Have you seen this car Photos released in Valencia Street hitandrun

first_img Email Address If any of these photos ring a bell, if anyone was in the vicinity of the hit-and-run or has any additional photos or videos, they are encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411, and start it with “SFPD.”SFPD photo. The San Francisco Police Department has turned to the general public for assistance, releasing a series of photos of an August car-vs.-bicycle hit-and-run.At 5:40 a.m. on Aug. 21, a 33-year-old cyclist was sent flying by a maroon four-door sedan driving south on Valencia Street at Hill Street, per the SFPD.SFPD photo.The cyclist was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver remains at large.center_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

We get the next phase of the competition underway

first_imgWe get the next phase of the competition underway at home on Friday August 10 to Simon Woolford’s resurgent Huddersfield Giants before travelling to Wakefield six days later.The derby follows after a possible Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final appearance.Saints will then sandwich a home game with Hull FC with trips to Catalan and Warrington before closing out their Super 8s campaign to Castleford at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday September 28.The Fixtures:RD1: Friday August 10 (7:45pm) – Huddersfield Giants (H) RD2: Thursday August 16 (7:45pm) – Wakefield Trinity (A) (SKY) RD3: Friday August 31 (7:45pm) – Wigan Warriors (H) (SKY) RD4: Saturday September 8 (5:30pm) – Catalans Dragons (A) RD5: Friday September 14 (7:45pm) – Hull FC (H) RD6: Friday September 21 (7:45pm) – Warrington Wolves (A) RD7: Friday September 28 (7:45pm) – Castleford Tigers (H)Four Game Package:We are giving fans the opportunity to be at all of our four home Super 8s fixtures with our fantastic Super 8s package.This package offers you the chance to save up to £15 for Adults, £9 for Concessions, £13 for Youth and £28 for Juniors.Prices:West stand: £80 (Adult) £55 (Concessions) £45 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Bronze: £85 (Adult) £65 (Concessions) £50 (Youth) £20 (Junior)Silver: £100 (Adult) £75 (Concessions) £55 (Youth) £20 (Junior)To get your Super 8s package pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455 052 or log on here.Hospitality:A Super 8s Hospitality package has been created to cover all of our four home games in the next phase of the Super League competition – available now for both the 1873 and Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge.Join us to entertain existing or prospective clients, reward your staff, or simply to spend time with family or friends at the home of the Saints.Recently nominated in the 2018 Stadium Experience awards, we provide outstanding food alongside great seats in the South Stand, the opportunity to hear from Saints legends and members of the first-team squad and a visit from Man of the Match to talk us through the game from his point of view.You might even be visited at your table by our resident lounge magician!Packages are available for both adults and juniors aged 12 and under, with existing 2018 seasonal members receiving a discounted upgrade price.Why not give us a try?These great value packages are on sale now and can be purchased here or over the phone on 01744 455 053.1873 Lounge Prices:Adult Upgrade – £159 + vat, Adult Standard – £199 + vatJunior Upgrade – £95 + vat, Junior Standard – £120 + vat1873 Lounge Match by Match Prices (excl vat):CategoryAdult Member UpgradeJunior Member UpgradeAdult PriceJunior PriceWigan & Castleford£55£33£70£42Hull FC & Huddersfield£45£25£55£30Four Game Package£159£95£199£120Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge Four Game Package Prices:Members: Adult: £135 (+vat)Non Members: Adult: £170 (+vat)Stapleton Derby Premier Lounge Match by Match Prices:CategoryMembers Upgrade Matchday Price Wigan & Castleford£45 adult – £20 junior£55 adult – £25 juniorHull FC & Wakefield£40 adult – £15 junior£50 adult – £20 juniorMatchday prices are exclusive of vat.Please note Sky have not yet selected their broadcast fixtures for Rounds 5, 6 and 7, therefore the fixtures are subject to change.,Join us to entertain existing or prospective clients, reward your staff, or simply to spend time with family or friends at the home of the Saints.Recently nominated in the 2018 Stadium Experience awards, we provide outstanding food alongside great seats in the South Stand, the opportunity to hear from Saints legends and members of the first-team squad and a visit from Man of the Match to talk us through the game from his point of view.You might even be visited at your table by our resident lounge magician!Packages are available for both adults and juniors aged 12 and under, with existing 2018 seasonal members receiving a discounted upgrade price.Why not give us a try?These great value packages are on sale now and can be purchased here or over the phone on 01744 455 053.1873 Lounge Prices:Adult Upgrade – £159 + vat, Adult Standard – £199 + vatJunior Upgrade – £95 + vat, Junior Standard – £120 + vat1873 Lounge Match by Match Prices (excl vat):CategoryAdult Member UpgradeJunior Member UpgradeAdult PriceJunior PriceWigan & Castleford£55£33£70£42Hull FC & Huddersfield£45£25£55£30Four Game Package£159£95£199£120last_img read more

The 32yearold picked up the accolade after being

first_imgThe 32-year-old picked up the accolade after being voted the competition’s top player in 2018.He said: “Thank you for voting for me. It is a great privilege to get this award. I have seen the list of past winners – they are legends of the game – so to add my name to that is pretty special.”RLWBA chairman Trevor Hunt added: “Roby beat off plenty of fierce opposition for the coveted RLWBA award.“He’s had a superb season, following up his magnificent World Cup in 2017, with yet another peerless set of performances for St Helens.”Previous winners from Saints are Apollo Perelini (1996), Tommy Martyn (2000), Paul Sculthorpe (2001), Jamie Lyon (2005), Paul Wellens (2006) and James Graham (2008).Memberships for the 2019 season are now on sale and existing holders have until October 31 to secure the best possible price for their renewal.For information, prices and how to buy, click here.last_img read more

