goo.gl/cNBAVd).4: Kenya’s Kocela Was Listed Among Winners of the 2017 African Fintech Awards Kenya-based fintech firm; Kocela LTD emerged the winner of the Payments and Transfer Company category at the African Fintech Awards gala event that was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa managing to take down veterans and powerhouses like Cellulant who were the current hold of the accolade (goo.gl/kxeJJc).3:Ruth Njeri Waiganjo From Kenya Was Crowned Ms. Geek Africa 2017 Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya beat four of her other competitors in the final held on the sidelines of Transform Africa Summit 2017, to be crowed the 2017 Miss Geek Africa the first of its kind in the continent. Out of the five finalists that were chosen, four of the girls were from Rwanda (goo.gl/ujNTyh).2:Ugandan StartUp ThinVoid crowned African Startup of the Year ThinVoid, a startUp based in Uganda was voted as the Africa Startup of the year. The awards were a contest organized by Bonjour Idée with the support of 50+ partners focusing on disruptive startups, with a purpose of adding value to the partners’ actions at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation and startups, and put them in contact with innovative startups (goo.gl/mAAfSW).1: Makerere Innovator Alvin Kabwama Landed a Training Deal With NASA Ugandan Young innovator and founder of innovex, Alvin Leonard Kabwama landed a training deal with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center in Silicon Valley, USA. The graduate Electrical engineer from Makerere University joined the NASA researchers at Singularity University for a period of 8 weeks (goo.gl/XuFd15).last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here used to be a man of legend who ran casinos in the West End.  His name was John Aspinall.  Stories still float around, like ghosts, of his escapades in days gone by.  He didn’t like to leave matters to the standard chance offered by the tables though, and to secure the prize, with his associate, the London face, Billy Hill; had ‘special dice’ that hurried the end result along.Away from the office, he still couldn’t resist the temptation of trying to tame great competitors; and he built his own private zoo.  His favourite guests being the lions.  Over the years, many of his zoo-keepers developed close relationships with the kings of the jungle, that roamed around his fiefdom, and they grew to trust, and feel comfortable and safe, around the great animals.This was a terrible error.  Wild animals; they were.  And being just that, however gentle they turned in their latter days; they never quite changed their nature.  The coats they nursed may have glowed in the sun, and they may have learnt when to come forward at feeding time; but they were still killers in their core.  Occasionally, their keepers made the fatal error of believing that ‘their’ cats had mellowed, and become soft and cuddly ‘puddy tats’.  They foolishly  turned their backs on them, for just a moment in time, and eventually, it proved to be for the last time.  The lions saw unguarded weakness and could not resist their inner urge.‘This game tames lions’.  You will hear the old timers say this again and again.  Normally followed by a cynical and faded cackle, as they reel of names of slain beasts ‘the game’ has claimed.Still though, there are some lions that roam our jungle.  Ones that were too strong for the traps and hunters that have waited for them over the years.  Old now.  Battle hardened.  They bask in glory, soaking up the midday sun, glowing in satisfaction, as they watch over their pride.  Normally they just rest, cleaning their worn but now thick and deep coats.Like John Aspinall’s lions once proved though; they are what they are.  The call of the wild is too much to resist, and their extreme alpha natures keep pulling them back into battle.  They like to see, with their own eyes, which lands the new generation are making their way towards.  And god forbid the young ones, if they stray too close to the old kings territories, and pose a threat to their protected treasure troves and clans.A few years ago, whilst hunting, I felt the urge; once again.  ‘That’ urge I have never been able to resist.  To step closer to one of the fires, the fires that promise so much, if you can dance around them safely, and avoid their killer flames.  If you beat one at its own game, you will take land, and move further up the ladder of the jungle.  Closer to creating your own secret stashes and troves.There is a place in London where the lions like to congregate, when they treck from all over the World, to do battle and roam here, for the three months per calendar year, that this habit allows them.A favour was called in.  And an invitation created to dine with one of the lions.  Forward I went into the danger zone.  Like a young and wounded antelope, that had strayed from its mother, I sat before the animal, as it considered me to be its next meal.  Its black eyes, and the occasional sudden stillness of its face, stopping me between breaths.  As I waited, in a state of fear, for its next move.The creature appeared to enjoy human contact, and took interest in being marvelled at.  Unlike when Clarice Starling went to visit Hannibal Lecter though, there were no bars to protect me.  And I knew that the lion would tire quickly, and wander off, if not offered the promise of some ‘game’.Quite some years before, a similar invitation had been created, and I had gone to a street nearby, to sit before another wild animal; The Baron.  