Moruca sub-district gets donation of boats, engines

first_imgResidents within the Moruca sub-district in Region One (Barima-Waini), will no longer face difficulties transporting patients along the Moruca river in times of emergency.The two boats and outboard engines that were donatedFor the villages of Warapoka and Waikrebi, as well as neighbouring villages, these difficulties have been alleviated with the donation of two boats which are outfitted with outboard engines and fuel tanks to the Toshaos of the villages of Warapoka and Waikrebi located along the Moruca River.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the simple handing over ceremony was held at the Moruca Bridge, which was recently upgraded at a cost of $119 million, and saw in attendance Member of Parliament and ministerial advisor to the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Mervyn Williams, who was in the sub-district for consultations on the revision of the Amerindian Act.Williams, while attesting to the timeliness of the boats being donated, stated that he also hopes that they could be used to ferry the elderly who often have to travel from their villages at their own expense to be able to get their pensions.Member of Parliament Mervyn Williams hands over the keys of the engine to Toshao of Warapoka Alan HenryDr Derron Moonsammy said that the boats are long overdue and that he is happy to finally have them as it will have a great impact on the health services offered in the region, explaining that oftentimes, they are unable to transfer patients because of the unavailability of boats or there is simply no gas available.The sub-district includes a number of villages located along the Moruca River, where for some, the only means of access is by speedboat, making it extremely difficult during emergencies to ferry patients for better medical care as boats are not always readily available.Residents present at the ceremony expressed their gratitude with having the boats delivered. Also grateful were some of the elders who were happy to hear that they will be able to rely on the boats to be able to go and receive their pensions.last_img read more

Mo Salah, Egyptian king and Liverpool star, scores on World Cup debut

first_imgMohamed Salah made the much-awaited World Cup debut against Russia on Tuesday but could not turn the fortunes of his side as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.Egypt, having lost the first match to Uruguay 1-0, are now virtually knocked out of the tournament and Salah could do little to better a sloppy performance from the Pharaohs.After getting injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, Salah was forced to warm the bench during their first match loss.He started the second, must-win encounter on Tuesday, but the result out to be the same, in fact, worse.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWhile there were only glum faces of Egyptians all over the stadium, the only silver lining was the fact that Salah scored Egypt’s first goal at the World Cup since 1990.In the 72nd minute, Salah was brought down in the penalty area but the referee pointed to a free kick at the edge of the box. However, this is where Video Assistant Referee (VAR) came into play and showed that the challenge happened just within the box and it was given a penalty.Salah calmly converted from the spot to give Egypt some consolation. Mohamed Salah could score only a consolation goal as Egypt slumped to a 3-1 loss against Russia. (Reuters Photo)FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the third time Egypt are participating in the World Cup Finals and the last time they played at the tournament was 28 years ago in 1990.advertisementEgypt’s last goal at the World Cup, which came in 1990, was scored Magdi Abdelghani in their 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Incidentally, that was also a penalty.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia on brink of last 16, joy for Africa, history for SalahSalah hardly saw the ball in Egypt’s loss to Russia but every time he had the ball in a crucial area, it looked like he would make it count.He had two chances to score as well but the big man failed to find the net but he was eventually rewarded for being a constant threat in the box.Interestingly, he became the fourth straight Premier League Golden Boot winner to score at subsequent World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptLuis Suarez had scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, Didier Drogba had found the net once at the 2010 World Cup and Thierry Henry scored three goals for France at the 2006 World Cup.There were a lot of hopes and expectations resting on Salah, in regards to Egypt’s World Cup campaign and in the end, it proved to be too much.Salah still has a long way to go. If he continues to play the way he is, he will surely feature in the coming World Cups and there will have the chance to rectify and better his 2018 performance.On Tuesday, Salah mostly spent all his time on the right, waiting for the ball to come to him. What he did not realise was this was not Liverpool. For Egypt to create chances, he needs to work deeper, create chances and finish them too.He will learn what he has to from this and in fact, against Saudi Arabia, he will have a chance to shine through and one never knows, he may write another chapter in his already famous tale.last_img read more