Man sentenced to life in 2013 Columbus County murder

first_img On October 8, 2013, deputies with Columbus County Sheriff’s Office were called to a shooting just outside of Tabor City on Shug Norris Road.Lee Travis Wright, 20, of Chadbourn, died.After the guilty verdict, Wright’s father and mother passionately addressed the court and defendant, detailing the life of their son and the impact that this has had on their lives.Darrius Hunter (Photo: District’s Attorney Office)Related Article: Second Sneads Ferry daycare worker charged with assaulting babyA judge sentenced Hunter to live in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 35-43 years in the NC Dept. of Corrections.Co-defendant and brother of Demoncrick Hunter, Darrius Hunter, entered a plea of guilty on November 27 to second degree murder and received a sentence of 16 to 20 years in prison. COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man will spend life in prison for a 2013 shooting outside of Tabor City that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital.A jury convicted Demoncrick Hunter of first degree murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Dozens attend MeToo panel discussion at UNCW

first_img This just a week after sexual misconduct allegations against UNCW Womens Soccer Coach Paul Cairney came to light.“One of the biggest components to this issue comes down to education and what’s acceptable and what variables are important for healthy relationships,” UNCW Student, Abby Greenfield said. “How do you become a good bystander for your peers?”The main focus during the panel discussion was the history and meaning behind #MeToo and whether it is a movement or a moment.Related Article: More residents forced out of local apartments due to storm damage“I think having these conversations and having a lot of these conversations,” UNCW CARE Director, Jen Adler said. “So being able to talk with people that are familiar with these issue but also talking with people who aren’t familiar with these.”Dozens attended the event as 4 panelists explained how sexual abuse dates back in history, the double standards still in place, and ideas to pave the way to give confidence to those afraid to speak up about abuse.“I hope that we’re continuing to reduce the stigma of sexual assault of people coming forward to talk about it,” Adler said. “To be able to support victims and survivors and really discontinue the victim blaming that our society tends to do so that ultimately we can also hold offenders accountable.”While some say this discussion is one step in the right direction, many say there is much more work to be done.“I think we scratched the surface today and it got people’s minds churning about what can we do on campus, what can we do as a whole, how does our social media platforms affect these types of movements,” Greenfield said. “And I hope that we can talk about it more.”A Title IX official was supposed to be one of the 5 panelist but was unable to attend because they were in a meeting with the UNCW’s Chancellor.Those who organized the event say they plan on hosting more panels in the near future. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is a movement that is sweeping the nation, social media, and Hollywood one hashtag at a time.As many continue to discuss the #MeToo movement on social media UNCW brought in a panel to discuss it as a community.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Brexit UK PM meeting with senior Tory MPs Will UK PM be

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The UK Prime Minister has gathered senior Conservative MPs at the PM’s retreat at Chequers for crunch Brexit discussions.According to the Deputy Editor of the UK Daily Telegraph, those attending from the Brexiteer side include; Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Jacob Rees-Mogg, David Davis and Iain Duncan Smith.Britain counting the days till the end of May?Rumours are growing of Mrs May’s forced departure from the leadership and of accepting a No-Deal Brexit.Here’s the full cast-list for the PM’s meeting at Chequers, which is taking place at 3pm:Boris JohnsonDominic RaabJacob Rees-MoggDavid DavisIain Duncan SmithDamian GreenExpect PM to be pushed on timetable for her departure and need to embrace no-deal— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) March 24, 2019Sky News also reports that Theresa May’s defacto Deputy leader David Lidington, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, chief whip Julian Lewis, and Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis, also in attendance. Longtime ally to Mrs May, Damian Green, is also attending.Changing the captain of the shipOn the topic of replacing the Prime Minister, it was initially speculated that Mr Gove or Mr Lidington could be named. Both have subsequently quashed rumours, with Gove saying that he supported the Prime Minister. Lidington said that he would not being interested in taking up the role, instead calling on MPs to support the Brexit deal.The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond had said earlier that he was against such a move, calling it ‘self-indulgent,’ at this crucial time.Speaking earlier to the Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News, Hammond said that ‘To be talking about changing the players on the board frankly is self-indulgent at this time … Changing prime minister wouldn’t help us, changing the party in government wouldn’t help us … We’ve got to address the question of what type of Brexit is acceptable to parliament, what type of way forward parliament can agree on so that we can avoid what would be an economic catastrophe of a no-deal exit and also what would be a very big challenge to confidence in our political system if we didn’t exit at all.’The driveway is filling up at Chequers!Boris Johnson has just pulled up. The Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay arrived a few minutes before. The PM is meeting cabinet ministers and backbenchers for talks right now. pic.twitter.com/KQoSn5zm0h— Daniel Hewitt (@DanielHewittITV) March 24, 2019Former Conservative leader Ian Duncan Smith has also express his objection to the decision to replace the Prime Minister, saying that doing so now would mean the UK would be a ‘laughing stock around the world.’However, Duncan Smith did feel that May’s requesting a delay was, ‘as close to a national humiliation as I’ve seen.’IDS arriving, roof down and all pic.twitter.com/8sPIad1mLe— Max Jeffery (@jefferypolitics) March 24, 2019Indicative votesThe Prime Minister had indicated that she would offer MPs the chance to vote on a number of ‘indicative votes’ which helped shape the next stage of the Brexit, from a revoking of Article of 50 to the departure with a No-Deal.Read more:What happens if the Brexit deal fails for a third time? More votes?Estimated 1m people marching in London for final say on Brexit dealUpdated: Cancel Brexit petition most signed in petition website’s historyMrs May subsequently suggested that she may pull the vote from Parliament this week, therefore preventing a third vote at this stage. Her reasoning was the prospect that she may not get her deal through the House of Commons, yet again.When asked about the notion of a Second Referendum, the Chancellor said there wasn’t a lot of support in the Parliament but suggested that it was a reasonable idea to propose.‘Many people will be strongly opposed to it, but it’s a coherent proposition and it deserves to be considered along with the other proposals.’Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay told the BBC that by allowing Brexit to be decided through indicative vote, this was contrary to what was written in the Conservative manifesto and risked increasing the chances of a general election.Cancel Brexit Petition reaches 5 million signaturesMeanwhile, the petition calling on MPs to debate the revoking and cancellation of Brexit has reached 5 million signatures.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