Grappling with him for eighteen months, before he slipped away to another, far more regimented and secured territory; I learnt so much.  When to hold gaze with the beast, when to submit, when to protect, and when to, ever so rarely, change tact and be the aggressor.I thought I would never have to use those skills again.  No challenger had stepped forward near his strength and cunning.  The path had been clear and without threat.As I sat looking at my new pet, it was clear that matters had taken a sudden change.Terms of ‘play’ were touched upon.  Ones that suited the lion were obviously pushed harder from his side of the table.  And protectionist measures from my side, steered him away from tampering with rules that suited me.A stalemate was reached.  Eyes flashed.  A bluff was called.  The flame I had gone to stand near, appeared to be wilting, and the lion called the waiter over to bring proceedings to a close.The temptation was too much now, Blog.  I didn’t want the fire dance to end before I had flirted with it just once more.  Just one more time, Blog.  Like an addict on the wagon, for a period of time with all of the ‘normal people’, I had promised myself one more private treat.Quickly, I reached into my bag of bait, took out a slab of fresh bloody meat, and threw it at the lion.  He pounced, breaking cover, to show his true nature; and the game was back on.Enter stage left: ‘The Dark Knight.Since then, as at first with The Baron, I have played the submissive role.  Roaming in the new creature’s lands, searching for its weak spots, its less protected pressure points.  Trying desperately, to push it into playing in those areas.  Shielding from its repeated and pointed clawings, attacking my obviously indefensible, open, and ever bleeding wounds.Sometimes it appears too strong and that I can’t go on.  It wears me down.  In argument as well as battle.  Relentless is its approach, with a depth of muscle and strength of character, to simply never stop coming at me.  1/8 tennis, 1/4 horses, 1/6 football, 2/5 cricket, All-Weather and Irish horses, midweek money buying dross….I feel like the shower of shit coated bullets, raining down on me, will never end.  Insatiable in its appetite to find a winning run, I have to wait for the most obvious and unbeatable of selections to fail.However, Blog…  Did I mention that, ever so rarely… I knowingly break cover… I drop my shield… And I run at the beast…This week is one of those occasional, but waited for; needed releases.  Cheltenham is the time bookmakers can lead, without worry of invisible and unforeseen dangers, waiting to ambush them.The Dark Knight soaked me in my own blood in 2013.  He ripped me apart, clawing again and again at the same cuts.  But each day, we go again.  He takes aim and fires, and I dodge.We move towards my times of year now though, Blog.  Where I perform for the crowd and bay the lion to come forward.  Come at me, lion.  Come on.  Cheltenham, then Aintree, then my favourite place to fight; Royal Ascot.Dark Knight.  I am waiting for you.  You know where I will be.  Tuesday.  1.30pm.  You dance for me now.  Be careful of the fire.  Its really hot now.Roarr!!B xlast_img read more


first_img[dropcap]S[/dropcap]wansea did me proud last night – I kept it simple with a straightforward win bet and was rewarded with a 2-0 win.And now for the weekend’s main event….Man U v ChelseaPremier League4pm, LIVE ON SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(maximum 10 matches)Jan 2014 English Premier Chelsea 3-1 Man UtdAug 2013 English Premier Man Utd 0-0 ChelseaMay 2013 English Premier Man Utd 0-1 ChelseaApr 2013 English FA Cup Chelsea 1-0 Man UtdMar 2013 English FA Cup Man Utd 2-2 ChelseaOct 2012 Capital One Cup Chelsea 5-4 Man UtdOct 2012 English Premier Chelsea 2-3 Man UtdFeb 2012 English Premier Chelsea 3-3 Man UtdSep 2011 English Premier Man Utd 3-1 ChelseaMay 2011 Premier League Man Utd 2-1 ChelseaFirstly, you could easily argue the case that Chelsea should be odds-on for this rather than 6/4 against. That would be based on current form, Wayne Rooney missing through suspension and also head to head form. As you can see above, Chelsea are now unbeaten against Man U over the last six clashes.With Man City slipping up at West Ham yesterday Chelsea will see this as a massive opportunity and such has been their amazing start to the season that people are already talking about them going through the whole season unbeaten. Usually, when you get that sort of talk it’s the cue for them to lose their very next game.As well as Rooney being absent, United are expected to be without Radamel Falcao, however, they are likely to see the return of midfielder Angel Di Maria and Michael Carrick is fit again for what would be his first start of the season.For Chelsea, Raimres could be back from injury whilst Jose Mourinho has said that Diego Costa has ‘a little chance’ of playing after a virus and a hamstring problem.It’s interesting to note that for all the negativity about David Moyes’ reign at Old Trafford that Louis van Gaal has tallied up just one point more during the first eight matches. So, shock, horror – it could JUST be the team after all.This ended 0-0 last season when the Chelsea bus was well and truly parked but I can see them going for the win this time around and against a fragile United defence can only see one outcome.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHELSEA at around 6/4 for 10 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 26.33 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more