Rice scientist recognized for stellar work on nanoparticles cell membranes

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: [email protected] scientist recognized for stellar work on nanoparticles, cell membranesThe Welch Foundation honors ‘rising star’ with $100,000 Hackerman AwardThe Welch Foundation today awarded its prestigious Hackerman Award to Rice University scientist Jason Hafner ’96, who was named this year’s “rising star” for his innovative chemical research. Hafner’s discoveries include a new type of nanostructure called gold nanostars, which are proving useful for sensing, imaging and medicine, and the first method for measuring large electrical fields inside cell membranes.“I’ve always known I wanted to be a scientist; nothing gets me more excited than figuring out how things work,” said Hafner, an assistant professor in chemistry and in physics and astronomy. “To be recognized for doing what I love – especially with an award named after Norman Hackerman, a man who gave so much to science – is a very special honor.”Hafner will be presented the award and an accompanying prize of $100,000 at a luncheon today.“Dr. Hafner is known for approaching questions from unusual angles,” said Ernest H. Cockrell, chair of The Welch Foundation. “His creative thinking, careful experiments and willingness to tap into research tools from a variety of disciplines have led to breakthroughs in several areas and epitomize the type of scientist this award was created to recognize.”Hafner began developing his interest in applying nanomaterials and nanoscale tools to study biological systems while he was a graduate student studying with Rice Nobel laureate Richard Smalley.Half physicist and half chemist, Hafner studies how to modify the surface chemistry of metal nanoparticles to affect how they grow and how they interact with living cells. This is important because the resulting size and shape of the nanoparticles determine their optical properties. In this process, he created gold nanostars, a complex new structure whose many elongated points absorb and scatter light at varying wavelengths. Hafner has mapped the optical properties of the stars and how they may be used for imaging (by scattering light) and sensing (by tracking changes in optical properties caused by the environment). The gold nanostars also are expected to have important therapeutic applications.On the analytical front, Hafner is using the tip of an atomic force microscope to detect the large electrical field inside lipid membranes, where most of the cell’s work is done. Created by molecular dipoles, this membrane property is thought to be important, but its biological role is largely unexplored because it is difficult to measure. Hafner has mapped the spatial variation of the dipole moment of membranes, and he is now trying to see how that membrane parameter may affect the interactions of small biomolecules with the membrane. In a related effort, he also hopes to develop a more traditional optical method to measure the dipole moment so that it may be studied more broadly.Other analytical research involves applying his expertise with nanomaterials, surface chemistry and optics to make surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS, a more reliable and quantitative tool.“Jason is an example of the best of today’s researchers – those men and women who work across disciplinary boundaries to pursue interesting problems, using persistence, thoughtfully designed experiments, smart thinking and an open mind to find the answers,” said James Kinsey, chair of The Welch Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board and Rice’s D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor Emeritus of Science in the Department of Chemistry. “He also gives back to science beyond his own research as an inspiring teacher and mentor to the next generations of scientists.”A Texas native, Hafner grew up south of Dallas and earned an undergraduate degree in physics at Trinity University. After graduate school at Rice, he completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University before returning to Rice as a faculty member in 2001.The Hackerman Award is named in honor of Norman Hackerman, a former Rice president, noted scientist and long-time chair of The Welch Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Hackerman Award is presented annually to young scientists conducting basic research in chemistry in Texas.last_img read more

Kinder Institute announces 2018 Houston Solutions Lab funding

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionThe Houston Solutions Lab connects Rice researchers with leaders in numerous city of Houston departments to formulate mutually beneficial research. This is the second year monetary awards have been given to researchers. Awards are given to projects that offer a definitive solution to a city-identified problem.“This program is a great way to connect researchers from across Rice to the City of Houston with the goal of them using their expertise to tackle pressing, concrete problems,” said Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, one of three supporting sponsors along with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and the Office of Research.Street-level flood measurementGary Woods, a professor in the practice of computer technology at Rice; Leonardo Duenas Osorio, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering; Frank Yong Li, a visiting professor in electrical and computer engineering; and Devika Subramanian, a professor of computer science, will work on a project that will develop flood sensors that will be deployed and piloted on Rice’s campus for street level measurements and have their data relayed to a central server.The ultimate goal of the piloted array is to collect flood level data in real-time for neighborhood streets, which can be used not only to aid evacuation and transportation in storms, but also used to refine models for future flooding. The researchers will work in conjunction with Steve Costello, Houston’s chief resiliency officer, to make sure the sensor platform is robust and meets requirements for broader city deployment.Surveys on floodingBob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, and Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science, will work with Costello on two flood-related projects.The first project will be a survey of Houston Fire Department stations to learn where first responders encounter high water during storms. Like the street-level flood measurement project, this work will help refine future models.For the second project, the team will work with Costello to conduct a satisfaction survey among residents who live near Storm Water Action Team (SWAT) projects recently completed to improve drainage and mitigate future flooding. The ultimate goal is to find out if residents perceived the SWAT projects to be effective.Sustainable city vehiclesDan Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Laura Schaefer, the Burton J. and Ann M. McMurtry Chair in Engineering, will work on the sustainability of the city’s vehicle fleet.The researchers will examine a variety of fleet and fuel options and offer research that will help the city determine which systems it should implement based on cost and logistics, environmental impact and several other factors. They will work with Lara Cottingham, who directs Houston’s sustainability efforts, to ensure that city needs and time lines are met.Work on these projects will begin in August and continue for one year.“We are excited to partner with the Houston Solutions Lab and this year’s projects,” said Jan E. Odegard, executive director Ken Kennedy Institute and associate vice president research computing. “With Rice being a microcosm of Houston, we find it to be a win-win to develop ‘Smart-Rice’ as a digital platform where we can encourage innovation that can leverage Rice expertise and existing campus technology.”Rice’s Houston Solutions Lab is part of the MetroLab Network, a national network of city-university research partnerships, all of which have the goal of leveraging academic expertise to help solve critical issues facing cities. Funding for the projects comes from three Rice entities: the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Office of Research and the Ken Kennedy Institute.For more information, visit” alt=”last_img” /> read more