HP Moves to Help Consumers Identify Counterfeit Printing Supplies in Uganda

first_imgAdvertisement When the cartridge is not a genuine HP cartridge, the new technology will present users with additional information to address potential counterfeiting.  If a user receives a notification when they believe they have purchased an Original HP cartridge they will be directed to HP’s Anti-counterfeit website to report the potential counterfeit cartridge.“We want to ensure that our customers are able to identify counterfeit toner cartridges, since they are less reliable, less safe and produce poorer results in general,” said Tina Rose, Anti- Counterfeit Programme Manager, Europe, Middle East Africa (EMEA).The new product is available to customers all over Africa who can download the HP Toner Cartridge Authentication Software and apply it on any HP LaserJet printer that supports the digital authentication. – Advertisement – Some of the HP printers compatible with the toner authentication  software include:•             HP Color LaserJet Pro CP5225 Series•             HP LaserJet Pro M1530 MFP Series•             HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Series•             HP LaserJet Pro P1560 Series•             HP LaserJet Pro P1600 SeriesTo see a full list of products go to: www.hp.com/go/learnaboutsuppliesThrough its Anti-counterfeiting Program, HP actively educates its customers and partners to be vigilant against fake printing supplies. Over the last four years, HP has assisted in the seizure of nearly nine million pieces of fake printing supplies products and components in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Globally HP has conducted nearly 5,000 investigations in almost 90 countries over the last four years, resulting in the seizure of more than 30 million units of counterfeit cartridges and components over this same time period.last_img read more

Safaricom puts on hold introduction of reduced roaming rates to Rwanda

first_imgAdvertisement Safaricom  has announced that it will suspend the introduction of reduced roaming charges to Rwanda, following a Rwandan government directive which installed new levies on international calling and roaming tariffs between the two countries.This was disclosed by Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore  who said that the new development ‘makes it impossible’ for operators in Kenya and Rwanda to go ahead with the planned downward revision of roaming tariffs under the ‘One Network Area’ programme. ‘We will therefore revert to the previous tariffs even as we push on with efforts to ensure that we have affordable calling rates for the region’. Safaricom planned to cut the voice call rate to/from Rwanda to KES10 (USD0.11) per minute, less than half the current rate of KES25 per minute. – Advertisement – [related-posts] Bob also said that the company has entered into discussions with the Ministry of Information and Communications and telecoms regulator the Communications Authority (CA), seeking a revision of the position taken by the Rwanda government. Telecom operators in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda committed to cap the minimum roaming charges in the three countries from 1 October 2014; South Sudan was set to join the initiative later this year, with other countries in the region also expected to follow suit.The five EAC member states – Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda – have seen cross-border roaming charges increase dramatically over the last few years, prompting cellcos to demand that the roaming fees should be scrapped.Source: www.telegeography.comlast_img read more

Construction giant Dewalt unveils smartphone

first_imgAdvertisement Construction giant Dewalt has entered the smartphone market with a tough Android-powered handset designed for building industry workers.The $544 (about 1.8 million UGX) device is designed to survive a 2m drop on to concrete and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20C to 60C.Rival firm Caterpillar has already established itself as a brand in the physically tougher smartphone sector. – Advertisement – “Lots of people in the trade and construction industries, as well as outdoor sports enthusiasts, have realized that just having a thicker case isn’t going to see them through,” said James Booker, purchasing manager at UK firm Tuffphones.To be be certified as a “tough phone”, handsets have to undergo more rigorous physical tests, including being subjected to tumbling – turned over and over inside a device for long periods of time, Mr Booker explained.They also have to be water and dust proof.Because they are sturdier, they can also incorporate a bigger battery, he added – the Dewalt phone claims to offer up to eight hours of talk time.“One of the main things about traditional smartphones is that they are svelte and slim – there’s an obvious correlation with how large a battery they can get in there,” Mr Booker said.While most of its specifications are fairly standard for the sector, Dewalt’s MD501 phone comes with in-built QI wireless charging, which is unusual, he added.Its touchscreen is made of commercially manufactured Gorilla Glass – a highly robust but thin type of glass that works with gloved hands.The handset is a collaboration with Global Mobile Communications, a rugged phone specialist.[related-posts][BBC]last_img read more

Facebook to Use PhotoMatching to Block Repeat Revenge Porn

first_img(Image Courtesy:) Advertisement Facebook Inc. on Wednesday said its adding more tools to make it easier for users to report so-called “Revenge Porn” and to automatically prevent the images from being shared again once they have been banned.Revenge porn refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them. The practice disproportionately affects women, who are sometimes targeted by former partners.Facebook has been sued in the United States and elsewhere by people who said it should have done more to prevent the practice. The company in 2015 made clear that images “shared in revenge” were forbidden, and users have long had the ability to report posts as violating the terms of service. – Advertisement – Beginning on Wednesday, users of the world’s largest social network should see an option to report a picture as inappropriate specifically because it is a “nude photo of me,” Facebook said in a statement.The company also said it was launching an automated process to prevent the repeat sharing of banned images. Photo-matching software will keep the pictures off the core Facebook network as well as off its Instagram and Messenger services, it said.Users who share “revenge porn” may see their accounts disabled, the company said.Facing criticism, the company last year met representatives from more than 150 women’s safety organizations and decided it needed to do more, Antigone Davis, global head of safety at Facebook, said in a phone interview.[related-posts]A specially trained group of Facebook employees will provide human review of each reported image, Davis said.The process to prevent repeat sharing requires Facebook to retain the banned pictures in a database, although the images are blurred and only a small number of employees have access to the database, the company said.Prosecutors and lawmakers have also sought ways to prevent the spread of “revenge porn,” seeking additional penalties for a practice that they said has ruined careers and families and even led to suicide.source: Reuterslast_img read more