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first_imgShareEXPERT ALERTJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute expert available to comment on outcome of Indian electionsGreen: High hopes must be tempered by sober realityHOUSTON – (May 16, 2014) – The outcome of India’s national election this week shows a landslide victory for opposition leader Narendra Modi. While Modi’s election may be interpreted as a big win for India’s economy, reality is more sober, according to Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct assistant professor of economics at Rice.Green, who served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to India from 2008 to 2011, is available to comment on the implications of Modi’s election.“Modi’s election victory in India will be interpreted as a big win for the economy,” Green said. “I expect the Indian media to sing this weekend with fawning hyperbole. Recent Indian financial market effervescence similarly reflects high hopes for reforms that the previous administration neglected. Reality is more sober. It would be hard for Modi to fail to improve India’s economic management, so there is room for optimism. But big wins, tackling the thorniest barriers to growth, remain unlikely.”Green said that during India’s fast growth of the last decade, the needs of the economy for public goods like power, roads and public administration outpaced the government’s capacity to provide them. “Since 2010, a weak prime minister and corruption scandals further reduced government performance,” he said. “The bottleneck has become so restrictive that investment has nearly ground to a halt.”To unleash India’s economic potential, the government must address a long and well-known list of reforms, Green said. “Success matters for much more than regaining the glory of a double-digit growth path,” he said. “It matters for job creation, for creating pathways out of poverty for hundreds of millions.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Green. For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Green biography: http://bakerinstitute.org/experts/russell-green.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. AddThislast_img read more


first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsEXPERT ALERTDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.eduStudy of first-time smartphone users reveals devices may be detrimental to learning processHOUSTON – (July 7, 2015) – A yearlong study of first-time smartphone users by researchers at Rice University and the U.S. Air Force found that users felt smartphones were actually detrimental to their ability to learn.The research paper “You Can Lead a Horse to Water But You Cannot Make Him Learn: Smartphone Use in Higher Education” appeared in a recent edition of the British Journal of Educational Technology. The research reveals the self-rated impact of smartphones among the users.“Smartphone technology is penetrating world markets and becoming abundant in most college settings,” said Philip Kortum, assistant professor of psychology at Rice and the study’s co-author. “We were interested to see how students with no prior experience using smartphones thought they impacted their education.The research revealed that while users initially believed the mobile devices would improve their ability to perform well with homework and tests and ultimately get better grades, the opposite was reported at the end of the study.The longitudinal study from 2010 to 2011 focused on 24 first-time smartphone users at a major research university in Texas. Prior to the study, the participants were given no training on smartphone use and were asked to answer several questions about how they thought a smartphone would impact their school-related tasks. The students then received iPhones, and their phone use was monitored during the following year. At the end of the study, the students answered the same questions.When participants were asked to rate their feelings on the following statements specifically related to learning outcomes, such as homework, test-taking and grades, they provided the following answers (one represents “strongly disagree” and five represents “strongly agree”):My iPhone will help/helped me get better grades – In 2010 the average answer was 3.71; in 2011 the average answer was 1.54.My iPhone will distract/distracted me from school-related tasks – In 2010 the average answer was 1.91; in 2011 the average answer was 4.03.The iPhone will help/helped me do well on academic tests – In 2010 the average answer was 3.88; in 2011 the average answer was 1.68. The iPhone will help/helped me do well with my homework – In 2010 the average answer was 3.14; in 2011 the average answer was 1.49.Kortum noted that the study did not address the structured use of smartphones in an educational setting. He said that the study’s findings have important implications for the use of technology in education.“Previous studies have provided ample evidence that when smartphones are used with specific learning objects in mind, they can significantly enhance the learning experience,” Kortum said. “However, our research clearly demonstrates that simply providing access to a smartphone, without specific directed learning activities, may actually be detrimental to the overall learning process.”The paper was co-authored by Chad Tossell, an assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Clayton Shepard, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering at Rice; Ahmad Rahmati, a senior research scientist at Broadcom Corp,; and Lin Zhong, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice.The work was funded by the National Science Foundation and is available online at http://bit.ly/1NbRfK2.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations on Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Photo credit: ThinkStockPhotos.comPhoto link: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/06/ThinkstockPhotos-507984103.jpgLocated 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,” click here.last_img read more