SIMON NOTT The Wednesday Review

first_imgNeptune Investment Management Novices’ HurdleBen decided that he’d get stuck into Neon Wolf and if he could get it beaten we’d kick on. He gave the horse a right old fashioned striping. When Matt Chapman poked his camera into the screen he lost us £30k but the off it was £43k. We got it beaten a neck. Ben looked to me and said ‘That was handy I was more worried about the size of the pay-out queue than the money to be honest’.RSA Novices’ ChaseWe got out of jail free on this race, the punters that waded into us all wanted to be on Whisper, and it took out bundles whereas the jolly Might Bite just took the book. Might Bite’s flared nostril was a near £20k turnaround in our favour.Coral Cup Handicap HurdleOnce again the punters made the book in the impossible looking handicap, we had four bad losers, none of which troubled the judge. 16/1 winner Supasundae was very handy for the book, 3-0 to Star Sports but maybe 33/1 third Who Dares Wins would have been a more apt winner.Betway Queen Mother Champion ChaseThe phone had already gone earlier in the afternoon, the office had laid another monster bet, this time £375,000 on Douvan at 1/4. Having laid that we concentrated laying the forecast and distance in the book on course. Had we known that the infamous ‘The Racing Blogger’ had bet the favourite at 2/7 at our lower rails pitch Ben might have considered going again even in harder. ‘Don’t you bock it’ Ben cursed as I suggested the jolly looked beaten, he needn’t have worried. Boom, Star hit the jackpot monster bet in the hod and a banker beaten. Simon NottSIMON NOTT is a freelance racing blogger and author of The Skint Mob. More details at simonnott.co.uk Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country ChaseThe race where traditionally all the staff take an ablutions break as the field go around and around until the favourite wins. On this occasion the jolly was 9/4 Cantlow and only managed third behind 4/1 Cause Of Causes which was small cop in the book.Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap HurdleBen got stuck into 9/2 favourite Divin Bere which took out over £20k at the off. We were delighted as were the rest of the ring when Nick Williams Flying Tiger thwarted the jolly backers springing a right old 33/1 result. A second glance was needed when winnings were a lot less than anticipated, the places had murdered us and taken the shine off the race, you know bookies, there’s never enough.Weatherbys Champion BumperThe punters were keen to plunge on the last. They weren’t doing it eyeball to eyeball with Ben though, he was largely AWOL from the pitch as he fielded questions from the media rather than fielding readies. He was particularly delighted to be interviewed by The Daily Mail, which he described as ‘a dream come true’. Star Sports had 11/2 Carter Mckay for a nice few quid, got him beat but ran into a £5000-£800 each-way the winner Fayonagh. It was still a winning end to what had been the busiest Cheltenham Wednesday anyone could remember and one that definitely went Star’s way. Bring on Thursday, but have the punters got any money left?Tuesday FLASHBACK: Ben interviewed live on ITV by Matt Chapman after Altior’s win in the Arkle…..last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Fri Movers Specials

first_imgHORSE RACING2.20 HaydockArthur Kitt 7/2 > 2/15.55 LeopardstownCasimiro 9/2 > 2/17.55 LeopardstownPrince Garyantle 4/1 > 7/4LIVE FOOTBALLNO LIVE MATCHESBET NOW starsports.bet or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 25 MayDAILY SPECIALSlast_img

SILVESTRE DE SOUSA York Dante Festival

first_imgThe quality racing action comes thick and fast at this time of year and York’s three-day May meeting gets underway on Wednesday. My plan is to drive up on Wednesday morning, stay up there in the evening and then ride there again on Thursday – my wife Vicky says I am just looking at ways to get out of looking after the kids! Anyway, I won’t stay up there on Thursday night as I’ll be coming back to ride at Newmarket in the evening. Then it’s back up to York again on Friday for the last day of their meeting… no rest for the wicked! Anyway, here are my thoughts on my best chances over the next three days…WEDNESDAYI start off aboard Caliburn who is having his first run for Andrew Balding in the opener (1.50pm) having left Hugo Palmer. I don’t know too much about him and this will be a big ask first up. Next up, I ride Sandra’s Secret for Les Eyre in the six-furlong handicap (2.25pm). I won on her over course and distance last summer and she is only 1lb higher. If you can put a line through her disappointing run last time, she has a squeak. No ride in the Duke Of York, but I ride I’ll Have Another in the Musidora (3.35pm). On paper she has it all to do against some good fillies, but you can never discount trainer Mark Johnston – there is a reason he is Britain’s most successful ever trainer. She was third to Maqsad at Newmarket last time and will need to step up here to trouble the leading fillies. One of my best chances on the opening day has to be Songkran who makes his handicap debut in the 4.05pm. He was a good second at Salisbury last time but has a bad draw to overcome in stall 17. My best chance of a winner is likely to be the newcomer Sun Power who runs in the Novice Stakes (4.35pm). The son of Night Of Thunder looks a nice type on paper and the stable are brilliant with their youngsters.THURSDAYI’m really looking forward to riding Scottish Sprint Cup winner Saaheq for Mick Appleby in the opening sprint (1.50pm). Life will be tougher in a race like this from a 7lb higher mark and in an ideal world I’d probably like to have been drawn a bit nearer the middle than out on the wing in stall one. That said, he is improving and hopefully can step up. The Dante Stakes (3.00pm) has long been touted as the best of Derby trials and this year’s race looks as strong as ever with the likes of Too Darn Hot and Japan in the line-up. That’s not forgetting about the Breeders’ Cup winner Line Of Duty or the hugely impressive Telecaster. I ride Nayef Road for that man Mark Johnston who was unbelievably impressive in handicap company last time. This is a huge step up though and I’d be delighted if he was good enough to grab a place! Another one I’m looking forward to riding is Simon Crisford’s Mutafani in the Hambleton (3.35pm). I sat on him the other morning and he felt well and hopefully can carry on where he left last season. Well Done Fox will have to step up massively to get involved in the Listed Sprint (4.05pm) although the drop back to five furlongs will help. The maiden (4.35pm) looks a really interesting race on paper with some expensive types all making their debuts. I ride Today Power for the Hannon team who will know his job, but all eyes will be on the $1,000,000 son of American Pharoah. His name is Hong Kong and Ryan Moore will ride him.FRIDAYIt’s still early days as final declarations haven’t been made, but I have a rough idea about who I will be riding. Companion, who I won on at Yarmouth last month, could be back for her second start in the opener (1.50pm). She stuck to the task nicely and deserves a crack at a race like this if connections opt to give it a go. The big race on Friday is the Yorkshire Cup (3.00pm) where I was hoping to ride Dee Ex Bee, but he now misses the race and instead I ride Mildenberger. Whether he can beat Stradivarius, even with a 3lb penalty, remains to be seen, but we will give it a go. I could be on Mistiroc for John Quinn in the 3.35pm. He was a good second at Doncaster off this mark last month and is one to look forward to should he be declared. Dream World (4.05pm) is a possible runner and is bidding for a hat-trick, while Good Luck Fox (4.35pm) was short of room at Sandown last time and is better than that.Good luckSILVESTRE YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Silvestre drop us a line at content@starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

Rice TMC team take aim at pancreatic cancer

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduRice, TMC team take aim at pancreatic cancerNational Cancer Institute funds preclinical ‘theranostic’ studyResearchers from Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), the radiology department at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are preparing to test a combined approach for diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer with a specially engineered nanoparticle. The five-year, preclinical testing program will be funded by a newly announced $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer program.“Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat, and we hope nanoparticle-based ‘theranostics’ can change that,” said LANP Director Naomi Halas, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering. “Our nanoparticles are designed to specifically target cancer cells and to function as both diagnostic and therapeutic agents.”Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. Surgery is often the only treatment option, and the five-year, postsurgical survival rate is less than 25 percent.Halas is the inventor of gold nanoshells, tiny gold-sheathed particles that can harvest light and convert it to heat. She also helped pioneer the use of nanoshells for cancer treatment, and she is the principal investigator on the new NCI grant. The theranostic project team includes co-principal investigators Amit Joshi, assistant professor of radiology at BCM; Sunil Krishnan, associate professor in radiation oncology at MD Anderson; and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice.Theranostics involve technologies and agents that can diagnose and treat diseases in a single procedure. The theranostic particle that will be tested at Rice, BCM and MD Anderson was invented at LANP.“A seamless integration of multiple imaging and therapeutic technologies within a single nanoparticle is required to tackle diseases like pancreatic cancer, which often resist conventional therapies,” Joshi said.At the heart of the particle is a nanoshell that can be used to kill cancer cells with heat. The particle can also be tagged with antibodies that allow it to home in on specific types of cancer cells. In addition, the nanoparticle is designed to provide high-resolution images regarding its location in the body and in the tumor. This is accomplished by combining an FDA-cleared dye for fluorescence imaging with an active marker for MRI imaging. These combined capabilities allow researchers to track the nanoparticles throughout the body and even observe their distribution within the tumor before, during and after treatment.“This level of highly detailed information on nanoparticle location in the body has not been obtainable previously,” Halas said.In the first published tests of the new particle last year, Joshi, Halas and colleagues showed it could be used to simultaneously detect and destroy breast and ovarian cancer cells in cell cultures.In the NCI study, researchers will test whether the particles can be used to image and treat pancreatic cancer in mice. The tests will investigate how well the particles work as imaging agents — both in MRI scans and in fluorescent optical scans, how well they target specific cell types, where they go inside the body after testing and treatment and how well they perform as therapeutic agents. In addition, Krishnan’s lab at MD Anderson has a particular interest in testing the particles to see if they can be used to boost the effectiveness of radiation therapy.“Nanoparticle-based theranostics holds great promise, not only for treating pancreatic cancer, but for treating other forms of cancer as well,” Halas said. “But successfully translating new technology like this from the lab to the clinic requires excellent research partnerships, like those we have at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson.”The Laboratory for Nanophotonics at Rice was formed in 2004 with the mission to invent, understand, develop, simulate, control, optimize and apply nanoscale optical elements, components and systems. LANP features a strong interdisciplinary research program in three primary areas: metal-based plasmonics, nanoparticle-enhanced sensing and spectroscopy, and nanophotonic applications in biomedicine.last_img read more