first_img Rice University researchers have developed a method using microfluidics to implant conductive, thin, flexible fibers into brain tissue. Implanted wires could help patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. Return to article. Long DescriptionFast-moving fluid pulls a fiber through a microfluidic device to be inserted into brain tissue. The device invented at Rice University could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. Courtesy of the Robinson Lab“The electrode is like a cooked noodle that you’re trying to put into a bowl of Jell-O,” said Rice engineer Jacob Robinson, one of three project leaders. “By itself, it doesn’t work. But if you put that noodle under running water, the water pulls the noodle straight.”The wire moves slowly relative to the speed of the fluid. “The important thing is we’re not pushing on the end of the wire or at an individual location,” said co-author Caleb Kemere, a Rice electrical and computer engineer who specializes in neuroscience. “We’re pulling along the whole cross-section of the electrode and the force is completely distributed.”“It’s easier to pull things that are flexible than it is to push them,” Robinson said.“That’s why trains are pulled, not pushed,” said chemist Matteo Pasquali, a co-author. “That’s why you want to put the cart behind the horse.”The fiber moves through an aperture about three times its size but still small enough to let very little of the fluid through. Robinson said none of the fluid follows the wire into brain tissue (or, in experiments, the agarose gel that served as a brain stand-in).There’s a small gap between the device and the tissue, Robinson said. The small length of fiber in the gap stays on course like a whisker that remains stiff before it grows into a strand of hair. “We use this very short, unsupported length to allow us to penetrate into the brain and use the fluid flow on the back end to keep the electrode stiff as we move it down into the tissue,” he said.“Once the wire is in the tissue, it’s in an elastic matrix, supported all around by the gel material,” said Pasquali, a carbon nanotube fiber pioneer whose lab made a custom fiber for the project. “It’s supported laterally, so the wire can’t easily buckle.”Carbon nanotube fibers conduct electrons in every direction, but to communicate with neurons, they can be conductive at the tip only, Kemere said. “We take insulation for granted. But coating a nanotube thread with something that will maintain its integrity and block ions from coming in along the side is nontrivial,” he said.Sushma Sri Pamulapati, a graduate student in Pasquali’s lab, developed a method to coat a carbon nanotube fiber and still keep it between 15 to 30 microns wide, well below the width of a human hair. “Once we knew the size of the fiber, we fabricated the device to match it,” Robinson said. “It turned out we could make the exit channel two or three times the diameter of the electrode without having a lot of fluid come through.” http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/12/1218_NANOWIRE-1-WEB-2cok66h.jpgA microfluidic device delivers a carbon nanotube fiber into agarose, a lab experiment stand-in for brain tissue. The device could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. (Credit: Robinson Lab/Rice University) Rice University researchers have developed a method using microfluidics to implant conductive, thin, flexible fibers into brain tissue. Implanted wires could help patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University researchers have developed a method using microfluidics to implant conductive, thin, flexible fibers into brain tissue. Implanted wires could help patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. Click on the image for a larger version. Courtesy of the Robinson LabThe researchers said their technology may eventually be scaled to deliver into the brain at once multiple microelectrodes that are closely packed; this would make it safer and easier to embed implants. “Because we’re creating less damage during the implantation process, we might be able to put more electrodes into a particular region than with other approaches,” Robinson said.Flavia Vitale, a Rice alumna and now a research instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Daniel Vercosa, a Rice graduate student, are lead authors of the paper. Co-authors are postdoctoral fellow Alexander Rodriguez, graduate students Eric Lewis, Stephen Yan and Krishna Badhiwala and alumnus Mohammed Adnan of Rice; postdoctoral researcher Frederik Seibt and Michael Beierlein, an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; and Gianni Royer-Carfagni, a professor of structural mechanics at the University of Parma, Italy.Robinson and Kemere are assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering and adjunct assistant professors at Baylor College of Medicine. Pasquali is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry and chair of Rice’s Department of Chemistry.Supporting the research are the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy Taking Flight Award and the Dan L. Duncan Family Foundation.