A starring role for graphene

first_imgShare112/8/2011David Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu AddThis Rice University’s functionalized graphene oxide plays part in next-generation oil-well drilling fluidsGraphene’s star is rising as a material that could become essential to efficient, environmentally sound oil production. Rice University researchers are taking advantage of graphene’s outstanding strength, light weight and solubility to enhance fluids used to drill oil wells.The Rice University lab of chemist James Tour and scientists at M-I SWACO, a Texas-based supplier of drilling fluids and subsidiary of oil-services provider Schlumberger, have produced functionalized graphene oxide to alleviate the clogging of oil-producing pores in newly drilled wells.The patented technique took a step closer to commercialization with the publication of new research this month in the American Chemical Society journal Applied Materials and Interfaces. Graphene is a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon that won its discoverers a Nobel Prize last year.Rice’s relationship with M-I SWACO began more than two years ago when the company funded the lab’s follow-up to research that produced the first graphene additives for drilling fluids known as muds. These fluids are pumped downhole as part of the process to keep drill bits clean and remove cuttings. With traditional clay-enhanced muds, differential pressure forms a layer on the wellbore called a filter cake, which both keeps the oil from flowing out and drilling fluids from invading the tiny, oil-producing pores.When the drill bit is removed and drilling fluid displaced, the formation oil forces remnants of the filter cake out of the pores as the well begins to produce. But sometimes the clay won’t budge, and the well’s productivity is reduced.The Tour Group discovered that microscopic, pliable flakes of graphene can form a thinner, lighter filter cake. When they encounter a pore, the flakes fold in upon themselves and look something like starfish sucked into a hole. But when well pressure is relieved, the flakes are pushed back out by the oil.All that was known two years ago. Since then, Tour and a research team led by Dmitry Kosynkin, a  former Rice postdoctoral associate and now a petroleum engineer at Saudi Aramco, have been fine-tuning the materials.They found a few issues that needed to be dealt with. First, pristine graphene is hard to disperse in water, so it is unsuitable for water-based muds. Graphene oxide (GO) turned out to be much more soluble in fresh water, but tended to coagulate in saltwater, the basis for many muds.The solution was to “esterify” GO flakes with alcohol. “It’s a simple, one-step reaction,” said Tour, Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science. “Graphene oxide functionalized with alcohol works much better because it doesn’t precipitate in the presence of salts. There’s nothing exotic about it.”In a series of standard American Petroleum Institute tests, the team found the best mix of functionalized GO to be a combination of large flakes and powdered GO for reinforcement. A mud with 2 percent functionalized GO formed a filter cake an average of 22 micrometers wide — substantially smaller than the 278-micrometer cake formed by traditional muds. GO blocked pores many times smaller than the flakes’ original diameter by folding.Aside from making the filter cake much thinner, which would give a drill bit more room to turn, the Rice mud contained less than half as many suspended solids; this would also make drilling more efficient as well as more environmentally friendly. Tour and Andreas Lüttge, a Rice professor of Earth science and chemistry, reported last year that GO is reduced to graphite, the material found in pencil lead and a natural mineral, by common bacteria.“The most exciting aspect is the ability to modify the GO nanoparticle with a variety of functionalities,” said James Friedheim, corporate director of fluids research and development at M-I SWACO and a co-author of the research. “Therefore we can ‘dial in’ our application by picking the right organic chemistry that will suit the purpose. The trick is just choosing the right chemistry for the right purpose.”“There’s still a lot to be worked out,” Tour said. “We’re looking at the rheological properties, the changes in viscosity under shear. In other words, we want to know how viscous this becomes as it goes through a drill head, because that also has implications for efficiency.”Muds may help graphene live up to its commercial promise, Tour said. “Everybody thinks of graphene in electronics or in composites, but this would be a use for large amounts of graphene, and it could happen soon,” he said.Friedheim agreed. “With the team we currently have assembled, Jim Tour’s group and some development scientists at M-I SWACO, I am confident that we are close to both technical and commercial success.”Other authors of the paper are Rice graduate student Gabriel Ceriotti, former Rice research associates Kurt Wilson and Jay Lomeda, and M-I SWACO researchers Jason Scorsone and Arvind Patel.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/am2012799An image is available for download at http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/1207_starfish.jpgCAPTION:Microscopic, star-shaped flakes of functionalized graphene oxide plug holes in pores in a test of the material’s ability to serve as a filter cake in fluids used to drill oil wells. The single-atom-thick flakes of treated carbon are pliable but among the strongest materials known. (Credit Tour Group/Rice University)last_img read more

Rice MBA ranked No 24 in the US and No 33 globally

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice MBA ranked No. 24 in the US and No. 33 globallyMBA program moves up 10 in The Economist’s global rankingHOUSTON – (Oct. 14, 2014) – The Master of Business Administration program at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 24 in the U.S. (up from No. 26 last year) and No. 33 among full-time global MBA programs (up from No. 43 last year) for 2014 by The Economist. The global ranking is historically the highest by The Economist for this program.The Jones Graduate School of Business is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals.The Rice MBA Full-Time Program provides students with a comprehensive MBA learning experience that combines specialized course work and real-world experience to improve and amplify their strategy, leadership and creative credentials. The program features innovative classes, expert faculty and a diverse group of candidates who often become colleagues for a lifetime. Contributing to the increase were such factors as “Open New Career Opportunities” (15th globally), “Percentage Who Received a Job Offer Within Three Months of Graduation” (12th globally), “Student Rating of Alumni Effectiveness” (29th globally) and students’ “Education Experience” (29th globally).The Economist is a weekly news magazine covering international business and world affairs. The rankings are based on survey data from thousands of MBA students, including their input on how much importance to give to different criteria..For more information on the methodology, see www.economist.com/whichmba/methodology-2014.The Jones Graduate School of Business is consistently recognized by several rankings publications for its programs, including the Rice MBA, Rice MBA for Executives and Rice MBA for Professionals. For more information on the Jones School, visit http://business.rice.edu.To view the complete rankings, visit www.economist.com/whichmba/full-time-mba-ranking.-30-For more information, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu.Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @RiceMBA.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.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 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

Rice U scientists slash computations for deep learning

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionRyan Spring and Anshumali Shrivastava (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)The research will be presented in August at the KDD 2017 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It addresses one of the biggest issues facing tech giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft as they race to build, train and deploy massive deep-learning networks for a growing body of products as diverse as self-driving cars, language translators and intelligent replies to emails.Shrivastava and Rice graduate student Ryan Spring have shown that techniques from “hashing,” a tried-and-true data-indexing method, can be adapted to dramatically reduce the computational overhead for deep learning. Hashing involves the use of smart hash functions that convert data into manageable small numbers called hashes. The hashes are stored in tables that work much like the index in a printed book.“Our approach blends two techniques — a clever variant of locality-sensitive hashing and sparse backpropagation — to reduce computational requirements without significant loss of accuracy,” Spring said. “For example, in small-scale tests we found we could reduce computation by as much as 95 percent and still be within 1 percent of the accuracy obtained with standard approaches.”The basic building block of a deep-learning network is an artificial neuron. Though originally conceived in the 1950s as models for the biological neurons in living brains, artificial neurons are just mathematical functions, equations that act upon an incoming piece of data and transform it into an output.In machine learning, all neurons start the same, like blank slates, and become specialized as they are trained. During training, the network is “shown” vast volumes of data, and each neuron becomes a specialist at recognizing particular patterns in the data. At the lowest layer, neurons perform the simplest tasks. In a photo recognition application, for example, low-level neurons might recognize light from dark or the edges of objects. Output from these neurons is passed on to the neurons in the next layer of the network, which search for their own specialized patterns. Networks with even a few layers can learn to recognize faces, dogs, stop signs and school buses.“Adding more neurons to a network layer increases its expressive power, and there’s no upper limit to how big we want our networks to be,” Shrivastava said. “Google is reportedly trying to train one with 137 billion neurons.” By contrast, he said, there are limits to the amount of computational power that can be brought to bear to train and deploy such networks.“Most machine-learning algorithms in use today were developed 30-50 years ago,” he said. “They were not designed with computational complexity in mind. But with ‘big data,’ there are fundamental limits on resources like compute cycles, energy and memory. Our lab focuses on addressing those limitations.”Spring said computation and energy savings from hashing will be even larger on massive deep networks.“The savings increase with scale because we are exploiting the inherent sparsity in big data,” he said. “For instance, let’s say a deep net has a billion neurons. For any given input — like a picture of a dog — only a few of those will become excited. In data parlance, we refer to that as sparsity, and because of sparsity our method will save more as the network grows in size. So while we’ve shown a 95 percent savings with 1,000 neurons, the mathematics suggests we can save more than 99 percent with a billion neurons.”The research was supported by the National Science Foundation and Rice University.-30-A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/05/0601_SPARSE-rsas01-lg-w7u54s.jpgCAPTION: Ryan Spring (left) and Anshumali Shrivastava (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)A copy of the paper “Scalable and Sustainable Deep Learning via Randomized Hashing” is available at: https://arxiv.org/abs/1602.08194More information about KDD 2017 is available at: http://www.kdd.org/kdd2017/Related research stories from Rice:Researchers working toward indoor location detection — April 17, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/04/17/researchers-working-toward-indoor-location-detection/Computer Science’s Shrivastava wins NSF CAREER Award — March 6, 2017http://news.rice.edu/2017/03/06/computer-sciences-shrivastava-wins-nsf-career-award/Rice, Baylor team sets new mark for ‘deep learning’ — Dec. 16, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/12/16/rice-baylor-team-sets-new-mark-for-deep-learning/Rice’s energy-stingy indoor mobile locator ensures user privacy — Oct. 20, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/10/20/rices-energy-stingy-indoor-mobile-locator-ensures-user-privacy/Rice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grant — July 12, 2016http://news.rice.edu/2016/07/12/rice-wins-interdisciplinary-big-data-grant/This release can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Share1David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRice U. scientists slash computations for deep learningStudy: ‘Hashing’ can eliminate more than 95 percent of computations HOUSTON — (June 1, 2017) — Rice University computer scientists have adapted a widely used technique for rapid data lookup to slash the amount of computation — and thus energy and time — required for deep learning, a computationally intense form of machine learning.“This applies to any deep-learning architecture, and the technique scales sublinearly, which means that the larger the deep neural network to which this is applied, the more the savings in computations there will be,” said lead researcher Anshumali Shrivastava, an assistant professor of computer science at Rice. AddThiscenter_img Ryan Spring and Anshumali Shrivastava last_img read more

Bank lending declines due to regulations reserves Rice expert says

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBank lending declines due to regulations, reserves, Rice expert says HOUSTON – (Jan. 11, 2019) – Despite very low interest rates since the 2008 financial crisis, lending by U.S. banks has failed to recover due to increased regulation and banks holding excess reserves, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: 123RF.com/Rice UniversityThomas Hogan, a fellow in public finance, outlined his insights in a new issue brief, “What Caused the Post-crisis Decline in Bank Lending?” The brief compares bank lending to several measures of economic activity and discusses two other factors that affect lending: regulation and changes in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. The evidence shows changes in regulation and monetary policy are most responsible, Hogan said.The U.S. banking system loaned $4 trillion in 2000 and almost $10 trillion by the end of 2017, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., but Hogan found the growth over that period was not smooth. Lending grew steadily through the early 2000s, but it peaked in mid-2008 during the financial crisis and then declined through 2009. Growth resumed around 2011, but at a slower pace than in the early 2000s. Hogan projects that if the lending trend seen from 2000 to 2008 had continued at that rate, total loans would have exceeded $12 trillion by 2017.“Recovery from the Great Recession was much slower than expected, possibly due to the lack of bank lending,” Hogan wrote. “After the financial crisis of 2008, bank lending declined not only in absolute terms but also as a percentage of bank assets. While it might be expected that reductions in lending were associated with the sluggish economy, the evidence suggests otherwise. Lending decreased despite the fact that uncertainty was low and loan demand was high.”Two alternative factors are correlated with declines in bank lending, Hogan said.“Bank regulations ballooned following the crisis, and several studies provide evidence of their detrimental effects on lending and the banking system,” Hogan wrote. “Since the financial crisis, the Fed’s policy of paying interest on reserves has caused banks to take on trillions of dollars of excess reserves, and their loans have declined in equal measure. Future discussions of the decline in bank lending should focus on the effects of regulation and excess reserves rather than on economic activity, which was not an important driver of lending in the post-crisis period.”Hogan was formerly the chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. His primary research interests include banking regulation and monetary policy.For more information or to schedule an interview with Hogan, 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 the Baker Institute’s Center for Public Finance via Twitter @Baker_CPF.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Issue brief: www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/97fc7f24/bi-brief-011019-cpf-banklending.pdfHogan biography: www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/thomas-hoganBaker Institute Center for Public Finance: www.bakerinstitute.org/center-for-public-finance.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.  last_img read more