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04184Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: Rice University researchers attempt to insert a carbon nanotube fiber into agarose, a model for brain tissue, without support; it buckles without penetrating the surface. With a test  microfluidic device, they successfully insert a 30-micron carbon nanotube fiber into agarose. The fiber passes through a small gap between the device and the agarose, penetrates the surface and continues to extend into the target. (Credit: Rice University) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC4QRypYPkc&feature=youtu.beRelated materials:Carbon nanotube fibers make superior links to brain: http://news.rice.edu/2015/03/25/carbon-nanotube-fibers-make-superior-links-to-brain-2/Spinning nanotube fibers at Rice University: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XDJC64tDR0Robinson Lab: http://www.robinsonlab.comKemere Lab: http://rnel.rice.eduComplex Flows of Complex Fluids (Pasquali Lab): https://pasquali.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: https://engineering.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: http://natsci.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description https://youtu.be/UhwcPU3dn7gVideo: A second video shows the completed microfluidic device inserting a carbon nanotube fiber into agarose. (Credit: Daniel Vercosa/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/12/1218_NANOWIRE-2-WEB-2j7q5c8.jpgFast-moving fluid pulls a fiber through a microfluidic device to be inserted into brain tissue. The device invented at Rice University could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. (Credit: Robinson Lab/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long Description A microfluidic device delivers a carbon nanotube fiber into agarose, a lab experiment stand-in for brain tissue. The device could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis Fast-moving fluid pulls a fiber through a microfluidic device to be inserted into brain tissue. The device invented at Rice University could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/12/1218_NANOWIRE-3-WEB-2mds1ql.jpgRice University researchers have developed a method using microfluidics to implant conductive, thin, flexible fibers into brain tissue. Implanted wires could help patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. (Credit: Robinson Lab/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Return to article. Long Description Video Share6NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanotubes go with the flow to penetrate brain tissueRice University scientists, engineers develop microfluidic devices, microelectrodes for gentle implantation HOUSTON – (Dec. 18, 2017) – Rice University researchers have invented a device that uses fast-moving fluids to insert flexible, conductive carbon nanotube fibers into the brain, where they can help record the actions of neurons.The Rice team’s microfluidics-based technique promises to improve therapies that rely on electrodes to sense neuronal signals and trigger actions in patients with epilepsy and other conditions.Eventually, the researchers said, nanotube-based electrodes could help scientists discover the mechanisms behind cognitive processes and create direct interfaces to the brain that will allow patients to see, to hear or to control artificial limbs.The device uses the force applied by fast-moving fluids that gently advance insulated flexible fibers into brain tissue without buckling. This delivery method could replace hard shuttles or stiff, biodegradable sheaths used now to deliver wires into the brain. Both can damage sensitive tissue along the way.The technology is the subject of a paper in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.Lab and in vivo experiments showed how the microfluidic devices force a viscous fluid to flow around a thin fiber electrode. The fast-moving fluid slowly pulls the fiber forward through a small aperture that leads to the tissue. Once it crosses into the tissue, tests showed the wire, though highly flexible, stays straight. Fast-moving fluid pulls a fiber through a microfluidic device to be inserted into brain tissue. The device invented at Rice University could provide a gentler method to implant wires into patients with neurological diseases and help scientists explore cognitive processes and develop implants to help people to see, to hear and to control artificial limbs. Return to article. Long Description Video: Rice University researchers attempt to insert a carbon nanotube fiber into agarose, a model for brain tissue, without support; it buckles without penetrating the surface. With their custom microfluidic device, they successfully insert a 30-micron carbon nanotube fiber into agarose. The fiber passes through a small gap between the device and the agarose, penetrates the surface and continues to extend into the target. (Credit: Rice University)last_img read more