Pentagon Plays Down Report on CostCutting Study

first_img Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Show Discussion WASHINGTON—The Pentagon and the White House on Tuesday played down a report that the Defense Department had discarded an internal study that found it had a bloated bureaucracy and could cut $125 billion in administrative costs over five years.Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said senior managers at the Pentagon concluded that the study, “while well-intentioned, had limited value” because it didn’t take into account existing programs to improve efficiency and because it lacked “specific, actionable recommendations appropriate to the department.”The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the study, released in January 2015, recommended streamlining bureaucracy through personnel attrition, curtailing high-priced contractors and making better use of information technology. The report was prepared by the Defense Business Board, a panel of corporate executives and consultants from McKinsey and Company. It found that the Pentagon was spending almost a quarter of its budget on overhead and business operations.The newspaper said Pentagon leaders suppressed the report fearing it could prompt Congress and the White House to cut the defense budget.White House spokesman Josh Earnest disputed that it had been suppressed. He noted that a defense trade publication in early 2015 had written about the report and that at least as of Tuesday it was available on the Pentagon’s website.Both Earnest and Cook said some cost-cutting reforms proposed by the Pentagon have been blocked by Congress. “There are many self-described defense hawks and fiscal conservatives in the United States Congress who are blocking Pentagon-recommended reforms that would strengthen our military and save taxpayers billions of dollars,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. “That’s the real scandal.”Cook said Defense Secretary Ash Carter has pushed for reforms, some of which he has been unable to get through Congress. The department is pushing for a new round of base closures and adjustments to health care fees.Carter “agrees that we must continue to aggressively pursue efficiency especially in the times of constrained budgets,” Cook said. He spoke to reporters in Tokyo, where he was traveling with the Pentagon chief.But a Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, said if the Post report is true, “the Pentagon played Congress and the American public for fools.” She said she would investigate in her role as the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the next Congress.The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Service committees issued a joint statement saying the report provided valuable data to the committees’ work aimed at reducing the Pentagon’s bureaucracy, “even if reasonable people can differ over the report’s assumptions and the unique challenge of government reform.”Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas and Sen. John McCain of Arizona also expressed concern that restrictions on the release of data behind the report “may have denied taxpayers the transparency they deserve.” They urged the Pentagon to make sure that all materials associated with the study are publicly available. Sharecenter_img US Pentagon Plays Down Report on Cost-Cutting Study By The Associated Press December 6, 2016 Updated: December 6, 2016 The Pentagon building in Washington, DC. (STAFF/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

In Emotional Speech Gen Kelly Calls on Media to Respect Last Thing

first_img WASHINGTON—White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly silenced the press today with an emotional and somber account of what happens to an American soldier when they are killed in action.Kelly described how the soldier’s remains are immediately covered in a shroud by their buddies—anything available that is appropriate. Then, the soldier’s body is transported to the base and packed in ice to be flown to Europe.Once there, the body is packed again in ice and flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. At Dover, the soldier is meticulously dressed in uniform, along with the medals that they’ve earned and the emblems of their service, and then put on another airplane linked up with a casualty officer escort, which takes them home.All the while, wives, parents, brothers, and sisters are being told the news they never wanted to hear.After Kelly’s speech, one reporter in the White House briefing room said he had never heard anything as poignant from a government official. Another said she got chills from Kelly’s words.A retired four-star Marine general and father of a soldier killed in action, Kelly knows all sides of this issue. Kelly’s son, Marine First Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in action in Sangin, Afghanistan, in 2010.“Hours after my son was killed, his friends were calling us from Afghanistan, telling us what a great guy he was,” Kelly said at the White House press briefing on Oct. 19. “Those are the only calls that really mattered.”Kelly said he didn’t receive a phone call from then-President Barack Obama at the time, but he also didn’t expect it.Kelly said his first recommendation to President Donald Trump was to not make calls to the families of fallen soldiers at all.“When I took this job and talked to President Trump about how to do it, my first recommendation was he not do it because it’s not the phone call that parents, family members are looking forward to. It’s nice to do, in my opinion, in any event,” Kelly said.“I think he very bravely does make those calls,” Kelly said about Trump. Kelly said Trump asked him for advice on how to lighten the burden of the families. He gave him the example of what a dear friend told him after his son was killed.“He was exactly where he wanted to be with exactly the people he wanted to be with,” Kelly said. This gave Kelly solace and it was the message he suggested Trump convey to the families.“That’s what the president tried to say to four families the other day,” he said.Kelly said he was shocked by the politicization by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) of Trump’s call to Myesha Johnson, whose husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, was among four U.S. troops killed in Niger on Oct. 4.“I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning,” Kelly said.He said he was so disturbed that he went to Arlington National Cemetery yesterday to seek some clarity.He stood by the graves of the fallen—some of whom he had commanded when he was in service.“They were doing what I told them to do when they were killed,” he said.Kelly reminded the silent room to remember that service men and women sign up voluntarily to keep Americans safe.“They don’t do it for any other reason than selfless service. Not for any other reason than they love this country,” he said.Kelly encouraged the media to “write your stories,” but “let’s try to somehow keep that sacred.”He said he believed that the sacredness of a soldier making the ultimate sacrifice for his country was “eroded a great deal yesterday by a selfish behavior of a member of Congress.” Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the press at the White House in Washington on Oct. 19, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) US News center_img Share this article In Emotional Speech, Gen. Kelly Calls on Media to Respect ‘Last Thing That Is Sacred in Our Society’ By Charlotte Cuthbertson October 19, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more